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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cards can be patient with pitching market : Sports

Reports, originating first from ESPN’s Jim Bowden, connected the Cardinals to lefty Jon Lester, who along with St. Louis native Max Scherzer are the top starting pitchers available as free agents. While Scherzer’s market is still percolating — not unusual for a headliner and Scott Boras client — Lester has drawn offers from Boston and the Chicago Cubs, according to reports. He has also made visits to teams, including the Cubs and Atlanta Braves. The Cardinals, as of this week, had no ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2014 at 08:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jon lester

Number of Pitches in a Plate Appearance | Exploring Baseball Data with R

This is a few weeks old but I don’t remember seeing it posted. It’s an interesting study, more data confirmation for things we know.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

By trading Josh Donaldson, the A’s were just being themselves - Yahoo Sports

Every trade is a risk.

It’s the sort of risk the A’s always need to take because they’re the A’s. Thriving as a have-not in a sport rife with haves takes not just the gall to make moves like this but the ability to make them work when the future is as certain as the wind. Oakland took a risk by trading Josh Donaldson, the sort of risk they must take, the sort of risk a $150 million team like the Blue Jays needn’t. No one – not even those who run the A’s and love the deal – can ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2014 at 07:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, blue jays, trades

Friday, November 28, 2014

Royals, reliever Jason Frasor agree to one-year contract

Jason Frasor pitched in 647 games before making the playoffs for the first time last season with the Royals. He’ll get another chance to help them to the postseason in 2015.

The Royals and Frasor, a right-handed relief pitcher, agreed on a one-year free-agent contract Friday that includes a mutual option for 2016.

The contract is worth a guaranteed $1.8 million, according to The Associated Press. Frasor will receive $1.25 million next season with a $2 million option and $550,000 buyout for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 28, 2014 at 10:36 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jason frasor, relievers, royals

Royals trade reliever Aaron Crow to Miami for two minor leaguers

You know nothing, Crow.

Royals relief pitcher Aaron Crow, a Missouri grad from Topeka who was the team’s first-round draft pick in 2009, was traded to the Marlins for two minor-league pitchers, the club announced on Friday.

Crow, 28, was the 12th overall pick in the 2009 draft. He was the Royals’ All-Star representative in 2011.

He posted a 20-11 record and 3.43 ERA with six saves in 254 games, all out of the bullpen and mostly as a setup man, over four years in Kansas City. He went 6-1 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 28, 2014 at 10:34 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron crow, brian flynn, marlins, royals, trade

Investigation will keep Rangers prospect Ronald Guzman in Dominican Republic

A court in the Dominican Republic has ordered Ronald Guzman, a first baseman and top prospect in the Texas Rangers’ organization, to remain in the country while his role in a fatal auto accident is investigated.

Guzman’s sports utility vehicle collided with a motorcycle at 1a.m. on Tuesday in his hometown of La Vega. The motorcyclist was killed.

Guzman, 20, was held for questioning and released after posting a $13,500 deposit. Guzman’s legal representative said he had not been drinking ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 28, 2014 at 10:33 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: car accidents, fatalities, prospects, rangers, ronald guzman

Blue Jays To Acquire Josh Donaldson From Athletics For Brett Lawrie, Others

A’s fans: “I Spit on Your Graveman!”

The Blue Jays have struck a deal to acquire third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Athletics, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links). Infielder Brett Lawrie, righty Kendall Graveman, and shortstop Franklin Barreto are part of the package going back. Prospect Sean Nolin is also in the deal, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweets...

Donaldson has racked up 15.4 rWAR and 14.1 fWAR in [the past two years]... Projected by Matt Swartz/MLBTR to earn ...

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Whatever happened to Wendell Kim? The sad story

Alzheimer’s Disease is a crushing affliction. .

Wendell Kim, 64, a long-time major and minor league coach should be spending his days playing golf near his home in Arizona, like many others in his profession. He had a long career with the San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and several minor league clubs.

