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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

After short stint with White Sox, Cuban pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne is headed overseas

Odrisamer Despaigne’s tenure with the White Sox was short and unusual. Now the Cuban pitcher is heading to Korea.

Ken Rosenthal reported that the 32-year-old has agreed to a one-year deal with KT Wiz of the Korean league.

Despaigne joined the Triple-A Charlotte Knights in May and joined the White Sox less than a month later when the pitching staff was in dire need of starting arms. He was known for not wanting to warm up and throwing junk pitches (his curveball averaged 73 mph).

Something for the name fans among us.

 

QLE Posted: November 12, 2019 at 01:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: korean baseball, odrisamer despaigne

MLB free agency: Pros, cons for Giants signing pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu

The Giants have their new general manager in Scott Harris, and are expected to announce their next manager this week. Their next move will be reshaping the roster.

San Francisco refuses to use the word “rebuild,” often leaning on a “reload” instead. Harris, who was an essential part to the Cubs becoming contenders again, said at his introductory press conference Monday that the Giants’ goal is to soon be competitive again after three straight losing seasons.

But how soon? The Giants’ farm system is on the rise, and they have seen the effects of having an aging roster the past few seasons. In free agency, however, they could hold onto their top prospects while also adding proven talent.

One free agent that MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand ...

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QLE Posted: November 12, 2019 at 01:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hyun-jin ryu, rumors

Yankees plan to have talks with Cole, Strasburg

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — After falling short of reaching the World Series for the 10th straight year, the New York Yankees intend to have conversations with top free agent pitchers Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg.

“It’s a good time to be them,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday as the general managers meeting began. “Certainly we’ll have conversations from our perspective. And they’ll either lead to further ones or lesser ones.”

During a moonlit availability in a courtyard surrounded by palm trees, Cashman confirmed changes in the team’s staff, led by Matt Blake replacing Larry Rothschild as pitching coach. He said New York has had conversations with the agents for several of its players who became ...

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QLE Posted: November 12, 2019 at 12:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gerrit cole, stephen strasburg, yankees

Red Sox say Pedroia hopes to return next season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dustin Pedroia is hoping to return to the Boston Red Sox next year after playing in just nine games during the past two seasons because of his injured left knee.

“Every indication I’ve gotten is that he’s feeling good and intending on playing,” Chaim Bloom, Boston’s new chief baseball officer, said Monday after arriving at the annual general managers meetings.

The 36-year-old second baseman lives in nearby Chandler, and Bloom has exchanged texts in the hope of setting up a meeting.

 

QLE Posted: November 12, 2019 at 12:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia

Meanwhile, on the cold, cold Hot Stove . . .

It’s Hot Stove Season baby! You know what that means! Yep: time to watch some teams sign a few relievers to minor league deals and then wait everyone out until February while talking about the need to maintain financial flexibility! FEEL THE BURN.

In more specific news:

John Morosi of MLB Network reports that, based on his conversations with front office folks, either Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor or Kris Bryant are expected to be traded this winter.

We’ve talked a lot about Betts this winter already, and that seems like madness. Bryant’s career with the Cubs began with business-side acrimony, it’s still simmering, and there is no sense that either side is amenable to a long-term deal before he hits free agency. The Indians ...

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QLE Posted: November 12, 2019 at 12:38 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, francisco lindor, free agency, hot stove, kris bryant, mookie betts

MLB will stop awarding prize belt to team that best suppresses salaries in arbitration

Earlier this year, Marc Carig of The Athletic published a report on a belt, awarded as a prize at the GM meetings every year to the team that did the most to “achieve the goals set by the industry.” That’s code for salary suppression in arbitration.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark responded to the report, saying, “That clubs make sport of trying to suppress salaries in a process designed to produce fair settlements shows a blatant lack of respect for our Players, the game, and the arbitration process itself.”

Does this mean that dozens of authorities will be issuing belts, making it impossible to determine a clear champion?

 

QLE Posted: November 12, 2019 at 12:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, dollah dollah bills, y'all

Dodgers to shop for starting pitchers, right-handed power as offseason begins

Jumping ahead to points of interest:

How the Dodgers operate this offseason could again depend on their willingness to spend significant money and perhaps exceed the competitive tax threshold — a soft cap that has hardened not only in Los Angeles but in big markets across the majors in recent years. Only the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and Yankees will pay a tax for the 2019 season, and all three franchises are striving to avoid the penalty.

Despite playing in the second-largest market in the country, drawing the highest attendance in the majors the last seven seasons, and securing a television contract that pays the organization $8.35 billion over 25 years, the Dodgers have not surpassed the line since 2017.

A document prepared for ...

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QLE Posted: November 12, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, luxury tax

Rays GM Erik Neander wins MLB Executive of the Year honor

Rays GM Erik Neander was named MLB Executive of the Year in a vote of his peers announced Monday night at the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Neander was honored for the team’s success in winning 96 games and returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The press release announcing the award detailed many of the moves Neander and staff made but made no mention of them operating with the lowest payroll in the game.

“I am both humbled and honored to be recognized by Major League Baseball and the executives who voted on the award,’’ Neander said in a statement released by the team.

So, who would you give this award to if you were voting on it?

 

QLE Posted: November 12, 2019 at 12:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: erik neander, executive of the year, rays

Mets have a stud in Pete Alonso, but will they keep him?

If he continues hitting home runs at the pace he did in his 2019 NL Rookie of the Year season, Pete Alonso will pass Darryl Strawberry for most home runs by a New York Met sometime in 2023.

If he continues to rack up RBI the way he did last season, he will catch David Wright, the Mets’ all-time leader with 970, sometime in 2026. Even scoring 103 runs as he did in 2019, it would take Alonso until 2028 to equal Wright’s franchise record of 946. And he would need all the way to 2030 to reach Wright’s mark of 1,777 hits in a Mets uniform.

Assuming continued good health and comparable production, it is clear that Alonso could turn out to be the greatest hitter this franchise has ever had, which says nearly as much about the Mets, a ...

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QLE Posted: November 12, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, pete alonso

AL ROY Alvarez unanimous, NL ROY Alonso 1 shy

One guy won the midsummer Home Run Derby, then became the first rookie to win the full-season home run derby outright. The other went third deck at Minute Maid Park amid compiling the highest OPS ever for a rookie with at least 300 trips to the plate.

What Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez did in 2019 was historic, and their efforts were rightly recognized Monday night with runaway wins in the National League and American League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Alvarez was a unanimous selection in the AL (the 11th such selection in the history of this award), while Alonso was listed first on 29 of the 30 ballots in the NL.

“Holy ...

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QLE Posted: November 12, 2019 at 12:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, pete alonso, rookie of the year, yordan alvarez

Monday, November 11, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-11-2019

A collection of quotes from Pirates rookie pitcher Jack Wisner in the Pittsburgh Press, November 11, 1919:

“Put your dough on these here Pirates next season. We got that there flag in the National cinched, but them there cuckoos in that league ain’t got wise to that fact yet. They got some surprise party coming, I’ll say they has.”
...
“It’s good I’m with Pittsburg at that, because Pittsburg has got a lot of smoke and my fast ball has got more smoke than Pittsburg and we’ll be a smokey pair. I’ll say we will.”
...
“I got a curve ball that comes up to the plate and says ‘how do you do’ and then fades away in the catcher’s mitt if the catcher is lucky enough to have it in the right place. Then I got a slow ball which melts away from their ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 11, 2019 at 10:50 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Giants name Scott Harris General Manager

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 10, 2019 at 05:22 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, scott harris

Braves sign O’Day to a new contract

The Braves announced Friday that Darren O’Day signed a contract with the team for next season.


The deal is a one-year contract worth $2.25 million, the team announced. The deal includes a club option for 2021 worth $3.5 million.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 10, 2019 at 06:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: darren o'day

Ex-Ranger says this could prevent another death like Tyler Skaggs’. Will MLB allow it?

The best answer to all that afflicted him in San Diego, Oakland, Arlington, Surprise, Round Rock, Scottsdale and everywhere else his career took him is being grown at his farm in the middle of New Mexico and at others like it throughout the country.

It’s an industrial hemp farm, and Blanks is an advocate of hemp-derived CBD as a treatment option in baseball.

“The platform enables me to speak about it because I’m not one of the tragedies,” he said. “I happened to come from this place and something bad happened. I feel it’s necessary for me to come forward and try to help people.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 10, 2019 at 06:22 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs in sports

Way-too-early division predictions for 2020

When we make our preseason division picks, we expose ourselves to the possibility that injury strife and baseball’s general propensity toward the unexpected will render our choices fruitless, pointless and ridiculous.

This leads to two possible conclusions:

A. We should never make predictions. The chance of error is too high and the accompanying chance of us lowering our internal estimations of self-worth is too great.

B. If a bunch of stuff is going to change and make us look dumb anyway, we might as well make predictions even earlier!

I doubt these predictions will come true, but it will be a rather interesting year for the sport if they did….

QLE Posted: November 10, 2019 at 12:40 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: predictions

Padres unveil new brown and gold color scheme

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Brown is back for the San Diego Padres.

The Padres unveiled new uniforms Saturday night that feature a brown and gold color scheme, similar to the one used from the franchise’s inception in 1969 through 1984.

