Wade Davis

Assessing the Giants' chances of returning to the playoffs with McCutchen

The San Francisco Giants aren't familiar with losing.<p>No team from the Bay Area has lost 98 games or more, not since the 1985 Giants, who were beaten …

Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates trade Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros

“I believe that it is very unlikely that we will see a trade this lopsided again anytime soon. Front offices are too smart nowadays. They understand …

Baseball

The expectations for Jorge Soler

“Boy, you gotta carry that weight<p>Carry that weight a long time<p>Boy, you gonna carry that weight<p>Carry that weight a long time”<p>~The Beatles, “Carry That …

Baseball

Blue Jays: Roberto Osuna’s arbitration case is a tough call

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 10: Roberto Osuna<p>Roberto Osuna and Marcus Stroman are the only two Blue Jays that are set to go to arbitration, and the former’s …

Baseball

Re-thinking where MLB’s top 10 free agents will (eventually) sign

On Nov. 6, The Post published our Top 30 free-agent rankings and predictions. Since then … not a heck of a lot has happened. Just 11 of those 30 have …

Sports

Transaction Analysis: Take It Slow, It'll Work Itself Out Fine

Image credit: USA Today Sports<p><i>Minnesota Twins signed RHP Addison Reed to a two-year, $17 million contract. [1/14]</i><p>This offseason’s crop of free agent …

Baseball

MLB Hot Stove signings: Twins reportedly agree to deal with free agent Addison Reed - CBSSports.com

The right-hander figures to compete with Fernando Rodney to be the Twins closer next season<p>Fresh off a season where they were a surprise playoff team …

Baseball

A guide for MLB free agents to thaw out the spending freeze

Major League Baseball, land of (relative) opportunity and parity, should be thankful The Post has to reach for an NBA analogy to aptly describe this …

Sports

Addison Reed Might Be First Victim of New Year’s Effect

When FanGraphs conducted its annual free-agent crowdsourcing project just after the end of the 2017 season, the results suggested that Addison Reed …

Addison Reed

Padres to sign Brad Hand to three-year extension

The Padres are in agreement with reliever Brad Hand on a three-year extension, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The deal, reportedly worth …

Baseball

Are the Cubs one pitcher short as they play free-agent waiting game?

CHICAGO -- As the Chicago Cubs gather for their annual fan convention this weekend, there’s a feeling they’ll be one player short.<p>They’re still in …

Baseball

Report: Nationals consider Holland too risky on multi-year deal

Free-agent closer Greg Holland, who saved an NL-leading 41 games last season for the Colorado Rockies, may find securing a big-league job has become …

Sports

Inside Baseball | Even MLB's Top-10 Teams Have Holes To Fill

We’ve been talking for weeks about all the free agents still looking for jobs. But what about the teams looking to fill holes?<p>It’s hard to pinpoint a …

Yonder Alonso

All's quiet for Cubs at fan convention

There was no surprise return for Jake Arrieta. No dramatic entrance for Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb or Greg Holland, either.<p>Not even close.<p>The Chicago Cubs …

Sports

No collusion? No rushin' to sign free agents this winter, either

Maybe the Cubs haven’t announced their next big winter signing because they’re waiting for Cubs Convention opening ceremonies Friday night at the …

Sports

Chicago Cubs need Ben Zobrist in the starting lineup to open 2018 season

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 12: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after scoring on a double hit by Addison Russell #27 of the Chicago Cubs …

Major League Baseball

Who stands to benefit the most from the slow MLB offseason?

It's no secret that Major League Baseball’s hot stove season has only reached room temperature at best. As the second week of January moves along, …

Sports

Chicago Cubs manager Maddon comfortable with revamped bullpen

Bullpens are the trickiest part of a baseball team for every manager in the big leagues. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon will have a revamped relief …

Baseball

Trade Retrospective: Royals trade Wil Myers to the Rays for James Shields & Wade Davis

<i>For the third straight offseason, BtBS is looking back on some of the biggest trades from years past. Check out all the entries</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>In December 2012, …

Sports Analytics

Dawn Patrol: Dist. 54 sued for not letting girl use medical marijuana at school

Schaumburg parents sue Dist. 54 over medical marijuana. Kennedy criticizes Pritzker tax breaks, says Rauner sabotaged state government. Rudd's …

Bruce Rauner

The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 515 – Pirates Re-Tooling and Rockies Pen

<b>1/11/17</b><p>The latest episode of “The Sleeper and the Bust” is brought to you by Out of the Park Baseball 18, the best baseball strategy game ever made – …

Baseball

People familiar with deal: Mets, Bruce agree at $39M, 3 yrs

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce and his proven bat are headed back to the New York Mets.<p>The free-agent outfielder is set to return to the Big Apple after agreeing to a $39 million, three-year contract, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. The people spoke on condition of anonymity …

Baseball

Goold: Will Cardinals create another closer?

The last time the Cardinals signed a closer for 'retail prices' — as GM Girsch describes it — was Jason Isringhausen in 2001. The raw materials for …

St. Louis

No one knows where Gerrit Cole is pitching next

Thursday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at a trade that was until it wasn’t that still could be.<p>Gerrit Cole was finalization away from being on the Astros, until word came in that <b>this wasn’t true at all</b>, and not only was nothing imminent, but it wasn’t even confirmed if Cole to the Astros was truly in …

Sports

Report: Cubs showing interest in Holland

Looking to replace closer Wade Davis, who joined the Colorado Rockies earlier this offseason via free agency, the Chicago Cubs have shown interest in …

Sports

Rockies’ bullpen moves called “brilliant” by Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto

The Rockies have spent $106 million to bolster their bullpen this offseason, leading to a national debate about whether or not it’s a wise way to …

USA Today's Nightengale Thinks the Cardinals Are Waiting to Land Moustakas

MLB free agents may not be full-on panicking yet, but there’s probably some slight concern among them given the large number of individuals still on …

Baseball

Why is baseball free agent market slow? Teams might be wising up

The determination of baseball executives to make evidence-based decisions, to trust research over routine, has become just as conspicuous in January …

Baseball

Cubs counting on Jim Hickey to pack a punch with pitching staff in transition

Jim Hickey’s dad once went toe to toe in the ring with heavyweight boxing legend Joe Louis.<p>It was one of several exhibition bouts the champ fought …

Chicago Cubs

Mets Talk Of Improvement Meaningless Without Action

In moderate defense of the <b>New York Mets</b> for some of the abuse they have been enduring, the free-agent and trade markets in Major League Baseball have …

Baseball