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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!

The 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!

Updated 10:30 ~ 28 Full Ballots ~ (4.9% of vote ~ based on last year) ~ As usual…BBWAA ballot digging is welcome!

100 - P. Martinez
96.4 - R. Johnson
85.7 - Smoltz
82.1 - Biggio
82.1 - Piazza
75.0 - Bagwell
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64.3 - Raines
53.6 - Clemens
53.6 - Bonds
50.0 - Schilling
32.1 - Mussina
28.6 - Trammell
17.9 - McGwire
14.3 - E. Martinez
14.3 - Lee Smith
14.3 - L. Walker
14.3 - Sheffield
10.7 - Kent
  7.1 - McGriff
  7.1 - Sosa
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  3.6 - Garciaparra
  3.6 - Pete Rose (McWrite-In)

Big thanks to Ryan Thibs, Ilychs Morales & Butch for all their help! And check here for Thibs’ excellent HoF Ballot spreadsheet.

Repoz Posted: December 17, 2014 at 07:31 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Friday, December 19, 2014

Full Count » Source: Red Sox close to deal sending Will Middlebrooks to Padres for Ryan Hanigan

He should have played winter ball.

“€œI want to stay in Boston; I want to play in Boston,”€ Middlebooks said a few weeks ago at David Ortiz‘s charity golf event. “I came up here, and I know it’€™s pretty rare for someone to stay in one place their whole career. I understand that. But I’€™m still going to try. I don’€™t really fit the mix right now. It doesn’€™t seem that there’€™s a place for me now. But it’€™s a long time until April and a lot of things can happen.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2014 at 03:13 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, will middlebrooks

Amazin’ Avenue - Cohen: Mets and Rockies discussing Troy Tulowitzki deal with Noah Syndergaard as the centerpiece

Quietly, behind the scenes the Mets and Rockies have been talking about a blockbuster trade that would bring All-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to New York according to Jon Heyman.

Top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard would be the centerpiece of the deal, which would also likely include a few other high-level Mets prospects. The talks are thought to be in the early stages, as the two teams have been exchanging names in a possible deal for weeks now. While there has been progress throughout the winter, the financial part of the transaction and Tulowitzki’s health are factoring heavily into the negotiations.

The deal is probably still a longshot to get done: [Rosenthal Twitter] - Tulo, coming off hip surgery, yet to resume baseball activities. Source says chance of trade between #Rockies, #Mets “5 to 10 percent.”

Lassus Posted: December 19, 2014 at 02:33 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Vin Scully lost his 1988 World Series ring

With the holiday season comes holiday shopping, the most chaotic shopping season of the year. Holiday shopping affects even the greatest of people. People like Vin Scully. The legendary Dodgers broadcaster apparently lost his 1988 World Series ring while shopping for the holidays and the Dodgers were asking Twitter to help find it.

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: December 19, 2014 at 11:25 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: los angeles dodgers

Trading Justin Upton means the Braves are in full rebuilding mode | Mark Bradley blog

Another report says:

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the trade between both clubs.

Left-hander Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson, outfielder Mallex Smith will be heading to Atlanta in exchange for the 27-year-old outfielder and a low-level player, per Heyman. Upton spent his first six seasons in the NL West and has a career .291/.359/.541 slash line at Petco Park. He is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI over 566 at-bats with the Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, justin upton

How the Rays lost the City Council vote - DRaysBay

Naked greed is never appealing.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, stadium deals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-19-2014

Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 19, 1914:

There wouldn’t have been any general war in Europe if baseball was played there as generally as it is in America, according to a Harvard Graduate, who spent several years abroad.

Writing to the Harvard Alumni Weekly, he said, in part: “If there had been a regular baseball league in Europe with teams in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna and Antwerp, like we have in the big cities here, the fans never would have tolerated the breaking out of this war during the baseball season.

“They would have forced the crowned heads to put off hostilities until the world series was over, and by that time the excited royalty would have had a chance to cool its heels, and there would not have been a war.”

The writer adds that baseball has done more to civilize the Philippines than the American Army, the constabularies and the missionaries put together.

I may be an alumnus of a Mid-American Conference school and not an Ivy League guy, but I’m confident that this guy is wrong.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 19, 2014 at 08:07 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: crazytown bananapants, dugout, history

Q&A: Nick Ennis, Director of Baseball Operations, San Diego Padres

Being first and it not being a good idea, that is not a good outcome. Having a ####-ton of ideas and putting them all in place — they’re not all going to be good ideas. And some of those you’re not going to realize why they are bad ideas until it’s too late. From an ideation standpoint, new ideas is not really the challenge for the industry. It’s just making sure that the stuff that is good that we do develop, making sure that we have the ability to implement it. Which isn’t really a number of analysts problem.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2014 at 08:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: front office

2014 Disabled List Information and So Much More – The Hardball Times

Great stuff from Jeff Zimmerman.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2014 at 07:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list, sabermetrics

Do MLB Owners Wield Sabermetrics as a Hammer? – The Hardball Times

What a bunch of gobbledygook.

