REPORT: Houston Astros manager and GM are at odds

The Houston Astros have had three of the worst seasons in baseball history, let alone franchise history.  With a 162-324 from 2011 – 2013, things seem to be looking up on the field as the 2014 version of the team is on pace for 68 wins and a fourth place finish in the tough AL West.  But all may not be well behind the scenes.  Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that second...
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Report: Reds to trade at least 1 pitcher this offseason

Reds right-handed pitchers Mat Latos and Mike Leake were both placed on revocable waivers yesterday, according to a report via Twitter from's Ken Rosenthal. A trade of either pitcher - for now - is unlikely, according to Rosenthal, but this offseason may be a different story.
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Mets Rumors: A's, Pirates could be fits for Bartolo Colon

The New York Mets are now free to deal starting pitcher Bartolo Colon to any team, as the right-hander cleared waivers on Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. There are likely several contending teams interested. The Mets have a swath of options for a 2015 rotation, and while Colon would definitely provide further depth, his spot on the roster is not necessary. However...
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Midweek Reds news and notes

With roughly five weeks to go before the regular season as we know it comes to an end, the Reds aren't exactly in the best position to earn a playoff spot. But that doesn't mean they are technically out of it quite yet. According to, Bryan Price's crew has only a 3.5 percent chance of playing in October. With 31 games to go, trailing by 10 games for first...
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Latest Buzz: Angels Would Face Luxury Tax, Flexibility Issues Adding Colon

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported that Bartolo Colon cleared waivers on Monday and can now be traded to any team. With teams apparently leery about taking on Bartolo Colon’s $11 million salary for 2015, Adam Rubin says that it clearly means the Mets would have to kick in some money to facilitate any deal, but that it appears more likely they’ll deal Colon in the offseason...
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Rays Rumors: Tampa Bay pulls Yunel Escobar back from waivers

Over the weekend, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the Oakland Athletics had been awarded the waiver claim of Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar. Escobar did not want to leave Tampa Bay and expressed interest in staying with the Rays. The Athletics and Rays would have 48 hours to work out a deal for Escobar, let him and his salary just go to Oakland, or the Rays could...
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Phillies Rumors: Little interest in Jonathan Papelbon

The Philadelphia Phillies made a surprising move by not making a move at the trade deadline. However, in hindsight, their players are locked up to long-term deals that are undesirable for other teams to take on, so deals were not be able to reached. Even in the waiver trading month of August, the Phillies still have not made a major move, likely for the same reason.One player, Jonathan...
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Gregory Polanco Demoted to AAA Indianapolis

According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Pittsburgh Pirates rookie outfielder Gregory Polanco has been demoted back down to AAA Indianapolis. Polanco is a highly-touted rookie who made quite an impact with the Pirates when he was called up on the 10th of June. Polanco batted over .300 in his first 16 games with the Pirates […]
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Boston Red Sox officially sign Cuban Rusney Castillo

The Rusney Castillo sweepstakes officially came to an end Friday with the announcement that the Boston Red Sox were signing the Cuban outfielder to a seven-year contract. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the contract is worth $72.5 million, while Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that Castillo is eligible to opt out of the contract after 2019, a year before the contract...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets News: New York places Bartolo Colon on revocable trade waivers

The New York Mets have placed right-handed starter Bartolo Colon on revocable trade waivers, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Colon is owed $11 million next season, and as previously reported by Sports Rumor Alert before the trade deadline, the Mets were only willing to eat a few million or so of that salary. Plenty of contending teams could use Colon's services, however...
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Mets Place Colon On Waivers

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Mets have placed Bartolo Colon on revocable waivers. Colon is owed about $12.5 million which includes $11 million for the 2015 season. He must pass through 28 teams before the Los Angeles Angels could get a crack at him, Rosenthal adds. One team who could block the Angels are their division rivals, the Oakland A’s, who are one...
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FOX: Rusney Castillo Will Sign With Red Sox

UPDATE: Deal may go to $72.5 millionA third major source is reporting that Cuban defector Rusney Castillo "will sign" with the Red Sox.'s Ken Rosenthal tweeted this out a short time ago. Rosenthal referenced the terms of the deal via a separate report by's Jesse Sanchez: 6 years, $72 million. Awaiting official confirmation by the Red Sox.
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox win Rusney Castillo sweepstakes

(Photo/ The Boston Red Sox have reportedly won the Rusney Castillo sweepstakes on Friday morning. The reports are that the high touted Cuban has agreed to a record-setting six-year, $72 million deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The deal sets a record for Cuban-born players signing in Major League Baseball (MLB). Current Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes...
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Report: Red Sox Sign Cuban Sensation Rusney Castillo To Six-Year, $72 Million

