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  • Five MLB stars who could be traded this season

    Sportsnaut "The 2020 MLB offseason delivered plenty of trades for baseball fans to enjoy. While the trade chatter will quiet down for a few weeks, there could be even more movement with MLB stars getting dealt this season. After months of rumors floating about a blockbuster trade in the winter,..." February 27

  • MLB enforcing rule to stop use of foreign substances on balls

    SNY TV "MLB is cracking down on use of foreign substances in 2020, reportedly moving forward with stricter enforcement on a rule that has long been understood among players as a gentlemen's agreement. Senior vice president Chris Young has spent spring training at league-wide..." February 27

  • MLB Appoints Kerwin Danley as First African American Crew Chief

    Inside Hook "For the first time in history, Major League Baseball will have an African American umpire working as a crew chief when the 2020 season starts. Though the official announcement has not been made yet, MLB promoted umpire Kerwin Danley to crew chief this week, a person familiar with the..." February 27

  • MLB Teams Reportedly Pursuing Pre-Arb Extension Blitz

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pre-arbitration extensions aren’t exactly a new phenomenon. We’ve seen an increasing number of long-term deals with newer MLB players — and even pre-MLB players — over the past decade or so. (Way back in 2013, for instance, I referred to a “baseball-wide..." February 27

  • Here's 6 Potential Trade Targets For Yankees’ Rotation

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees’ rotation took a beating Tuesday with the loss of ace-caliber right-hander Luis Severino, who will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire season. This will essentially end up as the second straight lost year for Severino, who starred from 2017-18 before..." February 27

  • Gerrit Cole begins spring training pumping high-90s heat

    Hardball Talk "It was just one inning, but newly-signed Yankees starter Gerrit Cole made his Yankees debut last night. And he looked pretty good doing it. Cole struck out two and walked one over a hitless inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates, pumping gas like it was the middle of the..." February 25

  • 2021 World Baseball Classic dates, venues announced

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball just announced the dates and venues for the 2021 World Baseball Classic The fifth installment of the WBC, which will be played from March 9-23, 2021, will take place at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan, Taoyuan International..." February 25

  • Chris Archer (neck) day to day, scratched vs. Yanks

    MLB.com "Pirates right-hander Chris Archer will not make his spring debut against former Buc and Yankees ace Gerrit Cole on Monday night in Tampa, Fla. " February 24

  • Predicting Each MLB Team's Most Valuable Player in 2020

    Bleacher Report "With spring training underway and Opening Day fast approaching, now is the perfect time for some predictions for the 2020 MLB season. Our goal this time around was to pinpoint each team's WAR leader during the upcoming campaign. While teams like the Los Angeles Angels..." February 24

  • Free Agent Market Still Stocked With Well-Known Players

    MLB Trade Rumors "As we all know, past performance — especially, long-past performance — is no guarantee of more in the future. Teams are looking at more than Baseball-Reference career totals. That said, track record does generally reflect a high degree of skill. And there’s always value in a..." February 24

  • How MLB Can Start to Regain Fan and Player Trust After Astros Scandal

    Bleacher Report "In case you're just now joining us, Major League Baseball is mired in its worst credibility crisis since the Steroid Era. Plenty of time has passed since the league investigated and punished the Houston Astros for a sign-stealing scheme that helped deliver the..." February 24

  • Andrew Cashner Being Marketed As Reliever

    MLB Trade Rumors "The 19 relief appearances that Andrew Cashner made with the Red Sox last year were his first bullpen outings since 2013, but it seems as though more could be in the offing. Cashner has been positioned as a bullpen option in recent conversations with teams, MLBTR has..." February 24

  • Wacky, weird, and confusing: The best photos from MLB spring training

    Sporting News "Some baseball players try to look serious and dignified in their photos, to convey the importance of the moment. Others might smile, or try to look menacing to intimidate the competition. And some just have too much fun with it. Here's a roundup of this year's..." February 22

  • Pirates Announce Extended Protective Netting At PNC Park

    Sportsnaut "As players and coaches prepare for the 2020 MLB season, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced they are working to improve fan safety for the upcoming season by extending the protective netting at PNC Park and LECOM Park. In a video, the Pirates showcased how the netting will stretch nearly..." February 21

  • The Not-So-Secret Hangout Of MLB's Tightest Fraternity

    Bleacher Report "It was the Monday after the Country Music Association Awards last fall, and it felt as if the after-party had extended into the Vanderbilt baseball weight room. "It was like a block party," Chris Ham, the program's strength and conditioning coach, said. "There..." February 20

  • Pirates’ Pablo Reyes Suspended 80 Games For PED Violation

    12 Up "There aren't many positives to speak of around the Pittsburgh Pirates right now, and their constant, nauseating stream of unpleasantness just got even more tough to digest now that a potential depth piece will miss half the season. Pirates infielder Pablo Reyes, 26,..." February 19

  • Major League Baseball Is Getting Angrier and Rob Manfred is Losing Control

    The Big Lead "Fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal continues to dominate Major League Baseball. Each time commissioner Rob Manfred opens his mouth, he manages to make things slightly worse than they were before. Each time a non-Astros player opens his, it's clearer that the..." February 19

