Thursday, December 19, 2013
Corey Brown was designated for assignment by the Nationals last week and today they traded the 27-year-old outfielder to the A’s for cash considerations.
The Red Sox have traded left-hander Franklin Morales and minor-league right-hander Chris Martin to the Rockies in exchange for infielder Jonathan Herrera, a switch-hitter without much offense but considered a decent defensive player who can play second base, shortstop and third base.
Lough’s status with the Royals was in jeopardy after right fielder Norichika Aoki was obtained from the Brewers. Lough had spent his entire career in the KC organization, so the trade to Baltimore was unsettling.
“It was kind of a shock to me,” Lough said.
After a season of having three catchers at manager Fredi Gonzalez’s disposal, the Braves have decided they want to do it again. The team traded for veteran catcher Ryan Doumit, sending minor leaguer pitcher and former first round draft pick Sean Gilmartin to the Minnesota Twins.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Outman! Fighter of the day-man! Champion of the sun!
Cleveland acquired Josh Outman on Wednesday from the Colorado Rockies in a trade for outfielder Drew Stubbs. The left-handed Outman is the newest member to Cleveland’s revamped bullpen, which has seen All-Star closer Chris Perez released and free agent right-handers Joe Smith and Matt Albers sign elsewhere this offseason.
The 29-year-old Outman spent most of last season with the Rockies, going 3-0 with a 4.33 ERA in 61 relief appearances. Outman limited left-handed hitters to a .198 average and had a 3.41 ERA in hitter-friendly Coors Field….
Stubbs, who came to Cleveland in last December’s trade with Cincinnati for Shin-Soo Choo, batted .233 with 10 homers and 17 steals in 146 games for the Indians. The Indians valued Stubbs – especially for his versatility and speed – but Cleveland’s signing of free agent David Murphy to a two-year, $12 million contract made him expendable. Murphy is projected to get most of the playing time in right field next season.
Monday, December 16, 2013
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn continued to make bold moves in remaking the team Monday, dealing closer Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks for Triple-A third baseman Matt Davidson.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Possibly the most letters used in a two-person trade?
On Thursday, the Cubs send outfielder Brian Bogusevic to the Marlins in exchange for outfielder Justin Ruggiano. The Cubs announced the move on Twitter.
Bogusevic, 29, is a career .236/.313/.370 hitter (86 OPS+) with 17 home runs in 773 career plate appearances in the majors. He’s capable of manning all three outfield positions, though he’s a bit of a stretch in center.
As for Ruggiano, age 31, he owns a career slash line of .251/.315/.432 (102 OPS+), and he’s also capable of manning center and the corners. This offseason, Ruggiano is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The Rockies acquired left-handed starting pitcher Brett Anderson and cash considerations from the Athletics on Tuesday for lefty starter Drew Pomeranz and Minor League righty Chris Jensen, the teams announced.
Posted: December 10, 2013 at 06:04 PM | 25 comment(s)
The heavily rumored three-team trade between the Angels, Diamondbacks and White Sox has been completed, a source tells Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Mark Trumbo and a pair of players to be named later will head to the Diamondbacks, Adam Eaton will join the White Sox and Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs are headed to the Angels
Posted: December 10, 2013 at 03:07 PM | 60 comment(s)
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
The world will little note, nor long remember…
The Phillies announced that they acquired right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln from the Blue Jays in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league left-hander Rob Rasmussen.
Lincoln, 28, appeared in 22 games for Toronto in 2013 and posted a 3.98 ERA with 7.1 K/9 and 6.3 BB/9…
Rasmussen combined to post a 4.11 ERA with 7.5 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9 in 28 games (24 starts) for the Dodgers Triple-A and Double-A affiliates.
Kratz, 33, hit just .213/.280/.386 in 218 major league plate appearances last season.
I do subscribe to the theory that Padre relievers are made-up people.
Clearing out their outfield logjam a bit following the deal for Craig Gentry earlier today the A’s have traded Seth Smith to the Padres for reliever Luke Gregerson.
Smith put up some big numbers in Colorado early in his career, but hit just .246 with a .738 OPS in 242 games for Oakland during the past two seasons…
Gregerson has posted consistently excellent numbers as a setup man for the Padres, including a sub-3.00 ERA in each of the past three seasons and a career strikeout rate of 9.1 per nine innings. However, much like Smith’s numbers were once helped by Coors Field, his career ERA away from pitcher-friendly Petco Park is 3.85.
Choice for Gentry… I’m nostalgic for Bloomberg already!
