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 Posted: Sat Feb 22nd, 2014 04:43 am
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Billy Hamilton is a very impatient person.

''I do everything fast,'' Cincinnati's speedy outfielder said, not wasting a moment before launching into an answer. ''You can tell I talk fast. I eat fast. I want to get everything done. I feel like I've got to be moving every time I'm doing something.''

Only 13 steals into his big league career, the 23-year-old center fielder has run all the way to the top of the Reds order. Hamilton will be getting everything started for Cincinnati this season. He takes over for Shin-Soo Choo, who had one of the best seasons by a leadoff hitter last year and left as a free agent.

The Reds considered other options for the top spot, but none panned out. So Hamilton - with only 13 major league games on his statistics sheet - gets a chance to show he can do some record-setting things while covering the 90 feet that separates the bases in blink-of-an-eye times.

''It's like more of a dream come true, something I've really wanted,'' Hamilton said.

Back in Cincinnati, they're already wearing ''Run Billy Run'' shirts and waiting for the first time he reaches base and gets the entire ballpark on its feet and focused on his feet. Fans got a preview of what he can do during one blur of a month last season.

Hamilton got his first promotion to the majors in September. The Reds decided to use him as a pinch-runner late in games to try to steal a big run. He'd already led five minor leagues in stolen bases and set a professional record by swiping 155 bases in 2012 at Single-A and Double-A.

He quickly became a sensation, helping the Reds reach the playoffs for the third time in four seasons. He led the majors with 13 steals in September, getting caught only once. He was thrown out in his final attempt by Mets catcher Juan Centeno.

That month showed him he could outrun even the best catchers in the majors.

''That helped me out a lot,'' Hamilton said. ''That gave me much confidence. It showed me what it would be like to be up there every day. So it gave me a little motivation to want to get to that level and stay there. My confidence this offseason has been great.''

Last September, he started three games and went 7 for 14 with a pair of doubles and six steals. He swiped four bases in his first career start in Houston.

The question is whether he's ready to handle major league pitching on a regular basis. Hamilton has played only one season at Triple-A. He batted .256 and had an on-base percentage of only .308 last season at Louisville. (By comparison, Choo's on-base percentage was .423.) He also stole 75 bases in 90 attempts.

Ready or not, it's his job.

''Right now, we're going to start spring training and Billy will lead off,'' manager Bryan Price said, adding, ''There's a long way to go before we make season-long commitments to anything.''

Hamilton played winter baseball in Puerto Rico, working on getting on base. He spent part of the winter in Arizona working with Delino DeShields, who manages the Reds' Double-A team in Pensacola and stole 463 bases during his major league career.

The main subject: bunting.

''That's going to be a big part of my game,'' Hamilton said. ''I have to use that to get a little pressure off myself. This year there's going to be a lot more bunting than in the past.''

Price will try to lessen the pressure on Hamilton by keeping the focus on other parts of the lineup.

''We're not going to ask anybody to carry too much of the load,'' Price said. ''If we're going to be the team we think we can be, we've got to disperse the responsibility in our lineup and we've got to improve - not just hoping Billy can handle the leadoff spot but hoping to get more production form the other seven guys who are going to be in lineup on a regular basis and also asking our bench to give us energy and performance.''

That's all well and good, so long as Hamilton can get on base at an acceptable rate.

Before one workout this week, Hamilton walked through the clubhouse wearing a gray t-shirt that pretty much summed up what he's hoping to show during the season. There were two words on the front of the shirt.

''Speed Kills.''

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Report: Orioles and Nelson Cruz agree to a one-year, $8 million contract

D.J. Short

Feb 22, 2014, 10:27 AM EST

UPDATE: Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Orioles and Cruz have agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract, pending a physical. The deal includes $750,000 in incentives, but it looks like a potential bargain addition for Baltimore as they attempt to make a run at the postseason.

As for Cruz, settling for a one-year, $8 million guarantee is obviously not what he had in mind at the start of the offseason. However, a number of factors had an impact on his market, including draft pick compensation, questions about how he’ll perform after his PED suspension and away from Texas, as well as his age and poor defense. On the bright side, if he has a nice year in Baltimore, perhaps he’ll get a better payday next offseason.

