• 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

  • 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

  • Marlins Interested In Jose Abreu

    Clutch Points "The Miami Marlins find themselves in an interesting position heading into this winter. They are undeniably one of the worst teams in baseball, and most of their most effective players are entering the latter half of their 20s, making these players potentially expendable in..." November 14

  • Rangers have two quality starting pitchers. Free agency may yield a third, maybe a fourth

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "For all the talk that has been generated about the Texas Rangers’ need for a third baseman, the postseason again showed unequivocally that quality starting pitching rules the day. The Texas Rangers had two quality starting pitchers in 2019 who were good enough to be placed..." November 14

  • Blue Jays among teams who’ve met with catcher Yasmani Grandal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are on the list of teams who have met with free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal, according to ESPN’s Marly Rivera.       Count the November 14

  • Astros Intend To Add Veteran Starters

    MSN.com "Even as the Astros fend off yet another controversy, they’re working to tweak an exceptionally talented roster. And GM Jeff Luhnow says that a key focus for the winter is to buttress a rotation that stands to lose key pieces to free agency, as Chandler Rome of the Houston..." November 14

  • Twins Interested In Retaining Sergio Romo

    Yardbarker "The Twins are interested in a reunion with right-hander Sergio Romo, according to Dan Hayes of The Athletic. The veteran righty pitched well in Minnesota upon being acquired prior to the July trade deadline but became a free agent at season’s end. Romo, 37 in..." November 14

  • Never Forget Justin Verlander Complained About Indians Allegedly Stealing Signs From Tigers in 2017

    12 Up "Here we are folks, the pinnacle of hypocrisy. The Houston Astros have been accused of electronically stealing signs back during their World Series-winning season in 2017, with some fairly convincing evidence suggesting the allegations are true. So, what do the players..." November 14

  • Blue Jays Have “Legitimate Interest” In Jake Odorizzi

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have “legitimate interest” in free agent hurler Jake Odorizzi, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca. The Toronto organization has already held a sit-down with his agents regarding that interest (among other matters, no doubt). Such a connection..." November 14

  • Yadier Molina Intends To Play Beyond 2020 Season

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch " Originally, Yadier Molina's plan was to play through the end of his current contract, trade in his pads and catcher's mitt maybe for a fungo bat and some time as a coach for Team Puerto Rico or a guest instructor with the Cardinals, and then wait for the time to get fitted for a..." November 14

  • Twins To Extend Derek Falvey, Thad Levine

    SKOR North "The Twins baseball bosses just got some job security. Minnesota’s top officers in the baseball department were given contract extensions, according to a report in the Star Tribune.  The deals have not been announced, but according to the report they will keep Derek..." November 14

  • Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander Named Cy Young Winners

    MLB Trade Rumors "Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom and Astros righty Justin Verlander have been named the Cy Young Award winners in their respective leagues, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Wednesday (click for voting breakdowns in the National..." November 13

  • Alex Gordon expected to re-sign with Royals

    Clutch Points "The Kansas City Royals declined their $23 million mutual option on outfielder Alex Gordon, but the signs point to the two sides working out a new deal, according to James Woolridge of the Kansas City Star. Woolridge writes that although Gordon has contemplated..." November 13

  • As top free agents hit the market, Scott Boras says MLB's system is 'corrupt'

    USA Today "Scott Boras, who represents the biggest prizes in the free agent market this winter, swung away at baseball’s economic system, believing change is drastically needed, and is responsible for baseball’s declining attendance. Baseball’s slow free agent market..." November 13

  • Report: Indians taking calls on Shane Bieber, other young starters

    The Score "The Cleveland Indians' phone lines are busy these days. Not only are there rumblings that rival teams are interested in star shortstop Francisco Lindor, but the Indians are also receiving inquiries about their young starting pitchers, including Shane..." November 13

  • Cubs hire A's asst. GM Dan Kantrovitz as vice president of scouting

    Yardbarker "The Cubs announced Wednesday that they’ve hired Dan Kantrovitz away from the Athletics to serve as their new vice president of scouting. Kantrovitz had been an assistant general manager with Oakland for the past five years, working under executive vice president of operations Billy Beane..." November 13

  • MLB rumors: Dodgers and Rangers in on Josh Donaldson

    CBS Sports "With the annual general manager meetings underway, the lull between the end of the postseason and the hot stove period should be concluding in the near future. Top executives are actually starting to acknowledge potential offseason free agent targets or their intent to make an impact on the..." November 13

  • Yankees, Phillies reportedly eyeing Madison Bumgarner

    MLB.com "After a memorable 11-season run with the Giants that included four straight All-Star appearances and top-10 finishes in NL Cy Young Award voting (2013-16), as well as three World Series titles (2010, '12 and '14) and 2014 Fall Classic MVP honors, Madison Bumgarner is headed to..." November 13

  • Trevor Bauer Vindicated After He Called out Astros for Cheating at the Beginning of the 2018 Season

    Bardown "It turns out Trevor Bauer was onto something all along. In May 2018, Bauer shared a couple of tweets implying that the Houston Astros have been illegally stealing signs from other teams around the league. He didn’t name any names, but it came the..." November 13

  • Who Will the Yankees Get This Offseason to Bolster Their Pitching Staff?

    Bleacher Report "It doesn't take great detective work to figure out what New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is up to this week at the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona. If you're looking at this mini-convention through the prism of a transaction wire,..." November 13

  • Alex Bregman island vacay with smokin' hot GF

    TMZ "Here's Alex Bregman super concerned about the Astros' cheating scand -- AHH JUST KIDDING, BREGS CLEARLY COULDN'T CARE LESS ABOUT YOUR ACCUSATIONS!!! The 'Stros superstar bolted from all the drama in Texas this week to get in a sick island vacay with his..." November 13

  • Bryce Harper and Wife Basking in Their Italian Vacation

    Sports Gossip "Bryce Harper sure is enjoying is offseason so far. Hopefully next season it doesn't start so early.  " November 13

  • These Cubs could be involved in trade rumors

    MLB.com "There will be no stopping trade rumors from flowing about the Cubs this offseason. The team is in the midst of an offseason of transition and a slew of circumstances surrounding Chicago will only lend to speculation about players potentially on the move. The Cubs' payroll already..." November 13

  • Yu Darvish sends hilarious tweet about Astros cheating scandal

    Larry Brown Sports "Yu Darvish has shouldered much of the blame for the Los Angeles Dodgers losing to the Houston Astros in the 2017 World Series, but the bombshell report that was published on Tuesday has some wondering if he may have been just another victim of sign stealing. Darvish has obviously heard those..." November 13

  • There's reportedly a huge trade market for Indians star Francisco Lindor

    Sportsnaut "It was noted immediately after the 2019 season that the Cleveland Indians could move four-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor. The idea behind these rumors were obvious. Cleveland could very well be in cost-cutting mode moving forward. As one of the best shortstops in the game,..." November 13

  • Astros’ GM Jeff Luhnow: ‘We try and follow the rules’

    The Score "On Tuesday, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow addressed allegations that his team used technology to illegally steal signs during the 2017 season. While Luhnow admitted that the Astros "haven't done everything properly," he insisted that the..." November 13

  • Cubs Retool Requires Drastic Change

    Bleacher Report "The Chicago Cubs are gearing up for drastic changes, perhaps up to and including trades of 2016 National League MVP Kris Bryant or two-time All-Star Willson Contreras. According to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, Bryant is among a trio of superstars at the center..." November 13