Trade Deadline Newsbeat
Thursday, August 04, 2016
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.
Posted: August 04, 2016 at 02:55 PM | 8 comment(s)
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Monday, August 01, 2016
An exchange of disappointments.
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.
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.
Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:45 PM | 2 comment(s)
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.
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.’‘
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.
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 MLBPipeline.com’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.”
Posted: August 01, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 29 comment(s)
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, MLB.com’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).
Posted: August 01, 2016 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sunday, July 31, 2016
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.
Justin Sheffield, Clint Frazier *and* two other minor leaguers for Andrew Miller. That’s a haul.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
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.
Friday, July 29, 2016
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