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Report: Dodgers willing to pay down Andre Ethier’s contract in trade

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsLast month, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier said he’d prefer to be traded if he’s not a starter this season. The Dodgers are reportedly trying to entice teams to make a trade. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the Dodgers are willing to pay “about half” of Ethier’s remaining salary in a trade. Ethier has three years, $56 million...
Via Sports-Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

New Look Cleveland Indians Have Their Eyes on October

The AL Central is shaping up to be one of the toughest divisions in all of baseball, and this offseason has only cemented that notion. While Jeff Samardzija went from the north to the south side of the Windy City to join the Chicago White Sox, Melky Cabrera joined him in the less-famous pinstriped uniforms. The Royals are coming off a storybook season and playoff run; and though...
Via Hot Stove MLB
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks Offering Up 1100 Calories of Awesomeness at Concession Stands This Season

There seems to be an unofficial contest among baseball parks these days to see who can come up with the biggest, most artery-clogging, treadmill demanding, pants splitting culinary creations for fans to enjoy at their own peril. Last season the D-Backs introduced fans to the 18-inch D-Bat Dog, a corndog filled with cheese and bacon for $25. It appears the park is now going to offer...
Via FatManWriting
1 day ago  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Mike & Mike Sound Off on the Curt Schilling Situation

If you thought Curt Schilling’s war against the Twidiots who threatened his daughter was close to be over…think again. Wednesday, ESPN’s Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic brought up the ordeal and each took their turn blasting the doltish duo that Schilling called out by name via his website.  And while I agree with just about everything Mike & Mike had to say…can we stop...
Via Hall of Very Good
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays look strong to open Spring

Back in 2013, the Toronto Blue Jays made hefty moves in attempt to become legitimate playoff contenders. Nearly everyone was predicting the Jays to win the AL East, and they were even a popular choice to the win the World Series. The wheels fell off early during the season, though, and the Blue Jays stumbled to a disappointing 74-88 record, good for last in the AL East. Last year...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bubble Watch:  M’s Will Have 25 Man Roster Decisions To Make

Multiple Players Will Not Make Mariners 25 Man Roster As the first Cactus League action gets under way there are plenty of underlying stories  to keep an eye on as veterans and young players all try to scratch their way on to the Seattle Mariners’ 25 man roster. For some, not making the M’s roster means a trip into the M’s minor league system some place.  For others, it...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
1 day ago  |  Discuss

No Guts, No Glory!  My 5 Bold Predictions For the 2015 Seattle Mariners

Who Breaks Out?  Where Will The M’s Finish? I think it’s safe to say that expectations have not been as high as they are right now for the Seattle Mariners in a very long time.   And why not?  The M’s, at least on paper, should be a very improved club, even after a solid 2014 campaign. It’s true.  The M’s are the sexy pick to win the AL West in 2015.  When is the...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ru Better? You Betts!

I swear to you, they're gonna drive me nuts. All of them. Mookie and Rusney and Victorino and Hanley and everyone in that dugout that gets a preseason talk from Schilling about all the good PR you can get from ketchup on a sock. I'm gonna go stand on a street corner with a cardboard sign that reads, "Will work for clarity on the Red Sox outfield situation." Hey, H&R Block...
Via Razzball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts on Reds Raisel Iglesias’ first appearance

When the Cincinnati Reds signed right handed pitcher Raisel Iglesias late last summer he didn’t head out and begin pitching right away. He took some time off before heading out to the Arizona Fall League to make seven appearances. He was impressive, not allowing a run in the span, striking out seven batters, allowing one hit and walking three batters. On Wednesday afternoon he...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #19: Corey Kluber | SP | CLE

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide and Draft Pack, with two great draft day tools, are here! Get your copies today! When you think of Felix Hernandez or Clayton Kershaw or David Price or any of the other unquestioned aces in baseball, an image of their dominance probably forms in your mind. For many, myself included, that doesn’t exactly happen with Corey Kluber. So, let’s...
Via Baseball Professor
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #18: Stephen Strasburg | SP | WAS

Stephen Strasburg is an exceptional player, no question about it, and I don’t think anyone could reasonably make the argument that he wasn’t worth the number one overall pick in the 2009 Amateur Draft. If the Nationals could have a mulligan on that pick I don’t think they would change a thing.  Strasburg is still as exciting to watch as any pitcher in the game What I...
Via Baseball Professor
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Assessing the 2015 damage: The Yankee Middle Infielders

The Yankees had five years to find a replacement for Derek Jeter. That's how well he telegraphed his retirement. Five years. They drafted a SS, (Cito Culver), in the first round. They signed a Manuto tribute band of nubile 16-year-old Latinos. The closest they came was Eduardo Nunez, the Butcher of Baghad with a glove. In fact, the more we saw of Nunez, the more he looked like...
Via IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #17: Robinson Cano | 2B | SEA

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide and Draft Pack, with two great draft day tools, are here! Get your copies today! The biggest question facing prospective Robinson Cano owners heading into 2015 is his home run potential. Currently there are plenty of reasons to be concerned about Cano as his home run total, ISO, and HR/FB rate last season all were (or were tied) for career...
Via Baseball Professor
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 Top 100 Dynasty Prospects: #21-40

