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Wednesday, December 13, 2017


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 | 16 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 | 2 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 | 15 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 | 0 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 | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, December 11, 2017

Derek Jeter’s defense of Giancarlo Stanton trade was weak | SI.com

Jeter hasn’t gotten a lot of criticism during his MLB career. We’ll see how well he reacts when/if his plan goes awry.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2017 at 07:40 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter

MLB Now: Billy Beane on strategy | MLB.com

Interesting interview with Billy Beane.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2017 at 07:01 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: billy beane, general managers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-11-2017

Bismarck Tribune, December 11, 1917

Who is the hardest hitter in baseball today? The question conjures the names of Gavvy Cravath, Luderus, Cy Williams, Wally Pipp, Bob Veach, Joe Jackson and other kinds in extra base land.
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Eight out of 10 pitchers when asked whom they considered the longest hitter, declared without much hesitation in favor of Babe Ruth.

“A bunt with that fellow is a double,” one of them said. “Every time he is up there I wonder how many boards he will knock off the fence.” ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 11, 2017 at 09:50 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Texas Rangers: Shohei Ohtani or not, Rangers still considering nontraditional 6-man, 4-man rotations next season | SportsDay

If you are asking your starters to pitch fewer innings per start, why not move to the four-man rotation?

“I think we will get through the offseason and look at where our personnel is before we determine usage,” Daniels said Sunday. “I’ve said there are benefits to a six-man rotation and to a four-man. And there are benefits to a five-man rotation, too. But we’ve got to see where we are.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2017 at 09:16 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

OTP 11 December, 2017 - GOP strategist: Moore would have ‘date with a baseball bat’ if he tried dating teens where I grew up

“I grew up in Mississippi. Every father I knew, if he saw a guy like Roy Moore in his 30s trying to date his 16-year-old daughter, he would have had a date with a baseball bat,” Stevens, a former aide to Mitt Romney’s campaign, said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”

Stevens, who worked on former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley’s (R) primary campaign against Moore in 2006, said Moore has violated the “decency standard” of civil society in his previous alleged pursuit of teenage girls.

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: December 11, 2017 at 08:53 AM | 1247 comment(s)
  Beats: bats, bats are afraid, politics

Trade secrets: The key to covering baseball’s winter meetings is an adjoining door – The Athletic

Free article on covering the Winter Meetings.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2017 at 06:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: media

Peter Gammons: Splashes and notes from the Orlando Winter Meetings - GammonsDaily.com

Stanton and Judge are from the same cloth, modest, respectful, thoughtful. They’re now the biggest show in baseball. Red Sox fans do not want to waste an Advent Sunday thinking about the potential of having four lefthanded starts in their rotation against them, plus Sanchez and Torres…or the reminder from one Yankee official that Frazier and Miguel Andujar will be in there sometime this season.

Oh yes, and Cashman and Steinbrenner have them under the luxury tax threshold, so instead of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2017 at 06:15 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

After losing out on Shohei Ohtani, here’s who Jerry Dipoto and the Mariners could target next | The Seattle Times

“If history tells you anything, it’s that there’s always more activity when we all get together,” he said. “In this particular case because it has been a slow to develop market, I think there will be a flurry of action because there has been so little to this point. My guess as we get closer to this weekend, history tells us, that as teams start to make their way toward the winter meetings that there tends to be an uptick in the activity. I’d be surprised if that wouldn’t be the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2017 at 06:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

This will be Giancarlo Stanton’s biggest New York adjustment | New York Post

All he has to do is play well.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2017 at 06:08 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, yankees

Mets have talked to teams about trading Matt Harvey: sources - NY Daily News

Flip him for a reliever. His stock can’t get much lower.

“They are willing to move him,” one source said, “and they said they wanted to try and flip him for a reliever. They seemed more willing to move him then (Robert) Gsellman or (Seth) Lugo.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2017 at 06:05 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Jack Morris, Alan Trammell elected to Hall | MLB.com

Jack Morris and Alan Trammell were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame from among 10 candidates on the 2018 Modern Baseball Era ballot on Sunda

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2017 at 08:13 PM | 203 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame


What are each team’s interests entering the Winter Meetings?

Boston Globe Sunday column.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2017 at 11:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Saturday, December 09, 2017

The Giancarlo Stanton Trade Shines a Light on the Sad Difference Between the Mets and Yankees

The Mets should have been considered by Giancarlo Stanton. It’s not his fault though.

goodfundies Posted: December 09, 2017 at 02:15 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, mets, yankees

Alan Trammell worthy of Cooperstown call

Alan Trammell is a Hall of Fame player.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2017 at 08:08 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: alan trammell, tigers

Shohei Ohtani’s Value Has No Precedent | FiveThirtyEight

Neil Paine tries to estimate Ohtani’s value.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2017 at 07:34 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

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