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Mariners Non-Tender Domingo Santana, Tim Beckham

The Seattle Mariners non-tendered outfielder Domingo Santana and shortstop Tim Beckham on Monday, making them both free agents. Santana had a nice .850 OPS but was projected to make $4.4 million in arbitration, and he slashed a putrid .128/.234/.234 with a 44 percent strikeout rate in the second half. He's also a liability on defense,... Read More

2 months ago

Starling Marte Open To Being Traded

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte, who has two years left on his contract at $11.5 million in 2020 and a $12.5 million option for 2021, is open to being traded to a contending team this winter. The Mets have been linked with the All-Star outfielder, and Marte said it would be "an honor to play... Read More

2 months ago

Is Mike Trout Still the #1 Pick in 2020?

Is it time to talk ADP already? Affectionately known as Mike Trout Doubting-Season, this is the time of year when some touts stick out sorely in declaring that the best player of this - and possibly any - generation should not be chosen first overall in fantasy. Instead, they have declared that it should be... Read More

2 months ago

Pirates Hire Derek Shelton As Manager

The Pittsburgh Pirates hired Derek Shelton as their new manager on Wednesday. It will be his first managerial job after he spent the last two seasons as the Twins bench coach. Shelton was also a quality control coach for the Blue Jays in 2017 and was the hitting coach for the Rays for seven years.... Read More

2 months ago

Rays Acquire Brian O'Grady, Cut Jesus Aguilar

The Tampa Bay Rays acquired first baseman/outfielder Brian O'Grady from the Reds on Wednesday in exchange for a player to be named and cash. In a corresponding move, first baseman Jesus Aguilar was designated for assignment. O'Grady, 27, hit .280 with 28 home runs, 77 RBI and 20 stolen bases with Triple-A Louisville, although he... Read More

2 months ago


Marlins In On Avisail Garcia

The Miami Marlins are one of many teams interested in outfielder Avisail Garcia. The free-agent outfield market is thin this year, so Garcia is in a good spot to cash in this winter. Garcia hit a solid .282/.332/.464 with 20 home runs, 61 runs scored, 72 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 125 games in... Read More

2 months ago

Luis Urias And Eric Lauer Traded To Brewers For Trent Grisham, Zach Davies

A source has told ESPN’s Jeff Passan the San Diego Padres have traded infielder Luis Urias and pitcher Eric Lauer to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Trent Grisham and pitcher Zach Davies. The highlight of the deal is the prospect-for-prospect swap of Urias for Grisham. Urias has been touted as one of the Friars top... Read More

2 months ago

Khalil Lee Suffers Broken Hand In Winter League

Kansas City Royals outfield prospect Khalil Lee (hand) will be shut down from winter ball after suffering a broken bone in his right hand on Wednesday when he was hit by a pitch. Lee was hitting .188 (3-for-16) in the Puerto Rican Winter League before his injury. The speedy outfielder slashed .264/.363/.372 with eight home... Read More

2 months ago

Daniel Palka Designated For Assignment

The Chicago White Sox have designated outfielder Daniel Palka for assignment. Palka showed good power in 2018, but took a big step backwards in 2019. Palka hit .107 with 35 strikeouts in 84 at-bats. The move will open a spot for newly signed catcher Yasmani Grandal.

2 months ago

Yankees Release Jacoby Ellsbury, DFA Greg Bird

The New York Yankees released outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and designated Greg Bird for assignment on Wednesday. Ellsbury, who hasn't played since 2017 due to various injuries, was let go with more than $26 million left on his $153 million, seven-year deal. The 36-year-old hit .264 with 39 homers, 198 RBI and 102 stolen bases in... Read More

2 months ago


Gerardo Parra Heading To Japan

Former Washington Nationals outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a contract with the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants in Japan. The 32-year-old, a two-time Gold Glove winner, hit .276 with 88 home runs and 522 RBI in 11 major league seasons. He served as a backup outfielder for the World Series champion Nationals last year.... Read More

2 months ago

Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Prospects: Top 20 Outfielders

Welcome back to our look at the best dynasty prospects at each position around Major League Baseball. Today, we’re leaving the Top 10 lists behind us and breaking out in a big way — with the Top 20 outfield prospects. There were not many outfield prospects that had massive impacts on the Majors in 2019.... Read More

2 months ago

Yoenis Cespedes Taking BP

New York Mets hitting instructor Endy Chavez posted a video on Instagram on Tuesday of outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (heels) taking batting practice. Cespedes hasn't played since July of 2018 due to multiple heel surgeries, and he's due $29.5 million. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said that he does "not have enough information to predict when... Read More

2 months ago

Steven Souza Jr. Running At 100 Percent

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. (knee) posted a video on his Twitter account on Monday and said that he's running at 100 percent in Arizona. Souza suffered a devastating knee injury in spring training when he tore the ACL, LCL and PCL in his left knee, which caused him to miss the entire 2019... Read More

2 months ago

Cody Bellinger Named NL MVP

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger was named the National League MVP for the 2019 season on Thursday night. He beat out Christian Yelich, the NL MVP in 2018. The 24-year-old Bellinger hit .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs and 15 stolen bases in his breakout season, and he became the first Dodgers position player... Read More

