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MLB News: Mets, Mariners Blockbuster Finally Comes to Fruition

After what seems like an age, the Mets and Mariners have finally mutually agreed upon the blockbuster trade in which the Mets will receive 2B Robinson Cano, CL Edwin Diaz, and $20 Million in cash in exchange for OF Jay Bruce, RHP Anthony Swarzak, OF Jarred Kelenic (Mets #3, MLB #62), RHP Justin Dunn (Mets #4, MLB #89), and RHP Gerson Bautista.

The deal had stuttered to a halt for a time as the teams were finalizing the financial intricacies of the trade, but finally reached completion Saturday night.

Overall, the trade seems relatively well balanced. The Mets move forward with their ‘win now’ mentality and receive arguably the best closer in baseball, as well as a long-tenured veteran who swings a hefty bat and has yet to show sign of regression — yet being the operative word.

The Mariners on the other hand receive two veterans in Bruce and Swarzak, both of which they may decide to move at any given deadline, as well as two extremely talented prospects — one of which, being Kelenic, is considered to have ‘superstar’ level tools. They also come out of the deal taking a flier on reliever Gerson Bautista, a work in progress, yet still young right hander. Plus, the Mariners finally shed the abysmal contract held by Robinson Cano — something their General Manager, Jerry Dipoto, was dead set on doing.

This is just one of the many trades that are sure to ensue leading up to the winter meetings, so stay tuned for more!

MLB: Ten Non-Tendered Players That Could Shake Up the Offseason Market

Yesterday’s Non-Tender Deadline flushed a swath of talent into the 2018-19 free agent market. This year in particular, there are some big names that have shaken up the playing field — but which of these players could draw the most interest?

1. OF, Billy Hamilton

Once a coveted player within the Reds’ organization, Hamilton has plunged into free agency — something that almost nobody expected. While, yes, Hamilton has struggled in terms of getting on base, he is the fastest man in baseball — fast enough to have drawn comparisons to the likes of Rickey Henderson. I’m sure, if he wanted to, he could bunt his way to a .300+ average — apparently that is an impractical approach. Regardless, Hamilton is sure to draw a mess of interest from multiple teams. If not initially a starter, he would at least represent a threat off of the bench, and a deadly one at that.

2. INF, Jonathan Schoop

Schoop, sadly, fell from grace in 2018 after his remarkable 2017 campaign in which he slashed .293/.338/.503 with a terrifying 32 long drives. That kind of impact will not go unnoticed, especially from a lower-end production spot like second base or shortstop. I’m sure Schoop will receive heavy interest, both from competitive teams, as well as those who are looking to snag a young, controllable infielder with a great deal of upside. In all honesty, he’s a great fit for any team, especially given the fact that he’s still only 26 years old.

3. INF/OF, Derek Dietrich

(Ok, so Dietrich wasn’t technically non-tendered, but I think he’s still well worth the mention.)

Dietrich is a below average defender, but he has experience at almost every single position in the game. In addition, he swings a pretty good left-handed bat, and definitely has a bit of pop in him. His versatility should make him a well received market asset, and will surely land him on a team this winter, namely those who miss out on Marwin Gonzalez.

4. 1B, Justin Bour

Bour is only one year removed from a monster season in which he slashed .289/.366/.536 with a whopping .902 OPS. If that doesn’t interest you, then I don’t know what will. Bour is patient at the plate, has a remarkable amount of power, and is actually quite solid defensively. Teams should be able to look past his struggles during the 2018 season, and will look to give him a shot to return to form.

5. RHP, Hunter Strickland

Yeah, I can’t lie to you, this guy is a jerk. I wouldn’t want him anywhere near my team, however, I wouldn’t want him on another team either. Strickland can pitch, and he’s proved that time after time. However, the main reason he was likely non-tendered is because of the Giants’ interest in Bryce Harper — the two players don’t exactly have the cleanest history. Regardless, I have no doubt that a team with zero interest in Harper will be looking to snap up Strickland, no matter how bad of a teammate he may be.

6. RHP, Matt Shoemaker

Shoemaker was once seen as the future of the Angels’ rotation, but due to recent struggles, he’s now been thrust into the open market. While his numbers over the last few years have been less than encouraging, his peripherals look quite good. Low-ish BB/9 rates, higher K/9 rates, low FIPs here and there. There will definitely be a few rebuilding teams looking to fill out their rotation, and Shoemaker could be an excellent rebound candidate.

7. INF/OF, Yangervis Solarte

I’ve always liked Solarte — he’s an oft-overlooked utility man with an electric personality, plus he has some good pop in his bat. However, his most encouraging figure lies within his strikeout rates. Solarte has never, during his five year major league career, struck out more than 72 times in a season. So, if your team wants a versatile guy off the bench, or even in the starting lineup, that strives to make every single at bat one of quality, Yangervis Solarte could very well be your guy.

8. RHP, Brad Boxberger

Not only is Boxberger the owner of one of the coolest names in baseball, but he also puts his money where his mouth is in terms of numbers. Boxberger has shown promise in the closing role, having logged 32 saves in 2018 and 41 in 2015, the same year in which he earned all-star honors. Boxberger’s only caveat lies within injury concerns. He missed time both in 2016 and 2017 due to various injuries, but returned in 2018 to pitch a full 53.1 innings. Boxberger could be a helpful pickup for any team, especially those looking to get into the reliever market for easy flipping.

9. RHP, Mike Fiers

Fiers was a real surprise in 2018, pitching his way through a full 172 frames whilst maintaining a solid 3.56 ERA for both the Tigers as well as the Athletics. After struggling for Houston in both 2016 and 2017, it was nice to see Fiers come back and toss what could go down as his career best season. Though Fiers is 33 and doesn’t exactly have time on his side, he could very well fetch a deal from a team looking to fill a rotation spot, and, should his success continue, he could be flipped to a contender.

10. RHP, Shelby Miller

All right, here it is folks, the one you’ve all been waiting for. Shelby Miller, who was once traded for the first overall pick of the 2015 MLB Draft in Dansby Swanson, as well as a 25 year-old Ender Enciarte, AND pitching prospect Aaron Blair, was non tendered by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. In what must be the worst trade of the modern era, the Diamondbacks received what could only be described as a waste of space. Through three injury-plagued years, Miller only managed to amass 139 innings, and they weren’t good ones. This may have you thinking, ‘how in the world could you possibly believe that this guy could stage a comeback?’ Well, for one thing, he’s only 28 years old. Second, it was no secret that Miller was a ground ball guy — he never really had the stuff to accumulate double digit strikeouts. Finally, when he’s healthy, he has excellent durability and control. If he can find his velocity, get back into a winning mindset, and is paired with a solid infield defense, he could be a massive pickup for any team. After all, in both trades involving him, he garnered insane returns — maybe he can squeeze his way into another one.

MLB News: Braves Big Day, Sign Donaldson and McCann

The proverbial ‘stove’ was set aflame earlier today as the Braves announced the re-signing of catcher Brian McCann to a one-year, $2 Million deal, as well as the signing of third baseman Josh Donaldson to a one-year $23 Million pact.

The club has officially filled their two largest needs, and has grabbed the fan bases’ attention a great deal in acquiring a top Free Agent, as well as signing an old fan favorite.

The acquisition of Josh Donaldson is sure to have Atlanta buzzing, for when the Bringer of Rain is healthy, he is a force to be reckoned with — though many will say that his age will force regression upon him. Atlanta’s General Manager, Alex Anthropolis, had expressed his disinterest early on in signing a Manny Machado or Bryce Harper type, especially seeing as long term deals do tend to bare quite a risk further on down the line, see Albert Pujols, Chris Davis, and so on. But, at a one-year deal, this addition bares no substantial risk for the Braves, while also providing Donaldson his moneys worth.

McCann is expected to have an effect both in the clubhouse and on the field. His exceptional career spans far past his catching skills, seeing as his offensive numbers are certainly nothing to scoff at. Over his fourteen year career, McCann has produced a .263/.338/.454 slash with 270 career big flies. While it is true that his bat is not what it used to be, it can be said that the catcher is due for a bounce back — especially when his new team is the same club that he made six consecutive All-Star appearances with starting as far back as 2005.

The Braves certainly have staked their claim this offseason, and are only just getting started…

MLB News: Pearce to Stay With the Sox

The Boston Red Sox acquired Steve Pearce from Toronto late last June in exchange for minor league infielder Santiago Espinal and cash considerations. This deal ended up making quite the difference as Pearce aided the Red Sox to a World Championship, acquiring the title of World Series MVP in the process.

Now it seems that Pearce is here to stay. According to multiple reports, Pearce and the Red Sox agreed on a one-year, $6.25 Million pact to keep him in Boston.

The 35 year-old will likely fill many roles, as he is known for his versatility in the outfield, as well as at first and second base. There will also be many opportunities for him to serve as a designated or pinch hitter, and he likely will.

Sports News: MLB Wild Card Race, NHL Signings & Danis Zaripov, Spit balls of the week!

It’s that time of the week, school is starting soon, NFL season is officially here, the MLB wild card race is heating and the NHL is now a month away. It is Spitballs of the week time! Catch up on the latest news surrounding the NHL and MLB. Some of my own takes and some stuff to watch out for in the coming months!

MLB: The AL Wild Card race is probably the more interesting of the two, the Yankees have now dropped six of their last 10, the Twins are one game out and the Indians are on a nine-game winning streak. There’s not much to look into here the Yankees are slowly losing grips of the Wild Card, Baltimore is only a game and half back and the Yankees continue to be inconsistent. Also, the Yankees face off against the Orioles two more times before the year ends and the Twins one more time(Watch OUT!). The Orioles are 8-2 in their last ten and face off against Toronto, Cleveland, Yankees, Toronto for the next upcoming series. The Twins have been able to hold their own and see some success in big moments, the Twins play Kansas City, Tampa Bay and Toronto in the next upcoming series. As for the Twins, they have an “easier” half of the schedule compared to the other wild card teams.

The NL, of course, the Nationals and Dodgers have control over their divisions, the Cubs will more than likely win the NL Central and as far as Wild Card goes the Diamondbacks and Rockies will be the two teams in those last two spots. The Rockies have been on/off lately but the Cardinals and Brewers do not scare me too much for the Rockies sake. The Diamondbacks are 9-1 in their last ten and play San Diego, Dodgers, and the Rockies in the upcoming series. The Brewers are 1.5 games back from the Rockies and after Washington, they face off against the Reds, Cubs, Pirates, and Marlins, scheduling may favor Milwaukee, here do not sleep on them!

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Oh, Clayton Kershaw is back, after returning from the DL after a month, he shut down the Padres for 6 innings allowing no runs, 7 strikeouts and two hits. That’ll be fun come playoff time to face off against the Dodgers pitching rotation and bullpen. Nothing new Kershaw and the Dodgers just continue to dominate MLB teams and the league as a whole right now. The Dodgers have 92 wins with still a month of baseball to be played. 

Justin Verlander was sent to Houston recently, many thought Verlander was going to stay and Houston messed up by not going out to get a pitcher at the deadline. Well, those critics can be silenced now, as Houston now has a former Cy Young winner and a pitcher with 16 starts in the postseason and 380 in the regular season. Can’t hurt as the Astros were deemed for not making a move, acquiring Verlander is a big addition the Astros rotation.

