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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 On Royals' Managerial Opening  

It continues to look as if the Royals’ next manager will come from within the organization. Special advisor Mike Matheny is still “the strong favorite” to land the position, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter links). However, the Royals aren’t simply going to hand him the job. They just completed a…

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2019-10-23 06:03:19



Latest On David Ross, Cubs  

Joe Espada and David Ross are reportedly the favorites in the Cubs’ search for their next manager, though it appears the latter has pulled ahead in the race. Ross could be announced as the Cubs’ new skipper as early as Thursday, Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com suggested to “Waddle and Silvy” (Twitter link via Adam Abdalla…

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2019-10-23 05:21:58



Free Agent Stock Watch: Nationals  

The thrilling first game of the World Series just wrapped up with Washington pulling off a 5-4 victory in Houston. If you’re a neutral observer, you may be hoping for six more games just like that one. However long the series lasts, though, both teams stand to see some key contributors reach the open market…

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2019-10-23 04:01:14



Mets Notes: Managerial Search, Wheeler  

The Mets have begun narrowing the field in their managerial search, as Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that neither Padres first base coach Skip Schumaker nor D-backs director of player development Mike Bell will receive a second interview. Joe Girardi, Eduardo Perez, Carlos Beltran, Mets quality control coach Luis Rojas, Nationals first…

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2019-10-23 02:14:27



Trade Candidate: Jose Quintana  

The Cubs, in the wake of a 2019 showing that can’t be classified as much other than a brutal disappointment, are now facing several fascinating offseason questions. Among them: Which person should they choose to succeed ousted championship manager Joe Maddon? Should they shop Kris Bryant or any other stars? Should they make a serious…

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2019-10-23 00:50:44



MLBTR Poll: Record Money For Gerrit Cole?  

Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole is just moments away from taking the ball against the Nationals in Game 1 of the teams’ World Series matchup. It’s a well-deserved honor for Cole, who has perhaps been the premier pitcher in baseball this season. The 29-year-old logged a sterling 2.50 ERA/2.64 FIP with a ridiculous 13.82 K/9 against…

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2019-10-22 23:39:43



Evan Gattis Not Actively Seeking Playing Opportunities  

Evan Gattis has stayed out of the spotlight for quite some time, with nary a word printed about whether the former catcher/designated hitter was pursuing a new contract until the Astros invited him to be a part of the first-pitch ceremony prior to tonight’s Game 1 of the World Series. (MLBTR reached out to Gattis’…

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2019-10-22 22:19:15



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

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

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2019-10-22 19:26:50



Nationals Announce World Series Roster  

The Nationals face a tall order over the final series of the season, as they’ll run into the powerhouse Astros in this year’s World Series. To an extent, it feels like the Nats are playing with house money after the brutal start to the season. But this team has been knocking on the door for…

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2019-10-22 17:16:36



Astros Announce World Series Roster  

The Astros have announced the roster that they’ll put up against the Nationals in this year’s World Series. It’s nearly the same exact unit that the club trotted out to success in the divisional series. The ’Stros feature mid-prime hitting and pitching stars as well as a variety of useful additional component parts, making for…

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2019-10-22 15:38:36



Pitchers Recently Electing Free Agency  

Since the conclusion of the regular season, a number of players have elected free agency. That right accrues to certain players who are outrighted off of a 40-man roster during or after the season — namely, those that have at least three years of MLB service and/or have previously been outrighted. Such players that accepted…

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2019-10-22 14:56:58



Astros AGM Brandon Taubman Reportedly Shouted “Thank God We Got Osuna” At Female Reporters  

While celebrating his organization’s ALCS victory on Saturday evening, Astros assistant GM Brandon Taubman repeatedly shouted at three female reporters who were standing together: “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f—— glad we got Osuna!” Stephanie Apstein of SI.com reported the outburst, which has since been confirmed by multiple other reporters — including Hannah Keyser of…

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2019-10-22 14:31:57



Position Players Recently Electing Free Agency  

Since the conclusion of the regular season, a number of players have elected free agency. That right accrues to certain players who are outrighted off of a 40-man roster during or after the season — namely, those that have at least three years of MLB service and/or have previously been outrighted. Such players that accepted…

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2019-10-22 12:06:20



Nationals Outright Spencer Kieboom  

The Nationals are preparing for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, but that’s not stopping their front office from handling other business. The club outrighted catcher Spencer Kieboom to Triple-A Fresno on Monday, per the Pacific Coast League transactions page. As someone who has been outrighted previously, Kieboom will have a chance to…

