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Pablo Sandoval: the Giants fan’s lament

Pablo Sandoval leaving for the Red Sox is probably a good thing for the Giants, in the long term. Sandoval’s body likely won’t allow him to play third base a few years from now, his stats have gotten progressively worse over the past few seasons, and that’s a lot of money to tie up in a guy who’s probably going to be a DH before long. All of those are perfectly sensible,...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

What do the Chicago Cubs do if they strike out in free agency?

At the time of this writing, we’re not too deep into the 2014-15 Major League Baseball offseason quite yet. The Winter Meetings have yet to transpire. There are still multiple marquee free agents available out on the market, and still major trade chips that have yet to move. However, for the Chicago Cubs, it would appear that the clock is ticking on their opportunity to make something...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Huntsville Stars are now the Biloxi Shuckers

For the 2015 season, the Huntsville Stars (AA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers) will be playing in Biloxi, Mississippi.  The move necessitated a name and logo change, which would be determined in a “name the team” contest. Nearly 60,000 votes later, the winner was chosen – the Biloxi Shuckers Ladies and Gentlemen… Your Biloxi Shuckers! pic.twitter.com/6YH2PXmcAb — Baseball...
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How the Red Sox should clear up their logjam of outfielders

For now, the headlines in Boston are occupied with the (reported) marquee signings of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to free agent contracts. And rightly so. Adding the two best hitters on the open market provides a major boost to a lineup that ranked No. 12 in the AL with 634 runs scored and second to last with a .244 team average and .684 OPS. But signing Ramirez in particular...
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Kyle Seager reportedly agrees to seven-year extension with Mariners

Holy crap, the Seattle Mariners are doing something good once again. The club is reportedly in agreement with third baseman Kyle Seager on a seven-year contract extension worth $100 million. The contract also contains an eighth year option worth $20 million. The 27-year old Seager has hit .262/.328/.429 in three-plus seasons in the majors. 2014 was the best year of his career, as...
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The great swap meet of MLB bad contracts

There are a lot of bad contracts in MLB right now. OK, there are ALWAYS a lot of bad contracts, but it seems like there is an inordinate amount this offseason. All these teams will talk about trying to find a way to dump their bad contracts, but nobody ever really seems to follow through on that. With Thanksgiving on the way, we here at The Outside Corner have decided to give ALL...
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The 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot is loaded

On Monday, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced their 34 player ballot for the Class of 2015. The voting results will be announced on January 6th, and we’re sure to see at least one player inducted, because this ballot is completely stacked. There are five different MVP winners on the ballot, and four former Cy Young winners. Every player on the ballot is a former All-Star.. Here’s...
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The Hanley Ramirez trade has come full circle for the Red Sox

After reports began to trickle out on Sunday night that Hanley Ramirez would be signing with the Boston Red Sox, a familiar refrain began to echo throughout the baseball blogosphere – HANLEY’S BACK! Ramirez was signed by the Red Sox way back in 2000 as a 16-year old out of the Dominican Republic, and he rose near the top of many prospect lists in short order. Of course, he received...
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Report: Pablo Sandoval agrees with Red Sox?

Is Pablo Sandoval going to sign with the Boston Red Sox? I don’t think anyone really knows at this point. But one thing is clear – we’re seeing numerous saying that Sandoval has agreed to a contract worth a reported five years and $100 (ish) million. Sandoval has agreement to go to the red sox for 5 years, close to 100M — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 24, 2014 However...
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Report: Hanley Ramirez to sign with Red Sox on Monday

It escalated quickly between Hanley Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox. On Sunday, reports of the team pursuing the free agent shortstop circulated through the media. Hours later, it appears that the two sides have reached an agreement. Source: Hanley Ramirez headed to Boston tomorrow to finalize deal with #RedSox. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 24, 2014 In a follow-up...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Boston interested in Hanley Ramirez

Free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez could be headed back to where it all began – Boston. According to a pair of reports that began circulating on Sunday night, the Red Sox are interested in bringing Ramirez back to the organization that initially signed him as a teenager in 2000. First, there’s the report from Jon Heyman of CBS, who claims that the Red Sox are looking to bring...
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Rays announce manager finalists – Cash, Ibanez, Wakamatsu

ONE OF THESE THREE MEN WILL BE THE NEXT MANAGER OF THE TAMPA BAY RAYS #Rays have narrowed their managerial search from 10 finalists to three: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibañez and Don Wakamatsu. — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) November 21, 2014 Will it be Kevin Cash, the current Indians bullpen coach and a former Rays catcher? Will it be Raul Ibanez, who was sitting in the Royals dugout...
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White Sox sign Adam LaRoche to two-year, $25 million contract

The Chicago White Sox have replaced one aging first base/DH type on their roster with another, signing former Washington National Adam LaRoche to a two-year contract worth $25 million. The Chicago #WhiteSox just signed 1B Adam LaRoche to a 2 year, $25 million contract. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 22, 2014 Of course, I doubt the White Sox will play LaRoche in...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets won’t handle Matt Harvey like Nats did Strasburg in 2012

With an exciting, young starting rotation bolstered by the return of Matt Harvey and what appears to be a solid lineup, the New York Mets could be a contender next season in the NL East. Naturally, we’re early in the offseason and don’t yet know what moves each team in the NL East can still make. But the Braves look as if they’re renovating, while the Phillies are finally...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Braves trying to trade Upton brothers together?

$13 millionThe wild and wacky Atlanta Braves offseason is taking another strange turn. In this excellent column by ESPN’s Jayson Stark, he reveals that the Braves have apparently told several teams interested in Justin Upton (Stark mentions the Padres, Reds, and Mariners as suitors) that they’ll need to also take Justin’s older brother B.J. (and presumably, the remaining three...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Dodgers already have a better bullpen than 2014

One of Andrew Friedman’s main tasks as Dodgers president of baseball ops was to remake a bullpen that had consistently been a disappointment. In 2014, the Dodgers pen had a 3.80 ERA, and totaled just 0.7 fWAR in 489 2/3 innings. Taking dominant closer Kenley Jansen out of the situation, those numbers fall to a ghastly -1.3 fWAR and a 3.97 ERA in 424 1/3 innings. However, Friedman...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Braves in on Yasmany Tomas

The bizarre offseason of the Atlanta Braves is taking another twist – Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Braves are a “dark horse” contender for Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, joining well-known aggressive pursuits from the Phillies, Padres, and Giants. Heyman’s report also claims that the Braves are the “mystery team” that has been recently linked to Tomas...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The best potential values of the MLB offseason

The biggest free agent names and the blockbuster contracts they sign draw the headlines during the offseason. But it’s the players on the lower shelves — the ones you might have to squat down to find and check the labels carefully — that can become the best bargains for MLB teams and thus provide the best values for their new teams. Most of the players listed here are risks...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Where should teams look for help at catcher?

The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t surprise too many people when they threw a whole bunch of money at Ontario native Russell Martin. And as blasphemous as a five-year deal for a catcher heading into his age 32 season may sound, it was probably necessary for them to actually be able to reign him in (even though we all know five years for a catcher heading into his age 32 season is...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins offer Adam LaRoche two years, $20 million

When Giancarlo Stanton signed his new megadeal, there were some questions on how the Marlins would surround him with talent and stay competitive. After all, they haven’t been known to spend big, and when they have, it’s been short-lived. But the fact that Stanton’s contract is so back-loaded may help Miami in the short-term, and it looks like we’re starting to get some clues...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: 90% chance Red Sox sign Pablo Sandoval

The San Francisco Giants might soon be on the hunt for a third baseman. According to a report from Dennis O’Donnell of KPIX 5 in San Francisco, the Boston Red Sox have a 90% chance of signing Pablo Sandoval, and the Giants are basically out of the running. Sandoval was in Boston yesterday where I am told there is a 90 percent chance that he will sign with the Red Sox.  The...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

The biggest potential busts of the MLB offseason

It happens every year, MLB teams desperate to inject some life into their World Series hopes throw big money at players and almost immediately come to regret it. No matter how smart we think MLB front offices should be, they continue to make mistake after mistake. Sometimes it can’t be helped, but sometimes it can. These nine players are the players GMs should know better than...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants players do impressions of Madison Bumgarner

On the DVD of the 2014 World Series Film, various Giants players do impressions of World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. They are…well, they sure are unique. Tim Hudson’s mop wig is by far the highlight of this clip. Simple, yet hilarious. The post Giants players do impressions of Madison Bumgarner appeared first on The Outside Corner.
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics agree to three-year deal with Billy Butler

The most stereotypical Oakland Athletics player is heading to the Bay Area. The A’s have reportedly agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with former Royals DH Billy Butler. The 28-year old Butler had arguably the worst year of his career in 2014, hitting .271/.323/.379 with just nine homers for Kansas City. However, he did thrash lefties to the tune of a .321/.387/.460...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Zach Duke may have just gotten the most laughable contract of the winter

I think Zach Duke is a fine reliever. I ranked him eighth among all free agent relievers last week. However, for as much as I like Duke, I don’t like him enough to sign him to a three-year, $15 million contract, which the Chicago White Sox just did. Zach Duke's contract is three years for $15 million per the #WhiteSox. — Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) November 18, 2014 The breakdown...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss
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