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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nitkowski: Pirates drive the bus over the Marlins

Wait, we’re supposed to be mad at Coonelly here??

We looked at the Giancarlo Stanton mega-contract with suspicious eyes… Well, Pirates president Frank Coonelly spilled the beans to Rob Biertempfel of Trib Live:

“(Coonelly) talked about an exchange he had with Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and president David Samson during the recent owner’s meetings.

“‘They thought it was a great deal,’ Coonelly said. ‘I just couldn’t get my head around the $325 million. They said to me, ‘You don’t understand. (Stanton) has an out clause after six years. Those first six years are only going to cost $107 million. After that, he’ll leave and play for somebody else. So, it’s not really $325 million.’”

I couldn’t believe what my eyes were telling me. I went back and read this at least a half dozen times to make sure I wasn’t misinterpreting anything. No, I saw it exactly as I thought I did the first time. Frank Coonelly completely sold out the Miami Marlins…

I asked an executive with another club if I was reading too much into this and what he thought about Coonelly’s comments. He told me, “They were not professional and show an integrity flaw.”€

The District Attorney Posted: December 16, 2014 at 08:51 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: c.j. nitkowski, giancarlo stanton, marlins, pirates

The Marlins are close to signing Mike Morse

Wonder what they can get for him when they trade him next winter.

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Miami Marlins are close to signing outfielder Mike Morse. Others are reporting that it’s a two-year deal.

Morse spent 2014 with the Giants, hitting .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI, playing outfield and some first base and helping the Giants to the World Series title. He spent the 2013 season with the Mariners and Orioles.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, marlins, mike morse

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Marlins To Acquire Mat Latos From Reds

And Cat Latos, natch.

Marlins pitching prospect Anthony DeSclafani is likely headed to the Reds in the deal, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro tweets. Chad Wallach is also going to Cincinnati, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports on Twitter.


Dodgers Acquire Howie Kendrick

The Friedman train don’t stop y’all.

The Dodgers have acquired second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Angels, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.  According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Halos are getting back southpaw Andrew Heaney, who was just acquired by the Dodgers from the Marlins earlier today.

Kendrick has been a subject of trade rumors for much of the offseason, with teams such as the Orioles, Yankees and Blue Jays all connected to the veteran second baseman at various times.  In the end, however, Kendrick will move down the highway to Los Angeles’ other team.  Kendrick replaces Dee Gordon at second base, as Gordon was part of the package that went to Miami for Heaney as part of this incredible day of transactions for the Dodgers.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, andrew heaney, angels, dodgers, marlins

Dodgers adding Kendrick, Rollins in trades | MLB.com

The Dodgers turn Dee Gordon into Howie Kendrick, reliever Chris Hatcher, catcher/infielder Austin Barnes and utility man Enrique Hernandez.

They made separate trades with the Marlins and Angels, sending second baseman Dee Gordon, starting pitcher Dan Haren, cash considerations and infielder Miguel Rojas to Miami, receiving four young players in return and flipping the key piece, left-handed starter Andrew Heaney, to the Angels for second baseman Howie Kendrick.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 06:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, marlins

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Source: LA, Miami swap Dee, Heaney in 6-player deal | MLB.com

One day after the general manager said the Dodgers were not “dangling” All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, the club traded him and pitcher Dan Haren to the Miami Marlins for starting pitcher Andrew Heaney, reliever Chris Hatcher, catcher/infielder Austin Barnes and utilityman Enrique Hernandez, sources told MLB.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 09:10 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew heaney, dee gordon, dodgers, marlins, trades, winter meetings

Monday, December 01, 2014

Marlins make long-term offers to Jose Fernandez, core young players

Checking in on some future Toronto Blue Jays.

In their effort to keep their better young players, the Marlins also have made long-term offers to outfielder Christian Yelich and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, and they’re due to make an offer early this week to outfielder Marcell Ozuna. Perhaps their chances to extend one or more of those fine players is somewhat better than it is with Fernandez, who thus far hasn’t suggested any inclination to do such a long deal so early in his career.

The Marlins love Fernandez, a generational type of talent who fits splendidly into the community and clubhouse and put up one of the great initial seasons in big-league history. Miami’s first six-year offer to him also included two team options. The proposal would guarantee that Fernandez would stay in Miami through all of his arbitration years plus two free-agent years. Additionally, if the team options are exercised in years seven and eight, it could potentially keep Fernandez a Marlin until he’s 30.

Marlins general manager Dan Jennings, speaking generally about the team’s efforts to extend these four valued young players, suggested the team has hope to surprise folks, as it did with the record Stanton deal.

