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Monday, December 08, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-8-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, December 8, 1914:

Fred Blanding, former University of Michigan mound star, native of Birmingham, Mich., and for several years a pitcher on the Cleveland club, says he will not pitch for the Naps next year if Joe Birmingham continues as manager of that club. Blanding is sore on Birmey and says that he was badly treated last year.
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He does not threaten to join the Federals, nor does he ask for more pay, he simply says he won’t play another year under Birmingham.

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 08, 2014 at 07:51 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fred blanding, history

Royals have something the Blue Jays need | Blue Jays | Sports | Toronto Sun

Wait, I thought the Royals bullpen setup last year was the new smart way to build playoff teams?

Kansas City is looking for starting pitching in return after James Shields hit the open market.

Would you part with one of R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, Drew Hutchison, Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez for a closer such as Holland?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2014 at 06:59 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: greg holland, royals, winter meetings

Jason Hammel is said close to a deal to return to the Chicago Cubs - CBSSports.com

Hammel is said to be looking for a three-year deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2014 at 06:56 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jason hammel, winter meetings

How Scott Boras’ demands cloud market for Max Scherzer | New York Post

If pitcher arms are really like autos, I’m assuming Boras will offer Scherzer along with a 1000 innings pitched warranty.

Boras has told me once the trade market fully clarifies, Scherzer will be pursued robustly based on the comparative lack of wear and tear on the righty’s special arm. So it is near certain Scherzer will not sign during the Winter Meetings.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2014 at 06:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, max scherzer, scott boras

White Sox setting their sights on David Robertson | New York Post

The White Sox have serious interest in David Robertson and they aren’t blanching over the elite closer looking for a four-year deal in the $50 million neighborhood.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2014 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david robertson, free agents, white sox, yankees

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Rollins may have considered Yanks but won’t waive no-trade for Mets - CBSSports.com

Scratch Jimmy Rollins off the Mets’ shortstop list.

The Phillies have told the Mets and some other teams that Rollins isn’t willing to waive his no-trade clause at this time, scuttling any chance for a trade involving the Mets and those other teams. It isn’t known whether Rollins might change his mind, but that is apparently his current stance.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 11:27 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, phillies, trade rumors, yankees

2014 Winter Meetings Catch-All Thread

I’ll keep this thread pinned at the top of the page during the Winter Meetings to help us keep track of rumors.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:49 PM | 463 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors, winter meetings

OT - College Football Bowl Spectacular (December 2014 - January 2015)

December 31   1:00 PM  Peach Bowl             Ole Miss v. TCU
              5:00 PM  Fiesta Bowl            Boise State v. Arizona
              8:30 PM  Orange Bowl            Mississippi State v. Georgia Tech
January 1     1:00 PM  Cotton Bowl            Michigan State v. Baylor
              5:00 PM  Rose Bowl              Florida State v. Oregon
              8:30 PM  Sugar Bowl             Ohio State v. Alabama
January 12    8:30 PM  Championship Game      Rose winner v. Sugar winner
Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:36 PM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

The Flat Bat Award 2014 | Articles | Bill James Online

The best bunters in 2014.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 04:46 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

2014 Toronto Blue Jays Holiday Special

From the YouTube account that brought you recaps of Blue Jays seasons in the style of classic RPG games, it’s the 2014 Blue Jays Holiday Special!  Features Brett Lawrie, Alex Anthopoulos, Jose Bautista, Fergie Oliver, catcher of the future Max Pencarnacion and a special guest appearance by Bob McCown.


Belgian Outfielder Sam Buelens signs with Toronto Blue Jays

After Thomas de Wolf signed with the New York Mets in 2008 to become the first player born and raised in Belgium in the Minor Leagues, Belgian Baseball has a second prospect. 18-year-old outfielder Sam Buelens, who becomes 19 on December 27, signed with the Toronto Blue Jays.

In 2014 Buelens played for the Borgerhout Squirrels and won the championship in the Belgian Division I. He appeared in 34 games and batted .348 (OBP .448/SLG .430) with six extra base hits, 50 runs, 23 RBI and 31 stolen ...

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Good cripple hitter Posted: December 07, 2014 at 01:39 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: belgium, blue jays, double christmas, prospects

Recent Updates and Turning off Advertisements

As you may have noticed, I’ve been working on the server and making some software updates. The downtime was required so I can move forward with some of the things on my off-season to-do list. I hope the outages didn’t inconvenience you too much.

First up on my to-do list was setting things up so I could turn off advertising for those of you who generously donated to support the site in 2014. Although automating the process is still on my list, I have turned off advertising on accounts that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: site news

Dan Duquette a candidate to become Blue Jays CEO

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Sources: The Blue Jays’ ownership is actively seeking a replacement for longtime CEO Paul Beeston. Dan Duquette among candidates discussed.

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: December 07, 2014 at 12:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, front office, orioles, poaching

Didi Gregorius isn’t short on class and poise: scout - NY Daily News

Contrast this article with the other one I posted today. He’s either a guy who “thinks too much” or a “real easygoing guy”.

