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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 | 160 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 | 327 comment(s)
  Beats: softball

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mets give up too much to get Tyler Clippard - Keith Law Blog - ESPN (INSIDER)

Keith Law does not like this deal.

As far as what the A’s got back, Casey Meisner was my sleeper pitching prospect for the Mets this year, and has indeed had a breakout season in Savannah. He would now rank sixth in the Mets’ system, behind Dominic Smith (who ranked No. 40 on my last updated global prospect ranking), Amed Rosario, Gavin Cecchini, Michael Fulmer and Wuilmer Becerra (although you could argue Meisner belongs ahead of Becerra too). The 6-foot-8 right-hander is consistently throwing heat up to 94 mph, complemented with an above-average curveball, and this year has seen his command jump to where it’s consistently above-average as well. He pitched extremely well in Savannah and has been so-so in High-A St. Lucie, with his most recent outing his worst of the year.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 08:49 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mets, tyler clippard



Twins take page from visiting Pirates, embrace geek squad - TwinCities.com

OK, what’s the next big thing?

The ultimate lesson from “Big Data Baseball” seems to be one the Twins have already learned.

“The biggest thing for me was (the Pirates) getting players to buy in and how they did it,” Perkins said, “and not saying, ‘These guys are nerds that have never played the game.’ I think that’s the worst thing you can say about those guys. There’s always a benefit to outside influence. They see the game in a different way than we see the game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 07:11 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, twins

Full Count » Red Sox trade Shane Victorino to Angels for infielder Josh Rutledge; Recall Rusney Castillo

Let’s hope Victorino can stay healthy and helps the Angels. Rutledge is a spare part. Rusney gets another chance to show what he can do.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 07:09 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, red sox

Cubs release Edwin Jackson, eat $15 million left on contract

He’s no Carlos Silva though.

Edwin Jackson is officially a free agent, as the Cubs released the veteran right-hander after designating him for assignment last week.

That means Chicago is on the hook for the remaining $15 million or so on Jackson’s four-year, $52 million contract and he’s now able to sign with any team for whatever he can get.

Jackson was terrible as a starter for the Cubs in 2013 and 2014, combining to go 14-33 with a 5.58 ERA…

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 27, 2015 at 06:18 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: bad contracts, cubs, edwin jackson

OMNICHATTER 7-27-2015

The OMNICHATTER is not on the trading block.

Gamingboy Posted: July 27, 2015 at 12:58 PM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Early returns on Cueto deal look good for Reds | FOX Sports

Rosenthal’s take on the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 12:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals, trades

Help for Mets, Just When They Needed It

Break up the Mets!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 08:47 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-27-2015

Pittsburgh Press, July 27, 1915:

If George Kelley [sic], the first baseman whom Scout Kinsella has picked up from the Northwestern league for the Giants, is half as good a player as his illustrious uncle, Bill Lange, of Anson days, McGraw will not have to look much farther for an eventual successor to Fred Merkle.

Kelly was a pretty solid ballplayer, at least half was good as Bill Lange. He didn’t really deserve a Hall of Fame plaque, but a home run title, two RBI crowns, and a career batting average near .300 are nothing to sneeze at.

Elsewhere in “prospects who’d eventually be inducted into the Hall of Fame” news, the Pittsburgh Press says the White Sox have purchased Arthur [sic] Vance, a right-handed pitcher from St. Joseph in the Western League.


10 Degrees: A trade deadline primer, with the Royals going all in (yes, really) - Yahoo Sports

Jeff Passan discusses some of the best talent available at the trade deadline.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, trade rumors

Aaron Nola follows Cole Hamels, earns 1st win | phillies.com

Nola looked good again.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, phillies

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio inducted | MLB.com

ICYMI, this article contains all the players’ speeches.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig biggio, hall of fame, john smoltz, pedro martinez, randy johnson

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Reds trade Johnny Cueto to Royals | reds.com

Finally, after almost a day of speculation, the Royals completed a trade for Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto.

