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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Should Red Sox have traded prospects for starter instead of Kimbrel? | FOX Sports

A bunch of things here, including this gem.

Finally, the Mets are fairly adamant that they will not trade any of their young starting pitchers, but would it have made sense for them to trade right-hander Matt Harvey for the package that the Red Sox used to land Kimbrel?

Granted, the four prospects who went to the Padres are not yet close to the majors, but Margot could have been the Mets’ center fielder of the future, Guerra would have given them another shortstop prospect to go with Amed ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2015 at 07:11 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, red sox

The Atlanta Braves, Liberty Media, and Misplaced Anger

While it is true that the Atlanta Braves typically are in the middle of the pack in payroll dollars, the reality is that it isn’t Liberty Media holding payroll down (more in this later). The Braves’ payroll and operating budget are set by Braves’ longtime Chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk. McGuirk and President John Schuerholz run the day-to-day business operations of the Braves, while President of Baseball Operations John Hart runs the day-to-day baseball operations. Liberty Media has ...


Phillies acquire Jeremy Hellickson from Diamondbacks

The rebuilding Phillies acquired righthander Jeremy Hellickson from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for pitching prospect Sam McWilliams.

ReggieThomasLives Posted: November 15, 2015 at 03:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, phillies, phils

MLB to review runners coming off base on tag plays

Since the start of expanded video review for the 2014, more runners have been called out after fielder’s press their gloves against them, hoping they will come off the base for a split second during or after their slide.

“I’ve talked to a number of managers about that, and in a lot of ways they feel it’s unfair,” Joe Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer, said Wednesday. “And yet when you’re dealing with replay and dealing with technology, it is what it is. If there’s a separation and his glove, ...

Zach Posted: November 15, 2015 at 12:31 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: common sense, instant replay, rules of play

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Craig Kimbrel traded to Red Sox from Padres |

Kimbrel is signed for $11 million in 2016 and $13 million in 2017, with a $13 million club option in 2018.

The Red Sox agreed to a deal to acquire closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres on Friday night. Four prospects are headed to San Diego in return: outfielder Manuel Margot, shortstop Javier Guerra, middle infielder Carlos Asuaje, and left-hander Logan Allen.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2015 at 08:07 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, padres, red sox, trades

How Did Previous Andrelton Simmons Age?

So, yes, history suggests that Andrelton Simmons is going to get worse defensively in Anaheim, and we shouldn’t expect him to continue putting up +20 UZRs for much longer. But that history also suggests that the same trends that take some value from his glove should add some back to his bat, and that overall, Simmons should be expected to remain roughly as valuable as he has been to this point in his career. And that’s pretty darn valuable.

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 13, 2015 at 07:04 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, braves, trades

The mystery of 600 abandoned Chris Denorfia bobbleheads

Free agent outfielder Chris Denorfia, most recently of the Cubs, previously spent four-plus seasons as a member of the Fightin’ Padres of San Diego. During his Padres tenure, Denoria was, according to inviolable custom, rendered in the timeless medium of the bobblehead. That’s standard enough fare thus far, but this, people, is where the script gets flipped. From NBC-7 San Diego ...

Several roommates were miffed when 600 bobbleheads bearing the face of a former Padres player mysteriously ...

Meatwad wont hit were you tell him Posted: November 13, 2015 at 04:57 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: chris denorfia, christmas presents, cubs, padres

Matt Wieters Accepts Qualifying Offer

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will accept the one-year, $15.8MM qualifying offer, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (via Twitter).

Wieters accepting the offer comes as a surprise on multiple fronts. He’s the clear top catcher on this year’s free-agent market despite coming off an injury-riddled season. Wieters is also represented by Scott Boras, who has routinely spoken out against the flaws in the QO system and has a reputation for encouraging his players to test the open market.


Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: November 13, 2015 at 02:56 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, matt wieters

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-13-2015

Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 13, 1915:

Bronx to Get “Fed” Club.

The home of the new baseball club which the Federal League has decided to locate in [New York] is expected to be in the borough of the Bronx. An architect already has begun plans for the stands, and it is stated that work on them will begin next week.

Baseball? In the Bronx? That’ll never work.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 13, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Silver Slugger Award winners announced |

Catcher: Brian McCann, Yankees (sixthSilver Slugger)
First base: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (sixth)
Second base: Altuve, Astros (second)
Third base: Donaldson, Blue Jays (first)
Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox (first)
Outfielders: Mike Trout, Angels (fourth); Nelson Cruz, Mariners (first); J.D. Martinez, Tigers (first)
Designated hitter: Kendrys Morales, Royals (first)
Catcher: Buster Posey, Giants (third)
First base: Goldschmidt, D-backs (second)
Second ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors

3 Statcast lessons learned in 2015 |

We want more Statcast data!!!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Say what you want about the Braves, but they are not afraid | Mark Bradley blog

Earlier speculation held that the Braves were talking with the Padres — yes, them again — about Simmons, and the Mets admitted they’d had similar discussions but the Braves had asked for Matt Harvey or Jacob deGrom in return. (Good for the Braves, I say.) And I know a lot of you are upset that they’ve traded Simmons anywhere, but here’s where I say …

I love their audacity.

I’ve gotten to know John Coppolella, who’s the architect of this grand redesign, a little, and this I can ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 08:28 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Colby Rasmus accepts qualifying offer |

Somebody had to do it eventually.

Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus on Thursday became the first player to accept a qualifying offer, a baseball source told He’s the first Astros player to receive a qualifying offer and the first baseball player to accept one since the system came in place three years ago. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 08:17 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, colby rasmus

DSPN: MLB Has a Big Money Problem

What the union would need is a guaranteed revenue split put into the next CBA, like the one so fought over in the last NBA lockout (it’s currently settled somewhere around 50/50, a big win for the owners from the previous deal). But what works in other sports isn’t an option in the sui generis economy of baseball. The only way to make absolutely sure MLB owners share a certain percentage of revenues with players would be to install a salary floor, and require them to spend a certain amount ...

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: November 12, 2015 at 08:01 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: boras, cba

Joaquin Benoit traded from Padres to Mariners |

A Mariners bullpen that sported the sixth-worst ERA in the Major Leagues last season received a major boost on Thursday, when veteran right-hander Joaquin Benoit was acquired from the Padres for a pair of low-level Minor Leaguers.

In exchange, new general manager Jerry Dipoto parted ways with starter Enyel De Los Santos and infielder Nelson Ward.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 04:41 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, padres, trades

AJC: Liberty Media plans new Braves stock

A tracking stock called “Liberty Braves Group” will include the Braves “and certain assets and liabilities associated with the … (team’s) stadium and mixed use development project, cash and a note obligation in the amount of approximately $165 million from the Liberty Braves Group to the Liberty Media Group relating to funds borrowed and used for investment in the development project,” Liberty Media said.

The company said the issuance of the tracking stock is expected to raise ...


MLB: Andrelton Simmons wins Defensive Player of the Year Award (Video)

TIL that in 2012 Wilson started up their own off brand Gold Glove award.

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-12-2015

Fulton County [Ohio] Tribune, November 12, 1915:

One day at Little Rock, where the Detroit team was playing an exhibition, old Red Donahue, who in his day was the sharpest-tongued man in baseball, was tossing them over and letting the Little Rock batters hit at will, to the great delight of the spectators.

“Oh, Red, you’re easy, easy, easy,” shrieked one very wild fan who was getting on Red’s nerves.

“I’m not half as easy as you are,” retorted Red. “You paid 50 cents to see me do it.”

Oh snap. ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 12, 2015 at 09:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, red donahue

Jerry Dipoto on the Mariners’ New Direction | FanGraphs Baseball

Good stuff. It’s worth your time.

DiPoto on the organization’s change of philosophy: “The philosophy I’m bringing over here is pretty different. I respect Jack Zduriencik – he’s had a wonderful baseball career and I’m sure he’ll continue to have one – but we’ll do things differently than he did. We see things through a different lens. I’m not going to tell you exactly how, because then it’s no longer an advantage, but it is significantly different. Regarding (the Angels), ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry dipoto, mariners

Marlins Feud With Agent Scott Boras Over Ozuna, Fernandez - The New York Times

Shocking!! Click through to the article to read more.

An exchange of barbs began with Boras criticizing the Marlins for demoting Ozuna to Triple-A last season when he was in a 1-for-36 slump. The comments brought an angry response from Samson.

“My strong suggestion to Mr. Boras is that instead of resting on his 5 percent that he collects from his stable of players, he write a check and buy a team,” Samson said. “Then he would have the opportunity to run a team that he claims to be so able to ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 09:39 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, scott boras

Rays’ Silverman expects to continue to be active in trade market | Tampa Bay Times

Rays doing Rays things.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Notes from the GM meetings: Rizzo, Zobrist, Span, etc. - The Washington Post

How many teams don’t have interest in Zobrist? If he’s not a top priority for a team, a writer is just filling space.

The Nationals have interest in free agent veteran utility man Ben Zobrist, according to people familiar with the situation. Zobrist isn’t believed to a top priority but the Nationals have long been interested in the versatile player. Zobrist, 34, could still command a formidable multi-year deal despite his age.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Red Sox need an ace, but will they sign a free agent over 30? - The Boston Globe

The short-term boost isn’t worth the long-term headaches of a megabuck 30 plus starting pitcher. Of course, having patience got their last GM replaced.

Red Sox principal owner John Henry told Bloomberg Businessweek magazine in 2014 that he was opposed to the idea of signing players over the age of 30 to long-term contracts. He cited a study showing that many such deals prove to be mistakes.

That comment, a bit innocuous at the time, has come to define Henry’s approach to free agency, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, red sox

Jason Heyward likely to land monster contract | FOX Sports

How does Heyward not end up in Yankees Stadium?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jason heyward, white sox, yankees

Cardinals plan to go shopping : Sports

“How long can you take the body blows?” Mozeliak said. “That’s why thinking about outside markets and understanding that maybe it’s time to be more aggressive there might make sense. … If we’re compelled to do something that may be a little bit out of our comfort zone, it could happen from time to time.”
“What I’m talking about is do you have enough on the front end?” Mozeliak said. “Pitchers get labeled as 1 (ace), 2, 3, 4, and 5, and what I’m trying to make sure ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 07:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Yankees planning to make serious run at Wei-Yin Chen: source - NY Daily News

According to a source, the Yankees could make a serious run at Chen, who has pitched for the Orioles the past four seasons. The 30-year-old is 46-32 with a 3.72 ERA since coming to the majors, including an 11-8 record and 3.34 ERA in 31 starts last season.

“A lot of teams are going to be in on him,” the source said. “But the Yankees are going to be one of them.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: wei yin chen, yankees

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