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  • Ex-Giants player Aubrey Huff criticizes former team for hiring Alyssa Nakken as first female MLB coach

    USA Today "Former San Francisco Giants player Aubrey Huff criticized his former team for hiring MLB's first female, full-time coach.  Giants manager Gabe Kapler announced the hire of former Sacramento State softball player Alyssa Nakken on Thursday...." January 17

  • Report: Carlos Gomez plans to retire as Brewer at start of season

    The Score "Free-agent outfielder Carlos Gomez will formally announce his retirement from baseball at the beginning of the MLB regular season, according to baseball insider Hector Gomez. He hopes to do so as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. Gomez has been playing for the..." January 17

  • How an episode of 'Hey Arnold!' is a perfect love letter to baseball and its beauty, power and simplicity

    Sporting News "Nostalgia can be a gift and a curse. Oftentimes, nostalgia operates as nothing more than beer goggles — distorting the view of something from afar while we slam Natty Light after Natty Light. Then, the sensation passes, and we're reminded of our jobs, our stresses,..." January 16

  • Dave Martinez Is Now the Only MLB Manager to Win a World Series with His Current Team

    The Big Lead "Dave Martinez stands alone. With the firings of Alex Cora and A.J. Hinch this week, the Washington Nationals manager has become unique in his sport. He's the only manager in Major League Baseball to have won a World Series for his current franchise. And it just happened in..." January 16

  • Yes, more teams than the Astros and Red Sox stole signs, but that doesn’t excuse them.

    Hardball Talk "There’s an element to all of this Astros and Red Sox news that keeps coming up that I want to dig in to. Indeed, it’s a thing that comes up every single time a team or a player gets in trouble for something. It’s the “hey, they weren’t the only ones doing it! They..." January 15

  • Managers, Top Front Office Execs On Expiring Contracts

    MLB Trade Rumors "Monday was one of the most stunning days baseball has seen in recent memory. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch, who oversaw several contending teams in Houston and led the club to a World Series championship, lost their jobs as a result of a sign-stealing scandal. Before..." January 14

  • Rays Sign Chris Herrmann

    DRays Bay "The Rays have signed catcher Kevan Smith to a minor league deal with a non-roster invitation to Major League camp, per MLBTR owner Tim Dierkes. Smith had been identified by our Homin Lee back in December as a right-handed hitting catcher who could help balance the Rays roster next..." January 14

  • With 3B market thinning, is Josh Donaldson next?

    MLB.com "The Rangers are in agreement with veteran slugger Todd Frazier on a one-year, $5 million deal with a club option for 2021, pending a physical, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The 34-year-old could fill a big hole at the hot corner for Texas, which missed out on..." January 13

  • Predicting Landing Spots for Top 10 Remaining MLB Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "Pitchers and catchers report in less than a month. Most of the top free agents have come off the board. Yet multiple impact players remain unsigned, ranging from genuine stars (Josh Donaldson, Marcell Ozuna) to high-upside gambles (Taijuan Walker, Yasiel Puig). As we await..." January 13

  • MLB, Rob Manfred face league-altering test amid probes and rule changes

    Sportsnet "This could be Rob Manfred’s decade. No, check that: it very much needs to be Rob Manfred’s decade. The recent passing of NBA commissioner David Stern gave all of us pause to reflect on the evolution of North American professional sports; to reflect on how the NFL has..." January 13

  • Rays, Kevan Smith Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have signed free-agent catcher Kevan Smith to a minor league deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, per MLBTR owner Tim Dierkes. Smith is represented by Fusion Sports Agency. " January 11

  • Who is pitching prospect Matthew Liberatore and how does he fit into the Cardinals' plans?

    Sporting News "It’s not often that a minor leaguer gets top billing in a six-piece trade involving an established big-league hitter, especially when that hitter has batted over .300 in two of the past three seasons and owns a career .298 average and 119 OPS+. But that’s what..." January 10

  • Who Will Be the Next MLB Players to Sign $300M Contracts After Gerrit Cole?

