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St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Stephen Piscotty has been traded to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for shortstop Yairo Munoz and second baseman Max Schrock. What It Means: Piscotty will now be closer to his hometown where his mother is struggling with ALS and the Cardinals get a couple young players in return. He also missed time due to injuries last season, playing in a total of 107 games. I ...

According to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, the belief is that the Miami Marlins will retain, not trade, outfielder Christian Yelich. What It Means: Miami has already unloaded outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna. But, by shedding their financial obligations, the Marlins believe that they've opened up enough space to hold the 26-year-old Yelich. After all, he's set to make ju ...

The Los Angeles Angels have officially acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler, report The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. What It Means: As the Angels land a new second baseman, the Detroit Tigers will receive two prospects in return. They get right-handed pitcher Wilkel Hernandez and outfielder Troy Montgomery. Both are ranked in the top-30 of LA's pipeline. Kinsler has an $11 million vesting op ...

According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the Los Angeles Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler in a trade with the Detroit Tigers. What It Means: The deal isn't officially done quite yet. ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that there is a delay as a result of Kinsler's partial no-trade clause. The Angels are part of the infielder's 10-team list, but it sure seems ...

The St. Louis Cardinals are set to acquire Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna, according to Sirius XM's Craig Mish. What It Means: Others have confirmed the deal, which has been in the works over the last 48 hours or so. It's likely that the Marlins will get back some young pitching and other prospects. It's the second star outfielder that the Marlins have unloaded after sending ...

The San Diego Padres have acquired third baseman Chase Headley and pitcher Bryan Mitchell from the New York Yankees in exchange for outfielder Jabari Blash. What It Means: The trade will be seen as a salary dump for the Yankees, who will be off the hook for the $13 million they owed Headley, who spent the first seven-plus years of his career with San Diego, for 2018. Mitchell figures to be a fit f ...

According to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, the Miami Marlins are receiving second baseman/shortstop Starlin Castro, as well as two minor-league prospects, from the New York Yankees in exchange for outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. What It Means: The Marlins will be the 28-year-old's third team in four years and will pick up the remaining two years and $22.7 million left on his contract. ...

According to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, the Miami Marlins have agreed on a deal to send outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees. What It Means: The deal hasn't been made official yet, but Miami's return is expected to be second baseman Starlin Castro along with a few prospects, none of which have been identified yet. Stanton is fully expected to approve the trade to New ...

Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani has signed with the Los Angeles Angels. What It Means: Ohtani's agent released a statement announcing the decision: “This morning, after a thorough, detailed process, Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. Shohei is humbled and flattered by all the time and effort that so many teams put into their presentations and sincerely thanks t ...

The Seattle Mariners acquired Dee Gordon from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor leaguers Robert Dugger, Nick Neidert and Christopher Torres. What It Means: The Mariners will reportedly move the two-time All-Star to center field in 2018. Gordon led Major League Baseball in steals last season with 60 while hitting .308/.341/.375. Source: MLB ...

The San Francisco Giants expect reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to make a decision by the end of the week. What It Means: According to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, the Giants expect a decision from the Marlins outfielder "by the end of the week." The Dodgers were also believed to be in the running for Stanton's services, but are now considered a longshot to l ...

The Chicago White Sox have signed free agent catcher Welington Castillo to a two-year deal, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. What It Means: Castillo hit free agency after declining his player option with the Baltimore Orioles. Rosenthal is reporting that the deal is for two years with a club option. The 30-year-old backstop figures to serve as the team's starting catcher with O ...

New York Yankees' outfielder Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Monday. What It Means: The American League Rookie of the Year underwent a loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up. Judge was said to be battling a shoulder issue in the second-half of the season so this isn't out of the blue and the right fielder is expected to make a full recovery for Spring T ...

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was named the American League's Most Valuable Player on Thursday. What It Means: Altuve helped lead the Astros to their first World Series win as they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers. A five-time All-Star, the second baseman finished third in the MPV voting last year. Altuve received 27 of 30 first-place votes with Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees ...

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton won the National League MVP Award. What It Means: Stanton became the first NL MVP in Marlins history, edging out Joey Votto by just 2 points. He led all NL players in WAR, while leading the league with 59 home runs. Over 597 plate appearances this season, Stanton had 168 hits with 59 home runs and 132 RBI, which were all career-highs. Source: ESPN ...

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger was named the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year on Monday. What It Means: Bellinger was the unanimous choice, just like Aaron Judge in the AL, after helping lead the Dodgers back to the World Series for the first time in nearly 30 years. He is the second consecutive Dodger to win the award, Corey Seager in 2016, and the 18th all-tim ...

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was named the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year on Monday. What It Means: Judge became the first Yankees player to win the award since Derek Jeter in 1996 as he won unanimously. The outfielder set a new rookie record with 52 home runs as he led New York back to the playoffs and within a game of the World Series, falling to the Astros in seven games. Ju ...

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer went 2-for-5 with 1 home run and 2 runs scored in a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series on Wednesday. What It Means: The title is the first in club history after Springer helped give the Astros a 5-0 lead in the second inning that they never relinquished. He led off the contest with a double and promptly found his wa ...

Houston Astros first baseman Yulieski Gurriel will serve a five-game suspension in 2018 for an offensive gesture made about Yu Darvish on Friday. What It Means: Gurriel will not be suspended during the World Series, and will instead serve his ban at the beginning of next season. Gurriel has performed well at the plate this postseason, hitting .340/.386/.547 with 1 home run, 6 doubles, 4 runs, and ...

The New York Yankees and manager Joe Girardi have agreed to part ways, according to ESPN's David Kaplan. What It Means: Girardi's four-year, $16 million contract ended with this season so he's not really being let go nor is he resigning. The team says that an announcement will be made later on Thursday. There are no obvious candidates at this time but it's believed that general ...

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia underwent surgery on his left knee Wednesday, according to The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham. What It Means: The surgery, which took place in New York, served the purpose of correcting a knee issue that plagued Pedroia through the stretch run this season. At 34 years old, the veteran admitted that recovery could take "a long time", which me ...

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is on the team's official World Series roster after sitting out the NLCS with a back issue. What It Means: Seager has worked his way back from a sprained lower back and will replace lefty-hitting Curtis Granderson on the Dodgers' roster. Granderson went 1-for-15 with eight strikeouts in the previous two series. The Dodgers have opted for Joc Ped ...

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (back) will be included on the Dodgers' World Series roster according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. What It Means: The official lineups aren't set to be released until Tuesday, but this move was expected. Seager will return to shortstop for the Fall Classic, so Kike Hernandez will likely serve as an outfielder when he plays. This is a huge boo ...

The Nationals will not bring back manager Dusty Baker for the 2018 season. What It Means: Baker's contract was set to expire after the season, and following back-to-back first-round exits from the playoffs, the Nationals have decided not to bring back the 68-year-old manager. He led the club to consecutive National League East titles while going a combined 192-132. Across 22 seasons as a mana ...

Los Angeles Dodgers' catcher Yasmani Grandal is not in the starting lineup for Game 5 against the Chicago Cubs. What It Means: Grandal will make room for Austin Barnes behind the plate as Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers try to end their series in five games. Our models project the Dodgers will post 3.78 runs tonight. Source: Baseball Press ...

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