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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Dodgers reportedly add Cuban prospects Yusniel Diaz, Omar Estevez

The Dodgers have reportedly landed a pair of Cuban teenagers, with a $15.5 million deal for outfielder Yusniel Diaz and $6 million for infielder Omar Estevez, per Jesse Sanchez of

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 22, 2015 at 07:20 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, dodgers

Sunday Notes: Braves, Phillies, Starling, Dombrowski, Japan, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Major league teams are closing in fast on game’s top closers - The Boston Globe

Melancon saved 51 games last season, and since the season ended, he has heard his name mentioned as a possible trade chip. Why would the Pirates trade such an important part of their team? Melancon’s performance the last three seasons should net him a sizable contract. And the Pirates just aren’t into those.

“It’s been part of my career in baseball,” said Melancon from his home in Houston. “I’ve been traded four times, so really I’ve been there and done it, and if it happens ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, notes, trade rumors

Adam Engel named Arizona Fall League MVP |

Adam Engel gets some attention in the AFL.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2015 at 07:23 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: adam engel, afl, white sox

Stanton, Chapman lead Statcast All-Star team |

Mike Petriello shares some top Statcast results.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2015 at 07:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Saturday, November 21, 2015

ESPN: The Marketing of Yoenis Cespedes

As a prelude to the Hot Stove shopping season, Cespedes’ representatives at the Creative Artists Agency and Roc Nation distributed a coffee table-type book to a select list of teams. The book, titled “52 Reviews” (in honor of Cespedes’ jersey number), has a black-and-white cloth cover, runs about 100 pages and features laudatory comments and testimonials from managers, coaches, players, front-office executives and members of the media.

In a bow to technology, the book also has a video player ...

bobm Posted: November 21, 2015 at 05:35 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, yoenis cespedes

Thornography » Derek Jeter never gave gift baskets to women after sex

Derek Jeters thinks you are dumb.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2015 at 03:25 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter

Blue Jays acquire Jesse Chavez from Athletics

The Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Jesse Chavez from the Athletics in a deal that will send Liam Hendriks to Oakland, according to Ken Rosenthal of The deal is a one-for-one swap.

Chavez, 32, has drawn significant trade interest from many teams this offseason and was made expendable by Oakland’s recent signing of left-hander Rich Hill. Toronto has been known to be looking to add starting help this winter, and will add Chavez just a week after re-signing Marco Estrada to a ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 21, 2015 at 10:59 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, blue jays, jesse chavez, liam hendriks

Top 10 prospects available in Rule 5 Draft |

Corey Black, RHP, Cubs (No. 19): Black made the move to the bullpen for the first time in 2015. Though he struggles with command, he throws hard and could stick as a reliever if he throws enough strikes with his fastball-slider combination.

Onelki Garcia, LHP, White Sox (No. 22): Garcia actually made it to the big leagues in 2013 with the Dodgers. He missed nearly all of ‘14, then the White Sox claimed him off waivers. He struggled this year, but a lefty who touches 95 mph is often a popular ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rule 5 draft

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ex-Mariners coach slams Robinson Cano | The Seattle Times

Worst defensive second baseman ever. That’s a tough one to backtrack on.

Host: “So what happened there, so much promise for your club after you and Lloyd McClendon joined two years ago. What happened last year?”

Van Slyke: “Well our bullpen blew up. Fernando Rodney was horrible. He blew nine of the first 18 chances. Your highest paid, supposedly best player – I mean Robbie’s not a bad guy, let me say that before I say anything bad about how he played. But Robinson Cano was the single ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2015 at 10:05 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: andy van slyke, interviews, mariners

Tigers get Cameron Maybin in trade with Braves |

The Tigers acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Braves in exchange for left-hander Ian Krol and pitching prospect Gabe Speier, it was announced on Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2015 at 06:47 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, tigers, trades

NY Times: Danger at the Ballpark, and in Fine Print

A baseball fan injured by a foul ball is challenging the notion that major league teams can avoid liability with their assumption of risk

bobm Posted: November 20, 2015 at 03:20 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: fans hit by projectiles, yankees

Rule 5 Draft Roster Deadline: Who’s Being Added

The 2014 Rule 5 draft was one of the best of all time, as 10 of the 14 players in the major league portion stuck with new teams. Two outfielders (Delino DeShields and Odubel Herrera) and one first baseman (Mark Canha) saw regular playing time and a number of pitchers (led by Sean Gilmartin and J.R. Graham) proved they were more than just players being stashed for the future. That list could eventually grow by one. Daniel Winkler spent most of the season on the disabled list recovering from ...

