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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Heyward’s reason for leaving Cards agitates Matheny : Sports

Heyward’s perception of his ex-teammates.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mike matheny

The Jays’ Joe Sheehan is living life by the numbers | Toronto Star

He won’t be on the comedy circuit any time soon.

Asked to describe The BEEST to a layman, Sheehan betrays a sense of humour for the first time in the half-hour interview.

“It’s approaching self-awareness,” he deadpans, completely straight faced. “It might launch the nukes next year, judgment day.”

After letting his joke sink in, Sheehan explains that the database functions as a one-stop shop for all of the organization’s analytical tools, consolidating scouting and health reports ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, sabermetrics

Cuban baseball crisis | The Economist

Manfred and Castro are two peas in a pod. Or not.

Yet for all the Cuban government’s rhetoric about America’s athletic imperialism, it may have an unlikely ally in MLB on the issues that concern it most. Despite MLB’s reputation as a fiercely capitalist industry worth $9 billion a year, the game’s economic model has much in common with Cuban-style socialist principles. To maintain fans’ interest, MLB needs a competitive balance between its rich and poor clubs. It accomplishes this by ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball

Dodgers hit with record $43.6 million luxury tax bill

Not that the Dodgers seem to mind. According to calculations by MLB, Los Angeles had a record payroll of $297.6 million this year — benefts included — which far exceeds the $189 million threshold. Any way you slice it, that’s a lot of money to have tied up in a baseball team, and a good chunk of that turned out to be dead money. As we noted after the Dodgers activity at the trade deadline, the team owed $87.5 million just to players who were no longer on the team. Another good chunk was ...

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McCoy Posted: December 20, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, luxury tax, yankees

Levine: Theo Epstein Putting Stock In Jorge Soler’s Future

Unless the very best pitcher or center fielder in the game becomes available, Jorge Soler will be the Chicago Cubs’ starting right fielder next April. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein admitted the interest in Soler on the open market place, but stressed his value to the Cubs as a guest on The 670 Score.

McCoy Posted: December 20, 2015 at 06:57 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, soler

Inside the backstage drama at the MLB Winter Meetings - NY Daily News

Andy Martino opens the curtain.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 06:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings

5 big free agents who won’t sign for a while | MLB.com

This generation’s Jody Reed.

Ian Desmond, SS, 30
Do you evaluate a player in his walk year or his track record? That’s the question with Desmond.

As I see it, this is a good player who had a bad year (.674 OPS), but he will be a difference-maker again, and he could wind up being a relative bargain. Desmond and his agent just need to understand his market and know that certain clubs won’t be able to see past his 2015 performance. He likely won’t get an offer as good as the seven-year, $107 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 05:51 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, daniel murphy, free agents, howie kendrick, ian desmond, ian kennedy

Chances of deal for Brandon Phillips appear to be fading - The Washington Post

Phillips is staying in Cincy through 2018 if he wants to stay there.

Among the issues the Reds needed to resolve with Phillips was the question of money deferred in the six-year, $72.5 million contract extension he signed in 2012, according to that person. Phillips moved his family to Cincinnati year-round, and has played for the Reds since 2006, though some speculated he might be willing to leave the area to reunite with Dusty Baker, his former manager.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 05:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon phillips, reds

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Could the baseball be responsible for the surge in HRs in 2015? | FOX Sports

There is a big difference between 2001 and 2015; we have Statcast/pitchFx on *every pitch*. If the ball was juiced in 2015, it’s something quantifiable. The data is there. Rob needs to either prove it or drop it.

And whaddayaknow, home runs were way, way up in 2015. They were up not because all those big boys were making more contact (again, they weren’t) but rather because when they did make contact, a significantly higher percentage of batted balls were flying over the outfield walls. In the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2015 at 06:55 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball

McCarron: Bartolo Colon’s new Mets contract includes $50K bonus if he wins Silver Slugger award

Is this the most awesome contract clause in the history of the game?

Bartolo Colon’s delightful at-bats have become must-see moments in Met games recently and now he’s got a nifty incentive to continue his recent improvement at the plate.

Colon, according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com, has a $50,000 bonus clause in his new Met contract related to hitting – he collects the cash if he wins the National League Silver Slugger award for pitchers.

Preposterous, you say, based on some of the ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: December 19, 2015 at 05:40 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, contract, mets, silver slugger

Joe Mauer Reviews Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Twinkie Town

HE LIKED IT! HE REALLY LIKED IT!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 615 comment(s)
  Beats: joe mauer, twins

Inside Baseball: Hot Stove’s mid-point winners and others; plus MLB notes - CBSSports.com

Heyman’s latest. Maybe we should just say everyone is above average!

It’s somewhat dangerous to do a winner and losers column only halfway through the winter. After all, there around 100 free agents still unsigned, so by the time spring training starts exactly two months from now, this could all be reversed. Or at least wildly different. But here goes, with one minor adjustment, rather than “losers” we’ll have non-winners. That’s only fair as there’s still plenty of time to go.

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Friday, December 18, 2015

Why a Hall of Fame vote for Tim Raines is a vote for analytics, too

Posting an OPS 23 percent above league average with 808 stolen bases over a 23-year major league career, Raines generated 69.1 wins above replacement—which ranks ahead of 15 Hall of Fame left fielders (out of 19).

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: December 18, 2015 at 03:11 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: tim raines

Texas Rangers, Colby Lewis on verge of 2016 deal


Colby Lewis and the Texas Rangers have reached agreement on a one-year contract for 2016 that will pay the veteran right-hander $6 million if he and his repaired right knee can pass a physical exam.

The sides came together late Thursday, according to two sources, to extend a relationship between player and team that was first hatched in the 1999 draft but was rekindled in 2010 as Lewis was lured back from Japan….

Lewis won 17 games over 33 starts and 204 2/3 innings, and did so while ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 18, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: colby lewis, rangers

Pirates Acquire Jason Rogers From Brewers

The Pirates announced that they have acquired corner infielder/outfielder Jason Rogers from the Brewers in exchange for outfielder Keon Broxton and right-hander Trey Supak.

(...)Supak is 19 years old and rated as the Pirates’ No. 15 prospect, per MLB.com. Supak received a healthy $1MM signing bonus out of the ’14 draft but hasn’t lived up to that investment just yet, as he struggled to a dismal 6.67 ERA with a 23-to-5 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings with the Pirates’ Rookie-level ...

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: December 18, 2015 at 11:07 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, pirates, trade

Daily News lifts curtain on the backstage drama at Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings

Some interesting stuff here on the Zobrist signing, when the Mets traded Dickey, and the twitterization of rumors.

Moments later, asked if the Mets would pursue a reunion with the star free agent Yoenis Cespedes, who became a fan favorite while slugging the team into the playoffs, Ricco says, “Right now, I would put it as unlikely that we would bring him back, but it’s still a possibility.”

A bell rings in my brain. I hear a headline. “Ricco: Mets ‘unlikely’ to sign Cespedes.” ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-18-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, December 18, 1915:

Peace in organized baseball seemed nearer late [last night] when a conference between the National Commission representing the National and American Leagues and a committee from the Federal League adjourned. The chief point of discussion at the meeting was the legality of concluding an agreement before Judge Kenesaw M. Landis hands down a decision in the suit brought before him by the Federal League.

There are specific details of the agreement in the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 18, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

MLB finishes positive goodwill tour of Cuba | MLB.com

As expected, the MLB goodwill tour was a tremendous success.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball

An Open Letter from Mark Attanasio | brewers.com

I applaud his honesty. I’m not sure the typical Brewers fan will share my feelings in August.

Importantly, David has a great deal of flexibility to work with, as the team has just three long-term contracts remaining: Jonathan Lucroy (two years), Matt Garza (two years) and Ryan Braun (five years). As you probably know, David recruited Matt Arnold from the Tampa Bay Rays as his Assistant GM. At this month’s Winter Meetings, he and Matt started to implement their strategy, which David has ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Could the luxury tax divide MLB owners in labor talks? - LA Times

Maybe Moreno shouldn’t talk to the press.

With players concerned that large-market teams can use the CBT as a self-imposed salary cap, and with baseball’s revenues approaching a record $10 billion per year, the threshold would figure to rise in the new labor deal that would take effect in 2017.

