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MLB Trade Rumors: a clearinghouse for legitimate baseball free agent and trade rumors. MLBTradeRumors.com is a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors. The site focuses on the hot stove - trades and free agent signings. MLBTR has new material 365 days a year, and attempts to post all rumors with analysis as soon as they are



Free Agent Spending By Team: National League  

With the clear exception of the still-unsigned Yasiel Puig, free agency is almost devoid of high-upside contributors at this point. The majority of players capable of securing guaranteed contracts have already come off the board, making this a good time to check in on which teams have spent the most and which clubs have paid…

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2020-01-29 07:20:51



Quick Hits: Flores, Scooter, Nats, Zimmerman, Orioles  

The market for free-agent infielder Wilmer Flores has started moving, Jeff Passan of ESPN tweets. It’s unclear which teams are interested in Flores, but he does look like one of the most intriguing players left in a constantly thinning class of unsigned players. Still just 28 years old, Flores is coming off a season in…

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2020-01-29 04:16:59



Free Agent Spending By Team: National League  

With the clear exception of the still-unsigned Yasiel Puig, free agency is almost devoid of high-upside contributors at this point. The majority of players capable of securing guaranteed contracts have already come off the board, making this a good time to check in on which teams have spent the most and which clubs have paid…

what do you think?

2020-01-29 03:44:40



Quick Hits: Flores, Scooter, Nats, Zimmerman, Orioles  

The market for free-agent infielder Wilmer Flores has started moving, Jeff Passan of ESPN tweets. It’s unclear which teams are interested in Flores, but he does look like one of the most intriguing players left in a constantly thinning class of unsigned players. Still just 28 years old, Flores is coming off a season in…

what do you think?

2020-01-29 03:33:34



Minor Transactions: 1/28/20  

A couple minor transactions from around the game… The Athletics have signed utilityman Ryan Court to a minor league contract, Alex Coffey of The Athletic tweets. A 23rd-round pick of the Diamondbacks in 2011, the 31-year-old Court made his MLB debut with one of the A’s division rivals, the Mariners, last season. Court had difficulty…

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2020-01-29 03:04:20



Minor Transactions: 1/28/20  

A couple minor transactions from around the game… The Athletics have signed utilityman Ryan Court to a minor league contract, Alex Coffey of The Athletic tweets. A 23rd-round pick of the Diamondbacks in 2011, the 31-year-old Court made his MLB debut with one of the A’s division rivals, the Mariners, last season. Court had difficulty…

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2020-01-29 02:52:48



Cubs Sign Steven Souza Jr.  

6:04pm: The Cubs have formally announced the signing. Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times tweets that he can earn the following incentives: $50K for reaching 200 plate appearances, $75K at 250 PAs, $125K at 300 PAs, $150K at 350 PAs and $200K for reaching each of 400, 450 and 500 PAs. Souza will also earn…

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2020-01-28 22:47:57



Eugenio Suarez Will Be Limited In Spring Training Following Shoulder Surgery  

The Reds announced that third baseman Eugenio Suarez underwent surgery to remove loose cartilage from his right shoulder earlier today. The injury came about recently when Suarez was swimming, per the announcement. The team expects the 28-year-old Suarez to be ready to play in games “near the beginning of the regular season” but acknowledged that…

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2020-01-28 20:37:29



Tony Barnette Retires  

Former major league reliever Tony Barnette is calling it a career. “I’ve thrown my last pitch,” the right-hander declared Tuesday on Instagram. It’s almost a year to the day the Cubs signed Barnette to a $750K guarantee on Feb. 1, 2019. The low-risk move didn’t work out for either side, though, as shoulder issues stopped…

what do you think?

2020-01-28 20:34:12



Orioles To Sign Wade LeBlanc  

The Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran left-hander Wade LeBlanc, tweets ESPN’s Jeff Passan. He’ll be in Major League camp during Spring Training and would stand to earn an $800K base salary upon cracking the MLB roster. Baltimore represents a prime location for a 35-year-old veteran on this type of contract…

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2020-01-28 18:37:39



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to read a transcript of this week’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.

