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.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
They didn’t give up much. They can try and sign Chapman. If they can’t they will get a compensation pick. A nice deal for the Yankees.
Oh, the Yankees hated losing right-hander Rookie Davis, whom some scouts view as a potential a No. 3 starter. Former first-round pick Eric Jagielo, though, had no chance of passing first-base prospect Greg Bird, particularly when he has struggled to stay healthy. The other two players whom the Yankees sent to the Reds—second baseman Tony Renda and right-hander Caleb Cotham—were described as organizational filler.
Posted: December 29, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 29 comment(s)
Monday, December 28, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
The Pirates announced that they have acquired corner infielder/outfielder Jason Rogers from the Brewers in exchange for outfielder Keon Broxton and right-hander Trey Supak.
(...)Supak is 19 years old and rated as the Pirates’ No. 15 prospect, per MLB.com. Supak received a healthy $1MM signing bonus out of the ’14 draft but hasn’t lived up to that investment just yet, as he struggled to a dismal 6.67 ERA with a 23-to-5 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings with the Pirates’ Rookie-level Appalachian League affiliate.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
The Pirates give up on Morton.
The Phillies acquired right-hander Charlie Morton from the Pirates in exchange for Minor League right-hander David Whitehead. Morton’s current contract runs through the 2016 season.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
The Angels were on the verge of acquiring veteran infielder Yunel Escobar from the Nationals on Thursday, sources told MLB.com. The move could help the club at second or third base.
In exchange, young hard-throwing reliever Trevor Gott is expected to go to Washington, a source said. The Angels are also expected to include a Minor League player in the deal. The Angels and Nationals have not confirmed reports of the impending trade, which was first mentioned by CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com.
Posted: December 10, 2015 at 04:59 PM | 16 comment(s)
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Games and trades aren’t won in the off-season. Although it looks like the Braves won this trade, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.
Coppolella has been a frequent target of criticism for tearing down the Braves, not just from media (moi?), but also from Braves fans. Well, not this time. Fans will love that Swanson is from Kennesaw, Ga., love his bat, love his speed. Blair adds to the endless stable of arms that that Coppolella collects like rare baseball cards. Inciarte will help the Braves better compete in 2016.
Think about it: The Braves traded one season of Jason Heyward for four of Miller, plus pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins. They have turned that into Swanson, Blair, Inciarte and Jenkins — an undeniably strong haul for an outfielder who was entering his free-agent year.
The early reviews are in. The early reviews mean nothing. But once again, baseball people are looking at the D-backs and saying, “Huh?”
Monday, December 07, 2015
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Go Yonder, Alonso!
The Padres are trading first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for left-hander Drew Pomeranz. According to ESPN.com’s Keith Law, the Padres are including lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski in the deal, while Oakland also will send minor league left-hander Jose Torres to San Diego.
Pomeranz, 27, is a former top pitching prospect with both starting and bullpen experience in the majors. A harder thrower than most lefties, he went 5-6 last season with a 3.66 ERA in 53 appearances, including nine starts (he also recorded three saves). Over 86 innings, he allowed 71 hits and 31 walks while striking out 82.
Pomeranz underwent clavicle resection surgery, not considered a major shoulder procedure, in October. At the time, he was expected to be ready for spring training.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Jed Lowrie? Brett Lawrie? Could Noah Lowry be next?
e Oakland Athletics have reacquired Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros for right-handed relief pitcher Brendan McCurry, the club has announced. News that the A’s would acquire Lowrie was first reported by Jane Lee of MLB.com. The A’s have 41 players counting against their 40-man roster limit and have not yet announced a corresponding move.
Lowrie, turning 32 next season, has two years and $14 million remaining on the three-year deal he signed with the Astros after going to free agency in 2014, plus a club option in 2018 for $6 million with a $1 million buyout. In 69 games and 263 plate appearances, Lorie hit .222/.312/.400 with the Astros in 2015, a wRC+ of 91.
Jed Lowrie played shortstop with the A’s, but with the Astros he moved from shortstop to third base after a right thumb injury on a slide into home caused him to tear a ligament in his right thumb, putting him on the disabled list from late April to late July. Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa was promoted in June, prompting a permanent move to third base.
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