Found November 03, 2012 on
Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle:
I'm a huge Jerry Sands fan, which is no secret if you've followed along here long enough. Even with his trade to the Boston Red Sox in a deal that brought Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to LA, I've not given up on collecting Sands' cardboard, especially his Dodgers' hits.The latest I acquired is one I had been after for ages. Sands has the above signature in 2011 TriStar Pursuit, and I was constantly getting outbid on them before moving on for a bit. The above eventually popped, and I was able to snag it for a great price, which turned out to be even better when the card arrived and I realized it was the blue parallel numbered out of 50 (34/50). The auction also included the below four rookie cards.Overall, I'm pleased with the pickup. More pleased than I am with the fact that Jerry is no longer around.
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In the space of only one year, Dustin Pedroia has gone from being one of the most popular Sox players to an enigma. But on this young and rebuilding team, he should provide leadership by performance and attitude. Right now, unfortunately, that is questionable. Pedroia's first five seasons with the Sox showed Hall of Fame credentials. Rookie of the Year in 07 on a World Championship...
The Dodgers have outrighted top outfield prospect Alfredo Silverio to Triple-A Albuquerque, according to the report by Ken Gurnick earlier today. The 24-year-old prospect was coming off a huge breakthrough season in 2011 when he hit .306/.340/.542 with 16 homers and 90 runs scored for Double-A Chattanooga.
Silverio, in most circles is considered a top ten prospect in the Dodgers...
Some people are quibbling with the two-year, $26 million deal the Red Sox have reportedly given designated hitter David Ortiz.
Two years for a soon-to-be 37-year-old? Giving $13 million a year to a designated hitter? Incentives that could push the money up to $15 million a year -- for a slugger who only played 90 games last season due to an Achilles injury that just wouldn't...
David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox have agreed on a new deal. Under terms of the new deal Ortiz will receive $26 million over the next two seasons. Sam McAdam of Comcast Sports Net was one of the first to break news of the completed deal.
It was never a question to whether Ortiz would return to Boston. The 36-year-old had a .318/.415/.611 line with 21 home runs and 60 RBI in 90 games...
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It's appearing more likely that by the time Boston's exclusive
negotiating rights with David Ortiz expire at midnight ET at the end of
Friday, the sides won't have a deal.
However, Red Sox...
Editor's note: Didier Morais will review each position for the Red Sox for the 2013 season.
Amid the drama, there was one bright spot for the Red Sox last season -- the bullpen.
The relief staff combined to tally a 3.88 ERA, an impressive feat considering the starting rotation's struggles constantly placed them in a bind. Facing adversity, the bullpen came through and racked...
We all figured this one was coming, but now it's official: David Ortiz will remain in Boston. The DH signed a two year, $26 million deal that had been rumored all day before finally being confirmed on Friday night.
After the Red Sox offered Ortiz a qualifying offer of $13.3 million earlier today, you had to imagine a deal would get done for somewhere in that general vicinity...
The Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz are close to reaching an agreement on a two-year contract, multiple media outlets reported Friday. The Red Sox will pay Ortiz between $13 and $15 million per year, according to various reports. That's about the same salary Ortiz received this past season. Boston made a qualifying offer of $13.3 million to Ortiz on Friday, but that was merely...
Javy Guerra, following an injury-plagued 2012 season, underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery on his throwing shoulder. His laundry list of injuries this year ranged from an oblique to a knee to his shoulder to his head.
The Dodgers expect him to be fully ready to go by Spring Training, and he’ll be a solid contributor in middle to late relief yet again.
In brighter news...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dodgers reliever Javy Guerra had right shoulder surgery on Friday.
The team said the arthroscopic procedure on his pitching shoulder cleaned up bursitis and a joint at the top of the shoulder. Guerra will start throwing in six weeks and is expected to be ready by spring training.
Guerra had right knee surgery on June 5 to repair torn cartilage after being hit...
MAC ON THE MOVE
Mark McGwire may be leaving the Cardinals for the Dodgers. He's been the hitting coach for St. Louis the past two seasons, but he might want to move.
The Boston Red Sox should make runs at free agent outfielder
Nick Swisher, catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli and late-inning reliever Ryan
Madson, according to Matt Pepin of the Boston Globe.
Pepin believes the offseason goal of general manager Ben
Cherington is not to make the Red Sox instantly into a powerhouse, but instead
to get them back to the 85-90 wins plateau...
Heres one you probably didnt see coming: The Dodgers are close to hiring Mark McGwire as their new hitting coach.
McGwire has served as the Cardinals' hitting coach for the last three seasons, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported that he has told the club he intends to accept the same position with the Dodgers.
The deal with the Dodgers has yet to be finalized, but...
If you love the Hot Stove season as much as I do, you should probably get used to the names of Jacoby Ellsbury and Tim Lincecum, because you may be hearing them quite a bit over the next few months.
From a fantasy perspective, it’s hard to imagine two more disappointing players in 2012. In our Draft Kit, we projected Lincecum as the sixth best starting pitcher and 31st best overall...
David Ortiz was just trying to spread the good karma.
The Red Sox designated hitter was at TD Garden on Friday night as the Celtics opened their home slate against the Milwaukee Bucks, wearing some fine jewelry and a pretty stylish C's hat.
But even Ortiz, who reportedly came to terms with the Sox on a new contract late Friday, couldn't give the Celtics...