Jimmy Rollins Now Feels “Free” in L.A.

Jimmy Rollins sat down with Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports for an interesting one-on-one about his time in Philadelphia and moving on to his new home of Los Angeles. Rollins, who spent 14 years here, had some relatively critical, yet not untrue, things to say about the city and its fans. When asked about leaving Philadelphia, here’s Jimmy’s comments: Q: What do you feel like now...
Via Phillies Nation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Rollins "loved Philly", but Philadelphia is "not conducive" for a superstar

View image | Former Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins opened up to Fox Sports insider Ken Rosenthal today in an extensive interview that covered a variety of topics. Rosenthal did not hesitate to ask Rollins tough questions: did he fail to run out every ground ball? But, Rollins answered all,...
Via Philliedelphia
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday afternoon Reds minor league news and notes

Ken Rosenthal has an interesting story up on Fox Sports right now about how the Cincinnati Reds went through the process of locking up the signing of right handed pitcher Raisel Iglesias. It began in December of 2013 and involved multiple scouting trips to other parts of the world to see the right hander. Hopefully Rosenthal is just making assumptions with this from his article...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
9 days ago  |  Discuss

O’s Willing To Include Cash To Move Brian Matusz, But Mets Looking At Other Options

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports the Orioles are open to trading left-handed reliever Brian Matusz, but his $3.2 million salary and remaining year of arbitration likely will give prospective suitors pause. He adds that the Mets have scouted Matusz, and while the Orioles are willing to include cash in a deal, the Mets may prefer other options, major-league sources told him...
Via Mets Merized Online
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee placed on 60-day DL

#Phillies’ latest statement on Cliff Lee. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 16, 2015
Via Macho Row
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Morosi: Red Sox to introduce Yoan Moncada on Friday

The Boston Red Sox will officially introduce Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada at a press conference Friday, FOX Sports Insider Jon Paul Morosi reported Thursday. Moncada, 19, reportedly agreed to a $31.5 million deal in late February, though it still hasn't been made official. Because Boston must pay additional $31.5 million for exceeding international bonus spending limit, the total...
Via Fox Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Steal A Surprisingly Still Available Lefty

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Chicago Cubs and lefty reliever Phil Coke have agreed to terms on a minor league contract. Source: Coke to #Cubs on minor-league deal. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 5, 2015 Coke, who reportedly turned down at least one major league deal this offseason was surprisingly still available, which allowed the Chicago Cubs to sign...
Via Sports Mockery
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Still Fighting The Good Fight

Sometimes I wonder if it’s even necessary to push the pro-stats viewpoint in baseball any longer. The battle is long over. The nerds have won. Just look at how many Ivy League grads are in front offices these days, how much money the Dodgers spent to bring Andrew Friedman over from Tampa Bay. Though some use it more than others, literally every single team in baseball uses some...
Via Dodgers Digest
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Viciedo, Blue Jays agree to minor-league deal.

Per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed outfielder Dayan Viciedo to a minor-league contract. Sources: #BlueJays in agreement with Viciedo. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 1, 2015 Viciedo, 25, has been a member of the Chicago White Sox since 2010. In 145 games in 2014, Viciedo hit .245, with 21 home runs, and 58 RBI. A career .254 hitter, Viciedo...
Via Baseball Essential
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Hamilton's suspension depends on how many violations in his past

After Ken Rosenthal and I reported this week that Josh Hamilton's suspension for a drug relapse could be as short as 25 days and as long as one year, observers noted the large gap in possible punishments. But given the past and present complexities --€” in Hamilton's case and Major League Baseball drug agreements --€” it's easy to understand why commissioner Rob Manfred is considering...
Via Fox Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics, Blue Jays Interested in Dayan Viciedo

The recently-released Dayan Viciedo might soon find a home for the upcoming season. According to FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal, the former White Sox has received some interest from the Toronto Blue Jays, as well as the Oakland Athletics. Sources: #BlueJays, #Athletics among teams talking to Viciedo. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 27, 2015 The soon-to-be 26-year old had...
Via Baseball Essential
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Papelbon May Be a 2015 Phillie After All: Brewers Sign K-Rod to Two-Year Deal

View image | As first reported by's Jon Heyman, the Milwaukee Brewers have re-signed closer Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year deal, with a team option for a third year.'s Ken Rosenthal later added that the contract will be worth $13 million. This news is not good for...
Via Philliedelphia
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers bring back closer K-Rod on two-year deal

