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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Trade Deadline Rumors -

Add rumors as comments. If you have an article that you can reference I invite you to submit it. If you don’t have time, put the url in your comment. I’ll try to monitor the thread and add important rumors as their own thread.

Happy Trade Deadline Rumoring!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 06:34 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors

MLBTR: Rays To Acquire Lucas Duda

The Duda now abides in St. Pete.

Though the Rays have their own breakout offensive performer at first in Logan Morrison, the team has room for another big left-handed bat. With outfielder Colby Rasmus hanging up his spikes mid-way through the year, the Rays could utilize Corey Dickerson in the outfield to allow Duda to step in at DH.

Smith, 23, was a third-round pick in the 2015 draft. He made his way to the Rays as the player to be named later in the winter deal that sent Mikie Mahtook to the ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 27, 2017 at 05:59 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: lucas duda, mets, rays, trade, trade deadline

Inside Baseball AL Notes | How Eduardo Nunez Can Help The Red Sox

Heyman’s latest.

NL Notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

The Adjustments Andrew McCutchen Made | FanGraphs Baseball

Exhibit 3456: Baseball is a game of adjustments.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

Mike Timlin responds to criticisms about his broadcasting skills

Dave O’Brien and Mike Timlin seem like nice guys but they are a real snooze fest.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:27 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, mike timlin, red sox

A look into Albert Pujols’ terrible 2017 - Halos Heaven

He only has four years and $114 million to go (18:$27M, 19:$28M, 20:$29M, 21:$30M).

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels

Rosario notches second four-hit game for 51s | MiLB.com News

What Amed Rosario needs to work on.

In the seventh, Rosario lined an 0-1 pitch to center before completing his night with a run-scoring single to center in the ninth.

“Whenever he stays up the middle with his approach, you know he’s on,” Lopez added. “The main thing for him right now is to control the strike zone and have better at-bats, and make sure he’s up the middle with his approach. We want him to get to know the zone a little better and he’s doing well with it.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

For Phillies, emulating Astros’ ascent requires much more than high picks | CSN Philly

Luck has always been part of The Process.

“It’s similar in a lot of ways (to the Sixers’ process) and I know [Sam Hinkie], he used to be in Houston. He and I have talked a lot about what he was doing here and what I was doing there — there are a lot of analogies. You have to be patient to wait for the results to manifest themselves. Sometimes you get a good roll of the dice, sometimes you don’t.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, phillies, the process


The Evolution of Positional Differences in Free-Agent Costs | FanGraphs Baseball

Another nice addition to the Matt Swartz series.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 11:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

Adrian Beltre ejected for hilarious antics in on-deck circle

Click through to see the video.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 10:22 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

BAR: Hoarding prospects a proven strategy

The Dodgers are the model big-market team right now. They need to win the World Series to be fully appreciated, however.

The top farm system in 2015? The Cubs, the 2016 World Series champs. Not counting the Cubs since it’s been too recent — of all the teams with the top farm system, all but three have been in the playoffs at least three times within five years of being named the top farm system. Those three were the 2006 Diamondbacks, National League West winners in 2007 and 2011, the 2014 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

Dansby Swanson is demoted to Gwinnett, and it needed to happen | Mark Bradley blog

Player development is not linear.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 10:15 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dansby swanson

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-27-2017

Pittsburgh Press, July 27, 1917:

A new use for baseball slang has been found. The story is told by a writer describing the experiences of Americans inside the German lines…It was necessary that one American having knowledge of [the news] should acquaint another with what was going on, but the Germans were on watch, listening for every word.
...
[An American said to another:] “Nix on any of these spangled delicatessens (German officers) getting wise, but the umpire-in-chief has chased Heinie out ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 27, 2017 at 09:58 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Bryce Harper got thrown out of a game because his playlist got him too fired up

“Before the game today, I think I need to change my playlist because I get a little fired up from my playlist,” said Harper, citing a mix of Logic and Chance the Rapper as the instigator.

” ‘5AM’ really got me fired up, by Logic. I called my brother and was like, ‘Man, I’m so fired up to play today,’ ” Harper said. “I guess it got me a little too fired up. I guess I need to mix in some Temptations and some of those jazz bands to calm me down a little bit.”


Yankees have a new ace — and reason for Sonny Gray restraint | New York Post

Talk about holding velocity. He was still hitting 99-100 MPH late in his appearance. Watching him throw 100 MPH on one pitch, then drop an 83 MPH sinking change on the corner was very impressive.

