• Will Kris Bryant still be with the Cubs next season?

    Chicago Sun-Times "For six years, they grew together, lived together, played together, won together, celebrated together and failed together. And just in the last couple of weeks they got together to formally air a 4½-year-old grievance. If they were a Facebook page, the Cubs’..." November 15

  • Alex Cora's Connection to Astros Scandal Should Open More Questions About Red Sox Legitimacy

    12 Up "We are a few days removed from The Athletic's bombshell report, which revealed resounding evidence the Houston Astros were electronically stealing signs during their 2017 World Series-winning campaign. The fallout has forced pundits within..." November 15

  • Yokohama BayStars Post Yoshitomo Tsutsugo

    Japan Times "The Yokohama BayStars have posted Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Japan’s 2017 World Baseball Classic cleanup hitter, to the majors, the team announced on Friday. After all 30 major league teams have been notified of the posting, Tsutsugo will have 30 days to negotiate a contract with any..." November 15

  • Ben Cherington Front-Runner To Become Pirates’ GM

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Ben Cherington has emerged as the Pirates’ No. 1 choice to become their next general manager, multiple sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday. The trick now will be closing the deal and persuading a World Series winner — who has spent almost his entire career..." November 15

  • Yankees facing a new Clint Frazier trade value reality

    New York Post "If he didn’t generate quite as much conversation as electronic sign-stealing at this week’s general managers’ meetings, Clint Frazier probably would appreciate that the topic of his name — his value on the trade market, specifically — doesn’t lack..." November 15

  • 7 Players Reject Qualifying Offers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The 4pm CT deadline has passed for free agents to accept or reject qualifying offers, and seven of the 10 players issued offers have officially turned them down.  An eighth free agent, Will Smith, rejected the Giants’ qualifying offer and left the free agent market even before..." November 15

  • Angels open to trading young players to fill holes like starting pitching

    Orange County Register "For all the talk about the free-agent starting pitching market, Billy Eppler believes the Angels are well-positioned to make some noise in the trade market too. As he left the GM Meetings on Thursday morning, the Angels’ general manager said he’d made progress in terms of..." November 15

  • Finally, Giants boss Farhan Zaidi can focus on improving roster

    Yardbarker "“We’re going to be open to anything and see what the market yields ,” Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle about the team’s offseason plans. It isn’t markedly different from the..." November 15

  • Trevor Plouffe becomes latest ex-MLBer to implicate Astros in sign-stealing

    MSN.com "As the investigation into the Houston Astros' sign-stealing continues and broadens, a former major-leaguer believes he can provide some details of how the scheme operated. Trevor Plouffe, a nine-year veteran who last played in 2018, explained that the Astros used a live..." November 15

  • Houston, high-tech swindling of pitch calls steal all the attention at GM Meetings

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch " Faced daily this week with further questions about the culture of his club and allegations of the high-tech swindling of signs, Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow, surrounded by a gaggle of reporters, said he’s concerned all the focus will be on whether or not the Astros spy the..." November 15

  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman suggests Kyle Higashioka could replace Austin Romine as backup catcher

    New York Daily News "Fresh off the 2019 GM meetings in Scottsdale, Yankees GM Brian Cashman gave some added insight into the Yankees’ offseason plans on Thursday, including their plans at key depth areas. The Yankees exec shared he would be “comfortable” using Kyle Higashioka as the..." November 15

  • Giants' Kevin Pillar receives surprise vote on NL MVP ballot

    The Score "San Francisco Giants outfielder Kevin Pillar apparently produced enough in 2019 to get a single 10th-place vote for the National League Most Valuable Player Award, which was announced Thursday by the Baseball Writers' Association of..." November 15

  • Tyler Austin Signs With Yokohama DeNA BayStars

    Brew Crew Ball "It didn’t take long for Tyler Austin to find work after declaring free agency following his outright assignment by the Brewers to start the offseason. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports the former Brewer and Yankee is heading to Japan to play in Yokohama on a..." November 15

