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Friday, December 15, 2017

Winter Meeting Signings

Angels sign Zach Cozart, 3 years, $38 million

A bunch of relievers got signed:
Chicago Cubs sign Steve Cishek, 2 years in the $12-14 million range

Houston Astros sign Joe Smith, 2 years, $15 million

Minnesota Twins sign Fernando Rodney, 1 year,  $4.5 million + $1.5 million in incentives

Washington Nationals sign Brandon Kintzler, $2 years, $10 million. Second year is a mutual option.

 

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: December 15, 2017 at 02:40 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-15-2017

Chicago Eagle, December 15, 1917:

The oldest baseball in captivity has been discovered in Syracuse, N.Y. A few years ago the oldest ball extant was found in Pittsburgh, and was insured for $1,000 against loss. The ball was used in a game played in 1864. George Geer of Syracuse, now comes forth with a ball which he claims was used in a game between Utica and Syracuse on August 22, 1861. Geer’s father, Harry Geer, pitched for Syracuse in 1861, and in the game in which this particular ball was ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 15, 2017 at 10:19 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-14-2017

Ogden Standard, December 14, 1917:

Earle Neale of the Cincinnati Reds, best known to the sporting world as a fast outfielder, has won as great fame this fall as a football coach. Neale coached the West Virginia Wesleyan eleven, developing one of the strongest teams a small college has had this past season. Neale’s boys played tight games with both Washington and Jefferson and Penn State.

Earle “Greasy” Neale was a pretty good but unremarkable outfielder for the Reds in the teens and 20s. He was ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 14, 2017 at 12:53 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

2017 MLB Rule 5 Draft results | MLB.com

You can even watch it live.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 08:50 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5 draft

Derek Jeter Was Once the Captain. But Now He’s the Apprentice. - The New York Times

The Marlins aren’t trying to shed salary. Stanton was traded because he didn’t want to stick around. At least that’s the company line Michael Hill was peddling on MLB Network yesterday.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 07:01 AM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins

What new Mets regime sees in Matt Harvey for last ride | New York Post

Who doesn’t look good throwing in a gym during the off-season?

“We are really encouraged,” his agent, Scott Boras, said. “Matt was out at our sports fitness institute this past two weeks and the ball was really coming out of his hand at Matt Harvey levels of the past, so we’re really excited about what 2018 holds for him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Agent Scott Boras believes he has a giant in J.D.Martinez

Boras gets big bucks for his clients. It’s tough listening to his act, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 06:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scott boras

You should be very skeptical of claims the Royals lost over $60 million the last two years - Royals Review

Teams can lose money in specific years. That doesn’t mean an owner loses money over the long term despite some year-to-year loses.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the Royals were losing some money. But $65-68 million over a two-year period doesn’t quite pass the smell test. That isn’t to say I think Dayton Moore is lying, but there are many different ways to interpret “losing money” when it comes to sports teams. For that, let’s turn to Shaun Newkirk, who is much better with his money ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 06:51 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Alex Anthopoulos bringing high-level analytics approach to Braves

“It was eye-opening for me,” Anthopoulos said of the Dodgers’ use of analytics and as much data as available, boiled down for players to consume if they so chose. “Look, it’s not a panacea for anything. You still need great players and obviously Los Angeles has great players and great acquisitions. Most of all, this stuff, it’s up to the players. Chris Taylor made a lot of great changes in L.A.; he made those changes. He wanted to do that, he had a willingness to do it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 06:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Angels trade for Tigers’ Ian Kinsler

The Angels will take on the entirety of Kinsler’s $11 million salary in 2018, the final year of his contract. The price for Kinsler was outfielder Troy Montgomery and right-hander Wilkel Hernandez, who were ranked as the Angels’ Nos. 20 and 24 prospects, respectively, by MLBPipeline.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 06:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, ian kinsler, tigers, trade

A’s reportedly acquire OF Stephen Piscotty

The A’s reached an agreement to acquire outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals for two Minor Leaguers, sources confirmed to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman late Wednesday night.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 06:08 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, cardinals, stephen piscotty, trades

ESPN: Buster Olney: Judge Should Hit Leadoff For The Yankees

Get the pitcher sweating bullets right from the start?

But Judge can bat leadoff because he has the primary skill of the best No. 1 hitters: He gets on base a whole lot. Judge drew 127 walks, easily leading the American League and breaking Ted Williams’ 78-year-old record for a rookie, and only Mike Trout had a higher on-base percentage than Judge’s .422.

Judge also led the AL in strikeouts, with 208, and between his combination of walks and strikeouts, he averaged 4.41 pitches per plate ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 14, 2017 at 12:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, batting order, leadoff hitter, new york yankees

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Evolution of Newest Met Anthony Swarzak

goodfundies Posted: December 13, 2017 at 09:40 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

ESPN: Bob Costas wins Hall of Fame’s Frick Award for broadcasting

He didn’t need a wild card to get in. Congratulations, Mr. Costas.

