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Thursday, December 10, 2015

MLBTR: Teams Considering Ian Desmond as an Outfielder

Supposedly, Desmond is letting it be known that he’s willing to try playing other positions should the need arise.

Some teams are considering the possibility of signing shortstop Ian Desmond and having him play outfield, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick writes (Twitter links). Desmond is also attracting interest as a second baseman and third baseman.

Theoretically, Desmond’s ability (or apparent ability — he hasn’t appeared in a game anywhere other than shortstop since 2010) could widen the field ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: December 10, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, ian desmond

Nats Sign Yusmeiro Petit

1 year $3m, with an option for 2017 that vests with 80 innings pitched

Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments Posted: December 10, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, nationals

Holes in Red Sox infield may need patching - The Boston Globe

We’ll have to wait and see on Ramirez. Bogaerts took a leap forward last season. Pedroia had hamstring problems and should return to Gold Glove form. Sandoval looked much better in the second half than the first. Other than Ramirez, I don’t expect the infield defense to be a problem in 2016.

The Red Sox will enter 2016 with what could be one of the worst defensive infields in baseball. That topic hasn’t received much discussion this offseason, overshadowed by the acquisitions of pitchers David ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Al Avila: Going from assistant to GM a little like getting married

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”

Avila, the Tigers’ assistant general manager before replacing Dave Dombrowski late last season, has spent a lifetime in baseball waiting for the opportunity to make such deals.

“It’s been easy in the sense that I’ve been through it so many years, so many times over and over,” Avila said. “Same system. We go through the same meetings.

“The biggest difference is when you’re in charge, everything is on your shoulders. That responsibility is big. Nobody ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: al avila, general managers, tigers

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Hot stove: Orioles go over $150M in bid for Davis, but there’s still a gap - CBSSports.com

Speaking as a Red Sox fan, I hope the Orioles give him what he wants.

Davis is believed to be seeking a $200 million, eight-year deal, and while that sounds like a significant gap, the sides are staying close in touch.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 10:37 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, free agents, orioles

Mets close to deal with Asdrubal Cabrera, per source - MLB Daily Dish

The Mets are finalizing a deal with infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, according to a baseball source. The deal is expected to be for two years and include an option for a third season. Financial terms are not yet known.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 09:40 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, free agents, mets, winter meetings

Shi Davidi on Twitter: “Brett Lawrie on move again, headed from

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 09:11 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, trades, white sox

Astros acquire Ken Giles from Phillies | MLB.com

The Astros will send pitcher Vincent Velasquez, left-handed pitcher Brett Oberholtzer and one Minor Leaguer to the Phillies in exchange for Giles, who will be a key piece to the back end of their bullpen.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 08:59 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, phillies, trades, winter meetings

School of Roch: Boras doesn’t think Orioles have drawn “any lines in the sand” in Davis talks

Do the Orioles want him back or just want to appear to want him back?

Executive vice president Dan Duquette, manager Buck Showalter and team sources have stated that the Orioles are close to moving away from Davis. However, Boras wouldn’t confirm that he’s received a firm deadline from the club.

“The way we usually handle free agency is we create an exchange so everyone can get the most information that they can in each respective situation,” he said. “I don’t think anyone draws any lines in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:51 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, orioles

Padres shopping Travis Jankowski, Hunter Renfroe | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

What are the Padres doing?

The club has been shopping outfield prospects Travis Jankowski and Hunter Renfroe, sources told the Union-Tribune on Wednesday. San Diego also is listening on its top three starting pitchers—Tyson Ross, James Shields and Andrew Cashner—and one source said the Padres have been particularly aggressive about pushing Cashner’s name in conversations.

The Padres may be merely gauging interest in their players, but it’s worth noting that neither Jankowski nor Renfroe was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:30 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, trade rumors

Restoring the Photos of Charles Conlon

The Digital Archive Project at the Hall of Fame is working to restore the photographs of Charles Conlon.  A discussion of how old photographs are restored after being heavily edited and “marked up” for printing and publication.

pthomas Posted: December 09, 2015 at 05:27 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: photography

Red Sox CF Mookie Betts Makes World Series of Bowling Debut, Tops out at 249

Mookie Betts, strike thrower

Betts — who, according to Pat Bradley of NESN.com, has four perfect games to his name—made his professional bowling debut Tuesday at the Rolltech PBA World Championship in Reno, Nevada.

