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  • 147 players entering the free agent market

    CBS Sports "Tuesday night the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their first World Series championship since 1988 with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays(LA 3, TB 1). With that, the abbreviated 2020 MLB season is over and the offseason is already underway. At 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday,..." October 28

  • The 2020-21 MLB Offseason Begins

    MLB Trade Rumors "The most unusual season in baseball history is officially in the books, as the Dodgers notched a 3-1 victory in Game 6 last night to clinch the World Series.  It was the Dodgers’ first championship since 1988, and the drought felt particularly long given the team’s multiple..." October 28

  • Wild MLB Trade Ideas We'd Love to See This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "There will be no shortage of speculative trade content written during the upcoming MLB offseason, and much of it will center around the same handful of names and potential landing spots. Before the hot stove starts cooking, we thought it would be fun to throw out a few..." October 27

  • MLB lost $3.1B during pandemic-shortened season

    The Score "Major League Baseball took huge financial losses in order for the 2020 season to take place. The league lost $3.1 billion during the pandemic-shortened campaign, according to a MLB official who spoke with The Athletic's Evan Drellich. MLB totaled $3 billion in..." October 26

  • Rob Manfred says MLB playoff format will change: '16 is too many'

    The Score "The most unprecedented Major League Baseball season concluded with the first 16-team postseason in the sport's history, but don't get used to it. "Well, look, let me start at the top: 16 is too many," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said when asked about the playoff..." October 25

  • Rob Manfred says MLB could limit defensive shifts

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has introduced a host of rule changes in recent years, but commissioner Rob Manfred suggested a bigger one may be yet to come. Appearing on Friday’s edition of “The Dan Patrick Show,” Manfred said that limiting defensive shifts is a frequent..." October 23

  • MLB: 54 days without a positive COVID-19 test

    Sportsnaut "There have been no new positive COVID-19 cases among players for 54 consecutive days, Major League Baseball and the Players Association announced Friday. A total of 3,597 samples were collected and tested from Oct. 16-22, including players and staff. " October 23

  • Will Venable and Don Kelly reportedly interview for Red Sox manager job

    Boston "Cubs third base coach Will Venable and Pirates bench coach Don Kelly reportedly both interviewed to become the next manager of the Red Sox. Venable, 37, spent parts of nine seasons in the majors as an outfielder with the Padres, Rangers, and Dodgers from 2008-16 before..." October 22

  • Seven Pitchers Boston Could Target In Trades

    NESN "Say what you want about the Boston Red Sox’s occasional trip to the American League East basement. The organization doesn’t take losing lightly and usually acts aggressively in the face of adversity. We shouldn’t expect anything different as the Red Sox look to..." October 22

  • MLBPA Announces 2020 Players Choice Award Winners

    MLB Trade Rumors "The MLBPA announced their Players Choice Awards today, which were voted on by the players prior to the postseason. Freddie Freeman was the biggest winner, taking home both the NL Player of the Year honor, as well as the NL Outstanding Player Award, which correlates to the..." October 22

  • 2020 Gold Glove finalists unveiled

    MLB.com "The finalists -- three at each position in each league -- for the 2020 Gold Glove Awards were revealed by Rawlings on Twitter. The winners will be named on Tuesday, Nov. 3, on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET. AMERICAN LEAGUE PITCHEROctober 22

  • 'You have to start somewhere': Playoff plan provides a path for MLB to have fans in 2021

    USA Today "It’s been eight months since the United States began grappling with the novel coronavirus, mitigation ranging from casual to militant, lessons missed and learned along the way as the disease killed nearly a quarter-million Americans. For Major League Baseball, returning to..." October 21

  • Offseason Outlook: Pittsburgh Pirates

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates were baseball’s worst team in 2020, although that came as little surprise following a winter where their only moves of note were to fire their manager, fire their GM and eventually trade away their best position player. They’ll have the top pick in next summer’s..." October 21

  • Looking For A Match In A Francisco Lindor Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The 2020 season ended in more disappointment for the Indians, who reached the playoffs but were once again unable to break a World Series drought that has gone back to their most recent title in 1948. The Indians may again try to contend next season, but it’s entirely possible..." October 21

  • MLBPA introduces annual Curt Flood Award to honor those who champion player advocacy

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) has announced a new award to honor baseball labor luminary Curt Flood. The award, which will be part of the annual Players' Choice awards, will be given, in the words of a statement released by the MLBPAA, "a former player,..." October 20

  • Meat Loaf's 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light' is the Best Baseball Song Ever

    The Big Lead "I was driving in my car recently when I hear Meat Loaf's Paradise By the Dashboard Light. It's a song I have heard many times in my life, but this time I was struck by the baseball portion of the song. Without basketball to distract me, I dove into a Meat Loaf wormhole. Not a..." October 16

  • MLB has zero positive COVID-19 tests for 47 consecutive days

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball and the MLBPA say there were no positive COVID-19 tests recorded among the remaining teams in the last week, bringing its streak of zero positive tests to 47 days. In the week beginning Oct. 9 and ending on Oct. 15, 5,026 samples were tested. " October 16

