Pirates Reportedly Making Francisco Liriano a Priority
Dec01

Pirates Reportedly Making Francisco Liriano a Priority

According to Chris Cotillo, the Pittsburgh Pirates are making Francisco Liriano their top priority on the free agent market. Predictions of the free agent market say that Liriano is likely in line for a three-year deal worth between $36-40 M after turning down the Pirates $15.3 M qualifying offer. Cotillo added that Liriano has been linked to both the Red Sox and Royals, but there are no talks of him nearing a deal with any team at...

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MLB Minimum Salary to Increase in 2015
Nov26

MLB Minimum Salary to Increase in 2015

MLB’s minimum salary will increase in 2015 from $500,000 to $507,500, according to Michael Baron. #MLB minimum salary will rise from $500k to $507,500 in 2015. They call that a cost of living adjustment. — Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron) November 26, 2014 As Baron notes, the difference represents a cost of living adjustment. The latest Collective Bargaining agreement had the minimum at $480,000 in 2012 (going up from...

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Pirates Aren’t Currently in on Justin Masterson
Nov18

Pirates Aren’t Currently in on Justin Masterson

I thought this was noteworthy since Justin Masterson is my favorite out of the bounce back pitchers who are available this off-season. Bill Brink says that the Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t currently one of the teams who have checked in on the right-hander. #Pirates are not currently among the dozen or so teams that have checked in on Justin Masterson, according to his agent. — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) November 18, 2014 This...

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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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Cubs Believed To Be Clear Front-Runner For Russell Martin
Nov16

Cubs Believed To Be Clear Front-Runner For Russell Martin

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Chicago Cubs  are the clear front-runner for catcher Russell Martin. That is according to executives that are involved in the bidding for Martin. The believed price is in the $64 M over four years range. That $16 M per year price is around the estimates that we have heard for Martin, though he was said to be seeking a five-year deal. Executives involved in bidding for Russell Martin believe #Cubs are...

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