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball's $300 million contract club is rapidly expanding. Giancarlo Stanton became the first player to sign a $300 million deal when the Miami Marlins extended him for $325 million over 13 years in 2014. He was all alone until 2019, when Manny Machado,..." January 10

  • Rays trade Austin Pruitt to his hometown Astros for 2 minor leaguers

    Houston Chronicle "In a three-player trade that added more competition to the back-end of Houston’s unsettled rotation, the Astros brought Austin Pruitt home. The Astros acquired Pruitt, a former University of Houston standout, from the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night in exchange for two minor..." January 10

  • Tyler Glasnow, Rays avoid arbitration

    MLB.com "The Rays and right-hander Tyler Glasnow avoided arbitration ahead of Friday's 1 p.m. ET deadline by agreeing to a $2.05 million settlement, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The club hasn't confirmed the agreement. Glasnow, who battled injuries in 2019 but..." January 10

  • Rays avoid arbitration with reliever Chaz Roe, settle at $2.19M

    Yardbarker "The Rays and reliever Chaz Roe have avoided arbitration with an agreement worth $2,185,200, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. That’s in line with the $2.2M salary MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projected at the outset of the offseason. " January 10

  • 3 Corresponding Moves Cardinals Acquisition of Matt Liberatore Makes Possible

    12 Up "The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired top pitching prospect Matt Liberatore via a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, which signals far more for the team than simply "the St. Louis Cardinals have acquired top pitching prospect Matt Liberatore." Liberatore..." January 09

  • Cardinals, Rays make six-player trade involving José Martínez and Matt Liberatore

    NBC Sports "Per Passan, the Cardinals are sending 1B/OF José Martínez, outfielder Randy Arozarena, and a Compensation Round A pick to the Rays for Liberatore, a low-level catching prospect, and a Compensation Round B pick. Martínez, 31, has a .296/.361/.458 slash line..." January 09

  • Cards acquire top prospect Matthew Liberatore from Rays

    TSN "The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired prized pitching prospect Matthew Liberatore from the Tampa Bay Rays, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. Liberatore, 20, was the 16th overall selection in the 2018 MLB draft out of Mountain Ridge High School near his hometown of Tempe,..." January 09

  • Five Potential Trade Destinations For Rockies All-Star Third Baseman Nolan Arenado

    The Big Lead "Nolan Arenada, the Colorado Rockies' 28-year old All-Star, is probably going to get traded, as reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Arenada signed an eight-year, $260 million contract in 2019, but the third baseman has an opt-out after the 2021 season so the Rockies could lose..." January 09

  • Ranking the Worst Moves of the MLB Offseason

    12 Up "The MLB offseason is the time for prospective contenders to either strike it rich with some big-name free agents like Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon or make some quality under-the-radar moves like the additions of Nomar Mazara and Edwin Encarnacion, just to name a few, in Chicago...." January 09

  • MLB discussing use of technology to prevent sign-stealing

    The Score "Major League Baseball is discussing the idea of using on-field technology to encode communication between pitchers and catchers and help prevent sign-stealing, reports Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports. The commissioner's office is developing several prototype devices, sources..." January 06

  • Five MLB teams that could disappoint in 2020

    Sportsnaut "Many MLB teams have been busy this winter, turning over their rosters and making the moves necessary to take significant strides in the 2020 season. While some have stepped up this winter, others have fallen short. Whether due to front offices missing out on top free agents or..." January 06

  • 3 potential trade proposals for Nolan Arenado

    The Score "The likelihood of a Nolan Arenado trade is reportedly down to a coin flip, as the Colorado Rockies are fielding offers for the superstar third baseman and looking for a package that includes a controllable first baseman or center fielder. While 29 teams..." January 06

