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Royals Review

Jake Diekman is drawing a lot of trade interest

Photo by Ed Zurga/ The Royals could have the lefty on the move soon. The Royals have already made a pair of trades this month, and more could be coming according to MLB.com reporter Jeffrey Flanagan. Flanagan reports there has been interest around left-handed reliever Jake Diekman, who could become a free agent at the end of the season. The Dodgers, who have a scout here at Kauffman Stadium, and the Nationals are known to be interested. Scouts from the Braves and the Phillies were on hand to watch Diekman power out of a jam against the White Sox on Monday night in a 5-2 win. Other teams...

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Phillies hurler Drew Smyly erases some doubts for the moment

The Phillies signing of lefty Drew Smyly left many of their fans cold, but Smyly got right to work and, momentarily, dispelled the notion he’s not a find. The first of the Philadelphia Phillies mid-season moves was widely doubted. When the Phillies reached a tentative agreement with free-agent Drew Smyly July 19, after he had […] Phillies hurler Drew Smyly erases some doubts for the moment - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Chicago Cubs: Looking ahead to a 2020 free-agent wish list

While the offseason is still a few months away, it is never too early to look forward to the upcoming free-agent class of 2020. This class is not as strong as years past; however, there are still a handful of quality names hitting the market. Looking at the current makeup of the Chicago Cubs roster, […] Chicago Cubs: Looking ahead to a 2020 free-agent wish list - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bless You Boys

Cubs interested in Castellanos, per report

Photo by Justin K. Aller/ The soon-to-be free agent may be on the move before the July 31 trade deadline. The July 31 trade deadline is getting so close we can virtually tase it, and with every rumor, anticipation just keeps building. The Detroit Tigers are firmly entrenched in the ‘sellers’ category, and they are toting some of the most valuable players for sale this season. The front office is swimming in interest for the two pitchers that headline Detroit’s roster — Matthew Boyd and Shane Greene — but there has been far less chatter on regarding the team’s hitters. That...

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AP Source: Pacers sign Justin Holiday to 1-year contract

A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent guard Justin Holiday has agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.8 million with the Indiana Pacers


Hyun-Jin Ryu: Accepting Qualifying Offer From Dodgers In Free Agency ‘Wasn’t Difficult’ Decision

After a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder sidelined him for two seasons and put his future in doubt...


Report: Phillies sign Drew Smyly

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports The Phillies are trying to bolster their depth, I think.... Jim Salisbury was the first to report the news on Twitter last night that the Phillies were interested in the lefty, Source: Phillies have expressed interest in lefty Drew Smyly, who opted out of his minor-league deal with Brewers today and is a free agent.— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) July 18, 2019 and this morning the news came to fruition. Confirming that the #Phillies have signed Drew Smyly to a major-league contract. Nothing definite yet, but sounds like he's going to join the...

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Mets: Zack Wheeler Joins Injured List Close To Trade Deadline

After receiving high praise for making bold moves in the offseason, the New York Mets have failed to deliver. Now, a potential trade option in Zack Wheeler lands on the IL weeks before the deadline. The New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler impending free agency has been the topic of discussion for a while now. It […] Mets: Zack Wheeler Joins Injured List Close To Trade Deadline - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Drew Smyly opts out of minor league contract with Milwaukee Brewers, becomes free agent

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports He apparently wasn’t seen as a viable pitching option at the big league level. Drew Smyly’s brief tenure with the Milwaukee Brewers organization officially came to an end earlier this afternoon. Smyly signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on July 1st after getting released by the Texas Rangers, and now less than three weeks later, he is looking for a new home after exercising a release clause in his deal. Roster move: LHP Drew Smyly has exercised his release clause and is now a free agent.— Brewers Player Dev (@BrewersPD) July 18,...

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NYY News: Should Chapman stay or should Chapman go?

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports Chapman’s opt out looming after 2019; Yankees acquire Terrance Gore; Sanchez’s thumb not cause of slump according to Boone New York Post | Zack Braziller: His recent blown save at the hands of Yankee killer Travis D’Arnaud notwithstanding, Aroldis Chapman is in the midst of yet another stellar season (2.45 ERA, 2.09 FIP). If the fireballing reliever keeps this up, he may be tempted to opt out of the final two years of his contract after this season and test the free agent market. It’s far from a given that Chapman will actually opt out, but if he...

Purple Row

Thursday Rockpile: Rockies trying to make sense of trade deadline

Photo by Dustin Bradford/ Rockies news and links for July 18, 2019 GM on Rox struggles: ‘It all needs addressing’ | MLB.com The Colorado Rockies are in the middle of a free fall out of contention. It makes sense, then, that general manager Jeff Bridich is casting a wide net when pointing to what is going wrong. That’s fair, and yet we all know the truth is that the obvious area of need is the pitching. That’s one year after the pitching was the strength and the offense was a weakness. That has to be hard to navigate as a general manager. What is especially weird this year, as...

Royals Review

Restocking the rotation through trades and an unlikely success story

Photo by Ed Zurga/ Some odds and ends on the week. The last couple of seasons we have seen the method to Dayton Moore’s free agent madness. It’s not revolutionary. Nor is it particularly inspired. It is instead driven by necessity. A vital task for a team in a rebuild. And with the trade deadline approaching and the waiver trade period eliminated, there is an urgency to the wheeling and dealing. First to go, Homer Bailey. Bailey was the kind of acquisition that for a team like the Royals, you just nod your head because you immediately can see into the future - health pending, of...

Red Reporter

Cincinnati Reds trade rumors - Everyone wants Luis Castillo

Photo by Gregory Shamus/ That’s as no-brainer as it gets. In the penny-pinching world that is the multi-billion dollar baseball industry, there’s nothing more valuable than this: a star coming into his own who’s still making the league-minimum salary. 25 of those players on a roster is a profit-maximizer, and if the free agency freeze-out we saw over the last two winters is any indication, maximizing a team’s bottom line is almost equally as important as winning games to many of the ownership groups out there. From a pure baseball perspective, finding teams that might be willing...

Rising Apple

Mets Trade Proposals: A deal for each of the upcoming free agents

We should expect the New York Mets to shop all of their players on expiring contracts over the next two weeks. Here’s where they should go and what the Mets should ask for in return. It’s a pretty bittersweet time to be a New York Mets fan. After entering the All-Star break at 40-50, the once […] Mets Trade Proposals: A deal for each of the upcoming free agents - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Kings sign free agent F Richaun Holmes

Sacramento Kings sign free agent forward Richaun Holmes

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The key to Enes Kanter’s free-agent heart is a simple phone call

Enes Kanter remembers it like it was yesterday. There Damian Lillard was, sizing up eventual Defensive Player of the Year runner-up Paul George 40 feet from the rim. He swayed back and forth, crossed between the legs, then side-stepped, before launching what George called “a bad shot” — a 37-foot...

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Who runs New York? The Top 25 players from the Nets and Knicks, ranked

Free agency in the NBA is just about over, representing one of the more surprising and momentous in NBA history. The two teams in New York have set their rosters, with the Knicks and Nets undergoing complete overhauls in the summer. Starting at different baselines, they both improved from last...

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Anthony Davis enjoyed a movie while the Lakers rushed to build their roster

The Lakers couldn’t dive into NBA free agency headfirst, because they had keep their powder dry and cap sheet clean for Kawhi Leonard. Once Leonard signed with the Clippers, the Lakers had to move fast, with an extremely limited number of players available, ultimately signing DeMarcus Cousins,...

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Marcus Morris and agent Rich Paul separate after controversial free agency

New Knick Marcus Morris and his agent Rich Paul have agreed to part ways, sources told the Daily News. The separation comes after a controversial free agency in which Morris, 29, signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the Knicks after reneging on an agreement with the Spurs for two years, $20...


Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Confident Struggles Are ‘Going To Turn’ For Austin Barnes

After letting Yasmani Grandal walk in free agency during the past offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers...

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MLB: The Solution to Tanking and the Free Agency Crisis

What’s driving MLB’s flurry of contract extensions. Also, let’s propose a solution that will END tanking in baseball while solving the Free Agency Crisis. Earlier this year, the New York Yankees agreed to a deal with their soon-to-be Free Agent CF Aaron Hicks to a seven-year contract extension. At first, many were confused; why would […] MLB: The Solution to Tanking and the Free Agency Crisis - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Brew Crew Ball

Milwaukee Brewers sign Daniel Coulombe to minor league deal

A veteran left-hander will get a look. David Stearns and the Milwaukee Brewers are in rather desperate need of pitching help. There will almost surely be some notable moves made by Slingin’ Stearns and his brain trust in advance of the trading deadline, but we still have two and a half weeks until July 31st and sellers simply aren’t ready to make those major moves just yet. So in the meantime, the Brewers have taken a “throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks” approach over the past couple of weeks with minor league deals for MLB veterans who recently hit the free agent...

Rising Apple

Mets of the Future: Watch out for catcher Francisco Alvarez

New York Mets prospect Francisco Alvarez began his professional baseball career this summer. Thus far, he looks like a prized possession on the farm. Just 14 games into his professional baseball career, New York Mets catching prospect Francisco Alvarez has done nothing but hit. Signed as an amateur free agent in July of 2018, Alvarez […] Mets of the Future: Watch out for catcher Francisco Alvarez - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


First trades in Tampa Bay Rays history: “With the Chicago White Sox”

“Ten-Run Sturtze” comes to Tampa Bay May 31st, 2000 Tampa Bay Devil Rays trade INF Tony Graffanino to the Chicago White Sox for RHP Tanyon Sturtze The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Chicago White Sox came together a third of the way through the 2000 season to complete a minor deal involving small role players for their teams. Tanyon Sturtze was a former 23rd round draft pick by the Oakland Athletics in 1990. He was picked up by the Chicago Cubs during the 1994 Rule 5 draft and made his MLB debut during the 1995 season as a member of the Cubs. He would soon become a free agent and signed with...


Mason Feole, Texas prep catcher round out Padres' 2019 draft class

The Padres added 32 draftees and a non-drafted free agent in 2019.


Where do the Rays wins come from?

An exercise in WAR Yesterday at FanGraphs Craig Edwards broke down where the fWAR comes from for teams in an article titled Building a Baseball Team Through Free Agents Versus Homegrown Talent. The one thing that sticks out in the 2019 wins the Tampa Bay Rays have received is it’s diversity. It’s not surprising that the Rays find themselves near the top at most of the rankings as their combined 28.3 fWAR is fourth in the majors behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers (34.0), Minnesota Twins (32.3), and Houston Astros (30.1). Homegrown Talent There are two primary ways to bring in homegrown...

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Knicks agree to 1-year, $15 million deal with power forward Marcus Morris

The Knicks, despite their strikeouts at the top of the free agency class, are clearly attempting to win more games next season by signing ready-made role players. A source confirmed their latest agreement, Marcus Morris arrived in the Big Apple on Thursday. Along with Taj Gibson, Morris will be...


Trading Zack Wheeler to Yankees makes sense

The impending free agent would upgrade the rotation in the Bronx, and the Mets are going nowhere this season.

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.