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Monday, November 10, 2014

Eight offseason questions for baseball executives - ESPN

In keeping with another November tradition, ESPN.com polled 28 general managers, assistant GMs, senior advisers, scouts and other baseball talent evaluators on eight questions that will be front-and-center during Hot Stove season. They responded via email or phone on the condition of anonymity.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 02:37 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: gm meetings

2014 Japan All-Star Series OMNICHATTER (Nov. 11 and 12)

(The link is to Yakyu Baka, a blog on Japanese baseball)

Okay, so, just in case, here’s a OMNICHATTER thread for the MLB tour of Japan. All games are on MLB Network and MLB.TV.

Exhibition Game (Koshien Stadium): MLB All-Stars (Chris Capuano) vs. Yomiuri/Hanshin Combined Team (Atsushi Nomi), Nov. 11, 4 AM ET (9 PM ET reair).

Game 1 of Japan All-Star Series (Kyocera/Osaka Dome): MLB All-Stars (Matt Shoemaker) vs. “Samurai Japan” (Kenta Maeda), Nov. 12, 4 AM ET (9 PM ET reair)

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Gamingboy Posted: November 10, 2014 at 02:37 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, omnichatter

Chimelis: Mike Piazza presents the ultimate Hall of Fame ballot quandary

For the misdemeanor player, chased and cheated by pursuit
And we gazed upon the Chimelis of freedom flashing.

But I have reached the point where I feel I am stalling. My ambivalent, wait-till-next-year approach to Piazza is the coward’s way out.

Unlike the more tarnished superstars (Barry Bonds, Clemens, etc.), Piazza is close. He pulled 62.2 percent last year, up from 57.8 percent in his first year, 2012.

That was higher than Bagwell, whose credentials are less obvious to some voters ...

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Repoz Posted: November 10, 2014 at 02:36 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

The 25 most important people in baseball history

More than 17,000 people have played Major League Baseball. Countless others have contributed to the game from working in front offices to writing about baseball and more. It’s hard to say who matters most, players or everyone else and it’s an age-old debate. Personally, I believe both groups are important. Few people can play at the highest level. And without a range of support, they wouldn’t do so professionally, at least not in a league that generates close to $10 billion annually.

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Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: November 10, 2014 at 11:46 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: history


As Cubs get headlines, don’t overlook work of White Sox GM Rick Hahn - CBSSports.com

Rick Hahn isn’t number two in Chicago.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 10:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, rick hahn, white sox

The idea of popping A-Rod for “distribution” requires an awful lot of magical thinking | HardballTalk

This is right in Craig Calcaterra’s wheelhouse.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez

Why Rockies are in major bind with Tulowitzki, Gonzalez | New York Post

I love Tulowitzki. With his contract, though, he’s a tough pickup for any GM. GMs get fired for being wrong on trades like this.

Tulowitzki, in particular, creates difficulty. He is homegrown. He is the most popular player in Rockies history. When right, he is arguably among the five best position players in the game. But here is how many games he has started at shortstop in the past five years: 122, 140, 47, 119 and 88. Those are 516 starts in his age 25-to-29 seasons, barely more than 100 a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 09:56 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gonzalez, rockies, troy tulowitzki

Dodgers aggressively shopping outfielder Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, and are willing to eat cash, sources tell Ken Rosenthal | FOX Sports

Rosenthal says Puig is safe.

Sources have informed FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal that new Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and the L.A. brain trust are aggressively trying to move an outfielder, and that nearly all are in play.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 09:52 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: andre ethier, carl crawford, dodgers, matt kemp

Despite last offseason’s results, expect Ervin Santana to reject qualifying offer again | FOX Sports

OK, where is Santana going to end up?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 09:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ervin santana

Buckley: Weight of Panda on Sox | Boston Herald

I realize there is pressure from Werner and Lucchino to placate the fans with a big free agent signing this off-season. I also agree that Sandoval would be a nice fit in the Red Sox lineup. (His ability to go the other way from the left side will play well in Fenway.) I’m not convinced, however, that he will age well. So, if they have to make a splash, I’d rather they spend the money on Lester.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 09:25 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox


Mariners notebook: Like rumors? GM meetings should provide a bunch | Mariners Insider - The News Tribune

Here’s a potential buy-low pickup.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is expected to try to gauge trade interest in outfielder Michael Saunders over the next few days.

Saunders, who turns 28 later this month, is a left-handed hitter who doesn’t appear to fit with the club’s future plans. Even so, club officials believe Saunders has value; nothing suggests they are looking to just dump him.

