CBS Sports "Soon after the Astros or Braves are crowned World Series belt and title-holders for 2021, the focus of the baseball collective will shift to the labor negotiations that will be the catalyst for everything else that happens this coming offseason. Said negotiations are predictably..." October 25
Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball may be gearing up for the World Series, but attention is already being paid to the offseason and the plethora of high-profile free agents who could be soon joining different teams. One such player is shortstop Carlos Correa, who is chasing his second World Series..." October 25
CBS Sports "Major League Baseball appears headed for its first work stoppage since 1994-95 players' strike. A work stoppage beginning on Dec. 2 is "almost certain," Ronald Bloom of the Associated Press writes. The current collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the..." October 25
Clutch Points "As we saw in the Los Angeles Dodgers fourth and final loss to the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS on Saturday, it wasn’t meant to be two years in a row. On the heels of a 106-win season and a dramatic comeback against the San Francisco Giants (at least they beat them?), it definitely hurts to..." October 25
Bleacher Report "As it always does, the Major League Baseball postseason provided plenty of fun times on the lead-up to the World Series between Atlanta and the Houston Astros. Really, what more could anyone want? Well, cleaner, better officiated games for one thing. And maybe more watchable games...." October 25
The Athletic "About a month before the 2014 American League wild-card game, as members of the Kansas City Royals front office and coaching staff strategized about facing a one-game playoff, they diagnosed a problem with their roster. “The sixth inning was a little bit of a black hole,”..." October 25
Bleacher Report "Max Scherzer joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in July with hopes of winning his second World Series ring. In no small part thanks to his tired arm, however, those hopes were finally dashed on Saturday. Regardless, now begins one of the most fascinating free-agent sweepstakes in..." October 24
TMZ "You've heard of iced-out chains, watches and teeth ... but how about a freakin' iced-out STEERING WHEEL!?! MLB rising superstar Wander Franco -- the former top prospect in baseball -- is bringing new meaning to car customization ... by copping a brand new Mercedes..." October 23
Bleacher Report "Most of the focus on MLB offseason roster moves will be on the free agents, who will become eligible to sign with new teams somewhere in the Nov. 4-8 range, depending on how long the World Series lasts. But offseason trades can also have a big impact on expectations for the..." October 22
Bleacher Report "Earlier this week, we ran through every MLB team's biggest surprise of the 2021 season, highlighting the likes of Cedric Mullins, Robbie Ray, Austin Riley, Garrett Whitlock, Ranger Suarez, Frank Schwindel and others who exceeded expectations this year. Now it's..." October 21
Sportsnet "Here’s a simple way for the Toronto Blue Jays to address their pitching needs this off-season: sign Max Scherzer and Robbie Ray. Or Kevin Gausman and Carlos Rodon. Grab Zack Greinke and Anthony DeSclafani while you’re at it. You can never have too much pitching, right? If..." October 21
"Before the robots take over - at least behind home plate - Major League Baseball ought to try something seemingly obvious: employ its best ball-strike callers as home plate umpires in the playoffs.
Remarkably, that's not something MLB is doing.
CBS Sports "Baseball's current landscape makes it hard to not think about Carlos Beltrán. Take a look this way, and two of the franchises Beltrán played for (the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets) are seeking new managers. Take a look that way, and two teams that his legacy will..." October 21
"Death, taxes and fans complaining about calls that don't go their way.
As long as sports have existed, there has been an element of error that comes with living, breathing human beings officiating those sports.
MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds were competitive in 2021 but ultimately came up short of a Wild Card berth. Cincinnati now faces the potential departure of one of their middle-of-the-order hitters, which would leave general manager Nick Krall needing to find some other way to bolster the offense while restructuring a..." October 20
"Was anyone a bigger surprise during the 2021 MLB season than Baltimore Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins?
That's certainly up for debate, but each team had at least one player who surpassed even the most optimistic expectations over the course of the year.
