Nesbitt, Machado added to the 40-man roster

   November 20, 2014 12:31 pm

The Detroit Tigers filled their two open spots on the 40-man roster today by purchasing the contracts of Erie SeaWolves Angel Nesbitt and Dixon Machado.   A big reason why they were added is to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. The deadline to protect players for the draft is tonight at midnight with…

Hot stove: White Sox take lead for bad contract of the year

   November 18, 2014 4:15 pm

How much mad money is there in baseball?   Apparently enough to pay Zach Duke $15 million over three years.   Yeah, that Zach Duke.   The White Sox got Duke for that much to be their top lefty in the bullpen.   Duke reinvented himself last year with the Brewers. As a reliever he…

Silly season arrives with Martin, Stanton contracts

   November 17, 2014 4:52 pm

Russell Martin signed a five-year contract worth $82 million with the Blue Jays.   The Marlins now have Giancarlo Stanton for the next 13 years for $325 million.   I think the Silly Season applies here.   First, congrats to the players for getting paid.   Now, on to the rest.   Martin wasn’t going…

SeaWolves’ Moya named player with best power in AFL

   November 15, 2014 12:09 am

Fans of the Erie SeaWolves saw first-hand the power that Steven Moya has.   After all, he clubbed 35 homers this past season, a team record.   Those in the Arizona Fall League now know it.   Moya was named the prospect with the best power skills, according to mlb.com.   Moya finished tied for…

Pirates take fresh approach to free agency with return of Burnett

   November 14, 2014 5:44 pm

Welcome back, A.J. Burnett.   The Pirates bolstered their pitching staff by getting Burnett on Friday.   Burnett, who won 26 games in two seasons with the Pirates, signed a one-year deal worth $8.5 million.   Burnett pitched last season with the Phillies and struggled, going 8-18 with a 4.59 ERA.   The Pirates get…

Trout, Kershaw are the picks to win MVP awards

   November 13, 2014 1:20 am

MLB awards season wraps up tonight with the MVP awards for each league.   The debate leading up to the NL MVP award is whether Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw should be up for the award.   The argument I’ve heard, and hear every time a pitcher makes the cut, is pitchers have their own award…

Vote: Should pitchers be eligible for MVP award?

   November 13, 2014 1:03 am

The big debate for the National League MVP award is whether a pitcher should be eligible to win it.   The argument, they say, is pitchers have their own award, the Cy Young.   So, what do you think? Should a pitcher like Clayton Kershaw be eligible for the MVP award?   Vote below and…

Travis traded to Blue Jays

   November 12, 2014 11:46 pm

Devon Travis was named the top Detroit Tigers prospect by Baseball America on Wednesday morning. On Wednesday evening, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. Travis, 23, was sent to the Blue Jays for speedy outfielder Anthony Gose. Gose, 24, was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008 and went to the Blue Jays…

Will it be a Cy Kluber kind of night?

   November 12, 2014 1:51 pm

The race for the National League Cy Young Award begins and ends with Clayton Kershaw.   Kershaw is the man. No disrespect to Johnny Cueto and Adam Wainwright, the other finalists.   The real drama is in the American League.   To me it comes down to the Indians’ Corey Kluber and the Mariners’ Felix…

Travis named top Tigers prospect by Baseball America

   November 12, 2014 11:44 am

Baseball America put out its top 10 prospect list from the Detroit Tigers for the 2015 season. The top three Tiger prospects were on the Erie SeaWolves roster this past season. Second baseman Devon Travis was named the No. 1 prospect followed by outfielder Steven Moya at No. 2 and pitcher Buck Farmer at No….