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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 | 488 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 | 338 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lookout Landing: Ackley Traded to Yankees for Flores and Ramirez

There’s no way to dress this up: That Dustin Ackley’s career as a Mariner ended with him being traded for one fringe 4th OF and a relief pitcher with a horrendous walk rate and iffy health history is a real shame.

Oop Ackley, as Bill the Cat might say.


OT - 2015 College Football Pre-Season Thread

Sports Information Directors favor the three-headed monster in Columbus:

Rk Team (1st)            Pts
 1 Ohio State (62)      1598
 2 TCU (1)              1487
 3 Alabama (1)          1452
 4 Baylor               1365
 5 Oregon               1260
 6 Michigan State       1230
 7 Auburn               1085
 8 Florida State        1050
 9 Georgia              1009
10 USC                   965
Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: July 30, 2015 at 05:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

10 Major Trades that Never Were

What about Omar Vizquel for Carl Yaztrzmski with the sideburns?

9. Albert Pujols to the Expos—2000

The St. Louis Cardinals found themselves in a pickle in 2000. Looking for young arms to add to the organization, St. Louis struck up a deal with the Montreal Expos to send Britt Reames and another player to Montreal for two pitchers. They just had to decide who to send: Fernando Tatis or Albert Pujols. Obviously, the Cards sent Tatis and the next season Pujols won NL Rookie of the Year before becoming one of the best players in Cardinals’ history during his stint with the organization.

 


Nitkowski: Deadline Time - The View from the Clubhouse

You mean players aren’t just stat lines?

In 1999, I played for the Detroit Tigers. We weren’€™t a good team and I was a left-handed reliever, the most dispensable job in baseball. In late July, the rumors were flying. I had a player I knew well from an opposing team come up to me during batting practice one day and say, “€œYankees, huh? That would be nice.”

Word had gotten around that there was a possibility of a deal that would send me to the New York Yankees. I am a New York native and was a Yankees fan as a kid. This was the greatest kind of rumor I could hear, but nothing ever came of it. There’€™s a deflating moment for a player who was rumored to be on the move, wanted to move and ultimately woke up on Aug. 1 to realize he wasn’€™t moved. Many guys will go through that this July 31; they just won’€™t say so publicly.

There’€™s also denial that you’d even be traded. The Reds drafted me ninth overall in 1994. At the deadline in 1995, there were rumors I would be on the move. I thought that was impossible. My team just drafted me 13 months ago; how could it possibly trade me already? I ignored the rumors. This predated cell phones. I walked into my apartment in Triple-A Indianapolis in the early evening to my landline phone ringing. “€œHey, CJ, we just traded you to Detroit for David Wells.”€ I was in disbelief.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2015 at 03:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: c.j. nitkowski, trade deadline

Let’s make a steal | NBC SportsWorld

Joe Posnanski’s take on the worst trades in history.

1. December 15, 1900: Cincinnati Reds trade Christy Mathewson to the Giants for Amos Rusie.

Difference: 95 WAR.

Here is a story that appeared in the Sports and Sportsmen section of the Lowell Sun on Dec. 27, 1900, just when the legendary new York Giants pitcher Amos Rusie was deciding whether or not to accept the trade to Cincinnati. It is filled with all the misogyny and absurdity of the time:

Amos Rusie, one of the best baseball pitchers that ever curved a ball over the plate, is writing a book these days on the great national game. He is living in seclusion in a suburb of Muncie, Ind., and has given up bad habits at the request of his wife. It is said Mrs. Rusie made this a condition before remarrying Amos after their divorce last spring.

It was said that Mrs. Rusie exacted a promise from Amos that he would never again visit New York City and particularly not the neighborhood of One Hundred and Twenty-fifth street. He also was required to promise that he would never again play baseball except as recreation with his fellow townsmen of Muncie and environs.

All this Rusie agreed to, and also in future to avoid bad whisky, indulgence in which had frequently caused the big pitcher to imagine his wife was a League ball.  These hallucinations are said to have led Amos to attempt to not only hurl Mrs. Rusie over the home plate, but also convert her into an outshoot, with a second story window as the objective point.

But now all this is changed. Although nobody in New York ever suspected Rusie of possessing literary ability, he is said to have buried himself in obscurity for the purpose of writing a book of his knowledge of baseball and relating his reminiscences of the game. Rusie has been offered many opportunities to write about the game and the players, but according to the report, “he desires to tell all he knows that is interesting within the covers of his own book.”

Well, yeah, that’s, um, interesting.Rusie really was a larger than life figure in 1900, even though he had not pitched for two years. They called him the Hoosier Thunderbolt. And that year, the Reds came up with a scheme to get Rusie to pitch for them. The Giants had signed Christy Mathewson just out of college, and he had struggled at first so they shipped him off to get some seasoning. But by doing so, they exposed him to the Rule 5 draft. This gave the Reds a chance of a lifetime — they plopped down the $100 fee and drafted him. It could have been the greatest $100 deal in baseball history. Mathewson is one of a handful of pitchers in the discussion for greatest ever.

But, all along, it was just a ploy: Apparently the Reds had no interest in spending the money necessary to sign Mathewson. Instead, they used Mathewson in a trade for the rights to Amos Rusie. They were dreaming of giant crowds.

Rusie did try to pitch for the Reds — he pitched three games. It was no good. He allowed 43 hits and 25 runs in 22 innings. He then disappeared into retirement with his wife, who stayed with him until his death. Rusie was a titan of the game in the nineteenth century, but in the end he was remembered — if at all — as the footnote who was traded for Christy Mathewson. Thirty-five years after he died, Rusie was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 01:16 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history, trades

Buster Posey’s Pitch Framing Makes Him A Potential MVP | FiveThirtyEight

Sounds like WAR needs to be tweaked.

No current version of WAR accounts for framing, a catcher’s art of carefully receiving the pitch in such a way as to cause the umpire to call it a strike. That happens to be Posey’s most important defensive talent. Good framers turn pitches outside of the zone into strikes and keep pitches within the zone from being called incorrectly as balls. This ability, in turn, scares opposing batters into swinging at less-optimal pitches, making the impact of good framing significant. Our best estimates put a good framer as worth up to three or four wins per year.

So far this season, Posey has racked up 11.8 runs in value from his framing, more than an entire win’s worth to add to his total and putting him within a win of Trout. Catchers who consistently earn strikes where umps usually call balls are clearly good at manipulating the umpires, but there’s some mystery as to how good framers like Posey get those calls. I wanted to understand not just what Posey does when a pitch comes in, but also what he does that other catchers don’t do.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 01:03 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, catchers, defense, giants, pitch framing, sabermetrics, war

Blue Jays make big score, land Tigers lefty David Price - CBSSports.com

The haul going back to the Tigers seems to be still up in the air. Most recent speculation is Daniel Norris and two other pitchers.

Update:
Jairo Labourt and Matt Boyd.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 01:01 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, david price, tigers, trade rumors

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 | 37 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 | 14 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 | 62 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 | 28 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 | 14 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 | 53 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 | 30 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 | 52 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

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