Daily Archives: December 10, 2015

Texas Rangers Payroll In 2016 + Contracts Going Forward

The Rangers rose from the AL West ashes in 2015 and won their first Division Title in 4 years. It came off the heels of 2 injury riddled seasons that plagued any chance to make the playoffs. The club has about $140 MIL worth of salaries to pay in 2016 but should consider spending out another $10 - $15 MIL. They have a need for a Starting Pitcher and could use a breakout campaign from either Joey Gallo or Jurickson Profar to add depth for mid year trade to acquire a proven playoff Starter to add. The club will also hope Yu Darvish can come back at full strength. While they have 5 of the top 46 contracts of ALL - Time on their salary, 3 of them came via trade where the former team is picking up some of the dough.

The Rangers rose from the AL West ashes in 2015 and won their first Division Title in 4 years. It came off the heels of 2 injury riddled seasons that plagued any chance to make the playoffs. The club has about $140 MIL worth of salaries to pay in 2016 but should consider spending out another $10 – $15 MIL. They have a need for a Starting Pitcher and could use a breakout campaign from either Joey Gallo or Jurickson Profar to add depth for mid year trade to acquire a proven playoff Starter. The club will also hope Yu Darvish can come back at full strength from Tommy John Surgery. While they have 5 of the top 46 contracts of ALL – Time on their salary, 3 of them came via trade where the former team is picking up some of the dough.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer) 

Follow The MLB Reports On Twitter 

The Texas Rangers have 5 of the top 50 MLB Contracts of ALL – Time on their roster with Prince Fielder (10th), Cole Hamels (32nd), Shin-Soo Choo (37th), Josh Hamilton (42nd) and Elvis Andrus (tied for 46th).

Yes 3 of them came over via trade after chunks were already off, and their former team is still subsidizing some of the money going forward as well, but the Rangers are still already at over $120 MIL already committed in total team salary for 2016.

We have also heard grumblings that the team will look to extend Adrian Beltre this week in order to have him finish out his potential Hall Of Fame Career in Texas.  This won’t hurt the bottom line in 2016 – but will also put some dough on the future of the teams finances should it occur. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 10, 2015

MLB Reports

League Championship Series - New York Mets v Chicago Cubs - Game Four (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

I know it is only December. But MAN the Cubs look like the team to beat in 2016!

They have been filling in their holes while the other NL contenders have bigger question marks.

Dare Cub fans dream?

It is a tempt the fates episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

View original post 24 more words

Very Seriously Considering the 2016 Hall of Fame Ballot Seriously. Part 3

Even more exciting than pitchers and catchers reporting, we’re back with more baseball Hall of Fame analysis!

Ken Griffey Jr.:

Hat he will wear on his plaque: Mariners, in his signature tucked-between-his-chin-an-neck style

Best stat: .5 nShares, (.5 name shares in MLB history, tied with his dad)

Favorite California Hamburger Joint: “Honestly, anything but Carl’s Jr! I get it! My name is Junior thus I should like Carl’s Jr! I AM NOT MY FATHER!!!!!!!! PULL OVER DAD, I NEED TO CRY!!!!!!!!”

Quote: “We are going to Carl’s Jr and you’re going to like it!” Ken Griffey Sr. on his son’s choice of going to anywhere but Carl’s Jr. and they are not pulling the car around because they’ve already made it this far, dammit.

Ken Griffey Jr. was known for being young then he was known for being old. In a way, he is just like everyone. Except dead young musicians. Anyway, “Junior” or “Griffey” or “Kenneth” or “Griffey Jr” or “Ken Griffey Jr” or “Ken Griffey Sr” or “Jeff Bagwell,” whatever nickname you had for him he was one of the most popular baseball players of all time and a proud face of baseball for years. Ken Griffey Junior is great and Ken Griffey Junior for president.

Hall of Fame?: …..oh oops, I already used my ten votes. Eh, who cares? I’ll just write the names in smaller font. HE’S IN!

To continue reading, please visit Off The Bench here.

