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Today is the eve of Opening Day eve. There are elite eight games on tonight and the Astros vs. Ranger opener tomorrow evening. Plus Wrestlemania 29 is on Sunday night. And then the main event of Opening Day on Monday.
Here’s all of the muck that’s fit to rake in the way of baseball reads:
-How the Nats went from ugly to elite, by Joe Posnanski. [NBC Sports]
-ESPN’s expert award predictions. [ESPN]
-The DiamondBacks signed Paul Goldschmidt to an extension yesterday. [AZ Central]
-Buster Posey got paid big time yesterday with his own 9-year extension. [Hardball Talk]
-And here’s more on how Justin Verlander became the highest paid MLB pitcher in history yesterday. [MLive]
-The Baseball Prospectus Guide to 30 teams in baseball. They’re really low on a lot of these win totals and just, off. [Deadspin]
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Buster Posey will be counted on to lead the Giants for the next several years.
Tools of ignorance indeed.
Try telling that to Giants catcher Buster Posey. He just signed a nine-year, $167 million contract extension. It’s the largest guaranteed contract in history for a player with three or fewer years of major league experience.
Posey rebounded from an horrific injury in...
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Brian Sabean said he wanted Buster Posey to be a Giant for life, and that could very well be the case with the news that they have signed the reigning NL MVP to a massive deal.
The Diamondbacks and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have agreed to a five-year, $32 million contract extension, a source confirmed Friday.
The extension runs from 2014-18 with option for 2019 and buys out arbitration years and at least one year of potential free agency.
The agreement was first reported by Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Goldschmidt, 25, hit .286 with 20 home runs and drove...
A person familiar with the negotiations says first baseman Paul Goldschmidt the Arizona Diamondbacks are close to agreement on a $32 million, five-year contract that would run from 2014-18.
The deal would include a $14.5 million team option for 2019 with a $2 million buyout, the person said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been finalized....
San Francisco Giants fans can rejoice, Buster Posey will likely never wear another uniform again. The icon of the Giants signed a 9-year deal that will keep him in a San Francisco jersey until 2022.
The contract extension includes a full no-trade clause and can include incentives if Posey achieves certain accolades. It is an 8-year deal but could include a 9th year on a team option...
Buster Posey is the San Francisco Giants' new franchise man.
The Giants rewarded NL MVP and batting champion with a $167 million, nine-year contract Friday, a deal that includes a club option for 2022 that could raise the value to $186 million over a decade.
The agreement is the longest for a catcher and the largest in Giants history, surpassing Matt Cain's $127.5 million...
PHOENIX -- Since the end of the 2012 season, the Diamondbacks have endured a lion's share of criticism for a few bold moves.
First there was the trade of franchise staple Chris Young before a World Series champion had been crowned. Then came the controversial trade of top pitching (and polarizing) prospect Trevor Bauer for not-as-highly-touted shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius...
It’s been a good Friday for a few Major League Baseball players.
Earlier, we reported that the Detriot Tigers and pitcher Justin Verlander agreed to $180-million contract, now the reigning World Series champions San Francisco Giants, have followed suit and locked up their best player Buster Posey to a long term contract according to the team’s beat reporter Andrew Baggarly.
After leading their teams to last year's World Series, Justin Verlander and Buster Posey cashed in just hours apart Friday.
The All-Star pitcher and MVP catcher were guaranteed nearly $350 million in contracts by the Tigers and Giants, a sure sign of the baseball times: Teams are awash with revenue from television and high-priced tickets.
Verlander, an AL MVP and Cy Young Award...
Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors
The San Francisco Giants have announced that they’ve extended GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy‘s contracts through 2016, and have options for 2017. It’s nice to see the team taking care of their GM and manager after winning two World Series in a three year span.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported earlier that the Giants and...
“We goin’ Sizzler. We goin’ Sizzler.”
That’s one of my favorite lines from from one of my favorite movies, “White Men Can’t Jump.” The line comes early in the movie when Sidney (Wesley Snipes) and Billy (Woody Harrelson) put money on a shooting contest. When it appears Sidney is about to make Billy look like the chump that he is, Sidney’s friend starts mocking...
If you hadn’t noticed, Major League teams have decided that the best way to use their current financial windfall is to keep their best players for essentially their entire careers. It wasn’t long ago that single team lifers like Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn were the outliers, but now, it is becoming unusual for an elite player to not sign a mega-contract with his original franchise...
With the season opening on Sunday night, it’s time for our last look at some of the risers and fallers in the recent ADP rankings. Again, since we’re just looking to identify simple trends we’re going to stick with the trend report on Mock Draft Central rather than be too concerned with actual ADP rankings from the NFBC as we have used through most of the spring. Besides, the...