Found November 10, 2011 on MLB Trade Rumors:
MLB executives expect Albert Pujols to re-sign in St. Louis, but predicting Prince Fielder’s next team is considerably more challenging.’s Jayson Stark surveyed a dozen MLB executives about likely landing spots for the two free agent first basemen and the details are worth examining. Here they are, along with more notes from Stark: The average prediction for Pujols’ next contract was more than $28MM per season for 8.5 years. All but one respondent expect Pujols to re-sign with the Cardinals, though there’s buzz that the Cubs, Marlins and Rangers are “gearing up” for him. Executives expect Fielder to sign a seven-year deal in the $22-23MM range. Some doubt NL teams would commit more than five years to Fielder because of concerns that he’ll be incapable of playing passable defense once he hits his mid-thirties. Manny Ramirez tried out for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, but it didn’t go well, possibly because Japanese teams prefer to avoid players with baggage. The ...

Manny Ramirez had tryout with team from Japan

Sources close to Jayson Stark of and Japanese baseball say that retired baseball star Manny Ramirez had a Florida tryout with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks a couple of weeks ago, but “it didn't go well.” The Japanese team apparently did not like the “baggage” associated with Ramirez.  The source added, “no matter how talented Manny might be.” Back in April...

MLB more competitive than NFL?

ESPN's Jayson Stark makes some claim chowder by splitting hairs.  He has determined that due to inequities in payroll and some conjectural information MLB is more competitive than the NFL: • Even though the Cardinals had won the World Series as recently as 2006, baseball has still had nine different champions in the last 11 years. Nine. Had Neftali Feliz been able to get...

Manny Ramirez Reportedly Rejected by Japanese Team

What’s Manny Ramirez been up to lately? Apparently trying to resurrect his baseball career in a country where everyone goes for redemption — Japan. From a Jayson Stark report: A source with ties to Japanese baseball tells Rumblings that Manny had a Florida tryout for a Japanese team (the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks) a couple of [...]

New CBA close, but is slowing free-agent market

According to’s Jayson Stark, negotiations between players and owners in talks for a new CBA have taken “a step forward,” and a second source told it’s possible a deal could be completed this week. Matthew Cerrone (posted on November 10, 2011, at 7:33 am): This will get completed, but I keep hearing it is not likely to be finalized until the end of the month...

Phillies Have Serious Interest In Papelbon

The Phillies are showing "serious" interest in Jonathan Papelbon, according to's Jayson Stark (on Twitter). The Phillies appeared to have a deal with Ryan Madson earlier this week, but talks aren't going anywhere at the moment. Yesterday GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told Stark that rumors of an agreement on a four-year, $44MM deal were "unequivocally false...

Free Agency: Papelbon, Madson, Pujols

Papelbon is in play for the Phillies. (Photo:–As far as closer is concerned, things have taken a 180 since earlier in the week. Ryan Madson and the Phillies were reportedly close to a four-year contract, but those rumors were deemed false by Ruben Amaro Jr. Now it appears Jonathan Papelbon is at the top of the Phillies wishlist for closer.Jayson Stark of ESPN...

Phils Didn't Have Agreement With Madson; May Pursue Papelbon

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said that the club never agreed to terms on a contract with closer Ryan Madson, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN. Amaro categorized the rumored four-year, $44MM contract as "unequivocally false," reports Stark (Twitter links). The Phils are interested in Jonathan Papelbon, tweets Jon Heyman of, so if talks with Madson don't work...

Big News on a Friday Evening

Jonathan Papelbon agreed to a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Jon Heyman of reports that Papelbon is guaranteed $50 million over four years while the vesting option is believed to be easily attainable. If you were somehow on the fence about this deal being excessive, this should push you overboard and then some. Jayson Stark of reports that Papelbon will...

Phillies make the first big splash of offseason as they ink All star closer Papelbon

ESPN’s Jayson Stark and’S  Jim Salisbury are reporting that the Phillies have signed ex Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon to a 4 year $50 million that includes a vesting option could make the deal worth $60 million. The deal is pending a physical and almost assures that long time Philadelphia reliever Ryan Madson(current [...]

Quick Hits: CBA, Fielder, Francis, Rollins

Ryan Madson appeared to have a deal with the Phillies this time last night, but the sides haven't completed anything to date. Here are the details and here are your links for Wednesday night... We heard last night that the players and owners made significant progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement. The sides could complete a CBA this week, according to ESPN...

Still Holding Out For Pujols

Yes, I'm still dreaming. As Jayson Stark of ESPN says, however, the Dodgers landing Albert Pujols might be within some realm of possibility: There's also the Franchise Changer sales pitch. If you're just looking at signing Albert Pujols the baseball player, you might not give this man eight or 10 years at age 32, no matter how great a player he is. But say you're...
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