Ariel Miranda looks ready to help the Orioles

Ariel Miranda signed with the Baltimore Orioles this May in a relatively under-the-radar manner. The Cuban-born left-hander did not come stateside with the buzz of a Jose Contreras or Aroldis Chapman. At 26-years-old, the left-hander did not come with an extreme amount of upside, but did post a respectable 3.24 ERA in his final Cuban season. Through five starts at the Double-A level...
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August 16, 2015  |  Discuss

You know what's missing from the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry these days? Witty trash talk!

We all know that the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is not what it used to be. And an article in the Boston Globe reminds us of the more fierce days of The Rivalry.The Globe's Dan Shaughnessy got Yankee president Randy Levine to weigh in on the retirement of Larry Lucchino, his counterpart on the Red Sox. He talked about when both teams went after Jose Contreras in 2002 -- then-GM Theo...
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August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Trinidad and Tobago stun Guatemala behind quick first-half strikes

Trinidad and Tobago used a dynamic opening 26 minutes Thursday night at Chicago's Soldier Field to build a 3-0 lead over Guatemala, then had to hold off a second half comeback attempt before recording a 3-1 victory in the opening match of Group C in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The three points gave the Soca Warriors early command of the group before Mexico and Cuba met in the second match...
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July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

The Greatest White Sox Trade Robberies and Rip-Offs

The White Sox are like any other team, they have made some great trades and some pretty horrible ones. Remember when we traded Kip Wells and Josh Fogg for Todd Ritchie? OUCH Let’s talk about the great Sox trades though. These are the trades that helped shape World Series teams, brought over Hall of Fame players and just straight up ripped off the other clubs. Trade #1 White Sox...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

This Day in Baseball: Garbey Paves the Way for Cuban Defectors

On this day in 1984, Barbaro Garbey made his debut for the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day against the Minnesota Twins. The 27-year-old utility man entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and then stayed in the game at first base. The Tigers downed the Twins 8-1. “I was so nervous. I could not believe it. I just could not believe my dream had come true,” Garbey...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Take heart: Historically, whenever the Yankees or Redsocks outsmart each other, it usually backfires

T'is a dim and foul Jabroney, The brute who methinks he can,Make a feast of stale baloney,O, crapola! The folly of man...- Bard of Lupica, Canterbury England, 1678So spake "the tiny Bard" long ago, from inside his shirt of hair. And Lupica's verses continue to inspire us and shed light on a world that - as we know from our current leader - can never be predicted.Whatever the...
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

History Says Active White Sox Off-Season Will Lead To World Series

If South Side fans were looking for validation that what the Chicago White Sox have done so far during the Winter Meetings will lead to good things in the near future, they should know that history sheds a bright light on their activity.  The last time the organization was this active in acquiring new talents was exactly ten years ago in 2004.  That was when then-GM Kevin Williams...
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December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Awesome Stat Lines from Around the World: Jose Contreras

This week’s edition of “Awesome Stat Lines from Around the World” features a player you are probably familiar with: Jose Contreras. The long-time Major League pitcher got cut during spring training by the Rangers and signed on with  Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League.   W L W-L% ERA G IP H R ER HR BB SO BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 6 1 0.857 2.70 13 80 66 26 24 6 21 90...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Jose Contreras not ready to retire

Jose Contreras was released by the Texas Rangers last week, but he is not ready to retire from baseball, according to MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo.Source: Jose Contreras is not retiring following release from #Rangers. Currently pitching in Mexico w/ Tijuana, looking for opps. in Japan.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) April 6, 2014 Contreras didn't make the Rangers out of Spring...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers getting closer to opening day roster

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) The Texas Rangers have assigned infielder Brent Lillibridge to minor league camp and released Jose Contreras, the 42-year-old right-hander they had already said wouldn't make the team.
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Rumors: Jose Contreras contemplating retirement

Jose Contreras signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers this past winter in hopes of continuing his major league career.  The Rangers are looking for pitchers to fill the open holes they have from injuries to Matt Harrison & Mark Holland but it appears Contreras will not be one to fill them.  From Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors:"The Rangers have informed right-hander Jose...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

It's time to grab ourselves one of them there Cubans

Two Cuban refugees will showcase their skills today in front of the Yankee brain trust in the Tampa Tiki camp. I'm sure teeth, testicles and stool samples will be studied. Regardless of the size or shape of the gourds, I  believe I speak for the Yankiverse in saying the two magic words of this spring:Sign somebody.Wait a minute. Let me make it the five magic words.For God's sake...
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The Best and Worst White Sox Trades of All-Time

Well, although I'm super stoked to have started writing for the site, there just isn't a ton of stuff to discuss right now. The offseason has slowed down big-time for the White Sox, as you can tell by all the minor, organizational depth-related moves going down of late. With GM Rick Hahn contemplating the next moves the White Sox may or may not make, we thought it would be fun...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Sign Jose Contreras, Two Others, to Minor League Deals

The Texas Rangers added some veteran presence to its deep farm system today, signing relievers, Jose Contreras and Nate Adcock, and outfielder, Bryan Peterson, to minor league deals. The most notable name of the trio is Conteras’, who had a successful 2010 relief campaign with the Phillies when he pitched to 3.34 ERA in 56.2 innings. Now 42-years-old, Contreras is nothing more...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers sign RHP Jose Contreras to minor deal

Jose Contreras, the Cuban right-hander who turns 42 on Friday, has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes a non-roster invitation to major league spring training. Contreras spent last season with the Pittsburgh and Boston organizations. He had ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow in June 2012 and spent last spring rehabbing before making seven...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss
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