April 14th


Sean Newcomb – Demoted

After back to back seasons as a competent major league starter, Sean Newcomb is now facing himself back in AAA to work on his control. Always having good stuff, he has always seem to lack some control. In 2019 so far, he has really lost the strike zone. Walking more than striking out, it seems that the Braves are now looking to give his spot in the rotation to newly recalled Touki Toussaint while Sean works on his control in the minors. 

David Freitas – Traded

On a rather quiet Sunday, the Brewers and Mariners swapped players. Veteran catcher David Freitas has been acquired by the Brewers for a minor’s pitcher Sal Biasi. While rather interesting because he looks to be blocked on the surface, with Manny Pina, and starter Yasmani Grandal already in the majors, with Jacob Nottingham already on the 40-man, Freitas looks to be the fourth string catcher.

Notes 

  • Mike Trout will return to the lineup on Monday 
  • Jeremy Jeffress will return to the roster on Monday
  • Matt Moore will undergo knee surgery and will be shut down for 6-8 weeks

PITCH OF THE DAY

In honor of his complete game, one hitter with 9 Ks – Check out this nasty curveball by German Marquez



Business of Baseball – No-trade Clause

Definition

A no-trade clause is a contractual clause that allows players to veto trades to certain teams. No-trade clauses are often worked into contract extensions and free-agent contracts as a perk for the players signing such deals.

Some contracts include partial no-trade clauses, which allow a player to block trades to a specified list of teams. In the case of a partial no-trade clause, the player that agrees to such a clause will sometimes be allowed to update on a yearly basis the teams to which he cannot be traded without his consent. In other instances, teams will concede to a full no-trade clause that allows the player in question to block a trade to all 29 other teams.

Beyond that, a player that has accumulated 10 years of Major League service time and has spent the past five consecutive seasons of that service time with one team gains the right — termed 10-and-5 rights — to veto a trade to any team.

Examples

Per the terms of his contract extension signed in 2011 — which spans the 2016-20 seasons — Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was given the ability to block trades to 23 of the 29 other Major League teams. On the other end of the spectrum, Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco agreed to a very limited no-trade protection as part of his four-year, $49 million contract with Minnesota. As of December 2015, Nolasco was reportedly able to veto trades to just three teams.

The Reds’ Brandon Phillips reportedly invoked his 10-and-5 rights two separate times between the 2015 and 2016 seasons, blocking trades that would have sent him to the D-backs and to the Nationals.

The Nationals had interest in trading for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon in July 2015, but Papelbon had a no-trade provision in his contract that allowed him to block a deal to 17 clubs — including Washington. Papelbon also had a vesting option for 2016 in his contract with Philadelphia that would be exercised if he finished 48 games. As a means of enticing the right-hander to waive the no-trade clause, the Nationals offered to exercise that vesting option in advance, and Papelbon agreed to a slightly reduced rate of $11 million as a compromise. With those roadblocks worked out, the Nationals traded Minor League right-hander Nick Pivetta to the Phillies in exchange for Papelbon to complete the deal.


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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 12th


Gary Sanchez – Injured

Joining what appears to be half the team, is headed to the IL with a left calf strain. He is anticipated to only need to be out the 9 days required (since the IL stint is retroactive to Wednesday), but having Sanchez off to such a hot start doesn’t bode well for the struggling Yankees.

Dellin Betances – Injury Update

After further reports, today GM Brian Cashman announced that relief ace Betances has a bone spur in his shoulder. He will have three weeks of rest then will be re-evaluated. The timeline, if all goes planned, is to be back in game action within 6-8 weeks. 

Notes 

  • Jermey Jeffress only needs one more rehab outing before he is activated
  • Rockie’s Daniel Murphy will not need surgery to repair his fractured index finger
  • Allen Craig joined the front office of the Padres, yes don’t ask questions

PITCH OF THE DAY

Steve Cishek pretty much impossible 90 mph two seamer



Business of Baseball – Non-roster Invite (NRI)

Definition

A non-roster invite (NRI) is an invitation for a player who is not on a club’s 40-man roster to attend Major League camp in Spring Training and compete for a roster spot. Clubs can extend NRIs to their upper-level Minor Leaguers and also include NRIs in Minor League contracts given to free agents in the offseason.

