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MLB news: Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins

Let’s take a look at some of the latest MLB news and notes, including a Cincinnati Reds superstar ready to get right, the San Diego Padres on the cusp of spending more money, and the Minnesota Twins taking a pass on trade talks. Cincinnati Reds news: Jonathan India keeping the social media receipts? After winning […] MLB news: Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Minors: Padres' farm system drops to No. 24 in Keith Law's rankings; pair of prospects make top-100 list

The Athletic's prospect expert says trades have decimated minor-league talent; 'the well eventually had to run dry, right?'


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


How Adalberto Mondesi Trade Could Impact Red Sox’s 2023 Plans

The Red Sox addressed one of their most glaring weaknesses Tuesday, acquiring infielder Adalberto Mondesi in a trade with the Royals. Boston, which shipped left-handed reliever Josh Taylor to Kansas City in the deal, desperately needed reinforcement up the middle after losing Xander Bogaerts to the San Diego Padres in free agency and Trevor Story […] The post How Adalberto Mondesi Trade Could Impact Red Sox’s 2023 Plans appeared first on NESN.com.


2023 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No. 9

Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Cole Wilcox takes home the 8th spot in the community rankings. Previous Winner RHP Cole Wilcox (6’5” 232, 24 in 2023) Cole Wilcox was acquired by the Rays in the Blake Snell trade with the San Diego Padres. Wilcox missed a majority of the 2021 and 2022 seasons due to Tommy John surgery. He came back for 16.0 innings split between the Florida Complex League and A ball. The stuff appeared to be back as he struck out 24 and walked 4 in those 16.0 innings. 2023 DRaysBay Community Prospect List Cole Wilcox (14 votes) takes down...


Column: Padres' bold efforts in Latin America have driven key trades, delivered scouting access

Padres still seek a star to emerge from massive investments. Astros have set a high bar with Latin American program.

Royals Review

Royals have reportedly shown interest in free agent reliever Aroldis Chapman

Photo by Ron Jenkins/ The 35-year-old lefty brings a lot of baggage. The Royals have reportedly shown interest in free agent reliever Aroldis Chapman, according to MLB.com reporter Mark Feinsand. He reports the Padres and Marlins are also interested in the seven-time All-Star. The Miami Marlins and Kansas City Royals are two of the teams that have shown interest in Cuban reliever Aroldis Chapman. The 7-time All Star is training daily at his residence in Miami. pic.twitter.com/CPW28dd6Km— Francys Romero (@francysromeroFR) January 17, 2023 The Cuban-born lefty was...


Scott Boras Names Three Teams (Besides Padres) That Targeted Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts had no shortage of suitors in Major League Baseball free agency. This is obvious to those who followed Bogaerts’ first trip to the open market, which ended with him leaving the Red Sox and signing an 11-year, $280 million contract with the Padres. And it’s a sentiment that recently was echoed by Bogaerts’ […] The post Scott Boras Names Three Teams (Besides Padres) That Targeted Xander Bogaerts appeared first on NESN.com.

Over the Monster

Red Sox Links: The Sox Were Never Going To Sign Xander Bogaerts

Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/ The latest Red Sox news and links from around the tubes. Remember those brief, glorious few hours when it seemed like a rock solid certainty that the Red Sox would resign Xander Bogaerts? According to Xander’s agent Scott Boras, there never was much of a chance. “It was just really clear to us there was a separation where Boston was going to go for Bogaerts,” Boras said. “They probably made a decision they were going to sign [Rafael] Devers, and were going to pay only one of them. So we knew at the forefront that Bogey...

Twinkie Town

Twins opt for cost-certainty, potential upside with Chris Paddack extension

Chris Paddack has inked a three-year extension with the Minnesota Twins, providing security for himself and the Twins with some cost certainty and upside. | Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports Paddack will be with the Twins through at least 2025 In the final days before the start of the 2021 season, the Minnesota Twins pulled the trigger on a controversial trade, sending former All-Star closer Taylor Rogers to the San Diego Padres for starting pitcher Chris Paddack and reliever Emilio Pagan. Neither pitcher ultimately made a positive impact in 2022, and up until recently,...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

The Cubs have officially announced the Eric Hosmer signing

Photo by G Fiume/ And the guy removed from the 40-man roster to make room for Hosmer might surprise you. The Cubs’ signing of Eric Hosmer as a free agent has been known for a couple of weeks now; after the Red Sox released him December 22, the Cubs were reported to have signed him to a deal which would cost the club only the minimum salary of $720,000. The remainder of Hosmer’s $13 million contract for 2022 is being paid by the Padres, who traded him to the Red Sox last summer. Today, the Cubs signed Hosmer to a one-year contract for that minimum salary. To make...


