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AL East has all new feel

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Vernon WellsThe lesser teams of the American League East were busy on Friday night with the Tampa Bay Rays rumored to have signed and reunited former Red Sox teammates Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, each signed to one-year deals; Ramirez’s worth $2 million and Damon for $5.25 million. Up in Toronto, the Blue Jays ended an era as they traded 12-year veteran center fielder Vernon Wells to the Angels in exchange for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera.

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Vernon Wells traded to the Los Angeles Angels

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, MLB, News, Trades,

Vernon Wells traded to the AngelsVernon Wells, along with the four years and $86 million remaining on his contract, have been traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Mike Napoli and Juan RIvera were traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Wells. The downside for Angels fans who have made their voices heard is the money owed Wells, who had a bounceback 2010, but had three previous seasons of subpar performances. The trade allows the Blue Jays to have some financial flexibility moving forward.

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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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Scott Downs, Halos reach three-year deal

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Scott DownsIf you haven’t heard of Scott Downs, you’re not the only one. But you will. The 34-year-old left-handed reliever just reached a deal with the Los Angeles Angels, agreeing to a three-year, $15 million contract that will see Downs ship out of Canada for the first time since 2000. Downs made his MLB debut with the Cubs, but joined the Expos partway through the season, then moved to Toronto in 2005 and has been there ever since.

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Zack Greinke sitting tight while Cliff Lee is on market

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

Zack GreinkeZack Greinke’s new uniform has been one of the biggest non-stories of the Winter Meetings. The Royals aren’t interested in playing their ace until Cliff Lee chooses a new home. There’s a lot of benefit in waiting for Lee to make up his mind, as most teams are interested in Lee before Greinke anyway. Once Lee’s off the market, Greinke becomes America’s most wanted and the Royals can barter for as much as they want. They’ll find a buyer willing to overpay somewhere.

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Blue Jays ink deal with injured Dustin McGowan

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Dustin McGowanThe Toronto Blue Jays have re-signed starter Dustin McGowan on a one-year deal worth $450,000. Normally this kind of deal isn’t worth noting, but it’s different here because injuries have prevented McGowan from throwing a full season, and he hasn’t pitched in a major league game since July 8, 2008. He’s made several attempts at a comeback but continually has found setbacks as his body fails to fully recover, leaving McGowan and the Blue Jays to wonder if he’ll ever pitch again.

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Zack Greinke being shopped by Kansas City Royals?

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

Zack GreinkeRoyals right-hander Zack Greinke still has two years left on a four-year deal he signed in 2009, but a lot of talk is coming out lately about Kansas City entertaining offers for the 27-year-old pitcher. Greinke, the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner can fetch a great return. His 2010 totals – 4.17 ERA, 220 innings pitched, 181 strikeouts, 1.25 WHIP – were also rather impressive, considering the team playing behind him.

 

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Matt Bush’s career fizzling out before it begins

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Matt BushWhen the San Diego Padres selected Matt Bush first overall in the 2004 Amateur Draft, they were probably hoping to get a little more out of him when they signed him including a $3.15 MM signing bonus. Instead, they got a guy whose career highlights may include memories that end with his high school team. Bush was let go by the Padres in 2007, was picked up in February 2009 by the Blue Jays and released less than two months later before joining the Rays in 2010. He has never made it past High-A ball.

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Ichiro makes MLB history and Jose Bautista makes Blue Jays history

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Felix HernandezIn Thursday’s historic game at Rogers Centre in Toronto, many fantastic accomplishments were achieved. Jose Bautista hit his 50th home run of the season, becoming just the 26th player ever to do so, as well as the first Blue Jay. Ichiro Suzuki rapped two hits, including a single to center field that was his 200th of the season, marking 10 straight years of 200-hits for Ichiro; the first time that’s ever been done by an MLB player. However, some achievements will fly under the radar: the pitching performances.

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The divergent paths of the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: MLB,

James ShieldsThe Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays both play in the American League East. The two also have names three words long with rhyming mascots, but beyond that, few similarities exist between the two franchises. Both have battled the best in the AL East, competing with the juggernauts from New York and Boston, but up until the 2008 season, there was little about the Rays and Jays for fans outside of Tampa Bay and Toronto take note of.

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