December 5, 2013
December 4, 2013
Ellsbury's game is built around speed, stolen bases and a high on-base percentage. A seven-year commitment to a player just turned 30 is a bit of a risk -- especially with two of his last four seasons being ruined by injury. So for the second time this winter (before it's officially winter), the Yankees roll the dice and write a big check while poaching one the best players from their arch-rival. But there's one thing Ellsbury won't be getting in the Bronx: that uniform number will surely change.
December 3, 2013
Scott Kazmir -- seen here riding in the 2008 All Star Parade in New York -- leaves the Indians for the A's in a deal reported to be over $20 million.
Once again proving that left-handed pitching is among the most coveted commodities in baseball, Kazmir cashed in on a bounce-back year with the Tribe after being out of baseball due to arm and performance issues.
Now, he moves to a more pitcher-friendly park in Oakland, which should help improve his 2013 line of 10 wins, 9 losses and a 4.04 ERA.
December 2, 2013
November 29, 2013
November 28, 2013
November 27, 2013
We've got some other big baseball names with November 27th birthdays -- Ivan Rodriguez, Jimmy Rollins and Dave Giusti and long-ago pitcher Bullet Joe Bush.
November 26, 2013
November 25, 2013
Christian Bethancourt (above -- seen in 2013 Spring Training) and Evan Gattis, (below) who hit 21 homers splitting his rookie season between the outfield and catching. For a cost-conscious ballclub, having two young players deemed ready made it easy to pass on an $85-million deal that could vest to six-years and $100-million at a position that wears bodies down at a faster pace than any other.