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Latest On Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole Extension Possibilities  

4:27pm: Owner Jim Crane acknowledged that there are talks with at least some realistic possibility of a deal, as MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports on Twitter. “I don’t think anything is final, but if it’s going to get done it’s going to get done before we get out of here,” said Crane in reference to the conclusion…

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2019-03-22 20:36:17



Braves Reportedly “Still In” On Craig Kimbrel  

5:59pm: Whether or not there’s ongoing contact, the Braves have yet to make Kimbrel an offer, per MLB.com’s Mark Bowman (via Twitter). 4:10pm: The Braves are “still in” the market for veteran reliever Craig Kimbrel, according to David O’Brien of The Athletic (Twitter link). According to O’Brien’s sources, the race at this point is down to…

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2019-03-22 20:18:48



Royals Sign Lucas Duda  

The Royals have inked veteran first baseman Lucas Duda to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement. He had been cut loose recently by the Twins. Duda, 33, played with Kansas City last year. Though he failed to return to his prior levels of output, he turned in a nearly league-average slash line (.241/.313/.418) and…

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2019-03-22 19:48:25



Brewers To Sign Alex Wilson  

2:55pm: The deal includes a $750K base salary along with unspecified incentives, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). 12:44pm: Murray tweets that Wilson’s contract is a Major League deal. He’ll be added to the 40-man roster once he passes a physical, which is taking place today. 12:35pm: The Brewers are in agreement with…

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2019-03-22 15:22:53



Matt Olson Undergoes Hand Surgery  

Athletics first baseman Matt Olson has undergone hand surgery, per a club announcement. The procedure “involved a right hamate excision,” according to the team. Olson’s timeline to return to competitive action is not yet clear, though there are plenty of comparable situations to look to for precedent. Hamate removals are rather common for hitters; the…

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2019-03-22 14:52:30



Giants Return Rule 5 Pick Drew Ferguson To Astros  

The Giants have returned Rule 5 pick Drew Ferguson to the Astros after the outfielder cleared waivers, Maria Guardado of MLB.com tweets. Ferguson was designated for assignment yesterday when the Giants acquired another pick in this past year’s Rule 5 Draft, Connor Joe, from the Reds. Ferguson, 26, struggled in big league camp with San…

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2019-03-22 13:12:14



Reds Reassign Nick Senzel To Minor League Camp  

The Reds announced a slew of players who’ve been reassigned to minor league camp Friday, headlined by top prospect Nick Senzel. Cincinnati’s decision to do so has prompted a response from Senzel’s agent, Joel Wolfe of Wasserman, who spoke harshly of the organization’s decision to ESPN’s Jeff Passan (Twitter link). “I don’t believe I’ve ever…

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2019-03-22 13:05:44



Rich Hill To Begin Season On Injured List  

Dodgers lefty Rich Hill will open the season on the injured list with what the team has described to the media as a medial collateral ligament strain in his left knee (Twitter links via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com). The team also revealed that lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu will start Opening Day, with right-hander Ross Stripling is lined…

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2019-03-22 11:12:30



Red Sox, Chris Sale Agree To Extension  

The Red Sox and ace Chris Sale are closing in on a contract extension, as first reported by Alex Speier of the Boston Globe. Sale, a client of Jet Sports Management, will receive $145MM over five seasons (2020-24) if he passes a physical, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports (Twitter links).   Earlier this spring, both Sale…

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2019-03-22 08:58:54



Astros, Justin Verlander Reportedly “Moving Toward” Extension  

The Astros and ace righty Justin Verlander are “moving toward” an extension, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). While contract details aren’t yet nailed down, Feinsand says the contract under consideration is “believed” to be for two years and something around $66MM in guaranteed money. That would dovetail with the contractual range suggested earlier…

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2019-03-22 06:16:34



Angels Release Daniel Hudson  

The Angels have released righty Daniel Hudson, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times tweets. As an Article XX(B) free agent, Hudson would have commanded a $100K roster bonus had he not been added to the 40-man roster. The Halos decided to go in a different direction after taking a look at the 32-year-old in…

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2019-03-22 06:06:38



Latest On Blue Jays' Injuries And Roster Plans  

There are suddenly quite a few moving parts when it comes to the Blue Jays’ roster situation. As Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports, ongoing developments continue to create uncertainty even as camp draws to a close. Blue Jays skipper Charlie Montoyo revealed today that neither Ryan Tepera nor John Axford will be an option to start the season…

