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Sunday, December 06, 2015

OT - College Football Bowl Spectacular (December 2015 - January 2016)

December 31  12:00 PM  Peach Bowl             Houston v. Florida State
              4:00 PM  Orange Bowl            Oklahoma v. Clemson
              8:00 PM  Cotton Bowl            Michigan State v. Alabama

January 1     1:00 PM  Fiesta Bowl            Ohio State v. Notre Dame
              5:00 PM  Rose Bowl              Iowa v. Stanford
              8:30 PM  Sugar Bowl             Oklahoma State v. Ole Miss

January 11    8:30 PM  Championship Game      Orange winner v. Cotton winner
Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 06, 2015 at 05:04 PM | 758 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Welcome to the new Moneyball

We are all the new Moneyball.

The bottom line: Despite all the talk about the Royals’ old-school, go-for-broke offense, Kansas City scored 724 runs this year, just 14 more than the AL average. And it’s scoring—not contact or aggressiveness or intangibles—that wins games. Even if we credit the Royals for smart or timely hitting (and we should—they scored 32 percent of their runners who reached base, the fourth-highest rate in MLB), their offense simply wasn’t championship level. Their pitching ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2015 at 03:50 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, moneyball, royals

MLB Sees Record Revenues For 2015, Up $500 Million And Approaching $9.5 Billion

Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side of the industry. With the year nearly complete, the league can report that gross revenues increased $500 million for 2015, marking the 13th consecutive year MLB has seen record growth. While exact figures are not released, the league will enter 2016 with revenues approaching $9.5 billion.

Growth for baseball continued around media rights and other facets. While there continues to be talk of the media rights bubble ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2015 at 03:34 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: revenues

MLBTR: Orioles to Re-Sign Darren O’Day

Me say Day, me say Day-O…

Reliever Darren O’Day has agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Orioles, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweets. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (who originally tweeted that a return to the Orioles was likely) says O’Day will receive $31MM. O’Day is a client of the Ballengee Group.

O’Day had been deciding between the Orioles and Nationals. He had also been connected to the Braves and Dodgers. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun tweets that O’Day came close to ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: December 06, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, orioles

SUNDAY NOTES: Bonds, Bordick, Boston, Cubs, Giants, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Rays’ Silverman developing ‘no-nonsense’ reputation | Tampa Bay Times

Some great info on making trades.

“There’s certain teams who come in and officer audacious proposals that are more entertaining than anything else,” he said. “That is not our style. We like to cut to the chase and have targeted discussions and move on quickly if there isn’t a deal to be had.

“That’s the approach we’ve taken. It’s not necessarily the right approach, but it is one that we’re comfortable with and has led to some strong relationships with the clubs across the league.”

Also, to be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, matt silverman, rays

The winter meetings starting pitcher market after Zack Greinke

Jayson Stark preps for the Winter Meetings.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors, winter meetings

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Unnamed MLB player sought treatment for ‘man boobs’ - NY Daily News

He clearly needs a fashionable manzier. How about The Bro?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2015 at 08:58 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: fashion, steroids

Jeff Samardzija Proves It Pays To Play Baseball - BaseballAmerica.com

It pays to be a major leaguer.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jeff samardzija

Perhaps still leery of aging pitchers, John Henry makes $217 million “exception” for David Price - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

It’s a horrible risk. It’s his money, though.

But then John Henry turned serious, his voice reflecting the gravity of the $217 million philosophical pivot he’d made in signing Cy Young Award runner-up David Price to the richest contract in the history of the Red Sox.

“There are exceptions to any rule,” Henry said. “Certainly, this is one of the most exceptional pitchers.”
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“In this year, at this time, we know that we’re going to be strong going forward,” Henry said. “The one place we ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Joey Votto won’t waive trade clause with Reds | MLB.com

$24.88 million is chump change now. Right?

“I absolutely love playing here,” Votto said during Redsfest on Friday. “When all this trade stuff gets going, it’s natural for a player to have that thought process and what would you consider? I just absolutely love playing here. I really like where I live. I like my team and my job. I like the location of the ballpark and the fans and the clubhouse and the uniform and the number on my back—all the littlest things that people take for granted are very ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2015 at 07:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Friday, December 04, 2015

Zack Greinke to sign with D-backs | MLB.com

Didn’t see this one coming.

