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Pitching Prospects Key to Blue Jays Future

As the Major League Baseball season reaches towards  the July 31st trade deadline, the Toronto Blue Jays remained in the hunt for their first playoff berth since claiming back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. The Jays have regularly demonstrated their dominance at the plate this season, leading the majors with over 5.2 runs per game this year. But while the Blue Jays have had little difficulty running up the score, the club has struggled at times on the mound, leading to calls from fans and baseball writers alike for general manager... 
 

Seattle Mariners Looking To Raise the Bar in 2015

Seattle Mariners enjoyed a reasonably successful 2014, improving on the number of wins they achieved the season before by 16. The aim this offseason is to find the right blend that can help them build upon that success because, despite their improvements, the Mariners fell just short of the postseason. Despite having little to shout about in the way of real success, the Mariners fans enjoy MLB as much as anyone. The 40,000 that packed Safeco Field for what was to become the final game last season— a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles Angels—still... 
 

Roger Clemens May Take Role With Houston Astros

Clemens maybe returning to baseball in 2013 after all Roger Clemens is appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot for the very first time this year. Today we have news that the seven-time Cy Young winner may be ready to take on an active role with the Houston Astros. Clemens could join the Astros during spring training and possibly the regular season to help with a young Astros pitching staff. Clemens pitched this past fall for the Sugar Land Skeeters leading to speculation about a return to the major leagues. Apparently, that is not what this position... 
 

Astros Acquire John Ely From Dodgers for Rob Rasmussen

Houston will bring more  than new uniforms to the American League The Houston Astros continued retooling their roster in preparation for their move to the American League West. Today the Astros announced they have acquired right-handed pitcher John Ely from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen. Although not likely to be considered big splash moves, the Astros have been among baseball’s most active teams in regard to transactions since the middle of last summer. Earlier this week used in signed... 
 

Astros Reach Agreement with Carlos Pena: One Year $2.9 Million

Pena will become the Astros first designated hitter The Houston Astros are moving to the American League West in 2013, and have reached agreement with Carlos Pena on a one-year deal worth $2.9 million. Houston announced it will “make an announcement” Monday during a 2 p.m. press conference at Minute Maid Park. Pena will serve as their first ever DH and share first base with Brett Wallace. Pena hit .197 last year with the Tampa Bay Rays, but did hit 19 home runs and has averaged 32 home runs a year over the last six seasons. Pena is a former... 
 

Cubs – Alfonso Soriano’s Trade Value On the Rise

Soriano has a .263 average, an .825 OPS, 32 home runs and 108 RBI in 2012 With a 7-2 victory over Arizona on Sunday, the Chicago Cubs delayed 100 losses for at least one more day. Whether they reach that number, or finish the season with 99, the Cubs look to continue their rapid rebuilding this off-season, and that could mean trading Alfonso Soriano. That the Cubs would love to shed Soriano’s contract, which will have two years and $36 million remaining after this season, is no secret. First-year president Theo Epstein and first-year general... 
 

Indians Likely to Shed Salaries, Even if They Hire Francona

Indians will trade possibilities with outfielder Shin-Soo Choo Terry Francona was an instrumental part of guiding the Boston Red Sox to two World Series titles before his tenure there ended with the club’s monumental collapse last September. Now, the likable baseball lifer wants to leave the ESPN broadcast booth and land in the Cleveland Indians dugout. Interestingly, if Francona gets the Indians managerial job, he could find his team immersed in trade talks with the Red Sox. According to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Indians... 
 

Astros Fire Manager Brad Mills

Houston Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow has spent the summer acquiring young prospects and trading veteran players. The rebuilding project that has begun will also include new managers and coaches Luhnow announced on Saturday that the team was relieving Brad Mills of his managerial responsibilities. Hitting coach Mike Barnett and first-base coach Bobby Meacham have also been relieved of their duties. Mills had been with the team since 2010 and was hired by former owner Drayton McLane and General Manager Ed Wade. New owner Jim Crane brought... 
 

Astros Trade Chris Johnson To D-Backs for Prospects Marc Krauss – Bobby Borchering

The Houston Astros have lost 12 straight games, but that’s not about to deter Astros GM Jeff Luhnow from rebuilding the team from the ground up. The Astros have been one of the busiest teams this season, and continue to trade away major league players, for minor-league prospects. Today the Astros traded third baseman Chris Johnson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor-league outfielders Marc Krauss and Bobby Borchering. Earlier this week the Diamondbacks traded third baseman Ryan Roberts to the Tampa Bay Rays. Johnson is hitting 279/.329/.428... 
 

Astros Wandy Rodriguez Traded to Pirates

The Houston Astros continue to be one of the most active teams this season when it comes to making trades. The Astros traded LHP Wandy Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rodriguez has posted a 3.79 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 89/32 K/BB ratio in 130 2/3 innings this season for last-place Houston. Rodriguez is owed $13 million for that 2013 season and carries a $13 million club option ( with a $2.5 million buyout) four 2014. The deal included the Astros picking up parts of Rodriguez’s salary. The Pirates have shown interest recently in Francisco... 
 

Trade Deadline For Houston Astros Fans

The Houston Astros will be moving to the American League West in 2013. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow won’t be taking a lot of old “furniture” (players) with him. The Astros are 34-63, 22.5 games behind the central division leading Cincinnati Reds. Obviously, there are some consequences and sacrifices that have to be made with this kind of a roster turnover. The Astros have won just two games in their last 23, and allowed 33 runs in their weekend series to the Arizona Diamondbacks, a season-high for three-game set. The Astros... 
 
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