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Rays 8 Orioles 4: Venters return to mound caps fifth win in a row

Balanced offense, impressive bullpen overcome rainy night in Baltimore Watching the Tampa Bay Rays defeat the division rival Baltimore Orioles, in a game with tight defense, timely hits and strong pitching, especially from the bullpen, it was hard to remember that this team was supposedly tanking. It was a satisfying win in which everyone played a key role. That we got to see Jonny Venters take a major league mound for the first time since 2012 made it even sweeter. For many Rays fans, one of the draws to watching this game was a chance to see Alex Cobb, signed as a free agent by the...

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Should the Yankees still pursue Manny Machado?

Orioles star Manny Machado will be a free agent at the end of the season, and has been a rumored target of the Yankees for quite some time.

Pinstripe Alley

NYY vs. MIN: Lance Lynn vs Sonny Gray

Keep rolling, New York After a sluggish start to 2018, the Yankees seem to be forming into the squad we expected to see. They just rattled off four straight wins, scoring 36 runs in the process. Facing another fly-ball pitcher tonight, New York is hoping the bats stay hot as they continue their series with the Minnesota Twins. Lance Lynn, one of the many free agent pickups by the Twins, has gotten off to a rocky start, with a 6.00 ERA/4.51 FIP in his first three starts with the Twinkies. He’s posted impressive strikeout numbers, but a Dellin Betances-like walk rate means he’s allowed...

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Milwaukee Brewers connected to three of MLB Pipeline’s top-30 International Free Agents

Another potentially strong international class for the Brewers. MLB Pipeline has released this year’s top-30 International Free Agents list. According to the website, Milwaukee is the favorite to sign three of the free agents on the list. The club already has signed and developed some notable international free agents — like Orlando Arcia — and hopes to expand on its success. 18. Eduarqi Fernandez, OF — Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 Fernandez is the highest ranked international free agent on the list. He’s a tall 16-year-old outfielder who bats and throws...

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Patrick Corbin could emerge as Yankees’ top offseason target

A few weeks ago, I wrote that Dallas Keuchel could be a more likely option for the Yankees in next winter's free agent market.

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D-Backs' Patrick Corbin could draw interest from Yankees in free agency

Diamondbacks pitcher and New York native Patrick Corbin has dominated opponents throughout the early portion of the season -- and the Yankees have already been paying attention.

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Top 30 international prospects from MLB Pipeline

The new international signing period opens on July 2, and MLB Pipeline highlights the top free agents MLB Rumors: MLB Pipeline’s top 30 international prospects for the upcoming J-2 signing period for 2018-19 is out, with scouting reports and information on the top players who will be eligible come July 2, 2018. The Rangers, as usual, are identified as a team that is “expected to be aggressive” once the international signing period starts. The player on the top 30 list linked to the Rangers is catcher Jose Rodriguez, a catcher out of Venezuela who is described as perhaps the most...

Pinstripe Alley

Patrick Corbin really wants to pitch for the Yankees

The left-hander likes New York, and there’s reason to believe the feeling is mutual. Yesterday I wrote about the Yankees’ odds in the premature Clayton Kershaw sweepstakes. It’s only fitting that I follow it up with another story about an impending free agent southpaw coming out of the National League West. This union, however, seems far more likely. Of course I’m talking about Patrick Corbin. The Diamondbacks left-hander made it clear yesterday that he has pinstripes on his mind. He raved about the Yankees, his childhood favorite team, in an interview with Bob Nightengale of USA...

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies rumors: Executive says they will sign Harper or Machado

One MLB executive told Robert Murray of FanRag Sports that the Phillies will sign one of Bryce Harper or Manny Machado this offseason. The Phillies have more than enough money to go out and spend big in next year’s free agency class, even after being among the biggest spenders last offseason. They have a chance […] Phillies rumors: Executive says they will sign Harper or Machado - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Sidewinder missile: Mariners prospect Wyatt Mills is moving quickly through the system

The fastest-moving arm in the system comes at you sideways As we enter the fourth week of the 2018 MLB season, the Mariners’ pitching staff finds itself somewhere in the bottom third in most categories. That holds true for their bullpen, which currently sits 23rd in the league in xFIP with a mark of 4.33, and tied for 27th in fWAR at -0.3. Other than closer Edwin Diaz, who has been absolutely lights out in 10 appearances, the bullpen has combined for -0.8 fWAR (or just -0.7 if you omit Taylor Motter’s appearance in a blowout). The team’s prized free agent acquisition Juan Nicasio has...

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Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers @ Kansas City Royals

Ned Yost’s squad is getting off to one of the worst starts in franchise history, and the Brewers come to town on a 6-game winning streak The Milwaukee Brewers are now in a tie for first place in the NL Central following a four-game sweep of the lowly Miami Marlins and a six-game winning streak. The soft part of the Brewers’ April schedule continues this week with a quick two-gap pit stop in Kansas City to face the rebuilding Royals. Just a few years removed from a World Series title, the window appears to be closed for KC. Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain left through free agency, Mike...

Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves: Could extending Nick Markakis short-term be their best option?

Braves’ right fielder Nick Markakis is in the final season of a 4-year contract signed before the 2014 season. However, despite being 34-years-old, his hometown club should consider resigning the battle-tested veteran after the 2018 season. As beautiful as it sounds that free-agent to be Bryce Harper could fill the right field position for the Atlanta Braves, […] Atlanta Braves: Could extending Nick Markakis short-term be their best option? - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cleveland Indians sign OF Melky Cabrera to minors deal

It was announced late Monday night that the Cleveland Indians have brought in Melky Cabrera on a minor league deal. Free agent OF Melky Cabrera has agreed to a minor-league contract with the #Indians, source confirms @hgomez27 report. @MLB @MLBNetwork — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 24, 2018 The Cleveland Indians outfield depth has been tested […] Cleveland Indians sign OF Melky Cabrera to minors deal - Believeland Ball - Believeland Ball - A Cleveland Indians Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

KC Kingdom

Kansas City Chiefs: Sneaky signing would benefit Chiefs

The 2018 NFL Draft is just days away. Excitement is building as fans anticipate who their team will select in pursuit of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at season’s end. While teams are fully focused on the newest crop of draft prospects they’re also keeping an eye on available free agents. Should the Kansas City Chiefs try […] Kansas City Chiefs: Sneaky signing would benefit Chiefs - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

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Lorenzo Cain has been a different, better hitter in 2018

The center fielder has been worth every penny so far. Plenty of eyebrows were raised around Milwaukee when the Brewers inked Lorenzo Cain to a five-year, $80 mil contract this past January, the largest free agent deal in franchise history. The former All-Star was about to (and has since) turn 32 years old, and the outfield was considered an area of strength coming into the offseason. Some opined that the money would have been better spent addressing what, on paper, looked like a weak starting rotation rather than investing in Cain. While it’s still too early to draw any conclusions about...

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MLB This Week: Torres called up, and more top prospects could soon follow

The latter part of April is a good time to check in on some of baseballs top prospects.The New York Yankees hope they have a good one in Gleyber Torres.Torres made his anticipated debut for the Yankees on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays, and although the 21-year-old infielder went hitless , his arrival drew plenty of attention. Torres promotion occurred late enough that he isnt eligible for free agency until after the 2024 season. It made sense for his major league debut to come now, especially after he hit .347 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.A few other top prospects remain in the...

Amazin Avenue

The Mets might not need a second lefty in the bullpen

Jerry Blevins in the lone lefty, but he does have some unexpected help in the bullpen. When the Mets signed Jose Reyes in the offseason, they designated lefty reliever Josh Smoker for assignment, a bit of a surprising move. It was curious because he was the only other left-handed option besides Jerry Blevins in the Mets’ bullpen, and righty Anthony Swarzak as their only addition to the bullpen in free agency. There has been a lot of chatter about how they are lacking another lefty weapon in the bullpen. Some theorized that Steven Matz would eventually wind up there when Jason Vargas...

Pinstripe Alley

What are the odds that the Yankees sign Clayton Kershaw?

Jon Heyman thinks there’s a chance. Spring weather has finally arrived in New York, and the Yankees are starting to win. That leaves us only one thing to do: pour over free agent rumors! In a way too early look at next offseason, Jon Heyman connected the Yankees to Clayton Kershaw, the crown jewel pitcher of the 2018 - 2019 class. We know this involves an opt-out clause, but barring catastrophic injury he will do just that. While the Bombers don’t have the same advantage as the Dodgers or Rangers, Heyman assigns New York the third best odds in the preliminary phase of the Kershaw...

Kings of Kauffman

Kansas City Royals: The Royals Bats are Showing Signs of Life

Everyone wants to be optimistic. Well, almost everyone. Hope springs internal and there was no shortage of hope in Spring Training. Maybe the Kansas City Royals could be sneaky good this season, despite some key losses in free agency. There was also the thought that the Kansas City Royals could end up at the bottom […] Kansas City Royals: The Royals Bats are Showing Signs of Life - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Kansas City Royals: Royals Draft Flashback, Part 5 (1988-1992)

We have been looking through the Kansas City Royals draft history since the inception of the franchise in 1969. Here is Part 5. Major League Baseball was dramatically affected by the explosion of free agency and multi-million dollar contracts in the late 80s and early 90s. The new economics of the game, one that benefited […] Kansas City Royals: Royals Draft Flashback, Part 5 (1988-1992) - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Yankees news: Gleyber Torres has been promoted to the majors

It’s finally happening! Yankees fans have been on Gleyber watch for a few days now. After all the will they or won’t they, the Yankees have finally decided to promote Gleyber Torres to the majors. According to Jack Curry, he will join the team, and presumably make his MLB debut, tomorrow afternoon. Just a few days ago, it sounded like the Yankees wouldn’t be calling up Torres anytime soon. By waiting to promote Torres, the Yankees ensured that he cannot become a free agent until after the 2024 season. Brian Cashman had said that his service clock “wouldn’t be a consideration”...

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The Yankees and Yusei Kikuchi’s impending free agency

The next big name Japanese pitcher is preparing to jump to MLB. Jon Heyman reports Seibu Lions left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, arguably the best pitcher in Japan in Year One post-Shohei Ohtani, is expected to be posted after the season, though of course nothing is set in stone. “He’s coming,” said one source to Heyman. Kikuchi, […] The post The Yankees and Yusei Kikuchi’s impending free agency appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

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Red Sox President Reveals His Most Memorable Free Agent Recruiting Pitch

Boston Red Sox team president Sam Kennedy recently chatted with WEEI’s Rob Bradford on the “Bradfo Sho” podcast and touched... Read More »

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Dodgers News: Yasmani Grandal Not Focused On Forthcoming Free Agency

Perhaps the biggest surprise so far in the 2018 season for the Los Angeles Dodgers has been the play of Yasmani...

Bless You Boys

Game 17 Preview: Royals at Tigers

Fulmer is looking to rebound after a rough outing in Cleveland. Baseball is a funny game, and sometimes damn near impossible to predict. Take the 2018 season, for instance. As the start of spring training grew nearer and talented free agents sat at home without new contracts, we at Bless You Boys wondered if the Tigers should have waded into the pool. By signing a few boom-or-bust types to cheap, short-term deals, the Tigers could have tried to catch lightning in a bottle and maybe — maybe — compete for the playoffs. Instead, the Tigers held pat, choosing to rely on young players like...

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Could (and should) the Phillies make a play for Clayton Kershaw this winter?

On Episode 187 of “Hittin’ Season,” host John Stolnis takes a look at the chances of the Phillies adding the best pitcher in baseball this off-season. He’s the best pitcher of this generation and he might become available to the highest bidder in a matter of months. Let the wild speculation begin. Jon Heyman’s latest piece runs down the potential free agent market for Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw, who can opt out of the final two years of his contract with Los Angeles that is due to pay him $32 million in 2019 and $33 million in 2020. He will be just 31 and 32 years old in...

SportsDay

Cuban prospect officially a Ranger ... with a goal of reaching majors in 3 years

The clock started ticking for Cuban free agent outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez on Thursday.Martinez's deal with the Rangers, which includes a $2.8 million signing bonus, became official. Martinez, 22, immediately set a goal of getting to the majors within three years."I know a lot of that depends on the results and the needs of the big league team," said Martinez, speaking through an interpreter.The Rangers identified Martinez as a prospect after a workout in December. It came on the same day as Japanese two-way standout Shoehei Ohtani, a Rangers target, chose to sign with the Los Angeles...

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Arrieta Ks 10, allows 1 hit in 7 innings in Phillies win

PHILADELPHIA — Jake Arrieta threw like an old-school ace wearing a retro powder blue Phillies uniform fit for a throwback outing.Arrieta flashed the All-Star form that made Philadelphia covet him in free agency, striking out 10 and tossing one-hit ball over seven innings to lead the Phillies to a 7-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night.Rhys Hoskins homered and Cesar Hernandez had a three-run single to pace the Phillies in their first game back from a 4-2 trip.The Phillies got vintage Arrieta (2-0) in his best outing since he left the Chicago Cubs for a $75 million, three-year...

Curtis Granderson ready to add experience to the Toronto Blue Jays

Curtis Granderson joins Tim and Sid to discuss his excitement with joining the Toronto Blue Jays, why he thinks the team will surprise and what is holding up the free agent market.

Catching up on the Mets catchers, is Jonathan Lucroy an option?

On SNY's Baseball Night in New York, the panel looks at the merits of the New York Mets upgrading the catcher position, possibly with Jonathan Lucroy as a free agent signing.

Granderson provides Blue Jays veteran lefty bat & outfield versatility

MLB insider Shi Davidi joins the Starting Lineup to discuss what outfield free agent signing Curtis Granderson brings to the Blue Jays.