Monday, July 31, 2017

MLB Trade review: #DBacks acquire Rosales

          The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired INF Adam Rosales from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Jeferson Mejia.

           The D-Backs, in the NL Wild Card, recently had SS Chris Owings go to the DL. For Rosales to go on the 40-man roster, Owings was placed on the 60-day DL. Rosales is a nice, solid infielder who has MLB experience. He can help the D-Backs down the stretch. He's also a rental so he doesn't affect the future.

           Rosales, 34, has a .234 batting average, four homers, 27 RBIs and one stolen base in 223 Plate Appearances this year for the A's. In his 10 year MLB career for the A's, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds, Rosales has a .228 batting average, 44 homers and 168 RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 1697 Plate Appearances.

            As rebuilders, the A's are able to trade one of their rentals in Rosales. They get a low leveled reliever in Mejia, who's struggling in Low-A. Mejia has a 5.90 ERA, 1.79 WHIP and 35 strikeouts in 29 innings in A and Low-A this year. In his minor league career, Mejia has a 4.67 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 208 strikeouts in 208.1 innings.

              I think this is an even trade. It's a backup infielder who's old and a rental for a prospect unlikely to make the MLB one day.

MLB Trade review: Red Sox acquire Reed from Mets

          The Boston Red Sox have acquired RHP Addison Reed from the New York Mets in exchange for RHP prospects Stephen Nogosek, Jamie Callahan and Gerson Bautista.

          The Red Sox, trying to beat out their rival Yankees for the AL East lead, have been looking for a reliever to set up closer Craig Kimbrel. The last two years, they acquired RHPs Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg, but both of them are out for the year. Reed is a rental, but is having a good year as the Mets closer.

           Reed, 28, has a 2.57, 1.12 WHIP, 19 saves and 48 strikeouts in 49 innings for the Mets this year. In his seven year career for the Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox, Reed has a 3.40 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 125 saves and 397 strikeouts in 375.2 innings.

           The Mets, as sellers are able to get three prospects for one rental. Also, they are all top 30 prospects in the Red Sox's system. Nogosek was number 18, Callahan number 23 and Bautista number 28. Down the stretch, newly acquired RHP AJ Ramos will most likely close out games.

            Nogosek, 22, has a 3.06 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 19 saves and 63 strikeouts in 53 innings in Single-A and High-A. In his minor league career, he has a 3.25 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 21 saves and 94 strikeouts in 80.1 innings.

           Callahan, also 22, has a 3.21 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, six saves and 56 strikeouts in 42 innings between AA and AAA this year. In his minor league career, Callahan has a 4.79 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 16 saves and 363 strikeouts in 374 innings.

            Bautista, also 22, has 5.16 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, four saves and 53 strikeouts in 45.1 innings this year at High-A. In his minor league career, Bautista has a 2.79 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 10 saves and 162 strikeouts in 193.2 innings.

             I think the Mets win this trade. They get three solid prospects for just one rental. They should have gotten less. That's why they win this deal.

For more on this trade, check out my YouTube video on it.

MLB Trade review: Cubs acquire Wilson, Avila from Tigers

            Detroit Tigers GM Al Avila has continued his sale, sending his own son, catcher Alex Avila and LHP Justin Wilson to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for 3B Jeimer Candelario and SS Isaac Paredes, who are both prospects.

           After winning the World Series last year, the Cubs are once again looking for a deep playoff run. In Wilson, they get a solid left-handed reliever who has closing experience (this year). Also, they get a nice backup catcher in Avila. Both can contribute to the team a lot. Also, Avila is a rental, but Wilson is under team control through 2018.

            Wilson, 29, has a 2.68 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 13 saves and 55 strikeouts in 40.1 innings for the Tigers this year. In his six year MLB career for the Tigers, New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates, Wilson has a 3.20 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 14 saves and 313 strikeouts in 298.1 innings.

            Avila, 30, has a .274 batting average, 11 homers and 32 RBIs in 264 Plate Appearances for the Tigers this year. In his nine year MLB career for the Tigers and Chicago White Sox, Avila has a .243 batting average, 84 homers, 325 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 2918 Plate Appearances.

            As rebuilders, the Tigers trade two veterans for two prospects. Also, Candelario was the Cubs number one prospect, and is the 92nd best prospect in all of baseball. Paredes was the Cubs 10th best prospect before the trade.

             Candelario, 23, was five for 33 (.152 batting average) with one homer and three RBIs this year in the majors. He's six for 50 (.136 batting average) in his MLB career, with that homer, three RBIs. In AAA this year, Candelario has a .266 batting average, 12 homers and 52 RBIs in 330 Plate Appearances.

            Paredes has a .264 batting average, seven homers, 49 RBIs and two steals in 384 Plate Appearances for Single-A South Bend. In his minor league career, Paredes has a .275 batting average, 8 homers, 75 RBIs and six stolen bases in 582 Plate Appearances.

