Found January 07, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
With the Chicago Cubs trading for Anthony Rizzo yesterday, another possible suitor for former Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder has apparently gone by the wayside. Three of the teams rumored to be leading the charge for Fielder, the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, and Washington Nationals, aren't exactly big markets and contenders (though the Nationals are knocking at the door). With no immediate market for Fielder, would the best course of action for him to be to return to Milwaukee on a one-year deal? The Brewers payroll situation isn't exactly dire. They currently have $62.7 million committed to payroll, with arbitration hearings for Shaun Marcum (who should get around $5 million) and Francisco Rodriguez (probably about $5 million as well) the only major stumbling blocks in front of them. Milwaukee has five other arbitration eligible players, but combined, they'll probably get in the neighborhood of $7 million. That puts Milwaukee right around the $...

Mariners solidify roster needs as Prince looms

While Mariners fans continue clamoring for news on Prince Fielder, GM Jack Zduriencik and his staff will continue pursuing other avenues to improve the club as well.

RIZZO MANIA Will Run Wild on the Windy City

Anthony Rizzo was traded with pitcher Zach Cates to the Cubs in exchange for pitcher Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Na on Friday.  While we had plenty of fun with the whole #RIZZOMANIA thing, it was clear that after the Padres acquired Yonder Alonso the writing was on the wall. It wasn’t long ago that the Padres traded all-star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox...

Early January Power Rankings

Keep in mind, the offseason isn't over, so these rankings are subject to change before the season starts.   1. Texas Rangers Why they deserve it: They’ve been to the last two consecutive World Series and have the best offense in baseball.  They may also add Darvish, Fielder or Madson. Why they don’t deserve it: They have an average rotation at best, lost...

Cubs Acquire Anthony Rizzo From Padres

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer continued their makeover of the Chicago Cubs roster by acquiring first baseman Anthony Rizzo and minor-league pitcher Zach Cates from the San Diego Padres for pitcher Andrew Cashner and minor league outfielder Kyung-Min Na. Cashner is 25 year old former first round draft pick who has great stuff, but one who has struggled with injuries and control in his...

Cubs acquire first baseman Anthony Rizzo from Padres

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Epstein Gets His Man: Cubs Acquire Rizzo from Padres

The Chicago Cubs were looking for a first baseman, and they got one on Friday, but not one of the ones you were thinking of. The team acquired Anthony Rizzo, along with pitcher Zach Cates, from the San Diego Padres in exchange for pitcher Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na. Cubs president Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer are plenty familiar with Rizzo, as he was initially traded...

Cubs acquire Rizzo in trade with Padres

The Cubs acquired first baseman Anthony Rizzo and right-hander Zach Cates from the Padres on Friday, sending right-hander Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na to San Diego.

Cubs trade Cashner to Padres for Rizzo, Cates

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Cubs have traded right-hander Andrew Cashner to the San Diego Padres for first baseman Anthony Rizzo and minor league right-hander Zach Cates.
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