Friday, August 31, 2018

MLB trade review: Brewers acquire Gonzalez

            The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired LHP Gio Gonzalez from the New York Yankees in exchange for INF Gilbert Lara and C KJ Harrison.

             For the Brewers, they need starting pitching. Wade Miley, Chase Anderson and Jhoulys Chacin as your top three starters won't work in the postseason. Also, Gonzalez will help them get to the playoffs. But, Gonzalez is more of a number 2/3 starter, and the Crew still need a number one.

             Gonzalez, 32, has a 4.57 ERA, with a 1.53 WHIP and 126 strikeouts in 145.2 innings for the Nats this year. In his MLB career for the Nationals and Oakland Athletics, Gonzalez has an ERA of 3.71, with a 1.32 WHIP and 1726 strikeouts in 1788.2 innings.

             For the Nats, they aren't making the playoffs this year. Gonzalez is a pending free agent, and they won't need him this month. They could have gotten more if they traded him earlier.

             Lara, 20, has a .249 batting average, five homers and 46 RBIs in 452 Plate Appearances for Single-A Wisconsin this year.

             Harrison, 22, has a batting average of .228, with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 466 Plate Appearances this year, also at Single-A Wisconsin.

MLB trade review: A's acquire Gearrin

             The Oakland Athletics have acquired RHP Cory Gearrin from the Texas Rangers in exchange for RHPs Abdiel Mendoza and Teodoro Ortega.

           For the A's, they've been adding to their bullpen this trading season, adding Jeurys Familia, Shawn Kelley and Fernando Rodney. Gearrin, while not as big of a name as the previous three, can still help the pen down the stretch as the A's try to make the playoffs.

           Gearrin, 32, has a 3.51 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 51 strikeouts in 51.1 innings for the Rangers and San Fransisco Giants this year. In his MLB career for the Rangers, Giants and Atlanta Braves, Gearrin has a 3.48 ERA with a WHIP of 1.27, plus 233 strikeouts in 240.2 innings.

           For the Rangers, Gearrin is just an arm that they don't need for the rest of the season, as they are adding more arms due to September call-ups tomorrow. They get two minor leaguers for Gearrin.

           Mendoza, 19, has a 3.32 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 57 innings for Low-A this year.

           Ortega, 18, has a 2.11 ERA with a .89 WHIP and 48 strikeouts in 42.2 innings in rookie league this year, his first professional season.

MLB trade review: Brewers acquire Cedeno

           The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired LHP Xavier Cedeno from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for OF Bryan Connell and RHP Johan Dominguez.

           For the Brewers, lefties Josh Hader and Dan Jennings have combined for nearly 130 innings this season. Speaking of Jennings, this reminds me of last year's trade when Milwaukee acquired Jennings, a southpaw who was in the midst of a good season. They give up two low leveled prospects, so it's hard to say if they gave up much or not.

            Cedeno, 32, has a 2.84 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and 28 strikeouts in 25.1 innings for the White Sox this year. In his career for the White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, Cedeno has an ERA of 3.81, with a 1.37 WHIP and 168 strikeouts in 167.2 innings.

            For the White Sox, they are a bad team, and don't need Cedeno. Low leveled prospects are hard to rate, but at least they have Dominguez and Connell, even though they are highly risk/reward.

            Dominguez, 22, has a .82 ERA with a .85 WHIP and 36 strikeouts in 33 innings in rookie league this year.

            Connell, 19, has a .235 batting average, seven homers and 24 RBIs in 183 Plate Appearances at Rookie level this year.

            This trade is hard to grade, so I'll call it even. Pretty much every trade with low leveled prospects is hard to grade. So, it's an even trade for now.

MLB trade review: Rockies acquire Butera

       The Colorado Rockies have acquired C Drew Butera from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for LHP Jerry Vasto.

       For the Rockies, Chris Iannetta and Tony Wolters aren't really the best catching tandem. Butera isn't having a great season, but is a decent backup catcher. I think he can fight with Tony Wolters down the stretch for a spot on the playoff roster, assuming they get there.

       Butera, 35, has a batting average of .188 with two homers and 18 RBIs in 166 Plate Appearances for the Royals this year. In his MLB career for the Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins, Butera has a batting average of .201, with 18 homers and 108 RBIs in 1329 Plate Appearances.

       For the Royals, with Salvador Perez as their starter and Cam Gallagher as their backup, they don't need Butera. They get a prospect for him, better than I'd expect.

