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Pinstripe Alley

On MLB, sign-stealing, and technology

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ If the league wants to stop technological cheating, it needs to embrace technology. The Houston Astros (and now, Boston Red Sox) sign-stealing scandal has shaken the baseball world. Not surprisingly, ever since Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich’s bombshell piece for The Athletic back in November, the story of this scandal has dominated the offseason, only briefly overshadowed by the turbulent three days of the Winter Meetings. Much of the attention, however, has been misplaced. With everybody focusing on either the Astros’ punishments or the...

Friars on Base

Padres: With Josh Donaldson off the board trades should be coming

Now that the top free agent left has come off the board, expect the San Diego Padres and other teams to be much more active in trade talks. Things for the San Diego Padres and most have baseball have been pretty stagnant since the Winter Meetings when the top three free-agents came off the board. […] Padres: With Josh Donaldson off the board trades should be coming - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Cubbies Crib

Chicago Cubs: Three ways David Ross will shock his players

The Chicago Cubs report to Mesa for Spring Training in less than a month. First-year manager David Ross is ready to shake things up in the clubhouse. Chicago Cubs skipper David Ross recently told reporters at the Winter Meetings he’s hoping players experience some “shock” when they come to Spring Training this season.  That statement must have […] Chicago Cubs: Three ways David Ross will shock his players - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies: 3 free agent center fielders they can sign

Where will the Phillies turn to fill their center fielder job in 2020? The Phillies offseason has been extremely quiet ever since the Winter Meetings ended more than a month ago. Since signing Zack Wheeler to give them another top of the rotation pitcher and adding Didi Gregorius to sure-up the shortstop position, the Phillies […] Phillies: 3 free agent center fielders they can sign - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rum Bunter

Pittsburgh Pirates Miss Out on Catcher Robinson Chirinos

Earlier this offseason the Pittsburgh Pirates were connected to catcher Robinson Chirinos. It looks like they have missed out on another free agent catcher. Entering the Winter Meetings it was made known that the Pittsburgh Pirates were seeking to upgrade their depth behind the plate.  Outside of Jacob Stallings, the team did not get much […] Pittsburgh Pirates Miss Out on Catcher Robinson Chirinos - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Tomahawk Take

TomahawkTake’s top-30 Atlanta Braves prospects: Nos. 30-21

With the new year upon us and the Winter Meetings behind us, most of the top-tier free agents have signed and trading season is about to crank up for the Atlanta Braves as well as the rest of the major leagues. The Atlanta Braves have already been named in numerous rumors thus far, as the […] TomahawkTake’s top-30 Atlanta Braves prospects: Nos. 30-21 - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Redbird Rants

St. Louis Cardinals: Do you miss Walt Jocketty after the Winter Meetings?

Walt Jocketty was the St. Louis Cardinals’ General Manager for 13 years during one of the franchise’s most successful eras. Now, after the 2019 Baseball Winter Meetings, are you beginning to miss the three-time MLB Executive of the Year? Mark McGwire, Jim Edmonds, Scott Rolen, Chris Carpenter, Jason Isringhausen, Edgar Renteria, Mike Matheny, and Larry Walker. These […] St. Louis Cardinals: Do you miss Walt Jocketty after the Winter Meetings? - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

How much more active has this offseason really been?

Photo by Mike Stobe/ This winter has seemed exciting, but has it actually resulted in any changes? The last two winters, the hot stove never got much warmer than Minnesota in February, with news of free agent signings and trades trickling in slowly over several months and culminating with numerous top free agents not signing until June. This year has played out differently, as the top three free agents — Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Anthony Rendon — signed during the Winter Meetings and for more money than anticipated. Anecdotally, even free agents beyond the top tier appear...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

The 12 Days of Cubsmas: 11 players with at least 10 home runs

Kyle Schwarber mashes a two run home run against the Pirates in September | Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs set a franchise record for home runs in 2019 and all of these players helped There were an historic number of home runs in 2019 across Major League Baseball. The number of dingers was so anomalous that scientific researchers like Dr. Meredith Wills started looking at the ball and drag coefficients by the middle of the season. MLB released their own report on the ball at Winter Meetings. Numerous clubs demolished their franchise records for home runs, including the Cubs, who...

