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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Top prospects set to break out in 2018 season

Not a lot of baseball news right now. Here’s a short prospect breakdown, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2017 at 08:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-27-2017

Oklahoma City Times, December 27, 1917:

A little thing like Branch Rickey’s refusal to accept a $75,000 check for one Roger [sic] Hornsby has in no way discouraged Charles Weeghman, Cub president, who returned from St. Louis yesterday after his vain effort to talk the Cardinal management out of the star infielder.
If Hornsby cannot be obtained to help the North Side club officials build up a pennant contender, then there is still Charley Herzog, who by his lack of admiration for McGraw has ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 27, 2017 at 09:54 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-26-2017

Washington Herald, December 26, 1917:

One of the interesting, though unconfirmed, rumors of the local baseball rialto is that [National League President] John K. Tener, only last week re-elected head of the National League for a one-year term, will resign within a very short time…and that Judge Kenesaw M. Landis will be asked to accept the office of acting president of the league.

Gosh, I wonder why the baseball owners liked Landis so much.

Elsewhere in the news, there’s considerable doubt ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 26, 2017 at 10:07 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, December 25, 2017

Here’s how you can ring in the holidays with your favorite MLB teams and stars |

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your families!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 25, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: holidays

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Other Marlins Bidders Had Plans Very Different From Jeter’s

Miami businessman Jorge Mas conveyed to me this month that if his Marlins offer had been accepted, he would have had a $130 million payroll in 2018, retained Giancarlo Stanton and hired a new general manager.

Instead, the Marlins intend to have a payroll of $90 million or less – a drop from $115 million last season and much lower than the $140 million it would have taken to keep the 2017 team together.

Merry Christmas!

Bote Man Posted: December 24, 2017 at 09:09 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: finances, marlins, owners

Friday, December 22, 2017

TBL: MLB Officials Complain to Upper ESPN Management About Dan Le Batard-Rob Manfred Interview

Yeah, these were most certainly not Mike & Mike softball questions…

Le Batard, who was scheduled for time off today and all of next week, opened his radio show Thursday by saying, “It might be the last show of the year, or it might just be the last show forever, because this has been unpleasant.”

He admitted that his tone was bad and that he was too emotional — he has had an emotional week since his friend and boss John Skipper resigned abruptly Monday, citing substance addiction– and ...


Dominican cops assaulted, robbed me: Jean Segura

“The [police] stopped me with rifles, hit me, threw me to the ground and take away my belongings, smash my car like we’re delinquents,” Segura said, as translated from Spanish into English.

“Today it’s me, tomorrow may be another player more. I’m a father with two kids and a wife and if those officials shot at me again then they wonder why we leave our country — They entered my SUV and left it a mess.”

shoewizard Posted: December 22, 2017 at 01:34 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican republic, mariners

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-22-2017

Ogden Standard, December 22, 1917:

[John B.] Sheridan’s All-America Team Selections.
E. Collins, 2b, American
Burns, l. f., National.
Cobb, r. f., American.
Speaker, c. f., American.
Chapman, s. s., American.
Sisler, 1b., American.
Groh, 3b., National.
Killifer, c., National.
Mays, p., American.
Alexander, p., National

This is really well done, based on what people knew in 1917.

Rogers Hornsby was better than Ray Chapman in ‘17, but Hornsby was still a bit of an unknown quantity at 21 years ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 22, 2017 at 10:31 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Owner Bob Nutting says he’s ‘extremely driven’ to make Pirates winners in Q&A session

Trib: Does it bother you that much of the fan base doubts your commitment to winning?

Nutting: To the extent that it bothers me, it bothers me because of the impact on the organization. I am an extremely competitive person. I am extremely driven to see this organization succeed, and that means bringing another championship back to Pittsburgh. A pretty simple measure of success.

I know there are building blocks that we have to go through to get there. I know there are no magic switches, no ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2017 at 09:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

As teams cut costs this winter, middle-class free agents are left out in the cold - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

An agent said that one of his players, starved for contract offers, asked him if it would be worthwhile if he sent out a tweet to remind teams he is available. “It’s a simple matter of supply and demand,” one agent said. “For a lot of these guys, it’s turning into a bloodbath.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2017 at 09:30 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agency

Shopping him or not, I’m not buying that Machado stays off trade block this winter -

Will Angelos really let Duquette pull the trigger on a deal?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2017 at 09:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, orioles

Diamondbacks agree to deal with Japanese pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano

The Diamondbacks are close to adding another late-inning option to their bullpen, agreeing to terms with Japanese right-hander Yoshihisa Hirano on what sources say is a two-year, $6 million deal.

Hirano, who turns 34 in March, has logged 143 saves for the Orix Buffaloes over the past five seasons. He owns a career 3.10 ERA in parts of 11 seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, Japan’s top league.

shoewizard Posted: December 22, 2017 at 09:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, japanese baseball

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Cubs Still Mulling Free Agent Pitchers

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

HOF broadcaster Dick Enberg dies at 82 |

He was a great broadcaster.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2017 at 08:09 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, obituaries

Thursday, December 21, 2017

WSJ - Baseball’s Rainmaker Forced Out After Alleged Misconduct

“Bowman was one of the most influential people in sports and digital media when MLB announced his departure on Nov. 6, saying he had told commissioner Rob Manfred that he would not seek to renew his contract.

Other forces were at work, people familiar with the situation say. Bowman verbally abused a coworker in October, prompting Manfred to push him out, these people say. That was preceded by a July incident in which Bowman allegedly shoved an executive with the group that owns the Boston Red ...

The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: December 21, 2017 at 02:11 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbam

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-21-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, December 21, 1917:

As a result of the recent spectacular sale of Alexander and Killifer by the Phillies and Strunk, Schang and Bush by the Athletics, it is not improbable that Philadelphia may have only one big league club next year. There is a possibility that either the National League or American League franchise of the Quaker City will be transferred to Baltimore.

Such a shift would relieve the two major leagues of the burden of fighting the pending Baltimore ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 21, 2017 at 10:44 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Indians to sign Yonder Alonso

On Wednesday night, sources confirmed to that Alonso’s deal with the Indians will be worth $16 million and will include an $8 million vesting option for 2020. The contract is pending a physical, which is scheduled for Thursday. The club has not confirmed any agreement. Once complete, Alonso will take over at first base, where Santana played for the past few seasons before leaving via free agency this offseason.
Overall, Alonso had a 43.2 percent fly-ball rate in ‘17, compared to ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2017 at 06:01 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Rays trade franchise cornerstone Evan Longoria to Giants

The Rays have said so long to Evan Longoria.

Longoria, the greatest player in franchise history, was traded Wednesday to the San Francisco Giants. For Longoria and cash considerations, the Rays are getting back INF Christian Arroyo (from Hernando), veteran OF Denard Span (from Tampa) plus Class A RHP Stephen Woods and Class A LHP Matt Krook.

sotapop Posted: December 20, 2017 at 12:57 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: denard span, evan longoria, giants, rays

Fangraphs: Mets (Shouldn’t) Blow It

Will Wilpons have made off with fans’ goodwill?

It gets worse. Joel Sherman reported that the team was planning to put forth a lower payroll in 2018, perhaps around $135 million. If David Wright’s salary is a part of that calculus, that means the Mets plan to be one of the 10 lowest spenders in baseball next season. It’s easy to look at what the Marlins are doing with regard to their payroll and call it an embarrassment. What the Mets are doing is arguably worse. The franchise put out a ...

fra paolo Posted: December 20, 2017 at 12:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, payroll

Orioles’ Zach Britton has Achilles injury |

Wow, this is not good.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2017 at 11:44 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Mamie Johnson, Woman Who Pitched In Negro Leagues, Dead At 82

So she turned to the Negro Leagues, where she signed on with the Indianapolis Clowns in 1953 and spent three seasons racking up a 33-8 record as a pitcher while hitting .270. She became the first woman to pitch in the league.

mathesond Posted: December 20, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: negro leagues, women ballplayers

Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber has lost 20 pounds in mission to transform his body and game

Want to know why the Cubs aren’t trading Schwarber?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-20-2017

Phillies Phans react to the sale of Grover Cleveland Alexander and Bill Killefer to the Cubs. Philadelphia Evening Ledger, December 20, 1917:

I think President Baker will regret this deal, for, as you said before, he will have to draw his crowds with a pencil.

Does President Baker intend to close up the Phillies’ ball ground next season? He might as well. Who on earth, or rather Philadelphia, is going to patronize ball games after such a “raw deal”?

I think it’s the rottenest deal that could be ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 20, 2017 at 07:52 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Dodgers are in even better position to get Bryce Harper after Matt Kemp trade

Jeff Passan digs into the CBT.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2017 at 07:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, cbt, dodgers, economics

A $300-million team? Don’t expect the Dodgers to have a payroll like that again - LA Times

I’m still surprised the union agreed to this provision.

The 110th page of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement explains why: Any team with a payroll that exceeds the designated “second surcharge threshold” will not only pay a heavy monetary fine, but will also have its top pick in the amateur draft moved back 10 places.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2017 at 06:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter addresses angry fans at town hall meeting | Miami Herald

Every GM is above average.

“Michael can speak on this. We have trust in him doing his job. He does it very well,” Jeter said. “Pitching, defense wins. This minor-league system was the worst in baseball. You can’t win like that. We need to add prospects to our organization and develop them. We added [former Yankees executive] Gary Denbo, who is the best in the business in player development.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2017 at 06:17 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Baseball America Presents: An Interview With MILB’s Pat O’Conner |

I’ve seen a few people take after Pat O’Connor for some of the quotes in this article. As much as some of their complaints have validity, I put a lion’s share of the blame for minor league pay at the feet of the players. If my memory serves, there are about 200 minor leaguers per organization. It wouldn’t take a huge sum of money per team, relatively speaking, to move minimum player salary to an acceptable level. The Players Association is in the best position to push for minor leaguers. Their ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2017 at 03:45 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league pay

Hello Again | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel is back at Fangraphs. With two prospect mavens, they should be able to really improve their scouting stuff, which is already pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2017 at 02:48 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs, prospects

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

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