MVP: Stanton by a nose, Altuve towers over AL

Nov 17, 2017 | No Comments

Always a premier power threat, Giancarlo Stanton became the first player in Marlins team history to be honored with the National League Most Valuable Player Award by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Thursday.

2018 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

Major League Baseball has set the order for Competitive Balance Rounds A and B of next year’s draft, reports Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. Those rounds, which take place after the completion of the first and second rounds, respectively, are comprised of picks awarded to teams that are considered in the bottom 10 in terms of market size and/or revenue. As Mayo explains, last season marked the beginning of MLB utilizing a more formulaic approach to determining Competitive Balance order rather than a lottery, as had been done in previous drafts since the Competitive Balance rounds’ inception prior to the 2013 season. The league’s formula took into account total revenue and winning percentage among the 14 teams that received Competitive Balance picks. Based on the results of that formula, the Rays, Reds, A’s, Brewers, Twins and Marlins were awarded the six picks in Comp Round A last year, with the other eight teams (D-backs, Padres, Rockies, Indians, Royals, Pirates, Orioles, Cardinals) all falling into Comp Round B

Stanton, Altuve capture first MVP Awards

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

Always a premier power threat, Giancarlo Stanton became the first player in Marlins team history to be honored with the National League Most Valuable Player Award by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Thursday.

All 9 Recipients Reject Qualifying Offer

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

THURSDAY: Officially, all nine players have rejected their qualifying offers and become free agents, the MLBPA has announced (h/t Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, on Twitter). MONDAY: All nine of the free agents that received a one-year, $17.4MM qualifying offer will reject that offer in favor of free agency, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes. Each of Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, Greg Holland and Carlos Santana will turn down that one-year opportunity in search of a multi-year pact in free agency. In doing so, that group of nine will also subject themselves to draft-pick compensation and position their former clubs to recoup some value in next year’s amateur draft should they sign elsewhere. Last offseason’s new collective bargaining agreement altered the specifics of that compensation, tying the draft picks received and surrendered largely to the luxury tax threshold, revenue sharing and the size of the contract signed by the free agent in question.

Nine free agents reject qualifying offers

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

All nine free agents whose teams extended them qualifying offers for the 2018 season rejected the offer.

Qualifying offer deadline set for Thursday at 5 p.m. ET

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

Here are the nine free agents who received qualifying offers from their teams and the Draft compensation those teams stand to receive if the players sign elsewhere.

Mariners acquire slugger Healy from A’s

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

Jerry Dipoto made a habit of moving quickly to fill his offseason wish list during his first two years with Seattle, and the Mariners’ general manager is at it again, acquiring young first baseman Ryon Healy from the A’s on Wednesday in exchange for right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan and Minor League infielder Alexander Campos.

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.

Lovullo, Molitor honored as top managers

Nov 14, 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.

Blue Jays, Mets Showing Interest In Lorenzo Cain

Nov 14, 2017 | No Comments

The Blue Jays and Mets have both reached out to the representatives for free-agent center fielder Lorenzo Cain, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. Crasnick also lists the Rangers, Mariners and Giants as more speculative fits for Cain’s services. While both Toronto and New York already have standout defensive center fielders in Kevin Pillar and Juan Lagares, respectively, adding Cain to the outfield mix in either organization could create an elite defensive unit. The Blue Jays have a more pronounced need in the outfield, though young Teoscar Hernandez and Anthony Alford could both work their way into regular roles next year. The Mets would appear to be more set with Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto both in the mix alongside Lagares, but Conforto’s status is something of a question mark following shoulder surgery