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Red Sox land Thornburg for Shaw, 2 prospects

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:04:40 EDT

The Red Sox accomplished their top priority of the offseason on Tuesday morning, acquiring righty setup man Tyler Thornburg in a trade with the Brewers, team president Dave Dombrowski announced.

Nationals shopping for big Sale?

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:44:42 EDT

White Sox ace Chris Sale may soon be donning a Nationals uniform, as Washington appears to have moved into the catbird seat to pull off a blockbuster deal for the star southpaw. Reportedly offering a loaded package of prospects to meet Chicago's high asking price, the Nationals now have a "legitimate chance" of acquiring Sale and are haggling over the final pieces of a trade, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

MLB Network has Winter Meetings covered

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:44:20 EDT

Watch a live simulcast of Hot Stove from the Winter Meetings, presented by WBC, and get all the latest news and rumors from around baseball. Then at 1 p.m. ET, Mad Dog weighs in on High Heat.

Rumor Roundup: Red Sox, Indians in on Moreland

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:49:44 EDT

The Hot Stove season is underway, and we keep you up to date with the latest free-agent news, trade buzz, rumors and more.

SF saves on the way with Melancon

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:48:04 EDT

Committing an unprecedented sum of money in an attempt to offset unprecedented lapses in performance, the Giants announced Monday that they obtained the closer they sought by agreeing to a four-year contract with free-agent right-hander Mark Melancon. An industry source confirmed Melancon's contract is worth a total of $62 million.

Yanks pursuing Chapman, talking to Jansen

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:44:56 EDT

The Yankees aren't balking at Aroldis Chapman's reported desire for a six-year contract, believing there is mutual interest to work out a reunion with the flame-throwing closer, but they maintained contact with other bullpen options as the Winter Meetings opened Monday at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort & Convention Center.

Get best WBC seats in Miami, San Diego, LA

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:45:36 EDT

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Stars come out to celebrate Under Armour deal

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:45:08 EDT

A uniform partnership between Major League Baseball, Under Armour and Fanatics was consummated in All-Star fashion on Monday, with several of the game's biggest stars gathering to celebrate a landmark deal that will -- literally -- change the look of the modern-day ballplayer.

Starting in 2018, HOF votes to be public

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:15:00 EDT

The Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday voted to make all Hall of Fame ballots public, beginning with the 2018 election.

R-E-2-P-E-C-T: Yanks to retire Jeter's No. 2

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:05:34 EDT

The Yankees will retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 and unveil his Monument Park plaque on May 14 of next season.

Winter Meetings: 30 teams, 30 rumors

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:39:18 EDT

The Winter Meetings are under way, and here is news and rumors for all 30 Major League teams from Day 1.

Shop for Cubs World Series champs gear!

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:46:28 EDT

The Cubs are World Series champions! Get T-shirts, caps, jerseys, sweatshirts and more official merchandise from the

Details of MLB, MLBPA labor agreement

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:23:27 EDT

The MLB and MLBPA announced details of the new Basic Agreement, which expires on Dec. 1, 2021.

Smith first woman to win Spink Award

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:34:22 EDT

Claire Smith, the first woman to extensively cover a Major League Baseball beat, was elected the 2017 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award on Tuesday.

Hot Stove Tracker: Free agents and trades

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:46:55 EDT

Stay on top of all the offseason moves with the Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.

Phillies complete deal with veteran Benoit

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:06:44 EDT

Joaquin Benoit became the newest member of the Phillies bullpen on Tuesday.

Conflicting reports on Harper, Nats talking extension

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:45:47 EDT

Conflicting reports surfaced Monday afternoon regarding the long-term future of Bryce Harper with the Nationals.

Manfred champions harmony between MLB, union

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:48:40 EDT

After baseball's players and owners wrapped up a new five-year labor deal last week, they did something that at one point would have been unthinkable. They agreed to keep talking.

Finding value in remaining free-agent pitchers

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:46:00 EDT

The market may develop slowly, but these could be the next names to come off the board. Updated Top 100 Prospects list

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:42:06 EDT

Check out's updated Top 100 list for the 2016 season, including breakdowns by team and position.

Dodgers reportedly showing interest in Cutch

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:46:42 EDT

The first day of the Winter Meetings brought a new round of rumors around the Pirates and Andrew McCutchen -- and perhaps a new suitor for Pittsburgh's franchise player. The Dodgers have shown recent interest in McCutchen,'s Jon Morosi reported Monday morning.

Encarnacion's skill set strong; timing off

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:47:31 EDT

Will Edwin Encarnacion regret turning down a four-year, $80 million offer from the Blue Jays before free agency began?

Doctor's orders: Lasorda skips Winter Meetings

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:02:28 EDT

Legendary Dodgers executive Tom Lasorda, a decades-long fixture at MLB's Winter Meetings, is not attending the current one on doctor's orders.

Trumbo reportedly seeks deal in $75M range

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 21:40:33 EDT

The Orioles have made it pretty clear that they'd like to re-sign free-agent outfielder Mark Trumbo, though nothing seemed imminent on Monday night as the club can only hope the market for Trumbo comes down.

White Sox dismiss concerns about Sale

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:34:35 EDT

Any concerns regarding Chris Sale's pitching mechanics or worries that the five-time All-Star with the wild delivery might eventually break down certainly aren't coming from the White Sox, as explained by Rick Hahn at baseball's Winter Meetings on Monday.

Hill emotional over LA return, 1st big contract

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 15:58:41 EDT

Contract-signing announcements at the Winter Meetings are routine, but not for Rich Hill. Speaking Monday after signing a three-year, $48 million deal to remain with the Dodgers, an emotional Hill choked up several times as he recounted the "incredible journey" to get to this payday, only three months from his 37th birthday.

Astros finalize 1-year deal with Beltran

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 18:40:49 EDT

The Astros on Monday announced their one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran. Terms of the deal weren't released, but sources told last week that Beltran would receive $16 million in 2017 with a no-trade clause

Star power: 30 players confirmed for Classic

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:16:08 EDT

With the World Baseball Classic just a few months away, the rosters are beginning to take shape. More names surfaced Monday as the World Baseball Classic released an initial list of 30 players, spanning 16 countries, who are confirmed to be participating in this year's tournament.

Clubs appear to prefer Granderson over Bruce

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:19:22 EDT

As the first day of the Winter Meetings drew to a close, the Mets reached something of an impasse regarding their desire to trade an outfielder. After spending Monday talking to the Orioles and other teams about potential deals, the Mets came away believing clubs are more interested in Curtis Granderson than Jay Bruce.

Let's watch Steve Pearce take his new teammate J.A. Happ deep again and again

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 12:37:30 EDT

New teammates Pearce and Happ are well acquainted

Back in LA, how might Rich Hill battle blisters? Cespedes Family BBQ suggests a gardening glove

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 21:37:26 EDT

Cespedes Family BBQ talk Rich Hill, blister battles

Could Fowler be a fit for the Cards' outfield?

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:22:21 EDT

The Cardinals continue to cast a wide net as their hunt for an outfielder continues. They're exploring options in both the free-agent and trade markets, considering short- and long-term fits and even mulling possible platoon pieces in that search.

Rangers, Indians connected to Encarnacion

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:01:21 EDT

The market for free-agent designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion continues to be fluid as the Winter Meetings get underway. The Rangers and Indians are expressing interest in the 33-year-old slugger, according to ESPN's Buster Olney and Yahoo's Jeff Passan, respectively.

Davis, Cain at center of Royals trade talks

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 23:00:54 EDT

As the opening day of this year's Winter Meetings drew toward a close on Monday, Royals general manager Dayton Moore conceded he had been quite busy discussing potential deals.

Kershaw says back injury no longer a concern

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:20:57 EDT

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw began his offseason throwing program Monday, convinced the herniated disk in his lower back, which sidelined him for 2 1/2 months this season, is healed.

Six-year deal tops Chapman's wish list

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 15:25:04 EDT

Free-agent reliever Aroldis Chapman is hoping to land a six-year deal, the flamethrower told ESPN's Marly Rivera.

Dozier aware of trade talk, wants to stay put

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:28:41 EDT

With trade rumors involving his name swirling, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier got his first taste of the Winter Meetings on Monday.

Fall League reveals Top Prospects Team

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 11:00:09 EDT

The Arizona Fall League announced it's official Top Prospects Team on Monday. Selected by Fall League managers and coaches, the team recognizes 24 players who distinguished themselves throughout the league's six-week schedule against other top prospects from every organization in Major League Baseball.

Braves not desperate to trade for ace

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:43:18 EDT

Though they haven't shut the door on possibly trading for a controllable, front-line starting pitcher, the Braves came to this week's Winter Meetings with the sense they have already completed the heavy-lifting portion of the offseason.

Cubs looking to bolster back end of bullpen

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:58:55 EDT

Will the Cubs have a new closer in 2017? "It's hard to say, general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday on the first day of the Winter Meetings. "I definitely think we'll bolster the bullpen."

Daniels: Texas unlikely to target big-ticket FAs

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 21:05:35 EDT

The Rangers are operating with some self-imposed financial and prospect restraints at the Winter Meetings, restraints that are likely keeping them from serious pursuit of free-agent sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo and trading for Andrew McCutchen.

Dodgers eyeing more than just elite closer

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 21:56:55 EDT

Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers' president of baseball operations, indicated Mark Melancon, who signed with the Giants on Monday, wasn't his Plan A, especially with franchise saves leader Kenley Jansen and triple-digit specialist Aroldis Chapman still available.

Phillips not focused on trade rumors

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 21:08:49 EDT

One of the Reds' offseason goals is to clear up playing time for their young middle infielders. But the club has not appeared to make any headway toward trading longtime second baseman Brandon Phillips.

Bolstering offense a priority for Indians

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 21:40:19 EDT

Free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion fits precisely what the Indians need. The problem is the cost, which exceeds the range in which Cleveland typically operates.

Dombrowski: Top priority is 8th-inning reliever

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 21:13:14 EDT

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski revealed Monday that his first priority is to find an eighth-inning setup man, and he won't acquire a bat until that task is accomplished.

Alderson: Wright is Mets' everyday third baseman

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:45:31 EDT

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson did not hesitate Monday when asked about the identity of his third baseman heading into next season.

No urgency for Nats to complete a mega deal

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:24:09 EDT

The Nationals have been connected to many of the biggest names on the market and have entered the Winter Meetings prepared to pull off a blockbuster trade. However, general manager Mike Rizzo denied having any sort of increased urgency to pull off such a deal.

Schwarber to skip winter ball, continue rehab

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:58:10 EDT

Kyle Schwarber, who made a miraculous recovery from a severe knee injury suffered in the third game of the regular season to play in the World Series, will continue to rehab but not play in winter ball, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday.