Category: MLB

Britton Reunites With New York, Signs Three Year Deal

The news broke yesterday that veteran lefty, Zach Britton, had an agreement in place with his former team, the New York Yankees, initially worth $40 Million over three years. This deal, of course, was structured in part by super-agent, Scott Boras, so it’s bound to be slightly complex.

The deal is, by itself, a three-year, $40 Million deal. However, it includes an opt-out for Britton after two years, and an opt in for the Yankees after the second year as well, triggering a second two-year option.

Britton was bound to make a splash regardless of where he landed, yet, he is one of the more tentative options on the market. After Andrew Miller, another bounce-back candidate, came off the board, the focus in the left-handed reliever market shifted to Britton, who was rumored to be looking for a four-year deal. His, frankly, terrible BB% and K% numbers make him a relatively risky option, and his FIP isn’t encouraging either, sitting at a meager 4.22 this past season.

However, his legendary 2016 season is what aids him in maintaining value, and is what has teams hopeful that he will, eventually, regain his prior form.

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MLB News: Righty Robertson Reaches Pact With Philadelphia

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com was first on the news that David Robertson and the Philadelphia Phillies reached agreement on a two-year, $23 Million deal with a club option for 2021.

A right-handed stopper with reverse splits, Robertson had spent the beginning of his career with the Yankees prior to returning to them once again mid-2017 after being traded by the White Sox. Robertson’s peripherals are his main selling point. He has a career ERA of 2.88 but an even more impressive career FIP of 2.81. He boasts a mediocre Walk/9 of 3.6, but a stellar K/9 of 12.0 on the dot.

Overall, Robertson is a brilliant addition to an already threatening Philadelphia bullpen. It is unclear what role exactly the Phillies will exercise him in, but wherever he goes, he’ll be an excellent weapon out of the Pen.

MLB News: The Weekend Recap

The Reds, Dodgers Blockbuster:

Over the weekend, we saw a few relatively high-profile trades, but none bigger than this one. The Reds and Dodgers agreed to terms to send OF Yasiel Puig, OF Matt Kemp, LHP Alex Wood, C Kyle Farmer, and $7M in cash to Cincinnati in exchange for SP Homer Bailey, and Minor Leaguers Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray.

Many sources agree that this particular trade feels rather lopsided, seeing as the Reds were able to ship off Homer Bailey’s albatross of a contract while giving up minimal talent in the process (though both prospects were held quite high in scouts’ eyes) for four very solid major league pieces — though two of said players hit the open market next year.

The motivation for the Dodgers in this trade resides in the salary flexibility. After receiving Homer Bailey, the Dodgers are expected to release him, making him a free agent while the Dodgers pay the remainder of his salary — a whopping $23 Million. They, in turn, shed any money owed to either of their former major leaguers, allowing them to assess any holes that they currently desire to fill, especially those behind the plate, as well as at second base. It is also of popular opinion that the Dodgers are now even more well positioned to make a run at superstar Bryce Harper, though, even after trading two of their prominent outfielders, the Dodgers still have the likes of Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, Chris Taylor, Alex Verdugo, and Andrew Toles available to play the field, giving them quite a few viable options that don’t cost $30 Million+.

The Three Team Trade for Profar:

This trade was certainly the most interesting of the three that took place this weekend. The Oakland Athletics, in absence of infielder Jed Lowrie, received a former number one MLB prospect, INF Jurickson Profar, from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Minor League infielder Eli White and international bonus slot money. The Athletics also sent minor league RHP Emilio Pagan and a 2019 first-round pick to the Tampa Bay Rays in the trade. The Rangers then shipped Minor League RHP Rollie Lacey to the Rays in exchange for Minor League pitchers Kyle Bird, Yoel Espinal, and Brock Burke, thus completing the complex transaction.

The A’s received their controllable utility infielder, while the other two teams involved bolstered their systems, and shuffled around a few prospects.

