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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



Orioles Sign Brady Rodgers, Taylor Davis  

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

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2020-01-23 14:50:22



Avila: Tigers Could Still Add An Outfielder  

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

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2020-01-23 12:01:27



Marlins, Rangers Reportedly Finalists To Sign Pedro Strop  

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

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2020-01-23 11:26:58



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

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

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2020-01-23 10:50:07



Marlins, Rangers Reportedly Finalists To Sign Pedro Strop  

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

what do you think?

2020-01-23 09:24:05



Marcell Ozuna Reportedly Turned Down Multi-Year Offers  

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

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2020-01-23 08:34:16



Indians Sign Dominic Leone, Anthony Gose  

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

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2020-01-23 07:45:26



Marcell Ozuna Reportedly Turned Down Multi-Year Offers  

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

what do you think?

2020-01-23 06:58:44



Orioles Interested In Tim Beckham  

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

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2020-01-23 06:22:03



Checking In On Last Season's Worst Bullpens  

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

what do you think?

2020-01-23 05:48:33



Orioles Interested In Tim Beckham  

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

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2020-01-23 05:47:26



Minor MLB Transactions: 1/22/20  

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

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2020-01-23 05:18:17



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

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

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2020-01-23 04:51:33



NL Central Notes: Castellanos, Ozuna, Pirates  

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

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2020-01-23 04:43:04



Avila: Tigers Could Still Add An Outfielder  

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

what do you think?

2020-01-23 04:27:30



Fernando Rodney Drawing Interest  

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

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2020-01-23 04:18:39



Orioles Sign Brady Rodgers, Taylor Davis  

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

what do you think?

2020-01-23 03:19:02



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

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

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2020-01-23 03:17:57



Minor MLB Transactions: 1/22/20  

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

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2020-01-23 03:14:58



Yankees Sign Tyler Lyons  

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

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2020-01-23 03:11:52



Fernando Rodney Drawing Interest  

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

what do you think?

2020-01-23 02:37:40



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

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

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2020-01-23 02:21:30



NL Central Notes: Castellanos, Ozuna, Pirates  

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

what do you think?

2020-01-23 02:10:10



Indians Sign Dominic Leone, Anthony Gose  

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

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2020-01-23 01:48:55



Checking In On Last Season's Worst Bullpens  

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

what do you think?

2020-01-23 01:26:48



Yankees Sign Tyler Lyons  

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

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2020-01-23 01:23:37



Blue Jays Have Interest In Brock Holt  

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

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2020-01-22 19:14:39



Dylan Covey Elects Free Agency  

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

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2020-01-22 18:20:16



Dylan Covey Elects Free Agency  

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

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2020-01-22 17:54:17



Brewers Sign Mike Morin  

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

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2020-01-22 17:17:05



Braves Sign Peter O'Brien, Shane Robinson  

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

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2020-01-22 15:59:57



Phillies To Sign Francisco Liriano  

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

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2020-01-22 14:41:30



Latest On Nolan Arenado  

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

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2020-01-22 14:25:16



Royals Re-Sign Alex Gordon  

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

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2020-01-22 14:23:59



Rangers Outright Kyle Bird To Triple-A  

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

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2020-01-22 14:06:32



Cubs Sign Danny Hultzen, Rex Brothers, Noel Cuevas  

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

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2020-01-22 14:04:27



Yankees To Sign Luis Avilan  

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

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2020-01-22 13:55:55



Mets To Name Luis Rojas Manager  

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

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2020-01-22 13:53:44



Yankees To Sign Luis Avilan  

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

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2020-01-22 13:43:03



Phillies To Sign Neil Walker  

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

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2020-01-22 13:34:13



Braves Sign Peter O'Brien, Shane Robinson  

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

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2020-01-22 12:37:27



Cubs Sign Danny Hultzen, Rex Brothers, Noel Cuevas  

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

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2020-01-22 12:02:46



Angels Sign Jacob Barnes, Jake Thompson  

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

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2020-01-22 11:25:49



Blue Jays Have Interest In Brock Holt  

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

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2020-01-22 10:43:20



Tigers Sign Hector Santiago  

The Tigers have announced a minor-league deal with lefty Hector Santiago. He’ll receive an invitation to participate in MLB Spring Training. Santiago had some rather productive campaigns earlier in his career. But at 32 years of age, he has settled into the existence of a journeying southpaw swingman. Over the past three years, Santiago has transitioned…

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2020-01-22 09:37:20



Royals Re-Sign Alex Gordon  

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

what do you think?

2020-01-22 09:24:14



Brewers Sign Mike Morin  

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

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2020-01-22 09:21:37



Rangers Outright Kyle Bird To Triple-A  

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

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2020-01-22 08:11:51



Tigers Sign Hector Santiago  

The Tigers have announced a minor-league deal with lefty Hector Santiago. He’ll receive an invitation to participate in MLB Spring Training. Santiago had some rather productive campaigns earlier in his career. But at 32 years of age, he has settled into the existence of a journeying southpaw swingman. Over the past three years, Santiago has transitioned…

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2020-01-22 07:49:40



Mets, Rene Rivera Agree To Minors Deal  

The Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with catcher Rene Rivera, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training for Rivera, who will earn a $1MM salary with up to $300K in incentives if he makes the Mets’ roster. This is the third time since…

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2020-01-22 06:17:37



Latest On Nolan Arenado  

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

what do you think?

2020-01-22 05:34:11



Who's Left From MLBTR's Top 50?  

Free agency lost yet another marquee name when outfielder Marcell Ozuna signed a one-year, $18MM contract with the Braves on Tuesday. Ozuna was, of course, a prominent part of the top 50 list of free agents MLBTR put together when the offseason began in November. Since then, just about every member of that class has…

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2020-01-22 05:32:02



KBO's LG Twins Purchase Roberto Ramos' Contract From Rockies  

The LG Twins of the Korea Baseball Organization have purchased first baseman Roberto Ramos’ contract from the Rockies, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Ramos can earn up to $500K in 2020, MLBTR has learned. This ends a five-season tenure in the Colorado organization for Ramos, whom they chose in the 16th round of the…

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2020-01-22 04:40:27



Phillies To Sign Francisco Liriano  

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

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2020-01-22 03:27:47



Mets Reportedly Down To 3 Managerial Candidates  

It continues to look likely that the Mets’ next manager will come from within the organization. They’re deciding among a trio of in-house candidates – quality control coach Luis Rojas, bench coach Hensley Meulens and first base coach Tony DeFrancesco – for the position, Andy Martino of SNY tweets. Rojas and DeFrancesco were also candidates…

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2020-01-22 02:41:47



Who's Left From MLBTR's Top 50?  

Free agency lost yet another marquee name when outfielder Marcell Ozuna signed a one-year, $18MM contract with the Braves on Tuesday. Ozuna was, of course, a prominent part of the top 50 list of free agents MLBTR put together when the offseason began in November. Since then, just about every member of that class has…

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2020-01-22 02:32:27



Phillies To Sign Neil Walker  

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

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2020-01-22 01:05:14



White Sox Outright Dylan Covey  

The White Sox have outrighted hurler Dylan Covey to Triple-A Charlotte, per the International League transactions page. Covey has been outrighted before, so he’ll be allowed to decline the assignment in favor of free agency if he wants. It’s unclear if that will happen. The right-handed Covey lost his spot on Chicago’s 40-man roster when…

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2020-01-21 22:05:29



Giants Claim Luis Madero, Designate Jake Jewell  

The Giants have claimed right-hander Luis Madero off waivers from the Angels, per an announcement from the Angels. In order to create a roster spot for Madero, the Giants announced that fellow righty Jake Jewell has been designated for assignment. Madero himself was designated for assignment last week when the Angels acquired right-hander Matt Andriese…

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2020-01-21 20:27:35



Red Sox Trade Travis Lakins To Cubs, Outright Bobby Poyner  

The Red Sox traded right-hander Travis Lakins to the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later or cash, both teams announced Tuesday afternoon. The Sox added that left-hander Bobby Poyner went unclaimed on outright waivers and has been assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Both teams now have full 40-man rosters. Lakins, 25, was…

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2020-01-21 18:28:58



Derek Jeter, Larry Walker Elected To Hall Of Fame  

Derek Jeter and Larry Walker have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Tuesday evening. Jeter, predictably, has been enshrined in his first year of eligibility. However, the longtime Yankees shortstop was not unanimously elected, as he was omitted from one lone ballot. Walker, meanwhile, has…

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2020-01-21 16:09:40



Dustin Pedroia Suffers “Significant Setback”  

