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Braves trade for catching prospects, ship Hale, Schlosser to Rockies

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves' offseason of change included a new twist on Friday, with the team trading pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Rockies for a pair of catching prospects. Atlanta's new additions, catchers Jose Briceno (22 years old) and Chris O'Dowd (24), will now provide organizational depth to a Braves club that's suddenly teeming with top-shelf prospects at...
Via Fox Sports South
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New York Mets prospect watch

The New York Mets were ranked by ESPN’s Keith Law to have the 4th best farm system in baseball. I know that 2015 is supposed to be the year that we stop talking about prospects and finally start talking about big time MLB players, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t prospects that can make major impacts as soon as this season. 1. Noah Syndergaard, RHP (#1 Mets prospect*) Noah...
Via isportsweb.com
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Steve Pearce, Orioles agree to $3.7 million, 1-year contract

BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce has agreed to a $3.7 million, one-year contract and avoided a salary arbitration hearing. Pearce had asked for $5.4 million and had been offered $2 million when the sides exchanged proposed salaries two weeks ago, the largest gap among the 74 players who swapped. The settlement Friday was at the midpoint. Pearce hit .293 for Baltimore...
Via AP on Fox
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Braves trade RHP Hale to Rockies in four-player deal

ATLANTA -- The Braves pulled off another trade in their busy offseason Friday, dealing right-handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd. Hale pitched 45 games for the Braves last season, going 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA, and had been expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. Schlosser worked...
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Red Sox Sign RHP Alexi Ogando

The Red Sox have signed former Texas Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando to a one-year, $1.5MM major league deal pending a physical. 
Via CLNS Radio
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Shelby Miller: Sinker will 'take me to the next level'

ATLANTA -- Shelby Miller can thank his turnaround on the mound in 2014 to one pitch. Because of that same pitch, the Atlanta Braves may have landed a young pitcher with as much upside as anyone in their rotation. After a fine rookie campaign in 2013 where he won 15 games and posted a 3.06 ERA, Miller slumped in 2014 as he tried to follow up that early success. He struggled in his...
Via Fox Sports South
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Pittsburgh Pirates: impact of the Travis Snider trade

Travis Snider’s career in Pittsburgh came to an end on Tuesday when the Pirates traded him to the Baltimore Orioles. In return the Pirates received minor league pitcher Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later. Tarpley, a former 2013 third round pick, is a left handed pitching prospect with potential upside. He is coming off of a decent season in the minors and hopes to build...
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Cardy Show Episode 64: Anthony Alford

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Alford joins The Cardy Show to discuss his career. We also discussed his 2015 plans and his invite to Spring Training. Anthony also let us in on his experience with the Canberra Carvery of the Australian Baseball League. We wish Anthony nothing but the best in 2015. The post Cardy Show Episode 64: Anthony Alford appeared first on Baseball Hot Corner.
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Ronald Belisario Opts Out On Blue Jays Opt Out Clause

According to a reliable source Ronald Belisario did not like the opt out clause in the proposed contract offered by the Toronto Blue Jays. Numerous sources reported yesterday that the the Jays and Belisario had agreed on a minor league deal with a guaranteed $1.7 million if the hurler made the squad out of spring training. Mike Wilner of the Fan 590 reported earlier today that...
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Los Angeles Dodgers: A team without a weakness?

Just recently the 2015 PECOTA projections were released, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are projected to not only be juggernauts of the National League, but all of Major League Baseball. PECOTA predicts they will win 97 games, the most of any team in baseball and six games better than the second-best team (the Washington Nationals). Someone mentioned to me on Twitter how crazy it is...
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The Philadelphia Phillies could have a sneaky good rotation

I have a spoiler alert for you – the Philadelphia Phillies will not be a good team in 2015. They’ll likely finish last in the National League East. However, if the team is going to move up to fourth, or maybe even third, in the division, it’ll because of their starting rotation. Last year, the Phillies rotation was a mess. Despite throwing 1,013 1/3 innings, the third-highest...
Via The Outside Corner
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The Philadelphia Phillies could have a sneaky good rotation

I have a spoiler alert for you – the Philadelphia Phillies will not be a good team in 2015. They’ll likely finish last in the National League East. However, if the team is going to move up to fourth, or maybe even third, in the division, it’ll because of their starting rotation. Last year, the Phillies rotation was a mess. Despite throwing 1,013 1/3 innings, the third-highest...
Via Bloguin Best
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: 7 Reasons Matt Holliday Is Still Money

There are certain people in St. Louis who still don’t appreciate Matt Holliday, aka the Hulk of Stillwater, Oklahoma. The veteran outfielder has stabilized left field for the Cards since the middle of 2009 and shown a durability and consistency that many armchair skippers can’t seem to love. As the 2015 season rolls into session, some want Holliday to be pushed out of the outfield...
Via Cardinals Farm
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San Francisco Giants’ Six Man Rotation: A Fan’s Suggestion

Henry Shulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reiterated through Twitter that both Bruce Bochy and Dave Righetti are against the idea of a 6 man rotation. With the team bringing back Ryan Vogelsong after all, that would give the team possibly 7 capable starters. Good question. Bochy, Rags not fans. RT @chriskieffer: @sfchronicle Any chance #sfgiants use 6-man rotation, mitigate wear...
Via Baseball Essential
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Is it time to believe?

The last time the New York Mets had a winning record was 2008. The last time this team was in the playoffs was 2006. To say Mets fans have been waiting a while would be an understatement. Ever since Sandy Alderson took over, the Mets have been in rebuilding mode, though they would never admit that publicly. Sandy has been in charge for four seasons now, and things are finally looking...
Via NYMetsLife
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Minnesota Twins’ A.J. Achter Prepared For Bigger Role In 2015

With spring training less than a month away, players are starting to put their off-season routines into overdrive to be fully prepared to showcase the improvements they have made since last season. While every player hopes to impress their coaches and earn a promotion, not many are as determined to succeed then that of Minnesota Twins right-handed pitcher A.J. Achter. Reporting to...
Via Baseball Essential
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Eric Stults Agrees To Minor League Deal With Atlanta Braves

According to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, 35-year-old lefty Eric Stults has joined the Atlanta Braves on a minor league deal for the upcoming 2015 seas0n. The deal includes an invite to spring training for the lefty, who will be competing to be the 5th starter along with several others down in Florida in less than three weeks. If Stults fails to make the rotation, he’s a possible...
Via Baseball Essential
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

How to Value Cuban Rookies, Revisted: Castillo & Tomas

Last offseason I took a stab at predicting the statistical effect of a player that makes the transition from the Cuban Serie Nacional to Major League Baseball, specifically looking at what to expect from the then-newest Cuban-come ups, Jose Abreu and Alex Guerrero. You can read the whole article here, but the basics of what I did was I took the career stats from both Cuba and MLB...
Via Baseball Professor
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #6 – Nick Kingham

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy...
Via Pirates Prospects
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Rockies played the offseason perfectly

You won’t hear any proclamations about how the Colorado Rockies “won” the offseason. Considering the mega moves made by division rivals like the Dodgers and Padres this winter, along with the fact that the Giants are once again the defending World Series champs, you could easily look at the lack of big offseason moves by Colorado and let out that familiar sigh of disappointment...
Via Mile High Sports
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Five teams that failed to improve this offseason

As the offseason begins to wind down, most of the teams in the league made a statement on their plans for the 2015 season. A shocking amount of teams took steps towards contending, while some pumped the brakes a little bit and decided to rebuild for the long-term future. However, some teams didn’t make much of their winter, and are still hanging out in no man’s land. Other...
Via The Outside Corner
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: Chad Billingsley signing

The Philadelphia Phillies have spent more of this offseason selling than buying, but on Thursday they entered the buyer’s market. Former Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley signed with the Phillies for 1-year, $1.5 million and some unnamed performance bonuses. Many of the Phillies trades and signings this offseason have dealt with the teams starting pitching, and this move should...
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2015 ZiPS Projections – Baltimore Orioles

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Baltimore Orioles. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta […]
Via Fangraphs
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Kansas City Royals Name Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year

KANSAS CITY, MO (January 29, 2015) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that outfielder Whit Merrifield has been named the George Brett Minor League Player of the Year, while right-handed pitcher Christian Binford earned the Paul Splittorff Minor League Pitcher of the Year for the 2014 season. Merrifield, 26, split last season between Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA...
Via i70baseball
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: Why Starling Marte Might Be an MVP Candidate

Starling Marte was already one of the kings of hidden value. Metrics like Wins Above Replacement (WAR) have loved him, despite his average power, and despite his ugly ratios of strikeouts to walks. One contributing factor has been that he’s played half the time in an extremely pitcher-friendly ballpark, but this goes well beyond that. […]
Via Fangraphs
9 hours ago  |  Discuss
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