Odds To Win The 2016 MLB World Series

MLB Reports

Pittsburgh had the 2nd best record in the Majors with 98 wins, yet were samarily dismissed in the Wild Card Game by the Cubs - and a lightning hot Jake Arrieta at the time It may actually get worse for the Bucs in coming years with the emergence of the young NL Chicago squad and the continued dominance of the St. Louis franchise. My idea is to spend some money this offseason, but if you are 5 or 6 games behind the playoff bar near the Trade Deadline, to deal all guys on the remainder year of their contracts and to retool for 2017. Pittsburgh had the 2nd best record in the Majors with 98 wins, yet were simirarily dismissed in the Wild Card Game by the Cubs – and a lightning hot Jake Arrieta at the time. It may actually get worse for the Bucs in coming years with the emergence of the young NL Chicago squad and the continued dominance of the St. Louis franchise. My idea was to spend some money this offseason, but if you are 5 or 6 games behind the playoff bar near the Trade Deadline, to deal all guys on the remainder year of their contracts and retool for 2017.  Instead they have made a boneheaded trade in doling our Neil Walker for Jon Niese this week.  Their odd should not be +1400 as the #3 ranked team in the NL Central.  I don’t think 3 teams qualify for the playoffs out of that Division in 2016.

View original post 1,040 more words

tjohnsurgery.com Is Looking For Authors

MLB Reports

Okay, so I have had this website domain for some time – and I am officially kicking it off in style.  For Authors that love to talk about the surgery, now is your chance to hit the ground running on a trend that it is not going away any time soon.

I am looking for fellow writers to join in my in writing bio for all of the players that have had the surgery in history.  Your articles will be posted on tjohnsurgery.com and also at our flagship website of mlbreports.com.

Now I am not looking for writers for the mlbreports.com right now – as we have over 1200 articles already committed from our ownership/crack writing team – however if you things work out, and you are strong enough to write. mlbreports.com is also an option.

Please take a look at our page that we have been running here at…

View original post 23 more words

ALL Time Tommy Surgeries List: Updated For 2015 Players

All - Time Tommy John Surgery

Holland took over Closer duties during the 2012 season - once Jonathan Broxton was traded to the Cincinnati Reds. He was 7 - 4, with a 2.96 ERA - with 16 Saves. He was dominate until he went down with a UCL tear this season. Holland took over Closer duties during the 2012 season – once Jonathan Broxton was traded to the Cincinnati Reds. He was 7 – 4, with a 2.96 ERA – with 16 Saves. He was dominate ever since until he went down with a UCL tear this season.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer) 

Follow The MLB Reports On Twitter 

The epic is going absolutely nowhere fast, and we have seen a dramatic spike in the last decade of surgeries.  We have a dedicated page to the list here.

There have been several scares with some big name pitchers on 9 figure salaries, with Masahiro Tanaka and Clayton Kershaw in recent years, but there will come a day when a guy goes down making $25 MIL plus per year.

You could say that Yu Darvish was heading towards an astronomical payday before his setback this season.

2015 Surgeries (30)

Lance…

View original post 4,084 more words

Chicago Cubs State Of The Union For 2016

MLB Reports

I absolutely love the singing of Zobrist for the Cubs. He is a quality veteran Utility guy for this young versatile club. Zobrist at 35 may have been pricey at the four year deal work, but they were able to trade away Starlin Castro as a result. Zobrist was vital to the Royals postseason run - and is Joe Maddon's favorite all time player. His ability to switch all over the field will give guys like Schwarber, Baez, Soler and Russell all the availability to thrive with matchup maneuvers. The Cubs should not stop here though. They need to acquire a CF - and trade for a #3 starter at some point in the next 8 months. I absolutely love the singing of Zobrist for the Cubs. He is a quality veteran Utility guy for this young versatile club. Zobrist at 35 may have been pricey at the four year deal work, but they were able to trade away Starlin Castro as a result. Zobrist was vital to the Royals 2015 World Series Playoff run – and is Joe Maddon’s favorite all time player. His ability to switch all over the field will give guys like Schwarber, Baez, Soler and Russell all the availability to thrive with matchup maneuvers. The Cubs should not stop here though. They need to acquire a CF – and trade for a #3 starter at some point in the next 8 months.

Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead  Analyst) 

Follow The MLB Reports On Twitter 

The Cubs finally threw their names in the ring on the Free Agent front this week by first…

View original post 1,385 more words

%d bloggers like this: