Tag:Austin Kearns
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:59 pm
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Marlins sign Austin Kearns to minor-league deal

By Matt Snyder

Tuesday brought us the Prince Fielder signing and -- to an obviously much lesser extent -- Francisco Cordero signing. Wednesday? How about Austin Kearns? Yeah, that's all we've got to pass along in terms of free agents signing on this day. But it is a transaction nonetheless, as the Miami Marlins have signed Kearns to a minor-league contract, which includes an invitation to spring training, the club announced Wednesday afternoon.

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Kearns was a first-round pick of the Reds back in 1998 and was then considered one of baseball's top prospects back in 2001 and 2002. Things haven't quite gone as expected, however, as Kearns will now be joining his fifth franchise. He hit .200/.302/.287 with two homers and seven RBI in just 174 plate appearances last season for the Indians. He's still not old, at age 31, so there's hope of getting him back to a 2007-type level, when Kearns was a full-time player for the Nationals and hit .266/.355/.411 with 16 homers and 35 doubles.

If Kearns does make the team, don't expect him to be a starter. Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton are firmly entrenched as the Marlins' corner outfielders. This was a depth signing.

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Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:38 am
 

Choo back, Kearns designated for assignment

Shin-Soo ChooBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Indians welcome back one outfielder and say goodbye to another, announcing on Twitter that they've activated Shin-Soo Choo from the disabled list and designated Austin Kearns for assignment.

Choo had been on the disabled list since June 25 with a fractured left thumb. Choo played in two games for Class A Lake County, going hitless in six at-bats. Choo was having a disappointing 2011, hitting .244/.333/.353 with five homers in 72 games this season.

Austin KearnsKearns was a great spring training story. He had a good 2010, hitting .272/.354/.419 in 84 games for the Indians before being traded to the Yankees for the stretch run. After the season, Kearns was a free agent and returned to the team that gave him a chance, Cleveland.

However, Kearns just wasn't the same in 2011. The 31-year-old former first-round pick was hitting .200/.302/.287 in 57 games for the Indians with just two home runs.

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Posted on: April 16, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Sizemore close to returning

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Grady SizemoreGrady Sizemore is back at Progressive Field in Cleveland and he could return to the Indians in the next couple of days, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Sizemore was scheduled to have a workout in front of the Indians' training staff on Saturday and then a determination on his readiness will be made.

"I can't rule out anything," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "We don't know when, but it's going to be soon."

Sizemore has been out 11 months with a left knee injury. He underwent microfracture surgery in June.

When Sizemore returns, Michael Brantley will move to left. Brantley's certainly made the most of his opportunity, hitting .333/.400/.417 heading into Saturday's game. While the Indians' offense has been good, the team's left fielders (Austin Kearns, Travis Buck) have struggled, hitting .128 so far this season.

Siemore has played in five minor league games, hitting .353 (6 for 17) with a home run and four RBI.

"I'm not expecting to play seven days the first week," Sizemore said. "I'm sure it will be a slow progression. I would expect [Acta] will work around off-days and give me days between. But I don't want to have too many days off, because then [the knee] will get stiff."

Acta's certainly happy about adding Sizemore to the lineup.

"Regardless of what type of lineup you have, when you add Grady Sizemore to any lineup, any team in America, you're addict to it," Acta said. "Is that an understatement?"

If Sizemore's back to where he can be, it's not. But that's to be seen.

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Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:49 am
Edited on: April 5, 2011 1:05 pm
 

Pepper: Kazmir struggling, future in doubt

Kazmir

By Evan Brunell

Scott Kazmir's job could be in danger.

After going through what Kaz termed "boot camp" in the offseason, the hope was that the former top left-hander would move on from his 5.94 ERA from 2010, the highest among pitchers who tossed at least 140 innings. However, the former Rays ace had an awful spring training and imploded in his first start of the season on Sunday against the Royals.

Manager Mike Scioscia was already unhappy with Kazmir's progress, and his outing Sunday only made things worse. One has to seriously wonder if Los Angeles is considering releasing Kazmir and the $14.5 million left on his contract. It's certainly been a long fall from grace for Kazmir and unfortunately it appears as if whatever made him great in the past is gone for good.

