Dec 25, 2014, 1:23 PM EST
Your one-stop shop for all of the offseason signings.
Oct 31, 2014, 9:00 AM EST
Including writeups for the top 63, because we’re not always all about round numbers.
Aug 4, 2014, 8:30 PM EST
Chris Perez has been a major disappointment out of the Dodgers’ bullpen this season.
Jul 17, 2014, 11:51 AM EST
Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has made it very clear that he’d waive his veto rights and welcome a trade to a contender, and Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles talked to “a baseball source” who expects the Dodgers to make a run for the 33-year-old right-hander.
Jul 9, 2014, 6:54 AM EST
This was Jacob deGrom’s best performance since he played Jim Morrison in that Oliver Stone Doors flick.
Apr 11, 2014, 6:45 PM EST
The Dodgers get a key player back in the lineup.
Apr 11, 2014, 4:21 PM EST
Addicted? Bah. I can stop doing Yasiel Puig posts any time I want.
Mar 21, 2014, 12:12 PM EST
Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Cleveland Indians. The Big Question: Did the Indians lose too much pitching? After four consecutive losing seasons the Indians…
Mar 6, 2014, 5:02 PM EST
Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Los Angeles Dodgers. The Big Question: Can the deep-pocketed Dodgers be stopped? After a midseason turnaround led to 92…
Jan 12, 2014, 10:30 PM EST
Indians reliever John Axford was a Cardinal for less than two months, including the post-season, at the end of 2013, but it was invaluable. Per John Lott of the National Post, Axford learned from his Cardinal coaches that he had been tipping his pitches. On John Axford’s first day with the St. Louis Cardinals, his…
Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EST
Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…
Dec 23, 2013, 6:01 PM EST
According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran reliever Jamey Wright. No word yet on the exact terms involved, but after having to settle for minor league deals in seven straight offseasons, it looks like he’s finally getting a major league deal. Wright, who…
Dec 23, 2013, 12:18 AM EST
Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times is reporting that the Dodgers are nearing a one-year deal with free agent reliever Chris Perez. Financial details of the deal are not yet known. Perez had spent the past four seasons as the closer for the Indians, but increasing ineffectiveness and some non-baseball-related incidents made him more trouble…
Dec 19, 2013, 7:22 PM EST
The Orioles reportedly reached a two-year, $15 million deal with free agent closer Grant Balfour earlier this week, but the agreement has hit a snag. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Balfour’s deal with Baltimore is in serious jeopardy due to issues with his physical that “need to be resolved.” While the signing was supposed…
Dec 15, 2013, 8:15 PM EST
Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports that Indians president Mark Shapiro expects to sign a new closer soon. After releasing Chris Perez at the end of October, the Indians are currently without a closer and prefer to bring in one from outside rather than promote Cody Allen or Bryan Shaw. Hoynes writes that the…
Dec 11, 2013, 8:16 PM EST
The Orioles have been pretty quiet at this week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, but it sounds like that could change soon. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Orioles have made offers to outfielder Nelson Cruz and closer Grant Balfour. No word on the specifics, but the thought is that they are willing to offer…
Nov 12, 2013, 4:04 PM EST
After releasing Chris Perez the Indians might be in the market for a new closer and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that they’re “scheduled to talk to” free agents Fernando Rodney and Brian Wilson. However, according to Hoynes the Indians are more likely to wait for someone’s price tag to drop rather…
Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EST
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…
Oct 31, 2013, 3:15 PM EST
Jason Giambi‘s coaching career will have to wait a bit longer. In addition to releasing closer Chris Perez the Indians also announced that they’ve re-signed Giambi to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Giambi hit just .183 for the Indians at age 42, but did manage nine homers in 186 at-bats, including…
Oct 31, 2013, 2:44 PM EST
Facing a decision on whether to tender him a 2014 contract via arbitration, the Indians have decided to simply release closer Chris Perez. Perez made off-field headlines when he was arrested for having marijuana delivered to his house in his dog’s name this season, but he also missed time on the disabled list and struggled…
Oct 3, 2013, 12:09 AM EST
When the Indians added Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn in free agency, it was supposed to energize the fans and signal the start of a new era. And it probably did help with the latter, if not the former. However, while neither Swisher nor Bourn went bust in year one in Cleveland, the performances of…
Oct 1, 2013, 11:51 AM EST
Justin Masterson is still building back arm strength after missing time with an oblique injury late in the season and Chris Perez pitched his way out of the closer job with a brutal final month, so Mark Emery of MLB.com wonders if the Indians could end up giving Masterson a look in the ninth inning.…
Sep 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EST
At ESPN Sweet Spot, David Schoenfield reminds us of a controversial, and wrong, call made by umpire Angel Hernandez that we now know has had a tangible impact on the AL side of the post-season. On May 8, the Indians played host to the Athletics at Progressive Field. They led 4-3 with two outs in…
Sep 27, 2013, 7:05 PM EST
Indians closer Chris Perez has allowed a total of six runs in his last two appearances and has a 7.52 ERA since the start of August. As a result, manager Terry Francona has removed him from the closer’s role, reports WTAM’s Nick Camino. On the season, Perez has a career-worst 4.33 ERA in 54 innings,…
Sep 27, 2013, 10:47 AM EST
I wrote yesterday afternoon about how the Indians were sticking with Chris Perez as closer despite his struggles over the past two months. And then last night I went to the Twins-Indians game at Target Field and watched as Cleveland manager Terry Francona brought Perez into a 6-1 game in the ninth inning to get…
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