Baseball Blogs Weigh In: D’Backs, Upton, Angels

Nov 23, 2014 | No Comments

On this date in 2011, the A’s completed a deal that sent pitcher Gio Gonzalez to the Nationals.  Soon after, Gonalez agreed to a five-year, $42MM extension that locks him in through 2016 with team options that could extend the deal through 2018.  Here’s this week’s look around the baseball blogosphere.. Inside The Zona has an offseason plan for the D’Backs. Beisbol’s Org says shopping Justin Upton makes sense. Angels Win previews the Halos’ offseason. Nats GM has some ideas for upgrading Washington’s offense. Ian Thomas Malone wonders if the qualifying offer is working

Rumor roundup: Kemp interest growing

Rumor roundup: Kemp interest growing

Nov 23, 2014 | No Comments

Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is owed $107 million over the next five years, but an online report said that Kemp is “drawing interest.” Here’s a recap of the other Hot Stove stories of the day.

Musial exhibit sure to be hit with Cardinals fans

Musial exhibit sure to be hit with Cardinals fans

Nov 23, 2014 | No Comments

On Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum opened its first temporary exhibit, Stan Musial: “The Man” Off the Field. The exhibit focuses on the life and contributions that Musial made outside of baseball, and it will be in place until next November.

With LaRoche on board, Abreu will benefit

With LaRoche on board, Abreu will benefit

Nov 22, 2014 | No Comments

Jose Abreu had a great first season in North America, winning American League Rookie of the Year Award honors. He’s likely to be an even more impressive hitter for the White Sox next season. He just might make an even stronger run to be the MVP in the AL than last season, when he finished fourth. One way or another, he’ll thank general manager Rick Hahn for giving him the gift of Adam LaRoche.

Twins reportedly win bidding on Korean lefty Yang

Nov 22, 2014 | No Comments

The Twins have won the bidding for Korean pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang and are nearing a deal with the left-hander, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. The club has not confirmed the report.

Minor Moves: Buck Britton, Carlos Triunfel

Nov 22, 2014 | No Comments

Here are today’s minor moves from around the league. The Dodgers have signed infielder Buck Britton to a minor league deal, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun tweets. Britton, the brother of Orioles reliever Zach, had spent the previous seven years in Baltimore’s system. Last season, the 28-year-old hit .289/.345/.453 in 505 plate appearances split between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk, primarily playing second base and third base. The Giants have signed infielder Carlos Triunfel and lefty Braulio Lara to minor-league deals, Baseball America’s Matt Eddy tweets. Triunfel hit just .223/.256/.330 for hitter-friendly Triple-A Albuquerque in 2014, mostly playing the two middle infield positions. The Dodgers outrighted him in September. The 25-year-old Lara posted a 5.77 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 4.8 BB/9 in 57 2/3 innings of relief in a 2014 season spent in the upper minors of the Rays’ system.

Red Sox reportedly offer Sandoval five-year deal

Nov 22, 2014 | No Comments

The Red Sox could have the lead in the bidding for free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, with The Boston Globe reporting on Saturday that the club’s five-year, $95 million offer may give it the edge over the Giants and Padres. The club has not commented on the report.

Speedskater-turned-businessman Plant makes mark on Atlanta

Nov 22, 2014 | No Comments

Mike Plant has made a significant impact since joining the Braves after the 2003 season, and he calls his efforts toward the forthcoming stadium in Cobb County the “crown jewel” of his career.

Minor Moves: Satin, Kensing, Romak, Orioles, Billings, Avery

Nov 22, 2014 | No Comments

Here are today’s minor moves from around the league… A number of additional minor league signings have been reported on the MLB.com transactions page. Among the more notable moves: The Reds added first baseman Josh Satin along with second baseman Ivan De Jesus. Righty Logan Kensing and shortstop Juan Diaz have agreed to terms with the White Sox. And five catchers are off the board: Griff Erickson (Padres), Koyie Hill (Phillies), Sebastian Valle and Miguel Perez (Pirates), and Guillermo Quiroz (Giants). Other signings, via MLB.com: righty Caleb Clay and outfielder Nick Buss (Diamondbacks); lefties Ryan Verdugo and Jim Fuller (Athletics); third baseman Jefry Marte (Tigers); righty Daniel Turpen, third baseman Heiker Meneses, and shortstop Argenis Diaz (Twins); righty Bryce Stowell and first baseman Allan Dykstra (Rays); first baseman Travis Mattair and righties Justin Jackson, Jairo Heredia, and Jake Brigham (Braves); outfielder Javier Herrera (Giants); righty Leuris Gomez (Rockies); righty Michael Lee (Blue Jays); third baseman Jonathan Galvez (Yankees); righty Paul Clemens (Phillies). Earlier Updates The D’Backs have agreed to terms on a minor league deal and a Spring Training invite with infielder/outfielder Jamie Romak, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes tweeted today. The 29-year-old Romak, a client of Taurus Sports’ David Sloane, made his big league debut with the Dodgers in 2014 and collected his first hit in the Majors. The former fourth-rounder is a lifetime .258/.324/.474 hitter at Triple-A. The Orioles announced the signings of infielder Paul Janish, right-hander Terry Doyle and outfielder Quincy Latimore to minor league contracts and invitations to big league Spring Training

Abreu will benefit from LaRoche’s presence

Abreu will benefit from LaRoche’s presence

Nov 22, 2014 | No Comments

Jose Abreu had a great first season in North America, winning American League Rookie of the Year Award honors. He’s likely to be an even more impressive hitter for the White Sox next season. He just might make an even stronger run to be the MVP in the AL than last season, when he finished fourth. One way or another, he’ll thank general manager Rick Hahn for giving him the gift of Adam LaRoche.