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Pablo Sandoval + His $17 MIL Contract Will Ride The Pine This Year To Start In Boston

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Red Sox manager John Farrell has announced that 2-time All-Star third-baseman Pablo Sandoval will begin the season on the Red Sox bench. Travis Shaw will begin the season at the hot corner.

Just last offseason, Sandoval signed a monster deal with Red Sox leaving behind the San Francisco Giants who he won multiple World Series with. Sandoval will make a whopping $17 million while on the bench (at least initially). He still has $75 million over four years left in his contract.

Sandoval commented that it’s the right decision, and manager Farrell commented that Shaw’s defense was key for this surprising decision. The Red Sox have shown that past lucrative contracts given by former management will not dictate the lineup.

This post will be updated as we get more updates. Stay tuned.

In the mean time, did you see this coming? Any thoughts on Sandoval on the bench?

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Spring Training Standouts: AL West

Robinson Cano enters year 3 of a 10 season contract.  So far his arrival has not corresponded into a playoff birth.  The Mariners now hold the longest playoff drought in the Major Leagues. The Second Baseman will need to return to a MVP caliber style of play if the franchise wants to be players in the AL West.

Robinson Cano enters year 3 of a 10 season contract. So far his arrival has not corresponded into a playoff berth. The Mariners now hold the longest playoff drought in the Major Leagues. The Second Baseman will need to return to a MVP caliber style of play if the franchise wants to be players in the AL West.  Cano was awesome in the second half of last year – and with his 3 HR game the other day, has been equally as impressive in Spring Training this March. He is one a few guys we zeroed in on. 

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Next up is the American League West! Let’s take a look at each team and see their spring training stars!

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Spring Training Standouts: AL Central

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With less than a week away from Opening Day of the 2016 season, it’s time to look at who’s performing in the preseason.

Spring Training results aren’t entirely indicative of regular season results, but it does feel good when you know your players are producing very well as we get closer to the start of the season.

The first division we’ll look at is the AL Central!

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Recap Of Spring Training Injuries

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Opening Day is getting closer which means Spring Training a couple of weeks away from its end. As always, players on nearly every team suffer small and some major injuries during Spring Training.

The question from the fans will be whether these injuries will last into the regular season and prevent them from starting the season on the Opening Day roster. Let’s take a look at the teams who have had some more major injuries this spring and their timetable:

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Spring Training: Indicator for Regular Season Results?

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Spring Training has finally gotten underway, and the first games will be next week. With that in mind, Spring Training is where the managers make sure everyone is having consistent at-bats and innings and just making sure everyone has playing time before the season begins.

This got me thinking of whether good records during Spring Training for teams was a sign of things to come in the regular season or was it completely irrelevant?

I’ll be taking a look at how the best and worst teams during the past five Spring Training’s fared during the regular season. Let’s take a look: 

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Is This The End Of Cliff Lee?

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Philadelphia Phillies’ Cliff Lee works against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 6, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The 37-year-old’s career might be over, after his agent remarked that Lee’s camp “doesn’t anticipate him playing at this point”.

It was reported earlier in the offseason that there was plenty of interest in the veteran left-hander, but Lee has stated before that he would only pitch if it was the perfect situation for him.

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2016 AL MVP Candidates

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We’ve taken a look at Rookie of the Year candidates as well as potential Cy Young’s. It’s time to look at the Most Valuable Player award, starting with the Junior Circuit as always!

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Playoff Bound Teams Spend Smart

 

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The teams that make the biggest moves in the offseason, giving out huge amounts of money for an aging star or deal three prospects from your future of the franchise for a “proven” star, almost never are the teams that make it to the playoffs.

Rather the teams that do make it are the ones that make smaller under-the-radar moves that are cost-effective options that turn out to pay huge dividends.

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The History Of MLB Dynasties

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It’s hard for a team to reach and win the World Series, and it’s even harder to return in multiple years and form a true dynasty.

Baseball might be the one professional league that has the most parity among its teams today where its ball clubs can go from last-place finishes to World Series winners in just a single season.

But there’s been times where a team has utterly dominated for a stretch of years in the MLB, as well. So, let’s take a look at the past, present, and future of potential MLB dynasties.

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2016 NL Cy Young Award Candidates

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The Senior Circuit had a very close Cy Young race last season when Zack Greinke’s 1.66 ERA and 19-3 record went against Jake Arrieta’s 1.77 ERA and 22-6 record and Clayton Kershaw’s 300 strikeouts.

Arrieta beat out Greinke and Kershaw in the end but if it was any other year, there’s a good chance any of the other two would’ve won it. So who will be the NL Cy Young in 2016?

This year’s class will have a tough job of surpassing the statistics of last year’s finalists, but who knows?

Past Cy Young Winners

Bartolo Colón (2005 Angels; Padres): The 42-year-old Bartolo Colón will be returning to the Mets this year where he’s expected to fill that back-end rotation spot until Zack Wheeler returns in 2016. His most recent productive season was 2013 when was an All-Star.

