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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

The Economist: Opting in to opt-outs

Opt-out clauses in baseball are supposed to benefit players, but savvy teams are now taking advantage of them to shorten risky long-term deals.  Who’s going to get stuck with an albatross if the market turns south and players stop opting out?

The years following their opt-outs, however, have proven far less rosy for their clubs. Unsurprisingly, the seasons covered by their new contracts but not their old ones have been a debacle: the group averaged just 1.7 WAR per year while still being paid ...

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David Concepcion de la Desviacion Estandar (Dan R) Posted: December 08, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts

Ned Yost told you so | HardballTalk

Winning!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 12:38 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: ned yost, royals

Cardinals acquire Jedd Gyorko from Padres | MLB.com

Not seeing an ideal fit on the free-agent market, the Cardinals addressed their need for a utility infielder by acquiring Jedd Gyorko from the Padres on Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Jon Jay. A member of the Cardinals’ organization for almost a decade, Jay did not have an obvious fit on the 2016 club following an injury-plagued season.

As part of the deal, the Cardinals are also receiving about $7.5 million from the Padres, according to a source, to help offset the $32 million Gyorko is ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 12:25 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: jedd gyorko, john jay, trades, winter meetings

This offseason, Red Sox sticking with Plan A - The Boston Globe

I’m not buying the difference. A GM only goes to Plan B when Plan A isn’t an option. Does Speier think Dombrowski wouldn’t have gone in other directions if his preferred plan wasn’t doable?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 12:15 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Unidentified fourth team enters trade talks for Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez

Astros?

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees are all known to have spoken about Fernandez with the Marlins, who have said publicly that their ace is unavailable even while they continue to entertain trade talks about the 23-year-old right-hander.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 11:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins, trade rumors, winter meetings


What happened to all that payroll money the Braves saved? | www.myajc.com

If you are going to stink, stink. This way you get a higher draft. Of course, don’t expect fans to buy into such a plan.

Braves general manager John Coppolella and president of baseball operations John Hart said payroll was affected by the increased spending or planned spending on foreign free agents and the June 2016 draft, when the Braves have the third overall pick — much higher than they picked in recent years and thus a higher signing bonus.

“First of all, what we have done — when we ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Minor league coach who lost sight in eye feels betrayed by Mets

hen Frank Viola underwent open-heart surgery and missed the beginning of the 2014 season, the New York Mets assigned Brooklyn Cyclones pitching coach Tom Signore to Las Vegas to fill in. A mishap during his stay with the Triple-A club ended up costing Signore use of his right eye. It also led to nightmarish concussion symptoms that left him unable to work.

Now, Signore feels able to return. But the 53-year-old Signore has been pushed out by the organization. And he feels betrayed.

He suggests ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2015 at 09:33 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: coaches, minor leagues, workers compensation

Hall of Fame Ballot Has Bigger Stars, but a Closer Has Huge Numbers - The New York Times

“I could have probably pitched another year, but what would it have cost me?” Wagner said. “You’re past the point of financial security. You’re playing strictly for Hall of Fame numbers and to win a championship, which, for me, didn’t come. The relevance is, ‘How were you when you played?’ Not ‘Why did you retire?’ but ‘How were you when you played?’ ”

When Wagner played, few hitters could touch him. Such dominance is worthy, at least, of a long look.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: billy wagner, hall of fame

A Visual History of Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospect Lists – The Hardball Times

Good stuff.

More curious is the presence of the Tigers, particularly since Dave Dombrowski was at the helm for 13 consecutive seasons. Either through scouting, development or trades, Dombrowski’s charges flooded the BA top 100 from 1990 until 2001. In this time frame, Dombrowski was the Opening Day GM for 11 seasons (not counting 1992, when the Marlins were yet to debut). His teams placed 65 players on the top 100 during that run, a dizzying average of 5.9 players per year.

Dombrowski’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, top prospects

M.L.B.’s Cuba Trip to Include Jose Abreu, Star Who Defected - The New York Times

A good-will tour of Cuba next week by Major League Baseball and its players’ union will include a prominent Cuban player who defected in 2013, a rare concession by a Cuban government that typically denounces such individuals as traitors and bars them from its national team.

The player, Jose Abreu, has established himself as one of baseball’s premier sluggers in his two seasons as the first baseman of the Chicago White Sox. He will be joined on the good-will tour by at least two other Cuban ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba

Card tricks: After getting John Lackey, Cubs target Jason Heyward | Chicago Sun-Times

The Cubs get him; the Cardinals don’t get him. The Cubs can then package Soler to get someone like Shelby Miller.

After landing starter John Lackey for a fraction of the cost, the Cubs are focusing the money they saved on trying to get top free-agent outfielder Jason Heyward, sources say.

And getting Heyward — or a Plan B option such as free agent Alex Gordon or Carlos Gomez (in a trade) — would possibly mean Soler is the next domino to fall in the off-season plans.

