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Friday, December 22, 2017

As teams cut costs this winter, middle-class free agents are left out in the cold - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

An agent said that one of his players, starved for contract offers, asked him if it would be worthwhile if he sent out a tweet to remind teams he is available. “It’s a simple matter of supply and demand,” one agent said. “For a lot of these guys, it’s turning into a bloodbath.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2017 at 09:30 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agency

Shopping him or not, I’m not buying that Machado stays off trade block this winter - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Will Angelos really let Duquette pull the trigger on a deal?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2017 at 09:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, orioles

Diamondbacks agree to deal with Japanese pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano

The Diamondbacks are close to adding another late-inning option to their bullpen, agreeing to terms with Japanese right-hander Yoshihisa Hirano on what sources say is a two-year, $6 million deal.

Hirano, who turns 34 in March, has logged 143 saves for the Orix Buffaloes over the past five seasons. He owns a career 3.10 ERA in parts of 11 seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, Japan’s top league.

shoewizard Posted: December 22, 2017 at 09:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, japanese baseball

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Cubs Still Mulling Free Agent Pitchers

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

HOF broadcaster Dick Enberg dies at 82 | MLB.com

He was a great broadcaster.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2017 at 08:09 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, obituaries

Thursday, December 21, 2017

WSJ - Baseball’s Rainmaker Forced Out After Alleged Misconduct

“Bowman was one of the most influential people in sports and digital media when MLB announced his departure on Nov. 6, saying he had told commissioner Rob Manfred that he would not seek to renew his contract.

Other forces were at work, people familiar with the situation say. Bowman verbally abused a coworker in October, prompting Manfred to push him out, these people say. That was preceded by a July incident in which Bowman allegedly shoved an executive with the group that owns the Boston Red ...

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The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: December 21, 2017 at 02:11 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbam

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-21-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, December 21, 1917:

As a result of the recent spectacular sale of Alexander and Killifer by the Phillies and Strunk, Schang and Bush by the Athletics, it is not improbable that Philadelphia may have only one big league club next year. There is a possibility that either the National League or American League franchise of the Quaker City will be transferred to Baltimore.

Such a shift would relieve the two major leagues of the burden of fighting the pending Baltimore ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 21, 2017 at 10:44 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Indians to sign Yonder Alonso

On Wednesday night, sources confirmed to MLB.com that Alonso’s deal with the Indians will be worth $16 million and will include an $8 million vesting option for 2020. The contract is pending a physical, which is scheduled for Thursday. The club has not confirmed any agreement. Once complete, Alonso will take over at first base, where Santana played for the past few seasons before leaving via free agency this offseason.
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Overall, Alonso had a 43.2 percent fly-ball rate in ‘17, compared to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2017 at 06:01 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Rays trade franchise cornerstone Evan Longoria to Giants

The Rays have said so long to Evan Longoria.

Longoria, the greatest player in franchise history, was traded Wednesday to the San Francisco Giants. For Longoria and cash considerations, the Rays are getting back INF Christian Arroyo (from Hernando), veteran OF Denard Span (from Tampa) plus Class A RHP Stephen Woods and Class A LHP Matt Krook.

sotapop Posted: December 20, 2017 at 12:57 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: denard span, evan longoria, giants, rays

Fangraphs: Mets (Shouldn’t) Blow It

Will Wilpons have made off with fans’ goodwill?

It gets worse. Joel Sherman reported that the team was planning to put forth a lower payroll in 2018, perhaps around $135 million. If David Wright’s salary is a part of that calculus, that means the Mets plan to be one of the 10 lowest spenders in baseball next season. It’s easy to look at what the Marlins are doing with regard to their payroll and call it an embarrassment. What the Mets are doing is arguably worse. The franchise put out a ...

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fra paolo Posted: December 20, 2017 at 12:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, payroll

Orioles’ Zach Britton has Achilles injury | MLB.com

Wow, this is not good.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2017 at 11:44 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Mamie Johnson, Woman Who Pitched In Negro Leagues, Dead At 82

So she turned to the Negro Leagues, where she signed on with the Indianapolis Clowns in 1953 and spent three seasons racking up a 33-8 record as a pitcher while hitting .270. She became the first woman to pitch in the league.

mathesond Posted: December 20, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: negro leagues, women ballplayers

Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber has lost 20 pounds in mission to transform his body and game

Want to know why the Cubs aren’t trading Schwarber?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-20-2017

Phillies Phans react to the sale of Grover Cleveland Alexander and Bill Killefer to the Cubs. Philadelphia Evening Ledger, December 20, 1917:

I think President Baker will regret this deal, for, as you said before, he will have to draw his crowds with a pencil.

Does President Baker intend to close up the Phillies’ ball ground next season? He might as well. Who on earth, or rather Philadelphia, is going to patronize ball games after such a “raw deal”?

I think it’s the rottenest deal that could be ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 20, 2017 at 07:52 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Dodgers are in even better position to get Bryce Harper after Matt Kemp trade

Jeff Passan digs into the CBT.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2017 at 07:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, cbt, dodgers, economics

A $300-million team? Don’t expect the Dodgers to have a payroll like that again - LA Times

I’m still surprised the union agreed to this provision.

