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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Astros’ Yuli Gurriel to play more infield positions - Houston Chronicle

Yuli Gurriel will play more at all four infield positions this season to give Astros manager A.J. Hinch more options in games and with the roster.

Gurriel has the experience and enthusiasm to do it. At spring training last year, the Astros turned Gurriel into a full-time first baseman, which was a new position for him. He had played second, shortstop and third base in his years playing for the Cuban national team.

“His versatility needs to be utilized a little bit more,” Hinch said. “I ...

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2018 at 11:51 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, yulieski gurriel

The gambles that turned George’s Yankees into Hal’s Yankees | New York Post

Good stuff from Joel Sherman.

Steinbrenner has had what he calls a “recurring dream” for years that the Yankees could honor his twin mandates — “be under $200 million [in payroll] and be a championship-caliber team.” His goal was to do this in 2014, but he felt the club didn’t have a puncher’s chance to contend without an ace, so he approved the signing of Masahiro Tanaka.
He feels the team is there now and that the Yanks “have a lot of money to spend in July [without exceeding ...

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2018 at 11:41 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hal steinbrenner, yankees

One of baseball’s top 10 prospects was suspended 50 games for a drug violation -

What’s interesting here is MLB in the release didn’t specify what exactly the suspension is for. Generally, if it’s a “drug of abuse” suspension (such as marijuana) or a PED, the league says so. In the Whitley release, the league was vague. Perhaps there will be more news on this front in the coming days.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2018 at 11:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, forrest whitley

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-21-2018

Bridgeport Times, February 21, 1918:

“Snooks” Dowd, a highly touted player with the Springfield [Massachusetts] High school last season, has turned down an offer from Miller Huggins, manager of the Yankees, according to a report from his home town. The lad intends to complete his education at Dean Academy and at Lehigh before he gives thought to professional baseball. Dowd is said to be a fine hitter, excellent fielder and possessed of remarkable speed.

Dowd hit .115/.115/.115 in 26 career plate ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 21, 2018 at 10:19 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Rays, Neander Time To Shift Focus To Building 2018 Roster

GM speaks. Read the whole thing.

“No, this was something we categorize much more so as a pure baseball decision. Given what was put to us and how we valued it was something that a couple of guys that are not far off from the big leagues to add to what we have to build that momentum.

The moves prior to this one were things that factors involved there were moving pieces from areas of depth that we felt we could absorb and come out the other side o.k. Especially with the addition of C.J. [Cron] ...

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2018 at 05:45 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Yankees, Rays, D-backs swing three-way deal

D-backs get:
Steven Souza Jr. (from TB)
Taylor Widener (Yankees’ No. 14 prospect)

Yankees get:
Brandon Drury (from ARI)

Rays get:
Anthony Banda (D-backs’ No. 4 prospect)
Nick Solak (Yankees’ No. 8 prospect)
Two players to be named later (from ARI)

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2018 at 08:23 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, rays, trades, yankees

Danny Farquhar’s data-centric approach paying dividends for Lucas Giolito – The Athletic

Danny Farquhar, future pitching coach.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2018 at 01:45 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: the athletic, white sox

Baseball believes in Jeff Mathis and the hidden value of game-calling by catchers -

Game-calling once got Jim Leyritz exiled from the New York Yankees.

The story, as Jon Pessah tells it in his book “The Game,” goes something like this: In the 1996 World Series opener, Leyritz instructed his pitchers to throw fastballs to Atlanta Braves teenage outfielder Andruw Jones—that despite the Yankees scouts warning their battery to approach Jones with breaking and offspeed pitches. Jones homered twice as part of a blowout victory, with Leyritz confessing afterward he had hoped to ...

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2018 at 01:26 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, jeff mathis

Red Sox fans have David Price, vilified in Boston, to thank for J.D. Martinez

If David Price pitches well, he’ll feel the love.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2018 at 01:24 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-20-2018

Bridgeport Times, February 20, 1918:

Clark Griffith yesterday received a contribution to his bat and ball fund from the Juno Islands, the most outlying possession of the United States. The Junos came under Uncle Sam’s protection with the Philippines. The money was cabled by a company of United States marines who are stationed there. They said: “We civilized these cannibals with baseball. Accept this to help civilize Germany.”

