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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Detroit Tigers’ Bruce Rondon ejected following ugly brawl during winter league game | MLive.com

You don’t see too many brawls start on pick-off throws.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce rondon, tigers

Atlanta Braves should trade Freddie Freeman | MLB.com

At 26 Freeman is certainly too old to be part of a playoff contender in 2017 or 2018.

By comparison, the six years and $118.5 million remaining on Freeman’s deal looks like a bargain, and there are teams ready to win right now that could use a first baseman. There’s probably no better fit than the Astros, for example, who tentatively have Jon Singleton penciled in at the position and could offer a package including first baseman A.J. Reed, the 2015 Minor League Player of the Year who hit 34 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, freddie freeman

Former No. 1 pick Mark Appel saddened to be leaving Astros organization - Ultimate Astros

Mark Appel doesn’t pay off for the Astros.

“The only emotions and the only feelings toward the Astros is gratitude,” he said. “There’s so much thankfulness for what they’ve done for me, how they’ve supported me and how they handled everything and just supported me through my difficult season through my learning curve of acclimating to pro ball and really working through some difficulties and struggling.

“I’m not going to shy away from the difficulties that I’ve had, but the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mark appel, phillies

Jason Heyward’s deal should open backlogged MLB outfield market

Beware the lessons of Crawford and Ellsbury.

With Heyward off the board, Justin Upton and Yoenis Cespedes are at the top of the outfield pecking order, with Alex Gordon a tick below. All three players bring some serious attributes to the table, along with a few warts.

“The biggest issue is the years and the money,’’ said an AL scout. “Each year that you add on at the end, you pretty much know it’s going to be a bad year.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, notes

Beltran: Yankees veterans will be all over Starlin Castro | New York Post

“Starlin Castro is a very athletic guy, a guy who can play a lot of different positions on the infield,” Beltran said on Thursday while making an appearance at Lord & Taylor in Midtown. “I believe he’s going to be an important key for us this year.

“With the veterans we have, we’ll be on top of him, helping him become a better ballplayer.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, starlin castro, yankees

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Phillies acquire Charlie Morton from Pirates | phillies.com

The Pirates give up on Morton.

The Phillies acquired right-hander Charlie Morton from the Pirates in exchange for Minor League right-hander David Whitehead. Morton’s current contract runs through the 2016 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: charlie morton, phillies, pirates, trade

Mariners reach agreement on two-year deal with veteran reliever Steve Cishek | The News Tribune

Sources say the club reached two-year agreement with veteran reliever Steve Cishek for $10 million, pending completion of a physical examination, An official announcement could come as early as Monday.

The deal was first reported by ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. It includes $3.5 million in performance bonuses each year based on games finished.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2015 at 11:03 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, steve cishek

Alex Rodriguez $252 million contract with Texas Rangers remains landmark on 15th anniversary

Rodriguez exercised his right to void the final three years of the contract after seven seasons, and agent Scott Boras revealed the news during the eighth inning of Game 4 of the 2007 World Series—just as the rival Red Sox were putting the finishing touches on a sweep of the Rockies. Yankees executive Hank Steinbrenner initially said there was “no chance” the team would re-sign Rodriguez, but six weeks later Rodriguez inked a new 10-year, $275 million deal with New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, free agency

Daily Fantasy Sports Gets Victory In New York Court Battle

It’s a good thing the lottery isn’t gambling because New York would be in trouble.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: daily fantasy baseball, gambling, gaming

Simon: Mets’ Michael Cuddyer is retiring

Asked to comment on the announcement, Lassus said he was “impressed.” Russlan called the move “inspiring.”

Mchael Cuddyer is retiring from baseball. The decision surely comes as a surprise to Mets fans, as Cuddyer had one year remaining on the two-year, $21 million contract he signed last offseason. Cuddyer was set to make $12.5 million in 2016, and it’s unclear if there are any financial terms—a buyout, for example—for his retirement.

About an hour ago, the Mets’ transactions page listed ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: December 12, 2015 at 04:00 AM | 181 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael cuddyer, retirement

Friday, December 11, 2015

Cards fans not happy Jason Heyward signed with the Cubs

Jason Heyward was traded to the Cardinals last offseason after spending the first five seasons of his career with the Braves, but it seems one year in St. Louis is all it took for the self-proclaimed “best fans in baseball” to grow quite attached to him. On Thursday the free agent Heyward signed with the Cardinals longtime rivals the Cubs, who also ended the Cardinals playoff run in the NLDS this October. Cardinals fans are very, very upset at the outfielder and are wishing ill towards him, ...

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spanx for the memories Posted: December 11, 2015 at 11:34 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, st louis cardinals

Mets’ Michael Cuddyer retiring, reports say

Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer is retiring after 15 seasons in the majors, reports say.


