Found November 27, 2012 on
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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote up a comparison between Scott Feldman and Brandon McCarthy, noting that the two pitchers were probably more similar than their reputations would lead you to believe. As McCarthy noted in response, Feldman and McCarthy both altered their approaches to lean on the cu...
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Pitcher Scott Feldman signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, the team announced. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. The right-hander pitched in 29 games for the Texas Rangers last season, including 21 starts. He posted a 5.09 ERA in 123 2/3 innings. The Rangers declined their 2013 option for Feldman last month, and gave him $600,000 buyout vs. $9.25 million salary.
Mike Napoli frightens me.
Everything about him frightens me. When he comes up to bat against the Red Sox, I’m always frightened that he’s going to hit a ball into the last row of the upper deck and then throw his wad of chewing tobacco at the pitcher. I’m frightened when he makes eye contact with the camera. If I saw him in the streets, I’d turn and run the opposite way...
WHERE'S THE BEEF?
The Hall of Fame pitcher-turned-Texas Rangers CEO and President reportedly is working on a book of recipes, fittingly entitled The Nolan Ryan Beef Cookbook.
The Mike Napoli Victory Tour started in Seattle, moved on to Boston and will continue in Texas and perhaps parts unknown. Pretty impressive for a guy who isn't a regular catcher, appeared in only 108 games last season and batted just .227, albeit with an .812 OPS.
Napoli, 31, is an interesting free agent, a catcher for most of his career, a part-time first baseman in the past...
The Cubs add to their stable of pitchers today, by signing RHP Scott Feldman to a one year deal for $6M, plus $1M in incentives according to various sources. Feldman seemed to be a popular target among Cubs armchair GM's this offseason for reasons unbenknownst to me, but TheJedi seemed to concur. He's certainly cheap enough and getting away from that Texas park and the AL...
Josh Hamilton is a free agent conundrum.
There have been few players in the recent history of free agency that have been such an interesting case as the former MVP outfielder. On the one hand, there are few players in baseball as talented as Hamilton. Though his speed has come down a bit, he’s accurately described as a five-tool player, and his power, in particular, is other worldly...
The Texas Rangers added another arm for spring training by acquiring right-hander Cory Burns from San Diego for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Burns, who was designated for assignment by the Padres last week, made his major-league debut with San Diego by pitching in 17 games last season. He allowed 11 runs in 18 innings. He spent most of the season in Triple...
It seems that every MLB team is pining after free agent first baseman/catcher Mike Napoli this offseason, so you have to wonder why the Texas Rangers don’t seem to be rushing to re-sign their 2012 All Star.
The Rangers didn’t offer Napoli a qualifying offer this year after he rejected a three-year, $38 million extension last offseason. Napoli is meeting with the Rangers this...
NEW YORK (AP) -- A new book by baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan will be a bit of a sizzler.
The game's all-time strikeout king is also a longtime Texas rancher and has compiled dozens of his favorite recipes for "The Nolan Ryan Beef Cookbook." Little, Brown and Co. announced Monday that the book is scheduled for May 2014.
The 65-year-old Ryan also plans to work in...
Mike Napoli sits atop of Boston’s wish list.
According to the Boston Herald, Napoli is reportedly the Red Sox’ first option in free agency. If the club manages to reach an agreement with Napoli, they’d likely pencil him in at first base as opposed to catcher.
Napoli, who has already convened with the Red Sox and Mariners, is scheduled to sit down with the Rangers on Wednesday...
Tuesday was a day filled with a flurry of news and rumors around the league, as the Cubs added RHP Scott Feldman, the Angels solidified their bullpen by adding closer Ryan Madson, and the Yankees got close to deals that would bring Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera back to the Bronx. As always, the Red [...]
All of the Red Sox’ free agent rumors so far have pertained to offensive help, but the 2012 team wasn’t without their pitching woes as well.
One name that Peter Gammons thinks the Sox should keep in mind is Athletics free agent Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy missed the last month of last season after getting hit in the head with a line drive. McCarthy was cleared to resume pitching...