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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Trade Deadline Rumors -

Add rumors as comments. If you have an article that you can reference I invite you to submit it. If you don’t have time, put the url in your comment. I’ll try to monitor the thread and add important rumors as their own thread.

Happy Trade Deadline Rumoring!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 06:34 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors

MLBTR: Rays To Acquire Lucas Duda

The Duda now abides in St. Pete.

Though the Rays have their own breakout offensive performer at first in Logan Morrison, the team has room for another big left-handed bat. With outfielder Colby Rasmus hanging up his spikes mid-way through the year, the Rays could utilize Corey Dickerson in the outfield to allow Duda to step in at DH.

Smith, 23, was a third-round pick in the 2015 draft. He made his way to the Rays as the player to be named later in the winter deal that sent Mikie Mahtook to the Tigers. It seems he could be a contributor in New York as soon as the present season, though the Mets likely won’t be in a rush to add him to the 40-man roster.

With a big fastball and quality curve, Smith looks as if he could turn into a steady and affordable MLB relief asset. The MLB.com prospect team ranked him 30th on the Tampa Bay farm, noting that his upside is as a setup arm. Smith threw 28 2/3 innings of 2.20 ERA ball at the High-A level upon landing with the Rays organization and recently ascended to Triple-A after a quick stop at the penultimate level of the minors.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 27, 2017 at 05:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: lucas duda, mets, rays, trade, trade deadline

Inside Baseball AL Notes | How Eduardo Nunez Can Help The Red Sox

Heyman’s latest.

NL Notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

The Adjustments Andrew McCutchen Made | FanGraphs Baseball

Exhibit 3456: Baseball is a game of adjustments.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

Mike Timlin responds to criticisms about his broadcasting skills

Dave O’Brien and Mike Timlin seem like nice guys but they are a real snooze fest.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:27 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, mike timlin, red sox

A look into Albert Pujols’ terrible 2017 - Halos Heaven

He only has four years and $114 million to go (18:$27M, 19:$28M, 20:$29M, 21:$30M).

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels

Rosario notches second four-hit game for 51s | MiLB.com News

What Amed Rosario needs to work on.

In the seventh, Rosario lined an 0-1 pitch to center before completing his night with a run-scoring single to center in the ninth.

“Whenever he stays up the middle with his approach, you know he’s on,” Lopez added. “The main thing for him right now is to control the strike zone and have better at-bats, and make sure he’s up the middle with his approach. We want him to get to know the zone a little better and he’s doing well with it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

For Phillies, emulating Astros’ ascent requires much more than high picks | CSN Philly

Luck has always been part of The Process.

“It’s similar in a lot of ways (to the Sixers’ process) and I know [Sam Hinkie], he used to be in Houston. He and I have talked a lot about what he was doing here and what I was doing there — there are a lot of analogies. You have to be patient to wait for the results to manifest themselves. Sometimes you get a good roll of the dice, sometimes you don’t.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, phillies, the process


The Evolution of Positional Differences in Free-Agent Costs | FanGraphs Baseball

Another nice addition to the Matt Swartz series.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 11:04 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

Adrian Beltre ejected for hilarious antics in on-deck circle

Click through to see the video.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 10:22 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

BAR: Hoarding prospects a proven strategy

The Dodgers are the model big-market team right now. They need to win the World Series to be fully appreciated, however.

The top farm system in 2015? The Cubs, the 2016 World Series champs. Not counting the Cubs since it’s been too recent — of all the teams with the top farm system, all but three have been in the playoffs at least three times within five years of being named the top farm system. Those three were the 2006 Diamondbacks, National League West winners in 2007 and 2011, the 2014 Pirates and the Kansas City Royals.

The top system in 2016, the Dodgers, made the playoffs last year and look to do so again this year. Baseball America’s top system this year was the Braves, and they probably won’t make the playoffs this year, but they’ve been surprisingly competitive. If history holds, they will be in the playoffs at least twice in the next five years, and they’ll do that because they have good, young talent.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

Dansby Swanson is demoted to Gwinnett, and it needed to happen | Mark Bradley blog

Player development is not linear.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 10:15 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dansby swanson

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-27-2017

Pittsburgh Press, July 27, 1917:

A new use for baseball slang has been found. The story is told by a writer describing the experiences of Americans inside the German lines…It was necessary that one American having knowledge of [the news] should acquaint another with what was going on, but the Germans were on watch, listening for every word.
...
[An American said to another:] “Nix on any of these spangled delicatessens (German officers) getting wise, but the umpire-in-chief has chased Heinie out of the lot for his rough work.

(The German ambassador at Washington has been handed his papers by President Wilson.)

“I get you. Are they going to play ball?”

(Are they going to war?)

“Sure, home team has gone to bat with all its stars in the game.”
“What’s the score?”
“Don’t know yet, but the other guys are a lot of bushers, tried to steal second with the bases full.”

Spangled delicatessens?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 27, 2017 at 09:58 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Bryce Harper got thrown out of a game because his playlist got him too fired up

“Before the game today, I think I need to change my playlist because I get a little fired up from my playlist,” said Harper, citing a mix of Logic and Chance the Rapper as the instigator.

” ‘5AM’ really got me fired up, by Logic. I called my brother and was like, ‘Man, I’m so fired up to play today,’ ” Harper said. “I guess it got me a little too fired up. I guess I need to mix in some Temptations and some of those jazz bands to calm me down a little bit.”


Yankees have a new ace — and reason for Sonny Gray restraint | New York Post

Talk about holding velocity. He was still hitting 99-100 MPH late in his appearance. Watching him throw 100 MPH on one pitch, then drop an 83 MPH sinking change on the corner was very impressive.

“That term gets thrown around loosely these days,” longtime former ace CC Sabathia said when I asked him whether Severino had earned that moniker. “But yeah, for what that term is, yeah, he is.”

“He’s thrown the best all year for us,” Girardi, who fielded the same question before Wednesday’s game, said of Severino. “You can call him what you want. Some people call him that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 09:28 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

The Architecture of Sports

Baseball through a spatial lens.

Not all sports require absolute uniformity in their playing fields. Some allow and even celebrate degrees of variation. All baseball parks consist of the diamond (a square, technically) in which the locations and dimensions of the bases, pitcher’s mound, batter’s boxes, and other features are strictly standardized, and the outfield, for which Major League Baseball specifies only minimum dimensions (325 feet along the first base and third base lines and 400 feet from home plate to center field for stadiums built after 1958). This flexibility has allowed for the design of asymmetrical outfields that accommodate property boundaries, such as Boston’s Lansdowne Street — famously, the cause of Fenway Park’s shallow left field and the wall known as the Green Monster. Some outfields have incorporated obstacles within the field of play. Old Yankee Stadium’s monuments to deceased players and managers were in bounds in deep centerfield until 1975. Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros, had until this season a flagpole and a steep, 30-degree incline known as Tal’s Hill just inside the center field fence. An even greater anomaly, which lasted from 1928 to 1974, was Billy Goat Hill in Clark Field at the University of Texas at Austin, where the Longhorn’s knowledge of the “goat paths” up the rocky outcropping in right and center field made for a distinct home-field advantage.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: stadiums

Ex-Yankee Tartabull finally caught by cops… after calling them - NY Daily News

Tartabull, 54, called police to report that his car was broken into, according to TMZ Sports. When cops arrived and ran Tartabull’s name and saw there was a warrant out for his arrest, they promptly collared him.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: danny tartabull

Ken Rosenthal - Rumblings from Clubs

The rumblings persist, mostly from rival clubs.

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is going to make another trade, perhaps his biggest yet.

Jerry Dipoto is going to get Sonny Gray.

At the moment, there appears to be little basis to the rumblings — the Mariners and Athletics have not spoken in about a week, according to one major-league source.

In addition, there also is significant doubt whether the Mariners possess enough young talent to land Gray, with one rival exec saying, “I don’t see them as a threat at all.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 08:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, notes, sonny gray, trade rumors


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tim Tebow’s no circus act: He’s a real Mets prospect

There are plenty of sound business reasons why it would have been wise anyway to keep Tebow away from Citi Field as some kind of marketing ploy, beginning with the very credibility of the franchise, which is supposed to be in the business of developing baseball players, not carnival barkers.

But now the Mets have the best reason of all to forget about that.

What if Tebow really is what these last 27 games and 87 at-bats have hinted at? In the Florida State League, the most advanced level of Single-A ball, he has hit .299 with an eye-raising OPS of .907. To find a higher number than that on the St. Lucie Mets’ roster, you stop at names like Conforto and Flores and Lagares and Duda, members of the varsity Mets who made brief rehab appearances at Port St. Lucie.

Look, the odds remain heavily stacked against Tebow, who at age 29 is still three steep steps away from the majors. But this is also true: there was no way to foresee even these past 27 games and 87 at-bats, heading into Wednesday’s game against Bradenton. And what he has done is raise the possibility — however remote it may still seem — that he really might be a player, and not just a jersey.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 26, 2017 at 10:14 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow


Red Sox Rafael Devers homers for first MLB hit | MLB.com

STOP THE PRESSES!!!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2017 at 06:36 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: rafael devers, red sox

Twins-Dodgers game delayed over double switch | MLB.com

Strategery!

“It was just one of those things where there was a little confusion in where initially the pitcher spot in the double switch was at,” Roberts said. “A player that was supposed to be out of the game was still in the game, and I just wanted to get clarity and make sure that the pitcher was in the right spot.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2017 at 06:24 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: rules

The Cooperstown Casebook: The Hall of Fame’s Origins, And How Third Base Got Put In A Corner | SI

Another excerpt from Cooperstown Casebook.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2017 at 05:25 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: books, hall of fame

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