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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Full Count » Source: Red Sox among most aggressive in pursuit of Greg Holland

I see Holland as a great fit for the Red Sox (and a lot of other teams). He’ll get paid but he won’t be getting anything close to $20 million a year.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, greg holland, red sox

Jose Abreu Opts Into Arbitration - MLB Trade Rumors

As Tim also noted in that exploration of Abreu’s unique contract situation, though, Abreu also can’t be given a standard raise on top of that base. Abreu’s numbers to date compare favorably to Giancarlo Stanton’s first three years, but Stanton earned $6.5MM in his first trip through arbitration. Abreu is already north of that and wouldn’t be boosted an additional $6.5MM on top of his current salary, but he also isn’t in line for a cut to that mark either. More realistically, he’ll ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jose abreu, white sox

Scouting Lourdes Gurriel and Three Other Cuban Prospects | FanGraphs Baseball

The reports I’ve gotten from international scouts regarding Gurriel are solid, if unspectacular. Scouts see the physical talent to play at second, third, or the corner outfield and one source with whom I spoke thought he’d have a chance of playing center field with reps. His arm is plus and he’s an average runner (above-average underway) with passable defensive actions on the infield.

Offensively, it’s been a while since scouts have seen Gurriel in an in-game setting and his timing ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lourdes gurriel, prospects

Rookie of the Year? Who cares? Gary Sanchez is face of Yankees - Yankees Blog- ESPN

The face of the Yankees? What happens when he regresses next year?

Gary Sanchez didn’t win the American League Rookie of the Year award, but he already took home a far more prestigious honor due to his amazing debut in 2016: He is undoubtedly the new face of the New York Yankees.

Just 55 games into his major league career, Sanchez is the supermoon in the Yankees’ universe.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

Monday, November 14, 2016

Hellickson, Walker accept offers; 8 decline | MLB.com

The free-agent market became a bit clearer today, as Phillies righty Jeremy Hellickson accepted a qualifying offer and Mets second baseman Neil Walker followed suit on Monday. The other eight eligible players declined, keeping them as free agents.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 09:15 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, qualifying offers

BBWAA Rookie of the Year Awards announced | MLB.com

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was unanimously named the Jackie Robinson National League Rookie of the Year Award winner in the National League, while Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer earned the top honor in the American League.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 07:47 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, rookie of the year

Twins’ catching prospect Mitch Garver makes his case

With the Twins’ new regime in place, pitch framing should play a larger role than ever in the club’s evaluation of catchers. Here, again, Garver believes he’s making progress.

“I have a heat chart of pitches I missed or pitches I caught well and I stole,” he said. “That’s getting bigger and bigger. I like the heat maps more than percentages. I think those help me out a lot. It’s been a process because the strike zone’s changing.”

With Alford at the plate, Garver was able ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:24 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mitch garver, twins

If We Had a 2017 HOF Vote…

“One of the 20-25 greatest hitters to ever step in the box. When he played the outfield, he looked like a man trying to remember where he left his keys.”

“The HOF is populated by cheaters, gamblers, racists, drunks, and abusers of women. It’s also filled with kind, decent, generous men. One’s view on where Schilling lands on this character spectrum is irrelevant when assessing his qualifications as a player.”


The Plate Coverage take on some of the names we’ll see on the 2017 ballot. ...Read More...


OTP 14 November 2016: Curt Schilling Mocks Matt Damon

Curt Schilling was giddy following the news of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election.

The former Red Sox pitcher and possible future Senate candidate chatted with TMZ Sports on Wednesday to express his joy over the results and to mock Hollywood stars who supported Hillary Clinton. In particular, Schilling singled out Matt Damon, saying that he and other celebrity supporters should “go away” now that America has decided it’s next president.

(As always, views ...

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BDC Posted: November 14, 2016 at 04:45 PM | 1616 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, red sox

MINOR LEAGUE FREE AGENTS 2016

Sorry if this was posted already, I missed it if it was.

