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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Breakout Candidates for 2016: Cincinnati Reds - Minor League Ball

I’m very high on Iglesias as well.

Top Candidate:  Raisel Iglesias. In his October report on Cincinnati’s rookie starters, John highlighted many of the reasons to be excited about Iglesias heading into 2016.  In 95.1 innings during his rookie campaign, the Cuban import registered impressive peripheral markers including 9.82 K/9, 2.64 BB/9, and a 3.28 xFIP.  His mediocre 4.15 ERA obscures his overall talent level.  Given all of the challenges he faced in his transition to pro-ball in the U.S., I ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 11:44 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, reds

Astros could strike a balance with offseason moves - Houston Chronicle

“Playoffs, everything is intensely scrutinized because every play matters so much more,” Luhnow said. “But if you’re good enough to get to the playoffs, you’re probably good enough to win in the playoffs. We certainly think about how our team would stack in a short series even as we’re constructing a team from right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 11:40 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Rangers notes: Yu Darvish headed home to Japan during ‘no-throw’ rehab | The Star-Telegram

With Darvish penciled in for a return around May and pitchers like Gonzalez and Martinez seemingly ready to contribute, do the Rangers really need anything more than depth signs?

The Rangers are looking to add one starting pitcher this off-season and hope to find a fifth rotation member during a spring training competition among a slew of candidates, including Chi Chi Gonzalez, Nick Martinez, Nick Tepesch, Anthony Ranaudo, and Phil Klein.

The rotation currently consists of left-handers Cole ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 11:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Will Dipoto continue his dealing this week at the GM Meetings? | The News Tribune

Having already pulled off the off-season’s first major trade, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is now in a setting that he believes facilitates deal-making.

The general managers are holding their annual meetings this week in Boca Raton, Fla.

“To me, the market is always moving,” Dipoto said. “The general managers’ meetings, years ago, used to be where everything got set up for the Winter Meetings.

“Now, quite frankly, the general managers’ meetings are where we generally ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 11:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gm meetings, jerry dipoto, mariners

Analyzing the 2016 Hall of Fame ballot: Ken Griffey Jr. is the only lock | FOX Sports

Rob Neyer looks at the ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Full Count » GM meetings notes: Talks already heating up for Dave Dombrowski, Red Sox

Will this off-season top last year’s off-season?

Still, it sure seems like things are trending toward something happening in the coming days.

“I do,” said Dombrowski when asked if he believed there was more activity than normal at this young stage of the offseason. “People have asked me why, and I’€™m not really sure of that answer, but I do find that.

“We had some of our guys, I asked them to fly in this afternoon to sort of sit down. A couple of our guys said, ‘€˜Wow, we just ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombroski, general managers, gm meetings, red sox

Minor League Free Agents 2015

Time to go dumpster diving!

Ten players selected in the first three rounds of the 2009 draft are free for the first time to choose their next employer after becoming minor league free agents on Nov. 6.

The group includes (with original drafting organization in parentheses) first-rounders Donavan Tate (Padres), Matt Hobgood (Orioles), Jio Mier (Astros) and Tim Wheeler (Rockies); supplemental first-rounder Vic Black (Pirates); second-rounders Garrett Gould (Dodgers), David Holmberg (White Sox) ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 10, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league free agents

U-M baseball recruit dies in Illinois

Because the last 24 hours haven’t been depressing enough:

Charlie Donovan, the Gatorade Illinois baseball player of the year last spring and a Michigan recruit, died early Friday morning. The cause of death has not been determined.

Donovan, drafted in the 30th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in June out of Westmont High, had turned down pro ball to attend U-M. Donovan had deferred his enrollment until at least January because of a severe bout with mono over the summer.

Gamingboy Posted: November 10, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: college, college baseball

Vin Scully receives College Baseball HOF award |

Without a doubt Vin Scully is my favorite announcer. Thank you for all the enjoyment you’ve provided this baseball fan. Enjoy your last season.

“The game means a great deal to me,” Scully said, pronouncing himself fit and ready to go, “and I’m honored to be part of this. I went over the list of names in the College Baseball Hall of Fame, and, honestly, I’m embarrassed to even be mentioned with these great talents.”

