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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Greinke in great company with Cy Young at 25

    Nov 18, 2009, 12:36 PM EDT

    As part of the Kansas City Star‘s well-done, blowout coverage of Zack Greinke winning the AL Cy Young yesterday, Sam Mellinger put together a list of all the pitchers since 1985 who also won the award in or before their age-25 season. Greinke joins Dwight Gooden, Bret Saberhagen, Tom Glavine, Pedro Martinez, Barry Zito, Roger…

  2. Chan Ho Park wants to start again, but he should stick to relieving

    Nov 18, 2009, 11:47 AM EDT

    This morning Craig discussed the continued uncertainty surrounding whether Joba Chamberlain will start or relieve for the Yankees, but he’s not the only pitcher unclear about his role for 2010. Philadelphia is interested in re-signing Chan Ho Park as a reliever after he thrived in that role this season, but the 36-year-old free agent and…

  3. Link-O-Rama: Tejada, Olsen, Royals, The Onion

    Nov 17, 2009, 3:27 PM EDT

    * General manager Ed Wade said that the Astros “are not prepared to close any doors with” free agent Miguel Tejada, but Brian McTaggart of MLB.com speculates that the 35-year-old may asked to move from shortstop to third base if he re-signs. * Scott Olsen is feeling good following season-ending shoulder surgery, but the Nationals…

  4. Zack Greinke captures AL Cy Young with 25 of 28 first-place votes

    Nov 17, 2009, 2:35 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke took home his first Cy Young award this afternoon, receiving 25 of 28 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America. He was second on the other three ballots. Of the three first-place votes not given to Greinke, two went to Felix Hernandez and one went to Justin Verlander. Greinke should have…

  5. What are the Red Sox planning at shortstop?

    Nov 17, 2009, 1:26 PM EDT

    By declining Alex Gonzalez’s option for next season the Red Sox moved Jed Lowrie back atop their shortstop depth chart for now, but Peter Gammons of ESPN.com reports that “it is clear they want Lowrie to play at Pawtucket, make up for what amounts to a lost season, and prove that his wrist will hold…

  6. Angels general manager shoots down rumored interest in Holliday

    Nov 17, 2009, 12:35 PM EDT

    General manager Tony Reagins has shot down a FOXSports.com report claiming that the Angels are among three AL teams seriously pursuing free agent Matt Holliday, saying: “He’s a talented player, but our focus is not on him right now.” The assumption, of course, is that Reagins’ focus is on re-signing John Lackey and/or Chone Figgins…

  7. My ballot: American League Cy Young

    Nov 17, 2009, 11:45 AM EDT

    Later today the Baseball Writers Association of America will announce their choice for AL Cy Young, but first here’s how my ballot would look: 1. Zack Greinke, Kansas City 2. Felix Hernandez, Seattle 3. Roy Halladay, Toronto 4. Justin Verlander, Detroit 5. CC Sabathia, New York Zack Greinke was the best pitcher in the American…

  8. Holliday reports show how offseason rumors can vary wildly

    Nov 16, 2009, 3:26 PM EDT

    One of the many things that make offseason rumors so frustrating to follow is that even the most respected names in the baseball reporting business often vary wildly on what they’re reporting. Today provides a good example, as Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com writes that “the Yankees, who need a left fielder, are interested” in…

  9. Coghlan, Bailey named Rookies of the Year

    Nov 16, 2009, 2:43 PM EDT

    This morning I laid out my Rookie of the Year picks, choosing A’s reliever Andrew Bailey in the American League and Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen in the National League. This afternoon the Baseball Writers Association of America announced their actual selections, agreeing with me on Bailey for the AL award while going with Marlins…

  10. Reds re-sign Ramon Hernandez to one-year deal with 2011 option

    Nov 16, 2009, 2:01 PM EDT

    Last week the Reds declined their $8.5 million option on Ramon Hernandez for 2010, choosing to pay him a $1 million buyout instead, but today the two sides agreed to a new one-year deal. Hernandez will reportedly earn $3 million and the contract also includes a $3.25 million option for 2011 that vests if he…

  11. Link-O-Rama: Jeter, SNL, Backman, Buchholz

    Nov 16, 2009, 1:15 PM EDT

    * Derek Jeter will host Saturday Night Live next month for the second time, with musical guests Jay-Z and Alicia Keys no doubt performing his pre-at-bat song “New York State of Mind.” Jeter dressed in drag to portray Alfonso Soriano’s wife when he hosted SNL back in 2001 and several Yankees made cameos, so it…

  12. My ballot: National League Rookie of the Year

    Nov 16, 2009, 12:31 PM EDT

    Later today the Baseball Writers Association of America will announce their choice for NL Rookie of the Year, but first here’s how my ballot would look: 1. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh 2. J.A. Happ, Philadelphia 3. Chris Coghlan, Florida 4. Tommy Hanson, Atlanta 5. Garrett Jones, Pittsburgh Honorable mention: Randy Wells, Casey McGehee, Kenshin Kawakami, Seth…

  13. My ballot: American League Rookie of the Year

    Nov 16, 2009, 11:45 AM EDT

    Later today the Baseball Writers Association of America will announce their choice for AL Rookie of the Year, but first here’s how my ballot would look: 1. Andrew Bailey, Oakland 2. Elvis Andrus, Texas 3. Jeff Niemann, Tampa Bay 4. Gordon Beckham, Chicago 5. Rick Porcello, Detroit Honorable mention: Brett Anderson, Ricky Romero, Nolan Reimold,…

  14. Agent says Ben Sheets plans to pitch in 2010

    Nov 13, 2009, 3:50 PM EDT

    At the general manager meetings in Chicago earlier this week Doug Melvin was asked about the status of former Brewers starter Ben Sheets and replied that “no one has heard from” him after a lost year following elbow surgery. In an effort to clear up Sheets’ status agent Casey Close told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick that…

  15. Brewers decline Looper's $6.5 million option

    Nov 13, 2009, 2:55 PM EDT

    Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin has made it very clear that acquiring starting pitching is the Brewers’ biggest priority this offseason, even trading J.J. Hardy to the Twins for Carlos Gomez in part to clear payroll space for rotation help. Despite that this afternoon the Brewers declined their $6.5 million option on Braden Looper, choosing…

  16. Video of the Day: Riggleman's press conference

    Nov 13, 2009, 2:01 PM EDT

    During yesterday’s press conference announcing him as the Nationals’ manager Jim Riggleman explained why the job is “the dream of a lifetime.” Also of note from the video is general manager Mike Rizzo explaining that he chose Riggleman in large part because they “got along very, very well” during the final three months of this…

  17. Twins may give oft-injured Crede another year

    Nov 13, 2009, 1:24 PM EDT

    While the Twins wait to see whether prospects Danny Valencia or Luke Hughes will emerge as a long-term answer at third base, the Minneapolis Star Tribune‘s Joe Christensen reports that they’re considering re-signing Joe Crede to another one-year deal. When he signed with the Twins last winter Crede was coming off a season in which…

  18. Red Sox, Mets join list of teams linked to Lackey

    Nov 13, 2009, 12:35 PM EDT

    Not surprisingly, various reports following the general manager meetings in Chicago earlier this week note that the Mets and Red Sox were among teams to have talks with John Lackey’s agent. Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald describes the Red Sox as “still in the fact-gathering stage” while David Lennon of New York Newsday suggests…

  19. Angels talking to Tigers about Granderson

    Nov 13, 2009, 11:45 AM EDT

    Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday reports that “the Angels and Tigers have conversed about a Curtis Granderson trade, even though the Angels already have an All-Star center fielder in Torii Hunter.” Apparently the Angels are interested in using Granderson in left field, with Bobby Abreu in right field and Juan Rivera at designated hitter.…

  20. Link-O-Rama: Valentine, Tigers, Schmidt, Griffey

    Nov 12, 2009, 3:01 PM EDT

    * Bobby Valentine revealed that he was “baffled” by the Nationals’ interview process and decision to choose Jim Riggleman over him for the manager job. “I’m pretty sure they had Jim in their back pockets the whole time,” Valentine said. * Asked about rumors that the Tigers are being forced to shop Curtis Granderson and…

  21. Free agency on a budget: Troy Glaus

    Nov 12, 2009, 2:10 PM EDT

    Struggles returning from offseason shoulder surgery followed by back problems left Troy Glaus on the sidelines until September and he played just 14 games overall this season, basically making 2009 a lost year for the four-time All-Star. His health remains a huge question mark, but Glaus batted .270/.372/.483 with 27 homers in 151 games for…

  22. Hudson, Braves make three-year deal official

    Nov 12, 2009, 1:22 PM EDT

    In a deal that was agreed upon weeks ago and delayed by the need for a pre-signing physical exam, the Braves and Tim Hudson have officially completed a three-year contract extension that includes a fourth-year team option for 2013. Atlanta held a $12 million option or $1 million buyout on Hudson for 2010, but the…

  23. Lidge's nightmare year now includes arm surgery

    Nov 12, 2009, 12:35 PM EDT

    What do you do after blowing an MLB-high 11 saves with a 7.21 ERA during the regular season and coughing up three runs to take the loss in your final postseason outing? Well, if you’re Brad Lidge you have your arm operated on. Lidge underwent surgery yesterday to repair the flexor pronator tendon in his…

  24. Link-O-Rama: Webb, Strasburg, Perkins, Pitt, Moneyball

    Nov 12, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT

    * Brandon Webb threw yesterday for the first time since August shoulder surgery, playing catch on flat ground from 60 feet for about 15 minutes. “No problems and no pain,” Webb said afterward. “I was very encouraged.” Last week the Diamondbacks exercised their $8.5 million option on Webb for 2010 and the hope is that…

  25. Report: Tigers listening to offers for Granderson

    Nov 11, 2009, 3:15 PM EDT

    As a career .272/.344/.484 hitter with a good glove in center field Curtis Granderson is one of the better all-around players in the league. He’s also just 28 years old and under team control through 2013 at around $9 million per season. All of that would seemingly make him a long-term building block in Detroit,…

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