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Friday, March 15, 2019

The Tao of Yasiel Puig: The Reds’ New Star Riffs on Bat Flips, Life and His Rocky End With the Dodgers

Some key lines:

Yet the Yasiel Puig Story, as full of fun as it’s been, remains frustratingly incomplete. He’s struggled to match the hype of his thrilling 2013 arrival that launched him into superstardom. He’s clashed repeatedly with managers, coaches and teammates over the years and earned scorn—often unfairly, sometimes deservedly—over his behavior on and off the field. His time in Los Angeles featured six straight division titles and back-to-back trips to the World Series in 2017 and ‘18, yet a championship eluded both him and a team that hasn’t captured one since two years before he was born. “It’s nice, but we haven’t won,” the 28-year-old Puig says in Spanish of his frequent trips to the postseason. “The only thing we’re getting is one more month instead of being on vacation. It’s as if you did nothing.” And for as much as he loves Los Angeles, he’s bitter about parting with his old team.

“It’s their problem,” Puig says of the Dodgers’ decision to move him. “I don’t know what they did with that trade, because they didn’t get anyone who could help them the way I could. But that’s business.”

With that business comes the closing of one chapter and the beginning of the next. But as Puig sheds blue for red and, to paraphrase Bill Belichick, moves on to Cincinnati, can he stay and grow in baseball’s spotlight as he leaves Los Angeles behind?


Kremlinologists among us, do you care to interpret these remarks?

 

QLE Posted: March 15, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, dodgers, reds, trades, yasiel puig

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Phillies land Realmuto for 3 players, int’l signing money

Alfaro, Sixto Sanchez, Will Stewart and $250k in international signing money.  I guess it’s better than what they could have gotten for Fakemuto.

Ziggy's screen name Posted: February 07, 2019 at 03:39 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects, trades

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Brewers trade Domingo Santana to Seattle for outfielder Ben Gamel, minor-league pitcher

The Milwaukee Brewers showed true holiday spirit Friday, doing some last-minute Christmas shopping.

A day after agreeing with second baseman Cory Spangenberg on a one-year, free-agent contract, the Brewers traded outfielder Domingo Santana to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Ben Gamel and minor-league right-hander Noah Zavolas.

“As we looked at Ben, we thought he fit our club very well going forward,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said. “As you guys know, we value flexibility and versatility. Ben has both of those things.

For once, I’m not sure this is a further example of the Mariners waving the white flag.

QLE Posted: December 22, 2018 at 08:49 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: ben gamel, brewers, domingo santana, mariners, trades

Friday, December 21, 2018

Dodgers reportedly trade Kemp, Puig, Wood to Reds in massive payroll-clearing move

The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer to the Cincinnati Reds for a package including Homer Bailey, prospects Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray and possibly international bonus slots, multiple reports say.

The Dodgers are clearing money under the luxury-tax threshold. Even though Bailey’s salary and buyout will cost $28 million ($23 million for his salary, $5 million for buyout), the luxury-tax hit is just $17.5 million.

Bored Posted: December 21, 2018 at 05:12 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, reds, trades

Athletics acquire Jurickson Profar from Rangers in three-team trade with Rays

All three teams have announced the trade. Here are the details:

Athletics get: IF Jurickson Profar
Rangers get: LHP Kyle Bird, LHP Brock Burke, RHP Yoel Espinal, IF Eli White, international bonus money
Rays get: RHP Emilio Pagan, RHP Rollie Lacy, Competitive Balance Round A draft pick

Bored Posted: December 21, 2018 at 04:36 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rangers, rays, trades

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Yonder Alonso headed to White Sox in trade with Indians

The Chicago White Sox have acquired first baseman Yonder Alonso in a trade with the Cleveland Indians, the teams announced Saturday.

The Indians will get minor league outfielder Alex Call in the deal.

The trade comes after Cleveland acquired first baseman and designated hitter Carlos Santana as part of a three-team deal with the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays.

Suddenly, Alonso was Yonder more than he had ever been Yonder before.

 

QLE Posted: December 16, 2018 at 04:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: trades, white sox, yonder alonso

Friday, December 14, 2018

From a hospital bed in Las Vegas, Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto finalizes a trade for Edwin Encarnacion

LAS VEGAS — The legend of Trader Jerry has a new anecdote.

Jerry Dipoto, the Mariners general manager and the man of many trades and transactions, finalized a trade with the Cleveland Indians late Wednesday evening from a Las Vegas hospital bed with assistant general manager Justin Hollander standing in the room.


To conclude a three-team trade that included the Tampa Bay Rays, Dipoto sent recently acquired first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Santana back to the Indians in exchange for designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and a competitive balance round B choice in the 2019 draft to Seattle. That selection is No. 77 overall in the draft. Sources confirmed the Mariners also received $5 million in cash from the Indians and sent $6 million in cash to the Rays. That cash will be paid out over two years.

Making trades when you’re sick enough to be hospitalized- whatever could go wrong?

QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 03:58 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, hospital, jerry dipoto, trades

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Jay Bruce on being traded by the Mets again: ‘I wish everybody there the best’

Former Mets outfielder Jay Bruce said he wasn’t as surprised at being traded for the third time in the past two and a half years.

“Honestly, it’s just another trade now,” Bruce said, according to the New York Post’s Mike Puma, after he was included in the seven-player blockbuster trade that brought Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to New York. “The third trade doesn’t hold quite the shock as the first couple do.”

The Mets dealt Bruce, Anthony Swarzak and three prospects—OF Jarred Kelenic and RHPs Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista—to the Mariners for Diaz, the 24-year-old All-Star closer and Cano, the veteran second baseman who has five years remaining on his 10-year deal.

At what point does Jay Bruce officially become the Player To Be Named Later?

QLE Posted: December 04, 2018 at 07:48 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets, trades

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Deadline to set 40-man rosters tonight (11-20)

The Rule 5 Draft will take place on the final day of next month’s Winter Meetings (Dec. 13) and allow clubs with open space on the 40-man roster to select certain players not on the 40-man roster out of other organizations.

Let’s discuss all of our favorite potential 8th relievers and 5th outfielders! (Or Orioles opening day starters.)

Dr. Vaux Posted: November 20, 2018 at 03:02 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: 40 man rosters, front office, options, rule 5 draft, rumors, trades, transactions

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Best 2018-19 Hot Stove value may be in trade

Let’s make a deal!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2018 at 08:12 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: team building, trades

Friday, November 13, 2015

Craig Kimbrel traded to Red Sox from Padres | MLB.com

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2015 at 08:07 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, padres, red sox, trades

 

 

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