Now that we’re at the point in the off season where unsigned big names are the exception rather than the norm, a team looking to go out and pick up a new player for 2012 will find their options quickly dwindling. For clubs that wait out the market there may be a nice opportunity to pick up an overlooked […]

Acquisitions: 3B Adrian Beltre, RHP Brandon Webb, C Yorvit Torrealba, C Mike Napoli, LHP Arthur Rhodes, RHP Dave Bush, C Kevin Cash, RHP Brett Tomko, RHP Seth McClung, IF Omar Quintanilla, C Robinzon Diaz, RHP Yhency Brazoban, IF Brian Barden, LHP Zach Jackson, 1B Brad Nelson, RHP Ty Taubenheim, IF Matt Kata Losses: LHP Cliff […]

Today, ESPN Dallas writer Jim Reeves accused the Texas Rangers of underappreciating Michael Young and forcing him to demand a trade. According to Reeves, the Rangers were wrong to ask Young to switch from second base to shortstop after the 2002 season, when they traded for Alfonso Soriano; they were wrong to ask him to […]

Today, Buster Olney takes a look at the winners and losers in the deal that sent Cliff Lee to Texas. And he has this to say about the Philadelphia Phillies, an organization he labels a “loser”: They’re currently looking for starting pitching, after deciding to trade Lee, and the Mariners’ haul for the left-hander demonstrates […]

One division that’s going to be worth our attention this season is the AL West. Seattle ought to be fun to see how far defense can take a team in this day and age. Anaheim went through a pretty big makeover that could very well leave them vulnerable following three straight division championships. And Oakland […]

The Rangers have a lot of questions entering 2010. Can Josh Hamilton stay healthy? Will Julio Borbon transition smoothly to the majors? Will Neftali Feliz thrive as a starter? Can Vlad Geurero rediscover some of his power? Can Chris Davis hit his weight? Has Khalil Greene overcome anxiety problems? Will the Rangers hitters struggle now […]

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December 5, 2011

Will anybody get elected to the Hall of Fame this year?

Last week, we asked you to vote for who you would like to see enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame. The verdict? If it were up to UmpBump readers, nobody would make it in. The leading vote getter (so far) is Jeff Bagwell, who has 60% support. Of course, in the real voting, players need […]

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