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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Notes: Arroyo’s Rehab, Clark & the MLBPA, Doc Gooden, AFL Arms, ChiSox, more

David Lauria’s Sunday column.

ESPN’s Mark Simon saved me some effort a few days ago. I’d been thinking of looking up which of this year’s pitchers had the highest swing-and-miss rate on pitches in the strike zone, and lo and behold, there it was on Twitter. (If you don’t follow Mark and read his work, you’re missing out on some great stuff.)

Here is the top half of the list:

Chris Sale 23.2%
Max Scherzer 21.8%
Marco Estrada 21.7%
R.A. Dickey 21.1%
Yusmeiro Petit 20.5%
Jacob deGrom ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2014 at 09:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bronson arroyo, tommy john surgery

Astros interested in Robertson: source | New York Post

That’s a lot of coin for a closer.

Whether the Astros are willing to go hard enough to give Robertson the four-year contract he desires, for roughly $13 million per season, is unclear. What is clear is Houston has expressed a willingness, through its actions this offseason, to elevate its payroll after fielding some bargain-basement squads, and it also desperately needs relief help if it is to climb back into relevance.
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As much as the Yankees like Robertson both personally and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2014 at 09:02 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yankees

Pablo Sandoval leaning toward Red Sox, to decide next week — Padres have highest offer, all offers on table (including SF Giants’) - John Shea

I hear Pablo Sandoval has received his highest contract offer from the Padres but is leaning toward accepting an offer from the Red Sox, though events could change in a hurry.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2014 at 08:56 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, free agents, giants, pablo sandoval, padres, red sox

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Deadspin: Curt Schilling’s Son Accidentally Brings Fake Grenade To Logan Airport

The lengths some people will go to to keep their name in the papers…

Want a good one to start your day? We are at Logan getting ready to fly. Heading through security when one of my sons looks at me in panic….“DAD!”.....OMG I THINK I LEFT MY FAKE GRENADE IN MY BAG!!!

spike Posted: November 22, 2014 at 02:48 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, grenades, tsa

Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Brandon Drury among 5 added to 40-man roster

Diamondbacks tinker with their roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 09:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Pirates DFA Ike Davis, clear path for Pedro Alvarez - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ike Davis did not develop into the player the Mets hoped he’d become. Still, he would be a useful platoon partner for a team like the Marlins.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 09:27 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, pedro alvarez, pirates

Braves shopping Justin Upton at a steep price | New York Post

Nevertheless, the interest in Upton is described by a person familiar with the talks as significant — the Astros, Rangers and others have inquired — and an executive from another team flatly said, “Justin Upton will be moved.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 09:25 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, justin upton

Cashman in wait-and-see mode on retooling Yanks | yankees.com

Because of the resources he commands, Brian Cashman doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He’s a great GM, though.

Cashman often cited the Collective Bargaining Agreement while discussing the Yanks’ plans in free agency, saying that he could not speak to specifics. Nearly one year after making a seven-year, $175 million investment in Masahiro Tanaka, Cashman was asked if he could see the team producing a similar offer this winter.
“I don’t think I really should say, to be honest,” Cashman said. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Friars show interest in dealing for Bruce | MLB.com

Say this much about first-year Padres general manager A.J. Preller: He’s apparently leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of offensive help.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 08:54 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres, reds

Padres meet with free agent Pablo Sandoval | UTSanDiego.com

With their interest in Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas, it’s clear the Padres don’t mind bad bodies.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, pablo sandoval, padres, yasmany tomas

Mike Schmidt: Marlins’ Stanton too rich too early? | www.palmbeachpost.com

An interesting perspective on the Stanton contract.

In the 1970s and again in ‘80s, I signed that era’s version of the Giancarlo Stanton deal.

I was considered the Giancarlo Stanton of those times. I had led the league in home runs and RBIs a few times, so the Phillies decided I was worthy of becoming the highest-paid player in baseball.
...
Now he’ll get to experience batting slumps as the highest-paid player, a totally different feeling. He’ll be at home plate with the bases loaded and strike ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 08:37 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins, mike schmidt

Rays name managerial finalists: Cash, Ibanez, Wakamatsu | Tampa Bay Times

There doesn’t appear to be any rhyme or reason to the Rays managerial search.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, rays

Kemp drawing interest, raising chance he’s the Dodgers OF dealt - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman assesses the Dodgers outfield situation.

While Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford were originally seen as the most likely high-profile, high-salaried Dodgers outfielders to be traded, that may not necessarily be the case at this point.

Word is there is serious interest in Matt Kemp, which will weigh heavily into the equation.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 07:56 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, matt kemp

Red Sox offer for Pablo Sandoval might be in the lead - Sports - The Boston Globe

A major league source indicated the Red Sox’ five-year, $95 million offer may be in the lead over Sandoval’s offers from the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres.

It’s not certain whether any of the teams have offered a sixth-year option.

Sandoval would like to make a decision soon. He visited the Red Sox Monday and Tuesday and came away with an offer.
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During an interview with a San Francisco radio station on Thursday, Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans expressed ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 07:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, free agents, giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Friday, November 21, 2014

MLB.com: White Sox Land Adam LaRoche With 2 Year/$25M Deal

The White Sox added a veteran power bat to mix with their young sluggers Friday evening, agreeing to a two-year, $25-million contract with first baseman Adam LaRoche, sources have told MLB.com.

The agreement was first reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

LaRoche, 35, is an 11-year Major League veteran who spent the past four seasons with the Nationals, hitting .259/.362/.455 with 26 home runs and 92 RBIs in 2014.

Guys the Pirates discarded years ago are the new market inefficiency? ...

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ESPN Suspends Keith Law From Twitter For Defending Evolution

Heavy-tweetin’ ESPN baseball writer Keith Law has been noticeably silent for the last couple of days. That’s no coincidence—he’s been given a Twitter timeout by ESPN, and we’re told that it’s for loudly and repeatedly defending Charles Darwin from transitional fossil Curt Schilling, his Bristol colleague.

Pardon the interruption?


Josh Lueke and the Ways of Anger

It had escalated so quickly between him and Buckminster, I said; why did he think that was? He replied that he had seen the ump not call close pitches strikes earlier in the game, so he was determined to throw strikes.

I didn’t really understand this. Sometimes, players’ apparently rational explanations for what they’ve done seem to contradict the actions themselves. It’s for this reason that players will sometimes express disdain toward the opinions of people, like writers, who ...

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kthejoker Posted: November 21, 2014 at 03:53 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: josh lueke

Matthews: Cashman sleeps on the street, says all is quiet on the free-agent front

Raising $ for homeless youth, searching for a SS ... at the same time!

For the fifth consecutive year, the New York Yankees general manager planned to sleep outside in the blustery West 41st Street courtyard of Covenant House as part of an annual nationwide event to raise money to benefit homeless children and adolescents.

“I don’t know how any human beings can deal with this on a daily, weekly, monthly basis,” Cashman said. “There’s no comfort on that ground. Even one night is ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: November 21, 2014 at 03:14 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, charity, yankees

Pablo Sandoval’s Brother: Red Sox Showed ‘First Class’ Attentiveness | Boston Red Sox | NESN.com

Was Werner or Lucchino very, very sneaky?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2014 at 12:06 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, pablo sandoval, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-21-2014

Rock Island Argus, November 21, 1914:

“Rabbit” Maranville of the Boston Braves and his bride left Boston yesterday for George Stallings’ plantation in Georgia.

The “miracle man” of the Boston team cleared the way for the honeymoon trip by means of a check sent to Secretary Herman Nickerson of the Braves, taking care of all expenses on the route to Haddock, Ga.

This latest present from his chief was a distinct surprise to Maranville and means that his entire honeymoon expenses will be taken ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 21, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rabbit maranville

MLB to tweak replay system, but managers’ challenges will stay | New York Post

How will this be done? Will there be a time limit?

Joe Torre, baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations, said last week at the general managers’ meetings that managers would no longer slowly stroll from the dugout to the umpire in order to give his team time to determine whether to challenge the on-field ruling. Managers instead could signal from the dugout.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2014 at 07:25 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play

Dodgers Acquire Joel Peralta – MLB Trade Rumors

The Dodgers announced that they have acquired right-hander Joel Peralta and lefty Adam Liberatore from the Rays in exchange for right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2014 at 07:20 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rays

Reds at least considering trading big names, reducing payroll | FOX Sports

The Reds had a club-record $114 million payroll last season, but missed the playoffs. They already have $75.5 million committed in ’15, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts. If they retain all nine of their arbitration-eligible players, the total projects to about $120 million, with no other moves.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2014 at 07:17 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, trade rumors

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Running list of 2014 40-man roster additions | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

On the surface, getting added to a 40-man roster may feel like a small move. It doesn’t guarantee a Major League spot. In fact by rule (and math), 15 of the players on said roster aren’t with the big club at any given time until September when rosters are allowed to expand.

But it does provide two things for the players involved. The first is protection. To be more specific, that’s protection from the Rule 5 Draft, coming up Dec. 11. Players who were 18 or younger when they signed their first ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 07:43 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, rule 5 draft

Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League | MLB.com

Byron Buxton is first in ability and brittleness.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 04:33 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

MLB Transaction Trees «

An interesting article by Ben Lindbergh. If Grantland would fix their design so loading an article didn’t freeze my browser…that would be good.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 03:41 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: trades

Yoan Moncada Is Affecting All of International Baseball | FanGraphs Baseball

This article has a lot of information about MLB’s international free agent signing rules. Rules that look like they need some tweaking.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 03:37 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents

Female Sportswriter Asks: ‘Why Are All My Twitter Followers Men?’ | ThinkProgress

It makes good business sense for teams to engage with fans where the fans can be found, physically and virtually. But while food, drink, and shopping posts on Pinterest will bring women to a game or a team store, they won’t bring women into the sports discussion.
And in the long run, that’s not good for women sports fans, women sports reporters, or for sports and our broader, more informed conversations about them.

The article is an interesting read but…does it really matter? I come from ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 02:32 PM | 147 comment(s)
  Beats: media

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-20-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, November 20, 1914:

President Weeghman of the Chifeds on Thursday advanced $15 to a National league manager “on account.”
...
On Thursday Weeghman received a telephone call from Terre Haute, Ind.

“This is Miller Huggins, manager of the Cardinals,” said the voice at the other end. “I had quite an experience last night while on the train. I was touched for everything I had while asleep and need some money to get out of town.”

Weeghman…wired “Miller Huggins” $15, identification ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 20, 2014 at 11:26 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Phillies shouldn’t settle for a rational Cole Hamels trade - SBNation.com

The Phillies need to be looking for fair value, not an overwhelming win. Of course, determining fair value can be difficult. Ultimately it depends on the quality of a team’s talent evaluation skills, the player development people, and luck. If your scouts and metrics evaluate prospects well and your coaches help the players play to their potentials, a team can make fair deals. If the players don’t end up getting hurt once they get on your team (the luck part), everybody will talk about what a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 10:51 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

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