8:53 AM EST, Wed November 21, 2018
1 hour ago

Houston Astros choose Forrest Whitley over James Paxton

Houston Astros fans might protest against the front office’s most recent decision. Throughout the season, they may ask whether keeping Forrest Whitley instead of gaining James Paxton was worth it. The Houston Astros had an opportunity to acquire one of the best starting pitchers in the league. But instead, the front office placed its trust […] Houston Astros choose Forrest Whitley over James Paxton - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
2 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Jim Hickey steps down as pitching coach

Chicago Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey has, per an official team release, stepped down from his position due to personal matters. According to an official team release (via Sahadev Sharma of the Athletic Chicago), Chicago Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey has stepped down due to personal reasons. The release also notes that the club will […] Chicago Cubs: Jim Hickey steps down as pitching coach - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
13 hours ago

Detroit Tigers scouting report on Isaac Paredes

Acquired from the Chicago Cubs, the Detroit Tigers infield prospect has found his way all the way to AA at just 19. With each of our top 10 prospect lists this offseason, we will have a scouting report on one player from that organization’s top 10 list. With our recent review of the Detroit Tigers, […] Detroit Tigers scouting report on Isaac Paredes - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
17 hours ago

Yankees James Paxton: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

On Monday the Hot Stove went into full swing with the New York Yankees landing James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners for prospects. With teams like the Cleveland Indians announcing that top flight players are available to be traded, the Mariners dealing James Paxton to the Yankees for three prospects looks to be the first […] Yankees James Paxton: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
19 hours ago

Adrian Beltre Retires: “It’s been one hell of a ride.”

On Monday, future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre officially announced that he will retire from baseball via twitter. With Adrian Beltre deciding to retire from baseball on Monday, baseball loses one of its best players. Beltre announced the decision in a statement via Twitter: #ThankYouAB pic.twitter.com/wZO9K18yVJ — #ThankYouAB (@Rangers) November 20, 2018 In 21 big league […] Adrian Beltre Retires: “It’s been one hell of a ride.” - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
20 hours ago

Phillies: Trade reasoning below the surface

During the offseason, some Phillies fans and writers like to speculate about the moves in the works by general manager Matt Klentak, but their inch-deep evaluation colors their analysis.   Other realities:        The Philadelphia Phillies faithful exhibit the same characteristics of most baseball fans. Basically, they influence their own conclusions by their […] Phillies: Trade reasoning below the surface - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
21 hours ago

MLB Hot Stove News and Notes – Nov. 19, 2018

Miscellaneous MLB hot stove news and notes from November 19th, 2018, including full details on Steve Pearce’s contract and some rumblings on the Red Sox and Astros. Breakdown of Steve Pearce’s New Deal According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, Steve Pearce will earn $6.25 million guaranteed in his new one-year deal with the Red Sox […] MLB Hot Stove News and Notes – Nov. 19, 2018 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
22 hours ago

MLB Hot Stove: Who Should Teams Sign As 2-hole Hitters?

Pitching strategy innovations have influenced MLB Hot Stove recently, but batting order consideration has also impacted the game over the past 25 years. Baseball analytics and sabermetrics have influenced free agency and player contracts. The Cleveland Indians turned heads with a great bullpen and World Series run in 2016. Andrew Miller became the face of […] MLB Hot Stove: Who Should Teams Sign As 2-hole Hitters? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Nov 20, 2018

Cleveland Indians finally acquire Chih-Wei Hu from Tampa Bay Rays

After speculation of such a trade was shot down, the Cleveland Indians have acquired Chih-Wei Hu from the Tampa Bay Rays for infielder Gionti Turner. Over the weekend, there were reports that the Tampa Bay Rays had traded pitcher Chih-Wei Hu to the Cleveland Indians. Hu’s agent had tweeted out the trade, which was quickly […] Cleveland Indians finally acquire Chih-Wei Hu from Tampa Bay Rays - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Nov 19, 2018

New York Yankees acquire James Paxton for Sheffield and two other prospects

The New York Yankees add James Paxton to the top of their rotation for a package of three prospects including Justus Sheffield The New York Yankees quest to upgrade their starting rotation in 2019 took a step forward, just a few days before Thanksgiving. After keeping CC Sabathia for next season, they added another left-handed […] New York Yankees acquire James Paxton for Sheffield and two other prospects - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Nov 19, 2018

Red Sox Mookie Betts joins elite group of Two-Sport Athletes

This is a true story. In November of 2017, Mookie Betts played in the World Series of Bowling qualifying rounds. 11-months later, Betts carried the MLB World Series trophy out of Chavez Ravine for the Red Sox. Yes, you read that correctly. Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts did in fact compete in the World Series […] Red Sox Mookie Betts joins elite group of Two-Sport Athletes - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Nov 19, 2018

Washington Nationals: Could a Wilson Ramos reunion be in the works?

The Washington Nationals reportedly signed Kurt Suzuki on Monday afternoon. Could this be a precursor to a Wilson Ramos reunion? Since losing Wilson Ramos after the 2016 season, the Washington Nationals have received very little production from their catching corps. Matt Wieters was signed to replace Ramos, but had an underwhelming two-year tenure in Washington. Now, […] Washington Nationals: Could a Wilson Ramos reunion be in the works? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Nov 19, 2018

MLB free agency: 2019/2020 FAs that should be moved

The 2019-2020 class in MLB free agency could be as impressive as this year’s class. Let’s look at some suggestions for which teams should reduce their potential 2019-20 free agent liability With the approach of the winter meetings, attention is quite logically focused on developments in the MLB free agency market. Stars of the caliber […] MLB free agency: 2019/2020 FAs that should be moved - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Nov 19, 2018

Washington Nationals: Nationals Reportedly Sign Kurt Suzuki

The Washington Nationals reportedly signed Kurt Suzuki to a two-year deal. Suzuki will likely serve as the club’s backup catcher in 2019. The Washington Nationals are continuing to be active in the early stages of the offseason. Early Monday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported that Kurt Suzuki, a free agent catcher, has signed a two-year deal […] Washington Nationals: Nationals Reportedly Sign Kurt Suzuki - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Nov 19, 2018

Detroit Tigers top 10 prospects for 2019

The Detroit Tigers are finally in the midst of a long-needed rebuild. Is the talent beginning to filter toward the major league level already? We are in our third offseason at Call to the Pen of putting together top 10 prospect lists for every organization in baseball. Today’s list is the Detroit Tigers. The Process […] Detroit Tigers top 10 prospects for 2019 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More