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  1. Make no mistake, people: Ryan Howard's production is declining

    Apr 26, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    I’ve made some comments this afternoon about Ryan Howard likely declining. I’m not a stats guy, though, so I’m just making some guesses, albeit guesses informed by history.  Bill Baer at the Phillies’ blog Crashburn Alley is a stats guy, however, and in the course of assessing the wisdom of the Howard contract extension, he…

  2. Quote of the Day: Keith Law

    Apr 26, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    “If Howard is worth $25 million, Pujols is worth $50 million a year.” – ESPN’s Keith Law on the Ryan Howard extension. Hyperbole? Sure, but not as much as a lot of folks think.  If I represent Pujols I start the bidding at $35 million, though I’d probably be willing to come down to $30…

  3. Ryan Zimmerman is still out

    Apr 26, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    The Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman made a pinch hitting appearance yesterday, but his hamstring is still bothering him and he won’t start in tonight’s game against the Cubs. Zimmerman hasn’t played a full game since last Wednesday. Adam Kennedy is taking his place at third. You have to figure, though, that if he can’t go soon,…

  4. One more winner from the Howard contract: Domonic Brown

    Apr 26, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    I’ve not yet seen any statements from the Phillies on this, but in light of the Howard extension, is it at all likely that they’ll be able to sign Jayson Werth once he hits free agency this fall? As of now, the Phillies’ contractual obligations for 2012 are $87 million for a mere eight players…

  5. The Ryan Howard contract: winners and losers

    Apr 26, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Anytime something big like the Ryan Howard extension goes down the repercussions can be felt all throughout the Greater Baseballosphere.  The extension was announced scarcely an hour ago, but it’s probably worth tallying up the winners and losers of the deal: Winners Ryan Howard: Now that he has his extension, he will no longer have…

  6. Video: Kevin Kennedy will take you out on a plane

    Apr 26, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Longtime catcher and current television announcer Kevin Kennedy was taking a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Florida over the weekend when a fellow passenger rose from his seat and threatened to blow up the plane. What happened next is … well, I’ll let Kennedy explain: Wow. I’ve never thought much of Kennedy as an…

  7. The Phillies will regret the Ryan Howard extension

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard is making $19 million this year and will get $20M in 2011.  Now, courtesy of the extension he just signed, he’ll make $20 million in 2012 and 2013 as well, and $25M per year for 2014, 2015 and 2016. There’s a team option for 2017 at $23M with $10M buyout. He also gets…

  8. A flop in Boston, Brad Penny thriving back in NL

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    After pitching for the Giants in the second half last season Brad Penny shut out his former teammates for seven innings last night, improving to 3-0 with a 0.94 ERA on the year. Penny looks to be the latest in a long line of veteran starters who turned things around and had more success than…

  9. Ryan Howard, Phillies sign a five year, $125 million contract extension

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Done deal. 5 years, $125 million. It kicks in starting in 2012.  This seems like a really bad, really unnecessary move for the Phillies. More later on this, of course. 2:20 P.M.: Part of what we do here is pass along rumors. When it’s one that I’m really dubious about, I make extra sure…

  10. Going crazy about Javy Vazquez

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Earlier today I made a comment about how talk radio would go crazy on Javier Vazquez. I haven’t listened to any New York talk radio today to see if they have, but regardless, I owe the radio people an apology for suggesting that they have a monopoly on overreaction. Web writers are just as capable…

  11. Alan Embree will opt out of Red Sox deal if not called up this week

    Apr 26, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    When he signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox during spring training Alan Embree had the right to opt out of the deal if he wasn’t on the major-league roster by April 15. Once that date arrived and the Red Sox had no plans to promote him Embree extended the deadline to April 30,…

  12. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Apr 26, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    1. Rays:  Ho-hum, another two of three in each of their series last week. It’s exactly that kind of tick-tock boredom that is the stuff of division titles. 2. Yankees:  If one bum starting pitcher is your biggest problem, you’re doing pretty well. 3. Twins: Beating up on the Indians and the Royals may not…

  13. Joe Blanton set to make final rehab appearance

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Sidelined since the end of spring training with an oblique injury, Joe Blanton is scheduled to make his third and final minor league rehab start Wednesday. Blanton threw just three innings in his previous outing, so he’ll need to increase his pitch count significantly in order to rejoin the Phillies’ rotation as planned next week.…

  14. The Yankees will visit the White House this afternoon

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    It’s the only time Bombers are allowed there: Jeter and his teammates will make the trip from Baltimore to Washington to visit wounded veterans Monday morning at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, then proceed to the White House to meet with President Obama Monday afternoon. My understanding is that only those players who were…

  15. Red Sox sign Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra for $4.3 million

    Apr 26, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have signed Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra for $4.3 million. According to Abraham he gets a major-league deal, which means the 22-year-old Ibarra will immediately be placed on the 40-man roster and his options clock will start ticking. I haven’t been able to find much…

  16. Is Andruw Jones back?

    Apr 26, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    The White Sox’ Andruw Jones has gotten off to a fantastic start: .292/.404/.708 with six home runs, including the walkoff job on Friday night.  Is the guy who once wowed us with his defense back to being a productive player after years in the wilderness? Not so fast says FanGraph’s R.J. Anderson, who notes that…

  17. Tensions escalate between MLB and Dominican scouts

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    MLB Trade Rumors’ Nick Collias continues to stay on top of the increasingly strained relationship between Major League Baseball and various baseball factions in the Dominican Republic. The latest: scouts have barred members of the Major League Scouting Bureau from watching players at several recent exhibitions on the island. In apparent retaliation, Major League Baseball…

  18. MLB-licensed tools? Sure, why not?

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Usually when we talk about “tools” on this blog, we’re talking about those players who are able to run fast, throw hard, hit the ball far and be almost completely unable to actually play the game of baseball. Sports Business Journal has an article up about tools today, however, and they sound like something that…

  19. Cubs, White Sox to play for a trophy

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    The Mediocrity Cup? Multiple sources tell the Tribune that during a Monday morning news conference, the Cubs and White Sox will announce a new tradition — a trophy (and the public bragging rights) to the club which wins the annual city series between them. We’re told a tiebreaker is in place should the teams split…

  20. Despite solid start, Wakefield still bullpen bound

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    In his final start before giving way to Daisuke Matsuzaka in the Red Sox’s rotation, Tim Wakefield held the Orioles to two runs over 6.2 innings Sunday and afterward indicated that he’s unhappy about the impending move to the bullpen. Terry Francona quickly tried to bring some calm to the situation by saying: “This is…

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