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Victor Martinez is crushing his career

Victor Martinez stays focused with two strikes

Victor Martinez signed with the Cleveland Indians as a 17-year-old Venezuelan in 1996. After making his debut with the Indians in 2002, Victor hit relatively well in limited time at the MLB level for the next couple of seasons. Over the 2002 and 2003 seasons he would play in 197 minor league games between AA and […]

Marlins Eyeing Cuban Slugger, Jose Abreu

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One club official whose scouts were in the Dominican to watch the Cuban slugger says he hears “Abreu will get at least $50M. No posting fee. Puig and Cespedes have done it. Our people say he could be the real deal. I can see the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers…any one of a number of teams […]

One Assistant GM’s Rays, Dodgers Trade Proposal

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This is the way baseball executives pass the time: if the Rays decide this winter that it’s time to trade David Price, the first team everyone thinks of are the Dodgers. “They can afford him, and having Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Price would be unbelievable,” says one assistant GM. “I could see a deal […]

The Oakland X Factor: Bartolo Colon

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Asked what is the biggest factor in the Athletics beating the Tigers in the ALDS, which would mean turning around last year’s first round 3-2 loss, one Oakland official said, “Bartolo Colon. He can beat anyone.” Indeed, Colon had 23 quality starts in 30 outings, won 18 games, threw 190 1/3 innings and had a […]

Russell Martin: The Pittsburgh Lynchpin

Russell Martin

Brian Cashman used to compare Russell Martin to Thurman Munson, stating “he is to this team what Thurman was to his Yankee teams.” But at the end of last season, with their salary budget like a barn crushed by a snowstorm, Cashman could not re-sign Martin. Neal Huntington and the Pirates swept in, and Martin […]

A.J. Hinch Joins Long List of Cubs’ Manager Candidates

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Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that Padres assistant GM A.J. Hinch is a candidate for the Cubs managerial job, as likely is Brad Ausmus, although the list may be long. Hinch was a farm director in Arizona before Josh Byrnes made him manager, and he and Ausmus worked with Jed Hoyer. Clearly, with all the talent […]

Terry Ryan Managing with Patience

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Terry Ryan is patient, he is fair, self-effacing, as well as an extraordinary talent evaluator. So when the third straight disappointing Twins season ended Sunday, Ryan got Ron Gardenhire re-signed. “I can’t blame Gardy for what happened,” says Ryan. “I have to do a better job.” With outfielder Byron Buxton, third baseman Miguel Sano, second […]

Garza Decision Looming for Rangers

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Ron Washington’s statement yesterday that Yu Darvish “wasn’t right” in his last three starts is an ominous start to the Rangers off-season. Then they have to make a decision on whether or not to try to re-sign Matt Garza, who is not subject to draft choice compensation since he was traded during the season for […]

Scout: a guy with no anxiety

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My favorite scout’s expression today is “he’s a guy who has no anxiety.” He mentioned Wil Myers, Evan Longoria, Daniel Nava and Miguel Cabrera as classic examples. Cueto, too. The fact that Nava finished the regular season third in batting, second in on base percentage and sixth in OPS among American League outfielders is a […]

Change around the league

Dale Sveum

Around baseball, eyes are on Colorado, where Dan O’Dowd may or may not return after years of giving his soul to the franchise. And in Anaheim; former General Manager Bill Stoneman was with the team on their last trip, which set off all kinds of rumors. And Chicago, where Theo Epstein is not hiring a […]