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Thursday's MLB Transactions PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Thursday, 16 November 2006 15:12

MLBOn the final day of the GM Meetings, the following transactions took place:

  • The White Sox acquired right-hander David Aardsma and left-hander Carlos Vasquez from the Cubs for left-hander Neal Cotts in the first trade between the Chicago rivals since 1998, when the White Sox got Jon Garland for reliever Matt Karchner.
  • The Tigers kept first baseman Sean Casey, agreeing to a $4 million, one-year contract.
  • The Cardinals retained Scott Spiezio, agreeing to a $4.5 million, two-year contract with the reserve infielder and outfielder.
  • The Mets and backup infielder Damion Easley agreed to an $850,000, one-year deal.
  • The Rangers and backup catcher Miguel Ojeda, who was eligible for arbitration, agreed to a $430,000, one-year contact.

Other News...

  • GMs agreed to start batting practice 15 min. later to allow more fans to watch their favorite players take cuts in the batting cage.
  • The Blue Jays are near a 2-year deal for Frank Thomas.
  • The Astros have interest in Carlos Lee and Alfonso Soriano. Soriano may fetch a 7-year, $120 million deal, which would prevent the Astros from claiming both players.
  • The A's are showing interest in Barry Bonds now that Thomas seems bound for Toronto.
 
2006 World Series Shares Announced PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 November 2006 09:34
MLBA full share for the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals is a record total of $362,173.07, surpassing the previous high of $324,532.72 per full share for the 2005 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox, Major League Baseball announced today. A full share for the American League Champion Detroit Tigers is $291,667.68.

The players' pool, formed from 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship Series and the World Series, was divided among 12 clubs: the World Series participants, the League Championship Series and Division Series runners-up, and the four regular season second-place clubs that were not Wild Card participants.

The club-by-club breakdown follows:

World Series Champions

St. Louis Cardinals (Share of Players' Pool: $20,016,735.81; value of each full share: $362,173.07) - The Cardinals awarded 48 full shares, 7.133 partial shares and 16 cash awards.

American League Champions

Detroit Tigers (Share of Players' Pool: $13,344,490.54; value of each full share: $291,667.68) - The Tigers awarded 39 full shares, 6.67 partial shares and nine cash awards.

League Championship Series Runners-Up

New York Mets (Share of Players' Pool: $6,672,245.27; value of each full share: $124,429.60) - The Mets awarded 40 full shares, 13.333 partial shares and six cash awards.

Oakland Athletics (Share of Players' Pool: $6,672,245.27; value of each full share: $140,624.90) - The A's awarded 41 full shares, 5.80 partial shares and 14 cash awards.

Division Series Runners-Up

Los Angeles Dodgers (Share of Players' Pool: $1,668,061.32; value of each full share: $27,035.00) - The Dodgers awarded 50 full shares, 11.478 partial shares and three cash awards.

Minnesota Twins (Share of Players' Pool: $1,668,061.32; value of each full share: $37,538.99) - The Twins awarded 39 full shares, 4.25 partial shares and 15 cash awards.

New York Yankees (Share of Players' Pool: $1,668,061.32; value of each full share: $28,598.24) - The Yankees awarded 45 full shares, 13.24 partial shares and three cash awards.

San Diego Padres (Share of Players' Pool: $1,668,061.32; value of each full share: $27,339.86) - The Padres awarded 52 full shares, 8.50 partial shares and 21 cash awards.

Second-Place Finishers (Non-Wild Card Clubs)

Houston Astros (Share of Players' Pool: $556,020.44; value of each full share: $10,285.70) - The Astros awarded 43 full shares, 11 partial shares and eight cash awards.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Share of Players' Pool: $556,020.44; value of each full share: $10,154.79) - The Angels awarded 50 full shares and 5.25 partial shares.

Philadelphia Phillies (Share of Players' Pool: $556,020.44; value of each full share: $10,909.50) - The Phillies awarded 36 full shares, 14.417 partial shares and six cash awards.

Toronto Blue Jays (Share of Players' Pool: $556,020.44; value of each full share: $11,830.22) - The Blue Jays awarded 33 full shares and 14 partial shares.

 
Weds. MLB Transactions PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 15:25
MLBAmerican League

  • KANSAS CITY ROYALS-- Named Ryan Stoneberg minor league strength & conditioning coordinator.
  • NEW YORK YANKEES-- Declined to exercise their 2007 option on RHP Mike Mussina.

National League 

  • CHICAGO CUBS-- Agreed to terms with C Henry Blanco on a two-year contract.
  • NEW YORK METS-- Traded RHP Heath Bell and LHP Royce Ring to San Diego for OF Ben Johnson  and RHP Jon Adkins.
    Declined to exercise their 2007 option on RHP Yusaku Iriki.
 
Devil Rays Win Bid for Iwamura PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 November 2006 11:24

DRaysThe Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Central League have informed Major League Baseball that they have accepted the highest bid, submitted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, for the negotiating rights to 27-year-old infielder Akinori Iwamura, it was announced today.

The Devil Rays have a period of 30 consecutive days to sign Iwamura to a Major or Minor League professional contract.

The AP reports that the winning bid was "about $4.5 million for the power hitter."

 
Dodgers and White Sox Headed to Glendale for Spring Training PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 November 2006 07:51

The DodgersBut will it be named "Dodgertown"?

In a continuing exodus from Florida, the Dodgers Grapefruit League to the Cactus League.  Tommy Lasorda will make the announcement today in Glendale, where the Dodgers and White Sox plan to share a facility. Both clubs hope to be playing in Glendale by 2009.

The move will end a historic and colorful end to the Dodgers' time in Vero Beach, Fla where they have been for 48 years. The White Sox will move from Tucson to Glendale, as well. Other details reported by the LA Times are:

The Glendale project — funded by the city, the state of Arizona and a private developer — would blend a 120-acre training site within 400 to 500 acres that would include shops, restaurants and a hotel, city spokeswoman Julie Frisoni said.

Yet, the project faces several hurdles. Glendale has not yet obtained state funding and must compete with the nearby city of Goodyear, with the likelihood money will be available for one spring training complex but not both.

The Cleveland Indians have agreed to move to Goodyear if that city gets funding by Dec. 31.

The White Sox are contractually bound to Tucson through 2013 unless they secure a replacement team with "equivalent economic impact and similar drawing power," Pima County administrator Chuck Huckleberry said. 

 
Red Sox Shoot the Moon, Win Matsuzaka Derby PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 14 November 2006 18:54

MatsuzakaAs Maury Brown reported yesterday, the Boston Red Sox were selected as the winning bid by the Seibu Lions of Japan's Pacific League for the rights to negotiate with Japanese pitching sensation, Daisuke Matsuzaka. The staggering figure for the rights to simply negotiate was $51.5 million, The Red Sox have 30 days to complete a deal with Matsuzaka. If a deal is not completed, the posting bid would be returned to the Red Sox.

Word is that Matsuzaka's agent, Scott Boras, is looking for a 5-year, $80 million contract as a jumping off point in negotiations.  The AP reports , "$7 million to $10 million annually over three to four years."

The AP further reports:

For selling their star pitcher, the Lions would get the $51.1 million from Boston -- but only if the Red Sox sign Matsuzaka.

The Mets finished second with a bid between $39 million and $40 million, according to a baseball official who spoke on condition of anonymity because none of the losing bids were revealed. The Yankees bid between $32 million and $33 million, another baseball official said.

Matsuzaka was scheduled to fly to the United States on Wednesday and give a brief news conference at the airport.

 
Acta hired to manage Nationals PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 14 November 2006 18:31

Manny ActaManny Acta, the former third base coach for the NY Mets, was announced as the new manager for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. While financial terms have not been released, Acta agreed to a two-year contract with two one-year club options.

Acta was former manager Frank Robinson's third-base coach with the Montreal Expos from 2002-04.

As reported:

Team president Stan Kasten and general manager Jim Bowden said Acta impressed them with his personality, his knowledge of the Nationals and his ideas about how to turn around a club that finished last in the NL East the past three seasons.

"Usually, with a manager, they're strong in one area or the other. He's really well-balanced, all the way around," Bowden said. "He really understands teaching, developing, building a young club. He has great people skills, but he knows how to put the hammer down."

The Nationals hope to be competitive when Washington's new stadium opens in 2008.

"We have a very good plan in place here. We're going to do it the right way," Acta said. "We're going to be patient, and we're going to bring a winner here."

(The AP )

 
MLB names Hamilton as senior specialist of operations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 14 November 2006 05:37

MLBDarryl Hamilton, who played 13 seasons in the majors for clubs such as the Brewers, Rangers, Giants, Rockies and Mets has been hired by the commissioner’s office and will have the title Senior Specialist of On-field Operations. In his role he will report directly to Bob Watson, who is VP of On-Field Operations.

 

“We are excited to add Darryl to our staff," Watson said. "Darryl's multi-faceted career in baseball brings a unique perspective to our department, and his playing background will be an asset."

(The AP)

 
Ryan Voted 2006 MLB Executive of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 November 2006 13:26

Terry RyanNAPLES, FL – For the second time in his career, Terry Ryan, general manager of the Minnesota Twins, has been selected by his peers as the Major League Baseball Executive of the Year.

The award, presented annually by Sporting News magazine, is voted on by Major League Baseball executives. A special crystal award was presented to Ryan by Sporting News Sr. VP/Editorial Director John Rawlings in Naples, Florida.

In voting by 60 MLB executives – two from each club – Ryan received 15 votes, four more than Marlins G.M. Larry Beinfest who received 11 votes and the A’s Billy Beane and Mets Omar Minaya who each received 8 votes. Ryan also won the award in 2002.

“Everyone in baseball admires what Terry has accomplished, sustaining a winning team with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. He has proven to be an excellent talent evaluator and a very patient leader,” said Rawlings. “When the Twins got off to a rocky start, Terry never panicked and the team ended up only one loss away from the best record in baseball. Terry -- and he will graciously credit his staff -- is very deserving of this award again.”

Since becoming general manager of the Twins in 1994, Ryan, 53, has built his Twins teams - including the 2006 A.L. Central champions - through the draft, smart trades and swift adjustments.

“Terry has built the Twins into one of the top teams in baseball,” said Tigers G.M. Dave Dombrowski. “Through his leadership, the Twins are one of the best organizations on a yearly basis.

The Major League Baseball Executive of the Year award appears in the November 24 issue of the Sporting News on newsstands November 15th.

 
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