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Marlins offer Adam LaRoche 2-year, $20-million contract

The Miami Marlins offered current free-agent Adam LaRoche a two-year deal worth $20-million deal, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. THIS JUST IN: #Marlins offer free-agent Adam LaRoche 2-year, $20-million deal, according to @flasportsbuzz. #MLB — Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) November 20, 2014 LaRoche has been the Marlins top interest after they extended Giancarlo...
Via On-Base Talk
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Will Not Be A Cardinal in 2015

So Jim Bowden has a Twitter account and posted this to it yesterday: #Cardinals have joined the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves in pursuit of Jon Lester according to a club source which makes sense after Miller trade — Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) November 18, 2014 Wha? Like Jon Lester? The real Jon Lester? The guy that this was written about on Boston.com? ESPN sabermetrician Dan...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
1 day ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees rumors: David Robertson edition

Last week, New York Yankees free agent closer David Robertson rejected the New York Yankees $15.3 million qualifying offer. This should come as no surprise to Yankee fans, given the fact that he is the top free-agent closer available. Because of this, he will look to maximize his value out on the open market where at least a half dozen clubs are interested according to Mark Feinsand...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bob Feller Museum Closes Its Doors

It’s been nearly four years since Bob Feller passed, and since then, the Bob Feller Museum in the Hall of Famer’s hometown of Van Meter, Iowa has seem some tough times. “[Feller] truly was the engine that made that place run and with his passing, the museum struggled,” board member Bob DiBiasio told The Des Moines Register. Tuesday, it was announced that the Museum would...
Via Hall of Very Good
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners rumors: The case for Delmon Young

During last year’s offseason, the Seattle Mariners made what was perhaps the most surprising deal when they signed All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano. It was also one of the more lucrative: 10 years for $240 million. This year, the Mariners may have to dig a bit deeper if they’re going to make another splash. Despite a solid pool of free agents that includes Jon Lester, Max...
Via isportsweb.com
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Giants Players Imitate Madison Bumgarner

If Charles Colton’s famous idiom is true and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the San Francisco Giants must absolutely love Madison Bumgarner. The pitcher’s teammates, skipper and a strategically placed mop head paid tribute him while recording their bits for the upcoming 2014 World Series video. And as you might imagine…it was full of snot rockets, references to...
Via Hall of Very Good
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Giants Players Imitate Madison Bumgarner

If Charles Colton’s famous idiom is true and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the San Francisco Giants must absolutely love Madison Bumgarner. The pitcher’s teammates, skipper and a strategically placed mop head paid tribute him while recording their bits for the upcoming 2014 World Series video. And as you might imagine…it was full of snot rockets, references to...
Via Hall of Very Good
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Aaron Sanchez, 2015 Fantasy Outlook

*rubs hands together, flour residue and sweat mix together forming pizza dough, places pizza dough in oven, pulls out pizza* Hey, I got an excitement pizza for Aaron Sanchez! Or maybe I should just wash my hands. Nah, this is an excitement pizza! Now, hold on, before you start stuffing your mouth with this excitement pizza, we should discuss why it's so delicious. Last year...
Via Razzball
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Who’s Gonna Win the 2015 World Series?

The 2014 season just ended a few weeks ago with the San Francisco Giants beating the Kansas City Royals in seven games and in the process, Madison Bumgarner completed one of the greatest postseason performances in recent years by pitching his team to their third World Series title in five years. Sure, it’s only been a few weeks, but it’s already time to analyze the scenario heading...
Via Hall of Very Good
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Halo Headlines: Angels a top contender to sign Moncada, Hamilton’s ex-accountability coach joins Angels organization

The November 20th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including comparing Angels a top contender to sign Moncada, Hamilton’s ex-accountability coach joins Angels organization and much more… The Story: The Angels are one of eight prime suitor for Yoan Moncada.The Monkey Says: Reports from the organization suggest they aren’t going to make a play for him...
Via Monkey with a Halo
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10 Interesting Hitter Stats From 2014

Statistics can be used to tell basically any story you want. You want me to build a case or argue against a player, give me some time and I’ll craft an evidence-based case in either direction. It’s both the beauty and the curse of using statistics, but sometimes it’s just plain old fun to do nothing but take a stat and enjoy it for what it is — an interesting snapshot of...
Via Baseball Professor
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Red Sox Rumors: Team offers Jon Lester undisclosed contract

The Boston Red Sox had an abysmal 2014 season in which they won 71 games after coming off a World Series championship in 2013. At 23rd in the Major Leagues in ERA, improving the pitching staff is a top priority for the Red Sox this winter. Signing Jon Lester, who spent all but a couple months of his Major League career with the Red Sox, is a possibility after he was offered a contract...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Six-Man Rotation Won’t Happen For Mets

