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Braves Will Forfeit Rights To Kevin Maitan, Other Prospects  

12:31pm: Badler now adds that two other players will be set loose: shortstop Yunior Severino and righty Juan Contreras. The four players identified to this point were those that received the biggest contracts of the organization’s 2016-17 haul, Badler notes. 11:58am: Backstop Abrahan Gutierrez has also been notified that he will become a free agent, Ben…

2017-11-21 18:44:21
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Orioles To Acquire Konner Wade From Rockies For International Bonus Money  

The Orioles have added an arm in a swap with the Rockies, picking up righty Konner Wade in exchange for an unknown amount of international bonus pool money. Roch Kubatako of MASNSports.com first reported the prospective swap, with Jon Heyman of Fan Rag tweeting that it has in fact gone though. Wade, who’ll soon turn 26,…

2017-11-21 18:31:37
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Latest On NPB-MLB Posting Negotiations  

Last night, we learned that the Major League Baseball Player’s Association had extended its deadline to finalize an agreement regarding the transfer system for players moving between Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball. With a new union-imposed stopping point at 8pm EST today, the parties in interest — including the three entities just…

2017-11-21 16:30:29
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East Notes: Jays, Orioles, Jeter, Rizzo  

It’s possible the Blue Jays could weigh a run at star free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag writes. At the moment, that seems like a fairly tenuous connection; Heyman explains that the team has “at least considered” Martinez but may also be hesitant to participate in a bidding war to get him.…

2017-11-21 14:33:00
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MLB Daily Roster Roundup: 40-Man Additions  

We saw a run of transactions today as teams tweaked their 40-man rosters in advance of the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft by selecting their contracts. We have compiled all of the day’s action right here. Of course, one of the most important aspects of the decisions that were made is…

2017-11-21 05:35:55
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Hisashi Iwakuma Says He Is Weighing Offer To Return To Mariners  

Veteran righty Hisashi Iwakuma told reporters in his native Japan that he is weighing an offer to return to the Mariners, as the Japan Times reports (h/t MLB.com’s Greg Johns). The precise nature of the team’s proposal is not known. The 36-year-old Iwakuma says that, while there’s nothing official at the moment, he may “be able to make a…

2017-11-21 04:25:39
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Athletics Designate Sam Moll, Jaycob Brugman  

The Athletics have designated lefty Sam Moll and outfielder Jaycob Brugman for assignment, as MLB.com’s Jane Lee tweets. Oakland also added right-handers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to its 40-man roster, she adds.

2017-11-21 01:36:47
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Dodgers Designate Josh Ravin  

The Dodgers have designated righty Josh Ravin for assignment, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times was among those to tweet. As he departs the 40-man, righties Trevor Oaks and Dennis Santana will join it. Ravin, 29, showed some big swing-and-miss potential after landing with the Dodgers but never fully caught on in the majors. A…

2017-11-21 01:31:51
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Braves Claim Grant Dayton  

The Braves have claimed lefty Grant Dayton from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times was among those to tweet. He underwent Tommy John surgery this August. Atlanta is also adding two lefties to its 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. Adam McCreery and Ricardo Sanchez both had their contracts selected,…

2017-11-21 01:29:45
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Giants Designate Micah Johnson, Orlando Calixte  

The Giants have designated infielder Micah Johnson and utilityman Orlando Calixte for assignment, as Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle was among those to report on Twitter. San Francisco also removed righty Dan Slania from the 40-man via outright assignment. He cleared waivers. Another 40-man casualty, infielder Engelb Vielma, did not. Joining the Giants’ MLB roster are catcher Aramis…

2017-11-21 01:27:31
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Cubs Outright Jacob Hannemann  

The Cubs have outrighted outfielder Jacob Hannemann, per a club announcement. Chicago has made three 40-man additions as well, selecting the contracts of righties Adbert Alzolay and Oscar De La Cruz as well as infielder David Bote. Hannemann, 26, had been claimed recently from the Mariners. He briefly debuted with Seattle — after they claimed him…

2017-11-21 01:18:41
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Tigers Sign Ryan Carpenter  

The Tigers have signed lefty Ryan Carpenter to a MLB deal, per a club announcement. He’ll join the 40-man roster along with a long list of players whose contracts were selected to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. Detroit has selected the contracts of the following players: catcher Grayson Greiner outfielder Mike Gerber infielder…

2017-11-21 01:14:25
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Leitch: Who'll be the next first-time MVP?  

After two deserving first-time winners of the MVP Award this year, who could be the next young star to join the club?

2017-11-21 00:55:45
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Marlins Acquire Garrett Cooper, Caleb Smith From Yankees For Michael King, Int'l Bonus Pool Money  

The Marlins have struck a deal to acquire first baseman Garrett Cooper and lefty Caleb Smith from the Yankees. New York will receive righty Michael King and $250K of international bonus pool money in the swap. A deal involving Cooper and another player was first reported by Robert Murray of Fan Rag (via Twitter); the…

2017-11-21 00:11:53
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MLBPA Extends MLB-NPB Posting Negotiation Deadline  

Negotiations regarding a new posting agreement between Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball have been postponed, according to an announcement from the MLB Player’s Association. While the MLB and NPB seem largely on the same page, the union has the right to authorize any agreement and has engaged on the subject. It’s a one-day…

2017-11-21 00:04:40
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Mets, Tigers Have Discussed Ian Kinsler  

The Mets have discussed trade scenarios involving veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler with the Tigers, according to a report from MLB Network’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). Those talks are preliminary in nature, per the report. Kinsler, 35, is expected to draw wide interest from teams that are looking for a quality veteran to plug into…

2017-11-20 23:44:50
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Athletics Acquire Ramon Laureano, Outright Bobby Wahl  

The Athletics have acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros, per MLB.com’s Jane Lee (via Twitter). Houston will receive right-hander Brandon Bailey in return. Oakland additionally outrighted right-hander Bobby Wahl off of its 40-man roster. That move will create space for Laureano to be added to the A’s roster to protect him from the Rule…

2017-11-20 23:19:03
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Braves claim Dayton, acquire Ravin from Dodgers  

Alex Anthopoulos' first two transactions as the Braves' general manager were influenced by the familiarity he gained with the Dodgers' bullpen as he spent the past two years serving as Los Angeles' vice president of baseball operations.

2017-11-20 23:15:48
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Phillies Claim Engelb Vielma, Designate Mark Appel & Alberto Tirado  

The Phillies have claimed infielder Engelb Vielma off waivers from the Giants, per a team announcement. Philadelphia also designated righties Mark Appel and Alberto Tirado for assignment while outrighting lefty Elniery Garcia. To round out a busy day of 40-man moves, the Phillies also added righties Seranthony Dominguez, Franklyn Kilome, and Jose Taveras, as well…

2017-11-20 23:04:18
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Dodgers send Ravin to Braves for cash  

The Dodgers on Monday traded Josh Ravin to the Braves for cash considerations.

2017-11-20 22:59:10
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Blue Jays Acquire Gift Ngoepe  

The Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates, per club announcements. The talented defender changes hands as the clubs go about trimming their 40-man rosters in advance of the Rule 5 draft. A player to be named later or cash will head to Pittsburgh in return. Ngoepe, 27, became the first African-born…

2017-11-20 22:50:28
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Sources: Tigers talk Kinsler with Halos, Mets  

After trading Justin Verlander and Justin Upton on Aug. 31, Tigers general manager Al Avila reiterated to MLB Network last week that his team remains in "full rebuild" mode. The Tigers' next step could be dealing Ian Kinsler.

