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Rival Roundup, Vol. 36: The Beat of Your Own Drum

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ The passing of a Cleveland legend leads this week’s roundup. The baseball offseason is funny in that it winds down just as things are beginning to ramp up. It’s the quietest point of free agency, despite pitchers and catchers reporting within the next two weeks. Early November simultaneously feels like an age ago, and also not that long at all. But through the grueling winter, one constant remains. IT’S RIVAL ROUNDUP, BABY It’s not often that a fan ingrains themselves into the fabric of a franchise, but when they do, it’s usually for...

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Shohei Ohtani: Are the Los Angeles Dodgers the front-runners?

All eyes have been fixated on the unicorn of baseball, Shohei Ohtani, and his impending free agency at the end of this year. Rumors have been swirling left and right about where Ohtani will end up, and how much he will get paid. Said rumors have pointed to his contract being in the ballpark of […] Shohei Ohtani: Are the Los Angeles Dodgers the front-runners? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Lookout Landing

Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/2/23: Dylan Moore, Kyle Tyler, and Diego Castillo

Photo by Rob Carr/ Man, I’m ready for Mariners baseball to return. Hello everyone and happy Thursday! We’ve got a lot of Mariners news today, so let’s chop to it. In Mariners news... In case you missed it, the Mariners signed infielder Dylan Moore to a three-year extension, buying out a year of free agency. The Mariners added another reliever to the spring training pile, signing Kyle Tyler to a minor league deal. The Mariners settled their first arbitration case of the offseason, winning against Diego Castillo in an argument over just $275K. Hope it was worth...

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Andrew Friedman Expects Gavin Lux To Be Dodgers Starting Shortstop & Miguel Rojas Filling Utility Role

When Trea Turner signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in free agency, it left a sizable hole at shortstop for the Los Angeles...

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Los Angeles Angels reportedly looking at bullpen help

The Los Angeles Angels desperately need to add pieces to their bullpen. This is something they are aware of as well, as they have reportedly been looking at left handed relievers in free agency. One arm, in particular, appears to be on their radar. According to Bob Nightengale from USA Today, the Angels are interested […] Los Angeles Angels reportedly looking at bullpen help - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Boston Red Sox pitcher Michael Wacha wants some stability

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Michael Wacha has been on four different teams over the past four seasons. It makes sense that he would be looking for some stability in his current trip through free agency. That certainly seems to be the case. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, Wacha is still […] Boston Red Sox pitcher Michael Wacha wants some stability - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Crawfish Boxes

Oops! All Astros: Leomar Rosario & Narbe Cruz

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ An Oops! for Sunday. We’re reviewing each of the 316 players to appear in Houston’s system in 2022. Leomar Rosario Leomar Rosario is a six-foot-six, 217 lb. right-handed pitcher from San Cristobal, DR. Born on June 11, 2003, he signed with the Astros through free agency on October 18, 2021. Assigned to the Rookie-Level DSL Astros Blue squad to begin his professional career, Rosario opened his season by striking out six over a three-inning start on June 9. He also allowed three runs on four walks and a pair of hits in a 10-9 loss to the...

Over the Monster

OTM Open Thread 1/27: It is Friday

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ Last Friday of the month! Happy Friday! It’s the last weekend of January which means we’ll soon be in the same month as Spring Training! And the next month (albeit the penultimate day) the season begins. We’re still waiting to see if there is a trade in Matt Barnes’ future or if the DFA will simply lead to free agency. The only Red Sox from 2018: Rafael Devers, Chris Sale, and Ryan Brasier. Talk about what you want and be good to one another.

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New York Yankees exploring left field help on every front

The New York Yankees have indicated that they are looking to add a left handed hitting outfielder to balance their lineup. That quest has led to numerous discussions in both free agency and the trade front. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the Yankees have been in contact with David Peralta and […] New York Yankees exploring left field help on every front - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Offishial news, 1/27/23: MLB Pipeline unveils Top 100 list; Astros finally hire GM

Michael Packard/Pitcher List Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes David Samson’s take on Bruce Sherman’s ownership situation. Marlins Podcast Episodes The reveal of MLB The Show 2023’s cover athlete is coming on Monday. With some gamers speculating that Jazz Chisholm Jr. could get the nod, the Marlins posted a video of him throwing batting practice to fellow Bahamian Cherif Neymour...while wearing an MLB The Show t-shirt. The fact that “center fielders are hard to get right now” via trade and free agency made the Marlins think more seriously...

