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White Sox declined the 6-million club option for 2019 on the contract of right-hander James Shields, opting instead to exercise a https://twitter.com/scottmerkin/status/1056997331218788352-million buyout, which makes Shields a free agent. Reinstated right-hander Michael Kopech from the 60-day disabled list.

— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) October 29, 2018

mookieproof, Monday, 29 October 2018 19:56 (one month ago) Permalink

qualifying offer is $17.9m made by friday at 5pm ET

the astros are expected to make an offer to dallas keuchel, to not make an offer to marwin gonzales, and to ~maybe~ make an offer to charlie morton

mookieproof, Monday, 29 October 2018 21:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Morton would seem like a no brainer to me

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 04:28 (one month ago) Permalink

stephen strasburg is 30. that has nothing to do with the hot stove, sorry.

i don't know why, but i always think of him as a whippersnapper

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 03:51 (one month ago) Permalink

(to continue the derail)
when i pulled up his fangraphs page i honestly expected to see that he was 26 or 27, still. crazy that a guy with 30 WAR through age 29 seems kind of like a disappointment, but there it is

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 03:52 (one month ago) Permalink

0.47 ERA in 19 post-season innings. I'm pretty sure that's a large enough sample to conclude that he's a man of great character.

clemenza, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 03:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Morton will be 35 next year, this is his one chance to make money as a FA and push for a 3-4 year deal.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 06:07 (one month ago) Permalink

charlie morton has had an interesting career path -- he was below replacement-level over his first nine seasons (up to age 32). but hey, if rich hill can do it . . .

mookieproof, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 14:22 (one month ago) Permalink

crazy that a guy with 30 WAR through age 29 seems kind of like a disappointment, but there it is

yea there are a lot of things contributing to this - he's been good, but never quite lived up to that 'greatest pitching prospect in a generation' label, nor the promise of that insane first start where he struck out 14. he was injured for a year and would later get overshadowed by Scherzer. plus, y'know, the Nats whole lack of playoff success thing. I was surprised that he had such a great year in '17.

frogbs, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 14:48 (one month ago) Permalink

The injuries, more than anything. They cut short that first insane era of his before we really got a chance to see what he could do. And since he came back he always seems to end up pitching through some pain, or being used carefully after an injury, ending up with 130 innings. Lots of sort of lost half seasons that were actually really good, all considering

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 14:53 (one month ago) Permalink

tough to stand out when your teammate is throwing all the no-hitters and winning all the cys young

mookieproof, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 14:55 (one month ago) Permalink

sadly I predict a similar future for Ohtani

frogbs, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 14:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, same. That’s what was heartbreaking about his injury. I kind of assume that at some point his arm will explode and he’ll never be the same. But god dammit, just give me one full year of peak ohtani! I don’t ask for much!

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 15:00 (one month ago) Permalink

trevor rosenthal to the nationals

mookieproof, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 16:53 (one month ago) Permalink

time for the rest of the NL East to pack it in and wait out the Rosenthal era

omar little, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 17:59 (one month ago) Permalink

he might be good, still! he was killing it in 2017, before his injury

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:15 (one month ago) Permalink

btw, the contract details for adam wainwright's re-signing have an..interesting..incentive structure. it's a $2 million guarantee for 2019, then:

For games started, he’ll earn $500K upon his fifth start, $1MM upon his tenth and 15th, $1.5MM for his twentieth, and $2MM apiece for his 25th and 30th. Maxing out this run of bonuses would add $8MM of salary.
For relief appearances, Wainwright can earn $500K apiece for every fifth appearance, beginning at #35 and ending at #60. That provides an avenue to $3MM in extra money.
For games finished, Wainwright will receive $500K for the 25th and 30th game in which he records the final out and $600K for every fifth game finished beginning at #35 and ending at #55. If Wainwright serves as the Cards’ closer and meets all of those thresholds, he’d tack on another $4MM, meaning he could in total earn up to an additional $7MM in a relief capacity.

