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7 sleeper free agents who could impress in '19  

Which players in on the market are in this low-risk, high-reward category? Let's take a look at seven possibilities for the upcoming season.

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2019-01-20 20:22:57



Angels Designate Miguel Almonte For Assignment  

The Angels have designated right-hander Miguel Almonte for assignment, the club announced.  The move creates a 40-man roster space for reliever Cody Allen, whose signing is now official. Almonte tossed seven relief innings for the Halos last season, posting a 10.29 ERA with seven strikeouts and three walks.  The 25-year-old joined the organization after an…

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2019-01-20 20:03:34



Austin Bibens-Dirkx Signs With Taiwan's Uni-President Lions  

The Uni-President Lions of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League have signed right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx to a contract for the 2019 season.  NOWnews reported the signing last week (hat tip to CPBLStats.com) and Bibens-Dirkx confirmed the deal himself on his Instagram page (while also announcing that he and his wife Leah are expecting a baby…

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2019-01-20 19:40:50



Recovering Sanchez eyeing productive 2019  

One after the other at this weekend's Winter Fest at Rogers Centre, Blue Jays players said that they expect their team to surprise some people this season. For that to happen, they'll need right-hander Aaron Sanchez back at full health and pitching like he did in 2016.

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2019-01-20 16:54:09



10 players who made the most of low averages  



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2019-01-20 16:24:38



The next Hall of Famer for all 30 teams  

With the 2019 Hall of Fame class being finalized this week, let's guess the next Hall of Famer to wear each team's hat on his plaque.

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2019-01-20 15:41:21



Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Realmuto, Manny, Bucs, Zaidi, Angels, Keuchel  

This week in baseball blogs… Chin Music Baseball ranks potential landing spots for J.T. Realmuto. The Point of Pittsburgh ponders whether signing Manny Machado would make economic sense for the Pirates. Sox On 35th reacts to the potential seven- and eight-year offers on the table for Machado. Around the Foghorn looks back at Farhan Zaidi’s…

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2019-01-20 15:03:17



Angels complete deal for closer Allen  

The Angels have found their closer for the 2019 season, as they signed right-hander Cody Allen to a one year contract on Sunday.

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2019-01-20 14:35:50



Latest On Josh Harrison's Market  

The Dodgers, Giants, Angels, Phillies and Rays are all in on free agent Josh Harrison at the moment, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred. Reported interest from the Giants and Angels isn’t anything new for Harrison, but this is the first time the Dodgers, Phillies and Rays have been connected to him in any major…

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2019-01-20 14:09:01



Dodgers, White Sox Discussing Joc Pederson  

The Dodgers are discussing outfielder Joc Pederson in potential deals, and the White Sox are among the teams they’re talking to, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. It’s unclear, though, whether the two sides are making progress in those conversations. Speculatively, trading Pederson could further open up room in LA for free-agent center fielder A.J.…

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2019-01-20 12:40:08



Loretta eager to learn from Maddon as coach  

Mark Loretta played baseball about a half-hour north of Wrigley Field when he suited up for Northwestern University. As he transitioned from collegiate star to professional ballplayer to big leaguer, Loretta held on to the hope of one day joining the Cubs.

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2019-01-20 11:50:42



Johnson mentors catchers at Dream Series  

The Dream Series, which runs in connection with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is an initiative designed to develop the 60 participating pitchers and catchers for a career in baseball.

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2019-01-20 11:39:56



Mikolas open to extension talks with Cards  

Miles Mikolas said on Sunday that he is open to discussing the possibility of a contract extension with the Cardinals before he hits free agency, and he will put no parameters on when those discussions can take place.

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2019-01-20 10:56:14



Poll: How Much Money For Manny?  

As an elite, in-his-prime player, Manny Machado isn’t the type of free agent who comes along very often in Major League Baseball. With that in mind, Machado (and fellow 26-year-old superstar free agent Bryce Harper) no doubt came into the offseason with designs on signing one of the richest contracts in the history of the…

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2019-01-20 10:42:41



Red Sox, Reds Among Teams Interested In Shawn Kelley  

12:20pm: Kelley is drawing interest from roughly 10 teams, including the Reds, per Jon Heyman of Fancred. 11:32am: The Red Sox and free-agent reliever Shawn Kelley “have been in contact,” Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. Meanwhile, Boston is unlikely to sign either Sergio Romo or Adam Warren in free agency, Cotillo hears. With Joe Kelly…

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2019-01-20 09:57:59



Springer honored to rep Astros on MLK Day  

The father of Astros outfielder George Springer grew up hearing firsthand accounts from his own dad about the impact of John Lewis in the civil rights movement, giving him a greater understanding of Lewis' legacy than many of his young peers.

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2019-01-20 08:23:07



Wainwright pain-free and ready to compete  

Speaking at Winter Warm-Up on Sunday, Adam Wainwright acknowledged that it took three September starts last season to convince him that his right arm still had something left to give.

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2019-01-20 08:03:06



Cubs Have Considered Trading Ben Zobrist  

With the bullpen-needy Cubs facing a budget crunch, acquiring even a mid-tier reliever would require removing payroll from elsewhere on their roster, per Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic (subscription required). Thus, as the Cubs look for ways to improve this offseason with little to no spending space, the club has “bandied about the idea of…

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2019-01-20 07:37:14



Cardinals, Miles Mikolas Interested in Extension  

Right-hander Miles Mikolas is scheduled for free agency after the 2019 season, though both he and the Cardinals have interest in negotiating a contract extension.  Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the team has already been in touch with Mikolas’ agent “about what the framework would look like for an extension,” while…

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2019-01-20 05:33:07



Trade Rumblings: Giants, Longoria, Gray, Yankees, Arenado  

The latest from the trade market… Giants third baseman Evan Longoria lamented the slow-moving free-agent process in an Instagram post Friday, criticizing the advent of new metrics which he believes devalue players. Regardless of whether you agree with Longoria’s stance, one doesn’t need analytics to figure out he disappointed in 2018, his first year with…

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2019-01-20 05:23:03



Twins, lefty Perez reportedly reach 1-year deal  

The Twins have reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with left-handed pitcher Martin Perez with a club option for a second season, according to a report by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

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2019-01-20 03:27:50



Mozeliak not looking to pounce late in FA market  

Though the Cardinals continue to monitor a slow-moving free-agent market with an open mind, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak insisted on Saturday that the organization isn't necessarily preparing to pounce.

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2019-01-20 03:23:31



East Notes: Rays, LeMahieu, Realmuto, Braves, Mets  

Count the Rays among the teams that chased second baseman DJ LeMahieu during his trip to the open market, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Before LeMahieu joined the division-rival Yankees on a two-year, $24MM guarantee, Tampa Bay was “very much in on” him, Topkin writes. Now, with spring training approaching, it’s…

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2019-01-20 02:20:23



Gurriel graces Canada's R.B.I. Baseball 19 cover  

R.B.I. Baseball 19 just got a fresh new hairstyle as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was announced as the game's new Canadian cover athlete on Sunday at the Blue Jays Winter Fest in Toronto.

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2019-01-20 01:29:16



Bryant tweaks St. Louis; Yadi snaps back  

Cubs star Kris Bryant stoked one of baseball's longest-running rivalries on Friday with comments about the rival Cardinals' home city.

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2019-01-19 20:19:33



Twins To Sign Martin Perez  

5:04pm: Perez’s deal is worth approximately $3.5MM, Jon Heyman of Fancred tweets. 3:01pm: Per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Twins have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent lefty Martin Perez.  The deal reportedly includes a club option for 2020. Perez, 27, appeared in parts of seven seasons with the Rangers, posting a career 4.63 ERA/4.44…

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2019-01-19 19:40:51



Andrus committed to Texas, senses 'chemistry'  

Elvis Andrus lets little upset him, including when it came time to make a final decision on his 2019 contract. The Rangers lost 95 games last season, and there may be more rough times ahead during the rebuild. But Andrus isn't ready to abandon ship, at least right now.

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2019-01-19 19:32:51



These are the best HOF classes in history  

Let's look back and see which BBWAA-inducted Hall classes had the most star power.

