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Thursday, February 08, 2018

Gregory Polanco will be in the best shape of his life ...

A pretty good article on Polanco’s offseason regimen.

Brian Posted: February 08, 2018 at 07:00 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: pittsburgh pirates

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-8-2018

El Paso Herald, February 8, 1918:

When the eastern league gets to the point where it will really decide whether it will operate or suspend in the coming baseball season, perhaps the first matter which will receive its consideration is the suggestion of manager Jack Mack, of the [Worcester] Boosters, that the teams be cut to 13 players.

Such action will give every team in the league two backstops and four pitchers, which manager Mack thinks ought to be all any team might ask to have.

I think his ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 08, 2018 at 09:46 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Adalberto Mejia: High Floor or More? - Minnesota Twins - Articles - Homepage - Twins Daily

Adalberto Mejia under the sabermetric microscope.

Finally, it’s interesting to note exactly when Mejia got himself into his biggest messes on the mound. You might think that a pitcher struggling with control would walk more hitters with men on base, but these situations were actually where Mejia clamped down. His greatest struggles came in low leverage situations in which he had a BB/9 of 5.34, as opposed to 1.29 in high-leverage situations. To put this another way, Mejia had a BB/9 of 5.73 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2018 at 07:44 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: adalberto mejia, twins

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Yasiel Puig fired by his agent over a reported behavioral issue

This doesn’t bode well for Puig.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2018 at 07:45 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Albert Pujols’ GIDP record appears unbreakable | MLB.com

How many extra people will this record put in the seats?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2018 at 02:22 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels


Ervin Santana out 10-12 weeks after surgery | MLB.com

This certainly doesn’t help the Twins.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2018 at 11:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ervin santana, injuries, twins

Here’s Some Lower-Ranked Prospects We Love

Thank goodness for prospect talk.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2018 at 11:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-7-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, February 7, 1918:

ALEX SHOULD FORGET BONUS, ASSERTS BAKER

Pitcher’s Claims for Salary Larger Than Cabinet Officer Unreasonable

It has been reported that [Grover Cleveland Alexander] wanted a slice of the money paid for his release and probably would attempt to collect it from [Phillies President William Baker]. This was knocked in the head, however, when Baker declined to do anything and Charley Weeghman, head of the Chicago club, was approached instead.
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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 07, 2018 at 10:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Latest On Red Sox, J.D. Martinez - MLB Trade Rumors

Yeah, right.

The staredown between J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox doesn’t appear to be all that close to ending. Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston spoke to agent Scott Boras Tuesday evening, with Boras making clear that his client is willing to wait until after the start of Spring Training to sign a contract. Meanwhile, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports (subscription required) that Martinez has become “fed up” with the lack of flexibility on Boston’s part and may actually prefer to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2018 at 09:28 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, j.d. martinez

Heyman | Boras Sees Too Much Of Past In Current State Of MLB

This is just bluster. First, the offers have been in the press. Second, as MLB gets complaints by the Players’ Association it needs the ability to verify whether the claims are true or not. Third, just like MLBPA and the agents have the right to take their case to the public, so does MLB.

Boras stopped short of using the word “collusion,” but took issue with MLB revealing in its statement of response that “some” nine-figure ($100+ million) offers have been turned down. The 1987 case won ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2018 at 09:13 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, collusion, free agents

Tuesday, February 06, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-6-2018

Ogden Standard, February 6, 1918:

[Ketchikan, Alaska] claims a unique baseball diamond. When baseball players of this southern Alaska city schedule games they always take tide conditions into consideration for the park is built on the flats below the city and at high tide the playing ground and lower seats of the grand stand are under water…Long games are often called on account of rising tides.

I imagine they had their own version of the Baltimore chop, hit sharply downward so the ball gets ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 06, 2018 at 11:08 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, February 05, 2018

Mets pull Todd Frazier out of free agency for $17M

The Mets agreed to a deal with the veteran Frazier on Monday night for two years and $17 million, The Post’s Mike Puma confirmed. Frazier played the end of last season in The Bronx, after the Yankees acquired him in a multi-player trade with the White Sox.

The Yankees and Mets had each expressed interest in Frazier this offseason, with depth needed at the third-base position. The addition of Frazier means the Mets can play Asdrubal Cabrera at second, the position he recently told The ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: February 05, 2018 at 09:57 PM | 189 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, todd frazier

Baseball Prospectus: 2018 Prospects: The Top 101

1. Ronald Acuna, OF, Atlanta Braves
2. Victor Robles, OF, Washington Nationals
3. Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees
4. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
5. Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians
6. Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago White Sox
7. Nick Senzel, 3B, Cincinnati Reds
8. Alex Reyes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
9. Fernando Tatis, Jr., SS, San Diego Padres
10. Forrest Whitley, RHP, Houston Astros

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2018 at 02:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

2018 Top 100 Prospects | FanGraphs Baseball

Rk Name Team Age Position FV Variance
1 Shohei Ohtani LAA 23 RHP/RF 70 Low
2 Ronald Acuna ATL 20 CF 65 Low
3 Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. TOR 18 1B 65 Low
4 Victor Robles WAS 20 CF 65 Low
5 Fernando Tatis, Jr. SD 19 3B 65 Med
6 Eloy Jimenez CHW 20 RF 65 Med
7 Nick Senzel CIN 21 3B 60 Low
8 Forrest Whitley HOU 20 RHP 60 Med
9 Bo Bichette TOR 19 2B 60 Med
10 Kyle Tucker HOU 21 RF 60 Low

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2018 at 02:36 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

The ‘Tank Tax’ Could Push Teams To Try Harder | BaseballAmerica.com

What happens when a team is incompetent?

It’s relatively simple. The same draft system continues to exist. The worst team picks first, the second worst picks second, etc., with one caveat: any team that fails to win 70 games in back-to-back seasons faces a 10-spot draft penalty.

Have one awful season (like the Giants and Tigers 64-win teams in 2017) and your club reaps the benefits of having the top picks in the draft and the larger draft bonus pool that comes with it. But if a team wins ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2018 at 02:34 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-5-2018

Ogden Standard, February 5, 1918, The Pacific Coast League is not happy that the Northwestern League has rebranded as the “Pacific Coast International League”.

[Portland owner] McCredie claims that neither of the governing bodies of baseball has anything to say on the question and that it is already settled.

He maintained that there is nothing in the rules which makes it necessary for the Pacific Coast International to apply to anyone in order to gain permission to call the league anything the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 05, 2018 at 10:34 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Philadelphia Eagles knock off Patriots, win Super Bowl - NFL.com

Congrats to Eagles fans! Enjoy the afterglow.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2018 at 08:14 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl

Olney: Is the union ready for a spring training showdown? - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Nice write-up by Buster Olney.

No. 5: Is the union leadership better positioned for the next round of labor-related negotiations?

It’s imperative that this be addressed immediately. Let’s say, for argument’s sake, that Manfred—whose baseball legacy is built on his ability to forge more than two decades of labor peace, mostly in concert with the late union chief Michael Weiner—called Clark this week and said he would be willing to renegotiate parts of the CBA, in return for an extension.

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2018 at 08:08 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

OTP 5 February 2018: Train crash with GOP lawmakers brings back memories of baseball shooting for Jeff Flake

Sen. Jeff Flake rushed to the aid of injured passengers from a garbage truck Wednesday after it collided with an Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers to a GOP congressional retreat in West Virginia.

For Flake, R-Ariz., the accident scene near Crozet, Va., brought back memories of last year’s shooting at the GOP congressional baseball team practice in Alexandria, Va., in which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was seriously wounded.

 

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: February 05, 2018 at 07:46 AM | 2137 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, politics

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Mickey Callaway already has a plan to revitalize Mets’ rotation | New York Post

Read the whole thing.

“Everyone I’ve been around pretty much walks outside, stretches, plays catch, they do their bullpen. Our pitchers in Cleveland had about an hour-and-a-half routine before they even went out and played catch. They were with massage therapists, then they were with trainers, getting all these hands-on things done, then they went to the weight room to see the strength coach for extra stretching, then they went on the bike, then they went outside and stretched.

“It’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2018 at 02:27 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mickey callaway

The MLBPA’s Indifference Toward International Amateurs is Coming Back to Bite It | The Hardball Times

It’s not just the international signing limits and cap numbers in the last CBA. The amateur slotting system made building through the draft even cheaper. The decision not to push for higher minimum MLB contracts and the continued refusal to push for higher minor league compensation helps make “going young” an even more attractive proposition for teams.

Baseball is no different. International amateurs are not part of the MLBPA — it’s not obligated to advocate for their interests. Indeed, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2018 at 11:23 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agency

Art Vs Science: Using Data to Build A Better Pitching Approach – 216Stitches

Some interesting stuff at this new site.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2018 at 10:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Friday, February 02, 2018


Baseball payrolls could drop for first time in nearly a decade

It would mark the first drop in payroll at the beginning of a season since 2009, when salaries dipped 1.3 percent. Since then, they’ve risen on average 5.5 percent a year, exceeding the $4 billion mark on opening day last year. Currently, teams have committed around $3.78 billion – a 7 percent decline from last season. And while the eventual signings of top free agents Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and Jake Arrieta will help bring that number closer to the $4 billion mark, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 09:18 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agents

Marlins to unveil 25th anniversary logo | MLB.com

Well, this will turn things around.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 09:00 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: miami

MLB agent’s threatening tweet won’t alter the free agent market | SI.com

Not unexpectedly, a good take by Tom Verducci.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 08:48 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agents

Thome wants ‘Block C’ logo on HOF plaque

“I know my decision would be to wear the ‘C,’ because I think it’s the right thing to do and I fully support the way the Indians, through this week, have done the decision that they’ve done. That’s what I support.”

Good for him.

Perry Posted: February 02, 2018 at 07:47 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians


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