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Monday, February 18, 2019

Rob Manfred blames Bryce Harper for going unsigned

Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke with the media today. Naturally, he was asked various questions about the landscape of the sport, given that superstars Manny Machado and Bryce Harper remain unsigned as spring training begins. Per The Athletic’s Brittany Ghiroli, Manfred said that he thinks the free agent market will begin to move once spring training exhibition games begin. Manfred also said that Harper’s camp suggesting that he wants $400 million back in 2016 was “an impediment” to discussions throughout the offseason.

No word on why Machado is also as yet unsigned, as he did not have a reported $400 million ask.

Is it just me, or is this sort of talk something that can only cause Manfred problems later, as opposed to simply stating it’s a matter between teams and players and not offering any more thoughts on the matter?

 

QLE Posted: February 18, 2019 at 07:25 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, hot stove, rob manfred

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Former Nationals GM thinks the Bryce Harper sweepstakes are almost over

Another day, another favorite in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes.

It’s not a completely new team this time around, but former baseball executive and current analyst Jim Bowden feels pretty confident in the Philadelphia Phillies landing the services of the star outfielder.

“I keep hearing there’s a lot of momentum and traction here on him going and signing with the Philadelphia Phillies,” Bowden shared on CBS Sports HQ. “And he could be rounding third and heading home shortly.”

Unfortunately, Bryce Harper broke down in the stretch, and had to be put down on the track.

QLE Posted: February 17, 2019 at 03:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, hot stove, jim bowden

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Adam Wainwright Worried About Mid-Season Strike, Players Walking Out

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is worried that the cool Hot Stove this offseason could lead to a strike.

Wainwright spoke to InsideSTL.com on Friday and voiced his concerns over what could happen with the growing issues between players and management.

“Unless something changes, there’s going to be a strike. 100%,” he said. “I’m just worried people are going to walk out midseason.”

So, what do we anticipate happening as a result of a mid-season strike, should it come to pass?

 

QLE Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, hot stove, strike

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Mets GM tells Mike Francesa that team doesn’t have room for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

If their top decision-maker is to be believed, the New York Mets really would love to have Bryce Harper or Manny Machado on their team. They just have some pesky players that are also pretty decent in the way.

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen appeared on Mike Francesa’s WFAN show on Monday, and the conversation naturally turned to baseball’s two biggest free agents.

Van Wagenen praised both players, but he also indicated that he doesn’t believe they are the right fit for the Mets.

Mind you, given the team’s gift for breaking players, I have to suspect that the feeling is mutual….

 

 

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:05 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, hot stove, mike francesa

Monday, February 11, 2019

Opinion: Giants serious about Bryce Harper as late entrants into free-agent frenzy

The Philadelphia Phillies, who have been the favorites to land free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper all winter, suddenly have serious competition in the San Francisco Giants.

One high-ranking rival executive boldly predicts the Giants will ultimately sign the 26-year star.

The Giants indeed plan to offer Harper a lucrative short-term deal, but have no desire to provide a long-term contract approaching the 10-year, $300 million contract Harper rejected from the Washington Nationals in September.

RUMORS! Get your red-hot rumors here! RUMORS!

 

QLE Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:25 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, giants, hot stove

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Report: White Sox offered Machado an eight-year, $250 million deal

Free agent Manny Machado doesn’t appear any closer to accepting a major league deal these days, but we may be starting to get a better idea of the offers that are on the table — at least when it comes to the White Sox. Héctor Gómez of Z Digital reports that the club proposed an eight-year, $250 million offer to Machado, a full $75 million above the previously (and erroneously) reported seven-year, $175 million deal that was said to be in play. Naturally, neither Machado’s agent nor the White Sox have confirmed the report.

So, passing on a $31.25 million/year offer- wondering what that means for the offers he’s hoping to get….

 

QLE Posted: February 10, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: hot stove, manny machado, white sox

Friday, February 01, 2019

Padres Meet With Bryce Harper

At what point in this will people start to be thrown into the Spanish Announcers’ Table?

QLE Posted: February 01, 2019 at 04:17 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, hot stove, padres

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The wooing of Manny Machado has begun with a three-city tour and that’s exactly what baseball needs

For as much as fans look forward to baseball’s Hot Stove season, let’s be honest, it lacks a bit of the pomp and circumstance that something with a name like “Hot Stove Season” deserves. Baseball fans look forward to the winter for trades and free-agent signings, but your average five-star high-school recruit usually makes a bigger public show than a baseball star about to sign a nine-figure contract.

Perhaps that will change in 2018-2019 Major League Baseball offseason, as Bryce Harper and Manny Machado look like possibilities to break contract records with their deals. They’re also young enough and have enough swagger that we might see some of that pomp and circumstance that you imagine comes with a $300 million contract.

Take Machado, whose market thus far has been pretty quiet compared to the hype. That changed a bit Monday, as word began to spread that the wooing will begin this week. Machado is embarking on a three-city tour to meet some of his suitors. Particularly, the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees, who are three of Machado’s best fits.

It’s for the best of the game that we have the sort of nonsense that plays a major role in making me strongly dislike the NBA?

 

QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: hot stove, hype machine, manny machado

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Diamondbacks trade Paul Goldschmidt to Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired slugger Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andrew Young, it was announced Wednesday.

The Diamondbacks also receive a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick from the Cardinals.

Goldschmidt is a free agent next winter.

Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: December 05, 2018 at 05:25 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, diamondbacks, hot stove, trade

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

No matter what Cubs do this Hot Stove season, last year’s failures hang over like a dark cloud

If the Cubs truly aren’t able to afford the top free agents on the open market this offseason, the main reason for that is because they’ve had to spend so much money in free agency on pitching the last few years. It’s also because they swung and missed in a major way last winter and are still feeling the effects.

The Cubs entered last winter feeling pretty good about the state of their offense but wanted to augment the pitching staff in a big way. So they went out and handed $198 million to Tyler Chatwood ($38 million), Brandon Morrow ($21 million), Steve Cishek ($13 million) and Yu Darvish ($126 million). They also paid Drew Smyly $3 million in 2018 to rehab from Tommy John surgery before he and the $7 million remaining on his deal were shipped off to the Texas Rangers last month.

The four free agent pitchers (not including Smyly, who didn’t throw a single pitch) combined for 1.1 WAR (FanGraphs) across 244.2 innings in 2018.

Alternatively, cleaning out the vents will get rid of much of that dark cloud in a hurry, especially if they open up a window.

QLE Posted: December 04, 2018 at 07:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bad deals, cubs, hot stove, pitching

Friday, November 23, 2018

Bryce Harper’s value and other baseball debates worth having over Thanksgiving dinner

Too late for Thanksgiving, I admit, but still better for tomorrow than joining the Black Friday mobs…

QLE Posted: November 23, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, bullpenning, hall of fame, hot stove, manny machado

Monday, November 19, 2018

Cubs in need of major overhaul? Don’t be silly

The Cubs won 95 games in 2018. To put that number into context, in the last 73 seasons, they have won more games than that exactly four times. Only one National League team won more in 2018. That would be the Brewers, who went into Wrigley Field and won their 96th in a one-game playoff that decided the NL Central.

The Cubs won 95 times despite third baseman Kris Bryant playing just 32 games after the All-Star break. Despite right-hander Yu Darvish throwing his final pitch on May 20. Despite closer Brandon Morrow missing the entire second half.

Their pitching staff had the NL’s second-lowest ERA, and only the Astros in the American League had a lower bullpen ERA. Offensively, only the Dodgers, Rockies and Nationals scored more runs than the Cubs in the NL. That’s it. If this is what qualifies as a train wreck of a season, plenty of teams would sign up. But somehow, in the weeks since the Cubs lost the NL Wild Card Game to the Rockies, the narrative has become that they are broken, that significant change is needed. This is silly.

The rare article that asks and answers the question in the title

McCoy Posted: November 19, 2018 at 11:01 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hot stove, offseason

Thursday, November 15, 2018

AL Central Offseason Preview

Kluber will be 33, but he’s a Cy Young finalist after going 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA in 2018. He’s signed through 2021 (including club options for 2020 and 2021) at below-market rates for a pitcher of his caliber, so he’s an attractive trade target.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: November 15, 2018 at 11:04 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: hot stove

 

 

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