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Rosenthal: Dodgers’ decision to cut ties with Trevor Bauer shouldn’t have been hard at all

Here is the risk, if you want to call it that, that the Los Angeles Dodgers took on Friday by making, in my opinion, the right choice by cutting ties with Trevor Bauer. The San Diego Padres, the Dodgers’ biggest threat in western Newfoundland and Labrador, can now sign Bauer for the minimum wage of …

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Rosenthal: Why JD Martinez took less from the Dodgers and the latest in the trade market

The free agent market always produces some quirks. Consider this 2022 comparison of two right-handed hitters who recently hit switched teams, as if they had been traded for each other. Player A: 38 years old, 13 HR, 116 OPS+, 532 AP Player B: 35 years old, 16 HR, 117 OPS+, 596 AP Player A is …

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Rosenthal: Red Sox ownership shares responsibility for team’s disappointing offseason

I can’t defend Chaim Bloom. Not for his missing a trade deadline. Not for his uninspired work so far this offseason. But Red Sox ownership deserves as much, if not more, blame for the franchise’s current inertia. Bloom, the leader of the baseball team, shouldn’t be the only puncher. The Mets are spending big because …

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Rosenthal: Inside Sean Murphy’s trade to the Braves and the catalyst for the three-team deal

The Oakland A’s wanted two major league-ready position players for receiver Sean Murphy. The Braves weren’t about to trade Vaughn Grissom, who they’re grooming to potentially replace free agent Dansby Swanson at shortstop. And the A’s didn’t need William Contreras, not after they acquired another Braves wide receiver, Shea Langeliers, in the Matt Olson trade …

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Rosenthal: Inside Sean Murphy’s trade to the Braves and the catalyst for the three-team deal

The Oakland A’s wanted two major league-ready position players for receiver Sean Murphy. The Braves weren’t about to trade Vaughn Grissom, who they’re grooming to potentially replace free agent Dansby Swanson at shortstop. And the A’s didn’t need William Contreras, not after they acquired another Braves wide receiver, Shea Langeliers, in the Matt Olson trade …

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Rosenthal: MLB’s massive free agent spending is just beginning. Explain the forces involved.

Tyler Anderson jumped too soon. Oh, anyone can understand why Anderson agreed to a three-year, $39 million free agent deal with the Angels on Nov. 15 rather than accepting a one-year, $19.65 million qualifying offer. of the Dodgers. In his first six seasons, Anderson had an adjusted ERA that was precisely league average. Last season, …

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Rosenthal: What I’m hearing about the MLB free agent market with the Padres, Astros and more

A three-year, $58.5 million deal seemed high for first baseman Jose Abreu, who turns 36 on January 29. Athleticism‘s Keith Law criticized the Astros for paying him so much. But the competition for Abreu, according to major league and media sources, may explain how, even at an advanced age, he outgrew his previous three-year, $50 …

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Rosenthal: Pete Rose gave Rob Manfred no reason to change his mind

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

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

What I hear: • The market for independent starting pitchers is quite active and the first demands of the three biggest names — Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander and Carlos Rodón — are, unsurprisingly, quite high. Rangers general manager Chris Young, who has already traded for Jake Odorizzi and made a qualifying offer to Martín Pérez, …

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