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Luis Madero Tests Positive For COVID-19  

Giants infielder Luis Madero has tested positive for COVID-19, as Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic was among those to cover via Twitter. He consented to the release of the medical information. Madero, 23, was claimed and outrighted back in the pre-coronavirus days of Spring Training. That familiar grab-and-stash roster tactic has worked for the Giants…

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2020-07-04 05:36:37



2020 Amateur Draft Signings: 7/3/20  

Here are the latest draft deals … The Dodgers have agreed to a $1,622,500 bonus with third-rounder Jake Vogel, Jim Callis of MLB.com tweets. That’s over a million north of the slot value of the 100th overall pick, so clearly the high-school outfielder represented a draft priority for his home-state club. Vogel had been ticketed for…

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2020-07-04 04:37:08



Yordan Alvarez Not Yet In Astros Camp  

Young Astros star Yordan Alvarez was notably absent from Astros camp today, though the precise reason isn’t yet clear. Manager Dusty Baker told reporters that he’s unable to provide further indication due to “league mandates.” Jake Kaplan of The Athletic was among those covering the chat (Twitter thread). It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that…

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2020-07-03 19:38:39



Willians Astudillo Tests Positive For COVID-19  

Twins utilityman Willians Astudillo has tested positive for COVID-19, the Twins announced today. Dan Hayes of The Athletic was among those covering the news on Twitter. Fortunately, it does not appear as if Astudillo has had a worrying reaction to the disease to this point. He’s said to be symptom-free at the moment. The Twins…

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2020-07-03 16:08:32



Cleveland Indians To Consider Name Change  

In the wake of the potential forthcoming name change of the NFL’s Washington Redskins, the Cleveland Indians appear to be approaching a reckoning of their own. The organization issued a statement on the matter, first disclosing it to Zack Meisel and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription link) and then publishing it on Twitter. While…

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2020-07-03 15:46:47



Tommy Pham Tests Positive For COVID-19  

The Padres announced today that outfielder Tommy Pham has tested positive for the coronavirus, as AJ Cassavell of MLB.com was among those to cover on Twitter. Pham authorized release of his personal medical information. Fortunately, he’s said to be asymptomatic at the moment. Pham, 32, has yet to suit up for a regular season game…

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2020-07-03 14:43:46



Rangers' Brett Martin Tests Positive For COVID-19  

Rangers left-hander Brett Martin tested positive for COVID-19, the team told reporters Friday (Twitter link via Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram). It’s also notable, too, that Martin is diabetic — although to this point the Rangers have thankfully indicated only mild symptoms for the southpaw. The team also has three minor league trainers…

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2020-07-03 13:40:38



Blue Jays Agree To Terms With Austin Martin  

The Blue Jays have reached a deal with first-round pick Austin Martin, reports Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae (Twitter link). The former Vanderbilt shortstop/third baseman will need to pass a physical before his deal with the club becomes official. Bonus details aren’t yet known, but Martin’s No. 5 overall draft slot is valued at $6.18MM. More to…

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2020-07-03 13:18:45



Welington Castillo Opts Out Of 2020 Season  

Veteran catcher Welington Castillo has opted out of the 2020 season, Nationals manager Dave Martinez told reporters Friday (Twitter link via the Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty). Castillo inked a minor league contract with the Nationals back in January and was originally announced as part of the team’s 60-man player pool. However, it appears he’ll opt…

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2020-07-03 13:12:18



MLB Cancels 2020 All-Star Game; Dodgers To Host In 2022  

Major League Baseball announced this morning that the 2020 All-Star Game, which the Dodgers were slated to host, has been canceled. The Dodgers will now host the 2022 All-Star Game, as the Braves are already lined up to host next year’s Midsummer Classic. “Once it became clear we were unable to hold this year's All-Star…

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2020-07-03 12:20:13



MLB & MLBPA Announce Initial Coronavirus Testing Results  

MLB and the MLB Players Association have jointly announced the results of the initial round of coronavirus testing. The league says that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive out of 3,185 total people tested. At first glance, the ~1.2% rate of positivity is lower than might have been feared. It does not appear…

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2020-07-03 08:03:12



Amateur Draft Signings: 7/2/20  

Let’s round up the latest draft signings … The Reds have inked Christian Roa to an at-slot deal, MLB.com’s Jim Callis reports on Twitter. The Texas A&M righty takes home just over $1.5MM to go pro. Fangraphs’ Eric Longenhagen was rather bullish on his outlook, grading Roa the 34th-best player available. It seems the Reds were…

