Raul Ibanez had one heck of a year. The 42-year-old was signed by the Los Angeles Angels to replace Mark Trumbo as their designated hitter.  By June he had hit just three home runs and was batting .157 and the Angels released him. He was given a second chance to end his career on his terms when the Kansas City Royals signed Ibanez. The Royals were the first team to give Ibanez a chance to play everyday at age 29 in 2001. His career skyrocketed and he became one of the most respected players in the league, all after the […]

Raul Ibanez would be a perfect match for the Yankees

James Shields and Billy Butler say they want to stay in Kansas City. But is that really a possibility?   Sure it’s a possibility, really in life anything is potentially possible but more than likely in this case it isn’t probable. Both players would have to take a substantial pay cut. The Kansas City Royals have expressed the desire to try to keep James Shields who they acquired in a much debated trade that sent 2013 Rookie of the Year Wil Myers and others to the Tampa Bay Rays. Though he may have been a 2013 ROY however, he spent […]

Shields, Butler want to stay with Royals. How realistic are ...

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Joe Maddon will be the new manager of the Chicago Cubs beginning in 2015, so more or less effective immediately. The team has not confirmed the deal, in fact they’ve flat our denied it but according to Heyman sources “familiar with the dealings say that it is certain to be completed in the coming days.” joe maddon to become cubs manager. story up soon at @CBSSports — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) October 29, 2014 There wasn’t supposed to be an anouncement until Friday, and technically if they are still working on the deal then there […]

Breaking: Joe Maddon will be Cubs manager in 2015

Do the Red Sox really hate Cespedes? Is acquirig Pablo Sandoval an option for Boston?   The Boston Red Sox have two major story lines going on simultaneously. The first is that “all the coaches hate Yoenis Cespedes” and the second is that they are looking for a third baseman for 2015. Their prime target? The Panda, Pablo Sandoval. The Red Sox have their eyes on a couple other third baseaman but first let’s address the Cespedes chatter. New York Daily News writer Bill Madden was the one to write the words that became a headline on most websites “all […]

Yoenis Cespedes, Pablo Sandoval & the Boston Red Sox

The Minnesota Twins have been taking their time in replacing Ron Gardenhire, their skipper of the past 13 seasons. While Joe Maddon, who opted out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday has not missed a step in finding a new club right away or so sources say. The Twins and Maddon have had absolutely no contact, according to Mike Bernadino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. So there doesn’t appear to be a match there. Maddon is looking for a $5 million a year contract which is expensive for a team like the Twins and Maddon […]

Maddon, Minnesota and the search for a managerial match

Top Prospects dropping like flies from the AFL on Tuesday The Arizona Fall League is a supposed to showcase the stars of tomorrow. It is still doing that but this year, however, MLB Pipline’s number one prospect in all of baseball, the Twins’ outfielder Byron Buxton recieved word on Tuesday that his left middle index finger was not only dislocated but also broken. He will be out for the remainder of the AFL season. Tuesday wasn’t the best day to be a top prospect in the AFL. Kansas City Royals’ top pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer under went a procedure to […]

AFL: Another top prospect goes down

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UPDATE: October 28, 2014 Unfotunately, the Minnesota Twins’ and MLB’s top prospect, Byron Buxton who missed all but 31 games in the 2014 season due to injury will now miss the remainder of the 2014 Arizona Fall league, according to William Boor at Buxton was hoping to make up for some lost at-bats in the AFL but after playing in just 12 AFL games he injured his finger in the ninth inning of his 13 game, as I reported here at yesterday.  Buxton’s x-ray results are in and the he not only dislocated his finger while diving for […]

UPDATE: Byron Buxton, MLB’s #1 prospect, injured again

First it was being pulled over for having goats in diapers in his car … ok, well, we all know that Jose Canseco’s antics go back much father than earlier this year and involve worse things than goats but now Canseco is making headlines again for  …. wait for it …. I’ll get there in a second … Known best for his time with the Oakland Athletics as one of the “Bash Brothers” alongside Mark McGwire, Canseco hit 462 Career home runs. A six time All-Star, Canseco last played in the big leagues in 2001 for the Chicago White Sox.  […]

What did Jose Canseco do this time? smh.

  The Philadelphia Phillies held onto their lefty starter Cole Hamels through the trade deadline in 2014 with general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. making the asking price for any of their desirable players far too high, desperately grapsing to the belief that his team could still win despite their aging core. The Phillies truly are an aging team. If anything proves that they need to rebuild and fill their farm system with some young, premium talent, it was their 73-89 record on the year, tied for sixth worst in the league with the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox.  […]

Cole Hamels: Top 3 most likely trade destinations

The Oakland Athletics have found their new bench coach in St. Louis Cardinals’ bench coach and California native Mike Aldrete. Aldrete played baseball at Stanford as well as for both the San Francisco Giants and the A’s, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser. In tomorrow’s Chronicle: Mike Aldrete to be announced as #Athletics bench coach tomorrow. Former A’s, #SFGiants, #Stanford player. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) October 27, 2014 Aldrete also played for a number of other teams in his career including the (then) California Angeles, Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees. He […]

A’s to announce Mike Aldrete as new bench coach

Oscar Taveras dies in tragic car crash on Sunday Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old top prospect for the St. Louis Cardinals, was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday. Taveras’ girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, also passed away in the accident. She was only 18 years old. This is just tragic.  I don’t really feel too much like writing this like an article, Regardless, here are some facts regarding the deceased young man. Taveras was ranked the number three propsect in all of baseball by Baseball America going into the 2014 season. He made his big league debut on […]

RIP Oscar Taveras 1992 – 2014

What could Mike Moustakas have said to Brandon Finnegan that made him the best teammate of the day? When I saw this quote I thought it was so sweet. I didn’t want to forget it so here is goes on my blog! Brandon Finnegan, the relief pitcher who was the Royals first round draft pick in June, was the first pitcher in history to pitch in both the College World Series and the World Series in the same year. He pitched in June for Texas Christian University (TCU) and got called up to the big leagues on September 6 by […]

Mike Moustakas might be the best teammate ever!