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Saturday, December 01, 2018

For one final time, Adrian Beltre stayed true to himself in his goodbye to the Texas Rangers

ARLINGTON - Retirement press conferences are the worst.

They are stilted and manufactured and, these days, often feature a player who already retired signing a meaningless one-day contract to retire all over again. The retiree usually reads something prepared that sounds nothing like himself. At some point, there is a pause during which the athlete either chokes up or breaks down.

When questions come, they are often tinged with pity for a broken-down player trying to place his just-ended ...

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QLE Posted: December 01, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers, retirement

Red Sox approaching organizational crossroads post-World Series championship

BOSTON — Months before he and the rest of Red Sox ownership celebrated on the field at Dodger Stadium, team CEO Sam Kennedy acknowledged some of the uncertainty clouding the future.

Now that the Sox have won under president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, any drop-off in the coming years will be hard to criticize. The Sox moved all in, so to speak, and it paid off. Risky as it may have been to focus so heavily on the major league roster in the present — rather than focus on both ...

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QLE Posted: December 01, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, the crossroads, what to do next

MLB rumors: Giants’ Madison Bumgarner not ‘going anywhere’ in trade

It seems more and more likely that the Giants will not trade Madison Bumgarner. At least not right now.

On Friday, a Giants source told Fancred’s Jon Heyman that the writer shouldn’t expect a Bumgarner trade to happen anytime soon.

This latest Bumgarner report comes just two days after ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that evaluators in contact with the Giants don’t believe the team is serious about trading Bumgarner. Front offices will call, but for now, it sounds like one of the team’s ...

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QLE Posted: December 01, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, trade talk

Speedy Billy Hamilton cut loose by Reds

Cut loose, or ran away?

QLE Posted: December 01, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, free agency, reds

Cleveland Indians trade catcher Yan Gomes to Washington Nationals for three players

I was driving a couple of ladies of a certain age home from a Lindsey Buckingham concert, and the one lady let out an “OH, NO!”.  I asked what was wrong and she said that the Indians had traded one of her “boyfriends”.  She was a big Yan Gomes fan. The lady had just moved from NE Ohio to Lancaster, PA in the last year.

Her other “boyfriend” is Mike Clevinger.  She isn’t sure if she was going to switch her MLB TV team from the Indians to the Nationals or not. ...Read More...

Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 01, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, nationals

Friday, November 30, 2018

List of non-tendered players, new free agents

An interesting list. Check it out.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2018 at 10:45 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: non-tenders

Angels DFA Blake Parker

He was projected to earn $3.1MM by MLBTR & contributor Matt Swartz.He has worked to a 2.90 ERA in 133 2/3 frames over the past two years with the Halos


Mets: We’ve non-tendered Wilmer Flores.

We’ve non-tendered Wilmer Flores. #Mets

The Mets are doing stuff. This is the way to bring back the glory days of BBTF - 10 Mets threads a week!

manchestermets Posted: November 30, 2018 at 06:50 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

Baseball Postseason Delivers Big Hits For Flagship Radio Stations

Baseball and radio are so closely tied together and year after year we see when a team makes a deep run into the postseason, fans flock to the play-by-play of their local announcers,” Nielsen Audio VP of Audience Insights Jon Miller told Inside Radio. “It’s also quite interesting to compare between the markets with huge audience shares in the playoffs (Cleveland, Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston and New York) and those where the in-game broadcasts didn’t move the needle nearly as much (Los ...

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Bote Man Posted: November 30, 2018 at 06:50 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball on the radio, radio

Let’s Make a Trade for Paul Goldschmidt!

The Arizona Diamondbacks are reportedly keen on trading perennial MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt, as he has just one year left on his contract and will be one of the most desired free agents of the 2020 class. While every team could use a player of Goldschmidt’s caliber, some fit better than others. A handful of our staff members were asked to come up with trades for Goldschmidt—these are completely speculative and unsourced, but deals we believe could come to fruition. So who has the best ...

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QLE Posted: November 30, 2018 at 06:50 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: paul goldschmidt, trade talk

Should the early success of their division rivals affect how the Nationals approach the offseason?

After a lackluster few years, the Philadelphia Phillies look ready to compete with starting pitching and an owner ready to spend big. The Atlanta Braves find themselves ready to compete with their barely-old-enough-to-drink superstars and a core that’s already won a division title.

So with the Washington Nationals coming to a crossroads with the potential loss of a superstar or potential bill of somewhere around $400 million, D.C. is facing an important question about their offseason move: ...

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QLE Posted: November 30, 2018 at 06:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, nationals, phillies, the competition

Portland Diamond Project announces plan to build MLB stadium at Terminal 2 site

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Diamond Project announced Thursday afternoon that they’ve signed an agreement in principle with the Port of Portland to develop the 45-acre Terminal 2 property for a “state-of-the art ballpark,” a major step in their effort to bring a Major League Baseball team to Portland.

The group also released artist renderings for the stadium, which features a retractable roof, gondola suite, and centerfield and home-plate plazas, among other features. The capacity of the ...

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QLE Posted: November 30, 2018 at 06:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, portland

Report: Rangers sign Edinson Volquez to one-year, $2 million deal

I assume this is the epitome of buying a lotto ticket in terms of free-agent signings….

QLE Posted: November 30, 2018 at 06:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: edinson volquez, rangers

AJC Exclusive: Changes coming to Braves’ broadcast team

The Braves will juggle the lineup in their broadcast booths for next season.

The biggest change is that former Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur will replace veteran broadcaster Joe Simpson as the lead analyst on the Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast telecasts of games.

Simpson, a member of the Braves Hall of Fame, will remain part of the broadcast team for a 28th season, shifting to radio for a large number of games and also working a limited number on TV.

It’s been a while since ...

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QLE Posted: November 30, 2018 at 06:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, braves, jeff francoeur, joe simpson, television

Trevor Bauer talks very openly about what he thinks Cleveland should do with him

“Ultimately, I think the surplus value on me this year is just way too high. Even with an arbitration raise, you’re probably talking about $15 to $20 million of surplus value.”

“I think of the starters that they were talking about trading—Kluber, Carrasco and me—I think all of us bring a tremendous return,” Bauer said. “So I think you can get a very similar package of players in return in a trade. But I think me and Carrasco have the largest surplus value going into this year.”

“In 2020,” ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-30-2018

Grand Forks Herald, November 30, 1918:

Former President William Howard Taft in an interview today declared he would under no circumstances accept the position of baseball commissioner for the two major leagues and for which office he had been suggested.

Hopefully that ends the saga of President Taft and the office of the commissioner. Knowing the media of the time, I’ll probably still be reading about it three months from now.

Elsewhere in the news 100 years ago, Milwaukee club president A.F. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 30, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, November 29, 2018

“Significant Momentum” Toward Deal To Send Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz To Mets | MLBTR

10:13am: “Significant momentum” has built toward a deal that would send high-dollar veteran second baseman Robinson Cano and top-shelf young closer Edwin Diaz from the Mariners to the Mets, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (Twitter links). Cano has reportedly not yet been asked to waive his no-trade rights, though Passan adds that is not expected to represent a significant hurdle.


OT: Soccer Thread (The Berhalter Thread?)

This could also be called the Busy Christmas Period thread or the Club World Cup Thread (OK, probably not that one).  Anyway, Columbus Crew head man Gregg Berhalter looks to be the new USMNT coach (link is to a CBS Sports article).

???? - Copa Libertadores Final
December 8 - MLS Cup (almost certainly Atlanta hosting)
December 11/12 - Final Champions League Group Matchdays
December 12 - Club World Cup Begins
December 17 - Champions League and Europa League knockout stage draws
December 23 - ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: November 29, 2018 at 04:38 PM | 812 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

Cubs face non-tender deadline with suspended SS Addison Russell

There are a few layers to the situation surrounding the decision on Russell.

First, Russell is in the midst of a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. He will not be eligible for activation until May 3, meaning the Cubs would still need a contingency plan for the season’s first month, if the team opts to offer Russell a contract for the upcoming campaign.

There is also the decline in Russell’s performance over ...

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Red Voodooin Posted: November 29, 2018 at 03:40 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-29-2018

Washington Evening Star, November 29, 1918:

When Harry H. Frazee, president of the Boston Americans, and H.W. Hempstead, president of the New York National League club, offered William H. Taft the post of a “one-man” national baseball commission they acted without proper authority, President Ban Johnson of the American League declared in a statement today on his return from the east.

President Johnson said there are no two individuals in base ball who know less of the national agreement and the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 29, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tantrums

Phillies and Indians match up very well for a big trade

There have been plenty of starting pitchers connected to the Phillies this offseason. There was James Paxton, before the Yankees trade. Robbie Ray. Madison Bumgarner. Zack Greinke.

