New York Yankees: Bullpen Analysis and Projections for The 2015 Season

Jacoby Ellsbury #22 of the New York Yankees hits a RBI single in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Mandatory Credit: Ed Zurga/Getty Images) The 2014 New York Yankees did not perform how general manager Brian Cashman pictured after he spent over $500 million resigning players and signing free agents prior to last season...
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Jeff Bagwell to help out Astros at spring training as guest instructor

  Former Houston Astros star Jeff Bagwell will join the team at spring training as a guest instructor. The Astros aren't sure when he'll travel to Kissimmee, Florida to help out. They say he'll be there for several days. It will be the first time Bagwell has worked with the team since a stint as Houston's hitting coach for the second half of the 2010 season. The 46-year-old Bagwell...
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Braves announce deal with Dian Toscano

Photo Credit; Donald Miralle/Getty Images. The Atlanta Braves have taken a chance on a new Cuban outfield prospect. You may have heard of Dian Toscano but it’s safe to assume you haven’t heard his name as many times as Yoan Moncada, Yasmany Tomas or even Hector Olivera or Yoan Lopez. Another reason you may not have heard of Toscano is that he did not take part in Cuba’s...
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Man United news: De Gea, Fletcher, Zaha, FA Cup TV info

Here are the latest Manchester United news stories circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. We begin with the latest story on the uncertain future of David de Gea. As he is the most important player on the team by far, expect this narrative to play out in the media for a long time going forward. -(The Telegraph) Real Madrid are prepared to test...
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First Pitch: Where Would Stephen Tarpley Have Ranked in the Pirates 2015 Top 50?

The first year I released the Prospect Guide, I decided to publish the book in late January. The thing about writing a book on prospects is that the transactions involving those prospects are a never-ending process. Whether it’s my book, Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, or any other team book, there’s always a risk that a player will be traded away after the publishing...
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Suzuki says new sense of enthusiasm behind Marlins deal

TOKYO (AP) Ichiro Suzuki says a renewed sense of enthusiasm was behind his decision to sign a $2 million, one-year contract with the Miami Marlins. Making a rare appearance at a press conference in his native Japan, Suzuki said: ''When I met (Miami) team executives yesterday, I felt incredible enthusiasm so I wanted to respond to their enthusiasm and I believe that is something...
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Seattle Mariners Sign John Baker To Minor-League Deal

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with veteran catcher John Baker on a minor-league deal. His deal also includes an invitation to big league spring training. Although the Mariners have not confirmed the deal, yet, Baker tweeted out a photo of himself in front of the Space Needle in Seattle. catcher john baker signs minors deal...
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On the same page: Marlins, Ichiro equally eager for upcoming possibilities

The Miami Marlins front office entered this offseason -- like it does any other -- aiming to build its deepest 25-man roster possible. After revamping the infield and adding depth to the rotation, it still sought a fourth outfielder to back up Gold Glover Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and two-time All-Star Giancarlo Stanton. Instead of settling with a journeyman, the Marlins took...
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New York Mets Avoid Arbitration With Jenrry Mejia

The New York Mets have avoided arbitration with RHP Jenrry Mejia, agreeing to a one year $2.595 million deal for the 2015 season, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Mejia started off the 2014 season in the rotation, but moved to the bullpen in May, where he took over as closer for the absent Bobby Parnell. The 25-year-old ended the season with a 2.72 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, while...
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White Sox bring back Gordon Beckham, designate Dayan Viciedo for assignment

The White Sox have signed infielder Gordon Beckham to one-year contract. Beckham returns to the White Sox on a $2 million deal after being sent to the Angels in August of last season. Beckham will no longer be thought of as a guy to play daily and may end up in a platoon role with the White Sox at either third or second base. To make room for the 28-year-old Beckham, the White...
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Keith Law ranks the Tigers’ farm system dead last

So how bad is the Tigers’ farm system? Pretty damn bad if you ask Keith Law…. In his latest set of rankings for Major League farm systems, Law not only had the Tigers outside the top 15, he had them dead last in all of baseball. My ranking of all 30 MLB farm systems is now up for Insiders: — keithlaw (@keithlaw) January 28, 2015 Here’s what he had...
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Giants release Marco Scutaro

getty The Giants have released infielder Marco Scutaro. Scutaro’s release has been days in the making after the Giants designated him for assignemnt a week ago to make room for outfielder Norichika Aoki on their roster. While Scutaro will earn $6.67 million whether he is on the roster or not, the Giants must have been okay with paying him to sit at home. Scutaro played just five...
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Substitution Rules

In September of 2013, Billy Hamilton made his MLB debut. As a pinch runner. It’s wonderful to see Billy Hamilton be a pinch runner. A few days before his 20th birthday, Tim Raines made his MLB debut as a pinch runner, and all six games in his September callup was as a pinch runner. He […]
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Nationals ink free agent reliever Casey Janssen

The Washington Nationals have signed free agent reliever Casey Janssen.  The deal is worth $5 million and is a one-year contract.  The deal also includes a mutual option between the club and Janssen. Janssen departs Toronto after spending all eight season of his career with the Blue Jays.  The 33 year-old right-hander has recorded a 29-24 career record with a 3.50 ERA.  Janssen...
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Cardy Show Episode 63: Brandon Panikkar

    Lead MLB Hot Corner writer Brandon Panikkar joined me tonight. Brandon and I discussed the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen , the NL East , James Shields and much more. Follow Brandon @Panikkar37 on Twitter. Looking forward to having Brandon appear regularly on the show. The post Cardy Show Episode 63: Brandon Panikkar appeared first on Baseball Hot Corner.
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Reliever Jenrry Mejia, Mets get 1-year deal, no arbitration

NEW YORK (AP) Reliever Jenrry Mejia and the New York Mets have reached agreement on a one-year contract and avoided salary arbitration. The Mets announced the deal Wednesday. Mejia, who made $509,675 last year, asked for $3 million and the team offered $2.1 million. The right-hander went 6-6 with 28 saves and a 3.65 ERA in 63 games last season. First baseman Lucas Duda is the last...
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Mets, Mejia Avoid Arbitration

As expected, the Mets avoided arbitration with reliever Jenrry Mejia, who agreed to a one-year, $2.595 million contract this evening. Mejia, whose role has bounced from the rotation and bullpen during his Mets’ tenure, assumed the closer job after Bobby Parnell was injured. Manager Terry Collins, despite not knowing Parnell’s physical status, already anointed him as the closer...
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Bagwell to help out Astros at spring training

HOUSTON (AP) Former Houston Astros star Jeff Bagwell will join the team at spring training as a guest instructor. The Astros aren't sure when he'll travel to Kissimmee, Florida to help out. They say he'll be there for several days. It will be the first time Bagwell has worked with the team since a stint as Houston's hitting coach for the second half of the 2010 season. The 46-year...
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D-backs hire Joe Carter as assistant to general manager Dave Stewart

  The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Joe Carter as special assistant to general manager Dave Stewart. Carter and Stewart played together for two seasons with Toronto, including the Blue Jays' 1993 World Series championship team. Carter's walk-off three-run home run off Mitch Williams in Game 6 gave the Blue Jays a come-from-behind victory to clinch their second straight world championship...
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Sox Fest 2015

The girls and I gathered to watch the opening ceremonies of the Sox Fest taking place this weekend in Chicago. The opening video gave us all chills and a few comments that the tears has started (me included). Getting to see the boys past and present was really great, with this being the 10 year anniversary for the winning of the 2005 World Series. Scotty Pods is a hottie When Rick...
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Danny Santana: Favorite To Win Minnesota Twins Shortstop Battle

It’s been a long time since the Minnesota Twins have had some stability and depth at shortstop, but that could be changing with Minnesota Twins manager, Paul Molitor, who is declaring a battle for the starting spot between Danny Santana and Eduardo Escobar, according to Santana, 23, showcased himself as one of the best rookies in the American League last season, as he...
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Joe Blanton Making Comeback

Free-agent right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton is trying to make a comeback to the major leagues. Blanton will hold an open workout, which includes a bullpen session, for teams interested in his services next week on February 4th, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. Joe Blanton holding an open workout and bullpen session for teams on Feb 4 in Nashville area. He’s healthy...
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New Commish Dodges Question About Wilpons and Mets Payroll

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports conducted a comprehensive interview with new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred spanning a variety of topics and sensitive issues including a question about Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon. Rosenthal: Another issue — and I know this one is sensitive. The Mets play in one of the biggest markets in the game. I know Commissioner Selig was close with (Mets...
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Phillies elevate Montgomery to chairman

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies have elevated David Montgomery from president to chairman and named Hall of Famer Pat Gillick team president. The move was announced Wednesday, several months after Montgomery took a leave to continue his recovery from jaw cancer. Montgomery says he's healthy enough now to assume some of his responsibilities. Gillick was the Phillies general...
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Former New York Met released by San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants earlier today released infielder Marco Scuatro, according to The 39-year-old played in parts of three seasons with the Giants, most famously batting behind former Met Angel Pagan during the team’s 2012 World Series run. Injuries limited Scutaro to five games in 2014, and the club decided to part ways with the infielder to make room for recently...
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