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Monday, August 01, 2016

Toronto Blue Jays acquire Francisco Liriano and two relievers to bolster pitching staff at trade deadline | National Post

They were busy.

Toronto general manager Ross Atkins acquired starting pitcher Francisco Liriano and a prospect from the Pittsburgh Pirates according to news reports. The Blue Jays are sending Drew Hutchison to the Pirates, reports say.
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Also joining the Blue Jays is Scott Feldman, acquired from the Houston Astros for Guadalupe Chavez, an 18-year-old pitcher from Mexico.

Reliever Jesse Chavez, who had an up-and-down season after being acquired from Oakland in the offseason, was also traded ...

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Mets, Pirates swap Antonio Bastardo for Jon Niese - MLB Daily Dish

An exchange of disappointments.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:59 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pirates, trade deadline, trades

Angels deal Hector Santiago, Joe Smith, add veteran Ricky Nolasco, prospect Alex Meyer - The Orange County Register

Keeping hope alive!

Billy Eppler looked at the emptiness of the Angels farm system and knew he couldn’t take the safe route.

When he made the surprising swap of Hector Santiago to the Minnesota Twins on Monday, it was with the idea that if he wanted Alex Meyer – once one of the top pitching prospects in the sport—he had to take Ricky Nolasco.

“These are opportunities we have to seize,” Eppler said Monday. “Everyone documented the situation with our farm system. So let’s grab a guy ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:56 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex meyer, angels, hector santiago, joe smith, ricky nolasco, trade deadline, trades

Boston Red Sox activate Craig Kimbrel from DL, send Joe Kelly to Pawtucket

Red Sox get back their closer at the trade deadline.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:52 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, joe kelly, red sox

Giants acquire Rays pitcher Matt Moore | MLB.com

The Giants agreed to a trade that landed them left-hander Matt Moore just before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline. San Francisco parted with infielder Matt Duffy, as well as prospects Lucius Fox and Michael Santos.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:45 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, rays, trade deadline, trades

Giants acquire left-handed reliever, but at a huge price - San Francisco Chronicle

The Giants filled one of their biggest needs Monday, acquiring left-handed setup man Will Smith from the Brewers, but the cost was enormous.

A source confirmed the Giants will send Milwaukee 2015 first-round draft pick, right-hander Phil Bickford, and catcher Andrew Susac.

Bickford, 21, has struck out 105 batters in 93 innings at two Class A levels this season and was considered a future cornerstone for the rotation. That the Giants would deal him for a reliever suggests how much the Giants ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 03:04 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, giants, trade

Injured pitcher Colin Rea returns to Padres | MLB.com

Nevermind.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 02:54 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, padres, trades

Red Sox acquire Fernando Abad from Twins - Todays Knuckleball

The Boston Red Sox have acquired left-handed pitcher Fernando Abad from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Pat Light, a right-handed reliever and the 14th-ranked prospect in the Red Sox system.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando abad, pat light, red sox, trade, trade deadline, twins

Oakland Athletics send OF Josh Reddick, LHP Rich Hill to Los Angeles Dodgers for prospects

The A’s sent outfielder Josh Reddick and left-handed pitcher Rich Hill to the Dodgers in a deal first reported by Fox Sports

Multiple reports have the A’s getting pitching prospects Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas and Jharel Cotton in return.


BenFred: Introducing the Stick To Sports Compromise | Ben Frederickson | stltoday.com

I am all for this compromise.

Anyway, as the self-appointed chairman of the Stick To Sports Committee on Oversight and Reform, I would like to officially announce a proposal that will build a towering wall between sports and politics. It’s a treaty of sorts, an olive branch that will benefit the public more than anything since the invention of the National Political Do Not Contact Registry. It’s the Stick To Sports Compromise.

The promise: We, the sportswriters, will stick to sports — as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: sports media

Trade Deadline: Latest news and rumors | MLB.com

Trade Deadline Catch-All Thread.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 10:58 AM | 206 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline


Fixing Batted-Ball Statistics with Statcast – The Hardball Times

I would think that arc angle would be very useful for defense as well. Interesting stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 10:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Heyman - Rangers Dodgers And Red Sox In Mysterious Chris Sale Derby

Could the Yankees jump in on Sale?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, trade rumors, white sox, yankees

Pleskoff - An Interview With Tony Perez - Today’s Knuckleball

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is holding their annual convention in Miami, Florida.

Part of the convention agenda was a session of interviews with four high-profile baseball personalities from the present and the past. MLB.com reporter Barry Bloom interviewed Barry Bonds, Andre Dawson and Don Mattingly.

My first in this series of four articles focused on the Bonds interview. Today I will feature the responses given by Hall of Famer and former Cincinnati Reds RBI machine ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr, tony perez

Orioles acquire LHP Miley from Mariners

Seattle received left-hander Ariel Miranda in the trade. The Cuban pitcher has spent most of the year with Triple-A Norfolk. He appeared in one game for Baltimore on July 3 at Seattle, allowing three runs and four hits in two innings.

‘‘Ariel Miranda is a power left-handed pitcher with a four-pitch mix that is major league ready that provides us with flexibility,’’ general manager Jerry Dipoto said in an email. ‘‘We are very excited for what he can bring to the Mariners.’‘

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, orioles, trade deadline, trades, wade miley

OTP 2016 August 1: The haiku intersection of baseball and politics

I spent most of that part of the game watching the current and future Vice Presidents give their convention speeches. Biden pointing out - in what was likely his last major address as an elected official - that Donald Trump “doesn’t have a clue”, and Kaine doing his moderately impressive impression of the Republican nominee. Sandwiched between them was a genuine billionaire, Michael Bloomberg, advising America to “elect a sane, competent person” instead of the self-proclaimed billionaire the ...

