Wednesday, July 31, 2019

MLB Trade Review: Diamondbacks acquire Leake

From USA Today


         The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired RHP Mike Leake and cash from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for INF Jose Caballero.

          Leake is a veteran starer that will replace Zack Greinke in the Arizona rotation. He is under contract through 2020, with an option for 2021. He has been a serviceable pitcher throughout his career, and has been hot lately, recently flirting with a perfect game.

          Leake, 31, has a 4.40 ERA with 100 strikeouts in 137 innings this year. In his MLB career for the Mariners, St, Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds, Leake has a 4.05 ERA with 1204 strikeouts in 1769 innings.

          The Mariners are rebuilding, and trading Leake and unloading some salary was a no-brainer. The prospect they get in return, Caballero, isn't a top 30 prospect in Arizona's system.

          Caballero, 22, has a .268 average with three homers, 12 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in 198 Plate Appearances for High-A Visalia. In his minor league career, Caballero has a .292 average with 14 homers, 67 RBIs and 49 stolen bases in 657 Plate Appearances.

MLB Trade Review: Braves acquire Melancon

From Bleacher Report


       The Atlanta Braves have acquired RHP Mark Melancon from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for RHP Daniel Winkler and RHP Tristan Beck.

       The Braves have been improving their bullpen, acquiring Melancon to go along with Shane Greene. Melancon hasn't been the closer since losing the job in 2017, but has had a good 2018 and 2019. The Braves take on the rest of his contract (2019 and 2020), which is a price to pay in its own, and trade two pitchers, including a top 20 prospect in Beck.

        Melancon, 34, has a 3.50 ERA with 44 strikeouts and one save in 46.1 innings for the Giants this year. In his MLB career for the Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros, Melancon has a 2.82 ERA with 511 strikeouts with 183 saves in 562.1 innings.

         The Giants are buying and selling, trading Sam Dyson along with Melancon, and acquiring Scooter Gennett. Melancon still has a lot of money left owed to him, so they get his contract out of the way. They also get Winkler, a depth bullpen piece and Beck, Atlanta's 17th best prospect, per MLB Pipeline.

          Winkler, 29, has a 4.98 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 21.2 innings for the Braves this year. In his MLB career, all in Atlanta, Winkler has a 3.68 ERA with 115 strikeouts in 100.1 innings.

           Beck, 23, has a 5.32 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 45.2 innings for High-A Florida and the Gulf Coast Braves. In his minor league career, Beck has a 5.03 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 48.1 innings.

MLB Trade Review: Twins acquire Dyson

From USA Today


        The Minnesota Twins have acquired RHP Sam Dyson from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for OF Jaylin Davis, RHP Prelander Berroa and RHP Kai-Wei Teng.

        The Twins are good this year, and could use bullpen help. Dyson might not close for them, but he will be a very good seventh or eighth inning guy. They trade three prospects, but get him without giving up a top 30 prospect.

         Dyson, 31, has a 2.47 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 51 innings, along with two saves for the Giants this year. In his MLB career for the Giants, Texas Rangers, Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays, Dyson has a 3.29 ERA with 302 strikeouts and 59 saves in 375.1 innings.

         The Giants were shopping their relievers, and Dyson and Mark Melancon got dealt. They don't get any top 30 prospects, but they do get three guys, so.... quantity over quality?

         Davis, 25, has a .298 batting average with 25 homers, 67 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 424 Plate Appearances for AA Pensacola and AAA Rochester. In his minor league career, Davis has a .270 batting average with 67 homers, 227 RBIs and 32 stolen bases in 1693 Plate Appearances.

         Berroa, 19, has a 4.55 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 31.2 innings for the Appalachian League Twins this year. In his minor league career, Berroa has a 3.96 ERA with 94 strikeouts in 91 innings.

         Teng, 20, has a 1.60 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 50.2 innings for Single-A Cedar Rapids this year. In his minor league career, Teng has a 2.51 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 93.1 innings.

MLB Trade Review: Giants acquire Gennett

From ESPN


          The San Francisco Giants have acquired 2B Scooter Gennett and cash from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a player to be named later.

          Gennett became a star in his first two seasons in Cincinnati, but has been hurt almost all of this year, and has struggled in 20 games since returning. He is a free agent at the end of the year, which also hurt his stock. The Reds have seen rises from Jose Peraza, Jose Iglesias, Derek Dietrich and Nick Senzel this year, so they dealt Gennett. We don't yet know who they get in return, so it is hard to dictate a winner.

          Gennett, 29, has a .212 batting average with no home runs and five RBIs in 69 Plate Appearances this year. In his MLB career for the Reds and Milwaukee Brewers, Gennett has a .287 average with 85 homers, 354 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 2841 Plate Appearances.

MLB Trade review: Cubs acquire Castellanos



       The Chicago Cubs have acquired 3B/RF Nick Castellanos from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for RHP Paul Richan and RHP Alex Lange.

       Castellanos is a good bat that the Cubs are adding, but he also isn't a good fielder and is a free agent at the end of the year. Is he a natural third baseman but the team moved him to right field when the team acquired Jeimer Candelario from Chicago in 2017. He will improve the Cubs' lineup and can come off the bench.

       Castellanos, 27, has a .273 average with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs in 439 Plate Appearances for the Tigers this year. In his MLB career, all in Detroit, Castellanos has a .274 average with 104 homers and 424 RBIs in 3421 Plate Appearances.

         The Tigers might not have signed Castellanos after the season, and if they do want to sign him, they still can after the year. In return, they get two top 30 prospects in Richan (16th) and Lange (23rd).

         Richan, 22, has a 3.97 ERA with 86 strikeouts in 93 innings for High-A Myrtle Beach this year. In his two year minor league career, the 2018 2nd rounder has a 3.52 ERA with 117 strikeouts in 122.2 innings.

         Lange, 23, has a 5.82 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 86.2 innings for High-A Myrtle Beach and AA Tennessee this year. In his minor league career, Lange has a 4.62 ERA with 193 strikeouts in 213.1 innings.

MLB Trade Review: Rays, Marlins make trade



      The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired RHP Trevor Richards and RHP Nick Anderson from the Miami Marlins in exchange for RHP Ryne Stanek and OF Jesus Sanchez.

      I don't understand this deal for the Rays. Richards is a decent starter and Anderson is a good reliever, but I'd take Stanek over Anderson. Also, Sanchez is their fourth best prospect and 42nd overall in baseball. Trading Sanchez for two pitchers with ERAs around 4 doesn't make sense, especially when including Stanek.

      Richards, 26, has a 4.50 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 112 innings for the Marlins this year. In his two year MLB career, all in Miami, Richards has a 4.46 ERA with 233 strikeouts in 238.1 innings.

      Anderson, 29, made his MLB debut this year, with a 3.92 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. He also recorded one save. He would likely have been the closer if not traded, as Sergio Romo was dealt to Minnesota.

       The Marlins restock their farm system by getting Sanchez. They also acquire Stanek, a good arm, with a hard fastball and a good slider. He has a lot of starts, but that is because the Rays used him as an opener consistently.

       Stanek, 28, has a 3.40 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 55.2 innings for the Rays this year. In his MLB career, all in Tampa, Stanek has a 3.55 ERA with 171 strikeouts in 142 innings.

