Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings are a surreal place. Practically everyone in the baseball industry converges into a mega hotel for an event that’s a combination of general managers and agents trying to woo each other, reporters looking for scoops, front-office job seekers looking for a gig and trade-show
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The Washington Nationals are getting the centerfielder they’ve been chasing and the Chicago White Sox now look like a team stockpiling big-name prospects. The two teams completed a trade Wednesday that will send Adam Eaton to the Nats in exchange for a package of prospects led by Lucas Giolito, a 22
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A lot has happened since the last Winter Meetings Journal. Chris Sale was traded, finally. Ian Desmond got a $70 million deal from the Colorado Rockies. Wade Davis is going to the Cubs. The Orioles said they won’t sign Jose Bautista because their fans don’t like him. Good times
The White Sox pulled the trigger, trading away ace Chris Sale. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — It’s finally happened: The Chicago White Sox have traded ace Chris Sale. The Boston Red Sox have reportedly struck a deal with the White Sox that will send Sale to the Boston in exchange for infielder Yoan Moncada
It’s one of those days at the MLB Winter Meetings where you’re waiting for something big to happen. Day 1 provided us a few highlights, but they were mostly things we expected: The Giants signed Mark Melancon and the Dodgers re-signed Rich Hill, both of which were expected to happen. On Day 2, bring
The Baseball Writers Association of America made a change to its Hall of Fame voting process Tuesday that is long overdue: Starting with the 2018 vote, all ballots will be made public. It’s a win for transparency in the voting process — something many BBWAA voters have championed in recent years. Many
Progress was made Monday night in Chris Sale trade talks between the Nats and the White Sox. The Washington Nationals reportedly turned up the volume in their trade talks with the Chicago White Sox about ace Chris Sale.
We live in a world where Bud Selig will more than likely be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame before Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens. If Bud Selig deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame, then so does Bonds, MLB’s all-time home-run leader. Bud Selig’s induction — which was approved Sunday,
Is Aroldis Chapman worth $100 million? NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — You don’t need to read too far between the lines to know what free-agent closer Aroldis Chapman thinks he deserves on the open market. Chapman, the No. 3 overall free agent on Jeff Passan’s rankings, isn’t coming out and saying he wants
This is the 2016 Winter Meetings biodome. It’s the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings, a marathon three-and-a-half days of rumor-starting and deal-making that this year has set up right outside of Washington D.C.
Andrew McCutchen could be on the move from Pittsburgh soon. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Baseball’s Winter Meetings have begun, meaning you can count on a week of free-agency rumors and trade innuendo. This year’s Winter Meetings ought to be especially interesting because the free-agent class is historically
Under Armour will take over as MLB’s exclusive jersey-maker in 2020. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Major League Baseball made official on Monday a new uniform deal that had been reported for two months: It’s linking up with Under Armour in a deal that, in 2020, will see Under Armour become the exclusive jersey-maker
Bug Selig and George Steinbrenner are among the 10 names on the Today’s Game Hall of Fame ballot. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Most years, the Veterans Committee voting for the Hall of Fame is an exercise that involves digging deep into the past. Not so this year, as the committee will vote Sunday on the
DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE: Despite some rumors flying around, Edwin Encarnacion and the Houston Astros don’t have a deal in place. Furthermore, Encarnacion’s agent doesn’t expect a deal to get done before the Winter Meetings.
Dexter Fowler finds himself in a fascinating place these days: He’s still riding high off the Chicago Cubs’ World Series win, but he’s also a free agent and it’s looking increasingly likely his time with the Cubs is over. The Cubs signed Jon Jay to a one-year deal on Tuesday, which many fans and people
DONE DEAL: The Cubs, who could lose Dexter Fowler in free agency, announced Tuesday that they’ve signed outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year contract worth $8 million. Jay, 31, hit .291 last season in 90 games with the San Diego Padres. Jay’s best season came in 2012 with the St. Louis Cardinals (the bitter
The remarkable legacy of Mike Trout continues to grow. The Los Angeles Angels outfielder was named the MVP of the American League for the second time in five MLB seasons on Thursday, receiving 19 first-place votes to top Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox. Trout also has three second-place finishes
Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant gets the trophy in the National League, where there was little doubt he’d win. In the NL, Bryant collected 29 of 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Daniel Murphy of the Washington Nationals finished second while Corey Seager of the
Life still isn’t back to normal for Addison Russell, the 22-year-old Chicago Cubs shortstop who helped break the curse and deliver the first World Series title to the North Side since 1908. Russell took part in the team’s giant parade, got whisked off to Disney World and even was given the key to the
Brian McCann is headed to the Astros after a three-player trade. The New York Yankees have rid themselves of another veteran with a bloated contract. — have traded catcher Brian McCann to the Houston Astros in a three-player deal, the clubs announced Thursday.
A changing of the guard within the A’s ownership: Lew Wolff (left) is out as managing partner and John Fisher (right) is in. Changes are afoot within the Oakland Athletics, but the big one — when they’ll get a new stadium and whether it will indeed be in Oakland — is still yet to get decided. The A
Rick Porcello was named the AL Cy Young winner Wednesday despite not earning the most first-place votes while Max Scherzer won in runaway fashion in the NL. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers finished second despite 14 first-place votes.
The Chicago Cubs have won the World Series, starred in an epic parade, stomped out the Curse of the Billy Goat and now owner Tom Ricketts has another saga he says he needs to wrap up — the one involving Steve Bartman. You know Bartman, the ever-infamous Cubs fan whose interference with a fly ball in
There is one more fabulous honor coming the way of Vin Scully, the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers announcer. The White House announced Wednesday that Scully is one of 21 people who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year.