Rumors of Cuddyer’s retirement began to circulate on Twitter after the 36-year-old was listed as retired on the Mets transaction page, though the status was later removed:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2015 at 10:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael cuddyer, retirements

Cubs president Epstein the architect behind MLB’s newest juggernaut | FOX Sports

I remember Theo Epstein wandering through the lobby at the 2012 general managers’ meetings in Indian Wells, Calif., looking uncomfortable, muttering something to the effect of, “I’m irrelevant.”

And I remember thinking, and maybe even replying, “Not for long.”

This was coming. We all knew it was coming. The Cubs were far from a quick fix, losing 101, 96 and 89 games in their first three seasons under Epstein as president of baseball operations and Jed Hoyer as GM. But the team ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2015 at 05:46 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

IT’S THE CUBS’ WORLD NOW

Not to spoil the ending, but:

But the Cardinals aren’t doomed. They still have a solid lineup, a solid rotation and a solid bullpen, and you’d have to think they’ll add somebody. But for years, some fans have claimed, wrongly, that Cardinals-Cubs isn’t a real rivalry because the Cards have always been so much better than the Cubs. This, not coincidentally, is the same thing Yankees fans used to say about the Red Sox, before Epstein took over there as well. Now, some have said, in the wake of ...

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Moses Taylor, Optimist Posted: December 11, 2015 at 04:22 PM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: best fans in baseball, cardinals, cubs, free agents, theo epstein

Autopsy: Ex-Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died from cocaine, alcohol

RIP

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died from delayed complications of cocaine and alcohol toxicity, according to autopsy results released Friday morning.

Hanson, 29, was at a friend’s Newnan-area home on Nov. 8 when he was found unresponsive in bed. That friend’s girlfriend, Clare Jordan, called 911 to report Hanson’s face was discolored and his hands were cold, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Jordan began chest compressions on the 6-foot-6 Hanson until ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2015 at 02:09 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: drug abuse, obituaries, tommy hanson

Jose Canseco Thinks We Should Nuke Mars

Former Major League Baseball star José Canseco took to Twitter Thursday night to outline a surprisingly well-thought-out plan to terraform Mars by nuking the polar ice caps and throwing one of Saturn’s moons at it.

I still won’t give him a Follow.

eddieot Posted: December 11, 2015 at 11:44 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: astrophysics, jose canseco

Peter Gammons: Winter Meetings Over, Holiday Shopping Continues - GammonsDaily.com

Good stuff from Gammons.

Just don’t try to apply analytical logic to all things baseball. Actually, there was logic to the Miami Marlins at least talking to more than a half-dozen teams about Jose Fernandez. “We’d be crazy not to listen,” said Marlins President David Samson.

So word would leak about Fernandez. Team X, Y or Z would be mentioned. Mike Hill would then offer the antiphonal response, “we are not shopping Jose Fernandez.”

One Dodger official said, “if we gave them what ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2015 at 11:07 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

BBTN: Red Sox the biggest winner of offseason so far - ESPN Video

This video popped up on my Facebook feed so gave it a look. (Doesn’t ESPN know embedding videos drives more traffic?) I don’t watch ESPN very much anymore. This video is a perfect illustration why.

Do you know what winning the [Winter Meetings/off-season/whatever] means? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2015 at 11:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: video, winter meetings

Bethancourt, a cautionary tale about prospects, dealt to Padres | Jeff Schultz blog

So, he only has issues with his work ethic, offense, and defense. Other than that, he’s a good prospect.

His problem? Defense. The Braves could put up with offensive issues. (Bethancourt hit .327 with Triple-A Gwinnett but only .205 in 48 games and 155 at-bats in the big leagues last year.) But with a young pitching staff and an offensively challenged roster, they couldn’t afford his struggles behind the plate. He had four errors and eight passed balls during his brief time with the Braves and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, christian bethancourt, padres

Where is the outrage over Ken Giles trade?

There is a lot of discussion on Twitter about this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2015 at 09:43 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-11-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, December 11, 1915:

Wilbert Robinson, the Brooklyn Billiken, wants Charley “Choke ‘Em” Herzog for his own little sack three if Herzog should lose out at Cincinnati.

“Herzog is the type of player the Brooklyn fans would go dippy over,” said Robby.

There are a lot of things I wouldn’t like if I were somehow magically whisked away to 1915, but I’d absolutely love being around people who write and speak like this.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 11, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: buck herzog, dugout, history, writing worth reading

Dodgers execs preach patience, say their focus is on April - The Orange County Register

You can understand Larry King’s urgency. He’s 82 years-old.

Larry King is upset. The former national TV host and avowed lifelong Dodgers fan made that clear on his Twitter account and in a USA Today article this week.

King is not alone. The dissatisfaction he expressed with the Dodgers’ front office this winter – particularly in light of the aggressive moves made by NL West rising power the Arizona Diamondbacks – is shared by many Dodgers fans.

Asked for a comment on this winter ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Dodgers’ front office may ask for patience, but it won’t get it from fans - LA Times

“If you spend a lot of time listening to the fans tell you how to do your Job, you will end up sitting with them” ~ Gene Stallings

Listening to Bill Plaschke earns you the same fate.

If it means acquiring players who they believe can help them compete for a championship in 2016, the Dodgers need to be willing to trade almost anybody.

Julio Urias? Trade him. Jose De Leon? Trade him. Any minor league kid whose future is an unknown quantity but who can be spun off for a known quantity? Trade him. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

MLB executives head home as top hitters remain on the market - Yahoo Sports

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the feeling-out process in trade talk can be lengthy. He used a surfing analogy.

‘‘You’re sitting on a board, waiting for the right wave to come,’’ he said. ‘‘And if it doesn’t come, you paddle back to shore and walk on the beach, plant the board and then show up the next day and swim on out and see if any more good waves come. And if they do come, you ride it. And if they don’t come, you wait for that right wave.’‘

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings

MLBTR: Nationals “Serious Threat” To Land Heyward, Who Has $200MM Offer In Hand

So all that $ the Lerners wouldn’t pony up for Black will go toward Heyward instead?

9:46pm: A source tells MLB.com’s Bill Ladson that the Nats are “heavily involved” and are making a “legit” effort to sign the young outfielder. He adds, interestingly, that Taylor “would become expendable” if a deal is struck.

From an analytical perspective, it seems plenty plausible that the team could add Heyward (or another outfielder) and keep Taylor. For one thing, there’s plenty of ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: December 11, 2015 at 03:57 AM | 221 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, jason heyward, nationals

Sarris: Managers on the Evolution of Their Role

Q: “What has changed about managing? How are the demands on the modern manager different than they once were?”
Mike SciLoLscia: “I hope not. I think a manager is a manager.”

Andy Green, San Diego: I think it always comes back to communication, meaning connecting with the guys. As the players evolve and generations change, the way a manager connects is different. It’s always been about understanding how to communicate a message and draw out what’s inside a player, and create an environment ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: December 11, 2015 at 02:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, managers, mike scioscia, robin ventura

Boz: Dusty Baker lets down the Nationals with his words

Next, let’s ask Dusty his thoughts on the Redskins name.

Perhaps Baker is a bit delirious with joy at returning to the game as a manager. At his first news conference in Washington, he charmed many with non-stop stories and quips. It was an “I’m-back” star turn.

But he didn’t just put a foot in his mouth Tuesday. He inserted both of ’em.

“Who’s to say the allegations are true, number one?” Baker said. “And who’s to say what you would have done or what caused the problem?” ...Read More...

JEe (Jason) Posted: December 11, 2015 at 01:56 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, nationals

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Angels trade for Yunel Escobar from Nationals | MLB.com

The Angels were on the verge of acquiring veteran infielder Yunel Escobar from the Nationals on Thursday, sources told MLB.com. The move could help the club at second or third base.

In exchange, young hard-throwing reliever Trevor Gott is expected to go to Washington, a source said. The Angels are also expected to include a Minor League player in the deal. The Angels and Nationals have not confirmed reports of the impending trade, which was first mentioned by CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2015 at 04:59 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, nationals, trade

LOOK: Inside the Winter Meetings’ annual Trade Show - CBSSports.com

Who doesn’t like bobbleheads?

Baseball’s annual December event, the Winter Meetings, doesn’t just include a bunch of media people converging to breathlessly report on transactions and rumors. There are also many events for job seekers, minor-league meetings and the annual Trade Show.

What I liken the Trade Show to—at least for fans—is a baseball version of a Sharper Image catalogue. Most of the time it’s great fun to just look and imagine how cool it would be to buy something, but you’re just ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2015 at 03:20 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings

PrintMore MLB Seattle Mariners hire MLB’s first female full-time scout in 60 years

The Seattle Mariners have hired Amanda Hopkins as a full-time amateur scout, making her the first female to hold that position in Major League Baseball in almost 60 years.

Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news on Monday.

Hopkins is following in the footsteps of her father, Ron Hopkins, who spent eight seasons as a national cross checker for the Oakland Athletics before becoming the Texas Rangers‘ scouting director from 2003–09. He was also the special ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2015 at 01:38 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: females in baseball, mariners, scouting, women in baseball

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