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The Atlanta Braves have made several moves already this off season to strengthen their core and also to add to their ranks. In a bit of a quieter fashion, the Braves have steadily made changes to the team that could be a playoff contender again in 2011.
First, they made a trade for Marlins slugger Dan Uggla. This brings power to the line up and a steady force in the infield. Uggla gives the Braves another potent bat in their lineup with which they can face the NL and contend for another playoff run in 2011. The Braves made this trade with relatively little in the way of loss and... (more)
If reports are to be believed, the Red Sox are looking to power up for next season. Reports have the Red Sox meeting with Carl Crawford and have met with both Crawford and his reps in Houston. Reports also have the Sox meeting the Werth and his agent Scott Boras in a hotel near the airport in Chicago.
From all of the accounts I have read on these subjects, the Red Sox seem more focused on Crawford instead of Werth. Terry Francona has been quoted as saying that Crawford is a "game changer." Dustin Pedroia has stated that Crawford is a "5 tool player." It seems apparent that the Red... (more)
Tuesday night at 11:59 pm ET the first part of free agent arbitration ends. In this section of the arbitration game, teams have to decide whether to offer salary arbitration to those of their free agents ranked in the Elias Sports Bureau rankings. Offering such arbitration is the only way teams can assure 2011 First-Year Player Draft-pick compensation for free agents who leave the team by getting the signing team's first- or second-round choice plus a sandwich pick for Type A's, a sandwich pick for Type B's.
Arbitration offers also bring a great deal of risk for teams depending on... (more)
The Rockies traded middle infielder Clint Barmes to the Houston Astros for Felipe Paulino. It only takes a minute to see that the Rockies are rocking the wrong end of the deal on that trade.
Barmes has played both 2nd base and shortstop for the Rockies. Barmes hit .235 in 133 games in 2010, with 21 doubles, eight home runs and 50 RBIs and appeared in 665 games splitting time between 2nd and short. This past season, he started 69 games at 2nd and 39 games at shortstop filling in on 32 of 33 games at short while Tulowitski was on the 15-day DL, hitting .284 in that span with three home... (more)
...Texas Rangers, will be named today as the new manager of the Pirates. Hurdle, was up for the managing job with the New York Mets and would have gone for a 2nd interview there this week, but instead decided to choose to manage the Pirates instead. His decision is not entirely based on baseball though.
Hurdle has an 8-year-old daughter named Madison who was born with the very rare Prader-Willi syndrome. Hurdle and his family were able to get great treatment for her condition in Denver with Children's Hospital there. In Pittsburgh, they will have access to The Children's... (more)
On Monday, the award for 2010 Rookie of the Year will be announced. This year's pool is more about quality over quantity.
Neftali Feliz, RHP, Rangers (4-3, 2.73 ERA, 40 saves)
Austin Jackson, CF, Tigers (.293, 4 HR, 41 RBIs, 27 SB)
Wade Davis, RHP, Rays (12-10, 4.07 ERA, 168 IP, 113 Ks)
Also worth consideration: Brennan Boesch, OF, Tigers; Reid Brignac, IF, Rays; Jason Donald, SS, Indians; Brian Matusz, Orioles; Will Rhymes, 2B, Tigers; Chris Sale, LHP, White Sox; Sergio Santos, RHP, White Sox; Carlos Santana, C, Indians;... (more)
There were three teams in the MLB that had the longest championship-less droughts. The Chicago Cubs, the Cleveland Indians, and the San Francisco Giants.
Edgar Renteria's three-run homer in the seventh inning took the Giants off of that list as the underdog Giants defeated the American League Champion Texas Rangers 3-1 on Monday night to clinch their first World Series title since they won it as the New York Giants back in 1954.
To make Renteria's home run even sweeter, he drilled the homer off the man who was thought to be untouchable, Rangers southpaw Cliff Lee.
I've definitely been off my prediction game this year. In previous years, I had a really good record. A REALLY good record. Not so this year. But what the heck, might as well continue now that I've started.
The World Series starts tonight. It's the Texas Rangers vs the San Francisco Giants. Two unlikely participants, or unlikely in most predictors minds. But here they are. The Giants back for a repeat appearance and the first time Rangers. Lots of storylines with these two teams. Both teams have their strengths and weaknesses. Both teams beat really good teams to get to the... (more)
I was wrong. I was wrong about the Rangers and I was wrong about the Giants. I generally am pretty accurate about sports predictions especially baseball, but this time I was completely and utterly wrong.
I said that the Rangers wouldn't beat the Rays. Wrong. I said that the Rangers probably wouldn't beat the Yankees. That the Yankees would somehow come back to win. Wrong. I said the Rangers wouldn't go to the World Series. Wrong. Not only did they get to the World Series for the first time in their franchise history - they did it convincingly. The Rangers are for real and as... (more)
...Yankees have so much respect for him as a player, the intentionally walked him 3 times in Friday night's game. But more importantly, Hamilton has turned his life around. His teammates love him. They have Mountain Dew celebrations just for him after they win.
Colby Lewis was playing baseball in Japan last year. He couldn't buy a job in MLB. But the Rangers took a chance on him and on Friday night he pitched 8 innings of 3 hit baseball against the Yankees. He helped his team to win the game and give Cliff Lee the opportunity to pitch game 1 of the World Series. Lewis, who... (more)