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2019-03-22 04:15:28



Giants Release Cameron Maybin  

The Giants announced that they have released veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin, as Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group was among those to tweet. It is not clear at this time if Maybin opted out of his contract. While it had seemed at one point that Maybin would likely crack Giants roster out of…

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2019-03-22 02:35:43



Justin Grimm Opts Out Of Deal With Indians  

Righty Justin Grimm has opted out of his minor-league contract with the Indians, the club announced. He’ll head back onto the open market in search of a new deal. Grimm, 30, was looking for a chance to bounce back after a brutal 2018 campaign. He performed well in camp, allowing just one earned run while…

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2019-03-22 01:30:26



Cardinals Nearing Extension With Paul Goldschmidt  

The Cardinals are closing in on an extension with first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). If he passes a physical, Goldschmidt will remain a Cardinal for five additional seasons at a price of $130MM, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (via Twitter), thus setting a new contractual…

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2019-03-21 22:17:29



Hunter Pence Makes Rangers' Roster; Willie Calhoun Optioned To Triple-A  

The Rangers have informed veteran outfielder Hunter Pence that he’s made the Opening Day roster, tweets MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. Young outfielder Willie Calhoun, meanwhile, will be optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Sullivan also adds that Rule 5 pick Jordan Romano has been informed he will not make the roster. While many fans may have hoped that…

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2019-03-21 16:45:43



Braves Outright Sam Freeman  

The Braves have outrighted left-hander Sam Freeman, per a club announcement. He has been assigned to Triple-A but will have the right instead to elect free agency. Now 31, Freeman joined the Atlanta organization as a minor-league free agent in advance of the 2017 season. He ended up turning in a worthwhile campaign and being…

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2019-03-21 16:06:23



Phillies Release Drew Butera, Andrew Romine  

The Phillies have released catcher Drew Butera and infielder Andrew Romine, per a club announcement. Both had been in camp on minor-league deals with March 21st opt-out provisions, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia notes on Twitter. Clearly, the Philadelphia organization had determined that neither player would make its active roster. The 35-year-old Butera, a…

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2019-03-21 14:55:48



Red Sox “Actively” Discussing Sandy Leon Trades  

The Red Sox are currently in “active” trade talks with other clubs regarding a potential Sandy Leon swap, Buster Olney and Marly Rivera of ESPN report (via Twitter). As has long been anticipated, something will have to give with regard to Boston’s catching situation between now and Opening Day. The Sox are carrying three catchers…

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2019-03-21 14:40:28



Corey Knebel Headed For Elbow Exam  

Brewers closer Corey Knebel will have his right elbow examined today, manager Craig Counsell revealed to reporters (Twitter link via Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel). The Athletic’s Robert Murray had previously written that he was taking a step back from throwing due to elbow discomfort. Counsell acknowledged that there is some cause for concern.…

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2019-03-21 12:34:26



Marlins Select Contract Of Curtis Granderson  

The Marlins announced Thursday that they’ve selected the contract of veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson while optioning fellow outfielder Austin Dean to Triple-A New Orleans. Three non-roster players — lefty Mike Kickham, righty Hector Noesi and catcher Rodrigo Vigil — were all reassigned to minor league camp, too. Miami now has a full 40-man roster. Granderson,…

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2019-03-21 11:06:16



Braves Sign Josh Tomlin To Minor League Deal  

7:25am: MLB.com’s Mark Bowman tweets that Tomlin will start Saturday’s Grapefruit League game for the Braves and could potentially break camp with the club as a long reliever. If not, it appears he’ll head to Triple-A Gwinnett. 7:04am: The Braves announced Thursday that they’ve signed right-hander Josh Tomlin to a minor league contract. He’ll be…

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2019-03-21 11:04:02



Giants Acquire Connor Joe, Designate Drew Ferguson  

The Giants have acquired utilityman Connor Joe from the Reds, per a club announcement. Righty Jordan Johnson and cash considerations are headed to Cincinnati in return. To open a 40-man roster spot, the Giants designated outfielder Drew Ferguson for assignment. Both Joe and Ferguson were selected in last December’s Rule 5 draft. The former went…

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2019-03-21 08:38:07



Brad Miller Opts Out Of Contract With Dodgers  

Infielder Brad Miller has opted out of his minor-league deal with the Dodgers, per a club announcement. He’s heading back onto the open market. Miller, 29, had joined the organization in hopes of being the latest infielder to resurrect his career in Los Angeles. While he showed well in spring action, he obviously wasn’t ticketed…

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2019-03-21 07:43:42



2020-21 MLB Free Agents  

The following players are projected to reach free agency after the 2020 MLB season (two full seasons from now).  Numbers in parentheses represent the age at which the player will play the 2021 season.  Click here to view our list of players projected to reach free agency after the 2019 season. If you see any…

