From the ace in the spotlight to why this year's meetings could actually produce some major moves, here's what you need to know as the hot stove's main event begins.
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A pair of Cubs interleague games against the Red Sox and Yankees will feature on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball 2020 first-half slate.
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The Hall of Fame Modern Baseball Era (1970-87) committee elected Marvin Miller & Ted Simmons to the HoF Sunday (8 fell short: Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker & Lou Whitaker). BBWAA voting will be announced 1/21 & answer 2 questions: will the writers make Derek Jeter a unanimous pick & will anyone else be elected?
Brian Cashman saw a message taped to a 10th-floor window while prepping for a festival in Connecticut. "Please sign Gerrit Cole," it said. The GM's response: "I'm open to do clearly whatever, as always, is important for the Yankees."
One team will land the best pitcher on the planet. The rest of his suitors? They'll have to scramble.
Former New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild has been hired in the same position by the San Diego Padres.
Signing Gerrit Cole is the top priority for the Yankees this offseason, and they have approval to offer him a record-setting deal, sources tell ESPN.
With the MLB Hot Stove already cookin', Buster and Bob Nightengale discuss possible landing spots for the biggest names left in free agency. Plus, a special offseason "Hembo Knows" (22:13) and some Bleacher Tweets with a Texas twist (33:21).
Every club could use a Stephen Strasburg or a Gerrit Cole. But some buyers have extra incentive to break the bank for an ace.
Kris Bryant to Cincy? Anthony Rendon on the Rangers? We dream up a major hot stove splash for every squad.
This Just In
Gerrit Cole, the top pitcher on the free-agent market, was set to meet with New York Yankees officials in California on Tuesday. GM Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone and new Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake made the trip to speak with the 29-year-old right-hander, according to multiple reports. The news was first reported by The Athletic. New York is expected to meet Wednesday with free-agent right-hander Stephen Strasburg
Yankees officials were set to meet with top free-agent pitcher Gerrit Cole in California on Tuesday, and are expected to meet with Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
First baseman Greg Bird became a free agent Friday after he cleared waivers and refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Nelson Cortes Jr. has been traded from the New York Yankees to the Seattle Mariners for international signing bonus pool allocation.
The Yanks used to act a certain way in the offseason. Here's what they'll do in this one.
Ellsbury cost the Yankees nearly $100 million in lost value. Here are some of the least productive big contracts we've seen.
The Yankees say Jacoby Ellsbury, who hasn't played since 2017 and was released Wednesday, saw a doctor without the team's permission, allowing them to void all guarantees and not pay him the $26 million left on his contract.
The Yankees on Wednesday released Jacoby Ellsbury, cutting the oft-injured outfielder with more than $26 million left on his seven-year, $153 million contract. They also designated Greg Bird for assignment.
If you could have one thing you really wanted for your favorite team, what would you be willing to give up?
Just weeks after losing the World Series, the Astros find themselves in trouble again. Mark Teixeira tells Buster how he thinks Rob Manfred should handle the situation and if he was surprised when this story first surfaced last week (28:10). But before that, Tim Kurkjian and Buster talk about Derek Jeter and if his career warrants a unanimous Hall of Fame selection (5:53). Plus, will this be the year that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens get in?
Derek Jeter is among 18 newcomers on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot. He is likely to be an overwhelming choice to join former New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera in Cooperstown after the reliever last year became the first unanimous pick.
The past few hot stove seasons have left some big-name free agents out in the cold. We look at which players are most likely to get frozen out this year.
Drawn to his high-tech approach, the New York Yankees are turning to unproven 34-year-old Matt Blake as their new pitching coach after losing in the ALCS.
Here's a breakdown on all the winners -- from Rookie of the Year to Cy Young and MVP -- why they won and what it all means.