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 6 years ago '04        #701
jumpman2304 25 heat pts25
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any news on cuddyer?


im hearing he will either stay with us otherwise the colorado
 6 years ago '07        #702
keithbm1111 97 heat pts97
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Sounds like he's going to Colorado

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that "all signs are pointing" to the Rockies landing Michael Cuddyer and they hope to have the signing wrapped up on Friday.
The Rockies became the heavy favorites to land the coveted free agent outfielder once Josh Willingham signed with the Twins. Previous reports have indicated that Colorado has offered Cuddyer a three-year, $27 million contract. The 32-year-old corner outfielder batted .284/.346/.459 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI over 584 plate appearances this past year for the Twins
 6 years ago '07        #703
keithbm1111 97 heat pts97
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Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Rockies have reached an agreement with free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer.
The specifics of the deal aren't available yet, but previous reports have indicated that the Rockies offered Cuddyer a three-year, $27 million contract. If that number is accurate, it's a little surprising that he would wind up signing for just a couple million more than the Twins offered. The 32-year-old corner outfielder batted .284/.346/.459 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI over 584 plate appearances this past year for Minnesota
 6 years ago '04        #704
jumpman2304 25 heat pts25
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^^ fu*king a...

this is a huge blow to the team..

really sad to see him go, class act no question. i wish him the best and hopefully he can be more successful over there. good luck cuddy.
 6 years ago '07        #705
keithbm1111 97 heat pts97
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Yeah Cuddyer is a solid player. I was hoping the Sox would make a push for him...not really digging him in Colorado, but whatever. Guy fit perfectly with the Twins
 6 years ago '07        #706
Ham Rove 3510 heat pts3510
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Reds, Cubs Close On Swapping Wood, Marshall
11:52pm: The deal is close, a source tells Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, and it includes the Cubs receiving two minor leaguers along with Wood.

9:12pm: The Reds and Cubs are discussing a trade that would involve starter Travis Wood going to Chicago in exchange for reliever Sean Marshall, Major League sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. It's not known whether other players would be included in the potential swap, according to the report.

After acquiring Mat Latos in a trade with the Padres last week, Reds GM Walt Jocketty suggested he'd like to focus on bolstering his bullpen. Cincinnati is without a nominal closer as of now - incumbent Francisco Cordero remains on the free agent market - so perhaps Marshall, who has settled in as an effective late-inning reliever for the Cubs the past couple seasons, could man that role for the Reds.

Wood, meanwhile, is a player Cubs president Theo Epstein liked last season when Epstein was still with the Red Sox, the sources tell FOXSports. In just about one full season of work - 35 starts, 208 innings over two seasons - at the Major League level, Wood has posted 6.99 K/9, 2.85 BB/9 and a tendency to produce fly balls (31.4% GB rate).

Despite being only 24 and under team control for five more years, Wood has perhaps become expendable with the Reds now having six other starters in Latos, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Homer Bailey, Bronson Arroyo and Aroldis Chapman.

Marshall will earn $3.1MM in 2012 and is slated to become a free agent at season's end. He'll turn 30 in August.

 6 years ago '07        #707
keithbm1111 97 heat pts97
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The Oakland Athletics are on the verge of trading prized left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez, a baseball source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney, and are expected to make a decision Thursday between offers from the Washington Nationals and another team.


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That second team is apparently the Boston Red Sox.

Despite earlier reports suggesting that the Red Sox had decided the cost in talent would be too high, the 26-year-old Gonzalez remains the team's top target, multiple Sox sources told ESPNBoston.com on Thursday.

Is a deal to Boston imminent? It doesn't appear so, but at the same time, a Sox source said, that could change with a phone call. "There isn't anything front-burner there,'' the source said.

Gonzalez, who went 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA in 2011, is in his first year of arbitration eligibility and is expected to command a salary in the $4 million range for 2012. That makes Gonzalez a terrific bargain, in addition to the type of the arm that the Red Sox feel, according to a source, would give them one of the top rotations in the American League, top to bottom: Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Gonzalez and Daniel Bard, who is being converted from reliever.

The Sox would expect they'd have to part with top third base prospect Will Middlebrooks in the deal, but with Xander Bogaerts in the pipeline -- he played short at Class A Greenville but could move to third -- they probably believe they can absorb Middlebrooks' loss. Middlebrooks, who is coming off a terrific season, is unlikely to have more value than he has now. He's currently rated by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Red Sox system.

The Red Sox also feel they have sufficient depth and talent in their system to compete with the other bidders for Gonzalez, though one player who is not going anywhere is catcher Ryan Lavarnway, even though the Sox signing Kelly Shoppach means Lavarnway will spend another season in Triple-A. The Red Sox see Lavarnway as a key piece in 2013, as a backup catcher and right-handed DH.


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Fallback plans if the Sox fail to acquire Gonzalez? They are still engaged with the White Sox in talks for Gavin Floyd, who is signed for $7 million next season (Team option of $9.5 million in 2013), according to a team source. They also are in on Roy Oswalt, whose agent this week signaled his willingness to take a one-year deal.

The thinking at this stage is they will acquire at least two pitchers, perhaps more. While closer Ryan Madson would be an attractive fit, the price remains higher than what the Sox are willing to pay, and the team has only limited interest in the next best free-agent option, Francisco Cordero, according to the source. As has been reported, they have inquired on a number of trade options for a closer, including Oakland's Andrew Bailey, Seattle's Brandon League, and Kansas City's Joakim Soria.

But one option that is being discussed internally is looking at holdover Alfredo Aceves as a potential closer. For now, the plan is for Aceves to come to camp as a starter, but that could change depending upon the caliber of starter the Sox are able to acquire.

"We're actively engaged in trying to acquire pitching of all shapes and sizes,'' one source said. "We expect that to continue into January.''

At this stage, as one team source said, "anything that would cost a lot of money is a bad option." That would increase the chances of the Sox being outbid for outfielder Carlos Beltran. Whether they try to add a complementary outfielder like Cody Ross could depend on whether the Sox can induce David Ortiz to sign a two-year deal for a smaller average annual value than the $14-15 million they would have to pay him in arbitration.

The Red Sox have interest in Cuban defector Yeonis Cespedes, but may have even more in another Cuban outfielder, 19-year-old Jorge Soler, who also has a very high ceiling, the difference being Cespedes may be major-league ready and Soler will need several years.
 6 years ago '07        #708
keithbm1111 97 heat pts97
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Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
Gordon Edes is reporting Red Sox very much involved on Gio Gonzalez, so it may be OAK now choosing between BOS and WASH offers.

Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
For the Nationals, Gonzalez would make for a 1-2-3 of Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg and the lefty -- a trio you can win with.



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If Washington outbids Boston for Gio Gonzalez, threads of Red Sox/Oakland talk could still lead to Andrew Baily deal in days ahead
 6 years ago '06        #709
Jhnnyblz427 174 heat pts174
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boston including lackey in the deal if it happends?
 6 years ago '07        #710
keithbm1111 97 heat pts97
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Watch out for the Nationals....


According to ESPN's Keith Law, the Athletics have agreed to trade Gio Gonzalez to the Nationals for prospects A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock, Derek Norris and Tommy Milone.
It's a massive haul for A's GM Billy Beane. Cole, a 19-year-old right-hander, posted a 108/24 K/BB ratio in 89 innings this past season at the Single-A level. Peacock, a 23-year-old righty, had a 2.39 ERA and 177/47 K/BB ratio in 146 2/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A in 2011. Norris, a 22-year-old catcher, has an .861 career OPS in the minors, and Milone registered a 155/16 K/BB ratio in 148 1/3 innings this past season at Triple-A. Gonzalez is a top-end left-handed starter and should fit nicely into the Nationals' plans to contend quickly, but Oakland is the clear winner in this five-player swap.
 6 years ago '07        #711
keithbm1111 97 heat pts97
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For what its worth....

Updating a previous item, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox are trying to land both Gio Gonzalez and Andrew Bailey in a "monster" deal.
Well, that would be something. If true, any such deal would surely include top third base prospect Will Middlebrooks, among others. For what it's worth, Rosenthal still pegs the Nationals as the favorites for Gonzalez. Meanwhile, the Rangers and Rays are also involved on Bailey.
 6 years ago '04        #712
YoDoods 22 heat pts22
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Norris is a local kid from here. Hell of a baseball player. If he would have stayed home to play college ball holy sh*t.

Good pick up for Oakland as he has a future in the MLB. Similar to Varitek.
 6 years ago '05        #713
SacTown|B 17 heat pts17
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Oakland........................................... .....Won
 6 years ago '04        #714
dtownboy313 
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my tigers ain't doing sh*t
 6 years ago '04        #715
GarySanchize24 239 heat pts239 OP
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According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have reached a two-year, $26 million contract with free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran.
 6 years ago '04        #716
GarySanchize24 239 heat pts239 OP
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According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Indians are one of several teams who have called the Yankees to inquire about Nick Swisher.
We've heard that the Indians are pursuing every hitter on the market aside from Prince Fielder, so it's not surprising they would call. However, the Yankees are not inclined to move him as they don't have a competent in-house replacement for right field. Swisher's $10.25 million club option for 2012 was exercised in late-October.
Cashman trying to trade away Swisher so he can sign that Cespedes Cuban defector.

 6 years ago '11        #717
GangGreen227 42 heat pts42
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im still surprised that fielder still aint signed
 6 years ago '07        #718
keithbm1111 97 heat pts97
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Yankees signed LHP Hideki Okajima to a minor league contract.
The deal also includes an invite to spring training. Okajima, 36, only made seven appearances with the Red Sox this past season before spending the rest of the year in the minors, but he could still have some value as a left-handed specialist. The veteran southpaw owns a 3.11 ERA over 261 career relief appearances.

 6 years ago '05        #719
StateProperty88 34 heat pts34
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The Nationals have agreed to sign Mark DeRosa, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (on Twitter). Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported yesterday that the sides were nearing a one-year, Major League deal. The agreement with the utility player is pending a physical, Heyman notes. CSE represents DeRosa, who drew interest from at least four teams this offseason.

DeRosa played in just 47 games in 2011 because of a strained left wrist. The versatile 36-year-old was productive in 2009, posting a .250/.319/.433 line and appearing at five different positions for the Indians and Cardinals. However, he has struggled to stay on the field since signing a two-year deal with the Giants two Decembers ago. When he did play for the Giants, DeRosa posted a forgettable .235/.313/.279 line.
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 6 years ago '04        #720
GarySanchize24 239 heat pts239 OP
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 keithbm1111 said:
Yankees signed LHP Hideki Okajima to a minor league contract.
The deal also includes an invite to spring training. Okajima, 36, only made seven appearances with the Red Sox this past season before spending the rest of the year in the minors, but he could still have some value as a left-handed specialist. The veteran southpaw owns a 3.11 ERA over 261 career relief appearances.

Anything is better than relying on Boone Logan. Okajima actually gets lefties out. Great low risk high reward signing.
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