White Sox, Tigers and Braves, oh my! Where should Damon go?

Our long national nightmare is almost over. The saga of Johnny Damon looks to be drawing to a close with the Tigers’ reported two-year, $14 million offer out to Damon. The Braves reportedly have a one-year, $4 million offer out as well, while the White Sox are nibbling around the negotiations. It’s very unlikely the […]

Justin Verlander stays in Detroit for five years, $80 million

The Associated Press is reporting that right-handed starter Justin Verlander has agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal with the Tigers. The deal buys out Verlander’s final two years of arbitration and three years of free agency. It’s a similar deal to Felix Hernandez’s extension, which was five years and $78 million. The 26-year old […]

Scott Downs or Jason Frasor?

The Toronto Blue Jays’ closer’s job at the moment seems to be between Scott Downs and Jason Frasor, although other candidates may have a say in the battle. For instance, Kevin Gregg may ink shortly with the Blue Jays, which would throw him into the discussion for the closing job. For the purposes of this […]

Busy day for Athletics

The Oakland Athletics had a busy day today, shaking up their 40-man roster. For starters, the team traded Aaron Miles and a player to be named later to the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Willy Taveras and infielder Adam Rosales. Miles is due for a $4.9 million salary in 2010, although the Cubs sent along $1 […]

Looking at the remainder of the free agent market

With a plethora of free agents all finding new homes, the amount of players on the free agent list is dwindling fast. Players now off the board include: Jim Edmonds (Brewers), Miguel Batista (Nationals), Randy Winn (Yankees), Chad Tracy (Cubs), Tim Redding (Rockies) Fernando Tatis (Mets), Xavier Nady (Cubs) and Josh Fogg (Mets), Orlando Cabrera […]

Padres sign Jon Garland

Jon Garland inked a one year deal worth $4.7 million with the San Diego Padres. The deal holds a $6.75 million mutual option for 2011. It’s startling that no other team was interested in Garland at that price. Garland isn’t an ace, but he’s a nice back of the rotation starter to have. For San […]

Athletics sign Ben Sheets

The Oakland Athletics have signed RHP Ben Sheets to a one year deal worth $10 million, an allocation of assets both uncommon for the club and yet intriguing. Oakland has been trying and failing to sign several players, namely Adrian Beltre and Marco Scutaro, so the fact that the A’s had $10 million (Sheets can […]

Philly extends Blanton, Victorino, Ruiz

The Phillies have extended three of their arbitration eligible players, all to three-year contracts, locking up the complementary core of their team through the window of opportunity for the club. The 31-year old Carlos Ruiz has a $9 million contract extending through 2012, at a salary that Matt Klaassen over at FanGraphs deemed to be […]

Should the Mets look into Chris Snyder?

With catcher Bengie Molina returning to San Francisco, speculation about a possible fit between Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder and the Mets have heated up. Following the 2008 season, Snyder signed a three-year, $14.25 million extension with the Diamondbacks. The then-27 year old was coming off a .237/.348/.452 season at the plate, a burgeoning reputation as […]

Brewers bring Doug Davis back to town

With the signing of left-hander Doug Davis to a one-year deal worth $4.5 million, the Brewers have completed a makeover of a rotation that was in dire straits for all of 2009. In a process that began with cutting Braden Looper loose and snagging Randy Wolf, perhaps the best starting pitcher on the market, Milwaukee […]

Huston Street or Carl Pavano?

Earlier today, it was revealed that the baseball version of Humpty Dumpty, Carl Pavano, signed for $7 million, avoiding arbitration with the Minnesota Twins. Elsewhere in the great expanse of the midwest, the Colorado Rockies struck an accord with closer Huston Street to the tune of three years and $22.5 million. There are those that […]

Baseball Reference announces e-Reader database

Sean Forman, the overlord at Baseball-Reference.com has created an e-reader version of Baseball Reference that will allow anyone to look up statistics while on the go. Forman was assisted by John Burnson of Heater Magazine, who also contributes to THT. The goal here was to put all player statistics in a handy format to be […]

LaRoche to Diamondbacks, Valverde to Tigers

The Arizona Diamondbacks made a fantastic signing in first baseman Adam LaRoche while the Detroit Tigers took a step forward with the inking of closer Jose Valverde. LaRoche reportedly rejected a two-year, $17.5 million offer from the San Francisco Giants in December, badly misreading the market. As a result, he tucks his tail in between […]

It’s not just about major league payroll

On Tuesday, news broke that the Major League Baseball Player’s Association chided the Marlins for not spending enough on major league payroll, invoking an heretofore ignored aspect of the Collective Bargaining Agreement struck between the players union and baseball owners in 2006. In a quid pro quo for instituting the luxury tax that has essentially […]

Brett Myers lands in Houston

So far this year, the Astros have committed $24.6 million to the likes of Brandon Lyon, Pedro Feliz and now Brett Myers. In other words, the Astros are more than content spending for mediocrity. Lyon is a middle reliever, while Feliz is a no-hit band-aid at third base. At least Myers has some upside. The […]

Giants bring in Aubrey Huff

Some consider the San Francisco Giants’ signing of first baseman Aubrey Huff (CBS5, via MLB Trade Rumors) to a one-year, $3 million deal uninspiring. While Huff should provide a return on investment, it is hard to disagree. The Giants are able to boast a payroll of $80-$90 million, but with Tim Lincecum hitting arbitration as […]

Jason Bay lands with the Mets

The Jason Bay saga is over, as the left-fielder has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $66 million deal with the New York Mets. The deal includes a fifth-year option that would bring the total amount of the deal to $80 million. The concern surrounding Bay, which has caused many to be hesitant to commit a […]

Capps lands in Washington

In a marriage that made sense the moment the Pirates non-tendered Matt Capps, the right-hander has inked a deal with the Nationals. Capps being non-tendered by Pittsburgh caught some by surprise, with their general manager defending the move saying that Capps wasn’t worth what he stood to earn in arbitration… roughly $3 million. So much […]