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The Crawfish Boxes

Two rental players the Astros should avoid in trade talks, and another they should pursue

Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports The trade deadline can be a game of Minesweeper. With MLB’s trade deadline set to expire in two days’ time, non-contending clubs are well into the annual process of selling off impending free agents. Teams that are resigned to their fate will likely prioritize trading these players so as to avoid losing them for nothing when they hit free agency in the winter. In a surprise move yesterday, the Mariners, a franchise thought to have been a potential buyer, opted to trade one of the market’s top rentals, reliever Kendall Graveman, to...

Poll: Armstrong or Mozeliak?

With the MLB trade deadline coming down to the wire and NHL free agency underway, which front office leader do you have the most faith in to make the right moves for their teams?

Redbird Rants

Cardinals Rumors: Could St. Louis trade Andrew Miller?

The St. Louis Cardinals are in a tough spot heading into the trade deadline. While they won’t fully sell, trading Andrew Miller could be a good idea. With more than 48 hours to go, there has not been a change in perception that the St. Louis Cardinals will either be minimal buyers at the trade […] Cardinals Rumors: Could St. Louis trade Andrew Miller? - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - Find the latest St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

Fish Stripes

Marlins Send Yimi Garcia to Astros in Exchange for OF Bryan De La Cruz

Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via The 24-year-old owned a .324/.362/.518 slash line for Triple-A Sugar Land prior to Wednesday’s trade Yimi Garcia’s brief tenure with the Marlins drew to a close Wednesday afternoon, as it was reported that he has been dealt to the Astros in a one-for-one swap for outfield prospect Bryan De La Cruz. Garcia was dominant during the shortened 2020 season but saw his effectiveness wane this year, and with the Marlins out of the playoff chase he became an obvious trade candidate as a free agent at season’s end. The Astros were a...

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The St. Louis Cardinals can not stay put at deadline

With the Major League Baseball trade deadline on Friday, fans of the St. Louis Cardinals are dreading a possibility their team will remain the same. Back in June, John Mozeliak, St. Louis Cardinals president of baseball operations, was surprisingly vocal about doing what he could to make moves to help a team struggling with injuries […] The St. Louis Cardinals can not stay put at deadline - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - Find the latest St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: One pitcher the team will regret not signing earlier this year

The Toronto Blue Jays were very active this past off-season, with the Rogers owned company opening their wallet and signing outfielder George Springer to a six-year, $150 million dollar deal while also adding free agents like LHP Robbie Ray, INF Marcus Semien, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Kirby Yates, and RHP David Phelps to separate one-year […] Blue Jays: One pitcher the team will regret not signing earlier this year - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

Call to the Pen

San Diego Padres pairing top prospect with Eric Hosmer

The San Diego Padres are ready to move on from Eric Hosmer. As they have completely revamped their roster, adding pieces to the lineup, Hosmer’s league average production just is not enough at first base. He may have been the first big ticket free agent to sign in San Diego, but halfway through his contract, […] San Diego Padres pairing top prospect with Eric Hosmer - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising Apple

NY Mets: Will Taijuan Walker fold in the second half?

New York Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker hasn’t been the same All-Star he was in the first half. Will he fold in the second half? He has pitched poorly in the last two outings against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays let him walk in free agency, and the Mets signed […] NY Mets: Will Taijuan Walker fold in the second half? - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Amazin Avenue

Mets designate Jerad Eickhoff for assignment, call up Akeem Bostick

Photo by Adam Hunger/ Eickhoff gave up ten runs to the Braves last night. For the third time during the 2021 season, the Mets have designated right-handed pitcher Jerad Eickhoff for assignment. The 31-year-old had been designated for assignment after his start on July 19, but with the Mets literally not having a starting pitcher available for their game last night, the team brought Eickhoff back from free agency for the start. What resulted was entirely predictable, as Eickhoff gave up ten runs in just three-and-one-third innings of work. In total, he has an 8.69 ERA in...

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St. Louis Cardinals: Jack Flaherty sharp in first rehab start

The St. Louis Cardinals need Jack Flaherty back big time and in his first rehab start with AAA Memphis, things went well for the team’s ace. When looking back at the path the St. Louis Cardinals have taken to get where they are now this season, things really took a turn when Jack Flaherty was […] St. Louis Cardinals: Jack Flaherty sharp in first rehab start - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - Find the latest St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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10 years ago today: The St. Louis Cardinals trade Colby Rasmus

On the tenth anniversary of a huge trade in team history, the St. Louis Cardinals are again looking to tweak the roster for a magical late summer push. The St. Louis Cardinals have only two games remaining before the 2021 trade deadline. Sitting at 50-50 on the year, the Cards are right on the cusp […] 10 years ago today: The St. Louis Cardinals trade Colby Rasmus - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - Find the latest St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

Reviewing the Brew

Brewers Trade Deadline: 1B Carlos Santana Is A Potential Trade Target

Leave no stone unturned. David Stearns follows that philosophy and will look everywhere to upgrade his roster. One place he could be taking an extended look at is Kansas City, where he could potentially find the next Milwaukee Brewers first baseman. A potential Milwaukee free agent target this last offseason, Carlos Santana signed a two […] Brewers Trade Deadline: 1B Carlos Santana Is A Potential Trade Target - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - Milwaukee Brewers News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Rays Your Voice: Trade Deadline Preview, Draft Talk, Guest Danny Russell

Photo by Matthew Stockman/ We’re all going a little Mad. This was a fun one. With less than a week to go before the July 30 trade deadline, the Rays are still in the thick of the rumor mill, even after trading for Nelson Cruz. No way they can land Max Scherzer too, right? Maybe they can, and maybe Tampa Bay is the stop Scherzer wants to make before hitting free agency this offseason. Danny and I discuss the Rays’ chances of landing Mad Max, but also take a look at some other options on the market, including Charlie Morton and Kyle Gibson. With or without another...

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Phillies acquire Tyler Anderson from the Pirates

According to sources, the Phillies have finalized a trade with the Pirates for left-hander pitcher Tyler Anderson.  Anderson, 31, has a career 4.60 ERA over six seasons in the Majors, including four years with the Rockies, and one each with the Giants and Pirates.  Anderson has been consistent this season, tossing at least five innings in each of his 18 starts this season while going 5-8 with a 4.35 ERA. He'll be a free agent after this season.  In exchange for Anderson, the Phillies dealt away catcher Abraham Gutierrez and right-hander Cristian Hernandez.  Gutierrez, 21, was hitting...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

What’s next for the Cubs after the Andrew Chafin trade?

Photo by Jon Durr/ Three days to the 2021 trade deadline. What, if anything, will the Cubs do next? The Cubs traded Andrew Chafin to the Athletics Monday evening, their second deal of a 26-man roster player this month (Joc Pederson the other). This, you know, and BCB’s Tim Huwe will have some thoughts on the players received in the Chafin deal coming up at 10 a.m. CT. No doubt, this deal has prompted speculation on who the Cubs would deal next. Feel free to continue that sort of speculation, but I wanted to call your attention to this Patrick Mooney article in The...

Amazin Avenue

Mets Minor League Players of the Week: Week Twelve

Justin Lasko | Steve Sypa What minor league players put up the best numbers this past week, July 20th to July 25th? Jose Peroza Week: 6 G, 26 AB, .423/.464/.615, 11 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 1/1 SB (Low-A) 2021 Season: 59 G, 207 AB, .275/.412/.420, 57 H, 13 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 45 RBI, 40 BB, 60 K, 4/4 SB, .364 BABIP (Low-A) Trained at Carlos Guillen’s academy in Venezuela, the Mets signed Jose Peroza to a $280,000 signing bonus on July 2, 2016, the first day of the 2016-2017 international free agent signing period, impressed by the raw power and arm strength...

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Mets add Jerad Eickhoff to roster, option Travis Blankenhorn

Photo by Dylan Buell/ The team also optioned a player most fans had never heard of. The Jerad Eickhoff experience is not over yet, as the Mets have once again signed the right-handed pitcher and will give him the start in their game against the Braves tonight at Citi Field. Eickhoff has been a human revolving door this year, as the Mets signed him to a minor league deal over the offseason and have already designated him for assignment twice only to have him re-sign with the team after electing free agency in both instances. To make room for Eickhoff on the active...

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Cardinals Rumors: St. Louis not a possibility for Max Scherzer

The St. Louis Cardinals are looking for options at the deadline still, but they can take Nationals righty Max Scherzer off their list. In the early parts of the regular season, as the St. Louis Cardinals were atop the National League Central, one prominent question kept coming up: will they acquire Max Scherzer? The answer, […] Cardinals Rumors: St. Louis not a possibility for Max Scherzer - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - Find the latest St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Will Jed Hoyer trade all the Cubs’ core players this week?

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports The answer isn’t as simple as you might think. We are four days and a few hours from MLB’s trade deadline, which is set for this Friday, July 30 at 3 p.m. CT. The Cubs have 10 players on their active roster who will be free agents after 2021: Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Zach Davies, Matt Duffy, Rex Brothers, Adam Morgan, Dan Winkler, Robinson Chirinos and Ryan Tepera. Also on the active roster with 2022 options and/or buyouts: Andrew Chafin, Craig Kimbrel and Jake Marisnick. Free agents in the organization, either in...

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Cardinals Rumors: How Cole Hamels delaying signing impacts St. Louis

The St Louis Cardinals are interested in free-agent pitcher Cole Hamels, but he will not sign soon, according to a report. When it comes to the St. Louis Cardinals’ trade plans, they are expected to be quiet before the July 30 deadline. They are not in position to be aggressive buyers and thus, will likely […] Cardinals Rumors: How Cole Hamels delaying signing impacts St. Louis - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - Find the latest St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Cardinals Rumors: What should St. Louis do at trade deadline?

Rotation help. Bullpen. A starting pitcher or two. With five days until the July 30 trade deadline, what should the St Louis Cardinals do? We have spent the last month speculating what the St. Louis Cardinals are going to do at the July 30 trade deadline. Trade for a starting pitcher? Bolster an already strong […] Cardinals Rumors: What should St. Louis do at trade deadline? - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - Find the latest St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

FOX Sports

DeMar DeRozan on Free Agency: “The ultimate goal is to win a championship.” I Club Shay Shay

DeMar DeRozan joins Shannon Sharpe to discuss what he's looking for in free agency as his contract with the San Antonio Spurs is set to expire this year. DeRozan explains why 'it’s all about winning at this point. I’ve made enough money, but the ultimate goal is to win a championship.'

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Cardinals avoid sweep in fairly ugly series with the Reds

The St. Louis Cardinals seemingly put it together to avoid getting swept by the Cincinnati Reds to move even on the season at 50-50. The St. Louis Cardinals looked flat and frustrated at times against the Cincinnati Reds this weekend but scrapped together some good play on Sunday to avoid getting swept. They lost 6-5 […] Cardinals avoid sweep in fairly ugly series with the Reds - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - Find the latest St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Cardinals Rumors: St. Louis likely to stand pat at trade deadline

The St. Louis Cardinals’ trade plans have come into focus, with the team likely to stand pat at the trade deadline. When the St. Louis Cardinals won their first two series of the second half of the season against the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs, it looked like they were on the verge of […] Cardinals Rumors: St. Louis likely to stand pat at trade deadline - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - Find the latest St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

Fish Stripes

What would an ideal return for Starling Marté look like?

Photo by G Fiume/ The Marlins have a few days left to trade their center fielder. Here are some ideas about the potential return. Starling Marté is going to be traded at some point between now and 4:00 pm ET on July 30. Knowing how the Marlins and their front office operates, they may wait until the deadline itself to pull the trigger on a deal. However, they have probably done their due diligence already, examining the potential packages that every interested team has to offer in order to get Marté. After failing to reach an agreement with the pending free agent on a...

Lone Star Ball

M’s designate Rafael Montero for assignment

Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/ Former Ranger Rafael Montero was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Friday The Seattle Mariners designated Rafael Montero, the former Texas Rangers reliever, for assignment on Friday. The 30 year old Montero was signed as to a minor league deal as a free agent by the Rangers in January, 2019. Montero was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery which cost him all of the 2018 season, and he was released by the New York Mets, the team he had spent his entire career with, in November, 2018. Montero returned to the majors in the second half...

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Cardinals News: St. Louis acquires T.J. Zeuch from Blue Jays

The St. Louis Cardinals, looking for pitching, have acquired right-hander T.J. Zeuch from the Toronto Blue Jays, per source. The St. Louis Cardinals have been scouring the market for affordable pitchers for months, having already added left-hander Wade LeBlanc and exploring other veterans such as righty Shelby Miller. But they are not done, having talks […] Cardinals News: St. Louis acquires T.J. Zeuch from Blue Jays - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - Find the latest St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

KC Kingdom

Wichita State’s Paxton Wallace signs with Los Angeles Angels

A member of the Wichita State Shockers baseball team is now a professional baseball player and he’s beginning his journey to the major leagues. Wichita State junior infielder Paxton Wallace has joined the Los Angeles Angels organization on an undrafted free agent contract, according to Wichita State. Wallace, a third baseman from Greenbrier, Arkansas, capped off […] Wichita State’s Paxton Wallace signs with Los Angeles Angels - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & 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.