11:04 AM EST, Thu December 08, 2016

After acquiring Wade Davis, Cubs' offseason plan comes further into focus

After acquiring Wade Davis, Cubs' offseason plan comes further into focus
Amazin Avenue 1 hour ago
Let’s find the Mets a relief pitcher, Part 1: High-strikeout guys

Let’s find the Mets a relief pitcher, Part 1: High-strikeout guys

The Mets are reportedly not interested in top-tier relief pitching. Here are some not-top-tier free agents. If you root for the Mets, you’d probably like to hear that the team is willing to spend unlimited amounts of money on player payroll, especially after the several-year span—in the 2010s—that saw the team’s payroll dip below $100 million. That’s not likely to be the case anytime soon, though, and general manager Sandy Alderson said on Wednesday that he expects the team’s 2017 Opening Day payroll to be lower than it is today. If the Mets merely trade away Jay Bruce, that...
Kansas City Star 18 hours ago

Royals GM Dayton Moore discusses Wade Davis trade

The Royals acquired outfielder Jorge Soler from the Cubs in exchange for closer Wade Davis. Royals GM Dayton Moore and Cubs GM Jed Hoyer addressed the deal on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings. …
Viva El Birdos 2 hours ago
Keeping Kolten Wong is the correct decision

Keeping Kolten Wong is the correct decision

Though Wong provides value in a trade for an outfielder, the Cardinals should retain (and subsequently play) the 26-year-old second baseman. The St. Louis Cardinals need an outfielder. In fact, considering Jose Martinez is currently listed as a backup option at all three outfield positions, the Cardinals realistically need two outfielders. If zero moves are made during the offseason (this won’t happen), Tommy Pham will be the starting left fielder on opening night against the Chicago Cubs, alongside Randal Grichuk in center. Given Pham’s persisting health issues and his seemingly being...
Northwest Herald 9 hours ago

Washington Nationals get CF Eaton from Chicago White Sox for 3 young pitchers

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Washington Nationals did make a deal with the Chicago White Sox during their hometown winter meetings, after all, only it was for center fielder Adam Eaton, not lefty Chris Sale.
Padres Public 12 hours ago

Guessing San Diego’s Rule 5 Selections

Rumor has it the Padres are expected to be busy in baseball’s Rule 5 draft, set to go down tomorrow morning at the Winter Meetings. Last year the Padres took four players in the Rule 5, and two of them ultimately stuck in outfielder Jabari Blash (later acquired via trade) and righty starter Luis Perdomo. So, in the spirit of wild-ass-guessing, who might the Padres grab this year? Jairo Beras, OF, Texas Rangers Berras is here for one reason. He was the dude involved in an age-related kerfuffle back when he signed with Texas in 2012, and A.J Preller was heavily involved in both scouting ...

GM says McCutchen will likely remain with team for 2017

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Pirates left the Winter Meetings with Andrew McCutchen still on the roster. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Thursday the ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 15 hours ago

McCutchen remains a Pirate for now as Nationals acquire OF Eaton

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Baseball is a healthy, $10 billion industry. The Pirates, who boast of on-field success, record attendance and growing revenues, have been ...
Baltimore Sun 17 hours ago

Faces of the winter meetings: Matt Klentak

Philadelphia Phillies general manager Matt Klentak should be familiar to Orioles fans. He worked closely with Andy MacPhail to rebuild a long-struggling Orioles franchise before heading west to serve as assistant general manager under then-Los Angeles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto.
Denver Post 23 hours ago
Ian Desmond agrees to five-year deal with Rockies

Ian Desmond agrees to five-year deal with Rockies

The Rockies have come to a contract agreement with free agent outfielder/infielder Ian Desmond.
Orange County Register 14 hours ago
Dodgers waiting as Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen delay the market for closers

Dodgers waiting as Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen delay the market for closers

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – While Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman ponder, the Dodgers – and several other teams – are stuck in limbo. As Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi detailed an uneventful third day of the winter meetings on Wednesday, he...
San Francisco Chronicle 13 hours ago
Giants maxing out on payroll, relying heavily on Matt Cain

Giants maxing out on payroll, relying heavily on Matt Cain

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The Mark Melancon signing pretty much ended any Giants talk of adding another player with a big contract. The only way the Giants could take on that type of player - J.D. Martinez, anybody? - is by moving a player with a similar salary, general manager Bobby Evans said at the winter meetings on Wednesday. “We just don’t have that kind of tradeable contracts,” said Evans, suggesting the Giants’ payroll is close to maxing out. The Giants have 11 big-money players signed to multiyear deals, all but one with secure jobs in 2017. Approaching the end of his...

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SportsNet New York 1 hour ago

Winter Meetings recap, and what's next for Sandy Alderson's offseason

It was a newsless week for the Mets, as it was for most teams at the Winter Meetings, but it certainly wasn't quiet...
Cincinnati.com 1 hour ago
Reds nab 2 catchers in Rule 5 draft

Reds nab 2 catchers in Rule 5 draft

The Reds selected two catchers in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft at the Winter Meetings and didn’t lose any players in the major-league portion of the draft.         

Pirates take left-handed reliever in Rule 5 draft

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Pirates on Thursday selected left-handed reliever Tyler Webb in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft. Webb, 26, ...
SportsNet New York 2 hours ago

Alderson is confident he laid groundwork during Winter Meetings

Sandy Alderson said he is confident the Mets laid groundwork that will continue through the winter.
MASN Sports 2 hours ago

Abreu and Johansen head list of Nats prospects eligible in Rule 5 draft - Byron Kerr

Abreu and Johansen head list of Nationals prospects eligible in Rule 5 draft

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  • 13 Wade Davis

    Wade Davis

    After acquiring Wade Davis, Cubs' offseason plan comes further into focus

  • 9 Adam Eaton

    Adam Eaton

    Did the Nationals overpay for Adam Eaton?

  • 3 Zack Wheeler

    Zack Wheeler

    Mets Morning News: Rumor mill still churning, Nationals complete pricey trade

  • 3 Jay Bruce

    Jay Bruce

    Let’s find the Mets a relief pitcher, Part 1: High-strikeout guys

  • 3 Andrew McCutchen

    Andrew McCutchen

    GM says McCutchen will likely remain with team for 2017

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