Friday, July 21, 2017

MLB trade review: WhiteSox acquire Machi, Lowe for cash

         Today, the Chicago White Sox added veteran RHPs Jean Machi and Mark Lowe to their organization, sending cash to the Seattle Mariners.

          After trading relievers Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson to the Yankees, the White Sox pen is very weak. In this trade, they acquired two vets with MLB experience that have a chance at cracking the roster, even for a day. Also, both were known as good leaders in Tacoma (AAA) this season. The White Sox might as well give both Machi and Lowe a chance in the pen. To start, both players will start their White Sox careers in Charlotte (AAA).

         Machi, 35, has a 1.17 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and four strikeouts in 7.2 innings this year for the Mariners. He has a 3.44 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 10 saves and 29 strikeouts in 36.2 innings for Tacoma this year. In his five year MLB career for the Mariners, Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Gianta, Machi has a 3.38 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 152 strikeouts and six saves in 191.2 innings.

         Lowe, also 35, hasn't played in the majors this year. He had a rough stint in Tacoma, with a 6.23 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, one save and 37 strikeouts in 39 innings. In his 11 year MLB career with the Mariners, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels and Toronto Blue Jays, Lowe has a 4.22 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, six saves and 352 strikeouts in 385.2 innings.

        For the Mariners, it clears up some money (not much, though) and roster spots down in AAA. It could be the start of something bigger, but the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish says it's unlikely. For the Mariner fans: this does not clear up a spot on the 40 man roster. Both players were not on it.

        For this trade, I won't pick a winner, because it's two old relievers for basically nothing. I don't expect either guy to do amazing with Chicago. They might never play for them. So, it's just a minor league trade at most.

MLB trade review: Mariners, Cardinals make swap of prospects

          In an interesting decision, the Seattle Mariners traded OF Tyler O'Neil to the St. Louis Cardinals for LHP Marco Gonzales.

          The Cardinals were most likely not the one's offering the trade, because they don't need an outfielder, but the 22 year old O'Neil is a very good hitter, and a big prospect, so they are probably ecstatic about acquiring him. They give up a young pitcher in Gonzales, but they get a good prospect, so it's worth it. O'Neil was the Mariners second best prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

          O'Neil has never played in the MLB. This year in Tacoma (AAA), he has a .244 batting average, 19 home runs, 56 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 396 Plate Appearances. He has a .269 batting average, 89 HRs, 300 RBIs and 44 stolen bases in 1794 Plate Appearances in his minor league career.

         I'm not really sure why the Mariners made this trade. They will have Gonzales under team control for a while, but he isn't as big as a prospect as O'Neil. He has some major league experience, which O'Neil doesn't have, but he also has injury history. He's 25 years old and has already gone through Tommy John surgery.

          "Marco is a quality athlete with high character and a strong pitching pedigree who we feels fits our roster well in both the near and long term," Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. "We find his current performance, preparedness and proximity to the major leagues to be appealing traits in a pitcher, particularly a young lefty who is now under club control through the 2023 season."

           Gonzales has one start in the majors this season. He gave up five runs in 3.1 innings in the losing effort. In 68.1 innings for Memphis (AAA), Gonzales has a 2.90 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 57 strikeouts. In his MLB career, (all for the Cardinals) Gonzales has a 5.53 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 40.2 innings.

           I think the Cardinals win this trade. They get a highly touted prospect in O'Neil, and don't give up a roster player for him. The Mariners could've gotten more for O'Neil, but maybe there's something they see in Gonzales that I don't, because establish veterans would have a chance of winning a trade if they were traded for O'Neil, but not Gonzales.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

MLB trade review: Marlins trade Phelps to Mariners for four prospects

            After making a push to acquire bullpen help, the Seattle Mariners have finally acquired a reliever. In the same deal, the Miami Marlins started their fire sale by trading RHP David Phelps to Seattle for four prospects. They are CF Brayan Hernandez, RHP Brandon Miller, RHP Pablo Lopez and RHP Lukas Schiraldi (son of former MLB pitcher Calvin Schiraldi). According to MLB Pipeline, Hernandez was the M's sixth best prospect, Miller was their 16th, Lopez was number 22, and Schiraldi was not in their top 30 list.

            The Mariners and GM Jerry Dipoto have been looking to acquire relievers, and have reportedly had interest in other relievers such as Brad Hand (Padres) and Justin Wilson (Tigers). This trade doesn't confirm they are out of the hunt for Wilson and Hand, but at least they got one reliever. I think they gave up a little too much for Phelps, even though he's been effective the last two seasons. And, they have him for one more season until he becomes a UFA in 2018. Also, Phelps is one of the 14 relievers who have pitched 100 or more innings since the start of 2016 with an ERA under 2.70.

             Phelps, 30, has a 3.45 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 51 strikeouts in 47 innings this year. In his six year career with the Marlins and Yankees, Phelps has a 3.90 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 509 strikeouts in 545 innings. He has additional value because he can pitch more than one inning. This is his first year as a full-time reliever, after being a starter-reliever guy for five seasons. He was traded to the Marlins along with Martin Prado from the Yankees for Nathan Eovaldi before the 2015 season.

            The Marlins are at the start of a rebuild, and getting four prospects for one veteran is definitely a win. The get three of the top 22 prospects on Seattle, and might get more prospects from other teams if they can deal closer A.J. Ramos. Also, Hernandez was recently promoted to AAA, so he might be close to the MLB. Miller is in A-Ball, and Lopez and Schiraldi in High-A.

            I think the Marlins win this trade. Phelps has had a good last two years, but isn't worth those four prospects. Maybe he's worth Lopez and Miller, but not Hernandez. So, I think it's clear they win this trade.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

MLB trade review: Yankees acquire trio of White Sox

            After a blockbuster trade including RF J.D. Martinez earlier today, we have another blockbuster trade in the MLB. This time it's the Chicago White Sox (again) and the New York Yankees making headlines. Three White Sox with good value in 1B/3B Todd Frazier and RPs David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle are heading to the Bronx, and prospects Blake Rutherford (OF), Ian Clarkin, reliever Tyler Clippard and CF Tito Polo are headed to the "ChiSox".

             With 1B Greg Bird out for a while, the Yanks have been looking for a first baseman. They've tested with Chris Carter, Tyler Austin, Ji-Man Choi, Garrett Cooper and many more, but no one has been really successful. Bird should be good to go for 2018, so the Yanks have been looking for rentals like Lucas Duda (Mets) and Yonder Alonso (A's). Frazier is also a possible rental. He's mostly a third baseman, but has experience at first base. Him or current third baseman Chase Headley could play first. The bullpen has struggled lately, and getting two old friends that have been successful in Chicago helps. Robertson was drafted by the Yanks in 2006, and played his first seven MLB seasons with them. Kahnle was drafted by them in 2010, but was picked up by the Colorado Rockies in the 2013 Rule 5 draft. Both could fit in well. They Yanks already have Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and Chad Green in their bullpen, but all three have struggled lately. If they can get going, the Yanks will probably have the best bullpen in the MLB.

