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Washington Nationals reportedly sign Vidal Nuño to a minor league deal...

Vidal Nuño put up solid numbers when he was on the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018, though he missed time with a hamstring injury. With just three left-handed relievers (closer Sean Doolittle, Sammy Solis, and Matt Grace) on the 40-Man roster, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo acknowledged that left-hand relief depth was something he’d consider adding this winter when he spoke with reporters at the Winter Meetings last month. “That’s a position that we would consider and think about,” Rizzo said. “We like the lefties that we have right now,” he added. “Gracie had a...


Mets could play Jeff McNeil in outfield every day, but here's why they should be cautious

Mets sources have been saying since December's Winter Meetings that Jeff McNeil will get time this spring playing second base, third base, outfield and possibly some first base.

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Brian Dozier talks signing with the Washington Nationals; bouncing back after injury issue in 2018...

In a conference call with reporters this afternoon, new Nationals’ second baseman Brian Dozier discussed the decision to sign on in Washington and the injury which resulted in a down year offensively in 2018. After insisting all winter that he was happy with the options at second base both on the 40-man roster and in the organization as a whole, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo did say at the Winter Meetings that he would be open to the possibility of adding an infielder to the mix if he could find the right fit on either the free agent or trade market. “With numerous offers and...

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Anthony Rendon ranked 4th on MLB Network’s list of the Top 10 Third Basemen Right Now!

Anthony Rendon was ranked 4th on the MLB Network’s list of the Top 10 3B in the game ... RIGHT NOW!!! In a preview of the pitch interested teams will likely hear should Anthony Rendon reach the free agent market next winter, super-agent Scott Boras told reporters the 28-year-old third baseman has become one of the top players in the game over the course of his six seasons in the majors. “He’s been really one of the top 10 players in the game for the last three or four years,” Boras said at the Winter Meetings last month, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman. “I think for...

Rum Bunter

Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: Interested in Outfielder Alex Verdugo

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been relatively quiet since the Winter Meetings.  However, a new rumor about a potential acquisition has emerged. What is the biggest need the Pittsburgh Pirates currently have?  Shortstop? Absolutely.  Starting Pitching?  Yes.  Relievers?  Sure you can never have too much bullpen depth.  Outfielders?  Well, they signed Lonnie Chisenhall, and when Polanco […] Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: Interested in Outfielder Alex Verdugo - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Cadyn Grenier hopes his second pro year is better than the first

Mike Elias spent part of the Winter Meetings adding three infielders to the Orioles mix. Cadyn Grenier, the shortstop who the Orioles drafted with the 37th overall pick, used the meetings to get acquainted with his new boss. While some of the big-name free agents came into Las Vegas to market themselves and perhaps have […]


Tampa Bay Rays were in on Terrance Gore before he signed with the Royals

Prior to signing with the Kasnas City Royals in December, Terrance Gore thought he would end up with the Tampa Bay Rays. According to Jerry Flanagan’s article on MLB.com, the speedy outfielder spoke about the path that took him back to Kansas City: There was interest in Gore last fall from the Cubs, Yankees and especially the Rays. ”My agent thought Tampa Bay was set in stone for whatever reason,” Gore said. “And I live in [Florida], so it seemed nice, the idea of training down there. But then out of the blue before the Winter Meetings I got a text from [Royals assistant general...


Philadelphia contingent headed west to meet with Bryce Harper

The Philadelphia Baseball Review has confirmed that several high ranking members of the Phillies organization will travel this weekend to Las Vegas to meet with Bryce Harper and his agent Scott Boras. Included in the entourage headed west is general manager Matt Klentak, team president Andy MacPhail, manager Gabe Kapler, and club owner John Middleton.Boras and the Phillies met last month during the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, but Harper wasn't present. From all accounts, little came from the meeting aside from the Phillies reiterating their interest to sign the superstar free agent. This...

Amazin Avenue

David Wright named special assistant to Jeff Wilpon and Brodie Van Wagenen

The captain will have a new role within the organization. The Mets announced that David Wright will have a new position as a Special Advisor to both GM Brodie Van Wagenen and to Jeff Wilpon. The captain already got a taste of front office work when the general manager invited Wright to join him in Las Vegas for the Winter Meetings. At the time, Van Wagenen stated that he wanted to get insight from a player perspective and he believed that Wright was the perfect person to do that. For his part, Wright spoke about how he enjoyed that aspect of game, and it now appears that he will have an...

