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#1 absintheofmalaise


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Posted 30 October 2011 - 08:55 PM

It's time for all the baseball writers to fill up space with endless rumors and idle speculation. Please include a link on your post.

#2 rembrat


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Posted 31 October 2011 - 07:06 AM

Sure.

"Buster_ESPN: Just speculation, nothing more: With the savings from Oswalt, etc. contracts, would PHI take a run at Cliff Lee's good friend, CC Sabathia?"

http://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/status/130942424469090304

Edited by rembrat, 31 October 2011 - 07:07 AM.


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Posted 31 October 2011 - 09:11 AM

Aren't the Phillies faced with the need to extend Hamels etc on top of the big deals they gave to Lee/Howard?

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 10:23 PM

Matt Sosnick (Josh Willingham's agent): "My best guess is he will probably sign a 3-year deal, and probably not with Oakland."

https://twitter.com/#!/joestiglich/status/131147570037784577
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 10:20 PM

According to sources, the Phillies are in serious pursuit of free-agent Michael Cuddyer, who has spent his entire career with the Twins. Cuddyer is a right-handed hitter, who has averaged 22 homers and 82 RBIs the last three seasons. He is also versatile and can play both corner outfield spots as well as first base and third base.

http://www.csnphilly.com/baseball-philadelphia-phillies/news/Source-Thome-agrees-to-deal-with-Phils-C?blockID=588498&feedID=704

#6 rembrat


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Posted 05 November 2011 - 04:18 PM

Super agent Scott Boras told the Arizona Republic that his client, free agent Willie Bloomquist, is drawing "a lot of interest" around the league.
Bloomquist declined his portion of a mutual option for 2012 last week and will instead seek the best deal he can find. The 33-year-old utilityman batted .266/.317/.340 with four home runs, 26 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 381 plate appearances this season. He's likely to score a multi-year contract.


@Rotoworld_BB Rotoworld Baseball
Willie Bloomquist drawing 'a lot of interest' dlvr.it/tqW6g


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In light of recent Cherington comments, should we be concerned here?

#7 CaptainLaddie


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Posted 05 November 2011 - 04:24 PM

No. Not one bit.

#8 rembrat


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Posted 05 November 2011 - 04:34 PM

No one loves the game more than Willie Ballgame. Such grit, such heart.

#9 MoGator71

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 04:49 PM

I'd love a peek at the infamous Scott Boras binder on Willie Bloomquist.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 02:26 PM

ALLsportsINTEL Rich Smith
BREAKING MLB UPDATE - The New York Yankees have reportedly opened up trade talks with the Oakland A's regarding P Gio Gonzalez.

https://twitter.com/#!/ALLsportsINTEL

Edited by soxhop411, 06 November 2011 - 02:27 PM.


#11 untilthebombs

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 12:27 AM

Let the Phillies have Cuddyer and the Yanks Gio. I look forward to the games where Gio walks 6 guys in 5 innings and isn't facing AL West lineups in spacious parks, TEX withstanding.

#12 dingertater

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 05:01 PM

Apparently, the Marlins are chasing Reyes.

http://rotoworld.com...with-jose-reyes

Curious, considering they already have a pretty damn good short stop.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 06:28 PM

Apparently, the Marlins are chasing Reyes.

http://rotoworld.com...with-jose-reyes

Curious, considering they already have a pretty damn good short stop.

Any chance they move Hanley to third? He's not good defensively at short.

#14 SoxScout


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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:36 PM

Sounds like Papelbon is in the middle of the "hottest" action right now.

Reports that Amaro wants to get shit done and is talking to Madson and Papelbon trying to get one locked up.

Combo of Heyman, Stark reports.

edit:

jaysonst: I disagree. Prioritizing Madson


Edited by SoxScout, 07 November 2011 - 10:54 PM.


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Posted 08 November 2011 - 08:06 AM

Any chance they move Hanley to third? He's not good defensively at short.


There had been talk of Hanley eventually moving to CF at some point, and Chris Coghlan wasn't really working out for them there this past season (he really should be an IF anyways). It could also free them up to trade Hanley if they find a package they like.

