Brewers decline Looper option: how will they build rotation?

The Milwaukee Brewers were smart to decline starting pitcher Braden Looper’s $6.5 million mutual option, freeing up a significant amount of money to plug various holes. Looper led baseball in home runs, checking in at 194.2 innings of a 5.22 ERA. I don’t think serving up all those home runs are sustainable, so it’s likely […]

Are Phillies really considering Placido Polanco?

Jim Salisbury of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the Phillies have Placido Polanco on their wishlist to play third base. While Salisbury doesn’t comment on whether Polanco is actually coveted ahead of Adrian Beltre or Mark DeRosa or simply a fallback, I remain horrified that this would be under consideration at all. The argument for […]

Understanding the Ken Griffey move

Ken Griffey Jr. is returning for what figures to be his swan song, a second straight season in Seattle that figures to see him serve strictly off the bench. Junior is receiving a $2 million base salary with incentives that could bring in another million. Some are stunned that general manager Jack Zduriencik would make […]

Too much hubbub over Type-A free agents

Over the last couple years, and mitigated by the recent press over the issue, draft pick compensation has become a major, major part of the free agent market — to the point where it is being overvalued. As a brief refresher, free agents are assigned one of three categories: Type A, Type B and unranked. […]

Prognosticating where Beltre, Cameron, Jacobs end up

There are some players in free agency who won’t get as much ink as the higher-end players. No matter where they end up, Matt Holliday, Jason Bay and John Lackey will draw the most attention. But what about those middle- to low-tier free agents that figure to be in demand by many teams? Just because […]

Twins strike for J.J. Hardy

In this just-started offseason, Akinori Iwamura, Mark Teahen and Jeremy Hermida have headlined trades. Now, J.J. Hardy makes four. Hardy, acquired by the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Carlos Gomez, leaves Milwaukee after five seasons. Debuting as a 22-year old, Hardy had quickly established himself as a top-tier shortstop in quick order until 2009 brought […]

Both sides come out ahead in Teahen swap

The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals hooked up for an intradivision trade the day after the World Series ended, agreeing to send 3B/RF Mark Teahen to the south side of Chicago in exchange for 2B Chris Getz and 3B Josh Fields. This trade is certainly no blockbuster, but the trade appears to be […]

Rays get something for nothing in Iwamura trade

I have to say, I’m pretty impressed by Tampa Bay’s ability to turn Akinori Iwamura into a young, cost-controllable fireballing reliever. It was essentially a done deal that Iwamura would become a free agent so Tampa could move to Ben Zobrist as a full-time second baseman (with Sean Rodriguez knocking on the door for playing […]

Tigers plan to bring Scott Sizemore to bigs

Dave Dombrowski seems prepared to move forward with Scott Sizemore as the new starting second baseman. During an interview, Dombrowski referred to Polanco in the past tense, and talked up Sizemore’s preparedness for duty. Sizemore has yet to see major league action, splitting 2009 between Double-A and Triple-A. Combined, he hit .308/.389/.500, certainly suggesting that […]

What next for Detroit?

On the heels of an unbelievable play-in game to determine who got to chase the World Series title, the Detroit Tigers are left wondering what they have to do next to make it back to the postseason. The Tigers were considered a vaunted team going into 2008, and we all know what happened. 2009 saw […]

Trevor Hoffman re-signs with Milwaukee

Trevor Hoffman agreed to a deal to stay with the Milwaukee Brewers today, receiving a $2 million salary bump to $8 million. Doug Melvin credited Trevor Hoffman with being the Cal Ripken of pitchers, so it’s no surprise an accord was reached so quickly. I’ve heard some criticism for the deal, given that it’s $8 […]

Will Billy Wagner’s value be impacted by arbitration?

One of the bigger plot lines in the trade that sent Billy Wagner to Boston was the question of arbitration. Wagner wanted the Sox to pledge not to offer him arbitration, something the Sox were not willing to do. Eventually, Wagner capitulated on the caveat his $10 million option was declined. Since then, I’ve been […]

Corey Hart finished for season; did plate discipline impact his power?

Corey Hart‘s season is over after x-rays showed possible compression fractures in his right hand, stemming from his fourth and fifth fingers. Bone scans will later confirm the story, but there’s no way Hart returns to the ballfield in 2009. As a result, the right-fielder finishes his season with a .260/.335/.418 line, disappointing in the […]

Phillies activate Romero; Should he be closer?

On the 28th of September, the Phillies activated J.C. Romero from the 15-day disabled list. Romero had been knocked out since August 4th with a forearm strain, this coming after missing the first 50 days of the season thanks to a positive test for PEDs. As a result, the left-hander has appeared in only 16.2 […]

Padres activate Mike Adams

Yesterday, the Padres activated Mike Adams from the 15-day disabled list. 31 in July, Adams has developed into one of the premier relievers in the game and should be looked at as a future closer—as soon as 2010. The Texan broke in with the Brewers in 2004 and posted an encouraging 3.40 ERA. Despite showing […]

One man’s take on the 2010 Mets

I headed to the new Citi Field Stadium this past Tuesday, where I took in a Mets-Marlins game. (Sorry, no pictures — I somehow managed to lose the camera-computer cord.) I had to suffer through Tim Redding, but it was an enjoyable game all around with Hanley Ramirez conking a home run and Cameron Maybin […]

White Sox promote fast-riser Dan Hudson to majors

The White Sox promoted 22-year old Dan Hudson to the major leagues Thursday, capping off what has been a whirlwind season for the right-hander. Hudson reaches his fifth level in two years — fourth this year alone — with the move after absolutely dominating the competition since being drafted in the fifth round of the […]

Grudgingly giving Dodgers GM Ned Coletti credit for Belliard, Thome, Garland

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti has been a busy man these past couple of days. He brought in three brand new Dodgers: infielder Ronnie Belliard, “first baseman” Jim Thome and starting pitcher Jon Garland. Coletti has proven to have a master stroke at getting quality players at discount prices. Colletti did this at next to […]

Is Scott Kazmir really done as an ace?

Today, the trade sending Scott Kazmir to the Los Angeles Angels for two minor league players (LHP Alex Torres, 3B Matt Sweeney) and a player to be named later is official. Reaction seems to be very pro-Tampa Bay (Keith Law. Rob Neyer. Matthew Pouliot.) with the general consensus being that Kazmir is no longer an […]

Jason Schmidt’s season over, likely career

Thursday, the Dodgers transferred Jason Schmidt to the 60-day disabled list. He had originally been placed on the 15-day disabled list with complications stemming from his surgically repaired right shoulder. His season is obviously over, and with it, likely his career. Schmidt leaves behind a three-year, $47 million pact that gave the Dodgers exactly three […]