Saturday, December 30, 2017

NHL trade review: Devils acquire Lack for Prout

               The New Jersey Devils have acquired G Eddie Lack from the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Dalton Prout.

               For the Devils, they already have Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid on their roster, plus prospect Mackenzie Blackwood rising, so it's a surprise they'd go out and get Lack. Maybe he will replace Scott Wedgewood in the AHL. Wedgewood was traded earlier this season to the Arizona Coyotes, and is now their backup goalie. Prout isn't really needed, so it doesn't matter too much.

               Lack, 29, has a 5.29 GAA and .812 SV% in four appearances for the Calgary Flames this year. In his NHL career for the Flames, Carolina Hurricanes and Vancouver Canucks, Lack has a GAA of 2.60, with a .909 SV% in 140 games.

               For the Flames, this move is also surprising. This means they are showing trust in 25 year old David Rittich as their backup. Prospect Jon Gillies is the starter in the AHL, so maybe they didn't need Lack with Rittich. They don't necessarily need a defenseman, with seven already on their active roster, so I guess Prout will be a call-up man.

               Prout, 27, has no points in four games for the Devils this year. In his NHL career for the Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets, Prout has scored six goals and 30 assists for 36 points in 242 games.

               I think the Devils win this trade. Lack has shown he's a stable backup, especially in his Vancouver days, which weren't too long ago. I think he definitely has more upside than Prout.

Friday, December 29, 2017

MLB news: Padres sign Ross, Young to MiLB deals

              The San Diego Padres have signed RHPs Tyson Ross and Chris Young to minor league deals. Both will challenge for a rotation spot.

               The Padres need mad rotation help. By adding Ross and Young, two former Padres, it puts veteran leadership, plus skill. Ross started on opening day for the Padres in 2016, but sustained a season ending injury in the game. Young played from 2006 to 2010 in San Diego.

                 Young, 38, had a 7.50 ERA, 2.03 WHIP and 22 strikeouts in 30 innings for the Kansas City Royals  in 2017. In his MLB career for the Royals, Padres, Seattle Mariners, New York Mets and Texas Rangers, Young has a 3.95 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 1062 strikeouts in 1297.2 innings.

                 Ross, 30, had a 7.71 ERA, 1.84 WHIP and 36 strikeouts in 49 innings for the Texas Rangers in 2017. In his MLB career for the Rangers, Padres and Oakland Athletics, Ross has a 3.91 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 669 strikeouts in 719.2 innings.

MLB news: Rockies sign Davis

                The Colorado Rockies have signed RHP closer Wade Davis to a three year, $52 million deal. A 2021 option is included.

                 With closer Greg Holland a free agent, the Rockies were in the mix for the two big closers available: Holland and Davis, but mainly Davis, the bigger one. Either way, one of the former Royal closers were bound to head to the Mile High City. For a relief pitcher, it's expensive, but not too expensive, after seeing what Mark Melancon, Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman got last year.

                  Davis, 32, had a 2.30 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, 79 strikeouts and 32 saves in 58.2 innings for the Chicago Cubs in 2017. In his MLB career for the Cubs, Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays, Davis has a 3.45 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 768 strikeouts and 79 saves in 835.1 innings.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

MLB news: Twings sign Duke, Reds sign Hughes

             One day removed from Christmas (Merry Christmas), we have two more relievers who signed. The Minnesota Twins signed LHP Zach Duke, and RHP Jared Hughes went to the Cincinnati Reds on a two year deal.

              Duke is a veteran lefty who can eat up innings and be strong against left handed batters in 2018. He is a solid signing for not much money at all.

              Duke, 35, had a 3.93 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 18.1 innings for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017. In his MLB career for the Cards, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks, Duke has a 4.30 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 785 strikeouts in 1284.2 innings.

               For the Reds, They really need to eat up innings, especially if their pitchers suffer a similar injury bug to the one they had in 2017. Plus, their bullpen is looking pretty weak, and will be even weaker if they do trade closer Raisel Iglesias, who has reportedly garnered trade interest from bullpen-thirsty teams. Hughes is a nice middle relief option for manager Bryan Price.

