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Friday, November 25, 2016

The Braves steal Sean Rodriguez - Beyond the Box Score

Ronnie Socash like Sean Rodrigues. He really likes him.

Moving forward to 2017, the Braves secured someone they could plug in at second base and immediately see top-level production. Through the adjustments he made in his swing, Rodriguez could be considered a 20 home run threat for at least 2017. If he continues to provide the above-average defense he’s known for, Rodriguez could provide the type of value that will make him the free agent bargain of the offseason.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, sean rodriguez

Gleyber Torres has real chance to make Yankees great again - NY Daily News

All aboard the hype train!

“He’s just ridiculously good. He was clearly the best player in the league. It seemed like he hit a line drive every time up.’’

A scout for a major league team who hadn’t seen Torres since May, when he was still in the Cubs’ farm system, offered a similarly glowing report after observing him in the AFL, which concluded Saturday.

“He’s progressing at an advanced rate,’’ the scout said. “The more you see him, the more impressed you are with his ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, yankees

Rumors And Rumblings - Pitch Framing Gets You Paid

What can the Cubs get for Soler?

While there is a lineup spot open for Bird in New York, it seems that outfielder Jorge Soler is not a fit with the Chicago Cubs.

Soler’s best chance for playing time in 2017 is likely to be the short side of a platoon in left field with left-handed-hitting Kyle Schwarber. Jason Heyward and Albert Almora Jr. are likely to platoon in center field while Ben Zobrist would be the everyday right fielder and Matt Szczur would serve as the fifth outfielder.

If the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, notes

Matt Chapman, Franklin Barreto top Oakland A’s farm system in 2016 | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Shortstop—Franklin Barreto, Midland (119 games), Nashville (four games): While scouts grade Barreto’s speed as average, the A’s top prospect contradicted that notion by stealing 30 bases to lead Oakland Minor Leaguers. But after also being caught stealing 17 times, Christenson sees plenty of room for improvement.

“He definitely has above-average speed. I think he’s a daring baserunner. He’s trying to figure out when is the best times for him to run,” the manager said. “I think that’s the main ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, prospects

Astros could be next season’s Cubs — and are spending like it | New York Post

“When you have a core you have identified, you want to give them a chance because nothing is guaranteed in this sport, including winning,” Houston manger A.J. Hinch said by phone.
...
The Cubs’ decision making has been better, most notably with Houston taking Mark Appel with the first pick in the 2013 draft and Chicago following with Bryant (imagine an infield with Bryant, Correa and Altuve) and in 2014 when the Astros took Brady Aiken with the first overall pick (he did not sign) and the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Kelly: Tim Raines is a poster boy for sports injustice, but his snub doesn’t deserve our obsession - The Globe and Mail

Let me spend time writing about something too dumb and not important enough to discuss. Really?

What’s dispiriting is how complicit smart people are in their own dumbing down. Play sports, watch sports, talk sports, care about sports. That’s all great. But not if you begin to think that sports and how they turn out explains something vital about your culture. They only do that if you choose not to pay attention to anything else.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 07:35 AM | 155 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, hall of fame, tim raines

Homegrown Cleveland Indians’ Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez long shots to enter Cooperstown together | cleveland.com

Roid rage, an outburst of temper, is a byproduct of steroid use. Belle was always mad at somebody. If he wasn’t cursing at reporters, he was taking a bat to the postgame meal or a teammate’s boom box. Fury always seemed to be close at hand with Belle.

After he retired, Belle was asked if he ever used steroids. He said simply, “No, I was just an angry black man.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 07:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians

MLB rosters should not be allowed to expand without restrictions | SI.com

Please give teams another option on the bench.

Baseball’s owners and players have talked about expanding rosters to 26 men as part of the collective bargaining agreement negotiations. If they do so without limitations on pitcher usage, it will be the worst thing to happen to the sport since Astroturf and threaten to end the game’s period of record growth.

I’ve been telling you for years that relief pitching is an internal threat to baseball’s appeal. The growing inventory of pitchers with ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 07:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful

This photograph makes me so happy. It was taken at the White House, of course, on the day that 21 people received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. I first saw it on Vin Scully’s Instagram page. I am thankful that Vin Scully has an Instagram page.

Joe Posnanski isn’t as generally revered here as he once was, but dude can write a personal essay.

frannyzoo Posted: November 24, 2016 at 10:32 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general

Arizona Diamondbacks trade Jean Segura to Seattle Mariners for Taijuan Walker

Mike Hazen’s reasons for the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mike hazen

Favorite Thanksgiving recipes around MLB | MLB.com

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families! May your day be filled with laughter and love (and no political talk) this holiday!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: thanksgiving

D-backs trade for Mariners’ Taijuan Walker | MLB.com

Segura gets traded again.

Mike Hazen made his first trade as D-backs GM on Wednesday night, acquiring right-hander Taijuan Walker and infielder Ketel Marte from the Mariners in exchange for infielder Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-handed reliever Zac Curtis.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners, trade

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Miller—Going to WAR—The mystery of Robbie Ray

Speaking as someone who spent a couple years of his life working on a WAR system before WAR was cool, too many people put too much credence in WAR. Too many don’t put enough. It’s something nice to look at and works well for a lot of different questions. Despite what some think, even with the advances in technology, it will always be just a reflection of reality. And that’s OK.

“One might assume.” One might assume that, if Martin Perez’s WARs are 1.8, 1.8 and 1.9 (as they were in 2016), that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 08:00 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, robbie ray, sabermetrics, war

Heyman - Yankees Casting Wide Net On Free Agent Market

The Yankees are out there, waiting, planning.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Talks progressing between MLB, union with lockout deadline looming

Jayson Stark with some optimism.

