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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Four teams are in on Mike Moustakas

Free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas is drawing interest from at least four clubs, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Friday. The Brewers are the presumed frontrunners to land the infielder, but Heyman adds that the Angels may take the inside edge as Moustakas hails from the San Fernando Valley and has invested in charity efforts in California over the last year. The Phillies and Padres, on the other hand, have been involved to a lesser degree as they’re both thought to be in hot pursuit ...

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QLE Posted: February 17, 2019 at 04:15 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, brewers, mike moustakas, padres, phillies

Cardinals taking it slowly with Ozuna’s repaired shoulder

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Marcel Ozuna will be on a limited throwing program to start the spring but is expected to be ready for opening day, manager Mike Shildt said Saturday.

Ozuna underwent offseason shoulder surgery and is still in the rehabilitation process.

“Just making sure that he’s being stretched out, healthy and moving forward,” Shildt said. “But his program has been nothing but positive feedback, has been great, and he’s feeling good.”

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QLE Posted: February 17, 2019 at 03:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, marcell ozuna, shoulder surgery

Opportunity convinces Davey Martinez to throw aside an old baseball trope

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—Remember that time a manager had to use his “emergency” catcher? No? Well, that’s because it rarely happens.

Maybe once in a lifetime. Maybe never. It long operated as the unverifiable excuse for not putting the backup catcher into a game, always enabling that pervasive detriment to change, “What if?”

What if the replacement is hurt? Then the manager is stuck with the so-called emergency catcher. That could be hairy.

Mind you, this would be less of a problem ...

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QLE Posted: February 17, 2019 at 03:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, davey martinez, nationals

Giants switch-pitcher Pat Venditte draws early crowd at Spring Training

Jumping ahead to the relevant section:

Pat Venditte, the switch-pitcher, is as fascinating to many of the Giants as he is to fans. As he warmed up his right arm Saturday, a member of the staff walked up and asked him to explain how he became a switch-pitcher. He has drawn a crowd during bullpen sessions, and manager Bruce Bochy joked about how he may use Venditte.

“When I’m stuck and I don’t know which matchup I want, I’ll put him out there,” Bochy said smiling. “I can’t get ...

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QLE Posted: February 17, 2019 at 03:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pat venditte, switch pitchers

Former Nationals GM thinks the Bryce Harper sweepstakes are almost over

Another day, another favorite in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes.

It’s not a completely new team this time around, but former baseball executive and current analyst Jim Bowden feels pretty confident in the Philadelphia Phillies landing the services of the star outfielder.

“I keep hearing there’s a lot of momentum and traction here on him going and signing with the Philadelphia Phillies,” Bowden shared on CBS Sports HQ. “And he could be rounding third and heading home shortly.”

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QLE Posted: February 17, 2019 at 03:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, hot stove, jim bowden

Ichiro back in M’s camp at 45 with chance to play at home

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki fluidly went through a variety of stretches on the floor in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse even before going onto the field. Once outside, he smoothly went through fielding, hitting and baserunning drills.

At 45 and in spring training again, Suzuki is working toward the chance to play for his original major league team in his home country.

“Being able to put on the Seattle Mariners uniform as a player, being here the first day, it is just amazing, it is ...

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QLE Posted: February 17, 2019 at 03:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, japanese baseball, mariners

Indians catcher Perez set to make most of opportunity

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Roberto Perez waited for his turn and vows to make the most of his big chance.

Perez figures to get plenty of time behind the plate for the Cleveland Indians after the AL Central champions traded All-Star Yan Gomes to Washington.

The 30-year-old Perez is eager to get going.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “It was something I’ve always wanted. I knew Yan was the guy but now that I have the opportunity, I’m going to take advantage of it.”

Best wishes for ...

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QLE Posted: February 17, 2019 at 03:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, roberto perez

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Peter O’Brien to play right field for Marlins

This is an odd shuffle.

Peter O’Brien impressed as a September callup in 2018, playing mostly first base while belting four home runs with 10 RBIs in 66 at-bats.

Speculation has been that O’Brien will compete for the starting first-base job. The plan is actually to give him a shot in right field.

Because of his power potential, the Marlins are trying to find the best fit for O’Brien. And with Brian Anderson moving to third base, that frees up right field.

