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Friday, July 24, 2015

Trade Chatter - 2015 Deadline

Linked to MLB.com transaction page.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 04:40 PM | 395 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors, trades

Friday, March 27, 2015

BBTF 2015 Shooty Memorial Softball Meet-up!

We’ve finally got a date scheduled for this year’s NYC softball game, August 8.

Anybody who’s in contact with Primates who haven’t been around lately, please let ‘em know.

Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 27, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 332 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-30-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, July 30, 1915:

“I am going to communicate with the Brooklyn owner and tell him unless we get better umpiring and better breaks on the decisions, I’m going to quit,” Lee Magee, manager of the Brooklyn Federal league team, declared [in Kansas City] yesterday.
...
“I’m not going to put up with the sort of stuff we have been going through most of the season…I was put out of the first game of the season and I have been the butt of every umpire’s anger since that time.”

That doesn’t seem terribly well thought out by Magee: “The umpires don’t like me and if they don’t start being nicer to me, I’ll go away.”

Lee, buddy, if they don’t like you, they want you to go away. Unsurprisingly, Magee didn’t finish the season as the Tip-Tops’ manager. He went on to become known as an infamous fixer of games, confessing to helping fix games in 1918 and threatening to reveal fixes going all the way back to 1906.


Indians, Cardinals believed to be working on significant trade - MLB Daily Dish

Reportedly, it’s a done deal. Brandon Moss for Rob Kaminsky.

According to sources, the Indians and Cardinals are believed to be making progress on a deal that appears to be significant, likely involving top Cardinals’ prospect Rob Kaminsky. The sides have been discussing Brandon Moss in recent talks as well, according to a source. The possibility of a one-for-one-swap of Moss-for-Kaminsky appears to be in play.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 09:25 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon moss, cardinals, indians, rob kaminsky, trade rumors, trades

Cards, Fox Sports Midwest reach lucrative TV deal : Sports

It’s raining money in St. Louis!

Capitalizing on their history of success and baseball’s skyrocketing value as real-time TV, the Cardinals have reached a deal with Fox Sports Midwest that will guarantee the team more than $1 billion and assert for years to come their televised presence in a broad, devoted region.

The team and its exclusive local broadcast partner are expected to announce a new, 15-year agreement Thursday morning, officials on both sides confirmed. The new deal will begin with the 2018 season, continue to feature as many as 150 televised regular-season games, and also provides the Cardinals with a minority stake in the network.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: television rights

Dodgers To Acquire Latos, Wood, Jim Johnson In 3-Team Deal; Olivera To Braves - MLB Trade Rumors

Another interesting late night deal.

JULY 30: The Dodgers will indeed pay the final two installments of Olivera’s signing bonus, tweets David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. That means the Braves are essentially taking on Olivera on a six-year, $32.5MM contract that began this season. He’s earning $2MM in 2015, of which about $754K remains, so their total financial commitment to him will be about $31.25MM over the course of five and a half years.

JULY 29: The Dodgers, Marlins and Braves have reportedly swung what appears to be one of the most complex three-team trades in recent history, though nothing will become official tonight. The “basic” structure of the deal (though there’s nothing basic about this move) is as follows: the Dodgers will receive right-hander Mat Latos and first baseman Michael Morse from the Marlins. They’ll also add top prospect Jose Peraza and pitchers Alex Wood, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from the Braves. Atlanta, in turn, will receive Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, lefty Paco Rodriguez and minor leaguer Zachary Bird from the Dodgers. The Braves are also picking up Miami’s Competitive Balance Round A pick in next year’s draft (No. 35 overall). The Marlins will come out of this deal with three minor league pitchers — Kevin Guzman, Jeff Brigham and Victor Araujo — plus the financial relief of shedding the remaining $14.3MM that is owed to Latos and Morse.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, giants

Keith Law - ESPN (Insider) - Phillies effectively reload their farm system with Cole Hamels deal

Here is Law’s overall assessment of the deal.

Ultimately, the Phillies got two highly regarded but flawed position player prospects, a high-probability starting pitching prospect who has a chance to be a solid No. 3, and a pair of depth arms. That’s a good mixture of quantity and quality for Hamels, exactly what they should have tried to get in this franchise-altering opportunity.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies, rangers

Rangers Get a New Ace in Cole Hamels

I picked the wrong night to go to bed early.

Was this haul really worth waiting for? Don’t get me wrong but, although they got a lot of bodies, I’m not sure they got the really high-upside guy they were holding out for. Williams has been pretty good in Double A but he’s just OK. Alfaro, despite his placement on prospect lists, looks overrated to me. Thompson is the best pitcher of the lot and he grades out as a middle of the rotation guy, at best. Time will tell, of course.

After months of rumors, Phillies ace Cole Hamels has reportedly been traded to the Rangers in an eight-player deal.  The Rangers acquired Hamels, reliever Jake Diekman, and $9.5MM in cash for veteran lefty Matt Harrison, pitching prospects Jake Thompson, Alec Asher, and Jerad Eickhoff, catching prospect Jorge Alfaro, and outfield prospect Nick Williams.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies, rangers


Mets-Brewers nix deal for Carlos Gomez | MLB.com

What a mess.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell informed Gomez of a deal that—pending medical approval—would have sent him to New York in exchange for starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores, who teared up upon learning of the trade during the Mets’ 7-3 loss to the Padres. Several hours later, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson broke the news that “there is no trade.”

A source confirmed early Thursday morning that the Mets nixed the deal due to concern over Gomez’s right hip. The former—and no longer future—Met spent two weeks on the disabled list in April with a strained right hamstring and has been dealing with a sore right hip since at least early May, when he skipped three straight games in an effort to quiet the issue.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

OMNICHATTER 7-30-2015

INSERT JOKE ABOUT THE METS SITUATION HERE… OMNICHATTER

(Seriously, that was weird)

Gamingboy Posted: July 29, 2015 at 11:51 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Baseball’s Anti-Trust Exemption: Its Uncertain Scope

While many fans are aware that baseball is generally exempt from antitrust law, fewer realize that courts have adopted widely divergent views regarding the extent to which MLB’s operations are actually shielded from the law. For instance, just because MLB is generally immune from antitrust law does not mean that a court would necessarily give the league free reign to engage in anti-competitive practices in areas completely unrelated to professional baseball (such as if, for example, MLB Advanced Media — the league’s digital content distribution company — were to enter into a price-fixing scheme with other non-sports-related, Internet-streaming-video service providers).

Courts have traditionally disagreed regarding where to draw the line between MLB’s exempt and non-exempt conduct, and thus are deeply divided over the extent to which they will allow antitrust lawsuits to proceed against MLB. As a practical matter, then, anyone wishing to sue MLB under antitrust law may be able to do so – despite the league’s antitrust exemption – so long as they file their case in the right court…

That having been said, there may be some cases where this sort of forum shopping is not possible. In the San Jose lawsuit against MLB, for instance, the city had to file its case in a local court, even though California judges have traditionally adopted a broad view of baseball’s exemption.

In contrast, the plaintiffs’ lawyer in the recently filed suit challenging MLB’s scout hiring and pay practices wisely elected to file the case in New York, a jurisdiction that has historically viewed the exemption much more narrowly (as reflected in the decisions discussed above involving MLB’s television broadcasting and umpire relations). As a result, it would not be surprising if the New York court allows the antitrust portion of the case to move forward, despite baseball’s exemption.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2015 at 11:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: anti-trust exemption, athletics, legal, san jose

For Randy Johnson, Dominance didn’t come easy

“On the bright Sunday afternoon of March 18, 1984, Randy Johnson took the mound for the University of Southern California at Arizona State University’s Packard Stadium.

He was among the most interesting collection of sports figures ever assembled on a college baseball field.

The game featured two players who would break the major leagues’ single-season home run record (one still holds it). One would become an NFL linebacker and head coach, another would eventually be a major-league manager. Then there was a center fielder deemed the best player of all of them, a seeming Hall of Famer in waiting.

Oh, and the umpires included a Phoenix resident who would become the first (and still only) woman to rise to the ranks of Class AAA baseball, one notch below the big leagues.”

Plus ASU’s 4th outfielder, a kid named Mike Devereaux who was the only team-member not to vote the starting left fielder off the team, because he didn’t want to get his starting job that way.

ReggieThomasLives Posted: July 29, 2015 at 07:14 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, asu, barry bonds, big unit, hall of fame, hof, randy johnson, usc

Mets Continue to Act Like Small-Market Team | FanGraphs Baseball

Just finished Frank Cashen’s book. There wasn’t a lot of insight and way too much filler. I did not come away with the impression that Cashen liked the Wilpons much.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Giants miss out on first place — lose 5-2 - San Francisco Chronicle

“There’s a lot of baseball left, and there’s no point in looking at the standings because they don’t mean anything right now,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “The game goes on through September, and there’s a lot of work to do. We’ve been through this.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 11:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants


PawSox intensify pitch for Providence stadium

When do they start passing around stacks of money to Rhode Island’s elected officials? Historically it’s the most effective way to screw over taxpayers, especially in that state.

The Pawtucket Red Sox have invited business, government, media and real-estate developers to travel with managing partner Larry Lucchino to Durham, North Carolina, on Aug. 5, to meet elected and business leaders there, including the owner of the Durham Bulls Triple-A baseball team, and to attend a Durham Bulls game.

E-mailed invitations from Carol Krushnowski, who was the late principal owner James J. Skeffington’s assistant at the Providence law firm Locke Lord, invite recipients to “see the transformative effect a downtown Triple A ballpark can have on a community.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 11:16 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium deals, stadium financing

The Moore the Merrier: Dayton Lands Ben Zobrist, the Perfect Piece for the World Series–Hopeful Royals «

Rany Jazayerli likes what the Royals are doing.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 11:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

WHAT NATS’ TRADE FOR PAPELBON SAYS ABOUT THEIR FAITH IN STOREN

Of course, they know him best.

If the Nats truly were confident in Storen, they would show it.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: drew storen, nationals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-29-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 29, 1915:

Two fights with the umpire marked [yesterday’s Federal League] double-header between Brooklyn and Kansas City…

In the first contest Umpire Corcoran called two Brooklyn runners safe on what [Kansas City] contended was a perfect double play. The argument which followed was punctuated with fisticuffs by George Stovall, manager of the locals, and he was sent to the club house. In the second game Lee Magee, manager of the Brooklyn team, objected to a decision of Umpire Corcoran on balls and strikes called on Kauff. Magee struck Corcoran and when Corcoran drew blood from Magee’s lip Kauff came to Magee’s rescue. Magee and Kauff were both banished.

It’s remarkable that people actually wanted to be umpires 100 years ago. Getting punched in the face for doing your job doesn’t sound like much of a selling point.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: July 29, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fights, history, umpires

Nationals trade for closer Jonathan Papelbon | MLB.com

Storen reacts like expected. Storen and Papelbon have one thing other thing in common, neither of them are team first players.

Storen didn’t sound like a guy who was happy about the change.

“All I’m going to say is, I’m aware of the move and I’ve talked to Mike about it. I’ve talked to my agent about it,” Storen said. “We’ve had some ongoing discussions. Until those have progressed, I’m just going to leave it at that. No comment for now. But as the situation goes, I’ll keep you guys posted.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 07:04 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: drew storen, jonathan papelbon, nationals

Troy Tulowitzki says trade caught him by surprise, hopes to revive career with Blue Jays - The Denver Post

Yes, it was naive.

“I felt like I got blindsided a bit. I thought I was in the loop, in the conversation,” Tulowitzki said in his first comments since the deal went down. “So it definitely caught me by surprise. I was shocked and it caught me off guard. I think maybe I was a little naive to think I would be so connected to the (trade) process.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, rockies, troy tulowitzki

OMNICHATTER 7-29-2015

The Properly Inflated OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 29, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Report: A potential Cubs — San Diego Padres trade still in the works

Stalin Castro in San Diego? That sounds like another disappointment for Padres fans.

According to ESPN writer Jim Bowden, the Cubs still have interest in Padres No. 2 pitcher Tyson Ross and closer Craig Kimbrel. Ross is 6-8 with a 3.45 ERA and 132 strikeouts, while Kimbrel has 29 saves with a 2.73 ERA this season.

Bowden said Chicago would give up a lot for the two pitchers. The Cubs would have to offer shortstop Starlin Castro, minor league pitchers C.J. Edwards and Pierce Johnson, and minor league outfielder Billy McKinney.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, trade rumors, tyson ross

MLB.com : Royals’ amazing play.

Omar Infante fields Roberto Perez’s grounder and backhand flips to Alcides Escobar, who barehands and throws to first for the out.


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