Tag: Trade rumors

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.

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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

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.

New York Rangers head to music city to silence the jazz

The New York Rangers head to Nashville with the hopes of a road victory. It won’t come easy for the Rangers as they are 3-7-0 in their last ten games, coming off a terrible loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The atmosphere in New York is fragile, to say the least, a lot of trade rumors going on and a ton of media critics jumping down Ranger players throats. For a professional, as much as we think it may not affect them, the constant pressure and criticism from the media get to one’s head. And now the Rangers have to try and put the critics behind them and pull off an important road win.

The way the season is looking right now, the Rangers will be either doing two things in a month, battling for a wild-card spot, or selling their rosters top players. The question that has been a looming question for quite some time now, well the past two weeks. Anyways, the Rangers are on the verge of a major roster shakeup and if it does not happen before the deadline, we can expect the Rangers to be very active come August.

By the numbers…

Onto tonight’s game, the Rangers have not been playing their best hockey that is well known and nothing we need to harp on any further. This year though the Rangers rank 17th in powerplay percentage(19.8) to the Predators 2nd(24.6), 13th in penalty kill percentage(81.8) to the Predators sixth(83.1). Fourteenth in goals for per game(2.94) to the Predators, tenth(3.00), twenty-first in goals against per game(2.96) to the Predators second(2.47).

The Rangers top point scorers this year are Mats Zuccarello with 37 points, Michael Grabner with 21 goals, Predators top guy is PK Subban with 38 points and have three players tied at 16 goals. The Rangers offense ranks fairly well against any team in the NHL, but over the last month, they have struggled to score. They are averaging 2.75 goals for per game while allowing 3.70 goals against. Anytime the number of goals against creeps up towards four there is a problem. Henrik Lundqvist has been pulled in two games over the last month. The Predators have seen their fair share of success this season and over the last ten games picking up a point in nine of their last ten games. On top of their 67 points and top five spot in the NHL the Predators post a 17-5-3 record at home compared to the Rangers 8-12-2 record on the road. The Predators lost their five home games this season over the last two months though so perhaps that is a good sign.

Either way with the way the Rangers offense has been producing, their struggles on the backend and all the turmoil in the locker room and outside of it does not help a team be successful. The reasons I believe teams play well is because of the environment they are in when it is a winning environment with the right leadership, positive attitudes and everyone doing their job and buying then that is when teams are successful. Take a look at Vegas, Winnipeg, Tampa, Boston, Washington. All those teams have something in common, great leaders and a positive environment.

Starters for tonight: 

Pekka Rinne

  • 25-8-3 / 2.29 GAA / .928 save percentage / 5 SO
  • Last month of play 6 wins, 1.48 GAA, .947 SV%, 2 SO
  • Last two weeks of play, 3 wins, 1.00 GAA, .965 SV%, 2 SO

Henrik Lundqvist (PROBABLE)

  • 21-14-4 / 2.68 GAA / .919 SV% / 2 SO
  • Last month of play, 3 wins 3.18 GAA, .908 SV%
  • Last two weeks of play, 0 wins, 4.61 GAA, .859 SV%

Lineups for tonight

New York Rangers 

Nash – Zibanejad – Buchnevich 

Miller – Hayes – Zuccarello 

Grabner – Holland – Fast 

McLeod – Desharnais – Vesey 

McDonagh – Holden 

Skjei – Staal 

Smith – De’Angelo 

Nashville Predators 

Forsberg – Johansen – Arvidsson 

Fiala – Turris – Smith 

Hartnell – Bonino- Jarnkrok 

Salomaki – Sissons – Watson 

Josi – Ellis 

Emelin – Subban 

Ekholm – Irwin 

Jahlil Okafor and the 76ers Looming Break Up

With the third pick in the 2015 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Jahlil Okafor. He was a former number one high school recruit going into college and was scouted as a top talent in the draft at the time.

Fast forward 2 years later… 

Okafor has played only one game so far in the 2017-2018 season and is on the verge of being traded from the 76ers.

He showed promise when he was drafted averaging 17.5 Points and 7.0 rebounds but his production was soon overlooked by many off-court issues, including a street fight in Boston, and his rookie season ending prematurely with a knee injury.

When he came back for the following season he was stuck trying to find himself minutes
between the emerging stardom of Joel Embiid, while also having Richaun Holmes and Nerlens Noel on the roster (although he was eventually traded to the Mavs) Okafor was always able to give the team great post offense but lacked the interior defense that coach Brown’s system relied on.

The Sixers did not pick up the 4th year option, which indicated that he is not in the team’s long-term plans. Not long after Jahlil Okafor requested for a trade or a buyout. As of Right now, the Sixers won’t buy out his contract as they want something in return for the former number 3 pick.

With a buyout not in the foreseeable future, the Sixers will search in the trade market to get whatever assets they can get for a player that was once seen as a franchise cornerstone as he continues to ride the Sixers bench.