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Mets sign Jeff McNeil to four-year extension

Photo by Elsa/ The defending NL batting champion is sticking around Queens through at least 2026. The Mets and Jeff McNeil have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $50 million, according to Jeff Passan. The deal includes a fifth-year club option that could run the deal up to $63.75 million. You may recall that McNeil was the lone Met to not settle on a contract with the club ahead of the January 14 arbitration deadline. With the extension, that issue has now been resolved. McNeil was set to hit free agency following the 2024 season, so this deal buys out his...

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MLB Rumors: Orioles DFA Ex-Red Sox Pitcher Following Trade

The Baltimore Orioles finalized a trade that placed former Boston Red Sox pitcher Darwinzon Hernandez back on the free agency market as a corresponding move Thursday. Baltimore reportedly acquired pitchers Cole Irvin and Kyle Virbitsky from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for infielder Darell Hernaiz, according to Dan Connolly of The Athletic. This swap prompted […] The post MLB Rumors: Orioles DFA Ex-Red Sox Pitcher Following Trade appeared first on NESN.com.

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MLB free agency: The 3 best relievers still available

The free agent market for MLB relievers took a massive hit very early on when Edwin Díaz, Robert Suarez, and Rafael Montero all took large contracts with their current teams. Díaz’s contract broke a record in both AAV and total money for relievers. Suarez was pitching in Japan two years ago, and locked down $46 […] MLB free agency: The 3 best relievers still available - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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How Adalberto Mondesi Trade Could Impact Red Sox’s 2023 Plans

The Red Sox addressed one of their most glaring weaknesses Tuesday, acquiring infielder Adalberto Mondesi in a trade with the Royals. Boston, which shipped left-handed reliever Josh Taylor to Kansas City in the deal, desperately needed reinforcement up the middle after losing Xander Bogaerts to the San Diego Padres in free agency and Trevor Story […] The post How Adalberto Mondesi Trade Could Impact Red Sox’s 2023 Plans appeared first on NESN.com.

Royals Review

Royals Review Radio: The Athletic’s Andy McCullough Joins RRR!

An old Kansas City friend joins Jacob Milham to talk some baseball. The Athletic’s Andy McCullough joins Jacob Milham for a special edition of Royals Review Radio! A former Kansas City Royals beat writer at the Kansas City Star, McCullough is now the senior MLB writer at the Athletic. What are his thoughts about the Twins’ free agency moves and how other small market teams become successful? What are some of his favorite moments from his years in Kansas City? Plus, how does he like Kansas City’s chances at going from worst to first in the AL Central? All this and more on...

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How Triston Casas Views Potential Contract Extension With Red Sox

The Red Sox recently signed Rafael Devers to a 10-year contract extension, a huge commitment to a homegrown star after Boston traded Mookie Betts and lost Xander Bogaerts to free agency. Could Triston Casas be next in line for a long-term deal? The rookie first baseman still is getting his feet wet in the majors, […] The post How Triston Casas Views Potential Contract Extension With Red Sox appeared first on NESN.com.

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Outside The Confines: A good old-fashioned trade

Photo by Megan Briggs/ The Twins and Marlins make a deal based on needs and not contracts. An Oakland legend passes. A look back at free agency and more news from around MLB. I remember when a team trading a batting champion would have been a huge deal. The last player traded the offseason after winning a batting title was Rod Carew back in 1979. The Minnesota Twins traded second baseman Luis Arraez, the 2022 American League batting champion, to the Miami Marlins for right-handed pitcher Pablo López and prospects Jose Salas and Byron Chourio. The Marlins announced...

The Crawfish Boxes

Oops! All Astros: Rolando Espinosa

Photo by Tim Warner/ Rolando Espinosa is the 248th player to get the Oops! treatment this offseason. We’re reviewing all 316 players to have appeared in Houston’s system in 2022. Rolando Espinosa is a six-foot, 170 lb. infielder from Diego de Avila, Cuba. Born on January 5, 2001, he signed with Houston through free agency for $175,000 on August 21, 2017. Espinosa played at the rookie level in 2018 and 2019, between the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League, both of which run from June through August. He appeared in 101 games in total between the two,...

