5:39 AM EST, Sun January 20, 2019
The Crawfish Boxes

Analytics are good for player contracts, not bad. The Astros proved it.

Like clockwork this time of year, baseball’s Hot Stove season, baseball’s great debate over the fairness of player compensation slides back into the consciousness of media, agents, players, and fans. This year specifically, with numerous Free Agents seemingly held hostage on the open market while everybody waits for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado to sign, the argument rages because there isn’t a whole lot else to talk about in the baseball world. But what is the argument, exactly? It’s hard to say, sometimes. Some appear to be hinting at owner collusion to depress player salaries....

Call to the Pen

Where can the Boston Red Sox trim payroll to make additions?

While the team has been more discreet in explaining their choices to not pursue certain free agents, are they really out of payroll space? The Boston Red Sox are looking at a very questionable bullpen heading into 2019, and as multiple bullpen pieces have signed elsewhere, a common refrain from the front office has been […] Where can the Boston Red Sox trim payroll to make additions? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Numerous Top 50 free agents still remain unsigned

The Toronto Blue Jays have yet to dip into the Top 50 free agent class this offseason, however, 16 players still remain unsigned from MLB Trade Rumors yearly rankings. The Blue Jays recently inked David Phelps and Matt Shoemaker but aside from the veteran hurlers, they have primarily shied away from free agents in an […] Blue Jays: Numerous Top 50 free agents still remain unsigned - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

Will the Yankees extend their young stars?

The Yankees’ recent reluctance to make long-term commitments may mean that they will let the Baby Bombers go. Mea culpa: at this point, I hesitate to brand the Yankees as cheap, as I have implied in past articles. Instead, I will say the Yankees have been meticulous about how they spend their money. They have shown a reluctance to hand out lucrative long-term contracts to free agents, but they haven’t been shy about granting short-term contracts to “Tier two" free agents, even if it means going over the luxury tax. Judging from such behavior, the Yankees seem to be committed to...

Federal Baseball

Wire Taps: Kris Bryant, Jayson Werth on Bryce Harper, free agency + more Nationals links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait for someone else to have an opinion on where Bryce Harper will or won’t sign... Jayson Werth and Kris Bryant offered their takes on Bryce Harper’s free agency adventure in the last 24 hours-ish, but we didn’t really learn anything new from either of them. I guess we just have to wait for this thing to get to the “mystery team” stage before things start getting serious. That’s usually a good sign things are getting close to wrapping up, so someone out there please find a source who says the “mystery team” is now...

Rum Bunter

Pittsburgh Pirates Free Agent Target: Wade Miley

Could a veteran left-handed pitcher who spent 2018 in the National League Central be a fit for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2019? In 24 days, pitchers and catchers will report to Bradenton. With this, Spring Training will be underway for the Pittsburgh Pirates. As Spring Training and the 2019 season approaches the team remains in […] Pittsburgh Pirates Free Agent Target: Wade Miley - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New Cards lefty Miller has something to prove

'The years before are who I am,'' says relief ace, signed as free agent in off-season.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Cubs 3B Bryant healthy again after last year's shoulder woes

If Kris Bryant knows anything about where Bryce Harper is going in free agency, he is staying quiet for the moment.

MLB.com FastCast: Angels sign closer Allen - 1/18/19

The Angels add free-agent closer Cody Allen, Avisail Garcia officially joins the Rays, plus the Manny Machado rumor mill keeps churning About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United

SNY TV

Yankees free agent target Manny Machado still taking meetings with 'mystery teams'

The Yankees are checking in on Manny Machado, who has at least two 'mystery teams' pursuing him.

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees linked to Nolan Arenado, not out on Manny Machado

The Yankees are reportedly keeping tabs on the third base market. It stands to reason that the Yankees finished their offseason heavy lifting. The team traded James Paxton, signed two elite relievers, and added a bunch of infield depth. Once Sonny Gray gets traded — and that could happen at any minute — the Bombers should be able to call it a winter. That said, it feels like the Yankees may have missed a chance to make a move that shifts the balance of the power in the American League. The team has yet to sign any of the top free agents on the market, game-changing players available...

Brew Crew Ball

Brew Crew Ball Community Top Prospects Vote #10

What a trip it’s been, we made it to number ten. We’ve reached 2019 safely, which means, it’s time to start checking out the top prospects in the Milwaukee Brewers’ farm system. Community Top Prospects so far: Keston Hiura Corey Ray Mauricio Dubon Brice Turang Zack Brown Tristen Lutz Lucas Erceg Jacob Nottingham Trey Supak ??? OF Joe Gray (age 18) Drafted in 2nd Round in 2018 2018 stats (Rk): 98 PA || .182/.347/.325 || 2 HR || 6 SB || 25 K || 18 BB Baseball America: 9FanGraphs: 10 SS Eduardo Garcia (age 16) Signed July 2018 in International Free Agency 2018 stats (DNP): Baseball...

Call to the Pen

Signing Adam Ottavino may have maxed out the New York Yankees payroll

The New York Yankees were expected to spend a large amount of money this offseason after dipping below the luxury tax threshold last season, but a recent signing may have signaled the end of bringing in additional reinforcements. On Thursday, the New York Yankees signed free agent reliever Adam Ottavino to a three-year, $27.00 million […] Signing Adam Ottavino may have maxed out the New York Yankees payroll - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising Apple

New York Mets History: When outfielder Carlos Beltran became Amazin’

Fourteen years ago the New York Mets made one of their greatest free agent moves in franchise history when they signed All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran. He helped make the team relevant again and shaped the future. On January 11th, 2005 the New York Mets signed Carlos Beltran to a seven-year, $119 million deal. Beltran, coming […] New York Mets History: When outfielder Carlos Beltran became Amazin’ - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies not the betting favorite to sign Bryce Harper

The Phillies remain the Vegas favorite to sign star free agent Manny Machado but are not the favorites for Bryce Harper. Early in the offseason, the Phillies were named the betting favorites to sign Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. Since then, they have remained at the forefront of the hunt for both of them. Little […] Phillies not the betting favorite to sign Bryce Harper - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

How do Yankees fans like the Adam Ottavino deal?

This deal seems like a potential steal for the Yankees. Tell us what you think! Even though we’re less than a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting, free agents are still looking for homes and teams are still looking to finalize their rosters. Free agency is fun these days. Still though, teams continue to make moves and the Yankees just made another big one. It was long speculated that the Yankees would sign two free relievers this winter and after re-signing Zach Britton a few weeks ago, they added their second reliever in Adam Ottavino yesterday. Per Jeff Passan, the deal is...

Tampa Bay Times

Ex-Ray Evan Longoria says free agents need to stand strong and fight

Former Rays star Evan Longoria said another slow market for big-name free agents is a shame and, joining the rumblings of a potential looming labor war with the owners, called for players to "stand strong" and "continue to fight" for their rights,Longoria,

www.thegoodphight.com

Continued Success #42: Hungry for Phillies developments

Justin and Liz talk about what Philly food (and drink) they’d use to sway free agents. Hope you’re hungry. On the latest episode of Continued Success, Justin and Liz fill an hour talking about recent, meaningless free agent happenings, discuss the Philly food they would use to convince a player to come here and which players they think they could best impersonate, as well as the legacies of Scott Rolen and Cole Hamels, who signed contracts with the Phillies at this time, years ago. Don’t miss a @TheGoodPhightpodcast! Subscribe here!Apple podcasts: https://t.co/sazPx65ISzGoogle...

Bless You Boys

2019 BYB Tigers Prospect #22: Anthony Castro will have to fight for a rotation spot this year

Castro has quietly continued to progress but he’ll be put to the test in 2019. Anthony Castro is something of an enigma within the Detroit Tigers’ farm system. Neither a high draft pick, nor a flashy international free agent signing, Castro doesn’t have the notoriety of coming over to the Tigers organization in one of the many rebuilding trades that have gone down during the past two seasons. Yet despite a modest pedigree and little flash, scouts have continually held a keen interest in Castro’s progress, and he’s been a slightly under-the-radar favorite here at Bless You Boys for...

SNY TV

Why latest comment by Manny Machado's father may be a good thing for Yankees, Mets

Manny Machado's father offers some of his perspective on his son's free agency.

DodgerBlue.com

Dodgers News: Andrew Friedman Feels Russell Martin, Austin Barnes Make For ‘Really Good’ Defensive Catching Duo

With Yasmani Grandal signing with the Milwaukee Brewers in free agency, the Los Angeles Dodgers were left with a hole at the starting catching position for the...

Why the Yankees may not bid on Manny Machado

Jack Curry breaks down Manny Machado's latest offers and why the Yankees may look elsewhere for free agent talent. Subscribe for daily sports videos! YES' social media pages: YouTube: youtube.com/YESnetwork Facebook: facebook.com/YESnetwork Twitter: twit

Cincinnati.com

Healthy and motivated, Scooter Gennett is ready for the Cincinnati Reds' 2019 season

Scooter Gennett said his shoulder feels much better than it did during last season. He can become a free agent after the end of the 2019 season.         

Tampa Bay Times

Rays finalize signing of Avisail Garcia

ST. PETERSBURG : The Rays have made official their signing of free agent outfielder Avisail Garcia to a one-year deal for $3.5 million plus up to $2.5 million in incentives.Garcia, 27, was non-tendered by the White Sox after an inconsistent and injury-shortened 2018 season in

Are the Yankees waiting to sign Nolan Arenado in 2020?

Amid discussions over Manny Machado's future this winter, some suspect the Yankees could be waiting until 2020's free agency class to pounce on Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado. Subscribe for daily sports videos! YES' social media pages: YouTube: youtube.com/YES

Amazin Avenue

Mets invite thirteen minor leaguers to major league spring training

Tim Tebow headlines a motley crew of minor league invites to big league camp. The Mets announced Thursday that they will be inviting thirteen players from the minors to join big league camp this spring, in addition to free agents whose minor league deals already included a spring training spot. Tim Tebow is the headliner, joining for the second year in a row. He’s coming off a modestly improved 2018 season which was cut short by a broken hand. While a newly replenished group of minor league outfielders will probably keep him out of Flushing this year, he’s slated to start in Triple A...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

MLB Bullets has all the relievers

The Yankees sign another reliever, but would they be better of with Harper or Machado? More on Kyler Murray’s decision. Alex Rodriguez looks a lot like J.Lo’s boyfriend. After putting down over 9000 words on the Cubs minor league system this week, I don’t think I have any left for MLB Bullets. I’m still lking fr smwhere I can buy a vwel. The Yankees secret plan this winter is to sign every relief pitcher in baseball, thus forcing every other team to leave their starters in for nine innings. Yesterday the Yankees agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with free agent reliever...

DRaysBay

Rays finalize singing of Avisail Garcia; DFA Oliver Drake (again)

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with free agent outfielder Avisaíl García. He has a chance to earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives. Garcia is expected to provide most of his value on the short side of a platoon, either at Designated Hitter or in the outfield, but will have the opportunity to fight for at-bats against right handed pitching along the way. The former White Sox outfielder was due for a big pay raise in 2019, mostly driven by his four-win season in 2017 that was not repeated, large in part due to a knee injury that plagued his...

AZ Snake Pit

No, baseball’s economy is not broken

Changing? Sure. “Every team can afford [a] $300m contract” — Braves reliever, Peter Moylan For the second consecutive season, there has been much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth over the free-agent market in baseball. With both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain unemployed, both men no doubt living out of their vans, down by the river. Not so long ago, some executives were predicting Harper would command “$35 million a year, maybe closer to the high 30s.” Yet there are less than four weeks until pitchers and catchers report and no word of anything for Harper matching...

Brew Crew Ball

Brew Crew Ball Community Top Prospects Vote #9

While you vote for number nine, make up your own rhyme We’ve reached 2019 safely, which means, it’s time to start checking out the top prospects in the Milwaukee Brewers’ farm system. Community Top Prospects so far: Keston Hiura Corey Ray Mauricio Dubon Brice Turang Zack Brown Tristen Lutz Lucas Erceg Jacob Nottingham ??? OF Joe Gray (age 18) Drafted in 2nd Round in 2018 2018 stats (Rk): 98 PA || .182/.347/.325 || 2 HR || 6 SB || 25 K || 18 BB Baseball America: 9FanGraphs: 10 SS Eduardo Garcia (age 16) Signed July 2018 in International Free Agency 2018 stats (DNP): Baseball...

Call to the Pen

Report: Angels Closing in on Deal for Reliever Cody Allen

Late Thursday night Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Los Angeles Angels were close to completing a deal for free agent reliever Cody Allen. The Los Angeles Angels have been trying to bulk up their pitching staff this offseason, mostly in the starting rotation, but Cody Allen would give them a veteran presence […] Report: Angels Closing in on Deal for Reliever Cody Allen - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More