Clint Scoles talks draft, looking at potential draftee Griffin Conine:
Griffin Conine, Jeff’s son, has proven over the course of two summers that he can do some major damage with a wood bat, hitting 25 home runs between the Northwoods League in 2016 and the Cape Cod League in 2017. The right-fielder does this with a powerful swing that, while long, stays in the hitting zone for a decent amount of time. Operating with an open stance that he keeps open throughout the swing, Conine has a leveraged cut that should continue to create plenty of fly ball contact once converted to pro ball.
Subtly in this, the Royals have ~$110M positive difference between payroll and revenue. If they are losing $30M+ a year, they would have to have non-payroll expenses beyond $140M. That seems impossible. https://t.co/grV6EBN0oL— Shaun Newkirk (@Shauncore) January 24, 2018
FanGraphs’ Travis Sawchik argues that someone really needs to sign Lorenzo Cain:
The crowd and Dave each projected a four-year deal worth $68 million for Cain. But since no free agent has yet to sign a deal greater than three years, since deals signed after the New Year were 25% below the FanGraphs crowdsourced dollar predictions (compared to 4% above the predictions before it) from 2013 to -17, since there seems to be a lack of market for Cain, there stands a good chance that Cain can be signed for three years or less.
FanGraphs projects Cain to produced 3.3 wins in 2018. With a win worth roughly $9 million on the open market, Cain projects to create significant surplus value in the early part of a potential deal.
lorenzo cain has begun informing some teams they are out of consideration. unclear exactly how close he is to a final call, though, as he's believed to be weighing a variety of offers.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 25, 2018
lorenzo cain is believed to have received several 4-year offers at this point. unclear exactly when his call is coming though he has narrowed the field.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 25, 2018
Sawchik also tries to find a home for Mike Moustakas:
The Braves have a glaring void at third and money to spend. They are projected to finish last in third-base WAR (0.5). Craig Edwards made the case that the Braves ought to be aggressive in this market, also noting that Moustakas would fit well. The Braves could be a sleeeper team in 2018. Not only does the team have a need, but the park would be an upgrade for Moustakas’ batted-ball profile. SunTrust’s left-handed split ranked 12th (108) last season for home runs. Earlier in the offseason, the Angels had a glaring third-base need but filled it with Cozart.
If the Braves are uninterested, it’s unclear where Moustakas might fit. One club that has the payroll space and could front load a deal — as they have with the free agents this season — is the Phillies.
Kings of Kauffman’s Jordan Foote profiles Jason Hammel.
At RotoGraphs, old pal Jeff Zimmerman argues production matters more than home runs for fantasy first basemen, using Eric Hosmer versus Edwin Encarnacion as his example.
One thing I missed with the Royals ZiPS projections: No one is projected as even a league average hitter (100 wRC+). Soler 94, Merrifield 93, and Perez 90 are the only 90+.— Gopherballs (@Gopherballs1) January 23, 2018
Steamer has Soler 102, Moss 100, Perez 97, Cuthbert 93, Bonifacio 92, Gordon 91, and Merrifield 90.
Because it bears repeating, indy-league baseball players (and minor leaguers) make virtually no money.
The Field of Dreams in Dyersville, IA was recently vandalized, and there’s a GoFundMe up to help with repairs.
In light of Glen Perkins’s retirement, Aaron Gleeman’s goodbye is fittingly republished.
BP’s Scott Delp profiles Brewers’ prospect Keston Hiura.
Kyle Glaser uncovered a weird bit of scouting history:
Learned something from the @BaseballAmerica archives today. The #Phillies tried to sign Sammy Sosa when he was 15 and hide it. Also, he was known then as “Sam” Sosa— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) January 24, 2018
From the #Rangers 1987 Top 10 Prospects by @TracyRingolsby pic.twitter.com/cJ1GEafvlP
Former USA Gymnastics physician/trainer Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexual abuse of athletes in his care.
Two physicians are lobbying for Julian Assange to be granted safe passage to a hospital for serious health issues.
That Dundee teaser? That’s a gag ad for Australian tourism.
A new population of one of the world’s rarest fish was found.
Frontman of seminal post-punk band The Fall, Mark E. Smith passed away yesterday.
The song of the day is “A New Face in Hell” by The Fall: