Let's do another round of Baseball Blogs Weigh In, which is fairly self-explanatory. Jamey Newberg's analysis of the Josh Hamilton for Edinson Volquez trade is a must-read. Check it out. Gaslamp Ball discusses Mark Prior's post-surgery abilities. Beer Leaguer doesn't seem to mind the Geoff Jenkins signing, but notes that other "safe" Phillies signings haven't worked out. Lookout Landing doesn't find Carlos Silva to be much different than Josh Towers
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We've got a new feature here at MLBTR called Baseball Blogs Weigh In. It's pretty self-explanatory. I link to top-notch blogs giving their take on recent moves. Aaron Gleeman looks closely at the big Delmon for Garza swap and finds the Rays the victors. One major factor cited is Jason Bartlett's defense being far superior to Brendan Harris'. Throw in Eduardo Morlan and I see where Gleeman's coming from. Matthew Cerrone isn't thrilled with the Lastings Milledge deal, but he at least sees where the Mets are coming from and trusts Omar Minaya's judgment. Joe Pawlikowski makes a case for..
This week in baseball blogs… The Point of Pittsburgh wonders whether the slow offseason is good business or corporate greed. Mets Daddy finds it “troubling” that Yasmani Grandal had to settle for a one-year deal. Reviewing The Brew believes acquiring Madison Bumgarner would be a mistake for the Brewers. Call to the Pen (links: 1,… More ›
Every Friday, MLBTR contributor and Rays Index author Cork Gaines does our Baseball Blogs Weigh In feature. He collects interesting hot stove-related links from around the baseball blogosphere for your perusal. If you wrote a post on your blog that would appeal to the readers of MLB Trade Rumors, email Cork to submit it for… More ›
This week in baseball blogs… Statsswipe explains why Trea Turner could be in for an NL MVP-caliber season. Reviewing The Brew looks ahead to reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich’s 2019. Wander Rays regards the playoffs as a realistic possibility for Tampa Bay in 2019. Fish Stripes identifies all of the key executives Derek Jeter has… More ›
He has 762 home runs and 7 MVPs. In 2007, he hit 28 home runs in only 126 games and posted a 170 OPS+, which would have led the NL if he had not come up 27 plate appearances short of qualifying. Still, Barry Bonds is without a job for 2008. Some would argue it is because he is 43 years and has bad knees that limit him to DH duty. Others would say it is because he is an unwanted distraction. Some are even beginning to whisper that Bonds is being blackballed by baseball…The Cardinals and the A's have..
The biggest name remaining in the free agent market is one Barry Lamar Bonds. The most recent rumored destinations for the all-time home run champ have been the Rays, Mets and even Japan. The Rays say there was never any serious consideration and the Mets say they are not interested. The biggest question mark concerning… More ›
He has 762 home runs and 7 MVPs. In 2007, he hit 28 home runs in only 126 games and posted a 170 OPS+, which would have led the NL if he had not come up 27 plate appearances short of qualifying. Still, Barry Bonds is without a job for 2008. Some would argue it… More ›
It seems as though all the players we thought we would be traded this off-season, have been traded, minus one…Brian Roberts. The oft-rumored deal to send Roberts to the Cubs continues to linger. Ken Rosenthal first suggested that Roberts would be a good fit for the Cubs back in early December and Jeff Zrebiec confirmed the Cubs interest. Then the deal may have been dead, with the O's asking price too high and by the end of January Gordon Wittenmyer suggested Cubs had turned their focus to Marlon Byrd. Then according to Jon Heyman a deal appeared imminent. Rosenthal thought..
Last week we looked at one face of the steroid era (Barry Bonds) and wondered where he might end up playing in 2008. Today let’s take a look at the newest face of the steroid era, Roger Clemens. Clemens has yet to decide whether to pitch in 2008. While his friends believe that the Astros… More ›
It seems as though all the players we thought we would be traded this off-season, have been traded, minus one…Brian Roberts. The oft-rumored deal to send Roberts to the Cubs continues to linger. Ken Rosenthal first suggested that Roberts would be a good fit for the Cubs back in early December and Jeff Zrebiec confirmed… More ›
Oh Brandon Inge…Has it really only been two years since Inge belted 27 home runs and endeared himself to Tigers fans everywhere by transforming himself from a utility player into an everyday Major League third baseman? In doing so, Inge became the poster-child for the resurgent Detroit franchise that took only three years to go… More ›
This week in baseball blogs… Jays From the Couch (links: 1, 2) talks with Toronto president Mark Shapiro on how the team is grooming its future stars. Pinstripe Alley puts the Yankees’ financial austerity in context. The K Zone features a piece on Tommy John surgery. CheckSwings delves into what MLB might look like if… More ›
On this date in 1987, Charlie Kerfeld agreed to one of the more ludicrous deals in the history of baseball. The right-hander inked a one-year deal with the Astros worth $110,037.37 and 37 boxes of orange Jello. Kerfeld, who wore No. 37, insisted he earn more than teammate Jim DeShaies' $110K salary and wanted the gelatin… More ›
On this date in 2002, Scott Rolen became the highest paid player in Phillies history. The third baseman signed a one-year contract worth $8.6MM, avoiding his final season of arbitration-eligibility. Rolen was traded to the Cardinals at midseason, and his then-record salary has since been eclipsed numerous times. Here's the latest from around the web…… More ›
Does anybody else think that Brian Roberts’ agent fuels 90% of these rumors just so his client’s name is kept in the news? Me neither…Now that we have gotten the obligatory Roberts reference out of the way, let’s move on to some trades/signings that might actually happen in the near future. The biggest of course… More ›
With a full slate of Spring Training games underway today, there are still some big names hanging out in the free agent market. After the Red Sox signed signed former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon to a minor league deal, there are still two big-name starting pitchers that have yet to find new homes. Former… More ›
Last year, in his final year prior to arbitration eligibility, Ryan Howard was renewed for $900K. This was about twice what the Phillies were required to pay Howard, but significantly less than the reigning MVP thought he deserved. Of course, this year that number has been used as a measuring stick by several young stars… More ›
This week in baseball blogs… Chin Music Baseball evaluates possible landing spots for Manny Machado. Bronx To Bushville, Mets Critic and Mets Daddy react to the team’s shocking trade with the Mariners. Outfield Fly Rule analyzes the Braves’ Josh Donaldson signing. The Dugout Online examines the state of the Rays. Fish Stripes revisits the failed… More ›
This week in baseball blogs… Chin Music Baseball examines potential destinations for Corey Kluber. Reviewing The Brew proposes a Brewers-Indians trade centering on Kluber. The Dugout argues against banning the shift. Infield Shift wonders why the Braves aren’t spending more aggressively this offseason. Call to the Pen (links: 1, 2) seeks a match in an… More ›