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Wander Franco has “no structural damage” following Rays medical review

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Top prospect flew to the US for review of a biceps/shoulder injury. Baseball’s top prospect Wander Franco does not have structural damage in his arm after a stateside medical review. This was announced by the Rays and Franco’s Dominican Winter League team. Confirmation by the Rays came first courtesy of Marc Topkin: #Rays say “no structural injury and no long-term concerns” with Wander Franco’s shoulder/biceps issue but he won’t play anymore winter ball with Escogido so as to be ready for 2021 Neil Solondz followed with...


What we can learn from Yoshi Tsutsugo’s 2020 season

Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via And looking forward to 2021 When the Rays signed Hashimoto native Yoshi Tsutsugo to a two-year, $12 million dollar contract last offseason, there was plenty of cautious optimism about the move. Tsutsugo was fresh off a four-year stretch in the Nippon League in which he left the yard an average of 35 times a year while maintaining nearly a .300 batting average. Under the assumption that the Nippon League is relatively equal to Triple-A, the Rays were excited to see what Yoshi could bring (and Rays Twitter personalities the world...


Four Asian league pitchers who could help replace Charlie Morton

Photo by Harry How/ Could any of them sign with the Rays? I have introduced many Asian league players who want to play in MLB on this site, among them Merrill Kelly, Shogo Akiyama, Yoshi Tsutsugo, Josh Lindblom and Kwang-hyun Kim who are all currently playing in MLB. This year even more Asian league players want to play in MLB this year than usual. I think that there could be a Rays target among them. The players will be introduced in two articles, pitcher and hitter. First, let me introduce the pitchers. 1. Tomoyuki Sugano, RHP, 6-1/183, 10/11/1989 - Posting ...

Brebbia, Ravelo become free agents as Cardinals decline contracts; Gant, Flaherty, other eligible players receive offers

Cardinals hope to continue conversation with Brebbia about a minor-league deal as he rehabs from elbow surgery. Club tenders deals to Bader, Hicks, Reyes.

Lone Star Ball

Santana, Herget, Heineman non-tendered

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ The Rangers have non-tendered three players today The Texas Rangers non-tendered Danny Santana, Scott Heineman and Jimmy Herget today, the team announced this evening. The 40 man roster now stands at 36. Santana was entering his final year of team control, will miss a good chunk of 2021 while recovering from elbow surgery, wasn’t good in 2020, and was due to make around $4-5 million in 2021. His being non-tendered was expected. Herget and Heineman being non-tendered is mildly surprising. I mentioned Herget as a possible candidate to be...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

The Cubs should sign Carlos Rodon

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports The former White Sox lefthander might have big upside. Before you tell me the idea I’ve posted in the headline to this article is crazy, at least hear me out. There were 59 non-tenders made by MLB teams Wednesday — nearly six percent of all players on 40-man rosters — and one of them intrigues me for the possibility he could really help the Cubs rotation. The White Sox non-tendered Carlos Rodon after six injury-plagued seasons on the South Side. Not once did Rodon make 30 starts in any of those six seasons; he peaked at 28 starts in...

Pinstripe Alley

NYY News: A Klubot to join The Machine?

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Yankees linked to former Cy Young Award winner; Sánchez sticking around; What it might take to bring LeMahieu back; A look at the Yankees’ top prospects NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: The Yankees are among three local teams to have shown interest in former two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox are all in on the veteran righty. Kluber was one of the game’s best starters from 2014-18 with the Indians, but has fallen on hard times after injury troubles. He only pitched one...

Rox Pile

Colorado Rockies: Is David Dahl the first of many more to come?

In a surprise move, the Colorado Rockies are parting ways with 26-year-old outfielder David Dahl after four high-potential, yet injury-plagued seasons in Denver. On Wednesday night, the Colorado Rockies non-tendered former All-Star outfielder David Dahl along with catcher Tony Wolters and pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez, officially making them free agents.  The three become the first […] Colorado Rockies: Is David Dahl the first of many more to come? - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bless You Boys

2020 Player review: JaCoby Jones continued to improve before season ending injury

Photo by Duane Burleson/ Talented Tigers’ outfielder keeps getting better All was going according to script for JaCoby Jones, the Detroit Tigers’ talented 28 year old center fielder, until he was drilled on the hand by a pitch in a game against the Atlanta Braves on September 1, 2020. He suffered a fractured hand, which ended his breakout season, and put his ascent to prominence on hold. Jones was slashing .268/.333/.515 for a wOBA of .358 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 108 plate appearances when his season was prematurely halted. This is the third time that...

Bluebird Banter

Today in Blue Jays history: Happ/Saunders trade

Photo by Hannah Foslien/ Six years ago today The Blue Jays traded J.A. Happ to the Mariners for Michael Saunders. Happ had been with the Blue Jays for 2.5 seasons since he came over in a big trade with the Astros. We sent Francisco Cordero, Ben Francisco, Joe Musgrove, Carlos Perez, David Rollins, Asher Wojciechowski, and Kevin Comer to Houston for Happ, David Carpenter, and Brandon Lyon. Happ, in his first run with the Jays, was kind of up and down. He went 19-20 with a 4.45 ERA in 58 games, 50 starts. He missed some time with Jinjuries (including a knee injury...

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News for December 3, 2020

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets There was some doubt about the Mets tendering Steven Matz a contract, but they agreed to one-year deal worth $5.2 million. After an injury-shortened 2020, Robert Gsellman was also tendered a contract. They did however non-tender several other pitchers including Paul Sewald and Chasen Shreve. Trevor May officially became a Met after agreeing to a two-year deal reportedly worth $15 million. May was the first signing of the Cohen era so what does this...


Rays, Rowdies to take league championship trophies on road tour

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Both organizations won their respective sides of the bracket in 2020. The Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Rowdies are hitting the streets this offseason with the Rays and Rowdies on the Road experience. The traveling caravan will include Rays and Rowdies merchandise, photo opportunities and exclusive fan experiences. Fans can take photos of the Rays American League Championship trophy, the Rowdies Eastern Conference Champions trophy and the Petco Park chair that caught Mike Brosseau’s game-winning home run against the New York...


View from the Catwalks: Love me non-tender

Photo by Jeff Curry/ Non tender deadline is 8PM ET tonight. The Rays will get busy looking for SPs and catchers. Also, Bitsko update, and the minor league makeover continues. The non-tender deadline is upon us. Teams must decide whether to tender contracts to players with less than six years of big league service time by 8 p.m. ET today. Marc Carig and Andy McCullough write about a free agent pool that is going to get significantly bigger. John Romano on how the Rays search for a catcher is going to get a lot more intense soon. Mark Feinsand says the Rays are...


DRaysBay’s Guide to Arbitration

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Overview of the process and the Rays’ players scheduled to go through Arbitration 2020 is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean the baseball off-season is. Due to the pandemic and the revenue streams that were shortened last year, today could be a wild day in the baseball world as teams consider whether they want to cut players or enter arbitration with them, so we are going to talk about arbitration, what it means, and who on the Rays are going to be going through it. This is everything you need to know to get up to speed about MLB...

Lookout Landing

Getting Blake Snell without trading for Blake Snell

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports Do this, Mariners. Do not trade for Blake Snell. Around a week ago, it was reported that the Rays — being excessively parsimonious, per usual — were open to trading Blake Snell. Of course, this prompted fans and analysts alike to fantasize about underwhelming packages they could ship off to the Rays to net Snell. We wrote about it too! The thing for me, though, is that we don’t need to trade for Snell. We can sign him via free agency, sort of. It’s easy for me to explain why I don’t think we should actually trade for Snell. It...

Detroit Free Press

One of Detroit Tigers most intriguing prospects tells all about Tommy John surgery recovery

The Detroit Tigers are counting on lefty Joey Wentz to help complete the rebuild. Coming back from Tommy John surgery, the 23-year-old is optimistic.        


Dodgers News: Tommy Lasorda Moved From ICU To Rehab Center Of Hospital

The Los Angeles Dodgers community has collectively held their breaths in recent weeks after legendary manager...

Cardinals have obvious choices, a little intrigue as MLB faces flurries of new free agents at 'tender' deadline

Brebbia, who began a throwing program Monday as he returns from Tommy John surgery, is one of six Cardinals who must be offered contracts by Wednesday night. Flaherty, Hicks, Bader, Reyes, and Gant are the others.


Are the Phillies foolish to pin their hopes on a Seranthony Dominguez comeback in 2022?

Photo by Hunter Martin/ If there even is baseball in 2022. As the Phillies continue to search for a president of baseball operations and/or general manager, someone in the front office, presumably interim GM Ned Rice, is making decisions. One of those decisions involved relief pitcher Seranthony Dominguez, who has agreed to a one-year, $727,500 contract for a 2021 season in which he will not throw a single pitch. Dominguez will miss all of next year as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, but the Phillies feel good enough about his ability to recover to put him on the...

The Crawfish Boxes

Astros Crawfish Boil: December 2nd, 2020

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Thank you for your time in Houston, Josh Reddick, you were a pleasure to watch. Good luck wherever you land Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News Jim Crane had some choice words for the lawsuits aimed at the Astros over the cheating scandal (The Athletic, $$$) After recovering from Tommy John surgery, prospect Peter Solomon is gearing up for Spring Training (Astros.com) It appears as though Josh Reddick’s time in Houston...

The Crawfish Boxes

Healthy Solomon Could Help Astros Sooner than Later

Joe Dwyer/SR Photography The Astros 2017 fourth round pick has shown a lot of promise, but struggled to stay on the field as a pro. How does he project returning from surgery? Part of a unique 2017 Astros class, Peter Solomon was drafted alongside college teammate Brandon Bielak as a fourth-round selection by Houston. Solomon had been a fairly high profile prep player who drew attention for his ideal frame and some high octane stuff, but he never really figured out strike throwing as a collegiate, which caused a slide into the middle rounds. The Astros were excited to...


Dominguez signed; Velasquez remains the biggest question mark for Phillies as deadline looms

The Phillies and reliever Seranthony Dominguez have agreed to a one-year deal worth $725,000, according to a source close to the Philadelphia Baseball Review.Dominguez, 26, hasn't pitched since June of 2019 and is likely to miss the entire 2021 season as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery conducted this past July. With Dominguez off the board, the Phillies now have six remaining players on the roster who are eligible for salary arbitration - hurlers David Hale, Vince Velasquez, Zach Eflin, and Hector Neris, first baseman Rhys Hoskins, and catcher Andrew Knapp. Of the group, Hale and Velasquez...

Royals Review

Mike Minor’s five best outings as a Royal

Sep 27, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals catcher Drew Butera (9) and relief pitcher Mike Minor (26) celebrate after defeating the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports | Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports Forever Royal is real. Mike Minor is officially back! Minor’s Royals tenure the first time around was the story of perseverance. Sidelined prior to making an appearance in the 2015 season after shoulder surgery, the Braves non-tendered him for 2016, making him a free agent. The Royals signed him to a...

South Side Sox

Rodón and Mazara non-tendered

A first-rounder who never really found his footing, Carlos Rodón had an injury-marred 2020 that ended horribly, in Cleveland and Oakland. Now is White Sox career is likely over. | David Richard-USA TODAY Sports Jace Fry the is first arb-eligible to fall, signing for 2021 at less than a million As widely anticipated, both Carlos Rodón and Nomar Mazara were non-tendered by the White Sox on Wednesday, likely ending both of their White Sox careers. “A great deal of consideration and analysis goes into our decisions to forego the arbitration process and instead engage...

Halos Heaven

2020 review: Franklin Barreto

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ Utility man acquired from the A’s for Tommy La Stella The Angels took a chance on Franklin Barreto, hoping a change of scenery would help the former top prospect who has experienced mostly failure so far in the majors. But an injury interrupted his debut with Anaheim. Barreto was the return from Oakland at the trade deadline in August for free-agent-to-be Tommy La Stella. Barreto was a top-100 prospect in all of baseball for four straight seasons, ranked highly by Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, and Baseball Prospectus every year from...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Baseball history unpacked, December 2

RIP Ronnie! | Scenes from the rich tapestry of the game. ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history*. Today in baseball history: 1916 - Under pressure from the Players’ Fraternity, the National Commission orders that injured players shall get full pay for the duration of their contracts. The injury clause previously let clubs...


Rays free agent target: Chris Archer

Photo by Justin Berl/ Go ahead, roast me There are a number of roster decisions the Rays have to make this offseason. If the 2021 season started today, the starting rotation would only have three pitchers written in ink: Blake Snell, Tyler Glasnow and Ryan Yarbrough. Yonny Chirinos will miss most if not all of 2021 as he recovers from Tommy John Surgery, so too will Jalen Beeks. And if that was not enough, the Rays rotation will also be sans Charlie Morton. While the Rays have depth in starting pitching, bulk pitching, whatever you want to call it, it’s fair to wonder...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees 2020 Roster Report Cards: Masahiro Tanaka

Photo by Sarah Stier/ It was a season of ups and downs for what could be Tanaka’s final year in pinstripes. Until Gerrit Cole’s signing last offseason, Masahiro Tanaka was the most recent massively high profile pitching acquisition the Yankees made. That’s not to say the James Paxton trade wasn’t exciting when it was made, but Tanaka was arguably the big pitching name on the market when the Yankees inked him in January 2014. Since then, Tanaka’s had some good seasons, some excellent ones, and a bad one or two. He defeated the concept of Tommy John surgery and...

Lowe's home run lifts Rays to walk-off win | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/21/19

Condensed Game: Nate Lowe hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning, giving the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://

Adames' walk-off lifts Rays in 11 frames | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/20/19

Condensed Game: Willy Adames lined the walk-off single in the 11th to deliver the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www

Meadows' HR in 11th propels Rays | Rays-Dodgers Game Highlights 9/18/19

Condensed Game: Austin Meadows clubbed a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning to lead the Rays to a marathon win in extras Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https: