Met fans, don't get too excited yet.Despite the fact that reports surfaced that the New York Mets had reached an agreement to acquire Carlos Gomez from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for shortstop Wilmer Flores and pitcher Zack Wheeler, general manager Sandy Alderson said that there is no deal.Either one of the teams got cold feet or it was some overzealous reporting, but whatever the case, it looks like for now the Mets are not going to get the All-Star caliber play of Gomez.More news to fol...
The Washington Nationals made a big move on Tuesday afternoon, acquiring star closer Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports was the first to report the news, tweeting that the two sides had reached an agreement. Papelbon, a six-time All Star, certainly bolsters the Nationals bullpen. It was a position of need for the club, and they definitely addressed it.With a tremendously talented and deep starting rotation that includes Max Scherzer, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio...
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has only been playing professionally in America for less than three years, but he has already managed to become one of the polarizing players in the league. He has crashed into walls, overthrown cut off men, made stupid baserunning blunders, shown up late to work on several occasions and gotten arrested for reckless driving when he was caught driving 110 mph in a 70-mph zone.In other words, if there’s something irresponsible that a major league baseba...
The date was May 4. Clayton Kershaw had just let a three run lead slip against the Milwaukee Brewers, and he was not happy.The usually friendly Kershaw was in no mood to discuss his performance, either.“I don’t feel like answering questions right now,” Kershaw said via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. “I don’t want to analyze it right now. Thanks.”His ERA sat at 3.72 after that start, and the common belief was that he was experiencing a huge letdown from the past four seasons, when he won thr...
We are less than a week away from the MLB Trade Deadline, a time when teams will do anything in their power to either improve their team in the short term or the long term, depending on if they are “in the hunt,” or not.Detroit Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes knows better than anyone how crazy it can be at the deadline. Around this time last year, Cespedes was playing outfield for the Oakland A’s, who had a comfortable lead in the American League West.Then, he was suddenly traded to the ...
Want to stump someone with a baseball trivia question? I’ve got one that even the most serious fans probably won’t know.In the past calendar year – so dating back to July 24, 2014 – who has the highest batting average in all of baseball?It’s not Miguel Cabrera. It’s not Mike Trout. Or Paul Goldschmidt. Or whichever other All-Star player you guessed.It’s actually someone who is more known for either his lumberjack-like beard or incredible versatility more so than his hitting ability...
Manny Machado was the backup third baseman in last week's All-Star Game. However, he could easily have been a starter if he played his best position. Manny Machado is one of the best young players in all of Major League Baseball. The only problem is that he is playing the wrong position.One of the biggest objectives of running a baseball organization is adding as much value to the team as possible. From the Baltimore Orioles perspective, if they were concerned with that, they would not even thin...
Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Josh Donaldson. What does that group of names mean when they are put together?That is the order of the players with the most wins-above-replacement (WAR), according to Baseball-Reference, since 2013.However, for some reason, Donaldson is usually not mentioned in the same conversation as the other two on the list. No, one generally associates Trout and Kershaw with stars like Miguel Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen and Robinson Cano.But what I will try to do with...
One city, two elite center fielders.That’s the current situation in Los Angeles, where two of the game’s youngest and brightest stars reside.Mike Trout plays for the Angels, and Joc Pederson wears blue and white in Hollywood with the Dodgers.They are actually pretty similar players. Both are 23 years old. Both possess the rare package that is raw power and electric speed. Both are dynamic players that were top prospects in the minor leagues and both made seemingly instant contributions to th...
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