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  • Short Distance Batting Practice Drills for Bat Speed & Power

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    kenny
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    What is Bat Speed? Bat Speed: Bat speed is measured in miles per hour (MPH) and considers only the highest speed of the bat head (peak ve­locity) through the hitting zone. Only the best hitters reach their highest bat speed just PRIOR to contact with the baseball. Most hitters produce high bat speeds through their [...] The post Short Distance Batting Practice Drills for Bat Speed & Power appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball’s Rise Marked By New Stadiums Worldwide

    Baseball de World
    Press Release
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Press Release IBAF.org “Our sport has entered into a new era of globalisation.” WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A fresh wave of planned or recently completed baseball and softball construction projects is set to boost the growing popularity and globalisation of the bat-and-ball sports, as well as local economies, World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) officials reported. The latest developments follow historic growth for baseball and softball across Africa, with first-ever national stadiums erected in Ghana and Uganda in early 2014. Now, as…
  • Yankees Acquire Marlins’ Nathan Eovaldi for Martin Prado in 5-Player Deal

    NYT > Baseball
    By DAVID WALDSTEIN
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Yankees on Friday sent infielder Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps to Miami for pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones and the pitching prospect Domingo German.
  • D-backs sign Hernandez to one-year contract

    ARI Homepage News
    Steve Gilbert
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The D-backs avoided arbitration with reliever David Hernandez on Wednesday by signing the right-hander to a one-year, $2 million contract.
  • Gattis assumes spotlight as Braves chart new course

    ATL Homepage News
    Mark Bowman
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Now that the Braves have traded Jason Heyward and Justin Upton, they find themselves with a much-improved farm system and reason to wonder if they can indeed be competitive in 2015. They next have to decide whether they also want to trade Evan Gattis or take the risk that he will not be a detriment when he transitions from catcher to left fielder.
 
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  • D-backs sign Hernandez to one-year contract

    Steve Gilbert
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The D-backs avoided arbitration with reliever David Hernandez on Wednesday by signing the right-hander to a one-year, $2 million contract.
  • D-backs spread cheer at Boys & Girls Club

    Katie Krause
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The D-backs played Santa for a few hundred kids on Monday night with their fifth annual Holiday Party at the MLB All-Star Arizona Diamondbacks Boys & Girls Club, located south of downtown Phoenix, just five miles from Chase Field.
  • D-backs land power arms from Boston for Miley

    Steve Gilbert
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:01 pm
    The much-talked-about trade to send Wade Miley to the Red Sox was finally completed Friday night, with the D-backs receiving right-handers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster along with Minor League infielder Raymel Flores.
  • Hall hosts Facebook chat with fans

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    D-backs president & CEO Derrick Hall interacted with fans during a chat on Facebook. Hall discussed the club's latest moves at the Winter Meetings and outlook for the 2015 season.
  • Busy Meetings end, but D-backs to remain active

    Steve Gilbert
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The D-backs left the Winter Meetings feeling good about what they have accomplished so far this offseason, but also with the knowledge that more work needs to be done.
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  • Gattis assumes spotlight as Braves chart new course

    Mark Bowman
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Now that the Braves have traded Jason Heyward and Justin Upton, they find themselves with a much-improved farm system and reason to wonder if they can indeed be competitive in 2015. They next have to decide whether they also want to trade Evan Gattis or take the risk that he will not be a detriment when he transitions from catcher to left fielder.
  • Braves send J-Up to Padres in six-player swap

    Mark Bowman
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Just when it seemed the Braves were running out of potential suitors for Justin Upton, the Padres stepped back into the picture and made Upton the latest addition to their significantly upgraded roster.
  • Breaking down the prospects acquired in Upton deal

    Jonathan Mayo
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    No one can accuse new Padres general manager A.J. Preller of standing pat. News of the huge three-team, 11-player deal that netted him Wil Myers had just settled in when the Matt Kemp deal was finalized. The ink on that one had barely dried when Preller was at it again, this time sending young players to the Atlanta Braves in return for Justin Upton. Here's a closer look at who the Braves are getting in return for Upton.
  • Braves purchase land for SunTrust parking

    Mark Bowman
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The Braves have increased their SunTrust Park parking options by purchasing the land upon which the headquarters for Genuine Parts Company currently rests.
  • Kohn looking forward to fulfilling childhood dream

    Mark Bowman
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Right-handed reliever Michael Kohn has written verification that he gained a chance to fulfill a childhood dream when he signed a Minor League deal with the Braves earlier this month: a contract he made with his parents to play shortstop for "Altanta" when he was 10 years old.
 
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    CHC Homepage News

  • Cubs claim Lavarnway, Peterson off waivers

    Carrie Muskat
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    The Cubs claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Dodgers and outfielder Shane Peterson off waivers from the Athletics on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Donn Roach and infielder Logan Watkins were designated for assignment.
  • Motte excited about playing for Cubs, Maddon

    Carrie Muskat
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    After spending his entire career with the Cardinals, Jason Motte had no trouble signing with their biggest rival, the Cubs.
  • Cubs announce signing of Motte to 1-year deal

    Carrie Muskat
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    Manager Joe Maddon now has a veteran presence in the Cubs' bullpen with the addition of Jason Motte. The Cubs announced Friday that they have signed the free agent right-hander to a one-year, $4.5 million contract that includes $2.5 million in performance bonuses.
  • Windy City revival: Cubs, White Sox revamped for '15

    Mike Bauman
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Chicago baseball seems to have entered into an entirely new era. No pennants are won in December, but both Windy City clubs have made moves that can only be interpreted as major improvements. The Cubs have made the bigger splashes, but the White Sox have made wider improvements.
  • Pevey, Bailey back as Minor League managers

    Carrie Muskat
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    Marty Pevey will return for his third season as Triple-A Iowa's manager, Buddy Bailey is back at Double-A Tennessee and Mark Johnson was promoted to Class A Myrtle Beach manager, the Cubs announced Wednesday.
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    CIN Homepage News

  • After playing a lot in '14, Pena stays home this offseason

    Mark Sheldon
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Reds backup catcher Brayan Pena is usually a lock to play winter ball during his offseason, but that isn't the case during this particular offseason. Pena has decided to skip it this year -- pretty much.
  • Reds announce 2015 promotional schedule

    Jenifer Langosch
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    On Monday, the Reds unveiled their full promotional schedule for 2015, which is highlighted by 14 fireworks shows and nine bobblehead giveaways. Also included in next year's schedule is a new kids' poster series, which will feature a new player poster to be given out at every Sunday home game.
  • Ex-Red Satterwhite finds niche at Urban Youth Academy

    Mark Sheldon
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Cameron Satterwhite never made it to the Majors, but the former Reds Minor League outfielder has found a career at the Urban Youth Academy in his native Ohio.
  • Reds acquire 4 players in dealing Latos, Simon

    Mark Sheldon
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:41 pm
    The Reds traded All-Star starter Alfredo Simon to the Tigers for right-handed pitcher Jonathon Crawford and infielder Eugenio Suarez. A short time later, the Reds announced they had also dealt power arm Mat Latos to the Marlins for 24-year-old right-hander Anthony DeSclafani and catcher Chad Wallach.
  • Reds' Meetings moves open door for future additions

    Mark Sheldon
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The prime motivation behind the Reds' moves on the final day of the Winter Meetings was to clear payroll space, and it is not a sign that a rebuilding effort is about to begin. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty felt the trades enabled his club to accomplish its overall offseason plan to contend in 2015.
 
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    COL Homepage News

  • Sources: Rockies, Mets not actively talking Tulo

    Thomas Harding
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    CBSSports.com reported on Friday that the Rockies and Mets are "quietly discussing" a possible deal involving shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, but went on to say talks are "in the early stages with several hurdles to go." Two sources with knowledge of the situation insisted to MLB.com that the teams aren't in active discussions.
  • Rox shut down Ynoa from winter ball to rest for spring

    Thomas Harding
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:05 pm
    The Rockies have asked infielder Rafael Ynoa to end his participation in the Dominican Winter League to avoid wear and tear before Spring Training, the club said Thursday.
  • Rockies targeting veteran righties for rotation

    Thomas Harding
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:56 pm
    The Rockies' exploration for veteran pitching has them kicking the tires on several free agents. Righties Kevin Correia, Aaron Harang, Josh Johnson and Kyle Kendrick are believed to be four of many available free agents with whom the Rockies have made initial contact and are monitoring this offseason. The Rockies' interest in Kendrick was first reported by ESPN on Thursday.
  • Lannan among three to ink Minor League deals

    Thomas Harding
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    The Rockies have signed veteran left-handed pitcher John Lannan, catcher Audry Perez and right-handed reliever Justin Miller to Minor League contracts. All are expected to be invited to Major League Spring Training.
  • Butler, Gray ready for mulligan in 2015

    Thomas Harding
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Rockies right-handed pitching prospects Eddie Butler and Jon Gray, whose 2014 plans were squashed by shoulder injuries, hope to make the most of their second chances to make a big splash.
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    HOU Homepage News

  • Astros name Minors rovers, medical and field staff

    Joey Nowak
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    The Astros have outlined their Minor League rovers, medical staff and field staff for the 2015 season and will bring back 61 coaches, coordinators and medical staffers from the previous year.
  • Biggio remains active in helping children with cancer

    Alyson Footer
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    For years, Craig Biggio has been active with Sunshine Kids, a support group that has helped thousands of kids with cancer and their families, and the Astros legend gladly showed his support recently at organization's holiday party.
  • Biggio wants Hall call for the fans, not himself

    Tracy Ringolsby
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    For Craig Biggio, his possible induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame is not just about him. It's about the Astros and -- most of all -- it's about their fans.
  • Hillman itching to contribute to Astros' rise

    Brian McTaggart
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Former Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman gives Astros skipper A.J. Hinch an experienced right-hand man as his bench coach.
  • Astros sign first baseman Johnson to Minors deal

    Greg Johns
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Veteran first baseman Dan Johnson, who played most of this past season with the Blue Jays' Triple-A club, has signed a Minor League deal with the Astros and will receive an invitation to their Major League camp this spring.
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    LA Homepage News

  • Kendrick ready to make history with Dodgers

    Alden Gonzalez
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Howie Kendrick grew up with the Angels, delayed his free agency to stay with the Angels, and if he had his druthers, he would've retired with the Angels -- but he ended up with a pretty favorable alternative in the Dodgers.
  • Cubs claim Lavarnway off waivers from Dodgers

    Ken Gurnick
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Catcher Ryan Lavarnway was claimed off waivers from the Dodgers by the Cubs on Friday.
  • Friedman: Moves make Dodgers 'highly functional'

    Ken Gurnick
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Andrew Friedman on Friday explained why the Dodgers needed the extreme makeover they've just undergone, including the trade of popular outfielder Matt Kemp to the now-formidable Padres.
  • Kemp moved as LA nets Rollins, Grandal, prospects in 2 deals

    Ken Gurnick
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Matt Kemp passed his physical exam, Commissioner's approval was granted and the Dodgers' deal with the Padres was made official on Thursday. The trade of Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz and $32 million in offset salary to San Diego brings to the Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. Eflin was sent to Philadelphia with pitcher Tom Windle for shortstop Jimmy Rollins and $1 million on Friday.
  • Scherzer would be finishing touch on impressive Dodgers offseason

    Richard Justice
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:13 pm
    All the Dodgers need at this point is a finishing touch. Swing the bat, circle the bases, tip the hat. Goodnight, everybody, and drive carefully. Max Scherzer?
 
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    MIL Homepage News

  • Brewers add pair of Minor Leaguers in deal with LA

    Adam McCalvy
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    With all quiet on the Major League front, the Brewers on Thursday continued addressing Minor League needs via a three-player trade with the Dodgers. Milwaukee sent catcher Shawn Zarraga to Los Angeles in exchange for versatile outfielder Matt Long, who was actually traded twice Thursday, and left-hander Jarret Martin.
  • Brewers coach LeBoeuf undeterred by cancer battle

    Adam McCalvy
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Limitations in his legs caused by cancer hasn't stopped Minor League coach Al LeBoeuf from instructing his players and son on the field.
  • Brewers sign Petersen to Minors deal with invite

    Adam McCalvy
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The Brewers restocked their Triple-A outfield on Tuesday with Minor League deals for Triple-A veterans Bryan Petersen and Ben Guez, and invited Petersen to Major League Spring Training.
  • Scouting profile: Brewers outfield prospect Tyrone Taylor

    Bernie Pleskoff
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Bernie Pleskoff had an opportunity to scout Taylor in the recently concluded Arizona Fall League. Taylor played 18 games in center for the Glendale Desert Dogs. He handled 48 chances without making an error. Offensively, Taylor hit .271 in 93 plate appearances. He stole three bases in four attempts. Taylor made the AFL West Division Fall Stars team.
  • Brewers' gesture a testament to Selig's Milwaukee legacy

    Mike Bauman
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:32 pm
    The Brewers Monday announced plans for a 1,400-square-foot exhibit inside Miller Park honoring Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig. The "Selig Experience" will be a suitable nod to a man who has meant so much to the sport and the city of Milwaukee.
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    OAK Homepage News

  • After Norris trade, A's release veteran Punto

    Jane Lee
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
    In the wake of yet another multiplayer trade, with Oakland sending All-Star catcher Derek Norris to San Diego for two pitchers on Thursday evening, the A's released veteran infielder Nick Punto to clear a spot on their 40-man roster.
  • A's deal Norris to Padres, acquire 2 pitchers

    Jane Lee
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Oakland traded catcher Derek Norris, right-hander Seth Streich and an international signing slot to the Padres on Thursday night in exchange for right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez.
  • A's acquire lefty reliever De La Rosa from D-backs

    Jane Lee
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    The A's have added Eury De La Rosa to their bullpen mix, acquiring the left-hander from the D-backs in exchange for cash on Thursday morning.
  • Inbox: Who will comprise back end of A's rotation?

