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Jackie Bradley Jr. is having one of the most unique seasons in baseball history

Photo by John Fisher/ Bradley’s Jekyll-and-Hyde act with his glove and bat is extremely rare. When the Milwaukee Brewers signed Jackie Bradley Jr. as a free agent, it was because they coveted his glove. Lorenzo Cain opted out of the 2020 season, dealt with injuries in 2019, and was entering his age-35 season. Uncertain of how often Cain would be able to take the field, the Brewers needed someone to plug in at center field with little to no drop-off defensively. There was no better candidate for such a role than Bradley, who has a sterling reputation as one of the best...

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Nolan Arenado expresses “love” for St. Louis Cardinals

Once again, Nolan Arenado expressed his love for the St. Louis Cardinals. There are no indications that Nolan Arenado will opt out of his contract after the 2021 season. But the question of whether he will do so following after the 2022 season looms as a realistic possibility if the St. Louis Cardinals are not […] Nolan Arenado expresses “love” 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

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Hyeon-jong Yang clears waivers, is outrighted

Photo by Ron Jenkins/ Rangers pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang has been outrighted Texas Rangers pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang, who was designated for assignment to open up a 40 man roster spot for Willie Calhoun on Wednesday when Calhoun was activated from the 60 day injured list, cleared waivers and has accepted an outright assignment to AAA Round Rock, the team announced. Yang, a 33 year old lefthander, had previously been outrighted earlier this year, so he could have elected free agency rather than accepting the outright assignment, but with two and a half weeks left in the...

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NY Mets: What it could cost to re-sign Marcus Stroman this winter

New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman is set to hit free agency this winter. For him, it’s perfect timing. At 30 years old he’s arguably having the best season of his career and he’s on pace to set a career-high in strikeouts. In his last start, he kept the ball rolling allowing just two runs […] NY Mets: What it could cost to re-sign Marcus Stroman this winter - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

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St. Louis Cardinals prepare for pivotal rematch with San Diego Padres

The St. Louis Cardinals welcome the San Diego Padres to town this weekend for a three-game set with massive playoff implications. The St. Louis Cardinals might have their most pivotal series of the entire season this week. Having just taken the lead the wild card race, they welcome the San Diego Padres for three games […] St. Louis Cardinals prepare for pivotal rematch with San Diego Padres - 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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Good, Bad and Ugly: Cardinals sweep pivotal series with Mets

The St. Louis Cardinals have kicked things into another gear as they swept the New York Mets overtook the second wild card position. After weeks and months of struggle, the St. Louis Cardinals have kicked things up a notch with a series win over the New York Mets that leaves this once struggling team in […] Good, Bad and Ugly: Cardinals sweep pivotal series with Mets - 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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Lars Nootbaar’s ridiculous catch brings Cardinals closer to playoffs

Lars Nootbaar’s ridiculous catch brings the St. Louis Cardinals one step closer to the playoffs. The St. Louis Cardinals are among the hottest teams in baseball. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games and now lead the second National League wild card spot by one game, with their playoff odds increasing to 41 percent. […] Lars Nootbaar’s ridiculous catch brings Cardinals closer to playoffs - 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’ Lars Nootbaar just filed for the perfect trademark

Just after a season-defining catch, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lars Nootbaar filed for the perfect trademark. If you’re hungry, have a Snickers. If you’re in need of a game-saving catch, have a Nootbaar. Nootbaar, 24, had the game-saving catch against the New York Mets. The catch, which increased the St. Louis Cardinals’ lead for the […] Cardinals’ Lars Nootbaar just filed for the perfect trademark - 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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Chicago Cubs: Poor free agent decisions derailed a potential dynasty

Theo Epstein made two critical decisions in the last few weeks of 2015 that altered the fate of the Chicago Cubs franchise. In early November, Dexter Fowler became a free agent after the Cubs declined to re-sign him to a long-term deal.  Six weeks later, the Cubs signed outfielder Jason Heyward to an eight-year, $184 […] Chicago Cubs: Poor free agent decisions derailed a potential dynasty - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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The St. Louis Cardinals move into second NL wild card spot

If the season ended today, the St. Louis Cardinals would be in the playoffs. Who saw that coming? The St. Louis Cardinals have surged. The rest of the teams contending for the second National League wild card spot have plummeted. And here we are, with 18 games left in the regular season, and they have […] The St. Louis Cardinals move into second NL wild card spot - 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: Looking back on Matt Carpenter’s career

St. Louis Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter will likely be gone after 2021. His career has been an eventful one. A strong St. Louis Cardinals career from the team’s third longest-tenured player appears to be wrapping up not with a bang, but with a whimper. Infielder Matt Carpenter has stated that he wants to play beyond […] St. Louis Cardinals: Looking back on Matt Carpenter’s career - 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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Michael Conforto talks about improving his value before hitting free agency

Right at the beginning of August, Michael Conforto flipped the script. The script, up to that point, was a .198/.322/.324 slash line with just 16 extra-base hits, 25 RBI and six home runs in his first 69 games.

Bless You Boys

Michael Fulmer is still evolving in his new role

Photo by Gregory Shamus/ He still has some construction cones around him, but the big right-hander has had a successful season in the midst of a lot of changes. Even at this late point in the Detroit Tigers’ 2021 season, Michael Fulmer’s year still feels like a work in progress. Changes in his role, his delivery, his stuff, sandwiched around yet another stint on the injured list, have all contributed to a lot of uncertainty. As he nears his last offseason before free agency, the error bars on projections still seem pretty wide. The refined and high-powered version...

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A Cristian Hernandez update, and should the Cubs have two Arizona Complex League teams in 2022?

Cristian Hernandez Instagram Some thoughts about a top Cubs prospect and where the team should be headed for prospects next year. In January, to the surprise of very few people, Cristian Hernandez signed with the Cubs. An international free agent, he was expected to sign with the Cubs in July 2020, but the signing period was kicked back. At the start of the Dominican League season, his success was expected to be complete and immediate. Baseball being what it is, his success wasn't. He's on a bit of a spurt, and updated his season homer total to four this past week, in...

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Detroit Tigers: Where has Niko Goodrum been in 2021?

The Detroit Tigers added utility player Niko Goodrum back in 2017 via free agency, and at first, it seemed like they may have found a player who could be important to their roster. Instead, Goodrum has fallen off quite a bit, and 2021 was another example of that. The 2021 season continues on for the […] Detroit Tigers: Where has Niko Goodrum been in 2021? - Detroit Jock City - Detroit Jock City - A Detroit Sports blog

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Why Adam Wainwright is the St. Louis Cardinals’ MVP

As the St. Louis Cardinals pursue a wild card playoff spot, they’re being led by a 40-year-old pitcher who is arguably the team’s MVP. Heading into Tuesday night’s games, the St. Louis Cardinals sit a half game back of the Cincinnati Reds for the National League’s second wild card spot. They’ve gotten there largely on […] Why Adam Wainwright is the St. Louis Cardinals’ MVP - 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: Exploring Adam Wainwright’s Cy Young chances

Adam Wainwright has been nothing short of dominant for the St. Louis Cardinals this season. Has he been good enough to win his first Cy Young in 2021? The St. Louis Cardinals have won 10 of the last 11 starts by Adam Wainwright, the National League Pitcher of the Month in August. There’s no question […] St. Louis Cardinals: Exploring Adam Wainwright’s Cy Young chances - 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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What does the future of Bryan De La Cruz look like with the Marlins?

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports The 24-year-old outfielder is putting up great numbers in his first taste of the majors. Background Bryan De La Cruz was born December 16, 1996 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Bryan De La Cruz signed with the Houston Astros at 16 years old as an international amateur free agent on September 24, 2013. De La Cruz developed with Astros minor league affiliates until he was traded to the Marlins for Yimi García at the 2021 trade deadline. De La Cruz was playing great at Triple-A at the time (272 AB, 48 R, 88 H, 12 HR, 50 RBI, 2 SB, .324 BA,...

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Clayton Kershaw: ‘No Idea What’s Going To Happen’ In Free Agency

The Los Angeles Dodgers are set to welcome back an important member of their rotation this week as Clayton...

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Some facts about the 2021 Cincinnati Reds

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB via The Reds dropped their 6th straight series today. Hi everyone. Here are some facts relating to the 2021 Cincinnati Reds: Raisel Iglesias has thrown 63 innings and has a 2.71 ERA. He currently has a K/BB of 8.55 (career best), a 13.4 K/9 (career best), 11 walks (on pace for a career best in a non-pandemic shortened season), and 94 strikeouts (career-best as a full-time reliever). He has been worth 1.7 fWAR this season. Reds relievers have a 5.18 ERA and have been worth 0.8 fWAR this season. Marcus Semien was a free agent this off season...

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Astros’ expected international signing period for 2022

The Houston Astros were penalized for the sign stealing scandal the last two drafts, while also moving a pick back in 2021 due to the ball club exceeding the competitive balance tax in 2020. Now, they have turned their heads mightily to international free agency to reel in top talent that has gone underreported. More […] Astros’ expected international signing period for 2022 - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - Houston Astros News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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St. Louis Cardinals playoff odds increase after recent surge

The St. Louis Cardinals’ playoff odds have increased after a recent surge. The St. Louis Cardinals promised a run at some point this season. For the first 130 games, they remained stuck in mediocrity and doubts crept whether that run would ever come. At long last, it appears that the run has finally begun. Kind […] St. Louis Cardinals playoff odds increase after recent surge - 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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Shildt: Nolan Arenado about to breakout for St. Louis Cardinals

Mike Shildt believes Nolan Arenado is about to breakout for the St. Louis Cardinals. All season, we have been waiting for Nolan Arenado to break out. He has shown signs, of course, but he has yet to put the St. Louis Cardinals on his back and have that defining moment so many expected after he […] Shildt: Nolan Arenado about to breakout 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

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Good, Bad and Ugly: Cardinals make statement against Reds

The Cardinals pulled off a series win over the Reds bringing them closer to a potential Wild Card berth. The St. Louis Cardinals pulled off an impressive series win over the Cincinnati Reds. After a wild couple of weeks, it was nice to see the Cardinals pull off this series victory. The Reds did win […] Good, Bad and Ugly: Cardinals make statement against Reds - 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 are finally making a playoff push

It looked grim at times, but the St. Louis Cardinals are finally making a playoff push. Just when things looked grim, with the St. Louis Cardinals falling three games back in the National League wild card race and Nolan Arenado blaming himself for his poor performance, the narrative shifted only two days later. Welcome to […] The St. Louis Cardinals are finally making a playoff push - 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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What is Edmundo Sosa’s future with the St. Louis Cardinals?

Edmundo Sosa has played himself into the starting shortstop role during the second half of the season. But what is his future in St. Louis? One of the more pleasant surprises of the St. Louis Cardinals season has been the emergence of Edmundo Sosa at shortstop. When Paul DeJong failed to get his right-handed bat going, […] What is Edmundo Sosa’s future with the 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

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.