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Friday, December 12, 2014

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

The Daily Missoulian, December 12, 1914:

“Chief” George Johnson, the Indian Federal league pitcher who defied the authorities at Winnebago [Nebraska] to arrest him and made his escape after an accidental shooting, which resulted in an injury to a bystander, was placed in custody [yesterday]. He is charged with disturbing the peace and resisting an officer. He gave his bond for appearance in court later.

I can’t seem to find any other information on this incident, so I don’t know who fired the ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 12, 2014 at 08:01 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: chief johnson, dugout, history

Thursday, December 11, 2014

ESPN: Highest Ranking Hispanic Woman In MLB Files Discrimination Suit

Sylvia Lind’s lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, seeks unspecified damages for what she describes as a failure by the league to consider, interview, appoint and promote qualified Hispanic women to managerial and executive positions. Lind, 48, says the league has created a hostile work environment for her because of her age. Lind, the league’s director of baseball initiatives in its Office of the Commissioner, names as defendants the league, commissioner Bud Selig and Hall of Famer Frank ...

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Twins give Ervin Santana four years, $55M

The right-hander is guaranteed $54 million over the four years, with a conditional option worth $14 million in 2019 if he throws more than 200 innings, a source said. He will receive a $1 million buyout if the Twins don’t exercise the option.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: December 11, 2014 at 04:54 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: minnesota twins, over their heads

Gamble: Jimmy Rollins To Spend His Last Days Waking, Baking And Chasing C’hips In The LA Sun

Latest Gamble huff: Philadelphia freedom.

They need to tweak a few things within their mental makeup. The way they are internally wired isn’t conducive to playing up to standards in the postseason. Nobody on the squad—not even Mr. Cy Young/MVP Clayton Kershaw –has that next killer gear. The blonde bombshell spit the bit twice in the playoffs in huge situations.

That’s why the Dodgers, having had their fill of fluff piece performers and now desiring a chiseled baseball veteran, traded ...

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Repoz Posted: December 11, 2014 at 04:12 PM | 171 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, phillies

Rule 5 Draft: Oscar Hernandez, Delino DeShields at top | MiLB.com

Click through for the picks.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 02:26 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5 draft

Mets To Sign John Mayberry Jr.

I guess this still makes the winter meetings “active” by Mets standards.

The Mets have agreed to a major league contract with outfielder John Mayberry Jr., Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports on Twitter. Mayberry gets a $1.45MM deal, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets.

The District Attorney Posted: December 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, john mayberry jr., mets, transactions

Red Sox To Sign Justin Masterson

“Our pitchers are so mediocre. And we have so few of them!”

The Red Sox have agreed to sign righty Justin Masterson, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports on Twitter. The deal is for approximately $9MM, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets.

Masterson, 29, fell off significantly last year after a three-year run in which he averaged 205 frames and a 3.86 ERA… In 2014, he scuffled to a 5.88 ERA in 128 2/3 innings last year, striking out 8.1 and walking 4.8 batters per nine while dealing with a variety ...

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The District Attorney Posted: December 11, 2014 at 12:47 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, justin masterson, red sox, transactions

Tigers Acquire Alfredo Simon

The Tigers have officially agreed to a deal with the Reds for starter Alfredo Simon, . A pair of 23-year-olds will be headed to Cincinnati in the trade: shortstop Eugenio Suarez and pitching prospect Jonathan Crawford.

Simon, a veteran righty, is projected by MLBTR and Matt Swartz to earn $5.1MM in his final year of arbitration eligibility.

The District Attorney Posted: December 11, 2014 at 12:42 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: alfredo simon, eugenio suarez, reds, tigers, trades, transactions

Marlins To Acquire Mat Latos From Reds

And Cat Latos, natch.

Marlins pitching prospect Anthony DeSclafani is likely headed to the Reds in the deal, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro tweets. Chad Wallach is also going to Cincinnati, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports on Twitter.


Royals To Sign Kendrys Morales

Yeah, everyone else make sure you copy what these guys do.

The Royals have agreed to a two-year, $17MM deal with free agent DH Kendrys Morales. Morales can earn an additional $750K per year through performance incentives.

