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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Baseball exec predicts Lester will return to Boston - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN Boston

The “well-connected baseball executive” sounds like someone in the Red Sox camp. The executive sounds like he has some wishful thinking. I don’t see Lester settling for $20 million per year.

But Monday night, a well-connected baseball executive who has had conversations on the subject with the Red Sox, predicted that Boston will indeed re-sign Lester, and may make an exception in Lester’s case to their pledge not to offer a long-term deal to pitchers north of 30 years old.

How high would ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2014 at 07:05 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: jon lester, red sox

MLB Free Agency: Top 50, where they may sign and what they will get - CBSSports.com

Heyman, an unnamed GM, and an unnamed agent predict free agent contracts.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2014 at 07:01 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Rick Hahn expects White Sox to be rumor-mill fixture this winter | CSN Chicago

According to the quotes in the article, the White Sox will either sign a big contract or they won’t. Thanks for the insight!

But the White Sox general manager expects his club to be prominently mentioned in baseball gossip this offseason if only because of their position; they could have $40 million to spend with multiple upgrades needed. Not only that, the White Sox intend to kick a lot of tires to see what’s out there.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2014 at 06:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Yankees intrigued by Elvis Andrus in search for Jeter’s heir | New York Post

Prospects are prospects. Will Profar ever pan out or will injuries derail his future?

Andrus’ eight-year, $120 million extension does not even begin until next season and runs through at least 2022. Texas would love to unload that deal as it searches this market for starting pitching. The Rangers can go inexpensive in the middle infield with some combination of Rougned Odor, Jurickson Profar and Luis Sardinas. However, they would be more comfortable doing that if they knew for sure Profar was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2014 at 06:49 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: elvis andrus, jurickson profar, rangers, yankees

Mariners aim to emulate Royals; will KC land Big Piece?

Bob Nightengale’s latest.

They are intent on dumping first baseman Ryan Howard and the remaining $60 million on his contract, but after finding no takers during the season, they have surprising interest from a small-market club with one baseball’s lowest payrolls.

The Royals.

The Royals aren’t about to rip up their payroll, and David Glass suddenly isn’t about to go all Steinbrenner on us, but if the Phillies are willing to eat most of the contract, the Royals have had internal discussions ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2014 at 06:45 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mariners, phillies, red sox, royals, yankees

MLB probing Cubs for tampering with Maddon | New York Post

The Rays are acting like jilted lovers.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2014 at 06:40 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, rays

All 12 free agents to test market

All 12 free agents who were given the $15.3 million offers last week chose not to accept by Monday’s 5 p.m. EST deadline.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 11, 2014 at 01:14 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Monday, November 10, 2014

White Sox Abreu, Mets’ deGrom named Rookies of Year | MLB.com

The Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards were announced on Monday, with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu the unanimous selection in the American League and Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom taking home the honor in the NL.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 07:24 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, jacob degrom, jose abreu, rookie of the year

Mets Sign Michael Cuddyer

Apparently Cuddyer wasn’t too nuts about Colorado… and is confident he’ll be awful in 2015!

The Mets announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year contract.

Cuddyer, a client of Excel Sports Management’s Casey Close, was the surprise recipient of a qualifying offer last week that caused many to believe that he would be the first to accept the offer. However, Colorado’s decision to extend the QO appears to have been a wise one, as they’ll now net a ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 10, 2014 at 04:40 PM | 167 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mets, michael cuddyer, rockies, transactions

Eight offseason questions for baseball executives - ESPN

In keeping with another November tradition, ESPN.com polled 28 general managers, assistant GMs, senior advisers, scouts and other baseball talent evaluators on eight questions that will be front-and-center during Hot Stove season. They responded via email or phone on the condition of anonymity.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: gm meetings

2014 Japan All-Star Series OMNICHATTER (Nov. 11 and 12)

(The link is to Yakyu Baka, a blog on Japanese baseball)

Okay, so, just in case, here’s a OMNICHATTER thread for the MLB tour of Japan. All games are on MLB Network and MLB.TV.

Exhibition Game (Koshien Stadium): MLB All-Stars (Chris Capuano) vs. Yomiuri/Hanshin Combined Team (Atsushi Nomi), Nov. 11, 4 AM ET (9 PM ET reair).

Game 1 of Japan All-Star Series (Kyocera/Osaka Dome): MLB All-Stars (Matt Shoemaker) vs. “Samurai Japan” (Kenta Maeda), Nov. 12, 4 AM ET (9 PM ET reair)

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Gamingboy Posted: November 10, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, omnichatter

Chimelis: Mike Piazza presents the ultimate Hall of Fame ballot quandary

For the misdemeanor player, chased and cheated by pursuit
And we gazed upon the Chimelis of freedom flashing.

But I have reached the point where I feel I am stalling. My ambivalent, wait-till-next-year approach to Piazza is the coward’s way out.

Unlike the more tarnished superstars (Barry Bonds, Clemens, etc.), Piazza is close. He pulled 62.2 percent last year, up from 57.8 percent in his first year, 2012.

That was higher than Bagwell, whose credentials are less obvious to some voters ...

