Last night was the deadline to offer arbitration to eligible players. There's an interesting list of players now available due to their clubs not wanting to keep them for various reasons; injured, will cost too much, no room on the roster, or just crappy. We'll get to study the list in detail over the next couple of weeks for potential bargains or roster filler-type players. I doubt there will be anyone who capable of making much of a serious impact. But hey, what else is there to talk about? The weather?
Some tendered Halolinks:
- Not much of a surprise here, I think we all pretty much knew the Angels weren't going to hold onto Beckham (cost too much) nor LeBlanc (easily replaceable). Angels don't offer arbitration to Beckham, LeBlanc - The Orange County Register, "Beckham earned $4,175,000 this year and likely would have received a raise to about $5 million in arbitration, more than the Angels wanted to pay for a probable backup infielder. Los Angeles acquired Beckham from the White Sox on Aug. 21, and general manager Jerry Dipoto has said the club would be interested in keeping him for less money...The Angels also non-tendered right-hander Yoslan Herrera, who was not arbitration eligible, to create more flexibility with their 40-man roster for the rest of the winter. They now have three open spots. The Angels will also try to bring back Herrera as a non-roster player." And..."In Gordon's case, his preference is to play on an everyday role, which we can't offer right now, but we do want to bring him back in a similar role to what Macier Izturis played here," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said. "He wasn’t an everyday player but over the course of a season he compiled a lot of playing time."
- Here's a list of each teams' non-tendered players: Non-tender tracker - MLB Daily Dish
- The above list was compiled by MLBDD's Chris Cotillo. He's gone about this whole baseball transaction/writing thing the right way: An Agent's Take: Advice For The Teenaged Rumors Reporters - Baseball Prospectus, "Among the professional journalism crowd, and I suppose all baseball circles to some degree, these "kids" are a constant topic of discussion. I have seen only one of these reporters break through to the mainstream, meaning he is likely the exception, not the rule. And he didn’t get to this point by being lazy. He got his foot in the door, took advice, learned rapidly and now has a bright future. Sadly, this is not the case for many of what I call "Transaction Monkeys," the kids who frantically tweet every minor move that can easily be found on milb.com or any transaction website. Repetitiveness is not a skill, nor should it be rewarded."
- Here's an interesting bit of information; it seems Oakland traded Josh Donaldson because he didn't get along with Billy Beane: Scott Miller's Starting 9: With Nelson Cruz, Mariners Can Win Now—and Later - Bleacher Report, "One industry source says he "knew" the Athletics would trade Josh Donaldson this winter, no matter how little baseball sense it made, because the All-Star and Beane were "at war" by season's end."
- Say what? Are you saying we fans don't know what we're talking about...especially without knowing all the inside information?? The Perception and the Market of Star Player Trade Value - FanGraphs Baseball, "As trades of this nature pile up, perhaps we need to consider that it’s not the teams selling the star players who are reading the markets incorrectly, but the public that expects returns above what teams are consistently getting. After all, is it more likely that our perception of a player’s trade value is incorrect, or that Billy Beane, Andrew Friedman, Dave Dombrowski, and Kevin Towers all decided to take inferior offers to what other teams were making?"
- Didn't he learn his lesson last season when no one offered him a multi-year deal after turning down a qualifying offer? Ervin Santana is looking for a five-year contract - HardballTalk, "Ervin Santana rejected a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer last winter from the Royals because he thought he would be able to hit it big on the free agent market. He wound up having to settle for a one-year, $14.1 million free agent deal from the Braves, and now we get to do this all over again."
- Another former-Angel is on the move: Twins sign Torii Hunter to one-year, $10.5 million deal - MLB Daily Dish, "The Rangers were said to be making a push earlier today, but Rosenthal reports that the Twins made the higher offer and were able to agree to terms with Hunter. Hunter, a first-round pick of the Twins in the 1993 draft, returns to Minnesota after spending the last seven seasons in Anaheim and Detroit."
- My interest isn't cooling, except 5 years is a bit much: Source: Yankees cooling on Chase Headley, high on Rob Refsnyder - Yankees Blog - ESPN New York, "Now, however, the Headley fever seems to have cooled, especially since the Pablo Sandoval deal with the Red Sox -- five years, $95 million -- seems to have stiffened Headley's resolve to get a five-year deal of his own. According to a baseball source I spoke with Tuesday, the Yankees are not willing to give Headley five years, considering his age (31 in May), so-so offensive production the past two seasons, and lingering lower back problems, which could lead to surgery at some point over the length of a five-year contract."
- Geographic Biases in the MLB Draft – The Hardball Times, "These tables (click the link) clearly illustrate the most overvalued groups tend to come from non-baseball power states such as New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Maryland, Colorado, and Oregon, while the undervalued groups tend to come from the baseball power states of California, Texas, and Florida. Arizona junior colleges are the one major exception to this rule."
- It's getting to be that time of year again. The time where we make fun of ridiculous Hall of Fame votes. Here's today's entry: Hitting to all fields: Shackling Rivers, saluting Forsberg and chasing Lester - masslive.com, "I voted for Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martinez, Pedro Martinez, Mike Piazza and Tim Raines." Okay, not bad, except where's Randy Johnson? But wait, there's more! No Randy Johnson, yet there's this, "Still hoping for Luis Tiant to make the Baseball Hall of Fame." Ugh.
- Not every professional football player beats up on their kids or wives. Some actually do tremendously nice things: Andre Johnson Bought A Buttload Of Toys For Kids Again, "Texans receiver Andre Johnson has spent lots of money on toys for local kids in protective services' care for eight straight years. He also poses with the receipts for media. So, here's your annual photo of Andre Johnson holding some long-ass receipts."
- Not sure why this is a big deal, but...MLB umpire Dale Scott comes out as gay in quietest way possible - Outsports, "Jackel talked to friends of Scott's who grew up with him in Eugene, Ore., but nothing was written about his private life since he became an umpire. Prior to publication, the magazine's editor, Jeff Stern, wanted some non-game photos and that's when Scott made a decision to reveal a part of himself previously hidden from the public." I thought we were over all this straight/gay stuff, and just looked at the person for who they are and not who they had sex with. Anyway, the best comment I've read is: "Now it is Joe West's turn to come out…as stupid." I'm actually pretty impressed it SBNation has this site. Kinda cool if you ask me.
- If I were still living in California, I'd definitely apply for this job: BBTF's Newsblog Discussion - MLB.com seeking stats stringers - 2015, "Stats stringers are responsible for digitally scoring games from the MLB ballparks, which provides the data used in the live content applications on MLB.com, including At-Bat, Gameday and MLB.TV, real-time highlights and text alerts, and by our business partners. This is a perfect part-time job for a responsible, computer-savvy person who happens to be a big baseball fan." There's an opening in the Anaheim area.