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Friday, February 02, 2018

MLB agent’s threatening tweet won’t alter the free agent market | SI.com

Not unexpectedly, a good take by Tom Verducci.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 08:48 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agents

Thome wants ‘Block C’ logo on HOF plaque

“I know my decision would be to wear the ‘C,’ because I think it’s the right thing to do and I fully support the way the Indians, through this week, have done the decision that they’ve done. That’s what I support.”

Good for him.

Perry Posted: February 02, 2018 at 07:47 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians


Ken Rosenthal - Ken Levinson’s statement

Agents banging the drums.

Statement from player agent Seth Levinson on current labor situation:

“There is a bond that exists between Clubs and its fan base. The integrity of that time-honored relationship is predicated upon the good faith effort of the Club to compete to the best of its ability. The CBA which defines the relationship between Clubs and Players is a good faith effort to create and assure that there is a competitive balance among all Clubs so that the greater good and best ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 04:40 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, collusion

The life, death and rebirth of the bullpen cart | MLB.com

They’d better be a lot faster.

UPDATE: As was reported on Thursday, bringing back the bullpen cart has been offered as a possible solution to speeding up the game this season and beyond. Luckily, we wrote up an entire history on the now-extinct Major League mode of transport last summer.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 04:37 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen carts

Agent Brodie Van Wagenen Speaks Out On Stagnant Free-Agent Market - MLB Trade Rumors

Reportedly Hosmer has a seven-year $120+ million offer on the table, J.D. Martinez a five-year $125 million offer. The CBA doesn’t require teams to pay players what the players “think* they are worth.

On the pitchers side, starters are throwing less innings than ever. We’ve already witnessed an increased market for relievers this off-season. It stands to reason the starter market would be shrinking to balance out pitcher payrolls.

A lot of players aren’t signing because they don’t believe ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 03:24 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, cba, free agents

Caribbean Series Starts Today

BASEBALL ON TV BASEBALL ON TV BASEBALL ON TV!!!!!!!!!

ESPN3 (Watch ESPN app) has all the games.  I watched a lot of this last year and what struck me was how much of a throwback style it was.  Not a lot of TTO baseball.

Friday: Cuba vs. Venezuela, 2 p.m. ET; Puerto Rico vs. Mexico, 9 p.m.
Saturday: Venezuela vs. D.R., 3 p.m.; Mexico vs. Cuba, 9 p.m.
Sunday: D.R. vs. Puerto Rico, 3 p.m.; Venezuela vs. Mexico, 9 p.m.
Monday: Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico, 3 p.m.; Cuba vs. D.R., 9 p.m.
Tuesday: ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: February 02, 2018 at 09:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: winter baseball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-2-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, February 2, 1918:

Sisler Could Lead All Hitters if He Waited

The batting record of George Sisler would indicate that if he would wait out the pitching, Cobb might not have led the sluggers last season.
...
Examination of the records shows Sisler hits too freely, thus hits at a lot of bad balls. Where Cobb received sixty-five bases on balls and Speaker seventy, Sisler walked thirty times.
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When Sisler learns to wait and to hit the “cripple” he should hit ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 02, 2018 at 09:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Inside Baseball | Which Teams Have Actually Improved This Winter?

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 08:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Mark Appel’s Retirement Highlights Challenges Of Scouting | BaseballAmerica.com

A huge bust.

Baseball America’s Appel scouting report for 2013 (compiled from conversations with teams’ scouts) is even a little more glowing than his 2012 report.

Appel picked up where he left off last year, after he turned down $3.8 million from the Pirates as the eighth overall pick. As a senior, he fine-tuned his stuff and graduated with a degree in management science and engineering. He shows everything scouts look for in a frontline pitcher. He’s 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds with a clean ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 08:08 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mark appel, scouting

20 years of Brian Cashman, who’s no longer just surviving | New York Post

Cashman really has done a great job with the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 08:03 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, yankees

Rob Manfred: Make MLB games 10 minutes faster or else

A quicker paced game is a better game. Get batters in the box and pitchers throwing the ball. Enforce the rules already in place. The one new rule I’d like added is a limit to visits to the mound. Make infielder and catcher visits equivalent to coaches and manager visits. Pitchers and catchers can work out strategy and mixing signs before the game and between innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 06:57 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play, rules of the game

The Obstacles Lou Whitaker, Bobby Grich, and Dwight Evans Face to be Selected by the Hall of Fame’s Historical Overview Committee to Appear on Future Modern Baseball Era Ballots

The passing over of Whitaker, Grich, and Evans by the Historical Overview Committee is almost certainly due to the lack of support picked up by these candidate in their brief time on the BBWAA ballot, as evidenced by the screening panel’s repeated selections of candidates who lasted the maximum number of years on the writer’s vote.  Indeed, for the recent Modern Baseball Era ballot, the Historical Overview Committee not only chose all four newly eligible candidates whose Hall of Fame cases went ...

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Thursday, February 01, 2018

Bleacher Report: Why Mark Appel, Perhaps the Biggest Bust in MLB History, Is Stepping Away at 26

In 2013, the Astros chose Appel with the No. 1 pick, one selection ahead of Chicago Cubs MVP third baseman Kris Bryant. They signed him to a $6.35 million bonus after his senior year, when he posted a 2.12 ERA, struck out 130 batters and walked just 23 in 106.1 innings. Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated called him “as risk-free a pitcher pick as has ever been made,” while Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow deemed Appel, “the most significant investment the Astros have made in their history in an ...

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Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 01, 2018 at 11:11 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: busts, houston astros, tinstaapp

Brandon Moss Weighs In On Offseason Pace, CBA - MLB Trade Rumors

Moss with some truth telling.

