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5 Black Friday deals we’d like to see

November 26, 2020

This is the time of year for big meals ... and big deals? The only things more fun than real trades are fake trades, which is why we annually use this space to concoct swaps that -- hopefully unlike your Thanksgiving turkey -- are half-baked. But they’re stuffed with fodder

J.T. to DC? How it could impact market

November 26, 2020

The center of the J.T. Realmuto market might be the National League East, with the Phillies looking to re-sign him and the Mets in the mix for just about every big name out there. But a third NL East club, the Nationals, shouldn’t be overlooked in this race. Washington talked

Righty Arihara posted by Japanese club

November 26, 2020

Japanese right-hander Kohei Arihara will be allowed to make the jump to MLB after his Nippon Professional Baseball team, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, posted him on Thursday. Arihara's entry into the MLB-NPB posting system starts a 30-day window for all 30 Major League clubs to negotiate with the 28-year-old

Each team's most intriguing Rule 5 prospect

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November 26, 2020

Teams had until last Friday at 6 p.m. ET to decide which of their prospects would be added to the 40-man roster and protected from being taken by another team in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 10. When it was all said and done, 86 players who rank among

GMs like to cash in on Black Friday deals, too

Donaldson, Schilling trades among major moves at Thanksgiving time
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Major League Baseball's clubs are not immune to the annual shopping frenzy that is Black Friday. As much of the country is out scouring for deals in stores and online, front-office executives throughout baseball are doing the same on the trade and free-agent markets. It's the time of year that

Rumors: Two more teams in on Molina?

November 26, 2020 is keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors right here.

Is it time for the Yankees to be impatient?

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The longest the Yankees have gone without winning a World Series -- since they really became the Yankees just over 100 years ago when Babe Ruth showed up in the Bronx -- was 17 seasons. The drought lasted from 1979-95, before Joe Torre’s Yanks finished the Yankee Century in baseball

Morgan the 'heart and soul' of Reds UYA

November 25, 2020

CINCINNATI -- Drive along Seymour Ave. in the Roselawn section of Cincinnati and you will see Joe Morgan Way. If you make the turn, you will see a legacy of the man the street is named for -- the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy. Without Morgan’s efforts, the facility

Here's how MLB gave back this Thanksgiving

November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving looks and feels different in 2020 -- a year that, for many reasons, we won’t forget. But even under unfortunate circumstances that altered everyday life, one thing about this time of year doesn’t need to change: the holiday spirit that reverberates through communities. People helping people. Reaching out to

Every move of 2020-21 offseason, tracked

November 25, 2020

Every winter, there are dozens upon dozens of interesting player moves, and as we've done in the past (2018-19, 2019-20) we're going to catalog all of them here, in a giant running list. (All of the Major League signings and trades, anyway, from players who have already been Major Leaguers.

The 5 tiers of this offseason's free agents

November 25, 2020

Free agency is upon us, and while the top four or five players will garner most of the Hot Stove headlines, there are dozens of players out there who can make a difference in 2021 and beyond. Below is a list of the top available players and where they rank

Mariners' Lewis helps teen with heart issues

November 24, 2020

SEATTLE -- Mariners Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis wears size 13 cleats. Tycean Martin laces up a size 7 1/2 pair to compete in his youth baseball program in Seattle. But despite the obvious difference, the two have something very much in common. Both are eager to learn what

Pandemic can't stop Cards' holiday giving 

November 25, 2020

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals kicked off the holiday season early to accommodate online donations for their gift drive this year, and Tuesday was the last day to donate to Cardinals Care and organizations around St. Louis benefitting children this winter. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cardinals Care moved the

Boyds thankful for Kingdom Home expansion

Foundation in Uganda saves children from sex trafficking
November 25, 2020

Matthew Boyd was the Tigers’ Opening Day starter four months ago after spending part of the coronavirus shutdown keeping his arm fresh throwing long-toss in local parks. He was the team’s player representative for the MLB Players Association in the clubhouse this season, helping guide them through negotiations to play

'Buckner ball' owner revealed (you know him)

November 25, 2020

NEW YORK -- The most significant baseball in Mets history is returning home to Flushing. In a wide-ranging interview with SNY’s Steve Gelbs that aired on Wednesday, new Mets owner Steve Cohen revealed he owns the ball that Mookie Wilson hit through Bill Buckner’s legs in Game 6 of the

Franco's offseason on pause due to sore arm

November 25, 2020

Top overall prospect Wander Franco has not played for his Dominican Winter League club, Leones del Escogido, since Friday due to a sore right biceps. Escogido announced on Wednesday that Franco would be heading back to the United States to be evaluated by Rays team doctors, but the club is

Anderson donates 205 Thanksgiving turkeys

Third annual Homeplate Turkey Drive especially important in 2020
November 25, 2020

CHICAGO – The third annual Homeplate Turkey Drive organized by White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and his wife, Bria, through their League of Leaders outreach program had a little different feel in 2020 than it did in 2019. “Usually our turkey drive is a huge festival. We had families out,

Braves are getting a vastly different Morton

November 25, 2020

ATLANTA -- While many of his former Braves teammates already ended their respective playing careers, Charlie Morton has returned to Atlanta looking to extend a late-career surge that he admits is hard to explain. “I would try to explain it to people, but I think it would take too long,”

A player was traded for turkey ... then retired

That's one way to get out of grocery shopping
November 25, 2020

As you sit down to your Thanksgiving turkey this year and are about to carve that sucker up, just remember this: You could have dealt a professional ballplayer in exchange for your feast. At least, you could have if this was 1931 and your baseball team was owned by Joe

Nats fight food insecurity this Thanksgiving

November 25, 2020

The Nationals began the holiday season with a week of community initiatives to address food insecurity, a problem faced by an estimated half-million residents of the D.C. area. “This year, the needs of residents in our community are exacerbated by the pandemic and the challenges that people are facing as

1 reason every team should be thankful in '20

November 25, 2020

We had Major League Baseball in 2020, and that’s something we can all be thankful for in a year that was awful on so many levels. There were times it felt like we wouldn’t even have baseball to provide a bit of distraction from the pain and fear. Maybe that’s

Reds get Hoffman, top 30 prospect in trade

November 25, 2020

CINCINNATI -- The Reds completed a trade on Wednesday that sent relief pitcher Robert Stephenson and Minor League outfielder Jameson Hannah to the Rockies for pitcher Jeff Hoffman and Minor League pitcher Case Williams. For the two Major League pitchers in the deal, it appears to be a change-of-scenery move

Back for '21, Rojas motivated by new regime

November 25, 2020

NEW YORK -- Earlier this month, Mets manager Luis Rojas tuned in to the press conference in which owner Steve Cohen and incoming team president Sandy Alderson addressed the media for the first time in their new roles. As Rojas listened to Cohen and Alderson discuss their vision for building

Jeter on Marlins: 'Stick with the plan'

With young core and new GM, Miami makes patience a priority
November 25, 2020

MIAMI -- Reaching the playoffs was a huge step forward for a Marlins organization that finished in last place in the National League East the previous two seasons. The 2020 campaign showed that the directive by ownership to build a sturdy foundation from the Minor League system on up is

Dubón gives back -- and pays it forward

Leading hurricane relief, first Honduran MLBer a giant in his country
November 25, 2020

Mauricio Dubón wears No. 1 on the back of his Giants jersey, a nod to his improbable journey to the Majors. When the 26-year-old infielder/outfielder debuted with the Brewers last year, he became the first player who was born and raised in Honduras to play in the big leagues. Dubón