The national prominence of the Super Bowl underscores the increasing regionality of baseball. Also: another Yoan Moncada update.
MLB News and Rumors
OFAC won’t be issuing the specific license MLB was requiring Cuban players to get, so it’s apparently up to MLB to change its policy, which could happen soon.
Rob Manfred spoke to a number of outlets this week, and shared some interesting thoughts on the future of the sport.
A superprospect’s future is up in the air as MLB and the U.S. Government try to come together on how Cuban players will be cleared to sign.
More unraveling of the Yoan Moncada story, and how MLB will proceed with Cuban players.
Maybe the age, the draft pick compensation, and the robust pitching market next year should have been warning signs all along. Can the Cubs get a steal?
Baker was a lot of fun in 2014, and now he’s off to the Mariners on a minor league deal.
It could be a very slight ding to the Pirates’ overall roster in 2015. They’re no worse with respect to their starters, but they lose a little depth.
There are some crazy things going on behind the scenes, and they could lead to Moncada finally being available soon. That’s probably not great news.
The complicated relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, and the impending changes thereto, could have Moncada caught in the middle.
With each day that goes by without a big-time extension, the post-2015 pitching class becomes potentially more ridiculous.
And here’s why that’s a good thing. No, not the banning shifts part, but the “open” part.
A few signings to go over, the latest on James Shields and Cole Hamels, a Cubs arbitration case, and more.
They’ve typically been mentioned as among the primary suitors, but you wonder whether they’ll be in at the expected price tag.
The Brewers could certainly use help in their bullpen, but I’m not sure this makes too much of a difference.
Which will immediately make you wonder about the Welington Castillo trade market. And then you wonder whether carrying three catchers is suddenly plausible.
Colby Rasmus has found a home, which leads to an interesting question. Also: where is James Shields going to wind up? Will Cole Hamels ever be traded?
This could be one of the first pace-of-play initiatives installed in 2015.