With a stagnant market turning free agents into freeze agents, the lefty's six-year, $140 million pact with the Nats sticks out like a sore thumb.
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As rumors swirl for both superstar free agents, we examine each team believed to be interested.
Players' union head Tony Clark criticized baseball commissioner Rob Manfred for blaming players' demands for the slow free agent market and said an increasing number of teams make little effort to justify the price of a ticket.
Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss the waiting game with Harper, Machado and other big stars, what it means for labor peace and much more (6:48). Plus, Mark Teixeira shares his Spring Training perspective (26:50), Scott Lauber brings some "Inside Heat" on the Phillies (39:29), and Buster talks to CC Sabathia about his farewell season (43:28).
Ryan Zimmerman finds it odd that so many teams now feel the need to announce they are trying to win.
Three and a half months after the pursuit started, here's where things stand with Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and their suitors. Plus, updates on Craig Kimbrel, Nolan Arenado and other stars seeking paydays.
Max Scherzer took a shot at MLB's free agency, saying teams getting on the win-loss cycle creates bandwagon fans and poisons the game.
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Feb. 14 holiday trivia - MLB players since 1900 with last name "Valentine" (Baseball-Reference.com): Bobby (LAD/CAL/SD/NYM/SEA IF/OF 1969-79), Corky (CIN P 1954-55), Ellis (MON/NYM/CAL/TEX 1975-83 & ‘85) Fred (BAL/WAS/BAL OF 1959 & ‘63-68) & Joe (CIN P 2003-05). Ellis was the only A-S & Bobby the only Mgr.
The San Francisco Giants acquired reliever Trevor Gott from the Washington Nationals for cash.
From big names with something to prove to young stars to get to know, here's what you'll want to keep an eye on during spring training.
After winning his arbitration hearing last year, Trevor Bauer will again take on the Indians. The first-time All-Star has asked for $13 million, while the Indians argued for $11 million.
Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who became MLB's first black manager and is the only player to win the MVP in both leagues, has died at age 83.
The late Hall of Famer's talent and competitive fire drove him both as a player and as MLB's first African-American manager.