Monthly Archives: November 2012

Happy Holidays from Clark Street Sports

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Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah Christmas Day Jersey

On Christmas Day when the Chicago Bulls take on the Houston Rockets at the United Center, the Bulls will be wearing special Christmas Jerseys. Bulls fans, Clark Street Sports is pleased to announce that these Christmas Day Joakim Noah Jerseys will be sold at our Chicagoland Locations and online at:

Chicago Bulls Red Joakim Noah Christmas Day Jersey


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Clark Street Sports Black Friday Sale

Clark Street Sports Black Friday Sale

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MLB: MLB Players Who Could be Traded During the 2012 Offseason:

With Free Agents Jake Peavy (Chicago White Sox) and David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) resigning with their respected teams, the MLB Free Agency pool seems quite limited but there’s still a few significant players to watch this offseason as the Free Agency period gets underway. Below are a list of the top free-agents and which team I feel they will sign with during the offseason:

1. Zach Greinke: (Los Angeles Angles): With Zack Greinke being the only elite level pitcher on the Free Agent Market, there’s no question that he will be the most sought after free agent this winter. The 2009 Cy-Young Award winner will have numerous teams interested in signing him during the offseason and that list will start with Greinke’s 2012 Team: the Los Angeles Angeles. With Bobby Abreu, Dan Haren, Torii Hunter, and Ervin Santana off their payroll, I feel the Angels will have the necessary money they need to resign Zack Greinke to the biggest Pitcher contract this offseason. The other teams that would be interested in signing Zack Greinke this offseason are the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.

2. Josh Hamilton: (Washington Nationals): The Nationals already feature a sold core of hitters (Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper, Michael Morse, Jayson Werth, and Ryan Zimmerman) but have been looking for an additional left-handed impact bat to add to their lineup so they can be that much more deeper from both sides of the plate. If the Nationals were able to sign Hamilton, then they could move Morse from the outfield to First Base and feature one of the best offensive and defensive outfields in Hamilton, Harper, and Werth. In addition to the Nationals, I feel the Baltimore Orioles and Hamilton’s current team, the Texas Rangers, would still be interested in bringing him back to Texas.

3. Michael Bourn: (Philadelphia Phillies): The Braves would love to bring back the 2-Time All-Star and Gold-Glove winner however it seems unlikely they would be able to afford his reported asking price. With the Phillies dropping almost 40 million dollars from

last years and in addition to trading 2 of the teams 3 starting outfielder from last years team, I feel Philly will be one of the most active teams during

the offseason. Other teams that will look to sign Michael Bourn are his former team, Atlanta Braves along with the Washington Nationals if there unable to sign Josh Hamilton.

4.  AJ Pierzynski: (Texas Rangers): At 35 (and soon to be 36 years old) the 2-Time All-Star Catcher had his best statistical season of his career winning his first silver slugger award and still looked to be at the top of his game. With that said, as much as Pierzynski has ment to the White Sox organization, it seems like the White Sox have decided to go younger and start last year backup catcher Tyler Flowers. Flowers proved last season that he can do a solid job at calling a game in addition to having a great deal of power from the catcher position. I feel the Rangers will sign Pierzynski who has proven to be a much more durable catcher behind the plate than 2011 Ranger Mike Napoli (Napoli has never caught 760 innings in a season while Pierzynski has caught 1,000 Plus innings 11 times in his career). The other teams that also might look to sign Pierzynski this offseason are the Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, and Los Angeles Dodgers.

In addition to the Free Agency Process, there’s 5 other significant players that I feel will be mentioned in a number of trade rumors this offseason.

Alex Rodriguez: (New York Yankees): The Yankees expensive 3rd Baseman had another injury plagued season and showed that he’s still having some durability issues as A-Rod hasn’t played in 140 games in season since the 2007 season and in three of those season he played in under 125 games. Even with all his injuries and problems throughout the MLB Playoffs, I still feel A-Rod will be a Yankee when the 2013 season starts. On the other hand, will the Yankees at-least test the Trade Market… absolutely. So which teams will the Yankees talk with A-Rod about: before the Blockbuster Trade on Tuesday I would have said the Miami Marlins, but now I feel there’s only two teams that would consider trading for the former 3-Time AL MVP Winner: Chicago White Sox (however, with Rick Hahn now the GM, the White Sox might have a new perspective on A-Rod) and drs. In the end, I feel Rodriguez will once again be in Yankee Pinstripes when the 2013 Baseball season begins.

Chase Headley: (San Diego Padres): The Padres have a ton of solid prospects in their organization and with the Giants, Dodgers, and Diamondbacks in their division, I’m not sure there ready to win now so I feel they should look to trade their best asset; Chase Headley. Headley had by far his best season, Hitting .286, to go along with 31 Home Runs and an NL High 115 RBI’s while playing in arguably the toughest hitting ballpark in all of baseball and because of this he’s a finalist for the 2012 NL MVP Award. In addition to having such a great season, Headley is just hitting his prime (28 years old) and has 3 more Arbitration Eligible Seasons left on his contract. Because of his age, contract status, the chances of him replicating this season and the state of this franchise, I feel the Padres should look to trade Chase Headley this offseason. Some of the places that have enough assets to acquire Headley and look to trade for him are the Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, and the Oakland Athletics. In the end, I feel the Padres will ask for too much and not trade the 28 year old 3rd Baseman whose also proven he can play First Base and Left Field.

Gavin Floyd: (Milwaukee BrewersWith White Sox 2012 Third Baseman Kevin Youkilis most likely departing from the South Side of Chicago this offseason, its very clear that the Chicago White Sox have a significant void to fill at the hot corner that they’ll look fill via a Trade (the Free-Agent Market is quite thin). With that said, a number of teams are looking for veteran pitchers that haven’t had any significant injuries in the past. Fortunately, Floyd fits the criteria as he’s thrown over 180 innings for of the past 5 seasons showing that he can take the ball at any time. Because of this, I feel the White Sox will either trade Floyd straight up for a 3rd Baseman or trade Floyd for a number of prospects that they can then flip the prospects for a third baseman. I feel the White Sox number one option would be moving Floyd and a few other prospects for either top prospects Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals) or Mike Olt (Texas Rangers). So why would Texas or Washington be in such a hurry to trade one of their top prospects? Because both teams have a log jam at third base in Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals) and Adrian Beltre (Ranges). Zimmerman, (who agreed to a new contract last offseason), and Beltre, (who hit .321 to along with 36 Homers and 102 RBI and has 4 more years left on his contract) might feel they don’t need one of these elite level prospects and instead might look to acquire a quality veteran pitcher. Both teams have the two different options for these two players: either move one of the top prospects in baseball so they can fill other holes on their roster or have them change positions because nethor will be playing 3rd Base in the near future. In the end, do I foresee the White Sox acquiring one of these two young 3rd Base prospects…no and because of this I feel they will trade Floyd to the Milwaukee Brewers for a number of prospects to help improve their farm system. With that in mind, I also feel the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Texas Rangers will also make a run at Floyd.

Matt Garza: (Chicago Cubs): The Cubs 28 year old right hander had an up and 2012 season that unfortunately ended with him on the DL from July 21st until the completion of the Season. With Garza being in the prime of his career, a proven winner, and having no significant injuries in the past, its a forgone conclusion that a number of teams will look to trade for Garza this offseason. So what teams will look to trade for Garza? I feel the list for Garza will include the Baltimore Orioles, AL Champion Detroit TigersKansas City Royals (who feature a great Bullpen and Offense but need to upgrade their starting rotation), New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers. In the end, I think Garza will start the season with the Cubs so they can show he’s recovered from his triceps injury and then decide wither or not to trade him depending on where the Cubs are in the standings around the July 31st Trade Deadline.

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Chicago Bears: Charles “Peanut” Tillman Tee-Shirt at Clark Street Sports

Bears Fans, Clark Street Sports, The Heckler, and Charles “Peanut” Tillman’s Foundation (Cornerstone Foundation) are teaming up and selling two different Peanut Tee-Shirts. The two Shirts are pictured below and in addition to purchasing these fantastic Peanut Tillman T-Shirts, anytime one of the two T-shirts is sold, $5 will be donated to the Cornerstone Foundation. If your interested in purchasing one of these shirts, you can click on one of the images below and this will lead you to the webpage where you can purchase one of these shirts. What a great combination: you can own a Charles “Peanut” Tillman T-Shirts while cheering on the 7-1 Chicago Bears and help a great cause at the same time.
Charles “Peanut” Tillman Tee-Shirts at Clark Street Sports

Chicago Bears “Peanut Punch It” Tee-Shirt at Clark Street Sports

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New York Yankees: So Where Does A-Rod go From Here?

Alex Rodriguez has gone from being considered one of the best players of all time to being benched for a few of the 2012 Playoff Games (Game 4 ALDS and Games 3 and 4 of the ALCS) along with being pinched hit for during the 9th inning of Game 3 of the ALDS when Raul Ibanez hit a Game Tying Pinch Hit Solo Home Run. So with that said, where does this leave us with one of the best hitters of the past 15 years?

The Yankees now have 4 choices to chose from: Keep him, Put Him on Irrevocable Waivers, Trade him, or Outright Cut Him.

This is something the Yankees are going to have to contemplate and look at during the 2012 offseason. Before providing my prediction of what I feel will happen, I want to breakdown and analyze all of the possible situations.
Keep Alex Rodriguez?

From a financial standpoint, this is bar-none the best financial investment the Yankees could do in bring Alex Rodriguez back and leting him play out the longevity of his contract in Yankee Pinstripes. Rodriguez is signed through the 2017 Season for over 21 million per year so it has to reach a breaking point (EX: 2008 Many Ramirez in Boston) for the Yankees to decide on doing one of the other situations. In my mind, I feel the Yankees are almost at that point (if not already there) so I think the’ll examine every situation before making a final decision.

Put Alex Rodriguez on Irrevocable Waivers?

So what are Irrevocable Wavers? Irrevocable Wavers occurs when a team places a players on wavers for a set period of time. If the player is claimed by a team during that time, then the team that claimed the player is forced to pay the entirety of his contract. One significant player that was places in Irrevocable Wavers was Manny Ramirez during the 2003 when the Red Sox gave teams 48 Hours to acquire the former All-Star Left Fielder without having to give up anything in compensation. As it turned out it was the best thing for both Boston and Manny Ramirez that no one claimed Ramirez as the next season the Red Sox went on to win the World Series.
As for Rodriguez, do I feel the Yankees will attempt this?
No question in my mind the Yankees will put Alex Rodriguez on Irrevocable Wavers and see what’s out there? This sound like a great plan but in fact there’s 2 significant problems with this senario.

  1. A-Rod has a no Trade Clause in His Contract: Alex Rodriguez might be upset that he’s been both pinched hit for and benched for during a number of games this postseason, but even with all that said ,I’m still not sure he would accept a trade to another team. In fact, A-Rod has been asked in the past if he’d agree to wave his no-trade clause and each time he’s responded with the same answer…no. With that said, that was before he was being benched by Manager Joe Girardi and booed during each at-bat at of the Playoffs at Yankee Stadium.
  2. Rodriguez Has 119 Million Left on His Contract: No that’s not a misprint, Alex Rodriguez has 5 years and 119 Million Dollars left on his current contract. So with that said, I’m pretty sure no team in baseball (yes not even the crazy spending Dodgers) wouldn’t take on a contract like that and because of that I think its safe to say this senario won’t work.

Trade A-Rod?

If they Yankees are unable to to have anyone look at signing A-Rod outright, what about trading for the 3-time MVP Winner? This is an option, and I feel’s there’s three teams that would be interested in trading for A-Rod (pending of course the Yankees eat a good chunk of his contract).

Los Angeles Dodgers: A-Rod goes to Hollywood…Could it be. Well yes. The Dodgers new Ownership Group has shown their willing to take risks, spend a significant amount of money, and bring in a lot of star power to their franchise. During the season, Los Angeles added a number of big name stars to their roster (Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Brandon League, and Joe Blanton) so they’ve proven they could be apart of the mix for Alex Rodriguez. In addition to that, the Dodgers still need a third baseman as last year Hanley Ramirez proved that he’s not interested in playing Third Base so LA could slide Ramirez back to Shortstop where he wants to be and trade Dee Gordon to get a few more assets. If the Dodgers trade Dee Gordon and get a few nice prospects in return, then they could have the Yankees eat more of A-Rod’s contract and New York could at the same time add good depth to their farm system.

Miami Marlins: So let the A-Rod to Miami rumors begin. As we’ve seen in the past, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria loves having his newly named franchise in the news for better or worse. This franchise has made a number of bold moves since they became the Miami marlins which include: signing the most polarizing manager in baseball (who might be fired in a few weeks), signed their first 100 million dollar player (Jose Reyes), signed a 3-Time MLB All-Star Pitcher (Mark Buehrle), Signed a 2-Time winner of the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year winner (Heath Bell…lets just say this year didn’t workout so well for Heath or the Marlins), were apart of a Reality TV Show (which was canceled before the end of the season because of their performance on the field), and finally traded the face of their franchise for the past 6+ years for a minor league pitcher that wasn’t considered a top prospect and all of that occurred in less than a year. What a team…what a franchise, it seems like the perfect spot for Alex Rodriguez. If that wasn’t enough, Rodriguez grew up in the Miami Area and is still very involved downin the Greater Miami Area. If A-Rod was to leave New York for another Location, I feel this might be the best fit for him both on and off the field.

Chicago White Sox: My last team that I feel will also take a look at Alex Rodriguez are the Chicago White Sox. Why…for a number of reasons. For one, White Sox General Manager Ken Williams has always been a big fan of Rodriguez in the past and has shown that he’s not afraid of make a bold move even if other don’t agree with it. The White Sox front office has also brought in a number of older Super Stars in the past and have given them another chance including: Jim ThomeKen Griffey Jr., Manny Ramirez, and Kevin Youkilis to name a few.

Cut A-Rod?

Could it be…could the New York Yankees outright release Alex Rodriguez following the 2012 season? Well…yes. However, with that said, I’m not sure the current situation is bad enough between A-Rod and the Yankees for them to outright release the former 3-Time MVP Winner but its still an option for New York to chose from.

What will happen?

In my opinion, I believe Alex Rodriguez will either stay with the Yankees next year or get traded to the Miami Marlins. Last offseason was all about where Albert and Prince would sign…this offseason will be all about where A-Rod will play next year.

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