“There’s a possibility it could go down,” Moreno said.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, economics, luxury tax

School of Roch: Orioles and Boras continue talks regarding Davis

It’s Scott Boras so the negotiation won’t be easy.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, free agents, orioles

Mariners re-sign Hisashi Iwakuma to one-year deal with vesting options - CBSSports.com

It’s time for Plan D for the Dodgers.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hisashi iwakuma, mariners

Turf wars heating up with Blue Jays: Griffin | Toronto Star

Distressingly? Really?

Distressingly, under the Blue Jays’ new regime, grass has become a four-letter word.
In his final briefing with reporters prior to the New Year, Jays president Mark Shapiro strongly suggested he did not view the installation of a natural surface at the Rogers Centre as a priority, and that free agents don’t even mention the unique (in a bad way) artificial surface as a deterrent from signing.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2015 at 06:32 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Kauffman Foundation gives $500,000 to Negro Leagues Baseball Museum | The Kansas City Star

With the help of a $500,000 grant announced Thursday, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will next year open the long-awaited Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center and debut an exhibit on the integration of the major leagues.

The grant, from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will also support museum operations, programs and exhibits. It will also go toward the O’Neil Center in the former Paseo YMCA in the 1800 block of the Paseo, near the museum at 18th and Vine streets. It was at ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2015 at 06:19 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: negro league baseball museum, negro leagues

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mike Napoli, Rajai Davis agree to one-year deals with Indians

The Cleveland Indians have reached agreements with first baseman Mike Napoli and outfielder Rajai Davis on one-year deals, a baseball source told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Napoli’s deal is for $7 million and includes $3 million in performance bonuses, the source told Crasnick. Napoli must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized.

The Indians have long sought a right-handed power hitter, and Napoli might be able to fill that void. Napoli, 34, has 204 career homers. He can play first base and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2015 at 10:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, mike napolis, rajai davis

11.4 MB: Inside AJ Preller | Padres Public

Trade Ross to fill a hole and then sign Kazmir? Why not just sign a free agent to fill a hole and keep Ross?

With Ross traded, the Padres would need to go out and get a good starting pitcher to take his place. Scott Kazmir isn’t Tyson Ross, but he is a good, left-handed starting pitcher, who at 32 years old and with an injury history (that now appears behind him after 3 straight healthy seasons), will be looking for a 4 year deal in free agency. MLB Trade Rumors has a prediction for him at 4 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2015 at 02:49 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, tyson ross

Sports on Earth: Ten Years of Three Team Trades

The three-team trade is nothing new by any means, though it has become increasingly common in recent years. The first three-team deal on record came in 1904 when the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds all teamed up for a relatively tame three-player swap.

Three-team trades tend to be a bit more complex nowadays, as was the case Wednesday when the White Sox acquired slugger Todd Frazier from the Reds. In order to do so, the White Sox sent a package of prospects to the ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-17-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, December 17, 1915:

Phil Ball, chief owner of the St. Louis Federals, said today that if he enters organized baseball Fielder Jones would manage his team. Interest was given to this statement by reports that under the peace agreement Ball is to obtain the St. Louis Nationals.

Partially true. Ball did hire Fielder Jones to manage his newly-acquired St. Louis MLB team, but it wasn’t the Cardinals.

The good news is that Phil Ball hired a former World Series champion ...

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Orioles, Hyun-soo Kim agree to 2-year contract - Baltimore Sun

With focus on filling an outfield hole, adding a left-handed bat and bolstering their woeful on-base percentage from this past season, the Orioles have agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with South Korean left fielder Hyun-soo Kim, according to an industry source.
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Listed as 6 feet 2, 220 pounds by the KBO, Kim is a career .318 hitter with a lifetime on-base percentage of .406. More impressive, Kim walked 101 times and had 63 strikeouts in 2015 and has had more walks (597) than strikeouts ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: hyun-soo kim, orioles

Rosenthal: Dodgers might not be done with pursuit of Jose Fernandez | FOX Sports

Rosenthal speculates on some dream deals for the Dodgers.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jose fernandez, marlins

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