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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



Dusty Baker Will Not Return As Nationals' Manager In 2018  

12:05pm: General manager Mike Rizzo tells reporters that the decision had nothing to do with contractual negotiations (Twitter links via Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post). In fact, there were never any actual negotiations, and no contract was offered to Baker. “Winning a lot of regular season games and winning divisions is not enough,” said Rizzo. 11:11am:…

2017-10-20 17:05:39
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NL Central Notes: Jay, Peraza, Glasnow  

Outfielder Jon Jay is a free agent this winter, but he tells Madeline Kenney of the Chicago Sun-Times that his hope is to remain with the Cubs. “I love it here,” said Jay, who inked a one-year deal worth $8MM last offseason. “I cannot deny that. I absolutely love it here.”As Kenney notes, manager Joe Maddon effused praise…

2017-10-20 16:07:25
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Hyun Soo Kim On MLB Future  

Outfielder Hyun Soo Kim returned to his native South Korea upon conclusion of the regular season and met with the media to discuss what was, in his own words, a “disappointing” second season in the Majors (link via Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency). Despite a rough campaign split between the Orioles and the…

2017-10-20 14:11:02
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Dugout Notes: Cora, Baker, Phils, Wedge, Sveum, A's, Chili  

With the Tigers reportedly settling on Ron Gardenhire as their next manager, attention has focused on the Red Sox’ managerial opening. All indications are that Astros bench coach Alex Cora will receive the nod, as Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston writes, though there’s still no firm reporting tying Cora to the position. Enrique Rojas…

2017-10-20 05:36:01
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Offseason Outlook: Pittsburgh Pirates  

MLBTR is publishing Offseason Outlooks for all 30 teams.  Click here for the other entries in this series. The Pirates stumbled in 2017, but can bring back much the same core group of talent that was expected to support a contender. Guaranteed Contracts Gregory Polanco, OF: $32MM through 2021 (includes buyouts on club options for 2022…

2017-10-20 02:36:31
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Tigers To Hire Ron Gardenhire As Manager  

Ron Gardenhire has agreed to a three-year deal to become the Tigers’ next manager, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network (Twitter link). The deal could be announced tomorrow; Detroit’s decision to tab the veteran skipper was first reported earlier today by Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic (subscription required and recommended). Detroit will install the…

2017-10-20 00:54:28
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AL Central Notes: Brantley, Royals, Jay  

News of Michael Brantley’s ankle surgery and four- to five-month recovery timeline raised questions as to whether the Indians will exercise his $12MM club option for the 2018 season. Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti addressed the issue with reporters today, stating that the team is still “working through” the decision about whether to…

2017-10-19 20:52:05
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MLBTR Chat Transcript: Giants, Padres, Phillies, More  

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

2017-10-19 18:59:54
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Minor MLB Transactions: 10/19/17  

Here are Thursday’s minor moves from around the league… The Orioles announced that they’ve signed first baseman/outfielder Joe Maloney to a minor league contract. The 27-year-old Maloney was a 10th-round pick of the Rangers out of Division II Limestone College back in 2011. Texas cut him loose after an underwhelming age-22 season in 2013, but…

2017-10-19 17:29:45
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Michael Brantley Undergoes Ankle Surgery  

The Indians announced on Thursday that outfielder Michael Brantley underwent arthroscopic surgery yesterday to stabilize the ligaments in his ailing right ankle. Brantley is expected to require four to five months of recovery time before he’s cleared to resume baseball activities, per the announcement. The news of surgery comes as a fairly notable surprise, as the…

2017-10-19 15:44:23
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Seeking Writers For ProHockeyRumors.com  

In June of 2016, we launched Pro Hockey Rumors to cover each and every piece of NHL transaction-related news. Stationed alongside MLB Trade Rumors, Hoops Rumors and Pro Football Rumors, PHR has grown into a formidable force in the hockey news landscape, establishing relationships with players and media members alike. As the 2017-18 season gets underway, we’re…

2017-10-19 14:30:29
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Poll: The Next Red Sox Manager  

The Red Sox moved on from manager John Farrell following the team’s exit in the American League Division Series, putting Boston in the hunt for a new skipper for the first time since 2012. The decision wasn’t entirely unexpected — many reports had suggested that Farrell could be on the hot seat if the team…

2017-10-19 14:12:40
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West Notes: LaRussa, Rockies, Beltre  

Outgoing Diamondbacks executive Tony La Russa discussed his decision to depart with MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. He says that the club’s baseball decisionmaking is in “great hands” both at the front office and field level, which would be difficult to dispute after a strong season. It’s not yet clear what’s next for the legendary former skipper, though he…

2017-10-19 04:58:41
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East Notes: Denbo, Hicks/Ellsbury, Vlad Jr., Red Sox  

Tim Healey of the Sun-Sentinel takes a look at Derek Jeter’s first hire in Miami: former Yankees executive Gary Denbo. The Marlins’ new player development and scouting guru is known for working hard to make something out of all of the players in farm system. His attention to detail and willingness to grind could pay dividends…

2017-10-19 03:28:36
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How Can The Nationals Improve Behind The Plate?  

