LATEST STORIES FROM THE OUTSIDE CORNER

Dodgers close to signing ex-prospect banned for alleged game fixing

Most minor league signings don’t generate much of a buzz during the hot stove season. They’re generally cheap, low risk signings made to ensure depth. Yet, the Los Angeles Dodgers are close to signing a player with an interesting background. Taiwanese pitcher Chin-hui Tsao was a four-time top 100 prospect during his years with the Rockies, but was unimpressive in 88 1/3 career...
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Cubs’ Starlin Castro questioned by police in Dominican Republic about shooting

This is something that will probably be held up as the latest example of how news travels and can be quickly distorted in the immediate dash to report stories quickly (“BREAKING“) on social media. Earlier Saturday afternoon, reports circulated out of the Dominican Republic that Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had been arrested by authorities for questioning in connection with...
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Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

The annual dance that has been Hiroki Kuroda picking between the Yankees and Japan has ended its latest installment, but this time with an unexpected result: Hiroki Kuroda is returning to Japan. Sorry, Yankees. So Long Hiroki Kuroda – Hiroki Kuroda is returning to NBP Hiroshima via @proyakyuantenna pic.twitter.com/LgIFJRy2Ic #yankees h/t @daisukesugiura — N. Diunte (@ExamineBaseball...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Padres a serious contender or merely watchable?

The San Diego Padres have taken Major League Baseball by storm in the past couple of weeks, with a flurry of moves that have them as the talk of the baseball world for the first time in quite a while. If their hope was to remove the label as the Cleveland Browns of baseball, due to their overwhelming irrelevance in recent years, then it would appear that they have definitely...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Celebrating a baseball-themed Festivus

Happy Festivus, everyone. In case you’re not familiar with the holiday, popularized by Seinfeld, here’s a brief explanation. Well, first we’re going to need an aluminum pole. Hey Astros, can you help us out there? Great, thanks. Now that we’ve got our pole, it’s time for the airing of grievances. Who wants to start? How about you, Andrew? Ron? Chris? Alright guys...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels rumored to be Padres’ next trade target, which makes sense

The San Diego Padres have been so active in the trade market during the past couple of weeks that it’s difficult to imagine general manager A.J. Preller not doing anything this week. The Padres began as a curious outside possibility for free agents like Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas, only to become a dominant force for any player attainable during early December’s winter meetings...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins tack three more years onto Phil Hughes’ contract

After by far the finest year of his career in 2014, Phil Hughes won’t be leaving Minnesota any time soon. Hughes agreed to a three-year, $42 million extension that will be added to the two years remaining on his current three-year, $24 million deal, meaning that he’ll be staying with the Twins until 2019. The extension, first reported by Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News...
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Phillies GM told Ryan Howard team is better off without him

Ryan Howard was last an elite power hitter in 2009, when he launched 45 homers and posted a .279/.360/.571 line at the age of 29. He topped 30 homers in both 2010 and 2011, but his triple slash fell in both seasons. Then, Howard blew out his Achilles to end the 2011 NLDS, and his career has gone completely off the rails. In the first three seasons of his five year, $125 million...
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Jimmy Rollins says goodbye to Philly in full-page Inquirer ad

The Jimmy Rollins era in Philadelphia is a wrap, and to thank the demanding, loyal, passionate Philly fans, the club’s long-time shortstop took out a full-page ad in Saturday’s Philadelphia Inquirer. Jimmy Rollins bought a full-page ad in Saturday’s @PhillyInquirer: pic.twitter.com/ct2rRiw2sU — Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) December 20, 2014 In case the font is too small…...
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Report: Marlins trade Casey McGehee to Giants

Well Giants fans, you’ve got your third baseman – the Marlins have traded Casey McGehee to San Francisco. McGehee was made expendable following Miami’s acquisition of Martin Prado from the Yankees on Friday. I'm hearing Casey McGehee is going to the #SFGiants for two lower-level Minor League pitchers #Marlins No announcement yet — Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) December 20, 2014...
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Yankees trade Prado to Marlins for Eovaldi in 5-player deal

The San Diego Padres have been the most surprising team of the offseason, making three blockbuster trades to become a contender. But the Miami Marlins are also making some intriguing moves, following through on their promise to field a contending team after signing Giancarlo Stanton to a gigantic 13-year, $225 million contract. The Marlins acquired infielder Martin Prado from the...
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Report: Rockies and Mets kicking around Troy Tulowitzki trade

The New York Mets need a shortstop. Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada are nice players, but the Mets need someone who can make more of an impact at the position offensively. That doesn’t leave general manager Sandy Alderson many options. How many MLB shortstops can provide middle-of-the-order run production, while also playing excellent defense? Ian Desmond fits such criteria, but...
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Chase Utley bids farewell to Jimmy Rollins

