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Saturday, February 09, 2019

Buster Posey’s praise for Giants ‘win-now’ approach comes at awkward time

San Francisco Giants star Buster Posey isn’t the most outspoken athlete you’ll find on social media, but he certainly had an interesting, if not awkwardly-timed thought to share on Friday.

The post that caught everyone’s attention was a response to a tweet quoting Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler. In said tweet, Kapler discussed how Philadelphia’s trade for All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto cemented that they’re going all-in to win in 2019 and beyond.

Posey, who’s been part ...

QLE Posted: February 09, 2019 at 04:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants

Friday, February 08, 2019

CBS Sports:  MLB rumors: Agents for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado still seeking $300M deals; inside Marlins-Phillies trade

This is hilarious.  Hill. Air. E. Us.

Harper’s agent, Scott Boras, and Machado’s agent, Dan Lozano, both are believed to be seeking at least $300 million. Neither wants to sign first, knowing once one of the players goes off the board, the other will benefit from gaining the sole attention of the remaining suitors.

So all of the angst over Harper and Machado not signing?  Their agent’s are behind it, not the teams.

TDF, trained monkey Posted: February 08, 2019 at 04:53 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

This college pitcher has the most insane pitching windup of all time

Section 8.01 (a) of the MLB Rulebook (sorry, I don’t have a Junior College rulebook at the ready) covers the rules about what seperates a legal windup from an illegal one. Let’s go beat by beat to see if Michael’s windup passes the test.

“The pitcher shall stand facing the batter, his pivot foot in contact with the pitcher’s plate and the other foot free.” Check.

“From this position any natural movement associated with his delivery of the ball to the batter commits him to the pitch without ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 08, 2019 at 02:07 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: windup

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-8-2019

Toledo News-Bee, February 8, 1919:

Buck Weaver points out that as he has a better fielding and batting average than Eddie Collins, who gets $15,000 a year from the White Sox, he’s entitled to a $2000 increase. Buck may be a better hitter and fielder, but Eddie has a million average in coaxing skill.

It takes a remarkable amount of chutzpah for a good but not great player to demand a raise because he’s better than Eddie Collins. If it really went down that way, it couldn’t have gone over well in ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 08, 2019 at 09:56 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Orioles’ pursuit of Sanchez shows they’re serious international players -

The IFA market is the cheapest market to buy wins. It’s amazing it took so long for the Orioles to get involved.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2019 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, orioles

What types of players has Farhan Zaidi added to the Giants organization so far? – The Athletic

He’s looking for versatile low-risk value players with some demonstrated upside.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants, pay site

New Rangers manager has 20-somethings and revamped rotation

The Texas Rangers are not only young, with all those 20-something position players, they go into spring training with a first-time manager and without the retired Adrian Beltre at third base.

Chris Woodward has never been a manager. But the 42-year-old former utility infielder spent the last three seasons as third base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have something in common with the Rangers.

Los Angeles lost in the World Series the past two years. The last team to do ...

QLE Posted: February 08, 2019 at 04:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chris woodward, rangers

Steinbrenner: ‘I Get Hammered Every Year About Something’

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Hal Steinbrenner had heard the constant criticism in New York: Why haven’t the Yankees tried to sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado?

“I get hammered every year about something,” the New York owner said Thursday. “If you don’t win the World Series, that’s perfectly justifiable.”

Speaking at the owners’ meetings, Steinbrenner would not rule out more moves before opening day but sounded as if a deal for a high-priced free agent is unlikely.

Not the best of photos to run ...

QLE Posted: February 08, 2019 at 04:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hal steinbrenner, yankees

WATCH: Mets’ Todd Frazier says ‘baseball is going in the wrong direction’

With only a few days left until pitchers and catchers report for spring training, there are still numerous free agents who have yet to reach a deal with a new team for the 2019 season. And Mets 3B Todd Frazier isn’t happy about it.

Speaking on “Mets Hot Stove” at the team’s facility in Port St. Lucie, Frazier indulged on this offseason and the lack of teams pouncing on the top free agents still waiting on the market.

“These last two years this seems to happen where guys—you got over 100 guys ...

QLE Posted: February 08, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, this world is screwed up, todd frazier

Here are five under-the-radar players to watch at A’s spring training

Believe it or not, spring training is just a few days away. The A’s will have as many as 61 players participating in big league camp, including 21 non-roster invitees.