  • Robinson Chirinos Reportedly Nearing Decision

    The Union Journal "Veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos is “shut to creating a call” on his subsequent group, in keeping with MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). He has drawn vast curiosity thus far of the winter. It’s nonetheless completely unclear the place Chirinos..." January 02

  • Will Harris Weighing Offers

    Yardbarker "Righty Will Harris has drawn somewhat less pressing interest than might have been supposed entering the offseason. But the veteran is mulling offers from multiple teams and could soon sign, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). Harris is said to have drawn..." January 02

  • Marcell Ozuna's market 'gaining some clarity'

    TSN "Marcell Ozuna is one of the premier free agent bats left on the board, but that might not be the case for long. According to The MLB Network's Mark Feinsand, Ozuna's market is "gaining some clarity." He adds the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas..." January 02

  • Taking Stock Of The Center Field Market

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve glanced in at a few areas of the player market to see what’s left after a busy first few months of the offseason. With a New Year’s freeze in effect on the news cycle, let’s do the same for the center field market. The lack of supply sufficient to meet..." January 02

  • Countdown to Spring Training: A 30-team guide

    MLB.com "The arrival of a new calendar year brings increased anticipation for Spring Training, and with camp now about six weeks away for Major League clubs, each has several questions that need to be answered before Opening Day. Here's a look at those questions, as well as a link to other important..." January 01

  • These are the most memorable recent 3-team deals

    MLB.com "When it comes to pulling off a trade, three is sometimes not a crowd, but a necessity. While almost all deals involve two teams working out an exchange, sometimes the addition of a third brings some previously absent element into the mix that allows everyone to get what they want. It..." December 31

  • Five way-too-early bold predictions for the 2020 MLB season

    Sporting News "Happy (almost) New Year! Of course, for the baseball fans, the new year doesn't actually start until March 26, 2020. As we inch closer to Opening Day, we'll have more certainties and a better idea of what teams and players will be in the new league year. But until..." December 31

  • Taking Stock Of The Starting Pitching Market

    MLB Trade Rumors "Entering the offseason, the market for rotation upgrades was robust — arguably one of the strongest groups of free-agent starters we’d seen. Two bona fide aces — Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg — headlined a group that also featured the NL Cy Young..." December 30

  • Every team's top home run of the decade

    MLB.com "As the 2010s come to a close, it's time to look back at the best home runs of the decade. There were 51,931 homers hit from 2010-19, but there are a choice few that will always stand out as the most memorable, whether they came in the clutch during the postseason, were milestone shots for..." December 30

  • Six Years After JAY-Z's Taunt, Scott Boras Gets the Last Laugh

    Complex "On an album that will largely serve as an afterthought in the catalog of (arguably) the greatest rapper of all time, there was a taunt that caused plenty of sports fans to perk up when they heard it.   In the first verse of the eighth track of his 2013 offering Magna..." December 30

  • Top plays from 2019 MLB season

    The Score "10. Pete Alonso walks off Home Run Derby The New York Mets first baseman was a tour de force during his first campaign in the majors. Before breaking MLB's single-season rookie homer record, Alonso won an epic long-ball derby with three walk-off dingers, including that blast to..." December 30

  • 10 biggest MLB stories from 2019

    The Score "With the calendar ready to turn to 2020, here's a look at the top 10 stories in Major League Baseball from 2019:  10. Free-agency freeze - and sudden thaw The stars of last year's free-agent class had to wait until spring training to find homes; only then did..." December 29

  • An insider's view of the contentious MLB-MiLB dispute, from ex-pitcher, lawyer Garrett Broshuis

    Sporting News "The current contentious dispute between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball became public in October, when Baseball America reported that MLB had offered a plan to eliminate as many as 42 minor-league teams after the 2020 minor-league season, when the Professional Baseball..." December 28

  • 3 Perfect Destinations for Bounce Back Candidate King Felix Hernandez

    12 Up "Reports indicate that Felix Hernandez has no intentions of retiring, even though he's statistically been of the MLB's worst pitchers across the last two campaigns. King Felix's career with the Seattle Mariners has surely concluded, and in perfect fashion at..." December 27

