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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 22nd) – Updated Yearly #WOB Totals For 2014

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Morry Gash – AP

Jonathan Lucroy homered twice, including a walkoff shot in the 9th inning, giving the Brewers a 4-3 win over the Reds.

Carlos Santana went 4-5 with a homer and a pair of doubles, driving in a pair and scoring twice, leading the Indians past the Twins, 8-2.

Jacob deGrom pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 1 run and 1 walk while striking out 7 Mariners, earning the 3-1 decision for the Mets.

Miguel Gonzalez pitched into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings of 3 hit, 2 run ball as the Orioles defeated the Angels, 4-2.

They owned baseball on July 22, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 21st) – Updated Yearly #WOB Totals For 2014

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Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images

Chris Sale struck out 8 Kansas City batters in 7 innings, letting up just 1 run and earning the 3-1 victory for the White Sox.

David Ortiz homered twice, driving in 4, as the Red Sox crushed the Blue Jays 14-1.

Wily Peralta allowed just 3 hits, 1 run and 2 walks over 7 innings as the Brewers beat the Reds 5-2 and retained first place.

Hunter Pence went 3 for 5, drove in a pair of key runs, including an RBI triple and scored another, helping the Giants come from behind in Philadelphia, 7-4.

 

They owned baseball on July 21, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 20th) – Updated Yearly WOB Totals For 2014

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AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi

Odrisamer Despaigne threw no hit ball until there were 2 outs in the 8th inning. He wound up going 7 2/3 innings with 2 hits and 3 walks, allowing just one run. He didn’t get the decision but the Padres walked off 2-1 winners against the Mets.

Jon Lester threw 8 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits and striking out 8, earning the 6-0 victory for the Red Sox and completing the sweep of the Royals.

Neil Walker got 3 hits including a homer, scoring a pair as the Pirates topped the Rockies 5-3.

Jacoby Ellsbury got on base 5 times, including a double and a pair of stolen bases. He scored the game winning run as the Yankees walked off as 3-2 winners over the Reds.

They owned baseball on July 20, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 19th) – Updated Yearly WOB Totals For 2014

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DUANE BURLESON/GETTY IMAGES

Corey Kluber game within an out of a complete game, finishing with 10 strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings allowing just 2 runs in the Indians 6-2 win that began a double header sweep of the Tigers.

Cole Hamels dominated Atlanta with 7 strong innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 run, striking out 9 while walking none, earning the 2-1 decision for Philadelphia.

Adam Jones reached base 3 times, homered and drove in 5 runs as the Orioles took a potential playoff preview 8-4 in Oakland.

Paul Goldschmidt reached base 5 times, doubled, homered, drove in 3 runs and scored 3, powering the Diamondbacks past the Cubs, 9-3.

 

They owned baseball on July 19, 2014.

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HR Streaks Of 2 Or More In 2014

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Through July 19, 2014 

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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HRs Streaks (Games Consecutive in MLB)

2 Active 2 Game HR streaks: Paul Goldschmidt (3rd Steak)  Giancarlo Stanton (1st streak), Last player with 3 HRs (Conor Gillaspie), 4 HRs (George Springer), 5 HRs (Devin Mesoraco).  Streaks not of this year:  Last 6 HR streak (Chris Davis – 2012), 7 HR streak (Kevin Mench – 2006) and last 8 HR streak (Ken Griffey JR. in 1993)

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Ken Griffey JR, Mariners, July.20 – July.28

7 Games (Last Done in 2006)

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Kevin Mench, Rangers , April.21 – Apr.28

6 Games (Last Done in 2012)

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 18th) – Updated Yearly WOB Totals For 2014

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Denis Poroy – Getty Images

Travis d’Arnaud got 3 hits including an RBI single in the first and the go ahead RBI single in the 9th that lead the Mets to a 5-4 victory in San Diego.

Jason Kipnis homered twice including a 3 run homer that gave Cleveland the lead in a 7 run 7th inning and a 9-3 win over Detroit.

Madison Bumgarner pitched 6 strong innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 7 Marlins. He was lifted as the game got out of hand and the Giants took a 9-1 laugher.

