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  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Michael Saunders let go by Rockies

    CBS Sports "Saunders was released by the Rockies on Sunday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. Saunders joined the Rockies on a minor-league deal in December and had a.741 OPS over 28 plate appearances this spring. " March 17

  • Cleveland Indians agree to minor-league deal with OF Carlos Gonzalez pending physical

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Opening day is drawing near and the Indians working on their outfield. They have agreed to a minor-league deal with Carlos Gonzalez, pending a physical. The deal, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, includes an early April opt out clause. The deal was confirmed by the..." March 17

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Rockies' Gray wants computer-assisted strike zone to help umpires "Rockies right-hander Jon Gray started his car, looked at his dashboard and figured if humans and technology could work together in an automobile, why can’t they combine for balls and strikes? With the independent Atlantic League experimenting with a bevy of MLB ideas, either to..." March 10

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Rockies catchers Chris Iannetta, Tony Wolters need rebound year at the plate

    Denver Post "For all of the optimism percolating through Rockies spring training, skepticism surrounds one position. Catching. Specifically, offense from that position. This is a unit that last season produced a cumulative .657 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) — 12th in the..." March 06

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • Why the Rockies’ ‘experiment’ batting Nolan Arenado 2nd matters

    Purple Row "Nolan Arenado has been hitting second in the majority of the Rockies’ Spring Training games, and that has brought lineup optimization back into focus. This is a topic I used to think about a lot even though, as I wrote back in 2015, batting order..." March 05

  • Rockies experimenting with Arenado in 2 spot "Batting second in your Colorado Rockies order: Nolan Arenado? In the regular season, it may happen, according to Arenado and manager Bud Black. Arenado has been hitting in the second spot this spring. The idea is to get the slugger more plate appearances, especially late in games, and..." March 03

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • Nolan Arenado finalizing $255M extension with Rockies

    ESPN "Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies are finalizing an eight-year contract extension worth more than $255 million, locking up the star third baseman with a deal that can last through the 2026 season, league sources told ESPN. After months of discussions, the agreement..." February 26

  • Manager Bud Black agrees to 3-year contract extension with Rockies

    Denver Post "Bud Black, the only manager in Rockies history to lead the club to back-back playoff appearances, has agreed to a three-year contract extension, The Denver Post has learned. The new deal, to be officially announced Monday, will make Black Colorado’s manager through..." February 25

  • Nolan Arenado is (still) on a Hall of Fame trajectory

    Purple Row "Doing something ultra-specific like, say, writing about a single baseball team on an internet weblog, means you circle back to the same theme from time to time. And when that happens, you have to find a new anchor for what you have to say and have already said. I’ve written..." February 25

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • What Machado's deal means for Harper, Arenado, and the rest of MLB

    The Score "The San Diego Padres shocked the baseball world Tuesday after reportedly awarding the largest free-agent contract in North American sports history to Manny Machado. The deal means many things for the Padres, who have been perennial losers since Tony Gwynn retired. While..." February 20

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • How is Nolan Arenado’s future with the Rockies affected by Manny Machado’s mega deal? "Infielder Manny Machado’s historic contract agreement with San Diego on Tuesday hit Major League Baseball like a tidal wave, but how it affects Nolan Arenado‘s future with the Rockies remains to be seen. One thing, however, does seem clear: Arenado wants to explore all of..." February 19

  • Rockies moving All-Star Charlie Blackmon to right field

    Denver Post "Charlie Blackmon will have a new home in 2019. He’s moving from center field to right. Rockies manager Bud Black made that clear Monday morning during a discussion about changes to the lineup. The decision means David Dahl will likely be the team’s starting left fielder,..." February 18

  • Rockies Plan To Move Ian Desmond To Center Field

    Denver Post " Ian Desmond, a former shortstop and most recently the Rockies’ primary first baseman, is preparing for his next assignment: patrolling the wide-open spaces of Coors Field. Specifically, at age 33, Desmond has been pegged to play center field as the Rockies shift all-star..." February 18

