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Pitchers Under Pressure in 2015: Red Sox Clay Buchholz

As we head into Spring Training there are always questions when it comes to your favorite Major League Baseball team.  Today I want to begin to  take a look at some pitchers that are going to be under the microscope this spring because a lot of the their ball clubs fortunes will begin and end with their performance as we preview the 2015 MLB season. Some are going to be asked to fill the void left by a free agent like the Kansas City Royals Edison Volquez, others will be asked to carry more weight since the team did not add any fresh arms like... 
 

Phillies Need to Trade Jonathan Papelbon, Any Takers?

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies are still talking to the Brewers and Blue Jays about a Jonathan Papelbon trade. Two sources said on Tuesday evening that the talks are alive, although the seriousness of those discussions is unclear. Yahoo! Sports first reported Friday that the Phils and Brewers were in serious negotiations. FOXSports.com mentioned the Blue Jays’ interest. In the days since, reports surfaced that a deal with either team is unlikely. But that has not stopped them from continuing to talk about Papelbon. Both Milwaukee and Toronto... 
 

Bud Selig’s Last Day as MLB Commissioner, Game in Better Shape Now

Today is the last day in the reign of the Commissioner of Baseball.  Like all leaders there are those that love him and those that hate him.  Believe me in the beginning of his tenure the easiest day in sports talk radio was to open the mike and say Bud Selig’s name then sit back and take hour after hour of calls from angry baseball fans screaming their hatred of the man who ran Major League Baseball.  His tenure started as shaky as it could possibly be. He was supposed to find the next MLB commissioner and when the owner of the Brewers... 
 

Why is James Shields Still Without a Deal ?

James Shields is waiting by the phone hoping it will ring. Going into the MLB off season he was one of the biggest free agents out there ready to offer his services to the highest bidder. But something happened on the way to the bank and Shields is still waiting for the Brinks Truck to show up at his house. Jon Lester signed with the Cubs for 6 years at $155 million, Max Scherzer signs 7 years at $210 million and Shields still sits there waiting for his phone to ring. Why is Shields still left unsigned when teams are finishing their off season plans... 
 

Washington Nationals on the Rise, Detroit Tigers Window Closing?

The Washington Nationals have their man, Max Scherzer.  Scott Boras has done it again.  Just when you thought Scherzer was going to be cooling his heels while everyone else was reporting to spring training, he signed a contract with a deferd cash deal that makes everyone happy.  Scherzer got his cash he was looking for and the Nats become even better while not blowing up their bank accounts right now.  Vegas has spoken and moved the Nats to the odds on favorite to win the 2015 World Series. With the signing of Scherzer they have a horse they... 
 

Rob Manfred: 5 Challenges that Await New MLB Commissioner

Rob Manfred will take the reins of running Major League Baseball from Bud Selig next week and become the 10th commissioner of the game of baseball.  Even though most fans might disagree (especially Oakland A’s fans) Bud Selig is leaving the game in a much better place than when he took over two decades ago.  The game has labor peace, team revenue is up, the game has a robust national TV package, MLB launched a website, an app, its has it’s own 24 hour day satellite radio channel on Sirius XM (you can catch me on MLB Network Radio most... 
 

MLB Arbitration: Teams, Players Ready for Hearings

Arbitration is a word that I don’t really think anyone in the game of baseball likes.  Arbitration is a mechanism that the powers in Major League Baseball came up with that keeps the game from turning on itself after years of an uneven playing field.  For years the owners in baseball ruled with an iron fist and dispensed money to their players as they saw fit.  With the reserve clause no matter how great a player you are, you take what they give you and if you don’t like it too bad.  The New York Yankees Babe Ruth, The San Francisco... 
 

Philadelphia Phillies, Ruben Amaro Need Trade Partners

Ruben Amaro Jr. needs his phone to ring.  Philadelphia Phillies fans need his phone to ring.  Any chance for the Phillies to turn the page on their 2008 World Series Championship team hangs in the balance.  The Phillies clubhouse has been champagne free now for three seasons with the Phillies falling further and further off the pace in the National League East. But the Phillies are suffering from a severe hangover from that championship run. The cost of winning hangs around the neck of the Phillies Fanatic and the organization. Amaro has to cut... 
 

James Shields, Max Scherzer and the Market Jon Lester Set

New Years Day has come and gone and James Shields and Max Scherzer are both waiting for a call from their agents to tell them if they will be in Arizona or Florida when pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training.  Shields is coming off his second World Series appearance and Scherzer is coming off an 18 win season.  Either of them would be an upgrade for any team in the league yet both are unsigned as of the first week of the new year so what gives. Shields would have fit nicely with the Giants eating up innings and saving a bullpen that... 
 

Zobrist, Escobar Traded, Rays Shed Money, A’s Upgrade Middle Infield

Reports from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle have the Oakland Athletics acquiring middle infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar in exchange for C/DH John Jaso and minor leaguers Daniel Robertson and Boog Powell.  For the A’s it’s an upgrade up the middle with Escobar and Zobrist.  For the Rays it is a pairing of payroll that will save them $11.5 million or so depending on what Jaso who is 3rd year Arb eligible this season. Zobrist was in the last year of his 6 year $30 million dollar deal he signed with Tampa Bay.  This... 
 

Rich Herrera Stepping Up To The Plate

An open letter to baseball fans around the world. I am very excited to join the team at BaseballNewsSource.com as the newest blogger to the site.  I have covered MLB for almost two decades working for many different ball clubs along the way.  I have hosted the San Francisco Giants post game call in show, as well as hosting pre and post game shows for the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays and met a lot of great baseball people along the way.  With the Giants I was around Dusty Baker on a  daily basis and was able to pick his brain, in... 
 
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