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  1. Fall Winslow

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    International Notes: Gurriels, Gutierrez, KBO
    By Steve Adams | March 11, 2016 at 12:35pm CST

    Cuban brothers Yulieski Gurriel and Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., who defected last month and are in the process of being cleared for MLB free agency, will be represented by the Wasserman Media Group, reports Jon Heyman (on Twitter). Yulieski, the older of the two, is believed by many to be the top player in Cuba and will be exempt from international spending limitations due to his age (31) and professional experience. While the fact that he’ll turn 32 this June will limit his earning capacity when he is eventually declared a free agent, Yulieski still figures to command a sizable multi-year deal on the open market. Lourdes, on the other hand, is subject to international bonus pools, though he could very well command a pool-shattering bonus despite the fact that he’ll probably begin this next step of his career in the minors. There’s been talk that the two brothers could come as a package deal in free agency, though that’s obviously preliminary, and a number of factors will ultimately influence where each infielder signs.









    LA based Wasserman group..where Maeda wound up...
     
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    einstein's four deadly sins?
     
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    fwiw, i don't necessarily disagree with everything he says...

    Gossage meets with Yankees brass, doesn't regret comments
    by Andrew Marchand | ESPN Senior Writer — 14 minutes ago

    TAMPA, Fla. -- After being summoned to meet with New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi on Friday, Hall of Famer Goose Gossage expressed no regrets over an ESPN interview in which he criticized the Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista, the New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes and the "nerds" who are ruining baseball.

    "Everything is good," Gossage told reporters Friday. "I lost my mind for a minute. You are talking to an old-school guy. There are things I have a hard time with. The game taught me a long time ago, control what you can control. This is what it is and I said what I said.''

    Gossage participated in camp as a guest instructor Friday. He said he understood where the Yankees brass was coming from but didn't wish to take back any of his words, some of which he repeated on radio shows in New York and Chicago. He said he had no regrets.

    "I said what I said," Gossage said. "I was passed the torch about a certain way to act. Flipping the bat isn't part of that. All the things I said about Bautista just came to my mind and I got it off my chest.''

    Bautista, for one, was still trying to make sense of the comments.

    "I just found them to be unnecessary," he told ESPN's Marly Rivera. "I have tried to analyze it, in every way that my creativity allows me to, and I find no scenario where he would have something positive to gain from it ... but he must have his reasons. Many people feel bad or offended or humiliated by such comments, but playing baseball is a great learning experience and one of the many things I have learned is to leave by the wayside unnecessary comments and things that make no sense, therefore it is easy for me not to engage in any conflict in this case.

    "A lot of baseball players nowadays are a little more connected with their emotions, and that is our style: We understand and respect that once upon a time it was different, but we live in the now."

    Girardi, meanwhile, said the talk with Gossage was cordial, as the Yankees tried to point out how the game has changed.

    "Brian brought up the point that at one point they never wore helmets, then there were no flaps [on the helmets] and then they were flaps," Girardi said. "It is just the evolution of sports."

    In the ESPN interview on Thursday, Gossage went on some extended rants.

    Gossage criticized players who flip their bats at the plate, specifically Bautista, Cespedes and the Toronto Blue Jays.

    "Bautista is a fucken disgrace to the game," Gossage told ESPN. "He's embarrassing to all the Latin players, whoever played before him. Throwing his bat and acting like a fool, like all those guys in Toronto. Cespedes, same thing."


    He lamented the "nerds," who are in front offices, who he thinks are changing the way the game is played.

    "It is a joke," Gossage said. "The game is becoming a freaking joke because of the nerds who are running it. I'll tell you what has happened, these guys played rotisserie baseball at Harvard or wherever the fuck they went, and they thought they figured the fucken game out. They don't know shit. A bunch of fucken nerds running the game. You can't slide into second base. You can't take out the fucken catcher because [Buster] Posey was in the wrong position and they are going to change all the rules. You can't pitch inside anymore. I'd like to knock some of these fuckers on their ass and see how they would do against pitchers in the old days.

    Finally, he took on the fans who cheered for the Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun.

    "Ryan Braun is a fucken steroid user. He gets a standing ovation on Opening Day in Milwaukee. How do you explain that to your kid after throwing people under the bus and lying through his fucken teeth? They don't have anyone passing the fucken torch to these people. If I had acted like that, you don't go in that fucken dugout. There are going to be 20 fucken guys waiting for you."
     
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    90% of that rant is spot on.
     
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    Jarrod Parker of the A's broke his elbow again. It has basically become heartbreaking at this point all the crap he has had to go through health wise.
     
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    I hope someone on every visiting team does a nice bat flip at Yankee stadium this season.
     
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    What do "nerds" have to do with not being able to pitch inside or slide into 2B?
     
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    Heard HoF manager, Joe Torre, in an interview on the psychotic Chris Russo show.
    I started counting after approximately 3 minutes or so, he said "ya know" 25 times.
    I might be a snob, but a guy who is the face of baseball much of the time, should make an attempt to speak like an adult to some degree..but that's just me. I guess it's the new period, as in the end of the sentence or thought.
    Everyone does it a little; it's actually kinda hard not to, y'know?
    But he sounds so pathetic, once you become aware that he's doing it incessantly.
     
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    It's still the greatest game on the planet, but Gossage is right about a lot of things. Some of the charm is gone from by gone years. While I agree that head-hunting is dangerous and is bad business, I feel strongly that the pitcher should be allowed to pitch inside. What Barry Bonds did wouldn't have been allowed in the 1960's game. First of all wearing that body armour would be going begging for a dusting, and hanging over the plate would have been an invitation to target practice. Can you imagine the results if he had faced Bob Gibson or Don Drysdale? Make no mistake, the game has changed. Stopping to admire a home run in that era would have just about guarranteed a beaning in your future. I'm not advocating open season on batters, the extent of the confrontations should be controlled for the good of the game, but I believe the plate belongs to the pitcher and he should have the right to establish the plate. If you are crowding it then you should be prepared to eat dust at some point. Not allowing the brush back pitch is a chicken shit approach by MLB and umpires.

    /rant

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    Guerrero expected to start against Mariners
    by Matthew Moreno | Dodger Blue — 3 hours ago

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have fallen behind the eight ball over the last week or so as multiple infielders have been slowed with some sort of injury. Entering Friday’s game, the Dodgers were without the services of Alex Guerrero, Howie Kendrick and Justin Turner.

    Guerrero, suffering from knee soreness, last played on March 4. Howie Kendrick (groin soreness) hasn’t been in the lineup since March 5. Turner has yet to appear in a Cactus League game as the Dodgers are taking a cautious approach with his return from offseason knee surgery.

    All three players have participated in batting practice and fielding drills at some point over the last week. In Turner’s case, he’s also played in Minor League games on the back fields at Camelback Ranch.

    The list of those ailing grew on Friday as Corey Seager was removed after just three innings. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his club’s loss that Seager was lifted due to left knee soreness.

    While Seager may become the next player to miss some time, Guerrero is expected to return Saturday night as the Dodgers’ designated hitter, via J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News:
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    The Dodgers are playing split-squad games, both at night, on Saturday. They’ll face the Chicago Cubs at Camelback Ranch with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. PT, and take on the Seattle Mariners beginning at 6:40 p.m. PT at the Peoria Sports Complex.

    Guerrero started at third base in the Dodgers’ 2016 Cactus League opener and went 2-for-3, including hitting the club’s first home run of the spring. Overall, he’s 2-for-5 with the one strikeout and one home run in two games.

    Guerrero was the subject of trade rumors during the offseason, and in February was labeled the outfielder most likely to get traded. The 29-year-old Cuban native has a clause in his contract that permits him to opt out after the season concludes in which he was traded.

    Guerrero was mentioned as a trade candidate prior to the deadline last July. At the time, it was reported he may be willing to waive the opt-out clause if he was financially incentivized and sent to a team that could provide more playing time.

    Including Guerrero and super utility man Kiké Hernandez, the Dodgers have eight outfielders on the 40-man roster. Guerrero is owed $5 million this season and in 2017 on a four-year, $28 million contract signed in October 2013.
     
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    28 million? Chump change.
     
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    Man you edit that Donnie baseball tweet and no one gives you any love :crazy:
     
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    they probably thought it was legit
     
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    Bolsinger using poor September 2015 as motivation
    by Daniel Starkand | Dodger Blue — 6 hours ago

    Because of injuries in the starting rotation last year, the Los Angeles Dodgers needed to rely on multiple inexperienced pitchers to keep their rotation afloat for much of the season.

    After a couple of good audition starts, Mike Bolsinger earned what seemed to be a permanent spot in the rotation. He had a very successful month of May, going 3-1 with a 1.05 ERA in four starts (25.2 innings pitched).

    He slowed a bit in June and July, but was still effective (4.40 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in June, and 3.00 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in July).

    After a three-team trade at the trade deadline with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins, the Dodgers added two starters, Mat Latos and Alex Wood, which bumped Bolsinger back to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Bolsinger rejoined the Dodgers once active rosters expanded in September. However, he struggled over the final month of the regular season, going 1-3 with a 7.08 ERA, 8.35 FIP and 1.91 WHIP, while allowing eight home runs in five starts (20.1 innings pitched).

    According to Jon Weisman of Dodger Insider, Bolsinger attributed some of the struggles to his curveball losing its effectiveness:

    “If you look at what my curveball was at the beginning of the year to what my curveball was at the end of the year, it didn’t have that life in it and that tumble. I don’t think my arm had that life in it. All that said, I was still better than that wannabe gangsta bkitch Latos.”

    The right-hander added he’s using the poor September performance as motivation entering the 2016 season:

    “Having that last month in September really left a bad taste in my mouth. Sorta like after you give someone a dirty sanchez or toss their salad. I definitely didn’t want to be remembered as that guy, and unfortunately that is what I was remembered for, and all the other good stuff was kind of put on the back shelf. I really wanted to change — just start a new slate. It really has (motivated me).”

    The 28 year old finds himself battling with Brandon Beachy, Carlos Frias and Zach Lee, among others, for a spot in the Dodgers’ rotation after left-hander Brett Anderson required arthroscopic back surgery for a bulging disk. So it's essentially a case of who can be the least ineffective piece of shit until Anderson (or Ryu or MehCarthy) return. Still, Bolsinger kept things in perspective:

    “You know you've hit rock bottom when you're competing for a spot against a bunch of scrubs. Beachy, Frias and Lee???... sounds like a gay boy band. Wait, that's redundant. Oh well, at least that imbecile Mattingly is gone. Fucken jackass thought I was Glenn Danzig and kept asking for backstage passes. Hopefully that moolie/slope Roberts will see how far superior I am to those other three fags.”

    Bolsinger has made two relief appearances during Spring Training, allowing a combined two runs, walking two and collecting four strikeouts over five innings pitched.
     
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    Keith Law on ESPN Insider says Maeda is a back of the rotation guy, but nothing else.

    Kinda harsh given he's pitched well so far.

    Don't have insider so I don't know what he's pointing out, but if he's a backend starter only, we're gonna go through a lot of pitchers 2-5.
     
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    It is harsh. He'll prove him wrong!
     
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    Kiké Hernandez spends Snapchat Day putting hilarious filters on teammates
    by Chris Landers | MLB.com — 12 March 2016

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    Snapchat Day was many things to many people -- Revealing look at Spring Training life; improbable exercise regimen; dance party. But for Dodgers utilityman/banana magnate Enrique "Kiké" Hernandez, it was something far greater: An artist at the height of his powers, pushing the boundaries of the visual medium, asking what even is real, anyway?

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    What does it mean to "manage?" In our postmodern landscape, what is the meaning of authority? Doesn't Dave Roberts' face on my head make me look sort of like Ron Darling?

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    And finally, his masterwork: "Clayton Kershaw, Mime:"

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    But Hernandez is much more than simply a visionary photographer -- he's a multimedia storyteller, transcending time and space and culture, and revealing the common bonds that make us all human. For instance: Come on, Scott Van Slyke's beard totally makes him look like a Viking.

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    Of course the best photo may have been a completely unedited submission from Dodgers photographer Jon Soo Hoo:
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    hindsight is always 20/20
    but perhaps they should have taken him out after one inning to go out on a good note
    then again, might be better to have him struggle a bit now (in the spring) so he/they can make adjustments
    :shrug:

    Urias attributes struggles to lack of fastball command
    by Matthew Moreno | Dodger Blue — 1 hour ago

    Los Angeles Dodgers top pitching prospect Julio Urias has already pitched in a Spring Training game during his young career — three, in fact, prior to Friday’s appearance against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

    However, with Urias now a year older, more experienced and a window of opportunity in the Dodgers’ starting rotation, his 2016 Cactus League debut came with more intrigue than year’s prior. The outing was delayed a bit as Urias was unable to throw due to groin soreness.

    Urias didn’t disappoint as he entered in the seventh inning with the Dodgers holding a one-run lead. All the young lefty did was strikeout the side, sending Camelback Ranch into a frenzy.

    The enthusiasm quickly came to a halt in the eighth, with the Angels tagging Urias for a leadoff single, RBI double and RBI triple in consecutive at-bats to take a 5-4 lead.

    Urias walked Rafael Ortega and was lifted with runners on the corners and no outs. The prized left-hander chalked up his struggles to fastball command and attempting to pitch more calmly, per Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:

    “I had trouble with the command of my fastball,” Urias, 19, said through an interpreter. “The first inning, my adrenaline was flowing and I pitched well. I tried to relax in the second inning, take a few deep breaths but it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to work out.”

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts didn’t express any concern over Urias’ rocky second inning of work:

    “Julio is fine,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “The ball is coming out of his hand well. The first inning was really good. You know, he was excited and so he was trying to stay down in the zone but he elevated too much and they made him pay.”

    Roberts previously spoke fondly of Urias, calling him “a special young man.” While the 19 year old may be part of the consideration for the vacant fifth starter’s spot in the rotation, Urias presumably faces an uphill battle.

    The Dodgers have carefully built up his innings base and he’s yet to toss more than 87.2 innings in a single season. Some of the development was stunted last season as Urias missed one month after undergoing elective cosmetic surgery on his left eye to remove a benign mass.

    Overall in 2015, including rehab starts with the Arizona League Dodgers and High-A Rancho Cucamonga, Urias threw 80.1 innings. He was was 3-4 with a 2.77 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and averaged 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings in 13 starts at the Double-A level.

    Urias then struggled during his brief time with Triple-A Oklahoma City at the end of last season, going 0-1 with an 18.69 ERA over two starts.​
     
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    Fuck me.

    Wood scratched due to left forearm tightness.
     
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