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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Most Pitcher & Hitter Friendly Umpires

As a quantifiable skill, pitch framing has been garnering a lot of attention in the past few years. While most research on that front has focused on a catcher’s ability to get extra strikes called, at Baseball Info Solutions we have developed a methodology for dividing the credit among the catcher, the pitcher, the batter, and the umpire. We call our system Strike Zone Plus/Minus, and the details of the methodology will be explained in The Fielding Bible—Volume IV coming out this spring.

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, umpires

Prospect Watch: Top 10 right-handed pitchers | MLB.com

There are always a ton of right-handed pitchers on our Top 100 list. The 2015 version is no different. All 10 on the list below are in the Top 100, and then some.
Some of the names are familiar. Five right-handers—the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard, the Rockies’ Jon Gray, Archie Bradley of the D-backs, the Orioles’ Dylan Bundy, Robert Stephenson of the Reds—were on this list a year ago. Bradley and Bundy have made the list four years running, while this marks the third straight Top 10 for Syndergaard.

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Yankees Held Private Workout For Yoan Moncada - BaseballAmerica.com

I hope they used the proper mood lighting.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees, yoan moncada


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Colby Rasmus to Astros - 1/$4MM

@jonmorosi

Colby Rasmus’ deal with #Astros will be worth more than $4 million, source says.

Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: January 20, 2015 at 04:09 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, colby rasmus

Calcaterra: Given all the advantages he’s had, is Brian Cashman the 21st best GM of all time?

The Yankees were already good — heck, they had already won a World Series — when Brian Cashman took over. They had Jeter and Mo and all of those guys and more money than God. It’d be harder, under those circumstances, to lose than it would be to win, right?

On a related note, is Luis Sojo the 21st-greatest Yankee player of all time?

JE (Jason) Posted: January 20, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 171 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, general managers, yankees

Counting Down the 25 Best GMs in History - #21 - Brian Cashman

As promised, here’s Cashman.  A very fair assessment of his tenure IMO.

Kurt Posted: January 20, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: history, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-20-2015

Pittsburgh Press, January 20, 1915:

The Cleveland Naps are to be called Indians hereafter. Unless all signs fail, the Indians are in for a scalping next summer.

Washington Herald, January 20, 1915:

Possibly the owners of the Cleveland club, by changing the name of the Sixth City club from “Naps” to “Indians” had in mind the Boston Braves.

This makes so much more sense than the strained explanation about honoring Louis Sockalexis.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: January 20, 2015 at 08:51 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians

Brewers committed to Jimmy Nelson, so scratch Jordan Zimmermann | FOX Sports

As Melvin told me: “Jimmy Nelson is in the rotation.”

OK, then.

So, it appears the Brewers will enter the 2015 season with Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers and Nelson.

No Zimmermann. No James Shields, either.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 20, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jimmy nelson

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sources: Rangers acquire RHP Gallardo in trade with Brewers | FOX Sports

The deal sends Gallardo to Texas in exchange for infielder Luis Sardinas, right-hander Corey Knebel, and right-hander Marcos Diplan.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2015 at 07:02 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, rangers, trades

Orioles have list of high-profile ex-GMs in case Duquette leaves

... the Orioles have compiled a list of Plan B options in case Duquette departs.

According to an industry source, that list—compiled in the past month—includes four high-profile former general managers: Ned Colletti, Kevin Towers, Omar Minaya and Kevin Malone, who spent a few years in the mid-1990s as an Orioles assistant general manager…

NattyBoh Posted: January 19, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, dan duquette, general managers, toronto blue jays

Cubs, Astros Close To Dexter Fowler Trade

I like Fowler because he’s, like, the last leadoff hitter left.

The Cubs are close to acquiring outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Astros, Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com tweets. The Astros will receive big-league players in return, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets, and one of those is pitcher Dan Straily, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes (on Twitter)...

Fowler, 28, hit .276/.375/.399 in 505 plate appearances in his first season in Houston in 2014, though he posted poor ...

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The District Attorney Posted: January 19, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cubs, rumors, trades, transactions

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-19-2015

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, January 19, 1915:

“Will you please deny for me the stories printed in several New York papers that I was a candidate for the position of secretary or business manager of the Yankees,” writes Ed Barrow, president of the International League. “These stories were copied by the papers of our circuit and have caused some unpleasant and unfavorable comment on the part of several sporting writers.”

Barrow stayed with the International League until the end of the 1917 ...

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Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: January 19, 2015 at 08:30 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, ed barrow, history

Making small sample defensive metrics less volatile - Beyond the Box Score

What do I see? Well, raw IERP (and also raw DRS, not shown) has the same volatility as BABIP. Annual BABIP is mostly a crapshoot, so that confirms my expectation. ISO, wRC+ (and also wOBA, SLG, OBP, though not shown) are a fair bit better than BABIP. I don’t know about you, but when I see a one-year jump in ISO or wRC+, that’s a cause for interest. A one year blip may be a “breakout”, or the change might not last. We need to look deeper. Self-regression of IERP achieves that level of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2015 at 05:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, sabermetrics

Max Scherzer agrees to Nats deal, making great rotation even better - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman says it’s a done deal.

op right-handed starter Max Scherzer and the Nationals are in agreement on a seven-year deal, CBSSports.com has learned.

Details of the deal beyond the seven years are not known.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2015 at 05:51 AM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, max scherzer, nationals

Texas Rangers close to acquiring Yovani Gallardo - ESPN Dallas

No speculation on the Brewer return.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2015 at 05:38 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: breweres, rangers, yovani gallardo

Madden: Beane’s A’s good to go, Hart’s Braves gone for year - NY Daily News

Comparing and contrasting John Hart’s and Billy Beane’s off-seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2015 at 05:36 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves

Nationals Build Potential Super-Team, Add Max Scherzer | FanGraphs Baseball

Jeff Sullivan looks into the crystal ball to see Max Scherzer’s possible future. (Keep in mind that 2 of the 10 comps he used didn’t do particularly well.)

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2015 at 05:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, max scherzer


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Max Scherzer closing in on new multiyear contract - ESPN

According to the Washington Post, the Nationals are the favorite to land Scherzer and are “very close” to a deal.

A source told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark that the Nationals won’t have the financial flexibility to sign Scherzer unless they have a trade in place to move starter Jordan Zimmermann and possibly shortstop Ian Desmond. As of Saturday, Stark reports, the Nationals did not have trades in place for either Zimmermann or Desmond.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2015 at 09:58 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, max scherzer, nationals, tigers

YAHOO: Tim Brown - Max Scherzer appears to be nearing deal with Nationals

Max Scherzer, the ace of a free-agent class that included Jon Lester and still features James Shields, on Sunday appeared to be nearing an agreement on a seven-year contract with the Washington Nationals.

“It’s heating up,” a source familiar with the negotiations told Yahoo Sports.

The contract could be worth in the neighborhood of $200 million.

Lester, in December, signed with the Chicago Cubs for $155 million over six years. Boras believed Scherzer was worth more than that, and indeed ...

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Lassus Posted: January 18, 2015 at 08:09 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Mets Merized Online: Fred Wilpon Named Chairman of MLB Finance Committee

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Bill Madden of the Daily News reports there was a lot more happening at last week’s owners meeting in Arizona than just a farewell party for Bud Selig.

New head honcho Rob Manfred announced a complete overhaul of major league baseball’s hierarchy and among the new restructuring he named Mets owner Fred Wilpon the new chairman and head of the MLB Finance Committee… Wilpon, who allegedly lost about $700 million in the largest Ponzi scheme in American History – the second time he was ...

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The District Attorney Posted: January 18, 2015 at 07:10 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: business, fred wilpon, mets, wtf

Mercer welcomes confident Kang in position battle

I think we missed this one…?

[Jordy] Mercer… might be the player most directly affected by the Pirates’ impending signing of Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang, who took things a step further by essentially stating his intent to be the Pirates’ regular shortstop…

“It’s nice to see [Kang’s] confidence, for sure. I’m not going to come back at him. There’s no reason for that,” Mercer said. “I think we can settle on the field. All that will take care of itself, really. There’s no reason for me to come ...

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The District Attorney Posted: January 18, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: jordy mercer, jung-ho kang, pirates

ESPN: Wrigley Field Bleachers Not Ready Until May

Visiting hitters won’t have their home runs thrown back onto Wrigley Field until May 11, at least, as the Cubs announced the stadium’s famous bleachers won’t be open for the first month of the 2015 season.

The target date is May 11 for the left field bleachers and late May for the right field bleachers, Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said at the team’s convention Saturday. The bleacher reconstruction is part of the first phase of a $375 million renovation of the famous ...

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Roberto Alomar goes to bat for Jack Morris and Larry Walker

I guess Alomar doesn’t get smart, fun baseball writing delivered to his inbox.

Alomar on Morris: “Jack’s a winner, he pitched to the score. If Jack was winning 6-0 he threw strikes, he didn’t want to walk anyone. If the game was close he’d pitch guys away. Jack loved big games (Morris made 13 starts in seven different post-season series, starting Game 1 six times).”

Morris was named on 61.5% on the Baseball Writers of America Association ballots, shy of the required 75% in 2014, his ...

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Repoz Posted: January 18, 2015 at 12:24 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bloop Hits: Terry Forster’s musical feast

I saw someone here refer to Forster’s batting average champ status, so, why not.

Though he was never an All-Star, never won any awards, Terry Forster — who turned 63 this week — had a pretty interesting big-league career. In addition to leading the American League in saves with the ’74 White Sox, winning a championship ring with the ’81 Dodgers, and making 614 appearances (most of them in relief) over the course of 16 years in the majors, the left-hander was also the last A.L. pitcher to ...

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The District Attorney Posted: January 17, 2015 at 03:52 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, history, music, terry forster

Giants, Nori Aoki Agree To One-Year Deal

It’s the best way to replicate Travis Ishikawa’s defense, without the inelegance of constantly falling down.

The Giants and outfielder Nori Aoki have agreed to a one-year contract with an option for the 2016 season, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle (Twitter links). Aoki, a client of CAA Sports, receives a $4.7MM guarantee plus performance bonuses, via Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter links). He’ll earn $4MM in 2015, and his 2016 option contains a $700K buyout, according ...

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The District Attorney Posted: January 17, 2015 at 02:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, nori aoki, transactions

Calcaterra: Petco Park is getting the 2016 All-Star Game

It worked.

Baltimore was supposed to get the 2016 All-Star Game. This is what happens when you mess with the king, Baltimore…

Here are the details behind Baltimore getting shut out of their All-Star Game.

The District Attorney Posted: January 17, 2015 at 02:46 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, padres

Norichika Aoki signs with Giants

Norichika Aoki signed a one-year, $4.7 million contract with the Giants on Friday.

The deal is for 2015 plus a club option for 2016, a relatively short-term contract for someone reportedly seeking a multi-year pact. Aoki will earn $4 million in 2015, per Shea, plus a $5.5 million option, plus up to $1.5 million annually in performance bonuses. The 2016 option comes with a $700,000 buyout.

And a mandatory refresher on the player the Giants are acquiring.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: January 17, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, norichika aoki

MLB to use pitch clock in Double-A, Triple-A games - ESPN

Do they really need a clock? Can’t the umpires just speed up the pace by making the batters get in the box quicker and making the pitcher deliver the ball as soon as the batter is in the box? The Rules of Play already cover this. Rule 6 (The Batter) and Rule 8 (The Pitcher) already place time limits on the batter and pitcher. So, they don’t need to change the rules; they just need to enforce them.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play

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