Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Friday, February 12, 2016
The A’s have acquired outfielder Khris Davis from the Brewers in exchange for Minor League right-hander Bubba Derby and Minor League catcher Jacob Nottingham, the team announced Friday.
To clear a spot for Davis on the 40-man roster, left-hander Sean Nolin was designated for assignment.
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Saturday, January 30, 2016
“The Brewers and D-backs made a Saturday splash with a five-player trade that sent shortstop Jean Segura and Southern League ERA champ Tyler Wagner to Arizona for right-hander Chase Anderson, infielder Aaron Hill and Minor League shortstop Isan Diaz. The Brewers also received cash in the deal, presumably to cover some of the $12 million due to Hill in the final season of the veteran’s three-year contract.”
Posted: January 30, 2016 at 06:57 PM | 19 comment(s)
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Aaron Hicks, Yankees
This has been a winter in which the Yanks have famously not signed a single free agent, with the Castro and Chapman trade acquisitions their biggest sources of improvement. But don’t forget about the trade they made with the Twins for Hicks.
At 26, and with less than 1,000 plate appearances in the big leagues, there’s an argument to be made for upside here. Though the Yankees’ trade discussions involving Brett Gardner have gone nowhere, to date, perhaps they see Hicks as a guy worthy of an everyday spot should Gardner be moved (or is Jacoby Ellsbury gets hurt). But even if Hicks simply is for the Yanks in ‘16 what he was for the Twins in ‘15—a quality defensive option at all three outfield spots with fleet feet on the basepaths and terrific numbers (.307/.375/.495) against left-handed pitching—that will suffice. Joe Girardi employed Chris Young expertly last season, and it’s easy to see Hicks filling the same role.
Posted: January 28, 2016 at 04:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
Monday, January 25, 2016
What utter nonsense. Why just the other day, Rizzo signed Billy Joel to perform another midsummer night concert.
The targets that joined
The Nats did add some bullpen arms, though, in Shawn Kelley and Oliver Perez. That allowed them to trade Storen away, and it made it palatable to lose out on O’Day and Aroldis Chapman. Still, there won’t be a lot of Shawn Kelley shirseys at their FanFest, I’m guessing.
No, the big splash was Daniel Murphy, whose best-case scenario is probably something like what Yunel Escobar gave the Nationals last year. They traded Escobar away to make room, exchanging tens of millions after the trade to buy a slightly younger, slightly more consistent second baseman. The move allows them to take their time with prospect Trea Turner, and it gives the lineup a lefty/righty balance it didn’t have before.
It’s not like Murphy is a bad player. On the contrary, he’s been helping the Mets win an extra game or two every season for six years, now. As the face of an entire offseason, especially an offseason that followed the most disappointing regular season in franchise history, he’s completely underwhelming.
Or, to put it another way, have you looked at the Nationals’ projected lineup this year?
For three names, you’re getting excited. Revere doesn’t walk, but he’s one of the few players in baseball you might trust to buoy his OBP with his batting average. Rendon had a disappointing season last year, but he’s still just 26 and preternaturally gifted. Harper stepped out of Baseball Simulator 1.000, and the rest of the league can’t do anything about it.
After that, though, it’s bleak. Zimmerman had a .308 OBP last year, and his body is an old soul. Murphy is a fine complementary player, but he makes you wince as a #5 hitter. Werth is coming off his worst season, and he’s 37. Espinosa is coming off one of his best seasons, but that still makes him a defense-first player you hide at the bottom of the order. Ramos has been a net-negative hitter for two seasons now.
The Nationals probably needed Cespedes more than the Mets did, really.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The White Sox have acquired All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier from the Reds as part of a three-team deal that includes the Dodgers, according to multiple reports.
None of the three clubs has confirmed the deal.
The Reds get prospects Jose Peraza, Brandon Dixon and Scott Schebler from the Dodgers in the deal while prospects Frankie Montas, Trayce Thompson and Micah Johnson go from Chicago to Los Angeles.
Posted: December 16, 2015 at 12:38 PM | 85 comment(s)
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Milwaukee Sentinel, December 15, 1915:
A trade involving six ball players and four clubs is in process of negotiation among American leaguers now gathering in Chicago for their annual meeting, according to rumor.
