Tuesday, February 4, 2014

JAL’s Suddenly Morning Links





 Suddenly   Anna Calvi


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: Great Moments in Buying a Contender


6 Bleacher Report

Finding the Best Consumer-Value Baseball Experience



7 Yahoo Sports

No. 9 Reds: It's all about pitching ... and a particular former pitcher


8 Saber Bucs

A.J. Burnett Projection



9 Green Weenie

> 17 Pitchers for 12 Spots


10 MLB-Pirates Site

McCutchen helps hometown with youth clinic


11 XN Sports

2014 MLB Free Agents: Markets for A.J. Burnett, Bronson Arroyo Developing



NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

12 Sports Illustrated
                                   
Winter Report Card: Pittsburgh Pirates


13 Reviewing the Brew

Ranking Starting Rotations in the NL Central



14 Financial Times

Amitabh Bachchan, Scarlett Johansson and the art of the celebrity endorsement


15 LA Times

Goodbye, Super Bowl, hello ... baseball? In dead of winter? Well, yeah


16 Fangraphs

The 2013 Season In Inside Home Runs


17 Baseball Nation

Russell Wilson taking spring training with the Rangers seriously


18 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Bob Uecker says he will cut back on workload


19 Baseball Prospectus

Reintroducing PECOTA, the Depth Charts, PFM, and DraftAid



20 Fox Sports

Young's confidence was gift to teammates, baseball



187 comments:

  1. Number 13 on Jals links should get some interesting opinions. I think the brewers at 3 instead of the pirates is a bit optimistic from the brewers blogger (think he has a brewers skant). Im not a 'homer' but I believe the pirates should be 3 on that list.

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  2. MLB has greater parity than NFL

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/blog/_/name/stark_jayson/id/10386745/mlb-greater-parity-nfl



    I thought this was interesting. Despite having a salary cap even.


    Foo

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  3. That is interesting. Hadn't really looked at it that much.


    The NL Central looks pretty stacked, unfortunately for us.

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  4. Hang in there brothers and sisters. Pitchers and catchers report a week from TOMORROW!!!!!!

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    Link # 12 is getting a lot of comment around the Pirates baseball blogosphere.

    The more I think about failure to improve during this off-season (so far), the more often I come back to us striking out on the Fister deal that instead the Nationals made.

    At the time, Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said that the Nationals "kicked the tires" on AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello before "we turned our focus mostly toward Fister."



    Clearly, both/either Porcello or (obviously) Fister were available at the right price.


    And what did Washington have to give up to acquire Fister ??


    A 25 year old handyman (2B, 3B, LF) with no power, a young pitcher they had only recently acquired from Oakland, and their # 5 prospect. The Buccos couldn't have put at least that much on the table w/o damaging our own longer-term successes ??


    And by comparison to Fister, what are we putting our hopes on ?? A possible reclamation project which may not work out so well, and/or the return of a SP for one more year in the possible steep decline in his career.


    I don't know if the Buccos deserved that F, but we're surely not on the honor role (so far) for this off-season.
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  6. Who did Detroit ask for from us that we refused to trade?

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    ted,


    The Buccos probably could have improved our Starting Rotation during the off-season, but for one reason or another they didn't.


    regards
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  8. Yes Foo, all have (I dont know about cubs but doesn't look embarrassing) above average staffs, need to get drew and save and score some more runs :). Night blog, getting dirty looks and 5:30am comes early :(

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  9. Robs...I commented to your comment on P2. I didn't think you'd be up this early.

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    Jake,


    We don't know. (Or at least I don't.)


    But from what the Tigers finally accepted for Fister, I doubt it was the future of the Buccos' franchise.


    regards
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  11. Philly...we'll never know will we?

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  12. Robs....and do we know if our offer 'beat' the Nats' offer? Or if Detroit just decided they like Wash's offer? I bet other teams thought they could've beaten that deal.

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  13. Yeh....WE probably should've given Garza all that money, huhn?

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  14. Actually I do know. They asked for Andrew Lambo, Felix Pie and Jared Goedert. When informed two of those guys were not even on the roster at that time their GM got so upset he refused to talk to Neal for a month.

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  15. I wouldn't trade Slambo for Fister for NOTHING!!!!!!

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  16. Was their ever a discussion between NH & the tigers GM? If so did it include Fister ?

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  17. As Sgt Schultz said "We know NOTHING!". We don't even know if OTHER GMs talked to them.

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  18. One of the guys on #8 wrote:

    "(From MLBTR) While Duquette wants to bring more pitching into the fold, skipper Buck Showalter doesn’t think it’s essential, reports Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com. “I don’t think it has to happen,” the manager said. “Just because somebody has played X number of years doesn’t make him a good presence.

    Makes me wonder if that last sentence is directed at AJ Burnett?"

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  19. Exactly.


    Which leads to the question: What did we actually strike out on?

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  20. They'll say the same thing about the NBA and how they've had fewer different champs in the last 25 years than any other sport. There is massively flawed logic in that thinking though as the sports are drastically different. Instead of team let's look at the QB's who have won the last 20 years or so:


    Wilson
    Flacco
    Rogers
    Manning
    Manning
    Roethlisberger
    Brady
    Dilfer
    Warner
    Elway
    Farve
    Aikman
    Young


    There are outliers there which usually correlate with an all time type of defense. So it's either the best defense in five years or a hall of fame QB.


    Think about the NBA:


    Jordan/Pippen, Shaq/Kobe, LeBron/Wade, Duncan


    That right there accounts for what... 17 NBA titles in just over 20 years?


    Those sports are about individuals that needed a little help.


    Since the lockout in 1994 there has been only one team with a payroll higher than 11th (depending on who is ranking the payrolls) to win a World Series. All accept the Cards ranked 8th or higher. Baseball is more like hockey in terms needing the talent spread around and maybe riding a hot pitcher/goalie.

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  21. I must be looking at a different division.

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  22. You have been spending too much time over at the Trib Blog- I mentioned this 2 days ago...

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  23. #9 has gotten me going in the 'who do we cut/keep' mode.

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  24. Not only that, I thought it was such a good quote I mentioned it again (and tried to give you credit but Foo thought I was crediting Jeff Karstens) :)

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  25. on pirates off season, can't make players sign with you. It was reported pirates made good offer to Loney but he opted to return to the Rays.

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  26. Isn't nice having more talent than spots on the roster, rather than trying to find enough warm bodies to fill those spots.

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  27. Two starters come off the board right away.


    I doubt Schlereth has much of a shot without injury.


    Hughes has an option.


    So it's pretty much Mazzaro, Morris, Pimentel, Gomez. Guessing the answer is injury or trade.

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  28. I remembered it being quoted somewhere.


    Once the season (spring training) begins, I plan on lessening my presence on the Trib blog.


    It's just been soooooooooooooooooooooo boring. If not for the AJ saga, there would've been little excitement anywhere.

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  29. You definitely need a franchise QB (or an outlandish defense) to win it all.

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  30. He used the Wayne excuse

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  31. Why? You don't think the pitching is stacked in the NL Central?

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  32. Probably. But I think it's more a message to the guys on the roster right now that he has their backs than about any one pitcher, per se.

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  33. ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh..... THAT quote.


    Besides...who the bleep is Wayne????
    :) :)

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  34. Which two starters? Locke and Cumpton?


    I noticed he had Wilson as a swing man.


    If only Pimental had another option.

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  35. "Jon Morosi ‏@jonmorosi 7m

    Scott Boras told me current free agent draft pick compensation "destroys the integrity of the game." Full story: http://msn.foxsports.com/content/fsdigital/fscom/mlb/story/2014/02/03/boras-mlb-s-draft-pick-compensation-rules-ruining-game-s-integrity.html …"



    AKA "I'm not making as much money"


    Seriously though I understand their complaints. It is literally reducing their pay.

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  36. Well my vote for blogger of the year JUST changed :):)

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  37. That's be my first assumption as both have options so not a true roster crunch. That last spot in the pen truly could lose a real asset.

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  38. THEY voted for it. I have little sympathy for them.


    And I ESPECIALLY have little sympathy for Bora$$

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  39. Seeing Morris on the list reminded me how uncomfortable I was seeing him come in last year. I know his numbers weren't bad, but my perception is my reality lol

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  40. Bryan Morris tweet:

    Leaving in two days for Florida. I can't wait to get the 2014 season started!



    You and me BOTH, Brother Bryan.

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  41. They are scared to death that the Loche thing will become the norm, and not workout as well as it did for him, for most.

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  42. JAL....good song...I like her voice.

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  43. Loche? Who he?


    :) :) :)


    Wayne Foo

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  44. After a week ( at most) we will be whining about the need for some games. Then a week (at most) of ST games we will be whining for Opening Day. :)

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  45. Yeah, just never liked that argument. Really comparing apples and oranges.

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  46. I can't wait until there are 187 posts a day over who our 25th man will be.

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  47. It will be Josh :)

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  48. I don't think the teams are stacked... I think the Reds are worse, Cards are the same (which is still very good), Pirates are about the same, Brewers worse, and Cubs about the same (although the organization as a whole is better for the long-term)

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  49. Lohse My bad lol

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  50. Quick question (and DON'T) look it up....who is the Cubs manager??

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  51. You should've edited your post and then MY post would've made NO sense.


    :) :)

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  52. I had to look it up

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  53. Everyone is used to mine not making sense. No sense in dragging you down with me. :)

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  54. Mets article on the Davis/Duda battle.

    http://nypost.com/2014/02/03/mets-look-to-clear-up-ike-davis-situation-quickly/

    I did not know that Ike's dad was Ron Davis, ex-Yankee pitcher.

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  55. My 'stacked' comment was referring to the pitching rotations which was the subject of that article.

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  56. The Reds and Brewers have zero depth. Hence why I think they both got worse. One or two injuries and they're in trouble. Cards is the only one that I think is stacked.

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  57. Cincinnati's slogan this year is .


    We are raising the red flag :)

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  58. Integrity of the game? Really?

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  59. The Yankee are using ...


    Over spending on free agents since 1973

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  60. In fairness, adding Matt Garza as a FA on paper has to make the Brewers staring pitching staff improved.

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  61. I'm just hoping that the Bucs don't come out with another silly slogan.

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  62. Leo Durocher.....

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  63. I like that one :)

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  64. As I posted, good music out there, just have to find it.

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  65. Sure, and I"m not a fan of the signing so I'm a bit biased there. I think he'll be hurt and they would have just wasted funds.

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  66. The White Sox are using...


    At least we aren't the Cubs.

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  67. I remember growing up and the Cubs had rotating managers.


    Good thing there weren't any blogs back then.

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  68. And the best of the bunch was Vedie Himsl...only because who has a name like that????

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  69. JAL....I have also trumpeted that thought. That is why I love PasteMagazine and Spotify.

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  70. I had to look him up

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/himslve99.shtml



    10-21 as a manager.

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  71. I always thought Himsl was abbreviation for Himself....never thought that was a real person!

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  72. Out for awhile.....I expect us to be well over 100 comments by the time I get back. If you get stuck, just make up something about AJ.

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  73. No rest for us South Central Pa weary

    "The next storm will begin as snow around 11PM tonite and continue as snow for several hours. Warmer air aloft will start to change the snow to steady sleet and freezing rain at some point overnight into early Wednesday morning. Several inches of snow are possible (see map below), with additional concern for significant icing for several hours early Wednesday."

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  74. More fun to make up stuff about Foo:)

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  75. Just thought you'd enjoy this little clip about what happens to ex-NFL QBs (esp one with a Super Bowl ring) when they allow themselves to get out of shape.

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/02/jared-lorenzen-nky-river-monsters/

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  76. Blatant rip-off of "Raise the Jolly Roger"
    Try to be original Reds!

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  77. Buster Olney ‏@Buster_ESPN
    The asking price for pitcher Ervin Santana is said to have dropped significantly, perhaps to a three-year deal. Was over $100m in November.

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  78. .
    Jake,


    You could be correct. Maybe there were not even any discussions.


    What the heck. After we picked up Edinson Volquez, who needs any more additional Starting Pitching than that, anyway ??


    regards
    .

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  79. Can we just sign AJ already? Then, that will give the writers something else to write about or at least put a new slant on things - like who gave in - the Pirates or AJ?

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  80. http://fromforbestofederal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Gregory-Polanco-GIF0001.gif



    He's going to hit a lot of homers with that upper cut from the left-hand side in PNC.

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  81. Working the pitcher for a hit:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkf6zXc9zhE

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  82. The round mound of touchdown. Amazing.

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  83. .


    Ermine,


    MLB radio was doing team slogans this morning. The one they came up with for the PBC was, "We're not just a pretty baseball park, any more."


    Me, I'm not sure if I like that one or not.
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    Tim,


    The only remaining question there is who is going to be the 4th OF'er after April 25th.


    Me, I'm going to be rooting for Travis Snider. If his foot is 100% and if he rips it up in ST, then I'm gonna be pleased as punch.


    I'm also going to be interested to see if Jaff Decker has anything to add to the party. (Although in general I'm not all that keen on 5'10" OF'ers.)


    Not that Travis is a hulk of a baseball player. But he could be a real addition off the bench if he's healthy. (And if injury was his only problem.)


    After all, we *did* tender him an offer this time around. So somebody has some faith that he'll be making a real contribution in 2014.


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  85. It's definitely put-up or shut-up time for several guys -- Tabata, Snider, Decker, etc. I would have to put Tabbie's odds just a little higher than Snider, but I could see him hitting some bombs over the Clemente wall to make the decision harder.

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  86. I do not think I ever told you that I had an Uncle Jake who was a scout for the Philly's

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  87. I thank you for your advice to him.

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  88. We sure are horses of a different color, old friends there or not, I would never take a step into that liars den.

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  89. I can't even remember him!

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  90. He has the ability just has to put it together

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  91. I think the confidence in Snider goes beyond the ( I traded for him) mentality. NH doesn't need to show face any more. He is in a need to win mode now.

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  92. No need to make up stuff about foo.

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  93. I bet if you slow it down you will see contact with the bat and the ball to being the bat is level with the ground and then the uppercut is in the follow through driving the ball.

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  94. Wait... when was he in shape??


    :) :)

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  95. "Jason Parks ‏@ProfessorParks 2m

    Seven of the top ten prospects in the #Pirates system are from foreign markets; four from Latin America and three from Texas. #want"



    If you follow Parks that's kind of funny... if not... well I'm not explaining.

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  96. Interesting article from Dan Szymborski on ESPN using ZIPS to project Keith Law's top 100 prospects:

    http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10397789/projecting-keith-law-top-100-prospects-mlb

    Of importance to Pirates fans, Polanco came in no. 2 (KLaw ranked 13) behind Jaevier Baez of the Cubs and Alen Hanson came in at 16 (Klaw ranked 74).

    Re Polanco:

    "Of the ZiPS top 10, only three are outside of Law's top 10: Gregory Polanco, Kris Bryant, andGeorge Springer. ZiPS is a big fan of Polanco, putting him at No. 2 (assuming he's a center fielder, it's not his fault that Andrew McCutchen exists). Rough play-by-play defensive data from the minors is fraught with issues, but ZiPS agrees with the scouting reports and translated Polanco's 2013 performance as the best statistical defensive season by a minor league center fielder last year. Couple Gold Glove defense with being relatively advanced through the minors (ZiPS compares Polanco's offensive game to Johnny Damon's) and that's a player ZiPS believes is a contributor in the majors right now."

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  97. Re Hanson:

    "ZiPS puts another middle infield prospect, Pittsburgh's Alen Hanson, at 16 (Law has him at No. 74). While Law is worried that Hanson's contact has suffered as he's been promoted, ZiPS sees that as more of a small bump in the road, with Hanson still being a very accomplished performer for an extremely young shortstop playing at advanced levels. There's certainly some bust potential -- Hanson's two top comps are Cristian Guzman and Mariano Duncan -- but given that he can handle shortstop defensively, it's too soon to knock him down too far."

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  98. I LOVED that comment. I was gonna post it, but you beat me to it!

