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Who Owned Baseball April 24, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

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BILL KOSTROUN/AP

Mark Teixeira homered twice, driving in 4 runs and helped the Yankees stop the Mets winning streak, 6-1 in the Bronx.

Dallas Keuchel gave the Astros 9 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks. The Astros bats were silent and the game went into extra innings. The Astros would hold on after a wild 10th and 11th inning game them a 5-4 win in Oakland.

Anthony Rizzo reached base 4 times, doubled, hit a game tying 2 run homer and scored a pair, including the go ahead run in the 11th as the Cubs topped the Reds, 7-3.

Aaron Harang held Atlanta hitless into the 5th and pitched 8 shutout innings, surrendering just 2 hits and 1 walk. He would not get a decision but the Phillies walked off 1-0 winners over the Braves.

 

They all owned baseball on April 24, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 23, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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JIM MCISAAC/GETTY IMAGES

Daniel Murphy got the Mets on the board early with a 3 run double and added an insurance run with an RBI single in the 7th to extend their winning streak to 10 with a 6-3 final over Atlanta.

David Phelps gave the Marlins a much needed with with 7 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks and got the 9-1 decision in Philadelphia.

Jacoby Ellsbury hustled to force a double, reached base two other times, stole a base and scored both Yankee runs to win a tight 2-1 victory in Detroit.

Masahiro Tanaka gave the Yankees another good outing, pitching into the 7th, keeping the mighty Tiger bats to only 3 hits and 1 run over 6 1/3 innings. He did not get the decision but the Yankees prevailed, 2-1.

 

They all owned baseball on April 23, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 22, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

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MORRY GASH/AP

Johnny Cueto threw 8 dominant innings, allowing just 5 hits and 2 walks and 1 run. He got the 2-1 decision for the Reds in Milwaukee.

Sonny Gray stopped an Angels lineup that the night before bombarded Oakland. He went 7 innings, giving up 2 hits while striking out 7 as the A’s rolled 9-2.

Kolten Wong singled, doubled and homered, driving in 3 and provided some highlight reel defense, helping the Cardinals take a wild 7-5 game in Washington.

Devon Travis hit a 2 run homer to give the Blue Jays the lead for good and added a second hit in a 4-2 win over Baltimore.

 

They all owned baseball on April 22, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 21, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Photo: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Zack Cozart went 3-5 with a pair of homers, a stolen base and 3 RBI and 3 runs scored in the wild 16-10 slugfest Reds victory in Milwaukee.

Edwin Encarnacion homered twice in the tense 13-6 Blue Jays win over Baltimore.

Jonathon Niese pitched into the 7th, allowing 1 run on a solo homer and just 3 other hits, helping the Mets to their 9th straight win in a 7-1 blow out of the Braves.

Hector Santiago pitched 6 strong innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 8, earning the 14-1 decision for the Angels over their division rival A’s.

They all owned baseball on April 21, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 20, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Elaine Thompson - AP

Elaine Thompson – AP

Luis Valbuena hit a pair of homers, driving in 3, including a go ahead shot in the 8th leading the Astros to a 7-5 win in Seattle.

Matt Kemp led a torrid San Diego attack with 3 hits, including a double, 3 runs scored and 4 RBI in a 14-3 laugher in Colorado.

Alfredo Simon pitched into the 8th inning, striking out 7, walking none and allowing a single run, winning a 2-1 pitchers duel over the Yankees in Detroit.

Anthony DeSclafani pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 walk, striking out 5, earning the 6-1 decision for the Reds over Milwaukee.

They all owned baseball on April 20, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 19, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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Stephen Strasburg pitched into the 8th, allowing just 5 hits and 1 run while striking out 7 Phillies in 7 1/3 innings. He warned the 4-1 decision for Washington.

Scott Van Slyke led the red hot Dodgers to a 7-0 drubbing of the Rockies with a pair of doubles and a homer, driving in 3 and scoring a pair.

Shane Greene gave the Tigers another solid start, going 7 innings, allowing just 1 run and improving his record to 3-0 in a 9-1 blowout of the White Sox.

Nelson Cruz got three hits, including a pair of homers and a walk off single, driving in 5 runs as the Mariners erased a 10-5 hole and walked off 11-10 winners over Texas.

They all owned baseball on April 19, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 18, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/GETTY IMAGES

Josh Donaldson reached base 4 times and launched a walk off 10th inning homer that sealed Toronto’s 6-5 win over Atlanta.

Felix Hernandez pitched 7 solid innings, allowing just 2 hits, 1 run while striking out 12 Rangers and earning the 3-1 decision in Seattle.

Odubel Herrera reached base 4 times, doubled, scored twice, drove in a run and stole 2 bases as the Phillies won in Washington, 5-3.

Chris Heston pitched into the 8th inning, finishing with 7 2/3 and allowing 5 hits and 1 run on a solo homer, earning a much needed 4-1 win for the defending champion Giants over Arizona.

They all owned baseball on April 18, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 16, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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TOM SZCZERBOWSKI – GETTY IMAGES

Chris Archer threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 11 as the Rays stopped Toronto, 4-2.

John Lackey kept the Brewers scoreless for 7 innings, striking out 8 and walking just one, earning the 4-0 decision in St. Louis.

Kurt Suzuki went 2-4 with a homer and 2 runs batted in, helping the Twins win the game 8-5 and take the series from Kansas City.

Lucas Duda collected 3 hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in the eventual winning run in the 7th as the Mets snuck past Miami, 7-5.

They all owned baseball on April 16, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 15, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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Jared Wickerham – Getty Images

Alfredo Simon helped continue the dominant start by Detroit with 8 innings of 2 hit shutout ball, walking none and getting the 1-0 decision in Pittsburgh.

Devon Travis went 3-4 with a double and a homer, driving in a pair as the Blue Jays rolled over Tampa Bay, 12-7.

Travis Wood threw 7 shutout innings, striking out 7 Reds and allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks, earning the 5-0 win for the Cubs.

Adeiny Hechavarria went 3-3 with a homers and a sacrifice fly, driving in 3 and scoring 2 for the Marlins 6-2 victory in Atlanta.

They all owned baseball on April 15, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 14, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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KEVIN C. COX/GETTY IMAGES

Giancarlo Stanton reached base 5 times, doubled, scored twice and drove in 4 as the Marlins cruised to an 8-2 final in Atlanta.

Anthony DeSclafani threw 7 shutout innings, letting up only 2 hits and 2 walks while getting the 3-2 win for the Reds over the Cubs.

Steven Souza, Jr. went 3-5 with a homer and scored the go ahead run in 8th as Tampa Bay topped Toronto, 3-2.

Shane Greene pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and walking none, earning the 2-0 decision for Detroit in Pittsburgh.

They all owned baseball on April 14, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 13, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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Mookie Betts reached base 3 times, homered, stole two bases on the same play, drove in 4 and stole a homer, leading the Red Sox to a 9-4 victory in their home opener against Washington.

Jake Odorizzi allowed just 2 hits and 1 run over 8 innings, earning the 2-1 decision for the Rays over Toronto.

Jorge Soler went 3-5 with two homers, including a game tying shit, driving in 4 and scoring 3 runs including the game winner in the 7-6 extra inning triumph for the Cubs over Cincinnati.

Jacob deGrom pitched shutout ball into the 7th, finishing with 6 1/3 scoreless frames as the Mets topped Philadelphia, 2-0.

They all owned baseball on April 13, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 12, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Mark Duncan - AP

Mark Duncan – AP

Miguel Cabrera missed the cycle by a triple, reaching base 5 times, homering twice, scoring 3 and driving in 4 as the Tigers out slugged Cleveland, 8-5.

Nathan Karns pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 2 hits and 1 earned run and earned the 8-5 Rays victory in Miami.

Andrew McCutchen hit a come from behind 3 run homer to give Pittsburgh the lead in the 6th. He added an RBI single in the 9th and helped top Milwaukee 10-2.

Zack Greinke threw 7 shutout innings, letting up just 5 hits and no walks while striking out 7. He won the 7-4 game for the Dodgers in Arizona.

They all owned baseball on April 12, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 11, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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Jeffrey Phelps – Getty Images

Jimmy Nelson pitched 7 shutout innings,allowing 2 hits and striking out 9, getting the first win for Milwaukee in 2015, 6-0 over Pittsburgh.

Starlin Castro got 3 hits, including a solo homer, and drove in a pair as the Cubs gave the Rockies their first defeat of the season, 9-5.

Ian Kinsler drove in the go ahead run in the 9th inning. He finished with 4 hits, 3 runs scored, 2 RBI and led to the Tigers 9-6 victory in Cleveland.

Joe Kelly gave an exhausted Red Sox pitching staff a rest after the 19 inning Friday night marathon. He pitched 7 strong innings, allowing a single hit and striking out 8, earning the 8-4 win against the Yankees.

 

They all owned baseball on April 11, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 10, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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DAVID KOHL/AP

Joey Votto homered twice, walked and stole a base in the Reds 8th inning game winning rally to top St. Louis, 5-4.

Brandon Morrow pitched 7 shutout innings, allowing just 4 hits and struck out 7. He did not get the decision but his Padres topped the Giants, 1-0.

Xander Bogaerts got 4 hits, all in extra innings, stole a base, scored the eventual winning run and started the game ending double play that game the Red Sox a dramatic and exhausting 6-5 19 inning victory over the Yankees..

Tommy Milone pitched shutout ball into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3, 2 hits and 7 strikeouts while allowing no runs helping the Twins to their first win of the year, 6-0 over the White Sox.

 

They all owned baseball on April 10, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 9, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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ALEX BRANDON/AP

Matt Harvey dominated the Nationals, striking out 9 and walking 1 and allowing just 4 hits in 6 shutout innings, earning the 6-3 decision for the Mets.

David Wright collected a pair of hits including a back breaking 2 run single and added a run to help the Mets take the game 6-3 and the series in Washington.

Edinson Volquez pitched 8 strong innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 walk and 1 run and beat the White Sox 4-1 and helped the defending AL Champion Royals complete the 3 game sweep.

Xander Bogaerts reached base 4 times including a bases clearing 3 run triple that broke open the game early and helped the Red Sox cruise to a 6-2 win in Philadelphia.

They all owned baseball on April 9, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 8, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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Alex Gallardo / Associated Press

Adrian Gonzalez became the first player in Major League history to hit 5 homers in the first 3 games of the season. He clocked 3 solo shots and added an RBI single, leading the Dodgers to a 7-4 win against San Diego.

Jose Iglesias reached base 5 times, scored 3 runs and doubled, helping the Tigers thrash the Twins, 11-0.

Jake Arrieta won a tight pitchers duel against St. Louis, tossing 7 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and while striking out 7 as the Cubs got their first victory, 2–0.

Scott Kazmir allowed a hit to the lead off batter and didn’t give up another one. He finished with 7 shutout innings, 1 hit, 2 walks and 10 strikeouts, earning the 10-0 decision against the Rangers in Oakland.

They all owned baseball on April 5, 2015.

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Max Scherzer’s $185 MIL Deal (Inflation Pro-Rated) Puts Him 11th In MLB History For Top Contracts

Scherzer's 7 Year/$210 MIL deal is actually worth $185 against the cap, and we are giving him the same for the ALL-Time Contracts. This sum puts him just behind Derek Jeter for 11th in MLB History. Jon Lester and he are the only 2 men to enter the top 50 this year after 7 players made the cut last off year. Cabrera, Cano, Kershaw, Tanaka, Ellsbury,Trout and Choo all have made the chart since the end of the 2013 World Series.  The deal called for a $50 MIL signing bonus. The 2013 former AL Cy Young winner, will make $15 MIL in deferred salary for the next 14 seasons.  The 30 Year Old, will join the NL's best club of 2014, as far as wins are concerned, bringing in a 96 - 66 record.  The RHP has led the AL in wins the last 2 years (21 Wins and 18 Wins respectively), and has compiled a 55 - 15 (.786 Winning Percentage) since the start of the 2012 campaign.

