NL Central News and Rumors
Bill Bavasi to be named director of MLB Scouting BureauMLB.com 10 hours agoFormer Angels and Mariners GM Bill Bavasi is set to be named as the new director of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau (MLBSB), leaving his job as vice president of scouting, player development and international operations for the Reds.Upvote Share Tweet
Cubs, A's to play Spring Training games in Las VegasThe Cubs are headed back to Las Vegas to play the Athletics in split-squad Spring Training games March 13-14.Upvote Share Tweet
Friars show interest in dealing for BruceSay this much about first-year Padres general manager A.J. Preller: He's apparently leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of offensive help. Now it appears the Padres may have interest in Reds outfielder Jay Bruce.Upvote Share Tweet
White Sox reportedly asking about catcher MonteroThe White Sox are one of three teams inquiring about D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, according to a report Thursday in The Arizona Republic. Montero, 31, is a two-time All-Star who has drawn interest from the crosstown-rival Cubs and Dodgers, as well as…Upvote Share Tweet
Counsell takes himself out of running for Rays jobFormer big league infielder Craig Counsell said he has removed himself from the running to be the next Tampa Bay Rays manager, in part because he's enjoying his role as a special assistant to the general manager for the Brewers.Upvote Share Tweet
Mariners acquire Gaviglio from Cards for KellyMLB.com Nov 20 (yesterday)Mariners infielder Ty Kelly, who spent all of last season with Triple-A Tacoma, was traded to the Cardinals on Thursday for right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio.Upvote Share Tweet
Pirates designate 1B Davis for assignmentESPN.com Nov 20 (2 days ago)The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated first baseman Ike Davis for assignment and have added pitcher Jameson Taillon to the 40-man roster.Upvote Share TweetMLB.com Nov 20 (2 days ago)Last December, Cubs pitcher Marcos Mateo was selected by the D-backs in the Rule 5 Draft, one of nine players picked in the Major League section. Mateo was reclaimed in March, but Chicago must protect its top prospects -- such as C.J. Edwards -- in orde…Upvote Share Tweet
Brewers face roster moves for Rule 5 eligible playersMLB.com Nov 19 (3 days ago)Former first-round Draft pick Taylor Jungmann, fellow Top 20 Brewers prospect David Goforth and shortstop Yadiel Rivera are among the farmhands who must be added to Milwaukee's 40-man roster Thursday or be exposed to claims by other clubs during next mo…Upvote Share Tweet
NL Central projects to be most dominant division in 2015MLB.com Nov 19 (3 days ago)As we speak, the most balanced, deepest and quite possibly toughest division in baseball is the National League Central. No other division can claim to have this much talent, established or youthful, spread throughout its five clubs.Upvote Share Tweet
Robinson, Boggs, Hurdle, Harrison honored by MLBPAAHall of Fame third basemen Brooks Robinson and Wade Boggs received Lifetime Achievement Awards, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was given the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award and Pirates All-Star Josh Harrison was named overall recipient of the Hear…Upvote Share Tweet
Miller excited to get started with BravesInstead of worrying about what he is leaving behind, Shelby Miller has grown excited about the chance to become an integral part of a Braves organization that is currently making a flurry of changes with the hope of realizing some of the consistent succ…Upvote Share Tweet
Melancon finds off-the-field calling a world awayWhat sets Pirates closer Mark Melancon apart from the masses is that he has an unusual perspective, one that he strives to bring to life each day. He knows that if he does lose, which doesn't happen often, it's not the end of the world. Never was this m…Upvote Share TweetOne cannot rewrite history. But the Pirates, unable to bring back the joyride of the 2012 season, have at least brought back one of the unsung arms who had made it happen. Brad Lincoln, the valuable swingman of the pitching staff that had the Bucs in se…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Nov 17 (5 days ago)Catcher Russell Martin, who helped the Pirates to consecutive wild-card berths, built on that success by agreeing with the Blue Jays on a five-year, $82 million contract.Upvote Share Tweet
