Monday, May 20, 2019

MLB trade review: Braves acquire Swarzak, Mariners get Vizcaino



        The Atlanta Braves have acquired RHP Anthony Swarzak and cash from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Aroyds Vizcaino and LHP Jesse Biddle.

        The Braves had a weak bullpen to start the season, but that got even worse when Vizcaino, their closer, was injured for the season. In this trade, they acquire Swarzak, who could improve their bullpen, and cash. That cash could be used to help acquire free agent closer Craig Kimbrel, after the draft is over and there is no pick compensation. Swarzak has had a rough start to the season.

         Swarzak, 33, has a 5.27 ERA with a 8.07 FIP and 17 strikeouts, plus three saves, in 13.2 innings. In his MLB career for the Mariners, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians, Swarzak has a 4.33 ERA, a 4.24 FIP, and 450 strikeouts, plus nine saves in 601.1 innings.

          For the Mariners, they have been struggling, and they needed a shake up. In acquiring Vizcaino, they take a gamble that could definitely pay of next year. He's out for the year, but was the Braves' closer. Biddle is a former first round pick who had his first full major league season last year.

          Vizcaino, 28, had a 2.25 ERA with one save and six strikeouts in four innings this year. In his MLB career for the Braves and Chicago Cubs, Vizcaino has a 3.01 ERA, a 3.58 FIP, with 218 strikeouts and 50 saves in 194.1 innings.

          Biddle, 27, had a 5.40 ERA with a 4.90 FIP and 11 strikeouts in 11.2 innings this year. In his two year major league career, Biddle has a 3.46 ERA with a 4.04 FIP and 78 strikeouts in 75.1 innings.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

MLB trade review: Pirates acquire Stratton

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         The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired RHP Chris Stratton from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for cash considerations.

         Stratton is a starter who also has made appearances from the bullpen in his career. To make room for Stratton on the 40 man roster, Nick Burdi was moved to the 60 day IL. Stratton had 10 wins for the Giants last year as part of their rotation. He was acquired by the Angels this March, but was terrible in seven games (five starts). That led to him being DFA'd earlier this week.

         Stratton, 28, has a 8.59 ERA with a 6.10 FIP and 22 strikeouts in 29.1 innings this year. In his MLB career for the Angels and Giants, Stratton has a 5.11 ERA with a 4.57 FIP and 191 strikeouts in 243 innings.

       

Monday, May 6, 2019

MLB trade review: Mets acquire Font



           The New York Mets have acquired RHP Wilmer Font from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

            The Mets need pitching help badly, with Jason Vargas and Steven Matz off to bad starts. Vargas is in danger of losing his rotation spot, and the Mets also have a weak front of their bullpen. Font is brought in to improve that. He started five games for the Rays last year, the only five starts of his career, and was very good in them. He could fill in as a spot starter, and bullpen reliever.

            Font, 29, has a 5.79 ERA with 18 strikeouts and a 3.50 FIP in 14 innings with the Rays this year. He had a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings over nine games (five starts) with the Rays in 2018. In his major league career for the Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland A's and Texas Rangers, Font has a 6.51 ERA with 58 strikeouts and a 6.05 FIP in 65 innings.

            For the Rays, Font was off to a rough start, and it clears up a roster spot for Casey Sadler, who was recalled following the trade. Except Ryan Yarbrough, who has pitched in just five games as a long reliever and has had minor league time, Font had the highest ERA of a Rays' pitcher, with ace Blake Snell's 4.31 the next closest, with a median ERA of 2.32 (between Diego Castillo and Jalen Beeks, credit to the Athletic's Josh Tolentino for that note via Twitter). Font hasn't had a long term home in his MLB career, and the Mets will be his fifth team, and sixth organization (he was a minor leaguer for the Blue Jays, but never made an MLB appearance).

Sunday, April 28, 2019

MLB trade review: Braves acquire Blevins

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        The Atlanta Braves have acquired LHP Jerry Blevins from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

        The Braves badly need bullpen depth. Their bullpen wasn't great entering the season, and it got even worse when closer Arodys Vizcaino got injured, and will miss the season. To put Blevins on the 40 man roster, Vizcaino was moved to the 60 day IL. The Braves still remain a suitor for free agent Craig Kimbrel, with AJ Minter struggling in the closer role. The only relievers that are off to a good start are Luke Jackson, and Dan Winkler, who hasn't pitched much (4.2 innings). Blevins is an experienced reliever, who aside from 2018, has had a good career as of late.

         Blevins, 35, hasn't pitched in the MLB this year. In 2018 with the New York Mets, Blevins had a 4.85 ERA, a 4.97 FIP and 41 strikeouts in 42.2 innings. In his MLB career with the Mets, A's and Washington Nationals, Blevins has a 3.52 ERA, with a 3.66 FIP plus 471 strikeouts in 463 innings.

         For the A's, they signed Blevins to a minor league deal, hoping that he would have the production he had when he was with the team from 2007 to 2013, including three good years to end his A's tenure. Blevins had an awful Spring Training, allowing eight runs in 3.1 innings, and was in AAA. Getting something for him is better than releasing the lefty.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

MLB trade review: Mariners acquire Wright



           The Seattle Mariners have acquired RHP Mike Wright Jr. from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for INF Ryne Ogren.

            For the Mariners, Wright was recently DFA'd by the Orioles, and with can provide depth to their weak bullpen, if or when guys like Brandon Brennan, Roenis Elias and Zac Rosscup fall off. Wright is in his 5th MLB season, and was one of the more experienced pitchers in Baltimore's pen, and will have a similar role with Seattle.

              Wright, 29, has a 9.45 ERA, 7.69 FIP and 14 strikeouts in 13.1 innings this year. In his MLB career, all in Baltimore, Wright has a 5.95 ERA, 5.35 FIP and 192 strikeouts in 242 innings.

             For the Orioles, they DFA'd Wright for a reason. He had career highs in both ERA and innings pitched last year, with 84.1 innings and an awful 5.55 ERA. In return, they get a minor league infielder.

             Ogren, 22, was a 12th round pick in 2018. He had a .159 average with two homers and four RBIs in 48 Plate Appearances for Single-A West Virginia this year. His minor league career stats, which is this year and 2018, with Low-A Everett and a game in AAA Tacoma, includes a .229 average, with five homers, 35 RBIs and five stolen bases.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

How they were built: San Fransisco Giants



          The finale of the how they were built series is on a team that has had recent success, the Giants, but are currently a not very good team. This is how they were built.

          Catchers
Buster Posey
Posey was the 5th overall pick in 2008.
Erik Kratz
Kratz was acquired from the Brewers in March for CJ Hinojosa.

          Infielders
Brandon Belt
Belt was a 5th round pick in 2009.
Joe Panik
Panik was the 29th overall pick in 2011.
Brandon Crawford
Crawford was a 4th round pick in 2008.
Evan Longoria
Longoria was acquired in December 2017 from the Rays for Christian Arroyo, Denard Span, Matt Krook and Stephen Woods.
Yangervis Solarte
Solarte signed with the Giants in February.
Tyler Austin
Austin was acquired from the Twins earlier this year for Malique Ziegler.
Pablo Sandoval
Sandoval signed with the Giants in July 2017.

          Outfielders
Kevin Pillar
Pillar was acquired earlier this year from the Blue Jays for Alen Hanson, Derek Law and Juan De Paula.
Gerardo Parra
Parra signed with the Giants in February.
Steven Duggar
Duggar was a 6th round pick in 2015.

           Pitchers
Madison Bumgarner
Bumgarner was drafted 10th overall in 2007.
Dereck Rodriguez
Rodriguez signed as a minor league free agent in November 2017.
Jeff Samardzija
Samardzija signed a five year deal in December 2015.
Derek Holland
Holland signed with the Giants in February 2018.
Drew Pomeranz
Pomeranz was signed in January to a one year deal.
Travis Bergen
Bergen was picked from the Blue Jays in the 2018 Rule 5 draft
Trevor Gott
Gott was purchased from the Nationals in February.
Reyes Moronta
Moronta was signed as an amateur free agent in September 2010.
Nick Vincent
Vincent signed with the Giants in March.
Mark Melancon
Melancon signed a four year deal in December 2016.
Sam Dyson
Dyson was acquired from the Rangers in June 2017 for Hunter Cole.
Tony Watson
Watson signed a two year deal with an option for 2020 in February 2018.
Will Smith
Smith was acquired from the Brewers in August 2016 for Andrew Susac and Phil Bickford.

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Johnny Cueto
Cueto signed a seven year deal in December 2015.

Monday, April 22, 2019

How they were built: San Diego Padres



           The Padres entered the 2019 offseason with baseball's best farm system, then they added a superstar to the mix. This is how they were built.

            Catchers
Austin Hedges
Hedges was drafted in the 2nd round in 2011.
Francisco Mejia
Mejia was acquired in July from the Indians for Brad Hand and Adam Cimber.

