Discussion in 'Baseball' started by Daniel Burch, Nov 15, 2011.
...girlfriend needs to get her hair done...
jealousy will get you no where...
LOL... too funny... but I don't see Timmy growing anything close to a stout Irish beard so I'm not going to get jealous anytime soon...
Still funny though...
Indians Acquire Kevin Slowey
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [January 20 at 4:49pm CST]4:49pm: The Rockies are sending $1.25MM to Cleveland in the deal, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian tweets. That means the Indians will pay Slowey $1.5MM in 2012.3:03pm: The Indians have acquired starting pitcher Kevin Slowey and cash considerations from the Rockies for right-handed reliever Zach Putnam. The Rockies announced the moves, which Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports first reported on Twitter.It's been a busy week for the Indians, who are faced with the possibility that Fausto Carmona has been playing under an assumed name. They've signed Ryan Spilborghs, Gregorio Petit, Fred Lewis and Jeremy Accardo to minor league contracts.The move provides Cleveland with rotation depth in the event that Carmona isn't ready to pitch out of the rotation on Opening Day. Meanwhile, the Rockies clear room on a crowded pitching staff that includes more rotation options than ever after this week's deal for Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso.Though the Indians are acquiring Slowey from Colorado, he has spent his entire five-year career in the AL Central. In 2011 he posted a 6.67 ERA with 5.2 K/9, 0.8 BB/9 and a 31.1% ground ball rate in 59 1/3 innings for the Twins, who traded him to the Rockies for Daniel Turpen in December. Slowey owns a 4.66 ERA with 6.7 K/9, 1.4 BB/9 and a 31.6% ground ball rate for his career and will earn $2.75MM in 2012.Putnam, 24, debuted with the Indians in 2011, but spent most of the season at Triple-A. The 2008 fifth rounder posted a 3.65 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 69 innings of relief at Columbus.
Cody Ross Decision Expected Today
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [January 23 at 4:33pm CST]4:33pm: It sounds like Ross will probably end up with the Red Sox, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com tweets. Rubin suggests the Mets didn't want to spend more than $1MM.
Red Sox Sign John Maine
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [January 27 at 4:22pm CST]The Red Sox signed right-hander John Maine to a minor league contract, Steve DeShazo of the Fredericksburg Freelance-Star reports. Agent Rex Gary told DeShazo that the Red Sox will look at Maine as a reliever.Maine, 30, last pitched in the Majors with the 2010 Mets. He had a strong 2007 season, when he posted a 3.91 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 in 191 innings, but his performance later dropped off and he missed considerable time with shoulder injuries. Maine posted a 7.43 ERA in 46 innings with the Rockies' top affiliate in 2011.
Maine sounds like a gamble recovering from shoulder injuries...
hence the minor league contract
Astros Sign Livan Hernandez
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [January 31 at 4:23pm CST]The Astros have signed Livan Hernandez, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets.
...solid but not spectacular... 174W vs 176 L... 3100+ innings... he's always good for about 200 per year...
hard to believe he's been in the majors for 15 years already...
Astros just looking to fill positions IMO at this point. Its going to be a long term plan for them to transition to the AL
Indians To Sign Casey Kotchman
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [February 2 at 4:06pm CST]4:06pm: Kotchman's deal is a one-year contract worth $3MM plus incentives, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer report (both Twitter links).3:26pm: The Indians have agreed to sign Casey Kotchman, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.comtweets. Casey Close of Excel Sports Management represents the first baseman.
Such a sad story.
Leave the guy alone.. I mean seriously.
Orioles signed 1B Nick Johnson to a minor league contract.
Johnson will also get a spring training invite. The oft-injured 33-year-old returned from wrist surgery last season and batted just .201/.316/.332 with six home runs, 13 RBI and a .648 OPS over 216 plate appearances with the Indians' Triple-A affiliate. While he's obviously no sure thing, he could find himself in the mix at first base if Chris Davis struggles.
White Sox sign outfielder Kosuke Fukudome
White Sox signed OF Kosuke Fukudome to a one-year, $1 million contract with a $3.5 million club option for 2013.
A nice little pickup at the 11th hour before spring training. Fukudome will make just $500,000 this season while the option includes a $500,000 buyout, so it's a worthwhile gamble. The 34-year-old batted .262/.342/.370 with eight home runs, 35 RBI and a .712 OPS between the Cubs and Indians last season and should do just fine in a semi-regular role. However, his addition will likely cut into Alejandro De Aza's ability to make an impact.
Magglio Ordonez said Wednesday that he is not interested in signing a minor league contract.
That could change if Ordonez is unable to attract a major league contract offer by the start of spring training. He's drawn interest from the A's, but it's doubtful they'll offer him a guaranteed roster spot. Ordonez, 38, batted just .252/.303/.331 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 92 regular-season games last season for the Tigers.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe was told by a friend of Jason Varitek that the veteran catcher is leaning toward retirement.
Cafardo was told during Tim Wakefield's retirement press conference Friday. Varitek's agent, Scott Boras, said Friday that his client had yet to make a decision on his future, but given that Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington doesn't expect to make any additions before the start of camp, it's beginning to feel inevitable. If Varitek hangs up his shin guards for good, he could accept a non-playing role within the organization.
So who's going to be the 1st Mr. December?
MLB, union agree to expand playoffs
Major League Baseball and the union have agreed to expand the playoff field by two teams to 10, a change that will take effect in October.
At the time baseball's new labor agreement was forged in December, sources from both sides said the expanded playoff field would be put in place for the 2012 season, provided the two sides could figure out how to squeeze in the extra playoff required.
It has been a complicated process because there is little flexibility in baseball's October calendar.
Although the exact format was not revealed, sources said that the Nos. 4 and 5 seeds in each league -- the wild-card teams -- will meet in a one-game playoff, with the three division winners awarded a first-round bye.
The members of the advisory committee have told commissioner Bud Selig that they believed the wild-card teams' path through the playoffs has been too easy, and the advantage for division winners has not been great enough. Baseball officials hope an expanded postseason field will alter the landscape, as well as keep more teams involved in the pennant races longer.
"The enthusiasm for the 10-team structure among our clubs, fans and partners has been overwhelming," commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "This change increases the rewards of a division championship and allows two additional markets to experience playoff baseball each year, all while maintaining the most exclusive postseason in professional sports."
If the format had been in place last season, the Atlanta Braves in the NL and the Boston Red Sox in the AL would have captured the extra playoff spot. Instead, each missed the postseason by a single game after epic September collapses.
"I would've taken it last year," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez joked Thursday.
At Red Sox camp Thursday, several players were wary of the change to the postseason.
"One game? That's kind of crazy," designated hitter David Ortiz said. "You know how many things we've got to move around and pack for one game? It'd make more sense for two wild cards to play at least a two-out-of-three series while the other teams take a break for three days because they won their divisions."
The Texas Rangers have won their division the last two seasons and advanced to the World Series. Still, they like the new plan.
"I think it's great," infielder Michael Young said. "Another team gets in the playoffs and it makes it so that winning the division matters more."
Rangers catcher Mike Napoli, noting that wild-card teams have fared well in the postseason of late -- the St. Louis Cardinals were a wild-card team and won the World Series over Texas last year -- said the new playoff format would give the division winners a little more of an advantage.
"That's the way it should be, I think," Napoli said. "You play 162 games with the goal in mind of winning the division. You want to make the playoffs and this gives another team a chance to do that, but the division is the big goal."
Information from ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney, ESPN.com senior Jayson Stark, ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett, ESPNBoston.com's Rick Weber and The Associated Press was used in this report.
Fuck you Bud Selig
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