Nationals catchers Matt Wieters and Jose Lobaton combined for some highly visible lapses in the team’s cringe-inducing Game 5 NLDS loss. That helped to illuminate a problem that was largely masked as the team coasted to the NL East title after addressing the easier-to-spot problem of late-inning bullpen woes. Make no mistake about it, though: the Nats…

2017-10-19 01:29:15
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MLBTR Chat Transcript: Free Agency, Stanton, Tanaka, Upton  

Click here to view the transcript for MLBTR Chat With Jason Martinez: October 18, 2017

2017-10-18 23:28:03
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Dayton Moore Suggests He's Not Interested In Leaving Royals  

Royals GM Dayton Moore has been mentioned repeatedly as a theoretical candidate to join the Braves’ front office. But he largely dismissed any such notion in comments today to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan (Twitter link). Moore, who has run Kansas City’s baseball operations since 2006, said that continuing on in that role is “doing what I’m…

2017-10-18 20:44:22
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Offseason Outlook: San Francisco Giants  

MLBTR is publishing Offseason Outlooks for all 30 teams.  Click here for the other entries in this series. A disastrous 2017 season could have the Giants looking for some big moves this winter to try and spur a quick return to contention. Guaranteed Contracts Buster Posey, C: $85.6MM through 2021 ($22MM club option for 2022…

2017-10-18 19:49:07
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Twins Inform Glen Perkins His 2018 Option Will Be Declined  

1:57pm: Bollinger tweets that there is indeed a chance that Perkins could return to the Twins on a minor league contract, but he’s likely to retire if such a deal cannot be arranged. 1:26pm: The Twins have informed former closer Glen Perkins that his $6.5MM club option for the 2018 season will be declined, tweets…

2017-10-18 18:57:41
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Tony La Russa Stepping Away From Diamondbacks Organization  

The D-backs announced today that Tony La Russa is leaving the organization, effective at the end of the month. The 73-year-old Hall of Famer served as the D-backs’ chief baseball officer from 2015-16 and worked for the club under the title of chief baseball analyst in 2017 following a restructuring of the front office (including…

2017-10-18 18:47:52
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AL Central Notes: Twins, Manuel, Royals, ChiSox  

The Twins have hired longtime Baseball America editor John Manuel and added him to their pro scouting department, Manuel announced yesterday (on Facebook). The Twins later confirmed the hiring, as MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger writes. Chief baseball officer Derek Falvey suggests to Bollinger that the team has no intention of cutting its scouting department despite a…

2017-10-18 16:09:44
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Orioles Notes: Miley, Rotation, Lineup, Farm System  

There was a “legitimate possibility” of the Orioles exercising Wade Miley’s $12MM club option for the 2018 season before a late collapse, writes Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, but the team now looks likely to buy that option out for $500K. Baltimore will be on the hunt for a left-handed starter this winter,…

2017-10-18 14:03:32
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NL East Notes: Braves, Hart, Weiss, Marlins, Frazier  

Major League Baseball will interview Braves president of baseball operations John Hart as part of its investigations into the club’s international dealings, tweets MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. To this point, it’s unclear whether Hart is at risk of discipline, though the very fact that he remains with the club after former GM John Coppolella has been…

2017-10-18 04:44:48
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West Notes: Rockies, Darvish, Rangers, Padres, Angels  

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post tackles a number of topics pertaining to the Rockies’ offseason in his latest Rockies Mailbag column. Among the more interesting items of note, Saunders opines that Carlos Gonzalez’s days in Colorado are through, noting that it’s unlikely that he’ll receive a qualifying offer. Saunders also notes that the ascension…

2017-10-18 02:11:25
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Rockies Expected To Pursue Reunion With Jonathan Lucroy  