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2020-01-28 18:35:36



Red Sox Reportedly Interested In Mark Kotsay  

Already a candidate for the Astros’ managerial vacancy – a position that might not go unfilled for much longer – Athletics quality control coach Mark Kotsay could also be on Boston’s radar. He’s “believed” to be in the running to replace ousted Red Sox manager Alex Cora, according to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com. However, it’s…

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2020-01-28 16:20:33



Luis Urias To Miss 6-8 Weeks After Hamate Bone Surgery  

Newly acquired Brewers infielder Luis Urias has undergone surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, Robert Murray reports. He’s expected to miss six to eight weeks, which seems to jeopardize his spring training and the beginning of the regular season. Urias paused his winter ball season just a few days ago on account of…

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2020-01-28 14:28:29



Cubs To Sign Jeremy Jeffress  

The Cubs have agreed to terms with righty Jeremy Jeffress on a one-year MLB deal, per ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan (via Twitter). It’ll pay him $850K and includes $200K in available incentives based upon appearances. Jeffress will hope to regain his form in Chicago after falling flat last year with the Brewers. The sinkerballer was lights-out…

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2020-01-28 14:07:34



Latest On Reds' Trade Talks  

We haven’t been alone in wondering whether the Reds’ slate of offseason moves set the stage for a major swap to bring in a high-end player. But that may not be in the plans, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription link). Notably, per the report, there have been some eyebrow-raising…

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2020-01-28 13:33:04



Giants To Sign Yolmer Sanchez  

The Giants and second baseman Yolmer Sanchez are in agreement on a minor league contract, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The MVP Sports client will be in Major League camp as a non-roster invitee and will vie for everyday at-bats at second base. Still just 27 years old, Sanchez was cut loose by the…

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2020-01-28 13:21:03



And Then There Was One  

By definition, there’ll always be one final major free agent to come off the board. It’s a lonely spot, perhaps, but also one where the market is yours and yours alone. Things rarely shake out quite as might originally have been hoped, but neither does last-man-standing status mean the money has necessarily dried up. We…

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2020-01-28 11:52:06



Nationals To Sign Emilio Bonifacio  

The Nationals have agreed to a minors deal with utilityman Emilio Bonifacio, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). There’s a Spring Training invite and potential $1MM salary in the pact. It has been a while since we’ve seen the 11-year MLB veteran in the bigs. The 34-year-old last appeared in 2017 with…

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2020-01-28 10:55:41



Red Sox Re-Sign Mitch Moreland  

Mitch Moreland will be back for at least a fourth season in Boston, as the Red Sox announced Tuesday that he’s been re-signed to a one-year deal with a club option for the 2021 season. The BASH Baseball client will reportedly be guaranteed $3MM in the form of a $2.5MM salary in 2020 and a $500K…

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2020-01-28 10:14:55



Eugenio Suarez Will Be Limited In Spring Training Following Shoulder Surgery  

The Reds announced that third baseman Eugenio Suarez underwent surgery to remove loose cartilage from his right shoulder earlier today. The injury came about recently when Suarez was swimming, per the announcement. The team expects the 28-year-old Suarez to be ready to play in games “near the beginning of the regular season” but acknowledged that…

what do you think?

2020-01-28 09:37:58



Luis Urias To Miss 6-8 Weeks After Hamate Bone Surgery  

Newly acquired Brewers infielder Luis Urias has undergone surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, Robert Murray reports. He’s expected to miss six to eight weeks, which seems to jeopardize his spring training and the beginning of the regular season. Urias paused his winter ball season just a few days ago on account of…

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2020-01-28 09:24:47



Royals, Greg Holland Agree To Minor League Deal  

8:24pm: Holland can earn $1.25MM upon making the Royals’ roster with another $1.125MM available via incentive pay, tweets Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com. 7:53pm: The Royals have agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Greg Holland, tweets Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. He’ll be in Major League camp this spring and look to secure a spot…

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2020-01-28 09:21:32



And Then There Was One  

By definition, there’ll always be one final major free agent to come off the board. It’s a lonely spot, perhaps, but also one where the market is yours and yours alone. Things rarely shake out quite as might originally have been hoped, but neither does last-man-standing status mean the money has necessarily dried up. We…

what do you think?

2020-01-28 09:04:27



Cubs To Sign Jeremy Jeffress  

The Cubs have agreed to terms with righty Jeremy Jeffress on a one-year MLB deal, per ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan (via Twitter). It’ll pay him $850K and includes $200K in available incentives based upon appearances. Jeffress will hope to regain his form in Chicago after falling flat last year with the Brewers. The sinkerballer was lights-out…

what do you think?

2020-01-28 09:02:15



Latest On Reds' Trade Talks  

We haven’t been alone in wondering whether the Reds’ slate of offseason moves set the stage for a major swap to bring in a high-end player. But that may not be in the plans, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription link). Notably, per the report, there have been some eyebrow-raising…

what do you think?

