The Nationals signed there first overall pick in Bryce Harper who they took in June. They were able to squeeze out a deal before the Tuesday morning’s deadline. The contract is a 5 year deal worth $9.9 million dollars guaranteed. That is the largest ever for a drafted position player. In the deal there is a signing bonus of $6.25 million. The Nationals also agreed to pay for the rest of Harper’s education.
This kid is only 17 years old but has been highly touted by all scouts in the league and put up amazing numbers. That’s why he went first overall in the June draft. Harper went to the College of Southern Nevada, where he hit 31 homeruns, 98 rbis and batted .443 average those are amazing numbers. Read more
In every professional sport, when it comes down to a season’s trade deadline, you have your traditional buyers, and your traditional sellers. The buyers are those teams who are on the hunt for a championship, or those who are one or two players away from a championship. The sellers are those who realize that this season is rightoff, or those with players who are pending free agents that they know won’t resign. Most general managers in a selling position utilize the trade deadline to recoup some assets for their rebuilding process. When you know a star player isn’t going to commit long term to your franchise, you offset the loss by stocking your system with prospects who may step in one day and fill the departing star player’s shoes. Read more
As the deadline passed saturday night the Yankees were busy working the phones trying to find ways to improve there team.
They have been working on a deal with Houston the past few days and it finally got finalized. Yankees acquired Lance Berkman from Houston in exchange for reliever Mark Melancon and minor league infielder Jimmy Paredes. Houston also sent $4 million to the Yankees.
Berkman has about more than $7.15 million remaining on the contract for this year, the Yankees will pay $3,150,273. Next season Berkman has a team option for $15 million dollars with a $2 million buyout. Berkman is having a down year this season right now hitting with a .245 average and has 13 homers and 49 rbis.
Berkman was quoted as saying “In one way, it’s good if there are teams that still want me to play for them. That makes me feel pretty good, particular in a down season,” Berkman said. “I still have confidence that I could play at a high level. It’s a good feeling to hear these trade rumors. Obviously, these scouts from other teams feel that same way or else I wouldn’t be in the conversation.”
Well with the Major League Baseball trade deadline coming up on july 31st we are gonna keep hearing more and more names being available. Now it is confirmed that Arizona president Derrick Hall said that Dan Haren is being shopped around on Friday. He also said that a couple teams are interested and have made offers on Haren and the teams interested are Yankees,Tigers,Twins,Phillies and Cardinals.
Yankees seem like they really are interested since the lost out in the Cliff Lee sweetstakes, they have made an offer to the Arizona reportedly of high end prospect pitching prospects Ivan Nova,Zach McAllister and two prospects for Haren. Yankees suppodesly have refused to include Chamberlain also in the deal. Arizona reportedly wanted Chamberlain,Ivan Nova high end pitching prospect plus two other prospects for Haren but the Yankees rejected the deal and countered with a deal around stricly prospects. Yankees are interested but not willing to throw away all there high end prospects in a deal for Haren. Read more
Is it just me, or does it really suck to be a Toronto sports fan? Whether you love hockey, baseball, basketball, football, or soccer, it just plain sucks to be in Toronto. Look at all of the major professional sports teams we have. The Leafs, the Raptors, the Jays. What do they all have in common? They all stink! It seems like its been a decade since we’ve had a playoff series, never mind a meaningful one. The last set of playoffs I can remember was when the Raps lost in the first round to the Magic. Was anyone really suprised? None of our teams are built to win it all, and most aren’t even capable of qualifying for the post season. Read more
After the Phillies lost tonight in St.Louis, there were rumors flying around that Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has been working the phones really hard trying to get another top of the rotation starter to help the Phillies rotation out. Phillies sent down Kyle Kendrick because he has been really struggling with an era of 4.82 and 5 wins and 4losses on the year and the Phillies are hoping with sending him down he can get better down in the minors and then recall him back up later. Read more
As the baseball deadline comes closer on july 31st, the Brewers are reportedly shopping around Prince Fielder and Corey Hart. Both of them will be free agents after the 2011 season and there are reports out there that both will leave and test the free agent market, especially Prince Fielder. Read more
21 year old phenom Stephen Strasburg, showed the world in his debut, what the hype was truly about, and came through with the victory for his team. Needing only 94 pitches, Strasburg made it through seven innings allowing four hits and two runs. He had a whopping 14 strikeouts in his MLB Debut. Read more
The Toronto Blue Jays were involved in a 5 player deal with the Atlanta Braves sending Alex Gonzalez,prospect reliever Tim Collins and infielder Tyler Pastornicky for Yunel Escobar and Jo-Jo Reyes. Escobar is a 27-year-old who is having a down season. Gonzalez, on the other hand is having a great season with 17hr and 50rbis but only batting .250. Escobar has zero home runs and 19rbis and .238avg. After you look at stats most people would wonder what the Jays are doing here? But lets look into this deal more. Read more