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Saturday, November 19, 2016
The Cardinals had a few problems last season, and among them was unreliable relief pitching. As a means toward addressing that, they’ve given free-agent lefty Brett Cecil a four-year contract, worth $30.5 million. It also has a full no-trade clause! Very clearly, Cecil didn’t come cheap. A number of teams expressed a willingness to guarantee Cecil three years, so the Cardinals stepped up and went one extra.
Posted: November 19, 2016 at 03:32 PM | 29 comment(s)
All about Moncada.
I totally believe Yoan Moncada will realize his offensive upside. He has the tools and the physicality to bust open a ball game with one swing of the bat.
I believe his defense will continue to improve, and it remains possible a full-time defensive position will be determined. However, the Red Sox have the luxury of using Moncada as a designated hitter. With the departure of David Ortiz, Moncada could slip nicely into that role. It may not happen when the team ...
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Posted: November 19, 2016 at 12:20 PM | 1 comment(s)
Has Gonsalves really moved ahead of Berrios?
Left-handed starting pitcher—Stephen Gonsalves, Fort Myers (11 games, 11 starts), Chattanooga (13 games, 13 starts): The 6-foot-5 southpaw followed a breakout season with an equally impressive 2016, holding opponents to a .179 average over 140 innings across two levels and going 13-5 with a 2.06 ERA.
“I think he’s progressing,” said Lookouts pitching coach Ivan Arteaga, who also worked with Gonsalves at Cedar Rapids in 2014 and Fort Myers in 2015 and ...
Posted: November 19, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
Rewind to the 1960s and 1970s and ironmen such Randy Hundley and Ted Simmons would regularly catch 150-plus games in a season. Hundley even caught a hard-to-comprehend, MLB-record 160 games in 1968. By the 1980s and 1990s, it was more common to see Jason Kendall or other league leaders top 140 games, although Todd Hundley (son of Randy) did live up to his lineage with 150 games caught in 1996 and Brad Ausmus caught 150 in 2000.
That 150 games caught in the final year of the 20th century did ...
Posted: November 19, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 33 comment(s)
If the Astros are ramping up, $6.8 million isn’t a lot to pay for Aoki as a depth option.
Thursday’s four-year, $52 million agreement with free agent corner outfielder Josh Reddick makes it less of a certainty the team tenders Aoki a contract in arbitration before the Dec. 2 deadline. The 34-year-old from Japan stands to make about $6.8 million through the arbitration process, according to MLB Trade Rumors’ projection, a lot for a player who now most likely projects as a fourth outfielder. ...
Posted: November 19, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
Friday, November 18, 2016
Washington Times, November 18, 1916:
Following the action of the minor leagues in refusing tho consider several demands filed with them by the Baseball Players Fraternity, comes the hint that there many be a general strike by the men who drew salaries for displaying their skill on the diamond.
“If the players decide to go on strike we will not try to stop them,” said a big baseball man yesterday. “The ball parks will be kept closed next spring if a majority of the players do not sign ...
Yankees SS Gleyber Torres, Scottsdale: New York’s No. 2 prospect began his first offseason in the Yankees system in the Fall League as a 19-year-old who hasn’t played above Class A Advanced. He’s performed beyond his years over the past six weeks, finishing with a league-best .403 average, .513 on-base percentage and 1.158 OPS—not to mention an impressive 8/14 K/BB ratio. After entering 2016 with five career homers, Torres broke out in the power department with 11 long balls over the summer and ...
Posted: November 18, 2016 at 11:47 AM | 24 comment(s)
“The swagger, the malice in the ‘bat wag,’ the quickest, most violent swing in the game. He was a hitting machine. How bad was he with the glove? Put Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield in the same outfield, and you’re hoping they hit it to Manny.”
“MVP voters hate second basemen like an underemployed son-in-law (only 10 MVP selections out of the 173 awarded since 1931). Jeff Kent captured one of those awards in 2000 (though it should have went to Bonds).”
“...Guerrero was far more selective, ...
Major League Baseball (MLB) has tendered status checks on six South Korean players, officials here said Friday.
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said MLB inquired about the status of six players—Kim Kwang-hyun, Cha Woo-chan, Yang Hyun-jong, Woo Kyu-min, Hwang Jae-gyun and Choi Hyoung-woo. The KBO informed its counterpart that all six players are free agents and are eligible to sign with any club, domestic or foreign.
Under an agreement between MLB and the KBO, a major league team ...
Posted: November 18, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
Awful,” said one AL scout.
“Stinks,” said one from the NL.
“Ugly,” said another executive. “In the field and at the plate, nothing looks natural.”
The adjectives shouldn’t have been too surprising considering they described someone who hadn’t played organized baseball in over a decade and whose pro baseball career is in its infancy.
Others, though — including Mets general manager Sandy Alderson — insist the 29-year-old has a future in the sport after the Mets signed him ...
Posted: November 18, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 59 comment(s)
There’s no question the Red Sox want Carlos Beltran as a replacement for David Ortiz. One baseball source called him a “top priority,” another tempered that description, noting the Sox want to see how the market develops.
Either way, there’s mutual interest, but there’s no shortage of patience on either side.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Both Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers are investigating a possible case of sexual assault that allegedly involved multiple players at the Rangers’ academy in the Dominican Republic.
Metro, a news outlet in the D.R., reported that three members of the Rangers’ Dominican Summer League team were arrested several months ago. Baseball sources said that four players allegedly were involved, and that charges have yet to be filed.
The players were placed on administrative leave under ...
OK, he’s not as good as Boras’ sales pitch but he’s worth more than two years at $12 million.
“I wouldn’t go more than two years and $12 million but someone will give him more,” an executive from an American League team said. “But he’s got the name recognition, the right agent and he proved he was healthy this year. He’s going to get paid by someone and they will probably live to regret it.”
“The idea is that it’s not uncommon in business for people who have a job title that’s important to them to try to determine exactly what qualifications and traits are predictive of success. It’s something we haven’t done on an industry basis and I just think it might be a useful experiment for us.”
Hey, the current system certainly isn’t working, so why not try something different?
Manfred even stepped into Kansas City last weekend, conveying his plan to the Buck O’Neil ...
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 08:25 PM | 7 comment(s)
Brian McCann seemed like a perfect fit for the Astros, a left-handed-hitting catcher who could still provide some offensive punch while giving them some veteran leadership. The Astros pulled off a deal on Thursday to acquire McCann, sending Minor League pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman to the Yankees.
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 20 comment(s)
The Astros on Thursday reached an agreement on a four-year, $52-million deal with free agent outfielder Josh Reddick, a source confirmed for MLB.com, on the same day the club announced the acquisition of veteran catcher Brian McCann in a trade with the Yankees.
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 11 comment(s)
Two for two.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout earned his second career AL Most Valuable Player Award, while in the NL, Cubs slugger Kris Bryant became the fourth player to win the MVP Award a year after being the Rookie of the Year.
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 07:08 PM | 64 comment(s)
“Hacksaw Ridge” producer David Permut is developing a movie about the life of the late Major League Baseball pitcher Dock Ellis.
He moved pretty good (for a guy on acid).
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 04:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you.
The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations.
Under the current rules, teams on Sept. 1 increase their 25-man active roster to the entire 40-man roster. The new limit likely would be 28, and the rules would permit teams to swap out players, though not on a daily basis, one ...
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 03:48 PM | 46 comment(s)
The Walking Dead version of the current labor negotiations.
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 02:38 PM | 2 comment(s)
1. Yoenis Cespedes, $110 million, 4 years. The best player on the market shouldn’t have trouble topping three years this time after betting on himself and winning with a Mets deal that contained an opt out following a year in which he was the highest paid position player in the NL ($27.5M). The Nats could return to the derby after missing out on him and (fortunately) Jason Heyward, too. Plus, the Dodgers and Giants are interested, raising the stakes.
2. Edwin Encarnacion, $92 million, 4 ...
You’d be hard-pressed to find a single person who’d have qualms with Scully’s honor … except for Scully, himself, of course.
When White House press secretary Josh Earnest called to tell Scully the news, the Dodgers’ legend responded:
“Are you sure? I’m just an old baseball announcer.”
Posted: November 17, 2016 at 11:51 AM | 4 comment(s)
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