The group includes (with original drafting organization) first-rounders Michael Choice (Athletics), Alex Wimmers (Twins), Kellin Deglan (Rangers) and Cito Culver (Yankees); supplemental first-rounders Matt Lipka (Braves), Taylor Lindsey (Angels), Asher Wojciechowski (Blue Jays), Drew Vettleson (Rays) and Peter Tago (Rockies); second-rounder Stetson Allie (Pirates); and third-rounders Rob Brantly (Tigers), Pat Dean (Twins), Leon Landry ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 14, 2016 at 03:00 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league free agents

Desired dollars—Should we care what free agents are seeking?

It may not hurt to ask but it can sometimes be funny.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 02:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Anthony Rizzo Wins Platinum Glove as *THE* Best Defender in the NL

Anthony Rizzo did lead all MLB first basemen in defensive runs saved (11) and was third in UZR, but obviously doesn’t come close to any of the leaders in overall defensive runs saved or other metrics … after all, that’s why he’s playing first base. To be certain, each of his teammates Addison Russell, Jason Heyward, Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist were higher rated overall defensive players in 2016.

What a dumb award.

Voodoo Posted: November 14, 2016 at 12:19 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, gold gloves

Myriad O’s thoughts: Trumbo’s QO; Peterson’s departure; coaching vacancies; awards talk - BaltimoreBaseball.com

He’s one of the most interesting free agents out there. Is anyone really going to pay him full value on his 2016 season? I doubt it but sometimes teams surprise.

It would be absolutely, positively shocking if he accepted the one-year, $17.2 million deal from the Orioles. It just doesn’t make sense for him. And though I’ve heard from some optimistic fans who aren’t giving up hope until they hear official word, Trumbo’s not going to settle for a one-year pact. That’s the obvious reality. ...Read More...

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 10:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mark trumbo, orioles

2017 Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects | BaseballAmerica.com

Staumont at #1 in Baseball America?

MLB Pipeline ranks him 10th. The biggest issue is clearly his control.
MLB Pipeline’s Scouting grades: Fastball: 80 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 40 | Overall: 45

Here’s what they had to say about him.

Staumont can maintain a mid-90s fastball into the late innings as starter, work in the upper 90s as a reliever and hit 102 mph with riding life. He also can run a two-seamer into the high 90s with heavy sink. He has ace-caliber stuff when he can ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 10:19 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, royals

MLB Network Breaks Several Viewership Records At End Of 2016 Season

I’m just waiting for the MLB Network to introduce a streaming option which isn’t tied to cable television to cut the cord. Right now it’s the only channel keeping me with cable TV.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb network, television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-14-2016

Seattle Star, November 14, 1916:

Prepare to shed a tear or two, ye baseball fans.

“Germany” Schaeffer [sic], the village cutup who has kept fans in the American and Federal leagues in chuckles of mirth during more than one contest on the diamond, has decided to leave the diamond forever.
...
Bill Donovan gave him a chance with the Yanks, but playing was needed, and not comedy, and “Germany” failed to deliver.

In fairness to Schaefer, the “chance” that he got with the 1916 Yankees consisted of ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 14, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Best Statistical Non-MVP seasons – The Hardball Times

Number one.

1941 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox LF: 11.0 WAR; 143 G; 135 R; 37 HR; 2 SB; .406 AVG; .553 OBP; .735 SLG; .568 wOBA; 221 wRC+; -8.8 DEF
Williams’ 1941 campaign was one of the greatest in baseball history. Seventy-five years later, Williams is still the last player ever to hit .400 in a full season. He cemented the feat by going 6-for-8 in a doubleheader on the last day of the season. Aside from batting average, he also led the majors in WAR, runs, home runs, walks, on-base ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 09:27 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, mvp

Baseball’s qualifying offer system as we know it needs to end | FOX Sports

So, let me get this straight, 10 players received qualifying offers this year. 10. So Kenny thinks it’s much better to screw over all international free agents in order to help 10 players? That doesn’t seem like a nice big-picture solution. Wouldn’t it be better for the players to concede on another issue to get this changed?