Waino trade in '03 similar to Braves-Cards dealWhen the Braves and Cardinals announced a four-player trade that featured Jason Heyward and Shelby Miller on Monday, there was reason to draw similarities to the trade these two teams made 11 years ago. Only this time, it is the Braves who are hoping to…Upvote Share TweetNeeding to fill an unexpected hole in right field for 2015, the Cardinals went for a big splash, acquiring outfielder Jason Heyward from the Braves along with right-handed reliever Jordan Walden. The cost was heavy, however, as the Cardinals sent a pair…Upvote Share Tweet
Cards-Braves deal full of varying upside, riskThis is a tremendous trade for the St. Louis Cardinals. Not because they got the best of the Atlanta Braves. Truth is, they may not have. In fact, the Braves know exactly what they're getting, and it's plenty good. The Cardinals can't do this. They're g…Upvote Share Tweet
Search for left-field pop brings challenges for RedsIf they didn't know it already, last week's General Managers Meetings in Phoenix made the Reds and GM Walt Jocketty aware that finding a free-agent left fielder -- even of the non-superstar variety -- is not going to be cheap or easy.Upvote Share Tweet
Bucs recognize gains in expected loss of MartinThe Pirates' formal divorce from catcher Russell Martin came as anything but a surprise and was on grounds of irreconcilable differences.Upvote Share Tweet
Blue Jays hire Jacoby as new hitting coachThe Blue Jays named Brook Jacoby their hitting coach on Monday. The former Reds hitting coach most recently worked as the Rangers' Minor League assistant hitting coordinator.Upvote Share Tweet
Rizzo hosts third annual 'Walk-Off For Cancer' 5KMLB.com Nov 16 (6 days ago)Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo blasted two walk-off home runs during his 2014 All-Star season. His latest came Sunday morning in his South Florida hometown for the third annual Walk-Off For Cancer at Pine Trails Park.Upvote Share Tweet
Changes or no changes, Cards the NL Central favoriteMLB.com Nov 15If the St. Louis Cardinals didn't change a thing with their everyday lineup, how good would they be in 2015? Not many teams could even consider a question like that one. But the Cardinals are good enough to do just that. Spoiler alert. The Cardinals see…Upvote Share Tweet
Cubs to host Cardinals in first-ever night opener at Wrigley Fieldyahoo.com Nov 15One of baseball's oldest and greatest rivalries will take center stage in MLB's standalone Sunday night opener on April 5. And no, we're not talking about Yankees/Red Sox or Dodgers/Giants for a change. The back-to-back NL Central champion St. Louis Car…Upvote Share Tweet
Buster's Blog: Cubs Miss MartinNov 20Buster Olney discusses Russell Martin signing with the Blue Jays and, in light of this, whether the Cubs will still prioritize signing a catcher in the offseason.
Heyward Addition Big Plus For CardinalsNov 17Eric Karabell and David Schoenfield discuss the Cardinals' trade for outfielder Jason Heyward.
Braves Trade Heyward To CardinalsNov 17Buster Olney breaks down the Braves' decision to trade Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden to the Cardinals for Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins.
Blue Jays Sign C Martin To Five-Year DealNov 17Eric Karabell and David Schoenfield discuss why signing catcher Russell Martin was a good move for the playoff-hopeful Toronto Blue Jays.
‘The Opportunity To Do Something Special’Nov 21Follow The MMQB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The MMQB Newsletter Enter your email below to receive the best of The MMQB in your inbox each weekday
Planes, Bills and SnowmobilesNov 21I have covered the NFL for 30 years, and I must say I have never heard an NFL executive say he hoped a snowmobile would come up big for his team in advance of a game with big playoff implications. That happened Thursday night. The Buffalo Bills quite po…
As Chicago Bears prepare to face former coach Lovie Smith, it's tough not …Nov 20As the Bears prepare to face former coach Lovie Smith, it's tough not to second-guess their hiring of his successor, Marc Trestman, Michael Wilbon writes.
Three Games With Huge Playoff ImplicationsNov 20Follow The MMQB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The MMQB Newsletter Enter your email below to receive the best of The MMQB in your inbox each weekday