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Thursday, December 08, 2016

JAYSON STARK ON THE WINTER MEETINGS: “I’M ONLY GOING TO REPORT INFORMATION THAT I AM CONFIDENT ABOUT”

That purpose is not necessarily be the first to report breaking news, but to get it right. For Stark, that involves staying calm, sane and “just making sure that I’m only going to report information that I am confident about.”

Not every reporter seems to stick to that mantra, especially with the competition in the building and the pressure social media brings to constantly be posting any morsel or piece of relevant information.

“I think there’s tremendous pressure on people in my ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2016 at 01:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jayson stark, journalism, winter meetings

Pablo Sandoval got ‘complacent’ with big Red Sox deal

First “best shape of his life” story of the off-season?

In a joint English-Spanish interview with ESPN.com and ESPN Deportes, Sandoval said he got “complacent” after signing a five-year, $95 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in November 2014 and pledged to “start my baseball career all over again” now that he is fully recovered from left shoulder surgery.

“My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished,” Sandoval said by phone ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2016 at 01:21 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Nats’ Eaton trade shines light on O’s draft/development failures - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Oriole fans should be thanking their lucky stars for Dan Duquette.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 12:53 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Would O’s fans really hate Bautista if the team signed him? | Sports on Earth

Jokes usually work like that way.

(Also, the best part: Bautista’s agent says he’s hasn’t talked to Duquette about Bautista. See, there are some upsides to a post-fact world!)

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 12:50 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dan duquette, jose bautista, orioles

Why the Adam Eaton trade wasn’t a panic move for the Washington Nationals - The Washington Post

Barry Svrluga defends Mike Rizzo.

The Nationals clearly lost faith in Giolito.

So what became clear to nearly everyone at the winter meetings was that the Nationals were going to move Giolito. His value, of course, would have been higher six months ago. But then, his performance hadn’t fallen off by that point. We’ll watch what he becomes in Chicago. But the Nationals aren’t particularly concerned that he’ll be an ace. The bigger problem would have been holding onto him, seeing his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 12:41 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, lucas giolito, nationals, trade, white sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-8-2016

A sure sign that it’s the offseason from the Pittsburgh Press, December 8, 1916:

Jim Thorpe, the Indian ball player who was sent to the Milwaukee club last spring by Manager McGraw, is to get another chance with the Giants. It was announced [in New York] today that McGraw plans to play him regularly in one of the outfield positions, if he displays improvement.

This is, IIRC, the fourth consecutive offseason in which it was reported that Thorpe had a chance to be an everyday player for the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 08, 2016 at 10:17 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, jim thorpe

2016 Rule 5 Draft results | MLB.com

It’s live!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5 draft

Blue Jays trying to balance objective evaluation, subjective exuberance - Sportsnet.ca

It’s easier to be “irrational” when you are a top revenue team. As the Dodgers have shown, it can be rational to press your higher revenue advantage. In smaller markets, breaking out the checkbook can really restrict a franchise’s future.

That’s why Atkins intriguingly said the Blue Jays don’t feel like they need to move off their positions in unspecified negotiations. But there may come a point when, to use Friedman’s phrasing, some irrationality may be needed to ensure the player they ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Cards would have to leave comfort zone to land outfielder they desire | stltoday.com

Fowler only costs you money. Of course, if your goal is to better your defense, he’s not really a good fit.

There is a place where all negotiations try to go that forces each side to give or give up a little more than it wants, just enough that it stings. A deal happens when talks reach the point of pain.

The Cardinals may have to go past that.

“Oh, for sure,” general manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday after the final full but not fulfilling day at baseball’s winter meetings. “I feel ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Rule 5 Draft Expanded Preview | BaseballAmerica.com

What do the Padres know that everybody else doesn’t know?

Yimmi Brasoban, rhp, Padres: Brasoban ranked 19th in the Padres system a year ago. The Padres’ system is significantly deeper this year, but it is still a surprise that San Diego left the hard-throwing righthander unprotected as he has two major league pitches (a 95-98 mph fastball and an excellent slider) and he has Double-A experience. Brasoban’s control wavers at times, but with an ability to eat up righthanded hitters (who hit ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rule 5 draft

When Is The Rule 5 Draft?

BA provides an FAQ about the draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5 draft

Old Guard Steals The Show At BA Gala | BaseballAmerica.com

Pat Gillick was a great, great GM.

