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Sunday, December 07, 2014

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

2014 Trade Value: An Offseason Update | FanGraphs Baseball

Every summer during the All-Star break, I run our annual Trade Value series. It’s a lot of fun, and a nice distraction from not having actual baseball for four days, and it makes some sense to publish it in the lead-up to the July 31st trade deadline, since that’s a time when we’re comparing the trade value of a lot of different players. However, there’s also a downside to running the trade value list in the middle of the season, as the list can look a little outdated pretty quickly ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 08:30 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dollar sign on the muscle

Should Trade Chips Gattis, Rosario Stick at Catcher? - GammonsDaily.com

Some great analysis by David Golebiewski.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 07:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: evan gattis, sabermetrics, wilin rosario

Luhnow ‘confident’ Astros will make moves to help team | astros.com

STOP SPREADING RUMORS!!

MLB.com: Castro and center fielder Dexter Fowler have been the subject of trade rumors. What’s the market like for them?
Luhnow: I think it’s primarily Internet rumors, to be honest with you. Clearly, they’re both good players that have one year [Fowler] or two years [Castro] left of control, and those players are always going to be talked about in trade rumors. I’m sure there’s a lot of teams out there that have interest in them, and some have reached out, but we’re not ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 07:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, winter meetings

Friday, December 05, 2014

Yankees To Sign Andrew Miller

Do we need to revisit the Miguel Cabrera trade?

The Yankees and Andrew Miller have agreed to a four-year, $36MM contract, tweets Jack Curry of the YES Network...

The 29-year-old Miller (30 next May) broke out in a huge way in 2014, pitching to a 2.02 ERA with an eye-popping 14.9 K/9 (an AL record), 2.5 BB/9 and a 46.9 percent ground-ball rate in 62 1/2 innings for the Red Sox and Orioles… Miller will pair with Dellin Betances — an electric breakout story himself — at the back of the Yankee ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 05, 2014 at 03:59 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, free agents, transactions, yankees

NY Post: Is Jeter Gearing Up To Buy The Marlins?

Jeter has declared repeatedly for quite a while now he intends to own a baseball team someday .  .  . He even told reporters in June he intended to reach out to team owners upon the season’s (and his playing career’s) conclusion. And if you want to bet which team he’ll eventually own? You won’t find a safer wager than the Marlins.

The Marlins said Jeter simply stopped by because he happened to be in town, and maybe that’s all it was — for now. Jeter figures to approach his goal ...

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Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth convicted of reckless driving

I wonder if he has one of those absurdly loud exhaust systems, too…

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was found guilty Friday of reckless driving and sentenced to 10 days in prison.

Werth, 35, was pulled over on July 6 while driving 105 mph in a 55-mph zone on Route 193 in Fairfax County, according to court records. Werth was driving a two-door Porsche at the time of the offense, which occurred around 9:40 a.m. on a Sunday.

Werth’s attorney said he plans to appeal the ...

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Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: December 05, 2014 at 02:08 PM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: jayson werth, nationals

Rays To Hire Kevin Cash As Manager

The Rays will hire former big league catcher Kevin Cash as their next manager, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Cash was reportedly one of three finalists with Raul Ibanez and former Mariners manager/current Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Ibanez had reportedly withdrawn himself from consideration earlier this week…

Cash, who turns 37 tomorrow, served as the Indians’ bullpen coach in 2013-14 after a brief stop in the Blue Jays’ scouting department following his ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 05, 2014 at 01:26 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin cash, managers, rays

Yankees To Acquire Didi Gregorius In Three-Team Deal With D-Backs, Tigers

Didi has big shoes to fill, although those shoes don’t necessarily have to cover much ground.

Tigers, whether or not this works out, most likely got FISTERED!

The Yankees, Diamondbacks and Tigers have completed a three-team trade that will send Didi Gregorius to the Yankees, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Rosenthal adds that Robbie Ray will indeed go from the Tigers to the Diamondbacks and Shane Greene will be heading to the Tigers.


The Weirdest Cuban Baseball Defection Story You’ll Ever Read

But even executives who have spent years in the international player market are marveling at the mystery and innuendo surrounding 19-year-old Cuban phenom shortstop Yoan Moncada: his legal exit from Cuba, his subsequent romantic pairing with a player agent, and his representation by an accountant who has never had an athlete client in any capacity. Nobody has seen a Cuban defection story quite like this.

“It doesn’t make it comfortable for me, but in a way, we sort of have come to expect it ...

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Gamingboy Posted: December 05, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, defection, international, yoan moncada

Kepner: In Hall Vote, Tainted Candidates And Split Tickets

So unless the Hall of Fame repeals the arbitrary limit of 10 names, voters could face still more years of a ballot logjam, with Clemens and Bonds taking up just enough space on just enough ballots to squeeze other strong candidates from remaining there.