Yu Darvish struck out 12 batters in 6 2/3 in 5 innings, allowing just 1 run and got the decision as the Rangers topped Toronto 5-1.

They owned baseball on July 18, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 15th – ALL – Star Game Edition) – Updated Yearly WOB Totals For 2014

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Mike Trout earned All Star Game MVP honors by doubling and tripling, driving in a pair of runs including the eventual game winning run for the American League.

Glen Perkins closed out the game and home field advantage for the American League in front of his home town fans with a 1-2-3 ninth.

They owned baseball on July 15, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 14th – HR Derby) – Updated Yearly WOB Totals For 2014

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Photo: Jesse Johnson, USA TODAY Sports

Yoenis Cespedes won the Home Run Derby last night with 9 home runs in the championship round, and 30 overall. He earned a full WOB.

Todd Frazier came in second place with 1 homer in the final round, but 11 overall, earning 1/2 a WOB.

They owned baseball on July 14, 2014.

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2014 Home Run Leaderboards + HR Streaks Of 2 Or More In 2014

THE LONG BALL In 2014

TOP 5 HRs AL/NL @ The ASG Break

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For Games Played Through July 13, 2014

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Top 5 HR Leaders AL

Jose Abreu, White Sox – 29 (Last Homered July 12)

Nelson Cruz, Orioles – 28 (Last Homered July 7th)

Edwin Encarnacion,  Blue Jays – 26 – Injury Report: (15-day disabled list (July 6, strained right quadriceps.)

Mike Trout, Angels – 22 (Last Homered July 11)

Brandon Moss, A’s – 21 (Last Homered July 13)

Victor Martinez, Tigers  – 21 – Injury Report – Day to Day. (Last Homered July 3)

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Top 5 HR Leaders NL

Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins – 21

Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies - 21 (Last Homered July.11)

Anthony Rizzo, Cubs – 20 (Last Homered July.9)

Todd Frazier, Reds – 19 (Last Homered July.13)

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 13th) – Updated Yearly WOB Totals For 2014

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Bob Levey, Getty Images

 

Clay Buchholz threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, striking out 12 and walking no Houston batters as the Red Sox rolled, 11-0.

Madison Bumgarner not only pitched into the 7th and earned the decision, but he also went 2-3 with a grand slam in the Giants 8-4 win over Arizona.

Brian Dozier homered twice and doubled, driving in 4 runs in the Twins 13-5 victory over the Rockies.

Scooter Gennett got on base 4 times, including a double, scored twice and drove in 2 runs as the Brewers stayed in first place by pummeling St. Louis, 11-2.

They owned baseball on July 13, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 12th) – Updated Yearly WOB Totals For 2014

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Photo: David Kohl, AP

Andrew McCutchen went 3-5, launching a game tying homer in the 9th and a go ahead blast in the 11th as the Pirates stunned the Reds 6-5 in 11.

Wade Miley pitched 7 scoreless innings, earning the 2-0 win for the Diamondbacks and knocking San Francisco out of first place.

Jason Castro tripled, homered and moved a runner along in the game winning 8th inning rally, helping the Astros top the Red Sox 3-2.

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched a shutout into the 9th inning, settling for 8 2/3 innings of 5 hit, 2 run ball, striking out 8 Oakland batters and winning the game for Seattle, 6-2.

They owned baseball on July 12, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 11th) – Updated Yearly WOB Totals For 2014

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David Wright went 4-4 with a homer and 2 RBI as the Mets roughed up the Marlins, 7-1.

Tim Lincecum pitched 7 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and pushed the Giants back into a first place tie with a 5-0 triumph over Arizona.
Jose Reyes went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI and doubled in the game winning rally in the 9th as Toronto won 8-5 in Tampa Bay

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Felix Hernandez pitched 8 innings, allowing just 2 runs and struck out 9 in a tense AL West battle that Seattle took, 3-2, from Oakland.

They owned baseball on July 11, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 10th) – Updated Yearly WOB Totals For 2014

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Photo: Stephen Dunn – Getty Images

Clayton Kershaw saw his scoreless inning streak end at 41, but a single run did not blemish another amazing start. He threw a complete game, allowing just 3 hits, striking out 11 and walking 1 and beating San Diego 2-1 for his 11th win.