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2019-10-22 05:57:47



David Hale Elects Free Agency  

Veteran right-hander David Hale has elected free agency, according to the International League transactions page. The Yankees outrighted Hale on Oct. 19. He had been projected to earn $900K in arbitration. This may conclude Hale’s time with the Yankees, but it’s worth noting they’ve brought him back in the past after cutting him loose. The…

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2019-10-22 05:08:45



Latest On Giants' Managerial Search  

The Giants have identified at least seven serious candidates in their search for departed manager Bruce Bochy’s successor. Regardless of who ultimately gets the job, it appears it’ll be president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi making the call. Giants ownership is putting “the entirety of this decision” in Zaidi’s hands, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic…

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2019-10-22 04:20:17



Latest On Phillies' Managerial Opening  

Phillies owner John Middleton had the determining vote in the team’s decision to fire manager Gabe Kapler, and he could wield his power again in finding a new skipper. Middleton’s said to be “leaning toward” Joe Girardi as the choice, while other members of the Phillies’ hierarchy are fans of fellow finalist Buck Showalter, Jon…

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2019-10-22 03:07:41



Japanese Center Fielder Shogo Akiyama Adds To Open-Market Options  

You may have noticed that this winter’s slate of free agents isn’t exactly teeming with high-end center fielders. That state of affairs led us to examine recently what could be a robust trade market for Pirates star Starling Marte. With so much demand and so little obvious supply, the timing may be just right for…

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2019-10-22 01:58:03



MLBTR Poll: Didi Gregorius & The Qualifying Offer  

Now that the Yankees’ season is over, their front office is left to ponder the futures of many of the club’s players, including shortstop Didi Gregorius. While Gregorius has largely been an above-average to excellent contributor since the Yankees acquired him entering 2015, the two sides’ five-year partnership may be on the verge of ending.…

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2019-10-22 01:23:00



World Series Roster Notes  

World Series media day gave us a bit of a look behind the curtain at the planning that is going into the early portion of this year’s series. We still don’t have full and final 25-man rosters for the Astros and Nationals, but their respective managers did discuss a few major tactical decisions that have…

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2019-10-21 23:37:32



MLBTR Chat Transcript: 10/21/19  

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

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2019-10-21 22:59:38



Giants Interview Will Venable  

Cubs first base coach Will Venable interviewed with the Giants on Friday for their managerial vacancy, Henry Schulman and John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle report. He had previously been rumored to be of interest to the San Francisco organization. Venable, who’ll turn 37 at the end of the month, wrapped up a solid big-league…

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2019-10-21 21:32:33



Chris Owings, Gorkys Hernandez, Josh Smith Elect Free Agency  

The Red Sox announced today that three players — infielder Chris Owings, outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, and righty Josh Smith — have elected free agency. (H/t MLB.com’s Ian Browne, on Twitter.) Each had the right to choose the open market after being outrighted off of the 40-man roster. When the Boston organization prepared to defend its…

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2019-10-21 19:47:09



Diamondbacks Notes: Ex-Dbacks, Rizzo, Offense, Marte  

The Diamondbacks surprisingly hung around the Wild Card race until mid-September this season, despite shedding the faces of their franchise over the course of the six months previous. The postseason has been a who’s who of important Dbacks of the last half decade, as Patrick Corbin has taken out the rest of the Dbacks former talent…

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2019-10-21 18:50:38



CC Sabathia Retires  

CC Sabathia announced his retirement this morning on Twitter. Obviously, this comes as no surprise, as the entire season served as Sabathia’s retirement tour. Sabathia first appeared in the majors as a 20-year-old rookie way back in 2001 for the Cleveland Indians. In a career spanning 19 seasons, Sabathia finished with 251 wins across 560 starts,…

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2019-10-21 17:35:55



MLBTR Poll: Which World Series Storyline Is The Most Compelling?  

The results are in. The Astros are winning the 2019 World Series. As a community, we may only be 63% certain, but even for those 100% locked into A.J. Hinch’s club getting to four wins before the Nationals, there are plenty of storylines to follow in this year’s World Series. MASN’s Mark Zuckerman did us…

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2019-10-21 16:44:17



MLBTR Originals  

It’s been awhile since we’ve rounded up original content from the staff here at MLBTR. On a slow morning on the eve of the World Series, let me do the honor of gathering those eggs… Just this morning, Mark Polishuk looked back on the trade that almost happened between our two World Series combatants. If…

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2019-10-21 15:45:34



Coaching Notes: Phillies, Girardi, Red Sox, Fatse, Espada  

Joe Girardi is in Philadelphia today for his second meeting with ownership, and it’s his job to lose, tweets ESPN1000’s David Kaplan. The Phillies have no qualms about their ability to compete in 2020, and Girardi certainly fits the bill of a guy who’s been there before – both in terms of competition and level…

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2019-10-21 14:05:05



Free Agency Notes: Cole, Strasburg, Pitching  

Some of his teammates in Houston anticipate that Gerrit Cole will ultimately land with a California team next season, per ESPN's Buster Olney. The Angels, in particular, are where many within the industry expect Cole to gravitate, given the proximity of Angel Stadium to his high school home. The is a story the Yankees have…

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2019-10-21 13:28:28



Yankees Notes: Lindor, Shortstop, Cole  

Many will categorize 2019 as a failure for the 103-win Yankees. For the most storied franchise in the game, anything less than a World Series victory is sufficient cause for handwringing. Chalk up 2019 as a close-but-no-cigar season – just a few outs here or there and the Yankees could be readying to take on…

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2019-10-21 12:26:37



The Astros/Nationals Blockbuster Trade That Was Almost A Reality  

The Astros and Nationals share a Spring Training site, but there isn’t exactly a lot of shared history between the two franchises as they prepare to meet in the World Series.  The Astros hold a 244-207 all-time record over the Nationals/Expos, and the no-hitter that Larry Dierker threw against the Expos back on July 9,…

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2019-10-21 05:58:34



Carlos Martinez Undergoes “Small Procedure” On Shoulder  

Carlos Martinez recently underwent a “small procedure” on his bothersome right shoulder, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said during a radio interview on KMOX 1120 AM Sunday (hat tip to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch).  The treatment involved a platelet-rich plasma injection.  Martinez isn’t expected to miss any significant time, as…

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2019-10-21 03:51:52



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Yankees, Cole, Lindor, Gregorius, Dodgers  

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

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2019-10-21 02:52:22



Latest On Mets' Managerial Search  

8:55pm: Tim Bogar is also getting a second interview, Ken Rosenthal reports (via Twitter). 7:50pm: Joe Girardi will also receive a second interview from the Mets, as per Ken Rosenthal (Twitter link). 7:33pm: The Mets are entering their second round of managerial interviews, with two names already scheduled for another meeting with team brass.  SNY’s…

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2019-10-21 01:55:36



Latest On Cubs' Managerial Search  

Just hours after celebrating the Astros’ thrilling ALCS victory over the Yankees, Houston bench coach Joe Espada is headed to Chicago for a second interview with the Cubs, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports (Twitter link).  For now, Espada is the only one of the Cubs’ six managerial candidates to be brought back for a second interview,…

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2019-10-20 22:55:11



Red Sox Speak To Bryan Price About Pitching Coach Opening  

The Red Sox have made contact with former Reds manager Bryan Price about their vacant pitching coach position, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. With Dana LeVangie transitioning to a role in the Boston scouting department, the next pitching coach will mark the fourth person to hold the post in the last six seasons.…

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2019-10-20 21:03:24



Mariners Shut Down Top Prospect Julio Rodriguez  

Mariners outfield prospect Julio Rodriguez has been shut down for the final week of the Arizona Fall League season due to a minor lower back strain, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com. Evidently, the organization is handling Rodriguez much in the same way as it did Jarred Kelenic, who was likewise shut down after playing…

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2019-10-20 19:56:16



Quick Hits: Hicks, Didi, Bradley, Nats  

As baseball takes a break until Tuesday night, we’ll touch on a few items pertaining to the upcoming offseason and looking back at how last offseason laid the foundation for where we stand. Aaron Hicks made a remarkable return to action in the ALCS after sitting out over two months with a flexor strain in…

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2019-10-20 16:08:20



MLBTR Poll: Who Will Win The World Series?  

What better way to kick off baseball’s two-day hiatus than by looking ahead to the upcoming Fall Classic? This year’s World Series feels like something of a throwback, featuring three powerhouse starting pitching matchups to get things going. It’s hard to imagine a better sextet of starters from two teams than Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, and Zack Greinke…

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2019-10-20 14:27:03



World Series Notes: Altuve, Astros, Nationals, Pressly  

Somewhere in the concourse beyond Minute Maid Park, there lies a stretch of concrete that will one day be the site of a statue in honor of Astros infielder Jose Altuve. Saturday night’s 9th inning saw the diminutive second baseman launch a towering shot into the night air of a tied elimination game in the…

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2019-10-20 05:51:10



AL Notes: Pressly, Tanaka, Gallo  

Astros relief ace Ryan Pressly was removed from tonight’s Game Six action after apparently re-aggravating his balky right knee while fielding a ball in the third inning. It was enough surely to make the Houston faithful hold their collective breath, since Pressly missed several weeks after having that same knee surgically repaired in August. For…

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2019-10-20 03:03:41



Quick Hits: Minority Stakes, Pirates, Angels  

On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that MLB will now allow investment funds to take minority stakes in teams–a development which Ben Clemens dissects in a thoughtful piece for Fangraphs (link). The new policy is intended to address the fact that rising valuations of MLB franchises have made it increasingly difficult for limited partners (or minority owners,…

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2019-10-20 01:18:03



MiLB President Responds To MLB Restructuring Proposal  

Yesterday, MLBTR relayed news that Major League Baseball is pursuing a “radical restructuring” of the lower minor-leagues, with reports indicating that the league is proposing the elimination of roughly one-quarter of current affiliate teams. While deputy commissioner Dan Halem framed these potential changes as being to the benefit of MiLB ballplayers (being that a reorganization would,…

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2019-10-19 23:42:27



Marlins Return Rule 5 Pick Julian Fernandez To Rockies  

The Miami Marlins have returned right-handed pitcher Julian Fernandez, who was selected in the Rule 5 Draft, to the Colorado Rockies, according to the Rockies’ official Twitter account. The move leaves 36 players on the Marlins’ 40-man roster. Fernandez was originally selected by the Giants in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft, but was unable to…

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2019-10-19 22:35:48



Athletics Announce Changes To Player Development Department  

The Athletics announced on Thursday that Keith Lieppman will step down from his post as director of player development and transition to a role as a special adviser to the front office. He’ll be succeeded by Ed Sprague, who has been promoted after serving as Lieppman’s assistant director for the last year. Lieppman, 70, has…

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2019-10-19 21:53:37



NL Notes: Arenado, Cano, Mets, Nats  

When Rockies megastar Nolan Arenado inked a franchise-record $260MM contract extension in February, it was of course assumed that the opt-out clause in his contract was one of Arenado’s demands to increase his leverage. However, it’s since been revealed that it was Rockies GM Jeff Bridich, not Arenado, who pushed for the inclusion of an…

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2019-10-19 20:22:46



Managerial/Coaching Notes: Openers, Pirates, Phillies  

Though the opener concept is less than two years old, it is suddenly unsurprising to see not one, but both teams planning a bullpen day for game 6 of the ALCS. To see juggernauts like the Astros and Yankees turn to relievers to start a game this late in the postseason is a testament to…

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2019-10-19 17:35:48



Agent Matt Sosnick Arrested On Charges Of Domestic Violence  

MLB agent Matt Sosnick was arrested in Northern California on charges of domestic violence and misdemeanor child endangerment dating to an incident that occurred with his wife on October 8, TMZ Sports recently reported. He was arrested a second time on Oct. 9 for violating conditions of a temporary restraining order that was filed against him.…

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2019-10-19 17:14:54



Toronto President & CEO Mark Shapiro Speaks On Takeaways From Postseason, Job Rumors, Game Evolution  

President and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays Mark Shapiro covered a variety of topics while speaking with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca (audio link). Shapiro provides insight into evolutions within the game, the process of identifying talent, and the breakdown of responsibility in front offices. He also speaks in-depth about the process of player…

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2019-10-19 16:02:50



Padres Managerial Search Down To Ron Washington or Jayce Tingler  

Braves third base coach Ron Washington and Rangers Major League development coordinator Jayce Tingler are indeed the final two candidates to fill the Padres managerial vacancy, per MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell. Washington and Tingler have been the rumored final candidates for a couple of days now, but Cassavell has added a note of finality to the…

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2019-10-19 14:10:55



MLBTR Poll: CC Sabathia's Hall Of Fame Case  

If his longstanding plan to retire at season’s end holds up, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia has thrown the last pitch of his illustrious career. The 39-year-old suffered a shoulder injury during a relief appearance in New York’s Game 4 loss to Houston on Thursday, forcing the Yankees to pull him from their ALCS roster. That…

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2019-10-19 06:58:13



Latest On Marcell Ozuna, Cardinals  

Pending free-agent left fielder Marcell Ozuna has made it known he’d prefer to re-sign with the Cardinals, but it doesn’t look likely with free agency approaching. The Cardinals won’t be making an effort to re-up Ozuna to a long-term contract before the market opens in a couple weeks, Mark Saxon of The Athletic writes (subscription…

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2019-10-19 06:13:31



Latest On Phillies, Buck Showalter  

Phillies owner John Middleton had the final say on last week’s firing of manager Gabe Kapler, whom he ditched despite disagreements from the club’s front office and some of its prominent players. Middleton polled members of the Phillies’ roster in regards to Kapler, and though the skipper received favorable reviews from the likes of Bryce…

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2019-10-19 05:11:24



Pirates' Jason Martin Undergoes Shoulder Surgery  

Pirates outfielder Jason Martin underwent surgery to address a left shoulder labral tear, Adam Berry of MLB.com was among those to report. Martin is likely in line for a four- to six-month recovery period, which could be cutting it close for the start of the 2020 season. Next year will be the third in the…

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2019-10-19 04:08:57



Steven Wright To Undergo Tommy John Surgery  

This hasn’t been a banner day of news for veteran knuckleballer Steven Wright. The Red Sox released Wright this afternoon in lieu of paying him a projected $1.5MM next season, and now it’s up in the air whether the right-hander will pitch again until 2021. Wright told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he will undergo…

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2019-10-19 03:14:57



Pirates To Interview Stubby Clapp  

The Pirates will interview Cardinals first base coach Stubby Clap for their open managerial job next week, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets. He’ll be the third reported interview for the Pirates, who have already discussed the position with Athletics bench coach Ryan Christenson and Twins bench coach Derek Shelton. [RELATED: MLBTR’s Managerial Search Tracker]…

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2019-10-19 02:36:17



Red Sox Outright Gorkys Hernandez, Josh A. Smith  

Outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and right-hander Josh A. Smith both were both sent outright to Triple-A Pawtucket after clearing waivers Friday, per the International League transactions log. Both 32-year-olds have been previously outrighted, thus allowing them to elect free agency. There’s been no formal declaration that they’ll do so, although it’s largely a formality a this…

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2019-10-19 02:19:46



Looking For A Match In A Jackie Bradley Jr. Trade  

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has been popular in trade rumors in the past, though no club has come up with a compelling enough offer to pry him out of Boston yet. Now, however, Bradley is approaching his last year of team control – in which he’ll make a projected $11MM – and…

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2019-10-19 00:24:42



Orioles' DJ Stewart Undergoes Ankle Surgery  

Orioles outfielder DJ Stewart underwent a microfracture procedure on his right ankle today, the team announced. He’s expected to be able to resume baseball activities near the end of Spring Training, so today’s surgery places his Opening Day readiness in jeopardy. It’s a tough setback for the 2015 first-round pick (25th overall to Baltimore), who…

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2019-10-18 23:16:25



Elvis Andrus Won't Exercise Opt-Out Clause  

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus will not exercise the remaining opt-out clause in his eight-year, $120MM contract, tweets MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. It’s hardly a surprising decision, given that Andrus has three years and $43MM remaining on said contract and struggled through a second straight down year at the plate in 2019. Andrus, 31, was mostly healthy…

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2019-10-18 22:01:34



Bryan Holaday Elects Free Agency  

The Marlins announced Friday that veteran catcher Bryan Holaday cleared waivers and has elected free agency in lieu of accepting an outright assignment to Triple-A New Orleans. He’ll be free to sign with any club this winter. Holaday, 32 next month, has spent the past two seasons in the Marlins organization. The veteran backup took…

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2019-10-18 21:30:04



Mets Interview Skip Schumaker  

The Mets have interviewed Padres first base coach and former big league utility man Skip Schumaker for their managerial vacancy, Dennis Lin of The Athletic tweets. The interview took place yesterday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post adds. Like the vast majority of the Mets’ candidates to this point, the 39-year-old Schumaker (40 in…

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2019-10-18 21:02:18



Reds Outright Juan Graterol  

The Reds announced Friday that catcher Juan Graterol cleared waivers after being designated for assignment this week and has been sent outright to Triple-A Louisville. A a player who’s previously been outrighted, Graterol will have the opportunity to elect free agency, which seems likely with the offseason on the horizon. Graterol, 30, appeared in six…

