MLB News: Seven Extension Candidates Before Season Starts

Tigers News

With Spring Training mercifully around the corner, it’s that time of the year when teams start negotiating contract extensions. Clayton Kershaw started off the extension season with a deal that guarantees him $215 million, and the Atlanta Braves recently agreed on a lucrative deal with first baseman Freddie Freeman that will keep him under team control through […]

Carroll, Nix, Francoeur, Slowey, Minor Moves Roundup

Jamey Carroll, Jayson Nix, Jeff Francoeur and Kevin Slowey recently signed minor league deals. Slowey, a 29 year-old right-hander, signed with the Miami Marlins. He threw 92 innings for the Marlins in 2013, posting an ERA of 4.11 and an FIP of 3.81. For his career, he’s walked only 3.8 percent of hitters while striking out 17.7 percent. With a fastball […]

Gerrit Cole and Danny Salazar, Aces on Your Radar

MLB News

Who were two hardest throwing starting pitchers in baseball in 2013? The correct answer is Gerrit Cole of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Danny Salazar of the Cleveland Indians, who each averaged a touch over 96 miles per hour. Miami Marlins hurler Nathan Eovaldi would have been a sufficient answer as well, but he’s far less interesting. Cole and Salazar made waves in their somewhat limited […]

Rockies Trades Land Drew Stubbs and Franklin Morales

Rockies Rumors

The Colorado Rockies have made two trades. In one deal they acquired lefthanded pitcher Franklin Morales from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for infielder Jonathan Herrera. Ian Brown and Thomas Harding of reported the trade. Morales, who turns 28 in January, pitched for the Rockies from 2007 to 2011 before he was acquired by the Red Sox for cash considerations. […]

Cleveland Indians Reach Agreement to Sign John Axford

Indians Rumors

The Cleveland Indians reached an agreement with John Axford according to Jordan Bastian of Axford’s contract is believed to be a one-year deal as he has two years of arbitration eligibility after this year. Earlier this offseason, the 30 year-old reliever was non-tendered by the St. Louis Cardinals. Axford, who was signed by the New York Yankees as an undrafted free […]

Cleveland Indians Finalize Deal With David Murphy

Cleveland Indians rumors

The Cleveland Indians announced that they had finalized an agreement with free-agent outfielder David Murphy on a two-year deal that includes a club option for 2016. The deal is reportedly worth $12 million.  The deal was contingent on Murphy passing a physical and the physical is done. Last season, the 32-year-old Murphy posted career lows […]

Cleveland Indians Reach Agreement with David Murphy

The Cleveland Indians have reached an agreement with free-agent outfielder David Murphy on a two-year deal worth $12 million. According to John Heyman the deal includes an option for third-year.  The deal is contingent on Murphy passing a physical. Murphy, 32,  had a somewhat disappointing 2013 season for the Texas Rangers hitting just .220/.282/.374 with 13 […]

Francona, Hurdle Named 2013 Managers of the Year

Manager of the Year

The Cleveland Indians Terry Francona and Pittsburgh Pirates Clint Hurdle were honored as the top managers in baseball by the BBWAA. Francona led the Indians to a 24 game improvement , the largest improvement in franchise history and earned the No. 1 wild-card spot in the American League. The Indians went 21-6 in September and ended the season on a 10-game winning […]

Cleveland Indians Ubaldo Jimenez’ Turnaround in 2013

Indians News

I previously wrote about how Corey Kluber has been a big key to the Cleveland Indians’ turnaround 2013 season. Similarly important has been the second-half performance of Ubaldo Jimenez.  The Indians hurler has the lowest second-half ERA in the AL. The big righthander was acquired from the Colorado Rockies in 2011 in a deadline deal in which the Indians gave up prospect Drew Pomeranz […]