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  • 'Everybody's got their own version of ethics': Tipping pitches gets magnified in modern-day MLB

    USA Today "In baseball's new era of big data, high-definition cameras and tablets in the dugout, pitch-tipping – and how teams decipher and share the information – has become less about gamesmanship and entered something of an ethical gray area. It's..." October 15

  • MLB and the MLBPA are discussing opioid testing. This seems like the wrong move.

    Hardball Talk "Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported this morning that Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are in discussions that could lead to the creation of a testing regime for opioids. This, obviously, comes in the wake of the July 1 death of Angels pitcher..." October 15

  • Arbitration projection takeaways: Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger could set new records

    The Score "There's still plenty of playoff baseball remaining, but MLB Trade Rumors provided a recent reminder that the offseason is approaching by releasing its projections for salary arbitration. The publication has developed an accurate system that offers a glimpse into what..." October 15

  • Alex Rodriguez safe, but ESPN may break up ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ team

    Sportress of Blogitude "Alex Rodriguez, entering the final year of his deal with ESPN, is expected to remain in his current analyst role on the “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team, but he could be the only holdover from the current crew next season. Andrew Marchand of the New York..." October 15

  • 2019-20 Qualifying Offer Value To Decline For First Time

    MLB Trade Rumors "The value of the qualifying offer will be set at $17.8MM for the coming winter, per Jayson Stark of The Athletic (via Twitter). That’s down by $100K from last year’s mark of $17.9MM. In every prior year that the QO has been in existence, it has risen. The offer price is..." October 15

  • Red Sox Expected to Tender Jackie Bradley Jr. And Explore Trade Market

    12 Up "This offseason is widely expected to be one of great change for the Red Sox. With a clear goal of cutting payroll, most of the team's expensive key stars will likely be wearing new uniforms by the start of the 2020 season. As part of that plan, Boston..." October 13

  • Curt Schilling has interest in interviewing for Phillies’ manager position and Red Sox pitching coach job

    Sportsnaut "Former Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling is looking to get back into the game on the coaching side. According to USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale, friends close to Schilling indicated that he would love to get back into the game and would be..." October 11

  • Which managerial opening is the most desirable?

    Hardball Talk "As we wait for tonight’s NLCS to kick off — a preview on that will be up later this morning — let’s talk about all the managerial openings, shall we? With the Dodgers giving Dave Roberts their vote of confidence last night — and none of the remaining..." October 11

  • MLB denies changing baseballs used in playoffs

    The Score "Major League Baseball issued a statement Thursday denying the baseballs being used in the 2019 playoffs are different than those used in regular-season play. The statement comes amid concerns MLB changed its baseballs for the playoffs following a regular season that saw record power..." October 11

  • MLB May Have Completely Changed its Baseballs for the Playoffs and Nobody Knows Why

    12 Up "Well, Rob Manfred, what in the actual heck do we have here? For Major League Baseball fans out there, there are few things more thrilling than seeing the ball fly out of the park. The "Chicks Dig the Long Ball" theory exists for a reason, after all. Everyone loves..." October 10

  • Finding A Match In A Starling Marte Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pirates center fielder Starling Marte isn’t a perfect player, but he’s a very good one. And he’s now within two seasons of free agency, with the Bucs looking increasingly unlikely to contend before that time comes. The 31-year-old ought to have plenty of appeal,..." October 09

  • Red Sox announce coaching staff changes, ticket price increase for 2020

    Providence Journal "The fallout from a disappointing Red Sox season continued Tuesday. Decisions have been made on pitching coach Dana LeVangie, advance scouting manager Steve Langone, assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister and assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett. LeVangie and Langone have..." October 08

  • Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo will be posted for MLB teams this offseason

    CBS Sports "The MLB postseason is in full swing, but it is never too early to look ahead to the hot stove season, and a big new free agent will be available this winter. The Yokohama DeNA BayStars in Japan announced Monday that they will post slugging outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo for MLB teams this..." October 07

