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#351 MakMan44


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:43 PM

M's going ALL IN this season

 

They sign Joe Saunders to a 1 year deal (pending physical)

 

https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/299677914897715200
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Edited by MakMan44, 07 February 2013 - 07:44 PM.


#352 mabrowndog


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:42 PM

Brandon Lyon to the Mets on a 1-year contract for a base between $750k and $900k per Rosenthal. Incentives could make his deal worth $2.4M.



#353 alwyn96

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:52 PM

M's going ALL IN this season

 

They sign Joe Saunders to a 1 year deal (pending physical)

 

https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/299677914897715200
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Hey, that's former ALL-STAR Joe Saunders to you, buddy.

 

Actually, I was going to crap all over Saunders, but he's had a surprisingly successful career for a guy with pretty middling stuff. He should be an upgrade over Vargas, anyway. I could actually see him having some success in Safeco. Now if only the Mariners could sign a decent hitter...


Edited by alwyn96, 08 February 2013 - 03:54 PM.


#354 mabrowndog


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:08 PM

Jason Giambi to the Indians on a minor league deal with an NRI.

 

Orioles avoid arb with RHRP Darren O'Day, signing him to a 2-yr/$5.8M deal plus a $4.25M club option for 2015.

 

In the wake of his broken non-throwing arm, the Pirates re-work their deal with LHSP Francisco Liriano. Rather than the original 2-yr/$12.75M offer, he'll get $1M for 1 year plus incentives. Pittsburgh outrights RHRP Vin Mazzaro to AAA, clearing a 40-man spot.

 

RHSP Jon Garland signs a minor league deal with the Mariners.

 

C Rod Barajas to the D-Backs on a minor league deal.

 

Orioles avoid arb with RHRP Jim Johnson on a 1-yr/$6.5M deal.

 

Orioles avoid arb with RHSP Jason Hammel on a 1-yr/$6.75M deal

 

Cardinals avoid arb with 3B David Freese on a 1-yr/$3.15M deal.


Edited by mabrowndog, 10 February 2013 - 10:44 AM.


#355 Greg29fan


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:29 PM

Michael Bourn has signed w/Cleveland

 

 

Source: Bourn with #Indians: Four years, $48M with $12M vesting option for fifth year if he reaches 550 plate appearances.



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:34 PM

Michael Bourn has signed w/Cleveland

 

 

Source: Bourn with #Indians: Four years, $48M with $12M vesting option for fifth year if he reaches 550 plate appearances.

 

Why not? they're giving up a pick for Swisher anyways...that team is looking pretty damn good now. 



#357 Rudy Pemberton


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:54 PM

So after all that, Bourne could still make $60M? Boras always wins.

#358 MakMan44


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:02 PM

 
Why not? they're giving up a pick for Swisher anyways...that team is looking pretty damn good now. 

Yeah they are. If Masterson and Jimenez can take steps forward this season they could make some serious noise

#359 Eck'sSneakyCheese


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:12 PM

Yeah they are. If Masterson and Jimenez can take steps forward this season they could make some serious noise


Don't forget about Bauer too.

#360 MakMan44


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:45 PM

Well Bauer was injured last year so he should be better than he was in his last MLB stint. But yeah, Bauer is another key to their rotation. 

 

Anyway, the Mets also made Bourn a 4 year offer according to Joel Sherman.

 

http://www.mlbtrader...r-to-bourn.html  (Linked to MLBTR because it has a good sum up of the Mets/Bourn saga)

 

Anyway, I think the Cleveland deal is better for him because, and I never thought I'd say this, he has a better chance of winning there. 



#361 Snodgrass'Muff


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:33 AM

I don't know.  Cleveland's rotation lacks a real front line guy.  Unless Jimenez can recapture some of what he had in Colorado (that's a weird sentence fragment to type) they're really just hoping for someone young to take a big step forward.  They could have a really nice team in two or three years, but I'm having a hard time seeing them as a contender for the AL Central crown right now.  Don't get me wrong, they've gone from a joke to a competitive team in a hurry, but they have work to do before I'm going to expect much out of them.



#362 MakMan44


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:28 AM

Law pointed out my favorite point of this deal which was that it makes the Royals deal for Shields look even worse as every move that makes ALC teams better makes it less likely they approach 80+ wins.

Also, Snod good point and even if they do get better we all know what can happen to a good Indians team.

