6:33 AM EDT, Fri October 20, 2017
Red Reporter

On trusting Brandon Finnegan and Anthony DeSclafani

Can the Reds do just that? Devin Mesoraco will make over $13 million bucks during the 2018 season while also likely sitting on the bench for the majority of games. Adam Duvall, Jesse Winker, and Scott Schebler are three human beings who play corner outfield positions, of which there are only two in everyday lineups. Zack Cozart had a monster 5 WAR season, but is going to cost a pretty penny to keep around thanks to free agency. Oh, and mashing superprospect Nick Senzel is on the cusp of the big leagues with 2017 breakout performers Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett now blocking him at his...

MASN Sports

Flaherty on free agency: "I have a lot of loyalty to this team" - School of Roch

If anyone needs further proof that time passes quickly, consider that Orioles utility infielder Ryan Flaherty is entering free agency. The same Ryan Flaherty who joined the Orioles as a Rule 5 pick at the 2011 Winter Meetings in Dallas....

Tampa Tribune

Alex Cobb bracing for his final day in a Rays uniform

ST. PETERSBURG - Alex Cobb vividly recalls the day five years ago when B.J. Upton came off the field in his final game for the Rays before heading to free agency, to a thunderous ovation and a flood of tears."I was sitting right here on the bench," Cobb said. "I remember how emotional he was.

Chicago Sun-Times

Jake Arrieta seeks clincher, soaks in personal countdown with Cubs

After a four-year run with the Cubs that neither Greg Maddux nor Rick Sutcliffe can match, Arrieta wants another title before free agency calls.

MASN Sports

Orioles down 1-0 after one pitch (plus more pregame notes) - School of Roch

Shortstop J.J. Hardy embraced teammates Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop in right field while warming up before today's final home game of the 2017 season. Likely the last for Hardy in an Orioles uniform as free agency approaches. It's an...

Washington Times

Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart gets $16M, 4-year contract

CINCINNATI (AP) - Catcher Tucker Barnhart and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to a $16 million, four-year contract that covers his salary arbitration years and the first season after he would have been eligible for free agency. He receives a $1.75 million signing bonus and salaries of $4 million next year, ...

Larry Brown Sports

Report: Orioles not planning to shop Manny Machado this offseason

The Baltimore Orioles are not panicking ahead of Manny Machado’s impending free agency in a little over a year. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported on Thursday that the Orioles do not plan to shop the All-Star third baseman this offseason. However, the team and owner Peter Angelos are undecided if they will make another...Read More

Red Reporter

The Cincinnati Reds and Free Agency - A preview of the 2017-18 offseason

Spoiler: They probably won't do anything. On October 1, the 2017 regular season will end.  A couple days after that, as per the norm, the postseason will commence.  By Halloween (or so) a team not from Cincinnati will be crowned as the new or repeating champions.  And roughly a week or so after that, any player with free agent status will be eligible to be wined, dined, and signed by one of the 30 MLB teams in a frenzy of activity that usually peaks in mid-December. This year, teams will have the luxury of competing for such players as Yu Darvish, JD Martinez, and Jake Arrieta. Here's a...

San Diego Union-Tribune

Padres extend Clayton Richard through 2019

The Padres on Wednesday announced a two-year contract extension for left-hander Clayton Richard. Richard, 34, had been due for free agency after signing a one-year, $1.75 million deal last December. In his first full season as a starter since 2012, he has a 4.82 ERA over a team-leading 185 innings....

Bautista’s candid sit down interview with Hazel Mae

Jose Bautista sits down with Hazel Mae to talk about the free agency process, fan support and how age effects how he prepares going into a new season.

Mets Hot Stove: Where do the New York Mets stand in 2017?

On SNY's Mets Hot Stove, Andy Martino, Josh Satin, and Gary Apple discuss the current state of the New York Mets roster so far through the free agency and the offseason.

Blue Jays "absolutely could" land big bullpen arm in this market

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins says they're not as aggressively pursuing some of the big bullpen arms via free agency or trade, but are certainly open to it.