I’m not saying this isn’t true. I’m just saying I can’t seem to find ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 20, 2018 at 09:45 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Arizona Diamondbacks set to sign Jarrod Dyson |

I’m a little surprised the Giants didn’t sign him.

A baseball source has confirmed the deal is worth $7.5 million [two years], and a source told’s Mark Feinsand that Dyson’s deal includes performance bonuses each year: $50,000 at 100 and 125 games played; and $50,000 each at 350, 400 and 450 plate appearances.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2018 at 08:48 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, free agents, jarrod dyson

The Sabermetric Movement’s Forgotten Foremother - The Ringer

Her work was truly ground breaking. I learned about r.s.b in the middle 90’s and was a big fan of Defensive Average. Baseball lost a great mind when her interests and responsibilities took her away from the game.

“I thought DA was a very interesting system that advanced our understanding of defense during that time,” Tippett says via email. Before spending 13 years with the Red Sox, Tippett developed the computer baseball sim Diamond Mind, which relied on Defensive Average ratings for a few ...

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2018 at 08:07 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Monday, February 19, 2018

J.D. Martinez reportedly has deal with Red Sox

Reportedly front-loaded at $25 million each of the first two years. The free agent market was held up for this?

The prolonged courtship of slugger J.D. Martinez has paid off for the Red Sox, as’s Jon Paul Morosi reported via sources that the sides have reached agreement on a five-year, $110 million contract that includes opt-outs after the second and third years of the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2018 at 07:42 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. martinez, red sox

MLB announces pace of play initiatives |

I don’t see a pitch clock. Of course, they can just enforce the current rules.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2018 at 01:35 PM | 124 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-19-2018

Bridgeport Times, February 19, 1918:

An overseas professional baseball organization to be composed of six clubs and to be known as the Anglo-American League has been launched, according to W.A. Parsons, who was in [Bridgeport] yesterday on a hunt for players.
London, Paris and Brighton are sure of places in the league. Three clubs will be located at camps—with representation likely for Aix-les-Bains and Vichy, recreation centres for American troops. The league will play a five-month season, ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 19, 2018 at 09:55 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

For Yankees and Gleyber Torres, it’s about wins, not money | Newsday

We will see.

So do the math. If Torres’ major-league debut were delayed by 16 days or more, he would fall short of that critical full season, enabling the Yankees to squeeze an extra year from him before his salary begins to skyrocket through arbitration and then free agency.

For those in charge of talent compensation, such as general manager Brian Cashman, paying less for a longer period of time would seem to be the optimal course of action, as the Cubs did with Kris Bryant in 2015.

And yet ...

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2018 at 09:39 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, yankees

OTP 19 February 2018: Does Buster Posey Have a Post-playing Career in Politics?

Buster Posey is one of the most accomplished catchers in baseball history. At 30 years old, he already has a Hall of Fame resume.

In eight full seasons with the Giants, Posey has won National League Rookie of the Year, NL MVP, four Silver Slugger awards, a Gold Glove, and is a five-time All-Star. While he still has plenty of years left, Posey has naturally thought a bit about what he would like to do once his playing days are done.

But, politics? Well, kind of.


Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: February 19, 2018 at 08:04 AM | 2205 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants, off-topic, politics

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson Thinks Tim Tebow Will Play in the Major Leagues

Tim Tebow could be playing baseball at the highest level in the Mets organization sooner than many expected.

Position players, pitchers and catchers are already in Port St. Lucie, Fla. and if it hasn’t already joined them, Tebowmania is sure to be coming their way as well. On Sunday, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he thinks Tebow “will play in the Major Leagues,” according to Anthony DiComo of

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: February 18, 2018 at 03:53 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson, tim tebow

Huntington reacting to Josh Harrison wanting the Pirates to show they’re committed to winning.

Players play.


Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2018 at 03:13 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: josh harrison, pirates

Eric Hosmer surprised Red Sox didn’t pursue him | The Kansas City Star

His actions don’t match Marrero’s info. If he really believed in himself and wanted to play for a contender, he would have signed a three- or four-year deal with a contender for a higher AAV. Hosmer’s priority, though, was clearly getting the most guaranteed money. I don’t begrudge him for it but, in the short term at least, he’ll be playing in a lot of meaningless games.

Now, the overall dollars on the deal aren’t bad. $21 million a year for five years then $39 million over the last three ...

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2018 at 02:27 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, free agents, padres

Twins trade for Jake Odorizzi |

The Twins took a major step toward solidifying their rotation late Saturday night, acquiring right-hander Jake Odorizzi from the Rays for shortstop prospect Jermaine Palacios, the club announced.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2018 at 12:48 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, trade, twins

Padres, Eric Hosmer agree to terms

The Padres got their man.

The team and free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed to a deal, two sources said Saturday night.

The average annual value of the eight-year deal is $18 million, the largest monetary commitment in Padres history.

The Padres had said they would be creative. The $144-million contract is believed to be front-loaded, which might make the opt-out more attractive for Hosmer.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: February 18, 2018 at 04:29 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: collude this, eric hosmer, padres

Saturday, February 17, 2018

OT - 2017-18 NBA thread (All-Star Weekend to End of Time edition)

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, none of whom can be bothered to curate their own thread to avoid detracting from what this site is really about:  eliminationist rhetoric and precognition.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: February 17, 2018 at 02:09 AM | 790 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Friday, February 16, 2018

Rob Manfred Might Have Just Made a Mistake | FanGraphs Baseball


And can we stop with the talk about disbanding the MLBPA. Do you know who would get hurt by such an irresponsible action? EVERYBODY!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2018 at 04:39 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Jason Vargas, Mets agree to two-year deal

The New York Mets and starting pitcher Jason Vargas have reached agreement on a two-year, $16 million deal, a source confirmed to ESPN on Friday.

The deal, which is pending a physical, includes a club option for 2020, an MLB source told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: February 16, 2018 at 04:32 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: jason vargas, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-16-2018

Harrisburg Telegraph, February 16, 1918:

Rumors of an important deal affecting the New York and Detroit American League clubs were current to-day following a lengthy conference between Miller Huggins, the new Yankee manager, and Frank Navin, president of the Detroit club. It was generally believed that the deal involved the transfer of “Ty” Cobb to the New York club. It is understood that President Ruppert, of the New York club, would be willing to pay a price never heretofore spent for a ball ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 16, 2018 at 09:42 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Red Sox Speak Out Against WEEI

After saying that some of the station’s opinions were “offensive and out of line” last year (a statement that received criticism from WEEI hosts), the Boston Red Sox are once again expressing their displeasure with their flagship radio broadcaster. President and CEO Sam Kennedy said the team had a “growing level of concern” with WEEI, and also claimed the seemingly neverending parade of incidents that get people riled up was “exhausting,” per the Boston Herald.

WEEI has been ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: February 16, 2018 at 09:38 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: radio, red sox

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Source: Red Sox, Eduardo Nunez agree to deal

The Red Sox have agreed to a deal with super-utility man Eduardo Nunez, pending a physical, a source told on Thursday.

The Red Sox, sticking with team policy for uncompleted free-agent negotiations, have not confirmed the deal. The length of the contract is unknown.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 08:15 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: eduardo nuñez, red sox

Cardinals needing more sleep

Reset the alarm clocks and hit the snooze button for an extra hour of sleep, practice has been moved back for the St. Louis Cardinals.

“That’s not necessarily so we can get a later dinner reservation,” explained Mike Matheny this morning. “As we went through our sleep trackers last year, our guys were getting less than seven hours of sleep a night–seven good hours on an average. That’s just not enough for what we’re asking of them once they come out here, especially after we ...

cardsfanboy Posted: February 15, 2018 at 07:41 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: sleep data, st louis cardinals

Chase Utley’s Role Continues Changing

Plus he gives a great World Series parade speech.

Utley’s upside is the “clubhouse presence” he brings, as has been widely reported since he first showed up in LA in mid-2015. As a should-be Hall of Famer, Utley possesses “gravitas and dedication that rubs off on his teammates,” which might be expected of a 39-year-old with his 16-year resume. Six trips to the All-Star Game and a World Series ring are highlights on his reel. With those days gone, his role will likely revolve making ...

eddieot Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:49 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, dear chase, dodgers, veteran presence

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