Rum Bunter

Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: Robinson Chirinos Decision Looming

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made it clear that they want to upgrade their depth behind the plate from the big league club through the minors.  A key free agent is expected to be coming off the board soon. The Winter Meetings were relatively slow for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year.  While it is easy to […] Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: Robinson Chirinos Decision Looming - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves: Breaking down the top 3 free agents left to consider

The winter meetings have passed, and the offseason is well underway. However, the Atlanta Braves are hopefully not yet done spending. Barring the rather unlikely Nolan Arenado trade happening, the Atlanta Braves still have a big hole to fill in the middle of the lineup where Josh Donaldson once was. The Braves, like all teams, […] Atlanta Braves: Breaking down the top 3 free agents left to consider - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

DodgerBlue.com

Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Credits Justin Turner For Setting ‘Tone’ With Unselfishness

Heading into the Winter Meetings in San Diego, the Los Angeles Dodgers were among the teams that had been...

Rum Bunter

Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: Starling Marte and the Atlanta Braves

The Pittsburgh Pirates have yet to trade their most valuable asset in Starling Marte.  Could they be waiting for the Braves to call? Many Pittsburgh Pirates fans are anxiously awaiting the news that Starling Marte has been traded.  During the Winter Meetings, it seemed like a Marte trade was very close to happening. However, here […] Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: Starling Marte and the Atlanta Braves - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies rumor: How real is the Hyun-Jin Ryu interest?

The latest Phillies rumor is very puzzling given their current position. The Phillies rumor mill has been virtually dead since the Winter Meetings with the signings of Didi Gregorius and Zack Wheeler. Since then the Phillies have inked a couple of minor league deals with Phil Gosselin, Mikie Mahtook, and T.J. Rivera, but appear to have already […] Phillies rumor: How real is the Hyun-Jin Ryu interest? - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Amazin Avenue

Stephen Nogosek clears waivers, Chris Mazza gets claimed by Red Sox

James Lang-USA TODAY Sports Mets win one, lose one in roster moves to make room for Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello. The Mets’ signing of Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello at the Winter Meetings added bodies to the back end of the rotation, but each signing necessitated a corresponding move to add the pitchers to the team’s 40 man roster. After placing reliever Chris Mazza on waivers in order to clear room for Wacha, the Mets followed by placing another reliever, Stephen Nogosek, on waivers in order to add Porcello to the roster. Today came news that while Nogosek cleared waivers and...

Rum Bunter

Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: Mets Losing Interest In Starling Marte

The Pittsburgh Pirates biggest rumors this offseason has connected outfielder Starling Marte to the New York Mets. Well, it seems like that will not be happening. If there was one thing that was made relatively clear at the Winter Meetings it was that the Pittsburgh Pirates would indeed listen on their veterans.  The Winter Meetings […] Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: Mets Losing Interest In Starling Marte - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Royals Review

Friday Notes - December 20, 2019

Jun 17, 2018; Omaha, NE, USA; Florida Gators pitcher Brady Singer (51) throws against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the first inning at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson | Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports We’re talking prospects, both current and former. Oh, and a new third baseman. With all that fast action before and during the winter meetings, we’re not actually waiting on that much this offseason. Well that’s not entirely true. The Royals are waiting to shop in the bargain bin toward the end of the offseason, which has some people upset for some reason, but...

