Friday, December 23, 2016

Edwing flies to Cleveland

CLEVELAND - Slugger Edwin Encarnacion has signed with the Cleveland Indians.

The deal is for 3 years at $20M with a 4 year of $20M or a $5 buyout.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Buchholz heading to Philly

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired pitcher Clay Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox in a trade that sends second baseman Josh Tobias to Beantown.

Buchholz went 8-10 with a 4.78 era with the Red Sox last season.

Morosi speculates Joey Bats will return

Sports reporter J.P. Morosi has reported that Jose Bautista wants to return to Toronto for at least one more season.

Morosi has learned the Jose has rejected at least one credible offer from another team in hopes of returning to the Blue Jays.

A 2 year deal in the neighborhood of 30-35M might just satisfy both sides.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Aroldis Chapman signs with New York Yankees

NEW YORK - Close Aroldis Chapman has signed a five year contract to be the closer for the Yankees.

The $86M contract is the largest ever signed by a reliever.

Chapman was traded to the Chicago Cubs and helped them win the World Series last season.

He posted a 2.01 ERA with 20 saves in 21 chances.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Derek Holland and White Sox reach a deal

CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox and starter Derek Holland have reached an agreement.

Holland had a 7-9 record and 4.95 era over 22 starts with the Rangers in 2016.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Jansen reportedly staying La La Land

LOS ANGELES -Reliever Kenley Jansen has agreed to a contract to stay a Dodger.

The deal is reportedly valued at $80M over 5 years.

Jansen posted a 1.83 ERA striking out 104 with only 11 walks in 2016.

Happy Birthday Dalton Pompey

Celebrate Dalton Pompey's 24th birthday !

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Happy Birthday Josh !

To our favorite viking ...Happy Birthday !

Oh...and I think he plays some baseball too !!

Nationals acquire outfielder Eaton from White Sox

WASHINGTON - Productive outfielder Adam Eaton is heading will be a Washington National beginning in 2017.

In exchange the Sox traded three right-handed pitchers, Lucas Giolito, Reynoldo Lopez and Dane Dunning.

Eaton hit .284/.362/.428 for 2016.

Cubs get Wade Davis for Jorge Soler

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs have added closer Wade Davis from Kansas City in exchange for Jorge Soler.

In an effort to fill the shoes of Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs get a closer who posted a 1.18 ERA with 47 saves over 185 appearance. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Rox sign Desmond

COLORADO - Free agent outfielder Ian Desmond has signed a 5 year $70 contract to play for the Colorado Rockies beginning next season.

Desmond played center field for the Texas Rangers last season hitting .285 with 22 home-runs and 86 RBI's.

No place like home for Jose Bautista ?

WASHINGTON - Jose Bautista's camp met with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday in what looked like an attempt to resign the slugger.

Bautista hinted through the press during spring training in 2016 that he was interested in signing a multi year (possibly 4-5) deal in the $120M range.

However, his 2016 season was less than average for the slugger as he was on the disabled list several times.

Some owners might interpret this as an indication that Jose's age of 36 might be catching up with him and his days as a defensive player might be numbered. This would him to only American league teams who utilize the designated hitter.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Red Sox land Sale

BOSTON - Chris Sale will be a starter for the Boston Red Sox in 2017.

The all-star left-hander will change socks from white to red.

Infielder Yoan Moncada, and right-handed pitcher Michael Kopech along with two propects will head to Chicago.

Sale, who turns 28 this March went 17-10 with a 3.34 era last season in 227 innings.

Red Sox trade for right-handed relief

BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox have completed a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers that sends third baseman Travis Shaw and two prospects to Milwaukee in exchange for right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg.

Thornburg post a 2.15 era with 13 save in 67 appearances with the Brewers in 2016.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Giants sign Melancon

SAN FRANCISCO - The Giants have signed their closer in right hander Mark Melancon to a 4 year $62M contract.

Free agent Melancon will set a new high for relief pitcher's annual contracts at $15.5M.

He recorded an impressive 2016 campaign, posting a 1.64 era with 47/51 saves over 75 games.

Rich Hill to LA Dodgers

LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers has landed the 'big fish' in signing starter Rich Hill to a 3 year contract worth $48M.

Hill, who will be 37 by the beginning of the 2017 season had a 12-5 record splitting duties between Oakland and L.A. last season. When starting for the Dodgers he was 3-2, posting a 1.83 era. 

Steve Pearce lands in Toronto

TORONTO - The Blue Jays have signed utility man Steve Pearce to a 2 year 12.5M contract.

Pearce spent time with the Rays and Orioles last season posting a respectable 288/.374/.492 with 13 home-runs and 35 RBI's in 85 games.

Pearce plays 1st base, but can cover 2nd and some outfield.

Matt Holliday to Yankees for 1 year

NEW YORK - Free agent Matt Holliday has signed with the New York Yankees for 1 year. 

The contract is for 13 million. 

Holliday is a seven time all star and has spent 7.5 of his 13 years in the big leagues with St. Louis.

The 37 year old has a lifetime 303 average with 296 home-runs and 1153 RBI.

He will share the roles of DH and outfielder.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cespedes to Mets for 4 years

NEW YORK - The Mets have reportedly signed Yoenis Cespedes to a 4 year 110M contract with a no trade clause.

Cespedes is 31 with a .280/.54/.530, 31 home-run, 86 RBI record with the Mets in 2016 in 132 games.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Why the Blue Jays will win the 2017 World Series

TORONTO - The Blue Jays are poised to win it all in 2017.

My prediction is that the starting rotation will exceed 2016's excellent showing.

The rotation includes J.A. Happ, Aaron Sanchez, Marco Estrada, Marcus Stroman, and Fransisco Liriano or Joe Biagini.

J.A. Happ will have another excellent season recorded 15-20 wins and Aaron Sanchez will easily acheive 20 wins. The replacement of R.A. Dickey will add more consistancy to the rotation.

The offence had a down year in 2016, but I predict Josh Donaldson will have a more typical year, hitting 45-50 home-runs. and 100+ RBI. 

The addition of Kendrys Morales will more than make up for the loss of Jose Bautista.

The key will be the addition of a legitimate lead off hitter such as Dexter Fowler to the fold and fortifying the middle relief pitchers.