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Saturday, May 07, 2016
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Will he end up back in San Francisco?
“Where I end up is where I’ll end up,” Lincecum said. “They already have six starters. I’ve got to just look out for me, and if they’re the No. 1 piece in the puzzle when it comes down to decision time, I’ll be excited to go back.”
Monday, May 02, 2016
Is it really going to happen?
Lincecum will host his long-awaited showcase in Arizona on Friday, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. At least two-thirds of the major-league teams are expected to attend.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
The statistics page. The free agent’s remorse page. The What-the-Heck-Happened-to-Me-in-2015 page.
With apologies to Repoz
I haven’t seen so much page-turning up on the stage
since I was in the audience for the taping of Bob Seger’s “Live Bullet”!
Posted: March 01, 2016 at 09:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
Thursday, February 25, 2016
This helps to explain the Coghlan trade.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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.
Thursday, February 04, 2016
For those who have more than a Passan interest in the Yankees and/or Bryce Harper’s future:
Nobody with the Yankees dared comment on Harper, even off the record, because their future marriage is considered so inevitable by most in the sport that the team dare not trifle with tampering charges. Considering the pains to which the Yankees are going to tighten finances, Harper as the endgame makes worlds of sense.
His age – and the ability to cull prime years from a free agent, a rarity – is as much of a selling point as his ability. And Harper’s transformation from enfant terrible to the most marketable player in baseball by a large margin fits the Yankees’ ethos. Star power matters to the Yankees more than any other team.
How much they’re willing to pay for their ideal fit is the question. Presuming Harper plays at a similar level for the next three years, his contract floor will be $400 million – a number, surely, at which the Washington Nationals won’t balk in their efforts to keep Harper in their uniform for his entire career. Their presence creates the prospect of a bidding war, and the idea that Harper skips $400 million altogether and aims for a half-billion-dollar deal is not altogether far-fetched. If that’s the price it takes to ensure he’s in the same lineup as Greg Bird and Aaron Judge and Jorge Mateo and Gary Sanchez, the homegrown core that the Yankees hope will have developed by then, it’s just money, something the Yankees in the past have all but printed.
They have “expressed interest”.
Friday, January 29, 2016
The Dodgers have a two-year, $20 million deal with free-agent second baseman Howie Kendrick, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported Friday.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Aaron Hicks, Yankees
This has been a winter in which the Yanks have famously not signed a single free agent, with the Castro and Chapman trade acquisitions their biggest sources of improvement. But don’t forget about the trade they made with the Twins for Hicks.
At 26, and with less than 1,000 plate appearances in the big leagues, there’s an argument to be made for upside here. Though the Yankees’ trade discussions involving Brett Gardner have gone nowhere, to date, perhaps they see Hicks as a guy worthy of an everyday spot should Gardner be moved (or is Jacoby Ellsbury gets hurt). But even if Hicks simply is for the Yanks in ‘16 what he was for the Twins in ‘15—a quality defensive option at all three outfield spots with fleet feet on the basepaths and terrific numbers (.307/.375/.495) against left-handed pitching—that will suffice. Joe Girardi employed Chris Young expertly last season, and it’s easy to see Hicks filling the same role.
Posted: January 28, 2016 at 04:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
For the Rays, there are two major hurdles in signing Desmond, who turned 30 in September.
One would be the terms. Desmond made $11-million last season with Washington and turned down a qualifying offer, which was a one-year, $15.8-milliom deal, expecting he would do better on the open market.
That Desmond has indicated he would like to play for the Rays, that he is from Sarasota, that he is represented by the same agency as Rays manager Kevin Cash (Sports One Athlete Management) and that he is close friends with Rays OF Steven Souza Jr. are all factors.
But he is still going to want to get paid.
If he was amenable to a one-year deal, which in theory would allow him to rebuild his value and go back on the market next year, the Rays would have to figure out how far they were willing to go salary wise. They might be more interested if they could get Desmond to agree to a 2017 option, or for a second year, allowing them to spread the money around.
The other issue for the Rays is that they would have to forfeit their first-round pick in the coming draft, the No. 13 overall pick. Given how important the draft is to the Rays, and that some in the industry value those mid-first round picks well in excess of $10-million, it could be that is the bigger hurdle.
If they signed Desmond for a year and he became a free agent after the season, the Rays would be in a position to get an extra pick back in 2017, though between the first and second rounds. So it could come down to whether they got enough of a bargain on the salary to make it worthwhile to give up the draft pick.
Posted: January 28, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 16 comment(s)
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
“He’s throwing every day and says he’s doing great,” Lincecum’s agent, Rick Thurman, told the Chronicle. “He’s got no instability in his hip, and he’s enthusiastic about his progress.”
Thurman reveals that nearly every MLB team has reached out about Lincecum, who is a free agent for the first time since being drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2006 amateur draft.
Posted: January 26, 2016 at 06:46 AM | 70 comment(s)
Monday, January 25, 2016
What utter nonsense. Why just the other day, Rizzo signed Billy Joel to perform another midsummer night concert.
The targets that joined
The Nats did add some bullpen arms, though, in Shawn Kelley and Oliver Perez. That allowed them to trade Storen away, and it made it palatable to lose out on O’Day and Aroldis Chapman. Still, there won’t be a lot of Shawn Kelley shirseys at their FanFest, I’m guessing.
No, the big splash was Daniel Murphy, whose best-case scenario is probably something like what Yunel Escobar gave the Nationals last year. They traded Escobar away to make room, exchanging tens of millions after the trade to buy a slightly younger, slightly more consistent second baseman. The move allows them to take their time with prospect Trea Turner, and it gives the lineup a lefty/righty balance it didn’t have before.
It’s not like Murphy is a bad player. On the contrary, he’s been helping the Mets win an extra game or two every season for six years, now. As the face of an entire offseason, especially an offseason that followed the most disappointing regular season in franchise history, he’s completely underwhelming.
Or, to put it another way, have you looked at the Nationals’ projected lineup this year?
For three names, you’re getting excited. Revere doesn’t walk, but he’s one of the few players in baseball you might trust to buoy his OBP with his batting average. Rendon had a disappointing season last year, but he’s still just 26 and preternaturally gifted. Harper stepped out of Baseball Simulator 1.000, and the rest of the league can’t do anything about it.
After that, though, it’s bleak. Zimmerman had a .308 OBP last year, and his body is an old soul. Murphy is a fine complementary player, but he makes you wince as a #5 hitter. Werth is coming off his worst season, and he’s 37. Espinosa is coming off one of his best seasons, but that still makes him a defense-first player you hide at the bottom of the order. Ramos has been a net-negative hitter for two seasons now.
The Nationals probably needed Cespedes more than the Mets did, really.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
I am the #1 fan of this year’s free agent class.
This year’s crop of free agents is nearly two years younger than last season’s — and younger than any of the groups of the past five years. Given that they are younger, it might be reasonable to conclude that they performed better over the past year. That assumption would be correct, as the graph below shows….
Taking inflation into account, MLB teams have not spent more than they did in 2006 in free agency on either the top 10 or the top 20 free agents in the last decade until this season. Assuming Cespedes signs for around $100 million, the average contract of the top 20 free agents this season will be nearly identical to the average of top 10 contracts signed from 2006 through last year.
Over the past decade, revenue has moved upward, but the player’s share of that revenue has moved down. While free agent salaries generally appear to moving forward and going higher, the big spending has actually slipped over the past decade. This year, the players appear to be benefiting from the increased revenues from local and national television, as well as the emergence of contenders like the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals, who themselves have benefited greatly from their recent success. Increased revenues coupled with multiple great players to sign appears to have led to a big increase. Whether those gains will be continued next offseason under a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and a considerably weaker free agent class remains to be seen.
Posted: January 24, 2016 at 09:29 PM | 1 comment(s)
Friday, January 22, 2016
Or, more likely, the Nationals are the only serious bidder and his agents are floating this rumor to extract a larger offer from the Nationals.