            I think the Tigers win this trade. They get a big prospect in Candelario, and another prospect in Paredes with a high ceiling. They only give up a rental backup catcher and a solid reliever, so they win.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

MLB Trade review: Rockies acquire Lucroy

            The Colorado Rockies have acquired their catcher, getting Jonathan Lucroy from the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later (PTBNL).

            The Rockies, currently in the NL Wild Card, are looking to improve their team. Their catchers, mostly Tony Wolters, are last in the MLB in home runs, and last in the NL in OPS. Lucroy is having a bad year both at the plate and in pitch framing, but still has strong history, and can help the Rox down the stretch. He's also a rental, so he won't block top catching prospect Tom Murphy next year.

          Lucroy, 31, has a .242 batting average, four homers, 27 RBIs and one steal in 306 Plate Appearances for the Rangers this year. In his eight year MLB career for the Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers, Lucroy has a .280 batting average, 94 homers, 445 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 3611 Plate Appearances.

            As sellers, the Rangers sell a rental, but this is still a disappointment. Last deadline, The Rangers got Lucroy from the Brewers for top prospect Lewis Brinson. Getting just a PTBNL isn't what they could've given up for him last year. A PTBNL could be anyone, even MVP candidate Nolan Arenado (please don't bet on it). But, it's most likely a low leveled prospect.

            After the deal, GM Jon Daniels said the following (credit Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News), "This is an opportunity for (catchers) Robinson Chirinos and Brett Nicholas to play more, and for us to add young talent to the organization We wish Jonathan and his family well in Colorado and thank him for his work here with us."

             I think the Rockies win this deal. They get a two time all-star for practically nothing. It's clear they win this trade.

              For more on this trade, check out my YouTube video on it

MLB Trade review: Royals acquire Melk Man

         The Kansas City Royals have acquired LF Melky Cabrera from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for RHP A.J. Puckett and LHP Andre Davis.

          With LF Alex Gordon having a horrible year, the Royals wanted to acquire an outfielder. Also, Jorge Soler hasn't been as good as expected. Cabrera provides another outfielder with a solid bat. He also has a good batting average. In addition, this is a case of the old friend alert. Melky played just one season in Kansas City (2011), but it was arguably the best year of his career, setting career highs in homers, RBIs and stolen bases. He's also just a rental, and he could sign elsewhere after this season.

           Cabrera, 32, has a .295 batting average, 13 homers and 56 RBIs in 428 Plate Appearances for the White Sox this season. In his 13 year MLB career for the White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Royals, Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees, Cabrera has a .286 batting average, 127 homers, 739 RBIs and 97 stolen bases in 6614 Plate Appearances.

            As sellers, the White Sox are trading all their veterans, especially the ones with their contracts expiring after 2017. Cabrera fits in that category. Puckett was the Royals 13th best prospect, and Davis wasn't in their top 30. They get two pitchers who could potentially be major leaguers one day.

            Puckett, 22, has a 3.90 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 108.1 innings in High-A this year. In his minor league career, Puckett has a 3.83 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 143 strikeouts in 167 innings.

            Davis has a 4.83 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 87 strikeouts in 85.2 innings this year in Single-A. In his minor league career, Davis has a 5.27 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 147 strikeouts in 141.2 innings.

            I think this is an even trade. The Royals get a big need in an outfielder, and the White Sox get two low leveled prospects, so everybody wins.

MLB Trade review: Twins flip Garcia, send him to Yankees

           The New York Yankees have acquired LHP Jaime Garcia from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for RHP Zack Littell and LHP Dietrich Enns.

            In need of a 5th starter, the Yankees have been in talks for multiple starters like the A's Sonny Gray, and the Cardinals Lance Lynn. They get their starter in Garcia, and don't need to pay the big price of Gray. Garcia is also a rental, so they didn't give up too much. Garcia is definitely better than 5th starters Caleb Smith and Luis Cessa.

             Garcia, 31, has a 4.29 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 92 strikeouts in 119.2 innings this year for the Twins and Atlanta Braves. In his nine year career for the Braves, Twins and St. Louis Cardinals, Garcia has a 3.65 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 815 strikeouts in 1015.2 innings.

            After acquiring Garcia from the Braves, the Twins fell out of the playoff hunt. So, they looked to trade Garcia once again, and get some value out of him. Littell was the Yankees 22nd best prospect before the trade. Garcia would be useless on a seller, so now he has a role on a contender. Enns wasn't on the Yanks top 30 list.

             Littell, 21, has a 1.87 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 109 strikeouts in 115.1 innings for High-A and AA this year. In his minor league career, Littell has a 3.24 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 441 strikeouts in 496.2 innings.

             Enns, 26, has a 1.99 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 45.1 innings in rookie league and AAA this year. In his minor league career, Enns has a 1.87 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 397 strikeouts in 389.2 innings.

