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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



Central Notes: Pirates, Indians, White Sox, Brewers  

In an expansive Q&A with Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington discusses the challenges that accompany running a low-payroll club, noting that “large-dollar free-agent signs are not available to us,” so the Bucs must rely on developing cheap talent from within. As a result, Huntington has found it difficult to part with…

2017-03-23 04:41:14
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West Notes: Diamondbacks, Angels, Rockies  

Diamondbacks right-hander Archie Bradley has worked solely as a starter at all three minor league levels and the majors, but the team is considering moving him to the bullpen, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The 24-year-old is open to making the switch. "With the way I'm throwing the baseball right now, the…

2017-03-23 03:43:58
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Yankees Not Interested In Zack Cozart, Jose Iglesias  

While the suddenly shortstop-needy Yankees have interest in acquiring the Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed, they’re not eyeing either the Reds’ Zack Cozart or the Tigers’ Jose Iglesias. In the wake of the shoulder injury Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius suffered Saturday, Cincinnati gauged the Bombers’ interest in Cozart, and Detroit did the same with Iglesias. The Yankees…

2017-03-22 21:14:12
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East Notes: Green, Yankees, Nationals, Orioles  

Former major league right-hander, manager and executive Dallas Green passed away Wednesday at the age of 82. The Phillies and Mets were among the teams for which Green played during his career from 1960-67, and he later managed those clubs and the Yankees. Most of his success as a manager came in Philadelphia, where he…

2017-03-22 13:17:34
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David DeJesus Retires, Joins Cubs' Broadcast Booth  

Veteran outfielder David DeJesus announced today on Twitter that he’s officially retiring from the game. He’ll join the CSN Chicago broadcast team for the upcoming season. The news certainly doesn’t come as much of a surprise after the 37-year-old sat out the 2016 season. He ended his time in the majors with a brief and…

2017-03-22 11:30:03
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MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to view the transcript for MLBTR Chat With Jason Martinez: March 22, 2017

2017-03-22 09:53:15
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Brewers Release Joba Chamberlain, Ryan Webb  

The Brewers have released veteran righties Joba Chamberlain and Ryan Webb, per a club announcement. Both had been signed to minor-league deals over the offseason. Though he allowed only three runs in his eight spring frames, Chamberlain managed only two strikeouts to go with five walks and ten base knocks. That was much the same…

2017-03-22 09:15:13
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Minor MLB Transactions: 3/22/17  

Here are the latest minor moves from around baseball, with the newest transactions at the top of the post… The Braves released southpaw Matt Marksberry, according to the pitcher himself earlier this week on his Facebook page.  Marksberry posted a 5.06 ERA, 7.8 K/9 and 1.35 K/BB rate over 26 2/3 innings with Atlanta from…

2017-03-22 08:42:50
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AL West Notes: Rangers, Ross, A's, Gray, Mariners  

Rangers righty Tyson Ross threw his first live batting practice session today, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports (Twitter links). The twenty pitch outing proceeded without issue, which leaves Ross on track for a somewhat more rapid timeline to return to MLB action than had been anticipated. Per Wilson, the bounceback candidate — who’s returning from…

2017-03-22 07:53:34
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Central Notes: Quintana, Guerra, Perkins, Park, Williams  

The Pirates, Astros and Braves are among multiple teams still showing interest in White Sox lefty Jose Quintana, Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports.  Pittsburgh and Houston have been widely linked to Quintana on the rumor mill all winter long, while connections between Quintana and the Braves have been largely quiet since December, when Atlanta reportedly…

2017-03-22 05:09:14
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AL Central Notes: Carrasco, Tigers, Martinez, Anderson  

While the image of father and son playing catch is a core part of baseball lore, it doesn’t always happen quite that way. Indians starter Carlos Carrasco penned an interesting post at the Player’s Tribune detailing how he got started in the game as a youngster — urged on by his mother. Carrasco traces his path —…

2017-03-22 05:05:22
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Rays, Yankees Interested In Nick Ahmed  

The Rays and Yankees have joined the Padres in showing some trade interest in Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed, The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro reports.  The D’Backs had begun listening to offers for the defensive star thanks to a surplus of other middle infield options, with San Diego already linked due to manager Andy Green’s familiarity…

2017-03-22 04:50:06
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Offseason In Review: Chicago White Sox  

This is the latest entry in MLBTR's Offseason In Review series. The full index of Offseason In Review posts can be found here. The White Sox set a rebuilding course with a pair of Winter Meetings blockbusters in which Chris Sale and Adam Eaton were cashed in for top prospects. Major League Signings Derek Holland,…

