Category Archive: American League

Jan 14

Billy Beane, the A’s, and Knowing Things

Maybe it shouldn’t come as any great surprise that Oakland GM Billy Beane and his staff of brainiacs is reshaping the A’s roster rather than developing. It is. A little. It shouldn’t be, though, if we were paying attention. Since Beane took over as the Oakland GM after the ’97 season, the A’s have climbed …

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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 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 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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Oct 14

Could the O’s Use Chris Davis Now?

With the Orioles down two games and facing a steady diet of Royals right-handed flamethrowers, I suppose the obvious question is whether the presence of Chris Davis would have made a difference. Davis, left off of the ALCS roster because he still had five games remaining on his suspension prior to the series opener, is …

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Oct 14

Steve Pearce Is Due

I’m waiting for that moment when Steve Pearce turns on 99 mph Kelvin Herrera fastball and deposits it in the left field bleachers. It has to happen. The Orioles players will stream from the dugout like kids, joyously bounding for home, as Pearce jogs around the bases, his mind at ease because he finally guessed …

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Oct 01

West Coast? Mid-Atlantic Baseball Rules!

For those of us in the Mid-Atlantic region, this Major League postseason brings something sort of unique. For the first time, at least that I can track these things back, we’re going to see all three area teams in the playoffs at the same time. How unique is it? Seeing that big league baseball has …

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Sep 12

Chris Davis Suspension and the Orioles Chances

Consider me skeptical that the loss of Chris Davis for 25 games is all that debilitating of a blow to the Orioles postseason chances. Sure his 26 home runs from the left side provide a nice complement to the right-handed bomb hitting machine otherwise known as Nelson Cruz, and with Steve Pearce having a career …

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