While top prospects like Jesús Luzardo, A.J. Puk, Sean Murphy, and possibly Kyler Murray will rightfully garner most of the attention, there will also be several under-the-radar players who could contribute to the A’s this season. We’ve picked out five to keep an eye on

Question: If you tell us that a group of players are ...

QLE Posted: February 08, 2019 at 04:17 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, under-the-radar

Cubs hope internal improvement leads to more success

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs took a long, hard look at themselves over the winter.

There was nowhere else to go.

Chicago begins spring training with largely the same group of players who blew a five-game lead in the NL Central last September and lost to Colorado in 13 innings in the wild card game. On consecutive October days at Wrigley Field, the Cubs watched as Milwaukee celebrated its win in the tiebreaker for the division title and then the Rockies put a bow on the disappointing ...

QLE Posted: February 08, 2019 at 04:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, internal improvements

New man: Zach Britton to be known as Zack

NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Britton will be a different pitcher for the New York Yankees this year — at least in name.

Known throughout his baseball career as Zach, the 31-year-old reliever said Thursday going forward his name should be spelled Zack.

Britton tweeted “I will be going by my legal name ‘Zack’ instead of my stage name ‘Zach.’

In case you’ve ever wondered what people in baseball mean when they talk about players to be named later….


  ...

QLE Posted: February 08, 2019 at 04:10 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: name change, ptbnl, zach britton, zack britton

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Rangers sign Hunter Pence, Matt Davidson | Texas Rangers

The Rangers signed three-time All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The Rangers also officially announced the signing of infielder Matt Davidson to a Minor League contract and have confirmed that he will be given a chance to pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2019 at 07:52 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hunter pence, matt davidson, rangers

MLB ‘disabled list’ to be renamed ‘injured list’

Major League Baseball’s “disabled list” will be renamed the “injured list,” a person with direct knowledge of the proposal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the league had not yet made an announcement. ESPN first reported the plan.

The new designation intends to reflect that injured players do not in fact, have a disability.

Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said Thursday the change is being made at the suggestion of advocacy groups.

...
Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2019 at 07:26 PM | 150 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list

Lenny Dykstra responds to complaints from Linden neighbors in the most Lenny Dykstra way possible

The weird Lenny Dykstra story has somehow gotten weirder…

NattyBoh Posted: February 07, 2019 at 07:18 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: lenny dykstra

How To Save MLB Free Agency

So how would restricted free agency help beyond getting players to the market earlier? It should also increase their share of revenue.

Players with more than three years of service time but less than six are eligible for arbitration. The first year of arbitration eligibility is supposed to garner a player about 40 percent of their open-market value, the second year 60 percent, and the third year of arbitration approximately 80 percent, though that estimate does not always apply. While ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 07, 2019 at 05:19 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Babe Ruth is the Greatest Player Ever?—?But He’s Far From the Best

Yet another list to argue about.

“Johnson threw 346 innings in 1913, using soft baseballs the color of John McGraw’s teeth…”

gehrig97 Posted: February 07, 2019 at 04:18 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, babe ruth, mickey mantle, mike trout, rickey henderson, willie mays

Phillies land Realmuto for 3 players, int’l signing money

Alfaro, Sixto Sanchez, Will Stewart and $250k in international signing money.  I guess it’s better than what they could have gotten for Fakemuto.

Ziggy's screen name Posted: February 07, 2019 at 03:39 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects, trades

WBAL: Frank Robinson, Baseball Lifer And Orioles Legend, Has Died

Sad news on the eve of spring training. RIP.

A right fielder, Robinson played for five teams in his 21-season career and remains the only player to be named the most valuable player in both leagues. A Triple Crown winner, he was a member of two World Series champion Orioles squads. He hit 586 career home runs, 179 of them as an Oriole.

A first-ballot entry into Cooperstown, Robinson was also the first black manager in baseball, becoming player-manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1975 and ...

AndrewJ Posted: February 07, 2019 at 02:43 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hall of fame, indians, obituary, orioles, reds

NY Post: John Malone planning to battle MLB over Fox’s regional sports networks

Billionaire media mogul John Malone is cobbling together a team to bid for the Fox-owned regional sports networks being sold by Disney — and his roster will be going head-to-head against Major League Baseball, The Post has learned.
The Liberty mogul’s strategy, according to sources, includes a promise to team owners that he will continue to sell games to local broadcasters, where cable television is chiefly how fans follow their favorite teams.

