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Thursday, January 10, 2019

A’s expect top pick Kyler Murray to enter NFL draft

The A’s expect Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, the team’s top pick last June, to declare for the NFL draft on Sunday, multiple sources told The Chronicle on Wednesday.

Declaring for the draft does not guarantee that Murray, an outfielder Oakland selected ninth overall, will decide to reject his $4.66 million deal with the A’s outright, but it certainly increases the chances that Oklahoma’s star quarterback will decide to go pro in football rather than baseball….

Should Murray, 21, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Report: Braves dismiss scouting leaders Bridges, Clark

The Braves released scouting director Brian Bridges and senior adviser to amateur scouting Roy Clark, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Both assumed their posts in 2014 during a major retooling of the front office. Bridges was promoted to scouting director under John Hart and John Coppolella’s regime.

Clark rejoined the team in October 2014 after leaving in 2009 following more than two decades with the team. He had stints with the Nationals and Dodgers before ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Brewers have deal with catcher Yasmani Grandal | MLB.com

If the Mets rumored offer was real his agent should be fired.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2019 at 11:23 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, yasmani grandal

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-9-2019

Washington Times, January 9, 1919:

Relatives of Christy Mathewson…believe that the Cincinnati manager will not return from France in time to take up his duties next spring. He is a gas officer with the Twenty-eighth Pennsylvania division, and is now at Hendticourt, France, sixty miles from Metz.

Not close enough to meet the Metz, it seems. He’d have been recovering from his mustard gas accident at this point, and it’s interesting that the papers still don’t know it had happened.

Elsewhere in ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 09, 2019 at 10:07 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Phillies defense affects pitchers differently

The publicly available info has improved but still has a way to go before we can make better judgments about how defense impacts pitchers.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2019 at 09:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: defense

Considering Cubs’ budget crunch, was picking up Cole Hamels’ option the right move?

Did the Cubs make the right call in picking up Cole Hamels’ $20 million option?

That question was a no-brainer in the first few days of November — an easy call to pencil Hamels into the Cubs rotation for 2019 even if it meant trading away Drew Smyly and his $7 million contract to the Texas Rangers.

But here on Jan. 8, it’s at least a fair question and the answer isn’t so automatic, as we discussed on Hot Stove Tuesday.

Sincere question: Does Betteridge’s Law still apply in situations ...

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QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: budget, cole hamels, cubs

How Cubs manager Joe Maddon helped recruit Bruce Arians to the Bucs

Bruce Arians needed some convincing.

At 66, the retired former Cardinals head coach was interested in interviewing for the Bucs job, but it also became a recruiting trip of sorts when he arrived in Tampa Friday night.

That’s when the Bucs got an assist from Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

Because, when I want advice concerning taking a job in football, I always ask a baseball manager….

 

QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: advice, football, joe maddon, tampa bay

The nastiest pitches to face, as voted by players

The Year of the Pitcher was and likely forever will be 1968. But 50 years later, in 2018, there were more strikeouts than hits for the first time in a Major League season, with 1,320 fastballs recorded at 100 mph or more and breaking balls continuing to take up an increased percentage of the pitch populace.

So while it might fall short of irrefutable fact, it would sure seem reasonable to suggest that big league pitching, at large, is at a zenith of nastiness at the moment.

But which specific ...

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QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: nasty, pitches, poll

Mets Release David Wright, Move Him into Special Adviser Role to COO and GM

The New York Mets announced Monday former third baseman David Wright has agreed to join the team’s front office as a special adviser to COO Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.

Wright was also released from the active roster with the move despite having two more years under contract with the team.

Can David Wright offer any worse advice than everyone else has given the Mets in the last few decades?

QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, david wright, jeff wilpon, mets being mets, special advisor

College student says she ‘felt harassed’ by Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer on Twitter

A Texas State University finance major hadn’t heard of Trevor Bauer when she chided the Cleveland Indians pitcher on Twitter over the weekend.

Days later, Nikki Giles told USA TODAY Sports she’s been reduced to tears by the barrage of responses from Bauer and some of his 135,000 followers. Giles said she’s reported the harassment to the Indians via the team’s official Facebook page and flagged three of Bauer’s tweets in a complaint to Twitter.

“It has definitely ruined my last ...

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QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 326 comment(s)
  Beats: social media, trevor bauer, twitter

Move over Red Sox: Astros the best team in baseball in 2019, according to one oddsmaker

The Boston Red Sox may have won the World Series in 2018, but the Houston Astros will be better in 2019. If you have a problem with that statement, take it up with the oddsmakers.

Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas believes the Astros will win the most games during the 2019 Major League Baseball regular season. Yes, that’s right, it’s barely January and MLB win totals have already been released.

Is this really the sort of thing we want an organization so closely tied to MLB management to be ...

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QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, gambling, odds

Somebody was playing Mario Kart on Kauffman Stadium’s Crown Vision

Everyone loves a good Mario Kart session. That is, until the blue shells come out and someone drops from first place to last place faster than you can say “dibs on Yoshi.” Regardless, it seems like someone at Kauffman Stadium loves Mario Kart enough that they wanted to play it on Crown Vision.

So, how long before we see this happening mid-game?

QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: kauffman stadium, royals, video games

Barry Bonds now has the No. 1 Black Miniature Schnauzer in America

There are a bunch of numbers associated with Barry Bonds. Like 25—his uniform number—or 762, the number of homers he hit in his career. It’s time a learn a new one: No. 1, the ranking that the American Kennel Club gave Bonds’ Black Miniature Schnauzer, Apollo. Oh yeah, and Bonds has the No. 3-ranked Black Miniature Schnauzer in Apollo’s sister, Bonnie.

Those are some really good looking dogs.  But the headline has one thing wrong, he doesn’t have it all yet because he’s still not inducted ...

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A warning about Major League Baseball’s Record Revenues

Today’s report that Major League Baseball has, yet again, set a record for revenues is certainly good news for some. It’s good news for the owners of the 30 clubs. It’s good news for Rob Manfred and everyone at the league office whose job depends upon keeping the owners of the 30 clubs happy. It’s good for various stakeholders of Major League Baseball, most of whose ships rise with MLB’s financial tide.

But that report about record revenues is also problematic for a few reasons: ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business

White Sox reportedly agree to deal with Jay

Jay joins first baseman/designated hitter Yonder Alonso, Machado’s brother-in-law, who was acquired in a trade from the Cleveland Indians.


Each of the three players wrote about training together in Miami during the offseason in a 2017 piece for the Players’ Tribune.

“The three of us all come from the similar backgrounds. I’ve known Yonder since he was 10,” Jay wrote at the time. “And we’ve both known Manny since he was a young kid coming up. We’re from the same neighborhoods, the same ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-8-2019

Pittsburgh Press, January 8, 1919:

Waite Hoyt, the schoolboy star, who has been the property of the Giants for nearly four years and who was included in the deal with the Rochester club by which Earl Smith comes to New York, announces his retirement from baseball [at age 19]. Hoyt, who called at the offices of the club yesterday, was not at all pleased when he read of his transfer to Rochester, and declared that he would abandon baseball to accept a position in the mercantile business.

“When I ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 08, 2019 at 09:47 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Kelvin Herrera, White Sox agree to 2-year, $18 million deal

Zero Degrees of Kelvin Herrera…

Free-agent reliever Kelvin Herrera and the Chicago White Sox agreed on a two-year, $18 million contract that includes a vesting option for a third season, league sources familiar with the deal told ESPN.

The two-time All-Star, who was part of the dominant Kansas City Royals bullpens that led them to back-to-back World Series, could serve as closer for the White Sox upon his return from surgery to repair a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot. The 28-year-old ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 08, 2019 at 08:04 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: kelvin herrera

Monday, January 07, 2019

Deep in Winter, Let’s Discuss the Stifling of Starting Pitchers

Can we talk starting pitchers or, more to the point, their ritual sacrifice on the altar of Major League Baseball analytics?

I put this question to Leo Mazzone, the former pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves and the custodian of one of baseball’s greatest rotations of starting pitchers: Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine, Hall of Famers all.

The 2018 playoffs and World Series offered a parade of twitchy managers yanking their starting pitchers after four innings, summoning a parade ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2019 at 03:47 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-7-2019

Memphis News Scimitar, January 7, 1919:

Fred Anderson, New York National league pitcher, has announced he would quit baseball permanently to practice dentistry here.

Anderson has threatened several times to forsake the bat for the forceps. This time his decision seems final.

Fred was popular with the Gotham fans and well liked around the circuit.

