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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kaplan: How Max Stassi delved deep into the data and turned his career around – The Athletic

A get look at how players can use data to improve their games.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2018 at 07:00 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, max stassi, pay site, the athletic

Friday, April 06, 2018

Defensive shifts and alignments a gamble Phillies willing to take — no matter the optics

“Sometimes if you’re looking at it in a small sample in a very specific time, you can go, ‘That’s not going to work, that’s not going to work, that’s not going to work,’” Kapler said after Wednesday’s game. “We have to be patient and trust that we’re trying to look at a very large sample size to evaluate if our strategies are working effectively. I can’t express enough confidence that our strategies will pay dividends, but I understand in the short term they haven’t and that can be disappointing. I get it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, phillies, the athletic

Monday, March 26, 2018

Rosenthal: Why Altuve’s deal makes sense; Boras gives his side; stop worrying about Ohtani; more notes – The Athletic

Glad to see Robothal back on the beat.

*Will Boras adjust his frequent strategy of waiting out the market in future off-seasons after the practice appeared to backfire with some of his 2017-18 free agents?

I had not even finished the question when Boras started to answer.

“Everyone talks to me about waiting. I’m talking about offers. We didn’t get any offers on these players until February. There was no waiting. There were no offers made. The clubs all waited to begin this process until mid-February.”

Is that because clubs perceived Boras’ “asks” to be high?

“We never ever said anything about $200 million for Jake Arrieta or J.D. Martinez. Go find the quote,” Boras said. “There were all these things being put out there and they were all media-generated and all false. We never asked anywhere near that for any of those players, never even discussed it.”

Often in these matters, we are talking semantics. For example, one executive said a club would not have offered Mike Moustakas say, $40 million, if it believed Boras’ expectation for the free-agent third baseman was $80 million to $90 million, regardless of whether the agent explicitly communicated those numbers. Clubs do not want to waste their time and energy pursuing exercises in futility, and thus Boras is left without offers, the way the executive described it.

More good stuff at the link.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 07:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, pay site

Monday, March 12, 2018

Dodd: Scott Boras says “The system has failed” Mike Moustakas – The Athletic

The “system” or his agent?

Moustakas is a good player. He’s not a great player. He’s also the type of player who has lost value…slow, mediocre fielders with one above-average tool (a tool that is plentiful in the market). Boras should have gotten him signed earlier.

Boras, his agent, had misjudged the market. Moustakas lost nearly $10 million in the process in 2018. Yet as Boras, Moustakas and Moore gathered for a group media session on Saturday morning, Boras questioned the “integrity” of the current system, mentioning “intervening factors” that had mucked up his client’s market.

Because Moustakas had declined a qualifying offer, potential suitors risked losing a draft pick to sign him. Because clubs such as the New York Yankees were publicly concerned about the implications of the game’s luxury tax, Moustakas was not a priority. And because Moustakas was content to wait out the market in November and December, he was left with few options.

Reports this week indicated that Moustakas turned down a multiyear deal with the Los Angeles Angels that would have paid him close to $45 million. The Angels, however, pushed back against that notion on Saturday, a source telling ESPN’s Buster Olney that “they never made a three-year, $45 million offer.”

“Things intervene,” Boras said, “and it’s become something other than the best players playing baseball at the highest level for the best teams.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mike moustakas, pay site, royals, scott boras, the athletic

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Kaplan: How a ‘really big fantasy baseball nerd’ became Jeff Luhnow’s right-hand man – The Athletic

An interesting piece on one of the many smart people working in the Astros front office, Brandon Taubman.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2018 at 06:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, front office, pay site, the athletic

Thursday, March 01, 2018

A conversation with the Angels’ Justin Upton: On hitting, stats, and the end of free-agent courting – The Athletic

Here’s an extremely interesting interview with Justin Upton. I doubt his perspective is unique.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 09:11 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, justin upton, pay site, the athletic


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sarris: How useful are team projections? – The Athletic

Are team systems better? You would think the additional info they possess would produce better results. I doubt they are substantially better on the team level, however.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 27, 2018 at 06:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, projections, the athletic

 

 

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