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Who Owned Baseball Sept 16, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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Paul Beaty/AP

Jake Arrieta took a no hitter into the 8th and finished with a complete game 1 hit, 1 walk, thirteen strikeout masterpiece of the Reds, giving the Cubs a 7-0 shutout.

Wilmer Flores doubled and homered twice, scoring 3 times and driving in 6, leading the Mets offense in a 9-1 drubbing of the Marlins.

Ricky Nolasco kept the mighty Tigers off the board with 8 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 walk. He would get a no decision as the bullpen blew the lead but the Twins would come back to win, 4-3.

Adam Eaton went 4-5, missing the cycle by a homer,  and scored a pair of runs as the White Sox frustrated the Royals, 7-5.

They all owned baseball on Sept 16, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 15, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

 (Photo: Jim Mone/AP)

(Photo: Jim Mone/AP)

Miguel Cabrera went 3-5 with a double and a homer in the 9th inning to help the Tigers beat the Twins, 8-6.

Mark Trumbo hit a grand slam and drove in a 5 run, helping the the Diamondbacks top the Giants 6-2.

Matt Shoemaker pitched the Angels into the playoffs with a 7 2/3 inning performance, allowing 5 hits and 1 run, walking none and getting the 8-1 victory over Seattle.

Andrew Cashner threw a complete game 2 hit shuout, winning a tense 1-0 pitchers duel against the Phillies in San Diego.

They all owned baseball on Sept 15, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 14, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Photo By Gene J. Puskar/AP

Photo By Gene J. Puskar/AP

Josh Harrison hit a 2 run, game tying double, came around to score the go ahead run, collected another hit and in the field started a triple play, leading the current Wild Card Pirates to a 7-3 win over the Cubs.

J. D. Martinez got on base 3 times with a homer and an RBI single, helping the Tigers come from behind and defeat division rival Cleveland, 6-4.

Clayton Kershaw threw 8 solid innings, allowing 2 runs, striking out 9 and walking 1 as the Dodgers put some distance between the Giants, winning 4-2.

Dallas Keuchel pitched no hit ball into the 7th and stopped the Angels 10 game winning streak with his 7 innings, 3 hit, 1 run performance, getting the 6-1 decision for Houston.

They all owned baseball on Sept 14, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 13, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WO

Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Mike Trout reached base 4 times, doubling, homering twice, leading the Angels to a 5-2 victory over the Astros.

Jeremy Guthrie kept Kansas City in the playoff picture with 8 innings of 3 hit no earned run ball to beat the Red Sox, 7-1.

Ian Desmond reached base 4 times, scoring a pair, driving in 3 and stole a pair of bases as the Nationals moved closer to clinching the Division with a 10-3 thrashing of the Mets.

Zack Greinke not only gave the Dodgers 6 strong shutout innings but he got on base 3 times, driving in a pair and homering as Los Angeles throttled San Francisco, 17-0.

They all owned baseball on Sept 13, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 12, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Beck Diefenbach, Contributor / Special To The San Francisco Chronicle

Beck Diefenbach, Contributor / Special To The San Francisco Chronicle

Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 shutout innings and set the San Francisco record for most strikeouts by a left hander in a season as the Giants beat the Dodgers 9-0.

Bud Norris helped the Baltimore pitching domination of the Yankees in a double header sweep with 7 innings, no runs, 3 hits and 10 strikeouts in the second  game’s 5-0 win.

Matt Holliday went 2-4 with a homers, 3 runs batted in and a stolen base as the Cardinals closed in on a playoff spot, 5-1 over the Rockies.

J.D. Martinez homered and tripled, driving in 4 runs as the Tigers beat the Indians, 7-2.

 

They owned baseball on Sept 12, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 11, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

AP Photo/Al Behrman

AP Photo/Al Behrman

Johnny Cueto pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and walking one Cardinal batter and won the 1-0 pitchers duel for the Reds.

Chris Sale dominated the A’s over 8 shutout innings, letting up 2 hits, 2 walks while striking out 9 and earned the 1-0 victory for the White Sox.