       Sanchez, 21, has a .263 average with nine homers, 54 RBIs and five stolen bases in 387 Plate Appearances for AA Montgomery and AAA Durham this year. In his minor league career, Sanchez has a .298 average with 46 homers, 295 RBIs and 29 stolen bases in 1881 Plate Appearances.

MLB Trade Review: Astros acquire Greinke

From Yahoo! Sports


      In the biggest trade deadline trade this year, the Houston Astros have acquired RHP Zack Greinke and cash. from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for OF Seth Beer, RHP JB Bukauskas, RHP Corbin Martin and OF Josh Rojas.

     The Astros already have a stellar front of the rotation, with Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Wade Miley. They now get Greinke, who is second in the MLB in WHIP, behind Verlander. Cole is fifth. They give up a lot of prospects, but they get Arizona to eat up $24 million, and they'll take on the rest of the $53 million owed to Greinke over the next two years, not including 2019. He is a star, and will help lead the Astros in their World Series run.

     Greinke, 35, has a 2.87 ERA with 128 strikeouts in 141 innings this year. In his MLB career for the Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels, Greinke has a 3.36 ERA with 2563 strikeouts in 2804.1 innings.

     The Diamondbacks are a .500 team, and they owed Greinke a lot of money. They get most of his contract off the books, and get three really good prospects, plus Rojas, who is Houston's 22nd best prospect. Beer, Bukauskas and Martin are three, four and five, in that order. Beer is the only top 100 prospect, as he is exactly number 100. This will improve their farm system dramatically.

      Beer, 22, has a .309 batting average with 25 homers and 86 RBIs in 432 Plate Appearances for AA Corpus Christi and High-A Fayetteville. In his minor league career, Beer has a .307 batting average with 37 home runs and 128 RBIs in 728 Plate Appearances.

      Bukauskas, 22, has a 5.25 ERA with 98 strikeouts in 85.2 innings for AA Corpus Christi this year. In his minor league career, Bukauskas has a 3.90 ERA with 178 strikeouts in 154.2 innings.

      Martin, 23, made his MLB debut this year, with a 5.59 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 19.1 innings over five starts.

      Rojas, 25, has a .315 average with 20 homers, 69 RBIs and 32 stolen bases in 439 Plate Appearances for AA Corpus Christi and AAA Round Rock this year. In his minor league career, Rojas has a .281 average with 38 homers, 164 RBIs and 70 stolen bases in 1230 Plate Appearances.

MLB Trade Review: Astros acquire Sanchez, Biagini

From ESPN


       The Houston Astros have acquired RHP Aaron Sanchez and RHP Joe Biagini from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for OF Derek Fisher.

       The Astros are going for their second World Series in three years, and this improves their pen. Sanchez has struggled starting this year, and the 'Stros can use him as a starter and a reliever. Biagini will also improve that bullpen.

       Sanchez, 27, has a 6.07 ERA with 99 strikeouts in 112.2 innings for the Jays this year. In his MLB career, all in Toronto, Sanchez has a 3.96 ERA with 458 strikeouts in 571 innings.

       Biagini, 29, has a 3.86 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 49 innings for the Jays this year. In his MLB career, all in Toronto, Biagini has a 4.76 ERA with 261 strikeouts in 308.1 innings.

       The Blue Jays don't need either one of those pitchers, as they are rebuilding. They definitely could use Fisher. Once a top prospect, Fisher has been blocked in the organization and hasn't performed well when in the majors. He will benefit with the Jays.

       Fisher, 25, has a .226 average with one homer, five RBIs and four stolen bases in 60 Plate Appearances. In his short MLB career, all in Houston, Fisher has a .201 batting average with 10 homers, 33 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 312 Plate Appearances.

MLB Trade Review: Braves acquire Greene



      The Atlanta Braves have acquired RHP Shane Greene from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for LHP Joey Wentz and IF/OF Travis Demeritte.

       The Braves could use bullpen help, and Greene will be their closer. He has had a career season, and will be a free agent after 2020. They only give up one top 30 prospect, and they have a very good farm system.

        Greene, 30, has a 1.18 ERA with 43 strikeouts and 22 saves in 38 innings for the Tigers this year. In his MLB career for the Tigers and New York Yankees, Greene has a 4.53 ERA with 371 strikeouts with 65 saves in 391.2 innings.

         The Tigers don't need Greene, and his stock is at its highest. He is having a career year, and he won't match his 2019 again. Wentz is a top 30 prospect, Demeritte isn't. Wentz was Atlanta's 7th best prospect.

          Wentz, 21, has a 4.72 ERA with 100 strikeouts in 103 innings for AA Mississippi this year. In his minor league career he has a 3.31 ERA with 358 strikeouts in 345.2 innings.

          Demeritte, 24, has a .286 average with 20 homers, 74 RBIs and four stolen bases in 399 Plate Appearances for AAA Gwinnett this year. In his minor league career, Demeritte has a .244 average with 114 homers, 357 RBIs and 53 stolen bases in 2795 Plate Appearances.

MLB Trade Review: Dbacks acquire Gallen



       The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired RHP Zac Gallen from the Miami Marlins in exchange for SS Jazz Chisholm.

       Gallen is a young, MLB ready pitcher that is the Marlins' 5th best prospect. He has had MLB and AAA success this year, and being on a bad team in the Marlins, it didn't seem like he'd be available. But the D-backs trade their top prospect in Chisholm, but I still think it is worth it.

       Gallen, 23, has a 2.72 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 36.1 innings for the Marlins this year, his entire MLB career. He had a 1.77 ERA with 112 strikeouts in 91.1 innings for AAA New Orleans this year.

       The Marlins trade away one of their starters, but they get Chisholm in return, who was Arizona's top prospect, and is 59th overall, per MLB Pipeline. He has struggled in AA this year, but he does have good power.

        Chisholm, 21, has a .204 average with 18 homers, 44 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 364 Plate Appearances for AA Jackson this year. In his minor league career he has a .253 average with 53 homers, 163 RBIs and 46 stolen bases in 1260 Plate Appearances.

MLB Trade Review: Phillies acquire Dickerson



       The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired OF Corey Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later and international signing pool bonus money.

       Dickerson is a good defender in the outfield, but his power has fallen, while his average has risen. He has had injury issues this year, and has played in just 43 games. He is a good bench player for the Phillies, and they don't trade a lot for him.

       Dickerson, 30, has a .317 average with four homers, 25 RBIs and one stolen base in 141 Plate Appearances this year. In his MLB career for the Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays and Colorado Rockies, Dickerson has a .285 average, 107 homers, 336 RBIs and 23 stolen bases in 2776 Plate Appearances.

       The Pirates are selling, and Dickerson is a good piece to sell, but they don't get too much. The PTBNL could be good, and the international money could become a good player, but we aren't sure what they get yet.

MLB Trade Review: Nationals acquire Strickland



         The Washington Nationals have acquired RHP Hunter Strickland from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for LHP Aaron Fletcher.

          The Nats are improving their bullpen, and this is the third reliever trade of the day, acquiring Daniel Hudson and Roenis Elias, the latter also from the Mariners, so the trades may be combined. Strickland has been hurt almost all of this season, but just came back.

