HAVANA – MARCH 21: Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. and Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark are seen during a press conference on Monday, March 21, 2016 at Melia Cohiba Hotel in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Here’s what you need to know about the new MLB CBA

To the surprise of only those who believe everything they read on the internet (which is a fairly large chunk of the population), Major League Baseball and the MLBPA agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday night before the midnight deadline. Much of the mainstream focus has been on two relatively simple, but […]

CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 14: American League All-Star Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates after hitting a lead off home run in the first inning against National League All-Star Zack Greinke #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

MLB finally nixes All-Star Game determining World Series home-field advantage

When looking back at Bud Selig’s legacy as commissioner of Major League Baseball, there are plenty of additions and innovations to the game for which he’ll be credited. Expanding to three divisions per league, for example. Adding wild card teams to the postseason. The wave of new ballparks being built throughout MLB. One stain on […]

Reds battery Johnny Cueto and Devin Mesoraco CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 23: Johnny Cueto #47 and Devin Mesoraco #39 of the Cincinnati Reds talk during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 23, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds defeated the Brewers 3-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

10 MLB players who could be on the move this winter

Trades may not be as exciting during the winter as at the July 31 deadline, but the offseason is always bursting with trade rumors. This year is no exception, especially considering how weak this class of free agents appears to be. Teams that have holes to fill may not want to throw money at poor solutions, and instead […]

ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 07: Ian Desmond #20 of the Texas Rangers reacts after hitting a double against the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning of game two of the American League Divison Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 7, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

8 MLB free agents most likely to be overpaid this winter

Baseball’s offseason is under way, which means MLB teams are acting like kids that just graduated from the eighth grade flush with cash from their aunts and uncles. They have holes to fill and the means to fix them. With the Winter Meetings coming up soon, the deals are going to start hitting fast and furious. […]

encarnacion bautista NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Edwin Encarnacion #10 and Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate after both scored runs in the second inning against the New York Yankees after a double from teammate Russell Martin (not pictured) at Yankee Stadium on September 12, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

One-dimensional sluggers could be in for some big paydays this offseason

This winter’s MLB free agent class is generally pretty weak. There’s not an ace starting pitcher or even a dependable No. 2. There’s no mid-20s stud hitting the market early. If you need a middle infielder, your best bet might be Sean Rodriguez. If you’re looking for a catcher, your options are an injured Wilson […]

Baseball: World Series: Cleveland Indians Coco Crisp (4) in action, running bases vs Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field. Game 7. Cleveland, OH 11/2/2016 CREDIT: David E. Klutho (Photo by David E. Klutho /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

10 best role players available on MLB free agent market

Most of the headlines involving MLB free agents this winter will involve stars such as Yoenis Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman and the 2016 edition of the Bash Brothers, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista. But MLB teams can’t just fill out their rosters entirely with big-ticket free agents and homegrown players. Free agents can fill holes for […]

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 13: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on June 13, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey don’t make Braves contenders, but they’re good first step

The Atlanta Braves made the two biggest splashes in the early days of MLB free agency last week, signing veteran starting pitchers Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey to a pair of one-year deals (though Dickey’s deal also contains a 2018 club option) for a combined total of $20 million. The signings do a lot to further […]

Phillies ace Cole Hamels SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park September, 17, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Jeremy Hellickson accepts qualifying offer, further damaging free agent market

One of this offseason’s best free agent pitchers is off the market – Jeremy Hellickson has accepted the Philadelphia Phillies’ one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The 29-year old Hellickson, who turns 30 in April, pitched to a 3.71 ERA over a career-high 189 innings in 2016 with the […]

CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 21: Abraham Almonte #35 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on September 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Two small decisions that may have cost the Cleveland Indians the World Series

The 2016 Cleveland Indians were the most successful version of the team since 1997 and, like that team, lost the World Series in extra innings of Game 7. As we’ve seen over the last two decades, that kind of loss can lead to quite a bit of not only devastation, but hindsight, as fans look […]

CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 01: Manager Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians talks with umpire Joe West during Game Six of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball needs to end The Ump Show

In baseball, when a fielder makes an error, it counts against his fielding percentage. Even if it’s not called an error, it’s counted against his Ultimate Zone Rating, and fans and front offices can use those numbers to evaluate the player. If a pitcher has a tendency to hang curves or leave fastballs in the […]

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 17: Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs looks on during batting practice prior to game one of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series against the New York Mets at Citi Field on October 17, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Dexter Fowler to decline contract option, become free agent

After winning his first World Series, Dexter Fowler is ready to cash in during free agency. Fowler’s no stranger to making shrewd free agent decisions. He chose to re-sign with the Chicago Cubs late in spring training after being close on a three-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Fowler’s last-minute change turned out to be a […]

CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 02: The Chicago Cubs celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Chicago Cubs

Well, they did it. If you were going to draw it up as to how a season in which the Chicago Cubs ended their historically long drought would actually go, this would be pretty close to it. The best team in baseball during the regular season, with 103 wins, was also absurdly likable (with one or […]

CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 2: Francisco Lindor #12 and Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians #12 get ready in the dugout prior to Game 7 of the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Francisco Lindor;Carlos Santana

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Cleveland Indians

While many in the national media stayed on the Kansas City Royals bandwagon going into the 2016, more analytical sources correctly projected the Cleveland Indians as AL Central champs. After that, no one could have predicted the Indians’ continued success despite every setback possible decimating the starting rotation. Without two of their top three starters […]

Report: Texas Rangers looking to move Derek Holland

The Texas Rangers are reportedly ready to move on from Derek Holland. Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports the Rangers are looking to clear Holland’s salary and have discussed a trade with multiple teams. “According to a source close to the situation, starting pitcher Derek Holland may have played his last game as a member […]

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 10: Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians reacts in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox during game three of the American League Divison Series at Fenway Park on October 10, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Perez discusses battle with Bell’s palsy: ‘I had to help myself blink’

Catcher Roberto Perez has helped propel the Cleveland Indians to the World Series due to his incredible defensive play and surprising offensive production in the playoffs. Perez was a key contributor in Game 1 vs the Chicago Cubs with two big home runs. Perez’s unexpected ascension was filled with overcoming obstacles. The most difficult being his […]