Jonathan Lucroy has already openly expressed interest in returning to the Rockies, and MLB.com’s Thomas Harding writes today that the Rox are “expected” to pursue a reunion with the 31-year-old backstop. As Harding points out, the Rockies will return a very young pitching staff in 2018, and the team could benefit from an experienced handler…

2017-10-17 23:54:17
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Rangers Reportedly Inform Mike Napoli His Option Will Be Declined  

The Rangers have informed first baseman/designated hitter Mike Napoli that his $11MM club option for the 2018 season will not be exercised, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets. He’ll instead take home a $2.5MM buyout, bringing his total earnings in his third stint with the Rangers to $8.5MM. Napoli will be a free…

2017-10-17 21:50:10
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Eduardo Rodriguez Undergoes Knee Surgery  

Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez has undergone a significant knee surgery, per a team announcement. Specifically, he had a patellofemoral ligament reconstruction performed on his right knee. The joint has been a source of problems for Rodriguez for some time, though he was able to turn in a mostly complete 2017 season. Per the announcement,…

2017-10-17 19:44:28
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AL East Notes: Sox Payroll, Chili, Yanks' Rotation, McKinney, O's  

Whatever the Red Sox may prefer, the odds are that the organization will again go over the luxury tax line in 2018, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe explains. Indeed, with a hefty arbitration class set to land on top of an already robust set of guaranteed contracts, the team will enter the offseason without much hope…

2017-10-17 19:29:01
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MLBTR Chat Transcript: Free Agency, Stanton, Reds, Angels, Hall of Fame  

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

2017-10-17 19:19:03
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Hanley Ramirez Undergoes Shoulder Surgery  

12:50pm: Details remain unknown, but Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald tweets that it’s believed to be a “relatively minor” surgery. 12:06pm: Red Sox first baseman/DH Hanley Ramirez underwent surgery today on his left shoulder, he announced. The details of the procedure, which comes as something of a surprise, are not yet known. Shoulder issues plagued Ramirez…

2017-10-17 17:06:36
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Poll: Should The Nationals Retain Dusty Baker?  

It goes without saying that the Nationals’ 2017 season ended in bitter disappointment, as the organization once again failed to make it out of the NLDS despite cruising to its fourth NL East title in the past six campaigns. The exit, in a wild and mistake-filled Game 5 loss, was yet stranger and more baffling than…

2017-10-17 15:45:46
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An Early Look At The Cardinals' Search For A Closer  

As the Cardinals made a late push at a postseason spot this year, it seemed the club had finally sorted things out in the ninth inning — and done so for 2018 as well. Trevor Rosenthal, once the team’s lock-down closer, had rediscovered and even improved upon his former form. The sense of certainty did not…

2017-10-17 14:18:52
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Diamondbacks Outright Steve Hathaway  

The Diamondbacks have outrighted lefty Steve Hathaway off of the 40-man roster, per a club announcement. He was first reinstated from the 60-day DL. Shoulder issues kept the 27-year-old Hathaway out for all but one appearance this year. That made for a disappointing campaign for the former 14th-rounder, who cracked the majors last year despite opening the…

2017-10-17 03:54:18
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2017-18 Offseason Outlook Series  

Here at MLBTR, we have been hard at work on our annual Offseason Outlook series.  This post will be updated to include links to all the completed articles, and will be available under MLBTR Features on the right-hand sidebar on the desktop version of the site. AL East Baltimore Orioles Boston Red Sox New York…

2017-10-17 03:36:54
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Offseason Outlook: Philadelphia Phillies  

As they continued to build back from a full roster teardown, the Phillies finished the 2017 season with a 66-96 record, good for last in the NL East. But their rebuilding process has begun to bear fruit. Thanks in part to contributions from some exciting young rookies, Philadelphia finished the season strong by posting a…

2017-10-17 02:22:55
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NL Notes: Dickey, Finnegan, Puig, Marlins  

The Braves are still waiting to see where the MLB investigation into international signing violations will lead. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the latest on that situation, though it’s mostly a holding pattern. O’Brien also notes that his expectation is that veteran righty R.A. Dickey will choose to walk away from the game even if the club intends to pick…

2017-10-17 00:26:12
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Brad Ausmus Interviews With Red Sox, Is Not Interested In Mets  

Since losing his job as the Tigers skipper  a few weeks back, Brad Ausmus has drawn quite a lot of interest from other organizations looking to replace outgoing managers. Ausmus interviewed today with the Red Sox, per Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald (via Twitter), but has pulled out of the running for the Mets’ job,…