2017-11-20 22:08:52
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Indians Claim Rob Refsnyder, Designate Kyle Crockett & Dylan Baker  

The Indians announced today that they’ve claimed infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder off waivers from the Blue Jays and designated left-hander Kyle Crockett and Dylan Baker for assignment. Cleveland has also selected the contracts of right-hander Julian Merryweather and infielders Willi Castro, Yu Chang and Eric Stamets. That series of moves fills the Indians’ 40-man roster and…

2017-11-20 22:06:17
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Yanks get King, bonus money from Marlins  

The Yankees acquired Minor League right-hander Michael King along with international bonus pool money from the Marlins on Monday, in exchange for infielder Garrett Cooper and left-hander Caleb Smith. Per MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo, the bonus pool amount involved in the trade is $250,000.

2017-11-20 21:52:41
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TB top prospect Bauers added to 40-man roster  

Brent Honeywell and Jake Bauers highlighted the group of players added to the Rays' 40-man roster on Monday.

2017-11-20 21:45:50
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Fans wait more than a day to meet Altuve  

On Monday, thousands of Astros fans celebrated when Jose Altuve signed autographs and posed for pictures at an Academy Sports + Outdoors store in nearby Katy. It was Altuve's first public appearance since winning the American League MVP Award, and fans greeted him with a hero's welcome and a slew of "MVP" chants.

2017-11-20 21:36:20
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Blue Jays acquire Ngoepe from Bucs  

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins was a busy man in advance of Monday night's deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft. He pulled off a minor trade and parted ways with three players, as the club attempted to reshape its 40-man roster in preparation for next month's Winter Meetings.

2017-11-20 21:29:16
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Blue Jays Outright Harold Ramirez, Chris Rowley  

The Blue Jays announced that minor league outfielder Harold Ramirez and right-hander Chris Rowley have been outrighted off the 40-man roster after clearing waivers. The pair of moves creates some additional room on the 40-man in advance of tonight’s 8pm ET deadline to protect players from next month’s Rule 5 Draft. Ramirez, 23, came to…

2017-11-20 21:12:30
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White Sox Outright Chris Beck, Tyler Danish  

The White Sox announced today that right-handers Chris Beck and Tyler Danish have cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Charlotte, thus removing them from the 40-man roster. The moves will help pave the way for Chicago’s newest slate of 40-man roster additions, which includes minor league outfielders Eloy Jimenez, Luis Alexander Basabe and…

2017-11-20 21:10:04
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Finding the best free-agent fits for Hosmer  

Where will Eric Hosmer call home in 2018? There's a few clear fits, yet with a glut of free agent first basemen, his ultimate destination remains unclear. Let's count down each of the 30 teams to find who might actually end up with the longtime Royal.

2017-11-20 21:04:50
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History provides precedent for MVP trades  

Since the Baseball Writers' Association of America began handing out MVP Awards in 1931, Alex Rodriguez is the only player who has been traded during the offseason in which he won (more on him below). Giancarlo Stanton could become only the second to fit that description.

2017-11-20 21:04:33
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Yankees add top prospect Torres to 40-man  

The Yankees added six players to their 40-man roster in advance of Monday's 8 p.m. ET deadline to protect players from being selected in next month's Rule 5 Draft. It completes a busy day of roster moves for the club that also included a pair of Minor League trades earlier in the day to clear space on the roster.

2017-11-20 20:54:18
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Cubs protect top prospect from Rule 5 Draft  

Ahead of Monday's 7 p.m. CT deadline to protect players from next month's Rule 5 Draft, the Cubs selected the contracts of right-handers Adbert Alzolay and Oscar De La Cruz plus infielder David Bote, and added them to their 40-man roster. Outfielder Jacob Hannemann also cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa.

2017-11-20 20:30:58
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Teams set 40-man rosters ahead of Rule 5 Draft  

The deadline to add Minor League prospects to the 40-man roster and protect them from the Rule 5 Draft is at 8 ET tonight. More than 150 prospects from team Top 30 lists had to be added or exposed to the December draft.

2017-11-20 19:25:47
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Deadline for Ohtani posting extended 24 hours  

On Monday, the MLBPA pushed back by 24 hours a deadline for the union to approve any new transfer agreement governing the movement of players from Japan to Major League Baseball. The sides have until 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday to reach an agreement on a new posting system.

2017-11-20 19:21:23
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Bridich not afraid to take risks for rising Rockies  

It's no secret that the Rockies would like to find a way to re-sign free-agent closer Greg Holland and catcher Jonathan Lucroy to multi-year deals. They wouldn't hesitate to bring back reliever Pat Neshek, and if outfielder Carlos Gonzalez would be interested in a one-year deal to rebuild his market value, he could return, too.

2017-11-20 19:00:53
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Bucs add top prospect Meadows, trade Gift  

The Pirates added three Minor Leaguers, including top prospect Austin Meadows, to their 40-man roster on Monday, protecting them from being selected in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. Pittsburgh also cut ties with shortstop Gift Ngoepe .

2017-11-20 18:43:26
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Borkowski, member of '55 Dodgers, dies at 91  

Bob Borkowski, an outfielder who played six seasons for the Cubs, Reds and Dodgers from 1950-55, passed away at the age of 91 on Saturday.

2017-11-20 18:25:34
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Rangers Acquire Ronald Herrera From Yankees  

The Rangers are set to acquire right-hander Ronald Herrera from the Yankees, reports MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (on Twitter). The two teams announced the trade shortly thereafter, revealing that lefty Reiver Sanmartin is going to the Yankees in return. Herrera was on the Yankees’ 40-man roster and will thus be added to the Rangers’ 40-man roster as…

2017-11-20 18:01:59
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Players Added To The 40-Man Roster  

As detailed earlier this morning at MLBTR, the deadline for Major League clubs to add players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight. Because of that, there will be literally dozens of moves between now and 8pm ET as teams make final determinations on who…

2017-11-20 17:54:42
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Giancarlo Stanton Rumors: Monday  

Another day, another slew of rumors pertaining to the game’s top slugger. Reports over the weekend indicated that the Cardinals have submitted a formal offer to the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton, but that doesn’t mean that there’s any indication a trade involving Stanton is any closer. Here’s the latest on the 2017 home run king……

2017-11-20 17:15:29
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Sox add top prospect Jimenez to 40-man  

Eloy Jimenez, the White Sox No. 1 prospect per MLBPipeline.com and No. 4 overall, was one of five players added to the White Sox 40-man roster with their contracts purchased Monday.

2017-11-20 17:11:18
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Top breakout prospects from Fall League  

Every year there are players who might not be at the top of prospect lists, but who use the Fall League as a bit of a coming out party. These are players who can be considered breakout prospects, with the usual caveat about small sample sizes.

2017-11-20 17:04:01
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Brewers Reportedly Showing Interest In Jake Arrieta  

With Jimmy Nelson set to miss a portion of the 2018 season following shoulder surgery, the Brewers are eyeing top-end rotation upgrades and showing some early interest in Jake Arrieta, tweets MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. Arrieta, 32 March, is a familiar commodity for the Brewers, who have watched him star for the Cubs for nearly four…

2017-11-20 16:24:48
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Iwakuma reportedly weighing Mariners' offer  

Veteran right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma told reporters in Japan on Monday that he has received an offer to re-sign with the Mariners and is attempting to recover from shoulder surgery in time for the 2018 season.

2017-11-20 16:15:43
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Grapefruit, Cactus action to begin Feb. 23  

The countdown to Spring Training started as soon as the Astros prevailed in Game 7 of the World Series in Dodger Stadium, giving them their first title in franchise history.

2017-11-20 15:06:38
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Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight  

The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed off waivers…

2017-11-20 14:10:27
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Brewers showing interest in FAs Arrieta, Lynn  

Milwaukee stunned many observers by entering the All-Star break with a 5 1/2-game lead in the National League Central. And now Brewers general manager David Stearns is poised to address perhaps the biggest reason the Cubs ultimately eclipsed his team in the second half: a shortage of proven high-end starting pitching.

