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  1. 2015 Free Agent Tracker

    Nov 11, 2014, 10:48 PM EST

    Jon Lester

    Your one-stop shop for all of the offseason signings.

  2. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2015

    Oct 31, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Including writeups for the top 63, because we’re not always all about round numbers.

  3. Tigers face losing Max Scherzer, Victor Martinez to free agency

    Oct 6, 2014, 12:17 AM EST

    Max Scherzer

    GM Dave Drombowski and owner Mike Ilitch will have to dig deep to keep the team together this winter.

  4. The Astros did not sign number one overall pick Brady Aiken. This is a big deal.

    Jul 18, 2014, 5:36 PM EST

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    The Astros played hardball with the number one pick. He played hardball back. Now both sides will take a big hit.

  5. The Astros release Kyle Farnsworth

    Jun 26, 2014, 10:54 AM EST

    Kyle Farnsworth

    If the Mets and Astros both think you’re done, you’re probably done.

  6. Astros sign Jose Veras to minor league contract

    Jun 15, 2014, 11:54 AM EST

    jose veras getty

    From MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart comes word that the Astros have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with free agent reliever Jose Veras. The right-hander was released by the Cubs last Tuesday after allowing 12 earned runs in just 13 1/3 innings.

  7. Cubs release Jose Veras

    Jun 10, 2014, 4:46 PM EST

    Jose Veras Getty

    As expected, no other teams claimed Jose Veras and the remainder of his $4 million contract off waivers after the Cubs designated him for assignment last week and the 33-year-old reliever has been released.

  8. Cubs place Welington Castillo on disabled list, designate Jose Veras for assignment

    Jun 3, 2014, 5:07 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    Cubs starting catcher Welington Castillo is disabled list bound with a rib cage injury suffered Sunday and they’ve called up journeyman backup catcher Eli Whiteside from Triple-A to replace him on the roster.

  9. Cubs pull Jose Veras from closer role

    Apr 12, 2014, 3:10 PM EST

    Jose Veras Getty

    Jose Veras struggled again last night and will get a break from the closer role.

  10. And the first manager to get ejected this season is …

    Apr 9, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

    Rick Renteria Cubs

    It took a while, but last night we got our first manager ejection of the season when Cubs skipper Rick Renteria was tossed by umpire Jeff Nelson for arguing about a 1-2 pitch that was called a ball.

  11. Pirates outlast Cubs, win 4-3 in 16 innings

    Apr 3, 2014, 2:14 AM EST

    Russell Martin

    Notes from what could reign supreme as the longest game of the year for quite some time.

  12. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EST

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    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…

  13. Cubs sign reliever Jose Veras to one-year pact

    Dec 17, 2013, 6:23 PM EST

    jose veras getty

    As first reported by Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the Cubs have reached agreement on a one-year, $4 million contract with right-handed reliever Jose Veras. The deal also carries a $5.5 million club option for the 2015 season along with some undisclosed performance-based incentives. Veras drew interest on the open market from the Astros and…

  14. Astros interested in bringing back Jose Veras

    Dec 11, 2013, 7:10 PM EST

    Jose Veras AP

    Jose Veras served as the Astros’ closer this past season before a trade to the Tigers in July and now it appears that a return to Houston could be in the cards. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reported this afternoon that the Astros made an offer to Veras which was turned down. The two sides are…

  15. Tigers will be hard-pressed to make big signing this winter

    Nov 3, 2013, 7:10 PM EST

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    The Tigers have made a habit of big splashes in the offseasons. Three years ago, it was Victor Martinez. Then Prince Fielder. Last winter, the Tigers signed both Anibal Sanchez and Torii Hunter. Those deals have helped them reach the postseason each year, but the ultimate prize has remained out of reach. As the Tigers…

  16. Tigers decline Jose Veras’ option, making him a free agent

    Nov 1, 2013, 3:15 PM EST

    Jose Veras

    There aren’t many surprises among the season-ending option decisions, but this is one of them: Detroit declined its $3.25 million option on reliever Jose Veras, making him a free agent. Veras pitched well as the Astros’ closer and then was traded to the Tigers in late July, finishing the season as a setup man. Overall…

  17. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Robinson Cano

    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…

  18. If only Jim Leyland hadn’t been so hands on

    Oct 20, 2013, 1:32 AM EST

    ALDS Tigers Athletics Baseball

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland spent the first four months of this season with two reliable relievers: left-hander Drew Smyly and right-hander Joaquin Benoit. Obviously, that’s less than ideal. But it did give him fewer chances to mess things up. And mess things up he did in the ALCS. With Jose Veras and Al Alburquerque at…

  19. Red Sox emerge victorious in Game 6 of ALCS, will return to the World Series

    Oct 20, 2013, 12:01 AM EST

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Six

    It was the Tigers’ game to lose, but ultimately, the Red Sox won it. Shane Victorino delivered a timely grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to give the Red Sox a three-run lead. In doing so, he tasked the sterling Red Sox bullpen with getting six outs to punch their ticket to the…

  20. Shane Victorino’s grand slam puts the Red Sox back on top in the seventh inning of Game 6

    Oct 19, 2013, 11:35 PM EST

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    Shane Victorino stopped switch-hitting again. For the Red Sox, it’s a good thing he did. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Victorino drove a Jose Veras curve down the left field line into the seats atop the Green Monster. The Red Sox took back the lead, 5-2 with…

  21. Shane Victorino is giving up on switch-hitting again

    Oct 19, 2013, 1:58 PM EST

    Shane Victorino

    Shane Victorino has hit exclusively from the right side for the past six weeks, so it was a bit of a surprise to see him bat left-handed against Anibal Sanchez in Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday night. However, after going 0-for-3 against Sanchez, he flipped back to the right side against relievers Jose…

  22. Tigers pull within one run of Red Sox, but miss chance at bigger inning

    Oct 17, 2013, 11:15 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera Getty

    The Tigers pulled within one run of the Red Sox in the bottom of the seventh inning, but they squandered a chance at a bigger rally. Jose Iglesias and Torii Hunter hit back-to-back singles off Junichi Tazawa, setting up Miguel Cabrera to hit with runners at first and third and nobody out. However, the air…

  23. The Four-Pitcher Slam

    Oct 14, 2013, 3:51 PM EST

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    My pal Bob Ryan brought this up first, but it’s worth reliving for a moment. Sunday night, David Ortiz hit one of the coolest home runs in postseason baseball history. There are many reasons for this. One, is the obvious: The game seemed over. The series, really, seemed over. The Tigers led 5-0, the probable…

  24. The David Ortiz home run through the eyes of a Tigers fan: a play in one act

    Oct 14, 2013, 9:10 AM EST

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    The scene: the Calcaterra fortified compound during last night’s Tigers-Red Sox game. The lady of the house is a Tigers fan. She is enjoying some bourbon. She is also enjoying the Tigers’ 5-1 lead over the Red Sox. But she is only enjoying it so much. For the bottom of the eighth inning is beginning…

  25. Red Sox mount improbable comeback, walk off winners in Game 2 to even ALCS at 1-1

    Oct 13, 2013, 11:52 PM EST

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Has the sleeping giant risen from his slumber? The Red Sox led the American League in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and (of course) OPS during the regular season, but between Game 1 and the fifth inning of Game 2, they looked more like the Miami Marlins. They were no-hit through eight and two-thirds innings in…

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