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2019-10-18 19:53:02



Job Openings – Baltimore Orioles Baseball Operations  

From time to time, as a service to our readers, MLB Trade Rumors will post job opportunities of possible interest that are brought to our attention. MLBTR has no affiliation with the hiring entity, no role in the hiring process, and no financial interest in the posting of this opportunity. The Orioles are seeking passionate and high-achieving…

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2019-10-18 18:23:13



MLB Reportedly Pursuing “Radical Restructuring” Of Lower Minors  

Major League Baseball is pursuing a “radical restructuring” of the lower minor-leagues, according to a report from David Waldstein of the New York Times. While the precise nature of the new arrangement isn’t yet written in stone, it certainly sounds as if significant change is all but inevitable. Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper has yet more…

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2019-10-18 18:11:59



Red Sox Release Steven Wright  

The Red Sox have released knuckleballing right-hander Steven Wright, per a club announcement (h/t Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald, via Twitter). Wright had been projected by MLBTR to earn $1.5MM in arbitration, had he been tenedered a contract. This move doesn’t come as a surprise for a 35-year-old hurler who wasn’t a significant contributor…

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2019-10-18 17:51:06



Brewers Agree To MLB Deal With Deolis Guerra  

The Brewers announced today that they have agreed to a one-year, MLB contract with righty Deolis Guerra. Terms were not announced. Guerra, 30, was outrighted to Triple-A earlier this season and chose not to elect free agency at the time. Having previously been outrighted, however, he had the right to take to the open market…

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2019-10-18 16:26:10



The Mets' Payroll Predicament  

The first anniversary of the Mets’ hiring of Brodie Van Wagenen is fast approaching. There have been some ups and downs, as might be expected. He’s currently looking for a new skipper and plotting a course for the coming offseason. One thing that is clear: the Mets are trying to win now. Van Wagenen’s task…

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2019-10-18 16:01:17



Yankees Replace CC Sabathia On ALCS Roster  

10:34am: Sabathia has been diagnosed with a subluxation of his left shoulder joint, per the team. He’ll be replaced by righty Ben Heller. 6:07am: It appears that the long and storied career of Yankees lefty CC Sabathia is now at an end. He exited last night’s contest with an injury, with manager Aaron Boone saying after…

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2019-10-18 15:34:40



Freddie Freeman Undergoes Elbow Surgery  

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has undergone surgery on his right (non-throwing) elbow, per a club announcement. He was operated on by Mets team medical director and frequent baseball surgeon Dr. David Altchek. The team provided a nicely detailed account of the procedure, which evidently did not involve any significant structural repairs. Altchek is said…

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2019-10-18 14:07:50



Bruce Bochy Not Interested In Managing In 2020  

After wrapping up his lengthy tenure as the manager of the Giants, Bruce Bochy is not going to head into the dugout with another organization — at least, not right away. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter), Bochy has informed interested teams that he won’t interview for open managerial positions this winter.…

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2019-10-18 13:49:47



Poll: The Phillies' Managerial Finalists  

The Phillies’ managerial search appears to be down to three candidates, who combine for 53 years of experience at running a Major League team.  Gabe Kapler was a first-time manager who took an analytics-heavy approach to his role as the Phils’ skipper, though after two disappointing years, Kapler was fired to make way for a…

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2019-10-18 03:28:07



AL Central Notes: Castellanos, Perez, Lovelady  

As BBWAA writers in Detroit prepare to vote on the “Tiger Of The Year” award, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reveals that his vote will go to a player who didn’t suit up for the Tigers after the trade deadline — Nicholas Castellanos.  A case could certainly be made that Castellanos was still…

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2019-10-18 02:24:25



AL West Notes: Espada, Rendon, Athletics  

Astros bench coach Joe Espada has been linked to another managerial opening, as MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports (Twitter link) that the Giants have asked the Astros for permission to speak to Espada.  This will mark the third team who has put Espada on their radar this offseason, as he has already interviewed with the…

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2019-10-18 00:53:48



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Cole, Angels, Padres, Ozuna  

Click here to access (and submit questions to) tonight’s baseball chat, moderated by MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk

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2019-10-17 23:58:02



Latest On Adam Wainwright's Future  

In the wake of the Cardinals being swept out of the National League Championship Series, it isn’t surprising that Adam Wainwright was more focused on the end of his club’s season than he was on his future plans.  The 38-year-old righty told MLB.com’s Adam Berry and other reporters after Game Four of the NLCS that…

