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Bartolo Colon Not Ready To Retire  

Rejoice, baseball fans. The 46-year-old Bartolo Colon isn’t ready to call it a career, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com recently told MLB Network (video link beginning at the 6:20 mark). The right-hander’s hoping to sign a minor league contract and make his way back to the majors, according to Sanchez, who adds that Colon has offers…

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2020-01-25 06:36:27



Yankees Want Miguel Andujar To Learn To Play 1B, LF  

The Yankees’ Miguel Andujar spent 2018 at third base, where he endured his fair share of struggles. Andujar posted a horrid minus-25 Defensive Runs Saved and a similarly poor minus-16 Ultimate Zone Rating, but the doubles machine’s outstanding offensive production overshadowed his difficulties in the field. While Andujar finished second in AL Rookie of the…

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2020-01-25 06:11:11



Matt Chapman Hoping for Extension  

The stellar left side of the Athletics’ infield might not stay intact for much longer. Shortstop Marcus Semien is due to reach free agency next offseason. The two sides have shown interest in an extension, but nothing has come together thus far. There’s less pressure to lock up third baseman Matt Chapman, who won’t be…

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2020-01-25 05:31:33



Blue Jays To Sign Rafael Dolis  

The Blue Jays have reached a one-year agreement with right-hander Rafael Dolis, Scott Mitchell of TSN tweets. The deal includes a club option for 2021. Dolis is a client of Moye Sports Associates. The 32-year-old Dolis is now in position to return to the majors for the first time since 2013, when he threw a…

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2020-01-25 03:53:07



Bartolo Colon Not Ready To Retire  

Rejoice, baseball fans. The 46-year-old Bartolo Colon isn’t ready to call it a career, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com recently told MLB Network (video link beginning at the 6:20 mark). The right-hander’s hoping to sign a minor league contract and make his way back to the majors, according to Sanchez, who adds that Colon has offers…

what do you think?

2020-01-25 03:44:17



Matt Chapman Hoping for Extension  

The stellar left side of the Athletics’ infield might not stay intact for much longer. Shortstop Marcus Semien is due to reach free agency next offseason. The two sides have shown interest in an extension, but nothing has come together thus far. There’s less pressure to lock up third baseman Matt Chapman, who won’t be…

what do you think?

2020-01-25 03:20:33



Blue Jays To Sign Rafael Dolis  

The Blue Jays have reached a one-year agreement with right-hander Rafael Dolis, Scott Mitchell of TSN tweets. The deal includes a club option for 2021. Dolis is a client of Moye Sports Associates. The 32-year-old Dolis is now in position to return to the majors for the first time since 2013, when he threw a…

what do you think?

2020-01-25 02:21:02



Yankees Want Miguel Andujar To Learn To Play 1B, LF  

The Yankees’ Miguel Andujar spent 2018 at third base, where he endured his fair share of struggles. Andujar posted a horrid minus-25 Defensive Runs Saved and a similarly poor minus-16 Ultimate Zone Rating, but the doubles machine’s outstanding offensive production overshadowed his difficulties in the field. While Andujar finished second in AL Rookie of the…

what do you think?

2020-01-25 01:09:37



Rockies Nearing Multi-Year Contract With Trevor Story  

8:39pm: It is indeed an arbitration-only contract, ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan tweets. Story will receive $27.5MM over the two-year term. The Rockies will not gain control over any prospective open-market seasons but will gain some cost certainty as part of the work-out. 8:36pm: The Rockies are closing in on a “multi-year deal” with star shortstop Trevor Story,…

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2020-01-24 19:23:19



Mike Minor Interested In Discussing Extension With Rangers  

Southpaw Mike Minor has already more than made good on his side of the three-year bargain he struck with the Rangers. With one more season left on that deal, he’s interested in working out a new pact to stay for more. As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (Twitter link) and MLB.com’s TR Sullivan…

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2020-01-24 18:17:02



Twins Designate Ryne Harper  

The Twins have designated right-hander Ryne Harper for assignment, the club informed reporters including Dan Hayes of The Athletic (Twitter link). His roster spot was needed for the addition of Josh Donaldson. It’s a tough result for the 30-year-old Harper, who had a solid showing in his long-awaited MLB debut campaign. He worked to a…

what do you think?

