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Showing posts with label Rumor Mill. Show all posts

Testosterone Medication Allegedly to Blame for Ryan Braun's Failed Drug Test

We've been waiting a while to weigh in on the whole Ryan Braun deal lately, mostly because we couldn't find a credible source with any real information to cite. Now that a few semi-major news outlets have suggested the Milwaukee Brewers left fielder may have been prescribed a medication containing testosterone which made him fail one random test and then pass the second, we're gonna throw in our two or three cents.

Not that it's any of our business, but I'm sure you're wondering just like us, what possible secret ailments could Braun have that require synthetic testosterone for treatment?

The obvious conclusion for some asinine sports blogs out there is that he has herpes. Of course. First of all, page views and hits will never be so important to us that we would create a rumor that a player has a sexually transmitted disease in the hopes people will visit our site and spread the rumor... kind of like herpes. That would be stupid and irresponsible... kind of like having unprotected sex.

There are many illnesses and issues in which testosterone is used as a treatment and/or cure. Since we're too lazy to speculate, we'll just sit back and wait to see if Braun decides to share the news with the public after his appeal, if this is indeed the case. Either way, he'll most likely be suspended for 50 games to start off the 2012 season; it's still his responsibility to know exactly what he's putting into his body and to make sure it's within MLB regulations.

Herpes. How dumb.

[Big League Stew]


Kevin Millar Wants To Hang With His Buddies In Chicago

ESPN has reported that Kevin Millar and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a Minor League contract. However, a team spokesman said Monday that ESPN is a liar, liar pants on fire and no such agreement had been reached.

The 38-year-old fist baseman, a career .274 hitter, has knocked 170 balls out of the park over 12 seasons with the Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays. Last season with the Jays kind of sucked for Millar, as he hit just .223 with 7 homers and 29 RBIs in 78 games.

Continune reading and comment on this story at Sports Untapped.


Cliff Lee Will Wear Red Pinstripes [Updated]

Lee might be headed out of Cleveland.

I think Ruben Amaro Jr. feels pretty bad for botching that whole Roy Halladay thing. Maybe that's why the Philadelphia Phillies have proposed a trade with the Cleveland Indians for the next best thing: staff ace Cliff Lee.

The Indians are definitely selling at this point, so it's not like this trade is completely out of the question. But what would the Phils offer in return? Not Kyle Drabek, that's for sure. And it better be good for Cleveland to shop their best hurler.


What Are The Chances of a Halladay Deal?

Roy probably isn't going anywhere this season.I'm gonna go with slim to none. Of course, Roy Halladay says he'd love to keep pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays... which he kind of has to say in order to avoid looking like a traitorous a-hole.

However, he also said he's willing to consider accepting a trade if the Jays approached him with a sweet-enough deal. He had this to say on the scenario:
"I want to stay, but I think it’s a situation you have to evaluate. I’m really not at that situation just yet. If something does come up, you weigh your options at that point. I hate to put the cart in front of the horse and start saying 'Do I want to do that?' I think you just evaluate the situations when they come."


Raul Ibanez Will Come After You

Ibanez wil come after you if you keep talking shit! Run!!

Raul Ibanez is not happy about your allegations.

The Philadelphia Phillies left fielder, incredibly offended that anyone suggest he's ever taken steroids, has made it clear he will retaliate if he hears you talking any more crap about him.
"I'll come after people who defame or slander me. It's pathetic and disgusting," he told the Philadelphia Daily News.


Just Say No Jake Peavy!

What's that? You want Peavy? Too bad buddy.

Jake Peavy will remain a San Diego Padres hurler until further notice, as he has used his no-trade clause powers to cock-block the Chicago White Sox.

At least they still have the President.

[] | [Online Sports Guys] | [Six Four Three]

Thanks A Lot Jake Peavy

Peavy could be headed to the White Sox... which would force me to dislike him. A lot.Great. Another favorite player I'll be forced to hate.

There are floating around the internet that San Diego Padres righty Jake Peavy is about to head to Chicago. Only, he'll be donning the South Side Pinstripes, not surrounded by ivy as expected. The deal (contingent upon Peavy waiving his no-trade clause) supposedly includes left-hander Clayton Richard and 22-year-old southpaw Aaron Poreda. However, some reports say the deal is not imminent.

If I were a White Sox fan, I'd be pretty fired up about now. The 17-22 team could use a boost to their rotation, whose inconsistencies this season pretty much end with Mark Buehrle.

We'll keep you posted. Aaaaaaaand, nevermind.

[ESPN] | [MLB FanHouse] | []

Miguel Cabrera Won't Be a Cheap Date

Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera has become too expensive for the Florida Marlins.

With the stoves heating up this weekend, there are at least a few clubs who are interested in the All-Star third baseman -- it's just a matter of what they are willing to fork over.

At 24, Cabrera has already made four trips to the All-Star game and has averaged 32 bombs and 115 RBIs per year since 2004, with a .318 batting average. Arbitration-eligible, he's likely to make between $10-$13 million next season, which is close to half of the Marlins' 2007 payroll. Ouch.

chubbyCabrera's tenure in Florida hasn't been all sunshine and palm trees. There are concerns about his weight and poor defense, as he tied for second among big league third basemen with 23 errors last season, not to mention his failure to attend offseason promotional events.

The logical conclusion is to trade him, but to where and for who? The Los Angeles Angels were considered the front-runners before the Marlins apparently raised the asking price at the last minute when negotiations came to a screeching halt. They had steady competition in the Dodgers and Giants, but again, team executives, such as San Francisco GM Brian Sabean, are questioning the Marlins' unrealistic demands for Cabrera.

''There's a reason that one player hasn't been traded yet,'' Sabean said, referring to Cabrera.

The Mets Want Freddy Garcia

Last winter, the New York Mets had Freddy Garcia in the cross hairs, but the Philadelphia Phillies made the better offer to his White Sox. But it's a new offseason with Garcia coasting through free agency, and the Mets have reportedly been in contact with his agent.

The 32-year-old righty went 1-5 with a 5.90 ERA in 11 starts for the Phils before beginning an unsuccessful rehab program. He had labrum and rotator cuff surgery in August, and is currently rehabbing with the intention to pitch by midseason.

At 6-4 and 260 pounds, Garcia has a 117-76 record and a 4.07 ERA over nine big league seasons.

[NY Daily News]

David Eckstein to San Diego?

Ashley DraneIf the St. Louis Cardinals don't re-sign 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein, the scrappy shortstop could land with the San Diego Padres.

There are two apparent reasons why the Pads are a good fit for Eck.

First, they may need a leadoff man/second baseman in the possible absence of free agent Geoff Blum, and the lovely Mrs. Eckstein is a Blue Collar TV actress in Los Angeles. Perfect!

I'm sure everyone in southern California is thrilled with the prospect of four or five years of David Eckstein in their infield.

For an updated list of free agents, .

[San Diego Union Tribune]


The Minnesota Twins are reportedly working on a four-year contract offer worth about $33 million for AL batting champion Joe Mauer.

Mauer, who will turn 24 this April, became the first American League catcher to win the batting title in 2006, leading the majors with a .347 batting average with 13 home runs and 84 RBIs. With three years of arbitration remaining, a four-year deal would bind Mauer past his first season of free-agent eligibility.

This is a particularly smart move for Minnesota, considering they've only hooked MVP first baseman, Justin Morneau for one-year thus far, with other imperative contracts to examine within the upcoming seasons.


Outfielder Bernie Williams may be left out in the cold next season with an over-stacked New York Yankees roster, but Jorge Posada, teammate and close friend of the 16-year veteran, says Bernie has no plans to retire. He claims Williams wants to play one more year, so there is a possibility that he will be sporting a new uni in 2007.

The Minnesota Twins continue to target free-agent pitcher Bruce Chen, as the club would like to bring in another arm for the bullpen to take some of the workload off of lone lefty reliever Dennys Reyes. Chen, 29, has been with eight different teams in his 8-year Major League career and compiled an 0-7 record with a 6.93 ERA in 40 games (including 12 starts) last season with the Baltimore Orioles.

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