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Thursday, January 12, 2017
When Seth Maness shut his eyes before a surgeon opened his right elbow, the former Cardinals reliever was not sure what awaited him on the other side of sleep. The troublesome ligament in his throwing arm had to be fixed and a complete reconstruction would mean missing an entire season.
He went under unsure.
He woke up a potential trailblazer.
Maness is a week away from returning to the mound and expects to be ready for opening day, just 7½ months after surgery, because Dr. George Paletta ...
Posted: January 12, 2017 at 09:10 AM | 3 comment(s)
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Gohara followed his breakout 2016 season at Class A by indeed throwing extremely well in the AFL, striking out 19 in 11 2/3 innings. Some scouts look at his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame and see a young CC Sabathia.
Posted: January 12, 2017 at 06:21 AM | 32 comment(s)
That’s a lot of walks.
The Mariners hope he can hone his delivery and command, which have been inconsistent. He walked more than six per nine during two minor-league rehab stops last season. But he’s limited opponents to 11 walks in his brief 28 innings of major-league work to date, and his stuff appears to be intact, if not improved, following his injury.
Posted: January 12, 2017 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
It might be good to have an all-purpose NRI thread. Who has your team brought in? I’ll start with the Phillies who unsurprisingly mostly have prospects, with only Pedro Beato, Pedro Florimon, and Daniel “Pedro” Nava in the “hopeful journeyman” category.
The notable prospects who were invited to camp were SS J.P. Crawford, 1B Rhys Hoskins, OF Andrew Pullin, 2B Scott Kingery, and RHP Victor Arano. It will be Crawford’s second invite to camp, and he is widely expected to take over as the ...
Steamer has Smyly projected for +2.5 WAR in 164 innings, while ZIPS came in at +2.0 in 143 innings, so both projections have Smyly as a quality pitcher when he’s on the mound. There are definitely durability concerns, given that he missed most of 2015 with shoulder problems and chose to rehab rather than have surgery, but a healthy Drew Smyly is a pretty good starting pitcher. And he’s replacing close-to-replacement-level arms, bumping Ariel Miranda or Chris Heston from the ...
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 10:18 PM | 8 comment(s)
Some people don’t know how to use a check book. That doesn’t mean nobody should have a checking account.
Wins Above Replacement
Like RBIs and saves, Wins Above Replacement is a semi-junk stat. Bill James has no use for it, yet some writers wield it incessantly. It is a measurement of nothing. It is an approximation, an attempt to roll everything about a player into one number. So it’s useful as a rule of thumb, like walking off the distance between two points and using your strides to ...
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 02:20 PM | 125 comment(s)
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And we probably haven’t seen the last of deals like this. If Rasmus can only get $5 million, and no one would take Seth Smith at $7 million, how does Brandon Moss ask for significantly more? What kind of offers are Carter and Pedro Alvarez going to get in a world where similar hitters with better defensive abilities are settling for cut-rate contracts just to land a job.
On the one hand, we could look at deals like this and think that perhaps the market has decided to pay less than the ...
Maness is a week away from returning to the mound and expects to be ready for opening day, just 7½ months after surgery, because Dr. George Paletta performed a repair that could eventually prove to be an alternative to Tommy John surgery for select big-league pitchers. Until the St. Louis-based orthopedic surgeon saw inside Maness’ elbow, he wasn’t sure if Maness was a candidate to be the first established major-league pitcher to receive the new procedure, Paletta said.
Now, the doctor ...
Joe Tinker tells a story about Larry McLean, Seattle Star, January 11, 1917:
“McLean caught the Sunday games. Then he went to a party. He did not report Monday at all. Tuesday morning he was a sight.”
[After a foul tip broke replacement catcher Clark Griffith’s finger in the first inning of the first game of a Tuesday doubleheader,] “Griffith had no one to put in but McLean. To my dying day I will remember how McLean looked as he came across the field. He fell over his protector three times ...
This doesn’t suggest an optimistic outcome.
The results fit the narrative, largely. In sum, this group signed for 20% less than projected, a bigger negative gap than the crowd has tended to display on all free agents collectively. The crowd did a remarkably good job of predicting the high-end free agents in the aggregate, with some big misses in both directions balancing each other out. When compared to the pool of free agents as a whole, where the high-end free agents beat their projected ...
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 09:28 AM | 12 comment(s)
Great MLB Now show yesterday with a great panel. I liked the Bill James segment, particularly this exchange. The ephemeral nature of value for players is often lost on public analysts. IMHO, one of the next big things for sites like Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus would be adding a real-time value for players which incorporates factors like injuries and scouting-type reports for all major league and minor league players. Teams like the Astros and Cardinals already employ such systems. ...Read More...
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 09:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
“We have a significant contract with Masahiro Tanaka,” Cashman said Tuesday night at the opening of Orangetheory Fitness in Manhattan. “Hopefully he has a great year, and then he’ll have a decision to make. If he doesn’t, then he won’t. I think he pitched like a Cy Young award candidate last year, and I certainly hope he does so again this year. But at this point we’ve had no discussions internally to pursue any kind of extension.”
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
My arm feels much better too.
Maybe for regular fans, not to us. (And that’s not the royal we.)
That’s the optimistic way to look at the additions of outfielder Jarrod Dyson and pitcher Yovani Gallardo, on top of the offseason acquisitions of infielder/outfielder Danny Valencia, left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski, catcher Carlos Ruiz, outfielder Mitch Haniger and right-handed starters Rob Whalen and Max Povse.
Nothing too sexy — some of those names might not even ring a bell — but, at least theoretically, they’ve ...
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 07:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
Dear Red Sox fans,
He’s not coming back.
It seems David Ortiz is enjoying his retirement. The former Boston Red Sox designated hitter has been appearing in a multitude of commercials, and despite his cliffhanger tweet Monday night, it appears he’s not planning on returning to the diamond. Not even to play for his home country.
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
Luis Robert, one of Cuba’s best young prospects, is out of the country. Due to Major League Baseball’s new international rules, the timing of when Robert gets cleared to sign will have significant ramifications on how much he will get paid and which teams will be able to sign him.
But if Robert isn’t cleared to sign by June 15, he will be subject to the more restrictive hard cap of the new international signing rules. After June 15, there is a two-week “closed period” in which no ...
Wally, Wally, Wally. This talk won’t help you.
“There’s been a bad roadblock, and I know where it’s coming from,” Backman said in a phone interview with NorthJersey.com’s Bob Klapisch. “In the last phone call I had with Sandy he said, ‘I will do anything I can to help you.’ But he is not an honest man. People are telling me, ‘Sandy has it in for you. You’re being blackballed.’
“I’ve talked to several teams, and every one of them has said, ‘You’re overqualified.’ How can you be ...
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 16 comment(s)
“Is he the best option?” does not sound like an ringing endorsement.
Cleveland’s financial resources appear to be tapped out for major additions, but the team could still use help for the outfield. Maybe that will lend itself to this bold prediction: Top prospect Bradley Zimmer will make the Opening Day roster.
“There may be an opportunity for Bradley at some point,” Chris Antonetti, the Indians’ president of baseball operations, said last week. “The question is, ‘Is he the best option for us, ...
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 06:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
No dollar figures.
The 30-year-old infielder has come to terms on a deal with Oakland, pending a physical, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
“I also have expectations about myself because of the trade,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “This team gave up a lot to get me. I feel very humbled for this opportunity. I expect to be a big part of this team in the future and to help this team to win so many games and to win a World Series. That’s my goal and that’s the mindset that every one of us have to have.”
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Royals have traded two of their would-be free agents, shipping closer Wade Davis to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Jorge Soler during the Winter Meetings last month then dealing outfielder Jarrod Dyson to the Seattle Mariners for right-hander Nate Karns last Friday.
Soler and Karns are not sure things, but both have a certain amount of upside.
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 06:24 AM | 22 comment(s)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Standing 6-foot-7 and weighing 255 pounds, Aaron Judge probably has a tough time fitting into most crowds. This spring, however, the 24-year-old outfielder is hoping to do just that in what could be a crowded Yankees outfield.
This is the first in a six-part series using FanGraphs’ Steamer600 projections to look at how hopeful rookies and other prospects would fare if given full Major League seasons in 2017. Steamer600 derives the numerical portion of its name from the allotment of 600 plate ...
Posted: January 10, 2017 at 09:47 PM | 1 comment(s)
The minimum monthly salary for rookie and short-season Class A umpires, which had started at $1,900 under the previous five-year agreement, will rise to $2,000 under the new deal and increase to as much as $2,300 for a fourth-year umpire.
For full-season Class A, the minimum rises from $2,000 to $2,100 and increases to $2,600 by a seventh season. At Double-A, the minimum goes up from $2,300 to $2,500 and rises to $3,100 by a ninth season. At Triple-A, it goes up from $2,600 to $2,900 and rises ...
ZiPS didn’t have a good year. ZiPS was the least accurate of the three systems in each of the five categories, and never by a particularly small margin. You don’t want to conclude too much based on a single season of results, but ZiPS didn’t perform very well in last year’s review, either. (I should also note that this is Steamer’s second straight year of leading the pack in convincing fashion.)
Marcel does its job. Marcel wasn’t great, but it was almost always in the neighborhood ...
Posted: January 10, 2017 at 11:34 AM | 7 comment(s)
Topeka State Journal, January 10, 1917:
Joe Wood’s claim that he is a free agent, under the operation of the reserve clause in his contract, since he signed no contract last year, may furnish an interesting test of the theory advanced by the lawyers of organized ball in the famous suit before Judge Landis. The Boston club claims Wood under reserve and says he will be sent a contract, whereupon Wood, if reports are correct, will repudiate it and demand his unconditional release.
The Sox sold ...Read More...
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