Valentine is a strong personality, and whether players like him or hate him doesn’t matter as long as they perform. He hopes the players have enough personal pride and professionalism that they can police themselves, and while Terry Francona had that quite often during his tenure, the players were out of control by the end.
Francona pointed out that veteran players who were with him for so long seemed to jump off.
What the Sox need is for some of the big-name stars to step up.
1.Astros take Rhiner Cruz from Mets.
2.Twins take Terry Doyle from White Sox.
3.Mariners take Lucas Luetge from Brewers.
4.Orioles take Ryan Flaherty from Cubs.
5.Royals take Cesar Cabral from Red Sox; traded to Yankees for cash.
6.Cubs take Lendy Castillo from Phillies.
8.Pirates take Gustavo Nunez from Tigers.
21.Braves take Robert Fish from Angels.
22.Cardinals take Erik Komatsu from Nationals.
23.Red Sox take Marwin Gonzalez from Cubs.
25.Diamondbacks take Brett Lorin from ...
Albert Pujols, the heart and hammer of the St. Louis Cardinals for more than a decade, will leave St. Louis and sign with the Los Angeles Angels, sources said Thursday morning.
Latecomers to the Pujols derby, the Angels will pay Pujols $250 million to $260 million over 10 years, a devastating turn for the Cardinals and a departure from past organizational philosophies for Arte Moreno’s Angels.
Yeah, but doesn’t Ryan Howard’s contract kick in right around the time OSIRIS-REx starts sending signals back from asteroid 1999 RQ36?
Given those circumstances, the Phillies might have been pushing for a deal with Fielder instead of Howard. Fielder, after all, is four years and seven months younger than Howard and is coming off a much better season.
Amaro said he’s perfectly happy to have Howard for a five-year deal because he believes he may have had to pay him over 10 years if he had hit ...
One of the chief architects behind the Cardinals expanded scouting of Latin America and the club’s increased use of analytics has been plucked to rebuild a division rival.
The Houston Astros announced late Wednesday night that Jeff Luhnow had been hired as the team’s new general manager…
Luhnow, 45, has served in a variety of roles for the Cardinals since joining the team in 2003 as a vice president. He has ascended the ranks of the front office to a vice president position, and this past ...
A nice breakdown of the potential top picks of the Rule 5 Draft.
The Houston Astros have the No. 1 pick in the Rule 5 Draft ahead of the Twins, with the Mariners, Orioles and Royals rounding out the top five. Teams must have room on their 40-man rosters to make a selection in the Major League portion—the Royals, Padres, Marlins, Indians, Blue Jays, Dodgers and Giants are currently at their roster limit—and not all 30 teams will do so.
The test will be how the Brewers handle the rest of the offseason, but I like seeing a club at least say they’re handling arbitration offers as a risk/reward scenario and at least imply they’re using a flexible payroll limit.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the club did not make a miscalculation when it offered salary arbitration to free-agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez, who accepted Wednesday night before the 11 p.m. deadline. By accepting, Rodriguez is considered a signed player ...
Early Thursday, Darvish confirmed on his blog that he will use the system. ‘‘I have decided to use the posting system,’’ he wrote. ‘‘I wanted to tell my fans directly, so that is why I am posting this on my blog.’‘
The sudden availability of Darvish, a potential top-of-the-rotation starter, will be a major attraction for clubs frustrated by the lack of elite starters in this year’s free-agent market and the high asking prices on quality pitchers in trades.
I don’t buy the Red Sox as the mystery team. Two teams that make sense to me are the Orioles and the Mariners. I can see Dan Duquette working to get a huge Hall-of-Fame bat for his team (see Manny Ramirez). The Mariners are reportedly in on Fielder. If they are willing to put the money up for Fielder, I can’t see why they wouldn’t be negotiating with Pujols.
If Stark’s hunch is right — that this mystery team can only sign Pujols with a deal in place to move its first baseman — then Boston ...
Long Larry McLean, in all probability, has caught his last game for the Reds. President Herrmann, backed up by the board of directors of the club, has decided to sell his release or to trade him if a profitable deal can be arranged…
This action on the part of the officials of the Cincinnati club is taken not because Larry is not a first class catcher…but on account of his cheerful and congenial habits, which are believed to unfit him for work on a ball club ...
Ruben, Ruben: He hasn’t hit in years…but every Met fan he meets falls in love with him!
I’m concerned about his isolated slugging (slugging average minus batting average). I understand he’s been playing as a 20 and 21 year old.
...So this gives us a career projection for Tejada in isolated slugging on the high side of 0.92 and on the low side of about 0.70. It seems to me that in the post-expansion era, anything below .100 in ISO regardless of position is pretty terrible. The problem is ...
The Pirates and free agent left-hander Erik Bedard agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract Wednesday, according to an industry source.
The Pirates will have to remove two players from the 40-man roster to make room for Bedard and Nate McLouth, who a source confirmed agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
Flanked by his grandson, Cardinals great and baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial displayed a rather simple-albeit direct-wish list for the holiday season: “All I want for Christmas is for Pujols to be a Cardinal.”
Brian Musial Schwarze shared the picture, taken Wednesday morning at Stan Musial Inc. in West County, with members of the St. Louis media.
I hate when I confuse Wally Sandberg with Ryne Backman.
Wally Backman trusts his former manager Davey Johnson when he told him he felt “strongly that I’m going to manage (the Mets) someday.” Add to that advice Backman’s loyalty to the Wilpon’s for giving him an opportunity when no other team would and Backman was sold on staying with the Mets organization, hoping these personal qualities will one day pay dividends.
From the outside, Backman’s decision to trust Johnson and remain ...
Good grief. Can bloggers still show up in their pajamas?
The media should dress “in an appropriate and professional manner” with clothing proper for a “business casual work environment” when in locker rooms, dugouts, press boxes and on the field, the new MLB rules say.
Banned are sheer and see-through clothing, tank tops, one-shouldered or strapless shirts or clothing exposing bare midriffs. Also listed in the guidelines are skirts, dresses or shorts cut more than 3-4 inches above the knee.
Welcome back, Big Papi! Will next year be his “too late” year?
Designated hitter David Ortiz plans to accept the offer of salary arbitration that the Red Sox extended to him, meaning that he will return to Boston for the 2012 season, a source told ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com on Tuesday.
The Dodgers mess continues, at least for a little while longer.
Frank McCourt must divest himself of the Dodgers and their stadium by April 30 but has sole authority to decide whether he keeps or sells the parking lots surrounding the stadium, according to the terms of his sale agreement with Major League Baseball.
This would never happen if baseball had a salaried Capps.
The Twins are finalizing a deal to re-sign closer Matt Capps, who struggled last year when handed the closer’s role during the season. Two sources with knowledge of negotiations confirmed the deal.
Capps was 4-7 with a 4.25 ERA and 15 saves for the Twins last season. He replaced Nathan as closer in April but lost the job later in the season. It was discovered later on that Capps was pitching with a sore forearm that affected his slider ...
Tim McCarver, who has served as a national analyst on networks for three decades and simultaneously shined as part of broadcast teams with four big league clubs, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
McCarver becomes the second primary television analyst to win the Frick Award, joining Tony Kubek, who received the honor in 2009. McCarver will be honored as ...
In the high-priced world of major league baseball, no one can say with a straight face that Pujols was ever paid anything near his true value. And this is what frustrates me so much about how pro sports works. Everyone moans when a player doesn’t live up to his big contract. But where are those whining voices of public dissent when a player exceeds his contract and seeks to balance things out at the negotiating table?
As the lone comment sez…“Baseball Wives isn’t embarrassing enough?
Major League Baseball announced today that the MLB Fan Cave in 2012 will start the season with a group of fan contestants, some of whom will be eliminated throughout the season until one winner is crowned before the end of the World Series. Multiple contestants will begin the season in the MLB Fan Cave and watch every single MLB game each day while chronicling their experiences online through videos, blogs and social media. ...
CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 7—“It is impossible just now to say what effect the war will have on baseball,” said William E. Benswanger, president of the Pirates. “I do not know any more about it than the other fellow, but one thing is very certain at this time: We must keep our heads cool and keep our feet on the ground.”
The Pittsburgh executive had a radio installed in his suite…it was his intention to hear a concert on the air this afternoon, but shortly ...