1. Small Right-Handers Get No Respect

    I saw this article today by Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald in which he writes that 33-year old Scott Strickland has a good shot at making the Marlins roster out of Spring Training ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 44 reads 1 comments

  2. The Fall Out from the Mauer Signing

    I saw a post on mlbtraderumors.com today wondering whether the Mauer signing will effect Prince Fielder when he comes up for free agency. I think it will, and Carl Crawford’s next contract as well...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 71 reads 1 comments

  3. Mauer Signs, Nathan Out

    More big news for Twins’ fans. They signed Mauer to an eight year deal for a total of $184 million with a no-trade clause...

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  4. Thumping Giants This Spring

    Here’s a list of the Giants’ top hitters this Spring Training: Aaron Rowand. He’s the hottest bat so far with 12 hits in 24 at-bats...

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  5. Bryce Harper Update

    Speaking of uber-prospects, I’m sure you’ve all heard of Bryce Harper by now. He was featured on the cover of a Sports Illustrated edition last year, and he took his GED ...

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  6. Stephen Strasburg Optioned to AA Harrisburg

    The Nationals announced today that they are sending uber-prospect Stephen Strasburg to AA Harrisburg to start the 2010 season. This makes so much sense on so many levels...

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  7. Big D Retires

    Dmitri Young announced his retirement today, making the world of major league baseball just a little bit poorer...

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  8. Biggest Draft Busts, Part 1

    One thing that interests me more than most baseball fans, I think, is the process of evaluating and selecting top amateur baseball talent. Unlike the NFL or the NBA...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 182 reads 1 comments

  9. Nationals Release Elijah Dukes

    In a very surprising move, the Nationals today released Elijah Dukes. Washington GM Mike Rizzo says it was a performance-based decision and had nothing to do with Dukes’ off-the-field ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 23 reads 0 comments

  10. Sidney Ponson Finds His Level And Other Notes

    Sidney Ponson is on my short list, along with Milton Bradley, of major league ballplayers you don’t want on your team no matter what. Ponson was an immense young talent, who drank and ate his way out of major league shape...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 50 reads 1 comments

  11. Twins Moves

    I like the Twins’ decision to lock up Denard Span better than the move to lock up Nick Blackburn. Span was the 20th pick of the 2002 Draft, while Blackburn was a 29th Round pick (857th overall) in 2001...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 75 reads 0 comments

  12. Nats Dump Veteran Lefties

    The Nationals released a couple of familiar names today: Shawn Estes and Eddie Guardado. We’ll see if either manages to catch on somewhere else. My guess is that Steady Eddie’s chances are better than Estes’...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 29 reads 0 comments

  13. Minor League Signings of Minor Note

    The Twins are reported to have signed former Giant first round pick (21st pick in the 2001 Draft) Brad Hennessey...

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  14. Young Guns

    SI.cou had articles today about each of baseball’s top three pitching prospects: Steven Strasburg, Aroldis Chapman and Brian Matusz...

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  15. Tough Tear for the Twins

    It was reported today that Twins relief ace Joe Nathan has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and may need Tommy John surgery. If so, he will obviously miss the entire 2010 season...

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  16. Blame It on Chicago

    What do you know? It turns out that Milton Bradley’s problems with the Cubs were someone else’s fault. At least according to Milton: “Two years ago, I played, and I was good,” Bradley said...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 32 reads 0 comments

  17. Someone's Gotta Claim This Guy

    I saw that the Yankees have designated relief pitcher Edwar Ramirez for assignment in order to make room on their 40-man roster for Chan Ho Park. I’ll be amazed if the Yankees are able to pass Ramirez successfully through waivers...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 39 reads 0 comments

  18. Could Be the Best Free Agent Signing of the Off-Season

    The Cardinals have reportedly reach agreement with 2Bman Felipe Lopez on a one-year contract that guarantees him somewhere between $1.75 and 2 million, plus performance incentives...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 53 reads 0 comments

  19. Marlon Byrd and Milton Bradley

    I know I’ve already written enough about Milton Bradley, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. I read this article today about Marlon Byrd arriving at Spring Training with the Cubs this week...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 55 reads 0 comments

  20. Homer Bailey and Scott Boras

    I just saw an SI.com article about Homer Bailey and that reminded me that I have been rooting for Bailey to do well. He was the seventh player taken in the 2004 draft, and he shot through the Reds system and made it to the big league club by age 21...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 70 reads 1 comments

  21. Minor Happenings

    Russell Branyan finally found a taker, signing with the Indians for around $2 million guaranteed and an additional $1 million in performance incentives. He was another guy who really overplayed his hand this off-season...

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  22. Wandy Loses Arbitration

    Wandy Rodrigquz lost his arbitration hearing with the Astros today. He will be paid $5 million in 2010 instead of the $7 million he was seeking. I was a little surprised Wandy lost, because he really was one of the best starters in the NL last year...

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  23. A Couple More Arbitrations

    Cody Ross won his arbitration against the Marlins. He’ll receive $4.45 million in 2010, instead of the $4.2 million the Fish offered. This is yet another case that shouldn’t have gone to arbitration...

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  24. Another One I Don't Understand

    B. J. Upton lost his arbitration hearing with the Rays today. He’ll receive $3.0 million in 2010, instead of the $3.3 million he requested. That this dispute went to arbitration is puzzling, even more so than the Corey Hart arbitration...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 38 reads 0 comments

  25. Some Opinions on the After-Effects of the Lincecum Signing

    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle thinks the Giants’ tw0-year $23 million is a contract that will keeping on giving to the Giants even after the two years is up, because ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 51 reads 0 comments