JJ1986 Posted: November 20, 2015 at 01:28 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rosters, rule 5 draft

Marlins taking offers on Marcell Ozuna because Jeffrey Loria “can’t stand the guy”

I’m sure the feeling is mutual.

For months now there’s been speculation about the Marlins looking to trade 24-year-old outfielder Marcell Ozuna, whom they demoted to the minors and then kept there far longer than reasonable.

And now Jerry Crasnick of reports that “multiple teams” have talked to the Marlins about acquiring Ozuna, quoting one source who says:

I’d be surprised if they keep him. Loria clearly can’t stand the guy and everybody knows it.

With any other team ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, marcell ozuna, marlins

Andy Van Slyke says Kershaw wants Yasiel Puig traded from Dodgers

Former big-leaguer Andy Van Slyke, who’s also the father of Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke, on Thursday talked to host Frank Cusumano on CBS Sports Radio 920 in St. Louis. On the subject of his son’s Dodger teammate Yasiel Puig, here’s what the elder Van Slyke had to say:

“This is just between you and I. When the best player—the highest paid player on the Los Angeles Dodgers—goes to the GM and ... is asked what are [the needs of the Los Angeles Dodgers], this particular highest-paid player ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 10:53 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: andy van slyke, clayton kershaw, dodgers, yasiel puig

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-20-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, November 20, 1915:

That the Yankees will erect their new baseball stadium in Long Island City became almost a certainty yesterday afternoon when Capt. T.L. Huston declared that there are three sites over in Queens that appear favorable to him and Col. Ruppert, President and principal backer of the local American League club.
[Huston:] “There has been a lot of criticism heaped upon us for thinking of deserting Manhattan Island and locating in Queens. But we are ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, stadiums, yankees

Manfred Announces 3-Year Deal With FOX To Have MLB Games Streamed In-Market

As part of the quarterly owners meetings in Dallas, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the league and FOX have reached a 3-year deal to provide games streamed in-market to computers and mobile devices. The deal encompasses 15 regional sports networks. The following teams that have rights deals with FOX Sports RSNs that will be streamed in-market in 2016:

Atlanta Braves
Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians
Texas Rangers
Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels
Miami Marlins ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blackout restrictions, cable, mlbam, online streaming

Donaldson is runaway winner for AL MVP

Mike Trout has been the best player in the American League for four straight years and has exactly one MVP award.

Hank G. Posted: November 20, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 179 comment(s)
  Beats: mvp


Alfonso Soriano may also be available.

The brand name: Dexter Fowler
The substitute: Austin Jackson

Perhaps Fowler’s not at the forefront of this free-agent market, in general, but—especially now that Colby Rasmus has accepted the Astros’ qualifying offer—Fowler is at the forefront of the center-field market, in particular. With a career OBP of .363, Fowler is a worthwhile investment, though scouts do wonder if it’s high time he move to an outfield corner, where his offensive skill set isn’t ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, austin jackson, dae ho lee, free agents, j.a. happ

Jose Fernandez Demanded Trade

Andy Slater of 940-AM WINZ in Miami cites “multiple player sources” within the Marlins organization who claim Fernandez approached Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill multiple times during the 2015 season and asked “when are you going to trade me?”

Would you do Fernandez for Puig?  Would LA?

You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, trade demands

There will be three games on Opening Day, not just one

Royals fans can wash down their hot dogs with the tears of Mets players.

Major League Baseball and ESPN just did something kinda cool. Rather than give us the one “Opening Day” game on Sunday night followed by a bunch of day games the next day, this year we’re going to get three games on the Sunday which opens the season and it’s going to get going at 1PM Eastern.

Here’s the schedule — for ESPN anyway — for Sunday April 3 and Monday April 4, just released:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, mets, opening day, royals

Aschburner: With Hall of Fame Changes, Baseball Gets Political


Of the 549 BBWAA members who cast ballots for the Class of 2015, 231—a pretty decent sample size for our purposes—agreed to “go public” by having their names and votes listed on the association’s Web site. Ninety-nine were honorary (retired) members, the other 132 still active in covering the game.

Bonds (36.8 percent overall in the actual Hall election) and Clemens (37.5), in their third year of eligibility, each received about half of the 75 percent approval ...

JE (Jason) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa,, hall of fame, peds, steroids, voting

SB Nation 2015 Off-season Simulation

I wouldn’t ordinarily post my own stuff, but this was of interest when it was posted last year. We wrapped up our simulation where we take 30 fans and have them work out trades and free agents under quasi-real world conditions. This is the result.

New York Yankees
Declined option on Brendan Ryan, Ryan picked up the player option
Non-tendered Andrew Bailey and Sergio Santos
Acquired Aroldis Chapman from Cincinnati for Michael Pineda, Slade Heathcott, and John Ryan Murphy
Acquired Ben Revere and ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, off-season

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-19-2015

Liberal [Kansas] Democrat, November 19, 1915:

Baseball 4,000 Years Old

It is now believed that Egypt is the birthplace of the original ball game. How it was played history does not record. Recent excavations made near Cairo have brought to light a number of small balls, some of leather and others of wood, dating back to at least 2000 B.C. These are the oldest balls of this sort known.

Archaeologists excavating the Egyptian tombs also found a Julio Franco rookie card.

And, yes, the newspaper ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 19, 2015 at 07:33 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Oakland A’s sign Rich Hill: fantasy impact - Fake Teams

I’ve always liked Rich Hill‘s stuff. Unfortunately, he’s had a lot of injury problems. It will be interesting to see how he holds up this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2015 at 06:57 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, free agents, rich hill

Interview with former Mets prospect Jeff Grose: Part 2 |

This interview with a former Mets minor leaguer illustrates the differences between approaches then and now. It used to be sink or swim in baseball. Prove that your arm could take the work or get out.

Mets360: You had thrown a fair amount of innings by the time you were 21, and of course this was during a less-evolved era in terms of caring for pitcher’s arms.

GROSE: We always went out to pitch a complete game. The relief pitchers, at that time, were usually pitchers who had gotten shelled ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: interviews, mets, minor leaguers

UPDATED: Staten Island Sports Hall of Famer and legendary baseball scout George Genovese dead at 93 |

A real scouting legend passes.

Legendary baseball scout George Genovese, who left his family’s Clove Road home for the minor leagues in the days before World War II and remained in the game for the next 75 years, scouting and signing the likes of Bobby Bonds, Dave Kingman and George Foster, died Sunday in Burbank, Ca., following a brief illness.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2015 at 06:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, scouts

Billy Wagner on Hall of Fame: ‘I was talked about as one of the best’

The long-time Astros closer and seven-time All Star presents one of the most interesting cases on the writers ballot this year. If one strictly rates relievers by saves, Wagner suffers as he trails Hoffman, Mariano Rivera and Lee Smith who might get enshrined before him and John Franco, who’s unlikely to ever get close. Many people also still haven’t warmed to the idea of enshrining relief pitchers. The deeper one digs into Wagner’s numbers, though, the more impressive he becomes. He’s ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: billy wagner, hall of fame

Yankees Still Moving Toward Path to Win Without Luxury Tax - The New York Times

It’s nice to have the revenue to still make the playoffs when you are in the middle of a rebuild.

“The last couple of years, the money that has come off, we’ve had to kind of put it back in to fill voids, because we haven’t had the young players to do it with,” Steinbrenner said.

Steinbrenner knows New York has to have marquee players but said it is essential to have a mix of veterans and youngsters. That will provide more payroll flexibility.

“I feel better than I did two or three years ago,” ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

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