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Friday, March 27, 2015

Jason Heyward’s Ability Seems Boundless. Soon, So May His Contract.

If he wants the biggest contract, he has to put up some bigger numbers than he has put up the last few years. Even if he doesn’t, he’ll be a very wealthy young man at the end of season.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:34 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, free agents

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Brewers To Re-Sign Francisco Rodriguez

Apparently last season, he had 44 saves, a WHIP under 1, and made the All-Star team. Not even joking!

(That’s 348 saves going into his age 33 season…)

The Brewers have reached agreement on a two-year, $13MM deal with reliever Francisco Rodriguez. The team also holds a club option for the 2017 season over the Boras Corporation client.

The total guarantee is expected to include just $3MM this year and $6MM next season. That would appear to suggest that the contract includes a significant option buyout that would effectively function to backload its structure (and, potentially, make it more likely that the option will be a reasonable pick-up when the time comes)...

Rodriguez, 33, has spent most of the past four seasons in Milwaukee. All said, he owns a 3.11 ERA over his 193 2/3 frames with the Brewers. He has maintained double-digit strikeout-per-nine rates over the last two years in addition to an excellent K%-BB%. Though FIP has been down on Rodriguez’s work in recent campaigns, other ERA estimators like xFIP and SIERA view him as a 3.00 or better performer.

The District Attorney Posted: February 26, 2015 at 11:23 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, francisco rodriguez, free agents, transactions

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Stark: Best and worst of an active off-season

Great trade, who’d we get?

BEST FREE-AGENT SIGNINGS
Russell Martin (Blue Jays)—11
James Shields (Padres)—11
Jon Lester (Cubs)—8
Adam LaRoche (White Sox)—7
Pablo Sandoval (Red Sox)—6
Andrew Miller (Yankees)—5

Russell Martin
Martin
The votes in this sector of the survey zigzagged in all directions, with 33 different players collecting at least one vote—including two Cubans (Yoan Moncada and Hector Olivera) who haven’t even signed yet. Oh, and one fellow who isn’t a player at all—Joe Maddon—got two votes. So what pushed Martin and Shields to the top of this list? Well, there weren’t a lot of fans of Martin’s five-year, $82-million contract, per se. But “he impacts winning,” one voter said. Shields’ votes were reflections of both his contract (because the Padres were able to keep it to four years) and the way he fits both his new ballpark and the aggressive winter of his new club. They “had to sign him,” an AL exec said, “to finish off the project.”

WORST FREE-AGENT SIGNINGS
Max Scherzer (Nationals)—15
Brett Anderson (Dodgers)—10
Hanley Ramirez (Red Sox)—9
Michael Cuddyer (Mets)—8
Nick Markakis (Braves)—6
Billy Butler (A’s)—5
Brandon McCarthy (Dodgers)—5

When we asked one NL executive for his selections in the best free-agent competition, his instant quip was: “That’s an oxymoron.” No wonder the votes piled up for all sorts of candidates on this side of the poll. We counted 14 free agents who got at least three votes for worst signing and another nine who got two votes. But the most fun fact of all is 17 different players got votes in both the worst-signing and best-signing categories. The reason for that isn’t actually confusing. We’d sum it up this way: Love the player, hate the contract. There’s no better example of that than Scherzer. “It’s ridiculous that they’ll be paying him forever,” one voter said. “But he’s a great pitcher.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2015 at 01:43 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, max scherzer, offseason, trades

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Source: Mariners reach deal with free agent Weeks | MLB.com

It will be interesting to see how he’s used by the Mariners. The question at this point is, did he cost himself some money this year by refusing to play the outfield last season?

The Brewers talked of using the right-handed-hitting Weeks in the outfield last season. He balked at that idea, but could presumably be used as a corner outfielder or utility infielder by Seattle. The Mariners have Dustin Ackley returning in left field and acquired veterans Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano this winter to likely platoon in right field.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mariners

How much are taxes affecting James Shields’ payday with the Pads? | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal covers the impact of state taxes on offers to James Shields.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, james shields, player compensation

Monday, February 09, 2015

Padres, James Shields agree to 4-year deal, according to source - SBNation.com

e Padres have agreed to sign free agent right-hander James Shields to a four-year contract that includes a club option for a fifth season, according to major-league sources. The deal is currently pending a physical, and is likely to be announced early in the week.
...
Shields, 33, is the last major free agent starter to sign with a club in a winter that has already seen Jon Lester join the Cubs and Max Scherzer sign with the Nationals on multi-year deals. His deal is expected to be in the $72-76 million range, according to sources.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2015 at 07:08 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, james shields, padres

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Why Doesn’t Anybody Want James Shields? — The Cauldron — Medium

James Shields under the sabermetric microscope.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 09:27 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, james shields, sabermetrics

Thursday, February 05, 2015

New Rockies pitcher Kyle Kendrick eager to try and tame Coors Field - The Denver Post

Luke wasn’t afraid either.

“We obviously all know that Coors Field is a tough place to pitch,” Kendrick said Wednesday after signing a one-year, $5.5 million contract. “But I’m happy to be here and I’m not scared to pitch at Coors Field at all.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2015 at 10:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, kyle kendrick, rockies

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

If Shields’ price has dropped, Yankees should open wallet | MLB.com

It looks like someone misjudged the market.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2015 at 09:53 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, james shields, yankees

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Crew remains in market for bullpen help | brewers.com

We are now into the cheap reliever signing period of the off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 01, 2015 at 07:22 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, free agents

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

History hurts Shields’ chances at landing a big contract | FOX Sports

This shouldn’t exactly be news. James Shield’s agent misread the market.I guess there’s still time for some team to give him a stupid contract. Time is running out, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 28, 2015 at 11:01 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, james shields

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: Nationals sign free-agent reliever Casey Janssen

“One year with mutual option, $5M guaranteed including option buyout.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 28, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: casey janssen, free agents, nationals

Friday, January 23, 2015


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Max Scherzer says winning, not cash, landed him in D.C.

I call bullshit.

“It’s pretty easy. It’s one (reason). Winning,” he said. “This team is capable of winning, and winning a lot, when you look at the near-term and long-term. This is an organization you want to be a part of.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, max scherzer, nationals

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How is it that free-agent right-hander James Shields is still unemployed? - ESPN

Has he overpriced himself? How much did he postseason performance impact his market?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2015 at 03:08 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, james shields

Monday, January 19, 2015

Max Scherzer agrees to Nats deal, making great rotation even better - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman says it’s a done deal.

op right-handed starter Max Scherzer and the Nationals are in agreement on a seven-year deal, CBSSports.com has learned.

Details of the deal beyond the seven years are not known.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2015 at 05:51 AM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, max scherzer, nationals

Nationals Build Potential Super-Team, Add Max Scherzer | FanGraphs Baseball

Jeff Sullivan looks into the crystal ball to see Max Scherzer’s possible future. (Keep in mind that 2 of the 10 comps he used didn’t do particularly well.)

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2015 at 05:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, max scherzer

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Max Scherzer closing in on new multiyear contract - ESPN

According to the Washington Post, the Nationals are the favorite to land Scherzer and are “very close” to a deal.

A source told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark that the Nationals won’t have the financial flexibility to sign Scherzer unless they have a trade in place to move starter Jordan Zimmermann and possibly shortstop Ian Desmond. As of Saturday, Stark reports, the Nationals did not have trades in place for either Zimmermann or Desmond.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2015 at 09:58 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, max scherzer, nationals, tigers

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Giants, Nori Aoki Agree To One-Year Deal

It’s the best way to replicate Travis Ishikawa’s defense, without the inelegance of constantly falling down.

The Giants and outfielder Nori Aoki have agreed to a one-year contract with an option for the 2016 season, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle (Twitter links). Aoki, a client of CAA Sports, receives a $4.7MM guarantee plus performance bonuses, via Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter links). He’ll earn $4MM in 2015, and his 2016 option contains a $700K buyout, according to Heyman, who adds that the contract can max out at $12.5MM over two years… Shea tweets that Aoki’s option is valued at $5.5MM, adding that he can earn up to $1.5MM worth of incentives in each year of the deal…

Aoki gives the Giants additional outfield depth and should slot into their starting left field spot, shifting Gregor Blanco into a fourth outfield role, although the two do have relatively similar skill sets… In his lone season with Kansas City, Aoki batted .285/.349/.360 with 17 steals but just one home run.

