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Friday, November 21, 2014

Pablo Sandoval’s Brother: Red Sox Showed ‘First Class’ Attentiveness | Boston Red Sox | NESN.com

Was Werner or Lucchino very, very sneaky?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2014 at 12:06 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, pablo sandoval, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-21-2014

Rock Island Argus, November 21, 1914:

“Rabbit” Maranville of the Boston Braves and his bride left Boston yesterday for George Stallings’ plantation in Georgia.

The “miracle man” of the Boston team cleared the way for the honeymoon trip by means of a check sent to Secretary Herman Nickerson of the Braves, taking care of all expenses on the route to Haddock, Ga.

This latest present from his chief was a distinct surprise to Maranville and means that his entire honeymoon expenses will be taken care of by the big chief…

I like my boss. I think he’s a good guy. I wouldn’t be terribly excited about spending my honeymoon at his house.

Still, a really nice gesture by Stallings.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 21, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rabbit maranville

MLB to tweak replay system, but managers’ challenges will stay | New York Post

How will this be done? Will there be a time limit?

Joe Torre, baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations, said last week at the general managers’ meetings that managers would no longer slowly stroll from the dugout to the umpire in order to give his team time to determine whether to challenge the on-field ruling. Managers instead could signal from the dugout.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2014 at 07:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play

Dodgers Acquire Joel Peralta – MLB Trade Rumors

The Dodgers announced that they have acquired right-hander Joel Peralta and lefty Adam Liberatore from the Rays in exchange for right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2014 at 07:20 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rays

Reds at least considering trading big names, reducing payroll | FOX Sports

The Reds had a club-record $114 million payroll last season, but missed the playoffs. They already have $75.5 million committed in ’15, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts. If they retain all nine of their arbitration-eligible players, the total projects to about $120 million, with no other moves.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2014 at 07:17 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, trade rumors

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Running list of 2014 40-man roster additions | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

On the surface, getting added to a 40-man roster may feel like a small move. It doesn’t guarantee a Major League spot. In fact by rule (and math), 15 of the players on said roster aren’t with the big club at any given time until September when rosters are allowed to expand.

But it does provide two things for the players involved. The first is protection. To be more specific, that’s protection from the Rule 5 Draft, coming up Dec. 11. Players who were 18 or younger when they signed their first pro contract are eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft five years after putting pen to paper. Players who were 19 or older can be taken four years afterwards. Unless of course, they are added to the 40-man roster. Players on the 40-man as of Thursday at midnight ET, however, are not eligible to be taken and are therefore protected from moving to another organization.

The second is respect. Talk to a player or two that’s been added to a 40-man roster for the first time, and they’ll tell you how important it is to officially see that their organization thinks highly enough of them to give them that spot.

“It was pretty humbling, I’d say,” said Red Sox right-hander Anthony Ranaudo after being added last offseason. “It’s great to be officially on the roster now. It feels good knowing that I had a good year, and they had enough confidence in me after what they saw last year.”

With that in mind, here’s a breakdown of prospects (to be updated all day Thursday) who are ranked in the Top 20 in their respective organizations by MLB.com and were added to 40-man rosters before Thursday’s deadline:

Edit: Link fixed. Sorry, Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 07:43 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, rule 5 draft

Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League | MLB.com

Byron Buxton is first in ability and brittleness.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 04:33 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

MLB Transaction Trees «

An interesting article by Ben Lindbergh. If Grantland would fix their design so loading an article didn’t freeze my browser…that would be good.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 03:41 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: trades

Yoan Moncada Is Affecting All of International Baseball | FanGraphs Baseball

This article has a lot of information about MLB’s international free agent signing rules. Rules that look like they need some tweaking.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 03:37 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents

Female Sportswriter Asks: ‘Why Are All My Twitter Followers Men?’ | ThinkProgress

It makes good business sense for teams to engage with fans where the fans can be found, physically and virtually. But while food, drink, and shopping posts on Pinterest will bring women to a game or a team store, they won’t bring women into the sports discussion.
And in the long run, that’s not good for women sports fans, women sports reporters, or for sports and our broader, more informed conversations about them.

The article is an interesting read but…does it really matter? I come from a baseball loving family. My mother and sisters love baseball. They love going to the ballpark and watch games on TV. So does my wife. I know many women who love the sport more than my family. Most of them aren’t consumers of sports news, though. From the little demographic info I have, this site attracts very few women.The ones we do have are very knowledgeable. Their participation adds to the site. Again, though, does it really matter? People gravitate toward things which interest them. Like many of the women I know, my sisters’ online interests include fashion and celebrity gossip. Is the fact that I don’t share those interests a problem?

I enjoy the reporting of knowledgeable female reporters like Wendy Thurm and Susan Slusser. My sisters don’t have any idea who they are. As long as women like Thrum and Slusser can comfortably engage with other baseball fans and can build a following based on their knowledge and expertise, I don’t see a problem.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 02:32 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: media

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-20-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, November 20, 1914:

President Weeghman of the Chifeds on Thursday advanced $15 to a National league manager “on account.”
...
On Thursday Weeghman received a telephone call from Terre Haute, Ind.

