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Friday, December 11, 2015

Dodgers execs preach patience, say their focus is on April - The Orange County Register

You can understand Larry King’s urgency. He’s 82 years-old.

Larry King is upset. The former national TV host and avowed lifelong Dodgers fan made that clear on his Twitter account and in a USA Today article this week.

King is not alone. The dissatisfaction he expressed with the Dodgers’ front office this winter – particularly in light of the aggressive moves made by NL West rising power the Arizona Diamondbacks – is shared by many Dodgers fans.

Asked for a comment on this winter ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Dodgers’ front office may ask for patience, but it won’t get it from fans - LA Times

“If you spend a lot of time listening to the fans tell you how to do your Job, you will end up sitting with them” ~ Gene Stallings

Listening to Bill Plaschke earns you the same fate.

If it means acquiring players who they believe can help them compete for a championship in 2016, the Dodgers need to be willing to trade almost anybody.

Julio Urias? Trade him. Jose De Leon? Trade him. Any minor league kid whose future is an unknown quantity but who can be spun off for a known quantity? Trade him. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

MLB executives head home as top hitters remain on the market - Yahoo Sports

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the feeling-out process in trade talk can be lengthy. He used a surfing analogy.

‘‘You’re sitting on a board, waiting for the right wave to come,’’ he said. ‘‘And if it doesn’t come, you paddle back to shore and walk on the beach, plant the board and then show up the next day and swim on out and see if any more good waves come. And if they do come, you ride it. And if they don’t come, you wait for that right wave.’‘

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings

MLBTR: Nationals “Serious Threat” To Land Heyward, Who Has $200MM Offer In Hand

So all that $ the Lerners wouldn’t pony up for Black will go toward Heyward instead?

9:46pm: A source tells MLB.com’s Bill Ladson that the Nats are “heavily involved” and are making a “legit” effort to sign the young outfielder. He adds, interestingly, that Taylor “would become expendable” if a deal is struck.

From an analytical perspective, it seems plenty plausible that the team could add Heyward (or another outfielder) and keep Taylor. For one thing, there’s plenty of ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: December 11, 2015 at 03:57 AM | 221 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, jason heyward, nationals

Sarris: Managers on the Evolution of Their Role

Q: “What has changed about managing? How are the demands on the modern manager different than they once were?”
Mike SciLoLscia: “I hope not. I think a manager is a manager.”

Andy Green, San Diego: I think it always comes back to communication, meaning connecting with the guys. As the players evolve and generations change, the way a manager connects is different. It’s always been about understanding how to communicate a message and draw out what’s inside a player, and create an environment ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: December 11, 2015 at 02:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, managers, mike scioscia, robin ventura

Boz: Dusty Baker lets down the Nationals with his words

Next, let’s ask Dusty his thoughts on the Redskins name.

Perhaps Baker is a bit delirious with joy at returning to the game as a manager. At his first news conference in Washington, he charmed many with non-stop stories and quips. It was an “I’m-back” star turn.

But he didn’t just put a foot in his mouth Tuesday. He inserted both of ’em.

“Who’s to say the allegations are true, number one?” Baker said. “And who’s to say what you would have done or what caused the problem?” ...Read More...

JEe (Jason) Posted: December 11, 2015 at 01:56 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, nationals

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Angels trade for Yunel Escobar from Nationals | MLB.com

The Angels were on the verge of acquiring veteran infielder Yunel Escobar from the Nationals on Thursday, sources told MLB.com. The move could help the club at second or third base.

In exchange, young hard-throwing reliever Trevor Gott is expected to go to Washington, a source said. The Angels are also expected to include a Minor League player in the deal. The Angels and Nationals have not confirmed reports of the impending trade, which was first mentioned by CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2015 at 04:59 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, nationals, trade

LOOK: Inside the Winter Meetings’ annual Trade Show - CBSSports.com

Who doesn’t like bobbleheads?

Baseball’s annual December event, the Winter Meetings, doesn’t just include a bunch of media people converging to breathlessly report on transactions and rumors. There are also many events for job seekers, minor-league meetings and the annual Trade Show.

What I liken the Trade Show to—at least for fans—is a baseball version of a Sharper Image catalogue. Most of the time it’s great fun to just look and imagine how cool it would be to buy something, but you’re just ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2015 at 03:20 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings

PrintMore MLB Seattle Mariners hire MLB’s first female full-time scout in 60 years

The Seattle Mariners have hired Amanda Hopkins as a full-time amateur scout, making her the first female to hold that position in Major League Baseball in almost 60 years.

Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news on Monday.

Hopkins is following in the footsteps of her father, Ron Hopkins, who spent eight seasons as a national cross checker for the Oakland Athletics before becoming the Texas Rangers‘ scouting director from 2003–09. He was also the special ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2015 at 01:38 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: females in baseball, mariners, scouting, women in baseball

Is There Anybody Left in Los Angeles Whom Yasiel Puig Hasn’t Alienated? | Bleacher Report

Scott Miller rehashes all the Puig problems.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

2015 Rule 5 Draft results | MLB.com

Major League phase
Round 1
1. Philadelphia Phillies: Tyler Goeddel, OF, Rays
2. Cincinnati Reds: Jake Cave, OF, Yankees
3. Atlanta Braves: Evan Rutckyj, LHP, Yankees
4. Colorado Rockies: Luis Perdomo, RHP, Cardinals
5. Milwaukee Brewers: Colin Walsh, 2B, A’s
6. Oakland Athletics: Jabari Blash, IF, Mariners
7. San Diego Padres: Josh Martin, RHP, Indians
8. Baltimore Orioles: Joey Rickard, OF, Rays
9. Los Angeles Angels: Deolis Guerra, RHP, Pirates
10. Toronto Blue Jays: Joseph Biagini, RHP, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2015 at 11:56 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5 draft

Former pitcher Floyd Youmans comes to grips with life outside baseball

Once a talented young pitcher with an encouraging future, Youmans, now 51, spends his days driving for Uber.

He made his major-league debut a month after his 21st birthday, for the 1985 Montreal Expos, as a celebrated right-hander in the mold of childhood friend Dwight Gooden.

Youmans starred in a short stint as a rookie, then in 1986 threw 219 innings, struck out 202 batters, and posted a 3.82 ERA. At the end of the 1987 season, he entered alcohol rehabilitation. In 1988, he admitted to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2015 at 11:52 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, floyd youmans

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-10-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, December 10, 1915:

President Tener of the National league is quoted as saying he knows nothing definite about the suggestion of legislation by the National league concerning short outfields, as brought to the fore by the Phillies’ short right field. It is a matter, he says, for the club owners and rule makers to pass upon the determine if the development of the game justifies extending the distance limit from the plate to an outfield fence.

The Baker Bowl was 280 feet ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 10, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: baker bowl, dugout, history

Phillies Expected To Take Goeddel First In Rule 5 Draft

Your Rule 5 draft thread!

Multiple teams told Baseball America that they expect the Phillies to take Rays outfielder Tyler Goeddel No. 1 overall in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft. It it happens as expected Goeddel will become the second consecutive Rays’ prospect to be picked first in the Rule 5 draft.

Catcher Oscar Hernandez was taken by the Diamondbacks No. 1 in last year’s Rule 5 draft.

Goeddel, a supplemental first-round pick in 2011, has ranked among the Rays’ Top 20 prospects in three ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2015 at 09:28 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, rule 5 draft

MLBTR: Teams Considering Ian Desmond as an Outfielder

Supposedly, Desmond is letting it be known that he’s willing to try playing other positions should the need arise.

Some teams are considering the possibility of signing shortstop Ian Desmond and having him play outfield, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick writes (Twitter links). Desmond is also attracting interest as a second baseman and third baseman.

Theoretically, Desmond’s ability (or apparent ability — he hasn’t appeared in a game anywhere other than shortstop since 2010) could widen the field ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: December 10, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, ian desmond

Nats Sign Yusmeiro Petit

1 year $3m, with an option for 2017 that vests with 80 innings pitched

Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments Posted: December 10, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, nationals

Holes in Red Sox infield may need patching - The Boston Globe

We’ll have to wait and see on Ramirez. Bogaerts took a leap forward last season. Pedroia had hamstring problems and should return to Gold Glove form. Sandoval looked much better in the second half than the first. Other than Ramirez, I don’t expect the infield defense to be a problem in 2016.

The Red Sox will enter 2016 with what could be one of the worst defensive infields in baseball. That topic hasn’t received much discussion this offseason, overshadowed by the acquisitions of pitchers David ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Al Avila: Going from assistant to GM a little like getting married

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”

Avila, the Tigers’ assistant general manager before replacing Dave Dombrowski late last season, has spent a lifetime in baseball waiting for the opportunity to make such deals.

“It’s been easy in the sense that I’ve been through it so many years, so many times over and over,” Avila said. “Same system. We go through the same meetings.

“The biggest difference is when you’re in charge, everything is on your shoulders. That responsibility is big. Nobody ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: al avila, general managers, tigers

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Hot stove: Orioles go over $150M in bid for Davis, but there’s still a gap - CBSSports.com

Speaking as a Red Sox fan, I hope the Orioles give him what he wants.

