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  • 10 AL players who could be traded this winter

    The Score "In this two-part series teeing up next week's (virtual) winter meetings, theScore's MLB editors identify 10 players who could be dealt in each league this offseason and rate their likelihood of being traded. Francisco Lindor, Indians, SS Remaining..." December 05

  • These 11 free agents are better than you think

    MLB.com "This is a free-agent market big on bodies but light on stars. And with so many teams feeling the financial pinch of the pandemic, it’s going to be especially important to find bang for your buck. We’re here to help with this team of bargain ballplayers who could prove to..." December 05

  • Blake Snell expected trade rumors, says it's 'going to suck' being dealt from Rays

    The Score "Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell expected trade rumors would start surfacing some time after he signed his five-year, $50-million extension prior to the 2019 season. He just didn't think it would be this soon. "I’m aware it's going to happen at some..." December 04

  • Ranking the Chances for Every MLB Team to Land Kyle Schwarber

    Bleacher Report "The Chicago Cubs pulled a surprise on Wednesday when they declined to tender a contract to slugger Kyle Schwarber for the 2021 season. As a result, he's now a free agent. Though every team now has a chance to sign him, we thought we'd narrow things down by..." December 04

  • NPB’s Nippon Ham Fighters Post Haruki Nishikawa For MLB Teams

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nippon-Ham Fighters of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball have made center fielder Haruki Nishikawa available to Major League clubs through the NPB/MLB posting system, the Japan Times reports. Major League teams will now have a 30-day window to negotiate with the..." December 04

  • 1 prospect from each org. who could be dealt

    MLB.com "In a normal year, the baseball world would be preparing to head to the Winter Meetings next week. This, as has been said ad nauseam, has been anything but a normal year. While we won’t all be working the lobby in Dallas as rumors swirl, that doesn’t mean teams won’t..." December 04

  • Predicting the Top 25 Catchers in 2025

    Bleacher Report "Welcome to B/R's newest article series: the MLB 25 in '25 rankings! In the coming weeks, we'll take a crack at predicting who the 25 best players will be at each position in five years, during the 2025 season. Loyal readers will remember we did..." December 04

  • Russell Westbrook for JohnWall? Here are 7 MLB versions

    MLB.com "Over in the NBA, the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards swung a cool trade on Wednesday when they swapped superstar point guards: Russell Westbrook for John Wall. So we thought ... why should the NBA have all the fun? Here are seven MLB trade proposals inspired by..." December 03

  • The Perfect Landing Spots for Biggest Names of 2020 MLB Free-Agent Class

    Bleacher Report "The MLB hot stove is slowly heating up. The Atlanta Braves grabbed two pitchers off the free-agent market in recent weeks, signing Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly to one-year deals. Right-hander Mike Minor rejoined the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, and the Royals..." December 03

  • The 8 new free agents to keep an eye on

    MLB.com "Wednesday was a whirlwind day around Major League Baseball, as nearly 60 players were non-tendered ahead of the 8 p.m. ET deadline, sending them into an already crowded free-agent market. In the aftermath of a pandemic-impacted 2020 season, many industry insiders..." December 03

  • Non-tender deadline floods free agent market, another reminder of MLB's economic reality

    USA Today "It wasn’t the bloodbath players and agents feared, but the free-agent marketplace became overstuffed Wednesday, with power-hitting left fielders feeling the brunt of baseball’s economic crunch. There were a record 59 arbitration-eligible players..." December 03

  • Predicting 1 Trade for Your MLB Team at the 2020 Winter Meetings

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball's winter meetings may only be happening in a virtual capacity this year, but there will surely still be a few trades during the proceedings. Let's predict, shall we? We've imagined one trade that each of MLB's 30 teams..." December 03

  • 12 intriguing MLB players who weren't tendered contracts

    The Score "Major League Baseball's deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players has passed. Here, we take a look at the most surprising and intriguing players who are now free agents. One thing's for sure, the outfield market just got a lot more..." December 03

  • Phillies Infielder Jean Segura Draws Trade Interest

    Sports Talk Philly "So far the Phillies Hot Stove has been rather quiet in this pandemic-ridden, uncertain offseason.   The first major rumor surrounding the Phillies might be a player on the way out, not on the way in.  According to mutliple reports, the Phillies are drawing trade interest in..." December 02

  • Teams with prospects to make big trades

    MLB.com "Though the trade market has been mostly quiet early in the offseason, with only a few minor deals having transpired since the Dodgers defeated the Rays in the World Series, recent history suggests that it shouldn’t be too long until a Top 100 prospect gets traded. Specifically,..." December 02

  • Top Landing Spots, Trade Packages for Rangers SP Lance Lynn

    Bleacher Report "There is no MLB offseason trade chip more likely to be wearing a new uniform in 2021 than Lance Lynn. The Texas Rangers appear set to pivot to a rebuild after a disappointing 2020 season that began with legitimate hopes of playoff contention, and the front office has..." December 02