             Infielders
Eric Hosmer
Hosmer signed an eight year deal in February 2018.
Ian Kinsler
Kinsler signed a two year deal with an option for 2021 in December.
Fernando Tatis Jr.
Tatis was acquired in June 2016 from the White Sox with Erik Johnson for James Shields.
Manny Machado
Machado signed a 10 year deal in February.
Greg Garcia
Garcia was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals in November.

                Outfielders
Wil Myers
Myers was acquired in a three team trade in December 2014 with Ryan Hanigan, Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes for Trea Turner, Jake Bauers, Rene Rivera, Joe Ross and Burch Smith.
Hunter Renfroe
Renfroe was drafted 13th overall in 2013.
Manuel Margot
Margot was acquired in November 2015 from the Red Sox with Carlos Asuaje, Javy Guerra and Logan Allen.
Franmil Reyes
Reyes signed in November 2011 as an amateur free agent.
Jose Pirela
Pirela was acquired in November 2015 from the Yankees for Ronald Herrera.

                  Pitchers
Eric Lauer
Lauer was the 25th overall pick in 2016.
Joey Lucchesi
Lucchesi was a 4th round pick in 2016.
Chris Paddack
Paddack was acquired in June 2016 from the Marlins for Fernando Rodney.
Nick Margevicius
Margevicius was a 7th round pick in 2017.
Matt Strahm
Strahm was acquired in July 2017 from the Royals with Travis Wood, Esteury Ruiz and cash for Trevor Cahill, Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer.
Luis Perdomo
Perdomo was purchased from the Rockies in December 2015, immediately after being selected from the Cardinals in the Rule 5 draft.
Robbie Erlin
Erlin was acquired in July 2011 from the Rangers with Joe Wieland for Mike Adams.
Matt Wisler
Wisler was acquired on April 1st from the Reds for Diomar Lopez.
Trey Wingenter
Wingenter was drafted in the 17th round in 2015.
Brad Wieck
Wieck was acquired in June 2015 from the Mets with Cory Mazzoni for Alex Torres.
Adam Warren
Warren signed a one year deal with an option for 2020 in March.
Craig Stammen
Stammen signed with the Padres in December 2016.
Kirby Yates
Yates was claimed off waivers in April 2017 from the Angels.

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Franchy Cordero
Cordero signed as an amateur free agent in November 2011.
Aaron Loup
Loup signed with the Padres in February.
Brett Kennedy
Kennedy was an 11th round pick in 2015.
Dinelson Lamet
Lamet signed in June 2014 as an amateur free agent. 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

How they were built: Los Angeles Dodgers



          After back to back World Series appearances, it is safe to say the Dodgers have a pretty good team. This is how they were built.

          Catchers
Austin Barnes
Barnes was acquired in December 2014 from the Marlins with Enrique Hernandez, Andrew Heaney and Chris Hatcher for Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, Miguel Rojas and cash.
Rocky Gale
Gale signed as a minor league free agent in February 2018.

          Infielders
Max Muncy
Muncy signed as a minor league free agent in April 2017.
Enrique Hernandez
Hernandez was acquired in December 2014 from the Marlins with Austin Barnes, Andrew Heaney and Chris Hatcher for Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, Miguel Rojas and cash.
Chris Taylor
Taylor was acquired from the Mariners in June 2016 for Zach Lee.
Corey Seager
Seager was drafted 18th overall in 2012.
Justin Turner
Turner signed a minor league deal in February 2014.
David Freese
Freese was acquired from the Pirates in August for Jesus Valdez.

            Outfielders
Cody Bellinger
Bellinger was drafted in the 4th round ine 2013.
Joc Pederson
Pederson was drafted in the 11th round in 2010.
AJ Pollock
Pollock signed a five year deal with the Dodgers in January.
Alex Verdugo
Verdugo was drafted in the 2nd round in 2014.

              Pitchers
Clayton Kershaw
Kershaw was drafted 7th overall in 2006.
Walker Buehler
Buehler was the 24th overall pick in 2015.
Hyun-Jin Ryu
Ryu was purchased from the Hanwha Eagles (Korean) in December 2012.
Kenta Maeda
Maeda signed an eight year deal in January 2016.
Julio Urias
Urias signed in August 2012 as an amateur free agent.
Ross Stripling
Stripling was a 5th round pick in 2012.
Caleb Ferguson
Ferguson was drafted in the 38th round in 2014.
Dylan Floro
Floro was acquired from the Reds in July with Zach Neal and international signing bonus slot money for James Marinan and Aneurys Zabala.
Yimi Garcia
Garcia signed as an amateur free agent in January 2009.
Scott Alexander
Alexander was acquired in a three team trade in January 2018 with Jake Peter for Luis Avilan, Trevor Oaks and Erick Mejia.
Pedro Baez
Baez was signed as an amateur free agent in January 2007.
Joe Kelly
Kelly signed a three year deal in December.
Kenley Jansen
Jansen signed as an amateur free agent in November 2004.

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Rich Hill
Hill was acquired from the A's in August 2016 with Josh Reddick for Jharel Cotton, Frankie Montas and Grant Holmes.
Russell Martin
Martin was acquired with cash from the Blue Jays in January for Ronny Brito and Andrew Sopko.
Tony Cingrani
Cingrani was acquired in July 2017 from the Reds for Scott Van Slyke and Hendrik Clementina.

Friday, April 19, 2019

How they were built: Colorado Rockies



           The Rockies are coming off a season where they made the playoffs for the second consecutive season, a franchise record. They also had a player set the record for most strikeouts in a season (in franchise history). This is how they were built.

            Catchers
Tony Wolters
Wolters was claimed off waivers from the Indians in February 2016.
Drew Butera
Butera was acquired from the Royals in August for Jerry Vasto.

           Infielders
Mark Reynolds
Reynolds signed with the Rockies in January.
Garrett Hampson
Hampson was drafted in the 3rd round in 2016.
Ryan McMahon
McMahon was drafted in the 2nd round in 2013.
Trevor Story
Story was a first round pick (45th overall) in 2011.
Nolan Arenado
Arenado was a second round pick in 2009.
Pat Valaika
Valaika was drafted in the 9th round in 2013.

             Outfielders
Charlie Blackmon
Blackmon was drafted in the 2nd round in 2008.
Ian Desmond
Desmond signed a five year deal in December 2016.
David Dahl
Dahl was the 10th overall pick in 2012.
Raimel Tapia
Tapia was signed as an amateur free agent in November 2010.

              Pitchers
Kyle Freeland
Freeland was the 8th overall pick in 2014.
German Marquez
Marquez was acquired from the Rays in January 2016 with Jake McGee for Corey Dickerson and Kevin Padlo.
Jon Gray
Gray was the 3rd overall pick in 2013.
Antonio Senzatela
Senzatela signed as an amateur free agent in July 2011.
Chad Bettis
Bettis was a second round pick in 2010.
Carlos Estevez
Estevez signed as an amateur free agent in May 2011.
DJ Johnson
Johnson signed with the Rockies in November 2016.
Harrison Musgrave
Musgrave was an 8th round pick in 2014.
Dunn signed a three year deal with the Rockies in December 2016.
Bryan Shaw
Shaw signed a three year deal with the Rockies in December 2017.
Scott Oberg
Oberg was drafted in the 15th round in 2012.
Seunghwan Oh
Oh was acquired in July from the Blue Jays for Chad Spanberger, Forrest Wall and Bryan Baker.
Wade Davis
Davis signed a three year deal with the Rockies in December 2017.

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Tyler Anderson
Anderson was the 20th overall pick in 2011.
Jake McGee
McGee was acquired from the Rays in January 2016 with German Marquez for Corey Dickerson and Kevin Padlo.
Chris Rusin
Rusin was claimed off waivers from the Cubs in September 2014.
Chris Iannetta
Iannetta signed with the Rockies in December 2017.
Daniel Murphy
Murphy signed with the Rockies in December.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

How they were built: Arizona Diamondbacks



         The Diamondbacks lost three of their key players this offseason, leaving them for mediocrity. This is how they were built.

         Catchers
Carson Kelly
Kelly was acquired from the Cardinals in December with Luke Weaver, Andy Young and a 2019 draft pick for Paul Goldschmidt.
John Ryan Murphy
Murphy was acquired from the Twins in July 2017 for Gabriel Moya.
Caleb Joseph
Joseph signed with the Diamondbacks in February.

          Infielders
Christian Walker
Walker was claimed off waivers from the Reds in March 2017.
Wilmer Flores
Flores signed a one year deal with an option for 2020 in January.
Ketel Marte
Marte was acquired with Taijuan Walker in November 2016 from the Mariners for Jean Segura, Mitch Haniger and Zac Curtis.
Eduardo Escobar
Escobar was acquired from the Twins in July for Jhoan Duran, Gabriel Maciel and Ernie De La Trinidad.
Nick Ahmed
Ahmed was acquired in January 2013 from the Braves with Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, Brandon Drury and Zeke Spruill for Justin Upton and Chris Johnson.
Ildemaro Vargas
Vargas signed with the Diamondbacks in May 2015.

