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Sunday, December 11, 2016



How the Red Sox made the Chris Sale trade happen

The details behind the Chris Sale deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, dave dombrowski, red sox

Orioles’ preparation for annual Rule 5 draft an organization-wide effort - Baltimore Sun

Interesting article about the Orioles process preparing for the Rule 5 Draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2016 at 09:01 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, rule 5 draft

Sunday Notes: Winter Meetings, Pirates, D-Backs, Dodgers, Dozier, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Neal Huntington on the Pirates defensive alignments.

“You plan for the best, you evaluate what happens, and you react and adjust accordingly,” explained the Amherst College alum. “We’re working through how we’re going to redeploy, and how we’re going to improve the model, and how we improve the execution of that.”

As is the case with defensive shifts within the infield, buy-in is essential.

“We need to make sure we educate on why we’re doing what we’re doing — why we ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, pirates

Should we still believe David Ortiz will stay retired?

People need to move on. Ortiz retired. Read about Ortiz and other stuff in this week’s Globe baseball notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Danny Espinosa traded to Angels

Busy day for Espinosa. He was a no-show at the team’s annual Winterfest event, angered by the Adam Eaton acquisition. Then the Nationals announced that they had non-tendered Ben Revere but offered contracts to other players including Danny Espinosa and Tanner Roark. Then they announced they had traded Espinosa for Angels prospects Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin.

Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 10, 2016 at 10:35 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, nationals

Sandomir: Pressing the Off Button on an Indelible Marathon of Images

Richard Sandomir retires his sports media column. He’ll head over to the obit section.

I went to stadiums and arenas as I wished. I stood in production trucks, marveling at the way producers and directors turned live shots, replays and graphics into (nearly) seamless broadcasts. I was in Pat Summerall’s extraordinarily messy hotel room before the Super Bowl in 1992 when he confessed to fascinating feats of ribaldry and told me I was free to write it all.

I hung around the SNY booth at Citi ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: December 10, 2016 at 04:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: media, sports media

Leyland Wants Change In U.S. Mentality In Next Year’s WBC

“As everybody knows, our country probably hasn’t taken it quite as seriously as some of the other countries in the past,” Leyland said. “We are trying to change that mentality.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2016 at 11:29 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: jim leyland, wbc

Dexter Fowler’s $82.5M deal with the Cardinals shows free agency is alive and well

Buying wins at the free agent price isn’t the optimal use of resources. It’s not just about greed; it’s about smart business.

If this sounds easier than it is, well, yeah. Baseball is a remarkably trying game. A swing can disappear. The yips can attack. Guarantees vanish overnight. Elbows can blow (which makes pre-free agency pitching extensions a bit more tolerable). And yet part of the strength of the MLB Players Association is its members’ willingness to shutter those fears and chase ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2016 at 09:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cba, dexter fowler, free agency, mlbpa

Rob Bradford chats with Dave Dombrowski at MLB Winter Meetings

A very interesting interview of Dave Dombrowski by Rob Bradford. Dombrowski discusses the Red Sox scheduling and work during the Winter Meetings. He also talks about the Sale deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox

Sarris—Going off the record at baseball’s winter meetings - Insider ($)

Some great insights into MLB front offices by Eno Harris.

“We were in an era where a lot of great statistical analysis was being done on the internet,” one respondent reminisced, “but now the internet is far behind right now due to the proprietary data the teams have.”

There was some brain drain, as many of yesterday’s blogging analysts now pepper front offices, such as Houston’s Mike Fast and Chicago’s Jeremy Greenhouse, among others. But if more data were available, this baseball person was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2016 at 08:02 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, general managers

Winning in MLB is harder when everyone is smarter - SweetSpot- ESPN

A lot of good stuff. Read the whole thing.

Teams in the more recent period not only had a lower average win total in the 90-win season, but suffered a bigger decline the following season, were less likely to win more games or to win 90 again and more likely to have a losing season. Winning now is more ephemeral: Winning 92 games and making the playoffs as opposed to winning 85 and falling short is often not just the residue of clever team-building, but to the vagaries of luck, injuries and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2016 at 07:43 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, moneyball, red sox, sabermetrics

Friday, December 09, 2016

How Did Rick Porcello Go From Afterthought to Ace?

Five factors—not all of them under his control.

gehrig97 Posted: December 09, 2016 at 05:52 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, cy young award, red sox, rick porcello

Pitch boss on Fox baseball drama’s struggle and future | EW

Pitch finished it’s 10 episode run, with the possibility for a second season still unclear. Have people been watching?

With our show, the concept of the first female pitcher in the major leagues, it’s not something you can do every season, so you want to be able to start the next season with a different set of obstacles for her, and that would come with an injury and trying to get back and make the team. That is something that isn’t specific to the first female athlete, it’s any athlete, ...

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Baldrick Posted: December 09, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball in fiction, television, women in baseball, women in sports

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-9-2016

El Paso Herald, December 9, 1916:

Baseball fans of the Isthmus of Panama are booming that section as an excellent location for one or more big training camps. It is claimed that the sanitary conditions of the canal zone, under the care and direction of the army and canal officials, are excellent, and that with the dry season extending from December to April the major league baseball players could not find a more satisfactory location for rounding into shape for their pennant battles.

