Aug 5, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT
In the form of his video blog for ESPN.com, Buster Olney tells us that Aroldis Chapman is very close to finding his way to the major leagues. Thanks to some recent mechanical tweaks, the Cuban left-hander has made some real strides in his transition to the bullpen for Triple-A Louisville. Chapman hasn’t allowed a run…
Aug 5, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT
Maybe it was the adrenalin talking, but last night Chuck Greenberg said that he was going to do his best to sign Cliff Lee this winter.
Aug 5, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT
When Jason Bay collided into the left field fence in Los Angeles on July 23, I described it as a potential season-changing moment. Not for the Mets, necessarily, but that Bay would finally be the elite run producer we all know he is capable of being. Of course, I said that not knowing he would…
Aug 5, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT
Olney would vote for him and so would I, but a great number of BBWAA and Veterans’ Committee voters wouldn’t touch A-Rod with a ten foot pole.
Aug 5, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT
Stuff you don’t think about much: ballplayers need ten years of service time in order to get a major league pension. As Susan Slusser noted yesterday, however, Ben Sheets only has nine years, service time, which could provide the incentive to undergo another arduous rehab process and pitch again. Or maybe Sheets will find a…
Aug 5, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT
I made all kinds of fun of Carlos Delgado’s agent sending his video around to teams the other day, but it looks like I’m the idiot now, because Ken Rosenthal says that the White Sox are showing interest. He notes multiple other times are good fits, but it’s not clear that they’re actually interested like…
Aug 5, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT
You’ll be shocked to hear that some people are treating the accomplishment with something short of reverence.
Aug 5, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
Their stubbornness cost them close to $100 million in cash, but in the end Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan landed the Texas Rangers.
Aug 5, 2010, 5:49 AM EDT
It was a sloppy night in baseball, my fellow Americans. But that’s what Wednesdays in early August are all about.
Aug 5, 2010, 1:51 AM EDT
An intriguing court case? What is this, 1995? Where’s the white Bronco?
Aug 5, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT
Now that Alex Rodriguez has reached the 600-home run club, it’s time to look at who’s next. Jim Thome, you’re up. The Minnesota Twins slugger, who turns 40 on Aug. 27, has 13 home runs in 74 games this season and 577 over the course of his 20-year career. At his current pace, he should…
Aug 4, 2010, 11:28 PM EDT
Barry Bonds is a nice guy. Don’t believe me? Well let’s lay forth the evidence. On Tuesday, the news came out that the all-time home run king had donated $20,000 to a group of journalists. JOURNALISTS!?! That’s like Lex Luthor and the Riddler holding a bake sale in support of the Justice League. It’s just…
Aug 4, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT
Braves starter Kris Medlen was lifted from his start against the Mets in the fifth inning Wednesday because of an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament of his pitching elbow. This according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution…
Aug 4, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT
The Blue Jays are finally ready to reward top catching prospect J.P. Arencibia for the astronomic numbers that he has posted this season at Triple-A Las Vegas. With John Buck needing a stint on the disabled list due to a laceration on his hand, the 24-year-old Arencibia had his contract purchased on Wednesday afternoon. Arencibia…
Aug 4, 2010, 7:02 PM EDT
Don’t freak out or anything, but Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has been claimed on waivers by an American League team.
Aug 4, 2010, 6:07 PM EDT
For those of you so intent on defending the legacy of Hank Aaron every time a new home run milestone is reached: the man doesn’t need your defending.
Aug 4, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT
This was a waiver deal, but not revocable waivers. The Braves requested outright waivers on pitcher Chris Resop on Monday, the Pirates claimed him and now he’s theirs. A good pickup, too. At least one worth the waiver price. Resop, who is 27, has had some tough luck in various cups of coffee for the…
Aug 4, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT
Watch me raise a little roof in an effort to get Tiffany to get into a little flow. I was unsuccessful on multiple levels.
Aug 4, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT
Multiple sources are reporting that the Mariners have traded Mike Sweeney to the Phillies for cash considerations and a player to be named later. Um, OK. Sweeney is hitting .263/.327/.475 this year. Although the present tense is a bit misleading, in that he hasn’t played since June 25th. He’s only played in 30 games total,…
Aug 4, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT
Yesterday, our own Aaron Gleeman told you that Brandon Inge was “ahead of schedule” in his rehab from a broken left hand and was cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Low-A West Michigan. Well, apparently one game was all the Tigers needed to see, because Inge was activated from the 15-day disabled…
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