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AL Central Notes: Hanley, Rosario, Turnbull  

Hanley Ramirez has a March 24 opt-out date in his minor league contract with the Indians, tweets Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal. They’ve been trying to get the veteran slugger as many at-bats as possible in a short period of time in order to make their best judgment on whether he can help…

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2019-03-21 04:08:47



Ryan Flaherty Opts Out Of Indians Deal; Wilson, Grimm Won't Make Roster  

The Indians announced Wednesday that a pair of veteran non-roster invitees have been informed that they will not make the Opening Day club: right-hander Justin Grimm and infielder Ryan Flaherty. While the club indicated that the pair is weighing opt-out clauses, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweets that Flaherty has already declared his intent to exercise…

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2019-03-20 21:09:53



Mets Notes: Alonso, Smith, Non-Roster Vets, Bunting  

The Mets could potentially carry Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith on the active roster to open the regular season, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com tweets. Skipper Mickey Callaway says the two first baseman won't function in a platoon if that does indeed come to pass, but he didn’t divulge how playing time between the two would be divided. Deesha Thosar…

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2019-03-20 19:50:45



Angels Outright Kaleb Cowart  

The Angels announced that infielder/relief pitcher Kaleb Cowart has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Salt Lake, thus clearing a spot on the 40-man roster. Cowart has bounced around the league a bit since the end of the 2018 campaign. The Mariners claimed him from the Angels back in December but lost him…

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2019-03-20 17:59:41



White Sox Agree To Extension With Eloy Jimenez  

The White Sox have reportedly struck a historic extension with top prospect Eloy Jimenez. If he passes a physical, Jimenez stands to receive a record-shattering $43MM guarantee over six seasons, with a pair of option years that cost a cumulative $32MM. There’s also said to be a $2.5MM MVP bonus. This contract will easily set…

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2019-03-20 12:53:49



Mookie Betts Does Not Expect To Reach Extension With Red Sox  

In the midst of a run of extensions around the game — in particular, yesterday’s $360MM Mike Trout agreement — Red Sox star Mookie Betts faced another round of questions about his future in Boston from reporters including Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald (links to Twitter). While he again expressed that he’s fond of the…

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2019-03-20 12:32:15



Giants Sign Matt Joyce  

The Giants announced Wednesday that they’ve signed Matt Joyce to a minor league contract. He’ll be in camp for what’s left of Major League Spring Training. Joyce is represented by ACES. The Giants will be the second stop for Joyce this spring, as he spent the bulk of camp with the Indians before being granted…

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2019-03-20 11:21:18



Twins Release Lucas Duda  

The Twins have released first baseman Lucas Duda, as Dan Hayes of The Athletic was among those to report (Twitter link). The move comes in advance of the opt-out clause his contract provided on Saturday. Duda, 33, has long been quite a productive MLB hitter, though he hit a wall late in the 2017 season…

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2019-03-20 09:36:46



AL Notes: Gio, Armstrong, Herrera, Tepera/Axford  

Newly minted Yankees lefty Gio Gonzalez says it was an easy choice to join the New York organization, as George A. King III of the New York Post and MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch cover (Twitter links). The offer from the Yanks “was pretty much” the only one he got all winter long, says the veteran southpaw. It has…

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2019-03-20 09:10:36



Braves Rumors: Duvall, Outfield, Pitching Staff  

It seems the Braves may be looking at alternatives in the outfield, with David O'Brien of The Athletic tweeting that Adam Duvall's hold on a roster spot is "tenuous at best." The Braves acquired Duvall from the Reds in a minor trade last July, and while they didn’t give up much in the way of long-term value, the trade…

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2019-03-20 06:59:11



Rays, Brandon Lowe Agree To Extension  

The Rays have agreed to a six-year, $24MM contract extension with infielder/outfielder Brandon Lowe, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). The contract contains a pair of club options that would buy out a pair of would-be free-agent seasons as well. Lowe is a client of the Bledsoe Agency. Lowe has just 43 games…

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2019-03-20 06:14:16



Brewers Release Josh Tomlin  

The Brewers announced today that they have released right-hander Josh Tomlin. He had been in camp as a non-roster invitee after signing a minors deal but opted out of his deal, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports (via Twitter). That news gives some clarity to the organization’s rotation picture, though Tomlin had a tough…

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2019-03-20 05:53:22



Royals Shift Ian Kennedy To Bullpen  

The Royals announced yesterday that they will utilize veteran right-hander Ian Kennedy as a reliever this year, as Lynn Worthy of the Kansas City Star was among those to report. Kennedy, 34, says he’s up for the switch despite having made only a pair of prior relief appearances way back in 2008-09. In the intervening…

