12:52 AM EDT, Sun July 23, 2017
New York Post

The factors that will decide Yu Darvish’s trade fate

As poorly as things have been going for the Orioles – and that has been real bad – they just swept four games from the Rangers by a combined 34-11. That has heightened belief around the game that Texas might trade Yu Darvish, who can be a free agent after the season. A few executives...

Washington Times

Yu Darvish, Rangers pitcher, could be traded: Report

Yu Darvish was once the next best pitcher to come out of Japan. Now, he could potentially be traded. The Texas Rangers are exploring trading Darvish ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, according to Yahoo's Jeff Passan. Darvish will be a free agent after this season, so he'll ...

Washington Times

A's sign Carter to minor league deal, promote Montas, Olson

NEW YORK (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have signed free agent slugger Chris Carter to a minor league deal and promoted right-hander Frankie Montas and first baseman/outfielder Matt Olson to the majors. The A's made the moves before playing the New York Mets on Friday night. Carter was recently cut ...

San Francisco Chronicle

A’s have talked to Marcus Semien about multiyear deal

The team has inked many of its key contributors to multiyear deals during the Billy Beane era, some just through their arbitration years, a few longer. If the A’s signed Semien — who is local, from El Cerrito and Cal — to something akin to what the White Sox did with shortstop Tim Anderson, who got a six-year, $25 million deal last offseason, it would take him past arbitration; Semien is due to be a free agent after the 2020 season. Vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said Sunday that the A’s goal is to commit to a full rebuilding and, aided by a new stadium,...

Baltimore Sun

Orioles working backward with power arms Castro, Scott, Liranzo to find viable starters

With their rotation proving so frustrating this year — and three-fifths of it heading for free agency this offseason — the Orioles are already looking at some unique options to bring along as starters long term. And they’re going the opposite way from the traditional method of developing starting...

Tampa Tribune

RHP Alex Cobb feeling safer as Rays make playoff push

ST. PETERSBURG - Opening a late July homestand with a legitimate run for a playoff berth in sight makes Friday's start a big one for veteran RHP Alex Cobb.But were the Rays not playing so well, and Cobb not such a big part of their success, the free-agent-to-be may well have been looking at

Scout

Analysis: Underwhelming Haul for Martinez

In a surprise to almost no one, the Tigers shipped out slugging, free agent-to-be outfielder JD Martinez, in exchange for a trio of prospects from Arizona. With almost two weeks to the deadline, there have only been a few trades to compare to this deadline, so the market still has unknowns. While this deal is a step in the right direction, the haul in return likely won’t be a game changer for the organization.

Grand Rapids Press

Moments after trade, a wistful J.D. Martinez was already talking about coming back

Its an indication of the depth of Martinezs love for the Tigers, and his affection for general manager Al Avila, that he did so little to hide his sadness at being traded. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- How disappointed was J.D. Martinez to leave the Detroit Tigers? In the moments after being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night, he was already broaching the possibility of coming back to Detroit in a few months when he becomes a free agent. It's a possibility that the Tigers have all but ruled out as they seek to cut costs and get younger. But it's an...

Cincinnati.com

Reds not shopping long-term pieces, but listening is free

It's open season on players heading toward free agency. But longer-term pieces like Raisel Iglesias? The Reds will have to be impressed to listen.         

San Francisco Chronicle

Giants hope to add high schooler rejected by O’s

The Giants are involved in a bizarre addendum to the June amateur draft that could bolster their minor-league system. The club hopes by Wednesday to complete a physical on Texas high school pitcher Jack Conlon, whom the Orioles selected in the fourth round but did not sign because he failed their physical. Conlon, who had an offer to play for Texas A&M, became free to sign with any club and reached a tentative agreement with the Giants. Does that mean they are buying damaged goods? The Orioles are notorious for their strict standard for physicals, which has led to several free-agent deal...

Tampa Tribune

A second chance at life, away from the game he loved

PORT CHARLOTTE - Dylan Delso retired from a pro baseball career he never had.He walked away from a game that took him around the country as an amateur and eventually led to the desolate backfields at Charlotte Sports Park as an undrafted free agent with the Gulf Coast Rays.It was baseball

Washington Times

Panda-mania over: Red Sox release 3B Pablo Sandoval

BOSTON (AP) - The Red Sox have officially released Pablo Sandoval because the third baseman didn't report after being designated for assignment last week. The team announced the move Wednesday. It officially ends the Boston tenure for the once-celebrated free agent, who never was healthy enough to live up to ...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Felipe Rivero's name surfaces in wild trade speculation

With MLB’s July 31 trade deadline approaching, it’s not surprising to see Pirates such as outfielder Andrew McCutchen, starter Gerrit Cole and reliever Tony Watson pop up in trade speculation. All of them are coming to the ends of their respective contracts within the next couple of years, so it’s natural that they’d be mentioned as candidates to be moved, the idea being the Pirates might want to get something for those players while they can rather than risk losing them for nothing in free agency.