  • Looking For The Best Match In A Mookie Betts Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "First of all, there’s more than a decent chance that Mookie Betts will still be a member of the 2020 Red Sox.  As per Sox president/CEO Sam Kennedy, the team’s intention to get payroll under the $208MM luxury tax threshold is a “goal but not a..." October 06

  • League, MLBPA Mull Further Changes To Drug Policy

    MLB Trade Rumors "A slow night in transactional and hot stove-related news allows for a closer reading of the previous week’s industry news, and a Wednesday piece from the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin is certainly deserving of a look, for those who missed it upon publication. In the shadow of the..." October 06

  • Players' union boss Tony Clark skeptical of apparent spending plans by teams

    Yardbarker "After a 2018 offseason that saw countless veterans linger on the free agent vine much longer than anticipated, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark is expecting yet another cooled stove this winter. Judging from comments made to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal on Thursday, he..." October 06

  • John Gibbons Hopes To Interview For Managerial Vacancies

    MLB Trade Rumors "Former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is throwing his hat in the ring for the many managerial openings across Major League Baseball, per MLB Network’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). Gibbons last managed a major league team in 2018 when he led the Toronto Blue Jays to a record..." October 05

  • What Happens When Everyone Can Hit 30 Home Runs?

    MLB Trade Rumors "When I was a kid, prior to the 1994 strike, it was common for about a dozen MLB players to hit 30+ home runs in a season.  The only notable exception was in 1987, when the so-called “rabbit ball” led to 28 players hitting 30+ home runs.  There was an apparent..." October 04

  • MLB considering easing marijuana policy

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball is one of four major professional North American sports leagues that still test for marijuana. It also does not allow the substance to be used as a pain-killing alternative. This is all taking place in a country that has seen several states legalize marijuana for..." October 03

  • Gear up for a lot of managerial changes "The baseball industry is poised to witness one of the most turbulent offseasons in memory among its managerial profession. On the first full day of the Major League Baseball offseason, six managerial searches were underway. More jobs could open in the coming days as..." October 02

  • David Ortiz Will Return to FOX Studio For MLB Postseason

    The Big Lead "The shooting of David Ortiz this summer shocked the baseball world. Fortunately, Ortiz seems to have recovered in full, and has let everyone know via social media that he is as healthy as one can expect and in good spirits, even throwing out the first pitch at a Red Sox earlier this..." October 01

  • Where will Mookie Betts play in 2020? Ranking all 30 MLB teams chances of landing the Red Sox slugger

    CBS Sports "The regular season concluded on Sunday, and with it most of the league has nothing to look forward to until the offseason begins. One fan base who might be dreading the winter belongs to the Boston Red Sox, the same group who celebrated a World Series title less than a year ago. Now, the..." October 01

  • Red Sox CEO says it will be 'difficult' but 'there is a way' to keep Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez on the roster

    Mass Live "The Red Sox’s goal, although not a mandate, is to keep their payroll under the $208 million Competitive Balance Threshold in 2020. The 2020 payroll already is near $218 million before any offseason transactions. Would it, therefore, be possible to keep..." September 30

  • J.D. Martinez doesn't believe Red Sox will be 'able to afford Mookie Betts'

    NBC Sports Boston "Mookie Betts gave the Red Sox every last ounce of his considerable talents right to the bitter end, and Sunday afternoon sure felt like the end. Let the record show that if this is it, Betts' final act in a Red Sox uniform was quintessentially, electrifyingly Mookie. He scored..." September 30

  • Ranking Joe Maddon's 10 most likely landing spots, including the Phillies and Padres

    CBS Sports "On Sunday, the Chicago Cubs announced manager Joe Maddon would not come back for a sixth season. Maddon's tenure with the Cubs, then, ends with four playoff appearances and 90-win campaigns, as well as the 2016 World Series title that snapped Chicago's title drought. On..." September 30

  • JD Martinez's Latest Comments Make it Seem Like He's Definitely Opting Out of Red Sox Contract