    Jane Lee
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:47 pm
    What will the rotation look like in 2015, and which prospect has the best chance to crack it? Beat reporter Jane Lee tackles this and other roster questions in the A's Inbox.
  • Scouting profile: A's shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson

    Bernie Pleskoff
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    Bernie Pleskoff watched Robertson play in the recently concluded Arizona Fall League. He easily made his list of top players he scouted during the autumn season. He finished the Fall League with a batting average of .310. Among his 22 hits were a double and a home run.
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    NYM Homepage News

  • Yanks land reliever Germen in deal with Mets

    Paul Casella
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    The Yankees acquired right-handed reliever Gonzalez Germen from the Mets on Friday in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Sources: Rockies, Mets not actively talking Tulo

    Thomas Harding
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    CBSSports.com reported on Friday that the Rockies and Mets are "quietly discussing" a possible deal involving shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, but went on to say talks are "in the early stages with several hurdles to go." Two sources with knowledge of the situation insisted to MLB.com that the teams aren't in active discussions.
  • Mets host NYC kids for annual holiday party

    Paul Casella
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    The holiday season was in full swing at Citi Field on Tuesday, as the Mets hosted more than 150 schoolchildren for their annual Kids Holiday Party.
  • Hot Stove likely to remain on simmer until new year

    Paul Casella
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    Though it remains likely that the Mets will try to deal a starting pitcher at some point this offseason, general manager Sandy Alderson doesn't anticipate any potential trade taking place until at least January.
  • Mets sign Mayberry to one-year deal

    Anthony DiComo
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    After agreeing to terms on a one-year, $1.45 million deal with John Mayberry Jr. at the Winter Meetings, the Mets made the transaction official on Monday afternoon.
 
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    PHI Homepage News

  • Winter dealing could just be starting for Phils

    Austin Laymance
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The Phillies' rebuilding effort is underway, but it is far from over. There are still trades to be explored involving a number of veteran players.
  • Phillies' future at short begins with Galvis

    Austin Laymance
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    The Phillies will have a new starting shortstop on Opening Day next season for the first time since 2001, now that Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Dodgers.
  • Rollins leaves behind a storied legacy in Philly

    Paul Hagen
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Before heading to the Dodgers in a trade completed on Thursday, Jimmy Rollins became the best shortstop in Phillies history and the all-time hits leader (2,306) for a club that has been around for more than 130 years.
  • Phillies finalize Rollins-to-Dodgers deal

    Todd Zolecki
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    The Phillies and Dodgers agreed more than a week ago to trade Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles for a pair of Minor League pitchers, and the trade was officially announced on Friday. Philadelphia sent Rollins and cash to the Dodgers for left-handed pitcher Tom Windle and right-handed pitcher Zach Eflin.
  • With future uncertain, Hamels keeps open mind

    Todd Zolecki
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    Is Cole Hamels the next Phillies player to be traded? Hamels would not mind following Jimmy Rollins to a winner, considering the circumstances.
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    MLB News Index

  • Yankees acquire Eovaldi, Jones, German from Marlins

    Paul Casella
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The Yankees added another piece to their rotation on Friday, acquiring right-hander Nathan Eovaldi from the Marlins in exchange for infielder Martin Prado as part of a five-player deal. The full trade involves the Yankees receiving Eovaldi, first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones and pitching prospect Domingo German in exchange for Prado and right-hander David Phelps.
  • Kendrick ready to make history with Dodgers

    Alden Gonzalez
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Howie Kendrick grew up with the Angels, delayed his free agency to stay with the Angels, and if he had his druthers, he would've retired with the Angels -- but he ended up with a pretty favorable alternative in the Dodgers.
  • Cubs claim Lavarnway off waivers from Dodgers

    Ken Gurnick
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Catcher Ryan Lavarnway was claimed off waivers from the Dodgers by the Cubs on Friday.
  • Padres acquire J. Upton from Braves

    Corey Brock
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:56 pm
    The Padres traded for outfielder Justin Upton and right-hander Aaron Northcraft from the Braves early Friday, dealing left-handed pitcher Max Fried, the team's No. 3 prospect, in addition to infielders Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson, outfielder Mallex Smith and the Padres' fourth international bonus pool slot.
  • Winter dealing could just be starting for Phils

    Austin Laymance
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The Phillies' rebuilding effort is underway, but it is far from over. There are still trades to be explored involving a number of veteran players.
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    PIT Homepage News

  • Pirates add Hart to mix with 1-year deal

    Carrie Muskat
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    The Pirates signed first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart to a one-year deal for the 2015 season on Friday. According to reports, Hart will get $2.5 million from the Pirates, and his contract includes another $2.5 million in incentives.
  • Searage's latest mission? Revive careers of Richard, Liz

    Tom Singer
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    Ray Searage comes into every spring feeling a bit like a cast member of a revival of the classic TV series "Mission: Impossible." Searage always accepts his task, and repeatedly turns it into mission very-much-possible.
  • Huntington, Hurdle: Alvarez is option No. 1 at first

    Tom Singer
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Two developments on Monday brought a little more clarity to perhaps the fuzziest inset of the 2015 Pirates' picture: The first-base cast. Free-agent first baseman Michael Morse reached a two-year agreement with the Marlins, who reportedly had prior trade interest in Pedro Alvarez, among others, for that position.
  • 'Dream Outfield' intent on running down every ball

    Tom Singer
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:42 pm
    During a lively question-and-answer session with fans on the opening day of PirateFest, one of the most engaging questions heard from the floor concerned the fastest player on the Buccos.
  • Gracious Pirates fans get candid answers from brass

    Tom Singer
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    A feature of every PirateFest is a question-and-answer program between fans and the management triumvirate of club president Frank Coonelly, general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle. Amid graciously accepting kudos for the efforts that brought Pirates baseball back into relevance, Coonelly and Hurdle both were candid when asked about current players events.
 
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    MLB Trade Rumors

  • Cubs To Sign David Ross

    Jeff Todd
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The Cubs have agreed to a two-year, $5MM deal with catcher David Ross, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports on Twitter. Reports emerged earlier today suggesting that the veteran was headed to the Padres, but indications are that he is in fact set to join former teammate Jon Lester in Chicago. Ross, a client of Sports One Athlete Management client, will add yet more veteran leadership behind the plate for the Cubs. He will slot in alongside the recently-acquired Miguel Montero, providing a right-handed-hitting complement. Chicago also added another former Red Sox backstop today in Ryan…
  • Angels Release Shawn O'Malley

    Zach Links
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Today’s minor moves.. The Angels announced that they have requested release waivers for infielder Shawn O’Malley, to make room on the 40-man roster for the newly-acquired Johnny Giavotella.  O’Malley saw time in eleven games for the Halos last season, notching three hits in 16 plate appearances.  In parts of two seasons at the Triple-A level, the soon-to-be 27-year-old hit .296/.369/.408.
  • Marlins Acquire Martin Prado From Yankees

    Zach Links
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    3:15pm: GM Brian Cashman told reporters that the Yankees are including $6MM in the deal – $3MM this year and $3MM next year – to help cover Prado’s salary, according to Marc Carig of Newsday (on Twitter). 1:33pm: The Yankees have issued a press release announcing the completion of the deal. 12:51pm: It’s a done deal, according a source that spoke with Marc Carig of Newsday (via Twitter).  The Marlins will receive Prado, Phelps, and cash in exchange for Eovaldi, Jones, and German. 12:31pm: Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that the Yankees will also receive…
  • Outrighted To Triple-A: Mercedes, Price

    Zach Links
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    We’ll keep track of today’s outright assignments here.. The Tigers announced that they have outrighted righty Melvin Mercedes to Triple-A Toledo.  Mercedes, 24, pitched in one game for the Tigers in 2014, throwing 2.0 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Signed as an amateur free agent by Detroit in 2008, he posted a 3.15 ERA, 1.51 K/BB rate and 6.0 K/9 over 297 1/3 minor league innings, all of them out of the bullpen. The Indians announced that Bryan Price has been outrighted to Triple-A after clearing waivers.  The 28-year-old made his major league debut last season,…
  • A's To Release Nick Punto

    Zach Links
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The A’s will release Nick Punto to clear a roster spot, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (on Twitter).  Oakland will be on the hook for his $2.75MM salary in 2015. The A’s had 41 players on the 40-man roster, meaning that someone had to go and, ultimately, Punto was the odd man out.  The infielder’s $2.75MM option vested late in the 2014 thanks to satisfying the terms of a complicated formula that was placed within his contract. The 37-year-old Jeff Caulfield client had one of his worst offensive seasons to date in 2014, batting .207/.296/.293 in…
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  • 13 dogs and 1 cat dine on holiday feast in viral video

    WGN Web Desk
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    A pet food company’s new holiday ad posted to YouTube earlier this week is already up to 2 million views and counting. The company Freshpet used dogs and one cat from the Utah Human Society for the video, perhaps discovering a star in an unlikely place. From the YouTube post. “We are on a mission – to bring the power of fresh, real food to dogs and cats. And we’re committed to doing so in ways that are good for our pets, for people and for the planet. At Freshpet, our dogs and cats aren’t just our pets. They’re part of the family. And as our families choose to eat fresh,…
  • Sony CEO says Obama ‘mistaken on what actually happened’ regarding ‘The Interview’

    WGN Web Desk
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton responded Friday after President Obama said the studio had “made a mistake” by pulling “The Interview.” “The President, the press, and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened,” Lynton said in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. “We do not own movie theaters. We cannot determine whether or not a movie will be played in movie theaters.” (Watch the entire interview tonight on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”) Lynton’s response came just hours after a White House press…
  • Bulls Game Notes For Friday @ Memphis

    Bob Vorwald
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    * The Grizzlies have won four out of the last five games in this series, although the lone Bulls’ win over this stretch came in Memphis, 95-91, last December 30. * The Bulls are 3-4 in the second game of back-to-backs so far this season (3-3 on the road). They beat the Knicks 103-97 in Chicago on Thursday. * Memphis beat San Antonio 117-116 in triple overtime on Wednesday. It was the Grizzlies’ third game in their last four contests that went into (at least one) overtime; they won all three. Memphis played no overtime games in its first 21 games of this season. * This will be the 19th…
  • Midday Fix: Made in Chicago holiday market

    WGN Web Desk
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:19 am
    Kristen Davis Senior Marketing Manager for the Chicago Reader More info: Chicagoreader.com/madeinchicago
  • Local marine home for the holidays

    Bill Kissinger
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    A 23-year-old Marine from Arlington Heights is home in time for the holidays. Marine Corporal Steven Kwiatkowski back from two tours of duty in Afghanistan. He was given a hero’s welcome at his alma mater Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights. Kwiatkowski told an audience he was thinking about fellow Marines who didn’t make it home. The military support group, Warrior’s Watch, was also there to honor Kwiatkowski.    
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  • Padres acquire J. Upton from Braves

    Corey Brock
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:56 pm
    The Padres traded for outfielder Justin Upton and right-hander Aaron Northcraft from the Braves early Friday, dealing left-handed pitcher Max Fried, the team's No. 3 prospect, in addition to infielders Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson, outfielder Mallex Smith and the Padres' fourth international bonus pool slot.
  • Kemp deal proves Padres mean business

    Bill Center
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    Acquiring Matt Kemp in a trade with the Dodgers is no smoke screen. It is one of the more significant deals in Padres history.
  • Padres reportedly deal for Middlebrooks

    Adam Berry
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    According to separate reports, the Padres will send newcomer Ryan Hanigan to the Red Sox for Will Middlebrooks and sign free agent David Ross.
  • Who are the 12 prospects the Padres dealt?

    Jonathan Mayo
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    As A.J. Preller has worked tirelessly to remake the San Diego Padres' big league roster, he has not been afraid to send prospects or young players away to get the Major League pieces he desires. Once the Justin Upton trade becomes official, a total of 12 players who appeared on the Padres' Top 20 list at some point in 2014 will have been dealt.
  • It's official: Myers moves to Padres in megadeal

    Corey Brock
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    The Padres' Opening Day starting lineup is starting to take shape, but make sure you use a pencil and not a pen. On Friday, the Padres officially announced the completion of a three-team, 11-player megadeal with the Rays and Nationals that landed them outfielder Wil Myers and catcher Ryan Hanigan.
 
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  • Selig to be honored at St. Louis Writers' Dinner

    Jenifer Langosch
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    Major League Baseball's outgoing Commissioner, Bud Selig, will be recognized at the St. Louis Baseball Writers' Dinner next month as the recipient of the chapter's new and most prestigious honor, the Red Award. The award, named in honor of Red Schoendienst, who will begin his 70th consecutive season in a Cardinals uniform in 2015, was created to recognize someone for invaluable service to baseball.
  • Gonzales, Sierra earn Minor League awards

    Jenifer Langosch
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The Cardinals announced on Thursday that they selected left-hander Marco Gonzales and outfielder Magneuris Sierra as the 2014 recipients of the Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year Awards that the organization has presented annually since 1995.
  • Inbox: Does Molina have future at first base?

