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Jurickson Profar Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation on Rangers 3B

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in search of an answer at second base, and a report Friday revealed they have held discussions involving Texas Rangers utility man Jurickson Profar. Continue for updates. Dodgers Exploring Profar Among Second Base Options Friday, Jan. 20 According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, L.A. is attempting to pry Brian Dozier away from the Minnesota Twins, but it has also looked into Profar as a fallback option. Rosenthal characterized a Profar trade as unlikely, but he has yet to land a defined role with the Rangers. The Curacao native was among the hottest prospects in baseball a few years ago as a second baseman, but injuries forced him to miss the 2014 and 2015 campaigns before he return to the majors in 2016. Profar appeared in 90 games for Texas last season, hitting .239 with five home runs and 20 RBI. The 23-year-old switch-hitter was utilized all over the field, as he appeared ...




Matt Wieters: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Free-Agent Catcher

Catcher Matt Wieters remains among the top players available in free agency, but his market appears to be heating up with multiple teams showing interest. Continue for updates. Braves, Nationals Among Teams Vying for Wieters Thursday, Dec. 29 According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals appear to be Wieters' top two suitors. Per Heyman, Atlanta has long stood out as a landing spot for Wieters, but the Nats have jumped in to replace some of the production lost by the departures of catcher Wilson Ramos and infielder Danny Espinosa. Heyman also named the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets as possible fits, although they may all be content with their current catching situations. Wieters is coming off a 2016 season that saw him hit .243 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI for the Baltimore Orioles. He was also named to his fourth All-Star team in eight MLB seasons. The 30-year-old ...




Aroldis Chapman Comments on Usage by Joe Maddon During 2016 World Series

Although closer Aroldis Chapman helped deliver the Chicago Cubs a World Series title last season, he delivered a parting shot Friday after his return to the New York Yankees became official. The Cuban superstar told reporters he wasn't a fan of the manner in which Cubs manager Joe Maddon deployed him during the World Series: "Personally, I don't agree with the way he used me, but he is the manager and he has the strategy. My job is to be ready, to be ready to pitch, however that is, however many innings that is, I need to be ready for that. I need to go in and do my job." Chapman pointed specifically to Game 6, which saw him throw 20 pitches and record four outs after throwing 42 pitches and recording eight outs in Game 5: "There were couple of games, but the one I can point to is Game 6. ...




Dexter Fowler to Cardinals: Takeaways from Star’s Introductory Press Conference

After signing a free-agent deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, outfielder Dexter Fowler commented on the decision during his introductory press conference Friday.  Fowler left the Chicago Cubs for the rival Cards, and according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, he inked a five-year, $82.5 million contract. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted a photo of Fowler in his new threads and noted why his number choice is significant: While the Cubs seem poised to compete for championships on an annual basis for many years to come, Fowler believes the Cardinals will be in the mix as well, per Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune: "I can't tell what the future has in line, but I feel this team has a chance to win the World Series. ... Winning is addicting." The Cardinals finished 17 games behind the Cubs last season and missed the playoffs, but Fowler suggested the two teams are closer than the numbers indicate, ...




Clay Buchholz Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Red Sox SP

With the Boston Red Sox making improvements to their starting rotation, the team has reportedly expressed some interest in dealing veteran Clay Buchholz. Continue for updates. Marlins Among Teams Considering Buchholz Thursday, Dec. 8 According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, clubs have contacted Boston about multiple pitchers, and the Red Sox have given the indication they are most willing to part with Buchholz. Bleacher Reports' Scott Miller, citing sources, later reported that the "[Miami Marlins are] one of these teams Sox pushed Buchholz, but at $13 mil in 2016 too much at the moment for Marlins." Red Sox Can Afford to Trade Buchholz The Red Sox acquired ace Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, which means they now have somewhat of a starting pitching surplus. With a potential rotation of Sale, David Price, reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz, Buchholz looks to be the odd man out. His 2016 numbers aren't overly ...




