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Sunday, November 24, 2013
When the Detroit Tigers traded Prince Fielder to Texas last week, they still owed him a staggering $168 million. Only one player had ever been traded with more money still owed to him: Alex Rodriguez, from Texas to the Yankees in 2004.
Rodriguez was 28 then, a year younger than Fielder is now, and had seven years remaining on his contract at the time. So does Fielder, who joined the Rangers on Wednesday with $30 million for second baseman Ian Kinsler.
The Rangers, essentially, made a seven-year, $138 million commitment to Fielder, a reasonable investment for several reasons, but mainly Fielder’s age. He does not turn 30 until May. Age, more than any other number, is the primary consideration for teams as they evaluate the wisdom of long-term investments.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
I would be surprised to see Napoli leave Boston.
The Red Sox signed Mike Napoli to a one-year deal last winter, setting them up to deal with contract negotiations with the first baseman once more in this year’s free agency. They have submitted the qualifying offer to him, guaranteeing them a compensation pick should he sign elsewhere—it’s a good thing, as both the Orioles and Mariners are reportedly interested in signing Napoli.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
First-round picks from the 2007 draft who aren’t on 40-man rosters qualify for minor league free agency for the first time this offseason. The list includes, in order of selection six years ago, first baseman Matt LaPorta (Indians), reliever Casey Weathers (Cubs), third baseman Kevin Ahrens (Blue Jays), righthander Tim Alderson (Orioles), lefty Nick Schmidt (Rockies) and righty James Simmons (Athletics).
Cano - NYY, Ellsbury - SEA, Choo - DET, McCann - TEX, Tanaka - LAD, E. Santana - NYY, Garza - WAS, Kuroda - NYY, Burnett - PIT, Napoli - BOS, U. Jimenez - TOR, C. Beltran - NYY, Granderson - NYM, S. Drew - NYM, Saltalamacchia - CHW, Kazmir - MIN, N. Cruz - PHI, O. Infante - DET, Nathan - DET (we’re just a bunch of crazy Guys and Dolls!), Nolasco - PHI, Jh. Peralta - STL, B. Colon - CLE, B. Arroyo - NYM, M. Byrd - PIT, Balfour - NYY, Benoit - CHC, Feldman - BAL, K. Morales - SEA, C. Ruiz - PHI, J. Johnson - KC, T. Hudson - ATL, Rodney - HOU, Pierogi - NYY, Haren - SF, J. Vargas - LAA, Yoon - KC, Loney - MIN, P. Hughes - SD, C. Hart - MIL, Mujica - PHI, McLouth - BAL, J. Uribe - MIA, Maholm - MIL, J. Smith - COL, Morneau - TB, Crain - HOU, B. Wilson - LAA, Hammel - SEA, Halladay - NYM, C.B. Young - CHC
The District Attorney
Posted: November 05, 2013 at 01:22 PM | 27 comment(s)
The qualifying offers are out, and we have our first winners and losers of the offseason.
According to mlbtraderumors.com/ here’s the list: Carlos Beltran, Robinson Cano, Shin-Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz, Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Curtis Granderson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Hiroki Kuroda, Brian McCann, Kendrys Morales, Mike Napoli, and Ervin Santana.
I agree with Rosenthal about the Red Sox being in great position. This is particularly true in regards to signing McCann. They could easily give up their first round pick, knowing they will have another pick or two a few players later.
Posted: November 05, 2013 at 11:31 AM | 66 comment(s)
Sunday, November 03, 2013
The Rangers and Joe Nathan are almost certain to part ways after two seasons, general manager Jon Daniels said Friday, after the club exercised its option and Nathan, in turn, declined the player portion and became a free agent.
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 09:03 PM | 14 comment(s)
Friday, November 01, 2013
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.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
For 39 years, the byline appeared in The New York Times probably more than any other. This week it is making a return engagement. It’s the byline you have seen on this Web site approximately 550 times in the past five years:
By Murray Chass.
Why is it back in the Times?
It is the culmination of a two-year effort to get the Times to set the record straight on free agency and unconfuse its readers. [...]
After writing to a variety of Times editors, including the public editor, and getting nothing but rejection, I raised the issue with the relatively new sports editor, Jason Stallman, whom I didn’t know but who turned out to be a man of wisdom and class.
He asked if I would write a piece explaining the origins of free agency and the fate of arbitrators who make major decisions that are not liked by one side or the other. I accepted his invitation, and the result was posted on the Times’ Web site Wednesday evening and published in the print edition of the Times Thursday.
Posted: August 25, 2013 at 07:39 AM | 17 comment(s)
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