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Jose Bautista Agrees on 5-Year $65 Million Deal with Blue Jays

February 16, 2011

Bautista will be interesting to watch this season. He is the ultimate case of how did he do that for the first time at such an advanced age?

My memory always takes me back to Brady Anderson and his 50 homer season in 1996.

Brady never hit 25 again the rest of his career.

What happens with Bautista?


Wednesday February 16, 2011 Day in Review

February 16, 2011

Rickie Weeks and Brewers Reach 5-Year $50 Million Deal

Delmon Young Avoids Salary Arbitration with Twins

Placido Polanco Feels Big Difference in Surgically Repaired Elbow

Mets Owner Says He Won’t Sell Controlling Interest in Team

Scott Podsednik Signs Minor League Deal with Blue Jays

Orlando Cabrera Finalizes Deal with Indians

Nationals Say Bryce Harper won’t Play in Majors in 2011

Monday February 14, 2011 Day in Review

February 14, 2011

Albert Pujols and Cardinals Set Firm Negotiating Deadline for Wednesday.

Carlos Marmol Agrees to 3-Year Extension with Cubs

Jose Bautista and Blue Jays Closing on Long-Term Deal?

Charlie Manuel Wants New Contract Signed Before Regular Season Starts

Marlins Interested in Michael Young but Deal Unlikely

Jose Bautista and Toronto Blue Jays Negotiation Deadline Looming

February 13, 2011

Every baseball fan on the planet probably knows by now that Albert Pujols says he will test the free-agent market after the 2011 season if a new contract is not signed by the start of spring training.

Jose Bautista has also imposed a deadline for a new contract. Bautista says he will not negotiate after his arbitration hearing on Monday. Bautista’s self imposed deadline is probably not on the radar of most fans outside of Toronto.

He is asking for $10.5 million for 2011 and the Blue Jays have countered with $7.6 million. If he can come close to duplicating his 2010 season, you could add the figures together and he would be a bargain at $18.1 million.

A long-term deal is rumored to be in the works, but with the deadline looming, nothing appears imminent.

Bautista is an amazing story. He toiled for six years, putting up numbers that would only be noticed by hardcore fantasy baseball owners.

Then seemingly out of nowhere, he hits 54 home runs in 2010. This from a guy whose previous career high was 16 in 2006. Even more amazing was his career total of 59 in 1754 at bats. He nearly doubled it in 569 at bats in 2010.

There is no rational explanation of how a 29-year-old player with 59 career homers can nearly double that total in one season. The closest example I can think of is Brady Anderson hitting 50 in 1996. The only reason I remember this fact is that I drafted Anderson in a fantasy league that season, hoping he would steal 20 bases.

After his 50 homer explosion, Anderson never reached even 25 homers again, hitting only 88 more in his career in 2,649 at bats over six seasons.

I am sure many people have studied and projected statistics for Bautista for 2011. I honestly don’t see how anyone can project Bautista for 2011 with any degree of confidence.

My gut feeling based on his age and career numbers is there no way he will come close to ever matching his production of 2010.

Maybe it’s just the memories of Brady Anderson in my mind?

Maybe it’s that Vernon Wells was jettisoned to the Angels, thus costing Bautista valuable protection in the lineup?

Maybe it’s hard to fathom a player that never showed signs of greatness exploding for 54 homers at age 29?

Or maybe it’s the fact that I cannot think of any other example of a player having such huge single season spike so far along in his career backing it up the following season?

I know I for one will be watching Bautista during the 2011 season with great anticipation.

Tuesday Morning Michael Young Update

February 8, 2011

Ken Rosenthal Column outlining Young situation

Jon Paul Morosi Discuses Possible Trade Partners for the Rangers

Sunday January 30, 2011 Day in Review

January 30, 2011

Rickie Weeks Doesn’t Want to Negotiate Contract Extension Once Spring Training Begins.

Brewers Making Progress in Contract Talks with Shaun Marcum

Marlins Reportedly Interested in Eric Chavez and Matt Dominguez!/joecapMARLINS/status/31753327003836417

Justin Duchscherer Reportedly Narrows Teams to Orioles and Nationals

Rangers Sign Dave Bush to Minor League Deal with Spring Training Invite

Rafael Betancourt Agrees to 2-Year $8 million Contract Extension with Rockies

Saturday January 29, 2011 Day in Review

January 29, 2011

Albert Pujols Will Reportedly Veto Any Trade in 2011

Troy Glaus will Reportedly Sit Out Start of 2011 Season

Jim Edmonds Expected to Retire

Baltimore Orioles Reportedly Made Best and Final Offer to Vladimir Guerrero!/Buster_ESPN/status/31365305984876544

Bryce Harper Aiming for September Call Up

Mark Teahen Determined to Reclaim Starting Job with White Sox

Indians, Royals and Yankees Reportedly Interested in Kevin Millwood!/SI_JonHeyman/status/31369099648962560

Rays Finalize $2.6 Million Deal With Kyle Farnsworth

Jason Isringhausen to Throw for Reds in Arizona

Mike Napoli Signs $5.8 Million Extension with Texas Rangers

Frank Francisco Signs 1-Year $4 Million Deal with Blue Jays

Reds Reportedly Near Deal with Edinson Volquez

Rodrigo Lopez Reportedly Considering Offers from Rockies, Mets and Braves!/jaysonst/status/31471815519903744

Friday January 28, 2011 Day in Review

January 28, 2011

Lance Berkman Makes Controversial Comments About Texas Rangers

Oakland A’s trying to trade for Chone Figgins?

Joe Beimel Signs Minor League Deal with Pirates

New York Mets Reportedly Having Financial Problems and May be Looking for Investors

Freddy Sanchez Hopes to be Ready for Regular Season for Giants

Indians not Considering Trading Grady Sizemore or Fausto Carmona

Tampa Rays Sign Casey Kotchman

Angels Invite Mike Trout to Spring Training.

Dodgers Sign Mike MacDougal to Minor League Contract

Justin Duchscherer Throws for Orioles and “Mystery Team”

Toronto Blue Jays Sign Jason Fraser to $3.5 Million Deal

Thursday January 27, 2011 Day in Review

January 27, 2011

Baltimore Orioles Interested in Signing Vladimir Guerrero?

Blue Jays Interested in Trading for Micheal Young?

Indians Reportedly Interested in Signing Casey Kotchman.!/jonmorosi/status/30

Chicago Cubs Invite Braden Looper and Augie Ojeda to Spring Training

Byung-Hyun Kim Signs With Japanese Pacific League Team

White Sox May Be Interested in Signing Freddy Garcia

Florida Marlins to Play 3 Home Games in Seattle in 2011

A’s Union Representative Brad Ziegler Says Union is Split 50/50 on Expanded Playioffs!/JeffFletcherAOL/status/30769747809280000

Hank Conger to Compete for Angels Everyday Catching Job in 2011

Cubs Sign Two Cuban Prospects

Tuesday, January 25, 2011. Day in Review

January 25, 2011

Derek Jeter to the Outfield in the Future?

Cubs to sign Todd Wellemeyer

Potential Buyer for the Los Angeles Dodgers?

Tigers may Offer Bonderman Minor league Deal

Rays to Invite Tim Beckham to Spring Training

Mike Napoli Traded to Rangers for Frank Francisco

Milton Bradley will be Given Chance to Compete for Starting Job

Orioles Interested in Vladimir Guerrero?

Kevin Slowey Avoids Arbitration with Minnesota Twins

Orioles Interested in Justin Duchscherer?

Red Sox Explored Trade for Jose Bautista.

Astros Wandy Rodriguez to Contract Extension