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Lookout Landing

Mariners mentioned in trade rumors, which makes sense, for Sonny Gray, which is weird

A Sonny Gray trade seems imminent, and, surprisingly, the Mariners have an outside chance of being involved. It’s the time of the year where we’d think most of the offseason had settled, and yet over halfway through January the biggest fish remain unhooked. In free agency this is most true, with Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, A.J. Pollock, Dallas Keuchel, and Craig Kimbrel all unaffiliated, but one player who is all-but-certain to be traded remains unmoved: Yankees RHP Sonny Gray. Perhaps surprisingly, the Mariners are one of the teams that remains involved. Yankees are working hard now...

NESN.com

Alex Cora Explains Why He Isn’t Worried About Red Sox’s Bullpen

The Red Sox certainly aren’t strangers to dishing out lucrative free-agent deals, but don’t expect Boston to fill a potential... Read More »

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

Halos Heaven

Angels do something, reportedly sign actual major league pitcher Cody Allen

We won something! It’s over, folks. We did something. No longer are we the bridesmaids. We are getting married! Free-agent reliever Cody Allen in discussions with #Angels on a one-year contract, sources tell The Athletic. Agreement believed to be in place, pending physical. Allen was looking for team that would give him opportunity to close.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 18, 2019 It’s Cody Allen, the closer for the Cleveland Indians. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why would we want who had the worst year of his career in 2018? 4.70 ERA, 1.36 WHIP? Money is not yet...

Baltimore Sun

Where's the free agent market for former Orioles star Manny Machado?

Even in a years-long free agency slowdown where teams have been reluctant to spend long-term on players who had accrued the service time to test the open market, Manny Machado and his ilk were supposed to be immune to this condition. Yet as January rolls on and Machado, the one-time Orioles superstar,...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees trade Tim Locastro to Diamondbacks for Ronald Roman

We hardly knew ye, Tim. The storied Yankees career of Tim Locastro officially came to a close on Wednesday afternoon. The team announced that they traded the outfielder to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for left-handed pitcher Ronald Roman. The move came just days after the Bombers designated Locastro for assignment to make room for DJ LeMahieu. Roman, 17, signed with the Diamondbacks as part of the 2018 international free agent class. He has yet to make his professional debut. It’s safe to assume, however, that he will begin his career with one of the New York’s Rookie...

SNY TV

Yankees nearing deal with free agent Adam Ottavino

Ottavino is coming off a huge season where he had a 2.43 ERA (2.74 FIP) and 112 strikeouts in 77.2 innings.

SNY TV

Could the 'swellopt' be a path to Yankees for free agent Manny Machado?

The sides have at least discussed a contract structure that would allow Chicago to exercise an option after year three that would trigger team control for an eighth or ninth year, according to major league sources.

River Ave. Blues

Six things the Yankees should do before Spring Training

In three weeks and six days Yankees pitchers and catchers will report to Tampa to begin Spring Training 2019. We are five weeks and two days away from the first Grapefruit League game. There are still a lot of free agents who have to sign between now and then — a lot of big name […] The post Six things the Yankees should do before Spring Training appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Believeland Ball

Cleveland Indians: Daily Rundown – January 17th, 2019

While other teams continue to pursue baseball’s top free agents, the Cleveland Indians sit and wait for the market standard to be set before making their move. Good afternoon, Tribe fans. While it feels like winter may never end and no one will ever sign, I assure you baseball will still come soon enough. The […] Cleveland Indians: Daily Rundown – January 17th, 2019 - Believeland Ball - Believeland Ball - A Cleveland Indians Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Over the Monster

Daily Red Sox Links: Michael Chavis, Dave Dombrowski, Billy McMillon

Sean McAdam takes a look at the non-Kimbrel/Ottavino relievers available in free agency, and the list is not great. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal) We never have as much information about contracts for front office personnel as we do for players, but we got a report that Dave Dombrowski’s contract runs through 2020, a year longer than previously thought. (Chris Cotillo; Masslive) Michael Chavis spent a large chunk of last season sidelined due to a PED suspension, but he’s back this year and on the 40-man roster with something to prove. (Ian Browne; RedSox.com) The PawSox introduced...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Tom Ricketts talks about the payroll, free agency, the Cubs TV network and more

The Cubs chairman made some radio talk show appearances Thursday morning. After the minor kerfuffle regarding the Ricketts family session being eliminated from this year’s Cubs Convention (more on that later), Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts made the rounds on sports talk radio Thursday morning. New cubs.com beat writer Jordan Bastian helpfully summed up important points made by Ricketts on the radio, and here they are, with my comments below. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts joined 670 The Score this morning and discussed a range of topics. Will post some highlights in this thread. Here’s on...

Fish Stripes

Why Manny Machado signing makes sense for Marlins

Should the Marlins pursue Manny Machado? It actually makes more sense than one would think. To be clear, all 30 teams should at least entertain the idea of adding Manny Machado. Very rarely does a player of Machado’s age and ability hit the free agent market. At the age of 26, we’re talking about an MVP-caliber player who is just entering the prime of his career. Earlier this week, Buster Olney of ESPN reported that Machado had been offered 7 years and $175 million by the Chicago White Sox. This information was corroborated by Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The White Sox offer to...

River Ave. Blues

Reports: Yankees agree to three-year deal with Adam Ottavino

Two weeks after re-signing Zach Britton, the Yankees have their second reliever addition. According to multiple reports the Yankees have agreed to a three-year contract worth $27M with free agent righty Adam Ottavino. That is exactly what the Rockies, Ottavino’s former team, gave Jake McGee and Bryan Shaw last year. The Yankees have not yet […] The post Reports: Yankees agree to three-year deal with Adam Ottavino appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Lone Star Ball

Report: Yankees, Ottavino have three year deal

The Yankees and Adam Ottavino reportedly have an agreement on a 3 year, $27 million deal MLB Rumors: The New York Yankees and Adam Ottavino have agreed to a three year, $27 million deal, per the national baseball reporters on Twitter. Ottavino, 33, was one of the top relievers on the free agent market, after putting up a 2.43 ERA and 2.74 FIP in 77.2 IP for the Colorado Rockies last year. Ottavino was reportedly a player of interest for the Texas Rangers, who are in the market for relief help, though in their rebuilding situation committing $27 million to a 33 year old reliever would be a...

Federal Baseball

Wire Taps: Winter Storm Harper anticipation; Will Bryce Harper end up in D.C. or Philly or somewhere else?

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait for the snow to arrive or Bryce Harper to sign... Winter Storm Harper is on its way across the United States with an eye on the East Coast, and folks are desperately trying to find a connection between the approaching snow and the free agent frenzy over Bryce Harper, some successfully, others less so. Bryce is still in Vegas entertaining offers as he tries to decide on a home for 2019 and beyond. Winter Storm Harper is currently in the Ohio River Valley area working its way across the country. Will Bryce sign with an East...

Federal Baseball

New Nationals’ 2B Brian Dozier is pull happy and proud of it...

Washington Nationals’ second baseman Brian Dozier talked to reporters about the decision to sign on in D.C., his pull-happy approach at the plate, and his friends who rec’d the decision to sign on in the nation’s capital. Over the course of his seven major league seasons, Brian Dozier, who inked a 1-year/$9M free agent deal with the Washington Nationals last weekend, has played just six games in Nationals Park, going 3 for 21 with a home run. Dozier will have plenty of time to get more comfortable in the nation’s capital this season, but he said on Tuesday, in a conference call...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

MLB Transaction Watch: Manny Machado and the free agent freeze

The White Sox are reported to have offered Machado seven years and $175 million. At times it has felt like there has been a lot of action this offseason, however, for free agents that was a mirage. The vast majority of the action this postseason has been in the form of trades. It’s been a downright frigid environment for all but a few of baseball’s free agents. Earlier in the offseason I noted that the sheer number of free agents exploded at the non-tender deadline. There were 201 free agents at the start of the offseason, that then ballooned to 245 MLB players. Of those, four players...

Cubbies Crib

Chicago Cubs Rumors: Manny Machado offered seven years, $175 million?

