Hot Stove

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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 ...

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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

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A’s may have the chance to fix the mistake they made with Bartolo Colon There are rumors. That’s all they are however, rumors. The rumors are about everyone’s favorite pitcher. Back on May 8th of this year I wrote about this pitcher and the cult following he’s developed. It’s only developed recently, even though he’s played 19 seasons in the big leagues. Of course I am talking about Bartolo Colon. Colon began developing a following during the 2013 season while playing in Oakland. At the age of 40 he put up numbers that were as good or better than the year […]

A’s need to right mistake they made in ’13 & ...

Future Hall of Famer Beltre should remain with Rangers Third baseman Adrian Beltre has spent nearly a third of his 18-year big-league career with the Texas Rangers. He will be eligible for free agency next fall, but he would like to finish his career with the team he has had his best years with. The aging Beltre will be 37 this season, and while that may seem old for a contract extension, he’d like to remain with the team he’s called home for the last five years, saying recently, “If they want me, I guess I will probably be here.” President of baseball operations […]

Rangers should extend Beltre’s contract sooner than later

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At FanRag Sports Network‘s Major League Baseball site Today’s Knuckleball we often do a round table where a group of writers from the site all weigh in on certain pertinent questions regarding different events in Major League Baseball. This could be anything from trade deadline moves to the World Series to the offseason. This round table is has to do with what we, as professional baseball writers, thought about what has happened over the offseason from moves that have been made to predictions on what is still to come before Opening Day. To read the full round table discussion please follow […]

TKB’s best & worst of the offseason round table discussion

Henderson Alvarez
Alvarez has had his share of injuries but he could easily return to form in 2016 The Oakland Athletics announced Monday that the deal between the team and 25-year-old starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez had officially been completed. Despite being an All-Star in 2014 and throwing a no-hitter on the final day of the 2013 regular season, he was non-tendered by his former team the Miami Marlins on December 2. The Marlins it seems didn’t want to tender Alvarez a contract due to the fact that he had missed the majority of the 2015 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. It’s true […]

A’s remember how good a healthy Henderson Alvarez could be

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Has Jerry Dipoto done enough to improve Seattle’s bullpen? Jerry Dipoto, the new general manager of the Seattle Mariners, has been busy, busier than any other GM in baseball this offseason. He has improved his team, if not drastically then incrementally across the board, by making smaller changes to try and build around the team’s core (and most expensive players): Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz. Dipoto has done so without a strong farm system to pull/trade from or the money to sign a big-name free agent. There is no doubt that the Mariners should be better […]

Seattle’s bullpen may be their undoing in 2016

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Are the Angels building a team that’s good enough to surround Mike Trout? What have the Los Angeles Angels been doing this offseason? It’s a legitimate question. It certainly doesn’t seem as though they’ve done enough to contend in what again will be a very competitive American League West. It almost seems like a waste, being that they have unequivocally, hands down the best player in baseball signed to a six-year deal that will keep him from free agency until after the 2020 season in Mike Trout. It’s curious that they did not (or have not) gone after some of […]

Are the Angels wasting Mike Trout’s youth?

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Not bringing  Kazmir back will be a mistake for A’s First the Cleveland Indians took a chance on Scott Kazmir, signing him to a minor league deal after he had been out of baseball for almost two full seasons. He pitched well and the Oakland Athletics then decided take a bigger chance on Kazmir, signing him to a two-year $22 million contract. Kazmir was an All-Star in 2014 for the third time in his career and, even though he struggled in the second half of 2015 season after being traded to the Houston Astros at the deadline, he still finished […]

For A’s missing out on Kazmir will be a mistake

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Will Parker be able to make a comeback after three elbow surgeries? Oakland Athletics’ starter Jarrod Parker had not pitched since he started Game 3 of the 2013 American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers. The 27-year-old hasn’t played in a big league game in over two years. Yet the A’s agreed to a one-year deal worth $850,000 with $425,000 of that money being guaranteed, leaving some people wondering, “why?” You see, Parker was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament for the second time in his professional career just prior to the 2014 season, meaning he would be […]

A’s still have faith in Parker, despite three elbow surgeries

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What happened last week in MLB Hot Stove land? Here’s a quick review: Well a lot more happened this week than I’m going to actually talk about but here’s a quick recap of the last few days in MLB Hot Stove land. A couple rumors and some signings: Texas Rangers Texas Rangers sign former number one overall draft pick, Matt Bush, by the San Diego Padres in 2004 to a minor league deal. He is attempting a comeback after spending three years in prison for a DUI hit and run that almost killed someone. The Rangers agreed to a one-year […]

Quick MLB Hot Stove review: 12/14 – 12/20

What’s next for the Dodgers? My last post was part of my column that was published today and this is another perspective on the same situation. You can read my original column from Today’s Knuckleball by clicking HERE. *(it will be available at 6pm PT time, sorry!) So to continue,  as you know (if you read my previous post or if you have seen the news) Seattle Mariners’ GM Jerry Dipoto came out of nowhere and swept starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma  right out from under the Los Angeles Dodgers. Does it have an effect on the teams’ 2016 outlook? Absolutely. Things certainly look worse […]

Dodgers lose out on Iwakuma, what’s their next step?