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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Team in Need of Toughness

Valentine is a strong personality, and whether players like him or hate him doesn’t matter as long as they perform. He hopes the players have enough personal pride and professionalism that they can police themselves, and while Terry Francona had that quite often during his tenure, the players were out of control by the end.

Francona pointed out that veteran players who were with him for so long seemed to jump off.

What the Sox need is for some of the big-name stars to step up.

Carl ...

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: December 08, 2011 at 04:27 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Heyman: Wilson signs with angels $75M 5 yrs

That’s, actually, that’s a really fair price.  I think quite a few clubs would have been happy to make that deal for Wilson.

I’d blockquote, but the thread title above contains the entirety of the tweet in question.  An earlier tweet from Joel Sherman was the first report of the deal.

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 08, 2011 at 04:14 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, rangers

Rule V Results

1.Astros take Rhiner Cruz from Mets.
2.Twins take Terry Doyle from White Sox.
3.Mariners take Lucas Luetge from Brewers.
4.Orioles take Ryan Flaherty from Cubs.
5.Royals take Cesar Cabral from Red Sox; traded to Yankees for cash.
6.Cubs take Lendy Castillo from Phillies.
8.Pirates take Gustavo Nunez from Tigers.
  21.Braves take Robert Fish from Angels.
22.Cardinals take Erik Komatsu from Nationals.
23.Red Sox take Marwin Gonzalez from Cubs.
  25.Diamondbacks take Brett Lorin from ...


Yahoo Sports: Brown: Angels land Pujols for 10/250

Rich man exchanges money with very rich man.

Albert Pujols, the heart and hammer of the St. Louis Cardinals for more than a decade, will leave St. Louis and sign with the Los Angeles Angels, sources said Thursday morning.

Latecomers to the Pujols derby, the Angels will pay Pujols $250 million to $260 million over 10 years, a devastating turn for the Cardinals and a departure from past organizational philosophies for Arte Moreno’s Angels.

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 08, 2011 at 03:18 PM | 398 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

Brookover: Phillies’ deal for Howard not all that bad in light of Pujols and Fielder situations

Yeah, but doesn’t Ryan Howard’s contract kick in right around the time OSIRIS-REx starts sending signals back from asteroid 1999 RQ36?

Given those circumstances, the Phillies might have been pushing for a deal with Fielder instead of Howard. Fielder, after all, is four years and seven months younger than Howard and is coming off a much better season.

Amaro said he’s perfectly happy to have Howard for a five-year deal because he believes he may have had to pay him over 10 years if he had hit ...

Repoz Posted: December 08, 2011 at 02:11 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business, cardinals, phillies

Astros’ Name Luhnow As GM

One of the chief architects behind the Cardinals expanded scouting of Latin America and the club’s increased use of analytics has been plucked to rebuild a division rival.

The Houston Astros announced late Wednesday night that Jeff Luhnow had been hired as the team’s new general manager…

Luhnow, 45, has served in a variety of roles for the Cardinals since joining the team in 2003 as a vice president. He has ascended the ranks of the front office to a vice president position, and this past ...

Tricky Dick Posted: December 08, 2011 at 01:26 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Clubs will be eyeing undervalued talent in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft in Dallas | News

A nice breakdown of the potential top picks of the Rule 5 Draft.

The Houston Astros have the No. 1 pick in the Rule 5 Draft ahead of the Twins, with the Mariners, Orioles and Royals rounding out the top five. Teams must have room on their 40-man rosters to make a selection in the Major League portion—the Royals, Padres, Marlins, Indians, Blue Jays, Dodgers and Giants are currently at their roster limit—and not all 30 teams will do so.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2011 at 12:14 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Journal-Sentinel: Haudricourt: Melvin says arbitration offer to Rodriguez was not a miscalculation

The test will be how the Brewers handle the rest of the offseason, but I like seeing a club at least say they’re handling arbitration offers as a risk/reward scenario and at least imply they’re using a flexible payroll limit.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the club did not make a miscalculation when it offered salary arbitration to free-agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez, who accepted Wednesday night before the 11 p.m. deadline.  By accepting, Rodriguez is considered a signed player ...

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 08, 2011 at 12:06 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Source: Japanese right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish to be posted Thursday - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN

This changes everything.

Early Thursday, Darvish confirmed on his blog that he will use the system. ‘‘I have decided to use the posting system,’’ he wrote. ‘‘I wanted to tell my fans directly, so that is why I am posting this on my blog.’‘

The sudden availability of Darvish, a potential top-of-the-rotation starter, will be a major attraction for clubs frustrated by the lack of elite starters in this year’s free-agent market and the high asking prices on quality pitchers in trades.

...
Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2011 at 12:03 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Deducing Albert Pujols’ mystery team | HardballTalk

I don’t buy the Red Sox as the mystery team. Two teams that make sense to me are the Orioles and the Mariners. I can see Dan Duquette working to get a huge Hall-of-Fame bat for his team (see Manny Ramirez). The Mariners are reportedly in on Fielder. If they are willing to put the money up for Fielder, I can’t see why they wouldn’t be negotiating with Pujols.

If Stark’s hunch is right — that this mystery team can only sign Pujols with a deal in place to move its first baseman — then Boston ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2011 at 11:55 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, mariners, miami, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-8-2011

Pittsburgh Press, December 8, 1911:

Long Larry McLean, in all probability, has caught his last game for the Reds.  President Herrmann, backed up by the board of directors of the club, has decided to sell his release or to trade him if a profitable deal can be arranged…

This action on the part of the officials of the Cincinnati club is taken not because Larry is not a first class catcher…but on account of his cheerful and congenial habits, which are believed to unfit him for work on a ball club ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 08, 2011 at 11:54 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

John Rocker Still Trying to Clear Name

Pearlman: Give ‘Em Enough Rope (sent this over to


...errr, Jeff).

Rocker says he’s written the book partly in response to a 1999 Sports Illustrated article that he says ruined his good name forever.

Interviewed during Eyewitness News at 6 Wednesday, he referred to the old proverb that says “Don’t pick up fight with a guy who buys ink by the truckload.”

He told 13WMAZ’s Frank Malloy, “I decided to buy my own truck.”

...Rocker says he wrote the book with J. Marshall Craig to add “meat” ...

Repoz Posted: December 08, 2011 at 01:42 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: books, braves, history

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Buehrle to sign with Marlins

Mark Buehrle and Ozzie Guillen reunited: The free-agent pitcher reportedly will sign a four-year, $58 million deal with the Miami Marlins, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 09:58 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: miami, white sox

Salfino: Why Ruben Tejada likely will not hit enough

Ruben, Ruben: He hasn’t hit in years…but every Met fan he meets falls in love with him!

I’m concerned about his isolated slugging (slugging average minus batting average). I understand he’s been playing as a 20 and 21 year old.

...So this gives us a career projection for Tejada in isolated slugging on the high side of 0.92 and on the low side of about 0.70. It seems to me that in the post-expansion era, anything below .100 in ISO regardless of position is pretty terrible. The problem is ...

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 09:20 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, projections, sabermetrics

Pirates make $4.5 million deal with left-hander Bedard

The Pirates and free agent left-hander Erik Bedard agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract Wednesday, according to an industry source.
The Pirates will have to remove two players from the 40-man roster to make room for Bedard and Nate McLouth, who a source confirmed agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 08:47 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Stan “The Man” unveils rather short Christmas wish list

Screw Greg Szlapczynski’s greatest hits CD!


Flanked by his grandson, Cardinals great and baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial displayed a rather simple-albeit direct-wish list for the holiday season: “All I want for Christmas is for Pujols to be a Cardinal.”

Brian Musial Schwarze shared the picture, taken Wednesday morning at Stan Musial Inc. in West County, with members of the St. Louis media.

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 08:35 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Strubel: Trust and Loyalty no guarantee

I hate when I confuse Wally Sandberg with Ryne Backman.

Wally Backman trusts his former manager Davey Johnson when he told him he felt “strongly that I’m going to manage (the Mets) someday.” Add to that advice Backman’s loyalty to the Wilpon’s for giving him an opportunity when no other team would and Backman was sold on staying with the Mets organization, hoping these personal qualities will one day pay dividends.

From the outside, Backman’s decision to trust Johnson and remain ...

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 06:27 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals

MLB issues dress code guidelines for media members - Baseball- NBC Sports

Good grief. Can bloggers still show up in their pajamas?

The media should dress “in an appropriate and professional manner” with clothing proper for a “business casual work environment” when in locker rooms, dugouts, press boxes and on the field, the new MLB rules say.

Banned are sheer and see-through clothing, tank tops, one-shouldered or strapless shirts or clothing exposing bare midriffs. Also listed in the guidelines are skirts, dresses or shorts cut more than 3-4 inches above the knee.

...
Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2011 at 05:04 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: media

Source—David Ortiz to accept Boston Red Sox’s arbitration offer - ESPN Boston

Welcome back, Big Papi! Will next year be his “too late” year?

Designated hitter David Ortiz plans to accept the offer of salary arbitration that the Red Sox extended to him, meaning that he will return to Boston for the 2012 season, a source told on Tuesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2011 at 04:59 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Rangers step up pursuit of left-hander C.J. Wilson

DALLAS—These winter meetings aren’t all about C.J. Wilson for the Texas Rangers. Seriously.

Club brass has hardly left the Hilton Anatole, much less their war-room suite, over the first two days as they hunt down team needs such as a utility infielder and another bullpen piece.

But while a rotation addition isn’t seen as a necessity, the pursuit of a starter, led by Wilson, remains the dominant Rangers storyline.

