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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

red sox - So … is there any money left for pitching? Red Sox roster building reconsidered - WEEI | Alex Speier

This contains a pretty good look at the Red Sox payroll right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2014 at 09:05 AM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Jazayerli: The Legacy Of The 2014 Royals, Part 1.

What about Jake Taylor’s Indians?

Here’s another way to frame the season we just witnessed: Imagine that you could pick any team in the history of major league baseball to root for, but with the caveat that they could not have won the world championship. Would you pick the 2014 Royals?...

You could rank these teams in any number of ways, but to me there’s a pretty clear first tier, which I’ll do my best to rank here. (Feel free to debate this in the comments.) Remember, the criteria ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 25, 2014 at 12:09 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, world series

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, and Boston’s High-Risk, High-Reward Plan «

I wouldn’t completely rule out the possibility that Ramirez ends up at shortstop. It depends on the team’s internal evaluation of Deven Marrero. He’s considered a potential Gold Glove winning shortstop. The question is, will he hit? If the Red Sox think he will, it will open the possibility of trading Xander Bogaerts for a young, top-notch pitcher (or Hamels if they strike out with Lester). That could set up a timeline with Ramirez at shortstop in 2015. In 2016, when Napoli becomes a free ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2014 at 08:48 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, pablo sandoval, red sox

The Effects of Pitch Sequencing – The Hardball Times

A nice in-depth study which confirms something we already know.

Through this study I’ve convinced myself that there is value for pitchers in being able to throw back-to-back pitches of different types that have almost identical trajectories during the initial stage of flight up to the point where the batter must make a decision of whether to commit to a swing. In both seasons studied, consecutive pitches that were close to overlapping at the swing commit point but that crossed the plate in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2014 at 06:40 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Meet the teenagers who landed a shocking MLB scoop

The latest dose of inside info from the heart of Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s operation this week came from a most unlikely and precocious outlet.

Thirteen-year-old Devan Fink, a middle schooler from Northern Virginia, was the first to report the A’s were close to signing free agent Billy Butler.

Then 18-year-old Robert Murray, a college freshman from Wisconsin and with Fink the co-proprietor of MLBDailyRumors.com, was the first to report the details of Butler’s pact.

“It wasn’t a ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: November 24, 2014 at 04:36 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy butler, rumors

Which Pablo Sandoval Did the Red Sox Buy | FanGraphs Baseball

I looked at Sandoval in the postseason, and if you ignore power results — and you should, because power becomes stable only in really large samples — there’s no difference between Regular Season Pablo and Postseason Pablo. Maybe he swings at a few more fastballs. But really you should probably bet on Pablo to be more like his 3533 regular season plate appearances than his 167 postseason ones.
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Because the biggest, broadest definition of Pablo Sandoval is that of a three-to-four win third ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2014 at 03:06 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Big Unit, Pedro, Smoltz headline Hall of Fame ballot

There are three players with 100 bWAR and seven with 75 bWAR on the ballot this year. And Tim Raines ranks 10th with 69.1.

And then there are these guys…

Carlos Delgado, who totaled 473 home runs among his 2,038 career hits, is also on the ballot for the first time, along with fellow first baseman Tony Clark, outfielder-first baseman Darin Erstad, pitchers Tom Gordon, Eddie Guardado, Troy Percival and Jason Schmidt, infielders Rich Aurilia and Aaron Boone and outfielders Jermaine Dye, Cliff ...

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Josh Willingham to retire

The Ham is no longer Willing. Josh retires with a line of .253/.358/.465 with 988 hits and 195 home runs.

Although he said he received a substantial offer from a contending club this offseason, he ultimately decided against returning in 2015.

“After praying on my decision many times and talking to my wife, my father and ex-players who have gone through the same process toward the end of their careers, I have decided to retire,’’ Willingham said.

“I felt like it wouldn’t be fair to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 24, 2014 at 02:01 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, josh willingham, marlins, nationals, retirements, royals, twins

Sources: Kyle Seager nearing $100 million extension with Mariners - Yahoo Sports

Third baseman Kyle Seager and the Seattle Mariners are nearing a seven-year, $100 million contract extension, major league sources told Yahoo Sports, marking the third consecutive offseason in which Seattle would sign a player to a nine-figure deal as it attempts to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2014 at 01:05 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle seager, mariners

Former Major League Baseball player, Greenfield native Don Grate dies at 91

Mr. Grate was born Aug. 27, 1923 in Greenfield and was a star athlete at McClain High School and The Ohio State University.

He played Major League Baseball as a right-handed pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945-46, making his MLB debut on July 6, 1945. He had a 1-1 Major League record.

R.I.P.


Sandoval agrees to Red Sox deal, as Boston looks for free agent sweep - CBSSports.com

Heyman is reporting the deal is done. Other media reports say the deal isn’t.

Pablo Sandoval has agreed to to a Red Sox deal, completing what appears to be a stunning free agent double play.

Sandoval will receive close to $100 million for five years, people familiar with the deal say, following news Hanley Ramirez is close to a deal with Boston, as well. The Red Sox were reported by the Boston Globe to have originally offered $95 million, but they may have gone up a bit from there.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2014 at 11:15 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Sabermetrics can be questioned, but do so correctly

WAR isn’t perfect. It never will be. As long as analysts acknowledge its flaws and limitations, it’s a very valuable tool.

Everything should be questioned. Without that, we remain stagnant in whatever it is we are dealing with. Dissent is how we get better, and expand our knowledge. But that dissent has to be intelligent and informed in nature, or it just becomes a pointless back-and-forth. The fact is, these numbers are a part of the game now. Every team utilizes them to some degree, and it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2014 at 09:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-24-2014

El Paso Herald, November 24, 1914:

A letter from [Texas] league headquarters to the [San Antonio] boss is to the effect that abbreviated games cut short through any agency than the elements of nature—meaning rain—are illegal under baseball law and should not be counted as championship contests.
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It was by the throwing out of [seven inning] games that honors in the pennant race were even between the [Waco] Navigators and [Houston] Guffs, whereas had they been counted Houston would have been ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 24, 2014 at 09:35 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

red sox - Trying to make sense of Red Sox reunion with Hanley Ramirez - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Another take on the Ramirez signing.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2014 at 07:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Stanton Losing About $141 Million of Record Deal to Taxes - Bloomberg

The Miami Marlins outfielder two days ago signed a 13-year, $325 million deal, the richest in North American sports history. Federal, state, city and payroll taxes will eat about $141 million, or 43.3 percent of the total, according to Robert Raiola, a certified public accountant who specializes in sports and entertainment. That brings Stanton’s haul to about $184.1 million. Florida has no state income tax.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2014 at 07:35 AM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

The High Risk of Free Agent Position Players - Beyond the Box Score

Overall, signing positional players to 5+ year deals has not worked out well, and teams have generally overpaid compared to market rates for Wins. Teams would be better off signing mid-tier players to fewer than five years, or spending the money on the pitching market instead. A long-term deal with a positional player free agent is unlikely to be the significant value teams hope it will be—buyer beware.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2014 at 07:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, sabermetrics

Hanley Ramirez and the Logjam in Boston | FanGraphs Baseball

Some possible end games for the Red Sox. I wouldn’t rule out Ramirez as a longterm solution at 1B. Napoli has only one year left on his contract. Their young players still have options available. They can trade some of their surplus and option some of their young players for at least part of next season. In 2016, Napoli leaves, Ramirez moves to 1B, and one of the youngsters slots in.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2014 at 07:10 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Boston Red Sox in talks to acquire free agent Hanley Ramirez - ESPN Boston

Get ready for the trades.

The Boston Red Sox, not content to wait for third baseman Pablo Sandoval’s decision as to whether he will sign with the club, reportedly have come to terms with Hanley Ramirez on what is expected to be in the range of a five-year, $90 million agreement, FoxSports.com reported Sunday.

Ramirez was set to arrive in Boston on Monday to finalize terms of the deal, according to the report.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2014 at 06:54 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, hanley ramirez, red sox

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Red Sox trying for mega-free agent double play: Panda and Hanley - CBSSports.com

Really?

