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Duquette: Trumbo is “worth a significant investment”

When Seattle dealt Mark Trumbo and C.J. Riefenhauser to Baltimore for Steve Clevenger, there was no predicting Trumbo’s sizable impact on the Orioles. Trumbo’s set the league afire in 2016, leading the show with 45 home runs. The Mariners salary dump turned into a best case scenario for Baltimore, as the organization sits in the thick of the AL Wild Card race – largely due...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Keuchel, McCullers will only return if Astros make playoffs

If the Houston Astros want to make the postseason, they’ll have to do it without top starters Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers. At 79-71, Houston sits 3.5 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles for an AL Wild Card spot. The Astros are 9.5 games back of Texas for the division lead. General Manager Jeff Luhnow spoke with Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Teixeira unloads on PED users, calls for harsher penalties

Mark Teixeira’s career is set to close, as the New York Yankees first baseman will retire at season’s end. The 36-year-old enjoyed a phenomenal 14-year career split between Texas, Atlanta and New York, hitting 406 career home runs. In a wide-ranging interview with Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Teixeira opened up about what it was like to be a clean star in the sport’s steroid...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Joel Peralta tells ex-Rays teammates he’s retiring

Reliever Joel Peralta visited ex-Tampa Bay Rays teammates on Saturday, breaking the news he’s retiring from the league, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Peralta reportedly has a healthy arm, but ongoing knee issues have seemingly ended his career at age 40. Joel Peralta is in #Rays clubhouse visiting ex-mates. Didn't make formal announcement, but he is retiring...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Girardi: Gary Sanchez should be considered for AL ROY

Gary Sanchez may only have 32 MLB games under his belt in 2016, but New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi believes the starting catcher should receive rookie of the year consideration. Girardi told the New York Daily News Sanchez “should be considered” for AL Rookie of the Year. He admitted it’s going to be difficult for Sanchez to gain traction for the award unless he puts...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians must reevaluate rotation after Danny Salazar lost for season

The Indians announced earlier today that Danny Salazar will miss the regular season with a strained right flexor tendon after the starting pitcher had an MRI done on Monday. Salazar has been dealing with arm pain for much of the year, first being announced on June 6th when he missed a start, then it struck again when he was unable to pitch in the All-Star Game. Shortly after, he...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers, Dodgers worked until last minute on Ryan Braun/Yasiel Puig trade

The August 31st waiver trade deadline passed nearly two weeks ago, and there were no major moves. One the major deals discussed involved the Dodgers and Brewers, and involved both Ryan Braun and Yasiel Puig potentially changing addresses. The deal (obviously) didn’t happen, but just how close was it? MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reported that the two teams worked until the last possible...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Cashner may not re-sign with Marlins due to facial hair policy

The Miami Marlins might lose starting pitcher Andrew Cashner in free agency and it has nothing to with baseball. Cashner spoke with Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald and admitted he “hates” the Marlins facial hair policy. Cashner was acquired from the San Diego Padres in late July for a package which included top prospect Josh Naylor and the hard-throwing right-hander Carter...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins are considering Alex Anthopoulos for President role

The Minnesota Twins are considering Los Angeles Dodgers executive Alex Anthopoulos for their open position of President of Baseball Operations reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. Alex Anthopoulos is a confirmed candidate for #Twins president of baseball operations position, sources say. @MLB @MLBNetwork — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 6, 2016 The Twins adopted the position...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Shoemaker undergoes emergency surgery to stop brain bleeding

Matt Shoemaker underwent surgery late on Sunday to stop bleeding in his brain reports the Associated Press. The Los Angeles Angels starter was seriously injured after getting struck on the right side of his head by a Kyle Seager line drive. Shoemaker was immediately taken to hospital following the incident. The right-hander received CT scans every 2-3 hours according to general manager...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco wondered why bobblehead wasn’t ‘more beefed up’

Jose Canseco had a small, very Canseco-ian concern about his bobblehead. The Oakland Athletics held a bobblehead night for Canseco on Saturday, to honor his 1998 MVP season, where the juiced up, polarizing former outfielder hit 42 home runs and 124 RBI. Canseco admitted to taking steroids for nearly his entire career, so when he saw his bobblehead, he wondered why it was so skinny...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: The Dodgers expressed interest in reacquiring Zack Greinke

The Los Angeles Dodgers expressed interest in reacquiring Zack Greinke but were rebuffed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Dodgers checked in on the right-hander this week. The talks didn’t go very far. “It’s not going to happen, not yet and maybe not ever. But the Dodgers expressed interest in trading for the Diamondbacks right-hander...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

John Gibbons text to Mark Buehrle: “You know rosters expand in September”

The Toronto Blue Jays are in the thick of a pennant race in the American League East and manager John Gibbons has reached out to a familiar face in an attempt to bolster the roster. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, the Blue Jays manager texted  pitcher Mark Buehrle and reminded him that rosters expand in September. The retired left-hander rebuffed Gibbons, sending...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Trade retrospective: Dickey/Syndergaard deal proved costly for Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays placed catcher Josh Thole on irrevocable waivers on Sunday, which for now ends the 29-year-old four-season run with the club. On the surface, the move seems largely insignificant as Thole, a backup catcher who’s lone skill was to catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, struggled badly in Toronto, constantly fought to stay above the Mendoza Line while yielding little...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Yankees to be ‘aggressive’ on waiver wire following hot streak

Never count the New York Yankees out. The Yankees were the biggest sellers during the non-waivers trade deadline, opting to deal many high-profile veterans including Aroldis Chapman, Carlos Beltran, and Andrew Miller. New York stocked up on young assets such as Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier, completely rebuilding their minor league core and finally starting a long overdue rebuild...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Butler expresses regret over fight with Valencia: We ‘are not enemies’

Billy Butler is apologizing for getting into a fight with teammate Danny Valencia. Butler spoke to reporters on Wednesday and said the organization didn’t deserve the negative attention it was getting because of a recent fight between the Athletics teammates. “First off, I want to say to my teammates, I want to apologize for putting them through this because they didn’t deserve...
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August 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Gary Sanchez the latest in a small, but impressive, AL rookie class

While it isn’t the class of 2015 that featured superstars Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor at it’s head and Miguel Sano coming up a quick third, there are certainly some players of great interest in the 2016 rookie crop, the latest of which have come courtesy of the Yankees deciding to finally play for next year. The most prominent example of this was when Aaron Judge and Tyler...
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August 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Pirates ink David Freese to team-friendly two-year deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a two-year deal worth $11 million with third baseman David Freese reports Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball. The contract features a club option for 2019 worth $6 million and could be worth $22 million over three seasons if Freese reaches all of the incentives. freese: $6.25M in '17, $4.25M in '18, $6M team option or 500K buyout in '19 ...
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August 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg headed to DL with sore elbow

The Washington Nationals are running away with the NL East, holding an 8.5-game lead over the second place Miami Marlins with just 39 games left to play. But the Nationals rotation took a hit on Monday when the team placed Stephen Strasburg on the DL with a sore right elbow. Major news: Strasburg placed on DL with sore elbow. AJ Cole recalled and will start tonight. — Mark...
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August 22, 2016  |  Discuss

The Diamondbacks front office still doesn’t think the Shelby Miller trade was bad

The Arizona Diamondbacks front office is sticking to their guns when it comes to the widely criticized Shelby Miller deal. The Diamondbacks infamously depleted their minor league system by trading a massive package of talented youngsters to the Atlanta Braves last summer for pitcher Shelby Miller. In exchange for Miller and prospect Gabe Speier, Arizona gave up top prospects Aaron...
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August 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Blue Jays demote AL Cy Young candidate Aaron Sanchez to minors

Aaron Sanchez has been demoted to the minors, but not because of performance issues. The Toronto Blue Jays optioned the 24-year-old to Single-A Dunedin on Sunday. On face value, the move makes little sense. Sanchez has been dynamite in 2016, posting a 12-2 record in 24 starts with a 2.99 ERA and 3.33 WHIP. The talented right-hander fixed control issues while striking out a career...
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August 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Darryl Strawberry worried for Dwight Gooden’s life

Darryl Strawberry is concerned about former teammate Dwight Gooden’s life. According to the New York Daily News, Gooden was a no-show for a scheduled appearance on WFAN. Gooden’s representatives told Strawberry he would be late for the event and eventually said he wasn’t coming at all. Gooden also canceled Friday’s appearance at FanFest. Gooden’s absence is a big concern...
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August 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Phillies shut down Aaron Nola for remainder of season

The season is over for young Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola. Nola was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday, making an assumed season shutdown official. Nola has met with Dr. James Andrews to evaluate some shoulder concerns. Dr. Andrews diagnosed Nola with a low-grade sprain of his UCL and a low-grade strain of his flexor tendon. For now, surgery is not in the offseason...
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August 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Watch: Donaldson and Gibbons get into an altercation in dugout, separated by Tulowitzki

Things got heated on the Blue Jays bench on Wednesday afternoon. Blue Jays All-Star Josh Donaldson struck out against the New York Yankees and wasn’t happy. He went into Toronto’s dugout and slammed his bat against the ground. Manager John Gibbons wasn’t impressed with Donaldson’s attitude and decided to step in and let him know. Donaldson didn’t seem to respond positively...
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August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Coco Crisp ‘extremely hurt,’ believes A’s trying to stop vesting option

Coco Crisp isn’t happy with the Oakland Athletics and didn’t mince his words when voicing his unhappiness regarding playing time. The 36-year-old told the San Francisco Chronicle, he’s “extremely hurt” with how the A’s have handled his playing time and contract situation. Crisp claims he’s not receiving regular playing time because Oakland doesn’t want his $13 million...
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August 16, 2016  |  Discuss
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