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2013 TEAM NEWS

 

Athletics choose Sonny Gray, not Bartolo Colon, for Game 5

BY BLAINE BLONTZ | PUBLISHED 10/10/2013
The Oakland Athletics had an important and difficult decision to make entering Game 5 of the ALDS. Go with the consistent veteran who was named to the 2013 All-Star game, or give the ball to the young upstart that held the Detroit Tigers in check earlier in the series. Oakland ultimately decided that Sonny Gray would take the mound over Bartolo Colon, and we'll see how the team's decision turns out during tonight's deciding Game 5.

Manager Bob Melvin told reporters -- including Barry Bloom of MLB.com -- that he was faced with a pair of solid options in deciding between Gray and Colon. While both pitchers represented good candidates for Game 5, he and the team ultimately decided on Gray.

"Obviously, we had two great options there with Bartolo," A's manager Bob Melvin said during a late-afternoon conference call Wednesday. "We looked at it at a bunch of different angles. We have a lot of smart people in our front office and in our baseball operations and the short of it is it came down to Sonny and the last game he pitched in similar conditions in our ballpark. So that's the route we're going to go."

Gray battled Tigers ace Justin Verlander during Saturday's Game 2. It was the right-hander's first playoff start, and he was able to hold the vaunted Tigers' offense scoreless over eight innings, allowing only four hits and two walks over that span while striking out nine.

The A's are hoping for more of the same tonight, asking Gray to help carry them into the next round of the playoffs. It would have been hard to argue with whatever decision Oakland made. It will now be exciting to see if Gray can once again shut down the Tigers.

 


 

Dodgers rumors: LA 'leaning toward' re-signing Don Mattingly

BY BLAINE BLONTZ | PUBLISHED 10/10/2013
Earlier this season, it appeared that manager Don Mattingly wasn't long for Los Angeles. Since then, the Dodgers have turned their season around, making the playoffs as one of the favorites to reach the World Series. Just as the team was revived this summer, so have the chances of Mattingly sticking around beyond the current campaign.

Still, nothing definitive has been said by the Dodgers' brass regarding Mattingly's future. The manager is still working with an expiring contract, and the front office has given no public assurance that he'll be back. For his part, Mattingly says he's not concerned with his future as he's focused on the playoffs.

"I really don't want to speak about my contract at all," Mattingly said. "I don't think it's the right time. We're talking about winning games. That's all I'm concerned about."
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times indicates that the Dodgers are leaning toward re-signing Mattingly, based on reports from people familiar with the situation. However, the team is currently focused on the playoffs, and it's not clear just how far the Dodgers must advance for Mattingly to be safe.

Dodgers' ownership has continued to support Mattingly publicly, but at the same time they haven't indicated that he's safe beyond 2013. That sends mixed signals, and the speculation will continue until the skipper signs a new deal.

 


 

Tigers Rumors: 'Very real chance' Detroit trades Max Scherzer

BY ROBERT MURRAY | PUBLISHED 10/10/2013
Two elite pitchers may be traded this offseason. Rays pitcher David Price is expecting to be traded, according to MLB Injury News' Blaine Blontz, but could another ace be dealt as well? It sure looks like it.

There is a "very real chance" that the Detroit Tigers trade Max Scherzer, according to CBS Sports' Danny Knobler. He lists the Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Baltimore Orioles as possible landing spots. Knobler says that the Nationals have "long coveted" Scherzer, so they are definitely a team to keep an eye on.

The Tigers are in playoff contention, they have one of the best pitchers in baseball in Scherzer and he is still only 29-years old. Why on earth would they trade Scherzer? Are they nuts? Knobler describes it best.

"Because Scherzer is one year away from free agency and is a Scott Boras client who is very unlikely to sign a long-term deal this close to being able to test the market. The Tigers may make an attempt to sign him after this season, but they realize that it's unlikely he would accept a deal now."

If the Tigers do decide to trade Scherzer, they would have no shortage of teams interested. One team who I could see pursuing Scherzer is the Chicago Cubs. They are reportedly looking for pitchers, they have the prospects that the Tigers would want and they have the pieces to be a contender in a couple of years. Will the Cubs be willing to part with some of their prospects? That we don't know, but if they are willing to deal some of their elite prospects, a deal could happen. Just my speculation.

There will be no shortage of teams interested in Scherzer and he likely will be the most coveted pitcher on the trade market. During the regular season, Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and a 240/56 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He is the favorite to take home the Cy Young award in the American League.

