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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Rosenthal: The lack of movement on Kimbrel and Keuchel; a Cubs revival; the Reds’ dangerous spot; more notes – The Athletic

I can’t see why any team would sign them this close to the draft. Later, maybe, but not before.

The Phillies, in theory, should be all over free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel. Four of their relievers — Victor Arano, Tommy Hunter, Edubray Ramos and David Robertson — are on the injured list. And Robertson, who is not a lockdown closer even when healthy, will be shut down at least three more weeks with a right flexor strain.

On a one-year deal in particular, finances should not be an issue for Team Stupid Money, even after its commitment of $403 million to Robertson and outfielders Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen in free agency. The sacrifice of a draft pick should not be an issue, either — the signing of Kimbrel would cost them only their third pick, No. 91 overall, after they forfeited their second choice for Harper.

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Kimbrel, sources told The Athletic in mid-April, wants to be in the range of two recent free-agent relievers: Zack Britton (three years, $39 million) and Wade Davis (three years, $52 million). Keuchel, on the other hand, is believed to prefer a one-year deal, presumably above the $17.9 million qualifying offer he rejected from the Astros. The actual amount he receives, when prorated, would be considerably less (as would Kimbrel’s salary in year one). But at least he could re-enter the open market this offseason.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2019 at 06:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Two pitchers who have been there before explain why repeating as World Series champions is so difficult

Boston Globe’s Sunday Baseball Notes column, now written by Peter Abraham.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2019 at 09:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Sunday Notes: Tucker Barnhart is Embracing Data, Because Now He Can | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2019 at 09:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
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