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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Nationals poised to blow up baseball’s hot stove | New York Post

I guess they are waiting to move after the lockout.

Meanwhile, most big-market teams are moving slowly for two main reasons: 1) They want to see the rules in a new collective bargaining agreement, particularly when it comes to luxury-tax thresholds and penalties; 2) Many see a free-agent market saturated with bats and wonder whether patience will allow them to get a relative bargain later in the offseason with hitters who could not find a home at their expected prices.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Why Jorge Posada might not be long for Hall of Fame ballot | New York Post

Mostly, he could simply fall victim to an overcrowded ballot, on which voters only can select 10 players. Fifteen players return who received at least 7 percent of the vote, plus newcomers Rodriguez, Vladimir Guerrero and Manny Ramirez should receive plenty of support. The ballot is mainly jammed because players associated with steroids, such as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, linger and absorb plenty of votes, but not nearly the 75 percent needed to gain election.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:08 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, jorge posada, yankees

Milwaukee becomes 12th tobacco-free park in MLB

The ordinance is one thing. Enforcement of the ordinance is something else again. How’s that going to work? People in the stands turning each other in for violations? Bad idea. Will the security personnel in the clubhouse now be charged with seeing which players have cans of dip in their lockers, or a chaw in their cheek?

There doesn’t seem to be any way that works well.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: milwaukee, smokeless tobacco

Pablo Sandoval expected to get the first shot at third

Why wouldn’t he?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Texas Rangers: New Ranger Andrew Cashner on signing with Texas: It’s ‘the best culture in baseball’ | SportsDay

We’ll see how this deal works out.

Some players are better in certain situations than others, Daniels said. That is why the Rangers on Monday completed work on a one-year deal worth $10 million with free agent starting pitcher Andrew Cashner.

It is, Daniels said, a good fit.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Report: Amazon wants to add live sports streams to Prime | Ars Technica

I’d be happy with being able to stream the MLB Network without a cable TV package. (Of course, I can’t even stream with Xfinity.)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: streaming, television

Cubs could add pitching in Kyle Schwarber deal | MLB.com

Is that the royal we?

It’s also why we propose something that will probably be considered akin to blasphemy on the North Side—the Cubs should at least consider exploring trades for Schwarber this offseason. Why? Because the Legend of Schwarber is at an all-time high, and the Value of Schwarber may never catch up.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:43 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Increased Bonus Pools Make More Sense Than International Draft | BaseballAmerica.com

Teams blast past their international pools but don’t blast past their First-Year Player Draft. Why? Although I can see how making the international pools higher could be a fix, I bet losing draft picks in the First-Year Draft besides losing future international pools would be an effective drag on international spending without introducing disincentives for international trainers.

Raising the bonus pools to $12 million each creates a bigger opportunity cost for teams that exceed their pool. If ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international draft

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Graham Womack: The 40 most important people in baseball history, ranked

“The greatest thing about baseball, perhaps, is its history. In nearly 150 years of play in leagues and informal competition that goes back further, many people have made baseball’s history what it is today.

“It’s not just players, but top executives, media members and even Supreme Court jurists helping craft baseball’s story….

“40. Theo Epstein…

“1. Babe Ruth”

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: November 22, 2016 at 06:26 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball history

Sources: Baseball’s 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy.

The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions.

A lockout would put baseball’s business on hold, delaying free-agent signings and trades until a new agreement is reached. The winter meetings, a joint venture between the majors and minors ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 22, 2016 at 05:56 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: labor stoppage, rob manfred

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-22-2016

Pittsburgh Press, November 22, 1916:

Bill Hanna has figured out that such evidence as is found in results obtained from figuring the run producing capabilities of the different National league teams in relation to base stealing and sacrifice hitting as contributory factors shows that sacrificing does more to promote scoring than the base stealing method. The Phillies, more industrious exponents of the sacrifice hit than the Giants, made more runs in proportion to hits than the Giants, who were ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 22, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Yoenis Cespedes will get extra year he craves — but from Mets? | New York Post

Within the industry, there is a growing sense the star outfielder will command a five-year deal, which would leave the Mets facing a major decision on their immediate future.

As it stands, the Mets are likely committed to signing the 31-year-old if a four-year contract in the $100 million-to-$110 million neighborhood can be hammered out, according to an industry source, but there is less clarity on the matter when an additional year — which could push the value of a deal beyond $130 million ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mets, yoenis cespedes

Porcello v. Verlander | Joe Posnanski

When Statcast defensive numbers become available, I expect a real shift in the defensive metrics. Even when that happens, though, the numbers will be better, but they still won’t be perfect. Those who expect perfection, both then and now, have unrealistic exceptions.

What I’m saying here is that while the defensive adjustments seem shaky and unpersuasive, the stark final WAR number — 6.6 to 5.0 WAR — is there in your face. I don’t know how many people voted for Verlander because of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: cy young award, sabermetrics

Baseball Hall of Fame ballot unveiled | MLB.com

The full ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

An Analytical Look At Minor League Free Agents | BaseballAmerica.com

For many fans, even hardcore Baseball America prospect watchers, those players who hit the minor league free agent market are simply names on a computer screen. So in this piece I will attempt to add context to those names, with a focus on younger free agents. To do this I determined league percentile ranks for major component statistics—where higher is always better—for all 534 minor league free agents in this year’s pool and ranked them accordingly.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, minor leaguers

Monday, November 21, 2016



How big a star would Mike Trout be in another market?