        Vasto, 26, let up three runs with a strikeout in .2 innings for the Rockies earlier this season, his only MLB appearance. He might be a September call-up for the Royals.

MLB trade review: Dodgers get Madson

             The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired RHP Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals in exchange for RHP Andrew Istler.

             For the Dodgers, Madson can deliver help to the bullpen, and is a vet that will help them in the postseason and down the stretch. They only give up one prospect for him, but get him for just a month.

             Madson, 38, has a 5.28 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, four saves and 41 strikeouts in 44.1 innings for the Nats this year. In his MLB career for the Nats, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals and Philadelphia Phillies, Madson has an ERA of 3.45 with a 1.24 WHIP, 91 saves, plus 762 strikeouts in 861.1 innings.

            For the Nats, they don't need Madson, as he is a pending free agent, and they aren't making the playoffs. They get Istler, a soon to be 26 year old who needs a good spring training next year if he wants to make the team.

            Istler, now 25, has a 2.37 ERA, .89 WHIP and 73 strikeouts in 79.2 innings between High-A, AA and AAA this year.

            I think this is an even trade. The Dodgers get the reliever they need, and the Nats get a farmhand.

MLB trade review: Yankees acquire McCutchen

              The New York Yankees have acquired OF Andrew McCutchen from the San Fransisco Giants in exchange for INF Abiatal Avelino and RHP Juan De Paula.

             For the Yankees, Aaron Judge is out with a wrist injury, and is still weeks away from returning. Also, Brett Gardner is having a bad year. Until Judge returns, McCutchen will be the right fielder, and Neil Walker will go back to second base. Luke Voit is currently hot, but if he starts to settle down when Didi Gregorius returns and Gleyber Torres goes back to 2nd, then Walker can play some 1st, amid Greg Bird's disappointing season. McCutchen, a former MVP, will help the team down the stretch.

             McCutchen, 31, has a .255 batting average with 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 13 steals in 568 Plate Appearances for the Giants this year. In his MLB career for the Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates, McCutchen has a batting average of .288, with 218 home runs, 780 RBIs and 184 stolen bases in 6397 Plate Appearances.

             For the Giants, they aren't in playoffs contention, and have no use for the pending free agent. They get some prospects for a month of McCutchen. Avelino, New York's 23rd best prospect, is blocked by Miguel Andujar, Torres and Gregorius. The Yankees don't need him. De Paula, their 26th prospect, will probably be a farmhand for the Giants, maybe a 4th or 5th starter.

             Avelino, 23, has a .287 batting average, with 15 homers, 66 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in 501 Plate Appearances between AA and AAA this season.

             De Paula, 20, has a 1.71 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 47.1 innings for Low-A Staten Island this season.

             I think this is an even trade. The Yankees get some outfield help, and the Giants get some prospects.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

MLB trade review: Twins, Cubs make catcher swap, D-backs get Stewart

           The Minnesota Twins have acquired C Chris Gimenez and a player to be named later or cash from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for C Bobby Wilson. In a separate trade, the Atlanta Braves shipped C Chris Stewart to the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash considerations.

          For the Twins, Gimenez was a Twin last season, and I personally think he's a better option than Wilson. They know what they are getting, and don't give up much.

          For the Cubs, pitching coach Jim Hickey coached Wilson in Tampa Bay, and per Marc Topkin of TB Times, Hickey still uses Wilson's glove from back in their days with the Rays.

          For the D-backs, Stewart was recently DFA'd, and will be used as organizational depth in the minors. I doubt he'll see any more playing time in the majors this season.

          For the Braves, Stewart was the third catcher behind Kurt Suzuki and Tyler Flowers. They don't need Stewart on the team. That's obviously why he was DFA'd.

          Gimenez, 35, has a .143 batting average, with one RBI this in 32 Plate Appearances this year for the Cubs. In his MLB career for the Cubs, Twins, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays, Gimenez has a batting average of .216, with 22 homers and 83 RBIs in 1033 Plate Appearances.

            Wilson, 35, has a .178 batting average, two homers and 16 RBIs in 151 Plate Appearances for the Twins this season. In his MLB career for the Twins, Rays, Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels, Wilson has a batting average of .208, with 18 home runs and 100 RBIs in 1000 Plate Appearances.

              Stewart, 36, has a .214 batting average with three RBIs in 16 Plate Appearances this year for the Braves. In his MLB career for the Braves, Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres and San Fransisco Giants, Stewart has a batting average of .230, with nine homers and 90 RBIs in 1333 Plate Appearances.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

MLB trade review: Braves acquire Duda

                The Atlanta Braves have acquired 1B Lucas Duda from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations.

                For the Braves, Duda is a power hitting bench bat that can help them down the stretch. With Freddie Freeman at first, Duda won't get too many starts. But, he can pinch hit for them late in games. He comes at almost no price, and is a pending free agent, so it doesn't affect them too much.

               For the Royals, they are one of the worst teams in baseball, and there was no point in keeping him. At least they get something for the left handed batter.

              Duda, 32, has a .242 batting average, 13 homers and 48 RBIs in 341 Plate Appearances for the Royals this year. In his MLB career for the Royals, Tampa Bay Rays and New York Mets, Duda has a batting average of .242 with 151 homers and 453 RBIs in 3436 Plate Appearances.

The best current MLB player by jersey number 0-99

              Here we go again. A few months ago I wrote an article titled "The best current NHL player by jersey number 1-98". Well, since hockey players wear a lot of high numbers, that was easier to write. Soon, we will have September call-ups, where rookies wearing high numbers will play. But, I'm going to take a crack at this. Plus, all numbers must be worn in 2018. Also, all credit goes to baseball reference for the numbers.

0- Adam Ottavino. Also: Mallex Smith and Rafael Lopez.
1- Carlos Correa. Also: Ozzie Albies, Jose Iglesias and Tim Beckham.
2- Andrelton Simmons. Also: Alex Bregman, Xander Bogaerts, Khris Davis and Brian Dozier.
3- Daniel Murphy. Also: Scooter Gennett, Ian Kinsler and Jedd Gyorko.
4- Wil Myers. Also: Yadier Molina and George Springer.
5- Freddie Freeman. Also: Albert Pujols and Jonathan Schoop (honorable mention to injured Corey Seager).
6- Anthony Rendon. Also: Marcus Stroman, Lorenzo Cain, Starling Marte.
7- Trea Turner. Also: Eugenio Suarez, Eric Thames, Maikel Franco.
8- Manny Machado (LAD). Also: Mike Moustakas, Ryan Braun, Justin Upton.
9- Dee Gordon. Also: Nick Castellanos, DJ Lemahieu and Brandon Nimmo.
10- Edwin Encarnacion. Also: Justin Turner, Adam Jones and Evan Longoria.
11- Jose Ramirez. Also: Yu Darvish, AJ Pollock, JT Realmuto and Ender Inciarte.
12- Fransisco Lindor. Also: Paul De Jong, Roughned Odor and Kyle Schwarber.
13- Manny Machado (BAL). Also: Matt Carpenter, Salvador Perez, Max Muncy.
14- Justin Smoak. Also: Eduardo Escobar, Neil Walker.
15- Whit Merrifield. Also: Kyle Seager, Brian Anderson.
16- Andrew Benintendi. Also: Trey Mancini, Brian McCann.
17- Kris Bryant. Also: Shohei Ohtani, Jose Berrios, Mitch Haniger, Rhys Hoskins.
18- Carlos Martinez. Also: Didi Gregorius, Mike Moustakas, Ben Zobrist.
19- Joey Votto. Also: Charlie Blackmon, Masahiro Tanaka, Jay Bruce.
20- Eddie Rosario. Also: Dan Murphy, Josh Donaldson.
21- Travis Shaw. Also: Kyle Freeland, Zack Greinke and Brandon Kintzler.
22- Clayton Kershaw. Also: Christian Yelich, Chris Archer, Robinson Cano, Nick Markakis, Rick Porcello and Andrew McCutchen.
23- Nelson Cruz. Also: Marcell Ozuna, Michael Brantley.
24- Andrew Miller. Also: Gary Sanchez, Chris Archer, David Price, Jesus Aguilar.
25- Gleyber Torres. Also: Byron Buxton, Stephen Piscotty.
26- Mike Foltynewicz. Also: Matt Chapman, Raisel Iglesias, Avisail Garcia.
27- Mike Trout. Also: Jose Altuve, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Nola, Matt Kemp and Trevor Story.
28- Nolan Arenado. Also: JD Martinez, Corey Kluber, Buster Posey.
29- Tommy Pham. Also: Adrian Beltre, Jeff Samardzija.
30- Nomar Mazara. Also: David Robertson, Michael Conforto, Eric Hosmer.
31- Max Scherzer. Also: Aaron Hicks, Collin McHugh.