    Jenifer Langosch
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    Could first base be an option for Yadier Molina to reduce his workload? What are the Cardinals' plans for Aledmys Diaz in 2015? Is the club likely to add a free-agent starter before Spring Training? Beat reporter Jenifer Langosch has answers in the Inbox.
  • Matheny to wear No. 26 as tribute to late friend

    Jenifer Langosch
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:28 am
    The offseason number shuffle continues for the Cardinals, with manager Mike Matheny announcing on Wednesday that he will now wear No. 26 as a gesture to honor a late friend. In taking that number, closer Trevor Rosenthal had to choose another. Rosenthal, the club confirmed, will don No. 44.
  • Cards won't retain any free agents

    Jenifer Langosch
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    While the Cardinals were never all that pursuant of their own free agents, the activity of the last week has all but ensured that none of the seven players to enter free agency after finishing the season in St. Louis will return. Only two -- Mark Ellis and A.J. Pierzynski -- remain unsigned, and neither has an obvious fit on the Cardinals' 2015 roster.
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  • Peavy reportedly returning to SF on 2-year deal

    Matt Weber
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:53 am
    After winning a World Series ring with the Giants in 2014, free-agent right-hander Jake Peavy has agreed to return to San Francisco, according to a FOXSports.com report on Friday. The club has not commented on or confirmed the deal.
  • Report: Romo remains a Giant, gets 2-year deal

    Joey Nowak
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The Giants have reportedly reached an agreement to bring back free-agent reliever Sergio Romo on a two-year contract worth $15 million.
  • Trade looking more likely as Giants eye third-base answer

    Chris Haft
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:28 am
    The Giants might have to engineer a trade to obtain a third baseman, since the supply of capable free agents at that position dwindled sharply Monday.
  • Hometown shows pride for Panik after quick ascension

    Tim Healey
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Joe Panik has been the talk of town in his suburban New York community since the Giants selected him in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, but never more so than in recent months as he took the local-boy-makes-good narrative several steps further than anyone could have reasonably expected a year ago.
  • Giants leave Meetings still seeking starter

    Chris Haft
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:07 pm
    The Giants didn't make a single personnel move during the Winter Meetings, but assistant general manager Bobby Evans observed that four days of trade talks and free-agent bargaining helped the Giants "tee up a lot of different options."
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  • In 3-team deal, Nats acquire 2 pieces for future

    Bill Ladson
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The Nationals were part of a three-team, 11-player trade with the Rays and Padres on Wednesday evening, a deal that was finalized Friday morning. Washington acquired right-hander Joe Ross and a player to be named from the Padres -- it is believed that shortstop Trea Turner is that player -- and the Nationals sent outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and left-hander Travis Ott to the Rays.
  • Loss of Souza leaves Nats with hole to fill on bench

    Bill Ladson
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    With the trade of Steven Souza Jr. to the Rays, the Nationals lost a player who could have provided power off the bench, thinning out an unit that already was in need of bolstering. The offseason is far from over, though, so general manager Mike Rizzo can be expected to address the bench before Spring Training.
  • Crowded 11-player trade features top young talent

    Jonathan Mayo
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Was keeping track of all the moving parts in the massive three-team deal involving the Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals a difficult task? To help sort things out, Jonathan Mayo helped break down who went where.
  • Harper, Nats reach 2-year deal, avoiding grievance

    Bill Ladson
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    Outfielder Bryce Harper and the Nationals have agreed to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million, a baseball source told MLB.com on Monday. The Nationals have not confirmed the deal, which was first reported by the Washington Post.
  • Quartet takes break from rumors at NatsFest

    Bill Ladson
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    One could tell that fans were happy to see shortstop Ian Desmond and right-handers Jordan Zimmermann, Tyler Clippard and Doug Fister at NatsFest on Saturday afternoon. The four players have been mentioned in trade rumors and will be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season. Neither was thinking about leaving on this day.
 
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  • Inbox: How will O's replace bats of departed free agents?

    Brittany Ghiroli
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    How will the Orioles replace the bats of Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis? Beat reporter Brittany Ghiroli answers this question and more in the latest Inbox.
  • O's sign lefty reliever Wright to 1-year deal

    Andrew Simon
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    The Orioles officially announced on Friday that they've signed free-agent left-hander Wesley Wright to a one-year deal.
  • O's unsure if Wieters will be ready for Opening Day

    AJ Cassavell
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    Orioles catcher Matt Wieters may not be healthy in time for the start of the 2015 season, according to manager Buck Showalter.
  • Davis gets therapeutic-use exemption for Adderall

    David Wilson
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:34 pm
    During a recent golf outing in Texas, Orioles slugger Chris Davis told manager Buck Showalter that he has been approved for a therapeutic-use exemption for Adderall during the 2015 season.
  • Current, former O's attend charitable holiday party

    David Wilson
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Buck Showalter joined his team for the 36th annual OriolesREACH Holiday Party for Kids at the Dave & Busters in Arundel Mills Mall. Current O's Steve Pearce and Brad Brach and former players Al Bumbry, Dave Johnson and Scott McGregor were also in attendance to host 80 students from Baltimore's Callaway Elementary School
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  • 'Winning tradition' has Porcello excited to join Boston

    Aaron Leibowitz
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    Meeting the Boston media on Friday for the first time since being traded to the Red Sox last week, right-hander Rick Porcello was asked about his personal memories of pitching here at Fenway Park. All he could do was laugh.
  • Red Sox add reliever Varvaro in trade with Braves

    Quinn Roberts
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    The Red Sox bolstered their bullpen on Wednesday, acquiring right-hander Anthony Varvaro from the Braves in exchange for Minor Leaguer Aaron Kurcz and cash considerations.
  • Sox back in driver's seat after Cherington's maneuvers

    Richard Justice
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    Let's say Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington doesn't make any further moves this offseason. Is his team good enough to win the American League East?
  • No ace? Recent history says no problem for Sox

    Ian Browne
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    Once Jon Lester made his decision that there would be no return engagement in Boston, there was an unsettling feeling for Red Sox fans who have just about always had an "ace" to cheer on in recent decades.
  • Sox get Minors SS from Cubs to complete Doubront deal

    Andrew Simon
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Back on July 30, the Red Sox traded left-hander Felix Doubront to the Cubs for a player to be named. Boston finally collected its return on Monday, acquiring Minor League shortstop Marco Hernandez from Chicago to complete the deal.
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  • Kottaras to join White Sox with Minor League deal

    Scott Merkin
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    George Kottaras has joined the White Sox via a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training, a Major League source confirmed to MLB.com.
  • Loss of Draft picks viewed as good trade for White Sox

    Scott Merkin
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    The White Sox lost their second and third-round picks in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft with the signings of David Robertson and Melky Cabrera, but the club is more than willing to make that trade-off.
  • Windy City revival: Cubs, White Sox revamped for '15

    Mike Bauman
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Chicago baseball seems to have entered into an entirely new era. No pennants are won in December, but both Windy City clubs have made moves that can only be interpreted as major improvements. The Cubs have made the bigger splashes, but the White Sox have made wider improvements.
  • AL Central looking like one powerhouse division

    Phil Rogers
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Yes, the Tigers are still king of the AL Central, but everywhere they look someone is trying to stage a coup. That's the way it's supposed to be in a power division, as the Indians, Royals, Twins and White Sox are all looking to be in the title mix.
  • Samardzija, Lester are right fits in Windy City

    Phil Rogers
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    New White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija will be stoked for the return to Wrigley Field in July, while lefty Jon Lester called his move to the Cubs "the right fit at the right time.'' The only way it can be better for Chicago fans is if it turns into an annual experience.
 
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  • Kluber, Brantley to appear at Tribe Fest

    Cash Kruth
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    American League Cy Young Award-winner Corey Kluber and AL Most Valuable Player finalist will attended Tribe Fest 2015, presented by KeyBank.
  • AL Central looking like one powerhouse division

    Phil Rogers
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Yes, the Tigers are still king of the AL Central, but everywhere they look someone is trying to stage a coup. That's the way it's supposed to be in a power division, as the Indians, Royals, Twins and White Sox are all looking to be in the title mix.
  • Kipnis has finger surgery; should be OK for start of season

    Scott Merkin
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had surgery on Tuesday to repair a damaged extensor tendon in his left ring finger. He is expected to be ready to go in time for the regular season.
  • Comfort essential to Tribe's winter program for Kluber

    Jordan Bastian
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    Corey Kluber is a creature of habit, and altering his offseason regimen after his breakout 2014 season is not something he really wants to do. But the AL Cy Young Award winner is receptive to the Indians' suggestions for easing into Spring Training.
  • Indians sign right-hander Floyd to 1-year deal

    Adam McCalvy
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The Indians announced the signing of right-hander Gavin Floyd to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Floyd made nine starts for the Braves in 2014 before breaking his right elbow.
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  • Tigers outright right-hander Mercedes

    Joey Nowak
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The Tigers outrighted right-hander Melvin Mercedes to Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
  • Gillett leaving, Walter new conditioning coordinator

    Jason Beck
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    One of the longest-tenured figures on the Tigers' staff has moved on. And while Javair Gillett was never on the field in uniform, his departure leaves a major void for the team to replace. Chris Walter, who worked as Gillett's assistant last year and spent 10 years as the team's Minor League strength and conditioning coordinator, will fill the job.
  • Tigers promote Arias to director of Dominican Academy

    Joey Nowak
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    The Tigers have promoted Oliver Arias to the position of director of the team's Dominican Academy.
  • AL Central looking like one powerhouse division

    Phil Rogers
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Yes, the Tigers are still king of the AL Central, but everywhere they look someone is trying to stage a coup. That's the way it's supposed to be in a power division, as the Indians, Royals, Twins and White Sox are all looking to be in the title mix.
  • Moya's future in Detroit delayed by Cespedes' arrival

    Jason Beck
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Outfielder Steven Moya found himself in the big leagues for a brief time during 2014, but his near-term future is likely back in the Minor Leagues after the Tigers' acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes.
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  • Royals trade Giavotella to Angels for righty Broderick

    Joey Nowak
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    The Royals have traded infielder Johnny Giavotella, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, to the Angels for right-hander Brian Broderick.
  • Royals reach one-year deal with Rios

    Joey Nowak
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    The Royals have secured the outfield help they've been looking for this winter, agreeing to a one-year contract with veteran Alex Rios.
  • Royals request release waivers for outfielder Peguero

    Joey Nowak
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    The Royals have requested release waivers for outfielder Carlos Peguero, the team announced Friday. The 27-year-old spent the majority of the 2014 season with Triple-A Omaha, batting .266 with 30 home runs and 76 RBIs.
  • Rehabbing Medlen joins Royals on 2-year deal

    Doug Miller
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The Royals and right-hander Kris Medlen agreed Thursday to a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2017.
  • Royals Charities surpasses $1.2 million in 2014 funding

    Adam Berry
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    Royals Charities, the Royals' charitable foundation, announced funding on Thursday of more than $1.2 million this year to organizations and government entities in the Kansas City area that support children, education, youth baseball/softball and the military.
 
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  • Kendrick ready to make history with Dodgers

    Alden Gonzalez
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Howie Kendrick grew up with the Angels, delayed his free agency to stay with the Angels, and if he had his druthers, he would've retired with the Angels -- but he ended up with a pretty favorable alternative in the Dodgers.
  • Halos acquire 2B Giavotella in trade with Royals

    Alden Gonzalez
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:12 am
    The Angels acquired second baseman Johnny Giavotella from the Royals on Friday in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Brian Broderick, who was recently signed out of the Mexican League.
  • Angels send Long to Dodgers to complete Butera deal

    Alden Gonzalez
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Minor League utility player Matt Long was sent from the Angels to the Dodgers on Thursday as the player to be named in the Dec. 9 trade for veteran catcher Drew Butera.
  • Bolden, former first-round Draft pick of Angels, killed

    Alden Gonzalez
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Former Angels first-round pick Ryan Bolden was shot and killed in Georgia on Wednesday night, according to local reports. Bolden, 23, was in the Angels organization from 2010-13. The team was informed of his passing on Thursday.
  • Heaney's path has led him to Halos' rotation competition

    Alden Gonzalez
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    When Frank Anderson first saw Andrew Heaney walk into the Oklahoma State University campus in the fall of 2009, the young left-hander was carrying 140 pounds on a 6-foot-2 frame.
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  • Buxton, Berrios among 18 non-roster spring invitees

    Rhett Bollinger
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Top prospects Byron Buxton and Jose Berrios headline the list of 18 non-roster invitees to Major League Spring Training for the Twins, the club announced Friday.
  • Twins name Quade as Triple-A manager

    Rhett Bollinger
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    Former Cubs skipper Mike Quade was named the manager at Triple-A Rochester to replace Gene Glynn, who was promoted to be the Twins' third-base coach under new manager Paul Molitor.
  • Depth gives Twins options for No. 5 starter

    Rhett Bollinger
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    With the recent signing of Ervin Santana, the Twins have plenty of starting pitching depth now with several candidates to take the fifth spot in the rotation.
  • AL Central looking like one powerhouse division

    Phil Rogers
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Yes, the Tigers are still king of the AL Central, but everywhere they look someone is trying to stage a coup. That's the way it's supposed to be in a power division, as the Indians, Royals, Twins and White Sox are all looking to be in the title mix.
  • Hammond Stadium renovations enter final stretch

    Adam Berry
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    In just over two months, Twins pitchers and catchers will arrive at Hammond Stadium. What they'll find is a dramatically upgraded Spring Training complex currently nearing the final stages of construction.
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  • Yankees acquire Eovaldi, Jones, German from Marlins

    Paul Casella
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The Yankees added another piece to their rotation on Friday, acquiring right-hander Nathan Eovaldi from the Marlins in exchange for infielder Martin Prado as part of a five-player deal. The full trade involves the Yankees receiving Eovaldi, first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones and pitching prospect Domingo German in exchange for Prado and right-hander David Phelps.
  • Yanks land reliever Germen in deal with Mets

    Paul Casella
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    The Yankees acquired right-handed reliever Gonzalez Germen from the Mets on Friday in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Yankees strengthen rotation, bring back Capuano

    Paul Casella
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    The Yankees have finalized a one-year deal to bring back left-hander Chris Capuano, the club announced on Tuesday. The contract is said to be worth $5 million, according to multiple reports.
  • Staying with Yanks, Headley sets sights on Series title

    Paul Casella
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The Yankees further solidified their infield Monday, signing third baseman Chase Headley to a four-year deal worth a reported $52 million.
  • With Headley, Yanks squarely in race for AL East title

    Richard Justice
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    Maybe the best thing about Chase Headley re-signing with the Yankees is that you can legitimately make a case for any of three teams winning the AL East. Red Sox? Blue Jays? Yankees? Who do you have? This is good stuff, the best of the Hot Stove League. There's business to be done in Baltimortedlore, but that's OK, too.
 