Example

In February 2015, the Kansas City Royals signed left-hander Franklin Morales to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. Morales attended Spring Training with the club and won a roster spot with a strong performance. He went on to post a 3.18 ERA in 62 1/3 relief innings for the eventual World Series champions.


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April 11th


Ozzie Albies – Extended

Well, it is STILL extension season. Yesterday the Atalanta Braves extended their all star second basemen to a 7-year, $35MM deal. Yes, while that is still a *ton* of money, it is quite controversial because of how it could potentially severely limit the earnings power of Albies, but also his young teammate Acuna who just got extended also. 


Jeff Passan – State of the Market

After the Albies extension yesterday, Passan of ESPN.com had a series of tweets explaining his position on why the Brave’s duo of extensions could very well hurt baseball. It was a series of 9 tweets; basically stating that because these young players have singed so many free agent years away for comparatively little money, they are not only hurting their own earning power, but for so many generations of ball players to come. 

He also goes on to blame the Braves, but really the market overall, for scaring these young players in taking a smaller amount than they are really worth. They see how sparse the free agent market is, and they don’t want to test it out; therefore taking less money. 

Click HERE for the thread


Clayton Kershaw – Return

Bill Plunkett of the Orange Contry Register tweeted today that Kershaw will be activated Monday and start for Los Angeles. Great news for the generational pitcher to get back on a major league mound after two minor league rehab starts!


Notes 

  • Victor Caratini to undergo a CT scan for his hand
  • Former Red Sox reliever Ben Taylor picked up by Diamondbacks
  • Bud Norris’ deal with the Nationals fell through

PITCH OF THE DAY



Lou Trivino with the NUTMEG! Pretty sure a nutmeg warrants an automatic PotD honors…




Business of Baseball – Non-guaranteed Contract

Definition

Players who are on arbitration (unless specified at the time of the agreement), Minor League or split contracts are not fully guaranteed their salaries.

Players on arbitration contracts who are cut on or before the 16th day of Spring Training are owed 30 days’ termination pay (based on the prorated version of his agreed-upon arbitration salary). A player cut between the 16th day and the end of Spring Training is owed 45 days’ termination pay (based on the prorated version of his agreed-upon arbitration salary). The arbitration salary becomes guaranteed if the player is on the 25-man roster when the season begins.

A player on a split or Minor League contract will earn the prorated portion of his Major League salary for time spent on the Major League roster. Clubs can also sign players to non-guaranteed contracts but still place them on the 40-man roster. Those contracts become guaranteed upon the player making the Major League roster out of Spring Training, but he may also be cut prior to Opening Day. Such cases are identical to arbitration contracts in that the club would owe either 30 or 45 days’ worth of termination pay, depending on the time at which the player is released.

Examples

Prior to the 2016 season, the Angels signed Craig Gentry to a split contract and Al Alburquerque to a non-guaranteed contract. Each player was added to the 40-man roster, but neither player’s contract was fully guaranteed at the time of the signing. Both contracts were contingent upon the players making the Major League roster in Spring Training.


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April 10th


Matt Carpenter – Extension

It apparently still is extension season folks. Slugger and long time Cardinal will remain in St. Louis for two more years. Spanning the 2020 and 2021 seasons, he will earn $18.5 each year plus a $2 buyout if a vesting option does not occur. Bringing the total value to $39MM. Hitting a career high 39 dingers in 2018, he has been quite the solid player manning the corner infield spots the past couple years.


