tolo, Bartolo Colon, braves
Team Bartolo moves south to Atlanta! Braves sign Bartolo Colon! *UPDATE: Colon will make $12.5 million in 2017. That’s more than he’s made since he was with the Angels in 2007. **UPDATE #2: See Noah Syndergaard’s reaction to the news of Bartolo’s departure from the Mets at the end of this post. The Atlanta Braves are not kidding around when it comes to their intent on winning in 2017, the year their new stadium will be having its grand opening.  They’ve now made their second signing in two days taking Bartolo Colon off the free agent market. Thursday, the Braves […]

Braves weren’t kidding; Serious about winning in new stadium, sign ...

free agent signing
The seal has been broken by the Atlanta Braves. They’ve made the first free agent signing of the offseason; R.A. Dickey. The #Braves today agreed to terms with R.A. Dickey (@RADickey43) on a 1-year MLB contract for the 2017 season with a club option for 2018. — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) November 10, 2016 Dickey, who turned 42 on October 29, was a first round draft pick of the Texas Rangers – way back in 1996. He spent a significant amount of time playing for the Rangers, New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays with short stints in Seattle., Milwaukee […]

Braves make first free agent signing of the year

hill, vesting option
There’s a saying in Oakland, an old adage that is often used not only by the fans but by the television broadcasters, beat writers, bloggers, columnists, the players and even Athletics’ manager Bob Melvin. “As Coco goes, so go the A’s” For most of Coco Crisp’s six-plus seasons in Oakland, that has seemed to have been the case. His timely hits, speed on the bases and in the field and overall demeanor in the clubhouse have made him the A’s leader. When Crisp is around the A’s seem to have a special spark. Now the A’s front office has a […]

What will the A’s do about Coco Crisp’s vesting option?

lineup, sweep, free agent contract, Josh Reddick
Will the A’s extend Reddick’s contract? Not long ago, just as position players were starting to show up at their respective spring training camps, Josh Reddick gave the Oakland A’s a sort of ultimatum. He told them that he wouldn’t negotiate a new long-term contract during the season, which is not all that unusual. Many players don’t like to engage in any kind of contractual talks during the season, so as not to distract them from doing their jobs. While that was one of Reddick’s main points as well, his ultimatum came with a second caveat. He wanted his representation and […]

The A’s won’t be extending Reddick’s contract

opt-out clauses, cespedes, committed to cespedes
Cespedes signs for three-years with Mets, includes one-year opt-out Yoenis Cespedes wasn’t looking for a three-year deal and it was rumored that the Washington Nationals were willing to give him the five-year, $100 million deal he was, more or less, looking for. Even more rumors whispered that he was holding out on the Nationals for a sixth year. They went further still saying that the outfielder, who went on a two month tear that helped turn the New York Mets’ 2015 season around after they acquired him from the Detroit Tigers at the July 31st trade deadline, wanted to stay […]

Popularity of opt-out clauses and Yoenis Cespedes

Is Gallardo the right choice for Houston? It’s no secret that the Houston Astros have an interest in right-handed starter Yovani Gallardo, the best free agent pitcher left on the market. They need to add some depth and stability to their starting pitching staff. Gallardo could provide the stability that they crave to be able to go deeper into the postseason. With their bullpen now shored up by the addition of potential closer Ken Giles, who was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies back in December, and the team’s very potent offense, the only real improvement the Astros could […]

Gallardo perfect fit for Astros but may come at high ...

Alex Gordon, round table
There was no way Alex Gordon was ever going to don another uniform The Kansas City Royals wouldn’t really seem like the same World Champion Kansas City Royals without Alex Gordon, would they? And how would Gordon look in some other team’s uniform? Yeah, I thought so. The two parties agreed to a deal Wednesday and is expected to be made official Thursday. The Royals get their left fielder back and Gordon gets the job security he was likely seeking with the team that he began his career with.  Gordon has had his ups and downs but the Royals have […]

Gordon, Royals reunite and it’s no surprise

opt-out clauses, cespedes, committed to cespedes
Why hasn‘t anyone committed to Cespedes? Yoenis Cespedes is one of the biggest names free still left on the free agent market. He probably didn’t expect to find himself without a job in January but no one has committed to Cespedes yet.That doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for outfielders; other big names are still looking for the right offer. Alex Gordon and Justin Upton are both looking for homes in 2016 and beyond. There are more than a few teams that are on the lookout for an outfielder as well, specifically for Cespedes. The Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, San […]

No one’s committed to Cespedes, For the Angels it should ...

Iwakuma, dodgers
Dipoto swipes Iwakuma right out from under Dodgers Just earlier this week I wrote that the Seattle Mariners’ new general manager Jerry Dipoto had been busy this offseason and while some of his moves seemed questionable, overall he’d done a good job remaking the Mariners with what he was given to work with. Now, it’s quite obvious that despite a questionable move here and there, Dipoto is very good at his job. Late Thursday night Dipoto and the Mariners announced that they had re-signed starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. Yes, you heard that correctly and yes, may seem confusing. The 34-year-old […]

Dipoto moves swiftly, swipes Iwakuma away from Dodgers

Heyward chooses Cubs, snubs Cardinals Outfielder Jason Heyward, the most important position player on the free agent market, has been signed by the Chicago Cubs. He chose not to return to the St. Louis Cardinals where he played one-year with the Cardinals after being traded last offseason from the Atlanta Braves. The news was first reported by Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times and has since been confirmed by MLB insiders like CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports’. Cubs get heyward — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 11, 2015 In 2015 Heyward won his third Gold Glove Award in right […]

Free agent OF Jason Heyward chooses the Chicago Cubs

second tier pitchers
Now that the Greinke saga is over, second tier pitchers should begin to fall like dominoes On Friday, one of the top pitchers in all of baseball surprised the baseball world as it was announced that he had not signed, as expected, with either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the San Francisco Giants. The entire week had people speculating NorCal or SoCal, NorCal or SoCal? Well, think spring training, west coast spring training. Salt River Fields ring a bell? Well, if it doesn’t (it’s the spring training home of the team Greinke signed with) then I’ll just go ahead and […]

Second tier pitchers should move quickly with Greinke signed

Yovani Gallardo
Should the Rangers go with Yovani Gallardo? Back in August, I wrote that the Texas Rangers were smart to hold on to Yovani Gallardo while adding Cole Hamels to their rotation. It worked, as it took the Rangers from virtual obscurity to 2015 American League West champions and into the postseason. Of course, a myriad of other factors helped the Rangers make their incredible second-half run. Yet you can’t look past the combination of Hamels and Gallardo as a major reason for the team’s comeback. Hamels struggled at first with the transition from Philadelphia to Arlington, but Gallardo backed him up with […]

Rangers need to re-sign Yovani Gallardo