2017-11-20 13:04:46
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Spring Training caps set for holiday debut  

Just in time for the start of holiday shopping, New Era on Monday unveiled the new PROLIGHT 59FIFTY, a fitted cap that will be worn by all Major League Baseball players in Spring Training games and during batting practice prior to regular-season games throughout 2018.

2017-11-20 12:30:00
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Bonds, Kent lead SF contingent on HOF ballot  

Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent frequently appeared back to back in the batting order as Giants teammates. When the subject is Hall of Fame voting, however, Bonds has steadily separated himself from Kent in recent seasons.

2017-11-20 12:10:10
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Clemens, Wagner eyeing surge on HOF ballot  

Jeff Bagwell's induction to the Hall of Fame this year raised the Astros' profile in Cooperstown and provided a goal for the franchise's succeeding stars to pursue. It's clear what Roger Clemens and Billy Wagner need from Hall of Fame voters to approach Bagwell's standard.

2017-11-20 12:10:05
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Braves land pair of Joneses on HOF ballot  

Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones will soon get a better feel for the strength of their Hall of Fame candidacies, as both were on the 2018 Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for the first time on Monday afternoon.

2017-11-20 12:06:12
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Phillies slugger Thome lands on HOF ballot  

Jim Thome sparked a baseball renaissance in Philadelphia in 2003. He could be a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee 15 years later.

2017-11-20 12:04:36
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Chipper, Thome, Vizquel head HOF ballot  

The National Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 could be part of another blockbuster induction weekend next summer.

2017-11-20 12:03:30
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Hoffman hoping third time's a HOF charm  

For the last two years, Trevor Hoffman has anxiously awaited the call from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, anticipating his possible election. This marks his third year on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot.

2017-11-20 12:00:46
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Edgar eyes push to top on '18 HOF ballot  

Edgar Martinez's career with the Mariners got off to a late start, so he knows as well as anyone that it's how you finish that counts. And that lesson might come in handy again for one of the game's premier designated hitters as he waits to see if he can convert some strong recent momentum into election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

2017-11-20 12:00:00
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Quick Hits: Int'l Market, Twins, Vizquel, Chatwood, Nats  

The Blue Jays are the favorites to sign 15-year-old Dominican shortstop Orelvis Martinez, who scouts expect will receive the highest bonus of any player signed in next year’s July 2 international signing market, Baseball America’s Ben Badler writes (BA subscription required and recommended).  Badler recently attended an MLB showcase for Dominican players and provides brief…

2017-11-20 05:58:28
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5 Key Stories: 11/12/17 – 11/18/17  

Here are the biggest stories from the past week here at MLBTR… Carlos Beltran retires: After winning his first World Series championship, Carlos Beltran decided to go out on top, announcing his retirement after 20 years in the big leagues.  The nine-time All-Star ends his career with a .279/.350/.486 slash line and 435 homers over…

2017-11-20 04:32:45
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Red Sox Notes: Offseason, Brentz, 40-Man  

Some notes from Fenway Park… With the Red Sox looking for power bats this winter, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald looks at how making a big signing (i.e. J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer) or trade (for Giancarlo Stanton) would impact the club’s payroll and the rest of its offseason moves.  For instance, signing Martinez would…

2017-11-20 03:07:51
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Gammons' Latest: Cobb, Machado, Maitan, Braves, Swihart  

According to “industry consensus,” Alex Cobb’s free agent market will come down to a battle between the Cubs and Yankees, Peter Gammons writes in his newest entry at GammonsDaily.com.  Chicago’s interest in Cobb (which is apparently mutual) is already known, and such other teams as the Phillies, Orioles, and Blue Jays have also been linked…

2017-11-20 01:38:14
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AL West Notes: Cruz, Mariners, Astros, Gattis, A's  

Some items from around the AL West… The Mariners apparently aren’t planning to make Nelson Cruz available in trade talks, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes.  The newly-acquired Ryon Healy will be used at first base, leaving Cruz to his usual role as Seattle’s designated hitter.  A 37-year-old, DH-only player entering the final year…

2017-11-20 00:29:53
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Giancarlo Stanton Rumors: Sunday  

Rumors continue to swirl around Marlins right fielder and trade candidate Giancarlo Stanton early this offseason. Here’s the latest on the NL MVP: The Cardinals “have made a formal offer” to acquire Stanton, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com (Twitter link). They’re at least the second team to make a pitch to the Marlins for…

2017-11-19 22:43:01
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Thanksgetting: Week of meals, deals ahead?  

