Hot stove, links & kitchen sink for the week of 11-17-2014 to 11-24-2014

November 21, 2014
3:30 p.m.
- Finalists for the Rays’ open managerial position are RAUL IBANEZ, DON WAKAMATSU and KEVIN CASH.

9:04 a.m.
- Per multiple sources, the Braves are shopping JUSTIN UPTON.

8:00 a.m.
- Per multiple sources, the Poodres have entered the PABLO SANDOVAL race with a flourish, offering a contract in the $90m range. They are also one of the favorites in the YASMANY TOMAS derby. Is the O’Malley magic finally showing its hand?
- Per multiple sources, the Dodgers acquired LHP ADAM LIBERATORE & RHP JOEL PERALTA from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for RHP JOSE DOMINGUEZ & GREG HARRIS.


November 20, 2014
12:27 p.m.
- The White Sox have made a series of moves. Highlights (non-minor) include claiming LHP ONELKI GARCIA from the Dodgers and designating our favorite MIA pitcher RONALD BELLISARIO for assignment.

9:12 a.m.
- Per Bob Nightengale (USA Today) the Nats are informing clubs that P JORDAN ZIMMERMAN will be available at the right price. They may also be willing to part with DOUG FISTER, who has a year remaining on his contract.


November 19, 2014
2:00 p.m.
💰 Sad story from, The family legal fight over Ryan Howard’s finances

1:33 p.m.
🙈 From AP News, Judge threatens Roger Clemens with contempt
😭 Per Joel Stiglich, Billy Butler on MadBum and the World Series loss: “I didn’t think it was possible for 1 person to single-handedly win it for a team.” I bet he loved MadBum’s timely at bats.

12:51 p.m.
- The Red Sox have claimed JUAN FRANCISCO off waivers from the Blue Jays.

11:28 a.m.
- MLB insiders and Sandoval’s own agent seems to say that the previous assumption that the SF Giants are out of the running are false. At this point, it’s becoming Lebron Watch. Who needs that? I’ll just post something when there is an actual confirmation of a signing. Until then, we have this:

10:40 a.m.
- Per multiple sources, PABLO SANDOVAL has rejected the SF Giants contract offer and is 90% likely to sign with the Red Sox. Apparently, San Francisco was never going to be considered after the Giants stopped talks at the beginning of the season.

8:38 a.m.
- Per others, there has been no official offer from the BoSox to PABLO SANDOVAL.

8:19 a.m.
😭 From USA Today, Free agent Pablo Sandoval on trip to Boston: ‘I love being here’

7:06 a.m.
- Per Ken Rosenthal, PABLO SANDOVAL‘s agent plan on calling the team today. The BoSox have an offer on the table with the Panda.
- Per Buster Olney, TIM HUDSON is “pretty sure” he will retire after the 2015 season.


November 18, 2014
8:23 p.m.
- Per multiple sources, the A’s have signed BILLY BUTLER to a 3 yr./$30m contract.

2:10 p.m.
- Per multiple sources, the Orioles have signed RHP OLIVER DRAKE to a major league contract.

1:47 p.m.
- Per multiple sources, the Indians are looking to trade NICK SWISHER.

12:15 a.m.
- Per multiple sources, the Giants have a 5-yr/$90m deal on the table for PABLO SANDOVAL.

11:51 a.m.
- Per multiple sources, the Marlins are interested in ADAM LAROCHE.

10:14 a.m.
💔 From NYTimes Sports, N.F.L. Was Family, Until Wives Reported Domestic Abuse

9:38 a.m.
- Per Paul Hoynes (, the Indians have signed SHAUN MARCUM and DUSTIN MOLLEKEN to minor league deals with big league invites.
- Per multiple sources, the Dodgers are interested in pursuing ALEXEI RAMIREZ.
- Per multiple sources, the White Sox have signed P ZACH DUKE.
💩 From the Denver Post, What is Troy Tulowitzki’s trade value? A look at his 2014 Rockies grade
🐾 From AZ Central, Diamondbacks tab Ed Lewis to head analytics department

7:41 a.m.
- Per Buster Olney, PABLO SANDOVAL‘s brother says that his brother is “…looking for respect…” Bye Giants?
- P JON LESTER to meet with the Braves this week.
👌 From ActaSports, Is Madison Bumgarner the World’s #1 Starting Pitcher?
🐼 From the Boston Herald, Pablo Sandoval tour hits Boston


November 17, 2014
2:06 p.m.
- PABLO SANDOVAL is in Boston to meet the Red Sox. Claims to be “excited”.

