Peter Gammons: Boras-Samson war leaves Marlins in the balance, Black Friday shopping

If you are a Marlins fan, thanks is given for simple gifts, such as a day when Tommy Hutton doesn’t get fired. Or David Samson’s energy doesn’t make the news. This Thanksgiving, they give blessings that Jose Fernandez is not going to be traded before the 2016 season opens. Yes, Jefferey Loria has a strong […]

Coffee and Clippings: Dodgers are set to hire Dave Roberts as manager

Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez), Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) and Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) of the LA Times discuss the Dodgers bringing in Dave Roberts as the new manager… Roberts, 43, will receive a three-year contract with the team holding an option to keep him for a fourth season; he will be one of only three minorities to manage in the […]

Coffee and Clippings: Rich Hill signs with A’s for one year, $6m

Peter Abraham (@PeteAbe) of the Boston Globe on the A’s signing of Rich Hill for the 2016 season… Without other options, Hill signed with the independent Long Island Ducks and returned to starting for the first time since 2009. Hill struck out 21 in 11 innings for the Ducks and was signed to a minor […]

Peter Gammons: David Ortiz, The Headmaster of the Moment

He spent nearly three years as David Arias in the Seattle organization until the Mariners sent him to Minnesota in 1996 in a waiver deal for Dave Hollins, then was released by the Twins in December, 2002 as David Ortiz. A month later, he was signed by Theo Epstein, who believed all he needed was […]

Coffee and Clippings: Mets reach out to Ben Zobrist — but Yankees likely scared off

Dan Martin (@DanMartin_Post) and Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) of the New York Post discuss the Mets’ courting of free agent Ben Zobrist… According to industry sources, the Yankees aren’t willing to spend as much as Zobrist likely will receive on the market, even if he does fill a need in the infield and is a switch […]

Peter Gammons: Craig Kimbrel and the Red Sox Pitching Staff

The haul the Padres got for Craig Kimbrel was expensive, as Dave Dombrowski knew it might be. Maybe too much, as Keith Law suggests, because Javier Guerra may be an everyday shortstop, Manuel Margot an everyday center fielder and Logan Allen a major league starting lefthanded pitcher. But reconstructing the Red Sox pitching was always […]

Coffee and Clippings: What’s Up With Jeff Samardzija?

Tony Blengino (@tonyblengino) of FanGraphs discusses Jeff Samardzija and his free agent status… Samardzija’s backstory, obviously, is quite unique. Baseball was essentially his second sport early in his college career at Notre Dame; he was a highly renowned wide receiver, thought to be a likely future high round NFL draftee. As his two-sport career progressed, however, […]

Coffee and Clippings: Mozeliak leading Cards in new direction

Derrick Goold (@dgoold) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discusses John Mozeliak and what future he is leading the Cardinals to… “What I’m talking about is do you have enough on the front end?” Mozeliak said. “Pitchers get labeled as 1 (ace), 2, 3, 4, and 5, and what I’m trying to make sure that we […]

Peter Gammons: Filling out the Red Sox rotation, Greinke or not

Now that the qualifying offers have been offered and the free agent auction begins, one man stands alone as the most interesting figure in this market—Zack Greinke. He may win the Cy Young Award, Jake Arrieta may. In the Bill James ranking of starting pitchers for the 2015 season, Greinke ranks second, behind Clayton Kershaw. […]

Coffee and Clippings: Hank Aaron headlines Negro Leagues Baseball Museum gala

Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) of the Kansas City Star covers Hank Aaron as he is set to headline the Negro League Baseball Museum Gala this Saturday at Bartle Hall in Kansas City… Aaron — a Mobile, Ala., native, whose career started with the Negro Leagues’ Indianapolis Clowns in 1952 — still has the major-league records for […]