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Ohtani agrees to $30 million deal for 2023 with Angels

Shohei Ohtani has agreed to a $30 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels for the 2023 season in the two-way superstars final year of arbitration eligibility before free agency.

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Ohtani, Angels agree on $30M deal for 2023

Photo by Michael Owens/ The Angels avoid arbitration with Shohei Ohtani Shohei Ohtani and the Anaheim Angels have agreed to terms on a one year, $30 million deal for the 2023 season, per reports. Ohtani, who eligible for free agency after the 2023 season, would have been arbitration-eligible this offseason, had he and the team not worked out an agreement. This is going to be an interesitng offseason for the Angels and Ohtani. Ohtani won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2018, won the MVP in 2021, and is likely to end up in the top two in the MVP voting this year. His...

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St. Louis Cardinals: Doors are opening for Yadier Molina as manager

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is well positioned to become a successful manager in the major leagues. Nineteen-year St. Louis Cardinals veteran catcher Yadier Molina will take the reins as the skipper for team Puerto Rico in the 2023 World Baseball Classic, which could lend itself to other managing opportunities down the road. Molina also […] St. Louis Cardinals: Doors are opening for Yadier Molina as manager - 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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Cardinals: Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball once sold for $3 million

In light of recent history home run chases from Albert Pujols and Aaron Judge, Mark McGwire’s historic 70th home run ball in 1998 once sold for $3 million The St. Louis Cardinals are not strangers to epic home run chases. As Albert Pujols went for 700 career home runs this season and Aaron Judge chased […] Cardinals: Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball once sold for $3 million - 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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Cubs will have to bust out the checkbook for Carlos Correa

For the second time in as many years, Carlos Correa is poised to test free agency, all but confirming he’s going to opt out of his deal with the Minnesota Twins in comments he made this week. “I go to the Dior store. When I want something, I get it… I’m the product here. If […] Cubs will have to bust out the checkbook for Carlos Correa - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Oops! All Astros: Franklin Gil & Garrett McGowan

Frankin Gil and Garrett McGowan are featured in today’s story. With just a few days left in the regular season, we’re recapping every player that appeared in the Astros system in 2022. Franklin Gil Franklin GIl is a five-foot-11, 155 lb. right-handed pitcher from Barcelona, VZ. Born on January 6, 2003, he signed with the Astros through free agency on May 23 of this year. Two weeks later he made his professional debut with the DSL Astros Blue squad, in the rookie-level Dominican Summer League. In Gil’s debut, on June 14, Gil earned his first career save despite...

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MLB Insider says Cardinals will pursue star shortstops in offseason

The St. Louis Cardinals have money to spend this offseason, and an MLB insider is reporting they will be in on the superstar shortstop market. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the St. Louis Cardinals are expected to join a number of teams in pursuing the top shortstops on the market this offseason […] MLB Insider says Cardinals will pursue star shortstops in 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 to get bold and call up Jordan Walker

The New York Mets are the latest contender to call up a top prospect down the stretch, and the St. Louis Cardinals need to follow suit with Jordan Walker The New York Mets called up No. 1 prospect in baseball Francisco Alvarez on Thursday, adding another bat to their lineup as they gear up to […] The St. Louis Cardinals need to get bold and call up Jordan Walker - 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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Upcoming Cardinals series is more than Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina

The St. Louis Cardinals’ final homestand will be an emotional tribute to two legendary players as well as a preparation for the postseason. Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina are coming out for their final curtain calls in St. Louis in the Cardinals’ three-game home series against the Pittsburgh Pirates from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. […] Upcoming Cardinals series is more than Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina - 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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Oops! All Astros: Carlos Espinosa & Marco Marcelino

Seth Harrison/The Journal News via Imagn Content Services, LLC Check out part 18 of our offseason-long series on every player to appear in the system in 2022. Through the current offseason, we’re going to recap all 316 players to appear at any level of Astros baseball. Carlos Espinosa Carlos Espinosa is a six-foot-two, 188 lb. right-handed pitcher from Najasa, Cuba. Born on August 8, 2001, he signed with the Houston Astros through free agency for $450,000 on January 15 of this year. On June 6, Houston assigned him to the FCL Astros Orange, the stateside counterpart...

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St. Louis Cardinals clinch then split with Brewers

The Cardinals were able to clinch the NL Central Tuesday only to lose frustratingly to the Brewers Wednesday.  The Cardinals clinched the NL Central with a 6-2 victory over the Brewers Tuesday evening. They lost to the Brewers 5-1, looking like a shell of themselves with most of their starters taking the night off. The […] St. Louis Cardinals clinch then split with Brewers - 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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St. Louis Cardinals: 2022 was arguably the best trade deadline

Cardinals executive John Mozeliak’s acquisitions of Jordan Montgomery and Jose Quintana were some of of his most successful deadline deals. Every year, fans doubt St. Louis Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak and call for his firing after expressing dissatisfaction for his actions at the trade deadline, or lack thereof. But more often than […] St. Louis Cardinals: 2022 was arguably the best trade deadline - 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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Cardinals: Did St. Louis confirm Adam Wainwright is returning in 2023?

One postgame speech from Oli Marmol and a press release from the the Cardinals have raised questions about whether 2022 is Adam Wainwright’s last season. The St. Louis Cardinals are incredible at honoring club legends, and 2022 has been a prime example of this. From Opening Day, the club began to welcome Albert Pujols, Yadier […] Cardinals: Did St. Louis confirm Adam Wainwright is returning in 2023? - 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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Cardinals: Inside Albert Pujols’ playoff clinching speech

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals clinched a postseason berth, and Hall of Fame slugger Albert Pujols gave a heartfelt speech to his teammates. This season could not have gone better for Albert Pujols. Not only did he eclipse 700 home runs, becoming the fourth player in baseball history to do so, but the St. […] Cardinals: Inside Albert Pujols’ playoff clinching speech - 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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Daily Links: J.D. Martinez Is Getting Reflective

Photo by Omar Rawlings/ J.D. Martinez wants to play at least two more seasons. But it sounds like he’s accepted the fact that they might not be in Boston. (Peter Abraham, Boston Globe) As we mentioned yesterday, though, Cora has no intention of going anywhere, and says he has a good relationship with Chaim Bloom. (John Tomase, NBC Sports) Another person Cora has a great relationship with is Rafael Devers. Here’s a case for why his looming free agency will turn out differently than Mookie’s did. (Chad Jennings, The Athletic) A big reason why Devers’ free agency...

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Oops! All Astros: Anderson Sanchez & Miguel Ullola

Throughout the 2022-23 offseason, Crawfish Boxes will be looking back at every single one of the 316 players to appear in the Astros system in 2022. Anderson Sanchez Anderson Sanchez is a six-foot-one 170 lb. right-handed first baseman and outfielder from San Onofre, Columbia. Born on November 6, 2003, Sanchez signed with the Astros through free agency on January 19, 2021. Six months later, Sanchez got his first professional assignment, and joined the DSL Astros in the rookie-level Dominican Summer League. He played in 25 games to close out the season, going six-for-40 with...

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Projecting the 2022 St. Louis Cardinals Wild Card roster

The St. Louis Cardinals are set to clinch the NL Central division crown. Now, as attention shifts to the postseason, who will make up the 26-man roster for the wildcard series? Entering Tuesday’s game series against the Milwaukee Brewers, the St. Louis Cardinals are inching ever so close to winning the NL Central. Because the […] Projecting the 2022 St. Louis Cardinals Wild Card roster - 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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Cardinals Rumors: St. Louis almost traded Albert Pujols in 2000

The St. Louis Cardinals almost traded Albert Pujols in 2000 — and it makes you wonder how much different the last 20 years nearly were. In perhaps the greatest “What if?” scenario in St. Louis Cardinals history, what would have happened had the team traded Albert Pujols? Because it was a possibility — and almost […] Cardinals Rumors: St. Louis almost traded Albert Pujols in 2000 - 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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Albert Pujols 700: Celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals legend with new shirts

A legendary moment for a St. Louis Cardinals legend. Albert Pujols’ 700th home run is now in the history books. Which means it’s t-shirt time. Albert Pujols 699? Nope. Albert Pujols 700. After 22 seasons, the St. Louis Cardinals legend mashed his 700th career home run over the weekend. He joins just Barry Bonds, Hank […] Albert Pujols 700: Celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals legend with new shirts - 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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St. Louis Cardinals: What made win Friday great, make losses sting

The Cardinals are fully capable of pulling off impressive victories like Friday, which makes the losses fans witnessed Saturday and Sunday sting.  Friday evening’s 11-0 win for the Cardinals over the Dodgers was memorable. Albert Pujols knocked his 699 and 700th home runs. Lars Nootbaar and Juan Yepez knocked a home run, and Alec Burleson […] St. Louis Cardinals: What made win Friday great, make losses sting - 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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Craig Kimbrel: Demotion From Dodgers Closer ‘Opportunity To Get Right’

When the Los Angeles Dodgers were unable to re-sign Kenley Jansen in free agency, they filled the...

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Is the next Harrison Bader already in the Cardinals system?

Harrison Bader was recently traded, opening a hole in centerfield. Is his replacement already in the Cardinals’ minor league system? Now that Harrison Bader has finally debuted with the Yankees (and what a debut it was, going 2-4 with three RBIs), talk has again turned to the trade that sent him from the St. Louis […] Is the next Harrison Bader already in the Cardinals system? - 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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Cardinals: What it was like watching Albert Pujols play in-person for the last time

A lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, Ben Remis reflects on what Albert Pujols has meant to an entire generation. In the game after Albert Pujols hit his 700th home run, the St. Louis Cardinals took on Clayton Kershaw and lost badly. Batting second, Pujols went 1-4 with a single and two strikeouts. A disappointing box […] Cardinals: What it was like watching Albert Pujols play in-person for the last time - 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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Cardinals: Why Albert Pujols hit his 700th home run at inopportune time

St. Louis Cardinals legend Albert Pujols hit home run number 700 of his career on Friday night, but it could have been so much better. Baseball is a beautiful sport. Games such as Albert Pujols’ first return to St. Louis when playing for the Los Angeles Angels was one of the best moments I can […] Cardinals: Why Albert Pujols hit his 700th home run at inopportune time - 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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Cardinals: MLB Network predicted exact time of Albert Pujols’ 700th homer — in April

MLB Network host Greg Amsinger predicted the time and place of Cardinals legend Albert Pujols’ 700th home run — in April. This is, quite honestly, the best prediction in baseball history. If there’s one better than this, I have not yet found it. Because MLB Network analyst Greg Amsinger correctly predicted the time AND place […] Cardinals: MLB Network predicted exact time of Albert Pujols’ 700th homer — in April - 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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Dodgers News: Heath Hembree Elects Free Agency

Heath Hembree, who the Los Angeles Dodgers designated for assignment on Sept. 13, elected free agency...

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Former Atlanta Braves prospect Ji-hwan Bae to debut with Pittsburgh Pirates

Ji-hwan Bae took a strange journey from the Atlanta Braves to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He had been one of the 13 prospects that went back into free agency due to the multitude of violations that the Braves had committed in the international market. Bae, who was set to sign in Atlanta, instead found himself with […] Former Atlanta Braves prospect Ji-hwan Bae to debut with Pittsburgh Pirates - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cardinals Rumors: Nolan Arenado will not opt out after 2022 season

Another report says that Nolan Arenado will not opt out of his contract with the St. Louis Cardinals after the 2022 season. When the St. Louis Cardinals traded for Nolan Arenado, it was generally viewed as a coup. They acquired a superstar for a light prospect haul while the Colorado Rockies paid them more than $50 million […] Cardinals Rumors: Nolan Arenado will not opt out after 2022 season - 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

Jerry Remy Previews 2019 Red Sox Season, Talks Health, Free Agency

NESN's Jerry Remy previews the 2019 Boston Red Sox season with Adam Pellerin. They discuss the Sox bullpen, re-signing Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce and Remy gives an update on his health. For more: https://nesn.com/boston-red-sox/

12/17/18 MLB.com FastCast: Machado tours South Side

Manny Machado's free-agency tour starts with the White Sox, plus the Astros near a deal with Michael Brantley and the Mets sign Wilson Ramos About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the U