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KC Kingdom

Kansas City Chiefs: Who won first week of free agency?

The first week of NFL free agency is in the books, and the Kansas City Chiefs wasted little time in re-shaping the roster. The Kansas City Chiefs front office let go, in one way or another, several pieces of last year’s 12-4 team while also making numerous additions. Looking back on those moves, who had […] Kansas City Chiefs: Who won first week of free agency? - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Boston's Mookie Betts says he expects to become free agent

Don't expect AL MVP Mookie Betts to agree to a long-term contract with the Boston Red Sox before he can become a free agent in late 2020.

Call to the Pen

Los Angeles Angels have a rare one with Mike Trout

Virtually every player leaves their original organization at some point in their careers. That will not be the case with the Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout. With free agency, teams looking to stay below a certain level in payroll, and various trades, it is rare to see a player remain with his original franchise […] Los Angeles Angels have a rare one with Mike Trout - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Reviewing the Brew

Milwaukee Brewers Rumors: Crew “In Talks” With Craig Kimbrel, Per Report

The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly not yet done with the free agent market, and are thinking about making another move. Robert Murray dropped this bomb on a Tuesday night about the Milwaukee Brewers are star closer Craig Kimbrel. #Brewers in talks with free-agent reliever Craig Kimbrel, sources tell me and @Ken_Rosenthal. — Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) […] Milwaukee Brewers Rumors: Crew “In Talks” With Craig Kimbrel, Per Report - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising Apple

Mets: Is there a reason behind the lack of extensions lately?

As the rest of MLB is extending their best players, the New York Mets have yet to do so. Unfortunate luck with deciding who gets a contract extension may have something to do with it. This offseason, the New York Mets were fairly busy. Either through signing free agents or the blockbuster deal with the […] Mets: Is there a reason behind the lack of extensions lately? - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

www.thegoodphight.com

Mike Trout and the Angels just saved us from ourselves

The juice would have been worth the squeeze, but now we can save our strength He’d have still been worth it in two years. The Phillies could have afforded him. He could have helped form an outfield for the ages. Now, none of that matters. Mike Trout agreed to a jaw-droppingly large 12-year, $430 million contract extension with the Angels Tuesday, dethroning Bryce Harper’s three-week old deal for the largest in baseball history. It also happens to be the largest pro sports contract in, well, pro sports history. “Historic” is an apt word for it. It also deprives the 2020-21 free agent...

Halos Heaven

HumpLinks: All Trout. All Day.

Yesterday the world was woke to a true fact: Mike Trout is The King Of All Baseball. Why even bother? Yesterday was all about One Single Story. So today I celebrate. It’s almost ALL Trout. And why the hell not? Trout Day now ranks second in Halo lore only to a 2002 WS victory. And in the pantheon of Great Angel Days - where we also have Shohei Ohtani choosing the Angels, Vlad Guerrero choosing the Angels, Buzzie Bavasi giving Nolan Ryan a lifetime Free Agent contract, and Tony Reagins getting to the Winter Meetings in time to sign Adrian Beltre* - only Mike Trout Day holds the potential...

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies future still bright without Mike Trout fantasy

While the Phillies might be disappointed, there’s no reason to fret Mike Trout not being a free agent. Phillies fans saw their biggest dream die Tuesday afternoon after learning New Jersey’s own Mike Trout (a well-documented Eagles and Sixers fan) reportedly agreed to the largest contract in North American sports history. Even before Philadelphia inked Bryce […] Phillies future still bright without Mike Trout fantasy - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Climbing Tal's Hill

Astros, Ryan Pressly agree to two-year, $17.5 million contract extension

The Astros locked up one of their key relievers for the foreseeable future. There is a large pending free agent class in Houston right now. Once the 2019 season ends, the Astros will have to determine whether or not to resign the likes of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Collin McHugh, Wade Miley, Joe Smith, Hector […] Astros, Ryan Pressly agree to two-year, $17.5 million contract extension - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Crawfish Boxes

Breaking: Astros get in on Extension Tuesday. Extend both Pressly and Bregman

Jeff Luhnow can apparently walk and chew gum at the same time. Within minutes, Chandler Rome’s twitter account broke news of two extensions, one with Ryan Pressly, for 21 million + a vesting option, for 2020 and 2021. The other, much bigger deal, is with Alex Bregman, buying out the three arb. years (2020–2022), plus the first two years of free agency (2023–2024), for $100 million. On the face of it, the Pressly deal is a risk for the Astros. Relievers are volatile, and Pressly, while dominant for 2.5 months last year, does not have a long track record. On the other hand, with...