Baseball ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 09, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sandy Alderson OK with Mets leaving winter meetings empty-handed - NY Daily News

“We laid some groundwork as they say,” the Mets GM said after the Rule-5 draft, which traditionally concludes the week of meetings. “We’ll have conversations continuing when we get back to New York. I think what we are pleased with, is the fact we had some dialogue and it continues. We’ll pursue things the next couple of weeks before Christmas and possibly thereafter.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

WEEI: SOURCES: FORMER RED SOX MANAGER BOBBY VALENTINE BEING CONSIDERED FOR UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN

Randy Marsh is not amused.

Such a move would be viewed as another unorthodox appointment by Trump, who named former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon to serve as the administrator of the Small Business Administration Wednesday.

Yet Valentine’s history, and connections to Trump and Japan, make the possibility of such a decision very real.

The former Red Sox manager has known both Trump and his brother, Bob, since the early 1980’s. He is also very close to Anthony Scaramucci, ...

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Renegade (((JE))) Posted: December 09, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby valentine, donald trump, japan, japanese baseball

Arizona Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen takes balanced approach

“We had plenty of opportunities to make changes,” Hazen said. “But ultimately we didn’t feel like any of those were the right thing to do for us. Some of those situations may be in the future, but right now nothing really made sense on the larger trade front. I’m not anticipating any of that changing, but you never know. Again, we feel good about where we’re at.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks


GM banter doesn’t reveal true state of Yankees-Red Sox | New York Post

Dave Dombrowski needs a trash-talking tutorial.

In the bottleneck on the way into the room Thursday morning, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski spotted Yankees counterpart Brian Cashman. It had been less than 12 hours since word circulated the Yankees had agreed with Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million deal — a record for a reliever — and two days since Cashman had referred to the Red Sox as baseball’s Golden State Warriors with Chris Sale joining an already ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Cardinals near deal with OF Dexter Fowler | MLB.com

Though the Cardinals did not make any transactions during their four-day stay at the Winter Meetings, it did not take long after their return to St. Louis for them to complete their pursuit of a new center fielder.

After a picture of Dexter Fowler boarding a flight from Las Vegas to St. Louis surfaced on social media, MLB.com confirmed through sources that Fowler was en route to St. Louis to undergo a physical on Friday. An agreement between the Cardinals and Fowler is already in place, though ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 10:01 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dexter fowler, free agents

JAYSON STARK ON THE WINTER MEETINGS: “I’M ONLY GOING TO REPORT INFORMATION THAT I AM CONFIDENT ABOUT”

That purpose is not necessarily be the first to report breaking news, but to get it right. For Stark, that involves staying calm, sane and “just making sure that I’m only going to report information that I am confident about.”

Not every reporter seems to stick to that mantra, especially with the competition in the building and the pressure social media brings to constantly be posting any morsel or piece of relevant information.

“I think there’s tremendous pressure on people in my ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2016 at 01:30 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: jayson stark, journalism, winter meetings

Pablo Sandoval got ‘complacent’ with big Red Sox deal

First “best shape of his life” story of the off-season?

In a joint English-Spanish interview with ESPN.com and ESPN Deportes, Sandoval said he got “complacent” after signing a five-year, $95 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in November 2014 and pledged to “start my baseball career all over again” now that he is fully recovered from left shoulder surgery.

“My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished,” Sandoval said by phone ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2016 at 01:21 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Nats’ Eaton trade shines light on O’s draft/development failures - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Oriole fans should be thanking their lucky stars for Dan Duquette.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 12:53 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Would O’s fans really hate Bautista if the team signed him? | Sports on Earth

Jokes usually work like that way.

(Also, the best part: Bautista’s agent says he’s hasn’t talked to Duquette about Bautista. See, there are some upsides to a post-fact world!)

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 12:50 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dan duquette, jose bautista, orioles

Why the Adam Eaton trade wasn’t a panic move for the Washington Nationals - The Washington Post

Barry Svrluga defends Mike Rizzo.

The Nationals clearly lost faith in Giolito.

So what became clear to nearly everyone at the winter meetings was that the Nationals were going to move Giolito. His value, of course, would have been higher six months ago. But then, his performance hadn’t fallen off by that point. We’ll watch what he becomes in Chicago. But the Nationals aren’t particularly concerned that he’ll be an ace. The bigger problem would have been holding onto him, seeing his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 12:41 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, lucas giolito, nationals, trade, white sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-8-2016

A sure sign that it’s the offseason from the Pittsburgh Press, December 8, 1916:

Jim Thorpe, the Indian ball player who was sent to the Milwaukee club last spring by Manager McGraw, is to get another chance with the Giants. It was announced [in New York] today that McGraw plans to play him regularly in one of the outfield positions, if he displays improvement.

This is, IIRC, the fourth consecutive offseason in which it was reported that Thorpe had a chance to be an everyday player for the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 08, 2016 at 10:17 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jim thorpe

2016 Rule 5 Draft results | MLB.com

It’s live!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5 draft

Blue Jays trying to balance objective evaluation, subjective exuberance - Sportsnet.ca

It’s easier to be “irrational” when you are a top revenue team. As the Dodgers have shown, it can be rational to press your higher revenue advantage. In smaller markets, breaking out the checkbook can really restrict a franchise’s future.

That’s why Atkins intriguingly said the Blue Jays don’t feel like they need to move off their positions in unspecified negotiations. But there may come a point when, to use Friedman’s phrasing, some irrationality may be needed to ensure the player they ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

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