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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

MLB, players union agree to new CBA in time to avoid lockout, reports say

As negotiations intensified leading up to the deadline, various reports indicated most of the items up for discussion had been settled, with one key provision still up in the air: the luxury tax imposed on teams that break the $189 million player-payroll threshold.

Though several teams have exceeded that number since it was imposed and duly paid the financial penalty, the players have increasingly viewed the figure as a de facto salary cap. The New York Post reported the limit will be ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 30, 2016 at 09:38 PM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: collective bargaining agreement, labor

Henning: Nine players on my Hall of Fame baseball ballot

“Consider these three names that will arrive on next year’s docket: Chipper Jones. Jim Thome. Omar Vizquel. They’re automatics. Here, at least.”

Lynn Henning jumps back into the fray after a two-year hiatus. You can decide whether anyone who considers Omar Vizquel to be “automatic” should jump back in.

TJ Posted: November 30, 2016 at 03:56 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Cubs’ Theo Epstein’s Draft strategy paying off | MLB.com

Missing with the very top picks gets you fired.

Having acquired pitchers Sean Newcomb and Touki Toussaint in previous trades, Atlanta now has three of the first 16 players taken in the 2014 Draft. That’s impressive. But I’m pretty sure every executive would rather have Trea Turner (drafted 13th from North Carolina State, by the Padres), Schwarber or Conforto.

One of Joe Maddon’s operating principles is “Do Simple Better.” Epstein did that when he went with Bryant and Schwarber over college arms ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 02:16 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, draft, theo epstein

Why trading Andrew McCutchen is a real possibility for the Pirates | FOX Sports

Not wanting to be moved from center is an issue better left for a new club to sort out.

Trading McCutchen, however, would enable the Pirates to re-allocate payroll to other areas. It also would enable them to move Starling Marte from left field to center without conflict; McCutchen does not want to switch to an outfield corner, sources say.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 02:03 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

Yankees Mailbag: Manny Machado at third base in 2019? - NY Daily News

This is a free agent signing I can see for the Yankees. Of course, the Orioles will have a chance to prevent it.

What does the 2018 Yankees infield look like? — Adam G. @adamGobj

We’re still 18 months away from that, but my guess would be Gary Sanchez behind the plate, Greg Bird at first base, Gleyber Torres at second base, Didi Gregorius at shortstop and Starlin Castro at third base. Castro could remain at second and Torres could move to third, but I think the Yankees envision Torres playing ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:41 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, yankees

Top Prospects Voice Opposition To International Draft | BaseballAmerica.com

MLB will contain costs for international players. It’s going to happen. The draft, however, seems like a really bad way of doing it.

“The focus is on that next generation of players,” Rosario said. “Just like we benefitted from having the opportunity, we feel that the next generation deserves to have the same opportunity that we did.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international baseball, international draft

Boston - Baseball Prospectus: COULD CHRIS CARTER SERVE AS A PLACEHOLDER DH?

No thank you.

I fear I’m belaboring the point here, so let’s cut to it. Carter’s bat has value, and with their DH position wide open, the Red Sox are in a unique position to extract it. But what Carter also brings to the proverbial table is flexibility. The Red Sox don’t want to commit $100 million and five years to Encarnacion, they don’t want to sacrifice a draft pick to sign him or Bautista, and they don’t want to give a 40-year-old Beltran a multi-year contract. They have some ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: chris carter, red sox

Mariners making a push for Edgar Martinez’s Baseball Hall of Fame candidacy | The Seattle Times

If you are undecided, Ryan Divish’s contains a bunch of links the team provided to make its case.

Here’s his voting results since being put on the ballot. He needs 75 percent of the vote to get in.

2010 — (36.2%)
2011 — (32.9%)
2012 — (36.5%)
2013 — (35.9%)
2014 — (25.2%)
2015 — (27.0%)
2016 — (43.4%)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: edgar martinez, hall of fame, mariners

Royals using Statcast as coaching tool | MLB.com

Good stuff. Read the whole thing.

Previously, baseball has relied on the highly subjective statistic of Defensive Runs Saved used by the sabermetrics community to evaluate defenders. Statcast™, through its tracking devices, can replace that with an objective measure of route efficiency based on the flight of the ball and the defender’s route to it.

“To be able to determine whether or not [Jarrod] Dyson or anyone else took the proper route,” Wakamatsu said, “is something we as coaches can use ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:09 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, statcast

Athletics sign Matt Joyce to 2-year, $11 million deal - MLB Daily Dish

The Athletics have agreed to a 2-year, $11 million contract with outfielder Matt Joyce, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. The deal is pending a physical.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:07 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, matt joyce

FAQ: What’s at stake as MLB’s labor deal approaches midnight - Jayson Stark Blog- ESPN

Jayson Stark’s take. A hard cap on international signings would seem to be a reasonable giveback for the players. The luxury tax threshold, although contentious, seems to be a solvable problem.

I will remain optimistic that both sides will see the value of being sensible.

What are the big issues standing in the way of a deal?

The players have pushed for an end to the system that forces teams to give up a No. 1 draft pick if they sign a free agent who has turned down a qualifying offer. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 10:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Winter meetings would go on if MLB teams do not attend | Boston Herald

It will be just as popular as a Christmas without Santa Claus.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 10:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings

8 MLB teams that should target the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen | FOX Sports

Do writers just reflexively add the Yankees to every big contract acquisition?

Yankees
In order to fit McCutchen into the lineup, New York would have to trade left fielder Brett Gardner (and there have been rumors of that) or scrap the plans to start rookie Aaron Judge in right field. The former seems more likely, and the Yankees have the farm system (and finances) to pull off a McCutchen deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 10:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

MLB players, owners continue labor negotiation | MLB.com

The proposed international draft has been taken off the table. The rest of this stuff should be resolvable with a little give and take.

Both sides said they were optimistic a deal could be reached even though several significant issues remain unresolved.
Among them:
• Luxury-tax threshold
• Draft-pick compensation tied to the signing of free agents
• A proposed international draft
• Roster sizes and days off
• Changes in the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program
• Pace-of-play ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 10:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba


Family of Caleb Schwab, boy killed on Verruckt, helped by Royals | The Kansas City Star

Here’s your feel good story of the day.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 10:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-30-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 30, 1916:

Robert A. Unglaub, manager of the Fargo (N.D.) Northwestern League baseball club, and former major league player, died [in Baltimore yesterday] as the result of an accident last Monday.

Unglaub was crushed by machinery at the Pennsylvania Railroad shops, where he was employed as a machinist during the off-season.

Aw, man, that sucks. No snark from me today. The guy got crushed to death.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 30, 2016 at 10:07 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, obituaries

Hall of Fame Today’s Game ballot: Lou Piniella, Davey Johnson | SI.com

A “proto-sabermetric tome”!

Read part one and part two.

It was in Baltimore that the seeds of Johnson’s career as a manager took root. A graduate of Trinity University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, Johnson devoured Earnshaw Cook’s Percentage Baseball, a proto-sabermetric tome, and persuaded Orioles owner Jerry Hoffberger to let him use the IBM mainframe of the National Brewery (of which Hoffberger was chairman), which he programmed to test his theories about baseball. Johnson came ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 09:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, managers

The Most Improved Changeup of the Second Half | FanGraphs Baseball

Tyler Chatwood‘s changeup has never been good, but it really looks like he’s tinkering with it, no matter which classification system you’re using. By PITCHf/x, he added nearly two inches of fade and over an inch of drop. Meanwhile, he began throwing the fastball harder and change slower, improving the gap between the two pitches by 2.5 mph, the biggest difference in the sample of 92.

That’s according to the generic PITCHf/x classifications from MLB, at least. According to Brooks ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: changeup, sabermetrics

2016 Arizona Fall League Top 20 Prospects | BaseballAmerica.com

Intriguing profile.

4. Cody Bellinger, 1b/of, Glendale (Dodgers)

Bellinger’s prospect stock continues to rise as his lean body gains strength, helping his swing work better. He was Glendale’s most productive hitter this fall, producing a .314/.424/.557 slash line, with three home runs in 70 at-bats with 14 walks. With above-average bat speed and plenty of leverage in his swing, Bellinger, 21, projects to eventually have plus power. The consensus among AFL scouts is that his first base ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Encarnacion highlights remaining sluggers | MLB.com

I just don’t see the Red Sox being in on Encarnacion. I also find it unlikely the Yankees will get in on him too.

The guesstimate: His market is very likely limited to American League teams and he’s tied to Draft-pick compensation, but this could be the source of a good old-fashioned battle between the Yankees and Red Sox, which would obviously be beneficial for Encarnacion’s bank account. Don’t rule out the Astros, though they might be hesitant to part with a Draft pick.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Rumors And Rumblings - Otani Could Blow Up Next Winter’s Market

“He’s the modern-day Babe Ruth,” a Pacific Rim scout from an American League team said. “He’s a top-of-the-rotation pitcher and the middle-of-the-order hitter. We haven’t seen anything like him in modern times. Whenever he comes to America, he’s going to break the bank. There has never been anybody in free agency who could ever market themselves as a two-way player before.”

Players cannot become free agents in the NPB until they accumulate nine years of service time.

However, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 06:31 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, notes, shohei otani

MLB, players union meeting to hammer out details of collective bargaining agreement

CBA update. As I mentioned when I posted another article, I can see tying draft picks to going over the international pool as a compromise. I’m not sure I can see the players wanting to tie picks to the luxury tax. Of course, to get unfettered free agency and other perks, they will have to move on something.

The last big hurdle for MLB and the union in CBA talks is the competitive balance tax, sources said. Commonly referred to as a luxury tax, it is used by sports leagues to penalize teams that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

As Atlanta Braves search for new spring training home, donations flow to key Florida state senators

Drain the swamp!

The Atlanta Braves still don’t know where in Florida they will move their spring training operations in 2019, but that is not stopping them from sending campaign donations to key state legislators who could help them with stadium financing when they do find a new home.

Earlier this month, the Braves gave $1,000 to a political committee run by new Senate Appropriations chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. That is just months after the team sent $1,000 donations each to new ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 29, 2016 at 05:11 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, field of schemes, politics, spring training

Ryan Thibs has his 2017 HOF Tracker Up and Running

7 Ballots in as of 11/29/16, and Schilling has already lost 2 votes from last year.

reech Posted: November 29, 2016 at 02:29 PM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, hof

Report: Cespedes to re-sign with the Mets

“Cespedes will re-sign with the Mets for a deal expected to be worth $110 million over four years, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.”

Adam Starblind Posted: November 29, 2016 at 02:24 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-29-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 29, 1916:

Salaries of baseball players in the American League who were signed at high figures to retain them during the war with the Federal League will be sharply reduced, B.B. Johnson, president of the league, announed [last night]. The game was conducted in an extravagant manner during the fight with the Federal League, President Johnson said, and all expenses connected with the operation of the sport next season will be curtailed.

I’m sure the players were ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 29, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Brewers sign Eric Thames to play first base

[T]he Brewers announced a three-year deal with a club option for a fourth year with free agent Eric Thames, who played the last three seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported the deal is worth more than $15 million.

....

During three years playing for the NC Dinos of the hitter-friendly KBO, Thames put together fantasy league offensive numbers, batting .348 over 388 games with a .450 on-base percentage and .720 slugging percentage.

It’s a sign of the ...

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The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: November 29, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, free agents, korean league

Texas Rangers: 10 things to know about Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara, including why he chose baseball over basketball | SportsDay

There is a lot of good stuff here.

1. His name is a mouthful
Born April 26, 1995, in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic, Mazara’s full name is Nomar Shamir Mazara Jiminian. He was asked by lonestarball.com about his name: “Well, my mother and father just liked the names Nomar and Shamir, Jiminian is my mother’s last name.”—from Lone Star Ball’s report, Nomar Mazara-The Big Chill

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers

2017 ZiPS Projections – Chicago Cubs | FanGraphs Baseball

Where will the Cubs trade Jeimer Candelario?

Bench/Prospects
Third-base prospect Jeimer Candelario (2.4 zWAR) didn’t experience much success in his brief exposure to the majors at the beginning of July, but he’s already projected to play like an average major leaguer and his top historical comp is Edwin Encarnacion. He and outfielder Albert Almora (1.8) represent the best of the club’s young depth, while Chesny Young (1.0) appears to be a possible fixture among the Fringe Five. The depth ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2016 at 07:43 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, projections, zips

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