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies rumors: Team to meet with Bryce Harper Saturday

The Phillies are reportedly set to meet with Bryce Harper Saturday in Las Vegas after meeting with agent Scott Boras during the winter meetings. While the Phillies are awaiting Manny Machado‘s decision in free agency, their attention has turned to the other big star on the market. It was reported recently that the team was […] Phillies rumors: Team to meet with Bryce Harper Saturday - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

AZ Snake Pit

Arizona Diamondbacks January confidence poll

How will things look, in the first poll of the post-Goldschmidt era? December results The last poll was taken just before the winter meetings - not than anything much happened there, but there was definitely the feeling that “something” was afoot. Rumors were circling about the futures of Zack Greinke and Paul Goldschmidt, and it felt almost like we were waiting for an inevitable shoe to drop, if not an entire, Imelda Marcos-sized closet of them. There was certainly no shortage of interest, with the highest number of voters since May putting in their two cents’ worth. 11% - 1 (not...

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Washington Nationals - Top 5 ?s for 2019: Who’s going to play second base for the Nats?

They have in-house options on the major league roster and in the minors, but the Washington Nationals are reportedly in the market for a second baseman... After telling reporters that he was comfortable with the in-house options at second base early this offseason, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo acknowledged when he spoke about the position at the 2018 Winter Meetings that he was open to the possibility of the Nats signing or acquiring an infielder who could play there in 2019 and bridge the gap to the next generation of infielders in the organization. “If there was a definite...

Tomahawk Take

What if the Atlanta Braves do Nothing Else This Offseason?

With the calendar turning to 2019 and being just weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting, fans are getting anxious about the Atlanta Braves. Things have been awfully quiet since the Atlanta Braves signed Brian McCann and Josh Donaldson over a two-day stretch back in late November. The Winter Meetings have passed us by, as […] What if the Atlanta Braves do Nothing Else This Offseason? - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising Apple

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen attempts to shape the face of New York baseball

New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman came together to discuss deals during the 2018 Winter Meetings. A deal did not come to fruition, but this is progress in a desolate part of New York baseball. Traditionally the New York Mets and New York Yankees have […] Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen attempts to shape the face of New York baseball - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Fish Stripes

Key dates in J.T. Realmuto trade negotiations

Exploring the most likely and optimal times for a deal It’s been 93 days since the 2018 regular season ended, and the Marlins have yet to deal All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto. Many thought the trade would get done as soon as the general managers’ meetings in early November. Nope. Perhaps the Winter Meetings in mid-December then? Negative. Just from watching this video on its own, you can’t tell whether it was recorded in November, December or January. This Realmuto situation has been stagnant af pic.twitter.com/ELrgPNyv3i— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) January 3, 2019 Ken...


Philadelphia Phillies to meet with Bryce Harper in Las Vegas, report says

The Philadelphia Phillies recognize the multiteam dash to land at least one of baseball's megastars on the free agent market is nearing its final stretch, and according to published reports, general manager Matt Klentak and Co. are prepared to make another push.The Phillies are expected to meet with Bryce Harper within the next two weeks out at his home in Las Vegas, this according to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.The Phillies met with Harper's agent, Scott Boras, during the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas back in mid-December. Though Boras confirmed he met with the Phillies, he...

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Washington Nationals - Top 5 ?s for 2019: Life without Bryce Harper? Are the Nats prepared?

Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo hadn’t closed the door on Bryce Harper returning as of the Winter Meetings, and Harper hasn’t signed with another team yet, but the Nats are prepared for life without the 2010 No. 1 overall pick if/when it comes to that... Bryce Harper still hasn’t signed anywhere, so there’s a chance — however much of a long shot it seems at this point — that he returns to D.C. in 2019. Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo and Co. in Washington’s front office aren’t waiting around, however. “I like the roster that we have currently. I think that we’ll score...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Troy Tulowitzki signs with New York Yankees

It appears as though Troy Tulowitzki, who was released by the Blue Jays at the winter meetings in early December, will be joining the New York Yankees. According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the New York Yankees and Troy Tulowitzki are “in agreement on a deal…pending a physical”. Passan notes that Tulowitzki will likely log […] Blue Jays: Troy Tulowitzki signs with New York Yankees - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bluebird Banter

Troy Tulowitzki reportedly to be back in pinstripes as a member of the Yankees

Jeff Passan reports that free agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has agreed to sign with the Yankees. On his first day of work at ESPN, Jeff Passan reported on Twitter that former Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will sign a league-minimum major league contract with the Yankees and will fill in for the injured Didi Gregorius. Toronto released him during the Winter Meetings partly as a favour to him to be able to find a place to start in 2019. Troy Tulowitzki is expected to play shortstop for the Yankees while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery. Important: This does not take...