The 110th page of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement explains why: Any team with a payroll that exceeds the designated “second surcharge threshold” will not only pay a heavy monetary fine, but will also have its top pick in the amateur draft moved back 10 places.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2017 at 06:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter addresses angry fans at town hall meeting | Miami Herald

Every GM is above average.

“Michael can speak on this. We have trust in him doing his job. He does it very well,” Jeter said. “Pitching, defense wins. This minor-league system was the worst in baseball. You can’t win like that. We need to add prospects to our organization and develop them. We added [former Yankees executive] Gary Denbo, who is the best in the business in player development.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2017 at 06:17 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Baseball America Presents: An Interview With MILB’s Pat O’Conner | BaseballAmerica.com

I’ve seen a few people take after Pat O’Connor for some of the quotes in this article. As much as some of their complaints have validity, I put a lion’s share of the blame for minor league pay at the feet of the players. If my memory serves, there are about 200 minor leaguers per organization. It wouldn’t take a huge sum of money per team, relatively speaking, to move minimum player salary to an acceptable level. The Players Association is in the best position to push for minor leaguers. Their ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2017 at 03:45 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league pay

Hello Again | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel is back at Fangraphs. With two prospect mavens, they should be able to really improve their scouting stuff, which is already pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2017 at 02:48 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs, prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-19-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, December 19, 1917:

Larry Lajoie, one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, may return to major league circles next season as a member of the Cub combination…[Cubs manager Fred] Mitchell has expended considerable thought on the former American League player and personally has investigated his conditions and started negotiations for him with [Jim?] McCafferty, president of the Toronto club.

New York Tribune, December 19, 1917:

A report current [in Chicago ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 19, 2017 at 10:08 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, December 18, 2017

Heyman | Trade Market For Matt Kemp Virtually Nonexistent

We didn’t need a report to figure this out. If he had any trade market the Braves would have traded him to another team.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2017 at 09:49 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: matt kemp

Major League Baseball’s Statcast Can Break Sabermetrics

We are clearly at a fork in the road.

That’s notably different from the operating procedure that’s fairly standard in the public analytics community: typically, if a researcher knows something he’s working on is incomplete, he’ll want to, well, complete it before its release (or at least slap a “beta” label on it). But as Tango notes, the incentives and big-picture goals of a complex enterprise like Statcast are dramatically different from those of a guy moonlighting on Baseball ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2017 at 08:54 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Marlins Comment On Trading Unhappy Players

Yelich and Realmuto should get comfortable in Miami. That they believe they really have control over where they will play going forward is another consequence of the bungling of the whole Stanton contract situation.

This statement amounts to the Marlins telling their holdovers they have zero leverage. Players like Yelich and Realmuto can be unhappy all they want, but Miami is going to do what it feels is best.

If the Marlins don’t find the right package for the two, they have no problem ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2017 at 06:12 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Red Sox sign Mitch Moreland for two years | MLB.com

Eric Hosmer’s market is shrinking.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2017 at 05:01 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mitch moreland, red sox

What happens if I try to steal on every pitch? An OOTP experiment

I read once, that if a base-stealer is successful at any less than an 80% rate, it is better for him not to run, hence the lack of steal attempts in recent years. But this also implies that for a player with any more than an 80% steal rate, with every attempt he is helping his team win. So in this experiment I endeavored to find out what would happen with a team of track stars…

My draft strategy was actually not to grab up all the fast guys immediately, but draft the very few 85+ stealing ...

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PreservedFish Posted: December 18, 2017 at 12:40 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: ootp

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-18-2017

Albuquerque Journal, December 18, 1917:

Harold Janvrin, utility infielder of the Boston American league baseball team, became a member of trhe signal corps at Camp Devens [yesterday]. His enlistment leaves Larry Gardner and Everett Scott the only infielders on the team.

The Butte Post reports on the same day that

[Stuffy McInnis] has decided to enlist as a yeoman in the Charlestown navy yard, where Barry, Shorten, McNally, Gainer, Maranville and other players are performing clerical duties.

The ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 18, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 18 December 2018 - Lawlor / Fairfield Year in Review: Politics, baseball, football, hockey

However, we had some extremely bright spots this year. The Fairfield American Little League team went to Williamsport in the Little League World Series. This group of poised young men represented us well. They finished even better than the other recent Fairfield American teams who have been going to Williamsport on a regular basis. They finished third in the nation. The coaches and players said they had grown into a close-knit family.

This fall, the Fairfield Giant Football 10u team literally ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: December 18, 2017 at 07:48 AM | 2518 comment(s)
  Beats: football, little league, off-topic, politics

Sunday, December 17, 2017


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Braves send Matt Kemp to Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, more major-leaguers | CBS Sports

Atlanta Braves
✔ @Braves

The #Braves & Dodgers completed a five-player trade today in which the Braves have acquired pitchers Brandon McCarthy & Scott Kazmir, INF Charlie Culberson, 1B Adrian Gonzalez & cash considerations in exchange for OF Matt Kemp. Details:

11:40 AM - Dec 16, 2017


Padres acquire shortstop Freddy Galvis from Phillies - The San Diego Union-Tribune

This looks like a deal to help the development of some of their young pitchers.

An apparent solution to the Padres’ greatest weakness is en route to San Diego. The club on Friday traded for shortstop Freddy Galvis, sending pitching prospect Enyel De Los Santos to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 16, 2017 at 01:11 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: freddy galvis, padres, phillies, trade

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