1. Stray Thoughts

    I see that the Brewers just gave Yovani Gallardo a five-year $30.1 million deal, which sets a record for pitchers with between two and three years of major league experience. I think this is a good move for Brute Crew...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 27 reads 0 comments

  2. A Day Late and Buck Short

    Here are some thoughts that I really should have posted last night, but I was just too tired. Still, I don’t see anything else I’d rather write about, so here goes. I saw a post on mlbtraderumors...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 26 reads 0 comments

  3. Hope Springs Eternal

    The Giants are now 2-0 after Barry Zito, of all pitchers, utterly flummoxed the Astros today in Houston. Zito threw six shutout innings allowing only three hits, one walk and striking out five...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 10 reads 0 comments

  4. All Is Right with the World

    After a Spring Training in which he posted a 6.94 ERA with 18 hits and 10 walks (but 16 Ks) in 11.2 innings pitched, Tim Lincecum opened the real season with seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and no walks and striking out seven...

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

  5. Another Criticism of Ultimate Zone Rating

    I’ve said before that I have my suspicions about fangraphs.com’s ultimate zone ratings (UZR). One thing that it doesn’t appear to take into account is what happens when outfielders play in very large ballparks...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 283 reads 0 comments

  6. Red Sox Extend Beckett through 2014

    The Red Sox just signed right-handed ace Josh Beckett to a $68 million four-year contract extension for the years 2011-2014...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 13 reads 0 comments

  7. Those Darn Waiver Rules

    In the last two days, I have commented on the fact that the A’s just designated for assignment Jack Cust and the Pirates have designated for assignment Ramon Vazquez...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 154 reads 0 comments

  8. Giants' Outfield Shuffle

    It was announced today that the Giants are going to start the season with John Bowker as the starter in right field over Nate Schierholtz and that Freddie Lewis will start the season on the DL...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 31 reads 0 comments

  9. Jack Taschner Sighting

    Giants fans will remember Jack Taschner as a left-handed relief pitcher with good stuff but not enough command to be good major league pitcher...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 42 reads 0 comments

  10. A's DFA Jack Cust And Other News

    In a move that surprises me, mainly because of the salary issues, the A’s have designated Jack Cust for assignment. He didn’t hit this Spring (.216 batting average, .706 OPS), but he’s set to make $2...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 152 reads 0 comments

  11. Escobar In, Snyder Out

    The Giants and Rangers swapped minor league left-handers yesterday, the Rangers receiving former Giant farm hand Ben Snyder, and the Giants receiving Edwin Escobar...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 52 reads 0 comments

  12. Giants Sign Reinier Roibal

    The Giants just signed 20 year old Cuban right-hander Reinier Roibal. He throws in the mid-90’s and is regarded as top Cuban pitching prospect. Here is a post from Cuban Ball Players which includes a scouting report for Roibal...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 345 reads 0 comments

  13. What Are the Braves Thinking?

    Some of the decisions major league organizations make I will never understand. Today the Royals outrighted 22 year old pitcher Edgar Osuna to their AA club...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 61 reads 0 comments

  14. The Process of Weeding Out

    Teams are getting towards their Opening Day rosters and some tough decisions are being made. The Mariners have waived Ryan Garko, who hasn’t been hitting this Spring (.630 OPS in 41 at-bats)...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 17 reads 0 comments

  15. Biggest Bonehead of the 2009-2010 Off-Season?

    As players go, that just might be Jarrod Washburn. He turned down a $5 million offer from the Twins this off-season, in spite of the fact that the Twins are obvious play-off contenders ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 63 reads 0 comments

  16. A's Ink Chad Gaudin

    The A’s have reportedly signed Chad Gaudin for $700,000. I wrote a post four days ago in which I said that I thought a lot of teams would compete for Gaudin after the Yankees cut him loose...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 40 reads 0 comments

  17. The Spin Zone

    I was amused by this article today in which Blue Jays GM Alex Anthropoulos explained his decision to release centerfielder Joey Gathright, after a horrendous Spring in which Gathright had a ...

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

  18. Giants Extend Cain

    I may have thought the Giants should have waited before pulling the trigger on the Jeremy Affeldt and Brian Wilson contract extensions, but I have no complaints about the Giants’ decision to extend Matt Cain for three years and $27...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 24 reads 0 comments

  19. What to Do with Wilson Ramos?

    Here’s an article by Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune about whether Twins’ hot-shot catching prospect Wilson Ramos is now relegated to trade bait because the Twins have just signed Joe Mauer to his eight-year extension...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 328 reads 0 comments

  20. Frandsen to Red Sox

    The Giants sent back-up middle infielder Kevin Frandsen to the Red Sox for cash considerations or a player to be named later, and Rob Neyer has something to say about it...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 30 reads 0 comments

  21. More on Bryce Harper

    Since I wrote a post on Bryce Harper in the last week, I thought it would be a good idea to pass on this scouting report on Harper from mlb.com...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 413 reads 0 comments

  22. Giants Extend Brian Wilson

    It was announced today that the Giants signed Brian Wilson to a two-year contract extension covering 2011 and 2012 for a total of $15 million. Some months back now, the Giants and Wilson agreed on a $4...

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

  23. Maybe It's Time for John Bowker to Consider Japan

    After his seven RBI game yesterday, John Bowker is leading all Spring Training hitters with 18 RBIs. That’s enough for Rob Neyer of espn.com to devote an entire column to Bowker’s chance of making the Giants out of Spring Training...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 175 reads 0 comments

  24. Mad Scramble for Chad Gaudin?

    The Yankees have reportedly just released Chad Gaudin. I would expect this to set off a mad scramble by teams looking to get a serviceable No. 5 starter at a bargain price Gaudin’s non-guaranteed 2010 contract called for a $2...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 40 reads 1 comments

  25. Giants Spring Aces

    A couple of days ago, I wrote a post on the Giants who were hitting well this Spring. Here’s the post on the top pitchers. Among the starters, Matt Cain is the only guy with a lock on a job who is pitching pretty well...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 4 years ago 16 reads 0 comments