• Rangers still have a long way to go, even after spending over $500 million in MLB free agency

    Clutch Points "The Texas Rangers have spent a truly absurd amount of money in free agency so far this offseason, a record in fact. With more than $500 million now committed to free agents, including Marcus Semien, Jon Gray, Corey Seager and Kole Calhoun, the Rangers are looking to vastly improve..." December 03

  • Mets have ‘preliminary interest’ in five candidates for manager

    SNY TV "Prior to the MLB lockout that began on Thursday morning, the Mets were intensely focused on player acquisitions. Now Billy Eppler and Co. are shifting in earnest to the search for a manager. Through league sources, we were able to assemble most of the team’s..." December 03

  • 2 reasons why the Yankees couldn’t give up on Gary Sanchez

    Clutch Points "The New York Yankees recently announced that they had tendered the contract of catcher Gary Sanchez, effectively returning the backstop to the Bronx for another season. Sanchez’s career as a Yankee has been a roller coaster filled with crazy feats of strength at the plate as a..." December 03

  • Rob Manfred's letter should be call for players to dig in

    The Score "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred wasted no time painting the players' association as the greedier side in collective bargaining negotiations - and the one responsible for the lockout that MLB owners implemented early Thursday. At 12:03 a.m. on Dec. 2, minutes after..." December 03

  • Brewers tried to trade Jackie Bradley Jr. for Blue Jays' Randal Grichuk

    SI "Major league transactions are frozen but offseason news is not dead. In the final minutes before the MLB lockout, the Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox pulled off a trade, swapping outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Jackie Bradley Jr. alongside prospects. December 03

  • Three roadmaps for addressing Blue Jays' remaining off-season needs

    Sportsnet "Although the MLB off-season has ground to a halt under the weight of a lockout that came into effect on Tuesday, that doesn’t mean that work is done for front offices. The current environment will curb transactions for the time but teams — including the Toronto Blue..." December 03

  • Blue Jays Ready To Spend After Lockout

    MLB Trade Rumors "A recent report from Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith gives Toronto fans something to look forward to after MLB’s lockout draws to a close. In addition to having trade discussions prior to the league’s halt on transactions, the Jays reportedly also have..." December 03

  • Carlos Correa reached out to Javier Báez about Cubs experience

    NBC Sports Chicago "Add another report linking the Cubs to All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa. According to Univision's Mike Rodriguez, Correa reached out to Javy Báez to ask him about his experience playing on the North Side. December 03

  • What is the fastest pitch ever in MLB history?

    Sportsnaut "What is the fastest pitch in MLB? New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman can light up the radar gun like few others, while New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom throws heat that no starting pitcher can match. But how do these flamethrowers stack up in MLB history. There are few things more..." December 03

  • Padres To Hire Ryan Christenson As Bench Coach

    MLB Trade Rumors "One of Bob Melvin’s trusted lieutenants will be joining the manager in San Diego, as The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reports (via Twitter) that the Padres will hire Ryan Christenson as their new bench coach.  Christenson worked as Melvin’s bench coach with the Athletics for the..." December 03

  • Mets’ strategy and timeline for hiring new manager, revealed

    Clutch Points "The New York Mets lost several key players in free agency this offseason. But they were one of the biggest spenders, making arguably the biggest splash by signing superstar pitcher Max Scherzer. They also bolstered their outfield with Starling Marte and Mark Canha and added..." December 03

  • Kyle Schwarber asking for 3-year, $60M deal

    The Score "Free-agent slugger Kyle Schwarber is seeking a three-year, $60-million contract, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. The Miami Marlins have reached out to the 28-year-old, Jackson adds. December 03

  • Marlins Interested In Ketel Marte

    Arizona Sports "The Miami Marlins have expressed interest in Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Ketel Marte and catcher Carson Kelly, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Friday, but the potential for any deal remains unlikely for different reasons. Before the MLB owners locked out..." December 03

