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Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Signing a guy for seven years and hoping he leaves after three years is not a smart plan. It’s a desperate plan.
POTENTIAL STEAL: The Red Sox signed the best pitcher on the market to the richest contract ever given a hurler, and it may end up being a steal.
Forget about the totals of seven years and $217 million. The real number that matters in the deal the Red Sox struck on Tuesday afternoon for Price is three.
That’s the year after which Price can choose to exercise an opt-out and return to ...
Posted: December 01, 2015 at 07:29 PM | 7 comment(s)
The NBA has Bryant as the only player with a career of 20 years spent with one team, although Duncan signed a two-year contract with the Spurs in July, which would take him through 20 years in San Antonio, barring a change in plans for next season.
Then there is baseball.
According to Baseball-Reference.com, there have been 152 players in the history of the professional game to have played in at least 20 seasons, led by the 27 years of Ryan and Cap Anson, whose career came in the 1800s.
Posted: December 01, 2015 at 06:40 PM | 22 comment(s)
The Boston Red Sox have found their ace.
The team has reportedly reached an agreement with free agent pitcher David Price on a seven-year, $217-million deal according to Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe.
Price will fit in nicely at the front of Boston’s rotation, a void that plagued the team during the 2015 season.
Price is coming off an impressive 2015 campaign where he went 18-5 with an AL-leading 2.45 ERA in 32 starts for the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays. After being traded to ...
Posted: December 01, 2015 at 05:10 PM | 134 comment(s)
This article never would have been written if baseball had a salary cap.
As I’ve noted in several pieces this year, MLB players have seen their share of the league’s overall revenues drop substantially over the last 10 to 15 years. Depending on how you calculate it, the percentage of league revenues going to the players has fallen anywhere from 13% to 16% since 2002 or 2003.
And as I’ve previously explained, there are a variety of reasons why the players’ share of MLB revenues has ...
Posted: December 01, 2015 at 05:01 PM | 17 comment(s)
With a week remaining in their exclusive negotiating window to sign Byung-ho Park the Twins have agreed to a deal with the Korean slugger. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that it’s a four-year, $12 million contract, on top of which the Twins will pay Park’s old team a $12.85 million posting fee for those negotiating rights.
Four years and a total commitment of $24.85 million is certainly a sizable investment, but it’s significantly less than most projections had the Twins spending ...
Yadier gets a new caddy.
The Cardinals finalized a two-year deal with veteran catcher Brayan Pena on Monday and installed him as the latest backup for Gold Glove-winning catcher Yadier Molina.
Pena’s contract is worth $5 million over its two years, a source confirmed.
The Diamondbacks and Giants are two more of the 20 or so teams that are said to have expressed interest in Miller. The Braves generally are seeking to upgrade their offense, though obviously in the case of Severino they are willing to look at young pitchers, as well.
One rival GM, while not denigrating the asking prices, said the Braves were “very aggressive” with their proposal.
While there’s no word of anything being close, no one’s exactly hanging up yet. Miller raised his value with a ...
After a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Mariners are back to stoking the Hot Stove with free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki emerging as their latest possible target.
“At this point,” one industry source said, “there appears to be real interest (in Aoki) from the Mariners. Whether that leads to a deal is anybody’s guess.”
Posted: December 01, 2015 at 01:00 PM | 3 comment(s)
Prospects by the numbers.
I know you probably know this, but I’d like to reiterate that you shouldn’t think of this as “Chris Mitchell’s Top 100 List,” and certainly not “FanGraphs’ Top 100 List.” This is simply the output from a flawed statistical model that fails to take into account many of the factors that go into evaluating a prospect. As always, you should never choose between stats and scouting — or beer and tacos — if you don’t have to.
There are players on this ...
Posted: December 01, 2015 at 12:59 PM | 19 comment(s)
Makes it harder to COUNT DA RINGZ if everyone gets one.
Glass wanted to spare no expense. But Uhlich and Moore persuaded him to tone down the ring and keep it to a reasonable size, something fitting of a pennant, not a World Series. They had both companies make sample rings, and they chose Jostens’s design, made of 10-karat white gold, with the “KC” logo. The total carat weight is 1.9 carats.
“We think it’s a beautiful ring,” Uhlich said. “But we did consciously make sure that ...
New York Sun, December 1, 1915:
President James A. Gilmore of the Federal League, in a somewhat evasive way, discussed further yesterday afternoon the plans of himself and colleagues for the establishment of an independent team at Lenox avenue and 145th street. Gilmore refused to name the backers of his latest enterprise, but intimated that he might take the public into his confidence in this matter inside of three weeks or a month.
A story printed in the afternoon editions attributed to ...
I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: how many square feet constitute a decent apartment, America-as-melting-pot, and Marc Anthony.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Bonds would be the clear choice.
In what promises to be a bombshell move, if executed, all-time great slugger Barry Bonds is under consideration to become Marlins hitting coach.
