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Thompson has re-signed with Tampa Bay. (Morning Call)
ESPN’s Crasnick Says “Watch Out”
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick Tweeted last night: “”Watch out for #phillies to surprise everyone and sign (Josh) Hamilton,” said one prominent agent. A scout told me the same thing.” This Tweet was seemingly based off of Amaro’s penchant for the big splash and nothing more.
Pair of Former ‘Pigs Ink with Rays
Baseball America’s Matt Eddy reports that former IronPig fan favorite Rich Thompson has re-signed with the Tampa Bay Rays on a Minor League deal. Thompson, 33, a Reading native, reached the Majors in 2012 after being traded for Kyle Hudson. Thompson was 2-22 with six steals in eight attempts for the Rays. Eddy is also reporting that the Rays have signed infielder, and former IronPig, Mike Fontenot to a Minor League deal as well. Fontenot hit .289/.343/.340 with the Phillies in 105 2012 PA.
Interest in Uehara Building
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Orioles are interested i...
BEST OF MAXIM
Apparently the 10 year, $136.6 million contract her boyfriend Evan Longoria signed wasn’t enough for Jaime Edmondson. She was enjoying a nice afternoon having lunch at Sweet Tomatoes when she tweeted out evidence of her smuggling a blueberry muffin.
Obviously this isn’t that big of a deal, more than likely it was simply a classic case of not being able to bring bread/muffins...
The Tampa Bay Rays have re-signed outfielder Rich Thompson to a minor league contract.
The team also announced Thursday that five other players - infielder Mike Fontenot, right-handed pitchers Matt Buschmann and Will Inman, first baseman Nick Weglarz and infielder Shawn O'Malley - also agreed to minor league deals that include invitations to major league spring training.
The Tampa Bay Rays have a deep and talented pitching staff, which extends into their farm system. Of the bunch, Taylor Guerrieri has a chance to be as good as any.
A 20-year-old [as of tomorrow] right-hander, Guerrieri is the team’s top pitching prospect. Drafted 24th overall in 2011, he began his professional career this summer with short-season Hudson Valley and dominated the...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have re-signed outfielder Rich Thompson to a minor league contract.
The team also announced Thursday that five other players -- infielder Mike Fontenot, right-handed pitchers Matt Buschmann and Will Inman, first baseman Nick Weglarz and infielder Shawn O'Malley -- also agreed to minor league deals that include invitations to major...
Free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton has agreed to a five-year, $75.25 million deal with the Atlanta Braves, ESPN.com reported Wednesday. The deal is dependent on Upton passing a physical. Upton, 28, has played all eight of his major-league seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, and he hit .246 with 28 home runs, 78 RBIs and 31 stolen bases last season. The Rays recently gave third...
Ben and Sam break down the Braves` signing of B.J. Upton and discuss the discrepancy between different appraisals of his value.
A person familiar with the deal says free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a five-year contract.
The person says the deal is expected to be announced Thursday once Upton passes his physical. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.
The 28-year-old Upton hit .246 with 28...
It’s official: BJ Upton is the newest Atlanta Brave. Having passed a physical this morning, Upton was introduced by the Braves this afternoon as their new center fielder. Upton will wear number 2 for the Atlanta Braves.
The deal signed by Upton is a 5-year, $75.25 million contract.
BJ Upton was the 2nd pick in the 2002 draft and came on the scene with the Tampa Bay Rays in a big...
by John Viril—
After the Kansas City Royals signed Jeremy Guthrie, GM Dayton Moore indicated he’s still looking to add starting pitching—likely through trade. Numerous reports have included Tampa Bay Ray’s right-hander Jeremy Hellickson as one of Kansas City’s possible targets. Many whispers mention 2012 silver-slugger DH Billy Butler as the possible return. The Royals...
For several months, now, the Atlanta Braves have looked like a fitting future home for B.J. Upton. Once Upton officially became a free agent, the Braves made no secret of their interest, and in fact nearly two weeks ago it was suggested to me that I begin writing about Upton signing with Atlanta. That turned out to be not so much a false alarm as a hasty one — Upton didn’t sign...
Things are really starting to boil over on the hot stove after coming back from a nice Thanksgiving break. Over the past two days, we've seen the Rays hand out the first $100 million contract in their history to the very worthy Evan Longoria, Jeff Keppinger break his leg and potentially give the Rays a huge break (no pun intended) in bringing the utilityman back, the potential...
B.J. Upton reportedly has agreed to sign with the Atlanta Braves, multiple outlets have said.
The 28-year-old free agent center fielder and his agent reportedly spent much of the day on Wednesday in negotiations with the club. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the sides haggled over a guaranteed sixth year Upton was seeking. O’Brien says the team...
Braves sign B.J. Upton to 5-year, $75 million deal
So, does Mike Rizzo need to make a move?
"This time around, we don’t have any pressing needs. We’ll probably see where the landscape is after the winter meetings." (Mike Rizzo, via Washington Post, 11/25/2012)
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Upton is on his way to the Braves. (MLB)
The Braves scored one of the biggest names on the free agent market, nabbing BJ Upton, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, and others. He’s the first shoe to drop and marks the unofficial start of free agency.
Upton, 28, is scheduled to take a physical in Atlanta tomorrow, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today...