With the MLB offseason underway, here's which potential free-agency moves and winter trades have baseball teams, players and agents talking.
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Jeff Passan ESPN
Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.
Sorry, Detroit: Your team follows in the footsteps of other recent biggest losers. Where did every other club fall?
Free agency is officially underway! Here's why things will (or won't) move faster, and the names you'll be hearing most.
This winter's free-agent class offers the kind of aces contenders need, plus several solid hitters also worth top dollar.
Rockies star Nolan Arenado won his seventh straight Gold Glove Award on Sunday, moving him into sole possession of fourth place among third basemen. The Diamondbacks had four Gold Glove winners on their team this season.
The Chicago Cubs picked up former All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo's $16.5 million option for 2020.
Starting pitcher Yu Darvish and outfielder Jason Heyward, who both had the right to opt out of their contracts and become free agents, have decided to remain with the Cubs.
William Weinbaum ESPN
The 8 finalists for the HoF's 2020 Ford Frick excellence in baseball broadcasting award were announced Friday - Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Tom Hamilton, Ken Harrelson, Pat Hughes, Ned Martin, Mike Shannon & Dewayne Staats. More than 200 broadcasters were eligible for the award, to be announced Dec. 11 (awarded this & every 3rd year to team-specific announcers — the other 2 years' winners are "national voices" & "broadcast beginnings" historic figures).
With roster and budget issues to overcome, Chicago might need more than a fresh approach from the field boss' office.
After a stunning World Series title, Washington faces some uncertainty this offseason. Will the Nats be No. 1 again or will the Astros or Dodgers take their place?
Justin Verlander has never won a World Series start, and Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to give his thoughts on how Verlander will fare tonight, if he expects to see Max Scherzer in Game 6 or in a potential Game 7, the need for an electronic strike zone and much more (7:45). Plus, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (24:43) and ESPN Radio's Chris Singleton previews tonight's game (30:57).
At his introductory news conference, David Ross said he'll be the type of manager who will let the game tell him what he needs to do. "I think managers that go in with a preset notion can sometimes get in trouble," he said.
With Zack Greinke on the hill fighting to save Houston's championship hopes tonight, ESPN Radio's Chris Singleton talks with Buster about the pitching matchup, why Houston's offense has struggled, how the Astros can steal Game 3 and more (12:57). Plus, Karl Ravech on the biggest challenge facing David Ross and the Cubs and if Joe Girardi will be able to connect with his players in Philadelphia (35:28). And, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (30:02).
With the Astros collapsing both on and off the field, Buster and Keith Law discuss Houston's underwhelming performance so far and the organization's lack-luster response to the incident involving assistant GM Brandon Taubman (39:59). But before that, "The Numbers Game" with Sarah Langs (25:00) and Jessica Mendoza on the World Series and some new manager hires (11:10). Plus, Buster's interviews with Max Scherzer (30:45) and George Springer (56:40) and an excerpt from today's ESPN Daily podcast on the Astros' front office situation (35:45).
By hiring a hero from their 2016 title team as their new manager, the Cubs are showing trust in his vision for what comes next.
The Cubs have named David Ross, who helped them win the 2016 World Series, as their manager. He will be officially introduced at a news conference Monday.
Here's what you need to know about which managers have been fired, how appealing the vacancies are and how the searches are going.