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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Who isn’t a potential Yankees target?
Sunday, October 12, 2014
I hate the idea that the Red Sox will pay one of these guys the going rate in free agency. I know big pickups help sell tickets in the short run but I’d much rather see them work out a deal from their prospect surplus than get locked into a big money deal for guys on the wrong side of thirty.
But ideally the Red Sox will simply be looking at this from a slightly more dynamic perspective. Where a high price point isn’t just a high price point that shouldn’t be met, but is taken in the context of the market that’s forming for the other pitchers available. The Red Sox certainly can’t go into 2015 with their rotation as bad as it is right now—there’s no way to sell that bunch to this fanbase after 2014. And it really does them no good to reminisce about the 2013 season and its many fantastic free agent signings in a market filled with top-quality, top-price arms when it’s so clear that the team needs one of them. If that means ponying up six years to Lester or Scherzer, or even five to Shields, then so be it.
Posted: October 12, 2014 at 09:23 AM | 12 comment(s)
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Today’s workout at Camden Yards will include an announcement that the Orioles have reached agreement with shortstop J.J. Hardy on a contract extension, according to an industry source.
Hardy, 32, was a pending free agent. Expected negotiations weren’t held during spring training and the sides agreed to hold off discussions during the regular season.
Hardy’s extension covers the next three seasons. FOX Sports is reporting that the value is north of $40 million.
The Royals were originally believed only to have a shot to keep Shields if they went far in the playoffs, but sources say the team informed Shields’ agent Page Odle way back around the trade deadline—well before their amazing postseason run, which will bolster their revenues big-time—that they would indeed make an effort to keep him with a multiyear deal.
Seeing the headline and the byline I would have bet anything that Shields was a Boras client but apparently not.
Anyway, Shields has a lot of miles on that arm, if I were a Royals fan I might be cool with just taking the pick and spreading my limited resources around a little more.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
However, according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, there might be a new name to enter the ring: 27-year-old Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang (or Jeong-ho Kang). Don’t let his age deceive you—Kang appears to be someone who could start playing in the majors leagues as soon as he’s signed, without needing time in the minors. Cafardo says that Kang’s team, the Nexen Heroes, plan to post him this off-season:
Kang is going to get posted for a major league job. The righthanded power hitter, who has 38 home runs and 107 RBIs in 107 games this season, is 27 years old and will stay at shortstop or convert to second or third base. He’s listed at 6 feet, 180 pounds, but he looks bigger. The Cardinals were interested early, but a few teams have been added to the mix. Kang has major power and with the absence of it in the majors, he should get some serious money.
Kang’s success in Korea goes beyond the traditional stats as well, though the home run numbers are gaudy enough to be intriguing regardless.
Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
A report out that a free agent won’t automatically sign with one team? Why, what possible motive could he have for drumming up more interest in other teams?
Still, it’s quite a leap from loving his stay in Boston to being likely to return there this winter as a free agent. The reality is, it’s probably the opposite. The strong belief around the game is that Lester is likely to sign somewhere other than the Red Sox.
Most folks around baseball would be surprised if Lester and the Red Sox could agree on a contract at a time other teams will be bidding hard for him. After all, the two sides couldn’t come close to doing it when they had a clear shot at contract. A return by Lester to Boston was dubbed a “long shot” by league officials who have familiarity with the situation.
The Cubs and rival Yankees, among others, look like much more likely landing spots for Lester at this time, in fact. The Yankees have admired Lester’s guts and clutch pitching for years (and especially that career 0.43 World Series ERA) and would surely make a play for the former Red Sox ace. Meanwhile, folks around the game suggest Lester’s old friends Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, who picked Lester for Boston and are now running the Cubs, are extremely likely to be in there pitching, as well. Epstein and Hoyer “absolutely love” Lester, is the word from one official who knows Chicago’s top execs well.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
With concerns about calcium, shouldn’t he think about heading to Milwaukee?
Praise has been far from faint for Rusney Castillo, who is considered to be the latest in a long string of impact players imported from Cuba. The highly regarded 27-year-old outfielder seems to be nearing a decision on where he will play, as Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald and ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes report that Castillo is expected to “declare his intentions any day now.”...
Castillo should be in line for an impressive payday, though it’s unlikely that he receives as much as Jose Abreu got from the White Sox last offseason. Represented by Roc Nation Sports, Castillo was said to originally be in line for a $25-$35 million deal, but it now looks like he will outdo the $42 million that Yasiel Puig got from the Dodgers a couple years ago. According to Peter Gammons, he is now looking at a deal between $40 and $70 million, while FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi pegs him as receiving something around six years and ~$50 million….
There seems to be a long line of suitors for Castillo, though the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Phillies, and Cubs seem to be leading the pack. ...
Those five clubs are far from alone in their pursuit of Castillo. The Mariners, Orioles, Giants, Astros, Blue Jays, White Sox, and Braves have also all been mentioned as potential suitors, and could wind up nabbing him when his decision is announced, likely within the next few days.
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