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NHL: The KHL forward who was suspended from the KHL for doping is making his way over to the NHL now and a few teams have expressed interest in him. Danis Zaripov is a 36-year-old forward from the KHL, he’s played nine seasons in the KHL and has produced, 453 points and 199 goals. Two teams that have publicly expressed interest in Zaripov is Pittsburgh and the Rangers. It’s said that Malkin expressed interest in playing on the same line with Zaripov, a guy who just won the Russian most valuable player award will more than likely get another Russian forward to join him unless the Rangers offer Zaripov more money.

The Blue Jackets have locked up forward Alexander Wennberg for 6-years at $4.9 mil a year. The 22-year-old forward has shown major strides of progression in the Blue Jackets organization now, and anytime a player goes from 40 to 59 points in one season, it deserves a little looking into. Wennberg is a big, strong forward who will be a top three player on the Blue Jackets for years to come. The six years is absolutely crucial to Columbus because now he’s locked in and will be a huge drawing asset for other players looking to come to Columbus in the future.

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Thomas Vanek is back on another team for another season! The 33-year-old forward has signed a 1-year deal for $2 million with Vancouver. Vanek has played on six NHL teams and five different ones in the past four seasons. Vancouver will be Vanek’s seventh NHL club and sixth team in five seasons. Vanek scored 48 points and 16 goals with the Red Wings/Panthers last season. Vanek has struggled to stay healthy and remain consistent in line ups but at $2 million for a team like Vancouver will not hurt at all. Vanek can now play along with the Sedin brothers who may help resurge the talented goal scorers ability and get him some confidence back. Vanek is capable of being a 50-60 point player when he’s healthy, barring injuries and Vanek plays a full season, paired with the Sedin brothers would not hurt the once 40 goal scorers year.

Spitballs: Yankees, Twins take last two wild card spots, Dodgers win 115 games and probably the world series(I don’t care, they’re too good), Red Sox’s bunt again to annoy Yankee pitchers, Zaripov goes to Pittsburgh, Vanek scores 30 goals next season, Wennberg tallies 65 points next season.

Be on the look out later today for some introduction to the NFL season article!!

 

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Sports News: NFL, NHL, MLB Spitballs for the week! AL/NL Wild Card, Yankees vs Tigers Brawl, NFL injuries, Will Bucther decision

NFL/MLB/NHL SPIT BALLS OF THE WEEK!

Let’s kick off this Sunday the right way! After a long night of watching Floyd Mayweather TKO Conor McGregor, sit back, relax and enjoy the Spit Balls of the week!

Wait, but first, who actually thought McGregor was going to win? I’m glad those people can be quiet now, it’s nearly impossible for someone to come into another man’s sport where he was arguably the greatest and just beat him because “he’s an MMA fighter, and really confident and wants to win.” Least we got our money’s worth though the fight did go 10 rounds, more than most expected, and it was a fairly even fight. Glad to see Floyd “Money” Mayweather officially finish now with a 50-0 record.

 

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MLB News:

The big story being talked about is the Detroit Tigers vs New York Yankees brawl, I literally got an alert about this “brawl” every day for the last four days now. What is the big deal it was barely a brawl, Miguel Cabrera and Austin Romine got in each other face, shoved one another, both teams came out and that was it. Out of four punches thrown maybe ½ of one landed. Also, I’ve been hearing a lot about Gary Sanchez cheap shot, I do agree that was unnecessary and uncalled for, but he did not even connect and stopped right after, he was acting in the heat of the moment and the MLB suspended for a game, so be it, it’s over with. But for people like Pedro Martinez to say this could stay with him forever and make him look bad, please. Pedro do you not remember throwing a 72-year-old man to the ground? Don’t speak Pedro. People don’t forget.

 

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Pedro Martinez tweet on August 24, after the Yankees vs Tigers brawl broke out. Really Pedro?

