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Cordero signs with Reds

Details: Francisco Cordero agrees a four year, $46 million contract with the Reds (with a $12m club option). Optimist’s argument: The Reds have got to start their rebuilding somewhere and picking up the premium closer on the market (after Rivera) is as good a place as any. Not only will Cordero be a decent upgrade […]

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Hunter signs with the Angels

Details: Torii Hunter joins the Angels on a five-year deal, worth $90 million. Optimist’s argument: They may have won the AL West at a canter in 2007, but that’s not good enough for the Angels. Five years from their first World Series victory, this is a clear sign that they intend to get back there. […]

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Babe: The Legend comes to Life by Robert W. Creamer

“Babe: The Legend Comes to Life” by Robert W. Creamer, (Fireside, 1992), 443 pages. Even the most baseball-belittling Brit has heard of Babe Ruth. He is recognised the world over as one of the greatest and most important sportsmen in history. Robert W. Creamer’s biography of Ruth, originally published in 1974, is often held to […]

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BaseballGB book reviews

One of the great joys of baseball, particularly for British fans keen to learn as much as possible about it, is that the sport has been the inspiration for countless wonderful books. The quality of writing about baseball probably surpasses that of any other sport and the only problem is knowing where on earth to […]

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Joe Kennedy 1979-2007

Shocking news to wake up to this morning. Joe Kennedy passed away yesterday at the age of twenty-eight, leaving behind a young family. It’s hard not to think back five years to the sad passing of Darryl Kile, another Major League pitcher who died suddenly with no warning. In Kile’s case, the death was related […]

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Lowell back in Boston

Details: Mike Lowell agrees to stay with the Red Sox, signing a 3 year, $37.5m deal. Optimist’s argument: Why break up a winning combination? Lowell played a major part in the Red Sox winning the World Series in 2007, as the MVP award shows. The Red Sox nation wanted him to stay and the player […]

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Glavine rejoins the Braves

(Note – this is the first of a new format where I will be rating the most interesting free agent deals that are agreed over the off-season as they are confirmed. The talent pool might not be the most impressive of recent years, but there’s still going to be plenty to discuss – not least […]

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Bonds indicted

The Barry Bonds saga hit a new low this week with the announcement that he has been indicted by a federal grand jury on four counts of perjury and one count of obstructing the course of justice. While the official confirmation did seem to cause some shock, this has been in the offing for well […]

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Peavy’s award confirmed

To no great surprise, Jake Peavy has just been confirmed as the NL Cy Young award winner.  It was a unanimous decision, with all thirty-two voters placing the Padres’ ace in first position.   Brandon Webb was second on thirty-one of the ballots, with the Reds’ Aaron Harang getting one second-place vote (probably from one of […]

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ROYs and a Cy Young winer

It’s that time of year again. The 2007 award announcements are coming out thick and fast. You sit down to write about two winners and find that someone else is celebrating as well. We’ll get to C.C. in a moment, but first let’s look at the rookies. Ryan Braun and Dustin Pedroia won the Rookie […]

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