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  • 10 pitchers poised for bounceback seasons

    MLB.com "Last year’s sprint wasn’t kind to anyone who got off-kilter with the start-and-stop offseason, or busted slowly out of the gates when play began. It wasn't kind to evaluators, either, who are trying to piece together a myriad of narratives, injury returns and small sample sizes..." February 26

  • MLB, MLBPA announce weekly COVID results

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today the second set of COVID-19 testing results conducted under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan. All Major League active roster players, non-roster invitees, and Tiers 1 and..." February 26

  • Marla Miller retiring as MLB's head of special events after 21-year run

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball announced today that its longtime Senior Vice President of Special Events, Marla Miller, has begun the transition to the group’s new leadership. For the last 21 years, Miller has orchestrated the planning and logistics of many of MLB’s most well-known and..." February 26

  • Who is the MLB logo?

    MLB.com "It's one of the mysteries of the ages, right up there with "Are we alone in the universe?" and "Who exactly bought all those Nickelback records?" -- just who is the inspiration behind the MLB logo? In the NBA, it's basically a known secret that..." February 25

  • Ken Griffey Jr. wants to help diversify Major League Baseball, get the sport 'back where it belongs'

    USA Today "Ken Griffey Jr. sits in front of his office computer at his Florida home, his fingers racing across the keyboard, searching to ensure his memory is as pristine as his baseball swing. There it is, he found it: April 13, 1989. His major-league debut in the Seattle Mariners’..." February 25

  • MLB spring training: Four young players, including Gavin Lux and Jo Adell, with something to prove in 2021

    CBS Sports "One of the most pressing questions about Major League Baseball's upcoming season is how young players will develop after last year's unusual and potentially disruptive campaign. The lack of a minor-league season because of COVID-19 concerns left prospects in an awkward position: most..." February 25

  • Every MLB Team's Offseason Report Card Ahead of Spring Training

    Bleacher Report "Baseball is nigh upon us. Pitchers and catchers reported to spring training last week, and teams began their first workouts this week. The 2021 season is in full swing. Some notable free agents—such as Jake Odorizzi and Jackie Bradley Jr.—remain unsigned...." February 24

  • These 10 sluggers could rebound in big way

    MLB.com "The 2020 season came and went in the blink of an eye, and some of the game's brightest stars were left with less-than-stellar numbers, because the pandemic-shortened campaign didn’t provide much of an opportunity for players to bounce back from early slumps. But 2021 is a..." February 23

  • Yoenis Cespedes holding showcase for MLB clubs on March 2

    The Score "Yoenis Cespedes isn't ready to call it quits. The free-agent outfielder will hold a showcase for MLB teams on March 2 with the intent of playing in 2021, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The 35-year-old opted out of the 2020 season after a brief..." February 22

  • Brent Honeywell Jr primed for long-awaited return

    MLB.com "To keep everyone safe and socially distanced this spring, the Rays are encouraging players not to linger around the clubhouse too long after their work is done. That’s easier said than done with some of their more social personalities, like Chris Archer. And when it comes to Brent..." February 21

  • Rays To Re-Sign Chaz Roe To Major League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays are in agreement on a contract with reliever Chaz Roe, reports Robert Murray of FanSided (Twitter link). The 34-year-old returns to the Tampa Bay organization for a fifth consecutive season. Roe has found a decent amount of success with the Rays over the past few years...." February 21

  • Joe DiMaggio relative Chris Mazza thrilled to join Rays

    MLB.com "Right-hander Chris Mazza's big league career has included stops with three of the Yankees’ biggest competitors: the cross-town Mets and the American League East rival Red Sox and Rays. It’s a little awkward, because he grew up a die-hard fan of the Yankees -- for good..." February 21

  • MLB power rankings: 2021 outlook for every team entering spring training

    Sportsnaut "MLB power rankings: The 2020 MLB season is almost here. It’s been a slow offseason, with free agency slowed down significantly, leaving marquee talents available for the taking. With spring training right around the corner, it’s time to dive into our MLB power rankings for..." February 21

  • Each MLB team's most intriguing player this spring

    MLB.com "With the necessary caveat that the numbers mean absolutely nothing, Spring Training is nevertheless a fascinating time for player evaluation. My friend Will Leitch recently wrote about one guy from every team who brings excitement to camp. But here we’re going to look at 30..." February 21

  • Important MLB spring training dates to know

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball spring training camps are officially underway across Florida and Arizona. MLB was unable to convince the MLBPA to agree to a delayed 154-game season and an expanded postseason, so spring training and the regular season will begin as scheduled. Assuming the pandemic..." February 21

  • Ranking MLB's 10 Best Shortstops

    Bleacher Report "As teams across Major League Baseball gear up for the 2021 season, our efforts to rank the top players at every position are ongoing. With first basemen, third basemen and second basemen all checked off, we're going to conclude our tour around the infield..." February 21

  • 2021 Arbitration Hearing Results & Post-Deadline Agreements

    MLB Trade Rumors "January 15 was the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to officially submit salary figures for the 2021, and by the time the day was done, only 13 players didn’t reach agreement on a contract.  The majority of teams now adhere to the “file or trial”..." February 21

  • What we’ve learned or had confirmed in the first week of MLB camp

    Masn "We’re entering the fourth day of workouts for Orioles pitchers and catchers, along with a handful of position players who reported early. What stands out for me as I sit in front of my laptop and attend the daily Zooms? No matter how much I crank up the heat in my..." February 20

  • Fernando Tatis Jr. and Baseball's Top 25 Clutch Hitters

    Bleacher Report "The task is simple: Name the 25 best clutch hitters in baseball. However, there has never been a go-to way to quantify "clutch," so in order to put together this list, a number of different statistics were taken into consideration. After some digging and debating,..." February 20

  • MLB offseason grades: Yankees lack urgency; Mets, Dodgers, Padres get high marks; Cubs, Red Sox underwhelm

    CBS Sports "We are a little over a month away from Opening Day 2021. This offseason, we've seen nearly all of our top 60 free agents sign deals and there were even a few major trades that went down. So while we continue to wait for meaningful baseball games to return, let's..." February 20

  • 10 most interesting non-roster invites

    The Score "Baseball is back. Pitchers and catchers reported to spring training on Thursday, with position players set to arrive in the next few days. There will be some familiar faces showing up in different uniforms this year, with a number of them having to earn employment on..." February 19

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci cautiously optimistic about return of fans for 2021 MLB season

    ESPN "Dr. Anthony Fauci is cautiously optimistic about the prospect of fans returning to the stands for the 2021 MLB season, telling ESPN's Buster Olney there's a "pretty good chance" of it happening if the rate of COVID-19 infections continues to drop. "We could..." February 19

  • MLB sees 13 positive COVID-19 tests during initial spring training intake

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association announced Friday the results of the first round of COVID-19 testing results at spring training, which found 13 positive cases among 4,336 tests (0.3 per cent). The tests were conducted by an independent lab in Utah as part of..." February 19

  • Why these five MLB stars will bounce back in 2021

    CBS Sports "Pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training and the long journey that is the 2021 MLB season has begun. The ongoing pandemic means it will be challenging, but MLB and the MLBPA believe they're up to the task of playing a full season, so let's hope they can do that without..." February 19

  • 'When I saw myself like that, I cracked up': How MLB Minis became a big hit with players

    ESPN ""Me next! Me next!" Hayden Parker could hardly believe it. On his screen was an Instagram direct message from one of his favorite Major League Baseball players, Chicago White Sox ace Lucas Giolito. Giolito had seen Parker's work -- a series of..." February 18

  • The 10 Best Current MLB Players Who Were Traded Before the Big Leagues

    Bleacher Report "There is always risk involved when it comes to trading prospects. Some of the most lopsided trades in MLB history have seen teams ship out future Hall of Famers before they made their big league debuts in exchange for established veteran talent, only to watch those young..." February 17

  • Three Teams Who Could Sign Jake Odorizzi

    Baseball Essential "  Jake Odorizzi is coming off a brutal 2020 run with the Minnesota Twins. He was limited to four starts due to numerous injuries and posted a 6.59 ERA across those outings. At the same time, he’s a year removed from posting a 3.51 ERA and 178 strikeouts across 30..." February 17

  • Why more than half of MLB teams could be positioned to spend big next offseason

    CBS Sports "Due to circumstances we don't really need to discuss, an awful lot of Major League Baseball teams have been pinching pennies this offseason. It was to be expected, of course, but the circumstances should get a lot closer to "normal" by the end of the 2021 season (fingers..." February 17

  • Rays re-sign RHP Oliver Drake, trade RHP John Curtiss To Marlins

    DRays Bay "Oliver Drake is back with the Tampa Bay Rays as the team has resigned the right-hander to a Major League contract for an unspecified amount. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the Rays have traded RHP John Curtiss to the Miami Marlins. Drake, 34, enjoyed the best season of his five..." February 17

  • Rays Nearing Deal To Acquire Chris Mazza, Jeffrey Springs From Red Sox

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays and Red Sox are moving toward a trade that would send recently designated-for-assignment pitchers Chris Mazza and Jeffrey Springs from Boston to Tampa Bay in exchange for minor league catcher Ronaldo Hernandez and another Rays farmhand, reports Alex Speier..." February 17

  • Predicting next offseason's top 10 MLB free agents: Shortstops lead list; Noah Syndergaard is best starter

    CBS Sports "Spring training is nearly upon us, meaning the majority of baseball content produced across the world wide web concerns either last offseason or the upcoming season. Sometimes, it's good to have a foot on each side of the preview/review fence. With that in mind, today we're looking..." February 16

  • Spring reporting dates for all 30 teams

    CBS Sports "This week, Major League Baseball teams will kick off spring training. The 2021 season is set to be a full, 162-game slate with Opening Day on the calendar for April 1. The league and the players have worked out COVID-19 health and safety protocols for the season, and spring training will..." February 16

  • Trading A Cy Young-Caliber Starting Pitcher

    MLB Trade Rumors "Less than three months after their first-round playoff defeat to the Marlins, the Cubs traded second place NL Cy Young finisher Yu Darvish to the Padres.  This occurred after the Cubs won their division with a .567 winning percentage, which would have extrapolated to..." February 16

