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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Tigers trade Jiménez to Braves for pair of prospects

On the last day of Winter Meetings, the Tigers and Braves made a deal that will send reliever Joe Jiménez and cash considerations to Atlanta for OF Justyn-Henry Malloy and LHP Jake Higginbotham, the clubs announced on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Jiménez appeared in 62 games for the Tigers and was 3-2 with a 3.49 ERA and two saves. His 12.23 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ranked fifth in the American League among pitchers with at least 50.0 innings, and his 1.4 WAR for the season matched his career high. He gives the Braves a veteran arm at the back end of their bullpen after closer Kenley Jansen agreed to a deal with the Red Sox earlier in the day.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2022 at 10:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, joe jimenez, tigers

Masataka Yoshida, Red Sox agree to deal

The Red Sox made their first major counter move to the rival Yankees, agreeing to a five-year, $90 million deal with Japanese outfielder Masataka Yoshida, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. The club has not confirmed the move.

The Red Sox will have to pay a $15.375 million posting fee to the Orix Buffaloes based on the $90 million contract for Yoshida.

jimfurtado Posted: December 07, 2022 at 07:04 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, masataka yoshida, red sox

2022 Rule 5 Draft Pick By Pick Selections

Song is interesting. He’s fulfilling his military commitment. His clock doesn’t start until he’s available to play.

First Round

Nationals – Thad Ward, RHP, Red Sox
Athletics – Ryan Noda, 1B, Dodgers
Pirates – Jose Hernandez, LHP, Dodgers
Reds – Blake Sabol, OF, Pirates
Tigers – Mason Englert, RHP, Rangers
Rockies – Kevin Kelly, RHP, Guardians
Marlins – Nick Enright, RHP, Guardians
Cubs – Pass
Twins – Pass
Red Sox – Pass
White Sox – Nick Avila, RHP, Giants
Giants – Pass
Orioles – Andrew Politi, RHP, Red Sox
Brewers – Gus Varland, RHP, Dodgers
Rays - Pass
Phillies – Noah Song, RHP, Red Sox
Padres – Jose Lopez, LHP, Rays
Mariners – Chris Clarke, RHP, Cubs
Guardians – Pass
Blue Jays – Pass
Cardinals – ...

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jimfurtado Posted: December 07, 2022 at 05:28 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5 draft

Long-time Cubs’ radio voice Pat Hughes receives Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award

Following his 40th season as a MLB announcer, long-time Chicago Cubs‘ radio voice Pat Hughes has received one of the highest levels of recognition in the profession. That would be the Baseball Hall of Fame‘s Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting. The Hall announced that decision Wednesday:

This pick came after the Hall of Fame announced the 10 finalists in October. The other finalists were Dave Campbell, Joe Castiglione, Gary Cohen, Jacques Doucet, Tom Hamilton, Jerry Howarth, Ernie Johnson, Duane Kuiper, and Steve Stone.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2022 at 03:11 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, ford c. frick award, pat hughes

Brooks Raley: Shipped to Mets

The Mets acquired Raley from the Rays on Wednesday in exchange for minor-league pitcher Keyshawn Askew, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

Aside from All-Star closer Edwin Diaz, the Mets were lacking in reliable setup options last season, and the team’s relief depth became further tested earlier this winter when all of Seth Lugo, Trevor May, Joely Rodriguez and Adam Ottavino became free agents. The addition of Raley thus addresses a major need, as he’ll give the Mets a proven left-handed arm to slot in front of Diaz in the late innings. Raley covered 53.2 frames for Tampa Bay in 2022, collecting one win, six saves and 22 holds while pitching to a 2.68 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2022 at 03:10 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brooks raley, mets

Aledmys Díaz agrees to 2-year deal with A’s

Aledmys Díaz is set to stay in the AL West. The veteran infielder has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $14.5 million deal with the Oakland A’s, according to MLB Network insider Joel Sherman. The club has not confirmed.

During his Astros tenure, Díaz was hampered by injuries, playing only 262 games in four seasons with Houston.

The 32-year-old batted .255/.313/.424 with 32 homers and 107 runs with the Astros from 2019-22, winning a World Series ring this past season in the club’s triumph over the Phillies.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2022 at 03:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aledmys diaz, athletics

Source: Cardinals, Willson Contreras reach 5-year, $87.5M deal

The St. Louis Cardinals have found their replacement for the spot vacated by longtime catcher Yadier Molina, reaching a five-year, $87.5 million deal with free agent Willson Contreras on Wednesday, a source familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Contreras, 30, has spent the past 14 seasons in the rival Chicago Cubs’ organization. In seven MLB seasons, he has hit .256 with 117 home runs and 365 RBI.

