|Crawford tries on his new cap|
Saturday, December 11, 2010
The Boston Red Sox made another big splash this offseason, signing outfielder Carl Crawford to a 7-year deal worth $142M. Crawford was the top hitter in the free-agent class, hitting .307 with 19 HR 90 RBI and 47 SB while playing one of the game's best left fields. The 29-year old got the deal he was looking for, but it was quite surprising that it was the Red Sox who stormed in and grabbed the speedster. The Industry believed it was teams like the Angels or Yankees that would haul in Carl, but the Red Sox gave Crawford the money he wanted when it counted. The price-tag is a little steep, no matter how deep your walletbook is, but the Sox look like the best team in the league after adding both Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez into the fold.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
|Pena goes to Cubbies|
Friday, December 3, 2010
Big news coming late tonight, as the San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox are "close" to an agreement which would sent super-star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to Boston for a package of prospects which is sue to include some top prospects. Adrian hit .298 with 31 HR and 101 RBI last year for the Padres, in a very spacious park. A move to Fenway would almost definitely mean an increase in stats, despite the league change. Gonzalez is a rare breed of a first-baseman who hits for average and power as well as Gold-Glove quality defense. The move would likely force Boston to move Kevin Youkilis to third-base.
Just as everyone believed they would, the New York Yankees have resigned their beloved closer Mariano Rivera. Rivera inked a two-year deal worth about $30M, and the 41-year old will slot into his usual role: the New York Yankees closer. On an interesting note, there is rumors that the Boston Red Sox as well as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tried to pry Rivera away from the Yankees by offering him some good looking contracts. Rivera deserves credit for turning down what is to believed an extra $15M from the Red Sox to remain with New York. Mariano saved 33 games in 60 innings in 2010.
|Rivera returns to...NYY|
Thursday, December 2, 2010
|"The Big Donkey" to CHW|
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
|Tejada moves in with SFG|
- The San Francisco Giants reacted quickly to the news that infielder Juan Uribe was leaving to the Dodgers, as they signed short-stop Miguel Tejada to a 1-year deal worth $6.5M as well as re-signed outfield Pat Burrell. Tejada played in 59 games for the San Diego Padres last year, after being traded by the Baltimore Orioles. The 36-year hit .268 with 8 HR in those games, so the bat still seems to have some pop. As for Burrell, after being signed to the Giants, he hit .266 with 18 HR and 51 RBI as well as posting a .364 OBP. He was one of the big reasons the Giants won the title, and is now inked to an incentive-laden one-year pact.
- The New York Yankees resigned reliever/spot-starter Sergio Mitre to a 1-year deal worth $900K. Mitre posted a 3.33 ERA in 27 games dispite a miniscule 4.8 K/9. He will serve as a long-reliever who can occasionally spot start.
Monday, November 29, 2010
|Uribe goes to rival LAD|
Sunday, November 28, 2010
|Vazquez is joining FLA|
Saturday, November 27, 2010
The Los Angeles Dodgers have brought back a familiar face: starting pitcher Jon Garland. Los Angeles signed Jon to a 1-year deal worth $5M, and the deal includes an option for 2012 worth about $8M. Garland had a terrific season for the rival Padres, throwing 200 innings of 3.47 ERA. The sinker-baller loves Dodger Stadium, stating that it fits his pitching style well.
|Garland returns to LA|
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
|Martinez gets $50M from DET|
Monday, November 22, 2010
- The Oakland Athletics and Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma are far away in negotiations, and the 30-day window that was granted for the sides to accept a deal does not seem to be long enough to sort out the problems. Iwakuma has reportedly wanted a deal modeled after Barry Zito's absurd 7-year $126M deal, so there is no way Oakland will get to bring in the imported pitcher at the price.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks are said to be interested in reliever J.J. Putz. Putz pitched last year for the Chicago White Sox, having a horrific ERA of 5.74. Still, he was a lockdown closer for Seattle and might be able to bring some of that back with Arizona.
- The Mets have finally chosen a name for their newest manager: Terry Collins. Collins last managed last for the Angels in 1999, and brings quite a bit of experience to the job. New York will need it, as their team is in turmoil whether it be Francisco Rodriguez' off-the-field problems or the amazing amount of money owed to players such as Oliver Perez and an injured Carlos Beltran.
|Arizona Interested In Putz|
Thursday, November 18, 2010
- The Toronto Blue Jays acquired speedster Rajai Davis for two minor league relievers: Danny Farquhar and Trystan Magnuson. Both prospects were ranked in Toronto's top 25 prospects, so they paid quite a bit for a 30-year old outfielder. Davis hit .281 with 50 SB in 2010, so he will give the Blue Jays a much needed lead-off hitter.
- The Oakland A's have offered third-baseman Adrian Beltre a 5-year deal worth $45M. Beltre has to love the years, but other teams are definitely going to offer him bigger contracts. It is a decent attempt by Oakland, who tried to sign Adrian before Boston did last year.
- The Florida Marlins have said that they are going to spend the money that would have gone to Dan Uggla on a starting pitcher. They have interested in Javier Vasquez and Carl Pavano. Pavano wants 3-years $33M, so Vasquez is the more cost conscious choice.
|Davis will lead-off for TOR|
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
|Benoit might be Detroit's first |
free-agent fish in what should
be a large pond for them
The Detroit Tigers might have gotten their first signing of what should be a busy offseason for them, as they are close to a multi-year deal with top set-up man Joaquin Benoit. Benoit had one of the best seasons i've ever seen by a reliever, posting a 1.34 ERA and an absurd 11.2 K/9 in over 60 innings for the Tampa Bay Rays. Details of the deal are not yet known, but it'll be interesting to see how many years the 33-year old will get. Benoit had rotator cuff surgery and missed the 2009 season, so durability might be an issue.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
|Buck will give Florida some|
much needed power (20 HR)
|Uggla should fit in with ATL|