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New York Post

Pete Alonso could follow Brandon Nimmo’s free agency path back to Mets

Two years ago, Nimmo began spring training in the same spot Alonso now sits, entering his walk year and feeling the pressure to succeed.

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Unproductive drafts of the past are causing the roster decisions of today

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports It’s time to call those drafts what they are: failures Roster building in baseball is a multifaceted thing. There is no one right or wrong way to do it. Hardcore believers in stretching the value of a dollar might prefer to have a completely homegrown team that is supplemented only by a smattering of players from outside the organization. Others might tend to lean more towards star hunting on the free agency market, arming themselves with just enough players from the farm system to maintain at least some semblance of balance on the...

DodgerBlue.com

Dodgers Spring Training: Gavin Lux ‘Excited’ For Return To Peoria Sports Complex

After a relatively modest attempt to re-sign Trea Turner in free agency fell short when he joined the...

Purple Row

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 5, Sterlin Thompson

Photo by Norm Hall/MLB Photos via The 22-year-old Longmont native was drafted with the compensation received from Trevor Story’s departure in 2022 5. Sterlin Thompson (584 points, 23 ballots) Fair or not, Thompson’s progress will be judged in part by Rockies fans by the fact his draft pick (31st overall in 2022) was the only compensation Colorado received for Trevor Story leaving in free agency, instead of a widely-assumed deadline trade. The good news is that thus far Thompson has hit the snot out of the ball as a pro and is already in Double-A. Thompson (who was...

Lone Star Ball

Pirates, Keller agree to contract extension

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Mitch Keller and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms on a five year deal, per reports The Pittsburgh Pirates and pitcher Mitch Keller have agreed to terms on a five year, $77 million extension, per multiple reports. Keller, who turns 28 in April, would have been eligible for free agency after the 2025 season. Keller was a second round pick of the Pirates on 2014, and spent a number of years in the upper levels of top 100 prospect lists, but struggled to put everything together, culminating in an awful 6.17 ERA in 23 starts in 2021. ...

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News for February 21, 2024

Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Tylor Megill is lined up to start the Mets Grapefruit League opener this Saturday against the Cardinals. David Wright visited Port St. Lucie on Tuesday and said it’s an honor to make the cut to remain on the Hall of Fame ballot. Wright also discussed the state of the 2024 Mets. Anthony DiComo shared some observations from the first week of Mets camp. Brandon Nimmo’s free agency provided a blueprint for the Mets and Pete Alonso. Tim Britton writes...

NESN.com

Teoscar Hernández Reveals How Close He Came To Signing With Red Sox

Teoscar Hernández loves playing at Fenway Park. So, naturally, the All-Star outfielder strongly considered signing with the Boston Red Sox in free agency this MLB offseason. The sides couldn’t agree to a deal, though, and Hernández instead landed with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a one-year, $23.5 million contract that includes a $15 million payout […]

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees 2024 Season Preview: DJ LeMahieu

Photo by Ed Zurga/ His job as the leadoff man will be to get the cutlery for Soto and Judge. When DJ LeMahieu hit free agency after 2020, retaining him seemed like a no-brainer. His transcendent 2019 and clutch moments in the playoffs cemented him as a Yankee stalwart. After an even better abbreviated walk year in which he posted a 177 wRC+, he commanded a strong market. It turned out well for both sides in negotiations, and he inked a reasonable six-year, $90 million dollar deal to stick around. There were initial concerns that the deal stretches through his age-37...

Red Reporter

Chase Petty is throwing gas again, and hitters everywhere are in trouble

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Might we even see him in Cincinnati this summer? The Cincinnati Reds reportedly pursued Sonny Gray, the runner-up in the 2023 American League Cy Young Award voting, in free agency this winter. Gray, the former Red, eventually signed with the rival St. Louis Cardinals on a 3-year, $75 million contract, while the Reds turned around and spent potentially $86.25 million on other pitching options for their staff. It’s hard not to view that pursuit/pivot as something of a challenge. The Reds, after all, will now have to go right through...

