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New York Post

Mets among teams in talks with third baseman Maikel Franco

The Mets may not be done adding to their roster after all. They are among the teams in talks with free-agent third baseman Maikel Franco, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed. Franco, 28, hit .278/.321/.457 with eight homers and 38 RBIs last season with the Royals, playing all 60 games in the shortened 2020 season. The...

Purple Row

State of the Position, 2021: Catcher

Photo by Justin Edmonds/ Who will take over for Tony Wolters behind the dish? For the first time since 2016, the Rockies will not have Tony Wolters as their starting catcher. Wolters was non-tendered in December and signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates that includes an invite to spring training on February 11. Drew Butera also became a free agent in the offseason, which means that the Rockies catching position is up for grabs. They currently have just two catchers on the 40-man roster: Elias Díaz and Dom Nuñez. The two will likely be part of a...

Fish Stripes

Marlins Barbecue Episode 23: Red’s Return!

Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports Alex and Red reunite on the pod for the first time in 2021. So much to catch up on as the original Marlins Barbecue co-hosts, Alex Contreras and Red Garcia, are back together to discuss the state of the Fish midway through 2021 spring training. Topics include reviewing the team’s offseason moves (2:00), the lack of catching depth behind Jorge Alfaro (3:00), MLB’s missed opportunities to properly market the game to fans (9:50), Anthony Rizzo and other potential free agent targets next winter (19:40) and Don Mattingly’s lack of long-term...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Pros and Cons of missing out on free agent Jake Odorizzi

The last high-profile free agent from the 2020/2021 off-season went off the board when starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi signed a two-year deal with the Houston Astros (a third-year player option included). All off-season the Blue Jays have been rumoured to be interested in Odorizzi and were even speaking with his representatives last off-season before he signed […] Blue Jays: Pros and Cons of missing out on free agent Jake Odorizzi - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

KC Kingdom

Kyle Rudolph would give the KC Chiefs a one-two punch at tight end

Kyle Rudolph is a free agent and while it’s probably not realistic, it’d be fun to see him with the KC Chiefs.  This offseason is going to be interesting, as big names are being released from teams they’ve played with for close to or over a decade. Kyle Rudolph found himself in that category, as […] Kyle Rudolph would give the KC Chiefs a one-two punch at tight end - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies 2021 Season Player Preview: Andrew McCutchen

After signing him as a free agent, Andrew McCutchen was doing just what the Philadelphia Phillies hoped for during the first couple months of the 2019 season. However, a fluke injury on the basepaths led to a midseason ACL surgery. McCutchen worked hard to return last season, but clearly was not 100 percent — which became […] Phillies 2021 Season Player Preview: Andrew McCutchen - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Blog Red Machine

Reds: 3 players most likely to improve league-worst batting average

The Reds must improve their league-worst batting average from a year ago. Without bringing in any free agents other than Sean Doolittle this offseason, if the Cincinnati Reds are hoping to improve upon the league-worst .212 batting average from a year ago, they’ll need to rely upon players who are already within the organization. Which […] Reds: 3 players most likely to improve league-worst batting average - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - A Cincinnati Reds Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Reviewing the Brew

Brewers: Is David Stearns done in free agency after signing Bradley Jr?

The Milwaukee Brewers made a free agency splash early Thursday with the signing of outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. This leaves fans wondering if David Stearns is done in free agency. The short answer is probably. However don’t believe if there is a free agent available that president of baseball operations David Stearns thinks could be […] Brewers: Is David Stearns done in free agency after signing Bradley Jr? - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Cubbies Crib

Cubs missed out again, this time on free agent hurler Jake Odorizzi

Free agent right-hander Jake Odorizzi was still out there on the market, looking for a new home. Now, if only there was a team in need of a proven starting pitcher to bolster its rotation… Oh, right. The Chicago Cubs are that team – yet weren’t connected to Odorizzi even once this offseason. The latest reports […] Cubs missed out again, this time on free agent hurler Jake Odorizzi - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