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Former MLB star feels Shohei Ohtani is worth $500 million

There has been plenty of speculation as to how much money Shohei Ohtani will receive in free agency. One former MLB legend has a dollar amount in mind. According to Hector Gomez, Manny Ramirez feels that the Los Angeles Angels star is worth $500 million on the open market. Calling him a “phenomenon never seen […] Former MLB star feels Shohei Ohtani is worth $500 million - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Minnesota Twins take reasonable gamble on Chris Paddack

The Minnesota Twins could have a bargain on their hands if Chris Paddack can stay healthy. The Twins announced that they have signed Paddack to a three year extension, covering his final two seasons of arbitration and first year of free agency. He will make $2.5 million in each of the first two years and […] Minnesota Twins take reasonable gamble on Chris Paddack - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Shohei Ohtani rumors: Baseball’s first $500 million man?

We know Shohei Ohtani, the 28-year-old phenom, is one of the most gifted baseball players to ever play the game. Because of that, according to ESPN writer Alden Gonzalez in this article (subscription required), “MLB executives and agents believe Shohei Ohtani may be baseball’s first $500M+ man when he enters free agency.” A potential $500 […] Shohei Ohtani rumors: Baseball’s first $500 million man? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

Ask Pinstripe Alley: Yankees mailbag questions request

Ring in 2023 with a question or two for our first mailbag of the year. It’s been a while since the holidays have ended, and the offseason has entered its winddown phase. All of the major free agents have settled into their homes for 2023 and beyond (with special thanks to Carlos Correa for giving us a saga unmatched in recent free agency history), and the trade market has mostly dried up as well. There’s sure to be plenty of stars available, but by this point it becomes more likely that they’re awaiting a trade deadline deal instead of an offseason one. Taking all of that...

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Open Thread: What should the Rays do next?

Photo by Tim Warner/ Come join the conversation. Are the Tampa Bay Rays done? The team has yet to acquire the left handed bat that was expected to be procured, either by the free agent market or by trade, this off-season. After veteran players David Peralta, Kevin Kiermaier, and Mike Zunino departed by free agency, the team is also without the long prioritized veteran presence. Do we expect the Rays to continue making moves to fill either of these voids?

Twinkie Town

There’s No Such Thing as Enough Pitching

Pablo Lopez #49 of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers | Photo by John Fisher/ Making Sense of the Twins’ Reported Interest in Back-End Starters Aside from the Carlos Correa free agency saga, the most consistent rumor theme this offseason has been the Twins’ purported interest in acquiring starting pitchers that would seemingly fit in the middle or back end of the rotation. That has caused more than a few followers of the team to scratch their heads because, generally speaking, the consensus across the baseball...

Fish Stripes

5 key takeaways from the new Miami Marlins international signing class

Photo courtesy of the Miami Marlins Analyzing the Marlins’ new additions with help from a club executive. When MLB international free agency opened on Sunday, the Miami Marlins signed more than 30 new players, led by Janero Miller (MLB Pipeline’s No. 16 international prospect). Miami’s bonus pool ($6.37M) was tied for the largest among all MLB teams and they spent almost all of it on the first day of the signing period. “Intentionally tried to go a bit more position player-heavy given how pitcher-heavy we have focused before,” said Marlins senior director of...

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Elvis Andrus best option at short for desperate Boston Red Sox

It’s closing time at the shortstop bar and the Boston Red Sox are looking for a partner. They had been rebuffed by their primary option. Xander Bogaerts was offered several long term extensions, but none of them came close to what he received in free agency. Trevor Story was the fallback plan, the number in […] Elvis Andrus best option at short for desperate Boston Red Sox - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Scott Boras Names Three Teams (Besides Padres) That Targeted Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts had no shortage of suitors in Major League Baseball free agency. This is obvious to those who followed Bogaerts’ first trip to the open market, which ended with him leaving the Red Sox and signing an 11-year, $280 million contract with the Padres. And it’s a sentiment that recently was echoed by Bogaerts’ […] The post Scott Boras Names Three Teams (Besides Padres) That Targeted Xander Bogaerts appeared first on NESN.com.

Tomahawk Take

Braves News: Braves sign impressive international class, uniforms, more

There was no shortage of intrigue yesterday as international free agency opened up and the Atlanta Braves were right in the thick of the madness. Starting off the day, multiple outlets confirmed everyone’s “suspicions” that the Braves were going to sign talented Venezuelan outfielder Luis Guanipa. The Braves ended up signing him for a reported […] Braves News: Braves sign impressive international class, uniforms, more - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - Atlanta Braves News & Fan Community

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