             Kahnle, 27, has a 2.50 ERA in 36 innings this year. In those 36 innings he has 60 strikeouts! That's a K/9 of 15! In his four year MLB career, Kahnle has a 3.70 ERA with 187 strikeouts in 165.1 innings for the White Sox and Colorado Rockies.

              Robertson, 32, has a 2.70 ERA with 47 strikeouts and 13 saves in 33.1 innings in 2017. In his 10 year MLB career, Robertson has an ERA of 2.95, 732 strikeouts and 131 saves in 552.1 innings for the White Sox and Yankees.

              Frazier, 31, has a .207 batting average, 16 homers, 44 RBIs and four steals in 335 Plate Appearances this year. In his seven year MLB career for the White Sox and Cincinnati Reds, Frazier has a .247 batting average, 164 home runs, 466 RBIs and 62 stolen bases in 3525 Plate Appearances.

              The White Sox are sellers. In this trade, they give up three names that have been rumored to be on the trade market for months.  They get two good prospects in Rutherford and Clarkin. The White Sox need rotation help after trading Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. Clarkin can help their rotation in the future. After trading CF Adam Eaton in the offseason, the White Sox need a center fielder for the future. Luis Robert is in their organization, so they now have two big outfield prospects in Rutherford and Robert. Polo isn't a big prospect, but still has a change at the big leagues. They also get a reliever in Clippard to replace the two relievers they gave up.

              Clippard, 32, has a 4.95 ERA with 42 strikeouts and one save in 36.1 innings this year. In his 11 year MLB career, Clippard has a 3.05 ERA. He has 726 strikeouts and 57 saves in 661.1 innings. He's played for the Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals in his career.

               Clarkin, 22, has a 2.74 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 72.1 innings this year for the Tampa Yankees (High-A). In his minor league career, he has a 3.20 ERA with 208 strikeouts in 250.1 innings. Clarkin was drafted in the first round (33rd overall) in 2013. Clarkin isn't a top 100 prospect, but was the Yankees 19th overall prospect.

                Rutherford, 20, is in his first year in single-A Charleston. He has a .281 batting average, two HRs, 30 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 304 Plate Appearances this year. The Yankees drafted him in the first round, 18th overall in 2016. According to MLB pipeline, Rutherford was the Yankees 3rd best prospect, and is the 30th best prospect overall.

                Polo, 22, has slashed .298/.358/.446 with five home runs 36 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in 316 Plate Appearances between Tampa (High-A) and Trenton (Double-A). The speedy Polo was acquired from Pittsburgh for starter Ivan Nova last season. He was the starting center fielder for team Colombia in the 2017 WBC.
               I think the Yankees win this trade. They get three quality players in Frazier, Robertson and Kahnle, and don't give up too much, even though Rutherford and Clarkin are good prospects. Polo isn't a big prospect, so they can afford trading him. Clippard has been struggling this year, and Kahnle and Robertson are both way better than Clippard. That's why they win this deal.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

MLB trade review: Martinez traded from Tigers to D-backs

      The next pre-trade deadline blockbuster in the MLB has become official. Today, the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks announced a four player trade, making the D-backs lineup scarier, and the adding more potential to the Tigers farm system. The Diamondbacks acquired RF J.D. Martinez, sending three shortstop prospects in Dawel Lugo, Jose King and Sergio Alcantara to Detroit.

        The Diamondbacks won't catch the Los Angeles Dodgers for the lead in the NL West, but they are currently in the first Wild Card spot in the National League. Acquiring a big bat in Martinez helps them score more runs and win more games. Martinez will be a UFA after the season, so this is clearly a rental. They give up some prospects, but if it helps them win, it's definitely worth it.

         Martinez, 29, has a batting average of .305, 16 home runs, 39 RBIs and two steals in 232 Plate Appearances this year. In his career, he has a .283 batting average with 123 HRs, 411 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 2861 Plate Appearances. In his MLB career, he's only played for the Tigers and Houston Astros. He won a Silver Slugger and played in the All-Star Game in 2015, where he set career highs in homers (38) and RBIs (102). He was pulled from his final game as a Tigers with back tightness, but it doesn't seem to be a problem.

         The Tigers are now officially a rebuilding team. Martinez is an upcoming free agent, and they might not have re-signed him, so getting him for prospects was a good idea. Lugo, 22, was the 4th rated prospect in the D-backs system by MLB pipeline. Alcantara, 21, was ranked 15th. King, 18, wasn't in their top 30 prospect list.

          I think the D-backs win this trade. They get a potent bat to add to Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb, and the didn't give up a top three prospect. In my opinion, this was a good value to give up, but they got a plyer with good value. That's why they win this trade.

Monday, July 17, 2017

NHL news: Campbell retires after 17 seasons

          After a few months of offseason time, defenseman Brian Campbell has announced his retirement from the NHL. Campbell, 38, last played for the Chicago Blackhawks.

          The Strathroy, Ontario native was drafted in the sixth round, 156th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1997 NHL draft. Two years later in 1999-00, Campbell made his NHL debut for the Sabres. He spent half of his career in Buffalo, and the first eight years. At the 2007-08 trade deadline, Campbell was traded along with a 7th round draft pick in 2008 (the pick became Drew Daniels) to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Steve Bernier and a 2008 first rounder (that became Tyler Ennis). Campbell played 391 games for the Sabres, scoring 176 points (32 goals and 144 assists) and had a plus-minus of -7.

          At the end of that season, Campbell signed an eight year deal (with an AAV of $7.1 million) with the Chicago Blackhawks. Campbell played just 20 games with San Jose, scoring 19 points (three goals and 16 assists), and was a +9.

          Campbell played three seasons for Chicago, and won the Stanley Cup in 2010. At the 2011 NHL draft, the Blackhawks traded him to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Rostislav Olesz. In four total seasons with Chicago (he later returned to the Windy City), Campbell scored 134 points (24 goals and 110 assists) in 295 games. He also was a whopping +63.

          Campbell stayed as an elite caliber defenseman in the Sunshine State. He played a total of five years there, playing in 376 games. He scored 28 goals and 147 assists for 175 points in those 376 games. In total, he was a -2 there.

         Campbell then signed a one year, $2 million deal with the Hawks before the 2016-17 season. He played in 80 games that season, scoring 17 points (five goals and 12 assists).

          In all, he played in 1,082 NHL games. He scored 87 goals and 417 assists for 504 points in his career. He was a +63. Also, he has joined the Blackhawks front office, where he will assist with marketing, community relations and youth hockey initiatives, the team announced.

          "I'm excited to transition into the next step in both my professional career and life," Campbell said in a statement. "I'm grateful to countless number of teammates, coaches, team staff and fans that I have crossed paths with throughout my playing career in Chicago, Florida, Buffalo and San Jose. The Blackhawks organization has allowed me to take on this challenge and I'm thankful for this new opportunity".

