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  1. Don’t blame the layoff; blame Justin Verlander for Game 1 loss

    Oct 24, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Done in by poor fastball location, Justin Verlander got lit up by the Giants in Game 1 of the World Series, surrendering five runs and two Pablo Sandoval homers in four innings. Some facts from the outing: – It was just the third in three years in which he failed to go five innings. The…

  2. Jason Motte makes the two-inning save look easy against Giants

    Oct 18, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Jason Motte,Yadier Molina

    Jason Motte had never had a two-inning save before the Cardinals asked him to get six outs in a two-run game after Wednesday’s long rain delay. Not only did he do the job, but he made it a breeze, retiring every Giant he faced as St. Louis won 3-1. In so doing, Motte became just…

  3. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 80-51

    Sep 6, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Here’s part two of the top 111 free agents list. Part one can be found here, and I’ll be posting the top 50 tomorrow. 80. Carlos Lee (1B Marlins – Age 36): Lee still hits a fair number of liners at age 36, but his home run total has dropped six straight seasons and he…

  4. Lastings Milledge, Wily Mo Pena among league leaders in Japan

    Aug 31, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Lastings Milledge Pirates

    Here’s a quick look at how some major leaguers are faring in Japan. Remember, the Japanese leagues started strongly favoring pitchers with the switch to a new baseball last year. In the six-team Pacific League, 13 pitchers currently qualify for the ERA title and the worst of the bunch has a 2.91 ERA. Three of…

  5. Really now, what should the Marlins have done?

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    The Monstrosity

    Look, I’d be just as happy to kick Jeffrey Loria to the curb as the rest of you. I’m not going to slam him for all of the sliminess involving the Marlins ballpark deal because in those maneuverings, he’s basically just doing everything Bud Selig wants his owners to do. But, yeah, as far as MLB…

  6. Thoughts on the Carlos Lee-to-Miami deal

    Jul 4, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    – It was obvious the Marlins had to upgrade. Gaby Sanchez looked like a borderline All-Star at this time last year, but he hit just .225/.320/.359 after the break, and even that would be a big improvement on his 2012 line of .194/.240/.283. He posted OPSs of .576 in April, .484 in May and .496…

  7. Rays add two top international prospects

    Jul 2, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

    Rays logo

    When we checked in a few hours ago, eight of Baseball America’s top 20 international prospects had signed. Now it’s up to 14 of the 18 eligible to do so. Left-hander Luis Gohara (July 31) and shortstop Sergio Alcantara (July 10) aren’t eligible to ink contracts until their 16th birthdays later this month. The Rays…

  8. Cubs officially announce signing of Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler

    Jun 30, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

    Cubs logo

    We learned earlier this month that the Cubs agreed to sign Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler to a nine-year, $30 million contract. The deal was made official today, just two days before the new international spending cap goes into effect. According to CSNChicago.com, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said this afternoon that Soler will occupy a…

  9. The Dodgers sign Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig for $40 million

    Jun 28, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

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    Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com is reporting that the Dodgers have agreed to a multiyear deal worth more than $40 million with 21-year-old Cuban Defector Yasiel Puig. Puig is an outfielder. We haven’t heard too much about him, but here are some things about him: A top prospect in the island’s premier league, the Cuban National…

  10. Cubs designate Randy Wells for assignment

    Jun 27, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    Randy Wells AP

    In a move which should come as no surprise, the Cubs announced this morning that they have designated Randy Wells for assignment. Wells failed to make it out of the fourth inning last night against the Mets. The 29-year-old right-hander gave up three runs and issued four walks, including one to opposing pitcher Dillon Gee,…

  11. Futures Game to feature loaded U.S. team

    Jun 21, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT

    Dylan Bundy

    The Futures Game rosters were announced on Thursday, and they definitely favor the U.S. team over the World. U.S. Roster RHP Matt Barnes (Red Sox) RHP Trevor Bauer (Diamondbacks) RHP Dylan Bundy (Orioles) RHP Gerrit Cole (Pirates) LHP Danny Hultzen (Mariners) RHP Alex Meyer (Nationals) RHP Jake Odorizzi (Royals) RHP Jameson Taillon (Pirates) RHP Taijuan…

  12. Yankees sign Cuban pitcher Omar Luis Rodriguez

    Jun 20, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

    Cuba

    Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the Yankees have signed Omar Luis Rodriguez, a 19-year-old left-hander who defected from Cuba and was declared a free agent earlier this month. According to Sanchez it’s a minor-league contract, which means Rodriguez won’t need to be added to the 40-man roster, but the Yankees are paying big-league money…

  13. Cuban outfielder Yasel Puig defects, goes to Mexico in search of free agency

    Jun 19, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Cuba

    Already this year Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler have landed $36 million and $30 million contracts after defecting from Cuba and another highly touted player is hoping to follow in their footsteps. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that 21-year-old outfielder Yasel Puig defected from Cuba and “is in the process of establishing residency in Mexico.”…

  14. The Cubs have landed Jorge Soler

    Jun 11, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    Cuba

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post is reporting that the Cubs have signed Cuban defector Jorge Soler: I hear the #Cubs won out for Jorge Soler. #Yankees tried, but didn’t get him. — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) June 11, 2012 Ken Rosenthal confirms. Jon Heyman reports that the deal is for nine years and $30…

  15. The Dodgers are out on Jorge Soler

    Jun 11, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Cuba

    UPDATE: The Cubs got him. 12:31 PM: The Jorge Soler derby is entering the home stretch and one horse has dropped out: the Dodgers. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that L.A. is out of the bidding. That leaves the Cubs and Yankees as the front runners. Today Jon Heyman said the Blue Jays were “said”…

  16. Report: Jorge Soler to sign with an organization by Monday

    Jun 10, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    cuba flag big

    Mike Puma and George King III of the New York Post pass along this big-time update on the status of a particular unsigned Cuban defector: According to an industry source, free agent outfielder Jorge Soler is expected to agree on a four-year deal before tomorrow. Meaning negotiations are currently underway. The Cubs, Yankees, Dodgers and Braves…

  17. Cubs, Yankees, Braves and Dodgers bidding on Jorge Soler

    Jun 8, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

    Cuba

    Buster Olney reports that the first round of bidding on Cuban free agent Jorge Soler are in — his agent wanted bids by yesterday — and that the Cubs, Yankees, Braves and Dodgers have been the most aggressive. The Cubs are not surprising given that they’ve been whispered about having strong interest in Soler and, in…

  18. Cuban free agent Jorge Soler wants all bids by Thursday

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    auctioneer

    Now that Cuban defector Jorge Soler has finally been declared a free agent his representatives have asked all interested teams to submit bids by this Thursday, according to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago. Levine reports that the price for Soler is expected to exceed $25 million and timing the bidding war for him during the…

  19. Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler is officially a free agent

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    cuba flag

    Let the bidding begin. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler is now officially a free agent and can sign with any team. We haven’t heard much on Soler over the past couple of months, as he has been waiting to be cleared by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets…

  20. Yankees sign Cuban outfielder Adonis Garcia for $400,000

    May 3, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    cuba flag

    Baseball America‘s international prospect guru Ben Badler reports that the Yankees have signed 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Adonis Garcia for $400,000. Garcia has consistently posted huge batting averages in Cuba, but Badler notes that his raw tools aren’t considered particularly impressive and he stands just 5-foot-7 “so it’s hard for scouts to see him fitting in…

  21. Cubs GM denies having agreement with Jorge Soler, calls rumors “completely bogus”

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    bogus journey

    It’s been six weeks since Dave Van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Cubs were going to sign Cuban defector Jorge Soler, yet the 19-year-old outfielder remains unsigned and still hasn’t even officially been granted free agent status. And today Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com not to believe…

  22. Yoenis Cespedes reaches “demigod” status, will be A’s starting center fielder over Coco Crisp

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes

    As soon as the A’s signed Yoenis Cespedes for $36 million and started talking about him as an option in center field Coco Crisp made it clear that he wouldn’t be giving up the position without a fight, saying: “Unless he’s a demigod come down from the heavens, no one is going to outshine me…

  23. Yoenis Cespedes turned down six-year offer from Cubs

    Mar 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    cespedes getty

    From Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times comes word that Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes turned down a six-year, $36 million contract offer from the Cubs last month before inking his four-year, $36 million deal with the A’s. Wittenmyer explains: In addition to the significant difference in annual salary, the center fielder told his agent he…

  24. Yoenis Cespedes is not guaranteed a job either. Or so says Billy Beane.

    Mar 13, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Cespedes BP2

    It’s understandable that Manny Ramirez is going to be out of the picture for a while. But would you believe Yoenis Cespedes could be shuffled off to the minors too? I don’t believe it, but Billy Beane is at least making noises that Cespedes will not simply be given a job: Beane would not guarantee…

  25. Farewell, Arizona

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    It is with a heavy heart that I get on a plane this morning and leave Arizona. No, it’s not a paradise. But for a few weeks in late February and on through March it is pretty damn close to it. The weather is perfect. The baseball is plentiful. Hope is ubiquitous. Friends — at…

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