A few decades ago, Diana Everett of Chesterfield, Mo., saw a future in giveaways for sports teams. And it turns out, MLB was looking for business owners like her. One aspect of MLB's 25-year-old diversity and inclusion program has been putting businesses fronted my women, minorities, the LGBT community and veterans in front of clubs and league-office divisions so they can develop techniques and compete for business.
Giants considering unconventional pitching
The Giants are mulling various alternative pitching strategies to deploy next season, one of which is the opener trend popularized by the Rays and A's in 2018.
The latest Kimbrel free-agent rumors
Craig Kimbrel has compiled an impressive resume during his nine seasons in the big leagues, recording a microscopic 1.91 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP, 333 saves and a 14.7 K/9 rate, and he should be a coveted asset on the free-agent market this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the right-hander.
5 moves that could still come at Winter Meetings
The Winter Meetings are more than halfway over, and Andrew McCutchen's contract with the Phillies remains the lone major transaction since the baseball industry gathered at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Monday. For the event to equal the week's glitzy venue, general managers will need to act quickly -- and boldly.
30 updates from Winter Meetings -- 1 for each team
Servais embraces challenge of new-look roster
For Scott Servais, the goal doesn't change. As the Mariners manager, he's going to do his best to win every possible game this season. But his team? Yeah, that part definitely will be different in 2019.
Cubs braced for 'best division in baseball'
The Cubs have seen enough of Paul Goldschmidt over the years to become annoyed by his prodigious home runs. Now, Chicago will be seeing a lot more of the slugger after a trade last week not only strengthened the Cardinals, it raised an already-intimidating bar for the National League Central crown.
Clubs showing interest in Giants relievers
Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi confirmed Tuesday that he's received a "high level of interest" in the club's relievers while engaging in trade conversations with other teams.
Frustrated Buxton still big part of Twins' plans
Byron Buxton wasn't happy with how the 2018 season unfolded, but the Twins haven't lost confidence in him.
Magadan brings fresh eye as Rox's hitting coach
Dave Magadan, hired Tuesday night as the Rockies' new hitting coach, brings a long career with notable success. Just as importantly, he represents new blood. Magadan, 56, who served as the D-backs' hitting coach the last three seasons and has held the job with the Padres, Red Sox and Rangers, will replace Duane Espy, who was not retained after holding the job the last two years.
Athleticism, better defense key for Nats in '19
Several times during the first two days of the Winter Meetings this week, the Nationals have stated that the proverbial door is not closed on a potential reunion with Bryce Harper. That does not mean they have not prepared themselves for life beyond Harper, however, and begun to envision how they can still build a successful club.
Tigers in wait-and-see mode to fill SS vacancy
The Tigers entered the offseason prepared to wait out the free-agent market to find bargains at starting pitcher and shortstop. Detroit has pitching depth, with at least seven starting pitchers now that Matt Moore and Tyson Ross are signed to one-year deals. The Tigers still, however, do not have a shortstop, and appear unlikely to acquire one anytime soon.
Source: Cutch, Phillies agree to 3-year deal
A source told MLB.com on Tuesday that the Phillies and Andrew McCutchen have reached an agreement on a three-year contract, pending a physical.
Unseen Babe Ruth items set to be auctioned
Hundreds of personal artifacts and materials relating to Babe Ruth's legendary life and career, many previously unknown to the general public, will be displayed at Yankee Stadium for a high-profile auction event to be held this coming June.
Key 2018-19 free agents for all 30 MLB teams
An impressive collection of talent has hit the open market, and players are now eligible to sign with any team. Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the key free agents for all 30 Major League clubs.
Rumors: The latest from Las Vegas
It's Hot Stove season, and MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors right here.
Brewers could eye upgrade with catcher Ramos
Brewers officials had what a baseball source characterized as a "very good" meeting on Monday with free-agent catcher Wilson Ramos, who is on hand with his representatives at the Winter Meetings to meet with teams.
Realmuto buzz continues, but no deal imminent
The buzz keeps growing that All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto will be traded, perhaps at the Winter Meetings. But as of Tuesday night, nothing has advanced to the point where a deal is imminent.
Dodgers may be discussing moving outfielders
The Dodgers continue to shop their two highest-paid outfielders, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, according to a source, with Winter Meetings rumors focusing on Puig because, well, he's Puig.