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2019-01-19 17:34:22



HOF players and managers, broken down by team  

MLB.com breaks down which Hall of Fame players and managers are represented by which teams in Cooperstown's hallowed Plaque Gallery.

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2019-01-19 16:19:20



Spiveys make Dream Series family affair  

It takes only a few minutes for former Major League infielder Ernest "Junior" Spivey to find his young son on the field at this week's Dream Series at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

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2019-01-19 15:25:51



Red Sox CEO: We want Betts in Boston for life  

Superstar Mookie Betts has become the face of the Red Sox, and there's strong sentiment at the highest levels of the organization for that to be the case for many years to come.

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2019-01-19 14:56:42



Acuna would prefer to stay at leadoff for Braves  

How the Braves construct their lineup will depend on who is acquired or selected to fill their outfield void. But Ronald Acuna Jr. admits his preference is to remain at the top of Atlanta's lineup.

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2019-01-19 14:26:11



Quick Hits: Padres, Red Sox, Cubs  

The Padres have done a tremendous job in recent years growing the top farm system in the game, but the organization underwent a financial reshaping that was just as important to long-term stability, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Mired in the debt inherited from previous owner John Moores, Executive Chairman Ron Fowler…

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2019-01-19 13:52:44



Mozeliak not looking to pounce late in FA market  

Though the Cardinals continue to monitor a slow-moving free-agent market with an open mind, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak insisted on Saturday that the organization isn't necessarily preparing to pounce.

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2019-01-19 12:17:42



Twins, lefty Perez reportedly reach 1-year deal  

The Twins have reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with left-handed pitcher Martin Perez with a club option for a second season, according to a report by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

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2019-01-19 11:47:21



Halladay remembered fondly at Winter Fest  

As the Toronto Blue Jays looked to the future at their annual Winter Fest this weekend at Rogers Centre, some alumni and current players remembered franchise icon Roy Halladay, who is on track to be elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

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2019-01-19 08:47:53



Reds thrilled to stop by Children's Hospital  

The Reds Caravan northern leg dropped by Dayton's Children Hospital Saturday to say hello to kids in their hospital beds. Second baseman Scooter Gennett, pitchers Sal Romano and Cody Reed, infield prospect Brantley Bell and mascot Mr. Red rolled through the hallways carrying toys in red wagons.

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2019-01-19 08:45:38



Dodgers Interested In A.J. Pollock  

Free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock is a “target” for the Dodgers, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who adds the two sides are “in discussions.” Los Angeles, which values balance, flexibility, and the platoon advantage perhaps as much as any team in baseball, currently finds itself with a dearth of right-handed options at play. There’s Justin…

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2019-01-19 06:40:38



Which remaining free agents boast best skills?  

With less than a month remaining before Spring Training gets underway, many free agents have already found homes for the 2019 season. But there are still plenty of talented players available, and clubs looking to add certain ingredients to their rosters before Opening Day will have no shortage of options. Here is a look at the remaining free agents on the market who possess the top skills.

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2019-01-19 06:09:53



Yanks-Reds Gray talks reportedly progressing  

The Reds are moving closer to dealing for Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray, according to a report by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Friday.

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2019-01-19 05:53:14



7 reasons NL Central is MLB's toughest division  

Columnist Richard Justice discusses why the National League Central is MLB's best division.

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2019-01-19 05:42:50



One question for each National League club  

With Spring Training about a month away, it's a good time to ask some important questions about each MLB team. Following is a look at the National League clubs, highlighting one key question from fans for each of the 15 MLB.com beat writers covering the NL, including a link to more from that reporter's most recent Inbox.

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2019-01-19 05:40:15



Finding the best backstop matches for Keuchel  

Dallas Keuchel is a command artist -- and several teams that are potential landing spots for the free-agent left-hander have great framing catchers who could steal him strikes. MLB.com breaks down the best fits.

