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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!

The 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!

Updated 8:00 ~ 25 Full Ballots ~ (4.4% of vote ~ based on last year) ~ As usual…BBWAA ballot digging is welcome!

100 - P. Martinez
96.0 - R. Johnson
84.0 - Smoltz
80.0 - Biggio
80.0 - Piazza
————————————
72.0 - Bagwell
64.0 - Raines
56.0 - Clemens
56.0 - Bonds
56.0 - Schilling
28.0 - Trammell
24.0 - Mussina
16.0 - McGwire
16.0 - E. Martinez
16.0 - Lee Smith
12.0 - L. Walker
12.0 - Sheffield
  8.0 - Sosa
  8.0 - McGriff
  8.0 - Kent
————————————-
  4.0 - Garciaparra
  4.0 - Pete Rose (McWrite-In)

Big thanks to Ryan Thibs, Ilychs Morales & Butch for all their help! And check here for Thibs’ excellent HoF Ballot spreadsheet.

Repoz Posted: December 17, 2014 at 07:31 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Matt Kemp’s arthritic hips hold up deal with Padres

This could be a huge problem.

The San Diego Padres are trying to decide whether to finalize or void their blockbuster trade for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp after his physical revealed severe arthritis in both hips, a person familiar with the diagnosis told USA TODAY Sports.

The person spoke to USA TODAY only on the condition of anonymity since he was not authorized to discuss the medical issue.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, padres, trade rumors

Posnanski: The Royals Celebration Tour

Never take “We’ll owe you a favor” for an answer. Ask CM Punk!

I’m beginning to wonder if the Royals just gave us that incredible postseason run last year so that they could spend the next few years trolling us with the sorts of signings that used to make them baseball’s laughing stock…

I can’t in good conscience do anything but grumble quietly. The Royals were a Bumgarner away form a World Series victory. I wish they wouldn’t celebrate that magical season by paying way too much money for declining 30-something players. But, you know, winners are entitled to celebrate however they want.

I don’t get why the Royals are doing this and not just, you know, going all out to sign James Shields. Understand: I don’t think the Royals SHOULD sign James Shields. He’s 33 years old and, as such, will undoubtedly get way too much money for his declining years. But, then, I’m not as big a fan of Shields as the Royals are. The Royals LOVED him, I mean all caps LOVE because of his leadership and mentorship and all that. If the Royals already planned to plunk down $48 million for three old players who have been dumped by teams in the last year or two and have a combined negative WAR, why not just put that into a big-package deal to keep Shields? That would have made WAY more sense.

There are times, I think, that the Royals just get excited when anyone says they are willing to come to Kansas City to play baseball — and especially excited if it is a player who they heard of once…

none of the recent signings they have made in their celebration tour are club-crippling gambles the way, say, the Jose Guillen signing was. They’re all short term…The Royals haven’t burdened their future with any of these deals. And, who knows? Maybe they get lucky. Hey, it’s happened before.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-18-2014

Rock Island Argus, December 18, 1914:

Naming of Clarence Rowland, manager last year of the Peoria Three-Eye league club, as head of the White Sox for the coming year has caused a profound sensation in Chicago baseball circles. Discussing the subject the Chicago Tribune today says…
...
“Rowland’s previous experience has been with teams in smaller leagues, where his success has been such as to attract the attention of the master of the White Sox, who began his career in Dubuque before the new manager of the team was out of knickerbockers.”

Rowland reacts to his appointment as manager:

The opportunity I have been striving to obtain, the chance of handling a major league ball club, has been realized, and to say that I am pleased is entirely too mild an occasion. I’m tickled to death.