The District Attorney Posted: December 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, kendrys morales, royals, transactions

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-11-2014

Topeka State Journal, December 11, 1914:

The Federal league is ready to give Rube Marquard back to the New York Giants. President R.B. Ward of the Brookfeds, who signed Marquard for his team has written a letter to that effect to President H.N. Hempstead of the Giants.
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In his letter to President Hempstead Mr. Ward takes occasion to demonstrate that the Federals are making much greater efforts to play the game fairly than is the Giants management. He instances the case of William Ritter and ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 11, 2014 at 10:08 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, federal league, hank ritter, history, rube marquard

Giants notebook: Barry Zito will attempt a comeback

Zito, who stepped away from the game after the 2013 season, has been working out at a facility in Houston since September and is said to be encouraged by the mechanical adjustments he has made. The 36-year-old is working with Ron Wolforth, a rather unorthodox trainer who helped A’s left-hander Scott Kazmir return to form.

“He’s been working hard on his mechanics,” Boras said of Zito. “He doesn’t cup the ball anymore, and his drive to home plate is a little bit different than it was. He’s got ...

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Traderdave Posted: December 11, 2014 at 09:59 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

CJ Nitkowski on Twitter: “Told Cespedes to Detroit, Porcello to Boston is done.”

I really like this trade. Porcello is another starter who should benefit from the Red Sox infield defense.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 09:42 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, tigers

2014 AFL All-Star Team - BaseballAmerica.com

It was nice seeing most of these guys for the first time this fall. I wish MLB televised more games online, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Rule 5 Draft: Who Could Go And Why - BaseballAmerica.com

Baseball America runs down potential Rule 5 picks.

Multiple sources outside of the Diamondbacks organization believe that Arizona will take Rays catcher Oscar Hernandez with the first pick. The Twins are expected to take Braves righthander J.R. Graham with the fifth pick if Graham makes it that far.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 08:45 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rule 5 draft

Yankees’ Cashman: A-Rod needs to shed a few pounds | New York Post

I thought he was working out like a mad man?

Nobody expected Alex Rodriguez to turn into a tub of goo while suspended for the 2014 season, but he has a few pounds to shed to hit the weight the Yankees have told him to report at when spring training opens in late February.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 08:43 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Post-Howie Angels Trade for 2B Josh Rutledge - Halos Heaven

The Halos traded relief pitcher Jairo Diaz to the Colorado Rockies for infielder Josh Rutledge and announced the trade about a half-hour after the Kendrick for Andrew Heaney deal with the Dodgers went public.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh rutledge, rockies, trades, winter meetings

Sources: Padres, Dodgers agree on Matt Kemp trade | UTSanDiego.com

BOOM!

The Padres have reached an agreement with the Dodgers that would send outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz to San Diego in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and a pair of pitching prospects, sources told the U-T.

The Padres would also receive roughly $30 million to help offset the cost of the remaining five years and $107 million on Kemp’s eight-year, $160 million contract.

According to sources, the Padres are packaging Grandal with right-hander Joe Wieland and another ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 07:56 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, matt kemp, padres, tim federowicz, winter meetings, yasmani grandal

Brandon McCarthy, Dodgers ‘close’ to 4-year deal, per report

The Dodgers have reportedly maxed out their frequent shopper card at the winter meetings on Wednesday, closing in on yet another transaction. The team is close to a four-year contract with starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and confirmed by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

McCarthy had a sneakily good season in 2014, the first fully healthy campaign of his career. The right-hander was 10-15 with a 4.05 ERA between the Diamondbacks and Yankees. His peripherals were much ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers, free agents

Dodgers Acquire Howie Kendrick

The Friedman train don’t stop y’all.

The Dodgers have acquired second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Angels, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.  According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Halos are getting back southpaw Andrew Heaney, who was just acquired by the Dodgers from the Marlins earlier today.

Kendrick has been a subject of trade rumors for much of the offseason, with teams such as the Orioles, Yankees and Blue Jays all connected to the veteran second baseman at various times.  In ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, andrew heaney, angels, dodgers, marlins

Jimmy Rollins traded to Dodgers

Rollins down the river.

Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, ending his 15-year stint with the Philadelphia Phillies, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Jimmy Rollins, who has one year remaining on his contract, could provide the Dodgers with a short-term solution at shortstop until top prospect Corey Seager is ready for the majors.