2017-10-16 21:51:04
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Minor MLB Transactions: 10/16/17  

Here are the day’s minor moves from around the league… The Angels announced that left-hander Jason Gurka has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Salt Lake. The 29-year-old was designated for assignment when the Halos picked up right-hander Felix Pena from the Cubs. Gurka appeared in just three games for the Angels late…

2017-10-16 19:31:25
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Offseason Outlook: Milwaukee Brewers  

In what most expected to be another transitional season, the Brewers spent much of the year in contention for the NL Central title and finished just shy of an NL Wild Card berth. With an 85-77 record under their belts and a promising core of controllable players, the Brewers will no longer enter the offseason…

2017-10-16 17:57:40
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Reds' GM On Cozart, Young Players, Rebuild  

Reds president of baseball operations and general manager Dick Williams sat down with C. Trent Rosecrans and Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer for am excellent, lengthy Q&A covering a number of topics pertaining to the Reds’ upcoming offseason and ongoing rebuild. Of most interest, perhaps, was the fact that Williams was straightforward in stating…

2017-10-16 16:22:42
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NL West Notes: Seager, Rockies, Padres  

Dodgers phenom Corey Seager feels to manager Dave Roberts (via an article by Ken Gurnick of MLB.com). Seager was injured while sliding into second base during the game in which the Dodgers clinched the NLDS series victory, and hasn’t done any baseball activity since then. Roberts adds that Seager won’t be traveling with the team to Chicago,…

2017-10-16 03:51:54
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Looking For A Match In A Billy Hamilton Trade  

After a second consecutive 68-94 season, the Cincinnati Reds’ rebuilding process still has no clear end in sight. Complicating things further for the organization are the facts that they already owe $68.7MM in guaranteed contracts to five players for the 2018 season, and $56.6MM to four players in 2019. Although the organization has shown a willingness to…

2017-10-16 02:08:59
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Daniel Webb Dies In ATV Accident  

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb passed away due to an ATV accident last night, according to a report from wpsdlocal6.com. Chris Davis, Sheriff of Humphreys County, confirmed the news via telephone. The Blue Jays selected Webb in the 18th round of the 2009 June amateur draft, but the Kentucky native spent most of his career in…

2017-10-15 23:07:27
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East Notes: Yankees, Sox, Nats, Orioles  

With the Yankees intent on getting under the $197MM luxury tax threshold in 2018, Joel Sherman of the New York Post wonders if they’ll shop relievers Dellin Betances and Adam Warren in the offseason. While the two, especially Betances, are high-end bullpen options, the Yankees may not want to spend the projected $7.5MM on the…

2017-10-15 21:52:03
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Free Agent Stock Watch: Carlos Santana  

The Indians’ ALDS loss to the Yankees may well go down as Carlos Santana’s last hurrah in Cleveland, an organization he has been a member of since 2008. The soon-to-be 32-year-old is slated to reach free agency next month and has the credentials to rake in one of the richest paydays of the offseason. It’s…

2017-10-15 19:46:42
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Offseason Outlook: Oakland Athletics  

MLBTR is publishing Offseason Outlooks for all 30 teams. Click here for the other entries in this series. The Athletics posted their third straight last-place finish in the American League West in 2017, but for the first time since their fateful Josh Donaldson trade in November 2014, the franchise has a clear direction. Not only…

2017-10-15 17:42:32
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Poll: Improving Boston's Offense  

From an offensive standpoint, the Red Sox didn’t thrive in Year 1 of the post-David Ortiz era. While Boston finished 93-69 and won its second straight American League East title in 2017, the club wasn’t the hitting juggernaut it had been throughout Ortiz’s tenure from 2003-16. The Red Sox led the majors in runs scored…

2017-10-15 15:34:43
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Offseason Rumblings: J.D., Grichuk, Cards, Twins, Rockies  

Along with the Diamondbacks (his current team), the Giants, Angels, Cardinals and Red Sox all stand out as potential offseason fits for impending free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez, Jon Morosi of MLB.com writes.  While the Cardinals and Red Sox already have logjams in the outfield, a trade could open up room for Martinez, notes Morosi,…

2017-10-15 03:27:38
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Offseason Outlook: New York Mets  

MLBTR is publishing Offseason Outlooks for all 30 teams.  Click here for the other entries in this series. After preventing left fielder Yoenis Cespedes from departing in free agency last offseason, the Mets entered 2017 on the shortlist of potential contenders in the National League. But injuries and down years beset nearly all of the…

