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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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Phillies could have a sneaky good rotation

I have a spoiler alert for you – the Philadelphia Phillies will not be a good team in 2015. They’ll likely finish last in the National League East. However, if the team is going to move up to fourth, or maybe even third, in the division, it’ll because of their starting rotation. Last year, the Phillies rotation was a mess. Despite throwing 1,013 1/3 innings, the third...
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Five teams that failed to improve this offseason

As the offseason begins to wind down, most of the teams in the league made a statement on their plans for the 2015 season. A shocking amount of teams took steps towards contending, while some pumped the brakes a little bit and decided to rebuild for the long-term future. However, some teams didn’t make much of their winter, and are still hanging out in no man’s land. Other...
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The Astros’ AAA team is bringing rainbow jerseys back

Remember those awesome rainbow jerseys that the Houston Astros rocked 30+ years ago? Well, they’re not coming back to the majors quite yet, but as Big League Stew notes, the Astros’ new AAA team is bringing them back for a theme night this year. All hail the Fresno Rainbow Grizzlies! A tequila sunrise is coming to Chukchansi Park on July 18. One of many theme jerseys planned...
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Jayson Werth will actually serve jail time for his reckless driving charge

A few months ago, Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was charged with reckless driving in Virginia. In December, he was sentenced to ten days in jail. Many scoffed at the possibility of a high profile person like Werth actually spending time in jail, but according to Justin Jouvenal of the Washington Post, it looks like Werth *will* be heading to jail. BREAKING: Nats...
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Dillon Gee is either very optimistic or very pessimistic about the Mets

On Wednesday, Baseball Prospectus released their annual PECOTA projections. The New York Mets were projected by PECOTA to finish 82-80, which puts them second in the NL East and just one game back of the Padres for the second NL Wild Card spot. Last year, the Mets finished 79-83, and we’re tied with the Braves for second in the NL East. They were nine games back of the Pirates...
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Padres are bringing back the brown pinstripes

It’s not the complete uniform overhaul that we championed for earlier this month, but the San Diego Padres *will* be bringing back their brown pinstriped uniforms in 2015 for five Wednesday day games. New in 2015: Way Back Wednesdays! For 5 Wednesday day games, team will wear home brown pinstripe uniforms ('85-'90) pic.twitter.com/w2QrZr0a0H — San Diego Padres (@Padres...
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Six MLB teams going all-in on 2015

The offseason has quieted down as it normally does with February on the horizon (Four weeks until pitchers and catchers report!!!) but there are still plenty of teams that have positioned themselves for big things in 2015. I’ll take a look at a team from each division that has decided 2015 is going to be their year. We begin in the American League West. AL West: Seattle Mariners...
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The five best and five worst GMs in baseball

What makes a general manager a “good” general manager? Is it a willingness to take risks? An emphasis on sabermetrics? Or the discipline to hold the line, be patient, and trust a process? It could be any of those things; conversely, all of those things can also make a GM a “bad” one. It’s a fine line to walk. With that in mind, who are some of the best and worst GM’s...
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James Shields need to adjust his contract expectations

We’re just a few days away from the beginning of February, and James Shields is still a free agent. Shields is far and away the best free agent left on the market, and while we’ve seen pitchers dangle in the wind this deep into the offseason before (Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kyle Lohse, Ervin Santana to name four), they all had more red flags than Shields. Yet, Shields...
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Rob Manfred is already back pedaling on his shift talk

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports interviewed new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, and the interview will air on Tuesday’s edition of Fox Sports Live. In this trailer released by Fox Sports, Manfred is already furiously back pedaling on his controversial comments about banning defensive shifts made earlier this week. Well that takes care of that. If hitters do what they’re supposed...
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Phillies prospect Maikel Franco had an absurd winter

Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco is nearly universally thought of as the organization’s third-best prospect, behind J.P. Crawford and Aaron Nola. Franco will be given every opportunity to earn a job on the Phillies’ Opening Day roster this spring, and if the winter that Franco had in the Dominican is any indication, he’s ready. During the regular season in...
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Rob Manfred “open” to eliminating shifts, doesn’t get it

The tenure of Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner, has now begun. Naturally, he’s pissing off baseball fans after just hours on the job, admitting to ESPN’s Karl Ravech that he’d be “open” to eliminating defensive shifts. Rob Manfred on eliminating shifts. http://t.co/MJ8LSCOuqC — Joe Lucia (@Joe_TOC) January 25, 2015 So to improve offense in the game, Manfred would like...
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Max Scherzer bids adieu to Detroit, Tigers fans

After unexpectedly signing with the Washington Nationals this week, former Detroit Tigers ace Max Scherzer said goodbye to Tigers fans and the city of Detroit with this full-page ad in the Detroit Free Press on Sunday. Max Scherzer thanks the #Tigers and their fans in a full-page ad in today's @freep. pic.twitter.com/5qj1H9gI4G — Freep Sports (@freepsports) January 25, 2015 ...
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Report: Ichiro Suzuki to sign 1-year deal with Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki will pursue his quest for 3,000 MLB hits with a new team in 2015. The 41-year-old outfielder is close to an agreement with the Miami Marlins, as first reported by SiriusXM’s Craig Mish. Hearing Ichiro Suzuki and @Marlins have agreed to terms. — Craig Mish (@CraigMish) January 23, 2015 Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal soon followed up with news that Suzuki will sign...
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The Mariners have awesome new alternate uniforms

The Seattle Mariners are calling back to the past with their new alternate uniforms for Sunday home games, and they are *awesome*. Introducing the #Mariners Sunday Home Alternate Uniform. pic.twitter.com/nNS8qofwYD — Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) January 23, 2015 Well yeah, it’s just their current uniform with a different color scheme…but those stirrups are fantastic. The...
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James Shields wants to pitch on the West Coast

We’ve nearly reached February, and James Shields is still out there, dangling in the wind on the free agent market. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Shields wants to join a team on the west coast. That’s all fine and dandy, but there’s just one problem with his desires – the ten teams in the two western divisions aren’t exactly jonesing for starting pitching, and...
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The Milwaukee Brewers are hunting Jonathan Papelbon

The Milwaukee Brewers are looking for a closer in the wake of Francisco Rodriguez’s perpetual free agency, and they’re looking at an expensive, well-known name – Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. Sources: Milwaukee in serious discussions with Phillies to acquire Jonathan Papelbon. Unclear if Brewers are on Papelbon's no-trade list. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 23...
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Each MLB team’s worst contract

As more and more teams start inking players to long-term contracts, either to keep them in town or attract them to town, more and more of those contracts start going pear-shaped for the teams. Usually, it’s because the player simply starts to see their abilities fall off a cliff, but sometimes, it’s because the team has so much money tied up in that one player that they can...
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Pablo Sandoval left money on table to sign with Red Sox

When Pablo Sandoval signed with the Boston Red Sox earlier this offseason, it came as a bit of a shock, considering Sandoval’s history with the Giants and the reports that San Francisco had made him a better offer than what he ended up getting from Boston. On a Tuesday appearance on MLB Network radio, Sandoval confirmed that he didn’t let the Giants make the final offer, and...
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Astros’ impressive offseason renovation shows their future is now

The Nationals and Cubs have gotten a lot of attention in recent days for making significant additions. Throughout the offseason, the Dodgers, White Sox, Blue Jays and Padres have also received acclaim — and rightfully so — for their roster overhauls. But what about the Houston Astros? Have the Astros’ offseason moves flown under the radar because not very much is expected...
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Darryl Strawberry’s deferred salary sold at auction for $1.3 million

This is one of the strangest baseball stories of the offseason. When Darryl Strawberry signed a contract with the Mets in 1985, $700,000 of his $1.8 million club option in 1990 was deferred. Strawberry didn’t pay over half a million dollars in taxes in the ’80s, and as a result, the IRS seized the annuity that the deferred money had been placed into. Then, Strawberry and his...
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MLB proposes changes to shorten inning breaks

One of the easiest ways for MLB to shorten games would be to simply enforce some of the rules on the book. The league has proposed a quick fix to help make games flow just a little bit faster – forcing pitchers and hitters to be ready before commercial breaks end, rather than as the broadcast is coming back from commercial. Jayson Stark of ESPN has the details. Under a new proposal...
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Alex Rodriguez training with Barry Bonds

In case you’re wondering how Alex Rodriguez’s bizarre recovery from a year-long suspension and chronic hip issues can get any more strange, don’t worry – it somehow *has*. According to John Shea of SFGate, Rodriguez has been spotted working out with Barry Bonds in Arizona. Bonds’ latest pupil has been out of the game since 2013, has hip issues and turns 40 in July,...
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Astros sign Colby Rasmus to reported 1-year, $8 million deal

One day after trading center fielder Dexter Fowler to the Cubs, the Astros signed a possible free agent replacement. Houston agreed to terms Tuesday afternoon with outfielder Colby Rasmus, signing him to a one-year contract. Colby Rasmus’ deal is one year at $8 million, source says. No club or player options included. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 20, 2015 The 28-year...
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