2 months ago


Mike Trout Wins MVP, Foot Back To 100 Percent

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (foot), who won the American League MVP for the third time in his career on Thursday night, said his foot is back to 100 percent after his September surgery. He will start baseball activities soon and should be ready to go for spring training in plenty of time. You... Read More

2 months ago

Odubel Herrera Will Have To Earn Roster Spot

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera, who was suspended for 85 games last summer for a domestic-violence incident, must earn his spot on the roster next spring training, according to general manager Matt Klentak. Scott Kingery, Adam Haseley and Roman Quinn are all options to start in center field over Herrera, and the Phillies could also... Read More

2 months ago

Marcell Ozuna To Reject Qualifying Offer

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna plans to reject the team's one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer to become a free agent, but his representatives met with the Cardinals on Tuesday to explore a multi-year contract. Ozuna has had early interest from at least half a dozen teams, including the Reds, according to two sources. The... Read More

2 months ago

Blue Jays Discussing Mike Moustakas

The Toronto Blue Jays have discussed adding third baseman Mike Moustakas this offseason, as well as Japanese hitters Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and Shogo Akiyama. Toronto is looking to add a bat at second base, first base and center field. Moustakas, a left-handed hitter, can play first, second or third base and would offer the most offensive... Read More

2 months ago

Yankees, Brett Gardner Discussing Reunion

The New York Yankees and free-agent outfielder Brett Gardner are already talking about a deal to keep him in pinstripes. Gardner is the longest-tenured Yankee and set career highs in home runs (28) and OPS (.829) during the 2019 season. He slashed .251/.325/.503 and also scored 86 runs, drove in 74 and stolen 10 bases... Read More

3 months ago


Red Sox, Mookie Betts Haven't Had Extension Talks

The Boston Red Sox haven't engaged outfielder Mookie Betts in contract-extension talks yet this winter, according to chief executive officer Sam Kennedy. It'll be interesting to see what the Red Sox do with Betts as they attempt to get under the luxury tax threshold in 2020. Things became more difficult when outfielder J.D. Martinez chose... Read More

3 months ago

Pirates Pick Up Starling Marte's Option

The Pittsburgh Pirates will pick up their $11.5 million 2020 option on outfielder Starling Marte, according to sources. It was a no-brainer move after Marte set new career highs in home runs (23), RBI (82), runs (97), slugging percentage (.503) and OPS (.845). He also finished with a 2.9 Wins Above Replacement, which was tied... Read More

3 months ago

J.D. Martinez Doesn't Opt Out Of Deal

Boston Red Sox outfielder/designated hitter J.D. Martinez chose not to opt out of his contract with the team, so he can earn $62.5 million over the next three years: $23.75 million for 2020 and $19.375 million for both 2021 and 2022. As long as he doesn't have a lengthy stay on the injured list, Martinez... Read More

3 months ago

Kole Calhoun's Option Declined

The Los Angeles Angels declined their $14 million option for the 2020 season on outfielder Kole Calhoun on Monday, making him a free agent. Calhoun got off to an atrocious start in 2019 but bounced back with a solid second half to finish with a .232/.325/.467 slash line, a career-high 33 home runs, 74 RBI,... Read More

3 months ago

Braves Bringing Nick Markakis Back

The Atlanta Braves re-signed outfielder Nick Markakis to a one-year, $4 million deal on Monday, according to sources. This comes after the team declined his $6 million option and gave him a $2 million buyout. The 35-year-old continued to hit for a high average (.285) because of a high contact rate, but he didn't do... Read More

3 months ago


No Timetable For Yoenis Cespedes

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (ankle) continues to rehab from his injuries the past year, and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said it's "too early to tell" if Cespedes will play in 2020. "I don't have enough information to predict when he's going to be back." He didn't play at all in 2019 and... Read More

3 months ago

Nats Pick Up Options On Sean Doolittle, Adam Eaton

The Washington Nationals picked up their 2020 options on closer Sean Doolittle ($6.5 million) and outfielder Adam Eaton ($9.5 million). Doolittle had a down year in 2019 and struggled with injuries, posting a 4.05 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 29 saves and 66 K's in 60 innings. The left-hander shared closing duties with Daniel Hudson late in... Read More

3 months ago

Billy Hamilton A Free Agent Once Again

The Atlanta Braves declined their mutual option on outfielder Billy Hamilton for the 2020 season, making him a free agent. Hamilton had a $7.5 million mutual option, but the Braves will instead pay him a $1 million buyout. He earned an extra $200,000 this year in bonuses based on plate appearances. The 29-year-old hit a... Read More

3 months ago

Mets Decline Juan Lagares' Option

The New York Mets declined the option for outfielder Juan Lagares, ending his 13-year run with the team and making him a free agent. Lagares' option was worth $9.5 million, but they'll instead pay him a $500,000 buyout. The 30-year-old has become a glove-first player in the big leagues, but he's become injury-prone and averaged... Read More

3 months ago

Mets Hire Carlos Beltran As Manager

The New York Mets hired former All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran as their new manager on Friday. He'll receive a three-year deal with an option for a fourth season. The nine-time All-Star played for New York from 2005 to 2011, but this will be his first gig as a manager in the big leagues. Beltran spent... Read More

3 months ago


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