Anthony Rendon went 3-5 with a homer, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI, helping the Nationals beat the Mets, 6-2 and inch closer to a Division Title.

Chris Young broke up the Tampa no hitter in the 8th with a double and then crushed a walk off, come from behind 3 run homer to win it in the 9th for the Yankees, 5-4.

They owned baseball on Sept 11, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 10, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

James Shields pitched 7 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 walk and 8 strikeouts and propelled the Royals into first place by themselves by winning 3-0 in Detroit.

Aaron Harang threw 7 innings, allowing 1 unearned run, striking out 9 and walking none, giving the Braves a much needed 6-2 win against Washington.

Albert Pujols singled, doubled and tripled, scoring 2 and driving in another as the Angels became the first to reach 90 wins, clobbering the Rangers, 8-1.

Carl Crawford went 4-4 with 3 doubles, a pair of RBI and a run scored, helping the Dodgers move closer to a Division Title, topping the Padres 4-0.

They owned baseball on Sept 10, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 9, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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CHARLES REX ARBOGAST/AP

Josh Donaldson went 5-6 with a doubles, 2 runs scored and 4 RBI, leading a resurgent Oakland offense to an 11-2 drubbing of the White Sox.

Collin McHugh pitched 8 dominant innings, allowing 2 hits and no walks and 1 run on a solo homer as the Astros topped Seattle, 2-1.

Yusmeiro Petit needed only 84 pitches to throw a complete game, 4 hit, 9 strikeout and no walk 5-1 victory for the Giants over the Diamondbacks.

Marcell Ozuna reached base 5 times, scoring twice, driving in 2 and homered in the go ahead 9th inning rally as the Marlins beat the fading Brewers 6-3.

They owned baseball on Sept 9, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 8, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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CHARLES REX ARBOGAST/AP

Tyler Flowers hit a 9th inning game tying homer and then launched a walk off homer in the 12th as the White Sox stunned the A’s, 5-4.

Marcus Stroman threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, walking no batters and striking out 8 Cubs as the Blue Jays won 8-0.

Carl Crawford reached base 4 times, including a homer, drove in 3 runs and scored 2 in the Dodgers 9-4 win over the Padres.

Jeff Locke allowed just 3 hits and no walks while striking 9 Phillies out over 7 innings of 1 run ball. He got the decision as the Pirates topped the Phillies, 6-4.

They owned baseball on Sept 8, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 7, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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REINHOLD MATAY/AP

Nelson Cruz nearly hit for the cycle, reaching base 5 times, tripling, homering twice, including in the 11th inning, and driving in all of Baltimore’s 7 runs, leading the way to a 7-5 victory in Tampa Bay.

Adrian Gonzalez hit a 3 run homer in the 6th inning to give the Dodgers the lead and hit another 3 run homer the next inning to pad the score, leading the Dodgers to a 7-2 win against the Diamondbacks.

Carlos Carrasco pitched into the 9th, finishing with 8 2/3 innings of 4 hit, shutout ball, striking out 8 White Sox while walking none as Cleveland won, 2-0.

Adam Wainwright pitched a complete game, allowing 7 hits and 1 run and earning his 17th win for the Cardinals this season in the 9-1 blow out in Milwaukee.

They owned baseball on Sept 7, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 6, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Ann Heisenfelt / Associated Press

Ann Heisenfelt / Associated Press

Albert Pujols went 3-5, scoring 3, driving in 3, homering and clubbing a go ahead 9th inning 2 run double to help the Angels come from behind and win 8-5 in Minnesota.

Buster Posey sparked a Giants attack by getting on 4 times, scoring twice and launching a homer in San Francisco’s 5-4 victory against Detroit.

Corey Kluber went the distance with a 5 hit complete game, allowing just 1 unearned run and helping the Indians keep their faint playoff hopes alive, 3-1 over the White Sox.

Johnny Cueto went 7 strong innings, allowing 6 hits and 1 run, earning the 2-1 win for the Reds over the Mets.

They owned baseball on Sept 6, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 5, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Photo By Julio Cortez/AP

Photo By Julio Cortez/AP

James Shields pitched shutout ball into the 9th, finishing with 8 1/3 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits and no walks as Kansas City shutout the Yankees 1-0.

Tyler Matzek threw a complete game 3 hit shutout in Coors Field, walking 1 while striking out 6 Padres, earning the 3-0 Rockies victory.

Yoenis Cespedes collected 4 hits, included a double, stole a base and drove home the game winning run as the Red Sox walked off 9-8 winners in 10 against the Blue Jays.

Travis d’Arnaud reached base 4 times including a homer, scored twice and drive in 4, leading the Mets to a 14-5 laugher in Cincinnati.

They owned baseball on Sept 5, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 4, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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STEVE NESIUS/AP

Mark Buehrle threw 8 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 walk. He did not get the decision but helped pitch the Blue Jays to a 1-0 ten inning victory in Tampa Bay.

Victor Martinez reached base 4 times including a back breaking 3 run homer in the 11th that helped the Tigers hold on and defeat the Indians 11-4.

Randall Delgado pitched 5 innings of 2 hit shutout ball before being lifted for a pinch hitter. He would get the 5-1 win for Arizona over San Diego.

A.J. Pollock went 3-4 with a stolen base, a double and a run scored helping the Diamondbacks top the Padres, 5-1.

They owned baseball on Sept 4, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 3, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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TONY DEJAK/AP

Danny Salazar came up big in an interdivision matchup, throwing the first complete game shutout of his career, walking none, striking out 9 and scattering 8 hits as the Indians dominated the Tigers, 7-0.

Brian McCann went 4-4 with a homer and 3 RBI, leading the Yankees past rival Boston, 5-1.

Josh Collmenter pitched 7 strong innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 run, earning the 6-1 decision for the Diamondbacks in San Diego.

Adam LaRoche came off the bench to swat a game tying pinch hit homer in the top of the 9th. He would stay in the game to drive in a total of 5 runs, driving in runs in two extra inning rallies, and leading the Nationals to a wild 8-5 victory against the Dodgers.

They owned baseball on Sept 3, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 2, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

AP Photo: Jack Dempsey

AP Photo: Jack Dempsey

Buster Posey homered and hit a pair of doubles, driving in 4, leading the Giants in a wild comeback against the Rockies, 12-7.

Jose Altuve went 4-5 with a homer, a pair of doubles, 3 runs scored and 4 RBI, helping the Astros stun the Angels, 8-3.

Clayton Kershaw allowed 3 hits (including a solo homer) 1 run, and 2 walks while striking out 8 Nationals while getting the 4-1 decision for the Dodgers.

James Paxton pitched shutout ball into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, 4 hits and 2 earned runs as the Mariners held on in Oakland, 6-5.

They owned baseball on Sept 2, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 1, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports

Cole Hamels pitched the first 6 innings of a combined no hitter as the Phillies topped the Braves 7-0.

Jake DiekmanKen Giles and Jonathan Papelbon all receive 1/2 WOB’s for their role in the no hitter.

Denard Span homered twice, driving in 3, as the Natonals beat the Dodgers 6-4.

Phil Hughes threw 8 innings, allowing no earned runs (3 unearned), striking out 5 and walking none, earning the 6-4 win for the Twins in Baltimore.

Miguel Cabrera went 4-5 with 2 homers, helping the Tigers hold back the Indians, 12-1.

They owned baseball on Sept 1, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.31, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Photo By Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

Photo By Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

Pablo Sandoval missed the cycle by a double, got on base 4 times, scored 3 and drove in 3, leading the Giants to a sweep of the Brewers, 15-5.

Alex Wood threw 8 shutout innings, allowing just 5 hits and no walks while striking out 12, winning the tight 1-0 game for the Braves over Miami.

Mike Trout went 2-4 with a homer and 3 RBI, leading the Angels to a crushing 4 game sweep of the A’s, 8-1.

