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Washington Nationals: Sean Doolittle should be worried about next contract

Sean Doolittle finds himself struggling to secure a role on the 2020 Washington Nationals team, ahead of his impending free agency. The team friendly 7 YR/$22.5M contract Sean Doolittle signed with the Oakland Athletics in 2014 expires at the end of this season, and the pitcher will hit free agency for the first time. The […] Washington Nationals: Sean Doolittle should be worried about next contract - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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New York Mets: How Marcus Stroman fleeced team, MLB

New York Mets SP Marcus Stroman has opted out of the season, choosing free agency instead. Maybe I’m being a little too cynical. Maybe it’s just that something bad always seems to happen to the New York Mets. But when the news came down that Marcus Stroman had chosen to opt-out of the shortened 2020 […] New York Mets: How Marcus Stroman fleeced team, MLB - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Marcus Stroman opts out

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman has opted out of the remainder of the 2020 season Marcus Stroman of the New York Mets has opted out of the remainder of the 2020 season, the team announced today. The righthanded starting pitcher had not pitched yet this season, and was on the injured list with a strained calf muscle. The 29 year old was acquired by the Mets from the Toronto Blue Jays last July for Simeon Woods Richardson and Anthony Kay. Stroman was expected to help fortify a rotation that lost Zack Wheeler to free agency; however, after suffering a torn left...

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Cubs News: David Ross commits to Ian Happ as his everyday center fielder

Ian Ha pp has seized the center field job, according to Cubs skipper David Ross. Since Dexter Fowler left in free agency following the 2016 season, center field has been a major area of concern for the Chicago Cubs. We’ve seen a myriad of guys take reps out there, including Jon Jay, Albert Almora and […] Cubs News: David Ross commits to Ian Happ as his everyday center fielder - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

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Astros Pitching: The Wheels Have Come Off the Tracks

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ Can the bats overcome the wreckage and still lead the team to another round of playoffs? When you look at the big number, team ERA, the Astros pitching is a disappointing, but still respectable 16th in MLB at 4.39. Not bad when you consider the list of names from last year’s roster lost to free agency or injury: Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Will Harris, Joe Smith, Brad Peacock, Hector Rondon, Chris Devenski, Roberto Osuna, just to name a few. That’s the heart, soul, brains and guts of the staff. But as anyone who has been watching Astros games knows, as a...

New York Post

Yoenis Cespedes abandons Mets over money, lineup anger

ATLANTA — Money talks, Yoenis Cespedes walks. After a disagreement that centered on contract incentives Cespedes might not reach, according to industry sources, the veteran outfielder Sunday notified the Mets he was opting out on the 2020 season, sending him to free agency this offseason. Cespedes was a no-show at Truist Park for the Mets’...

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Sunday Rockpile: Davis and Oberg raise questions for the Rockies bullpen situation

Photo by Matthew Stockman/ Colorado Rockies news and links for Sunday, August 2, 2020 The Rockies have a Wade Davis problem | The Athletic ($) Imagine for me, if you will, a different Rockies team. This team did not spend big money in the 2017 offseason to rebuild their bullpen but instead spent money on the margins to fill in the gaps left by four members leaving in free agency. Maybe they would have been able to divert those resources into signing a more capable bat to play first base, or maybe their closer does not end up with three loses in eight games (including two walk-off loses)...

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Latest on Marlins’ search to replace unavailable players

Photo by Rich Schultz/ The club has reportedly signed free agent infielder Logan Forsythe. Lewis Brinson, Matt Joyce, Jordan Yamamoto and Eddy Álvarez are viewed as “likely” internal options. Just hours ago, Juan Páez suggested that the Marlins look towards MLB free agency for solutions to their decimated roster. The club’s first pick-up from that crop of talent will be infielder Logan Forsythe, according to Craig Mish. The Miami Marlins have signed free agent infielder Logan Forsythe. Forsythe was recently released by the Philadelphia Phillies and can play multiple positions...

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Could free agency save the Marlins?

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports After the COVID-19 breakout infected half of the Marlins active roster, the team must turn its focus to players outside the organization. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Marlins worse than any other team in baseball. Unfortunately, the Fish won’t play at least until next week as 15 players and two staff members tested positive since Opening Day. When they eventually get back to the field, the Marlins will probably be playing without most of the core they had entering the 2020 season. But after beginning the campaign with a 2-1 record and with the...