The new uniforms were unveiled at Petco Park in front a few thousand fans by players Fernando Tatis Jr., Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado.

Machado modeled the home white uniform with brown pinstripes that included the word Padres in brown on the front, trimmed in gold.

What can brown do for you, other than win the NL West?

 

QLE Posted: November 10, 2019 at 12:36 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, uniforms

Chapman, Arenado repeat as Platinum Glovers

NEW YORK—At the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards ceremony on Friday night, some of the best and brightest stars of Major League Baseball lit up Manhattan.

None shined more brightly than the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado and the Athletics’ Matt Chapman. The pair, whose journey from teammates at shortstop at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif., to two of the premier third basemen in the Major Leagues is well-known by now, repeated as Platinum Glove Award winners.

While the Gold Glove Awards honor the best fielder at each position, since 2011, the Platinum Glove Awards pit all 18 Gold Glovers against each other to determine the best defensive player in each league. The award is decided by a combination of fan votes and the Society for ...

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QLE Posted: November 10, 2019 at 12:22 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, matt chapman, nolan arenado

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Giants won’t have any tax concerns as they dive into free agency

SAN FRANCISCO—You almost needed an accounting degree to fully understand all the offseason moves the Giants made two years ago.

The trade for Evan Longoria included nearly $15 million coming back from the Rays. The Pirates covered $2.5 million of Andrew McCutchen’s salary. When Tony Watson walked into the Scottsdale Stadium clubhouse a few days into spring training, he did so on a complicated contract that was structured to keep the Giants under the competitive balance tax line.

The CBT was mentioned often by team officials for a couple of years and was constantly lingering in the background, a penalty that colored many of the organization’s moves. That’s still the case for several teams around baseball—most notably the Red Sox, who ...

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QLE Posted: November 09, 2019 at 12:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, giants, luxury tax

‘Multiple teams’ believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available for trade this winter

Multiple teams believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available in trade talks this winter, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Being available in trade talks doesn’t mean Contreras will be dealt, and Passan’s report didn’t definitively say Contreras is available. However, it shows the Cubs are open to changing their roster this offseason, one where they’ve already changed managers following a disappointing 84-win season.

Team president Theo Epstein has said time and time again he doesn’t believe in untouchable players, and at his end-of-season presser, he said the Cubs are open to roster changes.

“We’re open to change. We’re open-minded about this roster, and I expect to have a lot of trade discussions this ...

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QLE Posted: November 09, 2019 at 12:27 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors, willson contreras

How Should We Measure Team Success in 2019?

The 2019 Houston Astros were not a failure. Neither were the Dodgers. Nor were the Twins, Yankees, Cardinals, Phillies, Cubs or even the Mets. (Believe it, Mets fans.)

None of these teams won the World Series in 2019. But in this modern climate of baseball when burn-it-to-the-ground rebuilds are encouraged and high-end free agents are invisible to all but a select few clubs, the teams that try to win deserve to be celebrated. That’s where the sport is right now.

As it relates to the Astros, it’s worth remembering the tanktastic 2011-2013 seasons that paved the way for every ongoing rebuild. That awful stretch ultimately led to a championship in 2017 and put the team on the doorstep of another title in the two years since. Now here we ...

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QLE Posted: November 09, 2019 at 12:18 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: tanking

Padres hire Larry Rothschild to be their new pitching coach

Larry Rothschild was dismissed by the Yankees at the end of the season. He was not unemployed for long. The San Diego Padres just hired him to be their pitching coach, reports Ken Rosenthal.

Any potential implications as to the Padres plans for this off-season?

 

QLE Posted: November 09, 2019 at 12:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: larry rothschild, padres, pitching coach

2019 Rookie of the Year: Breaking down the finalists

Awards announcements represent the final chapter of a Major League Baseball season.

The first winners will be revealed Monday when the Baseball Writers Association of America names the American and National League Rookies of the Year.

This race should be more clear cut than last year’s, but closer than the 2017 contest. The awards winners should follow the theme of the 2019 season as the big boppers with the gaudy home-run numbers are likely to take home the hardware.

New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso and Houston Astros bruiser Yordan Alvarez are the league’s respective frontrunners. But cases can be made for Mike Soroka, who emerged as an ace for an Atlanta Braves club that won a second consecutive division title, and John Means, ...

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Friday, November 08, 2019

Shaughnessy: Face it, Red Sox fans, you are overrating Mookie Betts a bit

But no baseball player is a sure thing after five or six seasons, and there is plenty of reason for the Sox to pause if Mookie wants anything in the area of $300 million over 10 seasons. Trout got $430 million for a 12-year deal, which averages out to $35.8 million per season. Bryce Harper signed with the Phillies for $330 million over 13 seasons ($25.4 million per).