           Strickland, 30, has allowed three runs in 3.1 innings this year (8.10 ERA) with three strikeouts and two saves. In his MLB career for the Mariners and San Francisco Giants, Strickland has a 2.98 ERA with 214 strikeouts in 229.1 innings, plus 21 saves.

            The Mariners have barely even used Strickland this year, as he has been hurt. They get Fletcher in return. Fletcher was the Nats' 21st best prospect, per MLB Pipeline.

             Fletcher, 23, has a 1.79 ERA with 69 strikeouts in 60.1 innings for AA Harrisburg, High-A Potomac and Single-A Hagerstown. In his minor league career, he has a 2.17 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 91.1 innings.

MLB Trade Review: Brewers acquire Pomeranz



      The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired LHP Drew Pomeranz and RHP Ray Black from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for IF Mauricio Dubon.

       I have no idea what the Brewers are doing. Black and Pomeranz are not good pitchers, though Pomeranz does have an impressive strikeout rate. Dubon is their third best prospect, though he isn't a top 100 prospect. Pomeranz could be moved to the pen, based on his K/9, which is 10.7 in 21 games (17 starts).

       Pomeranz, 30, has a 5.68 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 77.2 innings for the Giants this year. In his MLB career for the Giants, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics and Colorado Rockies, Pomeranz has a 4.09 ERA with 779 strikeouts in 787.2 innings.

       Black, 29, has allowed one run in two innings (4.50 ERA) with five strikeouts this year. In his MLB career, Black has a 6.04 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

       The Giants have no use of Pomeranz and Black, and they get a highly ranked prospect in return. Sounds good to me. He made his MLB debut this year, but didn't get a hit, going 0 for 2.

       Dubon, 25, has a .297 average with 16 homers, 47 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 427 Plate Appearances for AAA San Antonio this year. In his minor league career, he has a .299 batting average with 42 homers, 276 RBIs and 126 stolen bases in 2495 Plate Appearances.

MLB Trade Review: A's acquire Roark

From USA Today


       The Oakland Athletics have acquired RHP Tanner Roark from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for OF Jameson Hannah.

       The A's could use starting pitching help, and while they did get Homer Bailey from the Royals earlier this month, Roark is significantly better than Bailey. He is a free agent at the end of the year. He is a decent third or fourth starter.

        Roark, 32, has a 4.24 ERA with 108 strikeouts in 110.1 innings for the Reds this year. In his MLB career for the Reds and Washington Nationals, Roark has a 3.66 ERA with 840 strikeouts in 1045.1 innings.

        The Reds get a decent return for a pending free agent with an ERA over 4.00. Hannah was Oakland's 8th best prospect, per MLB Pipeline. He hits for average and can steal some bases.

        Hannah, 21, has a .283 batting average with two homers, 31 RBIs and six stolen bases in 414 Plate Appearances for High-A Stockton. In his minor league career, the 2018 2nd rounder has a .282  batting average with three homers, 41 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 509 Plate Appearances.

MLB Trade Review: Nats acquire Elias



         The Washington Nationals have acquired LHP Roenis Elias from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Elvis Alvarado and LHP Taylor Guilbeau.

         Elias has taken on the closer role for Seattle, and despite a high ERA, he has succeeded 14 times. He has two more years of arbitration after 2019. He will help the weak Nats bullpen that already traded for Daniel Hudson. Elias is also left handed.

         Elias, who turns 31 tomorrow, has a 4.40 ERA with 45 strikeouts and 14 saves in 47 innings for the Mariners this year. In his MLB career for the Mariners and Boston Red Sox, Elias has a 4.02 ERA with 323 strikeouts and those 14 saves in 385 innings.

        The Mariners get a decent haul for Elias, as Guilbeau is the Nats' 15th best prospect, and Alvarado isn't top 30, per MLB Pipeline. Elias has a bad ERA this year, and the team is rebuilding, but they'll need to find a new closer. They get a decent return since his amount of years with control.

        Guilbeau, 26, has a 2.89 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 43.2 innings for AAA Fresno and AA Harrisburg this year. In his minor league career, he has a 4.05 ERA with 300 strikeouts in 342 innings.

        Alvarado, 20, has a 6.00 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 15 innings for the Gulf Coast Nationals. In his two year minor league career he has a 6.28 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 28.2 innings

MLB Trade Review: Nationals acquire Hudson



From the Atheltic
        The Washington Nationals have acquired RHP Daniel Hudson from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for RHP Kyle Johnston.

         Hudson is a free agent after the year, and is having a bounce back year. He has been in a set-up role for Ken Giles, and has his lowest single season ERA since 2010, when he was a starter. He will improve a weak Nationals' pen.

         Hudson, 32, has a 3.00 ERA with 48 strikeouts and two saves in 48 innings for the Blue Jays this year. In his MLB career for the Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox, Hudson has a 3.92 ERA with 593 strikeouts and 11 saves in 667.2 innings.

         The Jays are rebuilding, and a pending free agent in Hudson doesn't help them. They get Johnston in return, the 27th best prospect in the Washington, per MLB Pipeline.

         Johnston, 23, has a 4.03 ERA with 100 strikeouts in 105 innings for High-A Potomac. In his minor league career, he has a 3.93 ERA with 229 strikeouts in 254.1 innings.

MLB Trade Review: Astros acquire Maldonado

From MLB Trade Rumors


           The Houston Astros have acquired C Martin Maldonado from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for IF/OF Tony Kemp.

            The Astros could use a backup catcher, as Max Stassi is hitting .167 on the season. Maldonado is great defensively, and is better offensively than Stassi. The Astros traded for Maldonado at last year's deadline, so they know him well. He's a free agent at the end of the year, and Kemp was recently DFA'd.

             Maldonado, 32, has a .217 batting average with six homers and 17 RBIs in 276 Plate Appearances for the Cubs and Kansas City Royals this year. In his MLB career for the Cubs, Royals, Astros, Los Angeles Angels and Milwaukee Brewers, Maldonado has a .219 average with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 2245 Plate Appearances.

             The Cubs traded for Maldonado two weeks ago, but with Willson Contreras returning from the IL and Victor Caratini as the backup, they decided to flip him. Kemp is the utility man they seeked when they went after Eric Sogard, but failed to acquire him.

              Kemp, 27, has a .227 batting average with seven homers, 17 RBIs and four stolen bases in 186 Plate Appearances this year. In his MLB career, all in Houston, Kemp has a .240 average with 14 homers, 58 RBIs and 16 stolen bases in 656 Plate Appearances.

MLB Trade Review: Rays acquire Aguilar



        The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired 1B Jesus Aguilar from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for RHP Jake Faria.

         Aguilar was an all-star last year, with 35 home runs. He only has eight this year, and has been terrible. He does have a .298 July batting average, so he could get hot at the right time. The Rays already left handed hitting first basemen in Nate Lowe and former Brewer Ji-Man Choi, but Aguilar is a power bat, hitting right handed. Faria has been a starter in the past, but has been strictly a reliever this year.

        Aguilar, 29, has a .225 batting average with eight homers and 34 RBIs in 262 Plate Appearances this year. In his MLB career for the Brewers and Cleveland Indians, Aguilar has a .256 batting average with 59 homers and 199 RBIs in 1203 Plate Appearances.

