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Milwaukee Brewers Free Agent Targets: DJ LeMahieu

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports He’s much better positioned to get a big deal in free agency this time around. The last time DJ LeMahieu was a free agent, there was an open question surrounding just how to evaluate his career to that point. LeMahieu came up with the Rockies, won a battling title in 2016, and hit .299/.352/.408 across parts of seven seasons with Colorado — impressive numbers on the surface. But when taking into consideration the Coors Field effect, DJ was seen as a below-average hitter overall by OPS+ and wRC+. But LeMahieu had already started...

Lookout Landing

Mariners Moose Tracks, 11/23/20: Spencer Patton, Nate Lowe, and Theo Epstein

Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports New hirings and free agency updates. In Mariners News... Check out the newest Mariners Insider Podcast from 710 ESPN Seattle as Shannon Drayer and James Osborn discuss the Mariners’ Rule 5 draft protections and standouts from the Fall Development League. Around The League... Free agent RHP Spencer Patton, who pitched for the Cubs in 2016 before spending the last 4 seasons in the NPB, is drawing interest from MLB and NPB teams with the Rangers said to be confirmed as one of the teams in the market for Patton. Angels new GM Perry Minasian...

Pinstripe Alley

How the Yankees can retain DJ LeMahieu and stay under the luxury tax threshold

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via The Yankees are faced with the agonizing decision of either keeping their most productive player or resetting their tax penalties. But why not do both? Before the Yankees lies the icy landscape of what could be a particularly frigid winter. They approach this frozen wasteland without the insulating warmth of some of their most trusted security blankets. Key contributors in DJ LeMahieu and Masahiro Tanaka enter the free agency market, while James Paxton’s and J.A. Happ’s departures further deplete New York’s pitching depth....

Pinstripe Alley

Joe Musgrove is the rotation solution the Yankees have been looking for

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports The Pirates pitcher broke out in 2020 and would slot in perfectly behind Gerrit Cole. Much has been made of the somewhat underwhelming 2021 free agency class. Charlie Morton is moving up in years, you can’t count on James Paxton to be on the field, and Trevor Bauer is, well, Trevor Bauer. The Yankees need to bolster the starting rotation, that’s not in doubt, but what if they didn’t have to dabble in free agency? The best pitcher available might be one on the trade market, Pittsburgh’s Joe Musgrove. Musgrove, who will be 28 on Opening...

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News: The Mets should extend Michael Conforto. That’s it. That’s the title.

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ Your Sunday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Even though what the Mets’ new front office will look like and which free agents they will pursue have dominated the conversation so far in Steve Cohen’s first offseason as owner, Joel Sherman takes a look at three key things that will have big impacts on the Mets moving forward: who their shortstop will be, Michael Conforto’s impending free agency, and Jacob deGrom’s 2022 opt-out. While the news of Robinson Cano’s PED suspension had many...

Over the Monster

Offseason Target: José Quintana

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ The former White Sox and Cub could be an ideal target for Boston this winter. As we think about potential targets for the Red Sox this winter, whether it be players acquired via free agency or trade, it’s hard not to focus on the pitching staff, and specifically the rotation. It’s not that other areas of the roster don’t need help, because they certainly do. It’s just that the sheer amount of help they need in this area, both in terms of talent and also just raw number of bodies, kind of overwhelms any other possible need. All of this...

Climbing Tal's Hill

Houston Astros: Insider believes Blue Jays sign George Springer

The Houston Astros are likely to lose star outfielder George Springer in free agency and one insider believes he will sign with the Toronto Blue Jays. The talk of the Houston Astros’ offseason surrounds the status of George Springer. It is highly likely he plays elsewhere going forward and we’ve recently run through what teams […] Houston Astros: Insider believes Blue Jays sign George Springer - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Tip of the Tower

Blue Jays rumors: DJ LeMahieu on team’s free agency radar

The Toronto Blue Jays are among the teams on DJ LeMahieu’s list of destinations but might have a tough time beating out the New York Mets and Yankees. If the Toronto Blue Jays want to pry away a big free agent from the Big Apple, they might have to find a way to make it […] Blue Jays rumors: DJ LeMahieu on team’s free agency radar - Tip of the Tower - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Twins add Balazovic, Ober and Rortvedt to their 40-man roster

The American League Central champions have 37 players on the roster as free agency continues.