  • Now ya see them, now ya don’t: MLB takes rule changes off the table for this round of baseball labor fight

    The Athletic "There’s no labor fracas quite like a baseball labor fracas. Ever noticed that? We have a whole half-century of them to look back on, too. And they were all special in their own ever-popular ways. But for some reason, we thought this one might be different. December 03

  • Behind-the-scenes details on the Marlins’ plan going into the offseason and the plan now

    Miami Herald "Miami Marlins notes as we begin a lockout during which major-league player transactions are prohibited:  ? The Marlins began the offseason hoping to sign both Starling Marte and Avisail Garcia and pair them with Jesus Sanchez in the outfield. December 03

  • Masahiro Tanaka Declines Opt-Out, Will Pitch For NPB’s Golden Eagles In 2022

    Yardbarker "Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka’s two-year contract with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles contained an opt-out clause this winter, but the team announced that Tanaka will return to the club in 2022 (hat tip to Yahoo Japan). Tanaka’s comeback season in NPB went well, as he..." December 03

  • Cubs' Marcus Stroman Sends Carlos Correa Recruiting Message

    NBC Chicago "Marcus Stroman wasn't even 12 hours into his Cubs tenure before he made his first big pitch for the organization. Recruiting pitch, that is. .psd-readMoreComponent{padding-top:15px;padding-bottom:15px;border-top:1px solid..." December 03

  • 1 Sentence to Describe Every MLB Team Heading into the Lockout

    Bleacher Report "As the great William Shakesports once said, brevity is the soul of sportswriting. So, with Major League Baseball locked out after the league and the union failed to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement Wednesday, we're going to give it to you straight about where each of..." December 03

  • Dansby Swanson, Mallory Pugh are now engaged

    Larry Brown Sports "A big couple of months for Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson has gotten even bigger. Swanson and U.S. soccer star Mallory Pugh on Thursday announced their engagement. Pugh posted pictures of the proposal on her Instagram, as did Swanson. " December 03

  • Yankees Add Dillon Lawson, Desi Druschel To Coaching Staff

    The Athletic "The Yankees will promote two player development staffers to fill out their major-league coaching staff, sources told The Athletic. The club will promote Dillon Lawson to major-league hitting coach from minor-league hitting coordinator and Desi Druschel to assistant pitching..." December 03

  • Why the Mets should hire Buck Showalter

    New York Post "If we learned anything these past few weeks, it’s that Steve Cohen intends to deliver on his promises — at least the ones he has control over. A year ago he talked about the Mets being champions in “three to five years,” and that was catnip for the..." December 03

  • Yankees' James Taillon jokes about doing own injury rehab during lockout

    New York Daily News "Hours after commissioner Rob Manfred dramatically shut down the business of major league baseball, players were reacting. At least one Yankee pitcher was doing it with a sharp sense of humor. Jameson Taillon, who is rehabbing from ankle surgery, pointed out the absurdity of the..." December 03

  • Padres Have Reportedly Expressed Interest In Nick Castellanos

    MLB Trade Rumors "Serving as one of the last free agent rumors of the night before yesterday’s lockout officially commenced, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that the Padres were “showing strong interest” in free agent Nick Castellanos. An important disclaimer here..." December 02

  • Carlos Correa agent reveals teams he’s heard from

    Clutch Points "Mark Berman, of Fox 26 Houston, got an inside scoop on who has reached out to Carlos Correa and his agent. According to Berman, Correa’s agent has heard from the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, in the Atlanta..." December 02

  • Red Sox Will Seek Bullpen Help, Right-Handed Bat

    MLB Trade Rumors "Teams are prohibited from contacting players or making any transactions until the lockout is lifted, but every front office still has a plan for areas to target once they’re allowed to again add to the roster. Last night, Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom met with media..." December 02