The skipper had no easy answers for Kaz's slow start, saying that he has no velocity or command. "Kaz is a little more complicated, a little more baffling," he said. The Angels do have starting pitcher Joel Pineiro on the way back from injury along with reliever Scott Downs, so Kazmir could lose his rotation spot in quick order. 

The only question is: is he moved to the bullpen or do the Angels cut ties entirely? (Los Angeles Times)

GOING YARD: Will Texas' Nelson Cruz go yard again on Tuesday to have homered in five consecutive games? That's a question Eye on Baseball blogger C. Trent Rosecrans attempts to answer in MLB Today. (CBS Sports)

PETE ROSE MANAGING: That's Junior, not the Hit King. The son of Pete Rose is now managing the White Sox's rookie-level squad after long stints as a minor-league and indy-ball player. (Chicago Sun-Times)

KID REPLACING IDOL: Over in Washington, Wilson Ramos has the tough task of replacing his idol behind the plate in Ivan Rodriguez. Pudge has graciously accepted a reduced role, while the Nats are excited about the potential Ramos has. (Washington Times)

TAKING NO LIP: The judge in the upcoming perjury trial for Roger Clemens has had enough of the Rocket and his accuser, Brian MacNamee, taking to the media to spread their own opinions of the trial. Judge Reggie Walton has since reminded the two that they are not allowed to talk about the case. (New York Times)

STEROIDS OUT: Brian Giles' potential use of steroids has been disallowed in a pending palimony trial against his ex-fiance, who is accusing him of owing her over $10 million as well as abusing her. His links to steroids would have been used to attempt to establish that he did, in fact, abuse her. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

BEER VIA TWITTER: A Mariners beer vendor may be onto something here as he will take beer orders via Twitter for the Mariners' home opener on Friday. Seems like it could be abused, but it's hard to imagine anyone sitting at home sending a beer vendor fake orders from fake seats, even in this day and age. This is definitely a service that could end up becoming common in all stadiums depending how well it is executed. (CNBC)

MORE RESTRICTIONS: In light of the abominable beating two Dodgers fans put on a Giants fan, the L.A. County supervisor is calling for additional security at Dodger Stadium as well as more restrictive limits on sales of booze. (Los Angeles Times)

THERE'S ALWAYS HOPE: Austin Kearns' son was diagnosed with autism at 14 months back in 2009. His son is doing well, however, receiving treatment at a Cleveland hospital that was also the main reason why the outfielder returned to the Indians after signing with the team for 2010 and being traded halfway through the year to the Yankees. (MLB.com)

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Of the potential bidders to become minority owner of the Mets, one has the executive producer of Entourage footing the bill. If Doug Ellin ended up with the team, it could mean a jolt of starpower as quite a few of the actors on the show are Mets fans and could show up to games. (New York Daily News)

FREEZE! A rather interesting story that Stan Musial actually froze his appendix inside his body back in 1947. This allowed Stan the Man to stay on the field and finish out the year before having an appendectomy after the year. You don't usually hear about frozen appendixes, so it's quite a fascinating story. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

SEVENTH INNING FOR JOBA: Joba Chamberlain appears to have a lock on the seventh-inning relief gig. 'We love the way he threw the ball in spring training," manager Joe Girardi said. Interesting given GM Brian Cashman and other Yankee brass were displeased with how out-of-shape Chamberlain was in spring training. (MLB.com)

IS BASEBALL DYING? Sobering news -- 43 percent of MLB fans are age 50 or older in a 2009 survey, tops among all big four sports plus MLS and NASCAR, while a low 28 percent of the coveted age 18-34 demographic prefer baseball. Plus, children are leaving baseball in droves. (BizofBaseball.com)

NAME THAT TEAM: The Cincinnati Reds' Double-A affiliate is moving into a new stadium in Pensacola, Fla. next season. There's a contest being held to determine the nickname of the club, and you must also include why you think it's a good name. (Pensacola News Journal)

