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Saturday, June 30, 2018

A field of broken dreams: Homestead may demolish its ill-fated sliver of MLB history

The Homestead baseball stadium has been a lot of things in its time— a practice field for striking major-leaguers, a clandestine clubhouse for kids, a place where petty criminals were booked and held before moving to county jail, but mostly, a bit of an embarrassing money-suck for the city. Now, Homestead is considering bids to demolish the aging structure, a move that could seal the fate of one man’s 30-year old dream that never came true.

NattyBoh Posted: June 30, 2018 at 05:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: florida, free agents, spring training, stadiums

Friday, June 29, 2018

The 2018 Free-Agent Class No Longer Looks Poised to Change Baseball - The Ringer

How much money will he get?

Harper, approaching his 26th birthday, has sandwiched two useful but far-from-spectacular seasons (2016 and 2018) around a productive but injury-curtailed 2017, and 2015 remains the sole season in which he reached five FanGraphs WAR. Subsequent analysis attached a caveat to that campaign too, revealing that Harper’s results had far exceeded the stats that his batted balls seemed to dictate. For years, fans and media members speculated that Harper would be bound for the Bronx, but midway through his walk year, the Yankees have four outfielders with higher WAR than his.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2018 at 10:05 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Free agent Alex Cobb, Orioles have 4-year deal

It’s official. Is it enough to make the O’s contenders?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2018 at 07:12 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cobb, free agents, orioles

Monday, March 12, 2018

Neil Walker signs one-year deal with Yankees | MLB.com

The 32-year-old Walker, who had been working out at the free-agent camp in Bradenton, is entering his 10th Major League season. His signing could signal the Yankees’ intent to have touted prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres begin the year in the Minor Leagues.

“I don’t control that,” Torres said. “I control playing my game every day and making progress every day, staying humble and trying to help my team. I don’t know what happens right now.”

Walker’s contract is believed to be worth about $5 million, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, which would keep the Yankees comfortably below their envisioned $197 million payroll threshold. Walker earned $17.2 million last year after accepting a qualifying offer from the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2018 at 06:58 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, neil walker, yankees

Jake Arrieta, Phillies agree to deal | MLB.com

That’s a pretty good contract for a guy who is trending in the wrong direction.

The Phillies made a remarkably bold move Sunday, particularly for a team that still considered itself building for the future. Sources told MLB.com that the Phillies and Jake Arrieta have agreed in principle to a multi-year contract, pending a physical. MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports it’s a three-year contract worth $75 million—Arrieta will make $30 million in the first year, $25 million in the second and $20 million in the third—and that Arrieta can opt out of the contract after 2019.

The Phillies can void that opt out, though, if they exercise a two-year extension that starts at $20 million per season, according to Morosi, but can reach as much as $30 million per season based on games started and Cy Young Award finishes.

In that case, the contract would be worth as much as $135 million over five seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2018 at 08:27 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jake arrieta, phillies

Dodd: Scott Boras says “The system has failed” Mike Moustakas – The Athletic

The “system” or his agent?

Moustakas is a good player. He’s not a great player. He’s also the type of player who has lost value…slow, mediocre fielders with one above-average tool (a tool that is plentiful in the market). Boras should have gotten him signed earlier.

Boras, his agent, had misjudged the market. Moustakas lost nearly $10 million in the process in 2018. Yet as Boras, Moustakas and Moore gathered for a group media session on Saturday morning, Boras questioned the “integrity” of the current system, mentioning “intervening factors” that had mucked up his client’s market.

Because Moustakas had declined a qualifying offer, potential suitors risked losing a draft pick to sign him. Because clubs such as the New York Yankees were publicly concerned about the implications of the game’s luxury tax, Moustakas was not a priority. And because Moustakas was content to wait out the market in November and December, he was left with few options.

Reports this week indicated that Moustakas turned down a multiyear deal with the Los Angeles Angels that would have paid him close to $45 million. The Angels, however, pushed back against that notion on Saturday, a source telling ESPN’s Buster Olney that “they never made a three-year, $45 million offer.”

“Things intervene,” Boras said, “and it’s become something other than the best players playing baseball at the highest level for the best teams.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mike moustakas, pay site, royals, scott boras, the athletic

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Heyman | Arrieta closing in on deal with Phillies | FanRag Sports

Twitter says it’s a done deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2018 at 05:06 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jake arrieta, phillies

Friday, March 09, 2018


Thursday, March 08, 2018

Mike Moustakas returning to Royals

Boras lost this one.