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2019-03-20 05:51:17



Injury/Rehab Notes: Kershaw, Jeffress, Nelson, Darvish, Phillies  

It’s been a fait accompli for weeks now, but Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts made it official today that Clayton Kershaw will open the season on the injured list (link via Jorge Castillo of the L.A. Times). Kershaw has been slowed by inflammation in his left shoulder for much of the spring and has not been pitching in…

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2019-03-20 04:11:09



Anthony Rendon On Contract Talks With Nationals  

The Nationals have held ongoing contract talks with third baseman Anthony Rendon, with optimism at times of reaching a long-term deal. But Rendon says he rejected an offer in late February (around the time that Nolan Arenado signed his new deal with the Rockies) and that talks have “kind of come to a halt lately,”…

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2019-03-20 03:48:28



Orioles Release Alcides Escobar  

The Orioles announced this afternoon that veteran shortstop Alcides Escobar, who had been in camp as a non-roster invitee, has been granted his release. He’s now a free agent. Escobar went 7-for-32 with a pair of doubles, four strikeouts and four walks in his brief time with the Orioles this spring before exercising an opt-out…

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2019-03-20 02:37:55



Padres' Jacob Nix Diagnosed With UCL Tear  

Padres right-hander Jacob Nix has a “small” tear in his right ulnar collateral ligament, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He’ll be evaluated by Dr. Neal ElAttrache before determining whether to undergo surgery. Depending on the extent of the tear, Nix could opt for a non-surgical route — platelet-rich plasma and stem cell…

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2019-03-19 18:47:32



Details On Prior Red Sox Attempts At Extending Mookie Betts  

As part of the day’s chatter surrounding Mike Trout’s new deal with the Angels, Joel Sherman of the New York Post took a look back at some of the Red Sox’ attempts to hammer out a contract with their own star outfielder. Mookie Betts has rebuffed several prior efforts from the Boston organization, it seems.…

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2019-03-19 18:25:45



Dellin Betances Will Begin Season On Injured List Due To Shoulder Impingement  

Yankees right-hander Dellin Betances will open the 2019 season on the injured list due to an impingement and inflammation in his right shoulder, general manager Brian Cashman announced to reporters Tuesday (Twitter links via the YES Network’s Jack Curry). There’s no set timetable for when Betances might rejoin the big league bullpen. To this point in…

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2019-03-19 17:36:48



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Mike Trout Deal  

Mike Trout is closing in on the largest deal in baseball history, and that was a major focus of today’s chat with MLBTR owner Tim Dierkes.  Read the transcript here.

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2019-03-19 16:40:10



Michael Fulmer Expected To Undergo Tommy John Surgery  

Tigers righty Michael Fulmer has received a recommendation that he undergo Tommy John surgery, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports on Twitter. He’d stand to miss the entire 2019 season and in all likelihood a portion of the 2020 campaign as well. Fulmer’s medical status has been a bit of a mystery of…

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2019-03-19 12:37:36



Astros, Alex Bregman Agree To Extension  

The Astros have agreed to terms on a six-year, $100MM contract with star third baseman Alex Bregman, reports Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston (via Twitter). That contract covers the current season, three arbitration years and what would’ve been the first two free-agent seasons for Bregman. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal had tweeted not long before…

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2019-03-19 10:40:01



Minor-League Labor Changes Under Consideration  

Major League Baseball is engaged in talks that could lead to significant changes to the labor situation of minor-league ballplayers, ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan reports. Initial talks have been held with the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, with “significant increase in salaries, a higher standard of living conditions and better transportation” all on the table. It’s…

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2019-03-19 09:46:42



Offseason In Review: Milwaukee Brewers  

This is the latest post of MLBTR's annual Offseason in Review series, in which we take stock of every team's winter dealings. The fruits of a relatively short rebuilding effort in Milwaukee manifested with an NL Central division title, a NLCS run against the Dodgers and dramatic increase in expectations after years of mediocrity. Major…

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2019-03-19 07:57:29



Athletics Select Nick Hundley's Contract  

The Athletics announced Tuesday that they’ve selected the contract of catcher Nick Hundley. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, fellow catcher Chris Herrmann was placed on the 60-day injured list. Beyond those moves, the A’s placed outfielder Nick Martini and righty Jharel Cotton on the 10-day IL. Hundley’s selection makes official what has…

