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« on: July 04, 2019, 02:12:40 pm »
The Jays come to town Justin Verlander Jersey , and we talked to their SBNation site"Tom Dakers is the site manager over at Bluebird Banter, the SBNation site for the Toronto Blue Jays. He asked me some questions about the Twins (Click here to see my answers) and in return, I asked him a few of my own. He was a good sport and got me the answers, so lets learn a little more about the Twins next opponent.1. The Blue Jays have the absolute misfortune of playing in the AL East, where they have to compete with the big money Yankees and Red Sox, plus the somehow competitive Rays every year. What would have to happen for the Blue Jays to win the division, and do you see that happening any time soon? Is it this year, with Boston being bad, and the entire Yankees roster headed for the IL, or is the Rays hot start going to be too much to overcome?It isn’t this year. I feel pretty confident in that one. It could happen in the 2 or 3 years. The Jays have a number of very good prospects. Vlad, Bo Bichette, Danny Jansen, Nate Pearson. Rowdy Tellez, Anthony Alford and a handful of others could become an excellent core for the team. And they should have money available to pick up free agents to fill whatever holes the lineup might have. After this season there isn’t much payroll on the books, other than the new contract for Randal Grichuck. Most of this season is going to see the team trying to figure out which prospects are ready to force their way onto the Jays roster, but I’m not expecting a lot of winning. But鈥?.if you would like to switch divisions, I’d be all for it. 2. Like the Twins, the Blue Jays also hired a new manager. What do you think of Charlie Montoyo so far, and what does he bring to the table that John Gibbons didn’t?Everyone seems to like Charlie. When he was hired, all of baseball seemed to be thrilled for him.There was a lot of speculation that the new manager would have to be able to speak Spanish, as the team has a number of Spanish speaking players and prospects and, as much as those guys learn to speak English, sometimes it is easier to get messages across in someone’s native tongue.As a manager, he seems to be an interesting mix of old school and new school. He understands analytics much better than John Gibbons did Houston Astros Jersey , but he also seems to be more willing to use the bunt and hit and run (we actually had a successful hit and run last week). He’s using more shifting, he has the outfield playing further back and he likes the third baseman playing further off the line. There will be some on the job training. He’s had a couple of interesting moments with the bullpen, and he made a mistake by not calling for a review on a play where he really should have, and his batting orders confuse me, but he seems smart enough to learn from his mistakes.The players seem to like him a lot. I grew up watching managers who were far more adversarial with their players, but I think this is the better way to do things these days. 3. The Blue Jays traded away a few players at the start of the season, which is a bit unusual. What exactly does that mean, and where does that leave you, as fan, feeling about the team?Yeah Kendrys Morales and Kevin Pillar have been moved. I believed Morales would be untradable but I was happy to be wrong. Opening up a roster spot for a younger player and opening the DH spot so it could used to rest everyday players on occasion seems a good move for a rebuilding team.Pillar? Well, his offense was never great and his defense isn’t what it was a couple of years ago. It is kind of unfair to consider a guy old at age 30, but most of Kevin’s value was his defense. Add in that he had no respect for his body, willing to run into fences or throw himself to the ground to make catches, no matter the score, had us wondering how he would age. I think the team looked to trade him in the off-season but didn’t get much interest. The return, for a player who was a fan favorite, seemed a little light, but then again Kevin is hitting .155 for the Giants at the moment.Neither guy was going to be part of the team after the rebuild. 4. Vlad Guerrero Jr. is probably the most exciting prospect in baseball right now. When is he expected to be called up? Why did the Blue Jays keep him down -- is it just service time manipulation, or are there actual holes in his game? Also, how excited are you to watch him mash taters for the next six or seven (or more) years?Service time. Service time. Service time.I mean, he’s not going to be great defensively at third base. He’s more than a bit on the heavy side and he won’t have the range we might like. I very much doubt he’ll still be playing third in 5 years. But keeping him in the minors for another week or two isn’t going to turn him into a Gold Glover.The Jays have an excuse for him still being in the minors, he missed time at the end of spring with an oblique strain. He’s just back playing. I’m thinking that he might be up just after the series with the Twins or, if not, within the next week or two.How excited am I? Oh I don’t have a way to put it into words. I can’t wait to see him , and Bo Bichette, bat in the middle of the order for the next 7 to 20 years. I often say the best part about being a baseball fan is watching young players develop and mature. To get the watch the son of a Hall of Famer, whose father I watched when he was an Expo, I can’t think of anything better. 5. Who do the Twins get to face for starting pitchers, and what should we expect from them?Monday: Matt Shoemaker. Matt was a free agent signing this winter. He was a buy low guy, coming back from a couple of injury filled seasons. He has been much much better than I hoped. He went 7 innings allowing just 2 hits in each of his first two starts. After three starts he has a 0.92 ERA and 3 wins (not bad on a team with 5 wins total).Tuesday: Aaron Sanchez. Aaron is trying to have a comeback year after two injury filled seasons. He looks a lot more like the guy who had the best ERA in the AL in 2016. He’s throwing harder and his curveball has returned. He’s getting strikeouts again, and had been keeping the ball on the ground. After 3 starts he has a 1.69 ERA.Wednesday: Trent Thornton. Trent’s first two MLB starts were excellent, far better than any of us expected. His third start, against the Rays, was a disaster, 8 hits, 3 homers in 3 innings. There was a suggestion that he was tipping pitches. His curve rates near the top of the MLB for spin rate.Thursday: Clay Buchholz. Sunscreen Boy had his first start for the Jays Saturday and it went surprisingly well, giving up just 1 run in 6 innings of work. He doesn’t throw hard, he topped out at just under 90 MLB on his fastball, but he also threw a cutter, curve and change. He didn’t allow a walk and got a lot of groundballs. I’ll admit I was less than thrilled when they signed him, but he spent a good part of today’s game talking to Thornton and Shoemaker, about how he gripped his pitches and he was first up to cheer his teammates when something good happened. He doesn’t have the long greasy hair anymore, but his arm was still shiny with sunscreen on the day he pitched.6. Who is one player that we probably haven’t heard of who will have an impact on the series?Billy McKinney, an outfielder we picked up from the Yankees in the J.A. Happ trade had a great day Sunday, hitting two doubles and a home run. He seems to have rebounded from a slow start to the season. He has some speed, power and the ability to take a walk, which isn’t something you can say about many Blue Jays. And Rowdy Tellez, a rookie who has a great name Hector Rondon Jersey , hit a home run in Boston that Statcast initially told us went 505 feet. When the media figured out that that would make it the longest ever in Fenway Park, it caused a bit of a stir. Unfortunately, the eye test suggested it was more likely somewhere around 405 feet, still a good long homer, but not one that would move Ted Williams to the number two spot in Fenway history. 7. Who wins the series?Man, I’d love a series win sometime this season, but I’m too much of a realist. Let’s guess we split the series, I’ll hope for continued good pitching from our starters and maybe a couple more players pull out of their early season slumps. Or perhaps Freddy Galvis hits a couple more home runs and continues to lead the team in home runs, batting average and, well, everything else. For the last time this spring, we see an NL West rival."Interesting to see Ray going up against a divisional rival, in what I’m assuming is his final start before the regular season. It’s likely because we don’t see San Francisco until quite some way into the schedule - our first game against the Giants is not until May 17. Give how many at-bats they’ll have between now and then, it’s not as if seeing Ray for two or three this afternoon will make any difference. Jarrod Dyson starts in center. He has only managed five at-bats thus far in spring; Adam Jones hasn’t many more (9), so it’ll be interesting to see how the team handles playing time, with only three more pre-season games to go. Will there be enough PAs to get both men fully ready?I was hoping to get to this one, and hang out with snakecharmer and asteroid on the lawn at Scottsdale. Unfortunately, Mrs. SnakePit needed the car for work: as is, I’ll be putting my life on the line and taking the bus and light-rail over to Tempe later on. So the recap on this one will potentially be delayed, though I hope to get most of it knocked out before I begin my perilous journey by walking to a bus-stop! If you don’t hear from me again, you can get DNA off my tooth-brush. :)