“We’ve had some great exchanges. I feel like we’re moving in the right direction,” Jennings said.

 


Friday, November 28, 2014

Royals trade reliever Aaron Crow to Miami for two minor leaguers

You know nothing, Crow.

Royals relief pitcher Aaron Crow, a Missouri grad from Topeka who was the team’s first-round draft pick in 2009, was traded to the Marlins for two minor-league pitchers, the club announced on Friday.

Crow, 28, was the 12th overall pick in the 2009 draft. He was the Royals’ All-Star representative in 2011.

He posted a 20-11 record and 3.43 ERA with six saves in 254 games, all out of the bullpen and mostly as a setup man, over four years in Kansas City. He went 6-1 with a 4.12 ERA and three saves in 67 relief appearances this year, but did not pitch in the postseason.

The Royals acquired left-handed starter Brian Flynn and right-handed reliever Reid Redman from Florida.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 28, 2014 at 10:34 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron crow, brian flynn, marlins, royals, trade

Marlins seek lefty balance in lineup, on mound | MLB.com

Marlins are looking to the left, for pitchers and first basemen.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2014 at 08:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Five things to watch leading up to Winter Meetings | marlins.com

One writer’s suggested to-do list for the Marlins.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rolling Stone: The 15 Worst Owners in Sports

Don’t let recent success blind you to an ample history deserving of scorn. After running arguably the worst non-arms-manufacturing company in the world, Walmart, Glass became sole owner of the Royals in 2000 and immediately treated baseball the way Walmart treats people.

Amid a jackal pack of ownership that included a (future) commissioner guilty of collusion to fix player salaries, Glass – then the team’s president and CEO – stood out as an anti-labor hardliner during the 1994 strike, wanting to bring in scab players for a monstrously un-telegenic spectacle summarizing the kind of ####-you tactics Glass learned at the Bentonville, Arkansas smile-time sociopathy juggernaut. He simultaneously advocated a hard salary cap in baseball, not to create an even playing field with large-market teams but to have a paper excuse to wave in doubters’ faces explaining why he didn’t spend anything on his team. Glass went ahead without one, with team payrolls routinely languishing in the bottom half of the league during his tenure, with notable years like 2000 (28th), 2003 (29th), 2005 (29th) and 2011 (30th). That’s out of 30. The last two years, Royals payroll has leapt to 19th in the league, but don’t let the 2014 World Series run fool you. Fans have every reason to expect them to regress, and every expectation that Glass won’t spend to correct that (Goodbye, Billy Butler.) After all, four seasons of 100 losses and an average of 92 losses per season under his tenure is a much bigger sample size.

Last, in 2006, Glass was all about that entrepreneurial spirit when renovations to Kauffman Stadium were furnished by a countywide sales tax, in exchange for discounts at certain games. Rolling back prices every day!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david glass, fred wilpon, jeffrey loria, marlins, mets, owners, ricketts, royals

Monday, November 24, 2014

Josh Willingham to retire

The Ham is no longer Willing. Josh retires with a line of .253/.358/.465 with 988 hits and 195 home runs.

Although he said he received a substantial offer from a contending club this offseason, he ultimately decided against returning in 2015.

“After praying on my decision many times and talking to my wife, my father and ex-players who have gone through the same process toward the end of their careers, I have decided to retire,’’ Willingham said.

“I felt like it wouldn’t be fair to myself, and more importantly to the team that was paying me a lot of money to perform at a high level, if there was a chance my dedication would waver—particularly as the season got longer. I’m honored to have played for as many years as I have, and I feel even luckier to walk away on my own terms instead of having the decision made for me.’‘

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 24, 2014 at 01:01 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, josh willingham, marlins, nationals, retirements, royals, twins

Stanton Losing About $141 Million of Record Deal to Taxes - Bloomberg

The Miami Marlins outfielder two days ago signed a 13-year, $325 million deal, the richest in North American sports history. Federal, state, city and payroll taxes will eat about $141 million, or 43.3 percent of the total, according to Robert Raiola, a certified public accountant who specializes in sports and entertainment. That brings Stanton’s haul to about $184.1 million. Florida has no state income tax.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2014 at 06:35 AM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mike Schmidt: Marlins’ Stanton too rich too early? | www.palmbeachpost.com

An interesting perspective on the Stanton contract.

In the 1970s and again in ‘80s, I signed that era’s version of the Giancarlo Stanton deal.

I was considered the Giancarlo Stanton of those times. I had led the league in home runs and RBIs a few times, so the Phillies decided I was worthy of becoming the highest-paid player in baseball.
...
Now he’ll get to experience batting slumps as the highest-paid player, a totally different feeling. He’ll be at home plate with the bases loaded and strike out to a chorus of boos. He’ll miss a ball in right field and want to crawl in a hole because of what he hears. Work as hard as you want behind the scenes, it doesn’t matter, now you are expected not to fail.

Off the field, he will have choices to make. Undesirable people will find him and want a piece of his financial future. He will be able to buy anything and everything — planes, yachts and expensive automobiles. He will need financial advisers and personal assistants, leading to the usual entourage.

Gratuities will be expected to double. Cell phones will follow him everywhere. Facebook and Twitter will chronicle his every public minute. ESPN and the MLB Network will feature his performance, good and bad nightly.

For someone who likes to stay under the radar, the question becomes: Is it worth it? The answer, of course, is “hell, yes!”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 07:37 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins, mike schmidt

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Update on Marlins’ free agent moves; Behind-the-scenes nuggets on Stanton negotiations | Sports Buzz

A bunch of Marlins tidbits.

All Marlins talk in the wake of today’s press conference for Giancarlo Stanton’s historic 13-year, $325 million deal:

### By accepting below-market salaries of $6.5 million and $9 million over the next two seasons, Stanton has given the Marlins flexibility to augment. And the Marlins are acting quickly.

According to a source, the Marlins have made a two-year, $20 million offer to free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche, who hit .259 with 26 homers and 92 RBI for Washington in 2014.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 06:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam laroche, giancarlo stanton, marlins

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Marlins’ finances obviously stronger than their memory | FOX Sports

Long memories.

Bill Bavasi, then the Mariners’€™ general manager, responded, “€œMy mother always taught me that if the only thing you have to say is, ‘€˜——Dave Samson,’ then don’€™t say anything at all. So, I’€™m not going to say anything at all. Is my mother the greatest or what?”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 02:23 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, robothal



Stanton’s megadeal makes perfect sense - Jayson Stark Blog - ESPN

I don’t believe the trade is crazy. It is extremely risky, especially for a franchise that has cried poor for years.

According to Lee Sinins’ Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, Stanton is the fifth player in history to hit 100 more home runs than the average player in his league before his age-25 season. The other four—Eddie Mathews, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle and Mel Ott—all went on to join the 500-Homer Club and end up in the Hall of Fame.
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So tell me again then, please, why this contract is “crazy.” To me, it’s the thought of pushing a player like this out the door that seems way more insane than doing what it took to keep him.

Talk about crafting your argument narrowly to leave out players who don’t fit your premise.
According to Baseball References by age, here are the home run leaders as of age 24:

Rank	Player		HR PA
1.	Eddie Mathews	190	3141
2.	Alex Rodriguez	189	3515
3.	Mel Ott	176	3978
4.	Jimmie Foxx	174	3270
5.	Mickey Mantle	173	3491
6.	Ken Griffey	172	3606
7.	Frank Robinson	165	3155
8.	Albert Pujols	160	2728
9.	Orlando Cepeda	157	3220
10.	Johnny Bench	154	3229
 	Giancarlo Stanton	154	2640

Here are the home run leaders as of age 25:

Rank	Player		HR   PA
1.	Alex Rodriguez	241	4247
2.	Jimmie Foxx	222	3940
 	Eddie Mathews	222	3807
4.	Mel Ott	211	4649
5.	Mickey Mantle	207	4114
6.	Frank Robinson	202	3790
7.	Albert Pujols	201	3428
8.	Orlando Cepeda	191	3849
9.	Ken Griffey	189	3920
10.	Andruw Jones	185	3971

If you go back to age 22 and age 23 leaders, you get guys like Tony Conigliaro. and Juan Gonzalez. Although he is in pretty good company, the risk the contract can turn out poorly is high enough that the Marlin’s pucker factor should be pretty high. And that’s not crazy.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How Giancarlo Stanton Contracts Would Have Gone | FanGraphs Baseball

This is the best look at the Stanton contract that I have read.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2014 at 03:39 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Giancarlo Stanton’s $325M with Miami Marlins heavily backloaded - ESPN

Wow! In the short term Stanton is walking away from a lot of money. Don’t get me wrong. His option years make up for it if he goes in the tank. If he plays well, though, he’s leaving a bunch of money on the table. 

If Giancarlo Stanton opts out of his new 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins after the first six seasons, he’ll be walking away from a staggering $218 million over the final seven seasons, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN.com Tuesday.

