Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|In the lead-up to Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, teams can upgrade any number of ways. It doesn't have to be as ridiculously obvious as the Cubs taking their need for lefty relief help and turning it into Aroldis Chapman.
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|Dusty Baker admitted Wednesday that the Nationals "don't know" what the solution is for the struggling Jonathan Papelbon. And because the effects of age are something even a wise pitching coach like Mike Maddux will struggle to fix, it's time -- especially with the non-waiver Trade Deadline fast approaching -- for the Nats to consider alternatives.
More»High Heat discusses closer situation for Nationals|
|Weeks of anticipation and searching for just the right fit culminates in an Aug. 1 finale. But enough about "The Bachelorette." Let's talk about the fast-approaching non-waiver Trade Deadline.
More»Jon Heyman talks potential trade deadline deals|
|Among the suggestions for how to improve baseball's pace of play is the notion of limiting the number of times a manager can go to his 'pen in a given inning or a given game. And it's a suggestion that Commissioner Rob Manfred, in an interview on ESPN's Mike & Mike on Thursday, said is under consideration.
|Before I romanticize the concept of potential bargain buys in the trade market, I must first provide a public disclaimer that the discreet Trade Deadline deal doesn't always work out. The Dodgers, as an example, grabbed Mat Latos instead of meeting the price tag for David Price or Cole Hamels last year and, well, let's just say they would have been better off with Price or Hamels, OK? But sometimes there is great value to be had out there. And in a 2016 market especially thin on starting pitching, it's incumbent upon GMs to seek it out.
More»Castrovince looks at under-the-radar trade options|
|Trades! I was going to come up with a more intricate or artful way to begin this piece, but at this time of year, that single word is enticing, distracting and titillating enough to get the job done, don't you think? The non-waiver Trade Deadline is a mere 17 days away, so it's time to get serious about this swapping season.
More»Castrovince on possible trade-deadline deals|
|We asked a wide variety of current players, managers and coaches to look around the Major League landscape and pick the one guy they think is actually capable of topping Joe DiMaggio's famed 56-game hitting streak. Our informal survey uncovered a single, clear-cut, vertically challenged but statistically sound victor.
More»Will anyone beat Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hit streak?|
|Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was named the winner of the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at Tuesday night's All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, which the American League won over the National League, 4-2.
More» Hosmer receives ASG MVP Award|
|At a meeting with the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday morning before the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA president Tony Clark separately addressed some of the major points of interest with regard to the CBA and other matters.
More»Manfred discusses San Diego as the 2016 ASG host|
|To all of the players assembled in America's Finest City -- the ones who will take part in tonight's 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard (7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on FOX) -- well, what can we say? Giancarlo Stanton gave you a tough act to follow.
More»All-Stars talk about being a part of Ortiz's last ASG|
|In advance of tonight's Midsummer Classic, here's an in-depth look at how the American League and National League rosters stack up against each other, with home-field advantage in the World Series on the line.
More» Collins names NL All-Star lineup|
|It is a matter of fact and finances that the Cleveland Indians aren't going to snag their stars on the open market. The last time the Tribe was represented on the All-Star stage by a player the club had previously signed as a free agent was 2004, when second baseman Ronnie Belliard, who made a measly $1.1 million that season, was selected.
More» Lindor, Kluber on first All-Star Game|
|Having Billy Bean, who is MLB's vice president of social responsibility and inclusion, on the U.S. coaching staff and Curtis Pride, who is MLB's ambassador for inclusion, on the World staff at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, was meaningful. These are interactions that Bean, who is gay, and Pride, who is deaf, hope will have a lasting impact on this next generation of stars.
More»Manfred on hiring Curtis Pride, promoting Billy Bean|
|What if you could put together a "Dream Derby" of guys who never took part in the All-Star event? What if you could pick any player -- living, dead or in-between -- to put on a power-packed presentation?
More»Statcast measures longest HRs for Derby particpants|
|With a very strong push Thursday night, Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (#VoteBelt) has moved himself back into first place in what has become a wild National League race of fan balloting in the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote (#FinalVote), held exclusively on MLB.com and the individual club sites and now on Twitter until today's 4 p.m. ET completion. Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders (#VoteCaptainCanada) is vying to hold his lead in the American League from start to finish.
More»Blue Jays share support for #VoteCaptainCanada|
|On Tuesday night's Esurance All-Star Selection Show, starting lineups and rosters for the American League and National League clubs were announced for the 87th Midsummer Classic, and fans now have until 4 p.m. ET on Friday to participate in the Esurance All-Star Game Final Vote to determine how the rosters round out.
More»Ten players vie for last roster spots in Final Vote|
|Thanks to Tuesday's unveiling of the All-Star rosters, we know which position players will be taking the field for the American League and National League squads when Tuesday's Midsummer Classic at Petco Park begins.
More»Syndergaard gets named to his first All-Star Game|
|It's one month until the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- it's Aug. 1 this year -- which means rumors will be running rampant. It also means it's time to familiarize yourself with each club's Deadline decisions.
More»Castrovince identifies possible buyers and sellers|
|These Indians go to 11… wins in a row. That's the longest win streak in the Majors this year and the longest by an Indians club within a single season since 1982. Most importantly, it has turned a dead-even American League Central race with the Royals into a six-game Tribe lead near the midway mark.
More»Look back on the Indians' 14-game winning streak|
|You know how the All-Star Game position player starters are selected because, well, you help select them, using the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. But what about the benches and pitching staffs?
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|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince On the day Robinson Cano got $240 million from the Mariners and Curtis Granderson got $60 million from the Mets and Scott Feldman got $30 million from the Astros, Chris Antonetti met with reporters in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field to discussâ¦ uhâ¦ the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince NOTE: This post has been updated with news of the Indians coming to an agreement with David Murphy. A small sliver of insight into the Tribeâs offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince When it was over, and the sea of red had begun to disperse, revealing the undertow of green plastic seats, a few hundred fans remained near the home dugout, standing, applauding. This American League Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Rays did not go to plan Wednesday night. […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince The last club Terry Francona managed went 7-20 in September to complete one of the great collapses in baseball history and end his otherwise successful tenure in Boston. This Tribe club managed by Francona went 21-6 in September to complete a stunning surge that, while undoubtedly schedule-aided, rejuvenated local […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Totally did not see this coming. I was optimistic, but not this optimistic. I was a believer, but not this big a believer. I knew the Indians would be better this year, and not just because things couldnât have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Within a whisker of a postseason berth, the Indians are coming to the conclusion that they have no closer. Chris Perez is not a closer right now. With a 7.85 ERA, .350 average against and 1.116 OPS against in 18 1/3 innings over his last 19 appearances, heâs a […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince A Boston beat reporter got in touch with me the other day, because he has an AL Manager of the Year vote and he wanted to make sure he did his due diligence all the candidates, rather than just circling John Farrellâs name and being done with it. Heâs […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Well, this figures, right? Ubaldo Jimenez arrives here as a would-be ace with so much wanted and expected from him. And for the better part of two calendar years, he stinks, quite frankly. In the 2011 playoff chase, when the Indians are desperately trying to keep pace with the […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince None of the individual narratives seem to do justice to how fun and frustrating and ecstatic and exasperating and inherently weird this Cleveland Indians season has been. The Indians return home Thursday for the final homestand of 2013. Theyâve got a remaining schedule â four against Houston, two against […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, âThere goes our starting catcher.â Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indiansâ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what youâd expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»|