             I think the Twins win this deal. They get way more for Garcia than they gave up, and the Braves probably are mad they only got the guy they got for Garcia. So, they win.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

MLB Trade review: Orioles acquire Hellickson

           The Baltimore Orioles have acquired RHP Jeremy Hellickson from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for LF Hyun Soo Kim and LHP prospect Garrett Cleavinger.

            This is a buy move for the Orioles, but they only problem is that they are sellers. They are 6.5 games out of the wild card. It would make some sense if Hellickson was under contract for 2018, but he's not. They only thing I can think of that would sense is if the Orioles were acquiring his rights, and wanted to see how he pitched in Baltimore this year, and if he was successful, they'd re-sign him for next year.

            Hellickson, 30, has a 4.73 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 65 strikeouts in 112.1 innings this year for the Phillies. In his eight year career for the Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays, Hellcikson has a 3.98 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 803 strikeouts in 1087.1 innings.

             The Phillies are rebuilders. They have been trading all of their veterans, and especially the rentals, like Hellickson. They get a prospect in Cleavinger, who's struggling in AA. Kim is also rental, but he can just finish the year in Philly. He's always been platooned, and now is his chance to show he can do well as a full-time starter, after the Phillies traded their LF, Howie Kendrick.

             Kim, 29, has a .232 batting average, one homer and 10 RBIs in 142 Plate Appearances this year. In his MLB career, Kim has a .281 batting average, seven homers and 32 RBIs in 488 Plate Appearances, all in Baltimore.

             Cleavinger, 23, has a 6.75 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, three saves and 42 strikeouts in 38.2 innings this year for Bowie (AA). In his minor league career, Cleavinger has a 3.79 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, eight saves and 176 strikeouts in 140 innings.

              I think the Phillies win this deal. Not because it's a great deal for them, because it really isn't, only because this trade makes about no sense from Baltimore's point of view.

             For more on this trade, check out my YouTube video on it.

Friday, July 28, 2017

MLB trade review: Ramos traded to Mets

           The Miami Marlins have traded closer A.J. Ramos to the New York Mets in exchange for RHP Merandy Gonzalez and OF Ricardo Cespedes.

            Even though they are out of the playoff hunt, the Mets acquire a good reliever in Ramos who is under contract through 2018. They also plan to trade closer Addison Reed in the near future. Ramos can rack up saves in the big apple. He can be huge for them if they are successful in 2018.

            Ramos, 30, has a 3.63 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 20 saves and 47 strikeouts in 39.2 innings this year. In his six year MLB career, all for the Marlins, Ramos has a 2.78 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 92 saves and 379 in 327.1 innings.

            As sellers, the Marlins are trading their veterans, they get some value out of Ramos. Gonzalez was the Mets 9th best prospect, and Cespedes was their 22nd. They both have a very high ceiling, but are low leveled.

           Gonzalez, 22, has a 1.78 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 89 strikeouts in 106 innings this year in Single-A and High-A. In his minor league career, Gonzalez has a 2.58 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 300 strikeouts in 342.1 innings.

         Cespedes, 19, has a .255 batting average, one homer, one steal and 15 RBIs in 108 Plate Appearances in rookie ball, Low-A and Single-A. In his minor league career, Cespedes has a .272 bating average, two homers, 63 RBIs and 22 stolen bases in 769 Plate Appearances.

         I think it's an even trade. The Marlins get two big prospects, and the Mets get an MLB closer. So, everybody wins.

         For more on this trade, check out my YouTube video.

MLB trade review: Nats acquire Kendrick from Phillies

       The Washington Nationals and division rival Philadelphia Phillies have completed a trade. LF/2B Howie Kendrick and cash are going to the District of Columbia for LHP prospect McKenzie Mills.

      The Nationals, penalized by Adam Eaton's Torn ACL, have been looking to acquire an outfielder. Kendrick has moved to outfielder in the last year or so, and can now play the position fully. With LF Jayson Werth currently hurt, Kendrick can start at LF. He can try out center when Werth returns, and share time there with Michael Taylor. Kendrick is actually hurt himself with a bruised hand, but is just day-to-day. He's also a rental, so the Nats will let him sign elsewhere at the end of the season. When not not starting, Kendrick is a great bench bat, especially against lefties.

      Kendrick, 34, has a .340 batting average, two homers, 16 RBIs and eight steals in 156 Plate Appearances this year for the Phillies. In his 12 year career for the Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels, Kendrick has a .290 batting average, 97 homers, 611 RBIs and 119 stolen bases in 5613 Plate Appearances.

      The Phillies, at the bottom of the MLB are selling all their veterans. As a rental, Kendrick is a guy who needs to be traded. After his injury, I think management might not of thought he'd be able to go, but they are able to trade him. They get a prospect in Mills, who is just in Single-A.

