Left-hander Tyler Anderson has a $1,775,000 salary as part of his contract with the San Francisco Giants and would earn $2,625,000 if he is healthy for most of the season and pitches 130 or more innings. Anderson’s deal, announced Tuesday, includes $500,000 in roster bonuses and $350,000 in performance
Posted: December 5, 2019, 11:05 pm
Some teams still aren’t sure if relievers will have to face a minimum of three batters starting with the upcoming 2020 season.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 11:03 pm
Outfielder Jake Marisnick was acquired by the New York Mets from the Houston Astros on Thursday for two prospects — left-hander Blake Taylor and outfielder Kenedy Corona. Marisnick is an excellent defender with speed but hasn’t hit well in the majors. Former Gold Glover Juan Lagares played 125
Posted: December 5, 2019, 10:24 pm
The Tampa Bay Rays head into the upcoming winter meetings in the listening phase about ways to improve a roster that came within one win of reaching the American League Championship Series last season. No,” Rays senior vice president of baseball operations Erik Neander said Thursday. The franchise
Posted: December 5, 2019, 10:06 pm
Jake Marisnick is a glove-first outfielder, but the glove is excellent.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 9:10 pm
After being traded by the Red Sox to the Indians, catcher Sandy Leon thanked Boston with a thoughtful Instagram post.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 9:07 pm
When Stephen Strasburg met with the Yankees this week, they reportedly brought in a five-time World Series champion to talk to the Nationals’ ace.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 7:41 pm
All-Star infielder Mike Moustakas completed a $64 million, four-year contract Thursday with the Cincinnati Reds, the biggest free agent deal in franchise history. Moustakas was in town to sign it Thursday and get introduced at the team’s annual fan festival. Cincinnati has a $20 million option
Posted: December 5, 2019, 7:37 pm
This should go over great with Giants fan. Yes, Yasiel Puig playing in San Francisco could make sense.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 7:10 pm
Madison Bumgarner has thrown a lot of innings, but there are some promising numbers to suggest he could be the Jon Lester type the White Sox rebuild could benefit from.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 7:02 pm
Add two more to the list to pursue MadBum …
Posted: December 5, 2019, 6:51 pm
Dale Murphy, Don Mattingly, Dwight Evans and others are on the HOF ballot again, and Harold Baines’ addition last year could open the door for them.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 6:39 pm
What does the future hold for the core of ForeverGiants?
Posted: December 5, 2019, 6:12 pm
The Milwaukee Brewers acquired catcher Omar Narváez from the Seattle Mariners on Thursday for minor league pitcher Adam Hill and a compensation round pick in next June’s amateur draft. Narváez becomes Milwaukee’s replacement for Yasmani Grandal, who signed a $73 million, four-year contract with
Posted: December 5, 2019, 6:06 pm
Narváez is a good offensive but poor defensive catcher, but with Yasmani Grandal gone, he is needed in Milwaukee
Posted: December 5, 2019, 5:58 pm
Are the Houston Astros a fit for Cubs All-Star catcher Willson Contreras?
Posted: December 5, 2019, 5:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — NEW YORK – Two 31-year-old players from the South Korean League have been posted by their clubs and made available to major league teams.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 5:40 pm
Nico Hoerner is a huge piece of the Cubs’ long-term puzzle, but are they ready to hand him the keys to an everyday role at the start of 2020?
Posted: December 5, 2019, 5:22 pm
What’s one way to cut payroll and open a clearer path to keeping Mookie Betts in Boston in 2020? John Tomase explores the possibility of trading David Price.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 5:18 pm
“Winter Meetings Live,” “SportsTalk Live,” “White Sox Talk” & “Cubs Talk” Podcasts, massive digital coverage on NBCSportsChicago.com/”MyTeams by NBC Sports” app, along with expert analysis via David Kaplan, Chuck Garfien and NBC Sports Chicago’s roster
Posted: December 5, 2019, 4:52 pm
The Brewers have reportedly acquired Omar Narvaez as their replacement for catcher Yasmani Grandal.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 4:23 pm
Tyler Skaggs’ death inspired talks between MLB and the MLBPA
Posted: December 5, 2019, 4:14 pm
He has immortality in the form of a surgery named after him, but was his pitching Cooperstown-worthy?