It’s unpleasant to read about even if it isn’t entirely surprising: veteran Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has suffered a “significant setback” in his efforts to return to the field of play, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe (via Twitter). Details are scarce as yet, but it seems that Pedroia’s oft-repaired left…

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2020-01-21 13:31:51



Phillies To Sign Drew Storen  

The Phillies have inked reliever Drew Storen to a minors deal, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets. He’ll earn at the $750K level if he’s able to crack the MLB roster. This is another comeback bid for the 32-year-old Storen, who wasn’t able to progress last year in a similar effort with the Royals. He…

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2020-01-21 13:30:54



Phillies, Bud Norris Agree To Minor League Deal  

The Phillies have agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Bud Norris, tweets Robert Murray. He’s the second well-known veteran to join the organization on such a pact today, as the club reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with Drew Storen this morning. Norris is represented by the Ballengee Group. Norris, 34, didn’t…

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2020-01-21 13:08:56



Giants Sign Rob Brantly To Minor League Deal  

The Giants announced Tuesday that they’ve signed catcher Rob Brantly to a minor league deal and invited him to Major League Spring Training. San Francisco also confirmed its previously reported minor league deals with righty Tyson Ross and left-hander Jerry Blevins. Brantly, 30, has appeared in parts of five big league seasons, including the briefest…

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2020-01-21 12:51:48



Latest On Red Sox' Asking Price For Mookie Betts  

We missed this recent item, but it bears highlighting. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney recently provided some details (Insider link) on the asking price the Red Sox have placed on star outfielder Mookie Betts. It goes without saying that the Boston organization is requesting quite a bit in return for an opportunity to rent one of the…

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2020-01-21 12:20:14



Subscribe To Trade Rumors On YouTube  

MLB Trade Rumors is now on YouTube!  Our new MLB Trade Rumors Media channel currently features five videos from MLBTR’s Jeff Todd, and you can expect around 3-5 per week in the near future.  The channel will feature the quality hot stove news and rumors we’ve delivered over the last 14 years, and we plan to…

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2020-01-21 11:20:09



Latest On Red Sox' Asking Price For Mookie Betts  

We missed this recent item, but it bears highlighting. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney recently provided some details (Insider link) on the asking price the Red Sox have placed on star outfielder Mookie Betts. It goes without saying that the Boston organization is requesting quite a bit in return for an opportunity to rent one of the…

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2020-01-21 10:59:49



MLBTR Poll: How Much For Nicholas Castellanos?  

Yet another of this offseason’s best free agents exited the board when the Braves reeled in outfielder Marcell Ozuna on a one-year, $18MM guarantee Tuesday. Many high-profile free agents have earned more money than predicted this winter, but Ozuna’s one of the few standouts whose new deal checks in well south of expectations. For instance,…

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2020-01-21 10:39:02



Jake Faria Clears Waivers  

The Brewers will hang onto righty Jake Faria, who had recently been designated for assignment. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (via Twitter), Faria was outrighted after clearing waivers. The Milwaukee organization will be glad to retain Faria for depth, but he hasn’t pitched to expectations to this point. He arrived in the…

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2020-01-21 08:04:39



White Sox Sign Adalberto Mejia, Drew Anderson, Matt Skole  

The White Sox announced a series of minor league signings Tuesday, including the yet-unreported additions of left-hander Adalberto Mejia, right-hander Drew Anderson, corner infielder Matt Skole and outfielder Jaycob Brugman. They’ll all be in Major League camp this spring. Mejia, formerly of the Twins, Angels and Cardinals, was a top-100 prospect at his best but…

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2020-01-21 07:34:03



Pirates Announce 11 Non-Roster Invitations  

The Pirates have announced a slew of non-roster invitations to Spring Training, including some new signings. Former big leaguers Tom Koehler and Nik Turley have evidently inked new deals with the Pittsburgh organization after qualifying for minor-league free agency at the end of the 2019 season. Koehler spent last year with the Bucs, making some strides in…

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2020-01-21 06:53:43



MLBTR Live Chat  

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2020-01-21 06:52:14



Pirates Announce 11 Non-Roster Invitations  

The Pirates have announced a slew of non-roster invitations to Spring Training, including some new signings. Former big leaguers Tom Koehler and Nik Turley have evidently inked new deals with the Pittsburgh organization after qualifying for minor-league free agency at the end of the 2019 season. Koehler spent last year with the Bucs, making some strides in…

