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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

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Monday, February 13, 2017

The biggest question each MLB team faces heading into spring training | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal does an overview.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2017 at 08:42 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, spring training

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Notes: Ilitch, Bader’s Bat, Baker’s Meditation, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2017 at 12:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Nick Cafardo: Where does John Farrell rank among current managers?

The Lake Wobegon manager ranking where all 30 are above average.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2017 at 07:08 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, notes

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The Rays still could be a surprise contender, if everything goes right

Robothal’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, rays

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Sunday Notes: Walsh’s World, Reds Best, MLB Politics, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2017 at 11:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Nick Cafardo: Which rookies will shine in 2017? You can start with Andrew Benintendi

I guess he’s listed first because he’s a Yankee.

Here are a dozen other rookies to watch, according to our baseball people:
1. Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees — He needs to cut down on his swing. At 6 feet 7 inches, he has a long swing, something a lot of tall sluggers have struggled with early in their careers, including Dave Winfield and Mark McGwire. Judge’s foray into the majors last year (.179 average, 42 strikeouts in 84 at-bats) was far different than Sanchez’s, but the Yankees are committing to Judge at least for the start of the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2017 at 08:35 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, rookies

Monday, January 30, 2017

Nick Cafardo: Red Sox runaway in AL East? Not so fast

Nick Cafardo’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2017 at 06:33 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday Notes: Olmos, Omar, Desmond, Marte, Mazara, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2017 at 11:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday Notes: JBJ, Bridich, Wallace on Britton, more | FanGraphs Baseball

“Buck (Showalter) hired me in 2013, and we went out to UC Irvine and heard all about Zach Britton,” Wallace said recently. “We met him, Chris Tillman, and a few other pitchers. My bullpen coach, Dom Chiti — as good of a pitching guy I’ve ever known — and I talked to Zach in the outfield.

“Zach had been tried as a starter, and he couldn’t do this, and he had flashes of brilliance. When you talk to Zach… he was one of those guys where it was almost paralysis by analysis. He wanted it to be, ‘My right foot there, my left foot there.’

“He doesn’t have the… I wouldn’t say mentality, but the wherewithal to navigate. When you’re a starting pitcher, and you give up a run — give up something — you have to maintain your composure and still make pitches, knowing you have quite a bit of the game to go. A lot of guys can’t do that, and he was one of those guys.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2017 at 08:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, zach britton

Nick Cafardo: Terry Francona and the Indians’ great expectations for 2017

Going from a big market with a high-priced roster to a small market with a payroll half the size of the Red Sox’ has definitely given Francona a different perspective on managing.

“It’s a different challenge,” Francona said. “I think you’ve got to be realistic that in the winter, for the most part, we play in a different neighborhood and our guys do a great job of trying to be realistic about, ‘OK, who can go after and not waste time on players that are not going to come.’ I’ve actually been really impressed with how they do things here. They’ve put together a really good nucleus that hopefully keeps our window open.

“I think windows for small-market teams are probably shorter than the big markets. I don’t think that’s out of line to say that. But I think because our nucleus is younger, the core group, hopefully it keeps our window open longer.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, notes, terry francona

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Notes: Baseball Scotland, Projections, Posada, more | FanGraphs Baseball

I’m always amused when I hear/read something like this. Why don’t we do it when we talk about everything?

Football — what we Americans call soccer — rules Scotland’s sporting scene. Rugby runs a distant second, while golf, which was invented in St. Andrews, probably ranks third in terms of popularity.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Nick Cafardo: Manny Ramirez’s desire to keep playing is being supported all over baseball

Sorry about the lack of links yesterday. Slept right to my alarm yesterday (which never happens) and didn’t get to post anything before leaving in the morning. The festivities of my sim league auction started at 8 AM breakfast and continued until about 10 PM. It was a long but awesome day. 

Dumbest decision of the season.

Steven Wright, RHP, Red Sox — Wright is still rehabbing his right shoulder but feels he’ll be full-go for spring training. Wright has been dealing with bursitis and rotator cuff irritation since diving back to second base in a pinch-running role Aug. 7 against the Dodgers. Wright was upset about the public bashing of manager John Farrell for his decision to pinch-run Wright, which led to the All-Star pitcher missing the final month of the regular season and the playoffs. “I wish people would stop blaming John for that. I was actually excited he called my name for that role,” Wright said. “I was completely prepared for it. . . . I went through all my checkpoints. I told myself I was going to be aggressive and I got caught. That’s my fault. I landed wrong on my shoulder. That’s nobody’s fault. I could have been hurt stepping out of the shower. I could have been hurt if I had reached base the day I pitched two days before. I don’t know why people have to blame someone. It’s baseball.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: manny ramirez, notes

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Do the Orioles and Mark Trumbo really want a reunion this offseason? | FOX Sports

Trumbo recently asked the O’s for a three-year, $50 million contract, but later indicated that he would sign a deal of the same length in a lesser $40 million to $50 million range, according to major-league sources.

The willingness of Trumbo to accept a three-year deal below $50 million — after the two sides reportedly discussed four-year contracts at higher guarantees earlier this off-season — would at least appear to create room for negotiation. The Orioles made Trumbo an “aggressive” three-year offer at the start of the off-season, general manager Dan Duquette told MLB Network on Thursday.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mark trumbo, notes, orioles

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rumors And Rumblings: GM Moore Making Best Of Royals’ Situation

The Royals have traded two of their would-be free agents, shipping closer Wade Davis to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Jorge Soler during the Winter Meetings last month then dealing outfielder Jarrod Dyson to the Seattle Mariners for right-hander Nate Karns last Friday.

Soler and Karns are not sure things, but both have a certain amount of upside.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 06:24 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, royals

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Twins haggling with Dodgers over potential Brian Dozier trade | FOX Sports

The never-ending trade discussion.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2017 at 06:38 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brian dozier, dodgers, notes, twins

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Nick Cafardo: Why sluggers aren’t hitting it big in free agency

A glut of right-handed bats are on the market and people wonder why there isn’t a great urgency to get right-handed, free-agent bats?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 03:54 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes


Friday, January 06, 2017

Heyman: MLB Winter Winners And Non-Winners

Pedro Alvarez isn’t a better player than Keith Moreland.

Just a couple quibbles: Pedro Alvarez would have been a slightly better choice than Moreland at quite possibly a fairly similar price, and why not add some third base insurance (Trevor Plouffe, Luis Valbuena?).

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2017 at 06:01 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Sunday Notes: HoF Balloting, Managers, Pitchers Hitting, Spud, more | FanGraphs Baseball

While I agree that voters might be influenced by early voting, they are also influenced by a great deal of things, including the direct promotion of candidates. In the whole scheme of things, the impact of early voting seems like a small issue.

More and more writers are making their ballots public well in advance of the January announcement, and they are being scrutinized ad infinitum on social media. While mostly a good thing, this could unduly influence a small yet meaningful percentage of voters.

Say you’re on the fence between two players for your tenth checkmark. You’re leaning one way, but your peers — not to mention the online community — are bullish in the other direction. Following the herd is a safer option than following your heart (and mind). No one likes to be lambasted for being a black sheep in the BBWAA brethren.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 01, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, notes

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Nick Cafardo: Red Sox may regret passing on Jose Bautista

The Boston Sunday Globe baseball notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 31, 2016 at 06:26 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Heyman: In Strange Market, After Encarnacion, Dozen Sluggers Remain

Jon Heyman’s latest notes column includes the following. I can’t see how misreading the market for his client was wasn’t a big mistake.

There’s a lot of criticism of Encarnacion and agent Paul Kinzer for not immediately jumping on the Jays’ initial $80 million, four-year offer, but the reality is that while that was obviously quite a reasonable bid (and the highest one he’d receive, as it turns out; he also got one for $66 million and three years from the Astros) there is no one who would have taken that at that time.

Everyone, including the Jays, was figuring Encarnacion would easily beat that bid, and the Jays moved quickly to Morales, presumably believing Encarnacion was going well past their price point when they suggested he test the market, which turned out less inviting than predicted and expected by everyone.

One factor: some big-market teams were waiting on the new CBA at that time, and the Red Sox and others decided they didn’t want to go past the new $195 million luxury-tax threshold. While Encarnacion came into the winter preferring to return to Toronto, where he felt comfortable, he is said to have soured a bit on that situation because of the way things went, with the Jays canceling a meeting the first day of the Winter Meetings with him following their surprise signing of Steve Pearce, which further limited their interest in Encarnacion. The Indians were a surprise, but not necessarily a bad one. He is also very close to several Indians players in a very positive Latin-heavy clubhouse.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2016 at 05:24 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sunday Notes: Ziegler’s Change, Catchers at Coors, Saves, Milone, more | FanGraphs Baseball

AJ Hinch was asked about the save rule when he met with the media at the Winter Meetings. Not surprisingly, the Houston Astros manager had an erudite answer:

“I probably shouldn’t say this out loud — this is my inside voice talking — but things that are important to your players have to be important to the manager to some extent,” said Hinch. “I say that knowing that you’ve got to create a culture and environment that your players buy in on.

“The way we compensate saves, it’s very hard for anybody not to be attracted to that. The saves stat is what it is. You know what I like about the saves stat? If we get it, we won. And I spread it out over three or four guys last year. Some do it out of performance and some do it out of choice. You have to balance that just enough.

“If we played in a nonemotional, non-compensated neutral environment, I think we would flush that stat saves down the toilet. But we don’t. There is always going to be a constant pull and tug between players, compensation, manager, analytics, what’s the smart thing to do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

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