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  • MLB says it's willing to walk away from minors deal, but what would take its place?

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball is angry with Minor League Baseball for continuing to negotiate a new business agreement in public. The feud escalated Friday to the point that MLB threatened to walk away entirely from its decadeslong partnership with the minors' governing body. Was that a..." December 14

  • Five MLB Blockbuster Trades We Would Love To See This Winter

    Sportsnaut "The 2019 MLB winter meetings are in the books and the four-day extravaganza provided plenty of movement across baseball. Now with many of the top free agents off the board, our attention shifts to this offseason’s top trade candidates. There is more MVP-caliber talent..." December 14

  • MLB Winter Meetings are in the books, now let's reset the free agent and trade markets

    CBS Sports "A Winter Meetings most frenzied -- one in which more than $1 billion in guaranteed salary was cast about -- is freshly behind us. While the highest-profile likes of Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg are now spoken for, we've still got a number of..." December 13

  • Phillies To Sign Matt Szczur

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies are about to sign a player with a resume chock-full of impressive — and important — accomplishments. According to sources, Matt Szczur, the 30-year-old outfielder from South Jersey, has agreed to sign a minor-league contract with the Phils. The deal..." December 13

  • After winter meetings spending spree, attention turns to MLB's trade market

    USA Today "The Chicago Cubs came to town ready to trade one of their stars, only to sit helplessly and watch other teams instead empty their checking accounts for free agents. The Los Angeles Dodgers were preparing to spend the most money on a free agent in franchise history, only to find..." December 13

  • Teams Reportedly Asked the Cubs About Yu Darvish

    Bleacher Nation "When Stephen Strasburg and Gerrit Cole signed to absolutely record-shattering contracts this week, it was a pretty natural instinct to look around at other, existing deals around baseball and consider their value through a new lens. In particular, to Cubs fans, the four years and $81..." December 13

  • Eight candidates to be MLB's next $300 million pitcher after Gerrit Cole's record-breaking Yankees deal

    CBS Sports "As the sun sets on the 2019 Winter Meetings, MLB executives will head home having seen two pitchers sign record contracts in the span of 30 hours or so. The Nationals gave Stephen Strasburg a seven-year deal worth $245 million on Monday. At the time, it was the richest pitching contract in..." December 12

  • Scott Boras pulls off huge free agency coup and gets money flowing back into baseball

    USA Today "Quite simply, it’s the greatest week by an agent in baseball history. In a matter of about 48 hours, Scott Boras had three clients sign contracts worth a staggering $824 million, with third baseman Anthony Rendon signing Wednesday night to a seven-year, $245 million..." December 12

  • Phillies To Re-Sign Phil Gosselin

    Sports Talk Philly "The 2019 Phillies had a bench that featured many players such as veterans Brad Miller and Sean Rodriguez.  But it was someone who only had a cup of coffee with the Phillies who led the team in pinch-hitting.  That would be Malvern native Phil Gosselin, who..." December 12

  • Phillies likely to move on from Odúbel Herrera

    Yahoo! Sports "Phillies GM Matt Klentak didn’t specifically say Odúbel Herrera’s days were numbered, but the way he discussed his team’s outfield situation all but cast Herrera out of the franchise’s plans, per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports..." December 12

  • MLB to test for opioids, won't punish for marijuana use in 2020

    The Score "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have agreed to a new drug policy that will test for opioids but won't punish for marijuana use, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. The agreement will be implemented for the 2020 season..." December 12

  • Rob Manfred bashes Minor League Baseball’s response to his contraction scheme

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball’s plan to essentially contract 42 minor league baseball teams by eliminating their major league affiliations has not gone over very well with, well, almost anyone. It was immediately assailed by many the moment it was first reported by Baseball..." December 12

  • Rob Manfred confirms new three-batter minimum rule, and MLB managers aren't thrilled

    Sporting News "To say there was some uncertainty among MLB managers about the potential of new rules impacting the 2020 season would be putting it mildly.  Specifically, there were questions about the proposed three-batter minimum for relief pitchers, a rule aimed at reducing pitching changes..." December 11

  • Uptick in home runs attributed to seam heights and batting techniques, not juiced balls

    ESPN "Decreases in air resistance spurred by inconsistent seam height on the baseball and "changes in player behavior" that produced different launch angles and exit velocities led to the dramatic increase in home runs during the 2019 season, a committee of professors tasked by Major League..." December 11

  • What do the losers of the Gerrit Cole derby do now?

    Hardball Talk "Gerrit Cole is now a New York Yankee. Nine years and $324 million make that so. But though the Yankees are the only team who gets him, they weren’t the only team interested in him. So let’s take a look at what the losers of the Gerrit Cole derby — the Dodgers and the..." December 11

  • Four teams that should trade for David Price

    Sportsnaut "As MLB teams compete in bidding wars for the top free-agent pitchers, the recent availability of Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price could change everything for clubs looking to bolster their rotation. Boston is looking to shed significant payroll this winter and,..." December 11

  • Inaugural All-MLB teams announced

    Yahoo! Sports "On Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, Major League Baseball announced the members of the All-MLB Team, recognizing the top performances by players in the 2019 regular season. It announced both a “first team” and “second team.” The fan vote accounted..." December 11

  • MLB free agency is a booming business once again: 'Great teams want great players'

    USA Today "Scott Boras, who represents the cream of this year’s free agent crop, believes teams are being substantially more aggressive in pursuit of players than they have in years. The accusations of collusion that dominated the landscape the past few years at baseball’s..." December 10

  • What does Phillies free-agent deal with Didi Gregorius mean for Jean Segura?

    Sporting News "The Phillies agreed to terms on a one-year, $14 million deal with free-agent shortstop Didi Gregorius on Tuesday, as first reported by Joel Sherman. Gregorius, 29, expanded his offensive game over the past five seasons with the Yankees to become much more than a defensive..." December 10

  • Yankees lose Didi Gregorius to the Phillies and Joe Girardi

    North Jersey "The Didi Gregorius era in The Bronx appears to be over. According to multiple reports, Gregorius and the Phillies have agreed to a one-year contract. Gregorius became a free agent after the Yankees decided not to tender him a $17.8 million qualifying offer. His former manager with the..." December 10

  • MLB to remove marijuana testing for minor leaguers

    TMZ "Weed is now LEGAL in the MLB ... the league is lifting its ban on marijuana for minor leaguers, removing the drug from its prohibited substance list. As part of the MLB's efforts to crack down on opioid use in and around its league ... it has agreed to stop testing minor leaguers..." December 10

  • MLB holding 2020 draft days before CWS, moves location to Omaha

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball is set to relocate its annual amateur draft in an effort to increase interest in the event. According to Kendall Rogers of D1 Baseball, the 2020 draft will be held at the site of the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, rather than at the MLB Network..." December 10

  • 3 Players the Rest of MLB Should Fear the Astros Acquiring This Offseason

    12 Up "The Houston Astros nearly broke MLB hearts once again this season by getting to the World Series, but the Washington Nationals shocked us all by coming out on top. Despite that result, Houston remains as dangerous as ever. With the Winter Meetings underway, you better believe Houston..." December 10

  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge founder Pete Frates dies "Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball captain who inspired millions with his fight against ALS, died at the age of 34, his family announced on Monday. It was Frates who spawned the Ice Bucket Challenge five years ago, which raised over $200 million for amyotrophic lateral..." December 09

  • Sergio Romo Close To Deciding On Next Team

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran reliever Sergio Romo appears to be cruising towards his next deal. Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter) says there’s momentum towards an agreement, with a decision anticipated during the Winter Meetings. " December 06

