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Saturday, February 06, 2016

WANTED: New home for American League baseball team | Tampa Bay Times

Actual criteria for picking stadium deal: make a deal which extracts as big a profit as possible regardless to the the actual benefits of taxpayers.

The potential for public-private partnerships, economic development opportunities, site accessibility and regional connectivity — “those are critically important elements of any potential location.”

The Rays appear eager to start providing details to interested parties. Team officials delivered the document to St. Petersburg officials three weeks after the City Council approved a deal allowing them to look outside the city. The memorandum of understanding gave the club 60 days.

The document lists six categories by which the Rays will evaluate potential sites:
• Catalyst for development
• Local authenticity
• Regional connectivity
• Site accesibility
• Size and geometry
• Financial feasibility and development readiness

The granite countertops could come up later.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2016 at 06:17 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Report: Rockies clear logjam, deal Corey Dickerson to Rays

The Colorado Rockies found a way to get rid of their outfield logjam Thursday. The team reportedly agreed to send Corey Dickerson to the Tampa Bay Rays for closer Jake McGee. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports initially reported the deal, while Joel Sherman of the New York Post first said McGee was involved.
The 26-year-old Dickerson has put up strong numbers the past two seasons, though that comes with a few caveats. Dickerson crushes right-handed pitching, but isn’t the same player against lefties. He hit .328, with 21 of his 24 home runs off righties during his 2014 breakout, and hit .315 with all 10 of his home runs coming off righties in 2015.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 28, 2016 at 04:26 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: corey dickerson, jake mcgee, rays, rockies

Two major hurdles stand in way of Rays signing Ian Desmond | Tampa Bay Times

For the Rays, there are two major hurdles in signing Desmond, who turned 30 in September.

One would be the terms. Desmond made $11-million last season with Washington and turned down a qualifying offer, which was a one-year, $15.8-milliom deal, expecting he would do better on the open market.

That Desmond has indicated he would like to play for the Rays, that he is from Sarasota, that he is represented by the same agency as Rays manager Kevin Cash (Sports One Athlete Management) and that he is close friends with Rays OF Steven Souza Jr. are all factors.

But he is still going to want to get paid.

If he was amenable to a one-year deal, which in theory would allow him to rebuild his value and go back on the market next year, the Rays would have to figure out how far they were willing to go salary wise. They might be more interested if they could get Desmond to agree to a 2017 option, or for a second year, allowing them to spread the money around.

The other issue for the Rays is that they would have to forfeit their first-round pick in the coming draft, the No. 13 overall pick. Given how important the draft is to the Rays, and that some in the industry value those mid-first round picks well in excess of $10-million, it could be that is the bigger hurdle.

If they signed Desmond for a year and he became a free agent after the season, the Rays would be in a position to get an extra pick back in 2017, though between the first and second rounds. So it could come down to whether they got enough of a bargain on the salary to make it worthwhile to give up the draft pick.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 28, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, ian desmond, rays

Monday, January 25, 2016

Kevin Kiermaier defense measured with Statcast | MLB.com

I look forward to when there is enough data to put a run value on each catch using StatCast data.

It’s not quite as big a gap, though Kiermaier still clearly covered more ground. The images line up well with the tracked numbers, which show that Kiermaier’s average distance covered of 58.5 feet on catches was well more than Pagan’s 51.2 or the average center fielder’s 53.8 feet.

Now, let’s be clear about what those images are showing and what they aren’t. Those dots are all catches, without concern for hang time or launch angle, and they don’t show missed balls. Ultimately, there’s an argument that since (in theory, anyway) many types of balls should be caught by literally every capable Major League outfielder, all that’s relevant is showing the extremes, the ones that a great fielder like Kiermaier can get to that lesser defenders cannot, and eliminating the rest. We need to show averages, and perhaps ranges of success. This is a very good first step, but just one of many.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2016 at 06:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, kevin kiermaier, rays, sabermetrics, statcast

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Kahrl: Why moving the A’s and Rays would be good for baseball

Move them to LA to share a stadium with the Rams and Chargers!