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  • Amid changes, Silverman confident in Rays' chances

    Bill Chastain
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The Rays have undergone a lot of changes since their final game of a 77-win season. Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon are gone. Matt Silverman and Kevin Cash have assumed their jobs as president, baseball operations, and manager, respectively. They've set their 40-man roster and figured out the coaching staff. All the while, keeping an eye on the coming season.
  • Rays pleased with 5-player haul

    Adam Berry
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The Rays equally consider their present and future in every deal they make, and they say Friday's three-team, 11-player trade with the Padres and Nationals was no different.
  • Gomes designated for assignment

    Bill Chastain
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    The Rays designated right-hander Brandon Gomes for assignment on Friday, clearing room on their 40-man roster after completing an 11-player, three-team deal. Gomes split the 2014 season between the Rays and Triple-A Durham, appearing in 29 Major League games over three stints with the Rays.
  • Rays land 5 players in deal sending Myers to Padres

    Bill Chastain
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    The Rays announced Friday that they have traded 2013 American League Rookie of the Year Wil Myers to the Padres in an 11-player deal that also involves the Nationals. Tampa Bay receives touted Washington outfield prospect Steven Souza Jr. as part of its five-player haul.
  • Foley named bench coach as Rays announce staff

    Bill Chastain
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    The Rays announced their coaching staff for the 2015 season on Friday. Tom Foley will move over from third-base coach to become new manager Kevin Cash's bench coach. Triple-A Durham manager Charlie Montoyo will become the third-base coach, and former Rays outfielder Rocco Baldelli will take over at first base.
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  • Andrus wins Sundberg Community Achievement Award

    Todd Wills
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The Rangers recognized shortstop Elvis Andrus' positive role off the field on Thursday, naming him as the recipient of the 2014 Jim Sundberg Community Achievement Award.
  • Banister spends wedding anniversary with Rangers fans

    Todd Wills
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:42 pm
    New manager Jeff Banister and shortstop Elvis Andrus each conducted Question & Answer sessions on Wednesday during the "Evening with the Rangers."
  • Daniels: Rua in position to make Rangers in 2015

    Dave Sessions
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    In 28 games and 109 plate appearances, mostly in September last season, Ryan Rua made a solid-enough impression on Rangers management to enter Spring Training as a leading candidate for the starting job in left field.
  • Daniels likes young talent Rangers have in system

    Dave Sessions
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    In terms of big-name acquisitions and blockbuster trades, the Rangers have been relatively quiet this offseason, but general manager Jon Daniels says that's all part of the plan, given the young depth he will have when Spring Training begins in February.
  • Rangers' Harrison named club's 'Good Guy Award' winner

    Alden Gonzalez
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison was named winner of the 2014 Harold McKinney Good Guy Award, the club announced Wednesday.
 
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  • Adding relievers to mix remains a top priority for Toronto

    Gregor Chisholm
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Blue Jays' bullpen remains a work in progress as the club continues to search for ways to improve what became a noticeable area of weakness throughout the 2014 season. Toronto is expected to add at least a couple of relievers in the coming weeks and one of those will have to be a closer if -- as expected -- free agent Casey Janssen doesn't return to the organization.
  • Blue Jays claim Oramas, sign Albers to Minors deal

    Gregor Chisholm
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    The Blue Jays added pitching depth Friday by claiming left-hander Juan Oramas off waivers from the Padres and signing left-hander Andrew Albers to a Minor League contract.
  • Well-traveled Leiper assists young players in South Africa

    Gregor Chisholm
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    Baseball has taken Blue Jays first-base coach Tim Leiper all over the world, and this offseason an opportunity to help grow the game even more brought him to the unlikely destination of Johannesburg, South Africa. The country isn't exactly known for its love of baseball, but for the past four years, it has served as the host country for the African Elite Camp.
  • Inbox: On Melky, Drabek and potential moves to come

    Gregor Chisholm
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    Why didn't the Blue Jays make more of an effort to retain Melky Cabrera? Is 2015 a make-or-break year for Kyle Drabek? Could another big move be on the horizon? Beat reporter Gregor Chisholm has answers in the Inbox.
  • Blue Jays agree to Minor League deal with Barton

    Gregor Chisholm
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Toronto signed first baseman Daric Barton to a Minor League contract on Tuesday afternoon with an invitation to Spring Training.
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  • Even with Vazquez, Swihart, and Hanigan, Red Sox have no catching to spare

    Ben Buchanan
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    The Red Sox have a pair of young catchers, and only one starting spot for them over the next six years. Does that mean it's time for a trade? (No, no it does not.) Between Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart, the Red Sox have two strong young catching prospects. Vazquez is the defensive genius, whose ability behind the plate could earn him a major league job even if he took three strikes down the middle every time he went up to bat. Swihart is the total package, combining solid defensive chops with a bat that could carry him in an outfield spot. Both could be deserving of a starting spot when…
  • Red Sox reportedly trade Will Middlebrooks to Padres for Ryan Hanigan

    Marc Normandin
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Hanigan is a defense-first catcher, and Middlebrooks needs a change of scenery. The Padres are making every possible move to upgrade their roster, and as Yangervis Solarte is a utility player pretending to be a third baseman right now, San Diego is looking to improve at the hot corner. They might not get a definite jump in production by dealing for Will Middlebrooks, but they're trying it anyway, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan. In return, the Red Sox would get that second catcher they're looking for in Ryan Hanigan, who was traded to the Padres on Wednesday in the Wil Myers deal.
  • Are Giants out on James Shields after signing Jake Peavy?

    Ben Buchanan
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    Jake Peavy signing in San Francisco may mean one less competitor for James Shields' services. News broke late last night that Jake Peavy had re-signed with the Giants, choosing to extend his time in San Francisco after the Red Sox sent him to the eventual World Series winners in July. It's a move that may seem entirely unrelated to the Red Sox. While Peavy did his part in getting the team to the 2013 World Series, he also did his part in sinking the 2014 ship, which is why they traded him away in the first place. If there are no hard feelings there, there's also little reason for Boston to…
  • Plenty of reasons for the Red Sox to trade Allen Craig

    Matt_Collins
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    With multiple teams apparently showing interest in Allen Craig, the Red Sox shouldn't be hesitant in completing a deal. Part one of clearing the outfield logjam was completed at the end of the Winter Meetings in dealing Yoenis Cespedes for Rick Porcello. Even with that trade, though, the Red Sox find themselves with an excess of outfielders. At the moment, Allen Craig, Shane Victorino, Hanley Ramirez, Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Daniel Nava are all outfielders, with Brock Holt even having something of a claim to the position. Assuming they would like to see Betts and…
  • Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Cole Hamels, Rick Porcello

    Nick Bond
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:21 am
    Today's links look at Mookie Betts' projections, the potential for a Cole Hamels deal and what the Red Sox can do for Rick Porcello going forward. How good does Bill James think Mookie Betts can be? (NESN Video) Why there's no need to rush into a deal for Cole Hamels. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald) What changes will be coming to MLB following the ending of the Cuban embargo? (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald) A look at what the Red Sox can do for Rick Porcello... (Scott Spratt; Fangraphs) ... the mostly likely path to the playoffs for every team in the AL East ... (David Schoenfield; Sweet…
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  • Grade This Card: 1954 Topps Whitey Ford

    Ben Henry
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    I'm not a professional grader, just a longtime collector. I have a pretty good idea what constitutes gem mint, and what's considered poor. It's just everything in between that throws me. I've scanned one of my cards here. Help me out by giving it a grade in the embedded poll.1954 Topps Whitey Ford #37I paid $40 for a lot that contained this card and the 1956 Topps Whitey Ford. I thought it was a deal, especially considering the book value of the 1956 card alone is over that. This is an attractive card, with the added detail of the black-and-white action shot that was probably the photo study…
  • Grade This Card: 1956 Topps Roberto Clemente

    Ben Henry
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    I'm not a professional grader, just a longtime collector. I have a pretty good idea what constitutes gem mint, and what's considered poor. It's just everything in between that throws me. I've scanned one of my cards here. Help me out by giving it a grade in the embedded poll.1956 Topps Roberto Clemente #33This is just an awesome card. A few years back I did the unthinkable—by my expectations—and completed the 1956 Topps set. It's the most comprehensive Topps set of the 1950s (in my opinion), since it features Mantle, Williams, Jackie Robinson, Bob Feller, Roy Campanella and Willie Mays on…
  • Help Me Grade This Card: 1953 Topps Ed Mathews

    Ben Henry
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Now, I'm not a professional grader, just a longtime collector. I have a pretty good idea what constitutes gem mint, and what's considered poor. It's just everything in between that throws me.I've scanned one of my cards here. Help me out by giving it a grade in the embedded poll.1953 Topps Ed Mathews #37This has always been one of my favorite cards—the subject, the artwork, the classic 1953 Topps set. It just works aesthetically for me. I think I paid $25 for this, and it was encased by a no-name grading company. They had it as a 4, I think. It was a struggle to remove it from its airtight…
  • Updated Food for Thought: Hot Stove Edition

    Ben Henry
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    A few baseball-card-related thoughts as we approach winter...If Jon Lester signs with a team other than the Athletics—which is how it seems things will shake out—does that mean we'll never see a card of Lester in an A's uniform? This probably happens a lot, but the two players who come to mind are Reggie Jackson (Orioles) and Don Baylor (Athletics), both in 1976. Another guy who could fit this bill is Yoenis Cespedes, the slugging outfielder the Red Sox obtained in exchange for Lester. The Sox have a logjam in the outfield and the feeling is that Cespedes walks after next…
  • Ring Leaders' Leaders

    mkenny59
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
                                            Terry Pendleton, 1995 Stadium Club Ring LeadersStadium Club CEO, Hank Freck: Gentlemen, today is the first day of the rest of our baseball card lives. Today we begin designing the Ring Leaders series that is going to set the world on fire.Stadium club execs: (cheer)Hank Freck: I want no expense spared, and I want no wasted space. Whoever said "less is more" is a…
 
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  • Cubs To Sign David Ross

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The Cubs have agreed to a two-year, $5MM deal with catcher David Ross, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports on Twitter. Reports emerged earlier today suggesting that the veteran was headed to the Padres, but indications are that he is in fact set to join former teammate Jon Lester in Chicago. Ross, a client of Sports One Athlete Management client, will add yet more veteran leadership behind the plate for the Cubs. He will slot in alongside the recently-acquired Miguel Montero, providing a right-handed-hitting complement. Chicago also added another former Red Sox backstop today in Ryan…
  • Angels Release Shawn O'Malley

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Today’s minor moves.. The Angels announced that they have requested release waivers for infielder Shawn O’Malley, to make room on the 40-man roster for the newly-acquired Johnny Giavotella.  O’Malley saw time in eleven games for the Halos last season, notching three hits in 16 plate appearances.  In parts of two seasons at the Triple-A level, the soon-to-be 27-year-old hit .296/.369/.408.
  • Quick Looks at Salazar and Erlin

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Danny Salazar Why I watched: All over the place in 2014 with some potential. Game(s) Watched: 9/23/14 vs Royals Game Thoughts • What a game to randomly pick, he got his first six outs via strikeout. He ended each at bat with a swinging strike on his change. • Threw a 93-98 mph fastball which was straight except some glove side run at lower speeds. It is the only pitch he can throw for called strikes. • His change was 83-86 mph with some great sink. It has an insane 28% swinging strike rate. This pitch is insanely good when paired with his fastball. • Threw a 86-88 mph slider with…
  • Marlins Acquire Martin Prado From Yankees

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    3:15pm: GM Brian Cashman told reporters that the Yankees are including $6MM in the deal – $3MM this year and $3MM next year – to help cover Prado’s salary, according to Marc Carig of Newsday (on Twitter). 1:33pm: The Yankees have issued a press release announcing the completion of the deal. 12:51pm: It’s a done deal, according a source that spoke with Marc Carig of Newsday (via Twitter).  The Marlins will receive Prado, Phelps, and cash in exchange for Eovaldi, Jones, and German. 12:31pm: Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that the Yankees will also receive…
  • Outrighted To Triple-A: Mercedes, Price

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    We’ll keep track of today’s outright assignments here.. The Tigers announced that they have outrighted righty Melvin Mercedes to Triple-A Toledo.  Mercedes, 24, pitched in one game for the Tigers in 2014, throwing 2.0 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Signed as an amateur free agent by Detroit in 2008, he posted a 3.15 ERA, 1.51 K/BB rate and 6.0 K/9 over 297 1/3 minor league innings, all of them out of the bullpen. The Indians announced that Bryan Price has been outrighted to Triple-A after clearing waivers.  The 28-year-old made his major league debut last season,…
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  • Restaurant Review: Spoon and Stable

    aarongleeman
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I'm not and will never be a "foodie," but I like to eat (a little too much of late, unfortunately) and since moving to Minneapolis last winter I've gone to a lot of restaurants for the first time, so when one stands out as an especially good dining experience I thought it would be worthwhile to write a review. This might become a regular feature and it might be my last review ever, so apologies in advance to anyone not interested. Gavin Kaysen grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota and went on to travel the globe becoming a Michelin starred, James Beard Award-winning chef, making a substantial…
  • Twins Notes: Parmelee, Graham, Gilmartin, and Morales

    aarongleeman
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
    • Needing to make room on the 40-man roster for Torii Hunter and Ervin Santana the Twins first dropped Chris Colabello--who was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays--and have now designated Chris Parmelee for assignment. Parmelee was previously dropped from the 40-man roster during spring training, but passed through waivers unclaimed, stayed in the organization, and was eventually re-added to the roster. Parmelee was the Twins' first-round draft pick in 2006 and as a California high schooler his power potential received lots of hype, but that simply never developed. His path to the majors…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #174: Ervin Santana

    aarongleeman
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the Twins signing Ervin Santana for $55 million, picking J.R. Graham in the Rule 5 draft, revisiting the Ricky Nolasco signing, using Harry's Razors for your holiday shopping, incident-free press conferences, full rotations, dropping Chris Parmelee and Chris Colabello, signing Shane Robinson, payroll debates, and Eduardo Escobar rumors. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 174 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog content is sponsored by Harry's Razors, which has…
  • Twins sign Ervin Santana to four-year, $55 million contract

    aarongleeman
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Last offseason Ervin Santana turned down the Royals' one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer in order to hit the open market as a free agent. Once there he found most teams unwilling to give him a multi-year contract for big money and forfeit a top-60 draft pick, so he ended up settling for a one-year, $14.1 million deal with the Braves. He had a solid year in Atlanta, but it was worse than his 2013 season in Kansas City, yet this time around the process played out differently. Santana again turned down a one-year qualifying offer, this time worth $15.3 million from the Braves, but instead…
  • Twins Notes: Arbitration, defensive numbers, coaches, and Colabello

    aarongleeman
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
    • Faced with seven arbitration-eligible players, the Twins tendered 2015 contracts to everyone but Anthony Swarzak. Cutting ties with Swarzak makes sense given his lack of upside and mediocre performance in a low-leverage role, but in previewing their arbitration-based decisions last month Tommy Milone, Brian Duensing, and Eduardo Nunez also struck me as potential non-tender candidates. Instead they kept all three at a projected combined salary of around $6.5 million. Nunez in particular seems to serve little purpose given that he's 27 years old and hits like a utility infielder without…
 
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  • Start ‘em, Sit ‘em: Malcolm Floyd to the Rescue?