11:24 a.m.
😭 From the NY Times, As Bud Selig Prepares Exit, Roger Clemens Case Sticks Around

9:14 a.m.
- The Cards send P SHELBY MILLER to the Braves in exchange for OF JASON HEYWARD and P JORDAN WALDEN.
- Per multiple sources, C RUSSELL MARTIN has landed in Toronto with a hefty 5 year/$82m deal.

6:43 a.m.
- Per Mike Berardino (St. Paul Pioneer Press), the Phillies have signed RHP PJ WALTERS and DANNI MASTROIANNI.

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Hot stove, links & kitchen sink for 11-14/2014

7:06 p.m.
- The Rays send JEREMY HELLICKSON to the Dbags in exchange for prospects.

4:31 p.m.
👉From NBC Sports, Jose Canseco’s finger — the one he shot — fell off during a poker tournament

3:26 p.m.
- A.J. BURNETT turns down his $4m option with the Phillies to return to the Pirates. With perhaps one final year left in him, why not return to your roots and play for a real contender?

7:51 a.m.
- The Nats avoid arbitration by agreeing to terms on a 1-yr. deal with KEVIN FRANDSEN.
- Per Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins may be close to working out a record 12-yr./$320m deal with GIANCARLO STANTON.

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Hot Stove, Links & the kitchen sink for 11-13-2014


9:07 a.m.
- Per multiple sources, JEFF FRANCOEUR has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies.

7:09 a.m.
- Per ESPN, trouble during the final series with the Mets, where P JOHN NIESE told manager TERRY COLLINS to “…go [expletive] himself…”
- Per multiple sources, Pirates trade P JUSTIN WILSON to the Yankees for C FRANCISCO CERVELLI.

⛪ From SFist, SF Giant Jeremy Affeldt Won’t Get Mad If You Disagree With Him About Jesus
😄 From the San Jose Mercury News – My Town, No joking around when Rob Schneider talks about the San Francisco Giants
🚪 From Bob Nightengale (USA Today), Cole Hamels wants out, but trade could be costly

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Hot Stove, Links and Kitchen Sink Edition (11-10-2014 to 11-13-2014)

November 12, 2014
7:54 p.m.
- Per Pete Abraham (Boston Globe), PABLO SANDOVAL will be visiting Boston next week.

3:05 p.m.
🐼 From Henry Schulman (yeah, that place), Two-team race for SF Giants’ Pablo Sandoval? Don’t bet on it
2:12 p.m.
- VICTOR MARTINEZ re-signs with the Tiggers for 4 yrs./$70m.

8:10 a.m.
- Per MLB Rumors, the Yankees have signed P JOSE DE PAULA to a 1-yr. deal.

7:36 a.m.
- Per Ken Rosenthal, the PABLO SANDOVAL derby has come down to the SF Giants and BoSox, with probable Rays and WhiteSox interest.
- Per Matthew Mowery, the Tigers have a big interest in MELKY CABRERA.
👍 From the Tampa Bay Times, Rays interview Giants bench coach Ron Wotus for manager’s job
🐯 From the NY Post, Tigers GM talks boldly of a Scherzer-less rotation
☢ From Bob Nightengale (USA Today), MLB front offices load up on GMs


November 11, 2014
😍 To close out your Tuesday, who doesn’t love Adam West? The LA Times interviews him for the forthcoming DVD release of “Batman”.

3:38 p.m.
- Congratulations to former SF Giant MATT WILLIAMS, who won the BBWAA’s Manager of the Year. Our BRUCE BOCHY finished third.

12:52 p.m.
- Per multiple sources, the Cardinals Sign DEAN ANNA.
- Per Bill Brink, (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), the Rockies have sent RHP ROB SCAHILL to the Pirates in exchange for RHP SHANE CARLE.

12:16 p.m.
- Per Jack Magruder (DBags beat writer for Fox Sports AZ), the Dbags are interested in P CHAD BILLINGSLEY.