The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent closer Francisco Rodriguez, CBS Sports first reported Thursday morning. FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal has confirmed the report. The deal includes a team option for a third year. Rodriguez, 33, went 5-5 with a 3.04 ERA and 44 saves in 69 games for the Brewers last season. In his 13-season major-league career...
Via Fox Sports
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Collins Denies Retirement Talk

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, two people close to Terry Collins suggested that the Mets manager could retire at the end of the 2015 season regardless of how good or bad the year plays out. Collins, who turns 66 in May, denied he would retire at season’s end and conceded that while managing is difficult, he didn’t know why his friends would say that. “I’ve really...
Via Mets Merized Online
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: MLB to annouce pace of play rule change today

Major League Baseball for years have been looking for ways to speed up their games. New commissioner Rob Manfred made it one of his first major issues he wanted to deal with first after taking over for Bud Selig. Now that the spring training is starting up, it looks like the new rules are about to be put into play. According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the MLB...
Via No Guts, No Glory
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Pace-of-Game Rules to be Introduced Friday

According to Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal, Major League Baseball will introduce three new pace-of-game rules intended on speeding up the rate of play in the game. Rosenthal tweets: MLB expected to announce pace of play rules changes tomorrow, sources tell me and @jonmorosi. Three key points will be included: — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 20, 2015 1...
Via Baseball Essential
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Expected to Announce Pace of Play Rule Changes Tomorrow

According to Ken Rosenthal, Major League Baseball is expected to announce pace of play rule changes tomorrow. MLB expected to announce pace of play rules changes tomorrow, sources tell me and @jonmorosi. Three key points will be included: — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 20, 2015 1. Managers must challenge replays from dugout. 2. Batters must keep one foot in box...
Via Pirates Prospects
February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Time Presents Chicago Cubs Greatest Hurdle to Land Cuban Phenom

19 year-old Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada is expected to sign with an MLB team soon. Moncada will take the next week to perform a series of workouts for interested teams with the Chicago Cubs being among the suitors. While the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees provide Moncada the chance to sign for big money before spring training, the Cubs would be asking the middle infielder to wait...
Via Sports Mockery
February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Why signing Yoan Moncada makes sense for the Dodgers

Some words have written about the Dodgers’ interest in Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada and the penalties associated with his signing. To me (and others), there is no question the Dodgers (and other teams, really) should not be concerned with blowing through their international spending limit. I don’t buy for one second the Dodgers are overly concerned with the amount of money Moncada...
Via Dodgers Digest
February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Rosenthal: Injuries Will Create Market for Hamels

Earlier this week,’s Ken Rosenthal talked about the “parade of awkward news conferences” that could be ahead for the Phillies in relation to the their inability to move players like Cliff Lee, Ryan Howard, Jonathan Papelbon, and Cole Hamels. Today, Rosenthal wrote a piece recognizing the reality and likelihood of injuries that could make Cole Hamels even more...
Via Phillies Nation
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Ken Rosenthal, Awkward Press Conferences, and Why The Phillies Are Stuck In Neutral

“Stuck in neutral” Yesterday, Ken Rosenthal wrote about the Phillies in his column over at Fox Sports. He started out with four hypothetical “awkward” press conferences–Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, and Ryan Howard–asking the players about potential trades when Spring Training rolls around. These are all guys that the Phillies probably should’ve parted...
Via Phillies Nation
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Padres aggressively pursued Cole Hamels

The San Diego Padres’ pursuit of James Shields apparently coincided with a quest to land Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels.     The Padres made an “aggressive offer” for Hamels before reportedly signing Shields to a four-year, $75 million contract, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. However, a source told Rosenthal last month that the Padres might “not have...
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Reports: Alexi Ogando, Red Sox Agree To Terms On One-Year Contract

The Boston Red Sox’s busy offseason shows no signs of slowing down. The Red Sox and former Texas Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando have agreed to terms on a one-year contract pending a physical, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Friday, citing sources. WEEI’s Rob Bradford confirmed the news Friday afternoon. Boston has yet to make an official announcement...
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Willing To Part With Reliever Mujica

(Boston Herlad Photo)After making a flurry of recent bullpen moves, the Red Sox appear to be ready to jettison one reliever from 2014. According to's Ken Rosenthal, Boston is making Edward Mujica (and his $4.75 million contract) available to teams via trade. Having recently added Alexi Ogando, Robbie Ross, Felipe Paulino, Edwin Escobar and Anthony Varvaro to the 'pen...
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Well, Then

Cotts deal with #Brewers is for one year. Team gave him a hands-on physical. One pitcher who can’t solely be judged by his MRIs. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 30, 2015
Via Cardinals Diaspora
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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