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  • Angels GM hinting at going after Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg?

    Yardbarker "General manager Billy Eppler and the Los Angeles Angels know that they must add some starting pitching if they want to end a five-year playoff drought. Speaking at the GM meetings in Arizona on Monday, Eppler said that Los Angeles has the ability to be aggressive..." November 12

  • Josh Donaldson Has Interest from Nationals, Phillies, Rangers, More

    Bleacher Report "Third baseman Josh Donaldson will be 34 years old next season, but that reportedly hasn’t stopped "more than a half-dozen teams" from already expressing interest in the free agent this offseason. Mark Feinsand of reported the news, noting..." November 12

  • Should the Blue Jays try and break the bank for Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg?

    Toronto Star "The Blue Jays appear ready to dip their toes into the free-agent pool. The problem is they’re starting from the wrong end. By most accounts, Toronto is going to be an aggressive buyer this winter and the Jays should have more financial flexibility than just about any..." November 12

  • Draft Compensation For 8 Teams That Could Lose Qualified Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already looked at what pick(s) each of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball would need to surrender in order to sign one of the 10 free agents who rejected a qualifying offer last week. On the other side of the coin is what type of compensation each of the eight teams that issued a..." November 12

  • MLB will stop awarding prize belt to team that best suppresses salaries in arbitration

    NBC Sports "Earlier this year, Marc Carig of The Athletic published a report on a belt, awarded as a prize at the GM meetings every year to the team that did the most to “achieve the goals set by the industry.” That’s code for salary suppression in arbitration. MLBPA..." November 11

  • MLB rumors: Blockbuster trade seems likely this offseason

    CBS Sports "We've just dipped our toes into the MLB offseason of 2019-20, which means pretty much all the action has yet to transpire. That said, rumors regarding free agent player and team pairings and potential trades are already circulating, and we're here to get you up to speed on all the..." November 11

  • Predicting 1 future MVP from each team "On Thursday, we will find out the MVPs in the National League and the American League. When you win an MVP, you instantly go down in your team’s history. (Sorry D-backs, Rays and Mets: You still haven’t had an MVP.) It’s something both you and your franchise will have..." November 11

  • Cincinnati Reds interested in free agent Howie Kendrick

    Red Reporter "It’s not often that MLB players have career years in their mid-30’s, but that’s precisely what free agent Howie Kendrick pulled off at 36 during the 2019 season. At least, his rate stats were the single best of his career, as he hit a whopping .344/.395/.572 for..." November 11

  • 4 Teams Besides the Braves That Should Pursue Josh Donaldson

    12 Up "Third baseman Josh Donaldson is one of the top free agents on the market after a monster 2019 campaign with the Atlanta Braves. There's a good chance he returns to Atlanta, as they have the need at third base and he has a great relationship with GM Alex Anthopoulos. However,..." November 09

  • Christian Yelich's run game and other lessons from Bill James Handbook

    ESPN "So much happens during the World Series -- and there's always another game to look ahead to until the final one -- that a lot of small, important plays get lost in the big-picture takes. Two plays, quickly forgotten in aftermath of Stephen Strasburg's mastery and Anthony..." November 09

  • You're wearing that? Ugliest MLB uniforms in history

    USA Today "Remember that terrible 'Turn Ahead the Clock' promotion from 1999? Unfortunately, we all do. At least none of those uniforms accurately predicted the future. Case in point: the Pittsburgh Pirates ... Arizona Diamondbacks have a short and questionable history with sartorial..." November 09

  • Howie Kendrick wins 2019 Heart and Hustle Award

    NBC Sports "Every year, the MLB Players Alumni Association announces a winner for its annual Heart and Hustle Award. The award is given to the player who “best embodies the values, spirits and traditions of baseball.” The winner of the 2019 award is Nationals infielder Howie..." November 08

  • Juan Soto's ceiling, Gerrit Cole's mastery and other musings from October's road

    ESPN "It was Oct. 2, and fall had already settled over Chicago. The temperatures were in the 60s, the leaves had started to turn and crowds basked in the sidewalk cafés around the Loop, enjoying their last bit of al fresco dining before the coming freeze. Me? I headed for the airport with a..." November 08

  • 7 free agents who could sign early "The slow burn of free agency in recent years has become the norm, with players and clubs dancing with each other throughout the offseason before ultimately matching up. But once in a while, a team and a player match up so easily, the signing gets done before the calendar turns to..." November 08

  • Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto believes Bryce Harper is 'misunderstood,' not a 'villain'

    The Sports Daily "Phillies slugger Bryce Harper has a reputation among fans, and it’s not for reasons that he’d like. Harper, just like Kevin Durant, elected to leave the hometown team that drafted him, and built around him, which didn’t go over well — especially with those in..." November 08

  • 10 Bold Predictions For The MLB Offseason

    Sportsnaut "The 2019 MLB season is over and with it comes the start of the 2020 offseason. There is no rest for MLB teams as the coming weeks and months will play a defining role in shaping rosters and ultimately the entire 2020 season. There will be plenty of All-Star level talent available for..." November 08

  • Tony Clark’s statement on collusion was a necessary stand against MLB

    SB Nation "There are two years remaining in Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement with its players, but a growing rift between the two sides suggests negotiations are going to be bumpy. The latest conflict stemmed from a conference call between reporters..." November 07

  • Anthony Rendon Picked Perfect Time to Have a Career Year

    Bleacher Report "Anthony Rendon picked a hell of a time to have the best season of his career and one of the most heroic postseasons for a hitter in recent memory. His efforts not only helped lead the Washington Nationals to their first World Series championship but also happened on the eve of his..." November 07

  • Giancarlo Stanton Campaigning For Yankees To Sign Gerrit Cole & Stephen Strasburg

    TMZ "Giancarlo Stanton is ready for two more superstar teammates ... the Yankees outfielder tells TMZ Sports he wants NYY to sign BOTH Gerrit Cole AND Stephen Strasburg!! "You can never go wrong with Cole and Strasburg!" Stanton says. The..." November 07

  • 4 Blockbuster Francisco Lindor Trades That Would Change MLB

    12 Up "With only two years left on his contract, Francisco Lindor may not be in a Cleveland Indians uniform much longer (as the team's owners have clearly stated, enjoy him!). As he enters his prime and becomes less affordable, the Indians may prepare to trade him before things get too..." November 07

  • 2019 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners announced

    Yahoo! Sports "On Tuesday, the winners of the 2019 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards were announced on MLB Network. Gold Gloves were handed out on Sunday, but Wilson has their own line of defensive awards. The differences between the two are that the Wilson awards are not as widely hailed and..." November 07

  • Veteran Howie Kendrick drawing early interest

    TSN "Following his strong playoff run with the Washington Nationals, free agent utilityman Howie Kendrick is drawing early interest according to The Athletic's Brittany Ghiroli. Kendrick is reportedly being eyed by the Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins, the two teams located..." November 06

  • Super Two eligibility set at earliest point in a decade

    Hardball Talk "MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Super Two cutoff has been set at two years and 115 days of service time. It’s the lowest the threshold has been set in a decade. Super Two eligibility is a salary arbitration concept. All players who have zero to two years of service time..." November 05

  • Kurt Suzuki didn’t stick to sports, and neither should anyone else

    Yahoo! Sports "The scene at the White House on Monday was, like everything in Washington in 2019, both awkward and fascinating. The Washington Nationals — most of them, anyway — had gathered en masse to receive the congratulations of their president for winning..." November 05

  • How Much Is Stephen Strasburg Really Worth in the Free-Agent Market?

    Bleacher Report "Teams across Major League Baseball now have a chance to sign the 2019 World Series MVP, but he won't come cheap. After months of speculation, ace right-hander Stephen Strasburg officially entered the free-agent market Saturday when he opted out of the last four..." November 05

  • Electronic strike zone coming to Minor League Baseball in 2020

    Sporting News "Minor League Baseball will implement an automated strike zone in some stadiums for the 2020 season, the latest evolution on the path to so-called robot umps, according to a report from The Athletic. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Network recently that the technology for a..." November 05

  • Nationals rode their rotation to World Series title

    Boston Globe "The Washington Nationals were a team with a high payroll built around a particularly expensive rotation. They played in a hotly competitive division and got off to a slow start amid high expectations. Does that sound familiar, Red Sox fans? The Nationals were 19-31 after 50..." November 04

  • Nationals' Max Scherzer gifts team with commemorative bottles ahead of World Series parade

    Sporting News "Washington celebrated its first World Series title Saturday with a parade, but pitcher Max Scherzer made sure to gift the Nationals with something else to honor their achievement. Scherzer awarded team personnel with bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue Label scotch that..." November 04

  • MLB awards: Finalists announced for 2019 MVP, Cy Young, Rookie and Manager of the Year honors

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball revealed the  finalists for each of the four major Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards for the 2019 regular season. Those four awards: MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year. There are three finalists for each award in both..." November 04

  • Stephen Strasburg says he did not snub Donald Trump on handshake

    Larry Brown Sports "Stephen Strasburg logged on to Twitter to send his first tweet in a year and a half, and it was to set matters straight about his visit to the White House on Monday. Strasburg’s Washington Nationals went to the White House to be honored for winning the World Series. Eight..." November 04

  • Lou Whitaker, Dwight Evans headline HOF's 2020 Modern Era ballot

    The Score "The National Baseball Hall of Fame revealed this year's Modern Baseball Era committee ballot Monday, with 10 candidates seeking induction as part of the Class of 2020. Nine former players - Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson, Dale..." November 04

  • Stephen Strasburg, Nats to work on new deal 'right away'

    Sportsnaut "Coming off their first World Series championship behind a heroic effort by starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the Washington Nationals are reportedly already planning to work on a new deal for the World Series MVP. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Washington is willing to..." November 04

  • 7 possible landing spots for Stephen Strasburg

    The Score "Days after being named World Series MVP, Stephen Strasburg opted out of his contract with the Washington Nationals and will test free agency for the first time. By opting out, Strasburg leaves $100 million on the table and will roll the dice on the open market in the hope of..." November 04

  • The 2019 Gold Glove Award winners are ... "The best fielders in baseball took home hardware on Sunday night, as the winners of the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced. First-time winners such as Cleveland's Roberto Pérez and Milwaukee's Lorenzo Cain joined multiple honorees like seven-time winners..." November 04

  • The Nationals celebrated by pounding beers at the Capitals game

    Yahoo! Sports "The Nationals won the World Series on Wednesday, celebrated deep into Thursday morning, had their parade on Saturday so on Sunday they rested. Haha, just kidding. On Sunday they went to the Calgary Flames-Washington Capitals game and pounded beers and took their shirts off and..." November 04

  • Padres Plan To Pursue Stephen Strasburg

    MLB Trade Rumors "With Nationals co-ace and World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg opting out of his contract and preparing to hit free agency, the Padres are gearing up to make a push for the right-hander’s services. According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, “multiple people..." November 03

  • Stephen Strasburg opts out of contract with Nationals. What now?

    USA Today "Days after being named World Series Most Valuable Player, Stephen Strasburg is in the headlines again – this time for opting out of his contract with the Washington Nationals. This was mostly a formality for the postseason hero, who becomes one of the top players on the..." November 03

  • Sean Doolittle on Trump’s Racism, Hate Towards LGBT Community and Disabled Reporters As Reasons For No Visit

    Black Sports Online "This week, the Nationals won their first World Series title as they beat the Astros on the road in Game 7. Surprisingly, no home team won a game in this series. Washington originally had a 2-0 lead but Houston won three straight on the road to take a 3-2 series lead. From there, the Nats stole..." November 03

  • Nationals Won't Pick up Option on Ryan Zimmerman

    12 Up "The first player ever drafted by the Washington Nationals just won his first World Series with the team, but all of a sudden there's a possibility he won't be back in D.C. next season. Per Jon Heyman, the Nationals declined the option on Ryan Zimmerman's..." November 03

  • Trea Turner catches beer from Nationals fan at parade

    The Sports Daily "Nationals fans were out in full force to celebrate the team’s first World Series championship in franchise history. The parade took place in Washington D.C. on Saturday, from the Washington Monument to just a few blocks from the Capitol. It began in the early afternoon, and gave..." November 03

  • Three lessons not to draw from Nationals’ remarkable 2019 World Series win

    Sportsnet "Every year, once a World Series winner is crowned, the question resurfaces: what conclusions should we draw from the latest champion’s path to the top? When the Kansas City Royals won it all, we marvelled at their contact rate. Then the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros..." November 03

  • World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to opt out of contract, hit free agency

    Yahoo! Sports "It was a joyous day for the Washington Nationals with their World Series parade, but it wasn’t without some bad, and not surprising, news. As expected, World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg has decided to opt out of the four years and $100 million remaining on his contract and hit..." November 02

  • Brian Dozier was so wasted at the Nationals’ parade, sang ‘Calma’ shirtless

    Larry Brown Sports "Nobody enjoyed himself more at the Washington Nationals’ championship on Saturday than Brian Dozier. The Nationals infielder seemed clearly drunk during an interview in which he gave a funny hug to a reporter and ranked the way he was feeling as “a million and one”..." November 02

  • Every pitcher from the 2014 Detroit Tigers starting rotation is now a World Series champion

    CBS Sports "Congratulations to the entire 2014 Detroit Tigers starting rotation on their World Series rings, none of which were actually won with the Detroit Tigers.  With Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez as part of the Washington Nationals team that..." November 02

  • Here are baseball's top 20 free agents "If it feels like last year’s free agency just ended, that’s because it did. The “winter” technically stretched into early June, when Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel finally signed with the Braves and Cubs, respectively. But it won’t..." November 02

  • Opinion: Washington Nationals have tough call to make on attending White House

    USA Today "The Washington Nationals have some choices to make, ones that could profoundly impact how the team is seen going forward. This isn't about free agency. That will come soon enough. In the coming days, the Nationals, their coaches and front office staff, even owner Ted Lerner and..." November 02

  • Here’s everything that’s happening in the 2019-2020 Off-season

    NBC Sports "Rogers Hornsby’s most famous quote goes like this: “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” Rogers Hornsby, of course, died in 1963 and back then they didn’t..." November 02

  • Howie Kendrick wants to keep playing after magical World Series run with Nationals

    Sporting News "At 36, Howie Kendrick isn't ready to call it a career just yet after a magical playoff run with the Nationals. Kendrick, who has played for four teams in 14 years, has only "thought about retirement seriously once" in his career, according to The Athletic,..." November 01

  • Sean Doolittle Opts Out of White House Visit

    The Big Lead "Sean Doolittle will not be joining his Washington Nationals teammates when they are hosted at the White House on Monday. The man who closed out Game 7 of the World Series is opting out of showing up after long being active on social issues that don't align with the current occupant of the..." November 01

  • Washington Nationals Belly-Flop Guy Strips Again for Weather Report

    TMZ "IT'S RAINING (LARGE) MEN, HALLELUJAH!!!! The fat guy who slid on the Washington Nationals dugout after the World Series is BLOWING UP!!! He just got invited to do the weather for FOX 5 in Washington D.C. ... and man, he crushed it!! In fact, the Nats super-fan..." November 01