WowBB Forums Home 
Home Search search Menu menu Not logged in - Login | Register
WowBB Forums > Sports And Wrestling > Sports Talk > 2015 Baseball Thread

 Moderated by: Ron, brodiescomics, beejmi Page:  First Page Previous Page  ...  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  ...  Next Page Last Page  
New Topic Reply Printer Friendly
2015 Baseball Thread  Rating:  Rating
AuthorPost
 Posted: Wed Jan 28th, 2015 01:24 am
  PM Quote Reply
121st Post


 

Joined: 
Location:  
Posts: 
Status: 
Offline
lobo316 wrote: The New York Yankees would rather Alex Rodriguez didn't return to baseball this season, but if he does, they're reportedly going to great lengths to ensure it happens on their terms.

After signing A-Rod's replacement to a four-year deal and reportedly rejecting his offer to make peace before training camp, the Yankees are looking to hurt Rodriguez where it matters most: his bank account.

The Yankees are working to void marketing bonuses written into Rodriguez's contract that could net him up to $24 million if he passes Barry Bonds' all-time home run mark of 762, Bill Madden from the New York Daily News reported Sunday. These incentives are above and beyond the $61 million owed to him over the next three seasons.

Although it's unlikely the 39-year-old has another 109 homers left in his career, the milestone clause includes a number of more attainable triggers should Rodriguez stay healthy.

Rodriguez, who has reportedly been seeking the hitting advice of Bonds, needs just six more home runs to tie Willie Mays' 660 and earn an additional $6 million. The marketing deal would also pay the embattled slugger $6 million in bonuses for tying Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755).

Sources tell the Daily News that the Yankees intend to argue that Rodriguez's actions since signing his 10-year, $272-million contract in 2007 have rendered the marketing opportunities worthless.

The three-time MVP was suspended 162 games last winter for his role in the Biogenesis scandal and reportedly admitted to federal investigators that he paid $12,000 a month for steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.

I know A Rod is a douche but I can't believe how petty the Steinjuniors and Cashman are being.  Its not like ARod is the only asshole ever to play baseball.  We've had bigger ones including Clemens.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Wed Jan 28th, 2015 04:06 am
  PM Quote Reply
122nd Post
lobo316
Mr Basketball


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44641
Status: 
Offline
The Boston Red Sox acquired left-hander Robbie Ross from the Texas Rangers on Tuesday in exchange for right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, the team announced.

Ranaudo, a first-round pick of the Red Sox in 2010, was named the International League's Most Valuable Pitcher last season after going 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 138 innings. He made his major league debut in August, and posted a 4.81 ERA over seven starts.

The 25-year-old should have a much better chance of cracking the Rangers' Opening Day rotation than he would have with Boston, and could conceivably battle it out with offseason acquisition Ross Detwiler and others for the No. 5 spot if he doesn't begin the season in the minors.

Ross, meanwhile, has primarily served as a reliever over his three-year career and will almost surely compete in that role with the Red Sox. The southpaw struggled over 12 starts last season but has been effective in a relief role in the past.

From 2012-13, Ross pitched to a 2.62 ERA over 123 relief appearances.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Wed Jan 28th, 2015 04:07 am
  PM Quote Reply
123rd Post
lobo316
Mr Basketball


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44641
Status: 
Offline
New commissioner Rob Manfred has not only publicly endorsed radical changes to the game during his first days on the job - he's apparently presented the players with several ideas to consider as well.

Major League Baseball recently sent the union a list of potential changes to the sport that included lowering the mound and adjusting the strike zone, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Rosenthal described the presentation as a "package of data," and noted that no formal talks or negotiations have taken place. A source told FOX Sports that none of the ideas have progressed to an official proposal.

The list reportedly included information on lowering the mound, moving in the fences at every park, wrapping the ball tighter to make it travel further, adjusting the strike zone, and adopting the designated hitter in the National League.


Manfred, who has made no secret in his desire to speed up the game and improve offense, has already discussed a possible ban on shifts and use of a pitch clock.

In an interview with the New York Times on Sunday, Manfred downplayed the possibility of expanding the use of a DH.

"I can't see the American League clubs giving it up, and right now, given the composition of our National League owners, I don't see them buying into it," he said. "So I think we’re staying where we are."

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Wed Jan 28th, 2015 05:07 am
  PM Quote Reply
124th Post
CanadianHorseman



Joined: Fri Nov 2nd, 2007
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Posts: 14026
Status: 
Offline
lobo316 wrote: The Boston Red Sox acquired left-hander Robbie Ross from the Texas Rangers on Tuesday in exchange for right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, the team announced.

It wasn't that long ago that Ranaudo was one of Boston's top prospects was considered an untouchable when it came to trades.



____________________
Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Wed Jan 28th, 2015 05:27 pm
  PM Quote Reply
125th Post
lobo316
Mr Basketball


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44641
Status: 
Offline
The Baltimore Orioles finally made a move to address their offense after a quiet start to the offseason.

Baltimore bolstered its lineup Tuesday by acquiring outfielder Travis Snider from the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Orioles announced. Pittsburgh receives 21-year-old minor league pitcher Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later in exchange for the 26-year-old.

Snider is coming off his most productive season in the big leagues and will provide the Orioles with a capable bat to help fill the void left by the departures of Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis to free agency.

The 2006 first-round pick revitalized his career with the Pirates last season after persistent struggles to live up to the hype that at one point made him one of the best hitting prospects in the minors. While Snider was shielded from left-handers, he blossomed in a platoon role and had a monster second half, hitting .288/.356/.524 with nine home runs.

Baltimore is deep in lefty-hitting corner outfielders, but Snider should receive consistent playing time against right-handed pitching.

Tarpley, meanwhile, made 13 appearances (12 starts) at short-season Class A Aberdeen and posted a 3.66 ERA and struck out 8.14 batters per nine innings. The left-hander was selected in the third round of the 2013 draft.

To make room for Snider on the 40-man roster, catcher Michael Ohlman was designated for assignment.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Wed Jan 28th, 2015 07:55 pm
  PM Quote Reply
126th Post
lobo316
Mr Basketball


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44641
Status: 
Offline
The Washington Nationals reportedly agreed to a one-year, $5-million deal with right-handed reliever Casey Janssen, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Janssen spent his entire eight-year career with the Toronto Blue Jays before hitting free agency at the conclusion of last season. The 33-year-old served as the team's closer for the past three seasons, recording a 2.94 ERA and 81 saves in 168 appearances over that time.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Wed Jan 28th, 2015 09:02 pm
  PM Quote Reply
127th Post
lobo316
Mr Basketball


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44641
Status: 
Offline
The Chicago Cubs are short on outfield bleachers, but not on confidence for the 2015 season.

After first baseman Anthony Rizzo predicted earlier this month that the Cubs will win the National League Central, owner Tom Ricketts offered the same sentiments when speaking Tuesday.

"We don't like the 'predict, predict, predict' stuff, but I'm telling you that it's been several years in the making," Ricketts told Christopher Placek of the Daily Herald.

"We've built a very strong foundation for our team, and we're going to keep getting better and I do believe we're going to win our division and get to the playoffs this year.

"We'll be saying, 'Cubs win' a lot more."

The Cubs will have to win a lot more games in order for the team to claim its first division title since 2008, as the North Siders are coming off a 73-win campaign and a fifth consecutive fifth-place finish.

It does appear the time is now in Chicago, however, as the Cubs of the last six seasons are a far cry from the one that will take the field at Wrigley in 2015.

The additions of manager Joe Maddon, left-hander Jon Lester, catcher Miguel Montero and center fielder Dexter Fowler added to complement the young core of Rizzo, Jorge Soler, Starlin Castro and Javier Baez give Ricketts plenty of reason to feel optimistic.