               Hughes, 32, had a 3.02 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 48 strikeouts in 59.2 innings in 2017 for the Brewers. In his MLB career for the Brewers and Pirates, Hughes has a 2.85 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 237 strikeouts in 369 innings.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

NHL news: Burmistrov retires

              Forward Alexander Burmistrov has retired from the NHL, his agent Dan Milstein announced. Burmistrov last played for the Vancouver Canucks.

              Burmistrov was clearly fed up with Canucks management and the coaching staff. As Sportsnet anchor Rick Dhaliwal pointed out, Burmistrov just got four minutes of ice time in his final NHL game. Dhaliwal tweeted the following quote from Milstein. "He wanted to go back home [to Russia]. No other reason. The Canucks were more than accommodating to his request." Despite that quote from Milstein, I still do think Burmistrov was fed up with the Canucks.

             For the Canucks, I have a feeling this could be a blessing in disguise for them. They have other forwards that need more ice-time, and Burmistrov was clogging up their path. This also marks the second Russian to go back to the KHL from the Canucks since the end of the 2016-17 season. Defenseman Nikita Tryamkin was the other one to leave.

              Burmistrov, 26, scored two goals and four assists for six points in 24 games for the Canucks this season. In his NHL career for the Canucks, Arizona Coyotes and Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers, Burmistrov has scored 37 goals and 64 assists for 101 points in 348 games.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

MLB news: Giants acquire Longoria

             Hot stove is heating up. The Tampa Bay Rays have sent 3B and face-of-the-franchise Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants for 3B/SS Christian Arroyo, CF Denard Span, LHP Matt Krook and RHP Stephen Woods.

             Looking to make another play-off run, the Giants have had the need at 3B since trading Eduardo Nunez. Arroyo was supposed to be that guy, but he's really just a SS, and struggled in 34 MLB games in 2017. Acquiring a star in Longoria fixes the problem. also, they trading Span, which opens up an OF spot for them to sign Lorenzo Cain, or trade for Andrew McCutchen or Christian Yelich.

              Longoria, 32, hit .261 with 20 homers, 86 RBIs and six stolen bases in 677 Plate Appearances for the Rays in 2017. In his MLB career, all in Tampa, Longoria has a batting average of .270, 261 homers, 892 RBIs and 51 stolen bases in 6151 Plate Appearances.

             It's time for the Rays to re-build again. The Yankees acquired Giancarlo Stanton, making them a powerhouse, the Red Sox already are good and might sign J.D. Martinez, and the Blue Jays are probably better than the Rays. The Rays are also shopping RHPs Chris Archer, Alex Colome and Jake Odorizzi. Trading Longoria makes sense, especially when getting Arroyo, baseball's 57th best prospect, in return. Span can play the outfield for the Rays until his deal is up.

              Arroyo, 22, made his MLB debut in 2017, hitting .192 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 135 Plate Appearances.

              Span, 33, hit .272 with 12 homers, 43 RBIs and 12 steals in 542 Plate Appearances for the Giants in 2017. In his MLB career for the Giants, Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals, Span has a batting average of .283, with 60 homers, 432 RBIs and 176 stolen bases in 5455 Plate Appearances.

             Krook, 23, has a 5.25 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 146 strikeouts in 132 innings in his minor league career.

             Woods, 22, has a 3.04 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 150 strikeouts in 145 innings in his MiLB career.

             I think this is an even trade. The Rays get to the start of their re-build, while the Giants get much better.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

NHL news: Penguins acquire Oleksiak

             The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Jamie Oleksiak from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 4th round pick in 2019.
             The 6 foot 7 inch Oleksiak is always good to have on your blueline. The don't give up much for him, which they shouldn't have anyway. The Penguins have always had injury problems, so it's good to get a reinforcement.

             Oleksiak, 24, has one goal and two assists for three points in 21 games this year. In his NHL career, all for Dallas, Oleksiak has scored seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points in 140 games.

            For the Stars, they have lots of defensemen. They already have John Klingberg, Esa Lindell, Dan Hamhuis, Stephen Johns, Greg Pateryn, Julius Honka and Marc Methot ahead of Oleksiak on the depth chart. It doesn't come as a surprise he was traded.

NHL news: Coyotes acquire Archibald

             The Arizona Coyotes have acquired forward Josh Archibald, goalies Sean MaGuire and a 6th round pick in 2019 from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for goalie Michael Leighton and a 4th rounder in 2019.

              For the Coyotes, they already have Antti Raanta, Scott Wedgewood and Adin Hill ahead of Leighton on the depth chart. With a need for forwards, Archibald makes sense. MaGuire is just a goalie prospect.

             Archibald, 25, has no points in three games this year. In his NHL career, all for the Penguins, Archibald has scored three points, all goals in 14 games.

             MaGuire, 24, has a 2.19 GAA and .924 SV% in four games in the AHL this year.

             I don't get this for the Penguins. I think it's because they want an experienced back-up for Tristan Jarry while Matt Murray is out. That's all I can think of.

           Leighton, 36, hasn't played in the NHL this year. In his NHL career for the Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers, Leighton has a GAA of 2.98 and a .900 SV%.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

MLB trade review: Dodgers acquire Kemp, Braves get Kazmir, McCarthy

               The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired OF Matt Kemp from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for LHP Scott Kazmir, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Brandon McCarthy and INF Charlie Culberson. $4.5 million is going Atlanta's way, and Gonzalez was immediately DFA'd.

               Kemp, an old friend, is owed $21.5 this year, but the Dodgers still unloaded Kazmir and Gonzalez. But, according to Dodgers writer Ken Gurnick, the Dodgers are just as likely to flip Kemp as they are to have him play in 2018. MLB insider Ken Rosenthal said Kemp could be released or DFA'd, like Gonzalez.

               Kemp, 33, hit .276, with 19 homers and 64 RBIs in 467 Plate Appearances for the Braves in 2017. In his MLB career for the Braves, Dodgers and San Diego Padres, Kemp has a batting average of .285, with 259 homers, 920 RBIs and 163 stolen bases in 6283 Plate Appearances.

              The traded Kemp so they could get him off the books a year early, and clear up a spot in LF for super prospect Ronald Acuna. Gonzalez, Kazmir and McCarthy all have one year left. Kazmir could also be flipped. Gonzalez would of been a backup in L.A., and the same in Atlanta. He'll probably elect free agency and sign a minor league deal, or sign a cheap major league deal.

             Gonzalez, 35, had a .242 batting average, with three homers and 30 RBIs in 253 Plate Appearances for the Dodgers in 2017. In hi MLB career for the Dodgers, Padres, Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers, "A-Gon" has a batting average of .288, with 311 home runs and 1176 RBIs in 7859 Plate Appearances.
              Kazmir, 33, had an ERA of 4.56, a 1.36 WHIP and 134 strikeouts in 136.1 innings for the Dodgers in 2017. In his MLB career for the Dodgers, Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians, Kazmir has a 4.01 ERA, 1.35 WHIP 1608 strikeouts in 1689.2 innings.

               McCarthy, 34, had a 3.98 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 72 strikeouts in 92.2 innings for the Dodgers in 2017. In his MLB career for the Dodgers, Athletics, Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox, McCarthy has a 4.15 ERA, a WHIP of 1.29, and 843 strikeouts in 1145 innings.

                Culberson, 28, had a .154 batting average with no homers and one RBI in 15 Plate Appearances for the Dodgers in 2017. In his MLB career for the Dodgers, Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants, Culberson has a batting average of .231, with six homers, 45 RBIs and eight stolen bases in 443 Plate Appearances.

               I think this is an even trade. It's mainly just a cap dump for 2018, but gives both teams options for the crowded free agency of post-2018.

Friday, December 15, 2017

MLB trade review: Rangers acquire Moore

            The Texas Rangers have acquired LHP Matt Moore and international signing bonus pool money from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for RHPs Sam Wolff and Israel Cruz.

            After trading Yu Darvish, the Rangers have been looking for rotation help to support Cole Hamels. They've targeted Darvish and the other big starter, Jake Arrieta, plus signed Doug Fister and Mike Minor, who could transition to a starting role. Add Martin Perez in there, and that puts less pressure on either Minor or Matt Bush to go from the pen to the rotation.