The owners will want significant concessions from the players to effectively grant them unrestricted free agency, something that never has existed in baseball. Well, the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Why Gary Sanchez has real shot to be named Rookie of the Year | New York Post

I would have voted for Fulmer.

The Baseball Writers Association of America’s “Awards Week” kicks off with the announcement of the Rookies of the Year. Whereas the National League honor figures to go unanimously to Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, the American League trophy is up for grabs between Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer, whom the Mets traded to Detroit for Yoenis Cespedes on July 31, 2015.

Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin is the third finalist for the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gary sanchez, rookie of the year, yankees

Carlos Beltrán Reaches a Bunch of Milestones, Chris Archer and James Shields Just Miss Losing 20, Chase Utley Goes the Entire Season Without Grounding into a Double Play and Other Statistical Tidbits of 2016

Beltrán’s strong hitting in 2016 was key for the veteran as achieving 400 home runs, 2,500 hits, 1,500 RBI, and 1,500 runs will help him garner votes with the more traditional/old school Hall of Fame electorate who favor round milestones over analytical value.  Moreover, at season’s end, Beltrán sat at an impressive 70.4 Wins Above Replacement and 36.4 Wins Above Average for his career, so he will undoubtedly draw strong support from younger, more sabermetrically-inclined voters as well.  ...

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Saunders: Bud Black certain he can work, thrive with Rockies’ front office

Given that history, I pulled Black aside after his introductory news conference. I asked: “The last two managers left with hard feelings between them and the front office. I assume you would not have taken this job if you were not in concert with Jeff Bridich, correct?”

Black answered: “I had not met Jeff before. I hadn’t met with (assistant GM of player personnel) Jon Weil, (owner) Dick Monfort or (assistant GM of baseball operations) Zack Rosenthal. But it was a great dialogue, it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Arizona Diamondbacks’ winter spending could be limited

A team can’t sign expensive free agents every year?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

For Red Sox, extending young stars now could prove fruitful down the road

I’d rather have the Sox spend money locking up their young core than pick up a pricey new DH.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

MLB award winners: Previewing the week ahead | MLB.com

Interesting week of award announcement coming. Will Mike Trout win the AL MVP?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

MLB Hot Stove: Here are the hot-button items during ongoing CBA talks - CBSSports.com

I can’t see how a deal doesn’t get done. I’m sure the deal will screw over international players.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba

Sunday, November 13, 2016


The Undefeated: Marannis: No Gentle Saint—Roberto Clemente Was a Fierce Critic of Both Baseball and American Society

Marannis:

In its effort to adjust to the times, baseball is being shaped today by two trends that sometimes work at cross-purposes.  One is the demand by many ballplayers that they be allowed to express their individuality and not be forced to conform to old-school baseball conventions…

The other trend is the evangelism of analytics. I’m an agnostic when it comes to this religion. I have nothing against using statistical analysis to figure out the best way to win, for each at-bat and over ...

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Betts, Bogaerts, and D Price(GGC) Posted: November 13, 2016 at 09:50 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Braves sign Jordan Walden to a minor league deal; possibly predicted by Henry David Thoreau.

“Whether he finally survived that combat, and spent the remainder of his days in some Hotel des Invalides, I do not know; but I thought that his industry would not be worth much thereafter.“

While I’m excited about Walden’s return to the Atlanta organization, the last place he had considerable success, I urge caution. Shoulder strains and injuries can be bad news, and they often portend the beginning of the end of a career. While none of us want that for Jordan, it can’t be ruled out ...

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Jervis Posted: November 13, 2016 at 12:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves, jordan walden

Cody Bellinger continues power display in AFL - True Blue LA

I’m a big believer in Bellinger.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, dodgers, prospects

Nick Cafardo: CBA stalemate could hinder MLB’s big-ticket free agents

GMs need to know what the the luxury tax threshold is going to be. This, Cubs stuff, and a bunch of tidbits.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2016 at 07:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, notes

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