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Friday, November 11, 2016

Military benefited Seaver, Bumbry, Gleason | MLB.com

Thanks to all the vets for making the commitment to something bigger than themselves. Your commitment and sacrifices are very much appreciated.

Playing Major League Baseball isn’t the only thing Tom Seaver, Al Bumbry and Roy Gleason have in common. The trio also served in the military.

With Veterans Day upon us, not only do we pay homage to these ballplayers for their service, but to all veterans, such as Jackie Robinson, Yogi Berra and Ted Williams to name a few, who served in the military.

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 08:22 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Finding free agent fits for Mark Trumbo | MLB.com

Mike Petriello does a great job breaking down some landing spots for Mark Trumbo. Colorado would be a great fit, as would Houston (click though to see an overlay of his his flies and liners overlaid over Houston’s park).

Colorado doesn’t usually swim in the deep end of the free-agent pool, but there’s reason to believe this is a good opportunity to do so. We know the Rockies had previous interest in trading for Trumbo, and we also know they have an enormous hole at first base. Last year, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 07:16 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mark trumbo, orioles

MLB waiting for posting of Shohei Otani | MLB.com

More Otani dreaming.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, shohei otani

The 2016 SB Nation Off-season Simulation Wrap-up

Have you ever thought your team’s GM made a stupid trade? Paid too much for a free agent? Wish you had the opportunity to run the team more effectively? I gave the opportunity to 30 fans to run their team how they saw fit in an Offseason Simulation, cramming an entire winter of transactions into four days. I gave each team a recommended budget and asked them to negotiate with each other on trades, and with me on free agents.

The following is a summary of what transpired over one week.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: November 11, 2016 at 04:19 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy, simulation

NY Times: As Ratings Plummet, N.F.L. Considers Reducing Ads and Length of Games

Fans have complained for years that games are too long, and they frequently express annoyance at the number of commercial breaks and video reviews. Last season, the average length of regular-season games, from kickoff to final whistle, was 3 hours 8 minutes, six minutes longer than in 2008.

Goodell said the league was considering a number of potential solutions to improve the pace of games, including running fewer advertisements and changing when they run. The league is also looking at ways to ...

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bobm Posted: November 11, 2016 at 02:11 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, tv ratings

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Rays Chris Archer: “We’ve got to spend more money” to win | Tampa Bay Times

“I think in order for us to be successful, we’ve got to spend more money,’’ Archer said. “You look at the teams that were in contention this year and they were all around the $100-million payroll mark or more. And we’re in the $70 million payroll (range).

“So I think a couple added pieces, yeah, we’re going to have to spend a little bit of money. But a couple added pieces with the starting pitching that we have can change everything. We can get back to the winning franchise that we were.’‘

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 10:41 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

2016 Silver Slugger Awards announced | MLB.com

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Catcher: Salvador Perez (Royals)
First base: Miguel Cabrera (Tigers)
Second base: Jose Altuve (Astros)
Third base: Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays)
Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox)
Outfield: Mookie Betts (Red Sox)
Outfield: Mike Trout (Angels)
Outfield: Mark Trumbo (Orioles)
Designated hitter: David Ortiz (Red Sox)

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Catcher: Wilson Ramos (Nationals)
First base: Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)
Second base: Daniel Murphy (Nationals)
Third base: Nolan Arenado (Rockies) ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 07:44 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, silver slugger

Braves sign R.A. Dickey | MLB.com

Both parties satisfied their wishes on Thursday, when Dickey agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million deal that includes an $8 million club option with a $500,000 buyout for the 2018 season. The 42-year-old former National League Cy Young Award winner will now have a chance to extend his career while playing just a few hours away from his family residence in Nashville, Tenn.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, r.a. dickey

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-10-2016

Washington Times, November 10, 1916:

The clock struck two as Roger Bresnahan, of baseball fame “stole home” this morning. Two men jumped from the shadows. Roger ducked as they leaped for him. He drew his revolver and fired.

“I put that shot right over the pan. Methinks I winger [sic] one of them,” Roger reported to the police today.

It’s been a Toledo Mud Hens-centric week here in the Dugout. Bresnahan was from Toledo and owned the Hens in 1916.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 10, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Georgia State receives approval to buy Turner Field

Sounds like a good plan.

TDF, situational idiot Posted: November 10, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, stadiums

This ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger may get $300M | New York Post

This is some crazy stuff. How can we not be excited to see this guy play in MLB?