            Moore, 28, had a 5.52 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 148 strikeouts in 174.1 innings for the Giants in 2017. In his MLB career for the Giants and Tampa Bay Rays, Moore has a 4.27 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, plus 711 strikeouts in 782.2 innings.

            After Moore's departure, expect the Giants to go after a 4/5 starter in the rotation. Moore's rough 2017 made him expendable, and they dealt him for two prospects, which makes the chances they get a major leaguer higher.

            Wolff, 26, has a 3.25 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 223 strikeouts in 243.2 innings in his minor league career.

              Cruz, 20, has a 4.02 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 127 strikeouts in 150 innings in his minor league career.

              Nobody wins this trade. Wolff has some potential to become a reliever in the MLB, and Cruz is too far away to tell. Moore needs to rebound to make this trade go Texas' way.

MLB trade review: Padres acquire Galvis

             The San Diego Padres have acquired SS Freddy Galvis from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for RHP Enyel De Los Santos, the Padres 13th best prospect.

             The Padres are looking to contend in 2019. Though they only get a year of Galvis, they could re-sign him, or be a surprise team in 2018. Anyway, they needed a SS. Galvis works.

              Galvis, 28, had a .255 batting average, 12 homers, 61 RBIs and 14 steals in 663 Plate Appearances for the Phillies. Fun fact: Galvis was one of five MLB players to play in all 162 games in 2017. The others are free agents Eric Hosmer and Alcides Escobar (who both did it with the Royals, and were/are still in talks with the Padres), the Rangers Roughned Odor, and the Reds Joey Votto, who was an MVP candidate. In his MLB career, all in Philly, Galvis has a batting average of .245, plus 52 homers, 233 RBIs and 43 stolen bases in 2440 Plate Appearances.

              The Phillies don't need Galvis with prospect J.P. Crawford ready for 2017. De Los Santos is going to be their 9th best prospect.

               De Los Santos, 21, has a 3.70 ERA, a WHIP of 1.21, plus 306 strikeouts in 333.1 innings in his minor league career.

               I think the Padres win this deal. They got what they needed, and didn't need De Los Santos. Same thing goes for the Phillies, but I think it's a 51/49 deal, with the Padres coming up on top.

MLB news: Angels sign Cozart

          The Los Angeles Angels have signed SS Zack Cozart to a 3 year, $38 million deal.

          Cozart is a shortstop, but with Andrelton Simmons, he will fill the Angels need at either second or third base. He is a solid sign, and the best SS on the market.

           Cozart, 32, had a .297 batting average, 24 homers and 63 RBIs in 507 Plate Appearances in 2017 for the Cincinnati Reds. In his career, all in Cincy, Cozart has a batting average of .254, 82 homers and 280 RBIs in 3028 Plate Appearances.

MLB news: Phillies sign Santana, Neshek and Hunter

             In a trio of signings, the Philadelphia Phillies have signed 1B Carlos Santana to a 3 year, $60 million deal, plus signed RHPs Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter to two year deals.

             Santana, the second best 1B on the market (Eric Hosmer), can help the Phillies, and be their best vet. The former catcher is a really good player to add. Hunter and Neshek are good middle inning relievers at a cheap price.

             Santana, 31, had a .259 batting average, 23 homers and 79 RBIs in 667 Plate Appearances for the Cleveland Indians in 2017. In his MLB career, all in Cleveland, Santana has a .249 batting average, 174 homers, and 587 RBIs in 4782 Plate Appearances.

              Neshek, 37, had a 1.59 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 69 strikeouts in 62.1 innings for the Phillies and Colorado Rockies last year. He represented the Phils in the all-star game. In his MLB career for the Phillies, Rockies, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics and Minnesota Twins, Neshek has a 2.75 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 447 strikeouts in 445.2 innings.

               Hunter, 31, had a 2.61 ERA, .97 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in 58.2 innings for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017. In his MLB career for the Rays, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Indians and Chicago Cubs, Hunter has a 4.13 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 510 strikeouts in 769.1 innings.

