That could have been a whole lot better.
That could have been a whole lot worse.
Both things are true as we dig through the rubble of a 2-2 split against a bottom dwelling foe… that somehow vaulted the Cardinals into a first place tie in the NL Central.
First the bad news.
+ The Justin Masterson trade is officially a bust. His ERA with the Cardinals is 7.90 and he’s surrendered...
MIAMI -- Few people enjoy smoking cigars as much as Jack McKeon.
A daily communicant, the former Marlins manager has been known to leave a lighted cigar outside church while attending Mass only to pick up the stogie immediately following the service.
But two months after undergoing heart bypass surgery, McKeon dropped a bombshell at Marlins Park on Sunday -- his cigar-smoking days...
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Garza trade and reaction
Junior Lake potential
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The 2013 draft is a few weeks away, and if you haven’t followed our draft coverage, I suggest you start now. Last night John Dreker and I recorded a segment for the upcoming podcast, looking at Baseball America’s latest mock draft, and talking about a lot of the players who fell in the Pirates’ range. At this point it seems very likely that the Pirates will end up with one...
Truth is, the Rangers didn't want to trade Chris Davis.
That's not revisionist history coming from Rangers general manager Jon Daniels. That's the recollection of Andy MacPhail, who made the deal during his tenure as the Orioles' president of baseball operations.
The Rangers wanted right-hander Koji Uehrara from the Orioles at the 2011 trade deadline, and initially...
When Mark Teixeira sustained his injury that will cause him
to miss the start of the regular season, the New York Yankees began scouring
the market for fill ins. One of those potentials, Derrek Lee, turned the
Yankees offer down and elected to remain retired, according to Tim Brown of
Derrek Lee has decided to stay retired, according to source. Has turned down...
How bad is it getting for the New York Yankees? Derrek Lee opted for retirement instead of signing a deal with the team.
The Yankees contacted the 37-year-old Lee about a position for the club. Lee, who retired after the 2011 season, considered the offer for a few days but has notified the Yankees that he has decided to stay retired.
Currently featured on the injured list for the...
So just how desperate are the Yankees and their fans to sign warm bodies that may have been good at baseball at some point in the lives? Well, let’s just see.On Monday Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed that he had reached out to Derrek Lee to gauge his interest on joining the Yankees. Lee, who hasn’t played in the majors since 2011, said thanks, but no thanks.Then all of a sudden...
The New York Yankees have turned to the free agent market in
their search for a corner infielder to help replace injured regulars Alex
Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. The team has reached out to free agent first
baseman Derrek Lee and third baseman Scott Rolen, while it’s even contacted the
agent of former Atlanta Braves All-Star Chipper Jones.
General manager Brian...
This will be short but not so sweet.
Yankees put age before beauty.
Upon my daily trolling of the big newspapers sports sections, USA Today reported that the New York Yankees were trying to get Chipper Jones, Derrek Lee and Scott Rolen out of retirement to come play in the Bronx.
In utter disbelief instead of reaching for my morning coffee, I knocked it over and it went everywhere...
The New York Yankees find themselves with a lack of depth at first and third base so Brian Cashman is leaving no stone unturned. Cashman’s latest targets include Chipper Jones and Derrek Lee. Cashman spoke to reporters
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In their efforts to find a replacement first baseman until Mark Teixeira comes back from injury, the Yankees have contacted retired slugger Derrek Lee about a possible return to baseball, according to David Waldstein of the New York Times. Lee is said to be interested in the situation, but no deal is in place as of yet.
Lee, 37, last played in the majors in 2011 with Baltimore and...
The Yankees don’t have many viable options to fill in for Mark Teixeira as he recovers from a strained tendon in his right wrist, so they’re turning to a player who has been retired since 2011.
The Yankees are in talks to bring Derrek Lee out of retirement, according to the New York Times. The 37-year-old was last seen playing for Pittsburgh and Baltimore two years ago.
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Today is a popular date for former Pittsburgh Pirates birthdays, nine players have been born on this date. We have four players covered now, with five more to come later. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland covers a bad break for the 1960 Pirates.
Frank Brooks (1978) Pitcher for the 2004 Pirates. He was originally a 13th round pick in the 1999 draft by the Phillies, that came...
Late last night, news of a potential trade between the Phillies and Giants for right fielder Hunter Pence popped up. That trade is still up in the air, but the Phillies fire sale may be ramped up to a new level today, with starting pitchers Joe Blanton and Cliff Lee apparently in play.
Blanton's main suitor is apparently the Baltimore Orioles, with the Cardinals and Blue...
Baseball clubs make pitching changes either to head off trouble before it begins or perhaps even more often, to stop the bleeding before it becomes terminal. On Wednesday in Miami, the moves to the pen made by manager Mike Matheny proved fatal for the St. Louis Cardinals that night.
During the seventh inning, Cardinals starter Joe Kelly had to watch from the bench as he was removed...
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 36-32, two games back in their division and one game behind the Mets or Giants for the second wild card spot. The last time the Pirates were playing this well was July 25, 2011, after James McDonald pitched very well on a road game against the Braves. The next night, the Pirates lost the infamous 19-inning contest and were never the same again. They won...
This morning, Jessep already laid out a great case as to why first baseman Ike Davis should be demoted to Buffalo with all expediency and I don’t have anything more to add to that. But on that front, Terry Collins was asked again about the situation yet he continues to dance around the issue. Adam Rubin documented the moment on his blog at ESPN New York:
The Mets have been resolute...
Let me start this off by saying that I’m fully aware the odds are still against this Pirates team. It’s going to be hard to do much of anything with such a meager offense, and the pitching probably won’t be top-5 all season. Plus–especially after last year–we’re all going to be waiting for a collapse…because they’re the Pirates. Regardless, after all the doom and...
As the 2012 fantasy baseball season approaches, we’ve looked at the offseason moves and sleepers, both broken down by position. Today we’re going to take a look at the busts for 2012. In other words, avoid these players below if you can.
Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers
Alex Avila has been successful in 2011, but it's more likely to see him regress in 2012. (Photo...
Derrek Lee hasn’t retired just yet. According to Ken Rosenthal, Lee is looking to play during the upcoming season, but he’s looking for the “right opportunity.” Lee struggled early on last season, but managed to turn his season around upon being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates — albeit, in a very small sample. Still, Lee’s resurgence with Pittsburgh hasn’t led to a...
Jim Callis of Baseball America released the bonus pools for the 2012 draft today. The Pittsburgh Pirates will end up with a pool of $6,563,500, which includes their first round pick, valued at $2.9 M. That total doesn’t include any compensation for Derrek Lee, since Lee isn’t expected to sign a major league deal.
When the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was announced, it...
The first weekend of the 2012 NCAA Division I season is in the books, giving us our first look at some of the top 2012 draft prospects. A few of the top guys got off to great starts, with the top performer being Victor Roache.
Roache went 4-for-10 at the plate in his opening weekend, homering twice. The outfielder hit a Division I leading 30 home runs in 2011, and started his 2012...
Jim Callis of Baseball America has announced that the bonus pools for the 2012 MLB draft are set. The only player who could impact the potential bonuses would be Derrek Lee, who is expected to either retire, or sign a minor league deal. Neither option would generate a compensation pick for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The bonus pool for the Pirates is $6,563,500. That’s the 16th biggest...