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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

Brian McCann reaches agreement on five-year, $85 million contract with Yankees

Free agent catcher Brian McCann has a new home: the Bronx. The New York Yankees have reportedly agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract with the 29-year old former Braves backstop. The contract also contains a full no-trade clause and has a vesting option for a sixth year that could push the total value over $100 million. McCann was considered one of the prizes of this winter...
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November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Curaçao Baseball Week 2013: Home Run Derby of awesome

Tio Daou Ballpark, Curaçao -- Here are just a few of the crazy and wonderful things that happened during the Curaçao Baseball Week Home Run Derby on Friday night at Tio Daou Ballpark, Curaçao: Andrelton Simmons pitched to Jurickson Profar A dog with a reality TV show posed for photos with Japan’s Home Run King, Wladimir “Coco” Balentien ...
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November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Curacao Baseball Week 2013: Baseball tricks and treats hone agility

Tio Daou Ballpark, Curaçao -- It’s no coincidence that baseball players from Curaçao are known for their defense and excellent footwork in the field. Many of today’s major leaguers from the soccer-loving Caribbean island -- including Braves’ Gold Glove shortstop Andrelton Simmons, Diamondbacks’ shortstop Didi Gregorius and Rangers’ second baseman Jurickson Profar...
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November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Kirk Gibson's D-Backs do the right thing better than your team

Last January, the Diamondbacks let it be known that they wanted "gritty" players, who played the way manager Kirk Gibson did. Ten months later, after a season during which the D-Backs went 81-81 for the second straight season and finished 11 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West, Gibson wants people to know that the Arizona organization does the right thing, and does it better...
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November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals, Angels swap David Freese for Peter Bourjos

The St Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels have completed a trade that was rumored all week. The Cardinals will send third baseman David Freese along with reliever Fernando Salas to the Angels in exchange for outfielders Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk. Freese is the biggest name in this trade after his 2011 Postseason heroics, but Bourjos is probably the best overall player...
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November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Are untradeable MLB contracts a thing of the past?

There's a funny thing happening in Major League Baseball. More and more big contracts keep getting handed out and as those contracts invariably turn into regrettable albatrosses that fans and media deem untradeable, they go and get traded. Either we fans and media have misconceptions about the state of finances in today's game or MLB general managers don't seem to grasp what the...
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November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Mets buy low on Chris Young

The New York Mets have gotten involved with the free agent market, signing former Diamondbacks and Athletics outfielder Chris Young to a one-year deal worth $7.25 million. When you see $7.25 million, the phrase "buy low" doesn't seem like it will apply. But that salary at one year is less than what Young made in 2013 with the Athletics ($8.5 million), and much less than the ...
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November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Jurickson Profar saddened, yet excited, about Kinsler-Fielder trade

Tio Daou Ballpark, Curaçao -- The baseball world was rocked on Wednesday night with the news that the Tigers and Rangers had finalized a blockbuster trade, swapping Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder and Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler. The deal has far-reaching repercussions from the Motor City to Big D to Curaçao, the small island off the coast of Venezuela that’s home to...
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November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - a wild week

You know, at the beginning of the offseason, I said I'd be doing a DD three days a week. Well, this is the only DD this week - because there was nothing going on from last Thursday until this Wednesday. And then all hell broke loose. So, let's recap the last week, shall we? -John McCain trolled Nick Piecoro for his MVP vote. -Carlos Ruiz got a three-year deal from the...
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November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Older fan complains about 11-year-old's cheering at Cubs games

Is there such a thing as cheering too loudly at a baseball game? Evidently one Cubs fan thinks so, and is picking on an 11-year-old girl to make his point.  Natalie Adorno has become well-known for her enthusiasm during Cubs games, leading Section 527 with cheers of "Let's Go Cubbies!" According to Natalie's father, stadium and team staffers, Cubs players and even owner Tom Ricketts...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner passes away at 51

Michael Weiner, the executive director of the MLB Players Association, has passed away following a 15 month battle with brain cancer. Weiner was just 51 years old. Weiner became executive director of the MLBPA four years ago, replacing the controversial Donald Fehr. He was popular among both the players and the league, and was responsible for leading the negotiations of the newest...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Boston beards up for bidding on eBay

There's a lot of baseball memorabilia on eBay. A lot of it is cool. Some of it is weird. This may fall into the latter category -- just in time for the holidays, you can now buy the shaved beards of David Ortiz and Shane Victorino, along with the razor that was used to shave the facial hair off and an autograph. The facial hair is being auctioned off by Gillette as a fundraiser...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Jason Vargas gets four years and $32 million from Royals

