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Jays Journal

Blue Jays: One of the best free agent signings since 2015

The Toronto Blue Jays have a pretty good player in Lourdes Gurriel Jr., but the contract the Blue Jays signed him to is what makes Gurriel Jr. even more valuable to this rebuilding roster. When you think of the Toronto Blue Jays and their young core, one of the more unique players on the team […] Blue Jays: One of the best free agent signings since 2015 - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

The Seattle Times

Extra Innings: Discussing the Mariners’ unexpected postseason hopes, the stepback and future free agent signings

Jordan Shusterman of the Cespedes Family BBQ brand and The Ringer's Baseball BBQ podcast joins the podcast

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Best way to deal with Masahiro Tanaka may be to sign him

Masahiro Tanaka has been a tough match-up for the Blue Jays for many years, and the best way to stop him may be to sign him this off-season when he becomes a free agent. Last night marked the 22nd time the Blue Jays have squared off against Masahiro Tanaka. The seven-year veteran joined the Yankees […] Blue Jays: Best way to deal with Masahiro Tanaka may be to sign him - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

Rising Apple

Mets catcher options to explore in free agency this winter

The New York Mets need to address their catching situation this winter. Unfortunately, the free agent market doesn’t have too many credible names for them to consider. Wilson Ramos has fallen out of favor with me. The original deal that brought him to the New York Mets felt underappreciated in 2019. His lack of hitting, […] Mets catcher options to explore in free agency this winter - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Halos Heaven

Andrelton Simmons wants to play SS another 8-10 years

Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire via Angels SS will be a free agent after the 2020 season It’s probably exactly not how Andrelton Simmons wanted to head into free agency, but he’s still found ways to be productive when playing. A left ankle sprain sidelined Simmons for 22 games, lopping off more than a third off an already truncated season. It’s affected him at shortstop, where he is usually among the league leaders in fielding prowess. By Defensive Runs Saved, for instance, Simmons is actually one run below average this year. He averaged 24 DRS in his eight full major...

Believeland Ball

Cleveland Indians: Three prospects that could help the playoff push

As the Cleveland Indians’ season continues to spiral they are still in search of a boost. Cleveland might be able to find that in these three prospects. The Cleveland Indians season is falling apart. The trade deadline has passed and it’s a bit late for adding free agents at this point in the season. The […] Cleveland Indians: Three prospects that could help the playoff push - Away Back Gone - Away Back Gone - A Cleveland Indians Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Blog Red Machine

Cincinnati Reds: Tyler Mahle is the key player down the stretch

The Reds will need Tyler Mahle to come up huge over his next two starts. Following the offseason free-agent signing of southpaw Wade Miley, it appeared Tyler Mahle‘s spot on the major league roster was in jeopardy. Despite making 48 starts for the Cincinnati Reds over the previous two seasons, it seemed the 25-year-old right-hander […] Cincinnati Reds: Tyler Mahle is the key player down the stretch - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - A Cincinnati Reds Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising Apple

Mets: Steve Cohen should control the winter free agent market

Steve Cohen’s deep pockets could potentially control the offseason free agent market and make the New York Mets the one team every agent wants to hear from. What makes a player want to call a particular city home when he becomes a free agent? Location is definitely important. So is the amount of playing time. […] Mets: Steve Cohen should control the winter free agent market - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

OC Register

Andrelton Simmons not thinking about future as he enters final weeks of Angels contract

Simmons, 31, is approaching free agency. He said he can play shortstop at a high level for another eight to 10 years.

Cincinnati.com

Mike Moustakas rescues Cincinnati Reds with 3-run homer to complete doubleheader sweep

When the Reds signed Mike Moustakas to the largest free-agent contract in club history, they were hoping he would deliver in moments like Monday.        

Rising Apple

Mets: Will Noah Syndergaard be with the team past 2021?