Although he didn’t add to his perfect-game total, the 23-year-old outfielder made a good first impression.

eddieot Posted: December 09, 2015 at 04:26 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: bowling, mookie betts, red sox

Pirates deal Neil Walker to Mets for Jon Niese | MLB.com

At some point I would expect the Mets to upgrade their up-the-middle defense. It didn’t happen today.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 03:48 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pirates, trades

Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh illustrate the reciprocal nature of framing - Beyond the Box Score

Against righties, Keuchel threw outside notably more than McHugh did. Against lefties, Keuchel threw outside waaaay more than McHugh did. By targeting the areas where his catchers excelled, Keuchel reaped their rewards—a strategy that McHugh, for whatever reason, declined to employ.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 03:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing, sabermetrics

Mariners to acquire Adam Lind from the Brewers

Mariners camp will include “Hi, my name is….” nametags.

There is no word yet who the Mariners are sending to the Brewers, but they will need to create one space on the 40-man roster which is full to add Lind.

Originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft Lind hit .272/.360/.460/.820 with 20 HR and 87 RBI last year for the Brewers with a 19 wRC+ and 2.2 WAR. The downside with Lind is he has not hit lefties well, just .212/.277/.298/.575 in 112 plate appearances in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2015 at 11:42 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, brewers, mariners

‘MLB Network Presents’ returns with features on Royals and the AstroDome

Forget Star Wars!

The popular series ‘MLB Network Presents’ is slated to return on Dec, 10 at 8 p.m. ET, right at the conclusion of the winter meetings coverage, and it starts with a look at the Kansas City Royals 30-year journey to their second World Series championship.

“Royal in Kansas City, 30 Years Later” is the title of the program and it will feature interviews with Royals past, including Hall of Famer George Brett and teammates Danny Jackson, Darryl Motley, Bret Saberhagen, Frank ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2015 at 11:13 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, documentaries, film, lenny randle, mlb network, royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-9-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, December 9, 1915:

Before the next American league pennant season opens the Cleveland American league baseball club, as well as the Cleveland American association team, will have acquired new owners, according to present indications.

Although no official statement has been made, it is known that the bankers’ committee in charge of the financial affairs of Charles W. Somers, the present owner of the teams, is in favor of selling the clubs as a means of meeting Somers’ present ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 09, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians

MLB considers rule change on takeout slides | MLB.com

Instant replay stinks.This is just one example.

One play that has received a lot of scrutiny is when a runner slides into a base safely but is then called out when his foot loses contact with the base for a split-second.

“We accepted certain things over the years, but when a camera shows you that the glove is on the guy’s leg and he’s not on the bag, how can you say he’s safe?” he said. “It’s not my favorite play and I know [Rules Committee member] Jimmy Leyland has been trying to put wording ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play

Carlos Carrasco is extremely valuable in trade | MLB.com

The deal Greinke signed, starting with his age-32 season next year, will pay him more than $34 million in 2016, or approximately $1 million per start. The extension Carrasco signed last April pays him roughly the same, $37.5 million, but over the next five seasons combined—and even that’s only if the team exercises the 2019 and ‘20 club options. He’s making about the same over five seasons as Happ, who is nearly five years older and with a fraction of the success, is making over three. Carrasco ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco, indians, sabermetrics

More on A’s looming Brett Lawrie deal, John Axford pickup - San Francisco Chronicle

Once the A’s reacquired Jed Lowrie last week, it was obvious Oakland would move Brett Lawrie.

And late Tuesday night, The Chronicle learned that Oakland was nearing a deal with Chicago that would send the infielder to the White Sox in exchange for two minor-leaguers. According to two sources, the teams were still unsettled on the minor-league portion of the deal.