2017-03-22 04:09:15
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MLBTR Poll: Grading Recent Extensions  

As usual, the offseason has brought a few fairly significant long-term deals. Though we haven’t seen any nine-figure strikes — yet, at least — teams have staked a variety of interesting long-term bets on players who weren’t particularly close to free agency. Since the start of February, in particular, three players with multiple years of…

2017-03-22 02:52:10
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Pitching Notes: Quintana, Ryu, Weaver, Iglesias  

Pittsburgh has pursued a trade for White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana over the past several months, but Pirates general manager Neal Huntington found the asking price to be “well above where it made sense for us” (via ESPN’s Jim Bowden). With the Bucs seemingly out of the picture for Quintana, the Astros and Braves are…

2017-03-22 02:08:21
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Rangers Agree To New Contract With Robinson Chirinos  

2:25pm: Chirinos will earn $2.25MM next year and the option is valued at $2.375MM ($100K buyout), Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweets. There are also escalators based upon how many times he comes to bat in the upcoming campaign. 2:05pm: The Rangers have announced the extension of a catcher — but not the one…

2017-03-21 19:55:59
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MLBTR Chat Transcript: 3/21/17  

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

2017-03-21 18:20:11
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NL East Notes: Szczur, Johnson, Coghlan, Nava, Phillies  

Here’s the latest from around the NL East… The Braves have Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur on their list of possible trade candidates, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports (via Twitter).  Szczur is out of options and the Cubs intend to keep him, though a 25-man roster spot could be hard to manage given Chicago’s multitude of…

2017-03-21 17:21:27
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Will Smith To Receive Second Opinion After MRI Shows Ligament Concern  

Giants reliever Will Smith did not get the news he hoped for after undergoing an MRI last night. GM Bobby Evans told reporters that the scan showed possible ligament damage that will require a second opinion, as Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area was among those to report via Twitter. It’s not yet clear whether…

2017-03-21 11:51:55
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Twins Release Ryan Vogelsong  

The Twins have granted right-hander Ryan Vogelsong his release, the club announced to reporters, including Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Twitter links).  Vogelsong asked for an early release from his minor league contract (Minnesota didn’t have to make a decision on his status until March 28) and the Twins granted the request…

2017-03-21 11:34:21
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Andre Ethier Doubtful For Opening Day Due To Herniated Disk  

Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has been diagnosed with a “mild” herniated disk in his lower back, and manager Dave Roberts told reporters (including MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick) that “it’s going to be tough” for Ethier to be ready for the start of the season.  Ethier will be held out of baseball activities for the next 7-10 days…

2017-03-21 10:38:49
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White Sox Extend Tim Anderson  

11:48am: Chicago has announced the deal and its key terms (via Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago, on Twitter). Anderson will receive successive salaries of $850K, $1MM, $1.4MM, $4MM, $7.25MM, and $9.5MM in the guaranteed years. The options are valued at $12.5MM and $14MM, with the $1MM buyout applying if the team declines in either of…

2017-03-21 10:25:01
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Rays Could Trade From Pitching Depth  

The Rays could strike a late-spring deal involving one of their pitchers, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). It’s not immediately clear how likely that scenario is, but it’s interesting that it’s a real consideration at this stage of camp. Tampa Bay already parted with important staff members at last year’s trade…

2017-03-21 10:23:40
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Straight From The Heart: The Signing Of Ted Lilly  

"You were part of it," my former boss said with a laugh, "watching me roll around in agony for a couple days in the hotel room and not doing anything about it." "We were angling for a palace coup," I joked, "but the reality is … the doctor gave me warning signs to be looking…

2017-03-21 09:30:27
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Twins To Add Craig Breslow To 40-Man  

The Twins will add southpaw Craig Breslow to their 40-man roster, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com (via Twitter). The veteran had an opt-out opportunity last night. Evidently, Minnesota saw enough from Breslow — and his revamped delivery — to make the move, all but ensuring he’ll break camp on the active roster. Breslow will…

2017-03-21 08:20:54
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Giants Hire Barry Bonds As Special Advisor To CEO  

The Giants have announced that former superstar Barry Bonds will rejoin the organization as a special advisor to CEO Larry Baer. Most recently, the controversial slugger served as the Marlins’ hitting coach, but the team elected not to continue the relationship past the 2016 season. Bonds, now 52, spent 15 of his 22 major league…

