MLB Telling Umpires Not To Be Too Harsh On Pace Of Play Rules?

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, this week, MLB senior vice president of baseball operations, Peter Woodfork, and MLB director of umpire development, Rich Rieker, began meeting with general managers  from all 30 teams to explain the new pace of play rules that were rolled out last week. The MLBPA is responsible for meeting with player representatives and explaining the new rules...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Announces Pace of Play Changes For 2015 Season

On Friday, MLB announced the pace of play changes for the upcoming season that we heard about yesterday. There are four changes that will be put in place, along with some notes below on things the players rejected. The new rules include the managers staying in the dugout when they call for instant replay, the batters keeping at least one foot in the batter’s box during their at...
Via Pirates Prospects
8 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Executives: Cuddyer Among Worst Offseason Signings

The criticisms of the Michael Cuddyer signing continue to pile on. Jayson Stark of ESPN polled MLB executives around the league on what was the worst signing this offseason, and Cuddyer was ranked as one of the worst. A total of 8 executives named Cuddyer as the worst signing this Winter. Only Hanley Ramirez, Brett Anderson and Max Scherzer‘s deals were considered more unfavorable...
Via Mets Merized Online
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Future MLB All-Star Game host venues to be up for bid

MLB Commish Robert Manfred is already shaking things up Credit: Rick Scuteri/AP New Major League Baseball commissioner Robert Manfred has been offering a lot of thoughts and visions for his league in the first few weeks, and today he dropped another bombshell.  Instead of rotating All-Star Game host venues between leagues in alternating seasons and generally following a “who...
Via Reading Between The Seams
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Out of the Batter’s Box – Phillies TV booth search update, no trades for Hamels or Papelbon in spring likely

Hope you enjoyed your weekend. We are one week closer to spring training in Clearwater. Warm thoughts! 1. Morandini in the Phillies TV booth? We knew two names likely to be considered for the now vacant spot in the Phillies TV booth were Ben Davis and Kevin Stocker. Now it appears there could be another option in the fold with Mickey Morandini reportedly interviewing for the gig...
Via Macho Row
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Could Move Cliff Lee in Spring Training

According to a report from Jayson Stark based on information gathered in talking to an unnamed executive, the Phillies could look to move Cliff Lee in spring training if he is healthy. One exec who spoke with #Phillies says he was told they could move Cliff Lee as soon as spring training if he proves he’s healthy — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) February 6, 2015 The key words to...
Via Baseball Essential
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies Sign Free Agent RHP Kyle Kendrick

Free agent RHP Kyle Kendrick has agreed to a one-year deal worth $5.5 million with the Colorado Rockies, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Only a two hours ago, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reported that Colorado was looking to add another starting pitcher, and indicated Kendrick and Dillon Gee as possibilities. Original Post 3:30 PM The Rockies are still in the market for a starting...
Via Mets Merized Online
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Gee Is Still An Option For Rockies

The Rockies are still in the market for a starting pitcher according to Jayson Stark of ESPN. He says Colorado still maintains interest in Kyle Kendrick and that Dillon Gee is still an option. It was believed that the Rockies’ pursuit for a starter ended last week when they acquired right-hander David Hale from the Atlanta Braves, so not sure what to make of this rumor. But...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Sign Former First Rounder to Minor League Deal

View image | gettyimages.com Today, the Phillies have announced a deal with a former top pick. #Phillies have signed former Cardinals No. 1 pick Tyler Greene to a minor-league contract. Last played in big leagues with 2013 White Sox — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) January 22, 2015 Greene, 31, provides some...
Via Philliedelphia
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB proposes changes to shorten inning breaks

One of the easiest ways for MLB to shorten games would be to simply enforce some of the rules on the book. The league has proposed a quick fix to help make games flow just a little bit faster – forcing pitchers and hitters to be ready before commercial breaks end, rather than as the broadcast is coming back from commercial. Jayson Stark of ESPN has the details. Under a new proposal...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB proposes changes to shorten inning breaks

One of the easiest ways for MLB to shorten games would be to simply enforce some of the rules on the book. The league has proposed a quick fix to help make games flow just a little bit faster – forcing pitchers and hitters to be ready before commercial breaks end, rather than as the broadcast is coming back from commercial. Jayson Stark of ESPN has the details. Under a new proposal...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Latest MLB time-saving proposal: less time between innings

In an ongoing attempt to drive baseball games to a three-hour time window, Major League Baseball continues its approach to reduce game length and has another proposal.  Shorten the time between innings.  On the surface, great.  But uUnfortunately, not the number of commercials, but apparently the time after the commercial to the first pitch.  Jayson Stark of ESPN reports: Under...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies Finding It Hard To Deal Howard

