Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Years

Happy New Years from everyone from More Hardball

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

MLB: Worst of the Decade (Pitching)

With the decade soon coming to an end, More Hardball decided to see which MLB pitchers placed dead-last in the core pitching categories.

*Minimum 250 Games Pitched*
1. Barry Zito- 826
2. Doug Davis- 736
3. Livan Hernandez- 720

Wild Pitches:
1. Miguel Batista- 79
2. Tim Wakefield- 71
3. Jeff Suppan- 70

1. Ted Lilly- 25
2. Randy Johnson- 12
3. Vicente Padilla & CC Sabathia- 11

Hit Batters:

1. Tim Wakefield- 107
2. Jeff Weaver- 106
3. Jamey Wright- 101

1. Livan Hernandez- 124
2. Javier Vazquez- 116
3. Jeff Suppan- 110

1. Estaban Yan & Terry Mulholland -5.06
2. Gary Glover & Tanyon Strutze- 5.04
3. Mark Hendrickson- 5.00


1. Randy Flores- 1.594
2. Dennys Reyes & Scott Sauerbeck- 1.556
3. Jamey Wright- 1.535

Notes: Teams really do value innings-eaters, because that's the only explanation for Livan Hernandez's continued employment. The Devil Rays really used to suck, as they are heavily represented in the worst ERA's category.

Decade Archives:
*Worst of Batting
*Best of Pitching
*Best of Batting

We Should Be GMs offers their worst Phillies batters of the past decade.

Monday, December 28, 2009

MLB: Worst of the Decade (Batting)

With the decade soon coming to an end, More Hardball decided to see which MLB batters placed dead-last in the core offensive categories.

*Minimum 3000 Plate Appearances*
Batting Average:
1. Brandon Inge- .236
2. Tony Bautista- .244
3. Brad Ausmus, Alex Gonzalez (both of them), and Nick Swisher- .245

1. Brian Schneider- 247
2. Alex Cora- 331
3. Greg Zaun- 336

1. Nick Swisher- 639
2. Greg Zaun- 668
3. Scott Spiezio- 691

1. Tony Womack- 110
2. Alex Cora- 127
3. Brandon Phillips- 131

1. Victor Martinez, Frank Thomas, John Olrud- 2
2. Paul Konerko, Mike Sweeney, Greg Zaun, Phil Nevin- 3
3. Mike Piazza- 4

1. Juan Pierre- 13
2. Cesar Izturis- 14
3. Tony Womack- 23

1. Eric Young- 205
2. Tony Womack- 224
3. Scott Podsednik- 249

Stolen Bases:
1. Javy Lopez- 1
2. Victor Martinez, Jay Gibbons- 2
3. Bengie Molina, Jim Thome, Scott Hatteberg, John Olerud- 3


1. Cesar Izturis- .629
2. Brad Ausmus- .646
3. Neifi Perez- .654

Notes: Tony Womack was weak! Juan Pierre and Jim Thome appeared on both the Best and Worst of the Decade lists. Nick Swisher is overvalued. The players weren't necessarily bad, because they had to play enough to actually be listed on here (min. 3000 trips to the plate)...there were far worse players out there during the 00's that just didn't get enough playing time.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!

Though he has nothing to do with baseball, I thought I'd post Al Davis' Christmas card just for kicks.

This went to everyone on the Oakland Raiders staff.

Enjoy the video-the melody is alot catchier than the title.

Hope you all have a happy Christmas and got lots of presents!


Merry Christmas

Robert Earl Keene - Merry Christmas From the Family

Thursday, December 24, 2009

you owe me

according to TMZ.COM:
MLB Pitcher Sues His Catcher
Posted Dec 24th 2009 5:00AM by TMZ Staff

Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chan Ho Park is suing the man who caught his balls -- claiming his former catcher stiffed him on a $460,000 loan.

Park -- who's currently playing for the Philadelphia Phillies -- claims he loaned the cash to former Dodgers catcher Chad Kreuter back in 2005.

In the lawsuit, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, Park says he made the loan because Kreuter "had been a highly compensated Major League Baseball player" and he assured Park that he "would have no difficulty paying [Park] back."

According to the suit, Kreuter signed a promissory note for the debt, but only made one payment for $290,000.

Now Park wants the remaining $170,000 plus interest and fees for the loan -- totaling $226,358.76.

That's hardball.

Merry Linkxmas

*Major League Jerk wonders what the hell Festivus do I.

