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Friday, May 03, 2019

Cleveland’s disastrous offseason will haunt them now that Corey Kluber is hurt

The Cleveland Indians are going to pay for not spending money in the offseason. After losing ace Corey Kluber to an arm fracture Wednesday, the preseason division favorites look vulnerable. They have no one to blame but themselves for that.

Cleveland entered the offseason with endless possibilities. While the club didn’t look as strong on paper as the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees or Houston Astros, it could have remedied that issue with an aggressive offseason approach.

The bullpen — which posted a poor 4.60 ERA in 2018 — was a major area of need. So was the outfield after Michael Brantley hit the market.

Cleveland responded to those concerns by ... trying to shed payroll. The team shipped out Yan Gomes after the catcher put up a resurgent season. Edwin Encarnacion and promising infielder Yandy Diaz were traded as well. The team even put Kluber and Trevor Bauer on the block, though no deals materialized for either player.

The train wreck I’ve been anticipating for months is now visible to everyone else in the station- wonder if it’s possible for the AL Central champion to have a losing record….

 

QLE Posted: May 03, 2019 at 03:36 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, indians, offseason

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The numbers behind Farhan Zaidi’s busy first offseason with Giants

LOS ANGELES—It seemed a lock that at some point in his first offseason with the Giants, Farhan Zaidi would deal bullpen depth for a starting outfielder. The new president of baseball operations was even open about the calls he was getting on guys like Will Smith and Tony Watson, along with his desire to deal for outfield help.

On Thursday, Smith, Watson and the rest took their place in the bullpen. Connor Joe and Michael Reed started in the outfield corners. That’s not what was expected.

“It was a deep reliever market in free agency this offseason, and we liked our relievers—they weren’t kind of just fodder for us to trade and acquire other pieces,” Zaidi said when discussing the roster Thursday. “A deal like that certainly made sense on paper, but we didn’t line up on anything that made sense for us.”

That doesn’t mean it was quiet on the transaction wire. Zaidi came up short on his high-profile pursuit of Bryce Harper and didn’t really dip into the rest of the free agency market much, but he certainly kept busy. On Opening Day, there were 12 new faces on the 40-man roster.

In case you’ve ever been curious, a consideration of the moves a GM can make during a single offseason.

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants, offseason

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Pablo Sandoval plays role of Giants’ director of recruiting in offseason

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — On the surface, it appears that the Giants are getting a bunch of old Padres together. Drew Pomeranz. Rene Rivera. Yangervis Solarte. Cameron Maybin.

Put perhaps the real link among most the free agent additions is a player who has years of experience facing the Padres.

Solarte, who checked into camp Sunday, said he spent the offseason working out with Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval at the Bommarito gym in Miami. Parra and Rivera also worked out there, along with Dereck Rodriguez, Sandoval’s prized recruit last offseason.

Mind you, he probably should start thinking about career changes, and he certainly has the build of someone in HR….

 

QLE Posted: February 23, 2019 at 03:04 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, offseason, pablo sandoval

Friday, December 07, 2018

Cleveland extends Carrasco

On Thursday, the Indians announced that they’ve signed Carrasco to a contract extension that will run through the 2022 season—i.e., his age-35 season.


Thursday, December 06, 2018

Boston resigns Eovaldi

The ACES client has secured a four-year, $67.5MM contract, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Angels DFA Blake Parker

He was projected to earn $3.1MM by MLBTR & contributor Matt Swartz.He has worked to a 2.90 ERA in 133 2/3 frames over the past two years with the Halos


Trevor Bauer talks very openly about what he thinks Cleveland should do with him

“Ultimately, I think the surplus value on me this year is just way too high. Even with an arbitration raise, you’re probably talking about $15 to $20 million of surplus value.”

“I think of the starters that they were talking about trading—Kluber, Carrasco and me—I think all of us bring a tremendous return,” Bauer said. “So I think you can get a very similar package of players in return in a trade. But I think me and Carrasco have the largest surplus value going into this year.”

“In 2020,” said Bauer, “when my salary raises up to like the $20 million range, then the surplus value isn’t nearly as much. And they’re most likely not going to be able to sign me in free agency, even on one-year deals. So it would make sense to trade me and get some prospects in return.”


 

 

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