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2019-03-19 07:55:42



Yohander Mendez Diagnosed With UCL Sprain  

Rangers lefty Yohander Mendez has been diagnosed with a grade one sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, as Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. He’s expected to miss approximately half of the coming campaign. Though Mendez avoided the worst-case outcome of Tommy John surgery, he’ll still need to take…

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2019-03-19 05:02:57



Brewers Sign Josh Fields  

7:46pm: Fields’ contract comes with a $1MM base salary in the Majors, and it contains opt-out provisions on April 30 and June 25, per Robert Murray of The Athletic (Twitter link). 5:13pm: Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns, who is familiar with Fields from their days together in the Astros organization, tells Tom Haudricourt…

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2019-03-19 03:45:25



Indians Release Matt Joyce  

The Indians announced Tuesday that veteran outfielder Matt Joyce has been granted his release from his minor league contract, making him a free agent. The Cleveland organization informed Joyce late last week that he would not make the big league roster. Joyce will now have the opportunity to seek a landing spot with just over…

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2019-03-19 03:04:58



Angels Nearing Extension With Mike Trout  

The Angels are nearing agreement on a record-setting contract with superstar outfielder Mike Trout, according to ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan. Trout is promised $360MM in new money over a ten-year term, according to reports from Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times (on Twitter) and Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Trout will earn $36MM…

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2019-03-19 03:02:36



Brewers In Talks With Craig Kimbrel  

The Brewers are in discussions with free-agent reliever Craig Kimbrel, Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic report (via Twitter). Should a deal come to fruition, the signing would seem similar to the team’s previous agreements with Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas in that both landed in Milwaukee on shorter-term deals than anticipated. A…

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2019-03-19 01:10:42



Astros, Ryan Pressly Agree To Extension  

8:35pm: The vesting option is based on appearances and is worth $10MM, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweets. 8:11pm: The two sides have an agreement in place, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal tweets. 8:01pm: The Astros and right-hander Ryan Pressly are close to finalizing a two-year extension worth a guaranteed $17.5MM, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle…

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2019-03-19 01:05:16



AL Central Notes: Adrianza, Twins, Salazar, Royals, Beckham  

With eight games until the end of Spring Training, infielder Ehire Adrianza isn’t assured of a spot on the Twins’ Opening Day roster, writes LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Adrianza is out of minor league options, so if he doesn’t break camp with the club he’d be exposed to outright waivers.…

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2019-03-18 21:26:19



Dane Dunning Undergoes Tommy John Surgery  

White Sox pitching prospect Dane Dunning has undergone Tommy John surgery, the club announced to reporters including Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times (via Twitter). He’ll miss the entire 2019 season and, in all likelihood, some of the 2020 campaign as well. This news isn’t surprising given the course of recent events. The club…

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2019-03-18 18:41:03



Yankees To Sign Gio Gonzalez  

8:35pm: Yankees GM Brian Cashman has acknowledged a “verbal understanding” between the club and Gonzalez, as Erik Boland of Newsday tweets. 7:14pm: The Yankees are closing in on a contract with lefty Gio Gonzalez, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). Rather stunningly, the deal is likely to be a minors agreement, per Joel…

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2019-03-18 10:09:27



Pirates Name Gonzalez, Kang Starters At Shortstop, Third Base  

The Pirates have settled on Erik Gonzalez and Jung Ho Kang as their starters at shortstop and third base, respectively, to open the 2019 season, general manger Neal Huntington revealed to reporters Monday (Twitter links via Adam Berry of MLB.com). Gonzalez’s primary competition for the shortstop role had been Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer, the…

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2019-03-18 10:01:55



Injury Updates: Mendez, Lamb, Dyson, Padres  

We’ve already published one batch of health-related notes today, though here’s the latest on other notable players who have been battling the injury bug… Rangers southpaw Yohander Mendez left today’s Cactus League start due to tightness in his throwing elbow (MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan was among whose to report the news).  “Anytime a pitcher comes out…

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2019-03-18 06:38:23



Padres, Indians Still Engaged In Talks On Veteran Starters  

The Padres and Indians remain engaged in “continued discussions” regarding Cleveland’s group of high-quality, veteran starters, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal and Dennis Lin of The Athletic (Twitter link). There’s no expectation that a deal will come together by the start of the season, but the ongoing chatter remains notable. When the Friars…

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2019-03-18 06:26:28



Phillies Acquire International Pool Money From Orioles  

The Phillies and Orioles have announced a swap in which the Philadelphia organization acquires international bonus pool spending availability. Young catcher Lenin Rodriguez is heading to Baltimore in return. This is the latest in a strong of transactions in which the O’s have spun off international spending capacity. The club missed on some top targets…

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2019-03-18 03:27:55



AL East Notes: Pedroia, Norris, Orioles  

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will open the season on the injured list, manager Alex Cora announced to reporters today (link via WEEI’s Rob Bradford). Cora stressed that there have been no setbacks for Pedroia in his return from the knee issues that limited him to three games last season. Rather, the veteran is…

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2019-03-18 03:22:11



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to read a transcript of today’s chat, hosted by MLBTR’s Steve Adams.

