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Sunday, December 16, 2018

MLB: Mets to sign catcher Wilson Ramos

The Mets have agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent catcher Wilson Ramos, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. The deal is pending a physical and worth $19 million, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

I don’t like it, they still haven’t done anything mind-numblingly stupid.

manchestermets Posted: December 16, 2018 at 05:03 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilson ramos

NY Post:  Lenny Dykstra reveals his new life as an amateur Torah scholar

That’s Ashkenazi money, bro.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: December 16, 2018 at 04:30 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: lenny dykstra

Campaign to make Negro League bobbleheads

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Fans of the former Negro Leagues are being asked to help a campaign to create bobbleheads of 30 stars from the leagues—with a goal of commemorating the league’s upcoming centennial.

Organizers of the effort, which was unveiled Wednesday, have created a team of 30 Negro Leagues stars who would be honored with bobbleheads if the campaign raises enough money. The first bobblehead of pitcher Satchel Paige of the Kansas City Monarchs has already been produced.

cardsfanboy Posted: December 16, 2018 at 09:00 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bobbleheads, kickstarter, negro leagues

Yonder Alonso headed to White Sox in trade with Indians

The Chicago White Sox have acquired first baseman Yonder Alonso in a trade with the Cleveland Indians, the teams announced Saturday.

The Indians will get minor league outfielder Alex Call in the deal.

The trade comes after Cleveland acquired first baseman and designated hitter Carlos Santana as part of a three-team deal with the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays.

Suddenly, Alonso was Yonder more than he had ever been Yonder before.


QLE Posted: December 16, 2018 at 04:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: trades, white sox, yonder alonso

Red Sox owe $12 million in luxury tax, showing why they’d want to shed payroll

Wondering why the Red Sox would consider trading key contributors such as Rick Porcello and Jackie Bradley Jr.? This might be a big reason why.

According to the Associated Press, the Red Sox owe around $12 million in luxury tax payments after having the highest payroll in baseball this past season. The Nationals are the only other team to pay the tax, but their total was down around $2 million.

The Red Sox will also face a new penalty. Because they were $40 million over the luxury tax ...

QLE Posted: December 16, 2018 at 04:29 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, luxury tax, red sox

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

QLE Posted: December 16, 2018 at 04:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jabari blash, nippon professional baseball, rakuten golden eagles

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Red Sox hire former Angels scout Morhardt, who was responsible for drafting Mike Trout

As a scout for a professional baseball team, your resume is spearheaded by the big-name players you’ve been instrumental in scouting, drafting, and signing.

When your resume says “Mike Trout,” well, safe to say ears will perk up.

The Red Sox hired Greg Morhardt, the former Los Angeles Angels scout responsible for leading the charge to draft Trout, the consensus best player in baseball. Morhardt identified Trout as having the potential to be a Mickey Mantle-type player, and he certainly nailed ...

QLE Posted: December 15, 2018 at 03:39 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: greg morhardt, mike trout, red sox, scout

Jeurys Familia finalizes 3-year deal to return as likely setup man

NEW YORK—Jeurys Familia and the Mets finalized a $30 million, three-year contract on Friday, bringing the reliever back to New York, where he figures to serve as a setup man for newly acquired closer Edwin Diaz.

Familia gets a $2 million signing bonus payable on equal installments on July 1 and Dec. 10 next year. He has salaries of $6 million in 2019 and $11 million in each of the final two seasons. The Mets will defer $1 million of his 2020 salary, payable on Jan. 15, 2022. They will defer ...

QLE Posted: December 15, 2018 at 03:35 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: jeurys familia, mets

Cardinals prospect Griffin Roberts suspended 50 games for a drug of abuse

Cardinals right-handed pitching prospect Griffin Roberts has been suspended 50 games following his second positive test for a drug of abuse, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

One of those announcements where the announcement serves just to raise more questions.

QLE Posted: December 15, 2018 at 03:28 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, drug of abuse, griffin roberts

Leaking beer and Cracker Jack mice: 5 bizarre things ESPN found in stadium food reports

Eating at a professional sports stadium is expensive for the fan and lucrative for the concession provider. It can also be a gross time for health inspectors, as ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” detailed in a report released Thursday.

“What’s lurking in your stadium food?” provided some thoroughly disturbing answers. The analysis looked at 16,900 routine food-safety inspection reports throughout 2016 and 2017 from local health departments of 111 North American sports venues.

It found ...

QLE Posted: December 15, 2018 at 03:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: beer, citizens bank park, contaminated, coors field, food, yankee stadium

Baltimore Orioles name Brandon Hyde as new manager

BALTIMORE — Brandon Hyde, rumored to be the next manager of the Baltimore Orioles all week long, earned the title officially Friday afternoon.

Hyde, 45, becomes the 20th manager in Orioles history. He begins his first Major League managerial role following 16 professional seasons in the coaching ranks and four professional seasons as a player. Hyde most recently served as the Chicago Cubs bench coach in 2018, his second season in this role (also in 2014).

Orioles Executive Vice President ...

QLE Posted: December 15, 2018 at 03:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon hyde, manager, orioles

Friday, December 14, 2018

Rule 5 Draft history and perspective from a player who went through it -

A nice write-up about the Rule 5 Draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 08:41 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5 draft

Padres get Ian Kinsler to play all over infield - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Two years for $8 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 05:52 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: ian kinsler, padres

The Athletic: What It’s Like to Cover an Indians Three Team Trade on a Flight with the Front Office and No WIFI

“When the flight attendant voiced that passengers could use their electronics, I frantically retrieved my laptop and called up the Wi-Fi page on my phone. Antonetti and Chernoff both laughed. Their work was complete, but mine was just beginning.