"If someone were to come up to me a few years ago and said, 'OK, Tom, we'll give you Theo Epstein to run baseball operations, Joe Maddon to be your manager, you'll be the No. 1 farm system in all baseball, I'll give you two all-stars – first baseman and shortstop – and we'll throw in Jon Lester as your ace,' you think about that and I'll say, 'OK, I'll bet on that,'" Ricketts said.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Wed Jan 28th, 2015 09:03 pm
  PM Quote Reply
128th Post
lobo316
Mr Basketball


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44641
Status: 
Offline
Rob Manfred says the league continues to support the idea of an international draft, but baseball's new commissioner hinted at something even bigger Tuesday: an all-inclusive event.

"I think at some point the equities are such that we are going to end up with some sort of worldwide draft system," he told MLB Network Radio. "A single method of entry into the game."

Major League Baseball and the players' union have previously discussed the possibility of a worldwide draft, but it's unclear whether it would take the shape of a single global event or simply a second draft for international players.

The current rules in place favor international amateur free agents significantly more than high school and college players who go through the draft.

While top prospect Carlos Correa secured a $4.2-million bonus when the Houston Astros made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada stands to make considerably more as an international free agent.

The switch-hitting infielder is projected to land a signing bonus in the $30-million range in addition to a lucrative multi-year deal.

Manfred admitted that the discrepancies between the two formats have made the idea of an all-inclusive entry into the sport a top priority.

"We have proposed, in a number of rounds of bargaining, a worldwide draft," Manfred said.

The league previously said the idea of an international draft – let alone a worldwide system – would not be revisited until the current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2016 season.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Wed Jan 28th, 2015 10:14 pm
  PM Quote Reply
129th Post
lobo316
Mr Basketball


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44641
Status: 
Offline
Retired pitcher Joe Blanton will reportedly hold an open workout next month in hopes of securing a job with a major league team.

Blanton, who retired last April after making two starts for the Oakland Athletics' Triple-A affiliate, will reportedly throw a bullpen session Feb. 4 in the Nashville area, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors.

The 34-year-old last appeared on an active major league roster in 2013 as a member of the Los Angeles Angels, struggling to a 6.04 ERA and 1.61 WHIP across 20 starts. He was released by the Angels the following spring.

Blanton pitched for four teams during his 10-year career, most notably as a member of the Athletics where he averaged 206 innings per year from 2005-2008.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Thu Jan 29th, 2015 02:23 am
  PM Quote Reply
130th Post
HBF



Joined: Mon Oct 15th, 2007
Location: Atlanta, Georgia USA
Posts: 17866
Status: 
Offline
CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: The Boston Red Sox acquired left-hander Robbie Ross from the Texas Rangers on Tuesday in exchange for right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, the team announced.

It wasn't that long ago that Ranaudo was one of Boston's top prospects was considered an untouchable when it came to trades.

Kind of makes you feel like a Yankee fan, when they ship Manny Banuelos for a bag of balls and week-old mexican seven-layer dip.



____________________
"That's what a pre-med degree will get you kids, nearly correct spelling and pissing in a bowl on Skype"-SRossi on Sunny
Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Thu Jan 29th, 2015 03:01 am
  PM Quote Reply
131st Post
lobo316
Mr Basketball


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44641
Status: 
Offline
Masahiro Tanaka appears to be 100 percent healthy ahead of the 2015 season.

The New York Yankees right-hander worked out in Japan on Thursday and reported no discomfort in his previously injured elbow.

"So far so good - including that (the elbow)," Tanaka told The Japan Times.

Tanaka missed two months last season due to a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, but returned in time to make two September starts.

The 26-year-old pitched to a 13-5 record with a 2.77 ERA in 20 outings, and has big hopes for the Bronx Bombers this time around.

"This year I hope to have the shortest offseason among all 30 big league clubs," Tanaka stated.

The Yankees inked Tanaka to a seven-year, $155-million contract last offseason.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Thu Jan 29th, 2015 03:01 am
  PM Quote Reply
132nd Post
lobo316
Mr Basketball


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44641
Status: 
Offline
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart added a familiar face to his front-office staff Wednesday by hiring former teammate and World Series hero Joe Carter as a special assistant, the team announced.

Following an illustrious 16-year career in the major leagues - his legacy defined by his unforgettable walk-off home run in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series - Carter served as a broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs, but never held a position in a front office.

The Diamondbacks did not immediately disclose what Carter's new job will entail.

Stewart, incidentally, was wearing a Blue Jays uniform when Carter smacked the most memorable home run in franchise history more than two decades ago.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Thu Jan 29th, 2015 03:02 am
  PM Quote Reply
133rd Post
lobo316
Mr Basketball


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44641
Status: 
Offline
Gordon Beckham's underwhelming tenure with the White Sox ended when he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels in August, but the 28-year-old will get a chance in 2015 to reestablish himself in Chicago.

The White Sox agreed Wednesday to a one-year, $2-million deal with Beckham, who was selected eighth overall by Chicago in the 2008 draft.

Beckham enjoyed an auspicious start to his career with the White Sox, finishing fifth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2009 after hitting .270/.347/.460 with 14 home runs and 28 doubles over 103 games.

The Georgia native struggled in recent years, however, to replicate the success he enjoyed in his rookie campaign. Over the last five seasons, Beckham managed a meager 80 OPS+ while managing a mere 2.8 wins above replacement over 662 contests.

Beckham, though, saw time at second base, shortstop and third base last season, and will likely receive regular playing time with the White Sox after the club traded infielder Marcus Semien to the Oakland Athletics earlier this offseason.

In a corresponding move, the White Sox designated outfielder Dayan Viciedo for assignment to create a spot for Beckham on the 40-man roster.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Thu Jan 29th, 2015 08:48 pm
  PM Quote Reply
134th Post
lobo316
Mr Basketball


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44641
Status: 
Offline
Rob Manfred says the league continues to support the idea of an international draft, but baseball's new commissioner hinted at something even bigger Tuesday: an all-inclusive event.

"I think at some point the equities are such that we are going to end up with some sort of worldwide draft system," he told MLB Network Radio. "A single method of entry into the game."

Major League Baseball and the players' union have previously discussed the possibility of a worldwide draft, but it was unclear whether it would take the shape of a single global event or simply a second draft for international players.

The current rules in place favor international amateur free agents significantly more than high school and college players who go through the draft.

While top prospect Carlos Correa secured a $4.2-million bonus when the Houston Astros made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada stands to make considerably more as an international free agent.

The switch-hitting infielder is projected to land a signing bonus in the $30-million range in addition to a lucrative multi-year deal.

Manfred admitted that the discrepancies between the two formats have made the idea of an all-inclusive entry into the sport a top priority.

"We have proposed, in a number of rounds of bargaining, a worldwide draft," Manfred said.

The league previously said the idea of an international draft – let alone a worldwide system – would not be revisited until the current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2016 season.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Thu Jan 29th, 2015 10:18 pm
  PM Quote Reply
135th Post
lobo316
Mr Basketball


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44641
Status: 
Offline
NEW YORK - Former New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya is leaving his job as senior vice president of the San Diego Padres to become a special adviser to Major League Baseball Players Association head Tony Clark, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the hiring had not been made public. The union was expected to announce the decision later in the day.

The 56-year-old Minaya was born in the Dominican Republic and started in baseball management as a scout for the Texas Rangers, where he helped sign Sammy Sosa.

He became the major leagues' first Hispanic general manager with the Montreal Expos from February 2002 until September 2004. He left the Expos to become GM of his hometown Mets, who fired him after the 2010 season. He was hired by the Padres in December 2011.

Minaya follows the path of Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, who left his job as executive vice president/senior adviser of the Padres after a dozen years in December 2013 to become a special assistant to Clark. Minaya is reversing the path of former major leaguer Tony Bernazard, who was a special assistant for the union from 1992 until he left to work the Minaya and the Mets from 2004-09.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

Current time is 07:38 am Page:  First Page Previous Page  ...  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  ...  Next Page Last Page    
WowBB Forums > Sports And Wrestling > Sports Talk > 2015 Baseball Thread Top




UltraBB 1.172 Copyright © 2007-2013 Data 1 Systems