 

The AL Wild Card looks to be heating up the Minnesota Twins have officially gained some traction, now a half (.5) game in front of the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners, the Orioles are slowly creeping up there and Tampa Bay, Toronto are more than likely going to be sitting at home in October. With nearly 50 games left in the season, it’s a full out sprint for these wild card teams, most of these teams will be playing each other come late September when a wild card spot is do or die.

NL Wild Card Arizona and Colorado currently sit in the two wild card spots as the Marlins and Brewers look in at 3.5/4 games behind, the Cardinals are 5 and after that, some teams are 8 games plus back. Really it’s going to come down to if the Marlins or Brewers get hot and out the Rockies or Diamondbacks. I can confidently say the Rockies will make the postseason. In the NL does it matter much the Dodgers are going to win the NLCS, especially if Clayton Kershaw comes back early in the postseason run.

 

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NHL News:

Supposedly the Penguins are open to trade talks for a third line center, yeah probably should have kept Matt Cullen around, letting him slip through the cracks really blows my mind. If the Penguins don’t find a good match and no teams meet their needs some UFA’s out there are Daniel Winnik, Mike Ribeiro, Brooks Laich and the Penguins did invite Jay McClement to a PTO recently.

The Winnipeg Jets signed Matt Hendricks to a 1-year, $700K contract, not much going on there, Hendricks just helps their fourth line, gives some physical presence out there and helps fill the cap space for a cheap rental player.

Toronto Maple Leafs finally come to an agreement with Conor Brown on a three-year, $700K($2.1 mil AAV), the Leafs got away with a steal there. Brown easily could have got $1 mil from some other team, but obviously, he wanted to stay with Auston Matthews and the other young talent in Toronto.

Vancouver Canucks are slowly getting closer to a deal with Bo Horvat reportedly it has said that the Canucks have talked contracts with Horvat that range anywhere from two to eight years, he’ll get a contract similar to Jonathan Drouin, Alex Galchenyuk, and Aleksander Barkov, if I had to guess 4 years $5 mil a year? But for now, we wait.

Will Butcher makes his final decision today probably around 12 P.M. (EST), but what I’ve been hearing is that Butcher is 50/50 on Vegas and New Jersey right now. Look at it this way. Butcher goes to New Jersey he has the chance to play immediately and make an impact. Goes to Vegas he’ll be spoken about a ton, have a chance to lead that team in a few years and become the face of Vegas if he does pan out. If I had to make a guess though, Butcher will land in New Jersey, it’s the best fit for him.

Also, the Devils did land veteran forward Drew Stafford to a one-year deal. Not a bad signing for the Devils due to the fact that Travis Zajac is out for 4-6 months and the need for a scorer was urgent. Stafford did score 30-goals once before and is more than capable of 20-25 goals paired with the right linemates. Good low risk, high reward sign by the Devils. Stafford career stats are 11 seasons, 725 games, 183 goals, 217 assists, 400 points. Mind you Stafford has been riddled with injuries for a few seasons now and has not played a full season since 2011-2012.

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NFL News:

We’ve all heard the terrible news, Julian Edelman tore his ACL and is now out for the year, Spencer Ware sprained his knee and his timetable to return right now is unknown. This is definitely a huge blow to the Patriots and Edelman, hopefully, Edelman recovers quickly and can help this team out in the playoffs.

Tyrod Taylor left the Bills game Saturday night after testing positive for a concussion. Can news get worse in Buffalo, Jordan Matthews hurt, Sammy Watkins gone, Anquan Boldin gone, oh wait and now the Bills sent home DE Marcell Dareus Saturday for violating a team rule. If you’re a Buffalo Bills fan, I truly feel for you, at least the Sabres will be pretty decent this season.

Jamaal Charles has officially cracked the Broncos 50-man roster and earned himself a spot as a running back.

To wrap it up with some minor news but still something to talk about, since Jay Cutler left the Fox Sports sports analyst position, someone needed to fill it and Fox has announced that Michael Vick will be the sports analyst for the 2017-18 NFL season now.

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