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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
OK, who is going to higher to get Scherzer? I hope it’s the Yankees.
Almost a year after his proclaimed interest in returning to the Red Sox on a hometown discount, left-hander Jon Lester rejected his former team’s free-agent overtures, and instead chose to make his baseball home in Chicago with the Cubs, according to an industry source.
Lester agreed to a six-year, $155 million deal, the largest average annual value ($25.83 million) ever given to a pitcher on a multi-year deal in free ...
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Rob’s right on the mark on long-term contracts. Most of them aren’t worth it. That’s why when I read about my favorite team signing a player to big dollars for big years I cringe. It’s short-term gratification and long-term pain that can greatly restrict a franchise for years.
Posted: December 09, 2014 at 09:55 PM | 13 comment(s)
It’s the first trade between the Dodgers and Angels since 1976, when they swapped outfielder Orlando Alvarez for catcher Ellie Rodriguez.
Butera hit .188 with a .288 slugging percentage in 61 games for the Dodgers. He is eligible for arbitration and out of options.
Guess Scioscia was missing Jeff Mathis and asked for the most similar guy they could find.
I demand a hexidecimal ballot!
This rule has been in place since 1936. But never has the ballot been this backloaded with qualified but controversial candidates, and the clock is ticking on each player and his eligibility. If a voter believes there are 11 deserving candidates, then that voter must choose what 10 he or she will vote for. The voter can decide to, say, leave Randy Johnson off the ballot because he’s a shoo-in and doesn’t need the added vote. That would allow that voter to ...
Tout n’est pas bien, or “There’s Money in Them Spreadsheets!”
Adam Meyer, a nationally known sports betting tout, was arrested Tuesday morning on charges he used fraud and threats to scam $25 million from a Fond du Lac area man, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday.
As a sports tout, Meyer charges up to $250,000 to provide gamblers with his predictions on the outcome of major college and professional sports including football, basketball and baseball, the indictment states. Meyer ...
Arizona will receive a package of young prospects in the trade, the source said.
UPDATE: Trade is official, pending physical. Diamondbacks acquire minor league pitchers Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley.
Second base??? *hearty laughter; wipes away tear from eye* No, seriously, where?
The Braves have agreed to a deal with free agent infielder Alberto Callaspo pending physical…
His .223/.290/.290 slash over 451 plate appearances [in 2014] was obviously well below-average. But Callaspo has produced at an average to slightly-above-average clip in recent seasons, and Atlanta may have cause to believe that he’ll return to that level.
Presumably, Callaspo would have the inside track to take ...
Having finally reached what he considers a fair agreement with St. Petersburg to look for stadium sites in Tampa, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg restated his confidence in the Tampa Bay area as a strong market for Major League Baseball.
But he also said that if the agreement is not approved and there is no deal in place within the next few years for a new stadium to be built, he likely will sell the team and would expect it to be moved out of the Tampa Bay area when the Trop lease runs ...
Kevin Bumgarner lives across the street from the Center Grove Baptist Church on Deal Mill Road in Hudson. In the cemetery adjacent to the church is buried an Adam Bumgarner. And a Barbara Bumgarner. And a Calvin Bumgarner, and a Delia Bumgarner, and on and on and on. Of the 305 interments in Center Grove Baptist Cemetery, 55 are Bumgarners, beginning chronologically with Michael Lee Davidson Bumgarner, who was born in 1832. His father, Thomas, was born in 1810 and is buried in nearby Granite ...Read More...
Posted: December 09, 2014 at 02:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
awards and honors
The Pittsburgh Pirates have brought back Francisco Liriano, agreeing to a three-year, $39 million deal with the left-hander, sources have confirmed to ESPN.
Posted: December 09, 2014 at 02:21 PM | 16 comment(s)
But here’s the thing with markets: they are cyclical. Things that are overvalued get identified, and their value tends to drop. Things that are undervalued get identified — like the market inefficiency of on-base percentage, explained in Moneyball — and their value rises. Indeed, studies have shown that on-base percentage went from undervalued to properly valued, if not overvalued relative to other skills.
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Miller only needs to be worth 5 WAR over the life of the contract in ...
In Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, and Addison Russell, the Cubs have three of the top ten prospects in all of baseball. Kyle Schwarber isn’t far behind, and the system boasts rapidly improving depth behind the top group, including on the mound.
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The Cubs probably have the best farm system in baseball. I’m only saying “probably” because I haven’t studied every organization in detail yet, but if they aren’t number one they’d be number two.
Posted: December 09, 2014 at 10:59 AM | 19 comment(s)
I love Lester. Teams have to pony up to get him. There has to be a limit to the number of years, though. I wouldn’t go longer than five years for him even if it meant patching the rotation for another year or two with mid-rotation guys.
In the current era, it has become increasingly rare for pitchers to qualify for ERA titles at advanced ages. Exactly five hurlers qualified for the ERA title at age 37 or higher this season; Bartolo Colon, Tim Hudson and A.J. Burnett in the NL, and Hiroki Kuroda ...