Scherzer’s 7 Year/$210 MIL deal is actually worth $185 against the cap, and we are giving him the same for the ALL-Time Contracts. This sum puts him just behind Derek Jeter for 11th in MLB History. Jon Lester and he are the only 2 men to enter the top 50 this year after 7 players made the cut last off year. Cabrera, Cano, Kershaw, Tanaka, Ellsbury, Trout and Choo all have made the chart since the end of the 2013 World Series. The deal called for a $50 MIL signing bonus. The 2013 former AL Cy Young winner, will make $15 MIL in deferred salary for the next 14 seasons. The 30 Year Old, will join the NL’s best club of 2014, as far as wins are concerned, bringing in a 96 – 66 record. The RHP has led the AL in wins the last 2 years (21 Wins and 18 Wins respectively), and has compiled a 55 – 15 (.786 Winning Percentage) since the start of the 2012 campaign.

The highest contracts in MLB history (Red means Active Contract)

 1. Giancarlo Stanton, $325, 000, 000 (2015 – 2027)

*2. Alex Rodriguez, $275,000,000 (2008-17)

*** With A-Rod’s suspension in 2014, he forfeited $22.13 MIL bucks, so it will now end up 10 YRs/$252.87 MIL for the duration of his deal.  You can’t tell me he will be worth 40% of what the Yankees will be paying him next year, and all the way till the end of 2017.

3. Alex Rodriguez, $252,000,000 (2001-10)

*4. Miguel Cabrera $248,000, 000 (2016 – 2023)

Go see #25.  He has the 4th and 25th top contracts of ALL – Time.  This contract doesn’t start until 2016.

*5Albert Pujols, $250,000,000 (2012-21)

*6. Robinson Cano$240,000,000 (2014 – 2023) Read the rest of this entry

Yankees Off-Season Outlook: Big Shoes To Fill For Jeter, But How Do They?

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By Nicholas Delahanty (MLB Reports Writer)  

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The 2015 off-season is very important for the New York Yankees, as they have a lot of major questions surrounding their current roster. With an aging roster and the return of recently reinstated Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have some holes to fix, but those issues might not be their biggest concern this off-season.

We all knew the time would come, but no one was ready to start talking about how the Yankees would replace Derek Jeter. Jeter leaves very big shoes to fill in the Bronx, and the Yankees must try their best to find a successor who can not only handle the pressures of New York, but also can step up and produce.

Filling the void might be difficult at first, as past experiences have shown that Yankee fans are very impatient when it comes to replacing some of the best to wear the Yankee pinstripes.  The only legitimate shortstop on the roster, Brendan Ryan, won’t be the Yankees everyday shortstop in 2015, so the Bronx Bombers must go through the trade market or free agency to fill a void that right now is larger than life. 

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Giancarlo Stanton Signs Record 13 YRs/$325 MIL Deal, Will He Be Worth It? + Top 50 Salary Deals ALL – Time

 

Giancarlo Stanton, who will turn just 25 in a few days, ended the year with the HR crown at 37 and added 105 RBI - to win the Hank Aaron Award. With the big slugger due for huge Arbitration awards in the next few years, the club starting

Giancarlo Stanton, who will turn just 25 in a few days, ended the year with the HR crown at 37 and added 105 RBI in just 539 AB before having his season ended with a Hit By Pitch. With the big slugger due for huge Arbitration awards in the next few years, the club started bargaining withe their young superstar towards a long-term contract once the year was over.  They came up with a record breaking 13 Year Deal worth $325 MIL at the end of it.  Stanton also holds his own ticket for the future as well, with a full no no-trade clause, and an opt year after the 2020 campaign.

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With the ink not even being finalized on the historic deal between the Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton, it has been confirmed the deal is for 13 years at a clip of $325 MIL.

Among the provisions includes a no-trade clause, and an opt-out after the 2020 season, which would be 6 years into the deal.

It will be interesting to see how the dollars are broken up per year.  If I were Stanton, I would have wanted for the Annual Average money be even throughout the pact, otherwise I may be leery of the club trying to let him walk out after the 6 years – by not having a competitive club.

Although, if it is back end loaded the team would certainly have the flexibility to spend more cash on their current roster for the next 6 campaigns,  Tough dilemma for sure to be in.

No matter how long the 2014 NL MVP runnerup stays in South Beach, this is a smart business transaction for the franchise, regardless of the outcome.  It just may backfire from a baseball operational sense in terms of finances for signing other players too.

The Miami Marlins had to do this contract to save face from the 2012 break up of the squad.  Now while the big blockbuster trade has given the team the ability to contend for a playoff spot in the near future – and was a smart organizational move, as the fans also have been sold a bill of goods from the Marlins ownership since day 1 of the teams existence.