NICKNAMIN': Ever wonder how each baseball team got its nickname? All set. (Delaware County Daily Times)

ON THE WAY BACK: Mat Latos tossed a simulated game on Monday and came through it with flying colors. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday, and it's possible the right-hander could be activated as soon as Friday. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

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Posted on: December 23, 2010 5:04 pm
 

NL East tops, AL West last in spending

There's still a lot of offseason left, but with most of the big names off the board, the folks at mlbtraderumors.com have done some analysis on who's spending what this winter. The arms race is getting serious in the eastern divisions of both leagues, which lead the way, and the American League West is trailing by a lot.
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* NL East: $60.29M average ($301.45M total)
* AL East: $55.22M average ($276.08M total)
* AL Central: $48.82M average ($244.1M total)
* NL West: $38.71M average ($193.53M total)
* NL Central: $22.46M average ($134.76M total)
* AL West: $14.78M average ($59.1M total)

A few other notes to come out of the MLBTR analysis (you can see the complete breakdown here ):

* The low AL West number is not for a lack of trying. The Angels and Rangers have had some high-profile targets, but haven't gotten anything done. Adrian Beltre, of interest to both teams, could change that number considerably.

* If someone would have told you two months ago the Yankees wouldn't be in the Top 5 in spending at this point, would you have believed it?

* Pretty surprising to see the Mets, Braves, Jays and Rangers in the bottom 10. Also surpising to see the Nationals at No. 2 and the Reds, Rockies and Marlins in the top 12.

* Indians fans have to be rushing to the ticket windows with the team spending a whopping $1.3 million on Austin Kearns, eh?

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 11:25 am
Edited on: December 20, 2010 11:40 am
 

Nationals sign Ankiel, Indians get Kearns

AnkielRick Ankiel has signed a one-year contract with the Nationals, SI.com's Jon Heyman reports.

The deal is for $1.5 million, with another $1.25 million available in performance bonuses.

Ankiel figures to get the bulk of playing time in left field, but will steal at-bats from Nyjer Morgan in center as well. His stiffest competition for playing time willbe Roger Bernadina. Ankiel hit .232/.321/.389 in 404 plate appearances last season, dinging six home runs while splitting the year between the Royals and Braves.

One has to wonder if the lefty would have been better off waiting and seeing if he could get a deal with the Brewers. After the Zack Greinke trade, the Brew Crew are thin at short and center field. Ankiel was the best player of the shortstops and CFs on the market and may have had a fit in Milwaukee.

The Brewers do still have Chris Dickerson, however, who may win the center field job by midseason.

Those teams still looking to boost center field depth have exciting options in Willie Bloomquist, Jim Edmonds, Jody Gerut, Scott Hairston and DeWayne Wise left in free agency. OK, maybe not so exciting.

Meanwhile, Austin Kearns has signed a one-year deal to return to the Indians, where he opened 2010. He was later dealt to the Yankees and finished with a .263/.351/.395 line in 461 plate appearances. His deal will earn him $1.3 million, as Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer outlines.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:59 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 9:59 pm
 

Yankees add OF Kearns

Multiple sources, including Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Jon Heyman of SI.com, are reporting that the Indians have traded outfielder Austin Kearns to the Yankees for a player to be named later.

Kearns (.268/.351/.413) gives the Yankees a needed right-handed bat and will allow them to sit Curtis Granderson against tough lefties. Granderson is batting just .214 against left-handers.

Kearns is owed about $270,000 for the rest of the season (the Yankees spend more than that on trophy polish), and will be a free agent after the season.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 4:16 pm
 

Trade deadline buyer: New York Yankees

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Every transaction talk, be it trades or free agents, seems to start with the Yankees and this time is no different.

Brian Cashman Record: 58-33, three games ahead of the Rays and 6 1/2 in front of the Red Sox.
GM: Brian Cashman
Expectations: Anything short of another World Series title is failure, plain and simple.
Payroll status: Not that it matters, the Yankees had an opening day payroll of more than $213 million and already have more than $144 million on the books for 2011.

