Bill King named Ford Frick winner

7 Dec

After years as a finalist, legendary Oakland A’s radio broadcaster Bill King was finally awarded with a spot in Baseball’s Hall of Fame. King, who broadcast the A’s for more than a quarter century, was named the 2017 Ford Frick award winner at the baseball Winter Meetings on Wednesday. King will be inducted into the Hall […]

Oakland A’s 2017 top-50 report: Sam Bragg

7 Dec

Name: Sam BraggPosition: RHPHeight/Weight: 6’2’’, 190Bats/Throws: R/RAge: 23How Acquired: Drafted in the 18th round of the 2013 MLB Draft An experiment gone awry got Sam Bragg’s 2016 season off to a bad start, but the right-hander recovered to finish the season pitching like one of the top relief prospects in the Oakland A’s system. After a strong stint in the Arizona […]

A’s Mark Smith passes away at age 41

7 Dec

The Oakland A’s announced on Tuesday that longtime minor league video coordinator Mark Smith passed away at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday. Smith was 41 years old. A US Air Force veteran, Smith joined the A’s organization eight years ago and helped to create the A’s video department. A constant presence at the A’s Arizona […]

Scouting Yankees Prospect #54: Jeff Degano

7 Dec

Vital Statistics:Name: Jeff DeganoPosition: PitcherDOB: October 30, 1992Height: 6’4″Weight: 215Bats: RightThrows: Left Repertoire. Fastball, Slider, Curveball, Changeup. Fastball. Degano’s velocity has fluctuated quite a bit in his brief career with the Yankees, averaging anywhere from 89-95 mph and even topping out at 97 mph in 2016, his highest reported velocity marks ever.  Two years removed […]

Yankees to retire Derek Jeter’s number

7 Dec

It was only a matter of time before the New York Yankees had this special ceremony for an iconic player in franchise history and rightfully deserved. According to a team announcement, the Yankees will retire Derek Jeter’s famed number 2 jersey and unveil his plaque for Monument Park on May 14, 2017 in a pre-game […]

Yankees ‘remain focused’ on Aroldis Chapman

7 Dec

It may seem quiet on the free agent market for Aroldis Chapman right now, but teams like the New York Yankees “remain focused” on signing him, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. If the Yankees happen to strikeout on Chapman, Kenley Jensen would be their next choice. Chapman is reportedly looking for a six-year […]

Marlins sign Jeff Locke to one-year deal

7 Dec

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Miami Marlins have agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with former Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke. Locke had elected free agency after being designated for assignment by the club earlier this offseason.  Locke, 29, was a former second-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in the 2006 […]

Devil’s Advocate: A case against Encarnacion

7 Dec

Easy, Tribe fans. Put down the pitchforks and torches and hear me out. Edwin Encarnacion in a Tribe uniform, batting cleanup and hitting dingers all over Progressive Field would be great. But, as with any transaction, the decision to sign him would have consequences. When I consider those consequences, it might not be a risk […]

Around the Farm – December 6, 2016

7 Dec

Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians players throughout the system. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Caribbean Leagues and Arizona Fall League. The positions listed below are where the player […]

Cardinals add punter Wile to practice squad

7 Dec

Two weeks ago in Atlanta, the Falcons were forced to sign a free agent punter when their starter missed the team’s contest against the Arizona Cardinals due to an injury. Two weeks later, that free agent punter, Matt Wile, now finds himself on the Cardinals’ practice squad. After booming punts of 57 and 59 yards against […]