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Monday, February 19, 2018

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, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 19, 2018 at 09:55 AM | 1 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 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2018 at 09:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, yankees

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 MLB.com.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: February 18, 2018 at 03:53 PM | 18 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 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2018 at 02:27 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, free agents, padres

Rays trade Odorizzi to Twins, acquire Cron from Angels, DFA All-Star Dickerson

Rays made two other moves yesterday.

The most perplexing was designating for assignment 2017 All-Star DH Corey Dickerson, giving away leverage in hoping to bring trade talks to conclusion during the 10-day window or just surrender and release him, though paying just one-sixth of his $5.95-million salary, roughly $1-million, in termination pay.

And the most intriguing was acquiring right-handed hitting first baseman/DH C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player – a minor-leaguer, and likely not a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2018 at 12:52 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, trades

Twins trade for Jake Odorizzi | MLB.com

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 | 41 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 | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Friday, February 16, 2018

Rob Manfred Might Have Just Made a Mistake | FanGraphs Baseball

Pfft.

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 | 18 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 ...

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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 ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: February 16, 2018 at 09:38 AM | 9 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 MLB.com 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 | 9 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 ...

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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 ...

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

‘I Need a Miracle Every Day’: Jake Peavy Picks Up Pieces of a Shattered Life | Bleacher Report

“When you’re in the baseball world, you’re in a bubble,” Peavy says, speaking slowly and choosing his words carefully on this chilly January morning. “You get to where the San Francisco Giants’ baseball game that day is the biggest thing in the world.

“There’s a lot of life going on around you that you can be blind to if you’re not careful.”

Two days into San Francisco’s 2016 spring training camp, the bubble burst: Peavy learned that a financial advisor to whom he had entrusted his retirement ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:11 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: jake peavy

Orioles sign Cashner to two-year, $16 million deal (updated) - School of Roch

The Orioles now have three confirmed starting pitchers.

The club has reached agreement with right-hander Andrew Cashner on a two-year contract worth a guaranteed $16 million, according to multiple sources. The deal is done and the club is expected to announce it shortly.

Cashner joins a rotation that includes Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. One spot is expected to be filled internally.

The contract includes a $10 million vesting option for 2020 if he totals 360 innings over the next two ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:10 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew cashner, orioles

Marcus Stroman Unhappy After Losing Arbitration Case

Players shouldn’t be shocked by the process. I’d blame the agent.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 02:53 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marcus stroman

If you get more than 50% on this impossible quiz, you’re a throwback MLB expert | MLB.com

I got 9/10. Missed #4. Darn it.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 02:29 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: quiz

Tigers’ Wood nearly lost finger in crossbow misshap

Manager Ron Gardenhire couldn’t resist.

When he found out that left-hander Travis Wood had nearly split the index finger on his right hand in two in a crossbow malfunction, he quipped, “He’s got a split-finger pitch now.”


Dave Dombrowski: ‘Names of prominence’ may become available by trade

“I go out every morning, I have a cup of coffee, I sit at a Dunkin Donuts and I bet you I have about 10 people a day that talk to me,” Dombrowski said. “It’s really split. So your pulse, you must hear that and probably that’s a louder voice but people are very supportive: don’t do anything if you think it’s unwise.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-15-2018

[Mount Vernon, Ohio] Democratic Banner, February 15, 1918:

There is one prominent hoarder in Detroit, who doesn’t care who knows it. His name is Charles Navin and his father, Frank, owns the Detroit baseball club. Charles is the secretary of the team and he is vigorously on the scent of the cent. He is collecting pennies by the quart.

Secretary Navin has a good reason for his activity. There will be a war tax of eight cents on baseball passes this season and a tax of ten percent on paid ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 15, 2018 at 09:58 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tito Francona, a Former Baseball All-Star, Dies at 84

Tito Francona, a former All-Star who played for 15 seasons in the major leagues and was the father of Terry Francona, the Cleveland Indians’ manager, died on Tuesday night at his home in New Brighton, Pa. He was 84.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco eyes bounce-back year in 2018

It started with getting in better shape. Team officials told him he needed to do so, “but I knew it, too,” he said. He has reported to camp early. His midsection is noticeably trimmer and his upper body looks strong. His weight, he said, is between 218 and 220 pounds. He ended last season at 232.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 08:03 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: maikel franco, phillies

Brandon McCarthy seeks to re-establish himself in Braves rotation

“If I’m on the training table today, nobody’s going to come talk to you. Nobody cares how long you’ve been around; you have to be out there, you have to be with them, you have to be pitching. They have to know that you’re going through the same things that they’re going through. Being available, being healthy is a big part of it, and I don’t have enough of a person to come out the other way, where you can just lead through any situation.

“I’ve got to be functional, I’ve got ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 06:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, braves

Jeter lieutenant confident Marlins can be ‘great’ again | New York Post

Captain’s Camp has been instituted with the Marlins just like the Yankees, with Denbo pointing to the all-around success of young players like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, saying of the catcher, “He developed not only his baseball skills, his mental skills, his personal skills so that he learned how to compete and all of a sudden he showed up in New York, going from a guy who had a lot to learn about the game to a guy that was dominating the game. Greg Bird is the same kind of guy he was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 06:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Joplin-based professional baseball team taking name submissions

President of Ventura Sports Group, Wayne Schuster, says they are looking for a team name that is unique, represents Joplin’s history, and that will create a mascot who local children can embrace. Schuster says they’ve already received more than 200 name submissions and will continue to receive them until March 15th.

This is apparently a team in the Southwest League, a new league planning to start play in 2019. Joplin has had pro teams before: the Miners and the Blasters, as well as a college ...

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DII baseball: Former Cy Young winner Jack McDowell begins a new era at Queens (NC)

So, how did the Stanford graduate and former west coast guy wind up on the small Charlotte, N.C. campus at Queens?

“I married a Wilmington [N.C.] girl,” McDowell said. “We moved here about six years ago. I found out through a friend of mine that Queens was starting up a baseball program. I live a half a mile from the campus, so I contacted them. Our Athletic Director, Cherie Swarthout, told me, ‘thanks for your interest, but we’re not looking to add baseball at this time.’ I was ...

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Ex-A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker retires after career derailed by injuries

At just 29, Jarrod Parker is officially retiring from the game in which he fought so hard to stay after two hideous elbow injuries. He told The Chronicle this week that all that remains is the paperwork.

“I’m not entertaining any offers, let’s put it that way,” Parker said. “I’m just working through the logistical stuff.”

Not surprising, but still kind of a shame. He was a hell of a pitcher before his elbow fell apart.


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