Thursday, December 05, 2013
Dayton just don’t understand.
Aoki, 31, is a left-handed hitter who spent the last two years with the Brewers after eight seasons at Yakult in Japan’s Central League. He batted .286 last season with a .356 on-base percentage in 155 games.
Smith, 24, blossomed last season after shifting to the bullpen and emerged in the closing weeks as one of the club’s primary setup relievers for All-Star closer Greg Holland.
Aoki spent most of the last two seasons as the Brewers’ leadoff hitter and appears likely to fill that role for the Royals, who could then shift Alex Gordon to a lower spot in the lineup.
The trade isn’t expected to affect the Royals’ pursuit of Beltran.
Aoki is under contract next season for $1.95 million. He ranked second in the majors last season with 40 infield hits and led the National League with 140 singles while striking out just 40 times in 674 plate appearances.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Great trade! Who’d we get?
The Orioles made a pair of waiver claims with the hopes of bolstering their lineup this week, and Friday they were able to convert on one of them by acquiring Mike Morse from the Mariners in exchange for outfield prospect Xavier Avery. Both teams have announced the trade via press release.
Morse, 31, came to the Mariners in a three-team trade that sent John Jaso to the A’s and prospects A.J. Cole, Ian Krol and Blake Treinen to the Nationals. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik had high hopes in re-acquiring Morse after the right-handed hitter mashed his way to a .296/.345/.516 line with 64 homers in 346 games from 2010-12. However, Morse has been a disappointment in Seattle. He slugged six homers in the season’s first nine games but is now hitting just .226/.283/.410 with 13 homers overall. He’s missed time this season with a broken pinkie finger as well as a severe quad strain.
Morse, who was claimed by the Orioles on Wednesday, is a free agent at season’s end, so he is strictly a rental. He’s earning $6.75MM this season, meaning that he has approximately $1.1MM remaining on his contract. While Morse has experience as a corner outfielder and first baseman, he’s regarded as one of the game’s worst defensive outfielders by both Ultimate Zone Rating and The Fielding Bible.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Sources said Kennedy asked for the trade after receiving notice that he was significantly behind in his obligation to give Kirk Gibson 100 pitches per start, and that Crazy Gibby Collections would be demanding repayment of the entire back-debt during Ian’s next inning pitched.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
The Chicago Cubs traded Carlos Marmol to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Matt Guerrier, the team announced.
The Dodgers also acquired international signing bonus slot number four from the Cubs.
Guerrier, who is expected to join the Cubs later this week, has gone 25-33 with 112 holds, six saves and 3.54 ERA in 513 major league appearances.
Marmol was designated for assignment on June 25, giving the Cubs a 10-day period to trade him or give him his unconditional release. He had a limited no-trade clause with six teams he could block, including the Dodgers.
Marmol is owed more than $5 million on his $9.8 million for this season, and another source said the Dodgers will absorb some of the money owed. He’s ending a three-year, $21 million contract with the Cubs, who are the only team he’s played for in the majors.
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