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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



Three Teams Played Musical Chairs With First Basemen…And Five Teams Came Away Winners  

Last week, I looked at Cole Sulser's prospects of making an impact in the Baltimore Orioles bullpen. Sulser found his way to Baltimore via Tampa Bay after being included in a three-way swap of more prominent players. Today, let's take a look at those players.  To review: in December of 2018, the Indians, Mariners, and…

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2020-05-30 11:32:38



Rounding Up The Latest Minor League Cuts  

Yesterday brought a slew of news regarding minor league ballplayers. Players like T.J. Rivera, Carlos Asuaje and Juremi Profar were returned to the free-agent pool after rounds of cuts from their minor league teams. There was also a smattering of good news, including a report of David Price giving $1K to each minor leaguer on…

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2020-05-30 09:53:45



Which Glove Do You Want?  

In a piece from MASN last week, Roch Kubatko said this of the Orioles' search for a veteran shortstop: "The Orioles chose [Jose] Iglesias over Adeiny Hechavarría in their winter search for a glove-first shortstop." Kubatko linked the Orioles the Hechevarria back in December, but La Pantera ultimately re-upped with the Braves on a one-year,…

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2020-05-30 02:03:58



International Transactions: 5/29/20  

We’re not seeing any transactions in Major League Baseball, but here’s one from the Korea Baseball Organization that involves a former big leaguer: The Kiwoom Heroes have placed utility player Taylor Motter on waivers, Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net relays. Motter was in his first season with the club, which signed him for $350K last December,…

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2020-05-29 21:27:29



MLBTR Chat Transcript: 5/29/20  

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

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2020-05-29 20:11:11



Phillies Release T.J. Rivera  

Infielder T.J. Rivera was among the minor league players the Phillies released Friday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets. It’s not yet known which other players the Phillies cut. Rivera signed a minors pact with the Phillies back in December, at which point he was coming off a respectable offensive run with the division-rival Mets.…

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2020-05-29 15:40:19



Latest On Teams' Plans For Minor League Pay  

3:14pm: The Astros will also pay their minor leaguers through August, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle tweets. The Red Sox will do the same, Julian McWilliams and Alex Speier of the Boston Globe write. The Reds will pay theirs through Sept. 7, the end of the scheduled minor league season, per C. Trent Rosecrans…

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2020-05-29 13:59:12



Latest News, Notes On Minor League Pay  

The manner in which teams are — or, in some cases, aren’t — continuing to pay their minor league players has drawn increased attention as the end of the month draws near. Major League teams agreed back in March to pay minor league players $400 per week through the end of May, but most minor…

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2020-05-29 10:20:40



Latest Minor League Releases  

Minor League Baseball has never faced greater uncertainty than it presently does, with contraction widely expected later this year and significant doubt as to whether a 2020 minor league campaign will even be able to take place. Over the past several days, we’ve seen wide swaths of minor league releases due to myriad reasons. It’s…

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2020-05-29 09:01:21



Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez Still Working On Mets Bid  

Three weeks ago, it appeared Alex Rodriguez no longer had any hope of purchasing the Mets. However, it now looks as if he and famous fiancee Jennifer Lopez have re-entered the picture. According to Thornton McEnery of the New York Post, Rodriguez, Lopez and some of JPMorgan Chase’s “very senior bankers” are working on putting…

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2020-05-29 02:51:06



Mariners Release Carlos Gonzalez  

The Mariners have released veteran outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweets. As a reminder, Major League transactions are still frozen, although we recently verified that minor league cuts are still permissible. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times had previously reported that the Mariners were releasing more than 30 minor league players. Divish adds that…

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2020-05-28 14:50:22



The 2008 Top 10: Four Teams Passed On Potential Hall Of Famer  

Twelve years after the 2008 amateur draft, one top 10 pick ranks far above the rest… 1.) Tim Beckham, SS, Rays: Taking Beckham at No. 1 has long looked like one of the most regrettable moves in Rays history. Beckham was only a .247/.299/.421 hitter with 2.5 fWAR in 791 plate appearances with the team…

