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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Nats trade for Twins closer Brandon Kintzler | MLB.com

After months of bullpen woes and closer changes to begin the season, the Nats continued their bullpen overhaul by trading for right-hander Brandon Kintzler from the Twins. He becomes the third reliever Washington has acquired this month, as it sent left-hander Tyler Watson, who was its No.17 prospect as rated by MLBPipeline.com, and international bonus money to Minnesota.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon kintzler, nationals, twins

Statcast Sprint Speed Leaderboard | baseballsavant.com

Love the way the data is presented.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Inside the frenzied 12 minutes that led to the Dodgers’ deal for Yu Darvish

Unique isn’t a synonym for flawed.

A few days earlier, the Rangers insisted a deal for Darvish include one of Los Angeles’ two best prospects, pitcher Walker Buehler or outfielder Alex Verdugo. The Dodgers refused to consider either, a position on which they held firm in all offers. Texas eventually softened its stance and considered a deal around Willie Calhoun, one of the most unique prospects in years.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:48 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, trade deadline, yu darvish

Yankees are all in and the baseball world feels right again | New York Post

If the Yankees were “all in” Yu Darvish would be pitching for them this week.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline, yankees

Jim Callis on prospects traded on Deadline day | MLB.com

A prospect breakdown.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline

Dodgers add Yu Darvish to talented rotation | MLB.com

That’s what the Dodgers paid for, anyway: upside. They didn’t need Darvish, not really. They were just fine without him, which is why they weren’t willing to give up their top trio of prospects to get him. But this is clearly their year, and they weren’t about to let this year’s team head into October without every possible asset at their disposal. If Darvish adds value in October, the deal will be worth it. If he doesn’t? They might be good enough anyway.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yu darvish

Ken Rosenthal - All you buyers who remained disciplined, refused to succumb to the emotions….

Kenny, Kenny, Kenny. The idea that being disciplined is stupid is…stupid. Overpaying for incremental improvements squanders assets.

The Astros and the Dodgers are looking to be the 90’s Braves not the 2003 Marlins. The Dodgers and Astros? Wait didn’t the Dodgers make the big deal? They made a deal but they traded away fungible assets. They didn’t trade any top prospects. Instead, they stayed disciplined and waited for a deal where they could give fair value to acquire a helpful rental.

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:23 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Monday, July 31, 2017

Dodgers trade for Yu Darvish, bolster bullpen | MLB.com

Los Angeles sent right-handed pitcher Angel German and infielder Oneil Cruz, who was the team’s No. 21-ranked prospect, to the Pirates for Watson.

and

The Dodgers sent outfielder Scott Van Slyke and another [Hendrik Clementina] to the Reds for Cingrani, 28. Cingrani was a third-round pick of the Reds in 2011, and he will not be eligible for free agency until 2020. He has a 5.40 ERA in 25 games. He missed May with an oblique strain, and he has allowed nine earned runs in his last 5 2/3 innings.

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 06:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, pirates, reds, trades

Orioles trade for infielder Tim Beckham | MLB.com

Why, why, why??

Infielder Tim Beckham has been traded by the Rays to the Orioles for young right-hander Tobia Myers.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 05:53 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, rays, tim beckham

Mets to recall phenom Amed Rosario on Tuesday | MLB.com

The reaction of Mets fans.

via GIPHY

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 05:43 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Dodgers acquire right-hander Yu Darvish from Rangers

The Los Angeles Dodgers, owners of the best record in baseball, have acquired right-hander Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers, according to Fox Sports.

Los Angeles landed perhaps the biggest name available right at the trade deadline on Monday. The Rangers will receive three minor-leaguers, but one of the Dodgers’ top prospects, outfielder Alex Verdugo, will not be part of the deal, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 31, 2017 at 04:44 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: darvish, dodgers, rangers, trade

Jack Curry on Twitter: “Source: Sonny Gray will be traded to the Yankees.”

Will update soon. Joel Sherman on MLB Network says Jorge Mateo, Dustin Fowler, and James Kaprielian to Athletics.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 03:01 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, sonny gray, trades, yankees

Rangers trade Jeremy Jeffress to Brewers

The Brewers have acquired right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress from the Rangers for Double-A reliever Tayler Scott, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick and Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Jeffress, 29, was previously with Milwaukee from 2014-16 but was part of a multi-player deal that sent him and Jonathan Lucroy to the Rangers at the deadline last year. He’s struggled this season with the Rangers, posting a 5.31 ERA and 1.67 WHIP with 29 strikeouts and 19 walks in 40.2 innings.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2017 at 02:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jeremy jeffress

Astros acquire pitcher Francisco Liriano | MLB.com

UPDATE:

Outfielder Norichika Aoki and a Minor Leaguer will head to Toronto in exchange for Liriano, a source told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi was first to report that a deal had been agreed to, pending the completion of physicals.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 02:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, trades

Diamondbacks acquire Adam Rosales in trade with Athletics; bolster infield depth

The Diamondbacks added some suddenly much-needed infield depth to their roster on Monday by acquiring infielder Adam Rosales from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for a low-level pitching prospect.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 02:18 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, diamondbacks, trades

Steve Bartman to receive 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series Championship ring

Steve Bartman issued the following statement:

“Although I do not consider myself worthy of such an honor, I am deeply moved and sincerely grateful to receive an official Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Championship ring. I am fully aware of the historical significance and appreciate the symbolism the ring represents on multiple levels. My family and I will cherish it for generations. Most meaningful is the genuine outreach from the Ricketts family, on behalf of the Cubs organization and fans, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2017 at 01:11 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, steve bartman

Jeremy Guthrie Heading Home

Another Players’ Tribune autobiography.