            Outfielders
David Peralta
Peralta signed with the Diamondbacks in July 2013.
Adam Jones
Jones signed with the D-backs in March.
Jarrod Dyson
Dyson signed with the Diamondbacks in February 2018.
Tim Locastro
Locastro was acquired from the Yankees in January for Ronald Roman and cash.

             Pitchers
Zack Greinke
Greinke signed a six year deal with the Diamondbacks in December 2015.
Robbie Ray
Ray was acquired in a three team trade in December 2014. The Diamondbacks acquired Ray and Domingo Leyba and traded away Didi Gregorius.
Zack Godley
Godley was acquired in December 2014 from the Cubs with Jeferson Mejia for Miguel Montero.
Luke Weaver
Weaver was acquired from the Cardinals in December with Carson Kelly, Andy Young and a 2019 draft pick for Paul Goldschmidt.
Merill Kelly
Kelly signed with the Diamondbacks in December.
Matt Andriese
Andriese was acquired in July from the Rays for Michael Perez and Brian Schaffer.
Yoan Lopez
Lopez signed as an amateur free agent in January 2015.
Matt Koch
Koch was acquired in August 2015 from the Mets with Miller Diaz for Addison Reed.
Andrew Chafin
Chafin was a first round pick (43rd overall) in 2011.
Yoshihisa Hirano
Hirano signed a two year deal with Arizona in December 2017.
Archie Bradley
Bradley was the 7th overall pick in 2011.
Greg Holland
Holland signed with the Diamondbacks in January.

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Steven Souza Jr.
Souza was acquired in February 2018 in a three team trade with Taylor Widener for Brandon Drury, Anthony Banda, Sam McWilliams and Collin Poche.
Jake Lamb
Lamb was a sixth round pick in 2012.
Alex Avila
Avila signed a two year deal in January 2018.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

How they were built: St. Louis Cardinals



      The 2011 World Series winners are attempting to get back to their glory days, but this time with a (almost) new core. This is how they were built.

      Catchers
Yadier Molina
Molina was drafted in the 4th round of the 2000 draft.
Matt Wieters
Wieters signed with the Cardinals in February.

       Infielders
Paul Goldschmidt
Goldschmidt was acquired in December from the Diamondbacks for Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, Andy Young and a 2019 draft pick.
Kolten Wong
Wong was drafted 22nd overall in 2011.
Paul DeJong
DeJong was a fourth round pick in 2015.
Matt Carpenter
Carpenter was drafted in the 13th round in 2009.
Jedd Gyorko
Gyorko was acquired in December 2015 from the Padres for Jon Jay.
Yairo Munoz
Munoz was acquired in December 2017 from the A's with Max Schrock for Stephen Piscotty.

      Outfielders
Marcell Ozuna
Ozuna was acquired in December 2017 from the Marlins for Sandy Alcantara, Magneuris Sierra, Zac Gallen and Daniel Castano.
Dexter Fowler
Fowler signed a five year deal with the Cardinals in December 2016.
Jose Martinez
Martinez was purchased from the Royals in May 2016.
Lane Thomas
Thomas was acquired in July 2017 from the Blue Jays for international bonus slot money.

        Pitchers
Miles Mikolas
Mikolas signed a two year deal with the Cardinals in December 2017.
Jack Flaherty
Flaherty was drafted in the 1st round (34th overall) in 2014.
Michael Wacha
Wacha was drafted 19th overall in 2012.
Adam Wainwright
Wainwright was acquired in December 2003 from the Braves with Ray King and Jason Marquis for JD Drew and Eli Marrero.
Dakota Hudson
Hudson was drafted in the 1st round (34th overall) in 2016.
Giovanny Gallegos
Gallegos was acquired in July from the Yankees with Chasen Shreve for Luke Voit and international signing bonus slot money.
Tyler Webb
Webb was claimed off waivers from the Padres in June.
Ryan Helsley
Helsley was drafted in the 5th round in 2015.
John Brebbia
Brebbia was selected from the Diamondbacks in the 2015 Rule 5 draft.
John Gant
Gant was acquired from the Braves in December 2016 with Chris Ellis and Luke Dykstra for Jaime Garcia.
Dominic Leone
Leone was acquired from the Blue Jays in January 2018 with Conner Greene for Randal Grichuk.
Andrew Miller
Miller signed a two year deal with an option for 2021 in December.
Jordan Hicks
Hicks was drafted in the 3rd round in 2015.

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Harrison Bader
Bader was also drafted in the 3rd round in 2015.
Tyler O'Neill
O'Neill was acquired in July 2017 from the Mariners for Marco Gonzales.
Carlos Martinez
Martinez signed with the Cardinals in April 2010.
Mike Mayers
Mayers was drafted in the 3rd round in 2013.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

How they were built: Pittsburgh Pirates


 
          The Pirates are one of those teams that are hoping to be this year's surprise team. There is still a chance, but it looks like the team will be headed for more mediocrity in 2019. This is how they were built.

           Catchers
Francisco Cervelli
Cervelli was acquired from the Yankees in November 2014 for Justin Wilson.
Jacob Stallings
Stallings was drafted in the 7th round in 2012.

            Infielders
Josh Bell
Bell was drafted in the 2nd round in 2011.
Adam Frazier
Frazier was drafted in the 6th round in 2013.
Erik Gonzalez
Gonzalez was acquired in November from the Indians with Dante Mendoza and Tahnaj Thomas for Jordan Luplow and Max Moroff.
Jung Ho Kang
Kang signed as a free agent in January 2015.
Colin Moran
Moran was acquired from the Astros in January 2018 with Joe Musgrove, Jason Martin and Michael Feliz for Gerrit Cole.

              Outfielders
Starling Marte
Marte signed in January 2007 as an amateur free agent.
Melky Cabrera
Cabrera signed with the Pirates in February.
Jason Martin
Martin was acquired from the Astros in January 2018 with Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz for Gerrit Cole.
Pablo Reyes
Reyes signed as an amateur free agent in April 2012.
JB Shuck
Shuck signed with the Pirates in January.

                Pitchers
Jameson Taillon
Taillon was drafted 2nd overall in 2010.
Trevor Williams
Williams was acquired in October 2015 from the Marlins for Richard Mitchell.
Chris Archer
Archer was acquired in July from the Rays for Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows and Shane Baz.
Joe Musgrove
Musgrove was acquired from the Astros in January 2018 with Colin Moran, Jason Martin and Michael Feliz for Gerrit Cole.
Jordan Lyles
Lyles signed a one year deal with the team in December.
Nick Kingham
Kingham was drafted in the 4th round in 2010.
Nick Burdi
Burdi was acquired in December 2017 from the Phillies for international bonus slot money, immediately after he was picked from the Twins in the Rule 5 draft.
Francisco Liriano
Liriano signed with the Pirates in February.
Steven Brault
Brault was acquired in February 2015 with Stephen Tarpley from the Orioles for Travis Snider.
Kyle Crick
Crick was acquired in January 2018 with Bryan Reynolds and international bonus slot money from the Giants for Andrew McCutchen.
Richard Rodriguez
Rodriguez signed as a minor league free agent in December 2017.
Keone Kela
Kela was acquired in July from the Rangers for Taylor Hearn and Sherten Apostel.
Felipe Vazquez
Vazquez was acquired in July 2016 from the Nationals with Taylor Hearn for Mark Melancon.

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Corey Dickerson
Dickerson was acquired in February 2018 for Tristan Gray, Daniel Hudson and cash.
Gregory Polanco
Polanco signed as an amateur free agent in March 2009.
Lonnie Chisenhall
Chisenhall signed in November as a free agent.
Elias Diaz
Diaz signed in November 2008 as an amateur free agent.
Jose Osuna
Osuna signed as an amateur free agent in December 2009.
Edgar Santana
Santana signed as an amateur free agent in October 2013.
Chad Kuhl
Kuhl was drafted in the 9th round in 2013.

Monday, April 15, 2019

How they were built: Milwaukee Brewers



            The Brewers have become one of baseball's best teams the past few years, with a stellar bullpen and outfield. This is how they were built.

             Catchers
Yasmani Grandal
Grandal signed a one year deal with an option for 2020 in January.
Manny Pina
Pina was acquired from the Tigers in December 2015 with Javier Betancourt for Fransisco Rodriguez.

