Baseball

#47 David Price trade

I wrote Wednesday that I hope no big trades happen on Thursday because I couldn’t write that day. Guess what? There were a bunch of blockbusters that went down yesterday. Carlos Gomez to the Mets that fell through then finally went to the Astros. Or the Phillies finally trading Cole Hamels to the Rangers. Those are some serious blockbusters and I promise I’ll get to them. But today I want to write about the Tigers trading David Price to the Blue Jays. When I wrote about Tulo being traded to the Jays I mentioned I was surprised they went after another bat instead of a pitcher. Well they got the pitching help too. Wow the Blue Jays won this years trade deadline.

David Price is one of my favorite pitchers, he’s a big left hander with electric stuff. Yesterday while he was being mentioned in trade rumors he tweeted “I don’t care what happens today I’m taking batting practice with the Tigers at 2 regardless” those probably aren’t the exact words but something like that. How can you not like a guy like that? An American League pitcher who doesn’t even have to worry about batting wants to take BP with his teammates even if they aren’t his teammates in an hour. I like him but he’ll probably test free agency so the Tigers kind of had to trade him. He’s doing good so it probably wasn’t easy for them to trade him. But the Tigers aren’t doing as good as they thought they would this year. They don’t really have to rebuild like some teams I think it’ll be a quick turnaround. Think ahead to next year they’ll have Miggy back healthy hopefully Vmart will hopefully be too. The offense will probably be good, with the best hitter in baseball it’ll always be above average. This kid they got for Price, Daniel Norris, will be pretty good. He’s a left handed pitcher and, like Price, has electric stuff. Mid 90’s fastball with nice breaking stuff, already made it to the majors, oh yeah he’s only 21.

Standard
Baseball

#46 Medium trades

First and foremost I will be busy tomorrow so unfortunately I will have to take tomorrow off. Hopefully no huge trades happen tonight/tomorrow morning.

Now the title is medium trades because there is a few trades that happened but aren’t blockbusters in my opinion. There not small trades either they still help the team but not in a dynamic way. So medium trades sounded right, right? The biggest is probably Ben Zobrist going from the A’s to the Royals. The Angels got both outfielders David DeJesus from the Rays and David Murphy from the Indians. And the Nats got the Phillies Jonathan Pabelbon.

The Zobrist trade is the only one worth writing about. I could talk about how I don’t like the fact Pabelbon kicked Drew Storen out of the closers role. Storen definitely didn’t deserve that but as a Nationals fan I am perfectly happy getting Pabelbon. Now Ben Zobrist is a good player for the Royals to go out and get. While Alex Gordon is still injured he can play left field and fill in well. Then once Gordon is back he can play anywhere, Zobrist is a super utility player can literally play any position. I personally would make him my starting second baseman he’d be a huge upgrade over Infante who’s only batting .230.

Standard
Baseball

#45 Troy Tulowitzki trade

I went to bed last night thinking I was just going to write today about the 2 small trades that happened yesterday woke up and found out about the huge blockbuster. At about midnight/1 o’clock in the morning Troy Tulowitzki got traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. Before I talk about that I have to mention the small trades I originally planned on writing about. Yesterday the Mets acquired Tyler Clippard from the Athletics for a minor league pitcher. Also the Angels acquired Shane Victorino from the Red Sox for the young infielder Josh Rutledge. Like I said these are two minor trades, both of them improve the team but not really significantly.

The Blue Jays getting Troy Tulowitzki raised some eyebrows around baseball yesterday/today. Not from the Rockies standpoint more from the Blue Jays. The Rockies were not winning and they didn’t need to be paying a superstar like Tulowitzki. Blue Jays of course jumped all over the chance to get the best shortstop in baseball. They’re .500 and close enough to playoffs to make a good push and try to sneak in. They were, well still are, weak in the pitching department and didn’t need to get a shortstop. Not to mention they have by far the best offense in baseball and had no reason to another good hitter, also an extremely right handed heavy lineup before getting another right handed bat. The Rockies got a fantastic return for Tulo, Latroy Hawkins was also part of the package going to Toronto. The trade was Tulo and Hawkins from the Rockies to Toronto for Jose Reyes, Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro, and another minor leaguer I believe. Reyes is still a good shortstop at 32 but I think he has taken a couple steps back. Jeff Hoffman is a potential ace in the making, he was in the mix to be the first pick in the ’14 draft but had Tommy John surgery a month or so before the draft. He looks good as he starts his comeback from Tommy John. Sits in the mid 90’s and has a good curveball like I said probably an ace in the making. Miguel Castro is only 20 years old and has already made his major league debut. He also sits in the mid 90’s with improving secondary pitches he’ll probably be a reliever but he has worked on trying to be a starter. He’s only 20 so they’re probably in no hurry to figure out his spot. Definitely not a bad haul for a team that could always use more pitching.

Standard
Baseball

#44 Johnny Cueto trade

There was a couple things that happened over the weekend that I could write about but I decided I’m going to talk the big trade. Johnny Cueto was traded to the Royals over the weekend and that’s huge for a KC team that was already in first place and pulling away in the AL central. Before I talk about the Cueto trade I have to mention the Cole Hamels no hitter in Chicago. For a player who was already mentioned in trades since last year has increased his value and his chance of getting traded. Let’s not forget he was already a top tier pitcher, the Phillies were going to get plenty back for him anyway. I personally think they waited too long no offense to Philadelphia fans but they have not been good the last 2+ years and that’s being nice. They didn’t need to be paying an ace when he doesn’t have a good team behind him anyway. But hey the Cubs waited to trade Jeff Samardzija until July of last year and they ended up getting Addison Russell out of it plus Billy McKinny an OFer and first round pick in ’13.

Now about the big trade, Johnny Cueto going to the Kansas City Royals. I give major props to Kansas City on this one they needed a starter and they went out and got one. I thought they’d be in the market for a Scott Kazmir type, somebody who is plenty good and will improve the team but not quite an ace like Hamels, Price or Cueto. Just not elite like those guys is what I’m saying. I found out a few days before the trade happened that the Royals had scouts in attendance for Cueto’s start. I thought “oh not a big deal their just doing their due diligence just kicking the tires on every starter”. Once I found out they were getting him and what they were getting him for I was a little surprised. Cueto might be just a rental because he’s a free agent after the season but who knows they could actually sign him to an extension. The Reds gave up their ace so it kind of surprised me to hear what they got back. Three left handed pitchers Brandon Finnegan, Cody Reed and John Lamb. Now Finnegan has already proved he can pitch in the majors, first pitcher ever to pitch in the college World series (for TCU) and the major league World Series last year. Finnegan is a potential number 1 starter and both Reed and Lamb are close to ready major league contributors. Not a bad haul or anything I just think the Reds could of gotten more giving up such a good pitcher.

Standard
Baseball

#43 Trade deadline

Again I have nothing to write about so I’m just going to talk a little about next week. But before I get to that, there was another small trade yesterday after I posted for the day. Aramis Ramirez was traded from the Brewers to the Pirates for a minor league pitcher. Like I said it was a pretty small trade not really going to change either team. I do however, find it pretty cool that Ramirez is going back to the team that he started with. He will be the Pirates starting third baseman for the time being so he’ll get some good playing time in Pittsburgh.

There isn’t really anything exciting going on in the baseball world so I’m just tell you about next week. Next Friday is July 31st, in case you didn’t know, is the non waiver trade deadline. So there will probably be many trades to talk about and probably some big names on the move as well. I apologize right now for next week because all I’ll be talking about is these trades. I personally believe there will be plenty to talk about, it might take more than just next week to talk about it all. Might take two.

Standard
Baseball

#42 Scott Kazmir trade

I couldn’t think of anything to write about today, matter of fact I was thinking about taking today off. So I feel pretty lucky that 20 minutes before I was going to start writing for the day (or skip today) Scott Kazmir gets traded to the Astros. It’s just a small trade compared to what’s due at this years trade deadline. But it officially marks the A’s as sellers and knowing Billy Beane this won’t be their only trade. It’s kind of a stretch but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sonny Gray on the move. Gray is obviously their best player and he might be traded, no one is off limits from Billy Beane.

Like I said this is just a small trade, LHP Scott Kazmir going to the Astros for a couple minor leaguers. There really isn’t too much to talk about on this subject but it’s better than nothing right? Oakland traded Kazmir for RHP Daniel Mengden and C Jacob Nottingham. Neither are top prospects or anything more like middle of the road guys, but who knows they both could be sleepers. Nottingham is probably the better of the two and only 20 years old. Mengden on the other hand is already 22. But you never know what you’re getting with prospects these could both be major leaguers in the long run.

Standard
Baseball

#41 Pete Rose

Before I get to Rose I want to talk a little about the Nationals. They’re not playing too great right now and that’s mainly because they are pretty banged up. What’s been going on the last 5 games really intrigued me. Here’s the pitchers they’ve faced in those 5 games, Clayton Kershaw on Saturday, Zach Grienke on Sunday, Matt Harvey on Monday, Jacob DeGrom yesterday, and Noah Syndergaard earlier today. That just made me say “wow”, on top of that everybody is injured it’s mainly backup players that played against these guys.

I want to talk about Pete Rose today before I forget about it. So Pete Rose was in Cincinnati for the all star game as part of the Franchise Four thing the MLB was promoting. The Franchise Four was where the fans could vote for the four best all time players of each franchise. No surprise that Pete Rose was one of the four for the Cincinnati Reds franchise. He got a pretty loud ovation from the crowd so it got me thinking of the question should he be in the Hall Of Fame or not? My personal opinion is yes, all time hit leader of course he should be a HOFer. However it is a cardinal sin to gamble on baseball while you’re in baseball. When you sign with a MLB team they will give a rule book of some sort, it might not actually be a book but there are rules you have to follow. I’m sure it’s in all caps, bold print YOU CAN NOT BET ON BASEBALL. The penalty, in case you didn’t know, is life time ban from the MLB. Meaning he can’t work for a MLB team as a hitting coach or in the front office he can’t even go to a game. I think he should be in the Hall but I’m not a strong advocate for it. Yes, he committed a cardinal sin if you don’t want to let the all time hit leader into the HOF, fine but at least let the man go to a baseball game!

Standard