Pitching Rotation: Vasquez a player to watch?

 

BRADENTON, Fla. _ The Pittsburgh Pirates have their first of three off days during the exhibition season Tuesday and have played 12 Grapefruit League games. Thus, it is a good early checkpoint to see how the battle for the four open spots in the starting rotation is shaping up. Finding out who will fall in place in the rotation behind left-hander Paul Maholm, the nominal ace of the staff despite winning just nine games last season, is certainly the most intriguing aspect of the spring for the Pirates. While the Pirates brass says the other rotation spots are unsettled, that is more motivational tactic than cold and hard fact. They are trying to light a fire under some pitchers after their 5.08 team ERA last season was the worst in the National League. Left-hander Zach Duke and right-hander Ian Snell are going to be in the rotation, even if noRead More »

Report: Pirates among 5 teams in on OF Bobby Abreu

 

Jon Heyman of CNNSI reports, The Angels, Braves, Pirates, Reds and Mets are among teams considering star free-agent outfielder Bobby Abreu. The changing market has brought the Pirates into the Abreu sweepstakes. Abreu, 34, hit 20 home runs – 100 RBI’s while batting .296 for the New York Yankees last season. ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reported today that the Angels have “strong interest” in the free agent outfielder.

MLB: Yankees land Sabathia

 

Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports reports, Free-agent left-hander CC Sabathia has reached agreement with the Yankees on a seven-year contract worth approximately $160 million, according to a major-league source.The contract is the largest ever awarded to a starting pitcher and the fourth-largest in major-league history, behind Alex Rodriguez’s two free-agent contracts and Manny Ramirez’s original deal with the Red Sox. Sabathia, 28, agreed to the deal late Tuesday night after Yankees general manager Brian Cashman flew to San Francisco to meet with him, his agents, and his wife, Amber.

The Latest MLB Buzz; Red Sox join Burnett sweepstakes

 

This talk of the Braves being out of the Jake Peavy sweepstakes is being a bit overblown. The New York Post is reporting the New York Yankees are prepared to make A.J. Burnett a offer that could be worth $80 million over five years. This comes on the heels of the Yankees making an initial offer to pitcher C.C. Sabathia in the range of $140-145 million over 6 years. The Red Sox have also joined the Burnett sweepstakes According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cubs are close to re-signing Ryan Dempster to a four-year contract. The deal is believed to be in the range of $52 million. As expected the Baltimore Orioles have begun their pursuit of Maryland-born first baseman Mark Teixeira. The Washington Nationals have been in on Adam Dunn, Mark Teixeira and Manny Ramirez. The addition of outfielder Matt Holliday hasn’t stopped the A’s from buildingRead More »

MLB Free Agency Frenzy

 

The Latest Rumors from Day 1 3:00 p.m. MLB Free agency is not like NHL free agency where all of the big names are gone in the first two days. There is even talk that Mark Teixeira may not sign until December. 12:57 p.m.Juan Rivera on the Pirates radar? Indications are the Pirates have interest in former Angels outfielder Juan Rivera. In 89 games last year Rivera hit 12 home runs – 45 RBI’s. Rivera has been injured the past couple seasons but he still has some good baseball left in him. 12:50 p.m. The Nationals are really creating a lot of buzz today. They are believed to be prepared to make a pitch for Adam Dunn, Mark Teixeira and even Manny Ramirez. (In that particular order) 12: 43 p.m. The Orioles are believed to be prepared to offer A.J. Burnett a four year deal in the $58 – $60Read More »