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Bless You Boys

Which free agents should the Tigers target?

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ BYB staff discuss who we’d like to see the team add to the roster this offseason. We find ourselves in the early stages of what is sure to be a very unusual free agent season. Teams, who have seen their revenue deeply impacted by a season without fans, have seemed cagey about the idea of spending big on free agency, and many of the would-be big names coming available this season have already signed contract extensions. That said, the Tigers have let several of last season’s acquisitions walk, and will need to sign free agents in order to...

Kings of Kauffman

KC Royals: Making the case, Mariners free agents

Almost half of Seattle’s free agents have already signed, but there might be some left who could help the KC Royals. Welcome back to Kings of Kauffman’s continuing series analyzing the major league free agent market and projecting who might, or might not, fit the KC Royals’ needs. Today we take a look at the […] KC Royals: Making the case, Mariners free agents - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bluebird Banter

Free Agent Poll: Michael Brantley

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ I appropriated this idea from Lone Star Ball. It isn’t the first time I’ve stolen from them. The idea is to go through some of the top free agents, use the contract FanGraphs suggests they will get, and have a poll asking if we would like to sign him for that amount. Michael Brantley was another player I was going to skip since I didn’t see him as a match for the Blue Jays’ needs. Then, today, I read that the team had talked to his agent. If the plan is to include an outfielder in trade, perhaps Francisco Lindor, picking up an outfielder...

Pinstripe Alley

Poll: Should Yankees prioritize LeMahieu or Lindor?

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports Two elite middle infielders are up for grabs this winter; which one do you think the Yankees should focus on acquiring? Since the World Series ended and the offseason began a few weeks back, it feels like the entire baseball world has been waiting on two middle infielders to set the market: Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor and free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu. While a few relatively low-profile pitchers have signed early in free agency, it seems that, for position players at least, these two All-Stars will set the trade and free...

Brew Crew Ball

Milwaukee Brewers Free Agent Targets: Carlos Santana

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports He always gets on base, but will he slug in 2021? The folks over at MLB Trade Rumors have introduced the idea of at least one free agent going to Milwaukee. Tim Dierkes and Mark Polishuk both have mentioned the possibility of Carlos Santana being a good fit in Brewers’ blue and gold. The switch-hitting first baseman has been a quality major league player for a decade, playing most of his career in Cleveland. In 2019, Santana was an All-Star and posted a career best 4.4 fWAR. In his All-Star season, he blasted 34 home runs while slashing...

Rising Apple

Mets Trade Profile: Would Kris Bryant be a good fit in Queens?

Since Steve Cohen officially became the owner of the New York Mets the team has been connected to not only every major free agent but every major player on the trade block. What about Kris Bryant? One trade target that is intriguing for the New York Mets franchise is Chicago Cubs third baseman, Kris Bryant. […] Mets Trade Profile: Would Kris Bryant be a good fit in Queens? - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Climbing Tal's Hill

George Springer rumors: Astros unlikely to retain the outfielder

George Springer is a free agent and it has become increasingly unlikely that he returns to the Houston Astros in 2021. This offseason is critical for the Astros. Not only are Josh Reddick and Michael Brantley free agents, but they must address holes in the rotation, bullpen and potentially replace a franchise cornerstone in outfielder […] George Springer rumors: Astros unlikely to retain the outfielder - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Royals Review

Potential free agent target: Hunter Renfroe

Photo by Tom Pennington/ The outfielder could provide some much needed pop. The Royals probably won’t be making a big splash in free agency this off-season, but they will be looking to upgrade a team that finished tied with the seventh-worst record in baseball last year. The team seems likely to target players that fit into the rebuild that centers around a crop of young pitchers. Outfielder Hunter Renfroe is fresh off a trip to the World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays, but was designated for assignment last week as the team was caught in a 40-man roster crunch....

Call to the Pen

Tampa Bay Rays: Blake Snell is reportedly on the trade block

The Tampa Bay Rays are reportedly willing to trade the 2018 Cy Young winner, Blake Snell, this offseason, keeping with their aversion to pay players big. The Tampa Bay Rays may be losing two members of their rotation this offseason in Blake Snell and Charlie Morton. Morton could very well leave in free agency, and […] Tampa Bay Rays: Blake Snell is reportedly on the trade block - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Cubbies Crib

Chicago Cubs: Jake Odorizzi could strengthen the starting rotation

The Cubs should pursue free agent Jake Odorizzi to strengthen the rotation. Free agency is underway during what should be a lively offseason for many ball clubs, especially the Chicago Cubs. This is a winter destined for change on the north side of Chicago and there are many weaknesses that need to be addressed in […] Chicago Cubs: Jake Odorizzi could strengthen the starting rotation - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

Tip of the Tower

Blue Jays rumours: Is trading for Nolan Arenado possible?

There are rumours suggesting that the Toronto Blue Jays could look to trade for Nolan Arenado which would be a serious addition if possible. For the past few weeks, we have heard about the Toronto Blue Jays being interested in many players in free agency along with the top trade candidate in Francisco Lindor, but […] Blue Jays rumours: Is trading for Nolan Arenado possible? - Tip of the Tower - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts

Lone Star Ball

Morton, Braves agree to one year deal

Photo by Tom Pennington/ The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one year, $15 million deal with free agent starter Charlie Morton MLB Rumors: The Atlanta Braves and free agent pitcher Charlie Morton have agreed to terms on a one year, $15 million deal, per multiple reports. The 37 year old righthander spent the previous two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, putting up a 3.33 ERA in 232.2 IP, with a 2.92 FIP. Morton finished third in the American League Cy Young Award balloting in 2019 and 21st in the A.L. MVP voting when he put up a 3.05 ERA in 33 starts for the Rays. ...

Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves “aggressively pursuing” free-agent starter Charlie Morton

The Atlanta Braves kicked off the 2020 off-season by adding Drew Smyly to their rotation. Is there more to come? Following suit of the 2019 off-season, the Atlanta Braves front office is wasting no time to address their needs. While he isn’t a household name, the Braves added on a decent arm with the signing […] Atlanta Braves “aggressively pursuing” free-agent starter Charlie Morton - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - Atlanta Braves News & Fan Community

New York Post

Mets facing more pressure to make MLB free-agency splash

The past couple of days have injected a helpful dash of reality into what has been a pie-eyed dream ride for the Mets for all of November. From the moment Steve Cohen and his checkbook took control of the team, he has been a daily source of unedited glee for most Mets fans. He has...

DodgerBlue.com

Dodgers News: Justin Turner Celebrates Birthday At The Dream Center

Los Angeles Dodgers free agent Justin Turner celebrated his birthday Monday by passing out turkeys and sides...

New York Post

DJ LeMahieu’s list of MLB free agency suitors may be growing

The list of suitors for DJ LeMahieu could be growing. The Yankees are already known to have competition for the reigning AL batting champion from the Mets and Blue Jays, and now the Dodgers and Astros could be entering the mix as well, according to baseball insider Ken Rosenthal. In a story for The Athletic,...

New York Post

Braves sign Charlie Morton for $15 million in MLB free agency

There’s one fewer pitching option for the Mets, and he’s going to one of their rivals. Veteran All-Star Charlie Morton has signed a one-year, $15 million contract with the Atlanta Braves, the team announced Tuesday morning. Morton, 37, was a key part of the Rays rotation during Tampa Bay’s run to the World Series. The...

Twinkie Town

Twinkie Town Talk: Twinberwolves, or something like that

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Nelson Cruz is a FA, but he’s still Mr. Minnesota now In case you missed it How did we do at pre-season predictions around here? Humor is making a big comeback around here. From a couple sources. Shifting against righties is counterproductive. Probably don’t do the that then. 2020 isn’t real if you don’t want it to be and even if it is real, do we trust the stats from 2020? Elsewhere, but Twins-related Nelson Cruz’ status might be in flux, but he helped convince another free agent to play in Minnesota for the next few...

Lookout Landing

Mariners 2021 free agent target: Collin McHugh

Photo by Hannah Foslien/ A former enemy could be a fitting friend for 2021 Okay, look here, Mr. McHugh. In deference to my long-standing policy of not putting pictures of Astros players on the front page unless absolutely unavoidable, I could have used this picture, from your short-lived tenure with the Red Sox, as the header for this article: Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ But I did not use this extremely meme-able picture, which should earn us some goodwill. Not since James Big Maple Paxton has such a deeply sad and haunted pair of eyes...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays kicking tires on Justin Turner and Michael Brantley

The Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly kicking the tires on free agents Justin Turner and Michael Brantley as potential roster upgrades. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Blue Jays have some degree of interest in both Justin Turner and Michael Brantley. It is being reported that Toronto has spoken to representatives for both […] Blue Jays kicking tires on Justin Turner and Michael Brantley - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

Puckett's Pond

Minnesota Twins: Four ways for the Twins to add Utility Men this offseason

The Minnesota Twins enter 2020 Free Agency down two utility guys. We break down their best options this offseason. The utility player has found a lot more value across Major League Baseball over the last decade, and the Minnesota Twins are no strangers to assuring they have more than one to fill the role each […] Minnesota Twins: Four ways for the Twins to add Utility Men this offseason - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

DRaysBay

Charlie Morton signs with the Atlanta Braves: A timeline

Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via What just happened? Before the pandemic decided to wreak havoc on the entire world, things were relatively normal as Charlie Morton and the rest of the Tampa Bay Rays prepared for the 2020 baseball season. Charlie Morton was coming off a phenomenal season in 2019 in which he finished third in the American League Cy Young award voting. His exceptional season was more than the Rays could have hoped for after giving Morton the largest free agent contract in the franchise’s history. Morton became a fan favorite, a clubhouse leader,...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees prospect Luis Medina controls his own destiny

Photo by Icon Sportswire If the hard-throwing right-hander proves he can harness his stuff, he could eventually be a force for the Bombers Back in the 2015 international free agent signing period, the New York Yankees inked a lanky teenager who could throw very, very hard, but had no idea where his pitches were going. Luis Medina is that young fireballer. While he’s not a teenager anymore he’s still a lanky 21-year-old. Does he have an idea of where his pitches are going, five years later? Well, it’s complicated. For years, Medina struggled to advance through the...

Tip of the Tower

Toronto Blue Jays: Reunion with J.A. Happ could be beneficial

It looks like the Toronto Blue Jays are considering a reunion with J.A. Happ and it actually makes sense as a dependable arm in the rotation. With all the names the Toronto Blue Jays have been linked to in free agency, the last player some might have expected the team to be interested in was […] Toronto Blue Jays: Reunion with J.A. Happ could be beneficial - Tip of the Tower - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts

Blog Red Machine

Cincinnati Reds: 3 reasons to avoid trading for Blake Snell

Blake Snell is the not the answer for the Reds is Trevor Bauer leaves via free agency. It’s being reported by MLB.com writer Mark Feinsand that the Tampa Bay Rays are fielding offers for pitcher Blake Snell. While all of Reds Country waits with bated-breath, hoping that their team will re-sign Cy Young-winner Trevor Bauer, […] Cincinnati Reds: 3 reasons to avoid trading for Blake Snell - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - A Cincinnati Reds Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Kings of Kauffman

A slow market may be the KC Royals best friend

The KC Royals will be looking for free agents who can make an impact. With a market that may be slow, the team could cash in with some good deals. What the KC Royals will do over the offseason is always a mystery. Sometimes they talk about the players they need, sometimes they are quiet. […] A slow market may be the KC Royals best friend - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

AZ Snake Pit

2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews #44: Matt Grace

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports When grandpa Matt tells his grandchildren about his time in the MLB, he’ll probably leave his tenure with the Diamondbacks out. Rating: 2.70 Age: 31 2020 Stats: 3G, 1.0 IP, 54.00 ERA, 18.19 FIP, 10.98 xFIP, 7.00 WHIP, -0.4 bWAR 2020 Salary: $575,000 2021 Status: unrestricted free agent (arb 2 eligible) Introduction When the Washington Nationals celebrated their World Series win in 2019, they did so without Matt Grace. The Nats’ 8th round pick in the 2010 draft was a middle reliever for a couple of years and experienced some...

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.