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Philadelphia Phillies could become a force in free agency

The Philadelphia Phillies made a splash in free agency last year. They may be gearing up to own the 2018-19 offseason. Last year, the Philadelphia Phillies were a surprising entrant into free agency. Seemingly in the midst of their rebuild, they went out and signed Jake Arrieta and Carlos Santana, two players that could help […] Philadelphia Phillies could become a force in free agency - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

NESN.com

How Mookie Betts Helped Sway David Price To Red Sox As Free Agent

David Price had his pick of the litter in the winter of 2015. The five-time All-Star arguably was the most... Read More »

www.bostonherald.com

Baseball Notes: Joe Kelly is critical character in bullpen

Subtitle: Delivering on, off mound for SoxEvery bullpen needs a joker.The Red Sox’ joker is a psychology nerd who throws 100 mph, begs his opponents to charge the mound and has become the Wild Thing of the bunch.Two years ago, Joe Kelly was on the edge of the big leagues. He was the pitcher everybody knew was talented, but without the results to prove it.Now, Kelly has two years of dominance on his resume as he prepares for free agency, a new comfort level in Boston and a personality that the Red Sox bullpen has needed.“It’s outstanding to have a person that’s able to maintain the...

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies History: Club signed Pedro Martinez nine years ago today

Today marks a special free agent signing in Phillies history On this date in 2009, the Phillies signed future Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez to a one-year deal en route to their second National League pennant. Coming off a World Series win the Phillies were in desperate need for help in their starting rotation. […] Phillies History: Club signed Pedro Martinez nine years ago today - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Baltimore Sun

Schmuck: During season on the brink, Orioles are losing the head games, too

From the very beginning of this disastrous season, the Orioles were a chemistry experiment gone horribly wrong. The Opening Day roster was a montage of injured veterans, Rule 5 draft picks and controversial spring acquisitions draped with a thick layer of free-agent uncertainty. No wonder the season...

Purple Row

MLB Trade Deadline: Rockies don’t need to be sellers to trade Wade Davis

Say it with me: relievers are weird and unpredictable! The Colorado Rockies could decide to trade their closer right now. They could do it tomorrow or next week or closer to the trade deadline. They don’t need to wait to see the results for the rest of the month or decide that they’re sellers to make the move a good idea. As we know, the team spent money in free agency this past winter when few teams were spending. They did so on their bullpen, inking the trio of Jake McGee, Bryan Shaw, and Wade Davis to three-year deals. Spending that big in the bullpen was a dicey proposition at the...

Brew Crew Ball

Rosenthal: Brewers ‘fading’ in Manny Machado trade talks

The latest trade rumor update has the Phillies, Dodgers and Yankees leaping over the Brewers as favorites in the race for the rental The Baltimore Orioles are hoping to create a bidding war for free-agent-to-be Manny Machado. It looks like it may be starting to work. After reports that the New York Yankees had the strongest offer on the table for Machado (despite the seemingly unlikely scenario in which the Orioles would willingly give their star player to their most hated rival, and giving them the first chance to sign him long-term), it looks like other teams are starting to increase...

Call to the Pen

Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier heating up just in time for MLB Trade Deadline

Coming into this season, Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier seemed primed to have a big free agent payday after the season. After slumping badly for the first 2 1/2 months of the year, he’s turned things around. The Minnesota Twins made the American League playoffs in 2017 in a whirlwind manner, using a big […] Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier heating up just in time for MLB Trade Deadline - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Cubbies Crib

Chicago Cubs Rumors: Starting pitching a need, but an ace isn’t

The inconsistencies of the Chicago Cubs starting rotation continually stole headlines this season. Does the team need a big addition ahead of the deadline? Apart from Jon Lester, the Chicago Cubs‘ starting pitching staff has been inconsistent. We all know this. Yu Darvish made only eight starts this season after inking a massive free agent […] Chicago Cubs Rumors: Starting pitching a need, but an ace isn’t - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Puckett's Pond

Minnesota Twins: Logan Morrison heads to disabled list as Ehire Adrianza comes off of it

The Minnesota Twins had to make another disabled list announcement Thursday as Logan Morrison swapped spots with Ehire Adrianza. The Minnesota Twins just can’t seem to avoid injuries to their starting players. Another one of their offseason free-agent additions, Logan Morrison, is hitting the disabled list with what is being labelled as a left hip […] Minnesota Twins: Logan Morrison heads to disabled list as Ehire Adrianza comes off of it - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Fox Sports

Warriors sign free agent forward Jonas Jerebko

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Free agent forward Jonas Jerebko has signed with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.

OC Register

Garrett Richards will have Tommy John surgery, casting doubt on his future with Angels

The 30-year-old right-hander, who becomes a free agent at the end of the season, does not expect to pitch again until the 2020 season. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery later this month.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Brian Dozier trade chatter reportedly is picking up steam

The Twins are theoretically still within shouting distance of Cleveland (8.5 games back entering Wednesday), but with the Wild Card not really in play this season and the chances of catching the Indians remote, the most likely outcome as the nonwaiver trade deadline approaches at the end of this month is that the Twins will aggressively deal away veterans on the verge of free agency. Several players fit that description, but the one with the most proven track record would seem to be second baseman Brian Dozier. And right on cue, reports of possible suitors for Dozier are picking up...