The Crawfish Boxes

Free-agent options that could fill Framber Valdez’s void in Astros’ rotation

Photo by Rob Carr/ Jake Odorizzi, Rick Porcello, and Cole Hamels are among the possible names the Astros might take a look at after Valdez’s injury. Despite spring training is underway, there are still pitching options in free agency that could help a team win. Regarding the Astros, they might take a look at the open market to fill the huge void caused by Framber Valdez’s fractured finger that will keep him sidelined for a while if not for the entire season. First on the list is veteran righty Jake Odorizzi. As our own Cody Poage recently recalled, Odorizzi is...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays reportedly showing interest in Jake Odorizzi

The Toronto Blue Jays are reputedly among the teams still showing interest in free agent pitcher Jake Odorizzi. According to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network, the Blue Jays may be circling back for another look at the free agent hurler. The starting roation was a topic of discussion for much of the offseason as […] Blue Jays reportedly showing interest in Jake Odorizzi - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

Lone Star Ball

Odorizzi to the Astros, per reports

Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports Free agent pitcher Jake Odorizzi has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Houston Astros The Houston Astros and free agent pitcher Jake Odorizzi have agreed to a two year deal with a player option, per reports. The exact details haven’t been reported, but Jon Heyman is saying that it would net Odorizzi around $30 million, including the buyout on the third year, if he declined the player option after year two. This makes sense for the Astros, who had depth issues with their rotation even before Framber Valdez suffered a fractured ring...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Byron Buxton says Twins are talking about a contract extension

Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, eligible for free agency after the 2022 season, said he is open to a long-term contract.

KC Kingdom

KC Chiefs: Matt Judon would be an excellent addition to the defense

The KC Chiefs should pursue veteran pass rusher Matt Judon to help shore up their defense. The start of NFL free agency is just a few short weeks away. Teams will be scrambling to build their rosters on a lower budget, so player movements will be very interesting to watch. With many teams strapped for […] KC Chiefs: Matt Judon would be an excellent addition to the defense - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

Climbing Tal's Hill

Houston Astros: sign Jake Odorizzi on a two-year deal

The Houston Astros have reportedly signed former Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi on a two-year deal. The right-hander has been the longest outed free agent arm this offseason, but after Framber Valdez’s injury this signing makes the most sense. Odorizzi was a member of the 2017 Tampa Bay Rays that included James Click in […] Houston Astros: sign Jake Odorizzi on a two-year deal - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Crawfish Boxes

Astros address thinning rotation depth with Jake Odorizzi signing

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ The right handed pitcher is inked to a 2 year deal with player option and incentives. On the heels of news that Framber Valdez’ ring finger injury may jeopardize his entire 2021 season, a wave of COVID sweeping over the Houston Astros pitcher room, and news that pitching prospect is dealing with a sore arm of his own, the Houston Astros have made a move in free agency to bolster the thinning rotation depth. Right hander Jake Odorizzi is signed to a 2 year deal with a player option and many incentives, Jeff Passan...

Call to the Pen

Los Angeles Dodgers: The most intriguing free agent signing for 2021

The Los Angeles Dodgers landed Trevor Bauer–the most highly prized starting pitcher on the free agent market–in February.  However, it’s a potential two-way player for Los Angeles who could be the most interesting signee of the off-season. Matt Davidson is entering his sixth major league season.  The former first round pick of the Diamondbacks in […] Los Angeles Dodgers: The most intriguing free agent signing for 2021 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

New Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons arrives in Florida

The free agent signing could be in drills this weekend after solving visa issues.

New York Post

What made Mets have to have reliever Sam McWilliams

PORT ST. LUCIE — Sam McWilliams’ fastball was popping at new levels and his slider had developed into a plus-pitch. The Mets were taking notes during spring training last year, aware the right-hander would become a minor league free agent after the season. In camp at the time for the Rays, the 6-foot-7 McWilliams —...

