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Oakland Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki is doing his best to pack on the pounds.
Suzuki told MLB.com that he is eating 4,000 calories a day in an effort to add 15 pounds prior to training camp.
Last season, the 27-year-old Suzuki began the year at 193 pounds but weighed in at 185 at the end of the campaign.
"You're training to play not just once a week, but every day," Suzuki said. "That takes a toll on your body, especially being a catcher in the middle of the summer, when you're out there in 90- and 100-degree heat. It takes a lot of energy, and you do tend to shed weight."
Suzuki has seen his batting average decline over the last two seasons. After batting .274 in 2009, he hit for just .237 with 14 homers and 44 RBIs in 2011.
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The Tigers are interested in free agent outfielder Coco Crisp, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com (all Twitter links). The team has a projected outfield of Delmon Young, Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch, but seems to be considering additions.
The switch-hitting Crisp led the American League with 49 stolen bases in 2011, hitting .264/.314/.379 with 27 doubles as...
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The Cubs signed OF David DeJesus to a 2-year/$10 million deal with a 3rd year club option. It's actually $4.25M for the next two years with a $1.5M buyout or $6.5M in 2014. A Jim Bowden tweet indicates that the Cubs told him DeJesus will be the everyday right fielder.
Dejesus will be 32 next season and played for the A's last year and had...
Only reason I'm posting about this guy coming off the board is because there were many Mets fans who wanted him signed. David DeJesus has signed a two year 10M contract with the Cubs. The problem with DeJesus is that he doesn't have the typical power for the NL corners and no longer has the range to be a starting center fielder. I think DeJesus is better suited for...
About a month ago, I ranked David DeJesus as the fourth best available free agent centerfielder. DeJesus only started six games in center for the A’s last season, but my inclusion of him in the centerfield ranks was more due to the lack of free agent depth at that position than anything else. Here’s what I wrote in my free agent primer…
2011 was a tough season for DeJesus....
David DeJesus could become the starting right fielder for the
Chicago Cubs after agreeing to a $10 million, two-year contract
The Cubs and outfielder David DeJesus have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2014 campaign, the team announced on Wednesday. DeJesus is expected to make $10 million over two years. DeJesus, who turns 32 next month, joins the Cubs after all or part of nine major league...
Today, the Cubs signed David DeJesus to a two-year, $8.5 million deal with a third-year option worth $6.5 million with a $1.5 million buyout. In other words, the Cubs signed a defensively adept outfielder/health risk with an average/slightly above average bat to a two-year, $10 million deal with a third-year marginal option cost of $5 million.
Using last year's market win value...
Free-agent outfielder's brief, disappointing A's career is over after he agrees to two-year deal with a club option
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Outfielder David DeJesus and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a $10 million, two-year contract. The deal announced Wednesday includes a 2014 club option.. A.284 hitter in nine years with Kansas City and Oakland, DeJesus batted just .240 in his lone season with the Athletics. Even so, he gives the Cubs versatility in the outfield and a reliable glove.
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