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Old 11-04-2013, 02:39 PM
 
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The Yankees have pretty much made it official that they are not going to cough up mega bucks for retaining Robinson Cano. Today they acted to preserve their compensation draft pick by extending a one year, 14.1 million dollar offer to Cano. (By the new rules, a "legitimate" offer must be made to a potential departing free agent in order to qualify for a compensation pick in a special round conducted between rounds one and two. The "legitimate" amount is determined by a formula and one year/14.1 million represents the least NY could offer.)

So, assuming that Cano laughs that offer away, he will be a free agent. The Yankees can still negotiate with him, but they will be like any other team doing it.

Cano had earlier announced that he is looking for a ten year 300 million dollar deal.

NY also extended the same 14.1 million/one year offers to Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda. The Cleveland Indians did the same for Ubaldo Jimenez who was 13-9, 3.30 for them this past season.

All involved have until Tuesday of next week to accept or reject the qualifying offers.

In other news the Giants bought out the final year option on Barry Zito's contract for 700 grand and Zito is now a free agent. They also bought out the second year of Andres Torres contract and he will be on the market
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Old 11-04-2013, 05:10 PM
 
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The Boston Red Sox have extended the same 14.1 million/one year qualifying offers to Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew and Mike Napoli.

Atlanta the same for Brian McCann.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:21 AM
 
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Cards QO (qualifying offer) Carlos Beltran, Reds do the same for Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers for Nelson Cruz.

Keep in mind that when a player rejects a QO and goes out on the market, the cost of another team signing that player now includes having to forfeit a defacto second round draft pick slot. So far this new rule seems to be working out in the owner's favor, I wonder how they managed to slip this one by the Union.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:34 PM
 
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Pirates did not QO AJ Burnett. General feeling around here is he can be had for $12M - if he intends to not retire. If the offer is below $12M, I expect Baltimore will be in play, possibly Philly, despite AJ's assurances that it's either Pirates or fishing.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:54 PM
 
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Crap, the Yankees' best three players are all on the market. If two of them leave NY, it will be a depressing time in 2014. By depressing, I mean "70-75 wins" sort of depressing. Or "historically bad offense" sort of depressing. Or "our top hitter has a .273 batting average" sort of depressing
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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The top 20 free agents potentially on the market this off season, ranking done by MLB to establish need for compensation draft picks.

PLAYER POS AGE STATUS 2013 TEAM NEW TEAM YRS RANK
Robinson Cano 2B 31 FA Yankees -- 1 --
Jacoby Ellsbury CF 30 FA Red Sox -- 2 --
Ubaldo Jimenez SP 29 FA Indians -- 4 --
Shin-Soo Choo CF 31 FA Reds -- 5 --
Ervin Santana SP 30 FA Royals -- 6 --
Ricky Nolasco SP 30 FA Dodgers -- 7 --
Brian McCann C 29 FA Braves -- 8 --
Stephen Drew SS 30 FA Red Sox -- 9 --
A.J. Burnett SP 36 FA Pirates -- 10 --
Matt Garza SP 29 FA Rangers -- 11 --
Mike Napoli 1B 32 FA Red Sox -- 12 --
Curtis Granderson CF 32 FA Yankees - 13 --
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 28 FA Red Sox - 14 --
Bartolo Colon SP 40 FA Athletics -- 15 --
Jhonny Peralta SS 31 FA Tigers -- 16 --
Carlos Beltran RF 36 FA Cardinals -- 17 --
Scott Feldman SP 30 FA Orioles -- 18 --
Hiroki Kuroda SP 38 FA Yankees -- 19 --
Scott Kazmir SP 29 FA Indians -- 20
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:46 PM
 
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The top 20 free agents potentially on the market this off season, ranking done by MLB to establish need for compensation draft picks.

PLAYER POS AGE STATUS 2013 TEAM NEW TEAM YRS RANK
Robinson Cano 2B 31 FA Yankees -- 1 --
Jacoby Ellsbury CF 30 FA Red Sox -- 2 --
Ubaldo Jimenez SP 29 FA Indians -- 4 --
Shin-Soo Choo CF 31 FA Reds -- 5 --
Ervin Santana SP 30 FA Royals -- 6 --
Ricky Nolasco SP 30 FA Dodgers -- 7 --
Brian McCann C 29 FA Braves -- 8 --
Stephen Drew SS 30 FA Red Sox -- 9 --
A.J. Burnett SP 36 FA Pirates -- 10 --
Matt Garza SP 29 FA Rangers -- 11 --
Mike Napoli 1B 32 FA Red Sox -- 12 --
Curtis Granderson CF 32 FA Yankees - 13 --
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 28 FA Red Sox - 14 --
Bartolo Colon SP 40 FA Athletics -- 15 --
Jhonny Peralta SS 31 FA Tigers -- 16 --
Carlos Beltran RF 36 FA Cardinals -- 17 --
Scott Feldman SP 30 FA Orioles -- 18 --
Hiroki Kuroda SP 38 FA Yankees -- 19 --
Scott Kazmir SP 29 FA Indians -- 20
I think Cano stays in New York. Rumor has it the yankees offered cano 7 years 165 million. I don't think he'll get that much anywhere else. And the yanks need him. Drew and Ellsbury are both gone from Boston. Boggaerts will play ss and Ellsbury is not worth 20mil a year that he wants. I think granderson will get a big offer somewhere as well
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Old 11-07-2013, 02:02 PM
 
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Default Plate Blocking Days Probably Over

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A discussion about changes aimed to greatly reduce home plate collisions is expected to take place next week in Orlando, Fla., where general managers will meet.

Sources say that a growing number of team executives are strongly in favor of change, especially in light of developed medical information about concussions and a refined understanding of the cost of injuries resulting from collisions -- to the players involved and the clubs.
Discussion to take place aimed to reduce home-plate collisions - ESPN

I'm confident that there will be those who poo poo this move, citing the old "They have always been part of the game" argument which gets trotted out whenever changes are considered. I think that this is a long overdue idea. At any other base, what the catcher does at the plate would be ruled interference, the runner is entitled to a path to the bag. I guess the reasoning was that home is worth more than any of the other bases because it represents run/no run, thus blocking was permitted.

That flies in the face of baseball's general approach to injuries which has always recognized that some care must be exercised since it is a 162 game schedule and no one act in one game of on the field heroics at the cost of an injury can really be justified.

If it goes through they should call it the "Posey Rule" since it was his broken leg in 2011 which got the discussion started.
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:12 PM
 
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If it goes through they should call it the "Posey Rule" since it was his broken leg in 2011 which got the discussion started.
Or maybe the "Fosse Rule". People are still talking about that collision.
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:00 PM
 
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Norichika Aoki trade rumors: Could the Mets and Brewers work out a deal? - Brew Crew Ball

Oh please no!

Aoki for Lucas Duda or Ike Davis
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