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2020-07-03 04:36:26



Trout: “I Still Don't Feel Comfortable”  

Angels superstar Mike Trout reported to the team’s summer camp today, but the three-time American League MVP made clear that he’s still feeling conflicted about playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Honestly, I still don't feel comfortable with the baby coming,” Trout told reporters today on a Zoom call (link via USA Today’s Bob Nightengale). “There's…

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2020-07-03 04:27:28



Alex Bregman Hires Scott Boras  

Astros third baseman Alex Bregman has hired Scott Boras as his new agent, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Reports that Bregman was seeking new representation emerged back in May, after he parted ways with longtime representative Brodie Scoffield, who had recently joined Klutch Sports’ fledgling baseball division. Klutch, a powerhouse NBA firm led by…

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2020-07-03 04:21:59



Delino DeShields Jr. Tests Positive For COVID-19  

Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has tested positive for COVID-19, president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti told reporters this morning at the team’s summer camp (Twitter link via Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon-Journal). DeShields is experiencing some symptoms, though they’re thankfully said to be mild in nature at this point. For the time being,…

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2020-07-03 02:51:57



Padres To Add Cole Wilcox To 60-Man Player Pool  

The Padres will add recently signed third-round pick Cole Wilcox to their 60-man player pool today, tweets Dennis Lin of The Athletic. The former University of Georgia right-hander was considered a potential first-round talent but, as a draft-eligible sophomore, came with some signability concerns. The Friars paid him a $3.3MM bonus that stands as a…

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2020-07-03 02:44:18



Blue Jays Heading To Toronto For Summer Camp  

The Blue Jays have received authorization to hold Summer Camp in Toronto. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca first reported the news on Twitter; his colleague Ben Nicholson-Smith has further details (Twitter link). They broke things down in a chat with Hazel Mae (video link). This was the anticipated outcome, but it didn’t come easily. The relevant Canadian authorities…

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2020-07-03 02:12:02



Indians Sign David Hernandez, Jake Elmore, Steven Baron  

The Indians announced this morning that they’ve signed veteran right-hander David Hernandez, utilityman Jake Elmore and catcher Steven Baron to minor league contracts. Hernandez and Elmore will report to Summer Camp in Cleveland, while Baron will head to the team’s alternate training site in Eastlake, at their Class-A affiliate’s facility. All three have been added…

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2020-07-03 01:35:54



Phillies Place Four Players On COVID-19 Injured List  

4:03pm: These four players were indeed placed on the COVID-19 injured list, per Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer (via Twitter). That does not necessarily mean that the players have tested positive for the virus; the list also houses players that have shown symptoms consistent with infection or that have had contact with someone else…

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2020-07-02 22:19:37



Tyson Ross Will Not Participate In 2020 Season  

Veteran right-hander Tyson Ross will not participate in the 2020 season owing to concerns over COVID-19, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports on Twitter. His decision mirrors that of his younger brother. Ross had been released recently by the Giants, a move that was at least a bit surprising with “Summer Camp” about to launch. One…

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2020-07-02 13:15:32



Steinbrenner: Yankees “Expect” Spectators In 2020  

With COVID-19 infection rates soaring at the outset of baseball’s 2020 relaunch, even a TV-only season seems like a tall order. Nevertheless, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner offered a surprisingly optimistic tone regarding the return of fans to Yankee Stadium this year, as George A. King III of the New York Post reports. “I do expect to…

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2020-07-02 13:07:52



Manfred Attempts To Clarify Comments On Length Of Season  

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred came under fire yesterday after saying in an interview on the Dan Patrick Show that a season longer than 60 games was never feasible. “The reality is we weren't going to play more than 60 games no matter how the negotiations with the players went, or any other factor,” Manfred told…

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2020-07-02 12:33:12



Blue Jays Claim Breyvic Valera, Add Three Others To 60-Man Pool  

The Blue Jays have claimed infielder Breyvic Valera off waivers from the Padres, per an announcement from both teams. In addition to Valera, the Jays announced that they’ve added right-hander Bryan Baker, outfielder Josh Palacios and infielder/outfielder Patrick Kivlehan to their 60-man player pool. Valera, 28, was carried on the Blue Jays’ roster for most…

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2020-07-02 10:03:09



SK Wyverns Release Nick Kingham  

The SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization have released right-hander Nick Kingham, Naver Sports reports (translation via MyKBO’s Dan Kurtz, on Twitter). The former Pirates top prospect was limited to just two starts before going down with an elbow injury that has yet to sufficiently heal. Kingham, 28, signed with the Wyverns back in…

