REPORT: Houston Astros “Hell-Bent” On Acquiring A Closer

Hell-bent. That’s a bit of a strong word to use, to describe a team’s pursuit of a player…no? Clubs talking to Astros say they seem “hell-bent to get a closer.” Checked in on Chapman, Miller, Giles, Boxberger, plus free-agent options — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) November 21, 2015 Well, that’s the exact word that ESPN’s Jayson […]
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Joakim Soria Wants A 3 Year Contract Worth $27 Million

Joakim Soria, who is one of the best relief pitchers on the market, is looking for a contract worth approximately $27 million over three years according to Jayson Stark of ESPN. The Mets are in need of another shutdown pitcher to pair with Jeurys Familia, and Soria looks like a perfect fit. Over the course of his career, Soria has been one of the best relief pitchers in baseball...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Stark: A sports writer living his dream

PHILADELPHIA – While a dream is often viewed as fantasy, for Jayson Stark it is reality. Stark has been a senior baseball writer for ESPN since 2000. Prior, six years removed from earning his bachelor’s degree in newspaper journalism at Syracuse University in 1973, Stark joined the Philadelphia Inquirer to...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

All of the possible AL Wild Card tiebreaker scenarios

We’re approaching another Game 162 that could be filled with complete and utter chaos in the American League. The Royals have already clinched the AL Central, while the Blue Jays and Rangers have healthy leads of 3 and 3.5 games respectively in their divisions. Similarly, the Yankees also have a 4.5 game lead for the first Wild Card, putting their playoff berth in good hands...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks GM: Padres wanted Goldschmidt for Kimbrel

This seems like a cruel April Fools’ joke that you play on your friends. Talking about the MLB trade deadline on the Burns and Gambo radio show in Arizona, Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart indicated that the San Diego Padres asked for Paul Goldschmidt in return for closer Craig Kimbrel. Dave Stewart tells Burns and Gambo the Padres wanted Paul Goldschmidt from the...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Deal official: Cole Hamels to make Rangers debut Saturday

View image | gettyimages.com A trade which seemed to take years to finalize, has reportedly been made official. According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, the Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman deal, sending them to the Texas Rangers, is 'finally official'. Remember that Cole Hamels deal you thought got done like 38...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers Are Ready To Sell, Mets Could Target Yoenis Cespedes

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN the Detroit Tigers are telling teams that they are going to reboot and are ready to begin selling off pieces. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski confirmed as much today with MLB.com’s Jason Beck. That could mean the New York Mets could take another look at outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, whom they’ve […]
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Tyson Ross would be game-changer for Orioles

Yesterday, Jayson Stark of ESPN reported that the Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres were discussing a deal that would send Justin Upton to Baltimore. It’s been quite clear for a while that the Orioles are in desperate need of an outfield bat, especially if they want to keep pace with a re-Tulo-ed Toronto Blue Jays lineup. The Orioles have gotten next to no offensive production...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Yoenis Cespedes Having His Best Season, But Tigers Are Not Selling

According to most reports, the Detroit Tigers do not appear as though they will be sellers at the deadline, which means outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will not be dealt. (Jayson Stark, ESPN) That’s too bad as Cespedes was one of the few players MMO has considered to be an ideal fit for the team. And while in the […]
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Phillies want “best offer” for Hamels by Wednesday

According to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, the Phillies have told teams that they want their “best offer” for left-hander Cole Hamels by Wednesday. Once the “best” deal is on the table, the team will have until 4 p.m. on Friday to make a decision on where to trade him, or to even trade him at all. The Phillies have been in discussions with a number of teams, but according to...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Rumors: On Price, Hamels as primary targets and not trading Urias, Seager

The Dodgers probably need to add two arms before the trading deadline on Friday, a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher. Despite what many say, there aren’t actually many holes on this team, but two season-ending injuries in the rotation necessitates an addition. Additionally, while the bullpen is improved from 2014 — I doubt a Scott Elbert will pitch key innings in the playoffs...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Dodgers and Rangers Emerge as Favorites in Hamels Race

(AP) According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Dodgers and Rangers have vaulted to the head of the pack for any potential Cole Hamels trade. In his piece, Stark noted that, in addition to the Dodgers and Rangers, the Astros, Blue Jays, Cubs, Giants, and Yankees had scouts in attendance at yesterday’s no-hitter, conducting due diligence scouting. A source who Stark says has spoken...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Three teams interested in Phillies’ Chase Utley

If this is Chase Utley‘s last season in Philadelphia, it isn’t an ideal way to go out. In 65 games, he has hit .179 with four home runs and 25 RBI. A change of scenery may do him a lot of good and get his career back on track. On 97.3 ESPN in Philadelphia, ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark reported that Utley’s market is “evolving” and that three teams are interested in trading...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Open To Trading Jon Niese

Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that based on teams that have checked in with the Mets, they are very open to trading Jon Niese as long as the player they get in return is under team control similar to the veteran southpaw. Niese, 28 , is under contract through 2016 for $9M and has two club options […]
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

The Tigers will decide whether or not to sell after Sunday

Dave Dombrowski and the Detroit Tigers will apparently not decide on whether to be sellers or buyers until after Sunday according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Hold that "seller" talk on the #Tigers. Teams talking to them say they won't make up their mind on Price, Cespedes, etc. until after Sunday — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 22, 2015 This news comes after a Bob Nightengale...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Sox Among Four Teams In The Hunt For Hamels

(Photo from fastphillysports.com)According to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark, the Red Sox are among just four teams who are still in on 'The Cole Hamels Sweepstakes'. The hot rumor is that Hamels would waive his no-trade protection to Boston if the team picks up his $20 million option for the 2017 season. As we've heard from Sox CEO Larry Lucchino, Boston does not fit the typical "buyer...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Jayson Stark: Red Sox Still In Mix To Land Cole Hamels At Trade Deadline

Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is almost here, and Cole Hamels still is pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies. There’s a good chance that could change before July 31, as several teams have emerged as favorites to nab the left-handed ace. According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Boston Red Sox are among them. The feeling among MLB clubs is that the Red Sox...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Trading Hamels Now “Less Than 50/50″

ESPN Baseball Insider Jayson Stark joined Harry Mayes and Rob Ellis earlier today on 97.5 the Fanatic and had some interesting things to say on Cole Hamels. “Ive talked to all the executives from other clubs that are here. I think Hamels getting traded, in the next three weeks, is now less than 50/50. ” Stark also later states that because of the strong free agent market this...
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July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves Ready to Deal from Organizational Depth for Catcher

Stocked with an abundance of promising young pitching, the Atlanta Braves are open to dealing from that depth to acquire a young catcher who is productive at the plate, based on a Tweet from ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Still in the midst of a rebuilding project under new president of baseball operations John Hart, the Braves enter Thursday night’s contest with Philadelphia at 38-41...
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July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves willing to deal starting pitching for catching

ESPN’s Jayson Stark is reporting the Atlanta Braves are “open to dealing from pitching prospect depth in a trade for a bat. They’ve asked about young catchers.” The report, on the surface, makes sense. The Braves have used 23-year-old defensive prodigy Christian Bethancourt behind the plate as A.J Pierzynski’s backup. While his strong arm has been on display, throwing out...
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July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves willing to deal starting pitching for catching

ESPN’s Jayson Stark is reporting the Atlanta Braves are “open to dealing from pitching prospect depth in a trade for a bat. They’ve asked about young catchers.” The report, on the surface, makes sense. The Braves have used 23-year-old defensive prodigy Christian Bethancourt behind the plate as A.J Pierzynski’s backup. While his strong arm has been on display, throwing out...
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July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

NL West games don't seem to be affected by MLB's pace-of-play rules

Major League Baseball’s new pace-of-play rules seem to be working. Nine inning games during the first week of the 2015 season were about eight minutes faster than the average game length in 2014. Although the data only takes into account the first week of the this season, Jayson Stark of ESPN reported that the length of games during the first week of last season varied very little...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Telling Umpires Not To Be Too Harsh On Pace Of Play Rules?

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, this week, MLB senior vice president of baseball operations, Peter Woodfork, and MLB director of umpire development, Rich Rieker, began meeting with general managers  from all 30 teams to explain the new pace of play rules that were rolled out last week. The MLBPA is responsible for meeting with player representatives and explaining the new rules...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Executives: Cuddyer Among Worst Offseason Signings

The criticisms of the Michael Cuddyer signing continue to pile on. Jayson Stark of ESPN polled MLB executives around the league on what was the worst signing this offseason, and Cuddyer was ranked as one of the worst. A total of 8 executives named Cuddyer as the worst signing this Winter. Only Hanley Ramirez, Brett Anderson and Max Scherzer‘s deals were considered more unfavorable...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies Could Move Cliff Lee in Spring Training

According to a report from Jayson Stark based on information gathered in talking to an unnamed executive, the Phillies could look to move Cliff Lee in spring training if he is healthy. One exec who spoke with #Phillies says he was told they could move Cliff Lee as soon as spring training if he proves he’s healthy — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) February 6, 2015 The key words to...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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