               Infielders
Jesus Aguilar
Aguilar was claimed off waivers from the Indians in February 2017.
Travis Shaw
Shaw was acquired from the Red Sox in December 2016 with Josh Pennington, Mauricio Dubon and Yeison Coca for Tyler Thornburg.
Orlando Arcia
Arcia signed in October 2010 as an amateur free agent.
Mike Moustakas
Moustakas was acquired in July from the Royals for Brett Phillips and Jorge Lopez.
Hernan Perez
Perez was claimed off waivers from the Tigers in June 2015.
Eric Thames
Thames signed with the Brewers in November 2016.

                Outfielders
Christian Yelich
Yelich was acquired in January 2018 from the Marlins for Lewis Brinson, Isan Diaz, Monte Harrison and Jordan Yamamoto.
Lorenzo Cain
Cain signed a five year deal with the Brewers in January 2018.
Ryan Braun
Braun was drafted 5th overall in 2005.
Ben Gamel
Gamel was acquired in December from the Mariners with Noah Zavolas for Domingo Santana.

                   Pitchers
Jhoulys Chacin
Chacin signed a two year deal with the Brewers in December 2017.
Zach Davies
Davies was acquired from the Orioles in July 2015 for Gerardo Parra.
Freddy Peralta
Peralta was acquired in December 2015 with Carlos Herrera and Daniel Missaki for Adam Lind.
Corbin Burnes
Burnes was drafted in the 4th round in 2016.
Brandon Woodruff
Woodruff was drafted in the 11th round in 2014.
Junior Guerra
Guerra was claimed off waivers from the White Sox in December 2015.
Chase Anderson
Anderson was acquired in January 2016 from the Diamondbacks with Isan Diaz and Aaron Hill for Jean Segura and Tyler Wagner.
Jake Petricka
Petricka signed with the Brewers in January.
Matt Albers
Albers signed a two year deal with the Brewers in January 2018.
Alex Wilson
Wilson signed with the Brewers in March.
Jacob Barnes
Barnes was a 14th round pick in 2011.
Alex Claudio
Claudio was acquired from the Rangers in December for a 2019 draft pick.
Josh Hader
Hader was acquired in July 2015 from the Astros with Domingo Santana, Brett Phillips and Adrian Houser for Carlos Gomez, Mike Fiers and cash.

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Corey Knebel
Knebel was acquired in January 2015 from the Rangers with Marcos Diplan and Luis Sardinas for Yovani Gallardo and cash.
Jeremy Jeffress
Jeffress was acquired in July 2017 from the Rangers for Tayler Scott.
Jimmy Nelson
Nelson was drafted in the 2nd round in 2010.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

How they were built: Cincinnati Reds



          The Reds have been struggling the past couple of years, but a strong offseason has them as a potential contender. This is how they were built.

          Catchers
Tucker Barnhart
Barnhart was drafted in the 10th round of the 2009 draft.
Curt Casali
Casali was purchased from the Rays in May 2018.
Kyle Farmer
Farmer was acquired from the Dodgers in December with Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood for Homer Bailey, Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray.

         Infielders
Joey Votto
Votto was a second round pick in 2002.
Jose Peraza
Peraza was acquired from the Dodgers in December 2015 with Scott Schebler and Brandon Dixon in a three team trade for Trayce Thompson, Micah Johnson and Frankie Montas.
Jose Iglesias
Iglesias signed with the Reds in February.
Eugenio Suarez
Suarez was acquired from the Tigers in December 2014 with Jonathon Crawford for Alfredo Simon.
Derek Dietrich
Dietrich signed with the Reds in February.

          Outfielders
Yasiel Puig
Puig was acquired in December from the Dodgers with Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer for Homer Bailey, Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray.
Matt Kemp
Kemp was acquired in December from the Dodgers with Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer for Homer Bailey, Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray.
Scott Schebler
Schebler was acquired from the Dodgers in a three team trade with Jose Peraza and Brandon Dixon for Trayce Thompson, Micah Johnson and Frankie Montas.
Jesse Winker
Winker was drafted in the 1st round (49th overall) in 2012.
Phillip Ervin
Ervin was drafted 27th overall in 2013.

              Pitchers
Luis Castillo
Castillo was acquired in January 2017 from the Marlins with Austin Brice and Zeek White for Dan Straily
Anthony DeSclafani
DeSclafani was acquired in December 2014 from the Marlins with Chad Wallach for Mat Latos.
Tanner Roark
Roark was acquired in December from the Nationals for Tanner Rainey.
Sonny Gray
Gray was acquired from the Yankees in January with Reiver Sanmartin for Shed Long and a draft pick.
Tyler Mahle
Mahle was drafted in the 7th round in 2013.
Zach Duke
Duke signed with the Reds in February.
Robert Stephenson
Stephenson was drafted 27th overall in 2011.
Wandy Peralta
Peralta signed as an amateur free agent in August 2009.
Michael Lorenzen
Lorenzen was drafted in the 1st round (38th overall) in 2013.
David Hernandez
Hernandez signed with the Reds in January 2018.
Jared Hughes
Hughes signed a three year deal with the Reds in December 2017.
Amir Garrett
Garrett was drafted in the 22nd round in 2011.
Raisel Iglesias
Iglesias signed as an amateur free agent in June 2014.

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Alex Wood
Wood was acquired from the Dodgers in December with Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Farmer for Homer Bailey, Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray.
Scooter Gennett
Gennett was claimed off waivers from the Brewers in March 2017.
Alex Blandino
Blandino was drafted 29th overall in 2014.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

How they were built: Chicago Cubs



            The 2016 World Series champions still have their core in 2019, but have now seem to have an aging team. They can still contend, though. This is how they were built.

             Catchers
Willson Contreras
Contreras signed as an amateur free agent in July 2009.
Taylor Davis
Davis signed in July 2011 as an amateur free agent.

              Infielders
Anthony Rizzo
Rizzo was acquired in January 2012 from the Padres with Zach Cates for Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Na.
Ben Zobrist
Zobrist signed a four year deal with the Cubs in December 2015.
Javier Baez
Baez was the 9th overall pick in the 2011 draft.
Kris Bryant
Bryant was the 2nd overall pick in 2013.
Daniel Descalso
Descalso signed a three year deal with the Cubs in December.
David Bote
Bote was drafted in the 18th round in 2012.

               Outfielders
Jason Heyward
Heyward signed an eight year deal in December 2015.
Kyle Schwarber
Schwarber was drafted 4th overall in 2014.
Albert Almora Jr.
Almora was drafted 6th overall in 2012.
Mark Zagunis
Zagunis was drafted in the 3rd round in 2014.

                Pitchers

Kyle Hendricks
Hendricks was acquired in July 2012 from the Rangers with Christian Villanueva for Ryan Dempster.
Cole Hamels
Hamels was acquired in July from the Rangers with cash for Eddie Butler, Rollie Lacy and Alexander Ovalles.
Yu Darvish
Darvish signed a six year deal with the Cubs in February 2018.
Jose Quintana
Quintana was acquired from the White Sox in July 2017 for Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, Bryant Flete and Matt Rose.
Tyler Chatwood
Chatwood signed a three year deal with the Cubs in December 2017.
Tim Collins
Collins signed with the Cubs in March.
Allen Webster
Webster signed with the Cubs in March 2018.
Kyle Ryan
Ryan signed with the Cubs in January 2018.
Randy Rosario
Rosario was claimed off waivers from the Twins in November 2017.
Brandon Kintzler
Kintzler was acquired in July from the Nationals for Jhon Romero.
Steve Cishek
Cishek signed with the Cubs in December 2017.
Brad Brach
Brach signed with the Cubs in February.
Pedro Strop
Strop was acquired in July 2013 from the Orioles with Jake Arrieta for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevinger.

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Jon Lester
Lester signed a six year deal with the Cubs in December 2014.
Tony Barnette
Barnette signed with the Cubs in February.
Brandon Morrow
Morrow signed a two year deal with the Cubs in December 2017.

How they were built: Washington Nationals



           Despite not making the playoffs in 2018, and losing one of their best players in the offseason, the Nationals are a very good team, with some young stars and established stars. This is how they were built.

           Catchers
Yan Gomes
Gomes was acquired from the Indians in November for Jefry Rodriguez, Daniel Johnson and Andruw Monasterio.
Kurt Suzuki
Suzuki signed a two year deal in November.

           Infielders
Zimmerman was the 4th overall pick in the 2005 draft.
Brian Dozier
Dozier signed a one year deal with the Nats in January.
Wilmer Difo
Difo signed as an amateur free agent in June 2010.
Anthony Rendon
Rendon was drafted 6th overall in 2011.
Howie Kendrick
Kendrick was acquired in July 2017 from the Phillies for McKenzie Mills and international bonus slot money.
Matt Adams
Adams signed with the Nationals in December.

            Outfielders
Juan Soto
Soto signed as an amateur free agent in July 2015.
Victor Robles
Robles signed in July 2013 as an amateur free agent.
Adam Eaton
Eaton was acquired from the White Sox in December 2016 for Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning.
Michael A. Taylor
Taylor was drafted in the 6th round of the 2009 draft.