This is a marketing plan as much as anything that will be brought forth by the baseball impact.  Stanton is the marquee player on the team, and trading him away in the next 2 years would have had a devastating effect on the fanbase.

One isn’t sure whether they can sustain enough revenues to produce a winning product on the field for an extended period of time, however having the most dynamic power hitter in your lineup for the next 13 years will be a nice reason to come to the yard. Read the rest of this entry

For The Most Part – The Top Salaried Players (#1 – #25 In The MLB Are Certainly Not Playing Like It!

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Some of the highest paid athletes are really struggling to earn their keep.  Even if A – Rod were playing, it is quite possible he would be a shell of his former self, and way overpaid.

You add in the horrific injury riddled years for Joey Votto and Prince Fielder, and you are talking about a lot of dough for players not even in uniform presently.

Then there is a productive hitter like Troy Tulowitzki, who can’t remain on the field, despite putting up world caliber numbers when he is in the lineup.

Joe Mauer and Matt Kemp have also dealt with injuries and timing issues at the plate, but they still could turn it around for the tail end of the season – and going forward.

Justin Verlander tops the list of the paying the man too late in the game, and this will not bode well for the Free Agent Max Scherzer.

You also have aging veterans that are helping their teams win games like Albert Pujols and Adrian Gonzalez, but they are also not where they were at the time all of that cash was thrown their way.

Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout‘s deal don’t even start yet on this list, and somehow I think they will do alright.

Robinson Cano has looked decent in the 1st of a 10 year deal, but lets reassess this in 2018…

The Yankees have a huge problem on their hands with their representatives out of these players.

Mark Teixeira only has power left, and can hardly stay on the field, while CC Sabathia may be done as a top of the end starter.

Masahiro Tanaka was lights out in his time in New York this year, however he could be facing Tommy John Surgery soon, and may cost the franchise a lot of money to sit out.

Not even the Jacoby Ellsbury deal has reason for them to feel comfort.  His numbers are similar to the ones he put up in Boston, yet he will see his speed evaporate over the years going forward.

This is part 1 of a 2 part blog series on player contracts. Tomorrow we address players 26 – 50. Read the rest of this entry

How All Of The Tigers Hitters Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree – Is It A ‘Title Worthy’ Lineup?

It is tough to believe that someone once wanted to trade Miguel Cabrera.  The Marlins were so desperate to rid themselves of the Dontrelle Willis contract, that they unloaded Miguel Cabrera as part of a package for 5 different players in return from Detroit.  It will go down as one of the worst trades in MLB History by the time it is all said and done.  Cabrera has evolved into the best Right Handed Batter in this generation.  He only gets better each year that passes by.

It is tough to believe that someone once wanted to trade Miguel Cabrera. The Marlins were so desperate to rid themselves of the Dontrelle Willis contract, that they unloaded Miguel Cabrera as part of a package for 5 different players in return from Detroit. It will go down as one of the worst trades in MLB History by the time it is all said and done. Cabrera has evolved into the best Right Handed Batter in this generation. He only gets better each year that passes by.

How All Of The Tigers Hitters Were Acquired:

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The Tigers have built a winning tradition on the backs of former Marlins.

1st it was GM Dave Dombrowski, then Jim Leyland, before the club pulled off the biggest trade in the modern day franchise – by landing Miguel Cabrera for not much in return as it stands now.

This started a string of roster moves that enabled this club to have a great run of success since 2006.

Back in 2003, the ‘Motown Boys’ had to win their last game of the year to avoid the worst season ever for losses by an MLB squad – with 119 losses.

The team drafted Justin Verlander the next year – and traded for future ALL – Star Carlos Guillen.

With a horrific lineup from the 2003 campaign, the Tigers GM, inked Free Agents Ivan Rodriguez and then Magglio Ordonez in subsequent years.

Guys like Gary Sheffield and Placido Polanco were also mainstays on the club for different stints of the lineup.

The pursuit of the club’s offense led them to a 2006 World Series Appearance.  The club lost to the Cardinals, and Dombrowski continued to build.

