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Thursday, December 08, 2016

The Aroldis Chapman fallout will be even more interesting than the deal itself | FOX Sports

Five years and over $80 million for a reliever? No thank you.

It’s a bizarre baseball reality that the low-revenue Marlins could outbid the high-revenue Dodgers for a player whom the Dodgers signed out of Curacao in 2004, converted from a catcher to a pitcher and developed into an elite closer.

But don’t be surprised if it happens.

The Dodgers’ value-driven front office is not the type to pump $80 million into a pitcher who works 70 innings a season — particularly when the lack of state income tax in Florida, as opposed to the high state income tax in California, will make it that much more difficult for them to beat the Marlins’ offer.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 06:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, dodgers, free agents, kenley jansen, marlins, yankees

Monday, December 05, 2016

Dodgers sign free-agent pitcher Rich Hill | MLB.com

Three years, $48 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 01:24 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, free agency, rich hill

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-1-2016

Washington Times, December 1, 1916:

“I have decided not to sell my stock in the Brooklyn Club,” said President C.H. Ebbets today before leading for Atlantic City. “My health was poor last summer, and I did think seriously of retiring from baseball. I feel batter now and have changed my mind. I think I’ll stay in the game.

Ebbets held on to the team for the rest of his life, dying of a heart attack in April 1925. His successor, Ed McKeever, died of influenza eleven days later.

Needless to say, April 1925 was not a good month for the Dodgers.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 01, 2016 at 10:20 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: charles ebbets, dodgers, dugout, history

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mariners making a push for Edgar Martinez’s Baseball Hall of Fame candidacy | The Seattle Times

If you are undecided, Ryan Divish’s contains a bunch of links the team provided to make its case.

Here’s his voting results since being put on the ballot. He needs 75 percent of the vote to get in.

2010 — (36.2%)
2011 — (32.9%)
2012 — (36.5%)
2013 — (35.9%)
2014 — (25.2%)
2015 — (27.0%)
2016 — (43.4%)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: edgar martinez, hall of fame, mariners

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

No, the Dodgers aren’t sitting the offseason out because they’re broke - McCovey Chronicles

Grant Brisbee does a great job explaining why the Dodgers debt problem isn’t a payroll problem.

Even with a payroll closer to $200 million, the Dodgers are betting on more Coreys Seager, Julios Urias, and Jocs Pederson, low cost players with youth on their side and arbitration awards just out of reach. They’ll have to make a decision on Clayton Kershaw (if they let him write out the words and numbers on the check, for example), but they’ll have Adrian Gonzalez off the books. Same with Andre Ethier. And Hyun-jin Ryu. And Scott Kazmir. And Brandon McCarthy. And Matt Kemp and Hector Olivera and Erisbel Arruebarrena and Alex Guerrero and Carl Crawford.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Can the Pirates find a trade partner for Josh Harrison? | FOX Sports

Team president Stan Kasten, however, said that the Dodgers are not facing any payroll restrictions or any pressure from baseball.

“There is no mandate. There is no problem with our debt,” Kasten said. “We are continuing to operate on the same program we have since the day we walked in here in 2012. That’s building through our minor-league system while continuing to aggressively put the best team on the field that we can each year.”

Baseball issued a statement:

“The Commissioner’s Office works with all clubs to monitor compliance with the Debt Service Rule. Non-compliant clubs are asked to submit a plan demonstrating a path to compliance. Clubs are evaluated on an ongoing basis relative to that plan.

“The rule is intended to ensure the financial health of clubs relative to their ability to service their indebtedness, not to influence decisions on the player market. There are various ways to achieve compliance and there is no mandate to cut payroll.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2016 at 06:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, notes, pirates, twins

Monday, November 28, 2016

MLB Hot Stove: Dodgers reportedly need to shed payroll this winter and here’s why - CBSSports.com

The debt rule is unlikely to have any impact on the team on the field—Los Angeles has been looking to trim player payroll for a few years now anyway—but going from $300 million in payroll to $200 million in the span of three years seems daunting. It shouldn’t be too difficult given the salaries the Dodgers have coming off the books the next few years though:

Gone after 2017: Carl Crawford ($21.857 million), Andre Ethier ($17.5 million salary plus $2.5 million buyout of 2018 option), Alex Guerrero ($7.5 million)

Gone after 2018: Adrian Gonzalez ($22.375 million), Scott Kazmir ($17.67 million), Brandon McCarthy ($11.5 million), Hyun-Jin Ryu ($7.83 million), Erisbel Arruebarrena ($6.5 million)
Also, Clayton Kershaw can opt out of his contract following the 2018 season. He’ll earn $33 million in both 2017 and 2018. Among all the players listed above, Kershaw is pretty much the only one the Dodgers will want to re-sign when the time comes.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 06:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Was the Jean Segura Trade Really the Mitch Haniger Trade? | FanGraphs Baseball

Color me skeptical.