Edited by MakMan44, 12 February 2013 - 10:29 AM.


#363 nvalvo


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:08 PM

Seattle DFAs Mike Carp. Seems like potentially useful 1B/LF depth, but I can't see how there's room on the roster. 



#364 MakMan44


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:04 AM

Inge to the Pirates on a MiL deal

 

https://twitter.com/Tom_Singer/status/301521598870081537
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#365 Rudy Pemberton


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:39 AM

How is Carp defensively? With Napoli's condition, I'd think they'd want a late inning defensive replacement when possible; and the only possibility right now is Overbay. Carp's age and flexibility makes him a potentially better fit on the roster than Nava.

#366 MakMan44


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:12 AM

Didn't really know where to put this but I thought it was pretty messed up. 

 

https://twitter.com/ShiDavidi/status/302413296580050944
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 Reyes says #Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria urged him to buy home in Miami days before trade to #BlueJays. "That was kind of crazy."



#367 mabrowndog


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:31 PM

Heartbreaking story about Mets catcher Landon Powell and the loss of his infant twin daughter to a rare disease this winter.

 

It's a tough read, but a well-written and necessary one that highlights the importance of organ and marrow donation.



#368 barbed wire Bob


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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:05 PM

Carl Crawford has been shut down for a week due to nerve irritation in his elbow, according to the LA Times .  Some speculation that he might not be ready by opening day.



#369 Hugh G Rection

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:14 PM

Carl Crawford has been shut down for a week due to nerve irritation in his elbow, according to the LA Times .  Some speculation that he might not be ready by opening day.

Damn that sounds familiar



#370 sox sufferer

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:31 PM

I am so glad Crawford is someone else's problem now.



#371 Rasputin


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 01:49 AM

Carl Crawford has been shut down for a week due to nerve irritation in his elbow, according to the LA Times .  Some speculation that he might not be ready by opening day.

 

He just cannot fucking catch a break to save his life. I feel about as bad for him as I do for anyone whose family won't have to work for the next four generations.



#372 ForceAtHome

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:00 PM

Interesting read: Washington Post article about how the Nationals are using vision training to improve performance. I remember hearing about Manny's exercises back when he was mashing for Boston and it was a big story when Brian Roberts got the tinted contacts and went on his tear, but otherwise I haven't read too much about this facet of the game.



#373 SoxScout


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 12:18 PM

With hard-throwing rookie Bruce Rondon already showing he can't handle the job, and with no other good options available in their own camp, the Tigers are already pushing hard to find a closer on the trade market, according to major-league sources.

Now, will they be able to find one?

 

The Nationals would seem to have an extra closer, after signing Rafael Soriano to add to a bullpen that already includes Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard. But the Nationals are telling teams that they have no interest in moving any of their late-inning relievers, because they want to be able to match up with the rival Braves at the end of games.

 

The Red Sox have an extra closer, after trading for Joel Hanrahan. But it's not clear how much the Tigers think of Andrew Bailey; as of Tuesday morning, the Tigers had yet to contact the Red Sox about him.

http://www.cbssports...it-wont-be-easy



#374 OttoC


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 12:56 PM

Interesting read: Washington Post article about how the Nationals are using vision training to improve performance....

 

I don't think that is uncommon. This is from Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal (about a year ago):

 

Most eye charts go to only 20-15 and stop there. The average
major-league baseball player, in the experience of Red Sox
ophthalmology consultant Daniel Laby, has vision that measures
around 20-12 or has been corrected to 20-12.

 

The limit of human vision is around 20-8 - meaning a person can
see from 20 feet what the average person can see from 8. Laby has
never seen anyone in his Massachusetts practice at 20-8, but he
sees a few baseball players in spring training who measure at
20-8.

 

"If you come in and you're 20-20 and you're playing major-league
baseball, we're not going to leave you there because that's not
going to be good enough," said Laby, who has worked with the Red
Sox since 2003 and has started work with the Chicago Cubs this
spring. "I'm going to get you to more of the normal vision."

 

http://www.providenc...wont-cut-it.ece



#375 DrewDawg


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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:19 AM

Rafael Furcal to have Tommy John, out for year:  http://mlb.mlb.com/n...ws_mlb&c_id=mlb



#376 JohnnyK

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 03:13 PM

http://espn.go.com/c...-five-year-deal

 

Sale gets 35 for 3 from the ChiSox, plus 2 club options for 25 at the end. Seems a huge gamble to me, seeing that he isn't even arb-eligible yet.

