On The 8th Day Of Cardinals Crapmas

Cardinals fans, bless their hearts, are easy marks for the retail snipers of BIG BUSINESS. They know you know it’s hard to go wrong with a Cardinals themed gift for a friend, co-worker or loved one. So they make literally anything you could ever buy into a ‘great gift for Cardinals fans’ and it’s in your shopping cart before you even realized what you’ve done. These are...
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Indians Christmas Wish List

Christmas came a little early for Tribe fans as they pulled off what most are viewing as an excellent trade for Brandon Moss on the first day of the Winter Meetings. As Joe broke down here, Moss provides the type of power the Indians have so dearly been missing these past few years. The signing of Gavin Floyd also gives the starting rotation a quality veteran arm, adding to the rotation’s...
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New Red Sox pitcher Miley: Gluten-free? What would the Babe say?

Wade Miley kind of has a point. Miley, whom the Boston Red Sox acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks last week, said earlier this week that he butted heads with his former club last season because of a disagreement concerning its stance toward players' diets. The new Red Sox pitcher clarified things Thursday, suggesting his initial comments were overblown. "I said something a little...
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So long, Preston Claiborne: Go forth and grow your beard

In May of 2013, the plucky, irrepressible Yankees were the surprise team of the AL East, and yet - amazingly - some naysayers remained. The pitching staff was reeling from injuries. We were beyond Cesar Cabral and entering Vidal Nuno. If not for the power hitting duo of Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner, all would be lost. That's when the Yankee brain trust turned to a name that, frankly...
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Recapping Boston Red Sox’s Hot-Stove Season Transactions

The Boston Red Sox have made a flurry of moves during the 2014 off-season, some of which hit mainstream media, and others that flew under the radar. Infield Single is recapping the hot-stove moves to date (12/19/14) in table format below, try to keep up. Acquisitions and signings of newcomers Wade Miley, Rick Porcello, Justin […]
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New York Yankees Making Trades to Contend in the Future

The New York Yankees became creative in its search for starting pitching on Friday, trading 28-year-old swing-man David Phelps and 31-year-old Martin Prado for 24-year-old, Nathan Eovaldi, backup 1B/OF, Garrett Jones and 22-year-old pitching prospect, Domingo German, ranked 20th in the Marlins’ farm system and last seen pitching at the A level. The trade at face value seems like...
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What is Dillon Gee’s trade value?

In an age in baseball where there is a glut of pitching, in an offseason where there is plenty of front-line talent available, and with all the assets the New York Mets have the ability to move, it seems Dillon Gee is the one they are shopping around the most aggressively. Gee is a fine back-end of the rotation starter, but in the end he is just that – a back-end starter.  Number...
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Projecting The Mets Opening Day Roster

With the Mets offseason essentially over, here’s my first stab at our projected Opening Day Roster. Starting Rotation Matt Harvey – The Mets ace will start the home opener. Jacob deGrom – Look for Act II to be just as special. Jon Niese – No way Mets go with five righties in rotation. Zack Wheeler – Must reduce pitch counts, but young and improving. Bartolo Colon ...
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Floyd Could be Solid Veteran Presence For Young Rotation

Cleveland Indians management said at the onset of this offseason that one of the goals of the team would be to add a veteran presence to a talented, but mostly unproven pitching staff. The Tribe did just that earlier this week in signing 31-year-old Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $4 million guaranteed deal. The right hander, who will be 32 when the season starts, has quite the resume...
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Troy Tulowitzki Will Not Be Traded To The Mets

UPDATE: According to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation, Troy Tulowitzki will not be traded to the Mets. This report comes from Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Several Rockies beat writers including Tom Harding from say there’s absolutely no truth to Friday’s rumors that the Mets were discussing a deal for Troy Tulowitzki. “Two sources with...
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David Ross To Red Sox Fans: Boston Will Always Hold Special Place In My Heart

David Ross sounds like he didn’t take his time in Boston for granted. The veteran catcher reportedly signed a contract with the Chicago Cubs earlier this week, joining Jon Lester on the North Side and ending his time with the Red Sox. He tweeted his appreciation for Red Sox Nation on Saturday morning. Thx for all the kind words & support. Boston will always hold a special...
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Craig Breslow Returns To Sox On 1-YR Deal

(FenwayNation Photo)At least the Red Sox clubhouse will be a little smarter now. Yale grad Craig Breslow re-signed with Boston yesterday on a one-year, $2 million deal. Breslow helps fill the left-handed void in the bullpen—and, hopefully, will revert to his pre-2014 form. While the all-Yale battery is no longer possible with the departure of Ryan Lavarnway (who has bounced all...
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David Wright Is Now The Active Leader In Games Played With One Team

