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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tampa Bay Rays sign RHP Charlie Morton to two-year, $30 million deal - DRaysBay

The Rays broke at least two piggy banks.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 07:39 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: charlie morton, rays

Reds trade for pitcher Tanner Roark

The Reds have acquired pitcher Tanner Roark from the Nationals for righty Tanner Rainey, the club announced Wednesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 07:27 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, tanner roark

Justin Bour agrees to deal with Angels |

No terms. It’s probably not a big contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 07:26 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, justin bour

Banning The Shift? MLB Managers Oppose Idea At 2018 Winter Meetings

I’ll give you the shift when you pry the analytics from my cold, dead computer!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 07:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: game strategy, shifts

The Scott Boras Metaphor Generator will explain exactly what’s going on at the Winter Meetings -

On the Yankees: “When the nurse comes into your room with a thermometer, the issue isn’t the temperature of the patient that day. It’s their health when they’re ready to leave the hospital. And they’re not ready to leave the hospital.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 05:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scott boras

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter: Buster Posey had a microfracture in his hip…

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 05:44 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-12-2018

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, December 12, 1918:

Another baseball star is about to desert the diamond for business. This morning a dispatch from Bristol, Va., contained the information that Clarence (Tilly) Walker, star outfielder on the payroll of the Athletics last season, had announced his retirement from the game to enter the real estate business at Lime Stone, Tenn., his home.

Much like virtually every other ballplayer of this era who “retired” in his prime, Walker mysteriously unretired ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 12, 2018 at 09:51 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Quick Hits: Angels, Giants, Braves - MLB Trade Rumors

A lot of stuff embedded in this post.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 09:33 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: rumors

Top 29 Prospects: Atlanta Braves | FanGraphs Baseball

Cristian Pache is #1.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 09:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Banning The Shift? MLB Managers Oppose Idea At 2018 Winter Meetings

Read the whole thing.

Brewers minor league pitcher Jon Perrin, unsurprisingly, was not amused about the idea of the league putting limits on what the defense could do behind him.

“Banning the shift is the baseball equivalent of communism. You can’t dictate where teams want to put their players on defense. If a guy hits the ball to one side of the field 60+% of the time. I’m going to put more defenders there. Don’t want a shift? Hit the ball the other way,” he tweeted.

The idea behind ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 09:29 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of play

Source: Red Sox need to be blown away to trade Xander Bogaerts, rumors “overblown” | NBC Sports Boston

My prediction is, Bogaerts isn’t going anywhere this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 09:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, xander bogaerts

Automatic Scouts: The Changing Landscape of Scouting | The Hardball Times

Great article on the evolving nature of baseball scouting. Scouts aren’t going anywhere. Their focus and required skill sets, however, are changing along with the rest of the game.

Many extremely talented players who are selected in the early rounds never reach superstardom, but have perfectly adequate playing careers. And there are players who seemingly have great potential who never make it to the big leagues. When a promising player doesn’t accumulate major league service time, we sometimes ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 09:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting

THE HALL OF FAME VALUE STANDARD (Bill James rank 25 worst players in HOF & 25 best not in the HOF)

6. Larry Walker. 308 Win Shares, 72.7 WAR. 69 Wins, 5 Losses as a Hall of Fame candidate. Walker is still on the Hall of Fame ballot. His vote total crashed in 2014 for some reason, I don’t know why; it has tripled since then but is only up to 34%, so he may not make it to 75% in the two votes that he has left. He’s hard to evaluate; he was better than his numbers in Montreal, then played in Colorado for a few years and had funhouse numbers, won an MVP Award. Win Shares doesn’t like him ...


Source: Phillies ‘don’t have enough’ to pull off trade for catcher J.T. Realmuto | NBC Sports Philadelphia

Is anyone else thinking the Phillies will be the first analytical front office trainwreck?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 08:36 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

MLB 2019: The game’s evolution will only get dizzier


Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Mac & Me: John D’Acquisto Remembers Willie McCovey

Growing up in that area and being heavily recruited by the San Diego Padres, I knew what Willie was walking into. Although the deal by many was thought to be complete (as many of you know, even TOPPS baseball cards delivered the initial printing of their 1974 set with the “Washington- Nat’l League” destination), but most of us on the inside felt the transaction was far from a done deal. Ultimately, local financiers were found, and the team remained in Southern California. McDonald’s ...

djordan Posted: December 12, 2018 at 07:57 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: willie mccovey

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Bradford: Dustin Pedroia and his biggest battle | WEEI

This doesn’t sound hopeful.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2018 at 06:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Blue Jays cut ties with Tulowitzki

He is still owed $38 million.

The Blue Jays announced the release of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on Tuesday.

