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Gerrit Cole Could Set Records In Free Agency

Oct 15, 2019 7:56 AM

Gerrit Cole has been brilliant this season and Jon Heyman is predicting big things for him in free agency.

On the "Big Time Baseball" podcast, Heyman says he expects Cole to set multiple records by landing a contract in the range of seven years and $245 million.

The 29-year-old is expected to be the most coveted free agent on the market.

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Twins Expected To Pick Up Nelson Cruz's $12M Option

Oct 10, 2019 7:50 AM

The Minnesota Twins are expected to pick up their $12 million contract option for Nelson Cruz in the next few days, sources have confirmed.

Cruz, 39, hit 41 home runs and was seen as a positive influence on the clubhouse this season.

The Twins won the American League Central but were swept by the New York Yankees in the ALDS.

ESPN

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Japanese Slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Will Be Posted For MLB Clubs

Oct 8, 2019 7:55 AM

Japan's Yokohama DeNA BayStars announced on Monday that outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo will be posted for Major League teams this offseason.

Tsutsugo will turn 28 in November. He's averaged 35 home runs over the last four seasons.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

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Astros Will 'Make A Run At' Re-Signing Gerrit Cole

Oct 3, 2019 7:56 AM

The Houston Astros are poised to make a World Series run, but the offseason still looms large.

Gerrit Cole will be a free agent and on Wednesday owner Jim Crane addressed the future.

"We'll see where we end up after the year. We may make a run at it. We're not sure yet," Crane said. "We're going to wait and see what else unfolds and who else is going to stay on the team."

However, the Astros would like to avoid the luxury tax threshold. Retaining Cole would almost certainly put them over the tax.

Chandler Rome/Houston Chronicle

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Indians Will Exercise $17.5M Option On Corey Kluber

Oct 3, 2019 7:52 AM

The Cleveland Indians plan to exercise the $17.5 million option they hold on Corey Kluber for the 2020 season.

Kluber's season was shortened by injury. He was hit by a line drive that broke his right arm early in the year. As he was nearing a return, a strained oblique muscle set him back.

"I think this is almost a blessing in disguise. Yeah, we missed the heck out of him, but come next year I bet you he has a chance to be the Kluber that we've seen and relied on," Terry Francona said. "For the innings and what he has given our team, I betcha he has a chance of being that again because of having a little bit of a layoff."

The Indians could buy out Kluber's 2020 option for $1 million. The club has an $18 million option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout.

Associated Press

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Pablo Sandoval Wants To Retire With Giants

Oct 1, 2019 7:52 AM

Pablo Sandoval is coming off major surgery as he hits free agency.

The 33-year-old hopes to remain with the San Francisco Giants.

"Yeah, I want to be back," Sandoval said. "I want to retire from this organization. I'd love to be back with my teammates. We had a lot of fun."

He underwent Tommy John surgery and a more minor arthroscopic procedure Sept. 5.

John Shea/San Francisco Chronicle

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Nationals Offered Anthony Rendon Seven-Year, $200M-Plus Deal

Oct 1, 2019 7:48 AM

The Washington Nationals offered Anthony Rendon a seven-year deal worth $210 million to $215 million, according to a report.

The offer, which was extended in early September, isn't expected to keep Rendon from hitting free agency.

Rendon signed a one-year deal worth $18.8 million before this season.

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Red Sox President: Keeping Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez 'Difficult'

Oct 1, 2019 7:44 AM

Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy says there is a way for the team to keep Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez and stay below Major League Baseball's competitive balance tax, but it will be tough.

"There is a way, but obviously it will be difficult given the nature of the agreements and the contracts we have in place," Kennedy said.

"We have a very targeted and strategic plan that we're building now. Some of the dates related to contract decisions come right after the World Series. So we've had some time in September to focus on the offseason given where we were in the standings," he added. "It is going to be a challenging offseason, but we're ready to attack it head-on and do everything we can to put a competitive team out there not just for next year but 2021, 2022."

John Henry and Tom Werner met with reporters on Friday and said they were prepared to cut payroll to get under the luxury-tax threshold next season.

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No Extension Talks Between Red Sox, Eduardo Rodriguez

Sep 30, 2019 7:56 AM

The Boston Red Sox haven't initiated any conversations with Eduardo Rodriguez about a long-term extension.

However, Rodriguez is open to such talks.

"I still have two more years here. We'll see how that goes. I love it here and I want to stay here for a long time. If they want me to, I'll stay here," Rodriguez said. "I haven't had that conversation yet so I don't know how that feels."

Rodriguez had a solid season for Boston, posting a 3.81 ERA and 213 strikeouts in 203.1 innings.

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J.D. Martinez On Opt-Out: I Don't Mind Moving Around

Sep 30, 2019 7:52 AM

When asked about the opt-out clause in his contract with the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, J.D. Martinez raised eyebrows with his response.

"I don't mind moving around," Martinez said. "I kind of like it."

Martinez has played for three teams over the last four years.

He has an opt-out in the five-year, $110 million deal he signed with the Red Sox prior to the 2018 season.

Pete Abraham/Boston Globe

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Felix Hernandez Wants To Pitch In 2020

Greg Johns/MLB

Padres, Kirby Yates Discussing Contract Extension

Kevin Acee/San Diego Union-Tribune

Phillies Want To Sign J.T. Realmuto To Contract Extension

Scott Lauber/Philadelphia Inquirer

Nationals 'Confident' Stephen Strasburg Will Remain With Club

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Red Sox Likely To Lose Mookie Betts Or J.D. Martinez This Offseason

Alex Speier/Boston Globe

Anthony Rendon Could Seek Deal Similar To Nolan Arenado

Mark Feinsand/MLB

Pirates Likely To Exercise Chris Archer's 2020 Option

Nubyjas Wilborn/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Braves Sign Francisco Cervelli

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Pirates Waive Francisco Cervelli After He Requests Release

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White Sox Don't Plan To Offer Jose Abreu Extension During Season

Bruce Levine/670 The Score

Ivan Nova Open To Re-Signing With White Sox

Doug Padilla/Chicago Sun-Times

Braves Sign Adeiny Hechavarria

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Rangers, Mike Minor Have Mutual Interest In Extension
Mike Minor is signed through the 2020 season.

Jeff Wilson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Matt Harvey Joining A's On Minor League Deal
Matt Harvey had a 7.09 ERA in 12 starts for the Angels this season.

ESPN

Nationals To Sign Greg Holland
Greg Holland has a 4.54 ERA and 17 saves in 40 appearances this season.

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Mets Sign Joe Panik For Stretch Run
He'll likely help cover the absence of Robinson Cano at second base.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

No Urgency Between Anthony Rizzo, Cubs For New Deal
The Cubs hold a pair of $16.5 million options on Anthony Rizzo's contract for the next two seasons.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Diamondbacks Designate Greg Holland For Assignment
Greg Holland led the National League in saves with 41 just two seasons ago.

Associated Press

Cubs Sign Jonathan Lucroy
Jonathan Lucroy will share catching duties with Victor Caratini while Willson Contreras recovers from a right hamstring strain.

Associated Press

Nationals Sign Asdrubal Cabrera
Cabrera, 33, is hitting .235/.318/.393 (81 OPS+) with 15 doubles and 12 homers this season.

Jon Heyman/MLB Network