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The Top 5 MLB 2013 Free Agents Teams Will Clamor To Sign 0

Posted on November 19, 2012 by Ally Silva


While the 2012 MLB season has come to a close, general managers across baseball are busy planning for next season, and the 2013 class of free agents presents some names of intrigue for sure.

Here are five names that GMs would love to add this off-season.

 1. Josh Hamilton: Texas Rangers

While there is no question that Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will demand attention this offseason as a free agent, opinions have varied widely as to his value.

A former AL batting champion and MVP Award winner, Hamilton leads the majors as of Aug. 30 with 112 RBI, but after a torrid start to the season has cooled considerably. Injuries are always a concern, and teams may be wary of committing $100 million or more to a player with a sordid past.

 2. Michael Bourn: Atlanta Braves

Center fielder Michael Bourn has been everything the Braves wanted thus far in 2012—a .283 average, nine HR and 55 RBI (both career highs) and an NL-leading 37 stolen bases.

Bourn’s agent is Scott Boras, who almost always encourages his clients to test the free agent waters. The Braves would love to keep Bourn long-term, but the Washington Nationals are known to have a huge interest in his services. It very well could come down to a bidding war.

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Which Teams Will Make A Move Before The Baseball Trade Deadline? 0

Posted on July 21, 2012 by John Ogalbe

Zack Greinke is among the players who seem likely to be traded before the end of July.

The All-Star game is in the record books, and the second half of the MLB season is about to begin. With that stage of the season about to commence, then it will be time for the question of trades to be asked, especially as teams start falling out of the playoff race; they will begin shopping their assets and looking towards the future.

Less than three weeks remain until the trade deadline, and things will start moving very quickly soon, so let’s take a look at some of the MLB betting tips, and the moves most likely to occur over the next few weeks.

With the Milwaukee Brewers already six games out of the playoff race, there is considerable speculation that Zack Greinke, who is enjoying another solid season (9-3 record and 3.32 ERA) and could be a target for several teams.

The Los Angeles Angels have become the latest team to show interest in him, and the Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles could be in the mix to sign him. The veteran right-hander is likely to be a popular target over the next few weeks.
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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Rusty Staub: A Man For All Ages
      April 8, 2024 | 1:26 pm
      Rusty Staub

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month is a former major league baseball player who came into the game as a teenager and stayed until he was in his 40s. In between, Rusty Staub put up a solid career that was primarily spent on expansion or rebuilding teams.

      Originally signed by the Colt .45s at age 17, he made his major league debut as a 19-year old rookie and became only the second player in the modern era to play in more than 150 games as a teenager.

      Though he hit only .224 splitting time between first base and rightfield, Staub did start building a foundation that would turn him into an All-Star by 1967 when he finished fifth in the league with a .333 batting average.

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