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Sox Acquire Another Cuban Outfielder, AL East Star Out For Season & More!

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We’re really getting into the nitty-gritty of the MLB playoff races and teams are still adjusting their rosters in order to one-up the competition. With all of this movement, as well as some other big news, there’s more than enough to talk about this week. Let’s get to it!

Red Sox Sign Castillo

After months and months of speculation, the bidding for star Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo finally came to an end this week, with the Boston Red Sox coming to terms with him on a 7-year, $72 million contract that will run through his 34th birthday.

This has to be seen as redemption of sorts for the Red Sox, who lost out on heavy-hitting Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu last year. Abreu has been tearing up the league and will wind up running away with the AL Rookie of the Year this year, so it’s clear Boston didn’t want to let this guy slip through their fingers.

As for what Castillo brings to the table, he’s been described as a smaller version of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. He’s known to have above average speed, as well as solid contact and power skills. In the field, he’s capable of playing both center field and right field.

I’m definitely a fan of this move for the Red Sox. At just around $10 million per year, the investment in him isn’t so great that it’ll hinder the team’s flexibility in the future, and if his game translates as well to the MLB as Abreu, Puig and fellow Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has to this point, it could be seen as a bonafide steal. Do you wish the Cubs had upped their offer for Castillo?

Tigers Tumbling 

With a hot start to their season back in April, the Detroit Tigers looked like they were solid contenders to make a World Series run. With 3 aces at the top of their rotation and Miguel Cabrera in their lineup, it looked like this year could be the season that the team finally broke through and won the title.

Over the past couple of months (and the past week especially), it’s looked like the Tigers will be lucky just to even make it into the playoffs. Even the acquisition of David Price hasn’t been able to offset the struggles of the team and it really doesn’t look too bright for them right now.

After getting embarrassed by the Minnesota Twins in a 20-6 thrashing, the team followed that up with yet another loss. They turned things around yesterday, but consistency has been a problem for them all year long.

With a payroll sitting around $170 million (good for third in all of baseball) it would have to be seen as a colossal disappointment if they somehow managed to miss the playoffs. It’s definitely not too late for them to turn it around, but they’re going to have to start winning games sooner or later. Do you think the Tigers will end up topping the Royals in the AL Central?

Orioles Get Bad News; Make Changes

Back to the AL East, as the division-leading Baltimore Orioles are going to have to overcome a major loss in their lineup. After tearing a ligament in his left knee to end last season early, Manny Machado has done it yet again, tearing the same ligament, just this time in his right knee. Yet again, he’ll be done for the season.

This is a major blow for the Fightin’ Showalters, who are trying to clinch their first AL East title in 17 years. Along with this stroke of bad luck, the team also decided to replace one of their big free agent acquisitions from last offseason in the starting rotation.

Ubaldo Jimenez, who signed a contract worth $50 million towards the end of the offseason, wasn’t putting anyone’s doubts to rest this season. Those who saw his post All-Star break numbers from last year as a fluke may be proven correct, as they’ve replaced him in the rotation with Miguel Gonzalez.

Overall, I still think the Orioles have what it takes to wind up taking home the divisional crown, but the loss of Machado will really hurt any chances they had for a deep postseason run. Looking towards the future, yet another knee injury to their young third baseman can’t look all that great, either. Do you think the Orioles will win the AL East?

This Week’s MVP: Marcell Ozuna (.478/.480/.957, 3 HR, 10 RBI)

This Week’s Cy Young: Jake Arrieta (1-0, 0.64 ERA, 14 K)

  • JTBarrett16

    Not sure if my first post went through, but what was the Cubs offer?

    • Eddie Von White

      The Red Sox got this guy for about what the Cubs paid Milton Bradley (10 mil/yr.) How do you like those apples?

      • JTBarrett16

        Unbelievable. Maybe McJedEp didn’t want to give so many years?

      • Doug S.

        10 mil/yr to be a jerk and throw the ball into the stands after 2 out. I can do that.

      • JTBarrett16

        How about Sosa? 18M to be an egotistical maniac and ditch your teammates on the last day of the season. Or ruin a festive night for the other team by drilling a batter on purpose to get out of the game and then tell everyone you’re retiring like B the C?