Rusney Castillo will join the Boston Red Sox – Mandatory Credit: USATSI via CBS Sports After a few days of the Rusney Castillo sweepstakes heating up, the derby has now concluded. And Boston wins. According to FOX reporter Ken Rosenthal via’s Jesse Sanchez, the Boston Red Sox have reportedly signed the Cuban sensation, Castillo, to a six-year, $72 million deal. Source...
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Rosenthal: Red Sox will sign star Cuban outfielder Castillo

The Red Sox won the race to sign Cuban free-agent outfielder Rusney Castillo. FOX Sports 1 MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal and report that Boston will sign Castillo, with reporting that Castillo is closing in on a six-year, $72 million deal. Since his workout showcase in Miami on July 26, the 27-year-old Castillo has held private workouts for eight clubs, sources told Rosenthal...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox and Rusney Castillo Agree To $72 Million Deal

Ken Rosenthal of FOX reporting that the Rusney Castillo has agreed to sign with the Red Sox for a record six-year, $72 million dollar contract. Congratulations to the Red Sox who by all accounts have gotten themselves a very high-impact player who seems to have chosen a park perfectly suited for his skill set. The Mets were just bystanders on this one so nobody expected...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox Land Rusney Castillo For 6-years $72 Million

The Boston Red Sox have won the battle for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, signing him to a 6-year, $72 million dollar contract, according to reports. Source: Castillo will sign with #RedSox. Report by @JesseSanchezMLB says 6 yrs/$72M. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 22, 2014 The contract is a record-breaker for a Cuban born player, breaking the mark set by Jose Abreu...
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The Tigers one of three final teams in the mix for Cuban defector Rusney Castillo?

The list of teams in the mix for 27-year old Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo seems to be getting smaller as the 27-year old defector continues to work towards a decision on his MLB future. A few days ago, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported via Twitter the that Tigers, Red Sox and Giants are the three top teams still in the mix for Castillo while the Cubs, Yankees and Phillies...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers, Giants and others may view Castillo as a pennant-race plus

Talks are heating up involving Cuban star Rusney Castillo, and it's a good thing because he has designs on playing in the big leagues this season, according to people familiar with his situation. There is said to be urgency on the part of some of the teams involved in talks, and that makes sense since at least two teams known to be in the running -- the Tigers and Giants --...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: The Potential Rusney Castillo Bargain

Unless you’re a dedicated baseball fan or follow Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, you may not know the name Rusney Castillo. That is probably going to change soon, as he is expected to sign a free-agent contract in the not-too-distant future, becoming the latest international import to incite a bidding war among MLB teams. If rumors […]
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Among Finalists On Rusney Castillo

(Photo: Evil Empire is out of the running for Cuban defector Rusney Castillo—as are the Phillies and Cubs. This, according to's Ken Rosenthal. The Red Sox, on the other hand, are finalists in the race to sign the 27-year old International Free Agent—along with the Giants and Tigers. Word is that the Tigers have become very aggressive...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox ‘Still In The Mix’ For Cuban Prospect Rusney Castillo

The Boston Red Sox are making a strong push for one of more sought-after Cuban prospects. FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday night that the Red Sox are one of three teams in the running to sign Cuban free agent Rusney Castillo. According to Rosenthal, the Detroit Tigers are San Francisco GIants are also in the mix for the outfielder. However, that report came about...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates acquire reliever John Axford from Indians

Well, it was fun while it lasted. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates have acquired reliever John Axford from the Cleveland Indians, just a few months after signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal. Source: #Pirates acquire John Axford. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 14, 2014 Despite the success of current Tribe closer Cody Allen, Manager Terry Francona...
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Starting 2015 With Collins On Hot Seat Serves No One’s Best Interest

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports writes that the refusal (inability?) of Mets ownership to maintain a large-market payroll is a far bigger problem than the manager ever will be. However he agrees with me constant pleas that starting 2015 with a manager on the hot seat would be in no one’s best interests. Applause. August 9 I had some additional thoughts on Terry Collins after Friday...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles Rumors: Baltimore not currently engaged in extension talks with J.J. Hardy

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is due to be a free agent after this season, but according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the O's are not currently engaged in any talks about an extension with their Gold Glove shortstop. Hardy said back in April that he wanted to remain with the Orioles, but declined to talk further about extension talks, saying that there was no point...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss
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