Saturday, December 11, 2010

Red Sox Sign, Introduce Crawford

Crawford tries on his new cap
 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

Cubs Grab Pena

Pena goes to Cubbies
After trading away Derrek Lee last season, the Chicago Cubs have signed a free-agent to replace the slugger.  The Cubbies have agreed to a 1-year, $10M deal with first-baseman Carlos Pena.  Pena is a feast-or-famine hitter who hit .196 in a full season last year with 28 HR, 84 RBI and almost two-hundred strike-outs.  He is also a good defensive player and clubhouse presence, so the Cubs made a smart deal here in my opinion.  The price is a bit high, but a 1-year deal almost always merits an overpriced payment.  Pena will look to rebound in the National League, and give the Cubs a much-needed lefty bat in the middle of their lineup.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Padres Close To Dealing Gonzalez to Boston

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.

Yankees Resign Mariano Rivera

Rivera returns to...NYY
 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.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

White Sox Sign Slugger Dunn

"The Big Donkey" to CHW
The fast moving Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams has did it again, this time quietly communicating with and signing first-baseman Adam Dunn to a 4-year deal worth $56M.  The 10-season Veteran will be on the first American League team of his career, and brings with him 354 career longballs. In 2010, Adam Dunn hit .260 with 38 HR and 103 RBI for the Washington Nationals.  Moving to the hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field will be a positive, but it will be interesting to see Dunn's numbers in his first AL season. Still, the White Sox did not overpay and have found a terrific replacement for free-agent Paul Konerko.  

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Signings Update

Tejada moves in with SFG
Couple signings occured today, so let's recap some of the action:
  • 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

Dodgers Ink World Series Champ Uribe

Uribe goes to rival LAD
The Los Angeles Dodgers continued a very surprisingly active winter, signing one of their rival's biggest bats.  Juan Uribe, the utility infielder who had very clutch home-runs throughout the 2010 postseason, has signed a 3-year deal worth $21M total. Uribe hit .248 with 24HR and can play 2B/SS/3B.  He will likely be the Dodgers' everyday second-baseman though.  It obviously pays to be a champion, as Uribe is a very good player but not worth $7M per year from a cash-strapped team like the L.A. Dodgers.  Still, the Dodgers have a terrific 2011 club based on a pitching rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda and recently signed Jon Garland and will likely contend in the NL West.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Marlins Sign Javier Vazquez

Vazquez is joining FLA
The Florida Marlins have agreed to a 1-year deal with veteran hurler Javier Vazquez. Vazquez spent 2010 with the New York Yankees, where he had his worst seasons in years with a 5.32 ERA in over 150 innings.  The Yankees acquired him from the Atlanta Braves after Javier had a whopping 2.87 ERA in 219.1 innings with a tremendous 238 strike-outs in that span.  This is a terrific deal by Florida, buying low on a pitcher who will return to the same division as 2009 and will be a cornerstone in their rotation for next year. By far the best deal so far of the 2011 off-season

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Dodgers Sign Jon Garland

Garland returns to LA
 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.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tigers Sign Victor Martinez

Martinez gets $50M from DET
Just as I predicted earlier, the Detroit Tigers have signed catcher Victor Martinez to a 4-year $50M contract. Quite a bit of money (I only predicted 3-yr/$27M), especially when you consider he will do most of his time DH'ing, but he brings a switch-hitting bat which any team would love to have.  The 2010 All-Star hit .302 with 20HR and 79RBI in 127 games for The Red Sox, and is a career .300 hitter in 9 seasons.  Victor is a Type-A free-agent, so the Red Sox will receive Detroit's 19th pick as compensation for losing of their key hitters. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Ramblings: Iwakuma, Putz, Collins

    Arizona Interested In Putz
  • 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.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ramblings: Davis, Beltre, Marlins

    Davis will lead-off for TOR
  • 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.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tigers Close To Benoit Signing

Benoit might be Detroit's first
free-agent fish in what should
be a large pond for them
UPDATE: The deal is 3-years $16.5M. Amazing how he goes from barely getting a minor-league contract to this much cash, but he earned it 100%.
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