Instead he is in a silent world of his own—all by himself. The world of Alzheimer’s Disease. And—according to a friend of his—he’s not coming back.

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2014 at 08:59 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, wendell kim

Cobb Comes Home - Pages from Baseball’s Past by Craig R. Wright — Kickstarter

Click the link to learn more about Craig R. Wright’s self-publishing project.

Following in the tradition of my grandfather, I have been entertaining folks with baseball stories for over 30 years. During my career working in major league baseball I had a hobby where I researched and wrote the stories for a pre-game radio show “A Page from Baseball’s Past,” which was on the air for 26 seasons. After the bottom fell out of radio advertising, in 2008 I took the story series to a subscription print ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2014 at 08:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Baseball’s most underrated Hall of Fame candidates. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article

Sure, it is a veritable given that Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez will get in on their first try, as Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas did this past year. John Smoltz also has a strong shot in his “rookie” year. Meanwhile, Craig Biggio, who fell two votes shy of induction in 2014, and Mike Piazza, who missed it by 74 votes, could see an increase that gets them over the hump. This is a similarly important year for Jeff Bagwell (54.3 percent of a required 75 percent last year) and Tim ...

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Marlins seek lefty balance in lineup, on mound | MLB.com

Marlins are looking to the left, for pitchers and first basemen.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2014 at 08:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-28-2014

Washington Times, November 28, 1914:

Connie Mack is said to be willing to trade this big slugger, J. FRANKLIN BAKER, because he is not working in harmony with the other members of the Athletics. Larry Gardner and a pitcher was asked from the Red Sox, but Bill Carrigan turned down the offer. A sneaking rumor has it that Baker has seen his best days, and is on the down grade.

According to Baker’s SABR bio, the third baseman wanted to renegotiate his contract as a result of Mack selling off most of ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 28, 2014 at 07:54 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, home run baker

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Jon Lester has plenty of options in addition to Red Sox - Sports - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo runs down what is currently known about the Lester sweepstakes.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2014 at 07:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jon lester, red sox

What’s cooking? MLB shares Turkey Day recipes | MLB.com

Over the years I’ve learned a lot about baseball from members of the site. I’ve also shared a lot of laughs. Thanks for being part of our community. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2014 at 07:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: holidays

Baseball Prospectus | Moonshot: A New View of Plate Discipline, Part 3

Interesting stuff. I hope the next step is specifically looking at areas within the strikezone.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2014 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

[Cricketer NOT baseball player] Phil Hughes dies after “pitch” to the head

Thought this would be of interest.  I’m sure you can find video of it somewhere.  Basically, from the photo I saw, it managed to catch him below/behind the ear where the cricket helmet offers no protection.  The estimate I saw had the ball clocked at about 85 MPH (not sure at what point that measurement is taken) and it of course bounced before it got to him.

Walt Davis Posted: November 27, 2014 at 01:25 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cricket

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Source: Tomas agrees to six-year deal with D-backs | MLB.com

Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources.

The Tomas deal is believed to have an opt-out and is pending a physical, the sources said. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 05:21 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

Baseball’s Teen-Age Twitter Reporters - The New Yorker

He’s got to be kidding.

After working to confirm the scoops by Fink and Murray, Rosenthal said that he was overwhelmed by similar requests. “I’m getting tons of tweets every day from young kids: ‘Hey, I’ve got a story, can you confirm it?’ It’s funny in one way, but it’s getting to be a little much in another.” Rosenthal may traffic in the flow of information, but he nonetheless marvelled at the success of some of these neophytes. “I am frankly surprised that these guys have ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 05:08 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: online, reporters, twitter

Dave Cameron: A proposed three-way swap for Red Sox, Mariners, Nationals

So, we have Cespedes and Napoli going to Seattle, with the Mariners sending Miller and Hultzen to Washington. What do the Red Sox receive from the Nationals to make the trade work for everyone? Zimmermann is the key piece, obviously, but the Sox are dealing two sluggers and watching the Nationals acquire a potential 11 years of young talent in exchange, so they might not settle for just the one year of Zimmermann’s services and the draft pick they’d get if he left next winter. To even ...