Pick a team, any high-profile team — the Nationals, the Red Sox, the Giants, the Cardinals, the Cubs. It’s fun to think about Trout with any of those clubs — unless, of course, you are an Angels fan who relishes watching him every day.

Yet, as long as Trout stays in Anaheim, he will not be fully appreciated by the general public as the modern Mantle. He will not even be as famous as a certain Mickey in his county, the one who resides at Disneyland, last name Mouse.

Trout’s contract ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 21, 2016 at 01:53 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, marketability, mike trout

Can Orioles catch lightning in a one-year contract? - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Who will be the catcher in Baltimore?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2016 at 01:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

BA: 2016 Rule 5 draft preview

The following are players who should rank near the top of teams’ preference lists heading into the Rule 5 draft regardless of position.

Yimmi Brasoban, rhp, Padres: Brasoban ranked 19th in the Padres system a year ago. The Padres’ system is significantly deeper this year, but it is still a surprise that San Diego left the hard-throwing righthander unprotected as he has two major league pitches (a 95-98 mph fastball and an excellent slider) and he has Double-A experience. Brasoban’s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 21, 2016 at 01:07 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5 draft

Albert Belle on Hall of Fame: ‘Sooner or later, people are going to recognize how good my numbers were’

I’m sick and tired of players like Albert Belle and Chris Truby mellowing with age!

Then there’s Belle, who seems to have mellowed considerably with age.

“I just turned 50 this year,” Belle said. “Life changes compared to when I was 25 or 30. ... I don’t have to take on the world and do everything Albert’s way, because now, it’s not about me.”...

He seemingly accomplished everything he did without steroids, once telling an interviewer, “I was just an angry black man.” Part of his ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 21, 2016 at 12:57 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: albert belle, hall of fame

Pudge lands on HOF ballot for first time

That day should come in 2017. The ‘17 Hall of Fame ballot was released Monday, and Rodriguez is on there for the first time. There shouldn’t be a second time.
“A no-brainer,” said former Rangers outfielder Rusty Greer, speaking for almost everybody who watched Pudge play over his 21-year career. “It’s not only a no-brainer that he gets in, but a no-brainer that he gets in on the first ballot.”

Former Rangers general manager Tom Grieve said Rodriguez “checks all the boxes” for a Hall of Fame ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 21, 2016 at 12:19 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, ivan rodriguez, vladimir guerrero

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-21-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 21, 1916:

President Weeghman of the Chicago Cubs left [yesterday] on a trip to St. Louis, where he announced he hoped to procure some star members of the St. Louis Nationals for his own club. Rogers Hornsby is the most desired of three players whom the Cub president will attempt to land, although his chances to obtain him, on the surface of reports, would appear very slim.

An astute move by Weeghman, attempting to acquire a 20-year-old who’s already one of the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 21, 2016 at 11:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rogers hornsby

Murray Chass: Trout selection raises question

The voters should be congratulated for their diligence, hard work and perceptive thinking in selecting the m.v.p.s and compiling their ballots. I suppose it’s the modern way of performing this onerous chore. Why think when you can just copy names from a list already computed elsewhere?

Why not change the name of the award from m.v.p. to W.A.R. Lord?

The point is there is more to a player’s value to his team than simple statistics. Certainly statistics play a large role in a player’s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 21, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, murray chass, mvp, war

Peter Gammons: Offseason notes, turning to 2017 - GammonsDaily.com

Old school Gammons.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2016 at 07:08 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Can Tim Raines steal a spot in the Hall in final year on ballot? - NY Daily News

It still shocks me Tim Raines isn’t already in the Hall of Fame.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2016 at 07:07 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, tim raines

M.L.B.’s Prosperity Comes With Labor Peace, and Only Quiet Complaints - The New York Times

Tyler Kepner with an update.

“Over the last three negotiations, we have found a framework that has served the sport very well in terms of promoting competitive balance, promoting financial stability, allowing our players to continue to earn higher and higher salaries,” he said. “And within that framework, there’s a lot of ways to turn the dials to produce adjustments and change that need to be made. And I think that framework will prove to be durable over time.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Major League Spending Trends: The Draft Bonus Pool – The Hardball Times

I’m not sure where the problem is. If you set up a rule with a limit and have no penalty for exceeding the limit by a certain amount, the actual limit is the point where you pay no penalty.

The slotting system works. It has limited spending.

Theory 3 appears to be the most plausible, then. Teams are pushing the limits of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement’s bonus slot punishment format. There is simply not a large enough disincentive to prevent organizations from going up to that 5 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, cba

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Yankees are positioned to make major moves | FOX Sports

The Yankees should wait another year to open the vault.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2016 at 07:39 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Nick Cafardo: These 15 players with big contracts could be on the move this offseason

The middle?

9. Justin Verlander, RHP, Tigers — No doubt that he’s available. He’ll be 34 on Opening Day and has pitched more than 2,300 career innings, but what a competitor to stick in the middle of your rotation. Possible destinations: Cubs, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees, Angels, Astros, Rangers, Braves, Twins, Phillies, Marlins, Pirates, Dodgers.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2016 at 07:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

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