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How far will Brady Aiken fall?

Brady Aiken made a mistake. He was chosen first overall in the 2014 draft, the third year in a row Houston had been able to make that pick, entitling him to the largest signing bonus in the draft and a fairly secure future in the Astros organization. After a lengthy period of discussion, he declined to sign their reported final offer of $5M, instead asking for previously agreed...
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Can these struggling contenders get back in the playoff picture?

The season is two months old now, a time when we can usually separate the contenders from the pretenders. Well, usually. It turns out that there is a wealth of teams that we thought would be contenders that have fallen short of expectations so far. With so many teams like this, it is hard to tell who is really out of it and who isn’t. Surely at least one of these teams will...
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Indians bullpen holds Brandon Moss’s 100th home run ransom

On Tuesday night, Brandon Moss of the Cleveland Indians hit the 100th home run of his career off of Jeremy Guthrie of the Royals. The ball landed in Cleveland’s bullpen, and the merry band of relievers decided to have some fun and create a list of demands for Moss to get the ball back. Our bullpen caught Moss' 100th home run ball. They delivered this ransom note to Brandon after...
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Lloyd McClendon gets ejected, loses mind on umpires

Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon and catcher Mike Zunino were both ejected during Tuesday night’s Mariners-Yankees game after an appeal on a checked swing by Alex Rodriguez. McClendon then lost his damn mind and went on a ridiculous tirade directed at all four umpires. This was a bit juvenile from McClendon, but what do you expect? Seattle lost three in a row coming into...
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WATCH: Joey Gallo homers in first career game

Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo made his major league debut on Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox, and after a two-run single in his first at bat in the first inning, Gallo absolutely obliterated a pitch from Jeff Samardzija in his second at bat in the third inning. Well…the power has translated to the major league level. Will he be able to make consistent enough...
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Nationals need Taylor to produce in Werth’s absence

The Washington Nationals have already been without Jayson Werth since May 19, when he went on the disabled list with a wrist injury. But the outfielder is going to be out for much longer, after a MRI exam discovered two small fractures in his left wrist. Werth is now expected to be sidelined until August, leaving the Nats without one of their most productive hitters during the...
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Rene Rivera slides well shot of second base

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Rene Rivera isn’t the most fleet of foot player in the game today. On Monday night, Rivera did a perfect Willie Mays Hayes impression after Brandon Guyer hit a grounder to Albert Pujols at first base with no outs in the seventh inning. Oh Rene…that’s not good. There’s Erick Aybar, just chilling…waiting for Rivera…and there’s Rivera, a good...
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Thousands now or millions later – the choice an MLB draft pick must make

In part one, I took a deep look into what happens when an amateur player declines to sign a contract after being drafted. Essentially breaking down what their chances are of being drafted again and how it will effect their draft stock on a generic level. What wasn’t discussed was money. Money is almost certainly the reasoning behind those results, particularly where players drafted...
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Andrew McCutchen got robbed twice, but it didn’t matter

During Monday night’s Pirates-Giants game at AT&T Park, Andrew McCutchen could have had a huge night. In both the third and fifth innings, the 2013 NL MVP came up to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. A hit in either situation would have likely plated at least two runs with the speedy Josh Harrison on second and Gregory Polanco on first. But instead, McCutchen was...
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Texas calls up ‘Power Ranger’ prospect Joey Gallo

With Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hitting the 15-day DL, the club has called up super prospect Joey Gallo from AA Frisco. The third baseman has made a name for himself based on his power alone. Multiple prospect rankings have foamed at the mouth at Gallo’s reported 80-grade power. Joey Gallo to be called up on Tuesday, Jon Daniels just said on radio Ben and Skin...
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Josh Hamilton comeback could be best MLB story of 2015

To say Josh Hamilton’s career has been full of up and downs is a dramatic understatement. We all know the story now – Hamilton, a former first overall pick with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays who’s supreme talent was derailed by crippling addiction. He rose above his troubles to become one of the games most feared hitters with the Texas Rangers, where he was the AL MVP in 2010...
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Best hitters and pitchers: Week 8

Welcome to Week 8 of our ongoing series that recaps the best hitters and pitchers from the previous week. This week’s offense is all about third basemen. Between the pitchers it was nearly a tie between 2 single game performances, one in the National League, the other in the American League. BEST HITTER: Todd Frazier, 3B, Reds When people talk about the best active third basemen...
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The best and worst MLB players of May 2015

We’re two months into the 2015 MLB season, and the cream is starting to rise to the crop. Plenty of the best players in baseball shined in May, and we’re seeing some truly great seasons begin to unfold. AL Best Hitter of the Month: Jason Kipnis Well, that escalated quickly. Kipnis was worth a ridiculous 3.1 fWAR in May, hitting .429/.511/.706 with four homers and three stolen...
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What a draft pick can lose when he says no to the MLB

The Major League Baseball amateur draft is coming around on June 8th this year and more than 1,200 high school and college baseball players will likely be selected from the amateur ranks to pursue the ultimate American dream, being paid millions of dollars each year to play a game. While very few of those drafted will actually achieve this, those not drafted don’t even have the...
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WATCH: Josh Hamilton hits first two homers of the season

Remember when some pundits were questioning how Texas Rangers fans would respond to Josh Hamilton in his second tour of duty with the team? Well, as long as he produces, I think anything that happened in the past is water under the bridge. And on Friday night, Hamilton launched his first two homers of the season, gaining a pair of massive ovations from the Texas fans in the process...
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A pauper no more: Prince Fielder’s return to relevancy

Growing up just an hour’s drive from Milwaukee I got to see all of Prince Fielder’s rise to greatness with the Brewers. There was definitely an electric feeling when he would come to plate. You just knew he was going to do something special and he usually did. That’s why I was pretty sad when he left and annoyed when everyone seemed to predict his decline. I was more than...
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The longest home runs for the week ending May 28th

After a week that was dominated by Giancarlo Stanton and his ridiculous power stroke, we’re back to basics a bit this week with some rather pedestrian dingers. 1. Ryan Braun vs Tim Lincecum, 465 feet (May 25th) HE HIT THE DAMN BALL OUT OF MILLER PARK. PEDs or no PEDs, that’s impressive. 2. Tim Beckham vs Aaron Leon, 464 feet (May 22nd) This homer fell just shy of landing where...
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Tigers' pitching woes make Scherzer loss more lamentable

On Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers used reliever Alex Wilson as a starting pitcher in a 3-2 win over the Oakland A’s. Thursday night, Detroit started Buck Farmer, freshly called up from Triple-A, to start against the Angels and lost 12-2. This is quite a sobering change for a team that rolled out a rotation boasting three Cy Young Award winners — David Price, Max Scherzer...
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Watch: Matt Harvey discusses Jacob deGrom’s hair on ‘The Daily Show’

Jon Stewart is a big New York Mets fan. So it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that he’d want the ace of his favorite baseball team on The Daily Show, especially when the host has about 10 weeks before he gives up the anchor chair on Aug. 6. Matt Harvey was Stewart’s guest Thursday night, and the Mets diehard immediately took steps to protect the pitcher’s prized right arm...
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Rockies prospect David Dahl injures spleen in collision

Colorado Rockies outfield prospect David Dahl was the 10th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, and has been a top 100 prospect in each of the next three seasons. But he’s been swamped by injuries throughout his pro career, playing in a total of just 240 games over those three-plus seasons. On Thursday during AA New Britain’s game with Altoona, Dahl was involved in an outfield...
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Montreal mayor to meet Manfred in hopes of getting a franchise back

When the Montreal Expos were sold and moved to Washington, it left a city wanting more. While Montreal is traditionally a hockey town, the love for baseball was obvious, there was never an issue with fandom, which made the move even more devastating. When baseball returned to city, in the form of two exhibition games featuring the Toronto Blue Jays, the vibe was electric as they...
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The Toronto Blue Jays are the clear winners of Donaldson/Lawrie deal

When the Toronto Blue Jays swung a deal with the Oakland Athletics for All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson, the return for the A’s seemed a bit on the lighter side. In exchange for a top five WAR player in the league with plenty of years of control, Oakland received oft-injured third basemen Brett Lawrie, 18-year-old shortstop Franklin Barreto and two close to the majors minor...
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Trade targets: who might possibly be on first for the Cardinals?

The St. Louis Cardinals took a big hit to their lineup this week, losing first baseman Matt Adams to a torn quad muscle for most (likely all) of the season. The Cards don’t really have an in-house replacement for him (unless you count Mark Reyonlds, and… you probably shouldn’t count Mark Reynolds), which leaves them with a fairly large hole to fill. The Cardinals currently...
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The Diamondbacks finally appear to be heading in the right direction

After a series of tumultuous years under former GM Kevin Towers and ex-manager Kirk Gibson, it looks like the Arizona Diamondbacks have turned the corner and are heading for greener pastures. Arizona is just 21-25 this season, but last year, the team fell four games below .500 on April 3rd, and never got to that level again. Framed in that context, a 21-25 record is downright miraculous...
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Braves minor leaguer charged with kidnapping, rape

Elmer Reyes, a member of the AAA Gwinnett Braves, was charged with kidnapping and rape on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio after a Friday night Gwinnett game with the Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Dispatch has some of the details of the incident, and they’re pretty unsettling. A woman told Columbus police that she and another woman met Reyes after the game with the Columbus Clippers...
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