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Reviewing the Brew

Brewers: Three Free Agent Outfielders that Make Sense for Milwaukee

After Wednesday’s non-tender deadline, the free agent market saw an influx of outfield talent. These players appear to make sense for the Brewers and could fill a roster spot come Opening Day 2021. There was a flurry of roster moves Wednesday night, as the Brewers, among other teams, made the final decision on which arbitration […] Brewers: Three Free Agent Outfielders that Make Sense for Milwaukee - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Puckett's Pond

Minnesota Twins: Grading Each Move the Twins made on Non-Tender Day

The deadline for the Minnesota Twins to tender contracts to arbitration players was yesterday, so we grade every single move the Twins made. The Minnesota Twins are now officially into the free agency portion of their season. Free agents are talking with teams, options have been decided on, arbitration is over, and players have been […] Minnesota Twins: Grading Each Move the Twins made on Non-Tender Day - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Purple Row

Rockies trade for LHP Yoan Aybar

Photo by Jennifer Stewart/MLB Photos via The former Red Sox prospect is a converted outfielder The Rockies announced today that they have traded with the Red Sox for left-handed pitcher Yoan Aybar. The Rockies announced today that they have acquired LHP Yoan Aybar from Boston in exchange for INF Christian Koss. Aybar will be added to Colorado’s 40-man roster, which is currently at 38 players.— Rockies Club Information (@RockiesClubInfo) December 3, 2020 The 6-2, 210-lb. lefty was signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted international free agent in 2013. He...

Kings of Kauffman

KC Royals Prediction: Bubba Starling will come back

The KC Royals didn’t offer Bubba Starling a contract Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean his Kansas City days are over. The roller coaster career of Bubba Starling took another dip Wednesday when the KC Royals declined to offer him a contract for the 2021 season. In the short term, Starling is a free agent with […] KC Royals Prediction: Bubba Starling will come back - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Royals Review

Non-tendered free agent that could be of interest to the Royals

Photo by Dylan Buell/ The Royals could find a bargain. The non-tender deadline has passed with 56 more players joining the list of free agents. Non-tendered free agents are typically younger, with more upside than traditional free agents, since they don’t have six years of service time yet, plus a team that signs them could get more than one year of club control. On the flip side, non-tendered free agents are players that a team decided was not worth hanging onto, and no team was willing to trade for. Based on our modeling, the average non-tendered player had a...

Lookout Landing

Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/3/20: Jean Segura, José Iglesias, and Domingo Santana

Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/ Let the (free agency) games begin. Good morning everyone! The free agent pool deepened yesterday as the non-tender deadline came and went. We’ve got all of that and more in today’s links. In Mariners news... On a non-tender deadline day filled with surprises, the Mariners quietly offered contracts to every player on their roster for the 2021 season. Around the league... The Mets’ new owner is crowd sourcing for free agents. Who was the most interesting player non- tendered and why?— Steven Cohen (@StevenACohen2) December 3,...

KC Kingdom

Kansas City Royals: 10 free agents who would make sense in KC

There are still plenty of available free agents who would make sense for the Kansas City Royals. So far this offseason, the Kansas City Royals have inked two players in free agency. The first is Mike Minor, a left-handed pitcher who can start but has also pitched very well out of the bullpen. Minor, 32, […] Kansas City Royals: 10 free agents who would make sense in KC - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

Call to the Pen

Colorado Rockies: Examining three potential free agent gambles

The Colorado Rockies aren’t expected to make any big additions this offseason, but there are a few free agents who could be possible fits. Colorado Rockies leadership entered the 2020 season with an unmatched enthusiasm for a ballclub that looked almost exactly the same as a Rockies team that won just 71 games in 2019. […] Colorado Rockies: Examining three potential free agent gambles - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bleed Cubbie Blue

The 2020 non-tender deadline signals it will be a brutal offseason for free agents and trades

Kyle Schwarber at the plate during the 2020 Wild Card Series | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ There are no incentives for owners to pay players what they are worth this offseason There are a lot of takes right now about how to repurpose the money the Cubs saved by non-tendering Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. late Wednesday but I’d like to reframe this conversation a bit because the bottom line is that the Cubs decided to part ways with two former first round draft picks over less than $10 million. $10 million. Look, I get it. Almora has struggled at the plate and...

Over the Monster

Non-tendered players who could be of interest to the Red Sox

Photo by Stephen Brashear/ Exactly what the headline says. Wednesday was the non-tender deadline around the league with teams having to decide whether or not they’d keep their arbitration-eligible players under contract for 2021 or non-tender them and send the players to free agency. Given the perceived economic landscape after the pandemic season, the expectation was that this deadline would be a terrible one for players. I think it ended up being a little better than expected, but it still wasn’t great. In total, there were 59 players who entered free agency,...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

In appreciation of Kyle Schwarber

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ His non-tender Wednesday made him a free agent. The decision by Jed Hoyer to not tender Kyle Schwarber a contract for the 2021 season probably ends his Cubs career after six seasons, though I suppose it’s still possible for the club to re-sign him as a free agent. Hoyer, in fact, left the door open: Jed Hoyer on Schwarber: "It was a hard conversation. I called Kyle. We'll definitely keep the door open. We'll continue to talk about ways to bring him back....We had a good conversation. He's a legend. No question about that."— Jesse Rogers...

Call to the Pen

Minnesota Twins: Surprise non-tender Matt Wisler is worth a flyer

Surprisingly, the Minnesota Twins have non-tendered RHP Matt Wisler after a breakout 2020 campaign. Let the 2020 MLB offseason finally begin. After a night full of non-tenders, a few trades, and the occasional head-scratcher, more than 50 additional players were added to the current free agent pool, including former Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Matt Wisler. […] Minnesota Twins: Surprise non-tender Matt Wisler is worth a flyer - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Over the Monster

Red Sox reportedly showing interest in outfielder Eddie Rosario

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ But the fit might be a bit tough. Among all of the non-tenders we saw on Wednesday, one of the more surprising names was Eddie Rosario, who was also freely available on waivers before he was non-tendered. No one claimed him and the Twins did indeed non-tender him, so now the outfielder is among the many free agents still looking for a new club. Given the hole in the outfield for Boston after Jackie Bradley Jr.’s departure, Rosario seemed like a possibility to be a target for the team when he became available. According to a...

Lone Star Ball

On the Rangers history with pre-arb non-tenders

The Rangers generally re-sign the players who they non-tender who are not arbitration eligible The Texas Rangers non-tendered pitcher Jimmy Herget and outfielder Scott Heineman yesterday. Neither player was arbitration-eligible, and the Rangers have indicated previously they like both players. Both players are now free agents, causing a certain amount of questioning and consternation from Rangers fans about why those moves were made, and why the Rangers wouldn’t want to hold onto that pair. The Rangers, I suspect, do want to keep both players in the organization, which is...

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Tigers should dig into non-tender free-agent market to add power and/or pitching

The Detroit Tigers need a power-hitting outfielder. New options just hit the market: David Dahl, Adam Duvall, Eddie Rosario, Kyle Schwarber and more.        

That Balls Outta Here

Mets amid ‘serious push’ for James McCann, not J.T. Realmuto

The Phillies may soon no longer be competing with the Mets for J.T. Realmuto. The Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets are still in competing headlines against each other, even during the offseason. Both teams need a starting catcher, and have long been believed to have their sights set on the top-two free-agents at the […] Mets amid ‘serious push’ for James McCann, not J.T. Realmuto - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

That Balls Outta Here

Mets fans spot Phillies logo during Trevor May introduction

Mets fans were not happy to notice a Phillies logo in the background of their newest reliever, Trevor May. Former Philadelphia Phillies right-handed pitching prospect Trevor May, dealt with Vance Worley to the Minnesota Twins nearly eight years ago in exchange for Ben Revere, was among the first free-agents to sign this offseason. Of all the […] Mets fans spot Phillies logo during Trevor May introduction - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Masahiro Tanaka

Photo by Paul Bereswill/ Should the Yankees bring back Tanaka for another go-around? Since signing with the Yankees ahead of the 2014 season, Masahiro Tanaka has provided some memorable moments. After the sheer anticipation of his acquisition, he delivered in his first season. In his Yankee Stadium debut, he struck out 10. A couple days later, he followed that up with 10 more in a two-hit shutout win over the Cubs. Until this past October, he had also delivered nearly every time he took the mound in the postseason. In Game 3 of the 2017 ALDS, the Yankees were on the...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Andrew Chafin

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ The southpaw shouldn’t cost much and would improve an area of need. At this point in time, it should be clear that the Yankees need to improve their bullpen. During the playoffs, it became quite apparent that manager Aaron Boone only trusts Chad Green, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman in high-leverage situations, and that’s not going to cut it. Of course, in a world in which there are no payroll and luxury tax implications, the Bombers could make a run at Liam Hendriks, Kirby Yates, or Brad Hand to shore up their bullpen. In fact, they...

Lone Star Ball

Rangers signing Joe Gatto, per report

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Rangers are signing reliever Joe Gatto to a major league deal MLB Rumors: The Texas Rangers are signing free agent reliever Joe Gatto to a major league deal, according to Ken Rosenthal on Twitter. Gatto, 25, was a second round pick of the Anaheim Angels in 2014. He was a starter in the Angels’ system until moving to relief prior to the 2019 season. As a reliever in 2009, he had a 4.80 ERA in 54.1 IP for AA Mobile, with 57 Ks against 28 walks. He has not, from what I can tell, ever been on the 40 man...

Redbird Rants

Is Kyle Schwarber a fit for the St. Louis Cardinals?

Imagine Kyle Schwarber hitting mammoth home runs in a St. Louis Cardinals jersey. After being non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs, is he a fit? When the MLB non-tender deadline came and went, it was commonly thought that many prominent names would be cut loose to join an ice-cold free agent marketplace. When the Chicago Cubs […] Is Kyle Schwarber a fit for the St. Louis Cardinals? - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Halos Heaven

2020 review: Hoby Milner

Photo by John McCoy/ Milner was non-tendered on Wednesday, making him a free agent Hoby Milner’s 2020 season got off to a bad start immediately, and the Angels left-hander spent all year unsuccessfully playing catch-up. Milner signed a minor league deal with the Angels last November and was a non-roster invitee in spring training. By the time the season started in July, Milner made the Opening Day roster, and was thrown into the fire immediately in the first game, in Oakland. It was a precarious situation for Milner to be sure, with the bases loaded and one out in a...

AZ Snake Pit

2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews #34: Ildemaro Vargas

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Another cautionary tale of taking AAA stats with a grain of salt Rating: 3.50 Age: 29 2020 Stats: 24 G, 54 PA, .536 OPS (.196/.222/.314) 2020 Salary: $575,000 (league minimum) 2021 Status: Designated for assignment on August 6th, traded to the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations, designated for assignment by the Twins and claimed by his current team, the Chicago Cubs. Introduction Signed as a 16-year-old international free agent by the Cardinals in 2008, Ildemaro Vargas spent 7 years developing in their organization, mostly...

Call to the Pen

Baltimore Orioles: Hanser Alberto will make some team happy

This cost cutting move by the Baltimore Orioles sends Hanser Alberto to free agency, where he is going to latch on somewhere and make some team happy. Did the Baltimore Orioles really need to non-tender Hanser Alberto? Sure, I guess. Maybe he isn’t worth the $4M plus he was set to get in arbitration. He’s […] Baltimore Orioles: Hanser Alberto will make some team happy - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising Apple

Mets should be all in on potential international star Oscar Luis Colás

Baseball sensation Oscar Luis Colas defected from Cuba earlier this year and has been declared a free agent by his club in Japan, putting him in a position to be eligible to be signed by a major league club in January. The New York Mets should get involved. The New York Mets are looking to […] Mets should be all in on potential international star Oscar Luis Colás - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Rox Pile

Colorado Rockies: The David Dahl move and the logic (or lack thereof) behind it

Wednesday night’s news of the Colorado Rockies non-tendering David Dahl, effectively making him an unrestricted free agent, is only further proof that whatever Jeff Bridich is planning for the Rockies in 2021 is beyond any non-sensical neurosurgical fantasies we could ever possibly conjure up with an Ivy League degree. That’s right. If you didn’t see […] Colorado Rockies: The David Dahl move and the logic (or lack thereof) behind it - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Amazin Avenue

Mets making serious push for James McCann

Photo by Ron Vesely/ The Mets are in desperate need of a catcher this winter. After the team made their first big signing of the offseason by reeling in reliever Trevor May, the Mets are said to be in talks with free agent catcher James McCann, according to league sources cited by Robert Murray. Jon Heyman added that the Mets are making a serious push for McCann, who has several suitors. The Mets, who declined the team option on Wilson Ramos back in October, entered the offseason in desperate need of a catcher. McCann is widely considered as the best alternative option...

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

Adam Pellerin and Nick Cafardo break down Red Sox Spring Training

NESN's Adam Pellerin and Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo analyze Matt Barnes as a closer, Craig Kimbrel's future and what moves the Red Sox could make with different free agents around the MLB.