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Sunday, November 05, 2017

Dodgers decline option on Andre Ethier, making him a free agent

The Dodgers bid farewell to outfielder Andre Ethier on Sunday, declining his 2018 option and casting the longest-tenured member of their roster into free agency.
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In his 12 major league seasons — all with the Dodgers — he made two All-Star teams and batted .285 with 162 home runs. His 303 doubles rank second to Willie Davis in the franchise’s Los Angeles history.

Drafted by Oakland, but acquired for the low, low price of one Milton Bradley!!!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Inside Baseball—Top 60 Upcoming Free Agents

Heyman is busy.
AL Notes and NL Notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2017 at 04:57 PM | 18 comment(s)
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Do Teams Still Overpay for Free Agents from Other Teams?

Fascinatingly, the OPP Premium for pitchers has completely disappeared and reversed itself, while the OPP Premium for hitters has increased. I suspect that this is just a function of limited sample sizes, but it could also be a case of the market overcorrecting for the risk of signing other team’s pitchers.]

I think the best evidence is that teams have gotten smarter about signing free agents from other teams, and the market has become more efficient as a result. While it is difficult to say for sure due to sample sizes, the marked decline in OPP Premium for pitchers in particular suggests teams now consider the information asymmetry when targeting free agents.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 12:07 PM | 1 comment(s)
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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Ringolsby lists seven under the radar signings | MLB.com

Mediocre starter becomes good reliever. Who could see something like that happening?

Angels right-hander Bud Norris signed a $1.75 million deal with the idea he could be a swingman, but injuries opened up late-inning opportunities. Norris finally earned his first save on April 20. Beginning with that game, he is 10-for-11 in save situations. He has allowed only six earned runs in 20 1/3 innings over 22 appearances, striking out 27 and giving up only 11 hits.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Scouting Shohei Otani

A fairly detailed look at Shohei Otani:

Do scouts for MLB teams think Otani can be a two-way player? For four out of five scouts, there was some hemming and hawing. They all like him as a batter – especially the left-handed power. They all love him as a pitcher. The fifth scout, though, is willing to dream.

“I’ve never said this about a player, but I believe he can be a two-way player,” the scout said. “There are good-hitting pitchers like Madison Bumgarner and Greg Maddux, but this guy is a legitimate offensive threat. How you balance his pitching and his hitting … that’s where it really comes down to a general manager and a manager and ownership. How much do you want to risk your ace pitcher running the bases or taking at-bats? But from an evaluation standpoint, this guy … if he was on my team, he’d be the fastest baserunner, he’d have the most raw power. I absolutely feel this guy can hit on a daily basis. Or if you wanted … you can pick-and-choose when you’d DH him or pinch hit him. But absolutely, this guy can be a two-way player. If anyone can do it, he’s the one.”

Lots of interesting stuff, but all anonymous. RTFA.


 

 

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