Davis is believed to be seeking a $200 million, eight-year deal, and while that sounds like a significant gap, the sides are staying close in touch.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 10:37 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, free agents, orioles

Mets close to deal with Asdrubal Cabrera, per source - MLB Daily Dish

The Mets are finalizing a deal with infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, according to a baseball source. The deal is expected to be for two years and include an option for a third season. Financial terms are not yet known.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 09:40 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, free agents, mets, winter meetings

Shi Davidi on Twitter: “Brett Lawrie on move again, headed from

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 09:11 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, trades, white sox

Astros acquire Ken Giles from Phillies | MLB.com

The Astros will send pitcher Vincent Velasquez, left-handed pitcher Brett Oberholtzer and one Minor Leaguer to the Phillies in exchange for Giles, who will be a key piece to the back end of their bullpen.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 08:59 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, phillies, trades, winter meetings

School of Roch: Boras doesn’t think Orioles have drawn “any lines in the sand” in Davis talks

Do the Orioles want him back or just want to appear to want him back?

Executive vice president Dan Duquette, manager Buck Showalter and team sources have stated that the Orioles are close to moving away from Davis. However, Boras wouldn’t confirm that he’s received a firm deadline from the club.

“The way we usually handle free agency is we create an exchange so everyone can get the most information that they can in each respective situation,” he said. “I don’t think anyone draws any lines in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:51 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, orioles

Padres shopping Travis Jankowski, Hunter Renfroe | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

What are the Padres doing?

The club has been shopping outfield prospects Travis Jankowski and Hunter Renfroe, sources told the Union-Tribune on Wednesday. San Diego also is listening on its top three starting pitchers—Tyson Ross, James Shields and Andrew Cashner—and one source said the Padres have been particularly aggressive about pushing Cashner’s name in conversations.

The Padres may be merely gauging interest in their players, but it’s worth noting that neither Jankowski nor Renfroe was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:30 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, trade rumors

Restoring the Photos of Charles Conlon

The Digital Archive Project at the Hall of Fame is working to restore the photographs of Charles Conlon.  A discussion of how old photographs are restored after being heavily edited and “marked up” for printing and publication.

pthomas Posted: December 09, 2015 at 05:27 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: photography

Red Sox CF Mookie Betts Makes World Series of Bowling Debut, Tops out at 249

Mookie Betts, strike thrower

Betts — who, according to Pat Bradley of NESN.com, has four perfect games to his name—made his professional bowling debut Tuesday at the Rolltech PBA World Championship in Reno, Nevada.

Although he didn’t add to his perfect-game total, the 23-year-old outfielder made a good first impression.

eddieot Posted: December 09, 2015 at 04:26 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: bowling, mookie betts, red sox

Pirates deal Neil Walker to Mets for Jon Niese | MLB.com

At some point I would expect the Mets to upgrade their up-the-middle defense. It didn’t happen today.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 03:48 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pirates, trades

Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh illustrate the reciprocal nature of framing - Beyond the Box Score

Against righties, Keuchel threw outside notably more than McHugh did. Against lefties, Keuchel threw outside waaaay more than McHugh did. By targeting the areas where his catchers excelled, Keuchel reaped their rewards—a strategy that McHugh, for whatever reason, declined to employ.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 03:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing, sabermetrics

Mariners to acquire Adam Lind from the Brewers

Mariners camp will include “Hi, my name is….” nametags.

There is no word yet who the Mariners are sending to the Brewers, but they will need to create one space on the 40-man roster which is full to add Lind.

Originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft Lind hit .272/.360/.460/.820 with 20 HR and 87 RBI last year for the Brewers with a 19 wRC+ and 2.2 WAR. The downside with Lind is he has not hit lefties well, just .212/.277/.298/.575 in 112 plate appearances in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2015 at 11:42 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, brewers, mariners

‘MLB Network Presents’ returns with features on Royals and the AstroDome

Forget Star Wars!

The popular series ‘MLB Network Presents’ is slated to return on Dec, 10 at 8 p.m. ET, right at the conclusion of the winter meetings coverage, and it starts with a look at the Kansas City Royals 30-year journey to their second World Series championship.

“Royal in Kansas City, 30 Years Later” is the title of the program and it will feature interviews with Royals past, including Hall of Famer George Brett and teammates Danny Jackson, Darryl Motley, Bret Saberhagen, Frank ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2015 at 11:13 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, documentaries, film, lenny randle, mlb network, royals

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