It was said the Yankees proposed to turn over [Fritz] Maisel to the Red Sox, the Red Sox in turn to deliver [Larry] Gardner, [Smoky Joe] Wood and [Ray] Collins to Cleveland, Cleveland releasing [Ray] Chapman to the Athletics, [Home Run] Baker coming to the Yankees. In addition it was said that Col. Ruppert stands ready to give the Athletics a check for $15,000.
This didn’t happen, presumably in part because the Red Sox realized it would be insane to trade Larry Gardner plus other stuff for Fritz Maisel.
If this trade had happened, it would have been one of the five biggest trades of all time, ranked by total WAR of the players involved. The six players combine for 212.9 BBRef WAR. That’s bigger than Rogers Hornsby for Frankie Frisch and Jimmy Ring, but smaller than the aggregate of the guys who changed hands in the mammoth 1977 Blyleven/Oliver/Matlack/Ken Henderson/John Milner deal.
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
The Astros will send pitcher Vincent Velasquez, left-handed pitcher Brett Oberholtzer and one Minor Leaguer to the Phillies in exchange for Giles, who will be a key piece to the back end of their bullpen.
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Not seeing an ideal fit on the free-agent market, the Cardinals addressed their need for a utility infielder by acquiring Jedd Gyorko from the Padres on Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Jon Jay. A member of the Cardinals’ organization for almost a decade, Jay did not have an obvious fit on the 2016 club following an injury-plagued season.
As part of the deal, the Cardinals are also receiving about $7.5 million from the Padres, according to a source, to help offset the $32 million Gyorko is owed over the next four seasons. He signed a six-year extension with the Padres in April 2014, just a year after his Major League debut.
Monday, December 07, 2015
I will update as more info becomes available.
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
If the Mariners were rebuilding, dealing Cruz would be the obvious move, but Dipoto has made clear that he thinks this team can contend. It’s a valid thought — the Houston Astros went from 70 wins in 2014 to 86 in 2015.
So far, Seattle’s transactions have been about complementing its current core, not blowing that core to smithereens. And while Cruz’s contract makes him far easier to deal than, say, Robinson Cano, it also makes him a tremendous value to the Mariners.
If the M’s are as close as Dipoto thinks they are, Cruz could very well be the difference between the team reaching game No. 163 and extending its postseason drought. It’s awfully tough to toss away an All-Star after the best season of his life.
But the idea of dealing Cruz isn’t as ridiculous as you might think. It’s a tough trade to condone, but not impossible to consider.
Posted: December 02, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Jeffry Dipoto continues the revamp in Seattle.
Friday, November 20, 2015
The Tigers acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Braves in exchange for left-hander Ian Krol and pitching prospect Gabe Speier, it was announced on Friday.
Posted: November 20, 2015 at 06:47 PM | 74 comment(s)
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The Tigers reportedly acquired All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez in a trade with the Brewers on Wednessday. The teams have not yet confirmed the deal.
It was unclear what the Brewers will receive in return, though a report out of Venezuela said it will be a package that includes infield prospect Javier Betancourt.
Posted: November 18, 2015 at 12:14 PM | 37 comment(s)
Friday, November 13, 2015
Kimbrel is signed for $11 million in 2016 and $13 million in 2017, with a $13 million club option in 2018.
The Red Sox agreed to a deal to acquire closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres on Friday night. Four prospects are headed to San Diego in return: outfielder Manuel Margot, shortstop Javier Guerra, middle infielder Carlos Asuaje, and left-hander Logan Allen.
So, yes, history suggests that Andrelton Simmons is going to get worse defensively in Anaheim, and we shouldn’t expect him to continue putting up +20 UZRs for much longer. But that history also suggests that the same trends that take some value from his glove should add some back to his bat, and that overall, Simmons should be expected to remain roughly as valuable as he has been to this point in his career. And that’s pretty darn valuable.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
A Mariners bullpen that sported the sixth-worst ERA in the Major Leagues last season received a major boost on Thursday, when veteran right-hander Joaquin Benoit was acquired from the Padres for a pair of low-level Minor Leaguers.
In exchange, new general manager Jerry Dipoto parted ways with starter Enyel De Los Santos and infielder Nelson Ward.
Posted: November 12, 2015 at 04:41 PM | 15 comment(s)
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