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Major League Baseball is expected to begin the hearing of Alex Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game suspension on September 30, one day after the regular season concludes.

Sources indicated that the date is predicated on the Yankees not making it to the postseason however, and sounds like it could be pushed back if that were to occur. In the midst of all the turmoil, the 38-year-old slugger has actually performed well since returning from the disabled list, hitting .275/.368/.441 with four homers, 10 RBI and four stolen bases in 28 games.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 08:26:00 AM

Mariners acquired RHP Nick Rumbelow from the Yankees for prospects JP Sears and Juan Then.

Rumbelow was only recently added to the Yankees' 40-man roster so the club could avoid having to expose him during the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. The 26-year-old had a stellar 2017 season between Double-A and Triple-A for the Yanks, posting a 1.12 ERA and 0.79 WHIP in 40 1/3 innings of work. The M's have made multiple moves already in hopes of reshaping their major league bullpen, and Rumbelow could have a shot at winning a roster spot in spring.
Nov 18 - 4:53 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Orioles are interested in free agent right-hander Alex Cobb.

Cobb is on the market after rejecting the Rays' one-year qualifying offer. He was quite impressive in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, registering a 3.66 ERA and 128/44 K/BB ratio in 179 1/3 innings. He should do very well in free agency.
Nov 18 - 12:55 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants "have been the most aggressive team" in trade talks involving Giancarlo Stanton.

The Giants and Cardinals have been the two clubs pegged as the most determined in negotiations about the just-named National League MVP. Of course, it remains to be seen whether Stanton would even be willing to accept a trade to either team. Nightengale adds that the Marlins are "not close" to trading their star outfielder anywhere at this point, although the likelihood that he'll be dealt at some point this offseason remains very high. Miami would surely like more teams to get in on the bidding and they may wait things out in hopes that that happens.
Nov 17 - 10:45 AM

Jose Altuve was voted first on 27 of 30 ballots to win American League MVP honors, announced by the BBWAA on Thursday.

It seemed like this race was set up to be a lot closer between Altuve and Aaron Judge, but the voters made their preference clear. Judge didn't even get all of the remaining first-place votes; Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star put Jose Ramirez first and dropped Judge down to third. Ramirez was also third on 22 ballots to easily finish in the "show" spot in the vote. Mike Trout was fourth, followed by Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts and Corey Kluber.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 16 - 6:52 PM

Giancarlo Stanton edged out Joey Votto for the National League MVP award announced by the BBWAA on Thursday.

By a whole two points (302-300). Both players received 10 first-place votes. Stanton got one more second and one more third, which was enough to carry the day. In all, six players got first-place votes on a tough-to-figure ballot. Paul Goldschmidt (four first-place votes) finished third in the balloting ahead of Nolan Arenado (two first-place) and Charlie Blackmon (three first-place). Anthony Rendon was sixth in the balloting, though he wasn't higher than third on any ballot. Kris Bryant got the last first-place vote and finished seventh.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 16 - 6:21 PM

Alex Cobb and every other free agent given qualifying offers declined said offer prior to Thursday's 5 p.m. deadline.

There wasn't much doubt this was coming. Since the rewards have been lessened, no team gave a qualifying offer to a borderline player who might have accepted it, such as Zack Cozart or Andrew Cashner. Cobb, Greg Holland and Wade Davis might ultimately sign for less per year than the $17.4 million the qualifying offer was worth, but all will get multiyear deals. It certainly wasn't a consideration for the other six to get the offer: Eric Hosmer, Jake Arrieta, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Carlos Santana and Lance Lynn.
Nov 16 - 5:25 PM

According to Patrick Mooney of NBC Sports Chicago, the Cubs have identified free agent reliever Brandon Morrow as an offseason target.

Morrow put up a stellar 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 regular-season innings for the Dodgers and then shut down the Cubs in the National League Championship Series. Mooney says the Cubs "are also expected to monitor" the market for free agent Addison Reed as they look for new late-inning relief options. The asking price on Orioles closer Zach Britton is said to be "too high."
Nov 16 - 11:54 AM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees are interested in acquiring Jurickson Profar from the Rangers.

There is no obvious short-term or even long-term spot for Profar in the Bronx, but Sherman says the Yankees "would be willing to take on a single player with upside and pedigree in exchange for multiple players who are crowding their deep 40-man roster." Profar, once considered the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, has batted just .229/.309/.329 in 206 career games at the major league level. A change of scenery would probably do him some good. There is also said to be interest from the Reds and Padres.
Nov 16 - 10:45 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the MLBPA has set a Monday deadline for resolving the posting system issue.

This issue hangs heavy over the Shohei Otani market, which can't really get moving until the new parameters for payment to Nippon Professional Baseball teams are decided. The old system called for up to $20 million going to NPB teams, but there's talk of a new system that would give NPB teams a percentage of the contract Japanese players sign with MLB clubs. Otani is only 23 years old and subject to international signing restrictions, so his first MLB contract won't carry much up-front cash. Which is why his team in Japan, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, want the old posting system to be grandfathered in. We should have a resolution soon.
Nov 16 - 10:33 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic writes that the Braves' punishment for their alleged international free agent transgressions will likely be severe.

Rosenthal mentions that the Braves will probably receive a "substantial" fine, restrictions in their allocated finances for future signings, and the possibility that some prospects they signed out of Latin America could be turned back into free agents. This includes 17-year-old shortstop Kevin Maitan, the crown jewel of the 2016 international class. Maitan is said to have made a verbal agreement with Atlanta before the official signing period, which is against the rules. There's still no firm date as to when Manfred will announce his findings and the subsequent penalties.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 15 - 10:11 PM

Mariners acquired INF/DH Ryon Healy from the Athletics for RHP Emilio Pagan and INF Alexander Campos.

Because of course Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto had to make the first major transaction of the season. Healy was a surprise standout as a rookie in 2016 with an .861 OPS for the A's, and while that number dropped 100 points (.754) in 2017, he still was able to hit 25 homers and post a 102+ OPS. The Mariners have an immediate need at first base with Yonder Alonso a free agent, so he could be a natural fit at the position; especially considering how much he's struggled as a third baseman defensively.
Nov 15 - 8:53 PM




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