Luke Heimlich – Mexican League Debut

According to MLB Trade Rumors, Luke Heimlich has made his debut in the Mexican league on Tuesday. As you may remember, or have a strong opinion about: Luke Heimlich is the player who has pled guilty in sexually molesting his niece when he was 15. He has since denied every claim that it ever happened. He has always said that he pled guilty just as a “family decision to move on”. Many evaluators have said that Heimlich could pitch in a big league rotation as of now. Because of the allegations he went undrafted in ’17 and ’18. 


Edwin Jackson – Minor’s Signing

Jackson is back with the A’s on a minor league deal. This comes as a regression for him as Heyman had reported that the A’s had offered him a major league contract earlier in the offseason that he declined to test the market. The market giveth and the market taketh. 


Notes 

  • Alex Bregman of the Astros is day to day still after pulling his hamstring
  • Backstop Russel Martin hits the IL with lower back inflammation

PITCH OF THE DAY



Colin Mchugh vs Aaron Judge – Sliders GALORE


Colin McHugh shoutout = Colin hosts a podcast called the twelve-six, in which he features many major leaguers and other prominent figures in baseball. He has interviews with Alex Bregman, Jeff Passan and Sean Doolittle which are all VERY good. Would recommend 10/10.




Business of Baseball – Mutual Option


Definition

A mutual option is an optional year at the end of a contract. In order for the optional year to become guaranteed, both parties must agree to exercise the option.

Mutual options are very rarely exercised. If a player enjoys a strong season, the club will exercise its half of the option in the hope of retaining the player on a one-year deal. However, the player, fresh off a high-quality performance, will likely wish to test the open market in search of a larger guarantee on a one-year or a multi-year contract. Likewise, a player whose stock is down might exercise his half of the option rather than test free agency, but his club may no longer view him as worthy of that salary.

Example

Though rare, the mutual option has been exercised in the past. Planning to retire following the 2015 season, Aramis Ramirez agreed to exercise his half of a $14 million mutual option with the Brewers. Perhaps viewing $14 million as a fair salary for a player of Ramirez’s ability, Milwaukee exercised its half of the option as well.


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April 9th


Mike Clevinger – Injury

After suffering a “right upper back/Teres major muscle strain” which put Clev on the IL yesterday, more news surfaced that his stay on the IL will be much longer than 10 days. Clevinger will be completely shut down for 6-8 weeks before he will begin throwing again. The Indians have tons of pitching depth, so finding a fill in will not be a problem.


Luis Severino – Injury Update

The Yankees announced that Ace Luis Severino will be shut down for 6 weeks due to a grade 2 lat strain. While this apparently does not have anything to do with the shoulder inflammation he has been dealing with, one has cause to be concerned. After signing a deal for big money just several weeks ago, this could be worrisome. 


Jon Lester – Injury

Lester hit the IL yesterday after leaving his start early due to a hamstring strain. Further testing will be done today to see really how bad it is. 


Puig, Archer – Suspensions

After Archer threw behind Dietrich for admiring his majestic homer in Monday’s game, the brawl broke out. Puig has been suspended two games for his involvement and Archer 5 games, basically one start, for intentionally throwing at someone. All suspicions also include undisclosed fines. Watch the video HERE


Bud Norris – Rumored Signing

Yesterday the Nationals and Bud Norris agree to have further evaluations done and if all goes well he will sign a minor league deal. 


Notes 

  • Brad Peacock will move to the bullpen because there are multiple off days coming up for the Astros 
  • Top Prospect Hunter Greene underwent a successful Tommy John surgery yesterday

PITCH OF THE DAY

Charlie Morton NASTY three pitch sequence



Business of Baseball – International Amateur Free Agency & Bonus Pool Money

Definition

As per the 2017-21 Collective Bargaining Agreement, clubs are each subject to a spending cap for amateur international free agents. Each club will have at least a $4.75 million bonus pool to spend, with those that have a pick in Competitive Balance Round A receiving $5.25 million and those with a pick in Competitive Balance Round B receiving $5.75 million.

Clubs will be able to acquire up to 75 percent of their initial international bonus pool money in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 signing periods and up to 60 percent of their initial pools in subsequent signing periods. This means that a club with an initial pool of $5.75 million can increase its pool total via trade to approximately $10.1 million during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 signing periods. The 2017-21 CBA also allows international funds to be traded more freely, as teams must now simply trade international money in increments of $250,000, unless they have less than $250,000 remaining in their pool. Under the 2012-16 CBA, teams were assigned four tradeable “slots” with different values designated for each slot. The money was able to be traded only in those increments.

Beginning in the 2017-18 offseason, any team that is over the luxury tax threshold and signs a Major League free agent that has rejected a qualifying offer will lose $1 million from their international signing pool in the following signing period. A team that is not over the luxury tax would only forfeit $500,000 of its signing pool in the subsequent period.

Each year’s international signing period begins July 2 and continues through June 15 of the following year. Under the CBA, international amateurs are defined as follows:

• Player resides outside of the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico and has not been enrolled in high school in any of those locations within the past calendar year.
• Player is at least 16 years of age or will turn 16 years of age prior to Sept. 1 of the current signing period.

Any player meeting that criteria becomes eligible to sign a Minor League contract with a Major League organization for a signing bonus that fits within said team’s allotted pool. Players that sign for a total bonus of $10,000 or less do not count against a team’s allotted bonus pool.

Foreign professionals — defined as players who are at least 25 years of age and have played as a professional in a foreign league recognized by Major League Baseball for a minimum of six seasons — maintain exemption from the international bonus pool.

Clubs that accrued penalties for exceeding their international bonus pool money under the stipulations of the 2012-16 Collective Bargaining Agreement will not have those penalties wiped out by the 2017-21 CBA.


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April 2nd


Ronald Acuna – Extension

Yesterday the Braves announced an 8 year, $100MM extension with star OF Acuna. While breaking onto the scene last year at only 20 years old, he won the Rookie of the Year award for the National League, and even was 12th in MVP voting. Acuna batted to a 144 OPS+ in 487 PA after getting his call up. This deal also includes two options which could bring this to a 10 year, $134MM if exercised. The two options both have $10MM buyouts so there is at least $110MM guaranteed. 


German Marquez – Extension

Ace and sleeper for the Cy Young award (in my book) German Marquez has inked a 5 year extension with the Colorado Rockies that is worth $43MM. While he really set himself apart in the second part of 2018, he is nearly getting the same money that Blake Snell ($50MM) got after winning the Cy Young. Marquez and Snell have the same amount of service time, making them pretty good comparables to each other. 


Kevin Pillar – Traded

The Blue Jays and Giants completed a four player trade involving stellar outfielder Kevin Pillar on Tuesday. Newly minted GM Farhan Zaidi has been looking for some OF studs to roam the expansive field at Oracle park since taking over at the helm. The Giants sent three prospects back to Toronto: P Derek Law, IF Alan Hanson, and righty Juan De Paula. Pillar is a below average hitter against righties, but offers a 100 wRC+ against lefties making for a good platoon with Steven Duggar. Pillar is an elite defender and could see time in both corners as well as mainly being deployed in CF. 


Trea Turner – Injury

DO NOT TRY TO BUNT FOLKS!! In Tuesday’s game, Trea Turner tried to bunt and caught a 92 MPH Zach Eflin fastball right to his hand. When he did not even get to finish the at bat, you knew it wasn’t going to turn out good. X-Rays showed the fracture, we will update you when a timetable surfaces on when the exciting shortstop will start getting back in action.


Randal Grichuk – Extension

There have been a surprising amount of extensions happening even though the season has started! Usually they really slow down once the season starts. Not the case in 2019! Grichuk and the Blue Jays have come to terms on a 5 year, $52MM deal with several escalators as well. While his on base skills have never been his strength, he is a speedy outfielder which allows him to have great defensive numbers. This extension is on par with many several players with the same amount of service time. 


