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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Shi Davidi on Twitter: “Brett Lawrie on move again, headed from

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 09:11 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, trades, white sox

Astros acquire Ken Giles from Phillies | MLB.com

The Astros will send pitcher Vincent Velasquez, left-handed pitcher Brett Oberholtzer and one Minor Leaguer to the Phillies in exchange for Giles, who will be a key piece to the back end of their bullpen.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 08:59 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, phillies, trades, winter meetings

School of Roch: Boras doesn’t think Orioles have drawn “any lines in the sand” in Davis talks

Do the Orioles want him back or just want to appear to want him back?

Executive vice president Dan Duquette, manager Buck Showalter and team sources have stated that the Orioles are close to moving away from Davis. However, Boras wouldn’t confirm that he’s received a firm deadline from the club.

“The way we usually handle free agency is we create an exchange so everyone can get the most information that they can in each respective situation,” he said. “I don’t think anyone draws any lines in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:51 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, orioles

Padres shopping Travis Jankowski, Hunter Renfroe | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

What are the Padres doing?

The club has been shopping outfield prospects Travis Jankowski and Hunter Renfroe, sources told the Union-Tribune on Wednesday. San Diego also is listening on its top three starting pitchers—Tyson Ross, James Shields and Andrew Cashner—and one source said the Padres have been particularly aggressive about pushing Cashner’s name in conversations.

The Padres may be merely gauging interest in their players, but it’s worth noting that neither Jankowski nor Renfroe was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:30 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, trade rumors

Restoring the Photos of Charles Conlon

The Digital Archive Project at the Hall of Fame is working to restore the photographs of Charles Conlon.  A discussion of how old photographs are restored after being heavily edited and “marked up” for printing and publication.

pthomas Posted: December 09, 2015 at 05:27 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: photography

Red Sox CF Mookie Betts Makes World Series of Bowling Debut, Tops out at 249

Mookie Betts, strike thrower

Betts — who, according to Pat Bradley of NESN.com, has four perfect games to his name—made his professional bowling debut Tuesday at the Rolltech PBA World Championship in Reno, Nevada.

Although he didn’t add to his perfect-game total, the 23-year-old outfielder made a good first impression.

eddieot Posted: December 09, 2015 at 04:26 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: bowling, mookie betts, red sox

Pirates deal Neil Walker to Mets for Jon Niese | MLB.com

At some point I would expect the Mets to upgrade their up-the-middle defense. It didn’t happen today.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 03:48 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pirates, trades

Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh illustrate the reciprocal nature of framing - Beyond the Box Score

Against righties, Keuchel threw outside notably more than McHugh did. Against lefties, Keuchel threw outside waaaay more than McHugh did. By targeting the areas where his catchers excelled, Keuchel reaped their rewards—a strategy that McHugh, for whatever reason, declined to employ.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 03:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing, sabermetrics

Mariners to acquire Adam Lind from the Brewers

Mariners camp will include “Hi, my name is….” nametags.

There is no word yet who the Mariners are sending to the Brewers, but they will need to create one space on the 40-man roster which is full to add Lind.

Originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft Lind hit .272/.360/.460/.820 with 20 HR and 87 RBI last year for the Brewers with a 19 wRC+ and 2.2 WAR. The downside with Lind is he has not hit lefties well, just .212/.277/.298/.575 in 112 plate appearances in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2015 at 11:42 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, brewers, mariners

‘MLB Network Presents’ returns with features on Royals and the AstroDome

Forget Star Wars!

The popular series ‘MLB Network Presents’ is slated to return on Dec, 10 at 8 p.m. ET, right at the conclusion of the winter meetings coverage, and it starts with a look at the Kansas City Royals 30-year journey to their second World Series championship.

“Royal in Kansas City, 30 Years Later” is the title of the program and it will feature interviews with Royals past, including Hall of Famer George Brett and teammates Danny Jackson, Darryl Motley, Bret Saberhagen, Frank ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2015 at 11:13 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, documentaries, film, lenny randle, mlb network, royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-9-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, December 9, 1915:

Before the next American league pennant season opens the Cleveland American league baseball club, as well as the Cleveland American association team, will have acquired new owners, according to present indications.

Although no official statement has been made, it is known that the bankers’ committee in charge of the financial affairs of Charles W. Somers, the present owner of the teams, is in favor of selling the clubs as a means of meeting Somers’ present ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 09, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians

MLB considers rule change on takeout slides | MLB.com

Instant replay stinks.This is just one example.

One play that has received a lot of scrutiny is when a runner slides into a base safely but is then called out when his foot loses contact with the base for a split-second.

“We accepted certain things over the years, but when a camera shows you that the glove is on the guy’s leg and he’s not on the bag, how can you say he’s safe?” he said. “It’s not my favorite play and I know [Rules Committee member] Jimmy Leyland has been trying to put wording ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play

Carlos Carrasco is extremely valuable in trade | MLB.com

The deal Greinke signed, starting with his age-32 season next year, will pay him more than $34 million in 2016, or approximately $1 million per start. The extension Carrasco signed last April pays him roughly the same, $37.5 million, but over the next five seasons combined—and even that’s only if the team exercises the 2019 and ‘20 club options. He’s making about the same over five seasons as Happ, who is nearly five years older and with a fraction of the success, is making over three. Carrasco ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco, indians, sabermetrics

More on A’s looming Brett Lawrie deal, John Axford pickup - San Francisco Chronicle

Once the A’s reacquired Jed Lowrie last week, it was obvious Oakland would move Brett Lawrie.

And late Tuesday night, The Chronicle learned that Oakland was nearing a deal with Chicago that would send the infielder to the White Sox in exchange for two minor-leaguers. According to two sources, the teams were still unsettled on the minor-league portion of the deal.


