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Rum Bunter

Pittsburgh Pirates: The Perfect Trade Partner For Joe Musgrove

With the Pittsburgh Pirates shopping Joe Musgrove, the Toronto Blue Jays would make a perfect fit in a Musgrove trade for multiple reasons. The free agent market this winter has not been very active. Many of the top free agents like J.T. Realmuto, Trevor Bauer, Marcell Ozuna, D.J. LeMahieu and George Springer remain unsigned. However, […] Pittsburgh Pirates: The Perfect Trade Partner For Joe Musgrove - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Rays sign top 2021 international free agents

Venezuelan shortstop Carlos Colmenarez and Dominican outfielder Jhonny Piron are big gets. Today officially begins the 2020-21 International Free Agent signing period. In typical years this period begins on July 2, but this year it was delayed until January 15. The Tampa Bay Rays have a $6,431,000 signing bonus pool that is matched only by the Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers, and Minnesota Twins. Unlike most recent seasons teams will not be able to trade for additional pool money. This is a practice the Rays have routinely participated in. Any...

Royals Review

Lesky’s Notes: Let’s find a deal

Peter G. Aiken There’s not much else going on, so let’s talk some potential trades. We are now less than five weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting if the schedule is adhered to, which it’s looking more and more every day like it will be. And to nobody’s surprise, pretty much all the big-time free agents remain out there. Any team, if they’re willing to spending some money (hahahahaha) could likely catapult themselves to at least the periphery of the top of their division with what’s remaining on the open market. I thought the Francisco Lindor...

Over the Monster

OTM Roundtable: What’ll be left in spring training?

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Predicting how slow the offseason will continue to be. As I write this things on the free agent market are starting to move a little bit, at least relative to what we had been seeing for most of the free agency period this winter. Things have been getting progressively slower the past few years, and the financial uncertainty caused by the pandemic has only worked to speed up that slowing down. It also doesn’t help that there are no clear guidelines on what some rules, such as roster size and DH in the National League, will end up...

Pinstripe Alley

A tale of two workouts: James Paxton vs. Corey Kluber

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Two pitchers looking to get back into form showed off their raw stuff. The Yankees seem resigned to sifting in the value picks when it comes to free agency, if they sign any free agents at all. This mandates assuming a certain amount of risk, accepting that the players in that pool are either less effective or come with greater health concerns. In that spirit, the Yankees had personnel attend Corey Kluber’s workout earlier this week. Kluber — who pitched just 36 innings over the past two seasons — threw 30 pitches, featuring a fastball...

Jays Journal

Toronto Blue Jays: Free agency slowly begins to pick up steam

It has taken all offseason but it appears that free agency is slowly picking up steam so what does this mean for the Toronto Blue Jays? The Blue Jays have still yet to make their presence felt on the open market, however, there were a few minor signings around the league that could be a […] Toronto Blue Jays: Free agency slowly begins to pick up steam - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community


The offseason: 1/15/2021

Archie Bradley is the newest member of the Phillies | Photo by Christian Petersen/ The Phillies finally entered the free agency fray The Phillies finally made a free agent signing on Thursday! With the addition of reliever Archie Bradley, the late innings might not be quite as treacherous as they were in 2020. Perhaps this will open the floodgates for more signings, and its possible that at least one of the new additions will be a familiar face. Phillies news The once and future Phillies? It’s possible that Freddy Galvis, Cole Hamels, and J.A. Happ could find their...

KC Kingdom

Four pending free agents the KC Chiefs should re-sign in 2021

The KC Chiefs should make it a point to re-sign these four players in 2021. The Kansas City Chiefs have cap issues but should be able to bring some players back with expiring contracts. When the offseason kicks off, the Chiefs are hoping to be coming off a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance (and victory) […] Four pending free agents the KC Chiefs should re-sign in 2021 - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

Lone Star Ball

Sanchez: Rangers sign Morrobel, Cuevas

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Jesse Sanchez says that the Rangers have signed Yeison Morrobel and Danyer Cuevas, two of their top J-2 targets Per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with international free agents Danyer Cuevas, a shortstop from Venezuela, and Yeison Morrobel, an outfielder from the Dominican Republic. Cuevas and Morrobel are two of the top free agents in the 2020-21 J-2 class who were reported to be expected to be signed by the Texas Rangers. Due to the pandemic, the beginning of the international signing period for 2020-21,...

