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Red Sox Designate Juan Francisco For Assignment
The Red Sox announced that they have designated corner infielder Juan Francisco for assignment. The move clears roster space for
Details On Jay Bruce's No-Trade Clause
We heard recently that the Reds will at least listen to offers on outfielder Jay Bruce. While that still seems to be a long shot, it is worth noting that Bruce has an eight-team no-trade clause that would come into play were he shopped.
Lucas Harrell Signs With Korea's LG Twins
Former big league starter Lucas Harrell has agreed to a $900K deal with the LG Twins of Korea’s KBO, according to Jeeho Yoo of Y...
Jon Lester Rumors: Tuesday
Yesterday, we took a look at some news and rumors on free agent Jon Lester and the connection of his market to the trade market for
MLBTR Live Chat
Click below to read a transcript of this week’s live chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.
Live Blog MLBTR Live Chat 11-25-14
The Daily Turnover – Nov 25
Analysis by David Fraye For many, today starts and ends with Anthony Davis. I think you’re making a mistake if you fade him on a slate...
Twins Outright Anthony Swarzak
The Twins have outrighted righty Anthony Swarzak, according to a tweet from Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. With the move, Minnesota has one open 40-man roster spot.
Kyle Seager and the extension we should have seen coming
The news of Kyle Seager's 7-years, $100 million contract extension took many by surprise yesterday. Maybe we should have expected this all along.
Kyle Seager has been one of baseb...
Daisuke Matsuzaka Considering Return To NPB
Veteran right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who came to the United States with such fanfare back in 2007, appears to be considering an offer to return to playing in his native Japan, according to a
“Perusing the Perimeter” Week 13 Blog
2014 Fantasy Baseball: Disappointments — NL Starting Pitchers
Jose FernandezSource: Denis Poroy/Getty Images North America
The senior circuit certainly had their fair share of disappointments on the hill. In most cases, we are talking about pitchers that got hurt and underperformed because of that. Injuries...
Offseason Outlook: San Francisco Giants
After missing the playoffs in 2013, the Giants added yet another chapter to the “Even Year” saga by capturing their third World Series victory in the past five seasons. They’ll have plenty to address in the offseason, however, w...
White Sox Designate Scott Carroll
The White Sox have designated righty Scott Carroll for assignment to create roster space for the official signing of first baseman
Latest On Mariners' Pursuit Of Right-Hand Outfield Bat
The Mariners, as expected, are pursuing several trade possibilities in their efforts to find a right-handed-hitting corner outfield bat, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports on Twitter. Seattle has long been expected to try to fill its outfield void ...
Lorenzo Cain Hits Lottery
The Kansas City Royals made a surprise run to the World Series this year. Lorenzo Cain was a significant factor in that outcome, relatively speaking. Jeff Sullivan welcomed the center and right fielder to stardom last month. (The anecdote at the b...
Red Sox Designate Ryan Lavarnway
The Red Sox have designated Ryan Lavarnway for assignment to clear roster space for the signing of
West Notes: Kantrovitz, Tomas, Saunders, Correia, Sandoval
Filling the opening left by the departing Farhan Zaidi, now-former Cardinals scouting director Dan Kantrovitz will return to the Athletics as an assistant general manager, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports on Twitter. Kantrovitz recently gave an int...
Early 2015 Mock Draft: Rounds 4 & 5 Recap
As the holiday season approaches and snow begins to blanket parts of the country, we baseball addicts are busy drafting our 2015 fantasy teams. Of course, I’m talking about our Early 2015 Mock Draft, one where even the best baseball minds make q...
Steven Souza and Michael Taylor: Buried in Washington
The Washington Nationals have a tip top outfield of Denard Span, Bryce Harper, and Jayson Werth. The trio is productive when healthy, but they all spend time with the team trainer. That’s where Steven Souza and Michael Taylor enter the pict...
Week 13 PPR WR/TE Sleepers
Tyler Baddick gives you his advice as fantasy owners are fighting to get into that playoffs! Don't miss out!
Week 13 PPR WR/TE Sleepers
As we enter week 13 in this NFL season, most fantasy league playoffs officially start in one week. Week...
Phillies To Sign Chris Nelson
The Phillies have reached agreement on a minor league deal with infielder Chris Nelson, according to a tweet from Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Nelson, 29, now joins his sixth organizati...
Jacoby Ellsbury In The Bronx
In his first season in New York, Jacoby Ellsbury didn’t crack under the pressure of a $153 million contract, hitting in Yankee Stadium didn’t kill his swing and despite something of an injury label, he managed to appear in 149 games, putting t...
Red Sox add Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval
Boston had a busy day yesterday, stacking the left side of their infield with two big-name free agents. What does this mean for the rest of the offseason and beyond?
