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The Flagrant Fan:
This is the fourth segment in a series on players we've watched for a long, long time who we might get to enjoy in 2012 for the last time. In the first three segments, the players covered have a definite home in 2012 and can count on playing time. The fourth player in our series is still a free agent, he's still unsigned and it's not guaranteed that he'll catch on with a team in 2012. His name is Ivan Rodriguez.
If you put two serious baseball fans in the same room and told them they had to argue the merits of Ivan Rodriguez's career, the two would have a lot to talk about. And one would probably sound a lot like Fred Flintstone with a lot of "yeahbuts" thrown in the conversation. Rodriguez does that to people. You are either wildly impressed by his career or thrown cold by certain aspects of it. Here's a sample of how that conversation might go:Fan1: Ivan Rodriguez is the only catcher (80% at that position) in history with more 500 doubles for his...
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While you're sitting around waiting for the next "mystery team" to emerge in the running for Prince Fielder (yes, we're looking at you, Arizona Diamondbacks), enjoy the video above of Drew Storen's mechanics in slow motion (not the guys who fix his car) via Pitchers Power Drive dot com.
So, just what the heck is Pitchers Power Drive, anyway? A car? A race...
The Washington Nationals are no longer interested in acquiring Cuban import Yeonis Cespedes, according to Bill Ladson of Nationals.com.
"In other news, the Nationals are out of the Cespedes sweepstakes, according to a baseball source. On Friday, it was reported by the Associated Press that the Cubs, White Sox, Orioles, Indians and Tigers have the most interest in the 26-year...
Yippee! Doug Slaten!
Slaten is a 31 year-old lefty reliever. He was decent in limited action with the Nats over the last two years, but missed some time with an elbow injury. He should add a little bit of lefty depth in the bullpen – the Bucs don’t have much of it right now behind Tony Watson, Daniel Moskos, and possibly J0-Jo Reyes.
It’s a minor league deal with an invite...
According to Phil Mackey at 1500ESPN.com, the Twins have been in contact with a potential bullpen arm:
“On Thursday, a baseball source confirmed the Twins have been in talks recently with the agent for right-hander Todd Coffey, who owns a 3.68 ERA with 167 strikeouts and 53 unintentional walks in 205 2/3 innings over the past three seasons with the Nationals and Brewers.”...
Nationals pitchers Tyler Clippard, Gio Gonzalez, Tom Gorzelanny, John Lannan and Jordan Zimmermann, plus catcher Jesus Flores and outfielder Michael Morse filed for salary arbitration on Friday.
(Photo of Ted Lerner at 2008 Washington Nationals Dream Foundation Gala by and courtesy of @misschatter)
And so, the PF Flyer flew to Dallas on Friday the 13th to begin a "tour" that starts with the Texas Rangers. Shall we call this tour: Scott Boras's Last Stand?
We checked, and indeed, this last-gasp move by Boras is covered in detail in Chaper 14, page...
Outfielder Mike Cameron said that free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder would be a great fit for the Nationals because his presence would make them a force in the National League East.