Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon
news

MLB News

Every team's Winter Meetings wish list

@paul_casella
December 6, 2019

Major League Baseball's annual Winter Meetings are set to begin on Monday in San Diego, meaning the Hot Stove could be on the verge of heating up to another level. Some teams have already made significant splashes -- like the White Sox signing Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million

Padres get Pham from Rays for Renfroe

Each team also deals a Minor League prospect, plus a PTBNL to TB
@AJCassavell
December 6, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Padres general manager A.J. Preller said he wanted to give his offense a jolt this winter. He wasn't messing around. The Padres and Rays swapped outfielders in a five-player trade that was finalized Friday evening. Tampa Bay sent Tommy Pham and Minor League infielder/pitcher Jake Cronenworth to

Yankees prepared to offer Cole a record deal

December 6, 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

Rumors: Bryant, Rendon, Lindor, Dodgers, Betts

December 6, 2019

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

This player could shake up the trade market

@AndrewSimonMLB
December 6, 2019

The Winter Meetings begin on Monday in San Diego, and that means the trade rumors will be flying. One player who may not be among the most likely trade candidates is Royals infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield. That’s not for lack of interest, but because the Royals seem reluctant to part with

7 teams to watch at the Winter Meetings

@RichardJustice
December 6, 2019

This offseason seems to redefine itself every two or three days, and that could be true of the Winter Meetings, which begin Monday in San Diego. With so many prominent free agents unsigned and a long list of teams looking to acquire impact talent, there's no reason to think things

Lyles, Rangers agree to 2-year deal (source)

@Sullivan_Ranger
December 6, 2019

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have added another starting pitching candidate by agreeing with right-hander Jordan Lyles on a two-year contract, Major League sources said Friday. The Rangers won't make an official announcement until a physical is completed. Lyles went 12-8 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in a

One of Nats' biggest rivals may be eyeing Rendon

December 6, 2019

After a seven-season tenure with the Nationals that included a 2014 Silver Slugger Award, a 2019 All-Star nod and three top-10 National League MVP finishes (2014, '17 and '19), Anthony Rendon is on the open market for the first time in his career. He is tied to Draft-pick compensation if

Need a backstop? This All-Star may be available

@AndrewSimonMLB
December 6, 2019

Yet another catcher changed teams Thursday, when the Brewers countered the loss of Yasmani Grandal by trading for the Mariners’ Omar Narváez. And news broke Friday morning that the Twins have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent Alex Avila, although the club has not confirmed the deal. With

Multiple NL East clubs have interest in Donaldson

December 6, 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

The biggest Winter Meetings trades of all time

@AJCassavell
12:18 AM EST

The Winter Meetings mark the most unpredictable days on the offseason calendar, and through the decades we've seen the tides of the game shift repeatedly with some massive trades. Here is a look at some of the biggest swaps in Winter Meetings history, featuring a multitude of Hall of Famers

The HOF could get new members this weekend

December 4, 2019

The nine players on the 2020 Modern Baseball Era ballot will have their Hall of Fame fates decided on Sunday, when a 16-member electorate votes on this year's candidates at the Winter Meetings. All nine -- Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker,

This trade could help Red Sox keep Betts

December 6, 2019

With Mookie Betts entering the final year of his contract in 2020, the '18 American League Most Valuable Player Award winner will be the focus of plenty of trade talks this offseason. Below is a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the 27-year-old outfielder.

Analyzing Pham, Kendrick, Pineda, Avila deals

@mike_petriello
December 6, 2019

When you think of the offseason, you think of the biggest names and the largest deals -- understandably so -- but there's obviously a lot more that goes into it. As we did last year, we'll keep a running list of each one, with the latest moves at the top.

Mets re-sign reliever Brach, designate Flexen

@AnthonyDiComo
December 6, 2019

NEW YORK -- The Mets’ late-season marriage with Brad Brach worked out well enough for both team and player to opt for a reunion. The parties agreed on Friday to a one-year, $850,000 deal, which includes a $1.25 million player option for 2021. To make room on the 40-man roster,

10 stories this decade that shocked us

@williamfleitch
December 5, 2019

On Jan. 1, 2010, the world looked dramatically different than it looks now, just like it looked dramatically different than it did a decade before. We all think we can predict the future based on current circumstances, but the world changes faster than we can imagine. All predictions ultimately look

Overcoming illness key for Gibson's success

@Sullivan_Ranger
December 6, 2019

ARLINGTON -- Pitching in the Major Leagues is tough enough without having to deal with the misery of E. coli and ulcerative colitis. That’s what right-hander Kyle Gibson had to deal with last season with the Twins after getting hit hard by the condition during an annual missions trip to

Moose ready to 'bring a championship back'

Newly signed second baseman meets fans at Redsfest
@alysonfooter
December 6, 2019

CINCINNATI -- Newly-signed Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas has been through his share of media scrutiny over the course of his career. He was in the national spotlight for several years as part of the Royals' nucleus that won the World Series in 2015, and later, he proved to be

A possible red flag for Bumgarner in free agency

Lefty had 2.93 home ERA in 2019, but 5.29 road ERA
@mike_petriello
December 5, 2019

Madison Bumgarner has spent his entire career pitching for the Giants, and you already know what that resume looks like. There are the three rings, the four All-Star appearances, the legendary postseason moments, and while you're surely thinking about that 2014 Game 7 relief outing, don't forget those eight shutout

Avila going to Twins on 1-year deal (source)

@dohyoungpark
December 6, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins addressed one of their few significant offensive needs for 2020 on Friday morning, when they reportedly agreed to a one-year, $4.25 million deal with catcher Alex Avila, a source confirmed to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The club has not confirmed the signing, which was originally reported by

Cashman gets rappelling pitch to sign Cole

December 6, 2019

Perhaps sharing the hopes of an entire fan base, an opportunistic Yankees supporter didn't waste the chance to send general manager Brian Cashman their top free-agent wish. As Cashman rappelled down a building in Stamford, Conn., as part of the city's annual Heights & Lights celebration on Friday, the GM

Kendrick staying with Nationals (source)

@JamalCollier
December 6, 2019

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals are bringing back one of the most important hitters from their World Series run, reaching an agreement to sign veteran Howie Kendrick to a one-year contract worth $6.25 million, with a mutual option for 2021, a source told to MLB.com on Friday morning. The club has

Stras or Rendon? Nats say they can't have both

December 6, 2019

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

Looking for an OF? Don't sleep on this FA

Well-rounded García an appealing alternative to Castellanos, Ozuna
@mattkellyMLB
December 5, 2019

When it comes to Hot Stove outfielders, Nicholas Castellanos and Marcell Ozuna have dominated the free-agent conversation. Mookie Betts and Starling Marte are the two most discussed trade candidates. But maybe it’s time Avisaíl García got a closer look. First, a simple comparison. Here are the offensive lines for Castellanos,

These catchers could suit Rockies' needs

Colorado searching for someone to pair with Wolters in 2020
@harding_at_mlb
December 6, 2019

DENVER -- The Rockies have been moving carefully and quietly in a catching market that is moving quickly. The Brewers’ acquisition of right-handed-hitting Omar Narváez on Thursday took one of the few potential trade targets off the table. The White Sox committed to speculated-about catcher James McCann when they avoided