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  1. The worst Opening Day starts of the 2000′s

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

    Bases emblazoned with Opening Day sit ready to be installed on the field on opening night of the MLB season in Houston

    Opening Day is set to kick off in just a few minutes when the Houston Astros take on the Texas Rangers. The Rangers’ Matt Harrison opposes the Astros’ Bud Norris. Though Norris isn’t terrible, he isn’t exactly the type of starter you envision kicking off your team’s season on Opening Day. With that said, let’s…

  2. Javier Vazquez ends comeback attempt due to knee injury

    Feb 27, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    javier vazquez getty

    Javier Vazquez‘s comeback, which was going to include pitching for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, is over before it started. Last month Vazquez underwent what was said to be a minor knee surgery to repair meniscus damage, but Ruben Rodriguez of El Nuevo Dia in Puerto Rico reports that he will not pitch…

  3. Report: Nick Johnson chooses retirement at age 34

    Jan 28, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    nick johnson getty

    Former Yankees, Nationals and Orioles first baseman Nick Johnson, one of the great what-ifs of the last 15 years, has opted for retirement, WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reports. A phenomenal hitting talent, Johnson missed his first full season in the Yankees system before even arriving in the majors. He hit .345/.525/.548 in 132 games in Double-A…

  4. Javier Vazquez to have knee surgery on Wednesday

    Jan 28, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

    javier vazquez getty

    Wait, I thought Javier Vazquez was supposed to be in the Best Shape of His Life?  How does this fit into that? Javier Vazquez is getting right menisus repaired on Wed by Dr. Kaplan, Marlins team ortho..expected to be throwing 100% in 2-3 weeks — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) January 28, 2013   Thing is, Vazquez…

  5. Notes and thoughts on the Justin Upton trade

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Martin Prado

    Braves acquire OF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson from Diamondbacks for 3B Martin Prado, RHP Randall Delgado, RHP Zeke Spruill, SS Nick Ahmed and 1B Brandon Drury. – As some probably guessed, I’m a big fan of this deal for the Braves. I wrote an entry trying to pair the Upton brothers in Atlanta…

  6. Javier Vazquez is in The Best Shape of his Life

    Jan 16, 2013, 6:18 AM EDT

    javier vazquez getty

    This is five days old. I know, I feel like I fell down on the job too. Still, as long as it didn’t go completely overlooked, I suppose we’re OK. Alex Cora, manager of Javier Vazquez‘s winter league team, commenting on his pitcher: “He’s been great,” Cora said. “Right now, he’s the Javy Vazquez who…

  7. Nationals showing “heavy interest” in Javier Vazquez

    Jan 12, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT

    javier vazquez getty

    The Nationals have a loaded starting rotation in Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren and Ross Detwiler. But they’re thinking about adding some depth. According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Washington front office is beginning to show “heavy interest” in free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez, who is said to be considering a…

  8. The Mets have scouted Javier Vazquez

    Jan 8, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    A return to New York for Javy Vazquez? Sure, why not? Among other pitchers the Mets are considering, Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that they have scouted Javier Vazquez in the Puerto Rican Winter League. It makes sense. The Mets need someone to fill R.A. Dickey‘s shoes and Vazquez, who has had great success…

  9. The Red Sox, Rays, Nationals and Royals scouted Javier Vazquez last night

    Jan 5, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez Getty

    We knew that the Red Sox were planning to send a scout to watch right-hander Javier Vazquez pitch in the Puerto Rican Winter League last night, but they weren’t alone. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Rays, Nationals and Royals were also in attendance. For what it’s worth, the box score indicates that…

  10. Javy Vazquez reportedly looks good

    Jan 3, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    We already posted about Javy Vazquez today. But this is worth its own: Scout on Javier Vazquez in PR winter ball: Physically looks great, ball coming out of his hand well, could be a sneaky good pickup. — Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) January 3, 2013   “Sneaky good” is even better than “sneaky fast.” If he’s…

  11. The Red Sox are sending a scout to watch Javier Vazquez pitch

    Jan 3, 2013, 7:55 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    The Red Sox could use some starting pitching. Javier Vazquez is mulling a comeback and prefers to play on the east coast. It’s a match made in Heaven, no? According to an industry source, the Red Sox are slated to scout right-hander Javier Vazquez when he pitches for Caguas of the Puerto Rican Winter League…

  12. Javier Vazquez is considering a comeback

    Dec 31, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    We first heard whispers of this in early November, but ESPN Deportes is reporting that, yes, Javier Vazquez is considering a comeback. The report — roughly translated, since we have misplaced our babelfish — says that Vazquez is interested in pitching for a contender this season, but doesn’t plan on making any decisions until after the…

  13. Geography, taxes, octopus and other things that don’t matter in free agency

    Dec 7, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

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    A commenter this morning said that the Cleveland Indians make sense for Nick Swisher because he’s from Ohio. I love that stuff. Swisher was born in Columbus and lived here as a kid and then moved to his father’s hometown of Parkersburg, West Virginia where he went to high school. But he did come back and…

  14. Is Javier Vazquez mulling a comeback?

    Nov 6, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    Javier Vazquez had a great 2011, throwing 193 innings with a 3.69 ERA for the Marlins. If he wanted to, he could have made a bunch of money pitching for in 2012. But he didn’t. He dropped the mic and has spent the last year enjoying life with his family in Puerto Rico. But Peter…

  15. What does Dave Winfield think about Ichiro wearing his number?

    Jul 24, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Dave Winfield

    This is what he thinks: Everyone’s asking about my thoughts on @yankees latest #31 Ichiro. I don’t know how many wore it before or after me but I wore it the best. — Dave Winfield (@DaveWinfieldHOF) July 24, 2012 Bob Wickman, Javier Vazquez and Hensley “Bam Bam” Muelens beg to differ. For that matter so…

  16. Ichiro hit two homers yesterday

    Jun 3, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Ichiro is not a power hitter. He has just 98 homers in his career. Two of them came last night, however, as he hit two solo shots off Gavin Floyd to help the M’s — who suddenly have a ton of offense — beat the White Sox 10-8. Ichiro, who was recently moved to the…

  17. The Yankees may be interested in Matt Garza

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    The Yankees are probably going to seek some pitching help this trade season. And Jon Heyman reports that they’re most likely target is Matt Garza: Yankees people like the fact Garza is battle-tested in the American League East after acquiring too many pitchers from the National League who haven’t been able to make a seamless…

  18. Chris Sale strikes out 15 in win over Rays

    May 28, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

    Chris Sale

    Making his first ever start in Florida, Lakeland native Chris Sale struck out 15 batters while limiting the Rays to one run and three hits in 7 1/3 innings in the White Sox’s 2-1 victory Monday. An Adam Dunn homer, his 16th of the year, was responsible for both White Sox runs. Sale, a first-round…

  19. Kevin Millwood notches 2,000th strikeout in beating Yankees

    May 13, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Millwood

    One could stump a lot of people with this question: who is the active leader in strikeouts among right-handed pitchers? It will soon by Roy Halladay, who stands at 1,980, but for now, Kevin Millwood is tops. The Mariners veteran fanned six Yankees in a 6-2 win Sunday, upping his career total from 1,998 to…

  20. Javier Vazquez is all but retired, may pitch in the World Baseball Classic

    Apr 3, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Based on his performance last season Javier Vazquez would have had little trouble securing a sizable one-year deal as a free agent this winter, but the 35-year-old right-hander told interested teams that he was leaning toward retirement and never signed. He still hasn’t officially decided to call it a career after throwing 193 innings with…

  21. Arodys Vizcaino to pay a visit to Dr. James Andrews

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Dr. James Andrews probably wonders why no one ever pays him a visit for lunch. Or to watch a game. Or to just have a nice cold glass  of sweet tea on his porch on one of those hot Alabama summer days. It’s always bad news. Sigh. The latest visitor: Braves’ righty Arodys Vizcaino who is…

  22. Braves’ right-hander Arodys Vizcaino sidelined with elbow inflammation

    Mar 10, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Arodys Vizcaino entered spring training as a strong candidate to make the Braves’ Opening Day roster as a reliever, but he’s currently sidelined with discomfort in his throwing elbow. Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that an MRI exam showed only inflammation around the elbow and that Vizcaino will rest for a few days before being…

  23. Rockies add an underrated arm in Jeremy Guthrie

    Feb 6, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    There’s nothing sexy about a 47-65 career record. Jeremy Guthrie has led the AL in losses twice and in homers allowed once. He’s never won even a dozen games or struck out more than 130 batters in a season. Still, the Rockies should be very happy to have him, especially for the modest price of…

  24. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  25. What’s going on with Javier Vazquez?

    Dec 24, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    Under normal circumstances, Javier Vazquez would do pretty well in this weak free agent market for starting pitchers. The 35-year-old right-hander was awful over the first two and a half months this past season, but finished with a 1.92 ERA and 115/19 K/BB ratio over 126 2/3 innings in his final 19 starts. Only Cliff…

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