Kings of Kauffman

Kansas City Royals: What to do with the outfield logjam

It’s never to early to start looking at the depth of certain areas for the Kansas City Royals. For this article, we are going to focus on the logjam the Royals are going to be working with when dealing with the outfield. Before the Winter Meetings, the Kansas City Royals already had a full outfield. With […] Kansas City Royals: What to do with the outfield logjam - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bless You Boys

Let’s grade the Tigers’ offseason moves so far

Because there’s nothing else to talk about right now. After a flurry of activity at the start of the MLB Winter Meetings, things have gone quiet in the Detroit Tigers organization. Part of this is by design; general manager Al Avila did most of his holiday shopping in early December, and there aren’t many holes left* on the roster for the upcoming season. Nicholas Castellanos’ name has continued to pop up in trade rumors, but we’ve heard little more than speculation about possible destinations so far. With little else on the horizon this week, this seems like a good time to look...

Rum Bunter

Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: More Chatter On Francisco Cervelli

The Pittsburgh Pirates have not had much in the way of rumors since the Winter Meetings.  However, there has been a recurring rumor about one particular player. The Pittsburgh Pirates along with all other 29 teams in baseball are in the midst of another really slow offseason.  This marks two years in a row that the […] Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: More Chatter On Francisco Cervelli - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

River Ave. Blues

The Yankees Can Afford to Sign Both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado

When Brian Cashman called the Yankees a “fully operational Death Star” during the Winter Meetings, he wasn’t lying: the team’s talented young roster is fresh off of a 100-win season and back-to-back postseason appearances. If you factor in the acquisition of the often-dominant James Paxton and the rumor that the Yankees are believed to be […] The post The Yankees Can Afford to Sign Both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Halos Heaven

Prediction: Eppler’s “touchdown” is coming soon

Midway through the Winter Meetings, Angels GM Billy Eppler stated that he could score several field goals at that time “but why not go for a touchdown?” That comment got the fan base excited for a big move that still has not come, but I’m calling my shot: there will be a big move and it will happen in the first half of January. Why? Let’s take a look. Not long after that comment was made, here’s what we’ve found out: The Angels were in on Patrick Corbin until he inked a 6 year, $140 million deal with the Nationals. The Angels were a finalist for Nathan Eovaldi until he returned...


Dodgers News: Joe Kelly Contract Includes Option Year, Incentives

The Los Angeles Dodgers recently made their signing of Joe Kelly to a three-year contract official, which came one week after first agreeing to terms with him at the Winter Meetings...

AZ Snake Pit

D-backs manager Torey Lovullo aims for respect on ‘Baseball Feud’

Survey says... Since the Diamondbacks refuse to give us anything of significance to write about, here’s something amusing to keep you entertained. At the winter meetings, Yahoo! Sports had a “Baseball Feud” competition, similar in lines (just not similar enough to receive a cease and desist order!) to Family Feud. They asked 100 baseball fans six questions, and various members of the baseball industry, from Mark Teixeira to Scott Boras, were ask to predict the most popular answers. There’s a Diamondbacks’ link, because third up and playing yesterday, was manager Torey Lovullo....

Call to the Pen

Boston Red Sox: Could Craig Kimbrel Return to Boston?

Now that Craig Kimbrel has lowered his asking price, is the righty set for a reunion with the Boston Red Sox? Could we see a reunion between Craig Kimbrel and the Boston Red Sox? The Red Sox’s President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski, downplayed the possibility at the Winter Meetings, as he told reporters that […] Boston Red Sox: Could Craig Kimbrel Return to Boston? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bluebird Banter

Scott Boras, Rogers and TV money

It is safe to say the the current occupants of 1 Blue Jays Way are not Scott Boras’s favourite people in the world. The animosity began when after Aaron Sanchez refused the 2017 contract offer the Jays made in search of a larger raise so he was instead renewed at the minimum (though on the team side, it probably dates back to the Franklin Morales boondoggle). More recently, at the GM meetings in November, Boras asserted the franchise is afflicted with “Blue flu“ that is in his thinking to blame for attendance falling. The criticism continued at the Winter Meetings, specifically when...

Indians acquire Jake Bauers in a three-team deal

The Indians traded for 23-year old first baseman Jake Bauers in a three-team trade with the Rays and Mariners during the Winter Meetings.

Dave Dombrowski joins Tom Caron to talk about Red Sox 2019 season

Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski joins NESN's Tom Caron during the MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas to discuss the analytics of trades throughout the league and what the future holds for the Boston Red Sox.

Winter Meetings News Conference: Red Sox re-sign Nathan Eovaldi

RHP Nathan Eovaldi addresses the media from Las Vegas, NV to discuss re-signing a four-year contract with the Boston Red Sox.