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Which one year starting pitcher contract will work out best?

The price for starting pitching has gone through the roof this winter, and the top tier options haven't even signed. With the uncertainty surrounding Masahiro Tanaka's posting, guys like Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Ervin Santana have been in a holding pattern. That's led to middle and back-end rotation options getting more money than you'd expect - four years and $32 million...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Angels change offseason strategy, end up better

The Los Angeles Angels have never been afraid to spend money in the offseason. From Vladimir Guerrero to Gary Matthews Jr. to Torii Hunter to, more recently Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson, and Josh Hamilton, the club has sunk significant resources into improving themselves and winning another pennant. Unfortunately for the Angels, they have reached the ALCS just twice since winning the...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria quizzes 'Anchorman 2' cast, including 'Baxter'

Perhaps you’ve heard that the new movie “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” opened in theaters this week. And, bear with me here, perhaps you’ve seen a little bit of promotion for the latest chapter in the saga of Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy. This is news to you, I’m sure. Well, we have another addition to the “Anchorman 2” promotion anthology with this hilarious...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Is Joaquin Benoit the Padres' closer with 2-year, $15.5 million contract?

Joaquin Benoit was looking for closer money on the free agent market, which is a big reason why the Detroit Tigers didn't make an effort to re-sign him. The 36-year-old reliever found it with the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, agreeing to terms on a two-year contract worth $15.5 million.  Benoit may have gotten better-than-closer money, depending on your viewpoint. He received...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Talking shop with MLB Network's Mark DeRosa: "I want to be great at something else"

During his 16 seasons with eight different MLB teams, Mark DeRosa developed a reputation as a leader in the clubhouse and a sounding board for both veterans and younger players alike. After playing part-time for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013, DeRosa, 38 and a father of two, made the decision to retire and join MLB Network as its newest former-player-turned-talking-head. Known...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Grant Balfour reaches two-year, $14 million agreement with Orioles

The Balfour Rage is heading east. Former Oakland Athletics closer Grant Balfour has agreed to a two-year contract worth $14 million (along with $500,000 in deferred compensation in 2014 and 2015) with the Baltimore Orioles. Ironically, it was Balfour's former team, the Oakland Athletics, that acquired former Orioles closer Jim Johnson in a trade. In 2013, Balfour saved 38 games...
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December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Freel's CTE diagnosis shows why MLB must take greater measures against concussions

It was surely a coincidence that Ryan Freel's family found out that he suffered from a degenerative brain disease on the same day that MLB announced that home plate collisions were no longer allowed in the game beginning next season. But the timing may have been serendipitous.  There isn't a direct connection between the two, at least as far as we know. But of the 10 concussions...
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December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings 2013: Baseball Trade Show Highlights

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL -- Spend a few hours wandering the floor at the annual Baseball Trade Show during the Winter Meetings, and you’ll encounter just about every possible aspect of your baseball experience, broken down into parts. My friend Jeb Lund did a wonderful job exploring this phenomenon in a post at SB Nation last week. From the bats the players use (oh look there’s Chandler...
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December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

White Sox deal Addison Reed to D'Backs for 3B prospect Davidson

Kevin Towers has acquired another capital C closer for his Diamondbacks, picking up White Sox stopper Addison Reed in exchange for third baseman Matt Davidson.  Towers traded Heath Bell to the Rays earlier this month, and still has J.J. Putz in the fold in Phoenix. Chicago was rumored to be listening on Reed, who turns 25 at the end of this month, all offseason, and Rick Hahn...
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December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Freel had CTE at time of suicide

A lot of attention has been paid this year to the issue of concussions in football -- so much so that it's easy to overlook the impact of brain injuries in other sports. Sunday will mark one year since Ryan Freel committed suicide. The eight-year Major League veteran was known for his all-out style of play, his willingness to crash into walls to make a play and an eccentric personality...
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December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Five MLB teams who are done spending

Spring Training is still two months away. There's still plenty of offseason left. Yet, looking over the moves made by teams, I'm getting the distinct impression that there are some clubs that are already done with their major shopping this winter. If you're a fan of any of these five teams, the rest of your offseason could be slow-moving and boring. Boston Red Sox The World Champions...
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December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings 2013: MLB managers got jokes!