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:16 (one month ago) Permalink

just out of curiosity has there been any history of managers intentionally making pitching decisions to avoid the team having to pay bonuses like that?

frogbs, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:20 (one month ago) Permalink

i don't know. i'm just really glad mike matheny is not the manager

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:22 (one month ago) Permalink

can't remember specific instances, but i'm pretty sure there have been questionable situations -- feel like it's been more often to avoid vesting options than cash bonuses tho

mookieproof, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 20:09 (one month ago) Permalink

yankees decline gritty brett gardner's option, then sign him to a gritty new $7.5m/one-year deal

pirates decline options on jung-ho kang and josh harrison

mookieproof, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 20:45 (one month ago) Permalink

cubs pick up jose quintana's option for 2019

na (NA), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 20:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Price is staying in Boston. I was partly hoping he'd tell the city to go fuck itself, but obviously he's not going to get that kind of money or that kind of team anywhere else.

clemenza, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 21:59 (one month ago) Permalink

He could have done what Sabathia did several years ago with the Yankees -- get them to extend his deal for a couple more years at the same AAV instead of opting out. But CC had pitched much better for the Yankees than Price has so far for the Red Sox. Plus, the Yankees seem to fall for those tricks, A-Rod pulled the same deal too after his monster 2007.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 1 November 2018 04:11 (one month ago) Permalink

The Athletics picked up Fernando Rodney’s option

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 November 2018 18:35 (one month ago) Permalink

do we have any ilx padres fans? they picked greg garcia up off of waivers. he's one of those anonymous guys but he's actually pretty useful utility infielder, doesn't really excel anywhere but rarely embarrasses himself, and a surprising on-base machine

Karl Malone, Friday, 2 November 2018 17:21 (one month ago) Permalink

cole hamels staying with the cubs for another year

na (NA), Friday, 2 November 2018 17:39 (one month ago) Permalink

isn't polyphonic a padres fan?

mookieproof, Friday, 2 November 2018 17:56 (one month ago) Permalink

Reds fan site writers seem to think getting new pitching coach Derek Johnson from the Brewers is a bit of a coup.

earlnash, Friday, 2 November 2018 18:06 (one month ago) Permalink

timellison is a Padres fan.

clemenza, Friday, 2 November 2018 18:43 (one month ago) Permalink

sounds like kershaw and the dodgers will get something done

also

Faced with market constraints, the Indians will listen to trade offers for some of their veteran players this winter, according to sources. Kluber, Carrasco, Encarnacion, Gomes, etc. Lindor, Ramirez will definitely be held.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 2, 2018

mookieproof, Friday, 2 November 2018 18:47 (one month ago) Permalink

i was kind of surprised they'd dangle Kluber, i thought the deal was very team-friendly, but i see they backloaded it and he's slated to earn 17 million next season (team options for 17.5 and 18 in 2020-21.)

omar little, Friday, 2 November 2018 18:52 (one month ago) Permalink

greg garcia

greg ... welcome to the resistance

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Friday, 2 November 2018 19:00 (one month ago) Permalink

charlie morton was *not* qualifyingly offered

mookieproof, Friday, 2 November 2018 21:56 (one month ago) Permalink

I became a bit of a Padres fan after having a great first-time visit to SD, which included visiting the (somewhat) hidden tiki bar behind Petco Park. Also, Ted Leitner is a pretty entertaining radio play-by-play guy.

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 3 November 2018 02:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Chris Woodward set to be named #Rangers manager, source confirms @BNightengale report. @MLB @MLBNetwork

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 3, 2018

?

Andy K, Saturday, 3 November 2018 02:51 (one month ago) Permalink

banister got jobbed, but that's the way it goes

you'd think the reds might at least offer jim riggleman some sinecure but nah

mookieproof, Saturday, 3 November 2018 03:25 (one month ago) Permalink

they picked greg garcia up off of waivers. he's one of those anonymous guys but he's actually pretty useful utility infielder, doesn't really excel anywhere but rarely embarrasses himself, and a surprising on-base machine

Glad to hear this. Pads had Freddy Galvis on a one-year deal this past year - so he's now a free agent - and have Tatis Jr. in the system who will turn 20 in January and spent most of the past year in AA.

timellison, Saturday, 3 November 2018 17:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Tatis slash line for San Antonio in 394 PA - .286/.355/.507

timellison, Saturday, 3 November 2018 17:47 (one month ago) Permalink

Luis Urias seems like he'll get a big shot to be the starting second baseman and they've got Wil Myers at third now.

timellison, Saturday, 3 November 2018 17:48 (one month ago) Permalink

At meetings this week, @MLB GMs expected to consider eliminating trade waivers and moving to a uniform trade deadline, possibly in mid-August. Change would require union approval. @MLBNetwork

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 5, 2018

mookieproof, Monday, 5 November 2018 16:42 (one month ago) Permalink

#SFGiants have offered Farhan Zaidi position as president of baseball operations, source confirms. Decision is expected within 24 hours. @MLBNetwork @MLB

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 6, 2018

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 21:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Scott Boras on Bryce Harper: “Certainly Harper’s bazaar has begun. It’s fashionable. It’s historical. It’s elite. Global certainly. And certainly it has inspirations that deal with great shoes and great hair.”

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 7, 2018

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 22:50 (one month ago) Permalink

@Pirates
ANNOUNCED: The Pirates have signed free agent infielder Jung Ho Kang to a one-year contract for the 2019 season.

smgdh

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 November 2018 14:56 (one month ago) Permalink

rays-mariners trade

Rays get:

Mike Zunino
Guillermo Heredia
Michael Plassmeyer

Mariners get:

Mallex Smith
Jake Fraley

na (NA), Thursday, 8 November 2018 15:23 (one month ago) Permalink

feel like the mariners are 'rebuilding' simply because dipoto is addicted to trading

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 November 2018 17:15 (one month ago) Permalink

Team Willing to Entertain Trade Offers for Player Season is my favorite season

mookieproof, Friday, 9 November 2018 20:30 (one month ago) Permalink

As great as he is, I can definitely see where Cleveland might want to trade Kluber. Clevinger and Bauer are both 27; Carrasco's 31. Bieber's 23--he didn't pitch especially well, but his K/BB ratio suggests better things ahead. Their bullpen was mostly lousy, and they finished seven games under their Pythagorean last year. I would think a good return on Kluber, maybe some bullpen help and a starting outfieder, could put them back in 100-win range.

clemenza, Saturday, 10 November 2018 17:36 (one month ago) Permalink

corbin to the nationals, six years/unknown $

mookieproof, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 20:52 (one week ago) Permalink

seeing $140 million.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 22:11 (one week ago) Permalink

he had a great year, but it also seems like quite an outlier -- K/9IP jumping from 8 to 11, etc.

the projections are solid enough, tho: https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/nationals-get-another-ace-in-monster-deal-with-patrick-corbin

mookieproof, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 22:26 (one week ago) Permalink

By May/June fantasy *ahem* "experts" were encouraging owners to sell high on Corbin due to some of his peripherals (pls don't ask) which had showed he was luckier than average.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 23:47 (one week ago) Permalink

i don't see him making those projections.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 16:36 (one week ago) Permalink

it kind of bothers me that patrick corbin will make more in his career than jacob degrom will (not that they won't both be fine, of course). timing is everything

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 16:58 (one week ago) Permalink

marlins like rosario, nimmo and/or conforto in Realmuto talks. talks are real, but mets seem resistant on rosario

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 5, 2018

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:24 (one week ago) Permalink

mets and marlins haggling over a once hyped prospect who has never been good, sure why not

