Angels take on Hunter Renfroe for 3 pitchers: Will Los Angeles go all in?

Last season the Angels got no production from their left fielders, with a composite .208/.259/.339 line that included much of the Brandon Marsh traded since then, so even Renfroe is an upgrade, though he could use a partner to to confront hard rightists. What does this say about the angels The Angels go all in … Read more

Cody Bellinger not offered by Dodgers

In a move unthinkable just two seasons ago, the Dodgers decided not to enroll outfielder Cody Bellinger before Friday’s deadline. The move makes Bellinger, the 2019 National League Most Valuable Player, a free agent for the first time in his career. “Obviously it’s been a unique path for Cody as he’s struggled through injuries and … Read more

Rosenthal: Pete Rose has not given Rob Manfred any reason to change his mind

It’s sad more than anything. The average person who hasn’t followed closely might sympathize with Pete Rose, believing he’s suffered long enough. That at age 81, it’s time for baseball to forgive and forget. Replace him. Make him eligible for the Hall of Fame. Except with Rose, it’s never that easy. Commissioner Rob Manfred would … Read more

Rosenthal: What I’m hearing about MLB free agency with Justin Verlander, Anthony Rizzo and more

What I hear: • The market for free-agent starting pitchers is quite active, and early demand from the three biggest names — Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander, and Carlos Rodón — is, to no one’s surprise, quite high. Rangers general manager Chris Young, who has already traded for Jake Odorizzi and made a qualifying offer for … Read more

Former MLB player Yasiel Puig pleads guilty to lying to federal agents in investigation of illegal gambling

Former MLB player Yasiel Puig has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of lying to federal agents about sporting event bets he placed using an illegal gambling operation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Puig has pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements. This carries … Read more

Rosenthal: What I’m hearing about MLB free agency with Justin Verlander, Anthony Rizzo and more

What I hear: • The market for free-agent starting pitchers is quite active, and early demand from the three biggest names — Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander, and Carlos Rodón — is, to no one’s surprise, quite high. Rangers general manager Chris Young, who has already traded for Jake Odorizzi and made a qualifying offer for … Read more