Thursday, August 25, 2016
There goes Kershaw’s personal catcher.
The Dodgers have acquired catcher Carlos Ruiz from the Phillies in exchange for catcher A.J. Ellis, Minor League pitcher Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later or cash considerations, the clubs announced on Thursday.
The A’s announced this morning that LHP Marc Rzepczynski (1-0, 3.00) was traded to the Nationals, along with cash, for minor league 2B Max Schrock. Max Schrock, age 21 and taken out of South Carolina in the 13th round last year, seems like a weirdly excellent pickup. He’s the Nationals’ #17 prospect according to MLB.com, which sounds about right for a reliever trade in late August, but he’s having an incredible debut season.
Across A and High-A this year, he’s hit a combined .333/.378/.456 with 9 homers and 22 stolen bases over 543 PAs.
Monday, August 01, 2016
The Giants filled one of their biggest needs Monday, acquiring left-handed setup man Will Smith from the Brewers, but the cost was enormous.
A source confirmed the Giants will send Milwaukee 2015 first-round draft pick, right-hander Phil Bickford, and catcher Andrew Susac.
Bickford, 21, has struck out 105 batters in 93 innings at two Class A levels this season and was considered a future cornerstone for the rotation. That the Giants would deal him for a reliever suggests how much the Giants felt they needed to shore up the bullpen to make a title run in 2016.
The price in trade was higher, too, because the Giants will have three more years of control of Smith, a 27-year-old Georgia native who has swing-and-miss stuff but whose numbers are off this year after he incurred an odd knee injury in spring training while trying to change shoes. Last year he struck out 12.9 batters per nine innings, this year 9.0.
Posted: August 01, 2016 at 03:04 PM | 23 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.
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.
Reportedly, Hector Olivera will be designated for assignment by the Padres when he comes off the restricted list next week.
The Braves officially acquired Kemp and at least $10.5 million from the Padres on Saturday night in exchange for Olivera. Atlanta’s executives viewed this as a move that could enrich the club’s future and also create some excitement as the team attempts to turn things around during the season’s final two months.
Posted: July 31, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 24 comment(s)
Thursday, July 28, 2016
“By now, we had begun working with a company called Stay Fit Housing, which handles all the little things about getting moved to a new town and set up again, and gives players flexible leasing options that are easy to terminate if you’ve got to move again fast, as we had to this year,” he said. “We weren’t set up this way at all in Denver—we were looking at the long-term there—but this time we were ready.”
Erica Ruiz, Latin American client coordinator for the full-service player representation agency Octagon Baseball, emphasized that the process can be particularly difficult for ballplayers who speak English as a second language or come from other countries.
“It’s a very confusing time for these guys, and obviously players who are new to the country are at a higher risk for either being taken advantage of by landlords or simply not doing all the things they need to do when they have to move,” she said. “As a result, what we do at Octagon is to hurry to resolve all these matters for the players that we represent, which can be especially challenging for players entering expensive rental markets like New York and Chicago.”
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Cubs added what they hope will be a key piece to the bullpen on Wednesday, acquiring left-handed reliever Mike Montgomery from the Mariners for Minor League prospects Dan Vogelbach and Paul Blackburn.
Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 27 comment(s)
Thursday, June 30, 2016
The Miami Marlins have been a somewhat surprising contender this season, and now, they are trying to improve their chances. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Marlins have struck a deal with the San Diego Padres to acquire reliever Fernando Rodney.
The 39-year-old has been nothing short of spectacular this season, posting a 0.31 ERA in 28.2 innings of work. He has recorded 33 strikeouts and boasts a minuscule 0.872 WHIP. Rodney strengthens what is an already solid Miami bullpen that features power arms such as A.J. Ramos, Kyle Barraclough and David Phelps.
The Dodgers have acquired right-hander Bud Norris from the Braves, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reports two minor-leaguers will go to Atlanta in the deal.
Norris, 31, will provide immediate starting depth for a Dodgers’ rotation that has dealt with injuries to Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy, Alex Wood and Brett Anderson so far this season. He has posted a 2.15 ERA over his last five starts, becoming a viable trade chip for a rebuilding Atlanta squad.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The Braves made another trade Monday that underscores the importance they place on the June draft in their rebuilding plan.
They traded minor league pitchers Brandon Barker and left-hander Trevor Belicek to the Orioles in exchange for left-handed reliever Brian Matusz and the No. 76 pick in next month’s draft. That brings to five the number of picks the Braves hold among the first 80 picks in the June 9-11 draft, Nos. 3, 40, 44, 76 and 80.
The Braves immediately designated for assignment the contract of Matusz, who could traded or released.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Wow, how could Chicago pass on getting Allen Craig?
If the White Sox want Rafael Devers or Andrew Benintendi instead of Travis, so be it. They get one of that trio.
Chicago will want high-end pitching, too. With Michel Kopech injured and quite possibly a knucklehead, Anderson Espinoza has to be included in the package. You aren’t getting Sale without giving up a prime-time mound prospect.
With LaRoche gone, Chicago needs a first baseman/DH type. Send them Allen Craig and pick up $18 million of the $21 million he is owed.
From there, draw up a list of players and let the White Sox pick two. Put Deven Marrero, Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, Roenis Elias, Marco Hernandez, Matt Barnes, and Pat Light on the table.
So the final package would be something like Travis (or Devers or Benintendi), Espinoza, Craig, $18 million, and two others for Sale.
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