*River Avenue Blues takes a look at the Yankees unsettled leftfield.

*Bootlegger Sports has evidence the Philly fans may be just as awful as the reputation the proceeds them.

*We Should Be GMs gives their fourth installment of The 12 Days of Christmas: Phillies Style.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

MLB: Best of the Decade (Pitching)

With the decade soon coming to an end, More Hardball decided to see which MLB pitchers won the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in the core pitching categories.

1. Andy Pettitte- 149
2. Randy Johnson- 143
3. Jamie Moyer- 140

1. Dave Weathers- 713
2. LaTroy Hawkins- 654
3. Mariano Rivera- 651

1. Livan Hernandez- 2201.1
2. Javier Vazquez- 2163
3. Mark Buehrle- 2061

1. Randy Johnson- 2182
2. Javier Vazquez- 2001
3. Johan Santana- 1733

Complete Games:
1. Roy Halladay- 47
2. Livan Hernandez- 36
3. Randy Johnson- 32

1. Roy Halladay- 14
2. Randy Johnson- 12
3T. Tim Hudson- 11
3T. CC Sabathia- 11

1. Mariano Rivera- 397
2. Trevor Hoffman- 363
3T. Jason Isringhausen- 284
3T. Billy Wagner- 284

(min. 1000 innings)
1. Pedro Martinez- 3.01
2. Johan Santana- 3.12
3. Roy Oswalt- 3.23

(min. 1000 innings)
1. Pedro Martinez- 1.036
2. Johan Santana- 1.113
3. Randy Johnson- 1.114

Notes: Pedro, Johan, Randy, and Rivera dominated the 00's, but there were some suprises on the list...Jamie Moyer...who knew?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

MLB: Best of the Decade (Batting)

With the decade soon coming to an end, More Hardball decided to see which MLB batters won the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in the core offensive categories.

Batting Average:
(min. 3000 plate appearances)
1. Albert Pujols- .334
2. Ichiro Suzuki- .333
3. Todd Helton- .331

1. Alex Rodriguze- 1190
2. Johnny Damon- 1115
3. Derek Jeter- 1088

1. Ichiro Suzuki- 2030
2. Derek Jeter- 1940
3. Miguel Tejada- 1860

1. Todd Helton- 431
2. Bobby Abreu- 408
3. Albert Pujols- 387

1. Jimmy Rollins- 95
2. Carl Crawford- 92
3. Christian Guzman- 82

1. Alex Rodriguez- 465
2. Jim Thome- 368
3. Albert Pujols- 366

1. Alex Rodriguez- 1243
2. Albert Pujols- 1112
3. Manny Ramirez- 1106

Stolen Bases:
1. Juan Pierre- 459
2. Carl Crawford- 362
3. Ichiro Suzuki- 341

(min. 3000 plate appearances)
1. Barry Bonds- 1.241
2. Albert Pujols- 1.055
3. Manny Ramirez- 1.018

Notes: It's clear Pujols, Manny, Ichiro, and A-Rod dominated the 00's. It's also a shame that the list is littered with PEDs connections.

*MLB: Best of the Decade (Pitching) coming tomorrow.

Monday, December 21, 2009

We're in the Yard!

More Hardball is officially a new Yardbarker site. Hopefully this exposes our bodacious blog to hundreds more (or at least 3).

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Game Called On Account Of...

Many of us along the East Coast have been snowed in this weekend; trapped in our homes unable to finish last minute Christmas shopping, and putting a stop to many plans. This got me thinking, sure games have been called on account of rain and the occasional snow storm, but what other events have paralyzed America's Pastime?

September 15, 1946 - The atmosphere of Ebbets Field was already tense that evening as the Dodgers battled the Cubs. However, Dodgers' pitcher Kirby Higbe was having difficulty keeping a sudden swarm of gnats away. The swarm invaded the stands as twilight fell causing fans to swat away at them with their scorecards. Seeing the large number of scorecards waving in the stands, the umpires decided that the fielders would have difficulty seeing the ball. So, they called the game, with the Dodgers ahead 2-0.

September 30, 1971 - Robert F. Kennedy Field was not a happy place to be as it was to be the final game the Senators would play before the franchise was shipped off to Texas. The Senators, however, were going to go out on top as they were defeating the Yankees 7-5. With two outs in the final inning a large group of loyal Senators fans angry at owner Bob Short stormed the field, virtually gutting the stadium for souvenirs. The crowd was so unruly, that the Senators were forced to forfeit the game, thus ending the season, and the franchise.

June 4, 1974 - The geniuses at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium decided to hold a Ten-Cent Beer night after seeing the success of an identical promotion held by the Rangers weeks earlier. Since the Rangers were coming to town, the decision was made to sell 8 oz. of Stroh's beer to fans watching the game. The promotion initially started well, bringing in nearly double the amount of people to the game that evening. However, by the ninth inning, intoxication had set in, and the crowd was wild. One fan attempted to swipe the hat off of Rangers' outfielder Jeff Burroughs, an event that set off the chain reaction that ended in a serious riot. Fans attacked players, throwing beer cans and bottles, seats, rocks, food, and folding chairs onto the field. Umpire Nestor Chylak forfeited the game to Texas.

July 12, 1979 - In a bizarre promotion, disc jockey Steve Dahl of WLUP along with Mike Veeck (son of White Sox owner Bill Veeck)decided that the best way to lure fans to the upcoming White Sox-Tigers doubleheader would be to bring in disco records in exchange for a $0.98 ticket. The promoters told fans that the unwanted albums would then be placed in the middle of Cominsky Park and exploded. They anticipated a crowd of around 12,000 to take advantage of this event, instead 90,000 fans turned up (the stadium itself held 52,000). At the close of the first game, Dahl lived up to his promise and rode out to the field with all the albums and explosives. The resulting bang left a hole in center field and a small fire. Fans charged the field and added to the damage by throwing more albums Frisbee-style, lighting more fires, stealing the bases, and tearing down the batting cages. The second game was immediately cancelled. Because the White Sox had "failed to provide acceptable playing conditions" the second game was forfeited to the Tigers.

*Incidentally, White Sox outfielder Rusty Torres, who played that evening, was playing for the Yankees at the Senators last game, and the Indians for Ten Cent Beer Night.

September 13, 1991 - A 55-ton concrete beam crashed onto a walkway at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, forcing the Expos to play their last 13 games of the season on the road.
July 19, 1994 - Four ceiling tiles fell just hours before the Seattle Mariners were to host the Baltimore Orioles at the Kingdome. The damage to the roof cost $70 million to repair and the Mariners were to play the next 15 games on the road, before the strike abbreviated the season.
April 13, 1998 - A 500 pound steel joint falls from the upper deck of Yankee Stadium forcing the Yankees to trade three home games with the Tigers, and playing one home game at Shea Stadium.

August 10, 1995 - The Dodgers were hosting the St. Louis Cardinals on Ball Night, where thousands of fans received promotional baseballs. All was going smoothly until the Dodgers started batting at the bottom of the 9th, with the Dodgers down 2-1. The first batter, Raul Mondesi, was ejected after arguing with umpire Jim Quick. Tommy Lasorda was also ejected after arguing Mondesi's expulsion. The fans went crazy and bombarded the field with thousands of baseballs, forcing the umpires to call the came in favor of the Cardinals.

*****In 1982, Opening Day in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh was cancelled due to heavy snow. Happy first day of winter!

Disco Demolition Night Coverage

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Behold Beauty

My Christmas present to myself.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Respect the Nerdiness

Watch this video of a teenage kid opening up baseball card packs he got for Christmas. He absolutely butchers some of the names. Respect the nerdiness!

Friday, December 18, 2009


Our favorite fucktard Milton Bradley is back in the news again!

When our rival Chicago Cubs signed this little shit, sports bloggers all over the city of Chicago (official and unofficial) said it was a bad thing because Bradley had a history of conflict and was widely regarded as a cancer to any team. Sure enough, we were right. After a dismal season, Jim Hendry said he had enough.
Today, as I was listening to sports radio on the way to Phoenix, I heard that Bradley had been traded to the Mariners in exchange for some pitcher that I'd never heard of.
To the Seattle Mariners and their long-suffering fans, I say "good luck". You are going to need it.

Gookie Dawkins Sucks More Than Originally Thought

As a career .163 hitter in the Majors, and someone who only hit only .241 with no power in the Minors last season, you wouldn't suspect Travis "Gookie" Dawkins of a steroids user. Yet, the slick-fielding no-hit ex-top prospect of the Reds is just that, after failing his 2nd drug test and being suspended 50 games. Gookie was last seen at the MLB level wearing a Royals jersey without collecting a hit in 2003. Since then he's bounced around Triple-A affiliates of the Phillies, White Sox, Tigers, Mariners, Royals, Cubs, Pirates, and most recently the Marlins. This just goes to show that even some shitty players take PEDs to stick in the game for longer than was meant to be. This brings me to the question- just how much more would Gookie had sucked if not for the roids?

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Hot dog at a Phillies game $4.50
Beer at Harry the K's $6.75
Sovenior program $20.00
One World Series ticket SEX

As many of you remember, this past World Series was a heartbreaker. A real ball-breaker for many of us. But speaking of balls, some of you may remember the lady from Philadelphia that decided to prostitute herself for World Series tickets. However, she got caught but then she was awarded tickets to the game. Strange but true. So now, months after the world series she is back in the spotlight for her soon-to-be-trial. According to the articles floating around the web this lady was not just a Phillies fan she was a piece of work. The articles used words such as "whore, loved anal sex" and "lifted up her skirt to "BOB" in public". (BOB was the cop) I found the article to be so hilarious and all for a couple of world series tickets. I wouldn't even let my dog have sex with this woman.

Rumors are circulating that, because Jamie Moyer will be out of action for some time because of surgery, Jason Marquis. His line is as follows:

Marquis, 31, posted a 4.04 ERA, 4.8 K/9, and 3.3 BB/9 in 216 innings for the Rockies this year. He's been portrayed as having a lousy second half, but he really only struggled in September.
I personally find this guy a big risk. He is all over the place and has terrible control. I will give him credit though, he only has a 4.04 era for someone that pitched for the Rockies.


According to ESPN.COM David Freese from the St. Louis Cardinals was arrest for a DWI. His alcohol level was more than 3 times the legal limit. Dude couldn't even see or talk straight when he was pulled over. I find it funny that he had his chance in the majors last year but he wasn't brought up because of a foot injury caused my a car crash. If the Cardinals every find this guy a job, please make sure that he takes the bus to work.

What would you sell/offer/provide for service for World Series tickets???

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Phillies Phantastic Phour

We Should Be GMs bring you the Philadelphia Phillies Phantastic Phour- Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Roy Halladay, and Cole Hamels.

*Macho Row has a cozy Phillies holiday gift guide.

*No Guts, No Glory has scoop on the Juan Pierre to ChiSox deal.

*The Fightins produced this fine piece of photoshop below...

Travis Barker- The One Remix by Slaughterhouse

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

name that that stache

I have one save and one loss with my career with the Phillies.

I have had two career triples with the Phillies.

Happy Halladays and FeLEEz Navidad

As Bill Conlin stated this morning in his column "Adding Halladay to the present mix would move them so close to the big Octemberfest you can almost smell the freshly thrown champagne." I partly agree with the fact that bringing him in would almost assure them a spot in the post season but then again there is reason for concern. The main concern that Ruben is looking at right now is a long term deal, just like how Jim Thome came to Philadelphia, and you saw what happened with that mess. Everyone understands that Halladay is a stud. You look at his numbers, he is tops in almost every category for the past five years. He is a man that can go deep into games and can turn a team into a contender. But my fear is that we are going to run into some sort of injury sometime sooner or later. The big difference between Halladay and Lee is that Lee is entering his first part of his career while Halladay is on the backside of his career. Everyone still remembers the performance Lee put up in the postseason, whereas Halladay has not made it to the postseason ever. The other part of the equation that makes this a risky deal is that the Phillies are selling the farm to get him. They are trading away soon-to-be studs that the Phillies could have used down the road. I completely understand the Phillies mindset that they want to live in the moment and make every effort to return to the Fall Classic just like every other team but is some instances I feel that the Phillies would be a good team even without him. I feel that they should have focused more on the backside of their bullpen and tried to beef up a set up man and possibly made a deal for a closer stud. When looking at the Phillies starting rotation of past years and how the bullpen has managed, minus 2008 when they were golden, you can see the many go ahead runs given up last year and the many blown saves in the bottom of the 9th. I also understand that the would lose Lee at the end of this season due to free agency but it is the risk that you must take. Personally, as a left hander myself, I am always in constant support of bringing as many lefties as possible to the organization. Finally, When the physical is complete, the airplane tickets handed out for Lee to go to Seattle and for Halladay to depart from Toronto, the checks written for millions, the seats sold out for every game at Citizens Bank Park....will it all be worth it? What happens in the end if the Phillies don't even make the playoffs. Who will be at fault. Remember the Mets were in the some predicament when they got K-Rod and had Santana as well. Everyone thought that they were a given for champs and then everyone saw the explosion in Flushing. The questions still remains....can you name the last Phillies pitcher to win 18 or 19 games in a year and that same team make the playoffs all the way to the World has be eons ago. Is the risk better than the reward? Only time will tell.