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2020-05-28 11:26:41



Remembering A Yankees-White Sox Blockbuster  

In late July of 2017, the Yankees were mired in a weeks-long skid and working to avoid their second straight season without a playoff berth. After a 38-23 start to the season, the Yankees suffered a loss to the Twins on July 17 to fall to a so-so 47-44. They were in the midst of…

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2020-05-28 07:56:48



Which 15 Players Should The Mets Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it!  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. The American League results are in!  Click here to…

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2020-05-28 06:54:21



Cubs Release Brock Stewart, Carlos Asuaje  

There are minor league cuts happening across baseball, and though the Cubs’ full list isn’t out yet, right-hander Brock Stewart and utilityman Carlos Asuaje are among the players they have released. Stewart announced his fate on Twitter, while Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reported on Asuaje’s exit (via Patrick Mooney of The Athletic). Those two…

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2020-05-28 05:31:01



Latest On MLBPA's Expected Counter-Proposal  

The MLBPA’s counter-proposal to the league’s economic plan is expected to be sent this week and, according to multiple reports, it will wholly reject the sliding scale mechanism offered Tuesday by ownership. Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic report that the players will not budge on prorated salaries and will instead counter with…

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2020-05-28 05:28:21



Which 15 Players Should The Nationals Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

We’re planning a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it!  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here.  We’ll have plenty more next week, culminating in a live draft event. The American…

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2020-05-28 03:32:20



Which 15 Players Should The Marlins Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it!  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. The American League results are in!  Click here to…

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2020-05-28 03:29:09



Remembering The Tigers' 3-Star Sale  

It seems like long ago, but the Tigers were one of the majors’ most successful teams in the first half of the previous decade. The club won four straight AL Central titles from 2011-14, a span in which it combined for a 366-282 regular-season record and took home a pennant (2012). Success has largely eluded…

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2020-05-28 02:38:25



Which 15 Players Should The Phillies Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it!  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. The American League results are in!  Click here to…

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2020-05-28 01:51:19



Boras Urges Clients Not To “Bail Out” Owners  

Never one to hold back his thoughts on the economic state of the game, agent Scott Boras recently penned an email to his clients urging them not to concede to further pay cuts — a concession he likens to a “bailout” for owners. Ronald Blum of the Associated Press has the bulk of the email.…

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2020-05-28 01:14:01



Tigers Notes: Gardenhire, Wilson, Draft  

A great deal of focus has been placed on the ongoing salary debate between MLB and the MLBPA, but the health and safety protocol is the other key question that needs to be addressed. That’s particularly true regarding several older coaches, including Tigers skipper Ron Gardenhire, who is at greater risk than a number of…

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2020-05-28 01:06:23



Which 15 Players Should The Braves Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it!  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. The American League results are in!  Click here to…

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2020-05-27 22:48:05



Which 15 Players Should The Brewers Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it!  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. So far, we’ve covered the Athletics, Angels, Astros,…

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2020-05-27 14:59:07



The Jays Turned A Free Agent Whiff Into An Elite Pitching Prospect  

The 2016 season was a pivotal year for the Blue Jays. Fresh off an ALCS loss to the Royals in 2015, the Jays entered the year with reigning MVP Josh Donaldson set to play out his age-30 campaign and a series of notable free agents, headlined by Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. They’d surrendered two…

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2020-05-27 13:31:54



Which 15 Players Should The Pirates Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it!  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. The American League results are in!  Click here to…

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2020-05-27 12:06:54



MLBPA Expected To Counter League's Economic Proposal In The Coming Days  

Major League Baseball presented its long-awaited economic plan to the Players Association yesterday, and the union’s reaction was predictable: extreme disappointment. As reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers, the sliding scale proposed to players would see the game’s league-minimum players would be paid about $262K of their would-be $563,500 salaries — roughly 46…