32- Derek Dietrich. Also: Michael Fulmer, Matt Barnes, Steven Matz.
33- JA Happ. Also: Brad Hand, Tyson Ross.
34- Bryce Harper. Also: Noah Syndergaard, Jon Lester, Felix Hernandez, JA Happ.
35- Cole Hamels. Also: Justin Verlander, Cody Bellinger, Brandon Crawford.
36- Will Harris. Also: Yusmeiro Petit, Lance Lynn.
37- Stephen Strausberg. Also: Odubel Herrera, Cody Allen.
38- Jose Martinez. Also: Robbie Ray, Arodys Vizcaino.
39- Edwin Diaz. Also: Blake Treinen, Kevin Kiermaier.
40- Luis Severino. Also: Madison Bumgarner, Willson Contreras, Kelvin Herrera
41- Chris Sale. Also: Miguel Andujar, Carlos Santana.
42- Retired forever for Jackie Robinson.
43- Lance McCullers. Also: Garrett Richards, Scott Schebler.
44- Paul Goldschmidt. Also: Anthony Rizzo, Rich Hill, Kyle Gibson.
45- Gerrit Cole. Also: Jhoulys Chacin, Mark Trumbo.
46- Craig Kimbrel. Also: Jeimer Candelario, Corey Knebel.
47- Trevor Bauer. Also: Gio Gonzalez and Chris Devenski.
48- Jacob deGrom. Also: Tommy Kahnle, Alex Colome.
49- Jake Arrieta. Also: Kendall Graveman, Jordan Hicks, Julio Teheran.
50- Mookie Betts. Also: Jameson Taillon, Charlie Morton.
51- Jake McGee. Also: Jaime Barria, Ken Giles.
52- Brad Hand. Also: Zack Godley, CC Sabathia, Yoenis Cespedes.
53- Zach Britton. Also: Trevor Cahill, Luiz Gohara.
54- Aroldis Chapman. Also: Roberto Osuna, Ervin Santana.
55-Sean Manaea. Also: Josh Bell, Carlos Rodon.
56- Greg Holland. Also: Fernando Rodney, Jonathan Holder.
57- Chad Green. Also: Alex Wood, Chase Anderson.
58- Luis Castillo. Also: Dan Straily, Jeremy Hellickson.
59- Carlos Carrasco. Also: Jose Lobaton, Joe Musgrove.
60- Dallas Keuchel. Also: Andrew Triggs, Hunter Strickland, Mychal Givens.
61- Shane Greene. Also: Robinson Chirinos, Adam Conley.
62- Sean Doolittle. Also: Jose Quintana, Lou Trivino, Jose Urena.
63- Trevor Richards. Also: Jesse Biddle.
64- Sam Tuivailala. Also: Felix Pena and Luke Jackson.
65- James Paxton. Also: Robert Gsellman, Jake Junis, Nate Jones.
66- Yoshihisa Hirano. Also: Yasiel Puig and Jarlin Garcia.
67- Seth Lugo. Also: AJ Cole, Ronald Guzman.
68- Dellin Betances. Also: Jeff McNeil, Ross Stripling.
69- None.
70- Luis Avilan. Also: George Kontos.
71- Josh Hader. Also: Wade Davis, Drew Steckenrider.
72- Yonny Chirinos. Also: Bryse Wilson, Enny Romero.
73- Felipe Vasquez. Also: Daniel Zamora, Osmer Morales.
74- Kenley Jansen. Also: Ronald Torreyes.
75- Scott Alexander. Also: None.
76- Hector Velasquez. Also: Dillon Peters.
77- Joe Jimenez. Also: John Axford, Fernando Romero.
78- None.
79- Jose Abreu. Also: Isaac Galloway.
80- None.
81- None.
82- None.
83- None.
84- None.
85- Luis Cessa. Also: None.
86- None.
87- None.
88- Phil Maton. Also: John Axford.
89- None.
90- Adam Cimber. Also: None.
91- None.
92- None.
93- Pat Neshek. Also- None.
94- None.
95- None.
96- None.
97- None.
98- None.
99- Aaron Judge. Also- Logan Morrison, Taijuan Walker, Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

MLB news: Phillies acquire Bautista

             The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired OF Jose Bautista from the New York Mets in exchange for cash or a player to be named later (PTBNL).

              For the Mets, Bautista was signed mid-season after being released by the Braves. So, he has a salary at league minimum. Bautista, a former all-star, wouldn't have a spot on the team, as Brandon Nimmo is returning from the DL. Also, there is no reason to have him on the team, as the team is bad, and he is just taking away time from younger players.

              For the Phillies, they are in the playoff run, and as a national league team, Bautista can be used to pinch hit for the pitcher down the stretch. He's also a good veteran to have on the team. They give up practically nothing for him, and pay him practically nothing, so they can't lose.

             Bautista, 37, has a .196 batting average, 11 homers, 42 RBIs and two steals in 342 Plate Appearances for the Mets and Atlanta Braves this season. In his MLB career for the Mets, Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Bautista has a batting average of .247, with 342 homers, 969 RBIs and 56 stolen bases in 7167 Plate Appearances.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

MLB trade review: Phillies acquire Avilan

              The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired LHP Luis Avilan from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for RHP Felix Paulino.

               For the Phillies, they get a lefthanded arm that could help them down the stretch as they chase a playoff spot. They need to catch the Braves, and adding a reliever helps.

              Avilan, 29, has a 3.86 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 39.2 innings. In his MLB career for the White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves, Avilan has a 3.09 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 271 strikeouts in 303 innings.

            For the White Sox, Avilan will be a free agent at the end of the year, and a failing White Sox team won't need him. They get an arm for the minor leagues in Paulino.

            Paulino, 22, has a 3.91 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 74 strikeouts in 92 innings between High-A and Double-A this season.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

MLB trade review: Cardinals acquire Adams

          The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired 1B Matt Adams from the Washington Nationals in exchange for cash considerations.

           For the Nats, they are giving up on the season, and are trading Adams since he will be a free agent at the end of the year. They get some cash back, but I think they could have gotten a prospect.

           For the Cardinals, Adams is a power hitting 1B who grew up in the system, and played in parts of six years in St. Louis. As the Cards are going for a playoff spot, Adams can help them get there.

           Adams, 29, will have his 30th birthday next week. He has hit .257 with 18 homers and 48 RBIs in 277 Plate Appearances. In his MLB career for the Nats, Cardinals and Atlanta Braves, Adams has a batting average of .269 with 93 home runs and 323 RBIs.

MLB trade review: Cubs acquire Murphy

            The Chicago Cubs have acquired 2B Dan Murphy from the Washington Nationals in exchange for INF Andruw Monasterio.

            For the Nats, a decline has made them give up on the season. Trading Murphy and Matt Adams shows that. Murphy, a pending free agent, made the all-star team in two of his three season in Washington. Injuries limited him in 2018 from making the team. They get Monasterio, a young infielder in exchange for Murphy.

            Monasterio, 21, has a .263 batting average, three homers, 31 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 436 Plate Appearances for High-A Myrtle Beach.

            For the Cubs, this improves their team. But it doesn't make much sense. All-star Javier Baez and Ian Happ already play 2B. Star 3B Kris Bryant is at 3B, but is currently on the DL. Until he returns, Baez probably will play third, with Murphy at 2nd. A rental, this trade will definitely make the Cubs better.

             Murphy, 33, has a .300 batting average, six homers and 29 RBIs in 205 Plate Appearances for the Nats this year. In his MLB career for the Nats and New York Mets, Murphy has a batting average of .299, 116 homers, 628 RBIs and 65 stolen bases in 4999 Plate Appearances

Monday, August 20, 2018

NHL trade review: Canadiens, Flames swap Rychel, Shinkaruk

         The Calgary Flames have acquired forward Kerby Rychel from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Hunter Shinkaruk.

         Since this is a minor trade, I'll do one paragraph for both teams. Both Rychel and Shinkaruk were once decent prospects who haven't found a place to play. Both now get a change of scenery, which could help them. Also, both were RFAs, having not signed at all this whole offseason.

         Rychel, 23, scored a goal and an assist for two points in four games for the Canadiens this past season. In his NHL career for the Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets, Rychel has scored three goals and 11 assists for 14 points in 41 games.

         Shinkaruk, also 23, has scored two goals and two assists for four points in 15 career games for the Flames and Vancouver Canucks.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

My prediction for the remaining NHL free agents

             Well, it's currently August 18th. It's been almost 50 days since NHL UFAs could sign with other teams. But, there is still some players who haven't signed with other teams. The most notable are ex 40 goal scorer Rick Nash, goalies Kari Lehtonen and Steve Mason, forwards Mike Cammalieri and Troy Brouwer, plus defenseman Luca Sbisa. Since they have to sign eventually, here are my predictions to where they will go.

