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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



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



The Fall Of The Freak  

Wednesday marks the four-year anniversary of the Angels bringing in one of the most accomplished starting pitchers of the previous decade. On May 20, 2016, they signed right-hander Tim Lincecum to a guaranteed contract worth a prorated $2.5MM. Considering Lincecum’s past achievements, it was worth a shot for the pitcher-needy Angels, but the experiment didn’t…

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2020-05-20 01:37:39



From Released To Elite  

J.D. Martinez did not start his major league career in auspicious fashion, but as a 20th-round pick in 2009, it’s remarkable that the outfielder even made his way to the bigs. Houston took Martinez in the draft, and though he was highly productive in the organization’s system through 2011, he was unable to transfer that…

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2020-05-19 16:35:51



Which 15 Players Should The Astros 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 Astros are…

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2020-05-19 16:14:02



Former Star & Top Prospect Headline Mets' DH Options  

National League teams didn’t build their rosters with the expectation of a universal designated hitter slot for 2020, but most are capable of filling the job from within. Some teams could really benefit from the anticipated temporoary rule change … among them, the Mets. The advantage for the New York organization is multi-faceted. It’s not just…

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2020-05-19 14:55:44



Indians Have Ample Long-Term Payroll Flexibility  

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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2020-05-19 13:08:02



Which 15 Players Should The Royals 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 Tigers, Indians, White Sox, Rays, Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Orioles.  The Royals are…

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2020-05-19 13:05:38



An Unpopular Trade Paying Off In Seattle  

The Mariners’ rebuild began in earnest following a disappointing finish to the 2018 season, when GM Jerry Dipoto first began talk of re-imagining his roster. The M’s have added a bevy of prospects since that time, highlighted by Jarred Kelenic and Justus Sheffield, but one of their most important long-term pieces was acquired on July…

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2020-05-19 11:54:06



Latest On Salary Dispute Between MLB, MLBPA  

As Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association continue their standoff over player compensation in a shortened 2020 season without fans in attendance, it seems neither side is prepared to budge. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweets that some with the league believe they “have it cold in emails” from late March that the previously…

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2020-05-19 11:14:47



Alex Bregman Seeking New Representation  

Star Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is seeking new representation, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). Once a change is made, it’ll be reflected in MLBTR’s Agency Database. This is an interesting move for a variety of reasons (no, not related to trashcan-banging schemes). For one thing, while player movement between agencies is hardly…

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2020-05-19 09:37:14



Angels Notes: Ballpark, Furloughs  

We missed this when it came out a week ago, but Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times recently provided an update on the club’s ballpark and related business development efforts. The global pandemic has obviously introduced some new variables. The Anaheim City Council agreed to bump back the deadline for owner Arte Moreno to…

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2020-05-19 08:01:29



How Does Twins' Future Payroll Look After Spurt Of Multi-Year Contracts?  

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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2020-05-19 06:32:31



Which 15 Players Should The Twins 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 Twins are…

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2020-05-19 06:05:11



Oakland's Meager Return For A Superstar  

One of the highest-profile trades of the previous decade saw the Athletics send third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays for a four-player package consisting of infielders Brett Lawrie and Franklin Barreto, right-hander Kendall Graveman and lefty Sean Nolin in November 2014. The return at the time seemed underwhelming for an Oakland team that…

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2020-05-19 05:15:04



Governors Express Support For MLB's Summer Return  

Today saw a major run of political support for the launch of a big league season. Several big-state governors expressed a willingness to host professional sports in their biggest cities on a timeline that would support MLB’s hopes for an early July launch. New York governor Andrew Cuomo (via Denis Slattery of the New York Daily News),…

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2020-05-19 04:25:34



Tigers Have Just One Guaranteed Contract Beyond 2020 Season  

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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2020-05-18 15:55:33



K-Rod Plans Another Comeback Effort  

Former star reliever Francisco Rodriguez is plotting another MLB comeback attempt, he tells Venezuelan journalist Guillermo Arcay (Instagram links; h/t Evan Woodberry of MLive.com). That’ll be a tall order for a 38-year-old who hasn’t touched the majors since 2017. But Rodriguez is setting his sights higher still. It seems that part of the motivation here for K-Rod…

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2020-05-18 11:15:47



Reds Expect Suarez, Senzel To Be “Full Go”  

Third baseman Eugenio Suarez and center fielder Nick Senzel, both key figures in a bolstered Reds lineup, are expected to be “full go” whenever play is able to resume, president of baseball operations Dick Williams told MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon this morning. Both players were recovering from shoulder surgery. Suarez, 28, went under the knife in…

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2020-05-18 06:59:50



The 1970s: Ten First Overall Picks, One Hall Of Famer  

We have recently been revisiting the No. 1 overall picks from each decade. Having already taken a look at 2010-19, 2000-09, the 1990s and the 1980s, let’s turn our attention to the ’70s. As you’ll see below, when it comes to top overall selections, it was a disappointing decade… 1970 – Mike Ivie, C, Padres:…

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2020-05-18 06:23:10



Rockies Release Tim Melville  

The Rockies have released right-hander Tim Melville. The 30-year-old Melville posted a farewell message on Instagram, and the Denver Post’s Kyle Newman tweets that Melville confirmed he was indeed released today. Normally, the release of a 30-year-old journeyman who had been in camp as a non-roster invitee wouldn’t be particularly surprising. But Melville’s release is…

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2020-05-18 05:38:35



Quick Hits: Howe, Johnson, Boras, Wright  

After five days in hospital, Art Howe is back at home and continuing to recover from a COVID-19 diagnosis.  The longtime former manager and player told ESPN.com and other media outlets that he is “finally feeling a little bit better” following a harrowing week that included time in the intensive care unit.  While Howe is…

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2020-05-18 05:19:18



Cardinals Notes: Mikolas, Freese, Molina  

Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas tossed a bullpen session last Friday and expects to be ready to go whenever play resumes, per The Athletic’s Mark Saxon (subscription required). Mikolas feels he’ll have time to get in another “eight to ten” bullpen sessions between now and the reported mid-June target for a reboot of Spring Training, at…

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2020-05-18 04:56:03



Which 15 Players Should The Tigers 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 Indians, White Sox, Rays, Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Orioles.  The Tigers are…

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2020-05-18 04:55:03



Which 15 Players Should The Indians 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 White Sox, Rays, Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Orioles.  The Indians are…

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2020-05-18 03:29:54



Which 15 Players Should The White Sox 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 Rays, Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Orioles.  The White Sox are…

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2020-05-18 03:28:43



Universal DH Could Increase Value Of Giants' Late Signing  

With the likely implementation of a universal DH in 2020, we’ve been taking a team-by-team trip through the NL and looking at how those clubs could handle the rule change. To this point, we’ve looked at the Dodgers, Reds, Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Braves, Nationals and Brewers. The Giants are up next. When Hunter Pence bid farewell to…

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2020-05-18 02:42:18



Universal DH Could Give Former MVP Contender Another Chance  

If a 2020 major league season does occur, there’s a good chance that the designated hitter will come to the National League. With that in mind, MLBTR has been taking a look at how the rule could affect the NL’s 15 teams. We’ve already focused on the Giants, Brewers, Braves, Nationals, Cardinals, Reds, Diamondbacks and…

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2020-05-18 01:29:20



Bartolo Colon Still Hopes To Pitch One More Year In MLB  

Just days shy of his 47th birthday, Bartolo Colon isn’t quite ready to step away from the game. The big righty spoke to ESPN’s Marly Rivera this week, telling her that he’s holding out hope for one final run in the Majors — ideally with the Mets. “Big Sexy” praised the organization from top to…

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2020-05-18 01:17:21



Remembering The Best Minor League Signing In Rays History  

After six seasons in the big leagues, Carlos Pena found himself at a crossroads heading into the 2006-07 offseason.  Heading into his age-29 season, Pena had hit .243/.331/.459 with 86 homers over his first 1925 plate appearances in the Show, good for an above-average 109 wRC+ and 111 OPS+.  Yet while it was incorrect to…

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2020-05-17 22:15:17



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

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2020-05-17 14:18:35



An Under The Radar Potential Trade Chip In San Francisco  

The Giants’ acquisition of Trevor Gott came without fanfare and at virtually no cost; he was acquired from the Nationals last February for cash considerations, part of a seemingly endless churn at the back end of the 40-man roster in Farhan Zaidi’s first season at the helm. Gott might find himself back on the trade market this…

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2020-05-17 10:09:49



One Trade The Rays Would Like To Have Back  

The Rays have a reputation for winning trades, with good reason. They’ve proven especially adept at picking up undervalued assets from other organizations. Just this month, MLBTR’s Connor Byrne has covered three key players on the current roster who were acquired either in minor deals or were seen as lesser-regarded players in a more notable…

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2020-05-17 09:44:45



The Nationals' Deadline Dandy  

Last year’s July 31 trade deadline featured plenty of notable deals, including the Astros’ last-minute acquisition of Zack Greinke; the Cubs’ trade for Nicholas Castellanos; the three-team swap involving Trevor Bauer, Yasiel Puig, and Franmil Reyes; and more. Overshadowed in that commotion was a trade went largely under the radar at the time, but wound…

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2020-05-17 01:23:51



The Astros Made A Precedent-Setting $10MM Investment…That Didn't Pay Off  

It isn’t any secret young and controllable star talent is just about the most valued commodity in baseball, and over the last three offseasons, we’ve seen four instances of clubs looking to gain even more potential control (and score a future payroll bargain in the process) by extending players before they have made their Major…

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2020-05-16 21:46:07



Report: MLB Projects $4 Billion Loss In 2020 Due To Empty-Stadium Games  

Playing an 82-game season without fans in attendance and with players still making prorated salaries would cost Major League Baseball over $4 billion in free cash flow, as per a document presented from the commissioner’s office to the MLB Players Association earlier this week, The Associated Press reports. Beyond the obvious medical and health concerns…

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2020-05-16 11:09:17



Universal DH Would Allow Nationals To Reboot Their World Series Approach  

With the DH likely headed to the National League, at least for 2020, we're going over each NL roster to find their best and most likely candidates to reap the rewards of the extra at-bats. We’ve already looked at the Cardinals and Reds from the Central, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks out West, as well as some free…

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2020-05-16 10:50:08



MLB Releases Medical Protocols Proposal To Players  

Major League Baseball has provided the MLBPA with a 67-page document with proposed protocols for returning to play, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich. The document covers testing, gameplay conditions, spring training rules, intake processes, and more, an outline of which is laid out by Rosenthal and Drellich in their piece. The “operations…

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2020-05-16 10:08:35



Braves Can Mix-And-Match Their Way To A Potent DH  

With the DH likely headed to the National League in 2020, the Braves may have a few more at-bats to spread around. As a team, the Braves finished 2019 with a 102 wRC+, the 4th-highest mark in the National League, though they managed to turn that production into 855 runs, fewer than only the Nationals and Dodgers. To…

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2020-05-16 08:56:07



Quick Hits: Latest On The Impact Of Coronavirus Around The Game  

As players and owners work on negotiating a financial accord to allow for the start of play, opinions have trickled in from all reaches of the baseball-sphere with personal stances about how best to reboot gameplay. After Blake Snell set off a bit of a firestorm with his concerns about returning to the field, many…

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2020-05-16 08:53:52



Universal DH Could Revitalize Former NL MVP  

If and when the baseball season resumes in 2020, it’s expected to do so with the oft-debated universal DH implemented. With than in mind, we’re running through each NL team’s DH options . Today, we’re looking at the innovative Milwaukee Brewers, who’ve demonstrated their willingness to get creative with personnel under manager Craig Counsell. Counsell’s…

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2020-05-16 06:49:26



Central Notes: Twins, Bryant, Mize, Reds  

Let’s check in on a few teams from the game’s Central divisions… The Twins signed injured left-hander Rich Hill in December with the expectation he’d miss a large part of the season. That was before the coronavirus pandemic ran amok, though, and now the Twins might get a full season (if there is one) out…

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2020-05-16 06:33:14



Royals Have Reduced Future Payroll Commitments To Under $40MM  

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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2020-05-16 03:43:12



Latest Chatter On Coronavirus-Altered Season  

Most agree that staging a 2020 MLB campaign is a worthwhile goal, so long as it can truly be done safely and responsibly. Dividing the spoils of a baseball season? That isn’t a reasonable priority given the present state of the world. But it does need to be done. No matter one’s view on the…

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2020-05-15 22:20:44



MLB Expected To Suspend Revenue Sharing  

MLB’s thirty teams are likely to suspend revenue-sharing for the 2020 season, according to Ken Rosenthal and Even Drellich of The Athletic (subscription link). Whether and how the 2020 season will resume remains to be seen, but it’s now a certainty that fans won’t be in the seats when it does. And any hopes for a…

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2020-05-15 22:06:32



The Last 10 First Overall Picks  

We previously revisited the No. 1 overall picks from the 1980s, the 1990s and 2000-09. Let’s now take a look at the prior decade… 2010 – Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals: This was an easy pick for the Nationals, who grabbed one of the most hyped prospects ever, and Harper hasn’t disappointed. Now 27 years old,…

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2020-05-15 15:03:16






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