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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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2 days ago  |  Discuss

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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Detroit Tigers are in a payroll hell they can't escape

It seemed like that the longer Max Scherzer’s free agency dragged on, the more likely it would be that he returned to the Detroit Tigers. Of course, it didn’t happen that way – Scherzer agreed to a staggering seven year, $210 million contract with the Washington Nationals earlier this week. While it might seem a little bit shocking that the Tigers didn’t get involved in the...
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Tigers never topped their $144 million offer to Max Scherzer

Last spring, Max Scherzer turned down a $144 million extension from the Detroit Tigers. Given the absurd contract he got from the Washington Nationals (seven years, $210 million, half deferred), he ended up in a better place. However, the Tigers and owner Mike Iltich never even tried to top their initial offer, per Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports. After Scherzer said no to that sum...
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Cubs' plan with Kris Bryant still uncertain

The Chicago Cubs made a rather expected move on Monday when they went out and acquired center fielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros. Fowler fills a need for on-base percentage at the top of the lineup, while also presenting Joe Maddon with an extremely versatile lineup to work with throughout the year. There is also another rather exciting aspect of the deal, that has not...
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Ben Zobrist bids farewell to Rays fans with full-page ad

Former Tampa Bay Rays utility player Ben Zobrist paid an emotional farewell to Rays fans with this full-page ad in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times. Zobrist was traded to the Oakland Athletics (along with teammate Yunel Escobar, already traded to the Washington Nationals) earlier this offseason. Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, took out an ad in today's Tampa Bay Times. pic.twitter...
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Rangers officially get Yovani Gallardo, Brewers receive 3 prospects in trade

Until the Nationals hijacked Sunday’s baseball headlines with news of signing Max Scherzer, the biggest MLB news of the day appeared to be the Rangers making a deal with the Brewers for Yovani Gallardo. However, details of the trade had yet to be completely worked out, thus pushing an official announcement to Monday or Tuesday. Well, the trade became a done deal Monday afternoon...
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After signing Max Scherzer, what’s next for the Nationals?

The Washington Nationals may already have had the best team going into the 2015 season. The team has an unobstructed path to the postseason, and it’s even better now after signing Max Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 million contract. Many observers, including myself, have picked the Nats to win the World Series over the past two seasons. This year, we may finally get it right...
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Chicago Cubs acquire Dexter Fowler from Astros

It’s been no secret throughout the offseason, and especially recently, that the Chicago Cubs were in the market for an everyday centerfielder. With Arismendy Alcantara representing the only real option out there, in addition to the fact that their only addition to the outfield thus far in the offseason was Chris Denorfia, they had been connected to multiple players available...
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Report: Max Scherzer signs seven-year deal with Nationals

The Washington Nationals have pulled off the most shocking move of baseball’s offseason – they’ve signed the top free agent on the market, Max Scherzer, to a seven-year contract. While the terms of the deal are currently unknown, Scherzer will reportedly be making more than $180 million over the seven years. Former teammate Justin Verlander got $180 million over seven years...
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Reports: Brewers, Rangers nearing deal for Yovani Gallardo

Milwaukee Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo might not be a Wisconsinite much longer – the club is reportedly nearing a deal to send the Mexican right-hander to the Texas Rangers. #Rangers on verge of trading for #Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo, sources tell me and @jonmorosi. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 18, 2015 Gallardo turns 29 in February, and has been a Brewer since...
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Report: Nats nearing seven-year deal with Max Scherzer

How’s this for an unexpected landing spot for Max Scherzer: the Washington Nationals? According to several media reports that began to trickle out on Sunday, Scherzer and the Nationals have mutual interest in one another, and the two parties are getting close on a seven-year contract. In fact, according to the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore, the contract is “very close”...
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Giants fill outfield hole with Nori Aoki on one-year deal

One of the last remaining offensive forces on the free agent market has signed – Nori Aoki is heading to the San Francisco Giants on a one-year deal for $4.7 million guaranteed. I'm told Nori Aoki agreed to one-year deal with #sfgiants. Fills hole in outfield. — John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) January 16, 2015 aoki gets $4.7M guarantee. $4M salary for 2015, plus 700K buyout on...
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A-Rod thinks Yankees third base job is his to lose

Despite the Yankees signing Chase Headley to a four-year, $52 million contract this winter, Alex Rodriguez thinks the club’s starting third base job is his to lose. Yep – the 39-year old who didn’t play at all in 2014 and hasn’t played 100 games in the field since 2010 is assuming that he’s going into Spring Training with a starting role at the hot corner. Hold me. Newsday...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss
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