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Heath Bell trade will set market value for league’s relievers

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Trades,

Heath BellHeath Bell looks like one of the most attractive players who may be available at this year’s non-waiver trade deadline. Reports are coming out of most cities saying that team so-and-so has inquired about Bell, but does that mean San Diego Padres GM Jed Hoyer is likely to trade him? Not necessarily. Many GMs will call Hoyer simply to find out the asking price for Bell, many of whom have no interest in actually putting together a deal.

 

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Is Adam Dunn starting to heat up?

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Adam DunnAdam Dunn belted his seventh home run of the season on Sunday; the 361st of his career to tie Joe DiMaggio on the all-time list. The man who is just as popular for his home runs as he is infamous for his strikeouts finally hit two long balls in the same week. While the bomb helped the Chicago White Sox overcome the Oakland Athletics in the game, Dunn still has a long way to go to salvage what is quickly becoming a season to forget.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka trying to become the next Ichiro

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Tsuyoshi NishiokaEverybody knows the legend that is Ichiro Suzuki. As a 27-year-old in 2001, he made his debut for the Seattle Mariners and proceeded to define what it meant to be a Japanese-born athlete being successful in MLB. His career accolades already suggest he’s Hall of Fame material and this past weekend he became the career leader in hits for the Mariners. The search to find the next great Japanese player is on, yet less than a dozen position players have cracked the big leagues.

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One man’s Edwin Encarnacion trash is the same man’s treasure

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Edwin EncarnacionThere seems to be no end to Alex Anthopoulos’ creativity. The Toronto Blue Jays GM made another “right move” yesterday when he signed Edwin Encarnacion to a one-year deal. It wasn’t the right move in that Encarnacion can turn the Blue Jays’ fortunes around or that he’s some diamond in the rough that nobody has noticed until now. This, however, may have been one of those right moves that not even Anthopoulos himself saw coming.

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Oakland making significant moves in AL West

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Trades,

Hisashi IwakumaThe Oakland Athletics are seriously trying to get over the hump. After a season that saw them without a losing record for the first time since 2006, they’re making the moves now that might help them get above the .500 mark and back to the postseason. With the continued success of the Angels and the sudden emergence of the Rangers, the Athletics certainly need to become more competitive if they hope to stay above water next season.

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AL West besting the rest

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Josh HamiltonThere is no division is baseball quite as hot as the American League West is right now. While the three-and-a-half game margin between the first-place Texas Rangers and second-place LA Angels is the widest gap of any playoff race, the Rangers themselves are 8-2 in their last ten games, the Halos and last-place Mariners are 7-3. While the final team is only 5-5 over their last 10, the Athletics are riding a four-game win streak which is the longest current wining streak in the majors.

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Chavez falls for the last time?

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Injuries, MLB,

Eric ChavezVeteran Athletic Eric Chavez’s days may be numbered. The 32-year old third baseman suffered a neck injury and has landed on the disabled list - again - and although he claims he’s not thinking about retiring, he has admitted that this could be it. Chavez has said he’s had neck problems since colliding with minor-league infielder Adrian Cardenas during spring training. Chavez tried to play through it, but the soreness of two bulging discs has caught up with him.

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Teams playing five-hundred ball should not be in the postseason

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: MLB, Playoffs,

Josh HamiltonThree days ago, the Texas Rangers sat in the basement of the American League West division with an 10-12 record. As of Monday, with a weekend sweep of the Mariners, they’re in first place. A 13-12 record is no better than third place in four of the other five divisions in baseball. While the season is still young, if this trend continues, it looks like there will be several teams who fall short of a Wild Card spot missing the postseason in favor of a division winner hovering around .500.

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Breaking down the game early is still just as fun

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Miguel CabreraNow that almost every team has had a chance to complete a series and show the nation what they’ve got. It seems like the mystery that can surround Spring Training is ancient history, when really it’s only been five days. That’s the beauty of nationally televised baseball. And not only do these games matter, but managers are playing their top players. There’s nothing like April baseball, and we’re seeing it as good as it gets.

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A’s pick up Gaudin from Yankees trash bin

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Chad GaudinChad Gaudin will be moving clear across the country. After being released by the New York Yankees on Thursday, the right-handed pitcher reached an agreement with Oakland worth $700K. Gaudin, who was primarily a starter with the Yankees in 2009 will likely end up as part of the A’s bullpen as many of their current hurlers are sidelined with various injuries. This is a good pickup for the A’s as Gaudin can be used as both a starter and reliever, based on where he’s needed most.

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