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  1. Russell Wilson — yes that one — and 44 players you’ve never heard of taken in Rule 5 draft

    Dec 12, 2013, 11:03 AM EST

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    The Rule 5 draft took place this morning. It’s traditionally the last thing that happens at the Winter Meetings, so there’s a bittersweet element to it I suppose. We all have to go home today. We all get to go home today. It’s like any vacation story I suppose. It’s not a terribly interesting event…

  2. UPDATE: Mariners planning to offer nine years, $225 million to Robinson Cano

    Dec 5, 2013, 7:48 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Houston Astros

    UPDATE: The Mariners may not have offered $200 million to Robinson Cano yet, but it sounds like it’s going to happen before long. David Waldstein of the New York Times and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman are both reporting that the Mariners plan to offer nine years and $225 million to Cano. This is a slightly…

  3. When will the Yankees regret the Jacoby Ellsbury contract?

    Dec 4, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

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    These huge, later-career deals never turn out great. The best you can hope for when you sign a 30-something baseball player to a hugely expensive long-term deal is that he will have a couple of good years on the front end to boost up his value, have a nice rebound year somewhere in the middle,…

  4. Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, and mouthwatering moves

    Nov 21, 2013, 1:18 PM EST

    Prince Fielder

    Opening monologue: How many players in baseball history have a name as incompatible as “Prince Fielder?” Crazy, right? It would be like Bud Harrelson being named “Crown Batter” or Randy Johnson being named “Elfin Junkballer,” or Alex Rodriguez being named “Innocent victim.” Am I right? And what’s the deal with all the questions they ask…

  5. The Tigers and Rangers trade is just as much about past mistakes as it is about current need

    Nov 21, 2013, 5:34 AM EST

    Prince Fielder

    In case you missed the big news last night, the Tigers traded Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler. Detroit is sending along around $30 million. The net result: the Tigers get Kinsler and about $70 million in salary relief, the Rangers get seven years of Fielder and a $138 million bill for his services.…

  6. Joey Votto: don’t change a thing

    Nov 13, 2013, 5:03 PM EST

    Division Series - San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Five

    Fun story here about Joey Votto and the continuing disdain some people in and around Cincinnati seem to have for his patient approach at the plate. My favorite quote in there was actually a question Dennis Janson says he asked when Bryan Price was introduced as Reds manager: I asked Walt Jocketty if Price is up to the…

  7. If it’s the Most Valuable Player, shouldn’t salary matter?

    Nov 7, 2013, 7:19 PM EST

    Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera will be named the American League Most Valuable Player again next week. There’s a good chance it will be unanimous, and if not, it will be pretty darn close. Yet, factoring in defense and baserunning, it’s very easy to come away with the idea that Mike Trout was the better player. Of course,…

  8. Forget the ‘one great player’ structure for this World Series

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:59 AM EST

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    BOSTON — There seems to be quite a bit of talk about continuity going into this year’s World Series. Well, hey, it’s the Cardinals and the Red Sox again. Fourth time. That was the matchup in ’46, with Stan Musial and Ted Williams, Enos Slaughter and Johnny Pesky, Red Schoendienst and Bobby Doerr and that…

  9. So, what’s the market for Billy Butler anyway?

    Oct 22, 2013, 7:10 PM EST

    Josh Phegley, Jerry Meals, Billy Butler

    This kind of doubles as a “what’s the market for Kendrys Morales?” post, too. Anyway, the Royals have let it be known that Billy Butler is available, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Had they done this a year ago, they would have been in line for a nice return. Now? Probably not so much. Butler…

  10. Mike Scioscia and Jerry Dipoto will be back

    Oct 9, 2013, 9:45 AM EST

    scioscia and dipoto angels

    As expected, The Los Angeles Angels announced yesterday that Mike Scioscia and GM Jerry Dipoto will be back next year. Not everyone will be, however: the team has relieved bench coach Rob Picciolo and hitting coach Jim Eppard of their duties. On the one hand: kind of surprising given what we’ve heard about tension between Scioscia and Dipoto…

  11. Mike Scioscia, Jerry Dipoto expected to stay in Anaheim

    Oct 4, 2013, 4:30 PM EST

    scioscia and dipoto angels

    There has been speculation about the job security for Angels manager Mike Scioscia and GM Jerry Dipoto. Looks like they’re safe: Although maybe not a formal announcement, #Angels expected to let media/fans know if both Scioscia/Dipoto are staying, to end speculation. — Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) October 4, 2013   The Angels played much better in…

  12. Rangers have no answer for the Rays’ stars

    Sep 30, 2013, 11:47 PM EST

    Evan Longoria

    The simple fact is that things lined up better for the Rays than they did for the Rangers in Monday’s one-game playoff. With no maneuvering necessary, the Rays had their 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner, David Price, ready to the take the mound. The Rangers, having used Yu Darvish on Sunday, were forced to…

