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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Yankees trading for Robinson Cano would be colossally dumb

The reshaping of the Seattle Mariners roster that has started this offseason would reportedly include a trade of star infielder Robinson Cano if general manager Jerry Dipoto gets his way.

While that may not be a surprise to anyone who has already seen the Mariners trade ace James Paxton and catcher Mike Zunino, this part may be surprising: According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners have tried to trade Cano back to the New York Yankees, where he played his first nine seasons and ...

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QLE Posted: November 27, 2018 at 08:43 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: bad trade ideas, robinson cano, trade talk, yankees

Monday, November 26, 2018

Brian McCann heads home to play for Braves | MLB.com

Brian McCann had his wish to return to the Braves granted, as the club announced on Monday afternoon that it signed the veteran catcher to a one-year, $2 million contract. McCann’s desire to once again play for his hometown team led him to decline a couple of more financially lucrative offers made by other teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2018 at 08:23 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brian mccann

Jed Hoyer Reiterates That Cubs’ Offensive Focus is on Their Current Players

That said, of course I can see a plausible future where, despite not making an impact addition, the Cubs have a great offense in 2019. Heck, it wouldn’t even take much more than a healthy Kris Bryant, a standard Anthony Rizzo, a bounce-back from Willson Contreras, and another step forward from Kyle Schwarber.

It feels to me like most of these Theo/Jed quotes are part of an elaborate negotiation with Boras/Harper, but maybe they are content to sit the major free agent market this year?

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Red Voodooin Posted: November 26, 2018 at 07:48 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Ken Rosenthal: Donaldson in agreement with #Braves on one-year, $23M free-agent contract

 

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2018 at 02:49 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, josh donaldson

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-26-2018

Washington Herald, November 26, 1918:

That former President William Howard Taft would not accept the position of sole member of the National Commission on baseball seems assured by a statement issued by him yesterday.

Yesterday Chairman Herrmann, of the National Commission, issued a statement at Cincinnati, ridiculing the proposition. Also at Philadelphia Connie Mack, of the Philadelphia Americans, protested against the proposition.
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[Taft:} “I said to [Giants owner Harry Hempstead and Red ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 26, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Kuenster: A Vote For The Hall Of Fame

For new age baseball fans, Halladay’s career 65.5 WAR is tied for 41stall-time with Bob Feller and is ahead of notable mounds men Clayton Kershaw (62.1), Juan Marichal (61.9), Whitey Ford (53.5), Sandy Koufax (53.2), and Max Scherzer (52.9).

His 61.2 WAR reading is higher than other Hall of Fame first basemen Harmon Killebrew (60.4), Hank Greenberg (57.6), Bill Terry (54.2), Tony Perez (54.0), George Sisler (54.0), and Orlando Cepeda (50.2) among others.

His overall WAR of 72.7 is higher ...

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Baldrick Posted: November 25, 2018 at 02:46 PM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pinata, roy halladay

Patrick Corbin Rumors

Here’s a great rundown on Patrick Corbin’s market.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 11:59 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, patrick corbin

Tangotiger Blog: Prospect Valuation

Although the discussion gets a little off track when they discuss future value unrelated to risk, I nevertheless found the discussion about Craig Edwards’ recent article on prospect value very interesting.

BTW, I agree with Matt Swartz’ opinion about the discount rate being nearer the 10% rate. I also believe Edwards’ surplus values are a little too high because they don’t account for team scouting and player development costs.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 09:05 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, prospect value

Tangotiger Blog: Stacast Lab: The Good, The Bad, and The Relevant of Outfield Fielding

Tangotiger looks at Harper’s defense.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 09:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper

The Problem With Bryce Harper’s Defense - The Ringer

Harper has great talent. To this point, except for one fantastic season, he hasn’t been a great player. Not coincidentally he’s had some injury issues. If I’m a front office guy I know I’m probably going to eat some mediocre/bad years at the end of a 10+ year, $300+ million contract. What I need to do the deal is some certainty I’m going to get a bunch of MVP quality years at the front end of the deal. I can’t see how any team has that with Harper.

I’d be a hard pass on such a contract. Don’t ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 08:46 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper

Braves owner not in ‘exit mode’ as team makes money at ‘serious clip’

Thanks taxpayers!

The Braves are making money “at a pretty serious clip,” and team owner Liberty Media plans to stick around for a while.

That was the message from company executives during an investment conference in New York on Wednesday.

“Look, I think there is a lot of good stuff that is going to go on at the Braves that we’d like to remain involved with for a period,” Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei said. “That includes for the buildout of The Battery, all of the development ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 08:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

The Income Tax Implications of Bryce Harper’s Choice of Next Team | Community – FanGraphs Baseball

That said, it is worth noting that the difference in local income taxes to be paid by Harper next year would vary widely depending on which team he chooses. And when I say “widely”, I’m talking a difference of millions. Mo’ money, mo’ taxes. Nice problem to have, amirite?

What follows is my attempt to quantify just what this difference might be, by team. Before diving in, two points.

The first point is to dispel any lingering notion that, if Bryce Harper were to choose the Texas ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agency

Cubs understand there is no ‘silver bullet’ to fix offense for 2019

The Cubs aren’t sharing exactly how they plan on ensuring their offense doesn’t break in 2019.

Which makes sense: Why make your adjustments and gameplans public months before the season even starts?

But the tone about the lineup has changed a bit since the Cubs managed just one run in 13 innings against the Colorado Rockies in the National League Wild-Card Game last month.

Wait, who on the Cubs is a werewolf?

QLE Posted: November 25, 2018 at 04:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, offense

Giancarlo Stanton to Giants makes no sense if Yankees will trade him

One year ago, Giants fans were on Giancarlo Stanton watch every day. That won’t be happening again, despite a report the New York Yankees already might be willing to trade the slugger.

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, there are “long-shot rumblings” about the Yankees trying to trade Stanton after only one season in the Bronx. The writer also lists the Giants as a team that could reasonably explore the possibility of adding the former MVP after making such a strong push for him ...

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QLE Posted: November 25, 2018 at 04:26 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, giants, trade talk, yankees

The Royals hired ex-Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and it brought KC and St. Louis fans together

It’s not often that Kansas City and St. Louis baseball fans agree on anything — let alone console each other — but news on Friday afternoon that ex-Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was joining the Royals as a special advisor almost seemed to bring the two sides together.

And not necessarily in a good way.

It appears neither fanbase particularly likes Matheny and they haven’t been too quiet about the matter on social media, either.

How quickly they turn….

QLE Posted: November 25, 2018 at 04:22 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: best fans in baseball, cardinals, mike matheny, royals

Friday, November 23, 2018

Seibu Lions to post pitcher Yusei Kikuchi in early December | Japan Times

The Seibu Lions will begin the posting process for left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi on Dec. 3, the Pacific League champions announced Friday.

The posting period begins on Dec. 5, and Kikuchi will then have 30 days to sign a contract with a major league team. The Lions would then receive a posting fee based on the dollar amount of the pitcher’s contract. If he fails to reach a deal within 30 days, he remains with the Lions.

Kikuchi is reportedly being represented by agent Scott Boras, who ...

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DEEPBALL: MODELING EXPECTATION AND UNCERTAINTY IN BASEBALL WITH RECURRENT NEURAL NETWORKS

Making reliable preseason batter projections for baseball players is an issue of utmost importance to both teams and fans who seek to infer a player’s underlying talent or predict future performance. However, this has proven to be a difficult task due to the high-variance nature of baseball and the lack of abundant, clean data. For this reason, current leading models rely mostly upon expert knowledge. We propose DeepBall, which combines a recurrent neural network with novel regularization and ...

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McCoy Posted: November 23, 2018 at 12:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marcel, projections, retrosheet

The Ohio Supreme Court says bobbleheads aren’t, legally, free giveaways – HardballTalk

Or better yet, get a class action suit going so lawyers can earn millions and you can pick up your $0.99 part of the claim.

So, my friends: next time the Reds or Indians hold a bobblehead day, I suggest that you wait until the second or third inning to show up and they have run out of the bobbleheads. Then walk right up to the ticket counter and ask for a free ticket to the next game or, at the very least, some good substitute swag. If they don’t hook you up, sue them for breach of contract. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2018 at 10:52 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bobbleheads

Casey Kelly signs with the LG Twins in Korea

We wrote a lot about Casey Kelly on this site circa 2010-12.

It was understandable. Kelly was a big-time draftee for the Red Sox and famously split time as a shortstop and a pitcher in the minors, with some people even wondering if he could do it full time. The Sox put the kibosh on that pretty quickly, as he became the top overall prospect in the Boston organization as a pitcher. He then made news when he was sent to San Diego — along with Anthony Rizzo — in the famous Adrian Gonzalez ...

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QLE Posted: November 23, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: casey kelly, korea, prospect

Raisel Iglesias, Reds Agree to 3-Year Contract Reportedly Worth $24.1M

Cincinnati Reds closer Raisel Iglesias signed a three-year deal on Wednesday to remain with the team through the 2021 season.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported that Iglesias signed a $24,150,000 contract.

Iglesias has been one of the bright spots on a struggling Reds team over the past two seasons. He’s saved 58 games and posted a 2.43 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 148.0 innings.

The next time we wonder why sportswriters overrate closers, consider how baseball management, while being cheap ...

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QLE Posted: November 23, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: raisel iglesias, reds

From Boston’s Title to Javy Baez’s Breakout Year, Here’s What Each MLB Club Should Give Thanks For

Some MLB teams have more to be thankful for than others do. But every team has something. In honor of Thanksgiving, here’s a rundown of baseball’s biggest blessings.

Something tells me that Miami fans will find cold comfort at best with what they’ve been told to be thankful for….

QLE Posted: November 23, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giving thanks, teams

Shohei Ohtani reflects on successful first year in Major League Baseball

A little over a year ago, Nov. 11, 2017, to be exact, Shohei Ohtani strode into a room full of journalists at the Japan National Press Club and told the world he was ready to head to MLB and hoped to one day become the best baseball player in the world.

The Los Angeles Angels star was back in that same room Thursday morning — facing 312 writers, 31 television cameras and 30 photographers — to reflect on a whirlwind rookie season in MLB that ended with him as the 2018 American League Rookie ...

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QLE Posted: November 23, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japan national press club, shohei ohtani

Alex Rodriguez talks MLB coming to London - ‘You’ll see baseballs hit over 550ft that fans will think are golf balls’

People might not know baseball, but they sure know “A-Rod”. Three-time Major League Baseball MVP Alex Rodriguez is in London this week to help promote next year’s London Series, a blockbuster match-up on June 29 and 30 between Rodriguez’s former side, the New York Yankees, and reigning world champions the Boston Red Sox.

While the NFL and, to a lesser extent, the NBA are now regulars on these shores, this is the first time MLB has dipped its toe into the Europe.

Bringing the Red Sox and ...

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QLE Posted: November 23, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, london, neutral site games

Bryce Harper’s value and other baseball debates worth having over Thanksgiving dinner

Too late for Thanksgiving, I admit, but still better for tomorrow than joining the Black Friday mobs…

QLE Posted: November 23, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, bullpenning, hall of fame, hot stove, manny machado

Jose Bautista’s name inspires new beetle species

Meet the Joey Bats beetle.

Former Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista has inspired the name of a new weevil species that ain’t so pretty to look but bears his name proudly. (We think.)

The tiny black insect with a long snout from the Dominican Republic, Bautista’s home nation, has now been scientifically recorded as Sicoderus Bautistai.

[Insert jokes here]

QLE Posted: November 23, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: beetle, jose bautista, naming rights

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Manny Machado reflects on hustle comments | MLB.com

Right, running hard to first in a World Series game is just showing off.

“When I was asked that question, I was definitely on the defensive, and I was wrong to answer it the way that I did, because looking back, it doesn’t come across how I meant it,” Machado said. “For me, I was trying to talk about how I’m not the guy who is eye wash. There’s a difference between fake hustle for show and being someone who tries hard to win. I’ve always been the guy who does whatever he can to win for his team. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2018 at 02:41 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, manny machado

Braves owner not in ‘exit mode’ as team makes money at ‘serious clip’

During the day-long investors event, which was broadcast on Liberty’s website, Braves executives provided details on how much money the team is making.

In the first nine months of this year, through Sept. 30, the Braves posted an operating profit before depreciation and amortization of $105 million (up more than 100 percent from $49 million at the same point in 2017) and revenue of $410 million (up from $366 million at the same point in 2017).

The Braves’ strong financial results have ...

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Nasty Nate Posted: November 21, 2018 at 01:49 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Orioles name Mejdal to head analytics department

As expected, new Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias’ first move was to add longtime aide Sig Mejdal to head the team’s analytics department.

Mejdal, who worked with Elias in Houston will have the title, Assistant General Manager, Analytics.

He replaces Sarah Gelles, who left the Orioles to join the Astros.

According to the Orioles, “Mejdal will oversee all aspects of the club’s growing analytics effort while assisting and advising Elias in all manner of ...

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A Baseball Fan Posted: November 21, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

The Braves’ Profits Provide a Glimpse into Baseball’s Books

With average attendance and ticket prices, a $130 million payroll, and a terrible local television deal, the Braves turned a $100 million profit last season.

Teams are swimming in money.

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 21, 2018 at 11:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Rogers: Jim Hickey steps down as Cubs pitching coach

Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey has resigned his position with the team, citing personal reasons, after one year on the job, the team announced Tuesday.

“Jim Hickey notified us yesterday of his decision to step down as pitching coach and leave the organization for personal reasons,” the Cub said in a news release. “We thank Jim for his season with the Cubs and his positive impact on our pitchers. Jim has our full support, and we all wish him well.”

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McCoy Posted: November 21, 2018 at 10:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

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