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2019-03-18 02:51:06



Dodgers Announce Front Office Promotions  

The Dodgers announced a series of promotions within the team’s front office, including the elevation of Brandon Gomes to the new title of Vice President and Assistant General Manager.  Gomes’ old role, the Dodgers’ director of player development, will now be filled by assistant farm director Will Rhymes.  The director of baseball operations position will…

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2019-03-17 20:35:14



MLBTR Chat With Mark Polishuk  

Click here for the Sunday night discussion of everything baseball-related, moderated by MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk

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2019-03-17 14:48:12



25-Man Roster Notes: Indians, Pirates  

Here’s the latest on some veteran players signed to minor league contracts are faring in their bids to make the Opening Day roster… The Indians reassigned outfielder Brandon Barnes, catcher Tim Federowicz, and infielder/outfielder Mike Freeman to their minor league camp, MLB.com’s Mandy Bell reports (Twitter link).  Catcher Dioner Navarro will remain with the Tribe’s…

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2019-03-17 13:12:18



AL East Notes: Blue Jays, Pedroia, Orioles  

Some rumblings from around the AL East… The Blue Jays are preparing a pay increase of more than 50 percent for every player on Toronto’s eight minor league affiliates, Emily Waldon and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic report (subscription required).  “It puts us right now up at the top of the scale in the industry,”…

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2019-03-17 10:23:40



Blue Jays Acquire Jason Adam; Devon Travis, Mark Leiter Jr. Undergo Surgery  

The Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Jason Adam from the Royals for cash considerations, Scott Mitchell of TSN reports. Additionally, the Blue Jays announced notable injury news regarding second baseman Devon Travis and right-hander Mark Leiter Jr., Shi Davidi of Sportsnet tweets. Travis underwent arthroscopic surgery "to address a small meniscus tear in his left…

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2019-03-17 08:50:45



Rockies Release Michael Saunders  

The Rockies have released outfielder Michael Saunders, Nick Groke of The Athletic tweets. Saunders joined the Rockies on a minor league contract in January. This is the latest disappointing development for the 32-year-old Saunders, whose career has fallen off a cliff since the second half of the 2016 season. Then with the Blue Jays, Saunders…

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2019-03-17 07:34:29



East Notes: Orioles, Hays, Yankees, Hicks, Braves, Anibal  

The Orioles announced several roster cuts Sunday, as Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com was among those to cover. Outfielder Austin Hays, who looked like a strong contender for a season-opening starting role, is the most notable player returning to the minors. General manager Mike Elias insisted service time didn’t factor into the decision, suggesting it’s irrelevant…

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2019-03-17 06:36:51



Rangers Notes: Calhoun, Miller, Pitching Staff  

Here’s the latest on the Rangers: Outfielder Willie Calhoun rededicated himself during the winter after a subpar 2018 campaign, but it’s up in the air whether his hard work will yield a season-opening roster spot. As Jeff Wilson of the Star Telegram points out, fellow outfielders Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara, Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo…

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2019-03-17 05:36:29



Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Record Contracts, Marlins, A's, Bucs, Mariners  

This week in baseball blogs… Chin Music Baseball names eight players who could beat Bryce Harper’s record-setting payday. Fish Stripes advises the Marlins to cut Wei-Yin Chen. A’s Farm talks with Athletics catcher prospect Sean Murphy. MLB & Fantasy Baseball Analyzed takes a look at 10 hitters who could surprise in 2019. The Dugout grades…

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2019-03-17 04:50:42



Injury Notes: Lindor, Gallo, C. Seager, Ellsbury, Rusin  

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor suffered a right calf strain in February, thus placing his season-opening status in doubt. However, the Indians haven’t yet made a decision on that front. Manager Terry Francona said Sunday (via Mandy Bell of MLB.com) the Indians will determine in the coming days whether Lindor will break camp with the team…