Bleacher Report "The MLB offseason is right around the corner, and it's never too early to start setting the landscape for another busy winter of wheeling and dealing on the trade market. Last month, we counted down the top 25 upcoming free agents, and now it's time to turn our attention to..." October 19
Sportsnaut "As the 2021 season concludes, baseball fans and teams are excited for the exciting crop of MLB free agents who will be available this winter. From young shortstops like Carlos Correa and Corey Seager to future Hall of Famer pitchers like Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw, a lot of money will be..." October 19
MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve taken a position-by-position look at the upcoming free agent class at MLBTR in recent weeks. With the position players now all covered, we turn our attention to the starting pitching market. Each winter, free agency offers a wide variety of starting pitching tiers. There..." October 19
CBS Sports "Nearly two weeks have passed since the San Diego Padres fired manager Jayce Tingler following a disappointing 2021 season. It wasn't all Tingler's fault, of course; the Padres suffered from myriad injuries, especially on the pitching side, and their underlying measures suggested they..." October 18
ESPN "Amid mounting pressure from players and advocacy groups, Major League Baseball will require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022, sources told ESPN. While MLB has yet to outline its plan formally, six team officials told ESPN they are starting to prepare..." October 17
Bleacher Report "No MLB postseason series lead is safe. According to Matt Kelly of MLB.com, there have been 14 instances in history when a team has blown a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven series. Those 14 losing teams make up our list of contenders for the title of worst playoff collapse in MLB..." October 17
Larry Brown Sports "Alex Rodriguez had a message for the “analytics people” in MLB on Saturday. Kiké Hernandez has been on fire this postseason. He hit two home runs in Game 1 of the ALCS and another homer in Game 2 on Saturday. He entered Game 2 of the ALCS batting .500 in the..." October 17
MLB Trade Rumors "As the offseason gets underway, players around baseball continue to elect minor league free agency. While the threshold for big league free agency (six-plus years of Major League service time) is well known, there are several methods of qualifying for minor league free agency. The..." October 17
Bleacher Report "Two teams that won 100-plus games failed to advance to their respective league championship series, while a pair of wild cards and an 88-game division winner still have World Series chances. It seems less than ideal, but it was always understood either the San Francisco Giants or Los..." October 16
The Athletic "So who is worth more, Francisco Lindor or Carlos Correa? Oh, I know. Lindor signed a $341 million extension with the Mets because the team’s new owner, Steve Cohen, wanted to make a splash, show his fans he was willing to spend big. I can hear rival..." October 16
MLB Trade Rumors "With the League Championship Series having kicked off tonight, we’re moving ever closer to the offseason. With free agency approaching, MLBTR has taken a position-by-position look at the options who’ll be available on the open market. Today, we turn our attention to the..." October 16
Sporting News "Mike Shildt is out as the Cardinals manager, fired during a Thursday morning meeting with John Mozeliak, the club’s president of baseball operations. It was a surprise to Shildt, as characterized by Mozeliak, who cited “philosophical..." October 14
"When the 2021 Major League Baseball postseason concludes in a few weeks, suitors will start lining up for one of the best free-agent classes in recent memory.
It'll be up to those free agents to choose their next homes wisely.
