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Monday, February 05, 2018

Baseball Prospectus: 2018 Prospects: The Top 101

1. Ronald Acuna, OF, Atlanta Braves
2. Victor Robles, OF, Washington Nationals
3. Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees
4. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
5. Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians
6. Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago White Sox
7. Nick Senzel, 3B, Cincinnati Reds
8. Alex Reyes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
9. Fernando Tatis, Jr., SS, San Diego Padres
10. Forrest Whitley, RHP, Houston Astros

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2018 at 02:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

2018 Top 100 Prospects | FanGraphs Baseball

Rk Name Team Age Position FV Variance
1 Shohei Ohtani LAA 23 RHP/RF 70 Low
2 Ronald Acuna ATL 20 CF 65 Low
3 Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. TOR 18 1B 65 Low
4 Victor Robles WAS 20 CF 65 Low
5 Fernando Tatis, Jr. SD 19 3B 65 Med
6 Eloy Jimenez CHW 20 RF 65 Med
7 Nick Senzel CIN 21 3B 60 Low
8 Forrest Whitley HOU 20 RHP 60 Med
9 Bo Bichette TOR 19 2B 60 Med
10 Kyle Tucker HOU 21 RF 60 Low

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2018 at 02:36 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

The ‘Tank Tax’ Could Push Teams To Try Harder | BaseballAmerica.com

What happens when a team is incompetent?

It’s relatively simple. The same draft system continues to exist. The worst team picks first, the second worst picks second, etc., with one caveat: any team that fails to win 70 games in back-to-back seasons faces a 10-spot draft penalty.

Have one awful season (like the Giants and Tigers 64-win teams in 2017) and your club reaps the benefits of having the top picks in the draft and the larger draft bonus pool that comes with it. But if a team wins ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2018 at 02:34 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-5-2018

Ogden Standard, February 5, 1918, The Pacific Coast League is not happy that the Northwestern League has rebranded as the “Pacific Coast International League”.

[Portland owner] McCredie claims that neither of the governing bodies of baseball has anything to say on the question and that it is already settled.

He maintained that there is nothing in the rules which makes it necessary for the Pacific Coast International to apply to anyone in order to gain permission to call the league anything the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 05, 2018 at 10:34 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Philadelphia Eagles knock off Patriots, win Super Bowl - NFL.com

Congrats to Eagles fans! Enjoy the afterglow.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2018 at 08:14 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl

Olney: Is the union ready for a spring training showdown? - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Nice write-up by Buster Olney.

No. 5: Is the union leadership better positioned for the next round of labor-related negotiations?

It’s imperative that this be addressed immediately. Let’s say, for argument’s sake, that Manfred—whose baseball legacy is built on his ability to forge more than two decades of labor peace, mostly in concert with the late union chief Michael Weiner—called Clark this week and said he would be willing to renegotiate parts of the CBA, in return for an extension.

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2018 at 08:08 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

OTP 5 February 2018: Train crash with GOP lawmakers brings back memories of baseball shooting for Jeff Flake

Sen. Jeff Flake rushed to the aid of injured passengers from a garbage truck Wednesday after it collided with an Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers to a GOP congressional retreat in West Virginia.

For Flake, R-Ariz., the accident scene near Crozet, Va., brought back memories of last year’s shooting at the GOP congressional baseball team practice in Alexandria, Va., in which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was seriously wounded.

 

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: February 05, 2018 at 07:46 AM | 2137 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, politics

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Mickey Callaway already has a plan to revitalize Mets’ rotation | New York Post

Read the whole thing.

“Everyone I’ve been around pretty much walks outside, stretches, plays catch, they do their bullpen. Our pitchers in Cleveland had about an hour-and-a-half routine before they even went out and played catch. They were with massage therapists, then they were with trainers, getting all these hands-on things done, then they went to the weight room to see the strength coach for extra stretching, then they went on the bike, then they went outside and stretched.

“It’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2018 at 02:27 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mickey callaway

The MLBPA’s Indifference Toward International Amateurs is Coming Back to Bite It | The Hardball Times

It’s not just the international signing limits and cap numbers in the last CBA. The amateur slotting system made building through the draft even cheaper. The decision not to push for higher minimum MLB contracts and the continued refusal to push for higher minor league compensation helps make “going young” an even more attractive proposition for teams.

Baseball is no different. International amateurs are not part of the MLBPA — it’s not obligated to advocate for their interests. Indeed, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2018 at 11:23 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agency

Art Vs Science: Using Data to Build A Better Pitching Approach – 216Stitches

Some interesting stuff at this new site.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2018 at 10:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Friday, February 02, 2018


Baseball payrolls could drop for first time in nearly a decade

It would mark the first drop in payroll at the beginning of a season since 2009, when salaries dipped 1.3 percent. Since then, they’ve risen on average 5.5 percent a year, exceeding the $4 billion mark on opening day last year. Currently, teams have committed around $3.78 billion – a 7 percent decline from last season. And while the eventual signings of top free agents Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and Jake Arrieta will help bring that number closer to the $4 billion mark, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 09:18 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agents

Marlins to unveil 25th anniversary logo | MLB.com

Well, this will turn things around.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 09:00 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: miami

MLB agent’s threatening tweet won’t alter the free agent market | SI.com

Not unexpectedly, a good take by Tom Verducci.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 08:48 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agents

Thome wants ‘Block C’ logo on HOF plaque

“I know my decision would be to wear the ‘C,’ because I think it’s the right thing to do and I fully support the way the Indians, through this week, have done the decision that they’ve done. That’s what I support.”

Good for him.

Perry Posted: February 02, 2018 at 07:47 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians


Ken Rosenthal - Ken Levinson’s statement

Agents banging the drums.

Statement from player agent Seth Levinson on current labor situation:

“There is a bond that exists between Clubs and its fan base. The integrity of that time-honored relationship is predicated upon the good faith effort of the Club to compete to the best of its ability. The CBA which defines the relationship between Clubs and Players is a good faith effort to create and assure that there is a competitive balance among all Clubs so that the greater good and best ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 04:40 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, collusion

The life, death and rebirth of the bullpen cart | MLB.com

They’d better be a lot faster.

UPDATE: As was reported on Thursday, bringing back the bullpen cart has been offered as a possible solution to speeding up the game this season and beyond. Luckily, we wrote up an entire history on the now-extinct Major League mode of transport last summer.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 04:37 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen carts

Agent Brodie Van Wagenen Speaks Out On Stagnant Free-Agent Market - MLB Trade Rumors

Reportedly Hosmer has a seven-year $120+ million offer on the table, J.D. Martinez a five-year $125 million offer. The CBA doesn’t require teams to pay players what the players “think* they are worth.

On the pitchers side, starters are throwing less innings than ever. We’ve already witnessed an increased market for relievers this off-season. It stands to reason the starter market would be shrinking to balance out pitcher payrolls.

A lot of players aren’t signing because they don’t believe ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 03:24 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: agents, cba, free agents

Caribbean Series Starts Today

BASEBALL ON TV BASEBALL ON TV BASEBALL ON TV!!!!!!!!!

ESPN3 (Watch ESPN app) has all the games.  I watched a lot of this last year and what struck me was how much of a throwback style it was.  Not a lot of TTO baseball.

Friday: Cuba vs. Venezuela, 2 p.m. ET; Puerto Rico vs. Mexico, 9 p.m.
Saturday: Venezuela vs. D.R., 3 p.m.; Mexico vs. Cuba, 9 p.m.
Sunday: D.R. vs. Puerto Rico, 3 p.m.; Venezuela vs. Mexico, 9 p.m.
Monday: Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico, 3 p.m.; Cuba vs. D.R., 9 p.m.
Tuesday: ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: February 02, 2018 at 09:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: winter baseball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-2-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, February 2, 1918:

Sisler Could Lead All Hitters if He Waited

The batting record of George Sisler would indicate that if he would wait out the pitching, Cobb might not have led the sluggers last season.
...
Examination of the records shows Sisler hits too freely, thus hits at a lot of bad balls. Where Cobb received sixty-five bases on balls and Speaker seventy, Sisler walked thirty times.
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When Sisler learns to wait and to hit the “cripple” he should hit ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 02, 2018 at 09:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Inside Baseball | Which Teams Have Actually Improved This Winter?

Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 08:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Mark Appel’s Retirement Highlights Challenges Of Scouting | BaseballAmerica.com

A huge bust.

Baseball America’s Appel scouting report for 2013 (compiled from conversations with teams’ scouts) is even a little more glowing than his 2012 report.

Appel picked up where he left off last year, after he turned down $3.8 million from the Pirates as the eighth overall pick. As a senior, he fine-tuned his stuff and graduated with a degree in management science and engineering. He shows everything scouts look for in a frontline pitcher. He’s 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds with a clean ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 08:08 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mark appel, scouting

20 years of Brian Cashman, who’s no longer just surviving | New York Post

Cashman really has done a great job with the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 08:03 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, yankees

Rob Manfred: Make MLB games 10 minutes faster or else

A quicker paced game is a better game. Get batters in the box and pitchers throwing the ball. Enforce the rules already in place. The one new rule I’d like added is a limit to visits to the mound. Make infielder and catcher visits equivalent to coaches and manager visits. Pitchers and catchers can work out strategy and mixing signs before the game and between innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 06:57 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play, rules of the game

The Obstacles Lou Whitaker, Bobby Grich, and Dwight Evans Face to be Selected by the Hall of Fame’s Historical Overview Committee to Appear on Future Modern Baseball Era Ballots

The passing over of Whitaker, Grich, and Evans by the Historical Overview Committee is almost certainly due to the lack of support picked up by these candidate in their brief time on the BBWAA ballot, as evidenced by the screening panel’s repeated selections of candidates who lasted the maximum number of years on the writer’s vote.  Indeed, for the recent Modern Baseball Era ballot, the Historical Overview Committee not only chose all four newly eligible candidates whose Hall of Fame cases went ...

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Thursday, February 01, 2018

Bleacher Report: Why Mark Appel, Perhaps the Biggest Bust in MLB History, Is Stepping Away at 26

In 2013, the Astros chose Appel with the No. 1 pick, one selection ahead of Chicago Cubs MVP third baseman Kris Bryant. They signed him to a $6.35 million bonus after his senior year, when he posted a 2.12 ERA, struck out 130 batters and walked just 23 in 106.1 innings. Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated called him “as risk-free a pitcher pick as has ever been made,” while Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow deemed Appel, “the most significant investment the Astros have made in their history in an ...

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Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 01, 2018 at 11:11 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: busts, houston astros, tinstaapp

Brandon Moss Weighs In On Offseason Pace, CBA - MLB Trade Rumors

Moss with some truth telling.

Moss said that the players have no one but themselves to blame.

“Everything that happens in the game of baseball, as far as how things are done financially, is bargained into a collective bargaining agreement,” says Moss. “The way free agency runs, the way draft money is allotted, the way international signing bonus is allotted. Everything is bargained.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 01, 2018 at 09:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, free agents

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-1-2018

Washington Times, February 1, 1918:

Down with the generous mogul! That’s going to be the slogan in the National League. Charlie Weeghman, president of the Chicago Cubs, is to blame, and he is to be the target of action by his brother magnates when they meet in New York next week.

President Tener will offer an amendment to the National League’s constitution, seeking to prevent any magnate from making overtures to a player of a rival team or of expressing in public a desire to buy or trade a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 01, 2018 at 09:19 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, tampering

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

MLB Buzz: Trade talk, deals and rumors

I’m not a hardcore anti-Hosmer guy. In the *right deal* he could be a quality acquisition. The deals he already has on the table, however, would be past my comfort zone, if I were the guy writing the checks.

Hosmer seeking deal longer than seven years
The representatives of free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have continuously been “pushing for a contract of more than seven years,” a source told MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi on Wednesday.

Morosi also notes that with the Royals dealing Brandon Moss ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2018 at 05:32 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, rumors

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