Lone Star Ball

LeMahieu returns to NYY for 6/$90M, per reports

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ Multiple reports indicate that free agent D.J. LeMahieu and the New York Yankees have agreed on a deal for the second baseman to return to New York MLB Rumors: The New York Yankees and free agent D.J. LeMahieu have agreed to a deal that will have the second baseman back with the Yankees for 2021 and beyond, per multiple reports. Jeff Passan is reporting that the deal is for 6 years and $90 million. LeMahieu ending up with the Yankees is one of the most unsurprising things to happen this offseason — he had excelled since leaving Colorado for...

Lookout Landing

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/15/21: Yusei Kikuchi, DJ LeMahieu, and Danny Hultzen

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Our first major free agent signing of the offseason is approaching. Good morning everyone and happy Friday! Here’s what you need to know today as things start to heat up. In Mariners news... Matt Wallach at Pitcher List is optimistic about Yusei Kikuchi’s future. Brendan Gawlowski at Fangraphs talked about the Mariners big, Julio Rodríguez-based marketing push. Around the league... Early this morning it was reported that the Yankees are closing in on a deal with DJ LeMahieu, which would make him the first major free agent...

Detroit Jock City

Detroit Tigers: Free agent reliever market thinning out very quickly

With the latest big-name reliever signing, the Detroit Tigers are sitting by watching the reliever market thin out. It has been an incredibly slow offseason for the Detroit Tigers and other 29 teams around the league, but things have caught fire this week. There have been organizations that have addressed issues. The Philadelphia Phillies have […] Detroit Tigers: Free agent reliever market thinning out very quickly - Detroit Jock City - Detroit Jock City - A Detroit Sports blog


Alex Wood Signs 1-Year Contract With San Francisco Giants

MLB free agency has been slow moving this winter -- particularly for position players -- but has picked up of late...

Rising Apple

Mets Rumors: Albert Almora is a high-upside depth piece that makes sense

On Wednesday afternoon Andy Martino had reported that free-agent outfielder Albert Almora is among the center field options that the New York Mets have looked at. This latest of the Mets rumors similarly falls in line with the other Mets rumors surrounding the front office’s interest in free-agent center fielders George Springer and Jackie Bradley […] Mets Rumors: Albert Almora is a high-upside depth piece that makes sense - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Baltimore Sun

Orioles announce ‘landmark’ international signing class with club’s first million-dollar bonuses for Latin American amateurs

The Orioles signed 17 international free agents on Friday, with the two largest bonuses of the newly-signed group belonging to catcher Samuel Basallo and Venezuelan shortstop Maikol Hernández.

Signs of the times: International market opens for Cardinals same day as salary-swap deadline with eligible players

Cardinals to sign a handful of shortstops on the first day of the delayed "July 2" free agency, including the 47th-ranked player in the class. Also: Flaherty, three others could reach a arbitration deadline without agreements.


Yankees close to a deal to re-sign free agent DJ LeMahieu, report says

An MLB Network report said the proposed deal could be finalized Friday.


Free agent left-hander Alex Wood leaves Dodgers for rival Giants

Wood has been plagued by back and shoulder injuries the past two seasons. But he signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Giants that also includes $3 million in potential incentive bonuses.

Twinkie Town

Gabbing w/ Gamble: Which player’s departure hit you the hardest?

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ Right in the feels Hello and happy Friday to all of you! Another work week down, another Twinkie Town discussion to take you into the weekend. However, we’re getting sad on this Friday. The question I have for you today is this: Which former Twin’s departure made you the most sad at the time? (Non-retiree division) There’s obviously no shortage of options for this question. Most players aren’t Twins for life, especially these days. Lots of fan favorites have come and gone ever since free agency’s dawn. Below you’ll...

Lookout Landing

The Mariners 2021 International Free Agency class is (finally) here

Juan Pinto, LHP out of Venezuela Welcome new Mariners! Happy International Signing Day to those who celebrate! July 2—or the opening of the “J2” period, when prospects who have turned 16 or are about to are allowed to officially sign with major-league teams—is celebrated as a major holiday in the baseball-crazed communities of the Dominican Republic, among other places. Unfortunately, COVID-19, that plan-wrecker, pushed this year’s signing all the way back until now, half a year later. This year, celebrations will be both later and muted because of the...

Over the Monster

MLB Roundup 1/15: Phillies sign Archie Bradley

Photo by Jamie Sabau/ Plus, the Giants sign a former rival. Phillies sign Archie Bradley The reliever market continues to churn along, at least in comparison to the rest of the market out there. On Thursday, another one of the bigger names came off the board and went to a team that perhaps needed help here more than any other in the league. That would be the Phillies, who signed former D-Back and Red Archie Bradley to a one-year deal worth $6 million. Bradley was one of the most intriguing relievers available in free agency this winter after somewhat surprisingly...


Could this be the time to sell high on Willy Adames?

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ The future is coming, whether we like it or not The Rays have moved on from several faces of the franchise this offseason, despite winning the American League in 2020, but that should come to us as no surprise at this point, right? Charlie Morton was allowed to test free agency and signed with the Braves, Blake Snell was shipped out to the Padres. The previous season it was top hitter Tommy Pham and closer Emilio Pagan. The Rays sell high, and mostly when there’s a plan for another piece to step in to fill the void. That filling in may be...


Rays Free Agent Target: RHP Corey Kluber

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports The two-time Cy Young winner is looking for a one-year deal, and the AL East is his likely landing spot. The Rays are coming off a six-game World Series run, but are also in something of a 90-win rebuild year. With finances tightening the Rays moved on from Charlie Morton so they could keep their core assets together, and hoped the market would come to them. The market did, and it demanded Blake Snell at a price the Rays could not refuse. The result is a good team in need of more moves. Part of that equation is most assuredly finding top...

Over the Monster

Miguel Bleis highlights Red Sox early international free agent class

Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald The outfielder is expected to get the biggest bonus handed out by Boston in a few years. One of the many parts of the baseball calendar altered this past year by the COVID-19 pandemic was the international signing period, which typically starts on July 2. MLB and the Players Association agreed to push that start date back this year to January 15, which happens to be the day. Of course, most of these deals with now-16-year-old kids are agreed to years earlier, which is in and of itself a moral failing of the league...

Amazin Avenue

Mets close to deal with Brad Hand

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports The team continues to improve. The Mets are close to a deal with free agent left-handed relief pitcher Brad Hand, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The 30-year-old had his team option for the 2021 season declined by Cleveland early in the offseason, and he surprisingly cleared waivers in the process of that happening. But the Mets’ new regime had not taken over just yet at that time, and in one of his early appearances since coming back to the Mets as team president, Sandy Alderson indicated that picking up Hand off waivers is...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays and the three-headed monster philosophy

The Blue Jays could improve the roster in a number of ways this offseason, but their best bet may be trying to build a three-headed monster in the rotation. As we continue to wait for the Blue Jays to make an offseason-defining move to improve the roster, most of the free agent market remains in […] Blue Jays and the three-headed monster philosophy - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

Over the Monster

MLB Network ranks Alex Verdugo number four among top center fielders

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ Is the Bradley replacement already on the roster? As is typical around this time, MLB Network is taking inventory of players and putting together lists of the stars position by position. In this series various analysts along with “The Shredder,” which is a projection-based system put together by MLB’s research team, rank players at every position. On The Shredder’s top center fielders list is none other then Alex Verdugo at number four! Only the Angels’ Mike Trout, Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, and free agent and former Astro...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Cubs sign international prospect Cristian Hernandez

Danny Rockett He’ll get the largest bonus the team has ever paid to an amateur international free agent. This has been rumored for months, and today the Cubs have signed Dominican shortstop prospect Cristian Hernandez: Source: #Cubs agree to $3 million deal with shortstop Cristian Hernandez, #6 on @MLBPipeline’s Top 30 Int’l Prospects list. https://t.co/mICaTNBDWa— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) January 15, 2021 $3 million is the largest bonus the Cubs have ever given to a 17-year-old amateur from the Dominican Republic. Per this article by Jesse Sanchez...

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.