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Late Wednesday afternoon we learned of an interesting and rare deal between two American League West rivals. The Los Angeles Angels, who added even more elite depth to their lineup by signing Josh Hamilton last week, have traded first baseman/designated…
Share TweetA slow Wednesday in the baseball news department picked up a little steam in the late afternoon hours as a couple meaningful transactions were finalized. Despite some public posturing between general manager Brian Cashman and agent Tony Attansasio right…Share TweetDENVER (AP) -- Jeff Francis completed a $1.5 million, one-year contract to remain with the Colorado Rockies, a deal that allows the 31-year-old left-hander to double his income if he pitches 210 innings.Share TweetLogic indicates that Dale Murphy will not receive the increase in votes he needs for election, but a letter from his son and social media have provided hope.Share TweetThe Cubs aren't finished shopping for pitching and are reportedly pursuing free agents Edwin Jackson and Carlos Villanueva.Share TweetThe Boston Red Sox on Tuesday introduced righthanded pitcher Ryan Dempster, who said he chose to sign with the team because he believes they "have as much chance to win as anyone else."
Brewers sign right-hander Figaro to Minors dealUpdated Dec 19, 2012 Share TweetThe Brewers signed right-hander Alfredo Figaro to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training, raising to four the number of non-roster pitchers who will compete for a job on a team in the process of renovating its bullpen.
Diamondbacks add Sax, Ward to coaching staffUpdated Dec 19, 2012 Share TweetThe Arizona Diamondbacks hired Steve Sax as their first base coach on Wednesday, putting the former All-Star in a big league uniform for the first time in nearly two decades, and moved up Turner Ward to be their assistant hitting coach.Source: ESPN.comShare TweetWhen the Padres were sold for $800 million, the new ownership group consisted of the family of former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, local businessman Ron Fowler, and, among others, hometown hero Phil Mickelson. Except, a weird thing happened. When the d…Share TweetThe Rangers, while talking publicly about the possibility of committing to young players, are apparently doing some last-minute Christmas shopping among the list of second-tier free agents still sitting on the market.Share TweetHOUSTON (AP) -- The Astros have traded minor league left-hander Rob Rasmussen to the Los Angeles for right-hander John Ely.Source: CNNSI.com
Drew deal likely means Iglesias headed to MinorsUpdated Dec 19, 2012 Share TweetStephen Drew's physical with the Red Sox should come "soon," general manager Ben Cherington said on Wednesday without actually naming Drew.
Hall Me? Maybe: The Hall of Fame debate features some difficult c…Updated Dec 19, 2012 Share TweetThe Hall of Fame debate features some difficult choices, especially concerning players linked to PEDs. Sometimes the question isn't as easy as yes or no, writes Michael Rosenberg.Source: CNNSI.com
Mariners remain patient, but for how long?Updated Dec 19, 2012 Share TweetWe know how the Blue Jays, with money and prospects to burn, responded to the daunting divisional challenge placed in front of them. They approached it in an alarmingly aggressive way. In the coming weeks, we'll see if the Mariners take a similar path. …
Gregg Zaun Is Tired Of Seeing All These Fat Chicks In TorontoUpdated Dec 19, 2012 Share TweetWhat's up, ladies? You see that handsome mug up there? That belongs to Gregg Zaun, former catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays and various other MLB teams. Pretty goddamn sexy, isn't he? Pump the brakes, though, sister. Don't think that you can just walk r…Source: deadspin.com
Ranking the sexiest GMs in baseball 1-30Updated Dec 19, 2012 Share TweetThe comments that new Oakland Athletics shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima made about GM Billy Beane, that he "is extremely sexy and cool," got me thinking. When it comes to sex appeal, Beane gets a lot of the attention among the general managers in …Source: yahoo.com
Blue Jays claim Storey off waivers from AstrosUpdated Dec 19, 2012 Share TweetThe Blue Jays claimed right-hander Mickey Storey off waivers from the Astros on Wednesday.
Blue Jays should pack knockout punch in AL EastUpdated Dec 19, 2012 Share TweetJust like that, the Toronto has gone from looking bad to looking big and bad. It bodes well for the organization and for the American League East. Here come the Blue Jays, and they are coming in a hurry.
Tigers sell contract of Wilk, outright HoffmanUpdated Dec 19, 2012 Share TweetThe Tigers on Wednesday announced they have sold the contract of left-hander Adam Wilk to a team in the Korean Baseball League, and the club has also outrighted fellow southpaw Matt Hoffman to Triple-A Toledo.Share TweetDavid Wright, who agreed to an eight-year contract with the New York Mets in early December, said he signed the extension mindful that pitcher R.A. Dickey could be traded.Source: ESPN.com
Leake could still get plugged into Reds' rotationUpdated Dec 19, 2012 Share TweetAs they work to prepare Aroldis Chapman for a transition from closer to starting pitcher, the Reds have not cast aside the pitcher many assumed would be losing his spot in the process. Fifth starter Mike Leake appears to still be in the team's plans.
There May Be A Lot Of Empty Seats At Yankee Stadium This YearUpdated Dec 19, 2012 Share TweetLast week, Major League Baseball renewed its partnership with StubHub, making the service the official secondary ticket marketplace of MLB. The New York Yankees are not very happy about this, and have decided to strike out on their own, creating a partn…Source: deadspin.com
Shields, Davis, Santana to attend Royals FanFestUpdated Dec 19, 2012 Share TweetThe three offseason additions to Kansas City's rotation -- James Shields, Wade Davis and Ervin Santana -- will attend the 2013 Royals FanFest on Jan. 19 at the Overland Park Convention Center.
Cashman, Ibanez talk about possible return to YanksUpdated Dec 19, 2012 Share TweetGeneral manager Brian Cashman said on Tuesday the club is continuing talks with veteran free agent Raul Ibanez about returning to the Yankees in 2013, according to the New York Post.
The Dodgers and the Curse of PlentyUpdated Dec 19, 2012 Share TweetAs the calendar flipped over to June last season, the Dodgers faced what seemed like an easy decision. Six and a half months earlier, they had signe...Source: grantland.com