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Friday, December 04, 2015
Twenty years is far too short a timeframe. This graphic shows the average duration of reliever appearances over time. 1995-2015 has pretty much the same usage pattern.
Pitchers like Drew Storen, who were once an anomaly, have now become the norm. Storen was solely a reliever in college, and threw only 53 2/3 minor-league innings before making his MLB debut. The most innings the right-hander has pitched in a professional season: 79 2/3, between his sophomore season at Stanford and his first year ...
Posted: December 04, 2015 at 10:38 AM | 12 comment(s)
The Detroit Tigers’ starting rotation appears close to being set.
The Tigers are nearing a deal with free agent starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey, according to a source close to the situation. The two sides are discussing a one-year deal worth roughly $8 million, MLive.com has learned.
Tigers officials have not commented on the talks.
Pelfrey, who most recently pitched for the Minnesota Twins, was spotted in Detroit late Thursday. He would need to pass a physical as part of completing the deal. ...Read More...
Posted: December 04, 2015 at 10:35 AM | 28 comment(s)
The Padres, Angels and Dodgers are showing the most interest in second baseman Chase Utley, reports ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Utley has told friends that his preference is to play in his native California, Stark hears, adding that the Los Angeles area native now resides in northern California but still has family in the southern portion of the state.
Some believe that the Padres’ interest could be a precursor to a trade of some kind, Stark writes, as the team has internal second base options in ...
hat leaves the Rockies about $5 million to work with, as it stands now. Not coincidentally, that’s also what they were working with before last season when the Rockies made pitcher Kyle Kendrick their last big addition, signing him in February to a $5.5 million contract.
The Rockies before last season shed Michael Cuddyer’s $11.5 million contract (which they basically used to pay for built-in raises to Troy Tulowitzki and Gonzalez) and Brett Anderson’s $8 million (which they used to sign ...
Posted: December 04, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
“My mistake was bringing him to the big leagues before he was ready,” general manager Neal Huntington said late Wednesday night, minutes after the club officially severed ties with Alvarez. “That was my mistake. In hindsight, giving him additional time in the minors probably would have been very beneficial. Things might have been different.”
The Phillies signing the 26-year old Heyward isn’t the worst idea. How much money would they have to overpay to get him to play there, though?
Another benefit of being the worst in baseball is that you don’t lose your first-round draft pick when you sign an elite free agent. It would be silly for the Phillies to go after a 30-something player when they are in the midst of a rebuilding plan, but Jason Heyward, who was Bourjos’ teammate in St. Louis, is only 26.
Klentak and MacPhail, like most ...
Setting the salary bar on a 30+ pitcher is a risk that’s great for the *other* team to make.
This is silly. It’s a tantrum. Make your vote and voice your complaints. Hurting the ten people who you *can* vote for makes no sense.
There have been too few ballot slots for worthy Hall of Famers. It’s because Cooperstown is hung up on the self-crafted sanctity of the number 10. You can vote only for 10 players, even if your experience and convictions—and some overwhelming historical comparisons – support a broader collection of plaque-worthy men.
So, reluctantly, and with the same sense of ...
Posted: December 04, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 70 comment(s)
hall of fame
Wheeler is still targeting the middle of the 2016 season — June or July — to return to the majors, and he very much hopes that is with the Mets.
He made that clear this summer. Wheeler was mentioned in a near trade with the Brewers — which fell through because of Carlos Gomez’s medical issues. At the time, Wheeler called GM Sandy Alderson and personally expressed that he would like to remain a Met.
“I know it’s a business and if something happens, well it is what it is, but this ...
Posted: December 04, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
You can click through to view the fashion show. The Jetsons would approve.
The D-backs will have plenty of uniform combinations to choose from in 2016, as the team on Thursday unveiled eight uniform sets, which can also be mixed and matched to form even more looks.
“My head is spinning kind of figuring out what kind of matching they’re going to do,” outfielder A.J. Pollock said. “We have so many different types of combinations we can do with them. They all look good, and it will be interesting ...
Posted: December 04, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 23 comment(s)
Atkins, a 42-year-old from Greensboro, N.C., has a long resume in player development, a strong breeding ground for general managers because countless decisions and evaluations must be made on players, coaches and staff. He also has experience in Latin America, an area the Blue Jays plan to continue prioritizing despite international director Ismael Cruz’s departure for the Dodgers.
A right-handed pitcher who spent five seasons in the Indians system before topping out at double-A, he’d been ...
Thursday, December 03, 2015
San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence went all-out to give his girlfriend, Alexis Cozombolidis, a proposal she will never forget.
The setting: Disney World, the place where dreams come true.
Sign: “Hunter Pence thinks Disney World is cool”
There’s a run on backup catchers!
Switch-hitting catcher Dioner Navarro has agreed to a one-year free-agent contract with the Chicago White Sox, pending a physical, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.
Alex Avila has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the White Sox, who are looking to improve a catching position that finished ninth in the AL in batting average this past season.