Patrick Corbin, of course. The top free-agent lefty was in Philly on Tuesday.

Keep an eye on the Cleveland Indians. The Phillies and Indians match up as well for a big trade as any two clubs in baseball.

Wait a minute- since when do the Phillies need pitchers and not outfielders?

QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, phillies, trade talk

No, MLB partnering with MGM Resorts does not somehow vindicate Pete Rose

Yesterday I wrote about how Major League Baseball and MGM Resorts have become business partners, with the latter being “the official gaming partner” of MLB.

While some people’s response to that has been about what the partnership means on a practical level, the overwhelming response has been “BUT WHAT ABOUT PETE ROSE?!!!! HOW CAN MLB KEEP HIM BANNED?!! HYPOCRITES!” For a sampling of that go here and here and here and here and here and here and here and then take my word for it when I ...

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QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, gambling, pete rose, twitter

Mets hire Allard Baird as VP of scouting and player development

For those of us interested in blasts from the past….

QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: allard baird, mets, scouting directors

Why MLB buying Fox regional sports networks would make sense

Ever since Disney got provisional approval in June from the U.S. Department of Justice to acquire most of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets for $71.3 billion, the fate of 22 regional sports networks has been up in the air.

The DOJ told Disney it could not keep the RSNs, and would have to sell them off within 90 days of the Disney-Fox deal closing. That restriction launched a parlor game for sports media folks: Who will buy the RSNs?

Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Discovery all looked ...

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QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: fox sports, mlb, regional sports networks, television

Prized hitting guru Robert Van Scoyoc, 3 others join Dodgers coaching staff for 2019

LOS ANGELES—Robert Van Scoyoc, the 32-year-old cutting-edge hitting instructor who helped turn J.D. Martinez into a superstar, was announced as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ new hitting coach on Wednesday.

The Dodgers have hired four new coaches to work under manager Dave Roberts, who is currently under contract for only the 2019 season. Dino Ebel will be the new third-base coach, a role he handled with the crosstown Los Angeles Angels for nine seasons. Chris Gimenez, fresh off a 10-year career as ...

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QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching staffs, dodgers, robert van scoyoc

Tickets for Yanks-Red Sox in London in June cost $38-$493

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is charging princely prices for its first games in Britain.

Premium seats at London’s Olympic Stadium will cost 385 pounds ($493) for the games between the New York Yankees and World Series champion Boston Red Sox on June 29 and 30. The top non-premium seats near the infield cost 320 pounds ($410).

Seats in the outfield corners go for 270 ($346) and 220 pounds ($282), according to a chart on Ticketmaster’s website. The ones behind the outfield fences go ...

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QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, greed, london, neutral site games, red sox, yankees tickets

The 2018-19 Ultimate MLB Free-Agent Tracker

Here is the Ultimate Free-Agent Tracker for the class of 2018-19, ranked from Nos. 1 to 197. The rankings are based on a number of variables, including each player’s history, opening-day age and potential, and provide a general outline as free agency unfolds between now and spring training.

Bookmark this page in your browser or favorite it on Twitter – and return frequently. As the offseason progresses, Yahoo Sports will update it with news of signings and their impact on other free ...

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QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, tracking

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

New Oakland Ballpark plans released

Our ballpark at Howard Terminal, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), returns the baseball experience to the roots of the sport, while reimagining the ballpark anew. A “ballpark within a park,” the intimate stadium is nestled carefully into its urban surroundings.

To create the most intimate experience in baseball, plans call for a total capacity of around 34,000 - including fixed seats and general admission experience areas - to be arranged in the closest configuration possible to home ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-28-2018

Washington Times, November 28, 1918:

[Retired Browns pitcher] Barney Pelty, who lays no claim to being a football player, made a sensational dash on a gridiron at Farmington, Mo. Pelty recovered a headgear thrown in the stand by a player on the St. Louis University team, and was slow about returning it. The player made insulting remarks to Pelty, who drew a knife, it was said, and chased the grid star down behind his goal line before friends interfered.

And that’s how the safety was invented in ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 28, 2018 at 09:49 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Get To Know a New Manager: The Reds Look to David Bell to Help Escape Their Interminable Rebuild

The belief is that, while the Reds all leap over a pommel horse, he will be digging a tunnel, from which the Reds can eventually follow him to freedom.

QLE Posted: November 28, 2018 at 06:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: david bell, manager, reds

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