Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Pirates, Amaro, Bonds

February 4th is a big day in contract extension history. Last year on this date, the Tigers and Justin Verlander finalized a five-year, $80MM contract while another Tiger, Curtis Granderson, agreed to a five-year, $30.25MM contract three years ago. The most notable deal was struck seven years ago, when the Cardinals and Albert Pujols avoided arbitration by agreeing to a seven-year deal worth $100MM. St. Louis picked up the $16MM option for 2011, but now they're trying to get a new deal done that will keep Pujols in town for the rest of his career.

Here's the latest from around the web, with a heavy dose of interviews and Q&A sessions…

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32 Responses to Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Pirates, Amaro, Bonds Leave a Reply

  1. Gumby65 4 years ago

    Dodgers look at Jim Edmonds? Would have made perfect sense. He’s old and hits left-handed.

  2. nats2012 4 years ago

    I looked at the article about the Mets, and eventhough im a Nats fan, I feel bad for the Mets owner, I know the father really has a love for the game and it must be a tough situation. I hope it works out for them.

    • Infield Fly 4 years ago

      I hope it works out for them.

      Thanks for the consideration, but as a Mets fan I have to say that I don’t.
      It’s time for an owner who is forward thinking…and unlikely to ever allow the team to become his kid’s favorite toy.

  3. start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    As much as I love making fun of Zambrano with his over bloated contract and his “Hulk Smash!” impression, he did actually pitch decently the last half of the season. I think the Cubs will ride it out with him unless they can get something worthwhile in return.

    • woadude 4 years ago

      It is said Gatorade coolers roll away in fear from him…

    • zazu22 4 years ago

      It will be interesting to see if he can pitch up to that level for the whole year as opposed to meaningless down and out games.

  4. danthebaseballman 4 years ago

    Ha, could you imagine Bonds back in the MLB.

    • Gigantes2425 4 years ago

      That would be sweet! The giants should bring him back for a bench role.

    • NickinIthaca 4 years ago

      I would love to see him back in uniform… truthfully any uniform. I know he’s got baggage, but for the best player in the game to be forced into retirement like that is unbelievable

      • woadude 4 years ago

        Its called being a scapegoat, and unfortunatly he is the biggest goat there is, him and Roger Clemens, speaking of which, did he ever go to trial for perjury yet? he could be cell mates with Bonds.

    • popular_mechanics_for_pitchers 4 years ago

      yeah, fifty pounds heavier with a whole lot of back acne and a voice like Dave Stewart.

  5. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    I would love to watch Yu pitch every 5th day!

  6. So, umm…..the guy who wrote that the Pirates could have the best outfield in the game…..

    “Tabata and Jones are some of the fastest rising stars in the league.”

    I like Tabata, but a guy who struggled to keep his OPS above .700 with little plate discipline while primarily playing 1B is one of the fastest rising stars in the NL? Is that why he’s being platooned with Matt Diaz?

    I’m not even sure they’ll have the best outfield in their division. Once the Cardinals realize Berkman won’t cut it in RF, they’ll likely have an outfield of Holliday, Rasmus, Jay/Edmonds….which is pretty damn good.

  7. dc21892 4 years ago

    The Yankees better hope Darvish becomes the next great Yankee pitcher. They’re going to need someone in the next couple years.

    • FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

      they need someone now

    • Slopeboy 4 years ago

      Can’t see them laying $100MM+ for a Dice-K look-a-like. They should remember the names Hideki Irabu and Kei Igawa. As well as the old saying…’ Fool me once, shame on you… fool me twice, shame on me…fool me thrice, shoot me in the head…’

      • FP_Santangelo_Fan_Club 4 years ago

        I think Darvish is on another level. Look at that dude’s stats dude! Walter Johnson is only comp IMO.

        • NickinIthaca 4 years ago

          When he’s putting up the same stats in MLB then, and only then should Walter Johnson’s name be mentioned.

        • Slopeboy 4 years ago

          Don’t believe the hype. Dice-K had very similar numbers, Kei Igawa was the second best pitcher in the NPL. None of the asian pitcher’s numbers have ever translated to anything comparable in the US. His posting fee is going to off the charts and then his salary demands are going to be just as high. Yankees can sign pitchers with similar stats for far less money.

        • woadude 4 years ago

          You do realize they throw a different size ball in Japan and sometimes it doesn’t translate well in the MLB, when teams scout international players the first thing they do is have them throw actual MLB balls and the results are really staggering, Dice K really does have a gyro ball pitch but cant get the same spin with an MLB ball.

      • woadude 4 years ago

        awesome use of the word Thrice go team Coco.

  8. Bombastic_Dave 4 years ago

    Why has nobody said anything about how the MLB teams coordinated to ensure Bonds was not signed? Why is this suddenly going to change?

    • woadude 4 years ago

      Because if they did Bonds would sue over whats commonly called collusion, look it up.

      • Bombastic_Dave 4 years ago

        Baseball’s rife with collusion. What about the Gentlemen’s Agreement that kept blacks out of baseball for 70 years?

        And what’s this “look it up” crap?

  9. buchachan 4 years ago

    I just read the article about Zambrano and was wondering if the author was either A) smoking crack or B) on an afternoon bender. It will be quite interesting to see what Zambrano the Cubs will get this year but, to go as far as saying just to cut him? Madness I tell you. If the Jays can dump Wells to the Angels, I see no reason why the Cubs couldn’t get a decent haul for him.

    • Slopeboy 4 years ago

      Have Reagins call Hendry

    • woadude 4 years ago

      Your right, they could always call the Mariners, they sure bailed them out of Bradley.

    • zazu22 4 years ago

      I think the article was written under the assumption that they wouldn’t be able to get anybody to buy into Zambrano’s contract given the way he has performed these past years. Of course they would trade him if there was a buyer.

  10. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    Oh snap! This is the first time I have seen you give the Yankees props!!

  11. Karsch 4 years ago

    Jamies 48.

  12. zazu22 4 years ago

    He will never make another appearance in the MLB.

  13. Agaze 7,643.

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