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2019-03-17 04:17:39



NL Notes: Nats, Brewers, Mets, Giants  

With center fielder Michael A. Taylor on the shelf for a while, the Nationals “appear to be at least considering outside alternatives” capable of playing the position, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets. Free agency’s not exactly rife with options at this juncture, though, with 30-somethings Denard Span (an ex-Nat), Austin Jackson and Chris Young…

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2019-03-17 03:42:12



Offseason In Review: Texas Rangers  

This is the latest post of MLBTR's annual Offseason in Review series, in which we take stock of every team's winter dealings. Even though they’re in a rebuild, the Rangers are entering the 2019 season off an active winter. The club welcomed a new manager (former Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward) and a bevy…

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2019-03-17 01:56:38



SP Notes: Keuchel, Braves, Eovaldi, Astros, Angels, Phils, Kershaw  

With left-hander Dallas Keuchel still unemployed, the big-name free agent’s preparing for the season by “going through a full Spring Training, just like [Kyle] Lohse did," agent Scott Boras told Jon Morosi of MLB.com earlier this week. Boras was referring to Lohse’s protracted trip to free agency six years ago, which ended March 25, 2013,…

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2019-03-16 18:25:42



West Notes: Strickland, Hammel, Rodgers  

Mariners reliever Hunter Strickland is “100% ready” for Wednesday’s Tokyo opener against the Athletics after being sidelined with back issues since March 3, per MLB.com’s Greg Johns. The high-strung Strickland, now 30, will apparently get first crack at the closer’s role for the new-look Mariners, who signed the righty to a one-year, $1.3MM deal after…

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2019-03-16 16:58:47



Twins Option Tyler Duffey, Reassign Chase De Jong  

The Twins optioned reliever Tyler Duffey to Triple-A this morning, per Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News in Minneapolis (via Twitter). The Twins confirmed the move via a press release. Chase De Jong is also on the move, as the 6’4″ righty has been reassigned to minor league camp. De Jong’s reassignment cuts the Twins’ number…

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2019-03-16 11:05:11



DMV Notes: Mejdal, O's Rotation, Brocail, Difo  

The Orioles offseason has consisted largely of the esoteric behind-the-scenes work being done by a newly-minted braintrust, offering the Baltimore fanbase little in terms of concrete evidence of a team on the rise. MLBTR readers rendered a decidedly nonplussed verdict of the O’s offseason by handing out a failing grade as the most common response in our Offseason In…

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2019-03-16 10:09:42



Latest On Cubs' Bullpen  

With Brandon Morrow expected to miss the first month of the season and Pedro Strop now nursing a hamstring strain, the Cubs are looking at some questions in their relief corps. The organization has sent some conflicting signals, though, on how it intends to proceed. Skipper Joe Maddon suggested there was some discussion of potential…

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2019-03-16 06:18:40



Angels Select Luke Bard  

The Angels have selected the contract of right-hander Luke Bard to the 40-man roster, per a team release. In a corresponding move, the team’s placed righty Keynan Middleton on the 60-day injured list. Los Angeles signed the 28-year-old Bard, a former Rule 5 selection of the team ahead of the 2018 campaign, to a minors…

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2019-03-16 06:16:30



Offseason Outlook: Colorado Rockies  

This is the latest post of MLBTR's annual Offseason in Review series, in which we take stock of every team's winter dealings. The Colorado ballclub only added a few pieces to its depth chart this winter, but that doesn’t mean the offseason lacked for consequential decisions. Major League Signings Daniel Murphy, 1B: two years, $24MM…

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2019-03-16 06:14:11



Billy Eppler On Angels' Rotation  

Angels GM Billy Eppler downplayed the possibility of a late-spring rotation addition, as Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group writes. It seems the organization is content with its existing options entering the season. The indication for some time has been that the Halos have already pushed their payroll to the max this winter. Previously,…

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2019-03-16 06:04:32



Indians To Sign Carlos Gonzalez  

6:31pm: It’s a minor league deal that includes an early April opt-out date, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets. The contract comes with a $2MM major league salary and $1MM in incentives, per Heyman. 6:16pm: The Indians are closing in on a deal with free-agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred. Jorge…

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2019-03-16 05:57:11



Michael A. Taylor Diagnosed With Sprained Knee, Hip  

Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor has been diagnosed with a sprained left knee and hip, manager Dave Martinez tells reporters including Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (Twitter link). Taylor is expected to “miss a significant amount of time,” per Martinez. That’s rather unwelcome news for the Nats, who were slated to utilize Taylor quite…

