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#29 trade deadline

It’s pretty obvious by the title but I’m going to write about the trade deadline and the trades that went down. Well actually two moves that were somewhat blockbusters. Other than those two deals the trade deadline is fun but it’s no big deal, it’s mainly teams just trading relievers. If the two big deals didn’t happen today I would be talking about Jonathan Lucroy going to the Rockies for a player to be named later, up until the last hour that looked like what was going to happen.

What happened first was the Sonny Gray trade, who went from the A’s to the Yankees. And in my opinion that trade makes New York a legitimate contender, before it was “the Yankees can hit but the pitching is eh” a good bullpen and Luis Sevorino’s break out year would not be enough. To get Sonny Gray they had to give up some good prospects but 2 out 3 prospects are out for the year. The A’s didn’t get the coveted A+ prospect but they did get 3 B prospects with high ceilings. In my opinion the best of the bunch is SS/OF Jorge Mateo, he has game changing speed think Billy Hamilton. In a lot of ways he and Hamilton have similar games, he is probably a little better hitter but still very similar. Mateo will probably be in the majors before too long, I believe he was already at AAA before the trade, and the other two are injured for the rest of the year but still have high upside. For both sides it was a pretty good trade.

Within minutes of the 4 pm et deadline Yu Darvish, probably the best pitcher on the trade block, got traded from the Rangers to the Dodgers. The Dodgers had to give up Willie Cahloun, a left handed second baseman/outfielder who has 20ish homers in the minors this year, and it was worth it. Let’s look ahead, they’re facing the Nats in the playoffs ok first game matchup Kershaw vs Scherzer great matchup right? Second game Strasburg vs … Rich Hill? Eh I’ll definitely take Strasburg. Third game Gio Gonzalez vs … Brandon McCarthy? I think Gio is better. The Dodgers needed Yu Darvish to slot in behind Kershaw otherwise that rotation would not be impressive in a playoff series. They gave up Willie Cahloun who kind of reminds of Justin Bour, chubby guy with a nice left handed swing that creates plenty of power, quite a bit more athletic than Bour but a similar swing.

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#27 another couple of trades

To be honest with you I did not see this coming at all, we still have a week until the trade deadline. Not even that close to the deadline and there has already been a couple big names shipped to new teams. So today I’m going to write about the two trades that happened Tuesday evening/night, the JD Martinez trade and the Todd Frazier (and others) trade.

I have less to say about the JD Martinez trade so I’ll start there. JD went from the Tigers to the Diamondbacks for 3 prospects, none of which are “big names”. In all honesty it was a pretty weak return for a pretty good outfielder. When the Tigers traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets a couple years ago they got Micheal Fulmer in return, who was a big arm who hadn’t quite figured everything out yet but now he developed into their number 1 pitcher. And if you look at the numbers Martinez and Cespedes are fairly similar, it looks like the Diamondbacks got the better end of this deal but we’ll have to wait a couple years to see if the prospects the Tigers got in return turn into anything. Today they were talking about this trade on MLB network and they were saying nobody in the industry predicted the Diamondbacks to be this good… and guess what? I predicted it check my predictions post from before the season. Will a team just hire me already.

Now about the Todd Frazier deal. So it was basically Frazier and David Robertson (and another reliever but I don’t know how to spell his name) going from the White Sox to the Yankees for Blake Rutherford (first round pick last year and number 30 overall prospect in baseball) and Ian Clarkin (former first round pick) and two others. So not only did New York upgrade at third base they actually got to steal Frazier from Boston, it was reported earlier on Tuesday that the Red Sox were close to a deal with Chicago for Todd Frazier then the Yankees just sweep in and stole him from their rivals. Rutherford looks to be a good, athletic outfielder but they have enough outfielders and don’t need to wait for him because he’s probably around 2 years away from being major league ready. Clarkin has potential but has often been injured and he’s not too close to the majors either (closer than Rutherford probably) and those are the big names in this trade. The Yankees saw a chance to upgrade a weak position and not let Boston upgrade their weak position so they took it, I call that a win-win situation.

