Jered Weaver

Angels sign Jered Weaver to five-year, $85 million extension


The Angels have called a Tuesday press conference to announce the signing of ace Jered Weaver to a five-year, $85 million contract extension.’s Jon Heyman had the dollar amount.  Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reports that the deal contains a full no-trade clause.

Weaver is making $7.37 million this year after losing in arbitration back in February.  He had one year of arbitration left, so the new deal, which averages $17 million per season, buys out four years of free agency.

The deal matches up nicely with the similar pacts Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander signed prior to the 2010 season.  Both were two years away from free agency then.  Hernandez signed for $78 million over five years, while Verlander got $80 million for five years.  Weaver receives a little more in part because his contract buys out the extra year of free agency.

At 14-6 with a league-leading 2.10 ERA in 26 starts, Weaver is a top contender for AL Cy Young honors this season.  He’s 78-45 with a 3.30 ERA since debuting in 2006.

Billy Beane promoted to VP, David Forst named A’s general manager

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I’m so old I remember when general managers used to run baseball operations departments. Now they’re basically assistants.

The latest example: the Oakland Athletics have promoted Billy Beane to vice president of baseball operations and have named David Forst general manager. Forst has been with the A’s for 16 years and has been Beane’s assistant for 12 years, so it’s not exactly a situation in which Forst will be making the final calls. The official move came today, though the move has been in the works for some time, it seems.

Someone with a lot of good front office access is going to write a good story this winter about the title inflation going on in Major League Baseball over the past year. And it’s gonna be great when one of his or her sources breaks the pattern of saying “well, baseball transactions are so much more complex these days . . . ” and admits “hey, if Theo gets a fancy title and La Russa gets a fancy title I WANT A FANCY TITLE TOO.”

Not that it’s much of a secret as it is.

Brewers fire pitching coach Rick Kranitz

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Despite a change at general manager from Doug Melvin to David Stearns the Brewers quickly made it clear that they’re keeping Craig Counsell as manager, but today they fired pitching coach Rick Kranitz.

In fact, all of Milwaukee’s coaches except for hitting coach Darnell Coles and third base coach Ed Sedar were let go, as Counsell shakes up his staff after managing the Brewers to a 61-76 record as Ron Roenicke’s replacement.

Kranitz took over as the Brewers’ pitching coach in 2011, during which time they’ve ranked 11th among NL teams in ERA.