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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Engel: Rangers need to do right by Adrian Beltre and trade him

Mac Engel on his high horse:

Hopefully the Rangers do Beltre better than the Dallas Mavericks did to Dirk Nowitzki.

Much like the Mavs with Dirk, the Rangers sold Beltre a bag of hope when it’s more of a prayer, and made him believe they had a shot at the one thing he covets, a title, when we know they don’t.

Beltre doesn’t want to think about it, or talk about it, so let us do it for him.

The second before it becomes apparent this team can’t win the World Series, the Rangers need to do right by Beltre and trade him to the team that can. That “second” feels a lot like right now.

I don’t know that I agree with the premises here.  Sure, if some team offers outstanding prospects for Beltre mid-season, I will mourn his departure but deal with it – he’s not going to be in the major leagues for much longer, let alone as a Ranger.

But in these days of two wild cards, the Rangers might have a reasonable shot at playing in October.  They have some decent high-priced veterans (including Beltre himself) and they have some kids with upside.  The challenge will be to see if all the kids can have good years at once.  Last year, they didn’t.

Conversely, you could trade Beltre practically anywhere – LA, New York, Houston – as late as August, and he’d have no guarantee he’d be playing after the LDS round in October.  So the idea that a trade will get him a strong shot at the World Series, while noble-sounding, is also a “bag of hope.”

 

BDC Posted: February 27, 2018 at 11:09 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, nowitzki, rangers, success cycle, trades

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Rays trade Odorizzi to Twins, acquire Cron from Angels, DFA All-Star Dickerson

UPDATE: Pirates acquire Dickerson from Rays

Hudson is owed $5.5 million this season. No word on how much cash the Pirates sent to Tampa.

The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for pitcher Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash considerations. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.


Rays made two other moves yesterday.

The most perplexing was designating for assignment 2017 All-Star DH Corey Dickerson, giving away leverage in hoping to bring trade talks to conclusion during the 10-day window or just surrender and release him, though paying just one-sixth of his $5.95-million salary, roughly $1-million, in termination pay.

And the most intriguing was acquiring right-handed hitting first baseman/DH C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player – a minor-leaguer, and likely not a top prospect – to be named later, giving them better balance in their lineup.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2018 at 02:17 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, trades

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Yankees, Rays, D-backs swing three-way deal

D-backs get:
Steven Souza Jr. (from TB)
Taylor Widener (Yankees’ No. 14 prospect)

Yankees get:
Brandon Drury (from ARI)

Rays get:
Anthony Banda (D-backs’ No. 4 prospect)
Nick Solak (Yankees’ No. 8 prospect)
Two players to be named later (from ARI)

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2018 at 08:23 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, rays, trades, yankees

Monday, January 22, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-22-2018

Toledo News-Bee, January 22, 1918:

Second Baseman Del Pratt and Pitcher Eddie Plank of the Browns were traded to the New York Yankees on Tuesday for five players and a cash consideration. The five players are: Catcher Nunamaker, Pitcher Cullop and Shocker, and Infielders Maisel and Gedeon. The cash consideration was not announced.

The cash consideration was eventually reported as $15,000. This was a terrible deal for the Yankees. Pratt was a good ballplayer, a second baseman who played every day and had a bat that was a bit better than league-average. Plank was great, obviously, but he was 42 years old and had retired in 1917. He never pitched another professional game.

In exchange, the Browns got a star-quality 27-year-old pitcher (Shocker), a good backup catcher (Nunamaker), three unremarkable players, and $15,000. According to the Baseball Gauge, Pratt put up 22.9 WAR after the trade. The players headed to St. Louis racked up 61.9 WAR.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 22, 2018 at 10:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, trades

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Astros land Gerrit Cole in trade with Pirates

Is it true this time?

Gerrit Cole may be finally on the move. After weeks of trade speculation, the Astros have acquired the hard-throwing right-hander from the Pirates in a deal centered around righty Joe Musgrove and third-base prospect Colin Moran, a source told MLB.com’s Adam Berry on Saturday.

The clubs have not confirmed the trade, which will send four players to Pittsburgh, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported the Pirates will also get right-handed reliever Michael Feliz and Minor League outfielder Jason Martin, the Astros’ No. 15-ranked prospect, as part of the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2018 at 07:08 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, gerrit cole, pirates, trades

Friday, January 05, 2018

Dodgers Grab Zach Britton Lite in Three-Team Deal | FanGraphs Baseball

You don’t see three-ways much any more.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2018 at 08:16 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, royals, trades, white sox

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A’s reportedly acquire OF Stephen Piscotty

The A’s reached an agreement to acquire outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals for two Minor Leaguers, sources confirmed to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman late Wednesday night.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 06:08 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, cardinals, stephen piscotty, trades

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Mariners Acquire Gordon As Marlins Pick Up Trio Of Prospects | BaseballAmerica.com

Mariners acquire:

Dee Gordon, 2B/CF

Age: 29

A two-time all-star with the Dodgers and Marlins, Gordon will move to the outfield for the first time in his eight-year big league career in 2018. Gordon’s plus speed, which helped him to a major league-best 60 stolen bases last season, should help ease the transition, however. As long as Gordon proves he is capable of playing an average centerfield, his bat should help the Mariners immediately. Last season, the Mariners’ primary centerfielder was Jarrod Dyson, who hit .251/.324/.350 in 111 games––all numbers in which Gordon should be able to match, and surpass, with a repeat of his offensive production from a year ago.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2017 at 07:55 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, mariners, marlins, trades

 

 

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