  • MLB tightening intentional HBP rules for 2020

    The Score "Major League Baseball has distributed a memo to all 30 teams detailing new protocols to try and curb incidences of intentional hit-by-pitches, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Tuesday. Under the new guidelines, umpires will confer on the field to determine whether there..." February 19

  • With Rob Manfred, the buck stops nowhere

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has completely and utterly stepped in it with respect to the Astros and the sign-stealing scandal. Everyone is mad, the highest profile players in the game are taking their turns raking him, the league, and the Astros over the coals, and the very integrity of the..." February 18

  • With success, Ben Cherington confident Pirates’ payroll will increase

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates’ free-agent acquisition of center fielder Jarrod Dyson last week pushed their projected 2020 payroll north of $51 million, according to Spotrac.com — $51,148,500, to be exact. Only the Marlins ($46.3 million) and Orioles ($45.5 million) are lower, while the..." February 18

  • Dusty Baker: MLB needs to stop talk of retaliation against Astros

    Houston Chronicle "As opponents continue to assail Astros players for their electronic sign-stealing scheme and subsequent apologies, manager Dusty Baker pleaded with Major League Baseball to somehow cease the comments and stop any “premeditated retaliation.” “I’m depending on..." February 15

  • Latest On Free Agent Catcher Russell Martin

    The Union Journal "We’ve reached the center of February, however longtime main league catcher Russell Martin continues to be with out a job. He’s one of the best backstop left on a market that has drastically dwindled since final season ended. As of November, Martin was nonetheless planning..." February 15

  • MLB, MLBPA Reportedly Discussing New Rules to Prevent Electronic Sign-Stealing

    Bleacher Report "Cheating by the Houston Astros has prompted new discussions between Major League Baseball and the player's union to develop new rules to prevent electronic sign-stealing.  According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the two sides are not far apart on a deal, but..." February 14

  • MLB players are not happy with the Astros’ ‘weak’ apology and lack of punishment

    SB Nation "One of the central goals of punishment is to discourage the recurrence of the event in question. The early read on the Astros sign-stealing penalties is MLB wasn’t nearly harsh enough. Astros players were granted immunity by Major League Baseball during their..." February 14

  • MLB raising minimum salary for minor leaguers in 2021

    Lone Star Ball "Major League Baseball is raising the minimum salary for minor league players as of the 2021 season, per the AP. Short-season players will now be at $400 per week, A ball players will be at $500 per week, AA players will be at $600 per week, and AAA players will be at $700 per week, per the..." February 14

  • Three Problems with Major League Baseball's Playoff Proposal

    The Big Lead "In the midst of the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal, Major League Baseball had another juicy story this week. The New York Post first reported on Major League Baseball's proposal to increase its postseason format from 10 teams to 14, as well as..." February 14

  • Jarrod Dyson offers depressing quote about why he signed with Pirates

    Sportsnaut "When professional athletes sign with a new team, they often light up when talking about what led them to join that organization. After signining with the Pittsburgh Pirates, outfielder Jarrod Dyson offered a rather depressing explanation for his landing in Pittsburgh. Dyson spoke to..." February 14

  • Why MLB’s greed-driven playoff plan is doomed to fail fans

    New York Post "It’s clear MLB remains under the spell of the Greek goddess Preposterous. The seductive twin sister of Ponzious, she controls the destiny of mortals blinded by greed, those who seek solutions by making bad worse. This latest postseason scheme, as revealed by The Post’s..." February 14

  • Reds tease Pirates about 2020 truce after multiple brawls last season

    The Score "The official Twitter account of the Cincinnati Reds tried to make peace with the Pittsburgh Pirates a day before Valentine's Day after the two clubs were handed 48 games worth of suspensions combined following multiple brawls in..." February 14

  • MLB announces rule changes for 2020 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball today announced the rule changes that will be in place for its 2020 Championship Season: THREE-BATTER MINIMUM: The Official Baseball Rules have been amended to require the starting or any relief pitcher to pitch to a minimum of three batters, including..." February 12

  • Who Can Actually Compete with the Juggernaut Dodgers for NL Supremacy?

    Bleacher Report "The 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers look like a team that can't be reasoned or bargained with, much less stopped. They're coming off a season in which they won 50 more games than they lost, and they just acquired an MVP (Mookie Betts), a Cy Young Award winner..." February 12

  • Introducing the LBS Plan: A solution to fix MLB’s playoffs and regular season

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering some radical changes to its existing playoff format in order to help increase interest in the sport, but we have a proposal that is much better than the one they are considering. THE PROBLEM One of the biggest issues plaguing..." February 12

  • Pirates add Jarrod Dyson to help fill void in center field

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pittsburgh Pirates are adding another center fielder to their roster, as they have reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with 10-year veteran Jarrod Dyson. The deal is pending Dyson passing a physical exam. February 12

  • Didi Gregorius Throws Shade at MLB for Rumored Playoff Format Changes

    12 Up "Major League Baseball is reportedly hoping to make a radical change to the playoff format. 14 teams would make the postseason and there would be byes, three-game opening series, and teams picking their opponents on live TV. This would serve as one of the more extreme..." February 12