Manfred, by contrast, wants to secure ...

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: February 07, 2019 at 11:22 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cable, tv rights

The little ‘fighter’ son who inspires the Mets’ Todd Frazier

Todd Frazier had more to worry about this off-season than where he’s going to play this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, todd frazier

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-7-2019

Jackson County [North Carolina] Journal, February 7, 1919:

[Cubs manager] Fred Mitchell wants the majors to make a rule abolishing an out on a foul fly.
The franchises of the Washington and St. Louis clubs haven’t been transferred in several days now.
Branch Rickey will probably drop his job as president of the Cards to become manager next season. Hendricks is slated to get the gate.
Sunday baseball will probably be made legal in New York state at the coming session of the ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 07, 2019 at 09:51 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Around The Office: How Much Difference Do Pitch Clocks Make?

Baseball America talks about the pitch clock. One thing is clear, MLB will have to stay vigilant enforcing the rules to make a real change. That means staying on the umpires to keep games moving.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2019 at 09:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game

Transaction Analysis: Curtis Granderson’s NRI and Baseball’s Problem - Baseball Prospectus

This is a losing argument that really doesn’t help players. Ultimately fans end up viewing the issue as extremely rich owners versus really rich players.

Instead of this type of complaint, practical ideas for players to gain more revenue through collective bargaining need to be proffered and considered. Minimum salary bumps would be a start. Negotiating away a year of arbitration (and super 2 status) in exchange for earlier triggers for getting credit for a full year of service time (say 100 ...

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2019 at 08:03 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

Why Bryce Harper makes sense for the Giants – The Athletic

Concern #3: Harper is too expensive

This was a big part of my last article on him, so I won’t rehash it too much. But paying Harper something like $30 million a year is a team making a conscious gamble that he’ll be better than two veteran free agents asking for $15 million in the future. When you see what $15 million buys you on the open market — usually some dude in his 30s or close to it — it’s not a bad gamble.

Besides, while the Giants are absolutely hosed with that ...

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2019 at 06:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, giants, pay site

Welcome to a small-market team’s worst nightmare

I bet most teams have done such a study. These teams know how much a win costs in each market. They now have a clear understanding of the risk/reward in each market.  (It’s clear the IFA market is the current market with the best opportunities.) Teams also have quantified how much the risk increases as salaries and contract-length goes up. The risk/reward for 8+ years and big dollars has certainly been exposed as a very poor bet.

Imagine, again, you’re the Rays. You figure there are a bunch of ...

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2019 at 06:12 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: economics

MLB Cold Stove: Salaries For Young Stars Aren’t Keeping Pace With Increasing Revenues

The minimum salary increases in the current CBA are a joke. I like Joe’s idea. I’d push teams to go even higher to $2 million, which would make the salary floor $50 million. Only give revenue sharing to teams which spend 150% of the floor. Also, push the luxury tax threshold higher

The minimum salary will be $555,000 this year. That figure has risen 38 percent since 2010, while revenues have jumped 68 percent in that time. Go back to 2002, and you find revenues have nearly tripled, while the ...

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2019 at 05:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Astros aren’t ruling out another addition before spring training - Houston Chronicle

“We’re starting from a pretty good spot where we have a lot of good options for our roster and a lot of good options who aren’t even going to make our team,” Luhnow said Wednesday. “Whoever we get, if you sign them to a guaranteed contract, they have to be certainly better than what your internal options are.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2019 at 05:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Junichi Tazawa agrees to minor league contract with Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) — Reliever Junichi Tazawa has finalized a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs and will report to big league spring training.

If added to the 40-man roster, Tazawa would receive a one-year contract paying $800,000 while in the major leagues. He could earn $450,000 in performance bonuses for games pitched and $750,000 for games finished.

The 32-year-old right-hander was 1-1 with a 7.07 ERA in 31 games last season for Miami and the Los Angeles Angels. He was released by ...

QLE Posted: February 07, 2019 at 04:41 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, junichi tazawa

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Welcome to a small-market team’s worst nightmare

In the NBA, for instance, salary restrictions keep the best players from making anywhere near their true market value. This has not, however, meant small markets have had equal access to the very best free agents. Rather, players who’ve found their earnings artificially capped have instead exercised their leverage to sign in the biggest markets, to get the most media exposure, to surround themselves with other stars, and to have the best chance of winning. If Bryce Harper’s $400 million asking ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 06, 2019 at 07:30 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: moneyball

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