In this slow offseason, Chicago Cubs rumors are scarce. Meanwhile, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper seem to pop up daily. Here’s the latest. Although a number of free agents have already signed and many trades have been made, the focus of the MLB offseason remains on marquee free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. That means […] Chicago Cubs Rumors: Manny Machado offered seven years, $175 million? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Mets’ strange reason for ignoring Bryce Harper: Jeff McNeil

The two biggest fish on the market can probably forget about Flushing Bay as a potential home. As Bryce Harper and Manny Machado linger in free agency and look for teams willing to spend big on their services, the Mets entered this offseason with a plan, according to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, and neither...

NorthJersey.com

Wilmer Flores to sign with Diamondbacks after six seasons with the Mets, per report

After six seasons as a utility infielder with the Mets, Wilmer Flores will reportedly sign with the Diamondbacks in free agency.        

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Arizona Diamondbacks to sign infielder Wilmer Flores, according to report

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent infielder Wilmer Flores, ESPNs Jeff Passan reports.         

SportsDay

Shawn Tolleson ends comeback bid with Rangers, retires from baseball

Allen's Shawn Tolleson, who recorded 35 saves for the Rangers during their 2015 AL West title run, announced Wednesday his retirement from baseball, effective immediately, after suffering another arm injury.Tolleson, who turns 31 on Saturday, suffered a setback last week in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He strained the flexor tendon in his right arm. Tolleson hasn't pitched since July 27, 2016 with the Rangers. He suffered a back sprain at the time, then chose free agency after the season. He signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay for 2017, but injured the ulnar collateral ligament in...

Pinstripe Alley

The Yankees hope DJ LeMahieu can shore up a shaky defensive infield

Without Didi Gregorius for at least half the season, the Yankees needed some kind of defensive stability in the infield. Will their latest signing fit the bill? It wasn’t the infield signing that many Yankees fans hoped it would be, but the Bombers did sign free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu to a two-year deal last week, going over the luxury tax threshold to do so. No, not by as much as they would have if they signed Manny Machado, but given the team’s recent strategy, taking on financial penalties is at the very bottom of the team’s wish list. So why go over for LeMahieu, while...

Amazin Avenue

Mets hold introductory press conference for Jed Lowrie

Lowrie will wear number 4 as a Met, once worn by Wilmer Flores. The Mets introduced their latest free agent signing, Jed Lowrie, today at a press conference at Citi Field. Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen opened up the proceedings by saying that he had some “very specific agenda items” in mind for this offseason, which included increasing run production, adding depth and versatility, and creating balance on both sides of the plate. Lowrie “checks all the boxes,” said Van Wagenen. Van Wagenen also noted that the entire front office was on the same page regarding wanting to bring Lowrie to...

AZ Snake Pit

How the Wilmer Flores signing impacts the Diamondbacks roster

The Diamondbacks made their first major move since December, signing utility infielder Wilmer Flores to a 1-year deal with a club option. The 1-year deal will cover his final arbitration eligible year with the club option potentially covering one free agent year. Given that the deal is $3.75M salary with a $6M club option for 2020, Flores will most likely play everyday on the infield. As mentioned in Jim’s article about the signing itself, MLB.com beat reporter Steve Gilbert speculates that the Diamondbacks plan to play Flores almost exclusively at 2B. This move in fact has major...

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies rumors: Bryce Harper, Gabe Kapler hit it off during meeting

When the Phillies met with Bryce Harper in Las Vegas, manager Gabe Kapler reportedly hit it off with the star free agent outfielder. After the Phillies and Bryce Harper met in Las Vegas last weekend, all reports indicated that it went swimmingly. Among other things, it appears manager Gabe Kapler helped make things go so […] Phillies rumors: Bryce Harper, Gabe Kapler hit it off during meeting - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Why haven't the Yankees signed Bryce Harper or Manny Machado?

The Michael Kay Show crew breaks down why the Yankees appear to be out on MLB's premier free agent superstars on the market this winter. Subscribe for daily sports videos! YES' social media pages: YouTube: youtube.com/YESnetwork Facebook: facebook.com/YE

Yasmani Grandal introduced by Brewers

Milwaukee announces their latest free agent signing, catcher Yasmani Grandal, in a full news conference at Miller Park About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consi