        Mills, 21, has a 3.01 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 118 strikeouts in 104.2 innings this year. In his minor league career, Mills has a 4.17 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 201 strikeouts in 215.2 innings.

        I think the Nationals win this trade. It's simple. It's a MLB player for a Single-A player. That's why they win.

       For more on this trade check out my YouTube video. 

MLB trade review: Cishek traded to Rays for Ramirez

        The Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays have pulled off a deal between two relievers, sending Steve Cishek and cash to the Rays and Erasmo Ramirez to Seattle.

        As contenders, the Rays have been looking for impact players to improve their roster. Yesterday, they acquired Dan Jennings and Lucas Duda. In Cishek, they get a solid reliever with some closing experience. They give up on of their arms in Ramirez, but Cishek is the better pitcher.

        Cishek, 31 has a 3.15 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, one save and 15 strikeouts in 20 innings this year. In his eight year career for the Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals and Florida/Miami Marlins, Cishek has a 2.83 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 121 saves and 423 strikeouts in 397 innings.

        The Mariners are also contenders, but are a couple games back of the Rays, who aren't even in the wild card currently. They trade Cishek, who's a rental, and even though he's better than Ramirez, Ramirez isn't a free agent until after the 2019 season. Ramirez also is versatile, and has started at least one game in every season of his career. Also, this is a case of an old friend alert. Ramirez signed with the Mariners out of a school in El Salvador in 2007, and played his first three years in the MLB there.

        Ramirez, 27, has a 4.80 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 55 strikeouts in 69.1 innings for the Rays this year. In his six year MLB career for the Rays and Mariners, Ramirez has a 4.23 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 409 strikeouts in 530 innings.

        I think this is an even trade. Both teams get an MLB reliever. But, the Rays get the more skilled one, but the Mariners get the one under contract and versatile. So, everybody wins.

       For more on this trade, check out my YouTube video.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

MLB trade review: Rays acquire Duda from Mets

          The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired 1B Lucas Duda from the New York Mets in exchange for RHP Drew Smith.

          The Rays are actually contenders this year, and are looking to buy. Earlier today, they acquired  LHP Dan Jennings. And now, they get Duda. After Colby Rasmus took a break from baseball for an unknown reason, and won't return this year, the Rays wanted another bat. With Tampa, Duda can DH, and Corey Dickerson can play the OF more. Duda is a nice, middle of the order guy with some left handed pop that can put some runs up on the board.

           Duda, 31, has a .246 batting average, 17 homers and 37 RBIs in 291 Plate Appearances. In his eight year MLB career, all for the Mets, Duda has a .246 batting average, 125 homers and 378 RBIs in 2895 Plate Appearances.

        Due to injuries, the Mets are having a surprisingly bad year in 2017. So, they've been shopping guys like Duda and closer Addison Reed. They get a prospect in Smith, who was ranked by MLB Pipeline as the 30th best prospect in the Rays system for Duda, who is a free agent after this year.

        Smith, a reliever touches 97 MPH on his fastball. He has a 1.60 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, seven saves and 40 strikeouts in 45 innings this year over three levels. In his minor league career, Smith has a 1.80 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 13 saves and 140 strikeouts in 124.2 innings.

         I think this is an even trade. The Mets get a prospect for a guy they might not have signed at the end of the year. Plus, the Rays get a power bat in the lineup, so everybody wins.

       For more about the trade, check out my YouTube video.

MLB trade review: #Dbacks acquire Murphy from #Twins

         The Arizona Diamondbacks and Minnesota Twins have pulled off a minor league trade, sending catcher John Ryan Murphy to the desert, and LHP Gabriel Moya to Minnesota.

        The D-backs biggest need is a catcher. Murphy can be a backup catcher if Chris Iannetta or Jeff Mathis go to the DL. He has some MLB experience, and was the Twins backup last year. His career went downhill after being traded to the Twins for Aaron Hicks. Murphy will report to Reno (AAA).

        Murphy, 26, hasn't played in the MLB this year. He has a .222 batting average, four homers and 27 RBIs in 218 Plate Appearances for Rochester (AAA) this year. In his four year  MLB career for the Twins and New York Yankees, Murphy has a .238 batting average, five homers and 27 RBIs in 374 Plate Appearances.

       For the Twins, they get rid of Murphy who was practically useless, and get a prospects in Moya, who was the D-Backs 25th best prospect. Moya is an amazing year at AA, where he will report to, so that's a positive for them.

       Moya, 22, has a 0.82 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 17 saves and 68 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. In his minor league career, Moya has a 2.68 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 28 saves and 317 strikeouts in 248.1 innings.

       I think the Twins win this trade. They get a prospect who has been lights out at a level not too far from the MLB. For a guy struggling at AAA. Murphy is a 3rd catcher at best, and the Twins got too much for him.

