1. Details on Ken Griffey's Contract with the Mariners; Vizquel Signs with ChiSox

    Details of Ken Griffey, Jr.’s 2010 contract with the Mariners were reported today. He will get a guaranteed $2.35 million with incentives, that I’ll describe below, that could bring the deal up to $3...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 139 reads 0 comments

  2. Post-Season Wrap-Up of North American Players in Japan, Part 1

    It’s time for post-season wrap-ups on my series about the North American players who slugged it out in Japan this year. For more information on the players discussed here, see my posts from June 17 and June 18 of this year...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 81 reads 0 comments

  3. Braves Looking to Trade Derek Lowe

    Reports have it that the Braves are hoping to trade Derek Lowe this off-season. For some reason, I find the idea of the Braves thinking they can find someone to take Lowe and his outrageous contract off their hands in this economy very amusing...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 154 reads 0 comments

  4. Lincecum Wins Second Consecutive Cy Young

    Tim Lincecum won his second consecutive Cy Young award in what was the third closest vote since the current scoring system went into effect in 1970...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 19 reads 0 comments

  5. Greinke Wins AL Cy Young

    To no one’s surprise, Zack Greinke just won the AL Cy Young Award. I wrote a post a while back regarding the top AL Cy Young contenders...

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

  6. Rookie of the Year Awards

    I haven’t really spent a lot of time thinking about baseball’s best rookies this year, and I don’t really have any strong feelings about the choices the voters made...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 62 reads 0 comments

  7. Stray Thoughts

    SI.com is reporting that Pablo “Kung-Fu Panda” Sandoval is taking his off-season workout regimen seriously and has already lost ten pounds (he was a reported 5′11″ ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 44 reads 0 comments

  8. Annual Rant on the Gold Glove Awards

    Every year I complain about the Gold Glove awards, because the voters clearly don’t understand: (1) the Gold Glove should go to the best fielder at each position, not the best overall ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 45 reads 0 comments

  9. The Rich to Get Richer?

    SI’s Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are going to go hard after 3Bman Chone Figgins. That makes a lot of sense...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 157 reads 0 comments

  10. Mariners Re-Sign Griffey

    The Mariners resigned Ken Griffey, Jr. to a one-year deal for 2010 at an amount reported to be slightly more than the $2 million base salary they game him in 2009...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 25 reads 0 comments

  11. Andrew Baggarly on the Giants

    Here’s an article from Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News on what he thinks the Giants are thinking about this off-season...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 137 reads 0 comments

  12. Still Adrift in KC

    I was looking at Miguel Olivo’s numbers today, as one of the younger free agent catchers on the market this off-season (he’ll be 32 next year), and I’m frankly amazed that the Royals declined his 2010 mutual option for $3...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 51 reads 0 comments

  13. Interesting Development in Angel Villalona Murder Case

    Giants former super-prospect Angel Villalona has been released on bond as a result of a $139,000 settlement with the family of 25 year old victim Mario Felix de Jesus Velete. Villalona signed for a $2...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 369 reads 0 comments

  14. Phillies Decline Pedro Feliz's 2010 Option

    Giants fans may be interested to know that the Phillies just declined Pedro “Swing-Happy Pete” Feliz’s 2010 option for $5.5 million...

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

  15. Closing Comments

    The Twins did, indeed, pick up Michael Cuddyer’s $10.5 million 2010 option. The Twins had to make a decision within five days of the end of the World Series, which explains the timing of the J...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 29 reads 0 comments

  16. Stove Heating Up in the Midwest

    The Twins made me look prescient by acquiring J. J. Hardy from the Brewers for CF Carlos Gomez today. Also, the Royals traded Mark Teahen to the White Sox for two warm bodies. The Twins’ acquisition of Hardy makes sense to me...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 85 reads 0 comments

  17. Some Teams Don't Waste Time

    I love the period of wheeling and dealing that comes immediately after the World Series ends and lasts until about a week before Christmas...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 23 reads 0 comments

  18. Reefer Madness

    Giants ace Tim Lincecum got nailed for possession of 3.3 grams of marijuana in his home state of Washington on October 30th after getting pulled over for doing 74 mph in a 60 mph zone (they must have some strict cops in suburban Seattle)...

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

  19. Yankees Close It Out

    The Bronx Bombers lived up to their name and closed out the World Series in six games, scoring seven runs in Game 6 and getting enough pitching from their tired starters to get leads to their bullpen...

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

  20. Let's Go, Geezers

    The San Francisco Geezers — I mean Giants — just re-signed 2Bman Freddie Sanchez for two years at a reported total of $12 million...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 6 reads 0 comments

  21. Blanton to Start Game 4

    I just read a piece on SI.com that the Phillies intend to start Joe Blanton in Game 4 of the Series, rather than Cliff Lee on short rest...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 43 reads 2 comments

  22. World Series Baseball

    As I’ve now written a couple of times, I was not particularly excited about the final four teams in this year’s post-season. However, now that the World Series is here, it’s hard not to get caught up in it...

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

  23. Go Phillies!

    I got home from work late today and caught the last two innings of tonight’s Game One. It was certainly gratifying to watch Cliff Lee stultify the Yankees’ hitters and watch the Phils tack on four insurance runs in the 8th and 9th innings...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 44 reads 0 comments

  24. Johjima Signs with Hanshin Tigers

    Former Mariner catcher Kenji Johjima signed with the Hanshin Tigers to a four year deal that will pay him a total of somewhere between $20 million and $30 million, depending on which ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 37 reads 0 comments

  25. Is John McDonald the Worst Hitting Position Player in the American League?

    Probably. The reason I decided to look at this not-so-pressing issue is that a few days ago I posted a piece in which I stated that I thought the Blue Jays made a mistake giving McDonald, a good-field-no-hit back-up shortstop, a two-year $3...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 5 years ago 93 reads 0 comments