— All the News That's Fit to Link
Monday, December 08, 2014
As was first reported here, the Mariners may be willing to get into the range of the Cruz deal, which was $57 million for four years. While Cabrera has been seeking a five-year deal, four is a very reasonable offer.
But exempted monopolistic trusts are the best kind of monopolistic trusts!
The Miranda suit alleges that MLB unlawfully suppresses minor league players’ salaries in a variety of ways. By subjecting North American amateur players to the first-year player draft each June, Major League Baseball prevents draftees from selling their services to the highest bidder — instead forcing them to negotiate with only a single team. MLB then artificially reduces the size of the signing bonuses that entry ...
Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays have reached an agreement to let the team search for new stadium sites in Hillsborough County in exchange for payments to the city if the team leaves before its contract at Tropicana Field expires in 2027.
Kriseman wants to the City Council to discuss the agreement at its meeting on Thursday.
Payments would be based on how many years would remain on the Trop lease if the Rays left, starting at $4 million a season until December 2018, dropping to $3 ...
Kang has consistently put up huge numbers in Korea and posted an amazing .364/.457/.733 slash line in 2014 for the Nexen Heores, hitting 39 home runs in 116 games. The big question is how those numbers translate, which is why he could be viewed as a bargain by some.
Yes, that is the question. Any speculation on how this fellow’s skills translate?
Olbermann: Here’s a suggestion to the Veterans’ Committee: if you can’t vote anybody into the #BBHOF, at least vote yourself out of existence.
The Veterans Committee for the Baseball Hall of Fame has elected no one from the Golden Era ballot, MLB announced in a press conference Monday at the annual Winter Meetings.
The committee chose from a ballot of nine players—Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills—and one executive, ...
Posted: December 08, 2014 at 02:16 PM | 51 comment(s)
hall of fame
In a widely anticipated swap, the Athletics have officially agreed to ship outfielder/first baseman/DH Brandon Moss to the Indians in exchange for minor league second baseman Joe Wendle.
Moss, 31, is projected by MLBTR/Matt Swartz to earn $7.1MM this year, his second-to-last of arbitration eligibility. He is an accomplished power bat, with a 135 OPS+ and 76 home runs over the last three years…
Wendle, a 24-year-old prospect, did not rate among the Indians’ top ten prospects in the recent ...
Henning: “I was told by BBWAA officials this year that the Hall of Fame bosses want ballots to be private.” Jeez, I knew my HOF Ballot Gizmo was having an impact but… #ScrewO’Connell
And, so, reluctantly and distressingly, for the first time in 25 years I’m not sending in a Hall of Fame ballot.
A once-happy, interesting, even exciting privilege and responsibility, has become a negative act resistant to simple, reasonable, ultimately necessary repairs.
In alphabetical order, here were the ...
Posted: December 08, 2014 at 01:10 PM | 47 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, December 8, 1914:
Fred Blanding, former University of Michigan mound star, native of Birmingham, Mich., and for several years a pitcher on the Cleveland club, says he will not pitch for the Naps next year if Joe Birmingham continues as manager of that club. Blanding is sore on Birmey and says that he was badly treated last year.
He does not threaten to join the Federals, nor does he ask for more pay, he simply says he won’t play another year under Birmingham.
Wait, I thought the Royals bullpen setup last year was the new smart way to build playoff teams?
Kansas City is looking for starting pitching in return after James Shields hit the open market.
Would you part with one of R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, Drew Hutchison, Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez for a closer such as Holland?
Hammel is said to be looking for a three-year deal.
If pitcher arms are really like autos, I’m assuming Boras will offer Scherzer along with a 1000 innings pitched warranty.
Boras has told me once the trade market fully clarifies, Scherzer will be pursued robustly based on the comparative lack of wear and tear on the righty’s special arm. So it is near certain Scherzer will not sign during the Winter Meetings.
The White Sox have serious interest in David Robertson and they aren’t blanching over the elite closer looking for a four-year deal in the $50 million neighborhood.
Sunday, December 07, 2014
Scratch Jimmy Rollins off the Mets’ shortstop list.
The Phillies have told the Mets and some other teams that Rollins isn’t willing to waive his no-trade clause at this time, scuttling any chance for a trade involving the Mets and those other teams. It isn’t known whether Rollins might change his mind, but that is apparently his current stance.
Posted: December 07, 2014 at 11:27 PM | 13 comment(s)
I’ll keep this thread pinned at the top of the page during the Winter Meetings to help us keep track of rumors.
December 31 1:00 PM Peach Bowl Ole Miss v. TCU
5:00 PM Fiesta Bowl Boise State v. Arizona
8:30 PM Orange Bowl Mississippi State v. Georgia Tech
January 1 1:00 PM Cotton Bowl Michigan State v. Baylor
5:00 PM Rose Bowl Florida State v. Oregon
8:30 PM Sugar Bowl Ohio State v. Alabama
January 12 8:30 PM Championship Game Rose winner v. Sugar winner
From the YouTube account that brought you recaps of Blue Jays seasons in the style of classic RPG games, it’s the 2014 Blue Jays Holiday Special! Features Brett Lawrie, Alex Anthopoulos, Jose Bautista, Fergie Oliver, catcher of the future Max Pencarnacion and a special guest appearance by Bob McCown.
After Thomas de Wolf signed with the New York Mets in 2008 to become the first player born and raised in Belgium in the Minor Leagues, Belgian Baseball has a second prospect. 18-year-old outfielder Sam Buelens, who becomes 19 on December 27, signed with the Toronto Blue Jays.
In 2014 Buelens played for the Borgerhout Squirrels and won the championship in the Belgian Division I. He appeared in 34 games and batted .348 (OBP .448/SLG .430) with six extra base hits, 50 runs, 23 RBI and 31 stolen ...
As you may have noticed, I’ve been working on the server and making some software updates. The downtime was required so I can move forward with some of the things on my off-season to-do list. I hope the outages didn’t inconvenience you too much.
First up on my to-do list was setting things up so I could turn off advertising for those of you who generously donated to support the site in 2014. Although automating the process is still on my list, I have turned off advertising on accounts that ...Read More...
Posted: December 07, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 48 comment(s)
Sources: The Blue Jays’ ownership is actively seeking a replacement for longtime CEO Paul Beeston. Dan Duquette among candidates discussed.
Contrast this article with the other one I posted today. He’s either a guy who “thinks too much” or a “real easygoing guy”.
“He’s comfortable in his skin, handles failure well. He’s just a real easygoing guy. Nothing gets to him. He’ll love being in New York and, if people give him a chance, they’ll love him.”
Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
There’s a reason why two teams have already given up on Gregorius before he turns 25. He can’t hit. That’s why he couldn’t even crack the starting lineup on the worst team in baseball this past season.
Think about that for a minute.
So people don’t think Kevin Cash is very bright?
“Kevin Cash is smarter than what people think he is,” Boston DH David Ortiz said Friday in the Dominican Republic. “We played together and he was a guy that, his knowledge about the game was beyond guys that play the game every day. That’s what kept him playing as long as he played — his knowledge, the way he approached the game, the way he looked at the game.”
Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:32 AM | 6 comment(s)
Is it really important whether you develop rather than import an ace? I say no.
Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
The Phillies don’t agree with the adage that “it’s better to trade a guy a year too early than a year too late.”
The Phillies’ slow-moving offseason can be traced to two factors. First, as that exec said above, not a lot of teams are knocking down the Phillies’ door for their players. In short, many of the players the Phillies are trying to move have flaws ranging from advanced age, to high salaries, to declining production. The second factor in the Phils’ sluggish offseason is the rest of ...
Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:21 AM | 28 comment(s)
Another interesting column by David Lauria.
Doug Melvin, innovator.
Melvin was ahead of his sport’s metric timeline. The Brewers began extensive shifting, including for right-handed batters, in 2004, when manager Ned Yost shared his boss’s foresight.
“Yost was very open-minded,” Melvin recalled of the American League champion Royals’ current skipper. “We had enough data to prove the shift worked against certain hitters. We were one of the first to put three guys on the left side of second base for right-handed hitters. A lot of teams ...
Page 20 of 171 pages ‹ First < 18 19 20 21 22 > Last › | Site Archive
for his generous support.
You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.
: Cleveland Indians want Michael Bourn to "wreak havoc" on bases in 2015 | cleveland.com
(30 - 11:28pm, Jan 27)
Last: Walt DavisNewsblog
: Ranking baseball's greatest dynasties - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
(56 - 11:25pm, Jan 27)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. CripNewsblog
: Bring Back Selig - New Commissioner Manfred is a Moron - Halos Heaven
(358 - 11:21pm, Jan 27)Last:
: OT - Politics January 2015 - Mario Cuomo, New York Governor and Minor League Ballplayer, Dies at 82
(3763 - 11:16pm, Jan 27)Last:
: IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS: #14 — Brian Sabean
(6 - 11:08pm, Jan 27)
Last: Walt DavisNewsblog
: OT: NFL/NHL thread
(11688 - 11:07pm, Jan 27)Last:
: OT: Monthly NBA Thread - January 2015
(1497 - 10:58pm, Jan 27)Last:
Into the VoidNewsblog
: Angels still 'optimistic' about Garrett Richards' rehab- Angels Blog: Orange County Register
(3 - 10:50pm, Jan 27)
: OT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(451 - 10:21pm, Jan 27)Last:
NJ in DC (Now with Wife!)Newsblog
: Beloved "Monbo" Dies at Age 78
(17 - 9:14pm, Jan 27)
: Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-27-2015
(16 - 9:07pm, Jan 27)
: OT: Soccer January 2015
(324 - 9:03pm, Jan 27)Last:
: Pitchfork: Jack White Gets His Own Baseball Card
(162 - 8:16pm, Jan 27)Last:
: WAR Index for hitters: 2014 - Beyond the Box Score
(1 - 7:49pm, Jan 27)
Last: Rickey! trades in sheep and threatsNewsblog
: OT: The NHL is finally back thread, part 2
(1009 - 6:06pm, Jan 27)Last:
starving to death with a full STEAGLES