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Sunday, November 30, 2014
Looking over this list, I’d say Brett Anderson is the biggest bargain. He has the most upside and some pretty big risk that should keep his contract short and inexpensive.
Posted: November 30, 2014 at 07:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
The question is, how much does Houston’s management team actually buy into this claim? It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
This is a chart from 1967-2011. It shows what happens to the voting of the returnees, based on how the voting goes for the players who were removed on the ballot the prior year and added in their first year.
There were 3.43 votes per ballot that are going to be lost from Maddux, Morris et al.
Posted: November 29, 2014 at 09:28 PM | 12 comment(s)
hall of fame
I agree. One of the things that separates the best GMs from the mediocre ones is the confidence to trust their talent evaluators and pull the trigger on deals, even risky ones.
Beane doesn’t play scared. He’s unafraid to take a chance, to rework what already seems to be working. There’s a beauty, both in the guts to do it and in the vision to see what others can’t.
The San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks are all in the running for Cuban right-hander Yoan Lopez, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.
“Because he is under 23 and has not played in a Cuban professional league for at least five seasons, Lopez is subject to the international signing guidelines. In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team is allotted a $700,000 base and a bonus pool based on the team’s ...
A GM should have no untouchables. Like with Donaldson, a GM might not want to deal a player but once the return gets high enough you have to pull the trigger. If his scouts and his number crunchers like the players, he makes the deal. After making the deal it’s up to the player development people and the major league coaches to get the most out of the acquired players. Granted the A’s are losing five years of Donaldson but they are potentially getting a lot years from the new guys. With the A’s ...Read More...
If there is one world to describe the Padres the last few years, it’s “mediocrity”. Their lineup has been filled with nice bit actors but no stars. The various prospect reports aren’t filled with star players either.This is a franchise in need of an overhaul.
It’s believed the Padres are still reluctant to part with either pitchers Andrew Cashner or Tyson Ross in a deal, though Ian Kennedy, who is arbitration-eligible and stands to make close to $10 million, could be had in a deal.
“In an ...
Posted: November 29, 2014 at 08:21 AM | 39 comment(s)
Reports, originating first from ESPN’s Jim Bowden, connected the Cardinals to lefty Jon Lester, who along with St. Louis native Max Scherzer are the top starting pitchers available as free agents. While Scherzer’s market is still percolating — not unusual for a headliner and Scott Boras client — Lester has drawn offers from Boston and the Chicago Cubs, according to reports. He has also made visits to teams, including the Cubs and Atlanta Braves. The Cardinals, as of this week, had no ...
Posted: November 29, 2014 at 08:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
This is a few weeks old but I don’t remember seeing it posted. It’s an interesting study, more data confirmation for things we know.
Posted: November 29, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
Every trade is a risk.
It’s the sort of risk the A’s always need to take because they’re the A’s. Thriving as a have-not in a sport rife with haves takes not just the gall to make moves like this but the ability to make them work when the future is as certain as the wind. Oakland took a risk by trading Josh Donaldson, the sort of risk they must take, the sort of risk a $150 million team like the Blue Jays needn’t. No one – not even those who run the A’s and love the deal – can ...
Posted: November 29, 2014 at 07:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
Friday, November 28, 2014
Jason Frasor pitched in 647 games before making the playoffs for the first time last season with the Royals. He’ll get another chance to help them to the postseason in 2015.
The Royals and Frasor, a right-handed relief pitcher, agreed on a one-year free-agent contract Friday that includes a mutual option for 2016.
The contract is worth a guaranteed $1.8 million, according to The Associated Press. Frasor will receive $1.25 million next season with a $2 million option and $550,000 buyout for ...
You know nothing, Crow.
Royals relief pitcher Aaron Crow, a Missouri grad from Topeka who was the team’s first-round draft pick in 2009, was traded to the Marlins for two minor-league pitchers, the club announced on Friday.
Crow, 28, was the 12th overall pick in the 2009 draft. He was the Royals’ All-Star representative in 2011.
He posted a 20-11 record and 3.43 ERA with six saves in 254 games, all out of the bullpen and mostly as a setup man, over four years in Kansas City. He went 6-1 ...
A court in the Dominican Republic has ordered Ronald Guzman, a first baseman and top prospect in the Texas Rangers’ organization, to remain in the country while his role in a fatal auto accident is investigated.
Guzman’s sports utility vehicle collided with a motorcycle at 1a.m. on Tuesday in his hometown of La Vega. The motorcyclist was killed.
Guzman, 20, was held for questioning and released after posting a $13,500 deposit. Guzman’s legal representative said he had not been drinking ...
A’s fans: “I Spit on Your Graveman!”
The Blue Jays have struck a deal to acquire third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Athletics, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links). Infielder Brett Lawrie, righty Kendall Graveman, and shortstop Franklin Barreto are part of the package going back. Prospect Sean Nolin is also in the deal, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweets...
Donaldson has racked up 15.4 rWAR and 14.1 fWAR in [the past two years]... Projected by Matt Swartz/MLBTR to earn ...
Alzheimer’s Disease is a crushing affliction. .
Wendell Kim, 64, a long-time major and minor league coach should be spending his days playing golf near his home in Arizona, like many others in his profession. He had a long career with the San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and several minor league clubs.
Instead he is in a silent world of his own—all by himself. The world of Alzheimer’s Disease. And—according to a friend of his—he’s not coming back. ...Read More...
Click the link to learn more about Craig R. Wright’s self-publishing project.
Following in the tradition of my grandfather, I have been entertaining folks with baseball stories for over 30 years. During my career working in major league baseball I had a hobby where I researched and wrote the stories for a pre-game radio show “A Page from Baseball’s Past,” which was on the air for 26 seasons. After the bottom fell out of radio advertising, in 2008 I took the story series to a subscription print ...
Posted: November 28, 2014 at 08:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
Sure, it is a veritable given that Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez will get in on their first try, as Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas did this past year. John Smoltz also has a strong shot in his “rookie” year. Meanwhile, Craig Biggio, who fell two votes shy of induction in 2014, and Mike Piazza, who missed it by 74 votes, could see an increase that gets them over the hump. This is a similarly important year for Jeff Bagwell (54.3 percent of a required 75 percent last year) and Tim ...
Washington Times, November 28, 1914:
Connie Mack is said to be willing to trade this big slugger, J. FRANKLIN BAKER, because he is not working in harmony with the other members of the Athletics. Larry Gardner and a pitcher was asked from the Red Sox, but Bill Carrigan turned down the offer. A sneaking rumor has it that Baker has seen his best days, and is on the down grade.
According to Baker’s SABR bio, the third baseman wanted to renegotiate his contract as a result of Mack selling off most of ...Read More...
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Over the years I’ve learned a lot about baseball from members of the site. I’ve also shared a lot of laughs. Thanks for being part of our community. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!
Posted: November 27, 2014 at 07:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
Interesting stuff. I hope the next step is specifically looking at areas within the strikezone.
Posted: November 27, 2014 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
Thought this would be of interest. I’m sure you can find video of it somewhere. Basically, from the photo I saw, it managed to catch him below/behind the ear where the cricket helmet offers no protection. The estimate I saw had the ball clocked at about 85 MPH (not sure at what point that measurement is taken) and it of course bounced before it got to him.
Posted: November 27, 2014 at 01:25 AM | 22 comment(s)
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources.
The Tomas deal is believed to have an opt-out and is pending a physical, the sources said. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.
Posted: November 26, 2014 at 05:21 PM | 43 comment(s)
He’s got to be kidding.
After working to confirm the scoops by Fink and Murray, Rosenthal said that he was overwhelmed by similar requests. “I’m getting tons of tweets every day from young kids: ‘Hey, I’ve got a story, can you confirm it?’ It’s funny in one way, but it’s getting to be a little much in another.” Rosenthal may traffic in the flow of information, but he nonetheless marvelled at the success of some of these neophytes. “I am frankly surprised that these guys have ...
Posted: November 26, 2014 at 05:08 PM | 11 comment(s)
So, we have Cespedes and Napoli going to Seattle, with the Mariners sending Miller and Hultzen to Washington. What do the Red Sox receive from the Nationals to make the trade work for everyone? Zimmermann is the key piece, obviously, but the Sox are dealing two sluggers and watching the Nationals acquire a potential 11 years of young talent in exchange, so they might not settle for just the one year of Zimmermann’s services and the draft pick they’d get if he left next winter. To even ...
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