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Friday, December 07, 2018

Cleveland extends Carrasco

On Thursday, the Indians announced that they’ve signed Carrasco to a contract extension that will run through the 2022 season—i.e., his age-35 season.


Thursday, December 06, 2018

Boston resigns Eovaldi

The ACES client has secured a four-year, $67.5MM contract, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Angels DFA Blake Parker

He was projected to earn $3.1MM by MLBTR & contributor Matt Swartz.He has worked to a 2.90 ERA in 133 2/3 frames over the past two years with the Halos


Trevor Bauer talks very openly about what he thinks Cleveland should do with him

“Ultimately, I think the surplus value on me this year is just way too high. Even with an arbitration raise, you’re probably talking about $15 to $20 million of surplus value.”

“I think of the starters that they were talking about trading—Kluber, Carrasco and me—I think all of us bring a tremendous return,” Bauer said. “So I think you can get a very similar package of players in return in a trade. But I think me and Carrasco have the largest surplus value going into this year.”

“In 2020,” said Bauer, “when my salary raises up to like the $20 million range, then the surplus value isn’t nearly as much. And they’re most likely not going to be able to sign me in free agency, even on one-year deals. So it would make sense to trade me and get some prospects in return.”


Monday, November 19, 2018

Cubs in need of major overhaul? Don’t be silly

The Cubs won 95 games in 2018. To put that number into context, in the last 73 seasons, they have won more games than that exactly four times. Only one National League team won more in 2018. That would be the Brewers, who went into Wrigley Field and won their 96th in a one-game playoff that decided the NL Central.

The Cubs won 95 times despite third baseman Kris Bryant playing just 32 games after the All-Star break. Despite right-hander Yu Darvish throwing his final pitch on May 20. Despite closer Brandon Morrow missing the entire second half.

Their pitching staff had the NL’s second-lowest ERA, and only the Astros in the American League had a lower bullpen ERA. Offensively, only the Dodgers, Rockies and Nationals scored more runs than the Cubs in the NL. That’s it. If this is what qualifies as a train wreck of a season, plenty of teams would sign up. But somehow, in the weeks since the Cubs lost the NL Wild Card Game to the Rockies, the narrative has become that they are broken, that significant change is needed. This is silly.

The rare article that asks and answers the question in the title

McCoy Posted: November 19, 2018 at 11:01 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hot stove, offseason

Sunday, November 11, 2018

It’s not just the worst teams not spending money in baseball free agency — it’s the richest, too

CARLSBAD, Calif. – During the great panic of 2017-18, when jobless players were jumping on conference calls and asking one another what the hell happened to free agency, the Major League Baseball Players Association tried to allay fears by pointing toward the future. It wasn’t particularly satisfactory for those lacking employment, but the 2018-19 offseason, players were told, shouldn’t be like this.

The New York Yankees, the game’s financial behemoth, would dip below the $197 million competitive-balance-tax threshold – lawyer-speak for the luxury tax – to reset the penalty for their years of profligacy. Surely they would spend. And the Los Angeles Dodgers, who used 2017 to escape CBT jail, too, would leap back into the market ready to reinvest their hoard of local television money.

However reasonable those assumptions may have been, the early indications given by the Yankees, Dodgers and the team with baseball’s third-highest revenues, the Chicago Cubs, do not portend an offseason of free-flowing cash from the game’s financial titans. Perhaps it is simply early-winter posturing, and by the time Bryce Harper and Manny Machado and the rest of the free-agent class of 2018-19 is locked up all will be well again. Subterfuge, after all, is one of baseball’s time-honored traditions.

So, how do we interpret this state of affairs?

QLE Posted: November 11, 2018 at 06:56 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, free agency, offseason, spending

 

 

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