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Tigers get their closer, ink Joe Nathan to two-year contract

The Tigers and Joe Nathan may have been the most predictable pairing of the offseason. It's no secret that Detroit needed a closer, and Nathan was the top guy on the free agent market. At 39, the right-hander wants to win a World Series championship and figures to have a strong chance with the Tigers.  Nathan agreed to a two-year contract with Detroit on Tuesday. According to...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays acquire Ryan Hanigan, Heath Bell in three-team trade

The Tampa Bay Rays got pretty much all of the value in a three-team trade also involving the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds, acquiring reliever Heath Bell from the Diamondbacks and Ryan Hanigan in the deal. Tampa Bay also signed Hanigan to a three-year contract extension worth $10.75 million. On the other two sides of the trade, the Reds picked up starter David Holmberg...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Athletics acquire Craig Gentry from Rangers

The Oakland Athletics are still making moves. In their third significant transaction in 24 hours, the A's have acquired outfielder Craig Gentry from the Texas Rangers in exchange for outfield prospect Michael Choice. Also in the trade, Josh Lindblom heads to Oakland, and Chris Bostick heads to Texas. The 30-year old Gentry enters his first of three arbitration seasons in 2014...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

The best non-tendered MLB players

Every year Christmas comes a little bit early for teams with roster spots to fill as the free agent market gets flooded with a crop of players who are non-tendered by their teams. These are hardly the kind of Christmas gifts that people line up at midnight on Black Friday to get their hands on seeing how players who get non-tendered only achieve their new free agent status by not...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

AJ Pierzynski signs with Red Sox

The catching market has lost another top name. AJ Pierzynski has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox worth $8.25 million, pending a physical. Pierzynski's signing pretty much means that the Red Sox will be moving on from incumbent Jarrod Saltalamacchia, which seemed apparent a month ago when they didn't tender him a qualifying offer. Pierzynski signed...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

What Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski may be thinking with Doug Fister trade

What are the Tigers thinking? That was the universal reaction to the Monday night deal that sent Doug Fister to the Nationals in exchange for a seemingly underwhelming package of reliever Ian Krol, Double-A pitcher Robbie Ray and utilityman Steve Lombardozzi.  If a team was in cost-cutting mode, this trade might make some sense. Fister is set for a significant raise through...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Athletics continue to bolster pitching staff with acquisition of Jim Johnson

Just before the midnight non-tender deadline last night, the Oakland Athletics acquired Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson in exchange for second baseman Jemile Weeks. Johnson was projected to make over $10 million in arbitration by MLBTR, leading to the Orioles looking at possible trade options for the 30-year old. Johnson has put together back to back 50 save seasons for...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals acquire Doug Fister from Tigers

Doug Fister's time in Detroit is over. The Tigers traded the 29-year old starting pitcher to the Washington Nationals on Monday night in exchange for Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol, and Robbie Ray.. Fister, entering his second of three arbitration seasons, was projected to make $6.9 million in 2014 by MLBTR. Fister was an unheralded stud in the Tigers' rotation over the past two...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Scott Kazmir gets two-year deal from Athletics

The top left-handed starting pitcher is off the free agent market. Scott Kazmir has inked a two-year deal with the Oakland Athletics worth a reported $22 million. Kazmir had a healthy year in 2013 for the first time since 2010, and he impressed with the Indians. The 158 innings that Kazmir tossed this year were his most since 2007, and not coincidentally, he also posted his...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Dioner Navarro signs two-year deal with Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays are attempting to move on from JP Arencibia behind the plate, signing former Cub Dioner Navarro to a two-year deal worth a reported $8 million. Arencibia will likely be traded, or perhaps non-tendered before this evening's non-tender deadline. In limited playing time with the Cubs in 2013, Navarro was a monster, hitting .300/.365/.492 with a career-high...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - a feast of free agents

I hope all of our American readers (which honestly, is about 98% of you) enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend. Over the past week, we've had a couple of moves, including the following... -Both Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes signed with the Twins. -Ryan Vogelsong re-upped with the Giants. -Expert pitch framer Jose Molina stayed with the Rays. Also this past week, the TOC...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Chipper Jones takes jab at Tim Hudson on Twitter

Back in October, Chipper Jones picked the Dodgers to beat the Braves in the NLDS. The players in the clubhouse weren't too thrilled about that, and as a result, no one would catch his first pitch before Game 1 of the NLDS, leaving the team's mascot (Homer) to do the honors. Flash forward to today. Jones' former teammate Tim Hudson has now signed with the Giants. Hudson was a teammate...
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December 01, 2013  |  1 Comment

Twins continue to bolster rotation, ink Phil Hughes to three-year deal

Mere days after adding Ricky Nolasco to their rotation for four years, the Minnesota Twins have signed former Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes to a three-year, $24 million contract - the second largest for a free agent in club history following Nolasco's four-year, $49 million pact. Hughes has been the model of inconsistency and failed promise during his time in the Bronx...
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December 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants finish off rotation by re-signing Ryan Vogelsong

