Understanding the Morrow deal

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired RHP Brandon Morrow from the Seattle Mariners in a bit of a surprise, surrendering major-league reliever Brandon League and minor league outfield prospect Johermyn Chavez. It seems like the Mariners didn’t get value for Morrow back in the trade. Given that the Mariners have resident genius Jack Zduriencik at the […]

Debunking more fastballs in the American League

For the last several years, it’s been thought that the American League is a breaking pitch league — that is, the caliber of hitters in the AL dictate that fastballs should be relied on less. If you are a fastball hitter, you want to go to the National League where you can dominate. On the […]

Washington Nationals headed to playoffs in 2010

Well, it’s official. The Washington Nationals will take baseball by storm and make the playoffs in 2010 now that they’ve inked starting pitcher Jason Marquis. Why do I say that? Because Jason Marquis’ team has been in the playoffs every year of his career — 10 straight seasons. Marquis is a Winner™ and you best […]

Seattle pulls wool over Cubs eyes with Bradley-Silva swap

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times first reported that Milton Bradley, who will go down in Cubs infamy, has been swapped to the Seattle Mariners for starting pitcher Carlos Silva. Like Bradley, Silva will go down in M’s infamy as one of the last disastrous moves made by former GM Bill Bavasi… except that Silva’s […]

Orioles get great value in Mike Gonzalez

The Baltimore Orioles addressed their two biggest needs in one fell swoop Wednesday, agreeing to a two-year deal with left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez while plucking third baseman Garrett Atkins off the scrap heap pile. For this article, we’re going to look at Mike Gonzalez and why Baltimore felt comfortable inking him to a contract that […]

Halladay, Lee blockbuster change complexion of three teams

In one fell swoop, the Philadelphia Phillies handed the Seattle Mariners the A.L. West title while giving the Toronto Blue Jays the kick in the pants their rebuilding phase needed. The particulars first: Philadelphia receives SP Roy Halladay and $6 million from Toronto in exchange for prospects in P Kyle Drabek, OF Michael Taylor and […]

K.C’s logic in signing Kendall falls apart

The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly inked John Buck to a one-year, $2 million contract. While Toronto’s shopping may not be done at catcher, Buck is virtually certain to open the season as the starter. Why did the ex-Royal leave town? Why, because of Jason Kendall. Kendall is the new starting catcher for the Royals […]

Astros grab two relievers, ink a third-baseman

The Houston Astros were a bit busy Wednesday at the winter meetings, completing a trade for Marlins reliever Matt Lindstrom while signing reliever Brandon Lyon and third-baseman Pedro Feliz to contracts. Lindstrom is coming off a rough 2009 campaign that saw his control issues worsen while suffering injuries. The injuries aren’t entirely to blame for […]

Rangers deal Millwood, acquire Harden

The Texas Rangers today essentially swapped Kevin Millwood for Rich Harden. Can’t go wrong there, right? The Rangers are sending Kevin Millwood to the Baltimore Orioles for reliever Chris Ray in what is purely a salary dump. Ray, 27, is no great shakes. He might yet have a solid career in the majors as a […]

Blockbuster three-way trade sends Granderson to Yankees

The first blockbuster trade of the 2009-2010 offseason has happened, pending medicals. The particulars: Arizona Diamondbacks receive SP Edwin Jackson (Detroit), SP Ian Kennedy (New York). Detroit Tigers receive SP Max Scherzer (Arizona), SP Daniel Schlereth (Arizona), CF Austin Jackson (Yankees), RP Phil Coke (Yankees) New York Yankees receive CF Curtis Granderson (Detroit). Let’s look […]

Mariners sign Chone Figgins

Chone Figgins and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a contract bringing the former Angel to town. This was a story to watch all day Friday as the confirmations rolled in. Figgins, turning 32 in late January, should be a valuable player for the next two years at a minimum. Figgins had an incredible year […]

Placido Polanco to Phillies? Really?

The scuttlebutt is that the Philadelphia Phillies are set to sign Placido Polanco to be their third baseman. On a two-year deal, this is a pretty nice signing by the Phi— wait, it’s three years? At $18 million? With a mutual option for a fourth year? What is Philadelphia thinking? Let’s look at the good […]

Where could Dioner Navarro end up?

The Tampa Bay Rays acquired catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Cleveland Indians Tuesday for a player to be named later. Shoppach, who will turn 30 next April, got a late start in being a backstop, only seeing his first major league action in 2005 as a 25-year old for Boston. He headed to Cleveland in […]

Andruw Jones makes smart choice in choosing White Sox

The White Sox signed Andruw Jones to a one-year contract worth $500,000 last week. While the White Sox aren’t done making moves, don’t be surprised to see Jones put together over 300 at-bats. The White Sox intend for Jones to be a backup player, although I have a hard time thinking Jones was willing to […]

How signing Alex Gonzalez could net Toronto a 1st round pick

As a Red Sox fan, when I heard the news that the Toronto Blue Jays signed shortstop Alex Gonzalez to a $2.75 million contract (with a club option for 2011), my first reaction was an unprintable word. My second reaction was a marveling at how Toronto may have just painted a master stroke of genius. […]

Could Overbay trade open door for Encarnacion move?

The Globe and Mail’s Jeff Blair tweeted Tuesday that Lyle Overbay was 90 percent likely to be traded at the winter meetings. Assuming that the return for Overbay is not a first-baseman or left-fielder, this trade could open up a switch for Edwin Encarnacion. While Encarnacion is coming off a poor year beseiged by injuries, […]

Making sense of Juan Castro to Phillies

On the face of it, Juan Castro signing a major-league contract worth about $700,000 with a 2011 club option makes no sense. After all, this is a 37-year old with a career line of .230/.270/.332. He has negligible value on offense, and I couldn’t care less about his .277 mark he posted last year (/.311/.339). […]

Kevin Millwood or Luis Castillo: Who is more valuable?

Kind of a weird topic, right? But I have my reasoning. News broke Friday of a potential three-way deal that would send Milton Bradley back to Texas from the Cubs. Chicago would receive second baseman Luis Castillo from the Mets as their reward for shedding the malcontent, with Kevin Millwood heading to the Big Apple […]

Where could Omar Vizquel and Nick Johnson end up?

Last week, I mused about where Adrian Beltre, Mike Cameron and Mike Jacobs could end up. Today, I bring you two more potential fits. OMAR VIZQUEL Omar Vizquel is coming off what you could consider a career renaissance at age 42, serving as the Texas Rangers’ backup infielder after rubbing shoulders with Mario Mendoza the […]

Reds bring back Ramon Hernandez

In a bit of a surprise, the Cincinnati Reds have brought back Ramon Hernandez on a one-year, $3 million contract to function as their starting catcher. The reason I say it was a surprise is because popular notion has been that the team is looking to slash payroll. In such a situation, the more adept […]