November 21, 2014
– Finalists for the Rays’ open managerial position are RAUL IBANEZ, DON WAKAMATSU and KEVIN CASH.
– Per multiple sources, the Braves are shopping JUSTIN UPTON.
– Per multiple sources, the Poodres have entered the PABLO SANDOVAL race with a flourish, offering a contract in the $90m range. They are also one of the favorites in the YASMANY TOMAS derby. Is the O’Malley magic finally showing its hand?
– Per multiple sources, the Dodgers acquired LHP ADAM LIBERATORE & RHP JOEL PERALTA from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for RHP JOSE DOMINGUEZ & GREG HARRIS.
November 20, 2014
– The White Sox have made a series of moves. Highlights (non-minor) include claiming LHP ONELKI GARCIA from the Dodgers and designating our favorite MIA pitcher RONALD BELLISARIO for assignment.
– Per Bob Nightengale (USA Today) the Nats are informing clubs that P JORDAN ZIMMERMAN will be available at the right price. They may also be willing to part with DOUG FISTER, who has a year remaining on his contract.
November 19, 2014
💰 Sad story from philly.com, The family legal fight over Ryan Howard’s finances
🙈 From AP News, Judge threatens Roger Clemens with contempt
😭 Per Joel Stiglich, Billy Butler on MadBum and the World Series loss: “I didn’t think it was possible for 1 person to single-handedly win it for a team.” I bet he loved MadBum’s timely at bats.
– The Red Sox have claimed JUAN FRANCISCO off waivers from the Blue Jays.
SF GIANTS NEWS
– MLB insiders and Sandoval’s own agent seems to say that the previous assumption that the SF Giants are out of the running are false. At this point, it’s becoming Lebron Watch. Who needs that? I’ll just post something when there is an actual confirmation of a signing. Until then, we have this:
– Per multiple sources, PABLO SANDOVAL has rejected the SF Giants contract offer and is 90% likely to sign with the Red Sox. Apparently, San Francisco was never going to be considered after the Giants stopped talks at the beginning of the season.
– Per others, there has been no official offer from the BoSox to PABLO SANDOVAL.
😭 From USA Today, Free agent Pablo Sandoval on trip to Boston: ‘I love being here’
– Per Ken Rosenthal, PABLO SANDOVAL‘s agent plan on calling the team today. The BoSox have an offer on the table with the Panda.
– Per Buster Olney, TIM HUDSON is “pretty sure” he will retire after the 2015 season.
November 18, 2014
– Per multiple sources, the A’s have signed BILLY BUTLER to a 3 yr./$30m contract.
– Per multiple sources, the Orioles have signed RHP OLIVER DRAKE to a major league contract.
– Per multiple sources, the Indians are looking to trade NICK SWISHER.
– Per multiple sources, the Giants have a 5-yr/$90m deal on the table for PABLO SANDOVAL.
– Per multiple sources, the Marlins are interested in ADAM LAROCHE.
💔 From NYTimes Sports, N.F.L. Was Family, Until Wives Reported Domestic Abuse
– Per Paul Hoynes (cleveland.com), the Indians have signed SHAUN MARCUM and DUSTIN MOLLEKEN to minor league deals with big league invites.
– Per multiple sources, the Dodgers are interested in pursuing ALEXEI RAMIREZ.
– Per multiple sources, the White Sox have signed P ZACH DUKE.
💩 From the Denver Post, What is Troy Tulowitzki’s trade value? A look at his 2014 Rockies grade
🐾 From AZ Central, Diamondbacks tab Ed Lewis to head analytics department
– Per Buster Olney, PABLO SANDOVAL‘s brother says that his brother is “…looking for respect…” Bye Giants?
– P JON LESTER to meet with the Braves this week.
👌 From ActaSports, Is Madison Bumgarner the World’s #1 Starting Pitcher?
🐼 From the Boston Herald, Pablo Sandoval tour hits Boston
😭 From the NY Times, As Bud Selig Prepares Exit, Roger Clemens Case Sticks Around
– The Cards send P SHELBY MILLER to the Braves in exchange for OF JASON HEYWARD and P JORDAN WALDEN.
– Per multiple sources, C RUSSELL MARTIN has landed in Toronto with a hefty 5 year/$82m deal.
– Per Mike Berardino (St. Paul Pioneer Press), the Phillies have signed RHP PJ WALTERS and DANNI MASTROIANNI.