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2019-10-17 21:25:02



NL Notes: Rockies, Strasburg, Scherzer, Espada  

Thomas Harding of MLB.com confirms that the Rockies have dismissed several minor league coaches, including longtime Triple-A manager Glenallen Hill (link).  Double-A hitting coach Lee Stevens and Single-A hitting coach Norberto Martin will also be let go, according to assistant general manager of player development Zach Wilson. A member of the club’s coaching ranks since 2004, Hill…

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2019-10-17 19:55:26



Justin Turner Open To Position Change  

After a 2019 playoff ouster that left the Los Angeles fanbase in collective despair, Dodgers executive Andrew Friedman is likely to be faced with several challenging decisions this winter. However, in the event that his front office decides to pursue superstar third baseman Anthony Rendon, it appears they won’t face any opposition from incumbent third…

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2019-10-17 18:42:57



Matt Quatraro In Running For Giants Manager Job  

Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro is in consideration for the Giants managerial opening (link). Quatraro, 45, was previously the assistant hitting coach for the Indians from 2014 through 2017, and served as the Rays’ third base coach in 2018. The New York native was an All-American as…

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2019-10-17 17:50:33



Cubs Announce Player Development Changes  

According to a release from the club’s media department, the Cubs have constructed a new player development leadership structure within their baseball operations department. Matt Dorey, formerly Chicago’s director of amateur scouting, will serve as senior director of player development. 2020 will mark Dorey’s ninth year in the Cubs organization and 13th in professional baseball.…

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2019-10-17 17:00:00



Phillies Managerial Search Reportedly In Final Stages  

After conducting interviews with Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter, and Dusty Baker last week, Phillies leadership is expected to welcome all three men back for follow-up interviews in the coming days, according to Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer (link). Breen characterizes the hiring process as being in the “final stages”, with no other candidates slated…

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2019-10-17 16:00:08



Quick Hits: Maddon, Sasaki, Red Sox  

In an interesting bit of “what if” history, Scott Miller of Bleacher Report runs down the story of how new Angels manager Joe Maddon almost become the club’s skipper at the tail end of the ’90s (link). Apparently, former Angels GM Bill Bavasi identified Maddon back in 1996 as a potential future manager and hatched a plot…

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2019-10-17 15:00:42



MLBTR Poll: Joe Maddon's Angels Tenure  

Setting aside his fill-in work with the Angels earlier in his career, Joe Maddon has managed 14 campaigns in the majors. His club has cracked at least 90 wins in nine of those seasons and reached the postseason eight times. Whatever one thinks about the influence of a manager on the win-loss column, Maddon has…

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2019-10-17 13:37:22



MLBTR Poll: The Case Of Kevin Pillar  

In MLBTR’s recent projection of arbitration salaries for the 2020 season, Giants outfielder Kevin Pillar was penciled in to receive a $9.7MM salary award in his third and final trip through arbitration this offseason. A cursory glance at Pillar’s stats would render this to be a reasonable projection–and an eminently manageable sum for Farhan Zaidi’s front…

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2019-10-17 03:00:16



AL Notes: Red Sox, ALCS  

Although Boston owner John Henry stated last month that the Red Sox were going to begin by “looking outward” in their search for a new GM/President, Rob Bradford of WEEI believes there is a “growing belief” around baseball that the club will ultimately hand the reins to an internal candidate (link). Although no sources are named…

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2019-10-17 01:00:32



Tim Bogar Linked To Mets Managerial Opening  

According to a tweet from Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Tim Bogar, first base coach for the Nationals, is under consideration for the open Mets managerial seat (link). It is not clear if Bogar has interviewed for the position, but Barry Svrugla of the Washington Post confirms that Bogar is “involved to some degree” with…

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2019-10-16 23:24:40



Hernan Perez Elects Free Agency  

Veteran infielder Hernan Perez has elected for free agency, choosing to forego an outright assignment from the Brewers. Perez, 28, was designated for assignment and outrighted previously this summer, although he ultimately hung around the Milwaukee farm and was subsequently selected for the active roster again in September. Formerly a quasi-regular in Milwaukee, Perez was…

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2019-10-16 22:15:23



Angels Considering Mike Butcher For Pitching Coach Role  

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are considering Mike Butcher for the club’s open pitching coach position (link). Butcher, who pitched for four seasons with the then-California Angels from 1992 to 1995, has served as a pitching coach for the last fourteen seasons in the major leagues. Recently dismissed after…