“Because of my love of baseball and because of the other names that (won the Frick Award), this is at the top of the list,” he said on a conference call. “No disrespect of all the other awards, because they all mean a lot to me, but this means the most.”

Mixing history, anecdotes and analysis, Costas is popular with viewers and listeners, using his words to paint pictures from the parks.

“For almost 40 years, Bob Costas has ...

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AndrewJ Posted: December 13, 2017 at 09:24 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, broadcasters, cooperstown, television

Mets agree to two-year deal with Anthony Swarzak

Swarzak, acquired at the trade deadline from the rebuilding Chicago White Sox, bolstered the Milwaukee Brewers’ bullpen down the stretch as the they made a push for a National League wild-card spot. He finished 6-4 with a 2.33 ERA and two saves in 70 relief appearances combined with Milwaukee and the White Sox.

The 32-year-old right-hander spent the first five seasons of his major league career with the Minnesota Twins after his second-round selection in the 2004 amateur draft. He also has ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: December 13, 2017 at 04:48 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Cardinals trade for Marcell Ozuna of Marlins

The Cardinals have been viewed as the frontrunners to land Ozuna, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, and a possible deal is expected to include two of the three of pitching prospects Jack Flaherty (St. Louis’ No. 3 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com), Dakota Hudson (No. 8) and Sandy Alcantara (No. 9), in addition to a replacement in the outfield in either Stephen Piscotty or Randal Grichuk.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2017 at 02:02 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, marcell ozuna, marlins


Eric Hosmer will get paid even though the numbers may argue against it

I’d rather have another team jump on this possible grenade.

Even those fluent in scouting and analytics find Hosmer’s case to be infuriatingly difficult to parse. How does one team’s internal scouting reports grade Hosmer’s glove as an 80 – a top-of-the-charts elite mark – while the publicly available defensive metrics regularly rate him among the game’s worst first basemen?

“In my heart, he’s a $100 million player,” one general manager said. “In my head, I’m not so ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2017 at 06:48 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer

The Cincinnati Reds showed us what they showed Shohei Ohtani

More teams should share their pitches.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2017 at 06:45 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, shohei ohtani

TELANDER: Conflict-of-interest issue in contract was award-winning | Chicago Sun-Times

Voters should take voting seriously. At some point, though, they can take themselves a little too seriously.

And Gordon Wittenmyer, our longtime Cubs beat writer, likes the voting but hates it when “the industry itself attaches itself to it.’’ Remember that, Theo. “Our integrity and our credibility are our brand. The appearance of conflict of interest is conflict of interest.’’

Case closed.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2017 at 06:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, tyler chatwood

UCL of Los Angeles Angels’ Ohtani is damaged, according to physical

This doesn’t seem as big a deal as the Twitter reaction suggests. Of course, most things aren’t as big a deal as Twitter reactions suggest.

When reached late Tuesday, Angels general manager Billy Eppler told Yahoo Sports: “Shohei underwent a thorough physical with MRI scans to both his elbow and his shoulder. Those are scans we conduct whenever we sign a pitcher. Based on the readings of those MRIs, there are not signs of acute trauma in the elbow. It looks consistent with players his age. We ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2017 at 06:22 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Cardinals Baseball Prez John Mozeliak Is in a Bind. Can He Find a Way Out? - 101Sports.com

But the Cardinals are in a bind… here’s why.

1. At least to this point, the Cardinals have made it very clear that they prefer to add impact talent through trades, rather than take a costly dive into the deep end of the free-agent pool. Of course, their philosophy could shift, based on, among other things, supply and demand and desperation. But if they plan to stay out of the expensive section of free agency, they’re eliminating a way to get better;  putting a limit on their options; and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2017 at 06:10 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

MLB ump Dale Scott retires rather than risk more concussions

Rather than risk yet another concussion, Scott has decided to retire at 58.

“I’m done,” he told the Associated Press.

The veteran crew chief missed nearly the entire 2017 season after a foul ball off the bat of Baltimore slugger Mark Trumbo in Toronto on April 14 caught him hard in the mask, causing Scott’s second concussion in nine months and fourth in five years.

Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: December 12, 2017 at 07:44 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: concussions, injuries, retirements, umpires


Tampa Bay Rays make another small deal, acquiring INF Ryan Schimpf

The ultimate Three True Outcomes player will be walking, striking out, and hitting bombs in Tampa.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2017 at 02:04 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, ryan schimpf


Heyman | Nationals Showing Interest In Jake Arrieta

I hope Heyman gets a cut from Boras.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2017 at 01:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jake arrieta

Yankees trade Chase Headley, Bryan Mitchell | MLB.com

Finally some action.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2017 at 01:35 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: chase headley, padres, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-12-2017

New York Sun, December 12, 1917:

Grover Cleveland Alexander, one of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball, and William Killefer, catcher, yesterday were purchased by the Chicago club of the National League from the Philadelphia team of the same organization…From a source close to William F. Baker, president of the Philadelphia club, it was learned that $50,000 had changed hands in the deal. In addition to the cash consideration the Philadelphia club got Mike Prendergast, a pitcher, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 12, 2017 at 10:27 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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