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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

7-28-15 OMNICHATTER

The “Wait, what happened with Tulo while I was asleep?” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 28, 2015 at 06:57 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mets give up too much to get Tyler Clippard - Keith Law Blog - ESPN (INSIDER)

Keith Law does not like this deal.

As far as what the A’s got back, Casey Meisner was my sleeper pitching prospect for the Mets this year, and has indeed had a breakout season in Savannah. He would now rank sixth in the Mets’ system, behind Dominic Smith (who ranked No. 40 on my last updated global prospect ranking), Amed Rosario, Gavin Cecchini, Michael Fulmer and Wuilmer Becerra (although you could argue Meisner belongs ahead of Becerra too). The 6-foot-8 right-hander is consistently ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 08:49 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mets, tyler clippard



Twins take page from visiting Pirates, embrace geek squad - TwinCities.com

OK, what’s the next big thing?

The ultimate lesson from “Big Data Baseball” seems to be one the Twins have already learned.

“The biggest thing for me was (the Pirates) getting players to buy in and how they did it,” Perkins said, “and not saying, ‘These guys are nerds that have never played the game.’ I think that’s the worst thing you can say about those guys. There’s always a benefit to outside influence. They see the game in a different way than we see the game.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 07:11 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, twins

Full Count » Red Sox trade Shane Victorino to Angels for infielder Josh Rutledge; Recall Rusney Castillo

Let’s hope Victorino can stay healthy and helps the Angels. Rutledge is a spare part. Rusney gets another chance to show what he can do.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 07:09 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, red sox

Cubs release Edwin Jackson, eat $15 million left on contract

He’s no Carlos Silva though.

Edwin Jackson is officially a free agent, as the Cubs released the veteran right-hander after designating him for assignment last week.

That means Chicago is on the hook for the remaining $15 million or so on Jackson’s four-year, $52 million contract and he’s now able to sign with any team for whatever he can get.

Jackson was terrible as a starter for the Cubs in 2013 and 2014, combining to go 14-33 with a 5.58 ERA…

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 27, 2015 at 06:18 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: bad contracts, cubs, edwin jackson

OMNICHATTER 7-27-2015

The OMNICHATTER is not on the trading block.

Gamingboy Posted: July 27, 2015 at 12:58 PM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Early returns on Cueto deal look good for Reds | FOX Sports

Rosenthal’s take on the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 12:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals, trades

Help for Mets, Just When They Needed It

Break up the Mets!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 08:47 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-27-2015

Pittsburgh Press, July 27, 1915:

If George Kelley [sic], the first baseman whom Scout Kinsella has picked up from the Northwestern league for the Giants, is half as good a player as his illustrious uncle, Bill Lange, of Anson days, McGraw will not have to look much farther for an eventual successor to Fred Merkle.

Kelly was a pretty solid ballplayer, at least half was good as Bill Lange. He didn’t really deserve a Hall of Fame plaque, but a home run title, two RBI crowns, and a career batting ...

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10 Degrees: A trade deadline primer, with the Royals going all in (yes, really) - Yahoo Sports

Jeff Passan discusses some of the best talent available at the trade deadline.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, trade rumors

Aaron Nola follows Cole Hamels, earns 1st win | phillies.com

Nola looked good again.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, phillies

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio inducted | MLB.com

ICYMI, this article contains all the players’ speeches.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig biggio, hall of fame, john smoltz, pedro martinez, randy johnson

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Reds trade Johnny Cueto to Royals | reds.com

Finally, after almost a day of speculation, the Royals completed a trade for Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto.

The deal was announced during the third inning of the Royals-Astros game on Sunday: Cueto and cash considerations to the Royals for left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 04:59 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals

Before Beane

The origin story of AVM Systems, the little-known company that jump-started sabermetrics and made Moneyball possible

ReggieThomasLives Posted: July 26, 2015 at 02:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics


Nick Cafardo: There’s a long shopping list at this year’s baseball trade deadline - The Boston Globe

A Puig for Hamels deal can’t happen because the Dodgers said they aren’t trading him. Right?

The Red Sox and A’s made the Jon Lester-Yoenis Cespedes swap, and we wonder which teams will make a similar hitter-for-pitcher deal this season? How about Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig for Phillies lefty Cole Hamels? Would Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski flip Cespedes for a pitcher? Or would he deal David Price for a hitter?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 10:29 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, trade rumors

For these Royals, winning attitude really does make a difference | The Kansas City Star

In both sports and business, there is a popular idea that a group is made better or worse by how it generates or loses energy together. So-called “energy givers” are valued, and “energy suckers” are rooted out and discarded. Chiefs coach Andy Reid, among many others, refers to this regularly.

There is so much talk in sports about team chemistry, an impossibly vague term that often confuses cause and effect. Maybe there’s some of that here, too — there’d be a lot fewer high fives ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: chemistry, royals

Angels GM Bill Stoneman handles some business the old-fashioned way - LA Times

The Angels’ present need is clearly identified: a starting left fielder. They would prefer to make a trade without disrupting the major league roster or surrendering their top prospect, pitcher Sean Newcomb. The mild-mannered Stoneman sounded bolder about the likelihood of a significant trade now than he ever did in his long run as general manager.

“The expectation is we’ll be able to get something done,” he said.

The Angels have been linked to Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds, Gerardo Parra ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bill stoneman, padres

Burnett buckling of late | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As A.J. Burnett sees it, a lack of execution led to his two subpar starts after the All-Star break. Too many pitches left over the plate, especially to left-handers. Simple issues to address, small tweaks he has made before.

His previous two outings stand out in sharp relief against his first-half performance, but Burnett cautioned against using that as a yardstick.

“You expect me to go out and do what I did the first half, you’re nuts,” he said after the Pirates lost to the Washington ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. burnett, pirates

Sunday Notes: Tigers, Pillar, Pirates’ Bell, Correa, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s lastest. That’s L-A-U-R-I-L-I-A.

Carlos Correa is on the cusp of stardom at a young age. Two months shy of his 21st birthday, the Astros shortstop is hitting a precocious .292/.337/.532, with 21 extra-base knocks in 154 at bats.

According to manager A.J. Hinch, the youngster is attentive to a fault. After an at bat, or following a game, he’ll often seek “affirmation on what he sees versus what we see.”

“He’ll want to know that his load is on time,” elaborated ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos correa, kevin pillar, notes, pirates, reds, tigers

Reggie Drops F-Bomb on Fan - NYDAILYNEWS

NSFW.

[Edit: moved embedded video to the thread so it wouldn’t annoy everyone. Jim.]

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, reggie jackson, yankees

Matt Harvey takes ‘big step forward’ for New York Mets - Mets Blog - ESPN

Harvey made some mechanical adjustments, pitched on normal rest, and found his slider.

Manager Terry Collins suggested that pitching on standard rest probably helped Harvey, too. Harvey has groused about working on extra rest. The Mets have ditched a six-man rotation. They don’t plan to reintroduce even spot starts over the next few weeks.

Asked about the key to Harvey’s improved showing, Collins said: “I’m sure he’ll tell you, ‘a five-man rotation.’ I think that had something to do ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Frazier homers, Cueto pitches gem amid trade rumors | FOX Sports

The Royals were close to trading for Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto before the deal fell through, major-league sources told FOX Sports.

The issue, the sources said, was that one of the players going from the Royals to the Reds did not check out medically. At that point, the deal was nullified.

The near-trade created a dramatic scene among Reds officials and players prior to their game Saturday evening against the Colorado Rockies. Not long before the first pitch, Cueto’s fellow starter ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals, trade rumors

Cole Hamels displays his value in no-hitter | MLB.com

Not a bad showcase start.

“I mean, it’s not what I envisioned,” Hamels said, asked if he thought about this being his final start with the Phillies. “It’s not what I thought. It’s not in my thought process. I think all I’ve been thinking about the past couple days was just to kind of correct my pitching, just being able to be out there and enjoy the moment.”

Hamels had a 19.89 ERA in his past two starts, which had many wondering if he would be traded before Friday’s 4 p.m. ET Deadline. Yes, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies

Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez hits three home runs | yankees.com

Is Arod an MVP candidate?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

OMNICHATTER 7-26-2015

The HoF Induction Day (starting at noon on MLB Network) OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 26, 2015 at 12:04 AM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Neyer: Does anybody really need to do…anything?

Neyer declares war on “need.”

So you’ve got all those contending teams and all those late-July trades, and I can’t find a single compelling instance of a player who really made a difference.

Is this normal? No, and yes. Last season was atypical, just in terms of how few division races wound up being even remotely close. But let’s just think about the math for a moment. Leaving aside Mike Trout, your typical great player is worth about six wins above replacement over a whole season … ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: July 25, 2015 at 05:41 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: postseason, trade deadline

Reggie Jackson has heated exchange with autograph seeker

I can’t (expletive) believe someone would (expletive) (expletive) another (expletive) (expletive) (expletive) from Reggie.

Daily News reported that Jackson yelled at the fan: “I already signed one, and you go back to the (expletive) line and come up again. That’s (expletive) up. Now, it’s my time to eat dinner with people I seldom see. It’s (expletive) up. Pay for them like everybody else.’’

Jackson did not deny the exchange, but repeatedly said he did not shove or push the fan.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 03:09 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, reggie jackson, yankees

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