Alex Cora Jokingly Threatened Xander Bogaerts After Padres Made Offer

Alex Cora, like everyone else in the Red Sox organization, would have loved to see Xander Bogaerts re-sign with Boston this Major League Baseball offseason. But when the Padres pulled out all the stops for Bogaerts in free agency, there wasn’t a doubt in the Red Sox manager’s mind about what the star shortstop needed […] The post Alex Cora Jokingly Threatened Xander Bogaerts After Padres Made Offer appeared first on NESN.com.

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Who will go off the Cubs’ 40-man roster to make room for Eric Hosmer?

Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports The first baseman’s signing has not yet been made official. It’s been known, or at least reported publicly, that the Cubs have signed first baseman Eric Hosmer as a free agent. Since Hosmer was granted his unconditional release by the Red Sox December 22, the Cubs will pay him only the minimum salary of $720,000, with the rest of the $13 million he’s owed this year paid by the Padres, who signed him to an eight-year, $144 million deal before the 2018 season. Now think about that for a moment. Any time you want to bring up the...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees Potential Trade Target: Ha-Seong Kim

Photo by Elsa/ If the Padres are truly willing to listen to offers, New York must come calling. The free agent cupboard lays barren, picked over of all the options worth stirring into a team’s recipe for success in 2023. Thus, any impactful addition will have to arrive from the trade market. It feels like we’ve covered every left fielder who could plausibly find his name floated in trade talks, so today I thought we could take the trade target series in a different direction. Last Thursday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reported that the Padres could make a pair of...

Bluebird Banter

Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Anthony Bass

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ Anthony Bass is a 35-year-old, right-handed reliever. He’s played 11 seasons in the MLB, playing for the Padres, Astros, Rangers, Cubs, Mariners, Blue Jays, Marlins, and now the Blue Jays again. He was a Jay in 2020 after being picked up on waivers from the Mariners. He wasn’t great (3.51 ERA in 26 games, 25.2 innings), and we let him leave as a free agent after the season. Until 2021 he was a fairly average reliever. Then the Marlins helped him figure things out. Most of which seems to have been to get him throwing his slider most. In 2018...

Pinstripe Alley

Today on Pinstripe Alley - 1/4/23

The first Wednesday of the year. How memorable. January 4th isn’t a particularly exciting day in Yankees history, and this one probably won’t be much better. That’s the thrill of January in baseball, folks! But don’t worry, we still have plenty of quality reading material at your leisure. Our only thought is to entertain you! Today on the site, Jake will opine on the Yankees’ luxury tax strategies (post-offseason spending spree), and Peter will consider the Padres’ Ha-Seong Kim as a potential trade target. Estevão will then continue our latest Top 25 series with a...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

The Cubs are signing Eric Hosmer

Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports For better or for worse, he’s here. There have been rumors of the Cubs’ interest in free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer for some time, and now, it’s apparently happening: Eric Hosmer, Cubs are close to a deal— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 3, 2023 I’d take this as pretty certain, as Jon Heyman is pretty plugged in to player agents. The Cubs have actually been rumored to be after Hosmer for even longer than this offseason. There were rumors flying that they might have taken his contract from the Padres last spring right...

MLB.com FastCast: Richards to join Padres - 11/29/18

Garrett Richards agrees to a deal with the Padres, plus trade talks intensify between the Mariners and Mets for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the U

Tyson Ross set to become free agent this offseason

Veteran right hander Tyson Ross will become a free agent after spending his 2018 season with the Padres and Cardinals About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consis

Veteran backstop Ellis enters free agency

A.J. Ellis enters free agency after spending 2018 with the Padres and hitting .272/.378/.344 with a homer and 15 RBIs over 151 at-bats About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United