Reds Claim Richie Shaffer, Tyrell Jenkins Off Waivers — MLB Trade Rumors

The Reds announced on Friday that they’ve claimed infielder/outfielder Richie Shaffer off waivers from the Phillies and also claimed right-hander Tyrell Jenkins off waivers from the Rangers. Both players were recently designated for assignment by their now-former organizations. Shaffer, 25, spent parts of the 2015-16 seasons at the Major League level with the Rays but…

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The Braves could offer Kris Medlen a two-year deal

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Kris Medlen is arbitration eligible and could make close to six million bucks if he goes through the process. He’s just coming off of his second Tommy John surgery, however, and teams generally don’t like to give $6 million deals to injury risks like that. Which makes him a good candidate to be non-tendered.

But, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves may try to keep Medlen in the fold all the same, just at a lower price:

Some security for Medlen, some cost savings for the Braves and, of course, the chance to have Medlen pitch for them if he makes a successful comeback.

If Medlen is not non-tendered today, you have to figure it means that the Braves are optimistic of working…

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Umpire Dale Scott comes out as gay

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Outsports reports that umpire Dale Scott has come out as gay. He’s the first active umpire to do so. Former umpire Dave Pallone came out after he left umpiring.

Scott’s coming out wasn’t done in some big announcement. It wasn’t a political or social stand. It was merely Scott allowing a picture of him and his husband of nearly 30 years, Michael Rausch, to be used in a small magazine profile.

Scott tells Outsports that his colleagues and MLB knew Scott is gay and that it’s not been a thing to them at all. Which makes sense. These guys work together, travel together, eat together, catch all kinds of hell from players, managers and fans together and know each other’s spouses and everything.

And of course this all puts lie to the notion from ignorant talking heads about how openly gay athletes are “distractions” or problems for sports teams. Umpires are a…

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Alex Anthopoulos Discusses Donaldson Deal on MLB Radio

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Alex Anthopoulos discusses the Donaldson trade with Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden (MLB Network Radio 11/30/2014)

Brett Lawrie’s reaction to the trade that sent him to Oakland for Josh Donaldson. (MLB Network Radio 11/29/2014)

BBWAA Major Award Finalists Announced

The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) has announced it three finalists for each major award this evening during a live televised event.

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From Baggage Handler to Miner to Storm Chaser, Matt Fields is Now Trying to Become Royal

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Current Kansas City Royals AAA prospect Matt Fields makes crushing home runs and getting on base look easy for the Omaha Storm Chasers. However, many people don’t know the long and often difficult road that has led him to this point in his career. Drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2004, Fields spent six years in the organization. With the Rays, he reached as high as AA before being released in 2010.

After his release, Fields took his talents to the independent Frontier League. He spent the entire 2011 season with the Southern Illinois Miners;  However, Fields soon learned that independent baseball is a whole different world than affiliated ball. Although he had a great season, hitting .272 with 17 home runs in 57 games, he realized that independent ball can make a player feel stuck and complacent. There are many players who know that they aren’t going anywhere else, so they have a “whatever” attitude.  Those…

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