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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bowden: Anatomy of a trade (INSIDER)

BODES!

I’ll be honest, the first trade proposal is usually lopsided and often downright embarrassing. I can’t tell you how many times a GM has offered me two utility players for an All-Star. But it’s important to be polite and respectful … while offering a quick counter that favors your team, albeit with a little less margin. That puts the conversation on track if it’s going to go anywhere. Then you have these conversations with other teams. Working on multiple deals at the same time—with an ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 23, 2015 at 11:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jim bowden, trades

Pirates acquire Aramis Ramirez from Brewers | MLB.com

Twelve years after the Pirates traded him away, Aramis Ramirez is coming back to Pittsburgh.

The Bucs acquired Ramirez and cash considerations from the Brewers on Thursday in exchange for Minor League right-hander Yhonathan Barrios, providing a much-needed upgrade for the injury-ravaged left side of their infield.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2015 at 06:29 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, pirates, trades

WaPo on NYDN on Mets WORST! LOSS! EVER!

A measured response from the New York Daily News.

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: July 23, 2015 at 02:19 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: media, mets, nationals, newspapers

Giants’ Madison Bumgarner leads jersey sales at halfway point

No RE2PECT, smh.

Three Giants—Bumgarner, Buster Posey (No. 3) and Hunter Pence (No. 6)—have their jerseys ranked in the top 10.

In less than three months in the league, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant ranks second. In fact, since making his debut, 15 signed cards of Bryant, who signed a memorabilia deal with Fanatics last week, have sold for more than $5,000 each.
PLAYER TEAM
1. Madison Bumgarner Giants
2. Kris Bryant Cubs
3. Buster Posey Giants
4. Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
5. Bryce ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 23, 2015 at 01:56 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, kris bryant, madison bumgarner, merchandise

Astros acquire Scott Kazmir from Oakland for two prospects

And so we begin…

The Astros made a trade Thursday, acquiring left-hander Scott Kazmir from the A’s for two minor leaguers, right-handed pitcher Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham…

The 31-year-old Kazmir, a 2002 Cy Falls graduate, will join the club in Kansas City on Friday. He is 5-5 with a 2.38 ERA this season 18 starts for the A’s this season. Among American League pitchers, Kazmir ranks fourth in opponent batting average (.213) and fifth in ERA. On the season, Kazmir has ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 23, 2015 at 01:52 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, athletics, scott kazmir, trades


Top 10 Fantasy Prospects: Conforto Coming? - BaseballAmerica.com

1. Michael Conforto, of, Mets

Update: Conforto raked at high Class A St. Lucie and has been even better since a promotion to Double-A Binghamton, slashing .317/.401/.518 in 43 games.

Prognosis: Drafted No. 10 overall just a year ago out of Oregon State, Conforto is forcing the Mets’ hand into considering a callup quicker than they would like. An inept offense and an injury to Michael Cuddyer have Conforto on the precipice of a major league stint and scouts believe his lefthanded bat and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2015 at 11:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, dodgers, mets, prospects, rangers, yankees

Straight Outta Cooperstown: A mashup of Hall of Famers from America’s two favorite pastimes.

Andre Dawson 3000, Queen Lasorda, and more…

jayjay Posted: July 23, 2015 at 11:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, history, rappers

Rosenthal Report: Tigers may be willing to trade Price | FOX Sports

Robothal’s latest.

The question remains: How good can Puig be?

He has made an effort to be a better teammate since the All-Star break, sources say. But the far more relevant concern is his performance.

Puig’s OPS in July is only .623, and he remains vulnerable to high velocity. Scherzer struck him out three times Sunday, with fastballs registering 95 and 97 mph and a slider registering 87.

Consider:
Puig, in 62 at-bats this season ending on fastballs between 89 and 94 mph, has batted .403 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2015 at 10:51 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gonzalez, david price, julio teheran, notes, tigers, yasiel puig

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-23-2015

Pittsburgh Press, July 23, 1915:

Capt. Johnny Evers of the Braves, was ordered out of the game between the Braves and Cubs yesterday, after he had had a lively fistic mixup with Umpire Quigley.
...
Evers worked the pitcher for a count of three and two. The fourth ball was outside, and although Evers was entitled to first, he turned and made some remark to Umpire Quigley. Quigley must have made some rejoinder, for Evers walked up to him. The next instant Quigley hauled back and struck Evers a ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 23, 2015 at 10:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, johnny evers

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says trade deadline may need to be moved back

Keep the trade deadline where it is.

Commissioner Rob Manfred thinks baseball may need to consider moving the trade deadline back to give teams in the hunt for a wild card more time.

A second wild card in each league was added in 2012, keeping more teams in playoff contention long past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. And those clubs may not have enough time to evaluate whether their rosters are good enough to get one.

“I think that the July 31st deadline is something that we may want to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, rob manfred, trade deadline

Quebec Brings Cubans To States - BaseballAmerica.com

A .373 average with a .390 slugging percentage?

Gurriel is hitting .373/.430/.390 for Quebec this year but has little major league projection as a 33-year-old on the downside of his career. Bell would generate some big league interest, but the 31-year-old is not the player he was at his peak. He’s hitting .312/.344/.440 with two homers for Quebec with more gap power in batting practice.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball

Full Count » Ben Cherington talks trade deadline, Red Sox failures, philosophies

Ben Cherington on the state of the team.

