Whether serving as that player who fueled Atlanta's unprecedented streak of 14 consecutive division titles or the mentor who enriched the careers Brian McCann and the organization's other stars from this century, Terry Pendleton was a fierce competitor and highly respected leader. His contributions were honored Friday night, when he and dead-ball-era star Hugh Duffy were inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame.
Analyzing every big offseason move (thus far)
There have been dozens of moves so far this winter, including trades, free-agent signings, waiver claims and so on, and we'll be examining each of them right here.
Darvish confident as return to mound nears
The Cubs surprised the baseball world a year ago when they signed Yu Darvish to a blockbuster free-agent contract. Following a season lost due to injury, both the team and its fans are still waiting for Darvish to show that he was worth the lucrative pact.
Young Blue Jays pitchers see opportunity ahead
The group of Julian Merryweather, Hector Perez, Andrew Sopko, Trent Thornton and Jacob Waguespack suddenly have an opportunity in front of them. They've also got some high expectations.
Vlad Jr. not shying away from leadership role
The Blue Jays gathered their brightest young stars in Toronto this week for their annual Development Program, which the organization believes will advance the talent and leadership of its highly anticipated top prospects. In what Blue Jays fans will hope is a sign of things to come, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. stood in the middle of it all with a sparkling championship ring on his finger.
Red Sox hungry for elusive World Series repeat
One of the precious few accomplishments that Red Sox owner John Henry and Tom Werner have yet to see during their stewardship is a repeat World Series championship.
Chris Martin healthy, ready to roll in Rangers' 'pen
The Rangers were expecting Chris Martin to be a big part of their bullpen last season, and he was when healthy. But the injuries seemed to keep him from getting on an extended roll, and Martin was 1-5 with a 4.54 ERA in 46 games.
Machado's dad says Dodgers have made offer
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.
Bryant on Harper: 'He's not signing here'
Kris Bryant knew that it would be the first question he encountered when the doors to the Sheraton Grand Chicago banquet hall opened and reporters waited inside. So, with four words and a smile, the Cubs star tossed some ice-cold water on the idea that his friend, free agent Bryce Harper, might ink a contract with the North Siders.
The best fit for Kimbrel may come as a surprise
Andrew Miller, Zach Britton, David Robertson, Jeurys Familia, Joe Kelly, Adam Ottavino… they've all signed. Craig Kimbrel is now the last high-end reliever still on the market. So who should sign him?
Rays sign Avisail to one-year contract
The Rays officially signed free-agent outfielder Avisail Garcia to one-year contract for $3.5 million guaranteed, plus bonuses that can make the deal worth up to $6 million.
Rumors: Are Yanks thinking Arenado trade?
It's Hot Stove season, and MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors right here.
The latest Harper free-agent rumors
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.
Oliver Drake's ridiculous waiver wire tour continues
He's on the move again.
Garrett inspires youth at Dream Series camp
Reds left-hander Amir Garrett spent Friday morning grinding at the club's Spring Training complex in Goodyear. But his biggest delivery of the day came during his lunch break, 30 miles east of the club's complex and nowhere near a mound.
Twins' bullpen solid, but still taking shape
The Twins likely aren't done adding to their relief corps, and still anticipate more competition being brought in for the final spots on the pitching staff, whether in the form of non-roster invitees or potential fits on the 40-man roster.
One question for each American League club
With Spring Training about a month away, it's a good time to ask some important questions about each MLB team. We'll look at the American League clubs here, with one key question from fans for each of the 15 MLB.com beat writers covering the AL highlighted, as well as a link to more from that reporter's most recent Inbox.
Dodgers set for annual community service tour
The Dodgers will hold their 16th annual community service tour next week, with the Dodgers Love L.A. Community Tour events ranging from Justin Turner Day at City Hall to tributes for wildfire first responders and the Borderline bar shooting victims and families.