Yahoo! Sports "Round and round and round we go. For the fifth time in a five-year span, the Mets are searching for another manager. Following Terry Collins’ stretch at the helm from 2011-17, the Mets have gone through three managers and recorded losing records in three of their last four..." October 14
Bleacher Report "The MLB offseason is a golden opportunity for teams to add missing pieces, plugging the holes that kept them from achieving the ultimate goal the previous year. Whether it's a splashy free-agent signing, a blockbuster trade or an under-the-radar move that pays major dividends,..." October 14
wtsp.com "Tampa Bay Rays minor league pitcher David Hess announced on social media this week that he will undergo chemotherapy to treat a cancerous tumor in his chest. “Life has a way of throwing things you never expected to happen,” Hess posted Wednesday on Twitter. “About a..." October 14
The Athletic "An old Acer laptop sits on top of a mini fridge in a 17th-floor dorm room at Boston University. It has one job. Every morning, at 10:30 a.m., the laptop whirs to life and runs some simple Python code, scraping data from an internet library, generating graphics and spitting them out to more than..." October 14
Bleacher Report "It's never too early to start looking ahead to the MLB offseason. This year's free-agent class is headlined by middle infielders Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Trevor Story, first baseman Freddie Freeman, third baseman Kris Bryant, right fielder Nick..." October 13
Bleacher Report "MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that fans, players and teams can expect more nontraditional types of venues for games in the future, per Mark J. Burns of Sports Business Journal. Manfred mentioned he's interested in having games "where they don't..." October 12
Sportsnaut "As the 2021 season concludes, baseball fans and teams are excited for the exciting crop of MLB free agents who will be available this winter. From young shortstops like Carlos Correa and Corey Seager to future Hall of Famer pitchers like Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw, a lot of money will be..." October 12
The Score "Qualifying offers for impending free agents this offseason will be $18.4 million, which is down $500,000 from last winter, sources told Buster Olney of ESPN. A player will reportedly have to accept or reject the qualifying offer before the collective bargaining agreement expires Dec...." October 12
Bleacher Report "By Friday morning, only four MLB fanbases will still be cheering their teams on in 2021. Most have already turned their attention to what might lie ahead in 2022. But we're taking that one step further for a look at the most troubling contract situations for 2023 and..." October 12
NBC Sports Boston "By now you've undoubtedly heard about the Tampa Bay Rays eating popcorn in the dugout while beating the Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. Unsurprisingly, it did not sit well. But when it comes to the irritating consumption of celebratory foodstuffs, popcorn..." October 12
MLB Trade Rumors "Rays backstop Mike Zunino had the best season of his career in 2021, and his durability and strong production behind the dish have upped the price it’ll cost Tampa Bay to retain him in 2022. Zunino re-signed with the Rays on a one-year deal with a $4MM club option this past offseason, but..." October 12
The Athletic "After it ended, the Rays lingered in the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park, as if they were sitting around a campfire having a conversation. Upon returning to the team hotel, the players gathered once more in a conference room, the best regular-season team in Rays history, stinging from..." October 12
Mass Live "Faced with the prospect of extra innings, Kiké Hernández decided one marathon was enough for Boston on Monday. Hernández hit a walk-off sacrifice fly as the Red Sox beat the Rays, 6-5, to clinch the ALDS in four games. With one out in the ninth inning,..." October 12
Bloomberg "Players and coaches in baseball’s Atlantic League had been dreading the change for more than a year. “I don’t understand why they’re doing it,” Danny Barnes, a relief pitcher for the Long Island Ducks, told me during batting practice a week before its debut at the..." October 11
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 11 years. In the baseball industry, teams and agents determine arbitration salaries by identifying comparable players. To project the entire..." October 11
"Young talent has been and still very much is all the rage in Major League Baseball, but even the game's best young players can still get better.
As for how? Well, we have ideas for 10 of them.
Larry Brown Sports "The Tampa Bay Rays were robbed of a run thanks to a fluke on a ground-rule double at Fenway Park on Sunday night. Kevin Kiermaier was batting in the top of the 13th inning of Game 3 of the ALDS between his Rays and the Boston Red Sox with the game tied at four...." October 11
MLB Trade Rumors "As to who would be interested in acquiring him, it would have to be a team with a need behind the plate, of course. But given that he only has one year of control, it would also have to be a win-now club. Let’s look at which teams could fit the..." October 10
Yardbarker "As the offseason creeps closer and closer, we’ll continue our position-by-position look at the upcoming free-agent class. We’ve already covered catchers, first basemen, third basemen, second basemen and shortstops. Next up, center..." October 10
Bleacher Report "Now down to the final eight MLB teams contending for a World Series, it's worth taking a look at the best remaining lineups. Some of the best lineups in baseball, like the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals, either missed the playoffs or are no..." October 10
The Athletic "On May 2, a pair of Northwest area scouts from different major-league clubs sat together, reviewing the outing of a pitcher both their teams had drafted, a pitcher to whom they were both attached. Only this was no ordinary exchange. The Rays’ Paul Kirsch, suffering from..." October 10