Perhaps, then, it is time to face this reality: Vote for Bonds and Clemens, and you are throwing those votes away. The veterans’ committee, not the writers, is destined to be their final arbiter. The writers should focus on the candidates who ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: December 05, 2014 at 08:53 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-5-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, December 5, 1914:

Charlie Swain, outfielder for the Seattle club of the Northwestern league, never will play ball again. His right leg was amputated on Friday. Since the season closed, Swain has been working [in San Francisco] as a telephone lineman. Last week he fell off a truck and it ran over him, crushing his leg so badly as to necessitate an operation. He was to have played in 1915 with the Minneapolis team of the American Association.

Swain was a pretty good ballplayer ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 05, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cy swain, dugout, history

A’s discusssing minor leaguer for Brandon Moss - Oakland Athletics : The Drumbeat

The A’s are in discussions that could net them a minor-league infielder from the Indians in exchange for outfielder Brandon Moss. Among the A’s targets, according to big league sources, is Double-A second baseman Joe Wendle, a strong prospect whose 2014 season was shortened by a broken hamate bone.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2014 at 07:37 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, brandon moss, indians, trade rumors


Andre Ethier to Dodgers: I want to start here or somewhere else - LA Times

I’m sure the Dodgers want him starting somewhere else too. Since he signed a contract and is still owed $56 million, I’m not particularly sympathetic to his complaints, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2014 at 07:21 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: andre ethier, dodgers

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Anthony Castrovince: 10 bold Winter Meetings predictions

These rumors are all wet.

1. Justin Upton to the Orioles

While their hesitance to go to a fourth guaranteed year for Nelson Cruz is understandable, the immediate fact of the matter is that the reigning home run champ now resides elsewhere. Even with Matt Wieters and Manny Machado getting healthier, and even if you believe that Chris Davis is going to rebound, the O’s have some potential for major offensive regression if they don’t make some moves this winter.

In Upton, the O’s can reel in ...

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Rich Allen and the Ebonistics

While “The Wampum Walloper” — who was the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 1964, and the American League’s MVP in 1972 — is best-known for his prodigious fence-clearing blasts and his often-fractious relationship with the press, [Dick] Allen was also a genuinely talented singer. Unfortunately, the only remaining evidence we have of his abilities on the mic is “Echo’s of November,” the 1968 single he cut as Rich Allen with the Ebonistics, his fabulously named vocal ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 04, 2014 at 04:56 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dick allen, history, music, phillies

Neyer: The Hall of Fame and the meaning of forever

we should at least be allowed to discuss what removing a few people from the Hall of Fame would look like. All of which I bring up only because the very idea of such a thing seems so difficult for some to even consider.

Why so difficult? I don’t think it’s about fairness. Nearly everyone who’s actually studied the question believes that electing Chick Hafey to the Hall of Fame was a mistake; a mistake, I would argue, that’s actually unfair to the Hall of Famers who deserve to be ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 04, 2014 at 04:43 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, rob neyer

Deadspin: Buster Olney Is Fed Up With Hall Of Fame Voting

Right hole, Buster!

[Mussina’s] chances for induction will improve slightly this year because I’m abstaining from the voting for the first time, and won’t submit a ballot. The same is true for Curt Schilling, and Tim Raines, and at least two others who I think should be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

To repeat: I think Mussina, Schilling and Raines and others are Hall of Famers, but it’s better for their candidacy if I don’t cast a ballot.


Astros’ coaching staff excited about coming season | astros.com

But can they all calculate WAR in their heads?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2014 at 02:18 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Report: Cubs change Wrigley Field plans for possible tax credit

The catch is, they must build a home run sign with a rotating dolphin display.

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks will consider several changes Thursday that the Chicago Cubs made to their Wrigley Field renovation plan in exchange for possible federal tax credit worth up to $75 million.

The deal with the National Park Service would alter the dimensions and placement of video boards and other signs in order to not encroach on the historic manual center-field scoreboard and the ballpark’s ...

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Twinsights: Terry Ryan on defensive metrics and why the Twins ignore them - Twins Now

Hunter has to be better than Arcia and Willingham.

Just like I do all the time: As soon as you get somebody to explain (advanced metrics) …” said Ryan, who has Jack Goin on his staff for just that purpose. “When you look at the rankings of the defensive side of the game, you shake your head many times. I’m not saying a lot of them aren’t accurate, because some of them are, but a lot of them aren’t accurate either.

“You can use the metrics or you can use the eye, and you should use ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2014 at 11:06 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, twins

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