Wednesday, November 15, 2017

MLB trade review: Mariners acquire Healy

               The Seattle Mariners have acquired corner infielder Ryon Healy from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Emilio Pagan and INF Alex Campos.

               The Mariners have been looking for a 1B, since their 1Bs last year, Danny Valencia and Yonder Alonso (who are both former A's themselves) are free agents. Healy is just 25, so the M's will have him for lots of years. It's a really good deal for them, and his rookie season stats will show that.

               Healy, 25, hit 25 homers, 78 RBIs, and had a batting average of .271 in 605 Plate Appearances this year. In his two year MLB career, both for Oakland, Healy has a .282 batting average, 38 homers and 115 RBIs in 888 Plate Appearances.

             I still am having trouble processing why the A's made this trade. Campos was ranked as their 15th best prospect. Another infielder, Chris Torres, is their 7th best prospect and would make more sense for Oakland. But with prospects up the middle like Jorge Mateo and Frankie Barreto, they probably should've targeted another prospect with a different position. Pagan is also young at 26, and can become a solid bullpen arm for Oakland in 2018. With fellow rookies Matt Olsen and Matt Chapman, the other corner infielders, coming off great seasons, Healy was being shopped. But, I doubted a trade would actually be made. I think this shows the full-on rebuild the A's are in.

              Pagan, 26, made his MLB debut in 2017, with a 3.22 ERA, 56 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.934.

             Campos, 18, played in the Dominican Summer league this past year. He had a .290 batting average, two homers, 26 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 254 Plate Appearances.

             I clearly think that the Mariners win this trade. They get a young slugger for a very young prospect who we have no idea what he'll turn out to be, and a young reliever yet to show more than a middle relief talent.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

NHL trade review: Oilers, Kings swap Cammallieri and Jokinen

             The Edmonton Oilers have acquired forward Michael Cammallieri from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Jussi Jokinen.

             Both Cammallieri and Jokinen are older players, Cammallieri being 35 and Jokinen 34. They were signed to cheap one year deals in the offseason, and were trade candidates this season, and now have been traded. It's not much of a difference between the two, so it's an even trade. Cammallieri might be slightly better, but also has a slightly smaller contract (he is getting paid $1 million, with Jokinen being paid $1.1 million) .

             Cammallieri, 35, has scored three goals and four assists for seven points in 15 games for the Kings this season. In his long NHL career for the Kings, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens, Cammallieri has scored 290 goals and 330 assists for 620 points in 855 games.

            Jokinen, 34, has scored one point, an assist, in 14 games this season. In his NHL career for the Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning, Jokinen has scored 186 goals and 361 assists for 547 points in 905 games.

NHL trade review: Lightning acquire Domingue

             The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goalie Louis Domingue from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for goalie Michael Leighton and forward Tye McGinn.

             Off to a bad start, Domingue was waived by the Coyotes. He will likely stay in the AHL with the Lightning. But, he's better than Leighton. If either Andrei Vasilevskiy or Peter Budaj go down, Domingue will be the backup. The price wasn't high, and they got a discount.

              Domingue, 25, has a 4.33 GAA and .856 SV% in seven games in the desert this season. In his NHL career, all for the Coyotes, Domingue has a GAA of 3.00 and a .906 SV%.

             The Coyotes don't need Domingue. They already have Antti Raanta, Scott Wedgewood and Adin Hill. Leighton will just add depth in the AHL to go along with Hill. McGinn, brother of other NHLers Jamie (Florida) and Brock (Carolina) is a solid bottom six forward. He has also had a short stint in Arizona in 2014-15, so he knows some of the team.

             McGinn, 27, hasn't played in the NHL this season. In his NHL career for the Lightning, Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers, McGinn has scored nine goals and eight assists for 17 points in 89 games.

             Leighton, 36, also hasn't played in the league at all in 2017-18. In his NHL career for the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Flyers and Nashville Predators, Leighton has a .900 SV%  and a GAA of 2.98.

              This is an even trade. Both teams trade away useless assets, and get depth for them. If I had to choose a winner, I'd say Tampa Bay won. It's simple Domingue>Leighton, and McGinn doesn't fill the gap between them.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Presenting your MLB free agent class of 2017/18

              The next two months are going to be wild. We'll have lots of free agents signing. Here is a list of all the free agents, by position. Note: players that play multiple positions will be on multiple lists.


               Jonathan Lucroy, 32
               Welington Castillo, 31
               Alex Avila, 31
               Nick Hundley, 34
               Chris Iannetta, 35
               Miguel Montero, 34
               Carlos Ruiz, 39
               Hector Sanchez, 28
               A.J. Ellis, 37
               Geovany Soto, 35
               Rene Rivera, 34
               Jose Lobaton, 33
               Chris Stewart, 36
               Raffy Lopez, 30

               First basemen:
               Eric Hosmer, 28
               Carlos Santana, 31
               Lucas Duda, 32
               Logan Morrison, 30
               Yonder Alonso, 31
               Mitch Moreland, 32
               Danny Valencia, 33
               Mike Napoli, 36
               Mark Reynolds, 34
               Adam Lind, 34
               John Jaso, 34
               Chris Carter, 31
               Tyler Moore, 31
               Efren Navarro, 32
               Second basemen:

               Neil Walker, 32
               Brandon Phillips, 37
               Howie Kendrick, 34
               Andres Blanco, 34
               Chase Utley, 39
               Danny Espinosa, 31
               Nick Franklin, 27
               Jose Reyes, 35
               Josh Rutledge, 29
               Cliff Pennington, 34
               Darwin Barney, 32
               Ryan Flaherty, 31
               Christian Colon, 29
               Arismendy Alcantara, 26
               Phil Gosselin, 29

              Zack Cozart, 32
              Eduardo Nunez, 31
              Alcides Escobar, 31
              J.J. Hardy, 35
              Erick Aybar, 34
              Adam Rosales, 35
              Alexi Amarista, 29
              Jose Reyes, 35
              Stephen Drew, 35
              Ruben Tejada, 28
              Chase d'Arnaud, 31
              Dusty Coleman, 31
              Pedro Florimon, 31

              Third basemen:

              Mike Moustakas, 29
              Todd Frazier, 32
              Eduardo Nunez, 31
              Brandon Phillips, 37
              Yunel Escobar, 35
              Trevor Plouffe, 32
              Jhonny Peralta, 36
              Cliff Pennington, 34
              Darwin Barney, 32
              Jose Reyes, 35
              Josh Rutledge, 29
              Conor Gillaspie, 30

              Left fielders:

              Melky Cabrera, 33
              Cameron Maybin, 31
              Jarrod Dyson, 33
              Eduardo Nunez, 31
              Jayson Werth, 39
              Curtis Granderson, 37
              Jon Jay, 33
              Rajai Davis, 37
              Howie Kendrick, 34
              Austin Jackson, 31
              Ben Revere, 30
              Michael Saunders, 31
              Colby Rasmus, 31
              Hyun-Soo Kim, 30
              Adam Lind, 34
              Chris Young, 34
              Nori Aoki, 36
              Andre Eithier, 34
              Franklin Gutierrez, 35
              Peter Bourjos, 31
              Craig Gentry, 34
              Cody Asche, 28
              Chris Heisey, 33
              Tyler Collins, 28
              Daniel Nava, 35
              Eric Young Jr., 33
              Alex Presley, 32
              Ah-seop Son, 30
              Jared Hoying, 29
              Jim Adduci, 33
              Center fielders:

              Lorenzo Cain, 32
              Carlos Gomez, 32
              Jarrod Dyson, 33
              Cameron Maybin, 31
              Jon Jay, 33
              Austin Jackson, 31
              Rajai Davis, 37
              Peter Bourjos, 31
              Tyler Collins, 28
              Alex Presley, 32
              Jared Hoying, 29
              Jaff Decker, 28
              Pedro Florimon, 31

              Right fielders:

              J.D. Martinez, 30
              Jay Bruce, 31
              Carlos Gonzalez, 32
              Jose Bautista, 37
              Melky Cabrera, 33
              Seth Smith, 35
              Jayson Werth, 39
              Curtis Granderson, 37
              Jon Jay, 33
              Austin Jackson, 31
              Michael Saunders, 31
              Nori Aoki, 36
              John Jaso, 34
              Ichiro Suzuki, 44
              Craig Gentry, 34
              Tyler Collins, 28
              Alex Presley, 32
              Ah-seop Son, 30
              Jim Adduci, 33

              Designated hitters (since anyone can be one, I'm just putting the guys who primarily play the position):

