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  1. UPDATE: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers agree to extension; will make $292M over next 10 years

    Mar 27, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the deal includes two vesting options valued at $30 million each. If Cabrera maxes out the deal, he could make as much as $352 million over 12 years. 6:56 p.m. ET: The new money in the deal works out to eight years and $248 million, per FOX Sports’…

  2. Heyman goes one better than the Daily News: claims A-Rod has “refused” to pay his legal bill

    Mar 21, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    Yesterday I explained how misguided the New York Daily News was in painting A-Rod as a “deadbeat” for still having an outstanding balance on his legal bills. I explained how legal billing works and how unusual it is for anyone — person or corporation — to have settled a multi-million dollar legal bill scarcely a…

  3. New York Daily News trying to paint A-Rod as a deadbeat regarding his legal fees

    Mar 20, 2014, 6:22 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    The New York Daily News has a story up today in which they try to paint Alex Rodriguez as a deadbeat for unpaid legal fees. Specifically, they have a source telling them that “A-Rod hasn’t paid millions of dollars in legal bills he owes.” Even more specifically “Rodriguez has paid some of the bills, the…

  4. Buster Olney doesn’t think Vizquel, Tejada, Nomar were shortstops

    Feb 24, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Buster Olney

    Let the record show that I gave fair warning: I thought Buster Olney might adjust his lists from Monday’s ESPN Insider column after being presented with the glaring omissions. Alas, I was ignored. The bulk of Olney’s column today was designed to point out how totally not overrated Derek Jeter is. He dives into the…

  5. Tony La Russa thinks “new metrics” are keeping Jeff Bagwell out of the Hall of Fame

    Feb 22, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    137 plate appearances with a 1.078 OPS will have an impact on an opposing manager. Among players with at least 100 PA against the Cardinals between 1996 and 2011 (the years in which Tony La Russa managed the red birds) former Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell has the sixth-highest OPS against the Cardinals. Bagwell’s Astros…

  6. Derek Jeter’s great, but let’s compare to Alan Trammell

    Feb 15, 2014, 7:05 AM EDT

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    SOCHI, Russia — Well, the overwhelming thing that is the Winter Olympics has completely thrown me off my 100 greatest baseball players ever schedule. So it goes. We’ll pick up where we left off after I return and recover and get back on U.S. time. I predict this will be sometime in July. In the…

  7. A fitting tribute to Alex Rodriguez in Tampa

    Feb 14, 2014, 10:18 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    I will remember you Will you remember me? Don’t let your life pass you by Weep not for the memories Alex Rodriguez‘s locker is empty. Nobody was assigned to it. — Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) February 14, 2014   Sort of like what they did for Thurman Munson. Thoughts. Prayers.

  8. Derek Jeter is not your anti-PEDs avatar

    Feb 13, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Photo Day

    I have zero reason to think that Derek Jeter ever used PEDs. I’d personally be surprised if he did. As would I assume most people. But I also think that his use or lack thereof, absent any actual information about it, is pretty irrelevant to our consideration of him as a player. There’s plenty there…

  9. Derek Jeter’s greatest feat? Staying irrepressibly likeable as a Yankee (and baseball) icon

    Feb 13, 2014, 6:57 AM EDT

    jeter-reuiters

    Has any player since Cal Ripken or Hank Aaron or Joe DiMaggio been so respected simply for being himself?

  10. Derek Jeter has marks to shoot for in final season

    Feb 12, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter Getty

    Not that he ever seemed particularly motivated by personal milestones, but any dream of 4,000 hits and a run at Pete Rose died for Derek Jeter when he suffered a fractured ankle in the 2012 postseason. Never healthy in 2013, he played in just 17 games due to a quad injury and continued soreness in…

  11. Major League Baseball to drop the lawsuit against Biogenesis, Bosch

    Feb 12, 2014, 6:57 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    The New York Daily News reports that, now that A-Rod has dropped his appeal and is accepting his suspension, Major League Baseball is going to drop the lawsuit it filed last March against Biogenesis, Anthony Bosch, Juan Carlos Nunez and multiple other defendants. Which, of course, just continues to underscore how legally baseless a lawsuit that was…

  12. Alex Rodriguez dismisses his lawsuit against MLB, MLBPA

    Feb 7, 2014, 4:37 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    This is pretty unexpected. Alex Rodriguez has filed a notice with the court dismissing his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the the MLBPA.  It’s a voluntary dismissal pursuant to Federal Rule 41(a)(1)(A)(i), which means that he can re-file it at a later date if he wishes to. There is no explanation with the notice…

