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The two biggest weaknesses of the New York Mets

If there was a question as to whether or not the Mets would spend money on improving the roster during the offseason, the team addressed those concerns by handing out $87 million in contracts to Curtis Granderson, Chris Young and Bartolo Colon. That equals what the Mets say their payroll was for 2013. (Last year's opening day payroll was estimated at $75 million.)  So the handcuffs...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Preview: New York Mets

It's never easy being the other baseball team in New York. This offseason did nothing to change that perception for the Mets. The Yankees snatched headlines with a free agent spending spree, signing Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Masahiro Tanaka. The Mets' acquistions may not be as loud or flashy (or expensive), but they could prove to be significant. Yet the team...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Girardi says he would be fine with openly gay player on Yankees

NEW YORK -- With NFL prospect Michael Sam’s announcement earlier this week that he is gay, the sports world is abuzz with conversations about whether leagues are ready for an openly gay player. Major League Baseball is no exception. On Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports wrote about the results of his survey of seven Major League team presidents and general managers - including...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Mets Day

In recent history, Mets fans haven't had a lot to look forward to going into the season. Heading into the 2014 season, it's a mixed bag once again - Matt Harvey won't throw a pitch this season, but David Wright is still a Met, Curtis Granderson switched boroughs and will now be playing in Queens, and while Zach Wheeler did debut in 2013, he should spend a full season in the majors...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The four horsemen of the Philadelphia Phillies

When you hear the phrases "four horsemen" and "Philadelphia Phillies" in the same sentence, you're probably thinking about the impending Armageddon for that organization. But that's not what we're talking about today - we're talking about four players who will have a significant impact on the team this year. Carlos Ruiz Philadelphia's catcher followed up a career year in...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Three key questions for the Philadelphia Phillies

There are a lot of questions about the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies, mostly surrounding their age and health. But these questions are mainly very vague - how will they stay healthy? Who's next to step up? Will this finally be the year where the fans demand changes in the front office? They're all valid questions, but they don't really tell you a lot. However, these three...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians sign Michael Brantley to 4-year, $25 million extension

While signing big-name free agents such as Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn last year drew headlines and fueled the Indians' run to an AL wild-card bid, keeping their young talent will make more of a difference in Cleveland remaining a contender for years to come. The Tribe locked down one key piece of its core on Monday, inking outfielder Michael Brantley to a four-year, $25 million...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the Philadelphia Phillies

It's probably going to be a rough year in Philadelphia. But what do you expect from a club that has five offensive starters aged 34 or older and three members of their rotation aged 30 or older? It's an old team in a young division - and those old players aren't what they used to be. Of course, simply saying "age" as a weakness for the Phillies is a bit of a cop-out. Age is a...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 season preview: Philadelphia Phillies

Baseball is a funny game. Unlike football, contracts are fully guaranteed - once you commit to a player, you're all in on him unless they retire or you manage to trade them and their contract to another club. And sometimes, clubs over commit money to players that aren't worth as much as the team thinks. Case in point - the Philadelphia Phillies. Ryan Howard is still owed $85 million...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Phillies Day

Day two of TOC's season preview series rolls along today with one of the oldest teams in baseball - the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies went 73-89 in 2013, their first losing season since 2002 - the year in which ground was broken at Citizens Bank Park. Many are predicting a 90-loss season for Philadelphia this year, a mark they haven't hit since 2000 - the last year Terry Francona...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The four horsemen of the Miami Marlins

When it comes to the Miami Marlins, you immediately think about two names - Fernandez and Stanton. They are, essentially, 1 and 1A in the rankings of Miami's best players. And because of that, they're obviously on this list of Miami's four horsemen - our name given to four players on each team that will determine how much success the club has in 2014. But while Fernandez and Stanton...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Three key questions for the Miami Marlins

Miami isn't going to contend for a playoff berth in 2014 - but that doesn't mean that this won't be a club worth watching this season. There are still a few questions surrounding the Marlins going into this season, which could turn ugly in a hurry. Anyway, here are the three key questions for the 2014 Miami Marlins, and why each question has significance. 1) Can Jose Fernandez...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the Miami Marlins

With a young, talented team and a solid farm system, the Miami Marlins have positioned themselves very well for future success. Contention likely won't come in 2014, but this team could start turning heads in 2015. However, despite the club trending in a positive direction, the Marlins aren't a flawless team. In fact, their two biggest weaknesses don't have much to do with the product...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 season preview: Miami Marlins

After an absolutely disastrous offseason last winter, expectations were low for the Miami Marlins heading into 2013. Predictably, they finished with the worst record in the National League. However, things were a little different this offseason. The Marlins actually had a really solid winter, perhaps one of the best in baseball. They didn't guarantee any players money past 2016,...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - welcome to Marlins Day

The TOC season preview series has arrived. Like last year, each day will be dedicated to one team, and each week over the next six weeks will be dedicated to one division. We've changed our topics up a bit this year, and will have four posts dedicated to each team on their day: a comprehensive season preview, a look at the two biggest weaknesses for each club, three key questions...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Coco Crisp extends stay in Oakland

Coco Crisp was set to become one of the more attractive names in a relatively weak post-2014 free agent class. Billy Beane didn't let Crisp get that far, signing him to a two-year extension with a vesting option for a third year. Crisp's $7.5 million option for 2014 was picked up in November, meaning the extension will carry him through the 2017 season if the option vests. ...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks ink Bronson Arroyo to two-year contract

After striking out on Masahiro Tanaka and failing to trade for Jeff Samardzija, the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed Bronson Arroyo to a two-year contract worth $23.5 million guaranteed. The deal also contains a club option for 2016 for $11 million. Arroyo isn't the top-end starter the Diamondbacks were looking for, and you could make the argument that he'll end up being the club...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes got a massive World Series Champions tattoo

After falling short in his prior trips to the Postseason, Jonny Gomes finally made it to the top of the mountain in 2013 with the Boston Red Sox. To commemorate the win, Gomes got a huge tattoo on his side, featuring a beard, a duck boat, and the World Series trophy. Teammate Mike Napoli tweeted out a pair of pictures. How sick is this?! pic.twitter.com/ADLNlj0q2q ...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners reportedly sign Fernando Rodney

Well, the Seattle Mariners still have holes in their rotation and question marks in their lineup...but now, they have a capital C closer. Seattle has reportedly signed former Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney to a two-year contract worth $14 million, with incentives possibly increasing the value to $15 million. I don't understand why the Mariners spent some of their budget...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Winners and losers of the MLB offseason

The calendar has flipped from 2013 to 2014. Spring Training is right around the corner. Some solid free agents remain on the market, but for the most part, teams are done with their offseason spending. But which players and teams could be qualified as "winning" the offseason, and which could be qualified as "losing" it? Let's take a look. WINNER: Masahiro Tanaka. The new Yankees...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Ballpark is now Globe Life Park

Corporate sponsorship has claimed another MLB stadium. Rangers Ballpark in Arlington will now be known as Globe Life Park in Arlington, which really doesn't roll off the tongue too well. The naming rights were bought by the Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company in Oklahoma City, and will net the Rangers millions of dollars in revenue. The naming rights for Globe Life Field...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres' Cory Luebke needs another Tommy John surgery

Some analysts view the San Diego Padres as a sleeper contender for the 2014 season. One of the reasons for that is a pitching staff that could feature five to six quality starters and a bullpen that goes four to five arms deep. However, that depth will now take a hit with the news that left-hander Cory Luebke needs another Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season. ...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves go all-in on Freddie Freeman

The Atlanta Braves have chosen the next face of the franchise following the 2012 retirement of Chipper Jones - and it's 24-year old first baseman Freddie Freeman. Atlanta agreed to a mammoth eight-year, $135 million contract with Freeman that will keep him a Brave through 2021, when he will be just 32-years old. Freeman's contract is the largest in team history (dwarfing Jones' six...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

New Era releases new alternate caps for Braves, ChiSox, Blue Jays

New Era has released new alternate caps for the Braves, White Sox, and Blue Jays, two of which invoke retro designs. The new caps will be worn at select times throughout the year, including Spring Training, batting practice, and certain regular season games. Atlanta's last alternate cap was uninspired after a firestorm erupted over the preliminary cap design, which featured the...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Meet "Rookie," Trenton Thunder's new bat dog

Last month we introduced you to the Trenton Thunder’s newest bat dog, a beautiful Golden Retriever puppy who needed a name before he could officially step in as a third generation bat fetcher for the Yankees’ AA affiliate. Last week, the Thunder announced that after several weeks of fan voting, the newest soon-to-be fan favorite at Arm & Hammer Park has a name: Rookie! ...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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