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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Tigers, Zimmermann reportedly reach deal

DETROIT—The Tigers on Sunday have reportedly come to terms with right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, according to FOX Sports said the deal is expected to be for five years and roughly $110 million. The Tigers have not commented.

FOX reported late Saturday night that the two sides were in negotiations, which were believed to have grown serious. A baseball source later confirmed the two sides were in talks, though no deal was believed to have been finalized.

A Pitch is Framed in Diplomacy in Cuba

Mr. Burns, I think we can trust the President of Cuba…..

More than half a century has passed since the Havana Sugar Kings, a Cincinnati Reds affiliate, played in the Class AAA International League. Since the giddy gunfire of followers of the revolutionary Fidel Castro grazed a shortstop and a third-base coach at a game against the Rochester Red Wings. Since Havana won the 1959 Little World Series against the Minneapolis Millers here at home.

The notion of returning to those days, absent the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 29, 2015 at 11:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, minor league baseball

Could former Rockies’ slugger help Cleveland Indians offense? Hey, Hoynsie |

Some good Indians stuff in Paul Hoynes’ mailbag.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2015 at 10:29 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Young: Reggie’s job is to sell N.Y. on Yankee Stadium - NY Daily News

“The greatest thing I had going for me was New York,” said George Steinbrenner. “Bronfman can have his liquor in Montreal. Kroc can have his hamburgers in San Diego.”

Ray Krock, the McDonald’s man, offered a million more than Steinbrenner did. Charles Bronfman, the Seagram’s man, offered two million more, but if there’s one place on the North American continent that has worse weather than New York, it’s Montreal.

George Steinbrenner is smart. He took Reggie Jackson walking, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: reggie jackson, yankees

Bidding for David Price could reach 7 years, $210 million - The Boston Globe

Seven years? I’d rather see some other team make that mistake.

The bidding should reach the seven-year, $210 million range and likely include the Blue Jays, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, and Dodgers. But other teams on the periphery could become engaged, such as the Nationals, Angels, Rangers, and Astros.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2015 at 09:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, notes, red sox

Sunday Notes: Cecil Fielder, Wagner, Firpo, Ducky, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Dave Stewart was in the process of winning 20-or-more games for the fourth straight season when he gave up Fielder’s roof-clearing shot. Twenty-five years later, he’s the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team whose pitching staff finished middle of the pack in strikeouts, and tops in Defensive Runs Saved.

Stewart was somewhat ambivalent – and waxed a tad philosophical –when I asked him about the importance of Ks.

“If you can strike a guy out, you want to strike a guy ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cecil fielder, notes, tigers

4 teams that could sign Jason Heyward |

Dan O’Dowd has some interesting ideas on places Jason Heyward could end up.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2015 at 07:38 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jason heyward

Saturday, November 28, 2015

New York Mets prospects Dominic Smith and Gavin Cecchini bounced back in big ways in 2015 |

The Mets have a few other players in the pipeline.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2015 at 09:43 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

David Price would be right move for Red Sox - The Boston Globe

It will be interesting to ultimately add up the cost of letting Jon Lester go.

The Red Sox botched up their negotiations with Lester in during spring training of 2014, making an initial offer of $70 million that was roughly $40 million short of what it should have been. Talks broke down and Lester was traded in July.

The Sox went downhill, Lester was traded for Yoenis Cespedes and that ultimately became Rick Porcello. Ben Cherington was ousted as GM and Dombrowski was hired.

Think about it. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, notes, red sox

Chris Davis and the ‘hometown discount’ - Baltimore Sun

According to sources, the Orioles ultimately don’t believe they’ll be the highest bidder for Davis, who is 29 and has hit more homers than any other major leaguer in the past four years. One source said that the organization would not be comfortable agreeing to a $150 to $175 million deal with Davis, which seems like it could be the market range.

Yet sources also say the Orioles believe they have a fighting chance to retain Davis—and that’s where the hometown discount will have to come ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, free agents, orioles

MLB to investigate Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig for role in reported fight - LA Times

Yasiel Puig will be investigated by the commissioner’s office under Major League Baseball’s new domestic violence policy after an incident at a Miami bar Wednesday night.

The Dodgers’ right fielder was involved in a fight with a bouncer, according to Major Delrish Moss of the Miami Police Department.

Puig sustained injuries to his face, including a swollen left eye, Moss said, and the bouncer suffered a “busted lip” and other minor facial bruises.

The bouncer told police Puig had ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Friday, November 27, 2015

Why did Braves trade Andrelton Simmons? | Atlanta Braves blog

This is well worth reading.

Why make the trade now instead of waiting, at least until the Winter Meetings, to drive up the price?

“Take a team like the Angels. They have needs at second base, third base, left field, bullpen. And we felt these were their two best prospects.  If we wanted to wait until the Winter Meetings, there’s a good chance that they are gone and that we don’t get this sort of opportunity again. And that’s just one example. If there’s a good deal….

“We had a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2015 at 11:41 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, general managers, interview, john coppolella


On the current state of the club: “Here’s how it’s been: We did a very, very thorough analysis and where we were going to be if we stayed the course. We could not stay the course. We had to make dramatic and tough decisions. We had big contracts, we had talented players who weren’t going to be able to by themselves bring us a world championship opportunity again. We had a farm system where all the good players we had, had already matriculated in the major leagues. Our system was empty. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2015 at 10:59 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, john schuerholz

What awaits in negotiations for Major League Baseball’s next labor deal?

Jayson Stark runs down some of the issues that owners and players will need to resolve in the next CBA.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2015 at 10:40 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Disney’s ‘Bad Dinosaur’: ESPN Loses 7 Mil Subscribers

Cord cutting leads to 2 year subscriber loss of 7 million, and Disney stock takes a hit.

pthomas Posted: November 27, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cable, espn

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-27-2015

El Paso Herald, November 27, 1915:

Before the documents were signed that made Cyril [Slapnicka] a Brewer, he thought his twirling services were worth so much per season. The club owners thought he valued the power of his arm about $400 too much, and they told him so.
“We will give you a contract calling for the figures we have mentioned. Into this contract we will insert a proviso to the effect that if you win one half of your games we will pay you the extra $400.”
[With a 14-15 record,] ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 27, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cy slapnicka, dugout, history

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Royals: Making Contact and Winning Championships

The genius of the contact-based approach is that, if a pitcher is reliant on making hitters miss as part of his game plan, a contact-based team will have an antidote to his poison. Now it’€™s a negotiation between the pitcher and batter in terms of how good the pitcher is at inducing weak contact and how skilled the batter is at making good contact. If teams are selecting for swing-and-miss stuff and ignoring whether the pitcher is also skilled at inducing weak contact, then teams that ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 26, 2015 at 11:18 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: contact, royals

Inside Baseball: Dodgers chase stars as cuts may have to wait; more news -

Jon Heyman’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

All MLB clubs have reasons to be thankful |

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: holidays

Jed Lowrie rejoins A’s; Brett Lawrie likely to be traded - San Francisco Chronicle

Do the A’s really need to get rid of either Valencia or Lawrie?

Lowrie’s return all but ensures the A’s next will move either second baseman Brett Lawrie or third baseman Danny Valencia. Both are drawing interest from American League teams, according to big-league sources, but Lawrie, obtained in the Josh Donaldson deal with Toronto last winter, is considered the better bet to be traded: He can play second and third well, he has an enormous amount of natural ability and he turns 26 in ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2015 at 07:49 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, brett lawrie, danny valencia, jed lowrie

Alex Gordon a Value Buy in Free Agency | FanGraphs Baseball

Gordon isn’t getting seven years. Five years at $90 million is a real possibility.

A seven-year contract for Gordon does not make a lot of sense, but if the FanGraphs crowd is correct and Gordon receives a five-year contract for $90 million or even Dave Cameron’s four year, $92 million prediction, that represent be a decent value. The Royals were in the middle-tier when it came to payroll last season and given attendance and another World Series run, Gordon might fit the team very well moving ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2015 at 07:22 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, free agents, royals

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Braves sign veteran starter Bud Norris

This Bud’s for you.

