Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand
Baseball Newsstand
— All the News That's Fit to Link

Friday, January 11, 2019

Steve Wright, Red Sox agree to $1,375,000, 1-year contract

BOSTON- Knuckleballer Steven Wright and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year contract for $1,375,000, a raise of $275,000, in a deal that avoided arbitration.

An All-Star in 2016, the 34-year-old right-hander started the 2018 season late following left knee surgery and a 15-game domestic violence suspension. He made four starts and six relief appearances, went back on the disabled list in late June because of the knee, then returned in September.

Well, at least he can return to the ...

Read More...
QLE Posted: January 11, 2019 at 06:09 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, steven wright

Report: Will Middlebrooks to retire

Somewhere, some Red Sox fan is wondering what could have been….

QLE Posted: January 11, 2019 at 06:09 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, retirement, will middlebrooks

Will Mets’ near $200 million spending spree actually pay off?

Has a new era of New York Mets baseball arrived?

It almost feels that way, though we could never blame Mets fans for being skeptical.

Here’s what we know: After several offseasons where the Mets were barely a blip on the Hot Stove radar, new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has made up for lost time this winter. More significantly, he’s digging deep into the cash register and spending money the organization has seemingly tried to convince fans it didn’t have.

Given that this is the ...

Read More...
QLE Posted: January 11, 2019 at 06:09 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets, mets being mets, robinson cano

MLB free agency is broken, and desperately needs to be fixed

Another glacial Major League Baseball offseason was briefly interrupted by a glimmer of hope Wednesday. One of the premier free agents had signed. Perhaps this would be the thing that finally opened the floodgates.

That joy faded the instant the contract terms were announced. One of the most coveted players on the free-agent market — a 30-year-old standout at a scarce position — took a one-year deal. It was yet another sign that baseball’s economy is broken, and desperately needs to be ...

Read More...
QLE Posted: January 11, 2019 at 06:09 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, yasmani grandal

Dustin Pedroia Set to Start Running Next Week

There really hasn’t been any positive news about Pedroia for a long while. We know he’ll put in the work to come back,whether his knee will comply is the question.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2019 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fangraphs: James Paxton Is Not The “Next Sonny Gray”

Many Yankees fans are cynical about any pitcher on their way to New York. Some of this is because only a handful of pitchers in the world are “sure things.” Some of this is because the Yankees have a recent history of acquiring high-upside pitchers who ultimately disappointed in the Bronx. After that conversation, I thought it would be interesting to consider whether James Paxton is likely to implode in New York.

villageidiom Posted: January 10, 2019 at 09:00 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs, james paxton, new york, new york yankees, sonny gray, yankees

Mets land Jed Lowrie with 2-year deal

The Mets are surely spending some cash.

The Mets’ aggressive approach to the Hot Stove season continued on Thursday, as MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand confirmed ESPN’s Jeff Passan’s original report that New York has signed free agent Jed Lowrie to a two-year deal worth $20 million. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2019 at 06:41 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: jed lowrie, mets

Jeren Kendall, Buddy Reed And The Fourth Outfielder “Floor”

Inspired in part by Kendall and Reed, I looked at every player who served as a reserve or platoon outfielder in the majors the last four seasons (2015-18).

Short version: the average major league reserve outfielder hit .283/.357/.439 in his minor league career. Barely any hit below .260 or had a on-base percentage below .325.

At present, Kendall is a career .225/.303/.380 hitter in the minors and has yet to play above A-ball. Reed is closer, but he still falls below the average with a ...

Read More...
RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 01:08 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Passan: Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration

To begin, the player’s side gets an hour to make its argument. After a 15-minute break, the team gets an hour. Following a 30-minute break, during which both sides finalize their closing arguments, the player’s side gets a 30-minute rebuttal and the team gets the same. Players often sit through a savaging of their accomplishments. Arbitration hearings are not for the weak of heart.

The arguments throughout a case run the gamut. Arbitrators have long rewarded home runs and saves, so they are ...

Read More...
RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 01:03 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration

Brian Dozier agrees to deal with Washington Nationals according to sources

On a related note, can Jeff Passan help ESPN regain some page views?

Free-agent second baseman Brian Dozier has reached an agreement with the Washington Nationals on a one-year, $9 million deal, league sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2019 at 11:08 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Houston Astros Scouting And Player Development Is Extending Team’s Contention Window

Houston won’t be getting a lot of high draft picks while they keep winning. Being able to churn their current prospect depth (which is greatly enhanced by their player development success) will be a huge factor in how long they can keep their window open. Trades like this show they understand how important churning will be for their future.

Houston’s scouting and player development has allowed the Astros to produce a large number of big league caliber players. They have produced large numbers ...

Read More...
Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2019 at 10:56 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Ex-Yankees hitting coach Rick Down dies at home in Las Vegas

After putting in six years as a Dallimore assistant from 1979 to ‘84, Rick Down would spend the next 27 employed by major league ballclubs. He would have two stints as major league hitting coach for the Yankees, and held the same job with the Dodgers, Red Sox, Orioles and Mets.

As manager at Triple-A Columbus, Down guided the Yankees’ top farm club to three consecutive division titles and a franchise-record 95 wins in 1992 before being bypassed for major league managerial jobs.

He came ...

Read More...
RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 10:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rick down

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-10-2019

Pittsburgh Press, January 10, 1919:

Many people are of the opinion that the adoption of the prohibition amendment by enough states to make the country entirely dry will have a helpful effect on baseball, and cause the national pastime to boom.
...
[Reds business manager Frank Bancroft:] “I can see where thousands of people will now change their daily route and go to the ball park. The suburban garden and saloon have taken thousands of people away from baseball—and now we’ll get them back again.” ...

Read More...
Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 10:02 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Orioles-Yanks, Mets-Nats start MLB’s regular opening day

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees host Baltimore and Washington is at home against the New York Mets on March 28, the first games of the earliest regular major league opening day.

The commissioner’s office announced games times Wednesday for the schedule, which was released in August. The previous earliest regular start was March 30 in 2003, 2008 and 2014.

The season opens with a two-game series between Seattle and Oakland in Tokyo on March 20-21, MLB’s fifth opener in Japan after ...

Read More...
QLE Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: neutral site games, opening day, schedule

Report: Jaime García to retire

Pondering what it means when people younger than me are described as retiring….

QLE Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jaime garcia, retirement

Brewers bolster lineup, agree to terms with former-Dodger Yasmani Grandal

While the Cubs continue to sit on the sideline, the NL Central arms race keeps on moving along.

Wednesday night, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that the Brewers and free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal have agreed to a one-year contract. The deal is pending a physical.

Fans might remember Grandal for his nightmare performance in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Brewers. That one game aside, the catcher is a solid addition that will bolster an already dangerous Brewers lineup.

Apparently, ...

Read More...
QLE Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, yasmani grandal

Reds fan pays off gross chili-chugging bet following unexpected trade

It isn’t easy being a Cincinnati Reds fan these days. The storied franchise that once dominated Major League Baseball during stretches of the 70s, 80s, and early 90s, just completed its fifth consecutive losing season.

When the going gets tough, fans understandably get angry and anxious. And when sports fans reach that state of angst, regrettable promises are more likely to follow.

That’s how we would classify this situation regarding a Reds fan who was so desperate to see the team trade ...

Read More...
QLE Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: bets, fans, reds

Chris Duncan leaves radio role to focus on his battle with brain cancer

Chris Duncan, the Cardinals’ slugger who found his swing with a championship team and later his voice with a local sports radio station, has taken a permanent leave from his on-air role to focus on his ongoing battle against brain cancer.

Duncan will step aside from the show he co-hosted, “The Turn,” in order to “focus on health,” WXOS (101.1 FM) announced Monday afternoon.

“If you pray, please keep him in your prayers,” a tweet from the station said. “If you don’t, keep him ...

Read More...
QLE Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brain cancer, cardinals, chris duncan

San Francisco Giants’ home now called Oracle Park after AT&T split

An Oracle transaction.

Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and their mates henceforth will play ball at Oracle Park.

The Giants on Thursday will announce a 20-year agreement with the Redwood City technology company to affix its name to their waterfront ballpark in San Francisco.

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but in an interview Wednesday, Giants President and CEO Larry Baer termed it “very much in line with other recent naming-rights deals for top-tier facilities.”

That would ...

Read More...
RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

A’s expect top pick Kyler Murray to enter NFL draft

The A’s expect Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, the team’s top pick last June, to declare for the NFL draft on Sunday, multiple sources told The Chronicle on Wednesday.

Declaring for the draft does not guarantee that Murray, an outfielder Oakland selected ninth overall, will decide to reject his $4.66 million deal with the A’s outright, but it certainly increases the chances that Oklahoma’s star quarterback will decide to go pro in football rather than baseball….

Should Murray, 21, ...

Read More...
RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Report: Braves dismiss scouting leaders Bridges, Clark

The Braves released scouting director Brian Bridges and senior adviser to amateur scouting Roy Clark, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Both assumed their posts in 2014 during a major retooling of the front office. Bridges was promoted to scouting director under John Hart and John Coppolella’s regime.

Clark rejoined the team in October 2014 after leaving in 2009 following more than two decades with the team. He had stints with the Nationals and Dodgers before ...

Read More...
RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Brewers have deal with catcher Yasmani Grandal | MLB.com

If the Mets rumored offer was real his agent should be fired.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2019 at 11:23 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, yasmani grandal

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-9-2019

Washington Times, January 9, 1919:

Relatives of Christy Mathewson…believe that the Cincinnati manager will not return from France in time to take up his duties next spring. He is a gas officer with the Twenty-eighth Pennsylvania division, and is now at Hendticourt, France, sixty miles from Metz.

Not close enough to meet the Metz, it seems. He’d have been recovering from his mustard gas accident at this point, and it’s interesting that the papers still don’t know it had happened.

Elsewhere in ...

Read More...
Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 09, 2019 at 10:07 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Phillies defense affects pitchers differently

The publicly available info has improved but still has a way to go before we can make better judgments about how defense impacts pitchers.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2019 at 09:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: defense

Considering Cubs’ budget crunch, was picking up Cole Hamels’ option the right move?