With Noah Syndergaard currently set to hit free agency following the 2021 season, there are questions whether or not he will remain in New York past then. Prior to the 2013 season, the New York Mets sent the reigning Cy Young Award winner RA Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays in a blockbuster deal that […] Mets: Will Noah Syndergaard be with the team past 2021? - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Royals Review

Forgotten players from the ‘69 Royals: Jerry Adair and Mike Hedlund

Jerry Adair and Mike Hedlund Jerry Adair The Jerry Adair story is one rooted in tragedy. It didn’t start that way. Adair was born and raised in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. After graduating from Sapulpa High School, he played college baseball and basketball at Oklahoma State under legendary coach Hank Iba. He also played one year of baseball in a work/play program for the McPherson (KS) BJ’s in the Ban Johnson League. Adair helped lead the BJ’s to the Ban Johnson tournament finals that year. The Baltimore Orioles liked what they saw and signed Adair to a free agent contract in September of...

Amazin Avenue

The Mets should take a look at their young arms

Photo by G Fiume/ Essentially, there’s nothing to lose. It’s no secret that the Mets’ rotation outside of Jacob deGrom has been awful this season. Even with the best pitcher in baseball leading the way, Mets starters have run a cumulative 5.18 ERA. Injuries and opt-outs decimated what was supposed to be the core of the rotation—Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, and Steven Matz—and both Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha have failed to fill those holes as free agent band aids. This glaring roster problem has really hurt the Mets’ postseason chances. After entering the...

Bluebird Banter

Happy Birthday Maicer Izturis

Photo by Stacy Revere/ Former Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis turns 40 today. You’ll likely remember him. Alex Anthopoulos signed him as a free agent back in November of 2012. Maicer got three years (plus a team option for a fourth), at $3 million a year. At the time, it was Alex’s biggest free-agent signing. It didn’t turn out well. Alex said he was the ‘leading candidate’ to play second base, but he was still looking to improve the position. Near the same time, Alex traded Mike Aviles (and Yan Gomes) to Cleveland for Esmil Rogers. That didn’t work out well either. Though...

Over the Monster

Jackie Bradley Jr.’s latest hot streak is coming at the perfect time

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ For him, at least. Jackie Bradley Jr. has found himself in the news quite a bit over the last few weeks. The center fielder, who is set to hit free agency after the season, was presumed to be a prime trade candidate heading into the August 31 deadline. He, of course, was not traded and is still roaming center field for Boston to close out the season. After the deadline, Chaim Bloom said the Red Sox wanted Bradley to stick around with the franchise for a long time. That didn’t age particularly well as Bradley then came back a day later and revealed he had yet to...

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies: Didi Gregorius makes team history with grand slam

Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius made franchise history Catcher J.T. Realmuto is not the only Philadelphia Phillies star player set to enter free agency this offseason following the shortened 2020 season. There is also longtime former New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius, who reunited with manager Joe Girardi in Philadelphia this past offseason on a one-year, […] Phillies: Didi Gregorius makes team history with grand slam - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Royals Review

Looking back on the Ian Kennedy contract

Photo by Ed Zurga/ The deal is just about up. Last week, Ian Kennedy suffered a Grade 2 calf strain that will keep him out at least three weeks and possibly the remainder of the season. This was the last year of Kennedy’s long-term deal, and if this is it for Kennedy in a Royals uniform, he ends his Kansas City career with 163 games - 86 of them starts. He pitched in 546 2⁄3 innings with the Royals with a 4.48 ERA and 4.83 FIP and was worth 6.3 WAR, according to Baseball Reference and 3.9 WAR according to Fangraphs. Ian Kennedy reached free agency for the first time a week after the...

NESN.com

Offense From Young Red Sox Players Has Been Bright Spot Of 2020 Season

Entering the 2020 Major League Baseball season, it was understood that the Boston Red Sox would struggle with starting pitching. David Price was traded away and Rick Porcello signed with the New York Mets in free agency. Eduardo Rodriguez was shut down after complications from his COVID-19 diagnosis and Chris Sale had Tommy John surgery. […] The post Offense From Young Red Sox Players Has Been Bright Spot Of 2020 Season appeared first on NESN.com.

