Reviewing Baseball 1/12/15


Happy Monday! Here’s what’s going on around baseball:

Adam Dunn will reportedly follow through on his stated intention to retire, according to his agent. Dunn will close the book on a career that spanned from 2001-2014 and included stops with the White Sox, Nationals, Athletics, and Diamondbacks in addition to his eight seasons in Cincinnati. Dunn was always an extreme three true outcomes hitter: 15.8% career walk rate, 28.6% strikeout rate, and of his 1631 career hits, 28.3% went for home runs (including this one out of Miller Park). His 462 home runs ties Jose Canseco for 35th all time. We at RtB wish Adam Dunn and his family good luck in retirement.

Dan Haren will reportedly attend Spring Training with the Marlins, despite previously saying he would consider retirement if he wasn’t pitching on the west coast. Haren, however, again asked for a trade, but intends to pitch for the Marlins if a trade partner cannot be found.

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The Pirates have reportedly agreed to terms with Korean import Jung-ho Kang. The shortstop hit 40 home runs in the Korean Baseball League last year, but there was question whether his skills will translate to the majors. Kang will make roughly $16 mil over the four year contract, and there is an option for a fifth season.

The Athletics have reportedly agreed to terms with Jesse Chavez, avoiding arbitration with a one year deal worth $2.15 mil. The 31 year old righty was inserted into the rotation for the first time of his seven year career in 2014, and he responded with a 3.45 ERA in 146 innings.

The Phillies have announced they’ve signed 26 year old right Jeanmar Gomez to a minor league contract. The righty pitched to a 3.19 ERA in 62 innings for Pittsburgh last season, but his WHIP of 1.50 and low strikeout rate led to a FIP of 4.37, suggesting his success last season was unsustainable.

Around Milwaukee:

Adam McCalvy of opens up his Brewers mailbox.

Around the Site:

Yesterday, I fondly recalled Juan Francisco’s time in Milwaukee, as he reportedly signed a minor league deal with Tampa Bay.


Pitchers and Catchers Report: 39 days

First Spring Training Game: 51 days

Opening Day: 84 days

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