‘We couldn’t resist’: Andrelton Simmons has the Twins thinking big defensively

Andrelton Simmons is one of the best defensive shortstops ever, a four-time Gold Glove winner whose plus-191 Defensive Runs Saved rank third in MLB history behind Ozzie Smith and Mark Belanger. However, last year’s DRS was negative for the first time in his career, naturally leading to questions about whether he’s lost a step at […]

By keeping J.T. Realmuto and Didi Gregorius, the Phillies kept the band together. Will they keep playing a sad tune?

Say this for the Phillies: They kept the band together. Two months ago, the idea of the Phillies’ re-signing J.T. Realmuto or Didi Gregorius and certainly both seemed as likely as bipartisanship in Congress and, well, $143.5 million later, here they are. Seven weeks after getting hired as president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski did […]

Simba out to ‘keep everybody on their toes’

It’ll probably be best for opposing hitters to avoid the left side of Minnesota’s infield in 2021. The Twins have their new starting shortstop after signing free agent Andrelton Simmons to a one-year, $10.5 million deal on Sunday. It’s an addition that figures to benefit Minnesota in several different ways, as Simmons not only provides a steep […]

Tigers’ Goodrum, with a tip from the late Hank Aaron, ready to reheat his offense

What is the saying: If you don’t fail, you don’t learn? Well, if that is true, Niko Goodrum learned a ton last season. Even though his 38.6 percent strikeout rate in 179 plate appearances probably should be viewed more as a slump than a binding indictment of his offensive talent, it was enough to cost […]

Springer off board, what’s next for Mets?

At his introductory press conference in November, incoming Mets owner Steve Cohen offered a dose of reality. Cohen, a multibillionaire many times over, pledged liberal funds to the Mets’ 2021 roster. But he warned that his primary goal was to create a sustainable winner, which meant administering restraint when needed. The Mets, Cohen said, would […]

Boston Red Sox prospects Triston Casas, Jeter Downs, Bobby Dalbec make Baseball America’s 2021 Top 100 list

Boston Red Sox prospects Triston Casas, Jeter Downs and Bobby Dalbec all made Baseball America’s Top 100 prospect list. Casas is ranked No. 47, Downs is No. 71 and Dalbec is No. 90. Baseball America wrote, “Casas is one of the team’s cornerstones for the future as he has preternatural hitting ability to go with his […]

Francisco Lindor says he’s open to discussing long-term deal with New York Mets

The New York Mets have been searching for years for a superstar position player. They now have one in Francisco Lindor, and the big question on everyone’s mind: Will he sign a long-term deal with the Mets? Lindor, eligible for free agency after the 2021 season, said during a video call Monday that he’s certainly open to discussing […]

Way-Too-Early Ranking of Next Winter’s Top MLB Free Agents

The road to next offseason is a long and treacherous one. Countless obstacles will present themselves along the way, none bigger than the Dec. 1 expiration of the collective bargaining agreement. More pressing are the inevitably contentious negotiations needing to play out between the owners and players to commence the 2021 season as they bicker over […]

Braves’ interest in re-signing Marcell Ozuna likely doesn’t hinge on DH

Marcell Ozuna is the latest player to benefit from signing a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves. In 2018, they inked starter Aníbal Sánchez to a $1 million contract. He revived his career by posting a 2.83 ERA over 25 games and cashed in by signing a two-year, $19 million deal with the Nationals the […]

Wizardry in the Field: Andrelton Simmons is Still Worth Your Time

The slow MLB free agency market is creating quite the off-season conversation around possible fits. Yankee fans wrestle with the possibility that DJ LeMahieu may walk in free agency and are looking for options to replace him. While a reunion with Didi Gregorius has been rumored as a possible fallback option, former Angel shortstop Andrelton Simmons has been floated out there […]

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