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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew44 mins ago
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Famous actor/Red Sox fan/Funky Bunch leader Mark Wahlberg has no hard feelings about Jacoby Ellsbury taking $153 million from the New York Yankees and departing from the Boston Red Sox.
"We got the ring already, let him get his money ... Johnny Damon did it, it is what it is ... I'm very happy for him, he's a great guy."
That reaction might seem somewhat surprising considering how hard some in Boston are taking the news, and how dedicated the Wahlberg clan is to their Boston sports.
Answer Man: Craig Breslow talks 3-D printing, valuable facial hair, Red Sox brains and his pediatric cancer foundationDavid Brown at Big League Stew53 mins ago
Tuesday was 3-D Printing Day across the United States and that got left-hander Craig Breslow of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox excited. Reputed to be the smartest baseball player in the world, Breslow graduated from Yale with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, and he was accepted at NYU med school after scoring a 34 (28 is considered average) on his MCAT. But how can someone become a doctor when he can still get guys out in the major leagues? It's been a good kind of dilemma for Breslow, who has a 2.82 ERA in 402 career innings and has settled in with the Red Sox, his sixth major league organization.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Look, Red Sox fans are angry. Logically they probably shouldn't be. The Red Sox didn't offer Ellsbury as much money, so he followed the money. It's not an uncommon thing. But fans don't always think logically. Being a fan is about passion and an unbreakable allegiance to a team. Therefore, being a fan hurts sometimes.
- David Brown at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The contract that 37-year-old Paul Konerko signed with the Chicago White Sox looks like it was worked out by a state lottery authority, and Paulie is not getting the lump sum. The Sox sent a press release Wednesday morning saying Konerko will make $2.5 million for 2014 — which would be an $11 million pay cut if he makes it through a 17th full major league season — but the details are not as frugal, or as simple:
Under terms of the deal, the six-time American League All-Star will receive $1.5 million in 2014 and $1 million in 2021. Under terms of his previous contract signed on December 8, 2010, Konerko will receive $1 million annually from 2014-2020.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Perhaps capping a wild day of offseason trades and free-agent signings, the Colorado Rockies have agreed to terms with free-agent first baseman Justin Morneau to fill the shoes of recently retired team hero Todd Helton.
Morneau deal is pending a physical.. But will come in at two-year. $13 million... #Rockies... He was top target at 1B.
- David Brown at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
The New York Yankees still have more money than anyone else, and they don't care where they get their players — even if they used to be members of the Boston Red Sox. And they sure bought an expensive one Tuesday, signing outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury for seven years and $153 million. The Seattle Mariners also reportedly were in the hunt, as were the Red Sox, but not at that price.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported first that a deal was close.
The deal capped a busy day for baseball transactions — the Oakland Athletics alone made two trades — and continues a predictably expensive offseason for the Yankees, who haven't even signed Robinson Cano or a starting pitcher yet. With catcher Brian McCann also in the fold, they've allocated $238 million this offseason. Taking A-Rod's salary out of the picture because he probably will be suspended for some amount of the 2014 season, their payroll is $144 million. And rising, undoubtedly.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
The Walk-Off is your end-of-the-day collection of news and gossip from the world of baseball, plus the best of the blogosphere and other assorted goodness.
FREE-AGENT SIGNING: Hey, what's this? The Miami Marlins are spending money on a free agent? The recipient? Ex-Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia [Yahoo Sports]
JUST CHATTIN': Free agent Carlos Beltran, ex-Kansas City Royal, was back in KC to talk about returning to the team that drafted him back in 1995 . [KC Star]
ELSEWHERE: Beltran reportedly has a three-year, $48 million offer from one team, but we don't know who. Perhaps the Seattle Mariners. [@Buster_ESPN]
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
The Hot Stove is so wild right now that even the Houston Astros are in the mix.
The Astros — losers of 111 games in 2013 and owners of the lowest payroll in baseball — were able to procure center fielder Dexter Fowler from the Colorado Rockies for center field Brandon Barnes plus pitcher Jordan Lyles.
Fowler had been the Rockies starting center fielder since 2009, but is still just 27 years old. He fell out of favor in Colorado after a down year in 2013, in which he hit .263/.369/.407. He had his best year in 2012, hitting .300/.389/.474 with 13 homers and 53 RBIs. (Keep in mind, all these numbers are helped by playing at Coors Field.) Fowler had a WAR of 2.7 in 2012, according to Baseball Reference. That dropped to 2.0 in 2013.
- David Brown at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
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The winter meetings don't start until Sunday night, but major league general managers aren't waiting to get with Mickey Mouse to make deals. Two relatively big trades happened within moments of each other Tuesday afternoon, including one that had the Oakland Athletics sending outfielder Seth Smith to the San Diego Padres for right-handed relief pitcher Luke Gregerson. It's also the second deal of the day and third in the past 36 hours or so for Oakland GM Billy Beane.
In another trade — not A's related — the Rockies sent outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Astros for pitcher Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes. The hot stove is smoking.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
The past two days in baseball have given us a few trades, plus a rush to lock up relief pitchers and catchers. Then came a three-team deal Tuesday involving the Cincinnati Reds, Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks that had all three of those things in one.
The Rays added catcher Ryan Hanigan and potential closer Heath Bell, while the Reds and D-backs traded spare parts for prospects and contract relief. The deal was first reported by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.