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Mets sign OF Starling Marte to a four-year, $78 million deal

Photo by Justin K. Aller/ Capping off a busy day for the Mets is their biggest acquisition of the offseason so far. Today was a very active day on the free agent market for the Mets and they capped off this flurry of activity by signing outfielder Starling Marte to a four-year, $78 million deal. After shoring up the outfield—a noted area of need this offseason due to the departure of Michael Conforto—by signing Mark Canha earlier in the evening, the Mets have now snagged the top center fielder in an otherwise thin free agency class at the position. The 33-year-old...

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MLB players’ association clarifies CBA objectives and implications of a lockout

Photo by Alejandra Villa Loarca/Newsday RM via Players and owners agree to advance the tender deadline to November 30 The Major League Baseball Players’ Association (MLBPA) has agreed with Major league baseball to advance the deadline for teams to tender contracts to players who are not yet eligible for free agency, mainly affecting players who are eligible for arbitration. The tender deadline will be moved from December 2nd to November 30 at 8 p.m. eastern time. Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA) will expire on December 1st at 11:59 p.m. The owners...

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Dodgers News: Justin Turner Talked Free Agency With Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly

The Los Angeles Dodgers saw several key contributors from their bullpen reach free agency the morning after the...

Over the Monster

The Red Sox should look to the trade market, not free agency, for starting pitching

Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/ A look at the pros and cons for trading for these eight likely available starting pitchers. The Boston Red Sox are in a difficult place this offseason when it comes to adding starting pitching. The free agent market has some nice players at the top of the market, but each of them comes with a caveat. Max Scherzer, who has been my personal number one target since this past trade deadline, in the past has expressed an interest in staying out west. Logic dictates that the Dodgers would want him back. Carlos Rodón, who had an...

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Chicago Cubs 2022 catching plans need adjustment

The Chicago Cubs found themselves in an interesting spot at catcher. Willson Contreras is the starter behind the plate, but he is a year away from free agency. The Cubs had attempted to trade him during the last offseason but ended up changing their minds. Even with their firesale, Contreras remained on the roster as […] Chicago Cubs 2022 catching plans need adjustment - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Redbird Rants

What’s next for the St. Louis Cardinals this offseason?

What’s next for the St. Louis Cardinals after signing Steven Matz? By signing Steven Matz, the St. Louis Cardinals have shored up their starting rotation. With Matz, as well as Jack Flaherty, Adam Wainwright, Miles Mikolas and Dakota Hudson, the unit is a strength headed into the 2022 season. So what’s next for the Cardinals […] What’s next for the St. Louis Cardinals this offseason? - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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The St. Louis Cardinals need Raisel Iglesias for the end of games

The St. Louis Cardinals found a starter but now are looking to add to their bullpen. Rasiel Iglesias should be at the top of their list. John Mozeliak brought St. Louis Cardinals fans a welcome surprise this week by signing Steven Matz to a very reasonable four-year, $44 million deal. This action from the Cardinals’ […] The St. Louis Cardinals need Raisel Iglesias for the end of games - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies in danger of losing fan-favorite player to Rule 5 Draft

Scott Kingery’s days as a Philadelphia Phillies player could be numbered. In less than two weeks, the Philadelphia Phillies could lose one of their more popular players in recent seasons, utility player Scott Kingery. Kingery would not necessarily depart via a trade or release to free agency, but rather the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, as […] Phillies in danger of losing fan-favorite player to Rule 5 Draft - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - Philadelphia Phillies News, Rumors, and Fan Community

Reviewing the Brew

Former Brewers Infielder Eduardo Escobar Signs Deal With New York Mets

The Milwaukee Brewers have lost yet another key member of their 2021 roster in free agency. First baseman/third baseman Eduardo Escobar was David Stearns’ primary acquisition at the Trade Deadline in 2021. The team needed a boost in the middle of the lineup and Escobar provided just that. The Brewers knew that Escobar was a […] Former Brewers Infielder Eduardo Escobar Signs Deal With New York Mets - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - Milwaukee Brewers News, Rumors, and Fan Community

