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Monday, November 16, 2015

Your team should pay for a pitcher now because next year’s free agents stink

Isn’t Jaret Wright still available?

Who’s available? A power ranking:

1. Stephen Strasburg
Oh, he’s an ace, alright. Probably. He comes with risks (Tommy John history, a lousy 2015 season, Scott Boras), but if you’re going to pay for talent, it helps if the pitcher has talent. Strasburg has talent. He practically leaks talent. Uh, anyone want to get some rags and help us out with this talent? It’s sort of getting everywhere.

But, yes, Strasburg has the potential to lead a rotation. Most ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 16, 2015 at 11:12 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, stephen strasburg

Ranking baseball’s top 10 GMs — yes, Cashman makes the list

Ruben Amaro is not eligible for this list, since he was fired.

5. Brian Cashman

Ah, yes. Mr. Cashman. The mere refusal to advocate for his immediate firing draws venom from many fan corners. The Yankees haven’t won a playoff game since 2012, for crying out loud!
Look at the other names on this list. Only Mozeliak can relate to Cashman on one very important career track: In 18 years on the job, not once has Cashman made a “sell” trade, nor has he picked in the top half of the draft. ...


Despite Risks, Cubs Eyeing Own TV Network

Can I still watch “Family Matters” reruns before games?

The Cubs are making $60 million to $70 million per season under their current TV contracts, a figure that is below market compared to other big markets like New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, and Philadelphia. However, the deal is still around the back end of the top-third in all of baseball. The Cardinals’ new billion dollar contract, which doesn’t kick in for a few more years, is set to pay the Cardinals an average sum roughly ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 16, 2015 at 11:01 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, media, regional sports networks, television

Mariners get Leonys Martin for Tom Wilhelmsen |

The rapid evolution of the Mariners’ roster under new general manager Jerry Dipoto continued Monday as the club acquired center fielder Leonys Martin and right-handed reliever Anthony Bass from the Rangers in exchange for part-time closer Tom Wilhelmsen, outfielder James Jones and a player to be named.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2015 at 07:26 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, rangers

How Yankees’ optimistic A-Rod, Teixeira thinking can burn them | New York Post

“I’m going to try to upgrade our roster and not worry about regression on certain guys,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said last week at the General Managers’ Meetings. “If that’s a possibility, it’s a possibility.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2015 at 07:12 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Braves CEO: “Baseball is not a widely profitable business” | HardballTalk

Franchise values wouldn’t be going up so much if teams weren’t profitable.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2015 at 11:17 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, economics

The strain of WAR you use can dramatically affect your perception of a player - Beyond the Box Score

Calling them all the same name is confusing. When Bill James came up with Runs Created, every alternative runs formula creator didn’t call his creation the same name.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2015 at 11:12 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, war

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-16-2015

New York Tribune, November 16, 1915:

James A. Gilmore, president of the Federal League, returned to [New York] yesterday, after attending the annual meeting of the Feds in Chicago.
He announced that the invasion of Manhattan Island by the Federal League was a fact, and insisted that within a week or ten days the location of the grounds and the plans for building the stadium would be made public.

The chief of the youngest organization in baseball was inclined to be a bit reticent, and evaded ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 16, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

OTP - 2015 November 16: It’s not baseball, it’s politics

In 1951, Warren Spahn was on the way to becoming the winningest left-handed baseball pitcher. Will painted the scenario of a game when he was pitching for the Boston Braves against the New York Giants.

The Giants sent up to the plate a rookie who had yet to record his first big league hit. The rookie was Willie Mays.

“Spahn stood from the mound, 60 feet and six inches from home plate, and fired a bullet in. Mays crushed it,” Will said. “After the game, sports writers asked Spahn what ...

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: November 16, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 1902 comment(s)
  Beats: off-topic, politics

Baseball clubs walk competitive tightrope when rebuilding - Houston Chronicle

“I think the beauty of baseball - this is not to get overly philosophical - is that there is no one way to do it,” said Klentak, who was an assistant GM with the Los Angeles Angels previously. “I think all we need to do is look at the 2015 playoff rosters. The Kansas City Royals won the World Series; they were built in a certain way. The New York Mets … they were built in a certain way. The Mets and the Astros, what I would draw from them from an optimistic perspective is how quickly they ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2015 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: team building

With teams more willing to take a risk, Zack Wheeler remains attractive . . . but Mets aren’t actively looking to trade him | Newsday

“We’re not actively shopping Zack by any stretch,” Ricco told Newsday. “But as with the other starters, if something came up that we thought made us better, we’re going to talk about it.”

Judging by the reaction of rival executives, the Mets could find themselves with plenty to talk about should they dangle any of their dynamic young pitchers. That includes Wheeler, even though he likely won’t be ready to pitch in the big leagues until July.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zach wheeler

Ot: 2015-2016 NHL Thread

Better late than never.

Meatwad wont hit were you tell him Posted: November 16, 2015 at 12:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: nhl, ot

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Should Red Sox have traded prospects for starter instead of Kimbrel? | FOX Sports

A bunch of things here, including this gem.

Finally, the Mets are fairly adamant that they will not trade any of their young starting pitchers, but would it have made sense for them to trade right-hander Matt Harvey for the package that the Red Sox used to land Kimbrel?

Granted, the four prospects who went to the Padres are not yet close to the majors, but Margot could have been the Mets’ center fielder of the future, Guerra would have given them another shortstop prospect to go with Amed ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2015 at 07:11 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, red sox

The Atlanta Braves, Liberty Media, and Misplaced Anger

While it is true that the Atlanta Braves typically are in the middle of the pack in payroll dollars, the reality is that it isn’t Liberty Media holding payroll down (more in this later). The Braves’ payroll and operating budget are set by Braves’ longtime Chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk. McGuirk and President John Schuerholz run the day-to-day business operations of the Braves, while President of Baseball Operations John Hart runs the day-to-day baseball operations. Liberty Media has ...


Phillies acquire Jeremy Hellickson from Diamondbacks

The rebuilding Phillies acquired righthander Jeremy Hellickson from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for pitching prospect Sam McWilliams.

ReggieThomasLives Posted: November 15, 2015 at 03:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, phillies, phils

MLB to review runners coming off base on tag plays

Since the start of expanded video review for the 2014, more runners have been called out after fielder’s press their gloves against them, hoping they will come off the base for a split second during or after their slide.

“I’ve talked to a number of managers about that, and in a lot of ways they feel it’s unfair,” Joe Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer, said Wednesday. “And yet when you’re dealing with replay and dealing with technology, it is what it is. If there’s a separation and his glove, ...

Zach Posted: November 15, 2015 at 12:31 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: common sense, instant replay, rules of play

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Craig Kimbrel traded to Red Sox from Padres |

Kimbrel is signed for $11 million in 2016 and $13 million in 2017, with a $13 million club option in 2018.

The Red Sox agreed to a deal to acquire closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres on Friday night. Four prospects are headed to San Diego in return: outfielder Manuel Margot, shortstop Javier Guerra, middle infielder Carlos Asuaje, and left-hander Logan Allen.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2015 at 08:07 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, padres, red sox, trades

How Did Previous Andrelton Simmons Age?

So, yes, history suggests that Andrelton Simmons is going to get worse defensively in Anaheim, and we shouldn’t expect him to continue putting up +20 UZRs for much longer. But that history also suggests that the same trends that take some value from his glove should add some back to his bat, and that overall, Simmons should be expected to remain roughly as valuable as he has been to this point in his career. And that’s pretty darn valuable.

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 13, 2015 at 07:04 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, braves, trades

The mystery of 600 abandoned Chris Denorfia bobbleheads

Free agent outfielder Chris Denorfia, most recently of the Cubs, previously spent four-plus seasons as a member of the Fightin’ Padres of San Diego. During his Padres tenure, Denoria was, according to inviolable custom, rendered in the timeless medium of the bobblehead. That’s standard enough fare thus far, but this, people, is where the script gets flipped. From NBC-7 San Diego ...

Several roommates were miffed when 600 bobbleheads bearing the face of a former Padres player mysteriously ...

Meatwad wont hit were you tell him Posted: November 13, 2015 at 04:57 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: chris denorfia, christmas presents, cubs, padres

Matt Wieters Accepts Qualifying Offer

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will accept the one-year, $15.8MM qualifying offer, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (via Twitter).

Wieters accepting the offer comes as a surprise on multiple fronts. He’s the clear top catcher on this year’s free-agent market despite coming off an injury-riddled season. Wieters is also represented by Scott Boras, who has routinely spoken out against the flaws in the QO system and has a reputation for encouraging his players to test the open market.


Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: November 13, 2015 at 02:56 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, matt wieters

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-13-2015

Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 13, 1915:

Bronx to Get “Fed” Club.

The home of the new baseball club which the Federal League has decided to locate in [New York] is expected to be in the borough of the Bronx. An architect already has begun plans for the stands, and it is stated that work on them will begin next week.

Baseball? In the Bronx? That’ll never work.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 13, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, history

Silver Slugger Award winners announced |

Catcher: Brian McCann, Yankees (sixthSilver Slugger)
First base: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (sixth)
Second base: Altuve, Astros (second)
Third base: Donaldson, Blue Jays (first)
Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox (first)
Outfielders: Mike Trout, Angels (fourth); Nelson Cruz, Mariners (first); J.D. Martinez, Tigers (first)
Designated hitter: Kendrys Morales, Royals (first)
Catcher: Buster Posey, Giants (third)
First base: Goldschmidt, D-backs (second)
Second ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors

3 Statcast lessons learned in 2015 |

We want more Statcast data!!!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Say what you want about the Braves, but they are not afraid | Mark Bradley blog

Earlier speculation held that the Braves were talking with the Padres — yes, them again — about Simmons, and the Mets admitted they’d had similar discussions but the Braves had asked for Matt Harvey or Jacob deGrom in return. (Good for the Braves, I say.) And I know a lot of you are upset that they’ve traded Simmons anywhere, but here’s where I say …

I love their audacity.

I’ve gotten to know John Coppolella, who’s the architect of this grand redesign, a little, and this I can ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 08:28 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Colby Rasmus accepts qualifying offer |

Somebody had to do it eventually.

Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus on Thursday became the first player to accept a qualifying offer, a baseball source told He’s the first Astros player to receive a qualifying offer and the first baseball player to accept one since the system came in place three years ago. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 08:17 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, colby rasmus

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