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The Mercury News

Kurtenbach: Here are three reasonable free agent targets for the Giants

The San Francisco Giants are going to sign free agents this winter, right? If they are, here are three they should target.

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies sim trade: Boosting the outfield with Starling Marte

The Phillies first mock trade of the season is a big one that will solidify the outfield. We are representing the Phillies in the 2019 FanSided Offseason Sim, during which the experts for each site act as the general managers, wheeling and dealing on the trade and free agent markets. To kick off the sim, […] Phillies sim trade: Boosting the outfield with Starling Marte - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Why Dallas Keuchel is the best free agent fit

The Blue Jays need some help with their starting rotation, and I believe there’s a solid argument that Dallas Keuchel is their best fit as a free agent target. We know the Blue Jays won’t be signing Jake Odorizzi, one of their early reported targets that they were looking at this off-season, as he’s already […] Blue Jays: Why Dallas Keuchel is the best free agent fit - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Amazin Avenue

Let’s find the Mets a starting pitcher, Part 3

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports We continue working our way down the list of free agent starting pitchers who could end up in the Mets’ rotation. As has been discussed in parts one and two of this series, the Mets are a few weeks into the offseason and still have just four major league starting pitchers under team control. Free agency hasn’t moved quickly for anyone at this point, but the Mets’ internal solutions—moving Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo to the rotation or filling things out with Walker Lockett, Corey Oswalt, or Chris Flexen—are far from ideal for a team that intends...


What we learned about the Cincinnati Reds' offseason plans during the GM Meetings

The Reds have shown varying levels of interest in nearly all the top free-agent hitters as they look to upgrade their offense.        


4 free agent pitchers Mets should target if they need to replace Zack Wheeler

If Brodie Van Wagenen is truly looking for a veteran, reliable, consistent starting pitcher that is likely to accept a one- or two-year deal, the following four candidates should be on his list...

The Crawfish Boxes

Astros Finalize Yuli Gurriel’s Contract for the 2020 Season

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports Gurriel Gets A Small Bonus For 2020 There has been a lot of rumors circling the Houston Astros this offseason, and they are not good. As the writers at the Crawfish Boxes wrote about, it’s a tough time for Astros fans to deal with everything. Fans want a sense of normalcy, like what are the Astros going to do this offseason to try to win it all again in 2020? You know, what bloggers are supposed to be talking about during the offseason. We have seen nine players become free agents this offseason. There is no sure thing that any of them will return, but...

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Like Andrew Miller before him, Drew Pomeranz is quietly on the verge of a bullpen breakout

Could the next Andrew Miller be hiding in plain sight? At first glance, free-agent pitcher Drew Pomeranz was bad in 2019. His 2-10 record and 4.85 ERA split between the Giants and Brewers was unsurprising, because he was even worse the year before, pitching to a 6.08 ERA in Boston and all but guaranteeing...

Bless You Boys

Rule 5 draft: Here’s how it works

Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via 8 of Tigers top 30 prospects are eligible for selection in the Rule 5 draft this season The Detroit Tigers will have the first overall pick in the 2019 Rule 5 draft for the second time in three years. The draft which will take place on December 12, 2019 in San Diego, California. Major League Baseball teams must submit their 40-man rosters by November 20 in order to protect players from the Rule 5 draft. The Detroit Tigers currently have 33 players on their 40-man roster following their latest round of cuts and free agent departures. Eight of...

Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves Minors: Prospects who could debut in 2020

We saw a few Atlanta Braves prospects debut in 2019, let’s look at several that could reach the majors during the 2020 season. The Atlanta Braves have certainly gotten off to a busy start this offseason — the team recently signed free agent left-handed reliever Will Smith this past Friday — and there will surely be more […] Atlanta Braves Minors: Prospects who could debut in 2020 - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Tomahawk Take

Braves: 4 more moves to complete a great offseason

We look at four more moves Alex Anthopoulos and the Atlanta Braves can make this offseason to put to a cap on a great winter. Alex Anthopoulos went full assassin and signed the best free agent reliever on the market in Will Smith setting the stage for a huge offseason for the Atlanta Braves. You […] Braves: 4 more moves to complete a great offseason - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Brew Crew Ball

Milwaukee Brewers free agent targets: Travis d’Arnaud

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via A viable substitute if Brewers cannot sign Grandal. Yasmani Grandal will always have a special place in the hearts of Brewer Nation. His 2019 season behind the plate for Milwaukee was one of the best by a catcher in franchise history. With that in mind, David Stearns said that he would like to bring him back. David Stearns says it’s no secret that he’d like to bring back both Mike Moustakas and Yasmani Grandal. But I s that realistic?: pic.twitter.com/d2gIBXARJO— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) October 4, 2019 Rosiak’s last sentence in the...

Climbing Tal's Hill

Astros, Yuli Gurriel renegotiate contract for 2020 season

The Astros renegotiated Yuli Gurriel‘s salary for the 2020 season. In what will be his final year before free agency, Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel will earn $8.3 million, a slight raise from the $8 million he had previously been slated to earn. He can earn an additional $250,000 in bonuses as well. Under the […] Astros, Yuli Gurriel renegotiate contract for 2020 season - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

Ask Pinstripe Alley: Yankees mailbag questions request

Send in your best questions for this week’s mailbag! With awards announced and the GM Meetings in the books, we’re in the thick of the offseason now. Since baseball’s free agency moves at a slow pace—glacial in recent years—don’t expect much groundbreaking news this month. It’s possible of course, as the Brian McCann deal went down in late November, but unlikely. So, how about we take some mailbag questions while we wait? You may want to ask about the latest free agent and trade rumors—perhaps you have some players in mind of your own. Maybe you’re wondering if the...

Amazin Avenue

Let’s find the Mets a starting pitcher, Part 2

Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports The Mets have four-fifths of a major league rotation right now. When we checked in on the Mets’ options in free agency earlier this month, the pitchers who would obviously be the best were mentioned. The team should be in on elite free agents, as the luxury tax it would pay would be a fraction of the team’s payroll budget, but nobody is expecting that to be the case. There’s been one change from Part 1, too, as Jake Odorizzi accepted the Twins’ qualifying offer, taking him off the market. So let’s continue running down the list of available free...

Lone Star Ball

Texas Rangers free agent poll: Hyun-Jin Ryu

Photo by Will Newton/ How would you feel about the Rangers signing Hyun-Jin Ryu to a 2 year, $32 million deal? With the offseason now kicking into gear, we will, as we have done the last several years, do a series of polls about the possibility of the Texas Rangers signing various high profile free agents. After doing Gerrit Cole, and then Stephen Strasburg following him, and then Dallas Keuchel after that, and then Mike Moustakas as a possible answer to the third base situation, and then another third baseman, Anthony Rendon, then looked at Yasmani Grandal, after which we voted on third...

Call to the Pen

Predicting the biggest moves this offseason

MLB Free Agents Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Anthony Rendon headline this offseason, but there are other players to be had so here is where the biggest names will land. Predicting where the biggest MLB free agents will land is nearly impossible because there are always the big-name teams like the New York Yankees and […] Predicting the biggest moves this offseason - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Fish Stripes

Fish Bites Episode 48: Marlins offseason special, 2019-20

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via In a change of pace from our usual programming, listen to Ethan Budowsky’s overview of the Marlins organization. Ely rounds up the week’s Marlins developments (1:55), including rumors linking the team to top free agent outfielders and great player performances in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Then, enjoy an excerpt from Ethan Budowsky’s guest appearance on the Painting Corners Podcast (10:15). Ethan details how the key rebuilding trades have panned out on the field so far and what fans are expecting in 2020 and beyond. Enjoy Episode...

Climbing Tal's Hill

Astros: Time to trade Josh Reddick and let Kyle Tucker take the reins

The Astros need to consider turning left field over to Kyle Tucker and putting Josh Reddick on the trading block before he becomes a free agent in 2021. It’s looking like the front office of the Houston Astros won’t be able to avoid surpassing the luxury tax threshold with their 2020 payroll. But you can […] Astros: Time to trade Josh Reddick and let Kyle Tucker take the reins - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


MLB Free Agency: Andrew Friedman Emphasizes ‘Respect’ Dodgers Have For Hyun-Jin Ryu

One of the biggest surprises for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019 was the emergence of Hyun-Jin Ryu as a true...

The Mercury News

Giants mailbag: Will club pursue Gerrit Cole, who replaces Will Smith and what’s realistic in 2020?

The Giants are expected to take a different approach into free agency than they had in Farhan Zaidi's first offseason with the club.

Pinstripe Alley

One Yankee most likely to be traded during the offseason

Photo by Cole Burston/ Submit your answer in the FanPost section for the chance to see your story featured on the front page. Last week, I asked Yankees fans to put together out of the box trades to help the team. We received a ton of submissions and there were some interesting ideas in there. That got me to thinking about this week’s FanPost Friday prompt: Which Yankee is most likely to be traded during the offseason? Miguel Andujar, Clint Frazier, Mike Ford, and Mike Tauchman all stand out here, but the possibilities are endless. Feel free to select a prospect. Maybe they should...

Pinstripe Alley

Why the Yankees shouldn’t just focus on the pitching market

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports It’s clear the Yankees need to improve on the mound, but doing so without regard for the lineup would be a mistake. Among Yankees fans, the mantra is the same wherever you look: the Yankees need pitching! Newspaper reporters, online bloggers, radio personalities, and Twitter all agree that Brian Cashman should prioritize top-tier starting pitching, with the pursuit of free agents Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg at the top of that list. I’m not here to argue with that. In fact, if you were to ask me what my ideal offseason would be, landing one of...

Bless You Boys

Links: Minor league restructuring and all that fun stuff

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via As we approach the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster, we look at some minor league standouts and potential draft targets for 202. The MLB General Manager Meetings have come and gone. We have seen a free agent signing or two, and other developments continue. This week, we will hit the deadline for teams to set their 40-man rosters to protect players from December’s Rule 5 draft. We have some speculation about how the Detroit Tigers might handle that responsibility, as well as a look at the minor leagues, and potential amateur draft...


Looking for the “next” Tommy Pham

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Getting Pham for prospects in 2018 was a huge success. Can the Rays do it again? If you’re looking to improve the Tampa Bay Rays, a 90+ win team that made a strong playoff run, you have two roads to take. The first is through marginal improvements — making upgrades to part-time players to make the team a bit stronger than it was before. The easiest way to do so is through the team’s free agent openings (Avisail Garcia, Travis d’Arnaud, Eric Sogard), but it could also be done in upgrades to returning part-time contributors (Matt Duffy,...

Rising Apple

New York Mets must make Dellin Betances their number one priority

Dellin Betances and his elite-level talent is a must for the New York Mets to add this winter. The New York Mets desperately need to improve their bullpen for the 2020 season. On the free agent front, ex-New York Yankees reliever Dellin Betances looks like the perfect candidate to help turn one of their biggest […] New York Mets must make Dellin Betances their number one priority - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Brew Crew Ball

What We Learned: Yelich runner-up MVP

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Christian Yelich just missed the MVP award, finishing second in the voting. Coverage from BCB Christian Yelich Christian Yelich loses MVP award to Cody Bellinger | Brad Ford Report: No contract extension talks yet between Brewers, Christian Yelich | Jaymes L Christian Yelich gets into Twitter spat with Yu Darvish over sign stealing | Jaymes L Offseason Decisions Tyler Austin signs contract to play in Japan | Jaymes L Brewers free agent targets: Drew Pomeranz | Jaymes L Brewers Tender or Non-Tender Decisions: Zach Davies | Jaymes L Milwaukee Brewers...

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.