Team higherups have quietly been discussing this possibility for weeks.
Bonds, known as a brilliant tactician, has worked as a special spring instructor for the Giants on occasion. It isn’t known whether he’s willing to move across the country for such a hitting coach job, but he has been working on brandishing his ...
Hoyer couldn’t pin down whether the Cubs would add via trade or free agency, calling both markets “developing.” Several free agents have signed contracts, including pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, who agreed on a deal with Detroit over the weekend. The big question for the Cubs has been whether to spend a limited increase in their budget mostly on one player or to spread it around to various needs, which include center field and starting pitching.
“Those are the philosophical questions ...
Posted: November 30, 2015 at 03:37 PM | 74 comment(s)
The Red Sox have reached an agreement on a multiyear contract with free-agent outfielder Chris Young, a source told MLB.com’s Ian Browne on Monday. The deal, which was first reported by FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and is pending a physical, has not been confirmed by the club.
Posted: November 30, 2015 at 02:01 PM | 57 comment(s)
Do you want to sign my client? I need to know. I need to know. Tell me baby girl, cause I need to know.
Magnus Media, a company founded by Marc Anthony, announced on Monday the inception of Magnus Sports, a division dedicated to representing major athletes.
The company said in a news release that it will team with a baseball agency, Praver Shapiro Sports Management—and that the group’s first major client will be Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.
Praver Shapiro represents a number of Latin ...
President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation’s highest civilian award on Tuesday, including the first African-American woman elected to Congress, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history and a “Funny Girl”.
“We celebrate artists, public servants and two legends from America’s pastime”, Obama said, the latter comment referring to Berra and fellow baseball Hall of Fame member Willie Mays.
Pittsburgh Press, November 30, 1915:
While [Cleveland owner Charles] Somers is in Chicago he’ll probably close up the Joe Jackson deal. When the trade was made it was for $31,250 in cash, with the understanding that three players, acceptable to the Cleveland club, would be sent to the Indians later.
Two of those players, Pitcher Klepfer and Outfielder Roth, have been delivered, but the third man is still listed with the missing…Of course, rather than have the Sox try to turn back Jackson, the ...
The D-backs made a six-year, $120 million offer to free-agent right-hander Johnny Cueto earlier this month that was turned down, a baseball source told MLB.com on Sunday night.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
DETROIT—The Tigers on Sunday have reportedly come to terms with right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, according to CBSSports.com. FOX Sports said the deal is expected to be for five years and roughly $110 million. The Tigers have not commented.
FOX reported late Saturday night that the two sides were in negotiations, which were believed to have grown serious. A baseball source later confirmed the two sides were in talks, though no deal was believed to have been finalized.
Mr. Burns, I think we can trust the President of Cuba…..
More than half a century has passed since the Havana Sugar Kings, a Cincinnati Reds affiliate, played in the Class AAA International League. Since the giddy gunfire of followers of the revolutionary Fidel Castro grazed a shortstop and a third-base coach at a game against the Rochester Red Wings. Since Havana won the 1959 Little World Series against the Minneapolis Millers here at home.
The notion of returning to those days, absent the ...
“The greatest thing I had going for me was New York,” said George Steinbrenner. “Bronfman can have his liquor in Montreal. Kroc can have his hamburgers in San Diego.”
Ray Krock, the McDonald’s man, offered a million more than Steinbrenner did. Charles Bronfman, the Seagram’s man, offered two million more, but if there’s one place on the North American continent that has worse weather than New York, it’s Montreal.
George Steinbrenner is smart. He took Reggie Jackson walking, ...
Posted: November 29, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 20 comment(s)
Seven years? I’d rather see some other team make that mistake.
The bidding should reach the seven-year, $210 million range and likely include the Blue Jays, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, and Dodgers. But other teams on the periphery could become engaged, such as the Nationals, Angels, Rangers, and Astros.
Posted: November 29, 2015 at 09:52 AM | 20 comment(s)
Dave Stewart was in the process of winning 20-or-more games for the fourth straight season when he gave up Fielder’s roof-clearing shot. Twenty-five years later, he’s the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team whose pitching staff finished middle of the pack in strikeouts, and tops in Defensive Runs Saved.
Stewart was somewhat ambivalent – and waxed a tad philosophical –when I asked him about the importance of Ks.
“If you can strike a guy out, you want to strike a guy ...
Posted: November 29, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
Saturday, November 28, 2015
It will be interesting to ultimately add up the cost of letting Jon Lester go.
The Red Sox botched up their negotiations with Lester in during spring training of 2014, making an initial offer of $70 million that was roughly $40 million short of what it should have been. Talks broke down and Lester was traded in July.
The Sox went downhill, Lester was traded for Yoenis Cespedes and that ultimately became Rick Porcello. Ben Cherington was ousted as GM and Dombrowski was hired.
Think about it. ...
Posted: November 28, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 7 comment(s)
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