Florida Marlins Close to John Buck Deal

Buck will give Florida some
much needed power (20 HR)
The Florida Marlins are on the verge of signing their first big-name free-agent since 2005, as they are close to a 3-year $18M deal with catcher John Buck.  Buck had a nice year with the Toronto Blue Jays, hitting .281 with 20 HR and 66 RBI and will give the Marlins a decent defensive catcher with some power.  I don't like the amount of money per year, but the market seemed to be heating up on John Buck so I guess it was the price that the Marlins had to pay to get their guy.

Atlanta Acquires Dan Uggla

Uggla should fit in with ATL
The first trade of the GM Meetings is official as power-hitting second-baseman Dan Uggla goes from the Florida Marlins to the Atlanta Braves.  In return Florida gets 2010 All-Star infielder Omar Infante and young reliever Michael Dunn.  Uggla spent his entire 5-year career in Florida, and goes to division-rival Atlanta with 154 HR in that same span.  Last year Dan hit .287 with 33 HR and 105 RBI, so the Braves definitely got a middle of the order masher on their hands.  Infante is a utility player who can play all 7 infield/outfield spots, and his versatility is even more intriguing when you consider he hit .321 on the year with a couple home-runs and stolen-bases sprinkled in.  Omar is a contact hitter who the Marlins can slot anywhere on defense without losing a step, making him a manager's best friend.  As for Dunn, the 25-year old had a pleasant minor-league campaign (3.39 career ERA in his minors career) and pitched in 19 innings for the 2010 Braves.  He posted a 1.89 ERA with 27 K in those innings, so he is definitely a lockdown lefty.  Very even deal, as the Braves get a middle of the order bat who is about to get expensive (He turned down a 4-year/$48M deal with the Marlins and is entering his last year of arbitration) and the Marlins get a ultra-utility player who is coming off an All-star campaign and a reliever who should blossom in the Fish's pen.

Ramblings: Feliciano, Upton

    Could Pedro switch NY?
  • Ken Davidoff of Newsday is reporting that the New York Yankees are interested in LOOGY Pedro Feliciano.  Feliciano is 34-years old and uses his devastating slider to get lefties out.  In 2010 he kept them to a .211 AVG, while righties crushed him at a .336 clip. 
  • New Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers told the media that Arizona is open to trading outfielder Justin Upton.  He could very well just be trying to show the notion that "no-one is un   touchable" but Upton is a huge name to throw out there. He hit .273 with 27 HR and 18 SB last year as a 23-year old, and is in the 2nd year of his 6-year/$51.25M contract. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Red Resign Catcher Hernandez

Ramon re-ups with Cincy
The Cincinatti Reds have resigned catcher Ramon Hernandez to a 1-year deal worth approximately $3M.  Hernandez had a terrific season for the NL Central champs, hitting .297 with 7 HR in only 97 games.  Quite a team-friendly deal considering that the 34-year old is backing up Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan in Cincinatti and seemed to be one of the top free-agent catchers.

Ramblings: Blum, Blue Jays

    Blum moves to Arizona
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed infielder Geoff Blum to a 2-year deal worth about $2M.  Isn't a very good signing considering Blum is 37 soon to be 38 and hit .267 with 2 HR and 22 RBI in over 90 games.  Not a good start for new general manager Kevin Towers.
  • It is thought to be the Toronto Blue Jays who are the favorite to land second-baseman Dan Uggla.  Toronto has made it clear that both current second-baseman Aaron Hill and outfielder Jose Bautista would shift to third if the Jays acquired a quality player.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Free-Agent Predictions: Part 5

I'm going to take Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter off this list, because we all know they will return to the Yankees.
9. Aubrey Huff: Aubrey had a terrific season in 2010, hitting .290 and leading the Giants with 26 HR and 86 RBI before winning the World Series.  His name has been swirling in the market, with many teams such as the White Sox, Blue Jays and Rangers getting in on the action.  Huff has made it clear that the Giants are his first choice, but they are going to have to give him a lot more money than the 1-year $3M pact they gave him last year.  Still, the San Francisco Giants are my prediction, bringing back their fan-favorite to the bay. 2-years $16M

10. Carl Pavano: The sudden innings-eater tossed 222.1 innings last year for the AL Central champion Twins.  He had a sparkling 3.75 ERA and won 17 games.  Definitely had one of the best seasons of his life at the right time, as the free-agent market for pitchers is unusually weak.  My prediction is he remains with the Minnesota Twins, the team that turned him back into a dominant starter.  3-years $26.5M

Saturday, November 13, 2010

San Diego Acquires Cameron Maybin

    Cameron Maybin, the newest
  • After the news broke a few hours ago that the Padres were talking to Florida about acquiring outfielder Cameron Maybin, the deal was finalized.  The Padres sent relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica to the Marlins.  The 23-year old outfielder will slot nicely into San Diego's outfield, presummably in center-field.  Hopefully he can continue to improve and this would prove to be a nice deal by San Diego.  Webb is a lengthy reliever who has had terrific success in the major leagues (as all San Diego's pitchers do).  He has a 3.19 career ERA in just over 84 major league innings, and his K rate is decent at 6.7 K/9.  Mujica had two sub-4 ERA seasons after going to San Diego in 2009, and has terrific control (1.4 career BB/9).  The Marlins might have won immediately in this deal, getting two relievers who should shore up their bullpen.  The Padres take a gamble, giving up two quality relievers for a lottery ticket.  Maybin does have terrific potential though, so it may be worth the risk down the road.

Ramblings: Maybin, Kawakami, Uggla

  • The San Diego Padres have approached the Florida Marlins about a possible deal for centerfielder Cameron Maybin.  Maybin is a terrific defensive center-fielder (+5.1 UZR in his career) and still is young with tremendous upside.  Florida received Maybin and Andrew Miller (who was traded yesterday) in the blockbuster trade for Miguel Cabrera a couple years ago.
  • The Atlanta Braves have sent right-hander Kenshin Kawakami down to Double-A.  Kawakami put up a 5.15 ERA last year, and has now been demoted and removed from the 40-man roster.  Atlanta still owes him over $6.5M for next year.
  • The Florida Marlins have broken off talks with second-baseman Dan Uggla, and a trade might be imminent.  Uggla would be a premiere bat on the market, and teams such as the Tigers have already said that they are interested in the powerful player.

Dodgers Close To Resigning Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda is back with
the boys in blue
  • One of the top free-agent hurlers might not be moving at all.  ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that the Los Angeles Dodgers are close to finishing off a contract extension with Hiroki Kuroda.  The deal is thought to be a 1-year pact worth $12M, and would bring one of the Dodgers' best arms back to the organization.  The 35-year old Kuroda went 11-13 with a 3.39 ERA last year, and its beyond me why the Dodgers would only sign this guy to a one-year deal.  They had to pay more to get a shorter deal, and a two-year deal worth $20M total seems like it would have been a better business decision.  It's nice to see the Dodgers open up their wallet books though, especially with the chaos that is ownership.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Ramblings: Miller, Renteria, Encarnacion

    Andrew Miller is the newest
    Red Sox
  • The Boston Red Sox have acquired left-hander Andrew Miller from the Florida Marlins.  Florida gets lefty reliever Dustin Richardson.  The 6'7" Miller was a first round pick in the 2006 draft, but has not reached the ceiling that scouts once believed he had.  He's thrown 294.1 major-league innings, with a horrific 5.84 ERA and 1.73 WHIP.  Boston will likely turn him into a reliever, which MLB Network's Peter Gammons believes might work.  Richardson has only thrown 16.1 innings in parts of the last two seasons, and has got very lucky posting a 3.31 ERA despite a WHIP over 2.  The Kansas native had a decent minor-league career though, so the Marlins pretty much got a piece with a lower ceiling but higher current state, with the Red Sox doing the oppostie and taking a gamble on Miller.
  • World Series MVP Edgar Renteria has now made it clear that he wants to retire with either the Florida Marlins or St. Louis Cardinals, which is very odd considering he just won a world title with the Giants.  This might hurt his free-agency as well, since those teams don't seem to have room for him and now the Giants will likely turn their back on the 34-year old since he doesn't want to be back with San Fran.
  • The busy Oakland A's made another move today, claiming third-baseman Edwin Encarnacion off waivers from the Blue Jays.  Edwin hit .244 last year, and cranked out 21 home-runs. A's GM Billy Beane is deep into his search for some bats, already acquiring OF David DeJesus earlier.

