• Report: Yankees Prefer to Sign Nolan Arenado in 2019 Free Agency Rather Than Trade for Him

    12 Up "Don't expect the New York Yankees to be trading for another star third baseman anytime soon.  While the team has expressed significant interest in Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, they're viewing him as an option for the team when he becomes a free agent..." January 19

  • Yankees close on long-desired Sonny Grade trade

    New York Post "This might finally be the end of Sonny Gray’s New York adventure. The Yankees and Reds reportedly are finalizing a trade that would send the beleaguered starter to Cincinnati, according to a tweet by Jon Heyman. Final trade details haven’t been ironed out,..." January 19

  • Report: Giants gauging trade interest in Longoria

    The Score "Evan Longoria's tenure in the Bay Area might be short-lived. A little over a year after acquiring him from the Tampa Bay Rays, the San Francisco Giants are gauging trade interest in the three-time All-Star, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports. In..." January 19

  • Will the Yankees extend their young stars?

    Pinstripe Alley "Mea culpa: at this point, I hesitate to brand the Yankees as cheap, as I have implied in past articles. Instead, I will say the Yankees have been meticulous about how they spend their money. They have shown a reluctance to hand out lucrative long-term contracts to free agents, but..." January 19

  • Cardinals' Yadier Molina calls Cubs' Kris Bryant a 'loser' for disrespecting St. Louis

    USA Today "It's only January, but the rivalry between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs is already heating up. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant drew outrage from the Cardinals' fanbase and All-Star catcher Yadier Molina for calling St. Louis..." January 19

  • Dodgers reportedly targeting A.J. Pollock

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t done shopping this offseason, and appear to have an outfielder in mind. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are targeting free agent A.J. Pollock, who would add outfield depth to the team. " January 19

  • Cubs star Bryant: St. Louis is 'so boring'

    MLB.com "Cubs star Kris Bryant stoked one of baseball's longest-running rivalries on Friday with comments about the rival Cardinals' home city. Bryant had a few critical words to say about St. Louis during a live conversation with former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster at the 34th..." January 19

  • Twins To Sign Martin Perez

    MLB Trade Rumors "Per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Twins have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent lefty Martin Perez.  The deal reportedly includes a club option for 2020. Perez, 27, appeared in parts of seven seasons with the Rangers, posting a career 4.63 ERA/4.44..." January 19

  • MLB Rumors: Dodgers Violated International Signing Rules and Could Receive Similar Penalty to Braves

    12 Up "The last time this happened, things got fairly interesting. And this time, if early rumors are true, there's an intriguing wrinkle to this particular set of violations, one that could impact another top NL team. The rumor goes like this: per "rumblings"..." January 19

  • Bogaerts talked extension; Betts says deals "tough to come up with"

    NBC Sports Boston "The mystery player the Red Sox talked to about an extension earlier this offseason was Xander Bogaerts, multiple sources said. The conversations never heated up or brought the sides close to a deal, but the Red Sox and Bogaerts’ agency, Scott Boras’ camp, did engage on the..." January 19

  • A Few’ Red Sox Players Will Opt To Skip White House Trip

    CBS Boston "When the Red Sox visit the White House in February to celebrate their World Series win, they expect that some players will not attend. According to Chris Mason, Red Sox writer for the Eagle Tribune, “a few” players have already informed the team’s front..." January 19

  • Two mystery teams are talking to Manny Machado

    Yahoo! Sports "The Phillies and White Sox have dominated much of the conversation around free agent Manny Machado this winter, but Andy Martino of SNY says that they may have some stiff competition as the clock winds down to Opening Day. Two mystery teams have been..." January 19

  • Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale open to extension: ‘My phone’s on. If they called, I’d answer’

    Mass Live "Though there have been no discussions so far this offseason, Red Sox ace Chris Sale said Saturday that he’d be open to discussing a long-term extension with the club before Opening Day. “My phone’s on,” Sale said. “Yeah. If they called, I’d..." January 19

  • Cubs' Epstein: Russell's ex-wife approved 'conditional 2nd chance'

    NBC Sports Chicago "As bars of various rap, country, and oldies hits blared through hanging speakers in the Chicago Grand Sheraton on Friday evening, dozens of Cubs players -- past and present -- filed up onto the stage to thunderous applause, slapping five with kids and waving to adults as they..." January 19

  • Kris Bryant says it's 'not good' that Bryce Harper, Manny Machado remain unsigned

    CBS Sports "On Friday, Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant voiced his concern over the fact that free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain unsigned with less than a month to go before spring training begins. Harper and Machado, along with many other top free agents, are still looking for teams, marking..." January 19

  • Yankees' Troy Tulowitzki in best shape he's ever been, says college coach

    SNY TV "When Troy Tulowitzki was released by the Blue Jays back in December, it appeared his MLB career was coming to a close. He hadn't seen a diamond in the bigs since July 28, 2017, as recovery from heel surgery wasn't the eight weeks the Blue Jays thought it would..." January 19

  • Ricky Romero Announces Retirement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Left-handed hurler Ricky Romero recently announced his retirement in an Instagram post that flew under our radar at the time. He hangs up his spikes at 34 years of age. At one point, the former sixth-overall draft pick looked to be among the game’s better young pitchers —..." January 19

