Nationals to give out Bryce Harper Chia Pets in 2016

The Jayson Werth Chia Pet giveaway of 2015 was apparently so successful that the Nationals plan to do the same for Bryce Harper in 2016.
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Tyler Clippard is a Risk Worth Taking Right Now for the Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been wanting to add a reliever to the backend of the pen since the offseason began, and that goal was finally accomplished yesterday. After rumors picked up, and talks progressed over several days, the D-backs and free-agent reliever Tyler Clippard agreed on a two-year deal worth $12.25 million. Clippard was one of a handful of really talented players...
Via Baseball Essential
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It's Mariano Rivera's turn to be immortalized in Monument Park

NEW YORK -- The Yankees will dedicate a plaque for retired relief pitcher Mariano Rivera in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 14 before a game against Tampa Bay.Rivera, who retired after the 2013 season, helped New York win five World Series. He is the major-league career saves leader in the regular season (652) and postseason (42).New York, which made the announcement Thursday...
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2016 Chicago White Sox Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

Rick Hahn was promoted to the White Sox general manager position in October of 2012. Since then, Chicago has went three-consecutive seasons without a winning record and was ranked 28th, or worse, in runs scored for two of the past three years. Hahn is hoping to make more of an impact on the offense in 2016. He signed two players who set new career-highs in RBI last season: Brett...
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Just how risky would it be for the O's to sign Yovani Gallardo and Dexter Fowler?

Say this for the Orioles -- no one can accuse them of tanking.They’re close to forfeiting the No. 14 pick in the draft and accompanying pool money for free-agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo, according to major-league sources. They might follow that by sacrificing the No. 29 pick (currently) for free-agent outfielder Dexter Fowler.The two moves in combination would mark the second...
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Time heals all: Yankees holding Alex Rodriguez Bat Day in 2016

From a one-year suspension for PED use to having your own Bat Day is quite a turnaround.The Alex Rodriguez image rehabilitation hit another high note on Thursday when the Yankees released their 2016 promotional schedule.On Saturday, May 14, all fans 14 and under will get a free Alex Rodriguez replica bat.It's hard to image this ever would've been possible while the team openly fought...
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Prospect Nation 2016: #1 SS J.P. Crawford

JP Crawford, image- Jay Floyd Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! Highly touted shortstop J.P. Crawford ranks here as the Phillies’ top prospect on our annual Prospect Nation countdown. Regarded widely as the Phils’ star of the future, Crawford also sits among many outlets’ top minor leaguers across the entire sport. After he was selected by the Phillies 16th overall out of Lakewood...
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Halo Headlines: Javy Guerra signs; a Mike Trout trade?

The February 11, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team adding a former Dodgers closer on a minor-league deal, more speculation about a Mike Trout trade that’ll never happen, and more… The Story: Angels sign RHP Javy Guerra to a minor-league deal MWAH Says: Given how last winter went, I’m kind of floored that Arte Moreno would agree to bring in a player...
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Eight most potentially combustible MLB clubhouses

Let’s face it: When 25 people are forced to spend more than a half of a year with each other, they’re not all going to get along all that great. When MLB clubhouses don’t get along well, it provides some darn intriguing drama for all of us watching. So, where’s that drama likely to come from in 2016? Which MLB clubhouses have the potential to erupt into a three-ring circus...
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Atlanta Braves Spring Training Preview

Source: Handout/Getty Images North America As the start of spring training grows closer with each passing day, Atlanta Braves fans have to be teeming with curiosity as to how the roster might be constructed to start the season. As is the case with any team in February, there are a lot of questions that need answers. Will some of the team’s newly acquired prospects break camp with...
Via Baseball Essential
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The Yankees: The Most Underrated Team in Baseball

In my regular Wednesday chat this week, this question popped up: Interestingly, a few days before, I’d been thinking about the narrative of the Yankees heading into 2016, and how so much of it is being driven by their lack of free agent spending this winter. It’s almost historically unprecedented for the Yankees to sit out an entire free agent class, but this winter, the team...
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2016 Fantasy Baseball: Baltimore Orioles Sign Yovani Gallardo

The last of the big name pitchers went off the board when the Baltimore Orioles agreed to sign Yovani Gallardo to a three-year contract. Gallardo had been waiting because the Texas Rangers gave him a qualifying offer. Under the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, the Orioles will have to surrender their second round pick to the Rangers because of the new agreement. The...
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Making the Case for Travis Shaw Over Hanley Ramirez at First Base

You could count the things that went right for the Boston Red Sox on one hand last season, and Travis Shaw was one of them. The 25-year-old Shaw got the call in May and was gradually phased into the Red Sox lineup, filling in at several positions. A series of injuries landed Shaw with full-time duties at first base, and he was far from a disappointment. Shaw clobbered seven home...
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ESPN Ranks Mets’ Farm as Sixteenth Best

Keith Law of released his annual list of the top farm systems in baseball on Wednesday, with the Mets coming in at 16. Fellow National League East mates, the Atlanta Braves (1), Philadelphia... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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The Astros Are in a Sweet Spot

As of Wednesday night, there were 57 position players projected via our depth charts to produce three wins or more. The Astros had four of them: Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Carlos Gomez and George Springer. That they had four of these 57 players isn’t especially unique. Houston is one of five teams to have at least four such players. But what is interesting is just how much room...
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The most and least improved MLB teams this offseason

Pitchers and catchers start reporting for Spring Training next week. We’re only a couple more weeks away live exhibition games. Baseball is almost back! So we felt it was a good time to take a look back at this offseason to see how teams have improved themselves–or in some cases didn’t. Here are the most – and least – improved teams in each league. Most Improved AL...
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Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Detroit Tigers

Other clubs: Braves, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Indians, Orioles, Reds, Red Sox, Rockies, White Sox. To say the Tigers have had a “type” is an understatement. They have consistently brought in hard-throwing pitchers with either command or secondary-pitch questions, and most of them have ended up as relievers by the time they make it to the big leagues. As Kiley pointed out in last...
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Corey Seager lands atop another Top 100, plus new names

Keith Law dropped his Top 100 prospects list today, and seven Dodgers made the cut — just not in the order you might expect. 1. Corey Seager 5. Julio Urias 51. Alex Verdugo 60. Jose De Leon 71. Grant Holmes 77. Yusniel Diaz 92. Cody Bellinger That makes three No. 1 overall rankings for Seager, who is looking like the consensus top prospect in the game. We’ll see where Baseball...
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Time To Put Up or Shut Up for Orioles, White Sox

Usually by the second week of February, the MLB offseason is more or less complete.This year seems to be quite a bit different. With only days until Valentine’s Day, there are a few decent free agents still available that could be good matches for one or two lucky teams. While quite a few teams would benefit from making further additions, two teams in particular stand out: the...
Via Baseball Essential
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Henry Urrutia smacks walk-off homer for first career longball - Orioles Buzz

2016 spring training will be a big one for outfielder Henry Urrutia, who will try to show that he deserves a spot on the Orioles 25-man roster. While O's fans have only seen Urrutia in two short stints in the big leagues - one in 2013 and one in 2015 ... Read More
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Clay Buchholz’s New Plan to Stay on the Mound

In all my years watching baseball, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more enigmatic and polarizing pitcher than Clay Buchholz. Prior to every season, people try to say they know what kind of production can be expected from the right-hander that year, and every year we know they’re lying through their teeth. In reality, every time you’re confident he’s on track, he has a terrible...
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San Francisco Giants: Prospects to keep an eye on at Spring Training

Football is over and that leaves one thing on everyone’s minds…baseball season. Spring training for the San Francisco Giants will begin Feb. 18 for all pitchers and catchers and on Feb. 23 for all position players. If you are like any die hard fan of the Giants, you will want to know who to keep an eye out for during spring training. The Giants have invited 21 non-roster invitees...
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Phillies announce 2016 Wall of Fame ballot, change eligibility requirements

Embed from Getty Images PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Phillies have announced the ballot of 12 candidates eligible to be named the 37th inductee of the organization's Wall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 12. Steve Bedrosian, RHP (1986-89) Larry Christenson, RHP (1973-83)* Jim Fregosi, Manager (1991-96)* Gene Garber, RHP (1974-78)* Jim...
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Of all the dramatic things: John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are staying in the Yankees radio broadcast booth

Ma and Pa PinstripeOh my goodness gracious! The New York Daily News' Bob Raissman recently reported that John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman will be back in the Yankees' radio broadcast booth for their 12th and 13th seasons together. Raissman says that they have agreed in principle to new two-year deals with WFAN. "Sources said Yankees brass was committed to bringing Ma and Pa [Pinstripe...
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Jacob deGrom Open To Long-Term Deal With Mets

In an exclusive interview with Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, RHP Jacob deGrom said he was open to working out an extension deal to remain with the New York Mets long-term. “I’m a little bit older so I might be more willing to do something like that,’’ deGrom told The Post. “You just have to look at what is fair so both sides get a decent deal. It’s something I’d...
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