Rays fill out Minor League coaching staff for '19
The Rays announced their Minor League coaching-staff assignments for the 2019 season on Friday, with notable changes throughout the system.
Team-by-team transactions this offseason
With just weeks until camp opens for Spring Training, the Hot Stove continues to cook. A throng of players have meandered their way into the New Year preparing to suit up for a new team.
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.
2018-19 free agents, position by position
Keep track of the 2018-19 free agent class, which includes Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
Five new managers in Cards' Minors system
Five Cardinals affiliates will be led by new managers in 2019, including Triple-A Memphis, which formally announced Ben Johnson as its newest manager on Friday.
Pirates retain top 2 managers in Minors system
The Pirates on Friday announced their Minor League coaching staff assignments for the 2019 season, featuring a pair of familiar names managing in the upper levels of their system.
Red Sox stay confident after Yankees' moves
Another potential closing target went away for the Red Sox on Thursday when Adam Ottavino signed with the rival Yankees, sources confirmed to MLB.com. With less than a month before Spring Training, this leaves the defending World Series champions with a loaded roster that lacks one thing: a proven closer.
Mullins eager to seize opportunity with Orioles
This spring is set to be different than last for Cedric Mullins. On the outside of the roster looking in last year, Mullins figures to enter Spring Training this season with not only a chance to win the Orioles' center-field job, but the leadoff-hitter role as well.
Yanks have been active, but don't sleep on Sox
Sometimes, the ebb and flow of the rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees is as predictable as, well, the tide. The Yankees make some kind of move in the offseason. And there is often a reaction in Boston that the sky is, once again, falling.
Only 1 team won WS with Harper in simulation
Bryce Harper + Mike Trout = World Series.
Is a 1-year deal for Kimbrel a possibility?
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.
Is Stanton keeping Yanks from Bryce, Manny?
Would the Yankees be willing to spend on Bryce Harper or Manny Machado if they weren't spending the way they are on Giancarlo Stanton?
Carlos Correa showed off his strength with a shirtless weightlifting session
Like a real-life Kylo Ren.
This Yankees 'pen might be best ever ... by far
The Yankees bullpen looks like it could be historically great. Again.
Inbox: Are Phils shopping Franco, Herrera?
Could the Phillies trade Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera, and would that be impacted by a big free-agent signing? Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers this and more in the latest Inbox.
Inbox: What will the Mets' starting OF look like?
With the signing of Jed Lowrie, the Mets appear mostly done making offseason acquisitions. While general manager Brodie Van Wagenen freely acknowledges there is room to supplement a few spots on the roster, and while Van Wagenen may still make another transaction or two, the big stuff appears finished.
Inbox: Is this lineup Crew's best ever vs. RHP?
Will next season's lineup be the Brewers' best yet vs. right-handed pitchers? Beat reporter Adam McCalvy fields offseason questions from fans
Inbox: How will Maddon construct batting order?
Do you forsee the Cubs going with more of a set batting order this season? Do you think that plays into any slumps, hot streaks, etc.?
Inbox: Will Miller solve Cards' bullpen issues?
Does Andrew Miller solve the Cardinals' bullpen problems? What's the plan for Jordan Hicks in 2019? Reporter Jenifer Langosch answers fans' questions in the latest Inbox.
Inbox: Will Reds trade an outfielder for pitching?
With the addition of Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, will the Reds trade any of their outfield chips away for starting pitching?
Could Dodgers use another starting pitcher?
Do the Dodgers need another reliable starter? Is Bryce Harper still an option? Beat reporter Ken Gurnick answers these questions and more in this edition of the Inbox.
Angels reportedly agree with closer Allen
The Angels have found a closer for 2019: Cody Allen. They're in agreement on a deal with the free-agent right-hander, according to multiple reports Thursday night. The Angels haven't confirmed the deal, which would be pending a physical.
