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Monday, December 15, 2014

Dodgers sign Brett Anderson for $10 million

Having paid the Marlins to take right-hander Dan Haren off their hands the Dodgers have replaced him in the rotation with left-hander Brett Anderson.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com it’s a one-year deal worth $10 million in guaranteed money, plus $4 million in potential incentives. Haren had one year and $10 million remaining on his contract when the Dodgers shipped him and the money to cover his entire salary to Miami.

Wow, a million dollars per start?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 15, 2014 at 05:26 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, dodgers, free agents

Astros and Nix, a top draftee whose deal was canceled, reach settlement

The Astros and unsigned pitching draftee Jacob Nix have quietly and confidentially come to a monetary settlement over the team’s decision not to follow through on an agreed-upon $1.5-million deal with Nix that was negotiated but never signed following last June’s first-year player draft.

Nix and the Astros by all accounts had the agreement, but in a very unusual case, the Astros decided they couldn’t sign the deal with Nix after they failed to sign No. 1 overall pick, lefthander Brady Aiken. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 15, 2014 at 05:07 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, draft, jacob nix

Jed Lowrie back with Astros on 3-year deal

Well the first thing you know ol Jed’s a millionaire,
Kinfolk said “Jed move away from there”
Said “That A’s team is filled with playoff hexes”
So he loaded up his truck and moved to Texas.

Houston, that is.

Infielder Jed Lowrie is back with the Astros after agreeing on a three-year deal, the team announced.

The deal, which is worth $23 million guaranteed according to the Chronicle’s Evan Drellich, runs through 2017 and includes a club option for 2018 that could boost the total value to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 15, 2014 at 04:04 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, free agents, jed lowrie

Jorge Posada and Jose Contreras Say They’re Caught up in a Multimillion Dollar Scam | VICE Sports

Oh dear.

Over the course of several years, first when Collar and Fernandez were at Merrill Lynch, and then when they opened their own firm, Quantum Family Office Group, in 2005, Posada gave the two money men absolute control over his finances.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2014 at 11:45 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: jose contreras, jose posada, yankees

Chase Headley agrees to deal with New York Yankees - ESPN New York

This is a good fit for the Yankees and Headley.

The New York Yankees have agreed Monday to a four-year deal with third baseman Chase Headley for a little more than $50 million, sources told ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2014 at 11:26 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yankees

Fred Kline’s HOF Ballot

“Have some players made the Baseball Hall of Fame in part because they were nice guys? The short answer is yes.”

Ron Santo, Richie Ashburn, and Phil Rizzuto made the Hall of Fame through the Veteran’s Committee because they were nice guys, not because Heaven forbid the BBWAA could possibly have been wrong about them…

TJ Posted: December 15, 2014 at 11:26 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

The Yankees will have to double down on spending, even if they don’t want to - Pinstripe Alley

The team obviously likes Scherzer, so it’s no surprise if they signed him just because they thought he was a great player. But the team finds themselves in a tricky position where a major signing would send them into the realm of postseason contention. And as one can see on the above graph, that is the point of the highest slope. It’s obviously a massive gamble, but a successful season from Scherzer and other possible signings (like Headley, for example) would pay dividends. If the team was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Retrosheet has released the 2014 data

Thanks to all the volunteers who make the data available.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2014 at 10:01 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Bryce Harper, Nationals avoid grievance hearing after settling on 2015 salary [UPDATED] - The Washington Post

Outfielder Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals will avoid a grievance hearing over his 2015 salary after the sides reached a settlement Sunday evening with a two-year, $7.5 million contract, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Harper and the Nationals had been at odds over how his salary would be determined because of a rare dispute over the contract he signed as a first-round draft pick in 2010. If the sides had not settled, the Nationals and their most recognizable ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2014 at 09:37 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Don’t Nationals want to pay to play? | FOX Sports

This would have been a huge deal.

