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Larry Brown Sports

Are the Houston Astros preparing to lose Dallas Keuchel?

Are the Houston Astros making preparations for Dallas Keuchel to eventually leave the team in free agency? It seems like that thought is in their minds. News came out on Sunday from Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Heyman that Keuchel has hired Scott Boras as his agent. Agent news: Dallas Keuchel has hired Scott Boras —...Read More

Grand Rapids Press

After last week's signings, are Tigers done with free-agent shopping?

The Detroit Tigers have signed more Major League free agents in the last week than they did all last winter. ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers have signed more Major League free agents in the last week than they did all last winter.  They've signed more players to Major League contracts -- three -- than nearly any other club.  So does that mean, as the annual winter meetings open this week at Walt Disney World, that the Tigers are ready to put away the checkbook until April? Probably not. They've added a starting pitcher (Mike Fiers), some rotational...

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Orioles GM hints team will not trade Manny Machado

Orioles general manager Dan Duquette hinted he does not intend to trade star third baseman Manny Machado. Next year’s MLB free agent class could be one of the best ever. Among the names who will be available to the highest bidder are Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, and Charlie Blackmon. Then there’s Clayton Kershaw,...Read More

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Angels reportedly have had talks with CC Sabathia

Landing Shohei Ohtani may just be the start of a big offseason for the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels have had talks with free agent pitcher CC Sabathia, according to the New York Post’s George A. King III. CC Sabathia and the Angels have held discussions about him signing with them as a free agent...Read More

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Orioles have interesting reason for not pursuing Ohtani

The Baltimore Orioles were one of the few teams that did not attempt to sign Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, and their decision apparently had nothing to do with scouting reports. Ohtani, who has the capability to be both a regular pitcher and hitter, was courted by several MLB teams as an international free agent. Due...Read More

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Shohei Ohtani signing made Angels GM fall out of his chair

The Los Angeles Angels had no real inkling that Shohei Ohtani was going to pick them in free agency. In fact, Angels general manager Billy Eppler was so shocked to learn that Ohtani had chosen the Angels, he literally missed his chair when trying to sit down after taking the call from Ohtani’s agents. “I...Read More

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Shohei Ohtani wants fans to come up with nickname for him

Shohei Ohtani has enlisted the help of fans to come up with a nickname as he embarks on the next stage of his baseball career. The Angels made their free agent prize available to the media on Saturday and it didn’t take him long to feel comfortable. During his introductory press conference, Ohtani cracked a...Read More

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Cardinals, Luke Gregerson reportedly agreed to two-year deal

The St Louis Cardinals went into the Winter Meetings looking to add new pieces to their team, and they got off to a good start on Sunday. The Cardinals and reliever Luke Gregerson agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Free-agent reliever Luke Gregerson in agreement with #STLCards on...Read More

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Cubs reportedly agree to two-year deal with Brandon Morrow

The Chicago Cubs appear to be getting some much needed help for their bullpen. The Cubs and reliever Brandon Morrow have agreed on a two-year deal with an option, according to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan. Source: The Chicago Cubs have agreed to terms with free agent RP Brandon Morrow on a two-year deal with an option....Read More

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Mike Trout reportedly FaceTimed with Ohtani to recruit him to Angels

Shohei Ohtani apparently had at least one prominent member of the Los Angeles Angels in his ear as he made his free agent decision. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Ohtani FaceTimed with star center fielder Mike Trout during the week to try to help recruit the Japanese phenom to the Angels. As part of the...Read More

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Report: Giants could turn to Jay Bruce, JD Martinez after missing Stanton

The San Francisco Giants are being forced to move to Plan B after losing out on Giancarlo Stanton. Reports indicate that the Giants have looked at slugging free agent outfielders such as Jay Bruce and J.D. Martinez, having prepared for the possibility that Stanton would reject a trade to San Francisco. The #SFGiants expressed interest...Read More

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Shohei Ohtani signing with Angels

Highly-touted Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani is going to be a Los Angeles Angel. In a statement released by Ohtani’s representatives, they confirmed that Ohtani, the 23-year-old two-way star, has decided to sign with the Angels after an extended courtship process. 1/Statement from Ohtani agent Nez Balelo if CAA: “This morning, after a thorough, detailed...Read More

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Eric Hosmer reportedly visited Padres on Thursday

One of the most sought-after MLB free agents on the market is beginning to seriously look over his options. First baseman Eric Hosmer traveled to San Diego on Thursday to visit with the Padres, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The Padres have been an interested party, and it has even made clear that...Read More

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Cubs reportedly showing interest in Brandon Kintzler

The Chicago Cubs are reportedly among the teams showing interest in relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported the news on the Cubs’ interest in Kintzler, though he says nothing is imminent. Source: #Cubs have shown interest in free agent reliever Brandon Kintzler, but talks are not at an advanced stage. @MLB @MLBNetwork...Read More

ESPN

Where will Yu Darvish end up?

