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    Baseball Five Biggest Bargains of 2012
While the Los Angeles Angels and Miami Marlins went on free-agent spending sprees last winter, other clubs were making under-the-radar acquisitions.

Here are Major League Baseball’s best bargains of 2012:
Mike Trout, Angels
Trout wasn’t an offseason acquisition, but the rookie center fielder has posted an MVP-caliber season for the Angels.
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    Baseball Five Biggest Bargains of 2012

    While the Los Angeles Angels and Miami Marlins went on free-agent spending sprees last winter, other clubs were making under-the-radar acquisitions.

    Here are Major League Baseball’s best bargains of 2012:

    Mike Trout, Angels

    Trout wasn’t an offseason acquisition, but the rookie center fielder has posted an MVP-caliber season for the Angels.

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    — 2 years ago
    #Mike Trout  #Norichika Aoki  #Orioles  #wei yin chen  #Ryan Ludwick  #Fernando Rodney  #Sports 
    Exploring the Chicago Cubs Third Base Options
Hide the women and children. 
The Chicago Cubs have a gaping hole at third base. The hot corner was anything but for the Cubs in 2012. Ian Stewart, Luis Valbuena, and Josh Vitters all got a crack at holding down the job. All of them flopped. Valbuena received the most playing time by way of being the best of a bad lot. As Chicago prepares for the 2013 season the front office is on the lookout for a dependable third baseman to help a young lineup and developing pitching staff.
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    Exploring the Chicago Cubs Third Base Options

    Hide the women and children. 

    The Chicago Cubs have a gaping hole at third base. The hot corner was anything but for the Cubs in 2012. Ian Stewart, Luis Valbuena, and Josh Vitters all got a crack at holding down the job. All of them flopped. Valbuena received the most playing time by way of being the best of a bad lot. As Chicago prepares for the 2013 season the front office is on the lookout for a dependable third baseman to help a young lineup and developing pitching staff.

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    — 1 year ago
    #Chicago Cubs  #Theo Epstein  #Mark Reynolds  #Kevin Youkilis  #placido polanco  #phillies  #orioles  #josh vitters  #Sports 
    Orioles Make the Right Call By Re-signing Nate McLouth
The Baltimore Orioles took their first big step towards repeating the magic of 2012 by agreeing to terms with outfielder Nate McLouth on a one year contract. McLouth will serve as Baltimore’s left fielder and likely hit either first or second in manager Buck Showalter’s lineup.
McLouth began the 2012 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates but was released in May after hitting just .140 in 34 games. McLouth signed a minor league deal with Baltimore and played well enough at Triple-A Norfolk to earn a chance with the Orioles. Nolan Reimold" opened the season in left field for the Orioles but he was quickly lost for the season to a neck injury. Showalter shuffled a bevy of underwhelming performers through left field before McLouth was summoned to Charm City in August.
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    Orioles Make the Right Call By Re-signing Nate McLouth

    The Baltimore Orioles took their first big step towards repeating the magic of 2012 by agreeing to terms with outfielder Nate McLouth on a one year contract. McLouth will serve as Baltimore’s left fielder and likely hit either first or second in manager Buck Showalter’s lineup.

    McLouth began the 2012 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates but was released in May after hitting just .140 in 34 games. McLouth signed a minor league deal with Baltimore and played well enough at Triple-A Norfolk to earn a chance with the Orioles. Nolan Reimold" opened the season in left field for the Orioles but he was quickly lost for the season to a neck injury. Showalter shuffled a bevy of underwhelming performers through left field before McLouth was summoned to Charm City in August.

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    — 1 year ago with 6 notes
    #Baltimore Orioles  #Orioles  #Sports  #baseball  #MLB  #Baltimore  #Nate McLouth 
    Reposting this from Tumblr user patgavin:


Angry Oriole graffiti, near Bayard St., Gaslight Square, south Baltimore, Md.

    Reposting this from Tumblr user patgavin:

    Angry Oriole graffiti, near Bayard St., Gaslight Square, south Baltimore, Md.

    — 1 year ago with 98 notes
    #orioles  #angry birds  #baltimore  #angry orioles  #mlb  #baseball  #sports 
    Potential Trade Destinations for Alfonso Soriano
The Chicago Cubs have made no secret of their intentions to rebuild the organization from the ground up. Trade rumors have swirled around nearly every Cubs veteran over the past year. The latest rumors are centering on left fielder Alfonso Soriano who had a resurgent 2012 season. Soriano is owed $36 million over the final two years of his contract. Here are the most likely trade destinations for Soriano.
 Houston Astros
The power-starved Astros are making the move to the American League in 2013. Soriano could serve as the designated hitter and middle of the lineup power source for the Astros for the remaining two years of his deal. A move to the American League would allow the defensively challenged Soriano to reduce the wear and tear on his oft-injured legs. Pitcher Bud Norris could interest the Cubs.
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    Potential Trade Destinations for Alfonso Soriano

    The Chicago Cubs have made no secret of their intentions to rebuild the organization from the ground up. Trade rumors have swirled around nearly every Cubs veteran over the past year. The latest rumors are centering on left fielder Alfonso Soriano who had a resurgent 2012 season. Soriano is owed $36 million over the final two years of his contract. Here are the most likely trade destinations for Soriano.

    Houston Astros

    The power-starved Astros are making the move to the American League in 2013. Soriano could serve as the designated hitter and middle of the lineup power source for the Astros for the remaining two years of his deal. A move to the American League would allow the defensively challenged Soriano to reduce the wear and tear on his oft-injured legs. Pitcher Bud Norris could interest the Cubs.

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    — 1 year ago
    #alfonso soriano  #astros  #baltimore  #baseball  #chicago  #cubs  #mlb  #orioles  #phillies  #sports 
    Drawing Dangerous Assumptions from the Baltimore Orioles’ Quiet Offseason
The Baltimore Orioles and AVP Dan Duquette have been roundly criticized for their lack of offseason activity.  The Orioles’ long-suffering fan base was hopeful that this winter would be different.  The good vibes were flowing with the team coming off a winning season and playoff appearance for the first time since 1997.  Baltimore’s visions of Josh Hamilton in orange and black were dashed last week.  Many O’s fans got that familiar sick feeling in their gut last week when Duquette publicly stated that the team could start the season with a Wilson Betemit/Danny Valencia platoon at DH.  Ugh.
Hope is not lost O’s fans.  Duquette created a good deal of equity for himself during last season’s postseason run.  I understand the discontent and hand-wringing but it’s time to trust Duquette and the process.  Here are the major assumptions I’ve drawn from the Orioles’ quiet offseason.
•     The Nationals’ deal with MASN is negatively impacting the Orioles’ budget.  The Washington Nationals are attempting to get a better TV deal (i.e.: more $$$) from Peter Angelos’ regional sports network.  
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    Drawing Dangerous Assumptions from the Baltimore Orioles’ Quiet Offseason

    The Baltimore Orioles and AVP Dan Duquette have been roundly criticized for their lack of offseason activity.  The Orioles’ long-suffering fan base was hopeful that this winter would be different.  The good vibes were flowing with the team coming off a winning season and playoff appearance for the first time since 1997.  Baltimore’s visions of Josh Hamilton in orange and black were dashed last week.  Many O’s fans got that familiar sick feeling in their gut last week when Duquette publicly stated that the team could start the season with a Wilson Betemit/Danny Valencia platoon at DH.  Ugh.

    Hope is not lost O’s fans.  Duquette created a good deal of equity for himself during last season’s postseason run.  I understand the discontent and hand-wringing but it’s time to trust Duquette and the process.  Here are the major assumptions I’ve drawn from the Orioles’ quiet offseason.

    •     The Nationals’ deal with MASN is negatively impacting the Orioles’ budget.  The Washington Nationals are attempting to get a better TV deal (i.e.: more $$$) from Peter Angelos’ regional sports network.  

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    — 1 year ago
    #baltimore  #baseball  #dylan bundy  #manny machado  #mlb  #orioles  #sports 
    Nolan Reimold Could be Orioles X-factor in 2013
Or he could get injured again.
The Baltimore Orioles have been roundly criticized for their remarkably quiet offseason. Rumors of trades and free agent signings have surfaced for the past few months but to date nothing has come to fruition. Baltimore’s only move of note was re-signing reclamation project/left fielder Nate McLouth to a one-year contract.
The Orioles came into the offseason suggesting that they hoped to add a right-handed power hitter to the middle of the lineup. Dan Duquette allowed Mark Reynolds to depart as a free agent, upsetting a large number of O’s fans. Apparently Reynolds’ poor defense, prolonged slumps, and staggering strikeout rate endeared him to many of the Baltimore faithful. I had no issue with Reynolds leaving town because the assumption was that Duquette would go out and get someone better suited to hit in the middle of the order. Spring Training is just a few weeks away but the Orioles still have a Mark Reynolds-sized hole in the batting order.
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    Nolan Reimold Could be Orioles X-factor in 2013

    Or he could get injured again.

    The Baltimore Orioles have been roundly criticized for their remarkably quiet offseason. Rumors of trades and free agent signings have surfaced for the past few months but to date nothing has come to fruition. Baltimore’s only move of note was re-signing reclamation project/left fielder Nate McLouth to a one-year contract.

    The Orioles came into the offseason suggesting that they hoped to add a right-handed power hitter to the middle of the lineup. Dan Duquette allowed Mark Reynolds to depart as a free agent, upsetting a large number of O’s fans. Apparently Reynolds’ poor defense, prolonged slumps, and staggering strikeout rate endeared him to many of the Baltimore faithful. I had no issue with Reynolds leaving town because the assumption was that Duquette would go out and get someone better suited to hit in the middle of the order. Spring Training is just a few weeks away but the Orioles still have a Mark Reynolds-sized hole in the batting order.

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    — 1 year ago
    #orioles  #baltimore  #mlb  #nolan reimold  #Buck Showalter  #sports 
    Rafael Soriano Signing is Latest Boras/Nationals Mega Deal 
I wrote about the Nationals signing Rafael Soriano, the payroll implications, and the team’s strange love affair with known scoundrel Scott Boras for Gunaxin.com.
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    Rafael Soriano Signing is Latest Boras/Nationals Mega Deal 

    I wrote about the Nationals signing Rafael Soriano, the payroll implications, and the team’s strange love affair with known scoundrel Scott Boras for Gunaxin.com.

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    — 1 year ago
    #nationals  #baseball  #orioles  #masn  #yankees 

    Farewell to the Earl of Baltimore

    This gave me chills.  O-R-I-O-L-E-S!

    — 1 year ago with 4 notes
    #orioles  #mlb  #baseball  #earl weaver 
    Jason Kubel Can’t Save the Orioles’ Offseason
After months of inactivity, the Baltimore Orioles are getting mentioned in baseball’s rumor mill. A number of outlets have reported this week that the O’s are interested in acquiring outfielder Jason Kubel from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Could Kubel be the man to rekindle the Orioles’ 2013 playoff hopes?
The answer is probably no. Kubel is a solid hitter and clearly better suited for the American League where he can be used sparingly in the outfield. Kubel has had a negative defensive WAR in each season of his big league career. 
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    Jason Kubel Can’t Save the Orioles’ Offseason

    After months of inactivity, the Baltimore Orioles are getting mentioned in baseball’s rumor mill. A number of outlets have reported this week that the O’s are interested in acquiring outfielder Jason Kubel from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Could Kubel be the man to rekindle the Orioles’ 2013 playoff hopes?

    The answer is probably no. Kubel is a solid hitter and clearly better suited for the American League where he can be used sparingly in the outfield. Kubel has had a negative defensive WAR in each season of his big league career. 

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    — 1 year ago
    #Sports  #orioles  #mlb  #baseball  #twins  #diamondbacks  #baltimore 
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