             Pitchers
Max Scherzer
Scherzer signed a seven year deal with Washington in January 2015.
Stephen Strasburg
Strasburg was drafted 1st overall in 2009.
Patrick Corbin
Corbin signed a six year deal in December.
Anibal Sanchez
Sanchez signed a two year deal in December.
Jeremy Hellickson
Hellickson signed with the Nationals in March 2018.
Joe Ross
Ross was acquired in a three team trade in December 2014. The Nats acquired Ross and Trea Turner, and gave up Steven Souza Jr. and Travis Ott.
Trevor Rosenthal
Rosenthal signed with the Nationals in November.
Justin Miller
Miller signed with the Nationals in January 2018.
Wander Suero
Suero signed as an amateur free agent in February 2010.
Matt Grace
Grace was picked in the 8th round of the 2010 draft.
Tony Sipp
Sipp signed a one year deal with an option for 2020 in March.
Kyle Barraclough
Barraclough was acquired from the Marlins in October for international bonus slot money.
Sean Doolittle
Doolittle was acquired with Ryan Madson from Oakland in July 2017 for Blake Treinen, Jesus Luzardo and Sheldon Neuse.

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Trea Turner
Turner was acquired in a three team trade in December 2014. The Nats acquired Turner and Joe Ross, and traded away Steven Souza Jr. and Travis Ott.
Koda Glover
Glover was drafted in the 8th round in 2015.

Friday, April 12, 2019

How they were built: Philadelphia Phillies



           The Phillies were one of baseball's youngest teams last year, waiting to break out. In the offseason, they added many key impact players, speeding that up. This is how they were built.

           Catchers
JT Realmuto
Realmuto was acquired from the Marlins in February for Jorge Alfaro, Sixto Sanchez, Will Stewart and international bonus slot money.
Andrew Knapp
Knapp was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft.

           Infielders
Rhys Hoskins
Hoskins was drafted in the 5th round of the 2014 draft.
Cesar Hernandez
Hernandez signed in July 2006 as an amateur free agent.
Jean Segura
Segura was acquired in December from the Mariners with Juan Nicasio and James Pazos for Carlos Santana and JP Crawford.
Maikel Franco
Franco signed as an amateur free agent in January 2010.
Scott Kingery
Kingery was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft.

                Outfielders
Bryce Harper
Harper signed a 13 year contract with the Phillies in March.
Andrew McCutchen
McCutchen signed a three year deal with an option for 2022 in December.
Odubel Herrera
Herrera was a Rule 5 pick from the Rangers in December 2014.
Nick Williams
Williams was acquired from the Rangers in July 2015 with Jorge Alfaro, Matt Harrison, Jake Thompson and Alec Asher for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.
Aaron Altherr
Altherr was a ninth round pick in 2009.

                    Pitchers
Aaron Nola
Nola was the 7th overall pick of the 2014 draft.
Jake Arrieta
Arrieta signed a three year deal with the Phillies in March 2018.
Nick Pivetta
Pivetta was acquired in July 2015 from the Nationals for Jonathan Papelbon and cash.
Zach Eflin
Eflin was acquired from the Dodgers in 2014 with Tom Windle for Jimmy Rollins and cash.
Vince Velasquez
Velasquez was acquired in December 2015 from the Astros with Mark Appel, Harold Arauz, Tom Eshelman and Brett Oberholzer for Ken Giles for Jonathan Arauz.
Adam Morgan
Morgan was drafted in the 3rd round in 2011.
Juan Nicasio
Nicasio was acquired in December with Jean Segura and James Pazos from the Mariners for Carlos Santana and JP Crawford.
Jose Alvarez
Alvarez was acquired from the Angels in December for Luis Garcia.
Pat Neshek
Neshek signed a two year deal with the Phillies in December 2017.
Seranthony Dominguez
Dominguez signed as an amateur free agent in October 2011.
David Robertson
Robertson signed a three year deal with the Phillies in January.
Hector Neris
Neris signed as an amateur free agent in April 2010.

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Tommy Hunter
Hunter signed a two year deal with the Phillies in December 2017.
Roman Quinn
Quinn was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

How they were built: New York Mets



          The Mets are back to contention, thanks to a great offseason by new GM Brodie Van Wagenen. They still have their young core that is now breaking even further into the big leagues. This is how they were built.

            Catchers
Wilson Ramos
Ramos signed a two year deal with the Mets in December.
Travis d'Arnaud
d'Arnaud was acquired in December 2012 from the Blue Jays with Noah Syndergaard, John Buck and Wuilmer Becerra for RA Dickey, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas.

             Infielders
Pete Alonso
Alonso was a second round pick in the 2016 draft.
Robinson Cano
Cano was acquired in December with Edwin Diaz and cash from the Mariners for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista.
Amed Rosario
Rosario signed as an amateur free agent in July 2012.
Jeff McNeil
McNeil was drafted in the 12th round of the 2013 draft.
Dominic Smith
Smith was drafted 11th overall in the 2013 draft.
JD Davis
Davis was acquired in January with Cody Bohanek from the Astros for Luis Santana, Scott Manea and Ross Adolph.
Luis Guillorme
Guillorme was drafted in the 10th round of the 2013 draft.

              Outfielders
Brandon Nimmo
Nimmo was drafted 13th overall in 2011.
Michael Conforto
Conforto was drafted 10th overall in the 2014 draft.
Juan Lagares
Lagares signed as an amateur free agent in May 2006.
Keon Broxton
Broxton was acquired from the Brewers in January for Bobby Wahl, Adam Hill and Felix Valerio.

               Pitchers
Jacob deGrom
deGrom was drafted in the 9th round of the 2010 draft.
Noah Syndergaard
Syndergaard was acquired in December 2012 from the Blue Jays with Travis d'Arnaud, John Buck and Wuilmer Becerra for RA Dickey, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas.
Zack Wheeler
Wheeler was acquired from the Giants in July 2011 for Carlos Beltran and cash.
Steven Matz
Matz was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2009 draft.
Jason Vargas
Vargas signed a two year deal with an option for 2020 in February 2018.
Corey Oswalt
Oswalt was drafted in the 7th round of the 2012 draft.
Luis Avilan
Avilan signed with the Mets in January.
Robert Gsellman
Gsellman was drafted in the 13th round of the 2011 draft.
Justin Wilson
Wilson signed a two year deal with the Mets in January.
Seth Lugo
Lugo was drafted in the 34th round in 2011.
Jeurys Familia
Familia signed a three year deal with the Mets in December.
Edwin Diaz
Diaz was acquired in December with Robinson Cano and cash from the Mariners for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista.

         IL
Todd Frazier
Frazier signed a two year deal with the Mets in February 2018.
Jed Lowrie
Lowrie signed a two year deal in January.
Yoenis Cespedes
Cespedes was acquired from the Tigers in July 2015 for Luis Cessa and Michael Fulmer.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

How they were built: Miami Marlins



       The team that has traded away their stars most recently, and the biggest blow up for a team recently, was by the Miami Marlins. They now have a young team, as their rebuild continues. This is how they were built.

        Catchers
Jorge Alfaro
Alfaro was acquired in February from the Phillies with Sixto Sanchez, Will Stewart and international bonus slot money for JT Realmuto
Chad Wallach
Wallach was claimed off waivers in November 2017 from the Reds.

        Infielders
Neil Walker
Walker signed with the Marlins in January.
Starlin Castro
Castro was acquired in November 2017 from the Yankees with Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers for Giancarlo Stanton and cash.
JT Riddle
Riddle was drafted in the 13th round of the 2013 draft.
Martin Prado
Prado was acquired in December 2014 from the Yankees with David Phelps for Nathan Eovaldi, Domingo German and Garrett Jones.
Brian Anderson
Anderson was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2014 draft.
Miguel Rojas
The Marlins acquired Rojas in December 2014 from the Dodgers with Dee Gordon and Dan Haren for Andrew Heaney, Enrique Hernandez, Austin Barnes and Chris Hatcher.

           Outfielders
Lewis Brinson
Brinson was acquired in January 2018 from the Brewers with Monte Harrison, Isan Diaz and Jordan Yamamoto for Christian Yelich.
Peter O'Brien
In June 2018, O'Brien was purchased from the Dodgers.
Curtis Granderson
Granderson signed with Miami in February.
Rosell Herrera
Herrera was claimed off waivers from the Royals in January.