Brew Crew Ball

Jon Morosi: Brewers engaging in trade talks with Twins

Milwaukee is targeting players like Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar The Milwaukee Brewers are looking into their options when it comes to infielders. According to Jon Morosi, the Crew has contacted the Minnesota Twins about some of their options to shore up their offense. Source: #Brewers, #Twins have engaged in trade talks. For now, Milwaukee is more focused on the Minnesota infielders (Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier) than Lance Lynn, although the Brewers had talks with Lynn as a free agent last winter. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 11, 2018 Morosi lists Eduardo...

Call to the Pen

Minnesota Twins: Eduardo Escobar’s top trade destinations

The Minnesota Twins have thrown in the white flag on the 2018 season, in spite of their recent win streak. What could be the market for their top trade target? The Minnesota Twins entering the seller market certainly added a significant depth of players into the market. As we explored recently, the Twins impending free […] Minnesota Twins: Eduardo Escobar’s top trade destinations - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Fox Sports

Memphis Grizzlies sign forward Omri Casspi

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed their second free agent in forward Omri (OME-ree) Casspi.

SNY TV

Yankees' David Hale chooses free agency over Triple-A

The Yankees have designated RHP David Hale for assignment who has elected to enter free agency.

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Tigers mailbag: Will Michael Fulmer really be traded?

In this weeks Detroit Tigers mailbag, Free Press sports writer Anthony Fenech takes a stab at who will be moved at the July 31 trade deadline.        

Detroit Sports Nation

Detroit Tigers mailbag: Will Michael Fulmer really be traded? - Freep

In this week's Detroit Tigers mailbag, Free Press sports writer Anthony Fenech takes a stab at who will be moved at the July 31 trade deadline.        

NESN.com

Brandon Phillips Explains Why He Signed With Red Sox In Free Agency

Brandon Phillips’ offseason lasted a little longer than he anticipated. The Boston Red Sox eventually came calling, though, and the... Read More »

Fox Sports

Pelicans formally add Payton, Randle, re-sign Clark

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed free-agent guard Elfrid Payton and re-signed guard Ian Clark.

Brew Crew Ball

Josh Hader, Lorenzo Cain, Christian Yelich selected to All-Star team, Jesus Aguilar left out

Jesus Aguilar is on the Final Player Ballot Back in January the Milwaukee Brewers signed Lorenzo Cain to (at the time) the largest free agent contract of the off season and traded prospects for Christian Yelich, totally revamping their outfield and theoretically giving the Crew an over-abundance of outfielders. Was it the right move? Well, apparently...both of them are All Stars for the Milwaukee Brewers. They were named as reserves for the National League team tonight, and join shoe-in reliever Josh Hader as three Brewer representatives at the July 17 All Star Game in Washington D.C. And...

Rising Apple

Mets may have a tough time attracting free agents this offseason

After another losing season, the New York Mets may find it hard to convince free agents to sign with them this offseason. The 2018 season has been a rough one for the New York Mets. Unfortunately, they may have trouble rebounding next year. The Mets don’t have a big budget to work with during the […] Mets may have a tough time attracting free agents this offseason - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rox Pile

Colorado Rockies: How would Manny Machado change the NL West?

Per usual in the month of July, there are plenty of trade rumors and one of the hottest commodities on the market this year is the impending free agent shortstop Manny Machado…and he could be coming to Colorado Rockies’ division: the NL West. The Baltimore Orioles are the worst team in baseball. Entering Sunday, the […] Colorado Rockies: How would Manny Machado change the NL West? - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Amazin Avenue

Amazin’ Avenue Audio, Episode 288: How did we get here?

The Mets are in free fall, but hey, we’re not the Orioles! Welcome back to Amazin’ Avenue Audio, where we continue to ponder how this team can be so bad. This week, Brian Salvatore and Chris McShane discuss just when we lost our hope in the Mets, as well as tried to look ahead to the trading deadline, while hoping the Mets don’t trade Jacob deGrom, Brandon Nimmo, Noah Syndergaard, or Michael Conforto. Plus, we answer an email about Manny Machado! (1:05) Finally, Steve Sypa takes a look at the minor league players of the week. (56:16) As always, you can listen or subscribe to the...

The Mercury News

A’s call up outfielder in the midst of crazy on-base streak

CLEVELAND — With Matt Joyce’s recurring back injury forcing him to the 10-day disabled list, the A’s recalled one of the hottest hitters in the minors. Nick Martini, who signed with the A’s as a minor league free agent this offseason, was called up Saturday morning from Triple-A Nashville where he currently is on an […]

SFGate

A’s place Matt Joyce on DL again, recall Nick Martini

CLEVELAND - Before Saturday’s game against the Indians, Oakland placed outfielder Matt Joyce on the disabled list with a recurrence of the back issues that cost him a stint on the DL earlier in the season. Nick Martini, riding a 65-game on-base streak at Triple-A Nashville, was recalled. Martini, signed as a minor-league free agent last winter, is being promoted for the third time; he provided the game-winning hit in Chicago, his hometown, on June 23. He is batting .308 with a .415 on-base percentage, six homers, 43 runs and 40 RBIs in 73 games with the Sounds. ...

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.