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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 09:18 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 12:39 PM | 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 02:01 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 07:35 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 08:37 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 07:39 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 03:23 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 10:06 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 04:39 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 04:06 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 10:50 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 09:18 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 09:04 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Friday, November 14, 2014

A $320 Million Extension for Giancarlo Stanton Is a Bet Against History | The Read Zone

Good stuff from Primate Brian Mangan.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2014 at 03:41 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Marlins, Giancarlo Stanton discussing record-breaking $320 million deal | FOX Sports

This is a lot of coin, especially considering it’s the Marlins. Other reports say the deal might include some type of no-trade clause. Based on their track record and the size and length of the rumored contract, I can’t see them including no-trade language.

The two sides are discussing a deal that would be for at least 10 years and at least $300 million, major-league sources say.
The contract, according to one source, is in the range of 12 years, $320 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2014 at 10:43 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Friday, November 07, 2014

De civitate sabermetricarum: What to offer Giancarlo Stanton?

Primate fra paolo takes on the Stanton contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2014 at 09:07 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Josh Beckett Says He’s Retiring After 14 Seasons In Major Leagues | MLB | NESN.com

The prickly right-handed pitcher is walking away from baseball, as he announced his retirement Tuesday night after the Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:51 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, josh beckett, marlins, red sox, retirements

Friday, September 26, 2014

Josh Willingham plans to retire at season’s end, source says

The Ham is no longer Willing.

Josh Willingham insists he hasn’t made any decisions about his playing future.

However, an associate of the 35-year-old outfielder/designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals says he has told people close to him that he is “100 percent retiring” once this season ends.

Willingham, one of just three players in Twins history to hit at least 35 home runs in a season, disputed that version in a text message to the Pioneer Press.

“I haven’t made a decision yet and don’t know what I’m going to do,” Willingham wrote.

Slowed by a groin injury that has limited him to two starts since Sept. 11, Willingham is closing in on the first postseason appearance in his 11-year career.

Only seven active players have more career games than Willingham (1,146) without a postseason appearance.

Closing out a three-year, $21 million contract signed with the Twins after the 2011 season, Willingham was traded to Kansas City on Aug. 11 after the Royals claimed him on waivers. The Twins received Double-A right-hander Jason Adam in the deal, which saw the Royals pick up the remaining $1.836 million of the $7 million Willingham is owed this season.

A right-handed power hitter, Willingham hit 35 homers and drove in 110 runs in his 2012 Twins debut. Only Harmon Killebrew (eight times) has exceeded that homer total in Twins history.

Willingham was unable to follow that up due to nagging injuries to his knee (2013) and wrist (2014). He had a combined on-base/slugging percentage of .761 in 23 games (83 plate appearances) with the Royals.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2014 at 12:17 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, josh willingham, marlins, nationals, retirements, royals, twins

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton hit in face by pitch

Stanton immediately fell to the ground in the batter’s box at Milwaukee’s Miller Park and never stood back up as medical personnel tended to him and ultimately placed him into an ambulance while on a stretcher.

Scary stuff in Milwaukee. Also:

Umpires ruled that Stanton swung at the pitch as his body spun in an attempt to get out the way of the ball. Reed Johnson then took Stanton’s at-bat over, and Fiers then hit Johnson in the hand with a pitch high and inside.

Hopefully, this will be remembered in the end as the at-bat where a pitcher recorded a strikeout while hitting two batters in the plate appearance, and not as a turning point in Stanton’s career or life.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton awaits MVP fate, huge offer from Marlins

The Marlins plan to offer MVP candidate Giancarlo Stanton the most lucrative contract in franchise history. Even if they can’t reach an agreement on a long-term contract extension this winter, the Marlins insist they will keep Stanton through at least the 2015 season, vowing to build a championship club around him.

They have control of Stanton through the 2016 season. After that, free agency could make him could make him baseball’s first $300 million player.

The Marlins hope to strike before that can happen.

“He’s the leader of this franchise,’’ Marlins president David Samson tells USA TODAY Sports. “We always knew the talent he had, but what he’s done this year, playing every day, he’s the definition of a game-changer.

“We call him a no-food player. A no-bathroom player. When he comes to the plate, nobody leaves their seat.

“There’s no question he’s the MVP of this league.’‘

I think you can trust them. Just ask Jose Reyes.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 10, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, giancarlo stanton, marlins

Sunday, September 07, 2014

[Freddie] Freeman Finishes At .135 Against Marlins

MIAMI — Freddie Freeman had a hit in each of his last five games against the Marlins, but the Braves All-Star first baseman still finished with an almost unfathomable .135 average (10-for-74) against them this season….

He has hit a combined .314 with 57 extra-base hits (16 homers) and 64 RBIs in 124 games against everyone else….

Probably not of interest to anyone who isn’t a Braves or Marlins fan, but falls under that always interesting category of “Curious Baseball Stats.”

CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: September 07, 2014 at 08:12 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, freddie freeman, marlins

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Keri: Giancarlo Stanton’s Historic Season, Crazy Comps, and Big Payday

What, is Loria funding a You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown revival?

[Giancarlo] Stanton is on pace to set career highs in batting average, OBP, slugging, and park-adjusted offense. He’s already topped his career highs in walks, total bases, and Wins Above Replacement… Stanton might be the best position player in the NL this year, ranking second in park-adjusted offense and, depending on the source, either first or second among NL hitters in WAR…

There are a couple reasons for Stanton’s assault on pitching this year, beyond his usual power-hitting excellence. First, while he remains strikeout-prone — thanks to staying healthy and playing every day, he’s on pace to fan a career-high 189 times — the rate at which he’s striking out has actually edged lower over the course of his career… Second, Stanton is absolutely annihilating pitches up in the zone this season. He’s slugging .705 on those pitches in 2014, second only to Jose Abreu among qualified hitters. He’s also cut his strikeout rate and swing-and-miss percentage against those pitches…

He’s only the 11th player to mash more than 150 career home runs through his age-24 season… Among position players who have signed for at least $180 million, only Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols had a higher career WAR through their age-24 seasons than Stanton currently has, with 20.9…

Amid the possibility that the Marlins might try to trade Stanton, we scoured the history books to think of a player with this combination of youth, skill, and success who was traded at the same point in his career. The best comp we could come up with was a player who had also amassed just more than 20 Wins Above Replacement through his age-24 season. Of course, that WAR figure underestimates the player’s value at that time, since he was also one of the greatest pitchers of his era.

That’s right. If the Marlins trade Stanton, the closest comp will be the Red Sox selling [Babe] Ruth to the Yankees in 1919… If a pursuing team believes it can lock up Stanton this offseason for well beyond the two years remaining until his free agency, we could see one of the most jaw-dropping trades in baseball history.

The District Attorney Posted: September 03, 2014 at 02:32 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

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