2020-01-28 08:55:57



Red Sox Re-Sign Mitch Moreland  

Mitch Moreland will be back for at least a fourth season in Boston, as the Red Sox announced Tuesday that he’s been re-signed to a one-year deal with a club option for the 2021 season. The BASH Baseball client will reportedly be guaranteed $3MM in the form of a $2.5MM salary in 2020 and a $500K…

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2020-01-28 08:53:25



Royals, Greg Holland Agree To Minor League Deal  

8:24pm: Holland can earn $1.25MM upon making the Royals’ roster with another $1.125MM available via incentive pay, tweets Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com. 7:53pm: The Royals have agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Greg Holland, tweets Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. He’ll be in Major League camp this spring and look to secure a spot…

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2020-01-28 07:57:51



Nationals To Sign Emilio Bonifacio  

The Nationals have agreed to a minors deal with utilityman Emilio Bonifacio, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). There’s a Spring Training invite and potential $1MM salary in the pact. It has been a while since we’ve seen the 11-year MLB veteran in the bigs. The 34-year-old last appeared in 2017 with…

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2020-01-28 07:55:18



Astros Considering Peter Woodfork For GM Position  

The Astros are considering Peter Woodfork for their open general manager position, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jake Kaplan of The Athletic (Twitter link). Woodfork currently works in the commissioner’s office as senior VP of baseball operations. Woodfork previously served as assistant GM of the Diamondbacks. MLBTR’s Ben Nicholson-Smith profiled him as a candidate to…

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2020-01-28 07:41:03



Tony Barnette Retires  

Former major league reliever Tony Barnette is calling it a career. “I’ve thrown my last pitch,” the right-hander declared Tuesday on Instagram. It’s almost a year to the day the Cubs signed Barnette to a $750K guarantee on Feb. 1, 2019. The low-risk move didn’t work out for either side, though, as shoulder issues stopped…

what do you think?

2020-01-28 07:14:13



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to read a transcript of this week’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.

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2020-01-28 05:52:43



Red Sox Reportedly Interested In Mark Kotsay  

Already a candidate for the Astros’ managerial vacancy – a position that might not go unfilled for much longer – Athletics quality control coach Mark Kotsay could also be on Boston’s radar. He’s “believed” to be in the running to replace ousted Red Sox manager Alex Cora, according to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com. However, it’s…

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2020-01-28 05:50:35



Royals Could Add Starting Pitching  

Even though the Royals had one of the majors’ least effective rotations in 2019, the rebuilding club has done little to nothing to upgrade that area of its roster. That could change before the season, though. Royals general manager Dayton Moore revealed over the weekend that the team’s still considering free-agent starters, Jeffrey Flanagan of…

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2020-01-28 05:17:11



Royals Could Add Starting Pitching  

Even though the Royals had one of the majors’ least effective rotations in 2019, the rebuilding club has done little to nothing to upgrade that area of its roster. That could change before the season, though. Royals general manager Dayton Moore revealed over the weekend that the team’s still considering free-agent starters, Jeffrey Flanagan of…

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2020-01-28 05:09:41



MLBTR Video: D'Backs Acquire Starling Marte, Reds Sign Nick Castellanos  

MLBTR’s Jeff Todd breaks down a busy hot stove day, as the Diamondbacks traded for Starling Marte and the Reds signed Nick Castellanos.  Check out our latest video and be sure to subscribe:

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2020-01-28 05:04:23



MLBTR Poll: Grading The Starling Marte Trade  

They’re throwing a Marte party in the desert. The Diamondbacks on Monday acquired center fielder Starling Marte from the Pirates in a blockbuster trade that saw shortstop prospect Liover Peguero, young righty Brennan Malone and $250K in international money go to Pittsburgh in return. Arizona now happens to have the top two Martes in the…

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2020-01-28 04:28:25



MLBTR Poll: Grading The Starling Marte Trade  

They’re throwing a Marte party in the desert. The Diamondbacks on Monday acquired center fielder Starling Marte from the Pirates in a blockbuster trade that saw shortstop prospect Liover Peguero, young righty Brennan Malone and $250K in international money go to Pittsburgh in return. Arizona now happens to have the top two Martes in the…

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2020-01-28 04:13:29



Minor MLB Transactions: 1/27/20  

The latest minor moves from around baseball… First baseman Kennys Vargas has agreed to a minor league contract with the Tigers, Jason Beck of MLB.com tweets. The deal does not include an invitation to major league spring training. The hulking Vargas will now join his second AL Central organization, having appeared in the majors with…