  • 8 Talented MLB Free Agents in Danger of Missing 2021 Spring Training

    Bleacher Report "Here we go again. As the labor tensions heat up between Major League Baseball and its players, a number of talents remain unsigned just days before pitchers and catchers are set to report to their respective camps. This has not been uncommon in recent seasons. In 2019,..." February 16

  • These 7 teams could be better than you think

    MLB.com "The Dodgers are loaded. The Padres are electric. The Mets have a whole new energy. The Blue Jays are blossoming. The Yankees are the Yankees. There's plenty of hype for the 2021 baseball season, and there are plenty of hyped teams. But what about the surprises? Here are..." February 15

  • Picking Each MLB Team's Current Mount Rushmore

    Bleacher Report "It's Presidents Day, a holiday to commemorate some of the more heralded leaders in United States history. We thought we would mark the occasion by devising a modern-day "Mount Rushmore" for every club. That's right. Four players on the current roster who..." February 15

  • The History of Major League Baseball in Two Minutes

    The Big Lead "If there's one thing everyone says about me is that I love data. More specifically, data compiled and analyzed by smarter minds than my own that I can point a finger at and say, hey, that's pretty cool. If there's another thing I value, it's brevity. So there's no surprise..." February 15

  • MLB 2021 win totals: How we see the new baseball season playing out

    USA Today "There’s still far too many unknowns – regarding a pandemic, the fragile state of relations between Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association and other concerns – to lay out with any certainty how the 2021 season will unfold. We do know that 162..." February 15

  • Breaking down 2021 PECOTA projections for every team

    The Score "It's almost spring training, which means it's time for the prognosticators to get to work. Baseball Prospectus released its PECOTA projections for the 2021 season this week, and though more than a few free agents remain unsigned, it's as good a time as any to start..." February 14

  • Ranking MLB's 10 Best Second Basemen Ahead of 2021 Spring Training

    Bleacher Report "With teams across Major League Baseball set to report to spring training next week, we're continuing with our rankings for the top players at every position for 2021. Now that the top 10 first basemen and third basemen in the bag, it's on to second..." February 14

  • Here is the 2021 All-Underrated Team

    MLB.com "It is time for the most underrated baseball column of the year -- the 2021 All-Underrated Team. But what does it mean to be underrated, anyway? In years past, we’ve filled out this team with guys who have never been All-Stars, major award finalists or nine-figure..." February 14

  • Rays Win Arbitration Case With Ryan Yarbrough

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have won their arbitration hearing against left-hander Ryan Yarbrough, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports (via Twitter).  Tampa Bay will pay Yarbrough $2.3MM in 2021, as opposed to the $3.1MM salary Yarbrough was hoping to land. This was the first of four..." February 13

  • 2021 Baseball HOF Ceremony Featuring Derek Jeter to Be Held Without Fans

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame ceremony, which is scheduled for Sunday, July 25, will be held without fans because of the COVID-19 pandemic, per the Associated Press.  Ex-New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, former MLB outfielder Larry Walker, ex-MLBPA..." February 13

  • These 10 teams 'won' the winter

    MLB.com "We like to joke about the worthlessness of “winning the winter.” Baseball history is, sadly, loaded with examples of teams whose much-hyped offseason activity netted them nothing in games that counted. But actively trying to get better sure beats the alternative. So while..." February 13

  • Rich Hill Agrees to deal with Rays

    CBS Sports "Hill signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Rays on Friday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports. Hill made eight starts for the Twins on a one-year deal last season, posting a 3.03 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 38.2 innings during that time. " February 13

  • MLB announces changes to minor league structure

    KGW "The Hillsboro Hops will benefit greatly from Major League Baseball's decision to form the Professional Development League, which will replace the existing minor league baseball system. So says KL Wombacher, the team's president, in revealing Friday morning that the Hops signed..." February 12

  • Rays, Collin McHugh Close To Deal

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays are close to an agreement to sign free agent right-hander Collin McHugh. McHugh, 33, had a solid six-year run with the Astros, posting a 58-35, 3.63 record, working primarily as a starter. " February 12

  • Best fits for top unsigned free agents

    CBS Sports "Spring training is less than a month away and it's clear MLB teams are way less active in free agency than last offseason. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to wide-scale payroll slashing, and even with a recent uptick in hot stove activity, there are still dozens of quality players..." February 12

  • MLB top 100 composite prospect rankings, takeaways

    The Score "Five of the main outlets - MLB.com, Baseball America, The Athletic, ESPN, and Baseball Prospectus - have published prospect rankings, and as expected, there are some disagreements. A total of 148 prospects were named across the five lists. Even further,..." February 12

  • Predicting Every MLB Team's 2021 Opening Day Lineup

    Bleacher Report "Shortly after the start of 2021, I predicted the Opening Day lineup for all 30 MLB teams, including forecasting where the remaining free agents would sign. Some of those predictions came true. Marcell Ozuna, Michael Brantley and J.T. Realmuto re-signed with their..." February 12