Carlos Gomez Re-Signs with Rangers: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

After resurrecting his career with the Texas Rangers last season, outfielder Carlos Gomez agreed to terms to stay with the club on Monday. Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball first reported the news, while Joel Sherman of the New York Post added it was a one-year deal worth $11.5 million.  After the Houston Astros acquired Gomez in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers prior to the 2015 trade deadline, the Dominican Republic native spent the first half of 2016 with the 'Stros. Gomez struggled to the tune of a .210 batting average with five home runs, 29 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 295 at-bats, however, which prompted Houston to designate him for assignment. The two-time All-Star then signed a minor league deal with the Rangers, and he was called up shortly thereafter to aid Texas' short-handed outfield. Gomez was excellent in 33 regular-season games with the Rangers, as he hit .284 with eight homers, 24 RBI and ...




Gio Gonzalez Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation Surrounding Nationals SP

With the Washington Nationals looking to make upgrades to their starting rotation, veteran Gio Gonzalez could potentially be available on the trade market. Continue for updates. Latest on Gonzalez's Trade Availability Tuesday, Dec. 6 According to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark, the Nats told teams Gonzalez would be on the block if they completed a trade with the Chicago White Sox for Chris Sale. However, Sale was dealt to the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Jim Bowden of ESPN reported Monday that Washington and Chicago were closing in on a deal that would send Sale to the Nationals for top prospects Lucas Giolito and Victor Robles. Gonzalez is coming off a down year, as he went 11-11 with a 4.57 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 171 strikeouts in 177.1 innings pitched. That marked his highest ERA since the 2009 campaign with the Oakland Athletics (5.75). The 31-year-old lefty previously enjoyed a six-year streak with an ERA ...




Carlos Beltran to Astros: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Outfielder Carlos Beltran will spend his 20th MLB season in Houston after signing a one-year, $16 million contract with the Astros on Saturday.  ESPN's Buster Olney was the first to report the move, while Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports added the terms, which include a full no-trade clause. The 39-year-old veteran is coming off his best season in recent memory, as he hit .295 with 29 home runs and 93 RBI in an All-Star campaign split between the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. That marked his best production since All-Star years in 2012 and 2013 with the St. Louis Cardinals, and his 151 games played were his most since 2012 as well. Both the Yanks and Rangers kept Beltran fresh by using him often at designated hitter, as 73 of his starts came at DH. Beltran hit .280 with seven homers and 29 RBI in 52 contests down the stretch for the Rangers last season and added some punch to ...




MLB Rumors: Top Trade Rumors Ahead of 2016 Winter Meetings

Although the winter meetings are sure to bring plenty of shakeups across Major League Baseball, the trade hot stove is already kicking into high gear with several huge names reportedly available for the right price. Many of the top free agents remain untouched thus far, and while those dominoes promise to fall in the near future, some of the biggest moves made this offseason may occur on the trade market due to an apparent willingness to orchestrate some blockbuster swaps. As the trade winds continue to blow, here is a closer look at some of the top players rumored to be available leading up to the winter meetings.   Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has long been among the most consistent producers in the game, but on the heels of arguably his worst full season in Major League Baseball, his time with the Bucs may be running out. According to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark, the ...




Eric Thames to Brewers: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

The Milwaukee Brewers added a potentially huge power bat Tuesday by signing first baseman Eric Thames to a three-year contract. MLB.com's Adam McCalvy was the first to report the move. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel confirmed the signing and added there is a fourth-year option as part of the deal. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports shared the terms of the agreement: Per ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, Thames will make $15 million in guaranteed money. Following the signing, the Brewers announced they designated first baseman Chris Carter for assignment. While Carter hit 41 home runs and drove in 94 runs last season, he hit just .222, and McCalvy pointed out Milwaukee wanted more balance in its lineup: The 30-year-old Thames has spent the past three seasons playing in the Korean Baseball Organization, where he averaged 41 home runs and 126 RBI per year. He also stole 40 bases in 2015 and posted an on-base percentage of ...




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