NL East Notes: Nationals Bullpen, Fister, Crow, Marlins

Nov 29, 2014 | No Comments

Here’s the latest out of the National League East: The Nationals are interested in adding a veteran right-handed arm to the pen, writes James Wagner of the Washington Post, who adds that the team is presently focused on other matters and has not fully engaged the free agent market. Wagner lists many of the better free agent arms as at least theoretical possibilities, and says that Washington has at least “shown some interest” already in both Casey Janssen and Jason Motte. Doug Fister and the Nationals have not re-engaged on extension talks since they first took place last spring, reports Wagner. Fister has been mentioned as a hypothetical trade candidate as well, though presumably the club would only seriously consider dealing one of he and Jordan Zimmermann.

Marlins acquire righty Crow from Royals

Marlins acquire righty Crow from Royals

Nov 28, 2014 | No Comments

The Marlins on Friday parted with some pitching prospects to bolster their bullpen, as they acquired right-hander Aaron Crow from the Royals for Brian Flynn and Reid Redman.

Free Agent Faceoff: Max Scherzer vs. Jon Lester

Nov 28, 2014 | No Comments

A look at this year’s market for free agent starting pitching reveals a group that is deep in quality options and also features a pair of prime-aged top-of-the-rotation arms in Max Scherzer and Jon Lester. This duo, represented by Scott Boras and ACES, respectively, is commonly believed to be the cream of the free agent crop, but which will be the better buy? Few pitchers have been as dominant as Scherzer over the past two seasons. In that time, he’s pitched to a 3.02 ERA with 10.2 K/9, 2.5 BB/9 and a 36.5 percent ground-ball rate in 434 2/3 innings. His K/9 rate trails only Yu Darvish among qualified starters, and he grades out well according to ERA estimators FIP (2.79 — sixth) and SIERA (2.94 — eighth). In that two-year stretch, Scherzer leads qualified starters in ERA, FIP, xFIP, SIERA, K/9 and opponent batting average (.216), to name a few categories. He’s entering his age-30 season on the heels of a pair of All-Star appearances and a pair of top five finishes in the Cy Young voting — including his first Cy Young win in 2013. The 6’3″, 220-pound right-hander has cemented himselves among the game’s elite arms and is looking for a sizable payday, as evidenced by his rejection of a six-year, $144MM contract extension in Spring Training. Lester is no slouch, however, as he ranks second to Scherzer in ERA (3.10) and FIP (3.19) among qualified free agent starters in that time.

Pipeline Inbox: Where does Franklin fit with Rays?

Pipeline Inbox: Where does Franklin fit with Rays?

Nov 28, 2014 | No Comments

Jim Callis answers fans’ questions about the Rays’ Nick Franklin, the Jays’ Miguel Castro and more in this week’s Pipeline Inbox.

Lester could be wooed by pitcher-friendly NL

Nov 28, 2014 | No Comments

Free agency isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition, of course. Players are motivated by different factors. But the deck is stacked against an AL team competing with NL teams for pitching talent. That’s worth keeping in mind as the Red Sox work to get Jon Lester to return to Boston only five months after they made him pack his bags for Oakland.

Lester might find pitcher-friendly NL enticing

Nov 28, 2014 | No Comments

Free agency isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition, of course. Players are motivated by different factors. But the deck is stacked against an AL team competing with NL teams for pitching talent. That’s worth keeping in mind as the Red Sox work to get Jon Lester to return to Boston only five months after they made him pack his bags for Oakland.

Speedy Campana invited to White Sox camp

Speedy Campana invited to White Sox camp

Nov 28, 2014 | No Comments

According to multiple reports Friday, the White Sox have signed Tony Campana to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

White Sox Sign Tony Campana

Nov 28, 2014 | No Comments

12:32pm: Campana’s contract is a minor league deal, tweets Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. 12:25pm: The White Sox have signed Tony Campana, the outfielder himself announced on Twitter. Campana is represented by Pro Star Management. The 28-year-old Campana is a veteran of parts of four Major League seasons, where he’s batted a combined .249/.296/.288. Not known for his bat, Campana possesses blistering speed, as can be seen in his 66-for-75 track record in stolen base attempts. Those 66 swipes have come in a total of just 477 plate appearances/257 games

Dynamic Springer integral to Astros’ resurgence

Nov 28, 2014 | No Comments

The Astros are loaded with talented young players, on the big league roster and in the Minor League system, but their future success on the field and in Houston starts with George Springer.