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  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Pirates Name Gonzalez, Kang Starters At Shortstop, Third Base

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have settled on Erik Gonzalez and Jung Ho Kang as their starters at shortstop and third base, respectively, to open the 2019 season, general manger Neal Huntington revealed to reporters Monday (Twitter links via Adam Berry of..." March 18

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Pirates Demote Top Prospect Mitch Keller, 7 Others

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced a number of roster moves today, optioning pitcher Mitch Keller, JT Brubaker and Luis Escobar to Triple-A Indianapolis. Pitchers Dario Agrazal, Elvis Escobar, Eduardo Vera, Blake Weiman, as well as catcher Jason Delay were re-assigned to minor league camp. Keller,..." March 09

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • Pirates sign lefty Robbie Ross to minor league deal

    Bucs Dugout "Pirates Prospects is reporting that the Pirates have signed lefty reliever Robbie Ross to a minor league contract. Ross spent much of 2012-16 in the majors with Texas and Boston, but elbow soreness cut short his 2017 season and he eventually had back surgery as well. He pitched in AAA..." March 05

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • Francisco Liriano got seven minor league contract offers on the same day

    Hardball Talk "We have been loath to throw out the c-word — collusion — when discussing the current labor strife in Major League Baseball. It is a claim that’s very hard to prove, even though there are multiple examples of teams colluding against players throughout baseball..." February 26

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • Pirates void contract of Roberto Gomez

    Bucs Dugout "We have news! The Pirates have voided the contract of right-hander Roberto Gomez, who signed a minor league deal for 2019, with an NRI. Apparently his physical didn’t go well.  " February 20

  • Tigers, Josh Harrison reportedly agree to 1-year deal

    Sporting News "The Tigers' new double-play combo won't need any introductions.  After adding Jordy Mercer to play shortstop over the winter, Detroit on Wednesday agreed to a one-year deal with second baseman Josh Harrison, The Athletic first..." February 20

  • Pirates owner Bob Nutting says his team's payroll isn't 'controllable' following dormant offseason

    CBS Sports "The Pirates were a playoff team for three straight seasons from 2013-15, but they've now missed the playoffs three straight years. Last season, they were 82-79 and return mostly the same team this time around. If there was a time to spend in free agency in an attempt to get back to the..." February 20

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an SI.com report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • Pirates, Rookie Davis Agree To Minor League Deal

    Bucs Dugout "The Athletic’s Emily Waldon is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with RHP Rookie Davis on a minor league deal. The 25 year old Davis is a 14th round draft pick of the Yankees out of the 2011 amateur draft. As MLB Trade Rumors recently pointed out, Davis..." February 18

  • Pirates name Jameson Taillon Opening Day starter

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jameson Taillon will start for the Pirates on opening day, manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday. Taillon, 27, will make his first opening-day start, against the Cincinnati Reds on March 28 at Great American Ball Park. Trevor Williams and Joe Musgrove will pitch the next two games..." February 16

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • Report: Pirates, Melky Cabrera agree to minor- league deal

    TSN "According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to sign outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor-league contract.  In 2018, Cabrera played 78 games with the Cleveland Indians, registering six home runs and 39 RBIs with a .280 batting average.  According..." February 10

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball

    USA Today "The baseball equipment and uniforms have been packed, the trucks are rolling on the highways, and in just a few days, spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona. While local TV crews have breathlessly showed clips and soundbites of team equipment trucks leaving their snowy..." February 06

  • Pirates to sign right-hander Tom Koehler to minor league deal

    Bucs Dugout "The excitement never stops! The Pirates have agreed to a minor league deal with right-hander Tom Koehler. There isn’t a spring training invite as Koehler is still recovering from shoulder surgery, which he underwent last July. It’s not clear what his timetable might be, except..." February 06

  • Which MLB teams are actually trying to win in 2019?

    USA Today "Baseball has lurched to the one-week mark until almost every spring training camp opens, and of course you’re well-aware dozens of unsigned players won’t be walking through those doors. But never mind the unknown destinations of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a..." February 06

  • Pirates agree to deal with infielder Nick Franklin

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Nick Franklin and the Pirates agreed to terms on a minor-league contract Wednesday. Franklin, 27, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners with the 27th pick of the 2009 draft. The deal includes an invite to big-league camp. Franklin has played in 301 major-league games since making his..." February 06

  • Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a..." February 06

  • Liriano, Pirates reportedly agree to Minors deal

    MLB.com "The Pirates have signed free-agent left-hander Francisco Liriano, MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported Monday, with The Athletic adding that it's a Minor League deal worth $1.8 million plus incentives if he makes the roster. The club has not commented on the..." February 04

  • MLBPA not expected to host free agent camp this year

    SNY TV "With less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, dozens and dozens of quality major league free agents remain jobless. But there are no plans for the Players' Association to repeat last year's experiment with a training camp for unsigned..." February 04

  • It's time for Pittsburgh to shake off its reputation as one of the thriftiest teams in baseball

    CBS Sports "The NL Central could be the most fascinating division in baseball this year. The defending champs from Milwaukee will look to repeat, following a deep playoff run keyed by Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and multiple other shrewd acquisitions. The Cubs are three years removed from..." February 02

  • Brandon Maurer signs minors deal with Pirates

    CBS Sports "Maurer agreed to a minor-league contract with the PIrates on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. Maurer is coming off a difficult season in Kansas City, where he struggled to an ugly 7.76 ERA in 31.1 innings. " January 30

  • Should an MLB star mimic Anthony Davis and help make trade demands more common in baseball?

    CBS Sports "If you're a New Orleans Pelicans fan today, you're heartbroken. Anthony Davis, the best player in franchise history and one of the best in the NBA, announced (through his agent) that he wants to be traded. By asking for a trade, Davis asserted a level of autonomy that we..." January 29

  • Now the Pirates' longest-tenured player, Starling Marte evolving as a veteran

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Hard to believe it for the one-time manchild who homered on the first major-league pitch he saw, but Starling Marte is now 30. Long playing in the shadows of veterans and stars such as Andrew McCutchen, Marte suddenly is one of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ oldest players. Still..." January 28

  • MLB, Nike Announce 10-Year Uniform, Merchandise Contract

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball and Nike agreed to a 10-year deal Friday that will make Nike the league's official on-field apparel and merchandise designer beginning in 2020. According to Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg, MLB and Under Armour originally agreed to a..." January 25

  • Head of MLBPA Tony Clark says slow free-agent periods are a 'threat to our game'

    Yahoo! Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is tired of seeing good MLB players sit on the free-agent market unsigned. Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA, spoke out Thursday, telling the Associated Press the slow free-agent periods have become a major “threat to our..." January 25

  • Bill James' Hall of Fame Leaderboard for Active Players Contains One Shocking Name

    12 Up "Now that we know who is part of the 2019 Hall of Fame class, it's fun to look at current players who are instantly destined for Cooperstown and those who have a decidedly more meandering path to the Hall. The godfather of sabermetrics, Bill James, has his own top-10..." January 23

  • MLB now trying to get minor leaguers exempted from minimum wage law at the state level

    Hardball Talk "In recent years, Major League Baseball spent significant amounts of money lobbying Congress to exempt minor leaguers from the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. They succeeded last year, as minor leaguers are now considered seasonal workers and as such are not owed minimum wage or..." January 23

  • Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens continue their tedious climb in Hall of Fame voting

    SB Nation "Neither Barry Bonds nor Roger Clemens were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, both falling short of the required 75% of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America. But both saw gains in support but small ones, leaving only a trace of hope that at some point..." January 23

  • The only thing getting warmer on baseball’s tepid hot stove is the tension

    Washington Post "The stories began appearing three winters ago and accelerated in pace in the winter of 2017-18: Some of the richest teams in baseball appeared to be getting their financial houses in order, trimming payroll, clearing space and getting under the luxury tax threshold, all in apparent preparation..." January 22