  • Future MLB general managers: Eight candidates who could eventually become your favorite team's next GM

    CBS Sports "The end of Major League Baseball's regular season means, among other things, the beginning of the hiring and firing season for the brain trust positions. Over the past handful of weeks, the Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies have had their general manager roles..." October 16

  • Projected Arbitration Salaries For 2021

    MLB Trade Rumors "Matt Swartz has created a model to project salaries for arbitration eligible players, which we’ve been publishing at MLB Trade Rumors for ten years.  This winter, due to the pandemic and 60-game MLB season, there’s more uncertainty than ever with arbitration, as I..." October 15

  • Hyeon-Jong Yang Expected To Pursue MLB Opportunities This Winter

    MSN.com "Kia Tigers lefty Hyeon-jong Yang is expected to explore offers from MLB teams this winter, Jeeho Yoo of South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency tweets. The former KBO MVP is wrapping up a two-year deal with the same Tigers club with which he’s spent the past 14..." October 14

  • The Looming Arbitration Battle

    MLB Trade Rumors "The pandemic has had a massive effect on MLB team revenues, which most expect to translate to a frigid free agent market.  More quietly, a related battle looms: salary arbitration. The first marker will be Wednesday, December 2nd.  That’s when teams must decide whether..." October 14

  • Predicting 1 Trade for Every MLB Team During the 2020 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "With the 2020 Major League Baseball season creeping closer to its end, it's not too soon to look ahead to the offseason. Because every team in the league took a financial hit amid the coronavirus pandemic-shortened season, clubs may prefer to find impact talent on the trade market..." October 13

  • MLB posting period for KBO players pushed back due to pandemic

    Yonhap News Agency "The posting period for South Korean baseball players hoping to reach the majors has been pushed back by nine days this year, a fallout from the coronavirus-interrupted season here. The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) announced Tuesday that clubs now have between Nov. 10 and Dec. 14..." October 13

  • 2021 MLB Draft order to be set by 2020 standings, per report; Pirates get No. 1 pick

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball has decided that the final draft order for 2021will be determined by reverse order of the 2020 final standings, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports. That's the typical way of ordering draft selections, and for some time it's been believed..." October 13

  • MLB, MLBPA announce COVID-19 test results

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today the latest COVID-19 testing results under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan, through the end of Thursday, October 8th: MONITORING TESTING • Covered..." October 09

  • Forget the asterisk – MLB's 2020 champion will be totally legitimate

    USA Today "With Major League Baseball’s expanded playoff nearly whittled down to a final four, it’s time to make one thing clear. There’s no need for any asterisk. That symbol has dogged the game for more than a century, tied in an almost mythical sense to scandal or,..." October 09

  • Qualifying Offer Value Set At $18.9 Million

    Lone Star Ball "The qualifying offer to MLB free agents this offseason is increasing from the $17.8 million amount that was used for players becoming free agents after the 2019 season to $18.9 million for players after 2020, according to Evan Drellich on Twitter. This most likely doesn’t..." October 08

  • KBO’s Kiwoom Heroes To Post Ha-Seong Kim This Offseason

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Kiwoom Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization will post star shortstop Ha-Seong Kim for Major League clubs this winter, MLBTR has learned. He’d previously voiced a desire to be posted, and the team plans to honor those wishes this winter. All 30 Major League clubs will..." October 08

  • MLB Free Agency 2020 Big Board: Ranking the Top 25 Players Available

    Bleacher Report "The upcoming MLB free-agent class saw its most intriguing domino fall when Mookie Betts signed a 12-year, $365 million extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but there is still plenty of impact talent set to hit the open market. Catcher J.T. Realmuto, second baseman DJ..." October 07

  • JT Riddle Elects Free Agency

    CBS Sports "Riddle elected free agency Tuesday rather than accept an outright assignment to the minors, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. " October 06

  • Supreme Court clears way for class-action lawsuit from minor league players being paid below minimum wage

    CBS Sports "The United States Supreme Court is allowing a class-action lawsuit to proceed from minor-league baseball players who allege they are being paid less than the minimum wage. Attorney and former minor-league baseball pitcher Garrett Broshuis broke the news on Twitter on Monday morning...." October 05

  • 8 pitches that could dominate Division Series

    MLB.com "A crazy Wild Card Series week is in the books, and amid all the nail biting, channel flipping and dinger celebrations, pitchers made their presence felt. Hitters combined to bat just .221, and with the scarcity of hits going around, they had to swing for the fences to score. Teams that..." October 04

  • Latest On Potential Playoff Expansion

    MLB Trade Rumors "To help compensate for the sport’s massive pandemic-driven revenue losses, MLB and the MLB Players Association agreed on a 16-team playoff field with a first-round, three-game wild card series for the 2020 season. That agreement covered this year only, but Commissioner Rob Manfred made..." October 03

  • Pirates Outright Andrew Susac

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pirates catcher Andrew Susac cleared waivers and was outrighted off the 40-man roster, per John Dreker of PiratesProspects.com (Twitter link). He can become a minor league free agent this offseason. " October 02

  • Pirates Claim Sean Poppen, Designate JT Riddle

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have claimed right-hander Sean Poppen off waivers from the Twins, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic tweets. Pittsburgh designated infielder/outfielder JT Riddle for assignment in a corresponding move. Poppen, whom the Twins designated earlier..." October 01

  • Likely 2021 MLB draft order gives Pittsburgh Pirates the No. 1 overall pick

    CBS Sports "While MLB has yet to announce the order of selections for the 2021 draft, at one point it was viewed as highly likely that it would be determined by the final 2020 standings.  According to the March agreement between MLB and the players association, commissioner Rob..." September 29

  • FINAL DAY! Clinches, tiebreakers in play

    MLB.com "The final day of the 2020 regular season promises to be a wild one, with every game on the schedule beginning at 3 p.m. ET.. On Saturday, the Cubs clinched their first National League Central title since 2017 thanks to a Cardinals loss, and the Twins clinched home field in the American League..." September 27

  • Here are the many NL tiebreaker scenarios

    MLB.com "The 2020 regular season is down to its final two days, and the Giants, Brewers, Phillies and Mets are all still fighting for a playoff spot in the National League. What if there's a tie for the last Wild Card spot? What if there's a three-way tie? What if there's..." September 26

  • Mookie Betts, Aaron Judge, Bryce Harper Lead MLB's Best-Selling Jerseys for 2020

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts led all MLB players in jersey sales during the 2020 season in his first year with the team after a trade from the Boston Red Sox.  Betts was followed by the New York Yankees' Aaron Judge and Philadelphia..." September 25

  • MLB made it to the end of its pandemic-ravaged season. Was it worth the toll?

    USA Today "So, that was something. Can we never do it again, please? Major League Baseball’s 60-game season has stumbled into its final weekend dazed but intact, like a wayward outfielder spun around by a fly ball, only to right himself at the last and haul in the ball at the..." September 24

  • How empty ballparks would have changed MLB history -- and could alter games this October

    ESPN "Humans are heat factories. If the average human being produces heat at a rate of 80ish watts, then 19 humans hunched together would radiate as much heat as my 1,500-watt space heater. Humans' surplus heat warms a housing project in Paris, a 13-story office building in..." September 24

  • What Were the Most Memorable Moments of the 2020 Season?

    Bleacher Report "It's MLB mailbag time once again, and this time around, we asked Bleacher Report app users to choose the most memorable moment of the 2020 MLB season. The results were a mix of individual achievements, impressive team performances, COVID-19 issues, a bold challenge to..." September 23

  • MLB's strange 2020 season gives players to freedom to shine – and connect with fans like never before

    USA Today "Go ahead, be honest. You didn’t really miss us in the media this year – the reporters and camera crews, banned from the clubhouse during the pandemic, who always manage to turn 32 flavorful quotes into a big scoop of vanilla. Instead,..." September 23

  • MLB Designates Independent Atlantic League As “Partner League”

    Ballpark Digest "The Atlantic League has been designated the first MLB Partner League, extending the independent circuit’s relationship in terms of rules testing into areas like joint marketing and promotional opportunities. Prior to the 2019 season, MLB and the Atlantic..." September 23

  • Authorities: Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz had alcohol in system at time of fatal crash

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz had “ingested alcoholic beverages” before an early-morning crash in the Dominican Republic on Monday that killed three people, according to a police report obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cruz, 21, was arrested at the scene. He’s..." September 23

  • Pirates Top Prospect Oneil Cruz Involved In 'Tragic' Crash, 3 Reportedly Dead

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz was involved in an accident that killed three people in his native Dominican Republic, according to reports. It occurred Monday, according to Dominican newspaper Diario Libre. That’s when an alleged “collision” occurred “after..." September 22

  • MLB's 2021 draft order expected to be based on 2020 standings

    The Score "As the shortened regular season nears its conclusion, it appears the worst teams in baseball have something to look forward to. MLB's 2021 draft order is highly likely to be determined by the results of the 2020 campaign, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan. " September 22

  • 2020-21 MLB Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "The following players are projected to reach free agency after the 2020 MLB season.  Numbers in parentheses represent the age at which the player will play the 2021 season. Catchers Alex Avila (34) Drew Butera (37) Welington Castillo (34) Jason..." September 22

  • Higher-seeded team will receive World Series 'home-field advantage'

    Yardbarker "The Associated Press (h/t ESPN) confirmed on Monday that the highest seed playing in the World Series will serve as the "home team" and receive the final at-bats in Games 1 and 2 and, if necessary, Games 6 and 7.  Per an agreement between the league and..." September 22

  • Arizona Fall League Cancels Season

    Baseball America "In a normal world, the Arizona Fall League would have begun on Thursday. Instead, citing an abundance of caution in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the league has been officially canceled for 2020. Specifically, MLB did not believe the AFL's traditional facilities—Salt..." September 22