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Should the Red Sox Be Afraid of Hanley Ramirez Being Hanley Ramirez? - Red Sox - Boston.com

Steve Silva runs down the list of Hanley Ramirez’s missteps.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Five things to watch leading up to Winter Meetings | marlins.com

One writer’s suggested to-do list for the Marlins.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

2015 Potential Hall of Fame Ballot | Baseball-Reference.com

Jay Jaffe and Sean Forman came up with a good list to help Hall of Fame voters.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 08:16 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-26-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 26, 1914:

The baseball series for the championship of the world will consist of 11 games next year instead of seven and prices will be lower, according to B.B. Johnson, president of the American League, when he made public tonight a letter he had received from August Herrmann, chairman of the National Baseball Commission.

Milwaukee Sentinel, November 26, 1914:

Chairman August Herrmann of the national baseball commission Wednesday night denied that he had ever ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 26, 2014 at 08:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sandy Alderson says Mets can move quickly if a shortstop becomes available - NY Daily News

You have to like the off-season posturing teams do.

The Mets would be happy going into spring training “with what we have,” Alderson said. He praised Flores’ work and potential to improve defensively at shortstop, but also admitted that there is a possibility that Matt Reynolds could be the Mets shortstop at some point next year

“It’s a possibility,” Alderson said. “The interesting thing about Reynolds is that he didn’t play shortstop in college, he played third base. One reason ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 07:29 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Yankees won’t get into bidding war for Chase Headley: source - NY Daily News

Why would they? They are already paying third baseman Alex Rodriguez $22 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 07:25 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: chase headley, free agents, yankees

Notable Players Available In The Rule 5 Draft - BaseballAmerica.com

he Rule 5 draft is fascinating because of its timing and its format. Positioned right in the middle of the baseball offseason, it gives everyone a chance to scour rosters and dream on talented players with flaws.

In reality, the change of eligibility rules in 2007 that gave teams an extra year of protection before players become eligible for the Rule 5 draft reduced the importance of the Rule 5 draft significantly. That extra year has made it easier for teams to make decisions on players, and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 07:20 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rule 5 draft

Boston Red Sox owner John Henry hopeful on re-signing Jon Lester, says team willing to exceed luxury tax - ESPN Boston

The Red Sox aren’t restricted by the luxury tax.

“The way it’s structured, you can blow through [the threshold] one year,’’ Henry said. “Again, for next year we have tremendous flexibility, so we could go through for one year. It would not overly affect us [trying to re-sign Lester], but we’re hopeful.’‘

The Sox owner left no doubt that the homegrown Lester remains the team’s No. 1 target.

Red Sox owner John Henry, seen here saying goodbye after Jon Lester was traded to the A’s, said a large ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 07:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jon lester, red sox

Hanley, Panda and the Monster | FanGraphs Baseball

An interesting look at park adjustments by Tony Blengino. I have always preferred park adjustments by BIP rather than AB or PA. I would have liked to have seen their 2014 numbers translated to Fenway rather than just adjusted rate stats.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 12:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, pablo sandoval, red sox, sabermetrics

Boston Red Sox prove (once again) that competitive balance in baseball will never exist | cleveland.com

The way the Yankees and Dodgers have dominated the last few years proves that topping the payroll list guarantees World Series appearances and championships. There is no way teams like the Royals, Rays, A’s, and the Cardinals can compete.

There is never going to be competitive balance in baseball. In a game where the players have proven time and time again that they will strike to prevent it, perhaps it was never meant to be.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 12:34 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Darvish cleared to throw « Postcards From Elysian Fields

Yu Darvish underwent an MRI and a subsequent examination of his right elbow by Dr. Keith Meister on Tuesday in Arlington. Dr. Meister reported that the MRI looked fine, and he has cleared Darvish to begin throwing on his normal schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2014 at 05:24 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

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