Not afraid to trade within the division the A’s and Rangers have agreed to a deal that sends 30-year-old center fielder Craig Gentry to Oakland and outfield prospect Michael Choice to Texas, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
Gentry is incredibly fast and a fantastic defensive center fielder with a .280 batting average and .355 on-base percentage in 323 career games, although those totals likely overstate his offensive ability because he’s typically been platooned a lot.
Choice was the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft, ranked as a consensus top-100 prospect coming into this year, and hit .302 with 14 homers and an .835 OPS in 132 games at Triple-A as a 23-year-old…
UPDATE: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the A’s will also get right-hander Josh Lindblom and the Rangers will also get minor league infielder Chris Bostick.
Man, this is gonna be frameariffic.
The Reds are trading catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Rays, sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (Twitter link). The swap could be a three-way deal.
It was expected that Cincinnati would move Hanigan since they agreed to a two-year deal with Brayan Pena…
Hanigan will give the Rays three catchers with Jose Lobaton and Jose Molina already in the fold…
Hanigan… has a reputation as a solid defensive backstop, having led the league in caught-stealing percentage in 2013 (45 percent) and 2012 (48 percent).
Weeks will make you want a Schoop.
The Athletics have officially acquired closer Jim Johnson from the Orioles in exchange for second baseman Jemile Weeks. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter) was the first to report the deal. The Orioles also pick up a player to be named later or future considerations in the deal, tweets Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
The Baltimore closer had been projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz to earn a $10MM+ payday through arbitration for the Orioles, but will now have the opportunity to try and break eight figures in Oakland…
The big right-hander has led the bigs in saves over 2012-13, with 101 total to his credit. Last year, he pitched to a 2.94 ERA with 7.2 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 as well as a 58% ground-ball rate…
Weeks, meanwhile, has failed to reproduce his outstanding 2011 campaign, when he posted a .303/.340/.421 triple-slash in 437 plate appearances at age 24. Though he has struggled in the bigs since that campaign, Weeks did muster a .271/.376/.369 in Triple-A last year and still has the capacity to steal 15 to 20 bags a year.
Monday, November 25, 2013
The Pirates on Monday traded outfield prospect Alex Dickerson to the Padres in exchange for outfielder Jaff Decker and right-hander Miles Mikolas. In a corresponding move to make room for the pair on the club’s 40-man roster, the Pirates designated Garrett Jones and righty Kyle McPherson for assignment.
Teams have inquired about StarterJeff Samardzija. Source: Toronto putting together package of young players.
Posted: November 25, 2013 at 09:32 AM | 35 comment(s)
Thursday, November 21, 2013
You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.
: Allen Barra: Should Pete Rose Be in the Hall of Fame? Let the Voters Decide
(91 - 1:46am, Mar 12)
Last: Sunday silenceNewsblog
: OTP - March 2014: Russia denies calling shots in Ukraine’s Crimea standoff
(940 - 1:44am, Mar 12)Last:
: Bronx Baseball Daily: Should your best hitter bat third in the lineup?
(47 - 1:34am, Mar 12)
Last: Walt DavisNewsblog
: The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball
(6 - 1:34am, Mar 12)
: Perry: VIDEO: Call overturned by new replay system for first time
(13 - 1:32am, Mar 12)
Last: Sunday silenceNewsblog
: Royals mascot welcomes Mr. Met to Twitter by hitting on his wife
(13 - 12:57am, Mar 12)
Last: Sunday silenceNewsblog
: Rosenthal: No simple answer to this question: Barry Bonds, Hall of Famer?
(36 - 12:34am, Mar 12)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in OctoberNewsblog
: OT: NBA Monthly Thread - March 2014
(242 - 11:30pm, Mar 11)Last:
: BtBS: Estimating number of runs saved by infield shifts
(15 - 11:19pm, Mar 11)
: OT: NFL/NHL thread
(7866 - 10:57pm, Mar 11)Last:
Russlan is fond of Dillon GeeNewsblog
: MLB Pitchers Don’t Regain Performance Level after Tommy John Surgery
(56 - 10:23pm, Mar 11)
: Phil Rogers: Cardinals' set lineup presents case for DH in NL
(110 - 10:06pm, Mar 11)Last:
: Madden: As Robinson Cano asks Mariners for help, it’s like Alex Rodriguez in Texas all over again
(136 - 9:42pm, Mar 11)Last:
: R.B.I. Baseball 2014 coming to Xbox 360, XBox One, iOS, Android
(204 - 8:54pm, Mar 11)Last:
The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB)Newsblog
: OT: The NHL is finally back thread, part 2
(84 - 7:48pm, Mar 11)
Last: Langer Monk