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Free agent preview: Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles had a great, very surprising 2012 season. They made the playoffs for the first time since 1997, and baseball in the beltway is peaking when you take the success of the Washington Nationals into account as well. But Baltimore GM Dan Duquette is going to have some work to do in order to repeat the success that his team had in 2012. Needs You can point to...
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November 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - winds of change

We had a moderately busy day yesterday as the winds of change in the offseason continued to swirl. Yesterday seemed to be National Option Day, with numerous options exercised, declined, and opted out of. Most of the decisions on options were pretty easy to predict coming into the offseason, but that doesn't make them any less interesting. The closer market this offseason...
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November 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Ervin Santana traded to the Royals

The Kansas City Royals continued their quest to build a legitimate starting rotation on Wednesday by acquiring Ervin Santana from the Los Angeles Angels.  Santana endured the worst season of his career in 2012 when he posted an ERA over 5 and gave up a league high 38 homeruns.  However, Santana is a former all-star and has proven on more than one occasion that he's capable...
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October 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Free agent preview: Cincinnati Reds

In a parallel universe, Scott Rolen makes a good throw to Joey Votto in the top of the tenth inning of Game 3 of the NLDS, the Reds sweep the Giants, and go on to win their first World Series since 1990. Really, it's possible that Rolen's bad throw is all that really separated the Reds from a World Championship. The Reds were a really good team in 2012, they won a lot of...
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October 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Royals decline Joakim Soria's option

I normally don't write posts about options getting picked up or declined, but the Royals declining Joakim Soria's option for 2013 seems significant to me. Soria missed all of the 2012 season after Tommy John surgery, and after he struggled in 2011, many suggested that the Royals should have looked into trading him and his favorable contract after that year. They didn...
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October 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Free agent preview: Oakland Athletics

The 2012 season for the Oakland Athletics came pretty much out of nowhere. The A's went from a .500 club at the All-Star Break to AL West champions to finish the year, with the season culminating in a thrilling three game sweep of the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers in Oakland to give the A's the division title. This offseason, I don't think the A's will...
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October 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Free agent preview: Texas Rangers

After their late-season collapse and early exit in the Wild Card round, big changes could be in store for the Rangers, including the possible, if not likely, departure of Josh Hamilton.  They definitely won't take their disappointing season lying down though and figure to be extremely active on the free agency and trade market. Needs Before Texas can start rebuilding themselves...
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October 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Rafael Soriano will opt out of his contract

Yankees closer Rafael Soriano will be joining a free agent class that is light on closers, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Soriano will opt out of the final year of his contract with the Yankees, which was scheduled to pay him $13 million in 2013. He'll get a buyout of $1.5 million. The same type of opt-out happened after last season by CC Sabathia. Sabathia ended up re...
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October 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - signings!

Happy Halloween, everyone. Yesterday, we had our first signings of the offseason. Of course, both were technically contract extensions since the free agency exclusivity window doesn't end until Saturday, but they count. Jake Peavy re-upped with the White Sox for two years, and Brandon League got paid by the Dodgers over three. The Gold Glove winners were also announced, if that...
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October 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Gold Gloves announced to varying fanfare

Live on ESPN2 (and delayed by 15 minutes thanks to some sort of X-Games racing event), the MLB Gold Glove winners were announced this evening. The format was the same as last year, with "nominees" being announced online beforehand, and a winner being chosen from those nominees. Also, instead of three outfielders being chosen, there was one outfielder chosen for each of...
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October 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Dodgers give Brandon League a three year deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly given reliever Brandon League a three year contract extension. The monetary part of the agreement is still unknown. The 29-year old League was acquired by the team last July from the Mariners. Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times first reported the deal. While bringing back League was a priority of Dodgers GM Ned Colletti, the terms seem to...
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October 30, 2012  |  Discuss

White Sox, Peavy agree to extension

There goes one free agent pitcher off the market: the Chicago White Sox and Jake Peavy have agreed to a two year extension that will pay Peavy $29 million over the two years. The deal also has an option for the 2015 season. Peavy made $17 million last season, and Chicago declined a $22 million club option on him for 2013. According to MLBTR, Peavy will make $14.5 million in each...
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October 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Free agent preview: Atlanta Braves

The Braves weren't the best team in the National League this season. But they *were* clearly better than the St Louis Cardinals during the regular season, and yet, they were forced to play the Cardinals in the one game wild card playoff. The Cardinals prevailed, and the Braves playoff run was over after just one game, leading to ire and scorn from the fanbse towards the new playoff...
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October 30, 2012  |  Discuss

End of Season Post-Mortem: San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants pretty much flew under the radar all season, and that continued throughout the playoffs. Then, they won six straight games facing elimination against the Reds and Cardinals before sweeping the Tigers in the World Series. What Went Right: THEY WON THE WORLD SERIES, SO EVERYTHING. But anyway, back to reality. Buster Posey's return from a broken leg...
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October 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Free agent preview: Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays had a disappointing 2012 campaign, but that can largely be tied to the absence of one player: Evan Longoria, the team's superstar third baseman who played just 74 games. Being without an MVP candidate for half of the season isn't a good way to compete for a playoff spot, and considering that the Rays fell just three games shy of a playoff berth, Longoria's absence...
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October 30, 2012  |  Discuss

End of Season Post-Mortem: Detroit Tigers

The Tigers trudged through the first five months of the season with no guarantee of a playoff berth, after they simply couldn't jump past the White Sox in the AL Central. Finally, they made their move in September and clinched the division, eventually winning the AL pennant (like many imagined they would) before getting completely shut down in the World Series by the Giants....
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October 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Free agent preview: Los Angeles Angels

Perhaps no team came into the 2012 season with as much hope (and hype) as the Los Angeles Angels.  They finally had a competent General Manager (Jerry Dipoto), they rid themselves of the black hole at catcher by trading Jeff Mathis and bringing in Chris Iannetta, and they signed the best pitcher (CJ Wilson) and best hitter (Albert Pujols) in last winter’s Free Agent market. ...
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October 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - calm before the storm

If you want to get technical, here in the northeast, it's the calm *after* the storm. Hurricane Sandy has blown through, and while it's still raining, it's nowhere near hurricane quality rain. But that's not the storm I was referring to: I was instead talking about the storm of free agency, which will begin on Saturday at midnight. Gulp. But anyway, because of...
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October 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Free agent preview: Milwaukee Brewers

For four months, the Brewers were one of 2012's bigger disappointments. They fell of the pace in the National League early in the season, they traded Zack Greinke, and they hit their season low of 12 games under .500 on August 19th. Then, like a light switch, the finished the season playing like their hair was on fire. From August 20th onwards, the Brewers went 29-13. That tied...
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October 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Free agent preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

The 2012 Dodgers started out like a house of fire....and then hit the wall once Matt Kemp went down with hamstring issues, missing most of May and June. The team eventually ceded their NL West lead to the World Champion Giants, despite a summer spending spree that saw them acquire Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Joe Blanton, and Shane Victorino. ...
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October 29, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Free agent preview: Pittsburgh Pirates


At the end of 2012, Clint Hurdle identified a few players as having spots for 2013 locked down. Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, Garrett Jones, Mike McKenry, and Clint Barmes all made the list. If we assume that James McDonald, AJ Burnett, and Jeff Karstens all have rotation spots on lock, too, that leaves us with the following needs: corner outfield/first base (Jones...
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October 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Free agent preview: Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox shattered all expectations coming into 2012, and they nearly crept into the playoffs after the heavily favored Detroit Tigers struggled for most of the season. But you know what happened in late September and October: the White Sox fell apart, the Tigers won the division, and eventually, the AL pennant. It'll be an interesting offseason for the White Sox...
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October 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - champions

It's over, and it's done. The 2012 MLB season is in the books, and the San Francisco Giants are World Champions. -Giants 4, Tigers 3 (ten innings) Well, where do we go from here? The offseason is now officially upon us, and before we go fully into offseason mode, we're going to reflect on the Giants World Series victory, with five observations from the series...
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October 29, 2012  |  Discuss
HOW SWEEP IT IS

Video: Giants win World Series

Marco Scutaro hit the game-winning single, while Sergio Romo closed out a sweep of the Detroit Tigers for San Francisco's second championship in three years.

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October 29, 2012  |  Discuss

World Series Game Four: Giants 4, Tigers 3

The San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in ten innings in game four of the World Series, and became the champions of baseball with a 4-0 series sweep. For the Giants, it's their second title in three years after not having one since moving from New York to San Francisco after the 1957 season. For the Tigers, it's another soul-crushing championship series...
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October 29, 2012  |  Discuss
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