Friday, November 30, 2007

Percival To Close

The Tampa Bay Rays signed Troy Percival to a two-year, $8 million dollar contract today:
Percival, who seems likely to supplant Al Reyes as the Rays closer, will be introduced to the media at 3 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

He pitched 40 stellar innings for the Cardinals in 2007. Even if his ERA goes up a run with the Rays, it's a good signing. Percival, a favorite of Rays manager Joe Maddon when both were in Anaheim, is also considered a strong clubhouse leader and is expected to have a positive influence on the young pitching staff. He also joins Reyes and Dan Wheeler in giving the Rays three veteran relievers with late-innings experience.

Young starters and old relievers. We'll see how it works.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Possible Santana Trade to Yanks

Yankees senior vice president Hank Steinbrenner said Monday that his team is involved in ongoing discussions with the Twins regarding Johan Santana.

We have to wonder how Brian Cashman feels about his boss talking to the press about anything and everything. At least Steinbrenner didn't completely spell out the Yankees' offer. "I don't want to get into that at this point, as far as what they want, what we're willing to give and all that," he said. "It's preliminary right now."

Santana is eligible for free agency after the 2008 season, and the Twins have been trying to sign the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner to an extension. Asked whether the Twins had said they would consider a trade, Steinbrenner responded: "Oh, yeah."

The New York Mets, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers also are thought to be interested in Santana, who is far better than any of the starting pitchers available on the free-agent market. Santana's agent, Peter Greenberg, has not spoken publicly about his talks with the Twins, who last week lost free-agent center fielder Torii Hunter to the Los Angeles Angels.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Angels finally get lineup help for Vlad...

Vladimir Guerrero finally will have some protection in the batting order.

The Los Angeles Angels, who have been trying to land another strong hitter for several years, agreed to a five-year, $90 million deal Wednesday with free agent Torii Hunter, who hit .297 with 28 homers and drove in 107 runs for Minnesota this year. The deal is subject to Hunter's passing a physical. A seven-time Gold Glove winner, the 32-year-old Hunter will be the everyday center fielder and hit in the middle of the lineup, making it tougher for opposing pitchers to pitch around Guerrero.

He plans to rotate players at DH and use Gary Matthews Jr. to spell Guerrero and Anderson. "Torii is going to be in center field virtually every day. Gary will be in the outfield almost every day, so the other two guys will split up the DH," Scioscia said in a conference call. "We want all four of those bats in the lineup."

With Hunter gone, the low-budget Twins' attention turns to two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana. His contract expires after the 2008 season, and other teams think Minnesota will make him available if he doesn't agree to an extension.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Anderson shows character in the line of fire

In the closest vote in 16 years since 1991 when Terry Pendleton won over Barry Bonds, Jimmy Rollins was named NL MVP over Matt Holiday. Did he deserve to get it or was he the beneficiary of his team’s performance.

Greg Anderson, who spent months in federal prison for refusing to testify against his personal training client and long-time friend, Barry Bonds, was released on Thursday when Bonds was indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges. He could face a possible return.

Greg Anderson

Anderson

If Bonds goes to trial on perjury and obstruction of justice charges, Anderson could be called on again to testify -- and face a return to prison if he again refuses to cooperate.

According to Anderson's attorneys, he'll do it again if confronted with the same dilemma.

Sox and Yanks gear up for another run at the pennant

The Red Sox took the next step in the "dynasty creation" process by trying to galvanize their core lineup, signing Mike Lowell to a 3-yr 37 million dollar deal. The brings back Manny, Pappi, and now Lowell to an already lethal pitching staff. Between the Sox, Pats, and Celts, there is somethin' brewin' in Boston and it ain't tea. Can they repeat?

Meanwhile in the East Coast chess game, the Yankees countered by agreeing "in an outline" with Pay-Rod for close to 137 million. The newly crowned AL-MVP would be set to finish out his career AND take over the Home Run title in the house that Ruth Built.

New York then pushed more chips in the center of the table by signing the all-time best clutch closer in baseball, Mariano Rivera, to a 3-yr 45 million dollar deal. Add this to the Posada re-signing last week and the Bronx Bommers are now poised to contend again, but is age catching up with them? Do they need to make even more moves? Post your comments here and in the MLB chat room.

A-Rod wins MVP, still has no World Series rings

A-Rod won his 3rd MVP trophy of his career... Convincingly at that. Along with that, he treated the Yankees like a C-grade girlfriend... good enough when you were with her, but first chance you have to explore, you take it. Oh, and he still has no World Series rings. Where exactly does this put him in the pantheon of great players? We can at least convincingly say he is a whole lot better than Barry Bonds (yes, that name again)... he's won his MVPs without allegations of juicing around him. In the end though, he did deserve it since it is for the regular season...

2007 Stats:
AVG .314 HR 54 RBI 156
Just look at those numbers and tell me he didn't deserve it...

Career Postseason Stats:
AVG .279 HR 7 RBI 17
Just look at those numbers and tell me he does deserve the salary.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bonds Indicted on perjury and obstuction charges

A federal grand jury in San Francisco has indicted Barry Bonds on perjury and obstruction of justice charges in the culmination of a four-year investigation. Bonds faces five counts total, 4 counts of perjury and one count of Obstruction of Justice. All of the chargers combined could bring up to a 30-year sentence. In order to prove their case the Fed must have "two witnesses or one witness and evidence". Did someone come forward? Did his trainer roll over on him? Why did the Fed wait this long as opposed to the Michael Vick?

Now the breaking news is that Greg Anderson, his former trainer, that has been in jail has suddenly been released, Anderson's attorney went live on ESPN and stated that his client said nothing to the Fed's and in fact is planning to sue the Fed's himself, as he was held in contempt because his testimony was crucial to the case.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Will Torre be able to bring a pennant to LA?

Can Joe with his “explain why, rather than just do it” way of managing (and his 3-year 13mill salary) bridge the gap between the Dodgers’ young talent and veteran leadership? Can change the mindset of the Dodger organization which has not won a playoff series since Reganomics reigned across the globe? Will he flourish or falter in tinsel town?

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