The Braves signed veteran right-hander Bud Norris to a one-year, $2.5 million contract on Wednesday, again following with their recent strategy of buying low on pitchers coming off injury or disappointing season.

In the case of Norris, it was a bad 2015 season in which he went 3-11 with a 6.72 ERA in 38 games (11 starts) for Baltimore and San Diego.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 25, 2015 at 11:17 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bud norris

How Colby Rasmus’ big contract played a role in trading Jed Lowrie - Houston Chronicle

So, it is a salary dump.

“I don’t know because we’re not operating really towards a number,” Luhnow said. “Obviously, I know I’m not going to spend $150, $200 million. But I’m not necessarily trying to hit a number. I’m trying to put together a team. I know it’s going to be in some range, but I’m focused way more on putting together a team that works for us rather than hitting a number.”
“Given that we had a lot of options at third and first, we (thought we) could take those resources and ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2015 at 07:08 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Comcast takes shot at Yankees in dispute as cable operator says not many folks watching the games on YES

“... Over 90% of our 900,000 plus customers who receive YES Network didn’t watch the equivalent of even one quarter of those (130) games (on YES) during the season,” Comcast said. “Even while the Yankees were in the hunt for a playoff berth.”

ReggieThomasLives Posted: November 25, 2015 at 06:13 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: evil empire, yankees

Veteran catcher Geovany Soto agrees to one-year deal with Angels

The hot stove is getting lukewarm!

Free-agent catcher Geovany Soto and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million contract.

The team announced the move Tuesday night, one day after losing catcher Chris Iannetta to the Seattle Mariners in free agency.

Soto has played for four teams in 11 major league seasons. The former Chicago Cubs backstop spent last season on the other side of town with the White Sox, batting .219 with nine homers and 21 RBIs in 78 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 25, 2015 at 12:55 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, geovany soto

Alex Avila lands with Chicago White Sox

Thanksgiving dinner at the Avilas just got awkward.

Alex Avila is leaving town, but he isn’t traveling far.

The longtime Detroit Tigers catcher this morning signed a one-year deal with the division-rival Chicago White Sox. The deal, according to the Sox, is worth $2.5 million.

Avila, 28, is the oldest son of Tigers general manager Al Avila. He spent seven seasons with the Tigers, hitting .242 with 66 home runs.

He served as the starting catcher for the better part of six seasons, until ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 25, 2015 at 12:54 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alex avila, tigers, white sox

Oakland A’s acquire Jed Lowrie from Houston Astros for RHP Brendan McCurry

Jed Lowrie? Brett Lawrie? Could Noah Lowry be next?

e Oakland Athletics have reacquired Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros for right-handed relief pitcher Brendan McCurry, the club has announced. News that the A’s would acquire Lowrie was first reported by Jane Lee of The A’s have 41 players counting against their 40-man roster limit and have not yet announced a corresponding move.

Lowrie, turning 32 next season, has two years and $14 million remaining on the three-year deal he ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 25, 2015 at 12:53 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, athletics, billy beane, brendan mccurry, jed lowrie, trade

The 3-man rotation? It’s coming ... sometime, says Bill James

Suppose that a team used a three-man starting rotation, but limited each pitcher to 80 pitches a start or five innings. (This actually would work with 90 pitches a start, but 80 is more conservative, so I’m going to use 80 as a working premise.) Anyway, a starting pitcher always and absolutely comes out of the game as soon as

1) He has pitched five innings, or

2) He has thrown 80 pitches.

No exceptions. Eighty pitches, it’s the fifth inning, you’re ahead 9-0 and you have two outs and two ...

eddieot Posted: November 25, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, sabermetrics

Win a Free Copy of THT 2016! | FanGraphs Baseball

OK, I just bought my copy. Here’s a chance to get your copy for free.

Have you heard? The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2016 is now available for sale. You can check out the table of contents and read some excerpts from the book. When you finish that you can purchase it from our independent publishing platform, Createspace, in print form, or from Amazon in print form, and also digitally on Amazon for the Kindle.

But wait, there’s more! Because we’re giving folk, and since it’s the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2015 at 11:07 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: books

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