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Bluebird Banter

A Survey of the Catching Market

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports As we head into the winter meetings this week, the Jays appear ready to be major movers. Ross Atkins suggested this past week that moves on free agents are probably closer than trades, and the team has previously insisted that they don’t feel the need to trade on of their three starting calibre catchers. GMs aren’t known for telling the whole truth in press conferences, though, and dealing from strength to help with the needs in the outfield and the rotation just makes too much sense to foreclose on. Because of that, I decided to put...

Redbird Rants

The St. Louis Cardinals are active in the shortstop market, per report

The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly active in the shortstop market There is a major St. Louis Cardinals headline coming out of the Winter Meetings, as the Cardinals are now reportedly active in the shortstop market, according to insider Jon Morosi of MLB Network. The #STLCards are active in the free agent shortstop market, sources […] The St. Louis Cardinals are active in the shortstop market, per report - 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 Minor League Free Agent Jason Martin Close To Signing With KBO Team

After the Los Angeles Dodgers bench struggled to consistently produce during the 2021 season, the team signed Jake Lamb...

BaltimoreBaseball.com

Orioles will zero in on starting pitching as Winter Meetings begin

SAN DIEGO–In Mike Elias’ four years as the Orioles’ executive vice president/general manager, the team has yet to sign a free agent to a multiyear contract. If the Orioles are serious about signing some of the names they’ve been linked with, that will change. Elias’ biggest deal came a year ago when he signed starter […]

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: AJ Pollock

Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Why not a cheap outfield fallback option in case everything else goes wrong? Hear me out. This is far from ideal, but there’s a world in which there’s some sense to be found in considering AJ Pollock as a fallback option for their left field hole. It might be a bottom-10th percentile outcome in terms of how this offseason would ideally be scripted, but it’s always good to have a contingency plan! Let’s say the Yankees do what it takes to retain Aaron Judge and give him the contract he deserves. There are a still a few ways this...

Puckett's Pond

Minnesota Twins: Three Ways to make the Winter Meetings a Success

It’s finally December. The year is getting colder, but in Major League Baseball, the hot stove is just beginning to heat up. Free agency has already seen a few major splashes, but as per usual, the Minnesota Twins have exercised their typical patience. Fortunately for Twins fans, with December comes the Winter Meetings, a time […] Minnesota Twins: Three Ways to make the Winter Meetings a Success - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - Minnesota Twins News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Cardinals: Tommy Edman’s Value is Greater Than Carlos Correa

St. Louis Cardinals Tommy Edman is an under-the-radar five tool player and proved to be more valuable in 2022 than Carlos Correa. St. Louis Cardinals utility man Tommy Edman played a major role with the team the past couple seasons. His value is sometimes tough to calculate because he does so many different things for the […] Cardinals: Tommy Edman’s Value is Greater Than Carlos Correa - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

Lone Star Ball

Verlander to the Mets, per reports

Photo by Tony Firriolo/MLB via Justin Verlander and the New York Mets are reportedly in agreement on a two year deal MLB Rumors: Justin Verlander and the New York Mets are in agreement on a deal, per reports, with the free agent pitcher reportedly getting $86 million over two years with a third year vesting option. Verlander, who turns 40 in February, missed most of 2020 and all of 2021 due to Tommy John surgery. He came back to lead the majors with a 1.75 ERA in 2022 while winning the American League Cy Young Award for the third time in his career. Verlander opted...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees retain Brian Cashman with four-year contract

Photo by J. Conrad Williams, Jr./Newsday RM via The architect of the New York Yankees is staying put. It’s a day of big free agent deals, although this one might be less exciting than the recent news of Justin Verlander and Trea Turner agreeing to contracts. The Yankees announced this afternoon that they will bring GM Brian Cashman back on a four-year deal running through the end of the 2026 season. The New York Yankees today announced that the club has re-signed Brian Cashman to a four-year contract through the 2026 season to continue serving as Senior Vice...

Rum Bunter

Pittsburgh Pirates: Way Too Early Opening Day Lineup Projection

The Pittsburgh Pirates are starting to resemble a major league team and a way too early look at their potential Opening Day line-up reflects that. The Pittsburgh Pirates are starting to resemble a truly semi-decent team. They’ve made a few additions this off-season, and based on the free-agent rumors, they’re not done yet. Things will […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Way Too Early Opening Day Lineup Projection - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - Pittsburgh Pirates News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Rival Mets sign Justin Verlander to a two-year deal; Phillies eyeing mid-rotation boost

SAN DIEGO -- The Mets lost Jacob deGrom to the Rangers on Friday but made a splash Monday morning at the Winter Meetings by inking free agent Justin Verlander to a two-year deal worth $86 million. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the agreement includes a potential third year and is pending a physical. The Mets now have Verlander and Max Scherzer atop their starting rotation, a formidable duo that the Phillies will see a ton of next season. The Phillies are also in the market for a starting pitcher, though not of the elite status of Verlander. Instead, the club is eyeing a...

Lone Star Ball

Viloria leaves, Jacobsen returns

Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports In minor league free agent action, the Rangers re-sign a reliever and see a catcher depart While the Jacob deGrom signing is still the big Texas Rangers news, and additional significant moves may be coming during the Winter Meetings this week, minor league deals are also happening. In the last couple of days one Ranger minor league free agent was re-signed by the Rangers, while another Ranger who hit the free agent market signed elsewhere. The player staying with the Rangers is lefthanded relief pitcher Lucas Jacobsen. Jacobsen, 27, has...

Call to the Pen

Baltimore Orioles eyeing one of top starters in free agency

The Baltimore Orioles are not done in their quest to add to their rotation. Kyle Gibson clearly is not enough for a team that is looking to contend next season. He could be a solid fit in the back of the Orioles rotation, and may even be a bargain, but he is not the type of […] Baltimore Orioles eyeing one of top starters in free agency - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Trey Mancini

Photo by Rob Carr/ Is there a world where the former division rival makes sense in the Bronx? The New York Yankees already landed their primary first base free agent target in Anthony Rizzo. He received a multi-year deal worth up to $51 million, and that means the starter is set. However, there’s no such thing as too much depth. Former Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini had his $10 million option declined by the Astros just after winning the World Series with the latter in October. Over the course of the 2022 postseason (the first he has played over the course of his...

Twinkie Town

Winter Meetings Drafts Primer

Photo by Bruce Bennett/NHLI via All the specs for the new draft lottery and the return of the MLB Rule 5 draft The Winter Meetings are often the high point of the long baseball offseason calendar and they will take place in person for the first time since 2019 this week in San Diego, today through Wednesday. Trade and free-agent activities have already started to pick up with all the decision-makers in one place. Jacob deGrom is a (very well-paid) Ranger. Kyle Gibson will be an Oriole. Jake Cave is no longer an Oriole and he’s (probably temporarily) a Philly. While...

South Side Sox

Today in White Sox History: December 3

Monumental free agent disappointment Adam Dunn might have had better luck playing for the White Sox in his suit. | Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Two of the worst transactions of the 21st Century 2002 It was a deal that didn’t work too well for the White Sox, as GM Ken Williams traded closer Keith Foulke, catcher Mark Johnson, Joe Valentine and cash to the A’s for closer Billy Koch and two players to be named later. (On December 16, the trade was completed when Oakland sent reliever Neal Cotts and right fielder Daylan Holt to Chicago.) Koch never found the success he...

Tomahawk Take

Braves News: The Winter Meetings are here, Michael Harris, and more

The Winter Meetings are finally here and we are already seeing more movement in the free agent and trade markets although the Atlanta Braves have yet to make their move. Over the next four days, we are going to see a lot of transactions leaguewide although we still don’t know exactly how the major Braves […] Braves News: The Winter Meetings are here, Michael Harris, and more - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - Atlanta Braves News & Fan Community

DodgerBlue.com

2022 MLB Winter Meetings: Schedule In San Diego, Dodgers Free Agents & More

The annual MLB Winter Meetings begin on Sunday in San Diego, Calif. and the Los Angeles Dodgers are sure...

Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati Reds in a much different spot than their last trip to the Winter Meetings

The last time the MLB winter meetings were held, the Reds were one of the league's most splashy teams in free agency.       

NESN.com

Seven Questions Facing Red Sox Before 2022 MLB Winter Meetings

The Red Sox started chipping away at their extensive to-do list, adding a pair of free agent relievers to their bullpen over the last couple of weeks, but it’s otherwise been a quiet offseason for Boston and most of Major League Baseball. Well, that could change rather quickly in the coming days, with the MLB […] The post Seven Questions Facing Red Sox Before 2022 MLB Winter Meetings appeared first on NESN.com.

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Predictions for the St. Louis Cardinals at the Winter Meetings

What will the Cardinals end up doing at the Winter Meetings this week? The St. Louis Cardinals hot stove began to heat up in the days leading up to the Winter Meetings, and today marks the beginning of what is usually the most active week of the off-season among all Major League teams. The number […] Predictions for the St. Louis Cardinals at the Winter Meetings - 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 St. Louis should make Sean Murphy their next catcher

Sean Murphy is the perfect fit for St. Louis, and they need to make a strong play for him. The St. Louis Cardinals are filling their catcher position for the first time in two decades after the retirement of future Hall of Famer Yadier Molina, and there have been so many different options floated out […] Cardinals: Why St. Louis should make Sean Murphy their next catcher - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

Call to the Pen

Chicago Cubs rumors: Xander Bogaerts is team’s “top priority”

SAN DIEGO — While there have been other free agent shortstops linked to the Chicago Cubs throughout the offseason, one MLB insider is saying that Xander Bogaerts is now the “top priority” for the franchise as MLB Winter Meetings kick off here in San Diego. Chicago Cubs rumors: Xander Bogaerts now the shortstop of interest […] Chicago Cubs rumors: Xander Bogaerts is team’s “top priority” - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Twins could still have a shot at Carlos Correa, and revived winter meetings could get ball rolling

Carlos Correa, Aaron Judge and Trea Turner are among the unsigned big-name free agents who could be top topics of conversation in San Diego.

DodgerBlue.com

Dodgers Free Agent Eddy Alvarez Signs With Milwaukee Brewers

The Los Angeles Dodgers bench was a point of weakness during the 2021 season, and it was addressed through the...

NESN.com

MLB Rumors: Xander Bogaerts, Ex-Red Sox Executive Set To Meet

Xander Bogaerts has continued to generate buzz amid his much-anticipated free agency. Former Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, now serving the same role with the Philadelphia Phillies, reportedly is scheduled to meet with Bogaerts as the defending National League pennant winners have expressed hefty interest in acquiring a star shortstop before […] The post MLB Rumors: Xander Bogaerts, Ex-Red Sox Executive Set To Meet appeared first on NESN.com.

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

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.

MLB.com FastCast: Angels sign closer Allen - 1/18/19

The Angels add free-agent closer Cody Allen, Avisail Garcia officially joins the Rays, plus the Manny Machado rumor mill keeps churning About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United