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2020-05-27 10:35:56



How Nats Could Continue Benefiting From Jordan Zimmermann's Exit  

It’s true that right-hander Jordan Zimmermann has fallen on hard times over the past few years, but it’s indisputable that he’s one of the top starters the Nationals have had since they moved from Montreal to Washington in advance of the 2005 season. A second-round pick two years later, Zimmermann debuted in Washington in 2009,…

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2020-05-27 09:06:19



Which 15 Players Should The Cardinals Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it!  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. The American League results are in!  Click here to…

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2020-05-27 08:45:46



The Best Top 10 Pick Of 2012  

Before we revisit the top 10 picks of the 2012 Major League Baseball amateur draft, let’s begin with a reminder of a few notable players who fell just outside of it. Right-hander Lucas Giolito (No. 16), shortstop Corey Seager (18) and Marcus Stroman (22) weren’t deemed worthy of the top 10 at the time, but…

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2020-05-27 08:16:21



Latest On Furloughs, Pay Cuts Among MLB Clubs  

12:59pm: The Padres will also pay their minor leaguers the $400 weekly stipend through the end of August, Dennis Lin of The Athletic tweets. 12:34pm: Most of MLB’s 30 organizations agreed a ways back to pay their employees through the end of May. There were instances of lengthier commitments, but May 31 was broadly used…

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2020-05-27 05:50:14



2010 Top 10: Any Future Hall Of Famers? How Many Busts?  

Even the very top of Major League Baseball’s amateur draft is a crapshoot. Looking back at the top 10 picks from 2010, you’ll see some players who have evolved into superstars, some who have turned into decent contributors, some who didn’t sign with their teams and have since washed out of the game, and others…

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2020-05-27 05:16:06



Which 15 Players Should The Reds Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it!  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. So far, we’ve covered the Athletics, Angels, Astros,…

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2020-05-27 02:21:10



Which 15 Players Should The Cubs Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it!  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. So far, we’ve covered the Athletics, Angels, Astros,…

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2020-05-26 22:09:45



White Sox Release 25 Minor Leaguers  

The White Sox are the latest team to make significant cuts in the minors, per The Athletic’s James Fegan, who reports that they have let go of 25 players (Fegan provides the entire list in his tweet). The White Sox will pay all of their minor leaguers, including those they just released, through the end…

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2020-05-26 17:15:57



Blake Snell Hires Boras Corporation  

Rays left-hander Blake Snell has changed representation and is now a client of the Boras Corporation, Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report (subscription link). MLBTR has made note of Snell’s agency change in our database. Snell’s switch to the game’s highest-profile agent comes long before he’ll be eligible to reach the open…

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2020-05-26 14:39:23



Which 15 Players Should The Dodgers Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it!  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. So far, we’ve covered the Athletics, Angels, Astros,…

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2020-05-26 13:18:47



Which 15 Players Should The Diamondbacks Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it!  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. So far, we’ve covered the Athletics, Angels, Astros,…

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2020-05-26 12:37:30



MLB Presents Economic Plan To MLBPA  

6:01pm: Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com has more details on MLB’s proposed cuts, tweeting that a player on a $35MM salary would make roughly $7.8MM, someone at $10MM would earn in the $2.9MM vicinity and a $1MM player would pull in $434K. ESPN’s Jeff Passan has further info here. 5:00pm: "We made a proposal to the…

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2020-05-26 08:22:51



Will There Be A Major League Baseball Season?  

Go back to, say, Feb. 26, and a question like the one offered in this poll would have seemed unfathomable. Spring training was in full swing at that point, and there was no sign that a normal regular season wouldn’t happen. Now, because of multiple depressing realities, we’ll get a shortened Major League Baseball season…

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2020-05-26 05:23:20



Which 15 Players Should The Rockies Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it!  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. So far, we’ve covered the Athletics, Angels, Astros,…

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2020-05-26 04:40:37



Former MLB Players In NPB: Japan Pacific League  

Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball is targeting a June 19 Opening Day. As is the case with the Korea Baseball Organization, the league has plenty of recognizable names for MLB fans to follow as we await the return of baseball in North America. NPB is larger than the KBO (12 teams vs. 10) and has slightly…

