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 Posted: Wed Nov 27th, 2013 09:29 pm
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clawmaster wrote: Ted Lilly retired.

The Cubs are going to trade Jeff Samardzija by opening day. Had to google his last name to spell it correctly.

There are rumors the Jays are interested in Samardzija. I hope not.

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The Minnesota Twins entered the offseason with a desperate need for starting pitching, and they're off to a pretty great start in addressing it.

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco and the Twins agreed to terms on a free-agent contract Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because the team does not plan to announce a deal until Nolasco passes a physical.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available, but Yahoo! Sports reported that it was for four years and $49 million. That's a hefty price for the Twins, who historically have been reluctant to hand out big-money deals to free agents. Prior to Nolasco's contract, the most the Twins had spent on a free agent who did not come through their system was the three-year, $21 million deal they gave Josh Willingham in 2011.

But their need was acute and Nolasco was widely considered one of the top available free agents in a thin crop of starting pitchers. He's walked just 2.1 hitters per nine innings for his career, which makes him a perfect fit for the Twins, who have always placed a premium on control from their starters.

Nolasco, 30, is 89-75 with a 4.37 ERA in parts of eight seasons with the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers acquired him from the Marlins in a July trade, and Nolasco went 8-3 with a 3.52 ERA during Los Angeles' playoff push.

Nolasco reportedly had been seeking a deal similar to the four-year, $52 million agreement that Edwin Jackson signed with the Chicago Cubs last winter.

Pitching to contact has become a bit of a sore spot for Twins fans, who have watched their team's starting staff get bludgeoned while throwing strike after strike right down the middle. But Nolasco also has a healthy 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings, and he's shown the ability to get out of jams without letting the hitter put the ball in play.

Nolasco's Twitter account already has a Twins logo as its avatar, and this beleaguered team will no doubt be just as eager to welcome him into the fold. Nolasco pitched at least 185 innings in five of the last six seasons and will immediately slot in right near the top of what was the worst pitching staff in the majors last year.

The Twins have lost at least 96 games in each of the last three seasons, thanks in most part to their woeful starting pitching. Last year the starters had an ERA of 5.26. Toronto was the next-worst at 4.81. Only two of their starters had ERAs under 5.00, with Samuel Deduno's 3.83 leading the way and Kevin Correia's pedestrian 4.18 next.

The Twins have also inquired about veteran Bronson Arroyo among other available arms, and are expected to continue adding players to beef up the rotation. Matt Garza and Phil Hughes are among the other viable options, and the Twins also could bring back Mike Pelfrey for depth.

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

Would you like a little bet on that?

Name the bet

$20?

Tell you what... If Kolton Wong is batting over.200 (if he's in the majors) with at least 100 at bats on July 1st I will send you twenty bucks and his rookie card.

Sounds good, you're on.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong is staying with the San Francisco Giants, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract Friday.

Assistant general manager Bobby Evans said the deal is pending a physical, expected to happen later next week.

The Giants declined to exercise Vogelsong's $6.5 million contract option for 2014 on Nov. 4, but the parties agreed to keep open the possibility of potential negotiations down the road during free agency. General manager Brian Sabean and Evans have been committed to keeping their pitching staff intact as best as possible, which they have done while also adding right-hander Tim Hudson on $23 million, two-year contract Nov. 19.

The 36-year-old Vogelsong is determined to come back strong in 2014 following a frustrating year.

He went 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts and 103 2/3 innings during an injury-shortened season. He broke two bones in the right pinkie area of his pitching hand and also dislocated a knuckle on a swing May 20 and underwent surgery the next day. He had five pins inserted in his hand.

Vogelsong won 13 and 14 games the previous two seasons. The journeyman pitcher became one of baseball's feel-good comeback stories in 2011, when he made the All-Star team after joining the Giants' rotation first as a fill in for the injured Barry Zito.

Vogelsong had toiled through three seasons in the Japanese League before Triple-A stints in 2010 for the Phillies and Angels. In the Bay Area with the team that originally drafted him in the fifth round in 1998, Vogelsong became a front-line starter at last.

Invited to spring training in 2011 on a minor league deal, he went on to win the team's "Willie Mac" Award -- named for Hall of Famer Willie McCovey and is voted on by players, coaches and training staff for the most inspirational Giants player on the field and in the clubhouse. Vogelsong set a career high for wins while going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA in 30 games and 28 starts.

He then received an $8.3 million, two-year contract in January 2012.

Vogelsong won three games during the 2012 postseason for the eventual World Series champion Giants, including one during a 4-0 sweep of the Tigers for the team's second championship in three years.

The Giants signed two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum to a $35 million, two-year contract last month. Lefty Madison Bumgarner and right-hander Matt Cain are signed to long-term deals along with catcher Buster Posey. In addition, right fielder Hunter Pence received a $90 million, five-year contract before the season ended. He played every game this year.

Zito's tenure with the Giants ended when the club declined to exercise his $18 million option for next year.





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lobo316 wrote:
clawmaster wrote: Ted Lilly retired.

The Cubs are going to trade Jeff Samardzija by opening day. Had to google his last name to spell it correctly.

There are rumors the Jays are interested in Samardzija. I hope not.


He's a bum. Overhyped garbage.



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Blazer wrote:
lobo316 wrote:
clawmaster wrote: Ted Lilly retired.

The Cubs are going to trade Jeff Samardzija by opening day. Had to google his last name to spell it correctly.

There are rumors the Jays are interested in Samardzija. I hope not.



He's a bum. Overhyped garbage.


Hope the Jays take Brett Anderson off my hands instead.

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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/30/report-twins-sign-phil-hughes-for-24-million-over-three-years/

Report: Twins sign Phil Hughes for $24 million over three years

Matthew Pouliot

Nov 30, 2013, 11:13 PM EST

Phil Hughes will join Ricky Nolasco in a rebuilt Twins rotation, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, agreeing to a three-year, $24 million contract on Saturday.

Hughes, the winter’s youngest free agent at age 27, is coming off a rough season in which he went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in 29 starts and one relief appearance for the Yankees. Getting out of Yankee Stadium and it’s shallow right field porch should do him a whole lot of good, though it’s not like he’s been any sort of ace on the road, either.

The curious thing is that Hughes held out for the longer deal rather than going the Josh Johnson route and signing a one-year contract, with the chance of landing a much bigger payday next winter. Certainly, if he had bounced back and turned in a season more like his 2012, he could have been in a position to land the kind of four-year, $49 million deal that Nolasco just got or something bigger. Frankly, it suggests a lack of confidence that he’d rather have the much more modest three-year deal right now.

With Hughes and Nolasco in the fold, the Twins have clearly upgraded what was the league’s ugliest rotation last season. Kevin Correia will be back to occupy another spot, with Samuel Deduno a heavy favorite to join him. The team still has to decide whether to bring in another veteran or to let Kyle Gibson, Vance Worley, Andrew Albers and Scott Diamond compete for the fifth spot.



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clawmaster wrote: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/30/report-twins-sign-phil-hughes-for-24-million-over-three-years/

Report: Twins sign Phil Hughes for $24 million over three years

He'll do better there.  I wish him luck.



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Cano now is denying that he ever asked for more than $300 million and says he's been asking for only $250 million.  LOL  Translation: everyone told him to go fuck himself and he now realizes his agents were over-reaching and he's in damage control mode when he signs for significantly less. 



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Blue Jays sign Dioner Navarro to two-year deal

Aaron Gleeman

Dec 2, 2013, 9:40 AM EST

Dioner Navarro has agreed to a two-year contract with the Blue Jays, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Navarro went from 24-year-old All-Star in 2008 to little-used, unproductive backup from 2010-2012, but the switch-hitting catcher put together a big season in a part-time role for the Cubs this year. He hit .300 with 13 homers and an .856 OPS in 89 games, compared to hitting a combined .215 with 16 homers and a .594 OPS in 251 games during the previous four seasons.

