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

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How All Of The Blue Jays Hitters Were Acquired:

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

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For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.

It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.

It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.

Toronto absolutely stole Jose Bautista from Pittsburgh, and then saw Edwin Encarnacion selected off of waivers by the A’s, only to see him return as a Free Agent 6 weeks later.

The Blue Jays have seen EE bash out several seasons worth of awesome since then.

You can track back some of the player to as far as Orlando Hudson and Roy Halladay. Read the rest of this entry

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Chicago White Sox Payroll In 2014 + Contracts Going Forward to 2017

Player 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
OF Dayan Viciedo 2,800,000 - ARB ARB ARB
RP Donnie Veal 497,500 ARB ARB ARB -
RP Ramon Troncoso 0 ARB ARB ARB -
Blake Tekotte 0 - - - -
RP Leyson Septimo 493,000 - - - -
SP Hector Santiago 505,000 - ARB ARB ARB
SP Chris Sale 850,000 3,500,000 6,000,000 9,150,000 12,000,000
CL Addison Reed 520,000 - ARB ARB ARB
INF Alexei Ramirez 7,000,000 9,500,000 10,000,000 10,000,000 UFA
SP Jose Quintana 500,000 - - - -
RP  David Purcey 0 ARB ARB - -
Josh Phegley 0 - - - -
RP Brian Omogrosso 492,000 UFA - - -
3B Brent Morel 0 ARB ARB ARB -
RP Matt Lindstrom 2,300,000 4,000,000 UFA - -
DH/1B Paul Konerko 13,500,000 UFA - - -
UT Jeff Keppinger 3,500,000 4,000,000 4,500,000 UFA -
RP Nate Jones 507,500 - ARB ARB ARB
Orlando Hudson UFA - - - -
RP Duente Heath 0 - - - -
3B Conor Gillaspie 490,500 - - - -
OF Avisail Garcia 490,000 - - - -
SP Gavin Floyd 9,500,000 UFA - - -
Tyler Flowers 510,000 ARB ARB ARB ARB
DH Adam Dunn 15,000,000 15,000,000 UFA - -
OF Alejandro De Aza 2,075,000 ARB ARB - -
DP  John Danks 15,750,000 15,750,000 15,750,000 15,750,000 UFA
RP  Brian Bruney - - - - -
INF Gordon Beckham 2,925,000 ARB ARB - -
SP Dylan Axelrod 493,000 - - - -
1B/DH Jose Abreu - 8,666,666 8,666,666 11,666,667 12,166,667
Buyouts
SP Jake Peavy 4,000,000 - - - -
INF Kevin Youkilis 1,000,000 - - - -
SP:  Brett Myers 3,000,000 - - - -

The Arizona Diamondbacks Best Hitters (1998 – 2013): Part 2 Of A 3 Part Series

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Friday July.26th/2013

The Arizona Diamondbacks are only 6 games behind .500 for the franchises existence, and are just fraction percentages away from the LA Angels for the best record all time by an expansion franchise.  They have a solid crop of young players that could end up on this list a  few years down the road.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are only 6 games behind .500 for the franchises existence, and are just fraction percentages away from the LA Angels for the best record all time by an expansion franchise. They have a solid crop of young players that could end up on this list a few years down the road.  Chase Field has seen some great offensive seasons from its players.  Whether it was Luis Gonzalez blasting 57 HRs in 2012 (3rd  ALL Time Single Season Best for an NL LHB, behind Barry Bonds 73 – 2001 and Ryan Howard’s 58 in 2006), or Mark Reynolds cracking 44 Round Trippers, while Striking out 223 times for a MLB Record in 2009, it hasn’t been dull in the desert for the clubs offense.

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

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been one of the better franchises in the last 15 years, despite being one of the newest teams.

Unlike their expansion cousins the Tampa Bay Rays, that went through 9 years, before reeling off 5 straight winning seasons, the DBacks won the World Series in just their 4th year of existence.

The team has been able to make 5 playoff years in their 14 years.  This year, they are right in the thick of the race, so they could possibly add a 6th Post Season Birth to their resume.

The team has lacked a lot of long – term hitters for the club, however they have had their share of big seasons.

From “Gonzo” to “Goldy”, we will honor all of these guys in this post.

For Part 3 Of the 3 Part Series: The Franchise Pitchers – click here

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The Padres May Never Compete With the Dodgers Financially, But They Are Making Strides

Tuesday November 27th, 2012

Jake Dal Porto (Baseball Writer):

The Padres seem poised to eventually become mild-spenders. For an organization that’s highest payroll since 2002 has been roughly $73 million (in 2008), moving up in the spending chain would certainly be good for a change. This transformation could come as soon as 2013 or maybe a few years down the road.

But let’s be sure of something—the Padres have a steep hill to climb before they can compete with the Los Angeles Dodgers in terms of financial freedom. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they won’t be able to compete with the newly labeled ‘Yankees’ of the West coast, but it surely prevents them from signing talented free agents. The A’s and Orioles are a pair of most recent teams to win on a cheaper payroll, while the Rays have been the very definition of that over the past few years. Read the rest of this entry

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