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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Angels Acquire Rockies Catcher Chris Iannetta for Tyler Chatwood

The Angels, in an effort to inject on-base percentage into the lineup and boost their offense behind the plate, acquired veteran catcher Chris Iannetta from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for pitcher Tyler Chatwood, the team announced Wednesday.

This is disappointing but hardly surprising, as the Rockies never quite seemed to realize what they had in Iannetta, i.e., a good hitter. Don’t know much about Chatwood; is he a reasonable haul?

Tom Nawrocki Posted: December 01, 2011 at 12:18 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, rockies

Neyer: 2012 Hall Of Fame Ballot Features Bernie Williams


Here are the 13 new names. Stop reading when you see a deserving candidate…

Jeromy Burnitz, Vinny Castilla, Brian Jordan, Javy Lopez, Bill Mueller, Terry Mulholland, Phil Nevin, Brad Radke, Tim Salmon, Ruben Sierra, Bernie Williams, Tony Womack, Eric Young

Posted: December 01, 2011 at 12:10 AM | 149 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Detroit Tigers re-sign infielder Ramon Santiago for two years

The Detroit Tigers announced Wednesday that the team has agreed to a two-year contract with infielder Ramon Santiago through the 2013 season. Terms of the contract were not released.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 01, 2011 at 12:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Brisbee: David DeJesus, Cubs Reach Agreement

The first move from Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer to fix an offense that scored 4.04 runs per game—just below the league average—was to grab DeJesus, whose career on-base percentage is .356. The former Royal and Athletic also plays a pretty good right field, if that’s your thing.

It wasn’t exactly dirt cheap, though, as DeJesus will get two years and $10 million with a third-year option, according to Jon Heyman. DeJesus is coming off the worst year of his career, as he hit just .240/.323/.376 in ...

JE (Jason) Posted: December 01, 2011 at 12:10 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Greg Maddux joins Rangers

Greg Maddux is leaving the Chicago Cubs again.

Maddux joined the Texas Rangers, where his brother Mike is the pitching coach, as a special assistant.

“Yeah, it’s true. I’m going to go work with my brother in Texas,” Maddux told’s Bruce Levine. “I really enjoyed my time with the Cubs, and I’m going to miss the people over there.

“But I can’t pass on an opportunity to work with my brother and the Texas Rangers.”

Maddux, 45, will work with the pitchers as he did with the Cubs. ...

Who Swished In Your Cornflakes? Posted: December 01, 2011 at 12:10 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, rangers

Cubs sign OF David DeJesus

Maybe one day they’ll trade him for a Hall of Fame second baseman.

The Cubs and outfielder David DeJesus have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2014 campaign, the team announced on Wednesday. DeJesus is expected to make $10 million over two years.

DeJesus, who turns 32 next month, joins the Cubs after all or part of nine major league seasons with Kansas City (2003-2010) and Oakland (2011), posting a career .284 batting average (1,077-for-3,797) with 207 ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2011 at 12:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Moser: Are the Cubs Interested in Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder?

Anyway, this is a very long way of saying: put yourself in Theo Epstein’s shoes. You’re the most famous exec in baseball; you’re reported to make more than your starting catcher makes. You’re taking over a desultory team—a boring team—with a rich history and an aggravated fan base, with a recent history of shackling itself to long contracts with expensive players who decline precipitously after a couple years of success. (Not to mention that you were recently burned by two free-agent busts ...

Repoz Posted: November 30, 2011 at 02:43 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, projections, sabermetrics

NY POST: Sherman: Red Sox get their lightning rod

Should Peabody have brought Ben Franklin back in the WABAC machine instead?

Bobby Valentine, who makes lifelong friends and enduring enemies in near-equal numbers, has reached an agreement to become the Red Sox manager, completing a process that for most of its duration did not include him. That, in itself, speaks to the current condition of the most neurotic team in the majors.

The Red Sox have become the George Steinbrenner Yankees, and now they have their Billy Martin, a combustible ...

bobm Posted: November 30, 2011 at 12:30 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-30-2011

Milwaukee Journal, November 30, 1911:


KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 30—Fire, resulting from a gas explosion, destroyed a five-story building in this city early today and threatened an entire business block in the center of the retail district.

Two floors of the burned building were a billiard hall and bowling alley owned by John Kling, the famous baseball catcher.

Kling sat out the 1909 season, either because he wanted to run his billiard hall or because he couldn’t come ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 30, 2011 at 11:45 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MASN: Wood: Looking back at Don Lock

Don Lock always looked as if he had proudly volunteered to walk point at the Second Battle of Quang Tri.


After a strong start at Triple-A Richmond in 1962, the Yankees traded Lock to the second-year Senators for veteran first baseman/pinch hitter Dale Long on July 11. (I thought it was cool at the time that they’d traded two players with the same initials.) Long had been drafted from the Yankees in the December 1960 expansion draft, and they wanted him back for his bat off the bench. Lock ...

