Blue Jays Signing Russell Martin to a Five Year Deal
Nov17

Blue Jays Signing Russell Martin to a Five Year Deal

The Toronto Blue Jays will be signing Russell Martin to a five year deal, according to Jon Heyman. Peter Gammons first broke the news, saying Martin got “McCann money”. Told Toronto got Martin for "McCann money" — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) November 17, 2014 blue jays are signing russell martin to 5-year deal — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 17, 2014 There was some confusion at first, since it first...

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Cardinals Acquire Jason Heyward From the Braves
Nov17

Cardinals Acquire Jason Heyward From the Braves

Immediately after the news today that Russell Martin signed with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Atlanta Braves announced a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves sent OF Jason Heyward and RHP Jordan Walden to the Cardinals in exchange for RHP Shelby Miller and RHP Tyrell Jenkins. Heyward should be a big boost for an already strong Cardinals team. He put up a 5.1 WAR in 2014, and has averaged just under a 5 WAR over the last three...

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First Pitch: After Signing Burnett, the Pirates are Set Up For a Very Interesting Off-Season
Nov15

First Pitch: After Signing Burnett, the Pirates are Set Up For a Very Interesting Off-Season

I kind of get the feeling that Neal Huntington has this off-season mapped out. If he did, it wouldn’t be any different than previous off-seasons. Last year rather than extending a qualifying offer to A.J. Burnett, they¬†tried for James Loney and Edinson Volquez. When Loney signed with the Rays, they turned back to Burnett with the remaining money. The plan worked out a little better the year before. They were aggressive early in...

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A.J. Burnett Took Less Money to End His Career and Win a Ring in Pittsburgh
Nov14

A.J. Burnett Took Less Money to End His Career and Win a Ring in Pittsburgh

After signing a one year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, A.J. Burnett said a lot of things that Pirates fans might have never thought they would hear just a few years ago. He talked about how he wanted to end his career in a place that he liked, and that his one year deal with the Pirates would be his last season. He talked about taking less money in order to allow the team to be better around him. And most importantly? “I...

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First Pitch: The Bridge to Elias Diaz, Who is the Bridge to Reese McGuire
Nov14

First Pitch: The Bridge to Elias Diaz, Who is the Bridge to Reese McGuire

Russell Martin hasn’t signed anywhere yet, but it’s only a matter of time until he ends up picking his team. I don’t think that team will be the Pittsburgh Pirates, as I think his rumored asking price, plus the big market teams involved, will price the Pirates out of the mix. They are currently set up to go with Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart in 2015, if that happens. That combo would cost less than $2.5 M,...

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