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.


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 moreĀ 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 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!

Robinson Cano Mets Trade

Do the Mets Need Robinson Cano?

By Gary J. Monches

The New York Mets have made some very important moves following another disappointing season. In a season in which they lost 85 games, the fans are getting very impatient. Point blank, the fans want a winner. As recent as 2015, they were a World Series team. And in the following year, they lost to the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card game. So this off-season, changes were needed. They replaced General Manager Sandy Alderson, who is currently fighting cancer. The hire, Brodie van Wagenan. The sports agent turned GM is in a position that calls for a very important off-season for him and the organization. The pressure on him is real. His first major move could be a very familiar one. Enter, Robinson Cano.

Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen at his Press Conference.

Robinson Cano could thank Van Wagenen for that 10 year 240 million dollar deal he signed with the Mariners. Brodie Van Wagenen was his agent when he signed the contract. The 36 year old second baseman is coming off of a season that saw him get suspended 80 games for PED use. He was effective in his shortened season. In 80 games, he hit .303 with 10 HR and 50 RBI. Half of the season numbers would translate to a .303 20 HR and 100 RBI full season. The Mets’ best offensive hitter with these three statistics was Michael Conforto. He hit just .243 but mashed 28 HR and 82 RBI. The next best offensive numbers last season for the Mets was by Todd Frazier who played in just 115 games due a DL stint, which was the first of his career. He hit just .203 with 18 HR and 59 RBI. Translation, the Mets need a strong offensive bat.

But what would trading for Cano cost the Mets? And is it worth the price to acquire him? Reports indicate that the Mariners are trying to link star closer Edwin Diaz with Cano in a trade.

They want to shed some payroll and it might cost them just a little bit more than just Cano to get that done. And it’s no secret that the Mets desperately need bullpen help. So a trade for Cano and Diaz could take care of those two needs in a huge way. So here’s a potential deal that could help both teams strengthen their teams for this year and those to follow.

Trade Package between the Mets and Mariners:

Mets Recieve: Robinson Cano (And 10 million dollars annually), Mallex Smith and Edwin Diaz.

Mariners Receive: Jay Bruce ( To offset Cano’s 14 million of the 24 million owed to him), Juan Lagares, Jarred Kelenic ( #3 Mets Prospect at OF), Anthony Kay ( #9 Mets Prospect as LHP) and Travis dArnaud.

This trade would not only give the Mets some flexibility by not taking on the full 24 million of Cano’s deal and gets rid of Bruce’s deal. Bad deal for bad deal. Lagares is owed 9 million this season that would most likely have to be taken on by Jerry Dipoto and the Mariners. The Mets have the outfield pretty much locked up with Nimmo and Conforto out there. The Mariners could look to sweeten the deal by adding Mallex Smith back in return too. An outfield that boasts Conforto in left, Smith in center and Nimmo in right could be an exciting one to watch. Lagares could play center for Seattle, while Smith would man center in Flushing. Kelenic and Kay are both top 10 Mets propects that are young and can help the Mariners now or in the near future. And the Mets are more than likely going to sign or trade for a starting catcher as the d’Arnaud experience is most likely done. The Mariners just traded away Mike Zunino to the Rays, so there’s a spot for Travis to fight for once he returns from Tommy John surgery.

This could work for both teams. The Mets think they can contend in 2019, while the Mariners are in a “re-imaging” of their organization according to their GM Jerry Dipoto. So this kind of trade can help both sides in a major way. So I ask once again. Do the Mets really need the 36 year old Cano? If it gets you Edwin Diaz, the 24 year old breakout star closer and a speedy CF like Mallex Smith? Then you bet Cano is needed.

MLB News: The Stove is HOT, Paxton Heads to New York

According to multiple reports, the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners are working on finalizing a deal that would send ace southpaw James Paxton to New York in exchange for a package headlined by top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield, and also includes Yankees #22 prospect in RHP Erik Swanson, as well as OF prospect Dom Thompson.

The deal is in it’s final stages, and should be completed by the end of the night.

Paxton is sure to be a supreme upgrade for the Yankees rotation, and immediately increases their shot at the AL East title. They have their work cut out for them however, seeing as their big competition are the defending World Champions.

Somebody’s turned the stove on…


MLB Trade Rumors

MLB Rumors: The First Big Trade of the 2018-19 Offseason is Nearing Completion

The Rays and Mariners are nearing a deal that would send Catcher Mike Zunino and Outfielder Guillermo Heredia to Tampa Bay in exchange for Outfielder Mallex Smith. Sources tell Mariners beat writer Ryan Divish that a trade may be completed within the day.

Zunino is an extremely young, viable piece that would serve as an excellent upgrade to the Rays current catching situation. Heredia on the other hand would be a solid bench piece and secondary starter for Tampa Bay, who already have Tommy Pham and Kevin Kiermier patrolling left and center field. This trade also frees up right field for the Rays newly acquired star Austin Meadows, who they received from the Pirates in the Chris Archer blockbuster.

Mallex Smith is a speedster who stole 40 bases in 2018, and gets on base often. He is an immediate threat at the leadoff position for any team.

This trade looks to benefit both recipients of it’s rewards, and is sure to start the offseason’s multitude of trades with a bang.