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#21 Torres time will have to wait

Today I want to write about how the Yankees top prospect (and currently MLB’s number 2 overall) Gleyber Torres got injured and will be out the rest of the year. It’s really too bad, before the injury I thought the 20 year old shortstop would be making his debut in the Bronx fairly soon. He was working on third base, where the Yankees struggle, so I thought it was coming a lot sooner than most expected. Before I get into Torres I want to mention a couple things, not really much to say so I guess you can consider them “notes.”

What was with that slide Rizzo? Last night Anthony Rizzo slid/ran over the catcher at home plate trying to score on a sac fly. And honestly I don’t care, that’s how the game use to be played until they changed the rules to protect the catcher. Usually Joe Maddon is considered a genius (this year not so much) but his comments last night were incredibly dumb and ill informed. I know he was just defending his player but Rizzo had a clean lane to slide he went out of his way to initiate contact. Go back and watch the tape if you don’t believe me.

Don’t you hate it when some players get more attention than others? Last year (and the beginning of this year) people would not shut up about Gary Sanchez and his power, “so fast to 20 homers” “among the best ever.” And then there’s Cody Bellinger who’s literally THE fastest ever to 21 homers in MLB history, and yet nobody is really talking about him. What’s up with that?

At just 19 years old he won the Arizona fall league MVP just last year, Gleyber Torres certainly has great potential. He has very quick feet and an excellent arm looking a lot older in the field, he simply knows where to be. He’s just one of those players where it just looks like everything comes super easy to him, especially on defense. I was in Arizona and witnessed him with my own two eyes and it still surprises me he was only 19. I personally believe in his power potential right now he’s more of a gap to gap doubles kind of hitter, but I think as he grows up a little more he can transition that to homerun power. The reason why I’m talking about him is because he injured himself sliding head first into home (always a bad idea) and needs Tommy john surgery which will unfortunately cut his season short. But the silver lining it’s his non throwing elbow so it shouldn’t effect his future arm strength any. It’s still funny the Cubs gave up Torres in the Aroldis Chapman trade last years and then the Yankees sign Chapman back in the offseason anyway, I think it’s safe to say the Yankees won that trade.

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#11 a surprise AL team

Well the New York Yankees are off to a 21-9 start and surprising some people, not me obviously but some people. Ok that’s a lie, I saw them as an above .500 team but I didn’t see them having the best record in the AL at any point during the season. I’ve wrote a full post about Aaron Judge just last week so I’m not going to focus this post on him, or any other player for that matter, but more on the Yankees as a whole.

I’m not saying that I’m completely shocked that the Yankees are doing great, because they have a decent team. I knew they were going to be able to out slug some teams but it does come as a surprise when you say the Yankees have the best record in the AL. If you look at some of their hitters they have a nice looking lineup. Brett Gardener is doing his thing, so is Jacoby Ellsbury even though he’s kind of injured right now. In my opinion it’s not the veterans that are part of the Yankees offensive success lately, it’s the question marks. What I mean by that is the guys that no one really knew what to expect to start the season. Like Chase Headly and Starlin Castro? Nobody saw those two getting off to the hottest starts of their career. The old guy they brought in, Matt Holiday? Surprise he’s off to a great start as well. Fresh off the DL Didi Gregorious and Gary Sanchez? Hopefully they can repeat the years they had last year. See what I mean the offense is clicking right now because of the question marks. The reason why this start is kind of a surprise is because of the pitching staff. Masahiro Tanaka is the ace without question, but after him there is no one. Pineda? Way too inconsistent. The rotation doesn’t really have anybody but the bullpen is top notch. Clippard? Betances? Chapman? Yeah that’s a pretty good ‘pen. With the very good farm system I thought the Yankees were 1-2 years away from being serious competitors. But with this start I think it’s possible they make a couple trades to ship off these hot veterans to make some room for these young kids to show what they can do. With this start the Yankees might of pushed up their window and might be ready to compete this season.

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#10 judgement day

Today I’ll be writing about the Yankees young stud and physical monster, Aaron Judge. I’ve been thinking about writing about him for awhile now and he just won the AL rookie of the month award so I thought today was a good day. Now before I get into what I think about the Judge I just have to mention as I’m writing this he has 13 homers, he may have 15 by the time I finish this.