  • Sign-stealing penalties could be ‘unlike anything seen in the sport’s recent history’

    NBC Sports "Early this morning we learned that Major League Baseball was planning to talk to former Astros Carlos Beltrán and Alex Cora as part of the sign-stealing investigation. Late this morning Jeff Passan of ESPN reported that the investigation is, actually, going to go much..." November 14

  • Red Sox Passing on Will Smith Proves They Will Be Too Budget-Conscious to Fix Bullpen

    12 Up "What do the Boston Red Sox think's going to happen? A pile of cost-effective, dominant relievers are going to stroll into Fenway Park this offseason and comprise a dominant bullpen in Beantown? Good assets cost money. You'd think that wouldn't be a problem for..." November 14

  • Angels outfielder Mike Trout voted AL most valuable player for a third time

    Los Angeles Times "Five years ago, Angels center fielder Mike Trout became the youngest player at the time to be named most valuable player in a unanimous vote. He was 23, already two full seasons into his dominating romp of the major leagues. He had nearly won the American League award the two previous seasons..." November 14

  • Dodgers' Cody Bellinger named 2019 NL MVP, denies Christian Yelich back-to-back victories

    CBS Sports "The Baseball Writers Association of America announced both league's Most Valuable Player Award winners on Thursday evening. In the National League, Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger took home the trophy over fellow finalists Milwaukee..." November 14

  • Footage Seems To Show Astros' Whistling The Yankees Complained About In Playoffs

    Total Pro Sports "Before the banging of trash cans came into the fold during the 2017 season, there were accusations from the New York Yankess in the ALCS that accused the Houston Astros of stealing signs and relaying them to hitters by whistling. This video is from Game 2 of the ALCS this year in..." November 14

  • Yasiel Puig could be target for Marlins, reuniting him with Don Mattingly?

    Larry Brown Sports "After four years apart, Yasiel Puig and Don Mattingly could find themselves back together again. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Thursday that the veteran outfielder Puig could be a fit for the Miami Marlins this winter. Heyman also notes Nicholas Castellanos and Marcell..." November 14

  • Here's What Major League Baseball Should Do to the Astros

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball has no choice but to get to the bottom of sign-stealing operations, spurred on by a bombshell report earlier this week implicating the 2017 Houston Astros. With each video-taped tipoff that emerges, the franchise looks worse and worse and plausible deniability..." November 14

  • Braves Sign All-Star Reliever Will Smith to Multi-Year Contract in Huge Move for Bullpen

    12 Up "The Atlanta Braves are being aggressive in the early going of MLB free agency and they just made a crucial move to help shore up their largely shaky bullpen. On Thursday, the team announced it signed All-Star reliever Will Smith to a three-year contract. The left-hander has..." November 14

  • Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi accepts one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Jake Odorizzi is banking on the sure thing. The Twins pitcher accepted the team's one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer at Thursday's deadline rather than risk the waters of free agency. Odorizzi will make the average of the top 125 salaries in 2018. He turns 30..." November 14

  • Jose Abreu Accepts Qualifying Offer From White Sox

    MLB Trade Rumors "Jose Abreu will stay with the White Sox rather than test the free agent market, as ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan reports (Twitter link) that the first baseman has accepted the team’s one-year, $17.8MM qualifying offer. The team has since announced that Abreu is indeed returning after..." November 14

  • Blue Jays bench coach Dave Hudgens involved in MLB's sign-stealing investigation

    Yahoo! Sports "The Houston Astros appear to be descending further into a lengthy PR nightmare, and it looks like they’re nowhere close to getting out of it. After The Athletic’s discovery this past week of the team stealing signs back in 2017 through a complicated system, Major..." November 14

  • Mets GM: Noah Syndergaard ‘no longer for sale’ despite teams reaching out

    Sportsnaut "As MLB teams begin their offseason in search of high-end starting pitching, they are quickly learning that New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard will not be available this offseason. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters on Thursday that multiple teams have..." November 14