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2020-01-28 03:32:42



Twins Announce Several Minor League Signings  

The Twins organization has agreed to seven more minor league deals with free agents, Triple-A Rochester director of communications Nate Rowan announced Tuesday. Right-handers Juan Minaya, Austin D. Adams, Casey Lawrence, Parker Bridwell, Alec Asher and Joey Krehbiel all agreed to deals with the Twins, as did infielder Calten Daal. Minaya, 29, spent the past four seasons with the…

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2020-01-28 03:13:43



Astros Considering Peter Woodfork For GM Position  

The Astros are considering Peter Woodfork for their open general manager position, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jake Kaplan of The Athletic (Twitter link). Woodfork currently works in the commissioner’s office as senior VP of baseball operations. Woodfork previously served as assistant GM of the Diamondbacks. MLBTR’s Ben Nicholson-Smith profiled him as a candidate to…

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2020-01-28 02:51:55



Astros Expected To Hire Dusty Baker  

11:17am: Other reports are taking a somewhat less committing stance on Baker’s status. Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle tweets that he has been unable to verify that Baker is indeed the Astros’ choice, but adds that he’s seen as a “strong candidate” and has “been in touch” with club owner Jim Crane. Baker is “in…

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2020-01-28 02:31:10



MLBTR Video: D'Backs Acquire Starling Marte, Reds Sign Nick Castellanos  

MLBTR’s Jeff Todd breaks down a busy hot stove day, as the Diamondbacks traded for Starling Marte and the Reds signed Nick Castellanos.  Check out our latest video and be sure to subscribe:

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2020-01-28 02:21:23



Orioles To Sign Wade LeBlanc  

The Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran left-hander Wade LeBlanc, tweets ESPN’s Jeff Passan. He’ll be in Major League camp during Spring Training and would stand to earn an $800K base salary upon cracking the MLB roster. Baltimore represents a prime location for a 35-year-old veteran on this type of contract…

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2020-01-28 01:42:27



Carlos Gonzalez Intends To Play This Year  

Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is among the stragglers remaining on the free-agent market as spring training nears, and the former star is holding out hope someone will give him an opportunity to re-establish himself. Gonzalez intends to play this season, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Gonzalez hasn’t logged a professional at-bat since last June 27,…

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2020-01-28 01:37:03



Minor MLB Transactions: 1/27/20  

The latest minor moves from around baseball… First baseman Kennys Vargas has agreed to a minor league contract with the Tigers, Jason Beck of MLB.com tweets. The deal does not include an invitation to major league spring training. The hulking Vargas will now join his second AL Central organization, having appeared in the majors with…

what do you think?

2020-01-28 01:36:01



Astros Expected To Hire Dusty Baker  

11:17am: Other reports are taking a somewhat less committing stance on Baker’s status. Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle tweets that he has been unable to verify that Baker is indeed the Astros’ choice, but adds that he’s seen as a “strong candidate” and has “been in touch” with club owner Jim Crane. Baker is “in…

what do you think?

2020-01-28 01:27:06



Giants To Sign Yolmer Sanchez  

The Giants and second baseman Yolmer Sanchez are in agreement on a minor league contract, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The MVP Sports client will be in Major League camp as a non-roster invitee and will vie for everyday at-bats at second base. Still just 27 years old, Sanchez was cut loose by the…

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2020-01-28 01:15:06



Carlos Gonzalez Intends To Play This Year  

Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is among the stragglers remaining on the free-agent market as spring training nears, and the former star is holding out hope someone will give him an opportunity to re-establish himself. Gonzalez intends to play this season, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Gonzalez hasn’t logged a professional at-bat since last June 27,…

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2020-01-28 01:07:28



Nationals Sign Kevin Quackenbush  

The Nationals have signed right-handed reliever Kevin Quackenbush to a minor league contract, Dan Kolko of MASN tweets. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training. Now 31 years old, Quackenbush was a valuable late-game option with the Padres at the outset of his career. Quackenbush amassed 172 1/3 innings of 3.50 ERA/3.63…

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2020-01-27 22:20:39



MLBTR Chat Transcript: 1/27/20  

Click here to read a transcript of tonight’s live chat with Connor Byrne of MLBTR.