Prior to the 2008 year, the team traded for Miguel Cabrera, and the franchise would start a new era of dominance in the AL Central. Read the rest of this entry

How All Of The Red Sox Hitters Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree – Updated For Cespedes + Craig + Johnson Deals

David Ortiz is incredible based on the consistent numbers he has put forth since everyone thought his career was winding down several years ago.  The 38 Year Old DH continues to bash homers, win games, and now with a flurry of trades, the organization has given him some reinforcements.

David Ortiz is incredible based on the consistent numbers he has put forth since everyone thought his career was winding down several years ago. The 38 Year Old DH continues to bash homers, win games, and now with a flurry of trades, the organization has given him some reinforcements in the 1 -9 lineup for a few years.

How All Of The Red Sox Hitters Were Acquired:

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The Boston Red Sox are smart enough to realize a retool was in order.

To kickstart the festivities, the club made a pair of moves that includes Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to Oakland for Cuban OF Yoenis Cespedes, followed by dealing Jon Lackey to the Cardinals for 1B/OF Allen Craig and SP Joe Kelly.

These deals have helped the Red Sox be better balanced on offense, and has freed up roster spots for their young prospects to thrive.  Read the rest of this entry

How All Of The White Sox Hitters Were Acquired – 2014 Roster Tree: A Nice Job By The Brass To Revamp The Offense

Paul Konerko announced that the 2014 season will be his last. Konerko has 439 career HR, 1409 RBI, and 6 All Star appearances in his 18 year career. What will most likely not be a HOF career, will certainly go down as one of the best in White Sox history. Konerko was the direct replacement for Frank Thomas.  Konerko is only 16 HRs behind Thomas for the White Sox franchise record.  While he will not reach that mark, his role may increase now with some DH AB.  If Dunn is traded later in the year, he may see some more Plate Appearances as well.  Konerko, now 38, was a 1998 trade acquisition - with OF Mike Cameron going back the other way.  while Cameron was a nice Major Leaguer in his time.  Konerko should have his number retired by the club, and is the current active leader for HRs hit for just one team.

Paul Konerko announced that the 2014 season will be his last.  He has 439 career HR, 1409 RBI, and 6 All Star appearances in his 18 year career. What will most likely not be a HOF career, will certainly go down as one of the best in White Sox history. Konerko was the direct replacement for Frank Thomas. Konerko is only 16 HRs behind the 2014 “Hall Of Fame Inductee” for the White Sox franchise record. While he will not reach that mark, his role may increase now with some DH AB If Dunn is traded later this week.   Konerko, now 38, was a 1998 trade acquisition – with OF Mike Cameron going back the other way to Cincinnati. While Cameron was a nice Major Leaguer in his time. Konerko should have his number retired by the club, and is the current active leader for HRs hit for just one team.  He will soon hand the reigns of the team over to Jose Abreu and CO.

How All Of The White Sox Hitters Were Acquired:

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The White Sox have done a fantastic job of reassembling their young offensive core in the last year.

Signing International Free Agent Jose Abreu has expedited the time in which the franchise will have to wait to be competitive again.

Paul Konerko is in his last year in the Majors, and his 17th season with the Pale Hose.

The 38 Year Old is the active leader in HRs with 1 current club (432 Hrs), and has been the foundation for the Southsiders for the time he has donned the uniform. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 18, 2014

 

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Red Sox fans might have to be satisfied with the surprise season they got from John Lackey last season.

Meanwhile, I beg Omar Vizquel to come back.

That and more on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jon Lester, Adam Wainwright, Pedro Alvarez, Yangervis Solarte, Hunter Pence, Alex Wood, Michael Brantley and Chris Sale all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.

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Current Odds To Win Each MLB Division 2014

 This club often reminds me of an aging heavyweight fighter.  You may beat on them for a time, but there is always that chance the team will land a haymaker on you.  2007 was one of their days in the sunshine.  2014 may see them at least make the postseason again.  With a 20 - 1 odd for the club, the value is there for a longshot pick.

This club often reminds me of an aging heavyweight fighter. You may beat on them for a time, but there is always that chance the team will land a haymaker on you. 2007 was one of their days in the sunshine. 2014 may see them at least make the postseason again. With a 20 – 1 odd for the club, the value is there for a longshot pick.  I mean the Dodgers could always run into injuries as well.

