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MLB News and Rumors: Phillies latest to land new TV contract

MLB News and Rumors: Phillies latest to land new TV contract
January 3, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

With no major signings or trades occurring on Thursday, there are no "Top Stories." Instead, I will give a rundown of all of the day's news and notes.

Here are the stories from Thursday, January 2nd.

News and Notes

  • The Phillies may be the latest team to land a $1 billion+ TV contract. Kevin Cooney of the Bucks County Courier Times reported that the new deal between the Phillies and Comcast SportsNet is for between 20-25 years and is worth a "massive" amount of money.
  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports said the Diamondbacks have Tanaka as their number one target.
  • Zach Links of tweeted that multiple AL teams have shown interest in free agent starter Jerome Williams. Links said that a couple of the teams are from the AL Central.
  • Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal says a return to the Red Sox is becoming more and more likely for Stephen Drew with each passing day.
  • Peter Gammons wrote in his daily article that at least half dozen teams have made a run at acquiring Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. The Indians are one of the teams that were linked to Gardner earlier in the offseason.
  • Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post doesn't expect the Nationals to go after Tanaka. Instead, Kilgore believes they will use the money it would take to land Tanaka to lock up Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmerman long term.
  • Fangraphs' Jeff Sullivan went through all 30 teams to try to find a team for Nelson Cruz, with only the Orioles matching up as a possible fit in his opinion.
  •'s Alden Gonzalez says if the Angels cannot find a trade partner for Joe Blanton by the end of Spring Training, the team will simply release him.

User Comments

January 3, 2014 - 5:38 PM EST
Don't question Hermie. HERMIE KNOWS ALL!!! HERMIE IS THE KING! I'm not sure how he stands being with just plain average people like us.
January 3, 2014 - 5:07 PM EST
Agreed, Hermie the Tribe can be relevant. But it is much harder to sustain success as a small mkt club. It certainly puts more pressure on the he Tribe to acquire affordable talent. Stacking a team with All Stars always looks good, just ask the Toronto Blue Jays. That went well. Then there are the St Louis Cardinals who have a pretty healthy payroll and produce their own talent for the most part. Small mkt clubs can compete, but the system is stacked against them.
January 3, 2014 - 4:23 PM EST
The Gardner trade rumors popped up after the Yanks signed Ellsbury and Beltran. Don't think they had anything to do with the Yanks taking on another OFer in a trade. Point of dealing Gardner for the Yanks was moving an OFer as they have too many.

Won't go into the financial stuff, but disagree the Indians can't be relevant again.
January 3, 2014 - 4:11 PM EST
I think Gardner's name came up when they were talking about Bourn and Stubbs as possible trade candidates to the Yanks. There are differing views of the Yankee farm system but it does not appear like there is much that the Indians could use as immediate help in a trade without one of the roster players. After the Yanks paid big for a FA CF, no further reason for any talk.

Cleveland is a declining market in comparison to most major cities and supports two professional franchises that have greater interest to ticket buyers than the Indians. Cleveland was relevant many years ago but time has passed it by. there is already a league for teams like this called AAA.

January 3, 2014 - 1:32 PM EST
I'd be open to flipping Cabrera for Gardner but not sure the Yanks would. Plus it really crowds the OF.

Now if I could move Bourn and fill his spot with Gardner....
January 3, 2014 - 1:29 PM EST
I could see the Tribe trying to flip ACab for Gardner clearing some salary and keeping options open. The earlier rumors suggested the Tribe would land Gardner, the Dbax Masterson and the Yanks Didi Gregorius.
January 3, 2014 - 11:46 AM EST
Tribe's interest in Brett Gardner I find very interesting, especially if it came after we signed David Murphy...
January 3, 2014 - 11:43 AM EST
St. Louis seems to be doing alright...(could argue they are a mid-market club though I guess)...
January 3, 2014 - 10:13 AM EST
Small market teams need to form their own league because they have absolutely NO SHOT of winning a World Series against these Goliaths

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