Check out Mini-Ballbug for simple mobiles or Ballbug Mobile for modern smartphones.
1:05 PM ET, December 6, 2018


 Top News: 
Scott Boeck / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Six MLB players who could be traded over the winter  —  With Major League Baseball's winter meetings days away and the best free agent starting pitcher already off the market, the offseason is about to take off in earnest.  —  There already has been a burst of activity.
Discussion: USA Today
Houston Chronicle:
Winter Meetings and the AL West: Seattle Mariners  —  Baseball's Hot Stove League is already in action ahead of next week's Winter Meetings.  A look at what's going on with the Astros' rivals in the AL West:  —  Today: Mariners  —  2018 record: 89-73  —  Noteworthy Departures …
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Mets will be aggressive, but are Bryce Harper, Manny Machado in play?  —  The Mets aren't planning on handing out any $200-million contracts this winter.  —  Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the Mets have not offered deals to Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, and indicated the Mets cannot add their salaries.
MLB players concerned about rebuilding teams, attendance drop  —  NEW YORK — Baseball players are concerned the Seattle Mariners have become yet another rebuilding team and might be joined by others following a season of steep attendance drops among clubs that faded early and never contended for the playoffs.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Mets GM tells Mike Francesa the team would need to be ‘very creative’ to have a shot at Manny Machado or Bryce Harper
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   How long can Robinson Cano be a force in the NY Mets' lineup?
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Where will Yankees turn after losing out on Corbin?  —  The James Paxton trade was one of the first of Major League Baseball's offseason, and part of the New York Yankees' thinking in grabbing the left-hander from Seattle was that it would inoculate them from any desperation.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Red Sox To Re-Sign Nathan Eovaldi  —  The Red Sox have struck a deal to bring back righty Nathan Eovaldi, pending a physical, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter).  The ACES client has secured a four-year, $67.5MM contract, according to's Mark Feinsand (via Twitter).
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
Who's up next for the Yankees after free-agent target Patrick Corbin takes the Nationals money?
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Patrick Corbin agrees to terms with Nationals
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and The Athletic
Eddie Matz / ESPN:
Does Corbin joining Nats signal end of Harper's time in D.C.?
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Cubs might have to get creative without budget for a winter meetings splash  —  CHICAGO — What happens when you don't have the money to fix something that's broken?  Sometimes the answer is to find a creative solution instead.  That's seemingly what the Chicago Cubs' front office is facing …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Tulo and other Blue Jays veterans on notice as winter meetings approach  —  As the Blue Jays continue to fast-track to the future — and whatever that may hold — it's clear the team is willing to further distance itself from the recent past if and when it makes sense.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers hope to cash in Nicholas Castellanos for prospects  —  Taking a look at what the Tigers' starting lineup and pitching rotation could look like to open the 2019 season.  Video by Anthony Fenech and Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press.  —  CONNECT  —  The names have changed, but the vision remains the same.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Alex Anthopoulos Discusses Braves' Remaining Offseason Plans  —  Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos chatted with reporters yesterday about his plans for the rest of the offseason.  David O'Brien of The Athletic covered the chatter (links to Twitter).  —  Perhaps most notably …
Mark Fischer / New York Daily News:
Yankees manager's latest comments may be music to Manny Machado's ears  —  New York baseball took over the local airwaves Wednesday, and while many tuned into The Sports Pope's schtick with Mets brass, Yankees manager Aaron Boone dropped an intriguing tidbit elsewhere.
Jon Meoli / The Charlotte Observer:
Catching up to the modern game: Orioles put focus on analytics as they aim to rebuild organization  —  Fifteen years after “Moneyball” introduced the use of baseball data analytics to the masses, the likes of new Orioles assistant general manager of analytics Sig Mejdal can credit Michael Lewis' book …
Discussion: The Athletic and Camden Chat
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of Ballbug at 1:05 PM ET, December 6, 2018.

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: 
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
How Rangers radio voice Eric Nadel got the idea for the greatest book of poetry ever written about a last-place team
Associated Press:
Mel Stottlemyre Jr. hired as Marlins pitching coach
 Earlier Picks: 
Jayson Stark / The Athletic:
What would happen if baseball killed the shift? Support for the idea is building inside the game
Rob Bradford / WEEI:
David Ortiz: J.D. Martinez not getting credit he deserves
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Rick Sutcliffe gets contract extension from ESPN: ‘A terrific analyst who is as dialed into the game as anyone’
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
DeWitts have fond memories of President Bush

From WeSmirch:
Paris Jackson Released From Hospital After Attempted Suicide
Mama June Arrested for Crack Cocaine in Manic State

Dave Quinn /
Top Chef Winner Says She Missed Son's First Steps to Compete: ‘It Was Brutal’

Sister Sites:

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