Check out Mini-Ballbug for simple mobiles or Ballbug Mobile for modern smartphones.
2:20 PM ET, December 6, 2017


 Top News: 
New York Daily News:
Aaron Boone calls Yankees manager job ‘the chance of a lifetime’  —  Welcome to the Aaron Boone era of Yankee baseball.  —  Boone was officially introduced Wednesday at the Stadium as the 33rd manager in Yankee history.  —  “This is a special, special day for me and my family,” Boone said.
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
10 questions for new Yankees manager Aaron Boone  —  The Yankees used to hold press conferences to introduce a new — or in Billy Martin's case, returning — managers every couple of months, or so it seemed.  On Wednesday, Aaron Boone will become just the third man to be so feted since 1996 …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Bryan Hoch /
Cashman looks to reinforce roster in hopes of another postseason appearance
Discussion: FanRag Sports
Peter Sblendorio / New York Daily News:
Carlos Beltran believes Aaron Boone is a ‘great’ hire by the Yankees
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Matt Breen /
Phillies hire Rob Thomson, formerly of Yankees, as bench coach
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Which Shohei Ohtani is the most fun Shohei Ohtani?  —  A couple weeks ago, Dan Syzmborski laid out the ZiPS projections for Shohei Ohtani as both a hitter (pretty good!) and a pitcher (close to great!).  This lines up with how we talk about Ohtani, how we plan for him, how we game out the best way for a team to use him.
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and USA Today
ESPN:   Shohei Ohtani meetings continue Tuesday with Cubs, M's, Rangers
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:   Shohei Ohtani: Which of the seven remaining MLB suitors is the best fit?
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Playing two ways about survival for Rangers' Gose
John Shea / San Francisco Chronicle:
Why Giants make sense for Shohei Ohtani
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa Bay Rays hot topics: Blame Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Joe Frisaro /
Giants, Cards front-runners to acquire NL MVP from Marlins, according to source  —  MIAMI — The Giancarlo Stanton trade derby has become a two-team race, with the Giants and Cardinals established as the front-runners, according to a source, while the Dodgers continue to monitor the situation.
Associated Press:
Derek Jeter: Any Giancarlo Stanton talk to this point ‘just speculation’
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks' Brad Boxberger joins Archie Bradley, others, as late-inning option  —  The Diamondbacks added a back-end reliever last week, but General Manager Mike Hazen said the roles in his bullpen remain undefined - and could remain that way even into the start of spring training.
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
The rebuilding guide: Which Royals offer the most trade value this offseason?  —  As the Royals' brain trust prepares to descend on the Winter Meetings next week in Orlando, Fla., the offseason remains largely in flux.  —  The club is still monitoring the market — and waiting — on first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Tim Daniels / Bleacher Report:
Rafael Palmeiro: 'There's No Doubt' I Can Make MLB Comeback at Age 53  —  Longtime MLB first baseman Rafael Palmeiro is considering a comeback at age 53, 12 years after his last game in the major leagues.  —  On Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic passed along comments from the four-time All-Star …
Dallas Keuchel pitched in postseason with foot injury  —  Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel pitched with an undisclosed injury to his left foot during the second half of the season and throughout the team's run to the World Series title in October, multiple sources told
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cards sign starter who found success in Japan  —  The route to a game at Roger Dean Stadium was a lot shorter when Miles Mikolas was a kid growing up in nearby Tequesta, Fla., but after a detour through Japan, he has found his way back to that ballpark.  —  As momentum starts to build …
Maria Torres / Kansas City Star:
Former Royals first-rounder Christian Colon could get a second chance with Braves  —  The Braves have signed former Royals infielder Christian Colon to a minor-league deal, FanRag Sports reported on Wednesday.  The agreement reportedly includes an invitation to spring training.
Discussion: FanRag Sports and Talking Chop
Natalie Wong / Bloomberg:
Rogers Evaluating Sale of Blue Jays, Cogeco Stake, CFO Says  —  Rogers Communications Inc. is considering selling assets such as baseball's Toronto Blue Jays and a stake in media company Cogeco Inc. to free up capital for other investments, Chief Financial Officer Tony Staffieri said.
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
No Babe Ruth of Japan?  How about the King Kong of Slug?  Breaking down Boston's winter wish list  —  BOSTON — Five weeks since it began, this offseason has been brought to Boston Red Sox fans everywhere by Debbie Downer.  —  Shohei Ohtani is coming to the United States!
Discussion: Over the Monster
Associated Press:
Leonys Martin agrees to one-year, $1.75 million deal with Tigers  —  DETROIT — The Tigers have agreed to terms with outfielder Leonys Martin on a one-year, $1.75 million contract.  —  Martin, who hit .172 in 49 games last season with the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago Cubs …
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers sign centerfielder Leonys Martin to Major League deal
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Royals To Sign Wily Peralta  —  The Royals became the latest team to strike on the pitching market, adding righty Wily Peralta on a one-year deal, as Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star first reported (Twitter links).  Peralta will receive a $1.525MM guarantee, $1.5MM of which will go to his 2018 salary.
Discussion: Royals Review and MLB Daily Dish
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Royals sign relief pitcher Wily Peralta to one-year contract
Discussion: Royals Review
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of Ballbug at 2:20 PM ET, December 6, 2017.

View the current page or another snapshot:

 See Also: 
Ballbug: site main
Ballbug River: reverse chronological Ballbug
Ballbug Mobile: for phones
Ballbug Leaderboard: Ballbug's top sources
Ballbug RSS feed
 More News: 
The final year of Harper? What the Nats need to do before Bryce bolts
Jerry DiPaola / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger:Ryan Shazier injury will ‘make you evaluate things’
Discussion: FanRag Sports and ProFootballTalk
From the Editors: Why J.J. Watt and José Altuve are SI's 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Honorees
Discussion:, FanRag Sports and The Ringer
 Earlier Picks: 
John Harper / New York Daily News:
Yankees would be wise to acquire Kyle Schwarber to fill DH role after missing out on Shohei Otani
Discussion: Cubs Insider and Bleacher Nation
Cleveland Indians / TribeVibe:
Cleveland Indians, Dan Otero agree on two-year contract with 2020 club option

From WeSmirch:

Mike Miller /
Justin Theroux Avoids Running Into Ex Jennifer Aniston at Jimmy Kimmel's Son's Birthday Bash

Sam Gillette /
RuPaul's New Book Is a ‘Talisman’ for Living — See the Cover!

Michelle Tauber /
Prince William and Kate Middleton Begin Life as a Family of 5: ‘It Completes Them’

Sister Sites:

 Tech news essentials
 Must-read media news
 Politics, opinion, and current events
 Celebrity news and gossip