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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Have you ever thought your team’s GM made a stupid trade? Paid too much for a free agent? Wish you had the opportunity to run the team more effectively? I gave the opportunity to 30 fans to run their team how they saw fit in an Offseason Simulation, cramming an entire winter of transactions into four days. I gave each team a recommended budget and asked them to negotiate with each other on trades, and with me on free agents.
The following is a summary of what transpired over one week. You ...
Nearly three decades ago, a man on crutches changed the course of Dr. Martha Murray’s life. The two met at a party at Stanford University, where Murray was a graduate student in engineering. They talked about the man’s recent anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, tear. When he told Murray his reconstruction surgery would require a tendon graft and holes drilled into his thighbone and shinbone, she was shocked.
Murray wondered why surgeons couldn’t simply sew the two ends of the torn ...Read More...
Posted: November 12, 2014 at 12:59 PM | 0 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, November 12, 1914:
President James E. Gaffney of the Braves yesterday denied a report that his ball park had been sold to a Chicago mail order establishment as a site for a shoe factory, but admitted that the grounds were in the market. He said he expected to locate soon on an attractive home for the world’s championship next year.
The ballpark in question was South End Grounds, which indeed saw its last Braves game in August 1914. The team spent part of the 1915 season at ...Read More...
Dan Lee is some pumkins
Posted: November 12, 2014 at 09:37 AM | 31 comment(s)
Sorry, the Diamondbacks don’t have “earth shattering” talent at shortstop.
The Diamondbacks also have shortstops to offer and have received calls on Didi Gregorius. But to consider moving a shortstop, GM Dave Stewart said he’d need an offer that he considers “earth shattering.”
Posted: November 12, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 41 comment(s)
“Obviously, we’re going to give Jonathan every chance to make this club,” Luhnow said. “We’re going to give Matt every chance to make this club. But we’re not going to hand them those positions. They’re going to have to earn those positions. Because we’re at the point now where the development at the big leagues is behind us, and this is about producing. And if they don’t produce, still both those guys have options. Both of them could end up back in (Class AAA) Fresno.
Posted: November 12, 2014 at 06:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
Closers get paid.
“I think Andrew’s evolution in the bullpen and his numbers this year fortify the belief in baseball that he’s a closer-in-waiting—and maybe the time for waiting is over,’’ Rodgers said Tuesday from the MLB general managers’ meetings.
Posted: November 12, 2014 at 06:44 AM | 23 comment(s)
Another report says the clubs aren’t dealing. Brett Anderson would be a great buy-low pickup for a smart team.
Zimmermann, 28, would be a younger, potentially less-expensive alternative to the higher-end free agents on the market this off-season, though the player package to acquire him would have to include at least one of their touted young middle infielders, sources say.
One source said the teams have enough mutual interest that names have been discussed. Another said he expected the Cubs to ...
With only .394 percent alcohol it won’t fill you up, so it won’t slow you down.
The beer is Alesmith San Diego .394 Pale Ale, a collaboration with the late baseball great, Tony Gwynn. The brewery and the Gwynn family are excited to unveil the packaging in conjunction with San Diego Beer Week.
Posted: November 12, 2014 at 04:05 AM | 12 comment(s)
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
While there have been reports, most notably from Buster Olney of ESPN.com, that the San Francisco Giants are optimistic about re-signing Pablo Sandoval and that a deal could happen soon, an executive with another major league club said Tuesday that the Red Sox are “all in” on the free-agent third baseman and are making a big push to sign him.
Posted: November 11, 2014 at 08:11 PM | 57 comment(s)
Showalter, who received 25 first-place votes, became just the fourth manager to win the Award at least three times, joining Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa (who each won it on four occasions), and Lou Piniella. Along with La Russa, Showalter is one of just two skippers to win with three different teams.
Williams, meanwhile, made some history of his own, taking home the award in his first season at the helm. He is now the fourth rookie manager to win the award, joining Hal Lanier (1986 Astros), ...
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Yasmani Tomas, the next big thing.
Edit: Link fixed. Sorry. Jim.
Starters still matter.
The San Francisco Giants won the World Series this year with a rotation that ranked 16th in the majors, beating a Kansas City Royals team whose rotation finished 11th overall.
So why spend over $100 million on a free-agent starter when an average rotation combined with a few shutdown relievers in the seventh, eighth and ninth seemingly works just as well?
Posted: November 11, 2014 at 01:49 PM | 27 comment(s)
Whether Cuddyer is overpaid by a little or a lot is debatable. Suggesting that the 15th pick of the first round isn’t valuable because that particular pick hasn’t produced a plethora of all stars isn’t convincing.
That back-of-the-envelope math is without considering the cost of the lost draft pick. In signing a qualifying offer free agent, the Mets will forfeit the 15th pick of the 2015 draft. While that would seem to be a bad thing for a team on a rebuilding path, the reality is that the slot ...
Posted: November 11, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 55 comment(s)
Milwaukee Sentinel, November 11, 1914:
Bennie Kauff, the sensational Indianapolis Federal league baseball player, miraculously escaped serious injury Tuesday afternoon when his automobile was wrecked at New Winchester, Ind., six miles west of Danville. Kauff’s face was badly lacerated and Jack Page and Owen Holmes, both of [Indianapolis], who were riding with the player, were slightly bruised.
Bennie was arrested by Danville authorities and fines on a charge of speeding.
Benny and cars just ...Read More...
Can he play shortstop too?
Listen to Jay Alou — agent for free agent outfielder Yasmany Tomas – for his first two sentences and you’ll come away with a dose of reality.
“I don’t see a need. They have their outfielders,” Alou said when asked at the general managers’ meetings Monday about the Red Sox‘ interest in the 23-year-old slugger.
But then, in mid statement, came the push.
“I mean, he could play third base. Everybody could use some pop,” Alou ...
Posted: November 11, 2014 at 07:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
The part about the Jays signing Martin because they “have enough positions in flux” so he can move to another position is funny.
As I reported last week the Blue Jays will take a shot at signing free-agent catcher Russell Martin, who is said by some industry insiders to already be leaning in the Chicago Cubs direction. Martin wants a contract worth between $75-$80 million over five years, similar to or a little more than the deal Brian McCann received from the New York Yankees last winter. An ...
Posted: November 11, 2014 at 07:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
The “well-connected baseball executive” sounds like someone in the Red Sox camp. The executive sounds like he has some wishful thinking. I don’t see Lester settling for $20 million per year.
But Monday night, a well-connected baseball executive who has had conversations on the subject with the Red Sox, predicted that Boston will indeed re-sign Lester, and may make an exception in Lester’s case to their pledge not to offer a long-term deal to pitchers north of 30 years old.
How high would the ...
Posted: November 11, 2014 at 07:05 AM | 26 comment(s)
According to the quotes in the article, the White Sox will either sign a big contract or they won’t. Thanks for the insight!
But the White Sox general manager expects his club to be prominently mentioned in baseball gossip this offseason if only because of their position; they could have $40 million to spend with multiple upgrades needed. Not only that, the White Sox intend to kick a lot of tires to see what’s out there.
Posted: November 11, 2014 at 06:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
Prospects are prospects. Will Profar ever pan out or will injuries derail his future?
Andrus’ eight-year, $120 million extension does not even begin until next season and runs through at least 2022. Texas would love to unload that deal as it searches this market for starting pitching. The Rangers can go inexpensive in the middle infield with some combination of Rougned Odor, Jurickson Profar and Luis Sardinas. However, they would be more comfortable doing that if they knew for sure Profar was ...
Bob Nightengale’s latest.
They are intent on dumping first baseman Ryan Howard and the remaining $60 million on his contract, but after finding no takers during the season, they have surprising interest from a small-market club with one baseball’s lowest payrolls.
The Royals aren’t about to rip up their payroll, and David Glass suddenly isn’t about to go all Steinbrenner on us, but if the Phillies are willing to eat most of the contract, the Royals have had internal discussions ...
All 12 free agents who were given the $15.3 million offers last week chose not to accept by Monday’s 5 p.m. EST deadline.
Monday, November 10, 2014
The Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards were announced on Monday, with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu the unanimous selection in the American League and Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom taking home the honor in the NL.
Apparently Cuddyer wasn’t too nuts about Colorado… and is confident he’ll be awful in 2015!
The Mets announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year contract.
Cuddyer, a client of Excel Sports Management’s Casey Close, was the surprise recipient of a qualifying offer last week that caused many to believe that he would be the first to accept the offer. However, Colorado’s decision to extend the QO appears to have been a wise one, as they’ll now net a ...
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