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Saturday, September 01, 2018

Contending Dodgers acquire reliever Madson from Nationals

Pity my former PhD program no longer has a softball team- I have a feeling we could have obtained players from the Nationals just by asking for them.

WASHINGTON (AP)—The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Friday, acquiring right-hander Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals for a minor league pitcher.

The five-time defending NL West champions have Kenley Jansen as their closer, but he’s been shaky since coming off the disabled list, allowing seven earned runs in four innings over four appearances.

Madson was 5-5 with five saves and a 4.08 ERA in 69 games for Washington. The 38-year-old recently came off the DL after being sidelined by nerve irritation that caused pain in his neck and back.

QLE Posted: September 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, ryan madson, trades, white flag

Indians get three-time All-Star Josh Donaldson in trade with Jays

Would that I could be as optimistic as Chris Antonetti seems to be…..

The Toronto Blue Jays on Friday traded third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Cleveland Indians, who are hoping the 2015 American League MVP can bolster their lineup and help them get back to the World Series.

The Blue Jays will receive a player to be named later.

“This is one of the most dynamic players in the game on both sides of the ball when he’s healthy,’’ Indians president Chris Antonetti said late Friday night. “We think there’s an opportunity for him to get to a point this month where he’ll be playing in games regularly and has a chance to impact us in the postseason.”

QLE Posted: September 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, josh donaldson, trades

Friday, August 24, 2018

The Braves traded into their strengths

But it wasn’t just happenstance. Gausman was a calculated upgrade for the Braves, who were also rumored to be in on Chris Archer at the deadline. Archer wound up with the Pirates for a significant cost while Alex Anthopoulos and his team grabbed Gausman for relatively cheap. But Gausman’s profile, and how that profile matched what Atlanta already had, surely helped Atlanta decide it wasn’t worth the price to pony up for Archer. Not when that profile could provide some hidden value.

If you don’t know what I mean, here’s Gausman’s 2018 batted ball profile:

2018: GB% 47.6% FB% 31.6%

And since he’s gotten to Atlanta, those numbers have actually improved:

with ATL - GB% 50.7% FB% 26%

The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: August 24, 2018 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, braves, trades

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Brewers acquire Gio Gonzalez from Nationals

“Gonzalez spent his last seven seasons in Washington, and ranks first in franchise history in wins (86), WAR (21.4), and strikeouts (1,215). The two-time All-Star is 124-97 with a 3.71 ERA in 11 major league seasons overall.”

Hank Gillette Posted: August 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gio gonzalez, trades

Friday, July 27, 2018

The Nationals must think about the unthinkable: Trading Bryce Harper

So, then, for the first time in seven summers, we face the serious question: With the nonwaiver trade deadline coming up Tuesday, should the Nationals sell?

You can’t ask that inevitable question before the next one roars up like a freight train: Should they try to trade — gulp — Bryce Harper?

Hank Gillette Posted: July 27, 2018 at 01:14 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, dreams, trades

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Yankees have deal in place for J.A. Happ | MLB.com

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported that Toronto is expected to receive infielder Brandon Drury and outfield prospect Billy McKinney, the Yankees’ No. 20 prospect.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2018 at 03:24 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, trades, yankees

Yanks acquire reliever Britton from Orioles

Dillon Tate, Cody Carroll, and Josh Rogers are human beings who throw baseballs and now play in the Orioles’ organization.

Ziggy's screen name Posted: July 26, 2018 at 03:22 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, trades, yankees

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Indians deal for ace reliever Brad Hand

The Indians have acquired All-Star closer Brad Hand and right-handed reliever Adam Cimber from the Padres for catcher Francisco Mejia, their top prospect and the No. 15 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB Pipeline.

Hand and Cimber should help bolster a bullpen that ranks among the worst in baseball this season—Cleveland’s bullpen ERA of 5.28 is the second-highest in the Majors behind only Kansas City (5.45)—for a club with championship aspirations. When the Indians reached the World Series in 2016, their relievers owned a 3.45 mark, which was fourth-best in MLB and second in the American League.

Mejia, 22, joins a Padres farm system that ranks as one of the best in the sport. He has appeared in 12 games in the Majors over the last two seasons. He’s hitting .279/.328/.426 with seven homers in 336 plate appearances for Triple-A Columbus.