Notes 

  • Superstar Francisco Lindor is eyeing to be back by May with his calf strain
  • Rockies lefty Jake McGee has been placed on the IL with a left knee sprain
  • Jacob Nix of the Padres has decided to only rehab his injured elbow instead of undergoing Tommy John. 
  • After the Pillar Trade today, the Blue Jays have acquired OF Scorates Brito from Padres

PITCH OF THE DAY

Blake Snell NASTY slider



Business of Baseball – Contract Renewal

Definition

Players who haven’t signed a long-term contract extension or accrued the MLB service time necessary to be eligible for salary arbitration can have their contracts renewed by their clubs as one-year deals for the coming season.

These pre-arbitration players can negotiate their salaries but have little leverage, as clubs can choose to renew a contract for the Major League minimum if they cannot come to an agreement with the player. Of course, clubs may choose to sign their pre-arbitration players to one-year deals for more than the Major League minimum to build good will for future negotiations, but they are under no obligation to do so.

Clubs cannot reduce players’ salaries by more than 20 percent of what they earned in the previous MLB season — including a player’s base salary and additional payments such as performance bonuses, signing bonuses and deferred compensation — or 30 percent of what they earned two seasons prior, per the Maximum Salary Reduction clause in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Examples

The Red Sox were not able to come to an agreement with Mookie Betts on a salary for the 2017 season, so they renewed his contract for $950,000 — up from the $566,000 he earned in 2016. The Astros renewed Alex Bregman’s contract for the 2018 season, giving the third baseman $599,000 after he earned $539,400 in 2017.

Conversely, the Cubs and Kris Bryant came to an agreement on a $1.05 million contract for the 2017 season in Bryant’s last year before salary arbitration, setting a record for the largest one-year deal ever given to a pre-arbitration player.


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April 1st


Mike Trout –  Announces Retirement

In a surprising turn of events, Mike Trout has announced his retirement after 9 seasons in the bigs, paving his way to 2 MVPs, 7 All Star appearances, and a Rookie of the Year award. He will conclude his no doubt hall of fame career with a .307/.417/.573 slash line. Congrats to Mike Trout on a successful career.


Miguel Andujar – Injury

Yesterday the Yankees announced a labrum tear in Andujar’s shoulder. He will be shut down for two weeks, but season ending surgery is not off the table. With Didi still not expected to come back until the middle of the season, and Giancarlo Stanton hitting the IL with a bicep strain the Yankees have really taken a hit with their injury bug. 


Hunter Greene – Injury

Top pitching prospect and top draft pick Hunter Greene will undergo the needle on his elbow sidelining him all of 2019 and probably much of 2020. While only 19 years old, this is a huge setback to one who has turned so many heads. Greene has always been known for, and probably drafted for, his heater which reaches over 100 mph regularly. 


Giancarlo Stanton – Injury

The Yankees have placed Stanton on the IL with a bicep strain. Prospect Clint Frasier has been called up to take his place. Manager Aaron Boone told the media that Stanton could be out considerable time, as he is shut down for at least 10 days, and then will begin a rehab process. The goal they have set for him to return in by the end of the month. 


Daniel Murphy – Injury

After some speculation the past few days about a finger injury to Murphy, the Rockies have indeed placed Daniel on the IL. A fractured left index finger will sideline the infielder for at least “several weeks” writes Nick Groke of The Athletic. There is also some worries that the finger could have some tendon or ligament damage. 


Xander Bogaerts – Extended

The Red Sox announced an extension with their star shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Six years and $120 MM with an opt out after year 3, he will earn $20 each year, with some incentives based on award finishes. The second extension the Red Sox have given since the conclusion of 2018, the Red Sox are looking to keep their core players before several of them all hit free agency about the same time. Jackie Bradley Jr. looks to maybe be the next one as Mookie has said he wants to test free agency. 


