Tag: Opinion

What Is Madison Bumgarner Worth in Upcoming Giants Megadeal?

There's what Madison Bumgarner is making, what he's worth and how much he might make in his next contract. Spoiler alert: These three things are very different. What's certain is the San Francisco Giants have gotten a lot more than they bargained for when they extended Bumgarner in April 2012. The left-hander's contract guaranteed $35 million through 2017, with two club options in 2018 and 2019 worth at least $12 million and at most $16 million depending on his performance in Cy Young voting. In five regular seasons since, this has paid for a 2.96 ERA across 1,072 innings. Bumgarner has further earned his cash by helping deliver World Series titles in 2012 and 2014. He won the latter championship almost single-handedly. By Baseball-Reference.com's version of wins above replacement, Bumgarner has only been the 11th-best pitcher in the league over the last five years. This is somewhere between hogwash and codswallop. He's at worst ...




Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols Lead B/R’s All-HOF Team in MLB Today

After Wednesday's announcement of the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees, most of the talk is about Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, performance-enhancing drugs and the like. I wrote something on the subject if you're not sick of it yet. Here's another interesting question, though: Which current MLB players would make the Hall if their careers ended today? Who, in other words, has already stacked up the statistics, awards and intangibles to punch a ticket to Cooperstown? It's not a scientific exercise, obviously. Voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America have a proven ability to confound. Mike Piazza waited four years to get in, to cite one example, while Ivan Rodriguez slipped through on the first ballot. Two all-time great catchers, both from the steroid era with suspicion but no hard proof of illicit chemical enhancement, two different results. There are cases like that throughout the Hall's history, including many that aren't clouded by PEDs and some ...




MLB Offseason: 10 Moves That Already Should Have Happened

Full disclosure: When I began working on this story, one of the sections was titled, "Colorado Rockies: Sign Mark Trumbo." It made sense. The Rockies were an ideal fit for Trumbo, who could have easily surpassed 40 home runs playing first base at Coors Field and allowed Ian Desmond to slot into the outfield mix. Instead, the Baltimore Orioles swooped in and signed Trumbo for three years and $37.5 million, per FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman. It's a cautionary tale: Pull the trigger, or someone else will. Here are 10 more deals that remain unconsummated as of this writing but should have already happened because of need, compatibility and the waning nature of the offseason. Tap the late-winter clay off your cleats and proceed when ready.Begin Slideshow




Why Did MLB Home Run King Mark Trumbo Come so Cheap to Orioles?

Major League Baseball's reigning home run champion has a new contract, and it's not the most expensive contract signed this winter. Not even close. Mark Trumbo, he of the league-leading 47 home runs in 2016, agreed to return to the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was first with the details of his new deal: And that's all there is to it. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, there's no opt-out in Trumbo's contract. He'll be an Oriole for three more years, spanning his age-31 season to his age-33 season. With that, we now know the terms of the 11th-largest contract signed this winter. Trumbo's deal ranks just ahead of the three-year, $33 million pact that Kendrys Morales signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. The group of 10 players ahead of him is headlined by Yoenis Cespedes at four years and $110 million and also includes three relievers (Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen ...




MLB Trade Ideas Based on Offseason Week 12 News, Rumors and Speculation

The bulk of the action we'll see this offseason on the MLB trade market is likely already in the rearview. That doesn't mean there's not still time for another blockbuster deal to be pulled off between now and the start of spring training, though. The Los Angeles Dodgers are still searching for a second baseman, the Houston Astros are still shopping for a front-line starter and a number of teams continue to test the waters for Chicago White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers could suddenly be in the market for an impact bullpen arm after losing one of their key relievers for a good chunk of the upcoming season. As we come down the homestretch of another MLB offseason, here's a quick look at a few potential trade ideas, based on the latest rumblings on the rumor mill and some healthy speculation.Begin Slideshow




How Yankees Must Handle Impossible Masahiro Tanaka Decision in 2017

When it comes to opt-out clauses, the New York Yankees tend to opt in. They aren't always happy about it. They don't always do it right away. But when Alex Rodriguez opted out of his deal during the 2007 World Series, the Yankees turned around and gave him a bigger contract they would come to regret. When CC Sabathia was ready to opt out of his contract four years later, the Yankees added what amounted to two years and $50 million, another deal they wouldn't mind having back. So now we come to Masahiro Tanaka. As every Yankees fan knows, he's the closest to a sure thing they have in their 2017 rotation. And as every Yankees fan knows by now, he can opt out of his contract when the 2017 season ends. There's no way the Yankees can make this work in their favor. If Tanaka has a great year, he obviously opts ...




Softening PED Stance in 2017 Hall of Fame Vote Bodes Well for Bonds, Clemens

Brace yourselves, steroid hard-liners: Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are going to the Hall of Fame. Not this year. According to results released Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Bonds got 238 votes, or 53.9 percent, and Clemens got 239, or 54.1 percent. (As a side note, anyone who voted for Clemens but not Bonds or vice versa should have their voting privileges immediately revoked.) The threshold for induction is 75 percent, a bar that was cleared by three players: Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez. We can glean two things from this. First, Bonds and Clemens are gaining momentum. Their vote totals have trended northward each year. Now, in year five, they've edged over 50 percent for the first time. That could be due to the shifting demographics of the BBWAA voting block. It could also be the enshrinement of former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, who oversaw the steroid era and was ...




Breaking Down the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Class and Biggest Snubs

For a lucky few, today's the day Cooperstown called to say, "Welcome." For everyone else: "Thanks for playing." The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was finally announced Wednesday. To nobody's surprise, this is the fourth straight year that the Baseball Writers Association of America voters selected multiple players for induction.   With not a moment to lose, let's get to breaking down the newest members of Cooperstown and all the notables who missed the cut.        The 2017 Hall of Fame Class Jeff Bagwell Jeff Bagwell earned 71.6 percent of the vote in his sixth year on the ballot in 2016, putting him just shy of the requisite 75 percent. In his seventh year, he's finally in with 86.2 percent. It's about time. Jay Jaffe's Jaffe WAR Score System (JAWS), which is convenient for measuring players against their Cooperstown peers, rates Bagwell as the sixth-best first baseman in history, behind only Albert Pujols and four current Hall of ...




Giants Spring Training 2017 Preview: Predictions, Players to Watch and More

For the first time since the waning days of the George W. Bush administration, the San Francisco Giants didn't win the World Series in an even year. Now, as we prepare to inaugurate President Donald J. Trump, San Francisco will look to usher in an era of odd-year dominance.  First, they've got spring training issues to sort out, including position battles in left field, at third base and the back end of the rotation, where a former franchise cornerstone is trying to resuscitate his career. Limber up your commenting muscles and dig in when ready.Begin Slideshow




Dodgers Spring Training 2017 Preview: Predictions, Players to Watch and More

The Los Angeles Dodgers need a second baseman. You know this. They know this. Your great-aunt Meredith who doesn't follow baseball knows this. Yet as I type these words, Enrique Hernandez and his .190/.283/.324 2016 slash line sit atop L.A.'s second base depth chart. For a team with the game's gaudiest payroll and legitimate World Series aspirations, that's a bad look. Let's assume the Dodgers brass is working hard to address the club's keystone deficiency and examine some other interesting storylines heading into spring training. (Because it's almost here—hooray!) Dodgers camp will feature crowded position battles in the outfield and at the back end of the rotation, a hyper-talented Cuban still looking to find his footing and the reigning National League Rookie of the Year ramping up for a potential MVP encore. Break out your fungo bat and step into the box when ready.Begin Slideshow




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