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  • Report: Rangers in contact with Ottavino, Allen

    The Score "Add one more team to the list of clubs interested in free-agent reliever Adam Ottavino. The Texas Rangers are speaking with the 33-year-old right-hander, as well as former Cleveland Indians closer Cody Allen, sources told The Athletic's Ken..." January 15

  • The Rockies look poised to go young at second base

    Purple Row "With the departure of DJ LeMahieu at the end of 2018, the Rockies had a hole to fill at second base. Left on their roster are two young candidates — Ryan McMahon and Garrett Hampson. If they want to, they could give Brendan Rodgers a shot at the position with..." January 14

  • How leaving Coors may affect LeMahieu's stats "The Yankees have reportedly signed DJ LeMahieu to a two-year deal to reinforce their infield; though he's been primarily a second baseman, he'll likely also see time at first and third. He's a good defender joining what's a below-average defensive infield, so that..." January 13

  • Arenado files for record $30M salary in arbitration

    The Score "No matter the outcome, Nolan Arenado is headed for the record books. Arenado and the Colorado Rockies failed to reach an agreement before Friday afternoon's arbitration deadline after the All-Star third baseman filed for what would be a record $30-million salary, according to Ken..." January 12

  • Nolan Arenado doesn't reach deal with Rockies, may still avoid arbitration

    ESPN "The Colorado Rockies and third baseman Nolan Arenado did not reach a settlement on a one-year deal for the 2019 season on Friday, but league sources told ESPN there is a strong sense that the two sides will reach an agreement before an arbitration hearing. Arenado,..." January 11

  • DJ LeMahieu, Yankees Reportedly Agree to 2-Year, $24 Million Contract

    Bleacher Report "DJ LeMahieu's time in Colorado has come to a close. According to Jack Curry of YES Network, LeMahieu and the New York Yankees agreed to terms on a two-year contract Friday following seven seasons with the Rockies. Ken Rosenthal of..." January 11

  • Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration

    ESPN "With $3 million at stake, the Boston Red Sox wanted to create the most compelling argument possible against Mookie Betts without alienating or insulting him. So last January, as they tried to convince a three-person arbitration panel that Betts deserved the $7.5 million..." January 11

  • Today’s arbitration deadline could mean more than it usually does

    Hardball Talk "There’s an offseason deadline today that, in the past, you may not have thought much about but which, this year, is a bit more important. It’s the deadline by which teams and arbitration-eligible players who were tendered a contract back on November 30 must exchange salary..." January 11

  • Report: Giants interested in 2B DJ LeMahieu, could trade Joe Panik

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Francisco Giants are reportedly exploring the possibility of trading second baseman Joe Panik, and that may be because they have their eye on a free agent to replace the veteran infielder. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported on Thursday that the Giants have been talking with..." January 10

  • Predicting the Next 10 MLB Superstars to Top $200M Megadeals

    Bleacher Report "With the new year upon us and spring training around the corner, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain on the free-agent market. Both will eventually sign, and the consensus is they will land megadeals in excess of $200 million. According to The Athletic's Jim Bowden,..." January 10

  • How Yankees pitching target overcame dreaded Steve Blass disease

    New York Post "The first time Neil McPhee saw Adam Ottavino throw off a mound, the longtime former Northeastern coach offered the senior at Berkeley Carroll High School in Brooklyn a scholarship. So when he watched him pitching in a game for the Rockies during Ottavino’s dreadful 2017 season,..." January 10

  • The Rockies don’t have a catcher problem

    Purple Row "On Friday, January 4,’s Mike Petriello tweeted his hot stove plea to the Rockies: Flogging an extremely dead horse here, but I have no idea why the Rockies aren’t all-in on Grandal. Elite framing would make those quality young P even..." January 09

  • MLB Payroll Spending Declined by $18 Million in 2018; 1st Decrease Since 2010

    Bleacher Report "With close attention being paid to the number of free agents still unsigned, Major League Baseball teams did something last season that hasn't happened since 2010.  Per the Associated Press (h/t, the $4,227,041,948 combined payroll for all 30 teams in 2018..." January 09

  • Why 2021 is the next big MLB free-agent class

    CBS Sports "If general managers of baseball teams still used paper calendars and magic markers, they would have circled those calendars years ago, drooling with anticipation for this winter. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are multi-tool superstars in their mid-20s, making them the kind..." January 09

  • DJ LeMahieu returning to the Rockies could still make sense

    Purple Row "DJ LeMahieu is unlikely to return to the Rockies. As soon as he hit free agency it seemed clear that the Rockies planned to move on. And that seemed like the right plan. They have a number of highly regarded prospects who can play second base, and LeMahieu seems due for a decent payday in free..." January 07

  • The Colorado Rockies should not pay for Adam Ottavino

    Purple Row "It is not often that the Colorado Rockies are mentioned in the same free agency rumors as the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. That is the case with the buzz around free agent Adam Ottavino this winter. However enticing it may be to bring..." January 04