By all accounts, he enjoyed his brief stay with the Mets, who acquired him from the Tigers July 31—Cespedes’ third trade in 12 months. Changing teams again might not appeal to him. Joining the Nationals also might concern him, given the number of strong personalities in their clubhouse. The Nats hired Dusty Baker as manager in part to help mold the team into a more cohesive unit.
Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward reportedly rejected superior bids from the Nationals to join the Cubs earlier this offseason. But in the end, Cespedes might act like a more typical free agent and accept the highest offer, be it from the Nationals or another club.
Or maybe not. Maybe he just wants to be a Met.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Here’s what I’ve been told: The Yankees are not planning to sign a Major League free agent this offseason.
I’m certainly not the only reporter hearing such a thing. The Yankees have taken on some money in trades, and they’re about to pay a bunch of money to arbitration eligible players — and they committed a ton of money two years ago — but it’s entirely possible, if not likely, that the Yankees will not sign a single Major League free agent this winter.
The Yankees’ last Major League free agent signing was technically Garrett Jones during weird situation last season when the Yankees released, then re-signed, then released Jones again, all within a few days.
The Yankees’ last normal Major League signing was Stephen Drew to a one-year, $5-million deal which became official last January 16, exactly a year ago tomorrow.
Just because it’s been so long — and because it might be a while longer — I tried to look back at the Yankees most recent free agent signings at each position. I looked for the last one-year deal, the last multi-year deal, and the last time the Yankees re-signed or extended a player who’d been with the team for a while (re-signing a guy like Headley or Drew is certainly different from re-signing Mariano Rivera or extending CC Sabathia). I might have missed some people, but here’s the best I could come up with.
Posted: January 21, 2016 at 12:48 PM | 10 comment(s)
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.
Which position would Cespedes play?
The Nats recently acquired Ben Revere, presumably to play center, possibly in tandem with Michael Taylor. Jayson Werth, guaranteed $42 million over the next two seasons with a full no-trade clause, is the left fielder. National League MVP Bryce Harper is in right.
The addition of Cespedes likely would mean that either he or Harper would be in center. The Nats, however, want Revere to play regularly—they acquired him in part to be their leadoff man. Perhaps Revere and Werth could share time in left, with Revere occasionally rotating into center and even right to rest Harper.
A trade of Werth would appear highly unlikely.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Do Mets fans really want him back for five years?
The solution for the Mets is easy – so easy, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.
Sign Yoenis Cespedes.
Sign him to a five-year, $120 million contract with a two-year opt-out and a ton of deferred money.
Cespedes, 30, could claim victory – he would get the long-term security he wants and a higher average annual value ($24 million) than Justin Upton ($22.125M).
The Mets would win, too – the five-year term is shorter than Cespedes desires, the deferred money would lower the present-day value of the deal and the opt-out would ensure that the outfielder stays motivated.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Where will Cespedes land?
General manager Jeff Luhnow on Friday afternoon reiterated that he feels the team does not need to make further moves this offseason. Yet, it’s clear the Astros don’t consider their winter over.
“We’re still in the same spot we’ve been in,” Luhnow said. “We’re monitoring the players that are available and trying to figure out if there’s a fit, and when I say available, I don’t mean only via free agency. There’s discussions with other teams about trade possibilities as well. Chasing down a lot of avenues.”
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Big contracts for Ian Kennedy and Chris Davis. Davis back to the Orioles.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
As my father used to say, “It’s nice to want.”
Thursday, January 07, 2016
The Giants and free-agent outfielder Denard Span have agreed to a three-year deal, pending a physical.
The deal is reportedly worth $31 million ($10.33 million per season) plus performance bonuses.
Span, who turns 32 in February, is coming off a season in which he played just 61 games because of various injuries. The initial thought throughout the industry was Span would seek a one-year deal to re-establish his value, but his versatility and play when healthy—posting a career-high 184 hits in 2014—led to multiple suitors.
Posted: January 07, 2016 at 09:05 PM | 32 comment(s)
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