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
3 days ago  |  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
10 days ago  |  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
16 days ago  |  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
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Reportedly Agree With Jung-Ho Kang on Four-Year Deal

According to Jim Bowden, the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a four-year deal with Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang. The contract is also said to have an option year, making it a possible five-year deal. Bowden puts the price tag at approximately $16 M. The deal is pending a physical, which will reportedly happen on Thursday. More on this as details are made available. Kang has agreed...
Via Pirates Prospects
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Missing Link and the Most Baffling Offseason in Baseball

Here’s a couple of new Mets links I dug up… Jim Bowden of ESPN ran down all 30 MLB teams and points out what he see’s as each team’s missing link. “The Mets are satisfied with Wilmer Flores as their Opening Day starter at shortstop despite his lack of range and slow feet. Flores should hit better than most people think, but playing next to another below-average defender...
Via Mets Merized Online
18 days ago  |  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
20 days ago  |  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
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants Out on Shields, Scherzer; In on Zobrist

The San Francisco Giants are out of the running for James Shields. According Jim Bowden of ESPN via Twitter, the Giants are out on Shields: Giants are out on Shields, never in on Scherzer and still trying to work a deal on Zobrist according to sources — Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) January 3, 2015 This comes almost two weeks after Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reported...
Via Baseball Essential
26 days ago  |  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

BREAKING: Chicago Cubs and Jon Lester Agree To Deal

The Chicago Cubs have found their ace for the upcoming season in Jon Lester.  Lester elected to sign with the Chicago Cubs, sources told ESPN’s Jim Bowden. Jon Lester Is Heading To The North Side The Cubs made their pitch to the lefty ace pitcher a few weeks ago according to a source familiar with the situation. The Cubs made Lester a top priority this osff-season in hopes to...
Via Sports Mockery
December 10, 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

Why the Dodgers should be after Chase Headley

I’ve been a Chase Headley fan for a few years now. He’s undoubtedly one of the best third basemen in baseball, yet he won’t get paid like it. So, the Dodgers should absolutely be in on him. After seeing Pablo Sandoval sign for $95 million and seeing Jim Bowden project Headley to get a 3-year, $27 million deal (which is low), the Dodgers could very well end up with a bargain...
Via Dodgers Digest
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Update: Braves Not Looking To Trade Upton, Gattis

For the past few weeks, one of the major rumors in the baseball surrounded the Atlanta Braves and their willingness to shop both Justin Upton and Evan Gattis. After trading Jason Heyward to the  St. Louis Cardinals, that rumor suggested that new President of Baseball Operations John Hart was looking to rebuild his ball club, and shoot for 2017 when their new ballpark opens. That...
Via Baseball Essential
November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers won’t be a major player in 2015 free agency, says everybody

With free agency well underway, Hanley Ramirez gone to the Red Sox, and fans buzzing about when the Dodgers are going to do something, it seems like as good a time as any to address what insiders think the Dodgers will do in free agency. Unfortunately for those sitting on the edges of their seats waiting for the Dodgers to make a big splash this off-season, the overwhelming sentiment...
Via Dodgers Digest
November 26, 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

Report: St. Louis Cardinals Join List Of Teams Pursuing Jon Lester

This embed is invalid" /> The St. Louis Cardinals might swing for the fences in their attempt to replace Shelby Miller. The Cardinals have joined the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves in pursuit of Jon Lester, a club source told ESPN’s Jim Bowden. St. Louis traded Miller to Atlanta on Monday along with pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins...
Via NESN.com
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
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