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  1. Chris Volstad expected to sign with team in Korea

    Dec 28, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Chris Volstad signed a minor league deal with the Angels back in November, but it sounds like he won’t actually throw a pitch for the team. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register has confirmed that Volstad is expected to be released by the Angels so that he can sign with a team in the…

  2. 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…

  3. Angels sign Wade LeBlanc

    Nov 11, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Miami Marlins

    Stockpiling rotation depth, the Angels have signed Wade LeBlanc to a minor-league contract after inking Chris Volstad to a minor-league deal last week. LeBlanc posted a 5.40 ERA in 55 innings for the Marlins and Astros this year and the 28-year-old left-hander has a 4.51 career ERA in 417 innings spent mostly as a starter.…

  4. Angels sign Chris Volstad

    Nov 6, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Angels have signed right-hander Chris Volstad to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. Volstad is a former top prospect and first-round pick who once looked like a promising young pitcher, making a very impressive debut for the Marlins as a 21-year-old in 2008, but he…

  5. Shaun Marcum shuts down White Sox to avoid 0-10 start

    Jun 26, 2013, 10:54 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum

    After nine straight losses to begin the season, the Mets’ Shaun Marcum blanked the White Sox for eight innings on Wednesday and picked up his first victory in a 3-0 game. Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save. Marcum was in danger of becoming the first pitcher since the Cardinals’ Anthony Reyes…

  6. Why Carlos Zambrano is still a free agent

    Mar 31, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    You can probably guess why Carlos Zambrano is still a free agent, but here’s the official word, via Nick Cafardo: But his reputation as a bad guy in the clubhouse, coupled with his downward-trending performance, have kept teams away. “You’ve got to be up for what he brings,” said an NL GM. “Not saying the…

  7. The Rockies are “aggressively pursuing” Carl Pavano and Derek Lowe

    Jan 21, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    The Rockies are cornering the market on lousy pitchers. After the weekend’s signings of Miguel Batista and Chris Volstad, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that they aren’t through yet: Even with Volstad in the fold, the Rockies are aggressively pursuing free agents Carl Pavano, a right-hander they have tried to acquire numerous times…

  8. Report: Rockies sign Chris Volstad to minor league contract

    Jan 20, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    The Denver Post’s Troy Renck reports that the Rockies have signed former first-round pick Chris Volstad to a minor league deal that will net him $1.5 million if he makes the team. It has to be a disappointing outcome for the 26-year-old Volstad, who was originally acquired by the Royals this winter, only to be…

  9. Chris Volstad, Vin Mazzaro, Brayan Pena among Royals’ roster cuts

    Nov 20, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    Kansas City trimmed seven players from its 40-man roster today by designating them for assignment, including catcher Brayan Pena and right-handers Chris Volstad and Vin Mazzaro. Pena has been the Royals’ backup catcher for the past four seasons, but hasn’t hit since a solid showing in 2009 and has a career .248 batting average with…

  10. Royals claim Chris Volstad off waivers from Cubs

    Oct 26, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    Chris Volstad was a flop in Chicago after the Cubs acquired him from the Marlins in the Carlos Zambrano salary dump, going 3-12 with a 6.21 ERA in 21 starts. Today the Royals claimed Volstad off waivers, which is an odd move considering he made $2.66 million this season and would be in line for…

  11. Jeff Samardzija to be shut down after Saturday start

    Sep 7, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    The Cubs have seen enough from Jeff Samardzija to judge his 2012 a successful season, and manager Dale Sveum announced Friday that Samardzija’s 28th start Saturday against the Pirates would be his final outing of the year. It is a precautionary move. Samardzija is currently at 165 2/3 innings this season after throwing 88 while…

  12. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 27, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    I looked at the schedule as I sat down to write this and noted that, even including the postponed game, there were only 14 games yesterday. Rays-A’s played Thursday-Saturday, leaving yesterday off to avoid conflicts with the Republican National Convention. Guess you couldn’t expect the RNC to compromise, so … Anyway, it was weird and…

  13. Chris Volstad earns first win since July 2011

    Aug 26, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    Chris Volstad snapped a 14-game losing streak that extended back more than a year by throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings in the Cubs’ 5-0, rain-shortened win over the Rockies on Sunday. The game was delayed and then called prior to the top of the ninth. Volstad was 0-9 in 13 starts for the Cubs this…

