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Digging In: Is Tim Lincecum Worth A Long Term Investment?

("Digging In" will be a feature at The Outside Corner that will take a closer look at some of the major issues going on in baseball today using a detailed sabermetric approach that will look to uncover things not normally mentioned when it comes to things like player contracts, team performance, trends and much, much more. Expect these to be very large, in-depth articles...
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January 26, 2012  |  Discuss
TAKE THIS JOB

Rating the lame duck MLB managers

Every year a handful of managers enter the season with contracts that expire once the season ends. These are the proverbial "lame duck" managers. Most of the time, being a lame duck serves as the ultimate signal from club management that the manager's job is on the line. In more rare cases, the situation is quite the opposite with the manager having the utmost job...
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January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

You May Say I'm A Dreamer: Cincinnati Reds

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams. Watching a baseball team come together over a span of several  years is a beautiful thing. When Walt Jocketty came to the Reds an advisor to Wayne Krivsky in 2008, the Reds were slowly...
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January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Reaping What You Sow: The Best Farm Systems

One of the things I’d like to change the next time I do these is to include the young talent already on the major-league roster. Promoting such talent to the major leagues is the purpose of a farm system, and while these are “farm system rankings”, it seems a shame to just completely ignore the talent a team has just promoted to the majors. For instance, the Atlanta Braves...
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January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

You May Say I'm A Dreamer: Milwaukee Brewers

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams. Looking at this picture has caused me great physical pain since October 16, 2011. This was my ticket for Game 7 of the 2011 NLCS between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukeee Brewers...
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January 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Reaping What You Sow: The Lower Half of Farm Systems

Ranking the farm systems is a bit easier than trying to rank than individual players. My method for doing it was pretty simple. I started by going back over the Top 10s and adjusting them for off-season trades, and I used a point system to get a general feel for each system. Teams got 4 points for each “Elite” prospect, 3 for each “Outstanding” prospect, 2 for each “Good”...
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January 25, 2012  |  Discuss

The Most Ignored Rules in the Major Leagues

Rules.  Major League Baseball has them by the dozens.  Just look through the official rule book.  The last printing of which was 150+ pages with hundreds of rules, many of which had several addendums and clarifications.  It is a wonder how umpiring crews can keep them all straight. Actually, it isn't.  The umpires don't keep them straight at all.  I don't mean...
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January 25, 2012  |  Discuss
TRUFFLE SHUFFLE

New Tigers slugger Prince Fielder, in 1991

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words...but 1,000 words wouldn't nearly do this picture of a young Prince Fielder justice. Take a look at this picture. When historians seek a single image that screams "1991", this will be the image they use. On the surface, it is merely an overweight child playing catch with an unseen person, with a Major League ballplayer watching...
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January 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Shore Up Bullpen With Cordero Signing

On the heels of giving starter Brandon Morrow an extension, the Blue Jays struck again, signing free agent reliever Francisco Cordero to a one year, $4.5 million contract. After spending the last eight years closing for the Rangers, Brewers and Red, Cordero will be heading to a set-up role for newly acquired Toronto closer Sergio Santos. After some fantastic years in his prime ...
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January 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Prince Fielder's 1992 McDonald's Commercial Is Pretty Great

The DETROIT TIGERS just signed Prince Fielder to a nine-year deal for I don't care how much and I'm still trying to collect myself, but let's flash back to a time when Prince Fielder was just a little chubby kid riding the coattails of his Big Daddy, Cecil Fielder, who, you know, hit a lot of home runs for the Tigers in the 90s. Here is a McDonald's commercial from...
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January 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Prince Fielder Signing Fallout

The dust is still settling on the Prince Fielder signing, and we're still learning and digesting a lot of information about the signing. We've just learned, that contrary to my earlier post immediately after the signing happened, that Fielder will in fact be the primary first baseman for the Tigers, and that Miguel Cabrera will apparently be moving to third base, where he...
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January 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Giants Ink The Freak Through Arbitration

The rumors of Tim Lincecum coming to terms with the San Francisco Giants finally came to fruition today, as the two sides agreed to a two year, $40.5 million deal that will ink The Freak through 2013, the final two years of his arbitration eligibility.The Giants reportedly offered Lincecum an eight year deal and were looking to make the 27-year-old right hander the first pitcher...
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January 24, 2012  |  Discuss
MOTOR CITY KITTY

Prince Fielder signs with Tigers

Terms of the deal that delivered Prince Fielder to the Detroit Tigers is reportedly nine years and $214 million.

