Heading into free agency, Corey Kluber has to prove he can stay healthy. The former Cy Young winner has showcases planned for January after pitching under 40 innings across the last two seasons.
Heading into the offseason, DJ LeMahieu’s free agency appeared destined to end back where it started: Yankee Stadium.
Starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi is one of the top free agents this offseason. Moving at a glacial pace, there has been little news about Odorizzi this offseason despite fellow starts, including Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly, landing contracts.
The free agency of Joc Pederson is a tester for this MLB offseason. Pederson is a limited, but ultimately effective, player. He’s coming off a down year in 2020.
Several teams, including the Chicago White Sox, are showing trade interest in Angels starter Dylan Bundy according to Jon Morosi.
The last three years in the AL West have been mostly been straightforward wins for the Houston Astros, but after a tumultuous offseason and now a difficult start to the abbreviated season, they are facing a fight to even make the expanded playoffs.
They only combined for three postseason series in that span and were barely competitive. However, that same period saw two of the greatest players of our generation on the same field at the same time - Mike Trout and Manny Machado. Of course, those two clubs mightily wasted their best weapons in their prime. In the process, they delivered some memorable games.
As first reported by ESPN's Jeff Passan, The Boston Red Sox traded their star outfielder to the Los Angeles Dodgers, while the Dodgers dealt young center fielder Alex Verdugo to Boston and Kenta Maeda to the Minnesota Twins, who also joined to make it a three-team trade.
Each Major League Baseball season brings a new group of prospects ready to explode onto the big league scene. Sometimes service time nonsense deprives us of a few weeks, sometimes new contracts mean they are with us from Opening Day onwards.
After landing Anthony Rendon, the Los Angeles Angels turned their attention to Corey Kluber. The Cleveland Indians have been open to trading Kluber for some time, and this could be their best opportunity yet. The Angels need a new arm or two and missed out on Gerrit Cole, who signed with the New York Yankees on Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Angels have agreed a deal with Anthony Rendon. The All-Star third baseman will receive $245 million over seven years, the same contract as his former Washington Nationals teammate Stephen Strasburg. Jon Heyman first reported the news.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price has been the target of trade discussions, as reported by ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Los Angeles Angels traded for Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy on Wednesday, as reported by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
Stephen Strasburg put himself in a position to opt out of the four years $100 million remaining on his seven-year $175 million contract by having a fully healthy and productive season. After averaging only 145 innings per year between 2015 and 2018, he pitched 209 innings and won World Series MVP, setting him up for another huge payday.
The 2019 MLB free agent class will go down in history with a great deal of star pitching and many teams with obvious needs on the mound. Most eyes are on Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Madison Bumgarner – two World Series MVPs and a total of three generational aces.