  • The new postseason proposal would be terrible for fans and for the game

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday someone at Major League Baseball leaked a new postseason idea they have brewing for 2022. The upshot: wild cards would be eliminated, there would be seven playoff teams in each league, up from five, and from there the format of the postseason would radically..." February 11

  • Rob Manfred is once again trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist

    The Score "Since taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball five years ago, Rob Manfred has worked tirelessly to create the illusion that he's doing The Important Things That Baseball Needs. The game is too long - and the pace of it too slow - so Manfred implemented a bunch of..." February 11

  • A Major League Baseball Selection Show Is a Cursed Idea

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball floated a radical change to its postseason and it feels like a version of liquidating assets for a nice short-turn return without pause for what it will mean in the big picture. One of the motivating factors of expanded playoffs is to increase inventory for..." February 11

  • 4 Teams That Would Actually Benefit From Proposed New MLB Playoff Format

    12 Up "On Monday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made perhaps the most absurd proposition in the history of the game, leaking the potential expansion of the playoff field to seven teams per league, and allowing the top seeds to choose their opponents. It's an interesting prospect, but one..." February 11

  • MLB could add four more playoff teams, make radical format changes

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering the possibility of adding more playoff teams and making significant changes to its postseason format, and the new system could be in place as soon as 2022. According to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, MLB is seriously weighing the..." February 10

  • Miguel Andujar, Luis Rojas among biggest MLB questions entering spring training

    New York Post "A year ago, a far-from finished Hot Stove League dominated our annual “30 teams, 30 questions” feature, always published around the time pitchers and catchers report. This year? The big names have signed. The dust has only begun to settle, however, from the illegal..." February 10

  • MLB Free Agent Tracker: Latest signings, top 50 ranking

    CBS Sports "For the sake of keeping you, the baseball enthusiast, informed of the latest hot stove moves, we present our 2019-20 MLB Free Agent Tracker. In this post we'll keep tabs on the top 50 free agents, as determined by our panel of MLB experts: R.J. Anderson, Katherine Acquavella, Mike..." February 09

  • 10 MLB Players Primed for 2020 Breakouts After Finishing 2019 Strong

    Bleacher Report "Ketel Marte was arguably the biggest breakout star of the 2019 season, coming out of nowhere to emerge as a National League MVP candidate for the Arizona Diamondbacks. There were warning signs of what was to come, though. While he posted a forgettable 102..." February 08

  • A Kris Bryant blockbuster could fit for these 5 teams

    MLB.com "There has been a lot of talk all offseason about a superstar getting moved in a trade, and it wasn’t until this week that such a blockbuster was finally agreed to, with 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts (along with left-hander David Price) reportedly going from the Red Sox to the Dodgers..." February 07

  • Steve Cohen will have hard time ever buying MLB team after deal falls through

    Yardbarker "Steve Cohen’s deal to purchase a majority ownership stake in the New York Mets is dead, and the deal falling apart will hinder the billionaire’s chances of ever buying an MLB team in the future, according to a report. Reports first emerged on Tuesday saying..." February 07

  • Using the 26th roster spot

    Beyond The Boxscore "This past week the Tampa Bay Rays signed Johnny Davis to a minor league contract. That seems like a non-event, especially considering that they had Davis on their roster last year and let him leave via free agency. He didn’t find any suitors via free agency and the..." February 07

  • MLB moves Joe Torre to advisor role, elevates Chris Young to head of on-field ops

    Hardball Talk "Today Major League Baseball announced a number of changes in the Commissioner’s Office. The most notable move: Joe Torre, who had been head of baseball operations since February 2011, and whose title was most recently “Chief Baseball Officer,” is being eased to the side in..." February 07

  • GM Ben Cherington: Pirates Planning To “Build,” Not “Rebuild”

    MLB Trade Rumors "There have been persistent rumblings that the Pirates could respond to their disastrous 2019 season by going into a rebuild phase, and that speculation only increased after the recent trade that sent Starling Marte to the Diamondbacks for two longer-term prospects. ..." February 06

  • 4 Interesting Buy-Low Starters

    MLB Trade Rumors "With spring training right around the corner, the time for teams to make meaningful additions to their rotations by way of free agency has likely passed. There are very few starters remaining on the open market, though there’s a possibility – albeit slight – that pitcher-needy..." February 06

  • Assessing Scott Boras’ Offseason

    MLB Trade Rumors "Regardless of whether you’re a fan of the outspoken Scott Boras, there is no denying he is one of the most successful and influential agents in the history of sports. Boras’ skill in landing mega-bucks for his clients has been on full display this offseason – a winter he..." February 04

  • Despite all of the new rules changes, baseball’s real issues will go unsolved

    Hardball Talk "The Super Bowl was yesterday. Yes, you’re still reading our baseball site. Don’t worry. What I mean by pointing out that the Super Bowl was yesterday is that once the final pass is thrown and the last knee is taken, we’ll be in the nascent hours of baseball..." February 03