2017-10-15 01:50:00
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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Jays, Braves, Dodgers, Cards, Bucs, BoSox  

This week in baseball blogs: Jays Journal wants Toronto to pursue a trade for Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich. When Sid Slid shares a Braves offseason blueprint. theScore has some concerns about Clayton Kershaw. Pop Culture Abstract is leery of reliever Greg Holland, a potential target for the Cardinals in free agency. The Point of…

2017-10-15 00:40:39
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East Notes: Nats, Tillman, Red Sox, Marlins  

We haven’t yet heard a full breakdown of the Nationals’ offseason plans following the club’s hard-to-fathom postseason exit on Thursday night. But president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo has shared some preliminary thoughts on the team’s latest NLDS disaster, as MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports. Despite the obvious disappointment, Rizzo suggests there’s not much to be done…

2017-10-14 23:21:48
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Dodgers Leave Corey Seager Off NLCS Roster  

5:50pm: Seager told reporters on Saturday that he will not play in the NLCS. He’s dealing with “a lot of tightness” in his back and is “not really mobile,” and is “hoping” he’ll be able to return should the Dodgers advance to the World Series. It’s possible Seager will start baseball activities next week (Twitter…

2017-10-14 22:50:46
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The Red Sox Managerial Search  

After back-to-back early postseason exits in the ALDS, the Red Sox decided to part ways with manager John Farrell.  There was already speculation before the dismissal that Farrell was on the hot seat, and the rumor mill has only picked up speed now that Boston’s search has officially begun.  President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski…

2017-10-14 21:40:15
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Cafardo's Latest: V-Mart, Bradley, Hickey, Farrell, Phillies  

The chances of Victor Martinez continuing his career may be “touch and go” in the aftermath of heart-related health issues in 2017, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes.  The Tigers slugger twice suffered irregular heartbeats, the second of which led to chronic ablation surgery in early September that prematurely ended his season.  Martinez has…

2017-10-14 20:34:04
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5 Key Stories: 10/7/17 – 10/13/17  

Here’s the recap of the top stories from the past week at MLBTR… Red Sox fire John Farrell: Rumors have long swirled about Farrell’s job security, and the Red Sox decided to make a change in the dugout after they were eliminated from the ALDS for the second consecutive season.  President of baseball operations Dave…

2017-10-14 19:18:11
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AL West Links: Angels, Davis, Keuchel  

It was on this day in 1929 that the Athletics (then based out of Philadelphia) won the World Series after a walkoff comeback in Game Five against the Cubs.  Down 2-0 doing into the bottom of the ninth, the A’s tied it on Mule Haas’ two-run homer, and then Bing Miller later delivered an RBI…

2017-10-14 17:16:05
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Rays Notes: Morrison, Ballpark, Coaches, McKay  

It seems like “a longshot” that Logan Morrison will return to the Rays next year, MLB.com’s Bill Chastain opines as part of a reader mailbag piece.  Morrison posted middling numbers in 2016 and underwent wrist surgery in September of that year, which cooled his free agent market to the point that the Rays were able…

2017-10-14 15:43:51
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MLBTR Originals  

Here is the past week’s original content from here at MLB Trade Rumors… MLBTR released its annual set of arbitration projections, as per the model developed by contributor Matt Swartz.  Every player eligible (or potentially eligible) for arbitration this offseason is covered, providing an idea about what the players are likely to earn in 2018…

2017-10-14 14:35:15
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Astros Acquire Juan Ramirez From Tigers To Complete Verlander Trade  

The Tigers have announced that they have sent young outfielder Juan Ramirez to the Astros. He becomes the player named to complete the late August blockbuster that sent righty Justin Verlander to Houston. In exchange for that pair of players, as well as $16MM to cover some of Verlander’s remaining salary, the Tigers picked up a trio…

2017-10-14 04:22:29
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Poll: How Much Will Eric Hosmer Earn In Free Agency?  

