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mojicianGoodness. The thing that is worrisome about an unknown player like Castillo, is what if there is a fatal flaw in his swing, as in, he can't hit sliders away, or a jam pitch or what have you? Jeff Clement looked good to the scouts too. $72 million is a little bit steep to take a flier on some one. Of course, if he was playing against guys like Roenis Elias, then the Red Sox have nothing to worry about.40 min 4 sec ago
SABR MattRusney Castillo signs with the Red Sox for what is essentially a 6 year contract starting next year (it starts this year but for virtually no money up front) at 12 million per year. Ouchies. At that price, I don't think I match it. Let's gets Tomas though...we need bats.2 hours 55 min ago
Bat571And Erasmo goes 8 and gives up 3 R (2 ER) on 5 hits for the Win. 6 Ks on 100 pitches - sounds like a nice job! Apparently, the first run scored on a bad relay throw from Marte on a triple, so Marte has an up-arrow and a down-arrow for his first AAA error. But then again he's hitting .371 and OPSing near .900 ! Not bad for a scrawny MIF'er !13 hours 43 min ago
Bat571Tacoma gets 2 HRs tonight - from Noriega and Marte !!13 hours 51 min ago
SABR MattThis is why the slotting system is evil.21 hours 49 min ago
mojicianThis new scheme might explain how the agent Close talked Aiken into turning down 5 million bucks when he had a questionable elbow ligament and was unlikely to make that much in the next draft. If Nix's case is strong, the Astros have no choice but to sign both Aiken and Nix at any legal price or face total draft destruction. MLB will approve the late signing because it will be unwilling to hammer the Astros on one hand, or deny the union its legitimate case on the other.1 day 1 hour ago
mojicianThe Astros draftgate is coming into clear focus. For those not following, the Astros didn't sign the first round pick, Aiken, which puts them over slot for their fifth round pick , Nix, which causes 100 percent fines and forfeiture of two future first round picks. They didn't pay Nix so this wouldn't happen. The union is going to arbitration against the Astros. The new rumor is, It is probable that both players could still sign with the Stros, which seems cheap compared to losing two first round picks when you are trying to sell the fans on rebuilding.1 day 1 hour ago
Bat571If the Angels can't keep up their winning with the remaining pitching, they're vulnerable. And the A's keep losing (2-8 in their last 10). But Paxton and Elias have got to keep the M's in games, too. But Felix-Young-'Kuma in Boston is as good as it gets, especially with the Sawx pitching in some disarray also. Time to pick up some ground.1 day 18 hours ago
SABR Mattwow...saw the highlight of that...he's done for the year, no question. brutal. Both Oakland and Anaheim showing us their keister...but if we play like we played today, we don't deserve to win.1 day 18 hours ago
MtGrizzlyReally ugly looking knee injury for Richards.1 day 18 hours ago
MtGrizzlyGarrett Richards got taken off the field on a stretcher. Angels pitching is a wreck.1 day 19 hours ago
SABR Mattwell this is a dog of a game. Mariners playing like the bad news bears again.2 days 15 min ago
mojicianFollowing Pax on Gameday: He can't control his curve ball, his first hit in the third was from a changeup that was both hanged and tubed, the Phillies aren't swinging at any of his off speed, and Pax's pitch count is at 59 at the end of the third. The fast ball is located at both sides of the plate and velocity is topping out at 96. This start has one run five n' dive written all over it. What's wrong with that? Puzzling Pax is still better than most teams' number two starter. We haven't seen enough of the Bartender in a while anyway.2 days 1 hour ago
SABR MattPhilly is considered by many in the game to be the dumbest organization, from top to bottom, in all of baseball. Lots of folks heavily criticize their manager for not using his brain, for picking favorites, for ruining quality starts, etc. And of course, we all know what people think of Ruben Amaro.2 days 4 hours ago
moethedogWas checking out the Southern League batting leaders to get an idea of how Kivlehan rates in that league (very well, thank you) and the year that Cubbies farm hand Kris Bryant is having jumps out at you. He's the #2 pick in the draft from '13. Between AA and AAA this year (40% of his PA's at AAA) he's .333-.441-.678 with 34 2B's and 40 HR's. He does K in 27% of his PA's but he walks in 14% of them, too. One scouting report gives his extrodinary power with the most explosive rotation sine Stanton. Plays 3B with a plus arm and quick reactions, so you can add him to Addison Russel + Javier Baez and the Cubs may have a heck of an IF pretty soon.2 days 4 hours ago
moethedogMinor league report: Romero is pretty amazingly hot! In his current 12-game hitting streak he is 26-53 with 4 2B's/2 3B's/4 HR's. In his last 21 games he has had 8 3-hit games and 5 more 2 hit games. His K rate is dropping. AAA #'s for the year: .371-.405-.716.... Nice! And with Blash in AA, Kivlehan played CF last night. Don't you get the idea that the M's are really high on him? Oh, Deej whacks two more homers as Bat pointed out.2 days 5 hours ago
OBFHaving watched Chris Taylor for a while... Brad Miller is not a very good defensive SS... :( Hopefully he refinds his bat...2 days 17 hours ago
OBFHe had looked... uncomfortable... that whole inning, doing more stretches than even usual... :/ Including some weird box squaty things... hopefully just a cramp or something...2 days 17 hours ago
MtGrizzlyI hope Iwakuma didn't hurt anything on that last play2 days 17 hours ago
OBFMean while Detroit storms back from down four to tie it up... :( :( :( come on Rays!2 days 17 hours ago