The front-runners at first base are ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Yoenis Cespedes says he’ll be back in the second half - New York Daily News

“At this moment, I do feel like I will return,” Cespedes said through a translator Friday. “It may be three months, it may be two months, it may be one month. But at this point, the way that I feel, I do think I can return.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 08:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Luis Severino Agrees to 4-Year Deal as Yankees Try to Lock Up Young Core

Severino forfeited what would have been his first season of free agency, in 2023: The deal includes a team option for $15 million that year or a $2.75 million buyout.

The contract also holds hints of players’ fears amid tense labor relations in the majors. Severino’s deal is front-loaded: He will earn $6 million in 2019 and $10 million in 2020, and then is to receive only modest raises to $10.25 million in 2021 and $11 million in 2022. In other words, he will earn $26.25 million of the $40 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 08:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Give Chris Davis a break on his Sarasota arrival. What matters is what he does when things count – The Athletic

“The player that was productive and successful in the past has not gone. He didn’t disappear,” Davis said. “He’s still here, and I think as far as my swing is concerned, I feel that I’m that player right now.”

It’s OK to be skeptical. We’re all skeptical. Davis will be 33 in March. He has hit above .225 just once in the past five seasons and has struck out 190 or more times in each of his past four campaigns. And his seven-year, $161 million contract, awarded in January 2016, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, orioles

Q&A with Alex Cobb: ‘I’m not going to be bitter. I’m not going to be upset I’m in the position I am.

Will Alex Cobb’s 2018 season impact this year’s free agent stragglers?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 07:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cobb, free agency, orioles

The Bryce, Manny stalemate and the latest on MLB free agency

Jeff Passan with a little insight.

2. Justin Verlander and a brigade of other players to end their public grousing on the health of the free-agent market? Probably not.

One part of their messaging is hitting home: More and more players, in speaking out on the matter, are saying there are more than 100 jobless free agents. This is not true. A liberal accounting of the so-called XX(B) free agents—ones who have six-plus years of service—counts about 50. Of those 50, about half are clearly ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 07:47 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

There’s no crying in free agency: What it’s really like to wait for a deal – The Athletic

A comprehensive look at free agency this year, by Britt Ghiroli.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency


Twins’ future still depends on Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano | Star Tribune

I’m in the ever-shrinking group of people who are still buying on Buxton. Granted, I’ll buy in a little lower this year, but I’m still buying.

In 2017, when the Twins captured an AL wild-card spot, Buxton played 140 games, won a Gold Glove in center field and hit .253 with 16 home runs. Sano was named an All-Star that season, hit .264, played in 114 games and had his second consecutive season with at least 25 home runs.

But in 2018, both had lost, injury-plagued seasons. Sano played in 71 games ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 07:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Walt Davis on Projections

Walt Davis is one of the most insightful posters on the site. Here’s a great post about projections.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 07:23 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: projections

Baseball Savant MLB Draft Application | baseballsavant.com

More good stuff at the Baseball Savant.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:27 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Red Sox’ Dustin Pedroia says, in hindsight, he shouldn’t have had knee surgery

FORT MYERS, Fla.—As Dustin Pedroia readies for a comeback campaign, the Red Sox second baseman says, in hindsight, he would have handled his knee injury differently.

Pedroia underwent an operation in November 2017 that kept him sidelined for all but three games in the 2018 season. The 35-year-old veteran admitted Friday at JetBlue Park that if he could turn back time, he would decide against the cartilage restoration procedure.

“I wouldn’t have done it,” Pedroia said. “I don’t ...

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QLE Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, knees

Tigers beat Fulmer in final arbitration case this year

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Detroit beat pitcher Michael Fulmer in the last salary arbitration case this year, leaving players with a 6-4 final record in decisions.

Fulmer was awarded a raise from $575,200 to $2.8 million by Matt Goldberg, Robert Herzog and Elizabeth Neumeier, who heard the case Wednesday. Fulmer had asked for $3.4 million.

The decision was withheld until Friday, when right-hander Luis Severino and the Yankees had been scheduled for a hearing.

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QLE Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, michael fulmer

Did The Cubs Miss Their Chance To Be A Dynasty?

In addition to being one of the great sports stories of the 21st century — breaking a 108-year championship drought in extra innings of World Series Game 7 — the 2016 Chicago Cubs were legitimately one of the best baseball teams of all time. With a championship core of young talent that included Kris Bryant (age 24),1 Anthony Rizzo (26), Kyle Hendricks (26), Addison Russell (22), Javier Baez (23), Kyle Schwarber (23), Willson Contreras (24) and Jason Heyward (26), Chicago seemed poised to ...