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2020-07-02 08:17:45



Quick Hits: Pirates, Hayes, Moran, Royals, Hill, Lopez  

A few items from around the game… The Pirates have one of baseball’s top prospects in third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, who’s part of their 60-man player pool, but first-year manager Derek Shelton will ease him into a regular role slowly. Pittsburgh’s currently planning on sticking with Colin Moran at the hot corner, per Shelton, who…

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2020-07-02 05:16:04



Jose Quintana Undergoes Thumb Surgery  

Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana underwent surgery on his left thumb, the team announced today. According to the team’s press release, Quintana suffered a laceration on his left thumb last week while washing dishes at home. The cut required five stitches, and Quintana ultimately required microscopic surgery to “further determine the extent of his injury.” “The…

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2020-07-02 05:02:10



Rob Manfred On Season Length, Playoffs  

After Major League Baseball and the MLBPA couldn’t agree to a season length during their long-running, contentious negotiations, MLB decided to impose a 60-game schedule last week. In an ideal world for the players, they’d have gotten at least 80-some games (they proposed 89 on June 9), but commissioner Rob Manfred told Dan Patrick of…

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2020-07-02 04:28:42



Red Sox Add Jonathan Lucroy To 60-Man Player Pool  

The Red Sox announced Thursday that they’ve formally added catcher Jonathan Lucroy to their 60-man player pool. Lucroy joins the pool as a non-roster player and brings Boston’s total to 48 players (37 members of the 40-man roster and 11 non-roster invitees). Lucroy, 34, inked a minor league deal with the Red Sox over the…

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2020-07-02 03:42:14



Rangers Add Juan Nicasio, Edinson Volquez To 60-Man Player Pool  

The Rangers announced today that they have added right-handed pitchers Juan Nicasio and Edinson Volquez to their 60-man player pool. That leaves the team with three remaining openings to work with at the outset of Summer Camp. Both of these hurlers had already been inked to minor-league deals with the Texas organization. Their inclusion on…

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2020-07-02 01:59:54



Dodgers To Sign AJ Ramos  

The Dodgers have agreed to a minor-league deal with righty AJ Ramos, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). Ramos will join the club’s 60-man player pool. This is great news for Ramos, who hasn’t pitched competitively in quite some time. He has been sidelined by serious shoulder issues since a disappointing half-season with…

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2020-07-02 01:27:11



Pirates Sign Two Draft Picks  

The Pirates have signed supplemental first-round pick Carmen Mlodzinski and second-round selection Jared Jones, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com (Twitter links). Mlodzinski receives a $2.05MM bonus that comes in a bit shy of his $2.31MM slot value at No. 31, while Jones’ $2.2MM bonus trounces his No. 44 selection’s $1.689MM slot value. Jones’ agreement…

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2020-07-02 01:24:56



Athletics Add Six Players To 60-Man Pool  

The Athletics on Wednesday announced the addition of six players to their 60-man player pool: infielders Eric Campbell and Robert Puason, right-handers Wandisson Charles and Miguel Romero, and outfielders Luis Barrera and Brayan Buelvas will all join the group. Campbell will head to Oakland to join the team’s big leaguers, while the other five will…

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2020-07-01 20:36:15



Jordan Hicks To Begin Season On Injured List  

Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks will open the 2020 season on the injured list, manager Mike Shildt told reporters Wednesday (Twitter link via Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch). The flamethrowing 23-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery last June and is still in the final stages of his rehab process. Back in May, Hicks had progressed…

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2020-07-01 15:42:31



Cubs Pitching Coach Tommy Hottovy Details COVID Bout  

Players and staff members are reporting today in order to re-launch the 2020 season. The first order of business will be coronavirus check-in testing. One important member of the Cubs organization won’t be anxiously awaiting the results of his test. Pitching coach Tommy Hottovy has already endured a bout with COVID-19, he tells 670 The…

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2020-07-01 14:49:25



MLBTR Chat Transcript: 7/1/20  

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

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2020-07-01 11:33:23



KBO Preparing For Return Of Fans  

JULY 1: The return of live fans will have to wait at least a bit longer, per Yoo (via Twitter). Governmental approval still hasn’t been issued, though it still seems likely to come before long — except, perhaps, in the Kia Tigers’ home city of Gwangju, where there has been an uptick in coronavirus cases.…

