- Granderson, Mets finalize $60 million, 4-year deal
- Zduriencik defends handling of Mariners staff
- Report: Red Sox to gauge market on Stephen Drew
- Cox, La Russa, and Torre elected to Hall of Fame
- Napoli, Red Sox agree on 2-yr, $32M deal
- Sabathia: Being a Yankee for life didn't mean that much to...
- MLB denied Oakland's San Jose move request
- Report: Yankees, Beltran agree to three-year, $45-million...
- Yankees officially sign RHP Hiroki Kuroda
- Report: Mariners, Cano agree to $240-million deal
- Dodgers make it official with Brian Wilson
- Report: Mets, Granderson agree to four-year deal
I can’t even.
Roy Halladay was the best pitcher in baseball after Pedro Martinez was mortalized by the cruel march of time. Right up until the moment that very same ravages of age took Halladay down, after a peak worthy of the Hall o Fame.
Languishing for also-ran Blue Jays clubs for much of his peak, Roy Halladay engineered a trade to Philadelphia just in time to make believers of the rest of the baseball world, putting together a Cy...
Makes Marlins Park look like Falling Water
Winter Meetings Followers Guide
For some people, the Winter Meetings represents the highlight of the long winter months. So much baseball talk and possibility, selling hope by the pound to the 29 teams not currently in a World Series afterglow.
While the myriad transactions already in the books might take some of the intrigue out of this year’s extravaganza in Orlando, there is still enough media with enough horse in the December viewing...
The Yankees don’t have fun beards and don’t have sexy blue chip prospects lining their rotation like some teams. Instead, the Yankees pay top dollar for established stars and known commodities.
In signing Carlos Beltran to a thre-year, $45 million contract, the Yankees now have a glut of aging outfielders who are mostly DHs. The difference between Carlos Beltran and Vernon Wells or Ichiro or Alfonso Sorianois Carlos Beltran remains very, very productive. While his body might betray him,...
There are not many good ten year contracts. In baseball or any other sport, ten years of a player’s career is an eternity. Long-term contracts aren’t exactly the most efficient way for a baseball team to spend their money.
But, if you want to add a superstar to your team, you have to pay the price. For a player like Robinson Cano, the price is very steep. Ten years, $240 million steep. The third richest contact of in baseball...
There is nothing wrong with acknowledging your limitations. Not everyone is capable of admitting what they don’t know. It is with the small-w wisdom that we venture into the Hot Stove season, willing to admit we know less about the precedings that those in charge of multi-million dollar decisions.
That doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun, however. Jack Moore and I look at the A’s flurry of activity, the Yankees continuing to do what the Yankees do and few...
What sets the Black Sox Scandal of 1919 apart from the rest of the many match-fixing scandals of the early 20th century isn’t the magnitude of the games fixed nor the money that changed hands. No, what sets the Black Sox Scandal apart is the widespread panic that followed, a panic that held baseball hostage and irreparably transformed its history.
For the owners, the Black Sox Scandal was a shocking indicator of just how little control they enjoyed over the...
Brian Wilson‘s exploits rub a lot of people the wrong way. Brian Wilson’s beard and Brian Wilson’s oddball behavior eclipsed Brian Wilson’s baseball production about halfway through the 2011 season.
Then, early in the 2012 season, Brian Wilson went down injured, requiring a second Tommy John surgery, ending his time with the San Francisco Giants (who won the World Series with Wilson’s beard taking up space in the dugout as he rehabbed his elbow.)
After a short but incredibly...
The Seattle Mariners are desperate to make something happen. For years, free agents rebuffed their advances, leaving the Mariners stuck in development hell. They have their victories, and Felix Hernandez is a fine trophy on which to hang your hat. The Mariners take great pains to ensure Felix stays the King of the Pacific Northwest for essentially his entire career.
But you cannot build a winner with just an ace. You can build around an ace but even Felix Hernandez...
Each fall, many of baseball top prospects descend on Arizona for the annual Arizona Fall League. A baseball wonk’s dream, some of the biggest blue chippers in the game compete in an exhibition schedule designed to showcase their talents and get much needed repetitions against top talent.
theScore’s Steph Rogersspent a week covering the AFL, talking with many of baseball’s future stars. Below is her introduction to the AFL experience and an interview with Cubs top pick in the...
Safe to say Tuesday, December 3rd 2013 will go down as one of the weirdest and wildest off-season days in baseball history. Just a day unlike any other, or so it appears from the outside. Still a week shy of the Winter Meetings with the GM Meetings just a distant memory, a flurry of activity resulted more players and money flying around then even makes sense.
Jacoby Ellsbury is of course the big deal of the day, as well as ...
RICH! SO F*&KING RICH
The bad old days are here again. The New York Yankees, as is their five-year tradition, are spending money like only the New York Yankees can. The Brian McCann signing isn’t even official yet (press event Thursday) and now the Yankees have signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year contract reportedly worth more than $150 million dollars. US dollars. Legal tender.
The new big dollar Yankees won’t look like the swaggering Yankees of old. The days of...
