Contract Shairon Martis acquired by Orioles

Another pitcher of team Kingdom of the Netherlands has signed a deal with a Major League organization thanks to a good performance during the World Baseball Classic. In this case, Shairon Martis, who has been acquired by the Baltimore Orioles. Today the website of the American Association stated that the contract of Shairon Martis has been …

Dutchies in MLB Spring Training

Yesterday a couple of Dutchies got playing time in a spring training game. Ray-Patrick Didder got an at bat for the Braves and Spencer Kieboom sat behind the dish for the Nationals. The Atlanta Braves took on the Philadelphia Phillies and won 3-2. In the top of the seventh inning, Ray-Patrick replaced right fielder Nick …

Spencer Kieboom placed on Nats’ AAA roster

A few days ago, the Washington Nationals announced they had signed Joe Blanton. To make room on the roster, the Nats designated Spencer Kieboom for assignment. Today the Nats announced that they have sent Spencer outright to Syracuse. The move to designate Spencer for assignment was a surprise to put it mildly, as he was …

Spencer Kieboom designated for assignment

The Washington Nationals signed free agent RHP Joe Blanton today. To make room for him on the roster, the team designated catcher Spencer Kieboom for assignment in a surprising move. It remains to be seen if the Dutchie can prepare himself for the upcoming season with the Nats. 2017 would be the sixth season in …

Dutchies in MLB Spring Training

The spring training exhibition games are well underway. How do the players from Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands perform? Here is an overview of yesterday’s games. Due to the absence of MLB players from Curacao and Aruba because of their participation in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, another short episode. For the change, Spencer Kieboom participated …

Kenley Jansen returns to Dodgers

After opting for free agency, Curacaoan star closer Kenley Jansen has signed a 5-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The deal is reportedly worth $80MM. During the season, Jansen did not want to talk about a contract extension but as the end of the season neared, the Dodgers didn't hide their intentions to go …

Roger Bernadina heading to Korea

Roger Bernadina, the outfielder from Curacao and player of team Kingdom of the Netherlands, will continue his career in the KBO as he has signed a deal with the Kia Tigers.  Last season Roger played for the AAA affilate of the New York Mets in the Pacific Coast League. Despite having a decent season he wasn't …

Spencer Kieboom called up to Nats

Through his Facebook page, the dad of Spencer Kieboom announced that his son has been called up to the Bigs. Spencer will wear the Nationals' uniform tonight during an official MLB game for the first time in his career. Last night Wilson Ramos left the game with a knee injury and Spencer is called up …

Nationals PDC news

Once again an MLB club extended the Player Development Contract with its minor league affiliate with two more years through 2018. The number of two years seems to be rather standard. Extensions for longer terms only seem to happen halfway the contracts. Anyhow, the Washington Nationals and their A Full Season affiliate of the Sally League (South …

Carter Kieboom signs with Nats

Just a few days after he was drafted by the Wasthington Nationals, Carter Kieboom signed a contract with the Nationals. Kieboom (pronounce boam, not boom) was the Nationals' first round pick as he was drafted as 28th overall pick. According to a source, Kieboom took his physical on Monday and will head to the team's Spring Training …

Curacao Neptunus bolsters lineup with Randolph Oduber

Former Washington Nationals farmhand Randolph Oduber, who was released by the Nats early April, will bolster the ranks of Curacao Neptunus, the current Dutch and European Champion. Randolph signed with the Nationals in 2010 and worked his way up through the minor league system of the Nats. But he got stuck at AA. After an invitation …

Nationals release Randolph Oduber

In the meantime this is very old news, but I haven't read about it on other Dutch baseball websites, except an Aruban sports website where I bumped into the article. The Washington Nationals have released Randolph Oduber from Aruba, early April. The reason for his release wasn't mentioned. During this year's Spring Training, Randolph was …

Does Bryce Harper have an attitude problem or is he just overly enthusiastic?

Bryce Harper. You love him or you hate him. But since I think that hate is a very strong word, I rather say that you like him or dislike him. I tend to dislike him. I do not vent my opinion too much, but in this case I had to write something about it. I …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Spencer Kieboom

With Spring Training in full swing it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of previous …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Roger Bernadina

With Spring Training at full swing now, it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of …

Mets sign Roger Bernadina to minor league contract

The New York Mets and Roger Bernadina have agreed on a minor league contract with an invitation for Spring Training. The Curacao native played several years for the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals organization, debuting in the Bigs in 2008 and having his best season in 2012 when he hit .291 with five homeruns and eleven doubles. During …

Yankees get Chapman. More trades in store?

The Yankees have reportedly traded for Aroldis Chapman. The Reds get pitchers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis (what's in a name?) and low profile infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda. Besides Cotham the damage is not too big. Cotham is considered a big talent by many even though his ERA told a different story last season. …

$110MM and five years for Zimmermann

Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann and the Detroit Tigers agreed on a five year deal worth $110 million. With this deal the Tigers fill the void that was left when David Price was traded to Toronto. The 29 year old spent his entire MLB career with the Washington Nationals. In seven years he posted a career …