Diamondbacks land Cuban OF for $68.5 million

   November 28, 2014 5:33 pm

The Arizona Diamondbacks are betting on Yasmany Tomas.   The D’backs secured the rights to the Cuban outfielder for $68.5 million over six years.   No doubt Arizona has dreams of Tomas being the NL Rookie of the Year like Jose Abreu was with the White Sox this past season.   Scouts describe Tomas’ build…

Boston’s $183 million binge on free agents reshapes lineup

   November 26, 2014 3:02 pm

The Boston Red Sox have gone from worst to first and back to worst.   With their free-agent moves, a trip back to first could be in order.   The Red Sox inked Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, getting two of the biggest names on the free-agent market.   And with the big names there…

Tribe Fest tickets on sale today

   November 25, 2014 2:03 pm

Tribe Fest might be two months away, but today is the day to get your tickets.   Scheduled to appear Jan. 24-25 at Progressive Field are Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Yan Gomes Jason Kipnis, Carlos Carrasco, Lonnie Chisenhall and more.   General admission tickets are $10 for adults. Children are free when reserved online.  …

Pirates’ trade with A’s not all about the bucks

   November 24, 2014 10:01 am

It’s usually about the finances when it comes to the Pirates, so Sunday’s trade with the A’s should have come as no surprise.   The Pirates traded Ike Davis, who was recently designated for assignment, to the A’s in exchange for a swap of slotting positions for the international signing period.   For the record,…

Pirates castoff Davis headed to A’s

   November 23, 2014 5:12 pm

The Pirates apparently didn’t want Ike Davis.   But it looks like the Oakland A’s did.   The wild-card A’s worked out a deal to get the first baseman.     The San Francisco’s Susan Slusser reports the two teams worked out a deal for Davis, who was designated for assignment by the Pirates last…

Canseco’s plan to sell finger was a hoax

   November 23, 2014 12:51 pm

Boy, that Jose Canseco sure is funny.   He tweeted that his finger fell off during a poker tournament.   Then he said he was going to sell it online.   Nope.   It all was a lie.   He said he came up with the idea when he saw a fake finger at a…

Pirates update on first base, Taillon (video)

   November 22, 2014 3:47 pm

What’s going on with the Pirates at first base?   Here’s a look at that and Jameson Taillon from mlb.com:   Your browser does not support iframes.   — Rick Green

Pirates’ latest pitching project: Righty with power stuff, vicious curve

   November 22, 2014 12:40 am

The Pirates have had some success with turning around pitchers’ careers.   Just take a look a Francisco Liriano and Edinson Volquez.   The Pirates hope their latest project turns out with similar success.   The pitcher this time is Radhames Liz.   Pirates.com is reporting the signing is worth $3 million over two years….

Tigers don’t think they will get Cy Young winner Scherzer back

   November 21, 2014 7:08 pm

One of the free agents to watch is pitcher Max Scherzer.   Scherzer, the 2013 Cy Young winner, turned down an offer from the Tigers worth $144 million (for six years).   Will he get more?   Judging from early signings, the answer is yes.   And, judging from Dave Dombrowski’s comments, he will be…

Pirates designate Davis, bring back ‘stinkin’ Lincoln’

   November 20, 2014 7:37 pm

My wife’s elementary school was named Lincoln.   She used to tell me how it usually was referred to as “Stinkin’ Lincoln.”   When the Pirates’ Brad Lincoln struggled, you can be sure that I always referred to him as that.   Lincoln usually gave me enough fodder, until 2012 when he found his niche…