Posted: December 5, 2019, 1:00 pm
The Philadelphia Phillies filled their biggest need quickly. Right-hander Zack Wheeler and the Phillies agreed to a $118 million, five-year contract, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Wheeler missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons following Tommy John surgery.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 5:30 am
Zack Wheeler signs a five-year deal with the Phillies, plus Cole Hamels inks a one-year contract with the Braves
Posted: December 5, 2019, 5:24 am
It’s a top-heavy market for free agent third basemen, leaving the Nationals in a precarious position should they fail to sign Anthony Rendon or Josh Donaldson.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 4:36 am
Brian Bannister is expected to make a huge impact on the next generation of Giants pitchers.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 3:16 am
The Los Angeles Angels acquired right-hander Dylan Bundy from the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday in a trade for four minor league pitchers. The 27-year-old Bundy has been a durable starter with a nasty slider for the past four seasons with the Orioles, who chose him with the fourth overall pick in the
Posted: December 5, 2019, 1:35 am
The dimensions at the new Texas Rangers’ ballpark will be similar to their old stadium, with slightly altered distances designed to honor the team’s retired jersey numbers. The left field pole will be 329 feet from home plate, the 29 a reference to former third baseman Adrian Beltre’s jersey
Posted: December 5, 2019, 1:35 am
With Hot Stove season underway, NBC Sports Chicago is taking a look at some of MLB’s top free agents and how they’d fit with the Cubs.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 1:32 am
Wheeler leaves one NL East team and joins another
Posted: December 5, 2019, 1:30 am
The mayor of St. Petersburg says the city will not allow the Tampa Bay Rays to pursue a plan to split home games between new stadiums that would be built in Florida and Montreal. Mayor Rick Kriseman informed the City Council in a memo Wednesday that he and the team agree that the ”best path
Posted: December 5, 2019, 1:29 am
J.D. Davis maintains he was not aware of any electronic sign stealing by the Astros in 2017, when he made his major league debut with Houston. ”I wish I would have known because I batted only like .180, .200 or something like that,” he said Wednesday after playing the elf during the
Posted: December 5, 2019, 12:29 am
After the Phillies signed free agent starter Zack Wheeler to a five-year deal, the Nationals posted a reminder of what slugger Juan Soto can do against him.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 11:54 pm
The Boston Red Sox will lose their vice president of pitching development as Brian Bannister is joining the San Francisco Giants.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 11:53 pm
Madison Bumgarner might want to stay in San Francisco, but the Giants reportedly are ready to move on.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 11:13 pm
Derek Shelton’s garage is clean, the byproduct of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ drawn out managerial hiring process, one that took extended after the club fired general manager Neal Huntington in late October. A 49-year-old baseball lifer who spent last season as the bench coach for the Minnesota
Posted: December 4, 2019, 10:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco and Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson have won the Comeback Player of the Year awards.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 10:38 pm
Boston Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom provided an update on where the organization stands with Mookie Betts’ contract situation.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 10:32 pm
The Angels acquired Dylan Bundy, once a top pitching prospect, from the Orioles in exchange for a minor league pitcher.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 10:32 pm
The Miami Marlins will join Major League Baseball’s trend toward artificial turf by installing the surface at Marlins Park for 2020, and they’ll move in the fences for the second time in four years. CEO Derek Jeter said an artificial surface solves the challenge the Marlins have had growing
Posted: December 4, 2019, 10:27 pm
Alex Anthopoulos believes Cole Hamels can help the Atlanta Braves win big in next season- and help the team’s young starters have more success for years to come. Anthopoulos said young Braves starters Max Fried and Mike Soroka will benefit from Hamels’ 14 seasons in the majors. ”We
Posted: December 4, 2019, 10:15 pm
The Marlins Park center field fence will be moved in seven feet and the right-center field fence will be moved in five feet, making it less of a pitcher-friendly park.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 10:14 pm
The buyer: hedge fund billionaire and minority Mets owner Steve Cohen
Posted: December 4, 2019, 9:44 pm
The Rays will be lookng for a new home soon, perhaps Portland can help them?
