Thread: MLB News

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Thanks Kent. I can't believe I missed all these moves in the spreadsheet I'm working on now for the software.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 9 '18

I'm irritated at the players for not signing because it leaves uncertainty in my draft spreadsheet for a draft that is still almost two months away.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Feb 9 '18

Here's several minor league deal signers that will need their teams updated on the site:

John Axford ... Blue Jays
Collin Cowgill ... Phillies
Shane Robinson ... Yankees
Stephen Fife ... Indians

Jacob Petricka ... Blue Jays
Ryan Flaherty ... Phillies
Blaine Boyer .. Royals
Emmanuel Burris ... Angels
Ian Krol ... Angels
Jeff Manship ... Reds

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Feb 9 '18

The MLB statement irritates me in its inability to acknowledge that a market is set by both buyers and sellers. Except, of course, when the buyers are colluding . . .

mike fenger mike
Feb 9 '18

I'm old enough to remember when, in the late 60s, Baseball Digest had many tut-tutting articles about the advent of the $100K player, and how that was going to lead to hellfire and dalmatians, or something like that.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Feb 8 '18

I'm guessing Todd Frazier is now both underpaid and overpaid, depending on whether we're asking Boras or jeffamerk's old man.

Mike Landau ML-
Feb 8 '18

Everyone talks about how overpaid they are when they're old. Nobody talks about how underpaid they are when they're young.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 8 '18

My old man went nuts when Mike Schmidt got a $2 million a year contract. How could any baseball player possibly be worth that much?? My attitude has always been that if nobody would give it to them, they would play for less. Now we'll find out if that's the case.

jeff merk jeffamerk
Feb 8 '18

Isn't this just a market correction?  If advanced analytics are giving teams an idea of WARP, and the team is figuring the replacement player at $600,000 league minimum (not a fair assumption, but I can see them getting there), then why should we overpay for a guy, would be the thinking.  Have many of the massive multi year deals actually worked out for teams---Werth, Pujols, Wright, Mauer, et al? 

Again, my guess is players could get a great annual value if they agreed to short years.  But they won't, because of past precedent, which is fine, but why should teams go out and blow $184 million on Jason Heyward and then have it hanging around their necks for the next 6 years?

If they were smart, they'd also slash ticket prices before the next agreement.  And pigs might fly.

Mike Landau ML-
Feb 7 '18

They do have a bit of a point on the agent.
Boras clients: JD Martinez, Arrieta, Hosmer, Holland.


Not Boras top players: Cain, Santana, Cozart, Wade Davis, Lynn, Cobb, Darvish

First four are signed.  Darvish is essentially hoping to play in LA and so won't sign with anyone else if he thinks he can get LA into the bidding.  But Darvish has bids.  Lynn and Cobb are probably waiting on Arietta / Darvish to sign before people start talking to them.

Todd Frazier = !Boras either.
Kent Ostby Seadogs
Feb 7 '18