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2020-01-27 20:41:45



Reds Designate Jose Siri For Assignment  

The Reds announced Monday that they’ve designated outfielder Jose Siri for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster goes to fellow outfielder Nicholas Castellanos, whose previously reported four-year, $64MM contract has now been formally announced. Siri, 24, was considered to be among Cincinnati’s best farmhands just two years ago. FanGraphs, in fact, ranked him near…

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2020-01-27 19:51:40



Reds Designate Jose Siri For Assignment  

The Reds announced Monday that they’ve designated outfielder Jose Siri for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster goes to fellow outfielder Nicholas Castellanos, whose previously reported four-year, $64MM contract has now been formally announced. Siri, 24, was considered to be among Cincinnati’s best farmhands just two years ago. FanGraphs, in fact, ranked him near…

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2020-01-27 16:21:35



Latest On Padres-Red Sox Talks On Mookie Betts  

The chatter on Red Sox star Mookie Betts continues even as the opening of camp draws near. Three NL West organizations are reportedly engaged with the Boston organization on the exceptional right fielder, adding to the intrigue. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune updates the situation from the Padres’ perspective, covering quite a few notable…

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2020-01-27 14:33:44



Reds “Considering” Nick Senzel Trade Scenarios  

After adding another significant free agent to their lineup, the Reds may not be finished. The club is “considering” finding a deal involving top young talent Nick Senzel, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). It doesn’t appear that there’s a specific deal already lined up. But the acquisition of Nicholas Castellanos further…

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2020-01-27 13:49:26



Cubs Reportedly Interested In Scooter Gennett  

The Cubs are showing interest in veteran second baseman Scooter Gennett, according to Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com (via Twitter). The status of talks isn’t fully evident. Gennett is looking for a rebound opportunity after a brutal 2019 campaign. He was shelved early with a significant groin strain and never got going with the bat. The…

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2020-01-27 13:35:09



Athletics Optimistic About Stadium Project  

The Athletics are expressing quite a lot of optimism regarding the team’s longstanding efforts to secure a new ballpark. President Dave Kaval says that he anticipates final approval to proceed with construction this summer, as Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets. Over the years, the twists and turns in the stadium-building process have…

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2020-01-27 12:40:50



Latest On Padres-Red Sox Talks On Mookie Betts  

The chatter on Red Sox star Mookie Betts continues even as the opening of camp draws near. Three NL West organizations are reportedly engaged with the Boston organization on the exceptional right fielder, adding to the intrigue. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune updates the situation from the Padres’ perspective, covering quite a few notable…

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2020-01-27 10:50:13



Diamondbacks To Acquire Starling Marte  

1:37pm: Liover Peguero is one of the two players going to the Pirates, per Robert Murray (Twitter link). Recent 33rd overall draft selection Brennan Malone is the other, Heyman tweets. There’s also $250K in international spending money moving to Pittsburgh. Baseball America graded both players (subscription link) among the top ten prospects on an Arizona farm…

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2020-01-27 10:12:04



Cubs Reportedly Interested In Scooter Gennett  

The Cubs are showing interest in veteran second baseman Scooter Gennett, according to Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com (via Twitter). The status of talks isn’t fully evident. Gennett is looking for a rebound opportunity after a brutal 2019 campaign. He was shelved early with a significant groin strain and never got going with the bat. The…

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2020-01-27 10:10:50



Athletics Optimistic About Stadium Project  

The Athletics are expressing quite a lot of optimism regarding the team’s longstanding efforts to secure a new ballpark. President Dave Kaval says that he anticipates final approval to proceed with construction this summer, as Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets. Over the years, the twists and turns in the stadium-building process have…

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2020-01-27 10:10:44



Diamondbacks Designate Pat Valaika For Assignment  

The Diamondbacks announced that they’ve designated infielder Pat Valaika for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster will go to new center fielder Starling Marte, whose acquisition from the Pirates has been formally announced by the team. It’s the third time this winter that Valaika, 27, has been jettisoned from a 40-man roster. The former…

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2020-01-27 09:58:43



MLBTR Chat Transcript: 1/27/20  

Click here to read a transcript of tonight’s live chat with Connor Byrne of MLBTR.

