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Ryan Tepera considered “best free agent fit” for St. Louis Cardinals

Free-agent reliever Ryan Tepera is considered the “best free agent fit” for the St. Louis Cardinals and should be their No. 1 target. When the lockout is over, and the offseason resumes, the St. Louis Cardinals have plenty of work to do. They need to address the offense, perhaps add another starting pitcher and most […] Ryan Tepera considered “best free agent fit” for St. Louis Cardinals - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Felnin Celesten, Ethan Salas, Brandon Mayea & Emmanuel Bonilla highlight MLB’s upcoming 2022-23 international amateur class

left to right: Sebastian de Andrade (Mariners 2022), Felnin Celesten (Mariners 2022), Brandon Mayea (Yankees 2022), Elias Leon | JD Ozuna Baseball Factory Four $4 million deals are expected to be inked in the 2022 international free agent class As teams continue to work to bolster their presence internationally to gain a greater edge on the amateur scouting front, the Padres, Mariners, Yankees and Blue Jays have set themselves apart for the 2022-2023 international free agent period. Each team is currently positioned to sign one of the top four free agents in next...

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Rangers sign some minor league free agents

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports The Rangers announced the signing of several minor league free agents today The Texas Rangers announced the signing of several minor league free agents today, the most notable of which are pitcher Nick Tropeano and infielder Josh Sale. Tropeano, 31, is a righthanded pitcher who has spent parts of seven seasons in the majors. In 2021 he pitched for the Mets and the Giants in both AAA and the majors, as well as in AAA for the Dodgers. He has a career 4.22 ERA and 4.81 FIP in 241 major league innings, the majority of which have been with the...

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Looking back on the St. Louis Cardinals’ decision to trade Luke Voit

The St. Louis Cardinals have traded away promising players to fill holes on the major league roster. How have they fared on other rosters? Every team loves cheap, young talent, with a classic thumper at first base always being desirable.  And if the kid is local, which enhances his marketability, all the better. A college […] Looking back on the St. Louis Cardinals’ decision to trade Luke Voit - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Chicago Cubs: 3 cost-effective free agent relievers with huge upside

It’s easy to get caught up in the Carlos Correa and Seiya Suzuki rumors. After all, we watched our beloved Chicago Cubs dismantle the core last summer and in terms of star power, well, suffice to say it’s lacking right now on the North Side. But there are several other areas the team will need […] Chicago Cubs: 3 cost-effective free agent relievers with huge upside - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Offishial news, 1/27/22: Outfield options galore; Bret Barberie fundraiser; new Jeopardy champ

Photo by Eric Espada/ The latest Miami Marlins coverage to get you through the lockout blues. New Fish Stripes Podcast “One question the Marlins must reconcile is how many years they’re willing to give any of the free agent outfielders, or whether trading pitching depth for a natural center fielder under team control for a few years (instead of a corner outfielder) makes more sense,” writes Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. His piece includes quick hits about Nick Castellanos, Ketel Marte, Bryan Reynolds, Kyle Schwarber and Seiya Suzuki, among others. Updating...

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Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt joins Padres

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt has joined the San Diego Padres as a part-time consultant for player development. When the St. Louis Cardinals abruptly fired Mike Shildt as manager, he was immediately connected to the San Diego Padres. Shildt is a veteran manager, knows how to command respect in the clubhouse and is […] Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt joins Padres - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Michael Conforto is a great bounceback candidate for the Phillies to consider

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Free agent outfielder Michael Conforto had a down year in 2021, but he has an excellent track record and his bat could make a big difference in the middle of the Phillies’ lineup. It’s very likely that the Phillies will sign one of the big-bat outfielders remaining on the free agent market. While there obviously haven’t been any rumors of late, the Phillies were said to be in talks with free agents Kris Bryant, Nick Castellanos, and Kyle Schwarber before the lockout, and Dave Dombrowski said back in November that upgrading the outfield was...

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2021 Angels Player Review: Tony Watson

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Watson spent a total of five months with the team before being traded to San Francisco at the deadline Tony Watson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth round of the 2017 draft, and made his MLB debut in 2011. In 2014 he made the All Star team and won the MLBPAA Pirates Heart and Hustle Award in 2015. He was traded to the Dodgers in 2017 and was signed as a free agent by the Giants before the start of the 2018 season. He played with San Francisco through 2020 until electing free agency and joining the Phillies in February...