The deal was announced during the third inning of the Royals-Astros game on Sunday: Cueto and cash considerations to the Royals for left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 04:59 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals

Before Beane

The origin story of AVM Systems, the little-known company that jump-started sabermetrics and made Moneyball possible

ReggieThomasLives Posted: July 26, 2015 at 02:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics


Nick Cafardo: There’s a long shopping list at this year’s baseball trade deadline - The Boston Globe

A Puig for Hamels deal can’t happen because the Dodgers said they aren’t trading him. Right?

The Red Sox and A’s made the Jon Lester-Yoenis Cespedes swap, and we wonder which teams will make a similar hitter-for-pitcher deal this season? How about Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig for Phillies lefty Cole Hamels? Would Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski flip Cespedes for a pitcher? Or would he deal David Price for a hitter?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 10:29 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, trade rumors

For these Royals, winning attitude really does make a difference | The Kansas City Star

In both sports and business, there is a popular idea that a group is made better or worse by how it generates or loses energy together. So-called “energy givers” are valued, and “energy suckers” are rooted out and discarded. Chiefs coach Andy Reid, among many others, refers to this regularly.

There is so much talk in sports about team chemistry, an impossibly vague term that often confuses cause and effect. Maybe there’s some of that here, too — there’d be a lot fewer high fives and funny jokes on a last-place team — but an organization-wide emphasis on how each player affects the next is as logical a reason as any for how this group has changed the history of a long-sorry franchise.

“You either give or you suck,” first-base coach Rusty Kuntz says. “There’s no in-between.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: chemistry, royals

Angels GM Bill Stoneman handles some business the old-fashioned way - LA Times

The Angels’ present need is clearly identified: a starting left fielder. They would prefer to make a trade without disrupting the major league roster or surrendering their top prospect, pitcher Sean Newcomb. The mild-mannered Stoneman sounded bolder about the likelihood of a significant trade now than he ever did in his long run as general manager.

“The expectation is we’ll be able to get something done,” he said.

The Angels have been linked to Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds, Gerardo Parra of the Milwaukee Brewers, Ben Revere of the Philadelphia Phillies, Justin Upton of the San Diego Padres, and Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, among others.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bill stoneman, padres

Burnett buckling of late | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As A.J. Burnett sees it, a lack of execution led to his two subpar starts after the All-Star break. Too many pitches left over the plate, especially to left-handers. Simple issues to address, small tweaks he has made before.

His previous two outings stand out in sharp relief against his first-half performance, but Burnett cautioned against using that as a yardstick.

“You expect me to go out and do what I did the first half, you’re nuts,” he said after the Pirates lost to the Washington Nationals, 9-3, Saturday night at PNC Park. “I’m going to do everything I can, but that’s ridiculous numbers.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. burnett, pirates

Sunday Notes: Tigers, Pillar, Pirates’ Bell, Correa, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s lastest. That’s L-A-U-R-I-L-I-A.

Carlos Correa is on the cusp of stardom at a young age. Two months shy of his 21st birthday, the Astros shortstop is hitting a precocious .292/.337/.532, with 21 extra-base knocks in 154 at bats.

According to manager A.J. Hinch, the youngster is attentive to a fault. After an at bat, or following a game, he’ll often seek “affirmation on what he sees versus what we see.”

“He’ll want to know that his load is on time,” elaborated Hinch. “He’ll want to see if the ball is borderline, in, out, up, down. He’ll want to know what we thought from the side. His front foot in his timing, how high his hands get, how high his load gets… that’s always a point of emphasis for him. He’s very mechanically sound, and very tuned in to his body and how his swing operates.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos correa, kevin pillar, notes, pirates, reds, tigers

Reggie Drops F-Bomb on Fan - NYDAILYNEWS

NSFW.

[Edit: moved embedded video to the thread so it wouldn’t annoy everyone. Jim.]

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, reggie jackson, yankees

Matt Harvey takes ‘big step forward’ for New York Mets - Mets Blog - ESPN

Harvey made some mechanical adjustments, pitched on normal rest, and found his slider.

Manager Terry Collins suggested that pitching on standard rest probably helped Harvey, too. Harvey has groused about working on extra rest. The Mets have ditched a six-man rotation. They don’t plan to reintroduce even spot starts over the next few weeks.

Asked about the key to Harvey’s improved showing, Collins said: “I’m sure he’ll tell you, ‘a five-man rotation.’ I think that had something to do with it. The regular routine probably helped him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

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