Repoz Posted: November 30, 2011 at 11:38 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: history, nationals

Pinstriped Bible: Goldman: Ninety Percent of the Game is Seventy-Five Percent Pitching

Will even more fans avoid the Eating Raoul Moat food stand at Yankee Stadium over this? Stay tuned!

Arguably the problems of the five-game American League Disappointment Series against the Tigers were as much on the offensive side, and that’s harder to fix given how locked in the Yankees are at every position except designated hitter. It’s never good to overreact to a short-series loss, but it’s also important to remember that:

(a)  Once you take Yankee Stadium out of the equation, ...

Repoz Posted: November 30, 2011 at 11:05 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, sabermetrics, yankees

ESPN: Kurkjian: Bobby Valentine’s one of a kind

And so is Kurkjian. (smoooch)

For three years, I sat next to him on the set of “Baseball Tonight,” and in meeting rooms with 15 games on TV, and I can tell you that no one knows the game better than Bobby V.

...Valentine is 61 now. He has matured greatly. He’s not as smug and as arrogant as he used to be, but not much else has changed. No one sells a team, and the game, better than Valentine. When he takes on a project, “I have to do the whole thing,’’ he said.

Valentine will not allow Josh ...

Repoz Posted: November 30, 2011 at 10:49 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: history, red sox

BA (Callis): More Draft Details from the CBA

Liking this less and less:

The most significant new detail: If a team fails to sign a player in the first 10 rounds, its draft cap is reduced by the assigned value of his pick. It can’t reallocate that value to sign other players. However, it can reallocate the difference between a player’s bonus and the value of his choice.
Competitive-balance lottery picks (and only those picks) can be traded. They can only be dealt by the original team that held the choice, and they can’t be exchanged ...

Mike Emeigh Posted: November 30, 2011 at 12:50 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

Source: Valentine gets Red Sox job

And so begins a long, long, topic….

Gamingboy Posted: November 30, 2011 at 12:45 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Believer - Interview with Kevin Goldsmith

No, this is not an Onion article; this exists.

Conceptual poet Kenneth Goldsmith’s work is simultaneously among the most mundane and the most maddeningly provocative writing being done today.

A few years ago, I published a super-boring book that was a radio transcription of a Yankees–Red Sox game. I included everything that was on the radio, from the pre-game show to the ads to the broadcast-booth patter.

. . . .

When the book was published, I sent a copy to the Yankees organization. ...

The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: November 29, 2011 at 11:27 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: books, yankees

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Arizona Diamondbacks

Corey Myers is going to be 32-years old.

1. Trevor Bauer, rhp
2. Archie Bradley, rhp
3. Tyler Skaggs, lhp
4. Jarrod Parker, rhp
5. Matt Davidson, 3b/1b
6. A.J. Pollock, of
7. David Holmberg, lhp
8. Chris Owings, ss
9. Wade Miley, lhp
10. Patrick Corbin, lhp

The Diamondbacks’ talent level also improved significantly on the minor league level in 2011, and they now boast one of the deepest pools of pitching talent. Skaggs is one of the best lefty pitching prospects in the game, and ...

Repoz Posted: November 29, 2011 at 09:09 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

Kaplan: Ricketts on pursuit of Theo, Kenney’s future and more

Ricketts touched on a multitude of topics, including the future of Crane Kenney, the Cubs’ president of business operations who has come under fire from some members of the media as well as the Cubs’ rabid fan base who have linked him to the failures of the past regime. However, Ricketts pledged tremendous support for Kenney and even went as far as announcing that he is working on a contract extension for him.

“Day one, square one when we bought the team, everyone that was already here ...

Repoz Posted: November 29, 2011 at 08:47 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Samsung Lions win Asia Series

Samsung Lions pitcher Jang Won-Sam yielded only one run in the final game of the 2011 Asia Series baseball tournament Tuesday as his team beat Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 5-3.

The right-handed starter allowed five hits to the Hawk batters and struck out three others before he was replaced in the seventh inning during a playoff attracting more than 4,000 fans in the Taiwanese city of Taichung.

The UEFA Champions League it isn’t, but it still is, to the best of my knowledge, the highest-quality ...

Gamingboy Posted: November 29, 2011 at 08:35 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: international, japan

Q&A: Michael Weiner details MLB’s new CBA

Weiner nips it in the Bud.

There are certain features of the new agreement that go directly to competitive balance, that we pushed for—giving clubs additional draft picks, making some draft picks assignable, tradable. We wanted all draft picks to be tradable. We thought that would further competitive balance. We did question whether restricting the ability of low-finish clubs in any fashion to spend on the draft really was [good for] competitive balance. And the clubs insisted that that’s ...

Posted: November 29, 2011 at 08:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, minor leagues, scouting

Jays target Heath Bell

But not Yu:

Insiders say Jays president Paul Beeston is not a fan of the current posting system in place which sees teams pay anywhere from $50-to-$100 million to the Nippon Ham Fighters for just the right to negotiate with right-hander Yu Darvish.

Mike Emeigh Posted: November 29, 2011 at 07:06 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Source: Jonathan Broxton, KC a match

Former Los Angeles Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, a baseball source told

The deal is contingent on Broxton passing a physical exam Wednesday, the source said.

Broxton, 27, is 25-20 with a 3.19 ERA and 84 saves over seven big league seasons. He was a National League All-Star in 2009 and 2010, but made only 14 appearances for the Dodgers last season before undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 29, 2011 at 03:56 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, royals

Bronx Banter: The Heinz Files III: Speaking of Sports

Gentlemen, start your tracers!

From Gayl Heinz comes a letter that Howard Cosell once sent to her father, Bill (better known as W.C. Heinz). It concerns a Mets game back in 1962.


The handwritten note by Heinz reads: “The gist of the mail and calls was…at last we understand Stengelese.”

Repoz Posted: November 29, 2011 at 02:01 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, mets

VIDEO: Vh1 Releases The New Baseball Wives Supertrailer!

The new series will follow the lives of five wives, ex-wives and girlfriends of professional Baseball players as they struggle to balance relationships, friendships and chaos. The Baseball Wives are: Anna Benson (wife of retired Arizona Diamondbacks’ Pitcher Kris Benson), Tanya Grace (ex-wife of retired Chicago Cubs’ First Baseman Mark Grace), Chantel Kendall (ex-wife of Kansas City Royals’ Jason Kendall), Brook Villone (wife of Ron Villone) and Jordana Lenz (linked to no particular ...

OsunaSakata Posted: November 29, 2011 at 11:56 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, cubs, mets, nationals, orioles, pirates, rockies, royals, television

Kelner: Take me out to the metaphorically rich ball game

It seems Moneyball has opened world-wide and some of the reviews I’ve been reading are eloquent ####### pips.

It’s certainly true that, in the field of literature and film, this Atlanticised form of rounders has inspired many fine works, of which Moneyball is just the latest. While admitting I may be a little parochial here, I think it’s a shame that some of the best films about sport – Field of Dreams and Eight Men Out to give two examples – have been about baseball, a game that most in ...

Repoz Posted: November 29, 2011 at 11:45 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, books, media, reviews, sabermetrics

ESPN: Schoenfield: What is Mark Trumbo’s future?

Well…certainly not the remarkable Andruw Jones.

Knowing it’s near impossible to win with a first baseman who posts a .291 OBP, the Angels have to consider: (1) How likely is Trumbo to improve? (2) Do they spend the money to go after Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols? (3) Could Trumbo handle third base?

I think the first question is the biggest key here. If the Angels think Trumbo is a productive hitter, they don’t need to worry about the second question (especially if they also count on Kendrys ...

Repoz Posted: November 29, 2011 at 11:01 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, history, projections, sabermetrics

Rosenthal: Sources: Cubs pursuing Pujols, Fielder

Dynamixeling it up with Robothal.

The Cubs are pursuing both Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, and not simply because the free-agent first basemen are difference-makers.

No, the Cubs also are acknowledging two emerging realities – a dwindling number of sluggers available in future free-agent markets, and the restrictions on spending in the amateur draft under baseball’s new collective-bargaining agreement.

New Cubs president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have made it clear ...

Repoz Posted: November 29, 2011 at 10:20 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cubs

Chimelis: Hiring the Red Sox manager will be (or should be) more than just solving a metric equation


Being considered for the job still requires a bow to the metric shrine. Look at Bobby Valentine, 61.

Widely regarded as a throwback, he still described himself as practically a pioneer of metrics.

Remember how people thought Al Gore took credit for inventing the Internet? It reminded me of that.

...My problem with the sabermetrics concept is this: It’s useful, but it’s not the Bible.

Yet it is being treated that way, not so much by real baseball people, but by those who ...

Repoz Posted: November 29, 2011 at 10:01 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-29-2011

Milwaukee Journal, November 29, 1911:

ATLANTA, Ga., Nov. 29.—“I sincerely wish that we had a man in baseball like Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor,” said Ty Cobb during a talk at a banquet here, “and then ball players [would] have a better opportunity of getting just what they are really worth to a club.”

Ty Cobb, seer of the future.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 29, 2011 at 09:35 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dugout, history

Astros receive permission to interview Rays GM Friedman

The Astros have received permission to interview Tampa Bay Rays general manager Andrew Friedman, according to officials with knowledge of the organization’s thinking.

Although the club has asked to interview “a handful” of others, Friedman clearly is the No. 1 choice to replace Ed Wade.

Among others believed to be under consideration were two Texas Rangers executives, Thad Levine and A.J. Preller. However, former Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker apparently will not be interviewed ...

Repoz Posted: November 29, 2011 at 02:52 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, rays

The Biz of Baseball: MLB Releases Info on 2011 Postseason Shares

Adds, Maury…“Now, you know it’s polite to share. Even though the Indians, Angels, Braves, and Giants missed the postseason, make sure and give them some postseason love”

A full Postseason share for the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals totaled $323,169.98, while a full share for the American League Champion Texas Rangers amounted to $251,515.76, Major League Baseball announced today.  Last year’s share amounts were $317,631.29 for the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco ...

Repoz Posted: November 29, 2011 at 02:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: business

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