ON WHAT ADJUSTMENTS ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN LOOKING AT

Everything. But nothing I’€™m going to talk about specifically. We have to look at potential reason for why the total results haven’€™t been there and I think if you start isolating one particular decision or transition that’€™s really difficult because we know in baseball, look at all 30 teams, we know in baseball that not every decision you make is going to work out. What matters are the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, red sox

OMNICHATTER for 7-23-2015

OMNICHATTER-NADO!

Gamingboy Posted: July 23, 2015 at 12:09 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jeff Bagwell makes a great grab at the ballgame

Lars6788 Posted: July 22, 2015 at 11:23 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, great grab, hall of fame


Hank Azaria calls moments from Mets history in ‘Simpsons’ character voices - SBNation.com

Warning: if you click through you will also find a Berman clip.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 05:55 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: humor

MLB Beer Prices

$7.75 will get you a thimble full of warm Budweiser at Fenway.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 05:45 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: concessions, stadiums

No contender needs Johnny Cueto more than Kansas City Royals | FOX Sports

Unless, of course, Cueto has physical issues.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 05:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals

AA: Noah Syndergaard might have killed Yunel Escobar without even hitting him

The most incredible thing I’ve seen in a while.

JE (Jason) Posted: July 22, 2015 at 05:14 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, mets, nats, noah syndergaard, yunel escobar

Competitive Balance Lottery gives Draft picks | MLB.com

The Reds win! Pop the champagne!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 05:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Jason Vargas has torn UCL, Tommy John surgery likely

So much for Yordano’s demotion.

Jason Vargas had an MRI today after he left last night’s outing in the second inning and the result was a torn ulnar collateral ligament, the injury most associated with Tommy John surgery. Typically for Tommy John surgery, a pitcher will miss 12-15 months, meaning Vargas is definitely out for all of this season and will likely miss most or all of 2016.  The 32-year old left-hander had been out since June 8 with an flexor tendon strain, but returned last night ...

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Independent team to experiment with computerized strike zone

Who would make the best umpire? Watson? C-3PO? HAL?

The San Rafael Pacifics, who play in the Pacific Association, will employ Pitch f/X July 28 and 29, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The games will be the first in professional baseball history in which a human will not be used to call balls and strikes.

The Pitch F/X system consists of three cameras forming a triangular effect that judges a pitch’s trajectory and speed as it crosses the plate. The system is used on television ...

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Pedro Martinez excited about Hall of Fame | MLB.com

It was a real pleasure watching him pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 01:46 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pedro martinez, red sox

Tigers’ Brad Ausmus ‘would do nothing different’ about poor bullpen management

I guess an education at Dartmouth ain’t what it used to be.

With two outs in the eighth, Neftali Feliz, a struggling reliever who the Tigers picked up for a pittance—the latest existential shot in the dark—was reverting to his floundering self. He had passed 30 pitches and had already allowed a run via a wild pitch. With two on-base, Seth Smith was walked intentionally, loading the bases. It should have never gotten to this point. Instead, Ausmus stuck with Feliz, who served up what can ...

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Arizona Diamondbacks left draft cash on table

But there was one thing the Diamondbacks didn’t do, something that raised eyebrows for many in the industry: They left a sizeable chunk of their $12.8 million draft allotment unspent, leaving some $1.7 million in pool money on the table. That’s the most unspent pool money by a team in the four years since the current collective bargaining agreement went into effect….

Given some other moves the team has made — blowing up its international pool for only one player (Yoan Lopez) rather than ...

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shoewizard Posted: July 22, 2015 at 11:47 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, draft, general, general managers, scouting

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-22-2015

Pittsburgh Press, July 22, 1915:

Leslie Mann will probably be stationed permanently in left field owing to his superior throwing arm. He will be able to cut more runs down at the plate, Manager Tinker believes.

I guess because most batters are right-handed and they’re more likely to hit the ball to left field than to right field? This is an interesting move on Tinker’s part, the exact opposite of the modern conventional wisdom. Anybody know when “put a good arm in right field” became standard ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 22, 2015 at 11:27 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, joe tinker, les mann

WSJ: Defensive Stats Shift Back Toward Irrelevance

For most of baseball’s existence, though, a fielder’s performance was evaluated by a group that is notoriously unreliable: human beings. Baseball defense was measured not by numbers but the eyes of scouts. To combat this inefficiency, the nerds went to work, coming up with computerized statistics that measured range and outs created, boiling the entirety of defensive performance down to a single number. Problem solved.

But now there’s another problem. A new trend—one that ironically ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 22, 2015 at 11:10 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: defensive metrics, keith woolner, stats vs. scouts


COONEY: Nola’s first impression creates a buzz - Bucks County Courier Times

Something positive in Philly. I haven’t had time to watch this game yet. Did anyone watch this game?

“Kid was pretty good, wasn’t he?” Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said as he departed the news conference room afterward.

That was an understatement. Nola managed to do the impossible — live up to the hype that this starving organization and its fan base had built for his debut.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, phillies

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