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Angels To Sign Cody Allen  

The Angels have reportedly secured a one-year deal with veteran reliever Cody Allen. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link) first indicated that something may be in place, while ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan and Alden Gonzalez (Twitter links) reported that terms had indeed been agreed to. The Meister Sports Management client will need to pass a physical…

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2019-01-18 03:46:21



Maddon serves dinner for 'Thanksmas' project  

After finishing a day filled with meetings with his new-look coaching staff, Cubs manager Joe Maddon donned a white apron and headed to St. Leonard's Ministries on Chicago's west side on Thursday night. It was time to put baseball off to the side for a few hours.

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2019-01-18 03:12:51



Relief Market Notes: Kimbrel, Brach, Axford  

With Adam Ottavino leaving the board today, only one of the top nine relievers on MLBTR’s top 50 free agent list — the top member of that group, of course — remains unsigned. That seems to set the stage for the next tier of the relief market to kick into action. Cody Allen, Bud Norris, and Brad…

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2019-01-18 03:05:07



This Yankees 'pen might be best ever ... by far  

The Yankees bullpen looks like it could be historically great. Again.

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2019-01-18 03:01:13



Dream Series aims to build young leaders  

Former big league manager Jerry Manuel adjusted the bill of his cream-colored hat, dusted off the front of his white hoodie and then glided from his front-row seat in the hotel amphitheater to the podium.

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2019-01-18 02:43:49



30 best defensive prospects -- 1 for each team  

Evaluating defense is still very much subjective, with metrics measuring fielding still imperfect. Still, each system has glovework that stands out more than others, and we considered many to present one best defender from each organization.

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2019-01-18 02:38:08



Alonso leads list of Top 10 1B prospects  

There has been a resurgence in first-base prospects in the last couple of years. The 2017 Draft featured five first basemen in the top 35 picks, and four of them rank among the 10 best prospects at the position at this moment.

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2019-01-18 02:24:52



Angels reportedly agree with closer Allen  

The Angels have found a closer for 2019: Cody Allen. They're in agreement on a deal with the free-agent right-hander, according to multiple reports Thursday night. The Angels haven't confirmed the deal, which would be pending a physical.

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2019-01-18 02:03:14



7 realities about the 2019 Hall of Fame vote  

Don't stress over Tuesday's Hall of Fame vote announcement. Relax. It's all going to be OK.

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2019-01-18 01:41:15



Is Stanton keeping Yanks from Bryce, Manny?  

Would the Yankees be willing to spend on Bryce Harper or Manny Machado if they weren't spending the way they are on Giancarlo Stanton?

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2019-01-18 01:12:56



Yankees Close To Dealing Sonny Gray  

5:13pm: “A few teams” remain in talks with the Yanks, per Jack Curry of  the YES Network (via Twitter). 3:49pm: The Athletics and Padres are involved, while the Reds do not appear to be, according to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino (Twitter link). Heyman hears that the Giants have entered the picture (Twitter link). Contrary to Martino, he…

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2019-01-17 20:39:30



Cubs Owner Discusses Lack Of Offseason Activity  

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts went on the Mully & Haugh Show on 670 The Score this morning, making an attempt to defend the Cubs’ quiet offseason.  (Hat tip to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, who wrote an article here). Ricketts began, “First of all, we have spent money this offseason. We signed Cole Hamels,…

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2019-01-17 20:12:16



Tebow to join Mets Spring Training as NRI  

For the second straight spring, Tim Tebow will be in big league camp.

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2019-01-17 19:35:14



Nationals To Sign Vidal Nuno  

The Nationals have agreed to a minor-league deal with southpaw Vidal Nuno, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred (via Twitter). He’ll receive an invitation to participate in MLB Spring Training as well as opt-out opportunities if he doesn’t earn a roster spot. Nuno would earn at a $1.3MM rate in the big leagues. Nuno, 31,…

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2019-01-17 19:19:57



Yankees To Sign Adam Ottavino  

12:47pm: Fancred’s Jon Heyman tweets that Ottavino will be guaranteed $27MM over the three-year term. 12:42pm :The Yankees have agreed to terms on a contract with free-agent reliever Adam Ottavino, ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweets. Robert Murray and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic had reported seconds prior that the two sides were closing in on an…

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2019-01-17 19:07:57



MLBTR Chat Transcript: 1/17/19  

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

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2019-01-17 16:41:23



MLBTR Poll: Who'll Land Sonny Gray?  

