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Who Owned Baseball August 3, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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Adrian Beltre hit for the cycle for the third time in his career, finishing with 3 RBI while leading the suddenly contending Rangers past Houston in a wild 12-9 slugfest.

A. J. Pierzynski collected 4 hits including a 2 out, bottom of the 9th game tying homer and threw out a key base stealer in extra innings as the Braves stunned San Francisco 9-8 in 12 innings.

David Price made his Blue Jays debut a memorable one, going 8 innings, allowing 3 runs, a run on a solo homers, and struck out 11 Minnesota batters to earn the 5-1 decision and put Toronto in a tie for a Wild Card spot.

Bartolo Colon went 8 innings, allowing 1 run and walking none in the process to earn the 12-1 blow out win for the Mets against Miami.

They all owned baseball on August 3, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball August 2, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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MARK J. TERRILL/AP

Andre Ethier hit a go ahead homer in the 8th and a walk off shot in the 10th to give the Dodgers a 5-3 victory against the Angels.

Stephen Drew singled, doubled and tripled, driving in 4 runs, helping the Yankees clobber the White Sox 12-3.

Noah Syndergaard pitched 8 strong innings, holding Washington to 2 runs on 2 solo homers, striking out 9 and walking none as the Mets swept into a first place tie winning 5-2.

Martín Pérez shutdown the hot San Francisco bats with 8 1/3 solid innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 run and no walks, earning the 2-1 decision for Texas.

They all owned baseball on August 2, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball August 1, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Howard Simmons - New York Daily News

Howard Simmons – New York Daily News

Lucas Duda was a one man wrecking crew in a critical divisional rival match up. He reached base 4 times, homered twice and his an RBI double in the 8th, driving in all of the Mets wins as they won a dramatic 3-2 game against Washington.

Travis Shaw reached base 5 times, doubling and homering twice, driving in 3 and scoring 5 as the Red Sox rocked the Rays, 11-7.

Clayton Kershaw continued to dominate, throwing 8 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts to lead the Dodgers past the Angels, 3-1.

Aaron Brooks pitched into the 8th, finishing with 7 1/3 innings, 5 hits, 1 run on a solo homer and no walks while winning his A’s debut, 5-1 over Cleveland.

 

They all owned baseball on August 1, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 31, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Jeff Haynes - AP Photo

Jeff Haynes – AP Photo

 

Mark Teixeira reached base 5 times, including a double and 2 homers, driving in 6 runs as the Yankees beat up the White Sox, 13-6.

Taijuan Walker let up a solo homer in the 4th and walked another batter and that was it. He pitched all 9 innings of a 1 hitter, striking out 11 Minnesota and earning a 6-1 decision for the Mariners.

Welington Castillo singled, doubled and hit a go ahead 10th inning homer that put the Diamondbacks ahead for good as the won in Houston, 6-4.

Matt Harvey was solid into the 8th in a critical game for the Mets. He went 7 2/3 innings, allowing 1 run, 5 hits, no walks and struck out 9 Nationals batters. He got a no decision but the Mets walked off 2-1 winners in the 12th.

They all owned baseball on July 31, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 30, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

AP Photo - John Minchillo

AP Photo – John Minchillo

Brandon Phillips had a monster night, going 4 for 5, 2 runs scored, 7 RBI, 2 homers and 2 stolen bases to lead the Reds in a 15-5 drubbing of Pittsburgh.

Eddie Rosario missed the cycle by a single, going 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI as the Twins topped Seattle, 9-5.

Max Scherzer threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and 3 walks and striking out 6 to help the Nationals get a 1-0 victory in Miami.

Carlos Carrasco pitched a complete game, allowing 2 hits, 1 walk and 1 run while striking out 7 Oakland batters and earning the 3-1 win for Cleveland.

 

They all owned baseball on July 30, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 29, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

(Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

 

Troy Tulowitzki made his Toronto debut with a pair of doubles, a homer, 3 RBI and some sparkling defense to help beat Philadelphia, 8-2.