 


 

Red Sox rumors: Unlikely to re-sign Jacoby Ellsbury

BY RAYMOND BUREAU | PUBLISHED 10/10/2013
Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has starred all season long (.298 BA, 53 SB). He made that star shine even brighter (9 for 18, 4 SB) in the ALDS against Tampa Bay. It appears, though, that Ellsbury's star may have to shine somewhere else in 2014.

The Boston Herald's John Tomase reports that the Red Sox are not willing to sign Ellsbury to the eight-year contract that he will likely seek as one of the premier free agents this offseason. Tomase says that the team is more willing to give a four-year deal to the 30-year-old speedster, but they do not want to commit beyond that because of the potential loss of speed as Ellsbury reaches his mid-30's.

Speed and on-base average is Ellsbury's game. Even though he has missed substantial time in three of the past four seasons due to injury, he is still one of the best base runners in the game. Sooner or later, though, those injuries could catch up with him and slow him down significantly. Tomase reminds us of a similar player, Carl Crawford, whom the Red Sox signed to a seven-year, $142 deal beginning in 2011. That deal strapped Boston for cash until, as Tomase puts it, "Magic Johnson recorded the greatest assist of his life" by trading for Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, and others mid-season last year.

Boston has already extended second baseman Dustin Pedroia for eight years and $109 million through 2021.

In addition, NBC Sports.com's Craig Calceterra cites baseball insider Ken Rosenthal as predicting that Ellsbury could sign a six- or seven-year deal with the Seattle Mariners. That is only a rumor at this point, but Ellsbury's agent -- Scott Borus -- will not settle for much less.

 


 

Mets Rumors: New York unlikely to pursue Robinson Cano, Jose Abreu

BY ROBERT MURRAY | PUBLISHED 10/10/2013
The New York Mets have been connected to both Robinson Cano and Jose Abreu, but don't expect them to sign either of them. They may check in on both of them, but don't expect either one of them to end up with the Mets.

While the Mets may like Jose Abreu and his power potential, you shouldn't expect them to pursue him, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

The Cuban first baseman has drawn a lot of interest already and he is expected to sign a contract between $45-60 million this offseason. Scouts told Martino that they believe Abreu is a first baseman, designated hitter type and is a "less dynamic talent" than Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes.

Another player you shouldn't expect the Mets to pursue is Robinson Cano, Martino says. The Mets do not like to hand out long-term contracts to players and Martino says that general manager Sandy Alderson even struggled giving star third baseman David Wright his eight-year contract. With Cano asking for 10-years, $305 million, you can expect the Mets to stay far away from Cano.

The Mets will look to add players this offseason don't get me wrong, but don't expect them to spend a lot of money on bigger name players. They have been linked to Carlos Beltran, but signing him isn't thought to be high on their list of priorities.

 


 

Dodgers' Andre Ethier could play CF in NLCS

BY BLAINE BLONTZ | PUBLISHED 10/10/2013
The Los Angeles Dodgers included outfielder Andre Ethier on their roster for their opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Braves. However, Ethier was only available to pinch-hit as he continued to struggle with an ankle injury. Manager Don Mattingly told reporters -- including Ken Gurnick of MLB.com -- that he's expecting more out of Ethier in the NLCS, which could include the slugger manning center field for the Dodgers.
"We feel pretty good that he's definitely going to be able to do more than he was able to do the last series," Mattingly said. "We feel like there's going to be a lot more scenarios where Andre is going to be involved. That's part of our decision-making process, too. How much can Andre do? How much can we trust him to be able to do? Things like that change who you would keep, who you wouldn't keep. Everything is still pretty fluid with who is going to be on it."
The Dodgers have been using Skip Schumaker, who's mostly considered an infielder, in center of late with Matt Kemp out for the remainder of the season. While Ethier isn't likely to be extremely effective manning center, the Dodgers could consider him to be an upgrade over Schumaker.

However they decide to use him, Ethier figures to be much more available for the team's second-round playoff series. Ethier was seen running down fly balls in the gap Wednesday, according to Gurnick, and he's looking much improved over his formerly hobbled self. The injury he's been dealing with is believed to stem from damage to his periosteum, the sheath that covers the bones of the leg. This has resulted in a feeling similar to shin splints in his ankle.

 


 

Rays rumors: David Price expects to be traded

BY BLAINE BLONTZ | PUBLISHED 10/10/2013
While much of the focus is still on the MLB Playoffs, that attention figures to turn to the hot stove in the near future. One of the key players garnering attention this offseason will be Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price, who is expected by many to be traded. You can include Price in 'many,' as he told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he can see the writing on the wall.

