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  • No one elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2021

    ESPN "For the first time since 1960, the membership of the National Baseball Hall of Fame will remain frozen. No player on the Hall's 2021 BBWAA ballot reached the 75 percent threshold needed for enshrinement in Cooperstown. The results of the writer's voting were announced by Hall..." January 26

  • No stranger to controversy, Alex Rodriguez joins Baseball Hall of Fame discourse

    USA Today "In 2022, Alex Rodriguez will begin a precipitous climb, a 10-year journey toward a summit he’ll likely never reach. And as A-Rod begins his ascent, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will be on their way back down, knowing how rough the terrain will be. After failing..." January 26

  • MLB is Becoming a Bigger Mess and It’s Annoying

    Baseball Essential "Arizona wants spring training pushed back because of COVID-19 spikes and concerns but yet they have sports going on with fans already. Also, as of now, there will not be a universal DH or expanded playoffs because of more conflict between the players and owners. If only the league had someone..." January 26

  • Storylines to watch on '22 Hall of Fame ballot

    MLB.com "Tuesday brought the end of an unprecedented streak of additions to the Baseball Hall of Fame, but will it be more than a one-year blip? That’s the question following Tuesday’s 2021 Hall of Fame election announcement on MLB Network, which revealed that no player..." January 26

  • Curt Schilling blasts Baseball Hall of Fame after barely missing immortal enshrinement

    Clutch Points "Curt Schilling was left out of the Baseball Hall of Fame once again by just a handful of votes, and he isn’t happy about it. Curt Schilling definitely has an argument to make that he should be in the Hall of Fame, but his antics on social media seemed to rub some of..." January 26

  • Ranking Trevor Bauer's Final Free-Agent Options and Predicting Contract Terms

    Bleacher Report "With clubs across Major League Baseball set to report for spring training in February, the free-agent sweepstakes for ace hurler Trevor Bauer may be nearing a conclusion. So, we thought we'd break down his remaining suitors and offer a fresh prediction for his..." January 26

  • MLB's second season of pandemic ball remains a balancing act: Cash, competition and COVID-19

    USA Today "It’s nice to think that Major League Baseball’s 30 owners, its hundreds of players and their many-tentacled business interests will keep public health front of mind when plotting and launching the 2021 season. It’s also helpful to note the many millions and billions..." January 26

  • Best fits for top unsigned MLB free agents

    CBS Sports "Spring training is less than a month away and it's clear MLB teams are way less active in free agency than last offseason. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to wide-scale payroll slashing, and even with a recent uptick in hot stove activity, there are still dozens of quality players..." January 26

  • Justin Turner Reportedly Has 4 Teams to Choose From in Free Agency

    Dodgers Nation "The race to sign Justin Turner has been slow and steady this offseason. While the Dodgers continue to monitor his market and offers, JT is ultimately searching out a contract that will lead him into retirement.  The veteran third baseman has reportedly been seeking a 4-year deal..." January 26

  • 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame: Everything you need to know on ballot reveal day

    ESPN "Baseball Hall of Fame arguments used to be, dare I say ... fun? Bert Blyleven is underrated! Jim Rice is overrated! Jack Morris? Show me the back of his baseball card and let's debate. Well, welcome to the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot. It includes one player who was suspended for..." January 26

  • Cactus League adds new wrinkle to MLB, union’s game of chicken

    New York Post "MLB wants a universal DH. The players association wants a universal DH. These sides actually agree on something. Yet, there may not be a universal DH in 2021. Such is the relationship between these factions. MLB a few weeks back offered the universal DH as part of a larger..." January 26

  • MLB to hold 1st pre-draft combine from June 20-28

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will hold its first-ever pre-draft combine June 20-28 in Cary, North Carolina at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, a source told ESPN. The group of 88 invited players will be chosen in consultation with MLB scouts and the event will include a tournament..." January 25

  • MLBPA rejects MLB proposal that would have installed universal DH and expanded playoffs

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball is scheduled to kick off the 2021 season on Thursday, April 1 -- or, in 66 days. Yet the rules for the upcoming year are just now coming into place. On Monday, the league informed teams that the MLB Players Association had rejected a proposal that would have..." January 25

  • Cactus League, cities ask MLB to delay start of Arizona spring training because of pandemic

    USA Today " The executive director of the Cactus League, which houses 15 teams in 10 Phoenix-area ballparks during spring training, has formally requested that Major League Baseball delay the start of the season by a month. The proposal, sent by Cactus League director Bridget Binsbacher,..." January 25

  • Don’t Expect To See Any Players Elected To The Baseball Hall Of Fame This Year

    Five Thirty Eight "In baseball, every year is an election year. On Tuesday at 6 p.m. EST, we’ll learn which players will be honored with induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer (hopefully with an in-person ceremony in the Hall’s hometown of Cooperstown, New York). But unfortunately for..." January 25

  • 10 MLB free agents poised to bounce back in '21

    MLB.com "As any good investor can tell you, it’s hard to build a fortune by splurging on the hot, surging stocks. You make bank by buying the dip -- distressed or undervalued assets are due to rise. And in recent days, we’ve seen some teams buying the dip. The Yankees did it with..." January 25

  • Pirates Sign Joe Hudson To Minor League Deal

    TribLIVE "The Pirates signed catcher Joe Hudson to a minor-league contract on Monday, offering an invitation to their big league camp. The 29-year-old Hudson, a sixth-round pick out of Notre Dame by the Cincinnati Reds in 2012, has a .167 batting average in 18 major league games over the past..." January 25

  • Pirates GM Ben Cherington Discusses Offseason

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates sent Jameson Taillon to the Yankees this morning, making him the second starting pitcher the Bucs have moved this offseason (after Joe Musgrove). In addition to Musgrove and Taillon, Pittsburgh sent first baseman Josh Bell to the Nationals earlier this..." January 24

  • Jameson Taillon trade: Why Yankees are taking another rotation risk, and what it means for Masahiro Tanaka

    CBS Sports "The New York Yankees have added another recognizable name to their rotation. On Sunday, the Yankees acquired former No. 2 overall pick Jameson Taillon in a 4-for-1 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Taillon joins former Pirates teammate Gerrit Cole and two-time Cy Young..." January 24

  • New York Yankees reach deal to acquire Jameson Taillon

    MLB.com "The Yankees have a deal in place to acquire right-hander Jameson Taillon from the Pirates, sources told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand and Adam Berry on Sunday. Neither team has confirmed the deal. The Yankees will be sending right-hander Miguel Yajure (their 15th-best prospect, per..." January 24

  • Pirates' Troy Stokes: Booted off 40-man roster

    CBS Sports "The Pirates designated Stokes for assignment Sunday, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports. Two of the four prospects (Miguel Yajure and Roansy Contreras) the Pirates received in Sunday's trade that sent Jameson Taillon to the Yankees required placement on the..." January 24

  • Yankees among multiple teams talking to Pirates about Jameson Taillon

    New York Post "The Yankees are thinking upside when it comes to starting pitching in 2021. Because they clearly are not relying on sure things. They already have reached agreement this month with former two-time Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber, who threw one inning in 2020. Now,..." January 24

  • 4 key questions about the 2021 Baseball HOF ballot

    The Score "On Tuesday, the National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce the results of the 2021 balloting. As always, candidates were voted on by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Candidates require 75% of the vote to be elected and need at least 5% to remain on the..." January 24

  • Latest On Jameson Taillon, Pirates

    MLB Trade Rumors "Joe Musgrove now gets his paychecks from the San Diego Padres, and Josh Bell his from the Washington Nationals, so it’s only natural that someone step into the void as the “next Pirates player to be traded.” According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via..." January 23

  • In wake of Jared Porter scandal, MLB needs to create safer spaces for women

    Sportsnet "On Tuesday morning, many in the baseball world woke up to the news that the New York Mets had fired general manager Jared Porter. And maybe, with that, many in the baseball world … woke up. You don’t need to be told why the actions that led to..." January 22

  • 3 teams who could give Trevor Bauer a big one-year deal

    CBS Sports "With less than a month to go until pitchers and catchers report for spring training, the top of the free-agent market is starting to move. Two of the five best players in the class have agreed to terms in the past week: DJ LeMahieu with the Yankees and George..." January 22

  • David Robertson Planning February Showcase

    MSN.com "Free-agent reliever David Robertson seems to be making progress in his recovery from August 2019 Tommy John surgery. The right-hander threw his first bullpen session of the offseason Thursday and is planning to hold a showcase for interested teams in early February, Mark Feinsand..." January 22

  • Why Baseball Hall of Fame could have an empty 2021 class, but not an empty induction ceremony

    CBS Sports "We are less than one week away from the reveal of the official results of the BBWAA vote for the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame class. There was no veterans committee meeting this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, so if there are new Hall of Famers joining the Cooperstown museum this coming..." January 21

  • MLB Trade Fails That Will Keep Haunting Teams in 2021

    Bleacher Report "For Major League Baseball teams, the pain of a trade gone wrong can last for years. Allow us to illustrate. We've highlighted a handful of trades—officially 13, but with one two-for-one special and one three-for-one special—from recent years that have already..." January 20

  • MLB 'motivated' to hold scouting combine ahead of 2021 draft

    CBS Sports "Although Major League Baseball's amateur draft is less than six months away, the scouting schedule leading into the home stretch remains in flux. One key unresolved matter is the league's desire to host a medical combine-like event in June, just weeks before the draft unfolds. The..." January 20

  • What should the MLB do about the DH?

    Masn "Almost two full months have passed since the Orioles set their 40-man roster before the Rule 5 draft and chose to designate Renato Núñez for assignment. One of their arbitration-eligible players was redirected into free agency. Another team would have to be comfortable..." January 20

  • Five starters Yankees can target on trade market to boost rotation and stay under luxury-tax threshold

    CBS Sports "For much of the offseason, the New York Yankees laid low and continued their pursuit of infielder DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu re-signing with the Yankees always felt like the most likely outcome, though it took longer than I think most people expected. Last week the two sides met..." January 19

  • 6 blockbuster moves Blue Jays could still pursue

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have had a whirlwind winter in the rumour mill, but have not yet been able to acquire the type of high-end talent the fan base is clamouring for. Re-signing Robbie Ray and adding Tyler Chatwood should help the Blue Jays' pitching..." January 19

  • NL Central Is the Biggest Loser of MLB's Ice-Cold Offseason

    Bleacher Report "It's mostly been quiet everywhere on the front of Major League Baseball's 2020-21 offseason, but nowhere more so than in the National League Central. Though the division sent four teams into last year's expanded playoff field, the NL Central's winter dealings have..." January 19

  • Five MLB free agent reunions that make sense

    CBS Sports "On Friday, the New York Yankees and infielder DJ LeMahieu agreed to terms on a six-year contract worth $90 million. The deal ensures LeMahieu will have the opportunity to build upon his first two seasons in pinstripes, during which he earned MVP consideration in both years..." January 19

  • MLB spring training is set to start in a month; here's what we know -- and don't know -- about 2021 season

    CBS Sports "Last week, Major League Baseball's commissioner Rob Manfred informed teams to prepare for a full-length season that will start as scheduled -- or, a clean break from the altered 2020 campaign. In about a month's time, then, pitchers and catchers will be reporting to various..." January 19

  • Padres acquire Joe Musgrove from Pirates

    Bluebird Banter "I am starting to wonder how to Padres are going to find playing time for all the guys they have picked up in trade. In this one the Padres get Joe Musgrove. Going to the Pirates are OF Hudson Head, LHP Omar Cruz, LHP Joey Lucchesi,..." January 18

