Category Archives: Cheap Seat Chronicles

Alex Rodriguez Expects to Win the Yankees’ Third Base Job

The Alex Rodriguez drama is already starting. Okay, admittedly, when it comes to Alex Rodriguez, the drama never really stops; but this time around, it’s all about what role A-Rod will play for the Yankees in 2015. Rodriguez is working … Continue reading

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St. Louis Cardinals, Lance Lynn Avoid Arbitration with Three-year, $22 Million Deal

The Cardinals avoided arbitration with Lance Lynn today, opting instead to sign the right-hander to a three-year, $22 million deal. Lynn, 27, was arbitration eligible for the first time this off-season, but the deal buys out the remainder of his … Continue reading

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Athletics Send Recently-Acquired Yunel Escobar to Nationals for Tyler Clippard

Here’s hoping Yunel Escobar didn’t unpack, because the veteran shortstop is on the move once again. Less than a week after getting traded from Tampa Bay to Oakland, Escobar is headed back east to join the Nationals in exchange for … Continue reading

Posted in Baseball, Ben Zobrist, Billy Beane, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Danny Espinosa, Ian Desmond, Marcus Semien, MLB, MLB Trades, Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, Trade Rumors, Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals, Yunel Escobar | 1 Comment

Braves Trade Evan Gattis to Astros for Three Prospects

Houston…we have a (another) slugger. The Braves continued their rebuild on Wednesday and the Astros added more power to their already potent lineup in the form of slugger Evan Gattis. In exchange for Gattis, the Braves will receive three minor … Continue reading

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Arizona Diamondbacks Sign Cuban Starter Yoan Lopez

Cuban right-hander Yoan Lopez has agreed to terms on a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. MLB’s National Reporter, Jesse Sanchez reports that the deal includes a bonus of $8.27 million, setting the record for the largest deal under the new … Continue reading

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Atlanta Braves Sign Veteran Southpaw Wandy Rodriguez

Veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez has signed a minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves. Rodriguez, 36, is coming off of two disappointing seasons in Pittsburgh that saw him make just 18 starts over the past two seasons as he was hampered … Continue reading

Posted in Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Free Agency, Houston Astros, Injuries, MLB, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Wandy Rodriguez | 1 Comment

Johan Santana Impressive in Venezuelan League Debut

Johan Santana began his latest comeback bid with a start in the Venezuelan Winter League on Tuesday night. There was some speculation that Santana might skip the start when rain pushed the first pitch back nearly two hours, but the … Continue reading

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Peyton Manning: Goodbye, You Beautiful Bastard (Maybe)

Last week I wrote about Peyton Manning with the theme being how he was good, but not as great as he could – and should – have been. That was before Sunday’s playoff game against Manning’s former team – the … Continue reading

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Minnesota Twins Showing Interest in Johan Santana’s Comeback Bid

Johan Santana is attempting another comeback bid. While that is newsworthy all by itself, there’s even more to the story that peeks this blogger’s interest. It’s looking like Santana’s comeback could involve a reunion with the Minnesota Twins. That’s the … Continue reading

Posted in AL Central, American League, Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Free Agency, Injuries, Johan Santana, Minnesota Twins, MLB, New York Mets | 1 Comment

Nissan to race the Batmobile at the next Le Mans?

Sports car racing has evolved by leaps and bounds in the last century. What started off as a bunch of insanely rich men taking their overpriced and over-engineered speed machines to the track and seeing who was the fastest, has … Continue reading

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Dan Haren Balks at Retirement, Plans to Play for Marlins

This spring, Dan Haren will be taking his talents to South Beach where he’ll join the Miami Marlins. It’s not exactly on par with LeBron James, but Haren’s drawn out version of The Decision is finally over. Haren, 34, was … Continue reading

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Billy Beane Turns Rebuild into Reload

What a difference a day makes. On Friday, we covered what – at the time – appeared to be the Oakland Athletics waving the white flag on 2015 in preparation for a return to competitiveness down the road. Naturally, Billy … Continue reading

Posted in A.J. Griffin, AL West, American League, Baseball, Ben Zobrist, Billy Beane, Billy Butler, Brett Lawrie, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Free Agency, Ike Davis, Injuries, Jarrod Parker, Jeff Samardzija, Jon Lester, Josh Donaldson, MLB, MLB Trades, Oakland Athletics, Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray, Tampa Bay Rays, Yunel Escobar | 2 Comments

Pittsburgh Pirates Finalize Deal with Jung-ho Kang

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang have agreed on four-year, $16 million deal. According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, the deal also includes an option for a fifth year in 2019. The Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization … Continue reading

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Rays’ Ben Zobrist traded to Athletics for Jaso and Daniel Robertson

Of all of the places I thought Ben Zobrist would land, Oakland is not where I imagined he would end up. Athletics’ GM, Billy Beane, has been in the midst of a fire sale this offseason trading away or letting … Continue reading

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Examining the Oakland Athletics Fire Sale

Holy crap. What is going on in Oakland? The Athletics have cleaned house this winter. They moved Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox. They sent Brandon Moss to Cleveland. They shipped Derek Norris to the Padres. …but that wasn’t the … Continue reading

Posted in AL East, AL West, American League, Baseball, Billy Beane, Cheap Seat Chronicles, Jeff Samardzija, Josh Donaldson, MLB, MLB Trades, Oakland Athletics | 2 Comments