Quick Hits: League, Tracy, Upton, Blue Jays

Brandon League told reporters that he has informed the Dodgers that he would like to re-sign this winter, writes Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com.  After a rough handful of games to kick off his Dodger career, League settled down to finish with a 2.30 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 4.6 BB/9 in Los Angeles.  Here’s more from around baseball as Miguel Cabrera celebrates his Triple Crown season..

  • With his status uncertain for 2013, Rockies skipper Jim Tracy is set to meet with front office management on Friday, writes Troy Renck of The Denver Post.  Tracy was said to have a handshake agreement for next season but there has been heavy speculation that the club could let him go this offseason.
  • From talking to people around the Rays, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (via Twitter) can’t find anyone who thinks that Tampa Bay will come up with the money to retain B.J. Upton.  Recently, more than 61% of MLBTR readers polled said that the Rays should extend Upton a qualifying offer this winter.
  • Blue Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos says that he is comfortable with John Farrell returning to manage the club with just one year left on his contract, tweets Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.  The GM went on to say that the club’s payroll will go up for next season, though there will not be a “bottomless pit” to work from (Twitter link).
  • Dodgers outfielder Shane Victorino will be parting ways with his representation at ACES and is interviewing other agents, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today.  The veteran is set to hit the open market this winter.  Earlier tonight, we learned that Nyjer Morgan has also dropped ACES.
  • If the Rangers are bounced early from the postseason, Josh Hamilton‘s dropped pop-up against the A’s earlier today will have an impact on Texas’ willingness to bid on him, opines Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (via Twitter).


49 Responses to Quick Hits: League, Tracy, Upton, Blue Jays Leave a Reply

  1. Tim Z. 3 years ago

    Don’t you mean Miguel Cabrera’s triple crown season? Pretty sure Melky’s season will be memorable for something else.

    • Slopeboy 3 years ago

      Yes, Melky tested positive for Testosterone, Amphedimines and Skittles.

      • $1529282 3 years ago

        No wonder he was in Beast Mode all season.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        And failure to cover his tracks in an adequate way.. IE: His internet coverup.

        Washington had Watergate conspiracy and SF had Milk turned bad.

  2. letsgogiants 3 years ago

    I think you mean Miguel Cabrera…Not Melky

  3. hawkny1 3 years ago

    Hopefully the Red Sox will not sign any outfielders who have played for the Tampa Bay Rays this offseason.

    • Tko11 3 years ago

      Or the Rangers

      • hawkny1 3 years ago

        Agreed! They cannot catch pop ups down there in Texas…. :)

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      I doubt it. Last FA they signed who was comparable to Upton attitude wise was Jose Off(al)erman.. Boston isn’t going to give Upton (nor his agent) any contact info.. A waste of time.

      • hawkny1 3 years ago

        Hmmm… Remember Carl Crawford? 7 yrs. @ $20M per….

        If you don’t that is okay. He didn’t play much.

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

          Crawford didn’t have a crappy attitude and half play when he want, need a manager on his rear to run out grounders, get benched for not hustling etc….

  4. “Here’s more from around baseball as Melky Cabrera celebrates his Triple Crown season.”

    Something’s off here…

  5. hawkny1 3 years ago

    So much for John Farrell going to Boston…… in 2013.

    • Tko11 3 years ago

      Thankfully! I mean it cant get much worse than Bobby V but Farrell hasnt been very good in Toronto either.

      • ARod's Ring 3 years ago

        what is Farrel’s batting Avg again…?

      • LazerTown 3 years ago

        Bobby V’s team entirely blew up. Anybody can do better than that.

  6. Tko11 3 years ago

    Congratulations to Miguel Cabrera! Now give the man his well deserved MVP!

  7. Tony DiQuattro 3 years ago

    No reason the Rays shouldn’t make a qualifying offer to Upton.
    Best case: he turns down the offer and Rays get a first round pick.
    Worst case: he accepts, they trade him to a team that can afford a $12-13M outfielder worth 2-3 WAR and an opportunity to get a pick next year.

