8:05 AM EST, Fri February 03, 2023
New York Post

The lessons for baseball’s present from revisiting prospect lists and free-agent megadeals

We are in the lull. The best free agents have signed. Spring training is now less than two weeks away. The major business of the offseason is complete, though I assume we will be surprised a few times between now and Opening Day on March 30. It is at this time annually that I go...

Baltimore Sun

Birdland Caravan: Orioles GM Mike Elias on free agents, infield prospects, Grayson Rodriguez and more

Orioles general manager Mike Elias and manager Brandon Hyde took questions from fans during the Birdland Caravan's kickoff event Thursday on topics ranging from the team's top prospects to pitcher Grayson Rodriguez to the league’s new balanced schedule.

Los Angeles Times

How might another luxury tax bill affect the Dodgers' future?

With Trevor Bauer's salary on their 2023 payroll, the Dodgers will face another luxury tax bill. That could affect their pursuit of free agents for '24.

Call to the Pen

Shohei Ohtani: Are the Los Angeles Dodgers the front-runners?

All eyes have been fixated on the unicorn of baseball, Shohei Ohtani, and his impending free agency at the end of this year. Rumors have been swirling left and right about where Ohtani will end up, and how much he will get paid. Said rumors have pointed to his contract being in the ballpark of […] Shohei Ohtani: Are the Los Angeles Dodgers the front-runners? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Red Reporter

Carlos Jorge is the #18 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system!

Photo by Emilee Chinn/Cincinnati Reds/ An overlooked middle-infielder of the future? After wrecking Dominican Summer League play with a 1.015 OPS as a 17 year old, Carlos Jorge came to the states for the 2022 season and promptly wrecked the Arizona Complex League with a .935 OPS for the Cincinnati Reds club in Goodyear at age 18. Through 342 PA since being signed as an international free agent, he owns a .422 OBP, and the sweet-swinging lefty will enter the 2023 season as a 19 year old - likely in the Florida State League with the Daytona Tortugas. He’s reportedly the...

Lookout Landing

Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/2/23: Dylan Moore, Kyle Tyler, and Diego Castillo

Photo by Rob Carr/ Man, I’m ready for Mariners baseball to return. Hello everyone and happy Thursday! We’ve got a lot of Mariners news today, so let’s chop to it. In Mariners news... In case you missed it, the Mariners signed infielder Dylan Moore to a three-year extension, buying out a year of free agency. The Mariners added another reliever to the spring training pile, signing Kyle Tyler to a minor league deal. The Mariners settled their first arbitration case of the offseason, winning against Diego Castillo in an argument over just $275K. Hope it was worth...

Fish Stripes

Offishial news, 2/2/23: Arraez goes to salary arbitration; No. 5 starter Sandy Alcantara?

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes a José Iglesias rumor. Marlins Podcast Episodes MLB Network’s The Shredder rates Sandy Alcantara as the fifth-best major league starting pitcher right now behind Corbin Burnes, Justin Verlander, Carlos Rodón and Max Scherzer. Alcantara finished No. 1 in the fan vote, though. Free agent José Iglesias tells Pelota Cubana that he’s had talks with the Marlins this offseason. Iglesias is firmly in the journeyman stage of his career—played with six MLB teams over the last five...

Call to the Pen

Atlanta Braves: Grading the offseason moves and signings

The calendar has turned to February, meaning Spring Training is right around the corner. Nearly all of the prominent free agents are off the market and nearly all of the trades that will happen before Opening Day have already come to fruition. So, by and large, how teams look right now is how they will […] Atlanta Braves: Grading the offseason moves and signings - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Royals Review

Royals Rumblings - News for February 1, 2023

Spring Training starts THIS MONTH. It’s often illuminating to see national perspectives on the Royals, and the Zack Greinke signing (if it ever becomes official) brought this one from Nick Deeds at MLB Trade Rumors: Even in his age-39 season, Greinke will be a valuable, stabilizing presence in a Kansas City rotation which only featured one other above-average starter by measure of ERA+ last year: Brady Singer. By re-signing Greinke, the Royals have claimed one of the last quality starting pitching options on the free-agent market, leaving Michael Wacha as the last remaining...