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2020-07-01 10:54:40



Hoyer On Cubs' Roster Plan  

Like all of their competitors, the Cubs have just launched into a whole new world of roster management with the introduction of a 60-man player pool for the 2020 season. The Chicago organization elected to open with just fifty slots filled — a decision that GM Jed Hoyer discussed with reporters including MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian.…

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2020-07-01 10:05:31



Rockies Agree To Terms With Supplemental 1st Rounder Drew Romo  

The Rockies have wrapped up their draft business by agreeing to terms with catcher Drew Romo, per MLB.com’s Jim Callis (via Twitter). He’ll receive a bonus for the precise $2,095,800 slot value of the 35th overall pick. Romo will bypass a commitment to Louisiana State University to go pro with the Rox. He’s seen as a defensively proficient…

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2020-07-01 08:53:01



Rockies Release Zac Rosscup  

The Rockies recently released southpaw Zac Rosscup, according to the latest Baseball America transactions log. It seems the organization determined he would not be a part of the 60-man player pool and was not otherwise worth keeping under contract. Also cut loose by the Rox were fellow lefty Evan Grills and infielder Carlos Herrera. The BA…

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2020-07-01 08:05:52



Mexican League Cancels 2020 Season  

Following yesterday’s decision of Minor League Baseball to cancel the 2020 season, the affiliated Mexican League has followed suit. In an official announcement, the 16-team circuit says it will not attempt to launch play this year. While it’s obviously disappointing to see Mexico’s top league on ice, the announcement makes clear the decision was made…

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2020-07-01 06:48:54



Amateur Draft Signings: 7/1/20  

We’ll round up most of today’s draft signings in this post… The D-backs agreed to an $800K signing bonus with third-rounder Liam Norris, per MLB.com’s Jim Callis. That checks in north of the $658K slot value associated with Norris’ No. 90 overall selection. A high school southpaw out of North Carolina, Norris had been committed…

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2020-07-01 06:02:27



AJ Ramos Making Comeback Attempt  

Former Marlins closer AJ Ramos hasn’t pitched since 2018 due to ongoing shoulder troubles, but the 2016 All-Star is eyeing a comeback bid in the 2020 season. Ramos recently tweeted a video of himself pitching in a game setting (with velocity and spin-rate data courtesy of Cressey Sports Performance in Florida) and included the hashtag…

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2020-07-01 05:27:39



NL Notes: Braun, Mets, Betances, Dodgers, Phillies  

Some news and notes from the National League… Concerns over the coronavirus have helped lead four notable major leaguers – the Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross, the Diamondbacks’ Mike Leake and the Rockies’ Ian Desmond – to opt out of the 2020 season this week. Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun hasn’t joined them, though he…

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2020-07-01 04:45:05



Padres Chairman Ron Fowler On Finances, 2020 Season, Union  

With few to no fans in the stands during a 60-game season, Major League Baseball teams are undoubtedly going to suffer a financial hit this year. The Padres are among the teams in line to take a beating in that regard, executive chairman Ron Fowler explained to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. "People…

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2020-07-01 04:04:21



Giants Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Patrick Bailey  

The Giants have agreed to a $3.8MM bonus with first-round selection Patrick Bailey, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis (via Twitter). He was selected 13th overall, a position that came with a $4,197,300 slot allocation. This represents the first big draft strike for the San Francisco organization, which has quite a bit of signing left to do. The…

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2020-07-01 03:59:30



Cardinals Add Elehuris Montero To 60-Man Pool  

The Cardinals have added third base prospect Elehuris Montero to their 60-man player pool for Summer Camp, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak tells reporters (Twitter link via Mark Saxon of The Athletic). He’ll head to their camp at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, bringing their current player total to 45. Montero, 21, was one…

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2020-07-01 03:18:06



Eppler On Possibility Of 2020 Debut For Jo Adell  

Top Angels prospect Jo Adell won’t have a chance to force his way into the big leagues this year through his play at Triple-A, but that may not be altogether necessary. GM Billy Eppler says that he anticipates Adell will have the opportunities he needs to show the team he’s ready, as Maria Torres of the…

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2020-07-01 02:49:52



Nelson Cruz Discusses Future Plans  

Wednesday is Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz’s 40th birthday, but that doesn’t mean the six-time All-Star is closing in on retirement. On the contrary, Cruz suggested to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune that he still has enough gas in the tank to play beyond the 2020 campaign. "I don't see it [soon],” Cruz said…

