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Aaron Judge: Manny Machado Would Look Nice in Pinstripes

Aaron Judge, just a year after trying to entice Giancarlo Stanton to join the New York Yankees, is attempting to recruit another feared hitter in Major League Baseball to add to the already dangerous batting order his team has. On Wednesday, prior to his spring training game in Sarasota against the Baltimore Orioles Judge said that he pitched the shortstop of the Orioles, Manny Machado on playing for the Yankees. Machado becomes a free agent after the end of the 2018 World Series. Judge told a group of reporters that adding Machado to the Yankees... 
 

Neil Walker Signs One Year Deal with New York Yankees

Despite taking a hefty pay cut, Neil Walker is smiling after signing with the New York Yankees. The free agent agreed on Monday to a one-year contract for $4 million, a pay cut of 77% in a deal allowing Yankees prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres to spend more time in the minor league maturing into big league stars. Walker, whose salary last season was $17.2 million, said that it was a crazy winter, but most important was his hope to land with a team that was going to compete and have the opportunity to win a World Series. He added that... 
 

Oakland A’s and Jonathan Lucroy Agree to Deal

The Oakland Athletics reached a deal with free agent Jonathan Lucroy that is pending just a physical to be completed. The deal for the catcher should be finalized during the weekend, said one source close to the matter. Lucroy, who is 31, has been an All-Star twice and was the top catcher remaining in the free agent market. He will moved in front of Bruce Maxwell as well as Josh Phegley on Oakland’s depth chart and give the team a veteran behind the plate who can work with the club’s young pitchers. Lucroy now joins Giants’ catcher Nick Hundley,... 
 

Astros Confident World Series Hangover Will Not Hit Them

The Houston Astros have started their defense of the World Series title, albeit it is still spring training, and many are wondering if the champions will suffer the dreaded World Series hangover following its successful 2017 season that ended with its first title. However, the team’s pitching ace Dallas Keuchel is not expecting he and his teammates to drop in form in a statement he made that may not go over that well with players and fans of the Chicago Cubs. In an interview with the Washington Post, Keuchel said the Astros were not the Cubs,... 
 

Mariners Finalizing Deal for One Year for Ichiro to Return

Ichiro Suzuki will return to the Seattle Mariners, as he and the Mariners are working out a deal to sign the former icon of the franchise. The deal is expected to be for one year. The Mariners made an announcement on Monday that their outfielder Ben Gamel would miss up to six weeks due to an injured oblique, which puts his availability to play on Opening Day up in the air and opens a potential spot on the roster for the Ichiro. The deal for Ichiro could be ready to sign by early Tuesday, said one source. Ichiro, who is 44, came into the picture... 
 

Justin Verlander: MLB Baseballs Are Juiced

Justin Verlander, the star right-hander for the Houston Astros present evidence that shows baseballs are travelling further today than just a few years ago. It is no secret that offense today in Major League Baseball is why up and baseballs are being launched out of parks around the league in record numbers. Just a look at how many home runs have been hit the past few years is strong evidence. In 2014 there were 0.86 home runs hit per game. That number has increased each year ending 2017 at 1.26 home runs per game. Earlies in the week, results from... 
 

Royals Agree to One Year Deal with Lucas Duda

The Kansas City Royals signed a first baseman. On Wednesday, the team announced that it has agreed to a one-year deal with free agent Lucas Duda. No terms were announced but a reliable source said the deal was in the neighborhood of $3.5 million. The Royals have added Duda to the roster to help cover for losing Eric Hosmer their longtime stalwart at first base who signed recently with the San Diego Padres as a free agent. Hosmer challenged Duda’s arm when he made a delayed run for home on a high throw that scored the tying run during the ninth... 
 

Russell Wilson Joins Yankees Spring Training for Five Days

Russell Wilson’s childhood dreams came true on Monday when the reported to the spring training facility of the New York Yankees and wore pinstripes for just the first time. The Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback is scheduled to spend five days at the facility with the Yankees following a trade last week in which he was sent to New York by the Texas Rangers. The highlight of the arrival of Wilson came as Group 2 at batting practice for the Yankees took its turn. Wilson joined the Yankees top sluggers Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton,... 
 

Red Sox: J.D. Martinez Continues His Physical at Spring Training Facility

J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox took four months to decide to tie the knot, so it should not  seem strange the two need another few days before it is made official. On Wednesday, Martinez arrived for the first time at the spring training facility of the Red Sox and underwent his physical, which is the last step to finalize his new contract of five years and $110 million. However, for the second straight day, team officials for the Red Sox announced that they would not hold a news conference to introduce their new slugger because he had not... 
 

Three-Way Trade Sends Souza to Diamondbacks and Drury to Yankees

In a three-way trade, the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired Steven Souza an outfielder from the Tampa Bay Rays, while Brandon Drury an infielder was sent to the New York Yankees from the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Arizona also sent Anthony Banda a reliever to Tampa Bay. The Yankees will be sending two prospects Taylor Widener and Nick Solak to the Diamondbacks and Rays respectively. The centerpiece of the trade is Souza, who will be 29 this season. Last season, Souza batted .239 during 148 games with the Ray hitting 30 homers and stealing 16 bases. For... 
 

Eric Hosmer Agrees to Eight-Year Deal with San Diego Padres

Eric Hosmer the free agent first baseman has finally found a home after reaching an agreement on an eight-year deal with the National West San Diego Padres. The deal is only pending a physical said one person close to the deal. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because no formal statement has been released by the team of signing Hosmer, said the deal would be official once the first baseman passes his physical. While the remainder of the position players were due to report on Sunday, with majority were already there, Hosmer was... 
 

Report: Eduardo Nunez and Red Sox Agree to Deal for One Year

Eduardo Nunez the free agent infielder, who finished last season injured, does not have the same intimidation factor of J.D. Martinez if the Red Sox were to sign the slugger, but made his presence felt before injuring his knee, and it appears that Nunez and the team are ready to reunite. According to several reports late Thursday, Boston has reached an agreement for one year with Nunez, who is 30 and can play anywhere in the infield. Last season Nunez hit .321 with an OPS of .893 after he was acquired from San Francisco just prior to the MLB trade... 
 

Los Angeles Angels Plan to Use Shohei Ohtani in Six-Man Rotation

Spring training began on Tuesday for the Los Angeles Angels, which means that two-way Japanese star Shohei Ohtani was present for his first workout with fellow pitchers and catchers. Ohtani, who is 23, will have the chance to pitch and hit as an Angel, and to help him ease into things, the Angels are going to implement a rotation of six pitchers this season, which was confirmed on Tuesday by manager Mike Scioscia. The Angels manager said he and his coaching staff are comfortable with the six-man rotation and looked forward to finding the six best... 
 

Cubs Sign Free Agent Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish has finally found his new team and the Chicago Cubs have increased their chances of winning another World Series title. On Saturday, Darvish and the Cubs agreed to a six-year $126 million contract. The deal gives the Cubs one of baseball’s deepest rotations and takes one of the top free agents off the market. Darvish, who is 31, met with officials from the Cubs as long ago as December but could not reach a deal. However, both sides remained in contact even though the right-hander and his representatives received interest from several... 
 

Mother of Pittsburgh Pirates Player Elias Diaz Has Been Kidnapped

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that the mother of catcher Elias Diaz was kidnapped in Venezuela following reports from multiple sources. The team issued an official statement on Thursday that said it was shocked and deeply worried for Elias’ mother, and for he and his entire family. The team added that it was using all resources that it has at its disposal and through Major League Baseball to help Elias and his entire family during this very difficult time. The statement by the Pirates said that as the organization works with the different authorities... 
 

Giants Will Retire No. 25 of Barry Bonds in August

Barry Bonds, the all-time leading home run hitter in Major League Baseball history will be honored in August by the San Francisco Giants when the team retires his No. 25 jersey when his former team the Pittsburgh Pirates is scheduled to be in town. On Tuesday, an announcement was made by the Giants that the ceremony honoring the former star and seven-time NL MVP will be held on August 11. He will be the 12th former San Francisco or New York Giant to have his jersey number retired. He broke the all-time home run record held by Hank Aaron with his... 
 

Mookie Betts Awarded Arbitration of $10.5 Million

Mookie Betts, in a decision with possible far-reaching ramifications, defeated Boston in an arbitration hearing earlier this week, said the team. A three-judge panel ruled in the right fielder’s favor. Betts will earn $10.5 million in 2018 rather than the $7.5 million in salary the Red Sox wanted to pay. Betts’ arbitration victory is close to an all-time record for a player who was in his first year of arbitration eligibility. It will bode well for younger players who have the same process to go through in the years to come. Earlier in January,... 
 

Alex Cora Leading Effort by Red Sox to Deliver Puerto Rico Relief Supplies

While media attention has become nearly zero when it relates to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, new manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox and a group from the team arrived on Tuesday in Puerto Rico to deliver supplies weighing 10 tons to help with the recovery effort from Hurricane Maria. Cora, who is a native of Puerto Rico arrived on the Caribbean island with Martin J. Walsh the Mayor of Boston, Rick Porcello a pitcher for the Red Sox, Sam Kennedy the team’s president, and Eddie Romero the assistant general manager. The group brought... 
 

Dodgers’ Closer Kenley Jansen Hints at Possible Strike

Despite the huge trade during the offseason that sent Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees, the free agent market has plodded along at a snail’s pace. February is approaching and nearly every free agent of note is still unsigned, which is highly unusual for baseball. The reason for this happening is simple, teams are not inclined at the moment to pay out large sums of money to free agents who might be beginning to decline. Other reasons are the luxury tax threshold and a few teams are in different stages of the rebuilding process. Teams thus... 
 

Milwaukee Brewers Acquire Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain

Michael Hill the general manager of the Miami Marlins put together another trade for the team on Thursday as it sent Christian Yelich its center fielder to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for four prospects. Yelich is the fourth Marlins starter traded this offseason to lower payroll and rebuild the weak farm system it has under its new CEO Derek Jeter. Earlier this offseason the Marlins traded Giancarlo Stanton the home run champion of the major leagues, Dee Gordon the leader in stolen bases, and All-Star Marcell Ozuna a left fielder. In exchange... 
 

Heat Throwing Walker Buehler Could Be Dodgers Pick to Replace Darvish

The Los Angeles Dodgers need to fill a hole in the shape of Yu Darvish in their starting rotation. Of course, if the free agent and team could come to an agreement, the Dodgers could fill that hole with Darvish himself. However, they might opt to go young and take a player from their farm system. Many Dodgers fans do not want Darvish back, which is not entirely fair since he was with them for such a short period, has been an All-Star four times, and finished twice in the top 10 in voting for the American League Cy Young. He has also averaged over... 
 

Rumor: Milwaukee Brewers Offer Yu Darvish Contract

The Milwaukee Brewers were a surprise contender in 2017 for the National League Central division title, and indications are the club will be better in 2018. The Brewers might be even better than most believe if they can sign Yu Darvish. The latest rumor is they have offered the talented right-hander a contract. Darvish is the league’s best free agent starting pitcher still on the market. In 2017, Darvish at age 30 and playing in his first season since have Tommy John surgery, ended with an ERA of 3.86 while striking out 209 over 186 2/3 innings... 
 

Report: 20-Second Clock and Limit on Mound Visits Rejected by MLBPA

The Major League Baseball players’ association has rejected the league’s most recent pace-of-play proposal. On Thursday, the rejection increased the likelihood that baseball would implement unilaterally a 20-second pitch clock and place a limit on the number of visits to the mound prior to the start of the 2018 regular season, said a pair of sources close to situation. Tony Clark the executive director of the union and Matt Nussbaum the general counsel informed the league of the union’s decision during a telephone conversation to Dan Halem... 
 

Christian Yelich’s Agent Says Relationship with Marlins is Broken

The agent for outfielder Christian Yelich says that the relationship between the player and the Miami Marlins is broken and in the best interest of both a trade is best before the beginning of spring training. Yelich, who is 26, is the most prominent player left on the Marlins team after the club traded Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna in its attempt at cutting payroll under new ownership led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter. Yelich’s agent Joe Longo says that the ownership has a plan, he respects the plan, but the plan should not... 
 

Houston Astros Add Starter to Rotation

During the offseason, teams have been trying to add to their rosters in an attempt to catch the World Series Champion Houston Astros this year. On Saturday, the Astros tried to put more distance between them and the rest of the league by adding to their already talented lineup when they acquired Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 5-player deal. Pittsburgh received right-handers Michael Feliz and Joe Musgrove, outfielder Jason Martin and third baseman Colin Moran. Neal Huntington the general manager for the Pirates said trading Gerrit was... 
 