Clay Buchholz threw a complete game 3 hits, no walk shutout as the Red Sox beat the Rays, 3-0

They owned baseball on Aug 31, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 28, 2014

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Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports – SABR.org

Dan Otero is piling up wins at an alarming rate. So much so that I wonder out loud again if anyone could ever catch Jack Chesbro’s 41 win season if they did so as a middle reliever.

That and why teams should be nervous to deal with Tampa Bay in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Sam Fuld, Clayton Kershaw, Drew Smyly, Buster Posey, Dernard Span, Phil Hughes, Zack Wheeler and Chris Carter all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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MLB Trade Deadline Breakdown 2014 + The August Aftermath

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It was a flurry of action that baseball really needed.  Half way through the day, I was amazed their was actually day games.

Oakland and Detroit pushed all of their chips in, and you have to think they are pretty much done with transactions, although one of them doing an August deal could prompt the other to do the same.

I am holding back reservations for judging the Pirates, Blue Jays and Royals….however they all must be the “MLB clubhouse leaders” in August acquisitions to challenge for playoff slots.

Although KC better have a better idea than having Raul Ibanez take regular AB at 1B..That is horrible..

It wasn’t like the club didn’t know Eric Hosmer was injured badly.

I am also about throwing Ruben Amaro‘s career about 10 second from a toe-tag (and those ten seconds are August), for standing pat on his 47 – 60 aging core.

Like I have said so many times on twitter and social media outlets.  Someone teach this man some basic economics.

Take a lesson from Boston, and trade-off assets, to receive younger ones in the process, then you can turn around and spend every red cent in Free Agency in the offseason.. Read the rest of this entry

Oakland A’s Payroll In 2014 + Contracts Going FWD: Updated For Trade Deadline Deals

Part of the lure in acquiring Samardzija was that he had 1 year left of Arbitration.  He will likely cost in the $12 - 15 MIL range for 2015.  He tops the list of several A's players that will be ARB eligible in 2015 like Moss, Donaldson, Cook, Parker, Jaso, Reddick and Gentry.  While the club is going for it in 2014, there unloading of Cespdes's $10.5 MIL 2015 salary will be used to pay these guys raises.  Some of the club will be traded or released.  The A's should still have about $25 MIL to spend on 7 or 8 guys next year.  Their $95 MIL payroll in 2014 is their highest ever recorded for any one year.

Part of the lure in acquiring Samardzija was that he had 1 year left of Arbitration. He will likely cost in the $12 – 15 MIL range for 2015. He tops the list of several A’s players that will be ARB eligible in 2015 like Moss, Donaldson, Cook, Parker, Jaso, Reddick and Gentry. While the club is going for it in 2014, there unloading of Cespdes’s $10.5 MIL 2015 salary will be used to pay these guys raises. Some of the club will be traded or released. The A’s should still have about $25 MIL to spend on 7 or 8 guys next year. Their $95 MIL projected payroll in 2014 is their highest ever recorded for any one year.

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Wow.  What a roster that has been assembled by Billy Beane in the last 30 days or so.

Make no bones about it, the reason the Money Ball GM was able to this was one from depth strength – coupled with being the master of financial flexibility.

We all know that the A’s have shied away from giving long term pitching contracts, or heck, from lucrative long contracts to positional players.

Ever since the team offered Jermaine Dye a big deal at the time, only to see his production fall off, then to be resurrected in other uniforms, did the management learn to ply their craft.

The team also doled out megabucks for Eric Chavez after that, then to watch him suffer through countless injuries.

Players like Nick Swisher, Miguel Tejada, Johnny Damon, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito, Mark Mulder have left the nest to make fortunes in other locations.

Beane made off like a bandit dealing Rich Harden before he eventually broke down.  Oh yeah, the GM received Josh Donaldson for that trade.

It has been a brass that sees about 50 roster transactions every year.  The key is to always sell high, and mix in the right amount of Free Agent veterans.

All of that ‘baseball rounding’ afforded the “Moneyball” GM to go for it this year. Read the rest of this entry

Beane Acquires Lester + Gomes For Cespedes: Then Acquires Fuld For Millone

Jon Lester, 30, is in the last year of his contract, which will make him around $4 MIL for the last 2 months of the 2014 season.  While there is no way he signs with Oakland past this campaign, this is a calculated move to land a playoff assassin that can front a franchise a #1 starter for a playoff series - or as the pitcher in a Play in Wild Card game should the Angels run the A's down for the AL West.  Much like Samardzija, the Athletics brass knows these guys could never be acquired via Free Agency, and have the wherewithal to know that inking longterm aces to deals past the age of 30 is just not in the cards for the franchise.  The A's were put in the position to rent them because of Beane's nice deals to build the organization's depth.

Jon Lester, 30, is in the last year of his contract, which will make him around $4 MIL for the last 2 months of the 2014 season. While there is no way he signs with Oakland past this campaign, this is a calculated move to land a playoff assassin that can front a franchise a #1 starter for a playoff series – or as the pitcher in a Play in Wild Card game should the Angels run the A’s down for the AL West. Much like Samardzija, the Athletics brass knows these guys could never be acquired via Free Agency, and have the wherewithal to know that inking longterm aces to deals past the age of 30 is just not in the cards for the franchise. The A’s were put in the position to rent them because of Beane’s nice deals to build the organization’s depth. Lester features a 2.11 ERA in 76.2 IP worth of work in the Post season lifetime.  Lester is 10 – 7, with a 2.52 ERA in 143.2 IP this season in 21 Game Starts.

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Billy Beane has been adamant about his team winning the World Series in 2014, and he fired yet another salvo on the July 31st deadline.

The A’s GM acquired Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes for the popular Cuban OF Yoenis Cespedes.

Lets have the finances out of the way 1st.

Jon Lester, 30,  is in the last year of his contract, and will be a Free Agent after this year. 

There is no shot at the man signing with the Athletics after this year. however the A’s will receive a compensatory pick for giving him a qualifying offer following 2014.

The LHP wll make approximately $4 MIL the rest of the season.

Yoenis Cespedes, 28,  is signed through the 2015 at $10.5 MIL per year the next 2 seasons, and will become a Free Agent after next year. 

As per the article 20B section of the CBA, he negotiated that he would be free and clear once his original 4 YRs/$36 MIL deal with the A’s was completed – prior to the 2012 campaign.

The 2013 and 2014 HR Derby winner will make just south of $3.3 MIL for the rest of this year.

Jonny Gomes 33, will make about $1.5 MIL for the duration of the 2014 year, and will become a Free Agent this winter. Read the rest of this entry

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

The Twins won World Series in 1987 and 1991 based on a great number of Draft Picks.  When the team struggled for a decade after the 91 Title, the club used another core of players drafted for another successful run.  Now after a 3 year plus hiatus from contention, the club has been stockpiling great talent in the Minors, and maybe ready for another run really soon.

The Twins won World Series in 1987 and 1991 based on a great number of Draft Picks. When the team struggled for a decade after the 91 Title, the club used another core of players drafted for another successful run. Now after a 3 year plus hiatus from contention, the club has been stockpiling great talent in the Minors, and maybe ready for another run really soon.

How All Of The Twins Hitters Were Acquired:

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Quite frankly, the Twins Roster Tree for the hitters was pretty uneventful.

The majority of the players were drafted by the team – or signed as a Free Agent.  The greatest form of a chain of transactions revolve around Eduardo Escobar.

The Twins Utility Infielder can be traced all the way back to them drafting A.J. Pierzynski.  That trade enabled the franchise for a string of Division wins based on the players brought back.

Joe Nathan and Francisco Liriano were key contributors for almost a decade each.  Liriano was dealt in 2012 for the Utility Infielder.

Josh Willingham and Kurt Suzuki highlight the club’s Free Agent signings.  These guys may be made available for the pending Trade Deadline.

The Twins are an organization that has built within a couple of separate times for lengthy success runs.