The Detroit Tigers made two moves in the last two days with very different goals. First, they traded a very good pitcher for what looks like a very minimal return – a utility player and a nice prospect in exchange for one of the, what, 20 starters in baseball over the last three years?
Doug Fisteris really good but was about to get more expensive and they have more than their share of fine starters so fine: you deal...
The Detroit Tigers had one of the best rotations in baseball last season. Probably the best, if we’re being honest. Keeping such a juggernaut together takes money, however. Lots of money.
Justin Verlander makes a mint, Max Scherzer is due a mint, Anibal Sanchez just signed for 5/6 of a mint, Rick Porcello is a Super Two which puts him on the fast track to mintdom. Which leaves Doug Fister, who just happens to be an excellent pitcher.
The idea of players being non-tendered can be a little difficult to understand for regular people who don’t spend their days & nights buried in the fine print of the collective bargaining agreement. “Non-tendering” a player grants him early free agency, forsaking the remaining years of club control while freeing the club from paying his way. Arbitration raise are baked into the system, so the rules dictate players earn raises
After three years of team control where they are entitled...
Those who have followed Zack Greinke‘s career know not to underestimate the power of his baseball mind. Greinke knows as much about what goes on in baseball, both on and off the field, more than almost any active player, and I would bet more than a good number of executives. And don’t just take my word for it — take Brewers general manager Doug Melvin’s. Greinke was a member of his draft war room in 2012, and one of...
Phil Hughes is not who you think he is
Not all innings eaters are created equal. There is of course value in sending out a known commodity 32 times in a season, even if that commodity is known to be very bad. The deal the Minnesota Twins reached with Ricky Nolasco last week was a good example of a long term deal for a pitcher whose best quality is the ability to take the ball and pitch near league-average.
Hall of Fame ballots, hypothetical or otherwise, are subjective by nature. The list of ten players from this year’s ballot who I deemed, in my infinite wisdom, to be worthy of Hall support was subject to my own whims and shifting criteria.
As has been discussed ad nauseum, there is 15 pounds of Hall of Fame meat on this year’s 10 pound ballot. Multiple worthy candidates will find themselves off the ballots of many voters, who take the seemingly clear...
Twins Begin Slow Ascent with Nolasco Signing
Right now, the Minnesota Twins are not a good baseball team. They haven’t been for a while, if we’re being honest. An odd fixation on players with limited skill sets and a poor development record doomed Minnesota for a few years in the AL Central woods.
But things are looking up in the Twin Cities. They still have Joe Mauerand, even as a first baseman, he remains one of the very best...
There is more than one way to skin a cat, a famous sadist once told me. There is more than one way in which an also-ran ballclub can change its fortunes. Rarely does it happen overnight and if anybody knows a good shortcut, I’m sure 25 or so professional baseball teams would love to hear it.
In order to turn around a middling baseball club, it takes more just cashing a winning lottery ticket during the June amateur draft. Major...
There is no easy way to deal a player like Yoenis Cespedes. The Oakland A’s, notorious for their grueling efficiency, seem to churn through position players at a high rate (though this isn’t actually true.) They’re adept cheap pickups and willingness to platoon makes it hard to know the players without a program, as they say.
Even among those players, there is a certain facelessness associated with playing in the rundown Coliseum in front of a small clutch...
The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York is a wonderful museum and cherished time capsule of the grand old game. The story of baseball is told inside those hallowed halls, with keepsakes and mementos from time immemorial.
Telling the story of baseball seems, to me, like the real purpose of the Hall of Fame. The enshrinement process exists as an extension of the same ideal: these are the great players without whom the game would not be the same.
The Texas Rangers are a uniquely positioned baseball club. Few teams appear as dedicated to winning as the Rangers, a club that used its considerable wealth to engineer the Ian Kinsler for Prince Fielder trade, taking on a very significant amount of salary to upgrade their offense.
In addition to spending on players like Prince Fielder (not to mention extending Kinsler (twice) and signing shortstop Elvis Andrusto a longterm deal), the Rangers have a deep pool of prospects to...
Buried among the flurry of minor moves this past week comes an interesting transaction from Japan: 44-year-old reliever Takashi Saito has re-signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, the reigning NPB champions.
Saito was excellent in limited action for Rakuten in 2013, as he threw 26.2 innings with a 2.36 ERA and a 2.5 K/BB in relief of Masahiro Tanakaand the rest of the Golden Eagles’ NPB-winning rotation. In the process, he managed to infuse new life into what has...
You think you’re safe to take a week vacation in the middle of November because what happens in the middle of November? Only a humongous swap of two very good players and a slew of free agent signings. There is no off season, this much is true.
Landing Brian McCann
The biggest signing of the weekend was, of course, the Yankees netting Brian McCann for five years and $85 million. The Yankees are not finished shopping but inking the former...
In June of 1989, the monthly baseball history magazine “Great Moments In Baseball” wrote the following as the introduction to an article, “The Front Office: Baseball and the Bottom Line:”
Once upon a time, so they tell me, baseball was a game played on the field. Nothing else counted. You could depend on it. Winning or losing depended strictly on the players themselves… and the managers. In the really old days the managers and the owners were the very same...