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Monday, November 21, 2016
Pick a team, any high-profile team — the Nationals, the Red Sox, the Giants, the Cardinals, the Cubs. It’s fun to think about Trout with any of those clubs — unless, of course, you are an Angels fan who relishes watching him every day.
Yet, as long as Trout stays in Anaheim, he will not be fully appreciated by the general public as the modern Mantle. He will not even be as famous as a certain Mickey in his county, the one who resides at Disneyland, last name Mouse.
Trout’s contract ...
The following are players who should rank near the top of teams’ preference lists heading into the Rule 5 draft regardless of position.
Yimmi Brasoban, rhp, Padres: Brasoban ranked 19th in the Padres system a year ago. The Padres’ system is significantly deeper this year, but it is still a surprise that San Diego left the hard-throwing righthander unprotected as he has two major league pitches (a 95-98 mph fastball and an excellent slider) and he has Double-A experience. Brasoban’s ...
Posted: November 21, 2016 at 01:07 PM | 11 comment(s)
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I’m sick and tired of players like Albert Belle and Chris Truby mellowing with age!
Then there’s Belle, who seems to have mellowed considerably with age.
“I just turned 50 this year,” Belle said. “Life changes compared to when I was 25 or 30. ... I don’t have to take on the world and do everything Albert’s way, because now, it’s not about me.”...
He seemingly accomplished everything he did without steroids, once telling an interviewer, “I was just an angry black man.” Part of his ...
That day should come in 2017. The ‘17 Hall of Fame ballot was released Monday, and Rodriguez is on there for the first time. There shouldn’t be a second time.
“A no-brainer,” said former Rangers outfielder Rusty Greer, speaking for almost everybody who watched Pudge play over his 21-year career. “It’s not only a no-brainer that he gets in, but a no-brainer that he gets in on the first ballot.”
Former Rangers general manager Tom Grieve said Rodriguez “checks all the boxes” for a Hall of Fame ...
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 21, 1916:
President Weeghman of the Chicago Cubs left [yesterday] on a trip to St. Louis, where he announced he hoped to procure some star members of the St. Louis Nationals for his own club. Rogers Hornsby is the most desired of three players whom the Cub president will attempt to land, although his chances to obtain him, on the surface of reports, would appear very slim.
An astute move by Weeghman, attempting to acquire a 20-year-old who’s already one of the ...Read More...
The voters should be congratulated for their diligence, hard work and perceptive thinking in selecting the m.v.p.s and compiling their ballots. I suppose it’s the modern way of performing this onerous chore. Why think when you can just copy names from a list already computed elsewhere?
Why not change the name of the award from m.v.p. to W.A.R. Lord?
The point is there is more to a player’s value to his team than simple statistics. Certainly statistics play a large role in a player’s ...
Tyler Kepner with an update.
“Over the last three negotiations, we have found a framework that has served the sport very well in terms of promoting competitive balance, promoting financial stability, allowing our players to continue to earn higher and higher salaries,” he said. “And within that framework, there’s a lot of ways to turn the dials to produce adjustments and change that need to be made. And I think that framework will prove to be durable over time.”
Posted: November 21, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
I’m not sure where the problem is. If you set up a rule with a limit and have no penalty for exceeding the limit by a certain amount, the actual limit is the point where you pay no penalty.
The slotting system works. It has limited spending.
Theory 3 appears to be the most plausible, then. Teams are pushing the limits of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement’s bonus slot punishment format. There is simply not a large enough disincentive to prevent organizations from going up to that 5 ...
Posted: November 21, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sunday, November 20, 2016
9. Justin Verlander, RHP, Tigers — No doubt that he’s available. He’ll be 34 on Opening Day and has pitched more than 2,300 career innings, but what a competitor to stick in the middle of your rotation. Possible destinations: Cubs, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees, Angels, Astros, Rangers, Braves, Twins, Phillies, Marlins, Pirates, Dodgers.
Posted: November 20, 2016 at 07:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
Saturday, November 19, 2016
The order from the bosses: Make one trade for every team. Done. I had to rewrite this whole thing, though, because I had the Yankees trading Brian McCann to the Astros, and then it really happened. You should have seen some of the deals I had in the original piece.
Chicago White Sox trade LHP Chris Sale and RHP David Robertson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for OF Yasiel Puig, RHP Jose De Leon, RHP Yadier Alvarez, and OF Alex Verdugo.
OK, let’s start with a blockbuster. The White Sox have the ...
The Cardinals had a few problems last season, and among them was unreliable relief pitching. As a means toward addressing that, they’ve given free-agent lefty Brett Cecil a four-year contract, worth $30.5 million. It also has a full no-trade clause! Very clearly, Cecil didn’t come cheap. A number of teams expressed a willingness to guarantee Cecil three years, so the Cardinals stepped up and went one extra.
Posted: November 19, 2016 at 03:32 PM | 29 comment(s)
All about Moncada.
I totally believe Yoan Moncada will realize his offensive upside. He has the tools and the physicality to bust open a ball game with one swing of the bat.
I believe his defense will continue to improve, and it remains possible a full-time defensive position will be determined. However, the Red Sox have the luxury of using Moncada as a designated hitter. With the departure of David Ortiz, Moncada could slip nicely into that role. It may not happen when the team ...
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Posted: November 19, 2016 at 12:20 PM | 1 comment(s)
Has Gonsalves really moved ahead of Berrios?
Left-handed starting pitcher—Stephen Gonsalves, Fort Myers (11 games, 11 starts), Chattanooga (13 games, 13 starts): The 6-foot-5 southpaw followed a breakout season with an equally impressive 2016, holding opponents to a .179 average over 140 innings across two levels and going 13-5 with a 2.06 ERA.
“I think he’s progressing,” said Lookouts pitching coach Ivan Arteaga, who also worked with Gonsalves at Cedar Rapids in 2014 and Fort Myers in 2015 and ...
Posted: November 19, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
Rewind to the 1960s and 1970s and ironmen such Randy Hundley and Ted Simmons would regularly catch 150-plus games in a season. Hundley even caught a hard-to-comprehend, MLB-record 160 games in 1968. By the 1980s and 1990s, it was more common to see Jason Kendall or other league leaders top 140 games, although Todd Hundley (son of Randy) did live up to his lineage with 150 games caught in 1996 and Brad Ausmus caught 150 in 2000.
That 150 games caught in the final year of the 20th century did ...
Posted: November 19, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 33 comment(s)
If the Astros are ramping up, $6.8 million isn’t a lot to pay for Aoki as a depth option.
Thursday’s four-year, $52 million agreement with free agent corner outfielder Josh Reddick makes it less of a certainty the team tenders Aoki a contract in arbitration before the Dec. 2 deadline. The 34-year-old from Japan stands to make about $6.8 million through the arbitration process, according to MLB Trade Rumors’ projection, a lot for a player who now most likely projects as a fourth outfielder. ...
Posted: November 19, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
Friday, November 18, 2016
Washington Times, November 18, 1916:
Following the action of the minor leagues in refusing tho consider several demands filed with them by the Baseball Players Fraternity, comes the hint that there many be a general strike by the men who drew salaries for displaying their skill on the diamond.
“If the players decide to go on strike we will not try to stop them,” said a big baseball man yesterday. “The ball parks will be kept closed next spring if a majority of the players do not sign ...
Yankees SS Gleyber Torres, Scottsdale: New York’s No. 2 prospect began his first offseason in the Yankees system in the Fall League as a 19-year-old who hasn’t played above Class A Advanced. He’s performed beyond his years over the past six weeks, finishing with a league-best .403 average, .513 on-base percentage and 1.158 OPS—not to mention an impressive 8/14 K/BB ratio. After entering 2016 with five career homers, Torres broke out in the power department with 11 long balls over the summer and ...
Posted: November 18, 2016 at 11:47 AM | 24 comment(s)
“The swagger, the malice in the ‘bat wag,’ the quickest, most violent swing in the game. He was a hitting machine. How bad was he with the glove? Put Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield in the same outfield, and you’re hoping they hit it to Manny.”
“MVP voters hate second basemen like an underemployed son-in-law (only 10 MVP selections out of the 173 awarded since 1931). Jeff Kent captured one of those awards in 2000 (though it should have went to Bonds).”
“...Guerrero was far more selective, ...
Major League Baseball (MLB) has tendered status checks on six South Korean players, officials here said Friday.
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said MLB inquired about the status of six players—Kim Kwang-hyun, Cha Woo-chan, Yang Hyun-jong, Woo Kyu-min, Hwang Jae-gyun and Choi Hyoung-woo. The KBO informed its counterpart that all six players are free agents and are eligible to sign with any club, domestic or foreign.
Under an agreement between MLB and the KBO, a major league team ...
Posted: November 18, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
Awful,” said one AL scout.
“Stinks,” said one from the NL.
“Ugly,” said another executive. “In the field and at the plate, nothing looks natural.”
The adjectives shouldn’t have been too surprising considering they described someone who hadn’t played organized baseball in over a decade and whose pro baseball career is in its infancy.
Others, though — including Mets general manager Sandy Alderson — insist the 29-year-old has a future in the sport after the Mets signed him ...
Posted: November 18, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 59 comment(s)
There’s no question the Red Sox want Carlos Beltran as a replacement for David Ortiz. One baseball source called him a “top priority,” another tempered that description, noting the Sox want to see how the market develops.
Either way, there’s mutual interest, but there’s no shortage of patience on either side.
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