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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Mets GM: Premature to call Conforto an everyday player - NY Daily News

Why trade for De Aza? He’ll probably end up getting cut.

Alderson said he could see teams approaching him about deals for Alejandro De Aza, though he’s not engaged there now. The GM acknowledged that the outfielder’s playing situation is “a little less clear” now that Cespedes is here. “But we’re happy to have another left-handed hitter who hits well against right-handed pitching and we’ll figure it out,” Alderson said. Juan Lagares, meanwhile, “definitely has a role for us, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2016 at 08:07 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael conforto

MLB’s qualifying-offer system is stacked against low-revenue clubs | FOX Sports

Sorry, I don’t even know where to start on this article. I really like Ken Rosenthal and generally enjoy his stuff but this piece is a mess.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, economics, qualifying offers

Documents: Mets Owners’ Real Estate Fund Was $300 Million In The Hole This Past June

Can the Wilpons dig out of their hole?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - February 2016

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: contract opt-outs and tanking (in baseball).

Link goes to the announcement of your 2016 NBA All-Star Game entertainment, Sting.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: February 03, 2016 at 01:43 PM | 772 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, ncaabb, off-topic

Atlanta executives meet with two Florida Gators who might be draft candidates

Sources have told Scout.com that John Coppolella, Atlanta’s general manager, and Brian Bridges, Atlanta’s scouting director, recently met in Gainesville with Gators’ outfielder Buddy Reed and Florida left-handed pitcher A.J. Puk.

Coppolella has recently said the Braves would prefer to draft a college hitter with the third pick, which is not a surprise considering the large number of pitchers Atlanta took last year in the draft. The Braves took pitchers with 20 of their first 26 draft ...

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Rickey! doesn't think YR is a less terrible Sam Posted: February 03, 2016 at 12:12 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-3-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, February 3, 1916:

Kansas City is going to be in a major baseball league within two years, according to [American League president Ban] Johnson. He said Kansas City was “a major league city right now.” He thought it would fit into the American League better than the National, and intimated one of the St. Louis clubs might be involved in such a move.

Ban was off by 37 years, but (obviously) Kansas City got its MLB club and both of them have been in the AL.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 03, 2016 at 07:46 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, kansas city

After death of son, seasons of struggle in Milwaukee, new Diamondback Jean Segura may finally blossom in Arizona desert | FOX Sports

Segura, who turns 26 on March 17, rejected a seven-year, $40 million extension with an option for an eighth year in the spring of ’14, according to major-league sources. He felt he deserved better, particularly since the Braves had just signed Andrelton Simmons to a seven-year, $58 million deal.
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“I think the change will do him good,” Roenicke said. “I really like how (the Diamondbacks) play. They’re aggressive. They’ve got some really good leadership with (Paul Goldschmidt). ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2016 at 05:52 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, diamondbacks, jean segura

OT - College Football offseason thread (February - August 2016)

The home of everything from signing day to fall camp.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: February 03, 2016 at 01:06 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Dodgers add Maddux, Ibanez to front office

Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux and 19-year Major League veteran Raul Ibanez have been named special assistants to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and the baseball operations department.

The Dodgers announced Tuesday that in their roles, Maddux and Ibanez will assist in all aspects of baseball operations, including scouting, player development and working with the club’s players, both at the Major League and Minor League levels.

The Dodgers are going to have to rent ...

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eddieot Posted: February 02, 2016 at 10:13 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Stacking Up MLB’s Most Productive International Programs - BaseballAmerica.com

It amazing how much better some teams are in the international market.

Texas Rangers

The Rangers consistently grade out near the top of this list, with their international program continually churning out talent first under the direction of A.J. Preller, then Mike Daly (now their farm director) and most recently Gil Kim, who just left the organization to become Toronto’s farm director. Preller has moved on to become the Padres general manager, with Daly and Kim both candidates to follow in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2016 at 09:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents

Braves interested in Cuban free agent Lazarito | MLB.com

The Braves are rumored to already have a big haul after July 1st, including Kevin Maitan. So, it will be interesting to see what they have going.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2016 at 09:39 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cuban free agents

Schoenfield: Top 5 Hall of Fame classes

Can’t fault the Cobb/Ruth/Wagner/Mathewson/Johnson entry, but what say you about the others?

reech Posted: February 02, 2016 at 05:27 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, hall of fame

Owners are worried about tanking. Which is something they themselves created. – HardballTalk

Tanking as an issue is much ado about nothing. Teams already pay a price for tanking. Attendance and ratings drop.

Now, however, there is a lockstep relationship between losing and the draft. If you’re not going to make the playoffs, it’s clearly better to lose 105 games than 95. at a certain point it’s in a club’s best interest to simply wave the white flag and position itself for three years from now. Unless and until that relationship is reduced in strength, that incentive will ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2016 at 09:58 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, draft pick compensation, economics

Qualifying-offer system key to collective bargaining negotiations, maintaining more than two decades of labor peace as MLB, players union begin to talk | FOX Sports

Maybe these players misread the market and should have signed for the $15.8 million.

This will be an interesting story to keep an eye on.

Desmond, Fowler, and Gallardo are the last remaining free agents who rejected qualifying offers in November—meaning teams must surrender a draft pick in order to sign them.

It is undeniable that draft-pick compensation has depressed the values for several free agents this offseason. The same has happened before under the current CBA. What’s impossible to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 125 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, mlbpa, owners

Re-meet Zack Wheeler: Stud has hitter threats, ‘greatness’ goal | New York Post

“I want to stay on top of the ball instead of being on the side of it,’’ Wheeler said as he demonstrated his revamped motion with the long scar snaking along his right arm.

“In the past I was just throwing and saying, ‘Here it is.’ My ball moves a lot, and that’s what got me in trouble,’’ said Wheeler, who is 18-16 with 3.50 ERA and 271 strikeouts over 285 ¹/₃ innings.

Now there is more of a focus on mechanics.

“I was supposed to be on the mound the beginning of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zack wheeler

The Brewers’ Quiet Upside Play | FanGraphs Baseball

There is no concern about the future in Arizona. It’s all about the now.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, diamondbacks, trades

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-2-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, February 2, 1916:

Wagner and Lajoie are starting their twentieth big league campaigns. Did it ever occur to you they were batting over .300 in the Big Show before—

1. The Colonel, or T.R., was drafted from the minors?
2. Before W.J. Bryan had run for president but once?
3. Before the Spanish-American War was even thought of?
4. Before President Wilson had gotten used to his job as president of Princeton?
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9. Before Ty Cobb reached the fourth grade at the public ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 02, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, honus wagner, nap lajoie

Monday, February 01, 2016

The Record Underperformance of 2015

What does that make them? Lollygaggers.

Regardless of which method you want to use, 2015 gave us the biggest team underperformance in the years with data available—though the models disagree about which team that was. By third-order wins, it was the Indians — they finished more than 12 wins below where they were expected. By BaseRuns, it was the A’s, with a similarly affected record.

And those weren’t the only teams that underperformed significantly. Add in the Astros, and you’re ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 01, 2016 at 05:25 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: underperformance

Yankees’ Greg Bird to miss 2016 after shoulder surgery

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will miss the 2016 season due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Bird initially hurt his shoulder last May while in the minors, and felt discomfort again this offseason. He will have surgery Tuesday to repair the torn labrum.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 01, 2016 at 03:42 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: greg bird, injuries, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-1-2016

Pittsburgh Press, February 1, 1916:

James McGill, who bought the Denver club of the Western league and the Indianapolis club of the American Association, after he inherited a fortune from his uncle…may have to sell both clubs as a result of suits files against him by Jack Coffey, former Denver manager, and Mrs. Coffey.
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Mrs. Coffey alleges she was induced to enter McGill’s auto when he told her Mrs. McGill was to go with them. She charges that when she noticed McGill was driving into the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 01, 2016 at 09:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jack coffey, rape

Twins say Joe Mauer done as catcher, citing safety from head trauma

Twins general manager Terry Ryan has confirmed that Mauer’s days as a catcher are done.