 

EDIT: Now it looks like it's 32.5 for 5 plus the options, that's much more reasonable.


Edited by JohnnyK, 07 March 2013 - 05:44 PM.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:05 AM

http://espn.go.com/c...-five-year-deal

 

Sale gets 35 for 3 from the ChiSox, plus 2 club options for 25 at the end. Seems a huge gamble to me, seeing that he isn't even arb-eligible yet.

 

EDIT: Now it looks like it's 32.5 for 5 plus the options, that's much more reasonable.

 

He's a risky guy to tie up long term but it looks like they got a discount because of it. 



#378 MakMan44


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:07 PM

Allen Craig gets an extension from the Cards 

5 years with a club option for 2018

 

 

https://twitter.com/Cardinals/status/310051322873397248
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I wonder if this opens the door to a trade for Adams or Carpenter, love to see if the Sox could get one of them 


Edited by MakMan44, 08 March 2013 - 12:17 PM.


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:09 AM

@Buster_ESPN

Hearing rumblings of major news... More to come.

 

wtf?



#380 Yaz4Ever


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:14 AM

wtf?

The Yankees are up for sale?



#381 stormmon

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:17 AM

The Yankees are up for sale?

 

Ready for that annual last big spring training trade? There's one in the works. Trying to get details



#382 SoxScout


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:19 AM

I posted Ells was getting traded last night. Lol.



#383 Catcher Block

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:25 AM

Before Carroll's tweet, I would have gone with NL adopting the DH in 2014.



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:31 AM

JustinVerlander: Today is going to be a great day. Big news coming!

 

Lame



#385 Corsi


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:33 AM

Gay player? 



#386 SeanBerry


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:33 AM

 Ted Berg (USA Today) writers wonders if it a major trade involving a player(s) in the last year of a contract because if you trade before the season starts, the team still get draft pick compensation.

 

Or maybe Verlander got an extension?

 

Or both?



#387 Yaz4Ever


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:37 AM

Paul Goldschmidt got an extension.  Maybe that's what it is.



#388 SeanBerry


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:39 AM

Yes. The 5 year extension that buys out a single year of Goldschimdt hitting free agency is the major story that Buster Olney is talking about as well as what has Justin Verlander so excited.


Edited by SeanBerry, 29 March 2013 - 11:39 AM.


#389 MakMan44


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:41 AM

Maybe the Tigers acquired a closer?

#390 Corsi


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:42 AM

Tigers just announced 5-year deal with Justin Verlander

https://twitter.com/DannyKnoblerCBS/status/317677923526144001
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:42 AM

@Buster_ESPN

Sources: Justin Verlander can make $202m under terms of his new deal. He'll get $180m over next seven seasons, plus vesting option of $22m.



#392 Corsi


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:42 AM

Sources: Justin Verlander can make $202m under terms of his new deal. He'll get $180m over next seven seasons, plus vesting option of $22m.

https://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/status/317677903615782912
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#393 Lars The Wanderer

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:49 AM

The Tigers didn't get much of a discount considering they already controlled him for a couple of more years.



#394 derekson

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:56 AM

Even a Verlander extension doesn't really seems like the type of news Olney was alluding to. Could be wrong though.

Edit: I guess it's probably just the Verlander deal. Apparently the Free Agent years will be $28M per, so that's pretty huge. The chances of Price staying in TB just went from slim to absolutely zero, I think.

Edited by derekson, 29 March 2013 - 11:58 AM.


#395 E5 Yaz


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 12:10 PM

Ready for that annual last big spring training trade? There's one in the works. Trying to get details

 

He has since tweeted that he doesn't know the players or even the teams involved. Yet, somehow, he knows that one is in the works.

 

Unless it doesn't happen, he says, in which case no one will ever know.

 

He could make the same prediction every day; bound to be right at some point



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 07:30 AM

He has since tweeted that he doesn't know the players or even the teams involved. Yet, somehow, he knows that one is in the works.

 

Unless it doesn't happen, he says, in which case no one will ever know.

 

He could make the same prediction every day; bound to be right at some point

 

I see you're just getting around to reading the Will Carroll "how to" manual.






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