Dream Series aims to build young leaders
Former big league manager Jerry Manuel adjusted the bill of his cream-colored hat, dusted off the front of his white hoodie and then glided from his front-row seat in the hotel amphitheater to the podium.
30 best defensive prospects -- 1 for each team
Evaluating defense is still very much subjective, with metrics measuring fielding still imperfect. Still, each system has glovework that stands out more than others, and we considered many to present one best defender from each organization.
Alonso leads list of Top 10 1B prospects
There has been a resurgence in first-base prospects in the last couple of years. The 2017 Draft featured five first basemen in the top 35 picks, and four of them rank among the 10 best prospects at the position at this moment.
7 realities about the 2019 Hall of Fame vote
Don't stress over Tuesday's Hall of Fame vote announcement. Relax. It's all going to be OK.
Maddon serves dinner for 'Thanksmas' project
After finishing a day filled with meetings with his new-look coaching staff, Cubs manager Joe Maddon donned a white apron and headed to St. Leonard's Ministries on Chicago's west side on Thursday night. It was time to put baseball off to the side for a few hours.
These epic homers left players in awe
Toward the end of the 2018 regular season, MLB.com asked a whole bunch of players from a whole bunch of teams, "What's your favorite home run you ever saw, in person or on TV?" Let's run through our 10 favorite answers, with accompanying video to help bide the time between taters.
Gone from Rox, Ottavino leaves parting gift for duo
On his way out the Rockies' door, righty reliever Adam Ottavino may have left Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee a road map to effectiveness. After his own struggles in 2017 (2-3, 5.06 ERA), Ottavino recalibrated his mechanics and pitch design at Driveline Baseball in Kent, Wash., last winter.
Ottavino to Yanks on 3-year deal, sources say
The Yankees added another major piece to their vaunted bullpen on Thursday, agreeing on a three-year, $27 million contract with Adam Ottavino, sources told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi and Mark Feinsand.
Pedroia 'doing well' as running program begins
How are the early stages of Dustin Pedroia's running program going?
Tebow to join Mets Spring Training as NRI
For the second straight spring, Tim Tebow will be in big league camp.
Ricketts backs Cubs' roster, offseason approach
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts made the media rounds on Thursday morning, discussing the team's quiet winter and plenty of other topics in interviews across the Chicago radio waves. This came after word spread that the Ricketts family would not have a panel at the annual Cubs Convention this weekend.
These prospects could be MLB's Top 5 in 2021
All of MLB Pipeline's Top 10 position lists elicit a ton of debate, which is of course why we do the rankings in the first place. And that leads to good questions from fans. So let's get to them.
Who's the No. 1 overall catching prospect?
There's a good amount of turnover on this year's Top 10 Catching Prospects list compared to the 2018 version. That starts at the top, with a member of the 2018 Draft Class, Joey Bart, leading the way.
No-doubt Hall of Famers you'll see play this season
You can be sure that every season, you're watching some all-time greats who will end up in Cooperstown someday. But who, and how many? This is our best guess at who might be enshrined among the legends in upstate New York.
Source: D-backs near deal with Wilmer Flores
The D-backs have agreed to a deal with infielder Wilmer Flores, according to a report by Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan on Wednesday.
The latest Pollock free-agent rumors
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.
First Spring Training workout dates for all clubs
Major League Baseball has revealed the first Spring Training workout dates for pitchers and catchers and those for the full squads for all 30 clubs. MLB also announced game times for all Cactus and Grapefruit League action in February and March.
The latest Keuchel free-agent rumors
After a seven-season tenure with the Astros that included a trio of 200-inning seasons, an American League Cy Young Award in 2015 and an overall 3.66 ERA, Dallas Keuchel is now a free agent. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the left-hander.
The MLB.com Hall of Fame ballot results are ...
Six MLB.com writers were among those eligible to cast ballots in the 2019 Hall of Fame vote conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. As many as four candidates -- and possibly more -- could be elected, according to the public ballots amassed online. Here's a look at how the six voted.
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