Are baseball’s umpires after Bryce Harper?

While making my afternoon commute home from work yesterday, I caught the tail end of a debate on MLB Network Radio’s Inside Pitch over who should win the National League MVP. Both hosts, Casey Stern and Jim Bowden, went with Bryce Harper narrowly edging out Paul Goldschmidt. While Bowden, the former Washington Nationals general manager, wrapped up his case for Harper, he offered...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Exploring a potential Carlos Gomez trade

ESPN’s Jim Bowden earlier today proposed the Mets and Milwaukee Brewers make a trade that would send CF Carlos Gomez and RHP Neal Cotts to the Mets in return for CF Juan Lagares, RHP Rafael Montero, RHP Marcos Molina and OF Brandon Nimmo. The trade would give the Mets a much needed boost in center field, where Juan Lagares has been a less impactful fielder, making his .610 on-base...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers trade rumors: GM says they will be buyers

Rumors have been flying that the Detroit Tigers will be sellers after their rough first half of the season and with the trade deadline quickly approaching Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski has to make some tough choices. Dombrowski has to choose whether to sell off some off his good players to build a team for the future or buy players so they can win now. Tigers Ace...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Time to clean house, and not just players

After being embarrassed 11-1 in the series finale and splitting a series with the lowly Boston Red Sox (44-55), it is clear the Detroit Tigers need to be sellers at the deadline. ESPN Analyst Jim Bowden tweeted before Sunday’s game that General Manager Dave Dombrowski told him they are going to try to win and declared the Tigers as deadline buyers. However, the division leading...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Is acquiring Chris Davis a good idea for the Cardinals?

According to my twitter follower @CubsCardsCast, MLB analyst Jim Bowden mentioned on satellite radio this morning that the St. Louis Cardinals could be a landing spot for Baltimore slugger Chris Davis. Is this plausible? What would it take? Is this a good idea? Let’s dig into the conversation on this Sunday morning. As I gulp the coffee, we run. Is it plausible? Sure it is. The...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Acquire Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson From Braves

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN on Twitter as well as various other sources, the Mets and Braves have reportedly finished a deal that has infielder Juan Uribe and utility man Kelly Johnson to the Mets in exchange for prospects John Gant and Robert Whalen. Uribe, 36, is a thirteen year veteran who has spent […]
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Reports: Mets close to acquiring Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson

Jim Bowden of ESPN is reporting that the Braves are close to sending Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets. The Mets have been looking for bats and this would accomplish that to an extent. Joel Sherman of the New York Post said the Mets are sending young arms including Jon Gant. Our own Robert Murray reported that Rafael Montero is the other piece going to Atlanta. Mets and Braves...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Have Been Talking To Teams About Niese For Months

Jim Bowden of ESPN isn’t buying the rumors and reports that Mets lefthander Jon Niese is not available. “There have been reports that a Mets front-office executive said that Niese was “never” available. I don’t believe that. Multiple GMs have told me they’ve had conversations with the Mets regarding Niese, and have done so for […]
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Phillies “becoming more likely” to deal Cole Hamels

It has been my belief, along with many others, that the Philadelphia Phillies would hold onto Cole Hamels until the offseason, but according to a recent report, the odds of a trade are increasing. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com, in an insider only article, reports that the Phillies “are getting enough significant offers” for Hamels that “it’s becoming more likely” he is traded...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies trade rumors: Carlos Gonzalez edition

At the beginning of the season, ESPN’s Jim Bowden mentioned that if the Colorado Rockies were out of contention by the trade deadline, outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will be the trade target to watch. Well, the Rockies sure aren’t in contention for the National League West, and Bowden’s predicition is starting to seem likely. Although Gonzalez has had injury issues throughout the...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Alderson On Second Half: Things Can Only Go Up

Jim Bowden of ESPN Insider listed the Mets among nine teams he believes will be among the “Movers and Shakers” leading up to the trade deadline, asserting that GM Sandy Alderson is simply waiting for the right opportunity to strike. “Alderson has never been one to make a hasty, knee-jerk trade. He has historically taken his time, then made solid moves to improve the team...
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July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Showing Interest In Cuban SS Alfredo Rodriguez

According to Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio the Mets and Padres are expected to lead the way in the bidding for Cuban SS Alfredo Rodriguez. Rodriguez is 21 years old and recently left Cuba with the intent of pursuing a contract in MLB. Rodriguez hit .265/.301/.284 in 304 plate appearances in the Serie Nacional last year earning him Rookie of the Year and the gold glove award while...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN: Mets Top Landing Spot For Tulowitzki

Despite statements by Colorado Rockies GM Jeff Bridich that Troy Tulowitzki is not available for trade, Jim Bowden of ESPN (Insider Subscribers) writes that ultimately Tulo will be dealt in a blockbuster deal for the good of the organization. He lists the top five likely trade destinations as the Mets, Yankees, Mariners, Padres and Nationals. 1. New York Mets The Mets have built...
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May 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Sign Juan Lagares To 4-Year, $23 Million Extension

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, outfielder Juan Lagares and the Mets have agreed on a 4-year extension with a club option. The deal is expected to be worth $23 million and covers all of Lagares’ arbitration years and one year of free agency. Lagares is already signed for 2015, so this new deal starts in 2016 and runs through 2019 with a club option for 2020 worth $9.5 million...
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Breaking: Mets Sign Juan Lagares To 4-Year Extension

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, outfielder Juan Lagares and the Mets have agreed on a 4-year extension with a club option. The deal is expected to be over $20 million and covers all of Lagares’ arbitration years and one year of free agency. Lagares is already signed for 2015, so this new deal starts in 2016. Bowden points out that Lagares is considered the best defensive center...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Are #1 In ESPN Future Power Ranking

The Red Sox—who were in third place at the end of last season—have vaulted into first place in ESPN's Future Power Rankings. Boston notched a top overall score of 87.3 (out of a possible 100)—a nine-point increase from October 31, 2014. ESPN's Buster Olney, Jim Bowden and Keith Law each rated the 30 teams on four metrics: majors, minors, finance and mobility. The top six teams...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Sign Rickie Weeks to One-Year Deal

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com, the Seattle Mariners have signed second baseman Rickie Weeks to a one-year deal, worth $2 million dollars and an additional $2 million in incentives. According to a club source the #Mariners have agreed to terms with Rickie Weeks on 1yr Major League deal at approx $2m w/ $2m inc..LF/RF/2B — Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) February 12, 2015 Weeks...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Could Joba Chamberlain be a fit for the Indians bullpen?

Last week, rumors circulated that the Indians were still interested in adding one more legitimate late-inning reliever to their bullpen. The options are winding down, so one particular name caught my eye over the weekend. ESPN’s Jim Bowden — yes, that same Jim Bowden who imploded during the trade deadline season — wrote an article on Friday about the best fits for the 10 remaining...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer Signs Crazy Deal With The Nationals

According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, Max Scherzer will agree to a 7-year, $210 million dollar deal with the Washington Nationals. However, here’s the caveat. Half the money will be deferred, meaning the Nationals will be writing checks to Scherzer for 14 years in total. That means he will be paid $15 million dollars a year by the Washington Nationals until 2029. His final check will...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates Agree To 4-Year Deal With SS Jung-Ho Kang

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang to a four-year, $16 million dollar contract. The Yonhap News Agency adds that the Pirates paid a slightly greater than $5M posting fee, bringing the total cost for the shortstop to around $21 million. Even if he fails to come close to what he produced in Korea, that’s a steal. Last...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates, Jung-Ho Kang Agree To 4-Year, $16 Million Deal

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com, the Pittsburgh Pirates have reached an agreement with Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang on a four-year deal in the $16 million range. The deal, which is pending a physical, includes a fifth-year option. Kang has agreed to terms with Pirates 4yrs with 5th yr option at approx 16m — Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) January 12, 2015 Kang is reportedly...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Wil Myers Dealt to San Diego in Blockbuster Three-Team Trade

Jim Bowden of ESPN is reporting that the Padres, Rays and Nationals have just agreed to a massive three team trade. The trade includes eleven players with Wil Myers being the centerpiece. Myers heads to San Diego along with minor league pitchers, Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo. Myers was formerly rated as one of the top prospects in MLB. He won the Rookie of the Year in 2013, hitting...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Wil Myers: Padres, Rays, Nationals agree on blockbuster trade

For a little more than 24 hours we had been hearing that a trade that would send outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays to the San Diego Padres was “close,” now we have been told the deal has been consummated (ESPN’s Jim Bowden now confirms it). The deal also involves the Washington Nationals and includes a whopping 11 players. The deal is contingent on everyone passing...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Down to The Wire With Red Sox And Cubbies?

According to Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio, the Giants and Dodgers appear to have fallen behind in the Jon Lester Sweepstakes. Thus, the Cubs and Red Sox are now likely the finalists—and some reports indicate that John Henry's "groveling" apology for last Spring's low-ball offer may have had a positive impact on the lefty.
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Three-Team Deal Could Bring Shortstop Elvis Andrus To Mets

Jim Bowden of ESPN proposed a trio of three-team-trades he’d like to see happen next week at the MLB Winter Meetings. Among them, he proposed the following three-way deal involving the Mets: Texas Rangers get: OF Justin Upton from Braves New York Mets get: SS Elvis Andrus and $10 million from Rangers Atlanta Braves get: RHP Noah Syndergaard from Mets, OF Michael Choice from Rangers...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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