January 2011

Around the MLB Horn 27 Jan 2011

More big news in the Major Leagues. The Blue Jays make headlines again for the second time in a week with sending Vernon Wells, their all-star centerfielder to the Angels of Anaheim. Faced with doubters, nay-sayers, and critics of his $126 million dollar contract taken over by the Angels, Wells is pretty confident that he will make a positive impact on the baseball team, and hopes to help get them to the playoffs.

    

     The Tampa Bay Rays have picked up two veteran players. Johnny Damon, and veteran slugger Manny Ramirez. Damon, 37, signed for $5.25 million. He replaces Carl Crawford, the longtime Rays left fielder who in December signed a seven-year, $142 million contract with the AL East-rival Boston Red Sox. Ramirez, who will be 39 years old in May and is 45 home runs from 600 for his career, was guaranteed $2 million to become the Rays’ designated hitter.

    

     The Kansas City Royals hung onto their slugger, Billy Butler. Butler says he thinks a 25-year playoff drought is nearing an end for the Kansas City Royals. Butler is full of hope, boosted by the Royals’ highly regarded minor league system. He’s part of the future, too, after getting a four-year, $30 million contract. When asked to comment on the recent departure of Zack Greinke, Butler stated ” He just didnt want to be here.”

    

     The Cincinnati Reds re-signed many of the players that won the division last season. Mainly Johnny Cueto. The righty went 12-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 31 starts with Cincinnati last season.

 

And that is all folks!  See you next time.

Around the MLB Horn 20 Jan 2011

     When was the last time the Toronto Blue Jays were in the news? Its been awhile. But recent talks of the Jays trying resign Jose Bautista has been nothing short of a headache. Bautista stormed the 2010 season by breaking the single season franchise record with 50+ home runs. Bautista made a ******** $2.4 million dollars last season, and now is looking for quite a pay raise. Unfortunatly the Jays have countered his $10.5 million dollar offer with a $7.6 million dollar offer. Bautista is due to go into arbitration in about a month. The nearly $3 million dollar difference is the second largest gap in the Major Leagues. Only Josh Hamiliton has the largest salary gap involving arbitration at $3.3 million dollars.

 

     Alex Anthopoulos has claimed that talks with Jose Bautista have been going well, and even though they havent came to a salary agreement, Anthopoulos is confident that something will happen prior to this going into arbitration. Whatever his strategy is, Anthopoulos doesnt plan on tipping his hand to the public anytime soon.

 

     Remember Armando Galarraga? Remember Jim Joyce blowing the final out call that stole Armando Galarragas no-hitter away? Well, now the Detroit Tigers are looking to trade Galarraga away. Although the Tigers are still on the hook for Galarragas full salary if he clears waivers and they outright him to Triple-A Toledo next week. The Tigers are looking to fill their back end rotation with a stronger fifth starter which prompted to trade Gallaragga away.

 

     More talk on Albert Pujols. Now sources are saying that the Florida Marlins are going to chase him if Pujols reaches free agency. The Marlins are moving into a new stadium for the 2012 season, and having Pujols on the team would make a great welcome gift to the fans. Not only that but when the Marlins get a new stadium that means the payroll increases for the Marlins which in essence would allow them to afford Pujols. The Marlins management have stated that they dont want to sign Pujols if they cant surround him with support like the Rangers did years ago with Alex Rodriguez. Albert Pujols hs kept the talk rumors to a minimum of what he wants to do. Whether he wants to stay in St Louis or seek employment elsewhere. But the Cardinals are on a deadline. Pujols wants to focus on baseball, and not contracts when spring training starts. So the days are numbered for the Cardinals.

 

     Carl Pavano will be staying in Minnesota for the next two years. He will be pulling down $16.5 million for the two seasons, and that puts a big smile on Manager Ron Gardenhires face. ” He gave me an ulcer by not signing earlier.” Gardenhire said with a laugh. ” I had a big interest about what was going on with the team, too.” Pavano said during a conference call. ” Its not just about me.” He added.

 

     The Minnesota Twins 2011 Winter Caravan has already kicked off, and Manageer Ron Gardenhire is onboard for the first leg. Gardenhire can expect many questions regarding Pavano during the 51st annual Winter Caravan but the skipper was confident that something wouldve worked out this week.

 

     Jose Reyes of the New York Mets has been talking about wanting a long term contract but wants to get it done before spring training starts. ” I dont want to talk about my contract during the season.” Reyes said Wednesday during a kids charity event. ” I want to focus on doing my thing, trying to help this team win a lot of ballgames.” Understandably so but with injury-plagued seasons in the past Reyes may be forced to take less money with an extension before he goes into free agency for the first time in his career. ” The last two years have been a little rough for me and tough, because I wasnt able to stay healthy on the field,” Reyes said. ” This year is different. I feel good. I feel 100 percent.”

 

Until next time…

Around the MLB Horn 09 Jan 2011

After the Yankees losing out on their number one target , Cliff Lee, the Yankees are still unsure about Andy Pettitte. Pettitte has expressed multiple times that he is leaning towards retirement, and the Yankees organization should plan ahead without him. More talk surrounding the Yankees concerning Marcus Thames have coaxed them to seek other options for the outfield. One option would include signing Andruw Jones. Jones, 33, batted .230 with 19 home runs and 48 RBIs in 107 games for the White Sox last season while seeing time in all three outfield positions. Jones also has experience in the DH spot. Thames on the other hand played more DH position for the Yankees last season than the outfield.

One of the bigger news in the Major Leagues right now is the deal between Matt Garza, and the Chicago Cubs. Its been said that the Tampa Bay Rays are looking to receive quite a bit of prospects for Matt Garza. Chris Archer who won the 2010 Minor League Pitcher of the Year award, Brandon Guyer who won the 2010 Minor League Player of the Year award, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, catcher Robinson Chirinos, and outfielder Sam Flud would all go to the Rays for Matt Garza. Most prospects posting some above average numbers, and fans already speculate the Rays losing Garza would not be playoff contenders in the upcoming seasons. The Cubs, if aquired Garza would have a strong pitching rotation that would include Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Tom Gorzelanny, and Carlos Silva.

There has been light talk of Albert Pujols up and coming contract. Sources say that something needs to happen before spring training or else Pujols wont be available for talk about contracts during the season.

Joe Torre will be looking to latch onto a position as a MLB executive VP. Since the former manager of the Yankees, and the Dodgers has left that important managerial position he has been seeking other employment within baseball, and has been steadily talking to Bud Selig to become the executive VP of operations for MLB.

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