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Sunday, July 31, 2016
You don’t see this every day.
The trade deadline deals are finally happening.
The Nationals made acquiring bullpen help their top priority prior to Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline. They addressed that need Saturday afternoon, completing a trade for right-hander Mark Melancon from the Pirates in exchange for left-handers Felipe Rivero and Taylor Hearn.
Reportedly, Hector Olivera will be designated for assignment by the Padres when he comes off the restricted list next week.
The Braves officially acquired Kemp and at least $10.5 million from the Padres on Saturday night in exchange for Olivera. Atlanta’s executives viewed this as a move that could enrich the club’s future and also create some excitement as the team attempts to turn things around during the season’s final two months.
Posted: July 31, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 24 comment(s)
According to multiple reports on Saturday night, the Indians have reached an agreement with the Brewers to acquire Lucroy, a two-time All-Star, as part of a multi-prospect package. MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal reported that Milwaukee would be receiving four players in exchange for Lucroy, who would still need to waive his no-trade clause to approve the deal. Neither club has confirmed the agreement.
Three prospects reportedly heading to the Brewers are catcher Francisco Mejia—ranked sixth on ...
Saturday, July 30, 2016
The pace of play rules are a joke.
“I feel like you have [to take] time and an umpire is more worried about pace of game and the players are more worried about trying to win a game. I’m trying to try to calm down and I needed to step out of the box because I thought the ball was low and he’s trying to rush me back in the box and I just didn’t appreciate that.”
Those factors pretty much make this analysis useless.
Obviously, factors such as contract length, pending free agency status, team record and payroll availability all play a role in such trades. But from a pure, on-the-field baseball standpoint, it’s clear getting an equal return back for an ace in a deadline deal is a tricky proposition based on our findings.
Posted: July 30, 2016 at 08:10 AM | 14 comment(s)
Deals can’t be evaluated after one season.
We’re seemingly in every game that Rick starts for us,” manager John Farrell said. “It’s reflective in his record. It’s reflective in the record we have as a team when he’s on the mound. He’s been outstanding this year. He’s been our stopper.”
In other words, Porcello has been everything Cherington imagined when he traded for the right-hander and signed him to a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension before he threw a single pitch for the Red Sox ...
Posted: July 30, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 6 comment(s)
Puig has worn cleats with American and Cuban flag themes earlier this season as well, but apparently Scully’s face is where MLB draws the line. MLB has threatened Puig with a $5,000 fine if he wears them again. From Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register:
But after he wore cleats during a game in Arizona eight days ago that had Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully’s face painted on them Puig received a letter from Major League Baseball warning him that he would be subject to a $5,000 fine ...
Was there anything that bothered you about coverage when you passed Pete Rose?
I was actually happy to see the Hit King get defensive. I kind of felt I was accepted. I heard that about five years ago Pete Rose did an interview, and he said that he wished that I could break that record. Obviously, this time around it was a different vibe. In the 16 years that I have been here, what I’ve noticed is that in America, when people feel like a person is below them, not just in numbers but in general, ...
I love baseball but the games are too long.
Just before the 2015 season, new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred added new rules designed to speed up the game. And they worked: after the average game took an all-time high of 3 hours and 2 minutes the previous year, it fell by 6 minutes in 2015. Manfred’s tweaks had the desired effect, and his attention moved to other problems in the game, like the lack of offense.
But unlike offense, which continues to spike, Manfred’s pace-of-play fixes didn’t ...
Posted: July 30, 2016 at 07:43 AM | 4 comment(s)
rules of the game
I can’t imagine how much the Phillies would want for him right now. The only plausible scenario is the Phillies don’t think he’ll physically hold up.
It would take top talent to get Velasquez, a 24-year-old right-hander with a power arm. The Phillies acquired him over the winter from Houston as the centerpiece in the deal that sent Ken Giles to the Astros.
The Rangers had several scouts at the game, including Scott Littlefield, one of their top talent evaluators.
Posted: July 30, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
The Braves have no intention to trade Francoeur unless they are presented with an offer they can’t refuse. Ditto for Inciarte. Olivera has limited trade value because of his domestic violence suspension, which expires Tuesday, but Atlanta could try to package him in a deal with an attractive trade piece.
The Nationals were in a jam, so Dusty Baker inserted his Triple Play Defense:
The San Francisco Giants had loaded the bases with no outs against two Nationals relievers — Oliver Perez and Blake Treinen — and Baker was back out seeking a remedy. First, he replaced the right-handed Treinen with the left-handed Sammy Solis to face left-handed hitting Brandon Crawford. His next move was to double switch Ryan Zimmerman into the game by replacing Clint Robinson at first base and batting Zimmerman ...
Friday, July 29, 2016
I attended my first ballgame at Fenway on my eighth birthday. Since my father hadn’t been to the park since he was a little kid, we left for the park extremely early. With a lot of time to kill we sat outside the park where we met two teenage girls who regularly hung out to get autographs. We were very lucky. As each person walked by the girls would tell us if the guy was a player. One of the first players to walk by (and yes players would just walk up to the park in those days) was Bill Lee ...Read More...
Posted: July 29, 2016 at 06:48 PM | 1 comment(s)
The Rhode Island State Police and the state attorney general said they would report the findings of the criminal investigation into 38 Studios at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
They declined to release any details of the years-long investigation beforehand.
EDIT: The linked article’s headline has been updated to reflect the reported findings: State police, attorney general: No charges in 38 Studios case.
“A bad deal doesn’t always equate to an indictment,” state police Col. Steven O’Donnell said.
-vi ...Read More...
Posted: July 29, 2016 at 03:41 PM | 7 comment(s)
We’re talking about the bleak, no-offense days when it was clear the club needed a jolt. Any kind of jolt. Just about a year ago, no one was convinced the Mets were headed anywhere, certainly not toward a thunderbolt second half and a roaring ride through the National League playoffs to the club’s first World Series berth in 15 years.
That was great, of course. But now it’s starting to feel like the bad old times again, especially when the Mets blow winnable games to inferior opponents, ...Read More...
This is exactly the kind of trade an organization like the Minnesota Twins has to make: Cash in on a veteran player having a career year and obtain a prospect who should be able to help in the future.
Eduardo Nunez, a career utility guy who had become the Twins’ starting shortstop this season as much by default as anything, is hitting .296/.325/.439 with an AL-leading 27 steals and represented the Twins in the All-Star Game. He’s under team control through 2017, but the Twins traded him to the ...
Posted: July 29, 2016 at 10:43 AM | 10 comment(s)
The Marlins and Padres continue to be a match when it comes to trades. The clubs are on the verge of swinging another major deal that will have right-handers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea heading to Miami for first baseman Josh Naylor—ranked as Miami’s No. 2 prospect by MLB Pipeline—a source told MLB.com on Friday, and right-hander Luis Castillo—who is the team’s No. 6 prospect—according to Yahoo! Sports.
Neither team has commented on nor confirmed the deal.
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 29, 1916:
Bands must cease playing in American League ball parks while games are in progress, according to a ruling made today by President Johnson. His decision was the result of a protest made by the Cleveland club because Umpire O’Loughlin stopped a band in the Indians’ park.
“People come to ball games to see baseball,” said Mr. Johnson. “Music is all right between innings, but not while the game is on. I shall instruct all umpires to follow O’Loughlin’s ...
I don’t buy into the classifications but an interesting look at today’s GMs.
Farhan Zaidi, Dodgers
Zaidi holds the title of GM, but this front office also features Alex Anthopoulos, Josh Byrnes, Gerry Hunsicker and Ned Colletti, all of whom are former GMs with varying degrees of influence. Stan Kasten is the club president, but it appears that all baseball decisions run through president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, a former small-market guru who now runs the team with baseball’s ...
Posted: July 29, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 7 comment(s)
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Quality trolling from Yadi and Waino.
“By now, we had begun working with a company called Stay Fit Housing, which handles all the little things about getting moved to a new town and set up again, and gives players flexible leasing options that are easy to terminate if you’ve got to move again fast, as we had to this year,” he said. “We weren’t set up this way at all in Denver—we were looking at the long-term there—but this time we were ready.”
Erica Ruiz, Latin American client coordinator for the full-service player ...
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 28, 1916:
Ump Silk O’Loughlin stopped the fracas between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians three times [yesterday] and threatened at one time to forfeit the game to Boston—all on account of a band, the feature of which was a bass drum soloist. The band, and particularly the drummer, got on the nerves of the Red Sox especially when the Indians started batting rallies.
The drummer soloist shut his eyes and whanged away in such fashion that the Boston ...
Maybe Demeritte isn’t a great prospect.
The Rangers hit two needs in one trade on Wednesday when they acquired right-handed starter Lucas Harrell and left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez from the Braves for Minor League infielder Travis Demeritte.
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