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Monday, December 05, 2016

Dodgers sign free-agent pitcher Rich Hill | MLB.com

Three years, $48 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 01:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, free agency, rich hill

Giants sign free agent closer Mark Melancon | MLB.com

The contract is expected to be for four years and total of $60 million-$65 million, according to MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal, who first reported San Francisco was close to signing the free-agent closer.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 01:23 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, mark melancon

Five reasons Texas Rangers could say no to Edwin Encarnacion | The Star-Telegram

So here’s a look at five reasons the Rangers could pass on Encarnacion:

▪ The Rangers don’t want to block Gallo’s path to the majors. They need to find out about him, and soon.

▪ The club doesn’t want to give up on him as it did Davis and miss out on all that power. Who is the only player in the majors the past five seasons with more homers than Encarnacion? Davis.

▪ So, Encarnacion has that kind of power, maybe a tad bit less, at 34. With a bunch of 30-somethings already on ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 01:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, free agents, rangers

Peter Gammons: Reflections and notes from the winter meetings - GammonsDaily.com

Old school Gammons.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-5-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, December 5, 1916:

Hugh Ward, who with Harry Frazee has purchased the Boston American baseball team…is planning to give Europe some major league baseball as soon as the war ends.

“My plan is to send a couple of baseball teams over as soon as the league season here closes,” Mr. Ward, who is president, today said. “As for the expense, it will cost less than to send a team from New York to San Francisco.

Also, send food. They’ll need food too.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 05, 2016 at 10:52 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, international

New CBA, qualifying offers could impact Royals | MLB.com

Rany Jazayerli explained why this isn’t true on Twitter. I’ll consolidate his tweets here because Twitter is just horrible for stuff like this.

Yes, they can. I’m getting really tired of seeing this meme everywhere. The Royals planting this story doesn’t make it true. Let me explain: No, the Royals probably can’t afford to pay $90M to 5 players next year. But that’s not what will happen. What will happen is 5 different players will each separately make a decision on whether to accept a 1 year, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 10:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

OTP: 5 December 2016: Baseball’s New Collective Bargaining Agreement

OTP articles are traditionally whimsical, but not much whimsy is abroad these days.  Since labor relations are always political, here’s an actual baseball-news item for a change: 

Word broke late last week of a new five-year CBA as a deadline fast approached. The luxury-tax threshold — officially called the Competitive Balance Tax — and tougher rules surrounding it quickly emerged as a central theme.

Despite those enhanced rules, what’s glaringly evident is that MLB no longer sees the ...

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BDC Posted: December 05, 2016 at 10:21 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: labor relations, politics

The Royals are in a bind and will have to do something about it soon | FOX Sports

I can’t see how they wouldn’t be able to afford the draft picks. Each player they’d be losing makes more than the draft slot will be. I would think they’d also be tempted to make one last run.

In theory, the Royals could carry all of their potential free agents through ‘17, make each a qualifying offer and collect draft picks following the first round for every one who signs a contract above $50 million — a new stipulation under the collective-bargaining agreement.

Realistically, a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 06:17 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Diamondbacks bring framing into focus with catching switch - SweetSpot- ESPN

“His defense has always been his calling card,” one major-league scout said. “His hands are excellent. His arm strength and accuracy are above average. He blocks pitches in the dirt well. He handles pitching staffs well and fulfills the pitching coach’s game plans ideally.”

The numbers back that up. Over the past nine seasons, Mathis ranks fifth among catchers in defensive runs saved. And on a per-inning basis, he rates batter than the leader—Yadier Molina.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, jeff mathis, welington castillo

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Yankees agree to contract with Matt Holliday | MLB.com

Yankees strike.