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2020-05-26 02:41:08



Daniel Mengden “About 95 Percent” After February Elbow Surgery  

Athletics righty Daniel Mengden underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his elbow back in February, but the right-hander told Brodie Brazil of NBC Sports Bay Area over the weekend that he’s now at “about 95 percent” in his recovery process. Notably, Mengden also revealed to Brazil that he had two other procedures over the offseason — both…

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2020-05-26 01:58:38



How The Mets Acquired A Breakout Hitter  

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has come under fire at times since the team hired the former agent after the 2018 season, but BVW has nonetheless had his high points atop their front office. One of his best decisions in New York came in January 2019, when he acquired a player who’s now among…

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2020-05-26 01:21:36



Quick Hits: Bowling Green, Maddon, Roberts, Gardner, Cards  

Current Diamondbacks special assistant, ex-major league right-hander and former MLBTR contributor Burke Badenhop is among those leading a spirited effort to save baseball at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. BGSU dropped its baseball program in a cost-cutting measure May 15, which sparked some of its ex-players – Badenhop and Indians Triple-A manager Andy Tracy,…

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2020-05-26 01:04:03



A 4-Year-Old Trade That Could Have Long-Term Effects  

For the most part, if one team trades you to another for cash considerations, odds are you aren’t going to amount to much in Major League Baseball. But it was four years ago today that the two Missouri-based franchises – the Royals and Cardinals – came together on a cash/player trade that made an impact…

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2020-05-25 19:08:07



KBO Issues One-Year Suspension To Jung Ho Kang For Prior DUI Arrests  

The Korea Baseball Organization has reached a ruling regarding infielder Jung Ho Kang, who starred for the KBO’s Nexen (now Kiwoom) Heroes and spent parts of four years with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kang, who seeks reinstatement following a trio of DUI arrests, will be suspended for one year and will also be required to perform…

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2020-05-25 14:52:25



How A Minor Signing Led To A Cy Young Winner  

Former major league outfielder Brad Hawpe was a more-than-respectable offensive player during his peak with the Rockies. While Hawpe had difficulty early on from his debut in 2004 through the next season, he combined to slash .288/.384/.518 (124 wRC+) with 99 home runs in 2,338 plate appearances from 2006-09. The last of those four years,…

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2020-05-25 09:37:01



Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball Sets June 19 Opening Day  

Baseball is set to return in Japan. As Kaz Nagatsuka of the Japan Times reports, Nippon Professional Baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito announced Monday that the league plans to kick off its regular season on June 19 — nearly three months after the originally scheduled March 20 date. As has been the case in Taiwan and…

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2020-05-25 07:57:26



A Standout's Unusual Path To D.C.  

Since he made his major league debut in 2015, Trea Turner has established himself as one of the reigning World Series champion Nationals’ most valuable players. A second baseman and then a center fielder at the beginning of his career, Turner took over as the Nationals’ shortstop in 2017 and now has a stranglehold on…

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2020-05-25 05:59:22



Which 15 Players Should The Padres Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it!  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. So far, we’ve covered the Giants, Rangers, Mariners, Athletics, Angels, Astros,…

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2020-05-25 05:20:04



The Indians Continue To Benefit From The Bartolo Colon Trade  

Today is Bartolo Colon’s 47th birthday, and I think I join just about every baseball fan in hoping that “Big Sexy” can fulfill his goal of making it back to the majors for one more go-around.  While that extra year would be a nice bonus, Colon has already established an incredible legacy over his 21…

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2020-05-25 04:11:56



Denard Span On His Future  

It’s been nearly 20 months since Denard Span suited up in a big league game, and the former Twins, Nationals, Giants, Rays and Mariners outfielder suggests in an interview with Patrick Reusse of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he may not do so again. Span reveals that he received offers in the 2018-19 offseason, although they clearly…

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2020-05-25 03:22:24



Let's Not Forget About Franchy Cordero  

With high-profile signings like Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado and a superlative farm system that has produced standout rookies like Chris Paddack and Fernando Tatis Jr., the Padres have begun to return to relevancy after a stretch of seasons spent in baseball’s doldrums. More eyes are trained on the team now than maybe any point…

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2020-05-24 22:21:47



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to read the transcript of tonight’s baseball chat, moderated by MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk

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2020-05-24 17:33:32



The Blockbuster That Brought The Tigers Their Most Valuable Trade Chip  

The Blue Jays were the talk of the 2015 trade deadline. A few days after bringing in star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies, the Jays struck for the top rental starting pitcher on the market: Tigers’ left-hander David Price. Amidst a seven-year run of pristine durability and general excellence, 2015 was perhaps Price’s peak season. At the…

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2020-05-24 11:45:29



Latest On Negotiations To Begin 2020 Season  

As talks continue about the possibility of the 2020 season getting underway, “the greatest differences between the players and owners, for now, remain economic,” Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic (subscription required) write in their latest update on the status of the negotiations.  While nothing concrete has been established between the two sides,…

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2020-05-24 08:05:24



Shutdown Notes: Undrafted Players, Pitcher Usage, Blue Jays  

As MLB prepares its proposal to the MLBPA on economics issues next Tuesday, let’s take a look at some other notes related to the league’s shutdown. In the wake of massive revenue losses, MLB has instituted a five round draft in 2020, down from its usual forty, with undrafted players’ signing bonuses capped at $20K. Limiting the…

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2020-05-24 05:33:41



AL East Notes: Paxton, Rays, Iglesias, Martin  

After undergoing back surgery in early February, Yankees southpaw James Paxton was given a timeline of three-to-four months before he could return to the field.  As we approach the end of that estimated recovery period, Paxton described his back as “a non-issue” in an interview Friday on the YES Network (hat tip to ESPN.com).  “I…

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2020-05-23 21:23:04



Wilmer Flores Changes Representation  

Infielder Wilmer Flores has new representation. Flores, 28, will now be repped by Cesar Suarez of the Beverly Hills Sports Council, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Flores’ change in representation will soon be reflected in MLBTR’s Agency Database. Flores had previously been repped by the McNamara Baseball Group. Suarez is a former player himself, though…

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2020-05-23 11:59:48



The Rangers' New-Look Rotation Has Big-Time Upside  

Historically, pitching has not been a strength of the Texas Rangers. The franchise has consistently found itself sorely lacking true aces; outside of Nolan Ryan, there aren’t really any iconic pitchers that come to mind when you think of the Rangers. Kenny Rogers, anyone? That trend held true once again last year, with the Rangers…

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2020-05-23 11:23:28



A Waiver Claim Primed To Break Out  

It's no secret that the Baltimore Orioles need pitching. While GM Mike Elias and company work on building a development pipeline, the O's are spending a lot of time scouring other organizations for excess talent to skim off the top.  Take 30-year-old right-hander Cole Sulser. Baltimore's waiver claim in early October doesn't jump out as…

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2020-05-23 09:33:52



1990 AL Rookies Of The Year: How Many Hall Of Famers?  

After reviewing the careers of 1990s National League Rookies of the Year, let’s move over to the AL… 1990 – Sandy Alomar Jr., C, Indians: Kevin Appier, John Olerud and Robin Ventura were among the rookies Alomar beat out for the award that year. While those players had better careers than Alomar, he did turn…

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2020-05-23 05:14:57



10-Year-Old A's Trade Paying Dividends  

If you followed Major League Baseball for most of the this century, you probably remember David DeJesus. The now-retired outfielder posted a solid career as part of a few different teams from 2003-15, during which he amassed 25.5 fWAR. DeJesus spent one of his seasons in Oakland, and though he didn’t have a banner year…

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2020-05-23 04:48:23



Have The Royals Found Another Rule 5 Gem?  

After selecting Joakim Soria out of the Padres’ farm system in the 2006 Rule 5 Draft, it could be argued that the Royals are still in the “playing with house money” honeymoon phase of the Rule 5 process.  After all, even landing a Rule 5 player who can stick on a Major League roster for…

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2020-05-23 03:30:06



Coronavirus Notes: Upcoming Negotiations, Furloughs, Angels, Brewers, KBO  

It’s make-or-break time for MLB and the MLBPA on forging a path to baseball in 2020. With some significant negotiations looming this week, ESPN’s Jeff Passan runs through some of the biggest questions facing the league. The battle between players and owners is rife with potential roadblocks, and it’s not just the conditions of 2020…

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2020-05-23 01:41:21



Orioles Release 37 Minor Leaguers  

While roster moves in Major League Baseball are not allowed during the shutdown, teams can still make minor league transactions. For instance, the Rockies cut right-hander Tim Melville earlier this week. And now the Orioles are among the clubs paring down minor league player personnel. The Orioles just released 37 low-level farmhands, Dan Connolly of…

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2020-05-23 01:35:40



MLB Will Propose Financial Plan To Players On Tuesday  

There’s been an awful lot of debate surrounding the financials of a prospective 2020 MLB campaign, but the league has yet to issue a formal proposal to the MLB Players Association. That will finally take place on Tuesday, per Evan Drellich of The Athletic (via Twitter). What isn’t yet known is just what sort of…

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2020-05-22 22:49:16



The Mariners' Future Payroll Promises  

2020 salary terms are set to be hammered out in the coming days. But what about what's owed to players beyond that point? The near-term economic picture remains questionable at best. That'll make teams all the more cautious with guaranteed future salaries. Every organization has some amount of future cash committed to players, all of…

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2020-05-22 18:15:48



Zach Plesac Hires CAA Sports  

Indians righty Zach Plesac has hired CAA Sports to represent him, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). The relationship is now reflected in MLBTR’s Agency Database. Plesac isn’t closing in on any major contractual milestones, but he has certainly raised his profile and with it his potential for earning opportunities of all kinds. The 2016…

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2020-05-22 15:59:59



Latest On Teams' Plans For Second Spring Training  

While the league and the MLBPA have yet to reach a formal agreement on either player compensation or health/safety protocols for a rebooted 2020 season, teams are still preparing for a shortened restart of “Spring” Training — ideally beginning in mid-June. The goal is for a three-week training period to lead into an 82-game season…

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2020-05-22 14:20:45



Latest On Scooter Gennett  

Former Reds, Brewers and Giants second baseman Scooter Gennett remains unsigned, and the 2018 All-Star chatted with Doug Fernandes of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune this week about his decision not to accept an offer over the winter. Gennett details that he did receive some offers, but they were either non-guaranteed or not to his liking from a…

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2020-05-22 12:44:05



Altuve & Bregman Dominate Astros' Long-Term Payroll  

2020 salary terms are set to be hammered out in the coming days. But what about what's owed to players beyond that point? The near-term economic picture remains questionable at best. That'll make teams all the more cautious with guaranteed future salaries. Every organization has some amount of future cash committed to players, all of…

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2020-05-22 08:27:09



Jung Ho Kang Seeking KBO Comeback  

It emerged recently that former Korea Baseball Organization superstar and Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang was interested in resuming his career in his native Korea. But it wasn’t clear just how he planned to accomplish that. Trouble is, Kang has been arrested three times for driving under the influence — a shameful mark that scuttled his MLB…

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2020-05-22 08:20:38



2000-09 AL Rookies Of The Year: At Least 2 Future Hall Of Famers  

We just began a series that examines how the Rookies of the Year from each decade panned out. Naturally, after going from 2000-09 in the National League, we’ll stay in that decade and turn our attention to the AL… 2000 – Kazuhiro Sasaki, RP, Mariners: Sasaki was a star in his homeland of Japan before…

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2020-05-22 05:13:35



Remembering 1990s NL Rookies Of The Year  

Having already revisited the careers of Rookie of the Year winners from 2000-09 (American League, National League), let’s go back a decade to the 1990s. We’ll open with the NL’s 10 winners… 1990 – David Justice, OF, Braves: This marked the beginning of a decorated career for Justice, who slashed .282/.373/.535 with 28 home runs…

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2020-05-22 05:05:46



Which 15 Players Should The Giants Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR.  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. So far, we’ve covered the Rangers, Mariners, Athletics, Angels, Astros, Twins, Royals, Tigers, Indians, White Sox, Rays,…

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2020-05-22 03:49:29



Ranking The All-Time No. 1 Picks  

In case you missed it, we just recapped the careers of every No. 1 pick from the first amateur draft in 1965 through last year (1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s). So now let’s round up how those players fared or, in the cases of those who are still active, have fared since hearing their…

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2020-05-22 01:40:57



Andrus & Odor Occupy Top Spots On Rangers' Future Payroll  

2020 salary terms are set to be hammered out in the coming days. But what about what's owed to players beyond that point? The near-term economic picture remains questionable at best. That'll make teams all the more cautious with guaranteed future salaries. Every organization has some amount of future cash committed to players, all of…

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2020-05-21 15:32:36



MLB's 5 Most-Traded Players  

Trades are the life blood of this website. This is the longest we’ve ever gone without one! We’re all pining for the good old days … which got me thinking about the players who have been constant fodder for MLBTR posts. Plenty of other names have appeared on the site more often in rumors. And…

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2020-05-21 15:12:58



12 Years Later, This Trade's Still Paying Off For Yankees  

It has been a dozen years since the Yankees swung a trade for outfielder Nick Swisher, who paid immediate dividends as part of the franchise and whose acquisition continues to benefit the organization to this day. On Nov. 13, 2008, the Yankees sent two minor league pitchers – Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez – as…

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2020-05-21 13:29:37



Which 15 Players Should The Mariners Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR.  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. So far, we’ve done the Sox, Rays, Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Orioles.  The Mariners are…

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2020-05-21 12:18:01



Which 15 Players Should The Rangers Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR.  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. So far, we’ve covered the Mariners, Athletics, Angels, Astros, Twins, Royals, Tigers, Indians, White Sox, Rays,…

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2020-05-21 11:08:21



MLBPA Responds To League's Health & Safety Proposal  

The MLB Players Association has responded to the league’s proposed health and safety guidelines, Evan Drellich of The Athletic was among those to report on Twitter. Last week, MLB sent the union a 67-page document outlining suggested protocols for safely starting the 2020 regular season and minimizing the spread of COVID-19 once play is underway. There’s no…

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2020-05-21 10:21:27



Universal DH Could Create At-Bats For Phillies' Top Prospect  

We’ve already sorted through the rest of the NL East (Braves, Nationals, Mets, Marlins) when looking at how the likely addition of a universal DH might impact the teams within. How might the Phillies react to the change? The Phils have a reasonably experienced lineup, with only presumptive center fielder Adam Haseley checking in at…

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2020-05-21 07:32:18



Latest On MLB Teams' Plans For Employees  

A variety of MLB teams have already revealed plans for the year for non-player employees. Some have instituted furloughs and/or pay cuts while others have committed to carry employees through the fall. Still other teams are taking things on a month-to-month basis, with several revealing their latest plans in recent days. At least three teams…

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2020-05-21 06:23:09



How Seattle Acquired One Of Its Best Players  

While last season was an injury-shortened wreck for the Mariners’ Mitch Haniger, you can’t dispute that he’s a highly valuable outfielder when he’s able to take the field. Haniger came into his own during his first extensive action in 2017, and he was a deserving All-Star during the next season, in which he hit .285/.366/.493…

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2020-05-21 06:17:50



Brent Honeywell Undergoes Ulnar Nerve Procedure  

The Rays announced Thursday that touted pitching prospect Brent Honeywell Jr. underwent a decompression procedure on his right ulnar nerve yesterday. He’ll start strength and mobility exercises next Monday, MLB.com’s Juan Toribio tweets. It’s yet another arm-related setback for Honeywell, a 2014 second-round pick who has ranked among the game’s premier pitching prospects in each…

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2020-05-21 05:30:36



News, Notes On Efforts To Resume Play In MLB  

As states throughout the nation begin to lift or ease their stay-at-home ordinances, several teams have begun to open their facilities to 40-man players. The Yankees, Phillies and Blue Jays have been allowing limited workouts at their spring facilities in Florida, and the Rays this week are opening Tropicana Field to players on their 40-man…

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2020-05-21 03:44:13



The First Five No. 1 Picks  

The Major League Baseball amateur draft first came about in 1965. Since then, plenty of first overall picks have made a mark in the bigs, while many others have disappointed. Having already looked at the top selections from 2010-19, 2000-09, the 1990s, the 1980s and the 1970s, we’ll now turn our focus to the first…

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2020-05-21 03:24:51



Which 15 Players Should The Angels Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR.  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. So far, we’ve done the Sox, Rays, Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Orioles.  The Angels are…

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2020-05-20 16:47:46



How Does White Sox' Future Payroll Look After Busy Offseason?  

2020 salary terms are set to be hammered out in the coming days. But what about what's owed to players beyond that point? The near-term economic picture remains questionable at best. That'll make teams all the more cautious with guaranteed future salaries. Every organization has some amount of future cash committed to players, all of…

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2020-05-20 13:15:32



Zack Greinke's Great Hot Stove Adventure  

Every player that reaches the majors has a hot-stove tale to tell. They’re drafted or signed into the pro ranks to start out. Quite a few are traded or move via free agency even before reaching the bigs. You have to be selected or signed onto a 40-man roster before you can put on a…

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2020-05-20 11:51:06



Universal DH Should Push Pirates To Make A Change At Third Base  

As we’ve run through various National League clubs and how they might handle the likely implementation of the universal designated hitter, a common theme has been that many of the league’s better clubs have ample depth that will allow them to piece together a solid DH rotation — even if there isn’t one dedicated masher…

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2020-05-20 10:08:18



Which 15 Players Should The Athletics Protect In An Expansion Draft?  

In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR.  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here. So far, we’ve done the Sox, Rays, Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Orioles.  The Athletics are…

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2020-05-20 05:47:22



Remembering A Dodgers Heist  

As a versatile defender and a capable offensive player, Chris Taylor has been one of many eminently useful members of the Dodgers’ roster since 2017. But Taylor’s career did not begin in ideal fashion. A fifth-round pick of the Mariners in 2012, Taylor peaked as Baseball America’s ninth-ranked M’s prospect in 2014, and though he…

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2020-05-20 05:01:03



What Would The Padres Do For A DH?  

Mixing and matching in the designated hitter spot is a fairly common approach for American League clubs. That may be all the more common if, as expected, National League teams are suddenly given a DH slot to work with for 2020. The Padres have some clear candidates for steady work but could certainly end up…

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2020-05-20 04:50:21



Kevin Kramer Undergoes Hip Surgery  

Pirates utilityman Kevin Kramer will be sidelined for a lengthy stretch after undergoing surgery on his right hip, per a club announcement. MLB.com’s Adam Berry was among those to convey the news on Twitter. The Bucs anticipate a rehabilitation timeline of four to six months, which means Kramer will almost certainly not be a part…

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2020-05-20 04:13:16



How The 2000-09 NL Rookies Of The Year Turned Out  

This is the start of a series in which we’ll examine how Rookie of the Year winners panned out from various decades. Let’s begin with the National League from 2000-09… 2000 – Rafael Furcal, SS, Braves: Furcal won the award with ease that year, when he batted .295/.394/.382 with 3.3 fWAR, almost as many walks…

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2020-05-20 03:41:04



The Ervin Santana Signing Is Still Paying Dividends For The Braves  

It’s been more than six years since the Braves inked righty Ervin Santana to a one-year, $14.1MM deal after Spring Training was already underway. Santana, then 31, was a free agent for the first time and entered the market as one of the more appealing starters available to teams in need of a rotation upgrade.…

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2020-05-20 02:23:39






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