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Friday, December 21, 2018

Athletics acquire Jurickson Profar from Rangers in three-team trade with Rays

All three teams have announced the trade. Here are the details:

Athletics get: IF Jurickson Profar
Rangers get: LHP Kyle Bird, LHP Brock Burke, RHP Yoel Espinal, IF Eli White, international bonus money
Rays get: RHP Emilio Pagan, RHP Rollie Lacy, Competitive Balance Round A draft pick

Bored Posted: December 21, 2018 at 04:36 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rangers, rays, trades

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-21-2018

Washington Times, December 21, 1918:

“If Jack Hendricks is to manage the Cardinals next summer, then I shall not play shortstop,” said Roger [sic] Hornsby, who is visiting friends [in St. Louis]. “I mean it because I am unable to give my best under Jack Hendricks. I’d like to return to St. Louis. I like the fans and everything here, but I’ll ask President Rickey or some one connected with the club to trade me if Hendricks is to return.

“If I’m to be traded,” continued Hornsby, “any club will ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 21, 2018 at 10:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MLB eyes giving teams streaming rights, threatening pay-TV model

As long as out-of-market rights remain centrally available on MLB.TV, I guess, it won’t be the worst thing. Of course, it could end up spiking the cost of getting in-market games. I guess we will see.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2018 at 08:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: television rights

Former MLB player lands vicious punch during chaotic Venezuelan winter league brawl

Former major league catcher Hector Sanchez had a major role in a wild brawl that broke out during Wednesday’s Venezuelan winter league game between La Guaira and Caracas.

The stunning scene played out in the ninth inning of La Guaira’s 6-2 win and resulted in the ejection of four players.

Sanchez, who was the designated hitter for La Guaira in Wednesday’s game, can be seen landing a huge punch on Caracas right fielder Felix Perez at around the 22-second mark in the video below. The ...

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QLE Posted: December 21, 2018 at 08:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brawl, hector sanchez, venezuela

Astros reliever Joe Smith out 6-8 months after rupturing Achilles tendon

The Astros could be missing a veteran bullpen piece for the first half of the 2019 season.

Reliever Joe Smith ruptured his Achilles tendon last week and is expected to miss six to eight months after undergoing surgery Tuesday, the team announced.

For those wanting another demonstration of the fungibility of relievers….

 

QLE Posted: December 21, 2018 at 08:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, injury, joe smith

Arizona Diamondbacks hire Joe Garagiola Jr.

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Wednesday that the team has hired Joe Garagiola Jr. as Special Advisor to Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall.

Garagiola Jr. rejoins the organization following 13 seasons at Major League Baseball.

Garagiola joined MLB in 2005 as Sr. Vice President of Baseball Operations and was promoted in 2011 to Sr. Vice President of Standards and On-Field Operations, where he was involved in a variety of matters including on-field discipline, uniforms, ground rules ...

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QLE Posted: December 21, 2018 at 08:03 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, joe garagiola jr.

Daniel Murphy, Rockies reportedly agree to two-year, $24 million free agent deal

The Colorado Rockies are close to a deal with free agent infielder Daniel Murphy, according to multiple reports. It will be a two-year deal worth $24 million, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo.

Half-surprised he couldn’t trick them into more money- maybe (Harold Baines aside) management is getting smarter…..

 

QLE Posted: December 21, 2018 at 08:03 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, free agent, rockies

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Goodbye, Safeco Field. The Mariners’ stadium is now called T-Mobile Park

Welcome to T-Mobile Park.

For the first time since its construction in 1998 and opening in 1999, the baseball stadium in the Sodo district will be called something other than Safeco Field.

On Wednesday the Mariners and the Bellevue-based telecommunications giant announced a 25-year naming-rights agreement. The deal must be approved by the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD).

For those of you wanting a justification for our project to come up with ...

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QLE Posted: December 20, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, mariners, naming rights, safeco field, t-mobile park

Explaining Cubs’ budget woes: Why Theo Epstein’s front office is limited this winter

Money makes the world go ‘round.

It’s also been the main topic of conversation during this pivotal Cubs offseason.

Fans want the Cubs to spend more money — namely on a guy like Bryce Harper, but really on anything or anybody that could help the team get back to the Promised Land.

In retrospective, taking his budget to the dog track was not Theo Epstein’s brightest idea….

QLE Posted: December 20, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: budget, cubs, theo epstein

Duane Kuiper: Giants will trade a pitcher but not Madison Bumgarner

It’s been a relatively quiet offseason for Bay Area baseball teams. And unless you’re the Mets or Mariners, you more than likely had a still offseason as well.

But as far as the Giants go, the question remains whether or not the team will trade Madison Bumgarner.

Well, despite multiple reports that this unicorn of a trade may not happen, the discussion has never gone away—especially for Duane Kuiper. In an interview with KNBR on Wednesday, the Giants broadcaster said he believes MadBum isn’t ...

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QLE Posted: December 20, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: duane kuiper, giants, madison bumgarner, trade talk

Mets as NL East favorites in 2019? GM Brodie Van Wagenen is thinking that way during busy offseason

On the one hand, I’ve worked with people just as delusional- on the other hand, they were folk they didn’t trust with research budgets, much less anything as valuable as an MLB team….

QLE Posted: December 20, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, delusions of grandeur, mets being mets

Marshawn Lynch makes plea to Oakland City Council on behalf of A’s

The Warriors are leaving Oakland for San Francisco next year.

The Raiders are leaving Oakland for Las Vegas in 2020.

The A’s? They will be the last team standing in Oakland when the dust settles, and have announced plans for a new stadium at Howard Terminal. But, the stadium plan still faces plenty of hurdles before shovels can hit dirt.

What better way to pressure municipal government than using athletes from another sport?

QLE Posted: December 20, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, marshawn lynch, oakland

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

MLB, MLBPA announce agreement with Cuban Baseball Federation

On Tuesday, Francys Romero of CiberCuba reported that Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) reached an agreement on a posting system that would allow players to join the league without having to emigrate. An official announcement by the MLB and MLB Players Association was made on Wednesday.

Players who came from Cuba to the U.S. will be unaffected by the new agreement. The FCB will have to release all of their players who are at least 25 years old and have at least six ...

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Greg Pope Posted: December 19, 2018 at 05:24 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: amateurs, cuba, posting rules

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-19-2018

Washington Times, December 19, 1918:

Charles Webb Murphy, who became rich as the owner of the champion Cubs under Frank Chance, has a scheme for a new league in the West. He would include Chicago, playing games at his West Side park, which is now without a tenant; Milwaukee, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Columbus, Louisville, Toronto, and Buffalo.

An independent or outlaw attempt at a third major league? Great idea, Charlie! Why hasn’t anyone tried this recently?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 19, 2018 at 09:53 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Texas Rangers: A familiar face is gone, but value for the future remains. Here’s where the Rangers stand after MLB winter meetings | SportsDay

This is a few days old but has a nice assessment of the Alex Claudio trade.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2018 at 08:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex claudio, rangers

The wooing of Manny Machado has begun with a three-city tour and that’s exactly what baseball needs

For as much as fans look forward to baseball’s Hot Stove season, let’s be honest, it lacks a bit of the pomp and circumstance that something with a name like “Hot Stove Season” deserves. Baseball fans look forward to the winter for trades and free-agent signings, but your average five-star high-school recruit usually makes a bigger public show than a baseball star about to sign a nine-figure contract.

Perhaps that will change in 2018-2019 Major League Baseball offseason, as Bryce ...

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QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: hot stove, hype machine, manny machado

Ex-Marlins president’s reaction to boos from Miami fans: ‘$1.2 billion, f—- you’

In case you you aren’t aware of former Miami Marlins president David Samson’s resume, it currently goes a little something like this:

becoming ex-Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria’s stepson
fighting off a RICO lawsuit over his mismanagement of the Expos
presiding over the laughingstock of Major League Baseball (the Marlins)
fleecing Miami taxpayers in a stadium deal that later triggered an SEC investigation
threatening to fire employees for letting an octopus win a mascot race
being the first ...

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QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: david samson, how rude, marlins

Report: Mike Piazza’s family was unhappy to learn he had bought the ‘Pittsburgh’ of Italian soccer

By the sound of it, Mike Piazza had a plan for a pretty idyllic post-retirement life. Buy a small soccer team, eat in Italy and watch the kids grow up nestled in his family’s homeland.

One year later, the Mets great was yelling at a press conference about how his team was being pushed around and taken advantage of.

Two years later, he is now explaining to The Athletic how it all went so, so wrong.

For those of us who could use some comic relief in our lives….

QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: italy, mike piazza, soccer

Cubs Owners Discussed Moving Team Out Of Chicago During Beef With Mayor

Having trouble finding an article that is both covering this and which isn’t being needlessly inflammatory, but it is an interesting addition to our discussion of stadium-funding games.

QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dollah dollah bills, y'all, rahm emmanuel, ricketts

Matt Harvey, Angels Reportedly Agree to 1-Year, $11 Million Contract

Matt Harvey reportedly will have a new home in 2019.

The former New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds pitcher reportedly is set to sign with the Los Angeles Angels on a one-year deal, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports and Jon Heyman of Fancred, Harvey’s deal could be worth as much as $14 million, with a base salary of $11 million and up to $3 million in incentives.

The sort of deal that explains why Mike Trout will spend next October sitting on his porch ...