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2020-01-27 08:37:09



Diamondbacks To Acquire Starling Marte  

1:37pm: Liover Peguero is one of the two players going to the Pirates, per Robert Murray (Twitter link). Recent 33rd overall draft selection Brennan Malone is the other, Heyman tweets. There’s also $250K in international spending money moving to Pittsburgh. Baseball America graded both players (subscription link) among the top ten prospects on an Arizona farm…

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2020-01-27 08:35:20



Brewers Sign Shelby Miller To Minor League Deal  

The Brewers announced that they’ve signed right-hander Shelby Miller to a minor league contract. The Roc Nation Sports client will be in Major League camp as a non-roster invitee this spring. It wasn’t long ago that the 29-year-old Miller was considered to be among the game’s rising young pitchers, but he fell on hard times…

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2020-01-27 08:02:05



Reds To Sign Nicholas Castellanos  

The Reds have reportedly struck a four-year, $64MM pact with free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. The Scott Boras client also obtains opt-out opportunities after the 2020 and 2021 campaigns. This is a fascinating agreement for a variety of reasons. It represents a finishing flourish from Boras, who orchestrated a masterful winter of signings. MLBTR had…

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2020-01-27 08:01:26



Diamondbacks Designate Pat Valaika For Assignment  

The Diamondbacks announced that they’ve designated infielder Pat Valaika for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster will go to new center fielder Starling Marte, whose acquisition from the Pirates has been formally announced by the team. It’s the third time this winter that Valaika, 27, has been jettisoned from a 40-man roster. The former…

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2020-01-27 07:16:23



Brewers Sign Shelby Miller To Minor League Deal  

The Brewers announced that they’ve signed right-hander Shelby Miller to a minor league contract. The Roc Nation Sports client will be in Major League camp as a non-roster invitee this spring. It wasn’t long ago that the 29-year-old Miller was considered to be among the game’s rising young pitchers, but he fell on hard times…

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2020-01-27 07:10:58



Nationals Sign Kevin Quackenbush  

The Nationals have signed right-handed reliever Kevin Quackenbush to a minor league contract, Dan Kolko of MASN tweets. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training. Now 31 years old, Quackenbush was a valuable late-game option with the Padres at the outset of his career. Quackenbush amassed 172 1/3 innings of 3.50 ERA/3.63…

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2020-01-27 05:53:54



What's Next For The Pirates?  

Hours after trading Starling Marte to the Diamondbacks, Pirates general manager Ben Cherington told reporters at PNC Park that he’s hopeful of adding a new center fielder prior to Opening Day (Twitter link via Adam Berry of MLB.com). Doing so would enable the team to continue utilizing Bryan Reynolds in left field and allow Guillermo…

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2020-01-27 04:28:52



Reds “Considering” Nick Senzel Trade Scenarios  

After adding another significant free agent to their lineup, the Reds may not be finished. The club is “considering” finding a deal involving top young talent Nick Senzel, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). It doesn’t appear that there’s a specific deal already lined up. But the acquisition of Nicholas Castellanos further…

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2020-01-27 03:28:50



NL Notes: Marlins, Brewers, Knebel, Taylor  

We’ll round up a few notes from the Senior Circuit to finish the weekend. The Marlins are in ongoing negotiations with Sinclair Broadcast Group about a new TV rights contract, reports Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. The parties’ current deal, which will pay the club a league-low $20MM for broadcast rights on Fox Sports’ regional…

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2020-01-27 02:37:26



What's Next For The Pirates?  

Hours after trading Starling Marte to the Diamondbacks, Pirates general manager Ben Cherington told reporters at PNC Park that he’s hopeful of adding a new center fielder prior to Opening Day (Twitter link via Adam Berry of MLB.com). Doing so would enable the team to continue utilizing Bryan Reynolds in left field and allow Guillermo…

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2020-01-27 02:31:21



Latest On Mookie Betts  

Mookie Betts trade drama has been one of the prevailing stories of the offseason. In addition to the Red Sox’s recent discussions with the Padres, Boston is also in touch with the Dodgers on a potential Betts deal, reports Alex Speier of the Boston Globe. While there’s still no certainty that Boston will eventually pull…

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2020-01-27 02:19:37



Reds To Sign Nicholas Castellanos  

The Reds have reportedly struck a four-year, $64MM pact with free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. The Scott Boras client also obtains opt-out opportunities after the 2020 and 2021 campaigns. This is a fascinating agreement for a variety of reasons. It represents a finishing flourish from Boras, who orchestrated a masterful winter of signings. MLBTR had…

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2020-01-27 01:05:14



Report: Reds “Clear Frontrunners” To Sign Nicholas Castellanos  

According to a report from Jon Paul Morosi of MLB Network, the Reds are now seen as the “clear frontrunner” to sign free-agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos, with Morosi adding that the two sides have made progress in their negotiations over the past few days. The Giants have also been in contact with Castellanos in recent…

