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 Posted: Fri Nov 13th, 2015 02:01 am
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lobo316 wrote: Eager to get the Boston Red Sox out of the AL East basement, president Dave Dombrowski acknowledges there are likely some tough personnel decisions on the horizon.

Armed with one of the strongest farm systems and a crop of talented young players that have already reached the major-league level, Dombrowski appears prepared to make a bold deal that involves parting with pieces of the future in order to win now.



I want to win another World Series as much as any other Red Sox fan but I'm going to be pissed off if Dombrowski tears apart one of MLB's best minor league systems just for a quick fix. 



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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: Eager to get the Boston Red Sox out of the AL East basement, president Dave Dombrowski acknowledges there are likely some tough personnel decisions on the horizon.

Armed with one of the strongest farm systems and a crop of talented young players that have already reached the major-league level, Dombrowski appears prepared to make a bold deal that involves parting with pieces of the future in order to win now.



I want to win another World Series as much as any other Red Sox fan but I'm going to be pissed off if Dombrowski tears apart one of MLB's best minor league systems just for a quick fix. 

The Sox have jumped to first from worst several times now, so the pressure is probably on to do it again.  I've always preferred the slow and steady method of letting a young team develop, but sadly that's just not the way it's done anymore, and with so much parity in the league now it almost seems foolish to even try.    



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The Miami Marlins' current method of operating has drawn the ire of several rival front-office executives.

Despite playing in the league's newest stadium and having signed Giancarlo Stanton to the richest contract in history, the Marlins receive the most money from revenue sharing, as a result of generating the smallest revenue.

"They're a joke," one anonymous executive told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

One source says the Marlins receive a annual revenue-sharing check in the range of $50 million, but Heyman also reports that owner Jeffrey Loria has been writing checks out of his own pocket to cover losses.

The Marlins are in the midst of six consecutive losing seasons, but it isn't for a lack of trying. Miami boasted its largest payroll in franchise history in 2012, but failure to convert high salary into wins led to a quick teardown.

The team boasted a modest $69-million payroll in 2015, which is expected to rise this season with the potential of locking up some more key pieces. Though there have been some cost-cutting measures, the Marlins have gone through eight managers since 2010. They'll also be forced to pay out $5.6 million over the next three years to former general manager and manager Dan Jennings after the two sides parted ways in October.

Continued losing seasons have also reduced potential earnings through ticket sales. Marlins Park opened in 2012, and the Marlins have averaged crowds of 22,500 since - one of the lowest attendance marks in the league.

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Apparently the Red Sox are interested in Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.


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With the hot stove finally beginning to sizzle, the Boston Red Sox are unsurprisingly in the thick of it. They are reportedly being “aggressive” on multiple fronts, including beefing up their relief corps. They are reportedly said to be in on All-Star Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, as reported by Ken Rosenthal.

The Red Sox lacked a true flame-throwing reliever in their bullpen last season, as their best reliever was aging veteran Koji Uehara. With Dave Dombrowski at the helm, they are seeking to upgrade their bullpen among many other areas of need. They have more than enough prospects to pull off a deal for the flame-throwing southpaw from Cincinnati. Despite being in the last year of his deal before free agency, there are very few relievers like Chapman on the market who have deadly command and velocity, making him virtually untouchable. Having him in the back-end of the Red Sox bullpen will only make their relief corps a strength for the 2016 season.

The Reds’ closer racked up 33 saves this year through 66.1 innings of relief across 65 appearances and posted a sizzling 1.63 ERA with a whopping 15.7 SO/9 ratio. The Reds are rumored to be undergoing a full rebuild this offseason and Chapman is at the top of their list of available players. Many teams are knocking, not just the Red Sox, but they are one of the few teams with more than enough assets to pull a deal off. Should the Red Sox be able to win the Chapman sweepstakes, they may not stop there and may look for another setup arm for the back-end of the pen.



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from cbssports.com:


Slick-fielding Andrelton Simmons is headed to Anaheim


The Braves have traded shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Angels, CBSSports MLB Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed. Going to Atlanta will be shortstop Erick Aybar, minor-league right-hander Chris Ellis, and minor-league lefty Sean Newcomb. The Braves will also pick up $2.5 million in cash from the Angels.