  • Mystery Team Submitted Highest Bid for Manny Machado

    Bleacher Report "Free-agent infielder Manny Machado is being pursued by a "mystery team" who has made the highest bid for the 26-year-old, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred. Heyman had previously made mention of a "mystery team" in a Jan. 11 tweet as well. According to..." January 19

  • Mookie non-committal on extension talks with Red Sox

    The Score "Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $20-million contract to avoid arbitration ahead of the 2019 season. Despite coming to terms, Betts won't rule out testing free agency once he hits the open market. The reigning American League MVP said the agreement is not..." January 19

  • Bryant says he's not sure if Harper is signing with Cubs

    SI "Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant believes star outfielder, coveted free agent and fellow Las Vegas native Bryce Harper will not sign with Chicago, he told reporters at Cubs Convention in Chicago. However, Bryant says that he has not asked Harper directly about his free agency..." January 18

  • Could Kimbrel sign 1-year deal with Red Sox?

    MLB.com "The pool of free-agent relief options is becoming shallower by the day, and the Red Sox have a clear need at the back of their bullpen as they prepare to start their title defense. So in theory, re-signing Craig Kimbrel makes perfect sense. But on Thursday, for at least the third..." January 18

  • Government shutdown could affect Red Sox's White House visit plans, owner says

    NewJersey.com "President Donald Trump hosted Clemson on Monday at the White House to celebrate the Tigers' 44-16 win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. According to the Boston Globe, Trump will roll out the red carpet to celebrate another championship next..." January 18

  • Yankees, Reds 'making progress' on Sonny Gray deal

    Sporting News "The baseball world has known for months that the Yankees were attempting to unload Sonny Gray, and it appears it may finally happen.  A day after Fancred reported the Yankees are "close" to trading the right-hander, The Athletic said Friday the Reds are..." January 18

  • Longoria calls for players to 'stand strong' during slow offseason

    The Score "Veteran free agents aren't the only major leaguers frustrated with how the 2018-19 hot stove has gone cold. San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria blasted the slow offseason Friday, as two of the best players to ever hit free agency remain unemployed with less than a..." January 18

  • Gabe Kapler bonded with Bryce Harper over Philly’s food scene

    Sportress of Blogitude "Gabe Kapler and Bryce Harper are said to have “hit it off” during the free-agent slugger’s meeting with the Philadelphia Phillies, and the skipper has since revealed the nature of their “light-hearted” exchanges. A contingent of Phillies brass along with..." January 18

  • Players are waking up and getting ready to fight

    Hardball Talk "There’s this idea out there that the owners have been eating the players’ lunch at the bargaining table in recent years because the players are, generally, rich and happy and maybe don’t care about a lot of the stuff the previous couple of generations of players did. There is..." January 18

  • Mets likely to play Jeff McNeil in outfield

    Yardbarker "The Mets’ additions of Robinson Cano and Jed Lowrie have eaten up most of the infield at-bats that would’ve otherwise gone to breakout 2018 rookie Jeff McNeil, writes Anthony DiComo in his latest inbox column. As such, McNeil now looks outfield bound in 2019 — a role..." January 18

  • Cubs To Sign Rob Scahill

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have agreed to a minors deal with righty Rob Scahill, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune (via Twitter). It is not yet known whether Scahill will receive a spring invite, though it stands to reason that he would. Scahill, who’ll turn 32 right as camp..." January 18

  • Could Nolan Arenado be Yankees' real third base target?

    SNY TV "Earlier this week, after I published my nine millionth story of the offseason about the Yankees and Manny Machado, a major league source reached out with a suggestion: Don't sleep on the Yanks and Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado. Certainly, there's been smoke..." January 18

  • Twitter is abuzz after Instagram video appears to show Manny Machado in White Sox hat

    CBS Sports "Manny Machado's agent has called reports of a seven-year contract offer by the Chicago White Sox to his client "completely wrong," but does that mean the big-name free agent is no longer likely to land in Chicago? Not according to some Twitter..." January 18

  • Free agent Dallas Keuchel wonders what it takes to get signed

    USA Today "With spring training approaching and top free agents remaining unsigned, it's been an another icy winter for baseball's hot stove. Left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel is one of the best players still available and took to Twitter on Thursday night replying to a tweet..." January 18

  • Manny Machado's dad says Dodgers have made offer

    The Score "For over a month, three teams have been front and center in the Manny Machadosweepstakes, but his former employer has also shown interest in a reunion, according to his father. "Manny has received offers from different teams: (New York) Yankees, (Los Angeles)..." January 18

  • What's it like for MLB players when their big contract money hits? Some advice for Bryce Harper

    NBC Sports Washington "An old friend of Max Scherzer’s came up with an idea: The new buy-in for their longstanding and hyper-competitive fantasy football league would be 10 percent of the participant’s salary. As an assistant baseball coach at a midwest Division I university, this would be a..." January 18

  • Where Could Corey Kluber Put The Cincinnati Reds If They Acquired Him?