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2020-01-26 22:05:23



Ryan Braun Discusses Future  

Franchise icon Ryan Braun is entering the final guaranteed season of the contract extension he signed with the Brewers nearly a decade ago. Now 36, the former MVP is nearing the end of a storied career. In fact, it’s not out of the question that 2020 could prove to be his final season, he acknowledged to…

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2020-01-26 20:17:42



Astros Interview Mark Kotsay For Manager  

The Astros interviewed A’s quality control coach Mark Kotsay last week as part of their ongoing search for A.J. Hinch’s replacement, reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com (via Twitter). Kotsay becomes the ninth known candidate in Houston’s wide-ranging managerial search. Kotsay also drew consideration from the Giants and Pirates for their vacancies earlier in the offseason,…

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2020-01-26 19:15:43



Report: Reds “Clear Frontrunners” To Sign Nicholas Castellanos  

According to a report from Jon Paul Morosi of MLB Network, the Reds are now seen as the “clear frontrunner” to sign free-agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos, with Morosi adding that the two sides have made progress in their negotiations over the past few days. The Giants have also been in contact with Castellanos in recent…

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2020-01-26 18:42:10



Marlins To Sign Matt Joyce  

The Marlins have agreed to terms with free agent corner outfielder Matt Joyce, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). He is represented by ACES. Terms of the deal remain unclear. Joyce, 35, has had a series of up-and-down performances the past few seasons. A productive hitter for the Rays from 2010-14, Joyce was traded…

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2020-01-26 16:37:58



Mets Sign Erasmo Ramirez To Minor League Deal  

The Mets have signed right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramirez to a minor league deal, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. He’ll get a non-roster invite to big league camp. Ramirez, 29, spent last year in the Red Sox organization, pitching mostly in Triple-A and making one appearance with the big league team. In 125 1/3 innings…

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2020-01-26 15:54:30



Mets Sign Erasmo Ramirez To Minor League Deal  

The Mets have signed right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramirez to a minor league deal, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. He’ll get a non-roster invite to big league camp. Ramirez, 29, spent last year in the Red Sox organization, pitching mostly in Triple-A and making one appearance with the big league team. In 125 1/3 innings…

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2020-01-26 15:16:16



Marlins To Sign Matt Joyce  

The Marlins have agreed to terms with free agent corner outfielder Matt Joyce, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). He is represented by ACES. Terms of the deal remain unclear. Joyce, 35, has had a series of up-and-down performances the past few seasons. A productive hitter for the Rays from 2010-14, Joyce was traded…

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2020-01-26 15:13:06



Teams That Gained Or Lost Draft Picks Via Qualifying Offer Free Agents  

Now that Marcell Ozuna has signed, all 10 of the players who were issued a one-year, $17.8MM qualifying offer in November have settled on teams for the 2020 season.  Of that group, two (Jose Abreu of the White Sox and Jake Odorizzi of the Twins) accepted their qualifying offers and returned to their clubs —…

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2020-01-26 13:27:35



Ryan Braun Discusses Future  

Franchise icon Ryan Braun is entering the final guaranteed season of the contract extension he signed with the Brewers nearly a decade ago. Now 36, the former MVP is nearing the end of a storied career. In fact, it’s not out of the question that 2020 could prove to be his final season, he acknowledged to…

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2020-01-26 12:43:58



Orioles Have Interest In Andrew Cashner  

With the Orioles looking to add an inexpensive veteran arm to their rotation, Andrew Cashner is “one of the free agents under consideration,” MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko writes.  GM Mike Elias said on Saturday that the O’s would be more likely to acquire a Major League starter through free agency than through the trade market, and…

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2020-01-26 12:20:14



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Castellanos, Holt, Arenado, Ray, HOF  

Click here to read the transcript of this morning’s baseball chat, moderated by MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk

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2020-01-26 11:30:20



Astros Interview Mark Kotsay For Manager  

The Astros interviewed A’s quality control coach Mark Kotsay last week as part of their ongoing search for A.J. Hinch’s replacement, reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com (via Twitter). Kotsay becomes the ninth known candidate in Houston’s wide-ranging managerial search. Kotsay also drew consideration from the Giants and Pirates for their vacancies earlier in the offseason,…

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2020-01-26 09:41:19



Pirates Owner Bob Nutting Discusses Player Development, Payroll  

The Pirates’ future direction under new general manager Ben Cherington has yet to become entirely certain, as the club hasn’t made any notable moves during Cherington’s two-plus months in charge to indicate either a rebuild or a reload for the 2020 season.  This waiting period (or perhaps even the thought of a rebuild in general)…

