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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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) Permalink

sadly I predict a similar future for Ohtani

frogbs, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 14:58 (three months 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 (three months ago) Permalink

trevor rosenthal to the nationals

mookieproof, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 16:53 (three months 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 (three months ago) Permalink

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

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:15 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) Permalink

cubs pick up jose quintana's option for 2019

na (NA), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 20:55 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) Permalink

cole hamels staying with the cubs for another year

na (NA), Friday, 2 November 2018 17:39 (three months ago) Permalink

isn't polyphonic a padres fan?

mookieproof, Friday, 2 November 2018 17:56 (three months 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 (three months ago) Permalink

timellison is a Padres fan.

clemenza, Friday, 2 November 2018 18:43 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) Permalink

greg garcia

greg ... welcome to the resistance

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

charlie morton was *not* qualifyingly offered

mookieproof, Friday, 2 November 2018 21:56 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) Permalink

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

timellison, Saturday, 3 November 2018 17:47 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) Permalink

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

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 November 2018 17:15 (three months ago) Permalink

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

mookieproof, Friday, 9 November 2018 20:30 (three months 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 (three months ago) Permalink

I'm perfectly fine with teams waiting the market out on these guys...hard to get up in arms about Manny Machado having to wait out the winter *only* to pull down a couple hundred million dollars

this isn't exactly Curt Flood territory

Rhine Jive Click Bait (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 7 February 2019 01:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Harper's thing is taking awhile because they want that monstrous contract and there are real questions about what Harper will bring to the table, he's had exactly 1 1/2 full seasons where he was worthy of such a deal. i don't doubt he would likely come through with some massive numbers but the days when people would seriously put him on par with Mike Trout have been over since sometime in 2016.

i really want to see him put up 2015 numbers for ten straight years going forward but he could also just be a very expensive version of Grady Sizemore.

omar little, Thursday, 7 February 2019 01:33 (one week ago) Permalink

And Machado isn't A-Rod or anything. I mean neither of these guys have shown the exceptional consistency you'd want when giving a guy a monster deal (and i mean even prior consistency didn't work out with Pujols...)

omar little, Thursday, 7 February 2019 01:35 (one week ago) Permalink

idk what these guys have been offered or what they may have turned down, but machado (whom i personally dislike) is a 26yo shortstop who hits 35 homers a year and might have had three top-five MVP finishes in the last four seasons had he played 2018 in one league. he's not a-rod, but he's *extremely* good, and MLB revenue has gone from $4B to $10B a year since a-rod signed his deal. if you gave machado a ten-year deal right now, he'd be robinson cano's current age at the end of it, and cano put up 3 WAR in 80 games last year

flags don't fly for financial efficiency, and as a fan i'm not sure why anyone should be excited because the owner saved money -- unless they're using the saved money on other good players, which they simply aren't

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 February 2019 02:21 (one week ago) Permalink

The 1/3 of clubs who are tanking aren't. But between their four free agent signings and the Paxton contract NYY spent $43 million this winter. You can certainly argue that with their revenue they shouldn't hesitate to go over the LT threshold...but so long as they choose to a Machado signing would seem to preclude acquiring those other players.

I just don't buy that there is anything remotely like collusion going on....advanced metrics have probably forever altered player valuation w/ greater weight given to roles like super-utility and middle relief. And why pay for the albatross years 8-9-10 on any contract considering the risk?

Rhine Jive Click Bait (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 7 February 2019 03:06 (one week ago) Permalink

ftr I’d sign Machado before Harper, he has been more consistent and certainly less prone to injury.

omar little, Thursday, 7 February 2019 03:34 (one week ago) Permalink

One thing about Machado is that a lot of his value is in his defense and the metrics seem pretty sure that he's an all-world 3b and a basically average shortstop. Machado has insisted that SS is his position and if he holds to that, I think he goes from being a perennial MVP contender to being more on the "consistently very good" side.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 7 February 2019 04:09 (one week ago) Permalink

sounds like realmuto to philly is approaching. jorge alfaro/sixto sanchez/others in return

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 February 2019 17:55 (one week ago) Permalink

is that too much? feels like too much. by a bunch.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 7 February 2019 17:58 (one week ago) Permalink

i don't really think so?

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:04 (one week ago) Permalink

two more years of control with JT?

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:09 (one week ago) Permalink

realmuto is a clear step up from alfaro (and financially reasonable). sanchez might turn out to be good -- he's been solid in leagues he's way young for -- but he's also small by starter standards and simply hasn't pitched much due to injuries. supposedly the phillies are unhappy with his conditioning (?)

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:16 (one week ago) Permalink

mets re-sign punxsutawney, pa native devin mesoraco to a minor league deal

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:43 (one week ago) Permalink

ya, i'd misread the mlbtr story as the Marlins getting a whole pile of names back (they were just spitballing about who else could be involved). Alfaro/Sixto/throw-in is a solid deal for both, if that's what it winds up being.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:53 (one week ago) Permalink

https://media.giphy.com/media/l2SpZsWedp4ql8I00/giphy.gif

to texas on a minor league deal

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 February 2019 20:43 (one week ago) Permalink

noted weird guy brett lawrie to the brewers on a minor league deal!

mookieproof, Saturday, 9 February 2019 19:38 (one week ago) Permalink

Is it just me or are Nola and Severino's deals almost comically team friendly? I really don't get it from a player perspective -- why sign a "long term" with a far below market value AAV that also buys out just one free agent year? The money AND the security are low.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 17 February 2019 07:07 (two days ago) Permalink

because the system is broken, and they've at least locked in being set for life

mookieproof, Sunday, 17 February 2019 07:10 (two days ago) Permalink

Signing for 1Y/$10M would also be enough to set a lot of people up for life. If their arms fall off tomorrow then it's a good deal for the players. But the next worst case is ... maybe hitting free agency and having to settle for far less than the $100M deal you hoped for, like Arrieta did? And in that time they'd make close to the same total salary that they're making now, realistically.

The system is broken all right -- way worse than I thought.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 17 February 2019 12:51 (two days ago) Permalink

Mark Reynolds, who just signed with the #Rockies a few days before camp, told a free-agent tale today I’ve heard a lot. Got no offers for weeks. Then was playing golf a couple of weeks ago, got a call from his agent and had 4 teams offering minor league deals on the same day.

— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) February 17, 2019

mookieproof, Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:28 (two days ago) Permalink

Owners would be that dumb to leave all the traces necessary for the existence collusion to be proven beyond reasonable doubt.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 18 February 2019 02:15 (yesterday) Permalink

it seems pretty farfetched that teams would bother colluding on minor league deals for mark reynolds. but it's also strange

mookieproof, Monday, 18 February 2019 03:10 (yesterday) Permalink

I forgot that Moustakas rejected the $17.4M qualifying offer two offseasons ago. Now he'll make less than $17M combined in 2018-2019.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Monday, 18 February 2019 18:24 (yesterday) Permalink

Last offseason, rather.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Monday, 18 February 2019 18:25 (yesterday) Permalink

they also picked up Brett Lawrie on a minor-league deal, which is surprising because I had no idea he was still playing - seems like a longshot given his mysterious quad injury and the fact that the dude can't hit breaking balls, but taking fliers on dudes like this is what Milwaukee does now. sad to think he was Milwaukee's blue-chip prospect once upon a time.

frogbs, Monday, 18 February 2019 22:15 (yesterday) Permalink

what's surprising to me is that Lawrie was better than i remembered, he put up a 15.1 bWAR in what amounted to a little more than 3 1/2 full seasons (588 games played over 6 years).

omar little, Monday, 18 February 2019 22:28 (yesterday) Permalink

MACHADO to PADRES

mookieproof, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:25 (two hours ago) Permalink

LET'S GOOOOO

hope he's better than kemp was

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:30 (two hours ago) Permalink

10 years, $300m, no word on opt-outs

mookieproof, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:33 (two hours ago) Permalink

huh!

was still holding out a shred of hope he'd sign with the white sox but this is still more interesting than him going to philly

na (NA), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:33 (two hours ago) Permalink

this is stupid

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:35 (two hours ago) Permalink

opt-out after the fifth season

mookieproof, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:39 (two hours ago) Permalink

i expect harper will sign relatively soon too, then, now that machado has a value

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:40 (two hours ago) Permalink

Congrats to the soon to be 71-91 Padres.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:58 (two hours ago) Permalink

Franny Machado, 3B
Franchy Cordero, CF
Franmil Reyes, LF

great time to be a fran

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 18:07 (two hours ago) Permalink

i for one applaud the padres for this giant contract, let's get these players paid

idk if they'll be any good (they prob still won't lol) and it's never fun to watch a decent hitter go to petco but i appreciate their paying the guy what he deserves unlike these other vampires

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 18:36 (one hour ago) Permalink

Machado's a great player, possibly historically great--with some obvious baggage re his temperament--but have the Padres ever been a really successful, financially sound organization? I know they made a couple of WS (in years when there were better NL teams). They've basically tied their hands for the foreseeable future, and they're not particularly close at the moment. And if they don't win soon, Machado will start complaining.

clemenza, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 18:49 (one hour ago) Permalink

typical Padres

frogbs, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:07 (one hour ago) Permalink

we see you Cameron

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:10 (one hour ago) Permalink

padres are in an interesting situation as the only (i believe) MLB team without direct NFL/NBA/NHL competition. they currently have the best/deepest set of prospects in the game. machado's contract takes their payroll from something like $70m to something like $100m, which won't crack the top 20 and is less than half of the top spenders.

i wouldn't call signing one of the top 10 players in the game 'tying their hands' but rather making an aggressive move at the right time. one that teams like the pirates and white sox never seem to have the stomach for.

mookieproof, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:10 (one hour ago) Permalink

Cubs weren't successful until they were. Obviously, the Padres believe that right now the core of young players is good enough to patch holes with free agents and thinking about seriously competing in 2020. World series appearances in decades past are no indication of anything at all.

xxxpost to Clem

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:12 (fifty-nine minutes ago) Permalink

if machado cared about winning soon, he would've signed with a team further along in their development, so i don't think he's going to complain about that

na (NA), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:14 (fifty-seven minutes ago) Permalink

i could be wrong – but he doesn't seem like the type to let silly facts like that stop him from being a douche.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:16 (fifty-six minutes ago) Permalink

To be fair most teams who are further along in their development seem to be quite content with their shortstop situation.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:20 (fifty-one minutes ago) Permalink

lotsa douches have helped win pennants

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:24 (forty-seven minutes ago) Permalink

Machado's deal is only $9M less than the $309M that the Padres spent on free agents in the past 25 offseasons combined.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:33 (thirty-eight minutes ago) Permalink

don't almost all teams have billion dollar tv contracts now? now the padres have only $700M of their tv money left to spend over the next 10 years (or whatever, I'm making these numbers up but you get the idea)

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:48 (twenty-four minutes ago) Permalink

There's that, and almost every team is at least tens of millions of dollars below the luxury tax threshold, so literally 20+ teams can't complain about having no chance with top tier free agents.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:52 (nineteen minutes ago) Permalink


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