Known for his strong arm, Contreras has dealt with criticism about his game calling, but that may have been overblown as he helped oversee a Cubs pitching staff which went to the postseason in five out of six years from 2015 to 2020.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2022 at 01:16 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, willson contreras

2022 Major League Baseball Rule 5 Draft Preview Version 6.0 - $

Baseball America loves the Rule 5 Draft. I love their coverage.

jimfurtado Posted: December 07, 2022 at 11:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5

Mets’ free agent needs about to test Steve Cohen’s limits

The Mets seem to be following the Guggenheim Baseball Management playbook. Open the checkbook until the team can build a top-notch development machine.

jimfurtado Posted: December 07, 2022 at 11:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Report: Mets sign Jose Quintana to two-year, $26 million deal

The New York Mets have agreed to a two-year, $26 million contract with left-hander Jose Quintana, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

In 32 starts between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals last season, Quintana put up a 2.93 ERA and 1.21 WHIP along with 137 strikeouts in 165.2 innings.

Quintana signed a one-year, $2 million deal with Pittsburgh before getting dealt to St. Louis.

The move comes days after the Mets signed Justin Verlander to a massive two-year $86 million deal to revamp their starting rotation.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2022 at 10:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jose quintana, mets

Sources: Red Sox, closer Kenley Jansen reach 2-year deal

Closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox are in agreement on a two-year, $32 million contract, sources told ESPN, bolstering a Boston bullpen that ranked among the worst in baseball during the 2022 season.

Jansen, 35, spent this year with the Atlanta Braves after a dozen distinguished seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He led the National League with 41 saves, and his 391 career saves are second most among active players and eighth all-time.

In 64 innings with the Braves, Jansen struck out 85 batters, walked 22 and posted a 3.38 ERA. Over his career, Jansen has struck out 1,107 hitters in 769 innings with a 2.46 ERA and ranks among the most dominant closers in history.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2022 at 10:51 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: kenley jansen, red sox

Chaim Bloom’s empty words about Bogaerts are insulting

Of course, the Red Sox will be mediocre with him.

Bogaerts is just the most recent bungling of a superstar’s exit. The Red Sox decided early on to not pay for Lester, Mookie, and Bogearts. Their actions are more credible than their words. The Red Sox ownership, which is the common factor in the mishandling of contract negotiations with top players, has lost all credibility.

Now, I don’t have a problem with a team walking away from a player it feels is overvalued in the market. What I do resent is the ownership lying about their intentions, especially while making multiple GMs scapegoats for those ownership level decisions. It treats the players and fans as idiots.

The shelf life of the Red Sox three :D four championships has expired. ...

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jimfurtado Posted: December 07, 2022 at 10:44 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: chaim bloom, red sox

Bob Nightengale on Twitter: “Now that Aaron Judge has signed, the free agent dominoes are falling: Closer Kenley Jansen, 2 years, $32 million: Boston Red Sox. Starter Jose Quintana, 2 years, $26 million: New York Mets.” / Twitter

Desperation moves?

jimfurtado Posted: December 07, 2022 at 10:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jose quintana, kenley jansen, mets, red sox

White Sox keeping an open mind regarding roster changes

How much can an expensive closer bring back in a deal?

“A year ago, we’re coming off a division championship, we’re wildly prognosticated to win the division going away,” Hahn said. “So, a blockbuster or roster-shaking move was probably a little less on the agenda. This year, I think we have to be open-minded given the way we performed in ‘22. Does it mean that’s what’s going to happen? Not necessarily, but we at least have to be open-minded to something like that.

“We have all sorts of ideas floating around. Some that we volunteer to other clubs, and some that come through the door from someone else’s brainchild. It’s been important to us to look at how we do things with fresh eyes. Everything from our pregame prep to our hitting ...

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jimfurtado Posted: December 07, 2022 at 10:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Open Market Musings | FanGraphs Baseball

I don’t have an obvious conclusion to all of this rambling, aside from saying that I’m trying to focus more on the less-visible aspects of team construction these days. Sure, some teams just need a great hitter and have five places on the diamond where they can play them. But that’s not the case for most contenders, and it’s particularly not the case when you consider the players in their farm system, the age and contract status of their existing major league team, and plenty of other factors to boot. I’m not saying that I have all the answers, but I do think that treating free agency more like a qualitative puzzle and less like a quantitative equation is a worthy endeavor, and I’m going to try to do more of it.

jimfurtado Posted: December 07, 2022 at 09:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Stark: Can Phillies make their payroll puzzle workable after Trea Turner mega deal? - The Athletic

But agents and teams they’ve spoken with get no sense whatsoever that the Phillies are nervous about how their payroll puzzle will fit together — in the short term or the long term. So let’s ask again: Should they be?

I posed that question to a few bright minds in rival front offices. It was a fascinating exercise.