  • MLB vultures tried prying Gary Sanchez from Yankees

    New York Post "Had Brian Cashman so desired, he professed on Wednesday, he could have sold Gary Sanchez a year ago easier than a Disney+ subscription to a Star Wars nerd. And given that Sanchez enjoyed a rebound 2019, the Yankees general manager reiterated, he sure as heck won’t give up on him..." November 14

  • Report: MLB expanding probe of Astros' sign-stealing system

    The Score "Major League Baseball is expanding its probe of the 2017 Houston Astros' sign-stealing system, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. The league is now investigating whether other teams, including the 2019 Astros, stole signs illegally using technology. Current Boston..." November 14

  • Nationals tried to make stealing signs as hard as possible for Astros in World Series

    Sporting News "Sign-stealing by MLB teams is becoming ever more sophisticated, and some clubs are responding by making their own signs from catchers to pitchers difficult to decipher. The Nationals took their countermeasures to an extreme in this year's World Series vs. the..." November 14

  • Hyun-Jin Ryu Hoping For Three- Or Four-Year Deal

    Yonhap News Agency "South Korean free agent pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin has never had a countryman as a teammate in his major league career. And upon returning home for the offseason on Thursday, Ryu said doing so with veteran South Korean outfielder Choo Shin-soo on the Texas Rangers would be..." November 14

  • BBWAA corrects $100,000 error in NL Cy Young vote totals

    Larry Brown Sports "The Baseball Writers Association of America had to issue a correction to their NL Cy Young award vote totals on Wednesday after making a $100,000 error. Jacob deGrom won the NL Cy Young award almost unanimously, as he received 29 of 30 possible first-place votes. The initial vote..." November 14

  • Yankees Reportedly 'Getting a Lot of Interest' in Miguel Andujar Trade at GM Meetings

    SNY TV "As Yankees GM Brian Cashman assesses his 26-man roster for next season, he'll most likely take a long, hard look at Miguel Andujar.  Why? Well, where does he truly fit?  He'll be 25 at the start of the season, and his 2018 campaign that saw..." November 14

  • 5 possible landing spots for Yasmani Grandal

    The Score "One of the best catchers in the majors is once again a free agent, as Yasmani Grandal declined a $16-million mutual option to return to the Milwaukee Brewers. The two-time All-Star signed a one-year, $18.25-million contract with the club last offseason. Grandal, 31,..." November 14

  • Jake Odorizzi ‘Strongly Considering’ Twins’ Qualifying Offer

    TSN "Starter Jake Odorizzi might not dip his toe into free agency after all. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that the 29-year-old right-hander is seriously considering accepting his one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer from the Minnesota..." November 14

  • How GMs are adapting to new rules for 2020

    MLB.com "General managers are operating under some new rules, which should result in changes when it comes to their approach to roster construction. The two biggest changes involve the addition of a 26th roster spot and a new rule requiring pitchers to face a minimum of three..." November 14

  • Pirates GM Search Reportedly Down to 2 Candidates

    12 Up "The Pittsburgh Pirates search for a new general manager is just about wrapping up, with only a couple of candidates left. Pittsburgh has been without a general manager since firing Neal Huntington on Oct. 28, so they've been looking to find someone new for the..." November 14

  • Reds To Give Consideration To Qualifying Offer Recipients

    Cincinnati Enquirer " When the Reds entered the offseason last year, their big focus was improving their starting pitching and they netted three starters through trades: Tanner Roark, Alex Wood and Sonny Gray. As all 30 teams meet at the General Managers Meetings at the Omni Resort in..." November 14

  • Gabe Kapler says he spoke to his mom about Dodgers sexual assault incident

    Yahoo! Sports "Gabe Kapler was named the Giants new manager last night. Today he met the press. Most of it was pretty run-of-the-mill. He wants to win. He knows he’s following a legend in Bruce Bochy and knows he can’t fill those shoes immediately, if ever. Kapler is usually pretty..." November 14

