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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

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

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: “BREAKING:

I will update as more info becomes available.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, dodgers, reds, trades, winter meetings

Setting caution aside, Red Sox went all in for an ace

Pretty good recounting of the negotiation process.

Price’s market was down to five teams. According to a major league source, the Red Sox were the lone AL bidder, while the lefthander received offers from the Giants, Dodgers, Cubs, and Cardinals.

McKinnis approached the Sox with a counterproposal last Monday evening. But based on the state of the bids that day — with the Red Sox at $200 million — it wasn’t clear that Price was going to sign with Boston. Indeed, the pitcher appeared to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Royals agree to deal with RHP Joakim Soria | MLB.com

Joakim Soria is heading back to Kansas City after reportedly agreeing to a three-year deal with the Royals on Sunday night, according to multiple reports. The deal is reportedly worth $25 million.

The club has not confirmed the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, joakim soria, royals

Rays said to be targeting Javier Baez in talks with Cubs | Tampa Bay Times

The Rays have pitching depth to deal from - either of their two late-inning relievers, Jake McGee or Brad Boxberger, and a starter from the group of Drew Smyly, Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi and Erasmo Ramirez.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez, rays

5 things to watch for at Winter Meetings | MLB.com

Winter Meeting thread. Please share any rumors you come across.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 255 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-7-2015

Milwaukee Journal, December 7, 1915:

Winter baseball played the ice by major leaguers will be offered New York fans who can’t get enough of the old all game in the summer, if plans of the promoters pan out.

Wild Bill Donovan, Heine Zimmerman, Rube Oldring and Harry McCormick are the promoters, and they reason this way:

The winter rent on the Polo grounds could be paid from the proceeds of the skating ball games; the games would be played on skates with an indoor baseball; the ice would benefit ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 07, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP - 2015 December 8: Caps for Sale, When Clinton and Bush want made-in-America gear, they turn to one guy in New Jersey

What do Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Jeb Bush all have in common? A hat factory in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1992, Mitch Cahn quit his Wall Street job and bought a bankrupt baseball hat factory. He couldn’t compete with overseas manufacturers on cost, so he catered to a specific market: people who want their hats made in the United States.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: December 07, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 1619 comment(s)
  Beats: caps, politics

Dodgers sign Iwakuma to 3 year deal

He’s an oft injured pitcher in his mid thirties. They get ages 35,36 and 37.  Should they have just bitten the bullet and signed Grienke?

charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: December 07, 2015 at 12:00 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Jonathan Papelbon files grievance against the Nationals

According to multiple major league sources, the former Red Sox closer has filed a grievance against Washington for failing to pay his salary during the team-imposed four-game suspension at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

Papelbon was suspended by the Nationals after engaging in a dugout altercation with teammate Bryce Harper during a Sept. 23 game against the Orioles.

According to the sources, the player’s stance is that there is no precedent of a player having his salary withdrawn after ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2015 at 11:05 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: grievances, jonathan papelbon, mlbpa, nationals

Ben Zobrist, Far From a Star, Is Now Coveted

According to the mainstream media, not only is Ben Zobrist, not a star, he is “far from a star”. To be fair, the article treats him better than the headline.

Hank G. Posted: December 06, 2015 at 06:43 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, player evaluation

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

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