    12 Up "One year after winning their ninth World Series in franchise history, the Boston Red Sox were ousted from playoff contention in mid-September. After team president Dave Dombrowski was shown the door and reports of a potential offseason Mookie Betts trade emerged again,..." September 30

  • No Talks Between Red Sox, Eduardo Rodriguez On Extension

    WEEI Boston "Eduardo Rodriguez has graduated. That much became evident when sitting in the dugout with Rick Porcello in Texas last week. “I was talking to Porc on the bench. He was one of the guys who would tell me, ‘You have to throw 30-plus starts, 200 innings. Thirty-plus starts,..." September 30

  • Tim Anderson, Christian Yelich win AL, NL batting titles

    Hardball Talk "White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson went 0-for-2 in Sunday’s season finale, but still comfortably won the American League batting title with a .335 average. He is the first member of the White Sox to win the batting title since Frank Thomas in 1997. Anderson slashed .335/.357/.508..." September 30

  • Red Sox plan on offering Rafael Devers contract extension

    WEEI Boston "Rafael Devers has earned a conversation reserved for a select few in Major League Baseball. According to a source, the Red Sox are planning on offering Devers a contract extension in the offseason. The team has not extended the 22-year-old such an offer to date. Devers is..." September 28

  • 2018 World Series MVP Steve Pearce considering retirement

    Yahoo! Sports "Reigning World Series MVP Steve Pearce is considering retirement, he told reporters on Saturday. Over a 13-year MLB career, the Boston Red Sox first baseman hit .254 with 91 home runs and 303 RBIs, but he will forever be remembered for a hot stretch in the 2018 World Series in which..." September 28

  • Red Sox Still Hope To Sign Mookie Betts Despite Looming Free Agency

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox may be down and out when it comes to 2019, but there was plenty of news coming from Fenway Park on Friday evening. Red Sox ownership met with the media to go over a number of topics before the team dives into what figures to be a pretty pivotal offseason. John..." September 28

  • Owner: Red Sox plan to be under tax threshold for 2020

    The Score "Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry said Friday his team wants to be under the first level of MLB's competitive balance threshold for the 2020 season, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. "This year, we need to be under the CBT and that was..." September 27

  • Yankees' Aaron Judge tops MLB jersey sales for third consecutive season

    CBS Sports "  Major League Baseball has released its list of top jersey sales and for a third straight year, Yankees' slugger Aaron Judge sits at the top. At first blush, it seems a surprise, but digging deeper it makes sense. Of course a Yankees player is going to lead..." September 27

  • Boston manager Alex Cora upset Rangers let fly ball drop to let Mike Minor get 200th strikeout

    NBC Sports "Rangers starter Mike Minor reached a career milestone during Thursday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, recording his 200th strikeout of the season. It’s the first time he has reached the 200-strikeout plateau in his career. The Rangers certainly helped Minor get to..." September 26

  • Alex Cora Believes Red Sox Can Return To ‘Next Level’ In 2020 By Doing This

    NESN "Home-field advantage only exists if you use it to your benefit. Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora lamented his team’s home record in the 2019 season Wednesday during his appearance on Sirius XM MLB Network radio. He cites Boston’s sub-.500 record at Fenway Park as a primary..." September 26

  • Alex Cora Declares Second Base Conversation 'Starts' With Dustin Pedroia in 2020

    12 Up "Dustin Pedroia has only played in nine games over the last two seasons and will be 36 years old on 2020's Opening Day. Out of what simply must be respect more than confidence, Red Sox Manager Alex Cora claimed this week that he still expects the long-time second baseman to..." September 26

  • D-Backs GM: Optics of Red Sox firing Dave Dombrowski difficult to comprehend

    The Score "The Boston Red Sox shook up the baseball world earlier in September when they fired team president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski less than one year after the club won 108 games en route to a World Series title. In the wake of the firing, one former Red Sox executive..." September 26