The week ahead leads us to the festive and filling holiday of Thanksgiving, when we show gratitude for family and friends and food and everything else we're lucky enough to enjoy.

2017-11-19 22:17:05
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Broadcasters reflect on most memorable calls  

Most baseball fans readily acknowledge that the broadcasters who call the games of their favorite teams are almost like members of their family.

2017-11-19 20:51:17
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Poll: Will The Rays Trade Chris Archer?  

Even though Rays general manager Erik Neander suggested last week that the team plans to keep its top trade chip, Chris Archer, the right-hander still figures to frequent the rumor mill this offseason. On Saturday, for instance, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Rays may well listen to offers on their…

2017-11-19 20:30:18
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5 reasons why Hosmer is drawing interest  

Eric Hosmer could earn the biggest contract of any free-agent hitter on the market this offseason.

2017-11-19 20:00:00
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10 pitchers who deserved better results in '17  

When it comes to winning games, the only thing that matters is the outcome. Did you let that runner score? Did you hit that home run? If not, if the runs don't get on (or stay off) the board, then what might have happened, or should have happened, doesn't really matter. You don't win games based on hypotheticals.

2017-11-19 20:00:00
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Santana a draw for teams seeking 1B or DH  

The free-agent market for first basemen/designated hitters continues to be closely monitored by several teams, including the Red Sox and Phillies. Both clubs, according to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi, remain interested in 31-year-old slugger Carlos Santana.

2017-11-19 19:50:10
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MLBTR Originals  

Recapping MLBTR’s original content from the past week: Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani will only be able to sign a minor league deal this offseason if he comes to the majors,  though he could conceivably ink a more lucrative extension early in his MLB tenure. Tim Dierkes examined that possibility in depth. Tim also looked ahead…

2017-11-19 19:28:34
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Cardinals make trade offer for Stanton  

Giancarlo Stanton claimed a big offseason prize on Thursday night, being named National League Most Valuable Player. It was the latest in a long list of awards the All-Star right fielder has received for his remarkable 2017 season.

2017-11-19 18:32:17
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A look back at birthday boy Gallo's 2017 HRs  

Joey Gallo turned 24 on Sunday, but he already ranks as one of the Majors' top producers of eye-popping home runs.

2017-11-19 17:47:05
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AL Rumors: Indians, Orioles, Machado, Red Sox  

While it’s unclear if any deals will materialize, a slew of Indians drew trade interest at this month’s general managers meetings, according to Terry Pluto of cleveland.com. Specifically, teams inquired about a few Indians pitchers – including right-handers Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and Mike Clevinger – as well as catchers Roberto Perez and Yan Gomes.…

2017-11-19 17:27:28
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Minor MLB Transactions: 11/19/17  

The latest minor moves from around the game: The Tigers have signed corner infielder Edwin Espinal to a minor league contract, the player announced on Instagram (h/t: Evan Woodbery of MLive.com, on Twitter). Detroit’s the second major league organization for the 23-year-old Espinal, who spent the first seven seasons of his pro career with the…

2017-11-19 16:08:51
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Matsui 'looking forward' to Ohtani in Majors  

After hosting a baseball clinic on Sunday for youth players at Columbia University's Robertson Field at Satow Stadium, Hideki Matsui gave his thoughts on young star Shohei Ohtani and how involved the former outfielder, now special advisor to the Yankees, wants to be in the rookie's baseball career.