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2019-01-19 05:26:30



NL Notes: Rockies, Cardinals, Ozuna, Gregerson, Braves  

The latest from the National League . . . Following Thursday’s departure of reliever Adam Ottavino to New York, the Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders spoke with GM Jeff Bridich about the state of affairs in the team’s bullpen. On the heels of last offseason’s months-long reliever binge, which saw the club devote nearly a third…

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2019-01-19 04:58:18



Darvish confident as return to mound nears  

The Cubs surprised the baseball world a year ago when they signed Yu Darvish to a blockbuster free-agent contract. Following a season lost due to injury, both the team and its fans are still waiting for Darvish to show that he was worth the lucrative pact.

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2019-01-19 04:48:43



Cubs Notes: TV Network, Maddon, Harper, Russell  

The Cubs’ 15-year deal with NBC Sports Chicago is set to expire at the end of 2019, so they plan to launch their own regional sports network in time for the 2020 season, president of business operations Crane Kenney told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com and other reporters Saturday. “We are going to have our own…

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2019-01-19 04:34:21



Sale healthy, open to potential extension talks  

When it comes to encouraging developments at Red Sox Winter Weekend, the fact that Sale is a full go again and feeling great about where he's at with his shoulder is at or near the top of the list.

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2019-01-19 04:11:19



Chris Martin healthy, ready to roll in Rangers' 'pen  

The Rangers were expecting Chris Martin to be a big part of their bullpen last season, and he was when healthy. But the injuries seemed to keep him from getting on an extended roll, and Martin was 1-5 with a 4.54 ERA in 46 games.

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2019-01-19 03:59:23



Young Blue Jays pitchers see opportunity ahead  

The group of Julian Merryweather, Hector Perez, Andrew Sopko, Trent Thornton and Jacob Waguespack suddenly have an opportunity in front of them. They've also got some high expectations.

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2019-01-19 03:51:13



Rays fill out Minor League coaching staff for '19  

The Rays announced their Minor League coaching-staff assignments for the 2019 season on Friday, with notable changes throughout the system.

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2019-01-19 03:42:58



Twins' bullpen solid, but still taking shape  

The Twins likely aren't done adding to their relief corps, and still anticipate more competition being brought in for the final spots on the pitching staff, whether in the form of non-roster invitees or potential fits on the 40-man roster.

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2019-01-19 03:32:58



Anthopoulos: Braves' focus is adding OF  

Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos said his current focus is centered on landing an outfielder, and he revealed at least one pursuit could resolve itself soon.

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2019-01-19 03:29:03



Red Sox hungry for elusive World Series repeat  

One of the precious few accomplishments that Red Sox owner John Henry and Tom Werner have yet to see during their stewardship is a repeat World Series championship.

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2019-01-19 03:14:21



Bryant on Harper: 'He's not signing here'  

Kris Bryant knew that it would be the first question he encountered when the doors to the Sheraton Grand Chicago banquet hall opened and reporters waited inside. So, with four words and a smile, the Cubs star tossed some ice-cold water on the idea that his friend, free agent Bryce Harper, might ink a contract with the North Siders.

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2019-01-19 03:11:18



Ricky Romero Announces Retirement  

Left-handed hurler Ricky Romero recently announced his retirement in an Instagram post that flew under our radar at the time. He hangs up his spikes at 34 years of age. At one point, the former sixth-overall draft pick looked to be among the game’s better young pitchers — a quality rotation piece who could handle…

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2019-01-19 02:48:16



The best fit for Kimbrel may come as a surprise  

Andrew Miller, Zach Britton, David Robertson, Jeurys Familia, Joe Kelly, Adam Ottavino… they've all signed. Craig Kimbrel is now the last high-end reliever still on the market. So who should sign him?

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2019-01-19 02:32:49



NL Central Notes: Cubs, Miley, Reyes  

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein held an interesting chat today with Waddle and Silvy of ESPN Chicago (audio link). He likened his desire to acquire a premium free agent to a second helping of dessert — of course, he wants it, but he just can’t have it — and says the organization still…

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2019-01-19 02:25:30



MLBTR Poll: The State Of The Indians Bullpen  

Cody Allen will be closing games for the Los Angeles Angels next season, but the long-time fixture of the Cleveland bullpen may still add some value to the Indians' 2019 bullpen: as a scout. It was Allen who first brought Jon Edwards to the attention of the Cleveland front office after working out at the…

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2019-01-19 02:11:37



Vlad Jr. not shying away from leadership role  

The Blue Jays gathered their brightest young stars in Toronto this week for their annual Development Program, which the organization believes will advance the talent and leadership of its highly anticipated top prospects. In what Blue Jays fans will hope is a sign of things to come, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. stood in the middle of it all with a sparkling championship ring on his finger.

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2019-01-19 01:49:45



Goldy, Miller take in 'excitement' of Warm-up  

The Cardinals turned their annual Winter Warm-Up, considered to be the start of a sprint toward spring, into the first piece of a season-long sales pitch to a player they hope will become a staple at the January event.

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2019-01-19 01:39:08



Analyzing every big offseason move (thus far)  

There have been dozens of moves so far this winter, including trades, free-agent signings, waiver claims and so on, and we'll be examining each of them right here.

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2019-01-19 01:26:51



Red Sox Notes: Bogaerts, Betts, Sale, Porcello, Bullpen, Catchers  

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reported earlier this month that the world champion Red Sox had been discussing a contract extension with an unnamed player. It turns out that player was shortstop Xander Bogaerts, according to Drellich, though he adds that the two sides never came close to an agreement during their talks. The…

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2019-01-19 01:10:43



Pendleton inducted into Braves Hall of Fame  

Whether serving as that player who fueled Atlanta's unprecedented streak of 14 consecutive division titles or the mentor who enriched the careers Brian McCann and the organization's other stars from this century, Terry Pendleton was a fierce competitor and highly respected leader. His contributions were honored Friday night, when he and dead-ball-era star Hugh Duffy were inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame.

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2019-01-19 01:03:30



Mystery Teams Reportedly Pursuing Manny Machado  

The presence or absence of so-called “mystery teams” — unidentified but active pursuers of a given player — has long been a subplot of the market for Manny Machado this winter. With the Phillies, White Sox, and (to a lesser extent) Yankees known to be involved in the hunt, the question is whether other organizations…

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2019-01-18 21:23:11



One question for each American League club  

With Spring Training about a month away, it's a good time to ask some important questions about each MLB team. We'll look at the American League clubs here, with one key question from fans for each of the 15 MLB.com beat writers covering the AL highlighted, as well as a link to more from that reporter's most recent Inbox.

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2019-01-18 20:46:54



Reds “Making Progress” Toward Potential Acquisition Of Sonny Gray  

4:55pm: There are other teams still involved, per Andy Martino of SNY.tv (Twitter link), including at least the Padres and Giants. There have been some discussions of three-team arrangements, Martino also notes. 2:33pm: The Reds are “making progress” in their talks with the Yankees regarding veteran righty Sonny Gray, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic…

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2019-01-18 20:13:20



Reds Pitcher Michael Lorenzen Preparing For Possible Outfield Role  

Reds right-hander Michael Lorenzen is working out extensively as an outfielder this offseason in hopes of finding his way into an expanded, hybrid role in 2019, writes Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The organization appears to be open to the possibility of utilizing Lorenzen on the grass, though it’s as yet unclear how likely…

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2019-01-18 16:58:45



Rays sign Avisail to one-year contract  

The Rays officially signed free-agent outfielder Avisail Garcia to one-year contract for $3.5 million guaranteed, plus bonuses that can make the deal worth up to $6 million.

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2019-01-18 16:21:27



Inbox: Is this lineup Crew's best ever vs. RHP?  

Will next season's lineup be the Brewers' best yet vs. right-handed pitchers? Beat reporter Adam McCalvy fields offseason questions from fans

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2019-01-18 12:53:38



Yanks have been active, but don't sleep on Sox  

Sometimes, the ebb and flow of the rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees is as predictable as, well, the tide. The Yankees make some kind of move in the offseason. And there is often a reaction in Boston that the sky is, once again, falling.

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2019-01-18 12:31:48



Mullins eager to seize opportunity with Orioles  

This spring is set to be different than last for Cedric Mullins. On the outside of the roster looking in last year, Mullins figures to enter Spring Training this season with not only a chance to win the Orioles' center-field job, but the leadoff-hitter role as well.

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2019-01-18 11:47:18



Pirates retain top 2 managers in Minors system  

The Pirates on Friday announced their Minor League coaching staff assignments for the 2019 season, featuring a pair of familiar names managing in the upper levels of their system.

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2019-01-18 11:13:34



Inbox: Will Miller solve Cards' bullpen issues?  

Does Andrew Miller solve the Cardinals' bullpen problems? What's the plan for Jordan Hicks in 2019? Reporter Jenifer Langosch answers fans' questions in the latest Inbox.

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2019-01-18 10:09:17



Inbox: Are Phils shopping Franco, Herrera?  

Could the Phillies trade Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera, and would that be impacted by a big free-agent signing? Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers this and more in the latest Inbox.

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2019-01-18 08:48:07



Inbox: What will the Mets' starting OF look like?  

With the signing of Jed Lowrie, the Mets appear mostly done making offseason acquisitions. While general manager Brodie Van Wagenen freely acknowledges there is room to supplement a few spots on the roster, and while Van Wagenen may still make another transaction or two, the big stuff appears finished.

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2019-01-18 06:18:12



Inbox: How will Maddon construct batting order?  

Do you forsee the Cubs going with more of a set batting order this season? Do you think that plays into any slumps, hot streaks, etc.?

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2019-01-18 05:35:47



Minor MLB Transactions: 1/18/19  

Here are the day’s minor moves from around the league… Per a team announcement, catcher Andrew Susac cleared waivers and has been assigned outright to Triple-A Norfolk after being designated for assignment by the Orioles. Set to turn 29 in March, Susac was once one of baseball’s premier catching prospects but has only managed a…

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2019-01-18 04:58:21



Dodgers set for annual community service tour  

The Dodgers will hold their 16th annual community service tour next week, with the Dodgers Love L.A. Community Tour events ranging from Justin Turner Day at City Hall to tributes for wildfire first responders and the Borderline bar shooting victims and families.

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2019-01-18 04:55:09



Cubs To Sign Rob Scahill  

The Cubs have agreed to a minors deal with righty Rob Scahill, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune (via Twitter). It is not yet known whether Scahill will receive a spring invite, though it stands to reason that he would. Scahill, who’ll turn 32 right as camp opens, has appeared in each of…

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2019-01-18 04:33:21



Alonso leads list of Top 10 1B prospects  

There has been a resurgence in first-base prospects in the last couple of years. The 2017 Draft featured five first basemen in the top 35 picks, and four of them rank among the 10 best prospects at the position at this moment.

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2019-01-18 04:27:30



Garrett inspires youth at Dream Series camp  

Reds left-hander Amir Garrett spent Friday morning grinding at the club's Spring Training complex in Goodyear. But his biggest delivery of the day came during his lunch break, 30 miles east of the club's complex and nowhere near a mound.

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2019-01-18 04:03:41



Angels To Sign Cody Allen  

The Angels have reportedly secured a one-year deal with veteran reliever Cody Allen. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link) first indicated that something may be in place, while ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan and Alden Gonzalez (Twitter links) reported that terms had indeed been agreed to. The Meister Sports Management client will need to pass a physical…

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2019-01-18 03:46:21



Inbox: Will Reds trade an outfielder for pitching?  

With the addition of Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, will the Reds trade any of their outfield chips away for starting pitching?

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2019-01-18 03:41:02



Inbox: Will Reds trade an outfielder for pitching?  

With the addition of Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, will the Reds trade any of their outfield chips away for starting pitching?

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2019-01-18 03:31:04



Maddon serves dinner for 'Thanksmas' project  

After finishing a day filled with meetings with his new-look coaching staff, Cubs manager Joe Maddon donned a white apron and headed to St. Leonard's Ministries on Chicago's west side on Thursday night. It was time to put baseball off to the side for a few hours.

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2019-01-18 03:12:51



Relief Market Notes: Kimbrel, Brach, Axford  

With Adam Ottavino leaving the board today, only one of the top nine relievers on MLBTR’s top 50 free agent list — the top member of that group, of course — remains unsigned. That seems to set the stage for the next tier of the relief market to kick into action. Cody Allen, Bud Norris, and Brad…

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2019-01-18 03:05:07



This Yankees 'pen might be best ever ... by far  

The Yankees bullpen looks like it could be historically great. Again.

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2019-01-18 03:01:13



Dream Series aims to build young leaders  

Former big league manager Jerry Manuel adjusted the bill of his cream-colored hat, dusted off the front of his white hoodie and then glided from his front-row seat in the hotel amphitheater to the podium.

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2019-01-18 02:43:49



30 best defensive prospects -- 1 for each team  

Evaluating defense is still very much subjective, with metrics measuring fielding still imperfect. Still, each system has glovework that stands out more than others, and we considered many to present one best defender from each organization.

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2019-01-18 02:38:08



Alonso leads list of Top 10 1B prospects  

There has been a resurgence in first-base prospects in the last couple of years. The 2017 Draft featured five first basemen in the top 35 picks, and four of them rank among the 10 best prospects at the position at this moment.

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2019-01-18 02:24:52



Five new managers in Cards' Minors system  

Five Cardinals affiliates will be led by new managers in 2019, including Triple-A Memphis, which formally announced Ben Johnson as its newest manager on Friday.

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2019-01-18 02:22:34



NL East Notes: McNeil, Marlins, Braves  

The Mets’ additions of Robinson Cano and Jed Lowrie have eaten up most of the infield at-bats that would’ve otherwise gone to breakout 2018 rookie Jeff McNeil, writes Anthony DiComo in his latest inbox column. As such, McNeil now looks outfield bound in 2019 — a role he’s only played in a total of nine…

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2019-01-18 02:14:58



Angels reportedly agree with closer Allen  

The Angels have found a closer for 2019: Cody Allen. They're in agreement on a deal with the free-agent right-hander, according to multiple reports Thursday night. The Angels haven't confirmed the deal, which would be pending a physical.

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2019-01-18 02:03:14



Could Dodgers use another starting pitcher?  

Do the Dodgers need another reliable starter? Is Bryce Harper still an option? Beat reporter Ken Gurnick answers these questions and more in this edition of the Inbox.

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2019-01-18 01:55:35



30 best defensive prospects -- 1 for each team  

Evaluating defense is still very much subjective, with metrics measuring fielding still imperfect. Still, each system has glovework that stands out more than others, and we considered many to present one best defender from each organization.

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2019-01-18 01:52:09



7 realities about the 2019 Hall of Fame vote  

Don't stress over Tuesday's Hall of Fame vote announcement. Relax. It's all going to be OK.

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2019-01-18 01:41:15



Is Stanton keeping Yanks from Bryce, Manny?  

Would the Yankees be willing to spend on Bryce Harper or Manny Machado if they weren't spending the way they are on Giancarlo Stanton?

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2019-01-18 01:12:56



Rays Designate Oliver Drake, Announce Signing Of Avisail Garcia  

The Rays have designated righty Oliver Drake for assignment, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports on Twitter. His roster spot will go to outfielder Avisail Garcia, whose previously reported signing is now official. It’s not terribly surprising to see Drake again dropped from a 40-man roster, as it seems his fate to end…

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2019-01-18 01:10:43



Yankees Close To Dealing Sonny Gray  

5:13pm: “A few teams” remain in talks with the Yanks, per Jack Curry of  the YES Network (via Twitter). 3:49pm: The Athletics and Padres are involved, while the Reds do not appear to be, according to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino (Twitter link). Heyman hears that the Giants have entered the picture (Twitter link). Contrary to Martino, he…

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2019-01-17 20:39:30



Cubs Owner Discusses Lack Of Offseason Activity  

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts went on the Mully & Haugh Show on 670 The Score this morning, making an attempt to defend the Cubs’ quiet offseason.  (Hat tip to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, who wrote an article here). Ricketts began, “First of all, we have spent money this offseason. We signed Cole Hamels,…

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2019-01-17 20:12:16






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