              Rick Nash, winger, Dallas Stars

              Nash, a 34 year old winger who scored 21 goals and 13 assists for 34 points in 71 games for the Rangers and Bruins last season, is the most notable player left on the market. He has scored 30 goals eight times, including three 40 goal campaigns. The Stars have been in need for a winger in recent years, and added Alex Radulov before the 2017-18 season. This offseason, they've only added 4th liner Blake Comeau. Plus, they regained Valeri Nichushkin, an old star who played in Russia the past two seasons. But, they could still use more, as they are in need for a top six winger. Getting Nash on a 1-2 year deal with a $3-5 million AAV would be ideal.

               Mike Cammalieri, winger, Boston Bruins
               Cammalieri, a 36 year old who is definitely going to sign with a contender to go cup chasing, led all current UFAs in assists last year with 22 for the Kings and Oilers. A two time 30 goal scorer, Cammalieri would bring veteran presence to the Bruins bottom six, which has 27 year old Chris Wagner as their oldest bottom six player. Cammalieri would certainly accept another one year, $1 million deal.

               Luca Sbisa, defensman, Ottawa Senators

               Sbisa, one of the youngest players on the market at 28, is a decent top 6 defenseman that I think should be signed by now. At 28, he's not at the age where he'd only go to a contender. Ottawa's most experienced left defenseman is Mark Borowiecki, with his 269 career games. Sbisa would be a good fit.

                Kari Lehtonen, goalie, Winnipeg Jets

                Lehtonen, a 34 year old who had a 2.56 GAA and .912 SV% in 37 games for the Stars last year, is going to have to settle in to a backup role this next season. Winnipeg lost both Steve Mason and Michael Hutchinson, leaving Connor Hellebuyck with just Laurent Brossoit as his backup. WInnipeg is going to be very competitive this next season, and a backup like Lehtonen would help them win some games.

                 Steve Mason, goalie, Pittsburgh Penguins

                  The Penguins experimented with having a formerly bought-out goalie as their backup in Antti Niemi last season. Mason has been solid in his career, but was bought out following a trade to Montreal. He's an improvement over Casey Desmith as Matt Murray's backup.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Every team's case for signing Manny Machado

             So, as you all should know, there is a very big MLB free agent class coming up. This includes superstars Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, Josh Donaldson, Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel and Andrew Miller. Chris Sale, Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw could also be free agents, if they opt out of their contract (Bumgarner's is a team option). Stars like Zach Britton, Brian Dozier, David Robertson, Kelvin Herrera, Cole Hamels, Gio Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz, Andrew McCutchen, Mike Moustakas, AJ Pollock, Adrian Beltre, Daniel Murphy, DJ LeMahieu, Justin Smoak, (opt out) and Wilson Ramos are also free agents. There are so many other potential free agents, just go here for the full list [MLB Trade Rumors]. So, in the following months to come before the free agency that will break records, I'll be doing a series making a case for every team's case to sign these big time players. Since not every team has a legitimate chance to sign these players, teams with a star (*) are the teams that I think have a legitimate chance. To start the series off, we have who I think is the player to get the most money, Dodgers SS/3B Manny Machado.

            Arizona Diamondbacks
 Jake Lamb has had a bad season filled with injuries, and the D-backs could trade him. Ketel Marte could get some interest around the league. Eduardo Escobar may not return, opening another spot.

            Atlanta Braves
 Dansby Swanson hasn't done much to prove he's a starter in the MLB.

            Baltimore Orioles
It's always been Machado's team, and even though they are blowing it up, he might want to go back.

            Boston Red Sox
He's better than Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts. Yeah, no shot of him coming here.

            Chicago Cubs*
Addison Russell isn't anything special on offense, and Machado is a much better defender. The Cubs were one of the teams trying to trade for Machado, and will be one of the teams trying to sign him.

            Chicago White Sox*
The White Sox were aggressively pursuing Machado this postseason, and as a team trying to rebuild now, but contend in 2-4 years, Machado on a long term deal could really quicken the process. Tim Anderson could then be traded for a starter.

            Cincinnati Reds
Jose Peraza is no superstar, and could be traded along with Dilson Herrera for pitching. Machado would then be the SS.

           Cleveland Indians
Honesty, Fransisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez are both better than him. Next!

            Colorado Rockies
Once again, he isn't going here. They could trade Trevor Story, but doing that and signing Machado to a big deal isn't worth it. Pursuing one of the big starters is.

            Detroit Tigers
Jose Iglesias could move to 2B, but as a really bad team, Machado wouldn't go to Detroit.

            Houston Astros
He could move to third and the team could trade Alex Bregman, but that's not happening, especially since Bregman is a young all-star.

            Kansas City Royals
Alcides Escobar isn't really that good, and Mike Moustakas was traded. As one of the worst teams in the league, Machado isn't going there.

            Los Angeles Angels(*)
They would get rid of Andrelton Simmons, but they could trade Zack Cozart (or move him to 2B), and put Machado back at third.

            Los Angeles Dodgers
Machado's current team, the Dodgers will get Corey Seager back from injury next year. They could trade Justin Turner, but that isn't happening. If you are questioning why they'd do that, just know that I have to make a case for every team. 

            Miami Marlins
Machado is from Miami. Heck, even his player's weekend name was "Mr. Miami". But, the Marlins are now a joke of an organization, so he wouldn't go there.

            Milwaukee Brewers(*)
Ex Orioles teammate Jonathan Schoop is currently their shortstop, but if Mike Moustakas doesn't return, then they can move Travis Shaw back to third base, and Schoop to his natural position of 2B. That opens up a spot for Machado. Consider them a dark horse team.

            Minnesota Twins
The Twins traded away Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar, and Miguel Sano is having a bad year. They could trade Sano, move Jorge Polanco to third, opening up a spot for Machado.

            New York Mets
 Amed Rosario would garner a lot of trade interest, as a 22 year old MLB starting shortstop. They could trade him and sign Machado, but he's been getting hot lately, and the Mets wouldn't want to trade him.

            New York Yankees(*)
According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, a friend of Machado said that Machado's first choice would be the Yankees, and he'd give up shortstop to play for them. Since 1B Greg Bird has never played a full season, and struggling in his first full one, and the team might lose J.A. Happ, C.C. Sabathia and Lance Lynn, the team could trade Bird for a starter, move 3B and AL rookie of the year favorite Miguel Andujar to 1st base, and sign Machado, putting him at 3rd.

            Oakland A's (*)
The A's are having a surprising season, and are fighting for a wild card spot. Also, they could only go up. Their current SS, Marcus Semien, could be traded for more pitching, and Machado could fit in well. Another dark horse team.

            Philadelphia Phillies (*)
 Asdrubal Cabrera might leave, creating an opening at shortstop. Enter Machado to an already young, rising team, and you got a division winner.

            Pittsburgh Pirates
Prospect Kevin Newman was just called up. They could trade him and sign Machado, But it won't happen.

            San Diego Padres 
The team signed Eric Hosmer to try and compete in a tough division. Why not Machado?

            San Fransisco Giants
In case they want to abandon all-star Brandon Crawford. Next!

            Seattle Mariners
 Same as the Giants but with Jean Segura. Next!

            St Louis Cardinals(*)
There was such a thing as a half star, that's what they'd be. They re probably going after Josh Donaldson to fill their hole at 3B. If Machado would switch to third, perfect fit. If not... Next!

           Tampa Bay Rays
 One of their top prospects Willy Adames is there, and the team is bad. He won't go here.

            Texas Rangers
Elvis Andrus could be a free agent if he opts out, so that would open up a spot.

           Toronto Blue Jays
If Machado wants to go to another country, eh.

           Washington Nationals
They have Trea Turner, and are going to be focused on signing Bryce Harper.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

NHL trade review: Thompson to Brewers

                The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired RHP Jake Thompson from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for cash considerations.

                  For the Brewers, Thompson is your starter/reliever that is always bouncing from the majors and AAA. This year, Thompson has only been a reliever, and has struggled. But, he can be a decent 5th starter when given the chance. His 3.88 ERA last year when he had eight starts shows that. They only give up cash, so it can't go wrong for them.

                Thompson, 24, has a 4.96 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 14 strikeouts in 16.1 innings this season. In his MLB career, all for Philly, Thompson has a 4.87 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP and 81 strikeouts in 116.1 innings.

NHL news: Preds sign Ellis to extension

               The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Ryan Ellis to an eight year, $50 million extension.

                Ellis is a number one defenseman on some teams. On Nashville, he's their third best d-man (arguably 4th), but still plays a huge role, and is a great shot-blocker and leader. Since he would have been a UFA after this season, Nashville needed to lock him up. As a 27 year old, eight years is a fine length. At $50 mil, I think it's an even price for eight years.

                Ellis, 27, scored nine goals and 23 assists for 32 points in just 44 games last season. In his NHL career, all in Nashville, Ellis has scored 55 goals and 118 assists for 173 points in 396 ganes.

NHL news: Devils sign Santini

                 The New Jersey Devils have re-signed defenseman Steven Santini to a three year deal, with an AAV of about $1.4 million.

