Tag: MLB Rumors

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 ...




2017 MLB Free Agents: Rumors and Predictions for Top Sluggers on Market

Rumors, rumors and more rumors. They are the fuel for baseball fanatics in the coldest months and the fodder for discussion when baseball is generally overshadowed by football, basketball and hockey. Below, we'll break down some of the rumors surrounding the biggest sluggers on the market and predict their most likely destinations.       Jose Bautista If any Toronto Blue Jays fans were holding out hope that the team might reunite with slugger Jose Bautista, well, Jon Morosi of MLB Network likely splashed a big old bucket of cold water on those wishes:   Toronto's price may go up at some point and Bautista's down, of course. It's hard to say given how loaded the market remains with power hitters. Toronto likely took itself out of the Edwin Encarnacion market (more on him below), however, when it signed Kendrys Morales to be the team's designated hitter. Encarnacion served as the team's designated hitter 86 times last season, ...




MLB Rumors: Analyzing Trade Buzz on Brian Dozier, Sonny Gray and More

The big story coming into Major League Baseball's offseason was how teams would play the trade market, because this year's crop of free agents wasn't particularly impressive.  This has already played out in a huge way with the Chicago White Sox officially entering rebuilding mode by trading Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox and Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals in the span of 24 hours.  Despite those moves, there are still deals to be made. It always comes down to finding one team willing to pay the price another team has established. The Red Sox and Nationals have aggressive general managers with teams in win-now mode.  Few teams operate like that for various reasons, but the allure of winning a championship now or getting key pieces to do it in the future makes for interesting points of discussion.       Dozier Still on Dodgers' Radar The Los Angeles Dodgers answered their two biggest free-agent ...




MLB Trade Rumors: Latest on Chris Archer, Clay Buchholz and More Offseason Buzz

An old baseball adage suggests "you can never have enough pitching," and most of the high-profile movement this offseason, both in terms of free agency and trades, is backing up that notion. Front offices around the league are paying sizable prices to improve their rotations and bullpens. Expect more of the same leading up to spring training since there's still a talented group of starters available via trade. And there's plenty of demand among contenders as they look to keep pace with the likes of the reigning champion Chicago Cubs and likely offseason winner Boston Red Sox. With that in mind, let's check out some of the latest trade buzz from around MLB and analyze what it could mean for the players and teams involved.                                                     Rays Seeking King's ...




MLB Trade Rumors: Buzz Surrounding Jose Quintana and Top Players Available

The first five weeks since the Chicago Cubs captured their first World Series title in 108 years have generated one of the most action-packed starts to an MLB offseason in recent memory. From blockbuster trades to lucrative free-agent signings, contenders haven't hesitated to make splashes. Now, the question is whether the frenzy will continue straight through the holidays and into the new year or if the movement will begin to calm down following the hectic initial surge. For the sake of entertainment, most baseball fans are probably hoping for the former. So let's check out some of the latest rumors making their way around the league and analyze what the potential moves could mean for the players and teams involved.                                                     Multiple Teams Check on Jose Quintana Quintana, who often ...




MLB Trade Rumors: Latest Trade Buzz After 2016 Winter Meetings

The 2016 Winter Meetings are over, but the offseason action is still getting started. While it is easier to complete deals when everyone is in the same location, not a single team is settled heading into the 2017 season. Everyone is going to be looking for upgrades, either through trades or free agency, to help improve the roster before pitchers and catchers report. Here are some of the latest rumors surrounding trades that could still go down in the coming days or weeks.          Nationals Still Looking for a Closer The Washington Nationals made a splash at the winter meetings with the addition of Adam Eaton in exchange for some of their best prospects, via ESPN. However, the team still needs a closer after losing Mark Melancon to free agency and missing out on bidding wars for Wade Davis and Aroldis Chapman. Undoubtedly, the front office will keep looking for more options to solidify ...




Jake Arrieta Contract: Latest News, Rumors on SP’s Negotiations with Cubs

The Chicago Cubs are hoping to sign starting pitcher Jake Arrieta to a long-term deal before he hits free agency.  Continue for updates. Latest on Extension Negotiations Thursday, Dec. 8 According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, the 30-year-old's agent, Scott Boras, believes this is the time to come to an agreement with the team, and a contract will be discussed in January. Arrieta is in his third year of arbitration and is set to be a free agent after the 2017 season. The Cubs acquired Arrieta in a trade from the Baltimore Orioles during the 2013 season. Since then, the right-hander has blossomed into one of the top pitchers in the game. After a breakout 2014 season during which he had a 2.53 ERA in 25 starts, Arrieta took home his first Cy Young Award in 2015, when he posted a 22-6 record, 1.77 ERA and 236 strikeouts in 229 innings. He followed that up with a ...




Mitch Moreland Reportedly Agrees to Contract with Red Sox

Free-agent first baseman Mitch Moreland was one of the more appealing options on the market for teams looking to add power to their lineups, but he has reportedly chosen his next team. Moreland has agreed to a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Prior to the deal, Moreland was also being pursued by the Cleveland Indians, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Toronto Blue Jays were also talking to Moreland, according to Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball. Moreland, 31, had spent his entire career with the Texas Rangers, hitting 22 or more home runs in three of the past four seasons. In 2016, he hit just .233 but added 22 homers and 60 RBI. It was a bit of a down year after an impressive 2015 that saw him hit .278 with 23 home runs and 85 RBI. Moreland can be utilized as either a first baseman or a designated hitter, ...




MLB Trade Rumors: Analyzing Buzz on Andrew McCutchen, Ian Kinsler and More

Free agency gets all the headlines this time of year in Major League Baseball, but a dreadful crop of talent for all 30 teams to choose from should boost interest and activity in the trade market over the winter.  The end of November is often the calm before the storm, as MLB players and executives are making their final preparations for the winter meetings that will begin on Dec. 4.  That is the key date to focus on for when a deluge of trades is likely to happen. Teams already have a strong idea of what their payroll will be for 2017 and how much they have to spend, though trades are more complex because they require teams to give up assets and money in order to improve.  Given what the trade market could bring this hot-stove season, here are the hottest rumors two weeks away from the winter meetings.       McCutchen's Market Coming off ...




MLB Free Agents 2017: Rumors and Predictions for Biggest Stars

Major League Baseball's offseason has already seen some action, but things will pick up after Thanksgiving as every team and free agent prepares for the winter meetings in December.  Even though players are free to sign deals right now, the marquee names are most likely to wait until everyone converges on Maryland, where it's easy to get more people in a room to try to ignite a bidding war to drive up prices.  While a lot of things will change even before the meetings start Dec. 4, here are the latest rumblings for some of this year's top sluggers.       Shopping at Napoli's Coming off two injury-plagued seasons in 2014-15, Mike Napoli's days as an impact power hitter in the middle of a good lineup appeared to be over.  After waiting until January to sign a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians, Napoli proceeded to have a fine bounce-back season with career highs in games ...




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