Harbaugh as a lame duck?

Okay, time to change it up with a bit of Niner talk. I’ll leave it brief to give more room for discussion in the comments. The consensus seems to be that, after yesterday’s steaming dump of a loss in Seattle (or even last week’s in Oakland), Harbaugh is as good as gone. Either one or both sides have decided to cut ties and now they’re just playing out the string.

I’m not so sure about this, if for no other reason than he hasn’t been canned yet. History and personalities would suggest that if the Niners had made the decision, he would be gone already and Tomsula or someone else would be in a caretaker role.

Think about the last two HCs: both Mikes Nolan and Singletary were given the axe mid-season. The team did not want to leave either coach in as a lame duck to finish out the year. They made their decision and they dropped the coach as soon as it was decided.

And then there’s Harbaugh. He’s definitely not the type that would decide just to cash a paycheck and say the right thing until the season ends. As much as they’ve been limping along of late, he really doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who would agree to that, especially given his supposedly less-than-friendly relationship with the higher-ups in the organization.

Which leads to two possibilities: one, that his fate hasn’t been decided yet. Or two, they’ve decided or are pursuing a trade to be announced in the offseason. Though in that event you would think it’s going to leak in the coming weeks as the Niners would want to get a new coach in place ASAP and whoever’s getting Harbaugh will want to make what will surely be a big announcement.

So, what’s everyone here think?

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Hot stove & links for the week of 12-15-2014 to 12-21-2014

December 18, 2014

☺ From Nats Insider, Nats recall NLDS, watching Giants win World Series

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December 16, 2014
12:19 p.m.
— Per multiple sources, the Dodgers have designated BRIAN WILSON for assignment.
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11:45 a.m.
— Per multiple sources, the Rockies sign DANIEL DESCALSO.
— Per multiple sources, MICHAEL MORSE signs with the Marlins for 2 yr./$8m.
— Per multiple sources, the Yankees sign CHRIS CAPUANO.
— Per multiple sources, the Rangers sign KYUJI FUJIKAWA and KYLE BLANKS.

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December 15, 2014

12:40 p.m.
— The Astros sign JED LOWRIE.

8:47 p.m.
— Per Ken Rosenthal, the newly acquired DAN HAREN might be traded from the Marlins to another ballclub if the pitcher’s adamant preference to play out west instead of an east coast club ends with his subsequent retirement.
— Per multiple sources, CHASE HEADLEY signs a 4 yr./$56m deal with the Yankees.
— Per Jon Heyman, to avoid a grievance hearing, BRYCE HARPER will make $7m for the next 2 years.

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Hot stove & links for 12-11-2014

NEWS

11:31 a.m.
— Per multiple sources, the Giants are showing interest in ASDRUBAL CABRERA. (YAY!)

10:59 a.m.
— Per multiple sources, ERVIN SANTANA is signing a 4 year deal with the Twins. Bonne chance!

❄ Winter Baseball Meetings Edition ❄ (not covering Rule 5 draft, though)

10:50 a.m.
— …and the SF Giants have officially left the building…

10:24 a.m.
— Per the Chicago White Sox, P DAN JENNINGS, formerly of the Marlins, is now part of the ballclub.

9:09 a.m.
— Per Doug Padilla (ESPN), the White Sox trade RH ANDRE RIENZO to Marlins for LH DAN JENNINGS.
— Per multiple sources, the Royals have signed KENDRYS MORALES to a 2 yr./$17m contract, $18.5 with incentives.

8:51 a.m.
— Per multiple sources, the Reds have sent MAT LATOS to the Marlins for ANTHONY DESCLAFANI and CHAD WALLACH. Possible salary dumping of players by Reds to make way for a nice JOHNNY CUETO payday.

8:41 a.m.
— Per multiple sources, the Reds have traded P ALBERTO SIMON to the Tigers for SS EUGENIO SUAREZ and P JONATHAN CRAWFORD.

8:11 a.m.
— Per Adam Rubin, the Mets have signed JOHN MAYBERRY.
— Per multiple sources, the Tigers are getting YEONIS CESPEDES, P ALEX WILSON and P GABE SPEIER from the BoSox in exchange for RICK PORCELLO.
— Per multiple sources, the Reds are working on a trade that will most likely send our friend MAT LATOS to the Marlins.
— The Yankees signed former Giants IF NICK NOONAN to a minor league contract.

3:30 a.m.
— The Dodgers trade MATT KEMP to the Poodres in exchange for C YASMANI GRANDAL, P JOE WIELAND and ZACH ELFIN.

