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Trade Deadline Newsbeat

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Inside the Cleveland Indians’ trade deadline maneuverings |

For once, the Indians had not only the prospect heft to make a deadline splash but also the desire to deviate from their strict process. Their ideas weren’t limited to catchers and relievers, and as the deadline approached, they engaged in at least some level of negotiations with nearly every club that might have been thinking about selling. They got awfully close with some. But Shapiro used to remind his executives that no talk is cheaper than trade talk. “You’ve either made a trade, or you haven’t,” he would say. It’s ultimately a binary, zero-sum game. This would be dramatically confirmed for the Indians by Deadline Day.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2016 at 02:55 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, trade deadline

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Doc: MLB trade deadline is baseball at its worst

Dumbest column of the day?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, trade deadline

Monday, August 01, 2016

Mets, Pirates swap Antonio Bastardo for Jon Niese - MLB Daily Dish

An exchange of disappointments.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:59 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pirates, trade deadline, trades

Angels deal Hector Santiago, Joe Smith, add veteran Ricky Nolasco, prospect Alex Meyer - The Orange County Register

Keeping hope alive!

Billy Eppler looked at the emptiness of the Angels farm system and knew he couldn’t take the safe route.

When he made the surprising swap of Hector Santiago to the Minnesota Twins on Monday, it was with the idea that if he wanted Alex Meyer – once one of the top pitching prospects in the sport—he had to take Ricky Nolasco.

“These are opportunities we have to seize,” Eppler said Monday. “Everyone documented the situation with our farm system. So let’s grab a guy who is fairly high on people’s high radar for the difference between Santiago and Nolasco… Let’s get the guy who throws 96 mph with a good curve… He’s physical. He throws hard. He misses bats. That’s what we need to gamble on.”

In a lesser deal, the Angels also sent reliever Joe Smith to the Chicago Cubs for Jesus Castillo, a starter in the low minors. That was a simple deal of an impending free agent for a prospect.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:56 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex meyer, angels, hector santiago, joe smith, ricky nolasco, trade deadline, trades

Giants acquire Rays pitcher Matt Moore |

The Giants agreed to a trade that landed them left-hander Matt Moore just before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline. San Francisco parted with infielder Matt Duffy, as well as prospects Lucius Fox and Michael Santos.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:45 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, rays, trade deadline, trades

Red Sox acquire Fernando Abad from Twins - Todays Knuckleball

The Boston Red Sox have acquired left-handed pitcher Fernando Abad from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Pat Light, a right-handed reliever and the 14th-ranked prospect in the Red Sox system.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando abad, pat light, red sox, trade, trade deadline, twins

Trade Deadline: Latest news and rumors |

Trade Deadline Catch-All Thread.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 10:58 AM | 206 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline

Orioles acquire LHP Miley from Mariners

Seattle received left-hander Ariel Miranda in the trade. The Cuban pitcher has spent most of the year with Triple-A Norfolk. He appeared in one game for Baltimore on July 3 at Seattle, allowing three runs and four hits in two innings.

‘‘Ariel Miranda is a power left-handed pitcher with a four-pitch mix that is major league ready that provides us with flexibility,’’ general manager Jerry Dipoto said in an email. ‘‘We are very excited for what he can bring to the Mariners.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, orioles, trade deadline, trades, wade miley

Why isn’t Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy catching for the Cleveland Indians today? |

And, of course, he’d have to live in Cleveland.


Lucroy and his agent, according to industry sources, wanted the Indians to decline his 2017 club option worth $5.25 million and make him a free agent after this season. The Indians, in effect, would be giving up three of their valued prospects for a two-month rental.

There was some talk about an extension, but when the Indians found out that Lucroy really wanted to be a free agent, they said no to the extension. They felt they were giving up too much talent for a rental player. It was not only Lucroy’s talent that attracted them, but his contract as well.
Bob Nightengale from USA Today reported that Lucroy and his agent turned down the deal because the Indians wouldn’t guarantee him the starting catching job in 2017 and certain financial incentives to his existing contract. Tribe starter Yan Gomes is out for six to eight weeks with a separated right shoulder, but a source indicated that if the Indians were willing to part with prospects catcher Francisco Mejia, outfielder Greg Allen and shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang, they weren’t going to do it for a part-time catcher.

In other words, Lucroy was going to be the starting catcher this season and next, but they just weren’t willing to guarantee him the job. He would have also seentime at DH and first base, but he was going to be the No.1 catcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, indians, jonathan lucroy, trade deadline, trade rumors

Yankees farm system could be MLB’s best |

The Yankees moves have been pretty, pretty good.

After shipping Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for Adam Warren and three prospects, including shortstop Gleyber Torres (No. 26 on’s Top 100 Prospects list), and then spinning Andrew Miller to the Indians for a four-prospect package headed by outfielder Clint Frazier (No. 24) and left-hander Justus Sheffield (No. 95), the Yankees have arguably the best and deepest farm system in the game. (We’ll update our system rankings after the Trade Deadline arrives on Monday.)

“I think our system that currently is now in play is starting to mirror what that system started to produce which propelled us into the ‘90s,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Sunday in a conference call following the Miller deal. “We’re trying to get back to a situation where we can build an uberteam, and a sustainable one. We’ll see where it takes us, but that’s the effort that we’ve got going on and I think fans should be excited by that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline, yankees

Trade Deadline storylines across Major Leagues |

Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy rejected a trade that would have sent him to Cleveland, and now Milwaukee has resumed dialogue on Lucroy with Texas. If a deal is completed,’s T.R. Sullivan has reported that slugger Joey Gallo—the Rangers’ top prospect according to MLB Pipeline—would likely be involved. Other names to watch in such a trade are Double-A pitchers Luis Ortiz (the Rangers’ No. 3 prospect) and Yohander Mendez (No. 4).

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rumors, trade deadline

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Athletics Go For New Approach With Eibner-for-Burns Deal - TKB

In a surprise early-deadline move, the Oakland A’s and the Kansas City Royals swapped a pair of outfielders on Saturday. The Athletics sent 26-year-old Billy Burns to the Royals for 27-year-old Brett Eibner.
Eibner was perfect in both right and left field while with the Royals, which holds some appeal and a positive 0.5 WAR where Burns’ WAR was non-existent. After examining the stats and comparing the two players as much as possible, the real appeal for the Athletics’ in Eibner was his excellent on-base percentage while in the minors.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2016 at 10:38 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: billy burns, brett eibner, trade, trade deadline

Jon Heyman on Twitter: “sheffield, frazier, and 2 minor-league pitchers go to yanks. no $ involved.”

Justin Sheffield, Clint Frazier *and* two other minor leaguers for Andrew Miller. That’s a haul.


Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, trade deadline

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Trade Deadline: Latest news and rumors |


The Braves have no intention to trade Francoeur unless they are presented with an offer they can’t refuse. Ditto for Inciarte. Olivera has limited trade value because of his domestic violence suspension, which expires Tuesday, but Atlanta could try to package him in a deal with an attractive trade piece.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline, trade rumors

Friday, July 29, 2016

Carlos Gomez trade ‘has not and will not transpire,’ Sandy Alderson says | Newsday

As they say, some of the best deals are the deals you don’t make.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2016 at 06:20 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, trade deadline, trades



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