A better venue in the East Bay, ideally closer to a rich seam of corporate clients, would provide major money over what the A’s are generating now. If that’s best done in San Jose, it’s on Manfred to make that happen, and for baseball to afford the expense of paying back the Giants for their unused territorial rights. In Montreal, the track record for attendance, even without a great downtown venue and before the industry ran the Expos into the ground to aid carpetbagger Jeffrey Loria’s franchise takeover, suggests there’s major money to be made.

In both cases, you can argue that baseball will need to get serious about putting some skin in the game; the public financing landscape has changed, perhaps best reflected in the NFL’s recent willingness to help finance the Rams’ return to L.A. As new-stadium watchers for both the Rays and the Athletics have noted, there’s reason to believe that MLB and the teams themselves should invest in what comes next in Tampa/St. Pete and California’s East Bay. But if MLB’s paying the bills, it should collectively buy into the opportunity to reap the richest rewards. Investing in an arguably already saturated Tampa/St. Pete market with an already poor track record for support doesn’t sound nearly as lucrative.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 24, 2016 at 09:26 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, montreal, rays, relocation, san jose

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Rays signing Steve Pearce to a 1-year deal

The Rays are signing Steve Pearce to a 1-year deal pending a physical, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.

Pearce, 32, will get at-bats at DH, 1B and in the outfield. The Lakeland native has played parts of nine seasons in the majors, the last three with Baltimore.

Pearce had a spectacular 2014 season, hitting .293 with 21 homers, 49 RBIs and a .930 OPS in 102 games but fell off considerably last year, hitting .218-15-40-.711 in 92 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 21, 2016 at 02:08 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, steve pearce

Monday, December 07, 2015

Rays said to be targeting Javier Baez in talks with Cubs | Tampa Bay Times

The Rays have pitching depth to deal from - either of their two late-inning relievers, Jake McGee or Brad Boxberger, and a starter from the group of Drew Smyly, Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi and Erasmo Ramirez.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez, rays

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Rays’ Silverman developing ‘no-nonsense’ reputation | Tampa Bay Times

Some great info on making trades.

“There’s certain teams who come in and officer audacious proposals that are more entertaining than anything else,” he said. “That is not our style. We like to cut to the chase and have targeted discussions and move on quickly if there isn’t a deal to be had.

“That’s the approach we’ve taken. It’s not necessarily the right approach, but it is one that we’re comfortable with and has led to some strong relationships with the clubs across the league.”

Also, to be fair as they need to maintain those relationships to keep making trades, an essential avenue to fill holes and reallocate talent given their absence of resources to compete for free agents, though he didn’t necessarily expect to be quite so active, averaging more than one deal a month.

“I think it shows our willingness to trust our information and be decisive in our moves,” Silverman said, “We aren’t afraid of being wrong. And we will be wrong on a number of occasions. But if you look over the body of work, we’ve been able to maintain a competitive presence with an encouraging future.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, matt silverman, rays

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Rays’ Silverman expects to continue to be active in trade market | Tampa Bay Times

Rays doing Rays things.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Murray Chass: CASHMAN, OTHER G.M.’S NEED TO BE MORE LIKE MOORE

To copy the Royals, the Dodgers and the Yankees would have to strip their payrolls and start over. The Yankees would also have to jettison their vastly overrated general manager, Brian Cashman, and find a general manager more adept at putting a roster together and not do it by throwing the Yankees’ millions at free agents.

 

bobm Posted: November 07, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dayton moore, dodgers, rays, royals, yankees

Friday, November 06, 2015

Rays and Mariners Get Hot Stove Fired Up Early | FanGraphs Baseball

Dave Cameron talks about the deal. I bet Karns ends up in Seattle’s pen.

Edit: Baseball America’s breakdown.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brad miller, logan morrison, mariners, nate karns, rays, trades

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Mariners Make Six-Player Trade with Rays.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that Seattle has completed a six-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. Seattle has acquired right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns, left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser and minor league outfielder Boog Powell in exchange for first baseman Logan Morrison, infielder/outfielder Brad Miller and right-handed pitcher Danny Farquhar.