The Baseball Professor 2015 Fantasy Draft Pack is here. Dominate your draft with all the need-to-know info at your fingertips with our two awesome tools! Download your copy of the Draft Buddy, part of the 2015 Draft Pack, today! (Click to enlarge) This prospect countdown originally appeared in our 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide, so go get it if you haven’t! There are...
Via Baseball Professor
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Upton, Kemp and New Look Padres Fall in Debut

One of the biggest stories of the offseason was A.J. Preller’s complete take over of the San Diego Padres. The new General Manager and his regime did a complete makeover to the Padres roster, giving them a roster comparable to their 1998 World Series team. Yesterday the new look Friars made there debut. The two newest toys that grabbed the most attention were Matt Kemp and Justin...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper faces Stephen Strasburg in live batting practice (Video)

Well, it finally happened: Bryce Harper stepped in to face Stephen Strasburg in live BP yesterday in Viera. And it was...a 10 pitch draw. Via Mark Zuckerman/Nats Insider: So, how did Harper fare against his fellow No. 1 draft pick? Well, he saw 10 total pitches from Strasburg, spread into two rounds of five. Harper swung at the very first pitch he saw (a fastball) and...
Via Nationals Enquirer
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Got Better End of Revere Trade

On December 6th of 2012, the Philadelphia Phillies sent a package of pitchers Vance Worley and Trever May to the Minnesota Twins for center fielder Ben Revere.  Let's check up on each player, shall we... Revere with the Phils: 239 G, .306/.688, 108 R, 22 DBL, 10 TRPL, 2 HR, 45 RBI, 71 SB, 1.1 WAR (brought down by poor defense, his oWAR is 3.9).Worley in 2013 with Twinkies: 1-5,...
Via We Should Be GM's
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Alex Rodriguez ripped by New York Post after spring training debut (Photo)

New York Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez hit a single in his first spring training at-bat on Wednesday, but the New York Post couldn't resist the opportunity to take this shot at him with their back page headline.So the regular season hasn't even started yet and the Post is already destroying A-Rod. Rodriguez has three years left on his contract, so they better pace themselves...
Via Holdout Sports
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Yankees Are Banking On Chase Headley At Hot Corner

I Don’t Know is on third. As the timeless old Abbott and Costello bit goes, that’s something the New York Yankees have been trying to figure out the past two seasons. After a fielding a successful platoon of Alex Rodriguez and Eric Chavez, the club has trotted out the likes of Yangervis Solarte, Kelly Johnson, Jayson Nix, David Adams and Kevin Youkilis and his ski mask. Then...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 Second Base Position Primer

2015 Second Base Position Primer SP Primer | RP Primer | 1B Primer Reach early or wait at the keystone position. While not quite that simple, there is exceptional depth at second base for those who avoid the middle rounds. Robinson Cano and Jose Altuve sit atop the rankings, along with Anthony Rendon who is also third-base eligible. The trio are locks to be selected within the...
Via Fantasy Sports Locker Room
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

A Trade Proposal for the Cubs to Get Hamels.

The Chicago Cubs have made many quality moves this year, but they have yet to make the blockbuster trade. They have made some nice trades, but there is still one more out there, and it’s for Cole Hamels. It will take more than what they gave up in previous trades this offseason, but the Cubs have enough to give up some. The Phillies The Phillies have made it clear to the league...
Via Sports Mockery
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets Today: Colon Goes Against Nats

The Mets play at Washington, Thursday (5:05 p.m.), with Bartolo Colon getting the start. COLON: Goes tonight. Colon, whom the Mets hoped to trade in the offseason, is under consideration to be the Opening Day starter. The 41-year-old Colon won 15 games last season with the Mets and logged 202.1 innings. Colon averages 216 innings pitched during his 17-year career. Colon has pitched...
Via New York Mets Report
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

The John Hart Era Begins with a Dud for the Atlanta Braves

John Hart spent his offseason remodeling the Atlanta Braves into his own squad. While some new General Managers, like A.J. Prefer, went after superstars with a “win now” mentality, Hart looked to get rid of the pieces of the Frank Wren Era and rebuild a farm system in a “win later” approach. The Braves’ 2015 Grapefruit League opener wasn’t pretty, but with a team of...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Placido Polanco is "90 percent retired"; Remains in shape 'if Phillies call'.

Despite not being able to sign a Major League contract last season, 16-year veteran infielder Placido Polanco, at the age of 39, is not quite ready to call his playing career a wrap. In an interview with El Nuevo Herald's Jorge Ebro, Polanco reveals that he is '90 percent retired',...
Via Philliedelphia
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marijuana and MLB's Joint Drug Agreement

Last week’s report that Josh Hamilton could be facing an imminent suspension from Major League Baseball following an alleged violation of his drug treatment program has brought a renewed focus on MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement (JDA), and in particular its treatment of non-performance enhancing drugs. As I noted last week, in addition to PEDs and […]
Via Fangraphs
20 hours ago  |  Discuss
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