    Josh Johnson
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Alfred Morris could set a YPC record for the Redskins this season. (Rick Osentoski/Associated Press) By Josh Johnson and Ken LeBlanc By now your team is like a forcemeat terrine — it’s stacked and robust. After all, it’s championship week and we assume since you are a loyal RotoRob.com reader that you are still alive and kicking. Whether you are smoked or salted like fine charcuterie, you understand the curing process of adding depth. We can probably gather that your bench is pretty solid, but injures are a reality and with them opportunity is bred. You are about to set your…
  • Podcast: Let’s Fix the Jets and Jags

    Josh Johnson
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Was Rohn Stark the best No. 3 ever? (ro-am.net) On this week’s episode of RotoRob Fantasy Football Weekly Podcast, heard every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. on Blogtalkradio, Nick Wagner and Josh Johnson were joined by Paul Esden of Truluvsports.com. Among the topics we pressed into a fine powder: Who was the best player to wear No. 3 in NFL history? What the bleep has happened to Denarius Moore’s career? Would the Eagles trade Nick Foles for the first overall pick and a crack at Marcus Mariota? How many Fantasy seasons were squandered by the Bills Defense shutting down Aaron Rodgers?
  • The Wire Troll: Cole Beasley Equals Dokie Williams

    Josh Johnson
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Is Stepfan Taylor (left) finally going to fulfill his frustrated owners? (Pro32.ap.org) For those of you not yet crestfallen, championship weekend brings along two very different emotions. Feelings of aspiration are often punctured by needles of anticipation. Now that the bye weeks are firmly underneath the frolicking early snowflakes, we dig ever so deeper into the player mass. QUARTERBACK Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS: 15 per cent; Yahoo: 7 per cent): After Bortles’ many INTs, those with slightly better options might be cutting ties. Jacksonville is bad but can it truly get…
  • The Wire Troll: Martin Brodeur Returns

    Dakota Case
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    It sure is strange seeing Martin Brodeur in a new uni. (Mark Zaleski/The Associated Press) It’s been another great week of Fantasy hockey with surprise sleepers and studs lurking around every corner. Here at RotoRob.com, we’ve adjusted our teams accordingly and suggest you do, too. This week, we’ve got a nice mix of aging vets, rising youngsters and rugged in-betweens that have made their mark on the league over the past seven days. We’ll start with the aging vet, who’s eager to prove he can still play at a high level in the best hockey league on the planet. We believe…
  • The Wire Troll: Rudy Gobert Getting a Chance

    McCade Pearson
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Jodie Meeks may soon be starting in Motown. (Probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com) Welcome back to another week of our Fantasy basketball waiver wire recommendations. Stephen Curry keeps lighting it up while the Warriors’ amazing run continues; Dwight Howard (knee) returned to the court and put up a double-double; and Iman Shumpert dislocated his shoulder and will miss at least three weeks, meaning Tim Hardaway Jr. is going to get a chance to strut his stuff. GUARDS Jodie Meeks, SG, Detroit Pistons, (ESPN: 5.7 per cent; CBS: 13 per cent): Meeks, who we slotted 32nd in our Shooting Guard…
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  • Red Sox Trade Middlebrooks To Padres

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:05 pm
    It's a trade that comes as no surprise. The Red Sox have sent third baseman Will Middlebrooks to the Padres for catcher Ryan Hanigan.Hanigan, 34, will likely be the backup catcher to Christian Vazquez in 2015After a strong showing after his call-up in 2012, Middlebrooks slumped badly in the next two seasons, managing only a .265 on-base percentage in the last two seasons.
  • Fangraphs: Red Sox Best Team In AL East

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Worst to first to worst ... to first?ESPN's David Schoenfield explains why:Boston's busy offseason has been much discussed. Many believe the Red Sox still need to pick up another starter to anchor the rotation, but FanGraphs already projects them as the best team in the division [87-75]. That may be surprising after this past season's last-place finish, but general manager Ben Cherington has done a nice job reconstructing his starting rotation. Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson aren't flashy but should be a durable and reliable trio (especially if Masterson's knee, which bothered…
  • Red Sox's Rotation Will Cause A Lot Of Ground Balls

    13 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Do The Red Sox Have A Ground Ball Fetish?Paul Swydan, Fangraphs, December 12, 2014The Red Sox have tried to erase the painful feelings of their botched Jon Lester negotiations by completing a flurry of pitcher transactions. While that's unlikely to fool people who still just want Lester back, the pitchers acquired (or reportedly acquired) — Wade Miley, Rick Porcello and Justin Masterson — all have one thing in common in that they generate a lot of ground balls. Before that, they acquired Joe Kelly, who also generates a great deal of ground balls. Are ground balls the hip new thing on…
  • Red Sox Sign Justin Masterson

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    ESPN:The Boston Red Sox reached an agreement Thursday with free-agent pitcher Justin Masterson, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.The 28-year-old right-hander had a difficult 2014 campaign, struggling with a knee injury that landed him on the disabled list with the Cleveland Indians and later in the season was relegated to the bullpen by the St. Louis Cardinals, who acquired him in a trade-deadline move.And somewhere Joe Castiglione is smiling and thinking to himself, "Cookies!"
  • Red Sox Trade Cespedes To Tigers For Rick Porcello

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    The Red Sox have acquired Rick Porcello from the Tigers in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Wilson, and Gabe Speier.Porcello, who turns 26 two days after Christmas, had his best season last year, with a 3.43 ERA in 31 starts.Current rotation: Porcello, Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, Wade Miley, and ???.Also, check out Joon Lee's comprehensive look at Miley.
 
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  • King of Swing Video Slot Review

    TheNaturalMevs
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:04 pm
    If you are a baseball fan who enjoys playing online slots, Realtime Gaming has created the perfect video slot for you. King of Swing is a 5 reel, 25 payline progressive jackpot slot machine that hits a home run in terms of bonus features. When you play this highly entertaining slot you can look forward to multiple wilds, scatters and a thrilling second screen bonus game where the amount of free spins and multipliers you receive depends upon the pitcher and batters’ respective performances. On the reels you will find items close to every baseball fan’s heart: baseballs, sneakers, mitts,…
  • Welcoming the newest member of the Diamond Hoggers Family!

    TheNaturalMevs
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:45 pm
    So the biggest news of the past few days had nothing to do with baseball in my world (and that’s big wrestling with the Heyward trade and the Stanton contract). On November 18th (born on the same day as Big Papi Ortiz) at 9:18 AM, my daughter Harper was born 8 pounds and 7 ounces. I have seen a lot of amazing things in my life with these eyes, but I have never seen anything in my life that comes close to comparing with the first time that I saw my little daughter. The sheer emotion and happiness overtook me. I knew when I looked at this amazing little creation that for the rest of my…
  • The Giancarlo Stanton Extension Press Conference

    TheNaturalMevs
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Because many of us have never seen a press conference to discuss a $325-million dollar contract. Look at the miser Loria as they sign the dotted line together! He’s like ‘sign the fuckin papers’ almost grinning that he pulled this off! I think that Stanton plays his entire career in Miami and retires with about 550 big league home runs. To lock that down for over a decade is never a bad thing. I just can’t overstate how happy I am to see this elite talent stay with his original organization.
  • Giancarlo Stanton signs the biggest contract in Sports History

    TheNaturalMevs
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:19 pm
    At 13 years, $325 million dollars; Giancarlo Stanton has signed the most lucrative contract in sports history. And I think I’m in the minority of folks who believes that this is a great deal for baseball. I hear a lot of people say being critical – saying that the Marlins overpaid – and to these folks I say that teams like Miami simply can’t win with you. They did exactly what they needed to do in backing up their talk that they would offer Stanton a record deal. Prior to learning the terms, many folks said that Stanton would be offered a joke of a contract that…
  • The Giancarlo Stanton Contract is Unofficially Offical

    TheNaturalMevs
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:19 pm
    13 years, $325 million. Says some guy on Twitter. @Deadspin @TMZ_Sports Giancarlo Stanton deal official 13 years 325 million full no trade clause can opt out when he's 30. — Christopher meola (@DfineNrmLC) November 14, 2014 Hat tip, to Deadspin. There truly is a Deadspin find like this for every day you’re alive.
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  • Thoughts On The Headley Signing

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:04 am
    "Headley is deadly!"We heard this phrase a lot last year after Chase Headley was traded to the Yankees last season. However, now that he has signed a free agent deal with the team, I am worried that it will turn into something more along the lines of "Headley's contract is deadly!"Four years/$51 million includes one year too many for a player with a history of back problems who hit only .262 last year.  The signing also guarantees that the MLB careers of  farm hands like Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela will be put on hold. Finally, a line of thinking which has Didi Gregorius…
  • Brandon McCarthy Signs With Yankees West

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:55 am
    If reports are true, I cannot blame the Yankees for not matching the four-year offer Brandon McCarthy accepted last night from the Los Angeles Dodgers. McCarthy deserves, at-best, a three-year deal and, realistically, nothing more than a two-year deal. I also cannot blame McCarthy for going where the money is. Actually, the phrase "where the money is" is a bit misleading.  The Yankees have money, too, of course. Everyone else knows it as well. They're just trying to be fiscally conservative. (Yes, I know how that worked out last year.) The Dodgers, of course, are the furthest thing from…
  • Trying To Make Sense of The Yankees' Snub of David Robertson

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    The bad thing about the Winter Meetings being in San Diego is that Yankee fans who live on the east coast are at risk of waking up to bad news. That is what happened this morning with the news that came down of David Robertson's reported four-year deal with the Chicago White Sox. On the surface, it looks as if the Yankees made a huge mistake:  They gave Andrew Miller what everyone believes was Robertson's years and money (give or take $10 million) and, reportedly, they offered only three years to Robertson.  Then there is this bombshell:Yankees never made an official offer to…
  • Yankees Have Time To Play Catch-Up In Off-Season Standings

    3 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    As Yankee fans know, this off-season has been a quiet one for the team up to this point. As of this morning, they have acquired/traded for only the following:RHP Esmil Rogers3B Jonathan Galvez (minor league deal)RHP Andrew Bailey (minor league deal)LHP Jose De PaulaLHP Justin WilsonLF Chris YoungThe deficiencies in the infield and the starting pitching have not been addressed, nor has the closer situation. Also, the weak and, at times, non-existent offense has yet to be improved. (Speaking of offense, by the way, the team has yet to hire a hitting coach.)With all the flurry of…
  • 28 Things Every Yankees Fan Should Be Thankful For

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:38 am
    Happy Thanksgiving!  Over the years, the New York Yankees and their fans have had more things to be thankful for than other fans and the teams they root for.  So, with a nod to that elusive 28th World Championship, here are 28 things Yankees Universe should "thank the good Lord for" (or, whomever your higher power is), in no particular order:1. George Steinbrenner ("The Boss")2. Lou Gehrig ("The Iron Horse")3. The short porch in right field4. Derek Jeter ("The Captain")5. Mariano Rivera6. Thurman Munson7. All the no-hitters and perfect games in franchise history8. Gene Michael9. Joe…
 
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  • Yankees trade Martin Prado and David Phelps for Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones

    Joe Pawlikowski
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    According to Jack Curry, the Yankees have traded Martin Prado the Marlins for RHP Nathan Eovaldi. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the deal will also send David Phelps to the Marlins and 1B/OF Garrett Jones to the Yankees. The Yankees will also get RHP prospect Domingo German. The trade comes as something of a surprise. With the re-signing of Chase Headley, it appeared that the Yankees had a solid infield of Headley, Prado, Didi Gregorius, and Mark Teixeira. Moving Prado opens up a spot for Jose Pirela or Rob Refsnyder, or perhaps another second baseman in a trade. Would the…
  • Mailbag: Hamels, Wilson, A-Rod, Prado, Jagielo, Tulowitzki

    Michael Axisa
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Another big mailbag this week. Thirteen questions. Use the “For The Mailbag” widget in the sidebar to send us anything throughout the week. I know it doesn’t look like the question gets submitted, but trust me, it does. (Denis Poroy/Getty) Alex asks: Which trade would you rather make: 2 of the top 3 Yankees prospects, plus another from the 4-10 range, and another from the 11-30 range for Cole Hamels, or that same deal plus another non top-30 prospect for Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon (including his entire contract)? I am anti-Papelbon on principle, so give me the first…
  • Thursday Night Open Thread

    Michael Axisa
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Use this as your open thread for the night. The Thursday NFL game is Titans-Jaguars, plus the Knicks are playing and there’s college basketball. Talk about anything and everything right here. Thursday Night Open Thread is a post from: River Avenue Blues The post Thursday Night Open Thread appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
  • Report: Kenta Maeda will not be posted this offseason