Dipoto eyes options until prospects are ready
The Mariners have some promising new prospects in their farm system, courtesy of the flurry of trades already completed this offseason by general manager Jerry Dipoto. But the club doesn't want to rush their new acquisitions, including shortstop J.P. Crawford, the 24-year-old who spent last season with the Phillies and is technically no longer a prospect since his rookie eligibility expired.
Cashman: Sanchez is 'part of our solution'
With 10 days remaining on the regular-season schedule, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stood in foul territory at Yankee Stadium and remarked that he was "doubling down and tripling down" on Gary Sanchez's future, believing that the catcher's ceiling was worth that gamble.
O's reportedly to name Brandon Hyde next manager
The Orioles are expected to name Brandon Hyde their next manager, sources told MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday night.
Updates on Happ, Lynn, market for starters
With Patrick Corbin and Nathan Eovaldi already off the board, the starting-pitching market might be ready to begin sorting itself out. According to sources, the market for both J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn are beginning to become clearer -- and they look eerily similar.
Source: Mets front-runners to land Realmuto
Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen insists that even with those players he is pursuing most ardently, there is "a walkaway point" he will not cross -- a point in which a potential deal stops making sense for the Mets. He's just not there yet with J.T. Realmuto.
Reds said to be eyeing Puig, Inciarte
Reds executives have been reaching out to many clubs and agents to potentially make acquisitions during the Winter Meetings. On Tuesday, two of the names of players on Cincinnati's radar appeared to be Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers and Ender Inciarte from the Braves.
Hinch weighs in on Astros' rotation options
The Astros already have the makings of a strong pitching rotation next year, led by Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Collin McHugh, despite the likely departures of free agents Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton and the Tommy John surgery that will cost Lance McCullers Jr. the entire season.
Yankees will reportedly meet with Machado
Aaron Judge created a stir this past spring when he told Manny Machado that he would "look good in pinstripes." The Yankees' decision-makers are about to have an opportunity to relay that sentiment to the slugger's face.
Stage set for Astros' top prospect to break out
The Astros' pursuit of offense won't come at the hindrance of No. 1 prospect Kyle Tucker, club president of baseball operations and general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday from baseball's Winter Meetings at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Phils 'aggressive' on Britton; Cards in, too
Zach Britton has emerged as one of the best relief pitchers in baseball since converting to the bullpen full-time in 2014, registering a 1.82 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP, an 8.7 K/9 mark and 142 saves in that span, all of which makes him an enticing late-inning arm in free agency this offseason.
Texas lands Wisdom, deals Robinson to Cards
The Rangers acquired third baseman Patrick Wisdom from the Cardinals on Tuesday for utility man Drew Robinson in a trade involving two guys who were blocked on the depth chart by their former team.
Betts to bat second behind Benintendi in '19
Fresh off the winningest season in Red Sox history, manager Alex Cora is already brainstorming for ways to get more production from his team in 2019.
The Vikings dedicated a home plate plaque at U.S. Bank Stadium to the Metrodome
Dome sweet dome.
White Sox-Pirates trade: Nova headed to Chicago
Ivan Nova is headed to the White Sox. Chicago is acquiring the veteran right-hander in a trade with the Pirates on Tuesday. The Bucs received right-hander Yordi Rosario and $500,000 in international bonus pool money.
Expect a more hands-on Maddon next season
On Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, Cubs manager Joe Maddon brushed aside the fact that the team has put talks of an extension on hold, and chose instead to steer the focus on the task at hand. That includes, in Maddon's view, getting back to his coaching roots in the season ahead.
Alex Bregman took the brunt of a diving P.J. Tucker at the Rockets game and beer went everywhere
The perils of sitting courtside.
Padres' top talent in high demand at Meetings
Who, exactly, is untouchable from the Padres' loaded, top-ranked farm system? It's a system headlined by Fernando Tatis Jr., a budding star at shortstop, and featuring 10 players in MLB Pipeline's Top 100. You better believe rival general managers are calling to ask about A.J. Preller's prospects.
Anthopoulos: 'We're going to have to be patient'
When the Phillies reached an agreement with Andrew McCutchen on Tuesday, Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos erased an outfield target from his wish list and saw next year's National League East race become even more intriguing.
Top names to watch ahead of the Rule 5 Draft
Teams don't typically start bearing down on the Rule 5 Draft until later on in the Winter Meetings, with things not really heating up before Wednesday. As the buzz begins to build, we'll update the list of players who could be picked in the Major League phase.
Royals sign Billy Hamilton to 1-year deal
The Royals made the signing of former Reds free-agent outfielder Billy Hamilton official, inking him to a one-year deal on Tuesday afternoon.
