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Monday, December 07, 2015

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: “BREAKING:

I will update as more info becomes available.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, dodgers, reds, trades, winter meetings

Setting caution aside, Red Sox went all in for an ace

Pretty good recounting of the negotiation process.

Price’s market was down to five teams. According to a major league source, the Red Sox were the lone AL bidder, while the lefthander received offers from the Giants, Dodgers, Cubs, and Cardinals.

McKinnis approached the Sox with a counterproposal last Monday evening. But based on the state of the bids that day — with the Red Sox at $200 million — it wasn’t clear that Price was going to sign with Boston. Indeed, the pitcher appeared to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Royals agree to deal with RHP Joakim Soria | MLB.com

Joakim Soria is heading back to Kansas City after reportedly agreeing to a three-year deal with the Royals on Sunday night, according to multiple reports. The deal is reportedly worth $25 million.

The club has not confirmed the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, joakim soria, royals

Rays said to be targeting Javier Baez in talks with Cubs | Tampa Bay Times

The Rays have pitching depth to deal from - either of their two late-inning relievers, Jake McGee or Brad Boxberger, and a starter from the group of Drew Smyly, Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi and Erasmo Ramirez.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez, rays

5 things to watch for at Winter Meetings | MLB.com

Winter Meeting thread. Please share any rumors you come across.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 255 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-7-2015

Milwaukee Journal, December 7, 1915:

Winter baseball played the ice by major leaguers will be offered New York fans who can’t get enough of the old all game in the summer, if plans of the promoters pan out.

Wild Bill Donovan, Heine Zimmerman, Rube Oldring and Harry McCormick are the promoters, and they reason this way:

The winter rent on the Polo grounds could be paid from the proceeds of the skating ball games; the games would be played on skates with an indoor baseball; the ice would benefit ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 07, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP - 2015 December 8: Caps for Sale, When Clinton and Bush want made-in-America gear, they turn to one guy in New Jersey

What do Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Jeb Bush all have in common? A hat factory in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1992, Mitch Cahn quit his Wall Street job and bought a bankrupt baseball hat factory. He couldn’t compete with overseas manufacturers on cost, so he catered to a specific market: people who want their hats made in the United States.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: December 07, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 1619 comment(s)
  Beats: caps, politics

Dodgers sign Iwakuma to 3 year deal

He’s an oft injured pitcher in his mid thirties. They get ages 35,36 and 37.  Should they have just bitten the bullet and signed Grienke?

charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: December 07, 2015 at 12:00 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Jonathan Papelbon files grievance against the Nationals

According to multiple major league sources, the former Red Sox closer has filed a grievance against Washington for failing to pay his salary during the team-imposed four-game suspension at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

Papelbon was suspended by the Nationals after engaging in a dugout altercation with teammate Bryce Harper during a Sept. 23 game against the Orioles.

According to the sources, the player’s stance is that there is no precedent of a player having his salary withdrawn after ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2015 at 11:05 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: grievances, jonathan papelbon, mlbpa, nationals

Ben Zobrist, Far From a Star, Is Now Coveted

According to the mainstream media, not only is Ben Zobrist, not a star, he is “far from a star”. To be fair, the article treats him better than the headline.

Hank G. Posted: December 06, 2015 at 06:43 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, player evaluation

OT - College Football Bowl Spectacular (December 2015 - January 2016)

December 31  12:00 PM  Peach Bowl             Houston v. Florida State
              4:00 PM  Orange Bowl            Oklahoma v. Clemson
              8:00 PM  Cotton Bowl            Michigan State v. Alabama

January 1     1:00 PM  Fiesta Bowl            Ohio State v. Notre Dame
              5:00 PM  Rose Bowl              Iowa v. Stanford
              8:30 PM  Sugar Bowl             Oklahoma State v. Ole Miss

January 11    8:30 PM  Championship Game      Orange winner v. Cotton winner
Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 06, 2015 at 05:04 PM | 758 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Welcome to the new Moneyball

We are all the new Moneyball.

The bottom line: Despite all the talk about the Royals’ old-school, go-for-broke offense, Kansas City scored 724 runs this year, just 14 more than the AL average. And it’s scoring—not contact or aggressiveness or intangibles—that wins games. Even if we credit the Royals for smart or timely hitting (and we should—they scored 32 percent of their runners who reached base, the fourth-highest rate in MLB), their offense simply wasn’t championship level. Their pitching ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2015 at 03:50 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, moneyball, royals

MLB Sees Record Revenues For 2015, Up $500 Million And Approaching $9.5 Billion

Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side of the industry. With the year nearly complete, the league can report that gross revenues increased $500 million for 2015, marking the 13th consecutive year MLB has seen record growth. While exact figures are not released, the league will enter 2016 with revenues approaching $9.5 billion.

Growth for baseball continued around media rights and other facets. While there continues to be talk of the media rights bubble ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2015 at 03:34 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: revenues

MLBTR: Orioles to Re-Sign Darren O’Day

Me say Day, me say Day-O…

Reliever Darren O’Day has agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Orioles, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweets. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (who originally tweeted that a return to the Orioles was likely) says O’Day will receive $31MM. O’Day is a client of the Ballengee Group.

O’Day had been deciding between the Orioles and Nationals. He had also been connected to the Braves and Dodgers. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun tweets that O’Day came close to ...

