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The Super Bowl Casts Shade on Baseball and Other Bullets

The Super Bowl Casts Shade on Baseball and Other Bullets

The national prominence of the Super Bowl underscores the increasing regionality of baseball. Also: another Yoan Moncada update.

by February 1, 2015 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
OFAC Declares Yoan Moncada Unblocked, Now It’s Up to MLB (UPDATE)

OFAC Declares Yoan Moncada Unblocked, Now It’s Up to MLB (UPDATE)

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.

New Commissioner Notes: Aging Fan Base, Draft, International Signings, DH, More

New Commissioner Notes: Aging Fan Base, Draft, International Signings, DH, More

Rob Manfred spoke to a number of outlets this week, and shared some interesting thoughts on the future of the sport.

by January 30, 2015 MLB News and Rumors
The Latest on Yoan Moncada and the Government Clearance Mystery

The Latest on Yoan Moncada and the Government Clearance Mystery

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.

Lukewarm Stove: Moncada, Ibanez, Papelbon, Janssen, White Sox

Lukewarm Stove: Moncada, Ibanez, Papelbon, Janssen, White Sox

More unraveling of the Yoan Moncada story, and how MLB will proceed with Cuban players.

Perhaps a Tough Market for James Shields Should’ve Been Expected, Cubs Still Unlikely

Perhaps a Tough Market for James Shields Should’ve Been Expected, Cubs Still Unlikely

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?

Former Cubs Catcher John Baker Off to Make New Fans in Seattle

Former Cubs Catcher John Baker Off to Make New Fans in Seattle

Baker was a lot of fun in 2014, and now he’s off to the Mariners on a minor league deal.

by January 28, 2015 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
Pirates Trade Outfielder Travis Snider to the Orioles

Pirates Trade Outfielder Travis Snider to the Orioles

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.

by January 28, 2015 MLB News and Rumors
Yoan Moncada Could Be Cleared to Sign Soon, Cubs Still One of Four Favorites (But … )

Yoan Moncada Could Be Cleared to Sign Soon, Cubs Still One of Four Favorites (But … )

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.

Wondering About the Continued Holdup on Cuban Prospect Yoan Moncada

Wondering About the Continued Holdup on Cuban Prospect Yoan Moncada

The complicated relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, and the impending changes thereto, could have Moncada caught in the middle.

Lukewarm Stove: Shields, Mesoraco, Moncada, Beachy, Free Agent Pitching Class, More

Lukewarm Stove: Shields, Mesoraco, Moncada, Beachy, Free Agent Pitching Class, More

With each day that goes by without a big-time extension, the post-2015 pitching class becomes potentially more ridiculous.

New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is “Open” to Banning Extreme Shifts

New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is “Open” to Banning Extreme Shifts

And here’s why that’s a good thing. No, not the banning shifts part, but the “open” part.

A Lukewarm Stove to Distract You: Castillo, Shields, Hamels, Gomes, Strop, Soto, More

A Lukewarm Stove to Distract You: Castillo, Shields, Hamels, Gomes, Strop, Soto, More

A few signings to go over, the latest on James Shields and Cole Hamels, a Cubs arbitration case, and more.

Phillies and Rays Not Likely to Be Aggressive on Yoan Moncada?

Phillies and Rays Not Likely to Be Aggressive on Yoan Moncada?

They’ve typically been mentioned as among the primary suitors, but you wonder whether they’ll be in at the expected price tag.

Report: Brewers “In Serious Discussions” to Acquire Jonathan Papelbon from Phillies

Report: Brewers “In Serious Discussions” to Acquire Jonathan Papelbon from Phillies

The Brewers could certainly use help in their bullpen, but I’m not sure this makes too much of a difference.

by January 23, 2015 MLB News and Rumors
Rockies Working C Wilin Rosario at 1B/OF – Implications for Catching Trade Market?

Rockies Working C Wilin Rosario at 1B/OF – Implications for Catching Trade Market?

Which will immediately make you wonder about the Welington Castillo trade market. And then you wonder whether carrying three catchers is suddenly plausible.

Lukewarm Stove: Rasmus, Castillo, Shields, Hamels, Moncada, More

Lukewarm Stove: Rasmus, Castillo, Shields, Hamels, Moncada, More

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?

MLB Seeking to Shorten Time Between Innings

MLB Seeking to Shorten Time Between Innings

This could be one of the first pace-of-play initiatives installed in 2015.

by January 21, 2015 MLB News and Rumors

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