    Michael Axisa
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty) The Hiroshima Carp have decided not to post ace right-hander Kenta Maeda this offseason, according to a report in Kyodo. The team has informed the player he will not be posted. Back in October, Carp owner Hajime Matsuda said “we would like to let him go, but based on his production this year it will be difficult.” Maeda, 26, has made it no secret that he wants to play in MLB, though he will not qualify for international free agency until after the 2017 season. He reportedly told the media in Japan he wanted to play for either the Yankees or Red Sox next…
  • Yankees no longer interested in Jason Grilli

    Michael Axisa
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    (Presswire) The Yankees are no longer interested in free agent right-hander Jason Grilli, his agent Gary Sheffield confirmed to George King. (Yes, that Gary Sheffield.) “We talked to (Brian Cashman) and he said ‘not at the moment.’ We will sit back with the offers we have and wait,” said Sheff. “I don’t see a reason why he isn’t a fit. He can close and pitch the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.” A few weeks ago we heard the Yankees had some interest in Grilli, though that was before they signed Andrew Miller. They could have been discussing Grilli out…
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  • Donald Lutz concluces Stint with Yaquis de Obregon

    philipp
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    German first baseman/outfielder Donald Lutz of the Cincinnati Reds has concluded his winter ball stint with Yaquis de Obregon. The 25-year-old, who had 51 at-bats in 28 games in the big leagues this year, batted .280/.363/.473 with six home runs, three triples, 16 doubles, 28 runs and 26 RBI in 55 games in the Liga Mexicana del Pacifico this fall. It was his second consecutive year playing for Obregon. With the playing time in Mexico he managed to bring his 2014 total to 542 at-bats in 158 games. It is the largest amount of his professional career. As a member of the 40-man roster of the…
  • Dutch National Team Catcher Shawn Zarraga joins Los Angeles Dodgers Organization

    philipp
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Dutch national team catcher Shawn Zarraga, who won the European Championship with the Netherlands in September, has joined the Los Angeles Dodgers organization on a minor league contract according to Honkbalsite.com. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2014 season. The 25-year-old from Aruba had been playing for the Brewers since 2008. He has a batting line of .283/.376/.371 in 425 minor league games between Rookie ball and Triple-A.
  • Collecchio invites to 4th Festival of Youth Softball Tournament

    philipp
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    By European Softball Federation, www.europeansoftball.org ESF in cooperation with Collecchio organizers presents great news for the 4th EMRYT Applications are open for this year’s youth tournament: EMRYT – FESTIVAL OF YOUTH! Save the date – 12th – 15th August 2015. We expect a significant number of competing teams as many exciting innovations have been made for this event. There’s NO ENTRY FEE this year and a great deal on accommodation at a reduced price for a second national team. Each participant will receive a free T-shirt with the tournament logo as gift from ESF. New…
  • Tentative Schedule for 2015 Season in German Baseball and Softball released

    philipp
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:52 am
    The tentative schedules for the 2015 season in the German Baseball and Softball Leagues have been released by the German Baseball and Softball Federation (DBV). The German Baseball-Bundesliga once again will consist of 15 teams with the Hannover Regents replacing the Dohren Wild Farmers in the north division. The regular season starts on April 4 to 6 and ends on July 25. The play-offs have been set for August 8 to September 26. The Softball-Bundesliga will have seven teams. The Freising Grizzlies are new in the league replacing the Brauweiler Raging Abbots. The season starts on April 25.
  • Godo Knights add Pitching Coach, Pitching Prospect

    philipp
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:54 am
    The Godo Knights announced this week that Luis Hernandez supports the coaching staff of manager Daniele Fuzzi in the coming season in the Italian Baseball League. They also are bringing back pitching prospect Nicolo Loardi, who has spent the past couple of seasons with Piacenza. Hernandez replaces Pietro Paolo Cadoni as pitching coach.
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  • White Sox have eyes on a Wild Card

    Matt Smith
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    The MLB Winter Meetings surpassed all expectations as a source not just of rumours but actual trades and free agent signings. Plenty of players found new homes, or had them chosen for them, and many of the moves seem likely to prompt further deals to occur over the next month or so. The most intriguing protagonist in all this so far has been the Chicago White Sox. They lost 89 games in 2014 despite receiving quality performances from the likes of true ace Chris Sale, Cuban slugger Jose Abreu and the effective Jose Quintana. A few years ago, a team in that position may see its better players…
  • Winter Meetings create a rumour wonderland

    Matt Smith
    7 Dec 2014 | 3:21 am
    The MLB Winter Meetings, which begin on Monday 8 December, are a pre-Christmas treat for baseball fans. It’s the annual event, being held in San Diego this year, where all MLB teams gather alongside agents and some players as they discuss potential trades and free agent signings alongside general housekeeping around rules and procedures. There were no major deals announced during the event last year – the three-team trade between the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels involving Mark Trumbo, Adam Eaton, Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago was the main deal…
  • Donaldson dealt as blocks of ice melt

    Matt Smith
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:54 am
    If cricketer Philip Hughes’ death justifiably makes any other sports news seem inconsequential, his love for cricket also can remind us that sport is one of the great sources of joy and entertainment in our lives. It may be irrational to care as much as we do about the fortunes of our respective teams, yet the fact that we do is also something to cherish. Logging onto MLB.com on Saturday morning to find my Oakland A’s had traded away our best player, Josh Donaldson, was one of those moments where rational logic (all players come and go, it’s only a game anyway etc) gets…
  • Tragedy leads to reflection

    Matt Smith
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:46 am
    The tragic death of Australian cricketer Philip Hughes cast a dark shadow over sporting events over the past few days. The Minnesota Twins’ pitcher of the same name quickly had to tweet to clear up some initial confusion over the news in the States, but that was far from the only way in which the desperately sad incident had a bearing on the world of baseball. The tactic of bowling a bouncer in cricket has a clear similarity to pitchers throwing a ‘purpose’ pitch up-and-in to a batter. In both cases the person wielding the ball is trying to intimidate the person wielding the…
  • If the awards matter, why announce them like they don’t?

    Matt Smith
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    Derek Jeter’s retirement had many scribes pondering who will become the new ‘face of MLB’ and how the sport could do a better job at promoting its stars. Consequently it was wonderful to see Mike Trout, unquestionably one of the most dazzling young players the sport has got, receiving his first Most Valuable Player Award a couple of weeks ago. The news stories, online videos and TV coverage garnered by him receiving a trophy from a legend of the game in front of a packed crowd at a gala event would have been a good way to keep MLB fresh in the mind. That’s not how the…
 
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  • Baseball’s Rise Marked By New Stadiums Worldwide

    Press Release
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Press Release IBAF.org “Our sport has entered into a new era of globalisation.” WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A fresh wave of planned or recently completed baseball and softball construction projects is set to boost the growing popularity and globalisation of the bat-and-ball sports, as well as local economies, World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) officials reported. The latest developments follow historic growth for baseball and softball across Africa, with first-ever national stadiums erected in Ghana and Uganda in early 2014. Now, as…
  • Australia: Brisbane Leads League Early in ABL Season

    Eric Bynum
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Through the first five weeks of the Australian Baseball League season, the Brisbane Bandits are leading the league with a 12-8 record. The Adelaide Bite are just a half game back at 10-7 with Sydney being the only other team with a winning record at 11-9. Some of the hottest hitters so far early in the season are Craig Maddox who leads the league in hitting at a .425 clip. The Bite catcher is second in the league in doubles with seven while leading the league in both on base percentage (.511) and OPS at 1.336. Mitch Denning has found his power swing in Adelaide as well hitting seven home runs…
  • Nations Revealed for Inaugural Premier 12 World Baseball Championship

    Press Release
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Courtesy IBAF.org LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) unveiled the line-up of the world’s best-ranked nations that have qualified for the first-ever “Premier 12” — the new flagship pro baseball world championship that will feature the National Teams from baseball’s 12 highest-ranked nations and become baseball’s highest-ranked international competition, awarding US$ multi-millions in prize money. The Top 12 nations that have secured a place in the inaugural Premier 12 in 2015 is headlined by No. 1 Japan, No. 2 USA, No. 3 Cuba, No. 4…
  • Final 2014 IBAF World Baseball Rankings: Japan Takes No. 1 Spot

    Eric Bynum
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    With the conclusion of the 21U Baseball World Cup and the Central American and Caribbean Games, the final world standings have been released. There were only a few movers in the top 10 including Japan taking the No. 1 spot from the USA after making it to the finals of the 21 U BWC. The Netherlands also over took the Dominican Republic for No. 5 on the list. The biggest mover in the top 30 was the Czech Republic moving up seven spots to No. 20. Argentina fell the furthest falling six spots to No. 28. The top 12 teams will be allowed to compete in the inaugural Premier 12 tournament to be held…
  • Cuba Wins 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games

    Eric Bynum
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    VERACRUZ, Mexico – Cuba, No. 3 in the world, defeated No. 18 Nicaragua 9-3 in the championship of the Central American and Caribbean Games (CACG) to regain its title. It was Cuba’s 15th title in 18 attempts at the CACG. New reforms in Cuba allowed several players return after playing professionally in Japan. Three national team players, Alfredo Despaigne, Frederich Cepeda and Yulieski Gourriel, returned after the end of the NPB season to play for Cuba and help lead them to the title. The players were given special permission to play in Japan if they returned to the national team…
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    The Cub Reporter (TCR) | A Chicago Cubs Blog

  • A Review of the Cubs 2012 Draft

    WISCGRAD
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    I’ve been a frequent commenter on TCR for over 8 years now and in the past I have sent Rob some guest posts, for example on the Cubs’ use of no-trade clauses and the Cubs’ best drafts of all time, and I have also written longer analyses directly the comments. Rob has now graciously provided me with my own login so I can now post commentary directly. I won’t be a frequent poster, but this will make it easier for me to share the longer form data collection and analyses pieces I like to do. In particular, readers have seemed to like my overviews of recent Cubs’ drafts that I have done…
  • Cubs Trade Ruggiano

    Rob G.
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    The Cubs cleared some 40-man roster space and made room for a "clubhouse dude" by sending OF Justin Ruggiano to the Seattle Mariners for 25-year old relief pitcher Matt Brazis. Ruggiano was acquired from the Marlins last offseason for Brian Bogusevic and put up an 111 OPS+ with an .846 OPS versus lefties in limited, albeit effective action. He can also handle all 3 OF positions which is a nice added benefit. For whatever reasons that do not particularly interest me, the Cubs seem to want a veteran "clubhouse dude" as Maddon calls them and Johnny Gomes or someone similar seems to be the…
  • Cubs Sign Motte

    Rob G.
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:06 pm
    The Cubs have signed reliever Jason Motte to a one-year deal for $4.5M with a games finished incentive. Motte hasn't pitched a full season since 2012, but did have a helluva nice run out of the Cardinals bullpen from 2010-2012, including being their closer in 2012 where he knocked out 42 saves with a 2.75 ERA thanks to a 10.1 K/9 rate, 2.1 BB/9 rate and 0.917 WHIP that season.. He underwent Tommy John surgery in May of 2013 and returned briefly in 2014, before going back on the disabled list with a back issue in August that ended his season.  Motte will turn 33 in June of next season.
  • 2014 Rule 5 Draft

    Arizona Phil
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    UPDATE: The Cubs selected 2B-SS Taylor Featherston off the AAA Albuquerque roster (Colorado Rockies) in the Major League Phase of the 2014 Rule 5 Draft, and OF-1B Ariel Ovando from the AA Corpus Christi roster (Houston Astros) in the AAA Phase... The Cubs subsequently dealt Featherston to the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations... The 6'4 225 Ovando was signed by Houston out of the Dominican Republic as a highly-regarded 16-year old left-handed hitting slugging RF in 2010, but he has been unable to hit anywhere over the last four seasons and has yet to get past Short-Season "A" ball...
  • 2014 Winter Meetings Day 3

    Rob G.
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    4:54: PM CST: Break out the salt shakers, but..."Cubs are talking very seriously with James Shields." -@injuryexpert @br_radio #BRAD". So the tweet comes from Jason Goff, who seems to host an afternoon Sirius radio show and I think he's talking to enemy of the state, Will Carroll, who I believe is the one saying the above. It would't completely surprise me, but it would be surprising in a way. I would think that after being able to sign Lester and a high draft pick next year, Cubs would prefer to have one more big draft class opportunity, but I could be wrong. 2:35 PM CST: Well, I suppose…
 
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    Rays Index

  • What The Rays’ Opening Day Roster Would Look Like If Season Started Today

    Cork Gaines
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    Now that the Rays have officially announced the Wil Myers trade, let’s take a look at what the roster looks like and how it might look on opening day (some notes below). Lineup: The biggest hole is behind the plate. The Rays added Rene Rivera but lost Ryan Hanigan. The Rays still need somebody else to share duties behind the plate. Will Ben Zobrist be the everyday second baseman? Maybe not, but with the addition of Steven Souza Zobrist is probably going to be the most-days second sacker with Nick Franklin and Logan Forsythe mixing in. You don’t trade Wil Myers and bring in an…
  • Wil Myers Trade To Padres Is Now Official With Fancy Graphic

    Cork Gaines
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    The Tampa Bay Rays officially announced the 3-team, 11-player trade with the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres. One new wrinkle is that reliever Brandon Gomes has been designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Burch Smith, Rene Rivera, and Steven Souza will all be added to the 40-man roster. Also, the Padres are apparently close to trading Ryan Hanigan to the Red Sox according to Jeff Passan. Here is a fancy graphic. Likes(0)Dislikes(0) © The Professor for Rays Index, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • Durham Bulls Manager Charlie Montoyo Promoted To Rays

    Cork Gaines
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    The Rays have finalized their coaching staff with third base coach Tom Foley moving to the dugout to become Kevin Cash’s bench coach. To fill Foley’s spot, the Rays have hired Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo to be the new third base coach. In addition, former player Rocco Baldelli, who has been serving as a minor league instructor and assistant in the front office, has been hired to be the Rays’ first base coach. He is replacing George Hendrick, who has accepted a position as a special advisor to baseball operations. Montoyo does not get the bench coach job that we…
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    Cork Gaines
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    Two weeks ago we learned that the price for the Rays to buy their way out of their contract with the city of St. Pete to use Tropicana Field — $20 million at most — turned out to be a lot less than we thought it would be. Well, it turns out the St. Pete City Council agrees. On Thursday night, the city council rejected the agreement between the Rays and the mayor by a 5-3 vote. The big blow appears to be something that was not part of the agreement, the redevelopment of Tropicana Field according to John Romano of TampaBay.com and one coarse answer from Rays president Brian Auld The…
  • Catcher Acquired From Padres Is Jose Molina 2.0

    Cork Gaines
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:47 pm
    If you were one of the many Rays fans relieved to learn that the Rays had cut Jose Molina earlier this off-season, I have some good news and some bad news. The Bad News Rene Rivera, a catcher that is part of the Wil Myers trade with San Diego, sounds an awful lot like Molina v2.0. Consider this review of Rivera from Corey Brock of MLB.com: “Rays fans getting a good dude in Rene Rivera. Revived career at 31, threw out 29 on bases, stole strikes, pitchers loved throwing to him.” Molina is a good guy. He didn’t play 80 games in a season until he was 33. Despite his inability to…
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    Rays Colored Glasses

  • The Craziest 72 Hours in Tampa Bay Rays History

    Robbie Knopf
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    In the last three days, chaos has transpired for the Tampa Bay Rays. There is simply no other way to put it. A lot has happened, and it’s difficult to wrap our heads around most of it. We knew that Matt Joyce would be traded, but little did we know that he would be traded […] The Craziest 72 Hours in Tampa Bay Rays History - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Scouting Jake Bauers, Newest Tampa Bay Rays Prospect

    Drew Jenkins
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Rays swung a potentially franchise-altering deal when they traded Wil Myers in a three-team deal with the San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals. This deal netted a group of prospects, and now that the deal has been made official, it is time to digest the prospects they acquired. This past […] Scouting Jake Bauers, Newest Tampa Bay Rays Prospect - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Breaking Rays News: Three-Team Wil Myers Trade Completed

    Robbie Knopf
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Here we go again. On July 31, 2014, the Tampa Bay Rays traded ace lefty David Price to the Detroit Tigers. What we are about to discuss on December 17th, 2014 is a little bit too similar in that Rays fans are confused, angry, and still trying to figure out what in the world just […] Breaking Rays News: Three-Team Wil Myers Trade Completed - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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    Vinci Baseball and Softball Sports Blog

  • Vinci Welcomes Our First Professional Softball Player

    Vinci
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    Vinci Co., LLC, is proud to welcome our first ever professional softball player to the company in Natalie Hernandez. From 2011-2014, Hernandez played collegiately for the University of Illinois-Chicago before turning professional in June and is currently a GA at Robert Morris in Chicago. Vinci is a family-owned and operated sports equipment company dedicated to quality. A number of minor and major-league baseball players, and now our first professional softball player use Vinci equipment. Makers of baseball gloves, softball gloves, sunglasses, batting gloves and batpacks. “Speaking with…
  • NEW Vinci Bat Pack

    Vinci
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Vinci, makers of high quality baseball gloves and equipment, announces the launch of its first bat backpack. The Vinci Bat Backpack is a stylish all-in-one carry system for ball players everywhere – from little league baseball to the softball field to the college diamond. The Vinci Bat Backpack offers a variety of key components, including a waterproof bottom, a large compartment for helmet and gear and an ergonomic design with padded shoulder straps. It includes double heavy-duty fence hooks for hanging with a separated zipper opening and storage pocket. Breathable mesh padded backing…
  • New Vinci Videos

    Vinci
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    We’d like to reveal four new videos featured both on Vincipro.com and Youtube. All of our videos close with our hero, Benjamin Vinci’s signature. This signature is in every glove that we make. One of the videos, the PJV-M will also soon be featured on the Dicks’ Sporting Goods website, with more to come!   Our first video is of the Optimus series baseball and softball gloves. Prepare for greatness. Watch our top of the line Optimus gloves in action. From your local ball park all the way to the Major Leagues! The second video highlights our sports multi lens sunglasses.
  • Leading MLB All Star Votes

    Vinci
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:40 am
    The MLB All-Star game is heading to Target Field in Minnesota for the 2014 mid summer classic. Voting for both the American League and National league ends on July 3rd, 2014 with the managers fill the remaining bench spots as well as the entire rotation. In the American League Jose Bautista leads all American League vote getters with a little more than 2.1 million votes. Bautista is followed by Mike Trout and Melky Cabrera to round out the outfield spots. Starting with the catcher position we have Matt Wieters, first baseman Miguel Cabrera, second baseman Robinson Cano, shortstop Derek Jeter…
  • Vincipro.com website new and improved

    Vinci
    29 May 2014 | 4:53 am
    We’ve recently updated our website, with many new improvements. The goal is to improve the overall experience of using our website. Here are some of the changes/improvements. Simplified checkout Better quality product images Paypal 6 months same as cash for qualified orders over $99.00 Signup for back in stock notifications on out of stock items Designed to format for cell phones, tablets, and computers Store locator to find the nearest store carrying Vinci products Email any questions about individual products from that specific product page We feel this overall improvement will make…
 
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    Baseball de World

  • Baseball’s Rise Marked By New Stadiums Worldwide

    Press Release
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Press Release IBAF.org “Our sport has entered into a new era of globalisation.” WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A fresh wave of planned or recently completed baseball and softball construction projects is set to boost the growing popularity and globalisation of the bat-and-ball sports, as well as local economies, World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) officials reported. The latest developments follow historic growth for baseball and softball across Africa, with first-ever national stadiums erected in Ghana and Uganda in early 2014. Now, as…
  • Australia: Brisbane Leads League Early in ABL Season

    Eric Bynum
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Through the first five weeks of the Australian Baseball League season, the Brisbane Bandits are leading the league with a 12-8 record. The Adelaide Bite are just a half game back at 10-7 with Sydney being the only other team with a winning record at 11-9. Some of the hottest hitters so far early in the season are Craig Maddox who leads the league in hitting at a .425 clip. The Bite catcher is second in the league in doubles with seven while leading the league in both on base percentage (.511) and OPS at 1.336. Mitch Denning has found his power swing in Adelaide as well hitting seven home runs…
  • Nations Revealed for Inaugural Premier 12 World Baseball Championship

    Press Release
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Courtesy IBAF.org LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) unveiled the line-up of the world’s best-ranked nations that have qualified for the first-ever “Premier 12” — the new flagship pro baseball world championship that will feature the National Teams from baseball’s 12 highest-ranked nations and become baseball’s highest-ranked international competition, awarding US$ multi-millions in prize money. The Top 12 nations that have secured a place in the inaugural Premier 12 in 2015 is headlined by No. 1 Japan, No. 2 USA, No. 3 Cuba, No. 4…
  • Final 2014 IBAF World Baseball Rankings: Japan Takes No. 1 Spot

    Eric Bynum
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    With the conclusion of the 21U Baseball World Cup and the Central American and Caribbean Games, the final world standings have been released. There were only a few movers in the top 10 including Japan taking the No. 1 spot from the USA after making it to the finals of the 21 U BWC. The Netherlands also over took the Dominican Republic for No. 5 on the list. The biggest mover in the top 30 was the Czech Republic moving up seven spots to No. 20. Argentina fell the furthest falling six spots to No. 28. The top 12 teams will be allowed to compete in the inaugural Premier 12 tournament to be held…
  • Cuba Wins 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games

    Eric Bynum
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    VERACRUZ, Mexico – Cuba, No. 3 in the world, defeated No. 18 Nicaragua 9-3 in the championship of the Central American and Caribbean Games (CACG) to regain its title. It was Cuba’s 15th title in 18 attempts at the CACG. New reforms in Cuba allowed several players return after playing professionally in Japan. Three national team players, Alfredo Despaigne, Frederich Cepeda and Yulieski Gourriel, returned after the end of the NPB season to play for Cuba and help lead them to the title. The players were given special permission to play in Japan if they returned to the national team…
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    Number 5 Type Collection

  • 1926 W512 Strip Card Baseball #5, Glen (Glenn) Wright

    28 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    I want to think Mr. Wright looks mean here. Someone threw a pitch at his head, called his puppy an insulting name, or said his nose looked like a handful of raspberries. (In this set, it does.)On the field, Glenn's cannon arm earned him the awesome nickname "Buckshot." You picture someone like that as all glove and no bat, but Wright regularly cleared .300, first for Pittsburgh and later in Brooklyn. Like Joe Sewell, another top 1920s shortstop, he rarely struck out. SABR wrote a nice profile for Glenn, starting with his unassisted triple play in 1925.Buckshot earned a minor level of support…
  • 1920 W516 and W529 Boxing #5, Lou (Lew) Tendler

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Despite the low-grade condition of most strip cards, a repeated appearance of Babe Ruth in the #5 slot made those type acquisitions more costly than most.1920 W519 #5 (correct image)1921 W521 #5 (image reversed)With those big hitters out of the way, you can imagine I'm happy to find lower-cost sluggers like slim Mr. Tendler, even if it means stepping off the diamond and into the ring.1920 W529 #5, "Lou" (Lew) TendlerQuickly-issued (some might say slapdash) strip card sets like W516 generated several variations and I compared some Ty Cobbs and Tris Speakers several years ago in the post 1920…
  • 1957 Topps Baseball Wantlist (COMPLETED Oct 23, 2014)

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    This post tracked progress on a Good-to-VG set of 1957 Topps. Like many OBC members, I started with a low-grade, Poor-Fair set, and later upgraded to "intact," with no paper loss, trimming, writing. eBay supplied my last upgrade hit in #295, Joe Collins, a Yankee from the scarce mid-series.Want to know more about the set itself? 1957 marked several formative steps for Topps, who continued to set standards for what "baseball card" means today.1. The modern card sizePrior to 1957, Topps printed baseball sets on 2-5/8" x 3-3/4" cardboard, visibly larger than today's 2-1/2" x 3-1/2". Once top…
  • The Baseball Connection to 1920s British Cigarette Cards

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:15 pm
    We're not done looking at my incoming wave of British cigarette type cards, not by a long shot. This time, I'm including recent arrivals from Aaron, another friendly trader in OBC. All five of these #5s come from 1920s tree and flower-based sets.These artsy sets feature their own hand-drawn horticultural charm, but there's no way I'll ignore the baseball connection from their "biggest" example: Ash.Sorry, this ash.Ash timber generated millions of bats over baseball's long history and it remains a popular option because ash's softer fibers break less often than fragile woods like maple.
  • More #5s From U.K. Cigarette Packs : Flags, Flora, Fauna, and French-born Kings

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Last time in the blog, I thanked OBC trading friend Glenn for an excellent stack of UK cigarette cards that covered a variety of subjects and this post shows another handful from that type card swap. It's hard to replicate this range of cards stateside without a complete run of Topps Allen & Ginter subsets.My benefactor might be twice-happy to get that regal card (12th Century English monarch Henry II) out of his collection. On Sept 18, Glenn's adopted home of Scotland voted not to leave the UK, shelving their independence for the near future;…
 
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    Baseball Reflections

  • Baseball 101: Impress Your Boyfriend

    Guest
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:50 am
    If your boyfriend loves baseball, but you don’t understand anything he’s saying, don’t worry. The basics of the game are simple and easy to learn. Combine that with a few essential apps and you will impress your man in no time. Here’s what you need to know: Rules There are a few basic rules that you need to know to understand baseball. They are: There are nine innings in a standard game. There are three outs to each inning. You can get an out by a strikeout, catching a ball in the air before it hits the ground or throwing the ball and tagging the lead base. A strikeout occurs when the…
  • An Umpire’s Perspective on a Batter’s Approach at the Plate

    Peter Schiller
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    When I was younger I had a great eye for pitches thrown for balls & strikes. I almost never got called out on strikes, but over the last few seasons (not last year, but the prior four and over 20 years later) in my over 30 baseball league I have been called out on pitches thrown on the outside corner (some teammates agree that some of these were off the plate, too). That brought me to ask my friend, professional umpire Perry Lee Barber for some pointers. So I asked her if I should stick to my guns or start swinging at anything close with two strikes on me? I’m leaning towards…
  • Casa Base: Blind Umpire

    Fabio Borselli
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:14 pm
  • I Love A (World Series) Parade

    Charles Fracchia
    29 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Wow!! I still cannot believe that my team, the San Francisco Giants, have won their third World Series Championship in five years. This is the first time it’s been done in the National League since the 1940’s. The word “Dynasty” had been mentioned…and I never thought that the Giants would become associated with that word. Of course, with free agency and player movement it is very difficult to get continued success over a long period of time. It was a great World Series with the Kansas City Royals playing against the Giants. The World Series was a great competition between two great…
  • Casa Base: Very Unlikely

    Fabio Borselli
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
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    Independent Professional Baseball Trivia and History »

  • Team Which Replaced Vallejo Admirals In 2013 Pacific Association

    independentbaseball
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which team replaced the Vallejo Admirals in the 2013 Pacific Association schedule when the Admirals temporarily stopped playing in the the league? Answer: The East Bay Lumberjacks http://www.pacificsbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=80&catid=21&Itemid=245 Please support this site: if you need any … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Current MLB Player Who Led 2011 NAL In Hits

    independentbaseball
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:33 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which current Major League Baseball player led the 2011 North American League in hits that season, with 133? Answer: David Peralta http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/leader.cgi?type=bat&id=f8c701e7 Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • 2012 North American League ERA Leader

    independentbaseball
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which 2012 North American League pitcher, having pitched at least 100 innings, led the league in ERA that year? Answer: Jesse Smith from the Na Koa Ikaika Maui http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/leader.cgi?type=pitch&id=7c985291 Please support this site: if you need … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Sonoma County Grapes Home Run Leader

    independentbaseball
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question The Sonoma County Grapes were a travel team in the 2012 North American League.  Who led the team in home runs? Answer: Bunyu Maeda had 5 homers that season. http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/team.cgi?id=6766adb6 Please support this site: if you … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Original GBL Teams Which Lasted The Longest

    independentbaseball
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which original Golden Baseball League teams (2005 season) lasted the longest? Answer: The Chico Outlaws, Orange County/Fullerton Flyers, and the Yuma Scorpions.  The teams played in all of the GBL seasons (2005-2010).  The Outlaws and Scorpions … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
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    Baseball Tutorials