In the late 80’s and early 90’s, the franchise parlayed drafts of Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek, Gary Gaetti, Frank Viola, Chuck Knoblauch and Scott Erickson into 2 World Series wins. Read the rest of this entry

How All Of The Chicago Cubs Hitters Were Acquired: (2014 Roster Tree)

With Tom Ricketts being a long time fan himself, he wanted to change the organization -- to be rid of the "lovable losers" moniker and become one of the elite powers in all of Major League Baseball. To do this he needed help and in October 2011 he hired on Theo Epstein as Team President. Theo has a knack for building having helped the Boston Red Sox to a World Series Championship as the youngest general manager in all of baseball. Epstein then hired on current Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer, and the rebuild began. It's tough to swallow a combined record of 127-197 since the new regime began, and another year or two of enduring will be required. 2014 won't be the Cubs' year.  So the club will continue to trade all veterans and establish a great core of young players.  The offense coming down the pike looks to be electric.

With Tom Ricketts being a long time fan himself, he wanted to change the organization — to be rid of the “lovable losers” moniker and become one of the elite powers in all of Major League Baseball. To do this he needed help and in October 2011 he hired on Theo Epstein as Team President. Theo has a knack for building having helped the Boston Red Sox to a World Series Championship  Epstein then hired on current Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer, and the rebuild began. It’s tough to swallow a combined record of 162 – 243 since the new regime began, and another year or two of enduring will be required. 2014 also won’t be the Cubs’ year, so the club will continue to trade all veterans and establish a great core of young players. The offense coming down the pike looks to be electric.

How All Of The Cubs Hitters Were Acquired:

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The Chicago Cubs have plenty of young talent on the big league roster, and many more in all of their Minor League affiliates.

The Roster Tree of most of the offense are guys that signed as Free Agents – or were drafted  by the organization.

Matt Garza plays prominently in several of the players leaving and coming into the franchise in 2 separate deals with the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers.

The good news is that the team looks to have done well in the mid-season trade with the Rangers last year.

Garza was actually acquired from Tampa with Chris Archer (picked up in a deal for Mark DeRosa from Cleveland). Read the rest of this entry

The Tampa Bay Rays State Of The Union For 2014

The Rays are always at the bottom for attendance in the Major Leagues, which is a shame for how successful this team has been for the last 6 years - posting 4 playoff berths and an AL Pennant.  This has all been done on a shoestring budget - and facing the toughest strength of schedule in the bigs,

The Rays are always at the bottom for attendance in the Major Leagues, which is a shame for how successful this team has been for the last 6 years – posting 4 playoff berths and an AL Pennant. This has all been done on a shoestring budget – and facing the toughest strength of schedule in the bigs.  The 2014 season will pose the same kind of challenges and problems that have arisen in the teams history.  The Rays have to contend with high payroll teams like Boston and New York fielding ALL – Star squad’s throughout their lineups.  The management has done a fantastic job to stay competitive, and will rely on their franchise depth to post yet another nice record for a 7th consecutive year.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are still one of the best run franchises in baseball, and have put themselves in a position to contend for the AL East for yet another campaign.

I hope the Rays Management decides against trading David Price in the next 2 years, and just goes for a World Series trophy.

Being the 13th biggest city, and yielding the 28th lowest payroll in the game should not be conducive to sustained success, yet there the Rays are pesky every year.

It has been noted on this website plenty, that since the beginning of 2008, the Rays have the second best record in the game to the Yankees in this time frame.

In that span, they trail the Bronx Bombers by just around 10 wins.

Wil Myers 2013 Highlights

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Tampa Bay Rays Organization: 2014 Depth Charts + Rosters, (MLB + MiLB)

Joe Maddon has a career Record of 704 - 644 (.522), but is 552 - 421 (.567) over the last 6 years  from 2008 - 2013.  He runs his offenses like the Angels used to, with a NL style built on speed and contact.  He may be the best AL Skipper when it comes to utilizing players versatility and matchups. Maddon is also great at working in Rookie players.

