1. Perform Or You're Gone

    I was looking at NPB Tracker today, and saw that Alex Ramirez will be playing for the Yokohama Bay Stars in 2012 ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 49 reads 0 comments

  2. The Korean Baseball Organization

    I noticed a post on mlbtraderumors.com to the effect that the Korean Baseball Organization, or KBO, is upset about the Orioles signing 17 year old pitcher Seong-Min Kim and may complain to MLB’s commissioner’s office...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 1,660 reads 0 comments

  3. Whither the Knuckleball?

    My last post on Tim Wakefield got me thinking about the seeming decline in knuckleball pitchers in recent years and wondering if the universal adoption of five-man pitching rotations ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 253 reads 0 comments

  4. Pittsburgh Pirates Should Consider Tim Wakefield

    I saw on mlbtraderumors.com that Tim Wakefield is considering retiring in light of the fact that the Red Sox apparently have no interest in bringing him back in 2012...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 64 reads 0 comments

  5. The Next Yu Darvish

    Now that Darvish is officially a Texas Ranger, the next Japanese pitcher likely to stir up endless speculation regarding if and when he’ll come to the U.S. is the Rakuten Golden Eagle’s Masahiro Tanaka ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 294 reads 0 comments

  6. Bargain Signings

    Two recent signings strike me as tremendous bargains for their teams: the Giants just signed Sergio Romo, avoiding arbitration, for $1.575 million, and the Brewers just signed Norichicha Aoki for what espn...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 14 reads 0 comments

  7. Oakland A's to Sign Jonny Gomes

    mlbtraderumors.com reports that the A’s are on the verge of signing corner outfielder Jonny Gomes. On paper, it’s a brilliant move...

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  8. Fausto Carmona Is Really Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Yet another Latin player is discovered to be someone other than whom he claimed to be. Actually, that’s not entirely fair — most of these guys (Pedro Feliz, Miguel Tejada ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 49 reads 0 comments

  9. Rangers Sign Yu Darvish for the Amount Expected

    After winning the bidding war in the posting process for just a little more than the Red Sox bid for Diasuke Matsuzaka a few years ago, the Rangers just signed Darvish at the eleventh ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 21 reads 0 comments

  10. Baltimore Orioles Sign Wei-Ying Chen

    The Orioles today announced the signing of Taiwanese left-hander Wei-Ying Chen for three years and $11.3 million. I honestly wish I could say I was more excited about this move...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 51 reads 0 comments

  11. Yakult Swallows Sign Lastings Milledge

    I’m a little late with this news — the Yakult Swallows announced the signing of former Met, National, Pirate and (very briefly) White Sock Lastings Milledge about ten days ago...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 43 reads 0 comments

  12. If It Wasn't for Bad Luck, the Cubs Would Have No Luck at All

    I saw that Cubs SS and one real bright spot Starlin Castro is facing possible sexual assault charges when he returns to Chicago from the Dominican Republic later this month. The article I read on espn...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 12 reads 0 comments

  13. Seattle Mariners Sign Hisashi Iwakuma

    The Mariners signed Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma for a $1.5 million base salary and possible incentives of another $3.4 million based on innings pitched and games started, according to mlbtraderumors...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 39 reads 0 comments

  14. It's Tough to Be a Royals' Fan

    Or the fan of any of the small market team that hasn’t had success in a while. It’s a steep hole to dig out of...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 26 reads 0 comments

  15. Texas Rangers Place High Bid for Yu Darvish

    The Rangers reportedly bid $51.7 million just for the right to negotiate a possible contract with Yu Darvish. How much more will it take to actually get him signed? Darvish made 500 million yen in 2011, which at present exchange rates is about $6...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 25 reads 0 comments

  16. Milwaukie Brewers Place High Bid for Norichika Aoki

    The Brewers placed the high bid on Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki, which was reported to be only $2.5 million. This is a terrific move by the Brewers, at least at this price, even though very few people in the U...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 43 reads 0 comments

  17. Arizona Diamondback Resign Cody Ransom

    It was announced in the last day or so that the Diamondbacks resigned one of my favorite marginal major leaguers Cody Ransom...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 15 reads 0 comments

  18. Ryan Braun Tests Positive For Steroids

    Well, it’s awfully disappointing that one of the league’s brightest young stars has tested positive for steroids...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 41 reads 0 comments

  19. A's Didn't Get Enough for Trevor Cahill

    The A’s traded Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow to the Diamondbacks today, and I’m underwhelmed by what they got in return. I’m not tremendously confident in Cahill’s future, because he doesn’t miss enough bats...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 3 years ago 26 reads 0 comments

  20. Softbank Hawks Sign Wily Mo Pena for $3.6 Million

    I’ve been waiting around the last couple of days to write about this rumored signing, until I could get something close to confirmation as to what the contract terms actually are...

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  21. How Old Is Mike Loree?

    For those of you who have never heard of Mike Loree, and most of you probably haven’t, he was the dominant pitcher in the Atlantic League in this past season...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 3 years ago 510 reads 0 comments

  22. Would Greg Halman Have Developed into a Major League Star

    Now that Greg Halman has been murdered, apparently by his brother, the inevitable question is what kind of major leaguer he might have developed into. Two things are certain: he had enormous talent, and he had equally enormous flaws...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 3 years ago 21 reads 0 comments

  23. Twins Make Smart Move Signing Ryan Doumit

    I really like the Twins’ deal with Ryan Doumit for one year at $3 million. The Twins need a lot of help after last year’s collapse, but getting help at catcher was something in particular they needed to do...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 3 years ago 17 reads 0 comments

  24. Korean Ace Yoon Suk Min

    I just saw a post on mlbtraderumors.coms stating that former major leaguer Dustin Nippert had signed a two year deal with the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization, Korea’s top league...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 3 years ago 163 reads 0 comments

  25. Anything Can Happen in a Short Series

    I raise this theme almost every post-season, because almost every year one the top teams loses to a team that didn’t look nearly as good during the regular season. This year, it’s the Cardinals beating the Phillies...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 3 years ago 12 reads 0 comments