Simmons, 26, is a two-time Gold Glove winner who's widely regarded as the best defensive shortstop in baseball. Across parts of four big-league seasons, he's batted .256/.304/.362 (85 OPS+). In 2013, Simmons tallied 17 home runs. He's signed to a seven-year, $58 million contract that runs through 2020.

As for Aybar, the 31-year-old shortstop has a career line of .276/.315/.378 in 4,799 plate appearances. This past season, he put up an OPS+ of 81. Aybar's under contract for 2016 at a salary of $8.5 million and eligible for free agency next offseason.

Newcomb, 22, is probably the prize of the deal for the Braves. He was the 15th-overall pick in the 2014 draft and a consensus top-100 prospect coming into 2015. In 2015, Newcomb pitched to 2.38 ERA across three levels, including Double-A. In those 136 innings, he struck out 168, walked 76, and allowed five home runs.

Ellis, a third-rounder also in 2014, has a 4.21 ERA and 2.08 K/BB in 35 appearances, 28 of which have been starts. Like Newcomb, Ellis reached the Double-A level in 2015.



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Good luck with Dombrowski in Boston. He was fortunate to have Ilitch's money to pursue FA and give out generous contract extensions.

Tiger's farm system is empty. Nick Castellanos was our prize callup from Toledo- if that gives you any idea.

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Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus will accept a one-year, $15.8-million qualifying offer from the club, becoming the first player in MLB history to do so, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

No player has ever accepted a qualifying offer since the system was created in 2012, so Rasmus must have thought $15.8 million was enticing enough of a salary to stay with the Astros, especially with a free-agent outfield crop that could contain Jason Heyward, Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Gordon, and Justin Upton.

34 players have received and rejected qualifying offers since the system was put in place.

The deadline for players to accept is Friday at 5 p.m ET.

Rasmus, 29, hit .238/.314/.475 with 25 home runs and 61 RBIs in 432 at-bats in 2015, while making $8 million.

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SEATTLE - Former major leaguer Scott Brosius has been hired as the hitting coach for Triple-A Tacoma in the Seattle Mariners organization.

The Mariners announced the hiring of Brosius on Thursday. The 11-year major league veteran with Oakland and the New York Yankees spent the past eight seasons as the manager of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, where Brosius played before embarking on his professional career. Brosius compiled a 270-96 record at Linfield while leading the school to a national championships in 2014 and four regional titles.

Brosius, who was twice named USA Baseball coach of the year, won three World Series titles with the Yankees during his playing career and was the MVP of the 1998 Series.

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After four solid seasons in Baltimore, free-agent left-hander Wei-Yin Chen could spend the next stage of his MLB career with one of the Orioles' division rivals.

The New York Yankees could make a serious run at Chen, a source told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, who also heard the 30-year-old is seeking at least a five-year deal in free agency. Despite Chen's lofty demands, the Taiwanese expatriate is expected to have plenty of suitors this offseason.

"A lot of teams are going to be in on him," the source said. "But the Yankees are going to be one of them."

Though, ostensibly, the Yankees already have their 2016 rotation figured out - Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, and CC Sabathia - general manager Brian Cashman insisted earlier this week he's "not guaranteeing" any pitcher a starting job just yet. None of the aforementioned starters, after all, made 30 starts in 2015, while the Yankees' rotation fashioned the sixth-worst ERA (4.25) in the American League.

Chen, meanwhile, fashioned a career-best 3.34 ERA (124 ERA+) with a 1.22 WHIP over 31 starts this season, albeit with his worst fielding independent pitching (4.16) since his 2012 rookie season. Still, Cashman is prepared to vie for Chen's services, even though signing him would force the Yankees to forfeit their top unprotected pick in the 2016 draft.

"You'd like to always keep your draft picks if possible, but depending on the talent, I've given enough draft picks over the years to prove that I'm not afraid to give that one up, either," Cashman said. "We just have to wait and see how the winter shakes out."

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The Houston Astros appear to be preparing for life without free-agent left-handed reliever Tony Sipp.

Houston has talked with the Tampa Bay Rays about the availability of relievers Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.

The Astros revamped their bullpen with the signings of Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek last fall, and now they may be tasked with replacing Sipp, who fashioned a 1.99 ERA and 62 strikeouts over 54 1/3 innings last season.

McGee, a 29-year-old southpaw, would certainly fill the void in high-leverage situations. He has experience closing games and recorded a 2.41 ERA and 0.94 WHIP while holding left-handed hitters to a .200/.229/.378 slash line.

Boxberger, 27, struggled at times in his first full year as a closer, converting 41 of his 47 save opportunities. He commanded a 3.25 ERA prior to the All-Star break, but managed a 4.33 mark in the second half.

Both relievers are under team control for the foreseeable future: McGee can't elect free agency until 2018, while Boxberger won't be able to test the open market until 2020.

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Ben Zobrist is attracting all kinds of attention as a free agent, including from some of the high-profile markets in the majors.

The St. Louis Cardinals are among the teams interested in signing the versatile player to a multi-year contract, reports ESPN's Buster Olney.

Zobrist is reportedly already being courted by the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, and Kansas City Royals, among others.

The 34-year-old is fresh off a World Series championship with the Royals, and even named his daughter after the club, which could indicate his strong interest in returning.

Zobrist, who can play nearly every position on the diamond, boosted his value on the market with an outstanding playoffs at the plate, hitting .303/.365/.515 with two homers and six RBIs in 16 postseason contests.

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Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto's familiarity with the Boston Red Sox could lead to the two sides striking a deal.

Dipoto served as an adviser for the Red Sox in the two months prior to taking over in Seattle, and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Mariners have interest in trading for outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Mariners are eager to improve their outfield this offseason, and a speedy, top defensive outfielder is a priority. It was reported Wednesday that Dipoto and the New York Yankees had discussions involving Brett Gardner.

Bradley appears the most likely of the Red Sox outfield trio to go, as president Dave Dombrowski could look to deal the Gold Glove caliber defender on the heels of a strong season.

The 25-year-old struggled with his transition from Triple-A to the majors, but appeared to turn a corner in the final two months of last season. He hit .272/.349/.571 with eight home runs, 16 doubles, and 47 strikeouts in Boston's 46 games.

Dombrowski noted earlier Thursday that there has been a lot of interest in his players, and he anticipates the team might have to deal away some of its current core of young players.

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15 mil for a .230 hitter. ..
Colby Rasmus must be sucking someone dick in the feont office.



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David Ortiz has some advice for friend and teammate Hanley Ramirez that he thinks will help the 31-year-old turn things around in Boston.

Big Papi thinks Hanley needs to get in better shape.

"When it comes down to losing weight there’s nothing wrong about that. I can tell you from my own experience once I decided to take care of myself better and do things better, losing weight and other stuff, my career got longer," Ortiz told Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. "Hanley is still young. That’s some good advice. That’s the only way I can explain it.

"If you listen to what (the Boston Red Sox) have to say right now, his career is going to do nothing but get better because he’s an amazing player, an unbelievable athlete and you have to be healthy to be a productive player."

Ramirez, who will be working out with Ortiz in the offseason, is listed at 225 pounds on the team's official website, which is a number president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski wants to see lowered.

Dombrowski is interested in seeing the Red Sox become more athletic, which Ortiz believes isn't too much for Ramirez to handle.

"Hey look, they know," Ortiz said of the Red Sox. "They can see further than we do as a player. Sometimes we think they’re asking for too much, but at the end of the day they know what they ask for."

After a scorching hot start to the 2015 season, where he hit .293/.341/.659 with 10 home runs and 22 RBIs in April, Ramirez's season went ice cold amidst concerns about his defensive play in the outfield. He finished the year hitting .249/.291/.426 with 19 home runs and 53 RBIs.

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lobo316 wrote: David Ortiz has some advice for friend and teammate Hanley Ramirez that he thinks will help the 31-year-old turn things around in Boston.

Big Papi thinks Hanley needs to get in better shape.

maybe he should talk to Panda about that too.



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