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Friday, December 19, 2014

Jerry Crasnick on Twitter: “Jake Peavy has agreed on 2 yr deal with

Peavy will make $7M in 2015 and $13M in 2016. $4M signing bonus and full no trade clause.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2014 at 06:50 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jake peavy

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The 4 surprisingly quiet teams of the MLB offseason

Perhaps the best move is….not to play.

Baltimore Orioles

Dammit, Orioles.

For the third straight offseason—and I didn’t really check the offseasons before that, either—the Orioles made it through the Winter Meetings without a major move. So far, it’s Wesley Wright and only Wesley Wright, and that just happened. Nick Markakis is gone. Delmon Young is gone. Cruz is with the Mariners. As of now, the top first baseman on their depth chart is Christian Walker, who had a .335 on-base percentage in Triple-A last year. The Orioles thought they were going to bring Markakis back on a four-year deal. Instead, they’re looking at Steve Pearce, everyday right fielder, and Alejandro De Aza, leadoff hitter.

Their needs are obvious: At least one more corner player. Could be a left fielder, right fielder, or a first baseman. If the Orioles want to keep Chris Davis in the field, their options are wide open for a DH. If they start the season with this permutation, it will be stunning. There just aren’t as many options as there once were, of course. Michael Morse is gone, Melky Cabrera was never a serious consideration, Billy Butler signed early, the White Sox scooped up Adam LaRoche ... it’s starting to look like it’s trade or bust for the Orioles.

Bringing Delmon back and waiting for March wouldn’t be much of an offseason plan. That isn’t what the Orioles are going to do, right?

Right?

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 18, 2014 at 05:06 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hot stove, nationals, orioles, rangers

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Giants notebook: Barry Zito will attempt a comeback

Zito, who stepped away from the game after the 2013 season, has been working out at a facility in Houston since September and is said to be encouraged by the mechanical adjustments he has made. The 36-year-old is working with Ron Wolforth, a rather unorthodox trainer who helped A’s left-hander Scott Kazmir return to form.

“He’s been working hard on his mechanics,” Boras said of Zito. “He doesn’t cup the ball anymore, and his drive to home plate is a little bit different than it was. He’s got kind of new mechanical evolutions

Traderdave Posted: December 11, 2014 at 09:59 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Full Count » Source: Cubs, Jon Lester agree to six-year, $155 million deal

OK, who is going to higher to get Scherzer? I hope it’s the Yankees.

Almost a year after his proclaimed interest in returning to the Red Sox on a hometown discount, left-hander Jon Lester rejected his former team’s free-agent overtures, and instead chose to make his baseball home in Chicago with the Cubs, according to an industry source.

Lester agreed to a six-year, $155 million deal, the largest average annual value ($25.83 million) ever given to a pitcher on a multi-year deal in free agency. His deal with the Cubs includes a vesting option for a seventh year. The Sox’ final offer, according to another industry source, was for a six-year, $135 million deal with no seventh-year vesting option.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 06:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, free agents, giants, jon lester, red sox

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Sportsman of the Year: Madison Bumgarner

Kevin Bumgarner lives across the street from the Center Grove Baptist Church on Deal Mill Road in Hudson. In the cemetery adjacent to the church is buried an Adam Bumgarner. And a Barbara Bumgarner. And a Calvin Bumgarner, and a Delia Bumgarner, and on and on and on. Of the 305 interments in Center Grove Baptist Cemetery, 55 are Bumgarners, beginning chronologically with Michael Lee Davidson Bumgarner, who was born in 1832. His father, Thomas, was born in 1810 and is buried in nearby Granite Falls, one of 192 Bumgarners buried in Caldwell County. So many Bumgarners took root here that this stretch of Deal Mill Road came to be known about a hundred years ago as Bumtown. In addition to the Madison Bumgarner he dated at South Caldwell High, there is another girl named Madison Bumgarner enrolled now in the school.

Bourbon Samurai Posted: December 09, 2014 at 02:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, giants

Once Lester picks team, rest of desired arms will fall into place | FOX Sports

Robothal reports.

Free agents frequently say such things, talking about comfort, happiness, etc. But Lester has similar offers from the Cubs, Giants, Dodgers and Red Sox, according to major-league sources. The question, in the end, will boil down to which team he prefers.
Lester’s offers all are in the six-year, $150 million range, sources said. One team — it is known which one — indicated it would go to the seven-year, $175 million range. But Lester would not necessarily choose that team even at that level, one source said.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 06:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, free agents, giants, jon lester, red sox, winter meetings

Monday, December 08, 2014

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: “Sources: Barring late change, Lester choosing between Cubs and Giants

The Red Sox have nobody to blame but themselves. If some of the other reports are true, Lester might be getting seven years.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2014 at 04:54 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, jon lester, red sox

CBSSports: Mets, Giants, A’s, other clubs eye top Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang

Kang has consistently put up huge numbers in Korea and posted an amazing .364/.457/.733 slash line in 2014 for the Nexen Heores, hitting 39 home runs in 116 games. The big question is how those numbers translate, which is why he could be viewed as a bargain by some.

Yes, that is the question.  Any speculation on how this fellow’s skills translate?

Arbitol Dijaler Posted: December 08, 2014 at 02:33 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, giants, international, korean baseball, mets

Friday, December 05, 2014


Thursday, December 04, 2014

Full Count » Sources: Dodgers have serious interest in Jon Lester, poised for potential late negotiating push

One industry source was under the impression that the Dodgers had already entered the bidding with an offer to Lester, while another characterized the Dodgers as poised to play a role similar to the one made by the Yankees in December 2008, when New York swooped in late to sign Mark Teixeira away from other interested bidders with a high bid of eight years and $180 million. A third noted of the Dodgers’ potential interest that Lester, “could help any team looking to win championships,” the unquestioned bar for a Los Angeles team that is after its first title since 1988.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2014 at 10:58 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, giants, jon lester, red sox, yankees

Monday, November 24, 2014

Which Pablo Sandoval Did the Red Sox Buy | FanGraphs Baseball

I looked at Sandoval in the postseason, and if you ignore power results — and you should, because power becomes stable only in really large samples — there’s no difference between Regular Season Pablo and Postseason Pablo. Maybe he swings at a few more fastballs. But really you should probably bet on Pablo to be more like his 3533 regular season plate appearances than his 167 postseason ones.
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Because the biggest, broadest definition of Pablo Sandoval is that of a three-to-four win third baseman, the deal probably makes sense. That isn’t to say that he isn’t without risk. And yes, most free agent deals come with risk, but this one seems to come with more than most. His size, his position, his skills at the plate, and his reputation — all of these things bring with them hefty asterisks.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2014 at 02:06 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Sandoval agrees to Red Sox deal, as Boston looks for free agent sweep - CBSSports.com

Heyman is reporting the deal is done. Other media reports say the deal isn’t.

Pablo Sandoval has agreed to to a Red Sox deal, completing what appears to be a stunning free agent double play.

Sandoval will receive close to $100 million for five years, people familiar with the deal say, following news Hanley Ramirez is close to a deal with Boston, as well. The Red Sox were reported by the Boston Globe to have originally offered $95 million, but they may have gone up a bit from there.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pablo Sandoval leaning toward Red Sox, to decide next week — Padres have highest offer, all offers on table (including SF Giants’) - John Shea

I hear Pablo Sandoval has received his highest contract offer from the Padres but is leaning toward accepting an offer from the Red Sox, though events could change in a hurry.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2014 at 07:56 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, free agents, giants, pablo sandoval, padres, red sox

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Red Sox offer for Pablo Sandoval might be in the lead - Sports - The Boston Globe

A major league source indicated the Red Sox’ five-year, $95 million offer may be in the lead over Sandoval’s offers from the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres.

It’s not certain whether any of the teams have offered a sixth-year option.

Sandoval would like to make a decision soon. He visited the Red Sox Monday and Tuesday and came away with an offer.
...
During an interview with a San Francisco radio station on Thursday, Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans expressed hope that Sandoval, one of the more popular Giants players, would return to the Bay Area. He also said Sandoval was likely to make his decision before Thanksgiving.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 06:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, free agents, giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Examining our assumptions about Pablo Sandoval

It’s dangerous using run-based park factors in projecting a batter’s performance in a new park. Some hitters are particularly suited for specific parks. From what I’ve seen I’d expect him to get a pretty nice boast coming to Fenway.

(Sandoval should expect a boost in his numbers if he moves from AT&T Park in San Francisco to Fenway Park — but not as much as you might think. Sandoval’s adjusted OPS+ last season was 111, the same as that of Brett Gardner, who posted a .749 OPS in hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium. That probably gives you an idea of how Sandoval’s numbers should be viewed. A .739 OPS doesn’t become an .800 OPS just by changing stadiums.)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Monday, November 17, 2014

Interactive 2014 World Series Probability Added Chart Reflects Mad Bum’s Dominance | Rational Pastime

Tom Tango calls Win Probability Added the ultimate “story stat.” By combining FanGraphs’ WPA and my World Series Projections, I aim to depict and uncover the stories of the 2014 World Series in the same way.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2014 at 06:17 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, sabermetrics

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Alvin Dark dies — former Giants shortstop, manager, mentor of Willie Mays

Alvin Dark, manager of two Bay Area World Series teams and captain of the 1951 New York Giants who made a legendary comeback to beat the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League pennant, died early this morning at his home in Easley, S.C.

He was 92.

“He just simply died of old age,” said his son, Gene Dark. “He did not suffer. He did not linger. He died in his sleep.”

Dudefella Posted: November 13, 2014 at 03:42 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants, obituary

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Boston Red Sox making big push to sign free agent Pablo Sandoval - ESPN Boston

While there have been reports, most notably from Buster Olney of ESPN.com, that the San Francisco Giants are optimistic about re-signing Pablo Sandoval and that a deal could happen soon, an executive with another major league club said Tuesday that the Red Sox are “all in” on the free-agent third baseman and are making a big push to sign him.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2014 at 08:11 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Ex-Tiger Lolich: No comparison between me and Bumgarner

“Pitching three complete games in a World Series is, you know, is sort of a great feat,” Lolich said.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2014 at 08:12 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, mickey lolich, tigers

Friday, November 07, 2014

Pablo Sandoval wants at least a six-year contract | HardballTalk

Six years is pretty funny. Should an agent really start off the free agent season by trying to scare off teams?

Talked to Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vasquez. Sandoval wants at least 6 years. At 28, length of deal more important than last

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2014 at 01:34 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, pablo sandoval

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Five MLB execs who will shape the offseason. | SportsonEarth.com : Richard Justice

We have the dynamics for a fascinating offseason in place.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:17 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, free agents, general managers, giants, red sox, yankees

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Giants’ foundation rock solid with architect Sabean | MLB.com

Shortly after Brian Sabean became general manager of the Giants, he orchestrated a trade that was arguably one of the most unpopular in franchise history. He sent third-base fan favorite Matt Williams to the Cleveland Indians in a deal that brought back at the time little-known second baseman Jeff Kent, infielder Jose Vizcaino and reliever Julian Tavarez.

The outrage among the folks in the Bay Area, including the media, was so strong that Sabean finally called a news conference to explain, “I’m not an idiot.’‘
And 18 years later, he has proven it.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2014 at 08:07 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brian sabean, giants

Friday, October 31, 2014

Deadline: World Series Ratings: Game 7 Scores Home Run For Fox

the most watched show on TV this year. Baseball is dead.

By far the best result of this year’s World Series, last night’s game is way, way up a stellar 70% from the 8.9/14 metered market results of Tuesday’s 8 PM – 11:30 PM Game 6. And with what looks to be the network’s best non-NFL rating in more than 3 years, Fox must be pretty happy that the last game of the third World Series win in 5-years by the Giants is steady with the World Series 2014 logoovernight results of the last World Series Game 7 back on October 28, 2011. That fall classic between the victorious St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers got a 16.2/28 in MM ratings – just a 6% difference with this year in a very different TV landscape. The only other times that the World Series has gone seven games in the 13 years that Fox has exclusively had the diamond battles was in 2001 and 2002. That latter game between the Giants and the winning Anaheim Angels saw a now almost unimaginable 19.8/28 MM rating.

After the lowest rated World Series on record so far, Fox really needed last night’s unexpected Game 7 to turn things around and have America’s pastime grab America’s eyeballs. With smaller market and wild card teams making up the match-up and most of the games’ blowouts, the series and Fox distinctly suffered. Not only was it down from the sturdy numbers of 2013 but this year’s World Series also dipped from the 4-game series of 2012, which had been a record low.

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Game 7 only drew 50% more viewers than the most watched show on TV this year. Baseball is dead.

By far the best result of this year’s World Series, last night’s game is way, way up a stellar 70% from the 8.9/14 metered market results of Tuesday’s 8 PM – 11:30 PM Game 6. And with what looks to be the network’s best non-NFL rating in more than 3 years, Fox must be pretty happy that the last game of the third World Series win in 5-years by the Giants is steady with the World Series 2014 logoovernight results of the last World Series Game 7 back on October 28, 2011. That fall classic between the victorious St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers got a 16.2/28 in MM ratings – just a 6% difference with this year in a very different TV landscape. The only other times that the World Series has gone seven games in the 13 years that Fox has exclusively had the diamond battles was in 2001 and 2002. That latter game between the Giants and the winning Anaheim Angels saw a now almost unimaginable 19.8/28 MM rating.

After the lowest rated World Series on record so far, Fox really needed last night’s unexpected Game 7 to turn things around and have America’s pastime grab America’s eyeballs. With smaller market and wild card teams making up the match-up and most of the games’ blowouts, the series and Fox distinctly suffered. Not only was it down from the sturdy numbers of 2013 but this year’s World Series also dipped from the 4-game series of 2012, which had been a record low.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2014 at 09:05 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, tv ratings, world seres

NY Times: In Rare Film, White Sox Before They Were Black Sox

The second segment is a series of “close-ups” of [1917 NL pennant winning] Giants filmed at the Polo Grounds. McGraw looked grimly at the camera and doffed his cap. Pitcher Ferdie Schupp was described on-screen as “the best twirler in the game;” right fielder Dave Robertson was said to “cover as much territory as a three-ring circus;” and the multisport star Jim Thorpe was introduced as the “Indian all-’round world champ.”

Click through for film excerpt.

bobm Posted: October 31, 2014 at 12:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: film, giants, history, white sox

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Visit to Madison Bumgarner Country, and a Proud Father’s Home - NYTimes.com

Read this.

Just before midnight Wednesday, I walked up a darkened driveway to a brick home along a rural lane. A linebacker-size man with a shaved pate swung opened the door, peered at me and loosed a soft, celebratory howl.

“Wooooooooooo.”

The man, Kevin Bumgarner, trundled back into his living room, waving at me to follow. He eased into his recliner, where he’d spent the last three hours in the highest of high anxiety, watching as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals and claimed the World Series title.

He had more than a normal rooting interest. His son, Madison, the best postseason pitcher on the planet, plays for the Giants. And this night Madison had pitched five innings and earned the save.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 02:52 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner

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