Former big league starter Lucas Harrell has agreed to a $900K deal with the LG Twins of Korea’s KBO, according to Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News. The 29-year-old righty spent last year with the Astros and Diamondbacks organizations. Harrell emerged in Houston with a big 2012 campaign. He racked up 193 2/3 frames of 3.76 ERA ball that year, striking out 6.5 and walking 3.6 batters per nine while emerging as a popular trade target. But Houston thought it had a durable, solid starter with plenty of control, and did not deal him until it was too late to bring much value. Harrell took a steep downturn in 2013, throwing to a 5.86 ERA in his 153 2/3 innings while both striking out and walking 5.2 per nine. After a rough start to the year last season, Harrell was shipped to the D’backs for a PTBNL and ultimately ended up with another rather ugly line at Triple-A for Arizona.
Pablo Sandoval benefits from the Pablo Sandoval contract. Hanley Ramirez benefits from the Hanley Ramirez contract. But Chase Headley benefits from both contracts, because now he basically represents the extent of free agency’s remaining everyday options at third base.
The Red Sox are doing what smart organizations do. They adapted and adjusted. In the end, it’s about winning in 2015. That’s the overriding statement they just made with the signings of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, as well as the continued pursuit of Jon Lester.
The Red Sox, who dominated the Hot Stove news Monday, are still in pursuit of a reunion with free agent Jon Lester, according to reports. Boston may have company, as the Giants have emerged as another potential suitor for the ace left-hander.
It’s hard to believe the Nationals have played 10 seasons. From Livan Hernandez to Ryan Zimmerman, the club has given its fans a lot to cheer about. Here are the Nationals’ players of the decade by position, according to MLB.com.
Earlier today we heard that the Giants have shown interest in Jon Lester, and that interest may now increase with Pablo Sandoval reportedly set to join the Red Sox. San Francisco would make another entrant in a Lester race that has begun to take clearer shape over the past week or so. And, of course, the connection to the Phillies‘ trade market for Cole Hamels cannot be ignored, with several reports suggesting that the two southpaws’ fates are intertwined. Here are today’s Lester and Hamels rumors… Two NL GMs told Peter Gammons over the weekend that Lester is nearing a deal with the Red Sox. However, Gammons writes that the info doesn’t appear to be accurate at this time, as Lester is set to meet with the Cardinals sometime next week. According to Gammons, Lester might wish to have a deal in place in advance of the Winter Meetings, which begin Dec. 7 in San Diego. WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford echoes that there’s nothing close between the Red Sox and Lester at this time (Twitter link).
Inspired by Kansas City’s magical October bond, Royals employee Matt Schulte came out to the world.
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?
For the second consecutive week, Rangers prospect Kellin Deglan drove in more runs than any other Australian Baseball League player, racking up eight RBIs in four games for the Melbourne Aces. The 22-year-old catcher finished the series 7-for-17 with two home runs.
With today’s release of the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot, we’ll again debate and discuss dozens of players. Know this: When a player is in this conversation, he’s one of the special ones, someone who helped define his generation.