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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Megdal: What can the 2012 Mets get for $15 million and maybe David Wright

The organization’s finances are a mess, meaning that the only question now is whether Alderson can somehow build a decent club by making cheap additions to the unintimidating roster he currently has to work with.

After all, Alderson, the former general manager of the Oakland A’s, has a proven track record of accomplishing a lot with meager resources (though it bears noting that he did his winning in Oakland when he spent money on stars like Rickey Henderson, Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco).

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2011 at 09:18 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, mets

Winter Meetings Heat Up With Rumors That Hotel Has An Indoor Pool | The Onion Sports Network


Team owners across the major leagues were galvanized Monday by news that the Hilton Anatole hotel, which will host professional baseball’s official 2011 winter meetings, may feature an indoor pool. “Aw, man, I’m totally gonna bring my trunks,” said Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti, adding that he hopes the pool is “one of those ones where half is indoors and the other half is outdoors.” “I’m definitely spending all my time in there. And I’m gonna splash [Boston Red Sox ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2011 at 07:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: general

White Sox trade Sergio Santos for Blue Jays prospect Molina

Sergio: Once Upon a Time in the East…Duck, You Sucker!

The Chicago White Sox sent closer Sergio Santos to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitching prospect Nestor Molina in a trade of right-handed pitchers Tuesday.

Santos, 28, saved 30 games in 63 appearances in his first full season in the majors in 2011.

Molina, a 22-year-old from Venezuela, was 12-3, pitching at Class A Dunedin (Fla.) and Class AA New Hampshire for the Jays last season. For his minor-league career he is 22-7 with a 2.21 ERA.

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2011 at 06:23 PM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, white sox

BBWAA Awards Show Coming Next Year

In conjunction with the MLB Network, there will be four separate awards programs aired, with (as I understand it) a pair of awards per program, Monday through Thursday. Should be good programming, and more compact than in past years when the process was spread over a couple of calendar weeks.

That’s the lesser change. The greater change is this: According to the plan, during the week before those four programs, there will be a special to announce the finalists: three apiece for Manager of ...

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: December 06, 2011 at 06:22 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Calcaterra: The BBWAA grants FanGraphs accreditation, denies SB Nation

Hey, noted film critic and author Danny Peary just FB’d me that we “have been brainwashed” by sabermetrics or some such. So there’s that!

The Baseball Writers Association of America just had their annual meeting. At that meeting they consider new applications for membership and reconsider old ones. They just did it with Fangraphs and SB Nation: accreditation granted to the former, denied to the latter.

Great news for FanGraphs. They do amazing work, of course, and I guarantee you that every ...

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2011 at 05:55 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: business, hall of fame, history, media, sabermetrics

TFT: Mitchell: Don’t Dismiss Bernie Williams’ Hall of Fame Candidacy Too Quickly

Was there anything better than watching Bernie chase after an uncatchable ball…with his glove outstretched?

Another way to assess Williams candidacy is to determine how many center fielders in the history of the game had clearly better careers.  The list is shorter than one might initially think.  Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Duke Snider, Mickey Mantle, Ken Griffey Jr., and Jim Edmonds are on the list, but after that it is hard to find a better all around center fielder.  ...

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2011 at 05:38 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, sabermetrics, yankees

Japanese astronaut plays baseball in space

They found the ball Pujols hit off Lidge.

cardsfanboy Posted: December 06, 2011 at 04:56 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: international, japan, media, television

Slimmed down Dmitri Young looks to restart career

But what kind of botulinumbers will Da Meat Hook put up?

It’s been 41 months since Dmitri Young last played in the big leagues.

Forty-one months ago . . . and 70 pounds ago.

A so-slim-you-might-not-recognize-him

Young showed up at the winter meetings Monday, hopeful of restarting a big-league career that stalled in 2008 with the Nationals. Young, who turned 38 in October, said he’s willing to go to Japan if no major-league team is willing to give him a chance.

“I feel I’ve still got ...

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2011 at 02:21 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Joyce: Baseball Hall of Fame Getting Too Crowded

Bah! Nobody goes there anymore, they all go to the Yogi Berra Museum. (humorless sabermetric yuck there)

The point is there are now far too many players in the Hall, or up for consideration for the Hall, that don’t immediately connote greatness.

The Hall should be for only those that elicit a universal, “oh yeah, he was one of the greats” – and not, “what a solid, clutch player and a good guy.” Sure, once in a while there should be heated discussion regarding a borderline player ...

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2011 at 10:55 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hall of fame, history, sabermetrics, yankees

John A. Torres: After 34 years, this fan lets go of the Mets

The Florida Fight for Independence—From the Mets…

It started June 15, 1977 and the divorce was finalized on Sunday night, Dec. 4, 2011 when Jose Reyes — the best New York Mets player since Tom Seaver — left Queens for a new address in South Beach.

It is now officially over between the Mets and I.

...Sunday night’s decision to not even offer Jose Reyes a contract is akin to beheading someone who is on life support. It’s over, there’s no question about it. Kaput. The Mets are dead ...

