Yesterday, Lazaro Collazo, one of the defendants in the Biogenesis case filed a motion. If you’re curious about the substance of it, read about it here. That Daily News link couches it in terms of A-Rod, but it’s not terribly relevant to his situation or anything we tend to care about around these parts. No real baseball impact, anyway.
What is interesting, however, is that he attached all manner of documents to his motion. One of them was a HardballTalk article from a couple of weeks ago which, well, good luck buddy:
If by “reported” he means “linked a story from four years ago,” well, sure. Maybe this guy’s lawyer needs to become more familiar with the Internet. Or maybe he can call me as a character witness. For who, I have no idea, but I’d like a trip to Miami.
A far more relevant thing he attached to his motion is the actual agreement between Anthony Bosch and Major League Baseball which effected Bosch’s cooperation with the league. It’s mostly a standard sort of cooperation agreement. Of note, however, is the provision in which Major League Baseball agrees to provide Bosch with security to the tune of $2,400 a day. Which is some kind of security.
Anyway, if you’re interested in this stuff like I am, you can read that here:
Some news the likes of which, hopefully, one day won’t be newsworthy: the Boston Red Sox have promoted their director of player development, Raquel Ferreira, to the position of vice president of baseball administration. As Alex Speier of WEEI notes, this makes her just the third woman at the level of vice president or above in major league baseball, following MLB VP Kim Ng and Yankees senior vice president Jean Afterman. UPDATE: I’m told now that Ferreira may just be the third woman VP or higher in baseball operations, not baseball as a whole.
In other news, I just got done watching the “Battered Bastards of Baseball” documentary on Netflix. It’s about the independent Portland Mavericks from the 1970s, run by actor/showman Bing Russell. It’s an excellent film which I highly recommend you see. Even if you know the general story of that club, there’s plenty to learn there. Including the fact that their assistant general manager was Lanny Moss, who later was the GM for the Boise team in the Northwest League. She is believed to be the first full-time woman general manager in the minor leagues (more on the history of women GMs here).
Back in the 1970s, the most common way to advance in baseball was to either have playing or coaching experience (with coaching gigs reserved for those who played) or to have some sort of family tie to the club. That pattern is nowhere near as strong as it used to be, with clubs now routinely hiring people from business and analytics backgrounds, substantially opening up the field. Maybe it took a Maverick like Bing Russell to hire a woman for a top executive position in baseball the 1970s. That’s certainly less so today, even if it’s still rare to find people ascending as high as Raquel Ferreira has with the Sox.
One hopes and presumes that, as time goes on, there will be more than just three women near the top of baseball’s management structure and that baseball’s executive ranks will better-reflect the fan base and the country as a whole.
If you can catch, you’re valuable. Miguel Montero can catch, ergo:
The Diamondbacks continue to have dialogue with other clubs on a variety of players, including catcher Miguel Montero . . . Among the teams the Diamondbacks have spoken to about Montero are the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox.
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that. But also notes that the action is not really heated at the moment.
The 31-year-old Montero caught 131 games last year with some extra DH and pinch hitting duties thrown in. After a a 2013 in which he spent some time on the DL and his hitting suffered, he bounced back up to a line of .243/.329/.370. That’s off his peak, but comes out to an OPS+ of 95, which ain’t bad for a catcher.
What is kind of bad? His five-year, $60 million contract which still has two years left to go.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman makes the news in the offseason for making big free agent signings and, occasionally, for rappelling down buildings. But he’s done something else for the past four years which is more meaningful. And he did it again last night:
Brian Cashman expected not to get much sleep Thursday night. But not because he’s worrying about missing out on any big free-agent signings. For the fifth consecutive year, the New York Yankees general manager planned to sleep outside in the blustery West 41st Street courtyard of Covenant House as part of an annual nationwide event to raise money to benefit homeless children and adolescents.
In the story Cashman explains how bad just one night can be, and that “no one should have to live like that.” He’s absolutely right there.
Some good work from the guy who runs the allegedly evil empire.
MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that the Padres and Braves “have emerged as the favorites” for Yasmany Tomas.
Of course, being a favorite isn’t a guarantee of anything. The Phillies were considered the favorite for Tomas until, like, yesterday, but have “cooled” on him. The Braves and Padres, not typically the top bidders for high-profile guys, could do the same and we could see other teams emerge. As of yesterday it was reported that Tomas would attend the Winter Meetings in San Diego. That’s more than two weeks from now, and a lot can happen in two weeks.
Whoever ends up with him will pay a pretty penny, of course. Sanchez says that that Tomas is seeking $15 million per season on a 5-7 year deal, but could seek more per year on a shorter-term deal to take advantage of free agency a second time before he gets too much mileage on the odometer.