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Monday, November 26, 2018

Thibs’ Hall of Fame Tracker

Primate Thibs’ indispensable Hall of Fame tool is back for another year.

SoSH U at work Posted: November 26, 2018 at 03:02 PM | 483 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, son of gizmo

Friday, December 14, 2018

Rule 5 Draft history and perspective from a player who went through it - SBNation.com

A nice write-up about the Rule 5 Draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 08:41 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5 draft

Padres get Ian Kinsler to play all over infield - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Two years for $8 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 05:52 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: ian kinsler, padres

The Athletic: What It’s Like to Cover an Indians Three Team Trade on a Flight with the Front Office and No WIFI

“When the flight attendant voiced that passengers could use their electronics, I frantically retrieved my laptop and called up the Wi-Fi page on my phone. Antonetti and Chernoff both laughed. Their work was complete, but mine was just beginning.

One problem: Southwest Wi-Fi wouldn’t work. Every click of the “Submit Payment” button segued into a 504 Gateway Timeout page. I won’t be shocked if charges adding up to $800 appear on my credit card statement.

Antonetti did relay the final ...

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Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: December 14, 2018 at 04:04 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, indians, mariners, rays

D-Backs believe path to contention doesn’t have to include teardown

Teams that try to just take a step back often play like teams that have been torn down. Maybe they will get lucky!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 10:50 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-14-2018

Washington Times, December 14, 1918:

Two gobs from the [Great Lakes Naval Station] will go South with the New York Yankees for trial next spring. They are Johnny Jones, a sandlot infielder from St. Louis, and George Halas, who played in the outfield on the Illinois varsity nine and end on the football eleven.

Meh. I bet Halas will be back in Chicago and out of baseball in a year or two.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 14, 2018 at 09:56 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Some MLB front offices are starting to embrace an out-of-the-box idea to boost trading at the winter meetings

Baseball is the only sport that truly gets year-round coverage.  TINO!

This idea has no legs.

The idea here is that the last day of the winter meetings would be a trade deadline. It’s always a Thursday, and the Rule 5 draft is held in the morning. As previously noted, after the Rule 5, it’s pretty much dead. So let’s say the deadline is set Thursday at noon local time for wherever the meetings are located and then teams can’t trade again until some point in spring training.

Such a deadline ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 06:48 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: rules

The upside (and downside) of the Rays’ trade for Yandy Diaz

Intriguing, though, is that he ranked 19th in the majors over 2017-18 in StatCast’s hard-hit rate, with 47.6 percent of his batted balls at 95 mph or harder, though also had the 25th highest ground ball rate.

No surprise, he is working on elevating the ball. “There isn’t much I was planning on changing,’’ he said. “I’m going to continue being an average hitter and contact hitter, but I want to have more extra base hits.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ray, yandy diaz

J.T. Realmuto Mets Brodie Van Wagenen | Newsday

“I’m not trying to force timelines,” Van Wagenen said. “I’m trying to force the best roster we can create.”

Despite lots of talks and nearly as many rumors, the Mets, hesitant to meet the Marlins’ high asking price, have been unable to land Realmuto. The Mets have gone as far as to dangle Noah Syndergaard in a potential three-way deal with the Padres and Marlins, according to multiple reports, but that option didn’t appear serious as team execs left the Mandalay Bay.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 06:08 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: j.t. realmuto, mets

White Sox don’t see Harper-type free agent on starting-pitcher market

LAS VEGAS — The White Sox seem to have a very specific set of circumstances when it comes to going after big-name free agents this winter.

Rick Hahn has explained over and over again that a player has to fit in with the team’s long-term plans, and he’s discussed taking advantage of opportunities to add premium talent to his ongoing rebuilding effort.

And the obvious guys that fall into that category are Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the two biggest names on the free-agent market, two ...

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QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 05:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, pitchers, white sox

Winter Meetings Recap: Bryce Harper Lays Low, MLB Can’t Promote and the Rays Make a Splash

LAS VEGAS — It was only two years ago that people immediately declared the White Sox the “winners” of the winter meetings because they acquired prospects with heavy buzz, including Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. Moncado is a .234 hitter who has fanned in 34 percent of his plate appearances, Kopech blew out his elbow, Giolito posted a 6.13 ERA this year, Lopez has a 4.21 ERA in 51 career games, and the White Sox have lost 195 games and 130,000 paid ...

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Why Madison Bumgarner trade now seems more likely at July deadline

LAS VEGAS — When the Giants arrived here on Sunday, Madison Bumgarner was their Opening Day starter. After four days of circulated casino air, room service, $7 cups of coffee, a few rumors and one minor transaction, Madison Bumgarner is still their Opening Day starter.

That still could change, though.

While the Giants are not close to any deals and have not gotten close, multiple sources familiar with their discussions said this week that the front office is still fully ready to trade the ...

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QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 04:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, trade talk

Alex Dickerson agrees to minor league deal with Padres

LAS VEGAS- Outfielder Alex Dickerson, who hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2016 because of two major injuries that required surgery, has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres.

The 28-year-old played in one spring training game in 2017, on March 11, and was diagnosed with a bulging disk in his back. He had surgery that June 28, returned for spring training this year and the Padres said March 20 that the left-hander needed Tommy John surgery.

Best wishes, but, ...

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QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 04:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex dickerson, injuries, padres

MLB rumors: A’s haven’t called free agent Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki grew up an A’s fan in Sunnyvale.

Now that he’s a free agent after the Blue Jays released him earlier this week, he’d love to come home and play for the team he grew up rooting for.

But it doesn’t look like that will happen.

On the one hand, Tulowitzki isn’t a player the As would logically want- on the other hand, it does seem like the only free agents Billy Beane signs are similarly inexplicable….

QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 04:06 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, free agency, troy tulowitzki

From a hospital bed in Las Vegas, Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto finalizes a trade for Edwin Encarnacion

LAS VEGAS — The legend of Trader Jerry has a new anecdote.

Jerry Dipoto, the Mariners general manager and the man of many trades and transactions, finalized a trade with the Cleveland Indians late Wednesday evening from a Las Vegas hospital bed with assistant general manager Justin Hollander standing in the room.


To conclude a three-team trade that included the Tampa Bay Rays, Dipoto sent recently acquired first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Santana back to the Indians in exchange for ...

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QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 03:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, hospital, jerry dipoto, trades

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Craig Breslow talking to teams about non-playing role | NBC Sports Boston

Craig Breslow, a key member of the 2013 world champion Red Sox and a pitcher who has long appeared a strong candidate for a second life in baseball when his playing days are over, is about to make the jump.


The lefty reliever, 38 years old with 12 big league seasons under his belt, is talking to teams about moving to a non-playing role and is weighing his options, Breslow told NBC Sports Boston. The Connecticut native has been in touch with the Red Sox, whom he spent more time with than any ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 08:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig breslow


Why gambling used to scare baseball and why it doesn’t anymore

In 2013, Selig gave sworn testimony about the Lovecraftian horrors that would emerge from gambling’s depths to consume baseball.

In 2018, his replacement waxed poetic about just how snugly the sport and gambling fit together.

This is how baseball stopped worrying and learned to love the casino.

Interesting read on the optics of gambling, and how technology plays in.

Greg Pope Posted: December 13, 2018 at 07:51 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling

Tony La Russa has some expletives for Harold Baines’ Hall of Fame detractors

The most heated debate at this week’s winter meetings hasn’t centered around Bryce Harper or Manny Machado’s next move. Instead, it’s centered around Harold Baines’ election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The longtime Chicago White Sox slugger was surprisingly elected by the Today’s Game era committee on Sunday, where he joined closer Lee Smith as baseball’s newest Hall of Famers. Yet here we are, three days later, with opinions still flowing and emotions still running plenty high.


Bryce Harper: Sweepstakes reach fever pitch in Las Vegas

Boras being Boras.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 11:17 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, scott boras

No, Rays owner can’t pay a “penalty” to move out of Tampa Bay before 2027 | Field of Schemes

The Rays aren’t jumping to Montreal any time soon.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 11:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-13-2018

Washington Herald, December 13, 1918:

Georgie Burns is building ships at a New Jersey yard and is so enamored of the work that he will stick to it until McGraw orders his veterans to training camp next spring. Ordinarily the Giant left fielder takes on ten or fifteen pounds during the off season, but thus far this winter he hasn’t gained an ounce.
...
It is reported that Hickman, of the Dodgers, may not play ball again. He is said to have a responsible position with a shipping company.
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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 13, 2018 at 10:40 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

UPDATE: WEEI denies it will change Red Sox broadcasts to a talk show format – HardballTalk

I’m not sure what’s going on but this idea sounds kinda silly.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 10:22 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, red sox

How Harold Baines’ induction could impact current and future Hall candidates – The Athletic

I generally don’t get worked up with Hall of Fame stuff because the whole process is an absolute mess. Listening to the justifications for voting for Baines, though, has been irritating. The worst, though, was when La Russa acted like his opinion is somehow incontrovertible.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 10:09 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, harold baines, pay site

Yankees To Sign J.A. Happ

The Yankees have reportedly agreed to a two-year, $34MM deal to bring free agent southpaw J.A. Happ back to the Bronx.  The contract is pending a physical;

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 13, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Scouts of the Year awarded at Winter Meetings

Each year at the Winter Meetings, the scouting industry gathers to celebrate some of their own at the Scout of the Year reception. The fact the recipients are chosen by their peers, scouts singling out other scouts, makes the honor even more special.

This year’s quartet of honorees for the 35th edition of the event have made an unmistakable impact on the game, and they continue to do so. Awarded regionally, Damon Oppenheimer of the Yankees (West Coast Scout of the Year), Brad Sloan of the Red ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 09:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scouts


Brian Cashman refers to Yankees as Death Star | MLB.com

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman delivered one of the more memorable quips of this Winter Meetings late on Wednesday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, addressing the team’s interest—or lack thereof—in free-agent slugger Bryce Harper.

“If something doesn’t make sense today, it doesn’t mean it won’t make sense tomorrow,” Cashman said. “All I can keep telling you is, you know where my current focuses are, but at the same time we’re a fully operational Death Star.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 09:02 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

The Income Tax Implications of Bryce Harper’s Choice of Next Team | Community – FanGraphs Baseball

According to Chuck Hildebrandt, it’s about a $2 million swing between the worst and best.

Lastly, these tax estimates are based on the actual tax rates each of these states and cities levy on income earners in their jurisdictions, including the application of graduated rates where appropriate (mostly in high tax states, and in New York City). Even so, with only a few exceptions, the vast, vast majority of Bryce Harper’s income will be taxed in all these states and cities at the highest rate ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 08:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: byrce harper, free agents

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

MLB Winter Meetings: GMs can’t find good cell service | SI.com

Can you hear me now?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 09:01 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings

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