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Sunday, January 08, 2017
While I agree Mark Trumbo is a much more valuable player at first base (assuming you don’t already have a first baseman and no better OF candidate), it’s also true that his offense will most likely regress next season. Of course, the reason Trumbo isn’t already signed is most teams seem to accept that regression and are valuing his future play lower than he’s pricing himself.
Posted: January 08, 2017 at 07:13 AM | 20 comment(s)
Saturday, January 07, 2017
As Goldman mentions later in the article, the Reds can just bench him. Although he has the right to block deals, if he becomes a part-timer player and gets off to a poor start, it’s really going to impact his earning potential next year.
What’s a little more difficult to reconcile with the normal human experience is the insistence on staying in a place where you know you’re not wanted. Even with his hard bargained-for contractual right, Phillips can only control his destiny for so long. The ...
Posted: January 07, 2017 at 09:26 AM | 39 comment(s)
This is a big year for Baez. Can he stop laying off these pitches?
Major league hitters need to take advantage of a pitcher’s mistake, and Baez is more than capable of this. But over 12 percent of the pitches he saw last year were in the red box low and away from the strike zone. Until he stops bailing and wailing at pitches, this will not change. Baez is young enough to adjust and can learn to lay off these pitches, but his resulting whiff-per-swing percentages show why he is seeing this many ...
Posted: January 07, 2017 at 09:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
Vanderbilt center fielder Jeren Kendall has established himself as the top college position player. A well above-average runner with surprising power in his wiry frame, he has the ability to impact the game in multiple ways. Scouts will also be keeping a close eye on another center fielder in Nashville, as Lipscomb’s Michael Gigliotti has the skill set to profile at the top of the lineup. Sluggers Keston Hiura (UC Irvine), J.J. Schwarz (Florida) and Pavin Smith (Virginia), as well as Florida ...
Posted: January 07, 2017 at 09:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
Those major growth spurts can be a thing of wonder. I’m still waiting for mine.
By his own admission, the right-hander didn’t take pitching seriously until the summer before his junior year in high school. Then he hit a major growth spurt, and while he didn’t reach the heights of his 6-foot-11 father, the added inches did wonders for his velocity as he started to hit the upper-80’s with his fastball. That winter, he verbally committed to Loyola Marymount, but by the spring of his senior season, ...
Posted: January 07, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
Friday, January 06, 2017
Kershaw is four good seasons from Pedro territory, and while injuries do happen, the only active player on a Hall of Fame trajectory and a realistic shot at meeting the standards set by the current writers is Kershaw. He’ll need to add a few more seasons to even be eligible, but it is difficult to imagine a reasonably healthy Kershaw for even just five more MLB seasons failing to gain entry into the Hall of Fame….
Given the absurd demands required of the pitchers here to make a plausible ...
That’s what speed….did.
Kansas City got the starting rotation help is so desperately needed.
The Mariners got the speed they sought on the base paths.
“As so often times is the case, once teams know there is a mutual interest in a player — in their case Jarrod, in our case Nate — we just stayed in touch and the timing was right,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “The deal was obviously attractive for us.”...
Dyson, a former 50th-round draft pick, became a fan favorite ...
After weeks of pursuing available options, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto moved to bolster the team’s rotation on Friday by acquiring veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo from the Orioles in a trade for outfielder Seth Smith.
Posted: January 06, 2017 at 01:59 PM | 26 comment(s)
12. Gary Sanchez, C, Yankees
He’s a 24-year-old catcher with just 55 games under his belt, and yet it feels fair to call him the face of the New York Yankees. Sanchez hit 20 bombs in only 201 at-bats, a pace that would put him in position to become just the third Yankee ever to log 60 in a single season (hopefully you know the names of the other two). Don’t hold your breath there, but do expect Sanchez’s sophomore adjustment to go a long way toward determining whether the Yanks can rebuild ...
Posted: January 06, 2017 at 11:19 AM | 15 comment(s)
Last year’s phenomenal Game Seven ratings might mask some deeper truths about the game’s long-term prospects.
“Selig’s annual statements about the health of the game were not pulled out of the air but reflected in the financial data and products being offered to fans. His successor, Rob Manfred, will almost certainly continue to report on the financial health of baseball. While these reports may be factual, they do not quite represent the entire truth.”
Bridgeport Farmer, January 6, 1917:
While there is little, if any, possibility of a readjustment of the professional baseball diamond as recently suggested by President Percy D. Haughton, of the Boston National league club, the proposed changes…offer a wide field for speculation as to what would be the result if such alterations were made.