Monday was a big day in the world of baseball contracts, including Kyle S...
Rangers To Sign Ross Wolf
Right-hander Ross Wolf has inked a minor league deal with the Rangers that includes a Spring Training invite, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports on Twitter. The 32-year-old had been a r...
Ryan Zimmerman, Sleeper?
I hate the word sleeper. The very definition of the term in fantasy circles isn’t completely clear to begin with and the players typically labeled as such are just young guys with upside. I tend to define a sleeper as anyone I believe to be ...
Fantasy Freestyle: Christian Yelich is Poised to Break Out by Matt Collins
Giancarlo Stanton isn't the only name to know in the Miami lineup.
Fantasy Freestyle: Offseason Trades and Responding to the Default Effect by Jeff Quinton
A follow-up to last week's piece, explaining how to take advantage of offseason trade-market inefficiencies.
Fantasy Freestyle: 40-Man Additions to Know by Craig Goldstein
These prospects have cleared one hurdle keeping them from the majors, so they're worthy of your attention.
2014 Fantasy Baseball: The New Third Baseman In Boston
Source: Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America
With the long rumored deal finalized, Pablo Sandoval will takeover the third base duties for the Boston Red Sox. The contract comes in at five years, and while the final details are yet to be releas...
Fantasy Fallout: Adam LaRoche Goes To Chicago
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) There’s certainly been a lot of baseball news of late (most notably the Red Sox’ splurge to add both Hanley Ramirez & Pablo Sandoval). However, not to be overlooked is the news that broke o...
Aging Free Swingers (Josh Hamilton vs. Mark Trumbo)
Last year, Mark Trumbo was worth just short of a buck by our end-of-season values. Josh Hamilton cost his owners three cents. They are both free-swingers coming off bad seasons. That is the premise for this article. Flimsy, yes. But it’s hap...
Top 10 Surprises in Fantasy Football Through 12 Weeks
What have been the most surprising developments and performances so far in fantasy football? Where do Golden Tate, Jeremy Maclin, and Justin Forsett rank?
Every year, we make a lot of predictions for fantasy football, so, naturally, many o...
The Mailbox Money Men Power Rankings
Outstanding performances aren't always compensated at the same time those performances occur.
Red Sox Reorient With Panda And Han Lee
Earlier this offseason, it was reported that the Red Sox coaches didn't like Yoenis Cespedes. Wait until they get a load of Hanley Ramirez! If you were to put "Happiness That You Have Hanley" on the Y-axis and "Time Spent With Hanley" on the X-a...
The Waiver Wire: Week 13
Analysis by Adam Pfeifer I’m back. First of all, just wanted to apologize for my week-long absence. It was a difficult week for me to...
AL East Notes: Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays
The action today was in the AL East, with the Red Sox reportedly reaching terms with both Hanley Ramirez and
FakeTeam Dynasty League Needs Owners
The FakeTeams Dynasty League is entering season 2 and needs some new owners
No fantasy analysis in this piece, but instead an opportunity for the hardcore fantasy baseball managers. Last year, we started the FakeTeams Dynasty L...
Released: Jose Molina, Cole Figueroa, Ramon Cabrera
Here are the day’s minor moves …
The Rays have placed catcher Jose Molina and infielder
Latest On Jon Lester And Cole Hamels
Earlier today we heard that the Giants have shown interest in Jon Lester, and that interest may now increase with
NBA DFS Plays of the Day – Nov 24
Analysis by Justin Bales Guard Kyle Lowry ($8,000) – There aren’t many point guards that catch my eye tonight, but Lowry is one. He’s on absolute fire...
Rangers Sign Ed Lucas To Minor League Deal
The Rangers announced that they’ve signed infielder Ed Lucas to a minor league deal and invited him to big league Spring Training.
Texas claimed Lucas from the Marlins on waivers back in October but outrighted him at month’s end to c...
Dodgers Acquire Juan Nicasio, Designate Ryan Jackson
The Dodgers announced that they have acquired right-hander Juan Nicasio from the Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room for Nicasio, who was designated for assignment last week, the Dodgers have de...
Steven Moya: The Good, the Good and the Ugly
Steven Moya is not exactly a household name in fantasy baseball. He didn’t make any top 100 prospect lists going into the 2014 season, but the 22-year-old has garnered some recent attention. In AA, he hit 35 home runs this past season and fi...
Yasmany Tomas Rumors: Monday
Late last week, the Padres and Braves were rumored to be emerging as the favorites for Yasmany Tomas, and on Sunday it was reported that he’s received offers from the Braves, Giants and Padres with the Mariners, Phil...
