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Pinstripe Alley

What Jason Giambi and the Yankees can teach us about Bryce Harper’s free agency

A great hitter with no positional flexibility is exactly the type of player hurt by the current market Jason Giambi is among the best examples of the mentality of the 2000s-era New York Yankees. He was a regular MVP candidate while in Oakland, winning once and receiving votes in two other season. Once was a free agent, the Yankees scooped him up. At the time that he hit free agency, after the 2001 season, he had been about as valuable over the start of his career as Bernie Williams over his first seven seasons. He hit better than Bryce Harper, too. Now put a pin in that, because we’re...

Bears Blog | Chicago Breaking Sports

Manny Machado's unsigned status puzzles White Sox manager Rick Renteria: 'You kind of scratch your head'

Even if Manny Machado isn’t with the White Sox — yet? — his presence looms large. Manager Rick Renteria and several White Sox players read to preschoolers at an Englewood community center, but with the SoxFest fan convention this weekend and spring training around the corner, Machado’s free-agency-in-limbo...

Climbing Tal's Hill

Astros announce 2019 non-roster invites to Spring Training

Spring Training is only weeks away as the Astros announce their non-roster invites for 2019. Although cold temperatures and a lackluster free agency currently reign supreme, Spring Training is only a few weeks away. Don’t forget that Astros’ pitchers and catchers report on February 14th, otherwise known as Valentine’s Day. As expected, the Astros recently […] Astros announce 2019 non-roster invites to Spring Training - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Brew Crew Ball Community Top Prospects Vote #14

We’re moving to number fourteen, you cannot vote for Eileen We’ve reached 2019 safely, which means, it’s time to start checking out the top prospects in the Milwaukee Brewers’ farm system. Community Top Prospects so far: Keston Hiura Corey Ray Mauricio Dubon Brice Turang Zack Brown Tristen Lutz Lucas Erceg Jacob Nottingham Trey Supak Aaron Ashby Joe Gray Payton Henry Troy Stokes Jr. ?? SS Eduardo Garcia (age 16) Signed July 2018 in International Free Agency 2018 stats (DNP): Baseball America: 9FanGraphs: NR C Mario Feliciano (age 20) Drafted in 2nd Round in 2016 2018 stats...

DodgerBlue.com

If Dodgers Don’t Sign Bryce Harper, Trading For Corey Kluber Or J.T. Realmuto Would Make More Sense Than Addressing Outfield

Whether it's the system's fault or not, one thing is certain: nobody has a clue where Bryce Harper is headed in free agency. And while there are plenty of thoughts to be shared on whether...

Blog Red Machine

Cincinnati Reds: Getting to know new addition Sonny Gray

The Cincinnati Reds have shown an interest to improve drastically by bolstering their offense and pitching staff. The latest addition has proven to not have been acquired easily, and is a potential big risk-reward signing for this team. Amid the drama of free agency, the Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees created their own drama […] Cincinnati Reds: Getting to know new addition Sonny Gray - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - A Cincinnati Reds Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Brew Crew Ball Community Top Prospects Vote #13

Here’s number thirteen... Thirteen. We’ve reached 2019 safely, which means, it’s time to start checking out the top prospects in the Milwaukee Brewers’ farm system. Community Top Prospects so far: Keston Hiura Corey Ray Mauricio Dubon Brice Turang Zack Brown Tristen Lutz Lucas Erceg Jacob Nottingham Trey Supak Aaron Ashby Joe Gray Payton Henry SS Eduardo Garcia (age 16) Signed July 2018 in International Free Agency 2018 stats (DNP): Baseball America: 9FanGraphs: NR C Mario Feliciano (age 20) Drafted in 2nd Round in 2016 2018 stats (Rk-A+): 180 PA || .213/.291/.331 || 3 HR || 2 SB...