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2011 at 10:47 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, mets, miami, rays

Lowe: Austin Jackson center of off-season talk

On Monday, manager Jim Leyland gave his diagnosis of why Jackson hit 44 points lower than in 2010:

“I believe that he got caught in between a few things,” Leyland said: ‘Am I a leadoff hitter? Am I supposed to hit home runs? Am I supposed to get on base? Am I supposed to walk? I’ve got to make this adjustment and that adjustment.’

“I hope that’s the answer. I’m not down on Austin Jackson. I know everybody is making a big deal about the leadoff spot. We all know that’s a thing he’d like to get ...

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2011 at 10:36 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, sabermetrics, tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-6-2011

Two stories about Germany Schaefer in the Toledo News-Bee, December 6, 1911:

Germany Schaefer isn’t sure he will like Clark Griffith, the new Washington manager. It’s this way: Germany coaxed Griff to witness his vaudeville act in a Washington theater…

“How did you like it?” inquired Germany of Griff.
“You’re a good baseball player,” replied Griff.

One day Schaefer saved the day with a one-handed catch of a line drive over first. Amidst the cheers Schaefer demanded, “Was that science or ...

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: December 06, 2011 at 10:11 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Dodgers add J. Hairston, working on Harang

The Dodgers have signed utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. to a two-year, $6 million deal and are working toward another two-year deal with right-handed starting pitcher Aaron Harang.

Yes! Brilliant!

Tuque Posted: December 06, 2011 at 07:43 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: general Friedman Staying With Rays

“Andrew chose not to be a part of the Astros’ process. It is in no way a reflection on the Houston organization.”

Thanks, but no thanks…

charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: December 06, 2011 at 03:20 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Bobby Valentine Did Not Invent Sandwich Wrap

Thought this was a fun article…

In June 28, 1976’s Desert News print a short blurb about pita bread and how you can use it to make regular sandwiches like cold cuts.  It also states that if you wish to give it a “taco-take off” to use a tortilla.  You can actually find earlier mentions of diet tips about replacing regular bread with pitas for sandwich’s, but that 1976 column is the earliest I found mention of use a tortilla as a bread replacement.  You can also find earlier mentions of people ...

crawdaddy Posted: December 06, 2011 at 01:53 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

MASN: Johnson wants Rizzo to keep open mind on Bryce Harper

Nineteen, nineteen, nineteen, nineteen and he likes it!

Like general manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals skipper Davey Johnson wants to give Bryce Harper a chance to compete for a spot on the team’s 25-man roster out of spring training. But there are obstacles stacked against the organization’s future centerpiece, not the least of which are the facts that he’s only 19 and has never played above Double-A.

So in speaking to reporters at the Winter Meetings on Monday afternoon, Johnson had this ...

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2011 at 01:47 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: history, minor leagues, nationals, prospect reports, scouting

Monday, December 05, 2011

Spinner: Nickelback Trade Insults Via Twitter With Atlanta Braves’ Peter Moylan

Nickelback? Foo Fighters?.....You’d think Moylan would be touting the Mangel Wankers or something, but nooooo.

Embattled rock band Nickelback have found themselves in the middle of another sports controversy—a Twitter fight with Peter Moylan, a relief pitcher for the Atlanta Braves baseball team.

Moylan threw the first high heater after attending the Foo Fighters’ Dec. 2 show at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia, tweeting how much more he liked Dave Grohl’s band than Chad Kroeger’s.

“Note to ...

Repoz Posted: December 05, 2011 at 09:32 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, media, music

Moser: Ron Santo, Sabermetric Star Before Its Time, Finally Makes the Hall of Fame

There aren’t many third basemen in the Hall of Fame; fewer still played during years easily comparable to those Santo played in. Via Fangraphs, here’s a look at cumulative WAR (Wins over Replacement Player, a stat designed to measure how much better a player is than a MLB-ready minor leaguer or easily signable free agent) among the HoF third basemen who played during or after Santo’s time…

In short, Santo was arguably better over time than his peers, even the great Brooks Robinson. By Baseball ...

Repoz Posted: December 05, 2011 at 09:07 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hall of fame, history, sabermetrics

Westmoreland Cleared to Start Playing

Ryan Westmoreland has been cleared to play and will soon start DH’ing in the Dominican Republic Instructional League.

Westmoreland, once the top prospect in the Red Sox system, underwent brain surgery in March of 2010 and has not played since…

Westmoreland, who turns 22 in April, was a five-tool outfielder out of Rhode Island. If this step goes well, he could be able to join a minor league team next season.

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: December 05, 2011 at 09:02 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, red sox

Source—Boston Red Sox owners cool on hiring Bill Buckner - ESPN Boston

Bill Buckner should be on Valentine’s staff if he wants him.

