2023 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot: Stark’s 5 things to watch — Scott Rolen, Carlos Beltrán, 3 risers

I could tell, just by all the layers of clothing I had to throw on Monday to bring in my Amazon delivery, that it wasn’t baseball season anymore. But at least it was the next best thing, by which I mean … The first day of Hall of Fame voting season. You won’t find anyone … Read more

Rosenthal: Will Cody Bellinger sign one-year deal? Plus Brandon Nimmo’s potential and more

Cody Bellinger is a free agent at 27, an ideal age for a player to hit the open market. But his agent, Scott Boras, sounds as if he wants Bellinger to sign only a one-year deal. “I’ve already been offered multi-years,” Boras said Sunday, two days after the Dodgers declined to tender Bellinger a contract … Read more

Dodgers plotting Aaron Judge run after splitting with Cody Bellinger

Out with a one-time NL MVP, in with the reigning AL MVP? The Dodgers non-tendered Cody Bellinger before Friday night’s deadline, three years after he slugged his way to an NL MVP. Bellinger, 27, has seen his career fall on hard times since that 47-home run season and the World-Series-or-bust Dodgers now may have their … Read more

Dodgers plan to non-tender Cody Bellinger, making him a free agent: Sources

The Los Angeles Dodgers plan to non-tender outfielder Cody Bellinger, making him a free agent, major-league sources confirm to The Athletic. The Dodgers also non-tendered Edwin Rios and Luke Williams. Here’s what you need to know: Bellinger has been with the Dodgers organization since being drafted in 2013. The outfielder won the National League MVP … Read more

Former MLB player Yasiel Puig to plead guilty for lying to federal agents in illegal gambling investigation

Former MLB player Yasiel Puig has agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge for lying to federal agents about bets on sporting events that he placed with an illegal gambling operation, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Puig has pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements. … Read more

How the Yankees could lose Aaron Judge in free agency

LAS VEGAS — What the now-completed general managers meetings amplified is that the Yankees could lose Aaron Judge. Not that they will lose him. But they could. They remain the favorite to keep their star. But it was not difficult to find executives and agents who believe he will land elsewhere. Which works nicely for … Read more

Aaron Judge free agency sweepstakes: Ranking the 5 teams most likely to sign him

Thursday is the first day free agents can sign with teams, which means the winter of Aaron Judge is upon us. Several big-market teams plan to pursue Judge, but none of us know what he’s thinking. Judge and his agents have kept everything close to the vest, outside of Judge’s public comments that he’d like … Read more

Rosenthal: Angels’ bleak options with Shohei Ohtani, Dodgers’ possible interest in Carlos Correa and more

What are the Angels doing? The question remains pertinent, even after general manager Perry Minasian tried to provide an answer Monday, saying the team would not trade Shohei Ohtani this offseason. At the deadline, during the offseason, at any time of year, really, fans should not treat pronouncements from baseball people as gospel. Nationals general … Read more

Ranking the top 20 free-agent starting pitchers in a deep, question-filled class

If you’re looking for former Cy Young Award winners and future Hall of Famers, this is a fantastic, all-time crop of free-agent starting pitchers. If you’re looking for in-their-prime starting pitchers without any major injury risk attached on a long-term contract, this offseason class is a bit lacking. It’s a fascinating mix of past greatness … Read more

Padres eliminate Dodgers, advance to NLCS for 1st time since 1998

SAN DIEGO — Nights like these, when the weekend arrives and the Los Angeles Dodgers are in town, don’t often feel like a home-field advantage for the San Diego Padres. So many Dodgers fans make the 125-mile drive south that Petco Park is often called “Dodger Stadium South” when the two teams match up. But … Read more