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QLE Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dynasties

Farquhar wears protective cap for 1st bullpen session

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Danny Farquhar wore a specially designed protective cap Friday during his first spring training bullpen session with the New York Yankees.

Farquhar collapsed in the Chicago White Sox dugout last April 20 after pitching in the sixth inning against Houston. He was diagnosed with a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage, had surgery the next day and was hospitalized until May 7. Farquhar was not cleared to pitch again in 2018, became a free agent after the season and signed a ...

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QLE Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: comeback, danny farquhar

Even in bullpen age, several teams still built on starters

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Forget about this bullpen obsession for a moment. Believe it or not, plenty of big league teams are still anchored by well-armed rotations.

In this age of openers and closers, with relievers starting games and starters rarely finishing them, it might seem starting pitchers have been devalued by executives all over baseball.

Dallas Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, is a 31-year-old free agent still looking for a job. Same for fellow lefty Gio Gonzalez, ...

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QLE Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, pitching, starter usage

For Nolan Arenado, it’s about more than just the money

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Mid-morning, the fog that was low and warm lifted. Filtered and grayish since daybreak, the sun’s rays hit him square across the shoulders and neck. The infield, otherwise smooth and glossy, was, a few steps to his left, a few steps back, chopped and pitted and worn.

“Right down that line, dawg,” he shouted.

And so all that stuff that looks made up in the moment, that looks impossible until it isn’t, that can only be a gift of intuition and providence, began with ...

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QLE Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, nolan arenado

Adam Wainwright Worried About Mid-Season Strike, Players Walking Out

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is worried that the cool Hot Stove this offseason could lead to a strike.

Wainwright spoke to InsideSTL.com on Friday and voiced his concerns over what could happen with the growing issues between players and management.

“Unless something changes, there’s going to be a strike. 100%,” he said. “I’m just worried people are going to walk out midseason.”

So, what do we anticipate happening as a result of a mid-season strike, should it come to pass?

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QLE Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, hot stove, strike

Friday, February 15, 2019

Nightengale: Trevor Bauer’s radical idea on MLB contracts could benefit everyone

As free agents have struggled to land long-term deals over the past two winters, the 28-year-old believes that signing only one-year contracts would make him affordable to all 30 teams, even with an annual price tag of at least $35 million.

“I’ll go year-to-year my entire career,” said Bauer, who is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2020 season. “Why would you lock yourself in a situation that may not make you happy? I think that’s highly inefficient. Everybody is afraid of ...

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shoewizard Posted: February 15, 2019 at 04:41 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians, free agency, trevor bauer

Cubs’ Addison Russell: ‘I am accountable for my past actions’

Addison Russell had more than five months to prepare for his first media session since his domestic violence suspension, and it showed.

With his manager, top front office executives and the Cubs’ highest-ranking public relations people watching from the back of the room, the Cubs’ troubled shortstop held a polished 20-minute Q-and-A session heavy on “thank you for that question” responses and obviously well rehearsed talking points.

“I’m accountable for my past actions,” he ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2019 at 04:38 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell

OT - 2018-19 NBA thread (All-Star Weekend to Twelfth of Never edition)

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, none of whom can be bothered to curate their own thread to avoid detracting from what this site is really about:  Kyler Murray and how the Galactic Empire did nothing wrong.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: February 15, 2019 at 12:14 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, off-topic

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-15-2019

Washington Times, February 15, 1919:

Joe Jackson and “Swede” Risberg for Bobby Veach, Donie Bush and Harry Heilman is the latest heard in “the Loop.”

Bush, according to the story, is dissatisfied with conditions in Detroit, and welcomes a change. Furthermore, the Tigers’ shortstop is a veteran, and Hughey Jennings has taken quite a fancy to Risberg.

Jackson has not communicated with the Chicago club. He has taken sadly to heart the columns of criticism hurled at him all around the country, and ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 15, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Giants add a ‘baseball guy’ to develop new data-driven pitching program – The Athletic

All you SABR nerds aren’t baseball people.

Maybe if the “internal civil war” doesn’t need to exist, we should stop classifying ourselves so much.

“I’m not a mathematician or a SABR nerd,” Daniels told The Athletic this week. “I’ve read all that stuff but at heart I’m a baseball guy that knows data, not the other way around.”

It’s an important distinction.

“There’s an internal civil war that exists and doesn’t need to exist,” Daniels admitted.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pay site

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