  • Why AJ Pollock makes sense for the Rockies

    Purple Row "Since the December signing of first baseman Daniel Murphy, the general consensus, at least in terms of major signings, is that the Rockies appear to have disconnected the gas to the hot stove. If the Rockies have indeed set their 2019 roster, this..." January 02

  • Rockies Sign Michael Saunders

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies have signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor league contract, Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage reports. They’re Saunders’ first team since the White Sox released him in late June. A former top prospect with Seattle, Saunders has been a solid major leaguer..." January 01

  • Rockies are ‘close’ to a deal with Daniel Murphy, per report

    MLB Daily Dish "The Colorado Rockies had an impressive 2018 season which saw them reach the playoffs and post a 91-72 record. While they didn’t exactly make a lengthy run in the playoffs after getting swept by the Brewers in the NLDS, the Rockies had a lot of cause for optimism going into 2019 with Nolan..." December 20

  • Rockies discussing trade for Blue Jays' Smoak

    The Score "The Colorado Rockies have discussed Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak as a potential trade target, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. Colorado has been eyeing an upgrade at first base and was previously tied to Edwin Encarnacion, who was traded to the Seattle..." December 13

  • At least 4 teams have spoken with Mariners about acquiring Carlos Santana

    Sporting News "The Mariners seem to be shopping Carlos Santana. Seattle has spoken with the Rays, Indians and Rockies about potentially dealing away the 32-year-old slugger, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. The Marlins also checked in on Santana..." December 12

  • Rockies eyeing Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnación in trade talks

    Purple Row "The Rockies, a team that could certainly use a seasoned first baseman, are interested in Carlos Santana from the Seattle Mariners. This isn’t the first time they’ve taken a look at the infielder, as they also were in talks for him when he was with the Phillies. Santana..." December 12

  • Rockies sign pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez to minor league deal

    Purple Row "The Rockies made a literally minor transaction today, as they inked right-handed pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez to a minor league deal. Baseball America’s Matt Eddy reported the deal on Twitter. Gonzalez, who will be 27 by the time spring training rolls..." December 10

  • MLB, commissioner Rob Manfred gaining support to limit defensive shifts, report says

    CBS Sports "Changes to the way teams line up -- and are allowed to line up -- defensively could be coming to Major League Baseball. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has received "strong" backing from baseball's competition committee to try to "put something in place" to limit..." December 05

  • Yankees Should Save Free Agency Blank Check for Superstar 3B Nolan Arenado

    Bleacher Report "The New York Yankees should throw all their resources at a superstar in the midst of his prime. Before you accuse us of rewarming hot-stove leftovers, know this: Said superstar isn't Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. In fact, the Yanks almost assuredly can't get the..." December 05

  • Sam Howard let go by Colorado

    CBS Sports "Howard was non-tendered by the Rockies on Friday, Thomas Harding of reports. Howard emerged in the big leagues during the 2018 campaign, tossing four innings out of the bullpen and allowing one run while punching out one batter. " December 01

  • 3 potential suitors have emerged for LeMahieu "The Dodgers, Nationals and Twins have had at least preliminary talks with DJ LeMahieu, the free-agent second baseman and 2016 National League batting champion. The Nationals also have monitored infielders Jed Lowrie, Josh Harrison and Marwin Gonzalez on..." November 26

  • What lies ahead for the Rockies in the offseason

    MLB Trade Rumors "A persistent 2018 Rockies club made it into the postseason and won a chance at a divisional series, but ran into a Brewers buzzsaw. They’ll look to carry the momentum into the coming season, but will first face a somewhat tricky offseason. Guaranteed Contracts Charlie..." November 25

  • Why the Rockies and Bryce Harper could be a good match

    USA Today "Bryce Harper, a National League MVP at 23, is a free agent at 26, peddling his services in an industry that’s grown to nearly $11 billion in annual revenues. His combination of skills, age and marketing cachet make him an excellent fit for any major league franchise. Including..." November 20

  • Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay lead newcomers on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has released its ballot for 2019. The newcomers to the ballot, two of whom I presume will be first-ballot inductees, include Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay: Roy Halladay Todd Helton Andy Pettitte Mariano..." November 19

  • Why Adam Ottavino would make great Yankees great target

    Newark Star-Ledger "Maybe Patrick Corbin isn't the only free agent pitcher who grew up a Yankees fan that general manager Brian Cashman should throw a sack of cash at. Adam Ottavino would make a great fit in the Bronx, Yankees reliever and friend Tommy..." November 19

  • MLB partners with DAZN to create live look-in show for baseball fans

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and DAZN, the fast-growing global live and on-demand sports streaming service, have finalized plans to create a weeknight show for baseball fans to follow game-by-game action in real time beginning in the 2019 season.  The yet-to-be-named program,..." November 16

