Weekly Rotation: The five best $100M contracts in MLB history

Kevin Brown signed the first nine-figure deal in MLB history, a seven-year, $105 million agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers , before the 1999 season, and the new century has brought 64 more such contracts. Despite the relative regularity of $100 million contracts in the sports’ modern landscape, observers usually take a moment to collectively pick up their jaws from the floor whenever the newest one is signed. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] That’s because it’s still a lot of money for a team to bet on one player. As we covered previously in […]

Athletics-Tigers Preview

The Detroit Tigers envision Anibal Sanchez as the starter that bridges the gap between the front and back end of their rotation. Lately, there has been a disconnect. The Tigers hope Sanchez can rebound from his latest disaster to deliver them a series win over the visiting Oakland Athletics on Thursday. Three years ago, Sanchez (2-2, 7.00 ERA) set a franchise record with 17 strikeouts against Atlanta. The right-hander went 14-8 in that 2013 season behind a career-best 2.57 ERA and a career high-tying 202 strikeouts. His numbers have steadily declined since, continuing to roll downhill with a miserable […]

Tyler Collins makes obscene gesture toward fans after misplay

View photo . (AP Images) The debate over whether baseball players should show more emotions on the field has dominated the game this season. Some believe flipping bats and reacting to big plays should be allowed. Others believe it’s disrespectful to opponents. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] No matter what you think about the issue, Detroit Tigers outfielder Tyler Collins probably took things too far during Monday’s game against the Oakland Athletics . In the top of the sixth inning, Collins misplayed a ball hit in the air to center. He appeared to lose […]

Early ups and downs a familiar feeling for Tigers

View photo Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) waits for a new ball as Cleveland Indians’ Yan Gomes rounds the bases on a three-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) The pattern is a familiar one for Detroit manager Brad Ausmus: The Tigers start the season brilliantly and look like they might be one of the best teams in baseball, then they fall back toward .500 just as quickly. It’s happened again this season. Detroit was 7-3 but has now lost six of seven. ”Right […]

Hill pitches 7 outstanding innings, A’s beat Tigers 5-1

. View gallery DETROIT (AP) — Bob Melvin had no major concerns about sending left-hander Rich Hill to the mound against Detroit’s lineup of righty sluggers. ”He’s really unpredictable in what he’s throwing,” the Oakland manager said after Hill shut down the Tigers. ”Sometimes even the pitches that he throws back to back are a little bit different in how they move.” Hill allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings, and the Athletics beat the Tigers 5-1 on Tuesday night. Marcus Semien homered for the A’s, and Hill breezed through Detroit’s hitters with little trouble. He struck out eight […]

The Walk Off: Late rally propels White Sox to best record in AL

Content is currently unavailable. Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about. The Chicago White Sox might be much better than anyone anticipated. Even doubters of the team’s early success had to be impressed with the club’s comeback win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] Things didn’t look great early, as the Blue […]

Tigers OF Tyler Collins directs obscene gesture at fans

. View photo Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann gives the ball to manager Brad Ausmus after being relieved … DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Tigers center fielder Tyler Collins directed an obscene gesture at booing home fans after losing a ball in the lights Monday night. ”To be at home and to hear boos after that play hit a trigger inside of me and I lashed out completely inappropriately,” Collins said after Detroit beat the Oakland Athletics 7-3. ”I’m absolutely embarrassed it happened and I’m very sorry to everybody in Detroit.” Collins extended the middle finger on his left […]

Tuesday’s Sports in Brief

DALLAS (AP) — An attorney for former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel calls the indictment against him ”incredible” and said that the way it’s been handled so far suggests there are problems with the case. Manziel was indicted on allegations by ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley that he hit her and threatened to kill her in late January. Crowley said in court documents that Manziel struck her so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear, and the indictment accuses him ”forcing (her) into a vehicle and against a vehicle dashboard.” Manziel faces a charge of misdemeanor assault related to […]

How Jordan Zimmermann is helping make Strasburg and Harvey a ton of money

Jordan Zimmermann finally gave up a run Monday, the first he deigned to allow this season. His earned-run average skyrocketed to 0.35. No pitcher this century has finished April with a better mark. Zimmermann and the Detroit Tigers weren’t the only ones celebrating. View gallery . Jordan Zimmermann is 4-0 with a 0.35 ERA this season. (Getty Images) Across baseball, executives are watching the 29-year-old with a keen eye. He is just one player, just one arm, but Zimmermann is, in many ways, the standard bearer for the return from Tommy John surgery into the class of the ultra-rich. […]

Collins’ obscene gesture taints Tigers’ 7-3 win over A’s

. View gallery Collins directed an obscene gesture at fans after he lost a ball in the lights, leading to the first run Jordan Zimmermann gave up this year, but Miguel Cabrera hit two homers to help Detroit snap a skid with a 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. ”To be at home and to hear boos after that play hit a trigger inside of me and I lashed out completely inappropriately,” Collins said. ”I’m absolutely embarrassed it happened and I’m very sorry to everybody in Detroit.” The center fielder extended the middle finger on his […]