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2020-07-01 02:26:23



Angels Add Reid Detmers To 60-Player Pool  

The Angels are adding left-hander Reid Detmers, the tenth overall pick in last month’s draft, to their 60-man player pool, general manager Billy Eppler told reporters today (Twitter link via MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger). That brings their player pool up to a total of 56. Detmers, 20, was regarded as one of the most polished arms…

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2020-06-30 22:53:29



Athletics To Trade Jorge Mateo To Padres  

In the first trade since MLB’s transaction freeze has lifted, the Padres are set to acquire infield prospect Jorge Mateo from the A’s, Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel of ESPN report (Twitter link). Oakland will receive a player to be named later in return. San Diego has announced the trade. Long regarded as one of…

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2020-06-30 21:40:37



Cashman: Yankees “Optimistic” Judge Will Be Ready For Opening Day  

After months of uncertainty surrounding the status of Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, general manager Brian Cashman said on a conference call today that the team is optimistic he’ll be ready for the rescheduled Opening Day (Twitter links via The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler). The Yankees are also optimistic that Giancarlo Stanton will be ready to open…

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2020-06-30 18:30:08



Amateur Draft Signings: 6/30/20  

Here’s a look at the latest draft signings from around the game. Unless otherwise specified, the news comes courtesy of Jim Callis of MLB.com… The Mariners wrapped up their 2020 draft signings by inking right-hander Connor Phillips on Monday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Phillips, the 64th pick, signed for full slot value…

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2020-06-30 16:26:04



Rockies To Sign Matt Kemp  

The Rockies have struck a deal with veteran outfielder Matt Kemp, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). It’s a minor-league pact. Kemp had spent the spring with the Marlins, but was left out of the Miami organization’s 60-man player pool. The Fish evidently cut him loose to pursue other opportunities, opening the…

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2020-06-30 14:31:37



Orioles Sign Heston Kjerstad  

The Orioles have signed second overall draft pick Heston Kjerstad, per a team announcement. The University of Arkansas product will receive a $5.2MM bonus, per MLB.com’s Jim Callis (Twitter link). Kjerstad was expected to go near the top of the draft, but not with the second selection. The O’s obviously liked him quite a bit, but…

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2020-06-30 13:33:08



Tigers Agree To Terms With Spencer Torkelson  

The Tigers have agreed to terms with top overall draft choice Spencer Torkelson, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com (Twitter link). He’s set to receive a hefty $8,416,300 bonus. While he only topped the 1-1 draft slot allocation by a nominal amount ($1K), it’s still quite a notable number. Per Callis, this is the biggest draft…

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2020-06-30 11:44:18



KBO Preparing For Return Of Fans  

The Korea Baseball Organization has thus far successfully followed Taiwan’s top league in launching a 2020 season. Now, the KBO hopes to join the CPBL in re-introducing live attendance. Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News reports (Twitter link; full story) that fans could be in the seats within days. The plan is to open at approximately…

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2020-06-30 08:55:57



2020 Minor-League Season Will Be Canceled  

The 2020 minor-league season will be canceled, according to a report from Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper and Josh Norris. While widely expected, the news comes as a major blow to the minor-league teams and many young players who were hopeful of continuing to chase after a coveted MLB roster spot. This was already shaping up…

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2020-06-30 07:26:43



Padres Agree To Terms With Cole Wilcox  

The Padres and third-rounder Cole Wilcox are in agreement on a $3.3MM signing bonus, MLB.com’s Jim Callis reports (on Twitter). With the deal, Wilcox, a right-hander out of the University of Georgia, receives a record bonus for a third-round pick and absolutely shatters his slot value of $767,800. Entering the draft, Wilcox was widely regarded…

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2020-06-30 06:21:01



Pirates Outright Yacksel Rios  

The Pirates outrighted hurler Yacksel Rios to Triple-A Indianapolis over the weekend, Adam Berry of MLB.com was among those to report. Rios has not been outrighted previously, and he doesn’t have the necessary service time to reject the assignment, so he’ll stay with the Pirates. A 12th-round pick of the Phillies in 2011, the right-handed,…

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2020-06-30 05:58:41



Phillies GM Matt Klentak On Potential J.T. Realmuto Extension  

The Phillies and pending free-agent catcher J.T. Realmuto discussed a contract extension before Major League Baseball put a freeze on transactions in March because of the COVID-19 shutdown. That freeze lifted last week, but the Phillies and Realmuto have not restarted talks, as Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer relays. Addressing Realmuto’s status Monday, general…

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2020-06-30 05:47:56



MLB Pre-Approves 7 Bidding Groups For Mets  

While it’s fun to imagine Alex Rodriguez and Jenifer Lopez overseeing the Mets from an ownership suite, they’re not alone in their bidding group … and there are plenty of other competing outfits eyeing the New York organization. At the moment, it’s far from clear just how the ownership transition will turn out. Seven different…

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2020-06-30 05:36:56



Jung Ho Kang Ends KBO Comeback Attempt  

Former Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang had been hoping to make a professional comeback in his native Korea, but he has ended that attempt, Jeehoo Yoo of Yonhap News reports. It’s unclear whether Kang will try to play again outside of the Korea Baseball Organization. The Kiwoom Heroes hold the KBO rights over the 33-year-old…

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2020-06-30 04:55:54



Giants Outright Enderson Franco  

The Giants placed right-hander Tyler Beede on the 45-day injured list and outrighted fellow righty Enderson Franco to Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. [RELATED: Giants Announce Initial Player Pool] The IR placement for Beede was a procedural move, as he won’t play this season after he underwent Tommy…

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2020-06-30 02:47:59



Phillies Release, Re-Sign Anthony Swarzak  

The Phillies included just 53 players in their initial pool over the weekend, but right-hander Anthony Swarzak will soon be added as the 54th player, per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb (Twitter link). General manager Matt Klentak revealed to reporters that the Phils released and re-signed the veteran Swarzak to a new minor league contract. Swarzak,…

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2020-06-30 02:35:38



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

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

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2020-06-30 02:28:09



Mets Sign Jared Hughes  

7:44pm: Hughes’ contract is worth a prorated $700K (about $260K over a 60-game season), DiComo tweets. 7:05pm: The Mets have signed reliever Jared Hughes to a major league contract, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com was among those to report. Financial details of the deal aren’t yet known, but Hughes will join the Mets’ 60-man player pool.…

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2020-06-30 01:52:18



Manny & Hoz Account For Bulk Of Padres' Long-Term Contract Commitments  

2020 salary terms may finally be sorted out. 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 it done before the coronavirus…

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2020-06-30 01:17:19



Dodgers Sign 2nd-Rounder Landon Knack  

The Dodgers have signed second-round right-hander Landon Knack for $715K, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports. It’s an under-slot deal for the 60th overall pick – whose selection carried a recommended value of $1,157,400 – but may be a record bonus for a fifth-year college senior, Callis notes. The 22-year-old Knack was previously at East Tennessee…

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2020-06-29 21:45:54



What The D-Backs Owe In Future Payroll  

2020 salary terms may finally be sorted out. 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 it done before the coronavirus…

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2020-06-29 16:48:54



Athletics Sign Tyler Soderstrom  

The Athletics have announced a deal with top pick Tyler Soderstrom. It includes a $3.3MM signing bonus, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports (via Twitter). The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser reported yesterday that Soderstrom would sign today and is expected to be added to Oakland’s 60-player pool. Also going under contract was fifth rounder Stevie Emanuels. The University…

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2020-06-29 15:01:01



Twins Announce Initial Player Pool  

The Twins on Monday announced their initial player pool for the 2020 season. Player pools can contain up to 60 players, and only players in a team’s pool will be eligible to participate in summer training camp or regular/postseason games. Teams are free to change the makeup of the pools as they see fit, but once…

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2020-06-29 12:23:30



Giants Announce Initial Player Pool  

The Giants on Monday announced their initial player pool for the 2020 season. Pools can contain up to 60 players, and only players in a team's pool will be eligible to participate in summer training camp or regular/postseason games. Teams are free to change the makeup of the pools as they see fit, but once a…

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2020-06-29 10:16:02



Mike Leake To Opt Out Of 2020 Season  

Diamondbacks right-hander Mike Leake is planning to opt out of participating in the 2020 season, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports (via Twitter). Leake becomes the first known player to choose not to play amid public health concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, although others will surely follow suit. D-backs general manager Mike Hazen has confirmed…

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2020-06-29 09:39:24



Twins Alter Coaching Staff Due To COVID-19 Concerns  

Twins bullpen coach Bob McClure and Major League coach Bill Evers will be sidelined for the 2020 season due to health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. It’s the team’s decision and came after physical exams that factored both age and preexisting conditions…