            Pitchers
Jose Urena
Urena signed as an amateur free agent in August 2008.
Wei-Yin Chen
Chen signed a five year deal with Miami in January 2016 with an option for 2021.
Trevor Richards
Richards signed as an undrafted free agent in July 2016.
Caleb Smith
Smith was acquired in November 2017 from the Yankees with Garrett Cooper for Mike King and international bonus slot money.
Pablo Lopez
Lopez was acquired in July 2017 from the Mariners with Brandon Miller, Brayan Hernandez and Lukas Schiraldi for David Phelps.
Sandy Alcantara
Alcantara was acquired in December 2017 from the Cardinals with Magneuris Sierra, Zac Gallen and Daniel Castano for Marcel Ozuna.
Nick Anderson
Anderson was acquired in November from the Twins for Brian Schales.
Tyler Kinley
Kinley was drafted in the 16th round of the 2013 draft.
Austin Brice
Brice was claimed off waivers from the Orioles in January.
Adam Conley
Conley was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft.
Tayron Guerrero
Guerrero was acquired in July 2016 from the Padres with Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea and cash for Luis Castillo, Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps and Josh Naylor.
Sergio Romo
Romo was signed in February.
Drew Steckenrider
Steckenrider was drafted in the 8th round in the 2012 draft.

         IL
Garrett Cooper
Cooper was acquired in November 2017 from the Yankees with Caleb Smith for Mike King and international bonus slot money.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

How they were built: Atlanta Braves



           The Braves are baseball's next good young team, led by Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies and Mike Foltynewicz. This is how they were built.

           Catchers
Tyler Flowers
Flowers signed with the Braves in December 2015.
Alex Jackson
Jackson was acquired in November 2016 from the Mariners with Tyler Pike for Rob Whalen and Max Povse.

           Infielders
Freddie Freeman
Freeman was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2007 draft.
Ozzie Albies
Albies signed as an amateur free agent in July 2013.
Dansby Swanson
Swanson was acquired in December 2015 from the Diamondbacks with Ender Inciarte and Aaron Blair for Shelby Miller and Gabe Speier.
Josh Donaldson
Donaldson signed with the Braves in November.
Johan Camargo
Camargo was signed in July 2010 as an amateur free agent.
Charlie Culberson
Culberson was acquired in December 2017 from the Dodgers with Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy, plus cash for Matt Kemp.


             Outfielders
Ender Inciarte
Inciarte was acquired in December 2015 from the Diamondbacks with Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair for Shelby Miller and Gabe Speier.
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Acuna signed as an amateur free agent in July 2014.
Nick Markakis
Markakis signed a four year deal with Atlanta in December 2014, and re-signed to a one year deal this January.
Matt Joyce
Joyce was purchased from the Giants in March.

            Pitchers
Julio Teheran
Teheran signed as an amateur free agent in July 2007.
Sean Newcomb
Newcomb was acquired in December 2015 from the Angels with Erick Aybar, Chris Ellis and cash for Andrelton Simmons and Jose Briceno.
Kevin Gausman
Gausman was acquired on July 31st from the Orioles with Darren O'Day for Brett Cumberland, Jean Carlos Encarnacion, Bruce Zimmermann, Evan Phillips and international bonus slot money.
Kyle Wright
Wright was drafted 5th overall in the 2017 draft.
Max Fried
Fried was acquired in December 2014 from the Padres with Mallex Smith, Jace Peterson and Dustin Peterson for Justin Upton and Aaron Northcraft.
Josh Tomlin
Tomlin signed with the Braves in March.
Luke Jackson
Jackson was acquired in December 2016 from the Rangers for Tyrell Jenkins and Brady Feigl.
Wes Parsons
Parsons signed in July 2012 as an amateur free agent.
Chad Sobotka
Sobotka was drafted in the 4th round of the 2014 draft.
Jesse Biddle
Biddle was claimed off waivers from the Pirates in March 2016.
Jonny Venters
Venters was acquired in July from the Rays for international bonus slot money.
AJ Minter
Minter was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft.
Aroyds Vizcaino
Vizcaino was acquired in November 2014 from the Cubs for Tommy La Stella.

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Mike Foltynewicz
Foltynewicz was acquired in January 2015 from the Astros with Rio Ruiz and Andrew Thurman for Evan Gattis and James Hoyt.
Darren O'Day
O'Day was acquired in July with Kevin Gausman from the Orioles for Evan Phillips, Jean Carlos Encarnacion, Brady Zimmermann, Brett Cumberland and international bonus slot money.
Brian McCann
McCann signed a one year deal in November.

How they were built: Texas Rangers



        Just three years removed from the second of back to back playoff appearances, the Rangers have a mix of borderline all-star and young players, with a rotation built through signings of recovering pitchers. This is how they were built.

          Catchers
Isiah Kiner-Falefa
Kiner Falefa was drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 draft.
Jeff Mathis
Mathis signed a two year deal with the Rangers in November.

           Infielders
Patrick Wisdom
Wisdom was acquired from the Cardinals in December for Drew Robinson
Roughned Odor
Odor signed with the Rangers as an amateur free agent early in 2011.
Elvis Andrus
In July 2007, the Rangers acquired Andrus from the Braves with Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Beau Jones for Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay.
Asdrubal Cabrera
Cabrera signed with the Rangers in January.
Logan Forsythe
Forsythe signed a minor league contract in February.

          Outfielders
Nomar Mazara
Mazara signed as an amateur free agent in July 2011.
Joey Gallo
Gallo was drafted in the 1st round (39th overall) in the 2012 draft.
Delino DeShields Jr.
DeShields was drafted in the first round (8th overall) in 2010.
Shin-Soo Choo
Choo signed a seven year deal with the Rangers in December 2013.
Hunter Pence
Pence signed a minor league deal in February.

            Pitchers
Mike Minor
Minor signed a three year deal with the Rangers in December 2017.
Lance Lynn
Lynn signed a three year deal with the Rangers in December 2018.
Drew Smyly
Smyly was acquired in November from the Cubs with a player to be named for a player to be named.
Shelby Miller
Miller signed with the Rangers in January.
Kyle Bird
Bird was acquired from the Rays in a December three team trade. The Rangers acquired Bird, Brock Burke, Yoel Espinal, Eli White and international bonus slot money for Jurickson Profar and Rollie Lacy.
Kyle Dowdy
Dowdy was claimed off waivers from the Mets in March.
Adrian Sampson
Sampson was claimed of waivers from the Mariners in November 2016.
Jeffrey Springs
Springs was drafted in the 30th round of the 2015 draft.
Chris Martin
Martin signed with the Rangers in December 2017.
Jeanmar Gomez
Gomez signed with the Rangers in January.
Shawn Kelley
Kelley signed with the Rangers in late January.
Jesse Chavez
Chavez signed a two year deal in February.
Jose LeClerc
LeClerc signed as an amateur free agent in December 2010.

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Ronald Guzman
Guzman signed as an amateur free agent in July 2011.

Monday, April 8, 2019

How they were built: Seattle Mariners



       The Mariners employ Jerry Dipoto as their GM, which means lots of trades. Trades are the foundation of the current Mariners roster, as many of their players have been acquired that way. This is how they were built.

        Catchers
Omar Narvaez
Narvaez was acquired in November from the White Sox for Alex Colome.
Tom Murphy
Murphy was acquired on a day after Opening Day from the Giants for Jesus Ozoria.

         Infielders
Daniel Vogelbach
Vogelbach was acquired in July 2016 from the Cubs with Paul Blackburn for Mike Montgomery and Jordan Pries.
Dee Gordon
Gordon was acquired in December 2017 from the Marlins for Nick Neidert, Robert Dugger and Christopher Torres.
Tim Beckham
Beckham signed a one year deal with the Mariners in January.
Ryon Healy
Healy was acquired in November 2017 from the A's for Emilio Pagan and Alexander Campos.
Dylan Moore
Moore signed as a minor league free agent in November.
Edwin Encarnacion
Encarnacion was acquired in a three team trade in December. The Mariners received Encarnacion and a draft pick, and gave up Carlos Santana and cash.

           Outfielders
Mallex Smith
Smith was acquired in November from the Rays with Jake Fraley for Mike Zunino, Guillermo Heredia and Michael Plassmeyer.
Mitch Haniger
Haniger was acquired in November 2016 from the Diamondbacks with Jean Segura and Zac Curtis for Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte.
Domingo Santana
Santana was acquired from the Brewers in December for Ben Gamel and Noah Zavolas.
Jay Bruce
Bruce was acquired in December with Anthony Swarzak, Justin Dunn, Gerson Bautista and Jarred Kelenic from the Mets for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano.

              Pitchers
Marco Gonzales
Gonzales was acquired from the Cardinals in July 2017 for Tyler O'Neill.
Yusei Kikuchi
Kikuchi signed a three year deal with a team option for 2022-2025 on New Year's Day.
Felix Hernandez
Hernandez signed as an amateur free agent in July 2002.
Mike Leake
Leake was acquired in August 2017 from the Cardinals with cash and international bonus slot money for Rayder Ascanio.
Wade LeBlanc
LeBlanc signed with the Mariners in March 2018.
Connor Sadzeck
Sadzeck was acquired last week from Texas for Grant Anderson.
Brandon Brennan
Brennan is a Rule 5 pick from the Rockies this year.
Zac Rosscup
Rosscup signed a minor league deal with the Mariners in December.
Matt Festa
Festa was drafted in the 7th round of the 2016 draft.
Roenis Elias
Elias was acquired in April 2018 from the Red Sox for Eric Filia.
Chasen Bradford
Bradford was claimed off waivers in January 2018 from the Mets
Cory Gearrin
Gearrin signed a one year deal with the Mariners in January.
Anthony Swarzak
Swarzak was acquired in December with Jay Bruce, Justin Dunn, Gerson Bautista and Jarred Kelenic from the Mets for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano.

