Rangers Only Interested In Mike Napoli On One-Year Deal

Jan 24, 2017 | No Comments

It once seemed like the Rangers were moving swiftly toward a deal with free agent first baseman Mike Napoli, but nothing has come together as of yet. That may be because Texas is only interested in guaranteeing the veteran a single season, as ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports (Insider link). It’s not terribly surprising, perhaps, to learn of that stance. With so many other power bats still remaining — even with Mark Trumbo and Jose Bautista now off the market — there’s good reason for teams to look to minimize their commitments in adding defensively limited hitters.

‘A terrible pain’: Dominican Republic mourns Ventura, Marte

Jan 24, 2017 | No Comments

Yankees first-base coach Tony Pena was already crying when someone leaned over and told him about Yordano Ventura’s tragic death early Sunday morning.

Rays To Sign Shawn Tolleson

Jan 23, 2017 | No Comments

JANUARY 23: The deal is complete, and will pay Tolleson $1MM, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). JANUARY 17, 6:30pm: The deal, if completed, will be a Major League contract, Topkin tweets. 5:30pm: The Rays are close to an agreement with former Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The soon-to-be 29-year-old right-hander was non-tendered by Texas last month after a poor 2016 campaign but was excellent as recently as 2014-15. In that two-year run of success, Tolleson logged a 2.88 ERA with 9.1 K/9 against 2.8 BB/9 across 144 innings of relief

Rays Sign Shawn Tolleson

Jan 23, 2017 | No Comments

JANUARY 23: The deal, which has now been announced, will pay Tolleson $1MM, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). It also comes with up to $1.15MM in incentives, per Topkin (via Twitter). JANUARY 17, 6:30pm: The deal, if completed, will be a Major League contract, Topkin tweets. 5:30pm: The Rays are close to an agreement with former Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The soon-to-be 29-year-old right-hander was non-tendered by Texas last month after a poor 2016 campaign but was excellent as recently as 2014-15. In that two-year run of success, Tolleson logged a 2.88 ERA with 9.1 K/9 against 2.8 BB/9 across 144 innings of relief.

Heyman’s Latest: Wieters, Carter, Hammel, Padres, Francoeur

Jan 23, 2017 | No Comments

Agent Scott Boras predicted earlier this winter that Matt Wieters would be a January signee, but the clock is running out even on that rather cautious timeline, FanRag’s Jon Heyman writes in his latest notes column. The Nationals and Angels remain the two likeliest landing spots, Heyman adds, though the Washington Post and other D.C. media outlets have continually downplayed the possibility. Boras is said to have recently met with the Angels, he also reports, and the Halos do indeed seem like an on-paper fit with Martin Maldonado penciled in as the presumptive starter at this time. A few more items of interest… The Rangers and Rays are both still in the mix for slugger Chris Carter, though Tampa Bay is looking for a “steep bargain” in its search for a hitter, and the Rangers are still in contact with Mike Napoli’s camp. (Talks there look to have cooled as of late, though Heyman notes that Texas is still Napoli’s most logical landing spot.) Both teams are offering low base salaries, and an incentive-laden deal could be a compromise to further advance talks.

Chinese Taipei looks to replicate ’13 success

Jan 23, 2017 | No Comments

Chinese Taipei hopes it can repeat its surprise success from the 2013 World Baseball Classic in this year’s tournament, but the rising baseball nation has encountered some major hurdles before its first game in South Korea.

Ventura’s growth was miraculous to see

Jan 22, 2017 | No Comments

In 2008, the Kansas City Royals — coming off a decade of baseball so discouraging that all seemed hopeless — signed Yordano Ventura, a 16-year-old kid from the Dominican Republic. There was nothing dazzling about him as a baseball player. There was something about him, though, something almost imperceptible, something about the way he threw a baseball that made a couple of the Royals scouts hope. And dream.

Ventura’s ascent was miraculous to witness

Jan 22, 2017 | No Comments

In 2008, the Kansas City Royals — coming off a decade of baseball so discouraging that all seemed hopeless — signed Yordano Ventura, a 16-year-old kid from the Dominican Republic. There was nothing dazzling about him as a baseball player. There was something about him, though, something almost imperceptible, something about the way he threw a baseball that made a couple of the Royals scouts hope. And dream.

Commissioner’s statement on Ventura, Marte

Jan 22, 2017 | No Comments

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the respective passings of Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, who was 25, and former Major League infielder Andy Marte, who was 33.