2017-03-21 05:29:50
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NL West Notes: Morse, Dahl, Rockies, Padres  

Mike Morse suffered a hamstring strain that will keep him out of action for at least two weeks, Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters (including CSNBayArea.com’s Alex Pavlovic).  That timeline essentially eliminates Morse’s chances of making the Giants’ Opening Day roster, bringing a sour end to what had been an impressive spring for the veteran. …

2017-03-21 05:15:30
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AL East Notes: Britton, Price, Red Sox, Duffy, Pearce  

As a dominant AL East closer that relies on one signature pitch, the Orioles’ Zach Britton has much in common with Mariano Rivera, ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark writes.  Obviously Britton has a ways to go before matching Rivera’s incredible track record, though Britton’s sinker (which he threw 92.2% of the time last season) is already being…

2017-03-21 04:33:14
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Blue Jays Nearing Extension With Manager John Gibbons  

The Blue Jays are “finalizing” a new contract with skipper John Gibbons that will keep him in Toronto for multiple future seasons, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reported last week on Twitter that the club believed it would likely strike such a deal with the manager. Gibbons,…

2017-03-21 04:09:02
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Minor MLB Transactions: 3/20/17  

Here are the day’s minor moves: The Royals released lefty Jonathan Sanchez, as MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan tweets. Sanchez, 34, struggled badly in camp as he tried once more to make it back to the majors. Once an established starter, Sanchez hasn’t appeared in the bigs since 2013, when he failed to recover from a disastrous 2012…

2017-03-21 04:05:18
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Astros Outright Max Stassi  

The Astros have outrighted catcher Max Stassi off of the club’s 40-man roster, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart was among those to report on Twitter. He has been assigned to Triple-A after clearing waivers. Stassi, who just turned 26, had seemed destined to play a significant role for Houston last year before an injury delayed his start…

2017-03-21 03:44:14
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Rangers Open To Mid-Season Contract Talks With Yu Darvish  

The Rangers are open to holding contract negotiations with star righty Yu Darvish during the upcoming season, GM Jon Daniels said in an appearance on 1310 The Ticket (as MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports). While that news suggests there’s still an opening for a deal, Daniels suggested there’s not much going on at present. “Where we left [it] is…

2017-03-21 03:27:48
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Didi Gregorius To Begin Season On DL Due To Shoulder Injury  

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has been shut down from baseball activities for two weeks due to a shoulder strain, and thus will be placed on the 10-day DL to begin the season, manager Joe Girardi told reporters (including ESPN.com’s Andrew Marchand and MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch).  The injury is serious enough that Gregorius could be sidelined…

2017-03-21 02:22:35
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NL East Notes: Harvey, Nationals Bullpen, Conley  

With the level of concern increasing throughout the spring, Mets righty Matt Harvey turned around the narrative with his most recent outing, as Marc Carig of Newsday reports. While the results weren’t stellar, Harvey was sitting at 93 to 94 mph with his fastball and reached as high as 96, putting him back in his normal…

2017-03-21 01:28:12
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Latest On David Price  

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski provided an update on the health of key lefty David Price, as Evan Drellich of CSNNE.com reports. While the club’s top baseball executive emphasized that there’s still no clear timeline, Drellich explains that the current trajectory makes it seem unlikely that Price will be available before the calendar…

2017-03-20 21:11:57
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Will Smith Headed For MRI After Experiencing Elbow Pain  

Giants lefty Will Smith is headed for an MRI after leaving today’s outing with pain in his pitching elbow, manager Bruce Bochy told reporters including Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area (Twitter link). This isn’t the first time that Smith has dealt with elbow problems this spring. In fact, it’s not the first time that…

2017-03-20 20:48:19
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Rotation Notes: Royals, Cardinals, Padres  

The Royals have named Nate Karns their fifth starter, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star writes (Twitter links). That means veterans Travis Wood and Chris Young will pitch out of the bullpen. Karns joins a rotation that also includes Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel and Jason Vargas. Karns, who arrived in a winter trade for…

2017-03-20 14:42:38
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East Notes: Yankees, Braves, Velazquez  

GM Brian Cashman says the Yankees are unlikely to trade for a rotation upgrade like Jose Quintana at this point, George A. King III of the New York Post writes. “I’m expecting we will go with what we got,” Cashman says. After Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia, the favorites for the last two rotation jobs…

2017-03-20 14:36:02
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Braves Release John Danks  

3:27pm: The Braves have officially announced the move. 2:20pm: MLBTR has learned that veteran lefty John Danks asked for and will be granted his release by the Braves. Danks is willing to sign elsewhere, but is not interested in pitching in the minors. Danks reached a minor-league deal with Atlanta in December, then allowed seven runs while…

2017-03-20 13:14:28
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Quick Hits: Martinez, Spangenberg, Ethier  

There has been little information available today about Tigers slugger J.D. Martinez, who at last check underwent an MRI for a foot sprain. Now MLB.com’s Jason Beck tweets that Martinez will undergo a stress CT scan in Charlotte on Friday. Martinez rolled his ankle, as Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press writes, while making a catch…

2017-03-20 12:10:13
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AL East Notes: Thornburg, Donaldson, Travis, Boxberger  

Reliever Tyler Thornburg tops the Red Sox’ list of concerns as the 2017 season approaches, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes. Thornburg has dealt with dead arm for most of Spring Training so far. The Red Sox gave up a fairly hefty package of talent that included infielder Travis Shaw and prospect Mauricio Dubon to…

2017-03-20 09:04:14
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AL Notes: Hernandez, Anderson, Mariners  

Red Sox infielder Marco Hernandez has hit very well this spring but has no obvious role with the team, so he could be traded, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald writes. The 24-year-old Hernandez has batted .405/.488/.730 in Spring Training, but he has little chance of breaking camp with the team because he’s a lefty hitter,…

2017-03-20 08:30:43
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Padres To Release Paul Clemens  

The Padres are set to release righty Paul Clemens, according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune (via Twitter). It’s not apparent whether the organization has an immediate, corresponding 40-man move in mind. Clemens, 29, entered the spring out of options, meaning he had to crack the Opening Day roster or face the waiver…

2017-03-20 07:33:55
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Red Sox Still Looking To Acquire Starting Pitching Depth  

Manager John Farrell says the Red Sox have been and continue to be trying to acquire starting pitching depth, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald writes. The Red Sox are dealing with injuries to starters David Price and Drew Pomeranz. “That's ongoing,” says Farrell of the Red Sox’ efforts to find pitching. “Our efforts haven't…

2017-03-20 06:26:47
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NL West Notes: Padres, Rollins, Ethier  

Here’s the latest from the NL West… Service time considerations could play a role in the Padres’ Opening Day roster decisions on Luis Perdomo and Manuel Margot on the Opening Day roster, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes.  Perdomo, a Rule 5 Draft pick last offseason, clocked a full year of MLB service…

2017-03-20 04:54:29
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White Sox In Extension Talks With Tim Anderson  

The White Sox are engaged in extension talks with young shortstop Tim Anderson, according to MLB.com’s Scott Merkin (via Twitter). Just how far along the sides are isn’t clear at this time, though Anderson has been out of action for what the team has labeled “personal reasons.” A team source would neither confirm nor deny…

2017-03-20 04:51:49
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AL East Notes: Red Sox, Pomeranz, McCann, Rays, Odorizzi, Blue Jays  

With Rick Porcello and Chris Sale suddenly looking like the only healthy and reliable members of the Red Sox starting five, Boston’s rotation is “a house of cards,” in the words of CSNNE.com’s Evan Drellich (video link).  Lou Merloni, Jared Carrabis, and Drellich discuss Boston’s lack of pitching depth in the wake of David Price’s…

2017-03-20 04:12:51
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Baseball Research Job Opening  

From time to time, as a service to our readers, MLB Trade Rumors will post job opportunities of possible interest that are brought to our attention. MLBTR has no affiliation with the hiring entity, no role in the hiring process, and no financial interest in the posting of this opportunity. We are a well-known sports…

2017-03-20 02:30:14
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Offseason In Review: Chicago Cubs  

Check out all the published entries in our Offseason in Review series here. Fresh off their first World Championship since 1908, the Cubs acquired a top-shelf closer and spent modestly in free agency. Major League Signings Jon Jay, CF: one year, $8MM Koji Uehara, RP: one year, $6MM Brett Anderson, SP: one year, $3.5MM.  Includes…

2017-03-20 02:12:36
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5 Key Stories: 3/11/17 – 3/17/17  

Here are the top stories from the last week of coverage on MLBTR… Nationals release Derek Norris.  A notable name hit the free agent market this week, as the Nats released Norris after no team claimed the catcher on waivers.  The lack of waiver action was more due to Norris’ $4.2MM salary than a lack…

2017-03-19 21:37:06
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Royals Release Brandon League; Trade Brandon Dulin To White Sox  

The Royals have released veteran reliever Brandon League, reports Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. Additionally, they’ve traded first baseman Brandon Dulin to the White Sox for a player to be named or cash, according to Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune (Twitter links). The 33-year-old League, who hasn’t taken a major league mound…

2017-03-19 20:14:23
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Cody Anderson To Undergo Tommy John Surgery  

Indians right-hander Cody Anderson will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the 2017 season, the team announced (Twitter link via Jordan Bastian of MLB.com). Anderson made the decision after a second opinion confirmed both a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and a mild flexor strain. The unfortunate news for Anderson…

2017-03-19 18:09:16
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MLBTR Originals  

A roundup of MLBTR’s original content from the past week: With the regular season approaching, Tim Dierkes released his first free agent power rankings of 2017. Tim's list consists of the 10 players who appear poised to earn the most money if they reach the open market next winter. Aces Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Johnny…

2017-03-19 13:26:09
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Pitching Notes: Cardinals, Red Sox, Yankees, Rangers  

The Cardinals have tabbed Michael Wacha to begin the season as their fifth starter, tweets Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. That’s not particularly surprising, as St. Louis optioned one of Wacha’s competitors, Luke Weaver, to Triple-A on Saturday after he showed poorly over five spring training innings. The other contender for the Redbirds’ last starting role,…

2017-03-19 12:43:59
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Injury Notes: Red Sox, Tigers, A's, Padres  

The Red Sox’s rotation will already be without left-hander David Price to begin the season, and fellow southpaw Drew Pomeranz could join him on the shelf. Pomeranz left his start Sunday after two innings with tightness in his left triceps, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal was among those to report. Pomeranz doesn’t believe it’s…

2017-03-19 07:28:28
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Offseason In Review: Toronto Blue Jays  

This is the latest entry in MLBTR's Offseason In Review series. The Blue Jays added several veteran reinforcements to their roster and brought back franchise icon Jose Bautista, though the loss of Edwin Encarnacion may linger as a “what-if” scenario for years to come. Major League Signings Kendrys Morales, DH/1B: Three years, $33MM Lourdes Gurriel Jr., IF/OF:…

2017-03-19 06:19:47
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Olney's Latest: Machado, Harper, Tigers, Jays, Giants  

Given that Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper are scheduled to reach free agency after the 2018 season, high-payroll teams will spend the next two years deciding the more worthy target, writes Buster Olney of ESPN.com. With that in mind, Olney polled seven evaluators on which potential $400MM player they’d…

2017-03-19 05:38:11
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NL Notes: Cubs, Mets, Pirates, Marlins, Giants  

As of now, 38-year-old Cubs right-hander John Lackey doesn’t expect the 2017 season to be his last. “At this point, I think I’m more likely to pitch next year than not pitch,” Lackey told Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago. “But we’ll see at the end of the season.” Lackey will be a free agent next…

2017-03-19 05:21:40
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Offseason In Review: New York Mets  

This is the latest entry in MLBTR's Offseason In Review series. For the second straight winter, the biggest offseason question the Mets faced centered on whether they’d re-sign outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. And for the second straight winter, the Mets managed to prevent Cespedes from departing in free agency. As a result, he’ll once again serve as…

2017-03-19 05:01:19
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AL Notes: JD Martinez, Ackley, Kopech, Red Sox, Pineda  

Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez suffered a sprain in his mid-right foot while making a catch on Saturday and left the game after just an inning.  (Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press has the details.)  X-rays were negative and Martinez will be re-evaluated on Sunday before the club decides that any further tests are necessary. …

2017-03-19 03:18:01
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Rays Notes: Cobb, Weeks, Whitley, Boxberger  

Some rumblings out of Tampa Bay… Alex Cobb is drawing “potential interest” from the Cubs, Dodgers, and other teams as a trade target, The Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin writes.  The determining factor, as Topkin notes, is how Cobb performs in his first full season back after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2015.  The…

2017-03-19 01:48:32
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Quick Hits: Free Agents, Johnson, Braves, Blue Jays, Reds, Shaffer  

Just over a year removed from the 2015-16 offseason, nine of the top ten contracts handed out last winter are already looking problematic, Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes.  Only Johnny Cueto turned in a vintage season in the wake of signing his pricey deal with the Giants last winter, while the other…

2017-03-19 01:29:24
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AL Notes: A's, Red Sox, Rangers  

The Athletics optioned highly touted shortstop prospect Franklin Barreto to Triple-A on Friday, though it seems he could enter the picture in Oakland sometime this year. “I think we'd all like to see him up here at some point and that's our anticipation,” executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said of Barreto, who…

2017-03-18 20:49:15
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Phillies Notes: Roster, Herrera, Klentak, Burnett  

Some notes from The City Of Brotherly Love… With a full 40-man roster, the Phillies have several tough choices to make before Opening Day, CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury writes.  Chris Coghlan, Daniel Nava and Brock Stassi are in camp on minor league deals and, if any make the team, someone else would have to be displaced. …

2017-03-18 20:30:40
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Offseason In Review Series  

Here are the links to each team’s entry in the MLBTR Offseason In Review series.  This post will be updated as more entries are published over the coming weeks. AL East Blue Jays Orioles Rays Red Sox Yankees AL Central Indians Royals Tigers Twins White Sox AL West Angels Astros Athletics Mariners Rangers NL East…

2017-03-18 19:19:58
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NL West Notes: Thole, Giants Outfield, Padres, Dodgers  

News and rumblings from around the NL West… Josh Thole suffered a “significant” hamstring tear that Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo expects will sideline the catcher for the season, Lovullo told reporters (including Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic).  Thole is getting a second opinion on the injury and surgery is a possibility.  The veteran catcher…

2017-03-18 15:54:26
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Cafardo's Latest: Norris, Marlins, Kendrick  

In his weekly notes column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo explores the possibility of a Cubs/Red Sox World Series while also sharing some hot stove items… The Cardinals may have some interest in Derek Norris.  St. Louis currently has Eric Fryer penciled into the backup catcher role, with prospect Carson Kelly waiting in the…

2017-03-18 15:33:43
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NL Notes: Cardinals, Giants, Braves, Rockies  

Right-hander Luke Weaver entered spring training with a chance to win the last spot in the Cardinals’ rotation, but that bid officially ended when they optioned him to Triple-A on Saturday. Weaver dealt with back spasms earlier this month and performed poorly when on the mound.  In five spring innings, the 23-year-old allowed seven earned…

2017-03-18 13:04:27
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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Jays, Nats, Rays, Twins, Royals, D-backs, Bucs  

This week in baseball blogs: BP Toronto explains that third baseman Josh Donaldson isn’t the only member of the Blue Jays who’s buying into the fly ball revolution. District On Deck compares Nationals right fielder Adam Eaton’s contract to Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier’s new extension. Twins Daily wants Minnesota to take an aggressive approach…

2017-03-18 12:29:53
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Twins News: Jay, Veterans, Stubbs, Breslow  

Here’s the latest from Minnesota… Left-hander Tyler Jay, the sixth overall pick of the 2015 draft, will be used as a reliever going forward, Seth Stohs of Twins Daily reports.  The decision was mutually made between both Jay and the Twins.  Jay mostly pitched in relief in college, yet the Twins were intrigued enough by…

2017-03-18 10:55:18
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Central Notes: Tigers, Cabrera, Carrasco, Brantley, Broxton, Brewers, Twins  

The Tigers are continuing to scan the market for center field upgrades, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets. Detroit has been looking around for more options throughout camp, though perhaps the time isn’t quite ripe to make a move with other organizations holding onto their depth until their own situations are resolved. Rosenthal notes that JaCoby…

2017-03-18 05:50:28
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East Notes: Blue Jays, Mets, Marlins, Yankees  

Agent Scott Boras is unhappy with the Blue Jays for not awarding pre-arb right-hander Aaron Sanchez a higher salary for 2017, but the star hurler doesn’t seem fazed. Sanchez told Paul Hagen of MLB.com he “absolutely” believes Blue Jays management values him, adding: “We just had a disagreement, and I want to leave it at…

2017-03-18 02:04:06
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Rayan Gonzalez Expected To Undergo Tommy John Surgery  

Right-handed Rockies pitcher Rayan Gonzalez will likely require Tommy John surgery, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports via Twitter. Gonzalez suffered an apparent elbow injury in his most recent spring outing. The 26-year-old reliever was added to the 40-man roster over the offseason and had seemed slated to take up a slot on the bullpen depth…

2017-03-17 20:08:54
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Offseason In Review: St. Louis Cardinals  

This is the latest entry in MLBTR's Offseason In Review series. The full index of Offseason In Review posts can be found here. The Cardinals added two top free agents this offseason and said goodbye to some longtime contributors as they tinkered with the core that won them 86 games in 2016. Major League Signings OF Dexter Fowler:…

2017-03-17 19:48:19
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Orioles Release Logan Ondrusek  