              Carlos Santana, 32
              Carlos Beltran, 40 (though he'll likely retire)
              Jose Bautista, 37
              Logan Morrison, 30
              Matt Holliday, 38
              Mike Napoli, 36
              Chris Carter, 31

              Right-handed starting pitchers (It's a long one):

              Jake Arrieta, 32
              Yu Darvish, 31
              Shohei Otani, 23
              Alex Cobb, 30
              Lance Lynn, 31
              Hisashi Iwakuma, 37
              John Lackey, 39
              Jeremy Hellickson, 31
              Tyler Chatwood, 28
              Andrew Cashner, 31
              Tyson Ross, 31
              Yovani Gallardo, 32
              Jhoulys Chacin, 32
              Michael Pineda, 29
              Trevor Cahill, 30
              Chris Tillman, 30
              Ubaldo Jimenez, 34
              Doug Fister, 34
              Scott Feldman, 35
              Jordan Lyles, 27
              R.A. Dickey, 43
              Bartolo Colon, 45
              Clay Buchholz, 33
              Miguel Gonzalez, 34
              Drew Hutchison, 27
              Ricky Nolasco, 35
              Wily Peralta, 29
              Anibal Sanchez, 34
              Jesse Chavez, 34
              Dillon Gee, 32
              Miles Mikolas, 29
              Matt Garza, 34
              Chris Young, 39
              Hideaki Wakui, 32
              Asher Wojciechowski
              Mike Bolsinger, 30
              Christian Bergman, 30
              Jacob Turner, 27
              Chris Smith, 37

              Left-handed starters:

              Jaime Garcia, 31
              C.C. Sabthia, 37
              Jason Vargas, 35
              Brett Anderson, 30
              Francisco Liriano, 34
              Wade Miley, 31
              Hector Santiago, 30
              Derek Holland, 31
              Jeff Locke, 30
              David Holmberg, 26

              Right handed relievers (even longer than the starter's list):

              Wade Davis, 32
              Greg Holland, 32
              Brandon Kintzler, 33
              Pat Neshek, 37
              Brandon Morrow, 33
              Addison Reed, 29
              Joe Smith, 34
              Seung-Hwan Oh, 35
              Luke Gregerson, 34
              Bryan Shaw, 30
              Anthony Swarzak, 32
              Koji Uehara, 43
              Tyler Clippard, 33
              Steve Cishek, 32
              Joaquin Benoit, 40
              Trevor Cahill, 30
              Sergio Romo, 35
              Huston Street, 34
              Yusmeiro Petit, 33
              Juan Nicasio, 31
              Bud Norris, 33
              Jeanmar Gomez, 30
              Neftali Feliz, 30
              Jason Grilli, 41
              Fernando Rodney, 41
              Francisco Rodriguez, 36
              Tommy Hunter, 31
              David Hernandez, 33
              Trevor Rosenthal, 28
              Tom Wilhelmsen, 34
              Jason Motte, 36
              Jesse Chavez, 34
              Matt Belisle, 38
              Matt Albers, 35
              Blaine Boyer, 36
              Austin Bibens-Dirkx, 33
              Josh Collmenter, 32
              John Axford, 35
              Jumbo Diaz, 34
              Fernando Salas, 33
              Drew Storen, 30
              Craig Stammen, 34
              Carlos Torres, 35
              Rob Scahill, 31
              Chris Young, 39
              Chad Qualls, 39
              Tyler Pill, 28
              Deolis Guerra, 29
              Yoshihisa Hirano, 34
              Dillon Gee, 32
              Tony Barnette, 34
              Christian Bergman, 30
              Mike Bolsinger, 30
              Asher Wojciechowski, 29
              Paolo Espino, 31
              Casey Lawrence, 30
              Chris Martin, 32
              Peter Moylan, 39
              Dustin McGowan, 36

              Left-handed relievers:

              Mike Minor, 30
              Jake McGee, 31
              Tony Watson, 32
              Kevin Siegrist, 28
              Boone Logan, 33
              Francisco Liriano, 34
              Craig Breslow, 37
              Jorge De La Rosa, 37
              Glen Perkins, 35
              Oliver Perez, 36
              Fernando Abad, 32
              Brian Duensing, 35
              Zach Duke, 35
              Eric O'Flaherty, 33
              Josh Edgin, 31
              Ian Krol, 27
              David Holmberg, 26