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2020-06-29 09:17:32



Minor League Baseball's 2020 Fate Could Be Decided Tuesday  

Because of COVID-19, odds are there will not be a minor league baseball season in 2020. No official decision has come down, but that may be on the verge of changing. Minor League Baseball’s board of trustees are scheduled to meet Tuesday, when they could make an official announcement on whether a season will take…

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2020-06-29 09:03:06



Mets To Sign Second-Rounder J.T. Ginn  

The Mets have inked second-round draft pick J.T. Ginn, Tim Healey of Newsday reports on Twitter. He’ll receive a $2.9MM bonus, per Joe DeMayo of SNY.tv (Twitter link). This puts a bow on the Mets’ 2020 draft class. The club had already inked their other five draftees, with its four selections after Ginn all going for well…

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2020-06-29 08:46:48



Mets Sign Melky Cabrera, Erasmo Ramirez, Gordon Beckham  

The Mets’ signing spree continued Monday with the additions of outfielder Melky Cabrera, infielder Gordon Beckham and right-hander Erasmo Ramirez. All three have been announced by the club, and all are “expected” to be added to the 60-man player pool, according to the team. They join earlier signees Hunter Strickland and Ryan Cordell in that regard. At 35…

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2020-06-29 08:05:39



Ian Desmond Opts Out Of 2020 Season  

Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond will opt out of playing in the 2020 MLB season. He provided a thoughtful explanation of his decisionmaking process in an announcement on Instagram. Desmond explains that “the COVID-9 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking.” He says he’s compelled to stay…

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2020-06-29 07:58:55



Minor Leaguers Left Out Of Player Pools May Be Able To Play Indy Ball  

8:31pm: Cooper now tweets that minor-league players will need to receive authorization from their team before joining an indy ball roster. But he adds that the expectation is that many teams are amenable to doing so. 7:12pm: Wondering what’ll happen to those minor-league players who weren’t named to MLB teams’ 60-man player pools? While teams are paying…

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2020-06-29 07:46:56



MLB, MLBPA Still Discussing Vesting Options, Retention Bonuses  

The length of the season, prorated salaries and protocols for health and safety are finally all set in place, but Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are still negotiating the manner in which contractual options, performance incentives/bonuses and escalator clauses will be handled, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription required). Fortunately, an agreement…

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2020-06-29 07:45:29



Giants' Hunter Bishop Tests Positive For Coronavirus  

Giants outfielder Hunter Bishop has become the first member of the team to test positive for COVID-19, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Bishop is exhibiting “mild symptoms” and “was not in contact with any of our players and staff subsequent to when he believes he was infected,” president of baseball operations Farhan…

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2020-06-29 07:20:40



White Sox Announce Initial Player Pool  

The White Sox on Monday announced their initial player pool for the 2020 season. Player pools can contain up to 60 players, and only players in a team’s pool will be eligible to participate in summer training camp or regular/postseason games. Teams are free to change the makeup of the pools as they see fit, but…

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2020-06-29 06:19:28



Major League Baseball Formally Announces Rule Changes For 2020 Season  

Major League Baseball has formalized a wave of rule changes and procedural protocols that have been widely reported upon and speculated upon over the past several months as the league and players union worked toward a return to play. The league also formally announced a July 3 return to training camp — now officially referred…

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2020-06-29 05:17:30



Latest On Blue Jays' Training Plans  

Every MLB club faces a difficult task in launching and sustaining a 2020 season. But the Blue Jays face some unique challenges as the only affiliated organization located outside of the United States. The Toronto organization announced today that it will gather its players and personnel at its facility in Dunedin, Florida. The club says…

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2020-06-29 03:47:40



Marlins Sign Nick Vincent, Add No. 3 Pick Max Meyer To 60-Man Pool  

The Marlins have signed veteran right-handed reliever Nick Vincent to a minor league contract and will add him to the team’s 60-player pool, president of baseball ops Michael Hill told reporters Monday (Twitter link via the Miami Herald’s Jordan McPherson). They’ll also add infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez once a minor league deal to re-sign him has…

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2020-06-29 02:35:38



Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross Opt Out Of 2020 Season  

Neither Ryan Zimmerman nor Joe Ross will suit up to play for the Nationals in 2020, according to respective reports from Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com and Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic. The D.C. pair joins Diamondbacks right-hander Mike Leake among the first of what figure to be many players choosing not to play amid the…

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2020-06-29 02:14:57



Mets Sign Hunter Strickland, Ryan Cordell  

The Mets announced Monday that they’ve signed right-hander Hunter Strickland and re-signed outfielder Ryan Cordell, whom they’d previously released. Both received non-guaranteed deals, and both players are “expected” to be added to the Mets’ 60-man pool, per the club. Strickland, 31, joins the Mets with nearly five years of big league service time under his…

