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21
Mar

Astros sign Ryan Pressly to record-setting extension

On March 20, the Houston Astros announced a contract extension with reliever Ryan Pressly, a two-year, $17.5 million contract extension with a vesting club option for a third season. The extension is the largest in both total money and average annual value for a reliever who is not a closer. Acquired mid-season in a trade from the Minnesota Twins last

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31
Dec

Banner Year for Ballengee in 2018

As we close the calendar year in 2018, we want to look back and acknowledge many of the accomplishments of our clients! 11 players made their big league debuts (Steve Wilkerson, Daniel Palka, Blake Trahan, Jake Newberry, Jerry Vasto, Ty Buttrey, David Fletcher, Jake Cave, Jordan Hicks, Trey Wingenter and Ray Black). 8 players in the ALCS/NLCS, second most of

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26
Dec

James McCann signs 1-year contract with White Sox

On December 19, the White Sox announced the signing of catcher James McCann to a 1-year contract worth $2.5 million. The Tigers non-tendered the 28-year-old McCann last month, making him a free agent after four-plus seasons in Detroit — spending the majority of the time as the Tigers’ primary catcher. McCann batted .220 (94-427) with 16 doubles, eight home runs,

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22
Dec

Pirates sign pitcher Jordan Lyles to a 1-year deal

On Monday December 17, the Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced the signing of Jordan Lyles to a 1-year contract. In 2018, Lyles was 3-4 with a 4.11 ERA (87.2ip/40er) and 84 strikeouts in 35 appearances in 87.2 innings with the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers. The 28-year-old righthander has pitched eight seasons in the big leagues with Houston (2011-2013), Colorado

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7
Nov

Jeff Borris Predicts Continued Collusion for 2018-19 Offseason

Continued Collusion Predicted for 2018-19 Free Agent Class The number of quality free agents available on the 2017-18 open market, not only late into the off-season but all the way up to spring training, Opening Day and beyond, defies explanation – or does it?  Anyone that believes this glut of available talent was simple coincidence and not part of a

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3
Nov

Lawrence, Rogers and Listi named to AFL Fall Stars Game

The Arizona Fall League is a launching pad for many future big leaguers and Saturday’s 13th annual Fall Stars Game features some of the best prospects in the game. The Rockies’ Justin Lawrence, Tigers’ Jake Rogers and Phillies’ Austin Listi will represent their respective organizations in Saturday’s game at Surprise Stadium. Lawrence was drafted in the 12th round in 2015

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4
Oct

MLB All-Star Roger Clemens and Singer Toby Keith host 2nd Annual Red River Celebrity Softball Game Presented by Sewell

The 2nd Annual Red River Celebrity Softball Game Presented by Sewell on Thursday October 4 at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas will feature two celebrity softball teams representing long-time rivals Texas and Oklahoma as they face off for bragging rights and to raise money for charity. 7-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens heads a team of UT alumni

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14
Sep

Tucker Barnhart, Chad Pinder and Cole Hamels nominated for Roberto Clemente Award

Tucker Barnhart, Chad Pinder and Cole Hamels nominated for Roberto Clemente Award Every year each team nominates one player for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual award for Major League players, that honors the late Hall of Famer. The award is presented annually to individuals who represent the game of baseball through exceptional character, involvement in the

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31
Jul

Chookagian defeats Davis at UFC on FOX 30

Katlyn “Blonde Fighter”Chookagian (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) remained perfect in her career at 125 pounds when she beat former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Alexis Davis (19-8 MMA, 6-3 UFC) by unanimous decision Saturday at UFC on FOX 30 from Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

2
Jul

Astros Tony Kemp launches #HugsForHomers T-shirts for charity

Outfielder Tony Kemp brought more than a keen batting eye, baserunning speed and highlight defensive plays when he was promoted from Triple-A in May. He brought a tradition of hugging his teammates after a home run and it has taken off in Houston. It originated with Evan Gattis, who started hitting home runs after Kemp’s promotion, and Kemp would jump

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