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« on: July 04, 2019, 01:52:16 pm »
Patrick McDermott/Getty ImagesThe Baltimore Orioles reportedly parted ways with manager Buck Showalter on Wednesday.Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Showalter will not be back with the O's "in any capacity" next season.USA Today's Bob Nightengale first reported on September 21 that Showalter was expected to be canned following the conclusion of the 2018 season.For the Orioles Kennys Vargas Jersey , the move was a no-brainer.Baltimore was a major league-worst47-115this season andjoined the1962 New York Mets and 2003 Detroit Tigers as the only teams in the expansion era to win fewer than 50 games.Plus, Showalter was never a fit to lead the Orioles through what figures to be an extensive and arduous rebuild after Manny Machado, Zach Britton,Kevin Gausman,Darren O'Day andJonathan Schoop were all shipped out of town in advance of the trade deadline.Dan Szymborski of FanGraphs speculated that Showalter's relationship with general manager Dan Duquette may have played a role in his firing:Dan Szymborski DSzymborskiIm not surprised the Os are parting ways with Buck. I think you need a GM and a manager that are on the same page and its been increasingly apparent for the last six months that Duquette was more likely to stay.Showalter, 62 , will now depart Baltimore with a669-684 recordacross eight seasons and change with the Orioles dating back to his installation as the club's manager midway through the 2010 campaign. All told, his career record sits at 1,551-1,517.The highlight of his time in Charm City came in 2014 when the Orioles went 96-66, captured the franchise's first American League East title since 1997 and made a run to the ALCS before their season was ended by the Kansas City Royals.Since then, the Orioles have managed one winning season as the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees re-established themselves as the class of the division.Showalter will now sit back and wait as spots open up in dugouts across MLB as he eyes a fresh start in a new locale. Hannah Foslien/Getty ImagesHaving already acquired J.A. Happ Rod Carew Jersey , the New York Yankees bolstered their starting rotation even further on Monday by adding Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Lance Lynn.The Yankees announcedthey traded first baseman Tyler Austin and minor league starting pitcher Luis Rijo to the Twins in return for Lynn.Sports Illustrated's Jon Tayler questioned the move from New York's perspectivesince the teamtradedright-handed reliever Adam Warren, who essentially occupied the same role Lynn likely will with the pitching staff:Jon Tayler, Smiling Politely JATaylerSo the Yankees salary-dumped a good reliever/swingman in Adam Warren to get a worse pitcher in Lance Lynn (who hasnt pitched in relief since 2012), and they also gave up cheap 1B/OF depth to do it in Tyler Austin. I cant say that I follow the logic here.TheNew York Post's Joel Sherman reported the Yankees at least won't add much money to their payroll by essentially swapping Warren for Lynn:Joel Sherman Joelsherman1Lynn owed about $4.3M. Hear #Twins will pay about $2M of that. Between offset and dealing Warren and $1.18M-ish left on his deal, #Yankees stayed about neutral in salary in this days work.Lynn might benefit from a move to the bullpen. In his first two years since undergoing Tommy John surgery, he's 18-16 with a 4.02 ERA and a 4.78 FIP Brian Dozier Jersey , according toBaseball Reference.However, Lynn hasn't pitched in a relief role since the 2015 postseason, and his last regular-season appearance out of the bullpen was in 2012.Ultimately, the Yankees may value Lynn's ability to move into the rotation in an emergency over Warren's proven track record as a reliever.The Twins, meanwhile, get a 26-year-old first baseman who's underteam controlfor four more seasons and a young pitcher who might develop into something down the road.Austin is batting .230 with 15 home runs and 43 RBI in 85 career MLB games Justin Morneau Jersey , and the 19-year-old Rijo is4-1 with a 2.77 ERA in seven minor league appearances in 2018.That's a solid return given both Lynn's performance and the fact he's only a half-season rental.

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« on: July 04, 2019, 01:42:10 pm »
Let’s get back to... assisting the marketing department , shall we?"But first, let’s see what cheers you all came up with. In first place, Mr. Jack Sommers!In a very close second, we find Mak!And last but not least, rounding out the podium, Diamondhacks, with a two part entry. Technically, only the first half got enough recs, but I’ll include both halves just for completenessAnd now for the updated standings. This week is Makakilo’s first time making the leaderboard this season George Springer Jersey , but Hacks and Jack have both been here before. Mr. Sommers moves into a tie for first place, but Hacks is right behind him and Preston, trailing them by only two recs.First Half Standings ContestantScoresContestantScoresLast year, I asked you to come up with an idea for a pre game giveaway item. It was a lot of fun, but this season, the Dbacks’ marketing team has stepped up their already pretty awesome game. I mean, Haboob globe anyone? That adds an extra level of difficulty to the challenge, I think, so let’s do it again. Come up with a pre game giveaway idea that out does the current slate of options. Go! No dour allowed"WhiteFanposts FanpostsFanshotsSections AnalysisGame RecapsGamethreadsMinorsOffbeatFull ArchiveExclusives South Side Sox Hall of FameCard of the MonthDeep DiveDigitsFlashbackFranchise FactsKnow Your EnemyMost Essential White SoxRace to the BottomSix Pack of StatsSouth Side SnapSouth Side StumperSSS Literary SupplementSuper Stats PackThe Game I’ll Never ForgetTwitterpatingUnder the RadarView From the Other SideWhite Sox on SB Nation HomeStoriesScheduleRosterStatsWhite Sox on Yahoo! HomeDepth ChartTransactionsMasthead MastheadMeet the Players!Links White Sox Web LinksSouth Side Sox standardsCommunity GuidelinesOdds Shop StubHub 鉁昈ffbeatHappy Opening Day!New Evan Gattis Jersey ,103commentsNo dour allowedCDTShareTweetShareShareHappy Opening Day!My bitmoji is super excited for Opening Day: Then again, she didn’t have to experience this offseason.This article will not discuss players who signed with other teams, or who were traded to other teams. It will not mention owners or front office people or Twitterverse trolls. It will not name websites that traffic in fancy stats or metrics or W-L projections, all of which are pretty dismal regarding our Chicago White Sox. It will not fret about rebuilds or injuries.Because Opening Day is for hope and joy and hope again.“Opening Day” are the best two words there are, in any language. Other contenders for that title include:Pay dayHot fudge“Good dog”Multiple orgasmOcean view“I quit!”Tomorrow, we worry. But today is Opening Day. And for one brief, shining moment, anything is possible.It is possible that Carlos Rodon becomes a true ace, and that Lucas Giolito becomes Gavin Floyd.It is possible that Jace Fry channels Matt Thornton , Ryan Burr becomes the best use of international bonus slot money ever, and Alex Colome stops us all from hiding behind our hands when entering the ninth with a lead.It is possible that James McCann does a decent Ron Karkovice impression, and that Wellington Castillo hits well enough to become somebody else’s problem at the trade deadline.It is possible that a platoon of Yonder Alonso and Jose Abreu affords enough rest for both of the aging sluggers that the dingers and doubles just keep coming all season long.It is possible that Eloy Jimenez beats out Vlad, Jr. for AL Rookie of the Year.It is possible that Daniel Palka is Ron Kittle — a flash in the pan, in the end, but a really entertaining one for a few years.It is possible that Yoan Moncada reminds us of Robin Ventura (as a hitter, not a manager), and Tim Anderson reminds us of Alexei Ramirez.It is possible that Yolmer Sanchez is even weirder and more wonderful than usual.The bliss of Opening Day pops quickly, of course Dallas Keuchel Jersey , a big bubble leaving you with gum all over your face. It may last an inning, a game, or if you’re lucky, a week. But enjoy it while it’s here. It won’t come again for 365 days.In fact, the only negative thought I offer on Opening Day 2019 is this: Regular season baseball should not be played in March. Then again, if the Sox get rained out or snowed out or frozen out today, then we get to have Opening Day all over again tomorrow.See you in the gamethread!

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« on: July 04, 2019, 11:53:19 am »
NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox won their third consecutive AL East championship Thursday night Andrew McCutchen Jersey , clinching on enemy turf with an 11-6 victory over the rival New York Yankees.Betts homered, doubled twice and drove in five runs, finishing with four hits as the Red Sox overcame Giancarlo Stanton’s go-ahead grand slam in the fourth inning. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a tying home run in the seventh and Xander Bogaerts put Boston ahead with a sacrifice fly.With the best record in baseball and a playoff berth already secured, Boston (104-49) closed out a once-tight division race with nine games to spare. J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox, alone in first place since July 2, will open the postseason at home on Oct. 5 against an opponent to be determined.Never before had Boston finished in first place three years in a row. The club needs one victory to match the franchise record held by the 1912 World Series champions.It took three tries, but these Red Sox finally earned their chance to celebrate at Yankee Stadium under rookie manager Alex Cora.After starter Eduardo Rodriguez walked a career-high seven in 3 2/3 innings, knuckleballer Steven Wright (3-1) worked three shutout innings for the win.Brock Holt also homered for the Red Sox, and Martinez increased his major league-leading RBI total to 124 in a game that took 4 hours, 2 minutes.Luke Voit hit a two-run homer for New York. Chad Green (8-3) was the loser.ATHLETICS 21, ANGELS 3OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien had three hits and a career-high five RBIs, Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in four runs and Oakland hammered Los Angeles.The Athletics reduced their magic number for clinching a playoff berth to five. Since June 15, Oakland is a major league-best 58-25.Going into Thursday, Oakland trailed Houston by four games in the AL West, led Tampa Bay by 5 1/2 games for the second wild card, and was 2 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees for the first wild card.Catcher Francisco Arcia pitched the last two innings for the Angels, and also homered in the ninth.Piscotty was 2 for 3 with a three-run homer. He’s 4 for 6 with two home runs and nine RBI in his last two games. Matt Chapman was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI. He leads the majors with 24 doubles since the All-Star break and has 41 on the year.Mike Trout hit his 36th home run for the Angels.Edwin Jackson (6-3) struck out seven and gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings of three-hit ball. Matt Shoemaker (2-2) was the loser.BRAVES 8, PHILLIES 3ATLANTA (AP) — Luca Duda’s pinch-hit double drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh , and Atlantatook an important step toward winning the NL East by beating Philadelphia.Atlanta leads the second-place Phillies by 6 1/2 games following the opening game of the four-game series. The teams close the season with three games at Philadelphia, but the Phillies need to win at least three of four in Atlanta to retain hope of making the final series meaningful. The Braves have a magic number of four over Philadelphia to clinch their first division title since 2013.Freddie Freeman had two hits and scored two runs. He has eight hits in his last three games.Tommy Hunter (4-4), the Phillies’ fifth pitcher, gave up a leadoff double to Dansby Swanson in the seventh. The left-handed hitting Duda pulled the run-scoring double into the right-field corner, giving Atlanta the 4-3 lead. Jesse Biddle (6-1), the Phillies’ 2010 first-round pick, gave up one hit while recording two outs in the seventh.BLUE JAYS 9, RAYS 8TORONTO (AP) — Justin Smoak homered with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Toronto past Tampa Bay, dealing a blow to the Rays‘ wild-card playoff hopes.Smoak hit his 25th homer of the season and third career walk-off blast. Sergio Romo (3-4) blew his eighth save in 30 opportunities. David Paulino (1-0) pitched an inning for the victory as Toronto won for the fourth time in its past five.Trailing 8-2 to begin the ninth, the Blue Jays roared back to snap Tampa Bay’s five-game winning streak. Tellez hit an RBI double and Danny Jansen chased Jamie Schultz with a three-run homer. Romo came on and struck out Richard Urena, but pinch hitter Kendrys Morales singled and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. tied it with a two-run homer to left. Smoak followed with a first pitch drive to right.Jonny Chirinos (5-5) was the loser.WHITE SOX 5, INDIANS 4, 11 INNINGSCLEVELAND (AP) — Matt Davidson hit a run-scoring single with two out in the 11th inning to lift Chicago past Cleveland for the White Sox’s first victory at Progressive Field this season.The White Sox were outscored 58-19 in dropping their first eight games in Cleveland, including a 4-1 loss Wednesday when Jason Kipnis hit a grand slam in the ninth.Yolmer Sanchez doubled off Adam Cimber (0-3) to start the 11th and moved to third on a groundout. After Avisail Garcia was intentionally walked, Ryan Cordell struck out before Davidson singled to right.Hector Santiago (6-3) pitched three scoreless innings. Eric Haase was hit by a pitch to start the 11th, but Santiago retired Fransico Lindor on a fly ball, struck out Michael Brantley and got Jose Ramirez on a groundout to end the game.TIGERS 11, ROYALS 8DETROIT (AP) — Christin Stewart hit his first two big league homers and drove in six runs, leading Detroit past Kansas City.Stewart Gregor Blanco Jersey , a September call-up playing in his 11th game, became the first Tigers rookie to drive in six runs in a game since Ryan Raburn had seven against the White Sox on July 25, 2007.Six Tigers had at least two hits and Detroit snapped a seven-game home losing streak. Kansas City has lost five in a row. Zac Reininger (1-0), the second of seven Detroit pitchers, picked up his first major league victory. Nicholas Castellanos also homered for Detroit.Jorge Bonifacio, Hunter Dozier and Adalberto Mondesi homered for Kansas City. Jorge Lopez (2-5) gave up seven runs without getting an out in the second.METS 5, NATIONALS 4, 12 INNINGSWASHINGTON (AP) — Jose Lobaton hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly against his former team in the 12th inning and New Yorks beat Washington.Lobaton, who spent the previous four years in Washington before signing with the Mets in December, lofted a one-out fly ball off Jefry Rodriguez (3-3) with the bases loaded to score Amed Rosario.Jacob Rhame (1-2) worked two scoreless innings, and Paul Sewald pitched the 12th for his second save.Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was ejected in the 12th for arguing home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn’s called third strike.Washington starter Max Scherzer pitched seven innings, allowing three runs while striking out 13. He has 290 strikeouts this year, the most for a National since the franchise relocated from Montreal before the 2005 season. Scherzer set the previous mark of 284 in 2016.REDS 4, MARLINS 2MIAMI (AP) — Cody Reed won for the first time as a starter in the majors, and Scooter Gennett homered and doubled to lead Cincinnati past Miami.Reed (1-2) allowed five hits and struck out six in six shutout innings. The left-hander joined the starting rotation Aug. 30 and has thrown 11 consecutive scoreless innings.Gennett’s two-run home run in the seventh gave Cincinnati a 4-0 lead.Jeff Brigham (0-3) was the loser. Talking about the Dodgers and the luxury tax is getting old. But here we are in January and the Dodgers are worse off than last year so far, with spring training a month away."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2019 Spring TrainingProspectsCommentaryNews and NotesCommentaryDodgers are letting the luxury tax dictate their offseasonNew,998commentsIt’s getting oldPSTShareTweetShareShareDodgers are letting the luxury tax dictate their offseasonKirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsI don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of talking about the luxury tax. Yes, it’s a dumb rule that was collectively bargained for back in 2012 , but it’s exhausting to have to keep referring to it.The fact that the Dodgers — the Los Angeles Dodgers — are treating it like a hard cap this winter is infuriating. I was OK with it last year — I even wrote a bit about it. But the stipulation in my mind was that they were resetting the tax so they could spend a little more freely. Not necessarily a $250-300 million payroll (which they could afford), but to at least not be scared of the defacto salary cap.Here were are on Jan. 15 and the two premiere free agents — Bryce Harper and Manny Machado — are still unsigned. Harper and Machado, both 26, aren’t your typical free agents because of their youth. Rare is the time a player in his mid-20s hits the open market. Yet, the Dodgers aren’t really in on either one. There were rumors and I’ve heard behind the scenes that Harper does want to play for the Dodgers, but it’s up to the Dodgers to pony up the dough. That doesn’t necessarily mean bending to Scott Boras’ whim, but the fact that they’re reportedly not willing to go beyond 5-6 years for one of youngest and best free agents in recent memory is a terrible look.There are pros and cons to a Harper or Machado signing, but there’s risk in every acquisition. And the Dodgers — unlike most willing teams — wouldn’t be hamstrung if Harper doesn’t live up to whatever contract he eventually signs. Side note: Folks like to focus on the negative. But, what if he’s good? No one ever says that when debating the pros and cons of signing Harper. But I digress.The Dodgers have lost about 10 wins of production this offseason. They’ve lost Yasmani Grandal, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood and added Joe Kelly, Russell Martin and a couple prospects who are a few years away from contributing. They opened up a spot for Alex Verdugo, but there’s no guarantee he’ll out-produce Puig in 2019. Because the NL West projects to be not great, the Dodgers could probably go out and win the division with the squad they have presently. But after having a championship slip through their hands in 2017 and being outclassed last year, you’d think the prevailing thought would be to go all-in. Instead, Andrew Friedman — via ownership mandate or not — is treating the Dodgers like they were his Rays. And that doesn’t work in Los Angeles.We know the Dodgers stated they weren’t going to run a league-high payroll every year and it’s hard to truly complain about a nearly $190 million payroll, but when you almost literally print money and don’t use that to your advantage, that’s when you get folks to really start questioning your methods.———Since the Dodgers reset their luxury tax penalty Duane Kuiper Jersey , they should be spending a little more than they have so far. Let’s look at the Red Sox last season. The World Series champs ran a $239.5 million payroll. They had to pay $11.95 million in luxury tax penalties. They paid that tax and ended up with a championship, but the Dodgers won’t even consider going over the tax again? That doesn’t seem right. Of course, spending money doesn’t automatically ensure a title, but it definitely doesn’t hurt, either.We don’t know for sure that the Dodgers aren’t willing — they extended Clayton Kershaw for more than $30 million a season and gave Hyun-Jin Ryu the qualifying offer — but their moves since then, coupled with the report from the LA Times that they might stay under the luxury tax the next four years, makes it look like they won’t make a big financial splash this winter.One benefit the Dodgers have is their payroll. They can use it in a way that most teams aren’t willing to. They did so when they made the Nick Punto trade in 2012 and in other deals in the past that saw them take on and/or eat a lot of money to reduce the prospect price (Hanley Ramirez). Yet, they don’t seem willing to do it now.If the Dodgers had won one of the last two World Series, this might be a bit more palatable. But as it stands now, the Dodgers aren’t the best team in the NL. They had to go to Game 163 to win the NL West last season. They might be OK to make the playoffs and we know it’s a crapshoot, but when the premiere free agent has either already played for you (Machado) or wants to (Harper) and you’re not interested because of some artificial/self-imposed salary restriction is the wrong message to send fans.The Dodgers want to build the farm system and win that way. That’s fine. That’s a good strategy. But they don’t have any truly impactful prospects due up anytime soon. Verdugo is nice, but he won’t likely carry an offense. Keibert Ruiz is a stud, but there are questions about his power developing. Best-case scenario for him is a Grandal/Victor Martinez type. While good, those guys aren’t/weren’t true impact players. There is no Walker Buehler, Cody Bellinger or Corey Seager coming anytime soon. This is the prime time to supplement the lack of impact potential on the farm with one of the biggest potentially impactful free agents in recent memory.Pitchers and catchers report in a month. The Dodgers are worse now than they were at the end of the season. Here’s hoping that changes in the next 30 days because if the reason they don’t get Harper is because of the luxury tax, it’s going to be hard for ownership and the front office to live that down — especially if they fail for a third consecutive season in their quest to break the now 30-year championship drought.It’d be nice to never have to write the words, “luxury/competitive balance tax” ever again. Unfortunately, it isn’t going anywhere and the negotiations for the next Collective Bargaining Agreement promise to be eventful.