Joe Maddon has a career Record of 704 – 644 (.522), but is 552 – 421 (.567) over the last 6 years from 2008 – 2013. He runs his offenses like the Angels used to, with a NL style built on speed and contact. He may be the best AL Skipper when it comes to utilizing players versatility and matchups. Maddon is also great at working in Rookie players.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): & Jeff Kleiner (Org. Depth Chart Expert)

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The Tampa Rays have been the model franchise in the AL for the last 6 years.  Of course the St. Louis Cardinals club would be the team of the National League.

Besides the New York Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays have won more games in the last 6 years.

The teams record is 552 -421 during this time span, including 4 playoff spots and 1 AL Pennant.

The key to the teams continuous consistency is their Minor League System.  From 9 years of drafting high from 1998 – 2007, to then making smart trades, the Rays have have been able to sustain their club by using the farm.

Wil Myers 2013 Highlights

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Tampa Bay Rays In Payroll 2014 + Contracts Going Forward: They Should Also Trade David Price To St. Louis For Matt Adams

David Price became a 20 game winner for the first time last season, and it won him the American League Cy Young Award. That is really hard to match, but early struggles and injuries held him back in 2013.  He was 9 - 8, with a 3.39 ERA.  Since he is due a payraise - to the $13 - $15 MIL range, it is my feeling the team should trade him for a slugging 1B.  How about Matt Adams of the Cardinals anyone?  The St. Louis team will need an ace to replace Chris Carpenter - and could bridge the gap for his few years of eligibility.

David Price became a 20 game winner for the first time last season, and it won him the American League Cy Young Award. That is really hard to match, but early struggles and injuries held him back in 2013. He was  still 9 – 8, with a 3.39 ERA. Since he is due a payraise – to the $13 – $15 MIL range in Arbitration, it is my feeling the team should trade him for a slugging 1B. How about Matt Adams of the Cardinals anyone? The St. Louis team will need an ace to replace Chris Carpenter – and could bridge the gap for the team before Free Agency eligibility in 2016.  It was too bad Hak-Ju Lee was hurt for some of 2013, as that would have been a perfect package to help bringing back another Starter.  Perhaps the Rays should use Matt Joyce also as bait?  Maybe they could a prospect Starter after all.  The team figures to be around $55 – 57 MIL before Price.

Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

I am of the belief that the Andrew Friedman and Stu Sternberg have been the ‘model franchise’ in the AL over the last 6 years. 

Not only do they compete in the vaunted AL East versus the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, but they have made the playoffs 4 times in that span, including a World Series Loss to the Philadelphia in the 2008 year. 

Had Evan Longoria not been hurt for the majority of the 2012 season, one could argue that the club was poised to make another playoff appearance to make it 6. 

So how are they doing this?  Their team payroll is roughly one-third of the Yankees and the 40 % of the Red Sox total Payroll. 

The Rays are smart enough to let their higher priced Free Agents walk, or even trading them before they are due significant pay raises. 

They are also using the philosophy of the ‘John Hart‘ Indians of the Pre-Milennium Cleveland Indians.  Once it was established that Evan Longoria could play at the MLB Level, they signed him to an 8 year contract. 

They did the same thing with Starting Pitching Matt Moore last year with a 5 year deal for the rookie based on one playoffs of decent pitching. 

It is a risk sometimes to do this, yet the rewards can save you Millions in future payroll if the new player (s) outperforms his/their contract (s).

Rays Highlights 2013:

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How All Of The Tampa Bay Rays Hitters Were Acquired

Tuesday July.16/2013

 Evan Longoria is signed through the year 2023. He was earmarked as the 'franchise player' - and locked up early into his career.  His deal will earn him $145 MIL over the course of 15 years worth of service.

Evan Longoria is signed through the year 2023. He was earmarked as the ‘franchise player’ – and locked up early into his career. His deal will earn him $145 MIL over the course of 15 years worth of service.  He was Drafted 3rd overall in the 2006 Amateur Draft.

How All Of The Tampa Bay Rays Hitters Were Acquired:

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

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