MLB news: Rays acquire Jennings

           The Chicago White Sox's sale of relievers has sold another one. LHP Dan Jennings has found a new home, after being traded from the Sox to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for 1B Casey Gillaspie.

           The Rays are unexpectedly in the playoff hunt this year, and have been looking to acquire bullpen help. Jennings improves their pen, especially against lefties. Left handed batters have just one extra base hit off Jennings this year, and have a weak .169 batting average and .497 OPS. Also, he is under team control through the 2019 season.

           Jennings, 30, has a 3.45 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 44.1 innings in 2017. In his six year career for the White Sox and Miami Marlins, Jennings has a 2.86 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 214 strikeouts in 261.1 innings.

            The White Sox have been trading all of their good relievers. Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson both went to the Yankees. Anthony Swarzak is the newest member of the brew crew. Now, Dan Jennings is a Ray. In return, the Sox get Gillaspie, the Rays first round pick in 2014. Also, he was ranked as the 10th best prospect in the Rays system.

            Gillaspie, 24, has a .227 batting average, nine homers and 44 RBIs in 395 Plate Appearances for Durham (AAA) this year. In his minor league career, Gillaspie has a .259 batting average, 51 homers and 198 RBIs.

           I think the Rays win this trade. They get a lefty who's is dominant vs other lefties, and is under team control for a few more years after this. That's why they win.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

MLB news: Rockies acquire Neshek for three prospects

            The Colorado Rockies have acquired reliever Pat Neshek from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for INF Jose Gomez and RHPs J.D. Hammer and Alejandro Requena, all of which are prospects.

             The Rockies have been interested in a reliever to be a set-up man for closer Greg Holland, and were in talks with the Marlins for A.J. Ramos. Neshek fits that role, and has had a great 2017. They give up three prospects for Neshek, but none have high upside.

             Neshek, 36, has a 1.12 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 40.1 innings this year for the Phillies. In his 11 year career for the Phillies, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins, Neshek has a 2.76 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 423 strikeouts in 423.1 innings.

             The Phillies, as rebuilders, are selling their veterans, like Neshek. They receive three prospects for him, including the Rockies 21st best prospect in Gomez. The two pitchers, Hammer and Requena, weren't on the Rockies top 30 list.

             Gomez has a .324 batting average, four homers, 33 RBIs and 18 steals in 351 plate Appearances for Single-A this year. In his minor league career, Gomez has a .316 batting average, nine homers, 130 RBIs and 73 stolen bases in 1186 Plate Appearances.

            Hammer, in his Class-A debut, has a 2.36 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 13 saves and 65 strikeouts in 42 innings.

            Requena, also in his Class-A debut, has a 2.85 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 97 strikeouts in 117 innings.

            I think this is an even trade. For the Phillies, they trade one of their veterans, and get three prospects for him. And for the Rockies, they acquire a big need. That's why everyone wins this deal.

Cruising with Carr: My interview with Habs Dan Carr

        If the Montreal Canadiens need a forward, they know who to call. No, not ghostbusters. In two seasons with the Habs, Dan Carr has been an offensive force when called upon by former head coach Michel Therrian, and should still stay hot under Claude Julian. Carr, 25, went undrafted, had four great years at Union college, including a national championship in 2014, where he scored 50 points in 39 games in his senior year. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native then signed with the Canadiens. In two seasons so far with the Habs, Carr has scored 18 points (eight goals and 10 assists) in 56 games. In 2015-16, Carr did something that not many players ever did. He scored on his first shot in his first NHL shift. In 2016-17, Carr is looking to get a more consistent role.

           Recently, I was able to catch up with Dan and ask him a few questions.

           Me: "How do you like the Canadiens' offseason moves?"
           Carr: "I think the biggest thing as a player is that all you can do is just play. There is a lot of things that can happen in hockey from the business side of things where they bring guys in, other guys move on, and the best thing as a player that you can do is just play and not worry about those things and show up to camp ready to go and excited for the season."

          M: "What do you think your chances are to get a permanent starting role in the lineup are?"
          C: " It's kind of like the last question. The only thing I can do is show up to camp and play my best. Whatever happens from there is out of my control. For me, I need to show up to camp and play my best. That's all I can do."

           M: "On the ice, what do you think you bring to the table?"
           C: "I play hard, I go to the net. I know I can score. Those are the big things for me. I need to make sure I'm doing the little things well, and go from there. I know I can put the puck in the net, and that's the big thing.

          M: "Lately, Union college has been producing a lot of NHL players like yourself. Why do you think this is happening?"
          C: "I think it's a culture thing. I think guys do a good job of going there and continuing to get better. Guys end up a lot more NHL ready, and a lot more hockey ready, and it's good to see as an alumni."

MLB news: Brewers acquire Swarzak from White Sox

        The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired some bullpen help, getting RHP Anthony Swarzak from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for OF Ryan Cordell.