In addition, The Chronicle learned that the A’s are close to signing free-agent reliever John Axford.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, trade rumors, white sox, winter meetings

Arizona Diamondbacks know they will face criticism for Shelby Miller trade, but they don’t care ... winning now trumps worrying about complaints later | FOX Sports

Games and trades aren’t won in the off-season. Although it looks like the Braves won this trade, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

Coppolella has been a frequent target of criticism for tearing down the Braves, not just from media (moi?), but also from Braves fans. Well, not this time. Fans will love that Swanson is from Kennesaw, Ga., love his bat, love his speed. Blair adds to the endless stable of arms that that Coppolella collects like rare baseball cards. Inciarte will ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:10 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, diamondbacks, shelby miller, trade, winter meetings

DSPN: Dusty Baker Had A Hell Of A Press Conference

this is as weird as it seems, right?

“...I got a buddy at home that’s being abused by his wife. So I think this policy needs to go further than the player. I think the policy should go to whoever’s involved. Sometimes abusers don’t always have pants on.

“You’re always in need of left-handed pitching, left-handed hitting, and in need of speed. I think that’s the No. 1 thing that’s missing, I think, in the game is speed. You know, with the need for minorities, you can help ...

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being STEAGLES isn't the same as having a STEAGLES Posted: December 09, 2015 at 05:57 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker

Nightengale: Aroldis Chapman now a toxic asset to many MLB clubs

The real victims in all of this are high-level baseball executives.

“I know we can’t touch him,” a high-ranking National League executive said. “Our owner would never go for that. And I’m getting the sense from other teams that they feel the same way.

“Yeah, we know talent can cover up some character flaws, but domestic violence is such a hot topic now.”

It was just a year ago that the Reds traded Alfredo Simon to the Detroit Tigers, and few even blinked that he was the same guy ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2015 at 12:27 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, domestic violence

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Mets say Jon Niese available in trades, but not being shopped

“We haven’t been actively shopping him, but other than the four guys [Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard and Matz], we’re going to be looking for ways to improve the team,” Ricco said. “If there’s a deal that involves him and makes us better, I think we would definitely consider it.”

Niese went 9-10 with a 4.13 ERA in 33 appearances (29 starts) for the Mets this past season.

How would the Mets’ offset the departure of Niese in the rotation until Wheeler’s expected return in June or ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: December 08, 2015 at 08:56 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, trade rumors

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: Shelby Miller traded

Update:

Wow!

Update:
Steve Gilbert reports LHP Gabe Speier ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 08:13 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: shelby miller, trade rumors

Jack Curry on Twitter: “To get Starlin Castro from the Cubs, the Yankees parted with Adam Warren and a player to be named.”

Update:

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 08:10 PM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: adam warren, cubs, starlin castro, trade rumors, yankees

Ben Zobrist may be joining Cubs | MLB.com

Said to be four-years for $56 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 07:50 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, cubs, free agents

Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe wins the J.G. Taylor Spink Award

Are there any bridges in Cooperstown?

Shaughnessy has likewise inveighed against online baseball writers and analysts, their readers and their interests, often in his annual Hall of Fame column. In 2009 he called those arguing in favor of Edgar Martinez’s Hall candidacy “The stat geeks, those get-a-lifers who are sucking all the joy out of our national pastime.” The following year he called those who opposed Jack Morris “silly stat shut-ins.” He did not, it seems, extend that ...

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Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: December 08, 2015 at 05:51 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: chb, hall of fame, wtf

Baseball’s Most Handsome Managers | HardballTalk

It’s time for Craig to get all dreamy eyed again.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 05:11 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: managers

THE BEST MLB TEAM $30 MILLION CAN BUY

For context, that would be less than half of the lowest team payroll from last season. But since this is just for fun, any player from any club is up for grabs. The only rule is that their 2016 salaries must add up to less than $30 million. As it turns out, putting together a high-quality roster in this scenario is not terribly difficult, thanks to the great wealth of talented young players in today’s game who have yet to sign their first significant contract.

But before we get to one version ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2015 at 05:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, money, zack greinke

The Economist: Opting in to opt-outs

Opt-out clauses in baseball are supposed to benefit players, but savvy teams are now taking advantage of them to shorten risky long-term deals.  Who’s going to get stuck with an albatross if the market turns south and players stop opting out?

The years following their opt-outs, however, have proven far less rosy for their clubs. Unsurprisingly, the seasons covered by their new contracts but not their old ones have been a debacle: the group averaged just 1.7 WAR per year while still being paid ...

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David Concepcion de la Desviacion Estandar (Dan R) Posted: December 08, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts

Ned Yost told you so | HardballTalk

Winning!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 12:38 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: ned yost, royals

Cardinals acquire Jedd Gyorko from Padres | MLB.com

Not seeing an ideal fit on the free-agent market, the Cardinals addressed their need for a utility infielder by acquiring Jedd Gyorko from the Padres on Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Jon Jay. A member of the Cardinals’ organization for almost a decade, Jay did not have an obvious fit on the 2016 club following an injury-plagued season.

As part of the deal, the Cardinals are also receiving about $7.5 million from the Padres, according to a source, to help offset the $32 million Gyorko is ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 12:25 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: jedd gyorko, john jay, trades, winter meetings

This offseason, Red Sox sticking with Plan A - The Boston Globe

I’m not buying the difference. A GM only goes to Plan B when Plan A isn’t an option. Does Speier think Dombrowski wouldn’t have gone in other directions if his preferred plan wasn’t doable?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 12:15 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Unidentified fourth team enters trade talks for Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez

Astros?

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees are all known to have spoken about Fernandez with the Marlins, who have said publicly that their ace is unavailable even while they continue to entertain trade talks about the 23-year-old right-hander.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 11:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins, trade rumors, winter meetings


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