Manning to Denver? Tebow To Be Traded?
ESPN is reporting this hour that Peyton Manning is going to become the next quarterback for the Denver Broncos.
Manning told his agent, Tom Condon, to begin hardcore negotiations with the club, and will sign, barring any problems during talks. Manning called Denver VP of Football Operations John Elway, as well as the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans on Monday to tell them his conclusion.
When the four-time MVP visited the Mile High City on March 9, Elway and Manning worked out the basics of a five-year deal, paying upwards of $95 million. Other details, such as guaranteed money and the deal’s structure, will be determined during these negotiations. Manning has passed a physical exam by Denver team doctors.
Manning did not want Condon to begin bargaining with the 49ers or Titans, as it would make Manning appear to be looking for financial leverage. He says he is fully confident in the Broncos.
So if, or when, Manning becomes a Denver Bronco, the focus than shifts to Tim Tebow. The QB that cultivated American football fans with his rapid rise to prominence, and added an AFC West title and playoff win over Pittsburgh in the end, could end up on the trade block.
Denver has Manning’s #18 retired, in honour of Frank Tripucka. Tripucka was Denver’s QB for the first three seasons of the team’s existance, and saw his jersey ceremoniously retired after he left town. In a phone interview with ESPN, Tripucka said he would not mind if the number was taken out of retirement.
“He should have it. Let’s give it to him.” said the 84-year old Tripucka.
February 20, 2012
A’s sign Manny Ramirez
The Oakland A’s have signed retired outfielder Manny Ramirez to a minor league contract, lasting one year contract and worth $500,000.
The deal was made even though Manny has to serve a 50-game suspension without pay beginning at the start of the season. Barring any rainouts, his first game would be May 30 in Minnesota. That day just happens to be Ramirez’s 40th birthday.
“I am very pleased Billy (Beane, Oakland general manager) was able to add Manny to our team,” A’s owner Lew Wolff said in an email. “I look forward to welcoming him and the entire team that Billy and his people have assembled for the coming season.”
Ramirez retired April 8, 2011 when he was informed “of an issue” regarding him and the league’s substance abuse policy. Having already served a 50-game suspension before due to breaking the test, this time a suspension would have cost him 100 games. Ramirez, who was 1 for 17 with the Tampa Bay Rays to begin the season., decided to leave the game. After Manny applied for reinstatement in December, his suspension was cut to 50 games, based on the season he sat out last year.
Ramirez sits eighth on the all-time home run list with 555, and is entering season 20 in the big leagues. With a lifetime average of .312 and a combined WAR of 69.2, Ramirez has had a prosperous career. However his eight game Rays stint suggested otherwise, as Ramirez hit .055 in 17 plate appearances, with one RBI.
He is expected to report to spring training by the end of the week.
February 13, 2012
A’s win Cespedes Sweepstakes
The Oakland Athletics have won the Yoenis Cespedes sweepstakes as the 26 year old Cuban has agreed to a 4-year, $36 million contract.
Cespedes, can sign as the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control receives his unblocking license, according to his agent Adam Katz. He needs clearance because his Cuban national who has previously defected to the Dominican Republic, and now taking residence in a new country.
Once approved, Cespedes will gain his worker’s visa and then be able to join Oakland at Spring Training. He will make $6.5 million in his rookie season, then $8.5 million in Year 2, and then $10.5 in his final two years of the contract. After the four seasons, he is eligible to become a free agent.
The deal makes him the highest payed player on the team. Second on the team, now, is Coco Crisp and his $6 million salary.
Cespedes also fielded offers from Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland, both Chicago teams and Miami. The Marlins offer was also for $36 million, but spanned six years instead of four from the A’s.
The outfielder is tied for the most home runs in a Cuban League season, with 32. He played with Cuba at the 2009 World Baseball Classic and is projected to be ready for the majors. The A’s begin their season early, on March 28th in Japan against Seattle.
February 13, 2012
Red Sox, Big Papi Agree on Contract
The Boston Red Sox and slugger David Ortiz avoided arbitration Monday, signing a one-year contract worth $14.575 million. The deal was a last second before the hearing, which was scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Ortiz made $12.5 million in 2011, and the Red Sox had offered a slight raise to $12.65 million. Ortiz had asked for $16.5 million. The two sides met at the midpoint.
The 36 year old will be entering his 10th season with the Red Sox. Ortiz had a
good offensive season in 2011, knocking 29 home runs and 84 RBI. He had a .309 average and 4.2 WAR, his highest since 2007. He became a free agent at the end of the season, but chose to accept the Red Sox arbitration offer instead of explore his options from other teams.
“I feel happy since I avoided going to arbitration,” Ortiz said. “People are used to see me with the Red Sox uniform and when you have so much time in one organization, and you’re identified with it, the best thing is to stay, even if it is for 1 or 2 million less.”
Fernando Cuza, Ortiz’s agent added that, “both sides are very happy with the deal and we’ll leave it at that. This is a process and once we got together and talked it out it made sense to get a deal done and move on.”
Ortiz was seeking a multi-year deal, but Cuza would not comment on if it was brought up. The Red Sox have not been to an arbitration hearing in ten years, and have no hearings left for this off-season.
January 24, 2012
Giants resign Tim Lincecum
Two time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum agreed to a two year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, one that will see him make $40.5 million over the two seasons.
Lincecum, 27, made news when he asked for a near-record $21.5 million in arbitration, while the Giants came it at $17 million, a record offer by a club.
The deal includes a $500,000 signing bonus, and a salary of $18 million in 2012 and $22 million in 2013. Lincecum can then enter free agency in 2013.
Known as “Freak” for his unorthodox pitch delivery, Lincecum signed a two year deal back in 2010, worth only $22 million. Lincecum pitched Game 5 of the 2010 World Series, the clinching game for the Giants.
Lincecum went 13-14 in 2011, posting an ERA of 2.74 and a WAR of 4.4. He has averaged over a strikeout an inning through his entire career.
Picked 10th overall in 2006, Lincecum has played at the all-star game for four seasons and won the NL Cy Young Award in back-to-back seasons, in 2008 and 2009.
January 24, 2012
BREAKING: Tigers ink Prince Fielder to nine year deal
The Detroit Tigers have signed first baseman Prince Fielder to a nine year contract worth $214 million.
The Tigers were not considered a favourite to land Fielder, those teams being the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays. The Tigers recently lost catcher Victor Martinez for the 2012 season due to a torn ACL, so the sigining puts a big bat to complement Miguel Cabrera back in the lineup.
27-year old Fielder now gets to play for the same team as his dad Cecil did for seven seasons from 1990-1996. A 12 year old Prince Fielder hit a home run at Tiger Stadium, but not in to the upper deck, as rumour has it.
In 2011, Fielder hit .299 with 38 home runs, 120 RBI and a WAR of 5.5. In 2007 he became the youngest player ever to hit 50 home runs with the Milwaukee Brewers, the only team he has ever played for up until today.
The durable Fielder has missed only one of Milwaukee’s games over the last three seasons. The Brewers and Tigers do not meet in the 2012 regular season.
January 18, 2012
Darvish, Rangers reach agreement
Japanese pitching ace Yu Darvish agreed to a six-year contract on Wednesday with the Texas Rangers. Darvish will earn $60 million overall, including a player option for the sixth year.
Darvish, 25, was 18-6 in his 2011 campaign with the Nippon Ham-Fighthers in Japan. His 1.44 ERA and 276 strikeouts each would have led Major League Baseball. The signing of Darvish helps to complement the loss of #1 pitcher C.J. Wilson, who signed with division rival Los Angeles last month.
The Rangers had the highest bid for the rights to talk to Yu Darvish, exactly 30 days before signing him. Their $51.7 million bid beat out the Toronto Blue Jays, who were favourites in winning Darvish’s rights. Now that Texas has signed Darvish, they will pay the Ham Fighters the payment.
Darvish will fly from Japan to Arlington for a Friday press conference.