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Reviewing the Brew

Brewers Rumors: Crew has interest in Pedro Strop

Long time Cubs reliever Pedro Strop is drawing interest in the free agent pool. Are the Brewers one of these teams? How much may he cost? Will he rebound in 2020? Besides his former team, other teams interested include the Marlins, Rangers, and Brewers. As of January 20, 2020 it is reported that Strop is […] Brewers Rumors: Crew has interest in Pedro Strop - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Brian Dozier

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports Is there any room for Dozier on the Yankees roster? The Yankees’ offseason has gone exactly as most fans hoped it would. Back in early December, the team signed the best player on the free-agent market, Gerrit Cole. Ever since that has been accomplished, Brian Cashman hasn’t been exactly active. With plenty of free agents still left on the board is there any room for some overlooked talent to squeeze onto the Yankees roster? One direction the Yankees could look at is Brian Dozier. Now a World Series champion with the Washington Nationals, Dozier Washington...

Redbird Rants

Blowhards: 8 trade/free agent fallacies of St. Louis Cardinals and MLB fans

Some fans are about to blow a gasket over the action or inaction of certain baseball front offices as well as certain columnists. Blowing gaskets is fun, but a quick introspection into how it happens is called for. Myths abound. St. Louis Cardinals fans are not immune from this phenomenon. One thing I have learned […] Blowhards: 8 trade/free agent fallacies of St. Louis Cardinals and MLB fans - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Lone Star Ball

Rangers have interest in Strop, per report

Photo by Quinn Harris/ The Rangers are reported to have be among the teams interested in relief pitcher Pedro Strop MLB Rumors: Pedro Strop is linked to the Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins in a tweet from Ben Nicholson-Smith, who says those four teams are “believed to be” teams interested in the free agent relief pitcher. Strop, per Nicholson-Smith, is expected to make a decision in the next week or so. Strop, 34, was signed by the Rangers in November, 2008, as a minor league free agent. He was originally signed by the Colorado Rockies as an...

Red Reporter

Finding bullpen depth for the Cincinnati Reds

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports In an age of fireballers, a pair of groundball experts are waiting out the free agent market. While the Cincinnati Reds have certainly swung and missed on a few of the higher-profile players they pursued this winter, the roster as currently constructed honestly doesn’t have too many holes. The addition of Mike Moustakas brings some much needed thump back to an infield that seriously missed the two-year Scooter Gennett breakout, while Shogo Akiyama and his on-base skills appear to have raised the floor on an otherwise unproven collection of outfielders....

Purple Row

Sunday Rockpile: It’s Quiet in Lower Downtown

Photo by Doug Pensinger/ Colorado Rockies news and links for Sunday, January 19, 2020 The state of Rockies fandom: Nolan Arenado trade talk, lack of free-agent moves stirs frustration | The Denver Post ($)Kyle Newman of the Denver Post spoke to a dozen Colorado Rockies season-ticket holders about the state of the team. The general consensus is the team’s most dedicated fans are not pleased with the direction the team has taken this offseason. For one, the team has not signed a single free agent to a guaranteed major league contract. Another reason is trade rumors surrounding Nolan...

Pinstripe Alley

Sunday open thread

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports An open thread to wrap up your week. What a wild week it’s been. I’m not sure anyone could have anticipated that a random week in the offseason would turn into one of the craziest stretches modern baseball has seen. If you can believe it, we’re not actually all that far from live exhibition baseball starting up. If we can pry ourselves away from the salacious details of MLB’s sign-stealing scandal, perhaps we can even start to get excited about actual games coming in a matter of weeks. Fun Questions Where do you think the best remaining free agent,...

Reviewing the Brew

Brewers: This off-season has been a disappointment

With free agency nearing its conclusion, it’s safe to say this off-season has been a major letdown for the Milwaukee Brewers. Believe or not, Spring training is just a few short weeks away. However, the excitement that would typically surround that news is likely muted for many Milwaukee Brewers fans. With most of the major […] Brewers: This off-season has been a disappointment - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Climbing Tal's Hill

Astros: Still the team to beat despite offseason adversities

Notwithstanding the difficulties they’ve met and the loss of key players and personnel this offseason, the Astros remain the team everyone will be chasing. The Astros have been relatively quiet this offseason when it comes to player transactions. Given their financial situation, that’s not overly surprising. There have been no big trades or free-agent signings […] Astros: Still the team to beat despite offseason adversities - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bless You Boys

Tigers 2020 roster: options, service time, payroll, & more

Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via The Tigers have a $100 million payroll for their 26-man roster, barring any late additions. The Detroit Tigers will enter the 2020 baseball season with a payroll of about $100 million for their 26-man active roster, barring any late additions or trades. The Tigers’ 40-man roster features 10 players with no major league experience and another 11 players with less than one season of experience in the majors. Detroit certainly could add players and boost the payroll some before Opening Day as general Al Avila scours the free agent market for...

New York Daily News

A better deal: In praise of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement

It’ll soon be official. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement, which took effect way back in 1994. This is a very good thing for which President Trump, congressional Republicans and Democrats can claim collective credit. The representatives and senators...

Amazin Avenue

Swimming in the shallow end: The Mets still have a pitching problem

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Despite Brodie Van Wagenen’s boasting, the team’s rotational depth leaves a lot to be desired. The Mets kicked off this offseason with the departure of Zack Wheeler but quickly added Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha as free agents, prompting Brodie Van Wagenen to call the team’s staff “the deepest rotation in baseball.” Well, not to cry foul at a straight-shooter like Brodie, but the reality is not so rosy. The 2019 squad had its fair share of warts, but pitcher health was not one of them. Their top four starters—Jacob deGrom, Noah...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Sizing up the candidates for the utility-man job

The Blue Jays added Ruben Tejada on a MiLB contract on Friday to compete for the utility-man job. Who are the other candidates on the roster right now? After being very active on the free agent market before Christmas, the Blue Jays hadn’t done anything in a while. And while it wasn’t a major signing, […] Blue Jays: Sizing up the candidates for the utility-man job - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

Reflecting on Masahiro Tanaka’s contract with the Yankees

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Tanaka is entering the final year of his $155 million deal. How has it panned out? Almost exactly six years ago to the day (Jan. 22, 2014), the Yankees announced that they had signed coveted ace Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million deal. The right-handed workhorse from Japan, before ever throwing a pitch in the major leagues, had inked the second-largest free agent contract ever at the time by a pitcher, trailing only teammate CC Sabathia. Fast forward to today, and Tanaka is getting set to begin the final season of that seven-year mega-deal. Through...

Cubbies Crib

Chicago Cubs are developing a new bullpen weapon in CD Pelham

Looking for low-cost options to round out the bullpen, the Chicago Cubs may have struck gold when they traded for left-hander CD Pelham earlier this winter. Sometimes you just have to scratch your head at an offseason. If trades and free agents are falling into your lap or if the name of your team is […] Chicago Cubs are developing a new bullpen weapon in CD Pelham - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati Reds expect to make more moves before the start of spring training

The Reds are one of the teams showing interest in free-agent utility player Brock Holt. He hit .297 with 3 homers and 31 RBI last year.        

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees mailbag: Astros sign-stealing scandal, Aaron Boone, prospects

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports The answers to this week’s mailbag are in. Hello, friends, I’ll give you three guesses as to the theme of this week’s mailbag. The sign-stealing scandal is inescapable. I tried to mix it up a bit, too, including other submissions. As always, leave your questions in our weekly mailbag call or our inbox, pinstripealleyblog [at] gmail [dot] com. Yanks4ever asks: Do you believe this cheating saga will significantly hurt the Astros’ hitters in their upcoming free agencies? A few notable Astros will hit free agency in the coming years. Yuli Gurriel,...

www.thegoodphight.com

We’re not even getting Drew Smyly?

Drew Smyly has taken his talents to the West Coast | Photo by Will Newton/ Rotation depth: Who needs it? If anyone was holding out hope that the Phillies had another free agent move or two left in them, you can go ahead and abandon that hope now. The Phillies front office is apparently quite satisfied with the current roster, especially since the payroll for that roster currently stands a few million underneath the luxury tax threshold. After a parade of “He would have looked good in a Phillies uniform” signings throughout baseball, the latest (and greatest?) blow came when starting...

Amazin Avenue

Mets Top 25 Prospects: 10, Shervyen Newton

Next up on the list is an infielder. Name: Shervyen Newton Position: INF Born: 4/24/99 Height: 6’4” Weight: 180 lbs. Bats/Throws: S/R Acquired: IFA, July 2, 2015 (Tilburg, Netherlands) 2019 Season: 109 G, 382 AB, .209/.283/.330, 80 H, 15 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 37 BB, 139 K, 1/5 SB, .305 BABIP (Low-A) When the 2015-2016 international free agent signing period began, the Mets handed out seven-figure deals to Andres Gimenez and Guerrero-clan member Gregory Guerrero, eating into most of the money that had available. The largest bonus they gave after signing that duo was $50,000, given to Shervyen...

Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves make the obvious choice in bringing back Adeiny Hechavarría

After a good end to the 2019 season with the Atlanta Braves, it made a lot of sense for them to bring back free-agent infielder Adeiny Hechavarría. Once the Atlanta Braves non-tendered Charlie Culberson and said they wanted to have a true shortstop on the bench to back-up Dansby Swanson, the writing was on the wall […] Atlanta Braves make the obvious choice in bringing back Adeiny Hechavarría - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves: Top 6 remaining free agents to fill Josh Donaldson’s void

The Atlanta Braves have a hole in their lineup. We take a look at who is left in free agency to fill the void left by Josh Donaldson. With Josh Donaldson signing with the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night, the Atlanta Braves are left to address their number one need. The issue for the Braves […] Atlanta Braves: Top 6 remaining free agents to fill Josh Donaldson’s void - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Reviewing the Brew

Could the Brewers reunite with free agent reliever Brandon Kintzler?

The Milwaukee Brewers still need to add a veteran right-hander to their bullpen. Brandon Kintzler is a free agent, and has yet to find a new team for 2020. Could the Brewers reunite with Kintzler? Brandon Kintzler started his Major League career with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010. Since then, he’s gone to an All-Star […] Could the Brewers reunite with free agent reliever Brandon Kintzler? - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Friars on Base

San Diego Padres: Who Is The Real Manny Machado?

During the Spring of 2019 the San Diego Padres shocked the baseball world with the signing of free agent Manny Machado to a 10 year, $300 million free agent contract. After a decade of mostly hopeless floundering in the bottom of the NL West, the San Diego Padres made a play to make themselves relevant […] San Diego Padres: Who Is The Real Manny Machado? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Cincinnati.com

As the caravan rolls, the question is: Have the Cincinnati Reds done enough?

The Reds have plenty to sell on the caravan after spending $100 million on free agents this offseason.        

DodgerBlue.com

Dodgers News: Cody Bellinger Hopeful Astros Didn’t Wear Buzzers ‘For The Sake Of The Game’

In addition to a significantly more active free agency period this offseason, much of the attention around baseball...

The Mercury News

SF Giants add a free-agent left-hander to pitching staff

The Giants continue their trend of signing players to one-year contracts under Farhan Zaidi.

Believeland Ball

Cleveland Indians: An early breakdown of the AL Central

Does the Josh Donaldson signing keep the Twins atop the AL Central? Are the White Sox poised for a run? Or can the Indians reclaim the division title? Josh Donaldson was the last of the superstar free agents left on the market, and he ended his courtship with interested teams on Tuesday night by committing […] Cleveland Indians: An early breakdown of the AL Central - Away Back Gone - Away Back Gone - A Cleveland Indians Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

The Yankees rotation appears flexible for the future

Several pitching prospects appear capable of going alongside Gerrit Cole and company after 2020. For the 2020 season the Yankees will be running out one of the top starting rotations in all of baseball thanks to this offseason’s addition of Gerrit Cole. His signing immediately made the Yankees rotation better while simultaneously adding stability into a rotation which had an uncertain future. Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and J.A. Happ could all become free agents after the post season, and the Yankees only have three pitchers locked down for 2021 who have currently pitched more than 200...

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.