Found November 29, 2012 on
Ruben Amaro Jr.
Tampa Bay Rays
The clacking you hear is the sound of dominoes falling throughout the major leagues.
Wednesday, B.J. Upton agreed to a five-year, $75.25 million contract with the Atlanta Braves.
Thursday, the Washington Nationals acquired center fielder Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins for pitching prospect Alex Meyer.
A quick assessment of what the moves mean for other players in the Hot Stove League:
● The Philadelphia Phillies: Upgrades by National League East rivals on back-to-back days have fueled speculation that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will want to make a splashy offseason move. Free agent Josh Hamilton, whose market is unclear, would match that description.
● Michael Bourn: From a sheer standpoint of available options, this hasn’t been a good week for Bourn and his agent, Scott Boras. The Braves and Nationals were in the market for center field/leadoff types. No more. Will Boras be able to find a team willing to pay Upton-type money to someone with a career OPS of .70...
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One prominent agent said the Philadelphia Phillies could “surprise
everyone” and sign free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton this offseason, reports
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
"Watch out for #phillies to surprise everyone and sign Hamilton,'' said one prominent agent. A scout told me the same thing.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 29, 2012
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...
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels will head to Nashville for next week's Winter Meetings with nothing resolved concerning the future of Josh Hamilton.
That's just the way Daniels expected it to be.
"I've maintained contact with (agent) Mike Moye," Daniels said. "The interest has been consistent. The process that we agreed to back in the spring...
Michael Bourn was one of the hottest free agents this MLB offseason, with a likely scenario having Bourn remaining in the National League East. The former Atlanta Braves center fielder was rumored to be close to signing with the Washington Nationals a few days ago, but the Nats went out and traded for Denard Span with the Minnesota Twins. But fear not, N.L. East fans, as Bourn is...
The Chicago Cubs have had conversations with free agent
center fielder Michael Bourn’s agent, reports Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago.
The Chicago Cubs have had conversations with free agent
centerfielder Michael Bourn’s agent, according to a major league source.
Bourn’s agent is the infamous Scott Boras, who is reportedly
seeking a free agent contract...
The baseball offseason is entering its second month, and so far the biggest story has been the Miami Marlins' salary dump.
That's about to change.
The annual winter meetings begin Monday at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., the ideal site for an event headlined by free agents Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton.
The elaborate Opryland...
With the Mets not in on any free agents in the range of Michael Bourn to Josh Hamilton, and with the only other way to acquire decent players in the off-season seemingly being off limits, then one would wonder what the point is of even showing up at the winter meetings next week. Hell, hotel rooms cost money. Room service costs money The candy used to lure other GM's to your...
Christmas time comes but once a year and the only thing hotter than the chestnuts roasting or hot chocolate is the MLB’s hot stove.
The Red Sox are coming off a tough season in 2012 with a last-place finish in the American League East and 93 losses making it a rather forgettable summer. But with the offseason comes new life and a few big-name free agents could change the tune of...
(see what I did there? Tres? You can call me the blog post title Expert, if you’d like)
It’s been a while, so let’s get caught up on Free Agent news around the club. There hasn’t been much movement around Detroit, but some interesting things nonetheless.
I am fascinated by the Josh Hamilton situation. Living in Dallas, I can tell you that the club’s attitude towards him...
The Atlanta Braves lost one speedy centerfielder in Michael Bourn to free agency this offseason, but gained another to take his place.
Numerous sources are reporting that former Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton signed with the Braves on Wednesday. Upton’s contract with the team is reportedly worth $75.25 million over five seasons. The 28-year-old was the Braves’ primary...
Last night was an eventful evening for your Chicago Cubs. Rumors flying about players they may or may not be looking at in free agency, and of course we had the deadline for teams to tender contracts to all of their arbitration eligible players.
Earlier in the evening, a report came out that the Cubs were talking to super-agent Scott Borras about his client Michael Bourn. My initial...
The Toronto Blue Jays have already made a massive splash this offseason and it will be hard for anyone to top their moves after they pillaged the Florida Marlins roster. However, the MLB winter meetings are coming up and you can expect a number of hot stove conversations to start taking place.
There are a slew of quality players on the market, including...