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  1. Brad Ziegler isn’t thrilled with Jhonny Peralta’s $50 million payday

    Nov 24, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Getty Brad Ziegler

    Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler, one of the best follows among MLB players on twitter, had a little something to say about the Cardinals’ decision to give Jhonny Peralta a four-year, $52 million contract. It pays to cheat…Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use “@JimBowdenESPNxm: Peralta – Cards agree to 4-year deal: http://t.co/rkpdAO3QaL” — Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler)…

  2. Cardinals put faith in defensive numbers in signing Jhonny Peralta

    Nov 24, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta

    Jhonny Peralta should be a terrible defensive shortstop. Defensive ability peaks significantly younger than offensive ability, and Peralta wasn’t really any good defensively in what should have been his prime. As a 24-year-old in 2006, he was the game’s second worst shortstop by UZR. In 2007, he was the fifth worst. By 2008, Peralta graded…

  3. Report: Cardinals set to sign Jhonny Peralta for short

    Nov 23, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    jhonny peralta getty

    11:15 p.m. EST update: FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi says it’s expected to be a four-year pact between the Cardinals and Peralta. /// A source told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick that the Cardinals and shortstop Jhonny Peralta are “closing in” on a deal. The word Friday from MLB.com’s Peter Gammons was that Peralta already had a four-year, $52…

  4. Report: Angels sign Joe Smith to three-year, $15.75 million deal

    Nov 23, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Joe Smith Getty

    The setup market is all set up: Joe Smith and the Angels have come to terms on a three-year contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reports that it’s worth $15.75 million. Obviously, it’s a big price for a pretty anonymous guy, but Smith has a 2.97 ERA since entering the…

  5. Does McCann to New York set up a Salty, Red Sox reunion?

    Nov 23, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    It’s the catcher market that has moved the most quickly in free agency this winter, with Brian McCann becoming the first elite free agent to come to terms, agreeing to a five-year, $85 million deal with the Yankees on Saturday. The other catcher deals: Carlos Ruiz – Phillies (three years, $26 million) Geovany Soto –…

  6. Brian McCann joins Yankees with best days likely behind him

    Nov 23, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Turning 30 in February, Brian McCann is pretty young as far as free agents go, even though he decided to forgo his first two years of eligibility as part of a long-term deal with the Braves. He clearly has several more years as a regular catcher in his future, and he was worthy of being…

  7. Tigers win big in shedding Prince Fielder’s contract

    Nov 20, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Give lots of credit to Dave Dombrowski; the potential nightmare back half of Prince Fielder‘s nine-year, $214 million contract is no more. Instead, Fielder and the $168 million he’s still owed is gone after two mildly disappointing seasons in Detroit, with Ian Kinsler‘s more palatable deal coming back. The Tigers sent along $30 million in…

  8. Andrew McCutchen claims NL MVP award in landslide

    Nov 14, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    The Pirates have their first NL MVP since 1992 after Andrew McCutchen received 28 of the 30 first-place votes on Thursday to easily top Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt for the award. Goldschmidt finished second with 242 points to McCutchen’s 409. He was second on 15 of the 30 ballots. Yadier Molina finished third with 219 points.…

  9. Max Scherzer wins AL Cy Young Award

    Nov 13, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    Max Scherzer became the second Tiger in three years to claim the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday, picking up 28 of the 30 first-place votes to easily outdistance the Rangers’ Yu Darvish and Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma. Darvish was second on 19 ballots to finish as the runner up to Scherzer. Iwakuma was third, getting…

  10. Wild rumor: Phillies, Jays discussing Jose Bautista-Domonic Brown swap

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    94WIP Radio’s Howard Eskin isn’t necessarily a baseball guy, but he is a big player in the Philadelphia sports radio scene, and he’s reporting tonight that the Phillies and Blue Jays are involved in “serious talks” about a deal involving Jose Bautista and Domonic Brown. It’d be a swap of 2013 All-Stars, one seven years…

  11. Report: Twins chasing Bronson Arroyo for rotation

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    The Twins might be about to make one of the biggest free agent splashes in their franchise history. Yes, Bronson Arroyo could be coming to town. Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that talks are heating up between the two sides and that the Twins have been examining Arroyo’s medical records. That seems…

  12. Report: Mariners want Cruz & Beltran, not so much Ellsbury

    Nov 12, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick has the Mariners aiming for a couple of outfielders, but not the center fielder they’ve long been connected to. #Mariners are ambitious: Heard they’d like to find a way to add both Nelson Cruz and Carlos Beltran. Hey, they’re trying. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 12, 2013 If what I’ve heard here…

  13. Clint Hurdle, Terry Francona named Managers of the Year

    Nov 12, 2013, 6:56 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    The Manager of the Year awards, annually given to the guys whose teams exceed expectations by the greatest amount, was claimed Tuesday by Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle in the NL and the Indians’ Terry Francona in the AL. Hurdle was the easy winner in the Senior Circuit, receiving 25 of the 30 first-place votes. He…

  14. Wil Myers outpoints Jose Iglesias for AL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 11, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Wil Myers

    Wil Myers became Tampa Bay’s third AL Rookie of the Year in the past six seasons Monday after receiving 23 of 30 first-place votes from the BBWAA. Myers, who was acquired from Kansas City last winter in the James Shields deal, joins Evan Longoria (2008) and Jeremy Hellickson (2010) as Rays to win the award…

  15. Rosenthal: Ervin Santana wants more than $100 million

    Nov 7, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Seattle Mariners

    It’s still early November, so there’s no harm in aiming high. According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, free agents Ervin Santana and Ricky Nolasco are doing just that. Santana wants “more than $100 million” for five years, while Nolasco would settle for a mere $80 million over the same timeframe. Santana’s asking price would seem to…

  16. If it’s the Most Valuable Player, shouldn’t salary matter?

    Nov 7, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

    Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera will be named the American League Most Valuable Player again next week. There’s a good chance it will be unanimous, and if not, it will be pretty darn close. Yet, factoring in defense and baserunning, it’s very easy to come away with the idea that Mike Trout was the better player. Of course,…

  17. Twins prospects Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano shut down with injuries

    Nov 7, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT

    Miguel Sano

    Two of the game’s very best prospects were shut down this week, and both happen to be Minnesota Twins. Outfielder Byron Buxton, the game’s consensus No. 1 prospect, is out with a strained left shoulder suffered in the Arizona Fall League, according to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger. Power-hitting third baseman Miguel Sano has a strained UCL…

  18. Cubs officially announce Rick Renteria as their new manager

    Nov 7, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

    Rick Renteria

    UPDATE: It’s official: #Cubs name Rick Renteria 53rd manager in franchise history, agreeing to a 3-year contract with club options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) November 7, 2013 Wednesday, 6:53 PM: After seven years managing in the minors and six more coaching in the majors, Rick Renteria has hit the…

  19. A mutual option was mutually exercised

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    Matt Belisle

    This doesn’t happen often; mutual options are usually attached to contracts for the buyout, which allows a team to give a player a bit more guaranteed money without having to actual make the payout anytime soon. They’re hardly ever exercised, because how often is it that a team and a player are going to completely…

  20. UPDATED: Everything about today’s qualifying offer deadline

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Here’s the wrap on how Monday’s qualifying offer deadline went down. First, here’s a quick guide to the qualifying offers game: Teams are allowed to make $14.1 million qualifying offers to free agents they’ve employed for at least a year and thus secure a draft pick if they depart. That pick will come immediately following the…

  21. UPDATE: Rays, David DeJesus agree to multiyear deal

    Nov 3, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT

    David DeJesus

    12:24 p.m. EST Update: DeJesus told the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin that he has come to terms on a two-year pact with the Rays that includes an option for 2016. /// The Rays will hang on David DeJesus, according to Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, exercising his $6.5 million option rather than…

  22. Tigers will be hard-pressed to make big signing this winter

    Nov 3, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    The Tigers have made a habit of big splashes in the offseasons. Three years ago, it was Victor Martinez. Then Prince Fielder. Last winter, the Tigers signed both Anibal Sanchez and Torii Hunter. Those deals have helped them reach the postseason each year, but the ultimate prize has remained out of reach. As the Tigers…

  23. Giants working on new deal for Ryan Vogelsong

    Nov 3, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Ryan Vogelsong

    The Giants won’t be picking up Ryan Vogelsong‘s $6.5 million club option for 2014, but they are talking about a deal with a lower price tag, sources told CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly. Vogelsong, a big success in winning 27 games with a 3.04 ERA for the Giants between 2011 and ’12, slipped to 4-6 with a…

  24. Where will the Red Sox spend this winter?

    Nov 1, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    With Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all filing for free agency, the world champion Red Sox would seem to have a whole lot of flexibility this winter. Even without signing any replacements, they have a perfectly legitimate 25-man roster ready to go: SS: Xander Bogaerts: $500,000 RF: Shane Victorino: $13 million…

  25. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

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