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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-19-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, December 19, 1917:

Larry Lajoie, one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, may return to major league circles next season as a member of the Cub combination…[Cubs manager Fred] Mitchell has expended considerable thought on the former American League player and personally has investigated his conditions and started negotiations for him with [Jim?] McCafferty, president of the Toronto club.

New York Tribune, December 19, 1917:

A report current [in Chicago ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 19, 2017 at 10:08 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, December 18, 2017

Heyman | Trade Market For Matt Kemp Virtually Nonexistent

We didn’t need a report to figure this out. If he had any trade market the Braves would have traded him to another team.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2017 at 09:49 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: matt kemp

Major League Baseball’s Statcast Can Break Sabermetrics

We are clearly at a fork in the road.

That’s notably different from the operating procedure that’s fairly standard in the public analytics community: typically, if a researcher knows something he’s working on is incomplete, he’ll want to, well, complete it before its release (or at least slap a “beta” label on it). But as Tango notes, the incentives and big-picture goals of a complex enterprise like Statcast are dramatically different from those of a guy moonlighting on Baseball ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2017 at 08:54 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Marlins Comment On Trading Unhappy Players

Yelich and Realmuto should get comfortable in Miami. That they believe they really have control over where they will play going forward is another consequence of the bungling of the whole Stanton contract situation.

This statement amounts to the Marlins telling their holdovers they have zero leverage. Players like Yelich and Realmuto can be unhappy all they want, but Miami is going to do what it feels is best.

If the Marlins don’t find the right package for the two, they have no problem ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2017 at 06:12 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Red Sox sign Mitch Moreland for two years |

Eric Hosmer’s market is shrinking.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2017 at 05:01 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mitch moreland, red sox

What happens if I try to steal on every pitch? An OOTP experiment

I read once, that if a base-stealer is successful at any less than an 80% rate, it is better for him not to run, hence the lack of steal attempts in recent years. But this also implies that for a player with any more than an 80% steal rate, with every attempt he is helping his team win. So in this experiment I endeavored to find out what would happen with a team of track stars…

My draft strategy was actually not to grab up all the fast guys immediately, but draft the very few 85+ stealing ...

PreservedFish Posted: December 18, 2017 at 12:40 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: ootp

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-18-2017

Albuquerque Journal, December 18, 1917:

Harold Janvrin, utility infielder of the Boston American league baseball team, became a member of trhe signal corps at Camp Devens [yesterday]. His enlistment leaves Larry Gardner and Everett Scott the only infielders on the team.

The Butte Post reports on the same day that

[Stuffy McInnis] has decided to enlist as a yeoman in the Charlestown navy yard, where Barry, Shorten, McNally, Gainer, Maranville and other players are performing clerical duties.

The ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 18, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 18 December 2018 - Lawlor / Fairfield Year in Review: Politics, baseball, football, hockey

However, we had some extremely bright spots this year. The Fairfield American Little League team went to Williamsport in the Little League World Series. This group of poised young men represented us well. They finished even better than the other recent Fairfield American teams who have been going to Williamsport on a regular basis. They finished third in the nation. The coaches and players said they had grown into a close-knit family.

This fall, the Fairfield Giant Football 10u team literally ...

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: December 18, 2017 at 07:48 AM | 2518 comment(s)
  Beats: football, little league, off-topic, politics

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Braves send Matt Kemp to Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, more major-leaguers | CBS Sports

Atlanta Braves
✔ @Braves

The #Braves & Dodgers completed a five-player trade today in which the Braves have acquired pitchers Brandon McCarthy & Scott Kazmir, INF Charlie Culberson, 1B Adrian Gonzalez & cash considerations in exchange for OF Matt Kemp. Details:

11:40 AM - Dec 16, 2017

Padres acquire shortstop Freddy Galvis from Phillies - The San Diego Union-Tribune

This looks like a deal to help the development of some of their young pitchers.

