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That Balls Outta Here

Phillies free agency rumors: Team expressing interest in Nathan Eovaldi

The Phillies are reportedly interested in signing free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who just won the World Series with the Red Sox. The Phillies are looking for an upgrade in their rotation this offseason, either via trade or free agency. There are several options out there in both categories. One player drawing interest from Philadelphia […] Phillies free agency rumors: Team expressing interest in Nathan Eovaldi - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

SNY TV

If Mets trade Noah Syndergaard, it won't necessarily be for prospects: Report

Syndergaard, 26, is projected to earn $5.9 million via arbitration for 2019, and is eligible for arbitration again in 2020 and 2021 before being eligible for free agency.

Federal Baseball

Wire Taps: Everyone likes Nats & Dallas Keuchel as a match; Bryce Harper 2018 defensive stats “explained” + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you patiently wait for the Hot Stove to heat up... We’re starting to think Bryce Harper took grounders at first base this season just so Scott Boras could talk about it when Harper hit free agency. A lot of folks out there think that it makes sense for Dallas Keuchel to end up in the nation’s capital. Going back to Harper’s 2018 campaign, Scott Boras would like to explain why the defensive numbers looked like they did. Going back to Harper will be a thing for the Nationals until he signs. So just get used to it... NATIONAL(S)...

Federal Baseball

Wire Taps: Nationals’ rumored interest in Patrick Corbin; Bryce Harper chatter; MASN update...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news with updates on the Nats’ search for pitching, Bryce Harper’s free agency, the MASN dispute + more... Will the Nationals turn to Patrick Corbin to fill the rotation void left by Gio Gonzalez’s move to the Brewers and now free agency? Will the Lerners be willing to go to 10/$350-$400 if it ends up being what it takes to bring Bryce Harper back? Are you going to be watching this afternoon’s Arizona Fall League title game, which includes all the Nats’ prospects out in the AFL? Get caught up on the latest Nationals news ... Right...

MLB.com FastCast: Sox re-sign WS MVP Pearce - 11/16/18

The Red Sox re-sign World Series MVP Steve Pearce to a one-year deal, plus the Yankees look to be big players in free agency this offseason About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the Un

Over the Monster

MLB Roundup 11/17: Sonny Gray will probably be traded soon

And the Phillies want to spend A Sonny Gray trade is probably coming soon The Sonny Gray situation is sort of a weird one, not in that he’s going to be traded but rather in how public it’s been. The Yankees traded for Gray in 2017 and he just hasn’t worked out in New York, particularly this past year. He was a disaster for much of 2018, pitching to a 4.90 ERA over 130 innings this past summer. He was legitimately unplayable for stretches this season. That the Yankees want to move on the year before his free agency makes some sense. They’ve been extremely public about it, though,...

That Balls Outta Here

Philadelphia Phillies offseason simulation: Spending money a little bit stupid

The Phillies want to be a little bit stupid in free agency, and we took that to heart Phillies owner John Middleton threw out a comment to USA Today Sports that could potentially haunt the franchise by saying the team could “be a little bit stupid” when it comes to spending money this offseason. It’s […] Philadelphia Phillies offseason simulation: Spending money a little bit stupid - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies willing to be “a little bit stupid” in free agency

Phillies owner John Middleton doubled down on spending big money this offseason, stating the team may even go a little overboard. The Phillies have been expected to go big in free agency this offseason for several years now. The argument can be made that they conducted their entire rebuild around this class, only recently becoming […] Phillies willing to be “a little bit stupid” in free agency - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising Apple

New York Mets Memories: First first agency signings in 1977

Free agency is an opportunity for teams to add players they wouldn’t normally have a chance to employ. Let’s take a look back at what the New York Mets did with the 1977 free agent class. The offseason is underway and the stove is heating up. Depending on who you ask, New York Mets fans […] New York Mets Memories: First first agency signings in 1977 - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Brew Crew Ball

2018-19 MLB Free Agency Preview: Outfielders

Checking out the best players available to patrol the grass. MLB Free Agency has officially begun, and without a top-ranked farm system in place, it’s likely that our Milwaukee Brewers will have to survey the open market if they want to make any truly impactful additions this offseason. The Brewers treated us to their best season in a generation in 2018 and have quite an array of talent under control for next year, but there are still a few spots around the diamond where the team could use an upgrade or additional depth. With close to a projected $110 mil on the books already for 2019,...

