7:56 AM EDT, Fri September 21, 2018
AZ Snake Pit

Now is the off-day of our discontent: Arizona Diamondbacks free agents 2018-19

A lot of familiar names will be hitting the market this winter. Seeing there’s no game today, to generate some discussion I thought we could start talking about the players the D-backs will be losing to free agency this winter. We’re certain to be talking a LOT more about this once the season is over - the high-profile names merit their own individual posts - but there’s no need to wait until then to begin the discussion. Arizona will be losing some high-profile names, including two of the top ten players according to MLBTR, in what is one of the most stacked free-agent classes in...

KC Kingdom

Kansas City Royals will look different next season

Trades, free agency and development will greatly alter the opening day lineup of the 2019 Kansas City Royals lineup. The 2018 season was expected to be somewhat tough for the Kansas City Royals. The season quickly descended into a version reminiscent of the pre-Dayton Moore era Royals and left many fans (myself included) questioning the […] Kansas City Royals will look different next season - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

Call to the Pen

Baltimore Orioles: Five potential landing spots for Adam Jones in 2019

As Baltimore Orioles CF Adam Jones gets ready to enter free agency, one has to wonder where he will end up signing. Here are a few potential landing spots. It’s safe to say 2018 has been a tumultuous year for the Baltimore Orioles. After making the playoffs in 2012, 2014, and 2016, the O’s were […] Baltimore Orioles: Five potential landing spots for Adam Jones in 2019 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Plain Dealer

Cleveland Indians old guard prepares for what may be their last postseason together

This postseason could be the last go-around for several Indians' veterans who are on the verge of free agency.

New York Post

Zack Wheeler forcing Mets into decision they never saw coming

PHILADELPHIA — Jacob deGrom is hardly the only pitcher in the Mets rotation whose long-term future could soon become a subject of debate within the organization. Of more immediacy is Zack Wheeler, headed into his last year of club control before potentially hitting free agency following the 2019 season. Staff ace deGrom isn’t eligible for...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Pitching may be the sole focus this offseason

The Blue Jays should have plenty of depth in their lineup next year without having to add in free agency. Their pitching staff is a much different situation, however. The more I think about the offseason ahead for the Toronto Blue Jays, the more I’m accepting that it’s probably going to be a boring one […] Blue Jays: Pitching may be the sole focus this offseason - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Diamondbacks pitcher Clay Buchholz confident he can overcome yet another injury

Buchholz will enter free agency coming off another injury, but he said he’s trying to keep a positive frame of mind.         

Blog Red Machine

Cincinnati Reds: No debate, Jose Peraza is the shortstop of the future

The Cincinnati Reds have been searching for a shortstop to man the infield at Great American Ball Park since Barry Larkin retired. They may have finally found it in Jose Peraza. Zack Cozart spent the last seven years manning the shortstop position for the Cincinnati Reds. He moved on via free agency over the offseason […] Cincinnati Reds: No debate, Jose Peraza is the shortstop of the future - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - A Cincinnati Reds Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bless You Boys

Jose Iglesias time in Detroit appears to be over

This is probably the end for the long-time Tigers shortstop. Probably. Over the past two seasons, the Detroit Tigers and their fans have gotten a crash course in saying goodbye to players. Yet somehow, the potential end of Jose Iglesias’ time at shortstop still feels like it snuck up on us. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Friday, making room for Pete Kozma. The decision effectively ends what was shaping up to be the best season of his career as he heads into free agency. The lingering question now, is whether the 28-year-old defensive wizard has played his last game in a...

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies could sign both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in free agency

Can the Phillies sign two of the best free agents in recent memory this offseason? Phillies fans have been tied to the hips of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, arguably two of the best young stars in baseball. With both due to become free agents this offseason, excitement is building up around the fanbase with […] Phillies could sign both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in free agency - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


"It's quite possible" Phillies could sign Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

It's been speculated for a while that the Phillies would land either Manny Machado or Bryce Harper this offseason in free agency, but could they actually land both?

Reviewing the Brew

Milwaukee Brewers: Do they have pending free agents?