  • Theo Epstein Plans To Stay With Cubs

    ESPN "Theo Epstein said he is staying with the Chicago Cubs as president of baseball operations and dismissed speculation that he could return to the Boston Red Sox, with whom he was general manager from 2002 to 2011. "I'm here [with the Cubs]," Epstein said..." September 26

  • Mookie Betts on contract stance: 'It's how I was raised'

    WEEI Boston "The foundation for how Mookie Betts is approaching his future started long before anyone could predict superstardom or contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. It began on a youth football field in Tennessee. "I had started playing football and it was the first..." September 26

  • Brock Holt reflects on Red Sox career ahead of free agency

    Boston Herald "There’s nobody quite like Brock Holt. The Red Sox have learned that more than ever this year, as the utility man took no part in baseball’s home run surge (he’s hit just three) and still put up a career season at the plate. Holt, 31, took some time..." September 26

  • Theo Epstein, Boston Red Sox Headed For a Reunion?

    The Big Lead "Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs are limping to the finish of their season and the future of the franchise is in question. Similarly, Epstein's former franchise, the Boston Red Sox, are in the midst of a massive transition. Some are suggesting the two sides could reunite this..." September 25

  • Mookie Betts leaves game with foot discomfort after running into wall

    Larry Brown Sports "Mookie Betts left the Boston Red Sox’s game on Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers with renewed discomfort in his left foot. The Red Sox right fielder crashed into the wall in right field at Globe Life Park in Arlington while trying to track down a fly ball from Delino..." September 25

  • Theo Epstein has no plans to leave Cubs amid Red Sox rumors

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox have an open executive job, and there’s been growing speculation that a Theo Epstein reunion could be in the cards. Not according to Epstein, at least. While there doesn’t appear to be a lot behind the speculation, some reports, including one from..." September 25

  • 2019 MLB Free Agents: Predictions for Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Top Stars

    Bleacher Report "As Major League Baseball winds down the regular season and 10 teams begin the quest for a World Series next week, early work is being done by all 30 clubs on this winter's free-agent class.  Leaving aside the top players available for a moment, the storyline to watch in free..." September 25

  • Rick Porcello unfazed by uncertain future

    WEEI Boston "Dave Dombrowski drafted Rick Porcello and then traded the pitcher. When given the chance to entertain a contract extension for the pitcher -- at what Porcello identified as a discounted rate -- the former Red Sox president of baseball operations decided to prioritize other pieces of the..." September 25

  • MLB has new strikeout record for 12th straight season

    The Score "Major League Baseball has a new single-season strikeout record for the 12th straight season. New York Yankees lefty Stephen Tarpley's punchout of Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames was the 41,208th of the 2019 campaign, breaking the previous mark set in..." September 25

  • Red Sox Announce Baseball Operations Promotions

    Yardbarker "In the latest move involving the Red Sox baseball operations department — which currently lacks a single top leader — the organization announced several promotions involving key scouting personnel. In particular, Mike Rikard was promoted to VP of scouting while Paul Toboni was named..." September 24

  • Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts throws out runner at third with 305-foot strike from outfield corner

    USA Today "The Boston Red Sox will not have a chance to defend their World Series title this postseason. Despite missing the playoffs, Mookie Betts is still playing hard — and firing darts from the outfield.  Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Avisail Garcia ripped an extra-base hit into..." September 24

  • The 2019 MLB all-rookie team

    Yardbarker "Whether they premiered as blue-chip prospects or less-touted minor leaguers just trying to make a name for themselves, first-year big leaguers have provided an inordinate amount of intrigue this season. While some of the youngsters on this list are already well on their way to superstardom,..." September 24

  • Justin Turner, Tommy Pham, Roberto Osuna To Be Represented By Newly Formed Agency

    MLB Trade Rumors "Long-time MLB player representative Greg Genske has formed a new agency along with former Ballengee executive Alex Hicks, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). The new outfit will be known as GEM Agency and will initially feature several former Genske clients. According to..." September 24