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  99. Re Glasnow:

    "Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (ZiPS: 92 vs. Law: 20)
    Scouts are impressed with Glasnow's physical potential, but ZiPS isn't ready to go all-in until better command shows up in his stats. As might be expected for a pitcher whose upside is still speculative, the comp list is full of players the Pirates would be happy to have at their best (A.J. Burnett, Ubaldo Jimenez, Pat Hentgen), but there also are some pretty big busts (Todd van Poppel, Marc Kroon)."

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  100. I wanted to be no. 100! :)

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  101. Don't fooget that Keith Law had Jaff Decker as our #13 prospect, which I found interesting beyond the "he loves on base guys" theory.

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  102. It's better than being a #2

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  103. And then, what would WE (specifically 'I') talk about?

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  104. is he attached to a pick?

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  105. Unfortunately yes...

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  106. JAL...well, at least when EYE retire I don't waffle.


    Except when I worked for that contractor. And then, there was that Home Depot experience.


    :)

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  107. no, but it was funny.

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  108. My license plate is Foo-2. I LOVE the #2!!!!!

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  109. Kroon....26 walks in 26.2 big league innings.


    ouch!

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  110. Can't wait to see the "PolMacMarte" OF.

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  111. More from Szymborski on those ZIPS projections:

    "ZiPS puts another middle infield prospect, Pittsburgh's Alen Hanson, at 16 (Law has him at No. 74). While Law is worried that Hanson's contact has suffered as he's been promoted, ZiPS sees that as more of a small bump in the road, with Hanson still being a very accomplished performer for an extremely young shortstop playing at advanced levels.


    There's certainly some bust potential -- Hanson's two top comps are Cristian Guzman and Mariano Duncan -- but given that he can handle shortstop defensively, it's too soon to knock him down too far.

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  112. Posted that right under Polanco and Glasnow : )

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  113. He also has Meadows at #27, vice 35, Taillon at 44 vice 25, Robert Stephenson of the Reds at 73!!! vice 29, Kingham at 80 vice 73. I think Bell didn't make it? I didn't see him there.

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  114. It honestly didn't show up until just now...I did a refresh. I thought maybe you had to go to a meeting or something and didn't get to it.


    Well that sucks.

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  115. Difficult for ZiPS to project those guys. Especially pitchers who are not using their full arsenal and are working on specific pitches.

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  116. I figured it must have been something like that. Oh well, no worries.


    I didn't see Bell on there either.

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  117. Every prospect has bust potential, that is why they are prospects. Some come up and do better than projected and other come up and do worse than projected.

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  118. http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2014/2/3/5367644/dilemma-payroll-or-prospects

    "If you could choose between a high payroll or a strong farm system, which would you pick? Better yet: which should you pick?"

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  119. Former Pirate FO news:

    http://cooperstownersincanada.com/2014/02/04/new-canadian-ball-hall-inductee-murray-cook-recalls-gary-carter-trade/

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  120. Lets talk about Jones. What would it take to get him back? Wilson, Locke, and Lambo?

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  121. so thats what you think, huh?

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  122. Man oh man, when are you coming?

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  123. sorry, but I want both. :)

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  124. "Although in general I'm not all that keen on 5'10" OF'ers."


    - i know what you mean. That little #22 that plays for the pirates. 5'10". Not worth a bucket of spit. Way too small. he'll never amount to anything.


    :-)

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  125. pass at the cost and pick

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  126. That sounds like a medical procedure.

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  127. Most of the buckets of spit at the V. A. at most leave in a red bag.

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  128. As do I, but it's amazing how most of the time a team is one or the other.

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  129. He only has like one MVP... weak.

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  130. I don't want a "big payroll" that is not a likely situation. However, the Pirates have the resources for the one additional SP AND the major league ready 1B. They have chosen to do neither and after last fall that is a slam in the face of the fans.

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  131. Being someone that still thinks of WAR as a military conflict between two foes. So please don't mock my ignorance.

    Doesn't this link then infer that AJ is like King of the World? He is a league leader in both of these stats, K% and GB%.

    http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2014/2/3/5371852/k-gb-effects-on-performance

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  132. WAR is one of the few of the new age stats in baseball I think is stupid.

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  133. Hey Marty :) Finally something we agree on lol

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  134. Hola Ermine! I love sabermetrics, really do. But I think WAR is just flat out dumb.

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  135. On the other hand considering Neal took a contending all time loser at the big ballfield level of play with the worst supply system and in short order turned the team into an actual champion contender along with building what many believe to having the best feeder system in the game I put my trust on the side there was no deal so far at this time to improve the entire system.

    There is no evidence that Neal ever turned a blind eye on a deal that would have made us a better ball club. On the contrary he has made some deals that if they had panned out would have but they did not pan out thinking about that first baseman a couple of years back.

    Neal has become what is as a known poker playing cowboy who keeps his card close to his vest.

    I am content until I hear him say, I call.

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  136. More of Polanco being amazing:

    http://ugottabelieve2.blogspot.jp/2014/02/gifs-gregory-polanco-in-dwl-vol-2.html



    Warning: NSFW!!!!

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  137. In the MLB Networks ongoing "Face of MLB" contest
    Bryce Harper trounced Ryan Braun 91% to 9%
    Looks like fans not forgiving Braun any time soon. :-)

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  138. So, who would you trade for Jones? :)

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  139. JJ, Sometimes you paint a tapestry of words that leaves an indelible mark of bewilderment to my frontal lobe of my cerebral cortex...

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  140. No one, I think his time has passed.

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  141. Well, thank you kind sir!

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  142. very aptly put- I tend to agree with your summation- some pitchers still available, and NH could pull a trade with the surplus of relievers we seem to have for another 1B candidate

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  143. If they were too easy then my pals Francis De Sales and Augustine and Acquinas would not be content.

    I was set to read some more of the confessions of St Augustine for fun over the weekend but my pal brought me a number of books to look over and I chose Thomas Cahill I believe is his name and the book of his I read over the weekend was a or the or something saint on death row.

    I am sure that is enough to find it and I do suggest it.

    Its less than a couple hundred of pages and its a not put it down read.

    It fit right in with my known interest in capital punishment or I should say my wish for its abolishment.

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  144. Man oh man, we are on a roll today!

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  145. Check my reply above, it just gave me the idea we should start a book club of sorts.

    Any and all sorts of topics. Of course none of mine will be on the light side of thinking.

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  146. I'm surprised the vote was that close, all Braun did was use peds, ruin a man's livelihood and lie. He must come from a large family cause I think that's the only votes he got.

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  147. Probably all from Milwaukee

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  148. JJ, your 2nd paragraph says "to never achieve the intended project"- do you think you meant "to never achieve the intended potential" ??

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  149. I know who Aaron Rogers voted for... :)

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  150. I was disappointed that Cutch lost to King Felix

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  151. Not me... at least kept my Twitter feed from being overrun by vote for Cutch stuff.

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  152. not sports but Robots of Pittsburgh

    http://www.politico.com/multimedia/video/2014/02/what-works-robots-of-pittsburgh.html?cmpid=vnl_02042014-1607

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  153. With talk of major winter storm coming this is welcome news

    Jenn Menendez ‏@JennMenendez
    Bradenton or bust: The Pirates equipment truck is bound for Florida tomorrow at 9 a.m. - one week before pitchers & catchers report.

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  154. Wow! Freddie Freeman - 8 years and $125 million. He's had a "nice" three years, but strikes out a lot. I don't know.....

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  155. That's a long contract but not a very expensive one.

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  156. Doc: He is 24 and had a monster year last year with 23Hr 89R and 109RBI and a slash line of .319/.396/.501 and an ops of 897. His war last year was 5.4. His K% has dropped each year and last year was below 20%. His BB% has increased each year and is over 10%. (BTW if Pedro could do that he would hit 40-45HR.)


    The are getting the best years of FF's career between 24-31 and getting his 3 arbitration years and first 5 years of FA for an average of $15M per year. I think it was a good deal for Braves and is the type of deal teams need to do if they want to lock up their young home grown talent.

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  157. Wayne,

    pros·pect noun \ˈprä-ˌspekt\





    : the possibility that something will happen in the future


    Something = Project

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  158. Guess I'm out of the loop in more than one way - or getting really old! Just seems incredible!! Got to catch up with the flow these days!!

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  159. .


    Doc,


    Valid point on your part. But remember, I *did* say "in general." (And that's my story and I'm sticking with it. But of course there are wonderful exceptions !!)


    I read a story about a week or so ago which claimed that CH has publicly committed to having Jordy Mercer batting from the two slot. Which obviously may, or may not, be accurate reporting.


    But assuming it is, then after ***April 25th*** what does the top 2/3rd's of your line-up look like ??


    Mine (as of right now), goes something like this --


    1. Marte
    2. Mercer
    3. Polanco
    4. Alvarez
    5. McCutchen
    6. Lambo


    Polanco may have too much speed AND power to keep him (for long) out of the # 3 slot.


    regards
    .

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  160. Definitely sticker shock!


    Gives a pretty good idea of how lucky we were they signed Cutch when they did.

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  161. That's exactly what I was thinking, Hunter! Perhaps Cutch will be our first $100 million guy - if he takes a discount, otherwise, I can't imagine how much he'll make on the open market!!

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  162. From what I read at the time many were surprised of the return for Fister with an anonymous GM saying he didn't even know Fister was available.


    It makes no sense to get upset about something when you have no idea the factors involved in the situation. For all you know Huntington did make an offer or speak to the Tigers but they didn't want what NH was offering or wanted much more from the Bucs than the Nationals.

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  163. Plus Wilson, Watson, Melancon and Grilli makes 8 guys for 7 spots means someone needs to go.

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  164. You don't think players who would have most likely been signed, or at least had some sort of a market, isn't a hit towards integrity of game? There are players that absolutely can play not being offered a contract that we know of with talk that they will have to wait until after the Draft. Seems like it.

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  165. I didn't watch the Superbowl but in case this wasn't posted...

    Seahawks said they stole Mannings hand signals.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2551566/Seahawks-star-Richard-Sherman-says-cracked-Peyton-Mannings-hand-signal-code-Super-Bowl-able-predict-play.html

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  166. More great GIFs of Polanco:




    http://ugottabelieve2.blogspot.com/2013/11/gifs-gregory-polanco-dwl-edition.html

    http://ugottabelieve2.blogspot.com/2014/02/gifs-gregory-polanco-in-dwl-vol-2.html

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  167. Just saw the number now is $135 million.

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  168. Just saw this tweeted by Beyond The Box Score:

    Interesting...Pedro Alvarez's fWAR since 2010: 6.1
    Freddie Freeman's fWAR since 2010: 7.1

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  169. New Voice of the Mountain is up here:
    http://voiceofthemountain.blogspot.com/2014_02_01_archive.html

    It is my "State of the Mountain" address.
    I hope you enjoy it.

    -Wabbit

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  170. Final numbers in. 8 years/$135 million for Freddie Freeman.

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  171. Bucco Fan For LifeFebruary 4, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Great story - was just on the phone with Sprint Customer Service. In the middle of the call I lost the person on the other line but the call was still going on. I looked at my folks and said "he disappeared like a fart in the wind". Soon, he disconnected and called me back. He could hear everything I was saying, I just couldn't hear him. He was laughing!

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  172. well, it sure has to be better than the state of the union address.

    I do hope to enjoy it.

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  173. Freeman put up an .897 OPS at 23 which is the same age Pedro was when he entered the league. Freeman did a lot of that at 21 and 22 years old.

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  174. Bucco Fan For LifeFebruary 4, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Pedro is in for a nice payday in the not so distant future.

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  175. He will have to have some big years to get anything near what Freeman got.

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  176. I find this so absurd.


    First of all, they had the opportunity to except the QO.


    The point of the QO is to make them more likely to stay with the team they played for last year. Ubaldo and Ervin chose not to accept took a chance and lost. Part of the game, part of the union contract.


    Integrity of the game? That the Brewers couldn't void the rest of Ryan Braun's contract. Or the Yankees can't void ARod's contract. That hurts the integrity of the game - players who cheated to get their contracts. You don't see Boras complaining about that, do you? Oh, right. Because he's going to lose money on those if they're voided.

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  177. https://imageshack.com/i/10fc87j

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  178. Jones on HomeXXX.jpg

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  179. [URL=https://imageshack.com/i/10fc87j][IMG]http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/36/fc87.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

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