        The Brewers, finally in the playoff race, have been looking to acquire bullpen help. They've been in talks with the Tigers involving LHP Justin Wilson. Swarzak is in the middle of his career year, and the Brewers are hoping that carries over to Milwaukee.

          Swarzak, 31, has a 2.23 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 48.1 innings this year. In his eight year career for the White Sox, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins, Swarzak has a 4.31 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 363 strikeouts in 532.1 innings.

          The White Sox at the bottom of the AL Central, and have been trading all their good relievers. Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson were sold to the Yankees, and Swarzak now goes to Milwaukee. They received a prospect in Cordell, who was the Brewers 17th best prospect.

          Cordell, 25, has a .284 batting average, 10 homers, 45 RBIs and nine steals in 292 Plate Appearances for Colorado (AAA). In his minor league career Cordell has a .276 batting average, 65 homers, 272 RBIs and 81 stolen bases in 1940 Plate Appearances.

          I think the White Sox win this trade. They trade a guy who is 31, and just breaking out, for a 25 year old on the brink of an MLB call-up, after having success in AAA. That's why they win this deal.

          If you want more about this trade, check out my YouTube video on it.

MLB news: Giants trade Nunez to Red Sox for prospects

         The Boston Red Sox's search for a third baseman is over, after a recent trade with the San Francisco Giants. They acquired utility player Eduardo Nunez from San Francisco in exchange for minor league RHPs Shaun Anderson and Greg Santos.

         The Red Sox recently released overpayed and struggling 3B Pablo Sandoval, who conveniently signed with the Giants. Since then, they haven't had a 3B. They did call up the MLB's 4th best prospect, 3B Rafael Devers, but at 20 years of age isn't the answer for them for this year only. In Nunez, they acquire a proven MLB veteran who also provides speed on the base paths. I can definitely see him working out in Boston. They give up a pair of minor leaguers, but you have to give to get.

         Nunez, 30, has a .308 batting average, four homers, 31 RBIs and 18 steals in 318 Plate Appearances this season. In eight years for the Giants, Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees, Nunez has a .279 batting average, 38 homers, 218 RBIs and 123 stolen bases in 2157 Plate Appearances.

        The Giants, have been the worse surprise in the 2017 season. They were expected to make the playoffs, but instead are 31.5 games out of the division lead. So, they might as well trade veterans. They get two prospects in Anderson, who was the Red Sox 18th best prospect according to MLB Pipeline, and Santos, who wasn't on their top 30.

         Anderson, 22, has a 6-3 record and 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings in Single-A and High-A in 2017.

        Santos, 19, has a 0.90 ERA and a 2-0 record in seven starts in the Dominican league this year.

        I think the Red Sox win this trade. It's simple. They get a major leaguer for a High-A player and a Dominican league player. That's why they win.

        For more on this trade, check out my YouTube video on it.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

NHL news: Habs sign Streit to one year deal

       The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms with defenseman Mark Streit on a one way, one year deal worth $700,000

        The Habs recently traded defenseman Nathan Beaulieu and lost Alexei Emelin in the expansion draft. Also with Andrei Markov being a free agent, the Habs would like to have some leadership on the back end, besides ex-Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber. Streit was the captain of the New York Islanders for two seasons.

       For Streit, he doesn't earn that much money, but he is able to return to the team that drafted him in the ninth round in 2004. The Habs now have eight defensemen on their roster, so Joe Morrow and Brandon Davidson could see a lot of games from the press box when everybody is healthy.

       Streit, 39, scored 27 points (six goals and 21 assists), 13 of them on the power play, in 68 games in 2016-17 for the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, including a midseason trade. In his NHL career for the Penguins, Flyers, Islanders and Canadiens, Streit has scored 434 points (96 goals and 338 assists) in 784 games. Of those 434 points, 207 of them are on the power play.

       For more on this signing, check out my YouTube video on it.

Monday, July 24, 2017

MLB trade review: Royals acquire trio of Padres for duo, prospect

          The Kansas City Royals have acquired RHPs Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer and LHP Ryan Buchter from the San Diego Padres for LHPs Matt Strahm and Travis Wood and middle infielder Esteury Ruiz.

            For the Royals, they get pitching help. Cahill is a nice starter who can give Kansas City some quality starts. Buchter and Maurer can help their bullpen. Maurer was the closer in San Diego, so he has some experience with that job. They give up two lefties and a prospect, but we'll see how it works out for them. They are buyers this year, with them trailing the Cleveland Indians in the division by 1.5 games.

            Cahill, 29, has a 3.69 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 72 strikeouts in 61 innings this year for the Padres. In his nine year MLB career for the Padres, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics, Cahill has a 4.03 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 892 strikeouts in 1210.1 innings.

            Maurer, 27, has a 5.72 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 20 saves and 38 strikeouts in 39.1 innings this year for San Diego. In his five year career for the Padres and Seattle Mariners, Maurer has a 4.96 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 274 strikeouts and 33 saves in 319.2 innings.