In his own acceptance speech, Gillick, the architect of the Blue Jays’ two World Series winners, the Phillies’ 2008 champions and Seattle’s 116-win team in 2001, again turned the spotlight toward others who helped him achieve his level of success and longevity.

“Today’s a very special day for me, because it gives me the ability to thank the men and women who work under the radar in player development and scouting,” Gillick said. “Their knowledge, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 06:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: executives

The Aroldis Chapman fallout will be even more interesting than the deal itself | FOX Sports

Five years and over $80 million for a reliever? No thank you.

It’s a bizarre baseball reality that the low-revenue Marlins could outbid the high-revenue Dodgers for a player whom the Dodgers signed out of Curacao in 2004, converted from a catcher to a pitcher and developed into an elite closer.

But don’t be surprised if it happens.

The Dodgers’ value-driven front office is not the type to pump $80 million into a pitcher who works 70 innings a season — particularly when the lack of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 06:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, dodgers, free agents, kenley jansen, marlins, yankees

Arizona Diamondbacks active as meetings wind down

They are only bodies if they don’t pitch well.

As it stands, the Diamondbacks have impressive starting pitching depth, including several starters with upside – or, at least, the ability to pitch far better than they did this year. Led by Zack Greinke, the rotation also includes Ray, Corbin, Miller and Walker, with Archie Bradley, Braden Shipley, Zack Godley and prospects Matt Koch and Anthony Banda behind them.

“Even having six starters I think is an advantage going into a season,” Hazen ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Twins satisified with Miguel Sano’s offseason program

“We hear good reports about his focus,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said Wednesday. “You heard what he had to say at the end of the year about coming back and things that he wants to do, both in terms of being physically prepared as well as trying to undo some of the things that he found were a little bit humbling this year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 06:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, twins

Brewers quickly revamped their infield

First, Eric Thames was signed to a three-year deal after playing for three years in Korea. Then, third baseman Travis Shaw was acquired from Boston in a trade Tuesday that sent closer Tyler Thornburg to the Red Sox.

The Shaw deal meant Jonathan Villar would move from third base to second, leaving shortstop Orlando Arcia as the only starter to return at the same position. And he has all of two months on the job.

Assuming second baseman Scooter Gennett is not traded, he becomes a bench player. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 06:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Jose Quintana doesn’t do it for Braves the way Chris Sale did

The Sox were also asking too much for Quintana, at least from the Braves’ perspective. While they were in the market for a true No. 1 starter, Quintana wasn’t the dominant, indisputable “ace” that Sale was, and the Braves don’t feel compelled to give up multiple top prospects — including elite pitching prospects – to get Quintana.

“It comes down to needs and wants,” Braves general manager John Coppolella said. “We don’t have needs in starting pitching. Do we want a No. 1 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 06:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jose quintana, trades, white sox

Astros discuss deal for Jose Quintana, but White Sox want a haul - Houston Chronicle

Chris Sale produced 21.7 WAR in the last four seasons. Jose Quintana produced 18.1 WAR over the same timeframe. Last year, Quintana slightly beat him (5.2-4.9). Considering that Quintana has an extra year of control and, although Sale might have a better rep, the actual production earned over their remaining contracts might not be very different.

Quintana is set to make a modest $7 million in 2017 and $8.85 million in 2018 and has team options of $10.5 million and $11.5 million for 2019 and ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 05:47 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jose quintana, trade rumors, white sox

For Zack Wheeler, bullpen stint just a path back to starting | New York Post

Going the Bundy route.

Now it’s about getting back on the mound, and as Sandy Alderson said earlier this week, the bullpen may be the best fit for Wheeler right now.

The right-hander is in no position to argue. With the Mets’ bullpen a mess because of the Jeurys Familia situation, this bullpen start-up may prove to be more important than even Wheeler realizes. So, for now, it’s Wheels up in the pen.

“Whatever the team thinks is best where I can stay healthy,’’ Wheeler said as he ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 05:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zach wheeler

Trading Top 10 Prospects Carries Risk, But Also A Reward | BaseballAmerica.com

Moncada will assuredly again rank in the top five of next February’s Top 100 Prospects and he will be in the discussion for No. 1 overall. Since 2000, there have been eight other players who were traded away during the season/offseason in which they were ranked among the Top 10 Prospects by Baseball America.

image: http://www.baseballamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Top-100.png

top-100Of those eight, there have been hits and misses, but generally those traded prospects were very ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 05:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, trades

Yankees reportedly to sign Aroldis Chapman | MLB.com

While I was sleeping…

Aroldis Chapman and his triple-digit fastball are heading back to the Bronx, as the left-handed closer has agreed to a five-year, $86 million contract with the Yankees on Wednesday night, a source told MLB.com.

The agreement sets a Major League record for the largest contract ever handed to a relief pitcher. The Yankees have not officially announced the signing, as Chapman must still pass a physical to finalize the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 05:24 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, free agents, yankees

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Nationals acquire outfielder Adam Eaton | MLB.com

I like Adam Eaton. He’s a good player. Either he’s better than what I think or Giolito isn’t as good as his ranking suggests. It’s probably the latter.

The Nationals acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from the White Sox on Wednesday for three pitching prospects.

Washington sent three right-handers to the White Sox: Lucas Giolito, their No. 1 prospect, Reynaldo Lopez (No. 3) and Dane Dunning (No. 6). Giolito is MLB Pipeline’s No. 3 overall prospect; Lopez is No. 38.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 06:04 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, nationals, reynaldo lopez, white sox

Hopeful A’s fans sit down with the new boss - San Francisco Chronicle

Beane didn’t get many rave reviews, nor did the departed Wolff.

“I don’t know the inner workings,” Zach Kalkanis said, “but I feel Lew Wolff was very much against putting in the money to keep talent around. I’m hoping (Kaval) sees that this is a mistake. We’ve had our hearts broken before.”

“Billy Beane always has an excuse” for trading star players, Paul Garcia observed. “And they keep saying we’re a small market. We’re not dumb.”

No. But optimistic? And now ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 02:39 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

$400 million isn’t a ridiculous number for Harper. | Sports on Earth

He was worth $7.7 million per Win over Replacement **in the free agent market**. Teams don’t want to pay at that rate if they can avoid it. Smart teams usually only pay a small portion of their payroll at this rate. So, to say a player is “worth” whatever crazy price players are getting in the free agent market only really makes sense for teams with no alternative and very large revenue streams.

Last year, after Bryce Harper’s MVP season, FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine, knowing that Harper was ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 02:23 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Cubs near trade to acquire closer Wade Davis from Royals

Update 2:07 PM:

 

The Cubs moved to the verge of a deal for Royals closer Wade Davis Tuesday evening, although sources made clear that the trade is not complete and both teams still have to OK the medical information.

It was not immediately known exactly what the Cubs would give up in return for Davis, but a source told ESPN’s Jesse Rogers that if a trade is completed, it is ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: December 07, 2016 at 02:07 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, jorge soler, wade davis, world series champions

2016 Disabled List Information and the Future of Injury Analysis – The Hardball Times

I just pulled a muscle in my scroll finger.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 01:11 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list

How MLB’s New International Rules Change The Game | BaseballAmerica.com

Ben Badler has written some really good stuff about the International Draft and the CBA. This is another good one.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 01:08 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, international free agents

Dansby Swanson hitting in 2-hole is how Braves manager’s leaning

Hope in Atlanta.

“Absolutely,” Snitker said Wednesday during the manager’s media session at the Winter Meetings. “I think Dansby can pretty much handle anything we throw at him after what I witnessed.”

Snitker reiterated what he’d said late in the season – he’s leaning toward batting Swanson in the 2-hole in 2017, Ender Inciarte and ahead of sluggers Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 01:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dansby swanson

Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak adds 20 pounds of muscle

Oh no, not again.

The difference was striking.

When Mickey Moniak arrived in Philadelphia to sign his first professional contract six months ago, he was rail-thin and 170 pounds.

On Tuesday night, Moniak made a quick visit to the winter meetings to be honored as Baseball America’s high school player of the year for 2016.

He’d added 20 pounds to his 6-foot-2 frame.

“It’s all muscle,” Moniak said proudly.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 01:02 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: mickey moniak, phillies

Ian Desmond agrees to five-year deal with Rockies – The Denver Post

Update 12:44 PM:

Here’s a shocker.

The Rockies have come to a contract agreement with free agent outfielder/infielder Ian Desmond, according to a major league source.

The contract is for five years, $70 million, pending a physical.

Desmond has primarily played shortstop in his major league career, but played in the outfield last season ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 12:42 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, ian desmond, rockies

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