Haughton suggests that in order to equalize the offensive and defensive strength of the pitcher and batter it might be found advisable, upon ...
I’m generally not interested on what a pitcher “touches” in velocity. It’s where he sits that’s generally what matters. There are a lot of pitchers referenced in this article. Adding Kuhl seems a stretch.
Chad Kuhl is another success story from later in the draft, a ninth-rounder out of Delaware in 2013 who was touching 97 mph at the major-league level last summer.
Posted: January 06, 2017 at 07:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
By “resetting” this year, however, the team would be able to sign free agents in the solid but less-impressive 2017-18 free-agent classes while incurring the more modest penalties on amateur talent acquisition. For instance, if the team wants to make a run at Eric Hosmer – assuming he spends all year with the Royals and receives a qualifying offer from them – or Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, their ability to land amateur talent would be less severely impacted.
That said, if the team ...
Posted: January 06, 2017 at 07:32 AM | 26 comment(s)
This was an early favorite that stole some Strat-O-Matic time.
Earl Weaver Baseball, the first version of the game, was released in 1987. It was designed by Don Daglow and Eddie Dombrower. Those two developers created Intellivision World Series Baseball. That game was revolutionary for 1983, but EWB was a proper updated baseball game. It helped Electronic Arts pioneer it’s reputation for sports simulation games (John Madden Football being released in 1988).
Posted: January 06, 2017 at 06:31 AM | 20 comment(s)
Pedro Alvarez isn’t a better player than Keith Moreland.
Just a couple quibbles: Pedro Alvarez would have been a slightly better choice than Moreland at quite possibly a fairly similar price, and why not add some third base insurance (Trevor Plouffe, Luis Valbuena?).
Posted: January 06, 2017 at 06:01 AM | 7 comment(s)
Thursday, January 05, 2017
Here are your top 50 players for first-year dynasty drafts:
1) Nick Senzel, 3B, Cincinnati Reds
There’s not a ton of debating who the top pick is this year, even if he doesn’t have the type of upside you might truly desire from your first-overall pick. He’s a five-category third baseman who could move quickly enough to at least warrant a cup of coffee in 2017—though with the Reds comfortably out of contention, 2018 is much more likely.
Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
Why even bother?
Yet, the relationship between Phillips and the club will only grow more uncomfortable if he continues balking at proposed trades.
Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:36 PM | 48 comment(s)
Three years in. Jumping to a conclusion is very premature.
Cano is now three seasons into his 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners. And so far — with the exception of the first three months of 2015, when he battled a reported stomach illness and struggled as a result — it’s worked out very well for Seattle.
Posted: January 05, 2017 at 10:51 AM | 51 comment(s)
From all this — which Van Wagenen and Thousand presented in a 100-page book — they came up with a bottom line: Cespedes was worth $34.7 million to the Mets in 2016, or $7.1 million more than the team had paid him.
The message was clear. The Mets, who play in a big market but are restrained in their spending, could afford an expensive — at least for them — new multiyear contract for Cespedes, arguably the most dynamic baseball player in New York. They would make it back, and more.
Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
To recover that power, however, he has to avoid last year’s return to his bad habit of wrapping his bat around his head so dramatically in his stance, which may have been the result of his early-season shoulder injury .
“It just makes his swing way too long to put the barrel on the ball with any consistency,’’ an NL scout said Wednesday. “The Mets know it. I talked to Terry Collins at the winter meetings and he said they tried to fix it but he’d keep going back to it under the ...
Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
Markusen: How much of a factor was Bonds’ lifestyle of “living in the fast lane” in contributing to his early decline as a ballplayer?
D’Acquisto: It was his demise. You can see that on the back of the baseball card or his baseball-reference page. It hurt his game tremendously. He was a world-class athlete and probably one of the top 175-200 offensive players of all time. If he would have left the booze alone, that number probably goes to 75-100 easy. He had all the tools.
Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:03 AM | 3 comment(s)
Butte Post, January 5, 1917:
[National commission chairman August “Garry” Herrmann] told how he had the nickname tacked on him.
“I had just been made ‘devil’ in a printing place in Cincinnati,” he explained, “when the newspapers were full of news about Garibaldi, the famous Italian patriot, who was fighting to put Italy in the sun.
“I was short, broad-shouldered and extremely green. The printers at once nicknamed me Garibaldi; in time they shortened it to Garry.”
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