Cubs Steal A Surprisingly Still Available Lefty

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Chicago Cubs and lefty reliever Phil Coke have agreed to terms on a minor league contract. Source: Coke to #Cubs on minor-league deal. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 5, 2015 Coke, who reportedly turned down at least one major league deal this offseason was surprisingly still available, which allowed the Chicago Cubs to sign...
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Cubs sign reliever Phil Coke to minor league deal

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America Relief pitcher Phil Coke held out for a major league deal this winter but with no offers coming has accepted a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs. The former Detroit Tigers relief pitcher drew interest from multiple teams but none of them were willing to guarantee him a big league salary for the 2015 season after he posted a 3.88 ERA...
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Still Fighting The Good Fight

Sometimes I wonder if it’s even necessary to push the pro-stats viewpoint in baseball any longer. The battle is long over. The nerds have won. Just look at how many Ivy League grads are in front offices these days, how much money the Dodgers spent to bring Andrew Friedman over from Tampa Bay. Though some use it more than others, literally every single team in baseball uses some...
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Viciedo, Blue Jays agree to minor-league deal.

Per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed outfielder Dayan Viciedo to a minor-league contract. Sources: #BlueJays in agreement with Viciedo. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 1, 2015 Viciedo, 25, has been a member of the Chicago White Sox since 2010. In 145 games in 2014, Viciedo hit .245, with 21 home runs, and 58 RBI. A career .254 hitter, Viciedo...
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Josh Hamilton's suspension depends on how many violations in his past

After Ken Rosenthal and I reported this week that Josh Hamilton's suspension for a drug relapse could be as short as 25 days and as long as one year, observers noted the large gap in possible punishments. But given the past and present complexities --€” in Hamilton's case and Major League Baseball drug agreements --€” it's easy to understand why commissioner Rob Manfred is considering...
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Athletics, Blue Jays Interested in Dayan Viciedo

The recently-released Dayan Viciedo might soon find a home for the upcoming season. According to FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal, the former White Sox has received some interest from the Toronto Blue Jays, as well as the Oakland Athletics. Sources: #BlueJays, #Athletics among teams talking to Viciedo. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 27, 2015 The soon-to-be 26-year old had...
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Suspension of more than 25 games ‘likely’ for Josh Hamilton, says report

According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, a suspension of Josh Hamilton for more than 25 games is likely as a result of his breach of MLB’s drug policy. “Hamilton is likely to be suspended for at least 25 games but less than a full season, sources say,” the two reported in [...]
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Brewers bring K-Rod back to close once again

PHOENIX -- Francisco Rodriguez is returning for another stint with the Milwaukee Brewers. The veteran closer has agreed to a two-year deal, $13 million deal with the Brewers, according to Insider Ken Rosenthal. Rodriguez's signing has yet to be made official by the club, but word of the deal quickly spread throughout Milwaukee's clubhouse at Maryvale Baseball Park...
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Papelbon May Be a 2015 Phillie After All: Brewers Sign K-Rod to Two-Year Deal

View image | As first reported by's Jon Heyman, the Milwaukee Brewers have re-signed closer Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year deal, with a team option for a third year.'s Ken Rosenthal later added that the contract will be worth $13 million. This news is not good for...
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Brewers bring back closer K-Rod on two-year deal

The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent closer Francisco Rodriguez, CBS Sports first reported Thursday morning. FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal has confirmed the report. The deal includes a team option for a third year. Rodriguez, 33, went 5-5 with a 3.04 ERA and 44 saves in 69 games for the Brewers last season. In his 13-season major-league career...
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Report: Josh Hamilton facing disciplinary action for relapsing that involved “at least cocaine”

According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Josh Hamilton was roused to New York to meet with Major League Baseball about a “disciplinary issue.” After a couple of hours of speculation and a report from FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal that an executive said it was worse than PEDs, the truth has come out. Asked a baseball executive if Hamilton’s discipline was for PEDs...
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Josh Hamilton Facing Disciplinary Action

It was revealed today that Josh Hamilton is appearing in front of MLB officials to determine potential disciplinary actions. While that much is certain, the reasons behind the meeting are still unknown. “I can say that Josh is going to meet with league officials in New York,” Los Angeles Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto told the LA Times earlier Wednesday. “At this point...
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Report: Josh Hamilton Facing Discipline For Issue ‘Worse’ Than PED Use

Josh Hamilton is expected to be healthy by some time in May or June. Whether he’ll be allowed to play is a different story. The Los Angeles Angels slugger already is recovering from right shoulder surgery he underwent in February. On Wednesday, however, the team confirmed Hamilton is meeting with MLB officials in New York to discuss a disciplinary issue...
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Josh Hamilton Facing MLB Discipline For Something “Worse” Than PEDs

Josh Hamilton, the Anaheim angels slugger — is awaiting word from MLB about a disciple for something “worse” than PEDs, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Asked a baseball executive if Hamilton’s discipline was for PEDs. His response: “Worse.” The executive declined to elaborate. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 25, 2015 The LA Times broke the news...
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Collins Denies Retirement Talk

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, two people close to Terry Collins suggested that the Mets manager could retire at the end of the 2015 season regardless of how good or bad the year plays out. Collins, who turns 66 in May, denied he would retire at season’s end and conceded that while managing is difficult, he didn’t know why his friends would say that. “I’ve really...
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Tigers sign reliever Joba Chamberlain to a one-year deal

Tuesday morning the Tigers brought back 2014 setup man Joba Chamberlain on a one-year Major League deal for roughly $1M plus incentives. Joba Chamberlain spotted in #Tigers’ camp. In agreement with club on one-year, major-league deal, pending physical, per source. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 24, 2015 As far as the reasoning behind his return to the Tigers, aside...
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Source: Tigers agree to 1-year deal with Joba Chamberlain

The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent reliever Joba Chamberlain, FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal was first to report Monday morning. Chamberlain, 29, went 2-5 with 3.57 ERA and two saves in 69 relief appearances for Detroit last season. He struck out 59 batters in 63 innings. Chamberlain was far less effective in the second half of the season, posting...
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Los Angeles Dodgers Sign Brandon Beachy

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached an agreement with right-handed pitcher Brandon Beachy on a one-year deal, including a 2016 team option, according to his agency, ICON Sports, and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Beachy will be paid $2.75 million in guaranteed money, as well as a 2016 team option that will pay him anywhere...
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Dodgers Sign Brandon Beachy, A Risk Very Much Worth Taking

Don’t think any of us saw this coming, but man do I like it: Source: #Dodgers sign Brandon Beachy to 1-yr, major-league deal with club option for 16. Likely to start on DL as he recovers from 2nd TJ. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 21, 2015 Have I mentioned I love this front office? Love it. Love. It. It’s signings like these, that won’t get much attention, that...
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Report: MLB to annouce pace of play rule change today

Major League Baseball for years have been looking for ways to speed up their games. New commissioner Rob Manfred made it one of his first major issues he wanted to deal with first after taking over for Bud Selig. Now that the spring training is starting up, it looks like the new rules are about to be put into play. According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the MLB...
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Pace-of-Game Rules to be Introduced Friday

According to Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal, Major League Baseball will introduce three new pace-of-game rules intended on speeding up the rate of play in the game. Rosenthal tweets: MLB expected to announce pace of play rules changes tomorrow, sources tell me and @jonmorosi. Three key points will be included: — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 20, 2015 1...
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News and notes: It begins…

Baseball things are happening in Bradenton, and that’s some really welcome news in a freezing cold town that has the highest preseason expectations for the Pirates in recent memory. – This Ken Rosenthal piece on A.J. Burnett re-emphasizes how happy he is to be back with the Bucs: “Pitching against Pittsburgh, it was like a giant spring-training game,” Burnett said. “I’m...
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Night-Time Reading For Cubs Fans

Today was cold as balls and thus Chicago area schools were closed and I got a day to recover (just a tad) from this stupid cold/flu/death-virus I seem to have contracted. Tomorrow will also be cold as balls, but we’re back to school/work. In the meantime, here are some notes to warm your souls… Chicago Cubs Prospects Are Pretty Cool The #BATop100 Prospects, complete with their...
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MLB Expected to Announce Pace of Play Rule Changes Tomorrow

According to Ken Rosenthal, Major League Baseball is expected to announce pace of play rule changes tomorrow. MLB expected to announce pace of play rules changes tomorrow, sources tell me and @jonmorosi. Three key points will be included: — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 20, 2015 1. Managers must challenge replays from dugout. 2. Batters must keep one foot in box...
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Time Presents Chicago Cubs Greatest Hurdle to Land Cuban Phenom

19 year-old Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada is expected to sign with an MLB team soon. Moncada will take the next week to perform a series of workouts for interested teams with the Chicago Cubs being among the suitors. While the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees provide Moncada the chance to sign for big money before spring training, the Cubs would be asking the middle infielder to wait...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss
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