Two sources who had spoken with both sides told ESPN.com on Wednesday that they now sense there is “a path to a deal,” following negotiations Tuesday that stretched into the night.

Owners and the players’ union have been hung up for weeks over several major issues, most notably an international draft, the elimination of draft-pick compensation for teams that sign free agents and a new luxury tax/revenue-sharing formula.

Owners had begun making preparations for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:16 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Arizona Fall League’s top 25 prospects in 2016 | MLB.com

Well, a comp like this will get your attention.

3. Eloy Jimenez, OF, Mesa (Cubs No. 2): Another precocious 19-year-old, Jimenez wasn’t as spectacular in Arizona as he was when he starred at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and won the Class A Midwest League MVP award this summer. Yet he still exhibited as high a power ceiling as any Fall Leaguer, with scouts comparing his upside with Giancarlo Stanton’s.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:46 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Watch the fastest baserunning of 2016 according to Statcast | MLB.com

Speedsters.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

The ugly, awful, violent, big-dollar world of illegally smuggling Cuban baseball players

On Monday morning, the government filed its witness list in the case of the United States of America vs. Bart Hernandez. Among the 77 men and women it hopes will testify in federal court are some of the most high-profile Cubans in baseball today, including Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu. The smuggling of men like Abreu is the impetus behind the government’s prosecution of Hernandez, a longtime player agent now accused of trafficking baseball players from Cuba to the United States. ...

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Zach Posted: November 23, 2016 at 03:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban players, human trafficking

Thanks For The Memories Boston

Those are the things I am going to remember. In 50 years, when people say the name David Ortiz, I don’t care if people know my numbers. It would be great to be remembered as a Hall of Famer, but let me tell you what I really care about.…

I hope people remember me as a guy who brought people together and brought a lot of fun to the game.

This game is supposed to be fun, right?

I remember when I first came to this country, I noticed that in America, people only hug when bad things happen. ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: November 23, 2016 at 02:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: big papi, pedro, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-23-2016

Topeka State Journal, November 23, 1916:

Tyrus Cobb, the Detroit baseball star, has succumbed to alluring inducements of a motion picture company. The Georgian’s first film will soon be released, it is understood. According to trustworthy information, Tyrus gave the director very little trouble when the play—a baseball story—was being filmed, until he was asked to make love to the heroine. Cobb, it is claimed, absolutely refused to indulge in Graeco-Roman tactics, so that part of his performance ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 23, 2016 at 10:18 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ty cobb


Baseball Prospectus | Prospectus Feature: MLB’s Ongoing Search for Front Office Diversity

What it really comes down to, though, is why should they care? In many cases, the style of hiring that teams are used to has had decent-to-great results, with the best-case scenario being the two front offices that just made the World Series. As we discussed in our previous work, there are studies that suggest in the “outside” business world, increased diversity in the workplace does lead to higher success for the company, but there have been no such studies in the small and rarefied world ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diversity in baseball, front office

New York Mets prospects Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith are rising through the ranks | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Shortstop—Amed Rosario, St. Lucie (66 games), Binghamton (54 games): Despite being three years younger than the average position player at Double-A, Rosario flashed signs of being a future franchise cornerstone in 2016.

“Going back to last year when he was with us for the playoffs, I was impressed with his approach at the plate,” Lopez said. “Then this season, there was a big improvement in how he put together his at-bats. He did not miss a beat this season.”

After a wonderful start to the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Astros could be in market for another bat | MLB.com

“A lot of assumptions about health for next year, but if we’re healthy, we certainly have a solid, very good pitching staff that can get us where we need to go,” Luhnow said. “Adding Morton gave us some additional depth. We’re certainly in the market for another top-tier pitcher if it presents itself, but those are difficult trades to make. We’re looking, but nothing is imminent right now.”

Luhnow said signing Morton and trading for McCann were critical early moves because the Astros wanted ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

The Most Dominant Pitcher in the Minors* | FanGraphs Baseball

All hail, Jonathan Holder. Who?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Nationals poised to blow up baseball’s hot stove | New York Post

I guess they are waiting to move after the lockout.

Meanwhile, most big-market teams are moving slowly for two main reasons: 1) They want to see the rules in a new collective bargaining agreement, particularly when it comes to luxury-tax thresholds and penalties; 2) Many see a free-agent market saturated with bats and wonder whether patience will allow them to get a relative bargain later in the offseason with hitters who could not find a home at their expected prices.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Why Jorge Posada might not be long for Hall of Fame ballot | New York Post

Mostly, he could simply fall victim to an overcrowded ballot, on which voters only can select 10 players. Fifteen players return who received at least 7 percent of the vote, plus newcomers Rodriguez, Vladimir Guerrero and Manny Ramirez should receive plenty of support. The ballot is mainly jammed because players associated with steroids, such as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, linger and absorb plenty of votes, but not nearly the 75 percent needed to gain election.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:08 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, jorge posada, yankees

Milwaukee becomes 12th tobacco-free park in MLB

The ordinance is one thing. Enforcement of the ordinance is something else again. How’s that going to work? People in the stands turning each other in for violations? Bad idea. Will the security personnel in the clubhouse now be charged with seeing which players have cans of dip in their lockers, or a chaw in their cheek?

There doesn’t seem to be any way that works well.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: milwaukee, smokeless tobacco

Pablo Sandoval expected to get the first shot at third

Why wouldn’t he?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Texas Rangers: New Ranger Andrew Cashner on signing with Texas: It’s ‘the best culture in baseball’ | SportsDay

We’ll see how this deal works out.

Some players are better in certain situations than others, Daniels said. That is why the Rangers on Monday completed work on a one-year deal worth $10 million with free agent starting pitcher Andrew Cashner.

It is, Daniels said, a good fit.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

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