1. Bengie Molina's Defense

    Opinions seem to be all over the map on the Giants’ decision to bring Bengie Molina back for 2010 on a $4.5 million. I liked it, but many do not. Here’s one particularly scathing blog post...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 66 reads 0 comments

  2. A Few More Small Moves

    The Pirates signed Octavio Dotel to a one-year deal for a guaranteed $3.5 million ($3.25 million in 2010, with a team option for 2011 at $4.5 million with a $250,000 buy-out), apparently with the idea that he’ll be the Buc’s 2010 closer...

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  3. The Deals Are Getting Smaller

    The deals are getting smaller, at least in terms of impact for the signing team, if not in the actual amounts of the contracts issued. The Angels have apparently reached a two-year deal with Joel Pineiro for around $16 million...

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

  4. The King Felix Extension

    The Mariners just reached agreement with “King” Felix Hernandez on a five-year $78 million extension through the 2014. The extension takes Hernandez through not only his remaining arbitration years, but also his first three free agent years.

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 60 reads 0 comments

  5. Big News in Fog City

    Somehow, and against all expectations, the Giants have resigned Bengie Molina to a one-year deal for a very reasonable $4.5 million. I’m thrilled that Bengie will be coming back to San Fran for one more season...

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

  6. Once a Knuckleheadā€¦

    Milton Bradley and Jose Offerman were both in the news again this week, and, needless to say, it isn’t good. Milton Bradley has been sued by the owner of the luxury apartment Miltie lived in in Chicago during his brief tenure as a Cub...

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

  7. Pirates Sign Brendan Donnelly

    In a bargain-basement move, the Pirates signed Brendan Donnelly to a one-year $1.5 million today. It’s a good, low-cost move for a small market team that needs to spend its money wisely...

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  8. Indians Waste Small Funds on Mike Redmond

    In a very small move that interests me only because I like to keep track of the Twins, their long-time back-up catcher just signed a one-year deal with the Tribe for a guaranteed $850,000 with minor performance incentives for games started...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 35 reads 1 comments

  9. A's Do Something

    The A’s made a move today, reaching agreement with the Padres on a deal that would send outfielders Aaron Cunningham and Scott Hairston to the Padres in exchange for 3Bman Kevin Kouzmanoff and minor league 2Bman Erik Sogard...

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  10. Marlins Shell Out for Josh Johnson

    The Marlins have reportedly reached agreement with pitcher Josh Johnson on a four-year $39 million contract extension. Nice to see the Marlins finally lay out some money for top talent...

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  11. Farewell to Merkin Valdez

    The Giants today designated relief pitcher Merkin “Public Toupee” Valdez (you could look it up) for assignment to make room on their roster for Aubrey Huff...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 72 reads 0 comments

  12. Tigers Sign Jose Valverde

    The Tigers reportedly reached agreement with former Astros closer Jose Valverde on a two-year $14 million, with an option for a third year at $9 million...

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  13. Talk About Galling

    Today 1Bman Adam LaRoche is reported to have reached a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks for somewhere between $4 and $6 million. This, after LaRoche reportedly turned down a two-year $17 million offer from the Giants...

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  14. 2010's Justin Miller?

    The Giants made a small move I like today. They signed former Padres and A’s pitcher Kevin Cameron to a minor league contract...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 82 reads 0 comments

  15. Dan Johnson Returns to Rays And Other Notes

    After failing to make a splash in Japan in 2009 (he hit an awful .215, although he hit enough homeruns and drew enough walks that his ...

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

  16. Brian Sabean Leaves Me in a Huff

    The Giants just signed former Oriole Aubrey Huff to a one-year deal at $3 million. The best thing to be said about the deal is that it isn’t costing the Giants much...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 143 reads 0 comments

  17. Reds Slip in and Sign Aroldis Chapman

    Both ESPN.com and SI.com have reported that the Reds, of all teams, have reached an agreement with Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman on a long-term $30 million contract...

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  18. Another Move I Like

    On the whole, I like the Mariners’ decision to sign center fielder Franklin Gutierrez to the four-year $20.5 million deal he just signed...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 88 reads 1 comments

  19. They May Not Be Great Players, But I Like the Price

    Scott Podsednik just reached a one-year deal with the Royals for $1.75 million, and the Astros reached a one-year deal with Brett Myers for $5 million...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 57 reads 0 comments

  20. Bay Area News

    The A’s are reported to have reached an agreement with Jack Cust on a $2.65 million 2010 contract after all. It didn’t look good for Cust after they non-tendered him and then acquired ...

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

  21. Some Baseball News from Abroad

    Here are some interesting tidbits from the last six weeks about baseball abroad, which I gleaned from myworldofbaseball...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 135 reads 0 comments

  22. Twins Do Something

    It’s been a very quiet off-season for the Twins so far. We all had expectations that they were going to work hard to get Joe Mauer signed to a long-term contract at a home town discount (Joe is originally from St...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 99 reads 0 comments

  23. Troy Glaus, Casey Kotchman and Russell Branyan

    As mentioned in the last post, Troy Glaus signed a $1.75 million contract to play first for the Braves in 2010, with an additional $2.25 million in performance bonuses...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 457 reads 1 comments

  24. Bits And Pieces

    Scott Boras has done it again. In a market in which Jason Bay could only get $66 million over four years guaranteed from the New York Market Mets, Matt Holliday just received somewhere between $119-120 million for seven years from the Cardinals...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 49 reads 3 comments

  25. What to Do with Mike Lowell?

    The Red Sox signed 3Bman Adrian Beltre to a one-year deal that guarantees him $9 million in 2010 and includes a $5 million player option for 2011. Beltre had a poor year with the bat in 2009, posting an OPS of only ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 43 reads 0 comments