The MLB Off-season is upon us, and we all may have trouble tracking the movement each player undergoes. This Page here will have every player involved in a MLB transaction, as well as the team they will now represent. We will update this post immediately after a move goes down. Reminder that you can click on the name of a player if you want to view their stats.
SIGN: Tigers sign catcher Alex Avila to a one year deal worth $2M.
SIGN: Angels sign outfielder Ben Revere to a one year deal worth $4M.
SIGN: Indians sign first baseman Edwin Encarnacion to a three year deal worth $60M.
TRADE: Phillies acquire pitcher Clay Buchholz from the Red Sox in echange for infielder Josh Tobias.
SIGN: Pirates sign pitcher Daniel Hudson to a two year deal worth $11M.
SIGN: Marlins sign pitcher Brad Ziegler to a two year deal worth $16M.
SIGN: Marlins sign pitcher Junichi Tazawa to a two year deal worth $12M.
SIGN: Rockies sign pitcher Mike Dunn to a three year deal worth $19M.
SIGN: Orioles sign catcher Wellington Castillo to a two year deal worth $13M.
SIGN: White Sox sign pitcher Derek Holland to a one year deal worth $6M.
SIGN: The Dodgers sign third baseman Justin Turner to a four year deal worth $64M.
SIGN: The Dodgers sign closer Kenley Jansen to a five year deal worth $80M.
TRADE: The Angels acquire second baseman Danny Espinosa from the Nationals in echange for pitchers Kyle McGowin and Austin Adams.
SIGN: Cardinals sign outfielder Dexter Fowler to a five year deal worth $82.5M.
SIGN: Cubs sign pitcher Koji Uehara to a one year deal worth $6M.
SIGN: The Yankees sign closer Aroldis Chapman to a five year deal worth $86M.
TRADE: The Mariners acquire pitcher Chris Heston from the Giants in exchange for PTBNL.
TRADE: Nationals acquire outfielder Denard Span from the White Sox in echange for pitchers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning.
TRADE: Cubs acquire closer Wade Davis from Royals in echange for outfielder Jorge Soler.
SIGN: The Marlins sign catcher AJ Ellis to a one year deal worth $2.5M.
SIGN: The Rockies sign outfielder Ian Desmond to a five year deal worth $70M.
SIGN: The Diamondbacks sign closer Fernando Rodney to a one year deal worth $2.75M.
SIGN: The Rangers sign outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one year deal worth $11.5M.
SIGN: The Rays sign catcher Wilson Ramos to a two year deal worth $12.5M
SIGN: The Red Sox sign first baseman Mitch Moreland to a one year deal worth $5M.
TRADE: The Red Sox acquire pitcher Chris Sale from the White Sox in echange for infielder Yoan Moncada, outfielder Luis Basabe, and pitchers Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz.
TRADE: Red Sox acquire reliever Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers in exchange for infielders Travis Shaw and Mauricio Dubon and pitcher Josh Pennington.
SIGN: The Dodgers sign pitcher Rich Hill to a three year deal worth $48M.
SIGN: The Giants sign closer Mark Melancon to a four year deal worth $62M.
SIGN: The Blue Jays sign UTIL Steve Pearce to a two year deal worth $12.5M.
SIGN:The Yankees sign outfielder Matt Holliday to a one year deal worth $13M.
SIGN: Astros sign outfielder Carlos Beltran to a one year deal worth $16M.
TRADE: The Nationals acquire catcher Derek Norris from the Padres in exchange for pitcher Pedro Avila.
SIGN: The Mariners sign pitcher Mark Rzepczynski to a two year deal worth $11M.
SIGN: Cubs sign pitcher Brian Duensing to a one year deal worth $2M.
SIGN: Diamondbacks sign catcher Jeff Mathis to a two year deal worth $4M.
TRADE: The Braves acquire pitcher Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals in exchance for Luke Dykstra and pitchers John Gant and Chris Ellis.
SIGN: The Athletics sign outfielder Matt Joyce to a two year deal worth $11M.
SIGN: The Cubs sign outfielder Jon Jay to a one year deal worth $8M.
SIGN: The Mets sign outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a four year deal worth $110M.
SIGN: The Marlins sign pitcher Edinson Volquez to a two year deal worth $22M.
SIGN: The Braves sign infielder Sean Rodriguez to a two year deal worth $11.5M.
TRADE: The Mariners acquire shortstop Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger, and pitcher Zac Curtis from the Diamondbacks in exchange for pitcher Taijuan Walker and shortstop Ketel Marte.
SIGN: The Twins sign catcher Jason Castro to a three year deal worth $25M.
SIGN: The Cardinals sign pitcher Brett Cecil to a four year deal worth $30.5M.
SIGN: The Royals sign catcher Drew Butera to a two year deal worth $1.8M.
SIGN: The Astros sign outfielder Josh Reddick to a four year deal worth $52M.
TRADE: The Astros acquire catcher Brian McCann from the Yankees in exchange for pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman.
SIGN: The Astros sign pitcher Charlie Morton to a two year deal worth $14M.
SIGN: Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson has accepted the Phillies qualifying offer of $17.2M.
SIGN: 2B Neil Walker has accepted the Mets qualifying offer of $17.2M.
TRADE: The Mariners acquire INF Danny Valencia from the Athletics in exchange for pitcher Paul Blackburn.
SIGN: The Nationals sign outfielder Chris Heisey to a one year deal worth $1.5M.
SIGN: The Angels sign pitcher Jesse Chavez to a one year deal worth $4.5M.
TRADE: The Phillies acquire UTIL Howie Kendrick from the Dodgers in exchange for OF Darnell Sweeney and 1B Darin Ruf.
SIGN: The Blue Jays sign DH Kendrys Morales to a 3 year deal worth $33M
INTL SIGN: The Blue Jays sign infield prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to a seven year deal worth $22M.
SIGN: The Braves sign pitcher Bartolo Colon to a one year deal worth $12.5M.
SIGN: The Braves sign pitcher R.A. Dickey to a one year deal worth $8M, with a club option for a second year.
TRADE: The Mariners acquire catcher Carlos Ruiz from the Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Vidal Nuno.
TRADE: The Phillies acquire pitcher Pat Neshek from the Astros in exchange for PTBNL.
TRADE: The Angels acquire center fielder Cameron Maybin from the Tigers in exchange for Victor Alcantara.
As many of us know, the Angels are dangerously close to the luxury tax. This leaves fiscal problems in any moves that they may consider. But a problem that may even be greater than the luxury tax is their whole in left field. Angels left fielders combined for a .570 OPS last year, which is the second lowest mark for a left field position in baseball history. So... What are the Angels options? Could the work a deal that provides a left fielder without falling over the cap? They can. Time to trade CJ Wilson. Wilson has been a steady performer and has pitched relatively well for the Angels, but is owed 20 million dollars next season. Therefore, trading him could provide financial flexibility, and may even be able to land them an outfield bat. Let’s take a look at the latter and think of a few outfielders the Angels can realistically target in a potential trade involving CJ Wilson.
This former-top-prospect had stalemated on the Mariners prior to being tossed to the Yankees at the deadline last season, but Ackley is a slightly above average defender, and can move around the diamond if necessary (I'm looking at you second base). He is also a lefty, which would balance the Angels righty-heavy lineup. We may have to eat some salary to get him, seeing as he's getting paid less than $4 million in the upcoming season, however he would provide average offense with average defense for the Angels. The Yankees could no doubt benefit from CJ Wilson, considering their rotation last season was devastated by injuries and setbacks.
Yes, 'Bro-hio' could be a perfect fit in Southern California. Swisher is a veteran leader who could bring a great clubhouse personality to the Angels. He is able to play LF, RF, and 1B, so he could even fill in for CJ Cron or relieve Kole Calhoun on an as-need-basis. This would enable us to eat less of Wilson’s contract than would need be for Ackley, however Swisher is not on the youthful side of 30 and will likely not provide a major upgrade over the current platoon situation. The upside of Swisher is the Clubhouse presence and ability to move around the diamond. Although the Braves are certainly in no dire need of starting pitching, Wilson could provide veteran leadership and be deemed more valuable the Swisher in Atlanta.
After the “Josh Hamilton crisis,” Arte Marino would have trouble investing in a player who has experienced drug problems in the past, but since his past mistakes, Melky has been a positive contributor. Last years 77 RBI's and .273 batting average would definitely boost the Angels lineup, and he is owed $14 Million for 2016 and is to be under contract for 2017. The high salary is looked at as a bonus in this circumstance because this represents a lower asking price, and makes a CJ Wilson trade with him more realistic. Another positive is that he is a switch hitter with very similar career splits from both sides of the batters box, which benefits any lineup. Cabrera, however, is 31 years old and his numbers have been declining these last few years. Cabrera could be a potential buy-low candidate than could pan out large, for just Wilson. On the White Sox end, they would provide interest in this due to the fact you can never have too much pitching, and they already have Avisail Garcia, who plays the same position and provides similar stats with Cabrera.
The rebuilding Brewers may be encouraged to sell off more of their remaining assets admits their prime to plan for the future. This youthful slugger hit 27 homeruns last year, and would be a major offensive upgrade for the Angels. His big bat could fit in the middle of the lineup and contribute to the Angels with such magnitude it would lead to a deep playoff push. A player of such magnitude and age comes at a price. This would likely take a package of minor leaguers in addition to CJ Wilson to acquire him, therefore making this the most unlikely of our bunch. I’m sure you’re thinking that there is no way that Milwaukee would have any interest in Wilson, but you may be wrong there. Although Wilson could be a great clubhouse presence for the currently-young Brewers roster, I’m sure you’re thinking that there is no way that Milwaukee would have any interest in Wilson, but you may be wrong there. Wilson could be a great clubhouse presents for the currently young Brewers roster and could be tossed at the deadline for some prospects if he has success.
Any of the above players could be a suitable fit in Anaheim, but which one is the best fit?
Mitch Robertson & Jake Wesley
As the season has come and gone, we are ready for all of the fun the off season will bring upon us. The first of these are the awards, now it is time for the Silver Slugger Award!
