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According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have agreed to grandfather in the recently-expired posting system as it relates to Shohei Otani.

That's a big development for Otani, who along with his representatives in Japan and his current Japanese team, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, had been awaiting possible changes to the posting system. One proposal being floated would switch the posting fee from a lump sum (up to $20 million) to a percentage of the contract that Japanese players sign overseas. Otani is only 23 years old and is subject to international signing regulations, so his first MLB contract won't carry much up-front cash. That suggested change obviously didn't sit well with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and they refused to give it their necessary vote of approval. Otani, a uniquely-talented two-way star, recently hired CAA Baseball to represent him in North America and the pursuit of his services should soon get underway. We'll be tracking it closely here at Rotoworld.
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 03:37:00 PM

Josh Hader apologized for sending out racist and homophobic tweets as a teenager in 2011-2012 after Tuesday night's 2018 MLB All-Star Game.

Hader's ugly past on Twitter began popping up as he struggled through a three-run eighth inning in the National League's eventual 8-6 loss to the American League. "When you’re a kid, you tweet what’s on your mind," the Brewers' setup man told reporters late Tuesday. "I was young, immature, and stupid." Hader said he will address the issue with his teammates before play resumes for the second half and is "ready for any consequences" that might come.
Jul 18 - 12:26 AM

Alex Bregman belted a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the 10th inning Tuesday as the American League beat the National League 8-6 in the 2018 MLB All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.

Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett tied things up in the bottom of the ninth with a two-run homer off Mariners closer Edwin Diaz, but Bregman and the American League All-Stars quickly got revenge, plating three runs off Dodgers starter Ross Stripling in the first frame of extras to seal the deal. Bregman and his Astros teammate George Springer went back-to-back to lead off the top of the 10th and then Jean Segura and Mitch Moreland both singled, with Segura eventually being driven in on a sacrifice fly for the AL's eighth run of the affair. There were 10 total home runs hit on the night, a new All-Star Game record. The previous record was six. Bregman was named the MVP.
Jul 17 - 11:59 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and FOX reports that Manny Machado will indeed be traded to the Dodgers.

Rosenthal interviewed Machado during the sixth inning of Tuesday night's All-Star Game and the 26-year-old superstar spoke about the Orioles in the past tense while acknowledging that he hadn't heard anything official. Moments later, Rosenthal wrote on Twitter that the trade to the Dodgers is "happening." MLB discourages teams from making big announcements on the day of the Midsummer Classic, and that's probably the only thing that is keeping the full trade agreement under wraps. 21-year-old outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz is expected to be part of the O's return package. We haven't heard word about any other names that might be included. Look for this deal to be made official on Wednesday.
Jul 17 - 10:16 PM

Wilson Ramos (hamstring) will open the second half of the season on the disabled list.

Ramos suffered a left hamstring strain on Saturday against the Twins and won't be ready when play resumes after the All-Star break. The move can be made retroactive to July 15, which means Ramos would be first eligible to return next Wednesday, July 25. The 30-year-old catcher is one of the biggest trade chips for the Rays with the July 31 non-waiver deadline fast approaching.
Jul 17 - 5:48 PM

Andrew Miller (knee) pitched a hitless inning in his rehab debut Tuesday at Triple-A Columbus.

Miller struck out two of the three batters he faced and needed just 12 pitches to record a 1-2-3 frame against the Triple-A affiliate of the Phillies. The 33-year-old left-hander figures to make one or two more appearances at the Triple-A level before returning to the Indians' bullpen shortly after the All-Star break. He has been out since May 26 with a right knee injury.
Jul 17 - 4:54 PM

Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) will return to the Nationals' rotation Friday against the Braves.

Strasburg allowed just one earned run over nine innings on his two-start minor league rehab assignment with High-A Potomac, tallying 12 strikeouts against one walk. And he made it up to 82 pitches in his last outing there Sunday, so there shouldn't be any limitations on the 29-year-old right-hander in his first start back Friday versus Atlanta. Strasburg has been sidelined since June 10 due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder.
Jul 17 - 4:49 PM

Yoenis Cespedes (hip) went 1-for-4 with a single and played seven innings in left field Tuesday while playing for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets.

Cespedes hit two home runs in a simulated game on Monday, but this was his first real game action since May 13. Progress with his hip and quad has been slow, but the veteran slugger appears on track to rejoin the Mets when the second half of the season begins Friday against the Yankees in Yankee Stadium. The timing makes sense, as Cespedes can be eased back in as the designated hitter.
Jul 17 - 3:02 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Indians are among the teams interested in Padres closer Brad Hand.

It's not a big surprise to see the Indians are looking for bullpen help, as their relievers rank 29th in the majors with 5.28 ERA. Still, the asking price will be considerable. Hand is owed $13.5 million over the next two years, with a $10 million club option for 2021. The southpaw has compiled 24 saves for the Padres this season while posting a 3.05 ERA and 65/15 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings. There would be value beyond this season for the Indians with Andrew Miller and Cody Allen due to hit free agency this winter.
Jul 17 - 2:41 PM

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia writes that the Phillies have "definite interest" in Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ.

Manny Machado and Zach Britton of the Orioles are at the top of the Phillies' wish list, but Salisbury writes that Happ is another name under consideration internally. Salisbury also hears from a source that the Blue Jays have recently been scouting the Phillies' minor league system. Happ, who originally came up with the Phillies, lost three straight starts going into the break and has seen his ERA jump from 3.48 to 4.29 over the past month. Still, he's one of the better arms available on the trade market, with the Yankees also mentioned prominently as a potential match. The 35-year-old is due to become a free agent following the season.
Jul 17 - 9:08 AM

Bryce Harper defeated Kyle Schwarber in the finals to win the 2018 All-Star Game Home Run Derby.

You didn't think anyone else was going to win at Nationals Park, did you? Harper smacked 13 home runs in the first round to eliminate Freddie Freeman and another 13 in the second round to take down Max Muncy. Schwarber batted first in the finals and set the bar high with 18 bombs, and it looked like it might hold up after Harper started slowly. However, Harper tied Schwarber with a flurry of dingers in the final 90 seconds and took advantage of 30 seconds of bonus time by banging one out to dead center field to win it. He became the third player ever to win the Derby in his home park.
Jul 16 - 10:39 PM

Gleyber Torres (hip) hopes to be activated from the disabled list on July 23.

Torres ran the bases on Monday and said afterward that "I think I’m ready right now." However, Torres will first have a short rehab assignment with High-A Tampa over the weekend. He'll then rejoin the Yankees in a week for the start of their series against the Rays, assuming all goes well. Torres has been sidelined for nearly two weeks with a right hip strain.
Jul 16 - 5:21 PM




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