Ken Rosenthal has some new details on Hanley Ramirez’s deal with the Red Sox:
This makes more sense from Ramirez’s perspective, as it makes him a $20 million+ player both for the guaranteed and vesting part of the deal. One assumes the vesting part is to protect the Sox against a physical breakdown of Ramirez.
Major League Baseball just announced the amount of full playoff shares for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants and the AL Pennant winning Kansas City Royals. The Giants’ take: $388,605.94 per share. The Royals: $230,699.73.
The Giants share this year is a record high. Previous record: the 2012 Giants, who gave out $370,872.53 per full share. Last year’s share amounts were $307,322.68 for the Red Sox and $228,300.17 for the Cardinals.
Each team can vote how many full shares to allocate. They can also issue partial shares and cash awards. It’s overall pool for player shares comes from 50 percent of the gate receipts from the Wild Card Games, 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship Series; and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the World Series.
Other playoff teams got shares as well. Full share amounts:
- Baltimore Orioles: $125,288.04
- St. Louis Cardinals: $115,480.62
- Detroit Tigers: $31,543.93
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: $29,844.65
- Los Angeles Dodgers: $31,542.85
- Washington Nationals: $29,418.13
- Oakland Athletics: $15,266.43
- Pittsburgh Pirates: $16,555.58
It’s almost that time! The time to argue for a couple of months on-end about the Hall of Fame! The ballot has been released. Here it is, with 17 holdovers and 17 newcomers.
Here are the new guys:
Quick analysis: Johnson and Martinez should be shoe-ins. Smoltz will get a LOT of support and could very well make it. No one else need apply, though I think Gary Sheffield deserves far more support than he’ll get.
And here are the holdovers, with their vote totals from last year:
Craig Biggio (74.8%)
Mike Piazza (62.2%)
Jeff Bagwell (54.3%)
Tim Raines (46.1%)
Roger Clemens (35.4%)
Barry Bonds (34.7%)
Lee Smith (29.9%)
Curt Schilling (29.2%)
Edgar Martinez (25.2%)
Alan Trammell (20.8%)
Mike Mussina (20.3%)
Jeff Kent (15.2%)
Fred McGriff (11.7%)
Mark McGwire (11.0%)
Larry Walker (10.2%)
Don Mattingly (8.2%)
Sammy Sosa (7.2%)
Analysis: Biggio should get over the hump and certainly deserves it. It’s hard to see anyone else gaining enough ground to make it, though Piazza should make a push. Multiple guys, of course, deserve to be in the Hall of Fame here. Among them: Bagwell, Raines, Clemens, Bonds, Schilling, Martinez, Trammell, Mussina and McGwire. Many make a good strong case for Walker and Sosa does have 609 home runs.
But, of course, there are politics to all of this. And silliness. And controversy. And a lot of Hall of Fame voters who have no business near a ballot.
And, like I said, we have a good month or so to discuss all of that. And most certainly will.
There are now multiple reports citing Pablo Sandoval’s agent saying that there is no done-deal between his client and the Red Sox. He’s saying, however, that Sandoval will make a decision by the end of the day.
Once again, noting Jon Heyman’s historic accuracy with such things, I suspect that the hesitance to confirm that a deal is in place with the Red Sox is caught up with Sandoval’s people wanting to formally communicate with the other clubs who have made offers — the Giants and the Padres — that Sandoval is not going to accept. Which, while certainly not necessary, would be a courteous thing.
Upshot: thinking we’ll hear within a few hours that the Sandoval to Boston deal is done.
That’s what Ken Rosenthal is hearing anyway:
The Giants are already tied to Yasmany Tomas and, with Sandoval gone, could and should be players for third baseman Chase Headley.
But loading for bear with pitching isn’t the worst alternative either.