  • Tee Hitting Drills for Off-Season Training and Conditioning

    kenny
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Tee Hitting Drills for Off-Season Training and Conditioning Hitting the ball off a tee can make you a better batter. In fact, the #1 best batting drill for maintenance on your swing is working off the tee. Why? Because taking the same, continuous perfect swing off of the tee is one of the best ways [...] The post Tee Hitting Drills for Off-Season Training and Conditioning appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • How To Use A Running Grid In Baseball Conditioning (10 Conditioning Drill Ideas!)

    kenny
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    There are a hundred different drills you can do with a running grid. In today’s blog post, we are demonstrating some great conditioning drill sets and ideas that make excellent use of the Running Grid. Implement these conditioning drill ideas into your practice plan, and you’re going to see more agile and more coordinated players [...] The post How To Use A Running Grid In Baseball Conditioning (10 Conditioning Drill Ideas!) appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Catchers Practice Plan: The “Gold Glove” Workout

    kenny
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    Baseball Catchers Practice Plan: The “Gold Glove” Workout Check out this awesome set of baseball catchers practice drills that will give your catcher a “Gold Glove” workout and watch your catcher’s skills improve in no time!   Soft Hands Drill – Complete 15 reps The Soft Hands Drill is excellent for building correct framing technique. [...] The post Baseball Catchers Practice Plan: The “Gold Glove” Workout appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Short Distance Batting Practice Drills for Bat Speed & Power

    kenny
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    What is Bat Speed? Bat Speed: Bat speed is measured in miles per hour (MPH) and considers only the highest speed of the bat head (peak ve­locity) through the hitting zone. Only the best hitters reach their highest bat speed just PRIOR to contact with the baseball. Most hitters produce high bat speeds through their [...] The post Short Distance Batting Practice Drills for Bat Speed & Power appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Pitching Fault: Correcting Balance

    kenny
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    In today’s video blog post, we are talking about another common pitching fault and ways to correct it! Today, I want to talk about the concept of getting to your front side in Balance Phase 3. Pitching Fault:  Correcting Balance Getting to your front side can cause you to: 1. Lose velocity 2. Be put [...] The post Pitching Fault: Correcting Balance appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
 
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    Macho Row

  • Salisbury: Phillies trade Jimmy Rollins to Dodgers

    Kevin McGuire
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The Philadelphia Phillies are finalizing a deal to trade shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, reports Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly. Industry source says Rollins to Dodgers is done deal. — Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) December 10, 2014 It has been a while since I have said much about the Phillies on this forum, and I just so happen to be covering the desk for College Football Talk tonight. So while the details of this trade are ironed out and this all sets into our collective mindset, I will check back with my thoughts tomorrow. Rollins was my personal favorite Phillies…
  • Jamie Moyer leaving Phillies TV booth, now what?

    Kevin McGuire
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    After just one season in he booth alongside Tom McCarthy, former Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer is retiring from his role as a Phillies broadcaster. Comcast Sportsnet issued a statement on Friday to announce Moyer’s decision. “At the end of the Phillies’ season, I gave the situation a great deal of thought, with my family in mind,” Moyer said. “I enjoyed my year behind the mic tremendously, and the opportunity to work with Tom, Matt [Stairs], Mike [Schmidt] and Gregg [Murphy] is one I will cherish.“However, as we are now based on the West Coast, the geography presents unique…
  • AL Wild Card: Small markets, big rewards

    Kevin McGuire
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    The Phillies are out of the postseason for the third straight season. It stinks, but baseball will go on and I will be paying attention. It gets started tonight with the American League Wild Card game, or the play-in game. The Kansas City Royals, in the postseason for the first time since 1985, host the Oakland Athletics, a team much more familiar with the postseason in recent seasons but one struggling to leap past the hurdle of the bigger market teams en route to the World Series. Jon Lester and James Shields bring a certain playoff pedigree to both rosters, and should battle in a good wild…
  • Pennsylvania loves Pirates more than Phillies, says Reddit map maker

    Kevin McGuire
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    You may have seen one of those maps of the United States over the last month or so making the rounds with sports logos illustrating each state’s most loved or hated team in the NFL or college football. There is also one for baseball that is starting to make the rounds, showing which MLB team each state loves. Apparently our state loves the Pirates. #FireRuben RT @CBSSports: Which MLB team does your state love? This map has the answer (Via @kmhokies35) pic.twitter.com/CS7iLT1wkK — Macho Row (@Macho_Row) August 18, 2014 I am not exactly sure what statistical information qualifies this…
  • A feel good night for Ryan Howard

    Kevin McGuire
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    Ryan Howard went from hero to goat, back to hero last night. A second-inning home run gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 1-0 lead over the visiting Houston Astros, but that was the only run the team would score until the 15th inning of the latest in a series of marathon games played by the Phillies this season. Howard, who had grounded into a pair of 4-6-3 double plays earlier in the game, found a way to dribble one through the crack in the shift, allowing Grady Sizemore to come around third base and score the winning run of a 2-1 decision. Considering all of the struggles the Phillies and…
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  • Now it's official: Phillies send Rollins to Dodgers for prospects

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorDecember 19 2014, 11:25 AM EST.@PGordonPBRIt may have taken more than nine days to become official, but Jimmy Rollins' tenure in Philadelphia has come to an end.The 36-year-old shortstop was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday for minor-league pitchers Zach Eflin and Tom Windle.“Jimmy is both an iconic player and person whom I have had the great joy of watching grow up in this game and this city,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. “His contributions to the franchise and to Philadelphia are unparalleled and I wish him…
  • Phillies never made an offer to Yasmany Tomas

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorDecember 2 2014, 3:45 pm EST@PhilabaseballFor weeks the Phillies were believed to be the favorite to land Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, but things quickly took a turn early last week when sources close to the club indicated concerns about Tomas' conditioning and defensive ability.Tomas went on to agree last week to a six-year deal with Arizona for $68.5 million.For all the scouting, time and interest the Phillies invested in the 24-year-old the organization never made an offer, according to Tomas' agent, Jay Alou."Interest was sincere, but they were not…
  • Sources: Phillies scaling back interest in Yasmany Tomas

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorNovember 20 2014, 3:00 pm EST.@PhilabaseballThe Phillies have been closely linked to Yasmany Tomas for nearly three months, but sources indicated Thursday the club may be scaling back their interest in pursuing the Cuban slugger.Tomas, 23, has extreme power and a major league ready bat, but the Phillies front office is not sold on the possibility of sliding him into a corner outfield slot, according to multiple sources."They need his bat, but he's built more for the [American League] so he won't have to play defense everyday," said one American League…
  • Deadline near for Phillies to tender Brown, Revere and Bastardo

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorDecember 2 2014, 12:15 pm EST.@PhilabaseballWith less than a week before the start of baseball's Winter Meetings, the Phillies still have some business to take care of before heading to San Diego.The club has until midnight Tuesday to tender contracts to their three arbitration-eligible players - reliever Antonio Bastardo and outfielders Domonic Brown and Ben Revere.The expectation is all three players will receive offers from the Phillies prior to the deadline, but there's no guarantee any of them will be with the club come Opening Day as the front office…
  • Borders added to Phillies' minor league development staff

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorNovember 18 2014, 2:45 pm EST.@PhilabaseballPat Borders spent nearly 25 years as a professional ballplayer, so it's only natural for him to have a desire to become involved in managing. "I just hope I can bring the energy and fun that I had when I played the game to these young players in the system," Borders told milb.com.The' addition of Borders highlighted Tuesday's announcement of the Phillies' developmental staff for 2015. A former World Series MVP and a two-time World Series winner, he'll manage short-season single-A Williamsport. Dave Brundage and…
 
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  • Updated Outlook: San Diego Padres

    Jake Hasan
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    What an off-season for the Padres! General manager  A.J. Preller has been making moves seemingly ever since the end of the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Let’s take a look at just what Preller has been up to and ask how it much it improves the Padres heading into 2015. First there was the deal with the division rival Dodgers that sent catcher Yasmani Grandal to Los Angeles in exchange for outfielder and 2011 MVP runner-up Matt Kemp. Then a few days later there were rumors swirling that the deal wouldn’t get done due to a problem with Kemp’s physical. The problem turned out to be…
  • Yankees Acquire Eovaldi, Jones, German from Miami

    Andrew Miller
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    After much speculation, the Miami Marlins have traded Nate Eovaldi and Garrett Jones, along with prospect Domingo German to the New York Yankees for Martin Prado and David Phelps. After the acquisitions of Matt Latos and Dan Haren, the Marlins were looking to trade someone from a crowded rotation. The Marlins first acquired Eovaldi, 24, from the Dodgers in exchange for Hanley Ramirez. In his four-year career, he is 15-35 with a 4.06 ERA. Garrett Jones was signed last offseason by Miami, and with $5 million left on his contract for next year, there was much speculation that the Marlins would…
  • Pirates, Corey Hart agree to one-year deal

    Jacob Fagan
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    The Pirates announced that they have signed outfielder/first baseman Corey Hart to a one-year deal. He will be making 2.5 million base salary with 2.5 million in incentives. Corey hart gets $2.5M from pirates, plus $2.5M in incentives — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 19, 2014 Hart, 32, struggled in Seattle last year after playing in over 8 seasons with the Brewers slashing just .203/.271/.319 with 6 home runs, 21 RBI and a .590 OPS in 68 games. He was designated for assignment late in the season as the Mariners were making a run for the second wild card. Hart had a 117 wRC+, 14.9 fWAR…
  • Pitcher who gave up Bond’s 714th Homer on Cocaine during game?

    Jack McNeil
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Brad Halsey, who gave up Barry Bond‘s historic 714th homer, died on October 31st of this year. The judge on his case ruled his death was because of a 100-foot fall, and in a recent article by Josh Peters of USA Today, the question of suicide or accidental fall is asked, in addition to shocking revelations that Halsey may have been on cocaine and other substances when he gave up the infamous home run to Bonds. Halsey pitched in the 2002 College World Series, and with several other teams, including the New York Yankees, before signing a minor league contract with the Dodgers in 2009. After…
  • BREAKING: Padres Acquire Justin Upton From Braves

    Shawn Sailer
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:57 am
    The San Diego Padres have acquired outfielder Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, sources tell Ken Rosenthal. Sources: #Padres getting Upton. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 19, 2014 The Braves receive left-handed pitcher Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson and outfielder Mallex Smith, according to Jon Heyman. The Padres also get a low-level minor leaguer. lhp max fried, ss jace peterson, 3b dustin peterson, of mallex smith going to braves for justin upon and low-level player — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 19, 2014 Jeff Passan first…
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  • Counting Balls: Foul Ball Averages in the American League between 1988 and 1990

    FoulBallzAdmin
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    A few months back the attorney for the girl hit in the Atlanta Braves claimed that players are hitting more fouls and they are harder. This seemingly illogical statement piqued my interest since this is the type of thing I’m interested in understanding.   I can’t prove they are harder hit (I don’t think that’s even possible to test), but what I can do is see if he’s correct about the number of foul balls hit. As a result of the attorney’s comments, I’ve started the first of its kind investigation into foul ball numbers. I started counting every single foul ball recorded in…
  • 2015 MLB Season Predictions: They Could Happen, but Probably Not…Part 4

    FoulBallzAdmin
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Introducing Part 4 of the FoulBallz predictions for the 2014-2015 off season, the 2015 season and beyond. The crystal ball has remained filled with new visions and wonders. So far. This fourth and probably final installment of prognostications was taken straight from the bowels of…somewhere in the deep recesses of my baseball deprived (and depraved?) mind… 1) The Milwaukee Brewers organization decides they need to do something no other team has done in an effort to increase attendance. They decide to build a new stadium…IN Lake Michigan. It will be a stadium buoyed by hydraulic stilts,…
  • 2015 MLB Season Predictions: They Could Happen, but Probably Not…Part 3

    FoulBallzAdmin
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    Here is part three of the FoulBallz predictions for the 2014-2015 off season, the 2015 season and beyond. The crystal ball has remained filled with new visions and wonders. So far. Here is the third installment of prognostications taken straight from the bowels of…somewhere in the deep recesses of my baseball deprived (and depraved?) mind… 1) After  several umpires file complaints stating they are victims of sexual harassment from pitchers (who constantly objectify them by checking out their butts as they clear home plate of debris), catchers are forced to clear home plate using…
  • 2015 MLB Season Predictions: They Could Happen, but Probably Not…Part 2

    FoulBallzAdmin
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Part 2 of the FoulBallz predictions for the 2014-2015 off season, the 2015 season and beyond is here. The crystal ball has remained filled with new visions and wonders. Here is the second installment of prognostications taken straight from the bowels of…somewhere in the deep recesses of my baseball deprived (and depraved?) mind…   1) <a href=”http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/metallica-play-enter-sandman-for-mariano-rivera-20130923″>Mariano Rivera joins Metallica</a> on stage for a rendition of <a…
  • 2015 MLB Season Predictions: They Could Happen, but Probably Not…Part 1

    FoulBallzAdmin
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    As preparations for the 2014 season start, FoulBallz has looked long and hard into the office crystal ball and focused on the swirling red liquid inside it to come up with a growing list of predictions for the 2014-2015 off season, the 2015 season and beyond. Each week or so—and for as long as my third eye shows me the future—an updated list of predictions will be posted. Here’s a look at the first five FoulBallz prognostications for the upcoming six months of the season. Some are serious. Others are seriously funny…I hope: Predictions: They Could Happen… 1) In a surprise move,…
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