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
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.
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