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Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies is the latest organizational example where developed talent is retained.  How much room do the Halos and Dodgers have left before crossing the competitive-balance-tax threshold?



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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    3-2 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastKyle KendrickFour-Star Performance The Penthouse Kevin Frandsen

Ty Wigginton

Ryan Howard
Kyle Kendrick
Raul Valdes
Jonathan PapelbonAn RBI Single In The Two-Out 3rd To Cut The Score In Half
During His 4 For 5 Matinee
A Two-Bagger RBI To Tie It Up At 2 In The 4th
During His 2 For 3 Day With A BB
* A Sac-Fly RBI For A 3-2 Lead In The 5th
Fired 7.2 Strong Innings
Recorded The Final-Out Hold In The 8th To End The Threat
A 1-Run Save The WhitehouseC Steven Lerud

Jonathan PapelbonHis MLB Debut
His 1st MLB Hit In The 4th
His 7th Consecutive 30-Save Season Greenhouse Cholley's Ball3 Players* A Double (Frandsen), A Pulled Move-Him-Over Groundout
(Utley) And A Sac-Fly RBI (Howard) In The 5th The Fun House Of MirrorsVisiting Infield Defense ** Allowed The SP To Error On A Popup Near The
Mound In The 6th Cholley's DoghouseJimmy Rollins**Did Not Run Hard On A Botched Popup In The 6th,
Which Would Have Put Him On 2nd The House Of CorrectionsJimmy Rollins** Stole 2nd Base To Make Up For His Mistake In The 6th The Big HouseJimmy Rollins** Removed From The Game For His Lack Of Hustle In The 6th

Above Asterisks ( *) = Corresponding Plays And/Or Events

J-Roll Swipes 2nd In The 6th, But Cholley Still Removed Him


Parity For 2013:

This is the peak for all major-league franchises:  $178M. I have always been amused when the Yankees and pre-trade Red Sox were considered landing spots for any free agent with no regard to cost. The reason is that New York has been virtually invisible except for the rumors during the last 2 campaigns. Boston just dumped an unhappy star and 2 bad contracts to press the reset button. The new CBA has a 50% luxury tax, increasing it incrementally to that over 4 years. That means a $20M ace will cost $30M, which is why even the Bronx Bombers lack interest after being penalized over $200M for the last 9 seasons.

The Only Flaw In Pap’s Save Was The HBP On The Batter’s Helmet

This is only a rough estimate because there are so many moving parts. However, it does show where the clubs are with only slight maneuvering ability, which will affect their decisions for ‘13. These computations do not include low-ticket inventory, like Juan Pierre ($800K) or Nate Schierholtz ($1.3M) who are unsigned for 2013. The red pinstripes set aside $5M for the trading deadline and $3M to cover achieved incentives. That means $19.5M for 2 veteran relievers, 1 right-handed power bat and 2 inexpensive players, like Pierre.

DESCRIPTIONDESCRIPTION DealsPlayers & Dollars Under ContractBuyoutsPlayers & Owed Dollars To Not Re-Up Min. $Players @ Approx. $500K MLB MinimumBal. & Bal. $# Of Players To Reach 25 & Dollars To Hit $178M Arb. $Players & Arbitration Dollars ExtimateDec. $Players & Dollars Needing A Decision

TEAMDEALSMIN. $ARB. $BUYOUTSTOTALBALBAL. $DEC. $ Phillies11 @ $145.50M9 @ $4.5M-----1 @ $0.50M20 @ $150.50M5$27.50M----- Dodgers17 @ $169.90M6 @ $3.0M-----3 @ $0.95M23 @ $173.85M3$04.15M----- Angels08 @ $101.63M9 @ $4.5M3 @ $18.0M2 @ $4.50M20 @ $128.63M5$49.37M3 @ $37.50M Yankees07 @ $131.07M8 @ $4.0M5 @ $21.0M-----20 @ $156.07M5$21.93M4 @ $42.75M Tigers09 @ $092.42M4 @ $2.0M3 @ $15.5M-----16 @ $111.92M9$66.08M3 @ $23.75M

