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Friday, January 13, 2017
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, January 13, 1917:
Threats of David L. Fultz, president of the Baseball Players’ Fraternity, to call a strike of between 600 and 700 players unless their demands are granted before the beginning of the 1917 season were answered by B.B. Johnson, president of the American League, here [last night].
“We never again will listen to any proposal he may offer,” President Johnson said. “We invite him to carry out his bluff…The American League will see that Fultz is crushed; ...
Venezuelan baseball fans were abuzz Thursday after Junior Guerra told reporters he would make a pair of starts in that country’s winter league playoffs.
Not so fast, the Brewers say.
Contrary to the suggestion made in Venezuelan news reports, the Brewers have not endorsed Guerra’s participation with Tiburones de La Guaira, according to a source, and are discussing the matter with Guerra’s agent, Peter Greenberg.
Posted: January 13, 2017 at 07:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
The team is now employing a “file-and-trial” approach with all of its arbitration-eligible players, meaning they will only negotiate with those players up until Friday’s 1 p.m. deadline for exchanging salary figures. If a deal isn’t reached by then, players will go to an arbitration hearing.
But the Orioles’ top arbitration-eligible players remain in negotiations – including third baseman Manny Machado, right-hander Chris Tillman and closer Zach Britton. And at this point, they ...
Posted: January 13, 2017 at 07:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
Even if his winter league play this year is a true indication that he’s made an important adjustment, Rusney Castillo probably isn’t an option for the Sox. On the radio yesterday someone (can’t remember who) made the point about Castillo’s contract being an issue for his call-up. Castillo is no longer on the 40-Man so his $11 million contract no longer counts toward the luxury tax. If the Sox recall him, he’d put the Sox over the threshold, which is something they clearly don’t want to do. ...Read More...
Tracy Ringolsby looks at the history of 10+ year contracts.
The intention is good.
An organization reaches out to a high-profile player, provides him with long-term security, looking to show its fan base a commitment to success.
It, however, is a gamble.
You trade a player when you feel you are getting a fair return (a debatable value). Alderson’s patience isn’t a flaw.
We’ll see about all of that in Port St. Lucie. For the moment, the priority is unloading Bruce. It doesn’t mean Alderson was wrong to be patient, waiting for the logjam of free-agent sluggers to clear and perhaps leave some team in need of Bruce’s power.
The Blue Jays, for example, still seem like a viable trade partner, but only if they don’t wind up re-united with Jose ...
Posted: January 13, 2017 at 07:03 AM | 15 comment(s)
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Zack Wheeler and the Mets have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $800,000 contract for this season.
WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported on the deal Wednesday.
Wheeler, 26, has not pitched in the majors since 2014. The right-hander tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm and underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2015.
Trumbo recently asked the O’s for a three-year, $50 million contract, but later indicated that he would sign a deal of the same length in a lesser $40 million to $50 million range, according to major-league sources.
The willingness of Trumbo to accept a three-year deal below $50 million — after the two sides reportedly discussed four-year contracts at higher guarantees earlier this off-season — would at least appear to create room for negotiation. The Orioles made Trumbo an ...
Posted: January 12, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
His career ERA+, however, was 104. To put it another way, if Tim Lincecum comes back and pitches for five seasons at an Ervin Santana level, he’s basically the modern day Catfish Hunter. Yet, there’s no way Lincecum would get the same kind of Hall of Fame support that Hunter did. What’s the difference?
My theory is that Catfish Hunter was one of the best baseball names ever, and it added to the mystique whenever he came to town and blew your team away. Scott Kazmir (who also has a career ...
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, January 12, 1917:
Bill Fischer, who is expected to do a large share of the Pirate catching next season, is going about things in a manner suggesting he intends to be Callahan’s first-string maskman.
The former Cub has taken on 14 pounds since he put away his glove and mask and he takes his gain in weight as an indication that he will have a successful season, barring accidents.
“In 1915,” says Fischer, “I reported 10 pounds overweight and had my best season. I had ...
After watching Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, Jake Thompson, Zach Eflin, and others graduate to the big leagues in the last two seasons, the Phillies will be eager to see the next wave of young pitching make their own case for a chance to call Citizens Bank Park home in 2017. Anderson was one of seven pitchers added to the 40-man roster in mid-November, along with Mark Appel, Ben Lively, Ricardo Pinto, Nick Pivetta, Alberto Tirado, and left-hander Elniery Garcia.
Anderson probably isn’t likely to ...
Posted: January 12, 2017 at 10:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
Better argument than I could have made, and he’s my favorite Phil since Schmidt, but I guess he comes up short…
Utley was part of the core that led the Phillies during the most successful period in their history and to a championship. He may not have hit 58 home runs or stole more than 40 bases in a season like Ryan Howard or Jimmy Rollins, but he was arguably the most valuable part of that team. Utley is worth 63 career WAR, the highest among 2007-2011 Phillies not named Roy Halladay ...
