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Monday, August 04, 2014

Kapler: In Rays We Trust

Mike Francesa hasn’t heard of Warren Buffett either.

The perception that the Rays received a paltry haul is based on the precedent set by the 2012 deal in which they acquired Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard from the Royals. We are now two years down the road, and prospects are overvalued by the industry.

My grandfather remembers when he could buy a bottle of Pepsi for a nickel. He’s still pissed off about the price hike. Regardless of how he feels about it, when he walks into a 7-Eleven, he will leave thirsty if he’s not willing to pony up a buck fifty. When he does crack, everyone his age points and yells “How could you spend six quarters on soda!”

Now, back to the future. ...

Let’s step back from baseball for a moment. When elite companies - like Apple or Annie’s Natural Foods - release less than stellar earnings reports or unsavory news, as investors, we have a choice. We can panic and sell our positions at a loss or we can examine why the landscape seems less fruitful than before. Stepping back from the ledge, we should trust the history of the company and remember why we invested in the first place. Sometimes, taking a small step back is needed for bigger steps forward.

Historically, exceptional companies are built by the actions of stellar executives and employees. We learn to trust them based on their body of work. We aren’t necessarily privy to their proprietary information, but we know their job is to be smarter than us when it comes to their strategies. I’m not advocating blind faith. We should always question and challenge the process. However, I am suggesting that we display some level of confidence in the men and women steering the ship if they’ve continually given us reason to. ...

As an investor, blind faith is never worthy of applause, but paying attention to the companies Warren Buffett is buying and selling is an exercise with merit. When he makes a move that doesn’t immediately hit home, I don’t throw my hands up in frustration, I lean in and pay attention.

I haven’t seen Willy Adames play yet, but I just bought a bunch of shares.

JE (Jason) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:39 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, rays, trade deadline, trade value

Friday, August 01, 2014

Mariners notebook: Zduriencik fires back at critics | Mariners Insider - The News Tribune

“I wasn’t willing to do it. That’s just the way it is. We’ve put too much into this. Our fans have suffered too much for 10 years (for us) to try to get to a point where we’re competitive. We are now, and we’re going to get better.

“This group of kids will get better. We’re not finished. We’ve got Paxton coming back. We’ve got Taijuan eventually. We have a lot of nice pieces. It isn’t just a couple. I think that’s very important.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2014 at 08:40 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, trade deadline

Ranking The Prospects Traded At The Deadline - BaseballAmerica.com

Baseball America gives snapshots of the prospects who were recently traded.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2014 at 08:35 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, trade deadline

The anatomy of a rare Yankees-Red Sox trade « Bombers Beat

How Stephen Drew ended up in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2014 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, trade deadline, yankees

» Column: Nothing at all? Seriously? DK on Pittsburgh Sports

Someone is not happy with the Pirates standing pat at the trade deadline.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, trade deadline

Strauss: Mozeliak moves to fix two problems : Sports

Nice rundown of the motivations behind the Cardinals deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2014 at 08:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardlinals, trade deadline

Amaro says Phils didn’t overvalue players at Deadline | phillies.com: News

The players the Phillies have aren’t very appealing.

“Not disappointed,” Amaro said. “More surprised that there wasn’t more aggressive action from the other end. We have some pretty good baseball players here.”

But there seemed to be a clear difference of opinion there. The Phillies look at a roster with Cliff Lee, Jonathan Papelbon, A.J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, Antonio Bastardo and others and see players who can help contending teams. That might be true, but other teams looked at those players with age, injury or performance concerns often with high price tags attached.

“Well, I would disagree with that,” Amaro said, asked if the Phillies overvalued their own players. “In no scenario were we asking for players that were their top prospects. We were not looking for exorbitant paybacks, so to speak, we were looking for players that would help us, but I think we were very reasonable in the discussions that we had.

“I think one of the most over-coveted elements of baseball are prospects. I don’t know how many prospects that have been dealt over the last several years have really come to bite people in the [rear end].”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2014 at 08:04 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, trade deadline

Wild deadline day sends shock waves throughout baseball | FOX Sports

Rosenthal’s take of yesterday’s trading frenzy.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline, trades

Playoff contenders load up on dizzying Deadline day | MLB.com: News

A nice recap of all the deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2014 at 07:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline, trades

 

 

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