Author Archives: Jeremiah Graves

About Jeremiah Graves

I am a professional library dude, a cheeseburger enthusiast, a wannabe writer, a slow-pitch softball center fielder, an avid hunter (of churros), a cat-person, and — hopefully — one of your two or three favorite Iowans.

Cubs Legend Ernie Banks Passes Away

Ernie Banks died Friday night at the age of 83. Banks was a Hall of Fame shortstop and first baseman who spent his entire career with the Chicago Cubs from 1953 to 1971. Over those 19 years, Banks hit .274/.330/.500 … Continue reading

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Oakland Closer Sean Doolittle Expected to Miss Opening Day with Shoulder Injury

There is some unfortunate news coming out of Oakland this evening. We’re learning that Athletics closer Sean Doolittle has a “slight” rotator cuff tear and significant inflammation in his pitcher shoulder. The lefty received a platelet-rich plasma injection, but he … Continue reading

Posted in AL West, American League, Baseball, Billy Beane, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Injuries, MLB, Oakland Athletics, Sean Doolittle, Tyler Clippard | Leave a comment

Trade Brewing: Milwaukee and Philadelphia Discussing Jonathan Papelbon Trade

In a move that makes very little sense for Milwaukee, the Brewers are reportedly deep in talks to acquire closer Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies. Philadelphia has been trying to move Papelbon for quite some time as the club … Continue reading

Posted in Baseball, Casey Janssen, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Francisco Rodriguez, Jonathan Papelbon, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, MLB Trades, Philadelphia Phillies, Rafael Soriano, Trade Rumors | 3 Comments

Marlins to Sign Veteran Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki

The Marlins are putting the finishing touches on a very busy offseason and are reportedly working to finalize a deal with outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. It was rumored that Miami had offered the 41-year-old a one year, $2 million deal and … Continue reading

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Giants Bring Back Veteran Starter Ryan Vogelsong

The San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms on a one-year, $4 million with Ryan Vogelsong. Vogelsong, 37, is coming off a 2014 season where he posted a 4.00 ERA, 1.278 WHIP, and a 151/58 K/BB ratio over 184.2 innings … Continue reading

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Braves and Jonny Gomes Agree on One-Year Deal

The Atlanta Braves continued plugging holes for the 2015 season with the signing of outfielder Jonny Gomes to a one-year, $4 million deal with a vesting option. Gomes, 34, had a rough 2014 hitting just .234/.327/.330 with eight doubles, six … Continue reading

Posted in Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Evan Gattis, Free Agency, Jason Heyward, Jonny Gomes, Justin Upton, Kelly Johnson, Manny Banuelos, MLB, National League, Nick Markakis, NL East, Wandy Rodriguez, Zoilo Almonte | Leave a comment

White Sox Add Veterans Jesse Crain and Geovany Soto

The Chicago White Sox continued their offseason overhaul today by signing reliever Jesse Crain and catcher Geovany Soto to minor league deals. Both veterans receive an invite to big league camp as part of their pacts with Chicago. Crain, 33, … Continue reading

Posted in AL Central, American League, Baseball, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Chicago White Sox, David Robertson, Emilio Bonifacio, Free Agency, Geovany Soto, Injuries, Jeff Samardzija, Jesse Crain, Melky Cabrera, MLB | Leave a comment

Blue Jays and Orioles Reportedly Nearing a Swap of Dan Duquette for a Top Pitching Prospect

Dan Duquette has been responsible for a number of huge acquisitions throughout his career and it’s looking like he might have another one up his sleeve in Baltimore. Unfortunately, he won’t be around to reap the rewards of this addition, … Continue reading

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Atlanta Braves Reunite with Kelly Johnson

The Atlanta Braves signed former first-round draft pick Kelly Johnson to a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp. Johnson, 32, is coming off the worst season of his career where he hit .215/.296/.362 with 14 doubles, … Continue reading

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Johan Santana’s Latest Comeback Bid Halted by Shoulder Pain

Johan Santana’s comeback has hit another speed bump. Last week we covered Santana’s return to the mound for the Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League. Santana looked good, pitching two perfect innings against and facing a number of … Continue reading

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Houston Astros Sign Outfielder Colby Rasmus

The Astros and free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus have agreed on a one-year, $8 million deal for the 2015 season. The signing comes just one day after Houston traded center fielder Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for … Continue reading

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Trade Complete: Yovani Gallardo to Rangers, Trio of Prospects to Brewers

It took a while, but Yovani Gallardo is officially headed to Texas. We reported Sunday evening about the developing deal between the Rangers and Brewers to send the long-time Milwaukee ace to Texas; but any additional details were few and … Continue reading

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Update: Max Scherzer’s Deal with Washington Reportedly Worth $210 Million

Mad Max is getting some mad money. The financial details of Max Scherzer’s seven-year pact with the Washington Nationals are finally rolling in and they are…unique. The contract is still – as we reported earlier – a seven-year pact, but … Continue reading

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Cubs to Acquire Dexter Fowler from Astros

The Cubs are acquiring outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros. In exchange for Fowler, the Astros will receive Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily. Fowler, 28, posted a very typical .276/.375/.399 batting line with eight home runs, 21 doubles, and … Continue reading

Posted in Arismendy Alcantara, Baseball, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Chicago Cubs, Dan Straily, Dexter Fowler, Houston Astros, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, Luis Valbuena, MLB, MLB Trades, Trade Rumors | 1 Comment

Mr. Scherzer Goes to Washington

It is official; Max Scherzer has reached an agreement with the Washington Nationals. The deal comes amid rampant speculation Sunday evening that the two-time All-Star was nearing a deal with the Nationals. At the time we knew Scherzer had a … Continue reading

Posted in Baseball, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Cy Young, Denard Span, Doug Fister, Free Agency, Gio Gonzalez, Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmermann, Max Scherzer, MLB, National League, NL East, Scott Boras, Stephen Strasburg, Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals | 2 Comments