  • MLBPA thinks all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration

    Hardball Talk "There’s something interesting deep in Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column. It’s about arbitration, with Rosenthal reporting that the players union believes that all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration this winter. If..." November 16

  • MLB, Fox Sports Reach Reported $5.1 Billion Rights Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball announced today that it has reached a new seven-year, multiplatform agreement with FOX Sports spanning the 2022-28 seasons. Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports (via Twitter) that the contract’s rough value is a staggering $5.1 billion — a..." November 15

  • Rob Manfred to get a five-year contract extension today

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings are going on down in Atlanta this week. Unlike a lot of gatherings of baseball dignitaries, we tend not to get much news out of them, however. We know the owners do things like light cigars with $100 bills and, I dunno, play games of chess on human-sized chess boards with..." November 15

  • Rockies likely out on any pursuit of J.T. Realmuto "The Rockies have been mentioned as a possible trade suitor for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, but early indications are there will not be a major push to land him. Realmuto, a 2018 All-Star, is under club control for the next two seasons and will be 28 -- smack in the prime of his..." November 11

  • Arenado, Chapman win Platinum Gloves "Nolan Arenado of the Rockies and Matt Chapman of the A's have quickly developed reputations as the best defensive third basemen in the game, and on Friday, they were honored as Major League Baseball's premier defenders as the recipients of the 2018 Rawlings Platinum Glove..." November 10

  • MLB Owners Expected To Approve Extension For Rob Manfred

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball owners are expected to meet next week to vote on a five-year extension for commissioner Rob Manfred, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. He’d need the approval of ownership representatives from 16 of the 30 teams, though Nightengale reports that Manfred..." November 09

  • Matt Holliday Intends to Play in 2019

    12 Up "Matt Holliday was a late-season pickup for the Colorado Rockies as they neared the MLB postseason. The 38-year-old designated hitter/outfielder ended up surprising a lot of people by finishing with a slash line of .283/.415/.434 in his short stint with the team. The..." November 08

  • MLB reportedly working on ways to discourage sign stealing

    Larry Brown Sports "Paranoia about sign stealing was more rampant than ever during the MLB playoffs this year, and the league is trying to find ways to cut down on that heading into 2019. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Major League Baseball is in the process of trying to implement rules and..." November 07

  • MLB's Hyped $1 Billion Free-Agent Class Actually Isn't That Good

    Bleacher Report "The free-agent market this winter includes the National League's Most Valuable Player—from 2015. And the American League's MVP—also from 2015. And the AL Cy Young winner. And two others who finished in the top five in MVP voting in their respective..." November 07

  • MLB considering moving trade deadline back

    Sportsnaut "One of the interesting possibilities coming out of the GM meetings is not a potential deal, but a big change to the MLB trade deadline. MLB is considering moving the non-waiver deadline back from its traditional July 31 date. In the process, the waiver deadline of August 31 would be..." November 06

  • Hall of Fame announces the “Today’ Game” era ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Hall of Fame just announced the nominees for this year’s Veterans Committee ballot. Well, they don’t call it the “Veterans Committee” anymore, but it basically is. It’s now done with an era-system which rotates every year, and this year’s era is the..." November 05

  • Is baseball even capable of making superstars anymore?

    Yahoo! Sports "Early in her seminal Babe Ruth biography, “The Big Fella,” Jane Leavy, the gifted storyteller of bygone ballplayers, perfectly encapsulates his place at the intersection of America’s game, Americana and America today. The forebear of modern politicians and religious..." November 05

  • GMs to consider eliminating trade waivers

    Hardball Talk "The General Manager Meetings are taking place in San Diego this week. We don’t often get a lot of general news from those. Heck, at the moment two teams — the Giants and the Orioles — don’t even have general managers. The best way to think of the GM Meetings is to think..." November 05

  • Red Sox, Braves top Gold Gloves; Nolan Arenado continues streak

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The Boston Red Sox, just a week after winning the World Series, had the most players in the American League named as Rawlings Gold Glove winners, with right..." November 05

  • Rockies GM doesn't expect to trade Arenado with free agency looming

    Denver Post "The offseason to-do list for Jeff Bridich is long and intensive. His answers on a Friday conference call with local media indicated as such, as the Rockies’ general manager has plenty of decisions to make as free agency begins to heat up. Here are the major topics covered..." November 04

  • Rockies don't pick up option on Gerardo Parra "The Rockies have declined a $12 million club option on outfielder Gerardo Parra for the 2019 season, exercising a $1.5 million buyout on Tuesday to make him a free agent. Parra appeared in 142 games in 2018 but started only 97 of them as a platoon outfielder, primarily in..." October 31

  • Rockies expect Seunghwan Oh back in 2019

    Yonhap News Agency "Colorado Rockies' South Korean reliever Oh Seung-hwan said Wednesday he's hoping to return home after five years of pitching overseas. Oh arrived back in South Korea Wednesday after his third major league season, split with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Rockies. He signed with..." October 22