Nationals explore possibility of Roark trade
Even after signing the market's top free-agent pitcher in left-hander Patrick Corbin, improving their rotation depth is still a priority for the Nationals this offseason. And yet, they have had discussions about potentially trading away one of their starters.
Blue Jays cut ties with 5-time All-Star Tulowitzki
The Blue Jays announced the release of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on Tuesday.
How Cutch's deal impacts Pollock
A.J. Pollock has missed a considerable amount of time with injuries during his career, but he offers a well-rounded skill set and is sure to be a top free-agent target for clubs in need of outfield help this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the veteran center fielder.
Manny's meetings: Yanks, Phils, White Sox and ...
Manny Machado has been one of the game's best players since debuting in 2012, and he is set to cash in as a first-time free agent this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the infielder.
Are Twins, Rays front runners for Nelson Cruz?
Although he is approaching his 40s and spends most of his time at designated hitter these days, Cruz is still one of the top sluggers in the game and should draw plenty of interest on the free agent market this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the veteran.
2018-19 free agents, position by position
See which players are set to hit free agency during the 2018-19 offseason, including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
Stark wins Spink Award for baseball writing
Longtime baseball writer Jayson Stark has been honored as the 2019 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Tuesday.
Even with McCutchen, Phils still in on Harper
After seven seasons with the Nationals in which he won the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year Award, was named NL MVP in 2015 and made six NL All-Star teams, Bryce Harper is now a free agent for the first time. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the outfielder.
Top prospect Whitley hits 110 mph on radar gun
B.A.T. breakfast filled with feelings of gratitude
Thinking back on a tough period in his life, Chris Lessner is filled with gratitude on many levels. On Tuesday morning at the Winter Meetings, the trainer of the Arizona Rookie League Athletics told his story at the Baseball Assistance Team Breakfast.
Thor to Yanks in 3-team megadeal for Realmuto?
For teams seeking catching help, there is J.T. Realmuto and there is everybody else. On the first day of the Winter Meetings, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen remained engaged with the Marlins on Realmuto, a source confirmed, discussing scenarios as unorthodox as a three-way deal that would send Noah Syndergaard to the Yankees.
How a Kluber trade could stir up Hot Stove
When a perennial Cy Young Award candidate is available on the trade market, he becomes a hub of activity in the baseball industry. Right now, that describes Indians ace Corey Kluber.
Keeping track of traded prospects
To help keep track of all the prospects who have been traded since the offseason began, here is a running tally of those on club Top 30 lists who have changed hands.
Phillies to meet with agents for Bryce, Manny
Bryce Harper lives in Las Vegas, which is convenient, considering the Winter Meetings are here this week.
MLB auction offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences
In what has become an annual tradition, Major League Baseball and its 30 clubs have organized a charity auction during the Winter Meetings, the seventh consecutive year the benefit has taken place.
Rule 5 Draft preview: Clubs aim to find gems
Every year, the Winter Meetings unofficially conclude with the Rule 5 Draft. It might not be the headline-grabber of a blockbuster trade or free-agent signing, but every year, teams do find talent via this avenue. And recent history shows that many of the players selected are coming to a big league stadium near you next season.
Biggest free-agent deals in Winter Meetings history
The Winter Meetings are often the setting in which baseball's Hot Stove activity escalates, and they could be especially enthralling this year. The Meetings officially begin Monday at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, and the availability of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado -- two 26-year-old free agents capable of commanding record free-agents contracts -- raises the stakes in a city known for such action. Before we find out if the Harper and Machado markets will start to sizzle in Sin City, here's a trip down memory lane to look at the biggest free-agent deals in Winter Meetings history.
2019 Fantasy Player Rankings: Who's No. 1?
As the Hot Stove season rolls along, fantasy drafts are right around the corner, and MLB.com is here to help you do some early prep. Here, you'll find MLB.com's list of the top 300 fantasy players for 2019, with stat projections courtesy of Steamer.
From Hack to Herrera: A history of the Rule 5 Draft
The Rule 5 Draft is older than the World Series, but it has changed considerably over the years. Because the Rule 5 is a somewhat complicated affair, here is a look at how it works, as well as how it has evolved over time.
The biggest Winter Meetings trades of all time
Here is a look at some of the biggest swaps in Winter Meetings history, featuring a multitude of Hall of Famers and Hall of Famers-to-be.
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