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Mike Zunino Tampa Bay Rays

Mike Zunino (C) TB - Nov. 25
Zunino and the Rays agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The deal reportedly comes with an option year. After losing Travis d'Arnaud to the Braves in free agency, the Rays are betting on a bounceback season from Zunino. 

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 26
Josh Lindblom Oakland Athletics

Josh Lindblom (P) - Nov. 25
Lindblom is expected to receive multi-year MLB offers after he becomes a KBO free agent Saturday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The 32-year-old last played in affiliated baseball back in 2017. In 147 career major-league innings, most of which came in relief, he recorded a 4.10 ERA. He's been exclusively a starting pitcher since moving to Korea and was recently named KBO MVP after posting a 2.50 ERA in 30 starts for the Doosan Bears. 

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 26
Rich Hill Los Angeles Dodgers

Rich Hill (P) - Nov. 25
Hill (elbow) underwent surgery in late October and won't be ready to pitch until June or July, Rob Bradford of reports.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 26
Austin Romine New York Yankees
Dwight Evans Baltimore Orioles

Top 10 comps on bref

  1. Luis Gonzalez (903.9)

  2. Torii Hunter (889.8)

  3. Chili Davis (884.6)

  4. Billy Williams (870.1) *

  5. Bobby Abreu (865.2)

  6. Tony Perez (862.4) *

  7. Dave Parker (853.9)

  8. Carlos Beltran (851.4)

  9. Darrell Evans (848.1)

  10. Al Kaline (846.3)* 

van wilhoite LVW
Nov 26
Steve Garvey Los Angeles Dodgers

Garvey's Top 10 comps on bref

  1. Garret Anderson (913.7)

  2. Al Oliver (889.5)

  3. John Olerud (865.4)

  4. Ruben Sierra (859.5)

  5. Mickey Vernon (857.1)

  6. Bill Buckner (855.5)

  7. Cecil Cooper (853.8)

  8. Orlando Cepeda (853.3) *

  9. Will Clark (849.4)

  10. Mark Grace (847.2)

van wilhoite LVW
Nov 26

Steve Garvey is not my Padre.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Nov 26

He was an out machine!

I have a request ... can we change his team here from Padres to Dodgers?  That would make me happy ... 

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Nov 26
Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees
Giovanny Urshela New York Yankees

Great observation by David Schoenfield at ESPN:  "... Urshela had a better season than Machado. LeMahieu was better than Harper."

To the dismay of all true Yankee fans, he writes, "In many ways, it was a decade of success for the New York Yankees: They had the most wins in the majors with 921, they hit the most home runs and scored the second-most runs, they never had a losing season and they played in more postseason games than any other American League team."

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 26
Steve Garvey Los Angeles Dodgers

He made 460 outs per 162 games for his career. Evans 430. Reggie Smith, who was somewhat overlooked and underrated, 434.

van wilhoite LVW
Nov 25
Dwight Evans Baltimore Orioles

HOF Candidate Spotlight

Dwight Evans RF/1B | 1972 - 1991 | BOS, BAL
 3x All-Star   8x Gold Glove   2x Silver Slugger 
Dwight Evans
WAR: 67.1
Better than 57.3% of HOFers
Black Ink: 15
Better than 38.8% of HOFers
Gray Ink: 113
Better than 25.4% of HOFers
HOF Monitor: 70.0
Better than 9.5% of HOFers
JAWS: 52.19
Better than 53.8% of HOFers at RF

With the exception of a final season with Baltimore, Dwight Evans spent his entire career as a member of the Boston Red Sox. "Dewey" as he was commonly referred to, appeared on the BBWAA ballot from 1997 to 1999 before falling off, peaking at 10.4% of the vote.

Evans was an offensive staple of the 1980s, posting a 137 OPS+ that decade. Among the 44 players who recorded at least 5000 plate appearances in the 1980s, Evans' OPS+ was 6th-highest, with only one non-HOFer (Jack Clark) above him. In his time, he was known for good defense as well, winning 8 Gold Gloves, tied for 8th-most all-time among outfielders. However, his strongest defensive seasons came in the first half of his career, while his stronger offensive seasons came in the second half once his defense started to decline. By Wins Above Replacement, Evans only finished in the top 10 of the AL twice in his career.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 25
Steve Garvey Los Angeles Dodgers

Advanced metrics, which cast such a flattering light on Dwight Evans a few days ago at Baseball-Reference, take a dimmer view of Steve Garvey.

HOF Candidate Spotlight

Steve Garvey 1B/3B | 1969 - 1987 | LAD, SDP
 MVP   10x All-Star   1981 World Series   4x Gold Glove   2x NLCS MVP  
WAR: 38.1
Better than 8.2% of HOFers
Black Ink: 12
Better than 32.8% of HOFers
Gray Ink: 142
Better than 38.8% of HOFers
HOF Monitor: 130.5
Better than 43.5% of HOFers
JAWS: 33.44
Better than 9.5% of HOFers at 1B

Steve Garvey was the NL MVP of the 1974 season and a key contributor on the 1981 Dodgers team that won the World Series. Garvey ranks 5th in Dodgers history in hits and 6th in home runs. 

Garvey was on the HoF ballot for 15 seasons, the maximum at the time, but never managed to top the 41.6% he received in his first year of voting. That's the highest first-year vote share for any player who hasn't eventually been inducted since 1966.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 25
Tyler Stephenson Cincinnati Reds

I wonder what the Triple-A equivalent is this year of hitting .285 in Double-A?

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 25

Baseball America's overview of the Cinci system, posted today:

Here's how we project their lineup in 2023, with their 2023 age in parentheses.

Catcher: Tyler Stephenson (26)
First Base: Joey Votto (39)
Second Base: Jonathan India (26)
Third Base: Eugenio Suarez (30)
Shortstop: Jose Garcia (24)
Left Field: Jesse Winker (28)
Center Field: Nick Senzel (28)
Right Field: Aristides Aquino (29)

No. 1 Starter: Luis Castillo (28)
No. 2 Starter: Hunter Greene (23)
No. 3 Starter: Sonny Gray (33)
No. 4 Starter: Nick Lodolo (25)
No. 5 Starter: Tyler Mahle (28)
Closer:  Raisel Iglesias (33)

Listed below are the prospects with the best tools within the organization. To go directly to Cincinnati's Top 10, click here

Best Hitter for Average: Tyler Stephenson. 
Best Power Hitter: Ibandel Isabel. 
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Stuart Fairchild. 
Fastest Baserunner: Andy Sugilio. 
Best Athlete: Mike Siani. 
Best Fastball: Hunter Greene. 
Best Curveball: Vladimir Gutierrez. 
Best Slider: Ryan Hendrix. 
Best Changeup: Vladimir Gutierrez. 
Best Control: Packy Naughton. 
Best Defensive Catcher: Mark Kolozsvary. 
Best Defensive Infielder: Alfredo Rodriguez. 
Best Infield Arm: Jose Garcia. 
Best Defensive Outfielder: Mike Siani. 
Best Outfield Arm: Jose Siri.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 25
Jonathan India Cincinnati Reds

BA rolled out its top 10 prospects on the Reds today.

  1. 2. Jonathan India | 3B
    Jonathan India
    Born: Dec 15, 1996 
    Bats: R Throws: R 
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200 
    Drafted: Florida, 2018 (1st round). 
    Signed By: Sean Buckley. 

    BA Grade: 55. Risk: High
    Tool Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Run: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

    Track Record: Drafted fifth overall in 2018, India blasted 21 home runs as a junior at Florida after hitting 10 home runs in his first two years combined. He hit eight home runs in the high Class A Florida State League during the first half of his first full season and received a promotion to Double-A Chattanooga in late July. He posted a .414 on-base percentage in his first taste of the upper minors.

    Scouting Report: India brings a polished game on both offense and defense. He controls the strike zone and flashes an above-average hit tool, although he will go through spells where he swings and misses too much. India shows plus raw power, but evaluators are split whether it will translate into games as he gets more experience. India has average range and plus arm strength at third base, and he has the hands and glove necessary for the position long-term. India is an average runner who will try to steal a bag on occasion.

    The Future: India’s athleticism, polish and well-rounded game give him a chance to grow into a solid everyday player. A shortstop in college, India has the tools to move to second base in deference to Eugenio Suarez if needed. Wherever he plays, his natural feel to hit should keep him in the lineup.
Alex Patton Alex
Nov 25
Travis d'Arnaud Atlanta Braves

Signed a two-year deal with the Braves for $16 million.

He looked awful at the beginning of the season with the Mets, then somehow got it all turned around in Tampa. Something he saw on film? A change in mental approach? Who knows.

I think I just wrote a Pick for the Guide.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 25
Dee Gordon Seattle Mariners

Ten lowest Hard % (min. 250 PA):

Dee Gordon 22.0%

Billy Hamilton 23.6%

Juan Lagares 24.2%

Hanser Alberto 24.6%

Victor Robles 24.9%

Richie Martin Jr 24.9%

Nicky Lopez 25.4%

Mallex Smith 26.3%

Kevin Newman 26.7%

Yolmer Sanchez 27.3%

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 25
Jason Castro Minnesota Twins

Top 10 Hard % (min. 250 PA):

Aaron Judge 53.8%

Miguel Sano 52.7%

Nelson Cruz 52.5%

Joey Gallo 51.9%

Jason Castro 51.7%

Yordan Alvarez 51.1%

Christian Yelich 50.8%

Justin Turner 50.4%

Matt Olson 50.3%

Shohei Ohtani 49.6%

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 25

Maybe we need a thread called Earlier News or Prescient News. I missed this article by Tom Verducci in June,  2018.

My favorite part:

Rothschild suggested softening the baseball, which would encourage pitchers to pitch to contact, which would produce more balls in play. “But we know that’s not going to happen,” he said.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 24

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