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How many future HOFers will play in 2018?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:23:32 EDT

How many future Hall of Famers will take the field in 2018? It's impossible to know for sure, but it's easy to take a look at the current crop of studs and make an educated guess.

These 10 baseball players have uncanny doppelgangers in old artwork

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:28:59 EDT

10 players and their fine-art doppelgangers

Tale of the tape: Darvish vs. Arrieta

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:17:32 EDT

Though there are a lot of free-agent starters out there, Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta represent the class of the free-agent class, and something could come to fruition soon with teams that are open to the idea of springing for a front-line-type starter.

Hoffman, Wagner HOF valuation a challenge

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:32:21 EDT

Though I have spent countless hours studying the Hall of Fame -- the players in it, the trends, great choices, odd choices, philosophies behind the vote -- I still have absolutely no idea what to do with relief pitchers. No idea.

With no MLB offer, Ichiro might return to Japan

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:57:22 EDT

The Major League Baseball career of Ichiro Suzuki may be fading to black, the video term for the end of a production or show.

Giants introduce new right fielder: McCutchen

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:14:57 EDT

A day after acquiring Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates to patrol the spacious gaps at AT&T Park, the Giants revealed that they plan to play the former National League MVP in right field, moving him from the center-field position he held for most of his nine seasons in Pittsburgh. Incumbent Giants right fielder Hunter Pence will move to left field, according to manager Bruce Bochy, who added that he approached Pence in advance.

Padres' Gore atop list of 10 best LHP prospects

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:32:35 EDT

Sitting atop this year's LHP list is 19-year-old MacKenzie Gore, who turned in a stellar professional debut after the Padres drafted him third overall. He's one of four southpaws ages 20 or younger in a group that also features three newcomers as well as a pair of Braves big leaguers.

Estrada reveals root of midseason slide

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:54:42 EDT

The contrast within Marco Estrada's 2017 season was striking. Estrada maintained a 3.15 ERA through April and May - the sort of performance the Blue Jays expected from a reliable starter who earned his first All-Star selection the year before. Then Estrada's season went awry, as trade speculation swirled around the disappointing Jays.

Batting Bryant leadoff makes sense for Cubs

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:40:30 EDT

Cubs manager Joe Maddon carries a reputation for outside-the-box thinking, and it shows up in his lineup construction. Maddon started 11 different players in the top spot in 2017. Not included among them was Kris Bryant -- but it's possible that could change in 2018.

Mets finalize 3-year deal with Bruce

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:20:09 EDT

The Mets announced Tuesday night they signed free agent Jay Bruce to a three-year deal, which is worth $39 million, a source told's Mark Feinsand last week.

White Sox prospects Moncada, Robert bonding

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:17:48 EDT

Luis Robert's training begins once he steps into Yoan Moncada's rental car each morning. The 10-minute drive from the nearby hotel to Camelback Ranch, home of the White Sox Spring Training facility and the site of this week's hitters mini-camp, is short but helpful.

MLB Buzz: Castellanos on the trade block?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:52:46 EDT

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.

On the rise: 5 clubs set to rebound into contention

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:36:00 EDT

At least five teams have moved themselves into contention after tough 2017 seasons. Some of them still have work to do, but we shouldn't lose sight that they've already done a lot.

Arb wire: Figures filed for unsigned players

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 20:10:55 EDT

Major League Baseball's arbitration deadline fell at 1 p.m. ET on Friday. Teams and their arbitration-eligible players needed to exchange proposed salaries for the 2018 season in preparation for a potential hearing.

Young Cubs fan asks Rizzo to be her valentine

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:23:00 EDT

Young Cubs fan asks Rizzo to be her valentine

Dombrowski: Despite slow market, goal same

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:35:14 EDT

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who has been running front offices for nearly 30 years, said Tuesday in an interview with MLB Network Radio that he has "never seen a market go this slow, really."

Cutch inspires Melancon to hop on treadmill

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:55:57 EDT

Cutch inspires Melancon to hop on treadmill

Agent discusses Yelich's desire for trade

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:25:17 EDT

The agent for Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich reportedly said on Tuesday that his client hopes to be traded before Spring Training starts.

Hoskins enjoying ride as new face of Phillies

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:05:36 EDT

Rhys Hoskins has handled new celebrity about as well as anybody could be expected to handle it. He is trying to enjoy the moment, while remaining true to himself.

BBWAA to hand out hardware at annual dinner

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:26:34 EDT

Each January, the baseball world gathers the best of the best in midtown Manhattan for the annual New York BBWAA Awards Dinner, putting a bow on the 2017 season while getting pumped up for the start of Spring Training.

Trade shakes up market for Cain, outfielders

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:53:26 EDT

Gerrit Cole is an Astro. Andrew McCutchen is a Giant. Perhaps now a team other than the Pirates will stoke baseball's Hot Stove.

J-Hay desires trade if Bucs won't contend in '18

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:59:34 EDT

The Pirates traded two franchise cornerstones over the long weekend, giving up Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen for young players and prospects. If their roster "retooling" takes them out of the postseason picture, Josh Harrison doesn't want to be a part of it.

Pros and cons of 6 potential acquisitions

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:29:49 EDT

We've had an offseason in which huge, sweeping trades have been discussed. In that way, the Hot Stove has never been hotter. As for action, that's another story.

Giant move: SF acquires McCutchen from Pirates

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:20:40 EDT

The Giants' aggressive offseason objective of bolstering a power-starved lineup took another significant step on Monday, as San Francisco acquired longtime Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and cash considerations from Pittsburgh.

Source: Grandy, Toronto agree to 1-year pact

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:21:43 EDT

The Blue Jays shifted their attention to the outfield Monday night by reaching an agreement with veteran Curtis Granderson on a one-year deal worth $5 million. Toronto has yet to officially announce the signing, but it was first reported by MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal and has since been confirmed by's Mark Feinsand.

Archer congratulates Bearcats' Clark on win

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:18:03 EDT

Archer congratulates Bearcats' Clark on win

Ohtani leads list of top 10 RHP prospects

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EDT

This year's list of the Top 10 right-handed pitching prospects starts with a two-way player who is the favorite to win Rookie of the Year honors in the American League.

Adam Jones offers Longoria, Cutch dance tips

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:13:47 EDT

Adam Jones offers Longoria, Cutch dance tips

Robles ready to take next step in 2018

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:45:24 EDT

Victor Robles is going to play every day to start the 2018 season. The Nationals have stayed firm on that about their top prospect and one of the most electric talents in all of baseball. The question is where Robles -- the No. 3 overall prospect in baseball as rated by MLB Pipeline -- will take his at-bats every day.

Cutch on time with Bucs: 'A lot to be thankful for'

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:44:18 EDT

On Tuesday, Andrew McCutchen began looking forward to his next act. But first, he reflected on the first chapter of his career.

History provides precedent for MVP trades

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:21:29 EDT

Here is a look at notable MVPs who went four seasons or fewer between winning the award and getting traded.

Big prospect soaks up wisdom at Dream Series

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:21:16 EDT

One of the biggest names at the Dream Series belonged to literally the biggest pitching prospect on the field. Kumar Rocker, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound right-hander from Georgia, completed the five-day event at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Monday feeling like a much better player, which is saying something.

Castillo, Chavis among 16 spring camp NRIs

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:28:44 EDT

The Red Sox announced 16 non-roster invitees to Spring Training on Tuesday, including outfielder Rusney Castillo, who will once again try to work his way back on the radar.

Tigers reportedly sign Russell to Minors deal

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:49:57 EDT

As the free-agent reliever market remains hot, fueled by interest among contending teams, the Tigers' search for undervalued bullpen arms and bounce-back candidates continues. Their latest target appears to be former Cubs left-hander James Russell, who reportedly agreed to a Minor League contract with the Tigers last week.

Inciarte's elite defense backed by Statcast data

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:04:07 EDT

Ender Inciarte might never have Hall of Fame credentials that equal those possessed by Andruw Jones, whose resume includes 434 home runs. But courtesy of the growing list of defensive metrics supplied by Statcast™, the current Braves center fielder will at least be able to have a better feel for exactly how he stacks up against his contemporaries and future Gold Glovers.

Royals hire Lamont as special assistant to GM

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:20:58 EDT

The Royals have hired former White Sox and Pirates manager Gene Lamont as a special assistant to general manager Dayton Moore.

As spring nears, 2B in SD still uncertain

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:54:06 EDT

Yangervis Solarte may be gone -- dealt to Toronto on Jan. 6 for a pair of prospects -- but his departure did little to clarify things at second base for the Padres in 2018.

Cutch deal affects markets for Yelich, Realmuto

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:53:44 EDT

Pittsburgh on Monday dealt former National League MVP outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the Giants just two days after ace Gerrit Cole was sent to the Astros. The two major moves have reshaped the market, which could potentially impact the number of clubs coveting Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich and catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Yadi planning to retire after 2020 season

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:01:11 EDT

Catcher Yadier Molina said on Monday that he plans to play out his current contract with the Cardinals and then call it a career.

Source: Nats, Kendrick agree to 2-year deal

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:02:23 EDT

The Nationals and Howie Kendrick have agreed to a two-year contract, a source confirmed to's Mark Feinsand. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal was first to report the deal.

Unsung zero: Perfect year for Indians' Olson

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 10:08:11 EDT

The most dominant 2017 season you didn't notice came from a 27-year-old rookie pitcher with a modest professional track record. The year before, he was designated for assignment more times (three) than he pitched in a big league game (one).

Bullpen depth a source of strength for Orioles

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:47:36 EDT

The good news is the Orioles' relief corps has been here before. Yes, it's not ideal to lose All-Star closer Zach Britton for some -- if not all -- of the first half of the 2018 season, but not many bullpens could withstand that kind of loss. The O's relievers can.

Cutch tweets fond farewell to Pirates fans

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:02:45 EDT

Andrew McCutchen issued a heartfelt goodbye to Pirates fans and the city of Pittsburgh -- a place he called "My Home" in a classy tweet -- hours after it was revealed that he had been traded to the San Francisco Giants on Monday.

White Sox announce player development staff

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:55:27 EDT

The White Sox announced the organization's player development staff and assignments for the 2018 season under second-year director of player development Chris Getz.

Cutch deal has Giants primed for turnaround

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:42:16 EDT

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said recently that his team's 2018 turnaround would begin with being embarrassed about last season. That's a big part of why the Giants were poised for a bounce-back season even before making the second of two huge trades: Acquiring outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates on Monday after getting third baseman Evan Longoria from the Rays in December.

By the book: Maples seeks 'pen role with Cubs

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:49:55 EDT

Dillon Maples was sitting at a Starbucks in Memphis on Aug. 31, reading about George Washington, when Cubs player development director Jaron Madison interrupted him. Triple-A Iowa's game against the Redbirds had been called because of the weather. An avid reader, Maples' plan was to hunker down in one of the coffee shop's comfortable chairs for the day.

Morning Lineup Podcast: Cutch on the move

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:14:30 EDT

Anthony Castrovince, Richard Justice and Jon Paul Morosi discuss the Andrew McCutchen trade and yesterday's signings.

Former Rockies 3B Castilla big fan of Arenado

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:08:59 EDT

Before visiting Denver-area schools and hospitals Tuesday as part of the Rockies Winter Caravan, Vinny Castilla sang Nolan Arenado's praises on MLB Network's Hot Stove program via FaceTime.

Cutch's new teammates are very excited

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:03:12 EDT

Cutch's new teammates are very excited

Pirates announce 2018 Minor League staffs

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:20:54 EDT

The Pirates on Tuesday announced their Minor League coaching staffs for the 2018 season, introducing a new manager at Triple-A Indianapolis while keeping their championship-winning manager in place at Double-A Altoona.

Bucs, Rivero reportedly agree to 4-year deal

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:41:40 EDT

The Pirates and closer Felipe Rivero have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with two additional club options, according to a report from MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Photo of the Day: Martin Luther King Jr. looks pretty good with a bat in his hands

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:03:50 EDT

Photo of Day: Martin Luther King Jr. at bat

Bucs trade icon McCutchen to Giants

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:19:44 EDT

The Pirates traded McCutchen to the Giants, ending the franchise player's nine-year tenure in Pittsburgh. The Pirates receive Giants' No. 4-ranked prospect Bryan Reynolds and right-hander Kyle Crick -- who is ranked No. 16, according to MLB Pipeline.

DeWitt: Cards likely done making 'major' moves

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:24:08 EDT

Describing the Cardinals' 2018 roster as "strong" and "improved," principal owner Bill DeWitt Jr. suggested on Monday that the organization has wrapped up the bulk of its winter work.

Dr. King a guiding light in Grissom's life

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:42:55 EDT

This is the definitive weekend for Marquis Grissom. Not only was he born and raised in Atlanta -- the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- but he has done a bunch of things to enter the Hall of Fame of Philanthropy before, during and after his 17-year Major League career.

A look at top franchise players who were dealt

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:12:55 EDT

While it's jarring to see a club deal away its greatest player, such a move is not unprecedented. Here are 10 other examples from throughout baseball history.

MLK's spirit rings strong at Dream Series

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:55:13 EDT

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message resonated during the Dream Series, an initiative of Major League Baseball and USA Baseball that features a diverse group of some of the nation's top high school pitching and catching prospects. The series began on Thursday.

Trading Cutch was a tough but wise decision

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:57:40 EDT

Once Gerrit Cole was traded to the Astros, it was clear that the Neal Huntington and the Pirates' front office were going to swallow hard and do the thing they never wanted to do -- trade Andrew McCutchen.

Sosa facing uphill climb in quest for Cooperstown

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:00:00 EDT

It's all about 609 home runs, a massive number. But amid allegations of a failed drug test and never-ending whispers about PEDs haunting the latter part of his career, Sammy Sosa -- like his great rival Mark McGwire -- will not get to Cooperstown unless attitudes change dramatically.

Musgrove eager to work in Pirates' rotation

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:35:36 EDT

Joe Musgrove will immediately join the Pirates' young rotation as the club retools its roster without Gerrit Cole. The Bucs believe the 25-year-old Musgrove will thrive as a starter, even after some ups and downs with the Astros.

The Birmingham Barons will put 'Letter from a Birmingham Jail' on special jerseys this season

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:18:36 EDT

Photo: Birmingham Barons unveil special MLK uniform

Jason Kipnis continued his interactions with the animal kingdom by feeding an iguana

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:51:50 EDT

Jason Kipnis fed an iguana a tasty leaf

Twins sign reliever Reed to 2-year contract

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:28:38 EDT

The Twins signed reliever Addison Reed to a two-year deal worth $16.75 million, the team announced on Monday

MLB Pipeline's 2018 All-Defense Team

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:19:04 EDT

Jim Callis asked numerous front-office executives to identify baseball's best defensive prospect to help determine MLB Pipeline's 2018 All-Defense Team.

Perfect fit: Free-agent deals that feel right

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:07:36 EDT

Sometimes, two parties don't know how much they need one another until it's too late. Let's hope no one goes down that road this offseason. Everyone take a deep breath and see if we can do the right thing.

Classic rematch? Astros, Dodgers best on paper

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:52:10 EDT

Last year, the Astros and Dodgers met in the World Series, and the way the projections currently look, they'll be baseball's best in 2018 as well. Who else is on their level -- and how can they catch up?

Hicks giving Stanton, Judge a run in gym

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:51:24 EDT

Hicks giving Stanton, Judge a run in gym

Prospect Puk pleased with 2017 progress

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:01:46 EDT

Lefty A.J. Puk didn't disappoint in his first full professional season, and the pitcher's development on and off the mound continued into the offseason, as he represented Oakland at Major League Baseball's Rookie Career Development Program this month.

Musgrove thanks Houston after being dealt

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:41:10 EDT

Musgrove thanks Houston after being dealt

Confident Pham targets 30-30 season in '18

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:53:43 EDT

Ever since hearing that those who write down their goals are 30 percent more likely to achieve them, Tommy Pham has been deliberate about transferring his intentions onto paper. He has no interest in keeping them a secret, either.

"Million Dollar Arm" pitcher Rinku Singh has signed with the WWE Performance Center

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 12:52:27 EDT

'Million Dollar Arm' pitcher Singh joins WWE

Hall of Fame umpire Harvey, 87, passes away

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:19:45 EDT

Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey, who worked 4,673 games in a 31-year career spent entirely in the National League, passed away due to natural causes on Saturday. He was 87.

Inbox: Which pitcher tops Rangers' wish list?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:53:56 EDT

Which of the remaining free-agent pitchers is of most interest to the Texas Rangers? Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers this question and more in his latest Inbox.

Inbox: Strategy behind Brantley over Bruce?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:43:32 EDT

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian fields questions from fans on the Jay Bruce vs. Michael Brantley decision, Danny Salazar's return to the rotation and more in this edition of Indians Inbox.

Inbox: Should Sox rest Sale more next season?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:56:33 EDT

Ian Browne answers fan questions about Chris Sale, potential position switches and more.

Grichuk disappointed to lose starting spot

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:11:11 EDT

As Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty separated for the offseason, they anticipated that their time as teammates was ending. The Cardinals' offseason priorities were evident, and among them was an intention to clear some outfield clutter.

Crime Dog a curious Hall of Fame case

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:00:13 EDT

In all the years I have been writing this series, the one guy that to me sits most directly on the Hall of Fame line is Fred McGriff. I could absolutely defend voting for him. I could absolutely defend not voting for him.

Nelson ahead of schedule in shoulder recovery

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:38:41 EDT

Here's news that will not surprise anyone who has met the man or watched him hustle from task to task around the Brewers' clubhouse: Jimmy Nelson is ahead of schedule in his comeback from shoulder surgery.