1:44 PM EDT, Fri October 31, 2014
Without action, Mets payroll at $94.1M

Without action, Mets payroll at $94.1M

NEW YORK -- Now that a team from Pace Law School has estimated the 2015 salaries for arbitration-eligible Mets players, let's take another look at the projected payroll if the Mets did nothing this winter: Guaranteed contracts David Wright $20M ($20M in 2014) Curtis Granderson $16M ($13M) Bartolo Colon $11M ($9M) Jonathon Niese $7M ($5M) Subtotal: $54M Arbitration-eligible players Daniel Murphy $8.1M ($5.7M) Dillon Gee $4.99M ($3.625M) Lucas Duda $4.
San Francisco Chronicle 2 hours ago

Today’s SF Giants parade — who, what, when, where, why (you can figure out why)

Today’s parade starts at noon, rolling from the foot of Market near the Ferry Building down Market to the Civic Center, ending on the steps of City Hall. It’ll run two miles and about 90 minutes. Then the speeches will last another 90 minutes, unless the mayor goes a little long. WHO’S IN AND WHEN (some will surprise you) 1) ??? 2) SFPD Mounted Unit 3) Fire Truck w/Ladder 4) CAL Marching Band 5) Kruk and Kuip /Jon Miller 6) Belt / Crawford 7) Coors Light Sponsor 8) Coors Sponsor 9) Bank of America 10) Bank of America 11) Higueros / Fuentes 12) Renel 13) Marty Lurie 14) DJ Consuelo...
San Jose Mercury News 3 hours ago
Fan photos from the Giants World Series parade

Fan photos from the Giants World Series parade

Around 1 million fans are expected to pack downtown San Francisco for two to three hours, rain or shine to attend the Giants World Series parade

Nats pick up option on Span, decline LaRoche and Soriano

The Nationals made their first contract decisions of the offseason Thursday afternoon, picking up the $9 million option they held on center fielder Denard Span for 2015 but declining their options on first baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Rafael Soriano. None of the three moves was a surprise, but each helps shape the club’s roster…

Alderson weighs in on Mets' top prospects

NEW YORK -- GM Sandy Alderson offered his thoughts on most of the Mets' top upper-level prospects during an interview Friday morning on WIOX 91.3 in the Castskills. Here's what Alderson said: Steven Matz, left-hander Matz "He had a very good season in 2013, and exceeded that in 2014, both at St. Lucie and at Binghamton. His numbers were very similar at both places, which is very positive given the fact that he had moved up a level. I would say Steven is probably one of the top handful of left-handed pitching prospects in the game right now.
Haren to return to Dodgers after exercising option

Haren to return to Dodgers after exercising option

Dan Haren will be back with the Dodgers in 2015. Their seven players who became free agents Thursday probably won’t be. Haren officially exercised the option in his contract and will return next season with a $10 million salary. The clause in...
Friars on Base 44 mins ago
Tim Stauffer Files for Free Agency

Tim Stauffer Files for Free Agency

Major League Baseball players have filed for free agency, and the only Padre on the list is the longest-tured Padre Tim Stauffer. Officially, with the decline of his team option, Josh Johnson is too; though it is tough to consider him a Padre since he never even pitched for them.  Stauffer’s career has been a […] Tim Stauffer Files for Free Agency - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Viva El Birdos 6 hours ago
Five St. Louis Cardinals became free agents on Thursday morning

Five St. Louis Cardinals became free agents on Thursday morning

Five of the 121 MLB-wide free agents played for the Cardinals in 2014. Under the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) governing Major League Baseball labor relations, the morning after the final out of the World Series, the contracts between players and the clubs who employ them expire. Those ballplayers who have accrued six or more years of MLB service time become free agents, but they aren't yet able to negotiate the terms of contracts for 2015 and beyond or sign with any team they want. That's because the CBA imposes a five-day "quiet period" following the end of the World...

Scary thought: How good can Cubs be with Joe Maddon?

SOUTH HILLS – Game 7 was a thrill for all baseball fans but for the Pirates more important event occurred earlier in the day when Jon Heyman reported former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon will be the Cubs’ new manager. …
Redleg Nation 3 hours ago

Trade Jay Bruce to Houston?

[This post was written by Jux Berg, who has his own website at Bergonsports.com and @bergonsports on Twitter. Thanks, Jux. -- spm] Although it would be wildly unpopular in Reds country, Cincinnati may be better off in 2015 and beyond if Jay Bruce is traded to the Houston Astros this winter. Here are six reasons …
Denver Post 21 hours ago
Rockies GM Jeff Bridich: Changes to coaching staff done

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich: Changes to coaching staff done

Change is on hold for the Rockies. New general manager Jeff Bridich, three weeks into his new job, said the club will not be making anymore changes to the coaching staff.

Cubs decline '15 option on Fujikawa

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs declined a 2015 team option on right-handed relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa, the organization announced Thursday, making him a free agent. Fujikawa spent two seasons in a Cubs uniform but underwent Tommy John surgery after just 12 appearances in 2013. He returned late in 2014, pitching in 15 games and compiling a 4.85 ERA. Overall, Fujikawa appeared in 27 contests as a Cub, producing a 1-1 record with two saves and a composite 5.

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Houston Chronicle 18 mins ago

Astros to host Royals April 3-4 to finish exhibition season

The Astros will face the Royals in a pair of exhibition games at Minute Maid Park, the team announced. The Astros will open spring training games on March 5 against the Phillies before returning to Houston for two games against the Royals on April 3-4. The schedule: March 5: vs. Philadelphia (Kissimmee), 12:05 p.m. March […]
San Jose Mercury News 45 mins ago

How we watched S.F. Giants parade: Social media reaction

Rainy weather couldn't keep well-wishers from slipping raincoats over Halloween costumes and lining San Francisco streets Friday to cheer their favorite baseball team one more time
Express-Times 1 hour ago
Ruben Amaro Jr. unveils 'Phillies Way' handbook to front office employees

Ruben Amaro Jr. unveils 'Phillies Way' handbook to front office employees

Phillies GM outlines the organization's rebuilding plan in manual distributed to various front office personnel.
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