Most unexpected MLB free agent signings of past 10 years

The offseason is almost over, and with the exception of James Shields, every big-name free agent has signed. The current free agent season did continue the tradition of at least one surprising signing, however. One player always manages to provide a surprise for unexpectedly getting a huge contract and raising the market for his peers. More often than not, that player and contract...
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Fantasy rankings: Differences of opinion on Bogaerts, Cano

Have you seen our recently-published fantasy baseball player rankings? If not, you should check 'em out RIGHT NOW. When you're done, come on back here to discover where I disagreed with colleagues Ryan Fowler and Adam Meyer. I know I'm right in all cases, of course, but see if you agree. Catcher: Yadier Molina, Cardinals Positional rankings: Fowler 4, Meyer 6, Halpin 9 I like Molina...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Featured Post: Promises, Promises

On Wednesday, executive vice president Lou DePaoli told Newsday that Mets ticket sales are up 19.26 percent over last year. Considering the team hasn’t produced a winning season since 2008 and failed to add any high-priced box-office draw, Howard Megdal of Capital New York finds it astonishing that ticket sales would surge that significantly especially since they did nothing to...
Via Mets Merized Online
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Yoan Moncada the Future of the New York Yankees?

Could the 19-year-old Moncada go from Cuban defector to the face of the New York Yankees? (Mandatory Credit: Jesse Sanchez) When Robinson Cano spurned the New York Yankees and signed with the Seattle Mariners, the team was left without a face and future of the franchise. Derek Jeter’s career was nearing the end, A-Rod is too old and troubled and Mariano Rivera rode off into the...
Via The Sports Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Determinants of Free Agent Position-Player Salaries: Part I

On December 7th, 2011 José Reyes agreed to leave the New York Mets and join the Miami Marlins by signing a six-year, $106 million contract. Reyes was coming off a stellar age-28 season in which he won the N.L. batting title and swiped 39 bases. He was a consensus top-five shortstop in the game at the conclusion of the 2011 season, and was therefore ready to cash in on his status...
Via Batting Leadoff
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #115: Dee Gordon | 2B | MIA

Dee Gordon was a tremendously valuable fantasy commodity in 2014. He may only weigh 170 pounds soaking wet, which severely undercuts any potential for power, but this scrappy little slap hitter pilfered his way to the second best second base ranking on ESPN’s Player Rater. Amazingly, even more complete talents at the position such as Anthony Rendon, Robinson Cano, and Brian...
Via Baseball Professor
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners rumors: Come home, Ichiro

There are several hidden lessons to be learned from the likes of Jim Harbaugh and LeBron James. One of those lessons is quite simple: You can go home again. Whether it’s the Michigan football program, the blue-collar abode of Cleveland, Ohio or the friendly confines of Safeco Field, the lesson remains the same. The same lesson applies to former Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Today, while watching Dominican Winter League baseball…

Tonight, thanks to Stan on Twitter and the power of internet streaming, I got to watch my first Dominican Winter League baseball game in a long time.  Stan has some play-by-play tweets of Junior Lake‘s activities from earlier in the game, so that was one reason to check out the matchup between Aguilas Cibaenas and Estrellas de Oriente.  The other was that Mariners star Robinson...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Positioned as Early Favorites in AL West

In 2014 the Seattle Mariners notched 87 wins, their highest total since 2009. It marked a 16 game improvement on the previous season. Still, the Mariners were unable to end their playoff drought, which has continued since they won an MLB record 116 games in 2001. Going into 2015, the Mariners look like the favorites in the American League West. The Mariners aren’t short on star...
Via Baseball News Source
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners’ Robinson Cano Will Play In The Dominican Winter League

Robinson Cano has been granted permission by the Seattle Mariners to play a handful of games in the Dominican Winter League starting Tuesday as he returns from a broken toe sustained during the MLB All-Star Series in Japan the month of November. Cano is expected to be used primarily as a designated hitter for Estrellas de Oriente. At that point, the club has five remaining round...
Via Baseball Essential
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano & Terrorist Cherif Kouachi -- separated at birth

Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano & Terrorist Cherif Kouachi What's the difference?Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return home for Top sports news.
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners' Cano to play limited winter ball games in Dominican

  Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano received permission from the club to play winter ball games in his native Dominican Republic. Cano plans to play for Estrellas Orientales before joining Seattle at spring training in Peoria, Ariz., next month. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Cano approached the team, which ''granted him permission to play in a limited amount...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Cano to play limited winter ball games in Dominican

SEATTLE (AP) Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has received permission from the club to play winter ball games in his native Dominican Republic. Cano plans to play for Estrellas Orientales before joining Seattle at spring training in Peoria, Arizona, next month. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Cano approached the team, which ''granted him permission to play in...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners update: Missed opportunities

With news today that Justin Upton has been traded to the San Diego Padres, the Seattle Mariners have affirmed that they are done with this year’s free agent market. First came Jason Heyward and Yoenis Cespedes, then Melky Cabrera and Matt Kemp, and now Justin Upton, all gone from the equation. And now there are rumors that Delmon Young would like to return to Baltimore than go...
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Winter Meetings Preview

On December 6th, 2013, the Mariners agreed to a $240 Million deal with 2nd baseman Robinson Cano, making him the higthest paid player on the team. Nearly one year later, the Mariners have officially announced the signing of slugger Nelson Cruz. The M’s are on their way to become postseason favorites, but the job is not yet done. With the recent trade of Michael Saunders, it is...
Via Baseball Essential
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

One Year Later, The Seattle Mariners Land Nelson Cruz

One year after reportedly turning down a five year $75 million contract to play with the Seattle Mariners, Nelson Cruz signed a four year $57 million deal to hit in between Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager. If the rumored offer from last year was indeed true, then Cruz, who played last year for the Baltimore Orioles on a one year $8 million deal, ultimately left $10 million on the table...
Via Oregon Sports News
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners rumors: The Nelson Cruz effect

Well it’s all but official; Nelson Cruz is now a member of the Seattle Mariners. As noted on a previous post, Nelson Cruz was one of three power-heavy hitters who the Mariners were thought to be targeting. Monday’s news proved those rumors to be true. Pending a physical, Cruz will be will be the proud owner of a four-year, $57 million deal reported to have a $1 million signing...
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners engaged in trade talks to acquire another big-name hitter

The Mariners stunned many in the baseball industry one year ago with the signing of superstar free agent Robinson Cano. Now, after narrowly missing the playoffs in 2014, they want to complete the remake of their lineup. The Mariners are involved in trade talks for multiple right-handed-hitting outfielders, including Matt Kemp, Yoenis Cespedes, and Justin Upton, according to major...
Via Fox Sports
November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Kyle Seager, Mariners agree to $100M deal

            Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports The Seattle Mariners are close to signing third baseman Kyle Seager to a seven-year, $100 million deal that would keep him in with the club through 2021, reports Yahoo Sports. Seager deal is 7/$100M and includes 8th-year club option for up to $20M with escalators. Contract will be official...
Via Sports-Glory
November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners rumors: The case for Delmon Young

During last year’s offseason, the Seattle Mariners made what was perhaps the most surprising deal when they signed All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano. It was also one of the more lucrative: 10 years for $240 million. This year, the Mariners may have to dig a bit deeper if they’re going to make another splash. Despite a solid pool of free agents that includes Jon Lester, Max...
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Robinson Cano breaks toe, 3-4 weeks

Seattle Mariners All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right small toe while playing in Japan’s All-Star Series, which began November 10, 2014. The injury will not require Cano to wear a cast or any kind of treatment aside from rest. However, Cano will miss the rest of the All-Star Series, forcing him to sit out the next 3-4 weeks. The injury...
November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano suffers fractured toe in Japan

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right pinkie toe after being hit by a pitch during the All-Star Series game against Samurai Japan. Cano suffered the injury in Saturday’s game after being hit by a pitch. He is expected to miss 3-4 weeks as he recovers. The injury should not prevent Cano from being ready come spring training...
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners' Cano breaks toe in Japan, out 3-4 weeks

SEATTLE (AP) Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after breaking a toe during the Major League Baseball All-Stars tour of Japan. Seattle said Saturday that Cano will not need a cast and the injury will heal with rest. He will likely be able to resume baseball activities in mid-December. Cano was hit by a pitch on the right foot in the seventh inning...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The MLB All-Stars got no-hit in Japan

It hasn’t been a good tour of Japan so far for the MLB All-Star team that has been sent over there. They’ve lost the first three games in the five game Japan All-Star Series, and on Saturday, they lost 4-0 and got no-hit. Hoo boy. Here’s a highlight video of Samurai Japan’s no-hitter. This wasn’t exactly a mediocre team that the MLB All-Stars put on the field. Stars like...
Via The Outside Corner
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano suffers fractured toe in Japan

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano suffered a fractured toe in Saturday's MLB/Japan All Star Series Game 3 when he took a pitch while batting in the seventh inning. Cano left for X-rays before the game ended, and the tests confirmed a non-displaced fracture says Anthony DiComo of Cano will miss the rest of the series. Source: Robinson Cano has a non-displaced...
Via Sports Injury Alert
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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