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Pinstripe Alley

Why has Adam Ottavino struggled for the Yankees of late?

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports Ottavino has been mainly dominant this season, but his last few outings have been rocky. Adam Ottavino has been one of the Yankees’ most valuable relievers this season, and one of the best free agent signings from this past offseason. But the righty has ran into a bit of trouble of late, having allowed a run in each of his past four outings, after surrendering just one in his last 11 before this recent stretch. Ottavino’s trouble reached a climax on Wednesday night against the Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani-less Angels, allowing another run on three hits...

Redbird Rants

St. Louis Cardinals: Andrew Miller will be big in the playoffs

One of the St. Louis Cardinals’ free-agent signees has a ton of postseason experience. How important could he be when the playoffs start? Andrew Miller would definitely fall into the “disappointment” column for 2019. After signing a two year/$25M deal this offseason, the St. Louis Cardinals set up man has not lived up to the […] St. Louis Cardinals: Andrew Miller will be big in the playoffs - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Kings of Kauffman

Kansas City Royals: Brandon Marklund makes statement for future closer

The Kansas City Royals may have found their closer of the future in Brandon Marklund, who was sensational during Lexington’s championship run. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent, Brandon Marklund started his professional baseball career in the Australian Baseball League as a 22-year old. The Vancouver native played his collegiate ball at Bryan College […] Kansas City Royals: Brandon Marklund makes statement for future closer - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Jays Journal

Toronto Blue Jays And The Other Free Agent Market

Several high-profile Japanese players are rumoured to be posted in the upcoming offseason.  Would any of them be a fit for the Jays? When writers talk about the upcoming free agent market, the focus is often on MLB players.  Could the Jays sign Gerrit Cole?  Would Kyle Gibson leave the Twins?  Could Stephen Strasburg opt […] Toronto Blue Jays And The Other Free Agent Market - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Kings of Kauffman

Kansas City Royals: Making the case to sign Gerrit Cole in free agency

The Kansas City Royals rotation is in shambles and new owner John Sherman will be looking to make a statement. Gerrit Cole would be the perfect signing. One of the premier pitchers in the league, Gerrit Cole has been excellent in his 7 seasons in the majors thus far. His contract is set to expire […] Kansas City Royals: Making the case to sign Gerrit Cole in free agency - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Call to the Pen

Grading the 2019 MLB season free agent signings

Ranking the effectiveness of each team’s free agent signings based on the cost and the players’ production during the 2019 MLB season to date. Major League teams have spent more than $680 million on free agents – that’s counting only 2019 salaries — since the end of the 2018 season. Which ones made the best […] Grading the 2019 MLB season free agent signings - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Daily News

The NBA is trying to stop tampering but it’s not going to happen

The NBA is trying harder to do the impossible: stop tampering. A memo distributed to teams proposed harsher penalties for forbidden activities around free agency, including raising the fine for tampering to $10 million and unauthorized agreements to $6 million per team and $250,000 per player. ...

New York Daily News

Nets will give away 10,000 Kyrie Irving jerseys for game against Knicks

The Knicks will get a loud reminder that Kyrie Irving chose the other team in New York. The Nets are giving away 10,000 replica Irving jerseys when they host the Knicks on Oct. 25, which is the second game of the season for both teams. Irving was a desired free agent target for the Knicks last...

Pinstripe Alley

Kyle Higashioka has the tools to step up for the Yankees

Photo by G Fiume/ Higashioka could shine in the majors soon. Over the past few seasons, Kyle Higashioka has solidified himself as the third-string catcher on the Yankees depth chart. Fans haven’t been able to see Higashioka much in the Bronx because of Austin Romine, but that could soon change. Yesterday I mentioned that Romine will enter the free agent market for the first time in his career, possibly taking his services somewhere else. What could Higashioka offer if he took over the role of backup catcher? Pitch framing is becoming one of the most important metrics for catchers as...

Redbird Rants

St. Louis Cardinals: If not Ozuna, then who in 2020?