Sunday, July 16, 2017

MLB news: Nats acquire Doolittle, Madson from A's for Treinen, prospects

         After a long wait, the Washington Nationals have finally addressed their need for bullpen arms, after acquiring LHP Sean Doolittle and RHP Ryan Madson from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Blake Treinen, 3B Sheldon Neuse and LHP Jesus Luzardo.

          It's been awhile since the Nationals had a legitimate closer for at least a year. The past two years, they've acquired closers at the trade deadline. They got Jonathan Papelbon in 2015 and Mark Melancon in 2016, but both Papelbon and Melancon did not return to the team the following season. So, they were looking for more late relievers in 2017 after bullpen struggles earlier in the year. Madson doesn't become a UFA until 2019, and Doolittle doesn't become one until 2021. With Doolittle and Madson, the Nats don't need Treinen. The give up two top 10 prospects in Neuse (6) and Luzardo (10), but not any top five prospects, which is good.

          Madson, 36, has a 2.06 ERA, 39 strikeouts and one save in 39.1 innings this season. In his 12 year MLB career, Madson has a 3.40 ERA, 693 strikeouts and 86 saves in 797.1 innings. He's played for the A's, Kansas City Royals and Philadelphia Phillies in his career.

          Doolittle, 30, has a 3.38 ERA, 31 strikeouts and three saves in 21.1 innings for the A's this season. He's got a solid career ERA of 3.09, to go along with exactly 300 strikeouts and 36 saves in 253 career innings. When he plays for the Nats, it'll be the first time he plays on a MLB team not the Athletics.

          For the A's, the get a solid reliever in Treinen who's just struggling this season, but has had previous success. They also get two solid prospects for an old reliever and a solid reliever, but it's still an ok return.

           Treinen, 29, has a horrid 5.73 ERA with three saves and 32 strikeouts in 37.2 innings this year. He has a good career ERA of 3.39, 190 strikeouts and four saves in 223 career innings. The only MLB team he's ever known is the Nats.

            Both Neuse and Luzardo have never played in the big leagues, but might one day. You never know with prospects.

            I think the Nats win the trade. They get a big need in bullpen help. Their pen is dead last in ERA (5.34), opponents OPS (.825), 26th in K/9 (8.2) and 23rd in blown saves (14), according to ESPN.  Doolittle has a 13.1 K/9 (10.7 career K/9) this season. Madson has a 8.9 K/9 in 2017. And, they don't give up any top five propects. That's why they win.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

NHL trade review: Penguins get tougher, acquire Reaves

              The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Ryan Reaves and the 51st overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft (second round) from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward Oskar Sundqvist and the 31st overall pick (first round) in 2017. The Blues used that pick to select forward Klim Kostin.

               Reaves, 30, is known for being a "tough guy". He scored career highs in goals with seven and points with 13 (that's six assists) in 80 games, but had 104 PIMs. He has just 51 career points (27 goals and 24 assists) in 419 NHL games, all for the Blues, but has 695 PIMs. Even though they won the Stanley Cup for the second straight season, GM Jim Rutherford thought they were getting pushed around too much, so he acquired the big, six-foot-one, 225 IB Reaves. A first seems like a fair price to pay since they got the second rounder.

                 Sundqvist, 23, scored no points in ten games this season. He has four points (one goal and three assists) in 28 career NHL games, all for the Penguins.


Friday, June 23, 2017

NHL trade review: Blues acquire Schenn from Flyers for Lehtera and two firsts

              The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired forward Jori Lehtera, the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft (which became center Morgan Frost) and a conditional first round pick in 2018 from the St. Louis Blues for forward Brayden Schenn.

              Schenn, 25, scored 55 points (25 goals and 30 assists) in 79 games in 2016-17. He has scored 248 points (109 goals and 139 assists) in 433 career NHL games, for the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings.

              Lehtera, 29, scored 22 points (seven goals and 15 assists) in 64 games in '16-17. He made his debut in 2014-15, at the age of 27. He has exactly 100 points (30 goals and 70 assists) in his 218 game NHL career, all for the Blues.

              Frost, 18, scored 62 points (20 goals and 42 assists) in 67 games for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

              The conditional pick is awarded to the Flyers, unless the Blues have a top 10 pick in the 2018. Then, the Blues can choose to keep that pick, and they'll automatically have to give the Flyers their 2019 first, even if it's the first overall pick. If the Blues protect their pick, the Flyers also will receive a third rounder in 2019 as well.

               I think the Flyers, by far, win this trade. Though Schenn is better than Lehtera and four years younger, they received two first round picks, which is way too much for Schenn. The Blues could have gotten him without the other first.

NHL news: Coyotes acquire Stepan, Raanta from Rangers

                 The Arizona Coyotes have acquired center Derek Stepan and goaltender Antti Raanta from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and the 7th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft.

                 Stepan, 27, scored 55 points (17 goals and 38 assists) in 81 games in 2016-17. He has scored 360 points (128 goals and 232 assists) in 515 career NHL games, all for the Blueshirts. He's a two time 20 goal scorer, and has never scored less than 16 goals in a season.

                  Raanta, 28, played in a career high 30 games in 2016-17 while backing up Henrik Lundqvist, and had a .922 SV% and a 2.26 GAA. He has a career .912 SV% and a GAA of 2.41 in 94 games played, for the Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks.

                  DeAngelo, 21, made his NHL debut in 2016-17, scoring five goals and nine assists for 14 points in 39 games. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning 19th overall in 2014.

                  I think the Rangers win this trade. They clear up cap space for when they pursue free agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, and get a big prospect defenseman, and a very high draft pick. Sure, Stepan and Raanta are good, but so is the return.

NHL trade review: Coyotes acquire Hjalmarsson for Murphy, Dauphin

                The Arizona Coyotes have acquired defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Connor Murphy and forward Laurent Dauphin.

                 Hjalmarsson, 30, won three Cups over ten seasons in Chicago. In 2016-17, he scored 18 points (five goals and 13 assists) in 73 games. He scored 143 points (23 goals and 120 assists) in 623 career games, all in Chicago.

                Murphy, 24, scored 17 points (two goals and 15 assists) in 77 games this season. He has 49 points (13 goals and 36 assists) in 258 career games, all for the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes organization.

               Dauphin, 22, scored three points (two goals and one assist) in 24 games this season. The former 39th overall pick has scored just four points (three goals and one assist) in 32 career NHL games, all for Arizona.

NHL trade review: Blackhawks, Blue Jackets make Panarin, Saad swap

               The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired LW Brandon Saad, G Anton Forsberg and a 5th round draft pick in 2018 from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for LW Artemi Panarin, F Tyler Motte and a sixth rounder in 2017.

                Panarin, 25, won the Calder trophy (best rookie) in 2015-16 at the age of 24. Playing with star Patrick Kane, Panarin scored an amazing 74 points (31 goals and 43 assists) in 82 games in 2016-17. He has 151 points (61 goals and 90 assists) in his 162 game career, all for Chicago.