        The Brewers end up trading Aguilar when his stock is low, which sucks. But they get Faria, a promising bullpen and rotation option who has been on the MLB/AAA shuttle many times this year. He turned 26 yesterday.

         Faria, 26, has a 2.70 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 10 innings for the Rays this year. In his MLB career, all in Tampa Bay, Faria has a 4.18 ERA with 145 strikeouts in 161.2 innings.


        

MLB Trade Review: Rangers acquire Jones

From NBC Sports


       The Texas Rangers have acquired RHP Nate Jones and international signing pool bonus money from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for RHP Ray Castro and RHP Joe Jarneski.

       This trade is interesting, as Jones is out for the season, but he is controllable through 2021 with options. The main part in this is the international money, as they need to acquire $1.5 million to sign prospect Bayron Lora. They don't give up any top 30 prospects. Jones has been an effective reliever, but is always injured.

        Jones, 33, has a 3.48 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 10.1 innings this year. In his MLB career, all in Chicago, Jones has a 3.12 ERA with 318 strikeouts in 291.1 innings, along with nine saves.

        The White Sox have no use for Jones this year, and they might have just exercised the buyout clause in his contract after this year. They give up the money, but get two prospects in return.

         Castro, 22, has a 2.02 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 35.2 innings for the Dominican Summer League Rangers. In his minor league career he has a 2.21 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 101.2 innings.

         Jarneski, 19, has a 1.62 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 16.2 innings for the Arizona League Rangers. In two seasons for them, he has a 3.57 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

MLB Trade Review: Reds acquire Bauer

From Bleacher Report


        The Cincinnati Reds have acquired RHP Trevor Bauer from the Cleveland Indians in a three team trade with the San Diego Padres. The Reds trade OF Taylor Trammell to the Padres and OF Yasiel Puig and LHP Scott Moss to the Indians. The Padres trade LHP Logan Allen, OF Franmil Reyes and IF/LF Victor Nova to the Indians.

         The Reds aren't a playoff team at the moment, but Bauer could propel them there, though that seems unlikely, as the Reds are six games under .500 and 6.5 games back of the second wild card spot. The Reds might try to go for in it 2020, the last year Bauer is under team control. It is a confusing trade as the Reds also could lose Tanner Roark and Alex Wood in free agency, though a starting rotation front lined by Bauer, Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray is pretty good. It is a very hefty price to pay, but we'll see if Bauer is the ace he was last year.

          Bauer, 28, has a 3.79 ERA with 185 strikeouts in 156.2 innings for the Indians this year. In his MLB career for the Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks, Bauer has a 3.92 ERA with 1111 strikeouts in 1060.2 innings.

           The Indians are a playoff team right now, so this trade doesn't really make sense. Bauer's value is high right now, and he is yet to sign an extension, so they traded him instead. That leaves Mike Clevinger and Shane Bieber at the top of the rotation with Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco still out. This could hurt the Indians in their playoff run, though they get two outfielders with 20 homers already, plus Allen, the 98th best prospect in baseball, per MLB Pipeline. Allen could appear for the Indians in the rotation and bullpen down the stretch. Nova is a low level prospect and Moss was the Reds' 12th best prospect.

             Puig, 28, has a .255 batting average with 22 homers, 60 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 400 Plate Appearances for the Reds this year. In his MLB career for the Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers, Puig has a .276 batting average with 130 homers, 391 RBIs and 73 stolen bases in 3165 Plate Appearances.

             Reyes, 24, has a .253 batting average with 27 homers and 46 RBIs in 349 Plate Appearances for the Padres this year. In his two year MLB career, Reyes has a .265 average with 43 homers and 77 RBIs in 634 Plate Appearances.

            Allen, 22, made his MLB debut this year, with a 6.75 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 25.1 innings. He has a 5.15 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 57.2 innings in AAA El Paso.

            Moss, 24, has a 3.44 ERA with 123 strikeouts in 102 innings for AA Chattanooga this year. In his minor league career Moss has a 3.42 ERA with 420 strikeouts in 408 innings.

            Nova, 19, has a .330 batting average with one homer, 17 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 109 Plate Appearances for the Arizona League Padres. In his minor league career he has a .250 batting average with three homers, 34 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 263 Plate Appearances.

            I don't love this trade for the Padres. Trammell is a big prospect, and was at the top of the Reds system, and ranked 30th in all of baseball. But he is having an underwhelming AA season and Reyes is a stud with 27 homers at age 24, and Allen still has a lot of potential. But scouts love Trammell so this could be a great trade for San Diego.

             Trammell, 21, has a .236 batting average with six homers, 33 RBIs and 17 stolen bases for AA Chattanooga this year. In his minor league career he has a .273 batting average with 29 home runs, 185 RBIs and 107 stolen bases in 1662 Plate Appearances.

MLB Trade Review: Braves acquire Martin

From USA Today


       The Atlanta Braves have acquired RHP Chris Martin from the Texas Rangers in exchange for LHP Kolby Allard.

       Martin has had a very good season this year, and is a free agent at the end of the year. He has walked just four batters this year, and has a stellar 0.9 BB/9. His career BB/9 is 1.5, which is elite. He also has a K/9 over 10. The price is a little hefty, but he is a good get for the Braves, who need pitching, both starting and relief, in the worst way.

        Martin, 33, has a 3.08 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 38 innings for the Rangers this year. In his MLB career for the Rangers, New York Yankees and Colorado Rockies, Martin has a 4.58 ERA with 112 strikeouts in 116 innings.

        The Rangers have fallen out of the playoff race, now back at .500 (53-53) and are 6.5 games back of the second wild card spot. Martin has been a very effective reliever, but he will be a free agent, and they get a really good prospect in Allard. MLB Pipeline had him as Atlanta's 10th best prospect. His stock has fallen the past two years, but he is just 21 and has been in the majors before (small sample size alert) and was picked 14th overall in 2015. Pretty good haul for Martin.

         Allard, 21, has a 4.17 ERA with 98 strikeouts in 110 innings for AAA Gwinnett this year. In three games in the majors last year, his entire major league career, Allard has allowed 11 earned runs in eight innings (12.38 ERA) with three strikeouts.

NHL Trade Review: Lightning acquire Condon, Sens get Callahan

From NHL.com


         The Ottawa Senators have acquired F Ryan Callahan and a 2020 5th round pick from Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for G Mike Condon and a 2020 6th round pick.

         The Senators are essentially taking on Callahan's salary for nothing. They get rid of Condon, but Callahan has a higher salary. Condon will actually play, while Callahan's career is over due to a degenerative back disease. Callahan has a $5.8 million cap hit, though will be placed on LTIR.

          Callahan, 34, scored seven goals with 10 assists for 17 points in 52 games for the Lightning this season. In his NHL career for the Lightning and New York Rangers, Callahan scored 186 goals with 200 assists for 386 points in 757 games.

         The Lightning need to free up cap space to sign RFA Brayden Point, and this does the trick. They save $3.6 million in the process (Condon has a $2.4 million cap hit). Condon spent most of this season in the AHL. The Lightning have a goaltending logjam with star goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, but Condon fourth on the depth chart behind Louis Domingue and newly signed Curtis McElhinney.

