Cory Luebke, Padres Agree to Extension

Credit: Associated Press

Joining Padres teammates Cameron Maybin and Nick Hundley in the early extension category, breakout lefty Cory Luebke signed through 2015 with two club options at the end, which would take him through his first year of scheduled free agency.  After starting 2011 in a long relief role, Luebke had a good showing as a starter in the second half, leaving him as the probable #2 starter this season.  His ERA was good at 3.29, but his 2.93 FIP and 2.89 SIERA show signs of elite performance possible. Continue reading


Royals, Alex Gordon Reach Extension

After finally having a breakout season, Alex Gordon was rewarded with a 4 year $37.5 million dollar contract that includes a $12.5 million dollar player option for 2016. As far as annual salary goes he will be paid $6 million in 2012, $9 million in 2013, $10 million in 2014, and $12.5 million in 2015. Gordon most likely won’t repeat what he did last season (6.9 WAR), but if he can manage 3.5-5 WAR a season during the contract it should end up really nice for both sides. Continue reading

Why Did the Blue Jays Extend Dustin McGowan?

The Blue Jays gave Dustin a three deal for $4.1 million, and it doesn’t make very much sense to me. Besides starting 4 games last season, he hadn’t pitched in a major league game since the 2008 season. Continue reading

All-Decade Teams: The 1900s

With the rules and schedules finally stabilized, the 1900s began the modern era of baseball.  The American League was able to establish themselves as a competitive “major league” in 1901, creating the still-standing basis of the MLB.  The Pirates dominated the early part of the decade, and the Cubs and Tigers dominated the end.  Every pitcher and all but two position players selected are in the Hall of Fame. Continue reading

All-Decade Teams: The 1910’s

Ah yes, the Deadball Era.  Only one player hit at least 100 HR in the decade, and the league ERA was just below 3.00.  Errors were commonplace, causing about 1/4 of all runs scored to be unearned.  This decade also marked the last attempt of competition to the NL and AL.  The Federal League lasted just two years, 1914 and 1915, but its effects lasted a long time.  World War I had a much smaller impact on the game, though the 1918 was cut short a month early, fitting the World Series in before the “Work or Fight” mandate began.  Seven of the players selected are in the Hall of Fame. Continue reading

All-Time Greats: Los Angeles Angels

This evening I’m starting a new series called the “All-Time Greats”. I will be looking at the 10 best position players, and 10 best pitchers all-time for every organization in baseball. To start if off we are going to look at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I will be starting with just the offense. Continue reading

All-Decade Team: The 1920s

The Roaring 20’s brought the roar of the home run into the game, increasing scoring by nearly a full run per game for the decade.  Two hitters dominated the decade, posting the highest WAR totals of any player so far.  No pitcher was able to maintain great success, due to the change in offensive philosophy and the aging of some of the best of all time.  11 of the selections are in the Hall of Fame. Continue reading