Thursday, November 23, 2017

NHL news: Lack, Megna, DiDomenico on waivers

            Today, three players went on waivers in the NHL, and honestly, we'll see why they are on waivers in a second. Those three players are the Calgary Flames' G Eddie Lack, Ottawa Senators' F Chris DiDomenico, and Anaheim Ducks' D Jaycob Megna.

            Lack, the most surprising name on this list, makes his appearances less surprising with a single look at his stats. The goalie was traded from the Carolina Hurricanes along with Ryan Murphy for a prospect (Along with some picks going both ways) to be the Flames backup. But, that hasn't worked so far. The only goalie on the Flames roster currently is starter Mike Smith. Prospect Jon Gillies will most likely get the call.

          Lack, 29, has a .813 SV% and a 5.29 GAA in four games for the Flames this year. In his NHL career for the Flames, Canes and Vancouver Canucks, Lack has a GAA of 2.60 and a SV% of .909 in 140 games.

          DiDomenico was an extra forward for the Sens, but after they claimed forward Gabriel Dumont from the Tampa Bay Lightning, they needed to send someone down, or make a trade. Waiving DiDomenico was probably the right move, though he hasn't been so bad this year.

          DiDomenico, 28, has three goals and three assists for six points in 12 games this year. In his NHL career, all for the Sens, DiDomenico has scored those three goals and assists for six points in 15 games.

         Megna is also not a surprise to be on this list. The Ducks had nine defensemen before waiving Megna. That's too many. Megna is the least likely to be claimed out of the nine.

        Megna, 24, has one point, an assist, in 11 games this year. In his NHL career, all for the Ducks, Megna has that one assist in 12 games.

Monday, November 20, 2017

MLB news: Pair of trades occur with looming Rule 5 draft

             With the Rule 5 draft looming, there was a bunch of mini trades to open up 40 man roster spots for Rule 5 eligible prospects. In this article, I'll just go over two trades. In the first one, the Miami Marlins acquired 1B Garrett Cooper and LHP Caleb Smith from the New York Yankees for RHP Michael King and international signing pool bonus money. In the second one, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired INF Gift Ngoepe from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a PTNBL or cash.

            In the first trade, the Yankees for able to unload two roster spots. After trading Nick Rumbelow and Ronald Herrera recently, the Yanks wanted to unload one more spot, so Gleyber Torres, Domingo Acevedo, Billy McKinney, Thairo Estrada and Albert Abreu can be put on the 40-man. They unloaded two spots, so that meant that Jonathan Loaisiga was protected. They acquired the money that can be used to acquire Japanese sensation Shohei Otani.

          The Marlins acquired two roster players/minor leaguers. The play solid backup roles, and could be helpful in the future.

          Cooper, 26, made his MLB debut for the Yankees in 2017, and hit .326 with no homers and six RBIs in 45 Plate Appearances.

          Smith, also 26, also made his MLB debut for the Yanks in 2017, with a 7.71 ERA and a WHIP of 1.66 and 18 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.

        In the second trade, the Pirates were able to free up a spot, and the Jays got Ngoepe, who made headlines as the first MLBer to be born in the continent of Africa. Ngoepe is also a solid backup infielder that can replace Rob Refsnyder, who was claimed off waivers by Cleveland.

       Ngoepe, 27, made his MLB debut in Pittsburgh in 2017, with a .222 batting average, no homers and six RBIs in 54 Plate Appearances.

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.