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Friday, November 07, 2014

Silver Slugger Awards honor game’s top mashers | MLB.com

Position	American League	National League
Catcher	Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians	Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
First Base	Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox	Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Second Base	Jose Altuve, Houston Astros	Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates
Shortstop	Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox	Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals
Third Base	Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers	Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
Outfield	Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays	Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh ...
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Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2014 at 08:26 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Levine: Alexei Ramirez In High Demand « CBS Chicago

Alexei Ramirez is a good, all-around shortstop signed to a reasonable contract. If a team like the Mets wants him, they will have to pony up something good.

Ramirez’s contract is considered a strong selling point for the White Sox if they do entertain a deal. He’s making a modern-day bargain of $10 million in both 2015 and 2016. The Cuban native has missed just 22 games in the last five seasons out of 810 games possible (an average of 156 played per year). Ramirez made the All-Star team for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2014 at 08:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alexei ramirez, dodgers, mets, white sox

Dodgers to hire Gabe Kapler as farm director

According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, the Dodgers will hire former major league outfielder Gabe Kapler as their farm director.

Kapler will fill the vacancy created when De Jon Watson left the Dodgers to become the Diamondbacks senior vice president of baseball operations in late September. The hiring doesn’t come out of nowhere, as ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick first reported news of the possibility last week.

Kapler has strong ties to new Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: November 07, 2014 at 07:23 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, fox, gabe kapler, rays

Thursday, November 06, 2014

WaPo | Max Scherzer and the risky history of $100-million contracts for pitchers

There are warning signs along the roads dating back 15 years, but this offseason will be like any other. People will drive on past and step on the gas. Max Scherzer will become the 15th pitcher to sign a $100 million contract – OK, yes, it’ll be more like $200 million – and Jon Lester will join him with a nine-figure deal, too. And the fan bases in two cities will be filled with hope, because the fans aren’t writing the checks with all those zeroes, and seven years of one of the best ...

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Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: November 06, 2014 at 08:57 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: business, free agency

Jason Heyward talks possible contract extension with the Braves - Talking Chop

I’m sure Braves fans would love to have him around for a few more years.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 08:22 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jason heyward

Five MLB execs who will shape the offseason. | SportsonEarth.com : Richard Justice

We have the dynamics for a fascinating offseason in place.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 08:17 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, free agents, general managers, giants, red sox, yankees

Rays name 8 manager candidates, including Raul Ibanez

Joe Maddon skipped town to sign with the Cubs on a five-year, $25 million contract, so the Rays need to find a new manager. They’re going to initially try to select one from a list of eight candidates, but according to earlier reports, they are going to check out at least 12 potential managers before making a decision.

Those initial eight candidates, courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin:

   Dave Martinez
   Charlie Montoyo
   Manny Acta
   Ron Wotus
   Don Wakamatsu
   ...

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Two Unrecognized Hall of Fame Shortstops

In the next part of this article, we’ll walk through the latest DRA estimate, showing Derek Jeter made approximately 450 fewer successful fielding plays that an average-fielding shortstop playing in his place would have fielded and converted into outs. Jeter played 2,674 defensive games at short. A player playing nearly every game per season, say, 150 games, plays 6 games a week, so Jeter played close to 450 “weeks” at short.

The easiest way, then, to put Derek Jeter’s defense into ...

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Michael A. Humphreys Posted: November 06, 2014 at 04:48 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

red sox - Addition by subtraction: Time to trade Clay Buchholz is now - WEEI | Chris Villani

I get that Buchholz isn’t reliable. Right now, the Sox only have unreliable starters. I don’t see how getting rid of the only one with *any* track record of being a quality starter improves their situation.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 03:58 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchholz, red sox

Padres poised to begin renovation plan at Petco | padres.com

Big changes in left field.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 02:22 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, stadium renovations

JOE MADDON—AND MAYBE, FINALLY, THE CUBS—HAVE ARRIVED

This doesn’t sound that crazy. I’ve heard about other teams having something similar. I expect it’s a value system where a GM can quickly call up a number with the current estimated value for every player in baseball. 

(Perhaps a little buried in all of the Maddon love over the past few days was that there appeared to be some sort of Dr. Frankenstein experiment going on in Tampa right before he departed.

“I think you need to balance it between the human being and the number,” Maddon said. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 02:10 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, theo epstein

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-6-2014

New York Evening World, November 6, 1914:

Another problem confronts the owners of the Yankees. Arrangements have not yet been made with the Giants for the use of the Polo Grounds next year, and inasmuch as the club’s new grounds at Kingsbridge have not yet been completed, President Farrell is likely to be up against it for a ball park in 1915.

The Yankees’ new grounds weren’t completed until 1923. The new ballpark was in the Bronx, but it wasn’t in Kingsbridge.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 06, 2014 at 10:33 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, yankees

Alfonso Soriano retires from baseball

And, therefore, is not available.

Alfonso Soriano announced his retirement from baseball in a radio interview with Hector Gomez of Z101 in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old spent 16 seasons with the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs, hitting .270/.319/.500 with 412 home runs in more than 8,000 plate appearances. The Dominican native finished his career where it started—in the Bronx—and struggled through his worst offensive season since 2000 ...

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The District Attorney Posted: November 06, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: alfonso soriano, cubs, nationals, rangers, retirements, yankees

Michael Kay hammers ‘lying’ Francesa in epic tirade | New York Post

Cat fight!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: radio

Cubs’ Edwards works on offerings in Fall ball | cubs.com

Will Edwards really be more than a back-ender of a rotation?

The Cubs’ best hope for a front-line starter from their farm system is right-hander C.J. Edwards, whose prospect status has surged dramatically since the Rangers signed him as a 48th-round Draft pick from a South Carolina high school in 2011. Edwards came to Chicago in the Matt Garza trade during a 2013 season in which he led the Minors by averaging 12 strikeouts per nine innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 08:06 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, prospects

Sources: A’s adamant about keeping Donaldson, will listen on pitchers | FOX Sports

Here’s another team “not shopping” but “willing to listen”. (Wink, wink.)

First things first: The Oakland Athletics do not plan to trade third baseman Josh Donaldson, according to major-league sources.
The A’s would listen if teams inquired on pitchers such as right-hander Jeff Samardzija and lefty Scott Kazmir. However, they will not shop either and are adamant about keeping Donaldson, who is under club control for four more years, sources say.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, jeff samardzija, josh donaldson, scott kazmir

Hank Conger’s suspect framing numbers - Beyond the Box Score

Tangotiger’s Fan Scouting Report gives him below average numbers for his defense. Are the Astros overestimating Conger’s defense? I haven’t watched Conger closely enough to form an opinion. What do our Angels fans think?

The moderately-misleading quote rings true, as does most everything on FanGraphs. So how does it apply to Conger? Well, in his two most recent seasons — the ones in which, you’ll recall, he framed phenomenally — he racked up a combined…1172.1 innings. That’s barely a full ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, hank conger

Making the case for a Yoenis Cespedes-Johnny Cueto trade | FOX Sports

I get where Cameron is coming from. I don’t see, however, how opening up a hole at the top of the Reds rotation really offsets what they’d be getting in his proposed deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:37 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, reds

Source: Mets leaning toward trade for outfield bat rather than free agents - Newsday

You have to give up something to get something. What will the Mets be willing to give up?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:33 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Cubs looking again at Cole Hamels, plus top free-agent pitchers - CBSSports.com

If the Red Sox and Cubs are in the mix for Hamels, the Phillies should be able to make a nice deal?

The Cubs, already connected heavily in speculative reports about top free-agent pitchers Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, are also interested in Cole Hamels, according to sources, and are expecting to talk to the Phillies about him.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Cubs will look into Hamels, who’s comparable to the top two free-agent pitchers, and also available.

It isn’t known how the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:30 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, cubs

Rockies willing to listen to offers for Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki | FOX Sports

They aren’t shopping them; they are just keeping their “eyes and ear open” for potential deals. (Wink, wink.)

For the first time, the Colorado Rockies sound willing to trade shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and/or outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
The Rockies are telling clubs they are keeping their “eyes and ears open” for potential deals involving both players, according to major-league sources.
The mere willingness to discuss Tulowitzki and Gonzalez is a departure for Colorado, which previously ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gonzalez, rockies, troy tulowitzki

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Brad Halsey dies in climbing accident

Former major league pitcher Brad Halsey has died in a recreational climbing accident. He was 33.

In 2004, Halsey dueled Boston ace Pedro Martinez into the middle innings in a game highlighted by Derek Jeter’s diving catch into the stands at Yankee Stadium.  In 2006, Halsey gave up Barry Bonds’ 714th home run, tying Babe Ruth for second place on the career list.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 05, 2014 at 09:53 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary, yankees

Los Angeles Angels pick up Nick Tropeano, Carlos Perez for Hank Conger | MiLB.com

What does this mean for Jason Castro?

The Angels sent catcher Hank Conger to Houston for a pair of 24-year-old prospects in right-hander Nick Tropeano and catcher Carlos Perez, the teams announced Wednesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 08:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros

Royals, Braves feature top Defensive Players | MLB.com

It’s all by the numbers. Please don’t tell Steve Dilbeck.

1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
2B: Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers
SS: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves
3B: Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers
LF: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
CF: Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
RF: Jason Heyward* Atlanta Braves
P: Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds
C: Russell Martin, Pittsburgh Pirates

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 08:41 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, wilson defensive players of the year

Geeks inherit the Earth, or at least the Dodgers front office

It’s throwback Wednesday. Let’s all harken back to 10 years ago when this type of hit piece was all the rage.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 08:01 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: hackneyed writer themes

Ken Arneson - 10 Things I Believe About Baseball Without Evidence

At least he doesn’t believe that Martians are stealing his luggage!

Let me say that again: statistical analysis (that we in the public are aware of) takes the most important element of the sport, and ignores it.

It’s like having Newtonian physics without relativity and quantum mechanics. There’s a lot you can do with Newtonian physics, but at the extremes, it begins to break down, because it is ignoring some deeper, more fundamental truths.

boteman Posted: November 05, 2014 at 04:30 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: research, sabrmetrics

MLB pitcher Brandon McCarthy shuts down Ryan Theriot’s ridiculous argument about GMs | For The Win

Something tells me Ryan Theriot is not on the GM fast track.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 04:05 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, general managers, ryan theriot

Alex Rodriguez really, really wanted to be a Red Sox - Over the Monster

Alex, Alex, Alex! It’s always about Alex!!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:51 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, rangers, red sox, yankees

Rob Parker: MLB’s New Trend, Leaving Out Black Managers

BBC might have been on board with Parker’s rant ... until he wondered aloud about Ausmus.

The Maddon hire isn’t the problem. He’s a veteran skipper who has had success. It’s the Molitor hiring that should make aspiring black and Hispanic managers feeling salty.

While a great player, Molitor doesn’t have any managerial experience - not in the minors or majors.

That’s a new trend in MLB, hiring guys who have never managed before. Some have never even been a coach on the minor league ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:20 PM | 130 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, managerial search, managers

Maury Brown: Florida Is A Bandwagon State, And The Worst At Supporting Pro Sports

For a moment, I thought Maury was offering to sell Florida back to the Spanish.

But, for pro sports, well…

Don’t hate me for this, hate the numbers. Consider the following: including partial seasons in the NFL, NHL, and NBA for 2014 and dating back to 2010, for leagues that have 30 teams (NBA, NHL, and MLB) and the NFL (32 teams), the nine professional sports teams in Florida average a ranking against their peers based upon attendance at an abysmal 21st. If not for the Heat (average ranking ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:11 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, expansion, florida, tv ratings

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