- Mike Moustakas has agreed to a one-year deal with a mutual second-year option with the Kansas City Royals, according to sources. The deal, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, guarantees him $6.5 million and can max out at $22.7 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2018 at 10:26 PM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mike moustakas, royals

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Latest on Arrieta, Moustakas, Holland

It will be interesting to see if he can pull a rabbit out of his butt on these guys.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2018 at 10:02 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, scott boras

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Neil Walker sounds bummed about Yankees’ Drury trade | New York Post

Torres looks like a better fit at 2B. Walker hasn’t played much third. Add in his back issue, his poor defense, and his salary and it’s not difficult to figure out when the Yankees preferred to trade for Drury.

Walker wishes intangibles weighed more in the Yankees’ decision.

“Maybe it’s something that’s being lost in translation with teams — how are we valuing guys?” Walker said. “Are we strictly valuing them on numbers, or are we not able to quantify how they’re making an impact, not only on the field but in the clubhouse? I’ve always felt like I’ve been somebody that’s been a leader. I guess in terms of dollars and cents, teams are not seeing that as a value at this point.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 10:18 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, neil walker, yankees

Melky Cabrera is one of the faces of MLB’s free agent crisis | New York Post

IT’S A CRISIS!!

Cabrera has averaged 12 outfield assists each of the past three years and committed just two errors last season.

Hey Kevin Kernan, the 1940’s called asking for their statistical analysis back.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 08:29 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, melky cabrera

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Rays move fast to fill RF void, strike 1-year, $4M deal with Carlos Gomez

A reasonable facsimile of Steven Souza and the Rays get a few other players. (PTBNL still waiting to be named. Keith Laws says, “The Rays can still come out ahead in this deal depending on who the players to be named are—I’m told they’re more than just throw-ins—but Souza, with three years remaining before free agency, is a big loss, and Banda and Solak alone don’t make up for it.”)

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2018 at 03:05 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gomez, free agents, rays

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Arizona Diamondbacks set to sign Jarrod Dyson | MLB.com

I’m a little surprised the Giants didn’t sign him.

A baseball source has confirmed the deal is worth $7.5 million [two years], and a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that Dyson’s deal includes performance bonuses each year: $50,000 at 100 and 125 games played; and $50,000 each at 350, 400 and 450 plate appearances.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2018 at 08:48 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, free agents, jarrod dyson

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Eric Hosmer surprised Red Sox didn’t pursue him | The Kansas City Star

His actions don’t match Marrero’s info. If he really believed in himself and wanted to play for a contender, he would have signed a three- or four-year deal with a contender for a higher AAV. Hosmer’s priority, though, was clearly getting the most guaranteed money. I don’t begrudge him for it but, in the short term at least, he’ll be playing in a lot of meaningless games.

Now, the overall dollars on the deal aren’t bad. $21 million a year for five years then $39 million over the last three isn’t crazy. If he doesn’t decide to opt out after five years, though, the team could be locked into mediocrity (or worse) play out of the position. The Padres would then be in an Pujols situation. The worst part about the Albert Pujols deal isn’t the money he’s owed. It’s that the Angels feel compelled to play him. As a fan I’m not concerned about an owner making less money after signing an expensive guaranteed contract with a free agent; it’s having my team locked into a guy who stinks for an extended period.

On Sunday, Marrero told Boston media members that Hosmer was surprised the Red Sox didn’t push for his services.

“I mean, yeah,” Marrero told the Boston Globe. “He obviously wanted to play for a contender. That’s what everybody wants to do. And play for this great city, this great organization, which has a winning tradition. I mean, he would have loved to be here just like everyone else for sure.”

....

“He’s not that type of person,” Marrero told WEEI.com. “He’s the type of guy who wants what he wants and he’s going to get what he wants. He knows his value and he knew what he wanted and that was it. He kept working hard every day. He was the same old guy every day. We live together. We train together every day. Nothing was different. He just knew what he wanted and he was going to wait until he got it. ...

“There was nothing in him that was worrying him or anything like that. He knew he was going to get what he was going to get. I’m sure he’s happy making a decision, that’s why he waited so long. He’s not the type of person. He’s not the type who freaks out, who panics and stuff like that. He was cool as a cucumber. He handled it perfectly. He got bullied there a little bit at the beginning, but that didn’t faze him. He knew his worth and got what he deserved.”

That faith in himself paid off as Hosmer is getting an eight-year, $144 million contract with the Padres.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2018 at 02:27 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, free agents, padres

 

 

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