Category: MLB Betting

  • BoSox take options on Wakefield, Tavarez

    Tim Wakefield’s $4 million option was exercised Friday by the Boston Red Sox after the knuckleballer missed the World Series because of inflammation behind his right shoulder. The World Series champions also exercised a $3.85 million option on right-hander Julian Tavarez, announced catcher Kevin Cash had declined an outright assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket and elected…

  • Report: A-Rod sought $350M from Yankees

    The Yankees were told by agent Scott Boras that they could not meet with Alex Rodriguez unless they presented an extension offer that guaranteed the star $350 million “as a floor.” Boras’ remarks, first reported Friday by ESPN.com, were made Oct. 25 during a conversation between the agent and general manager Brian Cashman, a baseball…

  • Yankees exercise $16M option on RF Abreu

    Bobby Abreu’s $16 million option for next season was exercised Friday by the New York Yankees. The 33-year-old right fielder overcame a slow start to hit .283 with 16 homers and 101 RBIs this year, when he finished second in the AL behind teammate Alex Rodriguez with 123 runs. Abreau has reached 100 RBIs in…

  • Umpires want say on instant replay

    With baseball general managers set to discuss instant replay next week, the new league negotiator for major league umpires wants his members included in any talks. Baseball has resisted replays to help decide calls, but several GMs would like to see it adopted to determine whether home runs stayed fair or went foul, and whether…

  • Bonds thinks he is unfairly targeted

    Barry Bonds thinks he has been unfairly targeted for whatever problems baseball has had with the use of performance-enhancing drugs. “I truly believe I have been singled out. Definitely,” he said during an interview aired Friday by MSNBC. Seeking a new team after 15 seasons with his hometown San Francisco Giants, the 43-year-old left fielder…

  • M’s decline options on Guillen, Reitsma

    The Seattle Mariners declined their contract options for 2008 on right fielder Jose Guillen and oft-injured reliever Chris Reitsma. Guillen could still be back. He wants a multiyear contract and not the one-year, $9 million deal he would get if he exercises his part of the mutual option with Seattle for next season.

  • Girardi introduced as Yankees manager

    The new Joe sounded more reticent than the old one. Joe Girardi appeared at Yankee Stadium for the first time since he was hired this week to replace Joe Torre, put on a pinstriped jersey with No. 27 and discussed his new job. He was asked which areas the Yankees need improve. “In my heart…

  • Torre takes 3-yr. deal to manage Dodgers

    Joe Torre was an immediate success with the New York Yankees, managing them to four World Series titles in his first five years on the job. The Los Angeles Dodgers can only hope for similar results. Torre, who grew up in Brooklyn rooting against the Dodgers, was hired Thursday as their manager — a half-century…

  • Hillman ready for challenges with Royals

    Even though Trey Hillman’s departure from Japan was less than perfect, he’s ready for the next challenge as manager of the Kansas City Royals. Hillman managed his last game in Japan on Thursday when his Nippon Ham Fighters were on the losing end of a perfect game in the finale of the Japan Series. The…

  • Sosa seeking $7M contract in 2008

    Sammy Sosa wants to play in the majors next year, provided a team offers him a contract for at least $7 million. Sosa hit 21 home runs with 92 RBIs this season with Texas. He sat out in 2006, the Rangers gave him a $500,000, one-year contract, and he made $1.35 million more in performance…

  • Bonds thinks he is unfairly targeted

    Barry Bonds thinks he has been unfairly targeted for whatever problems baseball has had with the use of performance-enhancing drugs. “I truly believe I have been singled out. Definitely,” he said during an interview aired Friday by MSNBC. Seeking a new team after 15 seasons with his hometown San Francisco Giants, the 43-year-old left fielder…

  • Sosa seeking $7M contract in 2008

    Sammy Sosa wants to play in the majors next year, provided a team offers him a contract for at least $7 million. Sosa hit 21 home runs with 92 RBIs this season with Texas. He sat out in 2006, and the Rangers gave him a $500,000 minor league contract. “I feel victorious, and I think…