Arismendy Alcantara was supposed to be sent to the minors. Instead he went 4-5, missing the cycle by a homer, drove in 3, scored 2 and got a hit in the 12th to spark the game winning rally as the Cubs won 6-4 in Cincinnati.

Scott Kazmir threw 7 shutout 3 hit innings, striking out 9 while walking only one Giant batter, leading Oakland to a 6-1 victory.

Mike Trout led an Angel offensive onslaught with 4 hits, including a homer, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored in a 15-6 thrashing of the Rangers.

They owned baseball on July 10, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 9th) – Updated Yearly WOB Totals For 2014

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Salvador Perez went 2-5 including a dramatic 3 run 9th inning come from behind homer to give the Royals a 5-4 victory in Tampa Bay.

Troy Tulowitzki homered twice as the Rockies beat the Padres 6-3.

Max Scherzer kept the Dodgers from rallying and finished with 7 innings, 1 run and 7 strikeouts, getting the 4-1 decision for the Tigers.

Roberto Hernandez pitched 8 innings of 3 hit, 1 run ball, leading the Phillies past the first place Brewers, 4-1.

They owned baseball on July 9, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 8th) – Updated Yearly WOB Totals For 2014

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Jacob deGrom threw 7 shutout innings, striking out 11 and walking none, earning the 8-3 win for the Mets over Atlanta.

Billy Hamilton, got on base 5 times, including a double and a triple, stole two bases, scored a run and drove in 2 over the course of the Reds double header sweep of the Cubs. His final hit was a 9th inning walk off flair that gave Cincinnati a come from behind 6-5 victory.

Phil Hughes pitched into the 8th innings, finishing with 7 1/3 shutout frames, striking out 8 and walking no Seattle batter as the Twins triumphed, 2-0.

Michael Brantley smacked 2 doubles and a homer, driving in 3 runs as the Indians came from behind to beat the Yankees, 5-3.

They owned baseball on July 8, 2014.

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How All Of The Mets Hitters Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree

The Mets brass has kept a patient roster approach in a not so tolerant market for too long.  So how have they done?  This is part 1 of a 2 part blog series to find out.  The waiting still continues.  The team has grown a lot of their own talent.  Whether or not the guys are good enough for a competitive club remains to be seen.

The Mets brass has kept a patient roster approach in a not so tolerant market for too long. So how have they done? This is part 1 of a 2 part blog series to find out. The waiting still continues. The team has grown a lot of their own talent. Whether or not the guys are good enough for a competitive club remains to be seen.

How All Of The Mets Hitters Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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The success of most franchises usually occurs when a huge core is built up through a drafting system, and then the club can piece the rest of the club together.

The 2nd best way to create a winning squad is to trade for players with the organizational pieces you have supplanted in the Minors or Majors.

The Mets method of acquiring players is all based on the team’s finances of late. 

Citi Field has not been a banner home ballpark to the club since it opened its doors for the 1st time in 2009.

The Wilpons inability to not spend money on payroll has hurt, and also a lot of the money was tied up in paying for players not with the team anymore over the last several years.. ie..Jason Bay, Oliver Perez, Bobby Bonilla and Johan Santana.

For the most part, the current hitters were all brought up via the draft, or by Free Agency. 

Travis d’Arnaud highlights one of the players that was brought in by way of trade in the R.A. Dickey deal. Read the rest of this entry

30 MLB Team Power Rankings: Month Of June 2014

Welcome to your new World Series Favorite. according to the oddsmakers.  I see their rationale.  The A's have the best record in the Majors, and also the biggest lead within their Division.  Oh yeah..this club has back to back West Titles, and a deep lineup in a parity league that is the AL.  While I don't endorse them as the favorite for the World Series right now (based on predicting playoffs solely), there is no doubt I ranked them #1 in power rankings

Welcome to your new World Series Favorite. according to the oddsmakers. I see their rationale. The A’s have the best record in the Majors, and also the biggest lead within their Division. Oh yeah..this club has back to back West Titles, and a deep lineup in a parity league that is the AL. While I don’t endorse them as the favorite for the World Series right now (based on predicting playoffs solely), there is no doubt I ranked them #1 in power rankings

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*** Denotes Division Leaders

Records are before play Thursday June.26, 2014

RK Team   Last Wk Rnk  ()      Current Rec -  Last 31 Days Rec

1.  ***Oakland A’s (2) 48 – 30:  17 – 10:  The A’s are still the best team in the Majors for the last 2 1/2 years.  Coco Crisp on another hot spell.

Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss both in the top 5 for HRs, and Sonny Gray/Scott Kazmir among several starters for ERA, WHIP and quality starts.

Yoenis Cespedes has the power numbers to be a perfect complement to the top guys, and the bar can always be raised higher.

Sean Doolittle is authoring one of the greatest Bullpen efforts ever for a Closer. A 53/1 Strikeout to Walk ratio is beyond filthy.

2.  ***Detroit Tigers (3) 42 – 32: 14 – 13:  A nice rebound after they dropped out of 1st place temporarily.

Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez will exceptional June’s, and Miguel Cabrera is still on pace for 130 RBI.

Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer had sub-par starts, but look to correct themselves now.

Joe Nathan is making the late innings nervous for Tiger’s fans, after they had to endure Joaquin Benoit, Phil Coke, Jose Veras and Jose Valverde over the last few years. Read the rest of this entry

How All Of The Diamondbacks Hitters Were Acquired (2014 Roster Tree)

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How All Of The D’Backs Hitters Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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The Diamondbacks are having a brutal season at 30 – 44 thus far, and are now under the microscope of Tony La Russa.

This has to be done for good reason.  The club’s transaction record recently is highly suspect even though they are being led by veteran GM Kevin Towers.

When covering this Roster Tree (just for the hitters) I have found a disturbing trend of 2 team and 3 way trades that may not be beneficial to the long term success for the snakes.

The 1st one coming to mind is shipping out Trevor Bauer, Bryan Shaw and Matt Albers for a fringe 1B prospect in Lars Anderson, Reliever Tony Sipp and shortstop Didi Gregorius (even though Chris Owings was already in the system). Read the rest of this entry

30 MLB Team Power Rankings: Month Of May

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*** Denotes Division Leaders

Records are before play Monday May.26, 2014

RK Team   Last Wk Rnk  ()      Current Rec -  Last 16 Days Rec

1.  ***San Francisco Giants 32 – 19 (3) 10 – 4:  The Giants have the best team in the Majors record wise, and have done so without dominate pitching, and Buster Posey hasn’t taken off yet.

The San Fran players are using the ‘someone is always on fire’ offense.  Even Brandon Hicks is clobbering HRs out of 2B.  Depth prevails here.  4 Games up on the Dodgers.

2.  ***Oakland Athletics 31 – 20 (2) 8 – 5:  The A’s did lose 3 straight to the Blue Jays, however they had scored 76 runs in 11 Games prior, and pasted 10 on the board yesterday.

Brandon Moss is an underrated slugger, and Josh Donaldson has 4 separate game HR streaks this year.

Showing that depth at Starting Pitching can do well even if players go down with TJ Surgery. Read the rest of this entry

30 MLB Team Power Rankings: Week 6 – May. 2014

The Motown Boys won all 4 games they played this week and have opened up a 4 game lead on the Royals.  This team has the easiest schedule left on the board.  The squad also announced they have picked up Reliever Joel Hanrahan,  This is a great depth move on their part, and insurance for the Closers position.

The Motown Boys won all 4 games they played this week and have opened up a 4 game lead on the Royals. This team has the easiest schedule left on the board. The squad also announced they have picked up Reliever Joel Hanrahan, This is a great depth move on their part, and insurance for the Closers position.

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As we enter the 2nd month of play in the Major League Baseball, we really start to delve into who is playing good and who is playing bad.

How about we begin with the National League holding a 26 – 17 record versus the American League in Interleague play. 

The last stat is the main reason why there is only 3 teams out of the 15 with a positive Run Differential.  (No team in the AL East has a club in the plus, and only the Tigers have one in the AL Central.

The Angels and A’s also yield nice Run Differentials – however a lot of that was from beating up the Houston Astros.

The NL possesses 9 clubs with a positive mark.