It was a surprise hire, but it was a great one. The Sox improved by 23 games in Rowland’s first season and won the World Series in his third year in charge. A slow start in year four in addition to disagreements with Comiskey led to the end of Rowland’s managerial career. He went on to serve as an American League umpire, president of the Pacific Coast League, and was named the top executive in minor league ball as the president of the 1944 Los Angeles Angels.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 18, 2014 at 08:53 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, pants rowland, white sox

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Opening of Relations Could Bring Cuban Stars to Major League Baseball

At one point Wednesday, Major League Baseball became so concerned about the reaction to Obama’s announcement that it sent a directive to its 30 teams pointing out that it remained illegal to scout players in Cuba, or to sign them, because the American embargo of the island remained in effect. Obama cannot lift the embargo on his own, and a Congress that will be fully controlled by Republicans starting in January is unlikely to go along with the idea, at least any time soon.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 10:15 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, international

Source: Myers to Padres in 11-player deal with Rays, Nats | MLB.com

This is a trade that may work out for all three teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2014 at 08:56 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rays, wil myers

Royals sign Edinson Volquez for two years, $20 million

What a world we live in. Edinson Volquez, who was released by the San Diego Padres 16 months ago, and then had a decent bounce-back season in Pittsburgh in 2014, is set to make $20 million over the next two seasons.

The Kansas City Royals have reportedly signed Volquez, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, sticking him in their starting rotation along with Yordano Ventura, Danny Duffy, Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 08:19 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: edinson volquez, free agents, royals

MLBTR: Padres-Rays-Nationals Agree to Three-Team Trade

Young outfielder Wil Myers will head to San Diego as the centerpiece of the trade, and indeed the entire pact will depend upon the health of his balky wrist, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports notes on Twitter. San Diego receives righty Gerardo Reyes and lefty Jose Castillo from Tampa as well. The Rays, in return, will receive Burch Smith and Jake Bauers. And the Pads and Rays will also swap catchers Ryan Hanigan and Rene Rivera.

Much of Tampa’s haul, however, will come from another source: the Nationals will send outfielder Steven Souza and young lefty Travis Ott to Tampa in exchange for righty Joe Ross and shortstop Trea Turner (as a PTBNL) , each of whom will head from the Padres to D.C. by way of Tampa.

JE (Jason) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 06:08 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: san diego padres, tampa bay rays, trade, washington nationals, wil myers

Morosi - Effects of US Shift on Cuba Policy

Don’t make me wish I’d chosen an “off-topic politics” tag for this thread!!

“The near (term) future baseball relationships will be with Japan. I don’t think Cuba is ready to hand over its baseball to MLB.”

Even if the Cuban government allowed U.S. sports franchises that level of autonomy, MLB clubs would want to see if an international draft is instituted under the next collective bargaining agreement before making infrastructure investments. The notion of a MLB-affiliated franchise in Cuba, which last occurred in 1960 with the Havana Sugar Kings of the Triple-A International League, is undoubtedly many years and political concessions away . . . but suddenly plausible, on a momentous day for the nation and national pastime.

boteman Posted: December 17, 2014 at 03:37 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, politics, prospects

AZCentral: Miley’s Preparation Apparently an Issue for DBacks

AZ FO taking a page from the Red Sox playbook?

Miley doesn’t think there is anything wrong with his diet and believes his work ethic is where it needs to be. He admits it wasn’t always that way.

“My first couple of years going into camp, I hunted more than I worked out,” Miley said. “It was kind of a wake up call.”

...

Miley said he didn’t want to go into specifics about his diet but did make a passing reference about not being gluten free. He said he wished the team were more willing to tailor its approach toward individuals rather than having everyone doing the same things.

Also, looks like Boston has cornered the market on pitchers with rib injuries (after jump)...

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: December 17, 2014 at 02:20 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: celiac disease, diamondbacks, diet, red sox

Will the United States’ new Cuba policy benefit Cuban baseball players?

“Mr. Burns, I think we can trust the President of Cuba.”

In August, Eliezer Lazo pleaded guilty to extortion charges stemming from his role in smuggling more than 1,000 Cubans into the U.S., including Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin. A lawsuit against Martin argued that he agreed to pay 35 percent of his MLB earnings to the human traffickers who brought him stateside. On Tuesday, according to an ESPN report, Gilberto Suarez pleaded guilty to alien smuggling charges for his role in bringing Puig to the U.S.

Without more details of the eased restrictions between the two countries, it’s hard to say if or when Wednesday’s developments will provide easier and less exploitative routes for Cuban baseball stars to play in the Majors.

