LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 15:  Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

What TOC is thankful for this year

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American readers (which is roughly 95% of our reader base, if Google is to be trusted). The staff of The Outside Corner has a lot to be thankful for after completing our fifth (!!!!) season covering Major League Baseball. I polled out staff about what we’re all thankful for […]

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 19:  Infielder Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants reacts during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 19, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 2-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Pros and cons: should the Giants give Brandon Belt an extension?

Brandon Belt has been a lightning rod for Giants fans ever since he first arrived in the big leagues a few years ago. After destroying every level of the minor leagues in one season, fans were expecting him to be the second coming of Will Clark from the start. But he struggled to adjust to […]

during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 13, 2015 in Anaheim, California.

The Oakland A’s reacquire Jed Lowrie

Jed Lowrie can’t escape the Oakland A’s. The A’s have reacquired the shortstop from the Houston Astros in an one-for-one deal in exchange for minor league pitcher Brendan McCurry. It marks a return to the organization for the 31-year-old, who last played with the club for two seasons in 2013 and 2014. On the surface, […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 23:  Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers hits a grounder for an out but drives in J.D. Martinez against the Chicago White Sox during the third inning at Comerica Park on September 23, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Chicago White Sox sign catcher Alex Avila

The Chicago White Sox have signed former Tigers catcher Alex Avila to a one-year, $2.5 million deal, the team announced Wednesday. Avila, 28, played seven seasons in Detroit, hitting .242 with 66 home runs. He has battled concussion problems in recent years and was benched in 2015 while hitting .191 with four home runs and […]

during the International Rugby League Test Series match between England and New Zealand at the Olympic Stadium on November 7, 2015 in London, England.

Report: Major League Baseball in serious talks about hosting games in London

Major League Baseball could soon vacation to London, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi reported Wednesday morning that MLB “is making progress” in discussion with London officials about bringing games to the UK as early as 2017. The talks were first reported last weekend by The Telegraph. These games would reportedly be held at […]

Jonathan Lucroy

Jonathan Lucroy trade market bolstered by weak catching market

The Milwaukee Brewers don’t need to trade Jonathan Lucroy. He won’t turn 30 until June, and if the Brewers exercise their club option on him for 2017, he’ll be owed just $9.5 million total over the next two seasons. Yes, Lucroy had a down year in 2015 after three fantastic years from 2012-2014, but even […]

Chris Davis

Peter Angelos personally involved in bringing back Chris Davis

With a generally weak free agent class as far as power in concerned, one team owner is taking a personal interest in bringing back the top slugger in the American League, according to Buster Olney. Davis lead the league in home runs with 47 and his 117 RBI were second in the AL behind only […]

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts hired as Dodgers manager

Not waiting too long after letting Don Mattingly go, the Los Angeles Dodgers have decided on Dave Roberts to take over the managerial reigns. After a lengthy, but generally undistinguished playing career (outside of one extremely important stolen base), Roberts began his coaching career with the San Diego Padres in 2011 as their third base […]


2015 Arizona Fall League in review

The Arizona Fall League wrapped up yesterday after a championship game that featured both plenty of promise and plenty of reminders why these guys aren’t in the major leagues yet. The game saw the Scottsdale Scorpions (made of players from the Giants, Indians, Red Sox, Tigers, and Twins) take on the Surprise Saguaros, a team […]

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 2: Cameron Maybin #22 of the Atlanta Braves makes a sixth inning sliding catch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Turner Field on October 2, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Braves trade Cameron Maybin to Tigers for pair of relievers

The Atlanta Braves fire sale continued today, as the club dealt outfielder Cameron Maybin and cash considerations to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for relievers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier. Maybin returns to the Tigers organization, where he was drafted in the 1st round back in 2005. Acquired by the Braves in the Craig Kimbrel […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  MAY 3: Second baseman Devon Travis fields a ground ball hit by Michael Bourn #24 of the Cleveland Indians during the sixth inning at Progressive Field on May 3, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Devon Travis

How the Devon Travis injury impacts the Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis will likely miss some or all of Spring Training following left shoulder surgery. As Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports, the team discovered Travis has a pre-existing condition in his left shoulder which could have caused damage down the road. Travis opted to have surgery now based on a doctor’s […]


Yoenis Cespedes’ agents create multimedia book to sell client

The agents for free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes have come up with a creative way to pitch their client – by creating and distributing a book. According to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, the book, titled “52 Reviews,” is a 100-page coffee table-type book, which features praising comments and testimonials from players, coaches, execs and media on […]

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Marcell Ozuna #13 of the Miami Marlins dives back to first during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on September 23, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Marcell Ozuna seems to be as good as gone from the Marlins

The Miami Marlins remain a trainwreck. Expectations are that the club will trade talented 25-year old center fielder Marcell Ozuna this weekend…simply because owner Jeffrey Loria has a problem with him for whatever reason. Ozuna just turned 25 earlier this month, and has already played 346 games in the majors. Over his three seasons with […]

Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard wants to be a Met for life

Noah Syndergaard told Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News that he wants to remain a Met for life. In his debut season, Syndergaard went 9-4 with a 3.24 ERA and struck out 166 batters. During the Mets’ postseason, he started three games, winning two and pitching to a 3.32 ERA. Syndergaard’s love for New […]