11:51 a.m.
🌠Per CSN Bay Area, Bochy’s peers anoint him ‘best manager in the game’

11:23 a.m.
- Per multiple sources, the Mets have signed OF ALEX CASTELLANO.
😂 Per, Kansas City interested in Howard? Not so fast

9:38 a.m.
- Per multiple sources, the Padres win the bidding for Korean P KWANG HYUN-KIM.
🍹 From Yahoo Sports, Jake Peavy plans to turn his S.F. cable car into a mobile bar

8:15 a.m.
🚽 Per ESPN, Execs comment on hot offseason Q’s

7:23 a.m.
- Per Ken Rosenthal, the Padres post a high bid on Korean P KWANG HYUN-KIM.
- Per Joel Sherman, the Dodgers are trying hard to trade some of their OF. Meanwhile, C RUSSELL MARTIN is on their radar.
- Per Buster Olney, the Phillies will move RYAN HOWARD, no matter what it takes.
💪 From Bob Nightengale, Mariners aim to emulate Royals; will KC land Big Piece?
😣 From Jon Heyman, South Siders shouldn’t be overlooked: Sandoval, others on radar


November 10, 2014

1:01 p.m.
- Per multiple sources, OF ZOLIO ALMONTE has signed a 1-year deal with the Braves.
- Per multiple sources, the Mets have signed MICHAEL CUDDYER to a 2-year deal while Rockies get the Mets’ 15th overall pick.

12:06 a.m.
- The SF Giants are among the teams interested in the services of TORII HUNTER.

11:43 a.m.
- Per Joel Sherman, posting bids for Korean LH KWANG HYUN KIM must be made by 5pm today.

10:04 a.m.
- Per multiple sources, the Rays have asked MLB to investigate possible tampering against the Cubs for JOE MADDON.
🌟 From Jon Heyman, MLB Free Agency: Top 50, where they may sign and what they will get

9:33 a.m.
- Per Adam Kilgore, “The Nats re-signed D.C. native MANNY BURRISS and MANNY DELCARMEN to minor league deals with spring training invites”
– Per Jeff Fletcher, the Angels have signed RHP VINNIE PESTANO, avoiding arbitration.
– Per Jon Heyman, JUSTIN UPTON has removed Seattle from his no-trade list.
😄 From the Baltimore Sun, Nick Markakis’ agent to meet with other clubs for first time
😳 From Jon Heyman, Crawford, Ethier most logical to go as Dodgers try to pare crowed OF

7:53 a.m.
– Per Jon Heyman, NORI AOKI seeks a 3-year deal. So far, both the Reds and Royals have shown the most interest. Also, the team is expected to lose JAMES SHIELDS. Click here to read
– Per Joel Sherman (NY Post), the Braves are pushing C EVAN GATTIS as trade bait. Also, the Rays are closer to trading JEREMY HELLICKSON to a NL team.
– Per multiple sources, HANLEY RAMIREZ has drawn plenty of interest from the Mariners. He no longer refers to himself as a SS in his personal Twitter character descriptions.
😔 From the AZ Central, Diamondbacks’ GM Dave Stewart focusing on pitching
😁 From ESPN, Dodgers introduce GM Farhan Zaidi
😉 From, With young, affordable talent already in place, will the Cleveland Indians add the final, supporting pieces this winter?
😡 From the LA Times, Faith, family, community keep Angels’ Albert Pujols grounded
😊 From CBS Sports, Details about Jose Abreu’s defection from Cuba emerge

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3 WS wins in 5 years.. Lets get this thing rolling again, folks.. This and our private group.. We can double task, right?

November 9, 2014
San Francisco 49ers v. New Orleans Saints
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11:04 a.m.
– Per Ken Rosenthal, PABLO SANDOVAL will meet with the Red Sox, White Sox, Ray and Giants this coming week.

8:30 a.m.
– Per MLB Rumors, DBags GM Dave Stewart says that the team will not pursue MAX SCHERZER, JON LESTER or JAMES SHIELDS.
– The NY Yankees have officially re-signed CHRIS YOUNG to a 1-yr./$2.5m deal.

– From George Sipple (Detroit Free Press), Ex-Tiger Lolich: No comparison between me and Bumgarner
Weird stuff! From the New York Daily News, Cousin Yuri’s wife, Carmen, fires heat at Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez: ‘Come and destroy me’
– From Marc Topkin (Tampa Bay Times), Dave Martinez a natural fit to replace Maddon as Rays manager

November 8, 2014
7:46 a.m.
– Per Jon Heyman, at least 7 teams are showing interest in TORII HUNTER.

