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MLB Opening Day preview: Will window open in 2023 for Diamondbacks, Zac Gallen?

Zac Gallen has three years to go before free agency. Can the Diamondbacks take advantage of their window with one of the league's better starters?       

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MLB free agent watch: Ohtani leads possible 2023-24 class

Shohei Ohtani watch is on. Not Ohtani’s home runs or strikeouts or any of his magnificent numbers from the field. Nothing like that. It’s all about how much his next contract will be worth. Ohtani is among a group of players going into their final season before they are eligible for free agency. There is still time for signatures and press conferences before opening day, but history shows a new contract becomes less likely once the real games begin. The list of impending free agents also includes Aaron Nola, Matt Chapman, Teoscar Hernández, Ian Happ and Julio Urías.

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Keston Hiura clears waivers, outrighted to minors

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Hiura will start his 2023 season in Nashville Utility man Keston Hiura cleared waivers and will be outrighted to AAA Nashville, according to reports on Tuesday afternoon. Keston Hiura is staying with the Brewers. He cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. It is his first career outright assignment, so he can’t yet elect free agency.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 28, 2023 As Adam McCalvy notes in his tweet, Hiura cannot elect free agency as this is his first career outright to the minors. If Milwaukee were to...


Six Biggest Questions Facing Red Sox To Begin 2023 Season

The Boston Red Sox might just enter the 2023 season with more questions than answers, which certainly helps with this exercise. The Red Sox spent the majority of their offseason re-tooling their roster while seeing notable contributors from their last World Series run in Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez and Nathan Eovaldi depart in free agency. […] The post Six Biggest Questions Facing Red Sox To Begin 2023 Season appeared first on NESN.com.

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Cubs, Nico Hoerner agree on 3-year, $35 million extension

Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports The deal will keep the Cubs infielder in Chicago through the 2026 season There was some good news tonight about a Cubs fan favorite. Second baseman Nico Hoerner and the Chicago Cubs are in agreement on a three-year, $35 million contract extension, sources tell ESPN. Deal buys out one year of free agency, but Hoerner still will hit the market at 29. Final two arbitration years priced ~$15M and FA year at ~$20M.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 28, 2023 Hoerner, the Cubs’ first-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, had previously agreed...

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Jacob deGrom named Opening Day starter

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The Texas Rangers have announced that Jacob deGrom will be the team’s starting pitcher on Opening Day Texas Rangers pitcher Jacob deGrom will be the Opening Day starter, the team announced today. The Rangers open the season at home on March 30, 2023, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Game time is 3:05 p.m. Central. deGrom being named as the starter isn’t really a surprise — he is widely considered the best pitcher in baseball when he is healthy, and the Rangers landed him early in free agency with a 5 year, $185 million deal to head...

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Wednesday Rockpile: What can Jurickson Profar bring to the table?

Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Colorado Rockies news and links for Wednesday, March 22, 2023 Over the weekend the Colorado Rockies once again dipped into the well of free agency to replace an injured player, this time signing Jurickson Profar to a one-year deal and giving him the opportunity to be the everyday left fielder and potential leadoff man. So, as is always the case with signing a veteran free agent, what exactly can he bring to the table for the Rockies in 2023? Road to the Rockies First, let’s look back on Profar’s big-league career, as was...

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State of the Position, 2023: Bullpen

Photo by RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Colorado’s relief corps may hold the best pure “stuff” we’ve seen in a long while 2022 was another tough season for Colorado’s relievers. Leading MLB in ERA once again, they struggled to find consistency and were unable to generate swings and misses from opposing lineups. After departures of some key figures in last year’s assemblage, one may be anxious about how 2023’s crew will fare. And yet... Additions made in free agency have some fans and pundits excited for the future, and for good reason....


Dodgers Spring Training: Noah Syndergaard Focused On Getting ‘1 Percent Better’ Each Start

After losing several key contributors in free agency, the Los Angeles Dodgers addressed their starting rotation with the signing...

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State of the Position, 2023: Shortstop

Photo by Kyle Cooper/Colorado Rockies/ The runway is clear for Tovar Time in 2023. After watching Trevor Story leave for Boston in free agency following the 2021 season, it was clear the Colorado Rockies had some long-term goals for the shortstop position but needed a stopgap to reach them. José Iglesias was signed to a one-year deal to plug the hole and performed competently in that role over 116 games last season. But Iglesias has moved on as intended, and it’s time for the long-term plans to start taking effect. There’s only one man for the job in the front...


MLB Rumors: NL Team Interested In Ex-Red Sox José Iglesias

Former Boston Red Sox infielder José Iglesias could land his next contract before the start of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. Iglesias, 33, remains one of the best and most defensively gifted infield options left on the free agency market. But the 11-year veteran could quickly sport a new uniform as the Miami Marlins […] The post MLB Rumors: NL Team Interested In Ex-Red Sox José Iglesias appeared first on NESN.com.


The wild free agent market and the “Billion Dollar Rebuild”

Ranking free agency spending and production for all 30 teams over the past several years, with a focus on the Phillies. This is a follow-up to a piece from a year ago which recapped MLB teams’ spending in free agency since the 2017-18 off-season, i.e. since the Phillies began trying to compete again: The Billion Dollar Rebuild To summarize that: after the 2017 season, with a well-regarded farm system and a long playoff drought that made both fans and the ownership group eager for a return to fun at The Bank, the Phillies began spending in free agency to fill out a core and...

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Rockies sign LHP Brad Hand to a one year deal

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ With lefty reliever Lucas Gilbreath likely needing Tommy John Surgery, the Rockies have turned to the free agent market for reinforcements. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Colorado Rockies have signed left-handed reliever Brad Hand to a one year contract worth $2 million. Per Rosenthal, Hand’s base salary for 2023 will be $1.5 million and includes a $500K buyout or $7 million club option for 2024. The Rockies’ decision to turn to free agency for reinforcements comes shortly after it was revealed that fellow lefty Lucas...

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Durability and redundancy: In praise of Dansby Swanson

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports Here are some football and hockey analogies that show why Swanson is so valuable to the Cubs. I can’t lie: while I’d love to be fully focused on the Cubs right now, I can’t shake my interest in other sports at key positions on their calendar. In particular, I’m thinking about (a) the NHL trade deadline, and (b) the Bears’ approach to free agency and the draft. While the headline of this article indicates it’s about Dansby Swanson, I want to set this up properly, so bear with me a moment while I talk about the NHL and NFL....


Red Sox Opting To Keep Veteran At Spring Training, Out Of WBC

The 2023 season is shaping up to be the most important of Boston Red Sox infielder Christian Arroyo’s career. The 27-year-old will enter the season as the Red Sox’s top option at second base, after an injury to Trevor Story and Xander Bogaerts’ departure in free agency forced Boston into shuffling its middle infield. The […] The post Red Sox Opting To Keep Veteran At Spring Training, Out Of WBC appeared first on NESN.com.

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

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/

12/17/18 MLB.com FastCast: Machado tours South Side

Manny Machado's free-agency tour starts with the White Sox, plus the Astros near a deal with Michael Brantley and the Mets sign Wilson Ramos About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the U