                 Santini was one of the Devils two roster players that were still RFAs (Miles Wood is the other one), and since he is only fighting for the 7th D spot, they signed him for a cheap bridge deal. He's 23, and this deal takes him until he's 26, where he'll be an RFA again. By then, he'll probably have a starting job. Santini might spend some time in the AHL, as Andy Greene, Damon Severson, Sami Vatanen, Mirco Mueller, Will Butcher and Ben Lovejoy are all probably going to play most of the games this season, and Eric Gryba and Brian Strait will also fight for the 7th defenseman spot. Santini will have to beat Gryba, and then wait for an injury to get in the lineup, so I'd only expect 35-50 games from him this year.

                  Santini, 23, scored two goals and eight assists for 10 points in 36 games last season. In his NHL career, all in New Jersey, Santini has scored four goals and 13 assists for 17 points in 75 games.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

I'm back

          So, um, I'm not sure how to start this, but I'll just re-state the title: i'm back. If you follow me on Twitter (@carterhudblog), then you'd know why I was gone. I went to sleepaway camp, thus there has no posts since June 23rd. But, since I'm back, I thought I'd might as well just put in all the baseball trades that happened since I left here. And here we go

Manny Machado to the Dodgers from the Orioles for Rylan Bannon, Yusniel Diaz, Dean Kremer, Zach Pop and Breyvic Valera.
Indians get Brad Hand and Adam Cimber from Padres for Fransisco Mejia.
A's get Jeurys Familia from Mets for international pool money, Bobby Wahl and Will Toffey.
Zach Britton from Orioles to Yankees for Dillon Tate, Cody Carroll and Josh Rogers.
Red Sox get Nate Eovaldi from Rays for Jalen Beeks.
Matt Andriese to Diamondbacks from Rays for Mike Perez and Brian Schaffer.
Martin Maldanado to Astros from Angels for Patrick Sandoval.
Brewers get Joakim Soria from White Sox for Kody Medeiros and Wilber Perez.
Yankees get J.A. Happ from Blue Jays for Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney.
Cubs get Cole Hamels from Rangers for Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy.
Twins give up Eduardo Escobar to Diamondbacks for Jhoan Duran, Ernie De La Trinidad and Gabe Maciel.
Asdrubal Cabrera from Mets to Phillies for Franklyn Kilome.
Astros get Ryan Pressly from Twins for Jorge Alcala and Gilberto Celestino.
Mike Moustakas from Royals to Brewers for Brett Phillips and Jorge Lopez.
Cardinals get Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos from Yankees, give up Luke Voit.
Braves get Brad Brach from Orioles for international pool money.
Astros get Roberto Osuna from Blue Jays for Ken Giles, David Paulino and Hector Perez.
Mariners get Zach Duke from Twins, Adam Warren from Yankees in three team deal, give international money to Yankees, Ryan Costello and Chase De Jong to Twins.
Lance Lynn from Twins to Yankees for Tyler Austin, Luis Rijo.
Angels give Ian Kinsler to Red Sox, get Ty Buttrey, Williams Jerez.
Pirates get Keone Kela from Rangers for Taylor Hearn, PTBNL.
Braves acquire Adam Duvall from Reds for Preston Tucker, Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler.
Rays get Tommy Pham from Cardinals for Justin Williams, Genesis Cabrera and Roel Ramirez.
Indians get Leonys Martin and Kyle Dowdy from Tigers for Willi Castro.
D-Backs get Brad Ziegler from Marlins for Tommy Evald.
Wilson Ramos from Rays to Phillies for PTBNL or cash.
Dodgers get Brian Dozier from Twins for Logan Forsythe, Luke Raley and Devin Smeltzer.
Braves get Kevin Gausman and Darren O'day from Orioles for Evan Phillips, Jean Carlos Encarnacion, Brett Cumberland, Bruce Zimmerman and international money.
Diamondbacks get Jake Diekman from Rangers for Wei-Cheih Huang and PTBNL.
Pirates get Chris Archer from Rays for Tyler Glasnow, PTBNL and Austin Meadows
Dodgers get John Axford from Blue Jays for Corey Coppping.
Brewers get Jonathan Schoop from Orioles for Jonathan Villar, Luis Ortiz and Jean Carmona.
And finally, the Phillies acquired Justin Bour from the Marlins for MacKenzie Mills.

So, those were all the MLB trades that happened. You probably knew all of them, but the purpose of this article was that I'm back, and posts will be coming once again.