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Here are 9 perfect free-agent fits

@RichardJustice
November 16, 2019

We love free agency because of the endless possibilities, and doesn’t that cut to the core of the Hot Stove season? Fans, players and executives spend plenty of time wondering what their teams might look like with, say, Gerrit Cole plugged into the top of the rotation and Anthony Rendon

The best free-agent reliever you might not know

Left-hander struck out 50 of 106 batters after moving to bullpen
@mike_petriello
November 16, 2019

In what's a relatively weak free-agent class for relievers, Wills Smith and Harris probably are the cream of the crop, and Smith already signed with Atlanta. Alternatively, you can gamble on a Dellin Betances rebound, but other than those names, Drew Pomeranz is the best reliever that you didn't know

These teams see the Bringer of Rain as a ringer

November 15, 2019

After being limited to just 52 games with the Blue Jays and Indians in an injury plagued 2018, Josh Donaldson signed a one-year, $23 million contract with the Braves and re-established his value ahead of another go at free agency. He is tied to Draft-pick compensation if he signs with

Vera Clemente, widow of Roberto, passes away

@JesseSanchezMLB and @adamdberry
November 16, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- It was Sept. 18 in Pittsburgh, Roberto Clemente Day in his adopted city, and Vera Clemente was carrying on her family’s legacy. Surrounded by Pirates players and coaches, she led a charitable trip to the Allegheny Immediate Unit Latino Family Center. The group served lunch inside and played

Stars to leave in free agency after World Series win

@SlangsOnSports
November 16, 2019

The Washington Nationals won the 2019 World Series, and, like most teams, are facing many roster decisions heading into their defending champ season in ‘20. The most notable free agents are World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg and star third baseman Anthony Rendon. We don’t know yet whether the Nationals will

Rumors: Ryu, Grandal, Castellanos, Báez

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

Nick's stick is solid -- but his glove? Not bad either

@mike_petriello
November 15, 2019

Nicholas Castellanos has a decent claim to make to be considered the top free agent outfielder available this winter, but that description hinges on one very important question: Is he actually an outfielder? It's a question worth diving into, because Castellanos' defensive metrics haven't been kind, to put it mildly,

Free-agent signings each team can be proud of

@williamfleitch
November 16, 2019

Here's a look at the best free-agent signings for each team this century. Some of these players are still on the team, some of them provided their teams tons of value in the past, some of them are just getting warmed up. Note: For each player, the year listed is

Trea Turner has surgery on right index finger

@MannyOnMLB
November 16, 2019

Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his broken right index finger on Saturday, and he shared a photo from his hospital bed on Instagram following the procedure. The 26-year-old broke the finger when he squared to bunt and was hit by a pitch from the Phillies' Zach Eflin on

1 potential trade candidate on all 30 teams

@feinsand
November 15, 2019

Free agency will rightfully garner the majority of headlines during baseball’s offseason, but given that we’ve already heard names like Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor and Kris Bryant in trade rumors, don’t be surprised if it’s a blockbuster swap that steals the show. With that in mind, here’s a look at

Let's scheme the craziest Hot Stove possible

@RichardJustice
November 15, 2019

Will one free-agent signing trigger a half-dozen more? This loaded-at-the-top market may lend itself to that. For instance, if Stephen Strasburg re-signs with the Nationals, do the Phillies, Yankees and Angels suddenly ramp up their efforts to sign Gerrit Cole or Zack Wheeler? Or let’s say the Rangers sign Anthony

What if this AL team signs Bumgarner?

November 16, 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 headed to free agency for the

Which team should get Betts or Lindor? Here's one

@_dadler
November 15, 2019

Nothing gets the rumor mill churning like talk of a superstar on the trade block -- and that's what's happening with Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts and Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor. Both players are approaching free agency -- Betts is one season away, Lindor two -- and they're only going

Bringing back Didi still in play for Yankees

November 15, 2019

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

Here's the best athlete in all 30 farm systems

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
November 14, 2019

Everyone loves an impressive showcase of athleticism on the baseball field. Whether it’s Byron Buxton improbably running down a ball in center field, Yasiel Puig uncorking a jaw-dropping throw from right or Cody Bellinger launching a tape-measure home run on what should be an unhittable pitch, there are eye-opening feats

Darvish addresses his pitch-tipping in ’17 Series

@_dadler
November 15, 2019

Yu Darvish -- who got knocked around twice by the Astros in the 2017 World Series and took the loss for the Dodgers in the deciding Game 7 -- weighed in on the Astros sign-stealing controversy in a video in Japanese posted to his YouTube channel Thursday night. Darvish expressed

Source: Cherington accepts Pirates GM job

@adamdberry
November 15, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates found their next general manager on Friday, a man who shares the organization’s desire to build a legitimate and sustainable contender from within through scouting and player development. Ben Cherington, the Blue Jays’ vice president of baseball operations and a World Series-winning GM with the Red

They didn't win awards -- but they deserved 'em

@castrovince
November 14, 2019

The Major League awards season is in the books, and it has once again satiated our innate desire to parse and prioritize and put people on a pedestal while presenting them with plaques. But as is always the case, not even an array of awards as wide as what is

Could this team lure Cole east?

November 16, 2019

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

Is Wheeler homeward bound?

November 16, 2019

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

6 takeaways from the GM Meetings

@feinsand
November 14, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Baseball’s general managers have scattered after three-plus days of meetings. While Will Smith’s $40 million deal with the Braves and Adam Wainwright’s return to the Cardinals were the only notable signings, the General Managers Meetings surely helped lay the groundwork for what promises to be an eventful

Van Wagenen hints at 3 pitching plans for Mets

@AnthonyDiComo
November 15, 2019

NEW YORK -- It’s all about pitching. A Mets team that has historically relied on its arms in good times and bad will continue to do so in 2020. But which pitchers? How much of the same? While remaining characteristically coy, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen dropped some hints this

Trout, Bellinger prevail in tight MVP races

@RichardJustice
November 14, 2019

Mike Trout and Cody Bellinger began the 2019 season in such different places in their careers that it would have been a stretch to imagine them being mentioned in the same breath. As one attempted to build on a legacy of greatness, the other was very much a work in

Who accepted? Every qualifying offer decision

@mattkellyMLB
November 14, 2019

Ten free agents received a qualifying offer last week, and the baseball world learned Thursday whether they accepted or declined the one-year, $17.8 million deal. The deadline for those 10 players' decisions was 5 p.m. ET. If a player rejects the qualifying offer and signs elsewhere, the club he left