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Old 03-05-2013, 08:52 PM   #26
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I don't know. He called it before so who knows.
Yeah. He had the info on the Giants 2nd baseman before anyone else last season.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:55 AM   #27
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Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers have reached agreement on a new contract that could exceed $202 million, according to sources.

Verlander's deal, which would make him the highest-paid pitcher in the game, is for seven years and worth $180 million. A vesting option for an eighth year could push the deal to $202 million.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:18 AM   #28
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That's a lot of cheese to pay a pitcher, but Detroit needed to keep JV in town, as you don't let players like him even come close to hitting the open market.

I'd love to see JV play his entire career in Detroit and this contract has an option year through the 2020 season.
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:28 AM   #29
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That's a lot of cheese to pay a pitcher, but Detroit needed to keep JV in town, as you don't let players like him even come close to hitting the open market.

I'd love to see JV play his entire career in Detroit and this contract has an option year through the 2020 season.
I agree with this, but man I always grow weary of signing a pitcher to such a long contract at his age. He's thrown a LOT of innings, and look at Halladay, could be wearing down already.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:26 PM   #30
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Fire up your grills and get ready for some Detroit Tiger baseball....season opener this afternoon versus Minnesota.
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:04 PM   #31
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they're a 210+ budget team trying to pretend they can spend 180-189 mil and not give out big contracts to win and make money.
Hal lost his damn mind and thinks the fans were just going to take it.
now he's in a panic because the rewards for being at 189 mil are half of what was expected and the fans aren't buying tickets like they normally do.

what kind of moron comes out and says you spent money, you're shocked at the fan uproar over not spending on FA's and that you don't believe in contract extensions and aren't a fan of them.
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For years, the Yankees have acted as if the luxury tax was just the cost of doing business. But George Steinbrenner died in 2010, and his maniacal focus on winning seems to have gone with him. His sons, Hank and Hal, like winning just fine, but they would prefer to win and make piles of money. So, although they've been willing to maintain the team's payroll well above the current luxury-tax threshold of $178 million, they haven't increased payroll in eight years.

The Steinbrenners' unwillingness to raise payroll has made it more difficult for the Yankees to bring in fresh veterans to replace the worn-out ones. As a result, the team has stuck with its old guys even as they turned into really old guys — last year, the offense averaged 32.7 years old, the oldest in franchise history and the third-oldest in baseball history.

The newest CBA, agreed to after the 2011 season, included two key changes [PDF] to the luxury tax. The first is that the highest tax rate (which, of course, applies to the Yankees) was increased from 40 to 50 percent. The second change is that, should a team avoid the luxury tax even once, its tax rate will drop back to the lowest level (17.5 percent) the next time it exceeds the threshold, and rise incrementally from there.

In other words, if the Yankees can get below the tax threshold just once, they won't just save millions of dollars that year, they'll also save millions for the three subsequent years even if they jack up their payroll again.

The Yankees aren't shy in disclosing that this is their strategy — they've been talking about it publicly for more than a year. The threshold increases to $189 million in 2014, and the franchise plans to get its payroll below that mark next year.
Which would be its lowest payroll in a decade.

It would be almost impossible to drop $30 million worth of salaries in one offseason, particularly with so many long-term contracts (which tend to escalate over time) on the books. To get payroll under control for 2014, the cost-cutting had to start this year. A franchise that had essentially never lost a free agent it wanted chose to let three of them get away this winter.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:23 PM   #32
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Kershaw best pitcher in the MLB and a now power hitter
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:59 PM   #33
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Dodgers got some Koufax mojo today!

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Great effort from Chris Sale today...Sox win.

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this. Even though I was getting tired of Jim Tracey, and his resignation came as a pleasant suprise to me, obviously it appears to have caught the Rockies completely off base. They are gambling on Walt Weiss but Walt will find out fast that ownership and Dan O'Dowd are just fine with losing. WW will do the usual 3 years to average a .450 winning percentage before he retires or walks away, or O'Dowd fires him.
Enjoyable opening day game to watch. Fowlers 9th inning homer was awesome. I predict Weiss will be one and done. Loved him as a player though....
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Enjoyable opening day game to watch. Fowlers 9th inning homer was awesome. I predict Weiss will be one and done. Loved him as a player though....
Questionable decisions? Sure sounds like a Rockies manager to me!
Takes Belisle out of the game after 1 pitch, 1 pitch! Complete waste.
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It was nice to see Flowers homer in the WS win over kFc. I hope he doesn't pull a Tuffy Rhodes and disappear after opening day after losing AJ we need him to produce on offense.

Sale gets win in a solid outing en route to his Cy Young season this year!
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Enjoyable opening day game to watch. Fowlers 9th inning homer was awesome. I predict Weiss will be one and done. Loved him as a player though....
So long as he says the things that the Monforts want him to say, he'll have that job for life. Job performance and accountability are things they will not fire you for.

Anyway, good job laying down when clutch time came Rox! 1 down, 99 to go for my hopes of a humiliating 100 loss season.

Wish the fanbase would quit rewarding the bull**** they put out there and stop going to the games.
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The Hambone is 1 for 15 so far. Wow. Just wow.
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Tigers smash the Yankees again today.

The Tigers 1-5 spots in the lineup are going to be fun to watch this season.

Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Victor Martinez.
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Tigers smash the Yankees again today.

The Tigers 1-5 spots in the lineup are going to be fun to watch this season.

Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Victor Martinez.
****ing cheap ass owners. i'm not used to this ****. i'm a Yankees fan dammit! we don't do cheap.
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Crawford is playing great so far this year. Thank god he was just a thrown in player in that big trade.
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My Cardinals totally suck. But, it's a long season, and they'll get better. And make the playoffs, where they are very dangerous.
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Tigers smash the Yankees again today.

The Tigers 1-5 spots in the lineup are going to be fun to watch this season.

Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Victor Martinez.
I seriously think Hunter is on for a rapid decline, he had an extremely lucky BABIP last year. I'd expect more 2011-esque numbers with less homeruns.

Its awesome seeing the Yankees struggle to start the year. All that freely spending, the team is actually doing something smart IMO in not just throwing money to get players. They have $83 million sitting on the disabled list at the moment.
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How is Juan Uribe still in the majors. Last two years he batted .204 and .191. Now he is batting a impressive .000 while making 21 million dollars over these three seasons.
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How is Juan Uribe still in the majors. Last two years he batted .204 and .191. Now he is batting a impressive .000 while making 21 million dollars over these three seasons.
And whats amazing is he has 2 World Series Championships in his career.
Im just curious what the heck were the Dodgers thinking signing him to that contract. I mean seriously...lololol
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Will Middlebrooks had three home runs game today and Lester shut down the Blue Jays. Sox looking good out of the gate.
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If only the playoffs started tomorrow, the Rockies would be in. You're not supposed to peak in April.
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If only the playoffs started tomorrow, the Rockies would be in. You're not supposed to peak in April.
Don't worry. Tomorrow they begin a series against reality.
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