One possibility is Toronto, which is looking for someone capable of playing left and/or center ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 09:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gm meetings, mariners

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-10-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 10, 1914:

Danny Green, at one time a star outfielder on the Chicago National and American League baseball teams, died [yesterday] in an institution in Camden, N.J. While playing with the Minneapolis team of the American Association several years ago, Green was struck on the head by a pitched ball and never recovered from the effects of the injury.

Green was 38 years old.

I’d never heard this story before. Anyone have any other details? This is a fairly ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 10, 2014 at 09:17 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: danny green, dugout, history

Iwakuma excited to be part of MLB rotation in Japan | MLB.com

The DVR is already set.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 09:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

O’Brien sharpening skills behind the plate in AFL | dbacks.com

The guy can hit a little bit. At this point in time, he is faaaaaaar away from being a major league catcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 09:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pete o'brien

Peter Gammons: Cherington, Red Sox Faced With Long Winter Ahead - GammonsDaily.com

Gammons does the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 07:31 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Dodgers’ new executives free to spend, but an upgrade isn’t guaranteed - The Orange County Register

The Dodgers are shopping their expensive outfielders.

As Friedman, Byrnes and Zaidi gathered in Arizona over the weekend to set an offseason agenda and prepare for this week’s GM meetings in Phoenix, they might be coming to the realization that they’ve traded one set of financial handcuffs for another – perhaps velvet-lined but restrictive nonetheless.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 07:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, payrolls

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Orioles and Blue Jays discussed Adam Lind trade

According to multiple sources, they spoke to the Blue Jays about first baseman Adam Lind and were unable to agree on a return before he was traded to the Brewers last weekend for pitcher Marco Estrada.

The Jays wanted first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce, according to sources, but the Orioles weren’t willing to part with him.

Lind became expendable after the Jays claimed first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers from the Mariners. They also have Edwin Encarnacion to play first and rotate at ...

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Good cripple hitter Posted: November 09, 2014 at 07:49 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, balitmore orioles, steve pearce, toronto blue jays

McCutchen talks about his legacy, the Pirates’ major needs | TribLIVE

Here’s a Q&A with Andrew McCutchen.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2014 at 03:18 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

Sunday Notes: A Change Will Do You Good: Brewers, Yanks, Cards, Astros, DBacks | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s Sunday column on FanGraphs.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2014 at 03:13 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Alex Rodriguez’s future more uncertain than ever - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo’s Boston Globe baseball column.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2014 at 03:01 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, red sox, yankees


Ex-Tiger Lolich: No comparison between me and Bumgarner

“Pitching three complete games in a World Series is, you know, is sort of a great feat,” Lolich said.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2014 at 09:12 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, mickey lolich, tigers

Cole Hamels fuels Phillies’ hot stove | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

So what will it take to get Hamels?

Industry sources say the Phils are looking for at least three top prospects, two that can play right now and another that isn’t far away. The Cubs and Red Sox are two known suitors and both have the farm systems to get a deal done — if they are willing to meet the Phillies’ rightfully high asking price. Amaro and interim club president Pat Gillick must play the Cubs and Red Sox (and maybe even the Dodgers) against each other as they try to maximize ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2014 at 08:58 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies

Jose Abreu’s mysterious journey - Chicago Tribune

Scary stuff.

In September, toward the end of the season, Abreu declined to discuss his defection, telling the Tribune in Spanish: “I think it’s best not to talk on that subject. Someday, God willing, if we’re in the position to, I’ll be able to talk about that with all my heart.”

But he spoke without hesitation that living in the U.S. was worth the journey, however frightening it might have been.

“For me, it’s the fact we’re free. That we’re free in everything,” he said. “In Cuba, people don’t ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2014 at 08:12 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, jose abreu


Red Sox could be one of Pablo Sandoval’s best options - The Boston Globe

Cafardo makes a pretty good case for how Sandoval fits in Boston. Paying $20+ million for a guy who will probably need to DH for three years of his contract, though, might be tough to swallow in Boston.

When Sandoval’s weight is under control, he’s a very good third baseman. When he’s heavier, his quickness fades. The Red Sox don’t want to sign him just as a future replacement for Ortiz at DH; they want him for third base. Sandoval’s weight fluctuation is a big reason the Giants ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2014 at 07:57 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Where will the Top 10 Free Agents end up? >>Twitter

MLB Network tweeted out a graphic with analysts’ free agent predictions. What is C.J. Nitkowski thinking predicted Russell Martin and Melkey Cabrera in Boston?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2014 at 07:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Full Count » Ben Cherington talks outfield trade market, Jon Lester and interest in Pablo Sandoval

Unless another team goes nuts with an offer for Lester, he will end up back in Boston. Of course, it’s entirely within the realm of possibility that someone will.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2014 at 07:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, jon lester, max scherzer, pablo sandoval, red sox, yoenis cespedes

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