– From Dylan Hernandez (LA Times), In final analysis, stats have stature with Andrew Friedman’s Dodgers
– From Fox Sports, Could Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez face further discipline by MLB?
– From the Boston Globe, Red Sox could be one of Pablo Sandoval’s best options
– From the Kansas City Star, Royals fans are candidates for Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award
– From the Chicago Tribune, Jose Abreu’s mysterious journey

November 7, 2014
5:24 p.m.
– Per multiple sources, PANDA (PABLO SANDOVAL) is set to meet with the BoSox next week.
10:44 a.m.
– Per Bill Plunkett (LA Times), Andrew Friedman says #Dodgers major league coaching staff will return intact for 2015
8:07 a.m.
– Per Bruce Levine, C RUSSELL MARTIN has met with the Cubs. MARTIN is speaking with 4 clubs.
7:00 a.m.
– Per multiple sources, our own PABLO SANDOVAL is seeking a 6-year deal.

10:11 a.m.
– From Steve Dilbek (LA Times), Here’s just what baseball desperately needs: More postseason awards. Facetious, funny.
– From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Strauss: Cardinals now have to move on
9:32 a.m.
– From ESPN, Kershaw or Bumgarner?
9:28 a.m.
– From CBS Sports, Hanley Ramirez willing to switch positions to add free-agent options
7:00 a.m.
– From ESPN, PED suspicions still cloud free agency.

US-side roster for the upcoming 2014 MLB All Star Series 2014 in Japan:

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Blocking the Plate

The new rule provides that unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score. If, in the judgment of the Umpire, the catcher, without possession of the ball, blocks the pathway of the runner, the Umpire shall call or signal the runner safe.

Okay. Yesterday, the WSox catcher Flowers blocked the plate with the lower half of his left leg as he got set to receive the throw. Video and photos clearly show his knee on the IF side of the line and his foot on the foul side of the line. Then, as the throw came in, he raised that leg and moved around to apply the tag to Blanco.

So–as Blanco was ineffectually charging down the basepath, Flowers, without possession of the ball, blocked that path to the plate. That violates the rule. It’s irrelevant that madly charging Blanco was doomed to be tagged before he reached the plate.

Remember how the 2003 NLDS ended? Snow was out by a mile then too, unless he blew Pudge to pieces (which didn’t happen). Under the new rule, Flowers had the security of knowing that he should not get blown up. He should have kept his foot on the IF side of the line, too. He didn’t. Case closed.

The new rule is so different than the old it’s hard to get used to. But who wants to see any baseball player (much less, from the owners’ vp, a megamillion dollar player) get hurt at home? For christ’s sake, look what it’s done to Ray Fosse.

So almost all of us regulars from this blog have been raging all season on FB. Is there anyone who wants to reconvene here, too? Anyone who wants to join us on FB? Just asking.

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One of my favorite SF Chronicle stories appeared in September 1982, featuring a b/w photo of Jeff Leonard coming off the team plane, in street clothes, and pausing at the top of the SFO tarmac steps to look down at the crowd who’d gathered to welcome the Giants home from a very successful road trip.  Leonard thrust his fist in the air–that’s where the photo found him–and shouted:  “Sweep!  Sweep!  Sweep!”  In fact, the Giants had just swept three of three from the bums in L.A.  According to the article, as I recall it, the delighted fans chanted along with the HacMan.

Well we’re not in the middle of a September division race now.  I remember at about this point back in 2012 the Giants and the bums actually traded in-your-face sweeps.  We know how that season developed.  So these four games in L.A. aren’t make or break.  The Giants still have some moving parts to re-balance a bit before they’re a smooth running machine.  (Meanwhile, the bums have one of the most unbalanced entertainers in baseball in their lineup; but more about him some other time.)

Still a series win would be pleasant, wouldn’t it?  btw, do people still gather at the airport to welcome the team home?  How?  Another era.

For now, we are settling into our approach to LAX.  Fasten your seat belts, put your teeth-whitening strips in position until we land, and please completely touch up the grey lines in your dye jobs before exiting the plane.  Welcome to Los Angeles.

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