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Report: Cubs interested in trading for Jordan Zimmerman

The Chicago Cubs apparently aren’t going to wait around for Jon Lester to make a decision, or for the Phillies to lower their price on Cole Hamels – they’re going in on an elite pitcher right now. The team is reportedly discussing a deal that would result in them acquiring NL All-Star Jordan Zimmermann from the Washington Nationals. Via the Chicago Sun-Times… Multiple...
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Buck Showalter, Matt Williams win Manager of the Year awards

I’ve never really known anyone to get too excited about the Manager of the Year awards in either league, but the 2014 winners were announced on Tuesday. The awards won’t be leaving the mid-Atlantic region, as Buck Showalter of the Orioles and Matt Williams of the Nationals earned the honors. One factoid about this year’s winners - Davey Johnson was a former Manager of the...
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The Mets tried to trade for Jimmy Rollins

This would have been something else – according to a report from Adam Rubin of ESPN.com, the New York Mets attempted to bring over long-time rival Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies in a trade. Of course, the trade was blocked. The Mets, in need of a shortstop, spoke with the Philadelphia Phillies about acquiring Jimmy Rollins in a trade, sources told ESPNNewYork.com. The pursuit...
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The Braves want a platoon partner for Chris Johnson

In addition to the seemingly 800 things that the Atlanta Braves need to do this offseason, the club is reportedly looking for a left-handed platoon partner for third baseman Chris Johnson, whose three-year contract extension starts in 2015. #Braves want to add a LH hitter who could possibly platoon with 3B Chris Johnson — David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) November 11, 2014 Johnson...
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 free agent primer: second base, shortstop

Our free agent primer series rolls right along with a brief preview of the two middle infield positions, second base and shortstop. It’s always difficult for teams to find legitimate, star-quality talent up the middle, and this year’s free agent class is no exception. It’s so much of a mess that we’re only going to rank the top five for each position. At second base, there’s...
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The Seattle Mariners are looking to spend big again in free agency

After dropping nearly a quarter of a billion dollars on Robinson Cano last winter, it looks like the Seattle Mariners are poised to throw some more cash around in free agency this offseason. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Seattle has their eyes on both Victor Martinez and Hanley Ramirez: Sources: #Mariners interested in Hanley. Some, however, doubt team will make another...
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Have the Phillies found a suitor for Ryan Howard?

The Philadelphia Phillies desperately want to move Ryan Howard, even if they have to eat the large majority of his contract and get not much of anything in return. They may have found a suitor – the 2014 AL champion Kansas City Royals. DH Billy Butler is a free agent this winter, and Kansas City could want to replace him with Howard, a native Missourian. Via USA Today’s Bob...
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Abreu, Jacob deGrom win Rookie of the Year awards

Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom were named the 2014 AL and NL Rookies of the Year on Monday. Both ran away with the voting in their respective league. The 27-year old Abreu hit .317/.383/.581 with 36 homers for the White Sox, proving himself to not only be the best rookie in the American League, but also one of the best overall hitters. He won the award unanimously, collecting all 30...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Every player turns down qualifying offer once again

We’re going to need another year to see whether or not a player will accept their one year qualifying offer. Every player that earned an offer this year declined it, continuing a three year trend since the implementation of the qualifying offer following the 2012 season. No MLB players will accept the $15.3 million qualifying offers once again this year — Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Why did the Mets just sign Michael Cuddyer?

Surprise! The Mets just signed outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year deal, $21 million. Welcome to New York @mcuddy3! We've signed outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year contract. #Mets pic.twitter.com/1pwpJzESmB — New York Mets (@Mets) November 10, 2014 Double surprise! The Mets apparently have money to spend. Or at least they are pretending like they might. You see,...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Here’s the new Twins home uniform

The Minnesota Twins are rolling out a new, gold-accented home uniform for the 2015 season, and it looks pretty nice. The pinstripes that took over the uniform in recent years are gone, banished to a home alternate jersey. The Twins’ road uniforms remain unchanged (so far) from 2014. Check out this mammoth infographic released by the Twins, highlighting their new threads. Not bad...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 free agent primer: catchers, 1B, 3B

The next segment of TOC’s free agent primers will move onto position rankings. We’ll have a post going up each day this week ranking the top players available at each position, with each post focusing on a different group of positions. Today, we’re going to look at catchers, first basemen, and third baseman. It’s worth noting that the viable DH options on the market, most...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Yankees 'intrigued' by Elvis Andrus