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies 2021 Season Player Preview: J.T. Realmuto

After posting one of the best offenses in the National League last season in terms of runs scored, the Philadelphia Phillies were in danger of losing a key part of their lineup when J.T. Realmuto hit free agency. For some time, it appeared all but certain that Realmuto would sign elsewhere and the Phillies would […] Phillies 2021 Season Player Preview: J.T. Realmuto - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Fish Stripes

Which free agent would you sign for final spot on Marlins spring training roster?

Photo by Mark Brown/ The Marlins have room to invite one more player to Jupiter. It’s slim pickings at this time of year. The vast majority of proven major league players who intend to continue their careers in 2021 have latched on with teams and reported to spring training. The Marlins don’t have any more glaring needs to address for the upcoming season, but even following the signing of Gio Gonzalez, they still have room to add depth. MLB is allowing teams to roster up to 75 players in major league camp. Gonzalez brings Miami’s total to 74 (39 pitchers and 35...

Brew Crew Ball

Milwaukee Brewers focusing on defensive improvement to succeed in 2021

Kolten one is just one of the Brewers major upgrades on defense. | Photo by Steph Chambers/ Finding few impact bats on the market, Milwaukee sought gloves instead While most fans focus on the offense and the thrill of scoring runs in bunches, the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers are poised to be one of the best defensive squads in MLB. With the free agent signings of Kolten Wong and Jackie Bradley, Jr. (both Gold Glove winners), plus the return of Gold Glove center fielder Lorenzo Cain, the Brewers have improved their run prevention in a drastic way. Bottom line with the JBJ...

Redbird Rants

Why the St. Louis Cardinals should sign Jake Odorizzi

The St. Louis Cardinals should sign free-agent pitcher Jake Odorizzi. The expectation remains that the St. Louis Cardinals are done making big additions this winter. After all, the team added Nolan Arenado, Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright, three players making sizeable money in 2021. But the longer that Jake Odorizzi remains on the market, the […] Why the St. Louis Cardinals should sign Jake Odorizzi - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

AP source: Bradley agrees to $24M, 2-year deal with Brewers

Free-agent outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is joining the Milwaukee Brewers, agreeing to the parameters of a $24 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

New York Post

Mets may eventually have to answer for passing on Jackie Bradley Jr.

PORT ST. LUCIE — In early February, the Mets held a Zoom meeting with free-agent center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., as a contingent which included team president Sandy Alderson, acting general manager Zack Scott, manager Luis Rojas, hitting coach Chili Davis and outfield coach Tony Tarasco talked about the organization’s vision and ambition. The Mets’...

NESN.com

Where Red Sox Outfield Stands With Jackie Bradley Jr. Leaving Boston

We no longer need a disclaimer when evaluating the Red Sox’s outfield for 2021: Jackie Bradley Jr., a free agent whom Boston remained in touch with throughout the Major League Baseball offseason, is not returning to the organization that drafted him in 2011. Bradley on Thursday reportedly agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract with […] The post Where Red Sox Outfield Stands With Jackie Bradley Jr. Leaving Boston appeared first on NESN.com.

KC Kingdom

KC Chiefs: 16 wide receivers that could replace Sammy Watkins

As the KC Chiefs head into the offseason, they have a decision to make regarding Sammy Watkins. Re-sign or let him test the waters of free agency? I am in the boat of not bringing Sammy Watkins back in 2021, because of his missed time due to injuries over the years. While Watkins has been […] KC Chiefs: 16 wide receivers that could replace Sammy Watkins - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

Call to the Pen

Two more Cubans officially signed by major league ball clubs

Two more Cuban prospects have signed with MLB teams, adding more talent to their systems. Late last week, two more Cubans signed their names on the dotted line with MLB clubs. This brings the total of Cubans signed to nine in the international free agency period. First, Norge Carlos Vera finally officially signed a contract […] Two more Cubans officially signed by major league ball clubs - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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.