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Boston Red Sox
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As the Boston Red Sox approach the trade deadline there are only a few questions surfacing on what moves they should/shouldn't do. First, do the Sox need to go out and trade for an Ace starter. Simple answer is no, to make a play for an ace like Cliff Lee or Matt Garza you'd have to give up an elite prospect. An as Boston is continuing to rebuild this team after offloading most of their big guns to the Dodgers, getting rid of top players in their farm league is not the best route. I believe they do need a starter but not an ace as they have a group of starters who have been getting the job done. Look for the Sox to go after a guy like James Shields now with Kansas City who they are very familiar with or even Bud Norris from Houston though his asking price could be higher.
Let's stay with pitching an move to the bullpen. I believe this is where Boston really needs to focus in and get a steady arm to help boost their pen. Do the Sox need to...
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This year is obviously not going to be the year for the Chicago Cubs. With a 35-45 record and three of the best teams in all of baseball in their division, it is going to take a miracle for the Cubs to make the post-season. It’s not that the Cubs have no talent this year, they just haven’t been able to put all of their pieces together at the same time (and the bullpen piece is...
Nice try, Eloy. You can’t have plus-plus power and be gritty.
The 2013 international free agency signing period starts July 2nd (Hey, that's tomorrow!). All international players who turn 16 by August 31st are eligible for free agency. Top prospects from Latin America typically sign shortly after they turn 16. Korean and Taiwanese prospects, on the other hand, are usually...
With June beginning, we have officially entered the most exciting month on the baseball calendar(omitting October, of course)-- trade deadline season. Although there are still 28 days left for teams to scout potential trade targets, the days leading up to the deadline are always full of speculation and rumors which fuel the conversations of baseball enthusiasts. This year, the Red...
It's assumed by many that Matt Garza's trade value is high enough that he will almost certainly be traded. As I was last year, I remain unconvinced. Before we get into his actual trade value, the Cubs have three options with Garza.
Qualifying offer at the end of the season
The first two are connected and the third is for a separate post.
If the Cubs...
In this newest episode of Phillies Nation TV, Pat and Corey discuss the Phillies first half, some wild numbers from Cliff Lee and other major leaguers, and Dutch Daulton.
Jon Marks from 97.5 the Fanatic is a special guest to talk about Dutch.
Baseball America is reporting that the Cubs have agreed to terms with RHP Jefferson Mejia (#20 in TheAncientMarinner's rankings) for $850K. Mejia was eligible to sign last year, but had problems with his paperwork. As such, he is older than most of the top prospects being signed in this period. If he gets his paperwork sorted out, he could start playing right away...
From Matt Gelb’s piece in the Inquirer today comes some uncharacteristically earnest quotes from Ruben Amaro Jr. and an unusually candid series of quotations from the GM.
Here are some of the highlights from the piece:
“Amaro does not need to trade anyone. He said there is no mandate from ownership to shed payroll, even as the team has experienced an average decrease of 5,871...
The Chicago Cubs are poised to become major sellers once again this summer, just like they were last season when they dealt veterans such as Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm and Geovany Soto. As the July 31 trade deadline approaches, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Cubs are "all but certain" to deal pitchers Matt Garza, Scott Feldman and Kevin Gregg.
Matt Garza plans to pitch as well as he can for the Chicago Cubs as long as he's with the team. That's how he's dealing with all this trade talk.
Garza pitched eight sharp innings for his third consecutive win, leading the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.
''For the past six or seven years my name always comes up,''...
The San Diego Padres are surprisingly in the race in the NL West and appear to be buyers at the deadline. The Padres are looking to add to their rotation at the deadline and already have a couple of guys that they are targeting.
The Padres are "enamored" with Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta, according to Bill Center of U-T San Diego. Another target, according to Center...
Domonic Brown, Ben Revere, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Jon Pettibone. If you're on this list, you're sticking around, at least if I were the GM. If you're named Galvis, Hernandez, Ruf, or Asche, prepare to be here a month from now. Everybody else, buckle up. The Philadelphia Phillies are 9.5...
If Amaro doesn’t change his tune, his insistence that this aging core is worth holding onto will be his downfall.
Back in March, I disagreed with the notion that the Phillies roster needed detonation, as was then being advocated by Jonah Keri of Grantland.com. I thought there were too many pieces still in place to have that outlook going into 2013… that this veteran group had...
The Major League Baseball trading season is officially upon us.
The Chicago Cubs got that ball rolling earlier today when they traded Scott Feldman and minor-league catcher Steve Clevenger to the Baltimore Orioles for Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop. Then, the Cubs sent reliever Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers for left-hander Matt Guerrier.
And with their arch-rivals making moves, the...
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With the trading deadline 30 days away, it’s hard to imagine the Red Sox making a blockbuster deal.
an offseason in which they avoided big-name signings and major roster
shake-ups, they have...
Chase Utley is a name being thrown around internally by the Dodgers, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Not much to substantiate it other than his sources, but it feels like this rumor was inevitable.
From 2005-2009, Utley put up a line of .301/.388/.535/.922. Add plus-plus defense at second base to that equation, and you have a potential future Hall Of Famer. Unfortunately,...