2020-01-24 18:13:36



Free Agent Spending By Team: American League  

As we covered earlier this week, almost all of the prominent free agents in this year’s class have already exited the board. Because of that, we’ll see more and more minor league signings and fewer and fewer major league deals in the weeks leading up to the start of the regular season. This has been…

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2020-01-24 16:44:31



Mariners Claim Nick Margevicius  

The Mariners have claimed lefty Nick Margevicius off waivers from the Padres, per a club announcement. Right-hander Reggie McClain was designated for assignment to create roster space. Margevicius was designated for assignment recently by the Friars. This move officially ends a rather unusual run through the San Diego system. A seventh-round choice in the 2017…

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2020-01-24 16:41:20



Rockies Nearing Multi-Year Contract With Trevor Story  

8:39pm: It is indeed an arbitration-only contract, ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan tweets. Story will receive $27.5MM over the two-year term. The Rockies will not gain control over any prospective open-market seasons but will gain some cost certainty as part of the work-out. 8:36pm: The Rockies are closing in on a “multi-year deal” with star shortstop Trevor Story,…

what do you think?

2020-01-24 16:08:26



Cardinals Likely To Use Alex Reyes In Bullpen Role  

It wasn’t that long ago that Alex Reyes was arguably baseball’s best pitching prospect — a power right-hander heralded as the Cardinals’ ace of the future, Injuries, however, have decimated Reyes’ past few years. Tommy John surgery plus lat and pectoral strains have limited him to a combined 195 2/3 innings in the past four…

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2020-01-24 14:10:57



Mike Minor Interested In Discussing Extension With Rangers  

Southpaw Mike Minor has already more than made good on his side of the three-year bargain he struck with the Rangers. With one more season left on that deal, he’s interested in working out a new pact to stay for more. As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (Twitter link) and MLB.com’s TR Sullivan…

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2020-01-24 13:14:25



Giants Outright Jake Jewell, Trevor Oaks  

The Giants continued their roster-churning efforts by outrighting pitchers Jake Jewell and Trevor Oaks. Among those to tweet the news was Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group (via Twitter). Both of these 26-year-old right-handers were acquired earlier in the offseason through waiver claims, then dropped to allow the club to acquire two additional…

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2020-01-24 11:48:37



Mariners Claim Nick Margevicius  

The Mariners have claimed lefty Nick Margevicius off waivers from the Padres, per a club announcement. Right-hander Reggie McClain was designated for assignment to create roster space. Margevicius was designated for assignment recently by the Friars. This move officially ends a rather unusual run through the San Diego system. A seventh-round choice in the 2017…

what do you think?

2020-01-24 11:29:04



Marlins Pursuing Brandon Kintzler  

The Marlins are a reported finalist for righty Pedro Strop, but they’re also “very much in pursuit” of right-hander Brandon Kintzler, tweets Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio. The Miami organization is hoping to entrust ninth-inning duties to one of those two veteran late-inning arms. Both Strop and Kintzler have spent the past couple seasons…

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2020-01-24 11:15:01



Nationals To Re-Sign Ryan Zimmerman  

The Nationals have reached a one-year, $2MM guarantee with first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, pending a physical, Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports. The deal can max out at $5MM with performance bonuses, and it includes a full no-trade clause. Zimmerman’s a client of CAA Sports. It’s no surprise reigning world champion Washington’s bringing back…

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2020-01-24 10:49:50



Giants Outright Jake Jewell, Trevor Oaks  

The Giants continued their roster-churning efforts by outrighting pitchers Jake Jewell and Trevor Oaks. Among those to tweet the news was Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group (via Twitter). Both of these 26-year-old right-handers were acquired earlier in the offseason through waiver claims, then dropped to allow the club to acquire two additional…

what do you think?

2020-01-24 10:35:36



Astros To Interview Brad Ausmus  

The Astros have added to the list of candidates for their surprise managerial opening. Brad Ausmus is in Houston presently to take an interview with the club, Mark Berman of FOX 26 was among those to report on Twitter. Ausmus had two stints with the Astros during his playing career, accounting for ten of his…

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2020-01-24 09:43:50



Twins Designate Ryne Harper  

The Twins have designated right-hander Ryne Harper for assignment, the club informed reporters including Dan Hayes of The Athletic (Twitter link). His roster spot was needed for the addition of Josh Donaldson. It’s a tough result for the 30-year-old Harper, who had a solid showing in his long-awaited MLB debut campaign. He worked to a…

what do you think?

2020-01-24 09:19:26



Nationals To Sign Welington Castillo  

The Nationals have a deal in place with backstop Welington Castillo, per reports from MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter) and Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington (via Twitter). He’ll be in big league camp this spring. Castillo will join a catching mix that already includes two MLB fixtures in Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes, both…

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2020-01-24 08:01:56



Nationals To Sign Welington Castillo  

The Nationals have a deal in place with backstop Welington Castillo, per reports from MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter) and Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington (via Twitter). He’ll be in big league camp this spring. Castillo will join a catching mix that already includes two MLB fixtures in Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes, both…

what do you think?