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2019-03-21 07:04:28



Alex Wilson Opts Out Of Contract With Indians  

Righty reliever Alex Wilson has opted out of his contract with the Indians, per a club announcement. He will head back onto the open market in search of a better opportunity elsewhere. Wilson, 32, had been competing for a spot in the Cleveland bullpen. Had he earned a nod, his minor-league deal would have provided…

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2019-03-21 06:51:30



Rays To Extend Blake Snell  

2:00pm: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the yearly breakdown (Twitter link). Snell will be paid a $3MM signing bonus and earn $1MM in 2019. He’ll then be paid salaries of $7MM, $10.5MM, $12.5MM and $16MM in the subsequent four seasons. That $16MM salary in 2023 can increase by up to $2MM based…

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2019-03-21 05:03:34



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Extension Season  

Click here to read a transcript of today’s chat with host Jeff Todd.

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2019-03-21 04:17:01



AL Central Notes: Hanley, Rosario, Turnbull  

Hanley Ramirez has a March 24 opt-out date in his minor league contract with the Indians, tweets Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal. They’ve been trying to get the veteran slugger as many at-bats as possible in a short period of time in order to make their best judgment on whether he can help…

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2019-03-21 04:08:47



Athletics Shut Down Luzardo For 4-6 Weeks; Olson To Be Evaluated For Hand Injury  

The Athletics have received some unwelcome injury news in the past 12 hours or so, as general manager David Forst revealed prior to Tuesday’s game against the Mariners in Tokyo that top pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo will be shut down for four to six weeks due to a strain in the rotator cuff of his…

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2019-03-21 02:15:57



Phillies Release Trevor Plouffe, Gregorio Petit  

The Phillies announced Thursday that they’ve released four non-roster invitees to Spring Training: infielders Trevor Plouffe and Gregorio Petit as well as left-handers Edward Paredes and Jeremy Bleich. The Phils also optioned lefty James Pazos and right-hander Drew Anderson to Triple-A. Plouffe, 32, was the Twins’ primary third baseman from 2013-16 and provided a solid…

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2019-03-21 01:29:15



Ichiro Suzuki Announces Retirement  

9:20am: Ichiro has now formally announced his retirement via a Mariners press release. The future Hall of Famer included the following statement: “I have achieved so many of my dreams in baseball, both in my career in Japan and, since 2001, in Major League Baseball. I am honored to end my big league career where…

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2019-03-21 01:16:16



Ryan Flaherty Opts Out Of Indians Deal; Wilson, Grimm Won't Make Roster  

The Indians announced Wednesday that a pair of veteran non-roster invitees have been informed that they will not make the Opening Day club: right-hander Justin Grimm and infielder Ryan Flaherty. While the club indicated that the pair is weighing opt-out clauses, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweets that Flaherty has already declared his intent to exercise…

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2019-03-20 21:09:53



Mets Notes: Alonso, Smith, Non-Roster Vets, Bunting  

The Mets could potentially carry Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith on the active roster to open the regular season, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com tweets. Skipper Mickey Callaway says the two first baseman won't function in a platoon if that does indeed come to pass, but he didn’t divulge how playing time between the two would be divided. Deesha Thosar…

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2019-03-20 19:50:45



Angels Outright Kaleb Cowart  

The Angels announced that infielder/relief pitcher Kaleb Cowart has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Salt Lake, thus clearing a spot on the 40-man roster. Cowart has bounced around the league a bit since the end of the 2018 campaign. The Mariners claimed him from the Angels back in December but lost him…

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2019-03-20 17:59:41



White Sox Agree To Extension With Eloy Jimenez  

The White Sox have reportedly struck a historic extension with top prospect Eloy Jimenez. If he passes a physical, Jimenez stands to receive a record-shattering $43MM guarantee over six seasons, with a pair of option years that cost a cumulative $32MM. There’s also said to be a $2.5MM MVP bonus. This contract will easily set…

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2019-03-20 12:53:49



Mookie Betts Does Not Expect To Reach Extension With Red Sox  

In the midst of a run of extensions around the game — in particular, yesterday’s $360MM Mike Trout agreement — Red Sox star Mookie Betts faced another round of questions about his future in Boston from reporters including Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald (links to Twitter). While he again expressed that he’s fond of the…