The Phillies have seemingly reached a new low on their mission to trade first baseman Ryan Howard. Teams in touch w #Phillies say they’re talking up what a great person Ryan Howard is. That’s true. But still sounds like they have no takers — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) January 12, 2015   Yes you read that correctly. The Phillies are basically pulling the sports version of “she’s...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

All the latest from the Winter Meetings

Links below for all the key goings-on out in San Diego at the MLB Winter Meetings thus far… -Phillies Nation’s Corey Seidman writes for CSN that the free agent starting pitcher market is of great interest to the Phils and should impact the trade market for lefty Cole Hamels. -Interim team president Pat Gillick spoke of the rebuilding process and getting the roster younger. ...
Via Phillies Nation
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds Willing To Deal Jay Bruce

It has been no secret going into this offseason that the Cincinnati Reds have a large team payroll and are looking to rid themselves of some of the hefty salaries that they have on their hands. Jayson Stark tweeted earlier today that the Reds are willing to trade outfielder Jay Bruce, but it seems a deal will only be done if the Reds are overwhelmed by the offer they receive. Jay...
Via Baseball Essential
December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Red Sox, Tigers Discussed Yoenis Cespedes-Rick Porcello Trade

This embed is invalid" /> There’s clearly smoke between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. There’s just no fire right now. ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark reported last week that the Red Sox and Tigers seem to have the makings for a trade involving Boston outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Detroit pitcher Rick Porcello. The talks don’t seem to have...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels Trade Price Is "Out Of Line"; Phillies Could Move Marlon Byrd At Winter Meetings

The baseball Winter Meetings are about to commence in San Diego, California. Executives from all 30 major league teams will be present, and since everyone is in one place at the same time, the time is one of the busiest of the offseason for trades. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com posted...
Via Philliedelphia
December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners Trade Michael Saunders to the Blue Jays

The Seattle Mariners made their first big trade of the offseason by sending former top prospect Michael Saunders to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for starting picther J.A. Happ. The move was first reported by ESPN’s Jayson Stark. #Mariners have traded OF Michael Saunders to #BlueJays for LHP J.A. Happ, according to a source. More to come at http://t.co/gtnhE8SFiG — Jayson...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners acquire J.A. Happ from Blue Jays for Michael Saunders

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Blue Jays and Mariners have agreed to a trade that sends LHP J.A. Happ to Seattle for outfielder Michael Saunders. #Mariners have traded OF Michael Saunders to #BlueJays for LHP J.A. Happ, according to a source. More to come at http://t.co/gtnhE8SFiG — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 3, 2014 Happ, 32, posted a 4.22 ERA in 158 innings pitched...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

DET Seeking To Widen Porcello-Cespedes Deal

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the Red Sox and Tigers have the parameters of a Yoenis Cespedes for Rick Porcello deal worked out—except for one thing. That 'thing' is that Detroit wants to widen the deal so that they get a starter back in the package. It's unclear what that wider deal would net for Boston, but the Red Sox obviously have a bevy of young starters to offer...
Via FenwayNation
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The latest from Jayson Stark on the Phillies

Juicy stuff from Jayson Stark on Cole Hamels and Jimmy Rollins...
Via PhilsBaseball
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees offered utility player for Jimmy Rollins

The Phillies are willing to listen to offers for shortstop Jimmy Rollins but apparently have a lofty sense of his value. ESPN’s Jayson Stark has heard that the Yankees attempted to acquire Rollins but only wanted to give up a “a utility player.” Rollins is about to turn 36 and is owed $11 million in the final year of his current deal. Heard from 2 more sources on Rollins...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Hamels Updates: Phils Received Offer, Wasn't Good Enough

#456274800 / gettyimages.com The main story of the Phillies offseason is obviously gauging potential deals for Cole Hamels. Will he go to Boston? Chicago? According to a source that spoke to ESPN's Jayson Stark, the one team that has made an offer on Hamels hasn't been one of the teams...
Via Philliedelphia
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Yanks called Phillies about Jimmy Rollins; price tag “too high”

  The New York  Yankees need to find a shortstop before Spring Training, but one thing they know, it’s not going to be the Philadelphia Phillies‘ Jimmy Rollins. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Yankees called Ruben Amaro inquiring about the availability of Jimmy Rollins. After the Phillies set a high asking price for Rollins, the Yankees moved on and are now looking...
Via Baseball Essential
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees called Phillies about trading for Jimmy Rollins

ESPN’s Jayson Stark is reporting, via Twitter, that the Phillies and Yankees had preliminary discussions about Jimmy Rollins but the Yankees balked at the high asking price. The talks never got too serious, as Rollins was never asked to waive his no-trade clause. Rollins has a full no-trade clause and has stated in the past that he has no desire to change locations. Yankees...
Via Phillies Nation
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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