"If you go with what's been done in the past, I guess you're going to have to think you're going to get traded," Price, 28, said. "That's kind of the way it's happened with this organization when pitchers kind of get to this period in their career. We've seen it happen a couple of times already. I don't know what's going to happen, but I know what's happened in the past."
The past that Price is referring to is the handling of former Rays top starters Matt Garza and James Shields. Both players lasted in Tampa until they had two years remaining on their contracts. At that point, the Rays traded both for prospects, Shields for a package built around Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi and Garza for a bevy of players including Chris Archer.

Price now finds himself entering an offseason with two years remaining on his contract. He admits that he doesn't know what's going to happen, but if the past is any indication it would appear that his time in Tampa Bay is coming to an end.

 


 

Pete Mackanin back on Phillies' staff as third base coach

BY KKAUFFMAN1969 | PUBLISHED 10/10/2013
Philadelphia Phillies' manager Ryne Sandberg is on his way to completing his coaching staff. He has already added former teammate, mentor and friend Larry Bowa to be his bench coach. He also added Pete Mackanin to be the third base coach next season. Mackanin was the Phillies bench coach from 2009 through 2012 and is happy to be back after his contract was not renewed for 2013.

As reported by John Finger of CSNPhilly.com, Pete Mackanin also took part in a conference call with the Philly media to talk about his return to the organization after a one-year absence. Although excited to be back, he was hesitant.

“I asked Ryno, ‘Is this OK with Ruben and the organization?’ and he said they discussed it and there were no issues and we’d love to have you back,” Mackanin said. “I was really excited about it and here I am.”
Mackanin has plenty of coaching experience, which included managing in the Cubs' organization when Sandberg was a player with the Cubs.  He managed the Reds and Pirates for a year before joining the Phillies as a coach.

Mackanin played in parts of nine seasons from 1973 through 1981 with the Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins and the Phillies. He had a career batting average of .226 with 30 home runs and 141 rbi's, in 548 games.

 


 

Cardinals' Allen Craig not on NLCS roster, left foot still sore

BY RAYMOND BUREAU | PUBLISHED 10/10/2013
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig missed most of September and all of the NLDS due to a sprained left foot. He will also miss the National League Championship Series vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. MLB.com's Chad Thornburg reports that the Cardinals will use the exact same roster as they did to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLDS, meaning Craig is not included.

Craig will continue to rehab from his left foot sprain that has sidelined him since September 4. He finished the regular season then hitting .315/.373/.457 with 13 HR and 97 RBI. Most impressively, he hit .454 with runners in scoring position. His absence takes a huge situational bat out of the lineup.

St. Louis, though, has the depth to allow them to overcome the injuries that would devastate most other teams. They showed that depth all season after losing ace pitcher Chris Carpenter and shortstop Rafael Furcal for the season. In Craig's absence, Matt Adams has played a brilliant first base and hit very well. Adams hit .315, 8 HR, and 15 RBI in September and went 6 for 19 in the NLDS. As much as manager Mike Matheny would like to have Craig back, he has the backup who can fill the role just fine.

According to Thornburg, Matheny has not ruled out adding Craig to the World Series roster should the Cardinals beat Los Angeles in the NLCS. The problem then would be whom to leave off to make room for Craig, who could DH in the American League park. In the World Series, though, Matheny cannot worry about sparing anyone's feelings.

The NLCS begins Friday, October 11, at 8:30 p.m at Busch Stadium.

 


 

Dodgers Rumors: LA expected to be most aggressive team pursuing David Price

BY ROBERT MURRAY | PUBLISHED 10/10/2013
The Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the best top-of-the-rotations in the game of baseball. They have Cy Young favorite Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. It's hard to believe that the Dodgers' rotation could get any better, but it's possible and it seems like they will definitely try to make it better this offseason.

The team that is expected to pursue a David Price trade the most this offseason is the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Buster Olney of ESPN. (h/t MLB Trade Rumors)

If the Dodgers acquired Price, their rotation would have three Cy Young award winners. Sure, it will be tough for the Dodgers to trade for Price due to their lack of elite prospects, but the thought of Price in Dodger blue is incredibly scary, yet exciting to think about.

Price had a down year this season, as he battled the injury bug. He went 10-8 with a 3.33 ERA and a 151/27 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Price's velocity on his fastball has gone down recently, but he is still a very good pitcher. In his career, Price has gone 71-39 with a 3.19 ERA and a 876/286 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Other teams that could show interest in Price, according to Olney, are the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners. The question about the Mariners and Price is whether or not he would be willing to re-sign with the Mariners, Olney added.

