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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Boston Red Sox must determine how they’ll spend - ESPN Boston

I’d rather see the Red Sox go five big-dollar years on Lester than four years on Sheilds. Of course, it would be even better if a prospect package could get them a younger top-starter, which is tougher to get done.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2014 at 07:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, November 03, 2014

Denver Post: Michael Cuddyer receives qualifying offer

Well I for one was not expecting that.

“Michael is someone who has had a great impact on this organization both on and off the field for the past three years,” Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich in a statement. “After weighing our options, we felt the qualifying offer was in the best interest of the organization.”

Cuddyer, who will turn 36 on March 27, is coming off a three-year, $31.5 million deal with Colorado.


Cubs introduce Joe Maddon

WKRP in Cincinnatus Posted: November 03, 2014 at 06:15 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, managers

Minnie Minoso: Hall of Fame Worthy

There is a quote on the wall in the third floor of the Baseball Hall of Fame from Minnie that says, “I gave my life to the game. And the game gave me everything.” I think the game owes him one last thing, and I think it’s time he got it.

DL from MN Posted: November 03, 2014 at 04:46 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Cuban Notebook: Latest Buzz On Cuban Players - BaseballAmerica.com

So, if the Red Sox sign someone like Yoan Moncada, it’s impacts his cost, but it doesn’t impact who they can sign in the future?

The Red Sox could also have interest in Cuban players who fall under the international bonus pools, where they would have somewhat of an advantage over other teams. Like the Yankees and Rays, the Red Sox have already blown well beyond their bonus pool into the maximum penalty range, which means they can’t sign anyone subject to the pools for more than $300,000 the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 12:17 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, prospects

Comparing hitting across generations: neutralized hitting - Beyond the Box Score

If you are jonesing for graphs and acronyms, this might get you through the day.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 11:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Crawford, Nola head Baseball Prospectus’ Top 10 Phillies prospects

Prepare to be underwhelmed.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 11:49 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospect reports

Adam Lind and Baseball’s Worst Position | FanGraphs Baseball

Will Lind solve the Brewers hole at first base?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 11:45 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, blue jays, brewers, marco estrada

Terry’s Talkin’ about the Cleveland Indians, Carlos Santana and the search for power—Terry Pluto | cleveland.com

The Indians don’t intend to open the season with Francisco Lindor in the Majors. They believe he can use more time at Class AAA. That means Jose Ramirez starts at shortstop, with Jason Kipnis at second base. Aviles is the backup at both positions.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 10:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos santana, francisco lindor, indians, mike aviles, zach walters

Breaking down “Fielding Bible” ballot - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

In the last Fielding Bible they listed a few different categories. I have not been able to find the full listing. If you can share it, please contact me.

Good Fielding Play/Misplay & Error ratio: For brevity, I’m going to refer to this as Good Play/Bad Play Ratio. Baseball Info Solutions has staffers watch every game and among their duties is to rate defensive plays as Good Plays or Misplays & Errors, based on a series of rules devised by Bill James and other statisticians.

There are ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 10:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, bis, defense

Baseball Still A Major Draw On TV

Fans who stayed up to watch Fox’s prime-time-and-beyond broadcasts of the World Series had a reason — seven reasons, as it played out — to be tired. But they’re not nearly as tired as the stale gripes that baseball is dying…

It helped Fox win prime time for the sixth time during the Series. Given that Royals-Giants wasn’t perceived as a marquee national matchup, the 9.1 overnight rating for the series wasn’t terribly far off from the 10.1 the network drew for the six-game Red ...

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Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: November 03, 2014 at 10:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is dying, fox, tbs, television

Brewers optimistic Ryan Braun is making progress after thumb procedure

Braun was a far cry from the offensive superstar who averaged 34 home runs and 107 RBI while batting .313 over a six-year period from 2007-‘12.
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The Brewers have a huge financial stake in Braun being able to return to his previous form as a hitter. After next season, during which he has a $12 million salary, a five-year, $105 million extension kicks in that carries through 2020, with a mutual option for 2021 worth at least $15 million more.

That financial commitment is huge for the club ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 10:42 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ryan braun

Showcase planned for Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada « Jesse Sanchez at the Park

There is a lot of info in the article about his signing status.

Scouts believe Yoan Moncada could be the best teenage prospect to come from Cuba in years.
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Scouts have called Moncada the next Jorge Soler and his skills have been matched up against Yasiel Puig’s at the same age. He once beat new Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo in a base running competition during the Serie Nacional all-star festivities in Cuba and his power has been compared to Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 09:40 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, prospects

Q&A: Mike Elias, Houston Astros Director of Amateur Scouting

Another interesting article from David Lauria.

Elias on the Astros amateur scouting staff: “A lot gets made of what we do analytically, and rightfully so, because we put a lot of work into that, but we also have a very skilled scouting staff. We have a lot of baseball guys. My department, amateur scouting, is a 20-man staff with a wealth of experience. We have former big-leaguers, we have guys who had minor-league careers, we have guys who just had college careers. They all played the game at ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 09:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: interview, scouting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-3-2014

Pittsburgh Press, November 3, 1914:

Will the next world’s series be played in the Yale bowl? Baseball authorities of no less prominence than Harry Hempstead, president, and John B. Foster, secretary of the New York National league baseball team think it can be played there.
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If the post-season games can be brought [there] crowds of 72,000 can be accommodated easily, doubling the receipts from the games.

Man, I’m happy that precedent didn’t get set. Neutral site World Series would be so much ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 03, 2014 at 08:48 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Arizona Diamondbacks appear willing to move catcher Miguel Montero | FOX Sports

This is an odd rumor. Unless the the team is ready to risk starting Pete O’Brien, it doesn’t really have a replacement ready.

Montero, 31, is owed $40 million over the next three seasons. And though his offense declined in 2013 and ‘14, he still could be a realistic alternative for teams that strike out on free-agent catcher Russell Martin, particularly if the D-Backs help pay down his remaining obligation.
The D-Backs want to upgrade their starting pitching, but team president Derrick Hall told ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 07:56 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, miguel montero

Santana expected to get qualifying offer from Braves | braves.com

The qualifying offers have started.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 07:53 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ervin santana, free agents, qualifying offers

Sunday, November 02, 2014

2014 Fielding Bible Awards

C: Jonathan Lucroy, MIL
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, LAD
2B: Dustin Pedroia, BOS
3B: Josh Donaldson, OAK
SS: Andrelton Simmons*, ATL
LF: Alex Gordon*, KC
CF: Juan Lagares, NYM
RF: Jason Heyward*, ATL
Multi-Position: Lorenzo Cain, KC
P: Dallas Keuchel, HOU

* = unanimous selection

The District Attorney Posted: November 02, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, fielding, fielding bible

Wilpon responds to sexual discrimination suit | Capital New York

Is there ever any good news associated with the Wilpons?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff wilpon, mets

Anderson’s 2015 option not picked up by Rockies | rockies.com

It’s crazy to think he’s only 26 It seems like he’s been hurt a lot longer than that.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, rockies

Minnesota Twins offer manager contract to Paul Molitor - ESPN

It’s Molitor.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:39 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, twins

Yankees’ Bird leads East to Fall Stars victory | MLB.com

The Arizona Fall League’s most dangerous hitter this season continued to pound pitchers in the prospect circuit’s Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields on Saturday evening. Yankees first baseman Greg Bird opened the scoring with the longest home run in the game’s nine-year history, triggering a four-run second inning that held up for a 6-2 Eastern Division victory.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Hanley decision leads Friedman’s Hot Stove season | MLB.com

The most pressing decision is whether to make a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to Hanley Ramirez by Monday. That would assure Los Angeles of a supplemental Draft pick between the first and second rounds if Ramirez rejects the offer and signs elsewhere, but it also gives Ramirez the choice of accepting the offer and committing to the Dodgers for one year.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 10:13 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hanley ramirez


Might be time for the Red Sox to break the bank

Break the bank or make some deals?

More than at any time in recent memory, the link between spending and winning is tenuous. Most players don’t reach free agency until age 30 or later, but the production of players in their 30s has fallen off steeply in recent years. The Red Sox aren’t the only team to be have been victimized by spending too much money and counting too heavily on one-time stars past their primes.
Young players under team control are the game’s new currency, meaning rich ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Madden: As imperfect San Francisco Giants prove, baseball is far removed from days of super teams

Fresh off his H. V. Kaltenborn “Suave Voice of Doom” audio collection, Madden spreads…

Besides the aforementioned problems with the college scholarships and in the youth leagues, perhaps the biggest reason even the best teams in baseball are significantly flawed — as the Giants were — is because there are simply too many teams in baseball. In his farewell tour, Selig has understandably repeatedly said he has no regrets about anything he’s done in his impactful 23-year stewardship. And ...

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Repoz Posted: November 02, 2014 at 08:17 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Saturday, November 01, 2014

MLBTR: 2014-15 Top 50 Free Agents With Predictions

MLB Trade Rumors runs an annual free agent prediction contest. Writer Tim Dierkes predicts¹:

Scherzer - Yankees, Lester - Cubs, Shields - Red Sox, Hanley - Yankees, Panda - Giants, V-Mart - White Sox, Melky - Blue Jays, R. Martin - Cubs, N. Cruz - Orioles, Y. Tomas (Cuban defector) - Phillies, E. Santana - Giants, Maeda (Japanese league) - Astros, D. Robertson - Cubs, B. McCarthy - Pirates, F. Liriano - Red Sox, Headley - Red Sox, A. Miller - Tigers, Masterson - Cubs, Aramis - Brewers, Rasmus ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 01, 2014 at 06:11 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, rumors

Brewers, Blue Jays Swap Adam Lind, Marco Estrada

The Cheesehead Nightingale?

The Brewers have acquired 1B/OF Adam Lind from the Blue Jays, possibly pending physicals, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish tweets. SportsNet.ca’s Ben Nicholson-Smith initially reported the two sides were close to a deal. The Jays will receive righty Marco Estrada in return, Andrew Walker of Sports590.ca tweets.

The Blue Jays exercised Lind’s $7.5MM option on Lind earlier today, and Lind’s contract also includes a 2016 option for $8MM, or a $500K buyout… Lind hit ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 01, 2014 at 02:27 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, blue jays, brewers, marco estrada, trades, transactions

Tampa’s choice on tampering charges—MLB - ESPN - Insider (Sub Required)

Where’s the proof? Maddon had a opt-out clause in his contract. He reportedly was reminded about the clause by TB’s Matt Silverman, “The opt-out clause, Maddon said, was something of a fine-print treasure revealed to him in a call from Matt Silverman, the Rays’ president of baseball operations, just after Friedman left. “I had totally forgotten about it,” Maddon said. “Andrew leaves, and I get a phone call that I have an opt-out clause. Otherwise I would not have known, I swear to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2014 at 01:52 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, managers, rays

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - November 2014

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: whether communicable diseases are politicians’ fault.

The District Attorney Posted: November 01, 2014 at 01:14 PM | 1140 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

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