  13. Alden Gonzalez explains why no Mike Trout extension is forthcoming

    Sep 27, 2013, 6:24 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    Many have assumed that the Angels will try to work out a long-term deal with Mike Trout this winter before the price tag becomes even more overwhelming, but there’s a very good reason that won’t be happening. And it has a lot to do with that hideous Vernon Wells deal still taking a toll. The Angels…

  14. Josh Hamilton: “There’s something to say about having a little extra butt on you”

    Sep 27, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton Getty

    It turns out sometimes a ballplayer getting into The Best Shape Of His Life isn’t such a good thing, as Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com writes about Josh Hamilton: Last offseason, he started a natural-juice diet–or “lifestyle change,” as he calls it–and entered at an estimated 227 pounds, roughly 20 pounds lighter than normal. For next…

  15. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 26, 2013, 7:04 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Minnesota Twins

    Tigers 1, Twins 0: The Tigers finally clinch the AL Central. It was a nail-biter, though, as they scored their lone run in the first inning and then held off the Twins all night long. Best part of their celebration? For the second year in a row Max Scherzer rocked the goggles with two different…

  16. Hating on the Astros is trendy. But it’s also rather silly.

    Sep 25, 2013, 9:28 AM EST

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    I’ve noticed a pretty marked trend in Astros hate the past couple of days.  Yesterday Buster Olney wrote at length about how bad the Astros are, how low their payroll is and how they are being rewarded for it in the form of profitability and draft picks. Buster basically accused the Astros of tanking the…

  17. Does pride keep sluggers from bunting against the shift?

    Sep 24, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

    david ortiz bunt

    So, yeah, I don’t like the sacrifice bunt. I don’t like the way it’s scored. I don’t like the way managers use it. I don’t like percentages. I don’t like people’s hyper-eagerness to just give away an out, like it’s nothing, like it is actually worth just one base. I suspect I’ll be talking about…

  18. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 19, 2013, 7:12 AM EST

    Chris Davis

    Orioles 5, Red Sox 3: Chris Davis with a two-run single in the 12th to win the game. Wei-Yin Chen gave up 11 hits but someone only three runs in five and two-thirds. Baltimore remains one back in the wild card. The Sox’ magic number for the division remains at three. Braves 5, Nationals 2: They’re…

  19. Jon Morosi: finding new ways to support Miguel Cabrera for MVP depending on the circumstances

    Sep 16, 2013, 2:07 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    You don’t have to have some set of hard and fast rules about how you feel about awards if you don’t want to. Feel free to go with your gut each year. Feel free to just vote for your favorite player all you want. Or not. I don’t care. And if you think Miguel Cabrera…

  20. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 12, 2013, 7:12 AM EST

    Mike Napoli

    Red Sox 7, Rays 3: Mike Carp with a tenth inning grand slam. Good job extending your lead, Boston! Good job letting the Yankees pull to within one game of the wild card, Rays! Apropos of nothing, I’d give a lot to hear what Red Sox fans who love this beards thing had to say…

  21. Padres release Edinson Volquez

    Aug 27, 2013, 4:46 PM EST

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    Predictably zero teams wanted anything to do with the remainder of Edinson Volquez‘s contract after the Padres designated him for assignment, so the right-hander passed through waivers unclaimed and has been released. That means Volquez is free to sign with any team for whatever he can get, although with free agency right around the corner…

  22. Anaheim isn’t big enough for Mike Scioscia and Jerry Dipoto

    Aug 23, 2013, 5:01 PM EST

    scioscia and dipoto angels

    There’s been plenty of speculation about the fates of Angels manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto, but Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com offers a bit of substance in reporting that one of them will be a goner after the season. According to Morosi “philosophical differences exist between the men and it has become increasingly…

  23. C.J. Wilson is one big Angels signing that has gone well

    Aug 21, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

    C.J, Wilson

    Handing out huge long-term contracts to Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton has worked out horribly for the Angels and only figures to get worse, but one of their big free agent commitments is going just fine. When the Angels inked C.J. Wilson to a five-year, $77.5 million deal it was met with a lot of…

  24. Mike Trout out of lineup again with hamstring strain

    Aug 20, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

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    From beat writer Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com comes word that Angels outfielder Mike Trout is out of the starting lineup for a second straight game on Tuesday night due to a right hamstring strain. Trout suffered the injury during Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Astros and might not be available until the end of…

  25. Josh Reddick has hit three home runs through six innings

    Aug 9, 2013, 9:22 PM EST

    Athletics' Reddick swings at a pitch against the Blue Jays during the third inning of their MLB American League game at O.co Coliseum in Oakland

    Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick hitless in 22 plate appearances dating back to July 29. Blue Jays pitching must have been just what the doctor ordered because Reddick has exploded in a big way tonight. In the top of the third, Reddick smoked a solo home run to left off of Jays starter Esmil Rogers. He…

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