Friday, January 19, 2018

MLB news: Blue Jays acquire Grichuk

              For the second time this offseason, the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired a starting position player from the St. Louis Cardinals. First, it was SS Aledmys Diaz going to the Blue Jays. Now, it's OF Randal Grichuk going north of the border in exchange for RHPs Dominic Leone and Conner Greene.

             For the Blue Jays, they lost Jose Bautista and have only added Curtis Granderson. Getting another outfielder really helps the situation. Grichuk, who is known for being the draft pick directly before Mike Trout, isn't a bad player. He has some value and can help Toronto in 2018. They give up a fair price for Grichuk, but it's not as good a deal as the Diaz trade was for them.

             Grichuk, 26, had a .238 batting average, 22 homers, 59 RBIs and six stolen bases in 442 Plate Appearances in 2017. In his MLB career, all in St. Louis, Grichuk has a batting average of .249, with 66 homers, 182 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 1386 Plate Appearances.

            For the Cardinals, they already have three outfielders in Marcell Ozuna, Dexter Fowler and Tommy Pham, from left to right. Grichuk is too good to be a fourth outfielder, so trading him was the best option. They like Leone, and will use them as a late reliever.

            Leone, 26, had a 2.56 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, with 81 strikeouts in 70.1 innings for the Blue Jays in 2017. In his MLB career for the Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners, Leone has an ERA of 3.48, with a 1.32 WHIP and 183 strikeouts in 178.2 innings.

            Greene, 22, has a 4.04 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 377 strikeouts in 501.1 innings in his minor league career, all in the Blue Jays system.

            I think this is an even trade. The Jays get a much needed outfielder, and the Cardinals get some pitchers.

Monday, January 15, 2018

MLB news: Blue Jays sign Granderson

                The Toronto Blue Jays have signed OF Curtis Granderson to a one year, $5 million deal.

                Granderson was so close to a World Series ring, and you'd think he'd try to go for his first this year, but well, no (I'm a Yankees fan). The Blue Jays, well, aren't the team I'd choose if I would sign with if I was going for a ring.

               For the Blue Jays, they get a much needed outfielder, with Jose Bautista in free agency, and get it cheap, at just $5 million.

              Granderson, 36, hit .212, with 26 homers, 64 RBIs and six steals in 527 Plate Appearances for the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. In his MLB career for the Mets, Dodgers, New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers, Granderson has a .252 batting average, 319 homers, 865 RBIs plus 151 stolen bases in 7540 Plate Appearances.

MLB news: Giants acquire McCutchen

                  For the second time this offseason, the San Francisco Giants have acquired the face of the franchise from another team. First, they acquired 3B Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays, now CF Andrew McCutchen is going to the bay area from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for OF Bryan Reynolds and RHP Kyle Crick, plus cash. Per MLB pipeline, Reynolds was the Giants 4th best prospect, and Crick was number 16.

                   After trading Denard Span in the Longoria trade, the Giants had a very thin outfield. They still need a LF, with McCutchen now in center and Hunter Pence in right. They get a former MVP, who is in need of a resurgence.

                  McCutchen, 31, had a .279 batting average, plus 28 homers, 88 RBIs and 11 steals in 650 Plate Appearances. In his MLB career, only in Pittsburgh, McCutchen has a batting average of .291, with 203 homers, 725 RBIs and 171 stolen bases.

                 For the Pirates, they in the blowing up phase of their rebuild, after trading RHP Gerrit Cole to Houston. They get two prospects, but for your face-of-the-francise, that's just a weak return. They should've gotten more.

                 Reynolds, 22, has a .312 batting average, 16 homers and 101 RBIs and eight stolen bases in 777 career minor league Plate Appearances.

                 Crick, 25, made his MLB debut for the Giants in 2017, and had a 3.06 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 28 strikeouts in 32.1 innings.

                  I think the Giants win. They literally get a star for just two prospects. The Pirates, once again, get fleeced in a big trade.

NHL news: Ducks claim Brown, Canadiens claim Shaw

            The Anaheim Ducks have claimed RW J.T. Brown off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. They then waived C Logan Shaw, who was claimed by the Montreal Canadiens.

             Brown was waived by the Lightning since he's having an underwhelming season on a great team. GM Steve Yzerman wasn't expecting him to get claimed. But, Anaheim pounced.

            Brown, 27, has scored a goal and three assists for four points in 24 games for the Lightning this season. In his NHL career, all in Tampa, Brown has scored 19 goals and 42 assists for 61 points in 286 games.

           Shaw is a center, but has a horrible 37.7% career faceoff percentage, with a 23.5% in 17 draws this year. With Brown, I guess the Ducks would rather have him, so Shaw was waived. The Habs need a 4th line center if Phillip Danault's injury is serious, which it looks like it is, so it makes some sense.

            Shaw, 26, has scored two goals and six assists for eight points in 42 games this year for the Ducks. In his NHL career for the Ducks and Florida Panthers, Shaw has scored 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in 150 games.