The big baseball news of the day is Matt Kemp‘s 8-year $160 million extension with the bankrupt Dodgers, which will keep one of baseball’s most talented players off the market for the foreseeable future. Mike Axisa wrote about the potential implications of this extension for future roster decisions, such as resigning Nick Swisher after his contract. Many [...]
Chris over at Beyond the Box Score introduced the All-True Dodgers team, comprised of players who played their entire career with the Dodgers, determined by WAR. My first reaction looking at the team was, “Not bad, decent pitching staff, but the Yankees would hose them.” What would an all true Yankee team look like? C [...]
No surprise in the news today, as Tigers’ pitcher Justin Verlander has been announced as the winner of the 2011 American League Cy Young award. Also coming as no surprise, Verlander received every first place vote to win the award unanimously. C.C. Sabathia finished fourth in the balloting which, while not as laughable as Michael Pineda not receiving a single first place vote for Rookie of the Year, is another one for the file of silly voting results in the BBWAA polling.
(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) 2011 was a helluva season for Curtis Granderson. Less than 1 year after he had to miss 2 games in the middle of the season to completely rework his swing with Kevin Long, C-Grand used that new swing to put together a monster 2011 season… [...]
I’m not going to lie; in my more whimsical moments I find myself imaging a 2013 Yankees’ roster that includes both Matt Kemp and Cole Hamels, as both were set to become free agents after next season. Of course, that was always a bit of a pipe dream. The Phillies will almost certainly try their best to sign Hamels for the long-term this winter, and now the Dodgers are officially on the verge of a monster contract extension with Kemp, it’s become downright impossible.
Oh well. Obviously this doesn’t have much of an impact on the Yankees, as they never had a chance to acquire Kemp. The only reason it was even feasible was the possibility that the Dodgers’ ownership mess would prevent them from making an offer sufficient to keep Kemp off of the market. This isn’t even like Cliff Lee, where the Yankees had a real chance to acquire him only to have him choose another team. So though I’m a little disappointed by the development, I don’t want to give the impression that I’m all that broken up about it.
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Via MLBTR we stumble across this tweet by Marc Carig: Boras says Andruw Jones, as expected, has undergone a knee procedure. Has spoken with the Yankees about a return. Was a good fit. That about sums it up. An Andruw Jones/New York Yankees reunion would make all the sense in the world. The Yankees always [...]
(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). In a year that has seen the NFL and NBA deal with acrimonious labor negotiations, MLB is on the verge of ratifying a new collective bargaining agreement without the slightest bit of rancor. However, there has been one point of contention: the escalating bonuses being paid to [...]
The winners of the BBWAA Rookie of the Year awards were just announced, with Rays’ starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson and Braves’ closer Craig Kimbrel taking home the hardware, with Kimbrel winning unanimously. Ivan Nova received one first place award, and finished fourth overall in the voting. In the first of what I’m sure will be many eye-roll inducing factoids from the award season, Nova actually finished ahead of the Mariners’ Michael Pineda in the balloting, with Pineda not receiving a single first place vote.