One general manager had no second thoughts. None. He’s a fan of watching teams in his sport go “all-in” to win when they think it’s their time. So he used the word “awesome” to describe this.

I asked another executive if he thought the Phillies’ payroll structure was workable over the next few years. He, too, shot down concerns.

“All payroll structures are workable,” he said — assuming the owner’s ...

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jimfurtado Posted: December 07, 2022 at 09:41 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Hyde tackles variety of topics during media session - Blog

The needle is pointing up for the Orioles.

How difficult would it be to go into next season without an established No. 1 starter?
“We’ll see where it lands here at the end. There’s still a long way to go between now and March. But I feel great about the progress that some of these guys made last year. What Dean (Kremer) did the second half, what (Kyle) Bradish did the second half, what Tyler (Wells) did in the first half. Grayson (Rodriguez) is going to be a part next year. It feels good knowing we have some real starting pitching candidates who have an opportunity to be good players.

“If it stands the way it is right now, I feel good about our guys. Now, we’re going to add more, that’s great. The more depth the better, the ...

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jimfurtado Posted: December 07, 2022 at 09:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

In MLB Draft Lottery, No. 1 Pick Came Down To Final Ping Pong Ball $

Some details about how the draft lottery was conducted.

The balls were then allowed to rotate for 15 seconds, before a button was pressed. That opened the top of the hopper. Every 15 seconds, the button was pressed again, until four balls had been collected. That four-digit code was then checked against a list of all 1,001 possible four-digit combinations. The first ball was 11, the second was eight, the third was 10.

Because the four-digit code would be read in numerical order, that code combination ensured that many teams remained in play for the first pick. If the number one ball came up in any one of the four slots, only the Nationals or Athletics would match that code. If the number two ball was the lowest number to come up in a ...

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jimfurtado Posted: December 07, 2022 at 09:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 4 draft

Inside Sarah Langs’ inspiring ALS fight — which hasn’t slowed her baseball media rise

A fundraiser for Sarah is close to meeting its goal.

“There’s always hope,” Pirofski says about her daughter’s situation. “Research, science, there’s just hope that there is something out there.”

Langs shares that quality with Gehrig. She also has his work ethic. This week, she is at baseball’s winter meetings in San Diego for MLB.com. On Monday, she did a spot on TV for “Hot Stove” and wrote a piece for MLB.com after the Mets signed Justin Verlander. She spoke and wrote with joy.

“I’ve loved baseball my entire life,” Langs says. “And I’ve seen that baseball loves me back and I’m getting chills as I say this because that’s not the goal. I just want another chance to thank everybody.”

So maybe you know ...

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jimfurtado Posted: December 07, 2022 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Sources: Cubs, Jameson Taillon agree to 4-year, $68M deal

The Chicago Cubs bolstered their starting rotation Tuesday night, reaching an agreement with free agent pitcher Jameson Taillon on a four-year, $68 million deal, sources told ESPN.

Taillon, 31, was among the top pitchers remaining in free agency and is the latest big acquisition for the Cubs, who earlier Tuesday reached a one-year, $17.5 million agreement with slugger Cody Bellinger, sources told Passan.

Taillon is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, going 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA and striking out 151 in 171⅓ innings for the New York Yankees.

A hard-throwing right-hander, he has bounced back since arriving in the Bronx in a January 2021 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, returning to form after making just seven starts in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2022 at 08:51 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jameson taillon

Major League Baseball used two balls again this year, and evidence points to a third

While Wills’ research found “dead” balls at parks around the country, the “Goldilocks” balls — with a more batter-friendly weight profile — only turned up at Yankees games and marquee events like the postseason or games using balls with commemorative stamps.

Stevey Posted: December 07, 2022 at 08:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cheating

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: “Deal is pending a physical.” / Twitter

Judge gets PAID!

jimfurtado Posted: December 07, 2022 at 08:30 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, free agents, giants, yankees

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Matt Strahm bolts Red Sox, signs 2-year, $15M deal with Phillies

ormer Red Sox reliever Matt Strahm is reportedly heading to Philadelphia.

Strahm is closing in on a two-year, $15 million deal with the Phillies, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The move would be the latest in a series of free agent additions for Dave Dombrowski, who followed up his signing of Trea Turner (11 years, $300 million) with an agreement to sign starter Taijuan Walker (4 years, $72 million) on Tuesday afternoon.

Strahm pitched pretty well in his only season in Boston. He logged a 3.83 ERA and 3.72 FIP in 44 ⅔ innings and was effective against both lefties (.229 average, .688 OPS) and righties (.221 average, .654 OPS).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2022 at 11:53 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: matt strahm, phillies

Manfred: ‘Orioles are going to be in Baltimore’; Boras says he’s been in ‘constant contact’ with Elias

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Tuesday that even though the lawsuit among the Angelos family is troubling, it won’t affect the Orioles’ future in Baltimore.