Marcell Ozuna will be a free agent after 2019 and the St. Louis Cardinals are being coy about whether they will re-sign the 28-year-old outfielder. What happens if the Cardinals let Ozuna walk during the offseason? It’s September and outfielder Marcell Ozuna still doesn’t have an offer from the St. Louis Cardinals to extend him […] St. Louis Cardinals: If not Ozuna, then who in 2020? - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

The Yankees will have to make a decision at catcher after the season

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/ The Yankees’ backup catcher could take his services somewhere else. It would be an understatement to say the Yankees have a busy offseason upcoming. The team has a 40-man roster that must be culled, and players to return from the 60-day injured list. The Yankees’ core of players seems to grow every day, and they’ll have decisions to make on veterans like Brett Gardner. One unheralded veteran who will hit the free agent market this year is Austin Romine. Drafted by the Yankees in 2007 as the 94th pick overall, Romine made his MLB debut in 2011, and fully...

Pinstripe Alley

A look at the Yankees’ best prospects at the lower levels

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Maikol Escotto’s breakout performance highlights the Yankees prospects from the 2019 Dominican Summer League, and Gulf Coast League. The Yankees have landed several notable International Free Agent classes over the last two seasons. While some of those players have moved through the lower levels of the rookie leagues already, others just got their first professional experience this summer, with varying levels of success. Here is a look at the the Yankees Dominican Summer League team, and their Gulf Coast League affiliates’ performances in 2019. DSL...

KC Kingdom

Kansas City Royals: 2020 free agent options, Part II: Batters

With the Kansas City Royals out of playoff contention in early September, it’s time to look at some intriguing free option options for 2020. Several weeks ago, I took a look at some pitchers. Here, I’ll look at a few hitters the Royals could sign. Before getting to that, though, it’s worth noting once again […] Kansas City Royals: 2020 free agent options, Part II: Batters - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

The Mercury News

Johnny Cueto’s performance reminds Giants what they missed, what they desperately need

As Madison Bumgarner prepares to enter free agency and Jeff Samardzija enters the final year of his contract, there's uncertainty surrounding the long-term future of the Giants' rotation.

New York Post

Todd Frazier won’t let it end like this

Todd Frazier is likely playing out his final weeks in a Mets uniform and faces an uncertain future as a 33-year-old third baseman headed to free agency. So there might not be anybody in the Mets clubhouse with a stronger determination these days than Frazier, who desperately wants to help his team reach the postseason...

Pinstripe Alley

We sure were wrong about some of these Yankees’ signings and trades

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Join us for a trip down memory lane. It’s no secret that Yankees fans have opinions on everything. Whenever the Yankees make a trade or sign a free agent, the entire fandom finds itself up in arms, arguing over the merits and drawbacks of that particular move. Sometimes, the fanbase has the right idea, and finds itself validated by the performance of the player and the team. Just as often—if not more so—Yankees fans, including us here at Pinstripe Alley, get it laughably wrong. And never has anyone gotten anything as hilariously wrong as the 2019 New York...

Reviewing the Brew

Milwaukee Brewers: Should the team bring back Mike Moustakas?

Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Mike Moustakas will likely hit free agency at the end of the year. Should the team look to bring him back for 2020? The Milwaukee Brewers and third baseman Mike Moustakas have a mutual option worth $11 million that both sides have to agree to for Moustakas to avoid free agency. […] Milwaukee Brewers: Should the team bring back Mike Moustakas? - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Ozuna wants spot in Cards' crowded outfield next season

Looming free agent says his immediate goal is to “just play the game hard and don’t worry about that. Right now, my mind is on the playoffs.”

Call to the Pen

Phillies: Dollars and sense for 2020

Although expensive free agents excite the Phillies faithful, filling only one need will not get the franchise to the World Series, and general manager Matt Klentak will employ his financial resources to acquire two to four pieces instead.   Offseason expectations:    For the Philadelphia Phillies, ’20 is about addressing the rotation and bullpen with […] Phillies: Dollars and sense for 2020 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Wilmer Flores’ Citi Field return has a little bit of everything

Wilmer Flores walked into Citi Field for the first time on Monday since signing as a free agent with the Diamondbacks in January. And boy, did it feel different. “I was coming in from the other side of the stadium, a new entrance,” Flores told The Post prior to the first game of a four-game...

Lone Star Ball

Tuesday Morning Texas Rangers Update

Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire via The clock is ticking on our time with The Ballpark Good morning. T.R. Sullivan offers answers to Rangers fans’ questions such as who is looking good out of the bullpen and which starters the Rangers might target in free agency this winter in his off day inbox. Evan Grant writes that Rougned Odor is turning it on of late but with competition for second base nipping at his heels, and better competition coming on the schedule, the true test begins. MLB dot com’s Bill Ladson spoke with Rangers skipper Chris Woodward to get his thoughts on his...

Rising Apple

What if the Mets never re-signed Yoenis Cespedes after 2015 or 2016?

Yoenis Cespedes became a free agent twice after playing for the New York Mets but re-signed with the club both times. What if the Mets let him walk? The name Yoenis Cespedes means something completely different to New York Mets fans today than it did four years ago. Back in 2015, his name represented the […] What if the Mets never re-signed Yoenis Cespedes after 2015 or 2016? - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Daily News

Enes Kanter says free agents are scared of Knicks because of ownership

Despite all that New York has to offer in money and spotlight, the Knicks’ chase for superstar free agents has been defined by rejection. According to Enes Kanter, who discussed this topic with his peers, there’s a specific reason for the failures: James Dolan. “Not many people know that, but players...

Call to the Pen

Boston Red Sox: What Dombrowski’s firing means for Betts

Mookie Betts is facing free agency after next season, but without a president of baseball operations, what does it mean for him and the Boston Red Sox? The Boston Red Sox just fired their head of baseball operations 9 months after they were having a parade. That is a very strong move when it has […] Boston Red Sox: What Dombrowski’s firing means for Betts - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Zack Godley opts for free agency, Beau Taylor designated

The Toronto Blue Jays have made a flurry of roster moves in the past couple of days, however, one of them saw the organization lose Zack Godley to free agency. Zack Godley was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays earlier this week and after going unclaimed, the hurler opted for free agency rather than […] Blue Jays: Zack Godley opts for free agency, Beau Taylor designated - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Call to the Pen

Texas Rangers looking to make major upgrade at third

The Texas Rangers are still looking to replace Adrian Beltre. As such, they have what should be the top free agent atop their wish list. From 2011 through 2018, the Texas Rangers were spoiled at the hot corner. They had Adrian Beltre, one of the better all around third basemen in the history of the […] Texas Rangers looking to make major upgrade at third - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Reviewing the Brew

Milwaukee Brewers: Should Yasmani Grandal Be Brought Back?

The Milwaukee Brewers signed Yasmani Grandal to a one year contract for the 2019 season. They should sign him to another contract. Last winter, Yasmani Grandal entered free agency fresh off a poor postseason, but still ranked as the best available catcher on the market. Despite long term offers elsewhere, Grandal signed a one year, […] Milwaukee Brewers: Should Yasmani Grandal Be Brought Back? - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Cubbies Crib

Chicago Cubs: Does potential Stephen Strasburg opt-out affect the Cubs?

There is an increasing belief around baseball that Stephen Strasburg will opt out of his contract with the Washington Nationals. Will he stay put for more money, or test the free-agent market–possibly the Chicago Cubs? Jon Morosi reports that Stephen Strasburg is increasingly likely to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract when the season ends. […] Chicago Cubs: Does potential Stephen Strasburg opt-out affect the Cubs? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

MLB.com FastCast: Tigers sign Josh Harrison - 2/20/19

The baseball world's attention focuses on Bryce Harper's free agency, plus Josh Harrison agrees to a one-year deal with the Tigers About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United Stat

MLB All Free-Agency Team Post Manny Machado Signing

Manny Machado signed a huge deal with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, but there's still plenty of big-name free agents available on the market. NESN.com's Michaela Vernava takes a look at a hypothetical team comprised of all current MLB free agents. For

Adam Pellerin and Nick Cafardo break down Red Sox Spring Training

NESN's Adam Pellerin and Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo analyze Matt Barnes as a closer, Craig Kimbrel's future and what moves the Red Sox could make with different free agents around the MLB.