Major League Baseball to move the draft back to July?

Is Major League Baseball trying to push the amateur draft back to June from it’s usual spot in the first week of June? That seems to be the case according to Peter Gammons. NCAA Coaches and MLB officials met Monday, general agreement on a July 1 draft and July 15 signing deadline — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) January 21, 2015 This is a situation that is still in the discussion...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
8 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Discussing the Possibility of Moving the Draft to July 1st in the Future

Peter Gammons had some interesting information on the future of the MLB draft today, saying that MLB officials and NCAA coaches met on Monday and came to a general agreement to move the draft date to July 1st. NCAA Coaches and MLB officials met Monday, general agreement on a July 1 draft and July 15 signing deadline — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) January 21, 2015 The move would...
Via Pirates Prospects
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox, Dodgers Have Interest In Alexi Ogando

Peter Gammons reports that the Red Sox and Dodgers have been “aggressive” on free agent right-hander Alexi Ogando. Scouts I know liked Ogando’s workout. Red Sox, Dodgers aggressive, know next week — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) January 13, 2015 Ogando worked out in Tampa on Friday with two dozen teams on hand to watch the 31-year-old free agent showcase his talent. Ogando...
Via Baseball Essential
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Sportswriter of the Year is SI’s Tom Verducci

On Thursday, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association revealed their yearly award winners for sportscasting and sportswriting. Plenty of familiar names were honored, and winning the National Sportswriter of the Year award for the first time was Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated, who also worked as part of Fox’s top MLB broadcast team in 2014. This marks the fifth...
Via Awful Announcing
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Gammons: No Mookie Or Blake In Hamels Deal

Swihart (L); Betts (R)According to Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, the Red Sox have told the Phillies that any trade for left-handed ace Cole Hamels will not involve either OF/IF Mookie Betts or C Blake Swihart. In his column last Friday, Gammons also suggested that while Phillies "senior advisor" Charlie Manuel likes several other Boston players (e.g., Garin Cecchini...
Via FenwayNation
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. Ignoring Charlie Manuel's Advice On Red Sox System?

Peter Gammons, long-time Red Sox writer for the Boston Globe, followed by a stint at ESPN and now MLB Network is still regarded as one of the top Red Sox insiders in the industry. As it has been well-documented, the Phillies and Red Sox have talked trade for a while...
Via Philliedelphia
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Lester to meet with Cardinals

Earlier this week, Peter Gammons reported the St. Louis Cardinals were to meet with Jon Lester next week, which would be just after Thanksgiving. Now, for some, these reports may come as a surprise. The Cardinals? The same Cardinals who have a farm system deeper than the ocean? Not as much anymore since they traded Shelby Miller, Tyrell Jenkins, Joe Kelly, and Sam Gaviglio in the...
Via Baseball Essential
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

A Sad Day in November

Luis Tiant is getting another chance at the Hall of Fame. The 73-year-old former Red Sox righthander was named to the Golden Era ballot that will be voted on in December. One of the saddest days of my Sox life was November 13, 1978 when I heard on the radio that Luis had signed with the Yankees. It was the ultimate indignity- the most popular Bosox player in decades and their first...
Via Fenway West
November 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Think Jon Lester In Returning To Boston

(FenwayNation Photo)According to Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, the Chicago Cubs are of the opinion that free-agent Jon Lester will be retuning to the friendly confines of Fenway Park. With that bit of good news comes some bitter information as well—the fact that Lester's entourage is waiting to see if The Evil Ones jump into the fray. Given the huge uncertainties...
Via FenwayNation
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Gammons: Cubs think Lester will return to Boston

    This embed is invalid   " /> The Chicago Cubs either aren’t very confident or they’re playing mind games.   Jon Lester is scheduled to visit with the Cubs on Tuesday, a major league source told’s Rob Bradford. However, Peter Gammons of said Tuesday on CBS Sports Radio that the Cubs think Lester is going to sign with the...
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign Russell Martin to five-year deal

In the first major free-agent signing in the the four-year long Alex Anthopolous tenure, the Toronto Blue Jays signed veteran catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million deal. Peter Gammons initially announced the signing as a “(Brian) McCann-level contract”, with Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal reporting the official length and worth. Catcher has long been a problem area...
Via The Outside Corner
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign Russell Martin to five-year deal

In the first major free-agent signing in the the four-year long Alex Anthopolous tenure, the Toronto Blue Jays signed veteran catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million deal. Peter Gammons initially announced the signing as a “(Brian) McCann-level contract”, with Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal reporting the official length and worth. Catcher has long been a problem area...
Via Bloguin Best
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Signing Russell Martin to a Five Year Deal