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2020-06-29 02:11:38



Diamondbacks Announce Initial Player Pool  

The D-backs on Monday announced their initial player pool for the 2020 season. Player pools can contain up to 60 players, and only players in a team's pool will be eligible to participate in summer training camp or regular/postseason games. Teams are free to change the makeup of the pools as they see fit, but once…

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2020-06-29 01:19:24



Brewers Announce Initial Player Pool  

The Brewers on Monday announced their initial player pool for the 2020 season. Pools can contain up to 60 players, and only players in a team's pool will be eligible to participate in summer training camp or regular/postseason games. Teams are free to change the makeup of the pools as they see fit, but once a…

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2020-06-29 01:01:55



Tigers Announce Initial 60-Man Player Pool  

Today marks the deadline for teams to submit to Major League Baseball their initial spring training player pools, which can comprise up to 60 players. Players are not eligible to participate in either a spring training or regular season game until they are included in the pool. Teams are free to change the makeup of…

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2020-06-28 21:56:54



Mets Announce Initial 60-Man Player Pool  

Today marks the deadline for teams to submit their initial spring training player pools, which can comprise up to 60 players. Players are not eligible to participate in either a spring training or regular season game until they are included in the pool. Teams are free to change the makeup of the pools as they…

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2020-06-28 20:55:01



Each MLB Team's 60-Man Player Pool  

Teams had until today at 4:00 pm EST to report their initial 60-man player pools to MLB. We’ll keep links here to each team’s player pool as their respective announcements come in. AL East Baltimore Orioles Boston Red Sox New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays Toronto Blue Jays AL Central Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians…

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2020-06-28 18:58:30



Astros Announce Initial 60-Man Player Pool  

Today marks the deadline for teams to submit to Major League Baseball their initial spring training player pools, which can comprise up to 60 players. Players are not eligible to participate in either a spring training or regular season game until they are included in the pool. Teams are free to change the makeup of…

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2020-06-28 15:37:08



Royals Announce Initial 60-Man Player Pool  

Today marks the deadline for teams to submit to Major League Baseball their initial spring training player pools, which can comprise up to 60 players. Players are not eligible to participate in either a spring training or regular season game until they are included in the pool. Teams are free to change the makeup of…

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2020-06-28 15:37:01



Cardinals Announce Initial 60-Man Player Pool  

Today marks the deadline for teams to submit to Major League Baseball their initial spring training player pools, which can comprise up to 60 players. Players are not eligible to participate in either a spring training or regular season game until they are included in the pool. Teams are free to change the makeup of…

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2020-06-28 15:17:23



Padres Announce Initial 60-Man Player Pool  

Today marks the deadline for teams to submit their initial spring training player pools, which can comprise up to 60 players. Players are not eligible to participate in either a spring training or regular season game until they are included in the pool. Teams are free to change the makeup of the pools as they…

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2020-06-28 14:43:43



Reds' Blake Trahan Retires  

Reds shortstop Blake Trahan was invited to participate in the Reds’ training camp but instead opted to retire, GM Nick Krall told reporters including C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic. Just 26 years old, Trahan will close the books on his MLB career entering a season in which he figured to be a depth option…

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2020-06-28 13:19:55



Phillies Release Drew Storen, Matt Szczur  

The Phillies announced they have released right-handed reliever Drew Storen and outfielder Matt Szczur. Both were among a large group of veterans in camp on minor-league deals this spring. Storen is most famous for his run with the Nationals, where he combined for a 3.02 ERA/3.09 FIP in 334 relief innings between 2010-15. He fell on tough times…

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2020-06-28 13:10:59



Royals Outright Eric Skoglund  

The Royals announced that left-hander Eric Skoglund has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Omaha. Skoglund has evidently spent the past three months in DFA limbo. He was designated for assignment on March 25 to create 40-man roster space for the addition of Trevor Rosenthal. Two days later, MLB instituted a league-wide transaction freeze that, until…

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2020-06-28 12:01:37



Cubs Announce Initial 60-Man Player Pool  

Today marks the deadline for teams to submit to Major League Baseball their initial spring training player pools, which can comprise up to 60 players. Players are not eligible to participate in either a spring training or regular season game until they are included in the pool. Teams are free to change the makeup of…

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2020-06-28 11:49:39






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