Bryce Harper went 3 for 4 with a pair of homers, 3 runs scored and 4 knocked in to give the Nationals a 7-2 victory over Miami.

Corey Kluber pitched shutout ball into the 9th, finishing with a complete game, 5 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts, earning the decision as the Indians clobbered the Royals, 12-1.

Jon Lester struck out 14 and walked only 1 Colorado batter over 8 innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs while getting the 3-2 win for the Cubs.

They all owned baseball on July 29, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 28, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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Stephen Dunn, Getty Images

Sonny Gray threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, striking out 9 and walking 1 Dodger batter and contributed a hit himself in Oakland’s 2-0 victory.

Curt Casali had his second straight 2 homer day, finishing with 3 hits and 3 RBI in Tampa Bay’s 10-2 clobbering of Detroit.

Noah Syndergaard was perfect through 6 and finished with 8 shutout innings, giving up 3 hits, no walks and striking out 9 Padres en route to a 4-0 Mets win.

Joey Votto reached base 4 times, scoring twice and launching a 3 run homer to lead the Reds past St. Louis, 4-0.

 

They all owned baseball on July 28, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 27, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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JONATHAN DANIEL/GETTY IMAGES

Kris Bryant got a pair of hits including a 2 out, 2 run bottom of the 9th walk off come from behind homer to give the Cubs a 9-8 victory over Colorado.

Curt Casali singled and homered twice, driving in 3, leading Tampa Bay past Detroit, 5-2.

Lance Lynn went 7 strong innings, letting up a single run and 5 hits, earning the 4-1 decision for the Cardinals over Cincinnati.

Kevin Gausman pitched shutout ball into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, 6 hits, no runs and 1 walk. He would not get a decision but the Orioles would win over Atlanta 2-1 in 11 innings.

 

They all owned baseball on July 27, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 26, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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David Ortiz capped off a magical day for Boston fans with a 4 for 5 performance, driving in 7 helped by a pair of 3 run homers and led to the drubbing of Detroit, 11-1.

Carlos Gonzalez reached base 4 times including a pair of homers, driving in 6 helping the Rockies top the Reds 17-7.

Eduardo Rodríguez pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 3 hits, a run on a solo homer and 1 walk, earning a much needed 11-1 victory for the Red Sox over the Tigers.

Jacob deGrom took a shutout into the 8th finishing with 7 2/3 innings of 2 hit, 8 strikeout and 2 walk ball. He did not get the decision but the Mets topped the Dodgers in 10, 3-2.

 

They all owned baseball on July 26, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 25, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

 

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MATT MARTON/AP

Cole Hamels threw a no hit masterpiece in what could have been his final start for Philadelphia. He struck out 13 and walked only two in the 5-0 final which was the first no hitter of the Cubs since 1965.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis led an amazing Mets attack by reaching base 5 times, doubling and driving in 4 runs to clobber the Dodgers 15-2.

Miguel Gonzalez pitched into the 8th innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 run (on a solo homer) and no walks, earning a much needed victory for Baltimore over the Rays, 5-1.

Alex Rodriguez homered 3 times, including a game tying shot in the 9th, driving in 4 altogether and leading the Yankees to a stunning come from behind win over Minnesota, 8-5.

They all owned baseball on July 25, 2015.

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

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TONY DEJAK/AP

Jose Quintana went the distance in a complete game shutout, allowing 7 hits, no walks and striking out 8 as the White Sox topped Cleveland, 6-0.

Andrew Cashner pitched 7 solid innings, allowing 1 run, 5 hits and 1 walk, earning the 3-1 decision for the Padres over Miami.

Trevor Plouffe singled, doubled and homered, leading Minnesota’s attack as they clobbered the Yankees 10-1.

Carlos Gonzalez hit 2 game tying home runs that helped set up the Rockies 6-5 walk off win against the Reds.

 

They all owned baseball on July 24, 2015.

