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Toronto Blue Jays
The hot stove season is upon us and we're only days away from the official start of an all-out free agent frenzy. Here's a look at nine free agent hitters that could have some sleeper value should they land in the right situation.Note: Some text is taken from my 2012 Free Agent Primer series over at The Outside Corner. Player's 2012 age in parenthesis.
12-team Mixed leaguesAaron Hill - 2B (30) – A change of scenery did the trick for Hill, who hit .315/.386/.492 with two home runs and five stolen bases in a very small sample of 142 plate appearances after joining the D-Backs. That was a very good impression to make, as Arizona is interested in bringing Hill back. However, they declined his $8M 2012 club option. Given his good contact skills and power/speed combo, there should be some decent demand for his services in this year’s second base free agent crop. Hill's line drive rates improved overall in 2011 and soared after leaving the Blue Jays. I'd love to see...
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After the Caribbean leagues took their usual Sunday off, they’re back in action, with a few Pirates’ players and friends:
Leones del Escogido 3, Gigantes del Cibao 2
Starling Marte started this game in center field for Los Leones. Los Gigantes scored two runs, both coming in on RBI singles up the middle, which Marte handled. Marte made the third out...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have declined options on pitcher Paul Maholm, catchers Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder and shortstop Ronny Cedeno.
The move allows each player to become a free agent.
Maholm was due $9.75 million in salary next season. The 29-year-old lefthander is 53-73 in seven seasons with the Pirates. He went 6-14 with a 3.66 ERA in 2011 and ended the season on the disabled...
In lab, whenever someone is having an indordinate amount of trouble with an experiment, it's only a matter of time before someone says, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Usually it's said with an air of futility, because everyone goes through spells in their graduate career where they feel like...
We covered Gary Redus yesterday, today just happens to be the birthday of the man he platooned with in Pittsburgh for a time. Born on this date in 1966 was Orlando Merced, first baseman/outfielder for the Pirates from 1990-96. Merced was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates in 1985 and he struggled his first two seasons before missing most of the 1987 season, getting into...
Looking at some Pirates’ players and friends in Winter League play.
Aguilas Cibaenas 8, Leones del Escogido 1
Los Aguilas put up 5 runs in the 3rd inning and 3 more in the 4th. A 3-run homer aided Los Aguilas in the 3rd, and a triple brought in two of the runs in the 4th. Los Leones’ only run came on a solo homer in the bottom of the 3rd. 3B Andy...
In 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates had the 52nd pick in the draft, picking second overall in the second round. Heading in to the draft, not much was expected from the pick. They ended up drafting and signing Stetson Allie, who entered the draft as a top 10-15 prospect.
In 2011 the Pirates had the 61st overall pick in the draft, picking first in the second round. Once again, not...
With the decisions on their options due today, the Pirates did the expected and declined Paul Maholm, Ryan Doumit, and Chris Snyder's options, but they also came out of left field and declined Ronny Cedeno's option, as well. As previously discussed, Cedeno's not a super-star, but he played solid defense at shortstop last year and that makes him a valuable player, especially...
You know what? I'm tired of being negative about this off-season. I still don't think that things are going to play out terribly well for the Pirates this winter, but I also don't think I've done a good job of making it clear that I don't think the Pirates are breaking up the 1927 Yankees again. Ronny Cedeno and Ryan Doumit and Paul Maholm and Garrett Jones (should...
With the offseason starting in earnest today, everyone's writing their hot stove previews for the Pirates. The consensus is, basically, that the Pirates have a bunch of holes to fill and money to spend but that they're going to have a quiet winter. That probably means "sign crappy free agents." Still, running through the numbers in my head sort of leaves me with...
The Pirates decline options for shortstop Ronny Cedeno, pitcher Paul Maholm and catchers Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder.
After declining Ronny Cedeno‘s $3M option for 2012, the Pirates will enter the offseason searching for a new shortstop. Here’s a quick look at some available options and my thoughts:
Chase d’Arnaud – There’s still plenty of hope for Chase to become an every day major league player, but NOT this season. Despite delivering a “spark” and “energy”...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have declined club options on pitcher Paul Maholm, infielder Ronny Cedeno and catchers Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will decline catcher Chris Snyder's $6.75 million club option for 2012, according to an industry source.
The Pirates announced on Monday that they have declined to exercise 2012 club options on shortstop Ronny Cedeno, left-hander Paul Maholm and catchers Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder. As a result, all four players become free agents.
Here's the latest on the Cubs and here's a look ahead to the Cardinals' offseason. Now for some notes from the rest of the division...
Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan says he expects to remain with the team in 2012, though the commitment depends on their next manager, his responsibilities and his family situation, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post...