To Be a Free-Agent, or Not to Be (at least not right away...)

Beginning tomorrow (Monday 10/5) and extending through Thursday 10/15, four Cubs minor leaguers with ARTICLE XX-D or ARTICLE XIX-A status will be able to elect free-agency, as long as the player is not added back to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) prior to making the election. Each of the four players spent time on the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) during the 2015 season...
Via Cub Reporter
October 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Minors: Goeddel With Scoreless Frame For B’Mets, Black Takes Loss

  Iowa 4, Las Vegas (66-56) 3 Vic Black struck out Mike Baxter to start the 9th inning before allowing a double that right fielder Travis Taijeron misplayed allowing the hitter to go to third. Matt Szczur successfully executed the squeeze play to knock in the winning run. Black would then strike out Javier Baez […]
Via Mets Merized Online
August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Intense Series Bring Out the Overreactors

I love sports (breaking news, I know), I love baseball, and I love baseball fans. Sports fans are passionate beyond just about any other group of people in the world. When they are upset, they will let you know in as many words as they feel are needed, and tend to go on endless rants about anything that upsets or excites them. Fans of the Chicago Cubs are no different, they have...
Via World Series Dreaming
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Intense Series Bring Out the Overreators 

I love sports (breaking news, I know), I love baseball, and I love baseball fans. Sports fans are passionate beyond just about any other group of people in the world. When they are upset, they will let you know in as many words as they feel are needed, and tend to go on endless rants about anything that upsets or excites them. Fans of the Chicago Cubs are no different, they have...
Via World Series Dreaming
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Bourjos scores on throwing error in 10th as Cards beat Cubs

ST. LOUIS -- Peter Bourjos scored the winning run from third on a throwing error by Mike Baxter in the 10th inning to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night. Bourjos began the inning with a double off Justin Grimm (1-2). Kolten Wong followed with a single off the second base bag and Matt Carpenter was walked to load the bases. Jhonny Peralta...
Via AP on Fox
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs 12, Tigers 3 (6/10/15)

OSS: Cubs round out a winning road trip with an offensive asplosion. Three up 1. The Cubs had runners on base every inning except the eighth, and while they struggled to get them in early on Chris Coghlan hit a no-doubter three run HR to break the game open in the third. 2. Montero put the game back out of reach with another three run homer after a mini-rally against Arrieta in the...
Via Obstructed View
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Rookie Placed On 15-Day DL

The Chicago Cubs have placed right fielder Jorge Soler on the 15-day disabled list because of a left ankle sprain, according to multiple reports. First baseman-outfielder Mike Baxter was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. He injured the ankle while lunging to first base Monday. Soler had returned to Chicago on Wednesday after undergoing an MRI on Tuesday. Jorge Soler goes on the DL w...
Via Sports Mockery
June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Down on the Farm: Javy’s Getting Closer

Down in Arizona, the big league club is getting healthier by the day, with Olt starting to take batting practice after having the cast removed from the fracture in his forearm.  With players like Mike Baxter and Jonathan Herrera filling roles on the major league roster that they weren’t necessarily expected to, players getting healthy and returning will make the entire system...
Via World Series Dreaming
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Bard Passes D'backs to "B" game Victory

The Diamondbacks parlayed four walks and three run-scoring singles into a five-run 9th inning, rallying to defeat the Cubs 5-1 in Cactus League "B" game action this morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. Kyle Hendricks got the start for the Cubs and was masterful, tossing five innings of one-hit shutout ball (55 pitches - 37 strikes, 7/5 GO/FO), allowing no walks, while striking out...
Via Cub Reporter
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily Facepalm/Game Thread 3.11.15

Back to Back to Back Brett cooked up some odds on this happening Even if we generously say each of the three would normally homer in 1 out of 15 plate appearances (that’s a 40-homer pace in 600 plate appearances), the odds that the three would go back-to-back-to-back is 1 in 3,375. There was a 0.0296% chance that it would happen. If you make their individual homer rates a slightly...
Via Obstructed View
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

2014 Dodgers In Review: OF Mike Baxter

PA AVG OBP SLG wRC+ HR WAR MiLB 468 .289 .365 .439 110 7 n/a MLB 8 .000 .125 .000 -53 0 -0.1 What happened in 2014: Had the fewest plate appearances of any of the 25 non-pitchers the Dodgers used all year. If you were in the worst, most boring bar in the world, you could probably win a bar bet by knowing that Mike Baxter not only made the Opening Day roster this year, but he actually...
Via Dodgers Digest
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Cuddyer Will Wear Number 23, Says “Time Is Now” For Mets

Michael Cuddyer told reporters that he will wear uniform number 23 with the Mets, proudly worn by former Flushing notables Doug Flynn, Bernard Gilkey and Mike Baxter. Though predominantly a right fielder, Cuddyer said he will play wherever the Mets decide, and Curtis Granderson pretty much echoed those same sentiments. He believes the Mets are ready to compete in post season play...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers acquire Colt Hynes from Indians for Duke von Schamann, DFA Mike Baxter

As a prospect hoarder, I’m not usually happy when the team trades a somewhat legitimate prospect for a 28-year-old lefty who has all of 17 innings pitched in the majors (and a 9.00 ERA — yay small sample sizes). But that’s (kinda) what happened on Sunday. The Dodgers sent Duke von Schamann to the Indians in exchange for left-handed reliever Colt Hynes. I think Mike said it...
Via Dodgers Digest
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers acquire Colt Hynes from Indians, designate Mike Baxter for assignment

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired left handed pitcher Colt Hynes from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Duke von Schamann. Last week the Indians designated Hynes for assignment but now he will report to Triple-A Albuquerque where he will provide depth for the Dodgers bullpen. Last season the 28-year-old Hynes made 22 appearances with the San Diego Padres producing a 9.00 ERA and...
Via Tireball.com
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryu gets the nod in game 2, along with Gordon and Baxter

Via The Dodgers are changing things up in the second game of the season in Australia, inserting two new players into the lineup and switching up the batting order. Scott Van Slyke is sitting for Mike Baxter and Justin Turner is being replaced by Dee Gordon, but perhaps the most interesting move is the decision to bat Gordon leadoff. The changes are understandable with a switch in...
Via Dodgers Digest
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Uncertainty Reigns For Dodgers at Second Base

Dee Gordon reached base three times last night against Seattle, and the first two were pretty much the most Gordon successes ever. In the first inning, he hit a chopper to the left side and beat the throw. After striking out in the second, he tapped back to the pitcher in his next plate appearance, reaching base partially because of his speed, and partially because Logan Kensing...
Via Dodgers Digest
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Spring Training preview: Right field

Yasiel Puig. Yasiel Puig. Yasiel Puig. Yasiel Puig. Name Age System BA OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ WAR Yasiel Puig 23 2013 .319 .391 .534 .398 160 4.0 ’14 ZiPS .284 .354 .485 .359 n/a 3.8 ’14 Steamer .288 .358 .498 .368 140 4.8 Andre Ethier 32 2013 .272 .360 .423 .340 120 2.9 ’14 ZiPS .261 .340 .405 .319 n/a 1.5 ’14 Steamer .272 .351 .433 .341 120 2.4 Scott...
Via Dodgers Digest
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

It Must Be Baseball Season, Because Carl Crawford Is Hurting

There’s no such thing as “too many outfielders.” We’ve been saying that forever, but can we finally agree on that, please? We already know that Matt Kemp isn’t going to Australia, and until we hear about the results of his MRI test, we won’t even know when he’ll be cleared to run at full speed — which, remember, he has not done yet. There’s not currently a date...
Via Dodgers Digest
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

A look at where former Mets will be in 2014

Over the course of a 162-game season, fans develop a familiarity with players more than any other sport.   Mets fans have seen homegrown talent grow into solid players, vanish back into the minor leagues, or get designated for assignment.  The outside acquisitions over the past few years have been hit or miss, but the perception of all these players within “Met lore” is never...
Via Mets360.com
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Sports Illustrated Reviews Mets Offseason

Here is an Offseason Review by Sports Illustrated that sort of reads like a Season Preview as well. It doesn’t look like they are predicting the Mets to win the World Series, so we should be in the clear…New York Mets2013 Record: 74-88, 3rd place in NL East Run Differential: -65, 22nd in MLB Key Departures: RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Frank Francisco, OF Mike Baxter, LHP Johan Santana...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

With Mike Baxter Gone, Who’s The Mets’ Primary LH Pinch Hitter?

  Ah, the bat off the bench. Perhaps not the foremost thought in most minds when it comes to roster construction, but one that ends up being a major consideration at times, particularly when a game is on the line in the late innings. Bill James has held that the prototypical pinch hitter is a left-handed line-drive producer, able to take advantage of the natural excess of right...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Teams face midnight deadline to offer deals

As the big-money free agents negotiated, dozens of players with lower profiles waited to find out whether they would be dumped on the market by their clubs Monday night. Teams had until midnight to offer 2014 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters. Once a player receives a contract offer, his team no longer can release him before the start of the season without giving...
Via AP on Fox
December 02, 2013  |  Discuss
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