A source told MMO on Saturday that the New York Mets have not contacted free agent Cory Hart or made any offer to the former Brewers first baseman. “There’s been a few teams, but the Mets are not one of them.” Last week, Hart said that while there’s been plenty of interest in him from teams in both the AL and NL, there’s some hesitation until he gets medical clearance from doctors. “What’s so hard right now […]
Sandy Alderson is suffering from sticker shock. He’s so shocked you could slam a baseball bat against a wall he’s sitting by and he wouldn’t even flinch. He’s so shocked you have to tazer him just to get him to blink. He’s so shocked … eh, you get the idea. Lets see… $75 million for Nelson Cruz? Jhonny Peralta for $50 million? Both coming off of PED suspensions? Mind blowing. MLB’s new TV contract (a […]
I just finished reading the full transcript of what Ryan Braun said in his press conference with reporters this morning. A media session that lasted 30 minutes and yielded anything of substance. You can read the full Q&A here, but don’t expect much in the way of answers to the questions that were posed to him. Why did you lie? “Obviously I’ve been through a lot and as I expressed in my statement that I […]
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with free agent righthander Dan Haren. The deal includes an option for 2015 that vests if Haren throws 180 innings next season. Haren, 33, struggled last season going 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA in 169.2 innings for the Washington Nationals. The veteran starter missed three weeks of the season with shoulder inflammation, but was dominant for the Nats after his return from […]
Eric Young said that he is preparing to play both in the outfield and second base going into his first spring training with the Mets, reports Kristie Ackert of the Daily News. Young said that no one in the Mets organization has discussed his role at second base or the outfield for 2014. He said he was approached about the possibility of starting at second in the aftermath of David Wright’s injury in August, but […]
If you thought the Phillies were nuts for re-signing catcher Carlos Ruiz for three years and $26 million, I would disagree. At first I thought it was a bad deal too, but the more I thought about it, the more I warmed up to it. Ruiz, who turns 35 in January, has spent his entire career with the Phillies. He played a key role in helping them win five straight NL East titles from 2007-11 and […]
Free agent outfielder/first baseman Corey Hart said that while there’s been plenty of interest in him from teams in both the AL and NL, there’s some hesitation until he gets medical clearance from doctors. “What’s so hard right now is I don’t get cleared until Dec. 3,” Hart said. “We have plenty of teams calling and checking in to see how I’m doing, but until the doctor says I’m 100%, they’re going to hold off until […]
Tom Verducci wrote an excellent analysis of the starting pitching market this offseason in an article for Sports Illustrated and SI.com. The longtime sports editor determined that the free agent market is loaded with pitchers that are the “baseball versions of a ’61 Corvette — only in poor condition.” The pool of 30-plus starters includes four former Cy Young Award winners (Bartolo Colon, Roy Halladay, Johan Santana and Barry Zito). Let’s remove veteran pitchers who are in line for […]
The Phillies have reached an agreement on a two-year, $16 million deal with free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. However, late last night it was learned that the deal includes a vesting option for a third year. ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported that the $8 million club option for 2016 vests if he gets 600 plate appearances in 2015, or if he totals 1,100 plate appearances over 2014-15 and has at least […]
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