  • Mike Napoli To Join Cubs’ Coaching Staff

    105.3 The Fan "Former Texas Ranger Mike Napoli is joining the Chicago Cubs coaching staff as a quality assurance coach, Jon Heyman reports.        Mike Napoli is joining the Cubs coaching..." November 14

  • Pete Alonso Deserves Long-Term Contract From New York Mets

    Forbes.com "Now that New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has won honors as National League Rookie of the Year, his club needs to sign him to a multi-million dollar long-term contract, eating up at least his early arbitration eligible years. Mets vice president and general manager Brodie Van..." November 14

  • Mets really cannot afford to keep wasting Jacob deGrom

    New York Post "Tom Seaver is now in Jacob deGrom’s sights. The shortstop-turned-pitcher at Stetson University won his second straight Cy Young Award on Wednesday, gathering 29 of the 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The Mets ace..." November 14

  • Pete Alonso Owns Random Fan Who Called Him Fat After Congratulating Mets Teammate Jacob deGrom

    Total Pro Sports "24 hours ago, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso won National League Rookie of the Year, but the good times were just beginning for the Mets. On Wednesday, his teammate Jacob deGrom took home his second straight NL Cy Young Award, and Alonso was right there on social media to congratulate..." November 14

  • Quiet Early Market For Ken Giles

    MLB Trade Rumors "Blue Jays reliever Ken Giles seemingly factors as a big potential trade piece. But the market isn’t bouncing with early interest in the righty, per Scott Mitchell of TSN (Twitter link). That’s somewhat surprising to hear, given that teams weighing the open-market..." November 14

  • Padres to meet with Madison Bumgarner's agent

    The Score "The San Diego Padres are on the hunt this offseason for rotation help and have been connected to a wide assortment of starting pitchers, and they've added another name to the list. San Diego is interested in free-agent left-hander Madison Bumgarner and plans to..." November 14

  • This Astros-Red Sox Trade for Mookie Betts Could Actually Work

    12 Up "The Boston Red Sox, who always have championship expectations, have a conundrum on their hands. Mookie Betts is unquestionably their best player, but he's a free agent after the 2020 season and it doesn't look like he'll sign an extension before..." November 14

  • Dodgers keeping Anthony Rendon on radar

    Dodger Blue "Although the Los Angeles Dodgers fell well short of their goal by being eliminated in the National League Division Series, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman pushed back on the idea of wholesale changes being necessary. For one, Friedman said he anticipated signing a new..." November 14

  • Royals not trading Whit Merrifield despite mounting interest

    Bleacher Nation "There was a rumor earlier this offseason that the Cubs might make trading for Whit Merrifield a “priority,” but even if it’s true, the Royals would have to actually engage in those trade talks to make anything happen. And the signal they’re putting..." November 14

  • Mariners reportedly open to trading Mitch Haniger, but not Marco Gonzales

    Yardbarker "Although he’s coming off a season filled with adversity, Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger remains an appealing trade target around the league, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports (subscription link). The Mariners would consider trading Haniger, but..." November 14

  • Rawlings may have been misleading consumers about postseason memorabilia baseballs

    Hardball Talk "A handful of baseball writers have been on the altered-baseball beat for the last few years. Among them is Dr. Meredith Wills, who has studied the baseball — manufactured by Rawlings — several times for The Athletic. Wills took apart batches of baseballs, measuring things such as..." November 14

  • Rockies' Jon Gray is popular trade target

    The Score "One of the Colorado Rockies' most effective pitchers is a popular trade target at the general manager meetings in Arizona. Right-hander Jon Gray is among a select group of controllable starters who may be traded this offseason, reports MLB Network's Jon..." November 14

  • Phillies touch base with agent Scott Boras on Mike Moustakas and free-agent pitchers

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Scott Boras, baseball’s most high-powered agent, has forged an undeniable chemistry with the Phillies and owner John Middleton, in particular, over the last two years. It started with the pursuit and eventual signing of Jake Arrieta before the 2018 season and reached a crescendo last..." November 14