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Friday, November 18, 2016
There’s no question the Red Sox want Carlos Beltran as a replacement for David Ortiz. One baseball source called him a “top priority,” another tempered that description, noting the Sox want to see how the market develops.
Either way, there’s mutual interest, but there’s no shortage of patience on either side.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Both Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers are investigating a possible case of sexual assault that allegedly involved multiple players at the Rangers’ academy in the Dominican Republic.
Metro, a news outlet in the D.R., reported that three members of the Rangers’ Dominican Summer League team were arrested several months ago. Baseball sources said that four players allegedly were involved, and that charges have yet to be filed.
The players were placed on administrative leave under ...
OK, he’s not as good as Boras’ sales pitch but he’s worth more than two years at $12 million.
“I wouldn’t go more than two years and $12 million but someone will give him more,” an executive from an American League team said. “But he’s got the name recognition, the right agent and he proved he was healthy this year. He’s going to get paid by someone and they will probably live to regret it.”
“The idea is that it’s not uncommon in business for people who have a job title that’s important to them to try to determine exactly what qualifications and traits are predictive of success. It’s something we haven’t done on an industry basis and I just think it might be a useful experiment for us.”
Hey, the current system certainly isn’t working, so why not try something different?
Manfred even stepped into Kansas City last weekend, conveying his plan to the Buck O’Neil ...
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 08:25 PM | 7 comment(s)
Brian McCann seemed like a perfect fit for the Astros, a left-handed-hitting catcher who could still provide some offensive punch while giving them some veteran leadership. The Astros pulled off a deal on Thursday to acquire McCann, sending Minor League pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman to the Yankees.
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 20 comment(s)
The Astros on Thursday reached an agreement on a four-year, $52-million deal with free agent outfielder Josh Reddick, a source confirmed for MLB.com, on the same day the club announced the acquisition of veteran catcher Brian McCann in a trade with the Yankees.
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 11 comment(s)
Two for two.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout earned his second career AL Most Valuable Player Award, while in the NL, Cubs slugger Kris Bryant became the fourth player to win the MVP Award a year after being the Rookie of the Year.
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 07:08 PM | 64 comment(s)
“Hacksaw Ridge” producer David Permut is developing a movie about the life of the late Major League Baseball pitcher Dock Ellis.
He moved pretty good (for a guy on acid).
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 04:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you.
The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations.
Under the current rules, teams on Sept. 1 increase their 25-man active roster to the entire 40-man roster. The new limit likely would be 28, and the rules would permit teams to swap out players, though not on a daily basis, one ...
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 03:48 PM | 46 comment(s)
The Walking Dead version of the current labor negotiations.
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 02:38 PM | 2 comment(s)
1. Yoenis Cespedes, $110 million, 4 years. The best player on the market shouldn’t have trouble topping three years this time after betting on himself and winning with a Mets deal that contained an opt out following a year in which he was the highest paid position player in the NL ($27.5M). The Nats could return to the derby after missing out on him and (fortunately) Jason Heyward, too. Plus, the Dodgers and Giants are interested, raising the stakes.
2. Edwin Encarnacion, $92 million, 4 ...
You’d be hard-pressed to find a single person who’d have qualms with Scully’s honor … except for Scully, himself, of course.
When White House press secretary Josh Earnest called to tell Scully the news, the Dodgers’ legend responded:
“Are you sure? I’m just an old baseball announcer.”
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 11:51 AM | 4 comment(s)
“I’ll take it one day at a time,” Hurdle said. “I think any general manager that’s in a market similar to the one we’re in has to explore the possibility of (trading) players who have one or two years left on their contracts. You have to see what value is there to keep or to move.
“That’s the way we’re going to need to continue to operate. It’s the hard part of what we get to do.”
McCutchen, who’s on vacation in Hawaii, was unavailable for comment.
“Andrew has been very black and ...
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 11:48 AM | 8 comment(s)
Ken Rosenthal’s take.
No, Kate, I can’t explain it, either.
Judging voters too harshly is a slippery slope: I vehemently oppose penalizing anyone for holding an unpopular or even mistaken opinion. At the same time, it is the obligation of every voter to develop a sound rationale for his or her choices. Different answers are acceptable; it’s the process that matters.
The Tampa Bay voters, Bill Chastain of MLB.com and Fred Goodall of the Associated Press, cannot be held solely responsible ...
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 10:40 AM | 10 comment(s)
cy young award
MLB.com lists the top 30 prospects from each team who are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft if not added to a 40-Man Roster.