  • Anthony Rendon is Phillies’ top free agent target

    USA Today "The Philadelphia Phillies, luxury tax be damned, plan to strongly pursue free-agent third baseman Anthony Rendon, with third baseman Josh Donaldson as a potential fall-back plan, two people with direct knowledge told USA TODAY Sports. The people spoke on the condition..." December 06

  • Phillies reportedly still have plans to sign a big free agent, even if it means going over the luxury tax

    CBS Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies spent big last offseason, which led to playoff expectations. In the end, though, they managed a mere .500 record and a fourth-place finish in the NL East. As a consequence, manager Gabe Kapler lost his job (he's since landed with..." December 06

  • Teams still don’t know if three-batter minimum rule will be in effect for 2020

    NBC Sports "According to Athletics GM David Forst, Major League Baseball has still not informed teams whether or not the proposed three-batter-minimum rule will be in effect for the 2020 season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The league and the players’ union..." December 05

  • If Mookie Betts is dealt -- a big if -- here's who can get him "Let’s be clear about this: Mookie Betts is likely going to be playing for the Red Sox next season. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that multiple MLB executives believe it’s unlikely that Boston will actually trade him, and it makes sense. He is, after all, one..." December 05

  • Zack Wheeler's megadeal shows Phillies unfazed by 2019's costly failure

    The Score "It would've been so easy for the Philadelphia Phillies to stay quiet this winter, to invoke their failed 2019 campaign - and the spree that preceded it - as a cautionary tale and simply let the chips fall as they may next summer. After all, the acquisitions of Bryce Harper, Andrew..." December 05

  • Phillies Reportedly Had Disgraceful Lowball Offer for Cole Hamels Before He Signed With Braves

    12 Up "The Atlanta Braves pulled off quite a shocker on Wednesday as they signed free agent southpaw Cole Hamels to a one-year deal worth $18 million. In the wake of the news, it was reported that Hamels' decision was aided due to conversations he had with Ryan Howard and..." December 05

  • Is Zack Wheeler the second coming of A.J. Burnett?

    Sporting News "There is a third season beyond that which is known to man. It is a season as vast as space and as empty as a Gatorade cooler after a walk-off dinger. It is the middle ground between the Fall Classic and spring training, between old-school and new-school. This is the..." December 05

  • The Hall of Fame Case for Tommy John

    Hardball Talk "On Sunday, December 8, the Modern Baseball Era committee of the Baseball Hall of Fame, which includes candidates whose primary contributions to baseball came between 1970-87, will vote on candidates for the 2020 induction class. Between now and then we will take a look at the ten..." December 05

  • Player treatment, not discipline, likely for opioids

    ABC7 "Players who test positive for opioids would enter treatment and not be suspended under the change to Major League Baseball's drug agreement being negotiated by management and the players' association, according to union head Tony Clark. Talks to add testing for opioids..." December 04

  • White Sox offered more to Zack Wheeler than Phillies

    Sportsnaut "The Chicago White Sox are certainly looking to make a major splash in free agency. Unfortunately for general manager Rick Hahn, money wasn’t the end all for stud pitcher Zack Wheeler. Fresh off reports that Wheeler has signed a five-year, $118 million..." December 04

  • Phillies “Looking At” Stephen Strasburg

    Philly Voice "Zack Wheeler emerged as the top target for the Phillies to help their lackluster pitching staff today, but that doesn't mean a moonshot isn't possible.       Phillies..." December 04

  • Why Zack Wheeler could be the next Gerrit Cole

    ESPN "The final image we have of Gerrit Cole's tenure with the Houston Astros was after Game 7 of the World Series, when he was wearing a Scott Boras Corporation cap instead of drinking champagne during a victory celebration. Still, it was a wonderful two seasons in Houston..." December 04

  • Zack Wheeler signs with Phillies in $118 million splash

    The Good Phight "The Phillies needed starting pitching, you say? It has to be something better than average, you opine? Don’t want to eat up too much money before scraping the luxury tax, you demand? Well guess what? The Phillies just signed someone that fulfills..." December 04

