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Thursday, December 03, 2015

The Unionization of Baseball – The Hardball Times

In case you don’t already know the history of the MLBPA.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mlbpa

David Price is not overpaid | For The Win

Simply put, teams just have way, way more money to throw around now than they ever did before. Every single year, it seems, we’re stunned by how much money clubs are willing to shell out for the biggest names on the open market. The idea of paying an older version of David Price $31 million a year from 2019-2022 sounds ridiculous to us now, but that’s only because we haven’t yet seen the contracts his colleagues will sign between now and then. If Price stays healthy for the next three ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2015 at 09:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Did losing Anthopoulos cost Jays shot at re-signing Price, too?

The Price was wrong for Toronto.

Would the Toronto Blue Jays have signed David Price if Alex Anthopoulos were still making the team’s baseball decisions?

We can’t say it’s terribly likely, because it’s difficult to imagine the Jays matching Boston’s winning bid of $217 million over seven years.

But this much is known: Toronto would have offered Price a contract.

Sources say Anthopoulos began laying the groundwork to do so in August, before Mark Shapiro was named the team’s new ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2015 at 08:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, blue jays, david price, mark shapiro

Jose Miguel Fernandez Leaves Cuba To Pursue MLB Deal -

Who will write this big check?

Jose Miguel Fernandez, a second baseman who ranked as the No. 3 player still in Cuba in April, has left the country to pursue a contract with a major league team, Baseball America has learned.

As a 27-year-old with seven seasons of experience in Cuba’s Serie Nacional, Fernandez will be exempt from the international bonus pools, and the interest from major league teams should be high. Fernandez is a major league-ready infielder with a short, quick swing from the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, jose miguel fernandez

Teams non-tender noteworthy players |

A partial list of non-tenders includes Pedro Alvarez, Chris Carter, Greg Holland, Mike Minor, Henderson Alvarez, and Ike Davis.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, non-tenders

Spd: scoring speed among top prospects | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Sam Dykstra compares Speed Scores and players’ scouting ratings.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: minors, sabermetrics, scouting

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

MLB Trade Rumors: Non-Tender tracker

Henderson Alvarez, Mike Minor, and Greg Holland are among the bigger names so far.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2015 at 10:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: greg holland, henderson alvarez, mike minor, non-tenders

Braves sign Gordon Beckham to 1-year, $1.25 MM deal

Its starting to come together, Braves fans.

Thee Atlanta Braves have made an addition to their infield today, and they’ve brought home a local product, to boot. According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Braves have signed former Chicago White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham to a one-year, $1.25 MM contract, with $500,000 in incentives.

Beckham was with the Chicago White Sox from 2009 until last season (with an extremely brief stint with the Los Angeles Angels in 2014 in there as well), and ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2015 at 12:58 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gordon beckham

Padres trade Alonso to A’s for Pomeranz

Go Yonder, Alonso!

The Padres are trading first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for left-hander Drew Pomeranz. According to’s Keith Law, the Padres are including lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski in the deal, while Oakland also will send minor league left-hander Jose Torres to San Diego.

Pomeranz, 27, is a former top pitching prospect with both starting and bullpen experience in the majors. A harder thrower than most lefties, he went 5-6 last season with a ...


How did the price tag for elite pitchers get so high? - The Boston Globe

A very interesting take by Alex Speier.

Ultimately, the Red Sox are making a huge commitment, but they’re not simply making that commitment to the best pitcher available – a sometimes less-than-impressive pool – but instead to someone who is unquestionably one of the best pitchers in the game. For such a pitcher, in the aftermath of a second last-place finish in as many years, the team elected to spend, a sign of the staggering resources that have been made available by Red Sox owners to ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2015 at 11:07 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, free agency, red sox

The Value of the Opt-Out Clause in the David Price Contract | FanGraphs Baseball

Good stuff from Eno Sarris. Be sure to click-though and look at Sky Kalkman’s and Dave Studeman’s stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2015 at 10:51 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Mariners reach agreement with free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki


Even before the Mariners complete one deal, they’re on to another one.

The latest addition is free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki, who fits the club’s new preferred profile as an athletic player with on-base skills.

