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Prince a Tiger

Prince Fielder has agreed to a nine-year, $214MM deal with the Tigers. It’ll offset the loss of V-Mart for 2012.

I don’t know if Prince will DH or play 1B. Miggy Cabrera could move back to 3B, but the Tigers lose out defensively there. Of course, Wilson Betemit just went to the Orioles, and Brandon Inge hit only .197 last year. (Update: Prince plays 1B, Cabrera to 3B, DH or RF).

Which reminds me of yet another DH candidate still out there… Magglio. (There are lots of them, aren’t there?). You wonder how low some of them will drop in their salary demands.

More to come.

Oh yeah,…. like father (Cecil) like son. I still remember Cecil hitting balls over the old Tiger Stadium roof.

Francisco Cordero goes to Toronto. He’ll be 37 in May, has 327 career saves, and was 5-3, 2.45, 37 saves for the Reds in 2011.

Colts can Caldwell

Just a few years ago, Jim Caldwell started his NFL coaching career by going 14-0, then ran into controversy when he rested players instead of striving for the perfect season. The Colts then went on to lose the Super Bowl (2009 season).

He went 10-6 last year, and after the Peyton-less Colts went 2-14 this year, he got the boot.

Tough blow for the Tigers today. Victor Martinez is out for 2012 after tearing an ACL. The DH line starts here….

Speaking of that line, now that the Yanks traded Montero, there is word that they have talked to Damon and Matsui, while agents for Vlad, Ibanez and Jack Cust want to talk to the Yankees.

The Yanks settled with Joba and D-Rob. No arbitration. Joba $1.675 Million, D-Rob $1.6. Meanwhile, Gardner submitted $3.2 mil, Yanks $2.4, Russ Martin wants $8.2, Yanks offering 7, and Boone Logan wants 2.1, Yanks offering $1.7 million (Jon Heyman, CBS).

Craig Counsell, who scored the winning run in the 1997 WS for the Marlins, retired. He also was on the 2001 WS winning Diamondbacks.

Big Bucks: Phils and Cole Hamels agree on a $15 million/1 yr. deal. Hamels is a FA after 2012, and there was interesting talk on Twitter about how the Dodgers and Hamels could be a fit then.

Tim Lincecum submitted an arbitration figure of $21.5 million (previous arb winner? Jeter at $18.9 mil). The Giants countered with $17 million (Heyman).

The deadline is approaching for Texas to sign Yu Darvish (tomorrow).

Carl Crawford had wrist surgery. He may or may not be ready for Boston on Opening Day.

Ryan Ludwick signs with the Reds.

Lastly, today was Muhammad Ali’s 70th b/day.


Tigers add V-Mart to Benoit in free agent haul.

The most active free agent spenders this offseason? How about the Tigers?

That may come as a shock to those who continuously blast the Yankees.

After signing reliever Joaquin Benoit to a deal recently, the Tigers have added Victor Martinez to the team. $50MM over 4 years.

I don’t think he’ll catch much, but switch off at 1B/DH with Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers seem committed to Avila, and V-Mart isn’t the greatest defensively (remind you of anyone?) despite his bat.

Still, with V-Mart now gone, what is Boston’s move? Varitek is too old, and Saltalamacchia doesn’t appear to be the answer.

MLBTR, in their predictions, predicted V-Mart to Detroit, but had John Buck going to Boston. As we know, Buck signed with the Marlins.

Torrealba? Pierzynksi?    

Update: I should have mentioned Peralta as well when mentioning the Tigers’ haul. Peralta, Benoit, now V-Mart. Peralta re-signing with the Tigers after Detroit picked him up in midseason. Peralta could have gone on the market. He was granted free agency, but re-signed with Detroit a week later.

Boston Bruised, Battered

 Tough times for the Red Sox, even though they are only a couple of games behind the Bombers.


Fractured bones for 2B Dustin Pedroia and C Victor Martinez.

Another tough outing for Stephen Strasburg tonight. Six scoreless, no support, then a botched DP ball by the SS helps lead to two runs in the 7th.

LoHud reports that Dustin Moseley could be on his way to the Yanks. It’ll be interesting to see who he replaces. Gaudin? Park? Moseley’s MLB career shows an 8-7, 5.41 mark. The 28 year old was 4-4, 4.21 at SWB.

Gardner just has a bruised wrist after an HBP. No break, thank goodness.

If you get a chance, check out Phil Mushnick’s NY Post column today in which he rips Sterling and Waldman.

Update: Now the Tigers have someone go down as Joel Zumaya fractures a bone in his elbow and is done for the year. Check out the YouTube video on that. Ouch.

Minors: 17 year old C Gary Sanchez at GCL Yankees. 11 for 26. .423. 3 doubles. 3 HR and 11 RBI. Granted 20 year old Montero is having a rough time at AAA this year (.251-6-31 but picking it up lately) but 21 year old Romine isn’t doing badly at AA (.286-5-41). Granted for their youth, the catching prospects are looking good. Struggling is Kyle Higashioka at low A Charleston. .200-5-17

More ouch as the Phils put Utley AND Polanco on the DL.



Game 111. How Sweep it is! Yanks bust Boston, 5-2.

After losing the all of the first eight games played this season to Boston, the Yanks turned the tables, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The four-game sweep of Boston put the Yanks 6 1/2 games up on the Red Sox and reduced the Yanks’ magic # for an AL East title to 46 (I know, too early, but just giving the facts).

Once again, Boston bats were silent. The scoreless streak went to over 31 before Phil Coke gave up a 2-run HR to Victor Martinez.

Prior to that HR, A-Rod hit #574* in the bottom of the 7th to break a scoreless tie. Pettitte and Lester had a great duel, and Lester broke. Alex’s HR enabled him to pass Killebrew on the all-time list. Next up, McGwire’s 583*.

In the 8th, Coke gave up the dinger to Martinez, putting Boston up 2-1. I was upset at Girardi’s use of Coke vs. Martinez there. Hughes did pitch in the previous two games, but didn’t pitch long at all in either one. What was it, one batter each? A four-pitch K of Green the day before? I would have had Hughes in there. No way would I have had Coke (who has a propensity for giving up the dinger) pitching to Martinez.

Questionable decision aside, the Yanks came back with four in the bottom of the 8th, as JD and Teix hit back-to-back HRs and Swisher added a 2-run single. 5-2 Yanks and enter Sandman. The great Rivera closed it out.

The lead is 6 1/2. Flash those pearly whites and smile broadly, Yankees fans. 

Trade talk as deadline looms. UPDATE: The deals. Yanks get Hairston.

Forget someone else as far as potential new Yankees at the deadline. Washburn goes to the Tigers for left-handers Luke French and Mauricio Robles.

It looks like Halladay is staying in Toronto, so it looks like the Yanks will be facing him next week.

Washburn is having a bounce-back year. 8-6, 2.64. ERA+ 162.

What I’m concerned about is the Red Sox rumors I am hearing.

In the previous post, I wondered about more rest for A-Rod. Especially on Toronto’s turf. Alex is at .247. The error in Tampa, what should have been an E-5 last night. Last 7 days .190, last 14 days .234. Last 365 days .252.

more rest for A-Rod?
More rest needed for A-Rod?

More on the trade talk, and moves as we approach the deadline.

Update: Beimel from Nats to Rockies for 2 minor leaguers.

The Yankees picked up some bench depth with Jerry Hairston. They dealt low-A From MLB.com:

Hairston played six positions this year for the Reds, including all three outfield spots, though he was primarily used as a third baseman and shortstop.

He is batting .254 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs this season.  

Pete Abraham adds:

The New York Yankees today acquired infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston, Jr. from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for minor league catcher Chase Weems.

Hairston, 33, batted .254 (78-for-307) with 18 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs, 27 RBI and 7 stolen bases in 86 games with the Reds in 2009, appearing at third base (33G), shortstop (31G), second base (9G), left field (9G), right field (5G) and center field (3G). He has hit .271 (71-for-262) with 7 homers in 70 games since May 5 after opening the season with a .156 (7-for-45) average and 1 home run through his first 16 games.

He is a .259 career hitter (OPS+ just 84). Hopefully the versatility comes in handy. I wonder now what the Yanks next move is. Is Ransom gone? Hopefully with Hairston and maybe Pena (Sept. callup) the Yanks have versatility.

More from MLB.com:

Nick Johnson went from the Nats to the Marlins for a minor leaguer.

Orlando Cabrera goes from the A’s to the Twins for a minor leaguer.

Boston traded just-acquired-from-Pittsburgh Andy LaRoche to Atlanta for Casey Kotchman. They also got Victor Martinez from the Indians for Justin Masterson and two minor leaguers.

…and Toronto made a deal. Not Halladay, however. Scott Rolen to the Reds for  third baseman Edwin Encarnacion and Minor League pitchers Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart.

…and another one. Jake Peavy goes to Chicago after all. Nope, not the Cubs (rumored all offseason) but to the White Sox for left-handers Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard and right-handers Dexter Carter and Adam Russell.