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Monday, December 15, 2014
The team obviously likes Scherzer, so it’s no surprise if they signed him just because they thought he was a great player. But the team finds themselves in a tricky position where a major signing would send them into the realm of postseason contention. And as one can see on the above graph, that is the point of the highest slope. It’s obviously a massive gamble, but a successful season from Scherzer and other possible signings (like Headley, for example) would pay dividends. If the team was ...
Posted: December 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM | 75 comment(s)
Outfielder Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals will avoid a grievance hearing over his 2015 salary after the sides reached a settlement Sunday evening with a two-year, $7.5 million contract, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Harper and the Nationals had been at odds over how his salary would be determined because of a rare dispute over the contract he signed as a first-round draft pick in 2010. If the sides had not settled, the Nationals and their most recognizable ...
Posted: December 15, 2014 at 09:37 AM | 60 comment(s)
This would have been a huge deal.
The Nats indeed are open to moving Zimmermann and Desmond, perhaps even in the same deal. They recently engaged in multiple conversations about both players with the Mariners, according to major-league sources. One of the many ideas the Nats proposed was Zimmermann and Desmond for right-hander Taijuan Walker and shortstop Brad Miller, sources said.
Posted: December 15, 2014 at 09:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
Posada and his wife Laura are suing Collar and Fernandez and their Quantum Ventures, LLC over what they believe was a blatant and negligent mismanagement of funds that resulted in nearly $11.2 million in losses for the former catcher, according to a complaint filed in Miami-Dade county that was obtained by VICE Sports.
Posada is not the only player claiming to have been duped by Collar and Fernandez. In a separate lawsuit, former Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher ...
Has anyone attempted to quantify the value of versatility?
You already love Brock Holt, of this I’m pretty sure.* He came out of nowhere (read: Pawtucket) to play an integral role on Boston’s 2014 campaign. And while that campaign was pretty terrible, Holt was not—he showed up and filled a void wherever one became apparent. In the process, Brock managed to post pretty good numbers (.281/.331/.381, with more than four runs of added baserunning value) while spending not-insignificant time at six ...
Posted: December 15, 2014 at 09:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, December 15, 1914:
ALTHOUGH NOT OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED, RUPPERT IS THE NEW OWNER OF THE YANKS
President Ban Johnson of the American league on Tuesday carefully dodged confirming Col. Jacob Ruppert’s announcement that he and his associates have bought the New York Yanks for about $450,000, but intimated that the transaction is about to be closed.
Johnson could not suppress some feelings of amusement over the fact that Moguls Gilmore and Weeghman of the Federal league paid ...
As I’ve said a few times, the Red Sox don’t *need* an ace. They want one. Teams with *needs* sometimes do stupid things. I’d rather the Sox show patience and wait for the right deal, even if that deal doesn’t come for a while.
The Red Sox lost out on Jon Lester and Andrew Miller, but traded for Wade Miley and Rick Porcello, and signed Justin Masterson. Good going, but the Red Sox need an ace. They also need a lefthander in the bullpen, a strong setup man. While they bolstered their lineup with ...
Posted: December 15, 2014 at 06:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
The Toronto Blue Jays have expressed interest in Mike Rizzo, the Washington Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager, as a candidate to replace Paul Beeston as team president and CEO, two industry sources told ESPN.com.
Rizzo joins Baltimore’s Dan Duquette, Minnesota’s Terry Ryan and Kenny Williams of the Chicago White Sox as the latest baseball executive to be mentioned as a possibility to succeed Beeston, whose future with the Toronto organization has been shrouded in ...
Posted: December 15, 2014 at 06:34 AM | 1 comment(s)
The soil here is not particularly arable, but those little rocks have helped produce some of the most talented middle infielders in baseball, softening their hands and honing their reflexes to react to the most unexpected of bounces. One of them, Didi Gregorius, will most likely succeed Derek Jeter as the Yankees’ shortstop. Others include Andrelton Simmons of the Atlanta Braves, considered by many baseball’s best defensive shortstop, and Jonathan Schoop, the second baseman of the ...
Sunday, December 14, 2014
An autonomous country that is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Curaçao is a windward sliver of an island about 40 miles off the northern coast of Venezuela. At 171 square miles, it is about twice as large as Brooklyn, and with a population of about 150,000, it is a bit larger than Bridgeport, Conn.
But in baseball terms, it has become something of a colossus. [...]
Curaçao did not produce a major leaguer until 1989, but in 2014 alone there were seven, and that does not include ...
Posted: December 14, 2014 at 11:08 PM | 0 comment(s)
Mr. Berger introduced Topps cards in 1951. They came with taffy, rather than chewing gum, because a competitor seemed to have exclusive rights to market baseball cards with gum. But the taffy wound up picking up the flavor of the varnish on the cards.
“You wouldn’t dare put that taffy near your mouth,” Mr. Berger said, adding, “that ’51 series was really a disaster.”
A year later, after switching to gum, he conceived the prototype for the modern baseball card, supplanting the ...
Posted: December 14, 2014 at 11:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
Brett Lawrie = good dude
The Toronto Blue Jays recently acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for infielder Brett Lawrie and a few other players. While many Blue Jays fans would agree that the trade helped the team, one six-year-old fan was heartbroken over losing her precious Lawrie.
Lawrie deserves the good guy award. He tracked down his heartbroken fan named Ameilia and spent some time with her, hanging out and grabbing some pizza.
Posted: December 14, 2014 at 09:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
Minor leaguers really do get screwed. The Players Union stance on this issue is appalling.
Minor-league salaries are abysmal. The standard salary for first-year players is $1,100 per month. At the Double-A level, players get approximately $1,500 per month. Triple-A players can make markedly more, depending on experience and 40-man-roster status, but some earn as little as $2,150 per month. Major League Baseball’s minimum salary recently increased to $507,500 per year.
Minor-league players ...
Posted: December 14, 2014 at 08:32 AM | 8 comment(s)
As I sued to tell my kids, there is a difference between wants and needs.
1. The Red Sox need another top-of-the-rotation starter
Posted: December 14, 2014 at 08:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
They really shouldn’t let Larry talk to the press. It’s like listening to a 300-pound lawyer simultaneously giving you legal advice and trying to get you to give her a dollar at a strip club.
Posted: December 14, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 17 comment(s)
I guess this means that steroid use really pays off in the end.
MLB.com confirmed the 30-year-old Cabrera agreed to a deal worth an estimated $42-$43.5 million, pending a physical.
Unfortunately, he’s not a *proven* closer.
Yankee fans still wincing over David Robertson’s defection to the White Sox — and wondering who will become the team’s new closer — can take comfort in knowing that flame-throwing Dellin Betances is ready for whatever plans Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi have in mind.
“Whatever it is to help the team win, I’m all for it,” Betances said Friday at the Stadium. “I’ll come in the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth (inning), ...
Posted: December 14, 2014 at 07:58 AM | 11 comment(s)
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The soon to be controversial HOF Ballot from Dave Krieger: (10) P. Martinez, R. Johnson, Bagwell, Mussina, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Smoltz, Trammell and L.Walker.
Prone as I am to stirring up trouble, and knowing the howls of outrage this would trigger among veteran members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, I might hypothesize that race had something to do with it — Whitaker is black, Biggio is white — and order up a quantitative analysis of voting on comparable players by ...
Posted: December 13, 2014 at 11:15 PM | 77 comment(s)
For the past 20 years, the New York Yankees have had a true member of baseball royalty at shortstop. But Derek Jeter has nothing over his replacement, who revealed Friday in his first interview with reporters who cover the Yankees that the proper way to address him is “Sir Didi Gregorius.”
The subject came up when a reporter noted that Gregorius—who was acquired by the Yankees from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-way trade that cost them Shane Greene—uses “Sir Didi Gregorius” as his ...
The name Mark Gilbert may not be familiar to most baseball fans, but the former Chicago White Sox outfielder is primed to do something no other former player has done before.
On Friday, the U.S. Senate voted to approve Gilbert’s nomination to serve as a U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, which will make him the first major league veteran to serve in that capacity ...
Gilbert played all of seven games, hitting .273 with three runs scored and three RBIs. The following season, he required ...Read More...
D.J. Short - Dec 12, 2014
After FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reminded us about the situation a couple of weeks ago, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that Bryce Harper‘s grievance hearing against the Nationals is scheduled for Tuesday in New York.
For those unfamiliar with the situation, here’s a quick recap: After Harper was drafted in 2010, he reached an oral agreement on a five-year major league contract with the Nationals just minutes before the signing deadline. The ...
Posted: December 13, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 36 comment(s)
Friday, December 12, 2014
In the short term, adding Lester and Montero makes the Cubs maybe two or three games better than they were last year. Or maybe I’m WAY OFF ... and it’s four or five games. Now tack on another four or five to account for the mystical powers of Joe Maddon. That still leaves them well short of scaring the Cardinals.
In the short term.
In the long term, of course, Lester’s around for a while and Montero’s signed through 2017, which is two fewer things for Theo and Jed to worry about. ...
Brand announced that beginning next year, he will petition Congress to add minor league baseball players to the list of 35 occupations not required to receive minimum wage or overtime pay as dictated in the Federal Labor Standards Act. If successful, minor leaguers would fall into a group that includes seasonal workers, trainees and babysitters—likely dooming the lawsuit.
Posted: December 12, 2014 at 01:10 PM | 97 comment(s)
30. Clint Hurdle: Last year someone told him that I ranked him last and he was reportedly happy about it, as I would hope a legit old school baseball man would. Indeed, he even took it as a compliment. So far be it from me to elevate him from this position of honor. Which is difficult! He just had hip surgery and, as my father has told me, when you get to a certain age in life, your attractiveness is positively influenced by your access to handicapped parking placards. So use what you got, ...Read More...
Posted: December 12, 2014 at 11:57 AM | 46 comment(s)
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