Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Scott Kazmir Inks with Dodgers


LOS ANGELES - Scott Kazmir has signed a 3 year contract with the LA Dodgers for $48M.

Kazmir played for 2 teams in 2015, Houston and Oakland and went  a combined 7-11 with a 3.10 ERA in 31 starts.





Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Stephen Drew heading to Washington

WASHINGTON - Veteran infielder Stephen Drew has signed a 1 year 3M contract with the Washington Nationals



Monday, December 28, 2015

Yankees grab Chapman


NEW YORK - The New York Yankees are close to signing Aroldis Chapman.

Chapman had a tentative deal with the Dodgers until reports surfaced that involved domestic violence.

Reportedly, the contract involves 5 players with Chapman moving to New York and Eric Jagielo, Caleb Coltham, Rookie Davis and Tony Renda heading to Cincinnati.






Sunday, December 27, 2015

Breaking News: Former MLB player Dave Henderson dead

Sad news in the baseball world.

Former MLB player Dave Henderson has died of a massive heart attack..

He was 57.


Friday, December 25, 2015

Daniel Murphy deal


WASHINGTON - The Washington Nationals and Daniel Murphy have agreed on a 3 year, $37.5M contract.

The first baseman went 16 for 38 (.421) with 7 home runs and 11 RBI during the 2015 post season for the New York Mets.



Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas !!

NORTH BAY, ONT, CANADA - Just want to extend holiday wishes to everyone who follows my blog.

I'm proud to say that North Bay is my hometown and the Canadian Headquarters for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).


It is NORAD's responsibility to track Santa as he makes his way across North America ( http://www.noradsanta.org )


Have a joyous  Christmas and New Year !!


Daren




Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Yankees trying to move Nova ?


NEW YORK - Reportedly, the New York Yankees are trying to trade Ivan Nova.

After his return from Tommy John surgery in 2015, Nova went 6-11 with a 5.07 ERA through 94 innings.




Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Mike Leake Signs with Cardinals

ST. LOUIS - Pitcher Mike Leake has signed a 5-year, $80M contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.

In 6 years, Leake, 28, is 64-52 with a 3.88 ERA.



Sunday, December 20, 2015

Dirt Infield in 2016 for Rogers Center ?

TORONTO - Reportedly, the Blue Jays will be moving forward with  installing a dirt infield at Rogers Center for the 2016 season.

The changes will begin in February, 2016


Okinawa Cellular Stadium - Japan

Friday, December 18, 2015

Blue Jays claim Junior Lake

TORONTO - The Blue Jays have claimed outfielder Junior Lake on waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.


New Pitcher for Pirates

PITTSBURGH - Pirates sign Ryan Vogelsong to one-year contract for 2M.






Blue Jays Rotation...is this it ?

TORONTO - The Blue Jays have the following as starting pitcher options for 2016.


All things staying the same, it looks like Hutch or Chavez will compete for the 5th spot.

There are a couple of Minor league options in Brad Penny and Wade Leblanc that might be considered earlier than later.

I'm still hoping for a trade, but more than likely we'll see additional middle relief where in my opinion; the Jays need more than starters. 



Thursday, December 17, 2015

Blue Jays Starter ?

BALTIMORE - Wei-Yin Chen is a free-agent starting pitcher that was an Oriole in 2015..

Reportedly, he is looking for something in the neighborhood of $100M over 5 years.


Too rich for the Blue Jays ?



Orioles have signed Korean outfielder Hyun-soo Kim

BALTIMORE - Reportedly, the Baltimore Orioles have signed Korean outfielder Hyun-soo Kim to a 2 year, 7M deal

Kim has played for Doosan Bears in the Korea Baseball Organization for the past nine seasons.

Last season he hit .326 with 28 home runs.




Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Cleveland Indians get a new first baseman

CLEVELAND - Mike Napoli will be playing for the Cleveland Indians for at least 1 year. 

A dollar figure has not been disclosed.

Napoli batted .224 with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs in 133 games for Boston and Texas in 2015.



Todd Frazier on his way to Chicago

CHICAGO - In a three team deal, Todd Frazier will be playing for the Chicago White Sox

Here's how the deal shakes out...

Reds to White Sox:
Dodgers to Reds:
White Sox to Dodgers:


Jonathan Papelbon saga continued...

Here's something 'interesting' about the current Jonathan Papelbon contract.

He can block deals to the following clubs: the Athletics, Blue Jays, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants, Indians, Marlins, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates, Rangers, Rockies, Tigers, Twins, White Sox and Yankees. 

My guess is that list of teams not interested in him is even longer !






Former Blue Jay Jeff Francis retires

DENVER - Former Blue Jays pitcher Jeff Francis has decided to retire.

Canadian born Francis had his best season in 2007 with the Colorado Rockies going 17-7 in the regular season and 2-1 in the post season.

The Rockies went the World Series that year only to be beat out by the Boston Red Sox in 4 games.



Pete Rose denied access to Baseball Hall of Fame again


74 year old Pete Rose has likely made his final appeal to be considered for entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Rose was thrown out of baseball for betting on the very games he was participating in.

He amassed a record 4256 hits in Major League baseball.




Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Pitching...the leftovers !!

So what's left for notable pitchers after the Winter Meetings..etc.

Here's a quick list and their 2015 numbers..






Wins


Losses


ERA


IP


SO

11
10
3.70
192.0
119
           Wei-Yin Chen
11
8
3.34
191.1
153
7
11
3.10
183.0
155
           Yovani Gallardo
13
11
3.42
184.1
121
          Henderson Alvarez
0
4
3.80
22.1
9



Johnny Cueto signs with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO - Johnny Cueto has agreed to a 6-year $130M contract with the San Francisco Giants. The Arizona Diamondbacks had previous offered Cueto a 6-year $120M contract which he rejected. Cueto will join other new free agent starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija who signed for a $90M 5 year contract.


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Joe Biagini to Blue Jays in the Rule 5 Draft

Right-handed pitcher Joe Biagini was picked up in the Rule 5 draft from the Giants organization.

He pitched for Double-A Richmond in 2015. 

He stuck out 84 and walked 34 in just over 130 innings pitched.



Heyward signs with Cubs

CHICAGO - Outfielder Jason Heyward has agreed to an 8 year, $184M contract to play for the Chicago Cubs.

Reportedly, he turned down more money from Cardinals and Nationals.

The contract contains opt-outs in years 3 and 4.

Heyward will replace free agent Dexter Fowler.



Friday, December 11, 2015

Jonathan Papelbon...Are you kidding me ?


Jonathan Papelbon has filed a grievance stating that his pay was withheld during a four game suspension last season as the result of him attempting to choke Bryce Harper (NL MVP).

Seriously ?

Papelbon has made 50M over the last 4 years, 13M last year alone and he is disputing his pay for 4 games ?

More than likely, the Washington Nationals do not want Mr. Papelbon on their team in 2016.

Do you think this behavior will increase or decrease his chances of moving to another team ?

Ok....dumb question...




Did any Blue Jays Management attend Winter Meetings ?

I saw the interviews with Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro...so I think they were in Nashville.

However, maybe it was one of those computerized backgrounds made to look like they were in Nashville.

I'm just going to say what I think a lot of Blue Jays fans are thinking right now...

WTF !!!






Winter Meetings Wrapping up...who's left ??

Remaining Players (either free agents or available through trade):

                 
Jason Heyward                   
Outfielder 
Johnny Cueto                     
Pitcher
Alex Gordon                  
Outfielder
Justin Upton                       
Outfielder
Mike Leake                          
Pitcher
Yoenis Cespedes                 
Outfielder
Dexter Fowler                     
Outfielder
Daniel Murphy                   
Infielder
Denard Span                      
Outfielder
Jose Fernandez                    
Pitcher
Carlos Carrasco                 
Pitcher
Danny Salazar                   
Pitcher
Todd Frazier                      
Infielder
Jonathan Lucroy              
Catcher
Matt Moore                        
Pitcher
Drew Smyly                       
Pitcher
Jake Odorizzi              
Pitcher
Jake McGee                       
Pitcher
Brad Boxberger                
Pitcher