Friday, February 7, 2014

JAL’s February 7 Morning Links





 February 7 by the Avett Brothers


GENERAL DAILY UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

1- MLB Transactions


2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates


3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet



4 Pirates Prospects Spring Training Tracker


BLOGS and such

 

5—Pirates Prospects


First Pitch: Why is Defense Still Underrated?



6 WHYGAVS

Ralph Kiner: 1922 - 2014



7 Bucs Dugout

Ralph Kiner dies at 91


8 Saber Bucs

Projection #14: Andrew Lambo



9 Green Weenie

> 2/6: Glenn Wright, Dale Long, Smokey, Richie Zisk, El Toro, Cutch, Jonathan Sanchez, Clint...


10 MLB-Pirates Site

Taillon knows he'll get call when time is right


11 Bleacher Report

Jose Tabata Should Be on the New York Mets' Radar This Summer



NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

12 Rant Sports
                                   
5 Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects You Must Watch During Spring Training


13 Pirates 101

Former Hall-of-Fame Pittsburgh Pirates’ Outfielder Ralph Kiner Dies at 91



14 NY Daily News

Remembering Ralph Kiner: Bud Selig, Fred Wilpon and others on the death of Mets and Pirates Legend


15 USA Today

Organizational report: Pirates' breakout season raises the bar


16 Fangraphs

The Freddie Freeman Deal as a Market Correction



17 Sporting News

Hall of Fame slugger Ralph Kiner, long-time Mets broadcaster, dies



18 Fox News

Cuba's humiliating exit from Caribbean baseball series spurs soul-searching back home


19 Baseball Prospectus

Remembering Ralph Kiner



20 MLB Daily Dish

Why is Ervin Santana still available?


90 comments:

  1. From #11, Tabata's team friendly deal still makes him an asset to the Pirates who may be able to unload him for a decent enough prospect in return because of it.

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  2. Do you trade him for Ike Davis? Plus a prospect?

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  3. I'd love for him to make it difficult to bench or trade him. If he'd ever play up to his potential, he'd be a huge asset.

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  4. Cfj, im supposed to kick off the blog :) Seriously I was going to discuss the value of Tabata. Obviously, he has issues (staying healthy, somewhat of a tweener but that could change with him growing into his body and place) but when you look at his age, pedigree (realize that is changing), contract, and stats from last year im led to think we have a real asset.

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  5. That could be the July trade. If so let's hope they are both playing to their potential at that time, and Polanco or Snider are playing to theirs as well.

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  6. Sure its being discussed or thought about from both sides

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  7. I was thinking in advance of July if the package represented my value (see post) on him

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  8. I like Jose as a fourth outfielder, and he's good insurance at a reasonable price. But, if there's a team out there who needs a leadoff guy and would be willing to overpay for him.

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  9. I personally think that Tabata is a very good and solid 4th OFer and would do very well in that role with the Pirates.


    However, if some other team wants to offer up a B+ or better prospect for him b/c they think he can be a starter for them......

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  10. I think im still valuing him, bro, above that but probably because I have some irrational vision of his upside... what do I know

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  11. Unfortunately for those that are not Tababta fans I think they need him this year unless someone like Snider actually breaks out a bit.

    They definitely need him until Polanco is ready with the hope he performs like the 2nd half last year. Then you need a solid fourth OF especially with how Marte takes pitches off of his knuckles.

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  12. Actually what is B? Maybe we on same page

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  13. Olney basically confirming that Burnett prefers to stay in the NL. I wonder if Foo still thinks he's not talking to any teams? :)

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  14. Interesting, why would he not want the NL, doesn't want to hit?

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  15. He and Snider are both too potentially potent to get rid of, but they are toxic at the same time. You know what they are capable of doing, but they just don't seem to be able to put it together.


    Being so young, you just can't give up, but it could blow up in your face keeping them.

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  16. No he prefers the NL. I'm sure trying to avoid pitching to the DH.

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  17. I think Foo's point, though I can't speak for him, was that the rumours didn't seem to have a valid source(mine as well) Perhaps Olney sees it differently, good to know. Thanks

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  18. Sorry, read your post wrong :(

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  19. Yuppers, so hard (phrasing) to know what you really have... hear you

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  20. If that's the case. I'd say he's leaning towards the Phillies. If he wanted to be with the Pirates, I'd think he'd have already signed.

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  21. Making a couple "big" assumptions.. If Tabata and Snider play like they are capable of, wouldn't Polanco be the biggest fish to trade? I'd think you could get a lot more for him than any of the other two.

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  22. Yup, due to philly may pay more... who knows

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  23. If any of that stuff is true, you'd think that he'd be a good fit for Philly.

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  24. If polanco continues to impress it would be insane what he would return but my simple mind says that would be difficult for us to do...

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  25. My comment was intended for ermines post...

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  26. Right field has been a hole in our lineup. Polanco is the plug.

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  27. I agree. My question though was based on all the the cards falling perfectly, and there is world peace. Point being...it wont happen, but what would you do if it did.

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  28. I think it is a MUCH bigger assumption that one or both reach their potential and stay healthy. Problem is both have had productive stretches in their career so if they do again can you actually trust it?

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  29. Playing the other side. Not believing a word I'm saying lol.. But if you felt like you could trust it. Wouldn't your return for Polanco, over ride the mistake if you were wrong?

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  30. The post was about the hope that they "got it" but also what amazing package you would get for polanco. End of the day, they wouldn't do it but wow you can wonder what they would get.. per Ermines post:)

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  31. If they lived up to potential, they .in theory, wouldn't need Polanco. His haul could fill SS and 1st base, you'd think , or hope.

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  32. This is the whole Wil Myers thing. If the Royals can extend James Shields, was it worth giving up a potential star?

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  33. It would be significant what we received back for him but we all know it would be risky, interesting thought ermine

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  34. I actually dig your premise and thought KC wasn't insane but perhaps not ready for such a trade.

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  35. Timing has to be right to be insane, like that SS I want. Time is right :)

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  36. My favorite Avett Bros song!

    Still waiting for the sequel, Feb 8.

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  37. Great band for sure.

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  38. Was just listening to rainbow "since you were gone", Is that Jals opening when AJ departs :)

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  39. Would probably take two years of production and health for me to trust it to the point of trading someone like Polanco.

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  40. I understand but they looked like they "got it" before and it never stuck.

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  41. I see Buster O weighed in on AJ. i'm not impressed. Didn't Rosenthal do the same?

    Gimme facts. As Lennon once sang, "All I want is some truth".

    Out for most of the day.

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  42. FIVE more days until pitchers and catchers report (with or without AJ)

    Truth Foo

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  43. Yup, never said its easy to project. Sometimes the young "it boy" doesn't stick.. end of the day it was interesting thought but not going to happen

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  44. Hmmm thought I posted a about that... :)

    I wonder how many will have to report that he is looking at possible deals before Foo believes it?

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  45. Bob Smizik REALLY does have a good article this morn.....a tribute to Kiner

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  46. When he signs or retires.

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  47. :) who did Olney quote in his piece, AJ's agent? Im sure he will pitch or retire but leaning now to pitching

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  48. 91, nice lfe... thumbs up

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  49. Yes, because I'm sure Buster Olney and Ken Rosenthal just totally made up that he's looking at offers. That seems reasonable.

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  50. This whole conversation below about Snider and Tabby and polanco and trades and such, you guys are just plain nuts.

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  51. Yes, not making it up for sure... reputation on the line and though it would be nice to see a reference to a real source I guess that isn't how it works.... They are respected so believe it is my lesson learned as they can't give up their sources

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  52. Its just boredom talk until we have real movement or games

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  53. Yeah, I get questioning some local guys but these two aren't going to report it unless they truly trust who is giving them the info. "Reputation on the line" is definitely the key line there.

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  54. I had never heard of todays band. Man, they are quite nice to listen to. I really enjoy music like they make.

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  55. I was looking at the Pirates top 20 to determine who a B+ is and was a little taken aback.

    This is one pretty dang deep system!


    I would think that you'd have to go down to Luis Heredia and/or Barrett Barnes to get to a B+. They've got more A prospects (+ through -) than I've seen in a long while.

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  56. i find the Ike Davis stuff amusing. Adam LaRoche still is a far better 1b than Ike Davis but so many wanted him gone .

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  57. Just think if Littlefield would have been even partially competent how this team would look. I know losing helps build the system, but still with just a few more good picks....Wieters comes to mind..Uggg

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  58. Most Pirates "fans" really never saw the good Adam. the team was always an after thought, by the time he heated up. They had already quit watching and thinking about the Steelers.

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  59. Lefty McThump!


    Didn't thump enough for the masses.

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  60. Just looked it up. He hit 21 HRs. his first year, 25 his second, and 12 for us in the third year before we traded him. 25 total that year.

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  61. In my weird world I wonder if his incompetence allowed us/nh to be where we are now :)

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  62. that's the myth--in reality in may of 2008 he hit .257 with 5 HR and 19 RBI and April 2009 hit .269 with 5 HR and 14 RBI

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  63. Total of 22 HRs from our first baseman last year.

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  64. There is always a silver lining, sometimes you just have to look hard for it :)

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  65. Perception is reality. His opposite April and May weren't as sparkling. That's what people remember.

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  66. Would fit nice now but what does he make?

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  67. It's a sad reality , that that question will always be the first question asked when referring to the Pirates ,

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  68. $12 M this year $15 M next year but club has $2 M buyout

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  69. If Davis is playing to his potential you are not going to get him for Tabata.

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  70. Sources....Smources.....

    Just saving Foo from having to post.

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  71. PJ: Not quite. Only 10 of Jones HR came while playing 1B. Pirates had 17HR from their 1B last year.

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  72. Yeah, sorry I actually try not to do that but its pertinent :(

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  73. It really is not a myth; he was a slow starter for the Pirates and has been for his whole career. The splits of his OPS show it: 2007 - April - .520 first half - .763 / 2nd half - .854 2008 - April - .505 first half - . .764 / 2nd half .975 2009 - April .916(!) first half - .784 / 2nd half .915. Career - April - .695 first half - .766 / 2nd half - .868.

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  74. I don't know who the prospect would be - but, I would not trade Tabata for Davis. Hopefully, Lambo does well enough we don't need Davis. I'd like to see Lambo get his chance. If Lambo is out of his depth, maybe. I guess we would know by July though.

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  75. That might be their best signing of the year. I;m still not convinced that Mercer is an everyday big league SS

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  76. Yeah, I'm quite transparent but this is the time for us to take a leap of faith on someone who, potentially, we will never be able to afford again.. what do I know of course:)

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  77. :).... I guess I can go to bed happy bro :)

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  78. I think Barmes is a great signing to spell Drew and play second agains tough lefties and allow Walker to play first at times, as needed

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  79. My thoughts exactly... *rolls eyes* lol

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  80. darn :)... You had me until "roll eyes" :)

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  81. Drew is our missing piece. Makes our infield compelling and the way contracts are going up we will never be able to get a quality FA that makes a difference... until the next CBA I guess... We had to change our mindset at some time, I did, and he is there (I suspect) for 3 years 34 or so... Money well spent and I'm sure history will say I'm insane or I was spot on... but really reel this is the player and time...

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  82. He is going to go back to Boston. That's just my gut feeling.

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  83. Maybe bro... Probably :)... Lets see... we have a real gap in the infield (Hanson, Ummmm, ok, when) who else and we are contending and Drew is just sitting there saying "why not me" :)

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  84. I'm not saying there isn't a need. Mercer scares me to death. A "healthy" Drew would be a fantastic addition to the Pirates. I just don't see them taking that risk.

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  85. When do you take that risk? Next year when we have an aging not signed barmes and potentially exposed Mercer and the new guys in FA are asking for 4 years 72 or way more?.... Again, I actually know I'm right even if it doesn't work out so I just don't get the other side... Shame on me bro :) Remember I'm the guy who wanted to keep Bautista ( but I was also in love Moss, oopps :( ) Can't win them all :)

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  86. I'm with you on getting him, like I said, I'm not a Mercer fan. I just don't see it happening. I'll be rooting for Mercer, but I have a bad feeling I'll be cursing him more than cheering him.

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  87. :) Too me it has nothing to do with Mercer... He is a someone, I maybe undervaluing, but my thought is that he is an amazingly solid backup but gets tons of time. Third base, 2nd base, and SS in my Drew scenrios based on matchups...

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  88. Plus he brings his brother as a first baseman and rf back-up so then can hang together and allows us to swap Snider :).... getting late bro, as you can tell from that comment

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