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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Notes: Whitley’s Cattle, Cubs Butler, Gausman’s Analogy, Prideful Yard Goat, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Over the past several months I’ve asked a handful of high-ranking front office members about personnel decisions. More specifically, I’ve asked how they assess the relative value of acquiring a specific style of player, versus simply upgrading at a position. Bobby Evans, the general manager of the San Francisco Giants, is among those I’ve queried.

“You can do both simultaneously,” Evans told me. “They go together. You might have a guy who would clearly fit the chemistry of your team, but he’s a third baseman and you don’t need a third baseman. If it’s a power guy who strikes out a lot, and you need power, you can deal with the strikeouts, but defensively he has no position. Those are the type of factors you’re always measuring. But you can’t limit it to just one thing.

“If the guy doesn’t fit the dynamic of your clubhouse… I actually think that’s pretty rare in the game. There are a lot of interchangeable parts. For the most part you don’t look for people to be one certain way. You expect to have a dynamic clubhouse, but if for some reason you find a guy who just wouldn’t fit that dynamic, but he fits so well in other ways, that makes it a much harder decision. Sometimes you have to try things to get better.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2017 at 09:27 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Notes: Belisle, Buck on Robots, Mancini’s Pop, Bedrosian’s Role, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Stearns went in a slightly different direction when I asked him for his thoughts on the subject. The head honcho in Milwaukee’s rebuild addressed the options in explanatory terms.

“There are two things at play there,” said Stearns. “There is style, and there is direction. Those are different. If you’re going to make an acquisition, you certainly want that player to fit your overall direction as an organization — fit the plan, fit the strategy. Style of play is a little bit different, and it’s something that can be reflective of a number of different things.

“It can be reflective of the type of players you have, It can be reflective of your managers or your coaching staff, It can be reflective of where you are in a particular baseball season. Your team could be going through a good spell where everyone is energized, or it could be going through a bad spell where everyone is a little fatigued. Style of play is a little more challenging to fit. Direction is definitely important.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2017 at 11:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Nick Cafardo: Mike Hazen wants to build the Diamondbacks like the Red Sox. But he has a lot to learn.

With the size of the contract, could the Diamondbacks really expect a lot talent back in a deal?

Hazen was asked to respond to prevalent rumors that he will eventually deal Greinke in order to stockpile young talent.

“We understand people talking about that. We haven’t tackled the long-term outlook yet,” Hazen said. “We saw the talent on this team and we really wanted to do everything we could to make this team as strong as possible. We saw strength in the starting rotation and having a No. 1 starting pitcher like Zack, someone we’re very fortunate to have. He’s throwing the ball extremely well. Velocity was made a big deal in spring training and I think we’ve seen that velocity rise. But I don’t think he needs huge velocity because that’s not what he’s about.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2017 at 07:13 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, notes

Friday, April 14, 2017


Sunday, April 09, 2017


Saturday, April 08, 2017

Nick Cafardo: Billy Beane turned down the Red Sox 15 years ago. He has no regrets.

Bovada says the Pirates’ Clint Hurdle is the favorite to be the first manager fired, at 7/2 odds. Not sure about that one. The Reds’ Bryan Price is 4/1, the Angels’ Mike Scioscia is 5/1, the Twins’ Paul Molitor is 6/1, the Tigers’ Brad Ausmus is 13/2, and the Padres’ Andy Green is 15/2. The Red Sox’ John Farrell is 10th at 16/1.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 04:25 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Friday, April 07, 2017


Sunday, April 02, 2017


Friday, March 31, 2017

Inside Baseball — NL: Will Happ make Schwarber expendable?

They can’t play every young player.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2017 at 06:37 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Inside Baseball—AL: Lindor Has Little Incentive For Extension

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2017 at 07:19 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Will teams blow White Sox away for Jose Quintana?

Nick Cafardo’s Sunday baseball column.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2017 at 07:20 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


Friday, March 24, 2017

Heyman: 30 Potential Breakout Players For 2017

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Monday, March 20, 2017

“I Don’t Know is on third.”

One guy probably knows.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2017 at 02:03 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, notes

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nick Cafardo: A Cubs-Red Sox World Series? It’s not too early to talk about it

Other teams will have a say about that.

“That’s what sport is all about,” said Hurdle, a philosopher and motivator. “The ability to go out and play on grass. You don’t play on paper. It wasn’t a ‘monster’ until two years ago. There’s a lot of stories that were written over the winter. You’re writing about different players now. It’s a different story in Boston now.