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« on: July 04, 2019, 11:43:27 am »
The New York Yankees aren't going to be forced to pay Major League Baseball's luxury tax for the first time ever.According to the Associated Press (h/t , the Bronx Bombers are on pace to finish below the $197 million payroll threshold this season, meaning they won't have to pay the tax for the first time since it was instituted in 2003. They are still spending a significant amount of money with the luxury tax payroll up from $178.8 million at the start of the season to $192.1 million, but it is low enough to avoid the penalty.The AP noted the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals are the only teams on pace to pay the tax in 2018.The ability to avoid the luxury tax penalty also has implications for the upcoming offseason, as the report pointed out the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers will each reset their base tax rates from 50 percent of their total over the threshold to just 20 percent by avoiding it this year.That figures to put both big-market powers in ideal positions to add to their already talented rosters during free agency.New York's big splash this offseason was trading forGiancarloStanton to play alongside Aaron Judge, who has missed significant time with a fractured wrist. It is nine games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East but two games ahead of the Oakland Athletics for the first wild-card spot and a comfortable eight games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays.While the division is essentially out of reach at this point, the Yankees can at least take solace knowing they are headed to the playoffs and won't have to worry about paying the luxury tax.That, in turn, could lead to some marquee additions next offseason with less tax concerns and a threshold that is increasing to $206 million. BALTIMORE — The New York Yankees can complete a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in a prime-time series finale on Sunday at Camden Yards.Entering the series, the Yankees and Orioles had split their 12 meetings this season. However, New York won three straight against Baltimore this weekend Danny Salazar Jersey , including both games of a Saturday doubleheader. The Yankees (82-47) are a season-high 35 games above .500. Meanwhile, Baltimore (37-93) is jockeying with Kansas City for the top pick in the MLB Draft. Article continues below ...“We’re just trying to do what we do best and score runs,” Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks said.The Yankees are also getting a spark from rookie Miguel Andujar, who homered and had four RBIs in the first game Saturday. He is batting .300 and making a strong case for Rookie of the Year, not that he is thinking about personal accolades.“There are more important things right now,” Andujar said through an interpreter. “It’s very important to win games and we have a bigger goal in mind. That’s the focus right now. At the end of it all, if it happens, it happens. We are trying accomplish something bigger here than individual awards.” The Orioles, who have lost seven straight games, have traded key veterans as they begin a complete rebuild of their franchise. They’re already experiencing growing pains and have endured seven losing streaks of six games or more this season. Right-hander Luis Severino (16-6 , 3.28 ERA) will start Sunday for the Yankees. After a dominant first half of the season, he is 2-4 in his last six starts, allowing seven home runs during that stretch.Severino was much better in his last outing against the Blue Jays when he allowed two runs and six hits with eight strikeouts in five innings. “I feel pretty good. Most of the game I was dominating,” Severino said after the game. “I feel good, my body is strong and my confidence is way up.”Severino is 4-1 with a 3.33 ERA in nine appearances (seven starts) against Baltimore. New York is going to need him to maintain his former solid form during the stretch run.The Yankees still trail the Red Sox in the American League East but are in the driver’s seat for one of the two wild-card berths. “We have to find the right adjustments in there to get him back on track,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of Severino’s recent struggles. Dylan Bundy (7-12, 5.31) is having similar struggles for Baltimore. He has allowed 29 hits and six homers for 22 runs (21 earned) in 14 1/3 innings in his last three starts.Bundy has also struggled to keep the ball in the park, giving up 15 homers in his last eight starts, registering a whopping 9.08 ERA during that stretch. Bundy allowed seven runs and seven hits in just four innings of his last start against the Blue Jays, losing his third straight decision.“It’s tough Edwin Encarnacion Jersey , but we’re all going to have these stretches,” Bundy said after the game. “You just try to limit them. Right now, this one is going on for quite some time. Hopefully, in the future I can figure this out quicker and get better faster.”Bundy is 2-4 with a 6.03 ERA in eight appearances, including six starts, against the Yankees. He took a loss to New York on July 11. Showalter is also trying to find ways to get him back on track. “We’ve given him extra days quite a few times,” Showalter said. “We’ve attacked that and we’ll continue to look at if we need to do it again.”

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A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday:SCIOSCIA’S FUTURELos Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia might address a report that he plans to step down at the end of the season. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the 59-year-old is expected to leave.The 59-year-old Scioscia has managed the Angels since 2000 and is the longest-tenured manager in the majors. The Angels are 55-57 as their series wraps up in Cleveland.GETTING HOT IN WASHINGTONNationals star Bryce Harper might be hobbled for a bit after getting hit by a curveball in the right knee Saturday night. Harper struggled initially to put weight on the leg , but eventually made his way to first base. A half-inning later, he was replaced in right field by Adam Eaton. Washington reliever Ryan Madson hit Reds star Joey Votto with a pitch later, and an infuriated Votto yelled at Madson throughout the rest of the inning. That tension might spill over when the teams conclude their four-game series.OSUNA RETURNSReliever Robert Osuna joins the Astros, ending his 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The World Series champs acquired the 2017 All-Star from Toronto on July 31 for Ken Giles in a swap of closers. The 23-year-old Osuna had a 2.93 ERA in 15 games for the Blue Jays this season when he was penalized.Osuna is expected to talk to the team before the game at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander has been working out with Double-A Corpus Christi.RUNAWAY RED SOXDavid Price and the Red Sox try for a surprising sweep of the Yankees when they wrap a four-game series at Fenway Park. With Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez on the disabled list, New York’s bats have been bottled up by Boston’s pitchers, with Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi throwing gems the past two games.Price (11-6, 3.97) hopes to follow suit and make up for a miserable outing the last time he faced the Yankees, when he allowed a career-worst five homers in an 11-1 loss July 1. Masahiro Tanaka (9-2 Ivan Nova Jersey , 3.84) starts the night game for the Yankees, who have lost a season-high four in a row.Boston is 8 1/2 games ahead of New York for the AL East. The teams play six more times in September.A HISTORY OF SUCCESSWith the Braves in a tight race atop the NL East, right-hander Julio Teheran (8-7) tries to stifle the Mets again when he starts the finale of a four-game series at Citi Field. Teheran is 9-6 with a 2.33 ERA in his career against New York and has permitted just two runs on 11 hits in 21 innings (0.86 ERA) vs. the Mets this season. Rookie righty Corey Oswalt (1-2) pitches for New York in place of injured Steven Matz. Oswalt beat San Diego in his last major league start July 25 for his first career win. During an otherwise sluggish Marlins offseason, this past week brought some much-needed developments. Get caught up right here."Although Spring Training is fast approaching, the Miami Marlins—as well as the other 29 Major League Baseball clubs—have plenty of questions to answer and moves to make this offseason.Here, we look at the biggest news and stories that stood out this week, and prepare fans for what promises to be another busy period! J.T. Realmuto Still a Miami Marlin...For Now Rejoice, Marlins fans , as this past week brought substantial movement on the J.T. Realmuto trade front. According to Jonathan Mayo of MLB Pipeline, there is a deal being discussed between the Marlins and Reds involving Jonathan India, Tucker Barnhart and other prospects for Realmuto.Right-hander Nick Wittgren was designated for assignment recently, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him packaged with Realmuto. The Marlins removed Wittgren from their 40-man roster on Tuesday night and only have until this coming Tuesday to trade or pass him through waivers. What Can We Expect In Return?Miami’s front office isn’t going through all this trouble for nothing. Ultimately, the farm system will be greatly improved, regardless of which Realmuto finalist steps up with the best offer.Daniel Martinez breaks it down:Organizational Review for the Miami MarlinsAdam McInturff of 2080 Baseball unveiled his organizational review of the Miami Marlins for 2019. The review is full of the Marlins system’s strengths, weaknesses and scouting reports for many of the prospects. The review also had a ranking of the top 15 prospects. McInturff had high praise for outfielder Monte Harrison and right-hander Zac Gallen, but otherwise Brad Hand Jersey , his evaluations were closely aligned with others across the industry. Marlins Top Prospect Crack Top 100 ListsFor the time being, the franchise is still lacking in top-tier talent.Fish Stripes’ own Michael Picardi compiled the rankings of Marlins players across several reputable outlets, including MLB Pipeline, Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and Prospects Live. Most of them only acknowledged outfielder Victor Victor Mesa inside their Top 100 league-wide list.Pipeline in particular triggered some controversy. Many fans as well as the Fish Stripes staff felt disrespected by “analysis” that dishonestly recapped the value of young building blocks who arrived in last offseason’s well-publicized trades. Former Marlin Josh Johnson Turned 35 Who says you can’t celebrate the day of birth of an all-around great guy and former Marlin? Josh Johnson turned 35 on the 31st of January and Josean Santos wrote a great piece remembering his career with the Marlins and how great a player Johnson was. Here’s to many more, JJ! Jack Labosky: New Wheels, Same Journey Fish Stripes’ own Aram Leighton wrote about the amazing story of Jack Labosky , a minor leaguer for the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He not only turned an old school bus into a place to live, but has dealt with adversity that many minor leaguers unfortunately face all the time.I won’t spoil the whole article for you because it is a must-read, but it illustrates the tough sacrifices that these athletes make in pursuit of their dreams. Neil Walker Signs with the MarlinsPut this in the unexpected but intriguing folder. The Miami Marlins signed free agent Neil Walker to a one-year deal.Walker adds a great left-handed bat and veteran presence to a young Miami team. Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic tweeted that the deal was worth a guaranteed $2 million. The 33-year-old is their first major league signing of the winter.The offseason may be slow and not as active as one would hope and J.T. Realmuto is still here, but no matter, you can count on Fish Stripes to keep you updated on all the happenings regarding the Miami Marlins.

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News and Notes for Thursday Mickey Mantle Jersey , February 7, 2019"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsAnalysis & EditorialsCleveland Indians prospects & minor leaguesGame RecapsTransactionsMorning news and notesOmar Vizquel talks about time with IndiansNew,165commentsNews and Notes for Thursday, February 7, 2019ESTShareTweetShareShareOmar Vizquel talks about time with IndiansDavid Richard-USA TODAY SportsIndians NewsOmar Vizquel wows audience at Captains Hot Stove Dinner | Sports | news-herald.comThe one-handed grab at shortstop became Omar Vizquel's signature play during his 24-year career in the big leagues , 11 of those years with the Cleveland Indians..Indians Spring Training FAQWith pitchers and catchers reporting to camp in just six days, here is everything you need to know regarding the Indians' 2019 Spring Training schedule:Cleveland Indians' top 25 prospects right now: Will they join the Tribe in 2019? | cleveland.comSee which Cleveland Indians prospects have a chance to join the big-league club in 2019.Milbrath on the move to Miami | News, Sports, Jobs - The JournalJordan Milbrath was getting ready to report to Arizona this Friday for spring training, but one can never get too comfortable as a professional baseball player.Around the LeagueTom Verducci examines the new proposed rulesA small market team’s nightmareCC Sabathia approaches 3 Roger Maris Jersey ,000 strikeoutsNow the Giants have met with Bryce Harper Ugh."So this weekend trip to Chicago has gone about as well as expected.Kyle Hendricks will pitch in this one for the Cubs. He’s not been as good this season, or at least it hasn’t been reflected in his line. His K/9 is down to 7.5 while his WHIP is up to 1.240. Both would be career worsts for the RHP for a full season. That said, he’s given up three or fewer earned runs in 20 of his 26 starts, so the 28 year old hasn’t exactly been a gas can. The 107 ERA+ would be a welcome sight in the Reds rotation, for sure.The Cubs are on a bit different course than the Reds , though. The Reds in two games against Hendricks have had some success, seeing 10.2 IP and putting up seven earned runs, which equates to a 5.91 ERA. The Reds will need more of that to avoid the four game sweep.Homer Bailey starts for the Reds this Sunday afternoon and... ugh. There’s not much to be said about it, really. Homer Bailey is still a pitcher that is soaking up innings for the Reds. You’d think a particularly bad outing might change things in the near future. I’m not all that convinced.Go Reds.CIN LineupCHC Lineup