What they need

Starting pitcher: With Andy Pettitte on the disabled list and A.J. Burnett's recent hissy fit, the Yankees suddenly look to need at least one starter. Until now, the opening day rotation of CC Sabathia, Pettitte, Burnett, Javier Vazquez and Phil Hughes had started all but two of their games. That could be matched this week alone. The team may also be wary of letting Hughes' innings add up through a pennant race and the playoffs. Sergio Mitre is scheduled to start in Pettitte's place, but until now, he's been more successful as a reliever than a starter.

Bullpen help: Starting pitching isn't the only pitching concern the Yankees have as Joba Chamberlain's days as the bridge to Mariano Rivera may be numbered, and it's not as if Chan Ho Park is going to step up and replace him.

Damaso Marte was placed on the disabled list this weekend with Boone Logan called up as the team's only left-handed reliever.

Big bat: Marcus Thames has been better than expected as the Yankees designated hitter, hitting .287/.396/.437 with three homers and 13 RBI in 87 at-bats, but he's hardly a difference-maker. This spot -- especially if Jorge Posada is healthy enough not to need a DH safety net -- could be upgraded, especially if that upgrade could be a spot starter in the outfield.

Bench help: After the regulars, the Yankees feature the likes of Ramiro Pena and Colin Curtis. The team could certainly upgrade its depth in both the infield and the outfield.

Who may fit

Ted Lilly Starting pitcher: Cliff Lee would have been a great fit, but he's gone. Lee was the marquee name available and there's a decided step down after the newest Texas Ranger. Other starters out there are Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook, Brett Myers, Roy Oswalt, Dan Haren and maybe even someone like Brian Bannister.

Reliever: There are stop-gap attempts like David Aardsma and Leo Nunez, or the Yankees could go for the kill with someone like Royals closer Joakim Soria. Soria is under club control until 2014, so it would take more than just cash, but also top-flight prospects to get the Royals closer and team him with Rivera to make a formidable back of the bullpen.

Other, less expensive, fits could be either of the Blue Jays pair of relievers, Scott Downs or Jason Frasor.

Bat: Again, going for the kill would be Adam Dunn. Dunn in new Yankee Stadium would be a marriage made in heaven. Dunn doesn't want to DH and he doesn't really have any other value, but he would flourish both in the American League and in pinstripes. Still, the Yankees may not want to give up too much for a player they can just buy in the offseason.

If the Yankees can find a top-end starter, they could send Vazquez to Philadelphia for Jayson Werth. David DeJesus would upgrade the outfield, as well.

Bench help:
Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton are corner possibilities and Wigginton can play second, as well. Xavier Nady and Austin Kearns are possible outfield bats that may not be big, but could work for the Yankees.

Trade chips

Jesus Montero Catching prospect Jesus Montero was reportedly only available for Lee, however the almighty dollar is always available. Any team looking to clear cash off the bottom line will talk to the Yankees, who could send middling prospects loaded up with money sacks to any team that's interested. And there are always teams interested in that kind of prospect.

Right-hander Zach McAllister is 7-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 18 starts at Triple-A. He doesn't have dominant stuff, but has good control and projects as a back of the rotation-type pitcher.

Right-hander Ivan Nova, 23, has better stats than McAllister (7-2, 3.21, 78 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings) and has an impressive fastball. Nova has impressive talent, but has also struggled with consistency as a pro. This season is his best yet, and there's a question as to whether he's reached his ceiling. Still, he's got enough talent to be intriguing to other teams.

Mark Melancon has long been bantered about as the replacement for Rivera when Mo decides to turn his sights to Cooperstown, but Melancon has yet to live up to that hype. He could be one of those players that need a change in scenery to live up to his potential, and there's enough potential for other teams to take a chance on him.

Other possibilities include SS Eduardo Nunez and 2B David Adams, who was one of the other guys mentioned in the Lee trade.

Predictions: The Yankees will add a reliever and a starter -- possibly Lilly and the lefty Downs. Other than that, the team may think it doesn't have to do too much to keep ahead of the Rays and Red Sox.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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