Lets get Physical.....Physical

Roy Halladay taking physical at Citizens Bank Park.

Best in the West??

Roy Halladay to the Phillies seems to be the biggest headline in every sports section around the country and rightfully so, the man is a beast plain and simple. He dominated the best division in baseball, isn't afraid to go 9 innings on any given night, is a quality start machine and now is reportedly going to the best team in the National League. Three words for that...Good Move Phillies. While the Halladay deal is taking up the headlines, one thing I think we should notice is that while the Phillies may have improved their rotation somewhat, the Seattle Mariners may have just become the favorite to win the AL West.

Seattle will be adding former Phillie lefty, Cliff Lee, to their rotation if this deal goes through, giving them a top of a rotation, with Felix Hernandez and Lee, that ranks up there with the best in the game. They have already signed Chone Figgins, a versatile, switch hitting, speedster who led the AL in walks a year ago, and that will, in my opinion, probably lead the league in triples this season by playing in Seattle's spacious SafeCo Field. Put Figgins and Ichiro together at the top of the lineup and I think I could knock in runs in Seattle.

If that isn't enough of a plus for Seattle, don't forget that Figgins came from the Angels, the perennial AL West Champ, and that the Angels also lost their #1 pitcher in John Lackey to the Red Sox, and they are likely to lose the face of the franchise, Vlad Guerrero, to free agency. Basically what I am trying to say is that the Mariners got better as the Angels got worse. Granted the Angels signed Hideki Matsui from the Yankees but the guy is a liability in the outfield, can't play any other positions, and is merely a left-handed hitting DH.

So as the Phillies and Roy Halladay distract the media, the Seattle Mariners continue to get better, and they are doing it, for the most part, under the radar. It should be a good season for the folks in Seattle. They can sit back, enjoy a Starbucks, listen to some Nirvana, and watch the Mariners make a push for an AL West Title.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Happy Chanukah!

The Jewish Festival of Lights began Friday at sunset, and will last until this Saturday. In honor of this holiday, I would like to highlight the contributions of Jews in baseball.

All right boys and girls, time for a pop quiz: Name one Jewish baseball player who is in the Hall of Fame. If you guessed Rod Carew, you are absolutely WRONG! Contrary to Adam Sandler and popular culture, Carew is not a Jew. He did marry into the Jewish faith, and his children are Jewish, but Carew himself has never converted. So are there any Jews in the Hall of Fame?

There are two: Detroit's two-time MVP "Hammerin' Hank" Greenberg, and the LA Dodger's three-time Cy Young Award winner and MVP Sandy Koufax.

Hank Greenberg played 12 seasons with the Tigers over a period from 1930-1946. He was an imposing slugger, belting 331 career home runs, a .313 batting average, and an impressive 1276 rbi. (It is interesting to note that Greenberg considered rbi's more important than home runs.) Through his tenure with the Tigers, he helped lead them to four pennant wins and two championships. From 1941 to 1945, he served with distinction in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Upon his return, he helped the Tigers achieve their second World Series win. In 1946, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, where in 1947, he became the first player to earn a $100,000 salary, although they released him in September. The following year was brought onto the Indians staff by Bill Veeck to direct their farm system, becoming GM of the Indians in 1950. Later, Greenberg would go on to be partial owner of the White Sox before retiring from baseball in 1963. In 1956, Greenberg was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player with 84.9% of the votes.

Sandy Koufax made his major League debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955. But the southpaw hurler suffered from control issues early in his career. His greatness at the mound emerged after six seasons with the Dodgers. In 1961, Koufax lead the League in strikeouts with 269. The following season his ERA of 2.54 amd 1.036 WHIP was also a league best. 1963 saw the All Star winning the first of three Cy Young awards (the second and third were earned in 1965 and 1966), and the MVP. Hampered by persistent pain and injuries in his pitching arm, Koufax retired in 1966 at the age of 31. In his career, he pitched a total of 2324.1 innings going 165-87, earning 2.76 ERA, 314 saves, 2396 strikeouts, and 1.106 WHIP. Five years after he retired, he became the youngest man to ever be inducted in the Hall of Fame, earning 86.8% of the votes.

A Tribute to Jews in Baseball

Sunday, December 13, 2009

This Week In Baseball- Photoshop Edition

Swap Shop- Roy Halladay, Milton Bradley, Pat Burrell, Derek Lowe, Luis Castillo, and Dan Uggla are all on the trading block for various reasons. Doc Halladay and Popeye Uggla have become too expensive for their current teams and are going to be moved for a bevy of prospects. The Braves are trying to free salary and roster space for younger and cheaper starting pitchers, so Lowe is now high on the list of players likely to be traded. Pat the Bat, Milton "I don't play games" Bradley, and Pop-up dropper Castillo are bad contracts and their teams don't want them anymore.

Axed- The Pirates are a team in the shitter. When they get good players they quickly move them on by either granting them free agency or trading them away for prospects that aren't ever going to pan out. Matt Capps is the most recent tragic cost-cutting move by the Buccos, as the closer was non-tendered a contract because he's arbitration eligible and might actually cost more than league minimum to retain...can't be having that now can we?!

Richie Figgins- leadoff speedster extraordinaire Chone Figgins landed the first big contract of the offseason. The Mariners needing a 3rd baseman came in guns blazing offering 4 years and $36M and landed their prize.

Retired?- Barry Bonds agent made a statement this week that the former juiced slugger will not be playing professional baseball anymore. However, it's not a retirement, rather a fact that no team will employ the melon-headed masher and his media circus. The dirty "C-word" has been uttered...collusion.

Steel Panther- Death To All But Metal
*Watch this video and be entertained.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Linking on a Saturday

I'd much rather look at these baseball playing siblings than the Boone brothers.

*Bootlegger Sports tells us how to learn to hate new Yankee centerfielder Curtis Granderson.

*If it's not an NBA player toking on weed, it's some dumbass from the NFL. Hat-tip to Sportress of Blogitude.

*No Guts, No Glory has story on Tiger Woods "break" from golf...what a shame.

*We Should Be GM's has the face of the newest future roster casualty of the Phillies.

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Dugout: Baseball Is An Obligation

Sorry I don't have anything better, but I've got finals next week and this means long hours of studying late into the night, tall piles of crushed cans of all brands of energy drinks, as well as caffiene crashes and jitters from multiple cans of Monster, I hope you aren't disappointed with this week's post from yours truely.

The Dugout: Baseball Is An Obligation

Hopefully next week, I'll have something better to tickle your fancy.

Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Winter Meetings: Day 2 Report

Indianapolis was popping yesterday with many players on the move or in the rumor mill. Here's the wrap-up from Day 2 of the MLB Winter Meetings...

The Yankees, Diamondbacks, and Tigers came together on a deal that sent many parts moving in every which way. New York got toolsy centerfielder Curtis Granderson. Arizona gets live-armed starting pitcher Edwin Jackson and minor league stud/major league dud Ian Kennedy. Detroit racks up the loot with strikeout superstar starting pitcher Max Scherzer, relievers Daniel Schlereth and Phil Coke, and centerfield prospect Austin Jackson.

Bench Press:
The Phillies rounded out their bench with 1st baseman/corner outfielder Ross Gload. Also, Joe Blanton is supposedly on the trade market.

Penny 4 Your Thoughts:
Somehow Brad Penny landed a 1 year $7.5M deal with the Cardinals. He's coming off a season in which he posted an ERA close to 5 (4.88) and saw his k's per 9 innings severely drop (only 5.7). I don't hate the signing for St. Louis, I just hate the money. Think he's more in the $3M range.

Washed-Up Former ROY:

The Pirates are close to landing a former rookie of the year, but of course he's washed-up...hence the reason Pittsburgh is signing him. Utility infielder Bobby Crosby is looking to be added by the Buccos to create competition with Ronny Cedeno at SS in 2010.

Hungry Like The Wolf:
The Brewers are reported to have offered Randy Wolf a 3 year contract in the neighborhood of $10M annually. Wolf is still feeling out the free agent market, but this is likely the best deal he'll get.

Get The F' Out:
The Braves designated outfielder Ryan Church for assignment, while the Twins gave pitcher Boof Bonser the pink slip.


Freshly acquired Mark Teahen of the ChiSox was inked to a 3 year $14M extension. SS Adam Everett also re-upped with the Tigers for 1 year $1.5M.

It's All Arbitrary:
Only 3 players accepted arbitration from their clubs: Rafael Soriano (Braves), Carl Pavano (Twins), and Rafael Betancourt (Rockies).