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WHERE THE HELL HAS EVERYBODY BEEN?

Welcome back, folks. To re-open the blog I’ve convinced our good friend and esteemed baseball mind (fake) Tommy Lasorda to return as a guest author.  

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Jeezuz, I leave for three goddam years and what the hell happens? The friggin’ Giants win ANOTHER series, then ANOTHER one on top of that.

This is unacceptable. You know, in my day this shit never happened. We didn’t let it. The Giants were losers and we made damn sure of it. Sabotage? Possibly.

Now I’m not saying we ever did anything illegal or improper, because that would be incriminating. But remember 1993? Last game of the season, Giants about to sweep us at home and go to the playoffs. I’ll tell you, I was not going to let that happen.

This kid Torres was pitching that game, and you see what we did was, I mean, what we allegedly might or might not have done was, a little trick I learned from Durocher called the Tijuana Trouser Bomb. You see, what you do is call up the madame, assuming you got one handy, and damned if I didn’t have three on speed dial. Anyways, we call her up, I mean we may or may not call her up, and ask which of her girls might be dealing with, well, unwanted companions in the lower regions, if you know what I mean. Crabs. What I’m talking about here is crabs.

Anyway, so we get this girl over, I mean we allegedly may or may not have got this girl over, and I tell you she had more crabs on her than the Cornelia Marie. So we send her over to the hotel to pay that pitcher a visit and I’ll be goddamed if he didn’t leave his fastball in the locker room with about a gallon of that pink shampoo . We ran a damn parade around the bases that day. I’ve never been so relieved in my life.

You know what I did that night? I want to the Palm and I call over the manager and I have them deep fry a whole damn lobster, then wrap that bad boy around a porterhouse and cover the whole friggin’ thing in gravy. Serve it with a nicely chilled gallon of scotch and my friend you have yourself a victory celebration. God, that was good. I blacked out for two days and woke up on the floor of O’Malley’s suite in Caesar’s Palace with Pedro Astacio’s signature tattooed on my ass.

That’s how you close out a season.

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Hot stove & link for 12-10-2014

❄ Winter Baseball Meetings Edition ❄

NEWS
10:21 p.m.
— Per the Colorado Rockies, they have acquired RHP JAIRO DIAZ from the Angels in exchange for INF JOSH RUTLEDGE.

9:57 p.m.
— Per multiple sources, add MIGUEL ROJAS to deal, sending him to the Marlins in this budget saving deal.

9:31 p.m.
— Per John Shea, the Giants have no plans to pursue MAX SCHERZER. (Are we going to make the teeniest off-season move at all?)
— Per multiple sources, the Dodgers have traded uber prospect ANDREW HEANEY to the Angels for 2B HOWIE KENDRICK.

8:36 p.m.
— The Dodgers are close to signing P BRANDON MCCARTHY to a 4 year deal.

4:11 p.m.
— Per Alex Pavlovic, BARRY ZITO will audition for baseball folk in January. He has been working with a pitching guru.

3:21 p.m.
— Per Buster Olney, the Dodgers are working to trade DEE GORDON to the Marlins in exchange for P ANDREW HEANEY. DAN HAREN might also be part of this deal.
— Per Bill Shaikin, P DAN HAREN says he would retire rather than move away from SoCal.
— Per multiple sources, the Pirates get P ANTONIO BASTARDO from the FIresale Phillies in exchange for minor league P JOELY RODRIGUEZ.

2:08 p.m.
— Per multiple sources, JIMMY ROLLINS is now a Dodgers. Full trade info pending.

12:22 p.m.
— Per multiple sources, the Giants are talking to ERVIN SANTANA. 😢

10:50 a.m.
— Per Jim Salisbury (CSN), SS JIMMY ROLLINS “may be open” to waiving his no-trade clause for the Dodgers

7:26 a.m.
— Per Ken Rosenthal, both the Giants and Tigers are talking to SERGIO ROMO.
— Per Evan Drellich, the Astros have signed LUKE GREGERSON to a 3 yr./$18.5m contract. They also signed PAT NESHEK.
LINKS
💩From the Tampa Bay Times, Sternberg: If deal fails, Rays may leave area.

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Hot stove & links for 12-09-2014

❄ Winter Baseball Meetings Edition ❄

NEWS
11:03 p.m.
JON LESTER has chosen the Chicago Cubs as his new home in a 6 yr./$155m contract. While he was determined not to let the money sway him, it’s rather odd that he chose the team that offered the most $$ on the table.

