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Three Quick Takeaways from the Astros’ Failure to Sign Aiken and Nix

Three Quick Takeaways from the Astros’ Failure to Sign Aiken and Nix

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As most are aware, the Astros failed to sign Brady Aiken and Jacob Nix by today’s signing deadline, with both the Astros and the MLBA (via Tony Clark) issued statements.

1.  Jacob Nix really got hosed.

If the facts are correct and both sides agreed to a deal ($1.5 million) without qualifiers (i.e., he was never told that the deal was contingent upon Aiken’s signing) and Nix passed his physical…

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The Brady Aiken Situation Could Have Future Consequences for the Astros

The Brady Aiken Situation Could Have Future Consequences for the Astros

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As numerous sources have reported, the first overall pick in this year’s Major League Baseball draft, Brady Aiken, remains unsigned as Friday’s signing deadline quickly approaches.  The stated reason for this predicament is that, after agreeing upon a deal, a potential “elbow ligament” issue which was discovered during a routine physical.  Since the agreement was not yet finalized, the Astros –…

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The Napping Fan’s Defamation Lawsuit is a Swing and a Miss

The Napping Fan’s Defamation Lawsuit is a Swing and a Miss #mlb #yankees

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I attempted to craft a catchy lede to this post regarding the lawsuit filed by the Yankee fan who fell asleep during the game, but I realized that any sentence I crafted would fall woefully short of the elegant synopsis provided in Andrew Rector’s Complaint (submitted without any corrections):

On or about April 13, 2014, the plaintiff was at the rivalry game between the Boston Red Sox and the New…

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The Real Storylines in the A.L. East for the 2014 Season

The Real Storylines in the A.L. East for the 2014 Season #mlb #yankees @SportsBlogRT

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This season will involve storylines about Stephen Drew, Jesus Montero, and James Loney.   (Photos courtesy of Keith Allison via Flickr.)

This season will involve storylines about Stephen Drew, Jesus Montero, and James Loney. (Photos courtesy of Keith Allison via Flickr.)

With baseball season upon us, the internet is filled with many articles about the “storylines” for each team coming into the season.  These articles typically detail stories like position battles (such as the Ike Davis-Lucas Duda-Josh Satinquagmire), or upcoming…

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The Duality of Brett Wallace

The Duality of Brett Wallace #mlb #Astros #springtraining

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Brett Wallace has always been viewed in two contrasting ways.  (Photo courtesy of Keith Allison via Flickr.)

Brett Wallace has always been viewed in two contrasting ways. (Photo courtesy of Keith Allison via Flickr.)

Brett Wallace, who was released today by the Astros, has always been a contradiction.

There was a distinct dichotomy between Brett Wallace the “can’t miss” prospect and Brett Wallace the stocky, unathletic player struggling just to find a position on the field.  On one hand, he was…

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The Non-Roster Players Invited to Red Sox Camp

The Non-Roster Players Invited to Red Sox Camp #RedSox #SpringTraining #MLB

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John Ely:  Originally a third round draft pick by the White Sox, Ely was traded to the Dodgers as part of the Juan Pierresalary dump trade in 2009.  At the time he was traded, Ely was coming off of his best minor league season came in 2009 while pitching in Double-A (2.82 ERA, 1.22 WHIP over 27 starts).   In 2010, Ely achieved his 15 minutes of fame.   Due to injuries in the Dodgers’ rotation,…

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Tampa Bay Rays: Non-Roster Invitees Preview

Boston Red Sox: Non-Roster Invitees Preview #Rays #SpringTraining #MLB

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The Rays certainly have a reputation for finding diamonds in the rough.  Here is a quick preview of some of the more interesting free agent invitees to the team’s spring training this season.

Erik Bedard:  Bedard is a familiar name in the AL East, having spent a good portion of his career pitching for the Orioles.

Erik Bedard hopes that a return to the AL East will erase the memories of last season.  (Photo courtesy of Keith Allison via Flickr.)

Erik Bedard hopes that a return to the AL East will erase the memories of last…

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