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Friday, July 31, 2015

Trade Chatter - 2015 Deadline

Linked to MLB.com transaction page.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 609 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 | 341 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Sunday, August 02, 2015

REMEMBER WHEN METS WERE A JOKE? | FOX Sports

Of course I do.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Bay Area Sports Guy – Madison Bumgarner isn’t racist, he’s a control freak

Some people, Baer included, apply the “racist” label to easily for my likes. It’s irresponsible.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner

How August Trades Work - MLB Trade Rumors

The mechanics of making a deal after the trade deadline.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rules

Mets notes: Wright says ‘everything’s good’ - Mets - NorthJersey.com

This is the first time Wright will have three straight days of baseball activity, and he recently completed back-to-back days Tuesday and Wednesday.

Wright is fielding and taking batting practice in the cage.

“Everything’s good. Now it’s a matter of getting the reps without overdoing it,” Wright said after working out prior to Friday’s game against the Nationals. “Incremental steps every day where not only are you doing the baseball thing a number of days in a row but you’re also kind of upping your reps each day. It’s a little bit more on my plate every day and just making sure my body can respond to the baseball things on a daily basis.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets, notes

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Assessing the go-getters and do-nothings of the trade deadline - Sports - The Boston Globe

Cafardo is another writer I’m glad isn’t in charge of the Red Sox. Like most fans, he’s 100% rooted in the now, long-term planning and fair deals be damned.

Hamels would have solved the Red Sox’ problems immediately, and given the five-prospect package the Rangers used to land him, the Sox could easily have made a similar deal.

The Red Sox also didn’t obtain a controllable starter, such as Tyson Ross or Carlos Carrasco. They’re both good pitchers, but the Red Sox must pick up an ace. And by not obtaining Hamels they will be forced to enter the pricey free agent market for Johnny Cueto, David Price, Jeff Samardzija, or Jordan Zimmermann, etc. It’ll cost them far more than it would have if they’d re-signed Jon Lester.

In the end, the Red Sox didn’t even compete for Hamels. There were bogus stories put out that the Phillies wouldn’t deal with teams on Hamels’s no-trade list. But the Giants nearly obtained him, with Hamels waiving his no-trade to San Francisco. The Astros were also in it, and Hamels declined to waive his no-trade for them.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Red Sox fan struggles with poncho, announcers can’t keep it together - Sports - The Boston Globe

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fans

Larry Lucchino to step down as Red Sox chief executive at end of season - Sports - The Boston Globe

At least Dan Shaughnessy won’t lose the one front office guy who might like him.

Lucchino, meanwhile, remains an equity partner of the Sox ballclub and expects to remain a part of the front office in a different role.

The Sox do not yet have the framework of a new deal with Lucchino, officials said. They have had discussions with him about assuming a different role that moves beyond his current involvement in day-to-day operational details to broader strategic conversations, both with the Red Sox and as a party to conversations with Major League Baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Saturday, August 01, 2015

MLB trade deadline losers | FOX Sports

Last winter’s genius is this summer’s dummy, at least according to Ken Rosenthal.

Ken Rosenthal has been a favorite on this site for a long time. His reporting skills are fantastic. He also seems like a very nice guy, a nice guy who would be great to watch a game with at the pub or at the ball park. Like a lot of reporters, however, I’m not particularly enamored with his analysis. Although I like his reporting on my favorite team, I wouldn’t want the Red Sox following his suggestions. Neither should the Padres fans.

Case in point one: the Padres getting Starlin Castro. This kid certainly has some talent. His poor defense and lack of patience at the plate make him a second division starter, though, not the kind of shortstop a playoff contender should be looking to acquire.

First of all, even accounting for the crazy spit-balling nature of the deadline, it’s absurd to ask for a franchise player such as Goldschmidt in his prime. A Padres source told the Arizona Republic that the mention of Goldschmidt was not serious, but really, that’s the least of it, anyway. If the Padres truly are going for it, they should have added more than Rzepczynski. They should have acquired a shortstop such as the Cubs’ Starlin Castro, and taken their best shot.

Case in point two: at last year’s Winter Meetings, Rosenthal thought getting Matt Kemp was a good idea. Now, I didn’t think it was an awful idea, I just thought it wasn’t a good idea. Kemp’s contract, even at $15 million per year over the next five seasons, just didn’t seem like a good gamble.

Dodgers busy during Winter meetings

Kemp is headed to the Padres along with catcher Tim Federowicz and $32 million for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. The Dodgers then are expected to flip Eflin to the Phillies as part of the package for Rollins.

Approval from the commissioner’s office is needed to complete the deal, but that is a given. The review of medical records is a far bigger concern — Kemp, Grandal and Wieland all have significant injury histories, and officials on both sides are nervous about possible hang-ups.

The Padres, if the deal goes through, will be getting a steal — Kemp at $15 million per season for the next five years. Federowicz will replace Grandal, teaming with Rene Rivera at a position where the Pads were strong. There is no other way to say it — the trade will be a huge coup for new general manager A.J. Preller and the club’s ownership, one of the most inspired moves in club history.

Suggesting that the Padres should be digging a bigger hole, while making fun of Preller, isn’t very helpful analysis.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 02:02 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, general managers, padres

Injury to Burnett forced the Pirates’ hand to add pitcher | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I hope Burnett can come back. He’s been a great story this year.

The addition of Happ, 32, whose first name is pronounced “Jay,” resulted directly from right elbow inflammation that sent A.J. Burnett to the 15-day disabled list Friday. Burnett made the All-Star team because of a 2.11 first-half ERA and 100 strikeouts in 119⅓ innings. In three starts since, he has allowed 32 hits and 18 earned runs in 16 innings. Huntington said Burnett informed the team of elbow pain after his start Thursday night and that it was too early to determine the severity of the injury.

“We’ll see how it plays out over the next handful of days and how quickly the inflammation subsides and how he feels as he starts to get back to baseball activity,” he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. burnett, pirates

Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart: Padres asked for Paul Goldschmidt in trade

If this is true, it’s really a stupid way to conduct business. It’s a complete waste of time. Such an offer is predicated on the stupidity of the other guy. It’s insulting and counterproductive.

On the radio, he said the Diamondbacks “did not get a very positive response” from the Padres in their attempts to acquire Kimbrel, an All-Star closer. He was then asked if the Padres were reluctant to make a deal within the division.

“I don’t know if it was not wanting to trade in the division,” Stewart said, “but I can tell you the quality of players that they asked for, including our first baseman, Goldschmidt—”

Stewart was interrupted by one of the hosts, who asked if he was saying what it sounded like he was saying – that the Padres wanted Goldschmidt for Kimbrel.

“Now you get it,” Stewart said. “I’ve had some dealings with their club during the winter meetings. You can’t fault a club for asking. You never know. On a given day, maybe I was injected with some kind of drug that would make me say yes.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, padres, trade rumors

Jim Callis: Ranking the best traded prospects | MLB.com

Click through for the rest of the list.

Plenty of words have been written about how the big leaguers will improve their new teams’ postseason chances, but not nearly as many about how the prospects will help their new clubs rebuild. Who were the best phenoms who changed addresses in the past eight days? We’ll rank the top 20:

1. Daniel Norris, LHP, Tigers (from Blue Jays in David Price trade)
Detroit parted with an ace left-hander in the present to get one for the future (not to mention two more intriguing southpaws in polished Matt Boyd and live-armed Jairo Labourt). Norris just needs to fine-tune his control, because his fastball and slider can be well above-average pitches and his changeup shows flashes of becoming a plus offering.

2. Brett Phillips, OF, Brewers (from Astros in Carlos Gomez /Mike Fiers trade)
Houston parted with its best trade-eligible prospect—shortstop Alex Bregman, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 Draft, can’t go anywhere until after the World Series—to upgrade center field and the back of its rotation. Phillips could have 55 or better tools across the board on the 20-80 scouting scale, profiling as a center fielder who could hit .280 with 20 homers and as many steals annually while erasing baserunners with his cannon arm.

3. Jose Peraza, 2B, Dodgers (from Braves in three-team Mat Latos trade)
Los Angeles came out the best in the 13-player deal with Atlanta and Miami, getting big league help in Latos, Alex Wood, Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson plus the best prospect involved in Peraza. He’s a speedster who excels at making contact at the plate, and he’s capable of playing second base, center field and possibly even shortstop.

4. Jeff Hoffman, RHP, Rockies (from Blue Jays in Troy Tulowitzki trade)
A candidate to go No. 1 overall in the 2014 Draft before he required Tommy John surgery, Hoffman has come back quickly and strong since having his elbow reconstructed 15 months ago. He has run his fastball up to 98 mph, his curveball can be just as overpowering, his changeup is a solid third offering and his control hasn’t suffered either.

5. Jake Thompson, RHP, Phillies (from Rangers in Cole Hamels trade)
The best of three MLBPipeline.com Top 100 Prospects Philadelphia got for Hamels, he also was part of a Deadline-week deal that sent Joakim Soria to Detroit 12 months earlier. With one of the better sliders in the Minors and a hard 90-95 mph sinker, Thompson has the upside of a No. 2 starter.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Quality and quantity: Phillies’ return for Hamels looks solid | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

I’m not sold on Alfaro. If he’s the centerpiece of the deal, they may end up disappointed. Luckily they received a bunch of other bodies so somebody else can help make this deal a winner.

In this deal, the Phillies get quality and quantity. Alfaro will be viewed as the centerpiece. The Phillies have long been linked to him in their search for a difference-making young catcher. Alfaro has the potential to be exactly that. He has a power bat and a very strong arm, though he’s viewed as raw behind the plate. He’s also missed significant time this season with an ankle injury that required surgery. According to CSN Phillies insider Jim Salisbury, Alfaro is expected to play again this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

With baseball’s 2nd-worst record, a lost season for Marlins

Master plan?

Hill said he’s hoping Marlins fans realize that the core of the team is still intact, and that trading Haren, Latos and Morse — as well as closer Steve Cishek, sent off to St. Louis last week — doesn’t represent a total reset of Miami’s master plan.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:49 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Teixeira Homers From Both Sides as Yanks Rout White Sox 13-6 - The New York Times

The Retro Yankees stay hot.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: mark teixeira, yankees

There Is Crying In Baseball: Wilmer Flores Hit A Walk Off Home Run!

Coming on the heels of the last couples days, this might be one of the best things I’ve seen in mid-season baseball. Is it dusty in here or is it just me?

The news spread like wildfire, and Flores got wind of it during Thursday’s game against the Padres. He began crying on the field, as he was about to leave the organization he’d been with since he was 16 years old.

And then the trade fell though. Awkward.

When he might have otherwise been in Milwaukee with new teammates, Flores started at second base for the Mets on Friday night and played a rather important role in a win against the Nationals. He broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with an RBI single to left field against Gio Gonzalez, the only run the Mets would muster through 10 innings. In the 12th, Flores hit a walk-off solo home run to left-center off of reliever Felipe Rivero.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 01, 2015 at 12:09 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: awesome, mets, wilmer flores

Friday, July 31, 2015

OMNICHATTER FOR AUGUST 1, 2015

The “Holy Crap, Wilmer Flores” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 31, 2015 at 11:22 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Former Tigers pitcher Billy Pierce dies at 88

Billy Pierce, a seven-time All-Star pitcher who played in two World Series and retired after spending most of his 18 years in the majors with the Chicago White Sox, has died at the age of 88.

His family and the White Sox said Pierce died today, after a battle with gall bladder cancer.

RIP Billy. Led the league in ERA once and in complete games 3 times.  And 2 WS victories

A friend of mine at Princeton remembered him as a color man for the Chisox. He claimed he introduced himself as “Billy Pierth”


Last minute deals

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 04:05 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tigers, trade deadline, trades, yoenis cespedes

Classic Movie Line

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 03:56 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: trades

With money and cutting-edge brilliance, Dodgers playing a game others can’t - Yahoo Sports

The Dodgers are very smart.

By absorbing about $15 million from the Marlins – the struggling Morse is owed $8 million next season – Los Angeles paid more than $40 million in contracts for which it has no use. This is where money is best spent, because swallowing others’ problematic contracts or fronting money for valuable players allows the Dodgers to ask for premium talent in return, and in Wood and Peraza, it got just that.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 03:45 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

This Is The Refusal Roberto Clemente Got When He Asked For A Raise

Following his 1959 season—his fifth full year in the bigs—Hall-of-Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente asked for a raise, to $23,000. GM Joe L. Brown, architect of those great Pirates teams of the ‘60s and ‘70s, replied with a letter politely but firmly telling Clemente that he wasn’t good enough.

Apparently OBP was a thing in 1959…

eddieot Posted: July 31, 2015 at 01:21 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, roberto clemente

Yankees remain in Kimbrel market; could active Astros join them? - CBSSports.com

Yankees looking to build a “super bullpen”.

The Yankees have expressed a willingness to pay all of the $28 million remaining through 2017 on Kimbrel’s deal, but it isn’t known what they are offering in the way of players. They declined to surrender shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo, as was already reproted on CBSSports.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, trade rumors, yankees

Astros Acquire Acceptably Healthy Carlos Gomez | FanGraphs Baseball

Fangraph’s Jeff Sullivan’s take on the Astros deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brewers, trades

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