Tag: Free agents

Service Time Clock Ticks Down for 2018

It is now late in the season – just ten games are left on the schedule, and many fresh faces brought up from the minors into “The Show” are quickly seeing their service time clock tick closer to the magic 100 days, giving them a complete year towards free agency.

Not only are some players approaching the 100-day mark, but several have hit it this year already. Chicago third baseman Jon Guillot, for example, just hit the 100-day mark and is now one year closer to free agency. Guillot, 22, is batting a soft .236 so far this season, but has shone in other areas, such as his 12 home runs (2nd on the team), 41 RBIs (to lead the team), and one of his best talents, hitting first pitches: he is batting .304 (including 2 home runs) on first pitches. Continue reading “Service Time Clock Ticks Down for 2018”

Are Free Agent Demands Falling Back to Earth?

There are currently 15 players in the Bull League earning a salary of $20 million or more this season, but among those whose contracts expire at the end of this season, there are signs that at least some of the top paid players are willing to adjust their expectations when considering signing an extension, which could translate into cheaper free agents this coming offseason.

Most notable on the “pending free agents” list is Miami’s LF Francisco Erazo. The 16-time (yes, you read that right) All-Star, who recently recorded his 1000th run on June 22, is currently the third-highest player in the Bull League, earning $36 million this year. But rumors about the 39-year-old’s demands for an extension have him asking around $4 million. Continue reading “Are Free Agent Demands Falling Back to Earth?”

Episode #2 (2018): Free Agents Scene, AEL West Preview, PRCL All-Star Game

In this podcast we examine the free agent market and ask, “are there any whales left to spear?”. We preview the AEL West Division teams for 2018 and read the tea leaves to find out who is going to be on top and who isn’t this season. Finally, we rattle off some names of some PRCL players we like who made the cut for the All-Star Game, in case you are scouting this college league for the June draft.

Ling Signs with Fighting Moose

The last “whale” on the free agent list this off-season, Dao-zi Ling, has signed a 2-year deal with the Rimouski Fighting Moose, it can now be reported.

The switch-hitting 7-time all-star and 3-time MVP from Taiwan will captain the field from behind home plate, largely relegating journeyman catcher Milt Tracey to the backup role. Continue reading “Ling Signs with Fighting Moose”

Calgary Gains a “Foote” Hold

Charlie Foote, the former Toronto Nomads reliever, will join the Calgary Inferno bullpen after signing to a 2-year, $3.6 million contract with the 2017 Bull Cup Champions, it has been announced.

Former Nomads reliever Foote signed with Calgary for $3.6 million over 2 years

The 6’3″ native of Ottawa had originally been groomed to be a starter with the Nomads, before switching to the relief role last season, and earning 6 saves and slicing his ERA to 1.87 on the year, without allowing a single homerun. Continue reading “Calgary Gains a “Foote” Hold”

Aces Lure Omar Medina in 2-year Deal

The Anchorage Aces have landed a 2-year, $6.22 million contract with former Toronto Nomads infielder Omar ‘Pops’ Medina, it was announced today.

The promising youngster was not offered arbitration last October, and became a free agent, leaving Toronto with a .247 career average, along with 7 home runs and 41 RBIs in three seasons there. Continue reading “Aces Lure Omar Medina in 2-year Deal”