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Friday, December 16, 2016

Get ready for more day baseball, everyone

Bad news for vampire baseball players.

According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Major League Baseball Players Association prioritized the sanctity of getaway days during the latest round of collective bargaining negotiations, and what they got were rules that prevented day games in a new city after night games far away.

Major League Baseball will require teams to start many games earlier than normal beginning in 2018, thanks to a provision in the new labor agreement that goes into effect when ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 16, 2016 at 02:28 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: collective bargaining agreement, day baseball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-16-2016

Pittsburgh Press, December 16, 1916:

One piece of news that leaked out [in New York] today as to the effect that Cactus Cravath, extra-basehit specialist of the Phils since he joined the team in 1912, will not be with the team next brush. Cravath is booked to end his baseball career in the Pacific Coast league.
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At a nominal salary he could still be a valuable man for a team as emergency batsman, but he can’t command a full pay envelope for doing pinch work.
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On the Broad and Huntingdon ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 16, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, gavvy cravath, history

Dodgers prospect Willie Calhoun not short on confidence - The Orange County Register

Where does he end up playing?

Calhoun knows exactly what he needs to work on whether opportunity knocks this spring or later. The Dodgers’ fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft has always been defined by his bat. After hitting .316 with a .909 OPS at three levels in 2015, he hit .254 with 27 home runs, 88 RBI and a .788 OPS with Double-A Tulsa last year. But he wears the label of a hitter without a position.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 16, 2016 at 07:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, prospects, willie calhoun

MLB’s Other Shohei Otani Problem | FanGraphs Baseball

From what I can read in the CBA a team can’t sign Otani to a one-year contract which makes him a free agent the following year. Does anyone know if my reading is correct?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 16, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, japanese baseball, shohei otani

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Phillies sign extension with Odubel Herrera

5 years, $30.5 million to buy out all remaining arbitration years for Odubel who has two seasons in the bigs now, both with an OPS+ of 111 while playing LF well and CF not very well. Looks like we have our first official building block for the next dynasty.

2022: Club option for $11.5 million
2023: Club option for $12.5 million

The Phillies are usually pretty reluctant to make multi-year deals with players with many years of club control left. Or maybe they haven’t had any good young players ...

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The Pros And Cons Of Superteams In Major League Baseball

Even if we disagree about superteams, I hope we can all agree about the value of superfly.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 10:04 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Why the Orioles should look into trading baseball’s best closer - Baltimore Orioles- ESPN

Trying to stink is all the rage today. Remember when teams were supposed to do their best to win?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 07:35 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Yankees prospect shot dead in Venezuela | New York Post

Alexander Figueredo, a 20-year-old lefty pitcher in the Yankees’ minor league system who missed the entire 2016 season while on the suspended/restricted list, was shot and killed on Nov. 27 in his native Venezuela.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 05:13 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, yankees

The 25 Worst Contracts In Baseball

24. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers. Four years, $131 million guaranteed; four years, $135 million possible (through age 32)
23. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels. Four years, $119 million (through age 28)

Kershaw will make more than $30 million this year, with an opt-out after 2018; and Trout’s salary jumps up over $33 million a year in 2018, making it the richest contract ever signed by a player with less than three years of service time. Both of them will be able to sign at least one ...

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Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: December 15, 2016 at 04:24 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts

Rod Carew will have heart transplant today | MLB.com

Well wishes to Mr. Carew and his family.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 03:35 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: rod carew

Calcaterra: Suck it up, Hall of Fame voters

I’ve been a baseball writer for over seven years and, because of the topics which interest me, my disposition and the sort of writing I do, I often find myself at odds with other writers. One thing I have learned in those seven years is that sportswriters hate to have their work criticized. Many seem to find such criticism illegitimate on its face. This isn’t mere speculation. Some have told me that directly. Many more have privately groused about me taking issue with their work, only to ...

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Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 15, 2016 at 03:20 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Meet the Danny Espinosa All-Stars - SweetSpot- ESPN

Shouldn’t this be called the Rob Deer All Stars?

Second Base: Ryan Schimpf, Padres

Schimpf hit .217 in little more than half a season as a rookie with the Padres, but he showed elite power, hitting 20 home runs, including 13 on the road.

Something to watch: Schimpf qualified for this lineup because of a late-season skid in which he struck out 41 times in 90 at-bats in his last 28 games. He’s going to need to make adjustments in his second season.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 02:12 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lists

Who is the Most Intimidating Hitter in the Game?

As Don Sutton once said, “he doesn’t just hit you; he takes your dignity.”

gehrig97 Posted: December 15, 2016 at 12:17 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, bonds, giancarlo stanton, miguel cabrera, ortiz, trout

Life | Joe Posnanski

Longtime site favorite Joe Posnanski appears to on the move. He’s teasing us with this article.