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2019-03-20 12:32:15



Giants Sign Matt Joyce  

The Giants announced Wednesday that they’ve signed Matt Joyce to a minor league contract. He’ll be in camp for what’s left of Major League Spring Training. Joyce is represented by ACES. The Giants will be the second stop for Joyce this spring, as he spent the bulk of camp with the Indians before being granted…

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2019-03-20 11:21:18



Twins Release Lucas Duda  

The Twins have released first baseman Lucas Duda, as Dan Hayes of The Athletic was among those to report (Twitter link). The move comes in advance of the opt-out clause his contract provided on Saturday. Duda, 33, has long been quite a productive MLB hitter, though he hit a wall late in the 2017 season…

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2019-03-20 09:36:46



AL Notes: Gio, Armstrong, Herrera, Tepera/Axford  

Newly minted Yankees lefty Gio Gonzalez says it was an easy choice to join the New York organization, as George A. King III of the New York Post and MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch cover (Twitter links). The offer from the Yanks “was pretty much” the only one he got all winter long, says the veteran southpaw. It has…

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2019-03-20 09:10:36



Braves Rumors: Duvall, Outfield, Pitching Staff  

It seems the Braves may be looking at alternatives in the outfield, with David O'Brien of The Athletic tweeting that Adam Duvall's hold on a roster spot is "tenuous at best." The Braves acquired Duvall from the Reds in a minor trade last July, and while they didn’t give up much in the way of long-term value, the trade…

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2019-03-20 06:59:11



Rays, Brandon Lowe Agree To Extension  

The Rays have agreed to a six-year, $24MM contract extension with infielder/outfielder Brandon Lowe, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). The contract contains a pair of club options that would buy out a pair of would-be free-agent seasons as well. Lowe is a client of the Bledsoe Agency. Lowe has just 43 games…

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2019-03-20 06:14:16



Brewers Release Josh Tomlin  

The Brewers announced today that they have released right-hander Josh Tomlin. He had been in camp as a non-roster invitee after signing a minors deal but opted out of his deal, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports (via Twitter). That news gives some clarity to the organization’s rotation picture, though Tomlin had a tough…

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2019-03-20 05:53:22



Royals Shift Ian Kennedy To Bullpen  

The Royals announced yesterday that they will utilize veteran right-hander Ian Kennedy as a reliever this year, as Lynn Worthy of the Kansas City Star was among those to report. Kennedy, 34, says he’s up for the switch despite having made only a pair of prior relief appearances way back in 2008-09. In the intervening…

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2019-03-20 05:51:17



Injury/Rehab Notes: Kershaw, Jeffress, Nelson, Darvish, Phillies  

It’s been a fait accompli for weeks now, but Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts made it official today that Clayton Kershaw will open the season on the injured list (link via Jorge Castillo of the L.A. Times). Kershaw has been slowed by inflammation in his left shoulder for much of the spring and has not been pitching in…

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2019-03-20 04:11:09



Anthony Rendon On Contract Talks With Nationals  

The Nationals have held ongoing contract talks with third baseman Anthony Rendon, with optimism at times of reaching a long-term deal. But Rendon says he rejected an offer in late February (around the time that Nolan Arenado signed his new deal with the Rockies) and that talks have “kind of come to a halt lately,”…

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2019-03-20 03:48:28



Orioles Release Alcides Escobar  

The Orioles announced this afternoon that veteran shortstop Alcides Escobar, who had been in camp as a non-roster invitee, has been granted his release. He’s now a free agent. Escobar went 7-for-32 with a pair of doubles, four strikeouts and four walks in his brief time with the Orioles this spring before exercising an opt-out…

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2019-03-20 02:37:55



Padres' Jacob Nix Diagnosed With UCL Tear  

Padres right-hander Jacob Nix has a “small” tear in his right ulnar collateral ligament, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He’ll be evaluated by Dr. Neal ElAttrache before determining whether to undergo surgery. Depending on the extent of the tear, Nix could opt for a non-surgical route — platelet-rich plasma and stem cell…

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2019-03-19 18:47:32



Details On Prior Red Sox Attempts At Extending Mookie Betts  

As part of the day’s chatter surrounding Mike Trout’s new deal with the Angels, Joel Sherman of the New York Post took a look back at some of the Red Sox’ attempts to hammer out a contract with their own star outfielder. Mookie Betts has rebuffed several prior efforts from the Boston organization, it seems.…

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2019-03-19 18:25:45



Dellin Betances Will Begin Season On Injured List Due To Shoulder Impingement  

Yankees right-hander Dellin Betances will open the 2019 season on the injured list due to an impingement and inflammation in his right shoulder, general manager Brian Cashman announced to reporters Tuesday (Twitter links via the YES Network’s Jack Curry). There’s no set timetable for when Betances might rejoin the big league bullpen. To this point in…

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2019-03-19 17:36:48



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Mike Trout Deal  

Mike Trout is closing in on the largest deal in baseball history, and that was a major focus of today’s chat with MLBTR owner Tim Dierkes.  Read the transcript here.

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2019-03-19 16:40:10



Michael Fulmer Expected To Undergo Tommy John Surgery  

Tigers righty Michael Fulmer has received a recommendation that he undergo Tommy John surgery, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports on Twitter. He’d stand to miss the entire 2019 season and in all likelihood a portion of the 2020 campaign as well. Fulmer’s medical status has been a bit of a mystery of…

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2019-03-19 12:37:36



Astros, Alex Bregman Agree To Extension  

The Astros have agreed to terms on a six-year, $100MM contract with star third baseman Alex Bregman, reports Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston (via Twitter). That contract covers the current season, three arbitration years and what would’ve been the first two free-agent seasons for Bregman. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal had tweeted not long before…

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2019-03-19 10:40:01



Minor-League Labor Changes Under Consideration  

Major League Baseball is engaged in talks that could lead to significant changes to the labor situation of minor-league ballplayers, ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan reports. Initial talks have been held with the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, with “significant increase in salaries, a higher standard of living conditions and better transportation” all on the table. It’s…

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2019-03-19 09:46:42



Offseason In Review: Milwaukee Brewers  

This is the latest post of MLBTR's annual Offseason in Review series, in which we take stock of every team's winter dealings. The fruits of a relatively short rebuilding effort in Milwaukee manifested with an NL Central division title, a NLCS run against the Dodgers and dramatic increase in expectations after years of mediocrity. Major…

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2019-03-19 07:57:29



Athletics Select Nick Hundley's Contract  

The Athletics announced Tuesday that they’ve selected the contract of catcher Nick Hundley. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, fellow catcher Chris Herrmann was placed on the 60-day injured list. Beyond those moves, the A’s placed outfielder Nick Martini and righty Jharel Cotton on the 10-day IL. Hundley’s selection makes official what has…

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2019-03-19 07:55:42



Yohander Mendez Diagnosed With UCL Sprain  

Rangers lefty Yohander Mendez has been diagnosed with a grade one sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, as Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. He’s expected to miss approximately half of the coming campaign. Though Mendez avoided the worst-case outcome of Tommy John surgery, he’ll still need to take…

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2019-03-19 05:02:57



Brewers Sign Josh Fields  

7:46pm: Fields’ contract comes with a $1MM base salary in the Majors, and it contains opt-out provisions on April 30 and June 25, per Robert Murray of The Athletic (Twitter link). 5:13pm: Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns, who is familiar with Fields from their days together in the Astros organization, tells Tom Haudricourt…

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2019-03-19 03:45:25



Indians Release Matt Joyce  

The Indians announced Tuesday that veteran outfielder Matt Joyce has been granted his release from his minor league contract, making him a free agent. The Cleveland organization informed Joyce late last week that he would not make the big league roster. Joyce will now have the opportunity to seek a landing spot with just over…

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2019-03-19 03:04:58



Angels Nearing Extension With Mike Trout  

The Angels are nearing agreement on a record-setting contract with superstar outfielder Mike Trout, according to ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan. Trout is promised $360MM in new money over a ten-year term, according to reports from Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times (on Twitter) and Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Trout will earn $36MM…

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2019-03-19 03:02:36



Brewers In Talks With Craig Kimbrel  

The Brewers are in discussions with free-agent reliever Craig Kimbrel, Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic report (via Twitter). Should a deal come to fruition, the signing would seem similar to the team’s previous agreements with Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas in that both landed in Milwaukee on shorter-term deals than anticipated. A…

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2019-03-19 01:10:42



Astros, Ryan Pressly Agree To Extension  

8:35pm: The vesting option is based on appearances and is worth $10MM, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweets. 8:11pm: The two sides have an agreement in place, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal tweets. 8:01pm: The Astros and right-hander Ryan Pressly are close to finalizing a two-year extension worth a guaranteed $17.5MM, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle…

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2019-03-19 01:05:16



AL Central Notes: Adrianza, Twins, Salazar, Royals, Beckham  

With eight games until the end of Spring Training, infielder Ehire Adrianza isn’t assured of a spot on the Twins’ Opening Day roster, writes LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Adrianza is out of minor league options, so if he doesn’t break camp with the club he’d be exposed to outright waivers.…