Deeper Outfielders That Might Be Relevant Next Year
For the purposes of our rankings, we assume that the 75th outfielder is replacement level, basically. That’s why the 75th-ranked Mark Trumbo, worth seventy cents, is the last guy you can round to a dollar. But if you’re like me, and yo...
The Daily Turnover – Nov 24
By David Fraye It seems that rostering anyone vs Philadelphia right now isn’t much different than playing the state lottery. After getting burned on a...
Red Sox Agree To Terms With Hanley Ramirez
The Red Sox have reached an agreement with Hanley Ramirez, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal
Josh Willingham Announces Retirement
Josh Willingham will officially retire after an 11-year Major League career, the outfielder told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick
Mariners, Kyle Seager Agree To Seven-Year, $100MM Extension
The Mariners and third baseman Kyle Seager are on the verge of completing a seven-year, $100MM extension, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo...
Giants Have Shown Interest In Jon Lester
It appears likely — though not yet 100 percent certain — that Giants mainstay Pablo Sandoval is on his way to the Red Sox, and the Giants may look to go a...
Boston Red Sox Sign Pablo Sandoval
The Boston Red Sox and free agent 3B Pablo Sandoval have agreed to a 5 year deal, in the $100 mil range. This on the same day they added Hanley Ramirez who returns to Boston on a 5 year deal. With Ramirez and Sandoval now a part of Red Sox Nat...
Offseason Fantasy Blockbusters
Ottoneu is a year-round fantasy baseball platform developed by Lord of Shadows Niv Shah. You probably know that. The arbitration period ended on November 14, and trading began the next day. In the writer’s league, FanGraphs Staff Two, a pair...
2014 Fantasy Baseball: Disappointments — AL Starting Pitchers
Justin VerlanderSource: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America
Pitching in fantasy baseball is an interesting dichotomy. On the one hand, pitching has never been more dominant at any time in fantasy baseball. Sure, they played some Stratomatic ...
6 Breakout Pitchers You Can Trust In 2015
Each and every year it seems like the baseball community develops more and more advanced stats, with scouts covering more and more players at younger and younger ages. So how is it possible that every year players still come out of nowhere to put ...
Orioles Interested In Melky Cabrera As "Fallback Option"
If the Orioles can’t re-sign Nick Markakis, the team’s “fallback option” is to pursue free agent outfielder
Does better data lead to better MVP selections?
With the explosion of data in the past 15-20 years, are MVP choices more aligned with the "best" player? The results may surprise you.
In 2014, the Most Valuable Player Awards in both leagues were given to the players with the best FanGrap...
Latest On Red Sox, Pablo Sandoval
7:04am: Gustavo Vasquez says no agreement has been reached and that his client is still weighing offers, WEEI.com’s Alex Speier reports (Twitter link).
6:51am: The Red Sox have agreed to a deal with free agent third baseman
Kole Calhoun Delivers a Profit
Heading into the 2014 season, Kole Calhoun enjoyed some sleeper love as the prospect of hitting atop a a solid Angels lineup made him an intriguing outfield option. And despite missing over a month with an ankle injury, he still managed to finish ...
Week 12 Top Performers At Each Position
Nobody went crazy and over 30 points this week, but who were the ones that still topped there position? A recap of those performances from week 12 and more.
This was a great week of watching football. On Thursday night in a game that ...
Fantasy Team Preview: Detroit Tigers by Nick Shlain
Victor Martinez is back, Miguel Cabrera is still there, and those are two reasons why you shouldn't sleep on the fantasy options in Motown.
Early 2015 Rankings: Top 15 Catchers
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Carlos Santana, who was one of the best options behind the plate, appeared in just 11 games as a catcher in 2014 and has lost his eligibility in many formats. Who stepped up in his absence? There’s sur...
Hanley Ramirez to Return to Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox and SS Hanley Ramirez are finalizing a 5 year $90 mil contract, that will reunite the two. Boston signed Ramirez back in 2000, as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. He was later traded to the Florida (Miam...
The Effects of Pitch Sequencing
See just how important pitch sequencing really is for pitchers and hitters.
Fantasy Baseball: Early 2015 Position Rankings
Are you looking for some 2015 position rankings? Well, look no further, as we have links to all of Ray's early 2015 rankings to help you in your offseason research and valuation.
It is never too early to begin your offseason research and ...
Dalton Pompey, 2015 Fantasy Outlook
Rock Master Scott from Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three, famous for the song, The Roof is on Fire, was vacationing with his family in Pompeii, Italy in the early 1980s, when he saw the ruins in the volcanic ash. He passed his Minolta cam...
Non-Tender Candidate: Mitch Moreland
Most Rangers players struggled or were injured in Texas’ disastrous 2014 season, and first baseman Mitch Moreland was no exception. The lefty hit .246/.297/.347 in 184 plate appearances through early June, then had ankle surgery and missed ...