The Orioles have released right-hander Logan Ondrusek, tweets Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com. (The move was first noted on the Orioles’ Transactions page at MLB.com.) As Connolly reported at the time of Ondrusek’s deal with Baltimore, the 31-year-old’s $605K salary was not fully guaranteed, so by cutting him loose today, the Orioles won’t be responsible for…

2017-03-17 12:38:30
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Rays' Rule 5 Pick Kevin Gadea Out At Least Four Weeks  

Right-hander Kevin Gadea, whom the Rays selected out of the Mariners organization in last December’s Rule 5 Draft, will miss “at least” four weeks of action after an MRI revealed tendinitis in his right elbow, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter links). Perhaps of more interest, Topkin adds that the Rays were…

2017-03-17 10:36:50
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Diamondbacks Willing To Listen To Offers For Nick Ahmed  

10:00am: Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune tweets that the Padres have had past interest in Ahmed and points out that San Diego manager Andy Green knows Ahmed well from his time as the Diamondbacks’ third base coach. 9:44am: The Diamondbacks’ offseason infield additions (Ketel Marte and Daniel Descalso) and the spring emergence of…

2017-03-17 06:30:17
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Nationals Notes: Closer, Romero, Scherzer  

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo was a guest on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM earlier today and discussed his team’s ninth inning option with hosts Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette (audio link via Soundcloud). “We feel that we have a closer in house,” said Rizzo. “We’ve felt that ever since early in the offseason when we didn’t get one…

2017-03-17 05:59:16
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Chi Chi Gonzalez Diagnosed With Partial UCL Tear  

Rangers righty Chi Chi Gonzalez has been diagnosed with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News was among those to report. For the time being, he’ll receive a platelet-rich plasma injection and stop throwing for at least six weeks. At this point, the course of treatment does…

2017-03-17 04:55:09
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John Mozeliak Discusses Yadier Molina Contract Situation  

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak addressed the contract situation of long-time catcher Yadier Molina with Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Though he declined to address specifics of any extension talks, Mozeliak emphasized that the club is “always open for business.” That comment largely confirms the status quo; it has long been assumed that the Cards…

2017-03-17 04:53:58
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Make Or Break Year: Mike Moustakas  

MLBTR is rebooting its "make or break year" series, in which we analyze players who enter the season with up-and-down track records but also an opportunity to stake a claim to significant future earnings.  There are several “make or break” candidates on this year’s Royals team, with pending free agents Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, and Alcides…

2017-03-17 04:11:20
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Derek Norris Drawing Interest From Multiple Clubs  

It’s only been a couple of days since Derek Norris cleared release waivers and officially became a free agent, but the veteran backstop has received interest from “about a half-dozen teams,” per Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Brown doesn’t list specific clubs, though both Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times and Buster…

2017-03-17 03:31:17
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Offseason In Review: Atlanta Braves  

This is the latest entry in MLBTR's Offseason In Review series. The full index of Offseason In Review posts can be found here. As they open SunTrust Park for the 2017 season, the Braves have begun to transition toward competitiveness — though they carefully avoided any lengthy veteran entanglements this winter. Major League Signings Bartolo…

2017-03-17 02:10:39
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NL West Notes: Kazmir, Arroyo, Rockies, Blash  

Dodgers left-hander Scott Kazmir threw a five-inning simulated game today and told reporters after the outing that he felt better (Twitter links via Andy McCullough of the L.A. Times). However, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expressed concern over Kazmir’s velocity to the L.A. media, noting that the southpaw’s fastball was sitting between 82 and 84 mph. Roberts…

2017-03-16 21:05:31
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MLBTR Chat Transcript: 3/16/17  

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

2017-03-16 15:31:32
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NL East Notes: Prado, Harvey, Scherzer, Strasburg  

Marlins third baseman Martin Prado left last night’s WBC action clutching his hamstring, leading to fears that he may have suffered a reasonably significant injury. Early indications are that it’s minor, tweets MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, though a full diagnosis will not be available until Prado is evaluated by the organization’s medical staff. He’s heading back…

2017-03-16 09:28:23
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Heyman's Latest: Quintana, Pagan, Cozart, Padres, Bautista, Giants  

In his latest notes column, FanRag’s Jon Heyman reports that while teams such as the Astros, Pirates, Rangers and Yankees were all linked to Jose Quintana in trade rumors this offseason, the best offer the White Sox received came from an unnamed club that is currently perceived as more of a rebuilding team. That could…

2017-03-16 08:19:27
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AL East Notes: Sanchez, Kiermaier, Owens, Thornburg  

Agent Scott Boras isn’t pleased with the Blue Jays after the organization renewed righty Aaron Sanchez at the league-minimum rate, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. (Bob Elliott of the Canadian Baseball Network first reported the renewal.) Davidi says the Jays’ formula for pre-arb salaries “is believed to be primarily based on a player’s service time,” and…

2017-03-16 07:27:43
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Alex Dickerson Diagnosed With Disc Protrusion  

Padres outfielder Alex Dickerson has been diagnosed with a “disc protrusion” in his back, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports (Twitter links). Fortunately, surgery won’t be required at this time, though a timeline for a return is uncertain. According to Lin, Dickerson will sit for about three or four weeks before being evaluated again by…

2017-03-16 06:25:42
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Pitching Notes: Arrieta, Bumgarner, Kopech, Smyly, Angels, Holland  

While there’s no evidence of progress between the Cubs and Jake Arrieta on a new contract, the righty provided some interesting thoughts on his outlook to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. Arrieta says he believes he may be able to land “a six- or seven-year deal” when he does sign, whether that’s with Chicago or another…

2017-03-16 04:13:15
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Yasmany Tomas Diagnosed With Strained Oblique  

Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas has been diagnosed with a strained oblique after an MRI, manager Torey Lovullo tells Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic (via Twitter). The 26-year-old has already missed about a week with what had been described as lower back tightness. In the immediate aftermath of the issue arising, the new Arizona skipper…

2017-03-16 03:31:57
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Micah Johnson Diagnosed With Fractured Left Wrist  

Braves infielder/outfielder Micah Johnson has been diagnosed with a left wrist fracture, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on Twitter. He will require surgery for the injury; his timeline to return is not known at this time. Johnson, 26, hurt his wrist in an attempt at a catch recently. Though it was initially believed…

2017-03-16 03:02:45
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MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to view the transcript for MLBTR Chat With Jason Martinez: March 15, 2017

2017-03-15 20:59:10
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Agent Bart Hernandez Convicted In Cuban Smuggling Case  

Agent Bart Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada have been convicted by a Florida jury after being indicted on charges of human trafficking in February 2016, reports Curt Anderson of the Associated Press. Hernandez, once a prominent player representative, worked with Estrada in bringing players such as Leonys Martin, Jose Abreu, Raisel Iglesias and Jorge Soler…

2017-03-15 18:46:18
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Ernesto Frieri Hopes To Land Deal With Yankees After Workout  

Veteran reliever Ernesto Frieri worked out for the Yankees today, as Jack Curry of the YES Network reports (Twitter links). While he hasn’t yet agreed to terms with New York, Frieri says he hopes to do so tomorrow. Frieri, 31, last pitched in affiliated ball in 2015, when he worked to a 4.63 ERA with 7.3…

2017-03-15 16:28:11
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East Notes: Tillman, Bonifacio, Nats, Kendrick  

Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder today, as Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun writes. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters that the O’s are “encouraged” with Tillman’s recent progress and are planning to see how he reacts to the cortisone shot a few days from now before determining…

2017-03-15 10:42:13
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Nationals Release Derek Norris  

The Nationals have released catcher Derek Norris, the team announced and Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post first reported (via Twitter). Norris had been placed on waivers recently, but the Nats were unable to find a taker. By releasing Norris now, the Nats will avoid the bulk of the $4.2MM arbitration salary the team had agreed to…

2017-03-15 10:24:43
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Offseason In Review: Houston Astros  

This is the latest entry in MLBTR's Offseason In Review series. Even though the Astros underwhelmed en route to 84 wins and a third-place finish in the American League West in 2016, they still entered the offseason in enviable shape. When previewing their winter in October, I wrote, “Given the plethora of talent that's already in…

2017-03-15 06:05:03
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Latest On Eric Hosmer  

We’ve heard ongoing chatter about the possibility of first baseman Eric Hosmer striking a new deal with the Royals. Last we checked in, it seemed that talks weren’t active, though there are also indications the organization could weigh a contract after the season. Then, of course, there’s the matter of potential asking and offering prices,…

2017-03-15 05:23:46
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Rays To Release Dana Eveland  

The Rays are set to release veteran left-hander Dana Eveland, tweets SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. The 33-year-old had been back with Tampa Bay on a minor league pact after spending the 2016 campaign in the Rays organization. Now, he’ll look to latch on elsewhere with a team in need of left-handed bullpen help. Eveland allowed…

2017-03-15 04:59:26
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