Purple Row

Monday Rockpile: Three Rockies set to hit free agency after 2024 (and who’s behind them)

Photo by Rachel O’Driscoll/Colorado Rockies/ Colorado Rockies news and links for Monday, February 19, 2024 Spring Training is officially underway as the Colorado Rockies have reported to camp at Salt River Field in Arizona and we are less than a week away from the first game action – February 23, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. We’re finally in a position to start seeing how the 2024 roster will shape-up, even though most of the names expected to break are already well-known heading into the new campaign. The Rockies continue down an unofficial rebuild and are...

DodgerBlue.com

Dodgers Spring Training: Freddie Freeman Praises ‘Incredible’ Yoshinobu Yamamoto

Weeks after winning a frenzied free agency pursuit of Shohei Ohtani, the Los Angeles Dodgers added...

Pinstripe Alley

NYY News: Star RF expected to hit free agency after season, Volume 2

Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Cashman talks Soto deal, active free agent and trade markets; potential targets for Yankees; what might MLB prioritize in next commissioner? MLB Trade Rumors | Darragh McDonald: With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training this week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spoke with the media for the first time in a few weeks. During these sessions, he revealed much about the Yankees’ pursuits of lefty bats this winter, noting that the team was originally playing the Red Sox and Padres off each other with Alex Verdugo...

New York Post

Pete Alonso, Mets haven’t had long-term contract talks yet with free agency looming

Pete Alonso expressed his willingness to be a lifelong Met on Saturday afternoon, but the two sides have not had talks of making that a reality yet.

NESN.com

Red Sox ‘Remain Engaged’ In Market For Top Free Agents

The Boston Red Sox aren’t calling it quits in the free agency market just yet. Before the team’s first official workout, scheduled for Wednesday, Red Sox manager Alex Cora and chief baseball officer Craig Breslow addressed the media. Breslow, who’s already made a handful of moves aimed to improve Boston’s roster fresh off its second […]

Pinstripe Alley

NYY News: Can Snell still happen?

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports A Snell prediction; Rodón is confident going into 2024; Reassessing the top 2017 prospects; Groshans claimed, Krook DFA’d NJ.com | Bridget Hyland: Blake Snell is at a weird point in his free agency. It’s not clear what his group of suitors are, and he has still only received an offer from the Yankees, even if it was rescinded. Jim Bowden still thinks the Yankees will land Snell after this all plays out, but boy would that be a shock. According to Roster Resource, their projected 2024 payroll will be $295 million. Signing Snell will...

Amazin Avenue

A vibe check on the 2024 Mets

Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via How are we feeling about the 2024 Mets? The Super Bowl is over, pitchers and catchers have reported, which means it is, unbelievably, time again for another baseball season. The Mets enter this season with a different feel than they’ve had in recent years. For the first time in the Steve Cohen era, the Mets don’t enter the season with serious World Series aspirations. Coming off a 75-win 2023 season, they forwent their annual free agency splurge that we’d become accustomed to in recent seasons in favor of a more practical,...

NESN.com

Ex-Red Sox Pitcher Elects To Take Unique Free Agency Approach

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill intends to return to a big league mound for a 20th season in 2024, however, there’s a delay. Hill, who turns 44 in March, made 27 starts and 32 appearances in a split campaign with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres. The left-hander tossed 146 1/3 innings […]

Pinstripe Alley

Soto, Gleyber, and upcoming Yankees free agent decisions

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Soto and Torres will both reach free agency after 2024. Remember the short time, a little more than a year ago, when it seemed like Aaron Judge might not return to the Yankees? Well, that wasn’t fun. Even the most optimistic of fans saw their faith shaken a bit, and it was only natural. The prospect of this team without Judge was a bleak one, to say the least. Furthermore, once a player reaches the market, there is only so much confidence a team can have about securing his services. This current offseason didn’t deliver nearly the same...

South Side Sox

Today in White Sox History: February 9

While his stay was brief, at least Gerry Janeski got to wear the White Sox blues in 1970. A throw-in gets thrown out 1914 Future two-time White Sox owner Bill Veeck was born, in Chicago. Baseball’s greatest promoter presided over two of the most exciting seasons in team history, the 1959 pennant winners and 1977’s South Side Hit Men. More vilified than appreciated by baseball’s ruling class, Veeck’s career saw him also owning the (minor league) Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Browns and Cleveland. He helped bring free agency, expansion, playoffs, interleague play...

Royals Review

Royals Rumblings - News for February 7, 2024

Anne Rogers has some further reporting on the Royals’ extension of Bobby Witt, Jr.: “…You see what they’re doing across the street with the fanbase over there, we want to get that back over here in blue,” Witt said. “That’s definitely the goal. We’re just going to keep working and keep getting better.” The Royals have a long way to go for this all to work out. It starts at the Major League level and must trickle down to the farm system, because the Royals don’t always want to rely on free agency. A homegrown core is vitally important to their...

NESN.com

Brock Holt Makes Edit To Justin Turner’s Red Sox Farewell Post

A former Red Sox fan favorite couldn’t help but point out an omission from Justin Turner’s goodbye to Boston. Turner sent out a Red Sox farewell Instagram post one week after joining the Toronto Blue Jays via Major League Baseball free agency. The veteran infielder reflected on his “special” time in Boston and expressed gratitude […]

www.thegoodphight.com

Rise and Phight: 2/6/2024

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports How about those Royals? I’m a sucker for small market teams signing their stars. I’ve always fancied the idea of players playing their whole careers with one team. There is something about that I remember from growing up, that you pretty much knew who would be on the team the following year. I don’t hate free agency at all, but seeing a homegrown player commit to the team that drafted him for many, many years is nice. On to the links. Phillies news: A little Todd Zolecki mailbag to help get you through your day? The Phillies...

Purple Row

Monday Rockpile: An outside-the-box idea for acquiring a LH OF

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Colorado Rockies news and links for Monday, February 5, 2024 Headlines were made last week when the Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles completed a trade, landing the O’s right-handed ace Corbin Burnes. With Burnes set to hit free agency after 2024 and the relationship between him and the organization severely damaged after his recent round through arbitration, it seemed like only a matter of time before he departed Milwaukee. While the team did at least receive compensation for Burnes, it’s the latest blow for a Milwaukee...

Brew Crew Ball

Trading Corbin Burnes was the right decision

Photo by Stacy Revere/ After months of speculation, the Brewers made the right call and accepted a reasonable trade return for their ace The biggest domino in an eventful Brewers offseason fell Thursday night when Milwaukee dealt Corbin Burnes to the Baltimore Orioles for infielder Joey Ortiz, pitcher D.L. Hall and the 34th overall pick in the 2024 amateur draft. Burnes entered the offseason as one of baseball’s likeliest players to be moved. He’s due to hit free agency after the 2024 season, and any possibility of an extension with the Brewers was snuffed out the...

Brew Crew Ball

Corbin Burnes traded to Baltimore for SS Joey Ortiz, LHP D.L. Hall, and a 2024 draft pick

Photo by John Fisher/ With one year left of control, a trade of Corbin Burnes seemed like it would happen this offseason. Entering the offseason, the status of Corbin Burnes was one of the biggest questions. With just one year of team control and an expensive contract, a trade seemed like a likely possibility. As Spring Training approaches, the trade has happened. The Brewers traded Corbin Burnes to the Orioles tonight for shortstop Joey Ortiz and LHP D.L. Hall, as well as the 34th pick in the 2024 draft. Burnes was always heading towards free agency, so getting trade...

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Report Card: I’m Going to Compare Nick Castellanos to Jack Burton

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports There’s some real baseball stuff at the beginning but this off-season is very boring. As spring training hits, there are still so many free agents the Phillies probably shouldn’t target. The off-season is boring since teams won’t give Scott Boras his money. I came up with some notes and one of the greatest sections in The Good Phight history. I Would Monitor the Jorge Soler market There aren’t many guys in this free agency class that would help get them over the edge in the postseason. I’m not sure Blake Snell or Jordan...

FOX Sports

Three potential trades for LeBron James if he wants out of Los Angeles

LeBron James is set to hit free agency this offseason. If he and the Lakers opt for a trade ahead of the deadline, Nick Wright shared three trade proposals he likes.

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