Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that Brian Bruney, the former Yankee who was traded to the Nationals a few months ago for Rule 5 selection, Jamie Hoffmann, lost his salary arbitration case with Washington. Bruney had requested $1.85 million in his first season with the Nationals, however, after losing his case, he is set to [...]
Ah, finally—a catcher. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Mets are making a “hard push” for free agent catcher, Rod Barajas, and are currently discussing a one-year deal. Barajas, 34, hit .226/.258/.403 last season with the Blue Jays, while smacking 19 homers and driving in 71 runs over 125 games. The Mets have been [...]
From Ken Gurnick of MLB.com: LOS ANGELES — Eric Gagne wants to be a Dodger again. General manager Ned Colletti said that his scouts have seen Gagne throw but that the club has not made an offer or decided whether it would. Gagne also reportedly has contacted the Rockies, who are managed by Jim Tracy, [...]
According to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com, the Indians have extended an offer to Russel Branyan. Branyan, 34, hit .257/.341/.520 with 31 homers last season with the Mariners, however, concerns regarding his back have hurt his free agency. Branyan has a history with the tribe after being drafted by them in 1994, and would serve as [...]
Via ESPN‘s Buster Olney, we learn that Cody Ross, who hit .270/.321/.469 with 24 homers and 90 RBI last season, has won his arbitration hearing with the Marlins. Florida will pay the 29-year old outfielder $4.45 million in 2010.
It’s for real this time. According to Bill Ladson (MLB.com), the Nationals have agreed to terms with Chien-Ming Wang (details are forthcoming). They are set to unveil Wang on Friday in Florida, at Space Coast Stadium. Wang’s pinstriped career ends with a 55-26 record, a 4.16 ERA, 3.99 FIP, two 19-win seasons, and a second [...]
From Bill Ladson’s (MLB.com) latest mailbag: I wanted to know what your thoughts were about possibly bringing in Gary Sheffield as a big bat off the bench for the Nationals? – David H., Laytonsville, Md. I spoke to a baseball source who told me that Sheffield would not be a good fit with the Nationals [...]
From John Tomase of the Boston Herald: FORT MYERS – Apprised of comments in yesterday’s Herald that Victor Martinez would prefer to sign with the Red Sox before reaching free agency, Theo Epstein stuck to club policy about not discussing contract talks. But the general manager did make it sound like the Sox share the [...]
From ESPN: ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers signed free-agent outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league contract Monday with an invitation to spring training. Richard Durrett and the rest of the ESPNDallas.com team have the inside scoop on the Rangers, the American League and Major League Baseball. Chavez, 32, played 54 games with Seattle [...]
Via ESPN, we learn that the Washington Nationals have agreed to a deal with outfielder Willy Taveras, who was recently released by the Oakland A’s after having acquired him from the Cincinnati Reds. Taveras’ deal is a minor-league contract with an invite to Spring Training. If he makes the team’s 40-man roster, he will earn [...]
With little Yankees news on the evening, perhaps I’ll end the day as we started, with a broader, MLB item. The Minnesota Twins, who are slated to open their new ballpark, Target Field, in 2010, have had a busy winter, signing Jim Thome while working towards a contract extension with Joe Mauer. Adding to their [...]
The Braves, according to Jon Heyman, have traded reliever Rafael Soriano to the Rays pending a review of his medical record. He’ll most likely serve as Tampa’s closer in 2010. Great addition for Tampa Bay.
Joe Mauer, 26, has been named the American League’s Most Valuable Player after hitting a robust .365/.444/.587 in 2009. Remarkably, despite missing a month of time due to some significant back problems, Mauer hit 28 home runs and drove in 96 RBI, both of which are career highs. The Minnesotan also led the American League [...]
Tim Lincecum, 25, has been named the National League’s Cy Young Award winner. San Francisco’s The Freak posted a 2.48 ERA (2.34 FIP) over 225 1/3 innings in 2009. He won 15 games, struck out 261 batters and walked 68. He was worth 8.2 WAR, which translates to a theoretical $37 million payday. Chris Carpenter [...]
You can read about Scioscia’s win here and Tracy’s win here.