Tag: Philadelphia Phillies

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: 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.

Corbin Signs Six-Year, $140M Deal With Nationals

After a vicious bidding war, Patrick Corbin, the market’s top pitcher, finally inked a six-year, $140 Million deal with the Washington Nationals.

Corbin is coming off of a career year in which he pitched to a 3.15 ERA over 200 innings with 246 total strikeouts.

The deal came down between the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, and Washington Nationals, but neither of the former two teams were willing to meet Corbin’s demand for a sixth year.

This deal is due to set the rate for the rest of the pitching market this offseason, and is the first big domino to fall in what is to be a record breaking free agent signing period.

 

MLB: Phillies, Mariners Swap Segura, Santana

The Philadelphia Phillies and Seattle Mariners both announced on Monday that a trade sending M’s All-Star shortstop, Jean Segura, to Philadelphia was, indeed, official.

In addition to Segura, the Phillies took on the contract of veteran reliever Juan Nicasio, and received left handed reliever James Pazos in the deal, while the Mariners received long time top-tier prospect JP Crawford as well as veteran first baseman Carlos Santana.

In all honesty, it is hard to see a scenario in which Philadelphia can not be considered major favorites in this trade. It was no secret that the club was desperate to move Santana, and the shortstop position was their least productive by far over the course of the 2018 season. Segura, quite arguably one of the best shortstops in the game, fits Philadelphia’s need perfectly, while simultaneously allowing the club to rid themselves of Carlos Santana’s less than ideal contract. Not to mention the fact that the Phillies received two very relevant additional pieces in Pazos and Nicasio.

The Phillies can now move club favorite, Rhys Hoskins, back to his natural spot at first base, and have even more cash than they had initially to pay for big ticket free agents. They also bolster the bullpen a great deal, and have finally found a reliable lefty for said pen, another hole they had been antsy to fill. The Mariners on the other hand have picked up a solid future piece in JP Crawford, as well as an extremely reliable first baseman in Santana, an asset they will likely look to flip just like the veterans, being Jay Bruce and Anthony Swarzak, they received via the Mets/Mariners blockbuster two days prior.

The Mariners and Jerry Dipoto have been ridiculously active this offseason — and we haven’t even hit the Winter Meetings yet. It will be interesting to see how the rest of Seattle’s offseason pans out, and, more importantly, their regular season as well. One thing is certain, they are indeed in full tear-down mode: everything must go. Who could be next? Kyle Seager, Dee Gordon, or even bonafide star Mitch Haniger? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…

MLB Free Agent Feature: Dallas Keuchel

Within this segment, we’ll be breaking down the careers of the top Free Agents on the market. How did they get here? What makes them so enticing to teams? Where could they end up? Let’s find out.

This time around, we have the most decorated starting pitcher on the market. He is a Cy Young Award winner, a three time gold glover, and a World Series Champion. He is Dallas Keuchel.

Discovering Dallas…

Dallas Keuchel, a southpaw from Tulsa, Oklahoma, attended the University of Arkansas, and, after finishing his career there, was eventually drafted by the Houston Astros in the 7th round of the 2009 MLB draft.

Keuchel was never expected to amount to anything great. He debuted in 2012, and  spent his first few years of the the majors in mediocrity. However, in 2014, Keuchel broke out vigorously, putting up a 2.93 ERA and a total of five complete games throughout the 2014 season. Keuchel followed this display up with an even better 2015, where he hurled his way to a 2.48 ERA in 33 starts and a league leading 232 innings pitched. This success awarded Keuchel with a Cy Young, as well as the title of ‘Ace’ for the Houston Astros franchise. The Ace did stumble in 2016 however, where he was labored with injury, and could only manage to squeeze out a 4.55 ERA and an alarming 86 ERA+. Then, in what was another injury labored season, Keuchel returned to prior form, posting a 2.90 ERA over only 145.2 innings pitched in 2017. This past year looked promising for Keuchel’s health, and, while he managed to throw a full 204.2 innings, his other numbers certainly weren’t eye-popping.

Who are the Suitors?

Dallas is sure to draw a great deal of interest, even through the injury concerns and signs of regression. The reason? When Kid Keuchy is on, he is ON. In fact, there’s almost no stopping him. When he gets into a groove, he really dominates, and it is this quality that puts him so high up on certain teams’ lists.

There are quite a few clubs that should be inquiring for Keuchel’s services, the forefront of those clubs being the Milwaukee Brewers, the Washington Nationals, and, his former team, the Houston Astros. However, there are also some other teams with outside shots, such as the Atlanta Braves, the Philadelphia Phillies, and even the Cincinnati Reds, who are expected to be big players on the starting pitching market this year. As well as these teams, I would go ahead and add in any of the teams that miss on Corbin, seeing as Keuchel would fill a similar role on any staff.

There are many teams that make sense in the Keuchel sweepstakes, but only one team can walk away the winner. Who will it be?

My Prediction: The Milwaukee Brewers, 4 Years, $70 Million

 

MLB Free Agent Feature: Patrick Corbin

Within this segment, we’ll be breaking down the careers of the top Free Agents on the market. How did they get here? What makes them so enticing to teams? Where could they end up? Let’s find out.

This time, we’re deep diving on our first pitcher of the year — the slick, slider-filled Southpaw: Patrick Corbin.

Corbin Cracks the Code…

Patrick Alan Corbin, a long time New York native, was born in Clay, New York on July 19, 1989. He spent his High Schooling days at Cicero — North Syracuse, where he did not begin pitching until his Junior year. He then graduated and moved on to Mohawk Valley Community College, and soon after transferred to Chipola College for his Sophomore season, where he was a bold standout, and drew a good deal of interest. It was this interest that allowed Corbin to go in the second round of the 2009 MLB Draft after being selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Angels then shipped Corbin to the Diamondbacks in 2010 as a piece of a package for the journeyman Dan Haren, and Corbin then debuted in 2012.

Corbin began his Major League career as well as one could expect. After having struggled in his 17 starts of 2012, he quickly showed the world his potential in 2013, where he was named to the 2013 All-Star team and turned in a 3.41 ERA over 32 starts with a 1.16 WHIP. However, for every up, there is a down, and Corbin’s down was missing the 2014 season due to a torn UCL, which required the infamous Tommy John Surgery to fix. Corbin returned to the rotation in 2015 with noticeably less shimmer and shine, and was removed from his role as a starter mid-2016 — only to be added back at the start of the 2017 season. And then, in 2018, Corbin blossomed. In a year of many, many dominant pitchers, Corbin was right up there with the best of them. His ERA ranked in the top 15 of qualifying starters and third among lefties at 3.15, his strikeout rate improved drastically (246 K’s in 200IP), and, most importantly, he was healthy.

Who Will Bid Higher?

After his excellent 2018, Corbin is ready to receive a massive payday — so who’s buying?

To me, this one seems like an easy lock. Corbin has not been shy about his preference to play with the New York Yankees, and the Bronx Bombers have mirrored that interest. However, that has not stopped other teams from revealing their interest. Said interested clubs include the Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels, and many, many more.

I will be shocked if Corbin ends up with another team that is not named the Yankees, but stranger things have happened…

My Prediction: The New York Yankees, 5 years, $105 Million

 

 

MLB Free Agent Feature: Josh Donaldson

Within this segment, we’ll be breaking down the careers of the top Free Agents on the market. How did they get here? What makes them so enticing to teams? Where could they end up? Let’s find out.

Let’s check in on a man of many names — the great Viking Hoskuld, the Bringer of Rain, the one and only, Josh Donaldson.

Donaldson Displays Dominance…

Joshua Adam Donaldson was born in Pensacola, Florida, and played baseball all throughout high school. He then went on to attend Auburn University, and was selected 48th overall in the 2007 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs. Early in his career, Donaldson was admired for his excellent eye and plate discipline, as well as his power stroke. During the 2008 season, the Cubs and Athletics struck a six player deal that included Donaldson, and the then-catcher spent the entirety of the 2009 season in the Athletics Double A system.

The three-time All Star first debuted in 2010, but it was during the 2012 season that his major league career took flight, and he converted to the hot corner full time. Donaldson began as a split time third baseman, but, as his bat began to heat up, he started playing more and more often. In 2013, Donaldson became the Athletics full time third baseman, as well as their prominent bat. In 2014, Donaldson was traded to the Blue Jays for a four-player package, and proceeded to win the AL MVP Award in 2015 He turned in five straight All-Star caliber seasons from 2013-2017, in which hit hit a total of 164 home runs as well as a combined 491 RBI. Donaldson was also consistently praised for his excellent play of third base, as well as his unyielding drive to win. Though he muddled through last year plagued with injury, Donaldson is sure to see a sizable contract this offseason, and very well may be the best deal of this winter.

Who’s Bringing the Rain?

Donaldson’s age and recent struggles will undoubtedly affect the size and value of his nearing contract, however, that does not change the fact that he is due for a payday.

His primary suitors are the Saint Louis Cardinals, who are becoming less and less likely to land Bryce Harper with every passing moment, and are in dire need of an option at third (or first) base. Had Manny Machado been an option at the hot corner, they may have shown more interest in him, but Machado seems set in his choice to play shortstop.

Other teams that should have interest include the the Los Angeles Angels, the Chicago White Sox, and the Philadelphia Phillies, should they miss on their other big Free Agent targets.

Donaldson, if healthy, will prove an excellent addition to any teams’ lineup, and will serve as an major presence in the clubhouse as well. It is entirely possible that he ends up becoming one of the most undervalued Free Agents of his class, and he might play a much larger role in the 2019 season than many spectators suggest.

My Prediction: The Saint Louis Cardinals, 2 years, $36 Million