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2019-10-16 21:44:39



Reds Claim Josh Smith, Designate Juan Graterol For Assignment  

4:45 pm: The Marlins have announced Smith’s claim, with an addendum indicating that Miami has also outrighted catcher Tyler Heineman and righty Hector Noesi to the Triple-A New Orleans roster. This puts Miami’s 40-man roster count at 37. 2:47 pm: The Reds have claimed pitcher Josh Smith off of waivers from the Marlins, according to…

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2019-10-16 21:32:26



Quick Hits: Girardi, Signs, Angels  

For those in the mood for a game of “connect the dots”, today’s news regarding the USA Baseball national team should put your pencils to the ready. Joe Girardi, previously the USA team’s manager, has officially stepped down in advance of the “Premier 12” Olympic qualifier, according to this tweet from Pete Abraham of The…

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2019-10-16 20:52:04



Latest On Padres' Managerial Search  

The Padres could be nearing the final steps in their search for a new manager, as two candidates will receive second interviews for the position.  Dennis Lin and Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (Twitter link) report that Jayce Tingler is in San Diego today, while Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Ron…

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2019-10-16 18:25:05



AL Central Notes: Matheny, Twins, Indians  

October 16 is an important date in the histories of the Royals and White Sox, as the two teams each clinched the American League pennant on this day back in 1985 and 2005, respectively.  Kansas City recorded a 6-2 win over the Blue Jays in Game Seven of the 1985 ALCS, completing the comeback after…

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2019-10-16 17:33:51



Angels Hire Joe Maddon  

11:24AM: Maddon’s contract is a three-year deal worth $12MM, Jeff Fletcher tweets. 10:03AM: The Angels have hired Joe Maddon to be the team’s next manager.  Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group reported (Twitter link) that an agreement had been reached, after MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported earlier today that Maddon and the Angels…

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2019-10-16 16:24:27



Zach Neal Re-Signs With Seibu Lions  

9:38AM: It’s a two-year contract for Neal, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter).  Neal will earn $4MM in guaranteed money, with more available via incentives. 7:29AM: Former MLB righty Zach Neal will return for another season with Japan’s Seibu Lions. The club announced the signing, with the Graveyard Baseball blog passing along the news…

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2019-10-16 14:38:40



Angels Nearing Deal With Joe Maddon  

9:22AM: “A deal is not imminent” between Maddon and the Angels, Maria Torres of the L.A. Times writes (Twitter link), as details are “still being worked out.”  Likewise, Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group hears from a source that the team is “working on it.” 8:39AM: The Angels are closing in on an…

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2019-10-16 14:22:47



MLBTR Poll: What Changed For The Nats?  

We spend most of our time at this particular corner of the internet focused on payrolls and rosters. The tendency of contemporary baseball analysis is to seek value; to appreciate (in the full sense of the word) the role of fortune and the impossibility of predicting which players will come through in big moments. But…

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2019-10-16 13:31:22



Padres Interview Bob Henley For Managerial Position  

In their search for an Andy Green replacement, the Padres conducted an interview with Nationals third base coach Bob Henley, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). This is the first we’ve heard of interest in Henley, who has been the Nats’ third base coach since the start of the 2014 season. Notably, Henley…

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2019-10-16 03:17:29



Pirates To Interview Derek Shelton For Managerial Opening  

The Pirates are set to interview Twins bench coach Derek Shelton this week for their managerial vacancy, reports LaVelle Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. We’d heard of Pittsburgh’s interest in Shelton, but all that was previously known was that Rocco Baldelli’s right-hand man had popped up on the Bucs’ radar. Shelton becomes the…

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2019-10-16 01:55:45



Nationals' Owner Lerner On Martinez, Rendon  

The Nationals enter tonight’s NLCS Game 4 up 3-0 on St. Louis and turning the ball over to Patrick Corbin as they look to complete the sweep. Seeing as only one team has ever blown a 3-0 series lead in MLB history, it’s little surprise Nats’ managing principal owner Mark Lerner is happy with his team’s…

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2019-10-16 00:02:39



Tauchman Available For Yankees If Roster Move Needed  

It’s only been five weeks since outfielder Mike Tauchman was diagnosed with a Grade 2 calf strain that came with a six- to eight-week recovery timetable, seemingly ending his season. However, general manager Brian Cashman told Joel Sherman of the New York Post prior to today’s Game 3 against the Astros that Tauchman is “healthy…

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2019-10-15 21:54:56






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