“I actually think the guy might get a $300 million deal,” said a scout who has had multiple looks at the righty pitcher/lefty hitter. “That is how special a talent he is. He has power No. 1 starter stuff. He is throwing 99 [mph] in the eighth inning. His secondary stuff is unhittable. He is big and loose. His fastball is electric and his curve, cutter and split are all 70s [on the 20-80 scouting scale].

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, shohei otani

In event of rebuild, White Sox trade pieces go beyond Chris Sale - Chicago Tribune

“You can’t say you’re going to trade Player X before we do anything else because it might not be the right time to get proper value on a given player,” Hahn said. “We’re in a position right now where we have a few players who are under control only for another year, so there’s a bit of a clock on them. Guys who are controllable longer than that, there’s not necessarily any urgency to make a move until you feel like you have peaked out on value and it makes the most sense for the long-term ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors, white sox

Yasiel Puig an ‘important’ part of Dodgers again

You can’t drive up the asking price by not talking him up.

He simply conceded that Puig has “re-established himself as an important part of our ballclub.”

The Dodgers nonetheless have a surplus in the outfield. Joc Pederson is the center fielder, but the corner candidates include Puig, Andre Ethier, Andrew Toles, Howie Kendrick, Scott Van Slyke, Kiké Hernandez and Trayce Thompson.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Heyman - Greg Holland Market Strong Giants Red Sox More Interested

It will be interesting to see if he can regain his old form.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, greg holland

MLB To Standardize Medical Information Disclosure | BaseballAmerica.com

“This is kind of an area where we’ve been moving each year since we adopted the electronic medical records . . . to get more consistency and standardization across clubs,” Halem said. “It was largely left to a committee of athletic trainers to determine the types of records each club should maintain and how to maintain them. We’re going to formalize it a little more and contemplate pushing for guidance in terms of what has to be in and what has to be out. Just make sure everybody has ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 06:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: medical information

Commissioner Rob Manfred on CBA talks | MLB.com

Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed optimism on Wednesday that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement will be in place by the time the current deal expires Dec. 1.

“Look, I think we’re going to make a deal before the expiration of the agreement,” Manfred said at the annual General Managers Meetings. “I remain optimistic that we’ll be able to do that. Collective bargaining is one of those processes where it’s difficult to predict with certainty when things are going to take place.
“I think what ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 06:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Scott Boras praises MN Twins’ new front-office combo

“I’ve met with them,” Boras said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. “As far as the brain trust part of it, I think they’re well intact.”

Boras has far more experience negotiating contracts with Twins GM Thad Levine from his days with the Texas Rangers than with fast-rising chief baseball officer Derek Falvey, formerly the assistant GM with the Cleveland Indians. But as a combination, they seemed to hit it off with Boras here this week.

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, twins

Free-agent relievers take stage this offseason | MLB.com

We need to see more Duane Wards, Sparky Lyles, and Rollie Fingers again.

Get rid of the closers and bring back the firemen!

“The one thing I think you’re seeing a little differently is having someone that has closer-like stuff being used for two or three innings, and then balancing that with a pitch count,” Mozeliak said. “That’s a very slippery slope when you talk about in-season vs. postseason.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, relievers

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Mike Pagliarulo Is Marlins New Hitting Coach

He’s no Jeter.

He started plotting his next move, getting back to his research roots: Now what? Instead of a high school kid looking for a college, Pagliarulo was the middle-aged father of two grown children and looking for another direction….

A year later, with the Marlins moving on from Barry Bonds after one season as hitting coach, Pagliarulo got the job. As he works with assistant hitting coach Frank Menechino, Pagliarulo will be tasked with helping Marlins hitters digest the occasionally ...

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Bote Man Posted: November 09, 2016 at 07:50 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting coaches, marlins, yankees

Pirates set to gauge thin line of free-agent pitching arms | TribLIVE

Think about that for a minute.

Leading up to free agency, the Pirates extended multiyear offers to their latest successful reclamation project in Ivan Nova. But Nova seemed determined to test what figures to be a historically thin market for starting pitching.

Nova is rated the fourth-best starting pitcher available, according to CBSSports.com.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2016 at 12:42 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, pirates

Cubs focusing more on finding the next great closer than Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen | CSN Chicago

Well then.

Chapman is looking for $100 million, said one plugged-in agent posted up at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa during the general manager meetings. If Chapman’s camp can draw the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers into a bidding war, then maybe the 100-mph closer gets a five-year deal and doubles the $50 million guaranteed the Philadelphia Phillies would regret giving Jonathan Papelbon after the 2011 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-9-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 9, 1916:

The reported radical move among baseball leaders to inaugurate a third major league may or may not have been contemplated seriously, but the success of such a venture is open to much speculation.
...
It is pointed out that Toronto, Buffalo, Baltimore, Newark, Milwaukee, Louisville, Indianapolis and Toledo have big league longings and would go together to make a compact circuit.
...
The baseball powers should remember the Federal League with its ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 09, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Turner, Cespedes lead MLB Hot Stove rumors | MLB.com

Rumor: Yankees have reached out to free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes’ agency

Why it makes sense: Cespedes, a top right-handed bat who hit .280 with 31 homers in 2016, would slot in perfectly alongside lefties Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner in the Yankees’ outfield. Cespedes’ 132 wRC+ ranked sixth among Major League outfielders, he’s hit 30-plus homers in back-to-back seasons, and 20-plus in each of his five in the big leagues. Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks, the Yankees’ two likeliest ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2016 at 07:13 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, rumors

Boston Red Sox hope to replace David Ortiz with current player or short-term signing

I endorse this plan. I’d rather see the team spend their money on their bullpen (and/or on future free agent starters).

The Red Sox might replace retiring designated hitter David Ortiz internally or with a short-term free agent, rather than pursue one of the prominent long-term options on the market, Boston’s president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters at the MLB general managers meetings on Monday.
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Dombrowski mentioned Yoan Moncada, Sam Travis and Rafael Devers as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

GMs Support Change In International Market | BaseballAmerica.com

Quotes from the GMs, including this one:

Newly hired Twins GM Thad Levine, who was involved internationally as a front office executive with the Rangers, said he supports reform but only with the concerns of international trainers taken into account.

“My concern is just simply about the development of players there,” Levine said. “I think sometimes we demonize the trainers down there. In practice they play a vital role in the development of the players. They’re investing a lot of time ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: international league

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Hardball Times: A History of the MLBPA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement

they ultimately hired Marvin Miller in the spring of 1966. To say this was a watershed moment is an extreme understatement. In 2016 the MLBPA is publicly celebrating its 50th anniversary-–the pre-Miller days aren’t even acknowledged.

The owners were not happy with the appointment of Miller, and they tried to torpedo it. “We could tell from the reaction of the owners that Marvin would be good for us,” Jim Bouton later said. “They hated him. They were saying that he would bring in ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: November 08, 2016 at 05:53 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marvin miller

Baseball Prospectus | 2017 Prospects: Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects

There is a new sheriff in town. Ranking Ronald Acuna number 2, Ozzie Albies number 3, and Kevin Maitan at number 8 is quite confusing to me. It will be interesting to see how the other lists play out.

2. Ronald Acuna, CF
DOB: 12/18/1997
Height/Weight: 6’0” 180 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Drafted/Acquired: Signed out of Venezuela in 2014 for $100,000
Previous Ranking(s): N/A
2016 Stats: .311/.387/.432, 4 HR, 14 SB in 40 games at Low-A Rome

The Good: Flashes all five tools with quick-twitch ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2016 at 01:34 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-8-2016

Washington Times, November 8, 1916:

In order to improve conditions outside of the two major leagues, the big magnates who shape the destiny of the national game, have laid plans for the formation of a third big league, a combination of the best cities in the International League and the American Association…

The big scheme that will come up for careful deliberation is the formation of a circuit to embrace Toronto, Buffalo, Baltimore, Newark, Milwaukee, Louisville, Indianapolis, and Toledo.

If ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 08, 2016 at 10:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Fenech: Tigers GM charged with cutting payroll he didn’t balloon alone

Tiger fans shouldn’t be optimistic about next season. Will there be a full-scale purge?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Angels GM Billy Eppler seeks second baseman

On the first day of the GM Meetings on Monday, general manager Billy Eppler said he’s on the lookout for a player to plug that hole.

Although he’s not publicly ruling out the internal options — Kaleb Cowart, Cliff Pennington — the Angels plan is to get an everyday second baseman via trade or free agency.

“We have guys who have played second base on the roster, but no one who has played 120 to 130 games (in a season) to date at second base,” Eppler said. “That would be nice to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2016 at 09:00 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, billy eppler, general managers

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