Category Archives: MLB

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

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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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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

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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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

At the Very Least, Torii Hunter is Pretty Funny

Twins fans everywhere this Winter have either been celebrating or dreading the fact that the Twins anteed up $10M to a player worth probably more to the Twins for nostalgia than on the field production. To those who have dreaded, … Continue reading

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Stephen Drew Returns to the Yankees on One-Year Deal

Stephen Drew isn’t going to make the same mistake twice. The 31-year-old infielder has agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal to return to the New York Yankees. Drew hit free agency a year ago coming off a solid season … Continue reading

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They call me…

Nicknames are irresistible: The Sultan of Swat, The Say-Hey Kid, The Big Unit, Pat the Bat, Kung Fu Panda, Billy Country Breakfast Butler… Continue reading

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MLB Hall of Fame Primer: History in the Making

The wait is nearly over, because later today – 2pm Eastern to be precise – the results of the BBWAA 2015 Hall of Fame election will be announced. In an interesting twist, it seems as though the often stingy Baseball … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Phillies Sign Aaron Harang

The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with free agent starter Aaron Harang. The move is a far cry from years past where the club traded for Roy Halladay or signed free agent Cliff Lee, … Continue reading

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James Shields Reportedly has a 5-year, $110M Offer

Well, by golly, that sure escalated quickly. We posted earlier that Miami had joined the market for free agent starter James Shields. Despite being the number three free agent starter available, the market for Shields had been slow to develop … Continue reading

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White Sox Agree to Deal with Emilio Bonifacio

Emilio Bonifacio and the Chicago White Sox have agreed on a one-year, $4 million contract, with a club option for 2016. The report comes courtesy of Jon Morosoi of Fox Sports. Last week we ranked Bonifacio at 17th on our … Continue reading

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Examining Ryan Howard’s Trade Value

The Philadelphia Phillies are in the early stages of a long-overdue rebuild. The club has already shipped off long-time face of the franchise Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers, parted ways with A.J. Burnett, and moved Marlon Byrd to the division-rival … Continue reading

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