“Through many conversations with Troy and his representative Paul Cohen, and with consideration to what is in the best interest of both sides, we made the decision to release Troy today,” said Ross Atkins, General Manager, Toronto Blue Jays.

Tulowitzki, 34, hit .249 (60-for-241) with 10 doubles, seven home runs, and 26 RBI in 66 games in 2017.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2018 at 03:20 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: troy tulowitzki

Phillies To Sign Andrew McCutchen

The Phillies have a deal in place with free agent outfielder Andrew McCutchen, according to Matt Gelb of The Athletic (Twitter link). The agreement is still pending a physical.

McCutchen will reportedly receive a three-year, $50MM contract that includes an option for a fourth season. Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philly (via Twitter), who first broke the news that the sides were in serious talks, reported the years, with Jon Heyman of Fancred reporting the guarantee and option year (Twitter ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2018 at 03:05 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen

White Sox acquire Ivan Nova from Pirates to strengthen starting pitching depth

Nova, 31, has made 26 starts or more in five seasons since 2011. He made 29 starts and threw 161 innings last season, posting a 4.19 ERA.

The Sox are seeking one more starter to join Reynaldo Lopez, Lucas Giolito and Carlos Rodon.

Nova enters the final year of a three-year, $26 million contract and can become a free agent after next season.

Nick Kingham, who is out of options, is expected to take Nova’s spot in the Pirates’ rotation.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2018 at 02:04 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: ivan nova, pirates, white sox

Jayson Stark wins Baseball Hall of Fame’s Spink Award

Jayson Stark, acclaimed for mixing humor with impressive knowledge during more than four decades of commentary, has won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. He will be honored during the Hall of Fame’s induction weekend from July 19-22 in Cooperstown, New York.

The 67-year-old received 270 of 463 votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America with at least 10 consecutive years in the organization.

Stark was a Phillies ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2018 at 02:03 PM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: jayson stark

Baseball America: 2018 MLB Rule 5 Draft Preview

Riley Ferrell looks like the best available, IMO.

Ray-Patrick Didder, SS/OF, Braves
Didder is a backup, but he’s a very versatile backup. Everyone got to watch him play second, third and shortstop in the Arizona Fall League and he’s shown in the past that he can be an above-average center fielder. Didder is a plus runner with a plus arm, excellent versatility and an ability to help as a pinch runner, utility infielder/outfielder and a low-impact pinch hitter who makes contact but doesn’t have ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2018 at 01:57 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5 draft

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred blasts plans for Rays stadium

He is disgusted by the amount of public subsidies! LOL, J/K.

Hillsborough County officials hoping Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred would help consummate the deal for a new Rays stadium appear to have struck out.

Manfred, in a strongly worded letter sent today, said the framework of the deal lacks specific details necessary for him to “understand the merits and feasibility” of the proposal as well as “the actual level of commitment” from the public side.

Further, Manfred ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2018 at 01:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Bryce Harper Does Not Renew Lease at Arlington Condo

Of course, if he signs back with the Nationals, he will be able to afford to buy a much nicer place.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2018 at 11:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agents, nationals

2019 ZiPS Projections – Boston Red Sox | FanGraphs Baseball

Some of the comps are funny.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2018 at 11:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, red sox, zips

Nicholas Castellanos may be Tigers trade chip

General manager Al Avila wouldn’t talk specifically about Castellanos’ trade market, but cryptically noted a decent amount of trade talk leading into the meetings.

“I can say that there have been several conversations,” Avila said. “But I can’t say we’re close to anything.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2018 at 10:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-11-2018

Hugh Fullerton writing in the New York Evening World, December 11, 1918:

Baseball needs a peace conference just now almost as much as Europe does. The war that has been breweing in the American League for a long time will break forth at the meeting in Chicago to-morrow…In only one way can peace be secured, and that is by the abdication of Byron B. Johnson, President.
The minority of the league is against him and this time viciously. The minority consists of Comiskey, Griffith and Frazee. ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 11, 2018 at 10:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Baseball’s Most Handsome Managers – HardballTalk

Craig still thinks Brad Ausmus is dreamy.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2018 at 09:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, winter meetings

Astros owner willing to add to payroll |

Like most clubs, the Astros have their limits. Crane said the club has no plans to raise its payroll higher than the luxury-tax threshold, which would come with severe financial penalties. The Red Sox and Nationals were the only teams subject last season to the Competitive Balance Tax after exceeding the payroll threshold of $197 million. That number will be $206 million next year.

“I’d say if the right situation came along—certainly we’re not going over [the luxury-tax threshold]—but we could ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2018 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Analytics’ rise a leading topic at Winter Meetings

Are the analytics a thing now?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2018 at 06:08 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

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