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2019-03-18 21:26:19



Dane Dunning Undergoes Tommy John Surgery  

White Sox pitching prospect Dane Dunning has undergone Tommy John surgery, the club announced to reporters including Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times (via Twitter). He’ll miss the entire 2019 season and, in all likelihood, some of the 2020 campaign as well. This news isn’t surprising given the course of recent events. The club…

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2019-03-18 18:41:03



Yankees To Sign Gio Gonzalez  

8:35pm: Yankees GM Brian Cashman has acknowledged a “verbal understanding” between the club and Gonzalez, as Erik Boland of Newsday tweets. 7:14pm: The Yankees are closing in on a contract with lefty Gio Gonzalez, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). Rather stunningly, the deal is likely to be a minors agreement, per Joel…

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2019-03-18 10:09:27



Pirates Name Gonzalez, Kang Starters At Shortstop, Third Base  

The Pirates have settled on Erik Gonzalez and Jung Ho Kang as their starters at shortstop and third base, respectively, to open the 2019 season, general manger Neal Huntington revealed to reporters Monday (Twitter links via Adam Berry of MLB.com). Gonzalez’s primary competition for the shortstop role had been Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer, the…

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2019-03-18 10:01:55



Injury Updates: Mendez, Lamb, Dyson, Padres  

We’ve already published one batch of health-related notes today, though here’s the latest on other notable players who have been battling the injury bug… Rangers southpaw Yohander Mendez left today’s Cactus League start due to tightness in his throwing elbow (MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan was among whose to report the news).  “Anytime a pitcher comes out…

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2019-03-18 06:38:23



Padres, Indians Still Engaged In Talks On Veteran Starters  

The Padres and Indians remain engaged in “continued discussions” regarding Cleveland’s group of high-quality, veteran starters, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal and Dennis Lin of The Athletic (Twitter link). There’s no expectation that a deal will come together by the start of the season, but the ongoing chatter remains notable. When the Friars…

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2019-03-18 06:26:28



Phillies Acquire International Pool Money From Orioles  

The Phillies and Orioles have announced a swap in which the Philadelphia organization acquires international bonus pool spending availability. Young catcher Lenin Rodriguez is heading to Baltimore in return. This is the latest in a strong of transactions in which the O’s have spun off international spending capacity. The club missed on some top targets…

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2019-03-18 03:27:55



AL East Notes: Pedroia, Norris, Orioles  

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will open the season on the injured list, manager Alex Cora announced to reporters today (link via WEEI’s Rob Bradford). Cora stressed that there have been no setbacks for Pedroia in his return from the knee issues that limited him to three games last season. Rather, the veteran is…

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2019-03-18 03:22:11



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to read a transcript of today’s chat, hosted by MLBTR’s Steve Adams.

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2019-03-18 02:51:06



Dodgers Announce Front Office Promotions  

The Dodgers announced a series of promotions within the team’s front office, including the elevation of Brandon Gomes to the new title of Vice President and Assistant General Manager.  Gomes’ old role, the Dodgers’ director of player development, will now be filled by assistant farm director Will Rhymes.  The director of baseball operations position will…

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2019-03-17 20:35:14



MLBTR Chat With Mark Polishuk  

Click here for the Sunday night discussion of everything baseball-related, moderated by MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk

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2019-03-17 14:48:12



25-Man Roster Notes: Indians, Pirates  

Here’s the latest on some veteran players signed to minor league contracts are faring in their bids to make the Opening Day roster… The Indians reassigned outfielder Brandon Barnes, catcher Tim Federowicz, and infielder/outfielder Mike Freeman to their minor league camp, MLB.com’s Mandy Bell reports (Twitter link).  Catcher Dioner Navarro will remain with the Tribe’s…

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2019-03-17 13:12:18



AL East Notes: Blue Jays, Pedroia, Orioles  

Some rumblings from around the AL East… The Blue Jays are preparing a pay increase of more than 50 percent for every player on Toronto’s eight minor league affiliates, Emily Waldon and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic report (subscription required).  “It puts us right now up at the top of the scale in the industry,”…

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2019-03-17 10:23:40



Blue Jays Acquire Jason Adam; Devon Travis, Mark Leiter Jr. Undergo Surgery  

The Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Jason Adam from the Royals for cash considerations, Scott Mitchell of TSN reports. Additionally, the Blue Jays announced notable injury news regarding second baseman Devon Travis and right-hander Mark Leiter Jr., Shi Davidi of Sportsnet tweets. Travis underwent arthroscopic surgery "to address a small meniscus tear in his left…

