Found November 26, 2012 on
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The Rule-5 Draft is a couple of weeks away, and this is a great chance for teams to pick players that other teams don't need on their 40-man roster. Players like Josh Hamilton, Johan Santana and Jose Bautista were once Rule-5 Draft picks.
This season, I've been going to the stadium to watch Winter Ball games quite often and one particular player caught my attention. I'm talking about left handed pitcher Joseph Ortiz who currently pitches for the Texas Rangers organization. The other day I was talking to John Manuel of Baseball America and we exchanged some thoughts about Ortiz and he he reminded me that Ortiz was eligible in the Rule-5 Draft and that he could get drafted by somebody looking for a lefty specialist.
Ortiz, only 22 years old, is enjoying a good season in Venezuela this winter. He's 0-2 with a 3.31 ERA, 8.3 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 0.0 HR/9 and a 2.65 FIP in 16.1 innings pitched for his team. Also, lefties are 1-15 against him. He began the 2012 season with the Ra...
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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...
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Mike Napoli is taking the free agent tour around the major leagues.
A catcher for the Rangers since 2011, the seven-year veteran has been pursued by several teams this offseason. The Red Sox and Mariners are reportedly the two clubs most interested, with Napoli saying he’s willing to make a move to first base if that’s what his new team wants.
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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.
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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.
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Mike Napoli sits atop of Boston’s wish list.
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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 cut fastball while they were teammates in Texas, and the similarities are likely not a...
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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...