The NL East has all 5 teams with a .500 clip or better heading into today’s action. Read the rest of this entry

New York Mets State Of The Union: 2014 Preview

The Mets are destined of another catastrophic year in Flushing Meadows.  The only saving grace may lie with the young players starting to flourish in 2014, and the 10 Year Stalwart David Wright.  A bad Bullpen. shaky rotation dependent on health, and a Strikeout laden club, with HR power, but low OBP fuels a fan to think 'what the hell is the ownership doing?

The Mets are destined for another catastrophic year in Flushing Meadows. The only saving grace may lie with the young players starting to flourish in 2014, and the 10 Year Stalwart David Wright continue to stake his claim as an ALL – Time Met. A bad Bullpen. shaky rotation dependent on health, and a Strikeout laden club, with HR power, but low OBP -  fuels a fan to think ‘what the hell is the ownership doing?  As tough a situation as it has been for the teams brass, Sandy Alderson and Moneyball’s Paul DePodesta’ have actually done spade work in rebuilding the Minor League System and big club with prospects.  I am afraid 2014 will be another dull year at Citi Field.

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To fully describe the current state of the ‘Big Apple’ franchise we must go back to Sept of 2013.

New Team icon, and filthy dominant Right Handed Pitcher, Matt Harvey was looking to put up an awesome end to his 2013 campaign, and give the Mets fans full fledged hope for the following season.

Harvey underwent Tommy John Surgery just a few months later, which has both curbed expectations, but also excitement at the same time for the upcoming year.

Sandy Alderson pursued Curtis Granderson and landed him on a 4 YRs/$60 MIL deal, and also signed SP Bartolo Colon to a 2 YR Deal worth $20 MIL.

In a smaller move, he also inked Chris Young to a deal for one year. Read the rest of this entry

Arizona Diamondbacks 2014 Payroll + Contracts Going Forward

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): & Jeff Kleiner (Org Depth + Payroll Expert – find his website here)

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The Diamondbacks brass hit a proverbial HR, when they extended Paul Goldschmidt to a 5 YRs/$32 MIL deal prior to the 2013 campaign.

The Then 25 Year Old finished runner up to the NL MVP Voting, and likely would have won it based on his .302/.401/.551 year with an NL leading 36 HRs, 125 RBI, (he also led in Slugging, OPS and Scored 103 Runs.)

Having a franchise player for the next 4 years at such a feasible rate in terms of payroll enables them to do so many things with their salary structure.

The club added Bronson Arroyo (2 YRs, min $23.5 MIL – or 3 YRs/$30 MIL), were able to deal for Mark Trumbo (who entered 1st Year of Arbitration at $4.8 MIL in 2014) and recently signed Reliever Oliver Perez to a modest 2 YRs/$4.25 MIL deal. Read the rest of this entry

Master List Of All Free Agents Signed In 2013 Winter – Heading Into 2014 MLB Year

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It has been a record setting year for contract $ doled out for players.  When you factor in the player extensions, we are talking about 7 contracts registering in the top 50 Player contracts in the history of the game.

Robinson Cano, Clayton Kershaw, Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, Freddie Freeman, Shin-Soo Choo and Homer Bailey have inked deal for between $105 MIL to $240 MIL.

Now there is word the Angels are working on an extension with Mike Trout, to the tune of 6 YRs/$150 MIL,  from 2015 – 2020.  This would be the 22nd highest contract in MLB History.

For the record, Trout’s deal for 2014 is already set at $510 K, and any extension wouldn’t have Luxury Tax Ramifications until his new deal would start in 2015. Read the rest of this entry

Oakland Athletics Payroll In 2014 + Contracts Going Forward

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Billy Beane is a master tactician when it comes to freeing up some cash in order to acquire more players.

Oakland ended last year with a payroll of about $70 MIL.  So far this offseason, the A’s GM has picked up several relief pitchers and also signed Scott Kazmir to a 2 YR deal worth $22 MIL.

The team also said goodbye to Bartolo Colon,(who signed with the Mets for a 2 YRs/$20 MIL deal).

Beane has held a fantastic track record of assessing talent, so don’t be surprised if the stocky 40 year old breaks down in the Mets uniform – and not under the A’s watch. Read the rest of this entry

The Lighter Side Of The MLB: Memories, Characters And Things That Make Me Laugh

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Okay, the MLB has has had their fair share of characters and memories that illustrate how funny some things are.  We all like to blow these up on social media circles.