“He’s comfortable in his skin, handles failure well. He’s just a real easygoing guy. Nothing gets to him. He’ll love being in New York and, if people give him a chance, they’ll love him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, yankees

Five questions for Mets entering this week’s Winter Meetings - NY Daily News

I don’t know why but when I read the headline I heard it in Count Von Count’s voice.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

McManaman: Didi Gregorius’ stint as Derek Jeter’s replacement won’t last long

Thinking…

There’s a reason why two teams have already given up on Gregorius before he turns 25. He can’t hit. That’s why he couldn’t even crack the starting lineup on the worst team in baseball this past season.

Think about that for a minute.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:40 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, didi gregorius, yankees

Rays manager Kevin Cash said to have sharp baseball mind | Tampa Bay Times

So people don’t think Kevin Cash is very bright?

“Kevin Cash is smarter than what people think he is,” Boston DH David Ortiz said Friday in the Dominican Republic. “We played together and he was a guy that, his knowledge about the game was beyond guys that play the game every day. That’s what kept him playing as long as he played — his knowledge, the way he approached the game, the way he looked at the game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:32 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin cash, rays


Red Sox answer is inside job | Boston Herald

Is it really important whether you develop rather than import an ace? I say no.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Will winter meetings ignite quiet Phillies’ offseason? | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

The Phillies don’t agree with the adage that “it’s better to trade a guy a year too early than a year too late.”

The Phillies’ slow-moving offseason can be traced to two factors. First, as that exec said above, not a lot of teams are knocking down the Phillies’ door for their players. In short, many of the players the Phillies are trying to move have flaws ranging from advanced age, to high salaries, to declining production. The second factor in the Phils’ sluggish offseason is the rest of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:21 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Sunday Notes: Winter Dealings and Assorted Tidbits | FanGraphs Baseball

Another interesting column by David Lauria.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chili davis, dustin pedroia, josh donaldson, notes, red sox, rico brogna, tim lincecum

Always innovating, Melvin open to new outfield alignments | MLB.com

Doug Melvin, innovator.

Melvin was ahead of his sport’s metric timeline. The Brewers began extensive shifting, including for right-handed batters, in 2004, when manager Ned Yost shared his boss’s foresight.
“Yost was very open-minded,” Melvin recalled of the American League champion Royals’ current skipper. “We had enough data to prove the shift worked against certain hitters. We were one of the first to put three guys on the left side of second base for right-handed hitters. A lot of teams ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:08 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, defensive shifts, doug melvin

Source: Dodgers’ trade of Ethier to D-backs falls through | FOX Sports

The owner nixed the deal because Montero is one of his favorite players. You have to love it when owners hire baseball people to run their teams and don’t let them do it.

Andre Ethier a Diamondback? Miguel Montero a Dodger?
The teams recently discussed a trade involving those players, but the deal collapsed when the D-Backs’ ownership declined to give final approval, according to major-league sources.
Under the proposed trade, the Dodgers would have sent Ethier and catcher Tim Federowicz to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 07:48 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, trade rumors

Saturday, December 06, 2014


28 teams, 28 agendas at this week’s MLB meetings | New York Post

Joel Sherman does a *quick* rundown of all the teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 08:58 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings

Mets have chips to trade during winter meetings, but they’ll be patient - Newsday

You can never have enough pitching. Or something like that.

“I guess I would agree that there has been a run on position players, and we’ve been part of that,” said Alderson, who kick-started the offseason by signing Michael Cuddyer at last month’s general managers’ meetings. “But at some point, people will turn to pitching, and then it’s a question of who’s available, who signs, who gets traded. At the end of the day, there’s always somebody that needs more pitching, so I’m not too worried ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 08:57 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Ballou: Handing out the Hall passes

Straight from the Wolf City Daily…the Ballou HOF ballot: P. Martinez, R. Johnson, Smoltz, Clemens, Bonds, Bagwell, Piazza and McGwire.

Johnson and Martinez are easy, although Johnson is easier than Martinez. Martinez had a Sandy Koufax career — incomparable for several prime seasons, but not for that long. Martinez is overwhelming in one of my personal criteria for the Hall of Fame — would you buy a ticket just so you could tell your grandchildren you saw him perform?

Part of me would ...

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Repoz Posted: December 06, 2014 at 07:33 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Sports teams are phasing out hard tickets; why - redeyechicago.com

Fans who buy 2015 White Sox season tickets will get their choice of the best available seats, a special pin and hat, a media guide, the option to buy postseason games, parking discounts and invitations to special events.
What they won’t get are the tickets.
“I just called them and expressed my displeasure,” season ticket holder Merrill O’Ryan, 49, said. “If I don’t have that paper ticket anymore ... I won’t be able to save it in a scrap book.”

The Sox will require season ticket holders to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 06:46 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: tickets

Full Count » Sources: John Henry makes trip to visit Jon Lester

Last off-season the Red Sox cost themselves either Jon Lester or a lot of money.

According to multiple major league sources, Red Sox principal owner John Henry flew to the Atlanta area Friday to personally visit with free agent pitcher Jon Lester.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 06:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, jon lester, red sox

Classic trades, tales born in Winter Meeting lobbies | MLB.com

I love these old tales.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 06:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: winter leagues

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