Often, when reports emerge that a particular player is about to be traded, it isn’t long thereafter that the landing spot is reported. Today, there’s indication that the Yankees are closing in on a deal involving righty Sonny Gray, but it’s still not yet clear where he could be heading. That leaves an opening to…

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2019-01-17 14:27:27



Folty tops Atlanta's uncertain rotation  

With the start of Spring Training less than a month away, it's time to look at what the Braves roster might look like on Opening Day. First up is the starting rotation, which potentially could gain an external addition before the regular season begins.

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2019-01-17 13:08:45



Inbox: Are Rays still in mix for Realmuto?  

Rays beat reporter Juan Toribio answers questions from fans in the latest edition of Rays Inbox.

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2019-01-17 12:33:52



NL West Notes: Arenado, Rockies, Flores, D-backs, Giants  

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich largely declined an opportunity to discuss the state of the team’s contract talks with star third baseman Nolan Arenado, as MLB.com’s Thomas Harding writes. Bridich says the club is content to “keep things under wraps, under our hat for now” as it continues to try to work out a 2019 salary…

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2019-01-17 11:35:25



Is signing Machado or Harper the right move?  

White Sox beat reporter Scott Merkin answers fans' questions in the latest White Sox Inbox.

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2019-01-17 11:33:12



These prospects could be MLB's Top 5 in 2021  

All of MLB Pipeline's Top 10 position lists elicit a ton of debate, which is of course why we do the rankings in the first place. And that leads to good questions from fans. So let's get to them.

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2019-01-17 11:14:37



Rays To Sign Luis Santos  

The Rays have a minor-league deal with righty Luis Santos, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). It seems he’ll receive an invitation to MLB camp. Soon to turn 28, Santos has thrown 36 2/3 major league innings over the past two seasons. He has allowed 21 earned runs in that…

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2019-01-17 10:55:20



Minor MLB Transactions: 1/17/19  

We’ll track the latest minor moves throughout the league here… Outfielder Charlie Tilson cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the White Sox and has been sent outright to Triple-A Charlotte, the team announced to reporters (Twitter link via Daryl Van Schouwen of the Sun Times). Chicago will now be able to hang onto…

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2019-01-17 08:32:34



These prospects could be MLB's Top 5 in 2021  

All of MLB Pipeline's Top 10 position lists elicit a ton of debate, which is of course why we do the rankings in the first place. And that leads to good questions from fans. So let's get to them.

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2019-01-17 08:08:40



Gone from Rox, Ottavino leaves parting gift for duo  

On his way out the Rockies' door, righty reliever Adam Ottavino may have left Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee a road map to effectiveness. After his own struggles in 2017 (2-3, 5.06 ERA), Ottavino recalibrated his mechanics and pitch design at Driveline Baseball in Kent, Wash., last winter.

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2019-01-17 07:55:41



Top high-school prospects begin Dream Series  

It's been a year since he first heard the words on the back fields outside Tempe Diablo Stadium, but when Christian Little closes his eyes, he can still hear Junior Spivey's voice.

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2019-01-17 07:14:31



Ricketts backs Cubs' roster, offseason approach  

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts made the media rounds on Thursday morning, discussing the team's quiet winter and plenty of other topics in interviews across the Chicago radio waves. This came after word spread that the Ricketts family would not have a panel at the annual Cubs Convention this weekend.

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2019-01-17 07:02:08



East Notes: Mets, Phils, Harper, Yanks Pitching, Dozier  

“Come get us.” That’s the message that Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen had today for the rest of baseball, and particularly the club’s division rivals, as MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports. While other organizations in the NL East surely also feel optimistic about their own recent roster improvements, that created an opening for the hard-charging rookie exec to…

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2019-01-17 06:21:47



Pedroia 'doing well' as running program begins  

How are the early stages of Dustin Pedroia's running program going?

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2019-01-17 05:10:09



Rumors prove it's never too early to talk Trout  

It was inevitable. With everyone waiting on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado to sign, we were invariably going to end up discussing what might be baseball's biggest story over the next 20 months: The looming free agency of Mike Trout, which is set to happen after the 2020 season.

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2019-01-17 04:55:36



Ottavino to Yanks on 3-year deal, sources say  

The Yankees added another major piece to their vaunted bullpen on Thursday, agreeing on a three-year, $27 million contract with Adam Ottavino, sources told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi and Mark Feinsand.

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2019-01-17 04:43:08



Lots of turnover among Top 10 catching prospects  

There's a good amount of turnover on this year's Top 10 Catching Prospects list compared to the 2018 version. That starts at the top, with a member of the 2018 Draft Class, Joey Bart, leading the way.

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2019-01-17 03:55:21



Red Sox stay confident after Yankees' moves  

Another potential closing target went away for the Red Sox on Thursday when Adam Ottavino signed with the rival Yankees, sources confirmed to MLB.com. With less than a month before Spring Training, this leaves the defending World Series champions with a loaded roster that lacks one thing: a proven closer.

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2019-01-17 03:50:52



Players reveal favorite HRs, and they are epic  

Toward the end of the 2018 regular season, MLB.com asked a whole bunch of players from a whole bunch of teams, "What's your favorite home run you ever saw, in person or on TV?" Let's run through our 10 favorite answers, with accompanying video to help bide the time between taters.

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2019-01-17 03:41:59



Will Kaprielian and Jefferies return this season?  

A's beat reporter Jane Lee answers fans' questions in the latest A's Inbox.

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2019-01-17 03:06:52



Marlins To Sign Hector Noesi  

The Marlins have inked a deal with righty Hector Noesi, Jon Heyman of Fancred tweets. It’s not clear whether the minor-league accord includes a spring invite, but Noesi can earn $800K if he cracks the MLB roster. It has been some time since Noesi, who’ll soon turn 32, has appeared at the game’s highest level.…

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2019-01-17 02:32:24



Angels Notes: Payroll, Trout, Stadium  

In the course of a lengthy discussion of Mike Trout’s status with the Angels, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic (subscription link) drops a note regarding the team’s immediate payroll situation. The Halos, he says, “could top” last year’s team-record payroll, which checked in right around $165MM for the third-straight campaign. Whether that suggests there’s significant room…

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2019-01-17 02:08:52



Inbox: Will Trout get a mega-deal from Halos?  

Is Mike Trout going to be around long-term? Will Tyler Skaggs evolve into an ace? Beat reporter Rhett Bollinger answers these questions and more in this edition of the Angels' Inbox.

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2019-01-17 02:06:01



O'Brien, Cooper arrive to spring camp early  

Prospects weren't the only ones this week taking part in the Marlins' three-day hitter's camp at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex. Peter O'Brien and Garrett Cooper, who are competing for Opening Day roster spots, joined the group of position-player prospects invited to the minicamp.

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2019-01-17 01:42:26



Diamondbacks Acquire Tim Locastro  

The Yankees announced Wednesday that they’ve traded infielder/outfielder Tim Locastro to the Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league lefty Ronald Roman and cash. Locastro was designated for assignment earlier this week in order to open a spot on the Yankees’ roster for DJ LeMahieu. Arizona’s acquisition of Locastro fills the team’s 40-man roster. Locastro, 26,…

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2019-01-16 21:11:01



Around the Horn: Bell needs to regain 1B power  

With Spring Training approaching, it's time for an in-depth look at the Pirates' roster. This is the fourth part of a series checking in on their current and future options at each position. Next up: first base.

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2019-01-16 20:05:31



Marty Brennaman set for final season in booth  

Reds radio broadcasting icon Marty Brennaman announced Wednesday that the 2019 season -- his 46th year with the club -- will be his final one calling games before he retires.

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2019-01-16 20:03:14



Cubs Claim Ian Clarkin  

The Cubs announced today that for the second time this offseason, they’ve claimed lefty Ian Clarkin off waivers from the White Sox. The South Siders designated Clarkin for assignment last week after signing Kelvin Herrera. It’s the second time this winter that the ChiSox designated Clarkin for assignment. The crosstown Cubs claimed him from their…

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2019-01-16 18:20:16



How many Hall of Famers will you see play in 2019?  

