One thing for every team’s fans to be thankful for

It’s Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble, everybody. It’s a bit of a sportswriting trope, harking all the way back to the turn of the century (no, not that one, the previous turn of the century) when newspaper columnists would all sit down and write about what sports figures should be thankful for that Thanksgiving season. We are … Read more

Angels acquire Hunter Renfroe for 3 pitchers: Is Los Angeles going all in?

Last season, the Angels got no production from their left fielders, with a composite .208/.259/.339 line that featured a lot of the since-traded Brandon Marsh, so even Renfroe is an upgrade, although he could use a partner to face tough righties. What does this say about the Angels The Angels are going all in at … Read more

Jays’ Manoah calls Gerrit Cole worst cheater in baseball history

New York Yankees’ pitcher Gerrit Cole is the worst cheater in baseball history, according to Toronto Blue Jays ace Alek Manoah. On the latest episode of Serge Ibaka’s “How Hungry Are You?” during the “spicy question” segment, Manoah was challenged to either answer “spicy” questions or drink a swig of cricket-filled tea. The pitcher opted … Read more

Rosenthal: Mets speak with star free-agent Justin Verlander, sources said

Might Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, teammates with the Tigers from 2011 to 2014, be headed for a reunion? It is at least a possibility. The Mets, dealing with several holes in their rotation, including the possible loss of ace right-hander Jacob deGrom, spoke with Verlander by Zoom last week, according to major-league sources. Verlander, … Read more

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