The Nats indeed are open to moving Zimmermann and Desmond, perhaps even in the same deal. They recently engaged in multiple conversations about both players with the Mariners, according to major-league sources. One of the many ideas the Nats proposed was Zimmermann and Desmond for right-hander Taijuan Walker and shortstop Brad Miller, sources said.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2014 at 09:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, nationals, trade rumors

Jorge Posada and Jose Contreras say they’re caught up in a multi-million dollar scam

Posada and his wife Laura are suing Collar and Fernandez and their Quantum Ventures, LLC over what they believe was a blatant and negligent mismanagement of funds that resulted in nearly $11.2 million in losses for the former catcher, according to a complaint filed in Miami-Dade county that was obtained by VICE Sports.

Posada is not the only player claiming to have been duped by Collar and Fernandez. In a separate lawsuit, former Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 15, 2014 at 09:22 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletes, jorge posada, jose contreras, scam, yankees

McEwing Scores for 2014 ... and 2010! - Beyond the Box Score

Has anyone attempted to quantify the value of versatility?

You already love Brock Holt, of this I’m pretty sure.* He came out of nowhere (read: Pawtucket) to play an integral role on Boston’s 2014 campaign. And while that campaign was pretty terrible, Holt was not—he showed up and filled a void wherever one became apparent. In the process, Brock managed to post pretty good numbers (.281/.331/.381, with more than four runs of added baserunning value) while spending not-insignificant time at six ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2014 at 09:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-15-2014

Toledo News-Bee, December 15, 1914:

ALTHOUGH NOT OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED, RUPPERT IS THE NEW OWNER OF THE YANKS

President Ban Johnson of the American league on Tuesday carefully dodged confirming Col. Jacob Ruppert’s announcement that he and his associates have bought the New York Yanks for about $450,000, but intimated that the transaction is about to be closed.

Johnson could not suppress some feelings of amusement over the fact that Moguls Gilmore and Weeghman of the Federal league paid ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 15, 2014 at 08:19 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jacob ruppert, yankees


Major League Baseball teams always wonder if they did enough in offseason - Sports - The Boston Globe

As I’ve said a few times, the Red Sox don’t *need* an ace. They want one. Teams with *needs* sometimes do stupid things. I’d rather the Sox show patience and wait for the right deal, even if that deal doesn’t come for a while.

The Red Sox lost out on Jon Lester and Andrew Miller, but traded for Wade Miley and Rick Porcello, and signed Justin Masterson. Good going, but the Red Sox need an ace. They also need a lefthander in the bullpen, a strong setup man. While they bolstered their lineup with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2014 at 06:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Toronto Blue Jays eye Washington Nationals’ Mike Rizzo as CEO replacement - ESPN

The Toronto Blue Jays have expressed interest in Mike Rizzo, the Washington Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager, as a candidate to replace Paul Beeston as team president and CEO, two industry sources told ESPN.com.

Rizzo joins Baltimore’s Dan Duquette, Minnesota’s Terry Ryan and Kenny Williams of the Chicago White Sox as the latest baseball executive to be mentioned as a possibility to succeed Beeston, whose future with the Toronto organization has been shrouded in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2014 at 06:34 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

A Speck on the Map Gushes Talent Curaçao Becomes Unlikely Supplier of Major League Players

The soil here is not particularly arable, but those little rocks have helped produce some of the most talented middle infielders in baseball, softening their hands and honing their reflexes to react to the most unexpected of bounces.  One of them, Didi Gregorius, will most likely succeed Derek Jeter as the Yankees’ shortstop. Others include Andrelton Simmons of the Atlanta Braves, considered by many baseball’s best defensive shortstop, and Jonathan Schoop, the second baseman of the ...

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NattyBoh Posted: December 15, 2014 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: caribbean, curaçao, international, scouting

Sunday, December 14, 2014

NY Times: A Speck on the Map Gushes Talent - Curaçao Becomes Unlikely Supplier of Major League Players

An autonomous country that is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Curaçao is a windward sliver of an island about 40 miles off the northern coast of Venezuela. At 171 square miles, it is about twice as large as Brooklyn, and with a population of about 150,000, it is a bit larger than Bridgeport, Conn.

But in baseball terms, it has become something of a colossus. [...]

Curaçao did not produce a major leaguer until 1989, but in 2014 alone there were seven, and that does not include ...