“This is Miller Huggins, manager of the Cardinals,” said the voice at the other end. “I had quite an experience last night while on the train. I was touched for everything I had while asleep and need some money to get out of town.”

Weeghman…wired “Miller Huggins” $15, identification waived. Later Weeghman began to feel skeptical.

“It is beginning to dawn on me that some one has made a goat of ‘yours truly,” he said.

“...and I’m beginning to think that maybe that guy who sold me the Brooklyn Bridge was full of it.”

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 20, 2014 at 11:26 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Phillies shouldn’t settle for a rational Cole Hamels trade - SBNation.com

The Phillies need to be looking for fair value, not an overwhelming win. Of course, determining fair value can be difficult. Ultimately it depends on the quality of a team’s talent evaluation skills, the player development people, and luck. If your scouts and metrics evaluate prospects well and your coaches help the players play to their potentials, a team can make fair deals. If the players don’t end up getting hurt once they get on your team (the luck part), everybody will talk about what a genius the GM is. Unfortunately, bad teams are genuinely poor at player evaluation and player development. This often leads to decision maker paralysis and the team just continues to sink toward the bottom. That’s the cycle the Phillies are in.

Because unless Rodriguez becomes Cole Hamels or something close to it, the real Hamels will be a lot more fun to watch over the next couple years, even if the Phillies are dreadful. That’s why the Phillies are holding out for a huge deal. That’s why they should hold out. That, and the pesky supply-and-demand that will drive the trade market once Jon Lester and Max Scherzer sign. There might be a second-place finisher for those two pitchers who will offer a lot more than just a single prospect ...

And if not? The Phillies get to keep an excellent pitcher. The fans get to watch him. That’s not a bad safety net. While whatever the Phillies decide will go horribly wrong and set the franchise back six seasons, at least we know that there’s a rational reason for the Phillies to wait around for an irrational team.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 10:51 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies


MLB owners to vote Thursday on five-year contract for Rob Manfred - CBSSports.com

What impact will Manfred have on the game?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 08:00 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, owners

Examining our assumptions about Pablo Sandoval

It’s dangerous using run-based park factors in projecting a batter’s performance in a new park. Some hitters are particularly suited for specific parks. From what I’ve seen I’d expect him to get a pretty nice boast coming to Fenway.

(Sandoval should expect a boost in his numbers if he moves from AT&T Park in San Francisco to Fenway Park — but not as much as you might think. Sandoval’s adjusted OPS+ last season was 111, the same as that of Brett Gardner, who posted a .749 OPS in hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium. That probably gives you an idea of how Sandoval’s numbers should be viewed. A .739 OPS doesn’t become an .800 OPS just by changing stadiums.)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 07:52 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

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

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte is ready to take a major step. | SportsonEarth.com : Howard Megdal Article

If he makes it to the majors, computer game designers will have to make some coding changes.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 07:16 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Red Sox Claim Juan Francisco

“We don’t need a DH because we have Dioner Navarro,” said no Juan ever.

The Red Sox have claimed Juan Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays, Boston announced today…

Francisco is projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz to take home a $2.2MM payday through arbitration… Last year, Francisco posted a fairly typical .220/.291/.456 slash over 320 plate appearances for the Jays, swatting 16 home runs in the process.

The District Attorney Posted: November 19, 2014 at 06:19 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: juan francisco, red sox, transactions

Full Count » Agent: ‘Red Sox extended great respect to Jon [Lester]‘

The meeting went a little like this.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 03:51 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: jon lester

Why The Billy Butler Deal May Not Be Totally Crazy | FanGraphs Baseball

You know, there has been a lot of crazy talk lately. That’s just crazy!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 03:37 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

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

Judge threatens Roger Clemens in defamation case - NY Daily News

Fun for 2015!

Roger Clemens could be held in contempt of court and face sanctions for disobeying an order to turn over correspondence involving the disgraced baseball pitcher’s agents and public relations guru to lawyers representing Clemens’ former trainer, a Brooklyn judge said in court papers Tuesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: roger clemens

Royals playoff run inspires team executive to come out

“To walk into my boss’s office, how do I set it up? Do I give them a warning? Do I spring it on them? I’m still not even totally comfortable with saying the words, ‘I’m gay.’”

Through the Royals’ magical October run, that discomfort was replaced more and more by confidence. Like so many fans in places like Kansas City, Cleveland and Buffalo desperately hungry for a championship, Schulte’s whole demeanor — even his self-worth — has been affected by decades of sports disappointment.

While baseball is relegated by some to simply a “kids’ game,” for Schulte the last two months have been cathartic.

“I had family at all of the home games. I got to spend time with them. It was an awesome experience. We’ve all been Royals fans all of our lives. To go through the connections with the team, the city and my family, it made me realize it’s time to take a step forward myself and put myself out there. I had been in a rut, with the Royals and all of their difficult seasons and what I was struggling with inside.

“The Royals’ success just made me decide to be proud and just own it, to just be who I am.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: gay rights, matt schulte, royals, team executives

Predicting destinations, deals for free-agent hitters | MLB.com

Jim Duquette gets out the crystal ball. So far he’s 0-1.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 12:17 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents


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