MLB lockout, what is a lockout, what happened, explanation, revenue sharing, work stoppages, news

Major League Baseball shut its players out shortly after midnight (US time) on Thursday as a failure to agree a new collective contract led to the sport’s first work stoppage since 1994. Disagreements over the distribution of $10 billion ($AUD 14 billion) in elite-level revenue from America’s national pastime caused negotiations to grind to a … Read more

Marcus Semien, Texas Rangers agree to 7-year deal, sources say:

Infielder Marcus Semien and the Texas Rangers agree on a seven-year deal, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Sunday. After struggling with the A’s in shortened 2020, Semien bet on himself last season, accepting a one-year offer from the Blue Jays in a bid to rebuild his worth and get back … Read more

Report: Texas Rangers Have ‘Legitimate Interest’ in Jon Gray

Absolute zero is the lowest temperature theoretically possible. It’s also the amount of action that will take place in the free market if and when Major League Baseball owners lock out the players without a new collective bargaining agreement before the December 1 deadline. In turn, the market is expected to continue at a faster … Read more

These are the 10 MLB prospects that most impressed Arizona Fall League scouts this year – The Athletic

It was a bad year for the Arizona Fall League in 2021, most scouts agree. Compared to previous years, the pitching talent was suspect as major league teams tried to limit the workload of their best pitchers coming from a missed year in 2020. Some of the most notable names among the batters to play … Read more

Best guess for Freddie Freeman; why Rangers are so aggressive; how high for Marcus Semien?; more notes – The Athletic

The best bet is still that the Braves will keep Freddie Freeman. It’s almost unimaginable that they would lose it after winning their first World Series since 1995 and generating a staggering amount of revenue in the process. Even the fact that Freeman has achieved free choice is no cause for alarm. DJ LeMahieu, JT … Read more

Texas Rangers 2021 Position Review: Third Base

Since Adrián Beltré retired after the 2018 season, third base has been a revolving door for the Texas Rangers, after three different Opening Day third basemen in as many years. While there is essentially a guarantee that there will be a fourth in 2022, this could be the start of some stability in the hot … Read more

Kiley McDaniel’s MLB Free Player Rankings 2021-22

Before we get into the full 2021-22 free agent rankings from this MLB outdoor season, here’s some important context for next year’s projections: I rank players by the guaranteed money I think they will be offered and, in all but a few cases, which I think they will sign. There are a few players that … Read more

The 2022 Guide to Ranking MLB’s 25 Greatest Starting Pitchers – The Athletic

This season’s free-agent pitching class is one of the best in a decade, in both quality and quantity, with three undeniable Hall of Famers, five Cy Young winners and more than a dozen options that qualify as starter potential in the front line. In the previous 10 offseasons, an average of 1.4 pitchers per year … Read more