6:42 PM EST, Thu January 21, 2021
41 mins ago

Astros rumors: Catcher Jason Castro returning to Houston on 2-year deal

Astros rumors have Jason Castro returning to Houston The latest Houston Astros rumors have the team reuniting with a former All-Star catcher, with Jason Castro reportedly agreeing to a two-year, $7 million deal to rejoin the organization that drafted him in the first round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft. The Astros had a […] Astros rumors: Catcher Jason Castro returning to Houston on 2-year deal - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
2 hours ago

Toronto Blue Jays: The inspirational story of Livan Chaviano

Toronto Blue Jays international signing traveled long road A few days ago Liván Chaviano signed with the Toronto Blue Jays, bringing a happy ending to the young pitcher’s odyssey. The righty left Cuba in 2016 when he was a key figure in Cuba’s Sub-15 World Championship in 2016. During that tournament he posted a record […] Toronto Blue Jays: The inspirational story of Livan Chaviano - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
3 hours ago

Mickey Doolin: The Phillies’ most unlikely “immortal”

Phillies shortstop Mickey Doolin: Obscure all-time leader Major League Baseball career leader Mickey Doolin – now there’s a phrase nearly no one, even those interested in baseball history, has ever heard. Yet, as a result of social media and one of the extremely professional-looking posts on a Facebook group page called “20th Century Baseball/Shock Me,” […] Mickey Doolin: The Phillies’ most unlikely “immortal” - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
5 hours ago

Braves rumors: Is J.T. Realmuto heading to Atlanta?

With George Springer officially off the free-agent board and heading to the Toronto Blue Jays, a lot more attention surrounds the future of J.T. Realmuto. Well, the rumors are swirling, particularly around the latest team to join the conversation: the Atlanta Braves. How seriously should we take these latest Braves rumors? Robert Murray, an MLB […] Braves rumors: Is J.T. Realmuto heading to Atlanta? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
6 hours ago

First base: Pujols, and then who?

MLB Network continues dive into best of expansion era Was Albert Pujols a better first baseman than Miguel Cabrera, Willie McCovey or Frank Thomas MLB Network personalities Brian Kenny and Bob Costas agreed on Pujols’ superiority during the fourth installment of the network’s Top 10 Right Now Wednesday. That episode included a segment on post-1969 […] First base: Pujols, and then who? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
8 hours ago

Colorado Rockies sign two Cubans to open international signing period

Colorado Rockies sign pair of 16-year-old prospects The international free agency period started Jan. 15 and the Colorado Rockies wasted no time in signing two Cuban prospects with plenty of potential. The two young players are shortstop Andy Pérez and righthander Darién Morejón. Morejón, who signed for a bonus of $150,000, is 16 years of […] Colorado Rockies sign two Cubans to open international signing period - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
11 hours ago

Cincinnati Reds: Is Trevor Bauer worthy of number one money?

The 2021 MLB season is just a few months away from kicking off and reigning NL CY Young winner, Trevor Bauer, remains without a team and his sights firmly set on a top dollar contract. Bauer, as we all know by now, has long been an outspoken force in the sport of baseball, and sports […] Cincinnati Reds: Is Trevor Bauer worthy of number one money? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
12 hours ago

Phillies just waiting until Odubel Herrera is gone

At one point, Odubel Herrera was going to be a part of the Philadelphia Phillies’ future. A former Rule V Draft pick, Herrera had turned into a solid all around player, earning a five year extension with two team options for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. While he may not be a star, he was […] Phillies just waiting until Odubel Herrera is gone - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
21 hours ago

MN Twins rumors: Pending physical, J.A. Happ headed to Twins

Minnesota Twins rumors: Club adds veteran lefty to rotation The Minnesota Twins rumors lit up on Wednesday, with reports the team is signing veteran left-hander J.A. Happ to a one-year deal. According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, Happ’s agreement is pending a physical. Left-hander J.A. Happ and the Minnesota Twins are in agreement on a […] MN Twins rumors: Pending physical, J.A. Happ headed to Twins - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
23 hours ago

Kansas City Royals putting the band back together

The Kansas City Royals have been building towards the future by looking to the past. Greg Holland is back, signed to another one year deal. Ervin Santana signed a minor league deal, and will either serve as depth at AAA or could emerge as the fifth starter or swingman. Mike Minor returned on a two […] Kansas City Royals putting the band back together - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jan 20, 2021

Dodgers rumors: Justin Turner and Marcus Semien too?

Dodgers rumors: Champs to re-sign Justin Turner, add Marcus Semien? It has not been a particularly busy offseason for the defending World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, unless you count re-signing setup man Blake Treinan and acquiring former All-Star closer Corey Knebel, who has pitched 13.1 innings over the last two seasons, in a trade. But […] Dodgers rumors: Justin Turner and Marcus Semien too? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jan 20, 2021

Astros rumors: Michael Brantley returning on 2-year deal

Astros rumors: Michael Brantley slides back home, according to reports After reports earlier Wednesday indicating Michael Brantley had a deal in place to join the Toronto Blue Jays, reports that were later quashed, multiple sources have Houston Astros rumors reporting Brantley has agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal to remain with the Astros. Free-agent […] Astros rumors: Michael Brantley returning on 2-year deal - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jan 20, 2021

Los Angeles Angels: Jose Quintana signing is fine, but far from enough

The Los Angeles Angels have finally signed a starting pitcher, bringing in Jose Quintana on a one-year deal. We’re less than a month away from teams reporting to spring training, but the Los Angeles Angels have finally signed a starting pitcher to help bolster their rotation, a unit that took a step forward in 2020, […] Los Angeles Angels: Jose Quintana signing is fine, but far from enough - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jan 20, 2021

Blue Jays rumors: Michael Brantley joining George Springer

Blue Jays rumors: Michael Brantley reportedly agrees to deal After a quiet start to the offseason, Blue Jays rumors are springing (Springer-ing?) up all over the plate, with the latest reports having four-time All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley agreeing to terms with the Toronto Blue Jays, joining former Houston Astros teammate George Springer, who reportedly agreed […] Blue Jays rumors: Michael Brantley joining George Springer - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jan 20, 2021

Rating Barry Bonds as an expansion-era left fielder

Unless you penalize him for steroid use, there’s no debate about who’s the most valuable left fielder of the Expansion Era. Barry Bonds is the obvious runaway choice. MLB Network personalities Brian Kenny and Bob Costas split on that premise during the fourth installment of the network’s Top 10 Right Now Tuesday. That episode included […] Rating Barry Bonds as an expansion-era left fielder - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More