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Rob
Carroll
February 22, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
With an eye on their short RF porch, the Yankees finally inked Raul Ibanez (DH, NYY) to a one-year contract to become their DH. Does his recent performance warrant the optimism? We also take a look at OAK's signing Manny Ramirez and the ripple effect in the ATL SP ranks resulting from Tim Hudson's expected absence.
Jock
Thompson
February 20, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
Does A.J. Burnett have new life now that his trade to PIT is official? We also take a pre-spring training look at the Angels' #5 rotation slot ...
Brian
Rudd
February 17, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
After signing a seven-year, $142M contract prior to 2011, Carl Crawford suffered through a miserable first year in Boston. After years of putting up consistently high batting averages and stolen base totals in TAM, he hit just .255 with 18 steals in 506 at-bats. The odds of a full rebound appear to be decreasing.
Christopher
Mallonee
February 15, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
The Oakland Athletics signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year deal on February 13. If Cespedes wins a starting spot in the outfield, which player may find himself the odd man out?
Kristopher
Olson
February 13, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
New manager Mike Matheny has indicated he will give Tyler Greene an opportunity to play regularly at second base. Can Greene maintain the leg up?
Harold
Nichols
February 10, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
The Baltimore Orioles got Matt Lindstrom in trade from the Colorado Rockies, and as an experienced closer, he will give them another ninth-inning option. Lindstrom worked as the closer for Florida in 2009 and for Houston in 2010, before performing in a set-up role for Colorado last season. Does he have the skills to challenge Jim Johnson as closer in Baltimore? Let’s take a look.
Brent
Hershey
February 03, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
With the departure of Luke Scott and Felix Pie, the left field job in Baltimore is up for grabs as spring training begins. Manager Buck Showalter stated his preference that Nolan Reimold (OF, BAL) wins the gig—but is that news, or February noise?
Jock
Thompson
January 26, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
Responding to the offensive sinkhole created by the loss of Victor Martinez (DH, DET), the Tigers shocked observers by agreeing to a nine-year contract with Prince Fielder (1B, DET) this week. The bad news is that Fielder moves to a far less-friendly HR venue in Comerica Park, which deflates HR to LHBs by 11% as opposed to 16% inflation in MIL. Still, the overall hitter-friendliness of the AL and Fielder's numbers--he's averaged over 38 HR, 15% bb% and a 165 PX over the previous five seasons--make park effects almost immaterial.
Christopher
Mallonee
January 20, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
The New York Yankees significantly upgraded their rotation on January 13 by trading for Michael Pineda (RHP, NYY) and signing free agent Hiroki Kuroda (RHP, NYY). Pineda and Kuroda will join C.C. Sabathia (LHP, NYY) and Ivan Nova in the Yankees rotation, leaving Phil Hughes (RHP, NYY), A.J. Burnett (RHP, NYY), Freddy Garcia (RHP, NYY) to battle for the fifth rotation spot.
Kristopher
Olson
January 16, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
On January 10, the Orioles bolstered their rotation by signing Taiwanese starter Wei-Yin Chen (LHP, BAL). Chen's arrival will stiffen the competition in the Orioles rotation behind Tommy Hunter and Jeremy Guthrie. Youngsters Zach Britton (LHP, BAL) and Brian Matusz (LHP, BAL) will reportedly be pitching for jobs in spring training, especially given the presence of another Asian import, Japanese southpaw Tsuyoshi Wada (LHP, BAL) (16-5, 1.51 ERA, 4.2 Cmd, 8.2 Dom).
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