                "We thank Artemi for the immediate impact he made on our lineup during his seamless transition to the NHL," GM Stan Bowman told His rookie year will always rank among the best in franchise history and his exciting style of play provided many memorable moments for our fans during his two seasons as a member of the team."

                 Motte, 22, made his NHL debut in 2016-17, scoring four goals and three assists in 33 games. He seems like a good player, but isn't recognized over big names in this trade.

                 Saad, 24, won two Stanley Cups as a member of the Blackhawks before being traded to Columbus. He scored 53 points (24 goals and 29 assists) in 82 games this year. He has 126 points (52 goals and 74 assists) in 208 career NHL games for the Blue Jackets and Blackhawks.

                  Forsberg, 24, played just one game this season, allowing four goals on 27 shots. He has a career SV% of .879 and a GAA of 4.02 in 10 career NHL games, all for Columbus.

                   I think Columbus wins this trade. Both Saad and Panarin have $6 million cap hits, but I think Panarin is better. Also, I view that Motte is better than Forsberg, so that also favors CBJ. The draft picks are in late rounds, so it doesn't matter much.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

NHL trade review: Schlemko traded to Habs

             After trading two defensemen in Mikhail Sergachev and Nathan Beaulieu, the Montreal Canadiens have acquired a defenseman in David Schlemko from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a 2019 5th rounder. The night before, Schlemko was selected by the Knights in the expansion draft from the San Jose Sharks. Him and Trevor van Riemsdyk are the first two expansion draft players to be traded away.

             Schlemko, 30, scored 18 points (two goals and 16 assists) in 62 games for the Sharks in his first season in San Jose. He has scored 87 points (17 goals and 70 assists) in his 360 game career for the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils and Sharks.

             The Habs get another defenseman, which they need, and don't give up much. The Knights get another draft pick, but it isn't very likely to turn out to be a star, or a regular NHL player. That's why I think the Habs win this trade.

NHL trade review: Canes acquire TVR from Golden Knights

          The Vegas Golden Knights have already traded one of their selections in the 2017 expansion draft. Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who was selected last night from the Chicago Blackhawks, is headed to Carolina after the Golden Knights traded van Riemsdyk and a 2018 7th rounder to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2nd rounder in 2017.

          van Riemsdyk, 25, is the brother of Maple Leafs LW James van Riemsdyk. Trevor scored 16 points (five goals and 11 assists) in 58 games in 2016-17. He has scored 31 points (eight goals and 23 assists) in his 158 game NHL career, all for the Blackhawks. The Canes will receive an established defenseman who's still fairly young. He might not be there for long, because the Canes have many young prospect defensemen.

          The Knights have been stockpiling on draft picks, and now have three seconds this year. The deal works out for them, since they drafted a lot of defensemen, so they can afford to trade van Riemsdyk.

           I think the Vegas Golden Knights win the trade. "TVR" is good, but not worth a second rounder. But, Carolina can automatically win if the second rounder doesn't become anything good.

NHL trade review: Isles acquire Eberle from Oilers for Strome

              We have our first blockbuster trade since the trade freeze was lifted. This time, it's the New York Islanders acquiring RW Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for C/RW Ryan Strome.

               Eberle, 27, had a disappointing 2016-17 season, but still managed to score 51 points (20 goals and 31 assists) in 82 games. He's a five time 20 goal scorer, and a one time 30 goal scorer. The Oilers drafted him 22nd overall in 2008. He has 382 points (165 goals and 217 assists) in 507 career NHL games, all for Edmonton.

               Strome, 23, has also had some disappointing seasons recently, scoring just 30 points (13 goals and 17 assists) in 69 games in 2016-17. The former 5th overall pick by the Islanders in 2011 has scored 126 points (45 goals and 81 assists) in his 258 game NHL career, all for the Isles.

                This trade is pretty good for both teams. While Eberle is the better player, he has a cap hit of six million, according to Also, he has two more years left, so the Oilers free up some cap room for when centers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are RFAs. Strome has one more year left of a two year, $5 million deal, so his cap hit is just an affordable $2.5 million. The Oilers are hoping a change of scenery helps him. The Islanders, after trading Mikhail Grabovski to Vegas on Wednesday, had $9 million in cap space. So, they had enough to acquire Eberle and his giant contract. Also, they needed another skilled winger to play alongside captain John Tavares, and Eberle, who played with Tavares in the juniors, works out. He has a rough history with new Isles assistant coach Kelly Buchberger, but that shouldn't be a huge problem.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

NHL news: #Blackhawks lose Hossa for season

             Due to an allergy to his hockey equipment, Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will miss all of the 2017-18 season, he announced.

              "While I am disappointed that I will not be able to play, I have to consider the severity of my condition and how the treatments have impacted my life both on and off the ice," Hossa said via

             Hossa said this has been monitored by the team doctors for a few years, and has had treatments. At 38 years of age, it looks like Hossa will announce his retirement soon.

              "Because of the dramatic nature of the medications required and their decreasing effectiveness, we strongly support his decision to not play during the 2017-18 season," team doctor Michael Terry said. "We feel in the most certain terms this is the appropriate approach for Marian in order to keep him functional and healthy in the short-term and throughout his life."

               "This is extremely difficult for us, because we all know the incredible person and player that Marian Hossa is.. competitive, loyal and humble," Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said.

                Hossa scored 45 points (26 goals and 19 assists) in 73 games in 2016-17. In his long, 1,309 game NHL career, Hossa has a whopping 1,134 points (525 goals and 609 assists). He has played for the Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers (now Winnipeg Jets) and the Ottawa Senators in his NHL career.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

MLB news: #Phillies DFA Gomez, Saunders

                In a surprising move, the Philadelphia Phillies have designated RHP Jeanmar Gomez and OF Michael Saunders for assignment.

                Saunders, 30, has a .205 batting average with six homers and 20 RBIs in 214 Plate Appearances this year. He has a career batting average of .233 with 81 home runs, 262 RBIs and 55 stolen bases in 2727 Plate Appearances for the Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners.

                Gomez, 29, after being their closer last year, has a horrid 7.25 ERA with 21 strikeouts and two saves in 22.1 innings this year. He has a career 4.39 ERA with 321 strikeouts and 40 saves in 515 innings for the Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians.

                 The Phillies also added LHP Hoby Milner and OF Cameron Perkins to the 40 man and 25 man roster. Both were at Lehigh Valley (AAA).

                  Milner, 26, has never played in the MLB. He has a 2.60 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 27.2 innings for Lehigh Valley this year. He has a minor league career ERA of 3.48 with 392 strikeouts in 511.2 innings.

                   Perkins, also 26, also hasn't played in the MLB. He's hitting .298 with six homers, 21 RBIs and one steal in 241 Plate Appearances for Lehigh Valley this year. He has a minor league career batting average of .283 with 38 HRs, 265 RBIs and 36 stolen bases.

Monday, June 19, 2017

NHL news: #Reds place Arroyo, Cosart on DL

              The Cincinnati Reds have placed RHP Bronson Arroyo (shoulder) and SS Zack Cozart (quadriceps) on the 10-day DL.