Standing at 6’8″ and 270-280 pounds, Aaron Judge looks like an NBA forward rather than an MLB right fielder. I could just end this post right there, I’ll write a little more but his size should tell you everything you need to know. He got his feet wet in the MLB last year but this year he’s the Yankees starting right fielder. He has been around the 30th-50th ranked prospect over the last few years, even though he’s doing great at the MLB level so far this year he was never a high ranked prospect because he only really has one plus tool. And surprise that’s his power. Judge is a big boy with big boy power and from a scouting point of view that’s he’s only above average tool everything else is just average or below. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out if you’re as big as Aaron Judge is you’ll most likely be able to swing a baseball bat pretty hard. He has such a quick swing and makes really hard contact, he’s always been that kind of guy. He’s already 25 years old and that’s a little old for a rookie but it’s not because he just now figured it out, the real reason is because (for some reason) the Yankees brought him along super slowly. He has a lot of swing and miss to his game, like most power hitters, so I personally don’t see him being this monstrous all season. It helps that he plays 81 games at the little league field A.K.A. Yankee stadium.

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#39 New York

Now that the season is winding down I’m running out of ideas to write about every two days. Believe it or not something interesting doesn’t happen in baseball every other day. Today I’m just going to write a quick post about the two New York teams, the Yankees and the Mets. I still think they’re both on the outside looking in but both have been pushing for a wildcard recently.

First I’ll start with the Yankees. Like most baseball fans I have never really liked the Yankees at all. These Yankees are no longer the George Steinbrenner’s Yankees that just flash their money and buy every free agent out there. This is basically a regular team with plenty of young talent and not just young they’re actually producing. After this year C.C. Sabitha is a free agent, Mark Texeria is a free agent, don’t have to pay Arod to underproduce anymore, that is a lot of money coming off the books. So next year it’ll be Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin, and Clint Frazier will be pretty close. All those players getting regular at bats I think are in better position to win next year than they have been in recent years. But as for this year, I like how the “Baby Bombers” are swinging it but pitching is the key and I don’t think they have enough pitching to snag a wildcard.

Now lastly the Mets. I stand by what I said at the beginning of the season that the New York Mets were not a playoff team. Yes, I know they’re making a nice push but no I do not think they can actually snag a wildcard. I knew Syndergaard was going to be good this year, both Matz and DeGrom have been injury plagued in the minors so not surprised about them, the only thing I can say surprised me was Harvey struggling and then being injured. Everyone was like “the Mets got Cespedes they’ll be a playoff team again” that was clearly wrong. What people failed to realize is the Mets got David Wright back healthy the same time they got Cespedes. So if you think he was the only reason they made it to the World Series, you’re wrong. So no the Mets are not a playoff team. Maybe they could make it if they called up Tim Tebow.

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#35 Gary is scary

Today I just want to write a quick post about the Yankees young slugger, Gary Sanchez. I couldn’t really think of anything to write about today so I want to shine a little light on the dark horse for the rookie of the year award. Right now he’s still on the outside looking in but I just want to make a quick case for him and maybe open some eyes.

Gary Sanchez already has 11 homers this year and he didn’t hit his first until a couple weeks ago in Boston. He’s played just 23 games this year he’s hitting .380+ with the aforementioned 11 home runs he might play 50 games so multiply his numbers by 2. That’s very similar to how Trevor Story began the year. And guess what? I also saw Sanchez play the Arizona fall league. It just so happens he won AFL MVP award. What he’s doing in the majors right now is exactly what he did in the fall league and it was impressive. Me personally, I have known about Sanchez for about 4 years, had a great bat and top of the line arm strength but didn’t know too much about catching. He didn’t go to college so he had to learn on the fly throughout his minor league career thats why he’s just now making his impact at 23 years old. If I were a Yankee fan I would actually be a little mad that I had to put up with Arod not producing (because he’s 57 years old and supposedly not using steroids anymore) instead of playing this kid all year. And that ultimately might keep the Yanks out of the playoffs.

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