Posted: January 12, 2017 at 10:03 AM | 81 comment(s)
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When Seth Maness shut his eyes before a surgeon opened his right elbow, the former Cardinals reliever was not sure what awaited him on the other side of sleep. The troublesome ligament in his throwing arm had to be fixed and a complete reconstruction would mean missing an entire season.
He went under unsure.
He woke up a potential trailblazer.
Maness is a week away from returning to the mound and expects to be ready for opening day, just 7½ months after surgery, because Dr. George Paletta ...
Posted: January 12, 2017 at 09:10 AM | 3 comment(s)
tommy john surgery
Gohara followed his breakout 2016 season at Class A by indeed throwing extremely well in the AFL, striking out 19 in 11 2/3 innings. Some scouts look at his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame and see a young CC Sabathia.
Posted: January 12, 2017 at 06:21 AM | 32 comment(s)
That’s a lot of walks.
The Mariners hope he can hone his delivery and command, which have been inconsistent. He walked more than six per nine during two minor-league rehab stops last season. But he’s limited opponents to 11 walks in his brief 28 innings of major-league work to date, and his stuff appears to be intact, if not improved, following his injury.
Posted: January 12, 2017 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
It might be good to have an all-purpose NRI thread. Who has your team brought in? I’ll start with the Phillies who unsurprisingly mostly have prospects, with only Pedro Beato, Pedro Florimon, and Daniel “Pedro” Nava in the “hopeful journeyman” category.
The notable prospects who were invited to camp were SS J.P. Crawford, 1B Rhys Hoskins, OF Andrew Pullin, 2B Scott Kingery, and RHP Victor Arano. It will be Crawford’s second invite to camp, and he is widely expected to take over as the ...
Steamer has Smyly projected for +2.5 WAR in 164 innings, while ZIPS came in at +2.0 in 143 innings, so both projections have Smyly as a quality pitcher when he’s on the mound. There are definitely durability concerns, given that he missed most of 2015 with shoulder problems and chose to rehab rather than have surgery, but a healthy Drew Smyly is a pretty good starting pitcher. And he’s replacing close-to-replacement-level arms, bumping Ariel Miranda or Chris Heston from the ...
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 10:18 PM | 8 comment(s)
Some people don’t know how to use a check book. That doesn’t mean nobody should have a checking account.
Wins Above Replacement
Like RBIs and saves, Wins Above Replacement is a semi-junk stat. Bill James has no use for it, yet some writers wield it incessantly. It is a measurement of nothing. It is an approximation, an attempt to roll everything about a player into one number. So it’s useful as a rule of thumb, like walking off the distance between two points and using your strides to ...
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 02:20 PM | 125 comment(s)
hall of fame
And we probably haven’t seen the last of deals like this. If Rasmus can only get $5 million, and no one would take Seth Smith at $7 million, how does Brandon Moss ask for significantly more? What kind of offers are Carter and Pedro Alvarez going to get in a world where similar hitters with better defensive abilities are settling for cut-rate contracts just to land a job.
On the one hand, we could look at deals like this and think that perhaps the market has decided to pay less than the ...
Maness is a week away from returning to the mound and expects to be ready for opening day, just 7½ months after surgery, because Dr. George Paletta performed a repair that could eventually prove to be an alternative to Tommy John surgery for select big-league pitchers. Until the St. Louis-based orthopedic surgeon saw inside Maness’ elbow, he wasn’t sure if Maness was a candidate to be the first established major-league pitcher to receive the new procedure, Paletta said.
Now, the doctor ...
Joe Tinker tells a story about Larry McLean, Seattle Star, January 11, 1917:
“McLean caught the Sunday games. Then he went to a party. He did not report Monday at all. Tuesday morning he was a sight.”
[After a foul tip broke replacement catcher Clark Griffith’s finger in the first inning of the first game of a Tuesday doubleheader,] “Griffith had no one to put in but McLean. To my dying day I will remember how McLean looked as he came across the field. He fell over his protector three times ...
This doesn’t suggest an optimistic outcome.
The results fit the narrative, largely. In sum, this group signed for 20% less than projected, a bigger negative gap than the crowd has tended to display on all free agents collectively. The crowd did a remarkably good job of predicting the high-end free agents in the aggregate, with some big misses in both directions balancing each other out. When compared to the pool of free agents as a whole, where the high-end free agents beat their projected ...
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 09:28 AM | 12 comment(s)
Great MLB Now show yesterday with a great panel. I liked the Bill James segment, particularly this exchange. The ephemeral nature of value for players is often lost on public analysts. IMHO, one of the next big things for sites like Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus would be adding a real-time value for players which incorporates factors like injuries and scouting-type reports for all major league and minor league players. Teams like the Astros and Cardinals already employ such systems. ...Read More...
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 09:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
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