Rosenthal reports that Navarro “could grow into an everyday role” in Toronto, with Josh Thole backing him up and catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, which suggests 2013 starter J.P. Arencibia will be traded after a horrendous season in which he hit .194 with a ghastly .227 on-base percentage and .592 OPS despite 21 homers.



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NEW YORK -- The Yankees have extended an offer to starter Hiroki Kuroda in an attempt to entice the right-hander to pitch one more season in the Bronx instead of retiring or returning to Japan to play, a source with knowledge of the discussions told ESPNNewYork.com.

The exact figure of the one-year offer is unknown, but it is expected to be in the $15 million to $16 million range. Kuroda, 38, made $15 million in 2013. Prior to free agency, he turned down the Yankees' qualifying offer of $14.1 million.

Kuroda went 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA last season. For the first four months of the season, he was clearly the Yankees' best starter before fading late in the year. Still, the Yankees believe he is the best option to complement established starters CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova.

Kuroda has flirted with returning to Japan for a few years but has decided to stay each time.

The Yankees ideally envision a rotation of Sabathia, Kuroda, Nova and Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka's major league future is in limbo because MLB and the Japanese league have yet to finalize a new posting agreement, though the sides are negotiating.

The Yankees, a source maintained, are budgeting to go hard after Tanaka, even if he is not posted until after the new year.

The Yankees' fifth starter spot will be a spring training competition between Michael Pineda, David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno.

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired catcher Chris Stewart from the New York Yankees for a player to be named.

Stewart hit .211 with four home runs and 25 RBIs in a career-high 109 games for New York in 2013. He threw out 17 runners, the fifth-highest total in the American League.

To make room for the 31-year-old Stewart on the 40-man roster, the Pirates on Monday designated catcher Mike McKenry for assignment. McKenry hit .217 in 41 games last season for Pittsburgh before tearing cartilage in his left knee in July.

Stewart will contend with former first-round pick Tony Sanchez as the primary backup to ex-Yankee Russell Martin when spring training opens in February.

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Doug Fister traded to Washington.



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The Washington Nationals acquired pitcher Doug Fister in a Monday night trade with the Detroit Tigers

In exchange, the Nationals sent infielder Steve Lombardozzi, left-hander Ian Krol and minor league lefty Robbie Ray to the Tigers.

Fister, 29, went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA in 33 games last year in his third season with the Tigers. A ground ball specialist, Fister was tied for the American League in getting batters to ground into double plays. He allowed 0.6 home runs per nine innings, second best in the AL.

The Tigers figure to save about $6 million by trading Fister, who was arbitration-eligible and projected to earn about $7 million.

Lombardozzi and Kroll would project to earn approximately $1 million between them. And Ray is expected to start next season in the minor leagues.

"This is an exciting day for the Washington Nationals," said Washington GM Mike Rizzo in a statement. "We feel we've added a talented, young veteran to our starting pitching corps. Doug is battle-tested through playoff experiences, and the depth he brings to our staff is exceptional. We are thrilled to welcome him aboard."

The Tigers have been talking to other clubs about Fister, Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer this winter. They've now freed up more money that could potentially be used to re-sign Scherzer, a Scott Boras client who is one year from free agency, to an extension. But it's still unclear if they will be able to find common ground to make that happen before Scherzer tests free agency next winter.

Lombardozzi, 25, hit .259 with two home runs and 22 RBIs last season for the Nationals. He had 13 pinch hits in 2013, the second-most in baseball.

Krol, 22, went 2-1 with a 3.95 ERA in 32 relief appearances in his rookie season with Washington.

The Nationals drafted Ray, 22, in the 12th round of the 2010 draft. He finished last season at Double-A Harrisburg.



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Detroit is going to sign another free agent hitter. Dan Plesac on MLB Network speculated Shin Shin Choo.



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Detroit is going to sign another free agent hitter. Dan Plesac on MLB Network speculated Shin Shin Choo.


I'm guess that's supposed to be Shin-Soo Choo. Anyway - some reports are saying that one of the reasons Detroit traded away Prince Fielder was to free up some money to sign Choo.



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