6:31 p.m.
— Per multiple sources, JON LESTER has informed the Giants that he will not be joining the ballclub. However, LESTER still has not announced his club of choice.

5:04 p.m.
— Per Bob Nightengale, the Giants have been in talks with the Braves to acquire JUSTIN UPTON. Braves want to include CHRIS JOHNSON in this package.

1:00 p.m.
— Per ESPN, Giants GM Bobby Evans said that the Cubs, Sox are favorites to win JON LESTER, who stated that he was not going to the highest bidder. Thank God.

12:44 p.m.
— Per Bruce Levin, MIGUEL MONTERO is now a Cub.

12:14 a.m.
— Per multiple sources, the BBWAA will recommend that the Hall of Fame balloting be expanded from 10 to 12. Ring-a-ding-ding.
— Per MLB Trade Rumors, the Angels have acquired DREW BUTERA from the Dodgers.

10:43 a.m.
— Per John Shea, MATT CAIN will begin throwing from 45-60 feet next week. Will throw three times a week.

10:26 a.m.
— Per Jon Heyman, the Pirates have reached a deal with FRANCISCO LIRIANO. Estimated to be 3 yrs./$39m.

10:14 a.m.
— Per Bill Shaikin (LA Times), the Doodgers will not extend ZACK GREINKE‘s contract this winter.
— Per multiple sources, JEFF SMARDZIJA says that going to the White Sox is a “…dream come true…”

10:07 a.m.
— Per Ken Rosenthal, Doodgers working hard on a deal that would send MATT KEMP to the Poodres in exchange for YASMANI GRANDAL plus additional guests.

9:37 a.m.
— Per multiple sources, the A’s have acquired powerhouse players CHRIS BASSITT, JOSH PHEGLEY, RANGEL RAVELO and MARCUS SEMIEN from the White Sox in exchange for JEFF SAMARDZIJA and MICHAEL YNOA.

7:05 a.m.
— Per Ken Rosenthal, the Giants are lining up possible trades in the event that they come up empty in the JON LESTER derby.

LINKS
😂 From CBS Sports, Report: Phillies accidentally traded prospect in 2011 Hunter Pence deal
🚨 From the LA Times, Josh Hamilton needs to have a bounce-back season for Angels

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Hot stove & links for December 8, 2014

❄ Winter Baseball Meetings Edition ❄

NEWS
10:40 p.m.
— Per multiple sources, JON SAMARDZIJA has been traded to the White Sox in exchange for prospects. What else.

7:58 p.m.
— Per Gorden Edes, the Red Sox have made an offer to P JUSTIN MASTERSON.
— Per Jon Heyman, five teams are interested in DAN UGGLA. Oh boy.

2:23 p.m.
— Per Jon Heyman, the Mariners are the favorite to sign MELKY CABRERA while the Yankes are the frontrunners in the CHASE HEADLEY mini derby.

1:41 p.m.
— Cubs, Giants are finalists for JON LESTER.

12:16 p.m.
— The Pirates have clamied RHP JOSH LINDBLOM off of waivers from the A’s.

9:33 a.m.
— Per Jeff Passan, BRANDON MOSS is now an Indian while JOEY WENDLE makes that round trip back to the A’s.

8:20 a.m.
— Per Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times), P JASON HAMMEL is now a Chicago Cub.

8:07 a.m.
— Our own MADISON BUMGARNER has just been named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.

7:12 a.m.
— Per Ken Rosenthal, the Brewers are open to moving LF GERARDO PARRA.
— Per Mark Zuckerman (Comcast), the Nats are looking to sign P JORDAN ZIMMERMAN to a long term deal.
— Per Joel Sherman (NY Post), the A’s are close to forming a deal that would send BRANDON MOSS to the Indians.
— Per Bob Nightengale (USA Today), the White Sox are in “serious talks” to bring JEFF SAMARDZIJA and DAVID ROBERTSON to the team.
— Also Per Bob Nightengale, the Giants met with JON LESTER‘s representatives last night.
— Per Jon Heyman, the Mets, Giants and A’s are among teams looking at Korean SS JUNG-HO KANG.

LINKS
NEW!💸 From Ryan Sadowski of Global Sporting Integration, Posting Fee Expectations for KBO players
😠 From the Kansas City Star, Royals fans not thrilled Giants’ Madison Bumgarner is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of Year
😈 From Joel Sherman (NY Post), How Scott Boras’ demands cloud market for Max Scherzer

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