  14. Cubs drop Chris Volstad and his 7.46 ERA from the rotation

    May 18, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    Chris Volstad has been booted from the Cubs’ rotation and optioned to Triple-A after the 25-year-old right-hander went 0-6 with a 7.46 ERA in eight starts. Volstad’s secondary numbers aren’t nearly as bad as his hideous ERA and he was generally a decent back-of-the-rotation starter for the Marlins from 2008-2011, but it’s tough to stick…

  15. Springtime Storylines: How will year one of the Cubs’ rebuilding plan fly in The Friendly Confines?

    Apr 1, 2012, 8:36 AM EDT

    theo epstein wrigley

    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 2012 season. Up next: 103 years and counting. The Big Question: How will the first year of the Cubs’ rebuild go over on Chicago’s…

  16. Jeff Samardzija wins spot in Cubs rotation, Randy Wells demoted to minors

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Randy Wells

    Randy Wells is 29 years old and has started at least 23 games for the Cubs in each of the past three seasons, posting a 4.01 ERA in 500 innings overall, yet today they demoted him to the minors as part of the latest round of spring training cuts. Sending down a veteran with that…

  17. Jeff Samardzija heats up Cubs rotation competition

    Mar 13, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    It looked like six pitchers for five spots initially, but with Jeff Samardzija having made a strong early impression on new manager Dale Sveum, there are currently seven pitchers in the mix for the Cubs rotation. The givens are Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster, though Garza’s name has been a very popular one in trade…

  18. Running down the rosters: Chicago Cubs

    Feb 14, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, Marlon Byrd

    Forget about 2012 and probably 2013 as well; the Cubs are thinking long-term after luring Theo Epstein from Boston as their new showrunner. This year’s club won’t necessarily be one of the worst in baseball — the pitching depth could help it avoid that fate — but there’s also little in the way of upside…

  19. UPDATE: Paul Maholm agrees to contract with Cubs

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:06 PM EDT

    Paul Maholm

    UPDATE: Paul Maholm just indicated on his Twitter account that he has agreed to terms with the Cubs: “Looking forward to seeing the fans at Cubs convention this weekend and getting to know all the guys. It’s gonna be fun.” 1:42 PM: Just days after trading Carlos Zambrano to the Marlins for Chris Volstad the…

  20. Marlins acquire Carlos Zambrano and $15 million from the Cubs for Chris Volstad

    Jan 4, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    UPDATE, 7:31 PM: ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine says the deal is done. It’s Zambrano for Volstad, with the Cubs eating $15 million of the $18 million remaining on Zambrano’s contract. UPDATE, 7:12 PM: According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Marlins are sending right-hander Chris Volstad to the Cubs as part of the Big Z…

  21. Marlins have “little to no interest” in Joe Saunders or Edwin Jackson, but do like Matt Garza

    Jan 4, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    Last month the Marlins were said to be looking at Joe Saunders to fill out their rotation and agent Scott Boras is still trying to find Edwin Jackson a lucrative new home, but Joe Frisaro of MLB.com writes that Miami “has little to no interest” in either free agent starter. However, according to Frisaro the…

  22. Marlins showing interest in free agent lefty Joe Saunders

    Dec 22, 2011, 10:38 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Marlins have expressed recent interest left-hander Joe Saunders. Saunders was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks earlier this month despite posting a respectable 3.69 ERA and 1.31 WHIP across 212 innings in 2011. The 30-year-old veteran was set to earn around $9 million next season through salary arbitration, and the Snakes…

  23. Tracking the non-tenders: Joe Saunders, Luke Scott, Hong-Chih Kuo

    Dec 13, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    Luke Scott

    Here’s the official list of players non-tendered prior to the Monday midnight deadline: American League Baltimore: OF/DH Luke Scott, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, RHP Willie Eyre Scott went from hitting .284/.368/.535 during an excellent 2010 season to .220/.301/.402 in 209 at-bats during a 2011 season shortened by shoulder surgery. The Orioles could re-sign him for significantly less…

  24. Report: Marlins limited to one more big free agent

    Dec 6, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

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    Transitioning baseball writer Jon Heyman (he’s taken SI.com out of his profile, but he’s still dishing the goods while his move to CBS Sports is in progress) tweets that the Marlins are going to limit themselves to one more splash: Hearing marlins won’t do 2 more big free agents. If they get pujols they’ll be…

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