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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Statcast identifies the rare ‘five-tool player’

The All-Craftsman Team!

Let’s lay out the rules. We identified the following five Statcast™ thresholds as stand-ins for the five traditional tools, and sorted by only the players who have had at least three qualified recorded data points in each of the five areas. That’s not the same as being above average for an entire season, but that’s not the point; we want to see the players who are blessed with the capability to do these things at all, and three times over six months didn’t seem too much to ask.

Hitting: Batting exit velocity of ≥ 110 mph
Hitting for power: Home run distance of ≥ 425 feet
Fielding: Route efficiency of ≥ 98 percent
Throwing: Throws of ≥ 85 mph
Running: Top baserunning speed of ≥ 21 mph

As it turns out, only eight players made our somewhat arbitrarily defined cut, which sounds just about right for a phrase that’s intended to apply only to a select few. The results? A pair of baseball’s biggest young stars, two free-agents-to-be hoping to strike it big this winter and a surprising entry who actually got sent to the Minors for a month this year:

The Statcast™ “Five Tool Players”
Mike Trout
Andrew McCutchen
Carlos Gomez
Yoenis Cespedes
Lorenzo Cain
Hunter Pence
Ian Desmond
Marcell Ozuna

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Meanwhile, the Dodgers traded for Johnson, Mat Latos and Wood. Latos still hasn’€™t won a game, and Wood had pitched poorly before Wednesday night. Johnson’€™s been a disaster.

Oh, and the Dodgers are 7 ½ games ahead of the Giants.

Their big moves didn’€™t work at all, and all they’€™ve done is run away and hide.

Which should be the real takeaway here.

The Mets would have a big lead without Cespedes, the Royals without Zobrist; granted, both teams will probably be thrilled to have their prizes next month, not that either player is guaranteed to continue his surge for another few weeks.

Of all those 36 players, it seems to me that only three have made a real difference so far: Price and Tulowitzki with the Blue Jays, and maybe Happ with the Pirates. Without Happ, the Pirates’€™ lead over the Cubs in the wild-card standings might have vanished by now. Without Price and Tulowitzki, the Blue Jays probably wouldn’€™t own a semi-comfortable lead over the Yankees.

Yoenis Cespedes to Mets: Dombrowski recounts his side of story

The Tigers had heard only intermittently from the Mets. Dombrowski assumed that was because they were getting Gomez from the Brewers. But that deal fell apart, and when Alderson called Friday, he said: “We really want to go after Cespedes.”

“I’m sure he was working on other things,” Dombrowski said. “[Justin] Upton’s name was out there, a couple of others. At one point we didn’t know what his priority was, but he kept in contact with me, and it really came down to the Mets had the best package for us. We really liked Fulmer a whole bunch, and the other guy in the package [minor league pitcher Luis Cessa] had a good arm.”

Jim Leyland, the former Tigers manager now a special assistant with the team, made a call to Mets manager Terry Collins, a good friend. “Jim said, ‘Terry, get him—he’s going to help you guys,’” Dombrowski said.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 17, 2015 at 05:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Yoenis Cespedes is no one-man show, but with his flair for the bright lights, his amazing 2015 run and his ability to make everyone better, there is just something about the guy | FOX Sports

The latest Robothal.

Meanwhile, the next decision on Cespedes—the free-agent decision—will carry the biggest stakes yet.

One rival exec said he initially believed that Cespedes would command $80 million, but now believes that the outfielder’s contract will exceed $130 million.

A long, expensive deal could prove a mistake, considering that Cespedes turns 30 on Oct. 18. Then again, there is something about him, isn’t there?

Ask the 2014 Athletics. Ask the 2015 Mets.

Monday, September 14, 2015

10 Degrees: Why Yoenis Cespedes may not come back to New York

Great timing for Cespedes.

Six weeks ago, a nine-figure deal seemed optimistic, according to two GMs, two personnel men and two agents surveyed recently by Yahoo Sports. The six now believe discussions with the soon-to-be-30-year-old Cespedes will begin at $125 million and end up perhaps in the $160 million range, a staggering figure for someone who the last two seasons posted on-base percentages of .294 and .301. Baseball, like so many other avenues in life, cannot help but fall into the recency-bias trap.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Angell: Back to School

Drew Storen, the Nats’ closer until his demotion to setup guy when, in a midsummer deal, the club picked up the fabled ex-Red Sox, ex-Phillies Jonathan Papelbon, was the main perpetrator and victim of the above-cited Biblical largesse. He presented a red beard and an aura of near-clinical anxiety. Matt Williams, his manager, brought him back again last night, no doubt as a statement of trust, to face Cespedes, who hit the go-ahead (and winning, it turned out) two-run homer on Storen’s second pitch. Storen, one understands, will remember all this for the rest of his life. So will I.

Papelbon (with that irritating Tik-Tok of Oz stare-in and arm-drop now copied by ten thousand kid pitchers) lost the middle game on a pinch-hit home run by Kirk Nieuwenhuis.


Manager Williams made all the available moves but never the right one. Everything Mets skipper Terry Collins tried seemed to work out, including his decision to keep the rookie outfielder Michael Conforto in left in the eighth on Wednesday night, where he made a skidding, breathless late grab to save the day and the joy. Has Collins used up the Mets’ seasonal quota of magic with such prodigality?

Hmm. Only Mets fans ask questions like this.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Mets free to negotiate with Yoenis Cespedes |

The Mets no longer need to negotiate with Yoenis Cespedes during a pennant race or risk losing him forever. The team announced Tuesday that it and Roc Nation Sports have negotiated an amendment into Cespedes’ contract, allowing the Mets to pursue him for the entirety of this offseason’s free-agent period.

Under their old arrangement, the Mets could negotiate with Cespedes for only five days following the conclusion of the World Series. After that point, Cespedes’ unique contract language would have made the Mets ineligible to re-sign him until May 15, making his return to New York a near-impossibility.

The new language still forces the Mets to release Cespedes after the season, despite his lack of six years’ service time—the usual benchmark for an unrestricted free agent. But it makes Cespedes a normal free agent in every other way, able to negotiate with all 30 teams throughout the winter. Both Major League Baseball and its Players’ Association signed off on the amendment, which still prevents the Mets from extending Cespedes a one-year qualifying offer and acquiring a Draft pick if he rejects it.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2015 at 06:43 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Cespedes jacks 3 homers in historic game

What a free agent push!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cespedes throws out Rodriguez |


Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2015 at 09:59 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, videos, yoenis cespedes

Friday, July 31, 2015

Last minute deals

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 04:05 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tigers, trade deadline, trades, yoenis cespedes

Friday, June 26, 2015

2016 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings - MLB Trade Rumors

Tim Dierkes assesses the potential free agents.

We’re about 45% of the way through the 2015 MLB season, and free agency looms for several of the game’s star players.  It’s time for a new installment of the 2016 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings.



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