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


About annapirhana

Writer, former KUSF DJ and fan of the SF Giants/SJ Sharks/Great America 49ers. Love quality films, though I don't take things too seriously. If I told you what I do for a living, I'd have to tickle you.
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5 Responses to Hot Stove, Links & the kitchen sink for 11-13-2014

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Good to see this start up again . . .

  2. xoot says:

    The Phillies are in the dumps. Cole H. wants a trade; the team wants to trade Ryan Howard; 2B and SS use walkers in the off season. So the team needs a plan. How do you inspire, rejuvenate such a bunch? Sign Jeff Francoeur to a few weeks of ST. He improves everyone’s mood:

    • annapirhana says:

      Phillies had the #3 salary in the MLB for 2014. Or, so I read! At one time, I did want Chase Ugly since Scutaro seemed to be on permanent DL. Glad that never panned out!

      In other news, there is a mumps outbreak in the NHL. Very bad thing to have for a mature male. Anti-vac people paying attention?

  3. xoot says:

    Congrats again to Kershaw. I’d have to say the award is well deserved. I saw an interesting tweeter response to the argument that the MVP should go to an “everyday” player. Starting pitchers are the central every inning, every pitch, every play players when they’re in. Kershaw faced 749 batters in the regular season. Stanton had 638 plate appearances. Buster had 605.

  4. shoelessinbearvalley says:

    The Cole Hammels story is a good one (see Anna’s link). Cole has a guaranteed contract of $96 Million for his remaining 4 years with the Phillies, but given the money or playing on a winning team, he appears to long for the latter. The lesson herein, is that for all those extended contract years a player might seek, it comes with the decided caveat of getting stuck with an albatross of a team. Lengthy contracts limit a player’s freedom to move … forward in one’s career – choose another path – as opposed to stagnating and enjoying less attention / adulation on a team going nowhere.

    I suspect Hammels isn’t alone – Alex Rodriguez, perhaps, being an exception. That being, most players would give up some of the money in exchange for playing on a winning team – one that enjoys team chemistry, character, and camaraderie.

    The lesson herein to Cano, Hammels, and all the others with lengthy contracts: Be careful what you wish for.

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