December 7, 2011 |
When he left the Boston Red Sox, Terry Francona said the players needed to hear from a new voice. ESPN thinks Francona's voice will be an excellent fit for its baseball coverage. The network hired Francona to replace analyst Bobby Valentine , who is Boston's new manager. Francona described the switch as a win-win situation for the team and the network. He also said he'll probably sleep better than Valentine. Cubs and Pujols Cubs president Theo Epstein and Dan Lozano , Albert Pujols ' agent, met Monday at the winter meetings in Dallas.
March 23, 2005 |
The Phillies had hoped to sign shortstop Jimmy Rollins for the long term this off-season, but eventually agreed to a one-year, $3.85 million contract. But the team has continued serious talks with Rollins' agent, Dan Lozano, for the last two months, and general manager Ed Wade said he hoped to have a deal finalized in the near future. "I think we're making progress," Wade said. "Hopefully, we're getting close to the finish line. " That would be big for the Phillies, who consider Rollins the best all-round shortstop in the National League.
April 9, 1998 |
A day after being booed before and during the Los Angeles Dodgers' home opener, all-star catcher Mike Piazza broke off contract negotiations with the team. Piazza's agent turned down an $80 million contract offer from the Dodgers earlier in the week that would have been the richest in baseball history. "I have instructed my agent, Dan Lozano, to shut down contract negotiations with the Dodgers," Piazza said. "I let the talks become a distraction, and for that I apologize to my teammates and our fans.
December 14, 2011 |
Could a mystery team be emerging as a possibility to land free-agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins? Rollins' agent, Dan Lozano, has told the Phillies that he is talking to another team, according to ESPN.com. Other teams think it is the Detroit Tigers. Lozano and the Phillies continue to talk about Rollins returning, but the sticking point seems to remain the length of the contract. Rollins is seeking a 5-year deal; the Phillies are thought to have offered 3 years. It is unclear how aggressively the Tigers are pursuing Rollins.
March 26, 1998 |
One week after the approval of the sale from Peter O'Malley to Fox, the Los Angeles Dodgers still have not spoken to the agent for catcher Mike Piazza. Piazza, of Norristown, who is seeking the richest contract in baseball history, a seven-year deal worth $105 million, has said he does not want to negotiate during the season, which begins Tuesday in St. Louis. All winter, the Dodgers said they would not begin negotiations until after the sale was approved. Piazza, who will earn $8 million this year, is eligible for free agency after the season.
December 11, 2011 |
National League MVP Ryan Braun, who this past season led the Milwaukee Brewers to their first division title in nearly three decades, has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and faces a 50-game suspension if the initial finding is upheld, two sources familiar with the case told ESPN's Outside the Lines . Major League Baseball has not announced the positive test because Braun is disputing the result through arbitration....
May 21, 2008 |
Mike Piazza, who has been out of baseball this season, has decided to start "a new chapter" in his life. Piazza, a graduate of Phoenixville High School who was drafted in the 62d round by the Los Angeles Dodgers, is retiring from baseball after a 19-season career in which he became one of the top-hitting catchers in history. The 39-year-old Piazza, who was born in Norristown, became a free agent at the end of last season after batting .275 with eight home runs and 44 RBIs for the Oakland Athletics, but he did not sign with any team this season.
December 13, 2011 |
Could a mystery team be emerging as a possibility to land free-agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins? Rollins' agent, Dan Lozano, has told the Phillies that he is talking to another team, according to ESPN.com. Other teams believe that to be the Detroit Tigers. Lozano and the Phillies continue to talk about Rollins returning, but the sticking point seems to remain the length of the contract. Rollins is seeking a 5-year deal; the Phillies are believed to have offered 3 years. It is unclear how aggressively the Tigers are pursuing Rollins.
December 21, 2014 |
The phone buzzed Friday morning after Pilates class; the voice on the other end was Dodgers executive Andrew Friedman welcoming Jimmy Rollins to his next baseball life. Rollins had told the Phillies he would play for either them or Los Angeles, and here was the call he expected nine days earlier, a call so unimaginable before. "It just means, really, my time there is up," Rollins said hours later. He spoke Friday, the day he was officially dealt to Los Angeles for two minor-league pitchers, without a hint of nostalgia.
January 30, 2006 |
Those reports about Mike Piazza signing with the Phillies and playing for the team he followed as a kid? Forget about it. The 12-time All-Star, who grew up in Phoenixville, agreed to a $2 million, 1-year contract with the San Diego Padres yesterday, giving the defending NL West champions a marquee player they think still can contribute. Piazza, 37, had been interested in signing a free-agent deal with an AL team to become a designated hitter. Instead, he'll stay in the NL and return to the West Coast for the first time since the Dodgers traded him to Florida in 1998.