At last, there’s this part: Segura has two more years of team control. Haniger has the full six. And what sort of impact might be expected in 2017? We know that Segura is likely to play every day. With Haniger, that hasn’t really been decided. But to even things out, let’s consider the Steamer600 projection, which projects plays out over 600 plate appearances. Segura’s projection shows a 94 wRC+, with a 2.1 WAR. And Haniger? We see a 98 wRC+, and a 2.0 WAR. There’s plenty you could conceivably argue, but you could argue in both directions. You might really believe in Segura’s breakout, but it doesn’t seem fair to believe only in his. The same would go for just Haniger. So much of the optimism comes out of what happened in 2016, and both players had wonderful seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 05:47 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners

Sunday, November 27, 2016

After $1 billion in player spending, Dodgers under MLB mandate to cut debt - LA Times

The Dodgers, who have spent more than a billion dollars on player payroll in the first four seasons of Guggenheim Baseball Management, face a mandate to reduce debt in order to conform to Major League Baseball rules.

The club is expected to reduce payroll for a second consecutive season, with the goal of cutting from about $300 million in 2015 to closer to $200 million in 2018.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, economics

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Why Jean Segura Won’t Regress In Seattle

Someone shares the Mariners’ hope.

It’s hard to fathom why the Mariners would deal a starting pitcher with as much promise as Walker has, especially when his 2016 struggles can be attributed to his foot issues, which were addressed with surgery in October. It’s even more difficult to understand, given how tight the starting pitching market is this offseason, until you consider that defense was the Mariners’ biggest weakness this past season. Their shortstop defense, in particular, was one of the team’s most vulnerable areas. Segura, who is entering his second year of arbitration eligibility, represents a potentially cost-effective solution to a major problem.

Even if he disappoints defensively, Segura is poised to make a major contribution to the Mariners’ offense. His .371 wOBA would have ranked second among all qualifying shortstops in 2016, just a single point behind Corey Seager. His batting average may suffer some minor slippage, but he does not look bound for a serious regression. Segura is a legitimate 20-20 threat with a chance for a second straight season with a .300 batting average. Those numbers position him to repeat as one of the best hitters among a talented group of shortstops in 2017.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jean segura, mariners

Friday, November 25, 2016


Thursday, November 24, 2016

D-backs trade for Mariners’ Taijuan Walker | MLB.com

Segura gets traded again.

Mike Hazen made his first trade as D-backs GM on Wednesday night, acquiring right-hander Taijuan Walker and infielder Ketel Marte from the Mariners in exchange for infielder Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-handed reliever Zac Curtis.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners, trade

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Mariners trade for Shaffer, Motter, Pazos | MLB.com

Mariners prospecting for gold.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, trades

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Listen to Vin Scully find out he’s a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient

You’d be hard-pressed to find a single person who’d have qualms with Scully’s honor … except for Scully, himself, of course.

When White House press secretary Josh Earnest called to tell Scully the news, the Dodgers’ legend responded:

“Are you sure? I’m just an old baseball announcer.”

eddieot Posted: November 17, 2016 at 11:51 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: barack obama, dodgers, vin scully

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

How the Dodgers’ Corey Seager is leading a revolution across baseball | FOX Sports

Seager is the best of the bunch. I would take his next 10 years over all others, though it’s close. If you like the defense of Lindor or the power potential of Correa, you can construct a convincing argument for them.

Seager is listed at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, though in person he appears even bigger. His size has led to speculation that he will have to move off shortstop to a corner position. I don’t buy it. That assumption is made purely on the basis of his size. When you actually watch Seager defend—particularly on balls when he has to range low and to his backhand, where footwork and body control are vital—you have to conclude that he is a natural shortstop.

Said one rival manager, “Every time he makes that play I feel like I should be surprised because of his size, but we shouldn’t be surprised any more. He’s a very, very good defender.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2016 at 10:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers, shortstops

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mariners’ top draft pick Kyle Lewis is ‘right on track’ in his recovery from major knee surgery | The Seattle Times

“You can feel the pop and the not normal feeling you would get from a tweak or sprain,” he said. “It was a definitely a different kind of feeling, a different kind of pain.”

At the time, he was playing outstanding baseball with a slash line of .299/.385/.538 with eight doubles, five triples, three homers and 26 RBI in 30 games. After a slow start, he was hitting .364 with a 1.114 OPS over his final 20 games.

“I started to really to turn it on and get back to feeling how I am supposed to play,” he said.

But his season was done. Lewis underwent surgery on Aug. 11 and is now mired in the lengthy, mentally grueling recovery process that traditionally takes a year to return to full strength.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Cody Bellinger continues power display in AFL - True Blue LA

I’m a big believer in Bellinger.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, dodgers, prospects

Friday, November 11, 2016

Phillies acquire Howie Kendrick in trade | MLB.com

They believe they found one Friday. The team announced it had traded Darin Ruf and Darnell Sweeney to the Dodgers for Howie Kendrick. Kendrick, 33, will be the team’s everyday left fielder, although he spent the majority of his 11-year career at second base.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 09:18 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, howie kendrick, phillies, trades

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Yasiel Puig an ‘important’ part of Dodgers again

You can’t drive up the asking price by not talking him up.

He simply conceded that Puig has “re-established himself as an important part of our ballclub.”

The Dodgers nonetheless have a surplus in the outfield. Joc Pederson is the center fielder, but the corner candidates include Puig, Andre Ethier, Andrew Toles, Howie Kendrick, Scott Van Slyke, Kiké Hernandez and Trayce Thompson.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Monday, November 07, 2016

Heyman - Mariners Acquire Carlos Ruiz From Dodgers - Linkis.com

The Seattle Mariners acquired catcher Carlos Ruiz from the Los Angeles Dodgers, sources tell FanRag Sports.

According to Andy McCullough of the LA Times, the player going back to the Dodgers in the deal is pitcher Vidal Nuno.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:15 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mariners, trades

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Vin Scully Unhappy About Reduced World Series Role

Vin and I made plans in the spring of ’66 to have dinner when we later had the Dodgers on our broadcast schedule,” Gowdy remembered pensively.  “As our date approached, I called Vin to finalize details and he abruptly told me that dinner was off. He had apparently found out that if the Dodgers win, his television role would be reduced. He was obviously not happy about the decision.

I was surprised by Vin’s reaction but understood it. Heck, the World Series was then sports’ brightest stage and Scully’s role was being halved on television.”

Now that Vin has retired all the skeletons are coming out of the closet, eh?

Bote Man Posted: November 03, 2016 at 02:37 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster, broadcasting, dodgers, poopyhead, television, vin scully, world series

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Justice Department sues AT&T for allegedly blocking Dodgers TV channel

The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday took the extraordinary step of suing AT&T, alleging that its DirecTV television unit orchestrated an illegal campaign to block wide carriage of the television channel owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles, the Justice Department accused DirecTV of being a ringleader in an effort to make sure that three other pay-TV companies — Cox Communications, Charter Communications and AT&T (which was then separate from DirecTV)—would refuse to carry SportsNet LA, the Dodger-owned TV channel.

The lawsuit alleges that the four companies engaged in illegal conduct, sharing nonpublic information among themselves, to gain bargaining leverage in negotiations with Time Warner Cable, which was struggling to get the pay TV companies to sign up for the channel.

DirecTV, now owned by AT&T, and Cox Communications have refused to carry the channel, citing its high cost.


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Why this is Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez’s most important offseason | The Seattle Times

It’s difficult when a king has to abdicate his thrown throne.

Hernandez was throwing the bulk of his pitches low and away, off the plate in hopes of hitters chasing and avoiding solid contact. When he was able to command his pitches to the corners of the plate, that approach was effective. But the mechanical issues and meandering command from start to start wouldn’t allow him to maintain that success. Hitters recognized it.

“He pigeon-holed himself to one spot of the strike zone much more than he ever has,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “He didn’t throw in very often. He didn’t elevate very often. He stayed mostly in the same zone all year long. And if you do the same thing to major league hitters, over and over, they will sniff you out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:14 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A well-rested Kenley Jansen makes Cubs’ task more daunting | New York Post

The star closer will be on three days’ rest Saturday for Game 6 of the NLCS, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Jansen is an option as early as the seventh inning if Clayton Kershaw needs help.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Dodgers turn once again to Clayton Kershaw, this time fully rested but with no margin for error - LA Times

If you are a Dodgers fan, who better to keep your team alive?

Kershaw tends to pitch better on regular rest. In his career, he has a 2.31 earned-run average in the regular season on four days’ rest. His ERA rises to 2.61 when he receives five days off.

But these are unique circumstances. His output has been extraordinary these past two weeks. He started Game 1 of the division series against Washington on Oct. 7, and pitched on three days of rest in Game 4. He helped the team avoid elimination, then two days later he collected the final two outs of the clincher at Nationals Park in Game 5.

Three days after that, he took the ball at Wrigley Field. He emerged victorious, allowing just two hits in a 1-0 win, though his effectiveness appeared to wane during the sixth and seventh innings. Kershaw acknowledged that the Cubs might feel more comfortable seeing him pitch again so soon.

“There’s no secrets, anyway, in the game right now,” he said. “There’s so much information. They know every pitch that I throw and every count and every situation. So it’s just a matter of not really focusing on that and just trying to compete every single pitch and execute every single pitch. You maybe have a little less margin for error facing them the second time, but just be better, I guess.”

At a news conference Thursday, a few hours before the Dodgers dropped Game 5, a reporter asked Kershaw about his “excitement” about the challenge that awaits him.

“I don’t know if excitement’s the right word,” he replied.

What is the right word?

“I don’t know; that’s such a deep thought,” Kershaw said with a wry smile. “I don’t know if I have a word for it. But I think you do everything you can to try and keep it just like another start at the beginning.

“Then, obviously, the magnitude and the situation of the game kind of raises everybody’s adrenaline and things like that. But I’m trying to keep it the same right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, cubs, dodgers

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