 


Meet the writers:

Justin Hunter

Justin was dealt a debilitating blow at a young age when he was introduced to the San Diego Padres. He has grown to love (read: obsess over) the sport of baseball as a whole, but has never been able to shake the painful and self-deprecating title of Padres fan. Justin holds a BS in Business Administration and loves writing. He is married to a wonderful woman who has learned to love the Padres and his incessant baseball-related stories. He has a one-year-old son who will either hate baseball or be the greatest player who ever lived. Definitely one of those two.

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Blaine Blontz

Like Justin, Blaine has had a rough go of it baseball-wise as a fan of the Baltimore Orioles. He enjoys writing about everything MLB. When he’s not writing about baseball, Blaine enjoys spending his time with his wife and family.

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Darius Austin

Darius lives in the UK and loves watching, playing and analysing sport. He had very little exposure to baseball until a friend needed an extra player for a fantasy baseball league, and from there he was hooked. He had the good fortune of becoming a Giants fan as a result of drafting Tim Lincecum in one of his first ever fantasy teams and consequently following the fortunes of both Lincecum and the Giants (as well as owning Lincecum on at least one team every year). In the past he has been sports editor for his university's student newspaper, participated in a sports show on the student radio station and blogged a little about football (soccer). Other than baseball, Darius enjoys supporting Tottenham Hotspur, reading and spending time with his wonderful (and very baseball-tolerant) girlfriend. He works in admissions at a university for a teacher training course.  
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Raymond Bureau

Raymond is a high-school math and science teacher (since 1993) and has also taught English for high school and college. He is a former radio announcer/producer and loves baseball — he once had his own baseball radio talk show. He has also coached his high school and junior high teams as well as his son’s Little League teams. He currently announces different sports for the high school at which he teaches.

His favorite teams are the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees.

Raymond is a devoted husband, father, and Christ follower. His life verses are Philippians 4:13, John 14:6, and Isaiah 41:10.

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Stuart Wallace

Stuart emigrated from Scotland to the sunnier climes of the West Coast at the height of Fernando-mania and became immediately hooked on baseball. After a brief dalliance as a relief pitcher in college and overseas, he exchanged his slider for a slide-rule and became a neuroscientist. He lives in Washington DC with his wife and Australian Cattle Dog, and can be frequently found at Nationals Park, lamenting the release of Doug Slaten.
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Kerry Kauffman

Kerry grew up in the Reading, Pennsylvania area, has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Statistics from Lehigh University and has tutored algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, statistics, number theory and other courses at the high school and college level since 2000. His love for sports started at the age of 7 when he started playing baseball, which continued through high school and in a 30 and over recreational league. Other sports he has participated in include intramural basketball in high school and college, football and golf. Growing up a little over an hour from Philadelphia, his favorite sports teams are the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia 76ers.

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Erin Lee

Erin is a Bay Area native who has been a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan through the best and worst of times. She attributes her love of sports to her father, who ensured she was listening to baseball on the radio before she even learned to talk. She has a degree in Journalism and, after years of trying to talk baseball with anybody who would listen, she decided to start writing about it too. Besides sports, she loves live music, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends. Her bucket list includes seeing a game at every major league baseball stadium in the country.  Follow her on Twitter @erinlikessports.

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Devin Pangaro

Devin was introduced to baseball at a young age by his maternal grandfather, the late New England sportswriter Len Roberts. Falling in love with every facet of the game, Devin became an ardent supporter of the Oakland Athletics, after witnessing the excellence of the 1989 championship season as a child. After a respectable prep career as a player came to a close, he began to focus his efforts on forging another path to majors on the strength of his ability to write. On the heels of earning an English degree form San Francisco State, Devin can now be found behind the keys of his laptop analyzing and critiquing the best game on earth.  Follow him on Twitter @devinpangaro.

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Robert Murray

Robert lives in Wisconsin, home of the cheese and the Packers. He is a 17-year old accomplishing his childhood dream of becoming a sports writer and reporter. Starting this year, he will likely be covering the sports teams at his high school. He is fortunate enough not to have grown up as a just a Brewers fan, but as a fan of all 30 teams. In his young career, Robert has created his own site about baseball, run a Twitter account about baseball signings, rumors and injuries and built some great friends along the way. Other things Robert enjoys are football and basketball and he is a big fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Golden State Warriors. Yes, they are on different parts of the country. It's weird, he knows. Follow Robert on Twitter @RobertMurrayMLB.

 

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