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JEe (Jason) Posted: December 06, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, orioles

SUNDAY NOTES: Bonds, Bordick, Boston, Cubs, Giants, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Rays’ Silverman developing ‘no-nonsense’ reputation | Tampa Bay Times

Some great info on making trades.

“There’s certain teams who come in and officer audacious proposals that are more entertaining than anything else,” he said. “That is not our style. We like to cut to the chase and have targeted discussions and move on quickly if there isn’t a deal to be had.

“That’s the approach we’ve taken. It’s not necessarily the right approach, but it is one that we’re comfortable with and has led to some strong relationships with the clubs across the league.”

Also, to be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, matt silverman, rays

The winter meetings starting pitcher market after Zack Greinke

Jayson Stark preps for the Winter Meetings.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors, winter meetings

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Unnamed MLB player sought treatment for ‘man boobs’ - NY Daily News

He clearly needs a fashionable manzier. How about The Bro?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2015 at 08:58 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: fashion, steroids

Jeff Samardzija Proves It Pays To Play Baseball - BaseballAmerica.com

It pays to be a major leaguer.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jeff samardzija

Perhaps still leery of aging pitchers, John Henry makes $217 million “exception” for David Price - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

It’s a horrible risk. It’s his money, though.

But then John Henry turned serious, his voice reflecting the gravity of the $217 million philosophical pivot he’d made in signing Cy Young Award runner-up David Price to the richest contract in the history of the Red Sox.

“There are exceptions to any rule,” Henry said. “Certainly, this is one of the most exceptional pitchers.”
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“In this year, at this time, we know that we’re going to be strong going forward,” Henry said. “The one place we ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Joey Votto won’t waive trade clause with Reds | MLB.com

$24.88 million is chump change now. Right?

“I absolutely love playing here,” Votto said during Redsfest on Friday. “When all this trade stuff gets going, it’s natural for a player to have that thought process and what would you consider? I just absolutely love playing here. I really like where I live. I like my team and my job. I like the location of the ballpark and the fans and the clubhouse and the uniform and the number on my back—all the littlest things that people take for granted are very ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2015 at 07:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Friday, December 04, 2015

Zack Greinke to sign with D-backs | MLB.com

Didn’t see this one coming.

The D-backs have reached an agreement with free-agent starting pitcher Zack Greinke, pending a physical, according to a baseball source. The club has not yet confirmed the news.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 08:17 PM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, free agents, giants, zach greinke

Cubs reach deal with pitcher John Lackey | MLB.com

“We need to focus on the free agents who make sense for us and try to get them at a cost that makes sense for us given our roster and payroll structure and how things look, not just in ‘16 but over the next several years,” Epstein said Friday before the Lackey news. “We’ll stay focused on that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 06:44 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agent, john lackey

Yankees sign Pete Kozma

It’s to a minor league deal.

Gamingboy Posted: December 04, 2015 at 05:47 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: destroyer of worlds, pete kozma, transactions, yankees

Nationals sign veteran left-hander Oliver Perez to two-year deal

The remodeling of the Nationals’ bullpen began Friday afternoon, quietly, with the signing of veteran left-hander Oliver Perez to a two-year, $7 million deal, according to people familiar with the situation.

The Nationals have not announced the deal. While rumblings about all-stars such as Aroldis Chapman or a multi-year deal for coveted late-inning star Darren O’Day swirled all week, the Nationals secured a matchup-ready lefty with 13 years of major league experience and a low 90s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, oliver perez

Jeff Bridich on Building the Rockies | FanGraphs Baseball

Here’s some interesting comments on the Rockies from General Manager Greg Bridich.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 04:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, jeff bridich

Hardball Retrospective – General Manager Trading Scorecard | Seamheads.com

I don’t have time to go through all this at the moment but at first glance it looks like some impressive research.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 04:34 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, sabermetrics

Mets GM Sandy Alderson diagnosed with ‘very treatable’ cancer

Get better Sandy.

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has been diagnosed with a ‘very treatable’ form of cancer and is due to begin chemotherapy this week, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said Friday.

The cancer was discovered when Alderson underwent a medical procedure three weeks ago….

Wilpon said Alderson will continue his GM duties while undergoing the treatment for the next eight to 12 weeks, with support from deputies J.P. Ricciardi, Paul DePodesta and John Ricco…

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2015 at 01:34 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer, mets, sandy alderson

Why The Rays Traded For A Catcher Who Can’t Throw

Hank Conger threw out 1 runner in 43 stolen base attempts last year…but that matters a lot less than you might think.

More importantly, though, the Rays seem to be banking on one of this decade’s central catcher-defense discoveries: Throwing just doesn’t matter that much, relative to other aspects of the position that Conger can handle. Baseball Prospectus recently revamped its fielding stats for catchers to account for the pitchers they work with and the runners they face. Research suggests ...

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: December 04, 2015 at 12:53 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: hank conger, pitch framing

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-4-2015

Rock Island Argus, December 4, 1915:

Unless B.B. Johnson, chief mogul of the American league, is able to paint a rosy picture of the financial outlook for next season, when he comes [to Cleveland] next week to discuss the Cleveland situation, the Cleveland Indians probably will be sold.
...
The Cleveland club barely made expenses last season, the sale of most of their star players being made as a means of filling up the large vacancy in the strong box…Jackson, Gregg, Lajoie, Leibold, Johnston ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 04, 2015 at 10:51 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians

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