Are the Yankees set to swoop in on Manny after all? Who might be biding their time for Bryce? We look at some of the potential surprise suitors insiders are talking about.
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After some Inside Heat from Philadelphia (5:14) & St. Louis (11:06), Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss next week's Hall of Fame vote, the latest with Machado & Harper & more (16:37). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (35:35), a conversation with record-setting journeyman Oliver Drake (44:08) and longtime friend Chelsea Janes' goodbye to baseball reporting (58:49).
Longtime Yankees pitcher Mel Stottlemyre, who went on to a distinguished career as a pitching coach with both New York teams, has died at age 77.
Nolan Arenado is expected to receive an arbitration-record $27 million deal from the Rockies, even though the two sides failed to reach a settlement Friday, sources told ESPN.
Houston's Alex Bregman, last year's All-Star Game MVP who set career highs in batting average, home runs, RBIs and runs, had surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow.
Caesars Entertainment's sportsbook started taking bets this week on win totals for the upcoming MLB season, and the Astros top the board at 97.5 wins -- one of four American League teams projected to win more than 91 games.
Bryce Harper and Manny Machado aren't the only big names still searching for the right fit. We examine who is available and their most likely landing spots.
The Houston Astros have traded infielder J.D. Davis and a prospect to the New York Mets for three minor leaguers.
Halfway through the offseason, we look at which teams have gained ground, which have fallen back and what moves could be made to shift things further.
Two-way star Shohei Ohtani became an MLB sensation this season. But a century from now, will his debut be the most profound and lasting legacy of 2018?
Which team could put Manny Machado or Bryce Harper under its tree? Who has gotten the most done, and who bears watching?
Astros reliever Joe Smith underwent Achilles surgery and is out six to eight months.
Free agent outfielder Michael Brantley and the Houston Astros have finalized a $32 million, two-year contract.
Michael Brantley adds a needed left-handed presence to the middle of the Astros' lineup, which is heavily right-handed with key cogs Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and George Springer.
Michael Brantley can fill the DH role for the Astros, while the Mets didn't have to gut their farm system in landing catcher Wilson Ramos.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Few offseason signings will look as much like a perfect match as Michael Brantley to the Astros. The Astros needed left-handed bat after hitting just .246 against right-handed pitching in 2018, a flaw a steady diet of righty Red Sox relievers exposed in the ALCS. Among AL teams, only the Angels batted less often with the platoon advantage. Brantley can also DH, so he doesn't necessarily block top prospect Kyle Tucker, another lefty bat who could win the left-field job. A great team just got better.
A look at who is still available in free agency, who could be involved in a trade, and the teams that could use a rotation upgrade.
Every team left Las Vegas with unfinished business. We have some suggestions on where they should go from here.
With the winter meetings upcoming in Harper's hometown of Las Vegas, we look at the free-agent outfielder's quest for baseball's biggest contract.
Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer
Astros manager A.J. Hinch was asked about ace pitching prospect Forrest Whitley. He answered by pointing out that Whitley was mowing down hitters in his Arizona Fall League debut in October while the Astros were still playing in the postseason. After Whitley's outing, a scout texted Hinch, saying, "I've got your starter for Sunday." Suffice to say, the Astros are excited about Whitley.
Jake Kaplan from The Athletic talks to Buster Olney about the Astros' expected activity at this week's Winter Meetings.
The winter meetings are underway in Bryce Harper's hometown of Las Vegas, where we're tracking all of the latest Bryce buzz all week long.
With every team looking to make moves in Las Vegas, here's a forecast of big trades and signings for each.
A swap of 2016 World Series stars? Madison Bumgarner in Dodger blue? We play Let's Make A Deal, Las Vegas-style with moves we'd make if we were calling the shots at the winter meetings.