         Condon, 29, had a .800 SV% and a 6.38 GAA in two games for the Senators this year. In his NHL career for the Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins, Condon has a .905 SV% and a 2.79 GAA in 129 games.

MLB Trade Review: Cubs acquire Phelps

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         The Chicago Cubs have acquired RHP David Phelps and cash considerations from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for RHP Thomas Hatch.

          Phelps isn't the starter/reliever pitcher he was with the Yankees, but he is a decent reliever that will improve the Cubs bullpen. He hasn't pitched much this year, but he has good numbers in 17 games.

          Phelps, 32, has a 3.63 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 17.1 innings for the Blue Jays this year. In his MLB career for the Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners and Miami Marlins, Phelps has a 3.88 ERA with 538 strikeouts in 571 innings.

          The Blue Jays are rebuilding and don't need Phelps. He isn't even a prominent part of their bullpen. They get Hatch, who was the Cubs' 29th best prospect, per MLB Pipeline. Not a bad return for a player on a one year deal with just 17 outings.

           Hatch, 24, has a 4.59 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 100 innings for AA Tennessee this year. In his minor league career, the 2016 3rd rounder has a 4.10 ERA with 336 strikeouts in 368.1 innings.

Monday, July 29, 2019

MLB Trade Review: Phillies acqurie Vargas

From Newsday


     The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired LHP Jason Vargas and cash from the New York Mets in exchange for C Austin Bossart.

      The Phillies could use starting pitching for their playoff push, especially a lefty, which Vargas is. Only Aaron Nola has good numbers, and only after a recent hot streak. The Phillies have only had five starts from lefties this year, including the time Jose Alvarez was used as an opener. Vargas a hot pitcher. On May 5, he had a 5.92 ERA, and it now is nearly two full runs lower. He has an option for 2020.

      Vargas, 36, has a 4.01 ERA with 81 strikeouts in 94.1 innings this year. In his MLB career for the Mets, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners and Florida Marlins, Vargas has a 4.26 ERA with 1104 strikeouts in 1587.2 innings.

      With the recent acquisition of Marcus Stroman, the Mets needed to clear a roster spot, and a rotation spot as well. Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler might also be traded, but they deal Vargas, who has the lowest upside. If they don't trade away any more starters, then a rotation of Stroman, Syndergaard, Wheeler, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz (no specific order) would be lethal. Bossart is a bad hitter, and is an old prospect, but he was college teammates in 2015 with Brady Wilpon, son of Mets owner Jeff Wilpon.

       Bossart, 26, has a .195 batting average with seven homers and 28 RBIs in 236 Plate Appearances for AA Reading this year. In his minor league career, Bossart has a .261 batting average with 18 homers and 112 RBIs in 939 Plate Appearances.

MLB Trade Review: Brewers acquire Lyles



       The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired RHP Jordan Lyles from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for RHP Cody Ponce.

       This is the second consecutive July where the Brewers have acquired Lyles. They used him as a reliever after getting him for the Padres last year, and he had a 3.31 ERA in 16.1 innings. As a starter for the Pirates this year, he has a career high 9.8 K/9. His career K/9 is 6.8. He had a 1.97 ERA through his first eight starts, but it has gone haywire since.

        Lyles, 28, has a 5.36 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 82.1 innings for the Pirates this year. In his MLB career with the Pirates, Brewers, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies, Lyles has a 5.29 ERA with 640 strikeouts in 851.1 innings.

        The Pirates could make a run for a playoff spot, but with the way Lyles has been pitching lately, they were right to trade him, and they got a prospect for him. Ponce is an older prospect in AA.

         Ponce, 25, has a 3.29 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 38.1 innings for AA Biloxi this year. In his minor league career he has a 3.72 ERA with 344 strikeouts in 394 innings.

NHL Trade Review: Devils acquire Gusev



        The New Jersey Devils have acquired F Nikita Gusev from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a 2021 second round pick and a 2020 third round pick. Gusev has immediately signed a two year deal worth $9 million ($4.5 AAV).

         Gusev was a superstar in the KHL, and just came over to North America, but was an RFA. Vegas could not afford to sign him with their tight salary cap situation, and get two picks for him. The Devils add to their great offseason. They have brought in Gusev, plus Wayne Simmonds, Jack Hughes and PK Subban, the latter the only defenseman, but the best player. $4.5 million is more than expected, but the term is good and Gusev can be a top six threat.

           Gusev, 27, scored 17 goals with 65 assists for 82 points in 62 games this year for the KHL's St. Petersburg SKA. In his KHL career for St. Petersburg, CSKA Moscow, Khabarovsk Amur and Khanty-Mansiysk Yugra, Gusev has scored 119 goals with 213 assists for 332 points in 391 games.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

MLB Trade Review: Mets acquire Stroman

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     The New York Mets have acquired RHP Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for LHP Anthony Kay and RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson.

     The Mets might trade Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler, and Stroman would be the replacement. They don't trade any top 100 prospects, but two of their top three pitching prospects, per MLB Pipeline (Kay is first, recently drafted Matthew Allan is second). Stroman is a very good pitcher, and is from Long Island. He has playoff experience, and has a year left of control. Stroman has been rumored to be traded for a long time.

      Stroman, 28, has a 2.96 ERA with 99 strikeouts in 124.2 innings for the Blue Jays this year. In his MLB career, all in Toronto, Stroman has a 3.76 ERA with 635 strikeouts in 789.2 innings. He is a premier ground ball pitcher, though the Mets' infield defense is terrible.

      The Jays were going to trade Stroman with his value at the highest and with an extra year left of team control. The return is decent, but I would think that other teams were offering more. Kay was having an amazing season at AA, with a 1.49 ERA, but has a 6.61 ERA since being promoted to AAA. He's already 24 and struggling at his first AAA taste, which isn't good, but he is highly rated. Woods-Richardson was a second round pick in 2018. He is just 18.

       Kay, 24, has a 3.13 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 97.2 innings for AA Binghamton and AAA Syracuse this year. In his minor league career, he has a 3.76 ERA with 219 strikeouts in 210.1 innings.

       Woods-Richardson, 18, has a 4.25 ERA with 97 strikeouts in 78.1 innings for Single-A Columbia this year. In his two year minor league career, he has a 3.76 ERA with 123 strikeouts in 95.2 innings.

        Weird stat: every pitcher in this trade has a career ERA of 3.76. For Stroman, it's in the majors, for Kay and Woods-Richardson, the minors.

MLB Trade Review: Indians acquire Arroyo and Wood

From TB Times


      The Cleveland Indians have acquired RHP Hunter Wood and INF Christian Arroyo from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for OF Ruben Cardenas and international signing pool bonus money.

       The Indians could use bullpen depth, and Wood fills that bill. He has a fastball in the mid-90s with a spin rate in the 92nd percentile, per baseball savant. He has good numbers this year, despite not having an amazing strikeout rate. He also young, turning 26 in less than a month. Arroyo was once highly touted as a prospect, but has faded in the majors. He is currently on the 60 day IL due to tendinitis in his right forearm. He is just 24 and was a first rounder in 2013.

        Wood, 25, has a 2.48 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 29 innings for the Rays this season. In his MLB career, all in Tampa, Wood has a 3.20 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 70.1 innings.

         Arroyo, 24, has a .220 batting average with two homers and seven RBIs in 57 Plate Appearances for the Rays this year. In his three year MLB career for the Rays and San Francisco Giants, Arroyo has a .215 batting average with six homers and 27 RBIs in 251 Plate Appearances.

         The Rays need to free up a 40 man roster spot after acquiring Eric Sogard from the Blue Jays, so I understand trading Wood, even though he has good numbers. But Arroyo isn't actually on the 40 man roster at the moment (60 day IL players don't count towards 40 man), and he had a lot of potential. He was the centerpiece of the Evan Longoria trade. The unexpected success of Mike Brosseau, plus Matt Duffy just getting activated made Arroyo expendable. Cardenas was a 16th rounder last year and is having minor league success. The international money is $250k

          Cardenas, 21, has a .284 batting average with 10 homers, 54 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 354 Plate Appearances for Single-A Lake County this year.

MLB Trade Review: Rays acquire Sogard



       The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired INF/OF Eric Sogard from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for two PTBNLs.

       This is a classic Rays trade. Sogard is a utility player that is having a breakout year. He's also very cheap and is a pending free agent. Before this year, his career high home run total was three. He now has hit 10, with a career high .300 average. He isn't young, this is his ninth season, but by far it is his best.

         Sogard, 33, has a .300 batting average with 10 homers, 30 RBIs and six stolen bases in 323 Plate Appearances for the Blue Jays this year. In his MLB career for the Jays, Oakland Athletics and Milwaukee Brewers, Sogard has a .247 batting average with 21 homers, 155 RBIs and 41 stolen bases in 2066 Plate Appearances.

          The Jays are rebuilding, and this is the first of potentially many trades for the Jays over the next four days, as Marcus Stroman and Ken Giles could be dealt as well. We don't actually know who they got yet, but it seems like it probably is someone they like, as other teams were interested.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

MLB Trade Review: Twins acquire Romo

From USA Today


         The Minnesota Twins have acquired RHP Sergio Romo, RHP Chris Vallimont and a player to be named later for 1B Lewin Diaz.

         I love this trade for the Twins on first reaction. Even if it was Romo for Diaz straight up it would be decent. Romo is a veteran closer with postseason success. Vallimont is ranked as the Marlins 23rd best prospect by MLB Pipeline, and that is a better ranking than Diaz on the Twins, which doesn't necessarily mean that Vallimont is better than Diaz, but it is still good value for the Twins getting Romo and a PTBNL as well. Romo has a 3.09 career playoff ERA, and won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014, not allowing a run in six innings with three saves over the three fall classics. Vallimont was a 5th round pick in 2018.

           Romo, has a 3.58 ERA with 33 strikeouts and 17 saves in 37.2 innings for the Marlins this year. In his MLB career for the Marlins, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers, Romo has a 2.91 ERA with 665 strikeouts and 126 saves in 600.1 innings.

           Vallimont, 22, has a 3.16 ERA with 122 strikeouts in 105.1 innings for Single-A Clinton and High-A Jupiter this year. In his two year minor league career, he has a 3.82 ERA with 142 strikeouts in 134.1 innings.

           The Marlins are probably very high on Diaz and must have an issue with Vallimont, or this trade doesn't make any sense. Diaz has had a very good minor league season, and he is the same age as Vallimont, so I see some appeal there, but including both Romo and Vallimont doesn't make sense.

             Diaz, 22, has a .297 batting average with 19 homers and 61 RBIs in 369 Plate Appearances for High-A Fort Myers and AA Pensacola this year. In his minor league career, he has a .273 average with 55 homers and 248 RBIs in 1728 Plate Appearances.

MLB Trade Review: A's acquire Diekman

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        The Oakland Athletics have acquired LHP Jake Diekman from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for OF Dairon Blanco and RHP Ismael Aquino.

        The A's could use bullpen help, and Diekman is a decent start. Diekman has a high ERA this year, but opponents are hitting just .212 against him, including righties at a .211 average. In his career, he has held opponents to a low .226 batting average. He's also had a K/9 over nine every year of his career, which means he has struck out more than one batter an inning, and aside from 2013, it's been over 10. This year, it is at a career high 13.6, which is very encouraging. He is a free agent after the season, though. Diekman has a lot of upside, though he currently has a career high ERA. They don't trade any top 30 prospects.

         Diekman, 32, has a 4.75 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 41.2 innings this year for the Royals. In his MLB career for the Royals, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks, Diekman has a 3.87 ERA with 446 strikeouts in 353.2 innings.

        The Royals are terrible, and will be dealing a lot, and everyone but Whit Merrifield is reportedly available. They have traded two rentals already, both to the A's, with Diekman following starter Homer Bailey for 18th best prospect Kevin Merrell (MLB Pipeline). Like Merrell, they get speed in return, in Blanco. They also get a young pitcher in Aquino. This marks the second consecutive July where Diekman has been dealt. The Rangers sent him to Arizona last year for Wei-Chieh Huang and Joshua Javier.

         Blanco, 26, has a .276 batting average with seven homers, 44 RBIs and 27 stolen bases in 334 Plate Appearances for AA Midland this year, his second minor league season since coming over from Cuba.
 
          Aquino, 20, has a 4.58 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 17.2 innings for the Arizona League A's. He has a 4.03 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 98.1 innings in three minor league seasons.

Friday, July 26, 2019

MLB Trade Review: Cubs acquire Holland



       The Chicago Cubs have acquired LHP Derek Holland and cash considerations from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for cash considerations.

       Holland is more pitching depth for the Cubs, which isn't ever a bad thing. He's an 11 year vet, and is just 32. He is having a terrible season, and was moved to the bullpen, but flew under the radar last year, his first in San Francisco. He also was a big part of the Rangers' runs to the 2010 and 2011 World Series. He might not even make a potential playoff roster, but for a swap of cash, it is a low risk. In two years in San Fransisco, his K rate has skyrocketed, currently at a 9.3 K/9.

        Holland, 32, has a 5.90 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 68.2 innings this year for the Giants in 31 games (7 starts). In his MLB career for the Giants, Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox, Holland has a 4.51 ERA with 1134 strikeouts in 1360 innings.

        The Giants may or may not be sellers, but Holland nets them some cash, which could help them if they decide to buy at the deadline next week. He wasn't a starter any more, and was recently designated for assignment.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Leafs acquire Schmaltz



    The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired D Jordan Schmaltz from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for D Andreas Borgman.

    Schmaltz is a former 1st rounder (2012) that hasn't panned out, but hasn't gotten a major chance yet. He had a career high 20 games last year, and was a healthy scratch almost the entire season. With the Leafs needing a right handed defenseman for their third pairing, Schmaltz fits the bill.

    Schmaltz, 25, scored two points, both assists, in 20 games this past season. In 42 NHL games, all for the Blues, Schmaltz has five points, all assists.

    The Blues don't need Schmaltz, as he was mainly a healthy scratch. They don't really need Borgman either. Borgman didn't play in the NHL last year, but did score 15 points in 39 AHL games. He also has potential, but isn't exactly very young.

     Borgman, 24, only played in the NHL in 2017-18, scoring three goals with eight assists for 11 points in 48 games.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Leafs get Clarkson's contract back

From the Toronto Star


        The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired G Garrett Sparks in exchange for F David Clarkson and a 4th round pick.

        Both teams really need cap space, so this is a head scratcher for Toronto. Clarkson has a $5.25 AAV for one more year, though he can be put on LTIR for the season. Toronto was the team that signed Clarkson to his albatross of a seven year deal. It has now been traded three times, including at the expansion draft. Add Clarkson to Nathan Horton, who Toronto acquired for Clarkson from Columbus, and the Leafs have around $10.45 million in dead cap on LTIR. They only get a fourth rounder for taking on Clarkson, and trade their backup goalie, who's getting paid nearly at the league minimum. Michael Hutchinson and Michal Neuvirth, the latter recently signed to a PTO, will compete to backup Frederik Andersen.

         Clarkson, 35, hasn't played since 2015-16, scoring two goals with two assists for four points in 23 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets, and won't play in the NHL again. In his NHL career for the Blue Jackets, Leafs and New Jersey Devils, Clarkson scored 114 goals with 86 assists for 200 points in 570 games.

          The Golden Knights are currently over the salary cap, and while Clarkson could be put on LTIR, they get his contract out of the way. In return, they acquire Sparks, who can challenge Malcolm Subban as the backup, but could also be flipped. Sparks might even command something near the 4th round pick given up, if Vegas is lucky.

          Sparks, 26, had a .902 SV% with a 3.15 GAA in 20 games for the Leafs this year. In his NHL career, all in Toronto, Sparks has a .898 SV% with a 3.09 GAA in 37 games.

Friday, July 19, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Flames and Oilers swap bad contracts



         The Edmonton Oilers have acquired F James Neal from the Calgary Flames in exchange for F Milan Lucic.

         Both players have four more years left on their albatross of a contract. Lucic has a $6 million cap hit, and Neal's is $5.75 million. So the trade already doesn't look great for Calgary, though $0.25 million won't hurt anyone. But the main losing point is that Neal is a better player than Lucic. While Neal will be 32 and Lucic 31, Neal scored 20 goals in his first 10 NHL seasons with four different teams, before collapsing in Calgary for one season. Him falling might have been more on the team and coaching staff rather than the player. The same could be said for Lucic, who did score 23 goals and 50 points in his first year in Edmonton, but has 16 goals and 54 points in the two years since. He's also one of the worst skaters in the NHL. The Oilers are desperate for skill, and Neal has more of that.

         Neal, who will be 32 when the season starts, scored seven goals with 12 assists for 19 points in 63 games for Calgary this year, but scored 25 the year before. In his NHL career for the Flames, Vegas Golden Knights, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars, Neal has scored 270 goals with 244 assists for 514 points in 766 games.

         Lucic, 31, scored six goals with 14 assists for 20 points in 79 games for the Oilers this past season. In his career for the Oilers, Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings, Lucic has scored 198 goals with 303 assists for 501 points in 890 games.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

MLB Trade Review: Cubs acquire Maldonado



          The Chicago Cubs have acquired C Martin Maldonado from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for LHP Mike Montgomery.

          The Cubs might need a catcher if Willson Contreras' injury is worse than they think. Maldonado is a very good defensive catcher, and a serviceable backup. He is a good backup catcher, and while the price of Montgomery isn't great, he is a rental, and better than backup Victor Caratini.

          Maldonado, 32, has a .227 average with six homers, six homers and 17 RBIs in 263 Plate Appearances for the Royals this year. In his MLB career for the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros, Maldonado has a .220 average with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 2232 Plate Appearances.

          The Royals are a rebuilding team and a rental catcher like Maldonado is useless to them, especially with Salvador Perez returning next year. In return, they get a major league pitcher that is controllable. Montgomery will fill the open 5th starter role after Homer Bailey was traded to Oakland. Montgomery has come out of the bullpen and started throughout his career. He got the final out for the Cubs when they won the 2016 World Series, and was originally a Royals 1st rounder in 2008, but was traded in the crazy Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi for James Shields and Wade Davis deal.

           Montgomery, 30, has a 5.67 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 27 innings for the Cubs this year. In his MLB career for the Cubs and Seattle Mariners, Montgomery has a 3.72 ERA with 360 strikeouts in 471.2 innings.

NHL Trade Review: Senators acquire Anisimov

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     The Ottawa Senators have acquired F Artem Anisimov from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for F Zack Smith.

     The Blackhawks need cap space. Both Anisimov and Smith have two more years left on their contract, but Smith has a lower cap hit. Smith is more of a fourth line center, a role that Anisimov might of had to be this season. Smith gives less value, but more cap space.

     Smith, 31, scored nine goals with 19 assists for 28 points in 70 games this past season for the Sens. In his NHL career, all in Ottawa, the former third rounder has scored 94 goals with 99 assists for 193 points in 612 games.

     The Senators are terrible, and need better players. Also, they were under the cap floor, and this trade gets them over. Anisimov has been a consistent 15-20 goal scorer in his career, and can be a top six center for them.

     Anisimov, 31, scored 15 goals with 22 assists for 37 points in 78 games for the Blackhawks this past season. In his NHL career for Chicago, New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Anisimov has scored 163 goals with 184 assists for 347 points in 703 games.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

MLB Trade Review: A's acquire Bailey

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         The Oakland Athletics have acquired RHP Homer Bailey from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for IF Kevin Merrell.

          Bailey is not a very serviceable starting pitcher, but he is having his best season since 2014. Also, he is hot as of late, with a 2.48 ERA in his last five starts, dating back to June 13. The only American League pitchers with a minimum of 25 innings pitched since that day with a lower ERA are recently traded Andrew Cashner, Gerrit Cole, Shane Bieber, Lance Lynn, and the A's very own Mike Fiers (per Elias Sports Bureau). Also, he is a bargain, as he is getting paid at the league minimum, and the A's are only paying him about $250k. The Dodgers are paying the remainder of his salary, as they acquired him from the Reds this offseason, and immediately DFA'd him.

           Bailey, 33, has a 4.80 ERA with 81 strikeouts in 90 innings for the Royals this season. In his MLB career for the Royals and Cincinnati Reds, Bailey has a 4.58 ERA with 1082 strikeouts in 1320.1 innings.

           I love this trade for the Royals. They trade Bailey, who was a Spring Training invitee on a minor league deal earning the league minimum, and has only pitched well as of late. In return, they get Merrell, the A's 17th best prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, which is a steal for a player of Bailey's caliber. Merrell has good speed, something the Royals prioritize. He was a first round pick, 33rd overall, by the A's in 2017. He also is already at AA, and as GM Dayton Moore pointed out, he doesn't need to be put on the 40 man roster for two more seasons before becoming Rule 5 Draft eligible.

            Merrell, 23, has a .246 average with two homers, 34 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 318 Plate Appearances for AA Midland. In his three year minor league career, he has a .277 average with four homers, 68 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 778 Plate Appearances.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

MLB Trade Review: Red Sox acquire Cashner



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          The Boston Red Sox have acquired RHP Andrew Cashner and cash considerations from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for INF Noelberth Romero and OF Elio Prado.

          The Red Sox need a fifth starter, as when Nathan Eovaldi returns from the IL, they plan to use him as their closer, as they need bullpen arms. With Eovaldi in the bullpen, the team needed a fifth starter. They get that in Cashner. Cashner has had success on a terrible Orioles team this season, which is a good sign. He has won nine games this season. The Orioles have won 27 games. They were rumored to be interested in Zach Wheeler, who has a higher ERA than Cashner. Also, they get a starter and don't give up a top 30 prospect, especially Jarren Duran, their 9th best prospect per MLB Pipeline, who has been rumored in trades, and could be dealt for a reliever.

            Cashner, 32, has a 3.83 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 96.1 innings for the Orioles this season. In his MLB career for the Orioles, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs, Cashner has a 4.00 ERA with 859 strikeouts in 1142.1 innings.

             The Orioles have the least amount of wins in the MLB (27), most amount of losses (63), and are the most amount of games back (31.5). It is very clear that they are once again sellers. They don't have to talent to sell as they did last year, trading Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman, Brad Brach, Zack Britton and Darren O'Day. Cashner will be a free agent after this season, and his good season made it likely he would be dealt. Other players with multiple years left like Trey Mancini, Jonathan Villar, Dylan Bundy and Mychal Givens could be traded as well. In return, they get two seventeen year olds from the Dominican Summer League. The Orioles are trading for guys that wouldn't be in the majors for a while, because, well.... they won't be good for a while.

             Romero, 17, has a .264 batting average with two homers, 13 RBIs and two stolen bases in 123 Plate Appearances in the Dominican Summer League. Despite the fact that he is six feet tall, he is listed at just 145 pounds.

              Prado, 17, is hitting .303 with three homers, 26 RBIs and nine stolen bases in the Dominican Summer League. He is also considered underweight, as he is also 6'0 and 160 pounds.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

NHL Trade review: Sabres acquire Jokijarju


      The Buffalo Sabres have acquired D Henri Jokijarju from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for F Alex Nylander.

      I love this trade for the Sabres. Nylander has been a bust since being drafted 8th overall in 2016. Jokijarju got some NHL experience this past season, and is a budding defenseman. The Sabres have too many right handed defensemen, and Jokijarju adds to that. Rasmus Ristolainen will likely be traded, the team could bury the final year of Zach Bogosian's deal, and Jokijarju could go to the AHL.  Colin Miller, Brandon Montour and Casey Nelson are also options, though they are likely starters.

       Jokijarju, 20, debuted in 2018-19, scoring 12 points, all assists, in 38 games. He was drafted 29th overall in 2017.

       The Blackhawks have made many changes to their defense, but I still think Jokijarju could have made the team. Nylander hasn't lived up to expectations, and has struggled in the AHL. Like Dylan Strome, Nylander can be another high pick turned around in Chicago, but it doesn't look good for them at the moment.

        Nylander, 21, scored two goals with two assists in 12 games this past season. In his NHL career, he has scored three goals with three assists for six points in 19 games.

Monday, July 1, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Leafs acquire Barrie



         The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired D Tyson Barrie, F Alex Kerfoot and a 2020 6th round pick from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for F Nazem Kadri, D Calle Rosen and a 2020 3rd round pick. The Avalanche have also retained 50% of Barrie's $5.5 million cap hit.

         I absolutely love this trade for the Leafs. I think Kerfoot could potentially be better than Kadri, and Barrie is way better than Rosen. The picks don't matter, since the highest one is a third. Kerfoot is an RFA. At the moment, the Leafs free up $2.5 million for RFAs Mitch Marner and Cody Ceci, plus Kerfoot, though once Kerfoot signs the Leafs will actually lose cap space. Barrie is a top pairing defenseman on the right side, something the Leafs desperately need.

        Barrie, soon to be 28, scored 14 goals with 45 assists for 59 points in 78 games for the Avs this past season. In his NHL career, all in Colorado, Barrie has scored 75 goals with 232 assists for 307 points in 484 games.

        Kerfoot, soon to be 25, scored 15 goals with 27 assists for 42 points in 78 games for the Avalanche in 2018-19. In his two year NHL career, both in Colorado, Kerfoot has scored 34 goals with 51 assists for 85 points in 157 games.

        I don't know what the Avalanche are doing. Maybe they couldn't sign Kerfoot, and Barrie wasn't interested in an extension (he's a UFA after this next season). But even if that was the case, you could get so much for just Barrie alone, let alone both Barrie and Kerfoot. Rosen is at best a 7th defenseman, and Kadri is a second or third line center, and Colorado just traded a similar player in Carl Soderberg for pretty much nothing. I really don't like GM Joe Sakic's offseason. He has had so much cap space, and hasn't used it well.

        Kadri, 28, scored 16 goals with 28 assists for 44 points in 73 games for the Leafs this past season. In his NHL career, all in Toronto, Kadri has scored 161 goals with 196 assists for 357 points in 561 games.

        Rosen, 25, scored one point, a goal, in four games for the Leafs this season. In his two year NHL career, Rosen has scored a goal and an assist for two points in eight games.

NHL Free Agency: Blue Jackets sign Nyqvist

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         The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed F Gustav Nyqvist to a four year deal worth $22 million, with a $5.5 million cap hit.

         With the Blue Jackets losing Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel to free agency, Nyqvist is a replacement. He is a top six winger that can score. He has scored 20 goals four times in his career, but has never reached 30 goals. He is 30 now, so he isn't young. It's still a disappointing free agency for them, but at least this signing makes it slightly better.

          Nyqvist, who will be 30 in Opening Night, scored 22 goals with 38 assists for 60 points in 81 games for the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks this past year. In his NHL career for the Sharks and Red Wings, Nyqvist has scored 131 goals with 175 assists for 306 points in 500 games.

NHL Free Agency: Avalanche sign Donskoi



           The Colorado Avalanche have signed F Joonas Donskoi to a three year, $10.5 million deal. Donskoi will carry a cap hit of $3.5 million.

           Donskoi is a good middle six winger that can score some goals. He is coming off a season where he tied his career high in goals and set a career high in points. The Avs have a lot of cap space, and a good righty winger in Donskoi couldn't hurt. $3.5 million a year is a little much for a player who has never scored 15 goals with 40 points before.

           Donskoi, 27, scored 14 goals with 23 assists for 37 points in 80 games for the San Jose Sharks this past season. In his NHL career, all for the Sharks, Donskoi has scored 45 goals with 77 assists for 122 points in 283 games.

NHL Free Agency: Panthers sign Connolly



            The Florida Panthers have signed RW Brett Connolly to a four year deal worth $14 million. Connolly will have a $3.5 million cap hit.

            Connolly was drafted 6th overall in 2010, though he has never lived up to expectations. He posted career high this season, though the Panthers will be his fourth team in nine years. He is a good middle six winger, but he is best suited as a third liner. The Panthers could use a right winger. Mike Hoffman, Evgeni Dadonov and Frank Vatrano can all play on the right side, but they are all lefties. Connolly will be just their second pure right shot winger, behind Colton Sceviour. Connolly's upside is that he is as young as it will get for a UFA. That is, except for non-tendered players.

             Connolly, 27, scored 22 goals with 24 assists for 46 points in 81 games for the Washington Capitals this past season. In his NHL career for the Capitals, Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, Connolly has scored 79 goals with 76 assists for 155 points in 427 games.