Not for nuthin’: Roberts was right, but who cares?

Last Friday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers were leading the San Francisco Giants 2-0, with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts popped out of the visiting dugout to make a pitching change. The first-year manager had opted to remove his starter, Ross Stripling, and replace him with veteran reliever Chris Hatcher. On most nights, observers wouldn’t have given much thought to Roberts’ move. Stripling was making his major league debut and had thrown 100 pitches; the most of his young professional career.…

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Speculating an Iwakuma extension

The Seattle Mariners did well to attain some value for assets on expiring contracts, as well as Dustin Ackley, prior to Friday’s trade deadline. Both Mark Lowe and J.A. Happ were set to hit free agency at season’s end. The list of pending free agents also includes Fernando Rodney and Austin Jackson, but with having a rather terrible season and the other not garnering much interest, hanging on to the pair is understandable. One more name is on that list, and curiously never seemed to be all that much available: Hisashi…

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Lincecum deal sets high market for top starters

It may be a bit early to truly gauge what this winter holds for free agent starters, but Tim Lincecum agreeing to re-sign with the Giants on Tuesday gives us some clues. His two-year $35M deal, pending a physical, indicates more teams will likely use the qualifying offer as a measuring stick for their free agent expenditures, and as usual, it’s going to pay big you’re an above average free agent starter. Lincecum’s 3.2 WAR he’s averaged in his career is probably a bigger piece to his contract puzzle than…

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