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2020-01-26 06:05:24



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Castellanos, Holt, Arenado, Ray, HOF  

Click here to read the transcript of this morning’s baseball chat, moderated by MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk

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2020-01-26 04:40:34



Teams That Gained Or Lost Draft Picks Via Qualifying Offer Free Agents  

Now that Marcell Ozuna has signed, all 10 of the players who were issued a one-year, $17.8MM qualifying offer in November have settled on teams for the 2020 season.  Of that group, two (Jose Abreu of the White Sox and Jake Odorizzi of the Twins) accepted their qualifying offers and returned to their clubs —…

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2020-01-26 02:58:28



Quick Hits: Franco, Rays, Goodrum, Red Sox  

It was two years ago today that the Brewers made one of the biggest single-day splurges in recent baseball history, acquiring Christian Yelich from the Marlins for a four-prospect trade package, and also agreeing to sign Lorenzo Cain to a five-year, $80MM contract.  (Cain’s deal wasn’t officially finalized until he passed a physical on January…

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2020-01-26 02:56:59



Orioles Have Interest In Andrew Cashner  

With the Orioles looking to add an inexpensive veteran arm to their rotation, Andrew Cashner is “one of the free agents under consideration,” MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko writes.  GM Mike Elias said on Saturday that the O’s would be more likely to acquire a Major League starter through free agency than through the trade market, and…

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2020-01-26 02:40:58



Quick Hits: Franco, Rays, Goodrum, Red Sox  

It was two years ago today that the Brewers made one of the biggest single-day splurges in recent baseball history, acquiring Christian Yelich from the Marlins for a four-prospect trade package, and also agreeing to sign Lorenzo Cain to a five-year, $80MM contract.  (Cain’s deal wasn’t officially finalized until he passed a physical on January…

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2020-01-26 02:02:37



Pirates Owner Bob Nutting Discusses Player Development, Payroll  

The Pirates’ future direction under new general manager Ben Cherington has yet to become entirely certain, as the club hasn’t made any notable moves during Cherington’s two-plus months in charge to indicate either a rebuild or a reload for the 2020 season.  This waiting period (or perhaps even the thought of a rebuild in general)…

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2020-01-26 01:49:37



Jon Daniels Discusses Rangers' Remaining Offseason Needs  

Speaking at the Rangers’ “Peek At The Park” fan event on Saturday, GM Jon Daniels gave MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan and other reporters a seeming hint about the club’s offseason direction, stating “I would think that if we do make any significant acquisition, a trade is more likely than a free agent….just the discussions we've had…

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2020-01-25 19:34:17



Twins Notes: Cruz, Donaldson, Hill  

Nelson Cruz hit .311/.392/.639 with 41 homers in his first season in Minnesota, making it an easy call for the Twins to exercise their $12MM club option on the veteran slugger for 2020.  Cruz can be a free agent next winter, though GM Thad Levine told fans and reporters (including Betsy Helfand of the St.…

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2020-01-25 17:14:49



Twins Notes: Cruz, Donaldson, Hill  

Nelson Cruz hit .311/.392/.639 with 41 homers in his first season in Minnesota, making it an easy call for the Twins to exercise their $12MM club option on the veteran slugger for 2020.  Cruz can be a free agent next winter, though GM Thad Levine told fans and reporters (including Betsy Helfand of the St.…

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2020-01-25 17:06:11



Marlins To Sign Brandon Kintzler  

The Marlins have agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Brandon Kintzler, ESPN.com’s Jesse Rogers reports (Twitter link).  The deal will pay Kintzler $3.25MM in guaranteed money — $3MM in 2020 salary, and a $250K buyout of a $4MM club option for the 2021 season.  Kintzler is represented by Kevin Kohler. More analysis to come…

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2020-01-25 16:33:40



Mets, Eduardo Nunez Agree To Minor League Deal  

The Mets have agreed to a minor league deal with free-agent infielder Eduardo Nunez, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. It includes a non-roster invite to Major League Spring Training. Nunez, 32, is coming off a dreadful year that ended in July with his release from the Red Sox, with whom he had played since…

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2020-01-25 15:38:17



Diamondbacks Interested In Brian Dozier  

The Diamondbacks are one of the teams with interest in free-agent second baseman Brian Dozier, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network. If there are other clubs looking at Dozier, their identities are unknown as of now. It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything regarding Dozier, and this is the first time a specific team…

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2020-01-25 14:09:49






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