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QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, matt harvey

ESPN: Penny Marshall, director of ‘A League of Their Own,’ dies at 75

“A League of Their Own” chronicled the Rockford Peaches and the launch of the AAGPBL during World War II. The cast included Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Lori Petty and Rosie O’Donnell, and the film grossed $107.5 million domestically.

Hanks’ reprimand from the movie—“There’s no crying in baseball!’’—remains quoted on baseball diamonds everywhere.

For my money she directed either the best or second best baseball movie of all time.  And I am positive that people have yelled “there’s no ...

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Rangers re-sign Matt Bush on minor league deal

ARLINGTON, Texas—The Texas Rangers are bringing back reliever Matt Bush with a minor league contract as the right-hander recovers from elbow surgery.

Texas said Monday that it has agreed to minor league deals with Bush, pitchers Zac Curtis and Tim Dillard, and infielder Chase d’Arnaud. They will report to major league spring training.

Would that I had as many chances as Matt Bush has had….

 

QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt bush, rangers

Dodgers announcer Steiner gets contract extension

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have agreed to a contract extension with play-by-play announcer Charley Steiner, who will work a reduced schedule in 2019 at his request.

The team said Monday the deal extends through the 2021 season. Steiner, who is 69, is entering his 15th season with the Dodgers.

Follow him- to freedom!

QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, charley steiner, dodgers

Yankees pay Sabathia’s $500K bonus despite ejection in finale

CC Sabathia gave up half a million dollars to show he had his teammate’s back. Instead, the New York Yankees paid their veteran left-hander for his loyalty.

The 38-year-old pitcher was two innings from receiving a $500,000 for pitching 155 innings last season when he was ejected for throwing at the Tampa Bay Rays’ Jesus Sucre in the sixth inning of Sabathia’s final outing of the season. Rather than pitch out of the bullpen to get his bonus, Sabathia stayed at 153 innings.

A review of ...

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QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bonus, c.c. sabathia, ejection

Final MLB Payrolls For All 30 Teams Show Second-Largest Decline Since 2004

Spending was down dramatically on player payroll in Major League Baseball for 2018, based on final payroll figures.

Based on figures provided by the Associated Press, the 30 clubs in MLB spent $4.548 billion on player salaries. That was down $115.388 million compared to 2017.

The decline in spending on player payroll is the first-time since 2010 ($2,911,575,488) to 2009 ($2,913,904,332) in Major League Baseball. The drop of $115,390,452 between 2018 and last year is the second-largest drop ...

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QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:57 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: payrolls

Andrew McCutchen eager to play in hitter friendly ballpark

PHILADELPHIA-Andrew McCutchen returned to his home state to join his third team in less than 12 months, intent on regaining his old hitting stroke.

The Philadelphia Phillies introduced their newest outfielder at a news conference Tuesday, a week after giving him a $50 million, three-year contract that includes a team option for 2022 and could be worth $62 million over four seasons.

“This is a game of adjustments,” McCutchen said. “I’ve definitely had to make some adjustments over the years, ...

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QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:57 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, phillies

Carlos Beltran reportedly joining Yankees’ front office as special advisor to GM

On the eve of their meeting with free agent Manny Machado, the New York Yankees have hired nine-time All-Star Carlos Beltran as a special advisor to general manager Brian Cashman, according to multiple reports.

Beltran, who spent three seasons with the Yankees (2014-16), shared the same agent (Dan Lozano of MVP Sports Group) as Machado.

So, what do the Yankees do if Machado doesn’t sign?

 

QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, carlos beltran, special advisor, yankees

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Twins to retire Joe Mauer’s No. 7

The Minnesota Twins will retire Joe Mauer’s No. 7 jersey next season, moving swiftly to honor the six-time All-Star who retired after a 15-year major league career.

Chris Fluit Posted: December 18, 2018 at 02:58 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: jersey numbers, joe mauer, twins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-18-2018

Washington Herald, December 18, 1918:

A report that Corp. Hank Gowdy, the first major league player to enlist in the army service in France, has been killed in action gained circulation last night. Many soldiers among those who arrived from France [this week] had heard that he had fallen in action.
...
Gowdy was expected to catch next season for the Boston Braves, and arrangements were being made to give him a warm welcome when he returned with other ball players from France.

I hope they didn’t ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, December 17, 2018

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon reveals the book he says is helping him manage millennial players

One in three American workers are millennials. In fact, this group is currently the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

To get a better grasp on how to manage and interact with this new generation of employees, many leaders are turning to outside resources for advice.

One of them is Chicago Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon. During day two of the team’s winter meetings, Maddon revealed that he plans to improve communication between the ...

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QLE Posted: December 17, 2018 at 11:39 AM | 135 comment(s)
  Beats: book, joe maddon, managing, the generation gap

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