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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Yankees agree to contract with Matt Holliday | MLB.com

Yankees strike.

The Yankees made a quick strike to land a bat on the eve of baseball’s Winter Meetings, agreeing to terms with outfielder/designated hitter Matt Holliday on a one-year, $13 million contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 10:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, matt holliday, yankees

OT - College Football Bowl Spectacular (December 2016 - January 2017)

December 30   8:00 PM  Orange Bowl            Michigan v. Florida State

December 31   3:00 PM  Peach Bowl             Washington v. Alabama
              7:00 PM  Fiesta Bowl            Ohio State v. Clemson

January 2     1:00 PM  Cotton Bowl            Wisconsin v. Western Michigan
              5:00 PM  Rose Bowl              Penn State v. USC
              8:30 PM  Sugar Bowl             Oklahoma v. Auburn

January 9     8:30 PM  Championship Game      Peach winner v. Fiesta winner
Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 04, 2016 at 03:30 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Juliano: Should Baseball Union Be Happy With the Status Quo?

Most in the baseball media have declared management as the winner in the sport’s latest round of labor negotiations. Over the last two days, I’ve portrayed the outcome as a split decision by illustrating how the new CBA will do little to change the prevailing trends in the game. But, that begs the question: is the status quo good for the players?

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: December 04, 2016 at 11:53 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, labor relations, mlbpa, owners

The Unluckiest Pitching Staff Ever Assembled

Big Ed doesn’t like it when you don’t score runs for him. Please score runs for Big Ed.

gehrig97 Posted: December 04, 2016 at 10:49 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bob gibson, ed walsh, nolan ryan, pitching

Pittsburgh Pirates prospects Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow rise to the top of team’s Organization All-Stars | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Right-handed starter—Tyler Glasnow, Altoona (2 games), Indianapolis (20 games), Pittsburgh (7 games): Glasnow rang up 144 strikeouts over 116 2/3 innings in the Minors to pace the organization for the second straight year. While he compiled a 1.93 ERA and .176 opponents’ average in the Minors, the 6-foot-8, 220-pound hurler also issued 5.2 walks per nine innings. However, his command improved as the year went on, especially after making the jump to the Majors in July and September.

“I think there were points where his age became a factor,” Treanor said. “He tried to strike everybody out, and then once he settled in and got to Pittsburgh and understood that he just needs to force contact and not try to strike everybody out, you saw some flashes of what he can be.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, prospects

MLBPA boss Tony Clark breaks down the CBA | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal talks to Tony Clark about the new CBA.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, cya, mlbpa

Minor Leaguers Continue Efforts In Wage Lawsuit | BaseballAmerica.com

No official action was taken on Friday, but Spero will continue to consider the players’ streamlined filing, which is limited only to players who spend the entirety of their seasons in a league that plays all of its games in one state. The players are seeking class-action status for the spring training, extended spring training and the instructional leagues, as well as the California League.

If successful, the players would then go forward with their effort to seek the enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to cover minor leaguers in the same way it does others who work ordinary jobs with hourly wages. The result, then, would mean players’ wages would be determined by each state’s minimum-wage and overtime laws. For example, a player in the Florida State, Gulf Coast or Arizona League all season would be paid those states’ minimum wage of $8.05 per hour. A player in California all season would make its minimum of $10 per hour.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers

Will Cubs stay quiet or pull off surprise at winter meetings? | Chicago Sun-Times

The Cubs are among those teams heading to this week’s winter meetings shopping for free agent relievers. And how Cecil’s signing and other market factors – such as a healthy trade market and newly struck changes to revenue-sharing and luxury-tax rules – affect the prices could affect how aggressive and active the Cubs choose to be.

“I don’t think any one signing is going to have [a market-setting] impact,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “Brett Cecil’s a very, very good left-handed reliever. In general, the lack of starting pitching in the market has something to do with the interest in the relievers, and the way the postseason played out. What everyone saw was some really good bullpens heavily utilized, and I think that’s something that’s been a big focus.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Acquiring athletic center fielder still a priority for Cardinals | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., said, “In the prior offseason, we went for a stronger bench, more depth and more power. And we got all that. But we sacrificed a little bit of athleticism and our defense wasn’t as good as it had been the year before.”

“Defensively, we took a step backwards,” admitted Mozeliak. And it wasn’t just the infield defense.

“If we do catch the ball better, we ultimately will pitch better,” said Mozeliak. “We put a lot of stress on our pitchers this past year. Our whole staff is defined by ground balls. It’s a pretty simple leap to say that if we play better defense, we’re going to win more games.”
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The list of center fielders for whom the Cardinals might look at trading is a lengthy one: Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain, who will be a free agent after next season; Arizona’s A.J. Pollock; Atlanta’s Ender Inciarte; Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon; Chicago White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton (who played mostly right field last year); Miami’s Marcell Ozuna and Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier, a two-time Gold Glover but not as good a hitter as any of the above.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Sunday Notes: Vizquel, Lindor, Shipley, Ryan, Mussina, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Nolan Ryan was a freak.

A couple of Nolan Ryan factoids, which would read as unbelievable if they weren’t about Nolan Ryan:

A total of 489 players had at least one plate appearance against Ryan without recording a hit. Gates Brown, with 31, had the most. He went 0 for 24 with seven walks against Ryan.

On June 14, 1974, Ryan had 19 strikeouts and 10 walks over 13 innings in a game against the Red Sox. Ryan reportedly threw 235 pitches. Four days later, he threw six shutout innings against the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Red Sox have chance to fill roster holes at Winter Meetings

The Red Sox could do just about anything.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, winter meetings

Nick Cafardo: Here are some scenarios that could develop at baseball’s Winter Meetings

Nick Cafardo takes on the Winter Meetings.

1. You could easily see the Red Sox and White Sox or Red Sox and Tigers hooking up on a megadeal. The Red Sox could easily pull off a Chris Sale-Jose Abreu trade if they’re willing to give up Andrew Benintendi or Yoan Moncada, as well as Jackie Bradley Jr., Eduardo Rodriguez, and Blake Swihart. They could pull off a Miguel Cabrera-Justin Verlander deal with the Tigers if they were willing to include the above players or add Michael Kopech. Why do it if you’re the Red Sox? They want to win now. Cabrera will always hit. Abreu is a proven 30-100 hitter. Sale is a tough-as-nails, 27-year-old lefthander. Verlander gives you performance and intestinal fortitude. You keep Moncada or Benintendi to play left field. You already have a young core with Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts, and you have Rafael Devers about two years away, if that, at third base. The White Sox also match up with the Nationals, Dodgers, Rangers, and Astros for Sale.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, winter meetings

Heyman: Giants, Nationals At Forefront For Melancon

Relievers are getting paid this winter.

Sources indicate to FanRag Sports that the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals are currently at the forefront in terms of suitors for Melancon, and he is expected to sign a deal that will break the current reliever record held by Jonathan Papelbon, who signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in November, 2011 (though that record will surely be broken by Chapman and Jansen later this winter).

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 07:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, mark melancon, nationals

Twins must be “really inspired” to trade Brian Dozier

Kinsler has been the superior player but he’s six years older. Whether that age difference will show up in his play over the next two seasons is questionable.

While Dozier, 28, is signed for two more seasons at a combined $15 million, the 34-year-old Kinsler could be controlled through 2018 for just $6 million more if his option is exercised. Kinsler, a four-time all-star with superior defensive metrics to Dozier’s, can block trades to 10 teams, including the Dodgers, owners of perhaps the game’s deepest farm system but also reportedly in some danger of violating the sport’s debt regulations.
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“I think we have to evaluate the players who are here and assess whether or not they’re going to be here when we’re vying for the Central title,” Levine said. “If the answer is yes, we’re going to do whatever we can to retain those players and build around them. If the (answer) is maybe, then we’re open-minded. If the (answer) is likely not, then I think what we owe the franchise and what we owe you guys is to do the best we can to accelerate this process of getting back to greatness by using those assets to improve the team.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian dozier, ian kinsler, twins

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Carlos Beltran agrees to one-year, $16M deal with Astros

Free agent Carlos Beltran has agreed to a one-year deal worth $16 million with the Houston Astros, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The deal also includes a full no-trade clause, according to the source.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos beltran

Cubs sign outfielder Jay to 1-year contract

Now they just have to sign free agent Matt Holliday to have the Cardinals’ 2015 starting outfield.

With incumbent center fielder Dexter Fowler weighing his options in free agency, the Cubs plucked another player off the open market, agreeing with veteran Jon Jay on a one-year contract worth $8 million.

salvomania Posted: December 03, 2016 at 11:25 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jon jay

Column: Nationals Must Go For It All To Win With Harper

I’m not sure I’d describe the market for relievers as “saturated”.

Mark Melancon impressed in his time with the Nationals. Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman are two of baseball’s best late-inning relievers. Wade Davis, David Robertson and A.J Ramos can be had in trades. If they’re dead-set against spending big on a short reliever, they can give Treinen a chance and see if he develops while signing insurance policies like Fernando Rodney, Koji Uehara, Joe Smith or Brad Ziegler.

The saturated market gives the Nationals options to get someone established at a relatively reasonable price. This is a non-priority priority in that they have to deal with it, but there’s no rush to do so.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

D-Backs hire Mike Fitzgerald as new analytics head

Which direction will Arizona change to when this plan doesn’t produce a World Series championship within two years? Fortune tellers?

“(Analytics) certainly has been an area of focus for us since coming over here; I know it’s been an area of focus for (owner) Ken (Kendrick) and (CEO) Derrick (Hall) when I was hired,” Hazen said. “We want to look to strategically build this department.

“He has a phenomenal reputation, very smart, impressed throughout the interview process. He’s the right guy to help really build our infrastructure in these areas. The game is changing in so many different ways, there are so many new areas of information to explore, and he’s going to help us do that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, sabermetrics

Friday, December 02, 2016

Free-agent catcher Jeff Mathis signs with Diamondbacks

Jeff Mathis signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, a source confirmed to the Sun Sentinel, ending his four-year tenure as Miami’s backup backstop.

The loss is a noteworthy one for the Marlins, who benefited from Mathis’ defense behind the plate and valued his veteran presence in the clubhouse.

“Thank you for all you did for me the last 4 years,” starting pitcher Tom Koehler wrote in a tweet about Mathis. “AZ is getting a hell of a teammate. Your presence will be missed.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2016 at 10:43 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, jeff mathis

D-Backs nontender Wellington Castillo, sign Jeff Mathis

What is this strange hold Jeff Mathis has on certain GM’s and managers?

charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: December 02, 2016 at 10:23 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

2016 Non-Tender Tracker

Ben Revere, Chris Carter and Tyson Ross are among the big names.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2016 at 08:30 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: ben revere, non-tenders, tyson ross

Homers steady with new Coors Field fences | MLB.com

Hit them far, hit them deep!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2016 at 06:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coors field, home runs, rockies

MLB, MLBPA announce new Labor Agreement | MLB.com

Another overview of the deal. You can read all the details here.

Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) today jointly issued details of the tentative new five-year labor agreement that will allow play to continue uninterrupted through the 2021 season. The parties agreed to the terms of the pact, which is subject to ratification by both sides, on Wednesday, November 30th, prior to the December 1st expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2016 at 05:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Venezuelan players rally behind Omar Vizquel, threaten WBC boycott

The attempt to fire Omar Vizquel as manager of the Venezuela’s World Baseball Classic team has prompted backlash from some of the country’s biggest stars, including Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez.

One by one, the players appeared on a Venezuelan sports radio show Thursday night to defend Vizquel. Many threatened to drop out of the WBC unless Vizquel was reinstated. Vizquel, a future Hall-of-Famer who won 11 Gold Gloves at shortstop, has been first base coach for the Tigers since 2014.


According to Venezuelan media reports, Vizquel’s apparent firing came after he butted heads with the Venezuelan team’s general manager, Carlos Guillen, a former Tigers infielder.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2016 at 05:16 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: omar vizquel, venezuela, world baseball classic

Nationals Acquire Derek Norris

The Nationals have dealt for catcher Derek Norris from the Padres, per a club announcement. Righty Pedro Avila will head to San Diego in return.

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Norris, who was once a well-regarded prospect in the D.C. system before being shipped to Oakland in the deal that landed Gio Gonzalez. Now, he joins righty A.J. Cole in finding his way back to the Nationals organization via trade.

Norris never suited up at the major league level with the Nationals, but he’ll surely do so in 2017.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2016 at 05:15 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, nationals, padres

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