Apr 18, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT
Jeff Samardzija unselfishly wants to get paid. It’s not as crazy as it sounds.
Apr 16, 2014, 8:54 PM EDT
Josh Hamilton is likely to be sidelined through most of May with a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and now beat writer Jeff Fletcher at the Orange County Register reports that Kole Calhoun will miss the next 4-6 weeks with what Angels manager Mike Scioscia called a “bad ligament sprain” in his right ankle.
Apr 16, 2014, 6:38 AM EDT
I only watched a little baseball last night. Watched a lot of “Night Court” though.
Apr 14, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT
The other owners will have to ratify the move at their next meeting, but as of yesterday it’s all but official: the Braves now own the Nationals.
Apr 12, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT
Over the winter, Randy Levine made a comment about Mike Trout’s value and now he’s paying the price for it.
Apr 2, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT
Joe Posnanski picks the Royals to win the division for the 17th consecutive season.
Apr 2, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT
As part of his new eight-year, $253 million extension with the Tigers reigning back-to-back MVP Miguel Cabrera has bonuses for winning the award again or capturing another Triple Crown in the future.
Apr 1, 2014, 5:50 AM EDT
Does winning on Opening Day mean anything? I dunno, ask Oakland and Seattle.
Mar 31, 2014, 11:12 PM EDT
Mike Trout doing Mike Trout things
Mar 30, 2014, 10:41 AM EDT
Mike Trout‘s new six-year, $144.5 million contract extension was officially announced on Saturday afternoon and the star outfielder celebrated by going 2-for-4 with a home run in the Angels’ 6-2 exhibition victory over the Dodgers in Anaheim. Trout, 22, then hit up a steakhouse with friend and teammate Garrett Richards … 12 oz of bone,…
Mar 29, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT
On the heels of Mike Trout signing a six-year, $144.5 million extension with the Angels, you can’t blame Nationals fans for hoping that perhaps Bryce Harper would consider a similar deal. However, Harper’s agent, Scott Boras, hinted to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post today that the Trout contract will have no impact on their…
Mar 29, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT
The Angels and superstar outfielder Mike Trout have agreed to terms on a six-year extension which is reportedly worth $144.5 million. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has the year-by-year breakdown: 2015: $5.25 million 2016: $15.25 million 2017: $19.25 million 2018: $33.25 million 2019: $33.25 million 2020: $33.25 million While the Angels surely would have liked to…
Mar 28, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT
If you thought the Mike Trout news was big, wait until you hear this! The Phillies have acquired utility infielder Jayson Nix from the Rays for an undisclosed amount of cash, CSN Philly’s John Clark reports. Nix spent the spring with the Rays but did not make the cut. Nix, 31, had a decent spring…
Mar 28, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT
MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez is reporting that the Angels and outfielder Mike Trout are close to finalizing a contract extension worth $144.5 million over six years. [Update: The Angels official Twitter confirms the deal. The team will make an announcement on Saturday.] Trout is currently eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season, so the…
Mar 28, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT
There’s a certain segment of baseball fans, heavily concentrated in the southeastern part of Michigan, who think that anything other than bowing before Miguel Cabrera and anything other than spitting on the ground whenever Mike Trout‘s name is mentioned is the height of disrespect. I don’t care.
Mar 27, 2014, 8:47 PM EDT
The Tigers have reportedly reached agreement on an extension with Miguel Cabrera which will pay him $292 million over the next 10 years and keep him under contract through at least his age-40 season. If the deal is announced as a 10-year extension, it will be the biggest financial commitment in sports history. While both…
Mar 27, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT
Not surprising given that they, you know, won the World Series. But here are the numbers on offseason merchandise sales from Fanatics.com: Top selling teams since Jan. 1 Boston Red Sox NY Yankees LA Dodgers St. Louis Cardinals SF Giants Best Offseason Year-over-Year increases Boston Red Sox – up 230% Pittsburgh Pirates – up 200% Kansas City…
Mar 25, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT
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 2014 season. Next up: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Big Question: After two years of disappointments, do the Angels have a shot? There…
Mar 24, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT
As of late last month there were numerous reports about the Angels and Mike Trout working on a massive long-term contract extension, but as Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com notes that talk has gone silent recently. Gonzalez asked Trout what the extension rumors being quiet meant and here’s how the Angels center fielder replied: I haven’t…
Mar 23, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT
Joel Sherman of the New York Post polled 18 scouts and executives for a ranking of the five best position players, starting pitchers, relief pitchers, managers and general managers entering the 2014 regular season. As you can probably guess, Mike Trout won the ballot for best position player, with two-time defending AL MVP Miguel Cabrera…
Mar 19, 2014, 10:04 PM EDT
We know this is how it works. Phenoms get fewer September callups than they used to, and they rarely debut on Opening Day. Instead, it’s June that’s become the popular time for debuts, all in the name of delaying arbitration and free agency eligibility. On the one hand, it kind of sucks: much of the…
Mar 14, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT
Mike Trout is pretty relaxed about the timetable he’s facing to become a centimillionaire. Mike DiGiovanna reports that, unlike a lot of guys who negotiate contract extensions with their current teams, Trout is OK with it if negotiations on his deal with the Angels carry over to the regular season: “It doesn’t matter to me,”…
Mar 12, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT
Bovada released its player prop bets for the 2014 season on Wednesday, providing odds on the AL and NL MVP and Cy Young races, as well as MLB’s home run leader. Here’s a look at what I consider to be the best bets in each category. Please do note, though, all information here is for…
Mar 10, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT
The Orioles signed Manny Machado to a one-year, $519,000 contract renewal on Monday — standard operating procedure for a pre-arbitration player. The salary is $19,000 more than the major league minimum and Machado also gets a $100,000 bonus for winning the 2013 Platinum Glove Award in the American League. But he is not celebrating. According…
Mar 6, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? You decide. Baseball fans were provided with a heaping slice of awesomeness in this afternoon’s Cactus League matchup between the Dodgers and Angels, as Mike Trout‘s attempt at an inside-the-park home run was dashed thanks in part to a throw from Yasiel Puig. In the bottom…
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