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Feelin' Kinda Blue:
Masahiro Tanaka is the best free agent pitcher available (even if he isn't, yet) this winter, and the Dodgers need
to sign him.
I know, how can a team with Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke
and Hyun-Jin Ryu need to sign another
starting pitcher with a No. 2 ceiling? Well, come playoff time, the Dodgers
would be able to rely on him to throw, unlike what they did this year with Ricky Nolasco. Nolasco is a solid pitcher, but Tanaka -- despite not having thrown a
pitch in the majors -- is a superior pitcher.
Tanaka, 25, isn’t the next Yu Darvish. Darvish is an
unquestioned ace and worth every penny the Texas Rangers paid for him. In
hindsight, it was a really good deal. Tanaka is a younger, better version of
Hiroki Kuroda. That isn’t a straight race-based comparison. Tanaka is a little
smaller than Kuroda, but their deliveries and arsenals are similar -- well, at
least their first four pitches. If you want a non-Japanese comparison, a guy
like Dan Haren, ...
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With a little help from his friends at the Dodgers, Yasiel Puig is off the hook.
Charges of reckless driving and speeding in Tennessee last April were dropped Wednesday after a Hamilton County judge read a letter from Dodgers executive vice president Lon Rosen praising Puig for his involvement in the Los Angeles community.
Puig, who was playing for the Dodgers' Double-A team...
Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be one of the most sought-after players on baseball’s free agent market this winter. Someone will almost surely pay the 25-year-old right-hander a ton of money, and apparently the New York Yankees are willing to do just that to get him. Tanaka is considered by far the best free agent pitcher available this winter but there is a lot...
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While still with the double-A Chattanooga...
Prosecutors in Tennessee have dismissed charges of reckless driving and speeding against Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
Neal Pinkston, executive assistant district attorney for Hamilton County, says the charges were dropped Wednesday. Pinkston says Puig has completed at least 12 hours of community service in Los Angeles.
A Chattanooga Police Department report says...
Zack Greinke does it all ladies and gents!
The man comes back form a broken collarbone and finishes the season with the 4th lowest ERA, helps lead us to the NL West title and wins himself a Silver Slugger Award!
The Silver Slugger is given out to the best hitter at each position.
Per JP Hoornstra at InsideSoCal.com:
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If you recall, way back in April when Puig was still in Chattanooga crushing the ball for the Lookouts, he was charged with speeding, reckless driving - 97 MPH in a 50 MPH zone, and driving with lack of proof of insurance.
Shortly after, he was called up to the Dodgers and left Tennessee and his legal trouble behind... for the moment.
After several postponements he...
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Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reports the New York Yankees will “be bold” and “spend more money than any team” to land Japanese hurler Masahiro Tanaka. The 25-year-old Tanaka filed for international free agency and was “extensively” watched in 2013 by Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler and scout Don Wakamatsu. A five-time NPB All-Star who earned the 2011 Eiji Sawamura Award...
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