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies free agency target profile: Starting pitcher J.A. Happ

The Phillies have expressed an interest in bringing in a left-handed pitcher to the rotation. Could that come via a reunion eight years in the making? Next month many of MLB’s free agents will have a destination in place. The assumption is that at least one of the marquee stars will land on the Phillies. […] Phillies free agency target profile: Starting pitcher J.A. Happ - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Cubbies Crib

Chicago Cubs: Pivoting to free agency in the Mock Winter Meetings

Putting the finishing touches on this week’s FanSided Mock Winter Meetings, our variation of the Chicago Cubs made a couple last-minute free agent signings. Just like that, we’re close to wrapping up another annual FanSided Mock Winter Meetings. For the last time, I’m reminding you all that the moves we’re about to talk about have […] Chicago Cubs: Pivoting to free agency in the Mock Winter Meetings - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

David Robertson is having an odd winter

Robertson fired his agent and has found himself at the center of a team controversy. It’s a tricky time to navigate his free agency. It’s not every day that a man becomes a meme. In order to turn a moment in time into an ongoing joke, you need the perfect recipe of a funny reaction, a great camera angle, and enough interest in the scenario for people to create significant chatter. David Robertson was able to accomplish that feat last October with a deflected pitch. In the sixth inning of the 2017 Wild Card Game against the Minnesota Twins, Robertson’s pitch was tipped right into Gary...

FOX Sports

Chris Broussard on Kevin Durant's free agency: 'Don't necessarily rule out Oklahoma City'

Chris Broussard joins Colin Cowherd on today's show to talk about Kevin Durant's impending free agency. Hear the different places Broussard is hearing that may have a chance at signing Durant this off-season.

Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati Reds Beat Podcast: Which free agents will the Reds target?

Bobby Nightengale and John Fay discuss how free agency may unfold for the Reds.         

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies free agency target profile: Outfielder A.J. Pollock

The Phillies should look to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, and A.J. Pollock may just be the upgrade they need. While Bryce Harper is the outfielder most Phillies fans are talking about (and rightfully so), only one team can sign him. If Harper winds up somewhere other than Philadelphia, the club will […] Phillies free agency target profile: Outfielder A.J. Pollock - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Chicago Sun-Times

If this matters at all, Bryce Harper says Chicago, New York have the best food

If Bryce Harper's free-agency decision comes down to which city has the best pizza, it's about to get really saucy.

Reviewing the Brew

Milwaukee Brewers: Nathan Eovaldi is the missing link

The Milwaukee Brewers proved this year that they can make the playoffs without an ace. If they want to follow a similar blue print in 2019, they should take a long look at free agent starter Nathan Eovaldi. Nathan Eovaldi is hitting free agency at the perfect time to absolutely clean up. Eovaldi has been […] Milwaukee Brewers: Nathan Eovaldi is the missing link - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Redbird Rants

St. Louis Cardinals Rumors: Not sold on Josh Donaldson for the long haul

Besides the marquee names of this free agency period, Josh Donaldson is probably the most talked about free agent name for the St. Louis Cardinals to pursue. However, I for one am not sold on the idea of the Cardinals going after Donaldson. To clarify, I don’t want to see the St. Louis Cardinals sign […] St. Louis Cardinals Rumors: Not sold on Josh Donaldson for the long haul - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

SNY TV

Why Mets should lock up Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom with five-year deal

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom is two years away from free agency, but coming off a Cy Young Award-winning season, now's the time for them to sign him to a long-term deal.

Cincinnati.com

Dick Williams: Cincinnati Reds 'need to add 2 pitchers' during the offseason

Dick Williams said the Reds plan to be more aggressive this offseason as they look to add pitchers through free agency or trades.         