The Toronto Blue Jays will be signing Russell Martin to a five year deal, according to Jon Heyman. Peter Gammons first broke the news, saying Martin got “McCann money”. Told Toronto got Martin for "McCann money" — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) November 17, 2014 blue jays are signing russell martin to 5-year deal — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 17, 2014 There was some...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign free agent catcher Russell Martin

Getty Images Free agent catcher Russell Martin has signed with the Toronto Blue Jays reports’s Peter Gammons. Gammons noted that Mrtin was getting “[Brian] McCann money” on twitter and the actually deal rolls out to a five-year contract worth $82 million. The #BlueJays and Russell Martin have agreed to a 5-year, $82 million deal, via @JonHeymanCBS & @pgammo —...
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Russell Martin signs with Blue Jays, Braves trade Jason Heyward to Cardinals for Shelby Miller

According Peter Gammons, Russell Martin has signed a five-year deal with the Blue Jays for “McCann money,” which means that he’s probably getting close to the $75 million he reportedly set out to get at the beginning of the off-season. Meanwhile, the Cardinals and Braves announced that they’ve completed a four-player swap that involves Shelby Miller going to the Braves and...
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Boston Red Sox Scouted Cuban Phenom Yoan Moncada In Guatemala

Familiarize yourself with Yoan Moncada’s name. Moncada has been cleared by Major League Baseball to sign as a free agent, according to multiple reports. The 19-year-old Cuban infielder worked out for MLB clubs last week in Guatemala, and the Boston Red Sox were among the teams in attendance, according to’s Peter Gammons and Baseball America’s Ben Badler. The...
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

A look at trade possibilities between the Mets and Mariners

It’s no secret that the Mets spent a good chunk of last offseason looking to acquire a shortstop and it appears they are traveling the same path this winter. Peter Gammons reported that the Mariners turned down an offer of Jon Niese for Brad Miller prior to the start of the 2014 season. Perhaps Seattle would like a mulligan on that one, as Miller failed to take a hold of the...
November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Yasmani Tomas Deal Appears Imminent

Latest Update: Cuban outfielder Yasmani Tomas is flying to the United States on Friday to meet with his agent, Jay Alou Jr., reports Jorge Arangure of Vice Sports, who believes a deal now appears imminent and could come as soon as this weekend. He adds that Alou is still planning to meet with four GMs in the next two days as the very active pursuit for Tomas comes to its conclusion...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers Reportedly Add Three More To Front Office: Bream, Carr, Finley

On Saturday, I wrote about the impressive new Dodgers front office, noting that the strength was coming not only in impressive accomplishments, but in numbers. Andrew Friedman has assembled a fantastically talented group, and he hasn’t let old job titles and responsibilities get in his way. Now, we’re hearing about three more names, and while we don’t know exactly what their...
Via Dodgers Digest
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays tweet out preliminary list of managerial candidates

The Tampa Bay Rays have released a list of potential candidates for their managerial job left open when Joe Maddon declined his option year for 2015 and signed with the Chicago Cubs. The Rays call this list "preliminary" and will add more candidates as they become available until they decide on a new manager. Here's our preliminary group of interview candidates for #Rays manager...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss's 10th Anniversary Member Appreciation Interview with Robert Cunningham

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary at we've focused our attention on our writers, contributors & website members throughout the 2014 calendar year. Today we put the spotlight on Robert Cunningham. Robert, or 'ettin' (his member name on our community forum) has been a tremendous contributor to both online discussion and in-depth articles for our blog. Robert...
Via Angelswin
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Storylines: The search for a manager continues for Twins

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI. Here are the stories from Monday, Oct. 27.  Top Stories: Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo had his second interview with the Twins yesterday, according...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers name Jeff Banister as new manager

Though Tim Bogar may have once seemed the favorite to be the Texas Rangers’ new manager, the team decided to make a wholesale change in their dugout. On Thursday, Texas named Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as its new skipper. The hiring was first reported by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Bogar served as the Rangers’ interim manager following Ron Washington’s resignation on...
Via The Outside Corner
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Yasmani Tomas Granted Free Agency, Can Now Sign With Any Team

Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas has been granted free agency by Major League Baseball, according to a his agent, Jay Alou. He is now free to sign with any club. Unfortunately, his potential $100 million deal takes the Mets out of the picture. Tomas has already had private workouts with the Phillies, Rangers and Giants who are each considered to be heavy favorites. (Joe D.) September...
Via Mets Merized Online
October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Even if Dan O'Dowd leaves don't expect drastic changes

The cadaver of a Rockies season isn’t even cold yet, and already the rumors are starting to swirl about possible front office changes in the offseason. The jumping off point was the Atlanta Braves firing general manager Frank Wren Monday and naming John Hart interim GM. Hart had been serving the Braves in a senior advising role, but has experience as a general manager with both...
Via Mile High Sports
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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