Heyward, 26, is said ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agents, jason heyward

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-8-2015

Toledo News-Bee, December 8, 1915:

What would you say if the western college conference, known as the Big Nine, blew up?...The explosion may break any time. College baseball may be the lighted fuse by which the blow-off will come.

Out at Illinois, where they take their baseball seriously, they are peeved over the plan to drop the national game. They are so stirred that they threaten to take the conference by the figurative heels and hurl it out the figurative window. The Illini is perfectly ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 08, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, dugout, history

Monday, December 07, 2015

Police report: Aroldis Chapman fired gunshots, ‘choked’ girlfriend in domestic incident

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman allegedly fired eight gunshots in the garage of his Miami-area home following an October argument with his girlfriend in which she told police he “choked” her and pushed her against a wall, according to police reports obtained by Yahoo Sports.

No arrests were made after the incident, in which more than a dozen police officers were dispatched to Chapman’s home in Davie, Fla., around 11 p.m. on Oct. 30. Chapman’s girlfriend exited the house and hid ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2015 at 10:04 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, dodgers, domestic violence, police blotter, reds

Sources: Kris Bryant, Maikel Franco filed grievances over manipulation of service time

That’s a lot of gratitude from Kris Bryant after the Cubs improved his defense!

Potential service-time manipulation looms as a significant issue with Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association ramping up discussions on a new collective-bargaining agreement after the current one expires Dec. 1, 2016. While neither case has yet to reach an arbitration panel, according to sources, the grievances indicate that players believe teams have not abided by the intention of service-time rules ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2015 at 05:11 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, kris bryant, maikel franco, mlbpa, service time

Cubs, Trevor Cahill agree to 1-year deal

The Chicago Cubs continue to stockpile relievers that could create a surplus and help their chances to trade for a starting pitcher.

The Cubs and Trevor Cahill have agreed to terms on a one-year, $4.25 million contract. After struggling with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves over the past 1 ½ season, Cahill resurrected his career with the Cubs in September, posting a 2.12 ERA in 11 appearances while striking out 22 and walking only five in 17 innings while regaining effectiveness ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2015 at 04:49 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, trevor cahill


Tigers sign setup reliever Mark Lowe for two years

The Tigers would not be Lowe-balled.

The Tigers made another move Sunday toward rebuilding their problematic bullpen, signing former Toronto Blue Jays reliever Mark Lowe to a two-year contract, pending the completion of a physical.

Lowe, 32, likely will work as a setup man to new Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez. Lowe had a brilliant second half for the Jays after they brought him to Toronto in a July deadline deal for three players, two of whom were Jays prospects.

He pitched in 23 games ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2015 at 02:30 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mark lowe, tigers

Industry Keeps Eye On Minor League Lawsuit - BaseballAmerica.com

Minor leaguers deserve more money than they are currently getting.

Those interviewed were divided on whether players really needed a raise.

“They don’t have that many responsibilities,” another GM said. “They don’t have a whole lot of expenses. They pretty much live and breathe baseball while they are here. Sometimes you’ve got to make the sacrifice for it to pay off down the road.”

A team owner likened ballplayers to tennis players or musicians trying to reach the top of their ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2015 at 01:23 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball

No Pre-Intergtion HOF inductees this year

VC says nix to any new pre-integration inductee tix- is it time for the Hall to call it a day on this era?

TJ Posted: December 07, 2015 at 11:32 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Ryan Madson gets $22M in three-year deal with A’s

Not bad for a guy that was out of baseball for THREE YEARS.

There may be no better example of the paying power of MLB than Ryan Madson, who on Sunday reportedly agreed to join the Oakland Athletics on a three-year, $22 million contract. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported the two sides had a deal, after Madson’s market was said to have been narrowed down to the A’s and Los Angeles Dodgers….

Madson, 35, missed all of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons after Tommy John surgery and a horrific recovery. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2015 at 11:26 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, royals, ryan madson

Peter Gammons: 2015 Winter Meetings, big dollars, and differing management ideologies - GammonsDaily.com

One GM Sunday morning suggested that so much is swirling in terms of new physical, mental, scouting and develop concepts that it is sometimes hard to know what other GMs are thinking when they propose trades. One team may love pitchers with great velocity and Brooks Baseball numbers. Another may be thinking longevity and want a pitcher with a delivery like Greinke’s that has ease, not violence, in the arc to 90-something MPH. Some teams like power, some contact. Some look at the world ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2015 at 11:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings

Astros’ payroll doesn’t measure up to market size - Houston Chronicle

The fact MLB ranks Houston as the league’s 15th market is no small matter. That slotting has actually hurt them.

It’s not a well-publicized segment of the collective bargaining agreement, but half of the 30 major league teams will not receive revenue-sharing money in 2016.

A provision referred to as “market rank disqualification” was put in place in the most recent labor deal, which began with the 2012 season. All clubs in the top 15 markets - and only those clubs - have slowly seen their ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cba, economics

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