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2019-03-17 08:50:45



Rockies Release Michael Saunders  

The Rockies have released outfielder Michael Saunders, Nick Groke of The Athletic tweets. Saunders joined the Rockies on a minor league contract in January. This is the latest disappointing development for the 32-year-old Saunders, whose career has fallen off a cliff since the second half of the 2016 season. Then with the Blue Jays, Saunders…

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2019-03-17 07:34:29



East Notes: Orioles, Hays, Yankees, Hicks, Braves, Anibal  

The Orioles announced several roster cuts Sunday, as Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com was among those to cover. Outfielder Austin Hays, who looked like a strong contender for a season-opening starting role, is the most notable player returning to the minors. General manager Mike Elias insisted service time didn’t factor into the decision, suggesting it’s irrelevant…

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2019-03-17 06:36:51



Rangers Notes: Calhoun, Miller, Pitching Staff  

Here’s the latest on the Rangers: Outfielder Willie Calhoun rededicated himself during the winter after a subpar 2018 campaign, but it’s up in the air whether his hard work will yield a season-opening roster spot. As Jeff Wilson of the Star Telegram points out, fellow outfielders Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara, Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo…

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2019-03-17 05:36:29



Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Record Contracts, Marlins, A's, Bucs, Mariners  

This week in baseball blogs… Chin Music Baseball names eight players who could beat Bryce Harper’s record-setting payday. Fish Stripes advises the Marlins to cut Wei-Yin Chen. A’s Farm talks with Athletics catcher prospect Sean Murphy. MLB & Fantasy Baseball Analyzed takes a look at 10 hitters who could surprise in 2019. The Dugout grades…

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2019-03-17 04:50:42



Injury Notes: Lindor, Gallo, C. Seager, Ellsbury, Rusin  

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor suffered a right calf strain in February, thus placing his season-opening status in doubt. However, the Indians haven’t yet made a decision on that front. Manager Terry Francona said Sunday (via Mandy Bell of MLB.com) the Indians will determine in the coming days whether Lindor will break camp with the team…

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2019-03-17 04:17:39



NL Notes: Nats, Brewers, Mets, Giants  

With center fielder Michael A. Taylor on the shelf for a while, the Nationals “appear to be at least considering outside alternatives” capable of playing the position, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets. Free agency’s not exactly rife with options at this juncture, though, with 30-somethings Denard Span (an ex-Nat), Austin Jackson and Chris Young…

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2019-03-17 03:42:12



Offseason In Review: Texas Rangers  

This is the latest post of MLBTR's annual Offseason in Review series, in which we take stock of every team's winter dealings. Even though they’re in a rebuild, the Rangers are entering the 2019 season off an active winter. The club welcomed a new manager (former Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward) and a bevy…

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2019-03-17 01:56:38



SP Notes: Keuchel, Braves, Eovaldi, Astros, Angels, Phils, Kershaw  

With left-hander Dallas Keuchel still unemployed, the big-name free agent’s preparing for the season by “going through a full Spring Training, just like [Kyle] Lohse did," agent Scott Boras told Jon Morosi of MLB.com earlier this week. Boras was referring to Lohse’s protracted trip to free agency six years ago, which ended March 25, 2013,…

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2019-03-16 18:25:42



West Notes: Strickland, Hammel, Rodgers  

Mariners reliever Hunter Strickland is “100% ready” for Wednesday’s Tokyo opener against the Athletics after being sidelined with back issues since March 3, per MLB.com’s Greg Johns. The high-strung Strickland, now 30, will apparently get first crack at the closer’s role for the new-look Mariners, who signed the righty to a one-year, $1.3MM deal after…

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2019-03-16 16:58:47



Twins Option Tyler Duffey, Reassign Chase De Jong  

The Twins optioned reliever Tyler Duffey to Triple-A this morning, per Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News in Minneapolis (via Twitter). The Twins confirmed the move via a press release. Chase De Jong is also on the move, as the 6’4″ righty has been reassigned to minor league camp. De Jong’s reassignment cuts the Twins’ number…

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2019-03-16 11:05:11



DMV Notes: Mejdal, O's Rotation, Brocail, Difo  

The Orioles offseason has consisted largely of the esoteric behind-the-scenes work being done by a newly-minted braintrust, offering the Baltimore fanbase little in terms of concrete evidence of a team on the rise. MLBTR readers rendered a decidedly nonplussed verdict of the O’s offseason by handing out a failing grade as the most common response in our Offseason In…

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2019-03-16 10:09:42



Latest On Cubs' Bullpen  

With Brandon Morrow expected to miss the first month of the season and Pedro Strop now nursing a hamstring strain, the Cubs are looking at some questions in their relief corps. The organization has sent some conflicting signals, though, on how it intends to proceed. Skipper Joe Maddon suggested there was some discussion of potential…

