Thursday, February 06, 2014
The Marlins….is that still a thing?
The Marlins and veteran reliever Carlos Marmol have come to terms on a contract for 2014, reports CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. According to Heyman’s sources, the deal is a major-league contract.
Marmol, 31, is coming off a 2013 season in which he pitched to a 4.41 ERA, 87 ERA+ and 1.48 K/BB ratio in 49 innings for the Cubs and Dodgers. For his career, Marmol owns a 125 ERA+ across parts of eight major-league seasons. Marmol is still capable of effectiveness in spurts, but control has always been a concern. As well, his stuff has diminished in recent seasons, and he hasn’t had a standout year since 2010.
Rodney can’t get no respect!
The Seattle Mariners have agreed to sign free agent closer Fernando Rodney to a two-year, $14 million deal, Jon Heyman has confirmed. The was first reported by Jonah Keri of Grantland.
Rodney, 36, was unbelievable for the Rays in 2012 when he closed 48 games in 50 chances with a 0.60 ERA (641 OPS+!). He took a step backward last season, though, when he went 37 for 45 in save chances with a 3.38 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings. He was excellent in September, though, with a 0.82 ERA and 0.82 WHIP.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Grant Balfour, by Jim Bouton
Free-agent closer Grant Balfour reached agreement on a two-year, $12 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.
The Mets extended an identical offer to Balfour, a source told ESPNNewYork.com, but Balfour chose the Rays because he lives in the area.
Balfour, a 36-year-old Australia native, went 1-3 with a 2.59 ERA and 38 saves last season in Oakland and made the American League All-Star team. He pitched previously in Tampa Bay from 2007-10.
“We’ve had some exceptional teams,” Rays owner Stu Sternberg said. “We want to give this organization the best chance to win, and we know it’s going to cost us more than we can afford to pay.”
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Howell the Dodgers spend their money this winter?
The Dodgers have not made any blockbuster moves this offseason, but the roster is slowly coming together as the calendar year comes to a close. J.P. Howell is the latest piece to fall in place as he was signed to a two-year deal on Monday night, according to Ken Gurnick.
The 30-year old lefty will be making $11.5 million over the next two seasons. If he totals 120 appearances in those two seasons, a mutual option worth $6.5 million will be available for 2016. Howell was one of the Dodgers most consistent options out of the bullpen in 2013, posting a 2.03 ERA in 62 innings along with 54 strikeouts and a 1.048 WHIP.
Its all fun to you start seeing Benoit balls.
A person familiar with the situation says the San Diego Padres have agreed with former Detroit Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit on a $15.5 million, two-year contract.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal is pending on Benoit passing a physical.
In his first season as Tigers closer, Benoit had 24 saves in 26 chances. But in Game 2 of the AL championship series, he allowed a tying grand slam by Boston’s David Ortiz that was a turning point in the series.
Benoit, who turns 37 on July 26, is expected to replace setup man Luke Gregerson, who was traded to Oakland for outfielder Seth Smith.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Some Rivera fundamentals:
Let the record show that this man racked up 31 postseason saves in which he got more than three outs. Only 32 other closers in the wild-card era even saved one postseason game like that. The closers for all the other AL teams in that time have saved 21 games like that combined.
But Rivera’s managers also knew better than to save him just for save situations when it came time to take the October stage. So in total, he made 58 postseason appearances of more than one inning—and allowed an earned run in exactly six of them. His ERA in those games: 0.53.
. . .
OK, one more postseason nugget before we move on. This man faced the best hitters on the best teams in baseball in 98 postseason games—and held them to this microscopic slash line: .174/.212/.227. Now here’s what that means, essentially: In the most important games of his life, he turned the best hitters on earth into Houston Jimenez—only not that good. (Jimenez’s career slash line: .185/.221/.234.)
. . .
For those of us who care about numbers, this is a big, big week—because Rivera still has a shot to become the only pitcher in the live-ball era with a WHIP below 1.00—even if it’s only microscopically below 1.00. He heads into the final days of his career with 998 hits allowed and 286 walks. Which totals up to 1,284 baserunners (via hits and walks) in 1,282 1/3 innings. So, if he just has two or three more perfect innings in him, he can still wind up with fewer baserunners (via hits and walks) than innings.
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