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:28 (one week ago) Permalink

it kind of bothers me that patrick corbin will make more in his career than jacob degrom will (not that they won't both be fine, of course). timing is everything

― mookieproof, Wednesday, December 5, 2018 11:58 AM (twenty-six minutes ago) Bookmark

well his agent is the mets GM now so he might just get that payday after all

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Stlcards will be getting Goldy

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 5, 2018

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 22:00 (one week ago) Permalink

between this and the pirates' signing of lonnie chisenhall, the NL central arms race has really escalated

The #STLCards have acquired six-time NL All-Star 1B Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for C Carson Kelly, RHP Luke Weaver, INF Andy Young and the club's Compensation Round B selection in the 2019 MLB Draft. #TimeToFly pic.twitter.com/65SThIrDli

— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) December 5, 2018

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 22:07 (one week ago) Permalink

damn, i like weaver a lot. tough price.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 22:08 (one week ago) Permalink

"i read it first on ILB"

wow!

kind of excited to have a "star" on the team for the first time in a while, even though there have been flashes of brilliance with matt carpenter and tommy pham recently.

andy young won't be talked about much, maybe, but i was excited about him. he shot up all the internal prospect lists last year, a 24 year old 2B who has hit with power at every level so far.

it was either going to be carson kelly or andrew knizner, and although i've been a supporter of getting kelly more playing time the last year or so (backups to molina don't play), knizner has more upside. kelly's upside is average to meh offensively, .250/.350/.400 in a good year, with solid defense. a valuable catcher! but kelly's offensive ceiling is more like knizner's floor, and his defense is decent, too.

weaver might be good or might be a #4 starter. it was hard to tell, based off of the first two seasons.

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 22:21 (one week ago) Permalink

imo arizona did pretty well considering goldy only has one year left, but st. louis didn't need any of those guys (and weaver was pretty bad last year)

also they're apparently confident they can re-sign goldy, since everyone who comes to STL falls in love with it and the bfib (which might be true)

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 22:22 (one week ago) Permalink

if they don't resign him at least they'll get an extra draft pick (right?)

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 22:24 (one week ago) Permalink

assuming they issue a QO

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 22:24 (one week ago) Permalink

Goldsmith had such an incredibly streaky year in '18... not sure if that was symptomatic of something negative or what.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 22:28 (one week ago) Permalink

Immediate reaction from rival exec on #DBacks’ return for Goldschmidt: “A boatload” (Only he didn’t say boat). Five years control on Weaver, six on Kelly, plus pick in 70 to 75 range; Young fringy. #STLCards will call it a win, too. Kept Dakota Hudson, Kelly blocked by Yadi.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 5, 2018

Front office exec on the Cards-D'Backs trade: It's just a fair trade all the way around. Makes sense for both teams. Cardinals get better for 2019. D-Backs get a solid (but not spectacular) return.

— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) December 5, 2018

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 22:30 (one week ago) Permalink

PG 2018

home: 238/.363/.420
away: .339/.415/.638

May: .144/.252/.278

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 22:40 (one week ago) Permalink

vs Career .943 OPS in May.

Basically getting him out of the nu-humidor and into Busch could be the answer:

Career @ Busch:
.302/.402/.488

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 22:46 (one week ago) Permalink

PG BABIP in may: .186 (up around .400 the rest of the year)

PG from june 1 forward: .330/.420/.602; 1.022 ops was fourth in MLB behind trout, yelich and jd martinez

not too worried about him

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 22:48 (one week ago) Permalink

only stole seven bases last year tho

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 22:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Eovaldi back with the BoSox for four years, $67.5MM.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 6 December 2018 16:18 (one week ago) Permalink

Jesus

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 6 December 2018 16:36 (one week ago) Permalink

TINSTAAPP

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 6 December 2018 17:03 (one week ago) Permalink

That sure is a lot of money for a good postseason (I can't see much else in his career that's very distinguished).

clemenza, Thursday, 6 December 2018 20:58 (one week ago) Permalink

i thought the goldy trade was fair for both sides. it's possible kelly never really hits and weaver is just a 3/4 starter, but there's enough upside that i think you'd feel pretty good getting that for just one year of goldy.

J0rdan S., Thursday, 6 December 2018 21:08 (one week ago) Permalink

weaver is projected for 2 WAR next year... if you think he's closer to his rookie season than last season maybe that creeps up to 3 or even 3.5 if he really figures it out. goldy has been a consistent 5 WAR player... the trade might not even look that bad for the d backs just off next year alone.

J0rdan S., Thursday, 6 December 2018 21:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Yankees President Randy Levine is among the names being mentioned for White House Chief of Staff, per @MSNBC

— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) December 10, 2018

the hottest stove

mookieproof, Monday, 10 December 2018 15:24 (three days ago) Permalink

please god he will do less damage there

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 10 December 2018 15:26 (three days ago) Permalink

billy hamilton to the royals

sunday night baseball will start at 7 ET next year

mookieproof, Monday, 10 December 2018 16:16 (three days ago) Permalink

i expect Goldschmidt to start winning All-Star elections at 1B, as Redbird Nation will vote often for such a towering, boring hunk of white manmeat.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 10 December 2018 16:54 (three days ago) Permalink

i believe that d-bag nation voted him into the all-star game the past 6 years, as well

Karl Malone, Monday, 10 December 2018 17:08 (three days ago) Permalink

Freddie Freeman last year, right?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 10 December 2018 19:05 (three days ago) Permalink

Goldy has 6 selections, but not sure how may times he won the vote (at least twice)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 10 December 2018 19:09 (three days ago) Permalink

pirates shed salary -- shocking, i know -- by sending ivan nova to the white sox

mookieproof, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 18:42 (two days ago) Permalink

pirates will apparently fill that hole in their staff by signing jordan lyles, a right-hander with a career WAR of -3.3

mookieproof, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 19:41 (two days ago) Permalink

Sources: Phillies are in agreement with Andrew McCutchen, pending a physical.

— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) December 11, 2018

mookieproof, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 19:41 (two days ago) Permalink

blue jays have released tulo

mookieproof, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 20:00 (two days ago) Permalink

am surprised they pulled the trigger on doing that! essentially paying 38 million to free up a roster spot.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 21:04 (two days ago) Permalink

I may regret these words, but bargain of the year.

clemenza, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 22:03 (two days ago) Permalink

lol

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 22:08 (two days ago) Permalink

http://www.facebook.com/BlueJays/photos/a.381692688771/10156242608293772/?type=3&theater

I know the club's happy to get rid of him, but they don't to actually thank him for leaving--that's a little much.

clemenza, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 23:42 (two days ago) Permalink

tbf i saw a quote from tulo's agent being grateful -- he said shapiro et al were very professional about everything and that it's much better for his client to be cut loose now than at the end of spring training or something

i mean it's kind of insulting, but he still gets paid, and will have more fun playing somewhere where he's wanted (assuming he can ever stay healthy)

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:01 (yesterday) Permalink

pirates will apparently fill that hole in their staff by signing jordan lyles, a right-hander with a career WAR of -3.3

Lyles had some good games last year. Had a perfect game going against Colorado through 7.1 in May.

timellison, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 03:59 (yesterday) Permalink

happ back to the yankees

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 15:16 (yesterday) Permalink

Brandon Hyde, Orioles manager

last week his name was Jekyll

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:31 (yesterday) Permalink

charlie morton to tampa, two years/$30m

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 20:56 (yesterday) Permalink

nice to see from tampa

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 21:25 (yesterday) Permalink

yeah i don't think they've ever had a $15m/yr player before.

also that seems like an extremely team-friendly deal for a guy projected to put up 3+ WAR next year (only marginally less than patrick corbin's projection). that no reputed contenders offered something better seems like a bad sign

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 21:48 (yesterday) Permalink


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