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"Is it me or is MLB Free Agents signings going very slow? I know the Tigers are not getting any FA's but there should be some movement soon from others."

Above is a quote from CanTig's Twitter feed.

My response:  They're messin' with us CanTig.  You can't tell me that a week after 9 thousand Major leaguers and 8 billion minor leaguers become free agents, there are no (that is, ZERO) transactions to report.

Probably some intern (read that "slave labor") suggested that they weren't making any money off the release of this data, so they (the ones who pay minor leaguers less than minimum wage) are right now huddling together trying to figure out how to "monetize" the info before releasing it.

 

 

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On 10/30/2017 at 9:28 AM, gzbach said:

To repeat an earlier question:  does anybody know how the ptbnl that the Cubs owed the Tigers worked out?  Often, when these are settled by cash, you don't hear about it, but I would be surprised if the Tigers settled for cash, given their current project to re-stock the farm.

According to Micro, the deal hasn't been finalized yet. 

Don't get it.........I thought there was a deadline.

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2 hours ago, gzbach said:

According to Micro, the deal hasn't been finalized yet. 

Don't get it.........I thought there was a deadline.

6 months. They have til the end of January.

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Here they come folks!  And the first of the pack is rhp Mark Montgomery, 27, drafted #11 by the Yankees in 2011.  Signed with the Cards last year as a FA, pitched in AAA.   Releiver.  No mlb experience, but gets a ST invite.

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Seriously, does anybody have a clue or a theory about the total freeze/blackout on milb.com transactions?  It's been a week now, since all the free-agents became available.

Maybe they didn't pay their electric bill?

 

 

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1 hour ago, gzbach said:

Seriously, does anybody have a clue or a theory about the total freeze/blackout on milb.com transactions?  It's been a week now, since all the free-agents became available.

Maybe they didn't pay their electric bill?

 

 

Not sure. Could it be that there haven’t been many agreements yet to announce? It’s a long offseason. I would think it takes some time for teams to take stock of who is still in the system and where they are expected to play, and which minor league free agents to pursue. And I would also imagine that the various players that might sign minor league deals are taking stock of where they might fit in and weighing offers from different teams. 

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I agree with everything you say, Shelton, and was not expecting many deals yet, but Zero? (That's zero with a Z).

I don't believe it.  Even the Tigers have already signed Mark Montgomery.

 

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Thanks Mr Big.  This one of the nightmare scenarios that I have already considered.

What would explain it?  I can see it now:  one of the brave, forthright, visionary leaders of our Beloved Sport says "we are overpaying our minor-league players so much that we will be bankrupt by June. We must recoup the losses by laying off the poor folks who update the transaction logs.  That will at least save us a few pennies."

 

 

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A lot of MILB deals are agreed to in principal, but not finalized until after the Rule 5 Draft to avoid players being snagged in the draft or crowding minor league rosters.

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One guy released in the Midwest League and a couple in the NYP League in the last couple of days. (none of them Tigers)

I suppose I should quit complaining.*

 

*(sarcasm).

 

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A new righty reliever to go with Mark Montgomery:  Kevin Comer (25) signed out Houston org, former 1st round (comp) pick of Toronto in 2011.  AAA last year.

Also signed:  Niko Goodrum (25), made MLB debut with Minn last September.  Apparently plays everywhere except p,c,ss.  #2 pick in 2010.  Switch hitter with speed.

Both guys will probably get ST invites.

 

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6. Kevin Comer, RHP

Unlike most of the names here, Comer was actually a prospect once upon a time. The Blue Jays took him 57th overall back in 2012 before trading him to Houston a year later. Comer slowly worked his way through Houston’s system and spent most of 2017 pitching in relief at the Triple-A level. Surely, someone will scoop up this 25-year-old who struck out 27% of batters in the upper levels in 2017.

Fangraphs.com

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Efren Navarro just got 8 years younger, changed his name to Edwin Espinal, and re-signed with the Tigers.  Gets a ST invite.

 

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8 guys added to the 40-man at the deadline, bringing it to 39.  The only surprise is new-signee lhp Ryan Carpenter from the Rockies.  I guess I'm also a little surprised by ss Sergio Alcantara, who came over in the jdmart trade.  I didn't know he was that highly valued.  

The other 6 are Eduardo Jimenez, Soto, Turnbull, Gerber, Greiner and Gerson Moreno.

 

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The carpenter signing was the first major league free agent signing in MLB this offseason. 

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I believe he was a minor league free agent who signed a major league contract.

Anyway, who would know, given the total, complete, mind-boggling blackout of announcing any deals?

 

 

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5 minutes ago, gzbach said:

I believe he was a minor league free agent who signed a major league contract.

Anyway, who would know, given the total, complete, mind-boggling blackout of announcing any deals?

 

 

Yes. The first player to sign a major league contract.

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According to the rumor mill (aka CanTig) Chad Huffman is headed back to the Tigers.  Playing almost exclusively 1B, he managed an OPS of almost .900 for Toledo in 2016.  Last year played a lot more OF at AAA.  Will turn 33 in April, so not part of this season's trend of signing younger milb free agents, but so what.  Welcome back Huffy!

 

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Just noticed that Huffman had his second mlb cup of coffee this year....15 PA's with the Cards.  He had 21 PA's with the Yankees in 2010.

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On 11/21/2017 at 9:31 AM, Shelton said:

The carpenter signing was the first major league free agent signing in MLB this offseason. 

I guess my question is how can anybody know who the first free agent signing was, given the total blackout of announcing any deals, where we only hear about them via the 'grapevine'?

Even more than the blackout itself, what I find most disturbing is the fact that I, apparently, am the only one screaming about this.  I'm sure I'm not the only one whose lifeblood this time of year is the mlb/milb transactions.

Doesn't anyone else care?

 

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On 11/19/2017 at 12:35 PM, gzbach said:

Efren Navarro just got 8 years younger, changed his name to Edwin Espinal, and re-signed with the Tigers.  Gets a ST invite.

 

In the above quote, I claim that Espinal got a ST invite.  I don't remember where I read that.  Can anyone confirm?  Today's announcements by the Tigers don't include Espinal.

 

 

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On ‎11‎/‎24‎/‎2017 at 9:02 PM, gzbach said:

I guess my question is how can anybody know who the first free agent signing was, given the total blackout of announcing any deals, where we only hear about them via the 'grapevine'?

Even more than the blackout itself, what I find most disturbing is the fact that I, apparently, am the only one screaming about this.  I'm sure I'm not the only one whose lifeblood this time of year is the mlb/milb transactions.

Doesn't anyone else care?

 

The Milb transactions matter to me too, but you're doing such a good job by yourself that I don't want to break up the flow.  There are 572, I think, Milb free agents on that list and there is some tread left on a lot of them.

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