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Thursday, April 03, 2014

SI: Big Money Relievers Have Early Season Hiccups

Jay Jaffe dissects early season meltdowns.

Chris Fluit Posted: April 03, 2014 at 04:27 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brian wilson, closers, jim johnson, joe nathan, jonathan papelbon

Friday, December 20, 2013

Baer: Grant Balfour still has many things to say about the botched deal with the Orioles

Grant Balfour isn’t going to let this issue go silently into the night. After the Orioles backed out of a two-year, $15 million contract with Balfour, the right-hander said he is considering filing a grievance. He continued to defend himself, saying that he has multiple doctors on his side vouching for his health. He also has a consistent track record of health and consistency over the last six seasons.

There’s still more. …

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, closers, orioles

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

ESPN: Szymborski: Atlanta Should Shop Kimbrel ($$$)

One of the Braves’ strengths is bullpen depth, so even if losing Kimbrel costs the team an excellent reliever, the possible return from a trade is worth the risk. Atlanta’s bullpen, outside of Kimbrel, combined for a 2.67 ERA in 2013, so we’re not talking about a pen that’s starving for quality. A Kimbrel trade wouldn’t involve someone on the Byron Buxton level, unless Twins general manager Terry Ryan hangs out with Rob Ford in the offseason, but in a world in which the Phillies are willing to offer Edward Mujica a three-year deal, and a 39-year-old Joe Nathan is likely to clear $10 million, three years of Kimbrel at arbitration prices is worth a lot to a big-spending team.

DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: November 19, 2013 at 01:46 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, closers, sabermetrics

Friday, November 01, 2013

Indians release Chris Perez, re-sign Jason Giambi

The Indians have released controversial closer Chris Perez and re-signed veteran slugger Jason Giambi.

A two-time All-Star, Perez wore out his welcome in Cleveland. He lost his job in the final week of the season as the Indians were trying to clinch a wild-card berth. It capped another tumultuous year for the right-hander, who was arrested in June after drug agents followed a package containing marijuana to his home. He and his wife pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Perez always seemed to be at the center of something. He angered Indians fans for saying they didn’t support the team and he rankled Cleveland’s front office when he said it wasn’t spending enough to win.

Perez, who was eligible for salary arbitration this winter, recorded 25 saves this past season. He had 124 in five seasons with the Indians, who acquired him in a 2009 trade from St. Louis….

Giambi provided leadership to the Indians from the moment he arrived at training camp last spring.

The 42-year-old, who was a finalist for Colorado’s managerial job last year, was signed to a minor league contract but it didn’t take him long to have a major impact in Cleveland’s clubhouse and he contributed some memorable moments on the field.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2013 at 09:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chris perez, closers, free agency, indians, jason giambi

 

 

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