However, one source said Stanton was so motivated to give his team the financial flexibility to win now, he agreed to a heavily backloaded contract structure that will pay him just $30 million over the first three seasons.

According to a major league source who had seen the terms, Stanton’s salaries over those first three seasons will be only $6.5 million in 2015, $9 million in 2016 and $14.5 million in 2017, far less than he could have earned through arbitration in 2015 and 2016 and then via free agency. He would earn $77 million over the next three seasons and could opt out of the contract after 2020, following his age 30 season.

So the Marlins would be on the hook for only $107 million of the deal over the first six seasons, which computes to an average annual value of just $17.83 million per season before Stanton would have the right to exercise the opt-out clause.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2014 at 03:06 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Giancarlo Stanton may actually prove to be worth reported $325M contract - MLB - SI.com

Jay Jaffe’s take on the Stanton deal. He estimates Stanton’s value of the contract based on the cost per win on the free agent market. I’m not a huge fan of the approach when players are extended. Teams don’t win championships by paying “market” rates for players, especially those still under control for two years. Using the market approach, teams would be making sound financial choices if they spent anything less than $284.2 million for a 95 win team in 2014. (95 wins = 47.6 base wins + 47.4 WAR, 47.4 x $6 million = $284.2) Granted, you can’t generally pick up players less than market rate on the free agent market. Granted, free agents are only part of the payroll mix. But, not taking into account how much they would have been actually paying him in 2015 (around $13M) and 2016 (around $19M, if he is healthy and performs similarly next year) greatly underestimates the risk the Marlins are assuming right now. Had the Marlins let him play himself into free agency, they could have paid him an AAV of $30.6 million over the 11 remaining years and still broken even without assuming the risk now.

What if I’ve underestimated the cost of a win, as I did last winter? Bump the current cost to $6.5 million with that last set of assumptions in place, including the 0.6 WAR per year decline, and Stanton’s value over the life of the pact jumps back up to $342.9 million; in other words, it means he has to produce even less to make it worth Miami’s while.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2014 at 09:50 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Monday, November 17, 2014


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton playing a dangerous game: believing in the Marlins - Yahoo Sports

It’s a guaranteed $325 million with an opt-out in five years *and* with some type of no-trade clause. $325,000,000.

The Marlins can keep Stanton for two more cost-controlled years. Right now, Stanton is *gambling* on Loria’s word for three years control. The Marlins are *gambling* that Stanton will remain healthy and productive for at least five years. Sorry, Stanton has much better odds.

This isn’t about trust.This isn’t some type of deal with the devil. It’s business, big business.

Unless Loria is truly bargaining for Stanton’s soul, Stanton would be a dope to turn down this offer.

Over the next few years, Stanton will find out whether his trust was well-placed or this truly was a Faustian bargain. He’s about to inherit a title: highest-paid athlete ever. He wants another: World Series champion. The latter ultimately goes back to the Marlins, to Loria and Samson, whose past actions would doom Stanton’s sobriquets mutually exclusive.

No, you can’t turn down $325 million. Giancarlo Stanton will get his money if he wants it, and there’s great solace in that, and he’ll opt out if he wants that, and there’s comfort there, too. Ever present will be Jeffrey Loria, the majordomo of the Marlins, paying his hefty price, getting exactly what he wanted, smiling with his devilish grin.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2014 at 08:18 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Giancarlo Stanton Is a Power Hitter Negotiating a Power Contract - NYTimes.com

A few people have written that the opt-out after five years is the mechanism for Loria to get out of the last eight years of the contract. A few have suggested the opt-out removes the risk. That’s a best case scenario where Stanton does well in the first five years. If he gets an injury that drops him from an elite to an OK, slightly above-average player (think Don Mattingly), they will end up eating a lot of money. So, no matter how you tweak the numbers, this will be an extremely risky contact for the Marlins.

So it makes sense, for those reasons and more, that the Miami Marlins and Stanton are engaged in talks on an extension that would be the first baseball contract worth more than $300 million. If the deal becomes official, it could stretch for 13 years at $25 million per season, taking Stanton through age 37.

For now, five players have guaranteed contracts worth at least $225 million, and all the deals extend beyond the player’s 40th birthday: the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, the Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, the Seattle Mariners’ Robinson Cano and the Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto.

The chance that those players will remain elite performers through the end of their contracts is slim. Through that prism, Stanton’s prospective deal seems more sensible. Some powerful outfielders of the past, like Frank Robinson and Dave Winfield, remained viable offensive players at 37 or beyond.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2014 at 08:04 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

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