*Hamels will earn $22.5 million per season through 2018 with a $19 million vesting option for 2019. Since becoming a full-time starter in 2007, he’s been worth 32.4 fWAR — about four wins per season. Most people in the advanced stats community seem to agree that a win is worth somewhere between $6 million and $8 million. With that in mind, Hamels’ contract is at market value or below. Even if Hamels’ production begins to decline toward the end of his contract, he should be close to producing at market value unless he completely falls off the table.

I keep reading people claim a win is *worth* somewhere around $6-$8 million a year. It’s not. $6-$8 million a year is approximately what a win *costs* on the free agent market. Teams might want to buy players at top dollar to fill particular needs but evaluating deals by using the most expensive mechanism for getting players is flawed.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2014 at 07:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: economics


Max Scherzer not a realistic option, New York Yankees’ Randy Levine says - ESPN New York

Where will Scherzer end up?

“The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,’’ Levine told reporters at a midtown news conference to announce a broadcast deal between the YES Network and the New York Football Club. “At the end of the day you have to be realistic in any organization.’‘
...
“He’s a great pitcher,” the source said of Scherzer, “but not even the Yankees can have three $25 [million] to $30 million pitchers on the payroll. You just can’t.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, yankees

Jerry Crasnick on Twitter: “Jake Peavy has agreed on 2 yr deal with

Peavy will make $7M in 2015 and $13M in 2016. $4M signing bonus and full no trade clause.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2014 at 06:50 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jake peavy

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Padres Acquire Derek Norris – MLB Trade Rumors

The Padres and Athletics have continued their busy offseasons with a multiplayer deal that will send catcher Derek Norris to San Diego, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports (Twitter links).  The full trade is Norris, right-hander Seth Streich and an international signing slot to the Padres with right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez going to Oakland, Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2014 at 10:20 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, derek norris, jesse hahn, padres

Matt Kemp’s arthritic hips hold up deal with Padres

UPDATE: John Heyman reports, “Holdup on Kemp deal was for SD to work out insurance. All good now.”
This could be a huge problem.

The San Diego Padres are trying to decide whether to finalize or void their blockbuster trade for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp after his physical revealed severe arthritis in both hips, a person familiar with the diagnosis told USA TODAY Sports.

The person spoke to USA TODAY only on the condition of anonymity since he was not authorized to discuss the medical issue.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, padres, trade rumors

Saint Pete City Council Tells Rays NYET!

The Havana Rays has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

The City Council of St. Petersburg has denied a deal that would allow the Rays to look outside the City of St. Petersburg for a new stadium location.

Kennedy then also questioned why the Rays should maintain 50% of redevelopment rights for Tropicana Field if they chose to leave. This appeared to be a strong sticking point to the Council, given their inability to renegotiate with the team on the proposed to deal.

In good faith, Kennedy then made a motion for the Council to schedule a workshop to discuss building a new stadium within the city of St. Petersburg.

The Council voted on and approved the matter immediately and unanimously, led by Kennedy with the hope to put, “real numbers on the table… that will allow the Rays to realize it’s worthwhile to spend some time evaluating what they can do in the City of St. Petersburg,” echoing Auld’s intent for “the next generation.”

boteman Posted: December 18, 2014 at 08:23 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: havana, montreal, politics, stadium deals, tampa bay rays

The 4 surprisingly quiet teams of the MLB offseason

Perhaps the best move is….not to play.

Baltimore Orioles

Dammit, Orioles.

For the third straight offseason—and I didn’t really check the offseasons before that, either—the Orioles made it through the Winter Meetings without a major move. So far, it’s Wesley Wright and only Wesley Wright, and that just happened. Nick Markakis is gone. Delmon Young is gone. Cruz is with the Mariners. As of now, the top first baseman on their depth chart is Christian Walker, who had a .335 on-base percentage in Triple-A last year. The Orioles thought they were going to bring Markakis back on a four-year deal. Instead, they’re looking at Steve Pearce, everyday right fielder, and Alejandro De Aza, leadoff hitter.

Their needs are obvious: At least one more corner player. Could be a left fielder, right fielder, or a first baseman. If the Orioles want to keep Chris Davis in the field, their options are wide open for a DH. If they start the season with this permutation, it will be stunning. There just aren’t as many options as there once were, of course. Michael Morse is gone, Melky Cabrera was never a serious consideration, Billy Butler signed early, the White Sox scooped up Adam LaRoche ... it’s starting to look like it’s trade or bust for the Orioles.

Bringing Delmon back and waiting for March wouldn’t be much of an offseason plan. That isn’t what the Orioles are going to do, right?

Right?

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 18, 2014 at 05:06 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hot stove, nationals, orioles, rangers

Royals sign Kris Medlen to two-year deal - MLB Daily Dish

Ken Rosenthal reports, “Medlen two-year deal with #Royals worth $8.5M - $2M, $5.5M plus $10M mutual option with $1M buyout if either party declines.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2014 at 03:37 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, kris medlen, royals

How Will MLB Handle Big Changes With Cuba? - BaseballAmerica.com

BA’s Ben Badler writes about Cuba.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2014 at 02:55 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball

Posnanski: The Royals Celebration Tour

Never take “We’ll owe you a favor” for an answer. Ask CM Punk!

I’m beginning to wonder if the Royals just gave us that incredible postseason run last year so that they could spend the next few years trolling us with the sorts of signings that used to make them baseball’s laughing stock…

I can’t in good conscience do anything but grumble quietly. The Royals were a Bumgarner away form a World Series victory. I wish they wouldn’t celebrate that magical season by paying way too much money for declining 30-something players. But, you know, winners are entitled to celebrate however they want.

I don’t get why the Royals are doing this and not just, you know, going all out to sign James Shields. Understand: I don’t think the Royals SHOULD sign James Shields. He’s 33 years old and, as such, will undoubtedly get way too much money for his declining years. But, then, I’m not as big a fan of Shields as the Royals are. The Royals LOVED him, I mean all caps LOVE because of his leadership and mentorship and all that. If the Royals already planned to plunk down $48 million for three old players who have been dumped by teams in the last year or two and have a combined negative WAR, why not just put that into a big-package deal to keep Shields? That would have made WAY more sense.

There are times, I think, that the Royals just get excited when anyone says they are willing to come to Kansas City to play baseball — and especially excited if it is a player who they heard of once…

none of the recent signings they have made in their celebration tour are club-crippling gambles the way, say, the Jose Guillen signing was. They’re all short term…The Royals haven’t burdened their future with any of these deals. And, who knows? Maybe they get lucky. Hey, it’s happened before.


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-18-2014

Rock Island Argus, December 18, 1914:

Naming of Clarence Rowland, manager last year of the Peoria Three-Eye league club, as head of the White Sox for the coming year has caused a profound sensation in Chicago baseball circles. Discussing the subject the Chicago Tribune today says…
...
“Rowland’s previous experience has been with teams in smaller leagues, where his success has been such as to attract the attention of the master of the White Sox, who began his career in Dubuque before the new manager of the team was out of knickerbockers.”

Rowland reacts to his appointment as manager:

The opportunity I have been striving to obtain, the chance of handling a major league ball club, has been realized, and to say that I am pleased is entirely too mild an occasion. I’m tickled to death.

It was a surprise hire, but it was a great one. The Sox improved by 23 games in Rowland’s first season and won the World Series in his third year in charge. A slow start in year four in addition to disagreements with Comiskey led to the end of Rowland’s managerial career. He went on to serve as an American League umpire, president of the Pacific Coast League, and was named the top executive in minor league ball as the president of the 1944 Los Angeles Angels.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 18, 2014 at 08:53 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, pants rowland, white sox

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Opening of Relations Could Bring Cuban Stars to Major League Baseball

At one point Wednesday, Major League Baseball became so concerned about the reaction to Obama’s announcement that it sent a directive to its 30 teams pointing out that it remained illegal to scout players in Cuba, or to sign them, because the American embargo of the island remained in effect. Obama cannot lift the embargo on his own, and a Congress that will be fully controlled by Republicans starting in January is unlikely to go along with the idea, at least any time soon.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 10:15 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, international

Source: Myers to Padres in 11-player deal with Rays, Nats | MLB.com

This is a trade that may work out for all three teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2014 at 08:56 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rays, wil myers

Royals sign Edinson Volquez for two years, $20 million

What a world we live in. Edinson Volquez, who was released by the San Diego Padres 16 months ago, and then had a decent bounce-back season in Pittsburgh in 2014, is set to make $20 million over the next two seasons.

The Kansas City Royals have reportedly signed Volquez, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, sticking him in their starting rotation along with Yordano Ventura, Danny Duffy, Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 08:19 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: edinson volquez, free agents, royals

MLBTR: Padres-Rays-Nationals Agree to Three-Team Trade

Young outfielder Wil Myers will head to San Diego as the centerpiece of the trade, and indeed the entire pact will depend upon the health of his balky wrist, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports notes on Twitter. San Diego receives righty Gerardo Reyes and lefty Jose Castillo from Tampa as well. The Rays, in return, will receive Burch Smith and Jake Bauers. And the Pads and Rays will also swap catchers Ryan Hanigan and Rene Rivera.

Much of Tampa’s haul, however, will come from another source: the Nationals will send outfielder Steven Souza and young lefty Travis Ott to Tampa in exchange for righty Joe Ross and shortstop Trea Turner (as a PTBNL) , each of whom will head from the Padres to D.C. by way of Tampa.

JE (Jason) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 06:08 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: san diego padres, tampa bay rays, trade, washington nationals, wil myers

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