Unlike the team he has represented for 65 years, Scully never disappoints the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, vin scully

‘Whole New Ballgame’ a game-changer | Baseball Hall of Fame

It might be time to make another trek to Cooperstown.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-10-2015

Pittsburgh Press, November 10, 1915:

Word comes from Havana of the death of a well-known Cuban player. Jose Figarola, who was killed by a pitched ball thrown by Mendez in a practice game on October 22. Figarola was at bat and the ball hit him over the heart. He died almost instantly.

Rumors of Figarola’s demise were greatly exaggerated. As Gary Ashwill writes over at the wonderful Agate Type blog, Jose Figarola (also known as Rafael Figarola) was very much alive and even started at catcher for ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 10, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, obituaries

Exclusive: Lance Berkman talks about persecution, tolerance and transgender people

Have you ever noticed how it’s always the other guy who is the intolerant dope?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: lance berkman

The Kansas City Royals: the anti-Moneyball team | The Kansas City Star

How can a person who makes his living with the written word have such poor reading comprehension? Tip: Moneyball isn’t about OBP being the Holy Grail; it’s about finding undervalued assets.

Dayton Moore and the Royals organization took a beating from some critics for not emulating the Moneyball formula for success. But Dayton Moore and the Royals had a formula of their own; one that has proven to be more successful than the Moneyball approach.

Here’s one more quote from Moneyball:

“There ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: moneyball, royals

Three potential trades for the Giants as GM meetings get underway - Giants Extra

–OF Angel Pagan, RHP Hunter Strickland, OF Mac Williamson and RHP Tyler Beede to the Atlanta Braves for OF Cameron Maybin and RHP Julio Teheran.

Not gonna happen.

–1B Brandon Belt to the Cleveland Indians for RHP Danny Salazar or RHP Carlos Carrasco.

Not gonna happen.

–C Andrew Susac to the Miami Marlins for OF Marcell Ozuna.

Not gonna happen.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tradecasting

Cardinals’ Top Prospect Alex Reyes Suspended For Drug Use -

Put down the joint, kid.

Alex Reyes, the Cardinals’ fireballing righthander who is the team’s No. 1 prospect and was the top prospect in the Florida State League, has been suspended for 50 games for drug use, MLB said Monday.

Reyes was suspended without pay for testing positive for the second time for a drug of abuse, meaning recreational drugs rather than performance-enhancing drugs.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals, prospects

Dodgers want Yasiel Puig to lose weight - LA Times

Lose weight, fix your swing, and get a haircut!!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

With ace and Aroldis Chapman, the Red Sox could be flying - The Boston Globe

Any player should be available in the right deal.

When Dombrowski was asked if he had untouchables, he said, “I have always tried to phrase it that I don’t try to have untouchables. I’ve also said if you have Miguel Cabrera and he’s the best hitter in the game and somebody offers you two Miguel Cabreras, you have to be open-minded about it.

“Does it usually happen? No. There are some players we have that are less apt to be dealt than others.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gm meetings, red sox, trade rumors

Former Braves, Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson dies at 29

Former Braves and Angels right-hander Tommy Hanson has died. He was 29. Further details surrounding Hanson’s death are unknown at this time.

CBS Sports MLB Insider Jon Heyman confirmed Hanson was in a coma Monday night. Zack Klein of WSB in Atlanta first reported the news.


Hanson last pitched in MLB in 2013. He went 21-15 with a 3.16 ERA (126 ERA+) for the Braves from 2009-10 before dealing with numerous arm injuries. Hanson went 28-20 with a 4.36 ERA (89 ERA+) from 2011-13.

While with ...


Monday, November 09, 2015

Jose Reyes arrested after ‘grabbing wife by throat’: report

Jerry Jones likes his leadership.

Jose Reyes was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife, according to Hawaii News Now.

According to the news station, the incident between the Rockies shortstop and his wife, Katherine Ramirez, took place in a hotel room in Maui on Oct. 31.

Reyes, the former Mets shortstop, allegedly grabbed her and shoved her while they were having an argument. Ramirez reportedly told police he grabbed her by the throat and shoved into a sliding glass balcony door.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 09, 2015 at 11:15 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic abuse, jose reyes, police blotter, rockies

Mets GM to miss meetings because of ‘medical procedure’ - NY Daily News

Baseball’s general managers meetings kick off Monday in Boca Raton, but Sandy Alderson won’t be in attendance.

Assistant GM John Ricco said Monday that Alderson remained back in New York to undergo a medical procedure, though he wouldn’t say whether it was related to last week’s incident in which Alderson passed out during a press conference.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 06:29 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson

Baseball Prospectus | Passed Balls and Wild Pitches: Getting It Right

BP refines one of its defensive metrics.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 01:57 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, sabermetrics

What could keep Yankees away from second-tier pitchers | New York Post

Psst, the Yankees are in the middle of a rebuild.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 01:52 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yankees

Baltimore Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy scratched from third Arizona Fall League start | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball


The Orioles’ No. 2 prospect has been scratched from his third AFL start for Peoria on Monday. Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reported that the scratch came as a result of “lingering [right] elbow stiffness” and that although nothing appears wrong with the elbow, the problem could bring Bundy’s Fall League campaign to a close.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 01:49 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan bundy, orioles

Michael Brantley undergoes shoulder surgery, expected to be out 5-6 months

I don’t think the Indians will be Sports Illustrated’s pre-season World Series pick next year.

Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery on his non-throwing arm earlier today,’s Jordan Bastian confirmed on Twitter. He is expected to be out 5-6 months, which means he would miss two months of the 2016 regular season in the worst case scenario.

Brantley injured his shoulder on a diving catching against the Minnesota Twins back on September ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 09, 2015 at 01:27 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, injuries, michael brantley

Bautista: Are You Flipping Kidding Me?

Jose Bautista writing about his game 5 home run and subsequent bat flip; as well as the culture clash and how the game is celebrated.

mathesond Posted: November 09, 2015 at 12:35 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flip, blue jays, jose bautista, players' tribune

Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman among 15 newcomers on 2016 Hall of Fame ballot

Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.; righthander Trevor Hoffman and infielders David Eckstein, Troy Glaus and Mike Lowell join 17 holdovers from the 2015 balloting in which pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz and catcher-infielder-outfielder Craig Biggio were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., the first time in 60 years that as many as four players on the BBWAA ballot were elected in the same year…..

Other players receiving sufficient support to ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 09, 2015 at 12:11 PM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa, hall of fame, ken griffey, jr., trevor hoffman

When Judging World Series, Context Is Paramount

In 1975 Cincinnati defeated Boston in a seven-game epic, still cited as one of the greatest World Series ever played.  That World Series averaged a 28.7 rating and would have ranked No. 2 among primetime programs that season.  The rating itself was over three times as high as this year’s series, but the rank of the series among primetime hits wasn’t much different.

In 1985 Kansas City topped St. Louis in seven games, giving the Royals their first and, until this weekend, only world ...

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 09, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ratings, world series

Twins win $12.85 million bidding for Korean slugger Byung-ho Park

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Twins submitted the high bid at $12.85 million, which is amusing because the Twins were one of the few teams not linked to Park in various reports. No one saw this coming.

Minnesota now has a 30-day exclusive negotiating window with Park, who hit .343 with 53 homers, 146 RBIs, and a 1.150 OPS in 140 games for Nexen this season and has topped a 1.000 OPS in each of the past three years. Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang had similarly amazing numbers in ...


Harper: Mets can maximize Matt Harvey’s value with trade - NY Daily News

Harvey to the Red Sox for Xander Bogaerts would give them a dynamic, 23-year old shortstop who likely will be an All-Star for years to come.

Harvey for Mookie Betts is an even more enticing thought, bringing back a 23-year old center fielder with speed and power.

And no, to the many Mets fans on Twitter who demanded both for Harvey, there’s no chance. In fact, one American League GM said the Sox value Bogaerts and Betts so highly that they may not see three years of Harvey as enough for ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 10:01 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tradecasting

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