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Ex-Sox Reliever Okajima Signs With Yokohama

For five seasons, Hideki Okajima was a solid option out of the Red Sox bullpen. The now-38-year old posted a 3.11 ERA for Boston in 246.1 innings of work. Despite one World Series hiccup, he was pretty effective in the post-season—giving up no earned runs in 12.1 innings of ALCS play. He was a huge fan favorite—rousing the Fenway crowd when his entry song boomed over the loudspeakers...
Via FenwayNation
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Where do the A’s go from here?

Billy Beane and Brett Farmiloe – Photo Credit – Brett Farmiloe Sluggers Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson combined for a total of 151 home runs over the past two seasons for the Oakland Athletics. They were a big reason why they have been American League contenders over the past three seasons. None of those three will be on the team’s roster on Opening Day 2015...
Via Hot Stove MLB
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jed Lowrie Signs With The Houston Astros

On Monday afternoon, the Houston Astros announced they are signing Free Agent short stop Jed Lowrie to a three-year deal. According to multiple reports, Lowrie receives $23 million guaranteed to sign back with Houston where he spent the 2012 season. The deal also includes a 4th-year option worth $6 million. Lowrie turns 31 in April and has hit .261 over seven major league seasons...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jed Lowrie Signs with Houston

The Houston Astros have signed a three year contract with IF Jed Lowrie, the team announced via Twitter. The deal is worth 23$ million dollars, with a team option that could make the contract worth as much as 28$ million dollars.   Lowrie is a seven year veteran, who spent the 2012 season in Houston. The 30-year-old’s best career year was in Oakland during the 2013 campaign which...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jed Lowrie returns to Astros on three-year deal

Before Spring Training 2013, the Houston Astros traded shortstop Jed Lowrie to the Oakland Athletics for a package of three players headlined by Chris Carter, who has launched 66 homers in two seasons with the club. Today, Houston brought the 30-year old Lowrie back on a three-year deal that also contains a club option for the 2018 season. The contract is worth $23 million over three...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jed Lowrie returns to Astros on three-year deal

Before Spring Training 2013, the Houston Astros traded shortstop Jed Lowrie to the Oakland Athletics for a package of three players headlined by Chris Carter, who has launched 66 homers in two seasons with the club. Today, Houston brought the 30-year old Lowrie back on a three-year deal that also contains a club option for the 2018 season. The contract is worth $23 million over three...
Via Bloguin Best
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Land Jed Lowrie

Here’s some news. Astros have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with free agent shortstop/infielder Jed Lowrie — Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) December 15, 2014 And maybe we should have seen this coming. After all, this is what the Astros shortstop depth chart currently looks like. #28 Astros Name PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA Bat BsR […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rangers Sign Kyle Blanks

The Texas Rangers have signed Kyle Blanks to a split contract, sources tell Chris Cotillo. The deal does not guarantee a 40-man roster spot. Source: #Rangers signing Kyle Blanks. — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 15, 2014 Blanks receives split contract, has good chance of making team out of spring training if healthy. #Rangers — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Oakland Athletics

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 Oakland Athletics. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Atlanta / Colorado […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Recapping the A’s offseason trades so far

The Oakland A’s were very active during this year’s winter meetings. However, many are not sure if those trades will actually benefit the Oakland A’s for 2015. The Athletics traded away three of their strongest players – Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, and Jeff Samardzija. All of these players were All-Stars in 2014 and their presence will surely be missed next season. So,...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Blue Jay Brett Lawrie does amazing thing for girl who cried for him

While seeing your favorite player traded away from your team is tough on adults, they can at least understand that it’s part of the business of baseball.  Rarely are there a Derek Jeter, Ernie Banks, or Craig Biggio that spend an entire career with one team.  When the Toronto Blue Jays traded Brett Lawrie (who is Canadian by citizenship) to the Oakland A’s, it was hard on their...
Via Reading Between The Seams
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie Makes Little Girl’s Day After Being Traded

New Oakland Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie played parts of four seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays before being sent out west for Josh Donaldson the day after Thanksgiving. And while Lawrie doesn’t have the name recognition on a national (or shall we say international level), he obviously had one huge fan north of the border. As you can see below, a six-year old girl named Amelia...
Via Sportsnaut
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie visits girl who was devastated when he got traded

YouTube videos of kids crying over sports are really nothing new, so when a Toronto Blue Jays fan posted one of his inconsolable 6-year-old daughter after Brett Lawrie was traded, most people probably watched it and moved on. Not Brett Lawrie, though. The third baseman, who was shipped to the Oakland Athletics for Josh Donaldson, saw the viral video and took notice. So on Friday...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Lawrie makes day for 6-year-old who cried when he was traded

Brett Lawrie is one cool dude. When the major-league infielder was traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Oakland A's in late November, one of his biggest fans was so broken up, she couldn't hold back the tears ... leading to a viral YouTube video. Meet six-year-old Amelia: Well, Lawrie, who played his first four seasons in Toronto, responded in a way that Amelia will likely never forget.
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Could Marcus Semien be the A’s everyday starting shortstop?

Marcus Semien The Oakland A’s were very active during the MLB winter meetings in San Diego this week and completed a trade with the Chicago White Sox to acquire infielders Marcus Semien and Rangel Ravelo, starting pitcher Chris Bassitt, and catcher Josh Phegley. The interesting pick up here is Semien. He is a infielder who can play second base, shortstop, and third base. It has...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Q&A: David Forst, Assistant General Manager, Oakland Athletics

David Forst was appointed to his current position in February of 2004 after serving as an assistant to the general manager and coordinator of professional scouting for the Oakland Athletics. His primary duties include assisting Billy Beane in all player acquisitions, contract negotiations and player evaluations. He agreed to sit down and talk at baseball’s […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Forced To Pitch: Jeremy Barfield Opens Up

Minor League free agent Jeremy Barfield spoke with Baseball Essential’s own Jack McNeil and Nick Hamelin on Wednesday, and the trio had quite the conversation. The 26-year-old outfielder turned pitcher turned outfielder again was nothing short of entertaining and insightful, offering the viewers a truthful look into his career to date. After seven Minor League seasons with the...
Via Baseball Essential
7 days ago  |  Discuss

AP sources: Astros sign relievers Neshek, Gregerson

SAN DIEGO -- The Houston Astros have bolstered their bullpen by agreeing to an $18.5 million, three-year contract with Luke Gregerson and a $12.5 million, two-year deal with former Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek, people familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals with the right-handers were subject to physicals. Gregerson...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Handles Hecklers Like A Pro

Chicago Cubs fans have every right to be excited about the team getting Jon Lester via free agency at the Winter Meetings. Everyone knows what Lester can do on the field, but he is a pretty solid guy off the field as well. Jon Lester Handles Hecklers On Twitter After signing for big money Lester did something not many athletes do; he said thank you to individual fans on Twitter...
Via Sports Mockery
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Astros agree to deals with relievers Gregerson, Neshek

SAN DIEGO -- The Houston Astros have bolstered their bullpen by agreeing to an $18.5 million, three-year contract with Luke Gregerson and a $12.5 million, two-year deal with Pat Neshek, people familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals with the right-handers were subject to physicals. Gregerson, 30, spent five years...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester shows love for Red Sox fans in heartfelt tweets

Jon Lester’s final appearance with the Boston Red Sox was July 25, 2014, but the hope of a reunion between the two sides didn’t die until Wednesday morning. That’s when Lester signed a reported six-year contract for $155 million with the Chicago Cubs. Fans who held out hope the Red Sox would ultimately re-sign Lester after trading him at the MLB trade deadline were disappointed...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros reportedly ink Luke Gregerson to three-year deal

The Houston Astros wanted a top reliever, a sentiment we questioned yesterday. Today, they got him, inking former Oakland Athletic Luke Gregerson to a three-year, $18.5 million deal. Luke Gregerson reaches 3 year, $18.5 million deal with Houston #Astros; becoming 3rd richest reliever in #MLB this winter. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 10, 2014   The A’s acquired...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Add Luke Gregerson, Possible Trade Chip

The Astros have made it clear that they intend to upgrade their bullpen this winter, chasing Andrew Miller and David Robertson with significant four year offers before watching both sign with other teams. So this morning, they turned to Plan C, reportedly signing Luke Gregerson to a three year, $18.5 million contract, according to Bob […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

With Jon Lester, Cubs Officially Force Window Open

We all knew that the time was coming. The Cubs themselves talked rather openly about it. Blessed with the best system in baseball, the Cubs were coming up on a period of hopeful contention. The soft target, for many, was 2016. By that point, enough prospects might’ve established themselves, and the Cubs would be able […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Agrees To $155 Million Pact With Cubs

Free agent Jon Lester has agreed to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs. The deal contains an option for 2021 that, if it becomes guaranteed, would make the deal worth $170 million over seven seasons. The $25.8 million average annual value of the deal is the second-highest for a pitcher behind Clayton Kershaw ($30.7 million). “It’s not often you get to win...
Via Mets Merized Online
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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