It is unclear what Philadelphia acquired in exchange for the 36-year-old Rollins, a three-time All-Star shortstop who won the National League ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jimmy rollins, phillies

Astros add Gregerson, Neshek

The Houston Astros have agreed to a three-year, $18.5 million contract with Luke Gregerson and also have agreed to sign reliever Pat Neshek, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney, confirming multiple reports.

Gregerson is expected to take over as the team’s closer in 2015 with Neshek, coming off a career season, helping to fortify the back end of the bullpen.

Gregerson’s total compensation from the Astros can increase to $21 million if he is the team’s closer, a baseball source told ESPN.com’s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, free agents, luke gregerson, pat neshek, relievers

Pittsburgh Pirates acquire Antonio Bastardo from Phillies

The Battered Bastardo of Baseball.

The Phillies are close to sending Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers, and according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and MLB Daily Rumors’ Robert Murray, sent left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo to the Pirates in exchange for minor league pitcher Joely Rodriguez.

Bastardo, 29, posted a 3.94 ERA and 3.10 FIP in 64 innings with the Phillies last season. He struck out 81, walked 34, and owns a career 3.72 ERA. Bastardo has been efficient in six major league seasons, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: antonio bastardo, phillies, pirates, trade

Looking For the Real Chase Headley | FanGraphs Baseball

Headley fits in New York.

So what do we have going forward? Headley’s defensive numbers in 2014 were stellar, and while regression should certainly be expected, his ability to handle that position over his next contract isn’t likely in question. His fly ball tendency will play extremely differently in Yankee Stadium than it will in AT&T Park, as suggested by his 118 NYY PRD and 89 SF PRD figures on fly balls listed above. AT&T is more liner and grounder-friendly, though as discussed above, ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 06:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chase headley, free agents, sabermetrics

Thomas Boswell: In MLB, teams that hesitate with pending free agents often lose - The Washington Post

Tom Boswell on the Nationals off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 06:50 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

With Jon Lester out, Red Sox can stick to their plan | Boston Herald

I am not in the “sky is falling” group of Red Sox fans now that Jon Lester signed with the Cubs. The Red Sox have ample resources to improve their rotation. Although it’s fun to see your team get the splashy, expensive free agent, those moves aren’t always the best moves long term.

General manager Ben Cherington said this week the team has 15 or 20 scenarios it’s considering to fill the two massive holes atop its starting rotation.

No matter where Lester ranked on that list in terms of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 06:32 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Slugging Korean phenom might be Mets’ best bet at shortstop | New York Post

Who is Jeong-ho Kang?

Then there’s Jeong-ho Kang, the 27-year-old Korean who intrigues the Mets enough that they have scouted him in person and on video and convened earlier this week at the Winter Meetings — at the Mets’ behest — with Kang’s agent Alan Nero. Cabrera also is represented by Nero, yet the Mets’ interest lies primarily with Kang.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 06:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, international free agents, jeong-ho kang, korean baseball

Dodgers adding Kendrick, Rollins in trades | MLB.com

The Dodgers turn Dee Gordon into Howie Kendrick, reliever Chris Hatcher, catcher/infielder Austin Barnes and utility man Enrique Hernandez.

They made separate trades with the Marlins and Angels, sending second baseman Dee Gordon, starting pitcher Dan Haren, cash considerations and infielder Miguel Rojas to Miami, receiving four young players in return and flipping the key piece, left-handed starter Andrew Heaney, to the Angels for second baseman Howie Kendrick.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 06:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, marlins

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

David Borges: My first Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

The David Borges HOF Ballot (8): Bonds, Clemens, R. Johnson, P. Martinez, McGwire, Piazza, Schilling and Smoltz. Circular ruins, if ever…

That’s why I didn’t vote for Jeff Bagwell. Sorry Connecticut folks, but the Xavier High and University of Hartford product doesn’t quite do it for me. A very good player for many years, but never must-see TV. A career .226 postseason hitter with two homers in 106 October at-bats. Not to diminish a terrific career, but not a Hall-of-Famer to me — and ...

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Repoz Posted: December 10, 2014 at 11:45 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: hof

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: Red Sox obtain Wade Miley

Good deal for the Red Sox. Webster and De La Rosa have talent but really need to improve their command.

RedSox have agreement in principle for Diamondbacks Wade Miley, sources tell me and Jon Morosi. AZ will get Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa and a minor leaguer.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 09:59 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, red sox, trade, wade miley, winter meetings

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