  • Ryosuke Kikuchi returning to Carp after failing to secure MLB contract

    Japan Times "Hiroshima Carp infielder Ryosuke Kikuchi said Friday he is giving up a bid to move to the majors this offseason via the posting system and will remain with the NPB club. Kikuchi, a seven-time Golden Glove winner, had until 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 2, 2020, to secure a deal with any of the 30..." December 27

  • Saying the quiet part loud: Owners' greed defined baseball in the 2010s

    The Score "The Modern Era Committee, one of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's four auxiliary voting bodies, rectified a longstanding injustice when it posthumously elected Marvin Miller to Cooperstown earlier in December. Miller, as it happens, wanted nothing to do with the Hall of Fame, expressing..." December 26

  • 1 holiday gift for each MLB team

    The Score "A number of teams have already done the lion's share of their holiday shopping, with early winter moves galore this offseason. However, there are still plenty of chips to fall, so let's pick one gift each team could still use: Arizona Diamondbacks More free agents to..." December 25

  • Hank Conger Joins Coaching Staff Of KBO’s Lotte Giants

    MLB Trade Rumors "Former Angels, Astros and Rays catcher Hank Conger will serve as the new catching coach for the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization, per Jee-ho Yoo of South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. It doesn’t appear that Conger has formally announced his retirement as..." December 25

  • With every top free-agent starter signed, where will pitching-needy teams turn?

    CBS Sports "The calendar has not yet flipped to 2020 and already almost every top free agent has signed. This offseason has been very different than the last two and that's welcome. Slow offseasons are boring. This offseason has been anything but. In recent days both Dallas..." December 24

  • Scott Boras has officially signed players to over $1 billion in contracts this offseason

    Larry Brown Sports "Scott Boras has made his share of mistakes reading the market the last few offseasons, but everything seemed to break his way this offseason. Boras represented several of the top clients on the free agent market this year. He and his clients have gotten lucky that the right teams were..." December 23

  • MLB posts record revenue in 2019 despite attendance woes

    The Score "Major League Baseball continues to be in the money. The league earned a record $10.7 billion in gross revenues during 2019, marking the 17th consecutive year that MLB has seen its profits rise in record fashion, industry sources told Maury Brown of Forbes. MLB's..." December 22

  • The top 40 breakout players of 2019

    MLB.com "They may be Hall of Famers one day. They may help their teams to glory in October. Or they might be players who just had their year in the sun.They're players who broke out in 2019, and they range from highly anticipated prospects bursting onto the Major League stage to players whose..." December 22

  • Report: New umpire labor deal opens door for computerized strike zone

    Larry Brown Sports "Robot umpires could be coming to Major League Baseball within the next five years as part of the new labor deal between MLB and the umpires’ union. MLB and the Major League Baseball Umpires Association agreed to a new five-year labor deal Saturday. According to Ben Walker..." December 21

  • Former Marlins President: 'Every Team Tampers'

    The Sports Daily "The Winter Meetings have come and gone, we’re heading into Christmas and it’s safe to say that the big winner this off season has been Scott Boras. So far, players represented by the superagent have signed deals totaling close to a billion dollars. And, as you would..." December 20

  • The 10 biggest MLB trades of the 2010s

    MLB.com "There's often nothing more exciting than a trade. Sure, a huge free-agent signing is fun, but that's really only news for one team and one player. A trade is something totally different. It's multiple teams, multiple players, for potentially many different reasons. Trades can shape..." December 20

  • Worst Contract in Every MLB Team's History

    12 Up "Every single MLB franchise has THAT contract. You know, the one that cost an obscene amount of money, brought in a player who severely underperformed, and gave their respective fanbases PTSD whenever the front office targets big names in free agency. At the risk of triggering a flood..." December 20