Free-Agent Predictions: Part 4

7. Rafael Soriano:  Soriano was by far one of the best closers in baseball last year, and he will definitely get paid like it.  One problem is that there does not seem to be too many teams that have enough money to spend on a closer the tier of Rafael.  I see the Atlanta Braves wanting Rafael back in Atlanta (he was there in 09), especially since their closer Billy Wagner has announced his retirement.  The Angels and Diamondbacks may also be in play.  4-years $39.5M

8. Paul Konerko: The power-filled Konerko hit  .312 with 39 jacks with 111 RBI in 2010, but seems to be a ticking time bomb in the sense that he is 35-years old.  After such a large 2010 though he will get his money, but the length of the team will most likely not be longer  than 2-years.  I'm going with the Baltimore Orioles  with this pick.  2-year $18M

Ramblings: Rangers, de la Rosa, Beltran

    Victor Martinez is one of the names
    that Texas may be looking at.
  • Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports believes that the Texas Rangers might have enough in their budget to sign two premiere free-agents: Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez.  They would first need ownership to approve a budget increase, pushing Texas' payroll to about $90M.  They will have a terrific club if they can re-sign Lee and add a terrific hitter in Martinez.
  • Cliff Lee isn't the only lefty the Yankees are talking to, as they have been talking to free-agent Jorge de la Rosa (according to the NY Daily News).  It looks like New York believes de la Rosa would be their consolation prize of choice. Jorge has always been a strike-out specialist (113 in 121.2 innings in 2010) but has lacked command throughout his career, with a whopping 1.523 career WHIP. I'm not so sure he'd be a good fit for the Yankees, as pitching in such a large market might be tough on a guy who has pitched with KC, MIL, and COL throughout his 7 year career.
  • New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran told the media that he would indeed waive his no-trade clause if the Mets came to him with a deal.  He also said he'd be willing to move to right-field if new GM Sandy Alderson.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ramblings: Buck, Reynolds, de la Cruz, Blum, Contreras

  • The Red Sox might look at catcher John Buck in the free-agent market, says Gordon Edes of
  • Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks are shopping K-artist Mark Reynolds.  The third-baseman is the most notorious feast or famine hitter around (hitting 32 HR but striking out 211 times last year).  They are looking for contact hitters, especially after such a pathetic strike out-laden 2010 season they had.
  • The Oakland Athletics continue their busy week, this time signing 16-year old international free-agent Vicmal de la Cruz.  The center-fielder seems to be a 5-tool player with tons of upside.  Oakland paid Vicmal a $800K bonus.
  • A pair of veterans are deep in negotiations with their previous teams: Geoff Blum and Jose Contreras.  Blum is thought to be "close to resigning" with the Astros while the Phillies acknowledged that they are trying extremely hard to bring back Contreras.

Oakland A's Acquire OF David DeJesus

And the offseason begins.  In the first major trade of this offseason, the Oakland Athletics have acquired outfielder David DeJesus from the Kansas City Royals.  The Royals get SP Vin Mazzaro and SP Justin Marks.  DeJesus hit .316 last year for the Royals, but did not supply much pop (5 HR in 91 games) or speed (3 for 6 in stolen base attempts).  He is entering the last year of the 6-year/$19.3M extension he signed in 2006, so Oakland gets a year of David to see if he'll be a productive enough bat for their outfield.  The Royals got a decent deal, as the 24-year old Vin Mazzaro pitched 122.1 innings last year for Oakland.  His ERA sat at a decent 4.27, but his peripherals were a bit low (5.8 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9).  Still, he is young and should be a decent number three starter for Kansas City.  Justin Marks seems to be a low-ceiling prospect, who was more of a throw in.  The 22-year old pitched his first full year, throwing almost 130 innings with a ERA of 4.87. 