Unlike most of the guys who retired from baseball to take other jobs, Anderson wasn’t bluffing to get more money. He really retired to become a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 07, 2019 at 10:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

A creative way to construct Bryce Harper, Manny Machado mega-deals

Joel Sherman has some ideas on how Harper and Machado could maximize their contract hauls.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado

Tulowitzki to play shortstop for Yanks until Didi returns

NEW YORK (AP)—The Yankees view Troy Tulowitzki as their starting shortstop until Didi Gregorius returns from Tommy John surgery this summer.

Still, general manager Brian Cashman won’t rule out trying to sign Manny Machado, one of the top free agents on the market.

And, in his first question-and-answer session of the year, Cashman revealed he has dragged talks to trade Sonny Gray until the Yankees know CC Sabathia will be ready to pitch following surgery to implant a stent in an artery from ...

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QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, troy tulowitzki, yankees

Rangers get former manager’s son on waiver claim from Angels

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have acquired right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell on a waiver claim from the Los Angeles Angels.

Texas also Friday signed right-handers Adrian Sampson and Rafael Montero to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training

So, if he’s formerly a manager’s son, whose son is he now?

QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, luke farrell, rangers, waivers

WATCH: Jim Duquette says Mets almost landed Ken Griffey Jr. via trade

The Mets came close to landing Ken Griffey Jr. in a blockbuster trade back in 2000, but the haul of players that would have been sent in Griffey’s place could have altered how well the Mets would have fared during their incredible 2000 season.

According to former Mets Assistant GM Jim Duquette, they offered a package of Armando Benitez, Octavio Dotel and Roger Cedeno, but Grifffey’s no trade clause was in the way and at that time he stated he only wanted to go to Cincinatti.

“There was an ...

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QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: jim duquette, ken griffey jr., mets being mets

Report: Justin Wilson drawing interest from multiple teams

Not as a pitcher- they’ve heard he makes a fine rice and gravy dish, and they’re all feeling rather peckish….

QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, justin wilson

MLB rumors: Red Sox didn’t find Jackie Bradley Jr. trade to their liking

The Boston Red Sox need to figure out which of their upcoming free agents in 2019 and 2020 to pay long-term, and that’s going to create a lot of tough decisions.

The Sox could get ahead of those decisions by trading one or more of their veterans who are up for free agency in the near future. One of those players with free agency on the horizon is outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday that Boston looked at trading the 2018 American League Championship ...

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QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie bradley jr., red sox, trade talk

Wanted but not needed, this MLB pitcher has redefined the term ‘journeyman’

The biggest stars get all of the attention. That’s why we’re all waiting with anticipation to see where Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will play baseball for the next decade, and how much money they’ll make doing it.

In doing that though, we tend to lose sight of the players whose futures are anything but stable or certain. The players who are always one phone call from being forced to pick up and move on.

One such player is veteran pitcher and now certified journeyman Oliver Drake.

A ...

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QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: journeyman, oliver drake, travel

Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto Expects Ichiro Will Be on 2019 Opening Day Roster

Ichiro Suzuki, who has been playing professional baseball since his Pacific League debut in Japan as an 18-year-old in 1992, could have a spot on the Seattle Mariners’ Opening Day roster in March.

Per Greg Johns of MLB.com, M’s general manager Jerry Dipoto said Thursday that “Ichi will be on our team when we go to Tokyo. He’ll be an active player.”   

The 45-year-old Suzuki is a baseball legend who took the league by storm when he joined the Mariners in 2001. He won the American League’s ...

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QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, japan, jerry dipoto, retirement tour

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Mets get infielder J.D. Davis from Astros

The Mets continued their active offseason on Sunday with a pair of transactions that addressed their infield. The club acquired infielder J.D. Davis from the Astros and traded catcher Kevin Plawecki to the Indians, and the club’s return included a throng of Minor Leaguers.

The Astros sent Minor League infielder Cody Bohanek along with Davis. To Houston, the Mets sent outfielder Ross Adolph, infielder Luis Santana and catcher Scott Manea.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2019 at 08:23 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. davis, mets

Zach Britton agrees to deal with Yankees | MLB.com

Britton’s new pact with the Bombers is a three-year deal that will average $13 million each season, with an opt-out clause after 2020 if the team does not exercise its option for the 2022 campaign. If Britton departs after two years, he would have earned $26 million; completing the full four years would net him $53 million. The signing has not been announced by the team.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2019 at 06:35 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees, zach britton

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Harold Staub and Rusty Baines | Articles | Bill James Online

The Hall of Fame selection process undermines the credibility of the Hall.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2019 at 11:00 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, harold baines, rusty baines

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