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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
What a world we live in. Edinson Volquez, who was released by the San Diego Padres 16 months ago, and then had a decent bounce-back season in Pittsburgh in 2014, is set to make $20 million over the next two seasons.
The Kansas City Royals have reportedly signed Volquez, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, sticking him in their starting rotation along with Yordano Ventura, Danny Duffy, Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie.
Young outfielder Wil Myers will head to San Diego as the centerpiece of the trade, and indeed the entire pact will depend upon the health of his balky wrist, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports notes on Twitter. San Diego receives righty Gerardo Reyes and lefty Jose Castillo from Tampa as well. The Rays, in return, will receive Burch Smith and Jake Bauers. And the Pads and Rays will also swap catchers Ryan Hanigan and Rene Rivera.
Much of Tampa’s haul, however, will come from another source: the ...
Don’t make me wish I’d chosen an “off-topic politics” tag for this thread!!
“The near (term) future baseball relationships will be with Japan. I don’t think Cuba is ready to hand over its baseball to MLB.”
Even if the Cuban government allowed U.S. sports franchises that level of autonomy, MLB clubs would want to see if an international draft is instituted under the next collective bargaining agreement before making infrastructure investments. The notion of a MLB-affiliated franchise in ...
Posted: December 17, 2014 at 03:37 PM | 11 comment(s)
AZ FO taking a page from the Red Sox playbook?
Miley doesn’t think there is anything wrong with his diet and believes his work ethic is where it needs to be. He admits it wasn’t always that way.
“My first couple of years going into camp, I hunted more than I worked out,” Miley said. “It was kind of a wake up call.”
Miley said he didn’t want to go into specifics about his diet but did make a passing reference about not being gluten free. He said he wished the team were more willing to ...
“Mr. Burns, I think we can trust the President of Cuba.”
In August, Eliezer Lazo pleaded guilty to extortion charges stemming from his role in smuggling more than 1,000 Cubans into the U.S., including Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin. A lawsuit against Martin argued that he agreed to pay 35 percent of his MLB earnings to the human traffickers who brought him stateside. On Tuesday, according to an ESPN report, Gilberto Suarez pleaded guilty to alien smuggling charges for his role in bringing ...
NEW YORK — A New York Supreme Court granted partial discovery Monday to Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, forcing Major League Baseball to hand over documents relating to the long-standing dispute over the Washington Nationals’ regional television rights fees. MASN, which is majority controlled by the Baltimore Orioles, had been seeking documents detailing incoming MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s involvement with a arbitration panel that ruled this summer that MASN should pay the Nationals more ...
Posted: December 17, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 2 comment(s)
Maybe he’s not as good as prospect evaluators thought.
So what’s the deal? Why is a promising young talent like Myers about to join his third organization before turning 25? Is there a concern about his future that has caused teams to sour on him more quickly than we’d expect, given his performance and pedigree? Let’s take a look under the hood and see if we can identify any potential red flags.
Posted: December 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 121 comment(s)
I was asking Martinez what it felt like on the days when he knew he had his best stuff. He motioned toward home plate and told me those are the days when the distance between the mound and the plate seemed to be shortened. And then a mischievous smile came over his face. “Then,” he said, “you are f——d.”
Posted: December 17, 2014 at 09:57 AM | 15 comment(s)
Right-hander Gavin Floyd has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, giving him a chance to make a comeback from his latest elbow surgery.
The deal, announced Tuesday, allows him to earn an additional $6 million in performance bonuses.
The 31-year-old broke a bone in his elbow while throwing a curveball with Atlanta last June. He had surgery and couldn’t resume throwing until after the season. That injury occurred during his ninth start since returning from Tommy ...
They got the Wright guy.
The Orioles have agreed to terms with left-handed reliever Wesley Wright on a one-year deal, pending a physical, according to an industry source.
Wright, who will turn 30 in January, was nontendered by the Chicago Cubs earlier this month after going 0-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 48 1/3 innings in 2014. He made $1.425 million last season.
Wright has held left-handed hitters to a .238 batting average in his seven-year career. Last season, left-handed hitters batted .273 ...
Grand Forks Daily Herald, December 17, 1914:
One interesting fact about John Evers never has been known except to his intimate friends has become public property through his illness. This is that John is inordinately fond of candy.
“Evers has eaten so much candy and for so many years that his stomach is in pretty bad shape as a result of pneumonia,” said Dr. Herrity. “His wife tells me it was a common thing for him to start the day with a pound of candy for breakfast and to keep nibbling sweets ...
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
We’ve had a run of good farm systems here: the Cubs, then the Rangers, and now the Mets. This farm system is in very good condition and continues to steadily improve.
One sign of a farm system with healthy depth: after the obvious top guys, it becomes very difficult to rank the huge amount of Grade C+ talent.
The big strength is pitching. Noah Syndergaard is one of the top pitching prospects in the game. Steven Matz is another Top 50 pitching prospect and his success is a testament to the ...
Wait, we’re supposed to be mad at Coonelly here??
We looked at the Giancarlo Stanton mega-contract with suspicious eyes… Well, Pirates president Frank Coonelly spilled the beans to Rob Biertempfel of Trib Live:
“(Coonelly) talked about an exchange he had with Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and president David Samson during the recent owner’s meetings.
“‘They thought it was a great deal,’ Coonelly said. ‘I just couldn’t get my head around the $325 million. They said to me, ‘You don’t ...
Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio, Tim Raines, Fred McGriff, Mike Mussina, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza.
Chimelis also voted last year. Piazza picked up spots on his ballot along with the three new guys, taking the spots of Morris and the three guys who were elected last year. Last year I emailed Chimelis presenting the case of Piazza and he wrote a response to me, so he may take fan emails into consideration (he mentioned in his response that he had received a lot of other ...Read More...
The sure messy Dan Shaughnessy HOF Ballot (6): P. Martinez, R. Johnson, Smoltz, Schilling, Raines, and Trammell.
This means I am not voting for (among others on the ballot), Craig Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Mike Mussina, Larry Walker, Lee Smith, Carlos Delgado, and Nomar Garciaparra. Oh, and I also am not voting for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Gary Sheffield, Mike Piazza, and Jeff Bagwell.
Posted: December 16, 2014 at 06:05 PM | 59 comment(s)
Chavez Ravine largesse for everybody!
Think it’s not a very different world under the Dodgers’ new management team? Then you’d better hitch up the britches and get ready for an entirely new kind of wild ride.
Tuesday the Dodgers designated Brian Wilson for assignment.
That would be the right-handed reliever who is owed $10 million next season. This after the Dodgers sent $10 million to the Marlins to cover Dan Haren’s salary, $32 million to the Padres for a portion of Matt Kemp’s ...
Posted: December 16, 2014 at 04:50 PM | 31 comment(s)
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s empty lot.
Palm Beach County voted Tuesday to continue negotiations and potentially make an unsolicited offer to the city of West Palm Beach for a land swap that could give the Nationals and Astros the needed site for a two-team spring training facility.
In a move about desperation, depth or both, the Yankees reached agreement Tuesday with Chris Capuano on a one-year, $5 million contract.
Capuano was a stopgap measure when the Yankees obtained him last July 24, and nothing has really changed. He would be in the rotation in 2015 for the same reasons he was in 2014 – because so much had gone wrong.
Actually, that is already the case. Capuano is currently part of a group with David Phelps and Adam Warren that will be in contention for the Nos. ...
The Rays traded outfielder Matt Joyce to the Angels on Tuesday in exchange for reliever Kevin Jepsen….
Joyce, who was an All-Star in 2011, spent six of his seven seasons in the majors with Tampa Bay. He heads to Los Angeles with a .250/.342/.441/.783 slash line in 725 career games. Joyce has a .104 average, one home run and seven RBI in 19 games at Angel Stadium.
Jepsen is 13-18 with a 3.94 ERA over seven seasons for the Angels. He had a career-high 75 strikeouts in 65 innings in 2014, ...
A good analysis of a “win-win” trade. Houston is going to end up with more total value from the Lowrie trade, but the A’s got value concentrated in two years when it helped them reach the playoffs.
Posted: December 16, 2014 at 02:11 PM | 0 comment(s)
The sun will come up to Morrow.
The San Diego Padres have agreed to terms with free agent right-hander Brandon Morrow on a one-year deal, an industry source told Sportsnet.
Morrow will earn a base salary of $2.5 million plus incentives, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com, who first reported the deal. After years in the American League East, Morrow will now pitch one of the National League’s most pitcher-friendly stadiums, Petco Park.
Morrow, who pitched for the Blue Jays from 2010-2014, ...
Maybe if he was 14, he’d have more success.
Because what’s the point of the Winter Meetings without getting your very own scoop? It’s like spending the week at Disneyland without going on a single ride. I sidled up to an agent in a bar on Sunday night—scouts say I’m a 60 sidler, 70 potential—and told him my dream. If a minor deal fell into his lap, he agreed to consider the possibility of maybe texting me, no promises. Walking back through the lobby, there were reporters zipping around, ...
Wonder what they can get for him when they trade him next winter.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Miami Marlins are close to signing outfielder Mike Morse. Others are reporting that it’s a two-year deal.
Morse spent 2014 with the Giants, hitting .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI, playing outfield and some first base and helping the Giants to the World Series title. He spent the 2013 season with the Mariners and Orioles.
From his Facebook page:
The Henderson Eight- Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Mike Piazza, John Smoltz…
Although I am obviously not intelligent enough to follow his logic on making his call on Fred McGriff…
Posted: December 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM | 49 comment(s)
Worth reading all the way through.
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas—Detective Juan Guerrero pulled back the yellow blanket that covered Brad Halsey, a 33-year-old former major league pitcher. He inspected the cold body found at the base of a 100-foot cliff on private property near the Guadalupe River, about 30 miles northeast of San Antonio.
No cuts or scratches. No sign of a struggle. No evidence of homicide, the detective concluded. Both legs looked broken, he noted, likely caused by the impact of a ...
Posted: December 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM | 16 comment(s)
Out of those 14 postseason appearances, however, the Braves won only one World Series, something that has hung over the franchise, and something that Schuerholz admits is his biggest disappointment in 47 years of professional baseball.
Posted: December 16, 2014 at 06:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
Monday, December 15, 2014
Having paid the Marlins to take right-hander Dan Haren off their hands the Dodgers have replaced him in the rotation with left-hander Brett Anderson.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com it’s a one-year deal worth $10 million in guaranteed money, plus $4 million in potential incentives. Haren had one year and $10 million remaining on his contract when the Dodgers shipped him and the money to cover his entire salary to Miami.
Wow, a million dollars per start?
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