Peter Gammons: Splashes and notes from the Orlando Winter Meetings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla—Brian Cashman has done the big deals, like Mike Mussina, Mark Teixeira and C.C. Sabathia. He worked for George Steinbrenner, which meant living in the immediate, and when he and Hal Steinbrenner set out to make over the Yankees from their post-Messersmith Decision prominence—from Reggie Jackson to Alex Rodriguez—to a team whose […]

Peter Gammons: Moving on from the anticipated departure of John Farrell

Right after one of the network pregame shows Saturday, a current manager called. “I listened to Joe Girardi and John Farrell being bashed by talk show and ex-player guys,” he said, heatedly, “people who have never managed, don’t know about 30 second replay times, dealing with players and the media and they wonder why there […]

Peter Gammons: 2B MVP’s, contending bullpens, and more late September notes

Second base has traditionally not been an MVP position. There have been only six MVPs in either league since World War II, from Jackie Robinson in 1949, to Dustin Pedroia in 2007. In the last decade, only twice—2016 with Jose Altuve and Robinson Cano—and 2013, with Cano and Pedroia, have two second basemen made either’s […]

Peter Gammons: David Price’s anticipated return to the bullpen

In his two simulated game outings during the week, there was a sense of normalcy to David Price. He was animated and enthusiastic. The other four Red Sox starting pitchers came out from the clubhouse to watch, a symbolic gesture of team solidarity for which Price had always been known in Tampa and Detroit and Toronto. […]

Peter Gammons: Verlander, Price, Otani, Marlins’ ownership, and more Friday notes

The day the Astros acquired Justin Verlander, they aligned their starting pitching so that if they needed to win on the final day of the season, he would pitch that game in Boston. What they never foresaw was that as it now stands, the Indians would have home field advantage on through, which means that if […]

Peter Gammons: Lester shelved, Astros’ pitching, Marlins ownership, and more

Of course Cubs fans were dispirited Friday morning after Jon Lester had to leave Thursday’s game after five outs and nine runs with a lat strain that required an MRI. The Cubs starters were already 21st in innings, had a 4.19 ERA that bested the Brewers’ 4.20, and, after all, from the time he won […]

Peter Gammons: Buying and developing starters in an inefficient market

We all get it. There is Chris Sale and Corey Kluber, Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner, when they are healthy, but wins are not what they were when Bob Welch won 27. But begin an analytical lecture with the Astros, because they used the first pick in two drafts to take Mark Appel and Brady […]

Jamey Newberg: Kid A.

“I did it,” he said. “It’s done.” And, fittingly, as is so regularly the case when it comes to Adrian Beltre, it was mind-blowing at the same time as it made absolutely perfect sense: He did it on Cooperstown Day. Adrian Beltre does things effortlessly and steadily, dutifully and with workmanlike reliability — but there’s […]

Peter Gammons: Agents, scouts, prospects, changing trends, and the MLB Draft

The Baseball Draft was changed in 2012 because the Commissioner’s Office felt that teams like the Red Sox could use their development revenues to sign players like Anthony Rizzo in later rounds for high round contracts. The idea was to restrict signing pools based on the previous year’s standings and allow losing teams better access […]

Video: Peter on Astros pitching, David Price, Marlins, and more

Peter joins Christopher Russo on High Heat to discuss the Astros seeking pitching, David Price and the Boston Media, potential Marlins sell off and more…