Moss said that the players have no one but themselves to blame.

“Everything that happens in the game of baseball, as far as how things are done financially, is bargained into a collective bargaining agreement,” says Moss. “The way free agency runs, the way draft money is allotted, the way international signing bonus is allotted. Everything is bargained.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 01, 2018 at 09:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agents

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-1-2018

Washington Times, February 1, 1918:

Down with the generous mogul! That’s going to be the slogan in the National League. Charlie Weeghman, president of the Chicago Cubs, is to blame, and he is to be the target of action by his brother magnates when they meet in New York next week.

President Tener will offer an amendment to the National League’s constitution, seeking to prevent any magnate from making overtures to a player of a rival team or of expressing in public a desire to buy or trade a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 01, 2018 at 09:19 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tampering

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

MLB Buzz: Trade talk, deals and rumors

I’m not a hardcore anti-Hosmer guy. In the *right deal* he could be a quality acquisition. The deals he already has on the table, however, would be past my comfort zone, if I were the guy writing the checks.

Hosmer seeking deal longer than seven years
The representatives of free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have continuously been “pushing for a contract of more than seven years,” a source told MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi on Wednesday.

Morosi also notes that with the Royals dealing Brandon Moss ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2018 at 05:32 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, rumors

Oscar Gamble Passes Away

Oscar Gamble, a lefty-swinging hitter popularly known for the large Afro hairstyle he wore in the 1970s, died Wednesday at age 68.

His death was confirmed by Andrew Levy, Gamble’s agent. The cause of death was not reported.


12 prospects who just missed the Top 100 list

In case 100 isn’t enough.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2018 at 11:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospect reports

MLB Top-100 Prospects | Who’s Too High And Too Low?

A different look at MLB Pipeline’s Top 100.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2018 at 11:02 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

MLB proposes 11th inning of All-Star Game start with a runner on second base

This doesn’t bother me. It’s the All Star Game.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2018 at 11:01 AM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-31-2018

Ogden Standard, January 31, 1918:

Miller Huggins, the new manager of the New York Yankees, has made an offer to the Detroit Tigers for Ty Cobb, the great outfielder, according to an announcement made [yesterday].

The Yanks have an oversupply of pitchers and it is understood that Huggins has offered a couple of hurlers and a large cash amount for the “Georgia peach.”

There’s no harm in asking, I guess. The Yankees never got Cobb, but they were able to trade a pile of cash for a great hitter ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 31, 2018 at 09:34 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Lopes ‘taking it easy’ after calling it quits

NEW YORK—Fifty years after the Dodgers drafted him, Davey Lopes said on the Newsmakers podcast that he is retiring after 45 consecutive years in the Major Leagues.

“I’m not doing much. I’m retired, taking it easy,” said Lopes, who last worked for the Nationals as a first-base coach in 2017. “It was not a difficult decision to make, but one I was kind of hesitant to make. But it all works out. I got the opportunity to play, manage or coach for a long, long time. I’m extremely thankful. I was ...

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Updating 5 free agents who could sign soon

This has to be #fakenews. It doesn’t look like another free agent will ever sign with a team.

Slowest, most boring off-season ever.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2018 at 12:11 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Kevin Towers, former D-backs, Padres GM, dies | MLB.com

Sad news.

Former Padres and D-backs general manager Kevin Towers has died after a battle with cancer. He was 56.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2018 at 11:56 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin towers, obituary

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-30-2018

Bridgeport Times, January 30, 1918:

A novel scheme by which a batsman would be permitted to steal first base any time the ball is in play has been advanced by a Kansas City lawyer. This attorney has written several letters to Garry Herrmann, chairman of the National Commission, and Herrmann has been interested to the extent of sending copies of his correspondence on the subject to his fellow members of the commission—Tener and Johnson—asking for an opinion of the scheme.

“It’s crazy and awful.” ...Read More...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 30, 2018 at 09:47 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Baseball’s Rumored Spring Training for Free Agents Has Happened Before - The Ringer

I remember 1995 well. It was a mess.

The union was capable of creating the camp—which at that time, really was without precedent, as far as Fehr knows—on short notice because it had already laid the groundwork for a more ambitious strike contingency plan. “The camp was originally never intended to be a camp,” says Price, who helped spearhead the MLBPA’s strike contingency plans, which started to coalesce in December ’94. Instead, the union intended to bring back a time-honored ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2018 at 07:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Joey Gallo benefits from tighter launch angle

An interesting look at Joey Gallo using Statcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2018 at 07:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers, statcast

Monday, January 29, 2018

Agent Scott Boras wants change: ‘Non-competitive cancer’ ruining baseball

This is a stupid idea. The MLBPA helped make young players even cheaper than they were. It then went along with increased penalties and low thresholds for Luxury Taxes. It shouldn’t be shocking that smarter front offices figured out they’d be better off playing more young, cheap players instead of older, more expensive ones.

Boras has proposed draft bonuses for winning games. If a small-market team wins at least 78 games, it receives $2 million more to spend in the draft while the other teams ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2018 at 11:18 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, scott boras

Blue Jays’ prospects could eventually be cure to backup catcher hole - Sportsnet.ca

Sorry, Martin was no prize either. His numbers only look acceptable if you accept today’s dearth of good catchers as the new norm.

Martin hit .221/.343/.388 with 13 home runs last year—respectable numbers in line with the MLB averages for the position. And while 91 games represented a dropoff in playing time for Martin, only one catcher older than him appeared in more games: Yadier Molina.

The problem wasn’t Martin, it was his backups. Raffy Lopez, Mike Ohlman, Miguel Montero, Jarrod ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2018 at 04:57 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

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