            Buchter, 30, has a 3.05 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, one save and 47 strikeouts in 38.1 innings this season. In his three year MLB career for the Padres and Atlanta Braves, Buchter has a 2.90 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, two saves and 126 strikeouts in 102.1 innings.

             For the Padres, they get two solid lefties, and a good prospect. As sellers, this is a very good trade. Both relievers could help their bullpen as they play spoiler for the rest of the year, and Ruiz can continue to develop in the minors.

             Wood, 30, has a 6.91 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in 41.2 innings. In his eight year career for the Royals, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds, Wood has a 4.13 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 765 strikeouts in 941.2 innings.

             Strahm, 25, has a 5.45 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 37 strikeouts in 34.2 innings this year. In his two year career, only for the Royals, Strahm has a 3.81 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 56.2 innings.

              Ruiz has a .419 batting average with three homers, 23 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 91 Plate Appearances, so he could start in single-A next season.

              I think the Royals win this deal. They give up two roster players and a prospect, but both relievers they received are in team control for longer than this year, even though Cahill is a free agent. Wood and Strahm have struggled this year, while Buchter has been great. That's why they win this deal.

              For more about this trade, check out my YouTube video on it.

MLB trade review: Braves send Garcia to Twins for minor leaguer

          Another starting pitcher is off the board of trade targets. Today, the Minnesota Twins improved their rotation by acquiring LHP Jaime Garcia and C Anthony Recker from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash and minor league RHP Huascar Ynoa.

         After losing 103 games in 2016, the Twins have bounced back in 2017, in large thanks to slugger Miguel Sano, ace Ervin Santana and closer Brandon Kintzler. But besides Santana, the Twins rotation hasn't been as good as a contender's should be. Garcia has been very consistent both throughout his career and in 2017. They give up just one minor leaguer for him, so it looks like a good trade. Recker is more depth at catcher, if Jason Castro or Chris Gimenez gets hurt

        Garcia, 31, has a 4.33 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 81 strikeouts in 106 innings this season. In his nine year career for the Braves and St. Louis Cardinals, Garcia has a 3.65 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 804 strikeouts in 1002 innings.

         Recker, 33, is one for seven with no RBIs for the Braves this year. In his seven year MLB career for the Braves, New York Mets. Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics, Recker has a .199 batting average, 18 HRs and 70 RBIs.

         For the Braves, they are sellers, and sellers trade their good players. Also, Garcia is a free agent after this season, and the Braves might not want to sign him, or the other way around. Anyways they get a prospect out of him, which is better than losing him to free agency for nothing.     

         Ynoa, 19, has a 5.26 ERA in 25.2 innings in rookie ball this year. MLB Pipeline ranked him as the Twins 22nd best prospect.

         I think the Twins win this trade. They get a reliable pitcher in Garcia, and don't give up a lot to get him. I thought that they'd have to give up a better prospect, but Ynoa is struggling in rookie ball. It doesn't get much worse than that, even though he's their 22nd best prospect. That's why they win this trade.

        For more about this trade, check out my YouTube video on it.

NHL news: Senators sign Oduya

           The Ottawa Senators have signed defenseman Johnny Oduya to a one year, one million dollar deal. There is games played, time on ice and playoff bonuses that can earn Oduya up to $2.25 million this season.

          In signing Oduya, the Senators acquire an experienced defenseman that can play top-4 or top-6 ice time. The Senators need a top-4 d-man after losing Marc Methot in the expansion draft. Oduya can fill that need. After making the Eastern Conference final last season, the Sens are poised for a longer Cup run this year. Oduya won two Cups in 2013 and 2015 with the Chicago Blackhawks, so knows what it's like to win.

          Oduya, 35, scored nine points (two goals and seven assists) in 52 games last season for the Blackhawks and Dallas Stars, including a midseason trade. In his career for the Blackhawks, Stars, Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise and New Jersey Devils, Oduya has 182 points (37 goals and 145 assists) in 798 games.

        If you want more of Oduya to Sens, check out my YouTube video.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

MLB news: #Mariners sign Espinosa to major league deal

          After being released by the Angels, the Seattle Mariners have signed middle infielder Danny Espinosa to a major league deal.

          With Jean Segura and Robinson Cano playing short and second, the Mariners have one of the top middle infields in the league. Espinosa can become a solid bench option going forward. He has experience at third and first, so he can share first base time with Danny Valencia, especially if Valencia needs rest.

           The Angels traded for Espinosa to be their starting second baseman, but things didn't go as planned. Espinosa, 30, struggled mightily in Los Angeles, with a .162 batting average, six homers, 29 RBIs and three steals in 254 Plate Appearances. In eight seasons for the Angels and Washington Nationals, Espinosa has a .221 batting average, 98 home runs, 314 RBIs and 63 stolen bases in 3226 Plate Appearances.

          It hasn't been announced yet, but it looks like U Taylor Motter will be optioned to Tacoma (AAA).

          Motter, 27, has a .204 batting average, seven homers, 23 RBIs and nine steals in 232 Plate Appearances. In his two year MLB career for the Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays, Motter has a .199 batting average, nine homers, 32 RBIs and those nine stolen bases in 325 Plate Appearances.

MLB trade review: #BlueJays acquire Refsnyder

            A minor deal has broke in the MLB. The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired utility player Rob Refsnyder from division rival New York Yankees in exchange for minor league 1B Ryan McBroom.

            After completing a big trade with the White Sox, the Yankees had to DFA Refsnyder to free up a 40 man roster spot, so they looked to trade him. They probably thought they'd get a player to be named later or cash for him, so getting a prospect for him is a win. McBroom was in AA with Toronto, so he stays there with the Yanks.

             McBroom, 25, has a .243 batting average, 12 home runs and 54 RBIs in 392 Plate Appearances for New Hampshire (AA). In his minor league career, McBroom has a .280 batting average, 57 homers and 288 RBIs in 1775 Plate Appearances.

              The Blue Jays have seen Refsnyder many times, and must of seen good things out of him. Refsnyder is mostly a second baseman, but can play all over. He played some first base, right field and left field this year. The Blue Jays might want to trade RF Jose Bautista, since he can be a free agent after this season if his options are declined. Refsnyder can play if Bautista goes, but for now, Refsnyder will go to Buffalo (AAA).

            Refsnyder, 26, has a .135 batting average, no RBIs and two steals in 40 Plate Appearances this year. In his MLB career, all for the Yankees, Refsnyder has a .241 batting average, two homers, 17 RBIs and six stolen bases in 262 Plate Appearances.

            I think the Blue Jays win this trade. The reason? It's simple. I'd rather have an MLB ready/ AAA player than an AA player. So, the Jays win.

MLB daily rumors: #Yankees interested in starting pitchers

            In the latest edition of daily rumors, the New York Yankees have been looking at numerous starting pitchers for their playoff run. The Yankees were looking at starters before the season started, but weren't able to complete a trade, or sign a free agent. Rookie Jordan Montgomery has had a good season as starter number five, but Michael Pineda is done for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

            Things looked like Braves LHP Jaime Garcia would be the newest member of the Twins after trade talks were nearly completed. But, medical concerns with the return for Garcia stopped the trade. The next night, Garcia had a great outing against the Dodgers, and the price for him raised. Many teams are still interested in him, and FanRag Sports; Jon Heyman reported today that the Yankees are one of the six teams interested in Garcia. Garcia is a nice rental that won't cost too much.

            The Texas Rangers look like they are about to make an important decision: if they are buyers or sellers. Ace Yu Darvish is a free agent after this year, and is rumored to be on the market. Several sources are saying that the Yanks have asked about Darvish. Also, they've sent scouts to one of his starts. Darvish is another good rental for the Bronx Bombers. Only thing is that they'd have him for as long as they'd have Garcia, but he'll cost more.

            The third starter they've been linked to is Sonny Gray of the Athletics. Gray will cost more than the other two, because he is under contract for more years. He's had a very good season so far, after a rough 2017. He could cost them a top prospect, but it's worth it, I think.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

MLB daily rumors: Brewers pursuing Gray, Kinsler, Wilson

            Welcome to a new series on, where we will gossip about the latest rumors and trades and free agency in the MLB. I don't know how long this series will last, but I hope it lasts a while. I might also do some editions on the NHL. But anyways, here's the first edition.

            With just a half game lead over the Chicago Cubs for the first place spot in the NL Central, the Milwaukee Brewers have looked at many trade targets to help them down the stretch. First,  Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted: "The Milwaukee Brewers, hanging on for dear life in the NL Central, have been in aggressive talks with Tigers for veteran Justin Wilson. The Brewers have a mediocre bullpen ERA of 4.14 and opponent batting average of .247. Closer Corey Knebel has been lights-out this year, but the rest of the pen isn't as strong.

             Earlier today, ESPN's Buster Olney reported that the Brewers also had interest in another Tiger, this time second baseman Ian Kinsler. With 2B Jonathan Villar struggling on the season, the Brewers could look to see if Kinsler could replace Villar. I can imagine the Brewers getting Kinsler and Wilson from the Tigers for a big prospect (not Lewis Brinson) and a little more.

             The third guy the Brewers have seemed to have interest in is the Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray. Today, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal said that the Brewers, Yankees and Braves are well positioned for Gray. But, reports suggest that the Brewers are the front runners for him. The Brewers rotation is pretty weak with Matt Garza in it. The are lacking an ace, also. Junior Guerra, Jimmy Nelson and Wily Peralta aren't good enough to lead a rotation. I can definitely see them landing Sonny.

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.