You can be sure that every season, you're watching some all-time greats who will end up in Cooperstown someday. But who, and how many? This is our best guess at who might be enshrined among the legends in upstate New York.

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2019-01-16 17:54:05



Agent Dan Lozano Issues Statement On Latest Manny Machado Reports  

In the wake of this morning’s reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney (Twitter link) and USA Today’s Bob Nightengale (Twitter link), in which both suggested that the White Sox’ current offer to Manny Machado stands at $175MM over seven years, Machado’s agent, Dan Lozano of the MVP Sports Group, issued the following statement to MLBTR and…

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2019-01-16 17:41:12



Anaheim extends Angel Stadium lease by 1 yr.  

The Anaheim City Council voted in favor of a one-year extension to the Angels' lease at Angel Stadium through the 2020 season late Tuesday, which gives both sides more time to discuss a potential new deal to either renovate the ballpark or build a new one.

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2019-01-16 17:35:31



Shawn Tolleson Announces Retirement  

Former Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson announced his retirement from baseball on Wednesday. The right-hander had previously signed a minor league contract with Texas and planned to head to Major League Spring Training and compete for a job. However, the Rangers’ release today revealed that he’s experienced a setback in his rehab from Tommy John surgery.…

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2019-01-16 17:24:47



Royals' Eric Skoglund Suspended 80 Games  

Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for “Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators S-22 (Ostarine) and LGD-4033 (Ligandrol),” the league announced Wednesday. Skoglund, 26, would presumably have been in the mix for a rotation spot with the Royals this spring but will instead sit out the first half of the…

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2019-01-16 17:19:20



Braves Notes: Anthopoulos, Catching, Markakis, Relief Pitching, Pollock, Gray  

The Braves burst out of the gates this winter with the signings of Josh Donaldson and Brian McCann, but it has been crickets in Atlanta ever since. Here’s the latest … Appearing at a team-sponsored event, GM Alex Anthopoulos discussed the status of the team’s roster-building efforts, as attendee and SB Nation contributor Stacy Marlow…

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2019-01-16 12:55:15



Diamondbacks, Wilmer Flores Agree To Terms  

3:00pm: Flores’ contract guarantees him $4.25MM, Passan tweets. He’ll earn a $3.75MM base salary in 2019 and have a $500K buyout on a $6MM option for the 2020 season. 2:22pm: The Diamondbacks are in agreement on a one-year contract with free-agent infielder Wilmer Flores, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (via Twitter). The contract also contains…

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2019-01-16 12:37:32



First Spring Training workout dates for all clubs  

Major League Baseball has revealed the first Spring Training workout dates for pitchers and catchers and those for the full squads for all 30 clubs. MLB also announced game times for all Cactus and Grapefruit League action in February and March.

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2019-01-16 11:08:02



Vizquel moves up to manage Double-A team  

The White Sox on Tuesday announced their 2019 player development staff under Chris Getz, who is in his third year as the organization's director of player development.

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2019-01-16 08:38:58



Rotation hopeful Skoglund suspended 80 games  

Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund, who figured to compete for a spot in the starting rotation this season, has been suspended for 80 games without pay for being in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

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2019-01-16 08:28:09



After setback, Tolleson announces retirement  

Rangers right-hander Shawn Tolleson announced Wednesday that he is retiring, effective immediately.

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2019-01-16 07:37:09



Central Notes: Brennaman, Harper, Twins, Grandal  

Legendary Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman announced today that he’ll hang up his mic after the 2019 campaign, as John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer was among those to cover. It’ll be his 46th year in the booth, a remarkable run by any standard. Brennaman already received the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award way back…

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2019-01-16 07:28:26



D-backs acquire Locastro from Yankees  

The D-backs and Yankees announced a trade Wednesday that will send outfielder Tim Locastro to Arizona in exchange for left-hander Ronald Roman and cash considerations.

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2019-01-16 06:23:07



Top prospect Chavis eager to return to Sox camp  

The loss of what he loves to do the most lingered with Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis for all three months of his 80-game suspension to start last season. That's why nobody is more excited to get to Spring Training than the power-hitting infielder.

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2019-01-16 06:04:26



Reds Sign Buddy Boshers, Felix Jorge  

The Reds have landed some additional pitching depth, signing lefty Buddy Boshers and righty Felix Jorge to minors deals, according to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer (Twitter link) and MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon (Twitter link). Both receive invitations to participate on the major-league side of spring camp. Boshers, 30, has thrown 86 1/3 total MLB…

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2019-01-16 05:47:02



Chili, Cespedes share history with Lowrie  

Infielder Jed Lowrie, who signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Mets on Wednesday, is no stranger to some in his new organization. He will be reunited with hitting coach Chili Davis and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who were with Lowrie on the Athletics in 2013 and '14.

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2019-01-16 05:22:08



Source: D-backs near deal with Wilmer Flores  

The D-backs have agreed to a deal with infielder Wilmer Flores, according to a report by Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan on Wednesday.

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2019-01-16 05:14:34



Luzardo leads list of Top 10 LHP prospects  

Jesus Luzardo headlines our Top 10 LHP list, ranking as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball after a tremendous first full season in which he nearly reached the Major Leagues.

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2019-01-16 04:58:37



White Sox' Offer To Machado Reportedly Seven Years, $175 Million  

In the weeks since the White Sox made a reported seven-year offer to Machado, several followup reports have pegged the offer’s value as closer to $200MM than to $300MM. Now, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports (via Twitter) that the exact value of Chicago’s offer to Machado is $175MM over seven years — a $25MM annual value.…

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2019-01-16 04:50:34



Angels acquire Curtiss for bullpen depth  

The Angels picked up some relief help on Tuesday by acquiring right-hander John Curtiss from the Twins in exchange for Minor League infielder Daniel Ozoria. To make room for Curtiss on the roster, right-hander Parker Bridwell was designated for assignment.

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2019-01-16 04:05:42



Lowrie introduced after signing with Mets  

The Mets announced on Wednesday the signing All-Star infielder Jed Lowrie to a two-year contract. The $20 million deal had first been reported on Thursday.

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2019-01-16 03:51:57



Top prospect Hiura leads Crew's camp invites  

The Brewers invited nine Minor League players to Major League Spring Training on Wednesday, a group headlined by top prospect Keston Hiura.

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2019-01-16 03:35:33



Brewers On Deck ready for pumped-up fan base  

The annual Brewers On Deck event is sold out, a strong indication of fans' interest after the club's deep postseason run last year. Those in attendance will find a large contingent of Brewers players, coaches, alumni and staff taking part in the fan fest, too.

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2019-01-16 03:29:27



The MLB.com Hall of Fame ballot results are ...  

Six MLB.com writers were among those eligible to cast ballots in the 2019 Hall of Fame vote conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. As many as four candidates -- and possibly more -- could be elected, according to the public ballots amassed online. Here's a look at how the six voted.

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2019-01-16 03:26:59



Around the Horn: Infield  

Perhaps the area on the Marlins' roster with the most certainty is the infield, but it's also a unit that may require the most flexibility. When Spring Training gets underway next month, manager Don Mattingly will have a pretty good idea of his options for all four infield spots. He just may be rotating players in and out -- sometimes on a daily basis -- getting the right matchups.

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2019-01-16 02:44:27



Minor MLB Transactions: 1/15/19  

Here are Tuesday’s minor moves from around baseball… Former Yankees top prospect Slade Heathcott is retiring from the game, Heathcott himself announced this week (hat tip: Mark W. Sanchez of the New York Post). Now 28 years of age, Heathcott was the No. 29 selection in the 2009 draft and rated as the game’s No. 63…

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2019-01-16 02:31:07



Jose Martinez offers rare skills at the plate  

With Spring Training fast approaching, and Jose Martinez still on the St. Louis roster, the chances seem to be increasing that on Opening Day he will stay and serve as MLB's most overqualified pinch-hitter.

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2019-01-16 02:15:01



Around the Horn: Vlad Jr. highlights 2019 infield  

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. arguably is already considered Toronto's "Face of the Franchise" and he has yet to appear in a Major League game. That will change by late April, and once it does, the future will become the present for a rebuilding Blue Jays organization that features plenty of young talent.

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2019-01-16 01:42:28



Marlins prospect Harrison can relate to Murray  

Football, baseball or both? When deciding his career path in 2014, Marlins outfield prospect Monte Harrison found himself in a similar situation to what Kyler Murray currently is going through. Harrison is familiar with having to give up one sport for the other.

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2019-01-15 19:50:29



Andreoli claimed off waivers by Rangers  

Outfielder John Andreoli, who was reacquired on a waiver claim by the Mariners earlier this offseason, was claimed by the Rangers on Tuesday.

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2019-01-15 17:35:27



Source: Orioles tab Brocail as pitching coach  

A source confirmed Tuesday that the Orioles have hired veteran pitching coach Doug Brocail to replace Roger McDowell, who had served in the same capacity since November 2016.

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2019-01-15 15:33:38



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

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

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2019-01-15 13:54:47



This is why Dozier picked 1-year deal with Nats  

Free-agent second baseman Brian Dozier said he had offers for more years and for more money than the one-year, $9 million contract he signed with the Nationals, but he believed D.C. was the "best fit."

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2019-01-15 13:13:11



Here's why a 3-team Kluber deal could happen  

The Reds need a starting pitcher. The Padres are looking for a third baseman. The Indians would like to add outfielders. Could there be a match that would help all three clubs?

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2019-01-15 12:46:08



Blass to step away from mic after 2019  

This will be Steve Blass' 60th year with the Pirates. He made his professional debut as an 18-year-old in 1960. He made his Major League debut as a 22-year-old in 1964. He was a World Series hero in 1971 and an All-Star in '72.

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2019-01-15 12:28:30



Angels Acquire John Curtiss, Designate Parker Bridwell  

The Angels announced Tuesday evening that they’ve acquired right-handed reliever John Curtiss from the Twins in exchange for minor league infielder Daniel Ozoria. Minnesota designated Curtiss for assignment yesterday upon signing former Angels righty Blake Parker. In order to open space on the roster for Curtiss, the Halos have designated righty Parker Bridwell for assignment.…

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2019-01-15 11:45:19



Around the Horn: Rotation has options for '19  

With Spring Training approaching, MLB.com is taking an in-depth look at the 2019 Rays, breaking the team down position-by-position. Today, we are focusing on the starting rotation.

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2019-01-15 10:59:35



Doug Brocail “In Line” To Become Orioles Pitching Coach  

As they begin to build out a coaching staff, the Orioles appear to be nearing an agreement with Doug Brocail that would make him the team’s next pitching coach. Dan Connolly of The Athletic tweets that Brocail is “in line” to land in Baltimore. If the sides do indeed put pen to paper, Brocail would…

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2019-01-15 08:48:01



Curtis Granderson Intends To Play In 2019  

Curtis Granderson is hardly alone as a veteran free agent about whom there have been very few rumors this winter, but Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweets that Granderson “fully intends to play another year.” It’s been a year to the date since Granderson, 38 in March, agreed to a one-year contract with the Blue…

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2019-01-15 08:47:52



3 Remaining Needs: AL East  

In the final installment of our 3 Remaining Needs series, let’s take a look at the division that boasted the best and worst teams of the 2018 season. The AL East perfectly reflects the class warfare plaguing the American League, as the gap between the competitive upper class and, well, the Orioles could not be…

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2019-01-15 08:42:54



Brewers introduce Grandal at press conference  

The Brewers formally introduced free agent Yasmani Grandal as their newest catcher Tuesday in a press conference at Miller Park.

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2019-01-15 07:29:42



International Signings: Dodgers, Cardinals  

Here are the latest reported deals on the international circuit … The Dodgers appear to have a deal in place with Taiwanese right-hander Lin Hui-Sheng, with Liberty Sports reporting the news and CPBL Stats tweeting it along. It’s believed the youngster will secure a $300K to $350K bonus if and when he passes a physical. You can read…

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2019-01-15 07:21:19



Free agents: Best fits for the best of the rest  

Let's check out seven players from the best of the rest of the remaining free agents and where they might land.

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2019-01-15 07:10:51



Japan's Orix Buffaloes Purchase Contract Of Tyler Eppler  

Japan’s Orix Buffaloes have announced that they have purchased the contract of righty Tyler Eppler from the Pirates. The 26-year-old appears to have an agreement for an estimated $600K in 2019 salary, per a Kyodo News report. Though Eppler would have had a shot at making his MLB debut in the near future, he was…

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2019-01-15 06:24:45



MLBTR Poll: Best Value On A High-AAV, Two-Year Deal  

Scanning down the board of MLBTR’s top fifty free agents, it’s easy to identify the large group of players who were good enough to command annual salaries approaching or exceeding ten million dollars, but as to whom contract length was in question entering the winter. Many of those players, in fact, have already agreed to…

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2019-01-15 06:08:39



Rangers Claim John Andreoli  

The Rangers have claimed outfielder John Andreoli off waivers from the Mariners, according to club announcements. He had been designated for assignment recently. Whether this’ll be the final landing spot for Andreoli remains to be seen. He was bumped from the Orioles’ 40-man at the end of October, landing back in Seattle — where he…

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2019-01-15 05:45:06



Each team's lineup if season started today  

We're less than a month away from Spring Training, so it's a good time to project what each club's Opening Day lineup will look like, or at least what it would look like if the season started today. With the help of all 30 MLB.com beat writers, here's a roundup of how they might shake out.

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2019-01-15 04:31:15



Long aims to be ready for life in big leagues  

Many times since the inception of the Rookie Career Development Program in 1992, participants have gone on to play in the Major Leagues. But it's one thing to get there and quite another to stay. Reds prospect Shed Long certainly learned some things that he hopes can improve -- and extend -- his career.

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2019-01-15 04:15:54



Minor MLB Transactions: 1/14/19  

It was a quiet day on the minor moves front, but there is one to catch up on … Lefty Daniel Schlereth has landed with the Red Sox on a minors deal, per Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com (via Twitter). He’ll have to earn his way into MLB camp, as the deal doesn’t include an invite. The…

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2019-01-15 02:33:55



Whitley leads list of Top 10 RHP prospects  

When it comes to right-handed pitching prospects -- well, pitching prospects who throw with either hand -- there's Forrest Whitley and then there's everyone else.

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2019-01-15 02:32:09



Gomber ready to build on first look at Majors  

Seven months after making his Major League debut and ahead of a Spring Training in which he'll compete for a rotation spot, lefty Austin Gomber joined three other members of the Cardinals' organization at Major League Baseball's Rookie Career Development Program last week.

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2019-01-15 01:39:33



Market Notes: Machado, White Sox, Mystery Team, Kipnis, Marwin  

Despite recent reports that the White Sox have made an eight-year offer to Manny Machado, a parade of others are reporting that the team has not moved off of its previous seven-year offer. Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted that the ChiSox have not made any alterations to their original seven-year offer, which was put on the…

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2019-01-15 01:36:37



Phillies “Expected” To Make Offer To Bryce Harper Soon  

4:45pm: Machado was the Phils’ primary target at one point, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman (Twitter links), but it’s now much more even between him and Harper — if not slightly tilted in Harper’s favor. The Phillies, according to Heyman, are expected to make a formal offer to Harper in the near future. Even if the…

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2019-01-15 01:31:32



Bridich tight-lipped about Arenado negotiations  

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich revealed little about his talks with arbitration-eligible third baseman Nolan Arenado on Monday night.

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2019-01-15 01:24:29



The biggest offseason upgrades by position  

As quiet as the offseason has seemed at times, there have been some important additions. With that in mind, here is a position-by-position look at which teams have done the most to upgrade weak spots.

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2019-01-15 01:11:39



Twins Designate John Curtiss For Assignment  

The Twins announced Monday that they’ve designated right-handed reliever John Curtiss for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster will go to Blake Parker, whose one-year contract is now official. A sixth-round pick by the Twins back in 2014, Curtiss was considered one of the organization’s more promising relief prospects for much of the past…

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2019-01-14 22:43:44






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