Where are you going, Joe Posnanski? Primate nation turns it’s wondering eyes to you.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 11:26 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: writers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-15-2016

Philadelphia Evening Ledger, December 15, 1916:

When the National League magnates agreed yesterday that something should be done to improve the batting and base-running, they took a step in the right direction…

It’s hard to see, however, how the magnates can rectify present conditions. One magnate suggests that a batsman be given a base on three balls instead of four, while another asks a recall of the present foul-strike rule. He contends that if a rule were made whereby a batter was penalized ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rules

Who—and when—will the very busy White Sox look to trade next? | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, white sox

Pat Caputo - My Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, and why Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are on it

Pat Caputo explains his ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

How catcher arm strength affects stolen bases | MLB.com

I look forward to defensive components being broken down and ranked. Exchange Time, Arm Strength, and Accuracy for catchers seems like a good place to start.

You can see how much more work remains, of course. Once correlations are run against all of the various inputs that go into “safe” or “out,” we’ll have a much better idea of how much credit or blame is due to each party. Instead of just how much lead distance a runner had when the pitcher threw the ball, we’ll be able to push deeper and see ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, sabermetrics, statcast

Royals believe Jorge Soler will bring a ‘presence’ to their lineup | The Kansas City Star

Well, that’s not good for the Royals.

The club’s analytics department liked Soler’s ability to get on base — his walk rate (11.7 percent) would have led the Royals in 2016. The club’s talent evaluators loved his raw power and an assortment of tools that once landed him among the top 20 prospects in baseball before the 2015 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: jorge soler, royals

Indians take smallest step to making Chief Wahoo disappear | New York Post

When will the Packers finally give into pressure and get rid of their offensive team name? How about the Braves, Angels, Reds, and Brewers?

Until no man is offended we should all be offended.

Although Chief Wahoo is no longer on the hats, the racist image will continue to leer from each player’s left sleeve.

Commissioner Rob Manfred, who acknowledged the logo is “offensive to some people, and all of us at Major League Baseball understand why,” put the onus on the Indians to address a ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Mock Draft: Early look at 2017’s Top 10 picks | MLB.com

1. Twins
Callis: Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida. Hunter Greene is the consensus top prospect right now, but I can’t see Minnesota’s new regime becoming the first to take a high school right-hander at 1-1. The Twins are more apt to take whomever they deem as the best of a deep college pitching crop.

Mayo: Hunter Greene, RHP, Notre Dame HS (Sherman Oaks, Calif.). It’s true that a high school right-hander never has gone No. 1 overall, but Greene is the kind of dynamic athlete and performer who could ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

My Hall of Fame Ballot by Mark Newman (or why I overhauled everything)

Baseball players make adjustments throughout their careers, whether it is adding a new pitch, moving to a new position, or changing their mechanics. I believe the same is required of Hall of Fame voters as the game evolves, so to that end, I modernize my own voting process.


With Tim Raines on the Baseball Hall of Fame bubble, it’s a shame Kenny Lofton’s was burst so soon | cleveland.com

My initial reaction was, Kenny Lofton was no Tim Raines. I then compared their careers and don’t find the comparison crazy.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 05:31 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians, kenny lofton

White Sox, Derek Holland have 1-year contract | MLB.com

The White Sox have agreed to terms with left-handed hurler Derek Holland on a one-year, $6 million contract. To make room for Holland on the 40-man roster, which now sits at 40, the White Sox designated left-hander Matt Purke for assignment.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 05:29 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: derek holland, free agent, white sox

Welington Castillo, Orioles agree to deal | MLB.com

The contract, which includes $6 million for next season and $7 million in 2018 if Castillo elects his option, is the O’s first big move of the offseason and fills one of their primary holes. With Wieters a free agent, the Orioles targeted Castillo and weren’t shy about their interest, with manager Buck Showalter confirming the rumor at last week’s Winter Meetings.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 05:28 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, orioles, welington castillo

How The New CBA Changes The Draft | BaseballAmerica.com

It’s almost like a whole new draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 03:51 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, rule 4 draft

Matthews: Why I’m Done Voting for the Hall of Fame – NY Sports Day

Yes, he only “claimed” he was joking. First, his Hall of Fame vote gets taken away. Next, his kids get taken away.

“Count me out on Curt Schilling,” Shaughnessy wrote two weeks ago. “I have held my nose and voted for the Big Blowhard in recent years (11-2 in postseason, ridiculous walk/strikeout ratio), and he was up to 52.3 percent (75 percent required) last year, but I shall invoke the “character” clause this year. Schill has transitioned from a mere nuisance to an actual menace to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 03:28 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Rays’ dissenter: MLB did nothing to fix us getting shafted in draft | New York Post

And that new approach would be???

The one nay vote came from Tampa Bay owner Stuart Sternberg, who texted me: “Basically nothing was done to close the huge gap in access to talent. A new approach in the Rule 4 (June) draft would have proved helpful.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 03:24 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, rays

Phillies re-sign Andres Blanco, add a former first-round bat | PhillyVoice

It’s all Phillies all the time at BBTF.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 03:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andres blanco, phillies

Let’s get dirty: Dumpster dive pitching candidates – Phillies Nation

I’ve been betting on Anderson for a few seasons. Although I got one decent year, for the most part, I’ve been, like his real employers, disappointed.

Brett Anderson. He’d probably be too expensive, even at a one-year, $6 million deal, for the Phillies to deal with his inherent injury risk. His season career-high for innings is 180 in an eight-year major-league career, and he’s only thrown over 100 innings two other seasons. His back caused him to miss almost all of the 2016 season, and as ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, phillies

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