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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Dexter Fowler, Casey Close, Collusion and the Value of Information

Now, teams don’t even need to do the work of creating or maintaining an information bank. Every time a team source leaks a contract offer to a reporter, who then posts it to Twitter or a rumors blog, another piece of that same kind of information bank is gained by anybody with access to the internet. When injury information is added to the equation, it only creates a more sensitive situation for the player, particularly when the medical information is disputed as it was with Balfour, Hernandez, Sele and others.

This issue has come up multiple times over the course of the current collective bargaining agreement, which began in 2012 and will run out at the end of the current season. In 2012, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on multiple public statements that were close to crossing the line, including a “high-ranking” Rangers official telling USA Today his club didn’t plan to offer Josh Hamilton a contract longer than three years, Tony La Russa telling ESPN any contract over six years in length is “scary and dangerous,” and Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski telling reporters Detroit would not be offering contracts to departing free agents Jose Valverde and Delmon Young….

So when Close railed against the Orioles and the media, this was not just the bitterness of an agent and his client watching money slip away. The players and the union fought for specific rules against the tactic that was deployed against his client. They fought for these rules because this kind of sharing of information, whether done in secret or done through the media, has caused substantial damage to players’ earning power in the past. And it doesn’t particularly matter whether team officials are creating these leaks with the intent of damaging a player’s market value; the impact is the same.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, collusion, dexter fowler, free agency

Friday, February 26, 2016

Dexter Fowler’s fiasco with Orioles raises a lot of questions | FOX Sports

Why didn’t Close refute the signing when the reports first showed up in the media?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2016 at 06:00 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dexter fowler, orioles

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Fowler, Cubs agree on 1-year deal | MLB.com

This helps to explain the Coghlan trade.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2016 at 01:10 PM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dexter fowler, free agents, orioles

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Orioles, Fowler agree on 3-year deal | MLB.com

The deal, worth $33 million according to a tweet by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, fills Baltimore’s right field hole and also caps a record-spending season for the Orioles. The club also retained Chris Davis, Matt Wieters and Darren O’Day, among others.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2016 at 09:15 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dexter fowler, free agents, orioles

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Is Dexter Fowler a better option for White Sox than Yoenis Cespedes? - Chicago Tribune

Isn’t Eaton a better defender than Fowler in centerfield?

Aside from being more affordable, Fowler seems like a better clubhouse fit than Cespedes, who already has been on four teams. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said last October: “(Fowler) always has a smile, he’s always bouncing around the clubhouse, he’s very loose and confident in his abilities, sometimes in almost a brash way. And that’s great with our team.”

It’d be great for the Sox too. And it would allow manager Robin Ventura to play Adam Eaton in left and right, giving Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia time as designated hitters while decreasing Adam LaRoche’s at-bats. Before Trayce Thompson was dealt, Ventura said at the winter meetings that Eaton was amenable to a switch from center.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dexter fowler, free agents, white sox, yoenis cespedes

 

 

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