Call to the Pen

MLB Free Agency: Landing spots for Carlos Gonzalez

Unfortunately, free agents over the age of 30 have struggled to get contracts for more than one year in this and the previous off-season in MLB free agency. One of those free agents who has not had much luck finding a team thus far in MLB free agency is Carlos Gonzalez. The left-handed outfielder turned […] MLB Free Agency: Landing spots for Carlos Gonzalez - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

How new contract structures can help the Yankees

Creative contracts have been the key to new free agent signings, it seems Free agency hasn’t been quite as slow as it was last winter, but it’s still been a far cry from the annual sweepstakes we seem to expect. Aside from the general trend away from free agents, though, the other thing that’s caught my eye is the changing structure of deals. Once upon a time free agent contracts were pretty simple, you had a term and a dollar figure, maybe some incentives, and possibly a no-trade clause. Over the last two winters we’ve seen a dramatic rise in opt-outs, lowering the guaranteed money...

DodgerBlue.com

Andrew Friedman Satisfied With Dodgers Roster, But Will Continue Seeking Upgrades, Potentially At Catcher

It's been a relatively quiet winter for the Los Angeles Dodgers to this point, but many opportunities to improve the roster still lie ahead in free agency and the...

Over the Monster

Red Sox in discussions with Shawn Kelley, among others

Other teams are always talking with the righty We’ve been waiting for something, anything, about the Red Sox in free agency pursuing help in the bullpen. We all have different opinions about who or at least what kind of reliever they should be targeting, but the list of potential targets has been shrinking by the day. One by one, the top couple of tiers of the reliever market has dwindled to the point where only Craig Kimbrel remains, and the Red Sox remain steadfast that they are not going to spend that much money on a closer. If not him, then who? We may have a better idea now....

Halos Heaven

MondoLinks: All Hallow’ed Fame Eve

Even if Harper and Machado drag things out yet another week, we WILL have some jumping up and down. The Manny Machado and Bryce Harper Free Agency trains keep right on rolling, with no concern about slowing down for any whistle stop any time soon. I’m not sure if I am to care anymore. Not a good PR cycle, Commish. But THIS week we do get one major distraction to argue about! Tomorrow we will have the Hall Of Fame ammouncements. We get to argue about which player(s) got in, which did not, which voters voted stupidly, which wisely, and PEDs(!). We got to talk about PEDs again. Welcome back...

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Brew Crew Ball Community Top Prospects Vote #12

Eleven prospects off the shelve, it’s time to vote on number twelve We’ve reached 2019 safely, which means, it’s time to start checking out the top prospects in the Milwaukee Brewers’ farm system. Community Top Prospects so far: Keston Hiura Corey Ray Mauricio Dubon Brice Turang Zack Brown Tristen Lutz Lucas Erceg Jacob Nottingham Trey Supak Aaron Ashby Joe Gray ??? SS Eduardo Garcia (age 16) Signed July 2018 in International Free Agency 2018 stats (DNP): Baseball America: 9FanGraphs: NR C Mario Feliciano (age 20) Drafted in 2nd Round in 2016 2018 stats (Rk-A+): 180 PA ||...

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Brew Crew Ball Community Top Prospects Vote #11

Here’s number eleven, that’s four more than seven. We’ve reached 2019 safely, which means, it’s time to start checking out the top prospects in the Milwaukee Brewers’ farm system. Community Top Prospects so far: Keston Hiura Corey Ray Mauricio Dubon Brice Turang Zack Brown Tristen Lutz Lucas Erceg Jacob Nottingham Trey Supak Aaron Ashby ???? OF Joe Gray (age 18) Drafted in 2nd Round in 2018 2018 stats (Rk): 98 PA || .182/.347/.325 || 2 HR || 6 SB || 25 K || 18 BB Baseball America: 9FanGraphs: 10 SS Eduardo Garcia (age 16) Signed July 2018 in International Free Agency 2018 stats...