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Repoz Posted: November 10, 2014 at 01:36 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

The 25 most important people in baseball history

More than 17,000 people have played Major League Baseball. Countless others have contributed to the game from working in front offices to writing about baseball and more. It’s hard to say who matters most, players or everyone else and it’s an age-old debate. Personally, I believe both groups are important. Few people can play at the highest level. And without a range of support, they wouldn’t do so professionally, at least not in a league that generates close to $10 billion annually.

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: November 10, 2014 at 10:46 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: history


As Cubs get headlines, don’t overlook work of White Sox GM Rick Hahn - CBSSports.com

Rick Hahn isn’t number two in Chicago.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 09:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, rick hahn, white sox

The idea of popping A-Rod for “distribution” requires an awful lot of magical thinking | HardballTalk

This is right in Craig Calcaterra’s wheelhouse.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez

Why Rockies are in major bind with Tulowitzki, Gonzalez | New York Post

I love Tulowitzki. With his contract, though, he’s a tough pickup for any GM. GMs get fired for being wrong on trades like this.

Tulowitzki, in particular, creates difficulty. He is homegrown. He is the most popular player in Rockies history. When right, he is arguably among the five best position players in the game. But here is how many games he has started at shortstop in the past five years: 122, 140, 47, 119 and 88. Those are 516 starts in his age 25-to-29 seasons, barely more than 100 a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 08:56 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gonzalez, rockies, troy tulowitzki

Dodgers aggressively shopping outfielder Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, and are willing to eat cash, sources tell Ken Rosenthal | FOX Sports

Rosenthal says Puig is safe.

Sources have informed FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal that new Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and the L.A. brain trust are aggressively trying to move an outfielder, and that nearly all are in play.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: andre ethier, carl crawford, dodgers, matt kemp

Despite last offseason’s results, expect Ervin Santana to reject qualifying offer again | FOX Sports

OK, where is Santana going to end up?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 08:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ervin santana

Buckley: Weight of Panda on Sox | Boston Herald

I realize there is pressure from Werner and Lucchino to placate the fans with a big free agent signing this off-season. I also agree that Sandoval would be a nice fit in the Red Sox lineup. (His ability to go the other way from the left side will play well in Fenway.) I’m not convinced, however, that he will age well. So, if they have to make a splash, I’d rather they spend the money on Lester.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 08:25 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox


Mariners notebook: Like rumors? GM meetings should provide a bunch | Mariners Insider - The News Tribune

Here’s a potential buy-low pickup.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is expected to try to gauge trade interest in outfielder Michael Saunders over the next few days.

Saunders, who turns 28 later this month, is a left-handed hitter who doesn’t appear to fit with the club’s future plans. Even so, club officials believe Saunders has value; nothing suggests they are looking to just dump him.

One possibility is Toronto, which is looking for someone capable of playing left and/or center ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gm meetings, mariners

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-10-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 10, 1914:

Danny Green, at one time a star outfielder on the Chicago National and American League baseball teams, died [yesterday] in an institution in Camden, N.J. While playing with the Minneapolis team of the American Association several years ago, Green was struck on the head by a pitched ball and never recovered from the effects of the injury.

Green was 38 years old.

I’d never heard this story before. Anyone have any other details? This is a fairly ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 10, 2014 at 08:17 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: danny green, dugout, history

Iwakuma excited to be part of MLB rotation in Japan | MLB.com

The DVR is already set.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 08:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

O’Brien sharpening skills behind the plate in AFL | dbacks.com

The guy can hit a little bit. At this point in time, he is faaaaaaar away from being a major league catcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 08:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pete o'brien

Peter Gammons: Cherington, Red Sox Faced With Long Winter Ahead - GammonsDaily.com

Gammons does the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Dodgers’ new executives free to spend, but an upgrade isn’t guaranteed - The Orange County Register

The Dodgers are shopping their expensive outfielders.

As Friedman, Byrnes and Zaidi gathered in Arizona over the weekend to set an offseason agenda and prepare for this week’s GM meetings in Phoenix, they might be coming to the realization that they’ve traded one set of financial handcuffs for another – perhaps velvet-lined but restrictive nonetheless.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 06:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, payrolls

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Orioles and Blue Jays discussed Adam Lind trade

According to multiple sources, they spoke to the Blue Jays about first baseman Adam Lind and were unable to agree on a return before he was traded to the Brewers last weekend for pitcher Marco Estrada.

The Jays wanted first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce, according to sources, but the Orioles weren’t willing to part with him.

Lind became expendable after the Jays claimed first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers from the Mariners. They also have Edwin Encarnacion to play first and rotate at ...

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Good cripple hitter Posted: November 09, 2014 at 06:49 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, balitmore orioles, steve pearce, toronto blue jays

McCutchen talks about his legacy, the Pirates’ major needs | TribLIVE

Here’s a Q&A with Andrew McCutchen.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2014 at 02:18 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

Sunday Notes: A Change Will Do You Good: Brewers, Yanks, Cards, Astros, DBacks | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s Sunday column on FanGraphs.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2014 at 02:13 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general

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