SIX-YEAR FREE-AGENT: Jeffry Antigua, LHP John Baker, C Marcelo Carreno, RHP Lendy Castillo, RHP Hunter Cervenka, LHP (see NOTE) Casey Coleman, RHP Aaron Cunningham, OF Charlie Cutler, C Paolo Espino, RHP Eduardo Figueroa, RHP Luis Flores, C Edgar Gonzalez, INF Carlos Gutierrez, RHP Marcus Hatley, RHP Tommy Hottovy, LHP Walter Ibarra, INF Ryan Kalish, OF Darnell McDonald, OF Jonathon Mota, INF Thomas Neal, OF Starling Peralta, RHP Carlos Pimentel, RHP Dae-Eun Rhee, RHP Ryan Roberts, INF Jose Rosario, RHP Brian Schlitter, RHP Ryan Searle, RHP Jeudy Valdez, INF Chris Valaika, INF Casper Wells, OF Eli Whiteside, C NOTE: Hunter Cervenka will be eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league 6YFA post-2014 if he signed a 2008 contract when he signed his "first contract" with the Boston Red Sox on 8-15-2008. However, if he was “Signed for Future Service“ (first contract was a 2009 contract), he will not be eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league 6YFA until post-2015.
SECOND CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE FA: Michael de la Cruz, RHP Carlos Figueroa, INF Humberto Garcia, INF Alan Oaks, RHP Yomar Pacheco, RHP Brohiglyn Rivero, RHP Orbandy Rodriguez, RHP Roberto Vahlis, C
1. A minor league player eligible to be an ARTICLE XX-D FREE-AGENT who accepts an Outright Assignment and defers free-agency until the end of the season is not eligible to be a free-agent if the player is added back to an MLB 40-man roster by the end of the MLB regular season. If the player is not added back to a 40-man roster by the end of the MLB regular season, the player can file for free-agency beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up through October 15th.
2. A minor league player eligible to be an MLB RULE 55 FREE-AGENT is not eligible to be a FA if the player is added to his club’s 40-man roster by 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series.
Luis Rivas singled, doubled, and homered, scored twice, and drove-in four runs, and Ryan Freel reached base four times and scored three runs, leading the EXST Cubs to a 7-4 victory over the EXST A's at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in Mesa.
Aaron Miles got four at bats and reached base twice, and four Cubs pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts, as the EXST Cubs blanked the EXST A's 5-0 this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 under mostly-cloudy skies.
"According to Sports Hochi in Japan, the Rakuten Golden Eagles are prepared to offer Masahiro Tanaka an $8 million salary to stay with the team next season.
It would be the largest single-season salary ever for a Nippon Professional Baseball player, per Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker"
it's been kicked around by some that now that the posting fee has been lowered to a $20m limit, tanaka could be looking at a $100m contract...either way it seems like he'll more than lap $8m a year if posted, maybe even up to $15m a year right out of the gate.
the jump to conclusions game ignores that i wasn't making a comment on the uselessness of sabermetics.
there's more than 1 element in play...such as an extremely big payroll...
it's not an either/or game. contrary to the beliefs of some, it co-exists. it even exists in the middle of the road with teams like STL.
imagine TB + OAK with $125-$175m of payroll every year and how that might impact BOS's (or anyone's) WS victories...or BOS's own chances if they had 1/2 - 2/3rd the payroll in the years they won...or whatever.