Industry sources; Dodgers’ strategy to acquire Price and Tanaka

This is the time period when we hear endless reports of teams being interested in each free agent. But the qualifying offer clubs may tender limits markets. “The value of draft choices is greater than ever,” says one GM. “If a team signs a player who has been made a qualifying offer, the team not […]

Gammons Notes: The future of Kemp, Sandoval and Machado

Matt Kemp and the Dodgers Matt Kemp had surgery for an arthritic condition in A-C joint in his left shoulder at the end of the season, which stems from last November’s operation. The surgery was deemed minor, and his rehabilitation is supposed to begin in two or three weeks, which several teams may be following. […]

Coffee and Clippings: Wainwright throws gem in win over Pirates

Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discusses Wainwright’s gem as the Cardinals beat the Pirates to reach the NLCS… If August was all wrong, the past week against the Pittsburgh Pirates was all about getting it right. The Cardinals will host the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League championship series beginning Friday […]

Joe Sheehan: A Classic

From the desk of Joe Sheehan. Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) writes for Sports Illustrated and publishes the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter. Were “postseason baseball” a dictionary entry, the illustration next to it would be a shot from the Coliseum taken last night: a crowd in full throat, a pitcher commanding the scene, the basepaths clear, the […]

MLB Video Recap: ALDS Red Sox Impress

Ortiz Homers in the First Ellsbury Ropes RBI Double in the Third Tazawa Escapes 8th with Double Play Ortiz’ Second Home Run Off Price Price Reaction to Ortiz Standing at Plate Lackey’s Effective Start in Game 2 Red Sox Take Game 2 and Head South to Complete Sweep Clay Buchholz Discusses 2013 Red Sox and […]

Coffee and Clippings: Rays Fall Behind 2-0 to Red Sox

Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) of the Tampa Bay Times writes about the Rays’ 7-4 loss last night to the Red Sox as they fall behind 2-0 in the series… The Rays joke and kid and carry on about their penchant for always making things so difficult on themselves. Well, they’ve done it again, losing 7-4 to […]

Peter Gammons: This is the way it should be

David Ortiz saw it in David Price, that “he wasn’t himself.” Ortiz mentioned coming off the complete game in Texas and the toll it may have taken on the Rays great lefty now that it is October. Perhaps it is true of a lot of Rays, not that they admit it. But the fact remains […]

Peter Gammons: ALDS Game 2 Preview

When the last-to-first Red Sox began their 2013 post-season, they not only won their first October game since Game 6 in the St Pete Trop before losing the ALCS, but when it came time for “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch, there was a rainbow over the American Flag. However, some thoughts for […]

Coffee and Clippings: Braves Even Series

David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution discusses the Braves’ comeback win against the Dodgers to even the series… When Jason Heyward lined a bases-loaded, two-out single up the middle in the seventh inning to put the Braves ahead 4-1, the Turner Field pressbox shook from clapping, foot-stomping fans who got what they came to […]

One Assistant GM’s Rays, Dodgers Trade Proposal

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 […]