      • Dusty Baylor

        …and to hit a crap-ton of HR’s, RBI’s and bring a bunch of fans to the game….

      • JTBarrett16

        Fans were not coming from 2002-2004 to see Sosa (which is when his contract started). There were high expectations in 2002 after the 88 win 2001 season and the addition of piss hands and a full season of McGriff. And then we all know about 2003 and 2004.

      • Dusty Baylor

        Sosa had hit 64 HR’s in 2001..he hit 49 in 2002, and 40 in 2003. Douche for leaving early at the end of the year, sure. But he wasn’t an issue, and was a plus for many years.

      • JTBarrett16

        The beginning of the end for Sosa was his collision with Mark Bellhorn in 2002. 2003 he was still the man despite the injuries and suspensions, but in 2004, he was struggling and hurting the team. He refused to hit lower in the order for the good of the team.

      • Your avatar is awesome.

      • JTBarrett16

        Why? Because it’s the OSU QB?

      • I have no idea who that guy is. I just think it would be awesome if he managed to find his way to this blog, and find out an insurance salesman was doing whatever it is you are doing with his picture.

      • JTBarrett16

        When I first joined this blog, my SN was Terrelle Pryor 2 and my avatar was a picture of Pryor. I was going to make my SN Braxton Miller 5 and my avatar a picture of Miller. But Braxton got hurt and is out for the season. JT Barrett is going to be the Ohio State QB.

      • I remember that for sure. I went by SB2 then, and my avatar was a picture of Seymour’s buttcrack next to another picture of Seymour’s buttcrack.

      • We have rules here about impersonating another’s ass crack. If you’re going to post an ass crack (x2) it needs to be your own.

      • Joe Aiello

        Or mine

      • JTBarrett16

        You’re mocking me, aren’t you?

      • Seymour Butts

        Of course not, butt crack comparisons are the highest form of flattery.

      • JTBarrett16

        I wish Miller hadn’t got hurt. Then none of this mockery would happen.

      • Because you’d have used a different man’s photo as your own?

      • JTBarrett16

        My current avatar is not me.

      • Ummmm, CAPS? We know. That was the basis of the mocking.

      • HLCBSL691

        This blog enjoys mocking me no matter what. I’m not going to care anymore what people think of my name and avatar. Along with having to register my car and get a drivers license in the dumb state of MA, I’m not a happy person right now.

      • Eddie Von White

        What name did you use on your license?

      • HLCBSL691

        Why You Cotton Pickin’

      • Doug S.

        I’m going to make some popcorn, please carry on the discussion.

      • Joe Aiello

        It’s that a racist phrase? You should put a picture of Donald Sterling or Daniel Snyder as your avatar. Or, even better, a combo of both.

      • HLCBSL691

        I could make it Homer Simpson strangling Cletus since that’s what it’s from.

      • HLCBSL691

        Now my avatar matches my SN

      • Seymour Butts

        Brilliant!

    • Dusty Baylor

      Also…I’ve read that he comps more to Shane Victorino than Puig,….

  • AC0000000

    Not sure if my first post went through, but what was the Cubs offer?

    • Eddie Von White

      The Red Sox got this guy for about what the Cubs paid Milton Bradley (10 mil/yr.) How do you like those apples?

      • AC0000000

        Unbelievable. Maybe McJedEp didn’t want to give so many years?

      • Doug S.

        10 mil/yr to be a jerk and throw the ball into the stands after 2 out. I can do that.

      • AC0000000

        How about Sosa? 18M to be an egotistical maniac and ditch your teammates on the last day of the season. Or ruin a festive night for the other team by drilling a batter on purpose to get out of the game and then tell everyone you’re retiring like B the C?

      • Dusty Baylor

        …and to hit a crap-ton of HR’s, RBI’s and bring a bunch of fans to the game….

      • AC0000000

        Fans were not coming from 2002-2004 to see Sosa (which is when his contract started). There were high expectations in 2002 after the 88 win 2001 season and the addition of piss hands and a full season of McGriff. And then we all know about 2003 and 2004.

      • Dusty Baylor

        Sosa had hit 64 HR’s in 2001..he hit 49 in 2002, and 40 in 2003. Douche for leaving early at the end of the year, sure. But he wasn’t an issue, and was a plus for many years.

      • AC0000000

        The beginning of the end for Sosa was his collision with Mark Bellhorn in 2002. 2003 he was still the man despite the injuries and suspensions, but in 2004, he was struggling and hurting the team. He refused to hit lower in the order for the good of the team.

      • Your avatar is awesome.

      • AC0000000

        Why? Because it’s the OSU QB?

      • I have no idea who that guy is. I just think it would be awesome if he managed to find his way to this blog, and find out an insurance salesman was doing whatever it is you are doing with his picture.

      • AC0000000

        When I first joined this blog, my SN was Terrelle Pryor 2 and my avatar was a picture of Pryor. I was going to make my SN Braxton Miller 5 and my avatar a picture of Miller. But Braxton got hurt and is out for the season. JT Barrett is going to be the Ohio State QB.

      • I remember that for sure. I went by SB2 then, and my avatar was a picture of Seymour’s buttcrack next to another picture of Seymour’s buttcrack.

      • We have rules here about impersonating another’s ass crack. If you’re going to post an ass crack (x2) it needs to be your own.

      • Joe Aiello

        Or mine

      • AC0000000

        You’re mocking me, aren’t you?

      • Seymour Butts

        Of course not, butt crack comparisons are the highest form of flattery.

      • AC0000000

        I wish Miller hadn’t got hurt. Then none of this mockery would happen.

      • Because you’d have used a different man’s photo as your own?

      • AC0000000

        My current avatar is not me.

      • Ummmm, CAPS? We know. That was the basis of the mocking.

      • AC0000000

        This blog enjoys mocking me no matter what. I’m not going to care anymore what people think of my name and avatar. Along with having to register my car and get a drivers license in the dumb state of MA, I’m not a happy person right now.

      • Eddie Von White

        What name did you use on your license?

      • AC0000000

        Why You Cotton Pickin’

      • Doug S.

        I’m going to make some popcorn, please carry on the discussion.

      • Joe Aiello

        It’s that a racist phrase? You should put a picture of Donald Sterling or Daniel Snyder as your avatar. Or, even better, a combo of both.

      • AC0000000

        I could make it Homer Simpson strangling Cletus since that’s what it’s from.

      • AC0000000

        Now my avatar matches my SN

      • Seymour Butts

        Brilliant!

    • Dusty Baylor

      Also…I’ve read that he comps more to Shane Victorino than Puig,….

  • Doug S.

    I like the Orioles and their ballpark. Had the feeling that they cannot hang onto 1st before the Cubs series.

  • Doug S.

    I like the Orioles and their ballpark. Had the feeling that they cannot hang onto 1st before the Cubs series.

  • Doc Raker

    I am rooting for the Orioles, anyone but the Yanks or Red Sox. Right now the Yanks and Red Sox miss the playoffs.

    Wada about Wada’s great performance yesterday? A 1 hitter between him and the bullpen.

    • Eddie Von White

      I like the O’s too. I hope from here on out, they stay in first place. Len would like the Cubs to play them in Baltimore next time, since he hasn’t seen their new park yet.

      • Doc Raker

        I would love to see Len go to Baltimore! Please God.

      • JTBarrett16

        I’d like to see him replace Ken Harrelson on trash broadcasts. Kill 2 birds with one stone.

      • Eddie Von White

        I never thought I’d see love and Len in the same sentence from you.

      • Doc Raker

        I will pay his airfare, one way.

    • JTBarrett16

      I’m just glad the Sawks are going to miss the playoffs. They won’t be able to screw with my ability to watch the Buckeyes. Last year they messed with it several times. Even when they weren’t playing.

  • Doc Raker

    I am rooting for the Orioles, anyone but the Yanks or Red Sox. Right now the Yanks and Red Sox miss the playoffs.

    Wada about Wada’s great performance yesterday? A 1 hitter between him and the bullpen.

    • Eddie Von White

      I like the O’s too. I hope from here on out, they stay in first place. Len would like the Cubs to play them in Baltimore next time, since he hasn’t seen their new park yet.

      • Doc Raker

        I would love to see Len go to Baltimore! Please God.

      • AC0000000

        I’d like to see him replace Ken Harrelson on trash broadcasts. Kill 2 birds with one stone.

      • Eddie Von White

        I never thought I’d see love and Len in the same sentence from you.

      • Doc Raker

        I will pay his airfare, one way.

    • AC0000000

      I’m just glad the Sawks are going to miss the playoffs. They won’t be able to screw with my ability to watch the Buckeyes. Last year they messed with it several times. Even when they weren’t playing.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    I think the O’s can hang on to win the AL east as it doesn’t appear that either the Jays or the Yankees can go on the kind of run it will take to move ahead of them in the last few weeks of the season. There is a lot of disappointment up here with the Jays as they have not only fallen way out of the AL east lead, but are now also fading pretty fast in the wildcard standings.

    • JTBarrett16

      Baltimore has a 6-game lead. They’re going to need a 2007 Mets like collapse to miss the playoffs.

    • Doug S.

      It’s tough to count the Yankees out while there’s still any kind of chance.

      • JTBarrett16

        They’re 3.5 out of the wild card

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    I think the O’s can hang on to win the AL east as it doesn’t appear that either the Jays or the Yankees can go on the kind of run it will take to move ahead of them in the last few weeks of the season. There is a lot of disappointment up here with the Jays as they have not only fallen way out of the AL east lead, but are now also fading pretty fast in the wildcard standings.

    • AC0000000

      Baltimore has a 6-game lead. They’re going to need a 2007 Mets like collapse to miss the playoffs.

    • Doug S.

      It’s tough to count the Yankees out while there’s still any kind of chance.

      • AC0000000

        They’re 3.5 out of the wild card

  • JTBarrett16

    RE Tigers-Royals: Detroit is only 1 game out. It’s going to come down to the end. I think Detroit will pull it out though because they have 3 aces

    • Dork

      I think it would be ironic that the Tiger trade for Price and then miss the playoffs. That is what I am rooting for.

      • JTBarrett16

        That’s what White Sox fans want. I want to see the Tigers win because it’ll piss off White Sox fans.

  • AC0000000

    RE Tigers-Royals: Detroit is only 1 game out. It’s going to come down to the end. I think Detroit will pull it out though because they have 3 aces

    • Dork

      I think it would be ironic that the Tiger trade for Price and then miss the playoffs. That is what I am rooting for.

      • AC0000000

        That’s what White Sox fans want. I want to see the Tigers win because it’ll piss off White Sox fans.

  • Soler alert. Better start tuning back in dudes.

    • Doc Raker

      Please stay on topic, we were doing just fine mocking CAPS, let’s keep the baseball talk to a minimum.

      • HLCBSL691

        How would you guys function on this blog if I left?

      • Seymour Butts

        Like Tinker to Evers to Chance.

      • Doc Raker

        We would have to talk baseball and BABIP, no more infomercials on how to batch cook Spanish omeletes.

  • Soler alert. Better start tuning back in dudes.

    • Doc Raker

      Please stay on topic, we were doing just fine mocking CAPS, let’s keep the baseball talk to a minimum.

      • AC0000000

        How would you guys function on this blog if I left?

      • Seymour Butts

        Like Tinker to Evers to Chance.

      • Doc Raker

        We would have to talk baseball and BABIP, no more infomercials on how to batch cook Spanish omeletes.

  • Doc Raker

    Soler is not in tonight’s line up. Is he on the bench?

    • Seymour Butts

      Nope, on the plane.

  • Doc Raker

    Soler is not in tonight’s line up. Is he on the bench?

    • Seymour Butts

      Nope, on the plane.

  • HLCBSL691

    The Cubs can keep winning all they want, but none of this will matter if they don’t beat the Cardinals.

  • AC0000000

    The Cubs can keep winning all they want, but none of this will matter if they don’t beat the Cardinals.