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The season is upon us this weekend for real.

The LA Dodgers have a chance to do some serious damage with the North America Opener versus the San Diego Padres, as part of a 3 game series.

If they win 2 out of 3 in that set, this will go a long way in burying the San Diego team early.

In the NL West, since LA is 2 – 0 already, the Rockies are now paying 20 – 1 odds to win the Division.

While I am not saying this will happen, the value is there.

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What Miguel Cabrera’s New Contract Means To The Tigers And Him

Miguel Cabrera‘s new 8 YR/$248 MIL contract extension comes days after the club couldn’t come to terms with reigning AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.

The numbers are mind boggling.

He breaks the ALL – Time record for Average Annual Contract per year is at $31 MIL AAV (from 2016 – 2023), and also he is owed the most dollars at any given time by a contract at $292 MIL for the years of 2014 – 2023.

This man is the best pure offensive player in the game, and has only become better with age, but a lot of people are worried about the back end of this deal.

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Detroit Tigers State Of The Union 2014 – Part 2: The Pitchers

Joe Nathan is still one of the best closers the game of baseball has ever seen. The 39 year old came off one of his best seasons, registering a WHIP of .90 and an ERA of 1.33 amidst his 43 Saves and 74 SO.  Nathan will also bring plenty of playoff experience to Detroit. Lets just hope if the Tigers make it back to the playoffs, that he can improve in his career postseason ERA of 9.00 in 9 IP.  Nathan was inked to a 2 YR Deal this winter, worth $20 MIL, with a Team Option of $10 MIL for 2016.  This doesn't end all of the teams Relief woes, but it gives them the best Closer that was on the Free Agent Market.

Joe Nathan is still one of the best closers the game of baseball has ever seen. The 39 year old came off one of his best seasons, registering a WHIP of .90 and an ERA of 1.33 amidst his 43 Saves and 74 SO. Nathan will also bring plenty of playoff experience to Detroit. Lets just hope if the Tigers make it back to the playoffs, that he can improve in his career postseason ERA of 9.00 in 9 IP. Nathan was inked to a 2 YR Deal this winter, worth $20 MIL, with a Team Option of $10 MIL for 2016. This doesn’t end all of the teams Relief woes, but it gives them the best Closer that was on the Free Agent Market.

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Here we go again.  Bruce Rondon is out for the year with Tommy John Surgery, Joba Chamberlain is throwing at Minor Leaguer’s, and Anibal Sanchez is hurting.

No team had better Starting Pitching in the game of baseball than the Tigers in 2014, while I love their top 3 Starters again, I am worried about their depth in the rotation at the back end.

The Bullpen is a lot better at the Closer’s position with Joe Nathan.

Gone are Jose Veras, underrated Joaquin Benoit, Drew Smyly moves to the Rotation,  and the ‘human dumpster fire’ Jose Valverde is also long removed from the relief core.

Added to the bringing in Nathan, the team also signed Chamberlain for 1 year, and added Ian Krol through the Doug Fister trade.

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The Boston Red Sox State Of The Union Part 2 – The Pitchers: 2014 Preview

This is a not a slight on the Red Sox at all, but they should not be favored to win the American League right now.  Detroit should be that placeholder.  I am not sure the Red Sox will even in the AL East.  I would go with the Rays or Yankees before them right now.  The Rays had one of the best second half records in 2013, and the Yankees are a lot better as well.  I am also not sure of the team losing Ellsbury, Drew, Dempster and Saltalamacchia has improved itself with Capuano, Middlebrooks, Pierzynski and the tandem of Sizemore and Bradley JR.

This is a not a slight on the Red Sox at all, but they should not be favored to win the American League right now. Detroit should be that placeholder. I am not sure the Red Sox will even win the AL East. I would go with the Rays or Yankees before them right now. The Rays had one of the best second half records in 2013, and the Yankees are a lot better as well. I am also not sure of the team losing Ellsbury, Drew, Dempster and Saltalamacchia has improved itself with Capuano, Middlebrooks, Pierzynski and the tandem of Sizemore and Bradley JR.

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For added depth in the Bullpen, the franchise added Edward Mujica, amply giving the team multiple options at Closer should Koji Uehara not duplicate his 2013 success in 2014.

The management did a great job in peacemealing this Pitching Rotation in 2014.

Big injuries, 3 different Closers, and finally won the hottest Closers to end a year in Uehara pitching for the clubs final outs to win the Fall Classic.

The latest addition as of now for the 2014 season, are Chris Capuano for the Starting staff and also Bullpen arm Burke Badenhop, who came over from a nice year in the pen for the Milwaukee Brewers.

The club will sees Ryan Dempster take the year off for injury, but are stoked about saving his $14 MIL pricetag that he is forfeiting this season.

The Bullpen features Koji Uehara, Craig Breslow, Edward Mujica, Brandon Workman, Burke Badenhop, Andrew Miller, Junichi Tazawa and Alex Wilson round out the potential Relief Core.

The Starting Rotation was also held together with duct tape and barbed wire in 2013, but it was enough to aid the awesome offense, and the team will sporting championship rings because of it.

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The Boston Red Sox State Of The Union Part 1 – The Hitters: 2014 Preview

The now 30 Year Old, is the only player the team has signed for massive cash and term.  Pedroia is locked up until 2021, and his AAV is around $14.0 MIL for the duration. This was a considerable hometown discount and affords the club wiggle room in payroll each year, while the 2 time World Series champ received security.

Dustin Pedroia, the now 30 Year Old, is the only player the team has signed for massive cash and term. Pedroia is locked up until 2021, and his AAV is around $14.0 MIL for the duration. This was a considerable hometown discount and affords the club wiggle room in payroll each year, while the 2 time World Series champ received security.  This contract was similar to how the New England Patriots do business with their top players.  Maybe others will follow down the same pike.  Pedroia had an incredible run in 2013, and that was despite of a bad injury. Project him to be his usual and consistent self in 2014.

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The Red Sox embark on a chance to repeat a World Series win for the 3rd time in 10 years.  2005 didn’t work out so well, and Boston narrowly missed in the 2008 ALCS (TB won 4 – 3).

This year, the teams brass has decided the 2014 Roster is a lot like the 2013 Roster, and then you add in the mix of a bunch of youngsters.

There were some acquisitions brought in with A.J. Pierzynski (replacing Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Jackie Bradley JR or Grady Sizemore will take over for departing CF Jacoby Ellsbury.

While they gave SS Stephen Drew a 1 YR/$14.1 MIL Qualifying Offer which he doth refused.

The Beantowners will go ahead with Xander Bogaerts there, and see Will Middlebrooks have another crack at the hot corner.

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With Iglesias Out With A Shin Injury, The Tigers Must Sign Drew – And For A Few Years!!

Stephen Drew has definitely been hindered by the Draft Pick compensation.  Now with Detroit losing their Starting Shortstop for potentially the entire 2014 year, the door has swung open for the 31 Year Old player from Georgia.  If I were Drew and his agent, I would push the envelope for a 2 year deal, or at least have a total near the $14.1 MIL barrier for a one year contract.  Drew is coming off a World Series year in 2013 with Boston, where he fashioned a .777 OPS and 50 Extra Base Hits in just 442 AB.

Stephen Drew has definitely been hindered by the Draft Pick compensation for his services this winter. Now with Detroit losing their Starting Shortstop for potentially the entire 2014 year, the door has swung open for the 31 Year Old player from Georgia. If I were Drew and his agent Scott Boras, I would push the envelope for a 2 year deal, or at least have a total near the $14.1 MIL barrier for a one year deal . Drew is coming off a World Series year in 2013 with Boston, where he fashioned a .777 OPS and 50 Extra Base Hits in just 442 AB.  It will see the Tigers payroll grow some, but is a necessary cost of doing business to preserve the best squad to compete in 2014.

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With news coming down the pike that Jose Iglesias could miss the entire year due to a shin splints injury, or at least until the ALL – Star Break, going to sign Stephen for a contract now is a must for the Detroit franchise.

Iglesias was supposed to solidify the Infield in Motown this upcoming campaign with his exceptional defense.  However, lets be realistic in that his offense is a bit challenged.

Now with news of his injury wreaking havoc for most of 2014, the Tigers are left with a major void at the position.

Stephen Drew 2013 World Series HR

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