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Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 2019 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, politics

MLB.com: Myers swipes home in the 6th

Welcome back, Homer.

Wil Myers breaks for home after Homer Bailey turns his back on the plate and pulls off the steal for the Padres’ second run of the game

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: homer bailey, oops, padres, reds, steals home, wil myers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-1-2016

Milwaukee Journal, August 1, 1916:

R.J. (Bobby) Wallace, umpire for the American league, today signed to play the rest of the season with the St. Louis Americans. For several years Wallace was star shortstop for the St. Louis team, but two seasons ago joined the American league staff of umpires.
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Branch Rickey, business manager of the St. Louis team, said he had signed Wallace because Ernest Johnson, shortstop, had been injured Sunday.

No big deal. Just your everyday “umpire gets signed to a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 01, 2016 at 07:39 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby wallace, dugout, history

Why isn’t Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy catching for the Cleveland Indians today? | cleveland.com

And, of course, he’d have to live in Cleveland.

No.1.

Lucroy and his agent, according to industry sources, wanted the Indians to decline his 2017 club option worth $5.25 million and make him a free agent after this season. The Indians, in effect, would be giving up three of their valued prospects for a two-month rental.

There was some talk about an extension, but when the Indians found out that Lucroy really wanted to be a free agent, they said no to the extension. They felt they were giving ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, indians, jonathan lucroy, trade deadline, trade rumors

Yankees farm system could be MLB’s best | MLB.com

The Yankees moves have been pretty, pretty good.

After shipping Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for Adam Warren and three prospects, including shortstop Gleyber Torres (No. 26 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list), and then spinning Andrew Miller to the Indians for a four-prospect package headed by outfielder Clint Frazier (No. 24) and left-hander Justus Sheffield (No. 95), the Yankees have arguably the best and deepest farm system in the game. (We’ll update our system rankings after the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline, yankees

Cubs stun Mariners in 12th on Lester’s RBI | MLB.com

This game had an ending you don’t see every day.

“Joe does it again. You sit there sometimes and scratch your head and it seems to always work out.”—Lester on Maddon’s moves that worked in the Cubs’ favor

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Trade Deadline storylines across Major Leagues | MLB.com

Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy rejected a trade that would have sent him to Cleveland, and now Milwaukee has resumed dialogue on Lucroy with Texas. If a deal is completed, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan has reported that slugger Joey Gallo—the Rangers’ top prospect according to MLB Pipeline—would likely be involved. Other names to watch in such a trade are Double-A pitchers Luis Ortiz (the Rangers’ No. 3 prospect) and Yohander Mendez (No. 4).

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rumors, trade deadline

8-1-16 OMNICHATTER

Trade Deadline OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 01, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Worst Trade Deadline Deals Ever Made

When a contender takes the plunge on a deal before the Trade Deadline, it hopes for the best, believing these additions can help put the team over the top. But there is almost always risk involved, and sometimes a move comes back to bite.

As this year’s non-waiver Deadline approaches, here are the 10 deals that have backfired the worst on a contending club, since the Deadline moved to July 31 in 1986 (this year it falls on Aug. 1).

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 31, 2016 at 02:10 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: deadline trades, worst trade

The Morning Call: L.V. IronPigs: Chris Truby continues down unconventional path

Catching up with an unconventional Primer legend who is now the Phillies’ roving minor league infield coordinator.

Whether he’s working with prospects in Reading, Lehigh Valley or Clearwater, or back home in Indiana at a baseball facility, all Truby wants to do is be around the game.

“I love the game,” Truby said. “I knew whenever I was done playing, I wanted to stay in it somehow. Jobs are not easy to come by. I was lucky enough to have a couple of connections.

“I love what I do now. I like ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: July 31, 2016 at 01:03 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, phillies

SBN: Michael Young was so surprised by Elvis Andrus in a Jigsaw mask that he almost punched him

Too funny.

And for the first time ever, Beltre was in on an Elvis gag, not its victim.

Michael Young, the longtime Texas Ranger, was inducted into the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday night. It’s common for the Rangers to parade special guests into the stadium for occasions like this, but Michael Young’s entrance was anything but ordinary.

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Work visa approved, Astros’ Yulieski Gurriel plays for GCL affiliate - Houston Chronicle

With his work visa approved, Yulieski Gurriel made his organizational and stateside professional debut Saturday afternoon with the Astros’ Gulf Coast League affiliate in Kissimmee, Fla.

Gurriel went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts, two weeks to the day from when the Cuban infielder was introduced in a press conference at Minute Maid Park. The Astros’ $47.5-million man is scheduled to be off Sunday and play again for the GCL club on Monday in the early stages of his tune up for a likely mid-August ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2016 at 10:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, yulieski gurriel

Athletics Go For New Approach With Eibner-for-Burns Deal - TKB

In a surprise early-deadline move, the Oakland A’s and the Kansas City Royals swapped a pair of outfielders on Saturday. The Athletics sent 26-year-old Billy Burns to the Royals for 27-year-old Brett Eibner.
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Eibner was perfect in both right and left field while with the Royals, which holds some appeal and a positive 0.5 WAR where Burns’ WAR was non-existent. After examining the stats and comparing the two players as much as possible, the real appeal for the Athletics’ in Eibner was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2016 at 10:38 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: billy burns, brett eibner, trade, trade deadline

Managers’ insane strategy for winning games: Forget the win | New York Post

This is one of the dumbest sentences ever.

The reason: Winning baseball is being de-emphasized! Winning pitching is being lost to ridiculous bullpen strategies that remove effective starters after six or seven innings for no better reason than to further feed a formula founded on rabbit’s-foot fantasy.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2016 at 10:26 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: strategy

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