  • MLB Free Agents Who Would Be Foolish to Change Teams

    Bleacher Report "Though Major League Baseball free agents technically have their pick of all 30 teams, sometimes the best they can do is go home again. Out of the hundreds of free agents for the 2020-21 offseason, there are eight who we think are best off re-signing with their former..." December 02

  • Oscar Colas Declared Free Agent By NPB’s SoftBank Hawks

    MLB.com "Two-way player Oscar Luis Colas, who defected from Cuba in January, has been declared a free agent by his Nippon Professional Baseball team, the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, a source told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez on Wednesday. Colas will now petition for Major League Baseball free..." December 02

  • MLB posting process for KBO star Kim Ha-seong delayed due to paperwork

    Yonhap News Agency "South Korean All-Star Kim Ha-seong's pursuit of his big league dreams has hit a snag before it began in earnest because of paperwork. Kim's club, Kiwoom Heroes, asked the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) last Wednesday to post the 25-year-old slugger for major league clubs...." December 01

  • Years after Cubs' manipulation, Kris Bryant saga shows need for MLB overhaul

    USA Today "One day from now, the Chicago Cubs will decide whether to harvest that seventh season they essentially stole from Kris Bryant. One year from now, Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement will expire. It’s not hard to see how the first date is..." December 01

  • These 17 arbitration-eligible players could soon join full and frozen MLB free agent market

    USA Today "The Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals have come and gone, with three weeks remaining to grab free agents before the Christmas holiday. There were 186 free agents that hit the market after the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series, and a month later, there still are about 175 free..." December 01

  • Biggest decision facing each team, including Kris Bryant and Gary Sanchez

    CBS Sports "This Wednesday (Dec. 2) is an important date on the offseason calendar. It is the deadline for teams to tender their pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible players a contract offer for next season. They don't have to sign their players before the deadline, but they do have to make an..." November 30

  • Logan Paul Destroys Jose Canseco, Who Wants To Box Him

    Total Pro Sports "Jose Canseco has no choice but to fight Logan Paul after his latest comment. The former baseball star called out both Logan Paul and Jake Paul for a fight after the latter’s win on Saturday night against Nate Robinson. " November 30

  • NC Dinos To Post Sung-Bum Na

    Yonhap News Agency "One of South Korea's premier sluggers will be knocking on the big league doors this winter. The NC Dinos announced Monday they've asked the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) to post outfielder Na Sung-bum for major league clubs. The next step is for the KBO to formally inform..." November 30

  • MLB Reveals MLB Draft League Schedule, Format and Teams Ahead of 2021 Draft

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball, Prep Baseball Report (PBR), and five founding members today announced the formation of the MLB Draft League, which will become the first league in the country focused on top prospects who are eligible to be drafted by MLB Clubs that summer. With the 2021..." November 30

  • Ranking the Chances for Every MLB Team to Land Masahiro Tanaka in Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "The New York Yankees paid a $20 million posting fee to sign Masahiro Tanaka away from the Rakuten Golden Eagles prior to his age-25 season in 2014 and then inked him to a seven-year, $155 million contract. All things considered, it was money well spent. Tanaka went 78-46..." November 30

  • At Least Six Teams Showing Interest In James McCann

    MSN.com "Yadier Molina has drawn the most headlines among catchers early in free agency, in part due to the willingness of both him and his agent to go on-record to discuss the veteran’s market. However, James McCann is drawing interest from a similar collection of teams, per MLB..." November 30

  • 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..." November 29

  • 8 Bold Predictions for the 2020 MLB Winter Meetings

    Bleacher Report "The days of roaming a hotel lobby in search of baseball executives are on hold temporarily, much like many other things in 2020. Baseball's winter meetings will be held virtually this year, with the coronavirus pandemic preventing thousands of baseball industry executives, scouts,..." November 29

  • Homecoming? 12 FA reunions we'd like to see

    MLB.com "The goal of this game is to get home. Sometimes that ambition applies not only on the basepaths, but on the business side as well. Free agency is an opportunity for players and clubs to find a fit, and sometimes the best fit is one that’s been previously broken-in. Here are a..." November 29

  • 2020 Non-Tender Candidates

    MLB Trade Rumors "More than 200 MLB players are currently eligible for arbitration, meaning they are on a team’s 40-man roster and have enough service time to have their salaries determined through the longstanding backward-looking system.  At the low end, this includes players who qualify for Super..." November 29

  • Is the Hall leaving out too many players?