MLB news: Athletics acquire Piscotty

             The Oakland Athletics have acquired OF Stephen Piscotty from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for INFs Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

              The A's need an outfielder. They were looking to get LF Khris Davis more DH time in 2018. Acquiring Piscotty lets them do so. He could bounce back from a rough 2017.

              Piscotty, 26, had a .235 batting average, nine homers, and 39 RBIs in 401 Plate Appearances last year. In his MLB career for the Cards, he has a batting average of .268, 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 1306 Plate Appearances.

             For the Cardinals, they didn't need Piscotty after acquiring Marcell Ozuna, plus they have Randall Grichuk and Tommy Pham, and rising prospect Harrison Bader. They sent him home to Oakland, where his mother Gretchen, who was diagnosed in May with ALS, lives. A's GM Billy Beane called the Cardinals "one of the most classiest organizations in sports" for trying to get Piscotty home.

              Munoz, 22, has a .267 batting average, 41 homers, 228 RBIs and 58 stolen bases in 1916 Plate Appearances in his MiLB career.

              Schrock, 23, has a batting average of .324, with 18 homers, 131 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in 1219 Plate Appearances in his minor league career.

              I think this is an even trade. The Athletics get something they need, plus the Cardinals get rid of an outfielder who wasn't needed, send him home to his sick mom, and get some prospects. 

MLB news: Cardinals acquire Ozuna

               The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired OF Marcell Ozuna from the Miami Marlins in exchange for RHPs Sandy Alcantara and Zac Gallen, OF Magneuris Sierra, and LHP Daniel Castano.

                For the Cards, they acquired, Ozuna, who was an all-star in his break-out year, and he's still 27. They didn't give up any top prospects, which is always good.

                Ozuna, 27, hit .312, with 37 homers and 124 RBIs in 679 Plate Appearances for the Marlins in 2017. In his MLB career, Ozuna has a batting average of .277, with 96 homers and 361 RBIs in 2684 Plate Appearances.

                 The Marlins already traded Dee Gordon to Seattle and Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees. The biggest prospect they got is probably Nick Neidert from the Mariners, or Alcantara. But, they got what they wanted.... I guess?

                  Alcantara, 22, made his MLB debut in 2017, with an ERA of 4.34, a 1.80 WHIP, plus 10 strikeouts in 8.1 innings.

                   Sierra, 21, also made his debut in 2017, with a .317 batting average, no homers, five RBIs and two steals in 64 Plate Appearances.

                    Gallen, 22, has a 2.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, plus 136 strikeouts in 157.1 innings in his minor league career.

                     Castano, 23, has a 3.82 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 115 strikeouts in 139 career minor league innings.

                      I think the Cardinals won this trade. They got an all-star, and didn't give up much.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

MLB trade review: Rays acquire Schimpf

            The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired 2B/3B Ryan Schimpf from the San Diego Padres for INF Deion Tansel.

            The Rays just acquired a nice power bat, but someone who struggles to keep his batting average over .200. He can play 2B and 3B, which is nice, since they could explore a Brad Miller trade, and Evan Longoria could be available.

             Schimpf, 29, hit .158 with 14 homers and 25 RBIs in 197 Plate Appearances in 2017. In his MLB career, all for the Padres, Schimpf has a batting average of .195, with 34 homers and 76 RBIs in 527 Plate Appearances. He has an outstanding ratio of a homer every 15.5 Plate Appearances in his short career.

              After recently acquiring Chase Headley, the Padres don't need Schimpf. Tansel isn't a major leaguer, but he's a fair return for Schimpf.

             Tansel, 23, has hit .280, with four homers, eight steals and 43 RBIs in 330 Plate Appearances in his minor league career.

MLB trade review: Padres acquire Headley, Mitchell

           The San Diego Padres have acquired 3B Chase Headley and RHP Bryan Mitchell from the New York Yankees in exchange for OF Jabari Blash.

            As a young, developing team, the Padres can take in the $14 million left on Headley's deal. Headley can be a nice mentor for the young Padres. Mitchell can be a starter or a reliever, and is still a prospect. Blash wasn't even a starting OF for them. Headley was a longtime Padre, and had 115 RBIs for them in 2012.