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Solo dingers by Scott Schebler and Phil Ervin were enough for the Reds to pull off the win."The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the GameThe Reds final series against the Cubs in 2018 has been full of solid starting pitching. Unfortunately , the first two games ended in losses as the Cubs also had great starting pitching. Thankfully, on Sunday, the Reds were able to hold the Cubs down just enough to avoid the series sweep. Luis Castillo was a huge reason for that, as he continued his fantastic September to lead the Reds to a 2-1 victory. Castillo has been great since the month of June ended, as he has put up a 2.93 ERA since July 1 and an even better September ERA of 1.46. Today, he went 6.2 innings, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits while walking 4 and striking out 2. Have a trophy, Luis. Way to finish the season strong.Honorable mentions are due to: Scott Schebler and Phil Ervin, who each hit solo ding dongs; Joey Votto, for continuing his strong September by going 3 for 4 with a double; and Jared Hughes and Raisel Iglesias, for each throwing shutout innings to close the door on the victory.Key PlaysIt took exactly one pitch for the Reds to get on the board in this one, as Scott Schebler took the first offering from Jose Quintana deep to center field to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.Phil Ervin helped add to the lead in the top of the 4th, as he led off the inning with a solo home run, his 7th of the season. Reds led, 2-0.The Cubs cut the Reds’ lead in half in the bottom of the 5th. Addison Russell drew a 1-out walk and then made it to third on a double by Willson Contreras. That brought up Albert Almora , Jr., who lifted a fly ball to center to bring home Russell. Reds led, 2-1. Castillo exited in the bottom of the 7th, and the Reds’ bullpen took care of the rest to give the Good Guys a 2-1 win.Tony GraphaninoSource: FanGraphsOther NotesThe Reds will be on the road at Milwaukee tomorrow to take on the Brewers one final time in 2018. Anthony DeSclafani will try to bounce back from his string of disappointing outings. He will take on Wade Miley, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:40 PM ET.Tunes. NEW YORK (AP) — Brock Holt had one thing in mind: He was swinging for the fences.After all, the game was decided long ago. And everything else went Boston’s way all night, so why not this?The part-time utilityman put the finishing touch on a Red Sox blowout, becoming the first player to hit for the cycle in a postseason game as Boston routed the New York Yankees 16-1 on Monday to seize a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five AL Division Series.“This one I’ll remember for a long time,” said Holt, unaware of his achievement until told by a television reporter right after the final out. “Obviously, you don’t go into the game expecting to make history or do anything like that, let alone score 16 runs.”Andrew Benintendi lined a three-run double and Holt tripled home two more in a seven-run fourth inning that quickly turned the latest playoff matchup between these longtime rivals into a laugher. Handed a big early lead, Nathan Eovaldi shut down his former team during New York’s most lopsided defeat in 396 postseason games.“An embarrassing day,” shortstop Didi Gregorius said.Game 4 is Tuesday night in the Bronx, where the 108-win Red Sox can put away the wild-card Yankees for good and advance to the AL Championship Series against Houston. Rick Porcello is scheduled to pitch against New York lefty CC Sabathia.Boston battered an ineffective Luis Severino and silenced a charged-up Yankee Stadium crowd that emptied out fast on a night when Red Sox rookie manager Alex Cora made all the right moves.By the ninth , backup catcher Austin Romine was on the mound for New York and he gave up a two-run homer to Holt that completed his cycle .“You get a little antsy when a position player is on the mound. I told everyone, ‘Get me up. I need a home run for a cycle,'” Holt said. “I scooted up in the box a little bit, and I was going to be swinging at anything and try to hook anything. Obviously, you don’t expect to hit a home run, but I was trying to. I was trying to hit a home run. That’s probably the first time I’ve ever tried to do that. I rounded the bases, and seeing everyone going nuts in the dugout was a pretty cool moment for me.”His teammates, too.“He wasn’t shy about it,” Benintendi said. “Everybody was rooting for him.”Boosted by noisy fans in their homer-friendly ballpark, the Yankees entered 7-0 at home the past two postseasons — against out-of-division opponents. But the Red Sox, frequent visitors who clinched the AL East crown at Yankee Stadium just 2½ weeks ago, were hardly intimidated.“I think from pitch 1, we let them know that we were here,” Cora said.Mookie Betts, in fact Andrew Chafin Jersey , hit a 405-foot flyout to the center-field warning track to begin the game.Making his first playoff start this year, Holt opened the fourth with a single off Severino and capped the 26-minute outburst with a triple to right field. The 2015 All-Star also doubled home a run in the eighth and finished with five RBIs.Holt also hit for the cycle against Atlanta on June 6, 2015.“He’s been swinging the bat well for a while now,” Cora said. “We felt the matchup was good for him.”Every starter had at least one hit for the Red Sox, who piled up 18 in all. The only time they scored more runs in the postseason was a 23-7 win over Cleveland in 1999.Eovaldi pitched for the Yankees from 2015-16 before injuring his elbow, which required a second Tommy John surgery. Boston acquired him from Tampa Bay in July and the hard-throwing righty compiled a 1.93 ERA in four starts against New York this season — three with the Red Sox.Bumped up a day in front of Porcello, he delivered a gem in his first postseason appearance. Eovaldi allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, throwing 72 of 97 pitches for strikes.“I was just trying to use their aggressiveness against them and try and get some quick outs,” Eovaldi said. “It was a special moment for me. I don’t think it’s really quite settled in yet.”Going with Eovaldi was one of several choices that paid off for Cora.Looking to play left-handed hitters against Severino, the first-year skipper inserted Holt at second base and Rafael Devers at third. Christian Vazquez started at catcher over Sandy Leon.Devers singled twice, stole a base, scored two runs and knocked in another. Vazquez’s infield single off Severino’s glove drove in the first run.Benintendi, already a Yankees nemesis, was on base four times and scored twice. Betts also scored two runs and drove in two.“It just kind of shows you what kind of team we have and that we could explode at any minute,” Betts said.TBS reported Severino began warming up only 10 minutes before the game Alex Avila Jersey , and he certainly looked out of sorts from the start in misty weather. He left with the bases loaded and nobody out in the fourth and was charged with six runs and seven hits.“He got his normal pitches routine,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It wasn’t an issue.”STRANGE SIGHTThe only other position player to pitch in a postseason game was Toronto infielder Cliff Pennington against Kansas City in the 2015 AL Championship Series.IF AT FIRSTThere were four replay challenges in the first four innings — all involving calls by first base umpire Angel Hernandez. Three were overturned.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland sat out after leaving Game 2 when he hurt his right hamstring running the bases. “Mitch is available, but he’s not 100 percent,” Cora said. Steve Pearce played first and had an RBI single in the fourth.Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks remained out of the lineup after missing Game 2 with tightness in his right hamstring, which forced him from the series opener Friday. Boone said Hicks was doing “significantly better,” and sitting him was a much more difficult decision than it was Saturday. Brett Gardner was back in center, but Boone said he wouldn’t hesitate to use Hicks in any role off the bench.UP NEXTRed Sox: Porcello (17-7, 4.28 ERA) got two late outs in relief during the series opener last Friday, so his start was pushed back a day to Game 4. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner, who grew up a Mets fan in nearby New Jersey, was 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA in three starts against the Yankees this year — including a one-hitter on just 86 pitches Aug. 3 at Fenway Park. He is 0-3 with a 5.33 ERA in 12 career postseason outings, including four starts.Yankees: The 38-year-old Sabathia (9-7, 3.65) will be on 11 days’ rest when he makes his 23rd postseason start. The big lefty was ejected from his last regular-season outing for hitting Tampa Bay catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch during a testy game between division rivals on Sept. 27. Sabathia appealed a five-game suspension from Major League Baseball that would not take effect until next season. He said Monday he definitely wants to play in 2019 — even if it’s not for the Yankees.