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 10:36 AM | 8 comment(s)
No, he did not say, “I plan to make Aroldis Chapman the highest paid reliever in baseball!”
“For me, the bullpen is my priority,” Steinbrenner said, emphasizing “my.” He proceeded: “Because I think we’re probably going to have a young pitching staff, and I think if we can shorten the game for them by really strengthening the bullpen, that’s going to be to our advantage.”
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 12 comment(s)
Tacoma Times, November 17, 1916:
There was great interest among baseball men today in the action of the minor league board in adopting a resolution which would abolish the drafting rule. The resolution would stop drafting from the American Association, International league, and the Pacific Coast league.
Should the move be adopted by the majors, the three minors in question would be elevated to the rank of major leagues.
I know I’m looking at this from the perspective of a hundred years later, ...Read More...
However, Upton and Verlander do have a legitimate gripe, here … it’s mind-boggling that two writers felt Verlander didn’t belong on the ballot at all – which means they didn’t have him in their top-five – when 18 others voted him for first place. A player getting the most first-place votes and losing is sort of an indictment of the voting system – or the ones casting the ballots in the first place. However, Goodall and Chastain do not deserve to lose their jobs over having an ...
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
Matt Manning is number one.
Scouting Report: As a basketball standout, Manning comes equipped with long levers and an athletic frame. Those traits help him on the mound, too, where he shows more coordination in his delivery than other pitchers with long arms and legs. His delivery can get a touch across his body at times, but he also creates deception and gets enough extension to the point that one evaluator said it looked like the 6-foot-6 righthander was shaking hands with his catcher. And ...
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
If he’s looking for a number three starter, these guys aren’t it.
My targets: TCU’s Andrew Cashner, an underperformer in San Diego, or possibly Brett Anderson, who was out most of 2016 with a back injury, then hampered by a blister. Anderson looked to be on the verge of a breakthrough in 2015, but his 2016 season was completely sidetracked. Think of him as a potential alternative to Derek Holland, but with a better walk rate and with more ability to get ground balls.
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
She had a good point. I don’t know how you leave Verlander off a ballot. It’s still bad form and timing.
Scherzer, who just finished his second season with the Nationals, was an easy pick as the National League winner. But Baseball Writers’ Association of America voters had a tougher time determining the best pitcher in the American League.
Max Scherzer wins the 2016 NL Cy Young, becoming the sixth pitcher to win the award in both leagues after also winning in 2013 with Detroit
Porcello, who was 22-4 in his second season with the Red Sox, edged Verlander, the career Tiger, in the second-closest ...
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
I’ve always liked Morton but he’s had some trouble staying on the field. $14 million clearly isn’t what it used to be.
The Astros agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free-agent right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton on Wednesday.
The deal is for $14 million, with incentives of $625,000 each for 15, 20, 25 and 30 starts in each season, according to a source. The club has not confirmed the financial aspects of the agreement.
Posted: November 16, 2016 at 10:53 AM | 29 comment(s)
Seager is the best of the bunch. I would take his next 10 years over all others, though it’s close. If you like the defense of Lindor or the power potential of Correa, you can construct a convincing argument for them.
Seager is listed at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, though in person he appears even bigger. His size has led to speculation that he will have to move off shortstop to a corner position. I don’t buy it. That assumption is made purely on the basis of his size. When you actually watch ...
Posted: November 16, 2016 at 10:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
El Paso Herald, November 16, 1916:
Samuel Dunlap, who claimed the honor of having given Hans Wagner and Cy Young their start in baseball years ago, is dead at his home [in Canal Dover, Ohio]. He was aged 60. Dunlap organized a team in Canal Dover and the near-by town of New Philadelphia, and hired Wagner and Young to play for him. He paid them their first wages as ballplayers.
That team must have shredded the Tuscarawas County League, if such a thing existed. Uhrichsville, Newcomerstown, and ...Read More...
How many teams shouldn’t be inquiring about Sale? Not many.
If the Chicago White Sox are indeed willing to listen to offers for their outstanding lefty starter, Chris Sale, the Cardinals need to be on the other end of that conversation. I know the Cards like to talk about their depth at starting pitching, and the emergence of their top prospect Alex Reyes, and the return of Lance Lynn, and how they’ll have approximately 217 candidates to fill the five rotation spots — OK, a slight ...
Posted: November 16, 2016 at 10:23 AM | 23 comment(s)
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