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Verlander is owed $84 million over the next three seasons and has a no-trade clause, but he is one player who is well-timed to move, as there are no ace-caliber pitchers on the free-agent market. He finished 2016 with a 3.04 ERA and 3.48 FIP and lead the league in strikeouts (254), quality starts (27) and WAR (6.6), finishing second to Rick Porcello in a very close Cy Young race. Rumors of a potential deal with the Dodgers swirled last week, and other teams' Cheap Jerseys are sure to be in on Verlander as well; Boston comes to mind, and perhaps the Cubs, who may not be able to re-sign Jake Arrieta, could view Verander as a more sensible long-term alternative. Whether any team truly has the appetite to take on the payroll and surrender a boatload of prospects—as well as the ability to convince Verlander to move—remains to be seen.
It’s hot stove season—a time for trades, free-agent chases and chances for each team to set itself up for 2017 and beyond, whether they fancy themselves contenders or rebuilders (or alas, can’t yet make up their minds). In our team-by-team roundup, I've chosen to focus on one key question each club faces going forward, offering potential answers where we can, though those teams will have to come up with more concrete solutions over the next few months. Today, we'll take a look at all 15 American League teams; we'll turn our attention to the National League next Monday.
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Finally, when the Seattle Pilots—one of the AL's two expansion teams in 1969—filed for bankruptcy just before Opening Day in '70, Selig and his group bought the franchise for $10.8 million. So last-minute was the transfer that the team’s equipment truck sat in Provo, Utah en route from spring training in Arizona, awaiting instructions on whether to head for Seattle's Wholesale Jerseys or Milwaukee, and the uniforms were merely the Pilots’ jerseys with the insignia and old team name stripped off in favor of the new one and the blue-and-yellow color scheme preserved rather than changing to the navy-and-red of the minor league Brewers.
Bagwell's admission came at a time when the drug—a steroid precursor that metabolizes into testosterone in the body, albeit rather inefficiently—was not outlawed by Major League Baseball, was legal under U.S. law and was readily available at GNC stores. Though banned in 1997 by the International Olympic Committee, which classified it as an androgenic-anabolic steroid, andro wasn't banned by MLB until April 2004; it remained legal until June of that year, when it was added to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act. That placed it in the same legal class as anabolic steroids and Wholesale Miami Dolphins Jerseys, as well as hydcrocodone (Vicodin), ketamine, synthetic THC and other substances for which both accepted medical uses and the potential for abuse and dependence exist.
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For the second time in less than a year, Yoenis Cespedes has opted back in, so to speak. Less than a month after re-entering the free-agent market via the opt-out clause in the contract he signed back in January, the 31-year-old slugger has agreed to return to the Mets via a four-year, $110 million deal. The contract makes him the game's second-highest-paid position player in terms of average annual value, but its relatively short term mitigates some of its downside. It’s a move that keeps the Mets as viable contenders in the NL East and one that bolsters the credibility of the brass with the team's fan base.
While the A's could be active traders, it's more likely they'll add wholesale NBA jerseys and a few buy-low free agents who could be useful pieces to somebody at the trade deadline or next winter. Carlos Gomez, who hit .231/.298 /.384 last year but was much stronger in a season-ending 33-game stint with the Rangers, is an option for centerfield. Adam Lind, who hit for a 131 OPS+ from 2013 to '15 before slipping to 94 in Seattle, is a reasonable bounceback candidate at first base. Chase Utley could fit into a second base platoon with incumbent Jed Lowrie. Meanwhile, the team's first-round pick is protected, so signing a qualifying offer free agent would only cost a second-rounder and would come at a time when Oakland's spending relative to its revenue-sharing checks is under scrutiny amid negotiations for the new collective bargaining agreement.
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Tim Raines spent much of his 23-year career playing second fiddle. Bursting upon the National League scene in 1981 after cups of coffee in the previous two seasons, he set a modern rookie record with 71 stolen bases but lost out in the Rookie of the Year voting to Fernando Valenzuela, whose Dodgers wound up upending Raines's Expos in their only postseason appearance. Raines had to yield to Andre Dawson, first as a teammate who occupied centerfield while Raines played left, then as a slugging rival who snatched away the NL MVP award in 1987, which was the speedy switch-hitter’s best season.
The storm to which McCallum referred struck when AP reporter Steve Wilstein detailed the presence of the still-legal substance in McGwire's locker as he chased Maris's single-season home run record. A year later, Verducci profiled Bagwell for SI. In addition to describing his swing as "a game of Twister breaking out in the batter's box,” he detailed the slugger's training plan:
To some degree, the cap should level the playing field for teams' wholesale MLB jerseys when trying to sign international free agents. But it will come at a steep cost to the most coveted international players. Under the previous system, these players would have been able to attract contract offers worth tens of millions of dollars. That will no longer be the case.