South Side Sox

South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 85: Carlos Jimenez

Repeating a year in the DSL, Carlos Jiménez made the competition pay in 2022. | @CarlosJimenez_507 This strapping first baseman crushed the DSL in 2022 Carlos Jiménez First Baseman6´4´´220 poundsAge: 212022 High Level DSL (Rookie)Age relative to high level +2.2 yearsSSS rank among all first basemen in the system 6Overall 2022 stats 45 games ⚾️ 5 HR ⚾️ 37 RBI ⚾️ .343/.409/.564 ⚾️ 15 BB ⚾️ 31 K The White Sox signed 1B/OF Carlos Jiménez as a free agent on Feb. 26, 2021. The lefty has played in the Dominican Summer League for the last two years....

Lookout Landing

Mariners announce 2023 NRIs for Spring Training

the new “time is a flat circle” is “Mike Ford is a Mariner” | Photo by Steph Chambers/ While not on the 40-man roster, these players will all get a look this spring Today the Mariners announced they’ve invited 32 players to their 2023 Spring Training. Every year, teams invite a group of players not on their 40-man rosters (NRIs, or non-roster invites) to their spring training camps. NRIs are often long-term minor-leaguers getting a crack in a new system, or MLB vets who didn’t sign a big-league free agent contract looking to catch on with a new team; at the...


Andrew Friedman Expects Gavin Lux To Be Dodgers Starting Shortstop & Miguel Rojas Filling Utility Role

When Trea Turner signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in free agency, it left a sizable hole at shortstop for the Los Angeles...

The Crawfish Boxes

Oops! All Astros: Valente Bellozo

Photo by Michael Owens/ Valente Bellozo is an under-the-radar prospect that you may be getting more familiar with. We’re reviewing all 316 players to appear in Houston’s system through the 2022 season. Valente Bellozo is a five-foot-10, 170 lb. right-handed pitcher from Mexicali, MX. Born on January 4, 2000, he signed with the Astros through free agency on July 3, 2017. In 2018 and 2019, between Houston’s three lowest levels of minor league ball, Belloso put up a 0.827 WHIP in 110 innings of work. He also struck out 111, and went 8-2 overall with a 1.72 ERA....


Freddie Freeman Found Closure From Braves Career After Sending Text Message To Dodgers Teammates

After helping the Atlanta Braves win the World Series, Freddie Freeman became a free agent for the first time in his 12-year MLB...

Call to the Pen

Los Angeles Angels reportedly looking at bullpen help

The Los Angeles Angels desperately need to add pieces to their bullpen. This is something they are aware of as well, as they have reportedly been looking at left handed relievers in free agency. One arm, in particular, appears to be on their radar. According to Bob Nightengale from USA Today, the Angels are interested […] Los Angeles Angels reportedly looking at bullpen help - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News for January 30th, 2023

Photo by Keith Torrie/NY Daily News Archive via Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets A day after Buck Showalter threatened him to keep his marriage intact, Justin Verlander expressed excitement over starting his Mets career. Going into 2023, the Mets have some of the best rotational depth in the majors and hopefully they never have to use any of it. The Mets signed minor league free agent 1B Dariel Gomez to a minor-league deal. Around the National League East The Phillies signed veteran infielder and...

Call to the Pen

Boston Red Sox pitcher Michael Wacha wants some stability

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Michael Wacha has been on four different teams over the past four seasons. It makes sense that he would be looking for some stability in his current trip through free agency. That certainly seems to be the case. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, Wacha is still […] Boston Red Sox pitcher Michael Wacha wants some stability - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Crawfish Boxes

Oops! All Astros: Leomar Rosario & Narbe Cruz

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ An Oops! for Sunday. We’re reviewing each of the 316 players to appear in Houston’s system in 2022. Leomar Rosario Leomar Rosario is a six-foot-six, 217 lb. right-handed pitcher from San Cristobal, DR. Born on June 11, 2003, he signed with the Astros through free agency on October 18, 2021. Assigned to the Rookie-Level DSL Astros Blue squad to begin his professional career, Rosario opened his season by striking out six over a three-inning start on June 9. He also allowed three runs on four walks and a pair of hits in a 10-9 loss to the...

Lookout Landing

Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/29/23: Julio Rodríguez, Yandy Díaz, and Elier Hernández

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports It’s Sunday, and if it’s Sunday, it’s Meet the Links In Mariners news... Julio looks absolutely ravishing posing with his new hardware. pic.twitter.com/qXdTlJg1ve— Julio Rodriguez (@JRODshow44) January 29, 2023 Infielder Jason Vosler appears to have been released by the organization only three days after being acquired on a minor league deal. Around the league... The Tampa Bay Rays and third baseman Yandy Díaz appear close to an extension. Starting pitcher Michael Wacha remains on the free agent market and is...