The Yankees made a quick strike to land a bat on the eve of baseball’s Winter Meetings, agreeing to terms with outfielder/designated hitter Matt Holliday on a one-year, $13 million contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 10:25 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, matt holliday, yankees

OT - College Football Bowl Spectacular (December 2016 - January 2017)

December 30   8:00 PM  Orange Bowl            Michigan v. Florida State

December 31   3:00 PM  Peach Bowl             Washington v. Alabama
              7:00 PM  Fiesta Bowl            Ohio State v. Clemson

January 2     1:00 PM  Cotton Bowl            Wisconsin v. Western Michigan
              5:00 PM  Rose Bowl              Penn State v. USC
              8:30 PM  Sugar Bowl             Oklahoma v. Auburn

January 9     8:30 PM  Championship Game      Peach winner v. Fiesta winner
Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 04, 2016 at 03:30 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Juliano: Should Baseball Union Be Happy With the Status Quo?

Most in the baseball media have declared management as the winner in the sport’s latest round of labor negotiations. Over the last two days, I’ve portrayed the outcome as a split decision by illustrating how the new CBA will do little to change the prevailing trends in the game. But, that begs the question: is the status quo good for the players?

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: December 04, 2016 at 11:53 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, labor relations, mlbpa, owners

The Unluckiest Pitching Staff Ever Assembled

Big Ed doesn’t like it when you don’t score runs for him. Please score runs for Big Ed.

gehrig97 Posted: December 04, 2016 at 10:49 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: bob gibson, ed walsh, nolan ryan, pitching

Pittsburgh Pirates prospects Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow rise to the top of team’s Organization All-Stars | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Right-handed starter—Tyler Glasnow, Altoona (2 games), Indianapolis (20 games), Pittsburgh (7 games): Glasnow rang up 144 strikeouts over 116 2/3 innings in the Minors to pace the organization for the second straight year. While he compiled a 1.93 ERA and .176 opponents’ average in the Minors, the 6-foot-8, 220-pound hurler also issued 5.2 walks per nine innings. However, his command improved as the year went on, especially after making the jump to the Majors in July and September.

“I think ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, prospects

MLBPA boss Tony Clark breaks down the CBA | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal talks to Tony Clark about the new CBA.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, cya, mlbpa

Minor Leaguers Continue Efforts In Wage Lawsuit | BaseballAmerica.com

No official action was taken on Friday, but Spero will continue to consider the players’ streamlined filing, which is limited only to players who spend the entirety of their seasons in a league that plays all of its games in one state. The players are seeking class-action status for the spring training, extended spring training and the instructional leagues, as well as the California League.

If successful, the players would then go forward with their effort to seek the enforcement of the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers

Will Cubs stay quiet or pull off surprise at winter meetings? | Chicago Sun-Times

The Cubs are among those teams heading to this week’s winter meetings shopping for free agent relievers. And how Cecil’s signing and other market factors – such as a healthy trade market and newly struck changes to revenue-sharing and luxury-tax rules – affect the prices could affect how aggressive and active the Cubs choose to be.

“I don’t think any one signing is going to have [a market-setting] impact,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “Brett Cecil’s a very, very good ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Acquiring athletic center fielder still a priority for Cardinals | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., said, “In the prior offseason, we went for a stronger bench, more depth and more power. And we got all that. But we sacrificed a little bit of athleticism and our defense wasn’t as good as it had been the year before.”

“Defensively, we took a step backwards,” admitted Mozeliak. And it wasn’t just the infield defense.

“If we do catch the ball better, we ultimately will pitch better,” said Mozeliak. “We put a lot of stress on our pitchers ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Sunday Notes: Vizquel, Lindor, Shipley, Ryan, Mussina, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Nolan Ryan was a freak.

A couple of Nolan Ryan factoids, which would read as unbelievable if they weren’t about Nolan Ryan:

A total of 489 players had at least one plate appearance against Ryan without recording a hit. Gates Brown, with 31, had the most. He went 0 for 24 with seven walks against Ryan.

On June 14, 1974, Ryan had 19 strikeouts and 10 walks over 13 innings in a game against the Red Sox. Ryan reportedly threw 235 pitches. Four days later, he threw six shutout innings against the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Red Sox have chance to fill roster holes at Winter Meetings

The Red Sox could do just about anything.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, winter meetings

Nick Cafardo: Here are some scenarios that could develop at baseball’s Winter Meetings

Nick Cafardo takes on the Winter Meetings.

1. You could easily see the Red Sox and White Sox or Red Sox and Tigers hooking up on a megadeal. The Red Sox could easily pull off a Chris Sale-Jose Abreu trade if they’re willing to give up Andrew Benintendi or Yoan Moncada, as well as Jackie Bradley Jr., Eduardo Rodriguez, and Blake Swihart. They could pull off a Miguel Cabrera-Justin Verlander deal with the Tigers if they were willing to include the above players or add Michael Kopech. Why do it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, winter meetings

Heyman: Giants, Nationals At Forefront For Melancon

Relievers are getting paid this winter.

Sources indicate to FanRag Sports that the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals are currently at the forefront in terms of suitors for Melancon, and he is expected to sign a deal that will break the current reliever record held by Jonathan Papelbon, who signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in November, 2011 (though that record will surely be broken by Chapman and Jansen later this winter).

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 07:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, mark melancon, nationals

Twins must be “really inspired” to trade Brian Dozier

Kinsler has been the superior player but he’s six years older. Whether that age difference will show up in his play over the next two seasons is questionable.

While Dozier, 28, is signed for two more seasons at a combined $15 million, the 34-year-old Kinsler could be controlled through 2018 for just $6 million more if his option is exercised. Kinsler, a four-time all-star with superior defensive metrics to Dozier’s, can block trades to 10 teams, including the Dodgers, owners of perhaps the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian dozier, ian kinsler, twins

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Carlos Beltran agrees to one-year, $16M deal with Astros

Free agent Carlos Beltran has agreed to a one-year deal worth $16 million with the Houston Astros, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The deal also includes a full no-trade clause, according to the source.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos beltran

Cubs sign outfielder Jay to 1-year contract

Now they just have to sign free agent Matt Holliday to have the Cardinals’ 2015 starting outfield.

With incumbent center fielder Dexter Fowler weighing his options in free agency, the Cubs plucked another player off the open market, agreeing with veteran Jon Jay on a one-year contract worth $8 million.

salvomania Posted: December 03, 2016 at 11:25 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jon jay

Column: Nationals Must Go For It All To Win With Harper

I’m not sure I’d describe the market for relievers as “saturated”.

Mark Melancon impressed in his time with the Nationals. Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman are two of baseball’s best late-inning relievers. Wade Davis, David Robertson and A.J Ramos can be had in trades. If they’re dead-set against spending big on a short reliever, they can give Treinen a chance and see if he develops while signing insurance policies like Fernando Rodney, Koji Uehara, Joe Smith or Brad Ziegler.

The saturated ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

D-Backs hire Mike Fitzgerald as new analytics head

Which direction will Arizona change to when this plan doesn’t produce a World Series championship within two years? Fortune tellers?

“(Analytics) certainly has been an area of focus for us since coming over here; I know it’s been an area of focus for (owner) Ken (Kendrick) and (CEO) Derrick (Hall) when I was hired,” Hazen said. “We want to look to strategically build this department.

“He has a phenomenal reputation, very smart, impressed throughout the interview process. He’s the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, sabermetrics

Friday, December 02, 2016

Free-agent catcher Jeff Mathis signs with Diamondbacks

Jeff Mathis signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, a source confirmed to the Sun Sentinel, ending his four-year tenure as Miami’s backup backstop.

The loss is a noteworthy one for the Marlins, who benefited from Mathis’ defense behind the plate and valued his veteran presence in the clubhouse.

“Thank you for all you did for me the last 4 years,” starting pitcher Tom Koehler wrote in a tweet about Mathis. “AZ is getting a hell of a teammate. Your ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2016 at 10:43 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, jeff mathis

D-Backs nontender Wellington Castillo, sign Jeff Mathis

What is this strange hold Jeff Mathis has on certain GM’s and managers?

charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: December 02, 2016 at 10:23 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

2016 Non-Tender Tracker

Ben Revere, Chris Carter and Tyson Ross are among the big names.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2016 at 08:30 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: ben revere, non-tenders, tyson ross

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