MLB Rumors: Montreal, Mexico City potential locations for MLB expansion teams

Major League Baseball (MLB), the oldest among the four major sports league in the United States and Canada, currently has 30 teams. According to the latest MLB rumors, Mexico City and Montreal are the favorites to have an expansion team.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred recently joined the MLB Network on Thursday and discussed the possibilities of having an MLB team abroad. He mentioned that expanding the league and exploring a larger global market are some of his plans for the future.

“I think baseball’s a growth business and growth business tend to expand. For us, I think there are a couple things we need to get through. Once we’re past that, I’d love to see us expand. I think there are international locations,” Manfred said.

“My personal frontrunners would be Montreal or Mexico City where we could go play on a sustained basis, and I think would be great for the growth of the game. I think Mexico City, in particular, would be new ground,” he added.

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Montreal already had a major league team, the Expos, from 1969 to 2004 before relocating to Washington, D.C. and became the Washington Nationals. JP Morosi of FOX Sports reported that Montreal is ready for expansion as they have the right infrastructures.

The Canadian city also drew about 48,000 fans per game during the Toronto Blue Jays’ exhibition games in the2014 and 2015 seasons. Ticket sales are also off the charts for this season’s series between the Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox.

On the other hand, Mexico City is the largest metropolitan area in North America and possesses great potential. However, Morosi noted that getting an expansion team would take at least five years or even and full decade to accomplish.

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Other cities that could candidates for an MLB expansion team includes Austin, Vancouver, Charlotte and Nashville. Cuba may also be an option but its infrastructures are very old and would take many years to improve.

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MLB Rumors: Shelby Miller feeling the pressure in Arizona?

The Arizona Diamondbacks are currently at the bottom of the National League West standings even after a flurry of moves to improve the team last offseason. According to the latest MLB rumors, Shelby Miller, the pitcher the Diamondbacks acquired for a handful of prospects, is feeling the pressure as he struggles in his first season in Arizona.

The Diamondbacks acquired Miller this winter in a blockbuster trade with the Atlanta Braves. They sent outfielder Ender Inciarte, pitching prospect Aaron Blair and shortstop Dansby Swanson, who was the first overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft.

According to Bleacher Report, many analysts believed that the Arizona gave up too much to acquire Miller and 21-year-old left-handed pitcher Gabe Speier. Inciarte is coming off a good season while Blair already got called-up to the majors after posting a 1.42 ERA in three starts with the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate.

Swanson is quickly going through the minor leagues and may be ready for the majors sooner rather than later. On the other hand, Shelby Miller is struggling in Arizona and the trade is looking like one of the worst in last several years.

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The 25-year-old pitcher is currently one of the worst starters in the MLB with a 0-3 record in six games started. He is sporting an 8.49 ERA with just 19 strikeouts in 23.1 innings pitched. He has also walked a total of 19 batters already.

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart told SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio that Miller is just feeling the pressure of the trade that sent him to Arizona. He was an All-Star last season even though he had a 6-17 record.

“Shelby Miller, I think it’s more, really, he’s just feeling some pressure: of the trade, the players that we traded for him, trying to fit in. I think the whole ordeal has just been different for him than it was leaving St. Louis going to Atlanta,” Stewart said.

Mike Petriello of MLB.com noted Miller’s problems as of the moment including having poor pitching mechanics leading to a drop in velocity and relying too much on his four-seam fastball. Nonetheless, he is only 25 years old and will have a lot of chances to prove himself in a Diamondbacks uniform.

“We are trying everything. We are working with him. We want him to stay positive. It’s tough. He’s not very happy about it,” Arizona manager Chip Hale said in an interview with ESPN.

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MLB Rumors: Shelby Miller feeling the pressure in Arizona?

The Arizona Diamondbacks are currently at the bottom of the National League West standings even after a flurry of moves to improve the team last offseason. According to the latest MLB rumors, Shelby Miller, the pitcher the Diamondbacks acquired for a handful of prospects, is feeling the pressure as he struggles in his first season in Arizona.

The Diamondbacks acquired Miller this winter in a blockbuster trade with the Atlanta Braves. They sent outfielder Ender Inciarte, pitching prospect Aaron Blair and shortstop Dansby Swanson, who was the first overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft.

According to Bleacher Report, many analysts believed that the Arizona gave up too much to acquire Miller and 21-year-old left-handed pitcher Gabe Speier. Inciarte is coming off a good season while Blair already got called-up to the majors after posting a 1.42 ERA in three starts with the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate.

Swanson is quickly going through the minor leagues and may be ready for the majors sooner rather than later. On the other hand, Shelby Miller is struggling in Arizona and the trade is looking like one of the worst in last several years.

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The 25-year-old pitcher is currently one of the worst starters in the MLB with a 0-3 record in six games started. He is sporting an 8.49 ERA with just 19 strikeouts in 23.1 innings pitched. He has also walked a total of 19 batters already.

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart told SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio that Miller is just feeling the pressure of the trade that sent him to Arizona. He was an All-Star last season even though he had a 6-17 record.

“Shelby Miller, I think it’s more, really, he’s just feeling some pressure: of the trade, the players that we traded for him, trying to fit in. I think the whole ordeal has just been different for him than it was leaving St. Louis going to Atlanta,” Stewart said.

Mike Petriello of MLB.com noted Miller’s problems as of the moment including having poor pitching mechanics leading to a drop in velocity and relying too much on his four-seam fastball. Nonetheless, he is only 25 years old and will have a lot of chances to prove himself in a Diamondbacks uniform.

“We are trying everything. We are working with him. We want him to stay positive. It’s tough. He’s not very happy about it,” Arizona manager Chip Hale said in an interview with ESPN.

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MLB Rumors: More PED suspensions expected, big name players involved?

The MLB have suspended several players who violated the league’s policy regarding performance-enhancing drugs. According to the latest MLB rumors, more players will be suspended, but no big name is expected to be involved.

T.J. Quinn of ESPN noted in his report that the unnamed players tested positive for Turinabol, the same PED found in the system of Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Chris Colabello and Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Daniel Stumpf.

Turinabol or 4-Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone is an anabolic steroid commonly used by East German athletes in the 1970s. However, no other pharmaceutical company produces Turinabol since the 1990s and it can only be acquired on the black market.

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Both Colabello and Stumpf were suspended by the MLB for 80 games without pay. Other players suspended this season for violating the league’s drug policy include Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Josh Ravin, Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, Baltimore Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden and Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Kameron Loe.

The biggest name on the suspension list is Gordon, who was an All-Star and the National League batting champion last season. He was caught using exogenous testosterone and the anabolic steroid clostebol.

Quinn also mentioned in his reports that the soon-to-be suspended players already know that they tested positive. The MLB is still processing their suspensions through their own administrative process.

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“Sources did not say when the players tested positive or how many are on major league rosters, but anyone on a team’s 40-man roster has the right to appeal, which can delay a suspension by several weeks,” Quinn added.

On the other hand, the MLB is currently investigating Turinabol’s resurgence and they have two possible explanations for it. First, is the new and improved PED testing technology is very effective and second, a supplement known as Alpha-4D sold by Shredded Labs were taken by the players.

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MLB Rumors: More PED suspensions expected, big name players involved?

The MLB have suspended several players who violated the league’s policy regarding performance-enhancing drugs. According to the latest MLB rumors, more players will be suspended, but no big name is expected to be involved.

T.J. Quinn of ESPN noted in his report that the unnamed players tested positive for Turinabol, the same PED found in the system of Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Chris Colabello and Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Daniel Stumpf.

Turinabol or 4-Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone is an anabolic steroid commonly used by East German athletes in the 1970s. However, no other pharmaceutical company produces Turinabol since the 1990s and it can only be acquired on the black market.

Related MLB Rumors: Chris Colabello still looking for answers after positive PED test

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Both Colabello and Stumpf were suspended by the MLB for 80 games without pay. Other players suspended this season for violating the league’s drug policy include Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Josh Ravin, Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, Baltimore Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden and Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Kameron Loe.

The biggest name on the suspension list is Gordon, who was an All-Star and the National League batting champion last season. He was caught using exogenous testosterone and the anabolic steroid clostebol.

Quinn also mentioned in his reports that the soon-to-be suspended players already know that they tested positive. The MLB is still processing their suspensions through their own administrative process.

Related MLB Rumors: Jake Arrieta accused by some players of using PEDs

“Sources did not say when the players tested positive or how many are on major league rosters, but anyone on a team’s 40-man roster has the right to appeal, which can delay a suspension by several weeks,” Quinn added.

On the other hand, the MLB is currently investigating Turinabol’s resurgence and they have two possible explanations for it. First, is the new and improved PED testing technology is very effective and second, a supplement known as Alpha-4D sold by Shredded Labs were taken by the players.

Photo Courtesy: Arturo Pardavila III/Wikimedia

MLB Rumors: Tim Lincecum has great showcase; Giants, Angels and Dodgers as frontrunners for the veteran pitcher?

Tim Lincecum scheduled a workout showcase for various teams on Friday and MLB rumors now state that a few teams came impressed and wants to offer him a contract. Lincecum also reportedly wants a starting role.

“I know I’ve been working my butt off with pitch counts, working off that five-day rotation to try to elongate myself as a pitcher and as a starter,” Lincecum said via AZ Central. “I prefer whichever team needs me.”

Other MLB rumors state that Lincecum is willing to take a short-term deal, if that is the offer, assuming that he gets a starters role.

Lincecum said he wants one-year deal. To prove himself before considering long-term arrangement. Should make for quicker negotiations.

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Watch the Tim Lincecum showcase here:

If you missed any of it earlier, the full Tim Lincecum showcase is up. Video is here: https://t.co/LtXVQra4Q9

— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 7, 2016

“I think I know there are other teams [besides the Giants] out there that are looking for starters right now and I wouldn’t have to go to Triple-A and have to work my way behind somebody,” Lincecum added. “To be honest with you I’d rather start, but I know I need to get timing with others hitters in the box and work my way through it that way.”

Various MLB rumors state that Lincecum finding his next MLB team could happen very soon

Tim Lincecum timeline: He could sign before end of weekend, make 3 minor-league starts, and return to @MLB before June 1.

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 7, 2016

The expectation in Tim Lincecum’s camp is that he probably will be signed by the end of the weekend. Scouts say he will need time in minors.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 7, 2016

Lincecum suffered a hip injury last year that needed surgery. He was rehabbing all offseason and appears to be healthy now and ready to join another MLB team. The two-time Cy Young winner has won three World Series titles, in 2010, 2012 and 2014. With his winning pedigree and if healthy, MLB Rumors will continue to surround the 31-year-old pitcher until he lands with his next team.

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