               Arroyo, 40, missed the last 2 1/2 years with injuries including Tommy John surgery. He's struggled in his return, with a horrid 7.35 ERA and just 45 strikeouts in 71 innings. After his last start, he admitted that he might be retiring soon. He has a career ERA of 4.28 with 1571 strikeouts in 2435.2 innings for the Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates.

                Cozart, 31, has a .320 batting average with nine homers, 33 RBIs and two steals in 255 Plate Appearances this year. He has a career .252 batting average, 67 home runs, 250 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in 2776 Plate Appearances, all for the Reds.

                To replace Arroyo and Cozart, the Reds recalled OF Jesse Winker from Louisville (AAA) and RHP Ariel Hernandez from Pensacola (AA).

                 Winker, 23, made his MLB debut this season, doing one for two (.500) with a two run double. He's hitting .317 with two homers, 36 RBIs and one steal in 263 Plate Appearances for Louisville this season. He has a .298 batting average with 10 homers, 310 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in 2354 Plate Appearances in his minor league career.

                 Hernandez, 25, also made his MLB debut in 2017, striking out five batters and not allowing a run in 2.2 innings. He has a 2.18 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 33 innings for Pensacola. He has a minor league career ERA of 3.64 with 266 strikeouts in 237.2 innings.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

NHL news: expansion draft lists revealed

            Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee now has a couple of days to figure out who the inaugural Knights will be. At 10:30 A.M. ET on Sunday, the lists for protected players from each and every NHL team was released. Teams could protect either seven forwards, three defenseman and one goaltender, or eight skaters and one goalie. Most teams did the 7-3-1 combination, some teams did 4-4-1, and the New York Islanders were the only team to do 3-5-1. For the full lists, click here.

             Some teams made some surprising moves, leaving Vegas with some quality players to choose from. The Golden Knights have three very good goalies to possibly choose in Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT), Antti Raanta (NYR) and Petr Mrazek (DET).

             On defense, some top four defenseman are available waiting for Vegas to take them. The Minnesota Wild will lose a good defenseman in Matthew Dumba or Marco Scandella, but it looks like Dumba is on the move. Marc Methot (OTT) and Calvin de Haan (NYI) are two defenseman the Knights should take. The Florida Panthers have two good wingers unprotected and they'll probably lose one (below), but Jason Demers was also left unprotected. Brendan Dillon (SJS), Jason Garrison or Slater Koekkoek (both TBL) and Luca Sbisa (VAN) could also end up in the fabulous Las Vegas.

            For forwards, some elite players were left unprotected. Big name wingers like James Neal (NSH) and Bobby Ryan (OTT) aren't on the protected list. Like I mentioned before, the Panthers might lose a key winger in Jonathan Marchessault or Reilly Smith. Twenty goal scorers Brock Nelson and Mikkel Boedker could get the call that they are going to Vegas.

           Also, a team can "bribe" (as I like to put it) the Golden Knights to take one of the lesser players to almost protect the unprotected. For instance, a team can say to Vegas "we'll give you our first round pick if you don't take what's-his-face or if you take so-and-so". It's allowed, even though it sounds fake. That's why Vegas might end up worse in 2017-18 than they should be. Las Vegas is known for gambling, and all 30 teams are betting the Golden Knights won't take their good players that are unprotected.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

NHL trade review: Devils acquire Mueller from Sharks

          The New Jersey Devils have acquired defenseman Mirco Mueller and a 5th round draft pick (143rd overall) from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a second round pick (49th overall) and a 4th round pick (123rd overall).

           Mueller was drafted 18th overall in 2013, but has never played in the NHL full-time. Due to many AHL visits, Mueller played in just four games in 2016-17, scoring two points (a goal and an assist). He's just 22, and has played in 54 career NHL games, scoring six points (two goals and four assists), all for the Sharks. Also, the Sharks were expected to lose him to the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft. Getting picks for him is good.

            After trading Adam Larsson for Taylor Hall last offseason, the Devils have been looking for a defenseman. Out of all of their defenseman, Damon Severson is the only with a very bright future. Now that Mueller's aboard, the Devils have two of them.

            "We want to thank Mirco for his years of service to the Sharks and the Barracuda* organization. We wish him the best," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said of Mueller.

             *The San Jose Barracuda is the AHL affiliate for the Sharks.

NHL trade review: Flames acquire Smith from Coyotes for Johnson, prospect

               The Calgary Flames have acquired goaltender Mike Smith from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for goalie Chad Johnson, defenseman Brandon Hickey and a conditional 2018 3rd rounder.

                The Flames have been looking for a starting goalie, and were looking to acquire Marc-Andre Fleury from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Smith is 35, but was an all-star this year, with a .914 SV% and a GAA of 2.92. He's shown he can be a reliable goalie, with a career SV% of .913 and a 2.70 GAA for the Coyotes (Arizona and Phoenix), Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars. Johnson is a UFA, so the Coyotes just got his rights. Hickey is still in college, but might make the NHL one day.

                 The Coyotes have been looking to sell Smith and his $4.5 cap hit (which the Coyotes will retain a fourth of, at $1.4 million, reported Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports), and the Flames were a perfect fit. The Coyotes might want to sign Johnson to a cheap deal, just for a year.

                  Johnson, 31, had a 2.59 GAA and a SV% of .910 in 36 games this season. He has a career SV% of .915 with a 2.44 GAA in 137 games in his career for the Flames, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, and actually the Coyotes (he played with Phoenix in 2012-13).

                  They get a prospect in Hickey who scored 15 points (four goals and 11 assists) in 35 games for Boston University at age 21. He has some upside, so we'll see what happens.

                   The 3rd rounder is solid, and can become a second rounder if the Flames make the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

NHL trade review: Sabres acquire Beaulieu from Habs

        For the second day in a row, the Montreal Canadiens have shipped off a defenseman. First, they acquired LW Jonathan Drouin for defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. Today, they have dealt Nathan Beaulieu to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 3rd round draft pick (68th overall) in this year's draft.

       Beaulieu did score career highs in goals (four) assists (24 assists) and of course points (28) in a career high games of 74. But, he never has reached the potential he had when he was drafted 17th overall in 2011. They get some value out of him in a 3rd rounder.

       Beaulieu, 24, has scored exactly 60 points (seven goals and 53 assists) in 225 games over five seasons, all with the Canadiens. In 2016-17, Beaulieu blocked 100 shots in a season, blocking 102.

        For the Sabres, they now have double the amount of defenseman they need (they have 12, but you need 6), but Dmitry Kulikov is a UFA, and some of them (Brady Austin, Taylor Fedun, Brendan Guhle) will start next year in the minors. Josh Gorges probably won't play often, so there's six defenseman in Beaulieu, Rasmus Ristolainen, Cody Franson, Justin Falk, Jake McCabe, and those other three can be called up. A third rounder might not become anything good, so they didn't give up a high risk.