Purple Row

What to make of Ian Desmond’s first three years in Colorado—and how he can still provide value

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports Even when Desmond’s numbers have been at their worst during his time with the Rockies, he has still mashed left-handed pitching. Let’s go back to that fateful day in December 2016. The Winter Meetings were well underway, and the Colorado Rockies figured it was the right time to go all in on being contenders. Ian Desmond was coming off a season with the Texas Rangers that saw him produce a batting line of .285/.335/.446 while playing capable center field defense. Desmond also stole 21 bases in 2016 and the Rockies felt his combination of talents...

www.thegoodphight.com

Maikel Franco, Nolan Arenado and the 3B solution

Photo by Rich Schultz/ On the latest edition of Continued Success, we say goodbye to Maikel Franco. It could have been great. Maikel Franco’s Phillies career came to an end just ahead of the start of the Winter Meetings when the team declined arbitration and made him a free agent. This week, Franco signed a one-year, $3 million deal in which he will be the everyday third baseman for the Kansas City Royals. On the latest edition of Continued Success, Justin Klugh and Liz Roscher make it a point to wish Franco well, and wonder what could have been. Things started off so promising for...

Fish Stripes

Marlins announce Yimi García signing

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ The club’s first major league free agent addition of the offseason is now official, with Kyle Keller designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. The Marlins announced Friday afternoon that right-hander Yimi García has been signed to a one-year contract. The deal was reportedly agreed upon at the MLB Winter Meetings. Welcome to the familia, Yimi! pic.twitter.com/R48yb84FEX— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) December 20, 2019 Earlier this week, Miami officially invited nine players on minor league deals to participate in spring training. And...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

MLB is threatening to kill the minor leagues

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ And they could do it if they wanted. And if we let them. Let’s start out with the good news. In a recent piece by Dave Sheinin in the Washington Post, the latest negotiations between MLB and MiLB about a new Player Development Contract (PDC) were described as “more cordial” than the previous ones. Even if no progress was made (and we don’t know whether any was or wasn’t), progress in any negotiation is more likely if the two sides aren’t throwing shoes at each other. Now for the bad news. At the end of the Winter Meetings last week,...

Pinstripe Alley

The three best moments from Gerrit Cole’s Yankees introduction

Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees welcomed their new ace to the Bronx with a spectacular press conference. The Yankees held a press conference on Wednesday morning to officially introduce Gerrit Cole, the team’s new ace right-hander. The two sides previously agreed to a nine-year, $324-million contract during the Winter Meetings. A record-smashing deal like that deserves pomp and circumstance, and the Bombers delivered that. You can watch the entire session here, but these highlights stand out as the best moments. Cole describes the Yankees’ gifts Last week Joel...

www.thegoodphight.com

Why haven’t the Phillies used their financial muscle before signing Bryce Harper?

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ A surprisingly rare strategy used by front offices was never really implemented here. Or was it? On December 10, the Giants and Angels struck a deal that would end up barely being mentioned thanks to the signings of Didi Gregorius and Gerrit Cole on the last full day of the winter meetings. Zack Cozart and the remainder of his contract was sent (~$12 million) along with 2019 first round pick Will Wilson to the Giants in exchange for that famous 27th man, cash considerations. As it turned out, the Angels were jettisoning Cozart and his contract to make room for...

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News for December 19, 2019

Photo by Denis Poroy/ Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Should the Indians look to move Francisco Lindor, the Mets should absolutely be one of the teams looking to acquire him but the price will be steep. Former Met Ty Kelly wrote a poem after an encounter with David Wright at the Winter Meetings. Sometimes rocking the blue and orange can lead to amazing stories. Around the National League East The Marlins signed Matt Kemp to a minor league deal. Zack Wheeler’s stuff has always been there and now it is up to the Phillies to make...

Brew Crew Ball

Milwaukee Brewers trade candidate: Josh Hader

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports Hader trade talk is a popular topic of late. Prior to the 2019 Winter Meetings, Ken Rosenthal reported the Milwaukee Brewers were making Josh Hader available in trade. Since that time, Hader’s name has popped up over and over again in various baseball media outlets with rumor, innuendo, and speculation about potential suitors. In fact it has been reported that the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, and, the New York Yankees have interest in Hader. In the Ken Rosenthal article in the Athletic (subscription required), he wrote that a trade for Hader was...

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.