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The most interesting non-roster player for all 30 MLB teams

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The rites of spring: pitchers and catchers, Jose Altuve’s tattoo and, of course, non-roster invitees. This is one of my favorite articles to write every season, going through all the non-roster players and pulling out an interesting name for each franchise. Sometimes it’s a top prospect who we might see......
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Athletics’ Mike Fiers acknowledges receiving death threats

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Former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers says he has received death threats after he exposed Houston’s 2017 sign-stealing scheme. “Whatever, I don’t care. I’ve dealt with a lot of death threats before. It’s just another thing on my plate,” the Oakland Athletics pitcher told the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday. Fiers......
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Catcher Jonathan Lucroy says he was changing signs every pitch vs. Astros

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — As a catcher who spent parts of four seasons playing in the American League West between 2016 and 2019, Jonathan Lucroy found himself in a unique position to observe the sign-stealing tactics of the Houston Astros while needing to plan against the scheme. Lucroy, who is......
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Rob Manfred apologizes for calling World Series trophy a ‘piece of metal’

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — MLB commissioner Rob Manfred apologized Tuesday for what he called a disrespectful reference to the World Series trophy as a “piece of metal.” Even before being asked about it, Manfred said he made a mistake with those comments when trying to deliver a rhetorical point in an......
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Love it or hate it? The proposal to shake up the MLB playoffs

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Major League Baseball is considering some huge changes to its postseason starting in 2022. Adding four more teams to expand the playoff slate to 14 of its 30 clubs might be a controversial enough idea by itself, but that’s not the only part of the package of proposed tweaks to......
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One thing to watch for all 30 teams as spring training begins

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When spring training kicked off a year ago, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remained unsigned. The drama this year will center around the Houston Astros: their cheating scandal, reactions from other players about the Astros’ cheating scandal, the possibility of other teams throwing at Astros hitters in spring training, the......
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One stat that will shape 2020 for every American League team

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Former manager Bobby Bragan once described baseball statistics like this: “Say you were standing with one foot in the oven and one foot in an ice bucket. According to the percentage people, you should be perfectly comfortable.” Good one. Nonetheless, baseball is a numbers game. As we peel away from......
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Athletics’ Mike Fiers declines to discuss whistleblower role

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers didn’t have any more to say regarding his role as a whistleblower. Fiers declined Friday to answer questions about revealing the sign-stealing scandal that has engulfed Major League Baseball, instead saying he simply wanted to focus on the future. He spoke a......
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Astros sign stealing: Whistleblower Mike Fiers addresses scandal

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Ben Pickman For the first time since MLB released the results of its investigation into the Astros’ sign-stealing operation, Oakland A’s pitcher Mike Fiers, who was the initial player to go on the record with The Athletic detailing the scheme,......
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Kyler Murray believes he could play in NFL, MLB at same time

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Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders … Kyler Murray? The Arizona Cardinals quarterback, coming off his rookie season, said he believes he could join a short list of athletes to play professional baseball and football at the same time … just not right now. “I think I could,” Murray told the Arizona......
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The player most likely to be traded in 2020 for all 30 MLB teams

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Predicting MLB trades is impossible! I believe the surgeon general issues a warning about this on the back of packs of baseball cards. In fact, it wouldn’t be shocking if I went 0-for-30 on the following list of the one player from every team most likely to be traded in......
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The best and worst free-agent signing of the decade for all 30 MLB teams

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So here we are. Gerrit Cole is in pinstripes. Madison Bumgarner will be in … hey, what will the Diamondbacks be wearing in 2020? Anthony Rendon is in Los Angeles, but not with the Dodgers. Stephen Strasburg remained with the Nationals. How will these deals work out? Check back in......
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The best and worst free-agent signing of the decade for all 30 MLB teams

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So here we are. Gerrit Cole is in pinstripes. Madison Bumgarner will be in … hey, what will the Diamondbacks be wearing in 2020? Anthony Rendon is in Los Angeles, but not with the Dodgers. Stephen Strasburg remained with the Nationals. How will these deals work out? Check back in......
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One blockbuster move for all 30 MLB teams

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Teams have made their 40-man roster additions, the non-tender deadline passed on Monday, the winter meetings loom next week and there have already been a few signings and trades of note this MLB offseason. So let’s play everyone’s favorite party game: Blockbuster Deals for Humanity, because we all deserve a......
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Mookie. Lindor. Arenado? Players who will (or should be) in MLB offseason trade talks

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8:30 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” For the many thousands of hours executives have spent talking with their counterparts about potential trades since the end of the baseball season, there have been a......
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Which MLB players were cut loose or traded on non-tender night

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Non-tender night has becoming an increasingly interesting spot on the baseball calendar as teams increasingly decline to offer contracts to viable and sometimes quite productive major league players — but not so productive that their current team is willing to pay them what they might earn via the arbitration process.......

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