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Friday, November 14, 2014
Thirteen pitchers have commanded contracts of $100 million or more, including two for C.C. Sabathia because of an opt-out clause he exercised. Clayton Kershaw’s seven-year, $215 million deal is the gold standard, followed by Justin Verlander ($180 million over seven years), Felix Hernandez ($175 million/seven), Sabathia ($161 million/seven), Masahiro Tanaka ($155 million/7), Zack Greinke ($147 million/six), Cole Hamels ($144 million/six), Johan Santana ($137.5 million/six), Matt Cain ($127.5 ...
Oozing? No. He’s not even leaking some talent. I wouldn’t even go so far to say he has scabs of talent. His talent is completely contained within a protective layer of skin.
“I looked right past him at Florida State,” said the evaluator, “then I saw him in the Arizona Fall League last year. Impressive. He makes solid contact and doesn’t strike out a lot. I’ve heard some people throw a Howie Kendrick on him. He might be a second base version of Bill Madlock.”
Posted: November 14, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 23 comment(s)
Recently released Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Jack Coombs quoted in the Pittsburgh Press, November 14, 1914:
I often wonder what is going to become to these young players when they slip back to the minors. They are certainly not saving up for a rainy day. The automobile fever has hit our boys hard.
One afternoon last summer, just before a game, I counted on Lehigh ave. outside of Shibe park no less than 17 automobiles that belonged to our players. The expenses of running these machines must ...
Corey Kluber just a won a Cy Young Award without an advantage in ERA, without an advantage in win/loss record, without name recognition and without his team making the playoffs. I’d be remiss to ignore the fact that many voters also cited his strong stretch run in the second half, but it sure seems like Corey Kluber just won a Cy Young Award largely due in part to his FIP. And despite the “old-school” reputation of the BBWAA, that’s a big step in the right direction.
He can make it more efficient. He’ll have some competition to make it the best, most efficient.
Friedman’s mandate couldn’t be simpler: To make the Dodgers, who’ve won back-to-back National League West titles, the best, most efficient baseball team on the planet.
Posted: November 14, 2014 at 06:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
Some good info about Moncada and the process of signing international free agents.
The Yankees recognized this lack of rational action and spent a record-smashing ~$30 million on bonuses and penalties last year, while the Red Sox, Rays and Angels also went over their pools (to a lesser degree), but still got the maximum punishment. These teams had to pay the tax for exceeding their spending limits, and they also can’t sign a prospect for more than $300,000 for the next two years, starting ...
Posted: November 14, 2014 at 06:39 AM | 4 comment(s)
international free agents
“Bottom line: ownership, this family has always had impressive commitment to the fan base and trying to field a championship-caliber team,” Cashman said. “Hopefully I can navigate through some of these opportunities to improve the roster.”
Posted: November 14, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
“One of the extraordinarily small yet extremely vivid bits of the scene setting is a baseball game. It’s on what looks like a small, minor league field in the middle of a farming community. One team is a local nine made up of what are presumably amateurs. The other team: the New York Yankees. Which still exist, but have been reduced to a barnstorming, probably semi-pro situation. They have a banner on the wall welcoming “The World Famous New York Yankees,” for example.
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“Just get everything out,” Pettitte said Thursday night at Chelsea Piers, where he was to be a guest of honor at Joe Torre’s annual Safe at Home charity dinner. “Everything has to be out, otherwise it seems like something’s always chasing you around. That’s just the best way to do things, I think, the easiest way to do things.”
Thursday, November 13, 2014
|Mike Trout, Angels||30||420
|Victor Martinez, Tigers||16||4||3||3||2||1||229
|Michael Brantley, Indians||8||6||5||3||1||1||1||1||185
|Jose Abreu, White Sox||1||6||3||1||6||5||2||2||1||145
|Jose Bautista, Blue Jays||1||3||9||4||1||5||3||128
|Robinson Cano, Mariners||1||1||6||5||2||4||2||1||1||124
|Nelson Cruz, Orioles||6||3||2||2||2||1||1||102
|Josh Donaldson, Athletics||1||2||2||3||3||6||5||2||96
|Miguel Cabrera, Tigers||1||2||2||2||2||1||6||5||82
|Felix Hernandez, Mariners||2||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||48
|Corey Kluber, Indians||1||1||2||3||2||2||45
|Alex Gordon, Royals|| ...|
Alvin Dark, manager of two Bay Area World Series teams and captain of the 1951 New York Giants who made a legendary comeback to beat the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League pennant, died early this morning at his home in Easley, S.C.
He was 92.
“He just simply died of old age,” said his son, Gene Dark. “He did not suffer. He did not linger. He died in his sleep.”
Posted: November 13, 2014 at 03:42 PM | 24 comment(s)
I’d totally love to run all these signings out as a 1962-style expansion team.
The Phillies have announced the signings of eight players to minor league deals with spring training invites…
Infielder Andres Blanco
Outfielder Brian Bogusevic
Infielder/outfielder Russ Canzler
Infielder/outfielder Chase d’Arnaud
Outfielder Jeff Francoeur
Catcher John Hester
Outfielder Darin Mastroianni
Outfielder Xavier Paul…
Francoeur, of course, is a former top prospect and long-time starter who spent time ...
The District Attorney
Posted: November 13, 2014 at 02:27 PM | 11 comment(s)
Erik Kratz is the Maytag man of baseball.
Salvador Perez’s personal experience of the 2014 season was akin to wandering into a time machine and going back 40 or 50 years. The 24-year-old Royals backstop started 143 games at catcher, the most in the majors, was a defensive replacement in three more, and then added another 15 starts in the postseason. That total of 158 starts was the most by any catcher in at least a century and represented the kind of workload that was a regular occurrence ...
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Posted: November 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM | 5 comment(s)
La Russa mentioned this in an interview yesterday. What is Ed Lewis’ expertise? Apparently he’s a vet who plays the stocks.
La Russa’s next major move will be unveiling Arizona’s new department of analytics. To run it he’s hired Ed Lewis, who helped initiate and run Cardinals Care more than a decade ago. La Russa said that baseball’s advanced math has been an asset Arizona hasn’t utilized but he stressed that his management will only employ analytics until “the first pitch has been ...
Posted: November 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
I guess we won’t know until spring training, at the earliest.
This all seems to indicate that Craig, 30, lacked bat speed compared to previous campaigns. Perhaps there’s even a minor change in his swing plane. He may have just lost it. He’s kaput. This stuff is disturbing without some context. The changes are all too dramatic to be age-related and thus to accept without some other explanation, though. He may have lost something his swing mechanics, whether it’s related to his 2013 foot ...
Posted: November 13, 2014 at 11:49 AM | 19 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, November 13, 1914:
Owner Charles Weeghman of the Chicago Federals on Friday denied that the Chicago Cubs actually had been transferred to him and peace terms for the elimination of the Federal league agreed upon, though well-informed baseball men insisted that these two steps were taken at Thursday’s conference between Weeghman and Garry Herrmann.
Weeghman declared that a few details in the deal by which he is to become owner of the Cubs, are yet to be arranged and that the ...
It’s tough having just enough talent to be competitive when you realize some of those players keeping you competitive will be gone at the end of the year. You get faced with the choice of either taking a step back now, so that you will hopefully shorten the period to rebound, or hanging tough with patches, which buries you when things collapse (see the Phillies). Granted, the Yankees were able to patch through such a problem for the last few years. Of course, they are now paying the price.
Posted: November 13, 2014 at 10:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
And here we thought he was just a terrible businessman.
Seriously, a seven-year-old with a rudimentary public school education is more informed about science than Curt Schilling. Below is a selection of the absolute dumbest tweets, but if you have a half hour and want to laugh/weep/hate read—or maybe all three at once—go check out his timeline, where he’s still going strong as of this posting.
Dan O’Dowd, who looks like a great addition to MLB Network, commented that the last place a GM should be is in the middle, not all in and not all out. It seems Jocketty shares that view.
Word is their general manager, Walt Jocketty, has told his troops the team should follow one of two very definitive routes: 1) All in. 2) All out.
Posted: November 13, 2014 at 09:55 AM | 19 comment(s)
Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association have finalized a list of 26 players with less than three years of Major League service time who are eligible for salary arbitration, also known as Super Twos, a Major League Baseball source confirmed.
Posted: November 13, 2014 at 09:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
Two general managers and two other officials familiar with Moncada and Cuban baseball this week all agreed on the expected price once he hits the market: between $30 million and $40 million. While that’s close to what the similarly aged Puig ($42 million) and the Cubs’ Jorge Soler ($30 million) received, the circumstances for Moncada are entirely different than when Puig and Soler signed in 2012.
Under baseball’s current collective-bargaining agreement, international free agents under 23 ...
Posted: November 13, 2014 at 09:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
cuban free agents
The Mets are hoping to contend in 2015, and do not want Matt Harvey to become this year’s Stephen Strasburg, shut down for a playoff run. And while internal discussions about a plan for Harvey next year are in the very early stages, several creative approaches are possible.
Posted: November 13, 2014 at 09:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
“I think if you look at it, the chances of us carrying all three of those guys on the 25-man roster, something else would have to give. So I think there’s at least a 50-50 chance that some way or another, we’ll have gotten that three down to two.”
Posted: November 13, 2014 at 09:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
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