MLB Awards grand finale tonight (8 ET, MLB Network)

Nov 17, 2017 | No Comments

The grand finale of Major League Baseball in 2017 has arrived. Somehow, even after all the drama that we witnessed from April through November in a magnificent season, there’s one more dramatic moment to behold for baseball fans everywhere.

MVPs revealed: 6 ET, MLB Network, MLB.com

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

There’s jaw-dropping power on the ballot. There’s craftsmanship on there as well, players who’ve elevated hitting a baseball into an art form. Actually, that’s all of them. Finally, there’s the basic — and unanswerable — question of what constitutes “value.”

Mariners Acquire Ryon Healy

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

The Mariners announced that they’ve acquired first baseman Ryon Healy from the division-rival Athletics in exchange for right-hander Emilio Pagan and minor league infielder Alexander Campos. Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto wasted little time in making his first significant move of the offseason, as Healy should now vault to the top of the Mariners’ depth chart at first base. Healy’s name has been oft-suggested as a trade candidate with the emergence of corner infielders Matt Chapman and Matt Olson in Oakland. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle has reported on multiple occasions that the A’s would prefer to shift slugging left fielder Khris Davis to DH, and the move of Healy to Seattle allows Oakland to do just that. The A’s are reportedly on the hunt for a controllable, right-handed-hitting outfielder this offseason, and there’s now a more clear vacancy for them in left field. That, of course, is not to downplay the value of Healy, who comes to the Mariners with another five years of team control. The 25-year-old has belted 38 home runs through his first 888 plate appearances (221 games) with the A’s from the 2016-17 seasons. Healy hasn’t shown much plate discipline to go along with that pop (3.9 percent walk rate), but his overall .282/.313/.475 batting line is solid — especially considering the fact that he’s played half of his games in the spacious Oakland-Alameda County Museum. While Healy originally came to the Majors as a third baseman, he quickly moved across the diamond to first base last season in Oakland after posting poor defensive ratings at the hot corner. He’s only played 307 innings of first base in the Majors, though Defensive Runs Saved and Ultimate Zone Rating both peg him at about a run better than average there

Scherzer, Kluber win 3rd, 2nd Cy prizes

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

No strangers to the Cy Young Award, Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber once again proved themselves as aces among aces in 2017. Now, they’re back atop baseball’s pitching totem pole.

Lovullo, Molitor earn BBWAA honors

Nov 15, 2017 | No Comments

The Twins’ Paul Molitor was named the American League Manager of the Year and the D-backs’ Torey Lovullo was announced as the National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday.

Hot Stove Buzz: Royals to meet with Boras

Nov 14, 2017 | No Comments

The Hot Stove is open for business, and news, trade buzz and rumors are in full swing. Here’s the latest from around the big leagues.

Braves’ Acuna stars in Military Appreciation Game

Nov 12, 2017 | No Comments

Playing on live TV in front of a national audience, Ronald Acuna turned the annual Military Appreciation Game into a personal showcase. The Braves’ No. 1 prospect hit a pair of homers as Peoria topped Surprise, 11-10, in a back-and-forth game on Saturday night.

Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Doc, Altuve, Stanton, Jays, Tribe, Mets, Bucs, Brewers

Nov 12, 2017 | No Comments

This week in baseball blogs: Jays From the Couch, Sports Talk Philly, Jays Journal, BP Toronto and Chris Zantow remember Roy Halladay. BASEBALLDOCS wonders what it would cost the Astros to lock up Jose Altuve. Everything Bluebirds doesn’t want the Blue Jays to trade for Giancarlo Stanton. Home of the Ryan makes a case that Indians center fielder Bradley Zimmer is the game’s premier base-stealing talent. Keith’s Mustache hopes the Mets reunite with free agent outfielder Jay Bruce. The Point of Pittsburgh estimates the Pirates’ 2018 payroll and where they can improve the roster. Bronx To Bushville doesn’t expect the Brewers to splurge on pitching help

Statcast of characters on free-agent market

Nov 12, 2017 | No Comments

Free agents can now sign with all 30 teams. Clubs are looking to fill holes or upgrade areas of weakness, but they’re also looking for skills, like speed, velocity or power — the kinds of things that they can (and do) use Statcast™ to measure.

Marlins engaged in Stanton trade discussions

Nov 11, 2017 | No Comments

The Marlins have had preliminary communication regarding a Giancarlo Stanton trade with the Red Sox, Cardinals, Giants, and Phillies, sources told MLB.com late Friday. Officials from the involved teams expect the Stanton dialogue to intensify during next week’s meetings, and it remains possible that additional suitors will emerge.