Aoki, 33, has a .287 average and a .353 on-base percentage in four seasons since coming to the big leagues after eight seasons in Japan. He matched those numbers last season in 93 games for the San Francisco Giants.

The deal was first reported on twitter by Jon ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, nori aoki

Harry Stovey: Pre-Integration Era Ballot Hall of Fame Candidate

Stovey’s overall dominance as player is underscored by the regularity in which he led his respective league in a variety of important categories:  Stovey was a five-time leader in home runs and extra base hits.  Stovey stood atop the league leaders chart in triples and runs scored on four occasions.  Stovey also ranked first in total bases and slugging percentage three times. Although stolen base totals were only recorded for the final eight seasons of Stovey’s 14-year career, the daring ...

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: December 02, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, harry stovey, pre-integration ballot

Will David Price live up to the value of his contract?

Data worth considering.

Although it’s rare to see a pitcher dominate in his late 30s, it’s certainly not unheard of. But what was hard for so many of these players wasn’t remaining relevant in “old age.” It was sticking around at all.

Star pitchers are rare, and given their ability to significantly impact their teams, they’ve become highly demanded—and thus highly compensated. If Price is able to avoid injury and stay around the big leagues for another decade or so, it’s not crazy to think he’s ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2015 at 08:55 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox, sabermetrics

OT: Soccer Thread - December 2015

I’m still too lazy to map out the schedule.  You’ve got:

MLS Cup this weekend
Last week of Champions League Group Play
Club World Cup!!
Probably some FA Cup and other domestic cup play.
A Gazillion Premier League matches.
A needed respite from the USMNT.
Sackings Galore!!

Sean Forman Posted: December 02, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 441 comment(s)
  Beats: boxing-day, football, off-topic, soccer

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-2-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, December 2, 1915:


There are doubtless many people so “set in their ways” as to insist that no possible good, under any possible circumstances, could come out of Sunday baseball…But the average person, no matter how thoroughly imbued with the idea of the sanctity of the Sabbath, would be convinced by a visit to Panama that in one instance at least Sunday baseball has justified itself.

Before Uncle Sam, armed with his pick and shovel, ...


Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts is a people person, but is he a Yasiel Puig person? - LA Times

So Don Mattingly wasn’t genuine?

“We are highly confident that he will play a significant role in us shaping a culture of sustained success here,” Friedman said.

Roberts’ predecessor, Don Mattingly, was also considered a people person. Mattingly was never able to get through to Puig.

Under Mattingly’s watch, Puig’s work habits were widely questioned. Some teammates felt he was disrespectful toward them. His attention strayed not only in meetings, but also in games.

The behavior was tolerated ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2015 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, dodgers, yasiel puig

Should the Seattle Mariners’ next move be trading Nelson Cruz? | The Seattle Times

If the Mariners were rebuilding, dealing Cruz would be the obvious move, but Dipoto has made clear that he thinks this team can contend. It’s a valid thought — the Houston Astros went from 70 wins in 2014 to 86 in 2015.

So far, Seattle’s transactions have been about complementing its current core, not blowing that core to smithereens. And while Cruz’s contract makes him far easier to deal than, say, Robinson Cano, it also makes him a tremendous value to the Mariners.

If the M’s are ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, nelson cruz, trades

David Price’s $217M deal signals start of Boston’s bold Dave Dombrowski era - Yahoo Sports

Having a smart “process” doesn’t mean mistakes won’t be made. It doesn’t mean you won’t experience disappointments. Smart management accepts bad outcomes, exhibits patience, and stays on course. The Red Sox ownership clearly lost patience and have panicked. It’s bad decision making.

How could he convince ownership to let him sign David Price? The answer, it turned out, was by being Dave Dombrowski. And this is something that comes with its benefits, as it seemed to Tuesday when Price settled on ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

MLB Network to air more than 35 hours of live coverage from the 2015 MLB Winter Meetings in Nashville next week |

My name is Jim. I am addicted to MLB Network Television and Radio.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: television

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Orioles trade for Mariners’ Mark Trumbo |

Jeffry Dipoto continues the revamp in Seattle.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2015 at 11:02 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mark trumbo, orioles, trades

red sox - Thoughts and observations on David Price’s record deal with Red Sox - WEEI | John Tomase

Signing a guy for seven years and hoping he leaves after three years is not a smart plan. It’s a desperate plan.

