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  • MLB's Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios of Big Offseason Spending

    Bleacher Report "So you want to win Major League Baseball's offseason. Well, good idea. You should go for it. Just know that what comes next, nobody really knows. Good. Bad. Indifferent. All three outcomes are possible, and seemingly more or less equally likely. It's not much of a..." February 12

  • Frugal MLB owners' complaints about profligate spending won't fix the problem

    The Score "It's rare to hear Major League Baseball owners criticize each other in public given their opaque world of sealed financial records and rare media availability. Yet once in a while, the curtain is pulled back on their business and personal animosities. Last month,..." February 11

  • The Cubs’ Third Base Options

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have made a number of additions to their lineup, none more impactful than the signing of Dansby Swanson at shortstop. That pushed Nico Hoerner over to second base. Chicago also brought in Cody Bellinger to play center field, signed Tucker..." February 10

  • Inside the high-tech hitting lab where Austin Riley and other MLB stars test their bats

    The Athletic "Twelve sensors are attached to Austin Riley’s body, from his knuckles to his heels, his head to his toes. The Braves third baseman looks more like a cyborg, something out of a Terminator movie. And actually, there are two of him, including the motion-capture image appearing..." February 10

  • Cubs, Michael Fulmer agree to deal

    The Score "The Chicago Cubs and right-handed reliever Michael Fulmer are in agreement on a contract, sources told The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. The terms of the deal aren't yet known. Fulmer spent last season with the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota..." February 10

  • Why MLB antitrust exemption might finally be in jeopardy and how it impacts baseball

    Sportsnaut "Your honor, If it please the court: In the case of Sea Unicorns, et al, v. Manfred’s Looting Billionaires (MLB), we offer the following amicus brief in support of said Unicorns, and further move to eliminate MLB’s infamous 101-year-old antitrust exemption. As the..." February 10

  • The Best 5-Year Stretch for Every MLB Team in Modern History

    Bleacher Report "From the Pittsburgh Pirates and Oakland Athletics of the early 1970s to the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers of today, we've pinpointed the best five-year stretch of every Major League Baseball team in modern history. We're defining "modern history" as..." February 10

  • NPB’s Orix Buffaloes Could Post Ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto Following 2023 Season

    MLB Trade Rumors "There’s a “strong belief among MLB teams” that the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will post ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto following the 2023 season, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. If that indeed comes to pass, he’d be the..." February 10

  • Is the Cubs’ rebuild finally over? New hope for spring training, real answers at trade deadline

    The Athletic "To understand what the Chicago Cubs are doing right now, you still sometimes have to look backward. It takes years to fully implement changes in scouting and player development and determine if those initiatives are actually working. Drastic budget cuts to baseball operations during..." February 10

  • World Baseball Classic rosters revealed

    The Athletic "One reigning MVP winner is in, another is out, but the World Baseball Classic will be stacked with All-Stars after rosters were revealed Thursday. Aaron Judge, the Yankees’ record-setting slugger and American League MVP, will not play for Team USA,..." February 10

  • Ahead of the Super Bowl, which NFL quarterback would make the best MLB player?

    CBS Sports "Throughout the offseason the CBS Sports MLB experts will bring you a weekly Batting Around roundtable breaking down pretty much anything. The latest news, a historical question, thoughts about the future of baseball, all sorts of stuff. Last week we debated the team to beat in the NL West...." February 10

  • Young MLB Players With Breakout Potential in 2023

    Bleacher Report "We're just about two weeks away from the first spring training Cactus League games. So if you've been longing for baseball since the Astros won the World Series last November, hang on just a little longer. We are almost there. In the meantime, it's worth..." February 09

  • Why MLB market size isn't an excuse for cheap teams

    CBS Sports "Due in large part to the fact that Major League Baseball doesn't have a salary cap while the NFL, NBA and NHL do -- even if they aren't hard caps -- there's a sentiment baseball has been unable to shake for decades: market size is everything. That idea isn't solely due to the..." February 09

  • Ranking MLB's Best Bad-Ball Hitters Entering 2023 Season

    Bleacher Report "This is for anyone who, in the course of watching a Major League Baseball game, has ever witnessed a hit that caused them to blurt out, "How in the name of Vladimir Guerrero did he do that?" That's right. We've ranked the nine best bad-ball hitters in MLB going into..." February 09

  • 2023 MLB spring training: The most interesting NRI for every team, including top prospects like Anthony Volpe

    CBS Sports "Spring training is only a few days away. Camps across Arizona and Florida open next week, and a week after that, Cactus League and Grapefruit League games will begin. I can't wait. I am so ready for the offseason to be over. Spring training games are fun in their own way,..." February 09

  • As MLB’s teams adjust to rule changes, there could be a shift to an empty left field

    Sportsnaut "For anyone who thought that spy balloon over Montana was a strange sight to behold, wait until you see what MLB Spring Training games might have to offer in a few weeks. Bases that are three inches wider than before. Enforced pitch clocks. … And nobody in left..." February 09

  • How The Lab became a Harlem hot spot for MLB pitchers

    ESPN " Adam Ottavino never expected The Lab to turn into this. The New York Mets reliever just wanted a place in the city to throw in the offseason, something that can be hard to find here in the winter months. Heading into the 2018 season, Ottavino -- then with..." February 09

  • MLB Players That Could Move To The 60-Day IL Once Spring Training Begins

    MLB Trade Rumors "Just about every baseball team has a full 40-man roster now, with the Astros the only team with an open spot at the moment. That means that just about every transaction, be it a free agent signing or a waiver claim, requires a corresponding move. However, that could soon change as the..." February 08

  • Cubs’ path to the playoffs

    The Athletic "The Cubs have been clear on their goal for the 2023 season. Whether it’s owner Tom Ricketts, president of business operations Crane Kenney or baseball ops president Jed Hoyer, making the playoffs is the clear objective. There have been enough improvements to the..." February 08

  • 1 Fatal Flaw That Could Keep Every MLB Team Out of World Series Contention

    Bleacher Report "The start of MLB spring training is right around the corner, and the beginning of a new season always brings a renewed sense of hope for fanbases across the country. Time to crush some dreams. Ahead we've highlighted the one fatal flaw on each team's roster that..." February 08

  • The MLB's Next Wave of Filthy Pitches

    Bleacher Report "Anyone who watches enough Major League Baseball should be well acquainted with the nastiest pitches in the game today. Think Jacob deGrom's fastball, Dylan Cease's slider, Corbin Burnes' cutter or really any offering that's as GIF-able as it is effective. Yet if..." February 08

  • The MLB Free Agent Market Still Has A Handful Of Interesting Platoon Bats

    MLB Trade Rumors "Free agency is slim pickings at this point, with very few potential everyday players still available. There are only 13 hitters who appeared in 100+ games last season who remain unsigned. Only ten of those names topped 400 plate appearances, and only three topped 500. Jurickson..." February 08

  • A behind-the-scenes look at how MLB's pitch timer works "The slugger went deep, then the console went beep. As Central Missouri infielder John Prudhom crossed home plate Saturday after hitting a towering two-run home run in the first inning of a game at the Houston Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park, Billy Cannon pressed the button..." February 08

  • Mike Minor Likely To Throw For Teams Later This Month

    MLB Trade Rumors "Free-agent lefty Mike Minor implied back in September that he was considering retirement following an injury-shortened 2022 campaign in Cincinnati. However, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports that Minor feels good after spending the offseason throwing in preparation for..." February 08

  • MLB State of the Position 2023: Every Team's 5-Year Plan at Shortstop

    Bleacher Report "The money spent on free agents the past two offseasons is a great indication of how much high-end talent there is across baseball at the shortstop position right now, with Javier Báez, Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Dansby Swanson and Trea Turner all securing..." February 07

  • Every MLB team’s best under-the-radar offseason move ahead of the 2023 campaign

    The Athletic "Aaron Judge’s decision to remain with the Yankees and Carlos Correa’s prolonged free-agency saga got most of the hot-stove ink, but seasons are often won and lost with winter transactions that don’t grab much attention. For instance: Many..." February 07

  • MLB expansion should include geographic realignment — so let’s build new divisions

    The Athletic "Another MLB season is almost here, and despite the many changes to the game this year — from new rules to a new schedule — 30 teams from six divisions will take the field on Opening Day, as they have for 25 years. But make no mistake, expansion is..." February 07

  • Why Scott Boras has a compelling Baseball Hall of Fame case after years as MLB's top agent

    CBS Sports "As things stand, there are zero agents in the Baseball Hall of Fame. It's likely to remain that way for a long time, if not forever. If there ever is a breakthrough, though, the first agent inducted into the Hall of Fame should be an easy pick: Scott Boras.  No, you don't..." February 07

  • Fresh Trade Packages for MLB's Top Rumored Targets

    Bleacher Report "Dr. Frankenstein has his laboratory, and we have ours. The only difference is that ours is strictly for cooking up trade proposals during times when there's not a whole lot happening with Major League Baseball's news cycle. In other words, right now. Our latest round..." February 06

  • Major turnarounds are (probably) coming for these 5 MLB teams "There were plenty of teams other than the Astros -- who won the World Series, after all -- that were happy with how their 2022 season went. The National League champion Phillies, surely; the Mets and Braves each won 101 games; and the Cardinals had a nostalgia party essentially every night out...." February 06

  • 2023 MLB ‘Wild-Card Era’ Franchise Rankings: Where does your team belong?

    The Athletic "With spring training upon us once again, it’s time to dust off the old calculator, find that scoring system we stole from The Athletic NFL writer Bob Sturm and crank out another edition of the tested, trusted, completely objective, never-been-questioned, all-math,..." February 06

  • MLB will see 10 rookie umps replace veterans as position faces more changes, challenges than ever

    The Athletic "A flood of new umpires will patrol games this season with 10 rookies replacing retiring veterans across Major League Baseball, MLB vice president Michael Hill said last month. It will be the big leagues’ largest first-year class of umps in more than 20 years. The newbies,..." February 06

  • MLB Players Primed for a Home Run Surge in 2023

    Bleacher Report "While there is no shortage of established power hitters around MLB, there is always a new crop of sluggers poised to join the ranks of baseball's home run elite. Guys such as Christian Walker (36 HR), Rowdy Tellez (35 HR), Anthony Santander (33 HR), Corey Seager (33 HR) and Willy..." February 04

  • Inside the Rising Cost of Winning in MLB Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "When Aaron Judge signed his massive $360 million contract this past December—and when Shohei Ohtani signs an even bigger one next winter—there was/will be arguments about whether the price was too high, too low or just right. But to decide whether a player lives up to the..." February 03

  • Shohei Ohtani’s fate with Angels among top spring training storylines

    New York Post "Pitchers and catchers report within two weeks, and as usual there are plenty of enticing storylines.   1. Will the Angels try to extend Shohei Ohtani, and do they have any chance? They want to try, and have two things going for them: 1)..." February 03

  • Picking MLB’s four best bounce-back candidates for 2023

    The Athletic "Optimism is a spring tradition, and it increasingly seems like this column is as well. The allure of dreaming of better days for those players who suffered through a poor 2022 is just something that resonates with anyone who has struggled before, especially right before pitchers and catchers..." February 03

  • Rich Hill rips MLB for repeatedly using different types of baseballs and not telling players

    WGR 550 Sports Radio "Major League Baseball can’t decide what kind of baseball it wants to use, and Rich Hill is getting fed up with it. Certainly, he’s not alone. The league reportedly used three different types of baseballs last season. That comes after two different..." February 03

  • MLB’s 2023 schedule changes: Everything you need to know and what it means for your team

    The Athletic "So … did you see the new 2023 schedule that Major League Baseball unveiled this week? Well, if you did, perhaps you’re wondering … Why would the Giants be spending Opening Day in New York … for the first time since 1956 …..." February 03

  • 25 Greatest First Basemen in Modern MLB History

    Bleacher Report "Welcome once again to Bleacher Report's series of the 25 greatest players at each position in modern MLB history. Up next, the first basemen. The first step in this exercise was to decide what "modern" means for the sake of this discussion, and we settled on everything..." February 03

  • Cubs Sign Mark Leiter Jr. To Minor League Deal

    NBC Sports Chicago "After a strong campaign with the Cubs in 2022, right-handed reliever Mark Leiter Jr. has agreed to a minor-league deal with the North Siders, according to a report from Patrick Mooney of The Athletic. Leiter Jr., who will be 32 by Opening Day, put up a solid season in 2022..." February 03

  • 10 MLB Stars Most Likely to Be on the Trade Block by 2023 Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Baseball fans everywhere are on the edge of their seats for spring training to begin, especially with just one football game left to pass the time. Yet we're already looking ahead at the big names who could be available by the trade deadline this year. Free agency was..." February 02

  • Bold 2023 predictions for MLB's top prospects

    ESPN "It's out! ESPN MLB draft and prospect expert Kiley McDaniel ranked his top 100 MLB prospects for 2023 this week, and now, it's time to have some fun with it. We asked our MLB experts to give us one bold 2023 prediction for the top-100 prospect they are most excited..." February 02

  • MLB offseason reset: Four pieces of unfinished baseball business as spring training approaches

    CBS Sports "Last week, the Houston Astros hired former Atlanta Braves executive Dana Brown as their new general manager. Brown's appointment completed a lengthy search, one that began shortly after the Astros won the World Series, and served as a good reminder that though the..." February 02

  • Derek Jeter graces cover of MLB The Show collector's edition "Two days after the cover athlete for MLB The Show '23 was revealed, the cover athlete for a special collector's edition of the video game was announced live on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday. Marlins star second baseman/center..." February 02

  • 20 years of MLB free agency: The more it changes, the more it stays the same

    The Score "Major-league players can already boast of a record contract haul this offseason. Teams have spent $3.65 billion on free agents so far, surpassing the $3.14 billion spent on the open market last winter - the first time the $3-billion mark was exceeded. While MLB revenues hit..." February 01

  • MLB Players Most Likely to Be Impacted by New Stolen Base Rules

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball wasn't exactly feeling the need for speed as stolen bases plummeted in the first 23 seasons of the 21st century, but that's about to change this year courtesy of new rules that will introduce larger bases, a pitch timer and limits on pickoff..." February 01

  • Predicting Every MLB Team's 2023 Opening Day Lineup

    Bleacher Report "As another long, cold winter starts to thaw, we're just a couple of weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in sunny Arizona and Florida. With the bulk of the offseason's free-agency and trade moves in the rearview, it's the perfect time for..." February 01

  • Early MLB 2023 trade deadline preview for all 30 teams

    ESPN "The MLB trade deadline is still six months away, but it's never too early to start discussing who might be on the move, right? So, let's pull out the old crystal ball and come up with a trade candidate from each team. Even though most trades at the deadline involve minor..." January 31

  • MLB offseason grades for all 30 teams: Who got the highest (and lowest) marks?

    The Athletic "The Athletic’s baseball staff was tasked with assigning a letter grade to each team’s offseason. The average mark was a B-minus, an indication that the staff isn’t necessarily populated with overly tough graders. That said, there were a few outliers, ranging from a trio of..." January 31

  • Aaron Hicks again? 5 other options for Yankees in left field

    ESPN "Left field was a major problem area for the New York Yankees in 2022 -- just ask any Yankees fan -- and, heading into 2023, not much has changed. Last season, Aaron Hicks largely manned the position, leading the team with 46 starts in left field, but the team tried..." January 30