2020-01-24 06:51:36



MLBTR Poll: Mookie Betts' Red Sox Future  

Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts has been one of multiple superstars involved in trade speculation this offseason, joining the likes of Nolan Arenado, Francisco Lindor and Kris Bryant. The Betts rumors got especially interesting Thursday when a report indicated the Red Sox and Padres have discussed a swap centering on the 27-year-old. It doesn’t…

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2020-01-24 06:44:04



Mariners Expect To Add More Pitching Soon  

The rebuilding Mariners have largely stayed away from making noteworthy acquisitions this offseason. To this point, starter Kendall Graveman and reliever Carl Edwards Jr. – two low-cost signings – have been their most recognizable pickups of the winter. It’s possible that will change soon, however, with general manager Jerry Dipoto planning to further address the…

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2020-01-24 06:30:01



Cubs Nearing Deal With Steven Souza  

The Cubs are closing in on a deal with free agent outfielder Steven Souza Jr., per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). If completed, it’ll be the Chicago organization’s first MLB contract of the offseason. Souza was previously cut loose by the Diamondbacks. The Arizona organization decided against tendering him and paying a projected…

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2020-01-24 06:15:04



Nationals To Re-Sign Ryan Zimmerman  

The Nationals have reached a one-year, $2MM guarantee with first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, pending a physical, Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports. The deal can max out at $5MM with performance bonuses, and it includes a full no-trade clause. Zimmerman’s a client of CAA Sports. It’s no surprise reigning world champion Washington’s bringing back…

what do you think?

2020-01-24 06:13:18



Hunter Pence Intends To Play In 2020  

It’s been a quiet winter on the Hunter Pence front despite a remarkable bounceback effort that made him a finalist for 2019 Comeback Player of the Year honors in the American League. The veteran outfielder tells MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan (Twitter link), though, that he intends to play in 2020 and has been training and talking…

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2020-01-24 05:29:31



Free Agent Spending By Team: American League  

As we covered earlier this week, almost all of the prominent free agents in this year’s class have already exited the board. Because of that, we’ll see more and more minor league signings and fewer and fewer major league deals in the weeks leading up to the start of the regular season. This has been…

what do you think?

2020-01-24 05:20:57



Anthopoulos On Donaldson, Ozuna, Rotation, Payroll  

The Braves took one of the last high-end free agents off the board when they inked Marcell Ozuna to a one-year, $18MM contract Tuesday, but the signing looks like a mere consolation prize for the team. After all, the Braves lost a better free agent the previous week when they saw third baseman Josh Donaldson…

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2020-01-24 03:42:16



The Best Fits For Nicholas Castellanos  

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: a Scott Boras client is the last high-profile name left in free agency. At this point it’s practically a time-honored tradition for the Boras Corporation to have the last big name standing in free agency. It doesn’t always work in the player’s favor, but even many of those…

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2020-01-24 03:20:09



Cubs Outright CD Pelham  

The Cubs have outrighted southpaw CD Pelham after he cleared waivers, the team announced and MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian was among those to tweet. That gives the Chicago an open 40-man spot to work with. Pelham, who’ll turn 25 in February, was acquired through a waiver claim earlier in the offseason. Now, the Cubs have successfully…

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2020-01-24 02:53:10



Mariners Expect To Add More Pitching Soon  

The rebuilding Mariners have largely stayed away from making noteworthy acquisitions this offseason. To this point, starter Kendall Graveman and reliever Carl Edwards Jr. – two low-cost signings – have been their most recognizable pickups of the winter. It’s possible that will change soon, however, with general manager Jerry Dipoto planning to further address the…

what do you think?

2020-01-24 02:46:03



Anthopoulos On Donaldson, Ozuna, Rotation, Payroll  

The Braves took one of the last high-end free agents off the board when they inked Marcell Ozuna to a one-year, $18MM contract Tuesday, but the signing looks like a mere consolation prize for the team. After all, the Braves lost a better free agent the previous week when they saw third baseman Josh Donaldson…

what do you think?

2020-01-24 02:18:33



MLBTR Poll: Mookie Betts' Red Sox Future  

Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts has been one of multiple superstars involved in trade speculation this offseason, joining the likes of Nolan Arenado, Francisco Lindor and Kris Bryant. The Betts rumors got especially interesting Thursday when a report indicated the Red Sox and Padres have discussed a swap centering on the 27-year-old. It doesn’t…

what do you think?

2020-01-24 02:05:52



Central Notes: Tigers, Boyd, Fulmer, Pirates, Walker  

Let’s check in on a pair of teams from the game’s Central divisions… The Tigers and left-hander Matthew Boyd avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.3MM agreement earlier this month. There was then speculation that the two sides would work out a long-term pact (at least one that would buy out Boyd’s three arb-eligible seasons), but…

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2020-01-24 01:58:33



Central Notes: Tigers, Boyd, Fulmer, Pirates, Walker  

Let’s check in on a pair of teams from the game’s Central divisions… The Tigers and left-hander Matthew Boyd avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.3MM agreement earlier this month. There was then speculation that the two sides would work out a long-term pact (at least one that would buy out Boyd’s three arb-eligible seasons), but…

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2020-01-24 01:09:33



Giants Sign Darin Ruf  

The Giants have inked first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf to a minor league contract, Jayson Stark of The Athletic reports. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training. The 33-year-old Ruf is returning stateside after spending three seasons with the Korea Baseball Organization’s Samsung Lions, who purchased his contract from the Dodgers in February…

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2020-01-23 22:48:09



Seeking Writers For Pro Hockey Rumors  

Pro Hockey Rumors, MLBTR’s sister site devoted to coverage of the hockey world, is looking to add multiple part-time writers to its staff. The positions pay on an hourly basis. Specifically, PHR is looking for people who have availability at these times of the week (plus some weekend availability may also be needed): 8am -…

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2020-01-23 21:55:54



Mariners To Sign Alen Hanson To Minors Deal  

The Mariners have agreed to sign utilityman Alen Hanson to a minor league contract, according to Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors (Twitter link).  The deal contains an invitation to Seattle’s Major League spring camp. Most immediately, Hanson gives the M’s some experienced outfield depth in the wake of today’s news that Mitch Haniger recently…

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2020-01-23 21:08:54



Brian Cashman: J.A. Happ To Open 2020 In Yankees' Rotation  

There has been no shortage of offseason trade speculation centering on Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ, especially in the wake of the team’s blockbuster Gerrit Cole signing. If we’re to believe general manager Brian Cashman, though, Happ isn’t going anywhere. Cashman told Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network (video link) that Happ will open 2020 as…

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2020-01-23 20:30:52



GM Rick Hahn: White Sox “Probably Done With Any Major Acquisitions”  

The White Sox have been one of the offseason’s busier clubs, and according to GM Rick Hahn, the South Siders may not be making more headline-grabbing transactions.  While the Sox are taking a “never say never” approach to further opportunities and “various potential smaller additions” could potentially still occur, “we’re probably done with any major…

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2020-01-23 20:29:41



Padres Discussing Mookie Betts Trade With Red Sox  

7:34PM: The main stumbling block in trade talks is how much of Myers’ contract the Red Sox would be covering, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports, as the Padres want Boston’s obligation “to be much closer to the full value of the contract.”  The prospects reportedly being discussed in the trade aren’t any…

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2020-01-23 19:06:55



Latest On Padres' Pursuit Of Starling Marte  

The Padres have their sights set on on a bona fide superstar, Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts, and they’ve also been connected to Pirates center fielder Starling Marte in trade rumors this offseason. At this point, though, it doesn’t appear a Marte deal will come together between the Padres and Pirates. The teams’ talks…

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2020-01-23 17:59:40



Giants Sign Darin Ruf  

The Giants have inked first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf to a minor league contract, Jayson Stark of The Athletic reports. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training. The 33-year-old Ruf is returning stateside after spending three seasons with the Korea Baseball Organization’s Samsung Lions, who purchased his contract from the Dodgers in February…

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2020-01-23 17:36:43



Orioles Sign Brady Rodgers, Taylor Davis  

The Orioles announced Thursday that they’ve signed right-hander Brady Rodgers and catcher Taylor Davis to minor league contracts. Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register first reported that Davis had landed a deal with the O’s (Twitter link). That Rodgers would land in Baltimore isn’t a huge surprise, given that he was long ranked as…

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2020-01-23 14:50:22



Red Sox Sign Juan Centeno To Minor League Deal  

The Red Sox have re-signed catcher Juan Centeno, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports (Twitter link).  Centeno’s minor league contract contains an invitation to Boston’s Major League Spring Training camp. Centeno chose to become a free agent in November after the Red Sox outrighted him off their 40-man roster.  The 30-year-old backstop originally joined the Sox…

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2020-01-23 13:50:29



Avila: Tigers Could Still Add An Outfielder  

The Tigers haven’t exactly been aggressive in free agency this winter, but they’ve still added a handful of veterans, including C.J. Cron, Jonathan Schoop, Ivan Nova and Austin Romine. They’ve yet to make an addition in the outfield, but general manager Al Avila said Thursday on the Tigers Caravan that doing so is a possibility…