“That term gets thrown around loosely these days,” longtime former ace CC Sabathia said when I asked him whether Severino had earned that moniker. “But yeah, for what that term is, yeah, he is.”

“He’s thrown the best all year for us,” Girardi, who fielded the same question before ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 09:28 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

The Architecture of Sports

Baseball through a spatial lens.

Not all sports require absolute uniformity in their playing fields. Some allow and even celebrate degrees of variation. All baseball parks consist of the diamond (a square, technically) in which the locations and dimensions of the bases, pitcher’s mound, batter’s boxes, and other features are strictly standardized, and the outfield, for which Major League Baseball specifies only minimum dimensions (325 feet along the first base and third base lines and 400 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: stadiums

Ex-Yankee Tartabull finally caught by cops… after calling them - NY Daily News

Tartabull, 54, called police to report that his car was broken into, according to TMZ Sports. When cops arrived and ran Tartabull’s name and saw there was a warrant out for his arrest, they promptly collared him.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: danny tartabull

Ken Rosenthal - Rumblings from Clubs

The rumblings persist, mostly from rival clubs.

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is going to make another trade, perhaps his biggest yet.

Jerry Dipoto is going to get Sonny Gray.

At the moment, there appears to be little basis to the rumblings — the Mariners and Athletics have not spoken in about a week, according to one major-league source.

In addition, there also is significant doubt whether the Mariners possess enough young talent to land Gray, with one rival exec saying, “I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 08:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, notes, sonny gray, trade rumors


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tim Tebow’s no circus act: He’s a real Mets prospect

There are plenty of sound business reasons why it would have been wise anyway to keep Tebow away from Citi Field as some kind of marketing ploy, beginning with the very credibility of the franchise, which is supposed to be in the business of developing baseball players, not carnival barkers.

But now the Mets have the best reason of all to forget about that.

What if Tebow really is what these last 27 games and 87 at-bats have hinted at? In the Florida State League, the most advanced level of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 26, 2017 at 10:14 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow


Red Sox Rafael Devers homers for first MLB hit | MLB.com

STOP THE PRESSES!!!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2017 at 06:36 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: rafael devers, red sox

Twins-Dodgers game delayed over double switch | MLB.com

Strategery!

“It was just one of those things where there was a little confusion in where initially the pitcher spot in the double switch was at,” Roberts said. “A player that was supposed to be out of the game was still in the game, and I just wanted to get clarity and make sure that the pitcher was in the right spot.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2017 at 06:24 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: rules

The Cooperstown Casebook: The Hall of Fame’s Origins, And How Third Base Got Put In A Corner | SI

Another excerpt from Cooperstown Casebook.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2017 at 05:25 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: books, hall of fame

Winners? Losers? At baseball’s bonkers trade deadline, nobody really knows

2. One trading partner might be more motivated to make a deal than the other.

In the offseason, even a rebuilding team can justify keeping its players, knowing that they’ll have another chance to cash in at the trade deadline (and that they might sell some season tickets in the meantime). But the Tigers, pretty much out of contention and about to see Martinez hit free agency, had almost no choice but to move him.

They could have tried waiting to see if another buyer emerged—either because ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 26, 2017 at 02:29 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline

Olney: Trade Sonny Gray to Yankees, as time is right for big markets to get their ace

When the Yankees made their big trade last week for Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson and Todd Frazier, the rationale was to acquire pitchers who can help them beyond 2017. This is true for Gray, as well. He would help their chances of making the playoffs this year and of winning in the postseason, as Gray is known as a big-stage performer after his strong October showing against the Tigers as a rookie. And he would also help the Yankees’ chances in 2018 and 2019, before he finally reaches free ...

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Danny Tartabull Detained by Police 5 Years After Warrant Was Issued for Arrest

Former Major League Baseball outfielder Danny Tartabull was arrested by police on a 2012 warrant for unpaid child support.

Per TMZ Sports, police caught Tartabull on July 24 after “he called police himself to report that his car had been broken into near his apartment in Agoura, CA.”

Jacob Glucksman, Tartabull’s attorney, told TMZ he was working to secure his client’s release from custody.

Tartabull pleaded no contest and received probation in 2011 for charges of failing to pay child ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 26, 2017 at 02:27 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: danny tartabull, legal



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