  • 7 Teams Named Potential Contenders For Kris Bryant

    The Spun "As one of the most versatile players in professional baseball, jack-of-all-trades Kris Bryant is one of the most widely-sought-after free agents in this year’s cycle. According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, Bryant has drawn interest from at least seven different franchises..." December 02

  • Rob Manfred on MLB lockout: 'It's not a good thing for the sport'

    The Athletic "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the league's lockout on Thursday morning, saying "we understand it's bad for the business." The lockout, the MLB's first work stoppage in 26 years, was put into place by MLB owners late Wednesday..." December 02

  • How the lockout could hurt MLB's midtier free agents

    ESPN "The contract numbers spent in free agency so far are record-setting, mind-bending. Max Scherzer's annual salary of $43.3 million is the highest ever for a pitcher. The Texas Rangers spent more money in two days on two players -- Corey Seager and Marcus..." December 02

  • Astros’ Deal With Justin Verlander Not Yet Official

    MLB Trade Rumors "As of last night, the Collective Bargaining Agreement between MLB and the MLBPA has expired and the league is officially in a lockout, meaning that no transactions will be permitted until a new CBA is ratified. This outcome had been widely anticipated throughout the industry, which is why..." December 02

  • Padres, Nick Martinez fail to complete deal before lockout

    The Score "The San Diego Padres and right-hander Nick Martinez seemed to have a four-year, $20-million contract in place Wednesday evening, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. However, the deal wasn't completed before the collective bargaining agreement expired..." December 02

  • Reds Sign Five Players To Minor League Deals

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds announced last night, before the MLB implemented a lockout, that they had signed five players to minor league deals. They are right-handed pitchers Brandon Bailey and Trey Wingenter, catcher/infielder Andrew Knapp, outfielder Trey Amburgey and..." December 02

  • What we do in the shadows: Locked-out players play into MLB's scrubbed pages

    ESPN "Within minutes of locking out players Thursday amid contentious negotiations on the next collective bargaining agreement, Major League Baseball scrubbed all remnants of player likenesses off its official properties such as MLB.com, replacing player photos with generic..." December 02

  • MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says MLBPA strategy is one of ‘confrontation over compromise'

    Yardbarker "MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred accused the MLBPA of taking an attitude of “confrontation” with the league regarding Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations. As of midnight on Thursday, Dec. 2, the league’s owners locked out the players when the previous..." December 02

  • A’s eyeing Las Vegas strip casino as site for their new stadium?

    Las Vegas Review Journal "The Oakland Athletics reportedly have their sights set on the Tropicana hotel site to build a potential ballpark on the Las Vegas Strip. Two other sites also have piqued the team’s interest, one owned by Wynn Las Vegas and the other by Caesars Entertainment, according to a..." December 02

  • How The MLB Luxury Tax Thresholds Have Changed By Year

    MLB Trade Rumors "There was a time when the MLB players’ union felt that a luxury tax is just a salary cap in another form, with is why they rejected such proposals back in 1994.  Nonetheless, in the first post-strike collective bargaining agreement, executive director Don Fehr “finally said yes..." December 02

  • MLB’s official website looks like ghost town after lockout

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB officially announced that the owners were locking out the players as soon as the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement expired at midnight on Dec. 2, 2021. MLB.com’s website and all its affiliated team websites were well prepared as soon as the clock struck..." December 02

  • It's unclear how long MLB lockout will last, but Winter Meetings and other offseason events will be impacted

    CBS Sports "It is official: Major League Baseball is in its first work stoppage since the 1994-95 players' strike. At 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday night, the 2017-21 collective bargaining agreement expired, meaning MLB and the MLB Players' Association do not have a contract in place to conduct..." December 02

  • MLB, MLBPA fail to reach new labor agreement; league in 1st lockout since 1990

    ESPN "Major League Baseball locked out its players early Thursday morning, certifying the game's first work stoppage in more than a quarter-century after months of talks yielded little progress toward a new labor contract. The long-anticipated lockout, which the league told the..." December 02

  • In signing Marcus Stroman, the Cubs land this winter’s top free-agent starter

    The Athletic "The Cubs had been quiet this offseason, which, coupled with their sell-off at the trade deadline, seemed like more evidence the Ricketts weren’t going to spend and the team wasn’t going to compete this year. That changed in a flash with the signing of Marcus..." December 02

  • Red Sox Bring Back Jackie Bradley Jr., Trade Hunter Renfroe To Brewers

    Mass Live "The Red Sox pulled off a shocking trade minutes before Major League Baseball entered into a lockout Wednesday night. Boston acquired old friend Jackie Bradley Jr. and two prospects -- infielders Alex Binelas and David Hamilton -- from the Brewers for outfielder Hunter Renfroe,..." December 02

  • Orioles, Jordan Lyles agree to 1-year, $7M deal

    The Score "The Baltimore Orioles have signed right-handed starter Jordan Lyles to a one-year, $7-million contract that includes a 2023 team option, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The 31-year-old veteran spent the previous two campaigns with the Texas..." December 02

  • Phillies Sign Johan Camargo

    The Philadelphia Inquirer "In the waning minutes of Wednesday night, before a lockout by Major League Baseball owners froze transactions for an undetermined length of time, the Phillies’ 40-man roster churned once more. The Phillies signed infielder Johan Camargo to a one-year, $1.4 million contract and..." December 02

  • Rangers Sign Yohel Pozo, Three Others To Minor League Deals

    Lone Star Ball "The Texas Rangers have officially signed pitcher Jon Gray to a 4 year contract, it was announced today. The deal is reportedly for $56 million. We talked about Gray earlier this week when the deal was initially reported. The former #3 overall MLB Draft pick..." December 02

  • Cubs Sign Michael Hermosillo

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "The Chicago Cubs have reunited with outfielder Michael Hermosillo, signing the 26-year-old to a one-year deal late Wednesday evening. Hermosillo appeared in only 16 games with the Cubs last season, after spending his first three major league seasons with the Angels. His MLB..." December 02

  • Dodgers Designate Sheldon Neuse For Assignment

    True Blue L.A. "The Dodgers designated infielder Sheldon Neuse for assignment on Wednesday, the 40-man roster casualty for Los Angeles re-signing Chris Taylor to a four-year contract. Neuse was acquired along with pitcher Gus Varland from the A’s in February for pitcher Adam..." December 02

  • Padres Sign Robert Suarez

    Japan Times "The San Diego Padres have signed two-time Central League saves leader Robert Suarez to a one-year contract with a player option for the 2023 season, the club said Wednesday. The 30-year-old right-handed pitcher spent 2021 with the Hanshin Tigers in NPB. " December 02

  • Twins Sign Danny Coulombe, Jake Faria

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have signed a pair of pitchers to minor league contracts, tweets Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com. Left-hander Danny Coulombe and right-hander Jake Faria will join the Twins organization with invitations to Spring Training. Coulombe should be the more..." December 02

  • Guardians Sign Enyel De Los Santos

    Cleveland.com "The Guardians have signed right-hander Enyel De Los Santos to a minor league contract and invited him to big league spring training. De Los Santos, 25, pitched for the Phillies and Pirates this year. He went 2-1 with a 6.37 ERA in 33 games. The 6-3, 235-pounder struck out..." December 02

  • Angels Designate Sam Selman For Assignment

    CBS Sports "Selman appeared in 25 major-league games with the Angels and Giants during 2021 and posted a 5.76 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 19:12 K:BB in 25 innings. The move creates space on the Angels' 40-man roster for the addition of Raisel Iglesias. " December 02

  • Marcus Stroman will sign with the Chicago Cubs

    WGNTV.com "The team’s first major splash of their offseason has come in a major area of need for the club: Starting pitching, and they’ve got a player who’s shown his ability to excel in that role. On Wednesday, it was the player himself that broke the news that he’s..." December 01