“If we would ever get any OK from a physician, we would consider it,” Ryan said (via twincities.com) during a weekend fan forum. “Unfortunately, there isn’t a physician, especially concussion experts, that could trust he’s not going to take another bop in the head on a foul tip or a collision at the plate, although the collisions are pretty much a foregone conclusion nowadays.”

Mauer, a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 01, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: concussions, head trauma, joe mauer, twins

OTP - 2016 February 1: Donald Trump spends $450,000 on red baseball caps in just three months

Tonight sees the first US state cast their preliminary ballots to select a candidate for the General Election in November.

Trump leads the field in the latest Des Moines Register poll - which in recent elections has been the most accurate predictor of caucus success.

Ted Cruz trails him by five points, with Florida senator Marco Rubio in third.

Ben Carson, by some stretch the biggest spender on the Republican ballot, is in distant fourth place on 10%.

And Jeb Bush, who many presumed would ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: February 01, 2016 at 07:40 AM | 2773 comment(s)
  Beats: caps, politics

The subtle changes that helped the small-money Royals spend big | The Kansas City Star

Even with their rotten local TV deal — the Royals expect their annual take to more than double when the current deal expires in 2019 — their ticket revenue has nearly quadrupled in the last 10 years to around $80 million per year.

Along with that, the league’s revenue sharing has continued to increase. Some of that is with Major League Baseball’s forward-thinking decision to split all online revenue equally. MLB’s Advanced Media is widely considered the best of its peer group, and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 01, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tim Raines on getting into Hall of Fame: ‘It matters, but it doesn’t’

Currently the roving outfield and base running co-ordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays, the 56-year-old said he’s intrigued how the advanced statistics that have only recently become more prominent in the game are helping to make his case for induction.

“It’s kind of mind boggling,” said Raines, who was in Vancouver for a team function with the single-A Canadians. “I didn’t really know I did all those things those guys say I did.

“It’s quite interesting.” ...Read More...

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: January 31, 2016 at 10:01 PM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, montreal expos, sabrmetrics, tim raines

Baseball execs can’t lose sight of human element in decision making | FOX Sports

Rosenthal goes off the rails on this one. Making decisions purely on emotion is ridicules. Replace Bautista and the Blue Jays with Albert Pujols and the Cardinals. The emotional decision on Albert would have been to keep him. Does anyone think the Cardinals didn’t make a better decision to let him go? A fan’s emotional connection to a team and its players encourages them to dig into their pockets. That emotional connection doesn’t survive losing. Does anyone believe Mets fans would prefer ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2016 at 05:25 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

A’s GM David Forst Talks about the A’s Starting Rotation, Clubhouse Chemistry, an Extension for Redd

In what’s become his annual winter interview with bloggers, A’s general manager David Forst addressed a wide range of topics covering both the major league squad as well as some of the system’s top prospects at A’s FanFest on Sunday.

In his session, Forst discussed how he sees the team’s starting rotation shaping up, whether or not the A’s may still be able to make some additions to the roster, the likelihood of signing outfielder Josh Reddick long-term, last year’s lack of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2016 at 10:44 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, david forst

Nick Cafardo: Rebuilt Cubs ready for the next step - The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe’s Sunday Notes.

Asked whether the Cubs had entered the final phase of the rebuild, Epstein answered no.

“I think you can get yourself in trouble if you think you’re taking that last step or two and building the perfect team. Often times it leaves you in a worse spot because it leaves you inflexible to react during the season and address weaknesses that crop up. We have some issues that we’re curious to see as guys respond to new roles,” he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, notes


Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Cincinnati Reds | FanGraphs Baseball

The Reds top prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2016 at 08:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, prospects reports, reds

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Brewers, D-backs strike 5-player deal: Segura, Wagner headed to Arizona for Anderson, Hill, Diaz

“The Brewers and D-backs made a Saturday splash with a five-player trade that sent shortstop Jean Segura and Southern League ERA champ Tyler Wagner to Arizona for right-hander Chase Anderson, infielder Aaron Hill and Minor League shortstop Isan Diaz. The Brewers also received cash in the deal, presumably to cover some of the $12 million due to Hill in the final season of the veteran’s three-year contract.”

Scott Lange Posted: January 30, 2016 at 06:57 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, diamondbacks, trades

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