    MLB.com "With the release of the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot earlier this month, our thoughts turned to the institution of the Hall itself, and particularly this question: Are enough players being inducted? Or too many? What is the right number of players to have in the Hall,..." November 28

  • Offseason Outlook: Tampa Bay Rays

    MLB Trade Rumors "The reigning American League champions will deploy their usual strategy of tight payroll management and canny roster maneuvering as they look to take the final step of capturing a World Series. Guaranteed Contracts Blake Snell, SP: $39MM through 2023 Kevin..." November 27

  • How to fix MLB's slow-paced offseason

    The Score "Welcome to Major League Baseball's offseason where nothing happens for months as teams play what looks like a perpetual game of chicken with free agents and each other. Compare this to the wild flurry of activity that came almost the moment the NBA kicked off free agency. This has..." November 27

  • 5 Black Friday deals we’d like to see

    MLB.com "This is the time of year for big meals ... and big deals? The only things more fun than real trades are fake trades, which is why we annually use this space to concoct swaps that -- hopefully unlike your Thanksgiving turkey -- are half-baked. But they’re stuffed with fodder for..." November 27

  • Randy Arozarena Reportedly Released with No Charges

    Bleacher Nation "Earlier this week, breakout Tampa Bay Rays star Randy Arozarena was placed into custody in Mexico following an alleged domestic dispute with his ex-wife and her father. Per reports, Arozarena attempted to take his daughter with him, and authorities were investigating whether that was..." November 26

  • MLB discussing move to award Negro Leagues major-league status

    The Score "Some of the best baseball players who were denied the chance to play at the highest level might soon be able to finally call themselves big leaguers. Major League Baseball is considering granting major-league status to the Negro Leagues, which housed Black players for several decades..." November 26

  • Wander Franco's offseason on pause due to sore arm

    MLB.com "Top overall prospect Wander Franco has not played for his Dominican Winter League club, Leones del Escogido, since Friday due to a sore right biceps. Escogido announced on Wednesday that Franco would be heading back to the United States to be evaluated by Rays team..." November 25

  • Reasons MLB fans can be thankful in 2020

    CBS Sports "Happy Thanksgiving, fellow baseball enthusiasts! As the holiday name suggests, this is a day to be grateful for the good things that have happened and the good things that are still to come. Sports are often a secondary focus on this turkey-filled day, especially this year, but baseball is as..." November 25

  • Hunter Renfroe, Brian O’Grady Become Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rays outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Brian O’Grady have cleared waivers and become free agents, Juan Toribio of MLB.com tweets. The Rays designated both players for assignment last week. Renfroe was a relatively high-profile acquisition for..." November 25

  • Top Landing Spots and Trade Packages for Rays SP Blake Snell Amid Rumors

    Bleacher Report "There's a staggering drop-off behind National League Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer in this year's crop of free-agent starting pitchers, and that could mean a busier than usual offseason on the trade market. Another pitcher with a Cy Young on his mantle is reportedly..." November 25

  • Here are George Springer's most likely destinations

    MLB.com "Free agent season is upon us! It will be unlike any other, which makes sense, following a season unlike any other. You can’t expect things to start getting normal now. For the next few weeks, we’ll be taking regular looks at the top free agents, their top suitors..." November 25

  • MLB Investigating Domestic Incident Involving Randy Arozarena

    Yardbarker "Randy Arozarena is under investigation from the league’s department of investigations after the Rays outfielder was detained in Mexico, ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan reports (Twitter links). Two different Mexican media outlets (the Yucatan Ahora and Diaro de Yucatan) reported on the..." November 25

  • Rays open to trading Blake Snell — should the Mariners be interested?

    Seattle Times "The last time the baseball world saw Blake Snell in a Rays’ uniform was during the sixth inning of Game 6 of the World Series when he handed the ball to manager Kevin Cash in disgust, storming off the mound and cursing to himself about being replaced by reliever Nick..." November 25

  • What does a Phillies trade for Blake Snell look like?

    The Good Phight "Don’t you just love this time of the year? It’s when the silly season for trade rumors begin and players you never thought would be touchable all of a sudden look like they’re on the way out. Of course, we usually can’t tell the difference between actual smoke..." November 25

  • Rays' Randy Arozarena allegedly arrested after attempting to abduct daughter in Mexico

    DRays Bay "Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena, whose recent historical postseason performance put him in a national spotlight, has reportedly been involved in a domestic dispute in Mexico. A Mexican newspaper report indicates that Arozarena arrived at his ex-wife’s home to deliver gifts..." November 24

  • Ha-Seong Kim To Be Posted On November 25

    Yonhap News Agency " South Korean All-Star shortstop Kim Ha-seong will be made available for interested major league clubs this week via posting. The Kiwoom Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Tuesday that they will ask the league office to post Kim for Major League Baseball (MLB)..." November 24

  • The 7 teams that need this ace reliever most

    MLB.com "There’s no doubt that signing a reliever to a big-money deal is a risky move, given the volatile nature of the position. But that doesn’t mean some relievers aren’t worth the risk. Take Liam Hendriks, for instance. The 31-year-old is a free agent at a time when..." November 24

  • 5 teams that should consider trading for Blake Snell

    The Score "A hot stove season that's been slow to warm up thus far was rocked to life Monday with a report the Tampa Bay Rays are open to trading ace Blake Snell. Outside of Trevor Bauer in free agency, Snell is now likely the best pitcher available this winter. The Rays will..." November 24

  • Braves Sign Charlie Morton

    Mets Merized Online "The Braves have signed free agent starter Charlie Morton to a one-year, $15 million deal according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. Morton, 37, is coming off a down year with Tampa Bay after making two consecutive All-Star appearances in 2018 and 2019 with Houston and the..." November 24