Again, in the bigger picture the baseball side of it does not mean as much as the broader political implications of the relationship. But it seems like at the very least a positive step toward allowing some of the world’s best baseball players to play the sport at its highest level without first risking their lives to do so.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 02:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, cuban free agents

NY Judge Gives MASN Partial Edge In Nationals Dispute

NEW YORK — A New York Supreme Court granted partial discovery Monday to Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, forcing Major League Baseball to hand over documents relating to the long-standing dispute over the Washington Nationals’ regional television rights fees. MASN, which is majority controlled by the Baltimore Orioles, had been seeking documents detailing incoming MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s involvement with a arbitration panel that ruled this summer that MASN should pay the Nationals more in rights fees.

After three hours of arguments, Judge Lawrence Marks also approved MASN’s request that MLB turn over documents detailing the panel’s meetings, attendance and the details of the correspondence between Manfred and any MLB staff and the panel. MASN contends that Manfred, who has been serving as Commissioner Bud Selig’s right-hand man, and MLB had a vested interest in the panel’s ruling, which awarded the Nationals nearly $300 million in TV rights fees during the 2012-2016 “reset” period.

boteman Posted: December 17, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: greed, masn, nationals, orioles, peter angelos

Are Wil Myers’ flaws fixable? | FOX Sports

Maybe he’s not as good as prospect evaluators thought.

So what’s the deal? Why is a promising young talent like Myers about to join his third organization before turning 25? Is there a concern about his future that has caused teams to sour on him more quickly than we’d expect, given his performance and pedigree? Let’s take a look under the hood and see if we can identify any potential red flags.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rays, wil myers

“You Are F——d”: Breaking down the first-year candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot (Sports Illustrated)

I was asking Martinez what it felt like on the days when he knew he had his best stuff. He motioned toward home plate and told me those are the days when the distance between the mound and the plate seemed to be shortened. And then a mischievous smile came over his face. “Then,” he said, “you are f——d.”

gehrig97 Posted: December 17, 2014 at 09:57 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Indians sign Gavin Floyd to deal

Right-hander Gavin Floyd has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, giving him a chance to make a comeback from his latest elbow surgery.

The deal, announced Tuesday, allows him to earn an additional $6 million in performance bonuses.

The 31-year-old broke a bone in his elbow while throwing a curveball with Atlanta last June. He had surgery and couldn’t resume throwing until after the season. That injury occurred during his ninth start since returning from Tommy John elbow-ligament replacement surgery.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 09:44 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, gavin floyd, indians

Orioles agree to one-year deal with LHP Wesley Wright, pending physical, source says

They got the Wright guy.

The Orioles have agreed to terms with left-handed reliever Wesley Wright on a one-year deal, pending a physical, according to an industry source.

Wright, who will turn 30 in January, was nontendered by the Chicago Cubs earlier this month after going 0-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 48 1/3 innings in 2014. He made $1.425 million last season.

Wright has held left-handed hitters to a .238 batting average in his seven-year career. Last season, left-handed hitters batted .273 against him, with right-handers hitting .255.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, loogy, orioles, wesley wright

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-17-2014

Grand Forks Daily Herald, December 17, 1914:

One interesting fact about John Evers never has been known except to his intimate friends has become public property through his illness. This is that John is inordinately fond of candy.

“Evers has eaten so much candy and for so many years that his stomach is in pretty bad shape as a result of pneumonia,” said Dr. Herrity. “His wife tells me it was a common thing for him to start the day with a pound of candy for breakfast and to keep nibbling sweets until bedtime. Not always high-priced chocolates either. In fact, like all true candy devotees, Evers likes taffy and such simpler confections as well as he does bonbons.

Nah, this isn’t new information. We knew three and a half years ago about his fudge orgies and nicotine sprees.

And I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure pneumonia doesn’t cause your stomach to be in bad shape.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 17, 2014 at 09:38 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fudge orgies, history, johnny evers, nicotine sprees

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New York Mets Top 20 Prospects for 2015

We’ve had a run of good farm systems here: the Cubs, then the Rangers, and now the Mets. This farm system is in very good condition and continues to steadily improve.

One sign of a farm system with healthy depth: after the obvious top guys, it becomes very difficult to rank the huge amount of Grade C+ talent.

The big strength is pitching. Noah Syndergaard is one of the top pitching prospects in the game. Steven Matz is another Top 50 pitching prospect and his success is a testament to the efforts of the rehab staff, coaches, and his own work ethic in coming back from a difficult Tommy John recovery. Rafael Montero still looks like a solid prospect to me, and there is a large group of Grade C+ types who could be fourth/fifth starters or sound relief options. The Mets have done a particularly good job discovering solid arms for reasonable bonuses in Latin America, but they’ve found talent at the college and high school levels as well.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: December 16, 2014 at 09:58 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

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

Cooperstown vote: The Ron Chimelis ballot

Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio, Tim Raines, Fred McGriff, Mike Mussina, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza.

Chimelis also voted last year. Piazza picked up spots on his ballot along with the three new guys, taking the spots of Morris and the three guys who were elected last year. Last year I emailed Chimelis presenting the case of Piazza and he wrote a response to me, so he may take fan emails into consideration (he mentioned in his response that he had received a lot of other emails supporting Piazza).

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 16, 2014 at 07:57 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

The Dan Shaughnessy Hall Of Fame Ballot

The sure messy Dan Shaughnessy HOF Ballot (6): P. Martinez, R. Johnson, Smoltz, Schilling, Raines, and Trammell.

This means I am not voting for (among others on the ballot), Craig Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Mike Mussina, Larry Walker, Lee Smith, Carlos Delgado, and Nomar Garciaparra. Oh, and I also am not voting for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Gary Sheffield, Mike Piazza, and Jeff Bagwell.

Repoz Posted: December 16, 2014 at 06:05 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

L.A. Times: Dodgers designate Brian Wilson for assignment

Chavez Ravine largesse for everybody!

Think it’s not a very different world under the Dodgers’ new management team? Then you’d better hitch up the britches and get ready for an entirely new kind of wild ride.

Tuesday the Dodgers designated Brian Wilson for assignment.

That would be the right-handed reliever who is owed $10 million next season. This after the Dodgers sent $10 million to the Marlins to cover Dan Haren’s salary, $32 million to the Padres for a portion of Matt Kemp’s obligation and $2.5 million in the deal for Dee Gordon.

That’s $54.5 million now being paid to opposing players. Yep, a very different world.

TerpNats Posted: December 16, 2014 at 04:50 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

NatStros Palm Beach County Spring Training Site Negotiations

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s empty lot.

Palm Beach County voted Tuesday to continue negotiations and potentially make an unsolicited offer to the city of West Palm Beach for a land swap that could give the Nationals and Astros the needed site for a two-team spring training facility.

boteman Posted: December 16, 2014 at 04:10 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, florida, nationals, spring training

Pitching-deficient Yankees re-sign Chris Capuano

In a move about desperation, depth or both, the Yankees reached agreement Tuesday with Chris Capuano on a one-year, $5 million contract.

Capuano was a stopgap measure when the Yankees obtained him last July 24, and nothing has really changed. He would be in the rotation in 2015 for the same reasons he was in 2014 – because so much had gone wrong.

Actually, that is already the case. Capuano is currently part of a group with David Phelps and Adam Warren that will be in contention for the Nos. 4 and 5 starter spots. And the front three of Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia hardly offer confidence with their health.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 16, 2014 at 02:50 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: chris capuano, free agents, yankees

Rays trade Matt Joyce to Angels in exchange for Kevin Jepsen

The Rays traded outfielder Matt Joyce to the Angels on Tuesday in exchange for reliever Kevin Jepsen….

Joyce, who was an All-Star in 2011, spent six of his seven seasons in the majors with Tampa Bay. He heads to Los Angeles with a .250/.342/.441/.783 slash line in 725 career games. Joyce has a .104 average, one home run and seven RBI in 19 games at Angel Stadium.

Jepsen is 13-18 with a 3.94 ERA over seven seasons for the Angels. He had a career-high 75 strikeouts in 65 innings in 2014, while posting a career-low 2.63 ERA.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 16, 2014 at 02:49 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, kevin jepsen, matt joyce, rays, trade

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