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 Posted: Sun Nov 11th, 2012 08:49 am
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Boston just signed C David Ross ( hit. 256 with 9 HR and 23 RBI last year with Atlanta ) to a 2 year deal for $ 6.2 million. That seems a bit high for a backup Catcher so maybe the Sox will now try to move last year's starting Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Why move Saltalamacchia? Didn't He hit 24 Hrs, or so last year for the Sox?



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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
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Boston just signed C David Ross ( hit. 256 with 9 HR and 23 RBI last year with Atlanta ) to a 2 year deal for $ 6.2 million. That seems a bit high for a backup Catcher so maybe the Sox will now try to move last year's starting Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Why move Saltalamacchia? Didn't He hit 24 Hrs, or so last year for the Sox?


Yeah - but he only hit around .225 with a low OBP plus there are some concerns about how he handled the pitching staff last season. Add that to the fact that management is still high on Ryan Lavarnway who they feel needs to play more next season makes Salty a good candidate to be moved. Boston won't get much for him alone but I can see Boston adding him as part of a package to get a top 5 starter. However if Boston decides to try Lavarnway at 1st then I could see Salty sticking around.



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CanadianHorseman wrote:
freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
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Boston just signed C David Ross ( hit. 256 with 9 HR and 23 RBI last year with Atlanta ) to a 2 year deal for $ 6.2 million. That seems a bit high for a backup Catcher so maybe the Sox will now try to move last year's starting Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Why move Saltalamacchia? Didn't He hit 24 Hrs, or so last year for the Sox?


Yeah - but he only hit around .225 with a low OBP plus there are some concerns about how he handled the pitching staff last season. Add that to the fact that management is still high on Ryan Lavarnway who they feel needs to play more next season makes Salty a good candidate to be moved. Boston won't get much for him alone but I can see Boston adding him as part of a package to get a top 5 starter. However if Boston decides to try Lavarnway at 1st then I could see Salty sticking around.


Everything I read is that Lavarnway is worse defensively than Salty



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The hot stove has the Pirates talking to Ryan Klesko. 



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The hot stove has the Pirates talking to Ryan Klesko. 


Hasn't He been retired for a few years? Do You mean Ryan Ludwick instead?



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No, they are talking with Klesko.  Supposedly upped his game in the senior circuit in Bradenton.   (sarcastic)  It would not surprise me if we hear this coming from the Pirates front office, though.



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JB5 wrote:
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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
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Boston just signed C David Ross ( hit. 256 with 9 HR and 23 RBI last year with Atlanta ) to a 2 year deal for $ 6.2 million. That seems a bit high for a backup Catcher so maybe the Sox will now try to move last year's starting Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Why move Saltalamacchia? Didn't He hit 24 Hrs, or so last year for the Sox?


Yeah - but he only hit around .225 with a low OBP plus there are some concerns about how he handled the pitching staff last season. Add that to the fact that management is still high on Ryan Lavarnway who they feel needs to play more next season makes Salty a good candidate to be moved. Boston won't get much for him alone but I can see Boston adding him as part of a package to get a top 5 starter. However if Boston decides to try Lavarnway at 1st then I could see Salty sticking around.


Everything I read is that Lavarnway is worse defensively than Salty


Everything you read is absolutely true which is why I could see Boston trying to make Lavarnway into a First Baseman. The latest rumour involving Salty has Boston trading him and a mid-tier prospect to the White Sox for P Gavin Floyd and a mid-tier prospect.



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SAN FRANCISCO -- Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms on a three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday night.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been completed. Affeldt is expected to undergo a physical on Tuesday in San Francisco, another person with knowledge of the situation said, and that is typically the final step in finalizing a contract.

The 33-year-old Affeldt went 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 67 appearances covering 63 1-3 innings this season for the World Series champions.

When the season ended, Affeldt said he wanted to stay with San Francisco but needed a multiyear deal to provide some security for his family -- he has a wife and three young sons. Affeldt also was a key member of the bullpen during the club's 2010 run to the franchise's first championship since 1954.

General manager Brian Sabean called re-signing Affeldt one of his top offseason priorities. Affeldt lives on the West Coast in his hometown of Spokane, Wash., so re-signing with the Giants was appealing from that standpoint as well.

He has spent the past four of his 11 major league seasons with San Francisco, going 10-9 with a 2.73 ERA in 237 1/3 innings and 184 outings.

Affeldt dealt with two fluke, non-baseball injuries the past two seasons.

In late April, he sprained his right knee and went on the disabled list after he reached out to catch his son, Walker, as the 60-pound 4-year-old jumped off the couch to hug his arriving father.

On Sept. 8, 2011, the pitcher sliced his non-throwing hand nearly to the artery while separating frozen hamburgers during an outdoor barbecue with his family on an off day. The paring knife he was using pushed through a hamburger patty and deep into his hand. Affeldt came within a millimeter of an artery and underwent surgery about eight hours after the injury to repair nerve damage in his pinkie.



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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to spare no expense in their search for talent all over the globe.

The Dodgers bid $25.7 million for a chance to sign Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin, Major League Baseball announced Saturday. Hyun-jin, 25, is a seven-time All-Star for the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organiztion.

The Dodgers now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Ryu, who reportedly is represented by agent Scott Boras. The Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers also were among the clubs thought to be interested in Ryu.

"We have watched Ryu pitch for a long time and he is another option to consider as we look to improve our team in 2013 and beyond," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement.

The Dodgers have been active internationally under their new owners. They signed Cuban defector Yasiel Puig to a seven-year, $42 million contract in June and have been involved in discussions with Japanese high-school pitcher Shohei Otani.

Ryu is 98-52 with a 2.80 ERA lifetime and helped the Korean team win a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, going 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA in two starts. He also won his only start in the World Baseball Classic, giving up two runs over seven innings.

The Dodgers will pay the $25.7 million to Hanwha only if they are able to negotiate a contract with his representative.

The posting system has proven expensive for major league teams lately. The Rangers submitted a record $51.7 million for the rights to negotiate with Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish last winter, eventually signing him for another $56 million over six years.

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Free-agent catcher Mike Napoli says he prefers to catch but will play any position that gets him in the lineup regularly. He also still has interest in returning to the Texas Rangers.



Napoli, 31, said Monday that he's received interest from "a bunch of teams," although he didn't name them.



The latest team to join that fray is the Boston Red Sox, a source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney. The Red Sox, like some other teams, might look at Napoli as someone who can play catcher or first base, or be a designated hitter. Napoli said he's willing to play those spots if it gets him in the lineup.



"I just want to play," Napoli said. "I feel the most comfortable behind the plate because that's where most of my reps have been. Do I think I can be good at first base if I had reps and practiced it all the time? Yes. But it's not like I'm saying I have to be a catcher. I just want to be in the lineup and play. If it helps at catcher, I'll catch, or at first base, I'll play there. But I like catching. I look at myself as catcher."



Napoli said he wasn't surprised the Rangers didn't make him a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer.



"It's a business, and that's how they felt, and I understand that," Napoli said.



That decision hasn't deterred Napoli's desire to play for manager Ron Washington and the Rangers, the team that traded for him before the 2011 season. Texas is still in need of a catcher and has expressed interest in Napoli.



"I love playing in Texas," Napoli said. "I love the atmosphere there, the clubhouse, playing for Wash, a winning ballclub. I love playing there. I know how the Rangers' clubhouse is, and it's amazing. I've never been a part of anything like that in terms of chemistry and how everyone is.



"There's been a bunch of teams that have called my agent and shown interest, and we're going to listen and see what they have to say."



Napoli said he plans to begin his workouts on Wednesday and has taken advantage of the chance to rest his body so far this offseason. Napoli missed more than a month (Aug. 11-Sept. 14) with a left quadriceps strain, and he's convinced that rest was good for that injury, too. Napoli is focused on bouncing back from a season in which he hit .227 in 108 games with 24 homers and 56 RBIs. He had 125 strikeouts, averaging 1.15 per game, the most in his career.



"Obviously, I didn't have the year I wanted to," said Napoli, who hit .320 the previous season with 30 homers and 75 RBIs and had a terrific second half in 2011. "But I feel like I'm a better average hitter than that. My career numbers show that. I had a rough year averagewise and hitting with runners in scoring position (.245), and I struck out more than past years. It was a weird year for me, mentally and physically. I battled injuries all year."



Napoli said he's not in any rush to make a decision about his new team and will let the process play itself out. "I want to play for a winning team," Napoli said.


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Cubs sign Scott Baker
By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – 50 minutes ago

Free agent pitcher Scott Baker signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

The terms of the deal weren't known. Baker, 31, is returning from Tommy John surgery, and could be ready in the early part of the season, barring setbacks.



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WSCR Radio Chicago is reporting that Mark Buehrle of the Marlins is involved in a gigantic 10 player trade between the Marlins and the Blue Jays.

They are saying that all the players will be announced shortly.

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WSCR Radio Chicago is reporting that Mark Buehrle of the Marlins is involved in a gigantic 10 player trade between the Marlins and the Blue Jays.

They are saying that all the players will be announced shortly.


Bueherle, Reyes, Buck, Johnson all going to Toronto. Just disband The Marlins already.



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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
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WSCR Radio Chicago is reporting that Mark Buehrle of the Marlins is involved in a gigantic 10 player trade between the Marlins and the Blue Jays.

They are saying that all the players will be announced shortly.


Bueherle, Reyes, Buck, Johnson all going to Toronto. Just disband The Marlins already.


Toronto also gets OF Emilio Bonifaco.

To Miami: P Henderson Alvarez, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, P Justin Nicolino, and SS Yunel escobar.

Wow.

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If MLB says McCourt was a lousy owner and deserved to be forced to sell the Dodgers, why the fuck is Loria allowed to keep the Marlins?

McCourt is a fucking saint compared to Loria

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