To that end, general manager Jon Daniels finally met with Wilson’s agent late ...

sptaylor Posted: December 07, 2011 at 04:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, rumors

MLB agreement says Frank McCourt must sell Dodgers by end of April -

The Dodgers mess continues, at least for a little while longer.

Frank McCourt must divest himself of the Dodgers and their stadium by April 30 but has sole authority to decide whether he keeps or sells the parking lots surrounding the stadium, according to the terms of his sale agreement with Major League Baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2011 at 04:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Closer Matt Capps to be back with Twins in 2012

This would never happen if baseball had a salaried Capps.

The Twins are finalizing a deal to re-sign closer Matt Capps, who struggled last year when handed the closer’s role during the season. Two sources with knowledge of negotiations confirmed the deal.
Capps was 4-7 with a 4.25 ERA and 15 saves for the Twins last season. He replaced Nathan as closer in April but lost the job later in the season. It was discovered later on that Capps was pitching with a sore forearm that affected his slider ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 04:22 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Padres get Huston Street from Rockies to replace Heath Bell

UPDATE: Thomas Harding of reports that it’s a done deal, with the Padres assuming “most” of Street’s contract and sending the Rockies a player to be named later in exchange….

Olney describes the talks as “ongoing” and Street has been linked to several other teams at various points this month, with the Rockies now preferring Rafael Betancourt in the ninth inning.

He’s pricey at $7.5 million with a $9 million option or $500,000 buyout for 2013, but Street is still just ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 04:20 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rockies

Rockies get Kevin Slowey from Twins

Well he tells you right in his name he’s going to suck. What did you expect Minnesota?

The Minnesota Twins have traded winless pitcher Kevin Slowey to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named.

The deal was announced Tuesday during baseball’s winter meetings.

Slowey went 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA this year and was out from May to August because of an abdominal strain. He made eight starts and six relief appearances and the Twins went 0-14 in those games.

Slowey became the first major league ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 04:18 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, twins

BHOF - Tim McCarver Named 2012 Ford C. Frick Award Winner for Broadcasting Excellence

Tim McCarver, who has served as a national analyst on networks for three decades and simultaneously shined as part of broadcast teams with four big league clubs, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

McCarver becomes the second primary television analyst to win the Frick Award, joining Tony Kubek, who received the honor in 2009. McCarver will be honored as ...

The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 03:22 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, television

Burwell: Cards taking a risky approach

Albert Productions: Minus the Cardinal?

In the high-priced world of major league baseball, no one can say with a straight face that Pujols was ever paid anything near his true value. And this is what frustrates me so much about how pro sports works. Everyone moans when a player doesn’t live up to his big contract. But where are those whining voices of public dissent when a player exceeds his contract and seeks to balance things out at the negotiating table?

So whatever the Cardinals might end ...

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 02:36 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cardinals, media

NY Post: Yankees trying to trade Burnett

The Yankees have inserted A.J. Burnett into the trade market at the Winter Meetings, The Post has learned.

According to multiple teams, the Yankees have let it be known they will listen to offers for Burnett and are willing to pay $8 million of the $33 million Burnett is owed over the next two seasons.

“We will listen on anybody,’’ GM Brian Cashman said without getting specific.

Even with the Yankees swallowing about a quarter of Burnett’s contract, they haven’t gotten a nibble. ...

bobm Posted: December 07, 2011 at 01:44 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: rumors, yankees

MLB: Enter to be a Part of MLB Fan Cave 2012

As the lone comment sez…“Baseball Wives isn’t embarrassing enough?

Major League Baseball announced today that the MLB Fan Cave in 2012 will start the season with a group of fan contestants, some of whom will be eliminated throughout the season until one winner is crowned before the end of the World Series. Multiple contestants will begin the season in the MLB Fan Cave and watch every single MLB game each day while chronicling their experiences online through videos, blogs and social media. ...

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 10:44 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, fantasy baseball, media, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-7-2011

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 8, 1941:

CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 7—“It is impossible just now to say what effect the war will have on baseball,” said William E. Benswanger, president of the Pirates. “I do not know any more about it than the other fellow, but one thing is very certain at this time: We must keep our heads cool and keep our feet on the ground.”

The Pittsburgh executive had a radio installed in his suite…it was his intention to hear a concert on the air this afternoon, but shortly ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 07, 2011 at 10:40 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, international, japan

MLB issues media dress guidelines

Well…at least they don’t have to worry about banning flannel. Huh, ohh.

Muscle shirts, ripped jeans and flip-flops—fine for the beach, not so fine for big league press boxes starting next season.

Baseball has become the first major pro league in North America to issue dress guidelines for media members, putting them in writing at the winter meetings.

The no-wear list also includes visible undergarments, excessively short skirts or anything with a team logo.

“This is not in response to any ...

Repoz Posted: December 07, 2011 at 10:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, television

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