Believeland Ball

Cleveland Indians spotlight: Leading off with Cesar Hernandez

The Cleveland Indians have struck gold with their seemingly small offseason signing of infielder Cesar Hernandez. Free agency isn’t a place the Cleveland Indians front office is often active. The offseason leading up to the 2020 season was no different. The lone signing on Cleveland’s roster was second baseman, Cesar Hernandez. Hernandez signed a one-year deal […] Cleveland Indians spotlight: Leading off with Cesar Hernandez - Away Back Gone - Away Back Gone - A Cleveland Indians Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Blog Red Machine

Cincinnati Reds: Don’t look now, but Shogo Akiyama is heating up

Reds fans had been waiting to see this version of Shogo Akiyama. After signing a three-year/$21M contract this offseason, the expectations for Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama were quite high. The Cincinnati Reds prized free agent signing was expected to be the team’s leadoff hitter and set the table for Cincinnati’s offense. That hasn’t happened yet, […] Cincinnati Reds: Don’t look now, but Shogo Akiyama is heating up - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - A Cincinnati Reds Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Mercury News

Giants make a surprising free agent signing, add veteran slugger on minor league deal

The Giants picked up an extra first baseman, but it's unclear how he fits the roster.

The Crawfish Boxes

Does it Get Any Worse Than This?

Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports Probably Losing three games in a row is no catastrophe. It happens to the best of teams. And quite often. But like this? Two straight walk-off losses and a blown lead in the top of the seventh (last inning). Three straight bullpen failures. Three straight starting pitching failures. All the cavalry to the rescue just off IL fell off their horses. And regression rears her ugly head. When the Astros let Gerrit Cole go to free agency, and especially after Justin Verlander went down to injury, it became imperative for the Astros’ success to find replacements in...

Over the Monster

Red Sox - 8, Blue Jays - 10 : A Ray of Hope; Hall Fails Red Sox

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ There’s not a lot to say. The game was over 4 hours long, and not very fun to watch, even when the Red Sox were close. In full disclosure, I was looking forward to tonight’s game a lot. Not because I particularly like watching Andrew Triggs pitch, or because I felt like it would be a fun game, but because it afforded us a rare opportunity to see how Robbie Ray would pitch at Fenway Park. This is notable, because Ray is a free agent at the end of the season, and the Red Sox have a dire need for starting pitching, especially beyond the top 3 in the...

New York Daily News

Chasen Shreve emerging as one of Mets’ most reliable bullpen arms

When Chasen Shreve signed as a free agent with the Mets in November, the acquisition went, mostly, under the radar.

OC Register

Angels manager Joe Maddon wants impending free agent Andrelton Simmons to stay

Maddon said he'd like to see Simmons, 31, with the Angels next season, but the Angels will have to decide if they want to keep Simmons or play David Fletcher at shortstop and use the money elsewhere.

KC Kingdom

Josh Rosen would make sense as backup for KC Chiefs

Josh Rosen is a free agent once again, and the KC Chiefs should strongly consider giving him a look. It was only two years ago when Josh Rosen was a surefire first round pick heading into the NFL Draft. He wound up going tenth overall, as the Arizona Cardinals traded up to get him. After […] Josh Rosen would make sense as backup for KC Chiefs - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

Purple Row

Rockies rumored to have signed AJ Ramos

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The All-Star reliever has not thrown at the MLB level since 2018 but may provide help to a beleaguered bullpen Yesterday, ESPN’s Jesse Rogers reported that the Rockies have signed free-agent relief pitcher AJ Ramos to (presumably) a minor-league deal: Rockies news: AJ Ramos, who was just released by the Cubs, is signing with Colorado.— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) September 4, 2020 Ramos, 33, was released by the Cub on Thursday. He was drafted by the Marlins in the 21st round of the 2009 draft. In 2012, he had his best year with the Marlins when he...

Call to the Pen

Boston Red Sox: J.D. Martinez not likely to test free agency this offseason

Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez can become a free agent after this season if he wants to. That does not seem likely based on his statements. Back when J.D. Martinez signed his five year, $110 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, he had some interesting choices that would need to be made. That […] Boston Red Sox: J.D. Martinez not likely to test free agency this offseason - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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.