Archive for November, 2016

Terry Ryan Hired as Phillies Special Assignment Scout: Latest Details, Reaction

Terry Ryan needed only five months to find a new job, with the Philadelphia Phillies hiring the former general manager as a special assignment scout.  The Phillies announced Ryan's hiring in a press release on their official website.  "I have known Terry for more than a decade and have enormous respect for all that he accomplished during his tenure with the Twins," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said in the release. "Terry's work ethic, loyalty and track record as a talent evaluator are simply unparalleled in our game." Ryan previously worked with the Minnesota Twins, serving 19 years as general manager in two different stints from 1994 to 2007 and 2012 to 2016. He helped lead the franchise to four American League Central titles between 2002 and 2006, including an appearance in the American League Championship Series in 2002.  The Twins became one of the American League's worst teams since 2011, losing at least 92 games ...




Andrew McCutchen Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation on Pirates Star

With the Pittsburgh Pirates facing an uncertain future after a disappointing 2016 season, the likelihood that Andrew McCutchen will be traded seems to be increasing. Continue for updates. Pirates Exploring McCutchen Deal Saturday, Dec. 3 A member of the Pirates organization said the team "doesn't feel compelled to move McCutchen if the price isn't right," per Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball. On Nov. 30, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports noted that McCutchen's likelihood of playing in Pittsburgh next season is "dwindling." Passan also reported the Pirates have been the aggressors in the McCutchen trade talks. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported on Nov. 30 that the Texas Rangers are a potential option for McCutchen and that the Pirates are talking to other clubs as well. Nationals Pushing Hard to Land McCutchen Saturday, Dec. 3 The Washington Nationals remain in talks with the Pirates regarding McCutchen, per Rosenthal. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reported Thursday the Pirates and Nationals "have ramped up" talks about McCutchen, noting the Nationals "would like to make this deal today" given the "ripple effect of trading ...




Curtis Granderson Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation Surrounding Mets OF

New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson is generating trade interest as the organization works to clear out an outfield logjam during the offseason. Continue for updates. Orioles Reportedly Have Interest in Granderson Thursday, Dec. 1 Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reported the Baltimore Orioles "seem to have interest" in Granderson but "not really" Jay Bruce. Mets Open to Trading Granderson for Right Price Wednesday, Nov. 30 Marc Carig of Newsday reported Wednesday that Granderson is the asset generating the most discussion among other teams after speculation that Bruce would be the one moved. He noted the Mets are open to dealing either player depending on the return package. Cespedes Deal Could Spell End of Granderson in New York New York reached an agreement to re-sign prized free agent Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday. Mike Puma of the New York Post reported that it's a four-year, $110 million deal that comes with a full no-trade clause and that it will be officially announced once ...




Matt Joyce to Athletics: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Outfielder Matt Joyce found a new home Wednesday, as he signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Oakland Athletics.  The team announced the move after Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was the first to report the deal. Joyce, 32, hit .242 with 13 home runs, 45 runs and 42 RBI in 140 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2016 season. It was his sixth season with at least 10 or more homers, though his batting average matched his mediocre lifetime average of .242. That said, Joyce posted an excellent .403 on-base percentage and struck out just 67 times in 231 at-bats. In turn, he was fantastic for the Pirates as the team's fourth outfielder, making him a valuable addition to Oakland's depth. And if Joyce continues to produce like he did in limited plate appearances in 2016, he may just earn himself a steadier dose of playing time. The A's have long embraced the Moneyball ...




2017 MLB Free Agents: Rumors, Predictions for Dexter Fowler, Rich Hill and More

Slowly but surely, the free-agent dominoes are beginning to fall around Major League Baseball. It should make for an intriguing December as the marquee names still available make their decisions about where to play in 2017 and beyond. As always, there are some eye-popping numbers being thrown around during the early stages of the offseason. But that's all part of the roster-building process. Sometimes front offices are forced to overpay a bit in order to fill a void on their rosters with a coveted target. That's a trend likely to continue for at least another month before some reasonable value may finally begin to emerge after the new year. For now, let's take a closer look at some of the latest buzz surrounding notable names still on the market.                                                 ...




MLB Rumors: Trade Buzz on J.D. Martinez, Josh Harrison and More

Major League Baseball's hot-stove season is supposed to be heating up, but unfortunately, the looming specter of a lockout if a new collective bargaining agreement can't be reached before the current one expires on December 1 has given the offseason a sense of dread.  While no one wants a lockout, the good news is that even if one happens now, there will be three months to get a labor agreement done before teams report to spring training in February.  The downside is the lockout could make teams and players reluctant to conduct business until they know what any changes to the salary structure might look like. There's been nothing to suggest any kind of significant change, but negotiations are difficult to predict.  Since there are still rumblings about teams wanting to do things, let's look at what some of their plans look like with winter meetings set to start on December 4.        ...




1 Realistic Free-Agent Signing to Fix All 30 MLB Teams’ Biggest Remaining Issue

With the winter meetings set to kick off next week (barring a work stoppage) and myriad action already taking place this offseason, the MLB offseason is undoubtedly in full swing with the month of December now just around the corner. A number of teams have already made significant additions to better position themselves for the season ahead, but all 30 clubs still have at least one glaring hole to fill between now and the start of spring training. So with that in mind, what follows is a look at one realistic free-agent signing that each team could make to fix the biggest remaining issue on the roster.Begin Slideshow




How Early 2016-17 MLB Offseason Moves Have Changed Market Landscape

Four weeks after the Chicago Cubs bested the Cleveland Indians in seven games to clinch their first World Series crown in more than a century, the MLB landscape has seen a number of changes. Brian McCann and Josh Reddick are now members of the Houston Astros. Taijuan Walker is no longer part of Seattle's rotation, having been shipped off to Arizona in a deal that bought infielder Jean Segura to the Pacific Northwest. But the more things change, the more they stay the same. Yoenis Cespedes, baseball's most sought-after free agent, has reportedly decided to stay put in New York and re-sign with the Mets, as Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported on Twitter. Nearly every move that's been made thus far has had some sort of impact on the landscape of the offseason market. Some, like Cespedes re-signing, have had a bigger impact than others. How have things changed? Let's take a look.       ...




Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander Facing Uncertain Tigers Futures for 1st Time

They were two of the biggest stars in baseball, and the Detroit Tigers ensured they didn't get away. "I want to finish my career here," Miguel Cabrera told reporters when he signed an eight-year, $248 million deal in the spring of 2014. "Once we started contract talks, I wanted to stay in Detroit, and I wasn't shy about saying that," Justin Verlander told reporters after signing a seven-year, $180 million deal a year earlier. "I think it all worked out." Or did it? The Tigers spent a decade winning around Cabrera and Verlander, teaming one of the game's most feared hitters with one of the most dominant pitchers. But in the three years since Cabrera re-signed, they haven't won a single postseason game. They're now determined to reduce a payroll that approached $200 million in 2016 and to renew a talent base that had aged to the point they've been considered a franchise in decline. During general ...




Biggest Winners and Losers of the 2016-17 MLB Offseason’s 1st Month

There hasn't been much action in the first month of the 2016-2017 Major League Baseball offseason. Everyone's been busy tip-toeing around the rather large elephant in the room. Nonetheless, the time has come for a routine stock-taking. Let us now discuss the winners and losers of the hot stove season so far. Since it's been an unusual offseason, we're going to look at five winners (players, teams and markets that have done well or are shaping up well) and only three losers (players, teams and markets that aren't doing so hot). We will proceed in an order that makes narrative sense, starting... Now.Begin Slideshow




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