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2020-01-23 12:01:27



Marlins, Rangers Reportedly Finalists To Sign Pedro Strop  

The chase for Pedro Strop may not rate as national news, but it’s an important situation in the context of the remaining relief market. Perusing the slate of still-available pen pieces should convince you of that. The group of pursuers was defined recently and seems now to have been culled again. The Marlins and Rangers are…

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2020-01-23 11:26:58



Mitch Haniger To Miss 6-8 Weeks After Undergoing Core Surgery  

Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger underwent core surgery earlier this week, GM Jerry Dipoto told reporters, including Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (Twitter links) and The Athletic’s Corey Brock.  Haniger is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks, and the outfielder will miss some time at the start of the season after missing…

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2020-01-23 10:50:07



GM Rick Hahn: White Sox “Probably Done With Any Major Acquisitions”  

The White Sox have been one of the offseason’s busier clubs, and according to GM Rick Hahn, the South Siders may not be making more headline-grabbing transactions.  While the Sox are taking a “never say never” approach to further opportunities and “various potential smaller additions” could potentially still occur, “we’re probably done with any major…

what do you think?

2020-01-23 09:49:03



Red Sox Sign Juan Centeno To Minor League Deal  

The Red Sox have re-signed catcher Juan Centeno, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports (Twitter link).  Centeno’s minor league contract contains an invitation to Boston’s Major League Spring Training camp. Centeno chose to become a free agent in November after the Red Sox outrighted him off their 40-man roster.  The 30-year-old backstop originally joined the Sox…

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2020-01-23 09:28:08



Marlins, Rangers Reportedly Finalists To Sign Pedro Strop  

The chase for Pedro Strop may not rate as national news, but it’s an important situation in the context of the remaining relief market. Perusing the slate of still-available pen pieces should convince you of that. The group of pursuers was defined recently and seems now to have been culled again. The Marlins and Rangers are…

what do you think?

2020-01-23 09:24:05



Minor MLB Transactions: 1/23/20  

The latest minor league transactions from around the game… The Dodgers released their list of Spring Training non-roster invites, most of which have already been detailed on MLBTR’s pages.  One previously unreported name on the list is left-hander Kyle Lobstein, who is back with L.A. on a minor league contract.  This will be Lobstein’s second…

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2020-01-23 09:17:14



Brian Cashman: J.A. Happ To Open 2020 In Yankees' Rotation  

There has been no shortage of offseason trade speculation centering on Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ, especially in the wake of the team’s blockbuster Gerrit Cole signing. If we’re to believe general manager Brian Cashman, though, Happ isn’t going anywhere. Cashman told Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network (video link) that Happ will open 2020 as…

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2020-01-23 08:58:48



Marcell Ozuna Reportedly Turned Down Multi-Year Offers  

Before deciding to take a one-year deal with the Braves, outfielder Marcell Ozuna contemplated much lengthier arrangements with other teams, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Twitter links). On the one hand, this is mostly academic. Ozuna is headed to Atlanta and the prior offers are off the table. On the other, there are…

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2020-01-23 08:34:16



Padres Discussing Mookie Betts Trade With Red Sox  

7:34PM: The main stumbling block in trade talks is how much of Myers’ contract the Red Sox would be covering, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports, as the Padres want Boston’s obligation “to be much closer to the full value of the contract.”  The prospects reportedly being discussed in the trade aren’t any…

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2020-01-23 07:57:56



Indians Sign Dominic Leone, Anthony Gose  

The Indians announced a series of non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training on Thursday, including veteran right-handed reliever Dominic Leone and outfielder-turned-reliever Anthony Gose. Leone, a client of Frye-McCann Sports, spent the past two seasons with the Cardinals and has also logged big league time with the Blue Jays, Diamondbacks and Mariners. The Cardinals…

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2020-01-23 07:45:26



Marcell Ozuna Reportedly Turned Down Multi-Year Offers  

Before deciding to take a one-year deal with the Braves, outfielder Marcell Ozuna contemplated much lengthier arrangements with other teams, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Twitter links). On the one hand, this is mostly academic. Ozuna is headed to Atlanta and the prior offers are off the table. On the other, there are…

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2020-01-23 06:58:44



Mariners To Sign Alen Hanson To Minors Deal  

The Mariners have agreed to sign utilityman Alen Hanson to a minor league contract, according to Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors (Twitter link).  The deal contains an invitation to Seattle’s Major League spring camp. Most immediately, Hanson gives the M’s some experienced outfield depth in the wake of today’s news that Mitch Haniger recently…