8:50 a.m. ET: After making a move for a starting pitcher earlier this week by signing right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year, $50 million contract, the Orioles are now on the verge of adding a bat. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Baltimore is closing in on a deal for free agent slugger Nelson Cruz.

No word yet on the terms involved and Heyman writes that a couple of issues still need to be resolved, but a deal is seen as “extremely likely.” The Orioles would surrender their second-round pick (and the corresponding draft pool money) in order to sign Cruz, as they already gave up their first-rounder for Jimenez. It’s unclear whether signing Cruz officially takes the Orioles out of the mix for Ervin Santana, but it’s safe to say that they fully intend to contend this season.

The Orioles are unsettled in the DH spot, so given Cruz’s poor reputation on defense, he should be a good fit there. It could also help keep him healthy, which has been an issue for him in previous since and should be a consideration as he moves toward his mid-30s.

Cruz was limited to 109 games last season due to his 50-game PED suspension, but he still hit .266/.327/.506 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI. The 33-year-old has 135 home runs over the past five seasons. Only 16 players have more in the same timespan.



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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Barry Bonds is all set to return to the San Francisco Giants. As a spring training instructor, that is.
The all-time home run leader who never officially retired is expected to arrive during the second week of March. Manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that he's looking forward to having the 49-year-old Bonds in camp and thinks he can help the hitters.
Bonds spent his last 15 seasons with the Giants, finishing in 2007. He has not been elected to the Hall of Fame, with many voters saying his lofty numbers were boosted by performance-enhancing drugs.
Bonds set major league records with 762 career home runs and 73 in 2001. He also had a .444 career on-base percentage and a .607 slugging percentage and stole 514 bases.
He'll join former Giants Jeff Kent, Robb Nen, Will Clark and J.T. Snow as special instructors.
Kent and Bonds were involved in a highly publicized feud during the 2002 season, which reached its peak in June, when the two engaged in a shoving match in the dugout that was caught on camera.
Bonds' final contract with the Giants included a 10-year services deal following his retirement, which included spring training visits. The seven-time MVP has made limited public appearances since his final season, and has been embroiled in legal trouble.
Bonds remains a fan favorite in San Francisco, enjoying a warm reception any time he's introduced at AT&T Park, the Giants' home park.
Matt Cain, the Giants' longest active tenured player, was Bonds' teammate between 2005-07. Tim Lincecum made his major league debut in 2007.
Bonds also holds the big league records for walks in a season (232 in 2004, including a record 120 intentional walks) and in a career (2,558).
Bonds was a .298 hitter during a 22-year career. He had a .609 on-base percentage and .812 slugging percentage in 2004.
Overall, Bonds homered against 449 different pitchers. He shares the major league record with his father, Bobby Bonds, for most seasons (5) with 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases.
He hit eight home runs in the 2002 postseason and holds the record for highest slugging percentage (1.294 in 2002) in a World Series.

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Official wording of the new " no home plate collision " rule:

"A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate).  If, in the judgment of the Umpire, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) in such a manner, the Umpire shall declare the runner out (even if the player covering home plate loses possession of the ball).

 Unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score.  If, in the judgment of the Umpire, the catcher, without possession of the ball, blocks the pathway of the runner, the Umpire shall call or signal the runner safe."



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MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro suffered a hamstring injury and will miss 7-10 days of spring training, manager Rick Renteria announced Monday morning.


"It's similar to what happened to him last year at this time," Renteria said. "Just being cautious with him. It shouldn't set him back at all for the regular season."

Castro injured his right hamstring sliding into second base on a steal attempt in the first inning in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Last year, Castro injured his left hamstring running the bases in a game and missed two weeks of spring training.

"It's not too bad like last year," Castro said Sunday after the game. "It [hurts] just a little bit. It's early right now. I'll take a couple days and be back again."

Renteria said that starting second baseman Darwin Barney will see time at shortstop as will Emilio Bonifacio. Top prospect Javier Baez will also get more playing time in Castro's absence. He's slated to start on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Cleveland Indians have acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations.

The Indians also said Sunday that they had designated infielder David Cooper for assignment.

The 28-year-old Sellers played 82 games for the Dodgers in the past three years, hitting .199 with three home runs and 17 RBIs. He split time at shortstop, second base and third base.

The 27-year-old Cooper finished last season in Triple-A for Cleveland. He hit .300 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 45 games for Toronto in 2012 before sustaining a serious back injury while diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt.

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Baltimore signed Johan Santana to a minor league deal today.

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The Baltimore Orioles made it official on Tuesday and signed two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Santana last pitched in the majors with the New York Mets in August 2012 and spent the 2013 season recovering from shoulder surgery performed in April. He needed to have a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder repaired for the second time after experiencing weakness during spring training last March.

The veteran lefty, who turns 35 later this month, first sat out the entire 2011 season after a similar injury in September 2010. He returned for the start of the 2012 campaign and made 21 starts for the Mets, posting a record of 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA.

Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history on June 1, 2012, needing 134 pitches to accomplish the feat. He wasn't the same afterward, with a mark of just 3-7 and an 8.27 ERA over his next 10 starts. Battling ankle, back and shoulder issues, the Mets shut him down for good in mid-August.

Following his shoulder problems from last year, the Mets decided not to pick up his contract option for 2014.

Since arriving in the majors during the 2000 season with Minnesota, the native of Venezuela has compiled a 139-78 record and 3.20 ERA in 360 appearances (284 starts). He won the AL Cy Young Award in 2004 and '06 for the Twins, while finishing third in NL voting two years later in his first season for New York.



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History was made Monday in a game I listened to on MLB.com



FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Major League Baseball launched its new replay era Monday, when Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons unsuccessfully challenged a close play at first base in the sixth inning of his team's game with the Minnesota Twins.

The game was the first spring training game in history to use MLB's new replay technology, which allows for the review of a wide variety of calls. Replay also was used in the Los Angeles Angels' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks later in the day in Scottsdale, Ariz., and was available for the Chicago Cubs-Milwaukee Brewers matchup in Phoenix.

With two outs in the sixth and a runner at second base, Twins right fielder Chris Rahl bounced what looked like a routine hopper to Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki.

Kawasaki's throw to first was high and forced first baseman Jared Goedert to leap to catch it. Goedert came down and appeared to touch the bag at about the same time that Rahl reached first base.


First-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth signaled safe, and Gibbons immediately popped out of the dugout and informed Culbreth he wanted to challenge the call.

"I'm not too sure that you're not right here," Culbreth said Gibbons told him, "but since we haven't done it before, let's go take a look."

Culbreth answered: "OK. That's what it's for."

Culbreth and the plate umpire walked over to the visitors' dugout and donned headsets while they awaited the ruling from replay umpire Brian O'Nora. During the season, plays will be reviewed at MLB offices in New York. However, plays in this game were reviewed by a crew in a satellite truck outside the stadium. O'Nora was one of three umpires who rotated for a three-inning turn as the replay umpire in charge.

After a 2-minute, 34-second wait -- about twice as long as MLB officials say most reviews will take once the system is fully up and running -- Culbreth removed his headset and again signaled that Rahl was safe, although replays indicated he might have been out. The umpires made no announcement to the crowd at Lee County Sports Complex.

During the wait, Rahl said he realized he perhaps was part of history.

"It's kind of funny. I was thinking, 'Is this the first one?' " he said.

Later in the game, Culbreth rotated and took a turn in the truck, confirming another safe call at first base.

In the eighth inning, Doug Bernier of the Twins was called safe on a close play. Culbreth studied the replay and confirmed the call in about 2½ minutes.

"I'm looking at this thing as, this is the future of the game. And I'm going to treat these games here the same way that I'm going to treat them during the regular season," Culbreth said.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia also wasted little time in using his challenge.

In the top of the second, Luis Jimenez of the Angels tried to steal second. Catcher Bobby Wilson's throw was high but second-base umpire Bill Miller ruled that Aaron Hill tagged the runner out.

Scioscia bounded out of the dugout and charged toward Miller to argue, just like managers always have done.

Instead, though, he chose to use his challenge. After two of the umpires made a quick visit to the Angels' dugout to communicate with the replay umpire, the call was upheld.

"We weren't trying to make a mockery out of it," Scioscia said of using the challenge so soon. "We thought it was a pretty close play."

There was only one angle available with the limited camera work of a spring training telecast.

"If we have 15 angles of that," Scioscia said, "there's a possibility it gets reversed."

That review took 2:31.

Since he lost the challenge, Scioscia had no more. Under the new rules, each manager has one challenge. If the first challenge is successful, the manager gets a second. From the seventh inning on, if the manager is out of challenges, the umpire can decide to have the play reviewed.

"I don't think it's going to take much time in the logistics. That will smooth out," he said. "As far as the strategy of it, that's going to take a lot. It might be something you win, but you know you need that challenge to save the big play somewhere."

Before Monday's game, Gibbons said he was curious about the system but not necessarily eager to be the first manager to challenge a call.

"It's not like I can't wait to do it," he said. "I'm kind of interested to see how things play out. You hope maybe you can get a play that you can try it.

"And the good thing is," he joked, "if you screw it up, it doesn't count. It's only spring training."

Each team in the majors will have at least five exhibition games with the new system in place. In January, owners approved the use of additional video replay to review most calls other than balls-and-strikes. Previously, umpires could go to replay only to review home runs and boundary calls.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and Arizona's Kirk Gibson did not use their challenges Monday. Neither did Cubs manager Rick Renteria nor the Brewers' Ron Roenicke.

Gibson said he thought about contesting a close play when Paul Goldschmidt nearly beat out a grounder but said he decided it was 50-50 and not worth it.

"I think it's going to be a lot more complicated than we thought," Gibson said. "We had a lot of conversation during the game."

For the Angels-Diamondbacks game, the replay trailer was set up in the parking lot behind center field. Teams are allowed to have a person to watch the game on television and advise the managers via phone whether it would be worth it for the call to be challenged.

The Angels communicated via walkie talkie Monday but there will be a dedicated phone line for each team in the major league parks.

Some critics of expanded replay worried that challenges would delay the game too much. Culbreth said he didn't think that would be a problem and pointed at the benefits.

"It will work itself out. I think time really isn't going to be an issue in the end," he said. "And if it is, it's about getting the play right in the end, anyhow."

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New players' union chief Tony Clark did not use the harsh language his predecessors sometimes did when discussing the New York Mets' paltry payroll, but he indicated there is an awareness of the lack of spending.

The Mets enter the season with roughly an $87 million payroll, which is estimated to be seventh-lowest in MLB, despite playing in the game's largest market.

"Let me offer you this: If there are concerns, what often ends up happening is we have an opportunity, along with Major League Baseball, to sit down and discuss perhaps what the game plan might be or could be going forward," said Clark, who played for the Mets in 2003.

"Is New York one of the marquee franchises? Yes. Will they always be? Yes. Are we paying attention in general? Yes."

The Post recently reported that a current team loan, due to be refinanced, had payroll constraints written into the terms by lenders.

"No, we are not aware of that," said Clark, who spoke with media in Port St. Lucie after the union had its annual meeting with players.

The Mets also have disputed that reported language.

Clark also offered on that subject: "We're not consulted necessarily on the loans that are made by clubs, but we can appreciate when there is special language or special covenants in any particular loan and how that may manifest itself in the decision-making. Those are conversations that we will always have."

On the Mets' spending level, Clark said: "Suffice it to say, whether it's New York or any other team, obviously one of our responsibilities as a union is making sure that we protect the interests of the players, and obviously support the interests and the advancement of the game in general. So any time there are concerns or issues with any club related to certain habits or trends, we pay attention to them."

Asked if he has received any assurances from the Wilpons or Sandy Alderson about future spending levels, Clark said: "Rest assured, any conversations that we may be having with management likely won't end up in the newspaper. But, again, I'll go back to where I started: We will always stay engaged from top to bottom with any club, at least related to any concerns we may have and how those concerns manifest themselves against the backdrop of the CBA in general."

Clark also addressed free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew remaining unsigned, which is partly related to draft-pick compensation being attached to his signing.

"It's very much a concern," Clark said. "Any time you have players on the free-agent market who are still sitting at home come March 3 or 4 or whatever day it is that I think everyone would agree can have a positive impact on any club they would happen to play on, it is a concern. It is a topic that we pay a lot of attention to, because we don't think it's in anyone's interest to have some of the top players in the game sitting at home and not playing on the field."

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The Atlanta Braves, who have been ravaged by injuries to their starting rotation this spring, have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent pitcher Ervin Santana.

The deal is worth approximately $14 million, a source told ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas. The Braves announced the deal Wednesday morning on their official Twitter account.


The Braves have agreed to terms with RHP Ervin Santana on a one-year Major League contract. Santana will wear uniform number 30.

- Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 12, 2014
Santana, 31, was widely considered the best remaining available pitcher on the open market and was linked to multiple teams over the past several weeks.

A nine-year veteran, Santana already had received one-year offers from the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays, along with a three-year offer from the Minnesota Twins, the source confirmed to Rojas.


Santana went 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA in 32 starts last season with the Kansas City Royals, who would receive a first-round draft pick as compensation from whichever team the right-hander signs with.

Santana owns a 105-90 record with a 4.19 ERA over 268 career games with the Royals and Los Angeles Angels. The former All-Star should help stabilize an Atlanta rotation that could be without Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy for the start of the regular season.

Medlen has an injured elbow and will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, who performed Tommy John surgery on the right-hander's elbow in 2010.

Beachy, who has been limited to 18 starts over the past two seasons while battling elbow ailments, exited Monday's spring start because of tightness in his elbow/forearm area. Minor underwent urinary tract surgery Dec. 31 and is struggling with shoulder soreness.

Julio Teheran hasn't allowed a run all spring training after pitching four shutout innings against Philadelphia on Tuesday and is likely to be joined in the starting rotation by Alex Wood, who pitches Wednesday against Washington in a split-squad game.

Rookie David Hale was impressive during a call-up to the Braves in September, but he has struggled a bit this spring training.

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Report: Jose Iglesias could miss most of the 2014 season

Bill Baer

Mar 15, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT

Earlier, D.J. Short wondered if the Tigers would make a play for free agent Stephen Drew after it was reported that shortstop Jose Iglesias would begin the season on the disabled list with shin splints. It may be worse than the Tigers expected. ESPN’s Jim Bowden is reporting that Iglesias could miss most of the 2014 season. As a result, they indeed will be expected to pursue Drew.

The Tigers acquired Iglesias from the Red Sox in a three-team trade at the end of July which also involved the White Sox. In 148 plate appearances, he posted a meager .654 OPS but did provide above-average work with the glove. If the Tigers don’t wind up with Drew, Hernan Perez would be on track to be the club’s Opening Day shortstop.



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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.


Hughes won today and is now 14-8 for the Twins.



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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.


Hughes won today and is now 14-8 for the Twins.
Of course. Another guy (Eddie Whitson, Carl Pavano, Kevin Brown, Jeff Weaver, Javy Vazquez, Kenny Rogers, Aj Burnett, etc...) who couldn't handle NY.


It would be nice to see the Yankees get killed by the White Sox and then they can trade maybe Kuroda and McCarthy for some younger players.  The Angels need pitching badly.  I hate Brian Cashman!

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HBF wrote: clawmaster wrote: 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

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.


Hughes won today and is now 14-8 for the Twins.
Of course. Another guy (Eddie Whitson, Carl Pavano, Kevin Brown, Jeff Weaver, Javy Vazquez, Kenny Rogers, Aj Burnett, etc...) who couldn't handle NY.


It would be nice to see the Yankees get killed by the White Sox and then they can trade maybe Kuroda and McCarthy for some younger players.  The Angels need pitching badly.  I hate Brian Cashman!

Hughes could handle NY just fine.  He was lights out in the bullpen for 2 years in plenty of pressure situations.  What he couldn't handle was being a starter and having to go 7 innings with that short right field porch.  I knew he would do well in MN.

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