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REPORT: Chicago Cubs Starlin Castro held by police in shooting investigation

The Chicago Cubs have had a busy offseason for many good things, including the acquisition of ace left handed pitcher Jon Lester and manager Joe Maddon.  On Saturday, they receive some not so good news, as ESPN is reporting that three-time All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro was arrested by police in connection with a possible shooting.  Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes tweeted some...
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PHOTO: Ken Griffey Jr. rocks awesome custom Christmas sweater

Credit: Instagram/therealkengriffeyjr For some reason this Christmas season, the “ugly” sweater made a comeback.  From parties to family photos to Instagram to Twitter.  Well, Seattle Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. sees your ugly sweater, and raises you an awesome one.  Check out this custom job that includes the moniker “swing man” complete with backwards hat swinging...
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Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister buys Starbucks for his fans via Twitter

‘Tis the Season of giving, and Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister (and his wife) are in the giving mood.  Fister is buying his Twitter followers a Starbucks, check out this tweet and enjoy! Merry Christmas Eve! Have a Starbucks on us! Have the barista scan the pic below. Don’t be a grinch, please use for 1 pic.twitter.com/Npzh6QiyRa — Doug Fister (@dougfister58) December...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Darryl Strawberry’s deferred salary goes to auction block

The New York Mets have long been “innovating” in the payment of salaries in future years.  As “Wimpy” of “Popeye the Sailor Man” fame used to say “I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”  In the case of Darryl Strawberry, his deferred salary from 1985 – 1990 has long since left his control due to a divorce and other legal issues.  Now, after a bankruptcy...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Missouri retailer selling Royals 2014 World Series Champions shirts

, a discount retail chain is selling Kansas City Royals 2014 World Series Championship t-shirts in their Joplin, MO location for the low price of $9.99. The problem with this should be obvious, as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Royals in seven games in the 2014 Fall Classic. The shirts of championship losing teams are usually donated to less fortunate countries as shirts...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres rumored to be ‘flipping’ Wil Myers for Cole Hamels

Just when you think the San Diego Padres must be done with their extreme franchise makeover, it turns out they might not be done yet.  Philly.com reporter Ryan Lawrence that the Padres are rumored to be pursuing prized left hand pitcher Southern California born Cole Hamels via trade for one of the main prizes of a recent trade. The Padres have had discussions about trading for...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants acquire Casey McGehee to play 3B

Casey McGehee will be Pablo Sandoval’s replacementCredit: AP/Jeff Roberson The San Francisco Giants have officially found Pablo Sandoval’s replacement at third base. They’ve landed Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league hurlers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo. ESPN and various other reports have confirmed the news. McGehee, a 32-year-old veteran...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Padres continue dealing and acquire Derek Norris

Norris looks to provide a boost to San Diego/ The Associated Press, 2014   The normally quiet Padres have had a busy couple of days to say the least.  Days after acquiring Matt Kemp and Wil Myers to bolster their lineup, they have now acquired Derek Norris from the equally active Athletics.  MLB columnist Jeff Passan reported the final deal: Final deal: Oakland acquires...
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MLB commissioner Bud Selig reportedly to receive large retirement salary

It pays to be at the top of an organization.  You can almost set your own salary, retirement, etc.  Not saying that happened with Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, but let’s just say he will not need to draw much Social Security in retirement.  ESPN’s senior baseball writer Buster Olney tweeted that the 80-year-old Selig will receive a rather large pension after...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: San Diego Padres land Justin Upton in trade for prospects to Braves

The San Diego Padres are on an outfield trading spree, having landed Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers (we think), Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays (we know) and now Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves (according to sources).  Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres have agree to trade prospects to land the slugging outfielder from Atlanta: Sources: #Padres getting Upton....
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Giants agree with Jake Peavy for lucrative two-year deal

After coming up short in their bid to land one of the 2014-15 free agent jewels in Jon Lester, the World Champion San Francisco Giants looked to the “Tier Two” ranks and brought back one of their own (at least the second half of the season).  According to Ken Rosenthal (FOX) and Jerry Crasnick (ESPN), the Giants have agreed to terms with Jake Peavy. Sources: Free-agent RHP...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Vin Scully loses World Series ring; Dodgers help find it via Twitter

We’ve all been there before.  Where did I leave my keys?  I know I put my watch down over here.  Darnit, I can’t find my cell phone.  But if the stakes are a World Series ring from 1988, the panic might be a little more desperate.  Even a wedding ring might be more easily replaced.  Apparently, legendary Brooklyn Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully had temporarily...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Manny Ramirez has a really bad golf swing

Just because you can hit 555 career home runs, doesn’t mean you can hit a golf ball down the middle of the fairway.  Or on the fairway.  Or straight.  Or barely out of the tee box.  Or with any sort of form.  Ten-time All-Star OF and DH Manny Ramirez apparently never got hooked by the game of golf (despite 19 years of spring training in sunny Arizona or Florida).  Check out...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Wil Myers to San Diego Padres in three-team deal

The San Diego Padres are getting serious about upgrading their offense.  After adding former NL MVP runner-up Matt Kemp, the Friars appears poised to land another key outfielder piece as they try to move from second division, to contender against the 3-time (in five year) World Champion San Francisco Giants and playoff-contending Los Angeles Dodgers.  According to multiple reports...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz trolls Jon Lester on Twitter for new jersey number

Maybe we found out the real reason that Jon Lester didn’t resign with the Boston Red Sox.  It wasn’t money or years on contract.  It was because Lester couldn’t get his preferred number of #34.  If only David Ortiz (#34 for the Sox) knew maybe his former teammate would have rejoined the team.  Check out David Ortiz funny tweet congratulating his buddy (and ribbing him about...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Yoenis Cespedes has Lamborghini that shoots fire

The Cuban invasion into Major League Baseball has brought about with it extremely talented hitters and pitchers, a flare for the dramatic, and incredible style.  Detroit Tigers OF Yoenis Cespedes embodies that.  After winning back-to-back All-Star Game Home Run Derbies (and now playing for his third team in less than a year this April)  the Cuban outfielder flaunts a car in excess...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: White Sox sign Melky Cabrera

Credit: AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez The Chicago White Sox continued staying busy this offseason by signing Melky Cabrera to a three-year, $42 million contract. The news was first reported by Bruce Levine of Chicago’s 670 The Score. With the additions of Adam LaRoche, David Robertson and Jeff Samardijza, the White Sox had already earned rave reviews for its committed offseason activity...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Blue Jay Brett Lawrie does amazing thing for girl who cried for him

While seeing your favorite player traded away from your team is tough on adults, they can at least understand that it’s part of the business of baseball.  Rarely are there a Derek Jeter, Ernie Banks, or Craig Biggio that spend an entire career with one team.  When the Toronto Blue Jays traded Brett Lawrie (who is Canadian by citizenship) to the Oakland A’s, it was hard on their...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Top five moves made at MLB Winter Meetings

The annual Major League Baseball winter meetings concluded on Thursday in San Diego, but they were full of trades, free agent signings, a Rule 5 draft, and rumors faster than could be tweeted.  Here’s a look at the Top 5 personnel moves of the week. Credit: pittsburghsportingnews.com The post Top five moves made at MLB Winter Meetings appeared first on Reading Between The Seams.
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REPORT: Ervin Santana, Twins agree to four-year deal

Credit: AP/Todd Kirkland The Minnesota Twins have signed Ervin Santana to a four-year, $54 million contract. This has been reported by NBC Sports and various additional outlets. Let talks of the Twins overpaying Santana begin. He has a 4.17 career ERA and has surrendered 20+ home runs in eight of his ten MLB seasons, including a 39 bomb total in 2012. His ERA has been 5.00 or greater...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Miami Marlins trade for Mat Latos

Credit: AP/Al Behrman The Cincinnati Reds have traded starting pitcher Mat Latos to the Miami Marlins. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has reported the deal. The Reds will bring in Anthony DeSclafani and Chad Wallach, a pitcher and a catcher. Latos is entering a contract season in 2015. After three years with the San Diego Padres and three more with the Reds, he’s posted a career...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Yoenis Cespedes to Tigers, Rick Porcello to Red Sox

Credit: AP/Winslow Townson The Boston Red Sox have finally traded Yoenis Cespedes. After months of trade rumors, he’ll officially head to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Rick Porcello. This has been reported by Yahoo! Sports. Both players are entering contract years. Detroit will also be given Alex Wilson and Gabe Speier, two pitching prospects. This deal is intriguing as it...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Matt Kemp traded to the Padres

Credit: AP/Jae C. Hong In what is possibly the biggest trade of the winter meetings, Matt Kemp has been traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the San Diego Padres. Los Angeles has finally moved a piece from its crowded outfield, although they’ve moved the most productive of the bunch. ESPN has confirmed details of the trade. The Dodgers will receive catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Jimmy Rollins sent to the Dodgers

Credit: AP/Chris Szagola After Hanley Ramirez’s expensive departure, the Los Angeles Dodgers were left with a hole at shortstop. That positional absence will be filled by Jimmy Rollins, the longtime staple in the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization. Buster Olney of ESPN has reported the trade. According to Olney, it’s not yet known who exactly the Phillies acquired in exchange...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Dodgers trade for Howie Kendrick

Credit: AP/Rick Scuteri Howie Kendrick has been traded from the Los Angeles Angels to the Los Angeles Dodgers. At least he won’t have to travel far in joining his new team. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and others have reported the news. The trade is a straight up one-for-one deal. As Kendrick becomes a member of the Dodgers, Andrew Heaney will join the Angels. He’s a 23-year...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss
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