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2020-01-23 06:54:45



Orioles Interested In Tim Beckham  

This has been a quiet winter for the rebuilding Orioles, but they’re now showing interest in a familiar free agent. They’ve discussed a minor league contract for infielder Tim Beckham, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. There’s history between Baltimore and Beckham, a former No. 1 overall pick of the Rays who played with the Orioles…

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2020-01-23 06:22:03



Checking In On Last Season's Worst Bullpens  

We’ve gone over how the five worst offenses and rotations of last season now look with the offseason nearing completion. We’ll do the same here with the quintet of bullpens that had the most difficulty preventing runs in 2019. Judging a bullpen just by ERA is an admittedly crude method, though each of the relief…

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2020-01-23 05:48:33



Orioles Interested In Tim Beckham  

This has been a quiet winter for the rebuilding Orioles, but they’re now showing interest in a familiar free agent. They’ve discussed a minor league contract for infielder Tim Beckham, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. There’s history between Baltimore and Beckham, a former No. 1 overall pick of the Rays who played with the Orioles…

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2020-01-23 05:47:26



Minor MLB Transactions: 1/22/20  

The latest minor moves from around baseball… The Reds have added outfielder Boog Powell on a minor league pact, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports. Powell has bounced around several organizations since Oakland chose him in Round 20 of the 2012 draft, but he hasn’t hit poorly during his brief major league experience. The 27-year-old…

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2020-01-23 05:18:17



MLBTR Video: Mets Hire Luis Rojas, Royals Sign Alex Gordon  

The Mets have their second manager of the offseason, Alex Gordon reaches a new deal with the Royals, and much more in Jeff Todd’s latest video.  If you enjoy the video, be sure to subscribe to our new YouTube channel!

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2020-01-23 04:51:33



NL Central Notes: Castellanos, Ozuna, Pirates  

The Reds “remain a player” for free-agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos, tweets MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. The extent to which the Reds are interested is far from clear, though. Cincinnati has already signed Shogo Akiyama to a three-year deal and has Nick Senzel, Jesse Winker and Aristides Aquino atop an already deep list of incumbent outfield…

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2020-01-23 04:43:04



Avila: Tigers Could Still Add An Outfielder  

The Tigers haven’t exactly been aggressive in free agency this winter, but they’ve still added a handful of veterans, including C.J. Cron, Jonathan Schoop, Ivan Nova and Austin Romine. They’ve yet to make an addition in the outfield, but general manager Al Avila said Thursday on the Tigers Caravan that doing so is a possibility…

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2020-01-23 04:27:30



Fernando Rodney Drawing Interest  

If you ever troubled yourself with the question whether Fernando Rodney would seek to continue pitching — well, put those fears to rest. At least four teams have shown some level of interest in the veteran hurler, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). Rodney, 43 in March, still delivers a mid-nineties fastball and devastating…

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2020-01-23 04:18:39



Orioles Sign Brady Rodgers, Taylor Davis  

The Orioles announced Thursday that they’ve signed right-hander Brady Rodgers and catcher Taylor Davis to minor league contracts. Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register first reported that Davis had landed a deal with the O’s (Twitter link). That Rodgers would land in Baltimore isn’t a huge surprise, given that he was long ranked as…

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2020-01-23 03:19:02



MLBTR Video: Mets Hire Luis Rojas, Royals Sign Alex Gordon  

The Mets have their second manager of the offseason, Alex Gordon reaches a new deal with the Royals, and much more in Jeff Todd’s latest video.  If you enjoy the video, be sure to subscribe to our new YouTube channel!

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2020-01-23 03:17:57



Minor MLB Transactions: 1/22/20  

The latest minor moves from around baseball… The Reds have added outfielder Boog Powell on a minor league pact, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports. Powell has bounced around several organizations since Oakland chose him in Round 20 of the 2012 draft, but he hasn’t hit poorly during his brief major league experience. The 27-year-old…

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2020-01-23 03:14:58



Seeking Writers For Pro Hockey Rumors  

Pro Hockey Rumors, MLBTR’s sister site devoted to coverage of the hockey world, is looking to add multiple part-time writers to its staff. The positions pay on an hourly basis. Specifically, PHR is looking for people who have availability at these times of the week (plus some weekend availability may also be needed): 8am -…

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2020-01-23 03:12:34



Yankees Sign Tyler Lyons  

The Yankees have brought back left-handed reliever Tyler Lyons on a minor league contract, according to Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America. Lyons divided 2019 between the Pirates and Yankees, but New York outrighted him off its 40-man roster in November. Before that, Lyons – whom the Yankees signed in August – saw a bit of…

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2020-01-23 03:11:52



Minor MLB Transactions: 1/23/20  

The latest minor league transactions from around the game… The Dodgers released their list of Spring Training non-roster invites, most of which have already been detailed on MLBTR’s pages.  One previously unreported name on the list is left-hander Kyle Lobstein, who is back with L.A. on a minor league contract.  This will be Lobstein’s second…

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2020-01-23 03:03:46



Fernando Rodney Drawing Interest  

If you ever troubled yourself with the question whether Fernando Rodney would seek to continue pitching — well, put those fears to rest. At least four teams have shown some level of interest in the veteran hurler, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). Rodney, 43 in March, still delivers a mid-nineties fastball and devastating…

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2020-01-23 02:37:40



Mitch Haniger To Miss 6-8 Weeks After Undergoing Core Surgery  

Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger underwent core surgery earlier this week, GM Jerry Dipoto told reporters, including Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (Twitter links) and The Athletic’s Corey Brock.  Haniger is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks, and the outfielder will miss some time at the start of the season after missing…

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2020-01-23 02:21:30



NL Central Notes: Castellanos, Ozuna, Pirates  

The Reds “remain a player” for free-agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos, tweets MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. The extent to which the Reds are interested is far from clear, though. Cincinnati has already signed Shogo Akiyama to a three-year deal and has Nick Senzel, Jesse Winker and Aristides Aquino atop an already deep list of incumbent outfield…

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2020-01-23 02:10:10



Indians Sign Dominic Leone, Anthony Gose  

The Indians announced a series of non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training on Thursday, including veteran right-handed reliever Dominic Leone and outfielder-turned-reliever Anthony Gose. Leone, a client of Frye-McCann Sports, spent the past two seasons with the Cardinals and has also logged big league time with the Blue Jays, Diamondbacks and Mariners. The Cardinals…

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2020-01-23 01:48:55



Checking In On Last Season's Worst Bullpens  

We’ve gone over how the five worst offenses and rotations of last season now look with the offseason nearing completion. We’ll do the same here with the quintet of bullpens that had the most difficulty preventing runs in 2019. Judging a bullpen just by ERA is an admittedly crude method, though each of the relief…

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2020-01-23 01:26:48



Yankees Sign Tyler Lyons  

The Yankees have brought back left-handed reliever Tyler Lyons on a minor league contract, according to Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America. Lyons divided 2019 between the Pirates and Yankees, but New York outrighted him off its 40-man roster in November. Before that, Lyons – whom the Yankees signed in August – saw a bit of…

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2020-01-23 01:23:37



Latest On Padres' Pursuit Of Starling Marte  

The Padres have their sights set on on a bona fide superstar, Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts, and they’ve also been connected to Pirates center fielder Starling Marte in trade rumors this offseason. At this point, though, it doesn’t appear a Marte deal will come together between the Padres and Pirates. The teams’ talks…

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2020-01-23 01:16:21



Blue Jays Have Interest In Brock Holt  

The Blue Jays are among the clubs with interest in free-agent infielder/outfielder Brock Holt, tweets MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo. Holt was reported to be of interest to the Reds last week as well. Toronto has been bringing in some veteran infield depth on minor league pacts in recent weeks, inking both Joe Panik and Ruben Tejada.…

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2020-01-22 19:14:39



Dylan Covey Elects Free Agency  

Right-hander Dylan Covey has rejected an outright assignment from the White Sox and is now a free agent, Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago tweets. Chicago designated the 28-year-old for assignment last week. Covey has appeared in part of three seasons with the White Sox, showing promise at times but struggling on the whole. In…

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2020-01-22 18:20:16



Dylan Covey Elects Free Agency  

Right-hander Dylan Covey has rejected an outright assignment from the White Sox and is now a free agent, Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago tweets. Chicago designated the 28-year-old for assignment last week. Covey has appeared in part of three seasons with the White Sox, showing promise at times but struggling on the whole. In…

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2020-01-22 17:54:17



Brewers Sign Mike Morin  

The Brewers announced Wednesday that they’ve signed right-handed reliever Mike Morin to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training. Morin is represented by Meister Sports. The 28-year-old Morin split the 2019 season between the Twins and the Phillies, pitching to a combined 4.62 ERA with 4.6 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, 1.1…

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2020-01-22 17:17:05



Braves Sign Peter O'Brien, Shane Robinson  

The Braves announced Wednesday that they’ve signed first baseman/outfielder Peter O’Brien and outfielder Shane Robinson to minor league contracts with invitations to Major League camp this spring. Atlanta also confirmed previously reported minor league deals with outfielder Rafael Ortega; infielders Charlie Culberson, Pete Kozma and Yangervis Solarte; and pitchers Felix Hernandez and Chris Rusin. All…

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2020-01-22 15:59:57



Phillies To Sign Francisco Liriano  

The Phillies have reached agreement on a deal with veteran lefty Francisco Liriano, per Robert Murray (via Twitter). Jon Heyman of MLB Network had tweeted that a deal was close. It’s said to be a minor-league pact and will obviously include an invitation to MLB camp. Liriano can earn $1.5MM in the majors and double…

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2020-01-22 14:41:30



Latest On Nolan Arenado  

The future of Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has been one of the dominant stories in baseball this week. Arenado has been the subject of trade speculation for weeks, but Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich shot down the possibility of a deal Monday, saying the Rox “have listened to teams regarding Nolan and really nothing…

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2020-01-22 14:25:16



Royals Re-Sign Alex Gordon  

The Royals have struck a new deal with outfielder Alex Gordon, as first reported by MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan (via Twitter). The pact is said to guarantee him $4MM for the 2020 season. Righty Heath Fillmyer was designated for assignment to create roster space. Gordon’s second free agent return to Kansas City comes with less drama and…

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2020-01-22 14:23:59



Rangers Outright Kyle Bird To Triple-A  

The Rangers announced Wednesday that left-hander Kyle Bird has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Nashville. He was designated for assignment last week when Texas finalized its one-year deals with Todd Frazier and Robinson Chirinos. Bird will be in Major League camp as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training this year. Texas also…

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2020-01-22 14:06:32



Cubs Sign Danny Hultzen, Rex Brothers, Noel Cuevas  

The Cubs have minor-league deals lined up with southpaws Danny Hultzen and Rex Brothers as well as outfielder Noel Cuevas, per the latest minor-league deal log from Baseball America's Chris Hilburn-Trenkle. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic had previously reported the Cuevas signing, via Twitter. Hultzen had been dropped from the Chicago 40-man roster in December after…

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2020-01-22 14:04:27



Yankees To Sign Luis Avilan  

The Yankees have agreed to a minors pact with southpaw Luis Avilan, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). He’ll participate in big league camp. It may seem like he has been around for quite a while, but Avilan is still just 30 years of age. He has found his way to the majors…

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2020-01-22 13:55:55



Mets To Name Luis Rojas Manager  

The Mets have moved swiftly in the wake of the departure of manager Carlos Beltran. Their 2020 club will be helmed by Luis Rojas, according to multiple reporters including Mike Puma of the New York Post (via Twitter) and Tim Britton of The Athletic (Twitter link). Rojas and the Mets are said to be finalizing…

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2020-01-22 13:53:44



Yankees To Sign Luis Avilan  

The Yankees have agreed to a minors pact with southpaw Luis Avilan, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). He’ll participate in big league camp. It may seem like he has been around for quite a while, but Avilan is still just 30 years of age. He has found his way to the majors…

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2020-01-22 13:43:03



Phillies To Sign Neil Walker  

The Phillies have reached a minor-league deal with veteran infielder Neil Walker, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). There’s a big-league camp invite; other details remain unknown. Walker, 34, was once a sturdy MLB regular at second base. But he has functioned as more of a part-time corner player — first, third, and the…

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2020-01-22 13:34:13



Braves Sign Peter O'Brien, Shane Robinson  

The Braves announced Wednesday that they’ve signed first baseman/outfielder Peter O’Brien and outfielder Shane Robinson to minor league contracts with invitations to Major League camp this spring. Atlanta also confirmed previously reported minor league deals with outfielder Rafael Ortega; infielders Charlie Culberson, Pete Kozma and Yangervis Solarte; and pitchers Felix Hernandez and Chris Rusin. All…

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2020-01-22 12:37:27



Cubs Sign Danny Hultzen, Rex Brothers, Noel Cuevas  

The Cubs have minor-league deals lined up with southpaws Danny Hultzen and Rex Brothers as well as outfielder Noel Cuevas, per the latest minor-league deal log from Baseball America's Chris Hilburn-Trenkle. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic had previously reported the Cuevas signing, via Twitter. Hultzen had been dropped from the Chicago 40-man roster in December after…

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2020-01-22 12:02:46



Angels Sign Jacob Barnes, Jake Thompson  

The Angels have inked a pair of former MLB righties to minor-league deals, according to the latest round-up of deals from Baseball America’s Chris Hilburn-Trenkle. Jacob Barnes and Jake Thompson will both be in camp trying to impress the Halos. Barnes was once seen as a part of the long-term pitching picture in Milwaukee, Barnes…

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2020-01-22 11:25:49






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