“To compare things in life is one of the most dangerous things you can ever do. Be who you are. Know who you are and like who you are. That will get us to the place where we need to go. We know what kind of market we play in.

“We know what it takes to win baseball games. We believe we can do that against anybody. They haven’t lost that edge. In fact, three [straight] trips to the playoffs and to not make it [last year] left a bitter taste in the mouths of all those men. We have to do something about it and it starts in spring training with work and commitment and this is the only sport where you use the word ‘sacrifice.’ That’s where we are.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Monday, March 13, 2017

Nick Cafardo: Why Andrew Miller could represent the future of relief pitching

Globe’s weekly baseball column.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2017 at 09:16 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Notes: Cubs’ Kelly, Dipoto’s Deals, WBC, Castro, more | FanGraphs Baseball

“We had a much more targeted list of players who we felt fit our needs,” explained Dipoto. “Last year, when I first got here, we didn’t want to start trading off, wholesale, players from the minor leagues who we didn’t know and hadn’t had a chance to evaluate. But we knew we had needs (and) we filled those needs with one-year players, like Adam Lind, Dae-Ho Lee, Nori Aoki, Chris Iannetta, Seth Smith on a one-plus-one.

“This year, we took that next step, trying to transition our roster into a more athletic defense-oriented group without giving up all of the offensive goodness. We’re not looking to go out in a fantasy baseball type way and improve a position because Player A is better than Player B, especially if the player we have its what we’re trying to do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Heyman: 7 Teams That Could Surprise In 2017

Heyman’s latest notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2017 at 08:04 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Sunday Notes: Harkey, Jenkins, Intangibles, Spring Stats, Meyer, more. | FanGraphs Baseball

Since coming to Toronto from Oakland, via trade, prior to the 2015 season, Josh Donaldson has been worth 16.3 WAR. The four players A’s acquired from the Blue Jays — Franklin Barreto, Kendall Graveman, Brett Lawrie, and Sean Nolin — have combined for 3.6 WAR. By all accounts, Alex Anthopoulos got the better of Blly Beane in the deal.

At least for now. Lawrie and Nolin have since moved on, shipped out for little or nothing in return. Barreto and Graveman remain, and while they have a long way to go to match Donaldson’s success, both have time on their side. Graveman, who logged a team-high 186 innings last year, celebrated his 26th birthday two months ago. Barreto turned 21 last week, and is ranked by Baseball America as Oakland’s top prospect, and the game’s 40th-best prospect.

The Blue Jays would make the deal again in a New York minute. But while the A’s have egg on their collective faces, they may one day look back at a tasty omelet, albeit one that was purchased at an over-priced diner.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2017 at 08:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Friday, March 03, 2017

10 Spring Training overreactions (that might be legit). | Sports on Earth

Some good stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2017 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Inside Baseball With Jon Heyman: Predicting Harper’s Market Early

Guessing Bryce Harper’s future.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, notes

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday Notes: Cactus League Meanderings | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2017 at 09:46 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nick Cafardo: Alex Rodriguez, The Mentor: ‘I want the kids to learn from my mistakes’

How many teams don’t know “framing isn’t the only attribute you’re looking for in a catcher”?

6. Matt Wieters, C, Nationals — Nationals president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo is a master roster builder. The signing of Wieters could bring dividends as the switch-hitter can still produce offensively. Wieters, 30, signed a two-year deal worth about $21 million with an opt-out after one year. He’s considered to be poor at framing pitches, but Rizzo is savvy enough to know that framing isn’t the only attribute you’re looking for in a catcher. Wieters handles a pitching staff very well. Rizzo has come close to replacing the offense he lost from Wilson Ramos in free agency.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2017 at 09:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, notes, yankees

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Peter Gammons: Another February traveling through Florida - GammonsDaily.com

Brian Cashman had wanted to do a bridge year or two as the Yankees got old. By trading Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, then re-signing Chapman, he effectively traded two years of Miller for infielder Gleyber Torres, outfielder Clint Frazier and pitcher Justus Sheffield. Gary Sanchez hit 20 homers in 52 games and this spring puts fannies in the seats to watch him take batting practice.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, tigers, yankees

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Nick Cafardo: Here’s why the Red Sox aren’t likely to trade Brock Holt

Was Nick Cafardo on the Betances arb panel?

Top utility players at the plate
Based on 2016 batting average.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2017 at 11:08 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

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