Yorvit Torrealba Hits an Umpire in Venezuelan Winter League Game

Well this probably isn’t how the Rangers expected Yorvit Torrealba to spend his time in the Venezuelan winter league. Torrealba took a beef over an earlier call by umpire Dario Rivero Jr. way, way too far earlier today. After striking out swinging, Torrealba turned around, started screaming at the Rivero before hitting the umpire square […]

Teams That Could be Sponsored By Beer

If you are one of the people who can make it though the holidays without putting on 5-10 pounds, let me just say that I am envious of you. For myself, this time of year means splurging on some amazing beer to share with family. Luckily for me, none of my family is into amazing […]

Reaping What You Sow: New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects

Winning 97 games and the toughest division in baseball is usually enough to call a season a success, but when it comes to the New York Yankees, only a World Series will do. What makes the Yankees’ season a bit more interesting from a prospect point of view is just how many prospects they brought […]

Beltran to St. Louis, Who Can Blame Cuddy For High Price

After not being able to re-sign the most important member of the franchise since Stan “The Man” Musial, the St. Louis Cardinals got better at two positions when they signed Carlos Beltran on Thursday to a 2-year, $26 million contract with a full no-trade clause. Beltran is a fine piece to a puzzle that moves […]

Outside Scouting Dept.: Derek Norris

Among the players the A’s acquired in today’s Gio Gonzalez trade was Derek Norris, a power hitting catcher with an incredible ability to get on base. I got several good looks at Norris in this year’s Arizona Fall League. Here are my notes and analysis of the big catcher… There is no question that Norris […]

Nationals Acquire Gonzalez from Athletics, For a Small Fortune

The Washington Nationals apparently wanted a companion for young aces Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg in their rotation, and ESPN’s Keith Law is reporting on Twitter that they’ve gotten their man: Gio Gonzalez of the Oakland Athletics. The price for Gonzalez is steep, as the Nationals have given up prospects AJ Cole, Derek Norris, Brad […]

The Chicago White Sox Are Rebuilding, Sort Of, But Not Really

You have to hand it to Kenny Williams, he really doing… something. With his latest move, he has given the White Sox rotation a healthy dose of stability by locking up lefty John Danks for five years at what is believed to be $65 million.  That is a perfectly reasonable amount to pay a 26-year […]

Most Underrated Player in the American League

It never fails.  There’s always going to be the one player that isn’t flashy enough to make fans love him.  Perhaps he lacks Matt Kemps good looks, Torii Hunter’s smile or Derek Jeter’s unquestionable leadership, but owners and General Managers are aware of this player’s value.  They come back year after year, aren’t demanding $100 […]

Ten Free Agents That Will Drive Fans of Their Next Team to Tears

As you may have seen yesterday, the Royals signed shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, a move that was roundly mocked by, well, everyone.  To be fair to the Royals, whoever ended up signing Yuni was going to be ridiculed, he is just one of those players that “informed” fans have come to loathe since he brings almost […]

Reaping What You Sow: Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects

The Cleveland Indians tried to hold on and win the winnable AL Central, but even after making a mid-season trade for Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Verlander and the Tigers rolled their division foes on their way to an ALCS exit. One of the more important things the Indians may have done, however, was introduce two top […]

Rockies Sign 3B Casey Blake

The Rockies appear to be stocking up on potential third basemen entering the 2012 season.  Colorado has reportedly agreed to terms with 37 year old 3B/1B Casey Blake.  Blake was a solid bat for the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers when he was healthy.  His last full season was in 2010 when he hit .248/.320 […]

Top 10 Remaining MLB Free Agents

Some of this offseason’s biggest prizes have been claimed. Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez, Jonathan Papelbon, etc, have all moved on to new cities and with large, lucrative contracts in their pockets. However, there are still some big names looking for big money this holiday season. Here are my top 10 ten remaining free agents… 1. […]

Yu Darvish or C.J. Wilson?

By now you’ve undoubtedly read that the Texas Rangers have won the bidding for Yu Darvish and now have 30 days to work out a contract for him.  At the very minimum, Darvish will end up costing the Rangers in excess of six years and 100 million dollars.  The Rangers’ former ace C.J. Wilson signed […]

The Least Threatening Team Names

Walking on eggshells?  You bet we do!  In celebration of logo month here at The Outside Corner, some of our writers have undoubtedly tripped across some team names and mascots that are downright offensive in their search for the ultimate logo.  Not sure anyone is offended by the Montgomery Biscuits, but if they are I […]

Rangers Love Yu, Win Darvish Bidding

After days full of speculation, about 60,000 puns and completely and totally unnecessary waiting, the Nippon Ham Fighters have finally accepted the winning bid in the posting for Japanese ace pitcher Yu Darvish.  And the winner is… the Texas Rangers! Yes, the same Rangers who tried so very hard to play coy about their interest […]