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2019-03-16 05:19:15



Luis Severino Likely Out Until May  

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman provided a more concrete timetable for right-hander Luis Severino to return from his current shoulder troubles Friday, revealing that the organization doesn’t expect Severino to pitch in a big league game until sometime in May (Twitter link via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com). Severino is currently in the midst of a…

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2019-03-16 05:10:45



AL Central Notes: Joyce, Clippard, Zimmer, White Sox  

The Indians have informed veteran outfielder Matt Joyce that he won’t make the roster, manager Terry Francona told reporters Friday (Twitter link via STO’s Andre Knott). The team is giving Joyce a bit of time to ponder his next step — presumably exploring other opportunities out there and weighing a potential assignment to Triple-A Columbus.…

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2019-03-16 04:17:31



Offseason In Review: Houston Astros  

This is the latest post of MLBTR's annual Offseason in Review series, in which we take stock of every team's winter dealings. It was a relatively quiet winter on the transaction front for the Astros, but an action-packed offseason wasn’t necessary for the back-to-back American League West champions. Although Houston has lost more notable players…

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2019-03-16 03:48:37



White Sox Outright Juan Minaya  

Right-hander Juan Minaya has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Charlotte by the White Sox, thus opening a spot on the team’s 40-man roster. The Athletic’s James Fegan tweets that Minaya’s velocity has dipped “noticeably” in recent outings, and the righty has struggled through a series of poor relief appearances this spring (11…

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2019-03-16 03:10:26



Twins, Kyle Gibson Discussing Extension  

The Twins and right-hander Kyle Gibson are discussing an extension that would keep him in Minnesota beyond the current season, Gibson himself revealed to Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Gibson is set to become a free agent after the 2019 campaign, but Miller notes that agent Randy Rowley has been in Ft. Myers…

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2019-03-16 02:33:02



NL Roster/Health Notes: Taylor, Verdugo, Cecil, Romano, Kennedy  

The Nationals are suddenly facing a potential roster gap in the outfield, as Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports. Michael Taylor tweaked his knee today and is slated to be looked at more closely tomorrow. With Howie Kendrick also in limbo, both of the club’s right-handed-hitting reserve outfield pieces could be out of commission to open the season.…

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2019-03-16 02:27:27



2018-19 Offseason In Review Series  

Here are the links to each team's entry in the MLBTR 2018-19 Offseason In Review series.  This post will be updated as more entries are published over the coming weeks. NL East Braves Marlins Mets Nationals Phillies NL Central Brewers Cardinals Cubs Pirates Reds NL West Diamondbacks Dodgers Giants Padres Rockies AL East Blue Jays…

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2019-03-16 02:21:12



NL Central Notes: Kratz, Wacha, Pirates  

The Brewers are facing a decision on veteran catcher Erik Kratz, as Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel details. With Yasmani Grandal and Manny Pina ahead of Kratz on the depth chart, Kratz’s days with the organization seem numbered. The 38-year-old is out of minor league options, and the Brewers only plan to carry two…

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2019-03-16 02:05:35



Yankees Notes: Gio, Florial, Hicks  

The Yankees, first connected to free agent Gio Gonzalez earlier this month, have maintained interest in the left-hander, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets. There is no indication the two sides are close to an agreement, however, Heyman adds. The Yankees initially showed interest in Gonzalez before ace Luis Severino went down with shoulder inflammation,…

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2019-03-16 01:38:02



Injury Notes: Harper, Castellanos, Foltynewicz  

With each bump and bruise this time of year comes the potential for missed time during the regular season, perhaps especially so for those late signees getting delayed starts to their Spring Training. As Opening Day fast approaches, let’s get the lowdown on a couple of injury reports from Florida… Bryce Harper is day-to-day with…

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2019-03-16 01:13:52



Tony Cingrani To Open Season On Injured List  

Dodgers southpaw Tony Cingrani will open the season on the injured list, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. He’s dealing with shoulder soreness of the same kind that bothered him in 2018. It isn’t clear at this point just how long Cingrani will be sidelined. The club will shut him down for at least two weeks, over…

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2019-03-14 21:04:24



Blue Jays Reassign Vladimir Guerrero Jr. To Minors Camp  

The Blue Jays have reassigned third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to minor-league camp, the club announced and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet was among those to cover (via Twitter). That news brings an official end to the MLB camp experience of baseball’s best hitting prospect. Guerrero, 19, had already likely wrapped up his spring work owing…

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2019-03-14 19:01:30



White Sox Shut Down Dane Dunning  

White Sox prospect Dane Dunning has been shut down after experiencing renewed discomfort while working through a throwing program, general manager Rick Hahn revealed to reporters (Twitter link via MLB.com’s Scott Merkin). As if that wasn’t ominous enough, Dunning is slated to meet with Dr. James Andrews this week, and Hahn was candid about the…

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2019-03-14 12:54:06



Tigers Shut Down Michael Fulmer  

The Tigers have shut down righty Michael Fulmer, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports (Twitter links). Manager Ron Gardenhire says that Fulmer “took a step back to refine his lower body mechanics.” Typically, pitchers only hit the shelf in mid-March if they are dealing with an arm problem or other injury. That doesn’t seem…

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2019-03-14 11:55:12



Offseason In Review: Tampa Bay Rays  

This is the latest post of MLBTR's annual Offseason in Review series, in which we take stock of every team's winter dealings. After a surprising 2018 season, the Rays prepared for a full return to contention with some intriguing trades and the priciest free agent signing in club history. Major League Signings Charlie Morton, SP:…

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2019-03-14 09:05:15



Jose Berrios Declined Extension Offer From Twins  

The Twins have already extended a pair of young players this winter, inking both Max Kepler (five years, $35MM) and Jorge Polanco (five years, $25.75MM) to long-term deals, and they at least made an attempt to hammer out a long-term arrangement with Jose Berrios as well. The young righty tells Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune…

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2019-03-14 05:48:07



MLBTR Chat Transcript: 3/14/19  

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

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2019-03-14 04:16:50



Largest Contract In Franchise History For Each MLB Team  

Here’s our list of the largest contract each of the 30 MLB teams has ever signed.  Each contract is linked to its MLBTR post, with the exception of those that predate the site's existence. Angels: Albert Pujols – 10 years, $240MM (plus personal services contract valued at $6,841,811).  Signed 12-8-11. Astros: Jose Altuve – 5…

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2019-03-14 03:24:35



MLB, MLBPA Agree To Single Trade Deadline, Changes To Roster Size  

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached an agreement on a series of changes regarding roster construction, per both Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription required) and Jeff Passan of ESPN. While it seems that this wave of agreed-upon changes will not technically impact actual in-game rules, the two sides have agreed to make…

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2019-03-14 01:18:24



Angels Shut Down Andrew Heaney  

Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney has been shut down for the time being due to ongoing discomfort stemming from inflammation in his left elbow, the team revealed to reporters (Twitter link via Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register). While that’s clearly unwelcome news for a Halos staff that has been ravaged by injuries over the…

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2019-03-13 16:50:07



NL Central Injury Notes: Jeffress, Descalso, Strop, Martinez  

The National League’s Central division projects to be a closely fought contest, making it all the more important for each team to have all of its players available and in top form. Here are the latest notes on a few health situations from the division: Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress is likely to open the year…

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2019-03-13 15:52:24



Mariners Option J.P. Crawford  

The Mariners announced tonight that they’ve optioned shortstop J.P. Crawford to Triple-A Tacoma. While the move isn’t entirely unexpected after Seattle signed Tim Beckham as a stopgap at shortstop this winter, it’s still of some note. Crawford will eventually receive the opportunity to prove that he can be the Mariners’ shortstop of the future, though…

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2019-03-13 14:40:32



Mariners Outright Kris Negron  

The Mariners have outrighted utilityman Kristopher Negron after he cleared waivers, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (via Twitter). That leaves the team with a 40-man roster opening. Veteran outfield Ichiro Suzuki will ultimately need a roster spot to play in the club’s season-opening series in Japan. As Divish notes, today’s decision clears the…

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2019-03-13 13:07:47



Nationals To Sign Tony Sipp  

The Nationals have a deal in place with free agent reliever Tony Sipp, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Twitter links). It’s a one-year, $1.25MM contract that includes a $250K buyout on a $2.5MM mutual option, per reports from Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (Twitter links) and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link). Sipp,…

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2019-03-13 12:19:03



Poll: Which Team Should Splurge On Kimbrel?  

