Posts Tagged Relief

  • Are Dodgers, Yankees Headed Toward a Bidding War over Relief Ace Andrew Miller?

    Many years from now, we may find ourselves recalling how the first great bidding war between the mega-rich Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees of the 2000s was not over a hulking slugger or a fire-balling starter, but over a left-handed reliever. That means you, Andrew Miller. Potentially, anyw...

  • Juan Nicasio, Fascinating Relief Project

    If you haven’t been particularly excited by Joel Peralta, Kyle Jensen, Mike Bolsinger and now Juan Nicasio, acquired from the Rockies this afternoon, you could probably be forgiven. None are going to sell tickets. Several looked pretty bad in the more traditional stats, and so you get why these mi...

  • 2014 free agent primer: relief pitchers

    We end the free agent primer series with a look at possibly the most overpaid market in baseball today – relief pitchers. A top-tier reliever can make more money than a back-end starter, despite 70 innings a year being considered “a heavy workload”. This winter will be no exception, as there a...

  • Alex Torres Wears Pitcher’s Protective Cap in Relief Appearance vs. Dodgers

    Sometimes you have to sacrifice beauty for practicality. Alex Torres won't be winning any fashion contests with his choice of hats, but it could help him avoid violent head injuries. On Saturday night, the San Diego Padres relief pitcher became one of the first Major League Baseball hurlers to use t...

  • Watch New Red Sox Relief Pitcher Shunsuke Watanabe’s Insane Submarine Delivery

    The Boston Red Sox have signed Japanese submarine pitcher Shunsuke Watanabe to a minor-league deal, according to a press release by the team. While signing a Japanese player is not uncommon, signing one that pitches the way he does isn't common: According to the press release: Watanabe, 37, has sp...

  • Detroit Tigers trade rumors: all about relief

    As July 1 approaches, the MLB trade rumor mill will begin churning out nuggets of speculation on a daily basis, and the Detroit Tigers won’t be immune to the chatter. This year, unlike a season ago, the Tigers’ offense appears to be set in stone. I don’t expect any Jeff Baker type of disasters...

  • Phillies eye help in outfield, middle relief

    A year ago, the Philadelphia Phillies wasted little time raiding the free agent market. In the first 17 days of free agency, the Phillies signed future Hall of Famer Jim Thome to solidify their bench and inked All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon to the richest contract in baseball history for a reli...

  • Carl Crawford Says Leaving Boston for Dodgers Was ‘A Relief’

    Carl Crawford had it made after signing a seven-year, $142 million deal with the Red Sox in 2011. The former All-Star would be Boston's left fielder until close to the end of the decade, providing power and speed in a lineup that also boasted Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz and Dustin ...

  • New York Mets Sign 28-Year-Old Relief Pitcher Craig Hansen

    Could signing a 28-year-old relief pitcher with a career 6.34 ERA to a minor league contract help the New York Mets’ beleaguered bullpen? At this point, it couldn't hurt. Per the Mets' official website, the squad signed right-handed relief pitcher Craig Hansen, who last played professiona...

  • Angels have welcome relief in near future

    ANAHEIM, Calif. In the near distance, the Angels can see welcome relief. It's called the All-Star break. They need it. They need some time off to rest, recoup, relax and rejuvenate. They need time to heal. A team that depends so much on its starting pitching has a rotation that's reeling. On Thur...