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?

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

Mets fans, cult-hero
Re-signing of Colon should make Mets fans happy I can’t (no, wait I totally can) believe I am writing another post about him but who doesn’t just LOVE him?! I mean he’s so happy and just look at that face! I honestly don’t think there is a player who loves the game more. It’s infectious! Right? That’s why, and if you’ve read my blog before then you probably already know, I’m totally #TeamBartolo!! Fans of the New York Mets got good news on Wednesday, their team has re-signed everyone’s favorite player Bartolo Colon. It’s just a one-year deal as Colon […]

Mets’ fans rejoice! Mets re-sign Bartolo Colon to one-year deal

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

The New York Mets announced Wednesday that they had agreed with manager Terry Collins on a two-year contract extension that is reportedly worth $3 million. Collins did manage the Mets to a 90-72 regular-season record and an National League East title. He took them through the postseason and to the World Series that ended in a five-game loss to the Kansas City Royals; it was the Mets’ first NL Pennant in 15 years. It would seem that extending Collins’ contract would be the prudent thing to do. However, there are questions and circumstances surrounding Collins that would make some question why the […]

Why are the Mets extending Collins’ contract?

After the 2013 season, Robinson Cano, arguably the best second baseman in baseball, surprised everyone by electing to explore free agency instead of immediately re-signing with the New York Yankees – the only team he had played with during his nine-year career. Still, it was widely assumed that he would become the next in a line of Yankees to play his entire career wearing pinstripes (Jeter, Rivera, Posada, etc.). In December of that year, he further shocked the baseball community when he signed with the Seattle Mariners for 10 years and $240 million. The Yankees’ highest offer reportedly came in […]

Is Cano’s contract the worst in baseball today?

Back in late April Jarrod Saltalamacchia was on paternity leave as a member of the Miami Marlins. Upon his return, the club designated him for assignment, in favor of using J.T. Realmuto behind the plate with Jeff Mathis as their back-up catcher. Saltalamacchia received the news just 16 months after the club had signed him to a three-year $21 million deal. With no other teams wanting to take on that kind of money, Saltalamacchia signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in early May. He has since been playing with their Triple-A affiliate in Reno. Wednesday was not […]

DBacks’ purchase Saltalamacchia’s contract

The A’s have, very quickly, agreed to terms with veteran outfielder Cody Ross. Ross was released just Saturday by the Arizona Diamonbacks who are the ones who will be on the hook for paying Ross the $9.5 million that was left on his contract with the team. The A’s will have to pay Ross virtually nothing, just a pro-rated version of the major league minimum salary. So it’s a pretty good deal for Oakland who could use the extra outfield help, since centerfielder Coco Crisp is out six to eight weeks after having surgery to remove a bone spur from his […]

Cody Ross agrees to terms with A’s, will start in ...

If you watched the 2014 Major League Baseball Playoffs, you may remember a young starting pitcher named Yordano Ventura. He started two games for the Kansas City Royals in the World Series as 23-year-old rookie going 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA. Pretty impressive numbers being so young and on baseball’s biggest stage. So the Royals decided to be proactive, they have a history of making team-friendly deals done early, to try and extend Ventura’s contract. That’s exactly what they did Saturday morning by signing the right-handed flame-thrower to a five-year contract extension that includes two club options. To read the […]

Yordano Ventura, Royals agree on contract extension

The Chicago White Sox have now invested in centerfielder Adam Eaton much like they did with their ace Chris Sale back in 2013 and Jose Quintana in 2014. Both Sale and Quintana signed five-year extensions worth $32.5 million and $21 million, respectively. The White Sox have now invested five-years in center fielder Adam Eaton, who was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team, five-player trade that sent Tyler Skaggs to the Los Angeles Angels and Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks. The White Sox got what they wanted and more in Eaton, who batted .300 for Chicago in […]

White Sox and Adam Eaton agree to 5-year contract extension

Ron Roenicke. Milwaukee Brewers.
The Milwaukee Brewers picked up manager Ron Roenicke‘s option for the 2016 season on Thursday, ensuring that the team’s skipper for the past four seasons won’t be a considered a lame duck in 2015 … … Some held Roenicke responsible for the collapse of the Brewers last season. The Brewers led the National League Central for the first 150 days of the season before collapsing so completely that the team did not even make the playoffs, losing 22 out of their last 31 games. To read this post in full go to Baseball Hot Corner using the link below: Brewers’ Ron […]

Brewers pick up Ron Roenicke’s 2016 option

Kevin Cash has never managed a day in his life but the Tampa Bay Rays have a lot of confidence that he can and will manage the team like a seasoned pro. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Thursday afternoon that the Rays had signed Cash to an unprecedented five-year deal. Well, it’s an unprecedented deal for a rookie skipper. New managers are usually given two, maybe three years to prove their worth before getting signed to longer contracts. Cash and his predecessor, the new manager of the Chicago Cubs, Joe Maddon now have the most job security of any managers […]

Rays’ rookie skipper Kevin Cash gets five-year deal