Manfred spoke at a meeting of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America at the Winter Meetings.

“As long as I have this job, I think you can count on the fact that the Orioles are going to be in Baltimore,” Manfred said.
Louis Angelos is suing his brother, John, and his mother, Georgia, over control of the Orioles.

“I have talked to both John and Mrs. Angelos at length, in person, about this topic,” Manfred said. “I’m comfortable with the positions that they’ve taken. It’s actually absolutely clear that under baseball’s rules, John ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2022 at 10:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Sources: Phillies, RHP Taijuan Walker reach 4-year, $72M deal

The Philadelphia Phillies and right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker have reached agreement on a four-year, $72 million contract, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday.

A day after reaching a blockbuster deal with shortstop Trea Turner, the Phillies add to their rotation with one of the top pitcher left on the free agent market.

Walker joins Philadelphia after one of the strongest seasons of his career in 2022, when he started 29 games for the New York Mets and posted a 3.49 ERA, 2.6 bWAR and a 1.19 WHIP in 157 innings pitched, striking out 132 batters while walking 45.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2022 at 09:37 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, taijuan walker

Pirates land #1 pick in first-ever MLB draft lottery

Here are the full results:

1. Pirates (T-1)
2. Nationals (T-1)
3. Tigers (6)
4. Rangers (7)
5. Twins (13)
6. A’s (T-1)
7. Reds (4)
8. Royals (5)
9. Rockies (8)
10. Marlins (9)
11. Angels (10)
12. D-backs (11)
13. Cubs (12)
14. Red Sox (14)
15. White Sox (15)
16. Giants (16)
17. Orioles (17)
18. Brewers (18)

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2022 at 08:54 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: draft lottery

Sources: Free agent Andrew Heaney reaches deal with Rangers

The Texas Rangers agreed to terms on a two-year deal with free agent starting pitcher Andrew Heaney on Tuesday, further bolstering a rotation that previously added Jacob deGrom, a source told ESPN.

Heaney’s two-year deal, which is pending a physical, is valued at $25 million but can increase to $37 million with incentives. It includes an opt-out after Year 1.

Heaney, 31, rebuilt his value on a star-studded Los Angeles Dodgers team last season, thanks in large part to the development of a slider. The left-hander accumulated only 72⅔ innings, but he posted a 3.10 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP while striking out a career-high 13.6 batters per nine innings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2022 at 08:53 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew heaney, rangers

San Francisco Giants add Mitch Haniger; 3-year, $43.5M deal, sources say

The San Francisco Giants agreed to terms with outfielder Mitch Haniger, the team announced Tuesday, filling a hole in the Giants’ outfield as they continue to their free-agent pursuit of American League MVP Aaron Judge.

The deal is for three years and $43.5 million and includes a player opt-out after the second year, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Haniger, who turns 32 later this month, has posted star-caliber numbers in the two seasons he has been healthy but has struggled with injuries throughout his major league career, most of which he spent in Seattle. With the Mariners last season, he hit .246/.308/.429 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs in 57 games, helping propel the team to its first playoff berth in two decades.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2022 at 08:53 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, mitch haniger

Major League Baseball used two balls again this year, and evidence points to a third

According to Wills’ data, MLB deployed this third baseball alongside the dead ball in 2022, with production starting as early as January – six months before Manfred promised a one-ball season. This new third ball’s weight centers somewhere between the juiced ball the league phased out last season and the newly announced dead ball: It is on average about one-and-a-half grams lighter than the juiced and one gram heavier than the dead. According to the league’s own research, a heavier ball tends to have more pop off the bat, meaning the third ball would likely travel farther than a dead ball hit with equal force.

While we accumulated 204 baseballs from 22 big league parks in 2022 – more than Wills has obtained in any of her previous ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2022 at 06:42 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: balls

Former MVP Bellinger agrees to deal with Cubs

Former NL MVP Award winner Cody Bellinger has agreed to a one-year, $17.5 million deal with the Cubs, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand on Tuesday night. The club has not confirmed the move.

Bellinger put together a remarkable 2019 season for the Dodgers en route to being named the National League MVP—but he’s struggled in the three seasons since. After hitting .305 with a 1.035 OPS and 47 home runs in his MVP-winning campaign, Bellinger has hit just .203 with a .648 OPS and 41 homers in the past three years combined.

The 27-year-old Bellinger showed some flashes of his past success in 2022, racking up 19 home runs and 14 stolen bases. He also recorded seven Outs Above Average as the everyday center fielder for a Dodgers team that ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2022 at 06:35 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, cubs

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