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Tampa Bay Rays: Wilson Ramos wants to remain beyond 2018

The Tampa Bay Rays gave Wilson Ramos a chance when other teams were backing away. He wants to return the favor and stay beyond 2018. Wilson Ramos appeared set to cash in during free agency after the 2016 campaign. He had posted a career best .307/.354/.496 batting line, hitting 22 homers while making his first […] Tampa Bay Rays: Wilson Ramos wants to remain beyond 2018 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Desmond homers twice as Rockies rally for 9-5 win at Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Ian Desmond, Trevor Story and Colorado starter Chad Bettis each had quite a return to Texas in a record comeback for the Rockies.Playing his first game in Texas since being an All-Star center fielder in his only season for the Rangers, Desmond homered twice. Story had a pair of RBI hits in his first big league game at home and fellow Texas native Bettis overcame a tough first inning as the Rockies won 9-5 in the opener of an interleague series Friday night."Lot of emotion," said Desmond, who went to Colorado in free agency after playing for Texas in 2016. "Good time to...

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Successful season of Red Sox made possible by better-than-expected relievers

SEATTLE — Two years in a row the Red Sox went into the season with a suspect bullpen that looked like it might be in need of some serious upgrades before the trade deadline.And two years in a row this group has done a lot to quiet those concerns.During 2017, the Red Sox traded for Addison Reed, a key piece who fortified the ’pen down the stretch, though he was questionably not pursued in free agency.With no new faces this year, the Red Sox already have lost Carson Smith to season-ending surgery and have yet to get Tyler Thornburg back from surgery he had to treat thoracic outlet...

Fox Sports

Doug Gottlieb unearths the clues LeBron is dropping that point to him leaving Cavs for the Lakers

Joining Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe in studio on First Things First to discuss which team might land King James in free agency, Doug Gottlieb deciphers several critical signs that point to LeBron shipping out of Cleveland to join the Los Angeles Lakers. Do you agree with Doug?

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LaVar Ball on LeBron: 'He's got to win a couple more championships' to be considered better than Jordan

LaVar and LiAngelo Ball join Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe and Joy Taylor in studio to discuss the recent reports that the Los Angeles Lakers are the favorites to land LeBron James in free agency. Hear why LaVar is confident LeBron will join Lonzo in LA.

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Comedy of Errors: Nick Wright debunks Dan Gilbert's claim the Cavs can win a title without LeBron James

With 2018 free agency in full swing, the trade rumor mill is working overtime. Amidst all the fluff and hyperbole surrounding which superstar will go where, the Cleveland Cavaliers' owner Dan Gilbert had the audacity to say that the Cavs can win a title without LeBron James. Joined by Cris Carter and Jenna Wolfe, Nick Wright debunks Gilbert's lofty claim, revealing why it's such a 'laughable' statement.

Reviewing the Brew

Milwaukee Brewers: Are the Blue Jays a possible trade partner?

The Toronto Blue Jays are 14 1/2 games out of the AL East. They also have several key players about to hit free agency. They should look to sell as the calendar inches toward the trade deadline. Could the Milwaukee Brewers look to add to their roster when the Blue Jays sell off? The Milwaukee […] Milwaukee Brewers: Are the Blue Jays a possible trade partner? - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

NorthJersey.com

Dwyane Wade: LeBron James won't make free-agency decision for basketball reasons

LeBrons Cavaliers were just swept in the Finals against Golden State, and speculation about where he may go is now the NBAs biggest story line.        

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Chris Paul may return to LA with LeBron James and Paul George says Chris Broussard

A new super team could be forming in the Western Conference with a massive free agency looming

Pinstripe Alley

New York Yankees vs. Washington Nationals: Series preview

The Nationals come to town for a quick two-game stop. The Yankees and Nationals have unfinished business. Rain prevented these two teams from getting much baseball in earlier in the season, but now they look to square off at Yankee Stadium. Bryce Harper and the Nats will take the Bzronx ahead of his highly anticipated free agency. It will be cool to get a look at home in New York, but even better to walk away with another series win. Game One: CC Sabathia vs. Tanner Roark For a little while, it looked like Sabathia had cratered. For nearly a month he struggled to pitch effectively or...

South Side Sox

Is Jose Abreu untouchable?

The unofficial captain can stay with the rebuild — or be moved by July 30 I’m a member of the large contingency that prefers to see Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu stay on the South Side. Through June 11, Abreu is on a pace for a .295/.365/.520 season, with 26 homers, 64 doubles (which would tie him with George Burns for second all-time in a single season) and 98 RBIs. Abreu is arbitration-eligible after this season, and will be eligible for free agency after the 2019 season. There’s a concern whether his skills will decline by the time the White Sox reach their competitive...

Royals Review

Weekend Rumblings - News for June 9, 2018

Run, Whit, Run! Weekend Rumblings - News for June 9, 2018 Craig Brown at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks at the impact of the Jon Jay trade. The absence of Jay from the top of the order will impact Moustakas more than any other Royal. It shouldn’t hurt his value going forward as one of the more attractive bats on the trade market, but given what we saw transpire over the winter with his free agency, who knows what to believe anymore. So who fills the gap in the short term with Jay departed? The idea the Royals would like to get a look at Paulo Orlando and/or Abraham Almonte is...

Rising Apple

New York Mets and how they missed out on Nelson Cruz

The Mets once went after Nelson Cruz. At the time he cost too much so they didn’t acquire him and now everyone regrets not getting him. It’s true, when Nelson Cruz hit free agency at the end of the 2013 season, the  New York Mets wanted him. But they didn’t want to pay him. He […] New York Mets and how they missed out on Nelson Cruz - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Climbing Tal's Hill

Setting Astros franchise records with Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole is having a start to the 2018 season that has not happened in the history of the Astros. When the Astros traded for Gerrit Cole this offseason, we all knew he would be good. We also believed this was the answer to Dallas Keuchel’s impending departure to free agency after 2018. Instead, Cole has […] Setting Astros franchise records with Gerrit Cole - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Detroit Free Press

Q&A: Kevin Durant talks free agency, report of LeBron James' meeting with Warriors

Kevin Durant talked with USA TODAY Sports and discussed a report that the Warriors could meet with LeBron James in free agency this summer.        

NorthJersey.com

LeBron James' ex-teammate, Chris Bosh, thinks he'll join Rockets this summer

With the Cavaliers down 3-0 in the NBA Finals, the commotion surrounding LeBron James impending free agency is beginning to intensify.        

Federal Baseball

Wilson Ramos returns to Nationals Park as Rays and Nats start two-game set in D.C.

Wilson Ramos will visit Washington, D.C.’s Nationals Park tonight for the first time since 2016 as the Nats and Tampa Bay Rays start a two-game set. Wilson Ramos put together a big season on the way to free agency in 2016. Over the course of 131 games and 523 plate appearances, the then-29-year-old catcher had a .307/.354/.496 line with 25 doubles and 22 home runs, both career highs, in what was a 3.5 fWAR campaign to that point. But he blew out his knee in a September 26th game in Nationals Park, suffering a second devastating injury to his right knee. Ramos injured his knee in 2012,...

DRaysBay

The Rays have the second largest draft pool in 2018

Last year the Tampa Bay Rays held the number four overall pick in the draft and selected LHP/1B Brendan McKay out of the University of Louisiana. Despite not having a selection until number 16 overall the Rays $12,415,600 draft pool (second highest behind the Kansas City Royals) is only $112,500 less than last year. The Rays picked up the 31st pick as compensation for losing Alex Cobb in free agency. The Rays picked up the 32nd pick as compensation for failing to sign their 31st pick in the draft Drew Rasmussen after he failed a physical. Rasmussen ended up needing the second Tommy John...

Over the Monster

Reviewing the Shadow Draft Red Sox

Last year, I tried my hand at drafting for the team. I’m going to do it again this year. First, however, let’s look at how poorly my picks did in their first seasons in professional ball. Ah, the MLB Draft. Along with the trade deadline and free agency, this is where I am happiest. Just like last year (Part 1), I’m doing a Shadow Draft (Part 2) this year. How did my players do in their first seasons of professional baseball? Because I play by skewed rules (since I can’t actually draft for the Red Sox, and am not a genius when it comes to guessing what a player will sign for), I’m...

Twinkie Town

What does the return of Joe Mauer’s concussion symptoms mean for his future?

