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Thursday, December 11, 2014

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

Boras: Scherzer nice fit for Yankees - Yankees Blog - ESPN New York

If you don’t have a lead dog, just invent one.

Scott Boras describes Max Scherzer as a guy that “fits” into a classic Yankees championship rotation.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 09:21 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, max scherzer, no shame, scott boras

Source: LA, Miami swap Dee, Heaney in 6-player deal | MLB.com

One day after the general manager said the Dodgers were not “dangling” All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, the club traded him and pitcher Dan Haren to the Miami Marlins for starting pitcher Andrew Heaney, reliever Chris Hatcher, catcher/infielder Austin Barnes and utilityman Enrique Hernandez, sources told MLB.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 09:10 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew heaney, dee gordon, dodgers, marlins, trades, winter meetings

Detroit News’ Tom Gage voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Gage has covered countless Hall of Famers in his career, and next summer in Cooperstown, New York, Gage will be joining them on stage as the winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

“We’re thrilled for Tom to win this honor,” said Jonathan Wolman, publisher and editor of The Detroit News. “He’s been a master storyteller from the ballparks of America and he’s made the Tigers come alive for our readers. We tip our Olde English D to his terrific coverage, and to the others who were on the ballot. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2014 at 02:59 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, tigers, tom gage

Oh my! Dick Enberg wins 2015 Ford C. Frick Award

Padres broadcaster Dick Enberg is the 2015 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting and contributions to baseball.

Enberg celebrated the achievement at a news conference Wednesday during the MLB Winter Meetings held this week, fittingly, in San Diego.

He began his career calling Angels games in 1968, and has worked as the play-by-play announcer for Padres telecasts on Fox Sports San Diego since 2010.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2014 at 02:57 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dick enberg, padres

The Royals are helping a lot of guys get very rich

You too can win 89 games!

In recent years, teams had been ebbing away from paying relievers significant dollars, feeling they were the easiest pieces to find inexpensively. However, Kansas City’s run to the World Series behind a dominant trio of late-game relievers – Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland – has convinced more teams to try to invest in this area.

For the first time since after the 2007 campaign, two relievers in the same free agent class received more than $35 ...

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Bryce Harper ready to hit in the middle of the lineup, may play right field

No matter what the Washington Nationals do this winter, they are planning for next season with the expectation that an important player will shoulder a heavier load in all facets of the game. Despite a trying season that featured injury and drama, Bryce Harper’s tantalizing playoff performance may have been a watershed moment for him. He yearns for the big moment and he shined during the NLDS, almost single-handedly carrying the offense with three home runs. Nationals officials believe a ...

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Joey B. Posted: December 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

The Rangers added Russell Wilson to their Triple-A roster to keep other teams from taking him

Well, he does have a ring.

Remember when the Texas Rangers drafted Russell Wilson last year in the Rule 5 draft, then brought him into training camp as a motivational speaker? Well, apparently, the Rangers really really liked it: worried another team would copy them, they added Wilson to their Triple-A roster.

As a Double-A player—“player”—it would cost another team $12,500 to poach Wilson. Now a Triple-A “player,” it will cost another team $50,000, and they’d have to keep Wilson on their ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2014 at 11:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, rangers, rule 5 draft, russell wilson

What the Jon Lester signing means for him, the Cubs and the Red Sox | HardballTalk

Good stuff from Craig Calcaterra.

So that’s what it all means for Boston, Chicago and Lester. Now, here’s what it means for you and me and everyone who yaks about baseball: we need to relax. One signing does not a pennant win or lose. You’ll see, in the coming days, an awful lot of talk about how “the balance of power” has shifted in the NL Central and the AL East and stuff like that. Don’t believe most of it. It’s in the same vein as the talk that had the 2012 Phillies winning it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 10:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jon lester, red sox, winter meetings

Major League Baseball Sees Record $9 Billion In Revenues For 2014

This never would have happened if baseball had a salary cap.

With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over the threshold with the value being described as “right there” in relation to $9 billion. That figure is up from $8 billion just last ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: maury brown, revenues

LA not dangling Gordon; Kemp deal not close | dodgers.com

The Dodgers are are not are are not looking to get rid of some players.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 09:47 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, winter meetings

Cards weighing internal options for righty hitter at first | cardinals.com

Do they need a full platoon or would a fill in for the most difficult match-ups get the job done?

While acknowledging that Tuesday’s Winter Meetings work gave him a better feel for which right-handed-hitting first baseman may be a fit for the Cardinals’ roster hole, general manager John Mozeliak also shed light on some internal candidates that could potentially address the need.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 09:41 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt adams

Cashman: “It’s a different system that we’re operating in” - The LoHud Yankees Blog

You can’t patch forever. Sometimes you need to be bad for a little while to get good.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 09:38 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Red Sox discussing Wade Miley trade with Diamondbacks - Over the Monster

I would like this pickup.

The Red Sox need to find someone to top their rotation, and that’s been the major focus of the offseason to this point, but let’s not forget that the middle and back-end of the rotation are also in need of upgrades: the only pitchers on the roster at this moment who probably should be in 2015’s rotation are Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz. The Sox have not forgotten this, as they are in active trade discussions for Diamondbacks’ pitcher Wade Miley, according to FOX Sports’ ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 09:19 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-10-2014

Milwaukee Journal, December 10, 1914:

When the last game of the [postseason exhibition] interleague series in St. Louis was completed Prexy Britton of the Cardinals handed [Ivey] Wingo a check for $900 or thereabouts—his share of the bonus promised the Cards for finishing in third place.

With the slip of paper in his pocket, Ivy (sic) walked from the Cards’ office, met the newspaper men, and announced that he was a Federal leaguer henceforth. Next day the backstop slipped around to the bank to ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: December 10, 2014 at 08:48 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ivey wingo

Red Sox Proved Incompetent In Losing Jon Lester - Eric Wilbur’s Sports Blog - Boston.com

“Incompetent” and “embarrassment”? This article is a bit harsh and over the top. The Red Sox wanted to retain him *at their price*. Last off-season they clearly didn’t assess him as a stud #1. He went out and had the best year of his career. He’s now getting paid as a true #1. He’s a great guy. He’s also a very good pitcher and pitched great in the playoffs for the Red Sox. He’s not a true #1, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 08:31 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: jon lester, red sox

BBTF’s Jimmy Furtado on his draft league experience as Commissioner playing DYNASTY League Baseball

You probably have noticed the Dynasty League Baseball ad on every page of the site. I don’t get paid for the ad. Instead I provide it to support the game. I talk a little about why I play the game in the linked post.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 08:01 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, simulations

Nightengale: Maddon says he ‘won the lottery’ with Lester

No, Jon Lester won the lottery. From all reports Lester is a nice guy. When the Red Sox lowballed him last off-season, Lester did not complain in the press. Instead he went out and had the best year of his career and was rewarded yesterday with a contract $40 million plus higher than he was reportedly looking for last year. Congrats to Lester and his family.

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon was enjoying his pork chop dinner with a couple of red glasses of wine late Tuesday evening when he checked ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 06:53 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, jon lester

Sources: Cubs land Jon Lester with $155 million deal - Yahoo Sports

So it was all about the money.

“The thing I liked about ’em is it wasn’t forced and wasn’t a sales pitch,” Lester said after his meeting with the Cubs. “It was like, ‘This is what we can do.’ I don’t want BS. I don’t want show. I don’t want glitz and glamour. I don’t want to walk out to the field with your name and number on the JumboTron. I’m not 18 anymore. I want you to tell me what you can do for me and my family.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 06:38 AM | 152 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jon lester

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