The first domino has finally fell as the San Diego Padres have agreed to a mega 10 year, $300 million contract with Manny Machado, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports. Now the baseball world waits for Bryce Harper to top the $300 million contract Machado just got.
Closer Mariano Rivera, starting pitchers Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina and DH Edgar Martinez have been elected to the 2019 Hall-of-Fame Class. Rivera became the first player to be unanimously (100%, 425 ballots) voted into the Hall. Rivera was always going to be the no-brainer of the 2019 class, question was whether an old school voter or two would actually leave him off their ballot. The rest of the class has a ton of questions. Halladay maybe, but Mussina, Martinez never screamed sure fire Hall-of-Famers during the prime of their careers and this class follows the trend of leaving out the greatest players’ in the game. Barry Bonds the greatest offensive player of all-time getting 59.1% of the vote is a joke and a sure sign he’ll never get in with three years of eligibility remaining. Somehow Edgar Martinez who never picked up a glove, gets in with 85% during theRead More »
Andrew McCutchen (.258-1HR-4RBI) had a night to remember as a member of the San Francisco Giants……. McCutchen’s first career 6-hit game was a storybook ending with a walk-off 3-run homer in the 14th inning to deliver a thrilling Giants win over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. After a slow start to the season, McCutchen made his mark on Saturday. McCutchen went 6-7 with a walk-off home run, 4 RBIs, double, 2 runs scored and a stolen base. He entered the game 2-for-24 on the season.
Former Pirate Gerrit Cole (1-0, 0.64 ERA) through two starts with the Houston Astros, is looking everything the Pirates imagined/hoped he was going to be when they took him 1st overall in the 2011 draft. Cole was dominant again Saturday night in his first home start as an Astro, striking out 11 for the second straight this season. Cole allowed 0 runs and 5 hits. Cole in two starts has a K/BB ratio of 22/3. The swing and miss stuff has been at a level never seen from Cole before as the Astros have found something the Pirates couldn’t with Cole in developing a 3rd and 4th pitch. From the Houston Chronicle: [It’s a small sample size, mind you, but after two starts it’d be hard to argue that he’s not the team’s best starter right now..Nineteen of his 102 pitches were swung upon and missed on Saturday, two fewerRead More »
HURDLE NAMES LOCKE NO. 5 STARTER Left hander Jeff Locke beat out Vance Worley for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said after the Pirates thrashing of the Phillies today, 18-4. [BOX SCORE] The move is somewhat of a surprise as Worley appeared positioned to win the job. Hurdle said today the decision was the hardest he had to make since picking Gerrit Cole to pitch over A.J. Burnett in Game 5 of the 2013 Divisional Series. Worley will begin the season out of the pen.
$16 million a year for Martin? The Chicago Cubs have been the team all along that Pirate officials feared would outbid the rest of the field and have Pittsburgh nowhere in the ballpark. That’s where things might be headed as Martin is getting close to signing a new deal with Chicago remaining the likely landing spot. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that executives involved in the bidding regard the Cubs as the “clear front runner” with a deal for Martin coming in the range of four years, $64 million. The sweepstakes for Martin are believed to be down to two (Cubs, Blue Jays?) with the Pirates and Dodgers out of the mix. Martin met with Toronto officials this week and had been considering the AL due to interest in playing less time at first base.
MARTIN SEEKS FIVE YEARS Russell Martin will net at least a four year deal in free agency and his sights remain on a five year deal, a primary reason there isn’t much optimism in Pirate circles of them being able to compete with others for Martin. Jeff Blair of Sportsnet reports “Martin wants a contract worth between $75-$80 million over five years.” While the Cubs continue to be regarded as a front runner to sign Martin, and the Dodgers are looking hard at him again, Martin is giving serious consideration to playing in the American League due to a desire to move away from home plate at some point. The Blue Jays, Mariners are among the AL teams linked to Martin thus far in the process. LIRIANO HAS UNTIL 5:00 PM TO ACCEPT OR DECLINE QUALIFYING OFFER Francisco Liriano’s agent has made it no secret to teams that the PiratesRead More »