The Twins’ catcher-turned-first baseman is again battling concussion symptoms as he nears free agency. The Twins were hoping they would be able to activate first baseman Joe Mauer from the disable list sometime this weekend, but it looks like that won’t be happening. Even worse is the reason why: Mauer’s concussion symptoms have returned. We all know the story by now. After years behind the plate, Mauer had a particularly rough day in mid-August of 2013, taking several foul tips off his catcher’s mask. He was placed on the DL with a seemingly innocuous concussion, but it turned out...

Lone Star Ball

Cameron Rupp opts for free agency

Round Rock catcher Cameron Rupp exercised an out clause in his deal and is now a free agent Catcher Cameron Rupp has exercised an out clause in his contract and opted for free agency, per the beat guys. Rupp signed a minor league deal with the Rangers after being released by the Philadelphia Phillies this spring. Rupp, 29, is a Texas native who was drafted out of UT-Austin, and with the Rangers backup catching situation in flux, Texas added him as a potential depth option. He has hit .274/.346/.540 for Round Rock, though it appears concerns about his defense have led the Rangers to not...

Reviewing the Brew

Milwaukee Brewers: What’s the 2012 draft class up to?

The Milwaukee Brewers had three picks in the first 38 selections of the 2012 draft. Where are they all now? After losing Prince Fielder in free agency, the Milwaukee Brewers added a pair of compensation picks for the 2012 draft. They selected 27th, 28th, and 38th. They drafted a high school catcher and a pair […] Milwaukee Brewers: What’s the 2012 draft class up to? - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Baltimore Sun

Schmuck: Orioles' Manny Machado, Nationals' Bryce Harper take different roads to free agency

There obviously will be no talk of a Beltway World Series when the Orioles and Washington Nationals renew their interleague rivalry starting Monday at Camden Yards. There will only be Manny and Bryce. Two of baseball’s brightest young stars are headed for free agency at the end of this season and...

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Boston Red Sox turn the page on disastrous 2014 acquisitions

The Boston Red Sox thought their future was set after their moves in free agency in 2014. Instead, those moves were a disaster. The 2014-15 offseason was an interesting one for the Boston Red Sox. They had signed Rusney Castillo, one of the top Cuban players, in the hopes that he would be a long […] Boston Red Sox turn the page on disastrous 2014 acquisitions - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Federal Baseball

Wire Taps: Nats-Caps bond; Miller called up; Solis’ workload

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of today’s series opener with the Marlins... Today begins the season series between the Nationals and Marlins. If they want to make up some ground in the division, the time is now. Here’s the scoop from South Beach: Reload, Don’t RebuildBryce Harper is on the verge of free-agency. It doesn't really matter: Plenty of teams have lost stars and then still dominated. For instance, the 2012-2017 Washington Nationals. Even with a good start under his belt, Erick Fedde will go back to SyracuseThere's not really a spot for...

Lone Star Ball

Rangers reacquire Michael Roth, release Kevin Jepsen

The Chicago Cubs traded Michael Roth to Texas while Kevin Jepsen refused outright assignment and took free agency Texas Rangers news: After designating Kevin Jepsen for assignment earlier this week, the Rangers have announced that Jepsen has declined the assignment to Round Rock and been granted his release, as is his right. Jepsen, as we wrote when he was DFA’d, was a star at Spring Training camp to earn a spot in the bullpen before a heavy early workload for the relievers ultimately ended up being his undoing. In other news, the Rangers have acquired LHP Michael Roth from the Chicago...

Bless You Boys

Jose Iglesias is turning his season around

It looked grim early on, but the Tigers’ shortstop has been on a roll in May. It is no secret that shortstop José Iglesias is eligible for free agency at the conclusion of the 2018 season. The Tigers signed the 28-year old to a one-year, $6.275 million deal in the off-season, avoiding arbitration in the process. With the Tigers firmly in rebuilding mode, despite sitting just three games out of first place in the abysmal American League Central, Iglesias is among several players that general manager Al Avila was likely hoping would have a bit of trade value as the deadline approaches in...

Twinkie Town

Twins acquire Chris Carter in minor league deal

The first baseman with a little thump, not the former Vikings player. The Twins organization announced Tuesday night that they have acquired first baseman slugger Chris Carter to a minor league purchase trade with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He will report to Triple-A Rochester. Carter — not to be confused with Cris Carter, former Vikings — was the NL home run king back in 2016, smacking 41 dongs that season for the Milwaukee Brewers. That feat garnered him little attention in free agency, but he eventually signed with the Yankees for $3.5 million in 2017. The Yankees released...

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.