#16 The Gray Eagle


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Posted 08 November 2011 - 10:19 AM

On Hanley's defense, if you look at the Fielding Bible numbers, they're pretty interesting. In 2008 and 2009, he was rated a total of +18 on balls hit to his right, but -3 on balls hit to his left. Then in 2010 and 2011 he was rated a total of -39 on balls hit to his right, but +13 on balls hit to his left.

Now you could just take this at face value and assume that he somehow went from being very good at going to his right and mediocre at going to his left, and then overnight became the opposite: horrible at going to his right and good at going to his left. But it seems much more likely to me that this change was more likely due to a change in positioning-- that he wasn't radically different as a fielder, but that he was being positioned differently.

In fact the Marlins changed defensive coaches after 2009, replacing Andy Fox, who had been there in 2008 and 2009. (Fox became the minor league IF instructor for the Red Sox last year, BTW.) I think the most likely thing that happened is that the new defensive coach started positioning Ramirez closer to third base in 2010 and 2011 than he had been playing in 2008 and 2009. So he got to fewer balls to the right side of the SS zone but got to more of the ones hit to the left side.

If this is what happened, then it doesn't tell us much about how good of a SS Ramirez is. I would suspect that he is a decent overall SS, with nice athleticism and range and a good arm, who is erratic at times and nothing great at turning the DP.

If you take the defensive stats as unimpeachable facts, then he is a guy who at ages 24 and 25 was excellent going to his right, but at ages 26 and 27 overnight became horrible at it and now is a bad overall SS instead of a decent one.

#17 Minneapolis Millers

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 10:32 AM

Philly has always looked to me like the biggest competition for Papelbon. If they are just using Paps to prod Madson into resigning, and they do resign him, then who is left as Paps best option(s)? I'm hoping he reups here for 3/$30 - something less than the MFYs are paying Soriano. Who's going to offer him more?

#18 rembrat


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Posted 08 November 2011 - 11:34 AM

Philly has always looked to me like the biggest competition for Papelbon. If they are just using Paps to prod Madson into resigning, and they do resign him, then who is left as Paps best option(s)? I'm hoping he reups here for 3/$30 - something less than the MFYs are paying Soriano. Who's going to offer him more?

Marlins are going to be big players this off-season. If they strikeout on Reyes or a Buehrle/Wilson then I wouldn't be surprised if they throw a lot of cash at Papelbon. With the new name, uni, logos, and stadium they need to make a splash.

#19 santadevil

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 11:45 AM

Philly has always looked to me like the biggest competition for Papelbon. If they are just using Paps to prod Madson into resigning, and they do resign him, then who is left as Paps best option(s)? I'm hoping he reups here for 3/$30 - something less than the MFYs are paying Soriano. Who's going to offer him more?


Papelbon made $12,000,000 last year and has always expressed his desire to push the envelope for closers pay.
You really think he's going to take a "pay cut" down to an average of $10M a year for three years?

I don't.

I think Papelbon will likely get a 3/$37.5M or 4/$50.0M from someone.

edit/ I know you said you hope he reups here for 3/$30, but that's just not happening.

Edited by santadevil, 08 November 2011 - 11:46 AM.


#20 PedroSpecialK


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Posted 08 November 2011 - 12:00 PM

Heyman

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#redsox interested in carlos beltran. #giants likely out after getting melky. competing exec predict 2-yr deal w/ bos



#21 Minneapolis Millers

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 02:27 PM

Papelbon made $12,000,000 last year and has always expressed his desire to push the envelope for closers pay.
You really think he's going to take a "pay cut" down to an average of $10M a year for three years?

I don't.

I think Papelbon will likely get a 3/$37.5M or 4/$50.0M from someone.

edit/ I know you said you hope he reups here for 3/$30, but that's just not happening.

You may well be right. The glut of closer options ranging from very good to lousy makes it an intriguing FA class/year. I think there's virtually no chance the Sox offer 4 years to Paps and little chance they go beyond $12M per yr. It sure looks like they're letting him test the waters because they think supply will outstrip demand and keep prices down. But, yeah, it just takes one club to dive in headfirst, deciding Paps is their guy.

#22 Brianish

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 06:29 PM

The Royals appear to be collecting mediocre NL starters:

http://muskat.mlblog...rket-for-big-z/

http://www.csnchicag...0086&feedID=619

Edited by Brianish, 08 November 2011 - 06:29 PM.


#23 glennhoffmania


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Posted 09 November 2011 - 02:54 PM

"Sources acknowledge they [Texas] are peeking at other things, and that might even include a nudge in the direction of free-agent first basemen Albert Pujols and/or Prince Fielder."


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#24 SoxScout


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Posted 11 November 2011 - 05:57 PM

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Sources: #Marlins have made substantial offers to both Reyes and Pujols.



#25 NoMaRRaMoN

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 02:28 PM

Supposedly, the Marlins offered Pujols 9 years and $225M.

Edited by NoMaRRaMoN, 16 November 2011 - 02:28 PM.


#26 ivanvamp


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Posted 16 November 2011 - 02:39 PM

Supposedly, the Marlins offered Pujols 9 years and $225M.


Geez. A lineup featuring Pujols, Hanley, Reyes, Stanton, Logan Morrison, and Gaby Sanchez is pretty unbelievable. Assuming Josh Johnson comes back ok and Ricky Nolasco regains his 2010 form, that team will be a potential powerhouse.

No idea if they'll get what they want, but holy cow.

#27 glennhoffmania


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Posted 16 November 2011 - 03:13 PM

Geez. A lineup featuring Pujols, Hanley, Reyes, Stanton, Logan Morrison, and Gaby Sanchez is pretty unbelievable. Assuming Josh Johnson comes back ok and Ricky Nolasco regains his 2010 form, that team will be a potential powerhouse.

No idea if they'll get what they want, but holy cow.

How would they play Pujols and Sanchez at the same time? No way they sign Pujols when they already have Sanchez at 1B for the next 10 years. <insert sarcastic emoticon here>

#28 glennhoffmania


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Posted 28 November 2011 - 04:45 PM

The Detroit Tigers have "inquired" on free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez, reports Jon Heyman of SI.com.


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#29 Wingack


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Posted 29 November 2011 - 12:43 AM

Natstown in on Fielder:

All that talk about the Nationals not wanting free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder?

Donít believe it.

The Nationals are showing serious interest in Fielder and view Cuban outfielder Yoennis Cespedes as a potential Plan B, according to major-league sources.

Talks with Fielder hit a significant roadblock on Monday, one source said, prompting the Nats to revisit Cespedes as an alternative.


http://msn.foxsports...Cespedes-112811

They have a pretty nice rotation, so I think spending on offense is a good move for the Nats. And sliding Fielder into the four slot, I think, makes them Wild Card contenders next year.

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 01:42 PM

Albert Pujols has new company in his fireside chats this winter: The Cubs have expressed interest in the iconic, free agent first baseman, joining the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals as Pujols' three primary suitors, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.

It remains early in the process and it is not known how serious the Cubs' interest is. But new president Theo Epstein's desire to turn things around quickly combined with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement draft rules plus weak free agent classes the next two winters could spur them to action.


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#31 AlNipper49


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Posted 30 November 2011 - 01:43 PM

Yankees poking around Kyle Drabek

#32 HangingW/ScottCooper

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 08:52 PM

So what are the odds that Iannetta winds up backing up Jeff Mathis in Anaheim?

#33 greek_gawd_of_walks


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Posted 01 December 2011 - 12:32 AM

Heath Bell close to signing with a team. No word on who.

Heath Bell Close to Signing

EDIT:
Jim Bowden's Tweet

A source close to Heath Bell said his FA deal is about done but no word on what team it is... so not sure you should have read this tweet


Edited by greek_gawd_of_walks, 01 December 2011 - 12:34 AM.


#34 greek_gawd_of_walks


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Posted 01 December 2011 - 12:37 AM

Just as soon as I post he's close to signing it's said that Bell knows nothing of this deal.

http://twitter.com/#!/FollowThePadres/status/142113138307907584

#35 jon abbey


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Posted 01 December 2011 - 03:54 AM

Yankees poking around Kyle Drabek


This seems exceedingly unlikely, he has very little value right now. If Toronto did give up on him, it wouldn't be within the division where they could watch it msybe boomerang on them, especially since he was the primary return for the rightfully beloved Halladay.

A more in-depth take on RAB:

http://riveraveblues...e-drabek-59938/

#36 soxhop411


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Posted 02 December 2011 - 04:19 PM

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Red Sox,Blue Jays and Angels will have to be prepared to do a deal in the range of 4yrs 44m for Madson that puts him between Papelbon & Bell


IMO just make bard the closer and sign some BP arms... Its not worth spending that much on a closer, and if that price is true, they would have given that to paps

#37 Brianish

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 05:54 PM

That's not even true. Unless the Phillies are still willing to do that deal, they only have to deal with what the craziest of his current suitors offers.

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 06:22 PM

Just as soon as I post he's close to signing it's said that Bell knows nothing of this deal.

http://twitter.com/#!/FollowThePadres/status/142113138307907584


And then he goes ahead and signs with the Marlins. :rolling:

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 03:33 PM

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Approach of #RedSox will be interesting. Valentine "loves" Darvish after managing against him Japan, source said. #MLB

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 03:58 PM

@Ken_Rosenthal Ken Rosenthal
Approach of #RedSox will be interesting. Valentine "loves" Darvish after managing against him Japan, source said. #MLB


Honestly, I hope this is true and if Valentine ends up being a key reason why they decided to take a run at him, it'll be a good start to his tenure here. I don't expect Darvish to be an ace in the AL, but coming into this rotation, he'd have a good shot to be the best number 4 in the majors. He could probably be the second best pitcher on a lot of teams.

The posting fee will likely cost them a pretty penny, but his AAV shouldn't be too bad. If he ends up posting, I really hope the Sox are one of the more aggressive teams.

#41 anakin

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 02:46 AM

Pedro Martinez told reporters Saturday that he's planning to officially retire from baseball.
Pedro didn't throw a single pitch in 2011 and hinted in May that he was considering hanging up his cleats. He'll finish up with a remarkable 219-100 career record, a 2.93 career ERA and 3,154 career strikeouts. The 40-year-old right-hander was in the major leagues for 18 seasons and is sure to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
Source: Tim Britton on Twitter


from Rotoworld

https://twitter.com/#!/TBritton_Projo/status/143147050773655552
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#42 kazuneko

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 03:53 AM

Rangers 'could' go after Pujols or Fielder Link

You'd think Texas' 1.6 billion dollar TV deal would push them towards a big offer for Pujols or Fielder. Upgrading 1b is the easiest way to improve this team. Its actually amazing how that offense produced despite having to carry Moreland's .733 OPS.

Edited by kazuneko, 04 December 2011 - 03:54 AM.


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Posted 04 December 2011 - 06:41 AM

You'd think Texas' 1.6 billion dollar TV deal would push them towards a big offer for Pujols or Fielder. Upgrading 1b is the easiest way to improve this team. Its actually amazing how that offense produced despite having to carry Moreland's .733 OPS.

There were ten teams in the AL with OPS lower than .733.

#44 abty

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 06:49 AM

Tom Hicks, the last Rangers' owner, IIRC mentioned that a cable deal he signed allowed him to get Arod. Whether or not that is the case one must assume that it's wise to learn from Hicks' mistakes and say no to an 8 year deal.

#45 ctsoxfan5

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 07:15 AM

There were ten teams in the AL with OPS lower than .733.


But 1B generally put up more offense than the average player. The Rangers' 1B put up a .753 OPS for the season, which was 12th out of 14 AL teams.

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 07:47 AM

But 1B generally put up more offense than the average player. The Rangers' 1B put up a .753 OPS for the season, which was 12th out of 14 AL teams.

Well, their C and 3B led the league; LF, RF, DH were 2nd; 2B was 3rd, all which of which helped offset their LF being about league-average (overall).

#47 ctsoxfan5

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 11:23 AM

Well, their C and 3B led the league; LF, RF, DH were 2nd; 2B was 3rd, all which of which helped offset their LF being about league-average (overall).


Right. So 1B is a place where they could easily upgrade.

#48 Danny_Darwin

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 01:56 PM

Tom Hicks, the last Rangers' owner, IIRC mentioned that a cable deal he signed allowed him to get Arod. Whether or not that is the case one must assume that it's wise to learn from Hicks' mistakes and say no to an 8 year deal.


A-Rod was not the problem with the Hicks-era teams.

#49 rembrat


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Posted 04 December 2011 - 02:15 PM

I can see it. They'll need the offense boost to offset Napoli's likely regression.

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