In this article, I just wanted to share some of these occurrences I have found amusing – also some of things that have cracked up some of our writers at this website.

Of course, we also have Paul Sullivan (AKA Sully) who usually makes people laugh once a podcast because he is a former comedian.

Some of his things that make us laugh are:  “Did you know that Mariano Rivera is retiring?” diatribes and explaining WAR to novice baseball people is also classic.

Sully likes to emphasize that he understands sabermetrics, but several other of our listeners have cracked up at his pronunciation of BABIP. Read the rest of this entry

While I like Granderson Signing With The Mets, I Hate The Chris Young Deal

Granderson had back to back 40 HR years in 2011 and 2012 with the Yankees - after struggling to hit with the PInstripers his 1st year there in 2010.   Last year was an injury filled year.  This smells of a classic NYM overpay.  I would have liked the move if the club didn't sign Chris Young already.

Granderson had back to back 40 HR years in 2011 and 2012 with the Yankees – after struggling to hit with New York in 2010. Last year was an injury filled campaign for the 32 Year Old from Blue Island, IL. This 4 YRs/$60 MIL deals smells of a classic NYM overpay. I would have liked the move if the club didn’t sign Chris Young already.  Granderson has the ability to walk, has hit for decent home and road splits in his career, despite the thought of him being Yankee Stadium ‘centric’.  The Mets hav to hope the 10 Year Veteran can hit close to his Career 3 Slash Line of  .261/.340/.828.

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I wrote an article about the Mets about 6 weeks ago.  In the piece, I illustrated that I thought Curtis Granderson was a good fit for the New York NL franchise.

I still like that they acquired the guy, even though I think they paid him too much cash.

The week before this, the franchise also inked Chris Young to a one year/$7.25 MIL.

So essentially, you have signed 2 guys for $22.25 on the books for the 2014 season.  Why didn’t you just sign Shin-Soo Choo fellas?

Curtis Granderson 2011 Highlights

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The Nate McLouth Signing Demonstrates A Lesson Learned For Washington About Bench Players

The Nationals failed to meet expectations as the Preseason favorites to lock down the World Series in 2013.  Heck, they didn't even qualify for the playoffs.  Whether it was injury, or complacency, the talent of this team didn't maximize their potential this year.  However, the club did go 24 - 12 in their last 36 Games Played, and made a late charge at the 2nd Wild Card Spot.  Most of the nucleus is coming back for the 2014 year.

The Nationals failed to meet expectations as the Preseason favorites to lock down the World Series in 2013. Heck, they didn’t even qualify for the playoffs. Whether it was injury, or complacency, the talent of this team didn’t maximize their potential this year. However, the club did go 24 – 12 in their last 36 Games Played, and made a late charge at the 2nd Wild Card Spot. Most of the nucleus is coming back for the 2014 year.  But a most underrated facet of an NL club sometimes is their bench.  Washington hopes to have a better bunch of pine riders in 2014 – than they did in 2013.

By David Huzzard (Nationals Correspondent via Citizens of Natstown.com – view website here): 

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When the Nats built a bench on the cheap in 2012 it worked.

Steve Lombardozzi, Roger Bernadina, Chad Tracy, and Tyler Moore all had outstanding seasons, and the four of them combined cost less than half of what the Nationals will be paying Nate McLouth in 2014, but when they tried to do the same thing in 2013 it was a disaster.

The only back-up outfielder to have a higher than .700 OPS was Corey Brown and that was in 15 plate appearances. Hardly enough of a sample size to be trusted.

Nate McLouth gives the Nationals bench something it severely lacked in 2013, a reliable veteran. McLouth’s numbers aren’t great.

Nate McLouth Highlights in 2012 – Mature Lyrics So parental guidance is advised

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Stoking The Fire – Week 7: Bullet Version Of Free Agent Signings + Trades This Winter

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2014 Winter Transactions

Dodgers Sign SP Dan Haren -1 YR/$10 MIL: Great Depth move for the probable 2014 NL West Division champs!

Rays Sign C Jose Molina – 2 YRs/$4.5 MIL: Great Defensive Catcher, club doesn’t spend a ton either.

