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The Hot Stove quickly cooled from a scalding first week of December to a lukewarm second week, despite the occurrence of the annual winter meetings. In fact, in the age of modern telecommunication, offseason activity may even slow down with everyone under the same roof. "Everybody just holds their cards when it's face to face," one major league executive told SI's Ben Reiter.
There's another slowdown in the marketplace, and that is the uncertain professional fate of Masahiro Tanaka, the ace of Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles. The righthander, who was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last season, would be the best available starting pitcher on the major league market if he were to be posted, but the new agreement between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball caps posting fees at $20 million. The Golden Eagles are balking at that figure, meaning Tanaka's fate hangs in the balance -- as do the fates of Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana and more...
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The Texas Rangers are definitely interested in outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. With one, maybe two, outfield positions open for grabs the Rangers are hoping to steal Choo without picking up a big contract. Texas has been in communication with Choo’s agent Scott Boras and it seems evident that there is interest on Choo’s part to play in Arlington. All that needs to be finalized now...
The Texas Rangers once again acquired an athlete that already plays another sport. The Rangers selected Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft on Thursday at Walt Disney World. The Rangers paid $12,000 for Wilson, a former second baseman on the Colorado Rockies system, so he could be on the club’s restricted list. “We talk...
The Rangers announced yesterday that right-hander Ross Wolf was granted his release so that he could pursue an opportunity with the SK Wyverns in the Korean Baseball Organization.
Ross, 31, posted a 4.15 ERA and 21/15 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings over three starts and 19 relief appearances with Texas this past season. He has had previous stints in the majors with the Athletics and Marlins.
The winner of the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award is long-time Texas Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel, who has been with the club for 35 seasons. Nadel has been a fixture on Rangers radio broadcasts since the late-'70s, and his selection comes after Nadel was a finalist for the award in each of the last three seasons.
Perhaps of more relevance to our readers is this: one of the nine...
The Texas Rangers added a slue of infielders and relief pitchers on Thursday.
Doug Mathis, 30, is one of the players the Rangers signed. He spent the 2008-2010 seasons with the team but has not appeared in the major leagues since. He will get an invite to spring training.
The Rangers also added Armando Rodriguez, 26, to a minor league deal. Rodriguez pitched at two different...
The December 12th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels could sign Ibanez soon, Garza their top priority and much more...
The Story: The Angels could be close to signing Raul ibanez.
The Monkey Says: He might even be signed by the time you read this. Dipoto works fast. However, at the time of this writing, Dipoto claims he isn't close...
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was drafted by the Texas Rangers in Major League Baseball's Rule 5 draft on Thursday.
The December 13th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels still frontrunner for Garza, add LHP Brian Moran via Rule V draft and much more...
The Story: The Angels and Diamondbacks are still considered the frontrunners to sign Matt Garza.
The Monkey Says: Talks appear to have slowed a bit though. It could be a bit now that the Winter Meetings...
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Well, we had a few minutes of excitement in Phillies land. Then it turned out the Phillies' free agent acquisition was not Matt Garza. It was not Ervin Santana. It wasn't even a broken-down Johan Santana. The Phillies have signed Roberto Hernandez, according to many reports. Hernandez is best-known for...
Jim Salisbury of CSN has a Phillies free agent signing report. He just doesn't know who yet. The Phillies need a starter, preferably someone on the upper end. Better free agent names include Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jiminez, and Ervin Santana. A bigger-risk type could be Johan Santana. Stay tuned.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- On Thursday, much to everyone’s surprise, the Texas Rangers selected Russell Wilson in the MLB Rule 5 draft.
A hitter secured, the Diamondbacks turned their attention Wednesday to their other stated need, starting pitching, and were linked to free agents Ervin Santana, Matt Garza and Japanese League transplant Masahiro Tanaka at the winter meetings in Florida.
Tanaka, who went 24-0 with the Rakuten Golden Eagles last season, is their No. 1 target, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported,...
PHOENIX -- A hitter secured, the Diamondbacks turned their attention to their other stated need, starting pitching, and were linked to free agents Ervin Santana, Matt Garza and Japanese League transplant Masahiro Tanaka at the winter meetings Wednesday.Tanaka, who went 24-0 with the Rakuten Golden Eagles last season, is their No. 1 target, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported, although...