We have examined the free agent market from just about every angle imaginable over the course of a long signing period. We’re largely shifting our focus here at MLBTR to analyzing the offseason (through our Offseason In Review series), but there is still work to be done in free agency. MLBTR’s Steve Adams took a…

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2019-03-13 08:11:22



Braves Not “Engaged” With Kimbrel, Keuchel  

The Braves “aren’t currently engaged” with the top two remaining free agents, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Twitter link). While the Atlanta organization would “consider” both Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel on short-term pacts, per the report, the club is “assuming both pitchers would do better elsewhere.” The Atlanta organization’s unwillingness to stretch…

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2019-03-13 08:08:36



Offseason In Review: Chicago White Sox  

This is the latest post of MLBTR's annual Offseason in Review series, in which we take stock of every team's winter dealings. The White Sox pinned most of their offseason hopes to signing Manny Machado, and instead wound up adding a series of largely unexciting veteran players. Major League Signings Kelvin Herrera, RP: two years,…

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2019-03-13 07:52:27



NL East Notes: deGrom, Lowrie, Taylor, Jones  

Though there are just over two weeks between now and Opening Day, Mets ace Jacob deGrom said Tuesday that he’s still “optimistic” about coming to terms on a long-term deal with the organization (link via Anthony DiComo of MLB.com). Whatever talks have transpired, both the Mets and deGrom’s camp have done a good job of…

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2019-03-13 04:13:18



White Sox Option Eloy Jimenez To Triple-A  

In what has been a widely anticipated move, the White Sox announced Wednesday that they’ve optioned top outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez to Triple-A Charlotte. The move was one of nine spring cuts by the ChiSox, who also optioned out top pitching prospect Dylan Cease, catcher Seby Zavala and outfielder Micker Adolfo. Jimenez, 22, is not…

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2019-03-13 02:02:53



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

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

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2019-03-12 21:40:30



Mariners Release Dustin Ackley  

The Mariners have released infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley from his minor league contract, per a club announcement. Ackley, who returned to the Mariners on a minor league deal back in January, had been in camp and appeared in 11 games with Seattle this spring, though he’d only tallied a total of 18 plate appearances. In that…

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2019-03-12 20:22:09



Mark Shapiro Discusses Blue Jays Financial Situation  

Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro discussed his organization’s financial situation in a chat with MLB.com’s Gregor Chisolm (links to Twitter). The veteran baseball executive commented upon a few matters of both near and long-term interest. Most immediately, Shapiro made clear that the Jays haven’t tapped into all of their available 2019 payroll. Per Shapiro, “It’s just a question…

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2019-03-12 19:50:42



Health Notes: Duffy, Polanco, Hicks, Sabathia, Didi  

Here are the latest updates on a few health situations from around the game … Royals lefty Danny Duffy is working through a mound progression, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports on Twitter. Shoulder tightness has limited Duffy in camp and seems likely to prevent him from opening the season on the active roster. He’ll throw…

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2019-03-12 14:35:07



Liberty Media CEO Maffei Discusses Braves Outlook  

Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei briefly discussed the Braves outlook at a conference yesterday, as Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes. The publicly traded conglomerate owns the Atlanta baseball club. “I think the Atlanta management knows they have capacity to do more and are looking for the right deal,” Maffei said of the club’s…

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2019-03-12 12:38:40



Morton “Fully Expecting” To Retire After Current Contract  

New Rays right-hander Charlie Morton has been open in the past about his uncertainty surrounding how long he aims to continue playing, and he told MLB Network’s Jon Morosi that he is “fully expecting” to retire once his current contract with the Rays expires (Twitter link). The 35-year-old signed a two-year, $30MM contract with Tampa…

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2019-03-12 10:48:45



NL Central Notes: Lyles, Strop, Reds  

Right-hander Jordan Lyles is still the leading candidate for the Pirates’ final rotation spot, general manager Neal Huntington said today (Twitter link via Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Huntington candidly indicated that the 28-year-old entered camp as the favorite to win the job, adding that neither he nor his primary competition — Nick Kingham…

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2019-03-12 08:31:30



Astros' Francis Martes Suspended 80 Games For PED Violation  

Astros right-hander Francis Martes has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for the banned substance Clomiphene, the league announced Tuesday. The 23-year-old Martes already going to be sidelined as he recovered from Tommy John surgery last August, but he’ll be docked 80 games’ pay and now be ineligible to pitch in the postseason even…

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2019-03-12 08:25:02



Offseason In Review: Pittsburgh Pirates  

This is the latest post of MLBTR's annual Offseason in Review series, in which we take stock of every team's winter dealings. The ever-patient Pirates are again in wait-and-see mode after spending much of the offseason on the sidelines. Major League Signings Jung Ho Kang (re-signed), 3B: 1 year, $3MM Lonnie Chisenhall, OF: 1 year,…

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2019-03-12 06:58:43






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