We’ve heard varying suggestions on just how much money soon-to-be free agent Eric Hosmer may be seeking, or may command, on the open market. That’ll all be sorted out when the negotiations start in earnest, but it’s fun to begin thinking about it now. We’re now just a few weeks away now from the start…

2017-10-14 02:34:59
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Angels Engaged In “Dialogue” With Justin Upton  

Angels outfielder Justin Upton is still weighing his opt-out decision, which promises to have widespread ramifications for the free-agent market. But as Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports, the club isn’t just sitting back and waiting to learn Upton’s fate. Rather, Halos GM Billy Eppler says “there is dialogue going on” between the sides, citing…

2017-10-14 00:39:28
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Antonetti, Chernoff, Francona Discuss Indians' Offseason  

The Indians were obviously disappointed by the way things ended this year, as the club was knocked out with three-straight ALDS losses. President of baseball operations Chris Antonetti, GM Mike Chernoff, and skipper Terry Francona discussed the state of affairs heading into the offseason in a media session, as MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. Broadly, Antonetti…

2017-10-13 22:51:30
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Marlins Reportedly Aiming To Drop Payroll To $90MM  

Chief executive officer Derek Jeter suggested at last week’s introductory press conference that the Marlins’ new ownership group may have to make some “unpopular” decisions for the long-term well-being of the franchise, and it appears that a fairly dramatic cut of the payroll is in order. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins…

2017-10-13 19:26:07
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AL Central Notes: Indians, Twins, Delmonico  

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that with the Indians’ season now over after a stunning Yankees comeback, the Cleveland front office now faces the daunting task of determining which players they’ll retain for the 2018 season (and beyond, in some cases). The Indians hold an $11MM club option over oft-injured but supremely talented…

2017-10-13 18:26:36
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The Mets' Managerial Search  

The Mets formally removed Terry Collins from his post as manager earlier this month, shifting him to a front office role and embarking on a search to replace the longest-tenured manager in franchise history. Since that time, they’ve been connected to a flurry of names, some speculatively and others more definitively. Reportedly, the Mets began…

2017-10-13 15:50:23
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Phillies Name Larry Bowa Senior Advisor To GM Matt Klentak  

The Phillies have moved bench coach Larry Bowa from the dugout to the front office, naming him senior advisor to GM Matt Klentak, per a team announcement. Bowa, it seems, will transition to a role similar to that of Pete Mackanin, who was surprisingly removed from his post as manager earlier this month. The 71-year-old…

2017-10-13 15:14:02
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Free Agent Notes: Abad, Holland, Twins, Oh  

Left-handed reliever Fernando Abad has changed agencies and is now represented by Octagon, FanRag’s Robert Murray reports (on Twitter). Abad’s shift in representation is particularly notable, as Abad is set to become a free agent once the playoffs come to a close. The 31-year-old lefty (32 in December) enjoyed a solid season out of the…

2017-10-13 13:59:44
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Mariners' CEO Discusses Offseason Plans  

The Mariners are still dead-set on trying to contend in 2018, CEO John Stanton tells Larry Stone of the Seattle Times. While the club didn’t ride a wave of “magic” to the postseason this year, as Stanton said he expected, the team is still committed to expanding and relying upon its existing core. Stanton, who has…

2017-10-13 04:11:17
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Latest On Braves Investigation: “Unprecedented” Violations  

The investigation into apparent international signing violations by the Braves has already claimed the jobs of GM John Coppolella and special assistant Gordon Blakely, but the investigation is still ongoing. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has a lengthy update on the matter, citing sources that tell him the team’s “violations are unprecedented in scope.” Even…

2017-10-13 01:52:16
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Heyman's Latest: Royals, Cobb, Hendry, Snitker, Dickey, Werth  

Within his latest AL Notes column, FanRag’s Jon Heyman writes that Royals GM Dayton Moore doesn’t appear to be going anywhere despite rumors about him possibly taking over the Braves’ front office. Moore, who cut his teeth in the front office world as a Braves exec, has been an oft-rumored replacement for John Coppolella in Atlanta following…

2017-10-13 00:21:27
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MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM  

Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series wraps up; players will then have ten…

2017-10-12 22:15:52
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Red Sox Notes: Scott, Gardenhire, Ausmus, Swihart  

The Red Sox announced on Thursday that southpaw reliever Robby Scott underwent a “left elbow arthroscopy and debridement” procedure but is expected to be back to full strength by Spring Training 2018. As several have pointed out (including CSN New England’s Evan Drellich, on Twitter), it’s rather confounding that president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski…

2017-10-12 21:21:05
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MLBTR Chat Transcript: NLDS, Giants, Brewers, O's  

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

2017-10-12 19:04:39
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Offseason Outlook: Chicago White Sox  

The 2016 Winter Meetings marked the beginning of a new White Sox strategy: a total rebuild.  Gone are Chris Sale, Adam Eaton, Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, Anthony Swarzak, Dan Jennings, Melky Cabrera, and Miguel Gonzalez.  The 2017 team played to their low expectations, but the club’s record was an afterthought as…