That Balls Outta Here

Best players who spent entire major-league career with the Phillies

Embed from Very few players spend their entire careers with one team. Here are those that played at least ten seasons, all in a Phillies uniform. It’s the rare occasion that a player spends their entire major-league career with the same franchise, especially since the inception of free agency. However, Rhys Hoskins indicated […] Best players who spent entire major-league career with the Phillies - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Federal Baseball

Wire Taps: Kris Bryant, Jayson Werth on Bryce Harper, free agency + more Nationals links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait for someone else to have an opinion on where Bryce Harper will or won’t sign... Jayson Werth and Kris Bryant offered their takes on Bryce Harper’s free agency adventure in the last 24 hours-ish, but we didn’t really learn anything new from either of them. I guess we just have to wait for this thing to get to the “mystery team” stage before things start getting serious. That’s usually a good sign things are getting close to wrapping up, so someone out there please find a source who says the “mystery team” is now...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Cubs 3B Bryant healthy again after last year's shoulder woes

If Kris Bryant knows anything about where Bryce Harper is going in free agency, he is staying quiet for the moment.

Brew Crew Ball

Brew Crew Ball Community Top Prospects Vote #10

What a trip it’s been, we made it to number ten. We’ve reached 2019 safely, which means, it’s time to start checking out the top prospects in the Milwaukee Brewers’ farm system. Community Top Prospects so far: Keston Hiura Corey Ray Mauricio Dubon Brice Turang Zack Brown Tristen Lutz Lucas Erceg Jacob Nottingham Trey Supak ??? OF Joe Gray (age 18) Drafted in 2nd Round in 2018 2018 stats (Rk): 98 PA || .182/.347/.325 || 2 HR || 6 SB || 25 K || 18 BB Baseball America: 9FanGraphs: 10 SS Eduardo Garcia (age 16) Signed July 2018 in International Free Agency 2018 stats (DNP): Baseball...

Pinstripe Alley

How do Yankees fans like the Adam Ottavino deal?

This deal seems like a potential steal for the Yankees. Tell us what you think! Even though we’re less than a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting, free agents are still looking for homes and teams are still looking to finalize their rosters. Free agency is fun these days. Still though, teams continue to make moves and the Yankees just made another big one. It was long speculated that the Yankees would sign two free relievers this winter and after re-signing Zach Britton a few weeks ago, they added their second reliever in Adam Ottavino yesterday. Per Jeff Passan, the deal is...

SNY TV

Why latest comment by Manny Machado's father may be a good thing for Yankees, Mets

Manny Machado's father offers some of his perspective on his son's free agency.

DodgerBlue.com

Dodgers News: Andrew Friedman Feels Russell Martin, Austin Barnes Make For ‘Really Good’ Defensive Catching Duo

With Yasmani Grandal signing with the Milwaukee Brewers in free agency, the Los Angeles Dodgers were left with a hole at the starting catching position for the...

Are the Yankees waiting to sign Nolan Arenado in 2020?

Amid discussions over Manny Machado's future this winter, some suspect the Yankees could be waiting until 2020's free agency class to pounce on Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado. Subscribe for daily sports videos! YES' social media pages: YouTube: youtube.com/YES

Lookout Landing

Mariners mentioned in trade rumors, which makes sense, for Sonny Gray, which is weird

A Sonny Gray trade seems imminent, and, surprisingly, the Mariners have an outside chance of being involved. It’s the time of the year where we’d think most of the offseason had settled, and yet over halfway through January the biggest fish remain unhooked. In free agency this is most true, with Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, A.J. Pollock, Dallas Keuchel, and Craig Kimbrel all unaffiliated, but one player who is all-but-certain to be traded remains unmoved: Yankees RHP Sonny Gray. Perhaps surprisingly, the Mariners are one of the teams that remains involved. Yankees are working hard now...

