Report: Yankees don't want to pay A-Rod home run bonuses

The current relationship between Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees seems contentious, to say the least. For further proof of that, we have the Yankees reportedly looking to get out of paying A-Rod some bonus money. In addition to the roughly $20 million per season Rodriguez is owed over the next three years, he...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Padres Extend 18 Spring Training Invitations

The San Diego Padres have extended invitations to 18 players to join the club for Spring Training in Arizona next month. Among those 18 players invited outside of the immediate 25-man roster include the Padres top three prospects in Catcher Austin Hedges, Pitcher Matt Wisler, and Outfielder Hunter Renfroe. While Hedges and Wisler took part in their first Major League Spring Training...
Via Friarhood
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Brandon Beachy has finalized a deal with a mystery team?

Brandon Beachy. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Yes, it’s odd. A deal is supposedly finalized for right-hander Brandon Beachy, and we know the player but not the team? It’s just not the way your average free agent signing is usually reported. Apparently the news of the deal is true though. The deal was first reported by Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities on Saturday. The...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Report: Braves, veteran catcher Buck agree to minor-league deal

ATLANTA -- The Braves' search for a No. 3 backstop has apparently ended. According to a published report from, the club has reached terms (minor-league contract) with catcher John Buck -- an 11-year veteran who has logged nearly 1,100 MLB games with the Royals, Blue Jays, Marlins, Mets, Pirates, Mariners and Angels. Buck, who has accounted for 134 homers (eight double...
Via Fox Sports South
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The Cleveland Indians Should Lock Up Corey Kluber Now

Corey Kluber was masterful in 2014, winning the AL Cy Young award The 2014 AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber was simply masterful for the Cleveland Indians in 2014 and gives the Indians a true ace for the first time since having C.C Sabathia and Cliff Lee. The Indians received solid years from Justin Masterson but he was not a legitimate ace. Corey Kluber is an ace and the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Chavez, Gutierrez agree to minor league deals with Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) Outfielders Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez have agreed to minor league contracts with the Seattle Mariners and will report to big league training. Chavez hit .276 with 12 doubles and 23 RBIs in 80 games with the Mariners last season. Once a Gold Glove center fielder with Seattle, Gutierrez was limited to 41 games in 2013, when he was slowed by hamstring injuries...
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Brewers On Deck 2015: Not Bad for Not Free

Last year, I attended my first Brewers On Deck, and thought it was worth well more than the price of admission – which, as you may recall, was $0.  They were charging again this year, but based on previous the $15 price of an advance ticket seemed like a fair deal.  Upon arrival, it didn’t appear that I was the only one who thought that.  I’m not licensed to analyze crowd...
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Philadelphia Phillies Top 20 Prospects 2015

J.P. Crawford has the potential to become the next great Phillies shortstop While not very deep, the Phillies system has two first round gems at the top and several quality pitching prospects following them. The rest are very fluid and do not bring extraordinary promise. 1. J.P. Crawford, SS Crawford, the best high school shortstop in the 2013 draft, has provided hope for Phillies...
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Texas Rangers Top 20 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training is fast approaching once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the Texas Rangers’ top 20 prospects for 2015. 1. Joey Gallo 3B: Gallo is the consensus number one prospect in the Texas Rangers organization...
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New York Mets’ Kevin McGowan Goes Back To School, Field

While moving up through the minor league ranks throughout the past summer, New York Mets prospect Kevin McGowan spent the offseason finishing up his college degree at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH as he prepares for his third season in the Mets system. “My mother really wanted me to go back and finish up school because it was important to have something to fall back...
Via Baseball Essential
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Around Citi turns two, and what’s to come in 2015

Around Citi began as my passion project in 2010 – nothing more than a venue to discuss New York Mets baseball. The project faded in early 2011 when real life took over and I chose to partner with established blogs. Two years ago, Jan. 26, 2013, I relaunched Around Citi. Whether one, 500 or 5,000 people read the site, I wanted to create a medium to write about something I was passionate...
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Back To 2010: Start Of The San Francisco Giants’ Run

For life long San Francisco Giants fans, this new era of success still feels more fantasy than reality. The idea that winning a championship is expected from this new wave of fans feels ridiculous. After 52 years, some of us fans still look back at 2010 as that perfect moment. Now that all Giants fans are spoiled regardless of when they started cheering, it’s important to look...
Via Baseball Essential
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The Fragile Relationship Between the Yankees and A-Rod

It has been made very public that the New York Yankees have all but ended their relationship with Alex Rodriguez. This fragile relationship did not just start this off-season. Ever since the Yankees traded for then star Rodriguez, it has been a tumultuous relationship. News came out today that the Yankees are devising a plan to contest Rodriguez’s milestone home run clause in his...
Via Baseball Essential
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A new home for many new faces