            Headley, 33, hit .273 with 12 homers, 61 RBIs and nine steals in 586 Plate Appearances in 2017. In his MLB career for the Yankees and Padres, Headley has a batting average of .264, with 130 homers, 592 RBIs and 93 stolen bases in 5701 Plate Appearances.

            Mitchell, 26, had a 5.79 ERA, 1.68 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 32.2 innings in 2017. In his MLB career, all for the Yankees, Mitchell has a 4.94 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in 98.1 innings.

            For the Yankees, they needed a salary dump, with the recent acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton and his monster contract. Dumping Headley works. Blash will probably never play for the Yankees. They should of asked for Ryan Schimpf, who was traded  to the Rays soon after.

            Blash, 28, hit .213 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 195 Plate Appearances in 2017. In his MLB career, all for the Padres, Blash has a batting average of .200, with eight homers and 21 RBIs in 279 Plate Appearances.

            I think this is an even trade. The Yanks get the much needed money, and the Padres get some skill. It's very even.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

MLB trade review: Yankees acquire Stanton

             In a monster deal, the New York Yankees have acquired RF Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins. In return, they sent 2B Starlin Castro, RHP Jorge Guzman and SS Jose Devers

             Stanton is, well, Stanton. The reigning NL MVP hit an outstanding 59 homers in 2017, with 132 RBIs, crushing the competition. The Yankees do have to take on $265 million of his 10 year, $295 million deal, but it's worth it. Plus, they didn't give up any big prospects.

            Stanton, 28, hit .281 with 59 homers and 132 RBIs in 692 Plate Appearances in 2017. In his MLB career, all for the Marlins, Stanton has a batting average of .268, 267 homers and 672 RBIs in 4120 Plate Appearances.

            As rebuilders, the Marlins need to unload money. They traded $300 million in Stanton and Dee Gordon in just one week. They didn't get the prospects they'd like, but they got a solid 2B in Castro to replace Gordon. Castro can be flipped, and they could get good value for him.

            Castro, 27, hit .300, 16 homers, and 63 RBIs in 473 Plate Appearances in 2017. In his MLB career for the Yankees and Chicago Cubs, Castro has a batting average of .282, with 99 homers, 496 RBIs and 81 stolen bases in 4847 Plate Appearances.

            Guzman, 21, had a 2.30 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 88 strikeouts in 66.2 innings in A ball last year. In his minor league career for the Yankees and Houston Astros organization, Guzman has an ERA of 3.67, plus a WHIP of 1.28. He has struck out 171 strikeouts in 162 innings. He can pitch 100 miles an hour.

             Devers, 17, played his first professional season in 2017. He hit .245, with one homer, 16 RBIs and 16 stolen bases in 216 Plate Appearances. His cousin, Rafeal, is an up-and-coming 3B for the Boston Red Sox.

              I think the Yankees win this deal. The Marlins would have gotten more from the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants, but Stanton said no (he has a full no-trade clause).

Friday, December 8, 2017

NHL trade review: Kings acquire mini Subban for Dowd

             The Vancouver Canucks have acquired center Nic Dowd from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Jordan Subban.

             The Canucks need a center. Especially with top center Bo Horvat out for six weeks. Dowd's faceoff percentage is over 50 percent, which is good. Subban wasn't developing, so they dealt him.

             Dowd, 27, has scored one point, an assist, in 16 games this season. In his NHL career, all for the Kings, Dowd has scored six goals and 17 assists for 23 points in 91 games.

             Subban's brother, P.K., is a Norris winner who is famous for his slap-shot, good charity work and others. The Kings must have seen some flashes of his older brother, and traded for Jordan.

             Subban, 22, has never played in the NHL. In the AHL for the Utica Comets this year, Subban has scored five points, all assists, in 16 games.

             I think the Canucks win this deal. Subban hasn't proven that he can play at the NHL level, which Dowd has. That's why they win.

MLB news: Angels sign Ohtani

               Shohei Ohtani has made a decision. The Japanese Babe Ruth announced today he has signed with the Los Angeles Angels.

