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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Craig Breslow talking to teams about non-playing role | NBC Sports Boston

Craig Breslow, a key member of the 2013 world champion Red Sox and a pitcher who has long appeared a strong candidate for a second life in baseball when his playing days are over, is about to make the jump.

The lefty reliever, 38 years old with 12 big league seasons under his belt, is talking to teams about moving to a non-playing role and is weighing his options, Breslow told NBC Sports Boston. The Connecticut native has been in touch with the Red Sox, whom he spent more time with than any ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 08:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig breslow

Why gambling used to scare baseball and why it doesn’t anymore

In 2013, Selig gave sworn testimony about the Lovecraftian horrors that would emerge from gambling’s depths to consume baseball.

In 2018, his replacement waxed poetic about just how snugly the sport and gambling fit together.

This is how baseball stopped worrying and learned to love the casino.

Interesting read on the optics of gambling, and how technology plays in.

Greg Pope Posted: December 13, 2018 at 07:51 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling

Tony La Russa has some expletives for Harold Baines’ Hall of Fame detractors

The most heated debate at this week’s winter meetings hasn’t centered around Bryce Harper or Manny Machado’s next move. Instead, it’s centered around Harold Baines’ election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The longtime Chicago White Sox slugger was surprisingly elected by the Today’s Game era committee on Sunday, where he joined closer Lee Smith as baseball’s newest Hall of Famers. Yet here we are, three days later, with opinions still flowing and emotions still running plenty high.

Bryce Harper: Sweepstakes reach fever pitch in Las Vegas

Boras being Boras.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 11:17 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, scott boras

No, Rays owner can’t pay a “penalty” to move out of Tampa Bay before 2027 | Field of Schemes

The Rays aren’t jumping to Montreal any time soon.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 11:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-13-2018

Washington Herald, December 13, 1918:

Georgie Burns is building ships at a New Jersey yard and is so enamored of the work that he will stick to it until McGraw orders his veterans to training camp next spring. Ordinarily the Giant left fielder takes on ten or fifteen pounds during the off season, but thus far this winter he hasn’t gained an ounce.
It is reported that Hickman, of the Dodgers, may not play ball again. He is said to have a responsible position with a shipping company.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 13, 2018 at 10:40 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

UPDATE: WEEI denies it will change Red Sox broadcasts to a talk show format – HardballTalk

I’m not sure what’s going on but this idea sounds kinda silly.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 10:22 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, red sox

How Harold Baines’ induction could impact current and future Hall candidates – The Athletic

I generally don’t get worked up with Hall of Fame stuff because the whole process is an absolute mess. Listening to the justifications for voting for Baines, though, has been irritating. The worst, though, was when La Russa acted like his opinion is somehow incontrovertible.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 10:09 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, harold baines, pay site

Yankees To Sign J.A. Happ

The Yankees have reportedly agreed to a two-year, $34MM deal to bring free agent southpaw J.A. Happ back to the Bronx.  The contract is pending a physical;

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 13, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Scouts of the Year awarded at Winter Meetings

Each year at the Winter Meetings, the scouting industry gathers to celebrate some of their own at the Scout of the Year reception. The fact the recipients are chosen by their peers, scouts singling out other scouts, makes the honor even more special.

This year’s quartet of honorees for the 35th edition of the event have made an unmistakable impact on the game, and they continue to do so. Awarded regionally, Damon Oppenheimer of the Yankees (West Coast Scout of the Year), Brad Sloan of the Red ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 09:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scouts

Brian Cashman refers to Yankees as Death Star |

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman delivered one of the more memorable quips of this Winter Meetings late on Wednesday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, addressing the team’s interest—or lack thereof—in free-agent slugger Bryce Harper.

“If something doesn’t make sense today, it doesn’t mean it won’t make sense tomorrow,” Cashman said. “All I can keep telling you is, you know where my current focuses are, but at the same time we’re a fully operational Death Star.”

...
Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 09:02 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

The Income Tax Implications of Bryce Harper’s Choice of Next Team | Community – FanGraphs Baseball

According to Chuck Hildebrandt, it’s about a $2 million swing between the worst and best.

Lastly, these tax estimates are based on the actual tax rates each of these states and cities levy on income earners in their jurisdictions, including the application of graduated rates where appropriate (mostly in high tax states, and in New York City). Even so, with only a few exceptions, the vast, vast majority of Bryce Harper’s income will be taxed in all these states and cities at the highest rate ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 08:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: byrce harper, free agents

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

MLB Winter Meetings: GMs can’t find good cell service |

Can you hear me now?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 09:01 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: winter meetings

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

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