Posted: December 4, 2019, 9:27 pm
The Orioles have reportedly traded starting pitcher Dylan Bundy to the Angels for a package centered around pitching prospect Isaac Mattson.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 9:25 pm
Philadelphia handed out $118 million for a pitcher who could help catch the Braves.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 10:22 pm
A good pitcher with elite upside? Sounds familiar. Here’s why the new Phillies starter might be this offseason’s biggest score.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 10:22 pm
Kwang-Hyun Kim and Jae-Hwan Kim, two 31-year-old players from the South Korean League, have been posted by their clubs and made available to major league teams.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 6:10 pm
Jake Marisnick, an outfield defensive replacement who hit .233 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs for the Astros last season, has been traded to the Mets for prospects Blake Taylor and Kenedy Corona.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 4:29 pm
The Brewers filled their need at catcher Thursday by trading for Omar Narvaez with the Mariners on Thursday for a prospect and a competitive balance draft pick.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 4:08 pm
The Wilpons care about winning, but Steve Cohen has more money to spend. A LOT more money.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 2:41 pm
Steve Cohen, a billionaire hedge fund manager who owns 4% of the New York Mets, is negotiating an agreement to acquire up to 80% of the team.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 10:37 pm
Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year, and Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson won the award on the NL side.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 10:01 pm
The Angels on Wednesday acquired veteran right-hander Dylan Bundy in a trade with the Orioles.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 9:51 pm
MLB management and the players’ association are negotiating a drug agreement that would call for players who test positive for opioids to enter treatment and not be suspended.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 9:03 pm
The Rays and the city of St. Petersburg have agreed to abide by their existing agreement, therefore ending any thought of the team playing home games in both the Tampa Bay area and Montreal.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 7:57 pm
Landing the lefty is another aggressive move on the hot stove, but Atlanta still has a major hole to fill.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 7:52 pm
With 54 new players, including Blake Treinen, set free to the open market, teams show their commitment to not overpaying on any level.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 3:59 pm
Every club could use Stephen Strasburg or Gerrit Cole. But some buyers have incentive to break the bank for an ace.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 12:47 pm
Mookie. Lindor. Arenado? We examine the stars who will (or should) be in offseason trade talks.
Posted: December 3, 2019, 12:12 pm
Kris Bryant to Cincy? Anthony Rendon on the Rangers? We dream up a major hot stove splash for every squad.
Posted: December 2, 2019, 6:58 pm
In the age of analytics, an ordinary play isn’t so ordinary anymore.
Posted: December 2, 2019, 3:00 pm
TODAY: Kim’s negotiating period begins at 7am CT tomorrow, and ends at 4pm CT on January 5, as per Jee-Ho Yoo of Yonhap News. YESTERDAY: The Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization have posted outfielder Kim Jae-Hwan, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. As the agreement between MLB and the KBO dictates, Kim will…
Posted: December 6, 2019, 12:04 am
The latest from Baltimore…. Fredi Gonzalez has been hired to join the Orioles’ coaching staff, the Baltimore Sun’s Jon Meoli reports. Gonzalez will work in the general role of Major League coach; as Meoli puts it, “González will influence several areas of the Orioles while sharing some responsibilities with major league field coordinator/catching instructor Tim…
Posted: December 5, 2019, 11:16 pm
Past reports have already linked the Blue Jays and Marlins to Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s market, and now MLB.com’s Jon Morosi tweets that three AL Central teams are also in the mix. The White Sox, Tigers, and Twins all have some interest in the Japanese slugger, who has hit 185 homers for Yokohama since the start of…
Posted: December 5, 2019, 10:10 pm
The Rangers announced that catcher Nick Ciuffo and right-hander Wei-Chieh Huang have been signed to minor league contracts. The two players and utilityman Rob Refsnyder (whose signing was reported last week) will all receive invites to the big league Spring Training camp. Chosen 21st overall by Tampa Bay in the 2013 draft, Ciuffo has yet…
Posted: December 5, 2019, 9:25 pm
The Mets have signed outfielder Jarrett Parker and infielder Max Moroff to minor league deals, the team announced. Parker and Moroff will both be invited to the team’s Major League spring camp. Parker, who turns 31 on New Year’s Day, was a second-round pick for the Giants in 2010 who only developed into a part-time…
Posted: December 5, 2019, 8:31 pm
The Brewers have signed right-hander Justin Grimm to a minor league contract, as per the club’s Twitter account. Grimm’s deal contains an invitation to the Brewers’ big league Spring Training camp. Grimm bounced between the Indians, Dodgers, and Reds last season without appearing in the majors for any of the three teams, breaking a string…
Posted: December 5, 2019, 8:03 pm
TODAY, 1:58pm: The Cardinals could also have interest in Bumgarner, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand writes. WEDNESDAY, 7:52pm: The Reds are indeed among the teams with ongoing interest in Bumgarner, tweets MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Cincinnati has been aggressive thus far and has also been linked to free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna, further backing reports that they’re willing…
Posted: December 5, 2019, 7:58 pm
The Padres are planning to take another run at signing lefty Kwang-Hyun Kim now that he’s been posted by the SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. San Diego won the bidding on Kim when he was posted under the previous blind-bid system back in 2014, and the…
Posted: December 5, 2019, 7:27 pm
The Orioles announced that they’ve signed infielder Dilson Herrera to a minor league contract. Presumably, he’ll be invited to Spring Training to compete for a roster spot. Herrera, is still just 25 years of age despite the fact that he’s five years and two notable trades — Marlon Byrd, Jay Bruce — removed from his…
Posted: December 5, 2019, 5:55 pm
Dec. 5: The Reds have formally announced the agreement and confirmed the reported contractual terms. Moustakas has agreed to a four-year, $64MM deal — the largest free-agent signing in Reds franchise history. Bobby Nightengale Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer breaks down the yearly details: Moustakas will earn $12MM in 2020, $14MM in 2021, $16MM in…
Posted: December 5, 2019, 5:10 pm
11:00am: The Brewers have formally announced the trade. “Omar has established himself as one of the best offensive catchers in the game,” president of baseball operations David Stearns said in a press release. “We believe his bat will give us an impactful left-handed presence in our lineup.” 9:20am: The Brewers look to have found their replacement for…
Posted: December 5, 2019, 5:00 pm
10:40am: The Astros and Mets have both announced the trade. 10:27am: Houston will receive left-hander Blake Taylor and outfielder Kenedy Corona in return for Marisnick, ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweets. Taylor was on the Mets’ 40-man roster after having his contract selected last month and will now go on Houston’s 40-man roster. 10:05am: The Mets and…
Posted: December 5, 2019, 4:40 pm
6,886 people entered MLBTR’s Free Agent Prediction Contest this year, and the leaderboard is now available. With a dozen players signed off MLBTR’s Top 50 list, five contest participants currently stand at the top with seven correct predictions. You can search to find your own name in the leaderboard, and you can click on anyone’s…
Posted: December 5, 2019, 3:19 pm
Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins chatted with reporters yesterday about his club’s place in the offseason transactional carousel, as Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic (subscription link) was among those to cover. Atkins emphasized that the organization has been “aggressive” on the free agent market, especially with regard to starting pitching. While there isn’t a deal…
Posted: December 5, 2019, 3:18 pm
Third baseman Christian Villanueva is headed back for a second season in Japan. He has joined the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, per a club announcement passed along by Jason Coskrey (via Twitter). Villanueva was one of the former big leaguers we covered recently in rounding up the year’s action in Asia’s top leagues. He struggled…
Posted: December 5, 2019, 2:38 pm