Mookie and his agent are going to be reminded 330 million times that the Washington Nationals went on to win the World Series after they let Harper play out his contract.

Few players make good on these kinds of deals. One was Manny Ramirez, who was great for 7½ seasons of an eight-year, $160 million contract he signed with the Red Sox way back in 2001….

In my view, the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 08, 2019 at 03:07 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts

Diamondbacks have made some changes to their uniforms for 2020

Gone now are the other two unusual features: the dark grays and the diamond pattern on the shoulders. In is a more traditional road gray. Though, I suspect, that we’ll almost never see it given how most teams who have solid jersey “alternates” use them almost all the dang time. Which, call me an old man, but I kinda hate. They all look like they’re wearing batting practice jerseys all the time. With only a couple of exceptions — Houston’s orange and Oakland’s green, because they’re unique — they’re all pretty dreary.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 08, 2019 at 12:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

D’Arcy Carden to Star With Abbi Jacobson in ‘League of Their Own’ Series at Amazon

Amazon’s pilot based on A League of Their Own is starting to fill out its lineup card.

The Good Place actress D’Arcy Carden is in talks to star in the pilot opposite Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, who is also writing and executive producing. The half-hour comedy is based on the beloved 1992 movie about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Penny Marshall directed the film, which starred Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Lori Petty.

Will Graham (Mozart in the Jungle) will write and exec produce with Jacobson. Hailey Wierengo, head of Graham’s Amazon-based Field Trip Productions, is also an exec producer.

Amazon’s take on the story is a modern look at the league and will not feature sisters Dottie Hinson and Kit Keller, played by ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 08, 2019 at 12:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-8-2019

Memphis News Scimitar, November 8, 1919:

It’s all set for the Pirates to win the pennant next season. Those who say so have it all doped out this way: When George “Possum” Whitted was traded from St. Louis to Boston the Braves promptly proceeded to bag a pennant. When “Possum” next was shifted to Philadelphia the Phillies likewise grabbed the gonfalon. Now that he has been presented to Pittsburgh the Pirates are expected to go out and win the championship. How can they help it with the swastika of baseball in their lineup?

Oh. Oh no.

(Yes, I know, the swastika was a symbol of luck that was co-opted by some of the worst human beings who have ever lived. It’s just weird to read an article that describes someone, in a positive way, as the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 08, 2019 at 09:51 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Nats World Series Win Affirmed Their Once-Questioned Existence in D.C.

From our own(?) Chris Needham:

D.C. baseball fans are told that their baseball history is actually Montreal’s. Hipster baseball fans who’ve never set foot in Quebec and can’t name any Expos other than Tim Raines and Pedro Martinez push for a version of history that prefers a corporate lineage to the over 100 years of baseball history in Washington: of Walter Johnson and Goose Goslin; of Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard.

Bote Man sez Davey is MoY Posted: November 08, 2019 at 08:20 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, nationals, world series

A summary of the 2019 SB Nation off-season simulation

Sorry to post my own stuff, but I know there has been interest in this in the past. I prematurely cut off Gerrit Cole negotiations, so that’s why he didn’t get as much as Strasburg. Obviously, a lot of these FA deals are silly pants, but it is still an interesting exercise I think.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 08, 2019 at 08:20 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Report: Red Sox trading Jackie Bradley Jr. ‘all but certain’

Chaim Bloom will be put to the test right away this offseason as the Boston Red Sox’ new Chief Baseball Officer.

The Mookie Betts contract situation is enough to give any front office executive a headache, but one under-the-radar storyline in Boston this offseason will be what Bloom and the Red Sox brass decide to do about center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

Bradley is set to hit free agency after next season and will make $11 million in the final year of his contract. As the Red Sox look to shed payroll, they could look to deal their Gold Glove center fielder and find a more cost-effective replacement. In fact, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic believes it’s “all but certain” Boston will look to trade Bradley.

Will he be taking the Jackpot ...

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QLE Posted: November 08, 2019 at 12:46 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie bradley jr., red sox, trade rumors

Governor asks court to release 38 Studios grand jury records

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is asking the state Supreme Court to release records from the grand jury investigation into the state’s deal with a video game company owned by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

The Providence Journal reports Raimondo’s senior counsel Claire Richards argued Thursday in court that Raimondo has standing to bring the case because the company’s collapse cost the state millions of dollars and hindered economic development programs.

Rhode Island invested $75 million in 2010 to lure 38 Studios from Massachusetts. Two years later, the company went bankrupt.

An update of a story we discussed quite a bit here years ago.

 

QLE Posted: November 08, 2019 at 12:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling

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