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Friday, March 24, 2017

Heyman: 30 Potential Breakout Players For 2017

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 12 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

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

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