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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.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Braves To Sign A.J. Pierzynski

Mmm, pierogi and grits.

The Braves have reached a one-year deal with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports on Twitter.

The District Attorney Posted: December 24, 2014 at 01:57 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pierzynski, braves, free agents, transactions

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Fangraphs: How the Teams are Built

Looking at the A’s 40-man roster, 27 players were acquired via trade, the most in the MLB, and five more off waivers. The A’s aren’t like most teams, with regards to their payroll, and so the A’s aren’t like most teams, with regards to how they’re built.

Sean Doolittle is the longest-tenured A’s player, drafted in the first round of the 2007 draft. A.J. Griffin was a 13th-round draft pick in 2010, and Sonny Gray was a first-round pick in 2011. The fourth guy is Renato Nunez, who wasn’t even taken in the June draft, and was instead selected as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela in 2010. That’s it for homegrown players in Oakland.

Compare that to the 27 homegrown players on the New York Mets’ 40-man roster, and the differences in organizational philosophies become readily apparent. The organizational ladder for the Mets dates all the way back to 2001 when franchise-favorite David Wright was drafted in the first round. Jon Niese and Bobby Parnell were both drafted in 2005, Juan Lagares, Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejeda followed in 2006, and a whole host of current 40-manners came in 2007, including starters Jenrry Mejia, Lucas Duda, Dillon Gee, Jeurys Familia and Wilmer Flores.

There is still time for the A’s to trade Doolittle and Gray.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 23, 2014 at 09:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 40 man rosters, athletics, free agents, homegrown, mets, trades

Here’s how MLB teams weigh injury worries. | SportsonEarth.com : Lindsay Berra

As Wade points out, overall risk has increased greatly in recent years, because with the amount of money and years involved, contracts have become virtually uninsurable; endless exclusions and high premiums make them cost-prohibitive when added to the cost of the actual contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, free agents, injuries, trades

Monday, December 22, 2014

Free Agent Spending By Division – MLB Trade Rumors

The difference between the AL East and NL East is striking.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2014 at 06:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Royals sign Kris Medlen to two-year deal - MLB Daily Dish

Ken Rosenthal reports, “Medlen two-year deal with #Royals worth $8.5M - $2M, $5.5M plus $10M mutual option with $1M buyout if either party declines.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2014 at 03:37 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, kris medlen, royals

Posnanski: The Royals Celebration Tour

Never take “We’ll owe you a favor” for an answer. Ask CM Punk!

I’m beginning to wonder if the Royals just gave us that incredible postseason run last year so that they could spend the next few years trolling us with the sorts of signings that used to make them baseball’s laughing stock…

I can’t in good conscience do anything but grumble quietly. The Royals were a Bumgarner away form a World Series victory. I wish they wouldn’t celebrate that magical season by paying way too much money for declining 30-something players. But, you know, winners are entitled to celebrate however they want.

I don’t get why the Royals are doing this and not just, you know, going all out to sign James Shields. Understand: I don’t think the Royals SHOULD sign James Shields. He’s 33 years old and, as such, will undoubtedly get way too much money for his declining years. But, then, I’m not as big a fan of Shields as the Royals are. The Royals LOVED him, I mean all caps LOVE because of his leadership and mentorship and all that. If the Royals already planned to plunk down $48 million for three old players who have been dumped by teams in the last year or two and have a combined negative WAR, why not just put that into a big-package deal to keep Shields? That would have made WAY more sense.

There are times, I think, that the Royals just get excited when anyone says they are willing to come to Kansas City to play baseball — and especially excited if it is a player who they heard of once…

none of the recent signings they have made in their celebration tour are club-crippling gambles the way, say, the Jose Guillen signing was. They’re all short term…The Royals haven’t burdened their future with any of these deals. And, who knows? Maybe they get lucky. Hey, it’s happened before.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Royals sign Edinson Volquez for two years, $20 million

What a world we live in. Edinson Volquez, who was released by the San Diego Padres 16 months ago, and then had a decent bounce-back season in Pittsburgh in 2014, is set to make $20 million over the next two seasons.

The Kansas City Royals have reportedly signed Volquez, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, sticking him in their starting rotation along with Yordano Ventura, Danny Duffy, Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 08:19 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: edinson volquez, free agents, royals

Indians sign Gavin Floyd to deal

Right-hander Gavin Floyd has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, giving him a chance to make a comeback from his latest elbow surgery.

The deal, announced Tuesday, allows him to earn an additional $6 million in performance bonuses.

The 31-year-old broke a bone in his elbow while throwing a curveball with Atlanta last June. He had surgery and couldn’t resume throwing until after the season. That injury occurred during his ninth start since returning from Tommy John elbow-ligament replacement surgery.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 09:44 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, gavin floyd, indians

Orioles agree to one-year deal with LHP Wesley Wright, pending physical, source says

They got the Wright guy.

The Orioles have agreed to terms with left-handed reliever Wesley Wright on a one-year deal, pending a physical, according to an industry source.

Wright, who will turn 30 in January, was nontendered by the Chicago Cubs earlier this month after going 0-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 48 1/3 innings in 2014. He made $1.425 million last season.

Wright has held left-handed hitters to a .238 batting average in his seven-year career. Last season, left-handed hitters batted .273 against him, with right-handers hitting .255.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, loogy, orioles, wesley wright

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pitching-deficient Yankees re-sign Chris Capuano

In a move about desperation, depth or both, the Yankees reached agreement Tuesday with Chris Capuano on a one-year, $5 million contract.

Capuano was a stopgap measure when the Yankees obtained him last July 24, and nothing has really changed. He would be in the rotation in 2015 for the same reasons he was in 2014 – because so much had gone wrong.

Actually, that is already the case. Capuano is currently part of a group with David Phelps and Adam Warren that will be in contention for the Nos. 4 and 5 starter spots. And the front three of Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia hardly offer confidence with their health.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 16, 2014 at 02:50 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: chris capuano, free agents, yankees

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