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL -- Over the course of 72 hours during the annual Winter Meetings, the managers of all 30 MLB teams give press conferences to the media inside the workroom. Each one is approximately half an hour and typically includes mundane stuff about projected lineups for the next season, updates on injured players, questions about new acquisitions and thoughts on the team...
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December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - winter cleanup

Heading into the holidays, there are still several marquee free agents on the market, including Shin-Soo Choo, Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, Stephen Drew, and Masahiro Tanaka, who may not even be coming to America after a season full of hype. But a lot of the second tier free agents are falling off of the market. For example... -James Loney is going back to Tampa Bay. ...
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December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins continue to bolster rotation, re-sign Mike Pelfrey to two-year deal

The Minnesota Twins continued to fortify their rotation for 2014, re-signing Mike Pelfrey to a two-year contract worth $11 million. Pelfrey can also earn up to $3.5 million in bonuses over the life of the contract. Pelfrey had a mediocre year for Minnesota in 2013 after missing nearly all of 2012 following Tommy John surgery, pitching to a 5.19 ERA in 152 2/3 innings. The Twins...
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December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Juan Uribe gets two years and $15 million from Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be returning to the status quo in 2014, inking incumbent third baseman Juan Uribe to a two-year contract worth $15 million. The 34-year old Uribe had spent the last three seasons in Los Angeles, making $21 million over those three seasons. But over the first two years of the deal, Uribe was widely considered a disappointment. Neither his on-base or...
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December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals ink Omar Infante to 4-year, $30 million contract

Omar Infante is now off the market. The Royals inked the second baseman to a four-year deal worth $30.5 million. ESPN's Buster Olney was first to report the agreement, while CBS Sports' Jon Heyman followed up with the financial terms. According to Heyman, incentives can boost the value of the contract even further.  Infante is coming off a terrific year for the Tigers, batting...
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December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

James Loney stays with Rays on 3-year, $21 million deal

The Rays have their first baseman back, agreeing to a three-year, $21 million contract with James Loney on Friday. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported the terms of the deal. According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Loney will receive $5 million as a signing bonus as part of the contract. He had drawn interest from the Pirates and Mets in recent days, and the first-base market had...
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December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Rockies befuddle once again, sign LHP Boone Logan to three-year, $16.5 million contract

Oh, Colorado Rockies, what are we going to do with you? Your already befuddling offseason just got a whole lot more befuddling. boone logan gets $16.5M fr 3 yrs. #rockies — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 13, 2013 Yes, somehow the Rockies decided it was a good idea to give left-hand specialist Boone Logan the second-most expensive expensive contract to a reliever...
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December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - back to the doldrums

The Winter Meetings have wrapped, and honestly, not a lot happened on the final day of the Meetings yesterday. -Michael Morse joined the Giants. -MLB banned home plate collisions, and while former MLB catchers were thrilled, Pete Rose was not. -The Mariners signed Corey Hart and traded for Logan Morrison. -Russell Wilson was drafted by the Rangers in the Rule 5 draft ...
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December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants pay Michael Morse $6 million to play left field

The San Francisco Giants have a left fielder, and it's Michael Morse. The former Mariner and National will receive $6 million in 2014 to serve as San Francisco's every day left fielder. There's only one problem with that - Morse is an awful defender, and his declining offensive numbers and chronic injury issues won't do enough to offset that. We'll start with Morse's health...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Pete Rose isn't happy with home plate collisions being banned

The big news out of the Winter Meetings on Wednesday was the MLB Rules Committee banning home plate collisions. The new decree, which is still being tweaked, received mostly praise. One person that wasn't pleased however, was former MLB player Pete Rose, who was involved in one of the most famous home plate collisions of all-time to close out the 1970 All-Star Game. "What are...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Same ol' Mariners? Adding Hart and Morrison has that look

If Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik intended to show he wasn't as bad at his job as a recent Seattle Times feature portrayed, he probably didn't accomplish that objective with his latest moves. On Wednesday during baseball's winter meetings, Zduriencik inked Corey Hart to a one-year, $6 million and acquired Logan Morrison in a trade with the Marlins. Each addition doesn...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson selected by Rangers in Rule 5 draft

\On Thursday morning, MLB held the annual Rule 5 draft. In the AAA phase of the draft, the Texas Rangers selected a familiar face - superstar Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. With the 15th pick of the Triple-A phase, the @Rangers select 2B Russell Wilson from the @Rockies. — MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) December 12, 2013 Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

There was an agent fight at the Winter Meetings

Lost in all of the chaos of trades, free agent signings, and contract extensions down in Orlando was a fight between two agents. Yahoo's Jeff Passan is reporting that on Wednesday afternoon, two men got into an altercation in the parking lot at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel. Stay the [expletive] away from my guy!” one man yelled, according to witnesses who described the chaotic...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings 2013: Former catchers comment on collision rule changes

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL -- In case you missed it, we had big rule change news from the Winter Meetings on Wednesday when New York Mets General Manager and MLB Rules Committee chairman Sandy Alderson declared that the committee had voted to “eliminate collisions at home plate by governing both catchers and runners in that situation.” Our post on the rule change provides more details...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss
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