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 Posted: Mon Nov 18th, 2013 02:44 pm
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Its not an award for fielding or stolen bases, it's an award won for being a better hitter,

Justin Verlander was the best hitter in the AL in 2011?

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The Philadelphia Phillies and Carlos Ruiz have agreed on a three-year contract that will bring the free-agent catcher back to the only team he has played for in his eight major league seasons.

A source with knowledge of the details confirmed the deal, which will pay Ruiz $8.5 million in each of the next three seasons with a 2017 option for $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout.

FoxSports.com reported the contract earlier Monday.

Ruiz has a limited no-trade clause. He can block trades to four teams through the life of the deal.

But if he remains with the Phillies, he would become a 10/5 man with the ability to veto all trades in July 2016.

Ruiz was also being pursued hard by the Boston Red Sox but chose to go back to Philadelphia after the Phillies agreed to guarantee three years instead of offering two years with a vesting option for a third year.

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So now we know what it takes to make stingmark return to this site - just bad mouth Miguel Cabrera.


Well the guy is an alcoholic drunk driver, so we know that Cabrera is lacking in character.

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Cano still looking for $ 310 million deal. :shock:


from sportsnet.ca:

Robinson Cano still wants to become the best-paid player in MLB history. The free agent second baseman hasn’t budged from his asking price of $310 million, a source told Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com.

There’s no debating that Cano is the top free agent available. The 31-year-old finished the 2013 season with 27 home runs, 107 RBI, a .314 batting average and 7.6 wins above replacement.

But reaching the $300 million threshold will not be easy even at a time that baseball teams are flush with cash. A $300 million contract would surpass Alex Rodriguez’s 10-year, $275 million contract as the richest in MLB history, and it’s unclear which teams will compete with the New York Yankees for Cano’s services.

The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t expected to sign the second baseman despite the fact that they have been among the game’s most aggressive spenders since 2012.

“You already know that guy in New York is going to be paid,” Dodgers owner Magic Johnson told USA TODAY last month. “Not by us. But he’s going to get paid.”



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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/18/tim-hudson-set-to-sign-with-the-giants/

Tim Hudson, Giants agree to two-year, $23 million deal

Aaron Gleeman

Nov 18, 2013, 3:48 PM EST

Not only did the Giants hang onto Tim Lincecum, re-signing him to two-year, $35 million, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that they’re agreed to a deal with free agent right-hander Tim Hudson. Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com says it’s a two-year, $23 million contract.

Hudson is coming back from a fractured ankle that ended his season in July, but before the injury he was having another strong season at age 37 with a 3.97 ERA and 95/36 K/BB ratio in 131 innings.

He’s posted a sub-4.00 ERA in 13 of his 15 seasons in the majors and has a 3.44 career ERA, including a 3.56 mark in nine years with the Braves. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves initially offered Hudson a one-year deal to return, but later added a second year that still fell short of the Giants’ offer.

UPDATE: Here’s an interesting little twist. Buster Olney of ESPN.com says the A’s, not the Braves, finished runner-up in the Hudson bidding. Hudson was drafted by Oakland and pitched for the A’s from 1999-2004, when he was traded to the Braves.



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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/18/skip-schumaker-signs-two-year-deal-with-reds/

Skip Schumaker signs two-year deal with the Reds

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Nov 18, 2013, 4:46 PM EST

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Skip Schumaker has agreed to a two-year contract with the Reds, whose general manager Walt Jocketty was GM’ing the Cardinals when they drafted Schumaker back in 2001.

After six seasons with the Cardinals he spent this year as a part-time player for the Dodgers, hitting .263 with two homers and a .665 OPS in 125 games. Schumaker hasn’t topped a .725 OPS since 2009, will be 34 years old soon, and isn’t very good defensively, but he has experience at second base and all three outfield spots and has decent on-base skills.

Still, a multi-year deal for a 34-year-old bench player coming off a so-so season is more evidence that spending is going to be wacky this offseason.



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clawmaster wrote: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/18/tim-hudson-set-to-sign-with-the-giants/

Tim Hudson, Giants agree to two-year, $23 million deal
They are offering Ricky Nolasco a 3 yr deal. He wants 5. Lets see if he bites.



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NEW YORK -- LaTroy Hawkins has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal to close for the Colorado Rockies, USA Today reports, pending a physical.

Hawkins, who turns 41 on Dec. 21, had a solid season for the New York Mets in 2013. He had a 3-2 record and 2.93 ERA in 72 relief appearances. He also notched 13 saves during the season's final two months, once closer Bobby Parnell began suffering from a herniated disk in his neck.

Hawkins will undergo a physical Thursday.

Hawkins made news last month while headed for a vacation to go dove hunting in South America. He helped subdue and then escort a troublesome passenger off a plane after the Boeing 777-200 made an unscheduled landing in Lima, Peru.

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DETROIT -- Former All-Stars Omar Vizquel and Wally Joyner will be part of new Detroit manager Brad Ausmus' coaching staff with the Tigers.

Vizquel was hired as the first-base coach and Joyner as hitting coach, the Tigers said Monday. Vizquel also will serve as an infield and baserunning coach.

Detroit also announced Mick Billmeyer will be the team's bullpen coach and Matt Martin will be a defensive coordinator.

Vizquel -- the major league record holder for career fielding percentage by a shortstop with over 1,000 games at the position -- was the roving infield instructor in the Los Angeles Angels' minor league system for one season before joining Detroit's staff. Joyner was an assistant hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Joyner played 16 big league seasons.





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NEW YORK -- General manager Sandy Alderson acknowledged meeting with Jay Z and his associates about free agent Robinson Cano on Monday night but portrayed the likelihood of the New York Mets signing the second baseman as virtually nil.

"They requested a meeting," Alderson said Tuesday afternoon. "We had a nice dinner. They made a presentation. We talked generally. And that was it. As I said, we were approached."

Alderson, who was joined by Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and assistant GM John Ricco at the dinner meeting, reiterated what he said last week at the GM meetings: The Mets already have one $100 million-plus contract with captain David Wright and are highly unlikely to add a second contract at that level -- much less a deal in the neighborhood Cano is seeking, which is reported to be $310 million.

"I had said last week that I didn't foresee contracts in the $100 million range for the Mets this offseason," Alderson said. "I think that statement still pertains. On the other hand, we are committed to improving the team. And we will explore whatever possibilities arise, however remote the eventual outcome."

Alderson said no contract terms were discussed during the meeting, which also included Jay Z associate Brodie Van Wagenen.

"It was a well-prepared presentation designed to sell us and presumably other teams on Cano's value," Alderson said. "We certainly have a high regard for Robinson Cano as a player. So in that sense, the presentation was a little bit overdone.

"But, again, it was a very preliminary meeting. They're having, or hope to have, preliminary meetings with a number of different teams."

Word of the meeting leaked to media shortly after it took place, presumably to try to create pressure on the New York Yankees to increase their bidding to retain Cano. The Yankees have been averse to bidding against themselves.

Alderson said he calculated the fact that the Mets could be used for such a purpose into whether to accept Jay Z's invitation. Ultimately, Alderson decided that meeting the agent would be worthwhile.

"It wasn't terribly surprising that the fact of the meeting became known within minutes of dessert," Alderson said. "Yeah, we factored that in. On the other hand, there are very few things that you can expect to be kept confidential.

"I think you have to go into these situations with the understanding that at some point they will become public. But at the same time, we felt it would be useful enough for us to meet Jay Z and Brodie, whether it's in connection with Robinson Cano or some future client that they may have. So I'm not surprised it became public. And that certainly factored into our decision to have the meeting, but didn't deter us."

Alderson said Jay Z was active in pitching his client, not deferring to his baseball-tested colleagues.

"He was actively engaged," Alderson said. "… PowerPoint. Books. Pamphlets."

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NEW YORK -- Another shot of reality potion, on the rocks, is what New York Yankees  president Randy Levine has ordered for the representatives of Robinson Cano as agent Jay Z and his team are reportedly holding fast to their demand of a 10-year contract worth $310 million.

"We want Robbie back; we think Robbie is terrific," Levine said Tuesday in a telephone conversation with ESPNNewYork.com. "But we have no interest in doing any 10-year deals and no interest in paying $300 million to any player. Until he gets a little more realistic, we have nothing to talk about.''

On Monday, ESPNNewYork.com reported that Cano's agents, Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA and hip-hip mogul Jay Z, were holding firm to their demand that Cano receive the richest contract in baseball history, surpassing the 10-year, $275 million deal -- with another potential $30 million in performance bonuses -- that the Yankees gave to Alex Rodriguez after he opted out of his existing contract following the 2007 season.

Levine's comments come on the heels of Jay Z meeting with New York Mets brass. The New York Post reported, and ESPN.com confirmed, that Jay Z met with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, general manager Sandy Alderson and assistant GM John Ricco for dinner Monday night to discuss the free agent.

A source told ESPN.com that the Mets were surprised the meeting leaked to the media so fast and understand that their interest could be leveraged to drive up Cano's asking price.

Levine's response echoed the words of Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, who said in October that the Yankees were "not prepared'' to sign Cano to a 10-year deal.

Cano's agents seek to market him as "the next Michael Jordan," according to a New York Daily News report, citing unnamed sources.