Call to the Pen

Tampa Bay Rays have cost effective pitching staff

The Tampa Bay Rays could be players in free agency this offseason. A large part of why involves the makeup of their pitching staff. It is well known that the Tampa Bay Rays exist in a different financial universe than most of baseball. They have very specific payroll constraints, leading to the roster being a […] Tampa Bay Rays have cost effective pitching staff - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bless You Boys

BYB Podcast Episode 31: Emily Waldon of the Athletic talks Arizona Fall League

The work never ends on a dream. This is kind of a combo episode, so be forewarned. We recorded an interview with Emily Waldon, prospect writer for The Athletic, on Thursday, November 10th. Issues prevented it coming out over the weekend, so we added a little news and commentary as an opening segnment. You can skip to our interview with Ms. Waldon at about 30:00 of the podcast. To lead off, co-host Brandon Day flies solo with a quick rundown of MLB awards season, and the Tigers posture toward free agency as the hot stove season gets underway. Justin Verlander is defeated by Tampa for the...

South Side Sox

Minor league free agency: targets for the 2019 White Sox

Ample righty relievers, and even a couple of credible rotation candidates, headline the best offerings among minor league free agents The offseason takes away — but gives, as well. Monday’s piece dove into the basics of minor league free agency, and summarized which players in the White Sox organization opted for free agency earlier this month. Now that we know who’s been lost, how can the Chicago White Sox fill in some gaps in their minor league system? _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Former White Sox who...

Brew Crew Ball

2018-19 MLB Free Agency Preview: Infielders

Looking at the top available players on the dirt this winter. MLB Free Agency has officially begun, and without a top-ranked farm system in place, it’s likely that our Milwaukee Brewers will have to survey the open market if they want to make any truly impactful additions this offseason. The Brewers treated us to their best season in a generation in 2018 and have quite an array of talent under control for next year, but there are still a few spots around the diamond where the team could use an upgrade or additional depth. With close to a projected $110 mil on the books already for 2019,...

New York Post

Pre-agency: A $155.5 million solution for Jacob deGrom and Mets

The major league pay system permits teams to artificially control players’ salaries in their first six or seven seasons, from minimum wage through arbitration-eligible years. By free agency, many players are nearing or beyond 30, and organizations more and more are refusing to invest long-term dollars in them. Clubs essentially deflate salaries on the front...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

MLB Bullets wonders what a Sod Poodle is

Bryce Harper is a free agent. The Phillies are shopping Carlos Santana. Rookie of the Year arguments are demolished. The Sod Poodles have arrived. Good morning baseball fans. Tom Verducci has a piece on the career of free agent Bryce Harper and where he stands on the edge of free agency, ten years after Verducci wrote his famous piece on the then 16-year-old phenom. Jonah Keri looks at the Nationals offseason plans and what do they do if Harper leaves? The Giants are one team who have been linked with Harper but Alex Pavlovic thinks San Francisco is more likely to spend the money on...

Lone Star Ball

Poll: Should Texas sign Nathan Eovaldi?

Would you want the Rangers to sign Nathan Eovaldi for 4 years, $60 million? With the offseason kicking into gear, we have been running a series of polls asking about what you think the Texas Rangers should do in regards to various players on the free agent market, based on what Jon Heyman and his expert project they will get in free agency. Today, we are looking at Nathan Eovaldi, the intriguing starter/reliever who was a World Series star for the Boston Red Sox. Jon Heyman projects that he will get 3 years, $45 million, and his expert says 4 years, $64 million, so we will split the...

Pinstripe Alley

Dellin Betances thinks Manny Machado would put the Yankees “over the top”

It’s hard to argue with Betances here. Yesterday, Yankees pitchers Dellin Betances and CC Sabathia got into the Thanksgiving spirit by distributing over 600 turkeys to families at the Polo Grounds Community Center. When he wasn’t passing out poultry, Betances took a few minutes to talk baseball with members of the press. The conversation took an interesting turn when the subject of Manny Machado’s free agency came up. Betances gave a glowing endorsement of the infielder, and all but recommended the Yankees to sign him. “I think he’ll put us over the top,” Betances said of...

Jeanmar Gomez is set to enter free agency at age 30

Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez is entering free agency before the 2019 season after appearing in 26 games for the White Sox in 2018 About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States

Junichi Tazawa is a free agent for the 2019 season

Junichi Tazawa will enter free agency in 2019 after splitting time pitching for the Marlins and Angels in 2018 About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 3