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

 

BOB LEVEY - GETTY IMAGES

BOB LEVEY – GETTY IMAGES

Jose Altuve got 4 hits, including a double and a walk off homer, driving in 4 all together as the Astros beat the plummeting Red Sox, 5-4.

Ervin Santana threw 8 shutout 4 hit innings against his former club, the Angels, striking out 7 and walking none, earning the 3-0 decision for Minnesota.

Andrew McCutchen singled and scored in the first and put the game away with a 2 run homer in the 7th as Pittsburgh topped the Nationals 7-3.

Clayton Kershaw continued his dominance and retired the first 18 Mets he faced. He finished with a complete game, 3 hit shutout, walking none and striking out 11 and extended his scoreless inning streak to 29, notching a 3-0 victory for the Dodgers.

They all owned baseball on July 23, 2015.

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

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JOHN MINCHILLO/AP

Joey Votto reached base 9 times over the course of a double header. The first game, a Reds 9-1 thrashing of the Cubs, he got on 4 times, homered and scored 3 runs. In the night cap, a Cubs 6-5 win, he got a pair of hits and walked 3 times but was stranded each time.

Preston Tucker homered twice, added a double and drove in 3 runs to help Houston top spiraling Boston 4-2.

 

Mike Leake went 8 strong innings in what could be his final Cincinnati start, allowing 4 hits, no walks and 1 run in the 9-1 decision over the Cubs.

Edinson Volquez gave the battered Royals rotation a much needed quality start, going 7 2/3 innings, allowing 8 hits, 1 walk and 1 strikeout in the 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh.

They all owned baseball on July 22, 2015.

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

 

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JUSTIN EDMONDS/GETTY IMAGES

Shin-Soo Choo became the first Rangers batter to hit for the cycle since 2013, finishing 4 for 5 with 3 runs scored and 3 batted in as Texas romped in Colorado, 9-0.

Kyle Schwarber singled, doubled and hit a game tying homer in the 9th and a the eventual game winning homer in the 13th to give the Cubs a 5-4 win in Cincinnati.

Mark Buehrle pitched 7 strong innings, allowing 1 run and walking none, earning the 7-1 decision for the Blue Jays in Oakland.

Chris Heston held the Padres hitless for 5 innings and finished with 7 1/3 shutout 1 hit innings with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts as the Giants rolled, 9-3.

 

They all owned baseball on July 21, 2015.

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

 

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JAE C. HONG/AP

Albert Pujols had an incredible double header for the Angels. He went 2 for 4 in the first game, reached base 3 times in the second and went a combined 4 for 7 with a walk, 3 homers , 5 runs scored and 4 RBI in the sweep of the Red Sox, 11-1 in the opener, 7-3 in the night cap.

Travis Ishikawa homered and doubled twice, scoring once and driving in 4 as the Pirates won a wild potential World Series preview in Kansas City, 10-7.

Rubby De La Rosa gave the Diamondbacks 7 strong innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 run, earning the 3-1 decision over Miami.

Andrew Heaney pitched another fine game for the Angels, going 7 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs and no walks to defeat Boston, 7-3.

They all owned baseball on July 20, 2015.

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

 

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AP Photo – Pat Sullivan

Dallas Keuchel pitched 7 magnificent innings, allowing no runs, no walks and 2 hits while striking out 13 Rangers batters as Houston rolled to a 10-0 blow out.

Zack Greenie extended his scoreless inning streak to 43 2/3 innings with 8 shutout frames against Washington, letting up 3 hits, 1 walk and 11 strikeouts, earning the 5-0 decision for the Dodgers.

Jake Smolinski went 3 for 5 with 2 homers and 4 RBI to help the Athletics top the Twins 14-1.

Andre Ethier collected 3 hits, including a double, scoring twice and driving in a run as the Dodgers topped the Nationals,5-0.

They all owned baseball on July 19, 2015.

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

Alex Brandon - AP

Alex Brandon – AP

Clayton Kershaw pitched 8 masterful innings, allowing 3 hits, no runs and no walks while striking out 14 Nationals batters en route to a 4-2 Dodgers victory.

Randal Grichuk played all three outfield positions, reached base 5 times, homered twice and drove in 6 runs as the Cardinals took a 12-2 laugher over the Mets.

Garrett Richards threw a complete game 2 hit shutout, walking just one Red Sox batter and earned the 3-0 decision for the Angels.

Robinson Cano struck back at the Yankees, his former team, with a pair of 2 run homers and a third hit for good measure as Seattle won 4-3.

They all owned baseball on July 18, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 17, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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KATHY KMONICEK/AP

Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 4 including the go ahead homer in the 7th that gave the first place Yankees a 4-3 victory over Seattle.

C. J. Wilson held his own in a tense pitchers duel, throwing 8 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. He did not get the decision but the Angels won 1-0 over Boston.

Marlon Byrd homered, doubled and singled twice, scoring a pair while leading the Reds over Cleveland, 6-1.

Lance Lynn allowed a lead off homer and then just 1 hits and 1 walk after that over 7 innings. He struck out 9 Mets and earned the 3-2 decision in St. Louis.

They all owned baseball on July 17, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 14, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) #WOB – All Star Game Edition

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Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY Sports

Mike Trout led off the game with a homer, reached base twice and scored twice becoming the first player to win back to back All Star Game MVPs as the Angels star led the American League to a 6-3 win.

David Price pitched a perfect 4th, striking out 2, and earned the 6-3 decision for the AL in the All Star Game.

They both owned baseball on July 14, 2015.

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

Corey Sipkin - NY Daily News

Corey Sipkin – NY Daily News

Kirk Nieuwenhuis became the first Mets batter to launch 3 homers in a single home game, driving in 4 runs all together in the 5-3 win over Arizona.

Brian McCann homered, doubled, scored twice and drove in 2, leading the Yankees to an 8-6 victory over the Red Sox in Fenway Park.

Jake Arrieta pitched a complete game, allowing only 2 hits, 1 run and no walks while striking out 9 White Sox and earned the 3-1 decision for the Cubs.

Sonny Gray tossed a complete game 2 hit shutout, striking out 6 and walking none as the A’s topped Cleveland, 2-0.

 

They all owned baseball on July 12, 2015.

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

DANNY MOLOSHOK/AP

DANNY MOLOSHOK/AP

Taylor Jungmann threw a complete game, allowing 3 hits, 1 run and 7 strikeouts and added his own single and run scored as the Brewers trounced the Dodgers 7-1.

Hisashi Iwakuma slowed down the red hot Angels with 8 shutout 3 hit innings, walking 2 and earning the 5-0 decision for the Mariners.

Cole Gillespie singled, doubled, homered and made a spectacular back to the plate catch in center field to help the Marlins blow out Cincinnati, 14-3.

Jose Reyes got on base 4 times, including a double, stole 3 bases, scored a run and drove in another to help the Blue Jays come from behind and beat Kansas City 6-2.

 

They all owned baseball on July 11, 2015.

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

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TED S. WARREN/AP

 Mike Trout went 3 for 5 with a pair of homers and 4 RBI, leading the Angels to a 7-3 win in Seattle.

Joe Panik collected 4 hits, including a homer and 3 RBI, as the Giants bats exploded in a 15-2 laugher against Philadelphia.

Danny Salazar pitched into the 9th, going 8 2/3 innings, 5 hits, 1 unearned run and 1 walk against 8 Oakland batters struck out. He would earn the 5-1 victory for Cleveland.

Mike Leake threw 8 shutout 3 hit innings, striking out 10 Marlins and walking 1, winning the 1-0 game for the Reds.

They all owned baseball on July 10, 2015.

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

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David Banks – Getty Images

Jeff Samardzija threw a complete game 4 hit shutout, walking 1 and striking out 5 Blue Jays batters to take the 2-0 game for the White Sox.