The D-backs have reached an agreement with free-agent starting pitcher Zack Greinke, pending a physical, according to a baseball source. The club has not yet confirmed the news.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 08:17 PM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, free agents, giants, zach greinke

Cubs reach deal with pitcher John Lackey | MLB.com

“We need to focus on the free agents who make sense for us and try to get them at a cost that makes sense for us given our roster and payroll structure and how things look, not just in ‘16 but over the next several years,” Epstein said Friday before the Lackey news. “We’ll stay focused on that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 06:44 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agent, john lackey

Yankees sign Pete Kozma

It’s to a minor league deal.

Gamingboy Posted: December 04, 2015 at 05:47 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: destroyer of worlds, pete kozma, transactions, yankees

Nationals sign veteran left-hander Oliver Perez to two-year deal

The remodeling of the Nationals’ bullpen began Friday afternoon, quietly, with the signing of veteran left-hander Oliver Perez to a two-year, $7 million deal, according to people familiar with the situation.

The Nationals have not announced the deal. While rumblings about all-stars such as Aroldis Chapman or a multi-year deal for coveted late-inning star Darren O’Day swirled all week, the Nationals secured a matchup-ready lefty with 13 years of major league experience and a low 90s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, oliver perez

Jeff Bridich on Building the Rockies | FanGraphs Baseball

Here’s some interesting comments on the Rockies from General Manager Greg Bridich.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 04:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, jeff bridich

Hardball Retrospective – General Manager Trading Scorecard | Seamheads.com

I don’t have time to go through all this at the moment but at first glance it looks like some impressive research.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 04:34 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, sabermetrics

Mets GM Sandy Alderson diagnosed with ‘very treatable’ cancer

Get better Sandy.

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has been diagnosed with a ‘very treatable’ form of cancer and is due to begin chemotherapy this week, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said Friday.

The cancer was discovered when Alderson underwent a medical procedure three weeks ago….

Wilpon said Alderson will continue his GM duties while undergoing the treatment for the next eight to 12 weeks, with support from deputies J.P. Ricciardi, Paul DePodesta and John Ricco…

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2015 at 01:34 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer, mets, sandy alderson

Why The Rays Traded For A Catcher Who Can’t Throw

Hank Conger threw out 1 runner in 43 stolen base attempts last year…but that matters a lot less than you might think.

More importantly, though, the Rays seem to be banking on one of this decade’s central catcher-defense discoveries: Throwing just doesn’t matter that much, relative to other aspects of the position that Conger can handle. Baseball Prospectus recently revamped its fielding stats for catchers to account for the pitchers they work with and the runners they face. Research suggests ...

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: December 04, 2015 at 12:53 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: hank conger, pitch framing

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-4-2015

Rock Island Argus, December 4, 1915:

Unless B.B. Johnson, chief mogul of the American league, is able to paint a rosy picture of the financial outlook for next season, when he comes [to Cleveland] next week to discuss the Cleveland situation, the Cleveland Indians probably will be sold.
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The Cleveland club barely made expenses last season, the sale of most of their star players being made as a means of filling up the large vacancy in the strong box…Jackson, Gregg, Lajoie, Leibold, Johnston ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 04, 2015 at 10:51 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians

Closer Utilization Trends and Where They’re Headed | Banished to the Pen

Twenty years is far too short a timeframe. This graphic shows the average duration of reliever appearances over time. 1995-2015 has pretty much the same usage pattern.

Pitchers like Drew Storen, who were once an anomaly, have now become the norm. Storen was solely a reliever in college, and threw only 53 2/3 minor-league innings before making his MLB debut. The most innings the right-hander has pitched in a professional season: 79 2/3, between his sophomore season at Stanford and his first year ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 10:38 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Source: Detroit Tigers nearing deal with free-agent starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey

The Detroit Tigers’ starting rotation appears close to being set.

The Tigers are nearing a deal with free agent starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey, according to a source close to the situation. The two sides are discussing a one-year deal worth roughly $8 million, MLive.com has learned.

Tigers officials have not commented on the talks.

Pelfrey, who most recently pitched for the Minnesota Twins, was spotted in Detroit late Thursday. He would need to pass a physical as part of completing the deal. ...Read More...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2015 at 10:35 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mike pelfrey, tigers

Padres, Angels, Dodgers Showing Most Interest In Utley

The Padres, Angels and Dodgers are showing the most interest in second baseman Chase Utley, reports ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Utley has told friends that his preference is to play in his native California, Stark hears, adding that the Los Angeles area native now resides in northern California but still has family in the southern portion of the state.

Some believe that the Padres’ interest could be a precursor to a trade of some kind, Stark writes, as the team has internal second base options in ...

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EvilBoWeevil Posted: December 04, 2015 at 10:10 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, braves, dodgers, padres, phillies, rumors

How much money are Rockies working with in MLB offseason?

hat leaves the Rockies about $5 million to work with, as it stands now. Not coincidentally, that’s also what they were working with before last season when the Rockies made pitcher Kyle Kendrick their last big addition, signing him in February to a $5.5 million contract.

The Rockies before last season shed Michael Cuddyer’s $11.5 million contract (which they basically used to pay for built-in raises to Troy Tulowitzki and Gonzalez) and Brett Anderson’s $8 million (which they used to sign ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

In Alvarez, Pirates GM Huntington’s 1st call turns into his toughest cut | TribLIVE

“My mistake was bringing him to the big leagues before he was ready,” general manager Neal Huntington said late Wednesday night, minutes after the club officially severed ties with Alvarez. “That was my mistake. In hindsight, giving him additional time in the minors probably would have been very beneficial. Things might have been different.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, non-tenders, pedro alvarez, pirates

Jason Heyward would look good in a Phillies uniform

The Phillies signing the 26-year old Heyward isn’t the worst idea. How much money would they have to overpay to get him to play there, though?

Another benefit of being the worst in baseball is that you don’t lose your first-round draft pick when you sign an elite free agent. It would be silly for the Phillies to go after a 30-something player when they are in the midst of a rebuilding plan, but Jason Heyward, who was Bourjos’ teammate in St. Louis, is only 26.

Klentak and MacPhail, like most ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jason heyward, phillies

Purdy: Greinke not worth what Giants offering - San Jose Mercury News

Setting the salary bar on a 30+ pitcher is a risk that’s great for the *other* team to make.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, free agents, giants, zach greinke

Henning: 11 are Hall-worthy, so I’m not voting again

This is silly. It’s a tantrum. Make your vote and voice your complaints. Hurting the ten people who you *can* vote for makes no sense.

There have been too few ballot slots for worthy Hall of Famers. It’s because Cooperstown is hung up on the self-crafted sanctity of the number 10. You can vote only for 10 players, even if your experience and convictions—and some overwhelming historical comparisons – support a broader collection of plaque-worthy men.

So, reluctantly, and with the same sense of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Zack Wheeler wants ‘to play for the Mets’ next season - NY Daily News

Wheeler is still targeting the middle of the 2016 season — June or July — to return to the majors, and he very much hopes that is with the Mets.

He made that clear this summer. Wheeler was mentioned in a near trade with the Brewers — which fell through because of Carlos Gomez’s medical issues. At the time, Wheeler called GM Sandy Alderson and personally expressed that he would like to remain a Met.

“I know it’s a business and if something happens, well it is what it is, but this ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zach wheeler

Arizona Diamondbacks unveil new uniforms | MLB.com

You can click through to view the fashion show. The Jetsons would approve.

The D-backs will have plenty of uniform combinations to choose from in 2016, as the team on Thursday unveiled eight uniform sets, which can also be mixed and matched to form even more looks.

“My head is spinning kind of figuring out what kind of matching they’re going to do,” outfielder A.J. Pollock said. “We have so many different types of combinations we can do with them. They all look good, and it will be interesting ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, uniforms

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