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Transaction Oracle: Phillies Sign Thome
Philadelphia Phillies sign 1B/DH/PH/3B (I kid) to a one year/ $1.25 million contract.
I’m slightly surprised that he’s coming back.That last appearance for the Indians at third base seemed like such a nice ending to one heck of a ride.
But the man can still hit and I’d much rather have Thome as Ryan Howard insurance, DH in the AL games (and if all goes according to plan, the World Series) and primary pinch-hitter than Ross Gload for instance. Yes, Thome comes with issues. Can he still handle ...Read More...
Transaction Oracle: Diamondbacks - Signed Blanco
Arizona Diamondbacks - Signed C Henry Blanco to a $1.2 million contract with a 2013 mutual option for $1.24 million.
I’m not sure that the re-signing of a 40 year old backup catcher to a
First of all, Blanco played pretty well last year (.250/.330/.540—
Transaction Oracle: Dodgers - Re-signed Juan Rivera
Los Angeles Dodgers - Signed OF Juan Rivera to a 1-year, $4.5 million contract with club option for 1-year, $3.5 million.
This is a signing that makes me want to take a paint tutorial (Billy is pretty loyal to the Royals though and might not be available). Words will have to be enough.
Honestly though this isn’t an objectively terrible signing. I can’t readily identify 60 better corner outfielders, so he’s (arguably) playing on merit. He isn’t horrendously overpaid and there’s no long-term ...Read More...
3 comment(s)Posted: November 05, 2011 at 02:52 AM |
Transaction Oracle: 2012 ZIPS Projections - New York Mets
Obviously not a great year for the Mets at 77-85, but if you just went by the tenor of the media reports, thanks to the Wilpon/Madoff turmoil, you’d think the Mets played like the 1993
edition that went 59-103. The team spent most of the year, playing “sort of OK-ish” and while never really in any kind of risk of being relevant, weren’t Astrotastic horrible.
The pitching staff is interesting in that while it was one of the worst in the league (the 89 ERA+ was 15th of 16 teams in the National ...Read More...
81 comment(s)Posted: November 03, 2011 at 06:07 PM |
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1967 DiscussionThe American League saw one of its more exciting pennant races, in the penultimate year of non-divisional play. By contrast, the National League found the St Louis Cardinals in first place on 18 June 1967, and they never looked back. The St Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.
Win BB-ref Shares WAR Carl Yastrzemski 43 12.2 Harmon Killebrew 38 7.1 Ron Santo 37 10.2 Roberto Clemente 36 8.2 Orlando Cepeda 35 ...Read More...
56 comment(s)Posted: November 02, 2011 at 08:29 PM |
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1966 ResultsIn our second-closest election since we began the project earlier this year, Frank Robinson's four-point advantage over Sandy Koufax wins him the title 'Most Meritorious Player' for 1966.
pts ballots 1sts Player 186 13 8 Frank Robinson 182 13 2 Sandy Koufax 166 13 2 Juan Marichal 150 13 1 Willie Mays 131 12 0 Dick Allen 123 12 0 Ron Santo 110 11 0 Jim Bunning 74 10 0 Roberto Clemente 73 9 0 Joe Torre 36 5 0 Willie McCovey 35 5 0 Harmon Killebrew 22 3 0 Henry Aaron 19 3 0 Bob Gibson 14 2 0 Al ...Read More...
10 comment(s)Posted: November 02, 2011 at 05:31 PM |
Transaction Oracle: Yankees - Signed SabathiaNew York Yankees - Signed P C.C. Sabathia to a 6-year, $142 million contract.
Well that was something of a letdown. I think most of us were poised for a lot of posturing and a lengthy negotiation that in the end would see CC re-signing with the Yankees.Did he leave anything on the table either in terms of length of contract or dollar per year? Could be, but I'm skeptical that he left a lot. In effect he signed for 5 years at $117 million (but with a potential $5 million buyout at the end) ...Read More...
Jim's Lab Notes: Please Excuse the MessIt's update time. The season is over and a slower news cycle is upon us. It's time for me to roll up my sleeves and work on the site. First up is the transition of our Content Management System (CMS) from Expression Engine's 1.x series to its 2.x series. I had hoped to accomplish this upgrade last March but, unfortunately, some of the third-party scripts the site uses had not yet been updated to the new version, my personal life was much too busy and, frankly, I did not have sufficient funds to ...Read More...
193 comment(s)Posted: October 31, 2011 at 06:32 PM |
Transaction Oracle: Indians - Acquired LoweCleveland Indians - Acquired P Derek Lowe from the Atlanta Braves for P Chris Jones
It's not exactly news that Lowe was surplus to requirements in Atlanta. His health record has been exceptional – rarely missing a turn since becoming a starter a decade ago.
The problem is that he's 3 years removed from being an impact player. His upside is probably league average and I'd be more than a little surprised if he's that good. 39 year old pitchers in a decline phase are not what you'd call good ...Read More...
Transaction Oracle: 2012 ZiPS Projections - Philadelphia PhilliesNot a whole lot of surprises here. A ton of hitters that played in the organization get projected this year, mostly because the team employed a massive number of semi-familiar names this year. Brent Clevlen! Rich Thompson! Tagg Bozied! A lot of the minors looked a bit like the 2004 waiver wire in your fantasy baseball league.
The starting pitching made up for a lot of sins in the form of an overrated offense and should continue to do so, even if they can't bring Roy Oswalt back at a ...Read More...
55 comment(s)Posted: October 30, 2011 at 06:28 AM |