Mark Townsend

  • Jimmy Rollins says goodbye to Philadelphia in full-page ad

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 57 mins ago

    The deal sending Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers is official now, meaning he's no longer the longest-tenured athlete in Philadelphia.

    Rollins was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 1996 amateur draft. He went on to spend his first 15 major league seasons in a Phillies uniform, accumulating 2,306 hits, 1,325 runs scored, 216 home runs, 887 RBIs, 453 stolen bases and 111 triples. He also earned three All-Star selections and one MVP award in 2007, while helping the Phillies win five division championships and a World Series championship in 2009. 

    A lot of great numbers. A lot of memories. But now it's time to say goodbye, at least for now. 

    Jimmy Rollins did just that on Saturday, taking out a full-page ad in the Philadelphia Enquirer. 

    Jimmy Rollins bought a full-page ad in Saturday’s @PhillyInquirer: pic.twitter.com/ct2rRiw2sU

    The print is a little small so here's the full text:

    To the City of Philadelphia,

    Love you all! Peace.

    Jimmy, Johari, Cam & Lolo

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  • Dodgers officially release Brian Wilson, eat $9.5M salary

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 14 hrs ago

    Three days after designating veteran reliever Brian Wilson for assignment, the Los Angeles Dodgers have officially released the 32-year-old, allowing him to pursue a free agent contract with another team.

    In doing so, the Dodgers will be on the hook for the balance of Wilson's $9.5 million salary in 2015 if and when he signs elsewhere. But that would seem like a small price to pay for a new front office focused on eliminating liabilities.

    And a liability Wilson truly was in 2014, posting a 4.66 ERA with a disappointing 29 walks 48 1/3 innings. Wilson's command issues were compounded by a dip in velocity, which raises flags about a bulky elbow. Wilson missed two weeks in April with ulnar nerve irritation in his right elbow, which is alarming considering he was two years removed from Tommy John surgery. 

    It's entirely possible he was never near one-hundred percent. Just how much that arm has left is the Dodgers main concern, and those questions may make it difficult for Wilson to find anything other a minor-league deal. The Dodgers, who had 10 days to trade or release Wilson after his designation, obviously didn't find much interest on that front.

  • Panda replacement: Giants to acquire Casey McGehee from Marlins

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 16 hrs ago

    According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the Miami-Sun Sentinel, the San Francisco Giants reportedly have a deal in place to acquire veteran third baseman Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins. Rodriguez adds the Marlins will receive minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo. Both are considered lower level prospects.

    It's not exactly the big name many anticipated the Giants would land to fill the sizable gap created by Pablo Sandoval's departure. The Giants were also in on but eventually lost out on free agents Chase Headley and Yasmany Tomas, who were viewed as the best bets available at third base in the short and long term. McGehee is more of a short term, fall-back option, but he fills the need nonetheless.

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  • Bud Selig to get $6M annual pension, serve as commissioner emeritus

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 18 hrs ago

    Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will officially retire from his position on Jan 25, ending his 22-year run in baseball's most powerful position. But by no means is he going away. On Friday, it was announced by incoming commissioner Rob Manfred that Selig will still have a prominent voice as an adviser under his regime.

    Selig's official title will be commissioner emeritus. It's both a respectful way to honor his service and a fancy way to essentially label him an adviser or mentor. It's also a title that apparently pays well. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Selig will earn an annual pension of around $6 million once he officially steps down.

    Here's more on his new role. 

    Manfred said: "Commissioner Selig has had an unparalleled career of decorated service to the National Pastime, and this role will allow the game to benefit from his unmatched institutional knowledge, experience and relationships. I could not ask for a finer mentor during this transition process, and I am grateful that Commissioner Selig will continue to be available to me as a resource."

  • Giants stay the course, re-sign Jake Peavy to two-year deal

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    It's becoming increasingly obvious that general managers around Major League Baseball don't place sleep high on their list of priorities. When they're closing in on a deal? Forget about it.

    The latest late night/early morning deal is brought to us by Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal, who reports the San Francisco Giants and GM Brian Sabean have reached an agreement to bring back veteran right-hander Jake Peavy on a two-year deal.

    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick later confirmed the overnight agreement and the financials, which come in at $24 million guaranteed.

    Peavy will make $7M in 2015 and $13M in 2016. $4M signing bonus and full no trade clause.

    While the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres aggressively move furniture around in hopes of surpassing the Giants in the NL West, the defending World Series champions have yet to make an addition of note this winter. That's significant on its own accord, but it becomes more glaring when you consider they've also lost a cornerstone in Pablo Sandoval, who last month inked a five-year, $95 million deal with the Boston Red Sox.

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  • Kris Medlen gets two-year deal from Royals after Tommy John surgery

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    With ace James Shields ready to move on this winter, the Kansas City Royals are ramping up efforts to add depth to their starting rotation. On Wednesday, they announced a two-year, $20 million deal with veteran right-hander Edinson Volquez. On Thusday, they stayed busy, announcing a two-year, $8.5 million deal with former Atlanta Braves starter Kris Medlen.

    Both deals definitely carry some risk and reward for Kansas City. As the Stew noted on Wednesday, in Volquez's case it's performance based following a somewhat surprising and possibly unsustainable bounce-back season in 2014. In Medlen's case, it centers almost entirely around health. In March, the 29-year-old right-hander underwent his second Tommy John surgery in four years.

    What they're hoping for, obviously, is a return to the field at some point in 2015 and more impactful contribution in 2016 and perhaps beyond. That's consistent with the usual recovery time from Tommy John surgery, though obviously things can be different when it's a second Tommy John. 

  • Rays' stadium deal rejected by St. Petersburg City Council

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    An agreement between the Tampa Bay Rays and St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman that would have allowed the teamto search for new stadium sites within Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, has been rejected by the St. Petersburg City Council

    If approved, the agreement would have served as the first significant breakthrough for the Rays as they attempt to move on from Tropicana Field. The Rays would have been free to survey sites within the Tampa area. If they found something to their liking and elected to opt out of their lease at Tropicana Field before it expired in 2027, they would have been on the hook to make yearly payments to the City of St. Petersburg.

    At the end of the day though, there were too many questions and concerns surrounding the agreement to get the support necessary from the Council.

    No comment from #Rays president Brian Auld. It was five "no" votes, three "yes."

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  • Michael Kohn predicted he'd play for the Braves at age 10

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    As children, we're often encouraged to dream big and work hard to make those big dreams come true. Of course, as life goes along, sometimes those dreams change or life leads us in a new direction. but for Michael Kohn, a native of Charleston, SC and a lifelong Braves fan, his path has taken him right where he always wanted to be.

    We have proof of that too, because MLB.com's Mark Bowman posted a mission statement on Twitter that the now 28-year-old reliever wrote as a contract to his parents when he was only 10. 

    New #Braves reliever @MichaelKohn58 wrote this when he was 10-years-old. pic.twitter.com/NuSFqa1Zq5

    As presented, the message reads:

    Still, he's plenty motivated coming off a four-year stint with the Los Angeles Angels. In 126 games, he posted a 3.67 ERA over 110.1 innings, and even notched a pair of saves. Overall though he wasn't thrust into too many critical situations, which is something he'll aim to change in Atlanta. 

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  • Chris Davis receives Adderall exemption following suspension

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    After receiving a 25-game suspension on Sept. 12 for unauthorized use of the drug Adderall, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has requested and  been granted a theraputic use exemption from the league in order to continue using it in 2015.

    This according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who made the revelation during a team-related event on Tuesday.

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that he was told by Davis that the first baseman has received a therapeutic use exemption for Adderall next season.

    “It's a good thing,” Showalter said during the 36th annual OriolesREACH Holiday Party for Kids at Dave & Buster’s in Arundel Mills. “Yeah, he told me he was approved for it.”

    Of course, what matters now for Davis and the Orioles is that it appears he'll be covered in 2015, allowing him to use Adderall without the threat of a larger suspension. But it would have been interesting to see how Baltimore would have fared against the Kansas City Royals with Davis in the lineup. 

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  • Marlins announce Michael Morse signing by Morse code

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    Credit where it's due, the Miami Marlins are doing some serious work this winter and seem to be on track to field a very competitive team in 2015. 

    It would also appear they're on top of their social media game. On Wednesday, the team announced its most recent acquisition on Twitter, that of free-agent slugger Michael Morse on a two-year, $16 million contract, in a way that would only truly make sense under the circumstances: Morse code. 

    You'll want to make sure the Vine is unmuted for full effect.

    If you're in a spot where that's not possible, like say a work cubicle or a school play, the Marlins provided the code in text form.  

    Sorry, that was confusing. Translation: -- .- .-. .-.. .. -. ... / ... .. --. -. / -- --- .-. ... .

    Impressive, but Big League Stew would a little further with the Morse code in reporting his trade from the Seattle Mariners to the Baltimore Orioles back in 2013. Check that out here

    Now, here's the full translation of the Morse signing by Miami

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