After Wheeler returns, Colón won’t have a spot in the young Mets’ rotation and it’s highly unlikely he’ll be able to contend for the Cy Young at age 42.

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Three Reasons Why Miguel Cabrera Is A Top 10 Fantasy Pickup

Cabrera is already the Active leader for Career Batting Average among players.  He has a .326 Lifetime Average for the Tigers.  Provided he can maintain relatively healthy, he should make it into the top 5 ALL - Time for Hits - with a chance for 4000 Hits if he can be dominant for the next 3 - 4 seasons..

Cabrera is already the Active leader for Career Batting Average among players. He has a .326 Lifetime Average for the Tigers. Provided he can maintain relatively healthy, he should make it into the top 5 ALL – Time for Hits – with a chance for 4000 Hits if he can be dominant for the next 3 – 4 seasons..

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Opening Day is in less than 2 months. So that can only mean one thing: time to think about fantasy baseball!  Check out to see how Miguel Cabrera could do in 2016 MLB Fantasy. 

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2016 AL Cy Young Candidates

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Spring Training is right around the corner and that means the start of 2016 baseball! Of course with every season, there are the wins, championships, and awards.

I’d like to continue looking at awards’ candidates for 2016 with the American League Cy Young award. 

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2016 NL Rookie Of The Year Candidates

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Now on to the Senior Circuit! In 2015, NL Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant led an impressive crop of players that included Maikel Franco, Randal Grichuk, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Duffy, Jung-ho Kang, Kyle Schwarber and Joc Pederson. Which 2016 NL rookies will break out this year? Let’s take a look…

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2016 AL Rookie Of The Year Candidates

2016 AL Rookie Of The Year Candidates

Carlos Correa was the 1st overall pick in the 2012 Amateur Draft for the Houston Astros.  He came up in early June and proceeded to win the American League Rookie Of The Year Award with a 3 Slash of .279/.345/.512 with 22 HRs (led all shortstops in the MLB) and 22 Doubles in just 99 Games.  This type of production will change the complexion of the team for the next 6 years.  He is just going to be 21 for all of next season - and he looks exactly like a young Alex Rodriguez.  In his 1st postseason action, Correa smacked 2 HRs in that pivotal game 4 of the ALDS for Houston, staking them to a 6 - 2 lead before the Bullpen gave up the game.

Carlos Correa was the 1st overall pick in the 2012 Amateur Draft for the Houston Astros. He came up in early June and proceeded to win the American League Rookie Of The Year Award with a 3 Slash of .279/.345/.512 with 22 HRs (led all shortstops in the MLB) and 22 Doubles in just 99 Games.  Who will be the Rookie Of The Year in the AL for 2016?

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2015 was the Year of the Rookie. So many young phenoms made their mark on baseball than ever before.

Both leagues were packed with young studs. In the American League, Carlos Correa led an impressive bunch that included Miguel Sano, Francisco Lindor, Mark Canha, and James McCann,

So what will 2016 bring us? Who’ll succeed Carlos Correa as the ROY? Let’s take a look at the 2016 AL candidates…

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The Next ‘Core Four’ For The New York Yankees?

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Mariano Rivera. Derek Jeter.Andy Pettitte . Jorge Posada. These are the four members of the Yankees’ legendary Core Four.

The four members played several years together and all made their MLB debut in 1995.

They won five World Series championships together. Pettite was the first to retire in 2010. Posada retired a year later in 2011. Andy Pettitte came out of retirement and played for two more years before retiring alongside

Mariano Rivera in 2013. The Captain, Derek Jeter, followed suit in 2014, leaving the Yankees with no members of their legendary Core Four.

Since then, the Yankees have been saving money in free agency and instead opting to build their farm system.

And now it’s time for a new Yankees generation of the Core Four: 1B Greg Bird, SP Luis Severino, OF Aaron Judge, and SS Jorge Mateo.

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9 Recent Family Duo’s In The MLB

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I’d like to look at family duos in the present and in history. We’re talking about brothers, father and son, maybe cousins. There might even be some trios on the list, so let’s take a look:

Cecil Fielder and Prince FielderThe elder Fielder was known for his time with the Tigers and was a 3x All-Star and 2x Silver Slugger.

The younger Fielder also spent a couple years with the Tigers, and he currently plays for the Texas Rangers. Prince is a 6x All-Star and a 3x Silver Slugger.

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The 30 Best Quartets In The MLB

Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock, left, slaps hands with Paul Goldschmidt (44) after Pollock scored a run against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock, left, slaps hands with Paul Goldschmidt (44) after Pollock scored a run against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Arizona Diamondbacks’ star duo A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt.

As the offseason slows down, and Spring Training only days away, I thought it’d be nice to see which team had the best quartets in their lineups–the best group of four players.

Not duos or triplets, but quartets. This way, we could see which teams have great depth in their lineup. The total 2015 WAR totals are from baseball-reference.com. So, let’s begin from the bottom of the league: 

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