    Clutch Points "Amid the circus of the offseason, a constant conversation has been brewing with what has seemed like every team in the league, and the Cleveland Indians: will they trade Corey Kluber? Recently, rumors of a three-team deal that would send him to the Cincinnati..." January 18

  • It’s not a matter of when Addison Russell will rejoin Cubs, but ‘if’ he will

    Chicago Sun-Times "Although shortstop Addison Russell is under contract, neither his teammates nor his manager are ready to assume he’ll be back on the field. “The ‘if’ word is still attached to this entire scenario,” manager Joe Maddon said Thursday. Asked about..." January 18

  • Yankees went all-in on wildly expensive bullpen gambit

    New York Post "Now we’ve got ourselves a conversation here. Now the Yankees have done something besides fuel the endless debates about the relative worthiness of Manny Machado, Bryce Harper or none of the above. Can the (probably) most expensive bullpen in history catapult the..." January 18

  • Chris Archer: Cheaters don’t deserve to be in Hall of Fame

    Larry Brown Sports "With the results of the latest round of Baseball Hall of Fame voting set to be released next week, the annual debate about whether or not performance-enhancing drug users should be allowed in Cooperstown is once again simmering. One starting pitcher wants to make his stance on the subject very..." January 18

  • The Top of the Cardinals Farm is Changing

    Viva El Birdos "Aaron Schafer wrapped up his splendid top prospect list last week. In the gripping series finale, he opined that the farm system seemed different. There really has been a sea change in the Cards’ system, and we can spot it right up at the top of the list. Not just..." January 18

  • If MLB Implements a Significant Rule Change in 2019, It Will Be a Pitch Clock

    SI "No proposed rules change would improve baseball’s pace of action issue more than a pitch clock, which is why Major League Baseball officials prioritized getting a pitch clock for the 2019 season at a meeting with Players Association officials Monday. The union, which has been cool to the..." January 18

  • While Yankees improve again, Red Sox stay content with depleted bullpen

    Boston Herald "The Yankees keep getting better while the Red Sox continue to sit on their hands. It’s not that the Sox didn’t do anything this offseason. Significant money was spent to re-sign World Series heroes Steve Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi. But there’s been no additions to the..." January 18

  • Four reasons the Yankees should sign Manny Machado or Bryce Harper to cap their offseason

    CBS Sports "In what has been a slow offseason around baseball, the New York Yankees remained busy Thursday afternoon. They reportedly agreed to a three-year contract with free agent right-hander Adam Ottavino. He joins Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Chad Green, and the..." January 18

  • Angels reach one-year deal with Cody Allen to be closer next season

    ESPN "Free-agent reliever Cody Allen agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels, league sources told ESPN, filling a void in the back end of their bullpen after a half-decade closing for the Cleveland Indians. Allen had been discussing short-term deals in the..." January 18

  • Washington Nationals reportedly sign Vidal Nuño to a minor league deal...

    Federal Baseball "With just three left-handed relievers (closer Sean Doolittle, Sammy Solis, and Matt Grace) on the 40-Man roster, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo acknowledged that left-hand relief depth was something he’d consider adding this winter when he spoke with..." January 18

  • Rays add former Jays reliever Luis Santos on minor-league deal

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays have added former Toronto reliever Luis Santos to their spring roster on a minor-league deal. Santos, 27, pitched in 15 games for the Jays last season (going 1-1, 7.20) and 10 the year before (0-1, 2.70).  " January 18

  • Marlins To Sign Hector Noesi

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have inked a deal with righty Hector Noesi, Jon Heyman of Fancred tweets. It’s not clear whether the minor-league accord includes a spring invite, but Noesi can earn $800K if he cracks the MLB roster. It has been some time since Noesi, who’ll soon..." January 18

  • Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora reconsidering White House visit

    USA Today "A planned visit to the White House next month by the World Series champion Boston Red Sox might not include manager Alex Cora. The native of Puerto Rico says he is considering skipping the event because of the Trump administration's response to the island's devastation by..." January 17

  • Giants reportedly in trade mix for Sonny Gray

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Yankees are looking to trade Sonny Gray, and a new suitor in the market has emerged. According to FanCred’s Jon Heyman, the San Francisco Giants are interested in trading for the pitcher. Gray, 29, agreed to a $7.5 million salary for 2019 with the New York..." January 17

  • Mets invite Tim Tebow to Major League spring training

    MLB.com "Tim Tebow is about to receive his most significant exposure yet to top-level baseball competition. The Mets announced Friday that they have invited Tebow to Major League Spring Training, giving the former college and professional football star another opportunity to stride forward in his..." January 17

  • Why Blue Jays could be big players in future free agent classes

    Sportsnet "In any other off-season it would be a normal plant. The notion that, in addition to the Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and Chicago White Sox, “several teams are said to be waiting in the wings” for Bryce Harper is super agent Scott Boras’s usual claim of a..." January 17

  • Phillies Want to Pair Mike Trout with Bryce Harper

    Bleacher Report "The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly trying to maintain financial flexibility with an eye toward a serious push to sign Los Angeles Angels superstar outfielder Mike Trout, who can become a free agent following the 2020 MLB season. On Wednesday, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated..." January 17