Rosenthal: Dodgers Close to 7 Year Extention with Kershaw

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports the Dodgers are close to securing a 7 year extension with Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers have made progress on a seven-year extension for Kershaw, and the dollar amount will be above the $180 million the Tigers awarded Verlander, according to major-league sources. The contract would be the largest for a pitcher in […]

Time for a Break

When Troy Tulowitski went down with a broken rib Thursday night, there had been 285 players on the disabled list this season who had combined to miss more than 10,000 days. “One of the biggest factors in the game today is the injury rate,” Billy Beane has uttered for two years, now. “The healthiest and […]

I Never Picked Up a Bat in the Offseason

In 1986, Ted Williams and Wade Boggs were riding in the backseat of my rental car from Winter Haven to Clearwater, Fla. to meet Don Mattingly and have a long dinner spent talking hitting. Going across the Courtney Campbell Causeway, Williams asked Boggs about his off-season routine. Boggs said he took two weeks off, then […]

MLB Mentors Make All The Difference

On Tuesday night in Portland, Maine, a 24-year old lefthanded pitcher with a million dollar arm, stretches of wildness and a pending court date threw a shutout for the Red Sox Double-A Sea Dogs. Somewhere in Los Angeles, while his teammates battled the Diamondbacks, Josh Beckett smiled. Back on March 2, Drake Britton was involved in an accident in Fort Myers, […]

This Year the MLB Draft Worked

No one likes all the elements of the new draft that began last June. Yes, as several rebuilding general managers have observed, it pushes the dollars to the free agent market; hence the larger revenue clubs still control that market. It takes away from clubs’ ability to build from the base up, as well as […]

Charlie Manuel on Jesse Biddle

“He is good, he’s smooth, he knows how to pitch. He will be up here, either at the end of this season or at the start of next year.” Charlie Manuel on Phillies prize lefthander Jesse Biddle, who has a 3-5, 3.52 record in the Eastern League despite 35 hits and 72 strikeouts in 61 […]

Separated at Birth

“I kept thinking A.J. Pollock looked like someone I know, but I couldn’t figure it out. Then I looked at his picture on the scoreboard and realized—A.J. looks exactly like Theo(Epstein). They could be brothers.” –Kevin Towers

Kevin Towers on Archie Bradley

“When I saw him a couple of weeks ago, he was 96 to 99 and not one fastball was under 96. He has no fear. I don’t know whether it’ll be this September or next spring, but is going to be pitching for the Diamondbacks. No doubt.” Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers on 19-year old phenom […]

2013 Draft Notes

A few thoughts on the draft, as everyone speculates on the impact of the positive Adderol tests on Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray and Marshall’s Aaron Blair. My take is that the Astros have done enough background work on Gray to know his makeup, and Keith Law is probably right—the revelation will give them the hammer in […]

The Dodgers Next Move

Carl Crawford’s pulled hamstring has further weakened the Dodger lineup, although the word around the game is that they would like to deal Andre Ethier, knowing they have to eat a chunk of the contract. Considering Ethier is owed a guaranteed $70M 2014-2018, he’s 31 and is sometimes considered a platoon player(.634 OPS, 1 HR […]