April 13th


Chris Davis – Busts Streak

After a 3-4 day against the Red Sox on a day game at Fenway yesterday, Davis officially ended his streak of going 0-54. Against former Cy Young award winner Rick Porcello no less. Now the longest hitless streak for a position player, who got the first hit since September 18, 2018. Davis had signed a 7-year $161MM deal before the 2016 season. 


Touki Toussaint – Called Up

Yesterday top prospect Touki Toussaint has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to man a post in the Atlanta bullpen. Touki came up for 5 starts at the end of last year and struggled with his command. He does have a top notch fastball and curve, but getting it in the zone has always been his issue. In shorter stints we will see if he can focus in a bit more, because his stuff is there to succeed.


Carlos Gonzalez – Called Up

Veteran OF Carlos Gonzalez has been called up to play in the Cleveland outfield. After being with the Rockies for the past 10 years, he will now be putting on an Indians jersey. The former MVP candidate and All Star will be called upon to help ease that dumpster fire of an outfield and lineup.


Notes 

  • CC Sabathia made his 2019 debut for the Yankees on Saturday
  • Jordy Mercer hits the IL, the Tigers announced a righty quad strain for him
  • Right Knee sprain shelves Ranger’s Roughed Odor

PITCH OF THE DAY



Reyes Moronta NINTEY ONE MPH CHANGEUP




Business of Baseball – Non-tendered

Definition

When a club “non-tenders” a player, it declines to give that player a contract for the upcoming season, thereby immediately making him a free agent. Players on the 40-man roster with fewer than six years of Major League service time must be tendered contracts each offseason by a set deadline — typically a date in early December — or non-tendered and released to the free-agent pool.

In many instances, a club will non-tender a player because it feels the raise he will receive in arbitration would be greater than his on-field value. In other cases, a club will non-tender a player simply to clear a spot on the 40-man roster — even if that player isn’t due much more than the league minimum the following season.

Examples

Henderson Alvarez was due to receive $4 million or more in arbitration following the 2015 campaign, in which he made just four starts before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. Rather than tender a contract to a player with major durability concerns, the Marlins non-tendered Alvarez in December 2015.

Also in December 2015, the Astros elected to non-tender first baseman Chris Carter rather than pay him a raise on his $4.175 million salary from the prior season. Carter had belted 90 homers with Houston from 2013-15, but he also batted just .218 while striking out in 33.7 percent of his plate appearances during that span.

And though James Jones was not eligible for salary arbitration and would have made scarcely more than the league minimum in 2016, the Rangers non-tendered him in December 2015 to open a 40-man roster spot for further offseason maneuvering. Texas soon re-signed Jones to a Minor League contract, keeping him in the organization without expending a 40-man roster spot.


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April 7th


Yasiel Puig – Fights Entire Pirates Roster

Quite the image above, wouldn’t you say? Chris Archer, who is known for showboating after a big strikeout, throws a pitch to Derek Dietrich who takes him out of the stadium into the river. Dietrich pimps the HR with a bat drop and takes a second to admire his work. Archer does not like that and throws BEHIND Dietrich the next AB and the benches clear. Puig takes exception to some words that catcher Francisco Cervelli said and runs out there basically alone to what makes for an awesome picture. 5 total players were ejected. This is what started it all ⬇️


Dallas Keuchel – FA Update

Already a week and a half into the season and starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel is still unsigned. Yesterday a report came out from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal telling that the 6 or 7 year deal approaching $250 MM that he was looking for is not going to happen and that his price is now dropping. Rosenthal reports that if he does indeed sign a one year deal, he still wants it to be more than the $17.9 MM qualifying offer he declined when he left Houston. 


Notes 

  • Reds acquire Rob Refsnyder from Diamondbacks for PTBNL or cash
  • Brewer’s RP Jermey Jeffress is projected to join team next weekend
  • Ervin Santana will get back in the bigs on Tuesday in a start against the Rays

PITCH OF THE DAY

Diego Castillo vs Pablo Sandoval. Sorry Pablo but you don’t even have a chance. 100 mph with that movement, good luck. I love his reaction!



Business of Baseball – Guaranteed Contract

Definition

Players who obtain Major League contracts — either via free agency or extensions — are guaranteed the full amount of money promised by those contracts. Conversely, players signed to Minor League contracts must earn a spot on the roster in Spring Training or via an in-season promotion in order to have their contracts guaranteed. Arbitration contracts are not guaranteed either, as a club can release a player on or before the 16th day of Spring Training and be responsible for only 30 days worth of pay. Players cut between the 17th and the final day of Spring Training must be compensated for 45 days worth of pay (at the prorated version of their arbitration salary). But if a player that agreed to an arbitration salary breaks camp with the club, his contract is fully guaranteed.

Example

Right-hander Josh Johnson signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Padres prior to the 2014 season. Despite the fact that he did not throw a single inning for the Padres, he earned the entirety of that $8 million because he had signed a Major League contract.