Navarro, who will be 32 when the 2016 season begins, is a 12-year major league veteran. He was the ...
In 1997, six year-old Marcus Stroman appeared on a Nickelodeon game show and won $100 Geoffrey dollars from Toys R Us.
Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 3, 1915:
Averill A. Bates, a youngster from Peniel, Texas, is looking for a job as a mascot to a big league club. Bates says that he is luckier than any other boy of his age in the world, and that with him around all summer a club would have to win. He applied to George Stallings for a job, but was turned down cold.
It would be good work if you can get it. Looks like Bates would have been 17 years old in December 1915. I can’t imagine a more enjoyable way to ...Read More...
Bummer. I’m very sorry to read this. JABO consistently put out quality analysis.
If you’ve read this far, I’m grateful. It’s not often that a big-time website publishes a story about a long-forgotten and -neglected grave, for the simple reason that the subject has limited appeal. So I’m grateful to you for reading, and I’m grateful to my employers for allowing me to publish nearly whatever I’ve liked here.
I’m also grateful to everyone who’s written for this site, including my ...
Posted: December 03, 2015 at 10:14 AM | 16 comment(s)
A freebie from BP.
The Top Ten
1. SS Orlando Arcia
2. OF Brett Phillips
3. RHP Jorge Lopez
4. OF Trent Clark
5. SS Gilbert Lara
6. RHP Devin Williams
7. OF Monte Harrison
8. RHP Zach Davies
9. RHP Cody Ponce
10. OF Tyrone Taylor
Posted: December 03, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
Gomes said this part of the equation will have be part of evolution that Price endures as a member of the Red Sox. But, as the outfielder explained, the 30-year-old has at least shown the ability to adapt throughout what has now been an eight-year big league career.
“He’s the new-age, young, hip player, with the social media and Twitter deal off the field. I don’t do any of it, but it’s just how these guys came up,” Gomes said. “It’s what they know. It’s their baby. They’re all attached to ...
Posted: December 03, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 21 comment(s)
Simply put, teams just have way, way more money to throw around now than they ever did before. Every single year, it seems, we’re stunned by how much money clubs are willing to shell out for the biggest names on the open market. The idea of paying an older version of David Price $31 million a year from 2019-2022 sounds ridiculous to us now, but that’s only because we haven’t yet seen the contracts his colleagues will sign between now and then. If Price stays healthy for the next three ...
Posted: December 03, 2015 at 09:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Price was wrong for Toronto.
Would the Toronto Blue Jays have signed David Price if Alex Anthopoulos were still making the team’s baseball decisions?
We can’t say it’s terribly likely, because it’s difficult to imagine the Jays matching Boston’s winning bid of $217 million over seven years.
But this much is known: Toronto would have offered Price a contract.
Sources say Anthopoulos began laying the groundwork to do so in August, before Mark Shapiro was named the team’s new ...
Who will write this big check?
Jose Miguel Fernandez, a second baseman who ranked as the No. 3 player still in Cuba in April, has left the country to pursue a contract with a major league team, Baseball America has learned.
As a 27-year-old with seven seasons of experience in Cuba’s Serie Nacional, Fernandez will be exempt from the international bonus pools, and the interest from major league teams should be high. Fernandez is a major league-ready infielder with a short, quick swing from the ...
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Henderson Alvarez, Mike Minor, and Greg Holland are among the bigger names so far.
Its starting to come together, Braves fans.
Thee Atlanta Braves have made an addition to their infield today, and they’ve brought home a local product, to boot. According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Braves have signed former Chicago White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham to a one-year, $1.25 MM contract, with $500,000 in incentives.
Beckham was with the Chicago White Sox from 2009 until last season (with an extremely brief stint with the Los Angeles Angels in 2014 in there as well), and ...
Go Yonder, Alonso!
The Padres are trading first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for left-hander Drew Pomeranz. According to ESPN.com’s Keith Law, the Padres are including lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski in the deal, while Oakland also will send minor league left-hander Jose Torres to San Diego.
Pomeranz, 27, is a former top pitching prospect with both starting and bullpen experience in the majors. A harder thrower than most lefties, he went 5-6 last season with a ...
A very interesting take by Alex Speier.
Ultimately, the Red Sox are making a huge commitment, but they’re not simply making that commitment to the best pitcher available – a sometimes less-than-impressive pool – but instead to someone who is unquestionably one of the best pitchers in the game. For such a pitcher, in the aftermath of a second last-place finish in as many years, the team elected to spend, a sign of the staggering resources that have been made available by Red Sox owners to ...
Posted: December 02, 2015 at 11:07 AM | 25 comment(s)
Even before the Mariners complete one deal, they’re on to another one.
The latest addition is free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki, who fits the club’s new preferred profile as an athletic player with on-base skills.
Aoki, 33, has a .287 average and a .353 on-base percentage in four seasons since coming to the big leagues after eight seasons in Japan. He matched those numbers last season in 93 games for the San Francisco Giants.
The deal was first reported on twitter by Jon ...
Posted: December 02, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
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