An apparent solution to the Padres’ greatest weakness is en route to San Diego. The club on Friday traded for shortstop Freddy Galvis, sending pitching prospect Enyel De Los Santos to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 16, 2017 at 01:11 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: freddy galvis, padres, phillies, trade

CC Sabathia agrees to deal to return to Yanks |

The Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal with CC Sabathia worth $10 million, a source told’s Mark Feinsand on Saturday. The deal, pending a physical, has not been confirmed by the club.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 16, 2017 at 01:08 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, yankees

Chatwood Initial Deal with Cubs Violated Rules – Inside the Seams

Former Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood agreed to a three-year, $38 million free-agent contract with the Cubs. Nothing wrong with that. The deal, however, included a clause that if he received one Cy Young vote — even for fifth place — his 2019 salary would be increased $2 million, and if he received one vote in 2018 and one vote in 2019 he would receive a $4 million raise in his salary for 2019. One problem — that clause was illegal, and if anybody should have known the Cubs should ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 16, 2017 at 01:04 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, tyler chatwood

Dustin Fowler sues White Sox over injury at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Dustin Fowler’s lawsuit, filed Friday, claims that the Sox and the [state] agency were negligent in not securing the unpadded electrical box he collided with along the right field line during the June 29 game.

Fowler, then playing for the New York Yankees, crashed into the right field wall while chasing down a fly ball in foul territory. Fowler hit the low side of the wall at full speed, causing him to flip over. When he tried to stand up, he fell to the ground, prompting a gasp from the ...


Many moving parts to potential Zack Greinke trade

The danger in posting a two-day-old trade-rumor story is that it may have evaporated two days ago.  But the Rangers have been so quiet this winter (big acquisitions have been Doug Fister and somebody named Chris Martin whom I assume is not the Coldplay guy or the Jets’ running back) that I have to have something to muse about.

After walking around all off-season with their pockets turned out, the Rangers have engaged the Arizona Diamondbacks about right-hander Zack Greinke, the former Cy Young ...

BDC Posted: December 16, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, rangers, trade rumors

ESPN: Carlos Santana signing a significant step in Phillies’ rebuild (Schoenfield)

1. First off, at three years and $60 million, it’s not overpaying, and limiting the deal to three years means there’s little chance of it blowing up on the back end. Santana owns a career .365 OBP, so he brings some much-needed on-base ability to the Phillies lineup. The deal takes him through his age 32-34 seasons, and while Santana’s home run production has been inconsistent through the years—27 in 2014, 19 in 2015, 34 in 2016, 23 in 2017—we know he will draw his walks. The Phillies ...


Friday, December 15, 2017

Winter Meeting Signings

Angels sign Zach Cozart, 3 years, $38 million

A bunch of relievers got signed:
Chicago Cubs sign Steve Cishek, 2 years in the $12-14 million range

Houston Astros sign Joe Smith, 2 years, $15 million

Minnesota Twins sign Fernando Rodney, 1 year,  $4.5 million + $1.5 million in incentives

Washington Nationals sign Brandon Kintzler, $2 years, $10 million. Second year is a mutual option.


LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: December 15, 2017 at 02:40 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-15-2017

Chicago Eagle, December 15, 1917:

The oldest baseball in captivity has been discovered in Syracuse, N.Y. A few years ago the oldest ball extant was found in Pittsburgh, and was insured for $1,000 against loss. The ball was used in a game played in 1864. George Geer of Syracuse, now comes forth with a ball which he claims was used in a game between Utica and Syracuse on August 22, 1861. Geer’s father, Harry Geer, pitched for Syracuse in 1861, and in the game in which this particular ball was ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 15, 2017 at 10:19 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-14-2017

Ogden Standard, December 14, 1917:

Earle Neale of the Cincinnati Reds, best known to the sporting world as a fast outfielder, has won as great fame this fall as a football coach. Neale coached the West Virginia Wesleyan eleven, developing one of the strongest teams a small college has had this past season. Neale’s boys played tight games with both Washington and Jefferson and Penn State.

