• Mikolas open to extension talks with Cards

    MLB.com "Miles Mikolas said on Sunday that he is open to discussing the possibility of a contract extension with the Cardinals before he hits free agency, and he will put no parameters on when those discussions can take place. Mikolas is one of three members of the club's projected Opening..." January 20

  • Dodgers, Giants among teams targeting Josh Harrison

    The Score "A lack of interest isn't why versatile infielder/outfielder Josh Harrison hasn't inked a contract for 2019 yet. The Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, and Tampa Bay Rays are all eyeing the 31-year-old, Jon Heyman of Fancred..." January 20

  • Cubs Have Considered Trading Ben Zobrist

    MLB Trade Rumors "With the bullpen-needy Cubs facing a budget crunch, acquiring even a mid-tier reliever would require removing payroll from elsewhere on their roster, per Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic (subscription required). Thus, as the Cubs look for ways to improve this offseason with little to no spending..." January 20

  • Reds trying to extend Gray as part of trade with Yankees

    The Score "The Cincinnati Reds want to keep Sonny Gray around beyond 2019. The Reds have all but finalized a trade with the New York Yankees to acquire Gray, but completion of the long-rumored deal is being delayed while the Reds and Gray negotiate a contract extension, according to Jon Heyman..." January 20

  • Is Nashville ready for a MLB franchise? Meet the man with a plan

    USA Today "Can you picture a fastball coming off the hand of a New York Yankees pitcher and hear the crack of it being hit by a Nashville batter? Can you see that ball sailing over the fence, then gaze beyond the outfield seats and across the Cumberland River at the downtown skyline of the..." January 20

  • Cubs plan to have their own TV network in 2020

    Daily Herald "Cubs business president Crane Kenney said he wasn't able to offer many specifics, but he reiterated Saturday that the Cubs would have their own TV network for 2020. The team's contracts with NBC Sports Chicago, WGN and ABC 7 expire after the 2019 season, and the Cubs feel they..." January 20

  • Dodgers, White Sox Discussing Joc Pederson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers are discussing outfielder Joc Pederson in potential deals, and the White Sox are among the teams they’re talking to, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. It’s unclear, though, whether the two sides are making progress in those conversations. Speculatively,..." January 20

  • Cubs’ Javy Baez not selling himself short. Best shortstop in MLB? ‘It’s me’

    Chicago Sun-Times "Javy Baez quietly entered a ballroom teeming with reporters Friday at the Cubs Convention. His eyes down and hidden behind dark sunglasses, he made straight for the deserted bar along the wall farthest from the hubbub and ordered a beer. It was perfect. A big oaf of a reporter had..." January 20

  • Boston Red Sox in active discussions with relievers, per sources

    Mass Live "The Red Sox remain in active discussions with multiple free-agent relievers, major-league sources told MassLive. Boston has indicated to relievers that it could swing a deal in the $2-3 million range, though a larger addition isn’t impossible. One reliever the Sox have been in..." January 20

  • Reggie Jackson endorses Bonds, Clemens for HOF: 'It's time'

    The Score "Two of the most polarizing Hall of Fame candidates now have "Mr. October" in their corner. During an appearance at the LPGA's Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions tournament this week, Reggie Jackson - who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1993 - revealed that he now..." January 20

  • Baseball has taken a turn for the worse in casting aside scouts

    Boston Globe "Dennis Gilbert, a former agent, insurance mogul, and Chicago White Sox executive, and founder of the Professional Scouts Foundation, predicts there are 30-40 scouts who get laid off every year. Some get rehired, but many others don’t. There are around 100 scouts who have been let go in..." January 20

  • Red Sox CEO: We want Betts in Boston for life

    MLB.com "Superstar Mookie Betts has become the face of the Red Sox, and there's strong sentiment at the highest levels of the organization for that to be the case for many years to come. Betts can be a free agent after the 2020 season, but the Red Sox have made it clear multiple times at..." January 20

  • Blue Jays’ Randal Grichuk attributes confidence to refined process

    Sportsnet "Randal Grichuk’s not saying it’s a good thing he injured himself making a diving catch late last April, forcing him to miss a full month recovering. The Blue Jays outfielder would much rather have never been hurt. But he was hitting .106/.208/.227 at the time, after one of the most..." January 20

  • 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