The District Attorney Posted: January 17, 2015 at 02:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, nori aoki, transactions

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Diamondbacks still interested in James Shields, despite tight budget

As for Shields, Stewart said he has spoken multiple times with his agent, Page Odle, to “work on groundwork.” Shields’ market has been murky, although there was a report last week of him receiving a five-year, $110 million offer. On Monday night, FOX Sports reported that offer came from a team with which Shields did not want to sign.

Stewart said he believes Shields likes what the Diamondbacks are doing as an organization.

“I think James is a throwback guy by the way he goes about his business and the innings he pitches,” Stewart said. “I think the fact that Tony (La Russa) is here and that we have more baseball people – he probably sees us as a true baseball team vs. some of the other teams out here that are geared more toward analytics and those type of things.

You hear that NERDS?


Sunday, January 04, 2015

Big-money James? | FOX Sports

The talk of Shields and $100 million does not mean that he indeed will land such a deal. Third baseman Chase Headley reportedly received a four-year, $65 million offer from an unidentified club early in free agency but wound up re-signing with the Yankees for four years, $52 million.
Some executives, in fact, say they would be surprised if Shields topped $100 million, considering he is 33 and perhaps due for regression coming off eight straight 200-inning seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2015 at 11:24 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, james shields

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Asdrubal Cabrera to join Rays

Its a shame about the Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a one-year deal with infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney, confirming multiple reports….

The shortstop played second base for the Washington Nationals at the end of last season after he was acquired in a trade deadline deal from the Cleveland Indians.

A two-time All-Star, Cabrera batted .229 with five home runs and 21 RBIs for the Nationals in 49 games after the trade. In total, between both teams, he finished last season batting .241 with 14 homers and 61 RBIs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 31, 2014 at 02:18 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, free agents, indians, nationals, rays

Nick Hundley signs two-year deal with the Rockies

Must be the Denver schools.

Free agent catcher Nick Hundley and the Rockies have agreed to a two-year contract worth around $6 million, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

Connolly reports that the Orioles made Hundley a two-year offer to remain in Baltimore after acquiring him from the Padres in May, but he opted for more money and the promise of more playing time in Colorado.

Hundley hit .243 with six homers and a .631 OPS in 83 games overall and has a .680 OPS for his career.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 31, 2014 at 02:17 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, free agents, nick hundley, rockies

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

How Royals’ magical roster nearly got a July shakeup | New York Post

You have to love the brass on Boras. How much more money is he willing to cost Stephen Drew, though?

A few teams involved with Drew say his asking price of $9 million-$10 million for 2015 is not in their price range. Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, has emphasized the career .764 OPS the lefty swinger took into last season as representative of his client and not the .536 he posted in a disjointed 2014 campaign.
But executives from a few of the interested clubs have expressed concern that 2014 was so bad there has to be worry, with Drew turning 32 in March, that he has entered a steep decline phase. As one said: “Fine, you want to say June and July [last year] were spring training for him, well, how about August or September? There was never a time in which he looked like a major league hitter. The ball didn’t come off his bat well, there was zero consistency. Nothing.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2014 at 09:30 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, royals, stephen drew

Monday, December 29, 2014

Nine possible spots for Max Scherzer: Star FA without a team, or a rumor - CBSSports.com

Will Boras really be able to convince a team to go $200 million on Scherzer?

9. Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner has been weighing Scherzer for weeks, but in recent days indications are Steinbrenner still isn’t ready to dive in, and they’ve said as much. Many rotation question questions carry over from last season, and it appears that for now at least, talented youngster Nate Eovaldi is the answer to McCarthy’s departure. Their starting group could be very good, but there’s a lot of uncertainty, from Mashiro Tanaka’s elbow to CC Sabathia’s knee to Ivan Nova’s elbow to Michael Pineda’s ability to continue to perform. The issue is this: With a 50 percent tax for them, a $28 million salary for Scherzer would cost them $42 million, steep even by Yankees standards.


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