One and done

One and done While recently looking through my 1975 Topps binder, I was drawn to an “uncommon” common- the one and only Topps card of Bruce Ellingsen. His cherubic face and pompadour do not match the prevailing 1970s style of long, unkept hair, mutton chop sideburns and mustaches-though his sideburns are creeping down. Intrigued by…

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Rangers Re-Sign Volquez, Gibaut, Federowicz To Minors Deals

Rangers Re-Sign Volquez, Gibaut, Federowicz To Minors Deals The Rangers have re-signed right-handers Edinson Volquez and Ian Gibaut, and catcher Tim Federowicz to minor league contracts, as per club executive VP of communications John Blake (Twitter link).  All three players receive invitations to the Rangers’ big league Spring Training camp. More analysis to come…. Source:…

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MLBPA files grievance against Yankees for Jacoby Ellsbury’s $26 million

MLBPA files grievance against Yankees for Jacoby Ellsbury’s $26 million Jacoby Ellsbury isn’t off the Yankees’ payroll just yet. The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance on behalf of the oft-injured outfielder, attempting to recover $26 million Ellsbury was set to receive from the Yankees, prior to his release on Nov. 20, according…

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Red Sox Sign Martin Perez

Red Sox Sign Martin Perez TODAY: The Red Sox have officially announced the signing. DEC.12: The Red Sox have reached a one-year, $6MM agreement with free-agent left-hander Martin Perez, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The deal includes a $6.25MM club option for 2021. The buyout on that option checks in at $500K, according to…

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Royals To Sign Maikel Franco

Royals To Sign Maikel Franco The Royals have reached agreement on a one-year deal with third baseman Maikel Franco, MLB.com’s Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter).  MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reported earlier today that Kansas City “emerged as the favorite” among the teams vying for the infielder, and a deal could be coming shortly.  Franco will earn…

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Smoak ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

Smoak ‘Em If You Got ‘Em The Brewers have reached a one-year deal with first baseman Justin Smoak, according to multiple reports Thursday morning. The former Blue Jay will receive $4 million for the 2020 season with a club option worth $5.5 million. The option comes with a $1 million buyout, guaranteeing Smoak will at…

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