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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



Latest News, Notes On Return-To-Play Negotiations  

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association remain at odds over both the length of a would-be 2020 season and the manner in which players would be compensated in a shortened schedule. Both sides have their own brand of mathematical gymnastics to show how much revenue would (or wouldn’t) be lost, and neither side…

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2020-06-05 12:44:09



Matt Harvey Has Received KBO Interest  

Former Mets ace Matt Harvey recently made known that he’s throwing regular bullpen sessions and hoping for another shot in the Majors, but the right-hander has also received interest from at least one club in the Korea Baseball Organization, MLBTR has confirmed. SBS in South Korea reported yesterday that Harvey had received interest and is…

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2020-06-05 04:07:50



Kline, Urena Remain With Orioles  

10:15am: Connolly tweets that the both Kline and Urena remain with the Orioles organization and neither has been released. We regret the inaccuracy. 8:50am: Right-hander Branden Kline and infielder Richard Urena were both among the Orioles’ wave of recent releases, according to J.J. Cooper and Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America. The Athletic’s Dan Connolly previously…

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2020-06-04 12:21:13



MLB Could Let Local Governments Decide On Fans In Stands  

It doesn’t appear many (if any) fans will be permitted to attend Major League Baseball games this year during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are at least a couple of teams that could have somewhat of a home-field edge. Two major league sources told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News on Thursday that the…

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2020-06-04 11:51:48



Follow Along Live With The MLB Trade Rumors Mock Expansion Draft!  

MLB hasn’t added new teams since 1997.  What would an expansion draft look like today?  Let’s find out!  MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes will run the Portland Lumberjacks, with Connor Byrne in the GM chair for the Las Vegas Vipers.  The Lumberjacks have the #1 overall pick, and the draft begins at 1pm central time.  Follow along…

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2020-06-04 11:05:10



Latest On Negotiations Between MLB, MLBPA  

7:49pm: There’s no end in sight to this standoff. After an MLBPA board meeting on Thursday, union head Tony Clark said, “The league's demand for additional concessions was resoundingly rejected” (full statement here via Jeff Passan of ESPN.com). The players want to return to the field, but they’re simply not open to another pay cut,…

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2020-06-04 10:30:12



Eugenio Suarez “100 Percent” Following January Shoulder Operation  

Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez is back to 100 percent after January’s surgery to remove loose cartilage from his shoulder, president of baseball operations Dick Williams tells C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic (Twitter link). The Cincinnati organization has provided steadily positive updates on Suarez throughout the rehab process, with Williams saying last month that…

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2020-06-04 08:10:16



Rockies Release More Than 30 Minor Leaguers  

The Rockies have committed to paying minor leaguers through at least the end of the month, but that doesn’t mean they’re keeping all of them. The club has released around 34 minor leaguers over the past couple months, Kyle Newman of the Denver Post reports. The most prominent member of the bunch may be right-hander…

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2020-06-04 01:08:34



A Bad Trade Gets Even Worse  

Neither the Pirates nor their long-suffering fans needed more unfortunate news Wednesday, but they received some centering on one of the team’s most prominent players. The club announced that right-hander Chris Archer underwent the dreaded thoracic outlet syndrome surgery on Tuesday, meaning he won’t play in 2020 if there is a season. While the team…

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2020-06-03 22:27:18



Several Prospects Withdraw From 2020 Draft  

With MLB’s shortened, five-round draft a week away, multiple players have removed their names from consideration. Baseball America’s Carlos Collazo reports that high school outfielders Dylan Crews and Brandon Fields have withdrawn their names, as has Florida State outfielder Reese Albert, who’ll return to FSU for his senior season. ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel adds that high…

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2020-06-03 21:19:43



Two NPB Players Test Positive For Coronavirus As Exhibition Play Resumes In Japan  

Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball resumed exhibition play this week as it prepares for its new June 19 start date, but two players on the Yomiuri Giants have already tested positive for COVID-19, per Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times. Reigning Central League MVP Hayato Sakamoto and catcher Takumi Oshiro both tested positive on the first…

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2020-06-03 20:55:02



Chris Archer Undergoes Thoracic Outlet Surgery  

The Pirates announced Wednesday that right-hander Chris Archer underwent surgery yesterday to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. The surprising, out-of-the-blue announcement rules Archer out for any games that are played in 2020. He’s expected to be ready for full competition in 2021, per the team’s press release, although his future with the club is…

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2020-06-03 16:24:48



Remembering The Top Of The 1997 Expansion Draft  

In case you missed it, MLBTR founder Tim Dierkes and I are gearing up for a mock expansion draft that will kick off Thursday at 1 p.m. CT. On the eve of our event, I figured it would be worthwhile to go back to 1997 – the last time there was a real expansion draft…

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2020-06-03 14:20:47



Quick Hits: A's, Phillies, Yankees, Mets  

Checking in on a few MLB teams… Athletics owner John J. Fisher made the widely panned decision last week to stop paying minor leaguers at the end of May. Industry sources told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle they’re of the belief that “the front office was tremendously disappointed” in A’s ownership’s call. It’s…

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2020-06-03 10:02:49



MLB Rejects MLBPA Proposal; No Counter-Offer Planned  

5:21pm: Two team executives, Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams and Brewers president of baseball ops David Stearns, expressed optimism Wednesday that the owners and players will hammer something out. Williams told Jim Day of Fox Sports Ohio that “both sides want to play,” interestingly adding that he believes an agreement’s “very close” (via…

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2020-06-03 04:48:36



Chris Ellis, Oscar Hernandez Among Cardinals' Minor League Releases  

Right-hander Chris Ellis and catcher Oscar Hernandez were among the 33 minor leaguers released by the Cardinals in the final week of May, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports (Twitter thread). Right-hander Johnny Hellweg was also cut loose. Jones’ thread has additional names from each level of the Cardinals’ system, though none of the…

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2020-06-02 21:05:36



D-backs, Cubs Owners On Schedule Proposals, Revenue Losses  

As MLB’s 30 owners and the Players Association clash over the length of a potential 2020 season — the MLBPA recently proposed a 114-game length, while ownership recently suggested as few as 50 to 60 games — Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick offered some strong objection to the notion of pushing the regular-season schedule into November.…

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2020-06-02 19:22:12



Brewers Provide Updates On Corey Knebel, Others  

The Brewers had a wide slate of injured players during Spring Training — some expected to be key contributors in 2020 — and president of baseball operations David Stearns tells Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel that most are progressing well through their rehab. Former closer Corey Knebel, who underwent Tommy John surgery last spring,…

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2020-06-02 18:48:39



The Winding Journey Of An All-Star Slugger  

Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz has carved out a fantastic career with a few different teams since he debuted in the majors a decade and a half ago. As you’ll see below, it has been quite an eventful journey for a player who has gone from relatively unheralded prospect to 401-home run hitter with six…

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2020-06-02 17:58:38



Quick Hits: Bitsko, AFL, Minor League Pay, Boras  

With the draft fast approaching, Kiley McDaniel of ESPN.com profiles Pennsylvania high school right-hander Nick Bitsko, who ranks among the highest-upside pitcher in this year’s class. Bitsko could go anywhere from the top 10 to the late 30s, per McDaniel, who reports that he has recently helped his stock with Zoom interviews and social media…

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2020-06-02 14:46:59



Latest On MLB, MLBPA  

It’s well known that Major League Baseball owners and players have been at loggerheads over several important issues during the sport’s shutdown. One of the key disagreements centers on the length of a potential season. The union side proposed a 114-game campaign with full prorated salaries over the weekend, but the owners clearly have other…

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2020-06-02 14:11:53



Latest On Carlos Carrasco  

Right-hander Carlos Carrasco has been an eminently successful part of the Indians’ pitching staff since he broke out six years ago, but serious health problems knocked his life and career off course in 2019. It has been almost a full year since Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia in July, but he made so much progress…

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2020-06-02 14:07:39



Replacing Lester And Quintana  

At present, the Cubs have only two starting pitchers under contract for the 2021 season: Yu Darvish and Kyle Hendricks.  The Cubs actually control Darvish through 2023 and Hendricks through ’24, so they’ll continue as rotation mainstays into their mid-30s.  The pair combined for 355 2/3 innings of 3.72 ball in 2019, and they’ll earn…

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2020-06-02 01:13:55



Angels Release Luiz Gohara  

The Angels released 39 minor leaguers last week, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic relays (click here for the full list). Left-hander Luiz Gohara may be the most notable player the Angels subtracted. Now 23 years old, the Brazil-born Gohara was once a premium prospect as a member of the Braves, who acquired him from the…

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2020-06-01 22:44:43



MLB Could Propose Shorter Schedule With Prorated Salaries  

6:58pm: A season with roughly 50 games would be “a last resort” for the league, Passan writes. The hope remains that MLB and the MLBPA will reach an agreement to avoid that outcome. 4:48pm: The MLBPA and MLB haven’t been able to see eye to eye on a potential 2020 season as they negotiate during…

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2020-06-01 18:28:56



Rangers Release 37 Minor Leaguers  

The Rangers have released 37 minor league players, per reports from TR Sullivan of MLB.com and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Grant’s tweet contains the full list, which includes right-handers Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Taylor Jungmann and outfielder Eric Jenkins, to name a few. The well-traveled Bibens-Dirkx, who has had several North American stops…

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2020-06-01 09:48:50



Edwin Jackson, Travis Snider Among D-backs' Minor League Releases  

The D-backs have released more than 60 minor league players over the past couple of weeks, and Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper reports several of the names that were cut loose (Twitter links). Veteran right-hander Edwin Jackson was the most experienced player to be released. Arizona also parted ways with outfielders Travis Snider and Dalton Pompey;…

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2020-06-01 09:16:33



Mariners Release Manny Banuelos  

The Mariners recently released left-hander Manny Banuelos, according to the Pacific Coast League transactions page. Banuelos only spent a few months with the Mariners, who signed him to a minors pact near the beginning of February. Now 29 years old, Banuelos ranked as one of the sport’s premier pitching prospects while part of the Yankees’…

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2020-06-01 07:40:26



Get Ready For The MLB Trade Rumors Mock Expansion Draft!  

As we wait to see whether MLB and the players will come together to play a shortened 2020 season, why is this the right time to hold a mock expansion draft here at MLBTR?  Well, lots of reasons! A mock expansion draft serves an interesting thought exercise.  If each MLB team were allowed to protect…

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2020-06-01 05:41:51



MLBTR Chat Transcript  



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2020-06-01 05:27:39



Nationals Reverse Decision To Cut Minor League Pay  

The Nationals drew pointed criticism yesterday after cutting the weekly stipend for their minor leaguers from $400 to $300 and even evoked a prompt response from their active roster. Left-hander Sean Doolittle and several other Nats veterans met “within hours” of the news, Doolittle tweets, quickly agreeing to cover the difference and ensure that minor…

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2020-06-01 03:17:52



Angels Notes: Ohtani, Canning, Ballpark  

Angels right-handers Shohei Ohtani and Griffin Canning have been steadily progressing in their rehab from elbow injuries: 2018 Tommy John surgery for Ohtani and “chronic changes” to the UCL as well as acute joint irritation for Canning. Updates on both players throughout MLB’s shutdown have been generally positive, and Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic continues…

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2020-06-01 01:20:41



Quick Hits: Return To Play Negotiations, Minor League Releases  

Let’s check on the latest notes from around baseball following a week of disappointment as MLB and the MLBPA attempt to agree upon the economics of a potential return to play in 2020. Some portion of the league’s owners are “perfectly willing to shut down the season,” hears Buster Olney of ESPN. Doing so would…

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2020-05-31 12:59:28



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

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

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2020-05-31 11:51:48



MLB, MLBPA Deal Not Expected By June 1  

There has been “no evidence of progress” in the discussions between MLB and the MLBPA as the two sides negotiate the economic provisions of a potential 2020 season, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network. As such, there’s no reason to believe the parties will reach an agreement ahead of the “soft” June 1 deadline. That…

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2020-05-31 10:43:19



The Rays' Huge Win In Free Agency  

The Rays have crafted a reputation as one of the sport’s best organizations at finding undervalued talent. That typically manifests in frequent roster churn via trades and waiver claims. Given their budgetary limitations, the franchise has been decidedly less active in free agency. Last offseason, Tampa surprisingly stepped up to ink one of the better…

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2020-05-31 05:18:30



MLBPA Makes 2020 Season Counter-Proposal To League  

This afternoon, the MLB Players Association presented the league with its counter-proposal about how to launch the 2020 season, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports (Twitter links).  Details of the proposal included a 114-game regular season that would end on Halloween, an opt-out clause that would allow any player to sit out the season, and a potential…

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2020-05-31 04:52:56



Quick Hits: Nationals, Cards, Liberatore, Draft, Torkelson  

The Nationals are among the teams who released several minor leaguers within the last week, with Brittany Ghiroli and Emily Waldon of The Athletic (subscription required) reporting that the defending World Series champions cut somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 players.  As for the remaining players in Washington’s farm system, the club will be paying…

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2020-05-31 03:38:52



Amateur Draft Notes: Torkelson, Wilcox, Mock Drafts  

The first round of the 2020 amateur draft begins on June 10, and the growing feeling is that the Tigers will take Spencer Torkelson with the first overall pick.  Torkelson comes into the draft on the heels of an outstanding college career, which Baseball America’s Teddy Cahill notes could have reached historic proportions had Torkelson’s…

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2020-05-31 03:10:41



AL East Notes: Severino, Red Sox, Snell, Boras  

After undergoing Tommy John surgery during Spring Training, Yankees right-hander Luis Severino tells George A. King III of the New York Post that “things have been progressing well” in the initial stages of the rehabilitation process.  Severino has been working with team trainers at the Yankees’ Spring Training facility in Tampa “since the day after…

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2020-05-30 19:25:31



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



Brooks Pounders, Deck McGuire Among Rays' Minor League Releases  

The Rays have released “20 or so” minor league players from their system, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.  The full list of names has yet to be announced, though two non-roster invitees to Tampa’s Spring Training camp have been cut.  Topkin reports that right-hander Brooks Pounders was one of the releases, and…

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2020-05-30 08:09:40



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






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