Earle “Greasy” Neale was a pretty good but unremarkable outfielder for the Reds in the teens and 20s. He was ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 14, 2017 at 12:53 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

2017 MLB Rule 5 Draft results |

You can even watch it live.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 08:50 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5 draft

Derek Jeter Was Once the Captain. But Now He’s the Apprentice. - The New York Times

The Marlins aren’t trying to shed salary. Stanton was traded because he didn’t want to stick around. At least that’s the company line Michael Hill was peddling on MLB Network yesterday.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 07:01 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins

What new Mets regime sees in Matt Harvey for last ride | New York Post

Who doesn’t look good throwing in a gym during the off-season?

“We are really encouraged,” his agent, Scott Boras, said. “Matt was out at our sports fitness institute this past two weeks and the ball was really coming out of his hand at Matt Harvey levels of the past, so we’re really excited about what 2018 holds for him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Agent Scott Boras believes he has a giant in J.D.Martinez

Boras gets big bucks for his clients. It’s tough listening to his act, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 06:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scott boras

You should be very skeptical of claims the Royals lost over $60 million the last two years - Royals Review

Teams can lose money in specific years. That doesn’t mean an owner loses money over the long term despite some year-to-year loses.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the Royals were losing some money. But $65-68 million over a two-year period doesn’t quite pass the smell test. That isn’t to say I think Dayton Moore is lying, but there are many different ways to interpret “losing money” when it comes to sports teams. For that, let’s turn to Shaun Newkirk, who is much better with his money ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 06:51 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Alex Anthopoulos bringing high-level analytics approach to Braves

“It was eye-opening for me,” Anthopoulos said of the Dodgers’ use of analytics and as much data as available, boiled down for players to consume if they so chose. “Look, it’s not a panacea for anything. You still need great players and obviously Los Angeles has great players and great acquisitions. Most of all, this stuff, it’s up to the players. Chris Taylor made a lot of great changes in L.A.; he made those changes. He wanted to do that, he had a willingness to do it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 06:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Angels trade for Tigers’ Ian Kinsler

The Angels will take on the entirety of Kinsler’s $11 million salary in 2018, the final year of his contract. The price for Kinsler was outfielder Troy Montgomery and right-hander Wilkel Hernandez, who were ranked as the Angels’ Nos. 20 and 24 prospects, respectively, by

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 06:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, ian kinsler, tigers, trade

A’s reportedly acquire OF Stephen Piscotty

The A’s reached an agreement to acquire outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals for two Minor Leaguers, sources confirmed to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman late Wednesday night.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 06:08 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, cardinals, stephen piscotty, trades

ESPN: Buster Olney: Judge Should Hit Leadoff For The Yankees

Get the pitcher sweating bullets right from the start?

But Judge can bat leadoff because he has the primary skill of the best No. 1 hitters: He gets on base a whole lot. Judge drew 127 walks, easily leading the American League and breaking Ted Williams’ 78-year-old record for a rookie, and only Mike Trout had a higher on-base percentage than Judge’s .422.

Judge also led the AL in strikeouts, with 208, and between his combination of walks and strikeouts, he averaged 4.41 pitches per plate ...

The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 14, 2017 at 12:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, batting order, leadoff hitter, new york yankees

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Evolution of Newest Met Anthony Swarzak

goodfundies Posted: December 13, 2017 at 09:40 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

ESPN: Bob Costas wins Hall of Fame’s Frick Award for broadcasting

He didn’t need a wild card to get in. Congratulations, Mr. Costas.

“Because of my love of baseball and because of the other names that (won the Frick Award), this is at the top of the list,” he said on a conference call. “No disrespect of all the other awards, because they all mean a lot to me, but this means the most.”

Mixing history, anecdotes and analysis, Costas is popular with viewers and listeners, using his words to paint pictures from the parks.

“For almost 40 years, Bob Costas has ...

AndrewJ Posted: December 13, 2017 at 09:24 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, broadcasters, cooperstown, television

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