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Date Added: 2011-11-02 20:45:08
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Ben Cherington hopes to meet with Jon Lester
On August 13, 2002 the Boston Red Sox signed left-hander Jon Lester after drafting the Tacoma, Washington native in the 2nd Round of the 2002 Amateur Draft. Lester made his major league debut with Boston on June 10, 2006 at age 22 and had been with the club since then. However, this past July 31st, after […] Ben Cherington hopes to meet with Jon Lester -

San Francisco Giants receive Taiwanese animation treatment (Video)
The San Francisco Giants closed out the 2014 season with a victory in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday. The team and city will celebrate their third championship in the last five years today with a parade through the streets of San Francisco. While the parade is the pinnacle of celebration for most […] San Francisco Giants receive Taiwanese anima...

Milwaukee Brewers decline Rickie Weeks’ option
Rickie Weeks can add his name to an already shallow list of free agent second baseman, as the 32 year old’s option for 2015 has been declined by the Milwaukee Brewers. The team announced the decision Friday morning. Milwaukee had originally selected Weeks with the 2nd overall pick in the 2003 Draft (Tampa Bay selected […] Milwaukee Brewers decline Rickie Weeks’...

New York Yankees, Raul Ibanez to discuss hitting coach position
With a huge vacancy currently present in their hitting coach position, the New York Yankees are reportedly planning on talking to former Yankee Raul Ibanez about taking on the role, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York. Ibanez, 42, split the 2014 season with both the Los Angeles Angels and the AL pennant winning Kansas […] New York Yankees, Raul Ib...

St. Louis Cardinals exercise option on John Lackey
The St. Louis Cardinals, runners up for the NL pennant, are set to retain their recently acquired workhorse as the team has exercised its option on starting pitcher John Lackey, according to a report by the Associated Press (via Lackey, 36, was one of the more sought after pitchers at the trading deadline in 2014, […] St. Louis Cardinals exercise option...

Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox agree to two year extension
Koji Uehara won’t be facing the free agent market after all, as the veteran has agreed to a two year extension to remain a member of the Boston Red Sox. WEEI’s Alex Speier reports that the deal will pay him $18 million. #RedSox today signed RHP @TeamUehara to a two-year contract through the 2016 season. […] Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox agree to two year e...

Kevin Youkilis set to retire
Following a ten year MLB career and a season in Japan, Kevin Youkilis will reportedly hang up his cleats and is set to retire instead of pursuing a contract on the free agent market. Youkilis has dealt with a number of health issues in recent years and will instead look to spend more time with […] Kevin Youkilis set to retire - Call to the...

Toronto Blue Jays acquire Liam Hendriks
Liam Hendriks has been well traveled over the past calendar year, but the right-hander will return to where he began the 2014 season after being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays by the Kansas City Royals. The 25 year old Australian had been designated for assignment back on October 25th. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported […] Toronto Blue Jays acquire Liam Hendriks -

Cincinnati Reds exercise option on Johnny Cueto; buyout two others
The Cincinnati Reds have executed the expected, picking up a $10 million 2015 club option for starting pitcher Johnny Cueto. In 2013, the 28 year old made only 11 starts due to a re-occurring injury in his back, priming him for an incredible bounce back season in 2014. He posted a 2.25 ERA over 243.2 innings, leading the […] Cincinnati Reds exercise op...

Alex Rodriguez’s suspension officially ends
It’s official, Alex Rodriguez‘s season-long suspension has come to an end with the conclusion of the World Series late Wednesday night. Rodriguez is off of the restricted list and back on the New York Yankees’ 40-man roster. Rodriguez had been suspended for the entire 2014 season for his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic and his […] Alex Rodriguez̵...

Nearly 10,000 D-Bat Dogs sold by Arizona Diamondbacks
Perhaps one of the biggest trends across MLB stadiums has been the addition of unusually large – and often ridiculous – food items at teams’ concessions stands. The D-Bat Dog is no exception, debuting this past season with resounding success. The Arizona Diamondbacks figured they would have some fun selling the 18-inch corn dog stuffed […] Nearly 10,000 D-Bat Do...

Brad Peacock undergoes hip surgery; will likely miss Spring Training
Brad Peacock was expected to compete for a spot in the Houston Astros starting rotation next spring, but the right-hander will likely miss Spring Training after undergoing surgery on his right hip. Peacock had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum and remove bone spurs earlier this month, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston […] Brad Peac...

Madison Bumgarner, Giants win third title in five years
Called upon to work in relief, San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner stepped up, tossing five shutout innings to squash any chance of a Kansas City Royals rally late and give his team its third World Series title in the last five years with a 3-2 win in Game 7 on Wednesday night. Bumgarner allowed […] Madison Bumgarner, Giants win third title in five years ...

Cubs reportedly hire Joe Maddon as manager
  In a unique offseason in which the biggest free agent isn’t an active player, former Tampa Bay Rays skipper Joe Maddon reportedly has a deal in place to become the Chicago Cubs manager. Jon Heyman first broke the news via Twitter and it since has been confirmed by Joel Sherman. A surprising turn of events […] Cubs reportedly hire Joe Maddon as manager -

Baseball Stew: Flashing back to the 1954 World Series
The 2014 San Francisco Giants are on a mission to stop a Kansas City Royals team that was on a wild postseason roll, winning its first eight contests – the first time that feat had ever been accomplished. Sixty years ago, the New York Giants had an even more difficult task. They figuratively had to […] Baseball Stew: Flashing back to the 1954 World Series -

The quiet success of Alcides Escobar
Alcides Escobar has been the Kansas City Royals’ lead-off hitter for a majority of the 2014 postseason; however, in truth, he should not have been. I know he has had moderate success in the playoffs this year with a slightly above-average .721 OPS in just 66 plate appearances, but it is very hard to justify […] The quiet success of Alcides Escobar -

Jake Peavy interested in joining the Chicago Cubs
Jake Peavy will be entering the free agent market in the coming days, but it would appear that even with his team in the World Series he’s begun to think ahead towards the future. Peavy, a 13 year veteran, may be looking at the last multi-year deal of his career and has placed the Chicago […] Jake Peavy interested in joining the Chicago Cubs -

Los Angeles Angels will pick up Huston Street’s option
Huston Street flourished as the closer for the Los Angeles Angels once the team acquired him in July and the defending AL West champions will look to head into the 2015 season with him anchoring the back of their bullpen. Street’s contract contains a team option valued at $7 million and the Angels are expected […] Los Angeles Angels will pick up Huston Street&#...

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