The San Francisco Giants have re-signed starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong to a one-year, $5 million deal, less than a month after declining a $6.5 million option on the 36-year old for the 2014 season. Vogelsong will serve as the club's fifth starter behind Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, and newly-signed Tim Hudson. Lincecum was also a free agent after this season...
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November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Veteran starting pitcher Ted Lilly calls it a career

Former Dodgers and Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly has retired at the age of 37. Lilly has made a total of just 13 starts over the last two years with the Dodgers while dealing with chronic neck problems along with an injured left shoulder. Lilly spent time with the Expos, Yankees, Athletics, Blue Jays, Cubs, and Dodgers over his career, logging most of his playing time with...
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November 28, 2013  |  Discuss

What is TOC thankful for this year?

Here in America, it's that time of year where we give thanks before spending obscene amounts of money on Black Friday. It's been a great year for the game of baseball, and our staff is thankful for numerous aspects of it. There are plenty of different things we could have added to this list, but here's a brief sampling of the TOC staff. Ian Casselberry: I'm thankful for MLB.TV...
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November 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Ricky Nolasco signs four-year, $49 million deal with Twins

Take another starting pitcher off the market: Ricky Nolasco is a Twin. Nolasco will make $12 million over each of the next four years, and the Twins have an option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout. The 30-year old Nolasco, who turns 31 in December, is the model of mediocrity. Before 2013, he had just one season with an ERA under 4.00, and that was his rookie year of 2008. Nolasco...
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November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Braun faces the media for first time since suspension

For the first time since serving a 65-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, Ryan Braun showed up in Milwaukee and talked face-to-face with reporters. Braun was in town as part of a Brewers Charities food drive for the Hunger Task Force, helping take donations next to Miller Park. After the event, Braun spoke to the media. WSSP 1250 in Milwaukee has the...
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November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Curaçao Baseball Week 2013: Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen stays humble

Kenley Jansen was so dominant as the Dodgers’ closer in 2013 that it’s hard to believe he didn’t officially take over the role until June 11. Once Don Mattingly came to his senses, the 26-year old Curaçao native finished the 2013 season with 28 saves in 32 chances, a 1.88 ERA, .86 WHIP and a 13.0 K/9. Opponents batted just .177 against Jansen in a career-high 75 appearances...
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November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Mets filmed an incredibly awkward holiday card for their fans

The holiday season is upon us, and the New York Mets are hoping their fans have a safe and happy holiday season. Of course, this video card they released might scare their fans more than anything else. Matt Harvey and Travis d'Arnaud singing offkey is one thing, but Justin Turner and Lucas Duda singing a duet is a little much for me. As for Jon Niese and Dillon Gee? Well...their...
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November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays continue to spend wisely, bring back Jose Molina for two years

The Tampa Bay Rays are set at catcher for 2014, re-signing veteran Jose Molina to a two-year deal with a total of $4.5 million. Molina will likely continue to split time behind the plate with Jose Lobaton next season. The 38-year old Molina isn't known for his bat - his career line is just .238/.287/.340, and he's had a wRC+ above 100 just once in the last decade. But what Molina...
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November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - one wild weekend

I thought we were going to have an easy go of things heading into Thanksgiving. Whoops. Brian McCann is a Yankee. Jhonny Peralta is a Cardinal. Dan Haren is a Dodger. Joe Smith is an Angel. Chris Young is a Met. David Freese and Peter Bourjos have been traded for one another. We also had a trio of reports from Curacao last week, with Amanda snagging Jurickson Profar...
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November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

The rich get richer: Dodgers sign Dan Haren to one-year deal

For the second straight offseason, Dan Haren has reportedly signed a one-year deal. This time, it's with the Dodgers for $10 million. The contract also contains a vesting option for 2015 that vests if Haren throws 180 innings in 2014. Last year, Haren signed a one-year deal for $13 million with the Nationals after a disappointing season with the Angels. And in the first half...
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November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals shore up shortstop position by signing Jhonny Peralta to four-year contract

The St Louis Cardinals have agreed to a four-year contract worth around $52 million with free agent Jhonny Peralta. Peralta will be the every day shortstop for the Cardinals, and represents a massive upgrade over Pete Kozma, the 2013 starter who hit just .217/.275/.273 in his first full season in the bigs. Peralta on the other hand, is a legitimately good hitter. Despite missing...
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November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Angels still haven't learned their lesson, give Joe Smith three-year deal

In Jerry DiPoto's never-ending attempt to improve the Angels bullpen, the club has signed former Indians reliever Joe Smith to a three-year, $15.75 million contract. Last winter, DiPoto's Angels gave Sean Burnett a two-year, $8 million contract with a club option for 2015 only to see Burnett throw just 9 2/3 innings before going down with an injury to his flexor tendon in his left...
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November 24, 2013  |  Discuss
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