Friday, June 16, 2017

NHL trade review: Coyotes acquire Cousins from Flyers

        The Arizona Coyotes have acquired center Nick Cousins and goalie prospect Merrick Madsen from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 5th round draft pick and prospects Brendan Warren. Let's get into details.

         In the upcoming expansion draft, you need to expose two forwards who played in 40 games this year or 70 games in the last two years. The Flyers had 12 of those players (not counting Chris VandeVelde and Boyd Gordon, because they are both UFAs this offseason), so they can trade one of them to a team that needs one. The Coyotes have 10 other players who are qualified for the "40/70 rule", but just three of them are signed for next year in Tobias Rieder, Brad Richardson and Jamie McGinn, and Richardson likely won't be protected.

        Cousins is an RFA, but the Coyotes should sign him. The have a bad roster now, especially on forward. He has a good chance of cracking their top 9 in 2017-18.
        Cousins, 23, scored 16 points (six goals and 10 assists) in 60 games this year. He has 27 points (12 goals and 15 assists) in his 107 game NHL career, all for the Flyers, who drafted him in the 3rd round (68th overall) in 2011.

         Madsen, 21, had a .923 SV% and a 2.11 GAA in 36 games this year for Harvard University. He was unlikely to sign with the Flyers, and the Coyotes don't have an amazing goalie prospect like the Flyers do (Carter Hart/Alex Lyon/Anthony Stolarz). It seems more like a throw-in.

         With prospect Oskar Lindblom likely coming over from Sweden, and the Flyers most likely drafting Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier, who should make the team, the Flyers wouldn't use Cousins much or at all in 2017-18. They get a draft pick that seems worthless, but Dallas Stars star Jamie Benn was a 5th round pick, so you never know.
         Warren, 20, scored 10 points (three goals and seven assists) in 35 games for the University of Michigan this season. He looks like another throw-in prospect, but he could reach the NHL eventually.

NHL news: Ducks buy out contract of Despres

       The Anaheim Ducks have bought out the contract of defenseman Simon Despres.
       Despres, 25, has been a stay-at-home defenseman (also known as a defensive defenseman) throughout his career. He's been good on the ice, but multiple concussions have kept him off of it. He played in just one game in 2016-17, and didn't get a point in that game.

       The Pittsburgh Penguins drafted Despres in the first round (30th overall) in the 2009 NHL draft. They traded him to the Ducks at the 2014-15 trade deadline for defenseman Ben Lovejoy. But Despres played in just 49 games for Anaheim in his career, scoring just 10 points (one goal and nine assists). If you add his Penguin totals, Despres has scored 43 points (six goals and 37 assists) in 193 games for the two teams.

        "I'd like to thank the Anaheim Ducks for a wonderful two and a half years. I wish my teammates all the best moving forward," Despres tweeted.

         "Simon Despres is a good hockey player and a good person. But, in this point in time, we feel it is in the best interests of both Simon and the organization to part ways. We wish him the very best in the future," GM Bob Murray said via Ducks twitter.

           According to, the buyout will last for eight years. His cap hit will start at $1.26 million in 2017-18, and decrease over the years. Despres was signed through 2020-21, with an AAV of $3.7 million.

MLB news: Mets place Harvey, Lagares on DL

        The New York Mets have more injuries. This time, it's starting pitcher Matt Harvey (stress in scapula) and CF Juan Lagares (thumb) going to the 10-day DL.

         Harvey, 28, has a 5.25 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 70.1 innings pitched this year. He has a career ERA of 3.22 with 579 strikeouts in 590 innings, all for the Mets. In 2013, he started the all-star game at Citi Field.

         Lagares, also 28, has a .269 batting average two homers, eight RBIs and two steals in 102 Plate Appearances this season. He has a career batting average of .259 with 19 homers, 139 RBIs and 32 stolen bases in exactly 1600 Plate Appearances, all for the Mets.

          To replace Harvey and Lagares, the Mets recalled INF Matt Reynolds and OF Brandon Nimmo from Las Vegas (AAA).

           Reynolds, 26, is four for 23 (.174) with a solo home run this year. He has a career batting average of .214 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 122 Plate Appearances, all for the Mets.

           Nimmo, 24, hasn't played in the majors this year. He made his MLB debut in 2016, hitting .274 with one homer, six RBIs in 80 Plate Appearances. He has a .223 batting average, three homers and 16 RBIs in 180 Plate Appearances this season for Las Vegas.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

NHL trade review: Drouin traded to Habs for Sergachev

Drouin (left) and Sergachev (right)

                              BLOCKBUSTER TRADE ALERT

        Yep. We have our first blockbuster trade of the offseason. Young left winger Jonathan Drouin has found a new home, after the Tampa Bay Lightning traded Drouin and a conditional 6th round pick in the 2018 NHL draft to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for prospect defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional second round draft pick in the 2018 NHL draft.

         The Habs were looking for a top six forward, and had interest in the 22 year old playmaker Drouin. There was rumors that a Drouin for star center Alex Galchenyuk trade would happen, but substituting Sergachev for Galchenyuk probably would work better for Montreal. After the Lightning drafted Drouin third overall in 2013, Drouin scored 95 points (29 goals and 66 assists) for them in 164 games over three seasons. He broke out in 2016-17, scoring 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 points in 73 games, all career highs. He can be an RFA (restricted free agent) on July 1st.

          I'm not 100 percent sure why the Bolts would even think about trading Drouin, but it's probably because they couldn't get him to sign. Also, he played just 21 games in 2015-16 due to suspensions over AHL visits, and a trade request. They got a big prospect in Sergachev, and imaging Sergachev paired with a top three defenseman in Victor Hedman is scary. Sergachev, 18, played just four games with the Habs in 2016-17, and failed to score his first NHL point in them. The Habs drafted him 9th overall in the 2016 NHL draft.

           I think the Canadiens win this trade. They get a good player in Drouin, who's also young. They give up a prospect in Sergachev, who's a defenseman, their big need, but they have Shea Weber, a top defenseman, and the best goalie in the world in Carey Price. But, still expect them to draft a defenseman in the first round this year.

            Also, the Canadiens signed Drouin to a six year deal worth $33 million, with an AAV of $5.5 million. I think it's a fair deal for both parties.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MLB news: #Astros place Reddick on DL

     The Houston Astros have placed OF Josh Reddick on the 7-day concussion DL.

      Reddick, 30, has a .281 batting average, six homers, 24 RBIs and three steals in 238 Plate Appearances this year. He has a career batting average of .257 with 102 homers, 370 RBIs and 44 stolen bases in 3172 Plate Appearances for the Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox.

      To replace Reddick, the Astros called up their 4th best prospect and the 72nd best prospect in the MLB, OF Derek Fisher for his MLB debut.

      Fisher, 23, has a .335 batting average, 16 home runs, 45 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 275 Plate Appearances for Fresno (AAA) this year.

MLB news: Orioles place Davis on DL

       The Baltimore Orioles have placed 1B Chris Davis on the 10-day DL (oblique).

        Davis, 31, has a .226 batting average, 14 homers and 26 RBIs in 250 Plate Appearances this year. He has a career .248 batting average with 255 homers and 659 RBIs in 4427 Plate Appearances for the Orioles and Texas Rangers. He also led the league in homers in 2013 (53) and 2015 (47).

        To replace Davis, the O's called up INF David Washington from Norfolk (AAA) for his MLB debut.

NHL news: Rangers buy out contract of Girardi

      The New York Rangers have bought out the contract of defenseman Dan Girardi. This isn't surprising to many, since both Girardi and fellow defenseman Marc Staal are both on bad contracts, and one of them were expected to be bought out. I thought it would be Staal, but the Rangers thought he's better than Girardi. But it's also a little surprising they bought him out with defenseman Kevin Klein most likely retiring.

      Girardi, 33, scored 15 points (four goals and 11 assists) with 107 hits and 166 blocked shots in 63 games this year. He has 230 career points (46 goals and 184 assists), 1762 hits and 1650 blocked shots in 788 games over his 11 year NHL career, all for the Blueshirts.

     "I want to thank all of the Blueshirt faithful. You are one of the best and most passionate fan bases in the NHL. I appreciate your support over the years," Girardi said in a message released by the team [full message here].

      "I would like to thank Dan for everything he has given of himself to the Rangers over 11 seasons. He has become one of the key contributors to our success over the past decade. We have the utmost respect for Dan and wish him all the best going forward," Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said via Rangers Twitter.

       Girardi was signed through 2022-23, with a cap hit of $5.5 million. His cap hit will be $2.61 million this next year, $3.61 million for the next two years, and  $1.11 million for the last three. It will cost the Rangers $1.11 million each year for the next six seasons.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

MLB news: Gonzalez, Cabrera land on DL

      We have even more injuries. Today, the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets lost a part of their team to the 10-day DL. The Dodgers lost 1B Adrian Gonzalez (back), and the Mets lost SS Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb).

       Gonzalez, 35, has a .255 batting average, one homer and 23 RBIs in 182 Plate Appearances this season. He has a career batting average of .289, 309 homers and 1169 RBIs in 7789 Plate Appearances with the Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers. He's a five all-star, four time gold glove and two time silver slugger.

       To replace Gonzalez, the Dodgers activated CF Joc Pederson from the 7-day concussion DL. Pederson, 25, has a .200 batting average, two homers and 11 RBIs in 123 Plate Appearances. He has a career batting average of .222 with 53 homers, 133 RBIs and 10 steals in 1222 Plate Appearances, all with Los Angeles.

       Cabrera, 31, has a .244 batting average, six homers, 20 RBIs and three steals in 196 Plate Appearances this year. He has a career .268 batting average with 131 HRs, 591 RBIs and 86 stolen bases in 5385 Plate Appearances with the Mets, Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians.

        To replace Cabrera, the Mets recalled INF T.J. Rivera from the Las Vegas 51s (AAA). Rivera, 28, has a .255 batting average, two homers, 13 RBIs and one steal in 114 Plate Appearances this year. He has a career .295 batting average, five homers, 29 RBIs and that one stolen base in 227 Plate Appearances, all for the Mets.

Monday, June 12, 2017

MLB news: Astros place McCullers on DL

      It has happened again to the Houston Astros. Another one of their starters has hit the DL. This time, RHP Lance McCullers Jr. was placed on the 10-day DL with lower back discomfort.

       McCullers, 23, is in the midst on a career season. He has a 2.58 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 76.2 innings. In his three year career, McCullers has a 3.05 ERA and 324 strikeouts in 283.1 innings, all for Houston.

        McCullers is now the 4th Astros starter currently on the DL. In fact, it's the Astros top four starters in the DL. McCullers joins ace Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh and Charlie Morton. Also, another starter, Joe Musgrove was on the DL, but was activated when McCullers was placed on the DL.

        Musgrove, 24, has a 4.89 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 53.1 innings this year. He has a career ERA of 4.45 with 98 strikeouts in 115.1 innings, all with the Astros.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

MLB news: Nats place Glover on DL

      The Washington Nationals have placed RHP and closer Koda Glover on the 10-day DL with back stiffness.

       Glover, 24, has a 5.12 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 19.1 strikeouts this year, with eight saves. He has a career 5.08 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 39 innings, with those eight saves. He's only played for the Nationals in his MLB career.

        To replace Glover, the Nats activated RHP Joe Blanton from the 10-day DL.

        Blanton, 36, has allowed 13 ER in 12.1 innings with 12 strikeouts this year. He has a career 4.38 ERA with 1257 strikeouts in 1735.2 innings for the Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates.

         RHP Matt Albers will be the closer until Glover returns.

MLB news: Phillies place Hernandez on DL

    The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 2B Cesar Hernandez on the 10-day DL with a left oblique strain.

     Hernandez, 27, has a .277 batting average, five homers, 14 RBIs and six steals in 259 Plate Appearances. He has a career .280 average, 13 homers, 102 RBIs and 43 stolen bases in 1589 Plate Appearances, all for the Phillies.

    To replace Hernandez, the Phillies activated RHP Joaquin Benoit from the 10-day DL.

    Benoit, 39, has a 3.68 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 22 innings this year, with one save. He has a career 3.79 ERA with 1031 strikeouts and 52 saves in 1040.1 innings for the Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

MLB news: Brewers place Villar on DL, call-up top prospect

        The Milwaukee Brewers have placed utility infielder (now their starting second baseman) Jonathan Villar on the 10-day DL with a back strain.

         Villar, 26, has a .213 batting average, six homers, 26 RBIs and 14 steals in 248 Plate Appearances. He has a career .253 batting average, 35 homers, 135 RBIs and 118 stolen bases in 1585 Plate Appearances for the Brewers and Houston Astros.

         To replace Villar, the Brewers recalled their number one prospect, OF Lewis Brinson from Colorado (AAA).

         Brinson, 23, has never played in the majors. He has a batting average of .312, six homers and 25 RBIs and seven steals in 204 Plate Appearances for Colorado this year. He has a minor league career batting average of .283 with 82 homers, 299 RBIs and 92 stolen bases in 2246 Plate Appearances in the Brewers and Texas Rangers organization. The Brewers acquired him midseason in 2016 as a piece for catcher Jonathan Lucroy. He's ranked as the 13th best prospect in Major League Baseball.

NHL news: Flyers sign Gostisbehere to extension

     The Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to a six year, $27 million extension. That is an AAV (average annual value) of $4.5 million.

     Gostisbehere, 24, scored 39 points (7 goals and 32 assists) in 76 games this season. He led the Flyers to the postseason in 2015-16 with 46 points (17 goals and 29 assists) in 64 games. That's 85 points (24 goals and 61 assists) in 142 career games (he played in 2 more games in 2014-15). He scored four points (all assists) in three games for team North America (Americans and Canadians age 23 or younger), which led North American defensemen.

     Gostisbehere now has the second highest cap hit among Flyers defenseman, to the overpayed Andrew MacDonald ($5 mil). UFAs Michael Del Zotto and Nick Schultz are the only other unsigned defensemen. Gostisbehere's college teammate Mike Vecchione, Nick Cousins and Roman Lyubimov are the only other unsigned RFAs. He'll be a UFA after the 2023-24 season, the second longest on the team to RW Jakub Voracek.

Friday, June 9, 2017

MLB news: Keuchel placed on DL

        The Houston Astros have placed ace LHP Dallas Keuchel on the 10-day DL with neck discomfort.

         Keuchel, 29, has struck out 69 batters in 75.2 innings this year. He leads the league in ERA (1.67) and wins (9). He has a career 3.60 ERA with 736 strikeouts in 914.2 innings, all for Houston. In 2015, Keuchel won the AL Cy Young award.

         "Dallas was scratched last night due to his illness and not feeling right as he warmed up. We sent him back to Houston to see our doctors and for evaluation," Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said via text. "He still has some neck discomfort from his prior injury that has returned so he will not make his next start. We do not have a timetable for his return."

          Keuchel becomes the 4th Astros starter on the DL currently, joining Collin McHugh (elbow), Charlie Morton (lat strain) and Joe Musgrove (shoulder).

           The Astros also called up their top prospect, RHP Francis Martes from Fresno (AAA), and transferred McHugh to the 60 day DL. Martes, 21, has struggled this year with a 5.29 ERA in eight starts. He'll be most likely used in a long relief role. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the 15th best prospect overall.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

NHL news: Kings sign Toffoli to extension

     The Los Angeles Kings have locked up right winger Tyler Toffoli, signing him to a three year extension. The AAV is $4.6 million, and $13.8 million altogether. It's a similar deal to what teammate and left winger Tanner Pearson got at 4 years, $15 million.

    "Signing both Pearson and Toffoli was a top priority for us this summer," Kings GM Rob Blake told the Los Angeles Times. "Both are core players who will help us with leadership in the locker room and both can move forward with confidence knowing they will be here for years to come."

       Toffoli, 25, scored career highs in goals (31) and points (58) in 2015-16, but a knee injury kept him to just 3 games in 2016-17, where he scored 34 points (16 goals and 18 assists). He's scored 175 points (84 goals and 91 assists) in 293 career NHL games, all for the Kings. They drafted him 47th overall (2nd round) in the 2010 NHL draft.
        In his rookie season of 2013-14, Toffoli scored 14 points in 26 playoff games en route to a Stanley Cup victory.

        With Pearson and Toffoli signed, that leaves defenseman Kevin Gravel and forwards Andy Andreoff and Nick Shore as the remaining unsigned RFAs for the Kings.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

MLB news: Mariners sign Segura to extension

     The Seattle Mariners have signed SS Jean Segura to a five year, $70 million extension that includes a $17 million club option for 2023.

     Segura, 27, is on the DL currently (high ankle sprain), but leads the AL in batting average with a .341 average, with four homers, 20 RBIs and seven steals (unfortunately, he leads the league in caught steals also with 6) in 198 Plate Appearances.

     He has a career batting average of .284 with 47 homers, 228 RBIs and 136 steals in 2822 Plate Appearances for the Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels. The Brewers acquired him in 2012 as a part of a big trade including RHP Zack Greinke, who went to LA. The Mariners acquired him in a trade this offseason for RHP Taijuan Walker and others.

      "Over the past two seasons, Jean has been one of the premier offensive players in baseball. His combination of average, power and speed is extremely difficult to find, especially as a top-of-the-lineup hitter at a key defensive position like shortstop," Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto told the Sporting News. "We are all quite excited about having him here with the Mariners and believe he is a key ingredient in our ongoing effort to build a championship level roster."

MLB news: Giants acquire Dyson

      The San Francisco Giants have acquired RHP Sam Dyson and cash considerations from the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

       After DFA'ing Dyson, GM Jon Daniels looked for some value out of him. So, getting just a potential no-named prospect or cash seems like a win. I also predicted some places Dyson could've ended up with, but the Giants weren't one.

       Dyson, 29, has allowed 20 earned runs in 16.2 innings (10.80 ERA) this year with just seven strikeouts. He has a career ERA of 3.54 with 172 strikeouts and 40 saves in 216 innings for the Rangers, Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays.

       In other Rangers news, they signed RHP Ernesto Frieri to a minor league deal. Frieri, 31, has a career ERA of 3.55 with 382 strikeouts and 73 saves in 296.1 innings for the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

MLB news: Bour, Tomas, Salazar hit DL

   Injuries are very common. And today, three notable players were placed on the DL by their teams.

      First, Miami Marlins 1B Justin Bour was placed on the 10-day DL for left ankle contusion. They've also recalled C Tomas Telis from New Orleans (AAA).
      Bour, 29, has a .295 batting average, 16 homers and 40 RBIs in 190 ABs this year. He has a career .271 batting average with 55 homers and 175 RBIs in 953 ABs, all for Miami.
      Telis, 25, is 0 for 2 this year in the majors. He has a career .223 batting average, one homer and 14 RBIs in 121 career ABs for the Marlins and the Texas Rangers.

       Cleveland Indians RHP Danny Salazar will miss at least 10 days because of shoulder soreness. OF Lonnie Chisenhall was activated off the 7-day concussion DL.
       Salazar, 27, has a 5.40 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 55 innings this year. He has a career 3.89 ERA with 618 strikeouts in 539.1 innings, all for Cleveland.
       Chisenhall, 28, has a .261 batting average, six homers, 22 RBIs and a stolen base in 92 ABs this year. He has a career .263 batting average, 57 homers, 256 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in 1931 ABs, all for Cleveland.

        Arizona Diamondbacks OF Yasmany Tomas is the last player to hit the 10-day DL. Also, RHP Braden Shipley was optioned to Reno (AAA), and RHP Zack Godley and OF Jeremy Hazelbaker were recalled from Reno.
        Tomas, 26, has a .241 batting average, eight homers and 32 RBIs in 166 ABs this year. He has a career .268 batting average with 48 homers and 163 RBIs in 1102 ABs.

Monday, June 5, 2017

MLB news: pair of minor league trades occur

     Minor league trades in the MLB occur very often. And usually the only thing a team acquires is a player to be named later or cash considerations. And that's happened twice today.

     First, the Milwaukee Brewers acquired minors league INF Yeison Coca from the Boston Red Sox to complete a trade from December. The Red Sox acquired RHP Tyler Thornburg and the Brewers got 3B Travis Shaw and now Coca. Coca, 18, hit over .300 with 12 steals in the Dominican Summer League last year.

     The other trade involved a former MLB player INF Ruben Tejada was traded from the New York Yankees to the Baltimore Orioles for cash. He was assigned to Norfolk (AAA). Tejada, 27, hasn't played in the majors this year. He has a career .252 batting average with 10 homers, 153 RBIs and 16 steals in 1997 ABs for the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants.