Sources: Yankees make signing Cole top priority

The New York Yankees have made signing right-hander Gerrit Cole their clear offseason priority and have ownership-level approval to offer him a record-setting deal, sources familiar with their plans told ESPN. The Yankees’ fondness for the 29-year-old Cole, whose fantastic 2019 season with the Houston Astros set him up to smash David Price’s record contract for a pitcher of $217 […]

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Brewers fill need at catcher, acquire Narvaez

The Milwaukee Brewers completed a trade Thursday with the Seattle Mariners to acquire catcher Omar Narvaez in exchange for minor league pitcher Adam Hill and a competitive balance Round B draft pick. The Brewers had a need at catcher after starter Yasmani Grandal signed a four-year, $73 million contract with the Chicago White Sox last month. The left-handed-hitting Narvaez, 27, […]

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Phillies’ signing of Zack Wheeler can’t be final piece if team wants to contend for World Series

The Phillies have address a major area of need, if their reported signing of right-handed pitcher Zack Wheeler to a five-year, $118 million deal is true (and there’s no reason to believe multiple reliable reporters are wrong). And that big, huge, massive deal brings up one important question: Good move, but what’s next?  This is a Phillies team that’s won […]

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Sources: Wheeler joins Phillies with $118M deal

Right-hander Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies are in agreement on a five-year, $118 million contract, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Wheeler was considered the prize of the free-agency class among starting pitchers for teams that didn’t want to compete in stratospheric bidding for Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg. The Phillies, who have a new manager, Joe Girardi, needed starting […]

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Is fear of a long strike or lockout driving MLB teams to go for it now?

Compared with last MLB offseason, this year has been a blizzard of rumors and activity. Teams are addressing needs, big-name players are inking deals, and those contracts feature appropriate numbers after the dollar signs. Yes, it’s still early. But things are happening. The Braves ponied up for reliever Will Smith, then Wednesday signed starter Cole Hamels. The Reds reportedly gave a fat contract […]

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What five new MLB free agents can tell us about the offseason

Baseball’s free agent market got its last boost of manpower before the winter truly settles in. And while the list of 53 arbitration-eligible players not offered contracts by their teams wasn’t filled with A-listers, it nonetheless tells us a few things about where this hot stove season is going. Not surprisingly, the news remains grim for those on the outside […]

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Dear MLB franchises: Please keep paying the players

Pay your players.  Pay. Your. Players. Say it with me, MLB franchises: Pay. Your. Players. Feel it. Live it. Breathe it in. Drink it in, man. Those three words could probably be repeated 30 to 40 times in the rest of this column to prove a point and send a message — after all, following a pretty dead two years of […]

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