The Kansas City Royals have apparently moved on from attempting to re-sign Ervin Santana, inking former Angels starter Jason Vargas to a four-year, $32 million contract. Vargas was TOC's second-best lefty starter on the market, and our 29th-best free agent overall. The $8 million average value of the deal is actually a slight decrease from the $8.5 million Vargas made in 2013...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers beef up offense with Fielder trade

Prince Fielder's contract was a burden on the Tigers. It will be a burden on the Rangers. But the Rangers are in a much better position to deal with the $168 million than the Tigers, and quite frankly, they need Fielder more than Detroit did. The situations faced by the Tigers and Rangers are quite different. While both teams are in large markets, their situations aren't equal...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Dave Dombrowski works his magic again for Tigers

Some guys just have a knack for doing their job really well. Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski has always somehow pulled off the bold, splashy move that makes his team better.  The surprising blockbuster trade that Dombrowski arranged, sending Prince Fielder to the Rangers in exchange for Ian Kinsler, is just the latest example of his offseason wizardry. With...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Curaçao Baseball Week 2013: Youth Clinics Showcase Talent, Bright Future

Tio Daou Ballpark, Curaçao -- For three days this week, Curaçao’s Tio Daou Ballpark has been transformed from the host ballpark of the Santa Rosa Indians to a veritable field of dreams for aspiring baseball players from the small Caribbean island which has developed some of the top talent in the game today. Thanks to the first annual Curaçao Baseball Week, over 1,200 local youth...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers, Tigers pull off blockbuster trade

The best part about this time of the year is the completely wacky trade rumors that come across the wire. This one isn't a rumor, though: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is confirming that the Tigers and Rangers have agreed to a deal that would send Ian Kinsler to Detroit and Prince Fielder to Texas. On paper, it makes sense to some degree for both sides. Detroit's second baseman Omar...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter retires

After not pitching in the majors at all in 2013, Chris Carpenter retired on Wednesday. The Cardinals announced Carpenter's decision at a press conference where they also announced that manager Mike Matheny had been signed to a three-year contract extension through 2017. Retirement actually appeared to be in the cards (no pun intended) for Carpenter heading into the 2012 season...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants strike again, sign Javier Lopez to three-year, $13 million deal

Brian Sabean's San Francisco Giants have struck again, signing reliever Javier Lopez to a three-year, $13 million deal as reported by Bay Area Sports Guy. The 36-year old Lopez is the Giants' favorite LOOGY, holding left-handers to a .152/.208/.222 line in 2013.  While Lopez does have good splits overall, the Giants are still committing multiple years to a player with limited...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Curaçao Baseball Week 2013: Braves' soaring shortstop Andrelton Simmons stays grounded

By just about every defensive metric known to the baseball world, Braves’ shortstop Andrelton Simmons had one of the greatest seasons we’ve seen in a long time. In 2013, his first full season in the majors, the 24-year old saved an ML-best 41 runs. He consistently made the impossible look ordinary and the difficult look easy (here’s 25 minutes of Simmons being Simmons). ...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Josh Johnson signs with Padres for 1 year, $8 million

One of the more intriguing pitchers on the free agent market this offseason was Josh Johnson. The 6-foot-7 right-hander has the profile of an ace and when healthy, he's pitched like a No. 1 starter. But that's the caveat: Can Johnson stay healthy through a full MLB season? That question reduced his market value, but made the 29-year-old an appealing possibility for a one-year contract...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Indians sign David Murphy to two-year deal

The Cleveland Indians and outfielder David Murphy have agreed to terms on a two-year contract, pending a physical. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the deal is expected to be worth more than $10 million.  Signing Murphy is a bit of a curious move for the Indians, who already have Michael Brantley, Michael Bourn, Ryan Raburn and Drew Stubbs on their roster...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro continues to baffle with his offseason moves

In the two weeks since free agency for the 2014 season opened, one question has developed as MLB teams, players, agents and executives make their moves and follow through on their offseason plans. What the hell is Ruben Amaro Jr. doing? The Phillies general manager has been aggressive since the free agent market opened, presumably getting a jump on the competition and quickly...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Welcome to Curaçao Baseball Week 2013

Baseball fans know that 2013 has been a pretty great year for Curaçao baseball. Let’s take a quick look at the accomplishments for the small island with a population of just 150,000 off the coast of Venezuela which is a constituent country of the Kingdom of Netherlands. The Dutch “Honkbal” team -- filled with players from Curaçao -- reached the semifinals of the World...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss
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