  • Top Landing Spots for Free-Agent OF Yasiel Puig

    Bleacher Report "It's comeback season for Yasiel Puig. According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, several teams are interested in seeing what the outfielder has to offer, including the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles. After sitting out the 2020..." January 18

  • Need a Shortstop? Now Is the Time to Get One

    SI "Not much has changed in the week since the Mets traded for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco. The deal between the Big Money Mets and this offseason’s best trade candidate did not exactly jolt the market. Top free agents Trevor Bauer, J.T. Realmuto and George Springer remain..." January 18

  • 8 Blockbuster Trade Ideas to Shift MLB's Balance of Power

    Bleacher Report "The start of spring training is (hopefully) inching ever closer, but actual action on Major League Baseball's 2020-21 offseason market continues to be sporadic. So, it can't hurt to try to will some blockbuster trades into existence. We have ideas for eight..." January 18

  • Jeremy Jeffress generating interest from 10 teams

    The Score "Right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress is generating interest from at least 10 teams in free agency, sources told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays,..." January 18

  • Padres not among 5 finalists for Kirby Yates

    The Score "Free-agent right-hander Kirby Yates has narrowed down the offers he's considering to five teams, and the San Diego Padres are not one of them, a source told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Acee didn't name the clubs considering Yates but did..." January 18

  • Here are baseball's best defensive prospects

    MLB.com "If you think MLB Pipeline's sixth annual All-Defense team looks familiar, you're correct. Seven of the eight members have made previous editions of our squad of the best defensive prospects in the game. Braves outfielder Cristian Pache, a mainstay on the All-Defense team since..." January 17

  • Baseball's Savior? Theo Epstein Can Be MLB's Not-so-Secret Weapon to Fix Game

    Bleacher Report "Theo Epstein is deeply worried about the future. So he's taken a role with the league to fix what ails America's pastime. The architect of the Chicago Cubs' 2016 World Series win and the Boston Red Sox's 2004 and 2007 titles was hired by Major League Baseball..." January 15

  • Pirates agree to terms with all nine arbitration-eligible players

    Radio "The Pittsburgh Pirates have avoided arbitration with the remaining nine players that were arbitration-eligible this upcoming season on Friday. The Bucs agreed to terms with pitchers Steven Brault, Kyle Crick, Chad Kuhl, Joe Musgrove, Richard Rodriguez and Chris Stratton, as well as..." January 15

  • MLB wants return of 7-inning doubleheaders, extra-innings runner

    The Score "Major League Baseball is proposing the return of seven-inning doubleheaders and starting each extra inning with a runner on second for the 2021 season due to the worsening coronavirus pandemic, sources told Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The rules were originally introduced for..." January 15

  • Wilmer Difo agrees to minor-league deal with Pirates

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates have at least three middle infielders who, unless something changes, figure to fight for time at shortstop and second base. Erik Gonzalez, Kevin Newman and Adam Frazier already did so at times last season. Plus Cole Tucker, originally a middle infielder who played outfield..." January 15

  • MLB rule changes: League still discussing universal DH and expanded playoffs for 2021 season

    USA Today " Major League Baseball, fearing that the pandemic could create havoc with their scheduling once again, is proposing the return of seven-inning doubleheaders and extra-inning games beginning with a runner on second base, two persons with knowledge of their discussions told USA TODAY..." January 15

  • Corey Kluber is highly coveted despite recent injury history; here are his 10 best fits

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week free agent and two-time Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber showcased himself for interested teams at the Florida training facility where he works out in the offseason. Injuries limited Kluber to one inning last year and 36 2/3 innings the last two years combined...." January 15

  • Pirates trade lefty reliever Nik Turley to Oakland A’s for cash considerations

    TribLIVE "The Pittsburgh Pirates traded left-handed reliever Nik Turley to the Oakland A’s on Thursday for cash considerations. Turley, 31, was 0-3 with a 4.98 ERA and 1.108 WHIP with 20 strikeouts and 11 walks in 21 2/3 innings over 25 appearances last season. Turley is 0-5, with a 7.78..." January 14