    • mlbscout6 3 years ago

      I thought traded players don’t get compensation picks? Does anyone know when the cutoff to this rule applies?

      • MLB_in_the_Know 3 years ago

        All they need is 1 full season with their new team.

    • LazerTown 3 years ago

      I really think it is a bit ridiculous to have him being paid $13M. I think this is a case where WAR way blows it out of proportion on the value that he adds to the team. He really is atrocious in the lineup, and sure he is good in center, but that is his extent of value.

  8. The big surprise is that Cabrera did this so under the radar—then again, he’s just that consistent year in and year out. I know that Mike Trout is making a strong MVP case, but Cabrera should have won it already at least once…and I think that this pushes Miguel Cabrera over the top for the MVP discussion. His fielding hasn’t been too big a liability either (his fielding percentage was .967).

    • LazerTown 3 years ago

      I really don’t like that arguement. I think mvp should win it regardless. I could care less if someone won it before or even last year, if they deserve it then they win it. Comes down to who was more valuable.

  9. crashcameron 3 years ago

    this Trout v. Cabrera thing p’s me off bigtime.
    throw all the stats at the wall, geek and/or trad, and its close as to whatever argument you want to make either way.
    Trout was epic rookie, but Cabrera was a beast with the bigger burden.
    triple crown, people. this ain’t a no-hitter. on any given day a Bud Smith can go no-no.
    triple freakin crown

    • LazerTown 3 years ago

      Triple Crown is based off of HR/AVG/RBI. HR are important, AVG is moderately important, and RBI are really a bad indicator of the worth of a player. Maybe if it had different stats, but those really aren’t the best qualifiers.

  10. diehardmets 3 years ago

    Despite Miggy’s Triple Crown season, Trout is by far the winner. 30-50 seasons are actually more rare (and more valuable IMO) than a Triple Crown, and Trout also contributes the best CF defense inn the game. Though Cabrera may be a better pure hitter ( though not by much), Trout’s contributions on the basepaths and in CF leave him far and away the better candidate for MVP.

    • Gothapotamus 3 years ago

      Tigers made the playoffs with Cabrera, Angels missed the playoffs with Trout. Without Cabrera, the Tigers do not make the playoffs. Without Trout, the Angles still would miss the playoffs.

      MVP = Cabrera

      • Karkat 3 years ago

        I’ve never liked the playoffs argument for MVP. I mean, the Angels finished with a better record than Detroit but finished third in their division. While Miggy is clearly very valuable, I don’t think he had anything to do with the overall weakness of the AL Central that let the Tigers win the division with their 88-74 record. I’m not necessarily saying that he shouldn’t win the award, I just think that argument is a fundamentally flawed one. (Personally, I think Cabrera’s surprisingly adequate play over at third, after several seasons at first, is what gives him that exact nudge as most *valuable* player.)

      • diehardmets 3 years ago

        Angels are the better team, easy counter to that argument.

        Cabrera WAR – 7.2
        Trout WAR – 10.4 (in one less month)

        Not even close.

        • Gothapotamus 3 years ago

          Whether they are a better team is a matter of debate. I can tell you the Tigers are in the playoffs and the Angels aren’t.

          The WAR comparison is too literal. Statistically, I agree that Trout had a more impressive year, especially when you factor in his defensive contributions. But however good Trout was, it wasn’t good enough for the Angels to make the playoffs and have a chance at winning the World Series. Without him, they’d still be on the outside looking in. The same can be said about the Tigers without Cabrera – he was the difference maker putting them over the top – he’s the MVP.

          • LazerTown 3 years ago

            The Angels are a better team though. The AL Central is incredibly weak division, It is one of the only 2 divisions with more than 1 90 game loser AND there is 3 of those 90 game losers in that division. It is also one of the only 2 divisions with 3 90 game winners. It is a competitive place. WAR is definetely not the best measure when comparing between different positions, but Trout plays spectacular defense at a more difficult position, 49 sb with a 91% theft rate. Look at the # runs allowed by the other teams in that division, it is some of the weakest pitching, compared to al west with some of the best pitching staffs. You are basing your cabrera mvp off of the terribleness of the indians, royals, and twins rather than the fact that trout was better.

          • Gothapotamus 3 years ago

            You proved my point … Trout may have been better, but the award isn’t for the best player, it’s for the most valuable.

          • LazerTown 3 years ago

            Not exactly.

          • Giorgi Almonte 3 years ago

            Man you have the point, I agree with you, this guys maybe forget about last year, when Kemp have a better season than Braun, Its similar with this two guys…

          • diehardmets 3 years ago

            That’s completely illogical. Trout is the better player and was MORE VALUABLE to his team, more so than any other player. Playoffs are irrelevant in determining who had the most valuable. Who contributed the most? Trout. Not his fault the rest of his team couldn’t supplement his play to get past the Rangers and the A’s

    • Karkat 3 years ago

      “But triple crown!!!!!” –BBWAA

    • Tko11 3 years ago

      Reread my other response. He had 30-49. There have been 48 30-30 seasons. Arod had 42-45 in 1998 and came 9th in mvp voting.

  11. Shane McMahon 3 years ago

    Cabrera MVP…..end of discussion.

  12. lakersdodgersyankees4life 3 years ago

    and if the Tigers were in the AL West they are in 4th place… But they make the playoffs because the central sucks and he’s MVP?

  13. Tko11 3 years ago

    I find that to be completely irrelevant. Its like saying if Romney was a Latino he would have a better shot at the presidency. Hes not Latino and the Tigers arent in the AL West so whats the point? They won their division which is all that matters to them, is it okay to fault Miguel Cabrera for his team being in a weaker division? Is it his fault the other teams in his division arent as good as some of the teams in the AL West? If you want to make that argument then you should get rid of divisions in baseball and use the NBA format. I really hope that never happens though.

  14. lakersdodgersyankees4life 3 years ago

    The comment I’m responding to specifically said trout was sitting at home and Cabrera should get the MVP. This is the 2nd straight year, If Cabrera wins the MVP, that a guy will win the MVP because the other player’s team didn’t make the playoffs. And the point is the argument for Trout not getting the MVP is the Angels are out. The argument for Cabrera is he won the triple crown. If Hamilton hit two more bombs, is he not MVP all of a sudden? He isn’t because Trout had a year 10x as good as Cabrera and missed the first month of the season

  15. LazerTown 3 years ago

    Yea but on the same point: Is it fair to take it away from the better player just because his team plays in a much more competitive division?

  16. Karkat 3 years ago

    Actually in this case fielding percentage wouldn’t be terrible to make some kind of point, with context. Then again the concern with Miggy was range, not his potential for errors, so it wouldn’t be making the RIGHT point…

  17. Tko11 3 years ago

    In my opinion Cabrera is the MVP either way. The MVP award has never really taken defense into account. 10x as good as Cabrera? No way. I guess everyone who thinks the MVP should be given to Trout thinks that the MVP should be given to the player with the highest WAR.

  18. Tko11 3 years ago

    Nope just like its not Cabreras. Thats why I said saying something like that is really irrelevant. Its a factor the players cannot control. Plus Cabrera has been putting up these type of numbers for years, I highly doubt its because of weaker pitching in his division.

  19. Tko11 3 years ago

    The division the player is in and the way the teams in their division play is out of the players control. Either way if you want to make that argument then I guess Cano or Granderson should win the MVP. The Yankees had the best record in the AL and without either of those guys they dont win the division. Historically the MVP has been an award centered around offensive categories not so much defense. I mean come on Mo Vaughn won it.

  20. diehardmets 3 years ago

    Not only that. 30-50 seasons are actually more rare than a Triple Crown, and Trout did that in one less month.

  21. Tko11 3 years ago

    Maybe we can talk about 30-50 when he has a 30-50 season. He missed it by one steal and barely got the 30 homers…So hes basically in the 30-30 club which has been done 48 times by 28 different guys. Arod barely missed the 30-50 club in 1998, He had 42 homers and 46 steals. So what? He was ninth in MVP voting that year…

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