Somebody didn’t get the memo about the White Sox before writing this piece. Chris Sale isn’t going anywhere.
If the Red Sox wind up with one from Column A — Cole Hamels or Max Scherzer or especially Chris Sale — and one or two from Column B — James Shields, Justin Masterson, Rick Porcello, Ian Kennedy, Yovani Gallardo — then the howls that the Sox seemed to be bracing for in anticipation that Lester will choose the Cubs or Giants instead of them will fade quickly to silence.
Posted: December 09, 2014 at 08:42 AM | 22 comment(s)
Washington Herald, December 9, 1914:
White Sox Pay $50,000 for Eddie Collins
In his pocket [Charles Comiskey] bears a bill of sale for Eddie Collins, star second baseman of the Athletics, and he has left behind $50,000 in real money.
Comiskey has contracted to pay Collins $10,000 a year for five years, and it is reported that this is so much more than Mack actually was paying him…that Collins is tickled to death to think he is going to the White Sox.
According to the salary data at BB-Ref, ...Read More...
There wasn’t one single bad call on this ballot. I might not be as big on Tony Oliva (batting average driven) or Gil Hodges (aura driven), but the Hall would not be diminished by any one of those great players getting inducted. Dick Allen and Minnie Minoso are both locks for me, and I’m easily swayed by any decent pitch for Jim Kaat or Ken Boyer. A deeper look at Billy Pierce reveals a great pitching career in a hitter’s era. Luis Tiant was both great and legendary. Bob Howsam built the Big Red ...
Posted: December 09, 2014 at 06:50 AM | 72 comment(s)
hall of fame
Two years ago Jurickson Profar was the next big thing. Now the Rangers won’t have a clue about his worth until he proves he’s healthy.
Posted: December 09, 2014 at 06:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
Free agents frequently say such things, talking about comfort, happiness, etc. But Lester has similar offers from the Cubs, Giants, Dodgers and Red Sox, according to major-league sources. The question, in the end, will boil down to which team he prefers.
Lester’s offers all are in the six-year, $150 million range, sources said. One team — it is known which one — indicated it would go to the seven-year, $175 million range. But Lester would not necessarily choose that team ...
According to CBSSports.com, the deal sending the right-hander to the South Side was complete as of Monday night, and included infielder Marcus Semien going to Oakland along with two prospects. The San Francisco Chronicle reported right-hander Chris Bassitt to be part of the deal.
7. Fans wanted the Indians to add a right-handed hitter, but Moss bats left-handed. Antonetti loves left-handed hitters because he feels they better fit Progressive Field’s dimensions.
The power stats over the last three years offer convincing evidence of those beliefs.
“Also, 70 percent of the pitching (in the big leagues) is right-handed,” said Antonetti. “The thing we continually focus on is how we score more runs and prevent runs. That’s the equation we’re focused on.
“We felt Brandon ...
Posted: December 09, 2014 at 06:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
The White Sox have agreed to sign David Robertson to a four-year deal worth more than $40MM, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). Robertson has been zeroed in on landing a four-year deal this winter and he found a team happy to give him one with a solid average annual value.
Robertson may not have landed the ~$50MM Jonathan Papelbon-type deal that he was said to be looking for, but he did out earn fellow free agent Andrew Miller, who will be pitching late in games for his ...
Monday, December 08, 2014
Playing for Villa Clara in Serie Nacional, Toscano batted .356/.400/.452 in 86 plate appearances with eight walks and eight strikeouts in 2012-13, his last season in Cuba. The year before, Toscano hit .287/.438/.380 with 35 walks and 16 strikeouts. He hit just three home runs that year and never showed much power in Cuba, though he’s in significantly better shape and has increased his strength since leaving Cuba.
He was a left fielder for Villa Clara, and he’s expected to stay there in pro ...
You have to love some of this stuff.
“We expect to have conversations about pitching while we’re here,” Alderson said, referring to the winter meetings, which run through Thursday morning. “I’m not sure we’ll do anything while we’re here, but I expect to have conversations and get a better idea if it’s possible.”
As for trading Colon, Alderson added: “We like Bartolo. We like him for the money he’s signed this season. Frankly, we’re not looking to trade him.” ...Read More...
As was first reported here, the Mariners may be willing to get into the range of the Cruz deal, which was $57 million for four years. While Cabrera has been seeking a five-year deal, four is a very reasonable offer.
But exempted monopolistic trusts are the best kind of monopolistic trusts!
The Miranda suit alleges that MLB unlawfully suppresses minor league players’ salaries in a variety of ways. By subjecting North American amateur players to the first-year player draft each June, Major League Baseball prevents draftees from selling their services to the highest bidder — instead forcing them to negotiate with only a single team. MLB then artificially reduces the size of the signing bonuses that entry ...
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