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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Phillies sign extension with Odubel Herrera

5 years, $30.5 million to buy out all remaining arbitration years for Odubel who has two seasons in the bigs now, both with an OPS+ of 111 while playing LF well and CF not very well. Looks like we have our first official building block for the next dynasty.

2022: Club option for $11.5 million
2023: Club option for $12.5 million

The Phillies are usually pretty reluctant to make multi-year deals with players with many years of club control left. Or maybe they haven’t had any good young players ...

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The Pros And Cons Of Superteams In Major League Baseball

Even if we disagree about superteams, I hope we can all agree about the value of superfly.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 10:04 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Why the Orioles should look into trading baseball’s best closer - Baltimore Orioles- ESPN

Trying to stink is all the rage today. Remember when teams were supposed to do their best to win?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 07:35 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Yankees prospect shot dead in Venezuela | New York Post

Alexander Figueredo, a 20-year-old lefty pitcher in the Yankees’ minor league system who missed the entire 2016 season while on the suspended/restricted list, was shot and killed on Nov. 27 in his native Venezuela.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 05:13 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, yankees

The 25 Worst Contracts In Baseball

24. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers. Four years, $131 million guaranteed; four years, $135 million possible (through age 32)
23. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels. Four years, $119 million (through age 28)

Kershaw will make more than $30 million this year, with an opt-out after 2018; and Trout’s salary jumps up over $33 million a year in 2018, making it the richest contract ever signed by a player with less than three years of service time. Both of them will be able to sign at least one ...

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Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: December 15, 2016 at 04:24 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts

Rod Carew will have heart transplant today | MLB.com

Well wishes to Mr. Carew and his family.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 03:35 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: rod carew

Calcaterra: Suck it up, Hall of Fame voters

I’ve been a baseball writer for over seven years and, because of the topics which interest me, my disposition and the sort of writing I do, I often find myself at odds with other writers. One thing I have learned in those seven years is that sportswriters hate to have their work criticized. Many seem to find such criticism illegitimate on its face. This isn’t mere speculation. Some have told me that directly. Many more have privately groused about me taking issue with their work, only to ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 15, 2016 at 03:20 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Meet the Danny Espinosa All-Stars - SweetSpot- ESPN

Shouldn’t this be called the Rob Deer All Stars?

Second Base: Ryan Schimpf, Padres

Schimpf hit .217 in little more than half a season as a rookie with the Padres, but he showed elite power, hitting 20 home runs, including 13 on the road.

Something to watch: Schimpf qualified for this lineup because of a late-season skid in which he struck out 41 times in 90 at-bats in his last 28 games. He’s going to need to make adjustments in his second season.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 02:12 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lists

Who is the Most Intimidating Hitter in the Game?

As Don Sutton once said, “he doesn’t just hit you; he takes your dignity.”

gehrig97 Posted: December 15, 2016 at 12:17 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, bonds, giancarlo stanton, miguel cabrera, ortiz, trout

Life | Joe Posnanski

Longtime site favorite Joe Posnanski appears to on the move. He’s teasing us with this article.

Where are you going, Joe Posnanski? Primate nation turns it’s wondering eyes to you.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 11:26 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: writers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-15-2016

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, December 15, 1916:

When the National League magnates agreed yesterday that something should be done to improve the batting and base-running, they took a step in the right direction…

It’s hard to see, however, how the magnates can rectify present conditions. One magnate suggests that a batsman be given a base on three balls instead of four, while another asks a recall of the present foul-strike rule. He contends that if a rule were made whereby a batter was penalized ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rules

Who—and when—will the very busy White Sox look to trade next? | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, white sox

Pat Caputo - My Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, and why Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are on it

Pat Caputo explains his ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

How catcher arm strength affects stolen bases | MLB.com

I look forward to defensive components being broken down and ranked. Exchange Time, Arm Strength, and Accuracy for catchers seems like a good place to start.

You can see how much more work remains, of course. Once correlations are run against all of the various inputs that go into “safe” or “out,” we’ll have a much better idea of how much credit or blame is due to each party. Instead of just how much lead distance a runner had when the pitcher threw the ball, we’ll be able to push deeper and see ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, sabermetrics, statcast

Royals believe Jorge Soler will bring a ‘presence’ to their lineup | The Kansas City Star

Well, that’s not good for the Royals.

The club’s analytics department liked Soler’s ability to get on base — his walk rate (11.7 percent) would have led the Royals in 2016. The club’s talent evaluators loved his raw power and an assortment of tools that once landed him among the top 20 prospects in baseball before the 2015 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: jorge soler, royals

Indians take smallest step to making Chief Wahoo disappear | New York Post

When will the Packers finally give into pressure and get rid of their offensive team name? How about the Braves, Angels, Reds, and Brewers?

Until no man is offended we should all be offended.

Although Chief Wahoo is no longer on the hats, the racist image will continue to leer from each player’s left sleeve.

Commissioner Rob Manfred, who acknowledged the logo is “offensive to some people, and all of us at Major League Baseball understand why,” put the onus on the Indians to address a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Mock Draft: Early look at 2017’s Top 10 picks | MLB.com

1. Twins
Callis: Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida. Hunter Greene is the consensus top prospect right now, but I can’t see Minnesota’s new regime becoming the first to take a high school right-hander at 1-1. The Twins are more apt to take whomever they deem as the best of a deep college pitching crop.

Mayo: Hunter Greene, RHP, Notre Dame HS (Sherman Oaks, Calif.). It’s true that a high school right-hander never has gone No. 1 overall, but Greene is the kind of dynamic athlete and performer who could ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

My Hall of Fame Ballot by Mark Newman (or why I overhauled everything)

Baseball players make adjustments throughout their careers, whether it is adding a new pitch, moving to a new position, or changing their mechanics. I believe the same is required of Hall of Fame voters as the game evolves, so to that end, I modernize my own voting process.


With Tim Raines on the Baseball Hall of Fame bubble, it’s a shame Kenny Lofton’s was burst so soon | cleveland.com

My initial reaction was, Kenny Lofton was no Tim Raines. I then compared their careers and don’t find the comparison crazy.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 05:31 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians, kenny lofton

White Sox, Derek Holland have 1-year contract | MLB.com

The White Sox have agreed to terms with left-handed hurler Derek Holland on a one-year, $6 million contract. To make room for Holland on the 40-man roster, which now sits at 40, the White Sox designated left-hander Matt Purke for assignment.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 05:29 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: derek holland, free agent, white sox

Welington Castillo, Orioles agree to deal | MLB.com

The contract, which includes $6 million for next season and $7 million in 2018 if Castillo elects his option, is the O’s first big move of the offseason and fills one of their primary holes. With Wieters a free agent, the Orioles targeted Castillo and weren’t shy about their interest, with manager Buck Showalter confirming the rumor at last week’s Winter Meetings.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 05:28 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, orioles, welington castillo

How The New CBA Changes The Draft | BaseballAmerica.com

It’s almost like a whole new draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 03:51 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, rule 4 draft

Matthews: Why I’m Done Voting for the Hall of Fame – NY Sports Day

Yes, he only “claimed” he was joking. First, his Hall of Fame vote gets taken away. Next, his kids get taken away.

“Count me out on Curt Schilling,” Shaughnessy wrote two weeks ago. “I have held my nose and voted for the Big Blowhard in recent years (11-2 in postseason, ridiculous walk/strikeout ratio), and he was up to 52.3 percent (75 percent required) last year, but I shall invoke the “character” clause this year. Schill has transitioned from a mere nuisance to an actual menace to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 03:28 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Rays’ dissenter: MLB did nothing to fix us getting shafted in draft | New York Post

And that new approach would be???

The one nay vote came from Tampa Bay owner Stuart Sternberg, who texted me: “Basically nothing was done to close the huge gap in access to talent. A new approach in the Rule 4 (June) draft would have proved helpful.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 03:24 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, rays

Phillies re-sign Andres Blanco, add a former first-round bat | PhillyVoice

It’s all Phillies all the time at BBTF.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 03:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andres blanco, phillies

Let’s get dirty: Dumpster dive pitching candidates – Phillies Nation

I’ve been betting on Anderson for a few seasons. Although I got one decent year, for the most part, I’ve been, like his real employers, disappointed.

Brett Anderson. He’d probably be too expensive, even at a one-year, $6 million deal, for the Phillies to deal with his inherent injury risk. His season career-high for innings is 180 in an eight-year major-league career, and he’s only thrown over 100 innings two other seasons. His back caused him to miss almost all of the 2016 season, and as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, phillies

Veterans committee should review players separately for Hall of Fame

What this leads to are ballots with inner circle managers, executives and umpires competing for consideration with players passed over by the BBWAA — generally second and third-tier candidates.

Under this arrangement, it might be awhile before the veterans committee enshrines another living player. If the Hall of Fame wants the committee to stay true to the reason it was created — considering overlooked players — Cooperstown might want to consider returning to having the committee vote ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-14-2016

Pittsburgh Press, December 14, 1916:

Inability of any amateur catcher to hold Charley Febris, a 17-year-old Ripley, O., boy, has forced him into the majors and he has signed with the Cincinnati Reds.

In his last amateur ball game Febris struck out 19 batsmen, but his steam was so great, it is reported in Ripley, the catcher couldn’t hold the boy’s delivery, but only knocked down the balls and got 19 assists, a world’s record, by throwing the runners out at first.

It’s hard to know how good the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 14, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Competitive Balance picks set for MLB Draft | MLB.com

The Competitive Balance Rounds are no longer determined via lottery. Instead, all teams that fall in the bottom 10 in revenue and bottom 10 in market size will get a pick in Round A, after the first round, or Round B, following the second round. Using a formula that takes revenue and winning percentage into account, six teams were awarded Round A picks, with eight teams getting picks in Comp Round B. The groups of teams will switch in 2018 (meaning there will be eight Comp Round A picks, six in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2016 at 02:44 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-13-2016

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, December 13, 1916:

FRED MITCHELL SIGNS WITH CUBS WHEN CHANCE DEMANDS MERE $25,000 ANNUAL SALARY

From the time Mitchell agreed to [Cubs owner Charles] Weeghman’s offer [to manage the team], George Stallings, manager of the Boston Braves, with which club Mitchell has been a power in the role of coach for several years, hounded the Chicago magnate and showered him with impossible demands. Outfielder Cy Williams, and a goodly sum, in addition, is what Stallings asked ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 13, 2016 at 10:20 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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