Sunday, July 14, 2019

MLB Trade Review: A's acquire Bailey

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         The Oakland Athletics have acquired RHP Homer Bailey from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for IF Kevin Merrell.

          Bailey is not a very serviceable starting pitcher, but he is having his best season since 2014. Also, he is hot as of late, with a 2.48 ERA in his last five starts, dating back to June 13. The only American League pitchers with a minimum of 25 innings pitched since that day with a lower ERA are recently traded Andrew Cashner, Gerrit Cole, Shane Bieber, Lance Lynn, and the A's very own Mike Fiers (per Elias Sports Bureau). Also, he is a bargain, as he is getting paid at the league minimum, and the A's are only paying him about $250k. The Dodgers are paying the remainder of his salary, as they acquired him from the Reds this offseason, and immediately DFA'd him.

           Bailey, 33, has a 4.80 ERA with 81 strikeouts in 90 innings for the Royals this season. In his MLB career for the Royals and Cincinnati Reds, Bailey has a 4.58 ERA with 1082 strikeouts in 1320.1 innings.

           I love this trade for the Royals. They trade Bailey, who was a Spring Training invitee on a minor league deal earning the league minimum, and has only pitched well as of late. In return, they get Merrell, the A's 17th best prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, which is a steal for a player of Bailey's caliber. Merrell has good speed, something the Royals prioritize. He was a first round pick, 33rd overall, by the A's in 2017. He also is already at AA, and as GM Dayton Moore pointed out, he doesn't need to be put on the 40 man roster for two more seasons before becoming Rule 5 Draft eligible.

            Merrell, 23, has a .246 average with two homers, 34 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 318 Plate Appearances for AA Midland. In his three year minor league career, he has a .277 average with four homers, 68 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 778 Plate Appearances.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

MLB Trade Review: Red Sox acquire Cashner

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          The Boston Red Sox have acquired RHP Andrew Cashner and cash considerations from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for INF Noelberth Romero and OF Elio Prado.

          The Red Sox need a fifth starter, as when Nathan Eovaldi returns from the IL, they plan to use him as their closer, as they need bullpen arms. With Eovaldi in the bullpen, the team needed a fifth starter. They get that in Cashner. Cashner has had success on a terrible Orioles team this season, which is a good sign. He has won nine games this season. The Orioles have won 27 games. They were rumored to be interested in Zach Wheeler, who has a higher ERA than Cashner. Also, they get a starter and don't give up a top 30 prospect, especially Jarren Duran, their 9th best prospect per MLB Pipeline, who has been rumored in trades, and could be dealt for a reliever.

            Cashner, 32, has a 3.83 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 96.1 innings for the Orioles this season. In his MLB career for the Orioles, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs, Cashner has a 4.00 ERA with 859 strikeouts in 1142.1 innings.

             The Orioles have the least amount of wins in the MLB (27), most amount of losses (63), and are the most amount of games back (31.5). It is very clear that they are once again sellers. They don't have to talent to sell as they did last year, trading Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman, Brad Brach, Zack Britton and Darren O'Day. Cashner will be a free agent after this season, and his good season made it likely he would be dealt. Other players with multiple years left like Trey Mancini, Jonathan Villar, Dylan Bundy and Mychal Givens could be traded as well. In return, they get two seventeen year olds from the Dominican Summer League. The Orioles are trading for guys that wouldn't be in the majors for a while, because, well.... they won't be good for a while.

             Romero, 17, has a .264 batting average with two homers, 13 RBIs and two stolen bases in 123 Plate Appearances in the Dominican Summer League. Despite the fact that he is six feet tall, he is listed at just 145 pounds.

              Prado, 17, is hitting .303 with three homers, 26 RBIs and nine stolen bases in the Dominican Summer League. He is also considered underweight, as he is also 6'0 and 160 pounds.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

NHL Trade review: Sabres acquire Jokijarju

      The Buffalo Sabres have acquired D Henri Jokijarju from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for F Alex Nylander.

      I love this trade for the Sabres. Nylander has been a bust since being drafted 8th overall in 2016. Jokijarju got some NHL experience this past season, and is a budding defenseman. The Sabres have too many right handed defensemen, and Jokijarju adds to that. Rasmus Ristolainen will likely be traded, the team could bury the final year of Zach Bogosian's deal, and Jokijarju could go to the AHL.  Colin Miller, Brandon Montour and Casey Nelson are also options, though they are likely starters.

       Jokijarju, 20, debuted in 2018-19, scoring 12 points, all assists, in 38 games. He was drafted 29th overall in 2017.

       The Blackhawks have made many changes to their defense, but I still think Jokijarju could have made the team. Nylander hasn't lived up to expectations, and has struggled in the AHL. Like Dylan Strome, Nylander can be another high pick turned around in Chicago, but it doesn't look good for them at the moment.

        Nylander, 21, scored two goals with two assists in 12 games this past season. In his NHL career, he has scored three goals with three assists for six points in 19 games.

Monday, July 1, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Leafs acquire Barrie

         The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired D Tyson Barrie, F Alex Kerfoot and a 2020 6th round pick from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for F Nazem Kadri, D Calle Rosen and a 2020 3rd round pick. The Avalanche have also retained 50% of Barrie's $5.5 million cap hit.

         I absolutely love this trade for the Leafs. I think Kerfoot could potentially be better than Kadri, and Barrie is way better than Rosen. The picks don't matter, since the highest one is a third. Kerfoot is an RFA. At the moment, the Leafs free up $2.5 million for RFAs Mitch Marner and Cody Ceci, plus Kerfoot, though once Kerfoot signs the Leafs will actually lose cap space. Barrie is a top pairing defenseman on the right side, something the Leafs desperately need.

        Barrie, soon to be 28, scored 14 goals with 45 assists for 59 points in 78 games for the Avs this past season. In his NHL career, all in Colorado, Barrie has scored 75 goals with 232 assists for 307 points in 484 games.

        Kerfoot, soon to be 25, scored 15 goals with 27 assists for 42 points in 78 games for the Avalanche in 2018-19. In his two year NHL career, both in Colorado, Kerfoot has scored 34 goals with 51 assists for 85 points in 157 games.

        I don't know what the Avalanche are doing. Maybe they couldn't sign Kerfoot, and Barrie wasn't interested in an extension (he's a UFA after this next season). But even if that was the case, you could get so much for just Barrie alone, let alone both Barrie and Kerfoot. Rosen is at best a 7th defenseman, and Kadri is a second or third line center, and Colorado just traded a similar player in Carl Soderberg for pretty much nothing. I really don't like GM Joe Sakic's offseason. He has had so much cap space, and hasn't used it well.

        Kadri, 28, scored 16 goals with 28 assists for 44 points in 73 games for the Leafs this past season. In his NHL career, all in Toronto, Kadri has scored 161 goals with 196 assists for 357 points in 561 games.

        Rosen, 25, scored one point, a goal, in four games for the Leafs this season. In his two year NHL career, Rosen has scored a goal and an assist for two points in eight games.