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25 Smartest Moves of the Past 25 Years: The A-Rod trade

Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via As it turns out, it’s a good idea to add the best player in baseball. Sometimes, landing the game’s best player is hard. You have to identify something in a college or high school bat that’s just different, or you have to find a way to mold a raw international free agent into a complete product. And then, sometimes, landing the game’s best player is easy — swoop in after a deal collapses and ... Trade Details: Alex Rodriguez and cash to Yankees; Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named later (Joaquin Arias) to...

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Cubs: New free agent rankings leave us asking ‘what might have been’

Opening Day this year will feel wildly different than any we’ve experienced in some time as Cubs fans. You’ll see the Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez jerseys in the seats – but odds are, all three will be opening the season in their respective new homes. Baez already has a new team, the […] Cubs: New free agent rankings leave us asking ‘what might have been’ - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Three free agent relievers the Blue Jays should consider signing

The Toronto Blue Jays have the formula to be among the best teams in baseball. They have a loaded lineup with stars like Bo Bichette, George Springer, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to name a few. They have some really solid arms like Jose Berrios and Kevin Gausman. The big weakness for this team in my […] Three free agent relievers the Blue Jays should consider signing - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/26/22: David Ortiz, Seiya Suzuki, and CBA Negotiations

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Hall of Fame season is over. Thank God for that. Good morning everyone! Let’s get you the latest updates on the world of baseball. In Mariners news... Our very own Joe Doyle spoke with Mariners Director of International Scouting Frankie Thon, Jr. about the M’s 2021 international signing class. There’s no time for rest when it comes to international free agents. Joe already has breaking news on the Class of 2023 (as long as they keep doing the previous year’s class in January). Big one here. In January 2024, the Mariners are expected...

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Free Agent Lookback: Cody Ross

Photo by Jared Wickerham/ Cody Ross gave the Red Sox some fun in 2012, a season in which fun was hard to find. The 2012 Boston Red Sox were not a very good team. Fresh off the collapse of 2011, this was the team that Bobby Valentine helmed for a year before being fired. The Red Sox went just 69-93 and finished in last place in the American League East for the first time since 1992 and the first time ever under the five-team-per-division alignment. However, mixed into that horrific season were the bones of previous and future title teams as well as a few fun guys who...

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5 Utility players the Phillies should sign after lockout

Which free-agent utility players can the Phillies sign to round out their roster in 2022? The Philadelphia Phillies have a lot of needs, and not a lot of money under the luxury tax threshold to solve their many problems. Alec Bohm, the 2020 NL Rookie of the Year runner-up, had a rough sophomore slump, Didi […] 5 Utility players the Phillies should sign after lockout - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - Philadelphia Phillies News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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NY Yankees: Here’s what a Carlos Correa addition would give them

With the MLB lockout in full effect, NY Yankee fans remain at the edge of their seats awaiting a verdict on free agent shortstop, Carlos Correa. Correa has reportedly already turned down a 10-year/$275 million contract from the Detroit Tigers, which supposedly led them to immediately pivot to Javier Baez for a 6-year contract. The Tigers, by many people’s estimation, […] NY Yankees: Here’s what a Carlos Correa addition would give them - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cardinals: Scott Rolen could be inducted into the Hall of Fame by 2023

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen was not elected to the Hall of Fame, but he could be inducted as soon as 2023. Scott Rolen was not among the former players elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday, but as his percentage of votes increased from 52.9 to 63.2, he is trending toward […] Cardinals: Scott Rolen could be inducted into the Hall of Fame by 2023 - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Intriguing former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher signs with Angels

Daniel Ponce de Leon, an intriguing former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, has signed a minor-league deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Entering the regular season, Daniel Ponce de Leon was part of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation. Of course, part of that was because of injuries to Miles Mikolas and Kwang Hyun Kim, but there was […] Intriguing former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher signs with Angels - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Cardinals: “Good chance” Nolan Arenado doesn’t opt-out after 2022 season

A legendary baseball writer believes there is “quite a good chance” that Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado doesn’t opt-out after 2022 season. Even before the 2022 season, which is arguably the most important year in recent St. Louis Cardinals history, a pressing question looms over the franchise: will Nolan Arenado opt out after the season? […] Cardinals: “Good chance” Nolan Arenado doesn’t opt-out after 2022 season - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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St. Louis Cardinals: Let’s put the Paul DeJong trade talk to bed

Let’s put the Paul DeJong trade talk to bed. Unless something drastically changes, the St. Louis Cardinals are not going to deal their shortstop. For months, there has been buzz that Paul DeJong was a trade candidate for the St. Louis Cardinals. To be fair, I was among the people on board with such a […] St. Louis Cardinals: Let’s put the Paul DeJong trade talk to bed - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Former MLB scout believes Cardinals should pursue Lars Nootbaar trade

Former MLB scout Bernie Pleskoff believes the St. Louis Cardinals should pursue a Lars Nootbaar trade with the Cleveland Guardians. The trade chatter surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals has centered around Paul DeJong, with the chances of a deal happening before Opening Day being slim to none. So, in an effort to perhaps bolster the […] Former MLB scout believes Cardinals should pursue Lars Nootbaar trade - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Yesterday in history: Jays “settle” for Tom Henke

Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/ It worked out for the best that the California Angels had priority in the January 1985 free agent compensation draft 37 years ago, Major League Baseball held the last of four largely ill-fated free agent compensation drafts that were conducted from 1982 to 1985. Famously, the Toronto Blue Jays plucked Tom Henke from the Texas Rangers, obtaining an instrumental piece of their future contending teams in the shutdown closer at the end of the bullpen that they had long sought. What isn’t usually mentioned is the huge stroke of good fortune...

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MLB withdraws its plan for more limited salary arbitration after union withdrew demand for greater free agent eligibility the day before

Major League Baseball withdrew its plan for more limited salary arbitration on Tuesday, a day after the union withdrew its demand for greater free agent eligibility.

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MLB drops arbitration cuts after union holds on free agents

MLB indicates for the first time that it is open to a pre-arbitration bonus pool during a meeting with the players’ union on Tuesday, but the sides remain far apart on how much should be distributed.

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Offishial news, 1/25/22: Why players’ union concessions help the Marlins

@alfredoamezagaofficial/Instagram The latest Miami Marlins coverage to get you through the lockout blues. Monday’s face-to-face meeting between MLB and the MLBPA was, per multiple accounts, a step in the right direction. The players relented on a few issues that they had previously dug in their heels about, specifically the service time required to qualify for free agency and the revenue being sent from big-market to small-market teams. I believe the league as a whole would be in a healthier, more competitive place if players reached the open market earlier and...

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Brew Crew Ball News Roundup - January 25, 2022

Photo by Joe Raedle/ The two sides met yesterday on the lockout, and there was positive and negative news. On Monday, MLB owners and the MLBPA met face-to-face for the first time in a few months for negotiations on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The results were a bit mixed. Jeff Passan of ESPN.com details some of the negotiations from Monday. The MLBPA did drop a few of their demands, dropping the demands for earlier free agency and reducing the amount of revenue sharing taken from small-market teams. While the players’ association did reject MLB’s...

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Chicago Cubs: Remembering 2008 as the year of Kosuke Fukudome

I graduated high school the same year Kosuke Fukudome made his debut for the Chicago Cubs. Lauded as one of the top free agents that year, Fukudome landed with the Cubs after a battle for his services ensued, which reportedly included the San Diego Padres and crosstown-rival Chicago White Sox. Fukudome is an enigma in […] Chicago Cubs: Remembering 2008 as the year of Kosuke Fukudome - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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St. Louis Cardinals should consider adding another impact starting pitcher

With Dakota Hudson and Miles Mikolas as unknowns, the St. Louis Cardinals should consider adding another impact starting pitcher. If the 2021 season taught the St. Louis Cardinals anything, it’s that you can never have enough pitching. Their rotation crumbled, their bullpen was battered and bruised, and it forced president of baseball operations John Mozeliak […] St. Louis Cardinals should consider adding another impact starting pitcher - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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

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.

MLB.com FastCast: Angels sign closer Allen - 1/18/19

The Angels add free-agent closer Cody Allen, Avisail Garcia officially joins the Rays, plus the Manny Machado rumor mill keeps churning About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United