Swapping Santana For Gamel:

A few weeks back, the Mariners traded one Santana away, only now to receive another Santana from the Milwaukee Brewers this past weekend.

Domingo Santana was once a very well regarded threat within the MLB, mashing 30 dingers over 151 games in 2017, while also stealing 15 bases. However, the limited power that he showcased in 2018 after hitting only 5 home runs over 85 games raised some questions about the young outfielders’ consistency. Yet, he seemed to catch the Mariners eye, and they decided to send OF Ben Gamel, as well as Minor League pitcher Noah Zavalos to the Milwaukee Brewers for control of the young slugger.

This adds a necessary power bat to the Mariners question-filled lineup, and also gives them a piece in which they can speculate on, and possibly dish for an inflated price down the line. As for the Brewers, they receive a corner outfielder with an impressive ability to create contact, as well as a minor league pitcher with upside.

 

Astros Find Their Lefty Bat, Sign Michael Brantley

Multiple sources have reported that the Astros and outfielder Michael Brantley agreed on a two year, $32 Million contract this Monday.

The Astros are a right-hand-heavy lineup, and acquiring a contact-bound left hander with significant pop and speed is sure to help them smooth out the bumps in their offense. Pair Brantley’s 2018 slash of .309/.364/.468 and 17 home runs with other Houston guys like Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, George Springer, and more, and you’re looking at a pretty devastating lineup.

Even with this significant addition, the ‘Stros also are looking into signing a new designated hitter, as well as possibly trading for the Marlins’ All-Star catcher, JT Realmuto.

The 2017 World Series Champions are looking to make another run, and their terrifying rotation paired with their deep offense is sure to turn some heads in their favor.

MLB News: Yankees Upgrade Rotation, Bring Back Happ

After some deliberation, multiple sources have reported the Yankees’ acquisition of left-handed pitcher JA Happ.

Happ has proven himself to be one of the most respectable and consistent pitchers in all of baseball. At 36 years old, he doesn’t exactly have the velocity of an ace, but using his deception and excellent baseball knowledge, he’s worked his way to a two year, $35 Million deal with a vesting option for a third year.

Happ had a stellar season to begin with, tossing his way through 177.2 frames with a 3.65 ERA. However, the real magic with Happ came when he was transferred to New York at the deadline. Under his tenure with the Yankees, Happ turned in a 2.69 ERA and did not lose a single one of his starts. This would explain the Bombers extreme interest in the pitcher, and the reunion that eventually ensued.

MLB News: Rays Net Veteran Starter Morton

Multiple sources report that the Tampa Bay Rays and Free Agent Charlie Morton have agreed to a deal worth $30 Million over two years — the largest contract of Morton’s career.

Until now, Morton has earned just around $40 Million over 11 years in the majors — the solid starter has finally received his due. His fabulous 2018 campaign in which he pitched to a 3.13 ERA over 167 frames gave him the leverage he needed to net his worth, and he now has the chance to compete with an underrated team that managed to win 90 games in the league’s toughest division last year.

This 35 year-old World Series Champion deserves every penny of what he’s been given. He is a driven man who keeps his head down, and plays the game the way it should be played. We’re expecting big things from him in 2019…

 

MLB News: Phillies Sign OF Andrew McCutchen

According to multiple reports, the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to terms with Free Agent outfielder and former-MVP Andrew McCutchen. The deal is worth $50 Million over three years and includes a club option.

McCutchen has somewhat regressed from his prior All-Star form, but still plays respectable baseball, and is one year removed from a very good year in which he turned in a .279/.363/.486 slash with 28 long balls — which is pretty solid for a then 30 year-old outfielder.

What the Phillies really get here is a fantastic club house guy, a hard competitor, and a big social media presence. Cutch is also a veteran who knows the game, and works excellent at-bats. There is no doubt in my mind that this is an excellent pickup for the Phillies, and, if Cutch can return to even a slight semblance of his former caliber, he could be the catch of the offseason.