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Oops! All Astros: Cristian Javier

We’re reviewing every player to appear in Houston’s system through 2022. Cristian Javier, known sometimes around these parts as El Reptil, is a six-foot-one, 213 lb. right-handed pitcher from Santo Domingo, DR. Born on March 26, 1997, he signed his first professional deal just a week before turning 18, with Houston in 2015. The Astros have long known they had a gem in Javier, who was ranked 19th in Houston’s MLB Pipeline in 2018 and moved up to sixth by 2020. He made his major league debut in 2020 as well.
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Mets Did Not Whiff on deGrom

Jacob deGrom caught everyone off guard Friday night, then again we should not be shocked or blame the Mets with his decision to leave New York for a five-year, $185 million contract with the Texas Rangers. This was inevitable and a matter of when, where, and how much? The most...

Some ideas for Rays as they head to winter meetings looking to boost offense

ST. PETERSBURG — More than just about anything else, the Rays consider themselves opportunistic. Which is why they can go into an offseason openly saying their goal is to improve an offense in need of help and instead make an aggressive move by devoting a chunk of their limited resources to sign a starting pitcher — Zach Eflin, who agreed Thursday to a $40 million, three-year deal, pending a physical.
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Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Jameson Taillon

Going into 2023, the Yankees almost have a potential initial five-man rotation locked into place. Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, and Luis Severino are obviously all locks as long as they’re healthy. While Frankie Montas had a poor run after the Yankees acquired him at the deadline, he’s still almost certainly going to start next season in the rotation. However, that leaves a fifth spot open. Sure, there are pitchers currently in the Yankees’ organization that they could put there if needed, but there’s no one that’s an obvious, no-brainer choice for that spot.

The best, the worst, the weirdest of 2022 times: would it have been a true baseball season without them?

Justin Verlander and wife Kate Upton survey the free-agent landscape after his stunning season at age 39.Photo byErik Drost on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0. When Harold Baines was inducted (controversially) into the Hall of Fame three years ago, he quoted his bricklayer father: “Words are easy, deeds are hard. Words can be empty, deeds speak loudest, and sometimes they echo forever.” (Sometimes?)

The 2022 Rule 5 Draft Preview

Following a partial one-year hiatus brought on by the 2021 lockout, the Rule 5 Draft returns to the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings next week. There was no major league portion of the draft in 2021, but there was still a minor league draft that saw 51 players get chosen including the Mets taking right-hander pitchers Alex Valverde and Carlos Ocampo and the Mets losing right-hander pitchers Allan Winans and Tommy Wilson.

Pérez provides example of hugely successful waiver claim

The Winter Meetings that begin Sunday in San Diego will maintain or create new dialogues between Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias and various executives and scouts. Talks aimed at producing a trade or free agent signing, or building momentum toward resolutions later in the offseason. The Orioles have...

Cubs Lose Infielder Rylan Bannon on Waivers to the Astros

When the Chicago Cubs claimed infielder Rylan Bannon off of waivers from the Atlanta Braves two weeks ago, I suspected they might try eventually to sneak Bannon through waivers (as the Braves had tried) so they could outright him to Triple-A Iowa. That way, they’d get to keep him for 2023, but he wouldn’t take up a 40-man roster spot.

Free agent thread for 2022-23 class

We haven’t had a free agent prediction thread yet, so while waiting for Scott to submit his article for today, let’s have at it!. Xander Bogaerts – Red Sox, Phillies, Twins, field. Carlos Rodon – Giants, Mets, Rangers, field. Dansby Swanson – Braves, Twins, Phillies, field...