Rum Bunter

Pittsburgh Pirates: Black Friday Shopping 2021

In the spirit of the season let’s go Black Friday shopping for the Pittsburgh Pirates as they look to address roster needs in free agency With the Major League Baseball offseason off to a more high paced start than usual there have been more trades, free agent signings, etc. than would normally take place by […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Black Friday Shopping 2021 - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - Pittsburgh Pirates News, Rumors, and Fan Community

Rox Pile

Don’t be surprised if Jon Gray signs soon … and not with the Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies have dropped the ball a lot of times in handling Jon Gray and his free agency in the last few months. They didn’t trade him to a contender at the trade deadline (and, reportedly, didn’t even consider it), gave him their first offer late in the season and made it a lowball offer, […] Don’t be surprised if Jon Gray signs soon … and not with the Colorado Rockies - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - Colorado Rockies News, Rumors, and Fan Community

Redbird Rants

Perfect holiday gifts for the St. Louis Cardinals fan

The holidays are here! And with shipping rates and times escalating, you need to start shopping for the St. Louis Cardinals fans in your life. If you’re like me, the sleigh bells are about to start ringing. As soon as that Thanksgiving dinner is finished, we transition to Christmastime. Or maybe you crank up the […] Perfect holiday gifts for the St. Louis Cardinals fan - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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3 reasons to be thankful for St. Louis Cardinals this Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, St. Louis Cardinals fans! The team has many things to be thankful for this offseason. The St. Louis Cardinals had quite the 2021 season and look to build toward a better 2022 season. After a 2021 season that started with high expectations after the acquisition of Nolan Arenado, the season took a wild […] 3 reasons to be thankful for St. Louis Cardinals this Thanksgiving - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

The Crawfish Boxes

Stagnant CBA negotiations could delay the Astros’ next big move

Photo by Bob Levey/ There are several high-quality position players available in free agency, and the Astros are expected to sign at least one... eventually. The Astros are expected to be suitors for some of the free-agent market’s top bats. Among them are outfielder Starling Marte and shortstops Trevor Story, Javier Báez and Marcus Semien, all of whom are projected to receive four or five-year deals, which aligns with the Astros’ philosophy regarding high-priced contracts—no more than five years in length. While many of the market’s pitchers have already...

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Cardinals News: St. Louis in agreement with Steven Matz

Steven Matz was the first pitcher rumored to be of interest to the Cardinals. On Tuesday, he agreed to a deal to spend four seasons in St. Louis. The St. Louis Cardinals were aggressively looking for a free-agent starting pitcher. They had eyes on Alex Wood, Alex Cobb, Max Scherzer and Marcus Stroman, among others, […] Cardinals News: St. Louis in agreement with Steven Matz - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Mets owner blasts agent for newest St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Steven Matz

New York Mets owner Steve Cohen blasted the agent for newest St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Steven Matz. Meet the Mess, er, I mean the Mets. Late Tuesday night, the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with free-agent left-hander Steven Matz. They were one of eight teams in on him, with the […] Mets owner blasts agent for newest St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Steven Matz - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Measuring the trade market for starter John Means; No Orioles on All-MLB Team; Arena update

In the last two years, Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias has made two major trades leading up to the December deadline for offering contracts. In December 2019, Elias dealt starting pitcher Dylan Bundy, who was two years away from free agency, to the Los Angeles Angels for four right-handed pitchers — Kyle Bradish, […]

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New York Mets need to change perception around Major League Baseball

The New York Mets would appear to be a destination franchise in free agency. They have an owner who is not only looking to win a championship but is willing to spend whatever it takes to get there. New York is a major media market and a place where stars could get plenty of marketing […] New York Mets need to change perception around Major League Baseball - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers should be top destinations for Carlos Correa

In a free agency class loaded with marquee shortstops, former Houston Astros standout Carlos Correa leads the pack in terms of stardom. Many teams this winter are going to be looking for a starting shortstop, but which one is the best fit for Correa, the former overall number one pick and World Series champion? The […] Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers should be top destinations for Carlos Correa - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Redbird Rants

MLB analyst says Steven Matz is a perfect fit for St. Louis Cardinals

An MLB analyst said that Steven Matz is a perfect fit for the St. Louis Cardinals, and it’s not hard to see why. Left-handed starter Steven Matz and the St. Louis Cardinals are in agreement on a four-year, $44 million contract. It was a surprise to some writers that he got four years, but they […] MLB analyst says Steven Matz is a perfect fit for St. Louis Cardinals - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

Climbing Tal's Hill

Astros: CTH Staff’s Predictions on where Carlos Correa will sign

After receiving a qualifying offer, it was obvious Carlos Correa would decline the $18.4 million for the 2022 season from the Houston Astros and explore free agency. Even before the season ended, it was evident that Correa would be the highest sought out shortstop this winter. The Astros’ most recent offer was a five-year, $160 […] Astros: CTH Staff’s Predictions on where Carlos Correa will sign - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - Houston Astros News, Rumors, and Fan Community

Cubbies Crib

Cubs Rumors: Steven Matz expected to make free agency decision soon

Steven Matz is one of a number of free agent starting pitchers in high demand and we could know where he’ll call home next as early as Tuesday. The left-hander has eight teams in the hunt yet, and the Chicago Cubs remain among them. Red Sox, Blue Jays, Tigers, Cubs, Cardinals, Giants, Angels, Mets are […] Cubs Rumors: Steven Matz expected to make free agency decision soon - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox Still Courting Steven Matz; When He Could Make Decision

Steven Matz has been a popular guy on the free agent market, and it sounds like a decision could be coming in the not-too-distant future. Matz hits free agency after one season with the Toronto Blue Jays, a campaign that saw him go 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA. That has had a number of teams […] The post MLB Rumors: Red Sox Still Courting Steven Matz; When He Could Make Decision appeared first on NESN.com.

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Colorado Rockies attempting to win in 2022

The Colorado Rockies have already established themselves to be a rather questionable organization. Even though Trevor Story and Jon Gray are likely to leave in free agency, they have done everything possible to keep the same roster together. This extends to the trade front. The Rockies are again refusing to sell as they are somehow […] Colorado Rockies attempting to win in 2022 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

AZ Snake Pit

2021 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews, #51: Ildemaro Vargas

Photo by Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire via The much-traveled Vargas returned to Arizona. Rating: 2.28 Age: turned 30 on July 16 2021 Stats: 2021 Earnings: Pre-arbitration 2022 Status: Elected free agency There were a couple of things which surprised me about Vargas when I started researching him. Firstly, his age. If I had to guess I’d have said he was maybe... 26? He’s only a couple of months younger than Christian Walker. I also had not realized that Vargas had been on a bit of a tour, since being designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on August 6...

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Why St. Louis Cardinals are unlikely to trade for starting pitcher

The St. Louis Cardinals are unlikely to trade for a starting pitcher, and it all comes down to the astronomical asking prices. At this point, it’s well-established that the St. Louis Cardinals have made addressing their starting rotation their No. 1 priority this winter. They have missed on a few of their targets, including Alex […] Why St. Louis Cardinals are unlikely to trade for starting pitcher - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Nick Plummer’s release could backfire on St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals’ release of former first-round pick Nick Plummer might have the team once again lamenting what could have been. Former 23rd overall pick Nick Plummer was languishing in the minors for five years, and chances had grown slim on whether he’d ever reach the big leagues. But the 2015 first-round pick of […] Nick Plummer’s release could backfire on St. Louis Cardinals - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

MLB.com FastCast: Tigers sign Josh Harrison - 2/20/19

The baseball world's attention focuses on Bryce Harper's free agency, plus Josh Harrison agrees to a one-year deal with the Tigers About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United Stat

MLB All Free-Agency Team Post Manny Machado Signing

Manny Machado signed a huge deal with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, but there's still plenty of big-name free agents available on the market. NESN.com's Michaela Vernava takes a look at a hypothetical team comprised of all current MLB free agents. For

Miguel Andujar reflects on his outstanding rookie season

Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar discusses his 2019 rookie campaign, and what it's been like contending with constant rumors about Manny Machado's free agency. Subscribe for daily sports videos! YES' social media pages: YouTube: youtube.com/YESnetwork Facebook: