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Monday, June 11, 2018

Sunday Baseball Notes: Clay Buchholz, staff savior? The Diamondbacks think so

This week’s edition.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2018 at 05:56 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Friday, April 13, 2018

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Break up the Mets! | FanRag Sports

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2018 at 07:29 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Monday, March 26, 2018

Rosenthal: Why Altuve’s deal makes sense; Boras gives his side; stop worrying about Ohtani; more notes – The Athletic

Glad to see Robothal back on the beat.

*Will Boras adjust his frequent strategy of waiting out the market in future off-seasons after the practice appeared to backfire with some of his 2017-18 free agents?

I had not even finished the question when Boras started to answer.

“Everyone talks to me about waiting. I’m talking about offers. We didn’t get any offers on these players until February. There was no waiting. There were no offers made. The clubs all waited to begin this process until mid-February.”

Is that because clubs perceived Boras’ “asks” to be high?

“We never ever said anything about $200 million for Jake Arrieta or J.D. Martinez. Go find the quote,” Boras said. “There were all these things being put out there and they were all media-generated and all false. We never asked anywhere near that for any of those players, never even discussed it.”

Often in these matters, we are talking semantics. For example, one executive said a club would not have offered Mike Moustakas say, $40 million, if it believed Boras’ expectation for the free-agent third baseman was $80 million to $90 million, regardless of whether the agent explicitly communicated those numbers. Clubs do not want to waste their time and energy pursuing exercises in futility, and thus Boras is left without offers, the way the executive described it.

More good stuff at the link.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 07:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, pay site

Monday, March 19, 2018

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Where will Holland go? | FanRag Sports

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2018 at 06:24 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Inside Baseball Notes | Svelte Schwarber surprising | FanRag Sports

Heyman is a great reporter. Maybe, though, he should skip the analysis.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 09:43 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Twenty things to watch this baseball season

One of these things is not like the others.

11. Wondering which young player will emerge as baseball’s next superstar. Our candidates include Rafael Devers (Red Sox), Christian Arroyo (Rays), Gleyber Torres (Yankees), Ronald Acuna (Braves).

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2018 at 10:52 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Friday, February 23, 2018

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Hanley Ramirez Ready For Comeback

Jon Heyman’s weekly notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Inside Baseball | Picking Jake Arrieta’s New Team

The Wizard doesn’t want you looking behind the curtain.

Anyway, Boras sees analytics as a management excuse to keep salaries down. He says Hosmer brought that same kind of “prestige,” meaning championships, leadership and intangibles. In his way of figuring, Arrieta beats Darvish badly in what Boras calls “prestige” value.

Arrieta has Cy Young votes three of the last four years (Darvish hasn’t had Cy Young votes since 2013), and he won one Cy Young, in 2015. He beats good teams, and he beats them often in the playoffs (his 3.08 lifetime postseason ERA is much better than Darvish’s 5.81).

“Analytical evaluation is incomplete,” Boras said. “It needs to include prestige, the human element, a leadership dynamic. It also needs to include postseason performance. Analytics are void of that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2018 at 08:12 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jake arrieta, notes

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday Notes: Taylor Hearn and the Tale of the Black Rodeo Cowboys | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest includes the following curious comparison:

Eric Hosmer has been a bit of a lightning rod this winter. The free agent first baseman is coming off a strong season, yet plenty of pundits are less than enamored with his offensive profile. Couple the launch angle revolution with an increased acceptance of strikeouts, and Hosmer has become, in the eyes of his detractors, somewhat of a square peg in a round hole.

Would the former (and perhaps future) Kansas City Royal be looked upon more favorably if he were to trade in a chunk of his ground-ball outs for strikeouts? As counterintuitive as that sounds — fanning is every hitter’s humiliation — it may actually be true.

Let’s compare Hosmer to a player who is, by and large, considered to be a superior hitter.

Home runs: Hosmer 25, Corey Seager 22.
Adjusted OPS: Hosmer 132, Seager 125.
wRC+: Hosmer 135, Seager 127.
wOBA: Hosmer .376, Seager .364.
BABiP: Hosmer .351, Seager .352.

Now let’s look at their ground ball and strikeout rates.

GB%: Hosmer 55.6, Seager 42.1.
K%: Hosmer 15.5, Seager 21.4.

What if the last set of numbers were flip-flopped, and it was the Dodgers shortstop who K’d less often and hit more balls on the ground? Would the way the two are perceived flip-flop as well? It’s a question worth pondering.

As for whether the one-year snapshot shows that Hosmer is a better hitter than Seager… that probably isn’t the case. (Justin Upton is another interesting comp, as his K and GB rates were markedly different from Hosmer’s, and his wRC+ and wOBA almost identical.) But it does suggest that not being what people think you should be — being a square peg in a round hole — can negatively impact how you’re viewed.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2018 at 12:16 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | What Is Red Sox’s Backup Plan?

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 10, 2018 at 07:42 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Friday, February 02, 2018

Inside Baseball | Which Teams Have Actually Improved This Winter?

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 08:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Monday, January 08, 2018

Rosenthal: Nats interested in Lance Lynn; Yelich suitors line up; teams calling Red Sox on Swihart; more notes – The Athletic

It’s tough ignoring The Athletic when it employs so many good/great reporters.

— The Marlins declined to entertain trade interest in first baseman Justin Bour at the winter meetings, but rival clubs continue to check on his availability. Bour, like catcher J.T. Realmuto, is under control for three more seasons. MLBTradeRumors.com projects Bour to earn $3.5 million in arbitration.

The Marlins could really stock up on prospects if they did a full teardown.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2018 at 06:47 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, pay site

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Sunday Notes: Brady Aiken’s Career is Nearing a Crossroads | FanGraphs Baseball

I broached the subject of trends — primarily the importance of staying ahead of them — with several executives at this year’s general managers’ meetings. Rick Hahn was among them.

“Trying to get ahead of the next thing is the key for many organizations,” opined the White Sox GM. “We have a lot of smart people back in Chicago who are trying to keep us ahead of the curve on stuff like that. Of course, I’m not going to share too much about what we’re thinking along those lines.”

I followed up by asking the affable Hahn — his last line had come with a grin — if being in rebuild-mode impacts the decision-making process.

“I think it does,” responded Hahn. “You can experiment a little more. It allows you to play with different fits from a personnel standpoint, with different player types or with different approaches. The performance at the big league level in the short term is not the end-all and be-all.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2018 at 04:06 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Astros Targeting Long-Term Catcher

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 31, 2017 at 05:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Friday, December 22, 2017

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Cubs Still Mulling Free Agent Pitchers

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

 

 

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