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Old 12-08-2010, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Twitter / Pete Abraham: Source: The Red Sox have a ...

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Source: The Red Sox have a seven-year, $142 million deal done with Carl Crawford.
Yikes!

Some rather large deals being handed out
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Rule V Draft today

The following players were selected. Here's a summary of what the Rule V is

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Major League Phase
PIT: Josh Rodriguez, SS, Columbus (CLE)
SEA: Jose Flores, RHP, Columbus (CLE)
ARI: Joe Paterson, LHP, Fresno (SF)
BAL: Adrian Rosario, RHP, Nashville (MIL)
KC: Nathan Adcock, RHP, Indianapolis (PIT)
WAS: Elvin Ramirez, RHP, Buffalo (NYM)
CHC: Mason Tobin, RHP, Salt Lake (LAA)
HOU: Aneury Rodriguez, RHP, Durham (TB)
MIL: Patrick Egan, RHP, Norfolk (BAL)
NYM: Bradley Emaus, 2B, Las Vegas (TOR)
SD: George Kontos, RHP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NYY)
MIN: Scott Diamond, LHP, Gwinnett (ATL)
NYY: Robert Fish, LHP, Salt Lake (LAA)
TB: Cesar Cabral, LHP, Pawtucket (BOS)
PHI: Michael Martinez, IF, Syracuse (WAS)
WAS: Brian Broderick, RHP, Memphis (STL)
HOU: Lance Pendleton, RHP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NYY)
NYM: Pedro Beato, RHP, Norfolk (BAL)
NYY: Daniel Turpen, RHP, Pawtucket (BOS)
I'm glad that the Dodgers didn't lose RP Justin Miller. I thought that was a possibility. The Mets might have found something with Emaus. Interesting that the Yankees selected so many players.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Show your work

I never used the phrase "old player" skills, not even sure what that means. For the short term stuff, his BABIP has been on the rise the last three years, he has been ahead of the curve on BB% since 03, his OBP been has been well above average for 7 straight seasons.
Came across this:
THE BOOK--Playing The Percentages In Baseball
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Old 12-13-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Show your work

I never used the phrase "old player" skills, not even sure what that means. For the short term stuff, his BABIP has been on the rise the last three years, he has been ahead of the curve on BB% since 03, his OBP been has been well above average for 7 straight seasons.
Sox can expect good old days with Crawford

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James has written extensively about the topic before. Without disclosing the specific details of his study on Crawford, which looked into athletic players and their late-in-career productivity, he described highlights of his past research on the subject.

"As players age," James relayed in an e-mail, "their hitting skills decline and their speed decreases, which creates a kind of pincer movement that ultimately snaps careers. The number one thing that drives players out of the game is the loss of hitting skill, but the number two thing is the loss of speed.

"As players slow down they become less able to play the key defensive positions -- center, right, shortstop -- and get pushed toward the positions for slower players, which are also the positions for big hitters. THE thing that drives them out of the game is not the loss in hitting ability in absolute terms. There are dozens of 37-year-old first basemen who could still hit enough to play -- if they could play the outfield. When their speed drops below a certain level, they're no longer able to play the outfield at a decent level, no longer able to hit enough to be a cleanup hitter, and they're gone.

"Well, visualize speed on a zero-to-ten scale, and assume that you're forced out of the game as soon as your speed drops below the level '3' or '4'. If one player starts out at '9' and the other one starts at '5', which one drops below '4' first? Of course (it would be the player who starts at '5')."
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:20 PM
 
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James remains at the top of his field in terms of his ability to teach. He has that rare knack for taking a complex concept and expressing it in simple, yet clear and compelling terms, to the degree that one's typical reaction is..."Of course, why didn't I think of that?"

In the specific case of Konerko before us, since he is already a firstbaseman, his longevity will hinge entirely on his hitting. When he is no longer able to post cleanup hitter stats, that will be the sunset of his utility. If he can still do it at ages 35, 36 and 37, he will have justified the contract.

Maybe he can, but as the cliche goes, the race isn't always to the swiftest, nor the contest to the strongest, but that is how the smart money bets.
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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magglio ordonez has re-signed with #tigers. $10 mil, 1 year. turned down 2-yr offers elsewhere. loyal to tigers owner ilitch
Twitter / Jon Heyman: magglio ordonez has re-sig ...

Fair enough deal. I'd like to see Ryan Rayburn get a chance to play though
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Old 12-16-2010, 01:02 PM
 
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Washington/Oakland have a deal in principal for Josh Willingham for two young players, one of whom has major league experience.
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Wouldn't have minded the Dodgers getting in on Willingham. Of course, I'd be scared to death of what Ned would give up for him
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Old 12-16-2010, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Cook County
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White Sox agree to terms with reliever Crain | whitesox.com: News

He fills the void left by Putz, and we take him off the Twins. It's no Cliff Lee signing, but I'll take it.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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White Sox agree to terms with reliever Crain | whitesox.com: News

He fills the void left by Putz, and we take him off the Twins. It's no Cliff Lee signing, but I'll take it.
JJ Putz: 10.83 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 2.52 FIP
Crain: 8.21 K/9, 3.57 BB/9, 3.45 FIP

Putz is much better. WHEN he's healthy he's one of the best relievers in the game. Crain isn't.
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:22 AM
 
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JJ Putz: 10.83 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 2.52 FIP
Crain: 8.21 K/9, 3.57 BB/9, 3.45 FIP

Putz is much better. WHEN he's healthy he's one of the best relievers in the game. Crain isn't.
No, but Crain will be on of the Whitesox primary set up guys going into the season, which is what Putz was. So he filled, the void, left by Putz. Noone is saying he is better- but at least they acknowledged the problem.

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