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Giants trade Jonathan Sanchez for Melky Cabrera

This morning, the Giants traded Jonathan Sanchez and minor-leaguer Ryan Verdugo to the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Melky Cabrera.  Sanchez, who will turn 29 on November 19th, is coming off the worst season of his career, while Cabrera, 26, is coming off the best.  The 24-year-old Verdugo spent the season in double-A Richmond. Sanchez had a career year in 2010, helping carry the Giants to the World Series title.  In 193 1/3 innings, he posted a 3.07 ERA and …

Hot Stove Roundup – 11/2

Now that the 2011 season is officially in the books, the Winter 2011/2012 Hot Stove season can officially commence!  I’ll be writing semi-regular recaps on the goings-on of the offseason, and providing commentary and analysis as well.  With that said, let’s kick off the first Hot Stove recap: CC Sabathia opts out, then opts back in As expected, CC Sabathia opted out of the remaining four years on his current contract with the Yankees, and the next day signed a …

Greaze’s Picks of the Week 10/29-10/31

NCAA: Oklahoma @ Kansas State +14 I’m taking the points here, especially at home.  The Wildcats are undefeated with their toughest games to come.  They could possibly pull out a win considering OUs terrible performance at home last week, but with 2TDs I’ll take em for sure.  With a win, Collin Klein could enter the Heisman picture with some marquee matchups left on the schedule. Iowa State @ Texas Tech -14 It may seem as if I am looking too …

Teenagers in high-A

A few weeks ago, I chronicled the plight of teenagers in double-A ball, and found that playing at so advanced a level while of so young an age was a pretty good indicator of future success in the big leagues.  For that piece, I was working with an admittedly small sample – 36 teenagers between 2000 and 2007.  Lately I’ve been sort of obsessed with the ideas of prospect age, so I decided to go back and look at the …

Raiders Acquire Carson Palmer: Al Davis Lives On

It’s hard not to wonder if the spirit of Al Davis continues to run the show in Oakland, and the two most recent Raider trades, most notably today’s acquisition of Carson Palmer from the Bengals, has done nothing to diminish that curiosity. While banter will go back and forth all season long about whether or not the Palmer trade was worth the compensation, no one will argue that this transaction had Mr. Davis’ handprints all over it. Yes, Al loved …

Teenagers in AA

It is a vanishingly rare feat for a player to get promoted to the major leagues before he turns 20.  Baseball fans were treated to such a rarity this year, when Mike Trout was called up July 8th, one month shy of his 20th birthday.  Almost without exception, players who reach the majors while still in their teenage years enjoy long and productive major league careers. Trout’s call-up got me thinking of a different, slightly less rare occurrence: the teenager …

Starting Rotations

Back in December, when Cliff Lee unexpectedly signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, the blog-o-sphere was ready to crown the club with the title of “Best Rotation in Baseball.”  And why not?  They sported three Cy Young Awards, one World Series MVP, and seventeen combined All-Star appearances between their Big 4 of Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels. But there were reasons to question the coronation.  After all, the San Francisco Giants had just ridden an incredible two-month stretch …

Are You Ready For Some Football?

For the average NFL fan, there is a regular season, and if you’re lucky, playoffs. But for those of us who are tickled by the year-long drama created by the NFL calendar, there is far more. Preseason? Meh. It has its moments. I’ll admit I’ve never been more excited to watch a preseason game between two teams I have absolutely no affinity for than I was a few weeks ago. But like the majority of you, I’m not immune to …

Greaze’s Post-Draft Prospectus

Now that the draft is over and you’ve used all of Mel Palzy Jr.’s advice to assemble the uber-squad, what are you going to do now? Start by deleting all the drunken text messages you sent out about your new team to your friends, colleagues…and your grandma! Really? You texted your grandma about your new squad? No one cares about your fantasy team, except maybe her— you can expect bimonthly calls checking in on your underperforming RB3s and poor spot starts at DEF. …

Fantasy Football: Pre-Draft Advice

Now that the third week of the NFL preseason is over, we can begin to get an early idea of how each of the 32 teams will perform this year. It’s certainly not any sort of exact science, and in no way do preseason successes and corresponding records assure the same in the regular season. For instance, the 2008 Detroit Lions finished the preseason 4-0 before becoming the first team in NFL history to compile an 0-16 record in regular …

MLB Awards Update

With less than 15 games to go in the regular season, it’s time to look at the major contenders for each of the major awards, and speculate who’s in the lead heading down the stretch.  Many of the races are still up in the air; in fact, only two awards seem wrapped up right now, so we’ll start with those two.   NL Cy Young Award: Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies   It’s Halladay’s award to lose.  He leads the league …

Terrell is no Jamarcus

The Raiders’ selection of Terrell Pryor in the 3rd round of the NFL supplemental draft seemed obvious from the moment the athletic quarterback’s name began being mentioned as a possible eligible candidate. I can’t think of any now-rookie prospect (regular NFL draft included) who matched the stereotypical Al Davis pick as much as he did. Ridiculous speed? Check. Pryor’s 4.38 40-yard dash was only one one-hundredth of a second slower than the fastest time of any wide receiver to run …