Could the heir apparent to Derek Jeter be a Texas Ranger? Well, maybe. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees are “intrigued” by Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus, who is still owed $120 million through 2022. The Yankees would have to feel Andrus is a buy-low candidate whose downturn on both sides of the ball in 2014 was reversible and that, at 26, his best...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Young is sticking with the Yankees in 2015

The New York Yankees have made the first significant free agent signing of the winter, re-signing outfielder Chris Young to a one-year deal worth a reported $2.5 million, plus incentives. #Yankees sign OF Chris Young to one-year contract for 2015 season. — New York Yankees (@Yankees) November 9, 2014 Chris Young's deal with the Yankees: 1 year, $2.5m, plus incentives. — Buster...
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November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 free agent primer: AL West

The Oakland Athletics ran through the AL West in the first four months of the season, and then scraped and clawed their way into the playoffs after collapsing down the stretch. The Angels rolled all year, and coasted into the Postseason. Naturally, neither team won a playoff game. Isn’t baseball fun? Houston AstrosFree agents: noneNeeds: Bullpen I don’t think anyone as any idea...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Will middle relievers be the winners in 2015 free agency?

After watching postseason baseball for a month, it’s easy to believe that what wins in the playoffs needs to be applied to the following regular season. So it could be understandable if you began to feel like starting pitching doesn’t matter as much as we’ve always been led to believe based on what happened during the 2014 postseason. The Dodgers have the best starter on...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 free agent primer: NL West

The Dodgers rolled through the regular season, but bowed out in the Division Series. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants did their even year thing once again and claimed their third title in five seasons with a roster where free agency was almost an afterthought. Titles aren’t won in the offseason, and the Giants are continually proof of that. Arizona DiamondbacksFree agents: noneNeeds...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Ichiro Suzuki vows to play in 2015

The future of 41-year old Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki hangs in the balance this offseason. Suzuki only received 385 plate appearances in 2014 with New York, and posted a dreadful .284/.324/.340 line, barely better than how he performed in 2011 and 2013. But Suzuki is just 156 hits from 3,000 in the majors, and he doesn’t plan on going out on the 2,844 he’s currently sitting...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval wants six years?

This Friday morning, the Internet is ablaze at the revelation at San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is seeking a six-year contract in free agency. Pablo Sandoval is seeking at least a six-year free-agent contract, with the length of the deal more important to the third baseman than the dollars, his agent just told me. [...] “Pablo is 28,” Vasquez said. ...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Silver Slugger winners announced

The 2014 Silver Slugger Award winners were announced on Thursday, in case you were curious as to whether or not they were still a thing. Several players won their first Silver Slugger this year – Jose Abreu, Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley, Madison Bumgarner, Yan Gomes, Anthony Rendon, Giancarlo Stanton, and Neil Walker. We’ve clearly reached a new era of MLB stardom, as no player...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Raul Ibanez is on the Rays’ preliminary manager list

The Tampa Bay Rays released an early short list of managerial candidates, and one name immediately jumps out – former Kansas City Royal (and Seattle Mariner, and Philadelphia Phillie, and New York Yankee) Raul Ibanez. #Rays prelim list manager candidates: Dave Martinez Charlie Montoyo Manny Acta Ron Wotus Don Wakamatsu Raul Ibanez Craig Counsell Kevin Cash — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 free agent primer: AL Central

The Tigers reigned supreme in the AL Central once again in 2014. However, once the calendar flipped to October, the Royals blazed their way through the Postseason and to the World Series. Could the crown officially be passed in 2015? Chicago White SoxFree agents: Matt Lindstrom, Felipe PaulinoNeeds: Bullpen The White Sox took a step towards relevance once again in 2014, led by their...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

It finally appears Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are available

After months of denials, it looks like the Colorado Rockies have finally come to their senses and will listen to offers for Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. Of course, there are caveats. Via Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports…. The Rockies are telling clubs they are keeping their “eyes and ears open” for potential deals involving both players, according to major-league sources...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Sucart’s wife: “ urinated on the floor”

The wife of Yuri Sucart, Alex Rodriguez’s cousin, went off on A-Rod after details of his steroid admission became public yesterday. The New York Daily News had some incredible quotes from Carmen Sucart in an exclusive story. She said Rodriguez came to the Miami home Rodriguez provided to the Sucarts in 2010 and vowed to destroy the family if they went public with his use of performance...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 free agent primer: NL Central

A three-team race in the NL Central scuffled to the finish, with the Cardinals once again claiming the division crown. However, this is going to be a winter of change in the NL Central, and maybe another team can knock St. Louis off of their lofty perch. Chicago CubsFree agents: Kyuji Fujikawa, Carlos VillanuevaNeeds: Starting pitching, catcher And here we go – the Chicago Cubs...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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