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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Rhiner Cruz? 1st Pick? Seriously? | FanGraphs Baseball

Is the Rule 5 draft important? Of course not. It’s not worthless, though. It’s a chance for a team to risk nothing for a useful piece.

In seeing Rhiner Cruz‘ name as the top pick in this year’s Rule 5 draft, my first thought was this would be the last time I ever spent a tangible amount of time prepping for it. In a moment of clarity, the Houston Astros helped me understand just how important the Rule 5 draft is NOT.

Even after reading Adam Foster’s piece breaking down Rule 5 draft picks ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2011 at 02:45 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting

Interpreting Scott Boras’ Comments On Prince Fielder: MLB Rumors -

The big concern for anyone signing Prince is that he will age like his father.

There has been some talk of Boras trying to get Fielder signed to a three or four year contract, so that Prince gets another bite at the free agency apple. That strategy, I would think, would work best for teams and Prince’s long-term earnings. Of course, who knows what silly offer could already be on the table? I am just glad the Red Sox already have Adrian Gonzalez.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2011 at 02:07 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brewers, cardinals, cubs, giants, mariners, miami, nationals

Jeff Pearlman: Albert Pujols is leaving St. Louis. Rejoice!

Wooeee, I haven’t seen an Albert pricked like this…since Albert Fish inserted 29 needles into his welcoming pelvic region!

The liberation of St. Louis begins now.

Albert Pujols is leaving the city and you are free, dear people, to speak the truth. No longer do you have to cower. No longer do you have to worry about stern looks and furious retorts. No longer do you have to tiptoe around the mighty slugger and his Ruthian numbers, fearful that he might say to hell with riverboat casinos and go ...

Repoz Posted: December 10, 2011 at 01:46 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, history, media

Bill Conlin: Rollins in the Cards

I once had a fleshy Conlinesque druncle who’d freak out whenever I’d flick juice-less, hence disposable, boogers his way at the dinner table. Strange man.

When I’m King of the World . . .

Manager Mike Scioscia likes to run. He has a lineup filled with rabbits, including Erick Aybar and two of the game’s fastest players in outfielders Peter Bourjos and Millville’s Mike Trout, 19.

With that kind of speed in front of him, if Trout is ready to lead off or bat No. 2, Pujols might drive in 150 ...

Repoz Posted: December 10, 2011 at 01:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, international, japan, phillies

Glanville: Sharing the gift of Albert Pujols

Two hundred and fifty-four million dollars and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies.

Great players can cause a lot of major leaguers to feel inadequate, yet no one like Albert Pujols could make every single All-Star say, “I could never be that good.”... True, I could outrun Pujols, but the gifts connected to what you have at birth don’t count. Pujols has intangibles in his make-up that make everything he does seem otherworldly. I was faster; he ran the bases ...

The District Attorney Posted: December 10, 2011 at 07:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

Tigers finalize one-year, $3.5 million deal with Octavio Dotel

According to BobbyMac, these are the most lopsided projected left/right splits (in terms of True Average, formerly EqA) for active players, minimum 500 IP:

Name               Split        Size
Octavio Dotel      R, vs. R   +.112 TAv
Ramon Ortiz        R, vs. R    .110
Dontrelle Willis   L, vs. L    .105
Horacio Ramirez    L, vs. L    .105
Chien-Ming Wang    R, vs. R    .092

Detroit and Octavio Dotel made their deal official, with the Tigers paying the veteran right-hander $3 million in 2012 ...

The District Attorney Posted: December 10, 2011 at 03:50 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Doyel: Pujols could have had it all, but instead he chose $254 million

Ancestors of Jor-El included: Val-El, a famous explorer; Doy-El, dastardly inventor of Troth Broth poison…

When it gets ugly for Albert Pujols—and it’s going to get ugly for Albert Pujols—he’ll have himself to blame. Because it didn’t have to be this way.

Pujols could have been Derek Jeter. He could have been Cal Ripken. He could have been Ernie Banks or Ryne Sandberg or, yes, Stan Musial.

Instead he’ll be Alex Rodriguez or Manny Ramirez or Gary Sheffield, just another big-bopping mercenary ...