Quick Hits: Cabrera, Martin, Cubs, Diamondbacks
There’s still a chance the Blue Jays could re-sign Melky Cabrera, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star writes. GM Ale...
Red Sox Finalizing Deal With Hanley Ramirez
Hanley Ramirez will go to Boston on Monday to finalize a deal with the Red Sox in the five-year, $90MM range, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter
Athletics Fielding Calls On Left-Handed Hitters
After acquiring lefty first baseman Ike Davis from the Pirates, the Athletics are fielding calls on lefties
Non-Tender Candidate: Kris Medlen
This year, teams have until 11:59 ET on December 2 to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. About 40 players are non-tender candidates, per MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes. Included on the list is injured Braves starting pitcher
The High Risk of Free Agent Position Players
Signing free agent position players to contracts of five or more years has generally not been a good value.
Last week, I took a look at the value in signing ...
A look back at the original reporting and analysis found on MLBTR this past week:
MLB Trade Rumors Podcast featured host Jeff Todd reviewing the week’s transactions and discussing with Steve Adams how the early free agent signings will affect...
Quick Hits: Upton, Montero, Rays, Hunter, Pirates
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince names the ten players most likely to be traded this offseason and the Braves’ Justin Upton tops the list. C...
Yasmany Tomas Rumors: Sunday
We’ll keep track of any Yasmany Tomas-related rumors here, with the newest items at the top.
The Braves‘ pursuit of Tomas is unrelated to the progress of any trades involving Justin Upton or
MLB Trade Rumors: Hanley Ramirez to the Red Sox?
CBSSports Jon Heyman is reporting that the Red Sox are "trying hard" to sign both Pablo Sandoval AND Hanley Ramirez.
It was reported earlier last week that the Red Sox had made a 6 yea...
Red Sox "Trying Hard" To Sign Ramirez, Sandoval
The Red Sox are “trying hard” to sign both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval...
Hot Stove Junkie: Giancarlo Stanton and More
The Cyborg Steve Austin has nothing...
...on the 325 Million Dollar Man!The 325 Million Dollar Man - Giancarlo Stanton
You can make a pretty solid case for Giancarlo Stanton as the number one pick...
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A's Acquire Ike Davis
The A’s have acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the Pirates for international slot money, tweets Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Davi...
Indians Notes: Swisher, Bourn, Masterson, Hamels
MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian and Paul Hoynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group cleared out their inbox this weekend answering readers’ questions about possible move...
Highlighting top catcher prospects for 2015
Though the minor-league catcher pool isn't as stocked with Fantasy-relevant talent these days, Scott White highlights a few of the prospects who could make an impact in 2015 and beyond.
Rangers Notes: Upton, Andrus, Gallo, Alfaro
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has the latest on the Rangers (all Twitter links):
The Rangers have spoken to the Braves about
West Notes: Robertson, Astros, Sandoval, Kennedy
The Astros are known to be seeking relief help and they might be aiming high. Houston has reached out to Scott Leventhal, the agent for David Robertson, to express interest in the Yankees closer, an industry source told
Ben Revere, the steals are coming, the steals are coming
“I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.” –Ben Revere’s speech he gives first basemen.
After a spring full of
Cafardo On Fowler, Astros, Hammel, Miley
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe asked about a dozen GMs in Phoenix about the Yankees’ situation and not one of them thought the Bombers would stay away from a major signing. For all the talk about the Cubs being a major player for
Indians Designate Scott Barnes For Assignment
The Indians have designated left-hander Scott Barnes for assignment, according to Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer (on Twitter). The move will help the Tribe create room for right-hande...
Baseball Blogs Weigh In: D'Backs, Upton, Angels
On this date in 2011, the A’s completed a deal that sent pitcher Gio Gonzalez to the Nationals. Soon after, Gonalez agreed to a five-year, $42MM extension that locks him in through 2016 with team options that could extend the deal throug...
Adam LaRoche Joins the White Sox
The Chicago White Sox continued to make news this offseason by adding first baseman Adam LaRoche.
After signing Zach Duke to a three-year deal, the
Has Dustin Pedroia’s Time As A Viable Fantasy Option Come & Gone?
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) You have to think that at least a part of the Boston Red Sox hierarchy wishes that Dustin Pedroia wasn’t signed to a big money contract through 2021. Even if he was coming off a productive season, the ...
Over/Under: 2015 Shortstops
Over/under 117 games played for Troy Tulowitzki: over. In my article earlier this week, I mentioned that Troy Tulowitzki has missed an average of 45 games per season in his career. Last season, Tulo only managed 91 games before getting shut do...