One problem: Southwest Wi-Fi wouldn’t work. Every click of the “Submit Payment” button segued into a 504 Gateway Timeout page. I won’t be shocked if charges adding up to $800 appear on my credit card statement.

Antonetti did relay the final ...

Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: December 14, 2018 at 04:04 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, indians, mariners, rays

D-Backs believe path to contention doesn’t have to include teardown

Teams that try to just take a step back often play like teams that have been torn down. Maybe they will get lucky!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 10:50 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-14-2018

Washington Times, December 14, 1918:

Two gobs from the [Great Lakes Naval Station] will go South with the New York Yankees for trial next spring. They are Johnny Jones, a sandlot infielder from St. Louis, and George Halas, who played in the outfield on the Illinois varsity nine and end on the football eleven.

Meh. I bet Halas will be back in Chicago and out of baseball in a year or two.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 14, 2018 at 09:56 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Some MLB front offices are starting to embrace an out-of-the-box idea to boost trading at the winter meetings

Baseball is the only sport that truly gets year-round coverage.  TINO!

This idea has no legs.

The idea here is that the last day of the winter meetings would be a trade deadline. It’s always a Thursday, and the Rule 5 draft is held in the morning. As previously noted, after the Rule 5, it’s pretty much dead. So let’s say the deadline is set Thursday at noon local time for wherever the meetings are located and then teams can’t trade again until some point in spring training.

Such a deadline ...

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 06:48 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: rules

The upside (and downside) of the Rays’ trade for Yandy Diaz

Intriguing, though, is that he ranked 19th in the majors over 2017-18 in StatCast’s hard-hit rate, with 47.6 percent of his batted balls at 95 mph or harder, though also had the 25th highest ground ball rate.

No surprise, he is working on elevating the ball. “There isn’t much I was planning on changing,’’ he said. “I’m going to continue being an average hitter and contact hitter, but I want to have more extra base hits.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ray, yandy diaz

J.T. Realmuto Mets Brodie Van Wagenen | Newsday

“I’m not trying to force timelines,” Van Wagenen said. “I’m trying to force the best roster we can create.”

Despite lots of talks and nearly as many rumors, the Mets, hesitant to meet the Marlins’ high asking price, have been unable to land Realmuto. The Mets have gone as far as to dangle Noah Syndergaard in a potential three-way deal with the Padres and Marlins, according to multiple reports, but that option didn’t appear serious as team execs left the Mandalay Bay.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 06:08 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: j.t. realmuto, mets

White Sox don’t see Harper-type free agent on starting-pitcher market

LAS VEGAS — The White Sox seem to have a very specific set of circumstances when it comes to going after big-name free agents this winter.

Rick Hahn has explained over and over again that a player has to fit in with the team’s long-term plans, and he’s discussed taking advantage of opportunities to add premium talent to his ongoing rebuilding effort.

And the obvious guys that fall into that category are Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the two biggest names on the free-agent market, two ...

QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 05:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, pitchers, white sox

Winter Meetings Recap: Bryce Harper Lays Low, MLB Can’t Promote and the Rays Make a Splash

LAS VEGAS — It was only two years ago that people immediately declared the White Sox the “winners” of the winter meetings because they acquired prospects with heavy buzz, including Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. Moncado is a .234 hitter who has fanned in 34 percent of his plate appearances, Kopech blew out his elbow, Giolito posted a 6.13 ERA this year, Lopez has a 4.21 ERA in 51 career games, and the White Sox have lost 195 games and 130,000 paid ...


Why Madison Bumgarner trade now seems more likely at July deadline

LAS VEGAS — When the Giants arrived here on Sunday, Madison Bumgarner was their Opening Day starter. After four days of circulated casino air, room service, $7 cups of coffee, a few rumors and one minor transaction, Madison Bumgarner is still their Opening Day starter.

That still could change, though.

While the Giants are not close to any deals and have not gotten close, multiple sources familiar with their discussions said this week that the front office is still fully ready to trade the ...

QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 04:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, trade talk

Alex Dickerson agrees to minor league deal with Padres

LAS VEGAS- Outfielder Alex Dickerson, who hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2016 because of two major injuries that required surgery, has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres.

The 28-year-old played in one spring training game in 2017, on March 11, and was diagnosed with a bulging disk in his back. He had surgery that June 28, returned for spring training this year and the Padres said March 20 that the left-hander needed Tommy John surgery.

Best wishes, but, ...

QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 04:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex dickerson, injuries, padres

MLB rumors: A’s haven’t called free agent Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki grew up an A’s fan in Sunnyvale.

Now that he’s a free agent after the Blue Jays released him earlier this week, he’d love to come home and play for the team he grew up rooting for.

But it doesn’t look like that will happen.

On the one hand, Tulowitzki isn’t a player the As would logically want- on the other hand, it does seem like the only free agents Billy Beane signs are similarly inexplicable….

QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 04:06 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, free agency, troy tulowitzki

From a hospital bed in Las Vegas, Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto finalizes a trade for Edwin Encarnacion

LAS VEGAS — The legend of Trader Jerry has a new anecdote.

Jerry Dipoto, the Mariners general manager and the man of many trades and transactions, finalized a trade with the Cleveland Indians late Wednesday evening from a Las Vegas hospital bed with assistant general manager Justin Hollander standing in the room.

To conclude a three-team trade that included the Tampa Bay Rays, Dipoto sent recently acquired first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Santana back to the Indians in exchange for ...

QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 03:58 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, hospital, jerry dipoto, trades

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 | 67 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

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