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  1. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  2. Scott Downs is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 8, 2014, 7:24 AM EDT

    Downs_Scott

    New White Sox reliever Scott Downs may be getting up there in years, but Chicago has a great physical specimen to work with. Here’s Downs, talking to MLB.com: “I’m in the best shape of my life the last couple of years, and if my arm holds up, I still feel like I can go out…

  3. The White Sox announce the signing of Scott Downs

    Jan 2, 2014, 2:17 PM EDT

    Downs_Scott

    File this under deals that were basically done before Christmas but then everyone went home, ate too much, opened presents and then got back around it after the new year: White Sox & Scott Downs have agreed to terms on a 1-year, $4-million contract, including a club option for 2015: https://t.co/5aEbQU3ABX — Chicago White Sox…

  4. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    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…

  5. Scott Downs near an agreement to join the White Sox

    Dec 19, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

    Downs_Scott

    Jon Morosi reports that the White Sox are near an agreement with free agent reliever Scott Downs. Rosenthal says it’s a one-year deal for $4 million, with a vesting option that could make it two-years, $8 million. Downs, most recently with Atlanta, is coming off a season in which he posted a 2.49 ERA and…

  6. Nationals interested in reliever Eric O’Flaherty

    Dec 5, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    O'Flaherty_Eric

    The Nationals are on the lookout for a left-handed reliever and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that former Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty is their latest target. O’Flaherty required Tommy John surgery on his left elbow this May and is expected to miss at least the first month of the 2014 season, but that…

  7. Nationals interested in Scott Downs

    Dec 5, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

    Scott Downs

    Washington has been linked to basically every left-handed free agent reliever and now Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals have “expressed interest” in Scott Downs. Downs was traded from the Angels to the Braves in July and then left off Atlanta’s playoff roster, but he pitched well overall with a 2.49 ERA and…

  8. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    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…

  9. Braves leave Dan Uggla, Paul Maholm, and Scott Downs off playoff roster

    Oct 2, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT

    dan uggla getty

    As expected the Braves have left second baseman Dan Uggla off their NLDS roster, meaning they’d rather face the Dodgers without their highest-paid player. Uggla hit .179 this season and was completely helpless since returning from eye surgery, going 8-for-60 (.133) with 25 strikeouts. Along with Uggla the Braves also left off Paul Maholm, who…

  10. Cubs rally late, prevent the Braves from clinching the NL East for at least a little while

    Sep 21, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    Travis Wood, Dioner Navarro

    The Braves entered the day with a magic number of one to clinch the NL East and eliminate the Washington Nationals from division title contention. If they could overcome Cubs starter Travis Wood, they could bust out the bubbly at Wrigley, but the Cubs had other ideas. Wood surrendered a run in the fourth on…

  11. Winners and losers at the trade deadline

    Jul 31, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Given how disappointing this afternoon’s trade deadline proved to be, it’s only fair that the annual winners and losers column is a little lopsided. Let’s get right to it: Winners Red Sox: I didn’t like the idea of Boston giving up top prospects for Jake Peavy because I just didn’t see him being a big…

  12. HBT’s Trade Deadline Wrapup

    Jul 31, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

    jake peavy white sox getty

    The non-waiver trade deadline hit at 4PM EDT today. It was pretty uneventful compared to years past, with lots of chatter but very few deals. Here’s what we had go down today before the non-waiver trade deadline: The Dodgers acquired Drew Butera from the Twins for a player to be named; The Orioles receive Bud…

  13. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 30, 2013, 6:47 AM EDT

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    Pirates 9, Cardinals 2: In what is the most meaningful baseball played in Pittsburgh in over 20 years, Francisco Liriano was dominant and Pedro Alvarez hit his NL-leading 27th homer and the Pirates pull to within a half game of first place. Rays 2, Red Sox 1: Gotta love that a blown call impacted a…

  14. UPDATE: The Rays acquire Jesse Crain from the White Sox

    Jul 29, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

    Jesse Crain

    UPDATE: The deal is done. Buster Olney reports that the Rays have acquired Jesse Crain from the White Sox for future considerations. Olney believes that the future considerations will be based on how many games Crain, who has a bad shoulder, pitches for Tampa Bay. The more he pitches, the better the return. Crain, if…

  15. Braves acquire Scott Downs from Angels

    Jul 29, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    Scott Downs

    Atlanta has been linked to various left-handed relievers leading up to the trade deadline and the Braves finally got their man, acquiring Scott Downs from the Angels for minor leaguer Cory Rasmus. Downs has long been one of the best lefty relievers in baseball, posting a 2.27 ERA in 422 appearances since 2007, and the…

  16. Angels outlast the Reds in Opening Day marathon

    Apr 1, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Ryan Hanigan, Chris Iannetta

    It took a while, but the first ever interleague matchup on Opening Day is in the books. In a four-hour and 45-minute marathon, the Angels topped the Reds 3-1 in 13 innings this evening at Great American Ballpark. While the hyped trio of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton combined to go 1-for-14 with three…

  17. 2013 Preview: Los Angeles Angels

    Mar 16, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    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 2013 season. Up next: The Los Angeles Angels. The Big Question: Can the Angels slug their way to an AL West title? With the…

  18. Ryan Madson to throw bullpen session Monday

    Mar 9, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson AP

    Ryan Madson had a minor setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery in early February, but he’s beginning to make progress. According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Madson is set to throw a bullpen session Monday for the first time since his shutdown. However, it’s just the first step of a long process. Madson…

  19. Angels’ rebuilt bullpen adds left-hander Sean Burnett on two-year, $8 million contract

    Dec 5, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    They still need plenty of rotation help, but the Angels have added another late-inning option to their bullpen. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that they’ve signed left-hander Sean Burnett to a two-year deal with an option for 2015. Burnett joins Ryan Madson in a new-look bullpen after spending the past three-and-a-half seasons in Washington, where…

  20. Angels tie record, fan 20 Mariners in 5-4 victory

    Sep 26, 2012, 2:07 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The Angels tied a major league record Tuesday as five pitchers combined to fan 20 batters in a 5-4 defeat of the Mariners. Zack Greinke struck out 13 and allowed one run in his five innings of work, but with his pitch count up to 110, the Angels decided to pull him early. That didn’t…

  21. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 17, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Orioles 9, Athletics 5: Baltimore salvages one. Which is important for two reasons. Reason 1:  It’s their 82nd win of the year, which means they will finish above .500 for the first time in forever.  More importantly: they really just need to avoid the disaster west coast trip here. If they take care of business…

  22. Angels reliever Scott Downs put on DL with shoulder injury

    Aug 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Scott Downs

    Scott Downs entered the All-Star break having allowed one earned run in 30 innings, but he’s coughed up nine runs in five innings since then and now the Angels have placed him on the disabled list with a strained shoulder. According to manager Mike Scioscia “right now it’s a minor issue and we want to…

  23. Austin Jackson, Bryce Harper lead All-Star snubs

    Jul 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    You knew it was coming. In truth, I think those in charge did a better job of picking this season’s All-Stars than they have in recent years. Still, I have some disagreements, even if none of them are quite as vehement as last season’s. Austin Jackson (OF Tigers) – Jackson’s DL stint probably cost him…

  24. In 24th appearance, Scott Downs finally gives up a run

    Jun 10, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    Scott Downs

    Ryan Cook‘s scoreless streak ended at 23 innings on May 28. Aroldis Chapman lost his at 29 innings on Thursday. Now Scott Downs‘ streak has ended after 20 2/3 innings after he gave up his first run in earning a save against the Rockies on Sunday. Downs was the only reliever left in the league…

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