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Kansas City Royals end the Matt Harvey Saga

Matt Harvey has finally found a home, signing with the Kansas City Royals on a minor league deal. For months, there were literally zero rumors about Matt Harvey in free agency. The one time burgeoning Mets’ ace had fallen off the planet, unable to get even the slightest bit of interest in the wake of his […] Kansas City Royals end the Matt Harvey Saga - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Houston Astros add pitching depth in Hector Velasquez

The Houston Astros have added another piece to their depleted pitching staff, acquiring Hector Velazquez from the Baltimore Orioles. The Houston Astros pitching staff is not what it once was. Due to injuries and departures in free agency, a once excellent rotation has been reduced to Zack Greinke and several question marks. The Astros currently […] Houston Astros add pitching depth in Hector Velasquez - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Get to know the newest faces on the Rays

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via With Opening Day upon us, meet the newest players on the Rays for the 2020 season. The Rays spent the off-season improving the depth of the team while also bolstering the offense with new additions to the lineup. While most of the team from 2019 stays together, the 2020 Opening Day roster has a few new faces on it. With acquisitions taking place via trades, free agency and minor league promotions, let’s take a look at the newest Tampa Bay Rays. Hunter Renfroe - OF MLB Photos via Starting things off with one of the biggest...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Shortened season puts potential free agents in tough spot

This is the final year of Jordan Zimmermann's contract with Detroit — and after battling injuries and ineffectiveness through most of his tenure with the Tigers, this is also his last chance to make a good impression before free agency arrives again.

New York Post

Matt Harvey close to signing with the Royals

Former Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is close to a deal with the Royals, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed Thursday. Harvey, whose last contract was a minor league deal with the Athletics before he elected to enter free agency after the 2019 season, is expected to report to the team’s minor league system to begin working...

Over the Monster

Previewing the position groups: Starting pitchers

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports This year’s staff looks very different than it did a year ago and most spots in the rotation could be shuffled around. Since the end of the 2019 season, the Red Sox have watched (or participated in) the deterioration of their starting rotation. They let Rick Porcello walk in free agency and traded David Price. Then Chris Sale had surgery and Eduardo Rodriguez battled COVID-19. With Rodriguez’s status still up in the air, that leaves the starting rotation the Red Sox will employ on Opening Day of the shortened 2020 season looking quite a bit different...

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Mookie Betts reportedly nearing extension with Los Angeles Dodgers

It appears that Mookie Betts may not get to test free agency after all, as he is reportedly close to a long term extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers. When Mookie Betts was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers, it was a sign that they continued to be all-in on breaking their championship drought. The […] Mookie Betts reportedly nearing extension with Los Angeles Dodgers - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Mets place Marcus Stroman on injured list with torn calf

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports It’s a big blow to the Mets’ rotation just two days before the season begins. In a major setback to their starting rotation just two days before the start of the 60-game 2020 season, the Mets have placed Marcus Stroman on the injured list with a torn muscle in his left calf. Given the team’s already-thin rotation depth, that news is far from ideal. The Mets traded for Stroman at the trade deadline last year, getting him for a stretch run that turned out to be a lot of fun in 2019 and for all of the 2020 season before he’s eligible for free agency this...

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Kohl Stewart gets starts against Nationals and an opportunity to prove himself to Orioles

Over the winter, the Orioles signed one major league free-agent pitcher, Kohl Stewart, a move that could pay off handsomely if he fulfills his potential. Stewart was the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Minnesota Twins and was unable to find a spot with them. He was granted free agency last November […]

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Can the Phillies live without J.T. Realmuto?

How can the Phils make it alright if their star catcher leaves? What we know for sure about J.T. Realmuto’s contract situation is that he will be a member of the Phillies for the entirety of the 2020 season. Whether that’s 60 games and then home for October or a potential postseason run remains to be seen, but Phillies fans are guaranteed no more than that. It was hoped general manager Matt Klentak would be able to reach a contract extension with his star signal-caller, but management seems to believe Realmuto’s asking price will have to come down in free agency, given how most clubs...