Brew Crew Ball

Brew Crew Ball Community Top Prospects Vote #9

While you vote for number nine, make up your own rhyme We’ve reached 2019 safely, which means, it’s time to start checking out the top prospects in the Milwaukee Brewers’ farm system. Community Top Prospects so far: Keston Hiura Corey Ray Mauricio Dubon Brice Turang Zack Brown Tristen Lutz Lucas Erceg Jacob Nottingham ??? OF Joe Gray (age 18) Drafted in 2nd Round in 2018 2018 stats (Rk): 98 PA || .182/.347/.325 || 2 HR || 6 SB || 25 K || 18 BB Baseball America: 9FanGraphs: 10 SS Eduardo Garcia (age 16) Signed July 2018 in International Free Agency 2018 stats (DNP): Baseball...

Baltimore Sun

Where's the free agent market for former Orioles star Manny Machado?

Even in a years-long free agency slowdown where teams have been reluctant to spend long-term on players who had accrued the service time to test the open market, Manny Machado and his ilk were supposed to be immune to this condition. Yet as January rolls on and Machado, the one-time Orioles superstar,...

Over the Monster

MLB Roundup 1/17: Manny Machado’s agent speaks out

Remember when the offseason would be about teams on the field? Manny Machado’s agent has some words for reporters Yesterday was a tumultuous day in the Manny Machado free agency, and it didn’t get us any closer to knowing where the star infielder is going to end up. In other words, it was a pretty typical offseason day based on the last two years. Wednesday started with rumors coming out that the top offer to Machado came from the White Sox and it was a seven-year deal worth $175 million. That sure seemed incredibly low and like a deal that anyone — particularly the Yankees and/or...

Over the Monster

Daily Red Sox Links: Michael Chavis, Dave Dombrowski, Billy McMillon

Sean McAdam takes a look at the non-Kimbrel/Ottavino relievers available in free agency, and the list is not great. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal) We never have as much information about contracts for front office personnel as we do for players, but we got a report that Dave Dombrowski’s contract runs through 2020, a year longer than previously thought. (Chris Cotillo; Masslive) Michael Chavis spent a large chunk of last season sidelined due to a PED suspension, but he’s back this year and on the 40-man roster with something to prove. (Ian Browne; RedSox.com) The PawSox introduced...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Tom Ricketts talks about the payroll, free agency, the Cubs TV network and more

The Cubs chairman made some radio talk show appearances Thursday morning. After the minor kerfuffle regarding the Ricketts family session being eliminated from this year’s Cubs Convention (more on that later), Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts made the rounds on sports talk radio Thursday morning. New cubs.com beat writer Jordan Bastian helpfully summed up important points made by Ricketts on the radio, and here they are, with my comments below. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts joined 670 The Score this morning and discussed a range of topics. Will post some highlights in this thread. Here’s on...

SportsDay

Shawn Tolleson ends comeback bid with Rangers, retires from baseball

Allen's Shawn Tolleson, who recorded 35 saves for the Rangers during their 2015 AL West title run, announced Wednesday his retirement from baseball, effective immediately, after suffering another arm injury.Tolleson, who turns 31 on Saturday, suffered a setback last week in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He strained the flexor tendon in his right arm. Tolleson hasn't pitched since July 27, 2016 with the Rangers. He suffered a back sprain at the time, then chose free agency after the season. He signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay for 2017, but injured the ulnar collateral ligament in...

Should the Yankees offer 10 years for Manny Machado?

The Yankees continue to pursue Manny Machado in free agency, but should they be willing to extend a 10-year contract for the 26-year-old superstar? Subscribe for daily sports videos! YES' social media pages: YouTube: youtube.com/YESnetwork Facebook: face

Jerry Remy Previews 2019 Red Sox Season, Talks Health, Free Agency

NESN's Jerry Remy previews the 2019 Boston Red Sox season with Adam Pellerin. They discuss the Sox bullpen, re-signing Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce and Remy gives an update on his health. For more: https://nesn.com/boston-red-sox/