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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Undeterred by last winter’s free-agent freeze, Scott Boras is even more himself – The Athletic

Yesterday I listened to the interview with Boras shill Casey Stern (which you can listen to On Demand on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM). Although his hyperbolic shtick can be amusing in short doses, it wears thin in a half-hour interview. 

Anyway, Boras rehashed a lot of the interview with reporters, including Dave O’Brien here.

“We have all kinds of evidence that anybody who’s done what Bryce Harper has done (at his age) — they’re Hall of Famers,” Boras said. “I can show it 12 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 08:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agents, pay site, scott boras

Farhan Zaidi takes Giants job | MLB.com

This isn’t good for the Dodgers.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, general managers, giants

CC Sabathia to return to Yankees in 2019 | MLB.com

I know some Yankees fans might not be happy but he’s a decent 5th starter, especially at that price.

Sabathia and the Yankees have agreed to terms on a one-year, $8 million deal, MLB.com has confirmed. The deal has not yet been officially announced because Sabathia must undergo a physical, which is expected to take place on Wednesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 08:53 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, yankees

Tuesday, November 06, 2018


Mets shake up coaching staff | Newsday

How many advisors will be in the Mets front office?

The changes:

      Hitting coach Pat Roessler is fired.   Ruben Amaro Jr. is moving from first-base coach to a front-office adviser role.   Gary DiSarcina is moving from bench coach to third-base coach.   Glenn Sherlock is moving from third-base coach to first-base coach.   Ricky Bones is moving from bullpen coach to a player-development role to be decided.
Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2018 at 01:47 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-6-2018

Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, November 6, 1918:

Charlie Swain, baseball player, died [November 4] of influenza. Until Ping Bodie came along, Swain’s record of 34 home runs was the season’s record. He played with the Washington Americans and with Sacramento and Vancouver on the coast.

Cy Swain was a better hitter than a lot of guys who made it to the big leagues, and he was playing in a Class B league with tiny ballparks, but 34 home runs during the deadball era is remarkable regardless of context.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 06, 2018 at 09:53 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Yankees GM takes dig at Hall voting while praising George Steinbrenner

“I think he is a Hall of Famer,” Cashman said. “Whether he’s been inducted yet or not, I think it’s important. I believe that committee and the people who have the power of votes would be hard-pressed not to acknowledge this was a transformative figure in all of sports, not just baseball. I can’t imagine that he doesn’t warrant [induction], but again, it’s very political at times, this voting. Just like everything else. So there’s some powerful people that view it differently, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2018 at 09:29 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, george steinbrenner, hall of fame

Josh Donaldson worth the risk in free agency

What kind of deal is fair? He’s been hurt two years now. I could see a big money contract for a single season but, if I were a GM, unless I’m getting a pretty big discount, I wouldn’t want to be on the hook for more than one year with a dual option triggered by playing time.

For Donaldson’s part, a one-year deal might not be appealing anyway, because then he might be headed out into next year’s market a year older, possibly after declining a qualifying offer, into a third base market that could ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2018 at 08:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, josh donaldson

Bryce Harper Rumors

So, the Yankees would pay Bryce Harper top dollar **and** some of Stanton’s contract? Sorry, that’s not happening.

Would Yankees move another superstar to make room for Harper?
Nov. 5: It has been reported recently by many insiders that the Yankees likely won’t pursue Bryce Harper in free agency, and though some think that New York’s public lack of interest in the superstar outfielder may just be posturing with an eye on Harper agent Scott Boras, the Yankees seemingly don’t even have the room in ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Beane earns inaugural Executive of Year Award

CARLSBAD, Calif.—The Athletics were one of the best stories of the 2018 season, overcoming a rash of injuries—many of them to their starting rotation—to win 97 games and earn an American League Wild Card berth.

For his work assembling Oakland’s playoff club, Billy Beane was named the 2018 MLB Executive of the Year Monday night.

This is the first year this official award has been bestowed by MLB, the result of voting among the 30 Clubs, each of which had one vote. The runners-up for the honor ...

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QLE Posted: November 06, 2018 at 06:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: billy beane, executive of the year

Rebuild or Retool? Evaluating the Giants Offseason Choices

Some commentary on the current state of the Giants, and considerations as for what the Giants can do in response.

QLE Posted: November 06, 2018 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, rebuilding

Yusei Kikuchi free to negotiate with MLB teams

TOKYO—The Seibu Lions have agreed to post pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, clearing the way for the left-hander to negotiate with teams in Major League Baseball.

Since Kikuchi, 27, cannot file for international free agency until 2020, he needed Seibu’s approval in order to use the posting system to move to the majors.

Kikuchi has a 73-46 career record with a 2.77 ERA in Nippon Professional Baseball. He went 14-4 this year and struck out 153 batters in 163⅔ innings.

Interesting to watch, both in ...

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QLE Posted: November 06, 2018 at 06:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, posting rules, yusei kikuchi

Is baseball even capable of making superstars anymore?

Early in her seminal Babe Ruth biography, “The Big Fella,” Jane Leavy, the gifted storyteller of bygone ballplayers, perfectly encapsulates his place at the intersection of America’s game, Americana and America today. The forebear of modern politicians and religious figures and actors and businessmen and musicians and authors and activists and scientists and artists – of everyone whose ubiquity saturates our lives – was a baseball player.

“Seventy years after his death,” Leavy ...

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QLE Posted: November 06, 2018 at 06:47 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, rob neyer, superstars

REPORT: MLB GMs Considering Massive Change to Trade Deadline

​As the offseason kicks into gear, Winter Meetings are approaching, which means there’s plenty on the table that MLB GMs will be discussing, amid myriad trade requests.

One of the topics expected to be pondered is the trade deadline itself, however.

The deadline currently sits on July 31, with post-deadline deals allowed via waivers. The new proposal would see post-deadline waiver deals eliminated in favor of one hard deadline for all deals, presumably sometime in mid-August.

Any ...

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QLE Posted: November 06, 2018 at 06:47 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rule changes, trade deadline

Today’s Game Era Ballot

I hate it when players like Orel Hershiser and Albert Belle end up on the Today’s Game Era Ballot.

Ziggy's screen name Posted: November 06, 2018 at 06:47 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, veterans committee

Monday, November 05, 2018

GM Meetings begin without an Orioles GM - BaltimoreBaseball.com

The dysfunction continues.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2018 at 12:21 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Who is the Astros’ future at catcher? Exploring their options, and what they value at the position – The Athletic

A great in-depth look at the Astros catching options.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2018 at 12:19 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, pay site


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-5-2018

New York Tribune, November 5, 1918:

“There will be a double world’s series next fall,” [Dodgers pitcher Clarence] Mitchell has just written from France, “for the public will demand it and the army and navy will insist upon it.

“Over here we haven’t any doubt about the war’s end in plenty of time for the big leagues to start their schedules, but we do not expect to be released by Uncle Sam in time to get back in the game…the club that can win out in the army and navy competition will be the best ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 05, 2018 at 10:02 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Analytics guru Sig Mejdal leaves Astros | Houston Astros

Interesting.

Sig Mejdal, the former NASA engineer and blackjack dealer who spearheaded the analytical team that helped the Astros win their first World Series last year, has allowed his contract with the Astros to expire as he pursues other opportunities, MLB.com has learned.

Mejdal, who served this year as special assistant to the general manager, process development, told MLB.com on Sunday the decision to leave the Astros was his alone. He joined the club in 2012 after following president of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2018 at 09:34 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, sig mejdal

OTP 2018 2018 Nov 5 - The Trump dilemma hits the Boston Red Sox amid a wave of White House boycotts in sports

The Boston Red Sox, fresh off their historic World Series win, are the latest team to be faced with the Trump dilemma.