Amazin Avenue

Mets ink pitcher Sam McWilliams to a one-year deal

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Despite not yet throwing a major league pitch, the Mets gave McWilliams a major league deal. The first signing of the Steve Cohen era came before any major front office hiring, as the Mets signed 6’7” right hander Sam McWilliams in free agency. Mets team president Sandy Alderson discussed multiple times in his re-introduction presser that the Mets’ depth was lacking, and McWilliams is the first step in amending that. McWilliams, 25, is a rather interesting player to give a major league contract to. Drafted by the Phillies in 2014, he...

Rising Apple

Will the Mets international spending change under Steve Cohen?

With the international signing period right around the corner, many fans are left wondering if the New York Mets and their international spending habits will increase moving forward. While many New York Mets fans are focused on free agency, and rightfully so, it’s important to note that peeking at us right around the corner is […] Will the Mets international spending change under Steve Cohen? - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Climbing Tal's Hill

Houston Astros: Three fits for George Springer in free agency

The Houston Astros are likely to lose George Springer in free agency, and here are three teams he could sign with in free agency. The Houston Astros remain interested in retaining free-agent outfielder George Springer. They are reportedly talking to Jackie Bradley Jr., the No. 2 free-agent center fielder, and are casting a wide net […] Houston Astros: Three fits for George Springer in free agency - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Kings of Kauffman

KC Royals: Making the case, Detroit Tigers free agents

With a familiar face and a couple of decent options where the KC Royals already seem set, the Tigers don’t have much to offer in free agency. Welcome back to Kings of Kauffman’s continuing series analyzing the major league free agent market and projecting who might, or might not, fit the KC Royals’ needs. Today […] KC Royals: Making the case, Detroit Tigers free agents - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Climbing Tal's Hill

Astros: Brad Hand is exactly what Houston’s bullpen needs

The Houston Astros should take advantage of a shrinking free agent market and sign All-Star left-handed reliever Brad Hand. The Houston Astros will likely come into free agency looking for significant upgrades, particularly with their current bullpen. With teams seemingly squeamish to spend big money this offseason, the free-agent market is primed for second-tier players […] Astros: Brad Hand is exactly what Houston’s bullpen needs - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Steve Cohen can’t wait to spend Robinson Cano money in MLB free agency

Steve Cohen stumbled upon some money Wednesday, and he’ll be putting it to good use. Following Robinson Cano’s PED suspension for the entirety of the 2021 season, the Mets suddenly have a $24 million void on their books for one year. That gives the already-eager Cohen more leeway to spend, and that’s exactly what he’ll...

Twinkie Town

Important dates on the 2020-2021 MLB winter calendar

Photo by William Davis/General Photographic Agency/ Better late than never to review this! The throes of winter are upon us as baseball fans and with it comes some important offseason dates in the MLB universe. Some of those dates have already come and gone, but a bulk of the winter activities are still ahead of us before Opening Day 2021 arrives. What’s left between now and late March and how does it affect the Minnesota Twins? October 28 All of the eligible players that did not have contracts with teams for 2021 became free agents. This also means that players that...

Royals Review

Royals Review Radio: The transactional episode

We discuss Dayton Moore’s preview of the off-season Max Rieper, Shaun Newkirk, and Matthew LaMar return to discuss the off-season, but will there be much to discuss for the Royals? We analyze Dayton Moore’s press conference comments on the expectation to win, team payroll and free agency. Among the topics we discuss: What are the expectations for next season? Should the Royals even try to be aggressive this off-season? Should the Royals be more transactional? Links to some of the things we discussed: Mulling over options, Dayton Moore looks ahead. Dayton Moore press...

Royals Review

The 2020 trade value rankings of the Royals’ 40-man roster

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports But will there be any trades? The Royals are looking to upgrade their team after four consecutive losing seasons, but after millions in financial losses due to the pandemic, money could be too tight to splurge on free agency. Instead, the Royals may have to turn to trades to improve the team. If the Royals do make a deal, what kind of assets do they have to offer? Let’s rank the trade value of the players on the 40-man roster, keeping in mind contract status, years of club control, and age. 39-37. Chance Adams, Scott Blewett, Foster...

Cubbies Crib

Cubs need to go hard after free agent Charlie Morton on a one-year pact

If the Cubs have learned anything this offseason, it’s that arms are going quick. The Cubs are looking to replace at least two arms in the rotation, potentially more. They will have to move swiftly in order to sign top targets, if free agency is the vehicle they choose to bolster the rotation. Left-handers Robbie […] Cubs need to go hard after free agent Charlie Morton on a one-year pact - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

Call to the Pen

Houston Astros: Three landing spots for George Springer

Take a look at three possible free agency landing spots for the Houston Astros outfielder. To put it simply, George Springer will be one of the most sought-after free agents this offseason. The 31-year-old center fielder possesses talent and discipline at the plate while playing premier defense in center fielder. In fact, Springer can successfully […] Houston Astros: Three landing spots for George Springer - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

BenFred: Big Apple's catching conundrum could have ripple effects on Molina's free agency

Yankees, Mets could be in the running for longtime Cardinals catcher who now is a free agent.

Call to the Pen

Minnesota Twins: Free agent market not favorable for Nelson Cruz

One of MLB’s top hitters will battle age and position bias this free agency. What kind of market should Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz anticipate? Nelson Cruz – responsible for a .286/.372/.565 slash line over the past two seasons, and finisher in the top 10 of the MLB home run race each of the past […] Minnesota Twins: Free agent market not favorable for Nelson Cruz - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Mets’ hunt for top baseball exec far trickier than superstar search

George Springer, Connecticut native, would surprise no one if he signs with the Mets, and it sure sounds like Trevor Bauer and J.T. Realmuto would make Citi Field their workplace if Steve Cohen spends sufficiently like a drunken sailor on them. Landing superstar ballplayers constitutes a pretty simple process; a few reach free agency each...

Detroit Jock City

Detroit Tigers: Signing Taijuan Walker is not the way to start offseason

The Detroit Tigers should steer clear of Taijuan Walker as a possible addition to the starting rotation for the 2021 season. As the Detroit Tigers work through free agency, the rumors will begin about which players they should target and try to sign. The organization needs to figure out which players it will use to […] Detroit Tigers: Signing Taijuan Walker is not the way to start offseason - Detroit Jock City - Detroit Jock City - A Detroit Sports blog

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies get Francisco Lindor, catcher in hypothetical deal

This blockbuster would send Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez to the Phillies. The Philadelphia Phillies seem poised to lose both catcher J.T. Realmuto and shortstop Didi Gregorius in free agency. A recently hypothesized blockbuster by MLB.com scribe Thomas Harrigan would allow the Phillies to fill both position holes with comparable combined talent. As part of […] Phillies get Francisco Lindor, catcher in hypothetical deal - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Mets expressing MLB free-agency interest in Marcell Ozuna

The Mets’ primary focus this winter falls on pitching, catching and center field. So why, according to an industry source, have they expressed an interest in stud free-agent bat Marcell Ozuna? Because their lineup leans to the left more than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ozuna, who just turned 30, will be able to choose from myriad suitors,...

www.thegoodphight.com

Replacing J.T. Realmuto with Gary Sanchez? Hmm...

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ SOMEONE is going to have to be the everyday guy if Realmuto leaves Last week, it was reported that the Yankees have at least considered the idea of trading Gary Sanchez this offseason and moving in a new direction behind the plate. It also just so happens that the Phillies have an opening behind their own plate now that J.T. Realmuto has entered free agency and looks increasingly unlikely to come back to Philadelphia. Putting all those dots together and connecting them, some have started to think about potential trade packages that would land Sanchez in the City...

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: