Teams are standing in line for Johan Santana

Johan Santana (36), who tried to make a combeack with the Orioles last year but faltered thanks to a torn left Achilles tendon, is followed by at least six teams. Santana pitched two perfect innings last Tuesday in a Venezuelan Winter League game in which he only needed 17 pitches. The last four seasons Santana …

Cubs acquire Lars Huijer from Seattle

The Chicago Cubs have sent Mike Kickham to Seattle in exchange for Dutch pitcher Lars Huijer. Lars, inhabitant of Hoofddorp in the Netherlands joined the Mariners organization in 2011. His brother Sven had a minor league career in the Red Sox organization. Lars was named Mariners pitcher of the year in 2013 when he had …

The other Yoan is waiting for clearance by US OFAC

Yoan Moncada, the Cuban five tool player remains available after the Diamondbacks signed his namesake Lopez. The weird thing is that the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control has not cleared him yet. The reason for that is unclear and there is no time table set. Moncada reportedly is on the radar of the …

Diamondbacks lure Lopez with $8.27 signing bonus

Yoan Lopez, the young Cuban fireballer who was on the radar of several clubs, has signed a deal with the Diamondbacks. The number of years is not enclosed yet and the deal is pending a physical. According to a source, Lopez turned down a $9 million offer because he thought that Arizona would be a …

Sadaharu Oh inducted in Taiwanese Hall of Fame

    Sadaharu Oh and his typical stance Despite being born in Tokyo in 1940, Sadaharu Oh has been inducted to the Taiwanese Baseball Hall of Fame. I hear you wonder: "why?" Well, he was the son of a Chinese (Taiwanese) father and a Japanese mother. Despite the fact that he never played in Taiwan, Oh …

Kang a steal for Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang to a  four year deal. The deal, pending a physical, will guarantee Kang $16 million. Kang played for the Nexen Heroes of the KBO (Korean professional league), the runner up in the Korean championship. The Nexen Heroes fell to the Samsung Lions in the championship series of …

Overhaul in Yankees coaching staff

The last few weeks there have been rumours about the Yankees going after new coaches. Several names floated around. According to Jack Curry, the Yankees are close to appoint a hitting coach, an assistant hitting coach and an infield coach. Jack Curry is one of the most reliable journalist with ties in the Yankee organization. …

Sabathia claims to be without pain

CC Sabathia underwent surgery to his right knee in July 2014 after he had just pitched in eight games (3-4 record and a 5.28 ERA). Sabathia said that he has played catch recently and that he didn't feel any pain. He is planning to do some bullpen sessions in the coming weeks. Playing catch... I …

De Caster wins batting title in Nicaragua

Yurendell de Caster from Curacao has won the batting title of the Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League (LBPN). This season was the second stint of De Caster in Nicaragua. The first time was in 2013 when he won the triple crown. This season the 35-year old player won the batting title with a batting average of …

Boston, Milwaukee and New York, a deja-vu for some players

I love the pic shown above. It shows Hank Aaron on the left and Willie Mays on the right. This is a picture with some historic significance. It shows two players with uniforms of the towns they started their career at, but uniforms of two totally different clubs. The picture also shows something that I …

What brought me to writing a blog?

As I have told before, I am a baseball fan since 1981. And it took me until 1986 to attend my first ever baseball game. In 1992 I played my first baseball game, after spending the previous seasons with playing slow pitch softball. The first baseball pitcher that I faced threw so slow that I …

Yankees one of the teams interested in Yoan Lopez

Yoan Lopez was cleared by the United States government. The 21-year old Cuban defected in 2014 to chase his dream of signing a Major League contract. The right handed flame thrower masters a cut fastball, a changeup, a curveball and a slider, but he is best known for a fastball that has reached 100 mph …

Appalachian League eyes possible expansion for 2016

The Appalachian League (Rookie), where Dutch (Antillian) players Gianfranco Wawoe, Ozaino Albies and Danny Arribas have played in 2014, may expand despite messages of a few years ago that the league would contract. A new trend is dawning: MLB teams are looking to add more rookie league teams. The Appalachian League could be a perfect …

Pat Murphy returns as El Paso Chihuahuas manager

The El Paso Chihuhuas, AAA team of the San Diego Padres in the Pacific Coast League, have announced that Pat Murphy will return as their manager in 2015. Murphy has a very long resume in the baseball world. From 1988 through 1994 he managed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. In that period the team had …

Japanese pitcher for DSS

DSS, the baseball club from Haarlem that recently earned a promotion to the hoofdklasse, has acquired lefthanded pitcher Tsuyoshi Iwamoto. This 29-year old pitcher has pitched at several levels in the USA, Australia and Japan. In 2011 he pitched a season for a local minor league team in Australia, the Cronulla Sharks. In 2012 he …

Drew on the brink of signing one year deal with Yankees

Despite having acquired Mariekson "Didi" Gregorius in a trade with the Diamondbacks to play shortstop, the Yankees are nearing a $5 million one year deal with Stephen Drew. The 31-year (32 in March) old shortstop has played a part of the 2014 season with the Yankees after the Yankees acquired him in a trade that …

Samurai Japan to play friendly match against European team?

  vs   According to the Japanese newspaper 5Newspaper the Japanese All Star team that took on an MLB All Star team in November, the Samurai Japan, is planning to play a friendly game vs a European All Star Team in March. Kumazaki Katsuhiko, the commissioner of the NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) said this according to …

Yankees and Braves trade relievers

In the very first trade of 2015 the Yankees sent lefthander Manny Banuelos in exchange for David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve. Banuelos once was regarded one of the Yankees' main prospects but he never lived up to the expectations. He never got a shot in the Majors. The highest level that he reached was AAA …