LoMo is a spare part and Farquhar is less than that, but I can’t help but feel like Miller has value. Can anybody shed light on the Rays players in this trade? I assume that this is not the 74-year-old Boog Powell.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 05, 2015 at 10:16 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, rays, transactions

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Royals’ aggressive offense hits home with Rays | Tampa Bay Times

“Several years ago it seemed like there was a reward to patience at the plate, especially in knocking out a starting pitching and getting to a team’s bullpen earlier,” Silverman said. “Today bullpens are incredibly formidable, and a number of teams are adjusting and taking a more aggressive approach throughout and trying to hit the strikes they see. It’s a different ballgame.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, royals

Friday, October 30, 2015

Rays reject counter-offer to leave Tropicana Field, hire Nashville Predators CEO Jeff Cogen

Originally negotiated last year by St. Pete’s mayor Rick Kriseman, the Rays offer would have likely paid the city $20M with an anticipated move in 2019, though exact numbers fluctuated based on when the stadium was vacated. The counter proposal from the Council offered the same basic permissions, but with a payout escalating significantly.

The new deal, which included the cost of demolishing Tropicana Field, would have cost $41M for the Rays to move to Hillsborough County in 2019, or $33M for a move in 2020. Those figures could have been further lowered in the Rays stayed in Pinellas County, where St. Petersburg is located, and would have been $5M if the Rays remained in the city limits, covering the cost of demolition.

The Rays said no.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 30, 2015 at 02:14 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: montreal, rays, relocation, stadium issues

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Matt Silverman the GM: Evaluating the first year - DRaysBay

So how did the front office perform last season? A poor finish in 2015 reveals the wounds of more than 30 injured players on the depth chart more than anything else. This is a franchise well positioned for the future with its talent acquired and its salary maintained, and one that stayed near to contention for the majority of 2015 despite horrid circumstances.

And I say “front office” because it isn’t all Matt Silverman. Surely he has leaned heavily on his two VP’s to accomplish the GM tasks at hand, and the Cerberus had a clear aim. Fags fly forever, but Silverman and Co.‘s focus was more on the future than the present. If you can agree that was the best approach, then the evaluation is simple. Grade: A

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, matt silverman, rays

Editorial: Last chance to cut Rays stadium deal | Tampa Bay Times

Partner, ha.

The clock is ticking, and the city is losing more leverage. Pinellas needs to decide how best to spend the resort tax. St. Petersburg needs to focus on exploring redevelopment opportunities at the Trop site that could bring in thousands of new jobs, millions of tax dollars and billions of dollars of new spending. And Tampa Bay needs to secure the future of its Major League franchise by partnering with the Rays to build a new stadium in the best location.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, stadium deals

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Ex-pro baseball player arrested in Corona double murder

A former pro baseball player was arrested Friday in a double murder case in Corona.

Brandon Martin was being sought after the bodies of two men were found inside a home in the 1000 block of Winthrop Drive Thursday night.

Martin once had a bright future as a pro baseball player. Now, the 22-year-old is suspected of murdering his 64-year-old father Michael Martin and 62-year-old Barry Swanson, a sub-contractor for ADT Security.
[...]
Neighbors were in shock over the identity of the suspect. Martin is well-known in Corona sports circles. In 2011, the one-time baseball star was the 38th pick in the Major League draft out of Santiago High School.

Man, I remember that kid. Really good defender. Going from the supplemental first round to a double-murder charge in only four years is one hell of a fall.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

2015 Minor League Player Of The Year: Blake Snell - BaseballAmerica.com

Not bad for the Rays number eleven prospect entering the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blake snell, prospects, rays

Friday, September 04, 2015

As Kiermaier emerges, should Rays seek long-term deal? | Tampa Bay Times

I like Kiermaier. I’m not sold on his value being this high based on on his defensive WAR. Among other issues, defensive WAR has the same problem as stats like RF/9 and RBI. It’s still far too dependent on opportunity.The current WAR systems are still too much of a mix of context-neutral and context-laden statistics to tell me whether a player is most valuable or the best player, two entirely different questions. In assessing value in a particular season, like in the MVP discussion, context is important. When trying to ascertain who the best player is, for estimates of future value, context needs to be stripped away. So, when I see a writer use high WAR number in one season, especially based on defensive WAR, I have difficulty buying the argument.