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February 6th

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MAJOR NEWS:

Jeremy Hellickson

The Washington Nationals have resigned Jeremey Hellickson to a $1.3MM deal with escalators up to $4MM. Hellickson gets a $200K bonus for every other start from his 3rd to 21st, and $300K for every start between his 25th and 30th, should he reach those. Hellickson had a rather average season for D.C. in 2018 posting a 4.22 FIP over 91.1 IP computing to a 1.2 fWAR. Hellickson did post a career high in GB% at 45.9%. After the Patrick Corbin signing it looks as though Hellickson will slide into the 4 or 5 spot in the rotation: depending on how you view Anibal Sanchez.

NEWEST RUMORS

Bryce Harper

A new team enters the mix! Farhan Zaidai (GM) of the Giants sees some new value (or fallen cost) of Bryce Harper. Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports tweeting the meeting between the two. Pavlovic also mentioned owner Larry Baer and Manager Bruce Bochy attended said meeting. Zaidi is known in the industry for his skill in finding value in players.

J.T. Realmuto

As the third day in a row that Realmuto has made the site, now the Phillies are in on him. As Scott Lauber has reported, the Marlins want to deal him in the very near future. The Marlins are demanding top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez in any deal. Hopefully we see a deal very soon.

MINOR NEWS

Carlos Ramirez

After the Cubs have released their non roster invitees today, one notable name that wasn’t known was Carlos Ramirez. Ramirez who has worked with the Blue Jays in 2017 and the first half of 2018, and spent the last half of the year with Athletics, has his known command issues, but still worked to a 3.27 ERA. Which could be on the conservative side considering a 5.56 FIP.

Tom Koehler

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Tom Koehler to a minor league pact today. It will not include an invite to Major League Spring Training. The lack of the invite is more of a reflection of his current injury status as he underwent shoulder surgery in July. While there still isn’t an anticipated return date, they still believe he could contribute to the majors this year as he has a club option for 2020 as well as $250K in incentives if he reaches certain milestones.

Tim Collins has signed a minor league deal with the Twins

Justin Nicolino signed a minor league deal with the Twins

Nick Franklin has an agreement to the Pirates for a minor league deal.

Ty Kelly will be heading to the Angels on a minor league pact.

February 4th

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MAJOR NEWS:

Steve Delabar retires

After 6 seasons in the Major leagues Steve Delabar has announced his retirement. Although he hasn’t filed the proper paperwork, on the Outta the Park show Steve said he is now pursuing a different path as a high school baseball coach. Steve made one All-Star squad, but some might remember a 2017 PED suspension.  Steve ends his career with 194.2 IP with a 4.11 FIP.

David Carpenter to the Rangers via Kyle Boddy

Via Kyle Boddy on twitter, David Carpenter has been signed by the Texas Rangers to a minor league deal. Driveline Baseball’s Kyle Boddy reported it as Carpenter has been revamping himself at said facility. After Bauer did the same, he was in the running for the Cy Young award until he was hurt. Carpenter may be someone to put on your watch-list.

NEWEST RUMORS

Jacoby Ellsbury

Buster Olney has reported that the San Francisco Giants have “talked about” a trade involving the injury prone center fielder. As the seriousness is still unknown by the teams, it would be an interesting move by the Giants. While Ellsbury has upside, he did not play in 2018, and missed 50 games in 2017. Considering the large contracts the Giants already have on the books for 2019, one would wonder if they can afford another.

MINOR NEWS

A.J. Cole

After the Indians claimed the righty from the Yankees on Jan. 11, his future is now uncertain yet again. A.J. Cole has been designated for assignment. Since he is out of options, the claiming team will have to put him on their major league roster, or try to pass him through waivers.

Nick Wittgren

The Marlins have sent Nick Wittgren to the Indians for Jordan Milbrath. After a solid year (3.63 FIP over 63 IP combined) In AAA and the majors, it was a shock when the Marlins DFA’d him last week. It could be a solid pickup for the Indians. He has spent the past 3 years on the shuttle between the Marlins and AAA New Orleans.

Austin Brice

The Marlins have claimed Austin Brice off waivers and at the same time, DFA Isaac Galloway. Austin Brice, RHP, goes back to the team who drafted him in the ninth round in 2010. After being with the Reds in 2018, he was claimed by the Angels in November, Orioles in January and now the Marlins. Galloway did have his major league debut this past year, but with only a 94 wRC+ apparently he didn’t impress.

Francisco Liriano

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Liriano has signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates. After 13 seasons (Three and a half of which with the Pirates), the veteran is now trying to prove himself for another year. With $1.8MM base salary if he indeed does make the Major League roster, and $1.5MM in potential bonuses, the Pirates add a low risk player. While he is assuredly looking at the rotation as his landing spot, it is quite full. Pirates however do lack in lefty bullpen help.

Jerry Blevins

Journeyman Jerry Blevins has an inked deal that will take him to Oakland. It is currently a minor league contract, with $1.5MM on the table if he makes the majors. This will be his second stint with the club, after making his debut and 7 seasons with the A’s he is back. Getting up there in age at 35, he is trying to use pitcher friendly O.co Stadium to his advantage to bounce back from a subpar 2018 season.

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