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bobm Posted: December 14, 2014 at 11:08 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: curaçao

NY Times: Sy Berger, Who Turned Boyhood Heroes Into Brilliant Rectangles, Dies at 91

Mr. Berger introduced Topps cards in 1951. They came with taffy, rather than chewing gum, because a competitor seemed to have exclusive rights to market baseball cards with gum. But the taffy wound up picking up the flavor of the varnish on the cards.

“You wouldn’t dare put that taffy near your mouth,” Mr. Berger said, adding, “that ’51 series was really a disaster.”

A year later, after switching to gum, he conceived the prototype for the modern baseball card, supplanting the ...

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bobm Posted: December 14, 2014 at 11:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, obituaries

Brett Lawrie Surprises Little Girl Who Cried Over His Trade From The Blue Jays

Brett Lawrie = good dude

The Toronto Blue Jays recently acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for infielder Brett Lawrie and a few other players. While many Blue Jays fans would agree that the trade helped the team, one six-year-old fan was heartbroken over losing her precious Lawrie.

Lawrie deserves the good guy award. He tracked down his heartbroken fan named Ameilia and spent some time with her, hanging out and grabbing some pizza.

eddieot Posted: December 14, 2014 at 09:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brett lawrie, oakland a's

Sunday Notes: MiLB Money vs Japan & Words from the Winter Meetings

Minor leaguers really do get screwed. The Players Union stance on this issue is appalling.

Minor-league salaries are abysmal. The standard salary for first-year players is $1,100 per month. At the Double-A level, players get approximately $1,500 per month. Triple-A players can make markedly more, depending on experience and 40-man-roster status, but some earn as little as $2,150 per month. Major League Baseball’s minimum salary recently increased to $507,500 per year.

Minor-league players ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2014 at 08:32 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, sunday notes

Top Ten Remaining Free Agents – MLB Trade Rumors

Will Boras really be able to set a new standard with Max Scherzer?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2014 at 08:27 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Farrell points to Betts as potential leadoff man | MLB.com

Mookie Betts is a leadoff hitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2014 at 08:26 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

What’s next? Busy Winter Meetings were only start of hectic offseason | MLB | Sporting News

As I sued to tell my kids, there is a difference between wants and needs.

1. The Red Sox need another top-of-the-rotation starter

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2014 at 08:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings


Lucchino on Lester: “We failed” | Boston Herald

They really shouldn’t let Larry talk to the press. It’s like listening to a 300-pound lawyer simultaneously giving you legal advice and trying to get you to give her a dollar at a strip club.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: larry lucchino, red sox

Sox stealth pursuit of Melky Cabrera pays off - Chicago Tribune

I guess this means that steroid use really pays off in the end.

MLB.com confirmed the 30-year-old Cabrera agreed to a deal worth an estimated $42-$43.5 million, pending a physical.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2014 at 08:00 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, melky cabrera, white sox

Dellin Betances more than open to being closer - NY Daily News

Unfortunately, he’s not a *proven* closer.

Yankee fans still wincing over David Robertson’s defection to the White Sox — and wondering who will become the team’s new closer — can take comfort in knowing that flame-throwing Dellin Betances is ready for whatever plans Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi have in mind.

“Whatever it is to help the team win, I’m all for it,” Betances said Friday at the Stadium. “I’ll come in the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth (inning), ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2014 at 07:58 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Krieger: 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, Part 2

The soon to be controversial HOF Ballot from Dave Krieger: (10) P. Martinez, R. Johnson, Bagwell, Mussina, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Smoltz, Trammell and L.Walker.

Prone as I am to stirring up trouble, and knowing the howls of outrage this would trigger among veteran members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, I might hypothesize that race had something to do with it — Whitaker is black, Biggio is white — and order up a quantitative analysis of voting on comparable players by ...

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Repoz Posted: December 13, 2014 at 11:15 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

ESPN: ‘Sir’ Did Gregorius Set To Follow Jeter

For the past 20 years, the New York Yankees have had a true member of baseball royalty at shortstop. But Derek Jeter has nothing over his replacement, who revealed Friday in his first interview with reporters who cover the Yankees that the proper way to address him is “Sir Didi Gregorius.”

The subject came up when a reporter noted that Gregorius—who was acquired by the Yankees from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-way trade that cost them Shane Greene—uses “Sir Didi Gregorius” as his ...

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