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The Red Sox win a wild one thanks partially to a clutch hit from Michael Chavis in his first MLB plate appearance."That big inning came in the second after they went down in order in the first. This second inning was also where the impact of Timmons was most felt Joe Blanton Jersey , too, because Rays starter Charlie Morton was getting squeezed on some good pitches, and the frustration clearly kept building as the inning went on. The rally started, though, with the first two batters when J.D. Martinez poked a single through the middle and Xander Bogaerts drew a walk. Jackie Bradley Jr. would draw a one-out walk as well, and that would load the bases. Eventually, Len came up with two outs and the bases still full in a big spot, and Morton lost a pitch and hit the Red Sox catcher in the foot. That scored a run, and as we’d learn was more important, it kept the inning going. Andrew Benintendi came up next, and he got a first-pitch fastball up and away and he drove it just over the wall in left-center field for a grand slam. The Rays did challenge for fan interference, but the call stood and just like that it was a 5-0 lead for the Red Sox.The offense didn’t get much going after that, though, leaving things open for the Rays to chip away if Boston’s pitching allowed. Porcello, as mentioned, did a solid job of preventing that by allowing just the two, and heading into the bottom of the seventh it was all on the bullpen now. Hembree was back out there for that inning after getting the final out in the sixth. Things did not start well when Kevin Kiermaier gave Tampa their third triple of the game to start off the frame. After getting a big pop up , Hembree’s night was over and Bobby Poyner came on in relief. He did not do well. The lefty walked the first batter he saw before giving up yet another triple, this one plating two and cutting the Red Sox lead down to one. That brought on Marcus Walden in a big spot with a runner on third, one out and a one-run game. He got a big strikeout against the first batter he saw, and then struck out the next guy to to escape the jam. It was a huge, huge outing for the righty.Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsIn the eighth, the Red Sox were looking to get some of those runs back and extend their lead back out beyond one. They got off to a good start, too, when Steve Pearce — who came in for Mitch Moreland after the latter left the game with back spasms — got to second on a botched fly ball by the Rays defense and Martinez followed that up with a walk. That brought Bogaerts to the plate, and he ripped a line drive up the middle. Unfortunately, Lowe made a tremendous leaping play, knocking the ball down and getting the double play. The second out at first was likely only possible because Bogaerts took a second to break out of the box. In the end, the Red Sox would get out of the inning without allowing the run.That brought Matt Barnes into the game for the bottom half of the inning, and the righty has been phenomenal for the Red Sox all year. He got into trouble here, though, throwing Yandy Diaz a fastball up and away. It really wasn’t a terrible pitch, as it was above the zone, but Diaz was ready for it. The Rays third baseman muscled it out the other way over the fence , and just like that we had a tie game. The righty came back and struck out each of the next three batters he saw to keep the game tied.We went into the top of the ninth and Bradley started things off with a bloop single. After Tzu-Wei Lin struck out on a fouled off bunt attempt, Michael Chavis stepped up to the plate to make his major-league debut in a tie game in the ninth against Jose Alvarado. Welcome to the bigs, kid. He got down to two strikes, but then he ripped a double out over Kiermaier’s head in center field, putting two in scoring position with one out for Benintendi. He hit a fly ball out to right-center field that was an out but deep enough to get Bradley home and Chavis to third. More importantly, it gave the Red Sox a 6-5 lead.Now, it was just up to Ryan Brasier to hold on and protect the one-run lead in the ninth. He gave up a single to the first batter he faced before getting two outs after that. However, with two outs Tommy Pham smoked a base hit back up the middle, and the tying run was in scoring position with the winning run at first for Willy Adames. Adames wouldn’t have a chance, though. Christian Vzquez, who came in after Chavis pinch hit fo Le贸n, had a play on with Pearce and they back-picked Pham at first base to end the game. Unbelievable way to end a baseball game.Somehow, some way, the Red Sox have a chance to finish off a sweep if they can get another win on Sunday. They’ll send David Price to the mound in that one to take on the red-hot Tyler Glasnow. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 PM ET.BOXCourtesy of Fangraphs The public went 2-1 again on Sunday, and finally got an actual profit from that outcome.They've found three new spots for Monday night, all of which back favorites once again.For the third straight day, the public’s favorite plays went 2-1 on Sunday. But this time Wilmer Difo Jersey , unlike the past two days, it led to an actual profit.With new series beginning Monday, the public has targeted a few new spots tonight, and as you probably expect, they’re all favorites once again.>> All odds as of 3:30 p.m. ET. Download The Action Network App to get real-time MLB odds and track your betsNew York Mets (-164) vs. Cincinnati Reds7:10 p.m. ETSeventy-four percent of bettors are behind the Mets tonight, but they’ve fallen from -170 to -164 as those tickets have accounted for only 65% of dollars wagered.Why the public loves the Mets: It takes a lot for the public to feel comfortable betting the Mets as a heavy favorite these days. Apparently, a Noah Syndergaard vs. Homer Bailey pitching matchup qualifies as a lot — and perhaps it should — as the dueling arms have an ERA difference of 2.88.Monday Sharp Report: Pros Betting Mariners-Rangers and Astros-GiantsRead nowNew York Yankees (-191) at Chicago White Sox8:10 p.m. ETThree out of every four tickets on this game have been placed on the Yankees, making them tonight’s second-most popular side. They’ve also drawn 88% of dollars and have moved a hair from -190 to -191.Why the public loves the Yanks: The Yankees just dropped four straight to the Red Sox in Boston, and bettors are under the assumption that there’s no way they won’t turn it around against the Sox of the other color variety. While the Yanks have been busy losing, the White Sox have quietly won four in a row, which — to a public bettor — is all the more reason to expect things to turn around tonight.Chicago Cubs (-190) at Kansas City Royals8:15 p.m. ETThe Cubs are tonight’s most popular bet by a good amount. They’ve attracted 84% of bettors, but since those account for 77% of dollars Chicago has fallen from -200 to -190.Why the public loves Chicago: Kansas City’s win percentage is hovering just over .300 at this point, so they likely won’t be getting a public majority backing more than a couple times down the stretch this season. It certainly won’t be happening against the top team in the National League playing behind Cole Hamels, who threw five shutout innings with nine strikeouts in his first start with Chicago.

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« on: June 27, 2019, 10:20:22 am »
The quiet signing also includes a non-roster invitation to spring training"With very little pomp Ivan Nova Jersey , the Detroit Tigers announced the minor league signing of former Seattle Mariner Gordon Beckham to a minor league deal. You could be forgiven for missing the news entirely, as it was revealed for the first time via a press release in which players who would receive a non-roster invitations to spring training camp were announced. Infielder Beckham was among those names. So many people were focused on young prospect pitcher Casey Mize getting a camp invitation, the inclusion of Beckham on the list slipped past most people’s notice.Beckham, 31, has spent most of his career with the Chicago White Sox, making him a familiar face to Tigers fans. With the exception of a few quality seasons, Beckham has never done much to set himself apart from the crowd, with a career line of .239/.302/.366. He does , however, provide veteran depth to a team that might not want to lean too heavily on guys like Niko Goodrum or Dawel Lugo at second base. In the past two seasons Beckham played in only 33 games for the Mariners, so don’t expect him to be a full-time infielder, nor to be a shoe-in for a utility role with the club. But his invitation to spring training means the Tigers are interested to see what the veteran can bring to the field and whether or not that puts him in Detroit in March, or as added depth in Toledo, expect to see Beckham somewhere with the franchise this year. Postseason baseball has reached a critical stage for the Colorado Rockies and the Atlanta Braves. Both of those teams are down 0-2 in their best-of-5 National League Division Series, and each of those teams will try to remain alive as they return home for Sunday's games.The Rockies had a difficult time getting their offense going in the first two games of their NLDS in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Milwaukee's pitching staff was on point, limiting the hard-hitting Rockies to two runs in the ninth inning of Game 1 and shutting them out in Game 2.The Braves had an even more difficult time in the first two games of their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers Brad Hand Jersey , getting blanked in both games at Dodger Stadium.The Brewers and Rockies will get things started at Coors Field, and first pitch is scheduled for 4:37 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by the MLB network. The Dodgers and Braves will follow at 8:07 p.m. from SunTrust Park, and that game will be broadcast on FS1.Both games can be live-streamed on MLB.TV.MLB postseasonNational LeagueMilwaukee leads Colorado, 2-0Los Angeles leads Atlanta, 2-0American LeagueHouston leads Cleveland, 2-0Boston and New York tied 1-1The Brewers will try to advance to the National League Championship Series as they send left-hander Wade Miley to the mound. Miley had decent numbers in 16 starts with the Brewers, recording a 5-2 mark with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.215 WHIP. Perhaps Miley's best asset is that he does not surrender many home runs, allowing just .3 long ball per nine innings.Miley's opponent will be hard throwing German Marquez , who was a 14-11 with the Rockies along with a 3.77 ERA. Marquez struck out 230 batters in 196.0 innings.Marquez faces quite a bit of pressure as he hopes to keep his team alive, but more pressure will be on Colorado hitters who have yet to show what they can do in the postseason.Nolan Arenado is regularly looked at as the best-fielding third baseman in Major League Baseball and he is also one of its best hitters. Arenado had a wonderful regular season as he had a .297/.374/.561 slash line along with 38 home runs and 110 runs batted in.Trevor Story was in lock step with Arenado as he blasted 37 homers and knocked in 108 while putting together a .291/.348/.567 slash line. Charlie Blackmon added 29 home runs and scored a team-high 119 runs.The Brewers will try to counter with the big bats of Christian Yelich, Jesus Aguilar and Travis Shaw. Yelich, the likely National League MVP because of his explosive finish to the regular season, belted 36 home runs this year. He also hit .326 with a .598 slugging percentage while driving in 110 runs.Aguilar pounded 35 home runs and drove in 108, while Shaw hit 32 home runs and drove in 86.The Dodgers will attempt to close out their series on the road with hard-throwing Walker Buehler taking the mound. Buehler was 8-5 during the regular season with a 2.62 ERA and a 0.961 WHIP. He struck out 9.9 batters per nine innings.The Braves will go with Sean Newcomb as their starting pitcher, and he was 12-9 with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.329 WHIP.Atlanta needs to have a productive game from veteran Freddie Freeman, who had a .309/.388/.505 slash line with 23 home runs and 98 RBI. Freeman also lashed a team-high 44 doubles.The Braves are also hoping that Nick Markakis and Ronald Acuna Jr. can also get going on offense.Manny Machado blasted 13 home runs and drove in 42 runs after being acquired from the Baltimore Orioles shortly after the All-Star Game. Los Angeles first baseman Cody Bellinger is a potential game-changing hitter who hammered 25 home runs with a .269/.343/.470 slash line.The Rockies are minus-165 favorites to remain alive and win Game 3 Tyson Ross Jersey , while the Brewers are plus-140 underdogs, according to OddsShark. Those wagering on the Rockies would have to risk $165 to earn a $100 profit, while Brewers backers put up $100 to win $140.The Dodgers are minus-185 favorites on the road, while the Braves are plus-155 home underdogs. Visting teams are not often such heavy favorites, but Buehler appears to have a sizable advantage over Newcomb.PredictionsLook for the Rockies' bats to come alive as they get back to Coors Field. The key for Colorado is to get an early lead so they don't have to try to come back against Milwaukee's sensational bullpen that includes Corey Knebel, Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress.Look for Arenado and Story to lead the way as the Rockies jump out front and hold on to cut their series deficit to 2-1.The Braves could be in trouble because Buehler has the stuff to shut down the Atlanta offense. He will keep Atlanta from registering any big innings and the Dodgers will do enough on offense to win the game.Atlanta had a memorable regular season, but their year comes to an end Sunday night against Los Angeles as the Dodgers record a 3-0 series sweep.All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.

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Mike Elias is feeling positive , Jesus Sucre arrives in camp and more!"Morning, Birdland!This is not the first time that an Orioles player has had a break out spring. We all remember Jake Fox hitting 10 home run over 27 games back in 2011. Fox would be designated for assignment only a couple of months into the regular season.Now it’s Chance Sisco’s turn to steal the pre-season spotlight. Sisco is on pace to be even better than Fox. Through four games, Sisco is 5-for-8 with four home runs, nine RBI, two walks and just one strikeout. It’s an unsustainable pace, of course, but it’s an encouraging sign following such a disappointing 2018 season (.181/.288/.269).What makes it even more interesting is that the Orioles currently own the top pick in this summer’s draft. At this moment, Oregon State backstop Adley Rutschman is slated to be the first person off the board. Could a breakout season from Sisco play a factor in whether they select Rutschman?It shouldn’t. The Orioles farm system needs as much talent as it can get. If they think Rutschman is head and shoulders above the rest of the pack, he should be the pick. Having too many good players is never a problem.LinksJess Sucre on the way to O’s; first round of cuts will be coming soon - Baltimore SunThe Orioles catching situation remains up in the air despite Chance Sisco’s recent breakout. Jesus Sucre has missed all of spring training so far, but he still stands a solid chance of breaking camp with the big league club considering his defensive abilities.Wrapping up a 10-5 loss - School of RochAll of the tidbits and quotes from game one of Friday’s action. Austin Wynns on catching Hunter Harvey - Steve MelewskiThere has been a lot of buzz about Hunter Harvey at spring training. It’s unclear what his role will be in 2019. The Orioles would love to see him emerge as the viable rotation piece he once seemed poised to become. His injury history may never allow that to happen. Either way Yunel Escobar Jersey , he is likely destined for Bowie to begin the season, but could be a mainstay in the O’s bullpen by the end of the summer.One-on-One with Orioles GM Mike Elias - Baltimore BaseballPositivity aplenty! Please let this Orioles honeymoon last forever.Orioles birthdays and historyIs it your birthday? Happy Birthday! Right-handed pitcher Bud Norris is 34 years old. The current free agent spent parts of three seasons with the Orioles. He will be remembered for a steady 2014 season in which he went 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA and then put forth an ALDS-clinching performance in that postseason. Outfielder Jay Gibbons celebrates his 42nd birthday. The left-handed hitter was a prominent member of the dark ages Orioles. He hit .260/.314/.453 with 121 home runs over parts of seven seasons in Baltimore from 2001 through 2007.Infielder Leo Gomez turns 53. The Puerto Rican born player played with the O’s for parts of six seasons from 1990 through 1995, hitting .245/.334/.414 with a top 10 Rookie of the Year finish along the way.It’s a posthumous celebration for outfielders Joe Taylor (b. 1926, d. 1993), a member of the O’s for 50 games in the late 1950’s, and Cal Abrams (b. 1924, d. 1997), a two-season Oriole in the mid-50’s. NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball hopes to gain control of local broadcasting agreements involving its teams, the reason behind its bid to purchase regional sports networks from The Walt Disney Co.Disney acquired 22 RSNs as part of its $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment business this month, and the Justice Department said last June that Disney had to sell the networks as a condition of the deal.“There’s tremendous revenue disparity in our game Martin Maldonado Jersey , and I think that if we had more of a national model closer to where the NFL is it would solve a lot of those competitive issues for us, kind of level the playing field.” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday.“I think that all of the difficult issues for baseball, if you took that revenue disparity out of the picture, would be easier.”The New York Yankees have a right of first refusal to buy back control of their YES Network and have arranged partners for their own deal. MLB wants to purchase the remaining networks.“Strategically, it would be a very interesting move for us,” Manfred said during a breakfast at The Paley Center for Media.“Our game has always had sort of a national broadcast component that’s come out of New York. But the bulk of our business has been local. And the idea of a central baseball having more control over local rights is one that’s really intriguing to us. If we do the transaction, we’ll do it on the theory that we will try to accumulate more.”Leagues and teams are worried over the cord-cutting trend and how to react with the emergence of over-the-top digital streaming.“You’re buying an ongoing RSN business, which generates really significant profits right now,” Manfred said. “I think everybody knows that it’s probably going to degrade over time as the cable model erodes.“I think for us, we’d be prepared to live with that , run out of profitability and at the end of that runout, assuming it comes to some sort of a hard end, we would be in control of the content, which we fundamentally believe in, and we think that holding it as a lead better positions us to figure out exactly what that next distribution model is going to look like for the benefit of the league, as opposed to having some kind of private equity firm owning the RSNs.”

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« on: June 20, 2019, 10:39:07 am »
Eric Hosmer was supposed to be the San Diego Padres‘ answer to all the questions about whether they’d effectively tank it for the 2018 season.Whether they’d give up all hope of winning now in exchange for getting high draft picks and young talent for finishing well down in the standings and , possibly, winning big in the future.Teams such as the Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins made no real effort to go after big-ticket free agents — and, in fact, the Marlins shed the stars they already had in Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna.Article continues below ...But while the Padres were coming off seven consecutive losing seasons, including two with 90-plus losses in 2016 and 2017, they sought to do it a different way.Sure, they were intent on stockpiling younger players and promoting prospects, but also by signing established first baseman Eric Hosmer away from the Kansas City Royals for $144 million over eight years. The idea was to build around an established hitter and proven clubhouse leader who could help promote winning now as well as winning later.But as the Padres go into the fourth and final game of their weekend series between last-place teams against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday at Great American Ball Park, they’re in the same place they were before they signed Hosmer.Fifth and last in the National League West.On Sunday, San Diego starts right-hander Jacob Nix (2-3 Victor Martinez Jersey , 4.85 ERA) against Reds right-hander Tyler Mahle (7-9, 4.95), who makes his first start since being removed from the rotation after a 10-4 loss to the Washington Nationals on Aug. 2, when he gave up six runs in 1 2/3 innings.The Reds won for the second day in a row Saturday, taking a 7-2 decision in a game moved up an hour by a bad weather forecast but cut short by rain in the seventh inning. Joey Votto hit the Reds’ second grand slam in as many days — Scott Schebler hit one during Friday’s 12-6 victory — and Matt Harvey (7-8) struck out 10 while limiting the Padres to two runs and four hits in six innings.“The guys did a great job of putting up a lot of runs, and the stuff (his pitches) was working pretty good,” Harvey said. “It was one of those days where everything was coming out pretty good, I could tell in the bullpen. … I was able to pretty much settle down and let the pitches work.”The Reds have a club-record 11 grand slams this season. But the Hosmer signing hasn’t been a slam-dunk success for the Padres.They’re already out $25 million for signing Hosmer — a $5 million signing bonus and $20 million salary for 2018 — and they’re on the hook for $20 million more in each of the next four seasons, or before Hosmer could exercise a buyout clause after five seasons.Hosmer is hitting .252, well below the .318 he hit last season for Kansas City. He has 15 home runs after hitting 25 in each of the last two seasons. And he has only 61 RBIs in 547 at-bats, well down from the 97 he averaged for the last three seasons.With only 18 games remaining, he doesn’t have much time to pull up his numbers before the offseason arrives — even though he is 4-for-11 with two home runs and five RBIs in the series.“It’s been tough,” Hosmer told the San Diego Union-Tribune last month. “I just want to help the team win any way I can. I feel like if I’m doing my job and driving in runs , that gives us a really good chance to win ballgames. There is no excuse for it (his season to date). There’s nothing different about what’s happening. I just have to do a better job of getting it done.”The Reds can relate to the Hosmer contract situation, in multiple ways.After they went 90-72 and made the playoffs in 2013, they signed staff ace Homer Bailey to a six-year, $105 million contract. But he has experienced almost nothing but injuries and aggravation since, winning only 18 games in the last five seasons. He has been so bad this season, with a 1-14 record and 6.09 ERA, he’s now out of the rotation.And franchise icon Votto turns 35 on Monday, yet the All-Star first baseman is only one season past the halfway point of a 12-year, $251.5 million contract that he signed in April 2012. The Reds went 97-65 that year, the first of successive 90-win seasons. Since 2013, though, they haven’t broken 76 victories even as Votto has produced. He has had five .300 seasons since signing the deal.Perhaps the lesson in all this is that even when a franchise tries to spend money to win, and not take the cheaper and perhaps easier road of a total rebuild with prospects James McCann Jersey , there’s no guarantee it will succeed.Mahle won his only start against the Padres, allowing five hits in five shutouts innings of a 7-2 victory at San Diego on June 1.Nix will make his sixth career start and has never faced Cincinnati. Start your week with some of the best Astros links around"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Houston Astros NewsGame ThreadsHouston Astros Minor LeaguesAstros Game DayPodcastsAstros Crawfish BoilAstros Crawfish Boil: March 11th, 2019New,220commentsStart your week with some of the best Astros links aroundCDTShareTweetShareShareAstros Crawfish Boil: March 11th, 2019Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsAstros NewsHouston was able to take Saturday afternoon’s game against the Cards in spite of a masterful performance by Adam Wainwright (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)But they couldn’t keep it going against the Nationals, who won Sunday’s game 6-4 (Federal Baseball)Though at least it went quickly as Wade Miley worked efficiently, which is his calling card (Houston Chronicle)And you can watch the full highlights from that game here (YouTube)You won’t see Altuve in those clips though, as the Astros have shut him down for some recuperation days (Houston Chronicle)Which makes it seem like a good time to do a general health update for the team (Climbing Tal’s Hill)Hinch credits the Fitteam camp method for the Astros’ quick start in seasons past, and hopes to repeat it this year (Texas Sports Nation)Prospect Yordan Alvarez’s future may turn on his defensive prowess in the outfield (Houston Chronicle)Aledmys Diaz will also need some defensive chops as he looks to embrace the super-utility role for the Astros ( team has made its latest round of cuts, sending five more players down (Houston Chronicle)Kyle Tucker and Derek Fisher had a little fun during Wade Miley’s interview in Sunday’s game (CUT4)Mt. Everest now belongs to the Astros thanks to one man’s efforts (Twitter)Around the LeagueThe Diamondbacks and Adam Jones have finalized a one-year deal for $3 million (MLB Trade Rumors)The Mets are all in on the NL East for 2019, which seems like poor timing (538 Sports)Let’s check in on every team’s top position battle so far this Spring ( hope Rangers fans enjoy .500 ball as it seems that the team is finally embracing its mediocrity (SportsDay)Bob Eucker is so connected with Brewer’s baseball that the team voted to give him a full playoff share (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Now that MLB is embracing gambling, things feel a little awkward with Pete Rose (Yahoo Sports)

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« on: June 20, 2019, 10:29:27 am »
Never swing , never spend, win(?)"Let’s get right to it!MLBTR collected a slew of hot-stove rumors surrounding the Twins. Like most rumors lately involving the Twins, they are of the “Well they COULD afford him and that’s interesting.” variety. (It isn’t actually interesting.) However, the Twins seem to have legit interest in reliever Ryan Madson who is likely such a mad son because he amassed an entire -0.4 WAR last year. Relievers are volatile beasts, so perhaps they see something they like and aren’t just being cheap. We can’t know for sure! M-Sabermetrics has a really fun piece looking at the 2018 0-Swing All-Stars at each position. If you don’t know O-Swing it’s basically the percentage of swings by a player at all pitches outside of the strike zone. You may be surprised to find 4 Twins here, (only one of whom is still a Twin.) such as the man Roberto Clemente Jersey , the myth, the legend: Robbie Grossman. (Oh and some guy named Joe Mauer.) Make of that what you will.Just gonna leave this here. (He did it! He changed his body composition! The absolute madman!)To protect you from aliens, here’s some music from X-Com: UFO Defense The answers will show us what the 2019 team will look like"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceScaling the Rocks5 major questions for the Colorado Rockies’ offseasonNew,210commentsThe answers will show us what the 2019 team will look likeJones would be a good right-handed option. Will Adam Ottavino back?Adam Ottavino was perhaps the Rockies best reliever in 2018, and he’s about to hit the free agent market. That’s notable because it came right after the Rockies went on a relief pitcher spending spree. The Rockies have $42 million committed to Mike Dune, Jake McGee , Bryan Shaw, and Wade Davis in 2019. Just because they already have all that money dedicated to the bullpen isn’t enough reason to not re-sign Ottavino, but because most of those contracts look like a really bad idea now might be. Ottavino is lovable and has at times looked un-hittable in his Rockies career, but players like him don’t have a good track record for longevity.Will anything be done about Ian Desmond?Ian Desmond was better in 2018 than in 2017, but if that’s not damning with faint praise I don’t know what is. As long as Desmond is the starting first baseman — the “versatile” Desmond played 89% of his 2018 innings at first — the Rockies are likely to be one of the least offensively productive teams at the position. It’s not clear what the Rockies can even do with him though. The most fitting role for Desmond is still probably super-utility platoon player — someone who mostly hits left-handers and gets a fair share of playing time at multiple positions. That would allow Ryan McMahon to take most playing time at first, who probably give better offensive production there. He almost certainly wouldn’t be worse than Desmond. Desmond could also move to the outfield and be that right-handed option Bill Mazeroski Jersey , but the issue of low productivity from the places team’s want it — the infield and outfield corners — would remain. Will the Rockies “make a splash”? I completely understand the front office’s resistance to fan appeals to “make the big move,” and I also get why beat writers try to temper down those calls. They’re hot takes that assume of the form of an imagined reactionary front office chasing the shiny objects. They also don’t always work out. It wasn’t long ago when AJ Preller and the Padres splashed their way to the bottom of the NL West. But the Rockies need only look at the team that dismantled them in the NLDS to see how some splashy moves work out exceedingly well. The Brewers traded their top prospect for a player who is likely to win the NL MVP and signed an outfielder who will probably finish in the top 10. They had the best record in the National League and will play host in the NLCS. If any Rockies fan thinks that it wouldn’t have been a smart move to trade Brendan Rodgers for Christian Yelich or to sign Lorenzo Cain and find places for them to play, I have a bridge made of offensive mediocrity to sell you.

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« on: June 20, 2019, 10:18:16 am »
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt’s $144.5 million , six-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals includes a $20 million signing bonus to be paid over the next five years.Goldschmidt had a $14.5 million salary this season in the option year of a contract he signed with Arizona ahead of the 2013 season. That deal originally guaranteed the first baseman $32.5 million for six years and will wind up paying $46 million for seven seasons, including a $1 million assignment bonus for the trade.His new deal, announced last weekend, calls for signing bonus payments of $2.25 million each Jan. 15 and July 15 in 2020, 2021, 2023 and 2024, and $1 million on Jan. 15 and July 15 in 2022.Goldschmidt keeps the $14.5 million salary this season and gets $22 million annually from 2021-24.He would earn a $1.5 million bonus for MVP, $1 million for second, $500,000 for third, $250 Martin Prado Jersey ,000 for fourth or fifth, and $100,000 for sixth through 10th. He would get $250,000 for becoming an All-Star, $250,000 for a Gold Glove, $50,000 for a Silver Slugger, $100,000 for World Series MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP. He would get $50 ,000 for Division Series MVP is the award is established and he wins it.Acquired in December from Arizona, the six-time All-Star first baseman gave up a chance to become a free agent after this season. Only a few teams are apparently still in the running for Manny Machado, although the Chicago White Sox have an offer for an eight-year deal on the table for the free-agent shortstop, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.However, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the White Sox offer hasn't risen above a seven-year deal.The Philadelphia Phillies are still engaged with Machado as well, while a third mystery team is also in the hunt.Both the White Sox and the Phillies have been targeting him throughout the offseason, while each has used personal relationships to try to sway the four-time All-Star.Philadelphia recently hired former Baltimore Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson, who, as Matt Gelb of The Athletic noted, is a mentor to Machado. The two worked together from the time Machado was drafted in 2010 until he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.Additionally, Chicago signed outfielder Jon Jay Wei-Yin Chen Jersey , who, along with Yonder Alonso, grew up with Machado in Miami and remains good friends with him, per Nightengale.Still, it could all come down to the length and money on the contract.Though all the offers aren't yet known, the White Sox are clearly serious about this pursuit based on the eight-year deal, which would be the longest the organization has ever given out.Meanwhile, both teams are reportedly also in pursuit of free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper.

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« on: June 20, 2019, 10:04:35 am »
Elsa/Getty ImagesThe New York Yankees have reportedly traded relief pitcher Adam Warren to the Seattle Mariners Reggie Jackson Jersey , according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.According toMark Feinsandof, the Yankees will receive international pool money.While the Yankees are trying to improve their own roster before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, they are apparently unafraid to deal away players on their major league roster.Warren entered Monday with a 2.70 ERA in 24 appearances, plus 37 strikeouts and just 12 walks in his 30 innings.Seattle (62-43) is four games back of the Houston Astros for first place in the American League West, although they would earn the second Wild Card spot if the season ended today. The Yankees (67-37) hold the other Wild Card position.Adding Warren helps the Mariners improve a bullpen that already has some elite arms at the back in Edwin Diaz and Chasen Bradford. The challenge has been finding consistency in the rest of the staff, with the team ranking just 14th in the majors with a 3.92 bullpen ERA, viaESPN.With the team also adding left-handed pitcher Zach Duke Monday, perGreg Johnsof, the unit could become a strength for the stretch run of the season.Considering the organization hasn't reached the playoffs since 2001, every little bit helps in this regard.On the other hand, this is another bizarre move to weaken that could Yankees as they hope to contend in 2018.They have already traded away relievers Giovanny Gallegos and Chasen Shreve as well as utility hitter Brandon Drury in the past week. While the team has upgraded the pitching staff with the acquisitions of Zach Britton and J.A. Happ, these other moves may hurt the major league squad while it attempts to contend for a title in 2018.Still, the dealing shows the Yankees' patience in building a contender that could potentially have a large window. By adding pool money for international free agents on multiple deals , the team clearly has a plan to add even more help to an already strong farm system. New York Yankees at Detroit TigersTime: 1:05 p.m.Place: Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland, Fla.Media: Tigers Radio Network, MLB GameDayHere’s the Tigers’ lineup versus the Yankees:Josh Harrison,..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsTigers Spring Training 2019GameThread: Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees, 1:05 p.m.New,37commentsESTShareTweetShareShareGameThread: Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees, 1:05 p.m.Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsNew York Yankees at Detroit TigersTime: 1:05 p.m.Place: Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland, Fla.Media: Tigers Radio Network, MLB GameDayHere’s the Tigers’ lineup versus the Yankees:Josh Harrison, 2BChristin Stewart, LFNick Castellanos Glenn Hubbard Jersey , RFMiguel Cabrera, 1BJeimer Candelario, 3BNiko Goodrum, DHJordy Mercer, SSGrayson Greiner, CJaCoby Jones, CFMicheal Fulmer, SPAlso available to pitch: RHP Buck Farmer, RHP Kyle Funkhouser, RHP Shane Greene, RHP Casey Mize, RHP Dane Myers,LHP Nick Ramirez Rickey Henderson Jersey , RHP Zac Reininger, LHP Daniel Stumpf, RHP Will Vest, RHP Drew VerHagenOn the bench: C Hector Sanchez, C Bobby Wilson, C Kade Scivicque, C/IF Brady Policelli, OF Daz Cameron, OF Danny Woodrow, OF Victor Reyes, OF Mikie Mahtook, OF Jake Robson

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