The big righty might have struggled in the World Series, but he's still going to get paid this offseason as one of baseball's top free-agent pitchers.

ESPN

Law: White Sox strike first on winter market

The ChiSox fired up the hot stove by signing free agent Welington Castillo, while the Cardinals dealt a 2016 All-Star and the Rays landed a prospect.

ESPN

Olney: Tough market for top free agents looking to land with contenders

Zack Cozart and Eric Hosmer might not have many options if they're looking to strike deals with teams that have real shots of reaching the postseason.

ESPN

1B Adams heads list of 26 new free agents

Atlanta first baseman Matt Adams was among 26 players who gained free agency on Friday night when their former teams failed to offer them 2018 contracts. The list also includes Cubs closer Hector Rondon.

ESPN

Non-tendered free agents ready to rebound from rejection

Matt Adams was among those cut loose by teams unwilling to risk giving players a raise through arbitration. Which ones could be impact free agents?

MLB

Cubs send Rondon into free agency

After five years, 77 saves and 296 appearances out of the bullpen, Hector Rondon's tenure with the Cubs appears to have come to a close.

Grand Rapids Press

Tigers non-tender Bruce Rondon, cutting ties after 10 years in organization

Five years ago, he was widely viewed as the teams closer of the near future. The Detroit Tigers declined to tender a contract to relief pitcher Bruce Rondon on Friday, making him a free agent. The Tigers extended contracts to every other unsigned player on their 40-man roster, including five arbitration-eligible players: relievers Shane Greene and Alex Wilson; catcher James McCann; outfielder Nicholas Castellanos; and shortstop Jose Iglesias.  The Tigers could have cut ties with Rondon last month, when they removed several players from the 40-man roster, but...

ESPN

White Sox sign free-agent C Castillo for 2 years

Coming off a season in which he hit .282 with 20 homers for Baltimore, catcher Welington Castillo signed a two-year deal with the White Sox on Friday. The team also avoided arbitration with reliever Danny Farquhar.

Grand Rapids Press

Tigers minor-league free agents: Steven Moya, Anthony Gose on the move

From Minnesota to Japan, Detroit Tigers minor-league free agents are beginning to find new homes this winter. From Minnesota to Japan, Detroit Tigers minor-league free agents are beginning to find new homes this winter. The most notable move involves Tigers outfield prospect Steven Moya, who is headed overseas to play for the Chunichi Dragons of the Nippon Professional Baseball League of Japan. Emily Waldon first reported news of the signing, pending a physical. The Minnesota Twins announced Thursday that they had signed right-handed pitcher Myles Jaye to a...

ESPN

Yard sale! Amid MLB's home run revolution, free-agent sluggers could come cheap

Not long ago, free-agent power hitters were a luxury only baseball's big spenders could afford. But now that everybody is going deep, there's enough pop available for even bargain shoppers to get in on the fun this winter.

ESPN

Breaking down the seven finalists in the race to sign Shohei Ohtani

Baseball's most coveted free agent has whittled down his list of likely landing spots. We make the case for each of the seven finalists to ink the two-way Japanese superstar.

Larry Brown Sports

12 best under-the-radar MLB free agents

Every single season, at least one team gets lucky with one of their offseason acquisitions. Typically, a player who didn’t get much attention during the offseason ends up being a key piece in a World Series or playoff run — just look at Charlie Morton of the Houston Astros or Brandon Morrow of the Los...Read More

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Rumor Central: At least six teams in on Yu Darvish?

Six teams reportedly are "in" on the pursuit of free agent right-hander Yu Darvish.

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Rumor Central: Mets considering Adam Lind in free agency?

The Mets are reportedly eyeing the veteran first baseman, who is coming off a productive season as a part-time player.

Why J.D. Martinez is not good fit for Blue Jays

MLB insider Jon Paul Morosi discusses the rumours that the Blue Jays are in on free agent slugger J.D. Martinez, says he doesn’t see this management team tying so much salary into one player at this point.

Sports Explained: How do MLB players become free agents?

Reaching MLB free agency is all about service time, but how it’s added up isn’t so simple — especially for Super 2s like Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson. Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith explains. -------------------------------------------

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.