Cards Sign SS/OF – Jhonny Peralta 4 YRs/$52 MIL: Hate the PED aspect of this – smart deal for Cards.

Angels Sign RP – Joe Smith 3 YRs/$15.75 MIL: The club still needs 4 more relievers and 3 starters.

Yankees Sign C – Brian McCann 5 YRs/$85 MIL (6th Year Option at $15 MIL):  Great early strike for the Bombers!

Angels and Cards Trade OF Peter Bourjos for 3B David Freese: is Jerry DiPoto high?  Fight at the trainers table next year.

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MLB 50 Free Agent Predictions

It will all be following the money for many of the Free Agents this winter.  It all started when all 14 players that had Qualifying Offers politely declined them all over the weekend, and are all FA's with Draft Compensation due back to their 2013 club.

It will all be following the money for many of the Free Agents this winter. It all started when all 14 players that had Qualifying Offers politely declined them all over the weekend, and are all FA’s with Draft Compensation due back to their 2013 club.

Free Agent Predictions

By Jordan Gluck (Free Agency Correspondent)

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These are my personal predictions on where the top free agents will sign. This is the same kind of list of the top 50 free agents made by our friends at mlbtraderumors.com.

Please keep in mind there will be trades this offseason so holes will be filled that way as well (I believe the Cardinals will trade for a SS).

I am not going to estimate any dollar figures in this specific article but I do expect some overpayments this year.

Robinson Cano 2013 Highlights

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September Callup Candidates For The Nationals: Washington With A Great 36 Game Sked To End 2013

The Nationals will need a massive collapse from either the Pirates, Reds or Cardinals in order to qualify for the Post Season in 2013.  Despite the struggles, the club still has to go about the business of preparing a 40 Man Roster in September.  Lets preview some of the news, injured players coming back, and recent performances of some of the guys in the Minor League System.

At 62 – 64 with 36 games left, The Nationals will need a massive collapse from either the Pirates, Reds or Cardinals in order to qualify for the Post Season in 2013 being 10.5 Games behind the playoff bar. Despite the struggles, the club still has to go about the business of preparing a 40 Man Roster in September. Lets preview some of the news, injured players coming back, and recent performances of some of the guys in the Minor League System.

By Sean Hogan (Nationals Correspondent via Citizens of Natstown.com – view website here): 

September is just 10 days away. With 9 games in those 10 days, a lot of things can happen with the Nats. They can still go on a run and get back into the thick of things in the Wild Card race.

The reason for this is easy…. The Pirates, Cardinals and Reds are play each other a pile in the last 5 weeks of the year, so all the Nationals have to do is to take care of business, and they can be back in the conversation for the playoff game at least.

The Nats also have a ridiculously easy schedule coming from now until the end of the year in their final 36 games. 

Coming up.  1 more @CHC, 3 @KC (they are struggling now), then a 6 game homestand versus the Marlins and Mets.   They should go 7 – 3 here.

From there, they have a 10 game road trip with 3 @PHI, 3 @MIA and 4 @NYM.  The team could go 7 – 3.

Followed by the road trip is a 10 game homestand:  3 VS PHI, 3 VS ATL (they may have clinched by then – or at least resting guys), and to vs the Marlins ends the stretch.  The team could go 8 – 2.

The Nats end up playing their last 6 on the road versus the Cardinals and Diamondbacks in 3 game series each.  If they win both series, it could be a 4 – 2 road trip. 

You could see the club win 26 of their last 36 games – to have them equal 88 wins.  The Pirates would need to win 15 games out of 36 in this scenario.

While it would still make it unlikely to be in the Wild Card Game, it could put some pressure on the 3 NL Central franchises.

The Cardinals would have to win 16 out of 36 games to stay ahead, and the Reds would need 17 wins out their last 35 games to stay head.

They could also go on a losing streak and drop out of the race just as easily. For the most part, the Nats’ September call-up candidates will be the same, but their eventual roles may differ.

The only player on the 40-man roster that I don’t think has a chance of making it to the Majors in September is Matt Purke, who has always struggled with injuries and is just starting to hack it in high A ball.

Jeff Kobernus – 1st Career HR

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