The trade is official – long-time Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has been dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rollins’ long-time double play partner in Philadelphia, Chase Utley, posted a farewell message to his former teammate. Chase on @JimmyRollins11: pic.twitter.com/5pxUovXx9I — Phillies (@Phillies) December 19, 2014   In case you can’t read the statement through...
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Padres acquire Justin Upton from Braves

After weeks of posturing, the Atlanta Braves have *finally* traded outfielder Justin Upton. His new club? The San Diego Padres, of course. lhp max fried, ss jace peterson, 3b dustin peterson, of mallex smith going to braves for justin upon and low-level player — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 19, 2014 The 27-year old Upton joins a completely revamped Padres outfield, and...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Peavy re-ups with Giants for two years

Hey look, the Giants did something! The reigning World Champions finished off the back of their rotation by re-signing Jake Peavy to a two-year deal worth $24 million. Peavy with #SFGiants: Two years, $24M, $4M signing bonus, $7M in ’15, $13M in ’16, full no-trade clause. Terms first reported by @jcrasnick — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 19, 2014 The 33-year old...
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Report: Athletics trade Derek Norris to Padres

If you’re an Oakland Athletics fan, you’re probably wondering when the drain of talent from your roster will end. It’s not stopping today – the club has reportedly traded All-Star catcher Derek Norris to the San Diego Padres. Minor league pitcher Seth Streich will also head to San Diego in the deal, while Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez are going to Oakland. Source: the A...
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Matt Kemp reportedly has arthritis in both hips

So, that huge Matt Kemp trade between the Dodgers and Padres? Yeah…it might not happen. The typically symbolic physical may actually present a huge problem for the Padres, because it’s revealed that Kemp has arthritis in both of his hips. The holdup in Matt Kemp trade is because the physical revealed arthritis in both hips. The #Padres continue to consult medical experts...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Wil Myers heads to Padres in 11-player, 3-team trade

On Tuesday evening, the Padres and Rays put baseball insiders, analysts and fans on high alert with rumblings of a trade involving Tampa Bay outfielder Wil Myers going to San Diego. Though reports had the deal as close to happening, there were warnings of caution that the trade could take a while to complete because so many players were involved. So we went to bed on Tuesday night...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

What improved US/Cuba relations could mean for MLB

With the revelation that the United States and Cuba are moving forward to improve their relationship and lift many of the barriers between the two countries, baseball fans are eager to see what the improved relationship means for Major League Baseball. The recent influx of Cuban talent has even inflated the values of players from Cuba, with even a six-year, $68 million contract for...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants reportedly re-sign Sergio Romo for two years

The San Francisco Giants weren’t going to stay completely quiet this winter. The club has reportedly re-signed reliever Sergio Romo to a two-year, $15 million deal. Sources: Romo, #SFGiants in agreement on two-year, $15M deal. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 17, 2014 Romo has played a key role in the three Giants World Championships over the past five seasons, but...
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Cleveland Indians create depth with Gavin Floyd signing

On the day the White Sox announced Jeff Samardzija, the Indians stole a little of that thunder away by grabbing up former Chicago starting pitcher Gavin Floyd. Signing a starting pitcher had been a top priority of the Indians in this off-season, despite the rotation being the team’s greatest strength in 2014. In addition, by adding Floyd the Indians have essentially cemented their...
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Report: Padres, Rays talking Wil Myers trade

The San Diego Padres have made a significant splash this winter in acquiring Matt Kemp from the Dodgers, and they’ve sniffed around some other bats (Yasmany Tomas, Justin Upton, Pablo Sandova) as well. But San Diego’s latest potential venture in the trade market is one that I don’t think anyone saw coming – the team is reportedly discussing a blockbuster trade with the Tampa...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Upton fits with Giants, Rangers, Orioles, but Padres eager

One of the big moves that didn’t occur at last week’s winter meetings was a Justin Upton trade. It’s no secret that the Braves are trying to trade the 27-year-old slugger, but finding the right match obviously hasn’t happened yet. Rumblings are that Atlanta is looking for a better return than the one received from the Cardinals in exchange for Jason Heyward. That deal brought...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins have been trying this winter

After the Miami Marlins signed Giancarlo Stanton to a monstrous 13-year, $325 million contract extension earlier this winter, the team’s braintrust vowed to surround Stanton with a winning team in 2015 and beyond. The days of Miami being the primary farm team for the rest of baseball were over – this was going to be a team that would strive to win championships. At least, that...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Royals failing to capitalize on World Series run?

The Kansas City Royals are still basking in the afterglow of their magical run to the World Series and enjoying all the benefits that come with it. The extra prestige of proving themselves as a contender, the buy-in from ownership that the team is heading in the right direction and, of course, that big influx of cash that comes with an extended postseason run. All of these things...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss
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