1. Minor Rumblings

    Well, it looks like the Giants’ second catcher the next year or so may well be Yorvit Torrealba. At least, he’s the one still available...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 130 reads 0 comments

  2. Times Have Changed, Or How to Build a Last Place Club

    I noticed that right-handed set-up man Danys Baez just signed a two-year contract with the Phillies (at least that’s what ESPN reported on December 31 — it hasn’t been confirmed yet)...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 83 reads 0 comments

  3. The Giants Should Absolutely Sign Kiko Calero

    Absolutely. I read a blurb today on mlbtraderumors.com that there hasn’t been much chatter about Kiko Calero, but the Cubs and Giants are interested in him. He’d be a great sign at the right price for either team...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 96 reads 0 comments

  4. Yeah, But Bay Got to Play Some of Those Road Games in Colorado

    As you know, Jason Bay signed a four-year deal with the Mets guaranteeing him $66 million. Meanwhile, Matt Holliday has reportedly rejected a five-year $80 million offer from the Cardinals and a five-year $82...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 73 reads 0 comments

  5. Have the Yankees Considered Jack Cust?

    Reports have it that now the Yankees have traded for Curtis Granderson and Javier Vazquez, taking on substantial salary in both deals, they are looking to go cheap to fill the void left in left ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 625 reads 0 comments

  6. Big-Ticket Signings

    It has just been reported that the Mets signed Jason Bay to a four-year deal that guarantees Bay $66 million. The contract also contains a “readily attainable” fifth year vesting ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 27 reads 0 comments

  7. Japanese Hitters in the U.S.

    One of my first posts, when I began this blog at the start of the 2009 season, compared what every Japanese hitter who has played significantly in both Japan and MLB hit there as opposed to here through the end of the 2008 season...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 6 years ago 447 reads 0 comments

  8. Former Giants Twirlers Find New Homes

    Bob Howry just signed with the Diamonds on a one-year deal for an amount reported as $2-to-3 million. That sounded like too much to me, at least based on how I remembered Howry’s 2009 season a Giant...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 438 reads 1 comments

  9. Don't Play DeRosa in Left Field

    Some reports suggest that if the Giants sign Mark DeRosa, they plan to play him largely in left field. This would be a probably stupid idea. DeRosa has value at third, not as a corner outfielder...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 14 reads 0 comments

  10. Nationals Sign Matt Capps

    The Nationals have reportedly reached agreement with Matt Capps on a one-year contract for $3.5 million with an additional $425,000 in performance incentives based on games finished...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 58 reads 1 comments

  11. Giants Making Run at Mark DeRosa

    ESPN’s Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have made a two-year $12 million offer to Mark DeRosa. In the present market, I doubt that DeRosa is going to get a much better offer ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 11 reads 0 comments

  12. Stray Thoughts

    The Angels and Phillies are fighting over free agent Fernando Rodney, with the Phillies reportedly offering Rodney 2 years and $12 million dollars. That’s too much, at least given Rodney’s actual performance last year...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 47 reads 0 comments

  13. What the Nationals Don't Realize

    You can’t rebuild a team as bad as the 2009 Nats with geezers. Sad but true. The Nats have already signed 38 year old Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez to a two-year deal, they are close ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 65 reads 0 comments

  14. Was Signing Coco Crisp a Mistake?

    I don’t think so. The criticism in some corners is that the A’s already have two outfielders with similar skills in Ryan Sweeney and Rajai Davis, and also have Scott Hairston ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 17 reads 0 comments

  15. Of Course, It's Javier Vasquez for Melky Cabrera And Prospects

    This one caught me by surprise. Of course, Javier Vasquez is a better choice than Aaron Harang or Derek Lowe, but I relied on reports that the Yankees might still be sour about Vasquez’s ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 165 reads 0 comments

  16. Another Small Move I Like

    Darren Oliver just signed with the Rangers for a guaranteed one-year at $3.5 million with a vesting option that would make it a two-year $6.25 million contract...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 17 reads 0 comments

  17. Deals Small And Rumors Big

    A small deal that I like a lot is the Padres just acquiring catcher Dusty Ryan from the Tigers for two players to be named later. Ryan will be 25 next year, and he looks ready to help a major league club...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 114 reads 0 comments

  18. Market for Pitchers Way Down

    This off-season is way down for starters compared to last off-season, which wasn’t a good one either. John Lackey is now reported to have signed with the Red Sox for $82.5 million, exactly what A...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 60 reads 0 comments

  19. I Hope the Cubs Get Melky Cabrera

    I hope the Cubs get Melky Cabrera away from the Yankees. After the Milton Bradley fiasco, and even though they brought it on themselves, the Cubs are due a break, and Melky just might be it...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 262 reads 2 comments

  20. More Wheeling and Dealing

    Stop the Presses — The Mike Lowell-to-Texas deal is not going through. Mike Lowell has a torn ligament in his right thumb requiring surgery, and the Rangers rightfully said, “No deal...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 71 reads 0 comments

  21. Cliff Lee in 2010

    One thing that Mariners’ fans should be excited about as 2010 approaches is not just that they now have Cliff Lee, but that Cliff Lee is seriously pissed off...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 220 reads 0 comments

  22. Is Derek Lowe Really That Much of a Tool?

    It’s no secret that the Braves have been trying to move Derek Lowe and the remaining three years of the four-year $60 million contract he signed last off-season...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 251 reads 0 comments

  23. Talk About Desperation!

    The Cubs finally moved Milton Bradley. All they had to do was take Carlos Silva, and possibly the worst contract in baseball, off the Mariners’ hands...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 41 reads 0 comments

  24. Tim Raines Should Be in the Hall of Fame

    Here’s an article on SI.com from Joe Poznanski in which he argues why Tim Raines, Sr. should be in the Hall of Fame. That seems like a no-brainer to me. I can think of a couple of legitimate criticisms of Tim Raines...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 50 reads 0 comments

  25. A Few More Deals

    1Bman Nick Johnson is reportedly close to a one-year deal with Yankees for around $5.5 million. There’s something appropriate about Johnson returning to the Yanks, where he started his ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 5 years ago 64 reads 0 comments