Some already consider Kiermaier among the game’s best. The Wins Above Replacement metric calculated by baseball-reference.com that factors in defense has Kiermaier as the seventh most valuable position player in the game, with a 6.4 WAR. That’s behind league MVP candidates Bryce Harper (8.0) and Josh Donaldson (7.6), behind All-Stars Mike Trout (7.5), Paul Goldschmidt (7.5), Joey Votto (6.7) and Lorenzo Cain (6.6), and behind no one else.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin kiermaier, rays

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The Process Report » Evan Longoria’s Contract

To calculate present value you need to discount future dollars. To do this we need the player’s salary, the number of years and an interest rate. After some discussion in the previously linked thread I have decided to use 5.3% for the discount rate due. Some legwork showed that his is a reasonable figure due to a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.3% for the fifty highest paid players between 2000 and 2015 using the USA Today Salary Database. I’m also estimating that a dollar per win on the open market right now is $7.25M, which is somewhat arbitrary. Scale up or down as you see fit. This initial peg is inflated year-over-year using that same 5.3% inflation rate. While Evan is going to receive checks totaling $118.5M over this time frame he’s really “only” going to be able to buy a little more than $93M worth of AK47s or Camaros or kind bud. That’s still a lot of money, but you’re talking around 20% in savings because you’re paying so far away.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: evan longoria, rays

Monday, August 10, 2015

Rays Tales: A struggle to develop position-player stars | Tampa Bay Times

Richie Shaffer last week joined an exclusive club — more exclusive than you’d think — when he became just the 26th position player in 20 years to be drafted, signed and developed by the Rays and debut in the majors with them.

The Rays expect great things, of course, from Shaffer, who was their top pick in the 2012 draft. And if he pans out as projected, he will be part of an even smaller group, as of that 26 the Rays have produced only two homegrown All-Star position players, OF Carl Crawford and 3B Evan Longoria.

Among the other two dozen that made it to the majors, only a few could loosely be considered impact players — Aubrey Huff (as much for what he did after leaving the Rays), B.J. Upton, Rocco Baldelli (in a career shortened by illness).

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:13 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, sabermetrics, war

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tampa Bay Rays re-sign first baseman Carlos Pena

Big time rush…to sign him!

The Tampa Bay Rays have re-signed first baseman Carlos Pena, the Tampa Bay Times has confirmed.

Pena has seemed a good fit to return to the Rays throughout the off-season, as we’ve written and talked about repeatedly.

Pena played for the Rays from 2007-10, then moved to the Cubs last season. Agent Scott Boras told the Tampa Bay Times last week that Pena was open to a return to the Rays, where he had success and enjoyed the experience, and Pena told MLB Network Radio last week he was considering several options. He made $10-million last season with the Cubs.

Repoz Posted: January 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: business, rays

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Former Oriole Luke Scott signs one-year deal with Tampa Bay

Luke Scott: Rebirtherr.

Luke Scott, the outspoken, energetic slugger who spent four seasons in Baltimore and was named the 2010 Most Valuable Oriole, has agreed to a one-year deal with the division-rival Tampa Bay Rays that includes a 2013 option, according to an industry source.

Exact terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Scott, 33, was in his final year of arbitration after making $6.4 million in an injury-marred 2011 that ended in July, when he decided to have season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. In December, the Orioles decided not to tender him a contract—he would have made at least $6 million and likely more—and allowed him to become a free agent.

There was talk that the club wanted him back on a lesser deal, but the Orioles never made a push this offseason to re-sign him.

Repoz Posted: January 11, 2012 at 01:53 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, rays

Friday, January 06, 2012

How The Greg Reynolds Trade Is More Interesting Than You Think

How could it possibly be more interesting?

We’ll begin with the biggie. Reynolds, of course, was selected second overall by the Rockies in 2006. He was selected right after Luke Hochevar, and right before Evan Longoria. The Rockies’ selection of Reynolds was thought to be a reach, and it took the Rays by surprise. The Rays had another plan, assuming the Rockies would take Longoria. That plan? Andrew Friedman:

We had Evan Longoria first on our board…We thought Longoria was going to go two to Colorado, and we had cut a deal with Tim Lincecum, to take three….

Reynolds’ failures were magnified because the Rockies nearly drafted Long Beach State third baseman Evan Longoria before turning to the Stanford pitcher. At the time, the Rockies felt starting pitching was more of a priority with Garrett Atkins and [Ian] Stewart both in the fold.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2012 at 12:01 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, rays, rockies

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