Amazin Avenue

Mets trade rumors: Market for Addison Reed heating up

All but out of the playoff hunt, the Mets are fielding plenty of calls on closer Addison Reed. Today, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets are getting “plenty of trade interest” in one of their most attractive trade pieces, relief ace Addison Reed. In a development that will surprise few except for the most optimistic of Mets fans, Sandy Alderson has been totally transparent about the fact that the team will likely be sellers at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and Reed is expected to be one of the free-agent-to-be veterans on the move for the Mets. Reed, who has been...

BSN Denver

How the Denver Nuggets nailed their pitch to Paul Millsap

For a second consecutive summer, the Nuggets delivered a killer free agent pitch. This time they got their guy.

Grand Rapids Press

Tigers trade rumors: Alex Avila remains an option for Cubs

The Cubs could still use a catcher, preferably a left-handed one, to replace Miguel Montero. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When the Chicago Cubs acquired starting pitcher Jose Quintana, the rumors about Detroit Tigers starters Michael Fulmer and Justin Verlander cooled.  But the Cubs could still use a catcher, preferably a left-handed one, to replace Miguel Montero. In Alex Avila, the Tigers might have the best fit on the market. The Cubs are "staying in contact" with Detroit about Avila, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi. Avila is a free agent after this season...

Grand Rapids Press

J.D. Martinez leaves game in 6th inning with back tightness

The move immediately prompted speculation that he had been traded. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez left Monday's game against the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning, immediately prompting speculation that he had been traded. In fact, the team said, Martinez was lifted for precautionary reasons due to lower back tightness. He was replaced between innings by Alex Presley, who ran on at the last moment and didn't even get to warm-up. Martinez will be a free agent after this season and is considered almost certain to be traded...

Journal News

LeBron James frustrated, concerned with Cavs' offseason efforts

The NBA's most important player can become a free agent next year, and it's not hard to see him leaving if things don't change.         

Grand Rapids Press

Tigers trade rumors: Justin Wilson boosting his value with scoreless streak

In his last eight appearances, Wilson has allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out 11 in eight innings. DETROIT -- Of the five players that ESPN reporter Buster Olney is most convinced will be traded in the next two weeks, two are Detroit Tigers. It should come as no surprise to Tigers fans that outfielder J.D. Martinez and left-handed reliever Justin Wilson are on the list. Catcher Alex Avila probably deserved consideration as well. In fact, there's a strong case to be made that Avila is more likely to be traded than Wilson. Avila is a free agent...

The Republican

The worst contracts in Boston Red Sox history: Where does Pablo Sandoval rank?

The Red Sox can be aggressive with their money when it comes to contracts, and have swung and missed a few times. Here are the biggest whiffs of the modern free agency era.

Larry Brown Sports

Billy Beane: A’s must ‘change the narrative’ by retaining best players

Even in their successful periods, there has been something inevitable about the Oakland Athletics. Synonymous with Moneyball, the A’s have consistently had talent — but due to their small market status, have inevitably watched it either traded or depart via free agency. The likes of Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon, Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, Barry Zito,...Read More

San Francisco Chronicle

Nuñez back with Giants, but for how long?

Nuñez back with Giants, but for how long? SAN DIEGO — Third baseman Eduardo Nuñez is back with the Giants, but for how long? A free agent after the season, Nuñez said he wants to remain in San Francisco through the season and beyond, but the team is expected to be active before the July 31 trade deadline and could use him as a chip. “I want to win at some point,” said Nuñez, who was on playoff teams in New York in 2011 and 2012. Nuñez, who missed 18 games with a left hamstring strain, hit .299 with 17 steals in the first half, a rare bright spot for a team that went 34-56. In...

Red Bird Rants

St. Louis Cardinals: Giancarlo Stanton or Manny Machado are viable options

It is trade deadline season, and the rumors are swirling. One of which is Giancarlo Stanton and the idea of him being dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals. Worth it, or should the Cardinals go after a big name free agent? There is cause for concern in either direction the St. Louis Cardinals would choose […] St. Louis Cardinals: Giancarlo Stanton or Manny Machado are viable options - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Republican

Is Pablo Sandoval the worst MLB free agent signing of all time?

Pablo Sandoval was so bad the Red Sox decided to dump him with over $40 million dollars left on his contract.

Cincinnati.com

Zack Cozart open to extension with Reds, but time is running out

Zack Cozart's All-Star season came at the right time, for him, just as he's approaching free agency.         

CSN Philly

MLB Notes: Red Sox cut losses, designate Pablo Sandoval for assignment

The Red Sox designated third baseman Pablo Sandoval for assignment on Friday, cutting their losses on the $95 million free agent. That and more from around the majors.

Morosi: Lawrie reunion only makes sense if Travis is unhealthy

MLB insider Jon Paul Morosi addresses the news that the Blue Jays may be interested in a reunion with now free agent, Brett Lawrie, wondering if he’s even a fit.

Bautista’s candid sit down interview with Hazel Mae

Jose Bautista sits down with Hazel Mae to talk about the free agency process, fan support and how age effects how he prepares going into a new season.

Should the New York Mets pursue Matt Wieters?

On SNY's Mets Hot Stove, Gary Apple, John Harper, and Nelson Figueroa take a look at free-agent catcher Matt Wieters as a possible target for the New York Mets behind the plate.