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January 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Solidify Rotation By Extending Morrow

The Toronto Blue Jays took another step towards retaining their core players, extending starting pitcher Brandon Morow for three years today. The deal is worth $20 million and goes through the 2014 season. There is a club option for 2015 worth $10 million. This deal really helps the Jays, with Morrow starting at arbitration raises in 2012 and 2013 before becoming a free agent after...
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January 24, 2012  |  Discuss

The 2012 All Prospect Team

Catcher – Devin Mesoraco (Cincinnati Reds) Some may wonder why not Jesus Montero.  The answer is simply because Montero is a not a legit catcher.  I understand Seattle intends to play him over there part time, but that’s essentially an open invitation for teams to steal bases at will and pitchers will be cognizant of the fact that any ball in the dirt has a good chance of...
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January 24, 2012  |  Discuss
SPACED OUT

What should the Astros change their name to?

New Astros owner Jim Crane held a press conference yesterday and the theme of the event was change. Lower ticket prices? Yes. Lower beer prices? Hell yes. New uniforms? Probably soon. Changing the team name from Astros to something else? Say whaaaaaaaaaaaat?!?!?! Crane says they'll even evaluate the name "Astros" before next year. No change promised. ...
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January 24, 2012  |  Discuss
GOOD LUCK WITH ALL THAT

Jose Canseco plans to 'play this year'

Jose Canseco took to Twitter over the last few days to proudly proclaim that he's ready to return to Major League Baseball, even requesting that Oakland general manager Bill Beane email him, among other things.

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January 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Monday and Coming Around The Corner

This is a listing of all of The Outside Corner's Minor League Monday and Coming Around the Corner features, as written by Mark Smith. Jemile Weeks (May 30, 2011)2011 Draft (June 6, 2011)Paul Goldschmidt (June 13, 2011)Mike Trout (June 20, 2011) Zack Cozart (June 27, 2011) Trayvon Robinson (July 4, 2011)Shelby Miller (July 8, 2011)Matt Moore (July 11, 2011) Jose Altuve (July...
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January 23, 2012  |  Discuss

You May Say I'm a Dreamer

The best part of every winter is that when it ends, fans of every team can talk themselves into a World Series title in the coming season. Yankee fans and Astro fans alike can look at the coming season and imagine pieces falling into place for a championship run. Sure, it's easier for some teams than it is for others, but without tallies in the loss column it's at least possible for...
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January 23, 2012  |  Discuss

You May Say I'm a Dreamer: St. Louis Cardinals

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams.  It's technically true to say that the Cardinals' 2012 World Series Championship is their second in a row and third in seven years. That's what the numbers say. This Cardinal...
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January 23, 2012  |  Discuss

BREAKING: Prince Fielder is Not a Member of the Washington Nationals

A note to everyone, and understand I mean this in the nicest possible way. Chill the eff out on these rumors about Prince Fielder signing with the Nationals. Seriously. Take a deep breath. Break out the old paper bag if you have to. Again, Prince Fielder is not a member of the Washington Nationals. Okay? Good? Now breathe. I already covered this fairly extensively over on my...
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January 23, 2012  |  Discuss

What Would an XFL-Style Baseball League Be Like? Here's Our Version.

Eleven years ago next month, WWE founder Vince McMahon's XFL kicked off its first and only season with Las Vegas Outlaws safety Jamel Williams lined up on the opposite side of a 100-yard field from Orlando Rage safety Hassan Shamsid-Deen, poised to make the very first play in the history of the rogue football league. Perhaps "kicked off" is a bit of a misnomer here...
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January 22, 2012  |  Discuss

David Eckstein Retires, Who Are Baseball’s New “Scrappiest” Players?

This offseason, scrappy-mc-scrapsters like Mark Ellis, Jamey Carroll and Clint Barmes have been signed to lucrative deals and one of the all-time greatest scrappers, Craig Counsell, has called it a career. Now, to cap it all off, one of the most scrapolicious players in baseball history, David Eckstein, has officially announced his retirement. In honor of the offseason of scrap...
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January 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Rockies, Red Sox Complete Scutaro Deal

Troy Renck of the Denver Post is reporting that a deal between the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies that would send shortstop Marco Scutaro to Colorado has been completed. Pitcher Clayton Mortensen is heading to the Red Sox in the deal. The Rockies have been hunting an infielder all winter. They were closely tied to Martin Prado of the Atlanta Braves, before that proposed deal...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss
SLUGGERS IN THE MAKING

10 young hitters to watch in 2012

On Thursday, I wrote about ten young pitchers to keep an eye on in 2012. The same caveats apply for this list as for the pitchers list: all hitters must be under 25, and none of them can have been traded this offseason. Let's take a look. 1. Jason Heyward, Braves. In his rookie season of 2010, Heyward posted an .849 OPS and 5.1 fWAR, finishing as the runner up in the NL Rookie...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss
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