Lone Star Ball

Houston Astros, Alex Bregman agree to $100M deal

The Astros and infielder Alex Bregman have agreed to terms on a 6 year, $100 million contract, per reports The Houston Astros and infielder Alex Bregman have agreed to terms on a 6 year, $100 million contract, per multiple reports. The deal would cover the 2019, for which Bregman is already under contract, and the 2020-24 seasons, which would buy out a pair of free agency years, Bregman, who turns 25 later this month, was the #2 selection in the 2015 draft, picked by the Astros with the compensation pick they received after not signing Brady Aiken the year before. Bregman, you may recall,...

SportsDay

Roster coming together: Rangers send Matt Davidson, three others to minor league camp

SURPRISE, Ariz. - If Matt Davidson is a two-way player for the Rangers this year it will be as a hitter and fielder.The pitching thing: Not so much.The Rangers sent Davidson, 28, and three other players on minor league contracts to the minor league camp Tuesday, including infielders Chase d'Arnaud and Nolan Fontana and catcher Jett Bandy. None of the players have the ability to take free agency, so they will start the season at Triple-A Nashville. They also optioned catcher Jose Trevino to the Nashville roster.Davidson is the most intriguing of the bunch. He's had back-to-back major league...

Believeland Ball

Cleveland Indians: Tribe sign Carlos Gonzalez to Minor League Contract

In the process of trying to fill voids in the outfield, the Cleveland Indians have signed veteran free agent Carlos Gonzalez to a minor league deal. The Cleveland Indians addressed their inexperienced outfield on Saturday by signing 33-year-old free agent Carlos Gonzalez to a Minor League contract.  The three-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award Winner […] Cleveland Indians: Tribe sign Carlos Gonzalez to Minor League Contract - Believeland Ball - Believeland Ball - A Cleveland Indians Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Mercury News

Baseball salary lunacy is a tradition that dates back decades (just ask Rickey Henderson)

Bryce Harper's free agent contract, and the deal being finalized by Mike Trout, dwarf the salaries from 1989 when Sports Illustrated opined that "baseball salaries are now out of sight"

SNY TV

Mike Trout is rich after signing long-term with Angels, but he'll never be famous

Had he become a free agent in two years and signed with the Yankees -- or joined Bryce Harper in Philly -- Trout's name recognition would have skyrocketed beyond his Fangraphs base.

OC Register

Mike Trout’s lifetime contract with the Angels is just part of latest trend for MLB superstars

The labor war brewing over free agency helped keep Trout in an Angels uniform. For better or worse, it's also returning baseball to an earlier era when star players spent their entire careers with one team.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Indians sign OF Carlos Gonzalez to minor league contract

Free agent Carlos Gonzalez has signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, who just might have an outfield spot for the three-time All-Star.

The Denver Post

Mike Trout nears 12-year, $430 million extension with Angels, per report

The climax of an offseason spent contemplating and debating the value of some of baseball's biggest stars, as it turns out, was not the record-setting free agent contracts signed last month by Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, but what reportedly came Tuesday: a massive extension for Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout that zoomed past those other deals like a 600-foot home run.

Twinkie Town

Ten positions in ten days: DH

Counting down to opening day with a position each day As we count down to opening day, we’ll be taking a look at each position for the Twins, the presumed starter, and the other options in the organization. First up, designated hitter. The Presumed Starter: Nelson Cruz Presumed is probably not necessary here—barring an unforeseen injury, Cruz will be the DH for the Twins when the first pitch is thrown at Target Field. The Twins signed him to a free agent contract worth $14 million this offseason for that express reason. Zips projects Cruz for a total of 2.2 WAR in 2019. Szymborski’s...

Twinkie Town

What should we really expect from Martin Perez?

Will a new pitching approach outweigh past performance? When it was announced on January 19th that the Twins were preparing to ink a deal with left-handed starter Martin Perez, many Minnesota fans questioned the move. It doesn’t take long to figure out why he wasn’t at the top of fans’ free agent wish list, as Perez sported a 6.22 ERA in 2018-19 with the Rangers. Along with his poor prior season, Perez hasn’t produced a WHIP below 1.4 since 2014, and his K/9 hasn’t topped 6.1 his entire career. Fast forward to the present, where the hype around the 27-year old is real. Perez gave...

Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves: A New Path to Signing Kimbrel or Keuchel

As two of the top free agent pitchers remain unsigned, we look at a new path for the Atlanta Braves to sign either one this season. I know, it’s another article that will probably get your hopes up. But until someone signs Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel, I’m going to write about the different ways […] Atlanta Braves: A New Path to Signing Kimbrel or Keuchel - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

DRaysBay

View from the Catwalk: Charlie Morton is ready

Another excellent performance as the biggest free agent acquisition in franchise history ready for the season On Monday afternoon, the rain stayed away long enough for Charlie Morton to deliver an excellent performance against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Morton pitched into the 6th inning, retiring the first 10 hitters he faced in the game. Overall, he racked up four strikeouts, allowing two runs on four hits, while he walked walked two batters. “I feel good,” Morton said. “I think my stuff is pretty good right now.” Charlie Morton on the 2019 #Rays: “When people ask me if I see...

Bears Blog | Chicago Breaking Sports

Mike Trout and Angels finalizing 12-year, $430 million deal — largest contract in pro sports history: report

Mike Trout and the Angels are reportedly finalizing a 12-year, $430 million deal, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The contract would be the largest in professional sports history. Trout, 27, was due to be a free agent following the 2020 season. Trout has has won two American League MVP awards...

Bluebird Banter

Tuesday bantering: Trout signs for $430 million

And Alford down, McKinney, Biagini, Mayza, Borucki make the team Bryce Harper plan to entice Mike Trout to get to free agency to sign with the Phillies didn’t work. Trout signed with the Angels for 12 years and $430 million. So we have a new record for an MLB contract. Trout will be making $35.83 million a season. Or averaging that, I don’t see details on a year-to-year break down yet. It is an extension to his current contract, which has two years left at $33.25 million each. There is no-opt outs announced so Trout should be an Angel for life as Trout will turn 40 during the last year...

Lone Star Ball

Mike Trout, Angels agree to 12 year extension

Jeff Passan reports that Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed on a 12 year, $430 million extension Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are finalizing a 12 year, $430 million extension, according to Jeff Passan. Trout, who was slated to be a free agent after the 2020 season, will now be under contract through 2030, Passan reports. http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26306935/sources-angels-trout-reach-430m-extension Trout, 27, has established himself as the best player in baseball, and was expected to be the subject of an aggressive bidding war once he hit the market. This...

KC Kingdom

Kansas City Chiefs: Jared Cook would give Chiefs deadly tight end duo

The Kansas City Chiefs have made moves in free agency this season, but most have come on defense. What if, however, the Chiefs went with the best tight end on the market and added Jared Cook to their already lethal offense? Before we dive into this post, I should note that I’m well-aware Jared Cook […] Kansas City Chiefs: Jared Cook would give Chiefs deadly tight end duo - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

SportsDay

Rangers manager Chris Woodward thinks Matt Davidson can be 'exceptional' hitter

SURPRISE, Ariz. - If Matt Davidson is a two-way player for the Rangers this year it will be as a hitter and fielder.The pitching thing: Not so much.The Rangers sent Davidson, 28, and three other players on minor league contracts to the minor league camp Tuesday: infielders Chase d'Arnaud and Nolan Fontana and catcher Jett Bandy. None of the players has the ability to take free agency, so they will start the season at Triple-A Nashville. They also optioned catcher Jose Trevino to the Nashville roster.Davidson is the most intriguing of the bunch. He's had back-to-back major league seasons with...

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.