  13. A first in 15 years: 2014 will open without a member of the 500-HR club

    Feb 1, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    With Alex Rodriguez spending the season on the restricted list, this season will be the first since 1999 to begin without a member of the 500-homer club on a major league roster. The last time MLB was played without a 500-HR guy was 15 years ago. Eddie Murray retired after the 1997 season, leaving a…

  14. Michael Young and the chase for 3,000 hits

    Jan 30, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    Michael Young led the American League in hits for the second time in his career in 2011, finishing with 213. That brought his career total to 2,061 through age 34, and despite a late start — he didn’t collect his first hit in the majors until age 24 — he appeared to have some shot…

  15. A-Rod offered a job to coach college players

    Jan 24, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

    AlexRodriguezAP

    It’s a gimmick job offer, of course, and one that Alex Rodriguez is unlikely to accept. But it’s fun anyway:  According to the Torrington Register Citizen, the Torrington Titans of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League have offered A-Rod an assistant coaching position. And he’ll make more money doing that than he will make from any other baseball…

  16. Jonny Gomes speaks out against A-Rod

    Jan 24, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT

    Jonny Gomes scores

    Jonny Gomes met the media before last night’s Boston Baseball Writer’s dinner and he had some choice words for Alex Rodriguez, reports the Boston Herald: “He does steroids or whatever, it sucks. He does this or that, it sucks. He’s always in the news, it sucks,” the Red Sox left fielder told the Herald yesterday…

  17. Ranking the best 1-2 rotation punches in baseball

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

    kershaw getty

    The Yankees made headlines when it was announced that they had signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $155 million. They were in need of rotation help and satisfied that need in a big way by signing the best free agent pitcher on the market. That the Yankees signed him came as…

  18. The players union should be looking at itself, MLB and the drug testing program, not A-Rod

    Jan 22, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal takes a good smart look at what has transpired with A-Rod, the MLBPA and Major League Baseball in the wake of the Biogenesis investigation and thinks that the union’s ire at Alex Rodriguez, however understandable, is misplaced. Rosenthal argues that the union should be thinking hard about just how much power MLB grabbed…

  19. Players tried to kick A-Rod out of the union, threaten him with beaning when he returns

    Jan 21, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT

    Yankees' Rodriguez stands at third base in the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Red Sox in Boston

    I don’t know if the union did everything it could in defending Alex Rodriguez in his arbitration, but it is apparently doing a piss-poor job of explaining to its players that threatening other union members for exercising their legal rights in appealing discipline from the league is a pretty dumb precedent for a union to…

  20. Drake mocks A-Rod on “Saturday Night Live”

    Jan 19, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT

    drake getty

    Drake hosted and performed a few songs on this week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” on NBC. He also impersonated Alex Rodriguez in the opening sketch. It’s right after the Chris Christie bit … Follow @drewsilv

  21. MLB’s claim that A-Rod sent money to Bosch’s attorney to silence him looks really shaky

    Jan 17, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT

    Rob Manfred

    On “60 Minutes” last Sunday Rob Manfred claimed that a large payment from Alex Rodriguez to Tony Bosch’s attorney — $49,901.51 — was intended as a payoff for Bosch’s silence. When asked point blank if he thought the payment was a bribe, Rob Manfred said he did. But go read Steve Fishman’s latest at New York…

  22. Royals ink Guillermo Mota to a minor league contract

    Jan 16, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

    Guillermo Mota Getty

    After securing Brad Penny as a non-roster invitee yesterday, the Royals added another familiar name today by signing reliever Guillermo Mota to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Mota hasn’t pitched professionally since 2012 as a member of the Giants when he posted a 5.23 ERA over 26 appearances. He served…

  23. Is Clayton Kershaw’s contract a harbinger of things to come?

    Jan 16, 2014, 9:23 AM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    After learning of Clayton Kershaw‘s seven-year, $215 million deal yesterday a lot of people started to speculate what his contract meant for other pitchers. Comments about how Max Scherzer and David Price were probably doing cartwheels. About how Jon Lester can start looking at higher-priced real estate. That sort of thing. Obviously what one player…

  24. A-Rod thinks that his 162-game suspension could actually be a blessing in disguise

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:03 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    Alex Rodriguez made his first public comments since his suspension yesterday. They came at a promotional appearance in Mexico. He didn’t talk about the specifics of his ban or his legal strategy, but he did say something interesting about its effect. He thinks it may actually be a blessing in disguise: “I think that in…

  25. Derek Jeter is “saddened” by the A-Rod situation

    Jan 16, 2014, 7:42 AM EDT

    derek jeter getty

    The Captain has made his first public comments about Alex Rodriguez. As is usually the case with Derek Jeter, he hits the right notes and it’s hard to take any issue with what he said: “As a teammate, you’re saddened by the whole thing. The whole thing has been kind of messy . . . he’s…

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