With the topic of cutting Matt Harvey’s innings comes the idea of a six-man rotation. One reader threw it out there and my response was it was too bold for the Mets’ thinking. That’s part of it, but there other variables. Baseball doesn’t change easily, and there was a time when the five-man rotation was a novelty. Six? It could happen sometime, but I don’t sense the Mets...
Via New York Mets Report
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pitching Backward: The Guy Who Makes Scherzer (Slightly More) Expendable by Jeff Long

Even if Max Scherzer leaves this offseason, the Tigers will have a dominant top four. A big part of that is Rick Porcello`s emergence. Here`s how it happened.
Via Baseball Prospectus
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Alex Hassan Tugs on Heartstrings After Claimed By Oakland Athletics

Alex Hassan made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox on June 1, 2014. The 26 year old outfielder is native of Milton, Massachusetts and a graduate of Boston College High School. His roots to Boston are enormous, and he was blessed enough to play for the team he grew up watching and […]
Via Infield Single
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Yasmany Tomas Would Mean the World for the Royals

The Kansas City Royals aren't typically players in free agency. This isn't a new phenomenon either. Digging through Royals history, even the good days, the team was not built through free agency. Now, as the economics of baseball have shifted, the Royals remain out of the free agent game for the most part. When the off-season began, though, it was pretty clear that the Royals would...
Via Pine Tar Press
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Which starting pitcher on the block is most likely to go?

As the New York Mets continue to figure out their trading options this offseason, one position has become abundantly full. After the emergence of the newly crowned Rookie of the Year, Jacob deGrom, the New York Mets have a starting pitcher that they have to place in the starting rotation come next season. That leaves Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, deGrom, Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese...
Via Mets360.com
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds Retrospective: 1985-1989 Drafts

In this weeks retrospective we are looking back at the 1985-1989 drafts for the Cincinnati Reds as we work our way towards today to see how the drafts have helped shaped the franchise. You can see the entire series here. The 1985 Draft The 1985 draft was both great and terrible. The team would draft four players who would go on to reach the Major Leagues from the crop of players...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Heyward Stands To Revitalize Link Among African-American Cardinal Fans

It is far from a secret that the glory days of there being a deep African-American population on Major League Baseball rosters have passed. Whether a renaissance is possible in a game that hit its lowest percentage of African-American players since the integration of the game in the late ’40s last year is tied to a number of factors, but as the decline has regularly continued in...
Via i70baseball
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Thursday Links: Red Sox extend offers

After spending 2 days in Boston, free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval took off from Logan Airport on Wednesday without a contract offer from the Red Sox. While a big name free agent leaving Boston without signing or receiving an offer is atypical of the current ownership group, the book isn’t closed on Sandoval in Boston. In fact, a Wednesday report out of San Francisco suggested...
Via Fire Brand AL
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Toronto Blue Jays Not Yet Offering Contract To Pablo Sandoval

<input type="hidden" name="fallback" value="This embed is invalid" /> The Toronto Blue Jays aren’t all-in on Pablo Sandoval just yet. The Blue Jays remain in the mix for Sandoval but haven’t made the third baseman a formal offer, Sportsnet...
Via NESN.com
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Marlins offer Adam LaRoche two years, $20 million

When Giancarlo Stanton signed his new megadeal, there were some questions on how the Marlins would surround him with talent and stay competitive. After all, they haven’t been known to spend big, and when they have, it’s been short-lived. But the fact that Stanton’s contract is so back-loaded may help Miami in the short-term, and it looks like we’re starting to get some clues...
Via The Outside Corner
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Predicting a Max Scherzer Contract

I figure it makes sense to perform the same calculations I did for Jon Lester for Max Scherzer. I think the chance he signs with the Cubs is a lot lower than Jon Lester, but it’s theoretically possible. Basically, we only need to calculate a starting WAR, and I’ll be using a depreciation schedule of Year(N+1) = Year(N) * .85. Scherzer is projected by Steamer to reach 3.7 WAR...
Via Obstructed View
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Will Jon Lester Accept 'LowBall II' From Sox?

Multiple media reports indicate that the Red Sox have offered Jon Lester six years and between $110 and $120 million. That works out to between $18.3 million and $20 million per year for the lefty ace. Most observers of the free agent market (including Lester's ex-teammate Curt Schilling) have pegged Lester's worth at around $140-$150 million. Moreover, there are new reports that...
Via FenwayNation
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014 Dodgers in Review: IF Carlos Triunfel

PA AVG OBP SLG wRC+ HR WAR MiLB 321 .223 .256 .330 44 4 n/a MLB 16 .133 .188 .333 47 1 -0.1 What happened in 2014: Was bad at baseball. So, so bad. The brain works in mysterious ways sometimes, because I remember exactly where I was when the Dodgers acquired Carlos Triunfel. I have no idea why I remember that. There’s absolutely no reason for me to still remember it. And yet,...
Via Dodgers Digest
20 hours ago  |  Discuss
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