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  1. Nationals “have significant interest” in Oliver Perez

    Nov 15, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    At this point the Nationals have been linked to basically every free agent reliever who throws the ball left-handed and the latest is Oliver Perez, with Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reporting that they “have significant interest.” Perez was awful in 2009 and 2010, and then out of the majors completely in 2011, but…

  2. Max Scherzer wins AL Cy Young Award

    Nov 13, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    Max Scherzer became the second Tiger in three years to claim the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday, picking up 28 of the 30 first-place votes to easily outdistance the Rangers’ Yu Darvish and Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma. Darvish was second on 19 ballots to finish as the runner up to Scherzer. Iwakuma was third, getting…

  3. The Phillies to sign Marlon Byrd to a two-year, $16 million deal

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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    The Mike and Ike Show on 94WIP in Philly is reporting that the Phillies will sign Marlon Byrd Ken Rosenthal has confirmed the deal. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.com reports that the deal is for two years, $16 million. Byrd, who is 35, hit .291/.336/.511 with 24 homers and 88 RBI for the Mets and Pirates.…

  4. Alderson: Mets don’t expect to give out $100 million contract this winter

    Nov 11, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson AP

    The Mets have some money to spend this offseason with the contracts of Johan Santana, Jason Bay, and Frank Francisco coming off the books, but don’t expect them to go after any of the big ticket items in free agency. Alderson pledges aggressive approach this winter but unwilling to go over $100 million for a…

  5. Wil Myers outpoints Jose Iglesias for AL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 11, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Wil Myers

    Wil Myers became Tampa Bay’s third AL Rookie of the Year in the past six seasons Monday after receiving 23 of 30 first-place votes from the BBWAA. Myers, who was acquired from Kansas City last winter in the James Shields deal, joins Evan Longoria (2008) and Jeremy Hellickson (2010) as Rays to win the award…

  6. Qualifying offer accept/decline round-up

    Nov 11, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Atlanta Braves

    UPDATE: All 13 players who received a qualifying offer have declined it. ========== The deadline for free agents to accept or decline qualifying offers is 5:00 p.m. eastern time today, so I’ll update this list with decisions as they become known: – Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: Declined – Robinson Cano, Yankees: Declined – Shin-Soo Choo, Reds:…

  7. BBWAA awards finalists revealed on MLB Network

    Nov 5, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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    The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) is announcing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special airing right now (6:00 p.m. ET) on MLB Network. We will post those names here as they are rolled out…

  8. Felix Hernandez’s house is on fire

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    felix hernandez fire

    According to this photo posted by the Bellevue Fire Department on Twitter tonight, Felix Hernandez‘s house is on fire: They’re calling it “a large residential fire” at the 5,000-square foot home, which Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times notes was purchased by King Felix in 2010.

  9. UPDATED: Everything about today’s qualifying offer deadline

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Here’s the wrap on how Monday’s qualifying offer deadline went down. First, here’s a quick guide to the qualifying offers game: Teams are allowed to make $14.1 million qualifying offers to free agents they’ve employed for at least a year and thus secure a draft pick if they depart. That pick will come immediately following the…

  10. Mariners decline options on Franklin Gutierrez, Joe Saunders

    Nov 1, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    franklin gutierrez getty

    Franklin Gutierrez and Joe Saunders will both be free agents after the Mariners declined their 2014 options. Gutierrez once looked like a potential star, combining exceptional defense in center field with above-average offense, but he’s been healthy enough to play just 41, 40, and 92 games during the past three seasons and Seattle chose not…

  11. What if MLB’s season were only 16 games?

    Nov 1, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    kershaw getty

    So, a couple of friends suggested to me that instead of making this a series of rule changes I would like to see (and will never happen), I should instead come up with “Five things that might make you think differently about baseball.” That does seem to make a bit more sense. My first rule…

  12. 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…

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

    Oct 22, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    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…