The back and forth also is reminiscent of the 2010 contract negotiations with Derek Jeter, which turned ugly when a team official famously advised the Yankees captain to "drink the reality potion'' after his agents reportedly demanded a four-year deal worth between $23 million and $25 million a season.

Jeter eventually signed a three-year deal worth $51 million, and he recently was given a one-year deal that will pay him $12 million for the 2014 season.

The Yankees have already made an offer to Cano, believed to be in the area of between five and seven years for around $160 million, an average of approximately $23 million a year.

Levine was reached early Tuesday at his Manhattan office. He was to testify later in the day in the Rodriguez arbitration hearing.

"Signing Robbie is a priority for us,'' said Levine, who said Yankees GM Brian Cashman was also "engaged'' in discussions with "five or six other free agents,'' including infielders Jhonny Peralta and Stephen Drew, both of whom could fill in for Cano at second base, as well as outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo and catcher Brian McCann.

Sources also say they are in on Carlos Beltran.

"We're very active,'' Levine said. "But whoever we sign has got to make sense for us. We made Robbie a very competitive offer.''

Cano's representatives did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/19/indians-reach-two-year-deal-with-david-murphy/

Indians reach two-year deal with David Murphy

Drew Silva

Nov 19, 2013, 10:44 PM EST

From Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News comes word the the Indians have reached agreement on a two-year contract with free agent outfielder David Murphy. It’s expected to be worth more than $10 million, though no exact figure has been released.

Murphy posted a career-worst .656 OPS in 2013, but the left-handed hitter had a .304/.380/.479 slash line in 2012 and fits nicely into an outfield platoon with the right-handed-hitting Ryan Raburn in Cleveland.

Murphy spent seven years with the Texas Rangers, batting .275/.337/.440 with 85 home runs and 362 RBI in 826 games. He was a first-round pick of the Red Sox (at No. 17 overall) in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft.

The 32-year-old could prove to be a nice pickup in a market of massive deals.

Cleveland will likely either trade or non-tender the now-expendable Drew Stubbs.



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Padres sign free agent right-hander Josh Johnson to one-year, $8 million contract

Drew Silva

Nov 19, 2013, 11:36 PM EST

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com shares the following breaking news:

    Free-agent starter Josh Johnson has reached agreement on a one-year, guaranteed $8 million contract with the San Diego Padres, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

    The deal includes additional performance bonuses based on games started, the source said. Johnson was in San Diego for a physical exam Tuesday and the contract is expected to be announced by the club Wednesday.

The Padres are a nice fit for Johnson, who will be looking to revitalize his career after posting a rough 6.20 ERA in 2013 for the Blue Jays. San Diego’s Petco Park is one of the more pitcher-friendly environments in the big leagues — even with the recent wall tweaks — and Johnson should be able to produce far better numbers if he’s healthy.

Johnson, 29, drew interest from the Giants, Pirates and Royals before settling Tuesday with the Friars.

He had a 3.15 ERA in 916 2/3 innings with the Marlins before being shipped to Toronto last winter.

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UPDATE, 11:45 p.m. ET: Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors says Johnson can earn $1.25 million on top of the $8 million guaranteed if he makes 26 starts. Also from Dierkes: the Pirates were the runners up.



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clawmaster wrote: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/19/padres-sign-free-agent-right-hander-josh-johnson-to-one-year-8-million-contract/

Padres sign free agent right-hander Josh Johnson to one-year, $8 million contract

Drew Silva

Nov 19, 2013, 11:36 PM EST

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com shares the following breaking news:

    Free-agent starter Josh Johnson has reached agreement on a one-year, guaranteed $8 million contract with the San Diego Padres, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

    The deal includes additional performance bonuses based on games started, the source said. Johnson was in San Diego for a physical exam Tuesday and the contract is expected to be announced by the club Wednesday.

The Padres are a nice fit for Johnson, who will be looking to revitalize his career after posting a rough 6.20 ERA in 2013 for the Blue Jays. San Diego’s Petco Park is one of the more pitcher-friendly environments in the big leagues — even with the recent wall tweaks — and Johnson should be able to produce far better numbers if he’s healthy.

Johnson, 29, drew interest from the Giants, Pirates and Royals before settling Tuesday with the Friars.

He had a 3.15 ERA in 916 2/3 innings with the Marlins before being shipped to Toronto last winter.

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UPDATE, 11:45 p.m. ET: Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors says Johnson can earn $1.25 million on top of the $8 million guaranteed if he makes 26 starts. Also from Dierkes: the Pirates were the runners up.


 

Johnson just couldn't pitch in the AL. I wish him well. Not his fault the Jays
acquired him in a lousy trade.

 

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Johnson just couldn't pitch in the AL. I wish him well. Not his fault the Jays
acquired him in a lousy trade.

 

He just had a shitty year. He was something like 1-4 vs National League teams.



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