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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Sports betting tout Adam Meyer charged in $25 million scam

Tout n’est pas bien, or “There’s Money in Them Spreadsheets!”

Adam Meyer, a nationally known sports betting tout, was arrested Tuesday morning on charges he used fraud and threats to scam $25 million from a Fond du Lac area man, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday.

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As a sports tout, Meyer charges up to $250,000 to provide gamblers with his predictions on the outcome of major college and professional sports including football, basketball and baseball, the indictment states. Meyer ...

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The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: December 09, 2014 at 04:11 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, predictions, scams

Source: Cubs close to Miguel Montero trade

Arizona will receive a package of young prospects in the trade, the source said.

UPDATE: Trade is official, pending physical. Diamondbacks acquire minor league pitchers Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley.

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: December 09, 2014 at 03:48 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, world champions

Semien poised to make quickest Majors impact | athletics.com

Jim Callis breaks down the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 03:27 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, white sox

Braves To Sign Alberto Callaspo

Second base??? *hearty laughter; wipes away tear from eye* No, seriously, where?

The Braves have agreed to a deal with free agent infielder Alberto Callaspo pending physical…

His .223/.290/.290 slash over 451 plate appearances [in 2014] was obviously well below-average. But Callaspo has produced at an average to slightly-above-average clip in recent seasons, and Atlanta may have cause to believe that he’ll return to that level.

Presumably, Callaspo would have the inside track to take ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 09, 2014 at 02:58 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: alberto callaspo, braves, free agents, transactions

Sternberg calls deal fair, says with no new stadium team likely to be sold, moved

Having finally reached what he considers a fair agreement with St. Petersburg to look for stadium sites in Tampa, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg restated his confidence in the Tampa Bay area as a strong market for Major League Baseball.

But he also said that if the agreement is not approved and there is no deal in place within the next few years for a new stadium to be built, he likely will sell the team and would expect it to be moved out of the Tampa Bay area when the Trop lease runs ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2014 at 02:53 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: montreal, rays, relocation, stadium deals, tampa

Sportsman of the Year: Madison Bumgarner

Kevin Bumgarner lives across the street from the Center Grove Baptist Church on Deal Mill Road in Hudson. In the cemetery adjacent to the church is buried an Adam Bumgarner. And a Barbara Bumgarner. And a Calvin Bumgarner, and a Delia Bumgarner, and on and on and on. Of the 305 interments in Center Grove Baptist Cemetery, 55 are Bumgarners, beginning chronologically with Michael Lee Davidson Bumgarner, who was born in 1832. His father, Thomas, was born in 1810 and is buried in nearby Granite ...

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Bourbon Samurai Posted: December 09, 2014 at 02:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, giants

Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates agree to 3-year, $39 million deal - ESPN

The Pittsburgh Pirates have brought back Francisco Liriano, agreeing to a three-year, $39 million deal with the left-hander, sources have confirmed to ESPN.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 02:21 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco liriano, pirates

Murray Chass On Baseball » THE PIONEER AND THE GAME TODAY

Murray Chass and his stathead obsession.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 01:19 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Andrew Miller, David Robertson, and How Relief Pitching Is No Longer Overpaid

But here’s the thing with markets: they are cyclical.  Things that are overvalued get identified, and their value tends to drop.  Things that are undervalued get identified — like the market inefficiency of on-base percentage, explained in Moneyball — and their value rises.  Indeed, studies have shown that on-base percentage went from undervalued to properly valued, if not overvalued relative to other skills.

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Miller only needs to be worth 5 WAR over the life of the contract in ...

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thetailor Posted: December 09, 2014 at 11:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, david robertson, free agents

Chicago Cubs Top 20 Prospects for 2015 - John Sickels/MiLB.com

In Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, and Addison Russell, the Cubs have three of the top ten prospects in all of baseball. Kyle Schwarber isn’t far behind, and the system boasts rapidly improving depth behind the top group, including on the mound.

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The Cubs probably have the best farm system in baseball. I’m only saying “probably” because I haven’t studied every organization in detail yet, but if they aren’t number one they’d be number two.

zonk Posted: December 09, 2014 at 10:59 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, prospects

How Will Jon Lester Age? | FanGraphs Baseball

I love Lester. Teams have to pony up to get him. There has to be a limit to the number of years, though. I wouldn’t go longer than five years for him even if it meant patching the rotation for another year or two with mid-rotation guys.

In the current era, it has become increasingly rare for pitchers to qualify for ERA titles at advanced ages. Exactly five hurlers qualified for the ERA title at age 37 or higher this season; Bartolo Colon, Tim Hudson and A.J. Burnett in the NL, and Hiroki Kuroda ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 09:45 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jon lester, sabermetrics

A First Look at StatCast Baserunning Data – The Hardball Times

I hope MLB makes all this data available to researchers next year.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Lowballing Lester haunts Sox | Boston Herald

Somebody didn’t get the memo about the White Sox before writing this piece. Chris Sale isn’t going anywhere.

If the Red Sox wind up with one from Column A — Cole Hamels or Max Scherzer or especially Chris Sale — and one or two from Column B — James Shields, Justin Masterson, Rick Porcello, Ian Kennedy, Yovani Gallardo — then the howls that the Sox seemed to be bracing for in anticipation that Lester will choose the Cubs or Giants instead of them will fade quickly to silence.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 08:42 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jon lester, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-9-2014

Washington Herald, December 9, 1914:

White Sox Pay $50,000 for Eddie Collins

In his pocket [Charles Comiskey] bears a bill of sale for Eddie Collins, star second baseman of the Athletics, and he has left behind $50,000 in real money.
...
Comiskey has contracted to pay Collins $10,000 a year for five years, and it is reported that this is so much more than Mack actually was paying him…that Collins is tickled to death to think he is going to the White Sox.

According to the salary data at BB-Ref, ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 09, 2014 at 08:07 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, eddie collins, history

The Veterans Committee can’t seem to get it right. | SportsonEarth.com : Brian Kenny

There wasn’t one single bad call on this ballot. I might not be as big on Tony Oliva (batting average driven) or Gil Hodges (aura driven), but the Hall would not be diminished by any one of those great players getting inducted. Dick Allen and Minnie Minoso are both locks for me, and I’m easily swayed by any decent pitch for Jim Kaat or Ken Boyer. A deeper look at Billy Pierce reveals a great pitching career in a hitter’s era. Luis Tiant was both great and legendary. Bob Howsam built the Big Red ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 06:50 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

As winter meetings begin, Texas Rangers focus likely Andrew Cashner, not Justin Upton | Dallas Morning News

Two years ago Jurickson Profar was the next big thing. Now the Rangers won’t have a clue about his worth until he proves he’s healthy.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 06:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, trade rumors

Once Lester picks team, rest of desired arms will fall into place | FOX Sports

Robothal reports.

Free agents frequently say such things, talking about comfort, happiness, etc. But Lester has similar offers from the Cubs, Giants, Dodgers and Red Sox, according to major-league sources. The question, in the end, will boil down to which team he prefers.
Lester’s offers all are in the six-year, $150 million range, sources said. One team — it is known which one — indicated it would go to the seven-year, $175 million range. But Lester would not necessarily choose that team ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 06:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, free agents, giants, jon lester, red sox, winter meetings

White Sox reportedly acquire Samardzija from A’s | MLB.com

According to CBSSports.com, the deal sending the right-hander to the South Side was complete as of Monday night, and included infielder Marcus Semien going to Oakland along with two prospects. The San Francisco Chronicle reported right-hander Chris Bassitt to be part of the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 06:14 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, chris bassitt, jeff samardzija, marcus semien, white sox

Ten quick hits from Cleveland Indians GM Chris Antonetti on Brandon Moss, etc | cleveland.com

7. Fans wanted the Indians to add a right-handed hitter, but Moss bats left-handed. Antonetti loves left-handed hitters because he feels they better fit Progressive Field’s dimensions.

The power stats over the last three years offer convincing evidence of those beliefs.

“Also, 70 percent of the pitching (in the big leagues) is right-handed,” said Antonetti. “The thing we continually focus on is how we score more runs and prevent runs. That’s the equation we’re focused on.

“We felt Brandon ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 06:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

White Sox To Sign David Robertson

The White Sox have agreed to sign David Robertson to a four-year deal worth more than $40MM, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter).  Robertson has been zeroed in on landing a four-year deal this winter and he found a team happy to give him one with a solid average annual value.

Robertson may not have landed the ~$50MM Jonathan Papelbon-type deal that he was said to be looking for, but he did out earn fellow free agent Andrew Miller, who will be pitching late in games for his ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2014 at 12:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: closers, david robertson, free agents, white sox, yankees

Monday, December 08, 2014

Baseball America: Cuban Outfielder Dian Toscano Agrees To Sign With Braves

Playing for Villa Clara in Serie Nacional, Toscano batted .356/.400/.452 in 86 plate appearances with eight walks and eight strikeouts in 2012-13, his last season in Cuba. The year before, Toscano hit .287/.438/.380 with 35 walks and 16 strikeouts. He hit just three home runs that year and never showed much power in Cuba, though he’s in significantly better shape and has increased his strength since leaving Cuba.

He was a left fielder for Villa Clara, and he’s expected to stay there in pro ...

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Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: December 08, 2014 at 06:18 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cuban free agents, prospects

Alderson: Payroll likely won’t rise further - Mets Blog - ESPN New York

You have to love some of this stuff.

“We expect to have conversations about pitching while we’re here,” Alderson said, referring to the winter meetings, which run through Thursday morning. “I’m not sure we’ll do anything while we’re here, but I expect to have conversations and get a better idea if it’s possible.”

As for trading Colon, Alderson added: “We like Bartolo. We like him for the money he’s signed this season. Frankly, we’re not looking to trade him.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2014 at 05:39 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets, sandy alderson

Mariners still talking to Melky, appear to be favorites to sign him - CBSSports.com

As was first reported here, the Mariners may be willing to get into the range of the Cruz deal, which was $57 million for four years. While Cabrera has been seeking a five-year deal, four is a very reasonable offer.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2014 at 05:31 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mariners, melky cabrera

Minor League Salaries Challenged in New Antitrust Lawsuit

But exempted monopolistic trusts are the best kind of monopolistic trusts!

The Miranda suit alleges that MLB unlawfully suppresses minor league players’ salaries in a variety of ways. By subjecting North American amateur players to the first-year player draft each June, Major League Baseball prevents draftees from selling their services to the highest bidder — instead forcing them to negotiate with only a single team. MLB then artificially reduces the size of the signing bonuses that entry ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2014 at 05:30 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: anti-trust, litigation, minor leagues, players salaries

Rays and Kriseman reach agreement to allow Hillsborough stadium search

Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays have reached an agreement to let the team search for new stadium sites in Hillsborough County in exchange for payments to the city if the team leaves before its contract at Tropicana Field expires in 2027.

Kriseman wants to the City Council to discuss the agreement at its meeting on Thursday.

Payments would be based on how many years would remain on the Trop lease if the Rays left, starting at $4 million a season until December 2018, dropping to $3 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2014 at 05:21 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, hillsborough county, rays, stadium deals

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: “Sources: Barring late change, Lester choosing between Cubs and Giants

The Red Sox have nobody to blame but themselves. If some of the other reports are true, Lester might be getting seven years.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2014 at 04:54 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, jon lester, red sox

CBSSports: Mets, Giants, A’s, other clubs eye top Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang

Kang has consistently put up huge numbers in Korea and posted an amazing .364/.457/.733 slash line in 2014 for the Nexen Heores, hitting 39 home runs in 116 games. The big question is how those numbers translate, which is why he could be viewed as a bargain by some.

Yes, that is the question.  Any speculation on how this fellow’s skills translate?

Arbitol Dijaler Posted: December 08, 2014 at 02:33 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, giants, international, korean baseball, mets

Snyder: Veterans committee doesn’t elect anyone to Hall of Fame

Olbermann: Here’s a suggestion to the Veterans’ Committee: if you can’t vote anybody into the #BBHOF, at least vote yourself out of existence.

The Veterans Committee for the Baseball Hall of Fame has elected no one from the Golden Era ballot, MLB announced in a press conference Monday at the annual Winter Meetings.

The committee chose from a ballot of nine players—Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills—and one executive, ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: December 08, 2014 at 02:16 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: golden era, hall of fame

Indians Acquire Brandon Moss

In a widely anticipated swap, the Athletics have officially agreed to ship outfielder/first baseman/DH Brandon Moss to the Indians in exchange for minor league second baseman Joe Wendle.

Moss, 31, is projected by MLBTR/Matt Swartz to earn $7.1MM this year, his second-to-last of arbitration eligibility. He is an accomplished power bat, with a 135 OPS+ and 76 home runs over the last three years…

Wendle, a 24-year-old prospect, did not rate among the Indians’ top ten prospects in the recent ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 08, 2014 at 01:27 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, brandon moss, indians, joe wendle, trades, transactions

Lynn Henning: 10-player limit justifies boycott of Hall vote

Henning: “I was told by BBWAA officials this year that the Hall of Fame bosses want ballots to be private.” Jeez, I knew my HOF Ballot Gizmo was having an impact but… ‪#ScrewO’Connell

And, so, reluctantly and distressingly, for the first time in 25 years I’m not sending in a Hall of Fame ballot.

A once-happy, interesting, even exciting privilege and responsibility, has become a negative act resistant to simple, reasonable, ultimately necessary repairs.

In alphabetical order, here were the ...

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Repoz Posted: December 08, 2014 at 01:10 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

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