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Old 10-31-2011, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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2011 season is over. Teams are re-strategerizing for for 2012.

Same rules as last year.
*Post a link to your rumor or
*Let us know it is the creation of your own brilliant mind.





A lot of things are already going on. Some of the bigger ones:
CC opts out of his contract with the Yankees
The Brewers decline the options on K-Rod and Yuni Betancourt. (As they well should, IMO)
Aramis Ramirez declined his half of a mutual option with the Cubs. (Exactly what one would expect. Ramirez will secure a multi-year deal. The Cubs will pick up a draft pick)
Cleveland declined their option on Grady Sizemore. (Expected. $9 mills is a lot of cheddar for a guy who hasn't produced in 3 years)
The Red Sox picked up Marco Scutaro's $6 million option. (Also expected. Scutaro is a productive player and Lawrie struggled last season).
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Old 10-31-2011, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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First trade

Indians get Derek Lowe and $10 million. They send lefty A-ball reliever Chris Jones to Atlanta.

I think the Tribe are getting quite a bargain. Lowe was 9 - 17 with an ERA over 5 last season, but his strike out, walk, and batted ball rates were nearly identical to his 2010 season when he was 16-12 with a 4.00 ERA. Chris Jones looks like nothing.

Cleveland now has one of the top groundball pitching staffs in baseball. Well, actually, Cleveland now has the best groundball pitching staff in baseball.
Derek Lowe 59% - 2nd in MLB
Justin Masterson 55% - 7th in MLB
Fausto Carmona 55% - 8th in MLB

Unfortunately, the Indians infield defense looks terrible
Jason Kipnis -23 UZR/150 at 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera -12 UZR/150 at SS
Lonnie Chisenhall 3 UZR/150 at 3B
Matt LaPorta -8 UZR/150 at 1B

Last edited by filihok; 10-31-2011 at 04:53 PM..
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:55 PM
 
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Sabathia extends with the Yankees

$25 million for 2016 + a $25 million vesting option for 2017 + a $5 million buyout. The option vests if CC stays off the DL in 2016. The option does not vest if CC spends 45 days on the DL in 2016.
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Elias free agent rankings are out.

Official Elias Rankings: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com

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If a Type A free agent turns down an arbitration offer and signs a Major League deal elsewhere the losing team gets two draft picks, one of them coming from the new team. If a Type B free agent turns down an arbitration offer and signs a Major League deal elsewhere the losing team gets one draft pick in the supplemental round, and it doesn't come from the new team. Keep in mind that an arbitration offer is necessary for draft pick compensation.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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Yankees decline the option on Andrew Brackman. A bit of a unique situation for Brackman who signed a major league contract after being drafted. Brackman had a terrible 2011. Look for him to sign a minor league deal with someone
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:05 PM
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The A's will not be actively shopping any players, but they will be listening to offers on any player except Jemile Weeks.
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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The A's will not be actively shopping any players, but they will be listening to offers on any player except Jemile Weeks.
from the linked article:
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Commissioner Bud Selig appointed a three-member panel to study the possibility of the As relocating to San Jose in March 2009. If baseball permits the move, the As would seek to build a contender to coincide with the opening of a new park. Construction probably would take three years.
A retroactive move to San Jose? Is there a time machine involved?
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Old 11-05-2011, 06:35 AM
 
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Default Thome reunion tour continues

Jim Thome signs with Philadelphia for 1 year and $1.2 million.

He's not expected to be the primary first baseman in Howard's absence but will certainly see some starts there.
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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Cashman put it out there that AJ Burnett was available because he didn't want to use him in the bullpen but afterwards he told reporters that he would discuss any player on the team. The worst he could say is no, so it never hurts to contact him.
***I guess he tried sugarcoating that he wants someone to take AJ off our Yankees.***
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:45 AM
 
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Cashman put it out there that AJ Burnett was available because he didn't want to use him in the bullpen but afterwards he told reporters that he would discuss any player on the team. The worst he could say is no, so it never hurts to contact him.
***I guess he tried sugarcoating that he wants someone to take AJ off our Yankees.***
Do the Yanks have five better options?
CC, an unproven Nova, a questionable Hughes, ...
If the Yanks were paying a good portion of AJ's contract I'd be ok with him pitching for my team.
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