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 7 years ago '08        #21
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Marlins making progress in talks with Uggla

For months, the Marlins have made it clear they are hopeful of signing Dan Uggla to a multi-year contract.

President of baseball operations Larry Beinfest repeated the team's stance on Wednesday when he confirmed there has been continued dialogue with Uggla's agent, Terry Bross of Gaylord Sports Management.

Beinfest briefly addressed the team's stance on Uggla during a conference call re-introducing Edwin Rodriguez as Florida's manager

According to multiple sources, talks with Uggla have been progressing. Exact details are still sketchy, but there has been movement to bridge the initial gap.

The Marlins' initial offer over the summer was three years, $24 million. Uggla's camp countered with five years at more than $50 million.

There are indications that the Marlins have agreed to add a fourth year. Based on performance, Uggla has positioned himself to be worth about $11 million a season. So there is a likelihood that the sides could be discussing a four-year deal worth roughly $44 million.

Uggla earned $7.8 million in 2010.

The 30-year-old power-hitting second baseman has one more season left in arbitration before he'd qualify for free agency. The Marlins are trying to avoid that by locking up one of their top players.

After hitting 33 homers and driving in 105 runs, Uggla is lined up for a substantial raise.

Uggla is posting historic numbers at his position. He is the only second baseman in MLB history to hit at least 30 home runs in four seasons. He has done so in four consecutive years, which also is a team record.

With 154 career homers, Uggla is the Marlins' all-time leader in that category.

Uggla and Hanley Ramirez combine to form one of the most productive middle infields in the game. The organization is hoping to keep them together for several more years.

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 7 years ago '08        #22
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Lee's destination leads Hot Stove talk

The second that Brian Wilson buzzed the final pitch of the World Series past Nelson Cruz's bat, kicking off the Giants' celebration in Texas, the rest of Major League Baseball officially clicked into Hot Stove season.

Stadiums may go dark around this time every year, but in a lot of ways, the action will just be beginning. Baseball's winters are always the time for exciting moves and surprising maneuvers, and this promises to be no different.

An adjusted rule this year permits free agents to negotiate with all 30 teams five days after the conclusion of the World Series, accelerating the pace as several star players weigh their options and uniform choices for the 2011 season.

Where will Cliff Lee sign on the dotted line?

Fitting the lefty for pinstripes seemed to be just a formality on the morning of July 9, as Lee was exchanging text messages with CC Sabathia and their wives were discussing places to live in the New York area for the rest of the season.

You already know how the rest of the story turned out, as Lee got on a plane to Texas instead of walking across to the visiting clubhouse at Safeco Field and joining the Yankees. Now he'll have his say in the matter, as the Yankees have made Lee their top priority and so have the Rangers.

Lee took well to Texas and has publicly said he'd like to stay with the Rangers, but Lee also knows that the Yankees won't allow anyone to outbid them. He might be faced with the same type of offer that Brian Cashman personally delivered to Sabathia's California doorstep in 2008 -- perhaps not as long as that seven-year, $161 million pact, but just as lucrative on an annual basis.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he expects their 2011 payroll to "definitely be north of where we've been the last couple of years," and Lee is their top priority as well. Don't be shocked if other teams, like the Phillies and Nationals, try to muscle themselves into the chase.

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 11-04-2010, 03:14 PM         #23
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 smokeweed101. said:
It wasn't just Papelbon, Beckett, Dice, and Lackey underperformed, I expect the pitching to be solid this season so we need to upgrade hitting and middle relief.

I would like to see Crawford and Gonzalez myself, a good OF and 1B while switching Youk to 3rd, our team will be one of the best in baseball.
Do you want Beltre back? He played alot better than I thought he would. Also, is Mike Cameron out?
 7 years ago '08        #24
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What's Victor Martinez's market?

The Red Sox are watching both Martinez and Jason Varitek reach free agency, and Martinez is no lock to be back at Fenway Park.

Martinez had hoped that Boston would sign him to an extension this spring, but since they didn't, he's looking forward to seeing what other teams might be offering. If another team -- Tigers? Orioles? Rockies? -- comes up with a four or five-year offer for Martinez, he might be done in Boston.
Are the Brewers going to trade Prince Fielder?

Already a fixture of the rumor mill, this may be the offseason when Milwaukee parts with Fielder, their slugging first baseman, in search of pitching talent. There's no rush to do so, as the Brewers like their core and Fielder is under contract through 2011.

But it's a safe bet to expect that Fielder's name will be swirling around the Winter Meetings when the baseball world convenes in Disney World next month. Contract extensions in the arena of five years and $100 million stalled this year and Fielder has said they will "probably not" be re-started.

The Brewers might also hold Fielder for the start of 2011, then shop him ahead of the Trade Deadline if the team gets off to a slow start, or keep him through the end of his arbitration seasons and risk losing him for only Draft picks in return.

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 7 years ago '08        #25
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Can the Nationals keep Adam Dunn?

The best guesses of the Nats signing Dunn to a contract extension are 50-50, which could make him an attractive option for teams in need of a big-swinging power bat and willing to stomach the strikeouts.

Dunn made it known that he wants a four-year deal, but is willing to listen to an offer of a three-year pact at the right price. Dunn has said that he would like to get a deal done as quickly as possible, whether it's in Washington or elsewhere.

Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano wasn't shy about saying that he'd like to see Dunn check in at Wrigley Field next year. If the Nationals can't sign Dunn, they might go after Carlos Pena.


Will the Royals trade Zack Greinke?

Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore has confirmed that he is at least willing to listen to offers for right-hander Greinke, who is signed through 2012 and owed $13.5 million for each of the next two years.

The idea is that the Royals have an influx of talent due to arrive around '13, and the right deal could help accelerate the process. Greinke said this year that he struggled with motivation while pitching for the last-place Royals.

It still might be a challenge, even if the right deal is struck: Greinke can reportedly block trades to 20 teams this year and 15 teams next year. He said in 2009 that he "probably would" have trouble pitching in New York, but not elsewhere.

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 7 years ago '08        #26
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Where will Rafael Soriano get his next save?

The Rays are already bracing for the departure of their closer, Soriano, who is expected to move on as a free agent after leading the American League with 45 saves.

The Rays are cutting payroll for 2011, making it unlikely they'll be able to keep Soriano, who might be the next-best closer available after the Yankees re-sign Rivera. Figure that the Angels, Braves, Mets, Phillies and White Sox might be among those to get in the mix.


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 11-04-2010, 03:30 PM         #27
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 Sephiroth757 said:
Do you want Beltre back? He played alot better than I thought he would. Also, is Mike Cameron out?
I don't want either of them back, Beltre might pull it off again but no more than another year if anything.

I would rather keep Pap over Beltre though some wouldn't agree, the Sox lineup is stronger than their bullpen, we will score a lot of runs just with our mentality at the plate.
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Dave Jauss, Bob Melvin to talk to Mets

The New York Mets will begin interviewing for their vacant managerial position Thursday when in-house candidates Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss open the process, the team announced.

Melvin, 49, managed the Seattle Mariners from 2003 to 2004 and the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2005 to 2009, posting a combined 493-508 record. He served as a scout for the Mets this past season, monitoring the AL East and West divisions.

Melvin spends his offseasons living in Manhattan, where his daughter Alexi studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in Union Square.

"We have summers in Arizona and winters in New York," Melvin said in March before a Mets spring training game against the Atlanta Braves, as he began his tenure as a Mets scout. "You'd think it would be the other way around in a perfect world, but that's the way we've done it."

Jauss, 53, spent last season as Jerry Manuel's bench coach with the Mets. He previously served in the same capacity for two seasons apiece with the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers. He managed Licey in the Dominican Republic last winter.

Jauss' managerial experience includes two seasons in the minor leagues with the Montreal Expos organization, in 1992 with Class A West Palm Beach and in '94 with Double-A Harrisburg.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that the Mets would begin conducting interviews with internal candidates this week, while interviews with candidates not currently affiliated with the organization would begin next week. Other internal candidates should include third-base coach Chip Hale and Class A Brooklyn manager Wally Backman.

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 7 years ago '08        #29
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^I really hope the mets give backman a chance
 7 years ago '05        #30
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yankees picking up cliff lee king felix albert pujols grady sizemore and a bunch of other n*ggas.. money on that
 11-04-2010, 06:47 PM         #31
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 ChiCity Fingaz said:
Hopefully the White Sox:

Sign Dunn
Re-Sign Paulie
Re-Sign AJ

Heard some people talking about we'll be in the mix for Crawford, but where would we play him unless we move Quentin to DH or bring Pierre off the bench.
That's interesting. I hadn't heard about the Sox in the mix for Crawford. Could be a good fit though.
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Crawford is the Sox top target. Konerko supposedly will be looking for a 3 year 45 million deal. I say f that. If we get Crawford, there's no Dunn and vice verse. If we resign PK, the same applies. Kenny is creative though.
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 smokeweed101. said:
It wasn't just Papelbon, Beckett, Dice, and Lackey underperformed, I expect the pitching to be solid this season so we need to upgrade hitting and middle relief.

I would like to see Crawford and Gonzalez myself, a good OF and 1B while switching Youk to 3rd, our team will be one of the best in baseball.
Gonzalez option was picked up and sox outfield has been a.ss like the shortstops that's been playing there.

Resigning beltre would be best for the sox
 7 years ago '06        #34
Jhnnyblz427 174 heat pts174
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Crawford is going to LA
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dodgers need to grab lee and crawford... we need mark cuban to buy the dodgers.
 11-04-2010, 09:29 PM         #36
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 Bkjj11 said:
Gonzalez option was picked up and sox outfield has been a.ss like the shortstops that's been playing there.

Resigning beltre would be best for the sox
The nerve of you to speak on what is best.
 7 years ago '08        #37
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I think crawford going to La or the red sox
 7 years ago '05        #38
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Sabean said today Reneria's $10 M option obviously won't be picked up but they'll look to bring him back in a 'complimentary role' looks like Edgar is gonna look for a better offer

& I'd be surprised if Huff left but i know if Sabean doesn't give him a long contract he'll get it some where else
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During an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirus XM on Wednesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said the team has begun discussions with free agent left-hander Cliff Lee.

It's worth a shot, at least from a P.R. perspective, but Rizzo acknowledges that the chances of Lee wanting to come to Washington are small. Aside from the fact that the Nationals just aren't a good baseball team, the Yankees and Rangers will likely price them out of the mix eventually.
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 7 years ago '04        #40
GarySanchize24 239 heat pts239
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Who are the Nats trying to fool? lmao
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