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Anthony Alford – the longest tenured rookie

Anthony Alford is currently the longest tenured player on the Toronto Blue Jays, but there is a specific designation that makes this noteworthy. With a young team, a rebuild, and a renewed commitment to free agency this past offseason, it is not a surprise that the Toronto Blue Jays would not have many players that […] Anthony Alford – the longest tenured rookie - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Houston Astros: Yuli Gurriel states his desire to stay

When Yuli Gurriel becomes a free agent, he wants to stay with the Houston Astros. The free agency period for 2021 will be an interesting one for Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel, especially based on the circumstances of this season. Gurriel could be one of the most sought after first baseman if he repeats […] Houston Astros: Yuli Gurriel states his desire to stay - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Astros: Roberto Osuna may not be ready for season opener

The Houston Astros could be without closer Roberto Osuna to start the season. The Houston Astros bullpen is in pretty rough shape. They lost Will Harris to free agency and Joe Smith is on the Restricted List, and setup man Ryan Pressly is dealing with a finger blister. Now there’s serious doubt that closer Roberto […] Astros: Roberto Osuna may not be ready for season opener - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Astros: Josh Reddick playing for his next contract in 2020

Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick is playing for his next contract in 2020. Most of the talk in Houston this upcoming offseason will be centered around Astros outfielder George Springer’s first foray into free agency. The team will certainly make an attempt to bring him back, and fellow outfielder Michael Brantley’s case will be one […] Astros: Josh Reddick playing for his next contract in 2020 - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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The top candidates to replace the Yankees’ potential free agents

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Three key members of the Yankees will enter free agency at the end of the year, the organization will be looking closely at their internal options. This coming offseason, the Yankees will be faced with major decisions when it comes to retaining their free agents to-be. James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, and DJ LeMahieu will all enter free agency at the end of the 2020 season. Barring injury, these three players will command significant contracts, and the Yankees will be looking to evaluate internal candidates as potential replacements should any of...

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Previewing the Mariners 2020/1 international free agency class

We’ll have to wait even longer to see the newest Mariners abroad In normal times, the Mariners would be finalizing deals with their latest crop of international free agency signees and we would be seeing scads of selfies from the Dominican Academy as the newest group of players move into their new home away from home. However, MLB owners have pushed the signing date for this year’s J2 period into 2021, so no players will put pen to paper until January 15 of next year. Regardless, Baseball America has a list of the high-profile players who are expected to sign with the Mariners, which...

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Kiké Hernandez: Dodgers Mindful Of Potential Last World Series Run With Same Core Roster

The past two times the Los Angeles Dodgers faced a bit of a crossroads in free agency with respect to the core...

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Texas Rangers release Brian Flynn

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Lefthanded pitcher Brian Flynn has been released, the Rangers have announced The Texas Rangers have announced that lefthanded pitcher Brian Flynn has been released and is a free agent. John Blake’s tweet announcing the move indicated that he had been granted free agency, which would seem to suggest that the release was granted at Flynn’s request so he can pursue a roster spot with another team. Flynn is a 30 year old lefthanded pitcher who was traded to the Miami Marlins in 2012 in the Anibal Sanchez trade, and then acquired by the Kansas City Royals...

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Atlanta Braves fill right field gap with Yasiel Puig

The Atlanta Braves have taken care of their hole in right field by signing Yasiel Puig. The on-going free agency saga of Yasiel Puig was a constant merry-go-round of rumors. Originally, the Giants were expected to sign the talented outfielder, then came rumors that the Orioles had made an offer. Puig had even reportedly received […] Atlanta Braves fill right field gap with Yasiel Puig - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

MLB.com FastCast: Tigers sign Josh Harrison - 2/20/19

The baseball world's attention focuses on Bryce Harper's free agency, plus Josh Harrison agrees to a one-year deal with the Tigers About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United Stat

MLB All Free-Agency Team Post Manny Machado Signing

Manny Machado signed a huge deal with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, but there's still plenty of big-name free agents available on the market. NESN.com's Michaela Vernava takes a look at a hypothetical team comprised of all current MLB free agents. For

Miguel Andujar reflects on his outstanding rookie season

Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar discusses his 2019 rookie campaign, and what it's been like contending with constant rumors about Manny Machado's free agency. Subscribe for daily sports videos! YES' social media pages: YouTube: youtube.com/YESnetwork Facebook: