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 Posted: Thu Nov 21st, 2013 10:08 pm
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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have named longtime major league pitching coach Dave Duncan to a consulting position.

The Diamondbacks say the 68-year-old Duncan will hold the title of special assistant to the general manager/pitching consultant and will report to general manager Kevin Towers.

Duncan will assist the Arizona staff in the instruction of pitchers and catchers during spring training, evaluate the Diamondbacks' farm system and provide input in the team's draft decision-making.

Duncan was a pitching coach for 32 years, including 10 with Oakland and the last 16 with St. Louis before his retirement in 2011. His teams were in the top five in ERA in their leagues 13 times and he worked with eight Cy Young winners.

Duncan has two sons who attend Canyon del Oro High School in Tucson.

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Free-agent outfielder Chris Young has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the New York Mets, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com on Friday.

The deal is for $7.25 million, a source said. The agreement is pending results of a physical next week.

Young, 30, is a career .235 hitter with 144 home runs in parts of eight seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics. He made the National League All-Star team with Arizona in 2010. This past season, Young slumped to .200 with 12 home runs in 107 games with the A's.

The Mets have not commented on which outfield position Young, who hits from the right side, would play. He has appeared in 905 games in center field, 26 games in right and 24 games in left during his major league career.

The hope is that Juan Lagares hits enough to play center field, pushing Young to a corner spot. But Young would be capable of stepping into center field if needed.

Currently, the Mets' outfield alignment would be Eric Young Jr. in left field, Lagares in center and Chris Young in right. The Mets, however, still hope to add another outfield bat via free agency or trade, which could push Young Jr. to a fourth outfielder role or second base if Daniel Murphy were traded.

The Mets have been linked to free agent Nelson Cruz, but his salary demands exceed the Mets' appetite, according to a source. The Mets also have had dialogue with the Milwaukee Brewers about a trade that could send Ike Davis for an outfielder, although a Mets official recently insisted there has been zero dialogue about Ryan Braun.

The Boston Red Sox were among the other teams who had expressed an early interest in Young.

CBS Sports.com was first to report that Young had agreed with the Mets.

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David Freese (Cardinals, 3B) traded for Peter Bourjos (LAA, CF). Good move for the Cardinals, I think.

http://www.vivaelbirdos.com/cardinals-analysis/2013/11/22/5134332/david-freese-traded-to-los-angeles-angels-for-cf-peter-bourjos

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Famous Mortimer wrote:
David Freese (Cardinals, 3B) traded for Peter Bourjos (LAA, CF). Good move for the Cardinals, I think.

http://www.vivaelbirdos.com/cardinals-analysis/2013/11/22/5134332/david-freese-traded-to-los-angeles-angels-for-cf-peter-bourjos

I think the Cards got ripped off. Bourjos is a speed guy who has a poor OBP. I guess he is suppose to fill in for Beltran?
Freese starts at third for the Angels and they won't miss Bourjos in the outfield.
Cards could have gotten something better than Bourjos. I would have asked the Yankees if they would trade Ichiro for Freese.



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This is a bad move for the Angels. Bourjos was an important spoke in the wheel there, and Freese simply isn't much of a player.

http://www.halosheaven.com/2013/11/22/5134578/david-freese-is-alberto-callaspo-basically

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Benlen wrote:
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David Freese (Cardinals, 3B) traded for Peter Bourjos (LAA, CF). Good move for the Cardinals, I think.

http://www.vivaelbirdos.com/cardinals-analysis/2013/11/22/5134332/david-freese-traded-to-los-angeles-angels-for-cf-peter-bourjos

I think the Cards got ripped off. Bourjos is a speed guy who has a poor OBP. I guess he is suppose to fill in for Beltran?
Freese starts at third for the Angels and they won't miss Bourjos in the outfield.
Cards could have gotten something better than Bourjos. I would have asked the Yankees if they would trade Ichiro for Freese.

They're different players - Freese is the better hitter, but Bourjos is by far the better defender. Both sets of fans seem to be divided on whether it's a good thing, which I suppose is the sign of a good trade?

There's an extra few players in the trade - LAA get Fernando Salas, a reliever who I'm pretty sure the Cardinals were going to non-tender in a week or so anyway; and the Cardinals get Randal Grichuk, the Angels no.2 (or 4, depending on who you read) prospect.

Freese may bounce back next year and Bourjos might be injured for 100 games; but at the moment I'd say the Cardinals got the best out of this deal. The initial reaction from elsewhere seems to be that way too: http://www.mlbdailydish.com/2013/11/22/5135228/david-freese-peter-bourjos-trade-reactions-mlb-cardinals-angels

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This is a bad move for the Angels. Bourjos was an important spoke in the wheel there, and Freese simply isn't much of a player.

http://www.halosheaven.com/2013/11/22/5134578/david-freese-is-alberto-callaspo-basically

Freese has been more than solid his entire career until last year. I take that as just one bad year. If he continues to hit .250-.260 than he would have already peaked and is on the downside of his career.
I don't see Bourjos doing anything more but pinch running and as a defensive replacement. Bourjos is closer to Callapso than Freese. Bourjos would have been nothing but a 4th outfielder in Anaheim. The Angels just have to throw Shuck, Hamilton and Trout out there and they won't miss him.

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Colby Lewis on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

If Lewis makes the major league team, he'll make $2 million in base salary and can earn up to another $4 million in incentives.

Lewis, 34, hasn't pitched in the majors since the midway though the 2012 season. He had surgery to repair a torn flexor in his elbow and during this past season had hip surgery.

Lewis has not begun a throwing program, but the club expects him to be long tossing and making progress toward getting on a mound by the time the club arrives in Surprise, Ariz., in February.

Lewis made a total of seven rehab starts in 2013, three of them in May before he was shut down for six weeks because of biceps tendinitis. He tried again in mid-July with four more rehab starts. His last start came on Aug. 3 for Triple-A Round Rock, when he pitched five innings and allowed two runs.

Lewis, from Bakersfield, Calif, had made it clear he wants to return to the team that drafted him in 1999. He won 26 games for the Rangers in 2010 and 2011 combined; in the two seasons' playoffs, he was 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA.

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Various reports say that C Brian McCann is about to sign a long term deal with the Yankees.



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CanadianHorseman wrote: Various reports say that C Brian McCann is about to sign a long term deal with the Yankees.

 

NEW YORK -- After wooing Brian McCann during a visit to the Bronx this week, the New York Yankees have agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract with the catcher that includes a vesting option for a sixth season that could push the total to $100 million, a source has told ESPNNewYork.com.

Besides their own free agent, Robinson Cano, the Yankees made McCann one of their main priorities this winter. The Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox were two of the handful of teams interested in McCann. The Rangers were told earlier Saturday that McCann would not be signing with them, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett.

The deal is pending a physical.

The Yankees were aggressive with McCann as they consider him the first phase in an offseason plan in which they hope to go on a free agent shopping spree, while also lowering their payroll to less than $189 million. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has made this a goal for the franchise because he wants to take advantage of the luxury tax and revenue sharing savings that ducking under the figure would allow them to do.

Earlier this week, McCann and Abbott visited the Yankees and a source said the Yankees were "aggressively" trying to lock him up.

McCann's agent, B.B. Abbott, told ESPNNewYork.com in the middle of the week that McCann, 29, was willing to do a deal quickly if the right one presented itself.

Last winter, the Yankees declined to sign Russell Martin and instead went with a combination of Chris Stewart, Francisco Cervelli and Austin Romine. They feel McCann's power would play very well with Yankee Stadium's short right field porch. He can DH and possibly transition to first base at the end of a multi-year contract.

McCann hit .257 with 20 homers and 56 RBIs in 2013.