  • 'It's just getting worse': MLB's 'disgusting' minority hiring woes continue as job candidates shut out again

    USA Today "Major League Baseball has the power to discipline front-office personnel for egregious acts. The league can fine players for anything from wearing the wrong type of shoes to throwing their helmet after a strikeout. It can suspend players for using performance-enhancing..." December 04

  • Phillies seen as top bidder for Zack Wheeler

    ESPN "The bidding for right-hander Zack Wheeler continues to progress toward resolution, with the Philadelphia Phillies seen by sources as the most potent bidders -- and the Reds, White Sox and Rangers also involved. Wheeler, 29, is widely viewed in the industry as the..." December 04

  • Ryosuke Kikuchi, Shun Yamaguchi Formally Posted

    Yardbarker "Major League Baseball has announced that infielder Ryosuke Kikuchi (Hiroshima Carp) and right-handed pitcher Shun Yamaguchi (Yomiuri Giants) are each formally available through the posting process. Their posting periods opened this morning at 8am EST and will continue..." December 03

  • Phillies Do Not Tender Maikel Franco, Cesar Hernandez, Making Both Players Free Agents

    CBS Philly "As the baseball offseason begins to heat up, the Philadelphia Phillies made some decisions on a few players that have been staples in the organization. Both Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez were not tendered contracts for the 2020 season. This decision makes both infielders free..." December 02

  • Phillies Claim Trevor Kelley

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies added a bullpen candidate Monday when they claimed right-hander Trevor Kelley off waivers from the Boston Red Sox. Kelley, a 26-year-old sidearmer, had a strong season at Triple A in 2019. He pitched in 52 games, registered a 1.79 ERA and allowed just 51 hits in 65 1/3..." December 02

  • 3 Moves Cubs Could Make to Change Culture Without Trading Kris Bryant

    12 Up "The Chicago Cubs need to strike gold in the offseason to get back on the right track in the fierce NL Central, but doing so could mean that they are forced to part ways with star third baseman Kris Bryant. While a small section of the Wrigley faithful have resigned themselves to the..." December 02

  • Fighters outfielder Haruki Nishikawa reveals wish to play in MLB in 2021

    Japan Times "Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters outfielder Haruki Nishikawa would like to move to the majors as early as the 2021 season, the 27-year-old said Wednesday. Appearing at the Fighters’ team office in Sapporo to sign his contract for next season, Nishikawa is entering the second year of..." December 02

  • Major league teams looking for coaches in private sector and college baseball

    Boston Globe "At 32, Peter Fatse will be younger than some of the players he will work with as assistant hitting coach of the Red Sox next season. He also will be in uniform for the first time since 2012 when he was playing for the Florence Freedom in the independent Frontier League. It..." December 02

  • 5 teams feeling urgency to make a splash "The Braves have put the rest of the National League on notice that they see the 2020 season as an opportunity to win a third straight division title and intend to make a variety of improvements to their roster. That’s what a flurry of activity that includes the signings of free..." December 01

  • Phillies Interested In Dellin Betances, Austin Romine

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are reportedly expressing interest in reliever Dellin Betances and catcher Austin Romine, per George A. King III of the New York Post. Along with their reported interest in free agent shortstop Didi Gregorius, that makes three former Yankees the..." November 30

  • Ken Rosenthal: 'I’m Predicting Gerrit Cole to the Phillies'

    Phillies Nation "The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal predicted that it would be the Phillies, not a West Coast team, that would ultimately land top free agent Gerrit Cole. On MLB Network’s “MLB Now,” Rosenthal addressed the notion that Cole would ultimately end up in Los..." November 29

  • 7 blockbuster deals to dream of on Black Friday "Black Friday is here, and with it comes holiday shoppers searching for the best deals. Major League general managers have been known to get in on the action, lighting up the Hot Stove with some blockbuster trades on this notorious day of shopping. With that in mind," November 29