               Ohtani, 23, has become very famous in the last month. He's hit homers 500 feet, and can throw 100 MPH. He'll start for the Angels, and play DH. Also, he comes very cheap. In fact, the Angels were third in international signing bonus pool money out of the seven remaining teams in the hunt (Mariners and Rangers were 1st and 2nd). They paid him about $2.1 million.

               This signing will finally give Mike Trout, the best player on the planet, a star to play along. For the Angels, Ohtani will be a big part in their rotation with Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney and Tyler Skaggs often injured.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

MLB trade review: Mariners acquire Gordon

                  The Seattle Mariners have acquired 2B Dee Gordon and $1 million in international signing bonus pool money from the Miami Marlins in exchange for RHPs Nick Neidert and Robert Dugger, plus INF Chris Torres. Gordon will be moved to CF.

                  Gordon is one of the premier speed players in the MLB, probably the second fastest player next to Billy Hamilton. He has never played CF, but was once sent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013 to practice the position, when Andre Eithier and Matt Kemp injured for the NLDS (Skip Schumaker played instead). He doesn't hit much homers, but it's a fair trade-off for the speed. He said he was surprised when Seattle asked him to play CF, but with Robinson Cano at 2B, he said he is fine with the switch.

                  Also, the Mariners are one of seven teams remaining in the Shohei Ohtani race. Acquiring the money for his signing bonus helps a lot.

                Gordon, 29, had a .308 batting average, two homers, 33 RBIs and 60 (!) stolen bases in 695 Plate Appearances for the Marlins in 2017. In his seven year MLB career for the Marlins and Dodgers, Gordon has a .293 batting average, 11 homers, 161 RBIs and 278 stolen bases in 3013 Plate Appearances.

               The Marlins are at the beginning stages of a huge rebuild. NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton can be traded any day now. They got some solid prospects from a weak Mariners system. Neidert was the Mariners 2nd prospect, and Torres was number seven. Dugger wasn't on the list.

               Neidert, 20, had a 3.45 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 122 strikeouts in 127.2 innings in 2017.

               Torres, 20, had a .238 batting average, six homers, 23 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 232 Plate Appearances this past year.

               Dugger, 22, had a 2.75 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 116 strikeouts in 117.2 innings in 2017. I think he's an underrated prospect in their system, based on his stats.

              I think this is an even trade. It's close, considering Gordon is a big-time player, but writing this article, I definitely see some promise in these prospects, especially the pitchers.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Isles vs Panthers preview featuring @sun_puck

               On Monday, December 4th, the New York Islanders visit BB&T Center for a game against the Florida Panthers. It will be the first match-up between the two in 2017-18. This isn't a regular thing, so don't expect more, but it's a special opportunity. I'm joined by Puck Under the Sun (from

               Me: Here is the Islanders projected lineup:

              Anders Lee - John Tavares - Josh Bailey
              Andrew Ladd - Mathew Barzal - Jordan Eberle
              Brock Nelson - Alan Quine - Josh Ho-Sang
              Jason Chimera - Anthony Beauvillier - Cal Clutterbuck

                           Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk
                           Calvin de Haan - Adam Pelech
                           Thomas Hockey - Ryan Pulock

                                         Jaroslav Halak
                                         Thomas Greiss

         The only lineup changes are that Hickey comes into the lineup for Dennis Seidenberg, and Halak will start over Greiss, who started in the 6-5 loss against Ottawa on Friday. Seidenberg and Scott Mayfield are the two scratches, and Casey Cizikas was placed on IR today, but it should be a short stint. This is probably the ideal lineup, maybe with Mayfield in over Hickey, but it's probably the best. Cizikas would be in over Beauvillier, though Quine should be the one sitting. Greiss is probably still the starter, but he can't start every game, and Halak needs to play.

                                       Puck Under the Sun:
           Here is the Cats projected lineup:

           Jonathan Huberdeau - Aleksander Barkov - Nick Bjugstad
           Jamie McGinn - Vincent Trocheck - Denis Malgin
           Connor Brickley - Jared McCann - Radim Vrbata
           Michael Haley - Derek MacKenzie - Colton Sceviour

                         Keith Yandle - Aaron Ekblad
                         Michael Matheson - Mark Pysyk
                         Ian McCoshen - Alex Petrovic

                                         Roberto Luongo
                                         James Reimer

  Henrik Haapala, Dryden Hunt and MacKenzie Weegar are your scratches. Evgenii Dadonov remains on IR, he'll miss a fifth consecutive game.

 I think it’s going to be a fun game these two teams play together with a lot of emotion this will be a close game and a hard fought one


   This game is also the first time Panthers assistant coach Jack Capuano will play the Islanders. Capuano was the Isles' head coach from 2010 to 2017, with a 227-192-64 record, with one playoff series win, which came against the Panthers, believe-it-or-not. Capuano said "We have to go out and try to play 60 minutes of hockey against a really good team".

    That is the end of the preview. If you like it, and want more previews, share it with your friends and retweet it on Twitter, it'll be there @Carterhudblog. If this post gets 50 pageviews, I'll make another one of these for the Isles game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. If it gets 50 during the game, you might see one on Thursday for the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Also, don't forget to follow Puck Under the Sun on Twitter @sun_puck, and check out his blog here.

NHL trade review: Sabres acquire Wilson

                The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Scott Wilson from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a 2019 5th round pick.

                 This marks the second time Wilson has been traded this season. He was in the Riley Sheahan trade and went from the Pittsburgh Penguins to Detroit. He's a solid depth forward.

                 Wilson, 25, has scored no points in 20 games for the Red Wings and Penguins this year. In his NHL career for the two teams, Wilson has scored 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in 123 games.

                  In related news, forward Matt Moulson was placed on waivers by Buffalo.

                  Moulson, 34, has scored no points in 14 games for the Sabres this year. In his NHL career for the Sabres, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild , Moulson has scored 176 goals and 193 assists for 369 points in 650 games.

                 For the Wings, Wilson was pretty cold for them, not scoring in 17 games. Since he's only a depth forward and is very expandable, they could easily trade him.

Friday, December 1, 2017

MLB trade review: Blue Jays acquire Diaz

           The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired SS Aledmys Diaz from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for OF J.B. Woodman.

           The Blue Jays have lots of infielders, but since Troy Tulowitzki has been injured often since becoming a Blue Jay in 2015, Ryan Goins recently being non-tendered and Darwin Barney not being the best starting option, the trade makes sense. Diaz may not be a starter, or he could DH. He could play 2B if Devon Travis goes down.

          Diaz, 27, hit .259 with seven homers, 20 RBIs and four steals in 301 Plate Appearances in 2017. In his MLB career, all for the Cardinals, Diaz has a batting average of .283, 24 homers, eight stolen bases and 85 RBIs in 761 Plate Appearances.

          I guess the Cardinals didn't like Diaz. It's basically a dump-off, since Woodman doesn't have much potential. They have a lot of players, so I can see why they made the trade, but barely.

         Woodman, 22, hit .240 with seven homers, 45 RBIs and eight steals in 414 Plate Appearances in 2017 for Single-A Lansing. In his minor league career, Woodman has a batting average of .262, 11 homers, 74 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.

         I think it's clear: the Jays win this deal. They get a major league shortstop for a single-A player who's not that young for a single-A player. They could of gotten more.

MLB news: White Sox sign Castillo

           Hot Stove season is heating up, as the second best catcher (in my opinion) is off the market. Today, the Chicago White Sox signed C Welington Castillo to a two year, $15 million deal.

          I originally didn't understand the signing for either side, but  after looking into it, it makes more sense. Castillo is a veteran, and wants to help the young White Sox develop. He came up with the Chicago Cubs, so he's back in the Windy City. And, he is reunited with Rick Renteria, who was his manager with the Cubs. It's not a bad deal.

         Castillo, 30, had a .282 batting average, 20 homers and 53 RBIs in 356 Plate Appearances for the Baltimore Orioles in 2017. In his MLB career for the Orioles, Cubs, Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks, Castillo has a .259 batting average, 80 homers and 283 RBIs in 2269 Plate Appearances.