Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the Pirates are one of eight teams to check in on free agent Rafael Furcal, according to his agent. Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger, reported earlier this month that the Mets had also contacted the veteran shortstop. Furcal, 36, missed the entire 2013 season with St. Louis after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. The former National League Rookie of the Year in 2000, signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Cardinals […]
The Pittsburgh Pirates made a few roster moves Monday, but one of them popped out at me, Garrett Jones who was designated for assignment. Jones, 32, was eligible for arbitration for the third time and would have received a raise from his $4.5 million salary in 2013. Incidentally, about $500K more than what the Mets’ Ike Davis was making. The first baseman hit .233/.289/.419 with 26 doubles, 15 homers and 51 RBI last season, though he was solid the […]
I just read a solid all-encompassing article on the newest Mets Chris Young by ESPN’s Mark Simon. I’d encourage you all to read the full article here. Pros Young does two things as a hitter that would seem to be appealing to Mets management. One is that he hits for power, with four seasons of at least 20 home runs. And the kind of power that should survive Citi Field. Of his 12 home runs […]
Mets GM Sandy Alderson was a guest of Mike Francesa on WFAN this afternoon and spent a considerable amount of time discussing two of the team’s best pitching prospects, Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero. Alderson was adamant that Syndergaard would not be traded under any circumstances. “None.” The plan for these two exciting power arms will be similar to the tracks taken by Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey before them. Sandy said there was pretty […]
Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates were named American and National League Most Valuable Players tonight by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Cabrera finished with 385 points, while Mike Trout got five first-place votes and 282 points. Baltimore’s first baseman Chris Davis, who led the majors with 53 homers and 138 RBIs, was third. Cabrera, 30, is the first American Leaguer to win back-to-back MVPs since Frank Thomas in 1993 […]
The Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer won his first American League Cy Young Award, while the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw easily grabbed his second NL Cy Young in three years as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced winners this evening. Scherzer, the AL starter in the All-Star Game, went 21-3, leading the majors in wins and his league in WHIP while striking out a career high 240 batters and helping Detroit to its third […]
Rays outfielder Wil Myers and Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez are this year’s Rookie of the Year winners, as selected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Initially projected to open the season at Double-A Jacksonville, Fernandez instead found himself on the Opening Day roster due to a couple of injuries. The right-hander seized the moment, and at age 20, made his MLB debut on April 7. Fernandez finished 12-6, and his 2.19 ERA was […]
The Atlanta Braves announced Monday they will leave Turner Field and move into a 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium about 10 miles from downtown Atlanta in 2017. Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller said the team decided not to seek another 20-year lease at Turner Field and began talks with the Cobb Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority in July. The Braves released a statement to the fans on their website. “The reason for moving […]
MLB announced the 2013 Silver Slugger Award winners on Wednesday night. Here they are with multiple career winners in parentheses. AMERICAN LEAGUE C – Joe Mauer, Twins (5) 1B – Chris Davis, Orioles (1) 2B – Robinson Cano, Yankees (5) SS – J.J. Hardy, Orioles (1) 3B – Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (5) OF – Mike Trout, Angels (2) OF – Adam Jones, Orioles (1) OF – Torii Hunter, Tigers (2) DH – David Ortiz, Red […]
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