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2020-01-21 06:48:17



Latest On Yoenis Cespedes' Recovery  

Injuries have derailed Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes’ career over the past couple seasons, but the 34-year-old is finally progressing toward a return to a major league diamond. On Monday, Cespedes tweeted a video of himself sprinting, swinging a bat and catching a fly ball at the Mets’ spring training headquarters in Port St. Lucie, Fla.…

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2020-01-21 06:40:48



Latest On Mets' Managerial Search  

Longtime major league managers Buck Showalter, Dusty Baker and John Gibbons have been mentioned as speculative fits for the Mets since Carlos Beltran stepped down last week. However, as of now, none of them are candidates to take over in New York, Jon Heyman of MLB Network suggests. Something would have to “drastically” change for…

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2020-01-21 06:26:15



Bill DeWitt Jr. On Cardinals' Payroll  

Recent reports have connected the Cardinals to a couple high-profile names – their top free agent, outfielder Marcell Ozuna, as well as Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado – but pump the brakes if you expect a major acquisition prior to the season. Owner Bill DeWitt Jr. said Monday that he doesn’t think there’s a “significant”…

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2020-01-21 06:21:47



Braves Sign Marcell Ozuna  

6:06pm: The Braves have announced the deal and confirmed the terms of the agreement. 6:01pm: The Braves have agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN.com. The MDR Sports Management client will receive an $18MM salary that slightly exceeds the $17.8MM qualifying offer from the Cardinals that he…

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2020-01-21 05:56:07



Jake Faria Clears Waivers  

The Brewers will hang onto righty Jake Faria, who had recently been designated for assignment. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (via Twitter), Faria was outrighted after clearing waivers. The Milwaukee organization will be glad to retain Faria for depth, but he hasn’t pitched to expectations to this point. He arrived in the…

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2020-01-21 04:39:36



This Date In Transactions History: Sonny To Cincy  

It was on this date a year ago that the Reds made one of their best pickups in recent memory. Then desperate for rotation help, the Reds took a flier on former standout right-hander Sonny Gray, acquiring him and young reliever Reiver Sanmartin from the Yankees in a three-team trade that also included the Mariners.…

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2020-01-21 04:25:33



MLBTR Poll: Nolan Arenado's Future  

With almost all high-end free agents having signed since free agency opened in November, the trade market has become the best avenue for securing star-level talent. It’s up in the air whether any standouts will change hands in the coming weeks, granted, but rumors have persisted regarding the likes of MVP-caliber players such as Nolan…

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2020-01-21 03:54:31



MLBTR Poll: Nolan Arenado's Future  

With almost all high-end free agents having signed since free agency opened in November, the trade market has become the best avenue for securing star-level talent. It’s up in the air whether any standouts will change hands in the coming weeks, granted, but rumors have persisted regarding the likes of MVP-caliber players such as Nolan…

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2020-01-21 03:54:25



Latest On Nolan Arenado's Relationship With Rockies  

There have been plenty of recent trade rumors centering on Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado, but the saga took a particularly interesting turn Monday. Shortly after general manager Jeff Bridich indicated the Rockies don’t plan to part with Arenado prior to the season, the third baseman made it known that he’s displeased with the organization. Arenado…

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2020-01-21 03:44:19



Latest On Yoenis Cespedes' Recovery  

Injuries have derailed Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes’ career over the past couple seasons, but the 34-year-old is finally progressing toward a return to a major league diamond. On Monday, Cespedes tweeted a video of himself sprinting, swinging a bat and catching a fly ball at the Mets’ spring training headquarters in Port St. Lucie, Fla.…

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2020-01-21 03:31:30



Surveying The Market For Starling Marte  

With most of the free agent action already completed, attention has shifted to some major remaining potential trade chips. We’ve seen a lot of chatter but little in the way of blockbuster swaps thus far. Pirates outfielder Starling Marte continues to stand out as a trade candidate. He’s a significant talent and consistent performer, having…

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2020-01-21 03:21:15



Surveying The Market For Starling Marte  

With most of the free agent action already completed, attention has shifted to some major remaining potential trade chips. We’ve seen a lot of chatter but little in the way of blockbuster swaps thus far. Pirates outfielder Starling Marte continues to stand out as a trade candidate. He’s a significant talent and consistent performer, having…

