With the 2021 MLB regular season set to get underway on April 1 with all 30 teams in action, it’s time to take a look at the latest MLB news and rumor across the league’s landscape. While this offseason has been arguably the most uneventful in league history, there are a few notable news-making happenings in recent days that baseball bettors everywhere need to know about. Let’s get started with some great news concerning one of baseball’s most beloved figures so you can keep planning your bets and place them against their MLB odds.
MLB 2021 Rumors Across the League’s Landscape
Lasorda Back at Home!
Legendary Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda returned home for the first time in nearly two months after being discharged from the hospital on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced. The 93-year-old Lasorda was admitted to a hospital in California’s Orange County and placed in intensive care in mid-November and was moved to a rehab center a couple of weeks later. While the Dodgers have not revealed the reason for Lasorda’s hospitalization, it’s great news to know that the beloved former manager is back at home with his loved ones. Lasorda managed the Dodgers from 1976 to 1996 while leading the franchise to four National League pennants and two World Series titles.
Dodgers Sign Treinen
In more news concerning the Dodgers, LA announced on Tuesday that they’ve signed power-throwing reliever Blake Treinen to a two-year contract that will help the defending champs depth in the bullpen. Treinen’s deal is worth $17.5 million and includes a 2023 club option worth $8 million. The 32-year-old right-hander bounced posted a 3.86 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and a 2.75 strikeout-to-walk ratio with the Dodgers last season.
Hank Aaron Still Hammerin’
Baseball Hall of Famer ‘Hammerin’ Hank Aaron is still getting big hits, decades after his retirement from the game in 1976. Aaron, along with former U.N. Ambassador and civil rights leader Andrew Young and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan got vaccinated against COVID-19 in Georgia on Tuesday. The living legend was hoping to send a message to the black community that the shots are safe.
Getting vaccinated “makes me feel wonderful,” Aaron told The Associated Press. “I don’t have any qualms about it at all, you know. I feel quite proud of myself for doing something like this. … It’s just a small thing that can help zillions of people in this country.”
Tigers Sign Grossman to Two-Year Deal!
The Detroit Tigers have signed switch-hitting outfielder Robbie Grossman to a two-year deal worth $10 million. The 31-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Oakland Athletics while hitting .241 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs in 51 games in the shortened 2020 season.
Hold Up, Wait a Minute!
Spring training could be delayed for Class A and Double-A minor league players that are not vaccinated for the coronavirus by the time big league training camps are scheduled to get underway in mid-February. Major League Baseball, which has taken over operation of the minors, gave notice to every minor league and big league team on Monday.
Rangers Making Moves!
The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays completed a Dec. 10 trade that resulted in first baseman Nate Lowe coming to the Rangers. The Rangers also acquired minor league outfielder Carl Chester as the player to be named later. He will be assigned to Double-A Frisco to start the 2021 season. In another move, the Rangers signed free-agent right-hander Drew Anderson to a minor league contract in a deal that includes an invitation to major league spring training.
Comply – Or Face The Wrath!
MLB teams violating facility-access protocols will face discipline, the league announced this week. Major League Baseball is restricting early team access to spring facilities and limiting voluntary workouts because of surging COVID-19 cases throughout the country. Teams that violate these restrictions “will be subject to significant discipline by the commissioner,” the memo reads. MLB also stated that only three categories of players can access camps before spring training begins. This group includes players who maintain a permanent residence close to the facilities, those who require entry for medical treatment, and those approved to attend minicamp under the terms of the basic agreement.