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These players are joining the free-agent pool

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The deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players was 8 ET on Friday night. Here’s a list of players who will not receive contracts and become free agents.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cubs tender Russell contract, release statements

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Given the seriousness of the situation surrounding Addison Russell, the Cubs understood that Friday’s decision on the shortstop would draw a great deal of attention. The organization has opted to keep Russell on board rather than part ways, and the club indicated a desire to work with Russell going forward.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Nats land All-Star catcher Gomes from Tribe

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Washington acquired catcher Yan Gomes from the Indians on Friday night, completing their second move of the offseason to improve behind the plate. In exchange for Gomes, the Nats sent outfielder Daniel Johnson — the club’s No.7 prospect as rated by MLB Pipeline — right-hander Jefry Rodriguez and a player to be named later to Cleveland.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Fiers, Graveman enter free-agent market

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The A’s did not tender contracts to right-handed pitchers Mike Fiers, Cory Gearrin and Kendall Graveman, the club announced on Friday. All three players are now free agents.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Mariners' Lawrence released to play in Japan

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Right-hander Casey Lawrence was granted his unconditional release by the Mariners on Thursday so that he can pursue an opportunity to pitch in Japan next season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

These notable names could become FAs

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There are several interesting decisions clubs will face as the deadline approaches, which could result in several players hitting the free-agent market should they not receive a contract for the 2019 season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Mets reportedly close to deal for Cano, Diaz

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In Brodie Van Wagenen’s first month as general manager, the Mets are working toward a blockbuster trade that could change the face of the franchise.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Padres aren't inclined to force outfield trade

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By now, you’ve probably heard: The Padres are looking to trade an outfielder. They have six of them, after all, and all six have contributed significantly as starters over the past two seasons. But while it seems extremely likely that one of those six players is dealt this offseason, don’t consider it a foregone conclusion, says general manager A.J. Preller.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

This is Grandal's biggest edge among FA catchers

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There’s been a flurry of activity on the catcher market early in the Hot Stove season, but notably, it hasn’t included either of the top two free agents at the position: Yasmani Grandal and Wilson Ramos. And plenty of teams looking to contend could still use a catching upgrade.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Source: Mariners trade for pitching prospect

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It won’t exactly quash the Robinson Cano trade rumors, but Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto pulled off a minor deal on Wednesday, acquiring 21-year-old left-hander Ricardo Sanchez from the Braves in exchange for cash.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

After Philly visit, Corbin to meet with Yankees

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After a breakout 2018 campaign in which he tied for fourth among qualified hurlers in WAR (6.3, per FanGraphs) and ranked fifth in strikeouts (246), Corbin is now free to sign anywhere as a first-time free agent. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the left-hander.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Desmond eyes more production in 2019

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Ian Desmond spent the 2018 season hanging onto the number that mattered — the one in the Rockies’ win column. Many of the other numbers weren’t kind to him.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

This free-agent pitcher is a good fit for Yanks

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One of the best Trade Deadline additions any team made in 2018, Nathan Eovaldi posted a 3.33 ERA over 12 regular-season appearances (11 starts) with the Red Sox before shining in the postseason for the World Series champions. Having boosted his stock considerably, Eovaldi should draw significant interest on the free-agent market. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the right-hander.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Brewers bring Kratz back on 1-year deal

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After the most fulfilling of his 17 professional seasons, Erik Kratz is coming back for another year with the Brewers.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Prized free-agent left-hander meeting with Phillies

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The Phillies are making their push to sign free-agent left-hander Patrick Corbin. Corbin is scheduled to visit Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, sources told MLB.com, as the Phillies hope to add the pitcher to their rotation.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

McCann returns home to Braves on 1-year deal

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Brian McCann has received his wish to return to the Braves. The seven-time All-Star catcher and his first Major League club have agreed on a contract, reported to be for one year at $2 million.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Jansen doing well after heart surgery

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen underwent corrective heart surgery on Monday and, in a video he posted on Twitter, promised he will be stronger than ever in 2019.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

The most extreme home run pitches of 2018

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Most home runs are hit off pitches in the strike zone. Not all of them, however. Here are the most interesting and extreme pitches that somehow made it out of the park in 2018.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Adam Jones hosts 6th annual #StayHungry event

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First-time free agent and longtime Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has believed for a while that one of his main initiatives is for “Baltimore to help Baltimore.” To that end, Jones hosted his sixth annual #StayHungry Purple Tailgate on Sunday prior to the NFL clash between the Baltimore Ravens and the Oakland Raiders.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Angels tab Wooten as assistant hitting coach

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Shawn Wooten, a member of the Angels’ 2002 World Series championship team, has been promoted to assistant hitting coach, becoming the third confirmed member of manager Brad Ausmus’ coaching staff after pitching coach Doug White and hitting coach Jeremy Reed.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Dombrowski deserved nod for Red Sox run

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But if we’re talking about the year in baseball that started Oct. 22, 2017, when Dave Dombrowski hired Alex Cora to be the Red Sox manager, nobody did a better job than Dombrowski did.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

The latest Cruz free-agent rumors

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Although he is approaching his 40s and spends most of his time at designated hitter these days, Cruz is still one of the top sluggers in the game and should draw plenty of interest on the free agent market this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the veteran.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Ohtani reflects on sensational rookie season

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Fresh off winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award, Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani met with Japanese reporters in Tokyo to reflect on his headline-making debut in Major League Baseball.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

10 potential free agents who could be traded

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Here is MLB.com’s list of 10 free agents in 2019 who might be on the move at the ’19 Deadline, ranked from the most likely to be traded to the least.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Most stunning offseason trades in MLB history

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Every Hot Stove season comes with the potential of blockbuster deals, whether by free agency or trade. But there have been some offseason trades throughout baseball history that have stunned us, catching us by surprise and creating exciting storylines for the upcoming season. Here’s a look at eight of the most stunning offseason trades in MLB history.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

9 sleeper free agents to watch this offseason

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When it comes to the free-agent market this offseason, much of the attention will focus, understandably, on Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and other high-profile stars. But every winter, there are plenty of gems who don’t require a heavy investment in years or dollars.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Predicting who will sign these top free agents

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MLB Trade rumors conducted a poll in which respondents selected the team they thought certain free agents would sign with this offseason. A poll was conducted for free agents ranked in the top 10 according to MLB Trade Rumors earlier this month, and the latest poll was for free agents ranked No. 11-20. The results are in, they’re fascinating, and they’re below — along with analysis for each player-destination prediction.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Longest home runs for every MLB team

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The launch of Statcast has given us a whole new tool to answer the age-old question: “How far did that home run go?” Here’s a look at the longest homers hit by each of the 30 MLB clubs since Statcast began tracking home run distances at the start of the 2015 season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Tribe builds community with Thanksgiving event

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Over the years, the Indians have built relationships throughout the Cleveland community, and the team’s annual Thanksgiving event at Progressive Field puts that on full display. Holiday music filled the room, as did the clamor of kids, families and volunteers, who came together for a feast. Turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, but with a view of the Indians’ dormant baseball diamond.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Top 20 at 1B includes free-agent bargains

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The Rays shocked much of the baseball world by designating first baseman C.J. Cron on Tuesday, despite Cron being one of their best hitters and having the best season of his career in 2018.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Pollock might be free-agent fit for Rockies

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A.J. Pollock has missed a considerable amount of time with injuries during his career, but he offers a well-rounded skill set and is sure to be a top free-agent target for clubs in need of outfield help this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the veteran center fielder.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Here's a player to be thankful for on each team

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You don’t need 119 wins to appreciate your favorite team. Every fan has plenty to be thankful for, and on this Thanksgiving week, here’s one player from each team we feel that way about:
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cron DFA'd as Rays shuffle 40-man roster

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The Rays designated first baseman C.J. Cron for assignment and added five players to their 40-man roster ahead of Tuesday’s 8 p.m. ET deadline to protect players from next month’s Rule 5 Draft.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rangers add Volquez, 3 others to 40-man roster

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Veteran pitcher Edinson Volquez, who signed a two-year Minor League contract with the Rangers last spring, has been added to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Also added to the roster were pitchers Taylor Hearn and Wei-Chieh Huang, and outfielder Scott Heineman.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Greene returns to Compton for turkey giveaway

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He wasn’t on the guest list, nor was he recognized among the contributors and sponsors in the pre-event ceremony, but Hunter Greene arrived, to very little fanfare, just as the first people were filtering through the long line Tuesday at Compton’s 14th annual Turkey Giveaway.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Brewers add Supak, Stokes to 40-man roster

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The Brewers added right-hander Trey Supak and outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. to their 40-man roster on Tuesday to shield them from next month’s Rule 5 Draft, but they also left unprotected three others on MLB Pipeline’s list of Milwaukee’s top prospects.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Yanks get Paxton for top prospect, 2 others

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The Yankees officially acquired left-handed pitcher James Paxton from the Mariners on Monday night for three prospects, including lefty Justus Sheffield, ranked by MLB Pipeline as New York’s top prospect and the No. 31 prospect in the game. Also headed to Seattle are Double-A outfield prospect Dom Thompson-Williams and righty pitcher Erik Swanson, ranked as the No. 22 prospect in New York’s farm system.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Looking ahead at next year's free-agent class

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Free-agent season is just getting started, and one of the challenges of assessing free agents sometimes can be separating what they did in the last year of their most recent contract and what they can expect to do in the future.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cubs in need of major overhaul? Don't be silly

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If the Cubs’ 2018 qualifies as a train wreck of a season, plenty of teams would sign up. But somehow, in the weeks since the Cubs lost the NL Wild Card Game to the Rockies, the narrative has become that they are broken, that significant change is needed. This is silly.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

17 'unbreakable' baseball records

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The saying, “Records are made to be broken,” is about as old as the existence of sports records themselves. But in baseball, some achievements truly stretch the limits of that adage.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

5 potential fits for Dallas Keuchel

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Dallas Keuchel matured through Houston’s lean years and then helped anchor their rotation through three postseason runs and a World Series title. Now, it’s time for Keuchel to cash in, but which teams would be a fit for him this winter?
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Together again? Potential Hot Stove reunions

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Sometimes baseball’s Hot Stove season provides a reuniting of players with clubs they’ve played for previously. Here are 11 such reunions (not straight-up re-signings) that could conceivably happen this offseason.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog