Posted tagged ‘Free Agency’

Kameron Loe signs minor league deal with San Francisco Giants

January 14, 2014
(Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports)

(Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports)

Kameron Loe had a rough year bouncing around from city to city last year and is looking for a change as he signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants and hopes to make the team out of camp.

The 32 year old right hander posted a 7.09 ERA with 5.1 K/9, 3.4 BB/9 and a 50.5 percent ground-ball rate in 26 2/3 innings for the Mariners, Cubs and Braves last season. His homer-to-flyball ratio was 34.4 percent due to 11 homers given up in 26 2/3 frames. Loe’s career mark is just 13 percent in that category, and the league average was 10.5 percent, suggesting he’s due for some improved luck in that department. Loe has shown he can pitch in the majors, as he posted a 3.61 ERA in 229 1/3 innings from 2008-12 with the Rangers and Brewers.

The Giants pitching has always been their strength in the NL and the bullpen has always been above average each year. The organization knows how to mix pieces together in order to win World Series championships over the past 5 years. Let’s hope Kameron and his sinker can be added to that pen in 2014.

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Royals moving in the right direction: Trade CF Melky Cabrera to Giants for LHP Jonathan Sanchez

November 7, 2011

Via ESPN:

The Kansas City Royals have traded outfielder Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and another minor league pitcher.

Sanchez was the Giants’ best pitcher during the latter part of 2010, when they beat the Texas Rangers to win the World Series. But he was just 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA this season before missing the final month with a left ankle sprain.

Cabrera hit a career-best .305 with 44 doubles, 18 homers and 87 RBIs in his first season with the Royals. By dealing him to San Francisco, Kansas City opens up a spot in its outfielder for hotshot prospect Lorenzo Cain, who hit .312 at Triple-A Omaha this season.

The Royals also get left-hander Ryan Verdugo in the deal. He was 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA for Double-A Richmond this year.

What a deal by the Royals. I think they are heading towards success in the AL Central. With this trade, it solidifies their rotation to greatness in the next few years. Cabrera had a great year but with Lorenzo Cain ( former Milwaukee Brewer) hitting so well in Triple A and can give you equal production if not better production then it was okay to let him go. I love Sanchez as a left handed pitcher in major league baseball. I wish the Mets would have picked him up in that trade with Carlos Beltran. He has got huge potential with plus stuff and is still young. I think this trade is why the Royals want to win now and their organization is starting to get it. Take a look at next years rotation. Hochevar, Duffy, Sanchez, Montgomery, along with Paulino, Chen, and other minor leaguers fighting for that number 5 spot. I really like that rotation and they are all young flamethrowers. The Royals looking to be crowns of that division someday and they can start now with that trade…

The Rays swimming in a dead sea?

September 28, 2010

Via ESPN:

When 12,446 fans showed up Monday night to see if the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays could clinch their second playoff berth in three years, Evan Longoria decided he’d seen enough empty seats and said something about it.

Longoria, who did not play in the Rays’ 4-0 loss to Baltimore, spoke at length about the team’s chronically low attendance, calling it “disheartening” and “embarrassing.”

 “We’ve been playing great baseball all year. Since I’ve been here in [2006], the fans have wanted a good baseball team. They’ve wanted to watch a contender,” Longoria told reporters. “And for us to play good baseball for three years now, and for us to be in a spot to clinch again and go to the playoffs, we’re all confused as to why it’s only 15,000 to 20,000 in the building.”

Monday’s announced attendance was a little more than half of the 23,047 the team has averaged at home this season, despite battling neck-and-neck with the New York Yankees for the AL East lead and baseball’s best record for most of the season.

Tropicana Field, the Rays’ much-maligned domed stadium, holds 36,973 for baseball during the regular season.

“In 2008, when we clinched, this place was packed,” Longoria said. “It’s kind of like what else do you have to do to draw fans in this place. It’s actually embarrassing for us.”

Longoria said the attendance has not had any bearing on the team’s on-field effort at home, where the Rays are 48-31 entering Tuesday’s game against the Orioles.

“But we’re talking about a team in a playoff hunt with the opportunity to clinch. You could at least get 30,000 in here to cheer you on to it,” Longoria said.

“It’s a tough situation for us,” he added. “A lot of the visiting teams come in and wonder where are all the fans. It’s actually a little bit embarrassing for us. We’re one game away from clinching a postseason spot. We have enough guys in this room to celebrate with, but we’d love to celebrate it with the fans, too.”

The Rays have a roster full of young, talented players and are polishing off their third straight winning season after starting their existence with a decade of dreadful results. But small crowds at home have been a constant issue, despite the team’s dramatic improvement.

Longoria said he had been thinking about addressing the Rays’ home attendance for a long time.

“I’m not trying to take a low blow at the fans. I’m actually trying to rally the troops and get more people in here,” he said. “I’m not trying to say that we have bad fans or any of that because, believe me, I’ve been here since ’06 and I love the Tampa Bay community. It’s just tough to see, and I felt I was the right guy to say it.” 

The current Rays roster might not be in place for fans to watch next season.

Team owner Stuart Sternberg said last week that no matter what happens, the team will cut payroll during the offseason, meaning pending free agents Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena and Rafael Soriano likely will not return.

Tampa Bay’s current payroll of $71.9 million — a team record, but tens of millions less than the AL East-rival Yankees and Boston Red Sox — is expected to drop to $50 million or less next season.

“No question. Nothing can change that,” Sternberg said of the coming payroll reduction, according to the St. Petersburg Times. “Unfortunately there’s nothing that can happen between now and April that can change that unless [manager] Joe Maddon hits the lottery and wants to donate it or I hit the lottery.”

…I can feel for Evan here in this situation. Florida is not the best place to be when it comes to attendances in baseball. The Marlins barely have anyone come to the game even when they are playing well and the Rays are having the same problem to. Many can say it’s the economy, but still, if your team is playing well there usually is support to back it up. In this case, there isn’t. I like how Longoria used the words, “It’s actually embarrassing for us.” Cause they used to be embarrassing and now they are promising. I think this will help the Rays get more people in to the next games but I also think you won’t draw attendance when Monday Night Football is on and you are also playing the Baltimore Orioles who are the worst in the AL. Let’s see what the attendance numbers are tomorrow and see if Longoria still will have an impact…

Sources: Lebron James to make his decision Thursday on ESPN

July 7, 2010

LeBron James is going where??? Apparently to NBA analysts and insiders it could be anywhere. James’ plans still are a closely guarded secret.

Where will the King start his new kingdom?

He visited with six teams, the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls — last week at his business offices in downtown Cleveland and may have made up his mind already. But until he let’s the public know, all the teams are working on making a  run at the 6-foot-8, 260-pound All-Star or Bosh or Wade, or even a combination.

James is planning to announce the team with which he will sign during a one-hour special on ESPN Thursday night, ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard has learned through independent sources. 

ESPN would only confirm that active discussions for the special are ongoing. But sources tell Broussard that representatives for James contacted the network, proposing that James makes his announcement during a 9 p.m. ET special.

…To make the announcement on ESPN is a big deal. He must really love the attention. He must love the spotlight and wants to make a huge statement somehow. I don’t know if this is his ego talking or he is doing this to get it over and done with. To be honest, this 2010 NBA Free Agency is almost as annoying as Brett Farve retiring because every single minute of the day I have to hear it. Sometimes I just don’t want to hear about it anymore. But at least by Thursday, everything will come into place. Or at least I hope…

Here is a major quote from Lebron James Twitter page “kingjames” – “Hello World, the Real King James is in the Building,” which by 9 p.m. ET had more than 167,000 followers.

…I really don’t know what to make of this. Am I supposed to be happy that he is making his decision? I don’t know yet. I am actually nervous because he is doing it on national television with ESPN during primetime. Something must be up. In the back of my mind I really have him going to New York, Chicago, or to hometown Cleveland. I am leaning more to him staying but really the ball is in anyones court right now…

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