In addition, The Chronicle learned that the A’s are close to signing free-agent reliever John Axford.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, trade rumors, white sox, winter meetings

Arizona Diamondbacks know they will face criticism for Shelby Miller trade, but they don’t care ... winning now trumps worrying about complaints later | FOX Sports

Games and trades aren’t won in the off-season. Although it looks like the Braves won this trade, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

Coppolella has been a frequent target of criticism for tearing down the Braves, not just from media (moi?), but also from Braves fans. Well, not this time. Fans will love that Swanson is from Kennesaw, Ga., love his bat, love his speed. Blair adds to the endless stable of arms that that Coppolella collects like rare baseball cards. Inciarte will ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:10 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, diamondbacks, shelby miller, trade, winter meetings

DSPN: Dusty Baker Had A Hell Of A Press Conference

this is as weird as it seems, right?

“...I got a buddy at home that’s being abused by his wife. So I think this policy needs to go further than the player. I think the policy should go to whoever’s involved. Sometimes abusers don’t always have pants on.

“You’re always in need of left-handed pitching, left-handed hitting, and in need of speed. I think that’s the No. 1 thing that’s missing, I think, in the game is speed. You know, with the need for minorities, you can help ...

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being STEAGLES isn't the same as having a STEAGLES Posted: December 09, 2015 at 05:57 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker

Nightengale: Aroldis Chapman now a toxic asset to many MLB clubs

The real victims in all of this are high-level baseball executives.

“I know we can’t touch him,” a high-ranking National League executive said. “Our owner would never go for that. And I’m getting the sense from other teams that they feel the same way.

“Yeah, we know talent can cover up some character flaws, but domestic violence is such a hot topic now.”

It was just a year ago that the Reds traded Alfredo Simon to the Detroit Tigers, and few even blinked that he was the same guy ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2015 at 12:27 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, domestic violence

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Mets say Jon Niese available in trades, but not being shopped

“We haven’t been actively shopping him, but other than the four guys [Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard and Matz], we’re going to be looking for ways to improve the team,” Ricco said. “If there’s a deal that involves him and makes us better, I think we would definitely consider it.”

Niese went 9-10 with a 4.13 ERA in 33 appearances (29 starts) for the Mets this past season.

How would the Mets’ offset the departure of Niese in the rotation until Wheeler’s expected return in June or ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: December 08, 2015 at 08:56 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, trade rumors

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: Shelby Miller traded

Update:

Wow!

Update:
Steve Gilbert reports LHP Gabe Speier ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 08:13 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: shelby miller, trade rumors

Jack Curry on Twitter: “To get Starlin Castro from the Cubs, the Yankees parted with Adam Warren and a player to be named.”

Update:

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 08:10 PM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: adam warren, cubs, starlin castro, trade rumors, yankees

Ben Zobrist may be joining Cubs | MLB.com

Said to be four-years for $56 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 07:50 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, cubs, free agents

Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe wins the J.G. Taylor Spink Award

Are there any bridges in Cooperstown?

Shaughnessy has likewise inveighed against online baseball writers and analysts, their readers and their interests, often in his annual Hall of Fame column. In 2009 he called those arguing in favor of Edgar Martinez’s Hall candidacy “The stat geeks, those get-a-lifers who are sucking all the joy out of our national pastime.” The following year he called those who opposed Jack Morris “silly stat shut-ins.” He did not, it seems, extend that ...

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Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: December 08, 2015 at 05:51 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: chb, hall of fame, wtf

Baseball’s Most Handsome Managers | HardballTalk

It’s time for Craig to get all dreamy eyed again.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 05:11 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

THE BEST MLB TEAM $30 MILLION CAN BUY

For context, that would be less than half of the lowest team payroll from last season. But since this is just for fun, any player from any club is up for grabs. The only rule is that their 2016 salaries must add up to less than $30 million. As it turns out, putting together a high-quality roster in this scenario is not terribly difficult, thanks to the great wealth of talented young players in today’s game who have yet to sign their first significant contract.

But before we get to one version ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2015 at 05:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, money, zack greinke

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