Repoz Posted: December 10, 2011 at 01:22 AM | 130 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

Arizona signs former big-league OF Jason Lane as a LHP

A shocking transformation!

Jason Lane, who made six relief appearances when he wasn’t playing the outfield for Triple-A Las Vegas last season, will make a full-time move to the mound next season. The Diamondbacks have signed him to a minor league deal as a left-handed pitcher... He’ll play next year at 35, so it’s an awfully late conversion to the mound for the former USC Trojan. But his arm will certainly be fresh.

Overall, Lane is a .241/.314/.457 hitter with 61 homers in 1,208 ...

The District Attorney Posted: December 10, 2011 at 12:22 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona

Friday, December 09, 2011

Tigers, Nationals swap hard-throwing relievers [Perry for Balester]

A trade between three unelected and frankly unaccountable teams.

the Tigers and Nationals pulled off an exchange of right-handed relievers Ryan Perry and Collin Balester on Friday….

Perry… ended the year with a 5.35 ERA and a 24/21 K/BB ratio in 37 innings. Overall, he has a 4.07 ERA and a 129/82 K/BB ratio in 161 1/3 innings as a major leaguer.

Balester is viewed more of a flop than Perry, but he also has the better raw stuff; while both tend to throw in the 93-95 mph range, Balester’s ...

The District Attorney Posted: December 09, 2011 at 10:59 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, tigers

Oakland mayor hopes to woo Warriors, A’s with ‘Coliseum City’ complex

Billy Beane should have never proposed this project.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said today she is going to reveal the plans for “Coliseum City”—a sports and entertainment complex—and the Warriors are excited about the potential.

“I think they’re just open and they’re intrigued,” Quan said. “They’re intrigued by the overall idea of Coliseum City and that’s something San Francisco can’t offer them.”

Quan has a press conference set for noon to unveil the city’s plans for the new complex, which ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2011 at 10:31 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, business

Diamondbacks “close” to getting Trevor Cahill from A’s

Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Diamondbacks are “close” to acquiring right-hander Trevor Cahill from the A’s for multiple prospects, adding that right-hander Jarrod Parker and outfielder Collin Cowgill are “in play.”

However, Bob Nightengale of USA Today says Parker “is not in a potential deal” because Arizona plans to have him in the Opening Day rotation.

Top prospect Trevor Bauer isn’t eligible to be traded yet because he was the No. 3 overall pick in ...

Repoz Posted: December 09, 2011 at 10:19 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, athletics

USA Today: Nightengale: From zero to $254 million, how the Pujols deal got done

The Marlins thought Pujols might agree on Monday, knowing their offer blew away the Cardinals’ deal. Maybe it would have happened. But another team stepped in and ruined Miami’s plans. The team, which refuses to be publicly identified, offered Pujols a 10-year, $225 million deal. Pujols was intrigued. If he didn’t return to St. Louis, this team might be the perfect fit.

Then on Tuesday the Cardinals offered Pujols a contract potentially worth $210 million but for nine years, with a 10th-year ...

Harold can be a fun sponge Posted: December 09, 2011 at 09:48 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, cardinals, miami

Moore: Why couldn’t Hall of Fame quartet get it done for Cubs?

That’s still not the shocking part.

If you ignore Banks’ retirement after 1970 and Durocher’s dismissal during the middle of the 1972 season, that group mostly was together from 1966 through 1973, which is an eternity in baseball.

Thus the question: Given all of that talent together for that many years inside of the same clubhouse, those Cubs won how many world championships, pennants or division titles?

I mean, did they win anything?

Nothing. Zilch.

That’s the shocking part.

“It really ...

Repoz Posted: December 09, 2011 at 09:42 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hall of fame, history

LA Times: Angels, Fox to sign 20-year, $3 billion deal

The Angels have agreed to a new deal with Fox Sports worth at least $3 billion and expected to cover 20 years, two parties familiar with the deal said Thursday. The parties declined to be identified because the deal has yet to be officially announced.

Spokesmen for Fox and the Angels declined to comment.

Moreno last year opted out of a 10-year, $500-million contract with Fox, according to sports media consultant and former NBA TV President Ed Desser.

Desser, testifying Thursday in the ...

Harold can be a fun sponge Posted: December 09, 2011 at 09:27 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, dodgers, rangers, television

NMA : Pujols, Wilson sign with Angels

Clearly the angels just needed more dueling practice (Video in link)

Balkroth Posted: December 09, 2011 at 08:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, rangers

Verducci: Winners and losers from a wild week at the Winter Meetings

What are you wearing, Tom from MLB Network?



Regional sports networks. Twelve months ago Moreno was complaining about Carl Crawford money (seven years, $142 million.) What changed? He lined up a new local TV deal that could pay him almost twice the current annual rate of $50 million—even with the second-worst ratings in baseball. Sports programming is hot. It provides loads of content and, most importantly, content that is DVR-proof. Most sports programming is consumed ...

Repoz Posted: December 09, 2011 at 06:07 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, television

ESPN: Crasnick: Rays sign Moore for 5/14

Electric Boogalongoria.

The Tampa Bay Rays have reached agreement with rookie pitcher Matt Moore on a guaranteed five-year, $14 million contract, according to a baseball source.

The deal includes multiple club options and could extend to eight years for a guaranteed $37.5 million and buy out two years of Moore’s free agency, the source said. It includes escalator clauses based on innings pitched and games started that could raise the overall value to $40 million.

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 09, 2011 at 04:38 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Episode 60: ZiP It, Thomas

Noticed on Twitter that Szym did a long Giants podcast, so I figured I’d send it to Repoz since Szym didn’t.

Zoppity Zoop Posted: December 09, 2011 at 03:14 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

ChicagoSide: New sports website fields strong starting lineup

Borderline Primates unite!

Regardless of how the Cubs and White Sox fare in the coming season, serious Chicago sports fans could finally get what they’ve been waiting for on Opening Day 2012.

That’s when they’ll be introduced to ChicagoSide, which may turn out to be the most game-changing addition to the sports media scene since the Score debuted on radio 20 years ago next month.

“We’re launching the best Chicago sports website the city’s ever seen,” said Jonathan Eig, 47, the ...

Repoz Posted: December 09, 2011 at 02:48 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: announcements, business, media, site news

Passan: Angels, Marlins might regret reckless spending

Reckless: Vital Sound 1: Featuring a battle of sorts between Los Angeles & Miami.

On the other hand, this may be the day that saved the Cardinals, the one on which they avoided the sort of albatross – or, as it shall be called, the Albertross – that can hamper a franchise for years. Sort of like A-Rod’s current deal, which he signed at age 32. Before Rodriguez signed this contract, he averaged 154 games per season and hit .306/.389/.578. His numbers have dipped significantly since, and ...

Repoz Posted: December 09, 2011 at 02:29 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, cardinals, history, miami, projections, sabermetrics

The Brooklyn Paper: Gil Hodges: Hall of Famer or near miss? The debate rages

Don’s Shorty Laurice lid, picks up skully winnings and heads to Hinsch’s for a sit-down on this pressing problem.

Citing Hodges’s less-than-legendary stats, baseball historian Thomas Gilbert said the legendary Bum is just a “notch below” the game’s all-time greats.

“Hodges was a great hitter, but he just isn’t worthy of the Hall of Fame,” said Gilbert

...Neverthless pro-Hodges experts were quick to defend the former Marine, who was beloved by teammates and fans for his quiet ...

Repoz Posted: December 09, 2011 at 11:03 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history

Fangraphs: Mike Matheny: Saber-friendly Cardinal

Basic Gut Instinct: Flush seduces. Sabermetrics kills.

On his ability to effectively utilize advanced metrics: “I know Bill James. I’ve done my share of research and realize that there is an advantage to it. Now, I believe it’s also a sifting process, and I’ve made it very clear to those guys — overwhelm me at first, bring me what you think is pertinent and I will be able to sift through it and tell you that a lot of this doesn’t matter to me, but this is what makes sense. I want ...

Repoz Posted: December 09, 2011 at 10:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-9-2011

Pittsburgh Press, December 9, 1911:

President Thomas J. Lynch of the National league will be re-elected at the annual meeting in the Waldorf-Astoria next week.  Murphy of Chicago, who was supposed to be against him, has hoisted the white flag and is crying “Lynch forever!”  Ebbets of Brooklyn, another insurgent, now declares that Lynch…hasn’t made such a bad president after all.

Garry Herrmann of Cincinnati has insured Lynch’s reelection by the use of methods typical of baseball magnates.  ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 09, 2011 at 10:02 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rumors

The Economist: Albert in La-La Land

The Angels made out OK—and the Cardinals might be better off with Yu.

All told, the Angels will probably be paying Mr Pujols a few million dollars per season more than his play will be worth. But if suiting up the game’s best player offers them any significant off-field value by strengthening their brand—a variable that is extremely hard to measure—then they stand a decent chance of breaking even.

If Mr DeWitt wants to placate St Louis fans with a flashier signing, he has one further ...

David Concepcion de la Desviacion Estandar (Dan R) Posted: December 09, 2011 at 06:27 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: general

NY Times: Prosecutors Seek 15 Months in Barry Bonds Case

In court documents filed late Thursday, prosecutors objected to a recommendation by a federal probation officer that Bonds get only probation when he’s sentenced for obstruction of justice on Dec. 16.

In the documents, prosecutors asked that Bonds be sentenced to 15 months in prison. ...

Federal sentencing guidelines for conviction on the obstruction charge recommend a prison sentence between 15 and 21 months. But Bonds’ lawyers have cited an investigative report prepared by a federal ...

bobm Posted: December 09, 2011 at 04:58 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, steroids

Marlins’ Leo Nunez won’t face charges

Miami Marlins reliever Leo Nunez was arrested Thursday in his native Dominican Republic but then quickly released, with authorities saying he will not face charges stemming from an investigation into his use of false documents to sign a professional baseball contract.

The pitcher, whose real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo, was arrested outside the U.S. Consulate in Santo Domingo, where he had been trying to get a new visa under his real name so he could return to the United States. He was booked ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2011 at 04:13 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: miami

Haudricourt: Brewers to sign SS [Alex] Gonzalez

(h/t Sean O’Neal)

Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports first reported the Brewers had reached agreement with free-agent shortstop Alex Gonzalez on a one-year deal with a vesting option and I just got general manager Doug Melvin to confirm that a deal is in place pending the requisite physical examination… The deal probably won’t be announced until Monday because Gonzalez has to come from Venezuela for his physical. Terms of the deal weren’t announced but the Brewers probably got a good deal because ...

The District Attorney Posted: December 09, 2011 at 04:12 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Marlins Were High Bidders For Pujols, [C.J.] Wilson

Mr. Lazear, for the good of the universe, please return Gray’s Sports Almanac to Dr. Brown.  Thank you.

With $191MM committed to Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Heath Bell, Marlins fans can’t complain about their offseason so far.  Only one of the 5,020 entrants in MLBTR’s free agent prediction contest, Matthew Lazear, correctly guessed in November that the Marlins would sign all three.  However, it’s interesting to note that the Marlins also made the highest bids on top free agents Albert Pujols ...

The District Attorney Posted: December 09, 2011 at 03:39 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, miami, rumors

Rockies trade Stewart, Weathers to Cubs for Colvin, LeMahieu

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have traded third baseman Ian Stewart and right-hander Casey Weathers to the Cubs for outfielder Tyler Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu.

The District Attorney Posted: December 09, 2011 at 01:32 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, rockies

Thursday, December 08, 2011

THT: Last call for baseball: a Polo Grounds postscript

I’m surprised no one’s linked this yet. It’s a fascinating story (well, I found it fascinating) about the last baseball game played at the Polo Grounds

If you want to separate the players from the pretenders in New York baseball trivia, just bring up the subject of the final game played at the Polo Grounds….So what’s the answer? Admittedly, it is a bit of a trick question.

Aha, the savvy New York sports fan interjects! The Polo Grounds also had a long football history. The New York Jets ...

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 08, 2011 at 11:01 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: general

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