  14. Report: Carlos Peguero’s wife ripped off Felix Hernandez’s wife

    Oct 19, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Seattle Mariners

    Maria Peguero, wife of Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero, is facing federal wire-fraud charges for making nearly $180,000 worth of online purchases on a debit card belonging to Sandra Hernandez, wife of Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez, the Seattle Times is reporting. The article, which really should be read in whole, tells of court documents showing Maria…

  15. Four years later, 2009 free-agent pair comes up big in LCSs

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:58 AM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    Headlined by three players, the post-2009 season MLB free agent class was undoubtedly the weakest seen in at least a decade. The prizes: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday (acquired from the A’s earlier that summer), Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay and Angels right-hander John Lackey. The field was so bad that the fourth biggest contract went…

  16. The Four-Pitcher Slam

    Oct 14, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

    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…

  17. Kendrys Morales to reject the Mariners’ qualifying offer

    Oct 8, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales

    A week or so ago it was reported that the Mariners would make a qualifying offer to pending free agent Kendrys Morales. Jon Heyman reports today that Morales is likely to reject said offer when it comes: Morales will turn down the qualifying offer, as he’d expect to hit it much bigger in a market…

  18. Four points of award voting

    Oct 2, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT

    kershaw getty

    When I was a kid, I loved the annual awards column that would run in the local newspaper. It does not really matter WHICH local paper I’m talking about now because some version of that column ran in every newspaper in the United States. The columns always picked the writers’ baseball award winners and, along…

  19. The Mariners intend to make Kendrys Morales a qualifying offer

    Oct 1, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales

    Free agent-to-be Kendrys Morales might not be one and done in Seattle. MLB.com’s Greg Johns passed along word that GM Jack Zduriencik said he intends to make the designated hitter a qualifying offer after the World Series. That offer would give Morales a one-year contract in the $13.5 million-$14 million range should he choose to…

  20. Pouliot’s postseason award picks: American League

    Oct 1, 2013, 2:18 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Evan Longoria made his case for moving up the MVP ballot with his big game Monday, but while it’s safe to say the Rays wouldn’t have reached the postseason without him, he was still no better than the AL’s third best third baseman. It was, in fact, the year of the third baseman in the…

  21. The Astros lost their final 15 games

    Sep 29, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Chris Carter

    The Yankees brought half a team to Houston, but that was enough to get a three-game sweep and conclude the Astros’ historic season with 15 straight losses. They’re the first team since the 1899 Cleveland Spiders to lose their final 15 games. The Astros ended up 51-111. They’re the 12th team since 1900 ever to…

  22. Anibal Sanchez shuts down Marlins, wins AL ERA crown

    Sep 28, 2013, 9:38 PM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez

    In what was otherwise a meaningless tuneup for the Tigers, Anibal Sanchez entered Saturday’s start against the Marlins with the slightest of all leads for the AL ERA crown: 2.64 to Bartolo Colon‘s 2.65 mark. The margin is a little wider now: Sanchez threw five scoreless innings and struck out eight in a brisk 66-pitch…

  23. Athletics lose, clinching home field advantage for the Red Sox

    Sep 28, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Despite a valiant effort at a comeback this afternoon, the Athletics lost to the Mariners 7-5. The loss drops them to 95-66 and, with one game remaining, locks up home field advantage throughout the playoffs for the 97-63 Red Sox. The Sox will play the winner of the one-game AL Wild Card playoff, be it…

  24. Brandon Phillips names his All-Swag Team

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    brandon phillips

    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports spoke with Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, mostly about swag. Phillips says that baseball needs more of it, saying, “That’s exactly why African-Americans don’t play baseball. [There’s] no passion in the game. You’ve got to be like a robot. Look at basketball. Look at football. When you make an exciting…

  25. Hisashi Iwakuma (quietly) had a really great season

    Sep 26, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma put the finishing touches on a fantastic season last night with eight shutout innings against the Royals, lowering his ERA to 2.66. That ranks sixth among all qualified starters, behind only Clayton Kershaw, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon, and Anibal Sanchez. He also ranks fifth in innings with 219.2, trailing…

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