When the Phillies officially shipped mainstay Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers on Friday, they ended his hold on MLB’s longest active streak of games played with a single team. In his 15 years with Philadelphia, Rollins played 2,090 games for the Phils, a figure that led all active players for roughly ten weeks following the retirement of Derek Jeter. Now that both shortstops have...
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Look How Different The Dodgers Roster Is Now

So much has happened, hasn’t it? It’s honestly hard to keep it all straight. You’d think that trading franchise icon Matt Kemp would be a big enough shock by itself, but no, the Dodgers had to go and do 15 other things at the same time. It’s been so crazy that I’m not sure we’ve yet properly appreciated that the Dodgers actually sold high on Dee Gordon, just like we wanted...
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It Appears A Yankees Youth Movement Has Begun

When I heard yesterday that Martin Prado had been traded to the Miami Marlins, the first thing I thought was that Rob Refsnyder, the Yankees' highly touted prospect, would definitely get a chance to compete for the 2B job this coming Spring Training. Apparently, I was in the minority.  Everyone else was crying. There were posts of despair all over social media about the loss of...
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Olbermann names Verlander the “Worst Person in Sports”

Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is living comfortably to say the least so it may raise a few eyebrows when someone well off like himself takes to social media to complain about a $40 car ride. Well that’s exactly what happened the other day when Verlander took to Twitter ******** about Uber’s “surge” pricing. .@Uber I used to love you and now your ridiculous surge charges...
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Indians sign Scott Downs to minor league deal

The Cleveland Indians today announced they have signed free agent left-handed pitcher Scott Downs to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League camp. Downs, 38, ranks 5th among active left-handed pitchers with 619 Major League appearances as he has limited left-handed batters to a .219 (219-998, .287/.322/.608) average against during his 13-year Major League...
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Pirates Release Josh Lindblom, Who Will Go to Korea

During the MLB Winter Meetings, the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed Josh Lindblom off waivers from the Oakland Athletics. They designated him for assignment at the end of the week. There was also a report around the same time, saying that he had signed to play in Korea. Can confirm that RHP Josh Lindblom has signed with the Lotte Giants of KBO. 우투수 조시 린드블롬이 롯데와...
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Crasnick: Phillies Could "Jump In" on Asdrubal Cabrera.

View image | Long-time Cleveland Indian and current free-agent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, 29, may have interest by the Philadephia Phillies according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The #Phillies could jump in on Asdrubal Cabrera, source says. But first Ruben Amaro Jr. would have to move some payroll. — Jerry...
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Amaro Told Howard Org. Would Be Better Without Him

In refreshing, but cold-blooded, honest, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. reportedly told Ryan Howard that the organization would be better off  in 2015 without the first baseman. Amaro’s exact quote comes courtesy of 97.5 the Fanatic’s Matt Lombardo in a piece written for “I told [Howard] that in our situation it would probably bode better for the organization...
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MMO Exclusive: Mets Prospect Kyle Johnson Looks Back on Championship Season

Outfielder Kyle Johnson was a key part of the Binghamton Mets run to win the 2014 Eastern League Championship. Kyle played in 103 games and hit .259/.344/.384 with 25 doubles, 4 triples, and 4 home runs. He also stole 12 bases and had 14 outfield assists while playing all three outfield positions. Kyle was drafted in 2012 by the Los Angeles Angels in the 25th round out of Washington...
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Boston Red Sox Analysis: Still Some Work To Do

In his attempt to spearhead back-to-back worst-to-first claims in the American League East, Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington continues to revamp his club’s 40-man roster. On Thursday, the Red Sox acquired veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan from San Diego for third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Yet to be formally announced is the reported re-signing of 34-year-old left-handed...
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Are Red Sox 'Punting' On Free Agent Starters?

As time moves on, it appears that the Red Sox may actually be planning to go into the 2015 season with their current starting rotation.'s Gordon Edes reports today that Ben Cherington has—in fact—admitted that the team is not "actively engaged" with any of the elite free agent pitchers still available. This is highly distressing on many levels. It indicates that...
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Rooting for Dan Haren

Dan Haren is considering retirement, and like the eccentric timing mechanism in his delivery, he’s stalling for a moment before following through. Not because he feels as though he can no longer compete or because he’s physically incapable of taking the mound, but for reasons beyond his control. After exercising his player option for the 2015 season, the 34-year-old right...
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San Francisco Giants: Slow and Steady offseason

While teams like the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox are spending money and making moves left and right the San Francisco Giants are doing what they always do; not get caught up in the free-agent frenzy. The Giants moves might not be flashy, but they are doing what they have to do and they aren’t finished yet. Re-signing Sergio Romo was...
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