POTENTIAL STEAL: The Red Sox signed the best pitcher on the market to the richest contract ever given a hurler, and it may end up being a steal.

Forget about the totals of seven years and $217 million. The real number that matters in the deal the Red Sox struck on Tuesday afternoon for Price is three.

That’s the year after which Price can choose to exercise an opt-out and return to ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2015 at 07:29 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Legends rarely spend 20 years with 1 team |

The NBA has Bryant as the only player with a career of 20 years spent with one team, although Duncan signed a two-year contract with the Spurs in July, which would take him through 20 years in San Antonio, barring a change in plans for next season.

Then there is baseball.

According to, there have been 152 players in the history of the professional game to have played in at least 20 seasons, led by the 27 years of Ryan and Cap Anson, whose career came in the 1800s.

Only ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2015 at 06:40 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Red Sox Reportedly Agree To Deal With David Price For 7 Years, $217 Million

The Boston Red Sox have found their ace.

The team has reportedly reached an agreement with free agent pitcher David Price on a seven-year, $217-million deal according to Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe.

Price will fit in nicely at the front of Boston’s rotation, a void that plagued the team during the 2015 season.

Price is coming off an impressive 2015 campaign where he went 18-5 with an AL-leading 2.45 ERA in 32 starts for the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays. After being traded to ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2015 at 05:10 PM | 187 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

The Potential Benefit of a Salary Cap for MLB Players by Nathaniel Grow

This article never would have been written if baseball had a salary cap.

As I’ve noted in several pieces this year, MLB players have seen their share of the league’s overall revenues drop substantially over the last 10 to 15 years. Depending on how you calculate it, the percentage of league revenues going to the players has fallen anywhere from 13% to 16% since 2002 or 2003.

And as I’ve previously explained, there are a variety of reasons why the players’ share of MLB revenues has ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2015 at 05:01 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: salary cap

Twins sign Korean slugger Byung-ho Park to four-year contract

With a week remaining in their exclusive negotiating window to sign Byung-ho Park the Twins have agreed to a deal with the Korean slugger. Ken Rosenthal of reports that it’s a four-year, $12 million contract, on top of which the Twins will pay Park’s old team a $12.85 million posting fee for those negotiating rights.

Four years and a total commitment of $24.85 million is certainly a sizable investment, but it’s significantly less than most projections had the Twins spending ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2015 at 04:26 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: byung ho park, korean free agents, twins

Cardinals sign Pena to back up Molina : Sports

Yadier gets a new caddy.

The Cardinals finalized a two-year deal with veteran catcher Brayan Pena on Monday and installed him as the latest backup for Gold Glove-winning catcher Yadier Molina.

Pena’s contract is worth $5 million over its two years, a source confirmed.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2015 at 01:08 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brayan pena, cardinals, yadier molina

Shelby Miller market is hot; Luis Severino, Marcell Ozuna are linked -

The Diamondbacks and Giants are two more of the 20 or so teams that are said to have expressed interest in Miller. The Braves generally are seeking to upgrade their offense, though obviously in the case of Severino they are willing to look at young pitchers, as well.

One rival GM, while not denigrating the asking prices, said the Braves were “very aggressive” with their proposal.

While there’s no word of anything being close, no one’s exactly hanging up yet. Miller raised his value with a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2015 at 01:06 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, shelby miller, trade rumors

Mariners showing interest in free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki | The News Tribune

After a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Mariners are back to stoking the Hot Stove with free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki emerging as their latest possible target.

“At this point,” one industry source said, “there appears to be real interest (in Aoki) from the Mariners. Whether that leads to a deal is anybody’s guess.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2015 at 01:00 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mariners, nori aoki

KATOH’s Top 100 Prospect List for 2016 | FanGraphs Baseball

Prospects by the numbers.

I know you probably know this, but I’d like to reiterate that you shouldn’t think of this as “Chris Mitchell’s Top 100 List,” and certainly not “FanGraphs’ Top 100 List.” This is simply the output from a flawed statistical model that fails to take into account many of the factors that go into evaluating a prospect. As always, you should never choose between stats and scouting — or beer and tacos — if you don’t have to.

There are players on this ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2015 at 12:59 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

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