2017-11-19 14:23:08
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Morosi's Latest: Rangers, Cards, Rockies, Phillies  

A few early morning free agent rumors from Jon Morosi of MLB.com… The Rangers “have had preliminary contact” with right-hander Alex Cobb’s representatives, Morosi writes. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported earlier this month that the starter-needy Rangers covet Cobb, one of the top hurlers on the open market. Cobb returned in earnest…

2017-11-19 14:14:04
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Free Agent Profile: Lorenzo Cain  

Fresh off yet another strong season, longtime Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain ranks as one of the best free agents available in this year’s class. Pros/Strengths Since making his major league debut with the Brewers in 2010, Cain has often mixed average or better production at the plate with top-notch defense and quality baserunning, making…

2017-11-19 05:30:57
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AL Notes: Rays, Longoria, Colome, Rangers, Tigers  

As they look to reduce payroll and perhaps rebuild this offseason, the Rays will be open to trading most of their high-paid players – including third baseman and franchise icon Evan Longoria – Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Longoria hasn’t yet reached 10-and-5 status, meaning he doesn’t have full no-trade rights, but…

2017-11-19 03:41:53
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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: FA SPs, Cole, Cain, Jays, Ohtani, Cubs  

This week in baseball blogs: 216Stitches analyzes this winter’s class of free agent starting pitchers. Pirates Breakdown asks if now is the time for the Bucs to trade Gerrit Cole. Jays From the Couch argues that Toronto should sign Lorenzo Cain. The Loop Sports explains how the Cubs could lure Shohei Ohtani in free agency.…

2017-11-19 02:25:23
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Orioles Interested In Lance Lynn  

The Orioles are interested in free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports (Twitter link). Morosi adds that the Orioles slightly prefer fellow righty Alex Cobb, however, thanks to his vast experience in the American League East. Morosi first linked Cobb to the Orioles on Friday. Either Lynn or Cobb is the…

2017-11-19 00:47:05
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Orioles seeking pitching to make run in '18  

The Orioles finished last in the American League East this season, but they're planning to compete -- not rebuild -- in 2018.

2017-11-19 00:05:44
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Mariners Acquire Nick Rumbelow  

The Mariners have announced that they’ve acquired right-hander Nick Rumbelow from the Yankees in exchange for a pair of minor league pitchers, left-hander JP Sears and righty Juan Then. It’s not an earth-shattering trade by any means, but it certainly does have at least one significant implication. The Yankees are facing a significant roster crunch that needs to…

2017-11-18 21:46:17
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10 standouts from AFL championship game  

Jim Callis identifies 10 prospects who stood out in the Arizona Fall League championship game.

2017-11-18 21:15:04
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International Notes: Matsui, Ruf, Verrett, Jackson  

Former major leaguer Kazuo Matsui has rejoined his first professional team, the Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball (hat tip to Kyodo News). The 42-year-old was not offered a contract by his previous team, the Rakuten Eagles, and will now reportedly take on both outfielder and coaching duties for the Lions. “I felt strongly about continuing…

2017-11-18 20:33:56
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Skills that thrill: 2017 Statcast All-Star Team  

In the world of Statcast, the 2017 season saw Aaron Judge and Byron Buxton smashing records, but they weren't the only ones.

2017-11-18 20:00:54
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5 reasons FA closer Davis in high demand  

Free agency is underway, and before the dominos start to fall into place, MLB.com is here to help you see some of the biggest names available on the open market this offseason through a more focused lens.

2017-11-18 20:00:00
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3 free agents primed to bounce back in 2018  

A player's value in free agency often comes down, in large part, to timing.

2017-11-18 20:00:00
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Filia hauls in awards, gems in AFL title game  

It was a busy day for Mariners No. 24 prospect Eric Filia. After the 25-year-old received the AFL's Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award, he made two great defensive plays to help propel Peoria to the AFL championship.

2017-11-18 19:37:32
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Which Hot Stove dominoes will be first to fall?  

We need just one or two dominoes tumbling to get the Hot Stove going. If it's the right guy -- say Jake Arrieta to the Phillies or Lorenzo Cain to the Giants -- it might just start a chain reaction of other deals.

2017-11-18 19:00:00
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Looking for a Match in a Brad Hand Trade  

After entertaining offers from a handful of teams leading up to the 2017 non-waiver trade deadline, the San Diego Padres opted not to trade reliever Brad Hand. But discussions are sure to heat up once again heading into the hot stove season. While the elite lefty is no sure bet to be dealt, the Friars look like a…

2017-11-18 18:48:16
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MVP Acuna, Braves mates propel Peoria to title  

Braves prospects Ronald Acuna and Alex Jackson combined to go 4-for-8 with six RBIs as Peoria claimed the AFL Championship with an 8-2 win over Mesa on Saturday afternoon at Scottsdale Stadium.

2017-11-18 18:18:24
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Yanks interview Dodgers 3B coach Woodward  

The Yankees' wide-ranging managerial search continued on Saturday afternoon when they interviewed Chris Woodward, the third-base coach for the National League-champion Dodgers, for the vacant position.

2017-11-18 17:43:57
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Yanks acquire 2 Minors arms for Rumbelow  

The Yankees and Mariners have agreed to a deal that will send Minor League pitchers JP Sears and Juan Then to New York in exchange for Minor League right-hander Nick Rumbelow, the clubs announced Saturday.

2017-11-18 17:16:08
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Coach/Manager Notes: Ausmus, Blanco, Gott  

Katie Strang of The Athletic (subscription required and recommended) had a phone Q&A with Brad Ausmus. The former Tigers skipper explains his rationale in taking a year off from the field. Among his reasons for a hiatus is the ability to be more involved in his daughters’ lives. Ausmus also mentioned that the Red Sox managerial…

2017-11-18 15:58:19
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Minor MLB Transactions: 11/18/17  

Here are Saturday's minor moves throughout the league… The Reds have re-signed outfielder Patrick Kivlehan to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, beat reporter Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports on Twitter. After bouncing around between the minor league systems of the Mariners, Rangers and Padres, Kivlehan made his major league debut in…

2017-11-18 15:32:07
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Eflin surprises kids at annual CBP sleepover  

Zach Eflin, Gabe Kapler and Matt Klentak surprised eight children taking a break from their cancer treatments and other illnesses with family and friends to attend the annual sleepover Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

2017-11-18 15:02:47
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Acuna caps sensational year with AFL MVP  

As the 2017 season comes to a close, Ronald Acuna has one more piece of hardware to add to his trophy case. The Braves' No. 1 prospect was named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League after he hit .325/.414/.639 and led the league with seven homers in 23 games for the Peoria Javelinas.

2017-11-18 14:36:20
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Nationals Name Dave Martinez Manager  

NOV. 18: Martinez will make $2.8MM over the next three years. His 2021 option is valued at $1.2MM, giving his contract a maximum of $4MM over four years, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports via Twitter. OCT. 30: The Nationals have formally announced the signing of Martinez to a three-year deal with a team option for the 2021…

2017-11-18 14:35:27
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Castrovince: Awards Week a fitting finale  

Awards season has become its own entity on the Major League Baseball calendar. It's not as emotionally exhausting as the postseason and not as imagination stoking as the Hot Stove season. It provides an opportunity not just to reward those who stood out during the just-completed campaign, but to reflect on the bigger picture of the year that was.

2017-11-18 11:00:00
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East Notes: O's/Cobb, Mets, Nats, Jays, Rays  

The Orioles seem to be casting a wide net in their hunt for starting pitching, as they have been cited as having interest in quite a few arms already. While the organization has become known for doing a good portion of its business later in the offseason, perhaps it’ll be more aggressive on some pitchers this time around. In…

2017-11-18 05:19:33
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Athletics Name Matt Williams Third Base Coach  

The Athletics have announced that Matt Williams will take over as the team’s new third base coach. He will round out the staff of manager Bob Melvin. Oakland had an opening arise when the Nationals hired away Chip Hale, who’s now the bench coach in the nation’s capital. Williams, of course, previously served as the…

2017-11-18 01:11:19
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