While many old faces left Atlanta this winter, the Braves more than doubled the number of players joining the club. Expecting to take roster spots throughout the farm system and even a few with the big league club, Atlanta’s newest faces are largely unknown to Braves’ fans. They aren’t all unknown, however. A few old friends will join the club or be given invites to Spring...
Via BravesWire
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Former MLB pitcher Ted Lilly in big trouble with the law

I’ll be the first to admit, the automobile insurance business seems stacked against the consumer.  They make you purchase it to drive.  They charge if you annually if you don’t use it.  They charge you more if you do use it.  And whoever hits you in an accident seems to always be uninsured and you have to pay.  All that being said, you will lose if you lie to them.  Former...
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Boston Red Sox: Can Joe Kelly win the Cy Young?

Spoiler alert: Joe Kelly is winning the American League Cy Young in 2015. Joe Kelly has said he’ll win the A.L. Cy Young award this year. Will it happen? At least, that’s what the Boston Red Sox right-hander said at the team’s Winter Weekend Jan. 24. He told WEEI radio that he would take home the top pitching prize in the A.L. this season. Kelly said he is very angry when...
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Minor league players signed by the Nationals

Evan Meek The Washington Nationals have been busy the past few weeks tying up the loose ends with the Max Scherzer deal. Before this deal happened though, the Nationals were making quieter moves, drafting players to minor league contracts. These players have to potential to be the future of the organization and should not be overlooked even with the Scherzer deal. Here are a few...
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Rockies and Ottavino agree on deal

The Colorado Rockies and Adam Ottavino agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.3 million, avoiding arbitration in the process, the team announced Monday. The 29-year-old Ottavino, in his third year with the Rockies, emerged last season as the team’s primary set-up man and best reliever. Ottavino has gone 7-8 with a 3.60 earned run average in 244 and 2/3 innings with the Rockies. With...
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San Francisco’s Batkid is Heading to the Big Screen

Fifteen months ago, Batkid took over all the medias (social and otherwise) and five-year-old Miles Scott became everyone’s favorite crime fighter when he saved San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal (among others) from Gotham city’s worst offenders. Soon, the story of the then-kindergartner (whose leukemia has since gone into remission) will be made into a feature film. And leading...
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Cardy Show Episode 62: Alexis Brudnicki

Tonight I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Alexis Brudnicki the Lead Writer for Prep Baseball Report Ontario and The Canadian Baseball Network. Alexis and I discussed a multitude of things including Paul Beeston’s extension , Alexis’ opportunities and travels as well as the impact that Canadian Baseball players have had on registration in the country. Alexis is very...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Johan Santana shuts it down in winter ball because of shoulder

  Two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana won't pitch during the rest of the Venezuelan Winter League season because of stiffness in his pitching shoulder. The 35-year-old left-hander retired six straight batters for Magallanes on Jan. 13 in his first outing since tearing his left Achilles tendon while pitching for Baltimore last June in extended spring training...
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Halo Headlines: Angels ‘optimistic’ about Richards’ recovery, Mota wins broadcasting award

The January 27th, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Angels ‘optimistic’ about Richards’ recovery, Mota wins broadcasting award and much more… The Story: The Angels remain optimistic about Garrett Richards’ recovery.The Monkey Says: They are still talking as if Opening Day is a possibility, so that’s good news. Still, we won’t really know anything...
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Player Profile #102: James Shields | SP | FA

Two years ago, how many people thought we’d look back on the James Shields-Wil Myers trade and say the Royals got a good deal? Probably not too many, and even though the book is probably closed on Shields in Kansas City while Myers and Jake Odorizzi are likely just embarking on their respective MLB careers, the fact still remains that Shields was an integral part of a pennant...
Via Baseball Professor
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Marquez Smith homers, Felix Perez shines in winter league playoffs

The Mexican Winter League playoffs came to an end on Monday night as Jalisco fell to Culiacan by a 4-3 score. Cincinnati Reds prospect Marquez Smith got the start at designated hitter in the game and had one of the Charros’ four hits and he made the hit count as he smacked a solo homer to left field in the fifth inning to get his team on the board. The season comes to an end for...
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Mets Rotation: A Difference Between Depth And Potential

There’s a distinct difference between depth and potential when it comes to the Mets’ rotation. There’s a lot to like about their potential, but you should be careful not to equate the names with depth. Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Dillon Gee, Jon Niese, Rafael Montero, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz give you nine names, but also nine questions....
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