Los Angeles Dodgers Free Agent Danny Duffy Signs With Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers announced the signing of Los Angeles Dodgers free agent pitcher Danny Duffy to a Minor League...

Fish Stripes

Get to know the 2023 Non-Roster Invitees

Which of these players has the best chance to make it on the Opening Day roster? On Wednesday, the Miami Marlins announced they would bring 27 non-roster invitees to their major league spring training camp (a 28th NRI, Daniel Castano, received his invite on Thursday). Highlighted by top prospects Eury Pérez, Dax Fulton, and Jacob Berry, the Marlins also brought in some minor-league free agents to compete for Opening Day roster spots. Top Prospects The biggest name of the top prospects is starter Eury Pérez. Due to Sandy Alcantara, Edward Cabrera, Jesús Luzardo, and Johnny...

Over the Monster

OTM Open Thread 1/27: It is Friday

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ Last Friday of the month! Happy Friday! It’s the last weekend of January which means we’ll soon be in the same month as Spring Training! And the next month (albeit the penultimate day) the season begins. We’re still waiting to see if there is a trade in Matt Barnes’ future or if the DFA will simply lead to free agency. The only Red Sox from 2018: Rafael Devers, Chris Sale, and Ryan Brasier. Talk about what you want and be good to one another.

Call to the Pen

New York Yankees exploring left field help on every front

The New York Yankees have indicated that they are looking to add a left handed hitting outfielder to balance their lineup. That quest has led to numerous discussions in both free agency and the trade front. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the Yankees have been in contact with David Peralta and […] New York Yankees exploring left field help on every front - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Fish Stripes

Offishial news, 1/27/23: MLB Pipeline unveils Top 100 list; Astros finally hire GM

Michael Packard/Pitcher List Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes David Samson’s take on Bruce Sherman’s ownership situation. Marlins Podcast Episodes The reveal of MLB The Show 2023’s cover athlete is coming on Monday. With some gamers speculating that Jazz Chisholm Jr. could get the nod, the Marlins posted a video of him throwing batting practice to fellow Bahamian Cherif Neymour...while wearing an MLB The Show t-shirt. The fact that “center fielders are hard to get right now” via trade and free agency made the Marlins think more seriously...


Padres roster review: Xander Bogaerts

Sizing up the Padres' 40-man roster heading into the 2023 season: Shortstop Xander Bogaerts' defensive gains made him one of the most valuable players in the AL and he cashed in with a free-agent deal in San Diego

Brew Crew Ball

Brew Crew Ball Mailbag #20: Saying goodbye to the Jon Singleton era

Photo by G Fiume/ Answering questions for this week’s mailbag Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to the latest edition of the Brew Crew Ball Mailbag! The Brewers got involved in the free-agent market this month, signing Wade Miley and Brian Anderson to one-year deals. The roster is starting to take shape with the start of spring training looming. With that, let’s dive into your questions for this week. wiguy94 asks: With Brewers reported to be one of the teams interested in a LHRP, which of these 4 are the Brewers most likely to get and which one will be the best...

Amazin Avenue

Mets sign Jeff McNeil to four-year extension

Photo by Elsa/ The defending NL batting champion is sticking around Queens through at least 2026. The Mets and Jeff McNeil have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $50 million, according to Jeff Passan. The deal includes a fifth-year club option that could run the deal up to $63.75 million. You may recall that McNeil was the lone Met to not settle on a contract with the club ahead of the January 14 arbitration deadline. With the extension, that issue has now been resolved. McNeil was set to hit free agency following the 2024 season, so this deal buys out his...

South Side Sox

South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 88: Ernesto Jaquez

Meet your new Thyago Vieira, fans: Houston Astros product Ernesto Jaquez. | Asheville Tourists A big-armed righty, plucked from Houston this winter Ernesto Jaquez Right-Handed Starting Pitcher6´2´´190 poundsAge: 232022 High Level Asheville (High-A)Age relative to high level 0.0 yearsSSS rank among all right-handed starting pitchers in the system 20Overall 2022 regular season stats 21 games (13 starts) ⚾️ 76 1⁄3 IP ⚾️ 6.13 ERA ⚾️ 1.546 WHIP ⚾️ 76 K ⚾️ 47 BB Ernesto Jaquez was signed as an international free agent by the Houston Astros on July 2,...

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