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Rumors: Cole, Wheeler, Marte, Rendon, Strasburg

2:34 PM EST

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest free-agent and trade rumors right here.

Smith joins Braves: 'Wanted to come to a winner'

@matthewhleach
4:28 PM EST

ATLANTA -- It didn’t take the Braves long to determine that free-agent lefty reliever Will Smith would make for an excellent fit in their bullpen. That’s because they had already done their due diligence on trade target Smith. Now the question is how to deploy Smith, and it appears the

12 uniform styles that NEED to come back

@michaelsclair
November 18, 2019

Just as it finally dawned on you that the Milwaukee Brewers’ ball-in-cap logo hid a “Da Vinci Code”-esque M and B inside, the team is dusting it off. That’s right: Instead of it being a just-for-Sunday specialty, the Brewers will be rocking their old, beloved, Harvey’s Wallbangers look as their

Manfred: Astros investigation will be thorough

@Sullivan_Ranger
5:29 PM EST

ARLINGTON -- Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Tuesday that Major League Baseball is conducting a thorough investigation into allegations that the Astros utilized electronic sign stealing to gain a competitive advantage, particularly during the 2017 season. “Any allegations that relate to a rule violation that could affect the outcome of

One of these 3 teams really should sign Grandal

Catcher has four straight 20+ homer seasons
@mike_petriello
November 18, 2019

Yasmani Grandal is the best catcher available in free agency, and that's an easy enough statement to make because he might just be the best all-around catcher in baseball. That doesn't need to be controversial; in 2019, he was the second-best hitting catcher among those who had 400 plate appearances,

Stars on the move? These 9 could get traded

@RichardJustice
November 18, 2019

Whether the Red Sox trade Mookie Betts this offseason seems pretty much beside the point. That his name is even being discussed among executives and agents is what’s really interesting. In that way, he seems to represent something larger. Betts is among a handful of stars whose names have been

Is a multi-year deal in Didi's future?

1:00 PM EST

After playing his way through a 2019 campaign limited by his return from Tommy John surgery, Didi Gregorius could very well be swapping uniforms in the coming months. Below is a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the 29-year-old shortstop, who is now a free agent.

'Player-centered' culture the key for Cherington

New GM lays out strategy for turning Pirates into a contender
@adamdberry
1:38 PM EST

PITTSBURGH -- On Monday, Pirates president Travis Williams and general manager Ben Cherington used four verbs to describe the process by which Pittsburgh will add talented players to an organization in need of more: identify, acquire, develop and deploy. But to describe the philosophy behind Cherington’s strategy, the Pirates’ new

Can this team afford 2 elite free-agent pitchers?

4:49 PM EST

Following five solid seasons with the Pirates in which he was an All-Star and finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting in 2015, Gerrit Cole reached an elite level over two seasons with the Astros. He is tied to Draft-pick compensation if he signs with a new team after

Will Strasburg sign before Winter Meetings?

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Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft and the '19 World Series MVP, has opted out of the remaining four years and $100 million on his contract with the Nationals to test the free-agent market. He is tied to Draft-pick compensation if he signs with

Are Yanks still in mix to sign this righty?

4:50 PM EST

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest Yankees-related free agent and trade rumors right here.

Here's the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot

@castrovince
November 18, 2019

The National Baseball Hall of Fame has received a haul of fame in recent years. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America has provided an avalanche of inductees -- 20 in the last six years, to be exact. With Monday’s release of a 2020 ballot headlined by first-time-eligible Derek Jeter, another

How will Bumgarner's free agency play out?

November 18, 2019

After a memorable 11-season run with the Giants that included four straight All-Star appearances and top-10 finishes in NL Cy Young Award voting (2013-16), as well as three World Series titles (2010, '12 and '14) and 2014 Fall Classic MVP honors, Madison Bumgarner is a free agent for the first

Ball-in-glove is back: Brewers unveil new unis

@AdamMcCalvy
November 18, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are turning 50, and they’re celebrating by treating themselves to a makeover. The club is retiring its script logo and returning full-time to an updated version of the iconic “ball-in-glove” for the 50th anniversary of the Seattle Pilots’ move to Milwaukee in April 1970. It is

Here is 1 bounce-back candidate from each club

@williamfleitch
November 17, 2019

Bad years happen. Some of MLB's greatest players had a year that got away from them, a year in which they were plagued with injuries, had off-field issues or just never quite got it going. (Remember when Justin Verlander led the American League in earned runs allowed in 2014?) It

Frontrunners emerging in race for coveted hurler

4:50 PM EST

After emerging as one of the National League's better power pitchers over the last two seasons (23-15, 3.65 ERA, 3.37 FIP, 8.9 K/9), Zack Wheeler is now a free agent. He is tied to Draft-pick compensation if he signs with a new team after being one of 10 players to

Gurriel renegotiates contract for 2020

@alysonfooter
November 18, 2019

HOUSTON -- The final year of Yuli Gurriel's five-year contract, which runs through 2020, called for a player option that would allow the first baseman to either renegotiate his salary or opt out and go to arbitration. Gurriel, a source confirmed on Monday, agreed to a new contract for 2020

Could Choo help lure Ryu to Texas?

November 18, 2019

After a career season that saw him go 14-5 with a Major League-best 2.32 ERA, Hyun-Jin Ryu is now a free agent. Below is a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the 32-year-old southpaw.

Having a kid means giving them permission to ruthlessly own you forever

@michaelsclair
3:18 PM EST

I am not a dad, but I've spent 32 years on this Earth having one, so I have a little inside info. And that info is this: When you become a parent, you are entering a relationship in which you will be cruelly, lovingly, teasingly and routinely owned for the

Marlins open-minded with free agency underway

@JoeFrisaro
12:06 PM EST

MIAMI -- With last week's General Managers Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz., behind them, the Marlins enter the Hot Stove season with a better understanding of how the free agent and trade markets are shaping up. Unlike the past two years, when Miami was in a full-scale building mode and traded

Former Dodgers prospect now a supermodel

@castrovince
November 17, 2019

The conversation was one John Shoemaker has had many times with many players as summer turns to fall and the sun sets on childhood dreams. Shoemaker is a seasoned baseball vet whose playing career ended at Triple-A before he began coaching in the Minor Leagues in 1981 and managing in

Mariners add Negrón to player development staff

@gregjohnsmlb
4:48 PM EST

SEATTLE -- Former utility player Kristopher Negrón, who spent parts of the past two seasons in Seattle, is rejoining the Mariners in a front-office role as the club has hired the 33-year-old as its new assistant to director of player development Andy McKay. Negrón announced his retirement as a player

Highest voting percentages in HOF history

@paul_casella
November 18, 2019

There is perhaps no greater honor for a big leaguer than being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame -- especially in the first year on the ballot. Even more remarkable than being a first-ballot Hall of Famer is a player receiving every single possible vote in his first

This is the state of the Cubs' farm system

@JimCallisMLB
10:20 AM EST

When the Cubs ended a 108-year drought by winning the 2016 World Series, they had a lineup loaded with young stars still on the rise and appeared well positioned for multiple titles. But after falling in the 2017 National League Championship Series, they faded down the stretch in 2018 before

What scouts -- and Zeuch -- see in T.J. Zeuch

@baseballexis
2:33 PM EST

In a season that saw T.J. Zeuch debut at two different levels, get his first shot at the Major Leagues, and overcome early-season injury woes to get there, the 24-year-old right-hander takes the most pride in what he learned from his struggles with Triple-A Buffalo.