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2020-01-21 02:58:28



Phillies To Sign Drew Storen  

The Phillies have inked reliever Drew Storen to a minors deal, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets. He’ll earn at the $750K level if he’s able to crack the MLB roster. This is another comeback bid for the 32-year-old Storen, who wasn’t able to progress last year in a similar effort with the Royals. He…

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2020-01-21 02:56:21



Latest On Nolan Arenado's Relationship With Rockies  

There have been plenty of recent trade rumors centering on Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado, but the saga took a particularly interesting turn Monday. Shortly after general manager Jeff Bridich indicated the Rockies don’t plan to part with Arenado prior to the season, the third baseman made it known that he’s displeased with the organization. Arenado…

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2020-01-21 02:39:16



J.T. Realmuto On Arbitration, Contract Talks With Phillies  

Phillies backstop J.T. Realmuto is pursuing a significant raise in his final season of arbitration eligibility. But the wage dispute is a pragmatic one, the star explained to reporters including Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer. There’s a sizable spread between what Realmuto is seeking and what the Philadelphia organization is defending, raising the possibility of a relatively…

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2020-01-21 02:25:52



MLBTR Live Chat  

Click here to join Tuesday’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.

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2020-01-21 01:51:10



J.T. Realmuto On Arbitration, Contract Talks With Phillies  

Phillies backstop J.T. Realmuto is pursuing a significant raise in his final season of arbitration eligibility. But the wage dispute is a pragmatic one, the star explained to reporters including Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer. There’s a sizable spread between what Realmuto is seeking and what the Philadelphia organization is defending, raising the possibility of a relatively…

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2020-01-21 01:29:16



Latest On Mets' Managerial Search  

Longtime major league managers Buck Showalter, Dusty Baker and John Gibbons have been mentioned as speculative fits for the Mets since Carlos Beltran stepped down last week. However, as of now, none of them are candidates to take over in New York, Jon Heyman of MLB Network suggests. Something would have to “drastically” change for…

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2020-01-21 01:28:16



Dustin Pedroia Suffers “Significant Setback”  

It’s unpleasant to read about even if it isn’t entirely surprising: veteran Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has suffered a “significant setback” in his efforts to return to the field of play, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe (via Twitter). Details are scarce as yet, but it seems that Pedroia’s oft-repaired left…

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2020-01-21 01:28:15



MLBTR Chat Transcript: 1/20/20  

Click here to read a transcript of tonight’s live chat with Connor Byrne of MLBTR.

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2020-01-20 20:14:30



Yadier Molina Discusses Future  

As things stand, Cardinals fixture Yadier Molina is slated to enter the 2020 season as a contractual lame duck. But that could change in the coming months, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The 37-year-old Molina, who’ll again pair with Matt Wieters after the latter’s recent re-signing, says he has no intention…

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2020-01-20 18:23:34



Giants To Sign Jerry Blevins  

The Giants have inked a minors deal with lefty Jerry Blevins, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). It comes with an invitation to participate in MLB camp. This move sends Blevins back out west for the first time since he wrapped up a lengthy stint with the Athletics. And it ends a tour…

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2020-01-20 18:20:16



Braves To Sign Felix Hernandez  

The Braves have inked former star hurler Felix Hernandez to a minor-league deal, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). It includes an invitation to MLB camp and a possible $1MM salary in the majors. Once dubbed “King Felix,” the 33-year-old hurler was relieved of his crown in Seattle when the Mariners bid adieu…

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2020-01-20 17:58:41



Giants To Sign Jerry Blevins  

The Giants have inked a minors deal with lefty Jerry Blevins, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). It comes with an invitation to participate in MLB camp. This move sends Blevins back out west for the first time since he wrapped up a lengthy stint with the Athletics. And it ends a tour…

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2020-01-20 16:21:38



Latest Notes On Orioles' Offseason  

Unsurprisingly, it has been another rather quiet offseason for an Orioles organization that is still focused primarily on improving behind the scenes and building up its talent base for the future. There’s still no reason to anticipate anything approaching a blockbuster move this winter. But there could be some further additions before Spring Training opens.…

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2020-01-20 15:35:58



Orioles, Cesar Valdez Agree To Minor League Deal  

The Orioles have agreed to a minor league pact with right-hander Cesar Valdez, per Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. Valdez, 34, has had an odd career arc, debuting with the D-backs in 2010 and then going seven years before returning to the Majors in 2017. He split that 2o17 season between the Athletics and Blue Jays…

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2020-01-20 13:22:06






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