Check out some of what I’ve been up to since I haven’t been posting many articles on here lately….

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The pilot episode of Strangely Educational – Dead Serious Tattoo Shop before it hits ChicagoTVOnline right here on SportsFanChicago with more to come in the following months!

Be sure to stay tuned to SportsFanChicago and ChicagoTVOnline for more from the Strangely Educational crew, plus a few more projects…

Listen to John Malioris, Jr. breakdown the Cubs, White Sox, Tigers and the rest of the MLB regularly on WMOM 102.7 FM (Monday-Saturday), also weekly on “the Bob Sullivan Show” and “the Blender with Mark Guzman” .

I’m also “Adding a Little More to the Plate.”

For more breaking Chicago White Sox & MLB coverage, be sure to follow the best reporters at the Daily Herald- Matt Spiegel, Chicago Tribune- Mark Gonzalez, Daily Herald- Barry Rozner, ESPN.com- Doug Padilla, MLB.com- Scott Merkin, & WSCR the Score- Adam Hoge, Laurence Holmes & Chris Rongey. Follow the MLB with the best in the business because without them, it would all be sabermetrics to us.

Cano and Choo get disrespected by the Yankees and head West, while they drop a pretty penny on several top tier FA/injury risks.

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    Robinson Cano, 10 years/$240.0 million (Seattle)- gives the Mariners a window after  and will be the right bat in the middle of the lineup if they add the right pieces around him.

    Jacoby Ellsbury, 7/$153.0 (Yankees)- seems foolish with his injury history, but the Bombers will be happy if he can play 130 games.

    Shin Soo Choo, 7/$130.0 (Texas)- sticks it to the Yanks and selects a home with great potential on the roster from top to bottom.

    Brian McCann, 5/$85.0 (Yankees)- so much for lowering the payroll and going younger with few injury risks…

    Curtis Granderson, 4/$60.0 (Mets)- another move that shows the organization is delusional about their clock, as they commit 6 years and $100 million between a 32 & 40 year old

    Jhonny Peralta, 4/$53.0 (St. Louis)- would be better suited at third, but is primed for a breakout season on a roster of well manicured and experienced prospects.

    Carlos Beltran, 3/$45.0 (Yankees)- why not add another positional player to the roster that is better fit for DH duties?

    Mike Napoli, 2/$32.0 (Boston)- found the best deal for both parties involved and didn’t have much trouble reaching the agreement as everyone involved wanted to make it happen.

    Omar Infante, 4/$30.3 (Kansas City)- finally were able to lock in the second baseman they’ve been looking for after several years and made themselves the best defensive team in the Majors.

    Carlos Ruiz, 3/$26.0 (Philadelphia)- helps the behind the plate, at the dish and with helping along young starters (if they ever decide to go young).

    Notable Signings


    Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 3/$21.0 (Miami)- might regret taking a full time roll elsewhere considering he’ll be expected to pull a lot of weight offensively as he transitions from the most packed park in baseball to one of the emptiest.

    Marlon Byrd, 2/$16.0 (Philadelphia)- again not getting younger.

    Justin Morneau, 2/$12.5 (Colorado)- is a great fit for the lefty slugger and is likely to see a return to some of his bigger power numbers in the friendly Coors’ confines.

    AJ Pierzynski, 1/$8.25 (Boston)- might be asked to catch too much for 36 years of age, but it’s become obvious that he is a special breed of ball player; however his ability to slow the run could prove to be an issue.

    Garrett Jones, 2/$7.75 (Miami)- will receive a full opportunity to prove he’s an everyday player, but could have problems in the spacey Marlins Park.

    Corey Hart, 1/$13.0 (Seattle)- could wind up being the protection that Cano needs, but Jed Zduriencik could look to add another bat like Nelson Cruz yet.

 

Listen to John Malioris, Jr. breakdown the Cubs, White Sox, Tigers and the rest of the MLB regularly on WMOM 102.7 FM (Monday-Saturday), also weekly on “the Bob Sullivan Show” and “the Blender with Mark Guzman” .

I’m also “Adding a Little More to the Plate.”

For more breaking Chicago White Sox & MLB coverage, be sure to follow the best reporters at the Daily Herald- Matt Spiegel, Chicago Tribune- Mark Gonzalez, Daily Herald- Barry Rozner, ESPN.com- Doug Padilla, MLB.com- Scott Merkin, & WSCR the Score- Adam Hoge, Laurence Holmes & Chris Rongey. Follow the MLB with the best in the business because without them, it would all be sabermetrics to us.

Minnesota spends some cash in attempts to bolster their rotation, but the Tigers might have found their man.

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    Ricky Nolasco, 4 years/$49.0 (Minnesota)- not the ace they’re looking for, but definitely has value for a team whose starters 5.25 ERA ranked dead last in the Majors.

    Jason Vargas, 4/$31.0 (Kansas City)- is certainly a more reliable number two starter over Ervin Santana, in particular if expected to repeat 2013′s performance; however still need another arm.

    Scott Feldman, 3/$30.0 (Houston)- could be a piece of the puzzle once their young bucks develop or could be trade bait if GM Jeff Lunhow is ahead of the curve by eliminating the ‘rental’ status and dealing mid term contracts for MLB ready prospects.

    Philip Hughes, 3/$24.0 (Minnesota)- was a stud on the road for New York and taking his act to the Twin Cities might ease expectations and pressures to help him achieve his ceiling.

    Tim Hudson, 2/$23.0 (San Francisco)- expect a bounce back from injury and from the Giants rotation as the veteran’s value in the mix with Cain and Baumgardner provides better match ups for Lincecum and Vogelsong.

    Scott Kazmir, 2/$22.0 (Oakland)- is a nice fit in with a young staff to mentor, having known the struggles of battling back from injury and proving himself; while he’ll have extra days to rest if needed with prospects ready to spot start.

    Bartolo Colon, 2/$20.0 (Mets)- aren’t close enough to go out and pick up a veteran starter for a win now team; coupled with other moves, the Mets are back to wasting money.

    Joe Nathan, 2/$20.0 (Detroit)- is exactly what the Tigers needed and can be extremely dominant if he has help around him, but either way he will certainly have plenty of opportunities.

    Boone Logan, 3/$16.5 (Colorado)- won’t need a lefty specialist if the starters can’t put the pen in position to be used as constructed, rather than tapping into the relief core early and often.

    Hiroki Kurdoa, 1/$16.0 (Yankees)- desperately needed him back without even hoping for a healthy Sabathia to begin with, but if the rotation doesn’t get better he can be a valuable trading piece for a contender like Pittsburgh, Arizona, or KC.

    Noteable Signings

    Joe Smith, 3/$15.75 (Angels)- ought to stabilize the pen some considering the lack of experience there, but the question is whether or not he has the repertoire to take on a bigger role.

    Brian Wilson, 1/$10.0 (Dodgers)- ought to be the closer, but will likely serve as primary setup man and occasional closer in a restocked bullpen; however Detroit would’ve been the perfect fit.

    Edison Volquez, 1/$5.0 (Pittsburgh)- might have just found the right coaching staff to give him some direction towards finding consistent results to go with his phenomenal arm, outstanding energy and hard breaking off speed pitches.

    John Axford, 1/$4.5 (Cleveland)- probably figure he’s worth the flier, but it’s hard to see his premier closer days translating to the AL; his complex delivery forces him to labor through at bats by working extend counts.

    Matt Albers, 1/$2.45 (Houston)- to have the opportunity to prove he’s made legitimate adjustments and is capable of repeating his improved slider control and ground all dominance.

    Philip Humber, ML (Oakland)- really?

 

Listen to John Malioris, Jr. breakdown the Cubs, White Sox, Tigers and the rest of the MLB regularly on WMOM 102.7 FM (Monday-Saturday), also weekly on “the Bob Sullivan Show” and “the Blender with Mark Guzman” .

I’m also “Adding a Little More to the Plate.”

For more breaking Chicago White Sox & MLB coverage, be sure to follow the best reporters at the Daily Herald- Matt Spiegel, Chicago Tribune- Mark Gonzalez, Daily Herald- Barry Rozner, ESPN.com- Doug Padilla, MLB.com- Scott Merkin, & WSCR the Score- Adam Hoge, Laurence Holmes & Chris Rongey. Follow the MLB with the best in the business because without them, it would all be sabermetrics to us.

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Boston’s offense might prove to be the breaking point for the St. Louis studs, after long plate appearances pile up. Adding Craig to the Cards’ lineup likely won’t be enough to offset the subpar BoSox’s rotation, especially late in games when Uehara is on the hill.

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  1. Boston Red Sox- will count on the veteran hitters throughout their lineup to pick apart the Cardinals pitching, protecting their own, by taking advantage of walks and mistakes; then handing the ball over to Koji Uehara with room to work, as if he needs it.
  2. St. Louis Cardinals- hope to be ride their youngsters Wacha, Kelly, and Lynn late into games to reduce the workload for an unproven and inexperienced relief core. Lacking a right-handed bat off the bench, they’ll add one by activating Allen Craig and heading to Busch; also in Fenway starting at DH should help him concentrate on regaining his timing in limited at bats.

 

 

Listen to John Malioris, Jr. breakdown the Cubs, White Sox, Tigers and the rest of the MLB regularly on WMOM 102.7 FM (Monday-Saturday), also weekly on “the Bob Sullivan Show” and “the Blender with Mark Guzman” .

I’m also “Adding a Little More to the Plate.”

For more breaking Chicago White Sox & MLB coverage, be sure to follow the best reporters at the Daily Herald- Matt Spiegel, Chicago Tribune- Mark Gonzalez, Daily Herald- Barry Rozner, ESPN.com- Doug Padilla, MLB.com- Scott Merkin, & WSCR the Score- Adam Hoge, Laurence Holmes & Chris Rongey. Follow the MLB with the best in the business because without them, it would all be sabermetrics to us.

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