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2019-03-16 06:18:40



Angels Select Luke Bard  

The Angels have selected the contract of right-hander Luke Bard to the 40-man roster, per a team release. In a corresponding move, the team’s placed righty Keynan Middleton on the 60-day injured list. Los Angeles signed the 28-year-old Bard, a former Rule 5 selection of the team ahead of the 2018 campaign, to a minors…

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2019-03-16 06:16:30



Offseason Outlook: Colorado Rockies  

This is the latest post of MLBTR's annual Offseason in Review series, in which we take stock of every team's winter dealings. The Colorado ballclub only added a few pieces to its depth chart this winter, but that doesn’t mean the offseason lacked for consequential decisions. Major League Signings Daniel Murphy, 1B: two years, $24MM…

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2019-03-16 06:14:11



Billy Eppler On Angels' Rotation  

Angels GM Billy Eppler downplayed the possibility of a late-spring rotation addition, as Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group writes. It seems the organization is content with its existing options entering the season. The indication for some time has been that the Halos have already pushed their payroll to the max this winter. Previously,…

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2019-03-16 06:04:32



Indians To Sign Carlos Gonzalez  

6:31pm: It’s a minor league deal that includes an early April opt-out date, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets. The contract comes with a $2MM major league salary and $1MM in incentives, per Heyman. 6:16pm: The Indians are closing in on a deal with free-agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred. Jorge…

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2019-03-16 05:57:11



Michael A. Taylor Diagnosed With Sprained Knee, Hip  

Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor has been diagnosed with a sprained left knee and hip, manager Dave Martinez tells reporters including Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (Twitter link). Taylor is expected to “miss a significant amount of time,” per Martinez. That’s rather unwelcome news for the Nats, who were slated to utilize Taylor quite…

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2019-03-16 05:19:15



Luis Severino Likely Out Until May  

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman provided a more concrete timetable for right-hander Luis Severino to return from his current shoulder troubles Friday, revealing that the organization doesn’t expect Severino to pitch in a big league game until sometime in May (Twitter link via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com). Severino is currently in the midst of a…

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2019-03-16 05:10:45



AL Central Notes: Joyce, Clippard, Zimmer, White Sox  

The Indians have informed veteran outfielder Matt Joyce that he won’t make the roster, manager Terry Francona told reporters Friday (Twitter link via STO’s Andre Knott). The team is giving Joyce a bit of time to ponder his next step — presumably exploring other opportunities out there and weighing a potential assignment to Triple-A Columbus.…

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2019-03-16 04:17:31



Offseason In Review: Houston Astros  

This is the latest post of MLBTR's annual Offseason in Review series, in which we take stock of every team's winter dealings. It was a relatively quiet winter on the transaction front for the Astros, but an action-packed offseason wasn’t necessary for the back-to-back American League West champions. Although Houston has lost more notable players…

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2019-03-16 03:48:37



White Sox Outright Juan Minaya  

Right-hander Juan Minaya has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Charlotte by the White Sox, thus opening a spot on the team’s 40-man roster. The Athletic’s James Fegan tweets that Minaya’s velocity has dipped “noticeably” in recent outings, and the righty has struggled through a series of poor relief appearances this spring (11…

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2019-03-16 03:10:26



Twins, Kyle Gibson Discussing Extension  

The Twins and right-hander Kyle Gibson are discussing an extension that would keep him in Minnesota beyond the current season, Gibson himself revealed to Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Gibson is set to become a free agent after the 2019 campaign, but Miller notes that agent Randy Rowley has been in Ft. Myers…

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2019-03-16 02:33:02



NL Roster/Health Notes: Taylor, Verdugo, Cecil, Romano, Kennedy  

The Nationals are suddenly facing a potential roster gap in the outfield, as Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports. Michael Taylor tweaked his knee today and is slated to be looked at more closely tomorrow. With Howie Kendrick also in limbo, both of the club’s right-handed-hitting reserve outfield pieces could be out of commission to open the season.…

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2019-03-16 02:27:27



2018-19 Offseason In Review Series  

Here are the links to each team's entry in the MLBTR 2018-19 Offseason In Review series.  This post will be updated as more entries are published over the coming weeks. NL East Braves Marlins Mets Nationals Phillies NL Central Brewers Cardinals Cubs Pirates Reds NL West Diamondbacks Dodgers Giants Padres Rockies AL East Blue Jays…

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2019-03-16 02:21:12






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