The team’s manager Alex Cora said that the Sox haven’t decided whether they will visit the White House if they’re invited by Trump, adding that he wants to use the team’s platform in the right way, according to the Associated Press.

 

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: November 05, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 2346 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, politics, world series

All eyes are on the Cubs and their money as the general manager meetings begin Monday

A free-agent freeze dominated the baseball landscape until weeks before the start of the 2018 season, causing many to wonder whether the smell of collusion was in the air.

And with the likes of Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas among the ranks of unsigned free agents in mid-January, there was good reason to wonder if the game finally was clamping down on outrageous spending.

“I think what you’re seeing is a lot of teams out there would rather have dry ...

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QLE Posted: November 05, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers

Letter To Patch: Some Major League Baseball Retirees Go Without

Did you know there are 641 retired men who played Major League Baseball (MLB) who aren’t receiving MLB pensions?

The league – which does not have to address this matter unless the union representing today’s players, the Major League Baseball Players’ Association (MLBPA), broaches it in collective bargaining negotiations—recently announced that its revenue was up 325 percent from 1992, and that it has made $500 million since 2015. What’s more, the average value of each of the 30 clubs is up ...

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QLE Posted: November 05, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pensions, retiree

Revisiting the prospects: 20 years ago

A consideration of prospects with Cubs ties from close to twenty years ago- wonder what we would find if looking at all prospects from the same period….

QLE Posted: November 05, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 1999, cubs, prospects rankings

Why the Cardinals and Giants could enter the Bryce Harper free agency sweepstakes

You know the deal: Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, because he’s still just 26 years of age and has MVP upside, is likely going to wind up signing the largest contract in MLB history this offseason. His left-handed power and patience at the plate—plus the possibility that he’s pre-prime—mean he’s of interest to almost any team that thinks it can afford him. As for specifics, you can reportedly add the names of two traditional National League powers to his list of likely suitors.

First, ...

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QLE Posted: November 05, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cardinals, free agency, giants

SNY: Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen: ‘I think that you can’t be afraid to win’

In Brodie Van Wagenen’s case, he wasn’t the candidate that tried to win over the Wilpons by saying exactly what they would want to hear. Instead, he told them what they needed to hear.

“They needed to hear that there was a lack of confidence in the organization,” Van Wagenen told The Post’s Steve Serby in an in-depth Q&A. “There was a lack of belief that they could win. And I wanted to change that narrative.”

That’s nice to hear.  Screw it, #ImWithBrodie

Now go get Machado, Kimbrel, and ...

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Adam Starblind Posted: November 05, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Red Sox, Braves highlight Gold Glove winners

Major League Baseball’s top defensive players were honored with the unveiling of the 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards on Sunday night.

Plenty of mainstays were joined by exciting newcomers in this year’s field of finalists for the Gold Glove, which were determined by a combination of votes submitted by Major League managers and coaches and a sabermetric index provided by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

SABR? I hardly know’er!

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 04, 2018 at 10:12 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: gold gloves

Which free agents might fit with the Dodgers? – Dodger Thoughts

The Dodgers have been in the playoffs the last six years, including the World Series the last two. The last thing they need to do is to change what they are doing to placate crazed fans who lack perspective.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2018 at 07:20 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

MLB Free Agent Rankings: Manny Machado, Bryce Harper and more | SI.com

If Ben Reiter is correct about most of his"best fits” a lot of these players will be very unhappy with their contracts this winter.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2018 at 09:11 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Schmuck: Orioles’ executive search, MASN hearing make November a critical month for franchise

Baseball’s free-agent market opened for business this weekend and the Orioles still appear to be a few weeks away from naming a new baseball operations chief, but don’t be alarmed.

This was never going to be a big free-agent offseason for the Orioles, so the deliberate search for Dan Duquette’s replacement — and eventually a new manager — isn’t as time sensitive as it might be under different circumstances.

An industry source told The Baltimore Sun that John and Louis Angelos are ...

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QLE Posted: November 04, 2018 at 07:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, lawsuits, masn, orioles, peter angelos

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