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 Posted: Wed Nov 20th, 2013 06:06 pm
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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.


 

B-ref says he was 0-2 with an ERA of 3.31  in interleague games.

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Chris Carpenter, one of the best clutch pitchers in the storied history of the St. Louis Cardinals, announced his retirement Wednesday.

Carpenter, 38, missed the entire 2013 season after a recurrence of a nerve injury in his shoulder that cost him most of the 2012 campaign.

Carpenter's career numbers don't reflect his value to the team. He was 144-94 with a 3.76 ERA in a career that began with Toronto in 1997. He spent six seasons with the Blue Jays and nine with St. Louis. He won the 2005 National League Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA. He was second in 2009 after going 17-4 with a 2.24 ERA.

"He'll go down as one of the greatest we've ever had," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak in a statement posted on the club's Twitter feed.

More telling are his postseason results, including a 10-4 record and 3.00 ERA in 18 starts. There were the eight innings of three-hit shutout baseball in a Game 3 World Series win over Detroit in 2006, a series the Cardinals won in five games; a 1-0 shutout to beat Roy Halladay in Philadelphia in the deciding game of an NL Division Series in 2011; and the gutty Game 7 World Series-clinching win over Texas on three days' rest in 2011.

His career is all the more remarkable considering the amount of time he spent on the disabled list due to various shoulder, elbow and nerve injuries. He missed most of 2002, all of 2003, most of 2007 and 2008, and then last year's season that was limited to three regular-season starts.

Carpenter was a clubhouse force in St. Louis, a no-nonsense presence who set an example of grit and toughness. Consider 2012, when he was written off as lost for the season after the nerve injury first emerged during spring training.

In July, Carpenter had radical surgery that included removal of a rib, and it worked -- he pitched three games down the stretch to help St. Louis earn the final NL wild-card spot. He beat Washington in a division series but was 0-2 in the NL Championship Series against eventual World Series winner San Francisco, his velocity and command not up to his normal standards.

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The St. Louis Cardinals and manager Mike Matheny have agreed to a three-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.

Matheny, whose extension will run through the 2017 season, managed the Cardinals to a 97-65 record and an appearance in the World Series this past season.

"I love what I do," Matheny said during a news conference to announce the extension. "But to do it here in a place I call home is extremely special. ... I'm very grateful."

Matheny, 43, has compiled a 185-139 record in two years with the Cardinals, who hired the former catcher to replace longtime manager Tony La Russa following the 2011 season.

A 13-year veteran as a player, Matheny also was a member of the Cardinals team that lost to the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series.

Boston defeated St. Louis in this year's World Series; it was the Cardinals' fourth World Series appearance in the last 10 years.

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NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez took his fight against Major League Baseball out of the hearing room and onto the airwaves Wednesday afternoon, flatly denying on a radio show he had used any performance-enhancing drugs supplied by Anthony Bosch or Biogenesis.

"I did nothing. About the Bosch nonsense? Nothing," Rodriguez said in an interview on WFAN 660 about four hours after he stormed out of his own grievance hearing upon learning MLB commissioner Bud Selig would not be required to testify.

"It was disgusting," Rodriguez said of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz's decision not to allow Joseph Tacopina, Rodriguez's lead attorney, to question Selig under oath on Thursday. "This thing should have ended with Selig on Thursday and me (testifying) on Friday. But he did not have the courage to look me in the eye."

Rodriguez said he was unlikely to return to the hearing room when the grievance resumes Thursday morning at the Park Avenue offices of Major League Baseball. "I don't think I'm going back," he said. "What's the point?"

Jim McCarroll, an attorney who accompanied Rodriguez to the interview, added, "If Selig doesn't testify, Alex is not going back."

Neither Rodriguez's side nor MLB would provide the exact reason for why Horowitz ruled that Selig did not have to testify, although earlier in the day, Tacopina told Michael Kay on ESPN New York 98.7 FM that Horowitz did not consider Selig "a necessary witness."

The double-barrelled media blitz -- Tacopina appeared on one show at 3 p.m. and Rodriguez on the other about a half-hour later -- capped an explosive day in which Rodriguez slammed his hands on a table, shouted "This is ridiculous," and directed a stream of profanities at Rob Manfred, baseball's COO, who directed the Biogenesis investigation, before storming out of the room shortly before noon.

Four hours later, the Yankees third baseman was still steaming.

"I'm so pissed off right now I can't even think straight," he said.

But Rodriguez and McCarroll found the composure to issue blanket denials of any PED usage connected with Biogenesis and Bosch, who is MLB's key witness against him, and to accuse Selig of conducting a vendetta against him.

"Why did Ryan Braun (only) get 65 games with a failed drug test? Because he's from Milwaukee?" Rodriguez asked, a reference to the team Selig owned before he became commissioner.

As for the 211-game suspension levied on him, Rodriguez said, "I shouldn't even serve one inning."

Rodriguez also acknowledged being "angry" at the Yankees, but said he hopes to be playing third base for them on Opening Day.

"All I want to do is play baseball," he said. "This has been a disgusting process for everyone. I'm embarrassed to be involved in it."

Rodriguez denied having named other players in an effort to exonerate himself and questioned Selig's motivation in slapping him with the most stringent penalty ever given a baseball player for an alleged PED violation.

"He hates my guts," Rodriguez said of Selig. "It's 100 percent personal. This is all about his legacy. To put me on his mantle would be a big trophy for him."

Rodriguez also said that at one point in the hearing, Manfred said to him, "This wasn't my decision, it was Bud Selig's decision."

It was unknown whether Rodriguez's lawyers will continue with his defense minus their client.

"There will be some kind of group discussion some time tonight," Tacopina said. Asked if he would be back at the hearing on Thursday, Rodriguez said, "I'm going home to see my daughters."

Baseball released a statement following A-Rod's walkout in the afternoon expressing its faith in the fairness in the process, and in the evening, the Major League Baseball Players Association issued its own statement disagreeing with Horowitz's decision to excuse Selig from testifying.

"The MLBPA believes that every player has the right under our arbitration process to directly confront his accuser. We argued strenuously to the arbitrator in Alex's case that the commissioner should be required to appear and testify. While we respectfully disagree with the arbitrator's ruling, we will abide by it as we continue to vigorously challenge Alex's suspension within the context of this hearing," the statement read.

"I have no regrets," Rodriguez said about waging a fight that appears to be rapidly nearing its conclusion. "I would do it again. It's the system that is wrong."

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Fielder to Texas ?????



from cbssports.com:

The Rangers and Tigers are discussing a blockbuster deal that would send Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler, CBSSports.com has learned.

One person involved in the talks called it a "possibility." There could be another player involved in the trade as potential well, but that hasn;t been confirmed.

The Rangers made a play for Fielder when he was a free agent a couple years ago before the Tigers signed him for $214 million over nine years.

Trading Kinsler would open second base for Jurickson Profar. Texas has been looking for added punch to its lineup.

The Tigers had been floating Max Scherzer as a trade possibility. But a deal of Fielder could possibly free up extra cash to try to sign Scherzer long-term.

Fielder has a limited no-trade clause, but it isn't known if it includes Texas.



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CanadianHorseman wrote:
Fielder to Texas ?????



from cbssports.com:

The Rangers and Tigers are discussing a blockbuster deal that would send Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler, CBSSports.com has learned.

One person involved in the talks called it a "possibility." There could be another player involved in the trade as potential well, but that hasn;t been confirmed.

The Rangers made a play for Fielder when he was a free agent a couple years ago before the Tigers signed him for $214 million over nine years.

Trading Kinsler would open second base for Jurickson Profar. Texas has been looking for added punch to its lineup.

The Tigers had been floating Max Scherzer as a trade possibility. But a deal of Fielder could possibly free up extra cash to try to sign Scherzer long-term.

Fielder has a limited no-trade clause, but it isn't known if it includes Texas.


Done deal pending physicials.
http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/11/20/report-rangers-trade-ian-kinsler-to-tigers-for-prince-fielder/



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BuddyPSHayes wrote:
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Fielder to Texas ?????

Done deal pending physicials.


from cbssports.com:

Both players have considerable time left on long-term deals. Kinsler is owed $62 million total through 2017, while Fielder’s contract runs through 2020, he is still owed $168 million. :shock:



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Benlen wrote: lobo316 wrote:

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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.



 

B-ref says he was 0-2 with an ERA of 3.31  in interleague games.

Last year he lost to the Giants, Dodgers, and Astros. He beat Colorado so 1-3 5.31 era

Edit....I forgot the Astros switched leagues. Nevermind.

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The Tigers are also sending $ 30 million to Texas in the Fielder for Kinsler deal.



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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a non-guaranteed $1.9 million, one-year contract with left-hander Phil Coke.

The Tigers announced Thursday they avoided arbitration with Coke by agreeing to terms on a deal.

If Coke makes the team and pitches in 60 games, he will earn a $50,000 bonus. He can get $50,000 bonuses for appearing in 65 and 70 games.

He was 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA in 49 games this past season for the Tigers, who sent him to Triple-A Toledo in late August after one of his many poor outings. The Tigers brought him back up in September and put him on the roster in the AL Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox.

Coke is 17-25 with a 4.20 ERA over four seasons with Detroit and two with the New York Yankees.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: The Tigers are also sending $ 30 million to Texas in the Fielder for Kinsler deal.

 

Ian Kinsler's agent, Jay Franklin, had no idea the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers were working on a blockbuster deal until his phone started buzzing like crazy Wednesday night.

"I got an ESPN alert and then everybody starting texting," Franklin said. "Ian is in Hawaii. He texted me and said, 'I think I've just been traded. Can you check?' We didn't see it coming."

Franklin talked to Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine, who confirmed the news that Kinsler was headed to the Tigers for slugger Prince Fielder.

The Rangers said on a conference call Wednesday night that word was leaked before they got a chance to inform everyone involved, something they weren't happy about. Still, the trade didn't need Kinsler's approval.

After the season, Kinsler and Franklin submitted 10 teams that he'd be willing to accept a trade to, as per the terms of his contract. The Tigers were on that list.

"We had talked about Detroit and how that was a place that Kinsler liked and an organization he could play for," Franklin said.

Franklin said he figured the Rangers were going to do something with the middle infield this offseason, with Jurickson Profar looking for a more permanent position.

"They feel like Profar is the answer there and can be the guy, so they made a move," Franklin said.

Interestingly, Franklin said he hasn't heard from the Tigers, but that could be because the deal isn't official until both players have passed physicals. Because Kinsler is in Hawaii through the weekend, that won't happen until next week.

"Ian is excited about Detroit," Franklin said. "He wants to win, and he works hard. I think Detroit fans, much like the Texas fans, will appreciate that he gives you everything he's got every day. He leaves it all out on the field."

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The Robinson Cano to the Rangers rumors are running rampant.



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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals have agreed to a four-year contract with left-hander Jason Vargas in an attempt to fill the void in their rotation created by Ervin Santana's free agency.

The deal is worth $32 million, ESPN has learned.

Vargas was 9-8 with a 4.02 ERA in 24 starts for the Angels last season. He was 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA before going on the disabled list with a blood clot in his arm that required surgery.

Kansas City was searching for a veteran to replace Santana, another former Angels pitcher who rediscovered himself in Kansas City. Santana went 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA last season, driving up his price in free agency to the point where the Royals were unlikely to sign him.

Vargas isn't the sort of splashy signing that will make Royals fans salivate, but he does solidify the back end of what's expected to be a young rotation.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Javier Lopez found a nice fit in San Francisco from the moment the Pittsburgh Pirates dealt him to the Giants at the 2010 trade deadline.

It hasn't hurt he won a pair of World Series championships.

The free agent left-hander reached agreement on a $13 million, three-year contract to stay with the Giants. The deal is pending a physical, likely to take place next week, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said Thursday.

"I am happy to be back in San Francisco. It's the place that my family and I have come to love," Lopez wrote in an e-mail. "The Giants organization has been first class since I was first traded in 2010. The fans especially have been welcoming not only to me but all of my teammates and their support is unmatched in the major leagues. They make for a wonderful place to come and work."

Lopez agreed to terms two days after San Francisco gave right-hander Tim Hudson a $23 million, two-year contract.

The 36-year-old Lopez went 4-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 69 appearances and 39 1-3 innings this year, when the Giants missed the playoffs one season after winning their second World Series in three seasons. Lopez just completed an $8.5 million, two-year contract signed that paid him $4.25 million each season.

San Francisco acquired Lopez in a swap that sent John Bowker and Joe Martinez to the Pirates, and Lopez emerged as a reliable option for manager Bruce Bochy as the club made an improbable run to the city's first World Series championship since moving West in 1958.

Signing Lopez to a multiyear deal will give the Giants two lefties in the bullpen for the next two seasons. Jeremy Affeldt received an $18 million, three-year contract last November.

In addition, starters Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain are signed long term, along with 2012 NL MVP and batting champion catcher Buster Posey. Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum landed a $35 million, two-year deal late last month.

"I'm excited for the future of the black and orange," Lopez said.

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies have hired Bob McClure to be their pitching coach.

McClure replaces Rich Dubee, who was let go after the season. The former major league left-hander was the pitching coach for Boston in 2012 and Kansas City from 2006 to 2011.

Said manager Ryne Sandberg: "Bob brings a wealth of experience to our staff."

The Phillies also announced Thursday that Rod Nichols will remain as bullpen coach and Jesus Tiamo will return as bullpen catcher.

The 61-year-old McClure pitched 19 years in the big leagues, beginning in 1975. He was 68-57 with 52 saves and a 3.81 ERA for seven teams. McClure was a member of the 1982 American League champion Milwaukee Brewers, and he had two saves in the World Series.









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