Sunday, October 23, 2016
4. Teams need to capitalize on their window to win. We have seen clubs that believe their time is now act very aggressively in recent years — think the Cubs the past two years (Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, Jason Heyward, John Lackey, Ben Zobrist, Aroldis Chapman), the Mets at the past two trade deadlines (Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce) and even the small-market Indians at the last deadline (Andrew Miller).
No team wants to squander a championship core. The Astros now stand out in this way. They have a win-now positional group headed by Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, Yulieski Gurriel and George Springer. But they do not have the rotation to capitalize on that, especially with Dallas Keuchel taking two steps backward in 2016 and Lance McCullers Jr. being unable to stay healthy.
They badly need an ace. So, for example, do they use Bregman as the key piece to go after Sale (on a great contract the next three years) or to try to get a potential young ace such as Julio Urias (if the Dodgers lose Justin Turner to free agency, they could form an infield left side for years of Corey Seager and Bregman)?
Posted: October 23, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Monday, August 29, 2016
Rock Island Argus, August 29, 1916:
The most interesting deal of the 1916 baseball season, or for years for that matter, was swung last night between the Cubs and the New York Giants. The deal involves the transfer of Heinie Zimmerman, the recalcitrant infielder, to the Giants in return for Larry Doyle, Hunter, an infielder, and Jacobson, an outfielder.
Because of the fact that both Doyle and Zimmerman are two of the widest known players in the National League at present, the deal is easily the feature of the 1916 season. In fact, from the Chicago fans’ standpoint it can be ranked as one of the most important transfers negotiated in the parent body since the modern era of the game under the national commission.
It was kind of a big deal. Zimmerman hit .372 and led the league in home runs, hits, doubles, slugging percentage and total bases in 1912, but wore out his welcome doing things like fixing ballgames and not trying very hard. Doyle was the reigning National League batting champion, and back in 1912 when Zim was leading the league in every offensive category including nose hair, it was Doyle who came away with the Chalmers Award as the league MVP.
Monday, August 01, 2016
They were busy.
Toronto general manager Ross Atkins acquired starting pitcher Francisco Liriano and a prospect from the Pittsburgh Pirates according to news reports. The Blue Jays are sending Drew Hutchison to the Pirates, reports say.
Also joining the Blue Jays is Scott Feldman, acquired from the Houston Astros for Guadalupe Chavez, an 18-year-old pitcher from Mexico.
Reliever Jesse Chavez, who had an up-and-down season after being acquired from Oakland in the offseason, was also traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Mike Bolsinger.
An exchange of disappointments.
Keeping hope alive!
Billy Eppler looked at the emptiness of the Angels farm system and knew he couldn’t take the safe route.
When he made the surprising swap of Hector Santiago to the Minnesota Twins on Monday, it was with the idea that if he wanted Alex Meyer – once one of the top pitching prospects in the sport—he had to take Ricky Nolasco.
“These are opportunities we have to seize,” Eppler said Monday. “Everyone documented the situation with our farm system. So let’s grab a guy who is fairly high on people’s high radar for the difference between Santiago and Nolasco… Let’s get the guy who throws 96 mph with a good curve… He’s physical. He throws hard. He misses bats. That’s what we need to gamble on.”
In a lesser deal, the Angels also sent reliever Joe Smith to the Chicago Cubs for Jesus Castillo, a starter in the low minors. That was a simple deal of an impending free agent for a prospect.
The Giants agreed to a trade that landed them left-hander Matt Moore just before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline. San Francisco parted with infielder Matt Duffy, as well as prospects Lucius Fox and Michael Santos.
Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:45 PM | 2 comment(s)
Seattle received left-hander Ariel Miranda in the trade. The Cuban pitcher has spent most of the year with Triple-A Norfolk. He appeared in one game for Baltimore on July 3 at Seattle, allowing three runs and four hits in two innings.
‘‘Ariel Miranda is a power left-handed pitcher with a four-pitch mix that is major league ready that provides us with flexibility,’’ general manager Jerry Dipoto said in an email. ‘‘We are very excited for what he can bring to the Mariners.’‘
Friday, July 29, 2016
The Marlins and Padres continue to be a match when it comes to trades. The clubs are on the verge of swinging another major deal that will have right-handers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea heading to Miami for first baseman Josh Naylor—ranked as Miami’s No. 2 prospect by MLB Pipeline—a source told MLB.com on Friday, and right-hander Luis Castillo—who is the team’s No. 6 prospect—according to Yahoo! Sports.
Neither team has commented on nor confirmed the deal.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Maybe Demeritte isn’t a great prospect.
The Rangers hit two needs in one trade on Wednesday when they acquired right-handed starter Lucas Harrell and left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez from the Braves for Minor League infielder Travis Demeritte.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Reds fans couldn’t help but think the Griffeys should’ve reunited in Cincinnati. Junior’s ancestral connection to the Big Red Machine explained a lot of the fervor over his eventual homecoming. Just as important was his star power, which transcended his sport in a way that doesn’t really happen in baseball today. (Try to imagine local news helicopters tracking the homecoming of, say, Dallas-born Clayton Kershaw.) Griffey had endorsement deals with Pepsi, Nabisco, and AOL; he had a hugely popular video game; he had a sprawling relationship with Nike, seen most famously in the ads that pushed “Griffey for President.” And yet, in an era when TV money had not yet semileveled the playing field, baseball’s most famous player chose to go to Cincinnati, one of the game’s smallest markets. To make that happen, Griffey agreed to a team-friendly extension: a nine-year deal for $112.5 million that made him just the seventh-highest-paid player in the game (And that didn’t even account for the fact that more than half of the money was deferred.) “If the player owns a Rolls-Royce and he chooses to sell it at Volkswagen prices, that’s his right,” agent Scott Boras groused. The contract’s details reportedly moved Bud Selig to the verge of tears.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Milwaukee Journal, July 20, 1916:
CHRISTY MATHEWSON TRADED TO CINCINNATI FOR HERZOG
[Reds President Gerry] Herrmann announced today that he had agreed with President Harry Hempstead and Manager McGraw of the New York Nationals, to trade Charles Herzog, manager of the Reds and Outfielder Wade Killifer to the Giants for Christy Mathewson, Outfielder Rousch and Infielder McKechnie.
[Mathewson] had expressed willingness to go to Cincinnati and had made arrangements sometime ago to move there.
Members of the [Giants] expressed great regret at seeing Mathewson leave them after his long service with the Giants, but were unanimous in wishing him the best of luck in his new field.
Mathewson isn’t the greatest player to have been traded - that’s some guy named George Ruth - but he’s one of the best players to have been traded more than once. By my count, he’s fifth in career WAR among pitchers to have been traded multiple times, behind Alexander, Seaver, Maddux, and Big Unit.
The player to have racked up the most WAR with a team that eventually traded him was Hank Aaron, who had 142.1 WAR as a Brave and 0.4 WAR as a Brewer. Matty had 101.9 WAR as a Giant, -0.1 WAR as a Red.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Real baseball returns tomorrow.
Full disclaimer: I know this is stupid. Yep I know. This is just for fun. Yes I discriminated and undervalued your player intentionally because I hate your team specifically.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
All in? They shouldn’t be all in this year.
It’s tricky because they still enough top-of-the-rotation pitching, as long as Syndergaard proves to be OK, to try to win a championship, and this is a year when they should be all-in, considering that Yoenis Cespedes figures to invoke his opt-out clause and become a free agent, along with Neil Walker.
Posted: July 10, 2016 at 07:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
Saturday, July 09, 2016
Several hours after Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel revealed discomfort in his left knee, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made a significant move to fortify the bullpen, adding righty reliever Brad Ziegler in a trade with the D-backs.
To acquire a pitcher who has 81 career saves, including 18 this season, the Red Sox parted with two Minor League players: Right-hander Jose Almonte and infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe.
Posted: July 09, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 24 comment(s)
Sunday, June 05, 2016
In their most public admission of a rebuild to date, the Padres on Saturday traded right-hander James Shields and cash to the Chicago White Sox for minor league right-hander Erik Johnson and infield prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. San Diego has agreed to pay a little more than half of the $58 million left on Shields’ contract.
Baseball America’s take on the deal. This is what they said about Tatis:
The White Sox signed Tatis as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic last July 2 for $700,000. Though a shortstop currently, the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is expected to transition to third base or the outfield as he grows, particularly to take advantage of his strong throwing arm, which is largely considered his best tool. The son of 11-year major league veteran Fernando Tatis, the younger Tatis has not seen any game action yet in his young career. BA did not rank him as one of the top 30 international prospects in 2015 or one of the White Sox top 30 prospects before this season. Tatis is the third Latin American shortstop age 20 or younger the Padres have acquired in as many years, following Jose Rondon (in 2014) and Javier Guerra (in 2015).
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Sunday, May 08, 2016
Boston Globe Sunday Baseball Notes column.
According to MLB, entering Thursday, the National League was averaging 4.47 runs per game compared with the American League’s 4.01. The NL has not averaged more runs per game than the AL since 1974 (4.15 to 4.10). The difference of 0.46 runs per game is on pace to be the largest in favor of the NL since 1945, when the NL had a 0.56 advantage (4.46 to 3.90). During the AL’s current 41-year run of averaging more runs than the NL, only five times did the AL finish with a difference greater than 0.46: 1980 (+0.48), 1985 (+0.49), 1988 (+0.48), 1994 (+0.61), and 1996 (+0.71). Six of the eight highest-scoring teams in the majors this season play in the NL. Last season, only two of the top eight were from the NL.
Posted: May 08, 2016 at 10:06 AM | 8 comment(s)
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
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