The Boston Red Sox are trying hard for a huge free agent double play, as they are involved with not only Pablo Sandoval but also Hanley Ramirez, according to sources.

The Red Sox are known to be in the middle of talks for star third baseman Sandoval, and after remaining in contact with Ramirez since as far back as the GM meetings, they are believed to be possibly moving toward an agreement with the star shortstop.

The Red Sox could even make it a triple play if they are able to lure ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2014 at 07:29 PM | 180 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Top prospects show offensive prowess in AFL | MLB.com

It was fun seeing these players.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2014 at 07:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Sunday Notes: Arroyo’s Rehab, Clark & the MLBPA, Doc Gooden, AFL Arms, ChiSox, more

David Lauria’s Sunday column.

ESPN’s Mark Simon saved me some effort a few days ago. I’d been thinking of looking up which of this year’s pitchers had the highest swing-and-miss rate on pitches in the strike zone, and lo and behold, there it was on Twitter. (If you don’t follow Mark and read his work, you’re missing out on some great stuff.)

Here is the top half of the list:

Chris Sale 23.2%
Max Scherzer 21.8%
Marco Estrada 21.7%
R.A. Dickey 21.1%
Yusmeiro Petit 20.5%
Jacob deGrom ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2014 at 09:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bronson arroyo, tommy john surgery

Astros interested in Robertson: source | New York Post

That’s a lot of coin for a closer.

Whether the Astros are willing to go hard enough to give Robertson the four-year contract he desires, for roughly $13 million per season, is unclear. What is clear is Houston has expressed a willingness, through its actions this offseason, to elevate its payroll after fielding some bargain-basement squads, and it also desperately needs relief help if it is to climb back into relevance.
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As much as the Yankees like Robertson both personally and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2014 at 09:02 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yankees

Pablo Sandoval leaning toward Red Sox, to decide next week — Padres have highest offer, all offers on table (including SF Giants’) - John Shea

I hear Pablo Sandoval has received his highest contract offer from the Padres but is leaning toward accepting an offer from the Red Sox, though events could change in a hurry.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2014 at 08:56 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, free agents, giants, pablo sandoval, padres, red sox

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Deadspin: Curt Schilling’s Son Accidentally Brings Fake Grenade To Logan Airport

The lengths some people will go to to keep their name in the papers…

Want a good one to start your day? We are at Logan getting ready to fly. Heading through security when one of my sons looks at me in panic….“DAD!”.....OMG I THINK I LEFT MY FAKE GRENADE IN MY BAG!!!

spike Posted: November 22, 2014 at 02:48 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, grenades, tsa

Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Brandon Drury among 5 added to 40-man roster

Diamondbacks tinker with their roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 09:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Pirates DFA Ike Davis, clear path for Pedro Alvarez - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ike Davis did not develop into the player the Mets hoped he’d become. Still, he would be a useful platoon partner for a team like the Marlins.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 09:27 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, pedro alvarez, pirates

Braves shopping Justin Upton at a steep price | New York Post

Nevertheless, the interest in Upton is described by a person familiar with the talks as significant — the Astros, Rangers and others have inquired — and an executive from another team flatly said, “Justin Upton will be moved.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 09:25 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, justin upton

Cashman in wait-and-see mode on retooling Yanks | yankees.com

Because of the resources he commands, Brian Cashman doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He’s a great GM, though.

Cashman often cited the Collective Bargaining Agreement while discussing the Yanks’ plans in free agency, saying that he could not speak to specifics. Nearly one year after making a seven-year, $175 million investment in Masahiro Tanaka, Cashman was asked if he could see the team producing a similar offer this winter.
“I don’t think I really should say, to be honest,” Cashman said. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Friars show interest in dealing for Bruce | MLB.com

Say this much about first-year Padres general manager A.J. Preller: He’s apparently leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of offensive help.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 08:54 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres, reds

Padres meet with free agent Pablo Sandoval | UTSanDiego.com

With their interest in Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas, it’s clear the Padres don’t mind bad bodies.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, pablo sandoval, padres, yasmany tomas

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