One night, after another miserable start, a teammate of mine — a close friend who shall remain nameless — sat me down and just put it out there.

“Hey, man,” he said, looking me in the eye, “I hate to say it, but maybe it’s time for you to take it to the house. This just isn’t for you anymore.”

I didn’t really know what to say, so I just kind of looked at him.

He continued, “Maybe you should just retire and pursue something else ...

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Bote Man Posted: July 31, 2017 at 12:45 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jeremy guthrie, players tribune, players' tribune, retirement


Court document alleges that Pete Rose committed statutory rape in the 1970s

sworn statement by an unidentified woman, contained in a motion filed Monday in John Dowd’s defense against Pete Rose’s defamation lawsuit, alleges that Rose had a sexual relationship with the woman for several years in the 1970s, beginning before she turned 16.

In the majority of states, including Ohio—where both the woman and Rose lived at the time—the age of legal consent is 16, so her allegation amounts to statutory rape….

Rose acknowledged he had a sexual relationship with the woman in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2017 at 12:14 PM | 155 comment(s)
  Beats: criminal, legal, pete rose

Ex-Marlins prospect Luis Castillo dominates Miami in Reds’ win Sunday - Sun Sentinel

He was throwing some serious gas.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 11:41 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: luis castillo, reds

Tim Brown on Twitter: “Starting to appear Red Sox will get Addison Reed. Three prospects in return. Medicals, details await.”

UPDATE 2: BA breaks down the prospects.

UPDATE: According to this report

Long the topic of discussions with multiple teams, Reed is heading to Boston in exchange for three right-handed pitchers: Stephen Nogosek, Jamie Callahan and Gerson Bautista, Boston’s 18th-, 23rd- and 28th-ranked prospects, respectively, according to MLBPipeline.com. Reed can be a free agent after the season, making him expendable for a Mets team well out of the playoff race.
The Red Sox will assume the remainder of Reed’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:36 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, red sox

Renegades’ McKay showcases arm | MiLB.com News

McKay gets some time on the mound.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay, rays

Heyman | Dodgers And Rangers At An Impasse In Darvish Talks

The Dodgers, to this point, have been steadfast in their resolve to keep their top two prospects — pitcher Walker Buehler and outfielder Alex Verdugo — and the offers to the Rangers haven’t come close to enticing them, according to sources. The Dodgers in the past always declined to trade Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson and Julio Urias, and it seems the same is holding true now.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rangers, trade rumors, yu darvish

MLB commish casts doubt on David Ortiz’ ‘positive’ test | Boston Herald

“There were double digits of names — more than 10 — on that list, where we (MLB and the Players Association) knew that there were legitimate scientific questions about whether or not those were truly positives.”

Per the Mitchell Report, 13 of the positives were disputed by the Players Association.

“If in fact there were test results like that today on a player, and we tried to discipline them, there’d be a grievance over it (filed by the union),” Manfred said. “It would be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:14 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, red sox

OTP 31 July 2017: Here’s What Christie Said to Heckler

No, not Margaret Heckler.

Brad Joseph told a Milwaukee TV station he was at the game rooting for the visiting Chicago Cubs when a nachos-toting Christie “got in my face” after he heckled the governor.

“I called him a hypocrite,“Joseph said. “I thought it needed to be said. He then turned around and got in my face for what seemed like a long time but was probably only 30 seconds or a minute.”

Joseph said Christie initially said, “‘Why don’t you have another beer?’ which I thought was a ...

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BDC Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 2052 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, nachos, new jersey, politics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-31-2017

Washington Times, July 31, 1917:

The Detroit ball cub [sic] came within a short distance of being obliged to pay over $1,000 to the Washington club for failure to arrive on time for a schedule [sic] game.

Like most big leaguers resting in Philadelphia, the Tigers all flocked to Atlantic City. There they enjoyed the crowds and the ocean breezes until far into the night. Little they recked of baseball as she is played in the major leagues. Little they cared for anything but mere summer breezes by ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:07 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Taking Back the Ballparks - Giants voting thread

We have selected four potential names as a replacement for the replacement for the replacement for PacBell Park, which, as corporate names go, wasn’t half-bad. They are listed below.

Choose one of the four choices, then add in the full name you prefer. If you like Pacific, but think it should be Pacific Grounds, choose C, then write in the preferred full name.

If you’d like to continue to debate the merits of the four choices, please do so at the nominating thread. Leave this thread just ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, stadium names

Cards stuck between a trade and a hard place

Mike Matheny, whose club has also struggled in the field, continues to give the optics of optimism. That’s part of his job. Part of his aura, too. In an interesting chat with writers before Sunday’s game, the manager got animated when talking about certain fans.

“Just the general baseball fans, it’s a shame when they make up their mind and make strong statements about where our club’s going to go,” he said, “because they don’t get to be really an active part of when something ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mike matheny

Reports: Tigers acquire Cubs’ Candelario | MiLB.com News

According to numerous reports, Detroit acquired top Cubs prospect Jeimer Candelario in a package for left-handed reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila. Infielder Isaac Paredes, Chicago’s 10th-ranked prospect, also will head to the Motor City.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 06:42 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, tigers, trades

Tim Raines thanks Jonah Keri during HOF speech.

Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 31, 2017 at 12:07 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: bromance, jonah keri, montreal expos, tim raines

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