The Milwaukee Brewers have five players who will become free agents at the end of the 2018 season. Should the team look to re-sign anyone? Erik Kratz, Dan Jennings, Gio Gonzalez, Wade Miley, and Curtis Granderson will hit free agency after the final outs of the 2018 World Series are recorded. Will any of them […] Milwaukee Brewers: Do they have pending free agents? - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Will Elvis Andrus remain a Texas Ranger in 2019? Here's why it appears likely, but not certain

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Elvis Andrus still isn’t sure what the future holds for Adrian Beltre but he’s got ideas about his own.And it appears to include the Rangers for at least one more season.Andrus gave indications Monday that he did not intend to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract after this season that would allow him to test free agency. After a few seconds, he also walked back his comments slightly, leaving open the possibility that his agent Scott Boras could present a scenario in which the free market was enticing.“For sure, I’m coming back,” Andrus said. “Where do you...

Call to the Pen

Colorado Rockies: D.J. Lemahieu, Brendan Rodgers and Free Agency

How will the Colorado Rockies fill second base in 2019 with D.J. Lemahieu set to hit free agency? Could Brendan Rodgers be a factor? Early Saturday, Jon Heyman reported that the second baseman for the Colorado Rockies, D.J. Lemahieu, has hired Wasserman Media Group to be his new representation. This news may seem insignificant at […] Colorado Rockies: D.J. Lemahieu, Brendan Rodgers and Free Agency - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Xander Bogaerts plays up to competition

Subtitle: Streak continues with 4-for-4 nightXander Bogaerts has a knack for playing well against good teams.Alex Cora thinks he’s setting himself up nicely for free agency after the 2019 season.The 25-year-old shortstop homered in the first two games of the Red Sox’ series with the Houston Astros, then drove in Mookie Betts for a first-inning run to start the scoring in last night’s game. He finished 4-for-4 in the 6-5 walkoff winBogaerts entered last night’s game with a .285 average, 41 doubles, 21 homers and 92 RBI on the season. Another home run would give him a new career...

The Denver Post

Enjoy it while you can, Rockies fans: This is likely DJ LeMahieu’s LoDo swan song

With young infielding talents waiting in the wings, Arenado's impending free agency and the club's heavy fiscal investment elsewhere already, the next time LeMahieu plays at Coors Field after this season, he could be wearing a different uniform.

Pinstripe Alley

How the Yankees fit in baseball’s coming labor strife

New York is a microcosm of all things the MLBPA will stand against If you weren’t looking for it, you might have missed it. But rest assured, Bruce Meyer’s hiring last week as chief negotiator for the Major League Baseball Players Association may be the most consequential decision the players’ union has made since signing the 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Meyer is uniquely qualified to run a collective bargaining group, as his resume includes working for the NHLPA during hockey’s 2016 lockout, and before that he was instrumental in reshaping free agency in both the NBA and...

Fish Stripes

Pirates 5, Marlins 1; Iván Nova outshines Road Chen in sloppy, slippery Saturday matinee

And with that, the Marlins have lost more games (86) than they did all of last season (85). The Pirates have to be somewhat underwhelmed with Iván Nova, who re-signed with them in free agency a couple years ago to lead their starting rotation. Perhaps they’d feel differently if he faced the Marlins on a more consistent basis. On Saturday, Nova silenced them for six innings as Pittsburgh cruised to a 5-1 win. Wei-Yin Chen: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K (86 pitches) Iván Nova: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K (90 pitches) Nova racked up nine strikeouts, tying a season high. He had nine in a...

Bluebird Banter

GameThread Game #141: Cleveland at Blue Jays

Mark Shapiro met with the press today and had a bunch to say on Vlad, the Mets, payroll, and Dunedin renovations. Tom covered most of it here, but you can find the rest here and here. He also crushed our very real dreams on landing Bryce Harper: Hardly a shock, but worth noting that Shapiro says #BlueJays will not pursue Bryce Harper or Manny Machado in free agency this winter https://t.co/QcOcUSPQEs— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) September 7, 2018 Here are tonight’s lineups. New fan favourite Rowdy Tellez gets another start, batting fifth. Luke Maile wins the catcher...

