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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...
Via Mets Merized Online
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets, Lagares Agree on Four-Year Extension

With the regular season just days away, the New York Mets took the opportunity to make sure their Gold Glove center fielder won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com, the Mets and Juan Lagares have the framework in place for a four-year contract extension with a fifth year (2020) option. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports later reported that Lagares will...
Via Baseball Essential
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

The Mets have bought out all of Juan Lagares’ arb years

The New York Mets actually spent some money on Wednesday, signing Juan Lagares to a four-year extension through 2019, buying out all of his arbitration years. The Mets also hold a club option on Lagares for 2020, which would be his first free agent year. He’s guaranteed at least $20 million through the life of the deal. #Mets & Juan Lagares have agreed on a 4-year extension...
Via Bloguin Best
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

The Mets have bought out all of Juan Lagares’ arb years

The New York Mets actually spent some money on Wednesday, signing Juan Lagares to a four-year extension through 2019, buying out all of his arbitration years. The Mets also hold a club option on Lagares for 2020, which would be his first free agent year. He’s guaranteed at least $20 million through the life of the deal. #Mets & Juan Lagares have agreed on a 4-year extension...
Via The Outside Corner
April 01, 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...
Via Mets Merized Online
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...
Via FenwayNation
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...
Via Baseball Essential
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...
Via Waiting For Next Year
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...
Via The Majors Detroit
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...
Via Mets Merized Online
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...
Via Baseball Essential
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Talks between Orioles and Colby Rasmus ongoing

getty images The Orioles continue to pursue free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, talks between teh two sides are “gaining steam.” The Orioles are one of a few teams who have been linked to Rasmus who seems certain to land a one-year prove it deal regardless of where he signs. Orioles talks with Colby Rasmus are gaining steam according to source...
Via Tireball.com
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox, James Shields haven’t had “substantive talks” since winter meetings

The Boston Red Sox need that one ace to make their staff complete. Once they get that piece, the team will be serious contenders. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com, during the winter meetings, the Red Sox and James Shields met to discuss a possible contract. However, since the winter meetings, the two sides, him and his agents, have not had any substantial talks. Red Sox met with...
Via Baseball Essential
January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Reports: Padres Acquire Wil Myers in Massive Three-Team Deal

In what can be defined as a confusing three-team swap, multiple reports now suggest that the San Diego Padres have acquired young outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays in a trade that also involves an extremely active Washington Nationals club. ESPN’s Jim Bowden, who was the first to report that the deal was complete, provided a synopsis of the parameters.  In addition...
Via Sportsnaut
December 18, 2014  |  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...
Via Mets Merized Online
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...
Via Rumors and Rants
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.
Via FenwayNation
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...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN Predicts Mets Trade For Seattle’s Brad Miller or Chris Taylor

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com predicts that the Mets and Mariners will eventually get together on a trade this offseason that will send one of infielders Brad Miller or Chris Taylor to New York in exchange for one of their back-end starters – namely Dillon Gee, Jon Niese or Bartolo Colon. Last week, an MLB executive told Adam Rubin that the two teams matched up well for a trade. And...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Will Not Be A Cardinal in 2015

So Jim Bowden has a Twitter account and posted this to it yesterday: #Cardinals have joined the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves in pursuit of Jon Lester according to a club source which makes sense after Miller trade — Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) November 18, 2014 Wha? Like Jon Lester? The real Jon Lester? The guy that this was written about on Boston.com? ESPN sabermetrician Dan...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals in on Jon Lester?

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Cardinals are the latest team to show interest in free agent Jon Lester. Lester has been courted so far by his former employer the Red Sox and is said to have a meeting with the Braves this week. Bowden swings and misses a lot and his reasoning for the Cardinals wanting to acquire Lester fails to take in account that the team currently has six...
Via Tireball.com
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Rumors: Cardinals have now shown interst in Jon Lester

Yesterday the St. Louis Cardinals made a splash by adding Jason Heyward to their outfield, but they parted with a young starting pitcher in the process as they dealt away Shelby Miller.  With that move finalized, Jim Bowden of ESPN is reporting that the team now has interest in free agent pitcher Jon Lester. #455185652 / gettyimages.com #Cardinals have joined the Red Sox...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Chasing Jon Lester

Jim Bowden reports a team source has told him the Cards are now in the Jon Lester hunt. Take that with however many grains of salt you like, but it proves the stove isn’t cooling down.
Via The Cardinal Conclave
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Rumors: Rangers more likely to make a trade instead of signing free agent

The Texas Rangers have several needs going into next season as they try to rebound from having one of the worst records in baseball and finishing last in the AL West. The team believes they can contend next year with starters getting healthy and a few more pieces. #456224800 / gettyimages.com According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that the Rangers...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Every player turns down qualifying offer once again

We’re going to need another year to see whether or not a player will accept their one year qualifying offer. Every player that earned an offer this year declined it, continuing a three year trend since the implementation of the qualifying offer following the 2012 season. No MLB players will accept the $15.3 million qualifying offers once again this year — Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN...
Via The Outside Corner
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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