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Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Think about that for a minute.
Leading up to free agency, the Pirates extended multiyear offers to their latest successful reclamation project in Ivan Nova. But Nova seemed determined to test what figures to be a historically thin market for starting pitching.
Nova is rated the fourth-best starting pitcher available, according to CBSSports.com.
Posted: November 09, 2016 at 12:42 PM | 2 comment(s)
Chapman is looking for $100 million, said one plugged-in agent posted up at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa during the general manager meetings. If Chapman’s camp can draw the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers into a bidding war, then maybe the 100-mph closer gets a five-year deal and doubles the $50 million guaranteed the Philadelphia Phillies would regret giving Jonathan Papelbon after the 2011 season.
Posted: November 09, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 17 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 9, 1916:
The reported radical move among baseball leaders to inaugurate a third major league may or may not have been contemplated seriously, but the success of such a venture is open to much speculation.
It is pointed out that Toronto, Buffalo, Baltimore, Newark, Milwaukee, Louisville, Indianapolis and Toledo have big league longings and would go together to make a compact circuit.
The baseball powers should remember the Federal League with its ...
Rumor: Yankees have reached out to free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes’ agency
Why it makes sense: Cespedes, a top right-handed bat who hit .280 with 31 homers in 2016, would slot in perfectly alongside lefties Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner in the Yankees’ outfield. Cespedes’ 132 wRC+ ranked sixth among Major League outfielders, he’s hit 30-plus homers in back-to-back seasons, and 20-plus in each of his five in the big leagues. Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks, the Yankees’ two likeliest ...
Posted: November 09, 2016 at 07:13 AM | 17 comment(s)
I endorse this plan. I’d rather see the team spend their money on their bullpen (and/or on future free agent starters).
The Red Sox might replace retiring designated hitter David Ortiz internally or with a short-term free agent, rather than pursue one of the prominent long-term options on the market, Boston’s president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters at the MLB general managers meetings on Monday.
Dombrowski mentioned Yoan Moncada, Sam Travis and Rafael Devers as ...
Posted: November 09, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 14 comment(s)
Quotes from the GMs, including this one:
Newly hired Twins GM Thad Levine, who was involved internationally as a front office executive with the Rangers, said he supports reform but only with the concerns of international trainers taken into account.
“My concern is just simply about the development of players there,” Levine said. “I think sometimes we demonize the trainers down there. In practice they play a vital role in the development of the players. They’re investing a lot of time ...
Posted: November 09, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 8 comment(s)
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
they ultimately hired Marvin Miller in the spring of 1966. To say this was a watershed moment is an extreme understatement. In 2016 the MLBPA is publicly celebrating its 50th anniversary-–the pre-Miller days aren’t even acknowledged.
The owners were not happy with the appointment of Miller, and they tried to torpedo it. “We could tell from the reaction of the owners that Marvin would be good for us,” Jim Bouton later said. “They hated him. They were saying that he would bring in ...
There is a new sheriff in town. Ranking Ronald Acuna number 2, Ozzie Albies number 3, and Kevin Maitan at number 8 is quite confusing to me. It will be interesting to see how the other lists play out.
2. Ronald Acuna, CF
Height/Weight: 6’0” 180 lbs.
Drafted/Acquired: Signed out of Venezuela in 2014 for $100,000
Previous Ranking(s): N/A
2016 Stats: .311/.387/.432, 4 HR, 14 SB in 40 games at Low-A Rome
The Good: Flashes all five tools with quick-twitch ...
Posted: November 08, 2016 at 01:34 PM | 7 comment(s)
Washington Times, November 8, 1916:
In order to improve conditions outside of the two major leagues, the big magnates who shape the destiny of the national game, have laid plans for the formation of a third big league, a combination of the best cities in the International League and the American Association…
The big scheme that will come up for careful deliberation is the formation of a circuit to embrace Toronto, Buffalo, Baltimore, Newark, Milwaukee, Louisville, Indianapolis, and Toledo.
Tiger fans shouldn’t be optimistic about next season. Will there be a full-scale purge?
Posted: November 08, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 76 comment(s)
On the first day of the GM Meetings on Monday, general manager Billy Eppler said he’s on the lookout for a player to plug that hole.
Although he’s not publicly ruling out the internal options — Kaleb Cowart, Cliff Pennington — the Angels plan is to get an everyday second baseman via trade or free agency.
“We have guys who have played second base on the roster, but no one who has played 120 to 130 games (in a season) to date at second base,” Eppler said. “That would be nice to ...
The free agent market is more like a flea market this season.
“We should be players, whether it’s in the free agent or trade market, we should be players,” Coppolella said. “Because we will have money to spend.”
The Toronto Blue Jays are making a push to re-sign Edwin Encarnacion after some fruitful talks have apparently given the free-agent slugger something to think about, industry sources told Sportsnet.
Things have the potential to move fast, but that’s no guarantee the sides will reach an agreement. An important factor at play is Encarnacion’s desire to remain with the Blue Jays, but he’ll be able to negotiate with all 30 teams starting at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday night and will be highly ...
1. Yoenis Cespedes – Dodgers. Five years, $125MM. Cespedes chose to opt out of the remaining two years and $47.5MM remaining on his Mets contract and re-enter free agency, which came as little surprise. Last winter, an acceptable five or six-year offer never materialized for Cespedes, but we think he’ll have greater success the second time around given less competition and another strong year. Despite missing time with a quad injury, the 31-year-old Cespedes hit 31 home runs in 132 ...
Posted: November 08, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
Another old essay, but also one that I found interesting.
Sports writing—and baseball writing in particular, because statistics have become such a strong part of the modern game’s analysis—is deceptively difficult. Fifty years ago, it was enough to write colorful anecdotes about beefy jocks, gathering stories by drinking with the boys and preserving access by withholding any unflattering anecdote, describing their achievements in hyperbole and doggerel. Nowadays, a good sportswriter is ...
Monday, November 07, 2016
Say it ain’t you, Yoo!
The South Korean police said Monday that they were pressing criminal charges against 21 people, including two professional baseball pitchers in the KBO League, on suspicion of match fixing.
In 2014, the pitchers, Lee Sung-min of the NC Dinos and Yoo Chang-sik of the Hanwha Eagles, deliberately walked batters in return for gifts and cash from match-fixing brokers, the police said. Lee now plays for the Lotte Giants and Yoo for the Kia Tigers.
The police said two NC ...
He has his work cut out with this sale.
Boras mentioned age (30 in April), spin rate on his breaking ball (fourth-highest revolutions per minute among those who threw at least 100 curves this year), his improved cutter since joining the Phillies in 2016 and how much better Hellickson has pitched since distancing himself from February 2014 surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow (3.84 ERA in his 46 past starts dating to June 2015).
That expert’s name is Stephanie Izard, and after winning the fourth season of Top Chef, she opened a Chicago restaurant called The Girl and the Goat. She serves a number of goat-focused dishes there, like goat empanadas and goat carpaccio, and she also offers entire goat legs for pre-order. There’s no one better they could have found to roast a whole goat for them in Chicago.
Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:47 PM | 53 comment(s)
“Bud talked about it, that urgent feeling of belief that is brewing among our players as they look at themselves and they look around the league in the division and go, ‘OK, we should really start to win games and put pressure on ourselves and pressure on the rest of the division and the National League to get back into the playoffs here,’” said general manager Jeff Bridich. “That’s a wonderful place to be, and I think it’s an honest place to be for who we are right now.
“I think Bud realizes ...
Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
Not many surprises. Corey Seager in the top three for MVP was a little surprising, though.
Kris Bryant, Cubs
Daniel Murphy, Nationals
Corey Seager, Dodgers
Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:06 PM | 8 comment(s)
Or the Indians can regress, get injured, and end up being a one-year wonder.
With Bauer, Carrasco, Kluber and Salazar, the Indians are in good shape in their rotation, leaving Tomlin, Mike Clevinger and Cody Anderson as fifth-starter/depth alternatives. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team bring in additional options, but barring a trade, don’t expect any big names. Expect opposing teams to make calls about Carrasco and Salazar this off-season, presenting Antonetti and Chernoff with options ...
Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:30 PM | 10 comment(s)
The eight finalists for the 2017 Frick Award are: Gary Cohen, Ken Coleman, Jacques Doucet, Ken Harrelson, Pat Hughes, Bill King, Ned Martin and Dewayne Staats. The winner of the 2017 Frick Award will be announced on Dec. 7 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md., and will be honored during the July 29 Awards Presentation as part of the July 28-31 Hall of Fame Weekend 2017 in Cooperstown. All candidates except King and Martin are living.
Oh boy. Crazy.
At a cost of $1bn to put a chill in the air during Texas Rangers games, it would surely go down as the sports world’s most expensive air-conditioning bill.
Voters in the city that is home to the Rangers go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to finance a new Major League Baseball stadium that would replace a popular facility that is barely two decades old.
The election raises the question of how much a team is really worth to its community, and whether, just a few days ...
Posted: November 07, 2016 at 05:45 PM | 8 comment(s)
Of course, then comes the purge.
So what did Hazen learn about that transition?
“Do a lot of listening. Try to meet with as many people as you can and get their thoughts,” he said. “We’re looking at it from across the country, so it’s more about gathering the opinions of that staff that’s been here and what they think went wrong and then maybe layering over some objective opinions on that as well to hopefully figure out a way to turn it around.”
That echoes what Hazen said impressed him most ...
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