Zack Greinke dominated the Phillies with 8 one hit, shutout innings with 8 strikeouts and no walks and earning the 6-0 decision for the Dodgers.

Brett Gardner earned his All Star status with 3 hits, including a homer, in the Yankees 6-2 come from behind win against Oakland.

Yasiel Puig doubled and homered, driving in 4 runs to lead the Dodgers past Philadelphia 6-0.

They all owned baseball on July 9, 2015.

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MLB Reports ‘Junior Reporter’ Haley Smilow Interviews Indians OF Michael Bourn

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Haley Smilow is a lucky baseball fan/writer/reporter.  Recently last summer, she was able to interview Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.

Interviewing MLB Athletes is nothing new for our Junior Reporter.  Over the last few years, Haley has interviewed Curtis Granderson, A.J. Pierzynski, Cody Ross, Barry Enright, Justin Turner, Casey Janssen and 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen.

The MLB Reports is very happy with the hard work and dedication Haley puts forth for her interviews.  She has a great future in the business!

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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)

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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.

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With V – Mart’s 4 YR Deal For $68 MIL, The Market Threshold Is Set For Nelson Cruz

Victor Martinez has thrived offensively in Detroit hitting behind Miguel Cabrera.  Aside from the 2012 injury where he missed the whole season to a broken ankle.  V-Mart's 3 Slash Line for the Tigers is .321/.379/.486 - with 56 HR and 283 RBI in 1656 AB for the squad.  2014 is the last year of the 35 year old's 4 YRs/$50 MIL deal, and he will be on the open market after this campaign.  This was another good reason to bring in David Price by trade to win the elusive World Series.  There is no guarantee the Tigers could afford to bring him back for 2015 or beyond.

Victor Martinez has thrived offensively in Detroit hitting behind Miguel Cabrera. Aside from the 2012 injury where he missed the whole season to a broken ankle. V-Mart’s 3 Slash Line for the Tigers is .321/.381/.487 – with 58 HR and 289 RBI in 1706 AB for the squad. 2014 was the last year of the 35 year old’s 4 YRs/$50 MIL deal.  There was no guarantee the Tigers could afford to bring him back for 2015 or beyond because of the chance they would move Cabrera to DH in a few years.  However, the “Motown Boys” will have the best Designated Hitter in the game right now, back in the fold for the next 4 campaigns.  The one person who may not like the $ portion of the contract is Nelson Cruz, who is seeking a deal of 5 years at above the dollars per year V-Mart just reeled in.

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Yesterday Victor Martinez finalized re-signing with the Detroit Tigers for 4 YRs/$68 MIL.  This both was a great deal for the “Motown Boys” and also set a likely threshold for Free Agent DH slugger Nelson Cruz.

The Orioles DH/OF must not be happy with the amount of cash that V-Mart signed with, because there is no way he should reach that stratosphere.

2014 Stats

Victor Martinez (35):  .335/.409/.565, with 32 HRs 103 RBI and only 42 SO in 561 AB.

Nelson Cruz  (34):  .271/.333/.525, with 40 HRs 108 RBI and 140 SO in 613 AB.

 

Career

Martinez:  .306/.373/.475

Cruz:  .268/.328/.501 Read the rest of this entry

Previewing The ALDS: Orioles Vs. Tigers

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By Nicholas Delahanty (MLB Reports Writer)  

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For the first time since 1997, the Orioles are back on top of the AL East Division, clinching their 9th division title in franchise history.  For a team who has dealt with numerous injuries over the season, this team still found a way to win 96 games, which easily won them the division crown. 

As October baseball is sure to bring out the best in the remaining competition, the Orioles have a tough task at hand, as they match up with the Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series (ALDS).

Although the head-to-head numbers and the critics seem to favor the Orioles at the moment, it would be wise to not count this Orioles team out just yet, as they have proven doubters wrong throughout the course of the entire season.

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