This deal looks fairly even, with a high-contact hitter going to Oakland for a young pitcher who has bit of an upside going to Kansas City.  (Image courtesy of

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ramblings: Jeter, Hampton, Hansen

  • The New York Yankees are going to likely offer SS Derek Jeter a 3-year deal worth anywhere from $45-60M (According to  It's only evident that Jeter will return to the Yanks, but any other short-stop who put up a 2010 like Jeter did would not get even $10M, yet alone $15M. In this case, the name sells.
  • Often-injured lefty Mike Hampton wants to return in 2011, and his agent has told Ken Rosenthal that Mike is getting quite a bit of interest.  Hampton threw a mere 4.1 innings in 2010 for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • The Dodgers are close to signing Dave Hansen as their new pitching coach under manager Don Mattingly.  Hansen was recently the hitting coach for an Arizona Diamondbacks' minor league club.

Free-Agent Predictions: Part 3

I hope you guys are loving these as much as I am!
5. Adam Dunn: The powerhitting should-be-DH does not want to DH, which limits the list of clubs he will draw interest in.  35+ HR bats are hard to come by nowadays, and my prediction here is a clean cut re-sign with the Washington Nationals. They will finally give him the fourth year he is yearning for.  4-years $48.5M

6. Victor Martinez: The switch-hitting catcher is a lot better with the bat than he is behind the plate, so what ever team signs him needs to remember defense is not his cup of tea.  Still, the Detroit Tigers should use another large chunk of their avaliable resources for a middle of the order type bat at a premiere position. 3-years $27M

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Dan Uggla turns down 4-year/$48M Deal

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that Florida Marlins second-baseman Dan Uggla turned down a 4-year, $48M deal extension offered by the Marlins.  Uggla wants a 5-year pact, but in all honesty $12M seems like quite a bit for his services.  Not to mention the fact that the Marlins are usually quite tight with their finances.  Uggla should have taken the offer while it was there.

Oakland Athletics Sign Iwakuma?

A Japanese reporter, Don Nomura, has seemingly reported that the Oakland Athletics have won the bidding war for pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. More as this story progresses.....

Ramblings: Cliff Lee, Dunn, Iwakuma

  • The Yankees have already contacted top free-agent Cliff Lee, which should come as no surprise since most believe his services will come down to a battle between the Yanks and Texas Rangers.
  • reports that the Washington Nationals have had a three-year offer to first baseman Adam Dunn for quite some time, and the slugger has insisted that they add a fourth year.  It doesn't seem like they are willing to, and therefore Dunn should be changing locations this offseason.
  • Japanese import Hisashi Iwakuma and his former club Rakuten are looking over the offers (which are coming from teams such as Seattle, Oakland and Texas to name a few) and should announce where Iwakuma will be going shortly.  The 28-year old right-hander has good perphirals and has posted a career ERA under 4 in his Japanese career. His top bid is thought to be about $16M.

Free-Agent Predictions: Part 2

3. Jayson Werth: Werth is the top right-fielder in his class, and agent Scott Boras swears he can be a terrific centerfielder as well. While streaky, Werth hits you about 25 home-runs and throws in about 10 steals and some quality defense. My prediction here is the suddenly cash-filled Detroit Tigers will swoop in on Werth. Detroit needs a bat to replace Magglio Ordonez, and Jayson will fit in perfect in right. He can give protection to MVP-candidate Miguel Cabrera as well. 5-years $80M.

4. Adrian Beltre: Beltre is a tremendous defensive third-baseman, and hits you about 25 home-runs and drives in quite a bit as well. He has been known to have down years though, but his contract year was spectacular (.321 28HR 102RBI) and he will get paid for putting up those numbers. Beltre is a tough one because the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are favored for his services, but I doubt they will have enough cash to sign both Crawford and Beltre. I'm going with a darkhorse here, and choosing the Chicago White Sox. 4-years $55M

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ramblings: Moyer, Renteria, Peralta

  • The soon to be 48-year old hurler Jamie Moyer, might have to retire after reinjuring his elbow in a Dominican league game. The elbow held Moyer out of action for most of the second half of last year, and Escogido GM Moises Alou (Yes, that Moises Alou) said that he thinks the injury, which occured after two innings, will force Moyer to hang it up for good.
  • World Series MVP Edgar Renteria has finally came out and said that he will be returning for the 2011 season. The 34-year old hinted at retiring during the year, but the Giants' title might have changed Edgar's mind. He still believes he has plenty of baseball left and as cliche as that sounds I believe him.
  • UPDATE: Peralta signed for 2-years $11.25M...Hours before the free-agency begins, the Detroit Tigers believe that they are tremendously close to a 2-year pact with short-stop Jhonny Peralta. The deal is said to be worth a bit more than $11M, and seems to be the first of many signings the Tigers will make this year. Detroit has more than $60M coming off the books from last year and will be major players this offseason.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Free-Agent Predictions: Part 1

I'm going to be predicting where some of the top free-agents will be going next year. Let's see how close I can get to actuality, eh?

1. Cliff Lee: The prized left-hander, who I consider the second best pitcher in the game today, is not-suprisingly going to test the free-agent waters. Lee has proved to be dominant in the playoffs and will commend a TON of money on the open market. I have to predict the New York Yankees will sign the lefty, as they obviously have the cash and need another top-flight starter to pair with C.C. Sabathia. It will be interesting to see how a 1-2 punch of lefties will work in the postseason though. 5-years $125M

2. Carl Crawford: Was the star left-fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays, will definitely be on a new team next year. Had over 90 RBI in 2010, hitting .300+ and stealing a whopping 47 bases. While it might be bit of a hometown bias, i'm going with my Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signing Crawford. It won't be cheap though, probably in the 6-year $120M range. He'll slot nicely into the top of the Mike Scioscia line-up.

San Francisco Giants Talking to Huff/Uribe

The 2010 MLB Champion San Francisco Giants have quite a bit of decisions to make this offseason, with most of their championship chips upcoming free-agents. General Manager Brian Sabean talked to the Mercury News and explained that he has talked to the agents of both first-baseman Aubrey Huff and infielder Juan Uribe and is hoping to bring them back into the fold next year. Uribe seems to be in for a two to three year pact, as he has provided some terrific pop for a player that can play every position in the infield. As for Huff, the first-baseman provided a bargain for the Giants this year, and first-basemen who can hit 20+ home-runs are huge assets to clubs.

On another note, Sabean made it clear that Pablo Sandoval, the proclaimed "Kung Fu Panda", will not be having weight issues next year and if he does he will risk being sent back down to the minors despite his quality play. Sandoval seemingly weighed himself out of the third-base job this year, with Uribe slotting over to play throughout the playoffs. This is definitely a good move by San Francisco to force Sandoval's hand.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Phillies Have Interest in Rowand

Sports Illustrated's John Heyman hears that the Philadelphia Phillies have interest in bringing center-fielder Aaron Rowand back into the fold. Rowand just won a world championship with the San Francisco Giants but does not seem to have a starting position with the team. He is still under contract with San Francisco, but if the champs can eat most of his salary the Phillies could definitely be interested.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Arizona Interested In Konerko

The strike-out loving Arizona Diamondbacks are expressing heavy interest in first-baseman Paul Konerko (who was previously with the Chicago White Sox). Konerko hit .312 with a whopping 39 home-runs, and had an overall terrific year in his contract year (who would've thought right?). It also looks like Adam LaRoche will be bought out for $1.5M instead of making $7.5M next year.

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