Dodgers Acquire Juan Nicasio, Designate Ryan Jackson

Nov 24, 2014 | No Comments

The Dodgers announced that they have acquired right-hander Juan Nicasio from the Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room for Nicasio, who was designated for assignment last week, the Dodgers have designated infielder Ryan Jackson for assignment. The 28-year-old Nicasio has struggled as an on-and-off member of the Rockies’ rotation for the past four seasons, but he did post a handful of nice innings as a reliever for Colorado last year (3.48 ERA in 20 2/3 frames). Nicasio has averaged about 93 mph on his heater throughout his career, and a look at his velocity chart (courtesy of Fangraphs) from 2014 shows that his fastball jumped to nearly 95 mph when pitching out of the ‘pen late in the season. Overall, Nicasio has a career ERA of 5.03 with 6.9 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 and a 44.6 percent ground-ball rate in 381 innings. MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projected the arb-eligible righty to earn $2.4MM next season, which was likely a large factor in the Rockies removing him from the 40-man roster

Players’ cut of postseason pool announced

Nov 24, 2014 | No Comments

After winning their third World Series in five seasons, the Giants’ full postseason shares were worth a record-high $388,605.94, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

Don’t blink, here come the Red Sox

Don’t blink, here come the Red Sox

Nov 24, 2014 | No Comments

What an era this is for the Red Sox. Has any team undergone so many seismic shifts in such a short time that it’s on the verge of signing Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez for a cool $200 million or so?

McGriff, Delgado highlight Blue Jays on HOF ballot

Nov 24, 2014 | No Comments

Fred McGriff, Carlos Delgado, Jeff Kent and Roger Clemens headline the list of former Blue Jays players who are on the 2015 ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Big Unit, Pedro, Smoltz headline Hall of Fame ballot

Nov 24, 2014 | No Comments

For a second consecutive year, the National Baseball Hall of Fame player ballot, revealed today in conjunction with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, boasts an embarrassment of riches, this time for the prospective Class of 2015.

Cherington off to fast start with plenty of options

Cherington off to fast start with plenty of options

Nov 24, 2014 | No Comments

Landing Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval would not be the end of Ben Cherington’s work. Until Boston’s GM can shore up the rotation, he won’t be satisfied with his roster. But signing the two established hitters would be a good start.

Red Sox Finalizing Deal With Hanley Ramirez

Nov 24, 2014 | No Comments

Hanley Ramirez will go to Boston on Monday to finalize a deal with the Red Sox in the five-year, $90MM range, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter links). Reports emerged this afternoon indicating that the Red Sox were in hot pursuit of Ramirez. As Rosenthal wrote earlier today, the Red Sox‘ endgame with Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval is unclear. It’s possible they want Ramirez to play shortstop, but they already have Xander Bogaerts, who has upside and is a far superior defender. If they want Ramirez to play third, it’s unclear what will come of their outstanding offer to Sandoval (which reportedly was for a similar total of five years and $95MM). They could also try Ramirez at outfield, although he has limited experience there, and the Red Sox have plenty of outfielders. As the previous paragraph suggests, however, there are big questions about Ramirez’s defense, particularly at shortstop

Red Sox “Trying Hard” To Sign Ramirez, Sandoval

Nov 23, 2014 | No Comments

The Red Sox are “trying hard” to sign both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. An industry source tells WEEI.com’s Alex Speier the Red Sox are in advanced conversations with Ramirez and a deal “could come together quickly” adding the potential for an agreement is real. Heyman notes the Red Sox have remained in contact with Ramirez since the recent GM meetings in Phoenix and suggestions are those talks have grown more serious in recent days. Heyman writes it’s unclear what position Ramirez, who has also been linked to the Mariners and Astros, might play if he signs with Boston, where he started his career, but stresses the Red Sox are in play for both Ramirez and Sandoval. Speier theorizes the Red Sox would play Sandoval at third base and shift Ramirez to left field increasing the possibility of a Yoenis Cespedes trade.

Indians Notes: Swisher, Bourn, Masterson, Hamels, Bullpen

Nov 23, 2014 | No Comments

MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian and Paul Hoynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group cleared out their inbox this weekend answering readers’ questions about possible moves for the Indians this offseason. Here are the highlights: Bastian downplays a Nick Swisher-Ubaldo Jimenez swap of bad contracts. Cleveland could afford the move (Jimenez is due $38.75MM through 2017 while Swisher is owed $30MM through 2016 with a 2017 vesting option worth $14MM), but Bastian feels the odds of Swisher rebounding in 2015 is a better bet than three years of Jimenez. If the Indians are looking to shed a bad contract, Hoynes thinks Michael Bourn would be easier to trade, but adds that doesn’t mean Cleveland wants to deal him. Bastian and Hoynes both agree the Indians have interest in Justin Masterson on a one-year pillow contract, but feel the right-hander will find a multi-year pact elsewhere.