Cinco Ocho Secures His 30th Save

Los Angeles (NL) is virtually done spending after they took on big salaries, which means that pickups Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton, Brandon League, Randy Choate and some of their own won’t be returning. The Angels have 3 to decide on, and they are hurlers:  Zack Greinke, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana. The 4 Yanks in that column are:  Mariano Rivera, Hiroki Kuroda, Russell Martin and Nick Swisher. Mo ($15M) and Kuroda ($10M) are the keepers with the starter expected to get a big raise. The Motor City crew includes their closer Jose Valverde, rotation arm Anibal Sanchez, and Delmon Young. Expect all to return with pay increases, which should leave $36M for 6 other roster slots.

These GM’s will have limited flexibility without a swap. Tomorrow, I will cover deep-pocketed and big city teams with some talking money. New York has the Mets, Chicago has 2 organizations, Texas, Miami and Red Sox Nation are the rest. When these other 6 franchises hit their ceiling, there will be stars who play their entire career for 1 club, like Mike Schmidt.

The Doctor Sedates The Nats With A 4-Seam Fastball On August 25 At The Bank


Doc Halladay:

He is 4-1 with a 2.75 August ERA in his last 5 efforts, going at least 7 full every time.  Against the Braves for 2 at that Ted, his ledger reads:  0-1, a 8.74 ERA, 11.1 innings, 18 hits, 11 all-earned runs, 1 walked and 12 fanned.  That stated, he has only been healthy and ready for action this month.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 1RHP Doc Halladay8-7, 3.88 ERA@ BravesLHP Mike Minor7-10, 4.71 ERAFriday, Night 2LHP Cliff Lee3-7, 3.67 ERA@ BravesRHP Tim Hudson 13-4, 3.57 ERASaturday, Late Day 3LHP Cole Hamels14-6, 2.99 ERA@ BravesLHP Paul Maholm2-3, 2.45 ERASunday, Evening 1RHP Tyler Cloyd0-1, 4.50 ERA@ RedsRHP Johnny Cueto17-6, 2.48 ERAMonday, Day 2RHP Kyle Kendrick8-9, 4.01 ERA@ RedsRHP Mat Latos11-4, 3.79 ERATuesday, Night

Mike Minor Reaches Back In The 2nd On August 25 In San Francisco

Mike Minor:

He is 4-4 with a 3.72 home ERA, which is 2.01 lower at the Ted.  He has toiled 6.1 frames or more in 10 of 24 showings with 9 clunkers. However, in July and August for 9 appearances, he is 3-4 with a 2.50 ERA.  In both parks (1 each) against the Phils, his line is:  1-1, a 2.25 ERA, 15 total, 11 hits, 4 all-earned runs, 2 BB and 14 whiffs.

DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012DEFINITION OF SEASON Over The TopExcellent 3-Quarters SidearmGood SidearmAbove Average Short Arm Approximately Average SubmarineBelow Average

Starters’ photos, not described otherwise, are in the 1st inning.

Quality number of the pitcher:  1 – 5

Slot on his club:  1 – 5

Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.

*** = Approximately equal to after plus-and-minus computation

HURLERDoc HalladayMike Minor NUMBERA OneA Five CLUB SLOTOneFive FOR 2012SidearmShort Arm '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories LAST STARTSplit FingerSinker *** LAST HIGH OR LOW4th of 15 Categories6th of 15 Categories

PITCHINNER - R- HPITCHINNER 1Gyroball9 (CG)0 - 0 - 310Screwball64 2Fastball9 (CG)0 - 011Knuckleball53 3Cutter9 (CG)312Forkball0 - 4.2Monstrosity 4Split Finger7213Eephus Pitch0 - 2.2Disaster 5Curveball7314*Palm BallEjected 6Sinker6.1315*Spit Ball**Ejected+ 7Slider62*Breaking BallInjured 8Changeup63*FoshRain Interrupted 9Slurve52*Knuckle CurvePitch Count ** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also


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