Sources: Mets Bringing Back Jay Bruce with Three-Year Deal

Jay Bruce, the free-agent outfielder, will return to play for the New York Mets with a 3-year $39 million contract, said sources close to the Major League Baseball team. Between 2016 and 2017 Bruce spent 153 games in a Mets uniform, after the New York club acquired him from the Cincinnati Reds and prior to him being dealt last August to the Cleveland Indians. In 103 games with the Mets and 43 with the Indians last season, Bruce, who is 30, hit .254 with 36 home runs, 101 RBIs, and 29 doubles. He finished 10th in voting for the National League MVP... 
 

Justin Morneau Former Star With Twins and AL MVP Retires

Following a career that spanned 14 seasons in which he was named the 2006 American League MVP, Justin Morneau has retired. The first baseman has reportedly accepted a position with the front office of the Twins, where he spent the majority of this playing career, as a special assistant. The announcement brings to an end the playing days for Morneau who is 36. Morneau, who is Canadian, was drafted by Minnesota while at British Columbia High School during the 1999 draft. He debuted with Minnesota in 2003 but did not become the regular first baseman... 
 

MLB Rumor: Pirates Discussing Andrew McCutchen with Mets

Late last week, rumors swirled around the speculation of a possible trade between the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates for veteran Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Now the New York Mets have been added to the list of Major League Baseball teams that are interested in acquiring McCutchen. Following their very disappointing 2017 season, the New York Mets want to return to contention in the National League East under their new manager Mickey Callaway. If the Mets are to accomplish that feat, they will need to address several needs on... 
 

Trade Rumor: Manny Machado Could Land With Yankees

Although it might seem like a longshot, the possibility remains that Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado could become a New York Yankee before the end of the offseason. The Yankees have added Giancarlo Stanton to their lineup late in 2017, and want to add another star. New York has been in contact with the Orioles about Machado, according to media reports released this past week. That does not mean a deal is even close, as no team looking to acquire Machado has come close to the asking price of Baltimore, but it suggests that the Yankees... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Acquire Scott Alexander as Part of Three Team Deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired pitcher Scott Alexander, who is known for his ability to induce groundballs off the bat of hitters, as part of a trade involving three teams with the other two being the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox. In the trade, the Dodgers are sending Trevor Oaks a right-hander to the Royals, while Chicago will be acquiring Luis Avilan a reliever for the Dodgers. The Dodgers will also acquire from the White Sox Jake Peter an infielder who is currently playing in the minor leagues. Los Angeles will also send Erick Mejia... 
 

Rumor: Braves Show Interest in Reamluto, Yelich

The Miami Marlins are continuing their sell off of higher priced players that prior to now has included Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, Marcell Ozuna and could now include another two players. Even though there is an expectation of more fans and much more attendance at Marlins games this season thanks to the new front office led by former player Derek Jeter, it appears the Marlins will continue lowering their payroll. The biggest question now is if the team will trade Christian Yelich its top center fielder and J.T. Realmuto its underrated catcher.... 
 

Cubs and Cardinals Interested in Starter Jake Arrieta

National League Central rivals the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are both showing more interest than other teams in possibly signing Jake Arrieta one of the top free-agent starting pitchers still available. The two teams are the latest ones to look into the possible signing of Arrieta, with Chicago showing a renewed interest in bringing the 31-year old veteran righty back. He was the team’s ace four of the past five seasons. Other teams including the Brewers, Nationals, Rockies and Phillies in the NL and the Rangers in the American League... 
 

Red Sox Interested in Baltimore’s Manny Machado

The offseason has been rather quiet for the Boston Red Sox. Up to this point, the Sox have re-signed Mitch Moreland their first baseman to a new two-year deal. However, it seems president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is making plans to grab a big name through free agency or a trade. The Red Sox lost out in the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes, and it now appears they are at an impasse with J.D. Martinez’s agent Scott Boras, to acquire the slugger. However, speculation is they might have switched their sights to Camden Yards and third baseman... 
 

Colorado Rockies Sign Wade Davis to be New Closer

Wade Davis, the right-handed closer who recorded 32 saves last season for the Chicago Cubs, agreed to sign a three year contract with the National League West Colorado Rockies. On Friday, the team announced the deal of $52 million with Davis. The contract will include a vesting player option which can increase the contract to four years at total of $66 million if Davis is able to finish 30 games during 2020 and picks his option up. Sources with the Cubs said the team was only willing to sign Davis for just two years to bring him back. Davis, who... 
 

Minnesota’s Miguel Sano Denies Allegations of Sexual Assault

On Thursday, Major League Baseball announced that it was investigation allegations that were brought by a woman who worked Minnesota Twins events as a photographer. She alleges that Miguel Sano the Twins shortstop had sexually assaulted her two years ago. A spokesperson for MLB said the office was aware of the woman’s allegations and were looking into it. On Thursday, Betsy Bissen, the photographer, posted a tweet that said Sano had grabbed her wrist while attempting to pull her into a bathroom in a store inside a mall following an autograph session.... 
 

Rich Dauer Nearly Died from Subdural Hematoma After Astros Parade

When surgeons started to operate on Rich Dauer the first base coach for the Houston Astros for a subdural hematoma following the Astros’ championship parade for winning the 2017 World Series, doctors told his wife and their friends he only had a 3% chance of surviving. Dauer, who is 65 and already decided he would retire, on November 2 hit the side of his head after slipping on a wet floor the night before riding in the team’s parade through Houston’s downtown. Dauer said that he did not have any headache from the fall and did not consider... 
 

Yankees Continue Talks to Acquire Gerrit Cole from Pirates

After all is said and done, pitcher Gerrit Cole might be traded to the New York Yankees by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Late last week, a deal was still being worked on for the right-hander to move from Pittsburgh to the Big Apple. A source has indicated that it is not whether the trade will happen, but when. The Pirates are motivated in a big way to trade Cole even if this potential deal does not work out with the Yankees, said sources. According to one source, a deal may be reached prior to Christmas. At midweek, reports surfaced that the talks between... 
 

MLB Continues Wright Investigation But Case Retired in Court

While it appears the legal troubles for Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright are coming to an end, the Boston pitchers may still be facing some form of discipline from Major League Baseball. Charges of domestic assault against Wright were officially retired on Thursday in a Williamson County court room, according to a prepared statement that Wright and wife Shannon released through Alex Little, Wright’s attorney. When charges are retired, it represents the first phase of having them dismissed assuming there are no other offenses that take place... 
 

Mets Looking At Adrian Gonzalez for First Base

Looking to fill a hole at first base temporarily, the New York Mets have approached veteran free agent Adrian Gonzalez, said a team source that is close to the matter. Gonzalez on Monday was released by the Atlanta Braves after the Los Angeles Dodgers traded him in a money swap in an attempt to move under the luxury tax threshold. While the remaining $22.35 million of Gonzalez’s contract is guaranteed and will be paid by Atlanta, any team that signs him would just have to pay him the minimum for a veteran, similar to a deal the Mets made in 2016... 
 

Stephen Strasburg May Skip All-Star Games in the Future

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg said he is not sure he wants ever again to play in an All-Star Game. The right-hander on Sunday said he is sure that the change that was made in his routine for the game last season had contributed to his injury that put him on the team’s disabled list. Therefore, he said he may skip future All-Star events. In 2018, the Nationals will be the hosts of the Midsummer Classic. His invitation in 2017 to the Miami All-Star Game was the third of his career. He did not play in the game, but his pitching routine... 
 

Phillies Sign Free Agent Carlos Santana

On Friday, the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a $60 million three-year deal with Carlos Santana the veteran first baseball who becomes the biggest free agent signing for the franchise in the last seven years. The deal signals a big change in the team’s philosophy that pledged high numbers of at-bats for young players across the board in 2018. That rebuilding process will now have a veteran in the mix. The signing of Santana, who has a career on-base percentage of .365, could see Rhys Hoskins moved to left field permanently. It could also spark... 
 

Tigers Trade Ian Kinsler to Angels for Pair of Minor Leaguers

The Los Angeles Angels continue to deal during the offseason and filled their big hole they had at second base by sending a pair minor leaguers to the Detroit Tigers for Ian Kinsler. The trade was confirmed late Wednesday night by both teams. Going to Detroit were Wilkel Hernandez a right-hander who is 18, and Troy Montgomery an outfielder who is 23. Kinsler, who is 35, last season, hit just .236 with 22 homers and 52 RBIs over 139 games for the Tigers who are in a complete rebuild mode and tied the San Francisco Giants for baseball’s worst record... 
 

Manny Machado Could Change Positions or Uniforms

Reports are that Manny Machado a star with the Baltimore Orioles could be changing the position he plays for the team or could be changing his uniform. Big names have emerged in Tuesday trade talk with Machado, and to no one’s surprise American League East rivals the New York Yankees are looking at adding even more to their already loaded roster. Machado, at 25, is already an All-Star three times over and a Gold Glover twice at third. In addition, he has a powerful bat as he hit 33 homers and knocked in 95 runs last season. Last season, Machado’s... 
 

Jack Morris, Alan Trammel Voted by Modern Era Committee into Hall of Fame

Former teammates with the Detroit Tigers Jack Morris and Alan Trammel were voted by the Modern Era Committee into Cooperstown on Sunday. The Baseball Hall of Fame will also induct a minimum of two new members during the summer. On Sunday night, the Hall announced that longtime teammates with the Tigers Jack Morris and Alan Trammel were voted into the Hall by its Modern Era Committee consisting of 16 members. To be inducted in this manner, a candidate must receive a minimum of 12 votes. Appearing on the ballot of the Modern Era Committee with Morris... 
 

Yankees and Marlins Continue Stanton Trade Talks

Sources say that while other trade options involving other teams keep drying up, the Miami Marlins have continued to talk about a possible trade for Giancarlo Stanton with the New York Yankees, as the Marlins try to find ways to lower their debt. Stanton is to be paid $295 million over the next decade, and any trade involving the Yankees would be complicated for the team and would likely include Jacoby Ellsbury, the current Yankees center fielder who through 2020 is owed over $68.4 million, and like the Marlins’ Stanton has a no-trade clause in... 
 

Marlins Making Moves, Trade Dee Gordon to Seattle

Dee Gordon is moving again. The second baseman was traded on Thursday by the Miami Marlins to the Seattle Mariners both teams announced. Trading Gordon could be the start of a mass exodus of stars from the Marlins as Miami acquired three prospects to help shore up a very weak farm system. Trading for Gordon with cash strapped Miami, might solve the problem in center field that Seattle has, but will more bargaining power it gained with the trade help the Mariners in their quest to land Japanese star Shohei Ohtani. Seattle in its trade with Miami... 
 

Report: Astros Dallas Keuchel Pitched With Injured Foot

Dallas Keuchel the southpaw ace for the Houston Astros pitched during the postseason with an undisclosed left foot injury during the team’s second half of the regular season and throughout the entire postseason, multiple reports have said. Following the team’s World Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Astros doctors fitted Keuchel with a walking boot to stabilize his foot. However, the injury did not require any surgery, and Keuchel is presently working out and expects to be fit and prepared for the start of Houston’s spring training,... 
 

Angels Sign Former Prospect with Braves Kevin Maitan

Sources said that the Los Angeles Angels agreed to terms with former Atlanta prospect Kevin Maitan. The infielder from Venezuela became a free agent after a ruling by Major League Baseball that the Braves had violated rules when signing him. Maitan’s signing bonus will be $2.2 billion, said sources, but the deal will not take Los Angeles out of the sweepstakes to sign Shohei Ohtani. Part of the agreement between the players’ association and MLB is that teams can use either their current or 2018-19 signing bonus pool for signing the former prospects... 
 

Shohei Ohtani Has Turned Down Red Sox and Yankees

Japan’s version of Babe Ruth, Shohei Ohtani, is not going to play where Ruth started his career or where he became a baseball legend. Brain Cashman the general manager for the New York Yankees told the media on Sunday that representatives of Ohtani had told the club that it was not being invited to a meeting with the player face to face. The Yankees have prepared for several months to make a bid for the 23-year old who has an incredible swing to go along with a fastball that reaches 100 mph. On Sunday night as well, Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski... 
 

Free Agency Season Has Finally Heated Up

The free agency season is finally heating up even though we are just starting December and frigid air is starting to hit the country. The bullpen market has seen action the last two days. Wednesday night Yusmeiro Petit was signed by the Oakland Athletics to a $10 million two-year deal. On Thursday Brad Boxberger was acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks from Tampa Bay in exchange for Curtis Taylor a prospect. Petit signing in December is a big turnaround from the last offseason when he did not sign until February with the Los Angeles Angels. The... 
 
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