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 19, 2018 at 12:29 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, padres, trades

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

10 Years Ago, Two Trades Broke The Mold For MLB Deadline Deals

This summer marks the 10th anniversary of not one but two exceptions. In July 2008, CC Sabathia went from the Cleveland Indians to the Milwaukee Brewers and Manny Ramirez from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Both teams needed help to reach the playoffs; both teams got it, and then some. Over the second half of what became a riotously entertaining season, Sabathia and Ramirez laid waste to the National League, vaulted up its leaderboards, and—briefly, gloriously—put a dent in the notion that, in baseball, one player just can’t do the whole damn thing himself.

Well-written article about a couple of big ‘08 trades.

Nasty Nate Posted: July 18, 2018 at 09:25 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: trades

Friday, July 06, 2018

Should the Nationals consider trading Harper?

Washington has lost 21 of 31 since May 31, a .323 winning percentage that’s better than only the Mets, Orioles and Royals in that time span. Maybe a question that sounds objectively crazy on its face actually isn’t: Should the Nationals, in the face of a tremendously disappointing season, trade the man who was expected to headline one of the best free-agent classes of all time this offseason?

The answer is clearly, “Not yet, obviously,” and not just because the Nationals certainly aren’t going to do anything this wild before they host the baseball world at the All-Star Game later this month. This is not something that could or should happen soon. But what if that answer changes in the next few weeks? Let’s try to find out what would need to happen for the Nats to completely change the face of the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: July 06, 2018 at 03:43 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals, trade deadline, trades

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Kelvin Herrera Trade Start of Something Big for Nationals

ashington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo’s latest move to improve his team’s bullpen — and, therefore, improve a team that is ailing and sputtering even as it pursues its fifth division title in seven years — might be better than those that preceded it, even though a few of those worked out splendidly.

Kelvin Herrera will help the Nationals. He will lessen the burden on Ryan Madson and eliminate high-leverage situations for Shawn Kelley — maybe even eliminating Kelley altogether. Justin Miller, Tim Collins, Sammy Solis — all the gassed Nats relievers should, as Madson said Monday night, extend “welcoming arms” to the new charge.

This season with the only team he has ever known, the Kansas City Royals, Herrera faced 95 batters — and walked two. Opposing hitters have a .506 on-base-plus-slugging percentage against him; MLB average is .722. He was the right guy at a perfect time — six weeks before the trade deadline, which means six weeks of the season when the rest of the Nationals will have a less stressful workload.


But it says here that the Nats will need more. Not for now, necessarily. But for October. Or maybe, if a few things don’t straighten themselves out in health and performance, to even reach ] October.

Two areas to think about: Catcher and starting pitcher. One way to think, in either case: Large.

Consider the catching situation. Matt Wieters is out till, say, August following surgery on his left hamstring. Pedro Severino and Spencer Kieboom, the two kids the Nationals are employing in Wieters’s stead, are slugging .241 and .222, respectively. Washington’s catchers collectively have a .574 OPS — last in the National League. An upgrade is in order.

Now, you could say that Wieters will provide an upgrade. That’s debatable, of course, given his .632 OPS of a year ago. But even if you believe Wieters’s return will prevent the catcher’s spot in the order from being a black hole, that black hole still exists for another month-and-a-half. An offense that has a sputtering Bryce Harper and a working-himself-into-shape Daniel Murphy and an absent Ryan Zimmerman can’t really afford a spot in the order that produces zippo.

Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: June 19, 2018 at 12:32 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, royals, trades

Thursday, May 10, 2018

ESPN: Reds acquire Matt Harvey, ship Devin Mesoraco to Mets

The Reds agreed to pay the Mets $5,788,978 as part of the trade, which made the deal come out nearly even financially. Harvey is making $5,625,000 on a one-year contract. Mesoraco gets $13 million in the final season of a four-year, $28 million deal.

This would have been a blockbuster deal a few seasons ago. Unfortunately, both players are now washed-out, former All-Stars. I realize that the Reds are desperate for starting pitching, but I don’t understand why they want to pay $13M for a season of Matt Harvey.


 

 

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