The Yankees' next top target could be Carlos Beltran, whom they prefer slightly over the other free agent outfielders because he figures to receive a shorter term contract. They also are interested outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury.

If Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka is posted, the Yankees plan on making a major bid for him.

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Looks like SS Jhonny Peralta is going to St. Louis.


from tsn.ca:


According to multiple sources, the St. Louis Cardinals are close to signing free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta to a four-year deal worth just over $52 million.

The 31-year-old shortstop hit 11 home runs and drove in 55 runs last season for the Detroit Tigers in 107 games. He was also forced to sit out 50 games after being suspended due to his involvement with the Biogenesis case.

Peralta spent parts of the last four seasons with the Tigers after being acquired in a 2010 trade with the Cleveland Indians.

He began his career in 2003 with the Indians.



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Benlen wrote: BigJ wrote:
This is a bad move for the Angels. Bourjos was an important spoke in the wheel there, and Freese simply isn't much of a player.

http://www.halosheaven.com/2013/11/22/5134578/david-freese-is-alberto-callaspo-basically

Freese has been more than solid his entire career until last year. I take that as just one bad year. If he continues to hit .250-.260 than he would have already peaked and is on the downside of his career.
I don't see Bourjos doing anything more but pinch running and as a defensive replacement. Bourjos is closer to Callapso than Freese. Bourjos would have been nothing but a 4th outfielder in Anaheim. The Angels just have to throw Shuck, Hamilton and Trout out there and they won't miss him.


If the Angels didn't need Bourjos, then the Cardinals definitely don't need Freese*. Matt Carpenter, who should have been in the running for MVP last year, prefers 3rd, and Kolten Wong is coming up and plays 2nd.


There's a weird bit of mirroring going on here - the Cardinals traded a 3B guy for Jim Edmonds from the Angels in 2000, then after 7 brilliant seasons out of him, we traded him for David Freese. Now, that Cardinals 3B is going to the Angels in return for another CF guy coming off injuries. I don't think Bourjos will give us Edmonds-level performance, but fingers crossed.
 


 


*even though he's great and will always be a hero to St. Louis baseball fans

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Famous Mortimer wrote: Benlen wrote: BigJ wrote:
This is a bad move for the Angels. Bourjos was an important spoke in the wheel there, and Freese simply isn't much of a player.

http://www.halosheaven.com/2013/11/22/5134578/david-freese-is-alberto-callaspo-basically

Freese has been more than solid his entire career until last year. I take that as just one bad year. If he continues to hit .250-.260 than he would have already peaked and is on the downside of his career.
I don't see Bourjos doing anything more but pinch running and as a defensive replacement. Bourjos is closer to Callapso than Freese. Bourjos would have been nothing but a 4th outfielder in Anaheim. The Angels just have to throw Shuck, Hamilton and Trout out there and they won't miss him.


If the Angels didn't need Bourjos, then the Cardinals definitely don't need Freese*. Matt Carpenter, who should have been in the running for MVP last year, prefers 3rd, and Kolten Wong is coming up and plays 2nd.


Kolton Wong will bat .190 and be sent down to minors  by June.



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SEATTLE -- New Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is bringing in an entirely new coaching staff for his first season in charge of the ballclub.

McClendon announced his coaching staff Monday.

Even though there are no coaches returning from former manager Eric Wedge's staff, a number of McClendon's hires have ties to the Mariners organization.

Howard Johnson will take over as Seattle's hitting coach, after serving in that role for the organization at Triple-A Tacoma last season.

Rick Waits will move from minor league pitching coordinator to Seattle's pitching coach, while John Stearns will be the third-base coach and Chris Woodward will be the infield coach.

McClendon is bringing in Andy Van Slyke (first-base coach) and Mike Rojas (bullpen coach) from outside the organization.

McClendon previously announced that Trent Jewett will serve as his bench coach.

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