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Contributors: Sports - Clearing the Bases

  • Tuesday Jan 20, 2015 | 10:18 am

    How do you measure $210-million?

    Random thoughts on Max Scherzer’s seven-year, $210-million contract with the Washington Nationals: 1. I am already hearing complaints that baseball players are paid too much. My response: You’re right. So are movie actors and many others in the entertainment field. But as long as people buy tickets … 2. That said, please don’t call buying $127 tickets to a ballgame “supporting” the team. You want to support baseball? Volunteer with […]

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  • Monday Jan 19, 2015 | 8:58 am

    Nationals get Scherzer; Red Sox thinking Zimmerman? Plus, speedster Berry back with Sox, Bard back with Cubs

    So the Washington Nationals did not have enough of a star-studded rotation as it was. Now the “Nats” have signed Scherzer to a seven-year deal. The Washington Post (Barry Svrluga and Adam Kilgore) have the story. The deal with worth $210-million (paid out over 14 years. The Nationals rotation: Scherzer, Jordan Zimmerman, Stepgen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister. Tanner Roark, who had an impressive rookie season last year (15-10, 2.85) […]

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  • Friday Jan 16, 2015 | 6:15 am

    Do Yankees have an extra $175-million for Scherzer?

    Free agent pitcher Max Scherzer is still available. No surprise there since Scott Boras  is the agent involved and the bidding war has yet to begin. But who will bid? And for how much? Hoping to answer that question, reporter AJ Cassavell did some figuring and came up with a likely scenario of a seven-year contract for $175.5-million. What was interesting was how Cassavell lowered expectations for the ace […]

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  • Thursday Jan 15, 2015 | 8:43 am

    Pitch clock appears headed to the minor leagues, including Hadlock Field

    It looks like a “pitch clock” is coming to Hadlock Field and other minor league ballparks this season, in an attempt to speed up the games. According to published reports in and, a pitch clock will be used in Triple-A and Double-A minor league baseball games. That includes a clock at Hadlock, where the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs play. “I just found out about it (Wednesday) night,” Sea […]

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  • Wednesday Jan 14, 2015 | 7:16 am

    Martin to Yankees; Butler and Carp to Nationals; Red Sox add depth

    Right-hander Chris Martin is a great story. He also now wears pinstripes. When Texas took Martin, a former Sea Dogs reliever) off its 40-man roster, the New York Yankees took notice and grabbed him. Martin, 28, once gave up baseball and then worked his way back through the independent leagues. See our 2012 story. Another former Sea Dogs’ “non-prospect,” Dan Butler, has been acquired by the Washington Nationals (Nick Cafardo […]

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  • Tuesday Jan 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

    Red Sox rookie camp shows prospect drought in Portland

    While 2014 was the Year of the Prospect for the Portland Sea Dogs, this upcoming season will feature more minor league veterans and below-the-radar players. That became evident when the Boston Red Sox officially announced the 10 players taking part in their rookie program this week. The 10, who we have named in previous blogs, includes only one player likely to begin the season in Portland – outfielder Henry Ramos. […]

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  • Monday Jan 12, 2015 | 5:09 am

    Four former Sea Dogs moving on; Lars Anderson signs with Dodgers

    The Boston Red Sox released three minor leaguers, all of whom spent time with the Portland Sea Dogs – left-handed reliever Nate Reed, catcher Jayson Hernandez and infielder Matt Gedman. Another signed, right-handed pitcher Wilfredo Boscan, signed with another team. Hernandez, 26, was a third-string catcher in Portland in 2012, and has been mostly in Class A ball since. Reed, 27, was signed out of the independent leagues before last […]

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  • Sunday Jan 11, 2015 | 8:41 am

    Lavarnway on the move again; hitting coach shuffle; Red Sox rookies; “refreshing” Yankees

    When I began writing the Sunday column early last week, the report on catcher Ryan Lavarnway was that it looked like he was finally settled with a team. Oops. The Orioles designated Lavarnway for assignment on Friday, meaning he has been removed from the 40-man roster. He can be claimed by another team, traded, or signed to a minor league contract. It is the fourth time Lavarnway has been designated […]

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  • Thursday Jan 08, 2015 | 9:09 am

    Looking at the next wave of future Red Sox

    Still waiting to hear who will participate in the Red Sox annual rookie program this month. The week-long event involves 10 to 12 top Boston prospects, whom the Red Sox think could be ready for the major leagues this year or early in 2016. Last year, 10 players took part: pitchers Matt Barnes, Henry Owens, Noe Ramirez, Anthony Ranaudo and Dalier Hinojosa, catchers Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez, and infielders […]

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