2017-10-12 18:29:21
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Greg Holland To Decline Player Option In Favor Of Free Agency  

Rockies closer Greg Holland will decline his $15MM player option and re-enter the free agent market in search of a more lucrative multi-year deal, reports FanRag’s Jon Heyman. Once the option is formally declined, the Rockies will have the opportunity to make Holland a qualifying offer of a reported $18.1MM. Presumably, Holland will again reject…

2017-10-12 16:52:34
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Right-Hander Hideaki Wakui Could Explore MLB Opportunities In Free Agency  

Right-hander Hideaki Wakui’s contract with the Chiba Lotte Marines expires at season’s end, and the veteran righty could pursue his dream of pitching in the Major Leagues this offseason, per a report from the Japan Times. Wakui has spent 13 seasons pitching in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball and is 31 years old (32 next June),…

2017-10-12 13:52:11
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The Phillies' Managerial Search  

Earlier tonight, we took a look at the Tigers’ managerial search, breaking down the list of candidates that are slated to interview and those that have been more casually linked to the vacancy in Detroit. The Phillies, too, have an opening in the dugout after surprisingly removing Pete Mackanin from that role and transitioning him…

2017-10-12 04:21:36
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The Tigers' Managerial Search  

The Tigers were the first team to cut ties with their manager at season’s end, announcing with less than a week of the regular season to play that Brad Ausmus would not return as the team’s skipper. Ausmus was allowed to finish out the season at the helm — though Ian Kinsler was allowed to…

2017-10-12 01:17:03
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MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to view the transcript for MLBTR Chat With Jason Martinez: October 11, 2017

2017-10-11 23:27:07
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An Early Look At The Red Sox' Managerial Vacancy  

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski’s decision to dismiss manager John Farrell earlier today wasn’t entirely unexpected, though like any managerial firing, it’ll lead to a wide swath of questions in the coming weeks as Boston seeks to hire a new skipper. As Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes, Dombrowski said Wednesday…

2017-10-11 22:56:08
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Extension Candidate: Aaron Nola  

The Phillies have scrupulously maintained their future balance sheets, preferring not to make any commitments that might tie their hands in future seasons. But the organization has already made one exception, inking Odubel Herrera last winter, and could explore yet more extensions with core players this winter. One could probably make a case for a…

2017-10-11 21:20:13
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NL East Notes: Strasburg, Phils, Mets  

The Nationals have reversed course on yesterday’s announcement that Tanner Roark would take the ball for this afternoon’s win-or-go-home NLDS Game 4. Instead, star righty Stephen Strasburg will make the start against the Cubs after indications were that he’d be unavailable due to illness. President of baseball operations Mike Rizzo says that Strasburg offered to pitch last…

2017-10-11 18:21:54
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Shohei Otani To Undergo Ankle Surgery  

Japanese star Shohei Otani is slated to undergo ankle surgery later this week, as the Japan Times was among those to report. It will address an injury that occurred this time last year, but has evidently lingered to some extent. Otani’s outlook does not figure to be impacted too much by the procedure, though it’ll add another…

2017-10-11 16:44:11
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Hazen, Hall On D-Backs' Offseason Plans  

Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen and president Derrick Hall chatted about the organization’s plans after the culmination of an exciting season, as Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Both suggested an interest in continuity while also contemplating the possibility of some changes in the makeup of the roster. Certainly, there’ll be some complications as the…

2017-10-11 15:18:55
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Red Sox Fire John Farrell  

The Red Sox have announced that John Farrell will not return as manager. The team had previously exercised its 2018 club option over the skipper, but will now change course and pursue another option. A search is set to begin immediately, per the club announcement. The Mets, Phillies, and Tigers are also looking for new managers at…

2017-10-11 13:29:14
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Offseason Outlook: Detroit Tigers  

This is the second entry in 2017-18 version of our annual Offseason Outlook series at MLBTR, joining the previously written Orioles Offseason Outlook. Entries on the other 28 teams will be released regularly over the next month. With the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft locked up following an aggressive summer fire sale, the Tigers…

2017-10-11 03:16:01
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Quick Hits: Twins, Sano, DeSclafani, Mikolas  

The Twins announced a few baseball operations changes on Tuesday, including the hiring of 27-year-old Jeremy Zoll as the team’s new director of minor league operations. Brad Steil, who had previously been the team’s farm director since 2013, will now instead head up the Twins’ pro scouting department. Zoll has spent the past few seasons…