New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine wants to add Bill Buckner to his coaching staff and the former Boston first baseman wants the job, but the team’s front office is resistant to the idea, a source close to Buckner said.
“Whether or not Bill Buckner would be on the staff is a decision that Ben (Cherington, the Boston general manager) will talk about or if anybody else is going to be on the staff, Ben and I will talk about it.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2011 at 08:10 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Marlins Get a Potential Bargain in Jose Reyes | FanGraphs Baseball

Here’s essentially what Reyes would need to produce to justify this contract as fair market price, based on $5 million per win and 5% annual inflation over the life of the contract:

Year WAR $/WAR Value
2012 3.53 $5.00 $17.67
2013 3.37 $5.25 $17.67
2014 3.20 $5.51 $17.67
2015 3.05 $5.79 $17.67
2016 2.91 $6.08 $17.67
2017 2.77 $6.38 $17.67
At that price, the Marlins are essentially paying for a total of +19 WAR over the next six years. What does +19 WAR from a shortstop look like over a six ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2011 at 07:17 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, miami

Dave Zirin: Bobby Valentine’s Last Stint as Manager



Valentine is that charming type-A personality well-known in coaching circles: the people person who hates people. With these types, it never ends well and it never ends quietly. He says however that he’s changed and is now a mellower Bobby V. As he said recently, “What really matters is adaptability and how that person fits into his new environment.’‘

For a sneak preview of Valentine’s tenure in Boston, don’t look at his volatile stints heading the Texas Rangers and New York ...

Repoz Posted: December 05, 2011 at 06:49 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, red sox

Ron Santo Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by Golden Era Committee

Crackerjack timing.

DALLAS, TX—Ron Santo, a nine-time All-Star who amassed 342 home runs and five Gold Glove awards, has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Golden Era Committee, it was announced today.

Santo was the lone candidate to garner the necessary 75% of votes cast by the 16-member Golden Era Committee, which considered a ballot of eight former players and two executives whose contributions to the game were most significant from 1947-1972. The Golden Era Committee ...

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 05, 2011 at 04:25 PM | 184 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hall of fame

Reds Country: Pete Rose - Hits 4256, Steroids 0

I understand that amphetamine is tough to spell…but parlay is pretty damn easy.

I was checking out and saw this autographed baseball.  Classic.


Repoz Posted: December 05, 2011 at 02:30 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, reds

MASN: Lee Thomas on Duquette: “Some people missed the boat on him”

Duke: The Lost Engine of Thomas.

Dan Duquette and Lee Thomas are working together again. Thomas was hired today as a special assistant to the Orioles’ executive vice president of baseball operations.

...Thomas said he has kept some tabs on the Orioles in recent years.

“I guess the last year or two I have, and especially since Buck (Showalter) came over and now even more since Dan came over. I don’t think people know how good Dan Duquette is. I really don’t. I think there is a lot of people ...

Repoz Posted: December 05, 2011 at 11:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: history, orioles, red sox

NYT: Keh: Measuring Reyes’s Loss in the Box Score

With analysis from Neil Paine, Rob Neyer, Doug Glanville and…Hugging Harold Reynolds?

“That doesn’t happen two years in a row,” Neyer said of Reyes’s apparent good fortune. “The Mets shouldn’t pay a guy for hitting .337, because he’s unlikely to do it again.”

Reyes’s defense, meanwhile, appears to be an even trickier subject to measure.

“I think Jose is clearly one of the top defensive shortstops in baseball,” said Harold Reynolds, an analyst for MLB Network. “He’s ...

Repoz Posted: December 05, 2011 at 10:37 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets, projections, sabermetrics

Rosenthal: Marlins need pitching more than Pujols

Hot off the muscle wire…Robothal’s latest.

The Marlins gave Albert Pujols the grand tour of their new ballpark. They made him a nine-year offer. They plan to meet with his agent, Dan Lozano, at the winter meetings on Monday or Tuesday and apply even more of a full-court press, major league sources say.

But the Marlins should not sign Albert Pujols.

...You can almost see the Marlins’ logic: Neither Wilson nor Buehrle is a true ace, so why not load up on the best available hitters? Pujols ...

Repoz Posted: December 05, 2011 at 10:27 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals, miami

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-5-2011

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, December 5, 1911:

HAVANA, Dec. 4.—Manager John McGraw of the New York National Baseball Club, and Umpire Rigler have felt the heavy hand of Cuban law. They have been fined $20 each for making alleged derogatory statements about Cubans.

Last night while dining in a cafe they were accused of making a public declaration that all Cubans were merely negroes, whereupon a policeman was called to arrest the baseball men. McGraw and Rigler stubbornly resisted because the ...

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: December 05, 2011 at 09:30 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, international

McGrath: Minnie Minoso a Legend, But Not Hall of Fame-Worthy

He messed around with a bloke named Smoky Burgess

Minoso’s influence is less celebrated, though as a Spanish-speaking, dark-skinned Cuban he had to overcome a daunting language barrier as well as a reluctantly falling color barrier when he reached the big leagues for good in 1951. He was traded to the White Sox that year, and became a baseball treasure in Chicago, a dynamic performer on the field and a cheerful, charismatic presence in the community.

While multiple ...

Repoz Posted: December 05, 2011 at 03:44 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, white sox

Twitter / @Ken_Rosenthal: Sources: #Marlins, Reyes i ...

That’s a lot of cabbage for a guy who will be hurt a good chunk of the contract.

Reyes in agreement on six-year, $106M deal, pending physical.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2011 at 03:14 AM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, miami

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