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MLB Free Agency: Who will exercise their opt-out clause?

As the regular season nears its end, we look past October and into November, when players with opt-out clauses in their contracts will make their decisions. The offseason, the time when players sign with new clubs or decide to leave their old ones. It’s a stressful time for fans, but it adds to the allure […] MLB Free Agency: Who will exercise their opt-out clause? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Now is the off-day of our discontent: Arizona Diamondbacks free agents 2018-19

A lot of familiar names will be hitting the market this winter. Seeing there’s no game today, to generate some discussion I thought we could start talking about the players the D-backs will be losing to free agency this winter. We’re certain to be talking a LOT more about this once the season is over - the high-profile names merit their own individual posts - but there’s no need to wait until then to begin the discussion. Arizona will be losing some high-profile names, including two of the top ten players according to MLBTR, in what is one of the most stacked free-agent classes in...

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Hyun-Jin Ryu bolsters his free agent case in what could be his final season with Dodgers

After a turbulent six seasons marred by injuries, Ryu has positioned himself well in an intriguing free agent class. The 31-year-old has been arguably the Dodgers' best pitcher when healthy and could figure prominently into their postseason rotation.

KC Kingdom

Kansas City Chiefs: Way Too Early Look At 2019 Cornerback Depth

The Kansas City Chiefs have a lack of depth at the cornerback position going into 2019. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Justin Coleman should be looked at. After the 2018 season, Kansas City Chiefs starting cornerbacks Steve Nelson and third corner Orlando Scandrick are free agents and Kendall Fuller is a free agent after the 2019 season. Regardless […] Kansas City Chiefs: Way Too Early Look At 2019 Cornerback Depth - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

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Mr. Phamtastic

The Rays made a bet based on Pham’s exit velocity and the early returns have been fantastic. On the morning of July 31, 2018 the baseball world was in the midst of trade deadline frenzy, with a potential Chris Archer trade garnering a lot of attention. The St. Louis Cardinals were considered a possible Archer landing spot. Early in the day the news broke. The Rays completed a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals. But Archer was not part of it. The Rays acquired outfielder Tommy Pham and $500k in International Free Agent spending pool money for outfielder Justin Williams, left handed...

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Washington Nationals’ bullpen options for 2019: Makings of solid relief corps in place...

Davey Martinez is learning on the job, and he’s trying to see what some of the young relievers have to offer after the Nationals traded some veterans over the last few months. Parting ways with a number of veterans and soon-to-be-free agents opened up spots for a few young, unproven players in the Washington Nationals’ organization to show what they could do given an opportunity down the stretch. “We got rid of some guys,” manager Davey Martinez told reporters last week. “But we also had some really young guys that we knew could play and we wanted to see play, and they’re all...

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Baltimore Orioles: Five potential landing spots for Adam Jones in 2019

As Baltimore Orioles CF Adam Jones gets ready to enter free agency, one has to wonder where he will end up signing. Here are a few potential landing spots. It’s safe to say 2018 has been a tumultuous year for the Baltimore Orioles. After making the playoffs in 2012, 2014, and 2016, the O’s were […] Baltimore Orioles: Five potential landing spots for Adam Jones in 2019 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

SNY TV

After watching Wilson Ramos with Phillies, Mets need to sign him this winter

Phillies C Wilson Ramos will be a free agent after this season and I want him to be on the Mets in 2019, when he'll still be just 31 years old.

Climbing Tal's Hill

Astros: The future of the rotation has arrived in Valdez and James

The Astros have two potential pieces for the 2019 roster pitching some big innings down the stretch in 2018. With Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton in their final year of team control, there could be some openings next year in the rotation. For that matter, Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander will be free agents after the […] Astros: The future of the rotation has arrived in Valdez and James - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Plain Dealer

Cleveland Indians old guard prepares for what may be their last postseason together

This postseason could be the last go-around for several Indians' veterans who are on the verge of free agency.

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Philadelphia Phillies: Offensive changes for 2019

Even though the Phillies are still a playoff long shot, the faithful are now deciding the moves they expect for ’19 from general manager Matt Klentak, but how many big-ticket free agents can they sign?   Offseason considerations:              For the Philadelphia Phillies, being in a pennant chase ahead of […] Philadelphia Phillies: Offensive changes for 2019 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Mets get up-close look at their potential catching solution

PHILADELPHIA — Wilson Ramos isn’t about to jinx himself and start discussing free agency, but he will admit the Mets have the kind of starting pitching talent in place that might be appealing to a veteran catcher. “I like to work with those kind of rotations they have because I feel like I can help...

New York Post

Zack Wheeler forcing Mets into decision they never saw coming

PHILADELPHIA — Jacob deGrom is hardly the only pitcher in the Mets rotation whose long-term future could soon become a subject of debate within the organization. Of more immediacy is Zack Wheeler, headed into his last year of club control before potentially hitting free agency following the 2019 season. Staff ace deGrom isn’t eligible for...

Purple Row

Tuesday Rockpile: Wade of Honor

Rockies news and links for September 18, 2018 Colorado Rockies: Has Wade Davis lived up to his contract? | Rox PileIn case you missed it, the Colorado Rockies spared no expense signing free agent relief pitchers over the 2017-2018 offseason. The player who received the highest contract, Wade Davis, has been the most effective. Signing for three years and $52 million, Davis not only set a Rockies’ reliever contract record, but he is the highest-paid bullpen arm in the history of baseball. The Rockies reportedly offered the same contract to Greg Holland, their closer from 2017. After...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 17th, 2018

Start your morning with the top headlines in baseball. Astros News Chris Devenski’s inclusion on Astros’ postseason roster in doubt (Houston Chronicle) Kyle Tucker rewarded with call-up after impressive minor league season (Houston Chronicle) Astros, Fresno Grizzlies to end affiliation (Houston Chronicle) Astros set starting rotation for Mariners series (Houston Chronicle) Alex Bregman pissed Arizona Diamondbacks didn’t draft him No. 1 (USA Today) Around the League Using contact quality to sort out AL Cy Young (Fangraphs) Olney: Beyond the biggest names, future free agents get ready...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Pitching may be the sole focus this offseason

The Blue Jays should have plenty of depth in their lineup next year without having to add in free agency. Their pitching staff is a much different situation, however. The more I think about the offseason ahead for the Toronto Blue Jays, the more I’m accepting that it’s probably going to be a boring one […] Blue Jays: Pitching may be the sole focus this offseason - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Philadelphia Phillies: Executives believe the Phillies could sign both Harper and Machado

The Philadelphia Phillies will be one of the many teams that will heavily pursue free agents this offseason, but they could have a chance at signing the top two stars of the upcoming class. Manny Machado and Bryce Harper will undoubtedly be the most heavily pursued free agents following the 2018 MLB regular season.  However, […] Philadelphia Phillies: Executives believe the Phillies could sign both Harper and Machado - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Diamondbacks pitcher Clay Buchholz confident he can overcome yet another injury

Buchholz will enter free agency coming off another injury, but he said he’s trying to keep a positive frame of mind.         

Plain Dealer

Division clinching celebration even sweeter for newcomers yet to taste postseason with Cleveland Indians

From free agent sluggers to veteran journeyman relievers and rookie pitchers, newcomers to the Tribe's division clinching party scene enjoyed themselves Saturday.

Blog Red Machine

Cincinnati Reds: No debate, Jose Peraza is the shortstop of the future

The Cincinnati Reds have been searching for a shortstop to man the infield at Great American Ball Park since Barry Larkin retired. They may have finally found it in Jose Peraza. Zack Cozart spent the last seven years manning the shortstop position for the Cincinnati Reds. He moved on via free agency over the offseason […] Cincinnati Reds: No debate, Jose Peraza is the shortstop of the future - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - A Cincinnati Reds Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising Apple

Mets roster doesn’t seem likely to change much from this year to next

Don’t expect the New York Mets to make too many free agent signings, complete a number of trades, or call up an army of talented minor leaguers. The roster you see now is close to what you will get in 2019. The New York Mets aren’t in danger of losing any major free agents this […] Mets roster doesn’t seem likely to change much from this year to next - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Baltimore Sun

Orioles plan to pursue Victor Victor Mesa and Victor Mesa Jr. now that Cuban brothers are free agents

Now that top Cuban prospect Victor Victor Mesa and his younger brother, Victor Mesa Jr., have been declared free agents by Major League Baseball, the Orioles plan to pursue both players aggressively, according to an industry source. The Orioles have plenty of international free-agent bonus money...

Reviewing the Brew

Milwaukee Brewers: Could They Sign Victor Victor Mesa?

Recently, MLB ruled that Cuban prospect Victor Victor Mesa is now eligible to sign with teams as a free agent. Who is he and could the Milwaukee Brewers sign him? For a quick primer on the international free agent market, Victor Victor Mesa and his brother Victor Mesa Jr. are now free agents after defecting […] Milwaukee Brewers: Could They Sign Victor Victor Mesa? - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bless You Boys

Jose Iglesias time in Detroit appears to be over

This is probably the end for the long-time Tigers shortstop. Probably. Over the past two seasons, the Detroit Tigers and their fans have gotten a crash course in saying goodbye to players. Yet somehow, the potential end of Jose Iglesias’ time at shortstop still feels like it snuck up on us. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Friday, making room for Pete Kozma. The decision effectively ends what was shaping up to be the best season of his career as he heads into free agency. The lingering question now, is whether the 28-year-old defensive wizard has played his last game in a...

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies could sign both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in free agency

Can the Phillies sign two of the best free agents in recent memory this offseason? Phillies fans have been tied to the hips of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, arguably two of the best young stars in baseball. With both due to become free agents this offseason, excitement is building up around the fanbase with […] Phillies could sign both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in free agency - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Fish Stripes

Cuban outfielders Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa Jr. declared free agents by MLB

The Marlins made Victor Victor their No. 1 target during the 2018-19 international signing period. Now, he’s reportedly eligible to sign a contract. “This should be a destination spot for every Latin player, amateur or professional,’’ Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said last month. “They should want to play here. It’s a great city and a great ballpark, and they’re going to want to be a part of what we’re building.’’ Those words were spoken directly to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, but they were intended for Victor Victor Mesa. The 22-year-old outfielder...

SNY TV

"It's quite possible" Phillies could sign Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

It's been speculated for a while that the Phillies would land either Manny Machado or Bryce Harper this offseason in free agency, but could they actually land both?

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.