Notes 

  • Jokes on you! Mike Trout isn’t retiring! April Fools lol 

PITCH OF THE DAY

Cardinal’s Jordan Hicks vs Pirates’ Corey Dickerson



Business of Baseball – Competitive Balance Tax

Definition

Each year, clubs that exceed a predetermined payroll threshold are subject to a Competitive Balance Tax — which is commonly referred to as a “luxury tax.” Those who carry payrolls above that threshold are taxed on each dollar above the threshold, with the tax rate increasing based on the number of consecutive years a club has exceeded the threshold.

The threshold was $189 million from 2014-16, but the following increases were put in place per the 2017-21 Collective Bargaining Agreement:

2017: $195 million*

2018: $197 million

2019: $206 million

2020: $208 million

2021: $210 million

*For 2017 only, clubs that exceed the threshold shall pay the average between what their luxury tax would be under the 2017-21 Collective Bargaining Agreement rules and what it would have been per the previous CBA.

A club exceeding the Competitive Balance Tax threshold for the first time must pay a 20 percent tax on all overages. A club exceeding the threshold for a second consecutive season will see that figure rise to 30 percent, and three or more straight seasons of exceeding the threshold comes with a 50 percent luxury tax. If a club dips below the luxury tax threshold for a season, the penalty level is reset. So, a club that exceeds the threshold for two straight seasons but then drops below that level would be back at 20 percent the next time it exceeds the threshold.

Clubs that exceed the threshold by $20 million to $40 million are also subject to a 12 percent surtax. Meanwhile, those who exceed it by more than $40 million are taxed at a 42.5 percent rate the first time and a 45 percent rate if they exceed it by more than $40 million again the following year(s).

Beginning in 2018, clubs that are $40 million or more above the threshold shall have their highest selection in the next Rule 4 Draft moved back 10 places unless the pick falls in the top six. In that case, the team will have its second-highest selection moved back 10 places instead.

History of the rule

The 2012-16 Collective Bargaining Agreement required clubs to pay a 17.5 percent luxury tax for first-time overages. Clubs that exceeded the threshold for two, three and four consecutive years were taxed at 30, 40 and 50 percent rates, respectively.

Example

In 2013, the Los Angeles Dodgers exceeded the Competitive Balance Tax threshold with a payroll well over $200 million in total. The Dodgers also exceeded the luxury tax threshold in 2014, 2015 and 2016, incurring progressively steeper penalties each year as a result.


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March 24th


Jose Ramirez – Injury Scare

In the third inning of Sunday’s game Jose fouled a ball off his left knee and was CARTED off the field. Stunningly the X-Rays came back negative on a break in the bone. News still hasn’t come out if this would require an IL trip to start the season. If it does, it could be a major blow to the Indians who are already down Lindor and Kipnis.


Erik Kratz – Traded

After being out of options, and being third on the depth chart in Milwaukee, they knew he had to move. The Brewers have found a suitor, getting SS C.J. Hinojosa from the Giants. 


Brad Miller – Signed 

The Indians have signed some IF/OF depth with the signing of Brad Miller. Miller’s best season came in 2016 when he had 30 balls hit over the fence, but over his whole career he owns a 99 wRC+, good for basically league average. His defense has always been below average, but his versatility has always been his strength. 


Daniel Hudson – Signed

After releasing John Axford, the Blue Jays have signed a major league deal with Daniel Hudson for one year worth $1.5MM. 

Notes

  • Hanley Ramirez has a really good chance to make the opening day roster
  • Matt Duffy will start the year on IL
  • Sandy Leon has been placed on waivers by the Boston Red Sox. 
  • Nick Green will be returned to the Yankees after being selected in the rule 5 draft by the Diamondbacks
  • Jordan Romano has been returned to the Blue Jays after being selected in the rule 5 draft by then Rangers



Business of Baseball – 25 Man Roster

A club’s 25-man roster is its full roster of active Major League players. Typically, a club will have some combination of 12 position players and 13 pitchers or 12 pitchers and 13 position players. Players on the 25-man roster (or the Major League injured list) accrue Major League service time. All players on the 25-man roster must also be on the 40-man roster. Teams are required to have a minimum of 24 players on their 25-man roster.