Cubbies Crib

Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester has cruised in his previous four outings

Chicago inked themselves a World Series veteran when they nabbed a southpaw in free agency. Even now, he remains an important piece to this starting rotation. It’s safe to say that Jon Lester proved his worth to the Chicago Cubs. Sure, he has experienced some turbulence but has always bounced back with a jaw-dropping performance. Leading […] Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester has cruised in his previous four outings - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Mercury News

Giants must make difficult offseason decisions before free agency heats up

The Giants will have to juggle the back end of their roster this offseason before determining how they want to shake up the front end of it.

Rising Apple

Mets need to move on from Jerry Blevins despite interest in returning

Jerry Blevins would like to return to the New York Mets next season. The Mets need to avoid sentimentality and let him walk in free agency. Lefty Jerry Blevins expressed an interest in returning to the New York Mets in 2019. The veteran reliever had a rough 2018 campaign, before settling in with a nice […] Mets need to move on from Jerry Blevins despite interest in returning - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Federal Baseball

Wire Taps: Nationals trade Gio Gonzalez to Brewers; Ryan Madson to LA + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the second of three with the Brewers in D.C. A game under .500 again, with two more veterans headed for free agency traded away in return for minor leaguers you probably never heard of until their names were announced. Another day for the 2018 Nationals. Read all about it before tonight’s game... NATS BEAT: As soon-to-be-traded Gonzalez watches, Nats fall to Brewers - (MASN)”Gio Gonzalez spent the majority of it watching from the dugout, chatting and smiling with teammates like it was any other game...” Fighting tears, Gonzalez...


Giants’ Brian Sabean on trade of Andrew McCutchen

Brian Sabean is a fan of Andrew McCutchen, the right fielder who was traded from the Giants to the Yankees on Friday. “We liked what we saw of Cutch, on and off the field,” said Sabean, the Giants’ executive vice president of baseball operations. “It was a great honor to have him. He was a pleasure to be around, a breath of fresh air. He was as advertised.” With the Giants falling from contention and McCutchen eligible for free agency after the season, Sabean and Co. traded him for two prospects infielder Abiatal Avelino and pitcher Juan DePaula. The Giants filled McCutchen’s...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Player competitiveness and the Arizona Fall League

The Cubs selections to the AFL will be announced soon. Baseball players are quite competitive. To an extent, they have to be, to fight through the lousy wages in the minor leagues with the glimmer of a hope of the 40-man roster. As success kicks in, the premise of “betting on yourself” doesn’t go away. Jeff Samardzija (trade) and Jake Arrieta (free agency) left the Cubs after having the opportunity to sign extensions. However, in rare instances, the “betting on yourself” nature can be used by the organization to upgrade themselves in the wager. Shortly after Theo Epstein went...

Bless You Boys

Tigers place Jose Iglesias on 10-day DL

Iglesias had an MRI for a lower abdominal strain he suffered on Wednesday afternoon. The Detroit Tigers placed Jose Iglesias on the 10-day disabled list for a lower abdominal strain, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. Iglesias suffered the injury in Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Kansas City Royals. The club recalled infielder Dawel Lugo from Triple-A Toledo to take Iglesias’ place on the active roster. Iglesias has produced something of a bounce-back 2018 season, his last before free agency. He is hitting .269/.310/.389 on the year, good enough for an 89 OPS+ in 464...

Royals Review

Royals trade Lucas Duda to the Braves for cash considerations

Money can be used to buy goods and services. The Royals have traded first baseman Lucas Duda to the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations. He provides the first-place Braves with a veteran bench bat and a backup first baseman behind Freddie Freeman. Duda was hitting .242/.311/.415 with 13 home runs in 85 games going into today’s afternoon contest against the Tigers. The 32-year old Duda originally signed a one-year deal with the Royals before this season, paying him $3.5 million. He is eligible for free agency at the end of the season, and with the emergence of Ryan O’Hearn, Duda was...

Call to the Pen

Detroit Tigers: Who will play shortstop in 2019?

Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias will be eligible for free agency at the end of the season. Do the Tigers have a viable replacement for him? At the end of last month, it came as somewhat of a surprise that Detroit Tigers longtime shortstop Jose Iglesias was not traded at the non-waiver trade deadline. Iglesias […] Detroit Tigers: Who will play shortstop in 2019? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Sports Explained: How do MLB players become free agents?

Reaching MLB free agency is all about service time, but how it’s added up isn’t so simple — especially for Super 2s like Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson. Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith explains. -------------------------------------------

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.