          IL
Kyle Seager
Seager was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft.
Hunter Strickland
Strickland signed a one year deal with the Mariners in January.
Sam Tuivailala
Tuivailala was acquired from the Cardinals in July for Seth Elledge.
Shawn Armstrong
Armstrong was acquired from the Indians in December 2017 for international signing pool bonus money.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

How they were built: Oakland Athletics



     The A's are towards the end of their rebuild. They made the playoffs in 2018, and are a bright young team with many stars. This is how they were built.

       Catchers
Nick Hundley
Hundley signed with the team in February.
Josh Phegley
The A's acquired Phegley in December 2014 from the White Sox with Marcus Semien, Chris Bassit and Rangel Ravelo for Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa.

       Infielders
Kendrys Morales
Morales was acquired in March from the Blue Jays for Jesus Lopez and international signing pool bonus money.
Jurickson Profar
Profar was acquired in a three team trade in December. The A's acquired Profar, and gave up Emilio Pagan, Eli White, a draft pick and international signing bonus slot money.
Marcus Semien
Semien was acquired from the White Sox in December 2014 with Josh Phegley, Chris Bassit and Rangel Ravelo for Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa.
Matt Chapman
Chapman was the 25th overall pick of the 2014 MLB draft.
Chad Pinder
Pinder was a second round draft pick in 2013.

            Outfielders
Ramon Laureano
Laureano was acquired in November 2017 from the Astros for Brandon Bailey.
Stephen Piscotty
Piscotty was acquired from the Cardinals in December 2017 for Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.
Mark Canha
Canha was selected by the Rockies from the Marlins in the Rule 5 draft before 2015, but was immediately traded to Oakland for Austin House and cash.
Khris Davis
Davis was acquired from the Brewers in February 2016 for Jacob Nottingham and Bubba Derby.
Robbie Grossman
Grossman signed a one year contract with the A's in February.

                 Pitchers
Mike Fiers
In August 2018, the A's acquired Fiers from the Tigers for Nolan Blackwood and Logan Shore.
Frankie Montas
The A's acquired Montas in August 2016 from the Dodgers with Jharel Cotton and Grant Holmes for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick.
Marco Estrada
Estrada signed a one year deal in Oakland in January.
Brett Anderson
Anderson signed with the A's in March 2018.
Aaron Brooks
Brooks was purchased from the Brewers in September.
JB Wendelken
Wendelken was acquired in December 2015 from the White Sox with Zack Erwin for Brett Lawrie.
Liam Hendriks
Hendriks was acquired in November 2015 from the Blue Jays for Jesse Chavez.
Ryan Buchter
Buchter was acquired in January 2018 with Brandon Moss and cash from the Royals for Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer.
Joakim Soria
Soria signed a two year deal with the A's in December.
Fernando Rodney
Rodney was acquired in August from the Twins for Dakota Chalmers.
Yusmeiro Petit
Petit signed a two year deal with an option for 2020 in December 2017.
Lou Trivino
Trivino was drafted in the 11th round of the 2013 draft.
Blake Treinen
The A's acquired Treinen in July 2017 with Jesus Luzardo and Sheldon Neuse for Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson.

           IL
Matt Olson
Olson was a first round pick (47th overall) in 2012.
Nick Martini
Martini signed as a minor league free agent in February 2018.
Sean Manaea
Manaea was acquired from the Royals in July 2015 with Aaron Brooks for Ben Zobrist.
Chris Bassit
Bassit was acquired from the White Sox in December 2014 with Josh Phegley, Marcus Semien and Rangel Ravelo for Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa.
Daniel Gossett
Gossett was a 2nd round pick in 2014.
Jharel Cotton
Cotton was acquired in August 2016 from the Dodgers with Frankie Montas and Grant Holmes for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick.

How they were built: Los Angeles Angels



            The team that has baseball's best player is always inconsistent and injured, and need to acquire players to full in for injuries. This is how they were built.

             Catchers
Jonathan Lucroy
Lucroy signed a one year deal with the Angels in late December.
Kevan Smith
Smith was claimed off waivers from the White Sox in October.

              Infielders
Albert Pujols
Pujols signed a 10 year deal in December 2011.
David Fletcher
Fletcher was drafted in the 6th round of the 2015 draft.
Andrelton Simmons
Simmons was acquired from the Braves in November 2015 with Jose Briceno for Sean Newcomb, Erick Aybar, Chris Ellis and cash.
Zack Cozart
Cozart signed a three year deal with the club in December 2017.
Justin Bour
Bour signed a one year deal in December.
Tommy La Stella
La Stella was acquired from the Cubs in November for Conor Lillis-White/

                  Outfielders
Mike Trout
Trout was the 25th pick of the 2009 draft.
Kole Calhoun
Calhoun was drafted in the 8th round of the 2010 draft.
Peter Bourjos
Bourjos signed a minor league deal with the Angels in November.
Brian Goodwin
Goodwin was claimed off waivers from the Royals in March.

                   Pitchers
Tyler Skaggs
Skaggs was acquired in a December 2013 three team trade, though was originally an Angels draft pick. The team acquired Skaggs and Hector Santiago, and gave up Mark Trumbo and AJ Schugel.
Trevor Cahill
Cahill signed a one year deal with the team in December.
Matt Harvey
Harvey signed a one year deal with the team in December.
Felix Pena
Pena was acquired from the Cubs in October 2017 for a player to be named later.
Chris Stratton
Stratton was acquired in late March from the Giants for Williams Jerez.
Luis Garcia
Garcia was acquired in December from the Phillies for Jose Alvarez.
Luke Bard
Bard was on the Angels in 2017 after being a Rule 5 pick up from Minnesota, but was then returned. He signed with the team in the offseason.
Noe Ramirez
Ramirez was claimed off waivers from the Red Sox in August 2017.
Hansel Robles
Robles was claimed off waivers from the Mets in June 2018.
Justin Anderson
Anderson was drafted in the 14th round of the 2014 draft.
Ty Buttrey
Buttrey was acquired from the Red Sox in July with Williams Jerez for Ian Kinsler and cash.
Cam Bedrosian
Bedrosian was the 29th overall pick in 2010.
Cody Allen
Allen signed a one year deal with the team in January.

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Justin Upton
Upton was acquired in August 2017 from the Tigers for Grayson Long and Elvin Rodriguez.
Andrew Heaney
Heaney was acquired in December 2014 from the Dodgers for Howie Kendrick.
Nick Tropeano
Tropeano was acquired in November 2014 with Carlos Perez from Houston for Hank Conger.
Shohei Ohtani
Ohtani signed with the Angels in December 2017.
Keynan Middleton
Middleton was a third round pick in 2013.
JC Ramirez
Ramirez was claimed off waivers in June 2016 from the Reds.

How they were built: Houston Astros



        The 2017 World Series champions are one of the best teams in baseball, with many stars around the diamond. Their front office has done a great job acquiring players, and turning players into stars. This is how they were built.

         Catchers
Robinson Chirinos
Chirinos signed a one year deal with Houston in December.
Max Stassi
Stassi was acquired in February 2013 from the A's with Chris Carter and Brad Peacock for Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez.

          Infielders
Yuli Gurriel
Gurriel signed in July 2016 as an amateur free agent.
Jose Altuve
Altuve was signed as an amateur free agent in 2007.
Carlos Correa
Correa was the 1st overall pick of the 2012 draft.
Alex Bregman
Bregman was the 2nd overall pick of the 2015 draft.
Aledmys Diaz
Diaz was acquired in November from the Blue Jays for Trent Thornton
Tyler White
White was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2013 draft.

             Outfielders
George Springer
Springer was drafted in the 1st round (11th overall) in 2011.
Michael Brantley
Brantley signed a two year deal with Houston in December.
Josh Reddick
Reddick signed a four year deal with the Astros in November 2016.
Jake Marisnick
The Astros acquired Marisnick in July 2014 from the Marlins with Colin Moran, Francis Martes and a 2015 draft pick for Jared Cosart, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Wates.
Tony Kemp
Kemp was a 5th round draft pick in 2013.

               Pitchers
Justin Verlander
In August 2017, the Astros acquired Verlander from the Tigers for Franklin Perez, Daz Cameron, Jake Rogers and Juan Ramirez.
Gerrit Cole
The 'Stros acquired Cole in January 2018 from the Pirates for Joe Musgrove, Colin Moran, Michael Feliz and Jason Martin.
Collin McHugh
McHugh was claimed off waivers from the Rockies in December 2013.
Wade Miley
Miley signed a one year deal with Houston in February.
Brad Peacock
Peacock was acquired in February 2013 from the A's with Max Stassi and Chris Carter for Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez.
Josh James
James was drafted in the 34th round of the 2014 draft.
Framber Valdez
Valdez signed as an amateur free agent in 2015.
Will Harris
Harris was claimed off waivers from the Diamondbacks in November 2014.
Chris Devenski
Devenski was acquired in August 2012 from the White Sox with Blair Walters and Matt Heidenreich for Brett Myers and cash.
Ryan Pressly
Pressly was acquired from the Twins in July for Jorge Alcala and Gilberto Celestino.
Hector Rondon
Rondon signed a two year deal with Houston in December 2017.
Roberto Osuna
Osuna was acquired in July for Ken Giles, David Paulino and Hector Perez.

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Lance McCullers Jr.
McCullers was drafted in the 1st round (41st overall) in the 2012 draft.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

How they were built: Minnesota Twins



       The Twins are an interesting team. They have talent in many different places, and due to a weak division, could make a playoff run. This is how they were built.

       Catchers
Willians Astudillo
Astudillo signed with the Twins in November 2017.
Jason Castro
Castro signed a three year deal with the Twins in December 2016.
Mitch Garver
Garver was a 9th round pick in 2013.

       Infielders
CJ Cron
Cron was claimed off waivers from the Rays in November.
Jonathan Schoop
The Twins signed Schoop in early December
Jorge Polanco
Polanco signed as an amateur free agent in 2009.
Marwin Gonzalez
Gonzalez signed a two year deal in February.
Ehire Adrianza
The Twins claimed Adrianza off waivers from the Brewers in February 2017.

       Outfielders
Byron Buxton
Buxton was the 2nd overall pick of the 2012 draft.
Eddie Rosario
Rosario was a 4th round pick in the 2010 draft.
Max Kepler
Kepler signed in 2009 as an amateur free agent.
Jake Cave
In March 2018, the Twins acquired Cave from the Yankees for Luis Gil.
Nelson Cruz
Cruz signed a one year deal with an option for 2020 in January.

       Pitchers
Jose Berrios
Berrios was a first round pick (32nd overall) in 2012.
Kyle Gibson
Gibson was a first round pick (22nd overall) in 2009.
Jake Odorizzi
In February 2018, the Twins acquired Odorizzi from the Rays for Jermaine Palacios.
Michael Pineda
Pineda signed a two year deal with the Twins in December 2017.
Martin Perez
Perez signed with the Twins as a free agent in January.
Adalberto Mejia
The Twins acquired Mejia in July 2016 from the Giants for Eduardo Nunez.
Chase De Jong
The Twins acquired De Jong and Ryan Costello in July from the Mariners for Zach Duke.
Ryne Harper
Harper signed with the Twins on a minor league deal on January 31.
Trevor Hildenberger
Hildenberger was drafted in the 22nd round in 2014.
Blake Parker
Parker signed with the Twins in January.
Trevor May
May was acquired in December 2012 from the Phillies with Vance Worley for Ben Revere.
Taylor Rogers
Rogers was drafted in the 11th round in the 2012 draft.

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Miguel Sano
Sano was an amateur free agent signing in 2009.
Matt Magill
Magill signed with the Twins in January 2018.
Addison Reed
Reed signed a two year deal with the Twins in January 2018.

How they were built: Kansas City Royals



       The Royals are just four seasons removed from a World Series victory, but are now a bad team. They still have holdovers from their 2015 team, but some new players have also joined. This is how they were built.

        Catchers
Martin Maldonado
Maldonado signed a one year deal with the Royals in March.
Cam Gallagher
Gallagher was the Royals' second round pick in the 2011 draft.

        Infielders
Ryan O'Hearn
O'Hearn was drafted in the 8th round in 2014.
Whit Merrifield
Merrifield was drafted in the 9th round of the 2010 draft.
Albaderto Mondesi
Mondesi signed as an amateur free agent in 2011.
Hunter Dozier
Dozier was a first round pick (8th overall) in 2013.
Frank Schwindel
Schwindel was an 18th round pick in 2013.
Lucas Duda
Duda signed a one year deal with the Royals in March.
Chris Owings
Owings signed a one year deal with the Royals in December.

          Outfielders
Billy Hamilton
Hamilton signed a one year deal with the Royals just a week after Owings did.
Jorge Soler
The Royals acquired Soler in December 2016 from the Cubs for Wade Davis.
Alex Gordon
Gordon was a first round pick (2nd overall) in the 2005 draft.
Terrance Gore
The Royals signed Gore in December.

           Pitchers
Brad Keller
Keller was acquired from the Reds in December 2017 for cash, the same day he was picked from the Diamondbacks in the Rule 5 draft.
Ian Kennedy
Kennedy signed a five year deal with the Royals in January 2016.
Jakob Junis
Junis was drafted in the 29th round of the 2011 draft.
Homer Bailey
Bailey signed with the Royals in February.
Kyle Zimmer
Zimmer was the 5th overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Jorge Lopez
Lopez was acquired last July from the Brewers with Brett Phillips for Mike Moustakas.
Scott Barlow
Barlow signed a minor league deal with the Royals in December 2017.
Kevin McCarthy
McCarthy was drafted in the 16th round of the 2013 draft.
Tim Hill
Hill was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2014 draft.
Wily Peralta
Peralta signed with the Royals in December 2017.
Jake Diekman
Diekman signed with the Royals in February.
Brad Boxberger
Boxberger also signed with the team in February.

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Salvador Perez
Perez signed as an amateur free agent in 2006.
Danny Duffy
Duffy was a third round pick in 2007.
Brian Flynn
Flynn was acquired in November 2014 from the Marlins with Reid Redman for Aaron Crow.

How they were built: Detroit Tigers



           The Tigers were once a contender, but are now a bad team. They are in a rebuilding phase, but still have talent acquired on their team. This is how they were built.

            Catchers
Grayson Greiner
Greiner was drafted in the 3rd round in 2014.
John Hicks
The Tigers picked Hicks off waivers from the Twins in August 2016.

            Infielders
Miguel Cabrera
In December 2007, the Tigers acquired Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from the Marlins for Andrew Miller, Cameron Maybin, Mike Rabelo, Frankie De La Cruz, Burke Badenhop and Dallas Trehern.
Josh Harrison
The Tigers signed Harrison to a one year deal in February.
Jordy Mercer
The Tigers signed Mercer to a one year deal in December.
Jeimer Candelario
Candelario was acquired with Isaac Paredes from the Cubs for Justin Wilson and Alex Avila in July 2017.
Niko Goodrum
The Tigers signed Godrum to a minor league deal in November 2017.
Gordon Beckham
Beckham signed as a minor league free agent in January.

              Outfielders
Nick Castellanos
Castellanos was a first round pick (44th overall) in 2010.
Mikie Mahtook
The Tigers acquired Mahtook in January 2017 from the Rays for Drew Smith.
Christin Stewart
Stewart was a first round pick (34th overall) in 2015.
Dustin Peterson
Peterson was claimed off waivers in September from the Braves.

             Pitchers
Jordan Zimmermann
Zimmermann signed a five year deal with the Tigers in November 2015.
Matt Boyd
The Tigers acquired Boyd in July 2015 with Daniel Norris and Jairo Labourt from the Blue Jays for David Price.
Daniel Norris
The Tigers acquired Norris in July 2015 with Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt from the Blue Jays for David Price.
Spencer Turnbull
Turnbull was a 2nd round pick of the Tigers in 2014.
Tyson Ross
Ross signed a one year deal with the Tigers in December.
Victor Alcantara
Alcantara was acquired from the Angels in November 2016 for Cameron Maybin.
Buck Farmer
Farmer was a 5th round pick in 2013.
Reed Garrett
Garrett was selected from the Rangers in the Rule 5 draft.
Daniel Stumpf
Stumpf was picked from the Royals in the Rule 5 draft in December 2016.
Blaine Hardy
Hardy was signed as a minor league free agent in April 2013.
Joe Jimenez
Jimenez signed in June 2013 as an amateur free agent.
Shane Greene
Greene was acquired in a three team trade in December 2014. The Tigers acquired Greene, and gave up Robbie Ray and Domingo Leyba.

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JaCoby Jones
Jones was acquired from Pittsburgh in July 2015 for Joakim Soria.
Drew VerHagen
VerHagen was a 4th round pick in the 2012 draft.
Matt Moore
Moore signed a one year deal in the offseason.
Michael Fulmer
Fulmer was acquired on July 31st, 2015 with Luis Cessa from the Mets for Yoenis Cespedes.