December 2014 archive

Dec 22

On the Phil Hughes, Twins Extension

Phil Hughes probably could have waited another two years, pitched for the relative pittance of 8 million per through 2016, and probably signed an Anibal Sanchez like 5-year/60 million dollar deal at the age of 31, but Hughes and his CAA representative Nez Balelo turned a great 2014 into 42 million guaranteed. Christmas comes early …

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Dec 22

Astros Sign Relievers, Make Statement

The events in this blog happened nearly two weeks ago. I had some thoughts, figured I should share, so here we are. There’s probably no easier way to add a few wins than to stop coughing up leads, and by that way of thinking, the Houston Astros recent signings of both Pat Neshek and Luke …

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Dec 19

Padres Add Upton, Beat Christmas Rush

On their way to scoring 535 runs last season, a scant 3.30 runs per game, the San Diego Padres outfielders accounted for 227 of them, which was tied with the Houston Astros for fewest in the Majors.1 The only legitimate offensive threat of those wall crashers was Seth Smith who posted his best offensive season …

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Dec 17

Yankees Re-sign Headley, Capuano

I’m a little surprised that Chase Headley only received a 4-year/$52 million deal. As the top remaining third baseman on the market, and a solid bet to actually be worth the money he’ll be paid, I felt fairly confident that he’d average in the 15 million dollar range. Of course, that kind of figure would …

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Dec 15

Catalog Christmas Shopping

So far, in these first few weeks leading up to Christmas, I’ve made pounds of chocolate candies with my mother-in-law; eaten an unhealthy quantity of said candy; introduced Frosty, Christmas Comes to Pacland, Yogi’s First Christmas, and the He-man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special to my daughter; and decided that my next big project is …

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Dec 14

White Sox Add Cabrera – Cubs Now on the Clock

To call Melky Cabrera a huge upgrade in left field you have to believe the White Sox actually had a Major League-caliber player stationed there last season. The South Siders just improved by at least three wins, and with all their other moves from this offseason, just turned into a .500 ball club. Welcome, AL …

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Dec 11

Detroit Tigers: the Gift that Keeps on Giving

I love initial reactions. They’re the best. When a buddy asked if I’d heard about trading for Yoenis Cespedes, my initial thought went something like, “Who’d the Tiger ship out? No way Dombrowski was dumb enough to trade Porcello.” Well. There you have it. Porcello is packing his Louis Vuitton signature luggage for Boston in …

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Dec 11

Dodgers Grab Winter Meeting Headlines

I was skeptical of the Dodgers trade for Jimmy Rollins. He’s still a solid defender, and if he’s not the Gold Glove winner he was just a few years ago, he’ll certainly look like the second coming of Pee Wee Reese compared to Hanley Ramirez at shortstop. Even at 36-years old next season. I was …

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Dec 08

Free Agent Fun with Comps: the Broken Arms

This is part 11 of an ongoing series featuring a breakdown of the current free agent players at each position. Positions completed so far: catchers, first base, second base, shortstop, third base, left field, remaining outfielders, designated hitters, and starting pitchers part one and part two. As mentioned in my earlier posts, I’m assessing the …

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Dec 02

Free Agent Fun with Comps: Starting Pitchers II

This is part 10 of an ongoing series featuring a breakdown of the current free agent players at each position. Positions completed so far: catchers, first base, second base, shortstop, third base, left field, remaining outfielders, designated hitters, and starting pitchers part one. As mentioned in my earlier posts, I’m assessing the current free agent …

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