Trade Rumors Newsbeat
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Milwaukee Sentinel, December 15, 1915:
A trade involving six ball players and four clubs is in process of negotiation among American leaguers now gathering in Chicago for their annual meeting, according to rumor.
It was said the Yankees proposed to turn over [Fritz] Maisel to the Red Sox, the Red Sox in turn to deliver [Larry] Gardner, [Smoky Joe] Wood and [Ray] Collins to Cleveland, Cleveland releasing [Ray] Chapman to the Athletics, [Home Run] Baker coming to the Yankees. In addition it was said that Col. Ruppert stands ready to give the Athletics a check for $15,000.
This didn’t happen, presumably in part because the Red Sox realized it would be insane to trade Larry Gardner plus other stuff for Fritz Maisel.
If this trade had happened, it would have been one of the five biggest trades of all time, ranked by total WAR of the players involved. The six players combine for 212.9 BBRef WAR. That’s bigger than Rogers Hornsby for Frankie Frisch and Jimmy Ring, but smaller than the aggregate of the guys who changed hands in the mammoth 1977 Blyleven/Oliver/Matlack/Ken Henderson/John Milner deal.
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
What are the Padres doing?
The club has been shopping outfield prospects Travis Jankowski and Hunter Renfroe, sources told the Union-Tribune on Wednesday. San Diego also is listening on its top three starting pitchers—Tyson Ross, James Shields and Andrew Cashner—and one source said the Padres have been particularly aggressive about pushing Cashner’s name in conversations.
The Padres may be merely gauging interest in their players, but it’s worth noting that neither Jankowski nor Renfroe was drafted under Preller’s watch. Gyorko was sent to the St. Louis Cardinals for veteran Jon Jay, who, like Jankowski, is a left-handed-hitting center fielder.
Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:30 PM | 5 comment(s)
Once the A’s reacquired Jed Lowrie last week, it was obvious Oakland would move Brett Lawrie.
And late Tuesday night, The Chronicle learned that Oakland was nearing a deal with Chicago that would send the infielder to the White Sox in exchange for two minor-leaguers. According to two sources, the teams were still unsettled on the minor-league portion of the deal.
In addition, The Chronicle learned that the A’s are close to signing free-agent reliever John Axford.
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
“We haven’t been actively shopping him, but other than the four guys [Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard and Matz], we’re going to be looking for ways to improve the team,” Ricco said. “If there’s a deal that involves him and makes us better, I think we would definitely consider it.”
Niese went 9-10 with a 4.13 ERA in 33 appearances (29 starts) for the Mets this past season.
How would the Mets’ offset the departure of Niese in the rotation until Wheeler’s expected return in June or July?
“We do feel good about where Rafael Montero is health-wise, and I think he’d be a candidate for that,” Ricco said. “But we have other guys that we like. Sean Gilmartin has started in the past, and I think he’s shown he can get major league hitters out. So he’d be another consideration. And then we have some other young pitchers who would be in the mix there.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees are all known to have spoken about Fernandez with the Marlins, who have said publicly that their ace is unavailable even while they continue to entertain trade talks about the 23-year-old right-hander.
Sunday, December 06, 2015
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
The Diamondbacks and Giants are two more of the 20 or so teams that are said to have expressed interest in Miller. The Braves generally are seeking to upgrade their offense, though obviously in the case of Severino they are willing to look at young pitchers, as well.
One rival GM, while not denigrating the asking prices, said the Braves were “very aggressive” with their proposal.
While there’s no word of anything being close, no one’s exactly hanging up yet. Miller raised his value with a very nice year, and as a rival said, “The (Braves) made a very nice deal to get him.” That is true, as they also obtained Tyrell Jenkins in a two-for-two deal with the Cardinals for outfielder Jason Heyward, who is now a free agent, and Jordan Walden.
Now, the Braves are able to ask a lot for Miller because the price of pitching isn’t going down, even with several top starters free agents. The Braves can suggest that Miller is comparable or close to comparable to Jordan Zimmerman, who just got a $110-million, five-year deal rom the Tigers; by comparison, Miller should make less than $30 million via arbitration over the next three seasons. That represents a major savings.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Melancon saved 51 games last season, and since the season ended, he has heard his name mentioned as a possible trade chip. Why would the Pirates trade such an important part of their team? Melancon’s performance the last three seasons should net him a sizable contract. And the Pirates just aren’t into those.
“It’s been part of my career in baseball,” said Melancon from his home in Houston. “I’ve been traded four times, so really I’ve been there and done it, and if it happens again, then I’ll deal with it.
“I love the Pirates. I love our group of guys and would love to stay here, but I also understand the business of it.
“Every organization has a different business plan, and if the Pirates feel they need to deal me, then I understand that. Our people haven’t said a word to me about the possibility, so until that changes, I’m assuming I’m starting the year with the Pirates.”
Posted: November 22, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
No trade discussions were characterized as far along or specifically targeted to just one team. Nevertheless, Gardner has long been a player whom new Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto has liked going back to his time as an executive with the Diamondbacks and Angels. The Mariners, in fact, as part of the six-player trade done last week with Tampa, obtained center field prospect Boog Powell, who is commonly compared to Gardner in projecting his future.
Posted: November 11, 2015 at 07:08 PM | 11 comment(s)
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Any player should be available in the right deal.
When Dombrowski was asked if he had untouchables, he said, “I have always tried to phrase it that I don’t try to have untouchables. I’ve also said if you have Miguel Cabrera and he’s the best hitter in the game and somebody offers you two Miguel Cabreras, you have to be open-minded about it.
“Does it usually happen? No. There are some players we have that are less apt to be dealt than others.”
Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Brian Cashman was asked about the trade deadline following last night’s game, specifically whether he regretted not making more moves. Of course he said no, but he did drop this interesting nugget. From George King:
“The only second baseman was [Ben] Zobrist and [Oakland] wanted a combo of [Adam] Warren and [Rob] Refsnyder,’’ said Cashman, who declined the offer, while Zobrist went to the Royals. “We tried to improve the bullpen and made a significant offer [to San Diego for Craig Kimbrel] and it was turned down. After the deadline, 75 percent of the players were claimed. There was nowhere to turn outside of [Triple-A] Scranton.’’
In a vacuum, trading Refsnyder and Warren for Zobrist is perfectly reasonable to me. I’m higher than most on Warren but am also probably the low guy on Refsnyder. He strikes me as a fine stopgap second baseman, but someone who has a team in contention constantly looking for an upgrade. In terms of talent and value and all that stuff, Refsnyder and Warren for Zobrist works fine.
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