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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Leaks, Agendas, And Old-Fashioned Gossip: Inside Baseball’s Internet Trade Rumor Economy | VICE Sports

How soon before we see MLB rumor mags at the supermarket checkout?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2016 at 06:33 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: media, trade rumors

Monday, August 01, 2016

Heyman - Rangers Dodgers And Red Sox In Mysterious Chris Sale Derby

Could the Yankees jump in on Sale?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, trade rumors, white sox, yankees

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

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Indians to trade for catcher Jonathan Lucroy |

According to multiple reports on Saturday night, the Indians have reached an agreement with the Brewers to acquire Lucroy, a two-time All-Star, as part of a multi-prospect package. MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal reported that Milwaukee would be receiving four players in exchange for Lucroy, who would still need to waive his no-trade clause to approve the deal. Neither club has confirmed the agreement.

Three prospects reportedly heading to the Brewers are catcher Francisco Mejia—ranked sixth on’s list of the Tribe’s Top 30 prospects—shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang (No. 12) and outfielder Greg Allen (No. 22). Mejia and Chang are with Class A Advanced Lynchburg, while Allen is with Double-A Akron.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, indians, trade rumors

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Teams Rarely Receive Equal Value When Trading An Ace -

Those factors pretty much make this analysis useless.

Obviously, factors such as contract length, pending free agency status, team record and payroll availability all play a role in such trades. But from a pure, on-the-field baseball standpoint, it’s clear getting an equal return back for an ace in a deadline deal is a tricky proposition based on our findings.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2016 at 08:10 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, trade rumors

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

Monday, July 25, 2016

Yankees deep in trade talks: Aroldis Chapman for Cubs stud | New York Post

Torres would be a good get, although there is a question whether he’ll outgrow shortstop.


Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 01:24 PM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, cubs, gleyber torres, trade rumors, yankees

Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman could be traded |

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported on Sunday night that the Cubs’ top prospect, shortstop Gleyber Torres, would be a part of a deal between Chicago and the Yankees involving Chapman. Torres was scratched from the lineup before his game Sunday at Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, cubs, trade rumors, yankees

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Report: Yankees say Aroldis Chapman trade near |

The Yankees are informing other clubs that they are nearing a trade of closer Aroldis Chapman but will hang onto fellow left-handed reliever Andrew Miller, Ken Rosenthal of reported on Saturday night. The club has not confirmed the report.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, trade rumors, yankees

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Texas Rangers: Rangers, Chicago White Sox appear to be circling one another in trade dance | SportsDay

I can’t see the White Sox dealing Sale. That said, every player should be available in the “right deal”.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, trade rumors, white sox

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The potential bombshell Cubs trade that never materialized | FOX Sports

The scenario, according to major-league sources, unfolded like this:

The Cubs tried to acquire left-hander Drew Pomeranz before the Padres sent him to the Red Sox for Class A right-hander Anderson Espinoza — simple enough.

The Cubs’ plan, though, wasn’t to keep Pomeranz, who is under club control through 2018. No, the Cubs wanted to spin Pomeranz for a starter who is under even longer team control.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The case for Kyle Schwarber to the Yankees and other trade rumors

Would the Cubs trade him for Miller and Chapman?

“Cash thinks he can hit 50 home runs there,” one source with knowledge of the Yankees’ plans said, and, well, that isn’t altogether farfetched. Schwarber is a 30-home run hitter in any park, presuming he comes back from the torn ACL that has sidelined him almost all of 2016.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 01:32 PM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle schwarber, notes, trade rumors

A’s Rich Hill exits after five pitches, Sean Manaea forced into action - San Francisco Chronicle

He has to pitch to have value.

Rich Hill, one of the top trade chips on the mid-summer market, left Sunday’s start five pitches in after a blister on his left hand appeared to pop.

Hill had been scratched from Friday’s start because of the blister but reported that his side session that day went well and he was fine.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rich hill, trade rumors

Rays offense stalls again in loss to Orioles (w/ video) | Tampa Bay Times

Moore pitched a season-high 7⅓ innings. He had gone exactly seven five times. He allowed five hits and struck out only one because he pitched to contact against an aggressive lineup. Shortstop J.J. Hardy’s two-run homer in the second accounted for the Orioles’ runs.

“I tell you, Moore was as good as Tillman,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That was two good pitchers at the top of their game. Fine margin of error.”

Scouts from the Dodgers, Rangers, Red Sox, Pirates and Nationals on hand to see Moore pitch went away pleased.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt moore, rays, trade rumors

Yankees headed toward unfamiliar role of deadline sellers | FOX Sports

I will believe it when I see it.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 08:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: trade rumors, yankees

Monday, July 11, 2016

Texas Rangers could have a Surprise trade in the works | FOX Sports

Is regressing before you become an All-Star a really big issue?

Benintendi, the Red Sox’s first-round pick out of Arkansas a year ago, has only 177 at-bats at Double A. Some Sox officials are wary of rushing him, knowing that shortstop Xander Bogaerts and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. reached the majors quickly, then regressed before becoming All-Stars.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, rangers, trade rumors

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Drellich: Three trades in, Dave Dombrowski still has holes to fill | Boston Herald

The Red Sox aren’t making a big deal.

“You’ve got to start with one,” Dombrowski said of how many starters he seeks. “I hope we get one. It’s not an easy starting pitching market out there. There’s a lot of clubs looking for starting pitching and there’s not a lot of starting pitchers out there.

“You can get starting pitching. I assure you I can pick up the phone and get a starting pitcher. But is it a starting pitcher that helps you? So that’s sort of the key there.”

What are teams asking for? Exactly what you’d think.

“The names we don’t want to trade always seem to start the conversation,” Dombrowski said.

He didn’t specify, but Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi are obvious names.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, trade rumors

Friday, July 08, 2016

Heyman - Early MLB Trade Deadline Predictions - TKB

Jon Heyman speculating about trade speculations.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2016 at 02:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, trade rumors

Monday, June 13, 2016

Cubs on the prowl for a quick strike in summer pitching market | Chicago Sun-Times

Why would Baez be a non-starter?

Kyle Schwarber, Javy Baez and top catching prospect Willson Contreras are expected to be non-starters in talks. But the Cubs have a handful of other intriguing young prospects (and possibly Jorge Soler) who could be made available.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2016 at 10:04 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, trade rumors, yankees



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