In the case of doubleheaders, clubs are allowed to recall one additional player who is on the 40-man roster to serve as the 26th member of the active Major League roster only for the day of said doubleheader. That player accrues one day of MLB service time and is returned to the Minor Leagues following the completion of the doubleheader.

Upon being optioned to the Minor Leagues, a player must remain there for a minimum of 10 days before he is eligible to be recalled to the Major League roster, unless he is serving as the 26th man for a doubleheader or replacing a player who has been placed on the injured list. In these exceptions, there are no minimum number of days in which the optioned player must remain in the Minors.

On Sept. 1, teams can carry up to 40 players on their active roster until the start of postseason play, at which point the maximum reverts back to 25. All players added to the active roster during this period must be on the 40-man roster.

THIS IS ONLY FOR 2019 – 2020 ROSTERS WILL EXPAND TO 26 MEN


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March 23rd


Justin Verlander – Extension

The Astros and Justin Verlander have come to terms on a 2 year deal that will now pay Verlander the most per year for a pitcher in baseball history. Making $33MM a year breaks the record currently held by Zack Greinke who makes $32.5MM per year. Verlander who is 36, has made quite the comeback with the Astros. Working to a 2.35 ERA in 2018, he is still pumping in his high velocity and nasty curveball. 


Scooter Gennett – Injury

Reds star second basemen will hit the IL to start the year. After making an awkward slide into second on Friday, apparently straining his right groin. They anticipate this to last 8-12 weeks… Not what Reds fans wanted to hear. The Reds had one of the busiest offseasons in the league, who had hoped for the same awesome production that Gennett had last year batting his way to a 124 wRC+ and an Alll Star appearance. 


Jason Hammel – Announces Retirement

Wow, this was a shocker. A day after being told he made the Ranger’s roster out of ST, he decided that it was best to attend to his family instead. Past quotes before he signed earlier in the offseason were that he was going to be in the Majors or retirement, but he got his wish to remain in the bigs, but still decided to retire. Hammel retires with 13 years with 7 teams, a 4.26 FIP pitching in 377 games. 


Ruben Tejada – Signed Minors Deal

While this would probably warrant to be in the notes section, I believe this attention. Tejada who was a staple at SS for the Mets from 2011-2015, he famously was taken out by Chase Utley who broke his leg on contact. A rule was immediately implemented changing the contact allowed at 2B, basically removing that aspect of the game. This could really turn out to be a feel good story if he can make any measure of a comeback. 


Notes

  • Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis will not be ready for the season. Lindor faced a calf strain in February and especially with muscle injuries they shouldn’t rush it going back into the cold of Minnesota and Cleveland. Its not like they are fighting for the division, it is theirs barring all but the most extreme of situations
  • Melky Cabrera, Francisco Liriano will make Pirates opening day roster
  • Carlos Gomez, Rajai Davis will not make Mets roster
  • Braves acquire Matt Joyce from the Giants
  • Cubs release RP Junichi Tazawa
  • Pedro Alvarez, Bryan Holaday opted out of their Marlins deals 
  • Yankees got OF Tauchman from Rockies for southpaw Phillip Diehl (read more here)



business of Baseball – 10-and-5 rights

As we have basically gone through all the important stats of baseball, Mookie’s Cookie will now be giving you a daily dose of a different aspect of daily baseball talk. From what the difference is between the 25 and 40-man rosters, International posting systems, and what a PTBNL is.


10-and-5 Rights: Players who have accrued 10 years of Major League service time and spent the past five consecutive years with the same team are awarded 10-and-5 rights. Under these circumstances, a player can veto any trade scenario that is proposed. In essence, 10-and-5 rights function as a full no-trade clause.

Example

In February 2017, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips waived his 10-and-5 rights to approve a trade to the Braves.


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