2017-10-11 00:06:37
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Rangers Outright Gosselin, Espino, Middlebrooks, Hoying  

The Rangers announced on Tuesday that infielders Phil Gosselin and Will Middlebrooks, right-hander Paolo Espino and outfielder Jared Hoying have cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Round Rock. Both Gosselin and Middlebrooks have rejected the assignment in favor of free agency, per the team. The Rangers’ 40-man roster is now at 36 players, though…

2017-10-10 21:47:12
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MLBTR Chat Transcript  

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

2017-10-10 19:47:29
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Free Agent Stock Watch: Jonathan Lucroy  

Generally, of course, Jonathan Lucroy’s stock is down on the heels of a disappointing season. He entered the year with a chance at earning Russell Martin-type money — $82MM over five years — but now won’t scrape that stratosphere. That said, there’s still a lot of value in the veteran. Just how much? Let’s take a…

2017-10-10 17:47:08
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AL Notes: Allen, Sano, Beckham, Rangers, Claudio  

The Twins have decided to part ways with pitching coach Neil Allen, as La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune writes. While Paul Molitor will remain as the manager after inking a new deal, the organization is now on the market for a new hand to guide the pitching staff. Minnesota is sure…

2017-10-10 15:21:15
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Brandon Guyer To Undergo Surgery  

Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer is set to undergo surgery on his left wrist, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports on Twitter. The club provided a bit more detail in an announcement, noting that the procedure will involve a repair of the extensor tendon. At this point, it’s not clear how long Guyer will miss;…

2017-10-10 13:12:32
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East Notes: Girardi, Braves, Marlins, Mets/Nats Affiliate  

Currently in the last year of his contract, Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been noncommittal about his future in recent weeks. On the heels of a rough few days for Girardi, ESPN’s Buster Olney says he expects Girardi’s time as the Yankees’ skipper to conclude at season’s end (podcast link). Of course, things are beginning…

2017-10-10 04:57:18
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Guillermo Heredia Undergoes Shoulder Surgery  

Mariners outfielder Guillermo Heredia has undergone surgery on his right surgery, per a club announcement. With a full offseason to recover, the 26-year-old is expected to be ready for Spring Training. While the overall prognosis seems promising, it appears to be a fairly significant surgery. Heredia is said to have required repair of a Bankart…

2017-10-10 02:05:54
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Angels Acquire Felix Pena, Designate Jason Gurka  

The Angels have announced the acquisition of righty Felix Pena from the Cubs. Los Angeles designated southpaw Jason Gurka for assignment to open a 40-man roster spot. Pena, a 27-year-old from the Dominican Republic, had made 36 MLB appearances over the past two seasons. He carries a 4.98 ERA in the majors, with 10.4 K/9…

2017-10-10 00:26:50
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Offseason Outlook: Baltimore Orioles  

This is the first entry in MLBTR’s 2017-18 Offseason Outlook series.  Stay tuned in the coming weeks for entries on every team in baseball. With several key figures entering their final year under contract, 2018 could mark the end of this era of Orioles baseball.  In order to go out in a blaze of glory,…

2017-10-10 00:18:28
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Rookie Davis Undergoes Hip Surgery  

Reds right-hander Rookie Davis has undergone surgery on his right hip, per a club announcement (h/t MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, on Twitter). Specifically, repair work was done to the labrum and a bone spur was removed. The procedure is a rather significant one, it seems. Davis will have an entire winter to rest and rehab, but the…

2017-10-09 22:16:13
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Minor MLB Transactions: 10/9/17  

Monday’s minor moves from around baseball: The Rays have outrighted right-hander Kevin Gadea to Triple-A Durham, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Gadea joined the Rays last December as a Rule 5 pick from the Mariners, but elbow problems prevented him from throwing a pitch with his new organization in 2017. Tampa…

2017-10-09 19:44:33
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Poll: The Future Of Miami's Outfield  

Those who have visited this website with any regularity over the past few months know that Marlins outfielders Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna have frequently come up as potential trade chips. With the MLB offseason set to begin in earnest in a few weeks, questions regarding the trio will continue to abound, especially…

2017-10-09 17:38:50
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Front Office/Managerial Notes: Marlins, Brewers, Tigers  

The latest front office and managerial updates from around the majors: Yankees vice president of player development Gary Denbo is leaving the Bombers to become the Marlins’ director of player development and amateur scouting, George A. King III of the New York Post reports (on Twitter). Denbo will work under Michael Hill, who will stay…

2017-10-09 15:55:51
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