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Delmon Young would be a horrendous fit for the Phillies

When I saw the news blurb this morning that the Phillies were "seriously considering" signing Delmon Young, I did a spit take. While the Phillies situation in their corner outfield spots isn't ideal going into the season, Young would really do nothing to improve their situation. Platoons involving Laynce Nix, John Mayberry Jr, Darin Ruf, and Domonic Brown aren't...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Should the Nationals trade a reliever?

After their signing of Rafael Soriano last week, the Washington Nationals have an absolutely loaded bullpen, with Soriano joining Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen, and Craig Stammen, among others. But in his column posted this morning, Ken Rosenthal of Fox noted that Washington could look to deal Clippard or Storen, while signing a starting pitcher and moving current fifth starter Ross...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, you're the Baltimore Orioles

The number of people who believed in the overachieving 2012 Baltimore Orioles, even when they were locked in battle in the ALDS, could probably be counted on one hand.  Seeing how they'd been the unofficial doormat of the AL East for the previous fourteen seasons, it is no wonder that their unexpected success was received with such a critical eye.  Winning 93 games on just...
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January 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - in memorium

It wasn't a good weekend to be a baseball fan after the passings of both Earl Weaver and Stan Musial on Saturday. Losing two members of the Hall of Fame in the same month, let alone the same day, is absolutely brutal for any fan of the game, and may both men rest in peace. In a bit of a lighter note, baseball teams were jumping all over the Manti Te'o story this weekend...
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January 21, 2013  |  Discuss
REST IN PEACE

Hall of Famer Stan Musial dies at 92

Hall of Fame ballplayer Stan Musial, who spent his entire career with the St. Louis Cardinals, died on Saturday at the age of 92.

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January 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Legendary Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver passes away at 82

Some sad news to report this Saturday morning, as legendary Baltimore Orioles manager and Baseball Hall of Famer Earl Weaver has passed away at age 82. Weaver reportedly passed away last night while on a cruise. During the summer, the Orioles unveiled a statue of Weaver at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Weaver managed the Orioles from 1968 to 1982, coming back to finish out the...
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January 19, 2013  |  Discuss
THE FUN CONTINUES

Minor league team to hold 'Lennay Kekua Night'

A minor league affiliate of the Diamondbacks is holding a 'Lennay Kekua Night' in April to rip on Manti Te'o. See what it will entail.

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January 19, 2013  |  Discuss

TOC Top Ten: Right-Handed Relief Pitchers

Here we are folks, the end of the TOC Top Ten. And what better way to end our countdown with the top ten right-handed relievers? There are really some special relievers in this group, and not all of them are the closers that you're used to seeing at the end of games either. Middle relievers that are dominating have become a valuable commodity in today's game as well, and...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

TOC Top Ten: Left-Handed Relief Pitchers

The player that would have been at the top of this list won't be, because the Reds made the wise decision to move Aroldis Chapman to the starting rotation. With the flamethrowing lefty out of the picture, these rankings are wide open. Left-handed relievers are typically specialists, and a lot of them don't typically log a ton of innings, which is what is going to make these...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

College World Series hero Michael Roth was also a target of "catfishing"

Thanks to Manti Te'o and his infamous fake dead girlfriend, there is approximately zero people in the world who don't know what "catfishing" is.  As bizarre as that story might be, it seems that college sports heroes being targeted in such schemes is now a thing.  As it turns out, Michael Roth, the hero of the South Carolina Gamecocks team that has gone to three...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Ranking the World Baseball Classic rosters

As part of our continuing coverage of the World Baseball Classic, we're going to take a look at the rosters for each country in each of the four pools today. We broke down the rosters yesterday, looking at the major league talent on each, and now we're going to determine how the teams rank in each pool. POOL A 1) Japan. Despite not having any major league talent on the...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the Classic!

Yesterday, the rosters for the World Baseball Classic were announced. As I may have mentioned in this space before, TOC is going to be your home for WBC coverage, and we're going to try to cover it like no other site is. No one is giving the WBC any love, so we figure that there's a pretty glaring opportunity for us to provide you with coverage that no one else is putting...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor league team to have "Manti Te'o Girlfriend Bobblehead Day"

We've seen our share of silly minor league promotions, but this one might take the cake. The independent Florence Freedom will be having a "Manti Te'o Girlfriend Bobblehead Day" during a game in late-May, making light of the ridiculous scandal in recent days involving Notre Dame's star linebacker. With the promotion, the first 1,000 fans entering the stadium...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Full World Baseball Classic rosters announced

With much fanfare (and little attention), the provisional rosters for the 16 World Baseball Classic teams have been released. I'm not going to post the full rosters here, but will instead link to the WBC's website and note any interesting major leaguers or former major leaguers on each team's roster. POOL A Brazil. No major leaguers, but is managed by Hall of Famer...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs & Jeff Samardzija will wait to discuss long-term deal

There isn't much to be excited about in this Chicago Cubs pitching staff. There is depth sure, but there are only two or three true quality arms in the rotation. One of those arms is the breakout pitcher of 2012, Jeff Samardzija. After the laughter subsided following Samardzija's declaration that he wanted to be in the rotation, he went out and dazzled all of us in spring...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

TOC Top Ten: Right-Handed Starting Pitchers

The dominant right-handed starter is a baseball prototype that's been around since the beginning of the sport. But in recent years, lefty aces have started to take hold across the league, and teams are employing a nearly equal blend of lefty and righty studs in their rotation. The overall ceiling among left-handers is probably higher overall, but the talent pool among right-handed...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox restructure contract with Mike Napoli

The three year, $39 million contract that the Boston Red Sox and Mike Napoli agreed to earlier this winter has been replaced with a one-year, $5 million deal due to concerns that Boston had about Napoli's hip. Various incentives in the deal can increase the value to $13 million, which would give him the same salary he was scheduled to make in 2013 under the initial contract....
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

TOC Top Ten: Left-Handed Starting Pitchers

Ah, the left-handed starting pitcher. Even in the year 2013, this is still a valuable commodity in the game today. But while the best lefties in the game are elite, the middle ground of lefties can be a little mediocre. The lefthanders to rank 11th-15th in ERA in the league this year were Ross Detwiler, Jonathon Niese, Scott Diamond, Paul Maholm, and Chris Capuano...not exactly a...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss
WHO MADE IT?

Team USA's WBC roster announced

The roster that will comprise Team USA in the World Baseball Classic was announced on Thursday and there were some surprises.

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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers and Matt Harrison agree to five-year extension

The Texas Rangers and 27-year old left-handed starter Matt Harrison have agreed to a five-year contract extension (with an option for a sixth year) worth $55 million. Harrison has had just two full seasons in the majors, but has compiled 8.2 fWAR over those two years. Harrison had a 3.39 ERA in 2011, and had a 3.29 ERA in 2012. Harrison doesn't strike many hitters out, totaling...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals deal Michael Morse to Mariners in three-team deal

The Washington Nationals have traded outfielder Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners in a three-team trade that sends Mariners catcher John Jaso to Oakland, and A's prospect AJ Cole to the Nationals. Oakland will also be sending a player to be named later to the Nationals. It's a reunion of sorts for both Morse and Cole, who were originally members of their new organizations...
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January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

TOC Top Ten: Right Field

Right field is the final offensive position we'll be tackling in our TOC Top Ten series before venturing to the pitchers mound on Thursday and Friday. The position is pretty loaded, even with injuries leading to disappointing seasons from Justin Upton, Jose Bautista, and Nick Markakis, among others. There's a lot of young talent in right field as well, putting both corners...
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January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

The question about center field

Throughout this TOC Top Ten series we've been rolling out all week, I've had some tough decisions on where to rank certain players. But I think the center field rankings posted this afternoon were the most difficult I've had to do. Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are now left fielders. Josh Hamilton is now a right fielder. Michael Bourn doesn't have a job. Talk about...
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January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

TOC Top Ten: Center Field

I struggled with this list of center fielders for a couple of reasons. First off is that two players that would have been in my top five, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, will be playing left field in 2013. Secondly, another top five player (Michael Bourn) is still unemployed, and I have no idea where to put him. Thirdly, another top five player (Josh Hamilton) is now a right fielder...
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January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Should a Martin Prado contract extension be a priority for the Braves?

The Atlanta Braves have largely remained dormant this winter, aside from signing BJ Upton to replace Michael Bourn as the team's center fielder. Aside from filling that hole in center field, the Braves really didn't need to do much this winter. They still haven't replaced Chipper Jones' bat in their lineup, but aside from that, Atlanta largely stood pat. But now,...
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January 16, 2013  |  Discuss
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