  • Mark Reynolds said he was bombarded by minor-league deals on same day

    Sporting News "Mark Reynolds is thrilled to be back in Colorado, but his free-agent experience apparently mirrored that of many other free agents this offseason. Reynolds said he didn't hear anything for weeks about teams being interested in him throughout the offseason. According to The..." February 17

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • Report: Yankees ‘still in play’ for Manny Machado, more interested in Nolan Arenado

    Sportsnaut "The New York Yankees have been discussed as a possible destination for free agent Manny Machado. But according to a report, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado really has New York’s eye. Andy Martino of SNY noted that while the Yankees have offered Machado a..." February 12

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • An Arenado extension could have ripple effects "The Rockies and Nolan Arenado are working toward a multi-year extension that would keep the All-Star third baseman in Colorado well into the next decade, potentially allowing him to finish his career in the only Major League uniform he's ever worn. Although no deal has been..." February 09

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball

    USA Today "The baseball equipment and uniforms have been packed, the trucks are rolling on the highways, and in just a few days, spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona. While local TV crews have breathlessly showed clips and soundbites of team equipment trucks leaving their snowy..." February 06

  • Which MLB teams are actually trying to win in 2019?

    USA Today "Baseball has lurched to the one-week mark until almost every spring training camp opens, and of course you’re well-aware dozens of unsigned players won’t be walking through those doors. But never mind the unknown destinations of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a..." February 06

  • Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a..." February 06

  • MLB rumors: Yankees to pursue Manny Machado if Nolan Arenado re-signs with Rockies?

    Newark Star-Ledger "New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has not actively pursued (at least publicly) free-agent third baseman Manny Machado. Last month, we learned that part of the Yankees' reluctance to bid on Machado could be Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado,..." February 05

  • MLBPA not expected to host free agent camp this year

    SNY TV "With less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, dozens and dozens of quality major league free agents remain jobless. But there are no plans for the Players' Association to repeat last year's experiment with a training camp for unsigned..." February 04

  • Yankees' potential plan for Nolan Arenado might have just hit a snag

    SNY TV "If the Yankees' real third base target is Nolan Arenado -- as SNY's Andy Martino reported on Jan. 18 could be the case -- they might want to rethink that strategy. Arenado, who is in the final year of team control with the Rockies, recently avoided..." February 04

  • Rockies owner: 'We're to the crescendo' on possible long-term deal for Arenado "Rockies owner, chairman and CEO Dick Monfort expressed optimism that the team can reach a multi-year contract with third baseman Nolan Arenado, beyond the one-year, $26 million agreement that was finalized Thursday. "I think we've gotten it to the point where we're to the..." February 03

  • Rockies avoid arbitration with Nolan Arenado

    Purple Row "The Colorado Rockies announced on Friday that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Nolan Arenado for the 2019 season. The Rockies’ star third baseman will make $26 million in his final year of arbitration. This breaks the previous record for an..." January 31

  • Rockies mulling Carlos Gonzalez return

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman says that the Colorado Rockies are interested in re-signing free agent Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez, who a few years ago seemed like a star but since then has seemed more like a Coors creation, has managed to hit a mere .269/.334/.445 (92 OPS+) in the past two seasons and..." January 31

  • Rockies sign Reynolds to minor-league deal with spring invite

    Mile High Sports "According to Thomas Harding of, the Colorado Rockies are signing Mark Reynolds to a Minor League contract to go along with an invite to Spring Training. It was not long ago that Reynolds was wearing a Rockies uniform as he played with Colorado in 2016 and 2017. In two years..." January 30

  • Should Rockies extend Kyle Freeland?

    Yardbarker "Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in about two weeks. Along with the relaxed vibes of baseball’s preseason comes long-term contract discussions for young players. One standout from the 2018 season who could look to make a deal is Rockies lefty Kyle..." January 29