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Thursday, November 17, 2022

MLB MVP Award winners 2022

Judge and Goldschmidt.

AL voting. | NL voting

jimfurtado Posted: November 17, 2022 at 07:53 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, mvp

Kyle Lewis trade Diamondbacks Mariners

The Diamondbacks needed an outfielder?

The Mariners and D-backs have reached an agreement that will send 2020 American League Rookie of the Year Award winner Kyle Lewis to the D-backs in exchange for catcher/outfielder Cooper Hummel, a source told’s Daniel Kramer.

jimfurtado Posted: November 17, 2022 at 07:50 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kyle lewis, mariners

Texas Rangers to host 2024 All-Star Game at Globe Life Field

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced at the conclusion of Thursday’s ownership meetings in New York that the Rangers’ bid, co-sponsored by the cities of Arlington and Fort Worth, had been selected to host the 94th All-Star Game at Globe Life Field in 2024. The game is scheduled for July 16.

The Rangers have previously hosted one other All-Star Game, the 1995 Midsummer Classic, which was won by the National League on MVP Jeff Conine’s eighth-inning home run. It was played in the second season at what was then The Ballpark in Arlington.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 17, 2022 at 01:20 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, rangers

Limitation of Baseball Savant’s Graphic Snapshot | RotoGraphs Fantasy Baseball

I play fantasy but I prefer playing simulations. Fantasy value does not equal real value.

jimfurtado Posted: November 17, 2022 at 10:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball

LONDON SERIES 2023: Ticket News Announcement – Bat Flips and Nerds

The games are June 24th and 25th. Cards vs. Cubs. Now I just need to get my wife to sign off on a trip to London.

Drum roll… we have ticket sales dates for the 2023 games.

Pre-registered sales: 10:00 am, Wednesday 30th November
General sales: 10:00 am, Tuesday 6th December
Time is running out to register with MLB to get pre-sales access. Click on the link below. Don’t miss out.

jimfurtado Posted: November 17, 2022 at 10:41 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

This, that and the other - Blog

Executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias has noted the expectation that Rodriguez will break camp next spring in the rotation. Rodriguez is ready for it. 

“It’s full speed ahead,” he said. “Obviously, we’re focused on the big leagues. Of course, the injury kind of derailed it last year, but moving forward that’s definitely in my focus.”

Rodriguez remains healthy after missing three months of the season, saying he’s “100 percent,” and his offseason training, focusing on strengthening the lat, has been good.

“That’s all you can ask for,” he said.

Rodriguez posted a 2.20 ERA and 0.933 WHIP in 14 starts with Norfolk, striking out 97 batters in 69 2/3 innings. He totaled 75 2/3 innings at three ...

jimfurtado Posted: November 17, 2022 at 10:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: grayson rodriguez, orioles

The Athletic: MLB investigating whether Mets, Yankees communicated improperly about Aaron Judge: Sources [$]

Major League Baseball is investigating whether comments attributed to Mets sources about the team’s reluctance to pursue free-agent outfielder Aaron Judge constitute a violation of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement.

An article published on the Mets’ television network’s web site Nov. 3 said the Mets would not bid against the Yankees for Judge. Details in the story caught the attention of the Players Association, which asked the Commissioner’s Office to investigate whether improper communication occurred between the respective owners of the clubs, according to sources briefed on the situation….

Recent CBAs specifically prohibit the sharing of information on player contracts, saying, “Players shall not act in concert ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 17, 2022 at 10:31 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, mets, yankees

Baseball America: Major League Baseball 40-Man Roster Additions Ahead Of Roster Deadline ($)

Geoff Pontes with short write-up of every player added to a 40-Man.

Juan Brito, 2B: The infielder was acquired by the Guardians from the Rockies in exchange for Nolan Jones in the hours leading up to the deadline. Brito fits an archetype the Guardians have had success with in recent years—a switch-hitter with advanced plate discipline and strong bat-to-ball skills. This style of player is so synonymous with the Guardians that a longtime scout texted me in the aftermath of the trade saying “Brito was always a Guardians prospect, they just needed to make it official.” In this way Brito fits the Guardians style of play—a high-contact hitter with developed skills as a hitter looking to add impact as he ages. If Brito is able to grow ...

jimfurtado Posted: November 17, 2022 at 10:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5 draft

What if Pitching Were a Carnival Game? | FanGraphs Baseball

I’m not sure how much value this statistic has. If a pitcher is up 0-2 and has good command, he’s generally going to try to get the hitter to chase something out of the zone. Doing so would lower his edge percentage but would be a plus to his command.

With that out of the way, any guesses for the best pitcher at dotting the edges? I came into this assuming it was Jacob deGrom’s contest to lose. If you’re going to be the best pitcher in the game while mainly throwing two pitches to one side of the plate, you better hit the best part of the plate fairly often. Indeed, deGrom is great at it: he threw 940 pitches in 2022 between the regular season and the playoffs, and 31.7% of them touched the edge of the strike zone when they crossed home ...

jimfurtado Posted: November 17, 2022 at 10:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching

MLB Rumors: Red Sox ‘sweetened offers’ to Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers - NBC Sports Boston

Ownership doesn’t have a good track record of retaining its own players. They spend money yet still seem too interested in making team-friendly deals.

The handling of Mookie Betts broke me.

Kennedy acknowledges that actions speak louder than words, but he assures the organization has been active in contract talks with a number of players, including their own.

“Coming out of [last week’s] GM meetings, I can tell you that we have been very proactive, though I know people don’t want to hear about how aggressive we’ve been, because it doesn’t mean anything until there’s something to announce,” Kennedy told Silverman.

“But I can tell you that we’ve made offers to several players, including our own players. And we’re ...

jimfurtado Posted: November 17, 2022 at 09:33 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

AFL performances impacting rankings: Pipeline Inbox

Given that he was a Top 100 Prospect before his health issues, does Orioles outfielder Heston Kjerstad’s solid 2022 season and great AFL performance get him back into the Top 100 conversation?—Chris W., Harrisburg, Pa.

I always caution about reading too much into Fall League performance because it’s a small sample and the hitters are significantly better than the pitchers. In Kjerstad’s case, I’ll make an exception. Because he came down with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, he didn’t make his pro debut until two years after the Orioles made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.

Kjerstad faced better arms than he ever had before in the AFL and won MVP honors while hitting .357/.385/.622 and leading the ...


Braves have Ron Washington working with their potential shortstop: Vaughn Grissom - The Athletic $

If it wasn’t apparent there’s a very real possibility Swanson will leave as a free agent, it should be now. The Braves sent Grissom from his home in Orlando, Florida, to New Orleans on Sunday to work with “Wash,” the first of three planned one-week sessions designed for one thing: to get the 21-year-old ready to play shortstop on a regular basis in the majors.

Grissom is staying in a downtown hotel and working out for about three hours each day with Washington at New Orleans Youth Academy, which is operated by MLB. Washington recently told Braves president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos that he could get Grissom ready to play shortstop by spring training.

“That’s why they’re giving me time with him right now — to ...

jimfurtado Posted: November 17, 2022 at 09:12 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dansby swanson, ron washington, vaughn grissom

Liberty Media to Split Off Atlanta Braves, Create Liberty Live Tracking Stock With Live Nation Stake

“We plan to split off the Atlanta Braves into an asset-backed stock to better highlight its strong value. Additionally, post-split-off, we plan to recapitalize all of Liberty Media’s remaining common stock into three tracking stock groups,” said Greg Maffei, Liberty Media president and CEO. “These actions will provide greater investor choice and enable targeted investment and capital-raising through more focused currencies, while maintaining an optimal capital structure for Liberty Media and preserving optionality with respect to our subsidiary SiriusXM and our Live Nation stake.”

The split-off will be accomplished “through the redemption of Liberty Media’s existing Liberty Braves common stock in exchange for common stock of ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 17, 2022 at 08:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

MLB investigating whether Mets, Yankees communicated improperly about Aaron Judge: Sources - The Athletic

Major League Baseball is investigating whether comments attributed to Mets sources about the team’s reluctance to pursue free-agent outfielder Aaron Judge constitute a violation of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement.

An article published on the Mets’ television network’s web site Nov. 3 said the Mets would not bid against the Yankees for Judge. Details in the story caught the attention of the Players Association, which asked the Commissioner’s Office to investigate whether improper communication occurred between the respective owners of the clubs, according to sources briefed on the situation.

A separate comment by Astros owner Jim Crane on his team’s web site Tuesday, saying Justin Verlander was seeking a contract ...

jimfurtado Posted: November 17, 2022 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, collusion

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Nick Martinez agrees to contract to remain with Padres

Five days after opting out of his contract and becoming a free agent, Nick Martinez agreed to a three-year, $26 million contract that could be worth as much as $42 million.

“I love the city,” Martinez said Wednesday morning. “The fans were incredible. The support, the love. I feel like they have the same desire to win as the team does. Obviously, you talk about the clubhouse, how great the group of guys are, it was really a no-brainer.”

Robert Suarez agreed last week to a five-year, $46 million deal with the Padres after opting out of hRis deal three days earlier.

Martinez, 32, signed a four-year, $26 million deal in March that gave him the ability to opt out after each of the first three seasons.

The new deal guarantees him ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 16, 2022 at 11:54 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: nick martinez, padres

Phillies’ Bryce Harper set for elbow surgery; 2023 timeline unclear

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper will undergo surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow next week, team president Dave Dombrowski told reporters Wednesday, though it was not immediately clear how long the recovery timeline will be.

Harper is set for surgery Nov. 23 for a tear to the UCL that he initially suffered in April. The injury prevented him from playing in the field the rest of the season. The 30-year-old received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow in May and shifted to the designated hitter role.

It was not yet known whether Harper will undergo Tommy John surgery, Dombrowski said.

“We have no prognosis, really, until [the surgeon] goes into the elbow and takes a look at it,” Dombrowski ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 16, 2022 at 11:52 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, phillies

Astros’ Verlander, Marlins’ Alcantara win 2022 MLB Cy Young Awards

It didn’t take Justin Verlander long to realize he could have a special year after missing almost two full seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Heading into his fifth start, Verlander knew he was back.

“In that moment, I felt normal and like myself, pain-free, able to recover like I always have,” he said. “I think my mindset just completely shifted to like, ‘OK, I am the pitcher I’ve always been.’”

On Wednesday, the Houston ace capped his stellar season by winning the American League Cy Young Award, joining Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in the National League as unanimous selections.

It’s the second time the winners in both leagues were unanimous since the award began in 1956 and the first since Detroit’s Denny McLain in the AL and ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 16, 2022 at 11:52 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander, sandy alcantara

Houston Astros’ inner turmoil through World Series run ($)

Did Bagwell make the case the Astros player development is too good, which is unfair to their competitors? I fear the dark times are coming back for Astros fans.

Disagreements over player evaluations furthered the chasm between the sides and further isolated Click. Baker was among those who convinced Crane to kill the trade that would have sent right-hander Jose Urquidy to the Cubs for Contreras. Bagwell, who “Jim might trust more than anyone,” according to one source familiar with their relationship and corroborated by another, was critical of the Astros’ player-development system, even as it was graduating eventual ALCS and World Series MVP Jeremy Peña. Jackson, who joined the Astros in May 2021 as an “executive assistant” despite never ...

jimfurtado Posted: November 16, 2022 at 02:50 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Ranking every Rookie of the Year Winner Ever

Not a ranking of best rookie seasons (so Williams, Ott, others don’t make the list).

gehrig97 Posted: November 16, 2022 at 02:28 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro, jackie robinson, mike trout, ted williams

Teoscar Hernandez traded to Mariners for pair of pitchers

The Mariners swung the first blockbuster trade of the offseason, acquiring All-Star outfielder Teoscar Hernández from the Blue Jays on Wednesday, a source told’s Jon Paul Morosi. The teams have not confirmed the trade.

Sources told’s Mark Feinsand that the Blue Jays will receive reliever Erik Swanson and lefty pitching prospect Adam Macko in return. Macko, 21, is the Mariners’ No. 8 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 16, 2022 at 11:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: teoscar hernandez

Albert Pujols to work with young players, be Angels ambassador - Los Angeles Times

Albert Pujols will work with young players at the Angels’ academy in the Dominican Republic and tutor big leaguers and minor leaguers during spring training in Arizona as part of the retired slugger’s 10-year, $10-million personal-services contract with the team, club president John Carpino said.

“He’ll be like a team ambassador,” Carpino said Monday at the Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach, which hosted a celebrity tournament to benefit the MLB Youth Academy in Compton. “We’re real excited about the possibilities moving forward. He’s Albert Pujols. It’s an asset. He has a ton of baseball knowledge.”

jimfurtado Posted: November 16, 2022 at 07:44 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Manager of the Year Award winners 2022

Tito, Buck add another MOY Award to their trophy cases.

jimfurtado Posted: November 15, 2022 at 07:53 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, manager of the year

Rule 5 Draft prospects protected on 40-man rosters

Each team’s protections at the link.

There are 15 players on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list who needed to be protected or become exposed to the Rule 5 Draft.

+ Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, O’s (MLB No. 4)
+ Diego Cartaya, C, Dodgers (No. 8)
+ Elly De La Cruz, INF, Reds (No. 14)
+ Marco Luciano, SS, Giants (No. 16)
+ Noelvi Marte, SS, Reds (No. 17)
+ Taj Bradley, RHP, Rays (No. 20)
+ Curtis Mead, 3B, Rays (No. 35)
+ Michael Busch, 2B, Dodgers (No. 42)
+ Brennen Davis, OF, Cubs (No. 48)
+ Owen White, RHP, Rangers (No. 59)
+ Andy Pages, OF, Dodgers (No. 66)
+ Orelvis Martinez, SS, Blue Jays (No. 70)
+ Kevin Alcantara, OF, Cubs (No. 86)
+ Ceddanne Rafaela, SS, Red Sox (No. 96)
+ Endy Rodriguez, C, Pirates (No. 97)

+ Indicates that a player ...

jimfurtado Posted: November 15, 2022 at 07:46 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rule 5 draft

In letter to fans, Royals owner John Sherman places $2 billion price tag on new stadium

Royals chairman and CEO John Sherman has talked for the past year about his vision for a possible new downtown Kansas City ballpark. On Tuesday afternoon, in a letter to fans shared on social media and sent to season-ticket holders, he divulged a bit more information about the potential project, including an estimated price tag: $2 billion. As Sherman notes in the letter, that would make the club’s for now hypothetical new home stadium — succeeding Kauffman Stadium, where the Royals’ current lease with Jackson County is set to expire after this decade — the most costly such project in Kansas City history.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 15, 2022 at 07:45 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Source: Yankees re-signing Anthony Rizzo on multi-year deal

Anthony Rizzo is re-signing with the New York Yankees on a multi-year deal, a source told ESPN’s Jesse Rogers on Tuesday.

Rizzo had become a free agent after declining his $16 million option with the Yankees for 2023.

Acquired from the Chicago Cubs at the 2021 trade deadline, Rizzo returned to New York for the 2021 season on a deal that paid $16 million this year.

He hit 32 home runs for the fourth time in his career—he has never hit more—and had 75 RBIs in 130 games despite a .224 batting average. The 33-year-old was sidelined between Aug. 31 and Sept. 18 by back pain and headaches from an epidural injection to treat his back.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 15, 2022 at 04:39 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, yankees

MLB qualifying offer: Who accepted, rejected the $19.65M deal at Tuesday’s deadline?

Accepted qualifying offer
Martín Pérez, Rangers (per
Joc Pederson, Giants (per
Pérez and Pederson return to their teams on that one-year, $19.65 million contract. It should also be noted players who accept the qualifying can not be traded without their consent until next June 15. Teams can’t simply turn around and trade away a player they didn’t anticipate accepting the qualifying offer, at least not without him having a say.

Rejected qualifying offer
Chris Bassitt, Mets (via
Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox (per 
Willson Contreras, Cubs (per ESPN)
Jacob deGrom, Mets (per 
Nathan Eovaldi, Red Sox (via
Aaron Judge, Yankees (per 
Brandon Nimmo, Mets (per 
Anthony Rizzo, ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 15, 2022 at 04:33 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: qualifying offer

Sources: Angels, LHP Tyler Anderson agree to 3-year deal

Left-hander Tyler Anderson and the Los Angeles Angels are in agreement on a 3-year deal that’s expected to be in the $39 million range, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday.

Anderson turned down a one-year, $19.65 million qualifying offer from the Dodgers to join the Angels.

The Angels will lose their 2nd-round pick while Dodgers get a pick after the 4th round.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 15, 2022 at 04:32 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tyler anderson

Rays release former top draft pick Brendan McKay

The Rays have released lefty Brendan McKay, the once-promising two-way prospect who commanded a $7-million-plus bonus as the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft.

McKay, 26, has been sidelined by several arm issues and not played in the majors since making his big-league debut in 2019. Most recently, he had Tommy John surgery in September that will sideline him until 2024.

McKay had left shoulder surgery in August 2020 and missed the pandemic-abbreviated season. He made seven minor-league pitching appearances and hit in six games in 2021 before being sidelined by an August elbow injury, and had thoracic outlet syndrome surgery after the season. He was rehabbing from that surgery, with the Rays deciding he would give up two-way play to ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 15, 2022 at 10:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay, rays

ESPN Insider: Inside the champion Astros’ behind-the-scenes turmoil [$]

“Sometimes I wonder if Jim thinks he’s Jerry Jones,” said one Astros employee, who was among the dozen people with knowledge of the organization with whom ESPN spoke to better understand the inner workings of arguably the most successful franchise in baseball. Not since Larry MacPhail in 1947 has a championship franchise parted ways with its top baseball executive so soon after a title, but what became clear over those conversations was Crane’s willingness to meddle in baseball-operations decisions, much like the Dallas Cowboys owner who also serves as GM. It’s a path certainly in Crane’s purview as owner but rare among his peers in baseball—and it suggests that Click’s work always came with impediments.

Crane, sources said, felt coming ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 15, 2022 at 10:46 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

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