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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Brandon Drury among 5 added to 40-man roster

Diamondbacks tinker with their roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 09:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Pirates DFA Ike Davis, clear path for Pedro Alvarez - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ike Davis did not develop into the player the Mets hoped he’d become. Still, he would be a useful platoon partner for a team like the Marlins.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 09:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, pedro alvarez, pirates

Braves shopping Justin Upton at a steep price | New York Post

Nevertheless, the interest in Upton is described by a person familiar with the talks as significant — the Astros, Rangers and others have inquired — and an executive from another team flatly said, “Justin Upton will be moved.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 09:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, justin upton

Cashman in wait-and-see mode on retooling Yanks | yankees.com

Because of the resources he commands, Brian Cashman doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He’s a great GM, though.

Cashman often cited the Collective Bargaining Agreement while discussing the Yanks’ plans in free agency, saying that he could not speak to specifics. Nearly one year after making a seven-year, $175 million investment in Masahiro Tanaka, Cashman was asked if he could see the team producing a similar offer this winter.
“I don’t think I really should say, to be honest,” Cashman said. “It’s not in my best interest and I don’t even think it’s allowed for me to legally say. So I’ll pass, other than to say that we’re looking at ways to improve our club. But we’re looking at smart ways to improve our club. I guess I can say that much.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Friars show interest in dealing for Bruce | MLB.com

Say this much about first-year Padres general manager A.J. Preller: He’s apparently leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of offensive help.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 08:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres, reds

Padres meet with free agent Pablo Sandoval | UTSanDiego.com

With their interest in Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas, it’s clear the Padres don’t mind bad bodies.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, pablo sandoval, padres, yasmany tomas

Mike Schmidt: Marlins’ Stanton too rich too early? | www.palmbeachpost.com

An interesting perspective on the Stanton contract.

In the 1970s and again in ‘80s, I signed that era’s version of the Giancarlo Stanton deal.

I was considered the Giancarlo Stanton of those times. I had led the league in home runs and RBIs a few times, so the Phillies decided I was worthy of becoming the highest-paid player in baseball.
...
Now he’ll get to experience batting slumps as the highest-paid player, a totally different feeling. He’ll be at home plate with the bases loaded and strike out to a chorus of boos. He’ll miss a ball in right field and want to crawl in a hole because of what he hears. Work as hard as you want behind the scenes, it doesn’t matter, now you are expected not to fail.

Off the field, he will have choices to make. Undesirable people will find him and want a piece of his financial future. He will be able to buy anything and everything — planes, yachts and expensive automobiles. He will need financial advisers and personal assistants, leading to the usual entourage.

Gratuities will be expected to double. Cell phones will follow him everywhere. Facebook and Twitter will chronicle his every public minute. ESPN and the MLB Network will feature his performance, good and bad nightly.

For someone who likes to stay under the radar, the question becomes: Is it worth it? The answer, of course, is “hell, yes!”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 08:37 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins, mike schmidt

Rays name managerial finalists: Cash, Ibanez, Wakamatsu | Tampa Bay Times

There doesn’t appear to be any rhyme or reason to the Rays managerial search.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, rays

Kemp drawing interest, raising chance he’s the Dodgers OF dealt - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman assesses the Dodgers outfield situation.

While Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford were originally seen as the most likely high-profile, high-salaried Dodgers outfielders to be traded, that may not necessarily be the case at this point.

Word is there is serious interest in Matt Kemp, which will weigh heavily into the equation.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 07:56 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, matt kemp

Red Sox offer for Pablo Sandoval might be in the lead - Sports - The Boston Globe

A major league source indicated the Red Sox’ five-year, $95 million offer may be in the lead over Sandoval’s offers from the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres.

It’s not certain whether any of the teams have offered a sixth-year option.

Sandoval would like to make a decision soon. He visited the Red Sox Monday and Tuesday and came away with an offer.
...
During an interview with a San Francisco radio station on Thursday, Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans expressed hope that Sandoval, one of the more popular Giants players, would return to the Bay Area. He also said Sandoval was likely to make his decision before Thanksgiving.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 07:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, free agents, giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Friday, November 21, 2014

MLB.com: White Sox Land Adam LaRoche With 2 Year/$25M Deal

The White Sox added a veteran power bat to mix with their young sluggers Friday evening, agreeing to a two-year, $25-million contract with first baseman Adam LaRoche, sources have told MLB.com.

The agreement was first reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

LaRoche, 35, is an 11-year Major League veteran who spent the past four seasons with the Nationals, hitting .259/.362/.455 with 26 home runs and 92 RBIs in 2014.

Guys the Pirates discarded years ago are the new market inefficiency? Evidently the White Sox believe so.


ESPN Suspends Keith Law From Twitter For Defending Evolution

Heavy-tweetin’ ESPN baseball writer Keith Law has been noticeably silent for the last couple of days. That’s no coincidence—he’s been given a Twitter timeout by ESPN, and we’re told that it’s for loudly and repeatedly defending Charles Darwin from transitional fossil Curt Schilling, his Bristol colleague.

Pardon the interruption?


Josh Lueke and the Ways of Anger

It had escalated so quickly between him and Buckminster, I said; why did he think that was? He replied that he had seen the ump not call close pitches strikes earlier in the game, so he was determined to throw strikes.

I didn’t really understand this. Sometimes, players’ apparently rational explanations for what they’ve done seem to contradict the actions themselves. It’s for this reason that players will sometimes express disdain toward the opinions of people, like writers, who “never played the game,” as the cliché goes. It’s also for this reason that I sometimes think they might be right—doubly right: that not only do people who write about baseball misunderstand how and why ballplayers do what they do, but in fact do understand, with too much certainty, the opposite of what ballplayers do. We are not ignorant; we are informed; but we gather incorrect information and generate the wrong theories.

I sometimes have this same misgiving over my thoughts about Josh Lueke, even after I take the opposite position. No matter what I think of him, it’s wrong.

Yet there was no disputing that the pitches Lueke threw and protested were balls. At best, I thought, he could only have considered them borderline pitches, on the outside edge of the plate rather than right down the middle. “I made a couple of pitches that I thought were strikes,” he said, adding that one of them was higher, one lower, as though he had been trying to find and comply with Buckminster’s specific strike zone. He did not have an explanation for the quick and steep rise in temper between them, but his tone and demeanor suggested that he considered his increasingly irate response to the ump’s calls normal.

An interesting article, ostensibly about Lueke but really about masculinity, forgiveness, and where an endless void of anger can lead you.

kthejoker Posted: November 21, 2014 at 03:53 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: josh lueke

Matthews: Cashman sleeps on the street, says all is quiet on the free-agent front

Raising $ for homeless youth, searching for a SS ... at the same time!

For the fifth consecutive year, the New York Yankees general manager planned to sleep outside in the blustery West 41st Street courtyard of Covenant House as part of an annual nationwide event to raise money to benefit homeless children and adolescents.

“I don’t know how any human beings can deal with this on a daily, weekly, monthly basis,” Cashman said. “There’s no comfort on that ground. Even one night is terrible. With all the elements, with nature. It’s not right. No one should have to live like that.”

Along with dozens of other participants, Cashman was heading out to his concrete bed with just a sleeping bag and his arm for a pillow. “The first year, I didn’t get a wink of sleep,” he said. “But after Year 1, I brought a sleeping pill with me. I don’t know if that’s cheating or not.”

Cashman, did, however, have a cell phone, his lifeline to the rest of the baseball world. And he did admit that in past years, he has taken calls from agents and even proposed a trade or two.

But Cashman, citing collective bargaining agreement rules prohibiting GMs from discussing free-agent negotiations, could offer no specifics on what he might be able to get done from his chosen spot on the cold pavement. So far this winter, the Yankees have traded Francisco Cervelli for pitcher Justin Wilson, sold the rights to Zelous Wheeler to the Rakuten Golden Eagles, Masahiro Tanaka’s former club, and added four minor leaguers—outfielders Tyler Austin and Mason Williams and right-handers Danny Burawa and Branden Pinder—to the 40-man roster.

Other than that, all quiet on the free-agent front.

“Lots of calls, lots of texts, but nothing to show for it yet,” he said. “It’s certainly taking its time, but it’s been busy. Certainly a lot of conversations. Hopefully they’ll lead somewhere positive.”

JE (Jason) Posted: November 21, 2014 at 03:14 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, charity, yankees

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 | 16 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 | 46 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 | 18 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 | 35 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 | 8 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 | 37 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 | 24 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 | 130 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

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