Did the Cubs make the right call in picking up Cole Hamels’ $20 million option?

That question was a no-brainer in the first few days of November — an easy call to pencil Hamels into the Cubs rotation for 2019 even if it meant trading away Drew Smyly and his $7 million contract to the Texas Rangers.

But here on Jan. 8, it’s at least a fair question and the answer isn’t so automatic, as we discussed on Hot Stove Tuesday.

Sincere question: Does Betteridge’s Law still apply in situations ...

Read More...
QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: budget, cole hamels, cubs

How Cubs manager Joe Maddon helped recruit Bruce Arians to the Bucs

Bruce Arians needed some convincing.

At 66, the retired former Cardinals head coach was interested in interviewing for the Bucs job, but it also became a recruiting trip of sorts when he arrived in Tampa Friday night.

That’s when the Bucs got an assist from Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

Because, when I want advice concerning taking a job in football, I always ask a baseball manager….

 

QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: advice, football, joe maddon, tampa bay

The nastiest pitches to face, as voted by players

The Year of the Pitcher was and likely forever will be 1968. But 50 years later, in 2018, there were more strikeouts than hits for the first time in a Major League season, with 1,320 fastballs recorded at 100 mph or more and breaking balls continuing to take up an increased percentage of the pitch populace.

So while it might fall short of irrefutable fact, it would sure seem reasonable to suggest that big league pitching, at large, is at a zenith of nastiness at the moment.

But which specific ...

Read More...
QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: nasty, pitches, poll

Mets Release David Wright, Move Him into Special Adviser Role to COO and GM

The New York Mets announced Monday former third baseman David Wright has agreed to join the team’s front office as a special adviser to COO Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.

Wright was also released from the active roster with the move despite having two more years under contract with the team.

Can David Wright offer any worse advice than everyone else has given the Mets in the last few decades?

QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, david wright, jeff wilpon, mets being mets, special advisor

College student says she ‘felt harassed’ by Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer on Twitter

A Texas State University finance major hadn’t heard of Trevor Bauer when she chided the Cleveland Indians pitcher on Twitter over the weekend.

Days later, Nikki Giles told USA TODAY Sports she’s been reduced to tears by the barrage of responses from Bauer and some of his 135,000 followers. Giles said she’s reported the harassment to the Indians via the team’s official Facebook page and flagged three of Bauer’s tweets in a complaint to Twitter.

“It has definitely ruined my last ...

Read More...
QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 326 comment(s)
  Beats: social media, trevor bauer, twitter

Move over Red Sox: Astros the best team in baseball in 2019, according to one oddsmaker

The Boston Red Sox may have won the World Series in 2018, but the Houston Astros will be better in 2019. If you have a problem with that statement, take it up with the oddsmakers.

Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas believes the Astros will win the most games during the 2019 Major League Baseball regular season. Yes, that’s right, it’s barely January and MLB win totals have already been released.

Is this really the sort of thing we want an organization so closely tied to MLB management to be ...

Read More...
QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, gambling, odds

Page 3 of 144 pages  < 1 2 3 4 5 >  Last › | Site Archive

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
HowardMegdal
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT - NBA Thread (2018-19 season kickoff edition)
(4967 - 7:06pm, Jan 17)
Last: If on a winter's night a baserunner

NewsblogYankees sign Ottavino for 3 years
(10 - 6:42pm, Jan 17)
Last: Blastin

NewsblogAfter a polarizing offseason, Cubs owners decide to skip fan fest
(5 - 6:41pm, Jan 17)
Last: Pops Freshenmeyer

Hall of MeritEvaluating Relievers
(38 - 6:30pm, Jan 17)
Last: Kiko Sakata

NewsblogThibs' Hall of Fame Tracker
(1116 - 6:26pm, Jan 17)
Last: Steve Parris, Je t'aime

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-17-2019
(28 - 6:15pm, Jan 17)
Last: QLE

NewsblogReady for a $2.5 billion swing at Major League Baseball? Portland Diamond Project charter investors revealed
(10 - 6:00pm, Jan 17)
Last: bfan

NewsblogPhil Birnbaum: Fun with splits
(2 - 5:53pm, Jan 17)
Last: Tim M

NewsblogThe Best Ever to Never Claim an MVP Award
(44 - 5:40pm, Jan 17)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (January 2019)
(235 - 4:53pm, Jan 17)
Last: aberg

NewsblogRoyals' Eric Skoglund given 80-game suspension for PEDs
(3 - 4:43pm, Jan 17)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogTexas Rangers Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland arrested on child sex abuse charge
(90 - 4:13pm, Jan 17)
Last: Blastin

Sox TherapyRoster Numero Uno
(21 - 3:53pm, Jan 17)
Last: Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature

NewsblogThe Phillies are very much in on Bryce Harper, Manny Machado but won't sign both
(30 - 3:38pm, Jan 17)
Last: I am Ted F'ing Williams

NewsblogMLB Trade Rumors: Phillies Frontrunners To Sign Bryce Harper
(24 - 2:34pm, Jan 17)
Last: donlock

Page rendered in 0.6139 seconds
186 querie(s) executed