Below is a list of the players who won an award, as well as their batting average,number of Home Runs hit, as well as the number of Runs they batted in(RBI's). (select read more if needed)
The MLB Offseason is upon us, and we all may have trouble tracking the movement each player undergoes. This Page here will have every player involved in a MLB transaction, as well as the team they will now represent. We will update this post immediately after a move goes down.
As the season has come and gone, we are ready for all of the fun the off season will bring upon us. The first of these are the awards, beginning off with the Rawlings Gold Glove Award!
Below is a list of the players who won an award, as well as their Fielding Percentage, number of errors committed, as well as the number of games they played in that position.
Jake Wesley, 11/10/15 (select read more if needed)
The Los Angeles Angels have extended closer Huston Street on Wednesday. The deal is worth $18 million over 2 years, and also includes a team option for 2018 with a $1 million dollar buyout. He was negotiating an extension himself throughout Spring Training, and now that the season has gotten through its first month, Street has gotten his money.
Huston Street is clearly deserving of his extension, racking up 28 saves in an Angel uniform, and 164 in his career. He began his career with the Oakland Athletics, where he began his dominance as an elite closer in 2005 at the ripe age of 21. After four seasons in Oakland, began a new tenure a member of the Colorado Rockies. After three seasons in both Colorado and San Diego, Street is currently in Anaheim, and enjoying every second of it.
After a long list of injuries that almost derailed his career, Street is back and better than ever. The Angels heavily relied on his talent during the second half of 2014, after acquiring him during the Trade Deadline, and he helped his new club reach the Postseason. The Angels had incumbent Ernesto Frieri in the closer role, and after multiple blown saves, the Angels needed a new closer. With Joe Smith and Huston Street locked in for 2016, the Angels have the back of the bullpen locked down, which was a major issue for them in recent years. But one question still remains, with Street locked in, who is next to be extended? And how can they help the Angels reach the Postseason again in 2015?
- Weston Robertson
In a not-so-surprising move, the Milwaukee Brewers have fired their manager Ron Roenicke. The Brewers own the MLB-worst record in baseball, sporting a 7-18 record through the twists and turns of the beginning of the season. The collapse of both offense and defense is evident because of the failure to put runs on the board and keeping them off. Through their first 25 games, they have scored a dismal 77 runs, while allowing 120. Qualified batters have hit a ghastly .235 batting average, while pitchers have thrown a combined 4.48 ERA; both performances ranking 2nd worst in the National League. The Titanic-like sinking of the Brewers has forced most fans to abandon all hope.
Individual inefficiencies have contributed to the Brewers overall downfall as well. Overpaid veteran 3B Aramis Ramirez has produced a miserable line of .214/.236/.357, failing to deliver production out of the 5th spot in the lineup. Another underachiever is inexperienced Khris Davis, who has slugged a discouraging .338. Davis excelled down the stretch last year, but has dug himself in an early slump. Key run-producers in the lineup include Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy, and Scooter Gennett, and they have all shared time on the DL. The only offensive bright spot in Milwaukee has been first-baseman Adam Lind, who has hit to the tone of a .317 batting average, with 13 RBI’s. The inability to score runs is one of the major flaws in the Brewers demise.
In my opinion, the fallout of the firing of ex-Brewers Manager will be the prologue of a potential rebuilding roster overhaul. Probable trade candidates include soon-retiring Aramis Ramirez (preferably to a contender), superstar Carlos Gomez, veteran starting pitcher Kyle Loshe, and underperforming starting pitcher Matt Garza. I believe that General Manager Doug Melvin should sell high on their overpaid players and move into a rebuilding phase.
In a consequent move, the Brewers will hire Craig Counsell as their next manager, beginning on May 4, 2015.
Counsell was in the running for the Tampa Bay Rays managerial gig earlier this off-season, but Kevin Cash received the job. This hiring seems more fitting, because Counsell played for the Brewers from 2007-2011. He was formerly in the Brewers front-office.
From all of here at MLB_NL_AL, we wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his baseball career.
- Mitchell Robertson
Who would've thought two years after signing Josh Hamilton the Angels would be trading him back to their division rival! The Rangers have indeed traded for their former MVP back, plus they didn't have to give up any prospects or have to pay his huge contract. It even sounds like Hamilton wanted to go here and here only.
Josh Hamilton's deal was announced Monday in a press conference with Texas GM, John Daniels. "If I could change the past I would...I probably wouldn't have gone anywhere, I would've stayed here", Hamilton said. Hamilton left the Rangers two offseasons ago to go to the division rivala Lots Angeles Angels. He also was quoted saying, "Texas is not a baseball town." After that offseason Texas fans absolutely hated Hamilton and they let him know how much they hated him whenever he came back to Texas to play the Rangers. Rangera fans honestly were stunned by Hamilton's actions, all they had done for him is provide him the perfect situation to get his career back on track.
After being selected number 1 overall in the 1999 draft, Hamilton was a star in the making. But after failed drugs tests Hamilton was bounced around and ended up with the Cincinnati Reds in 2007. He then had a breakout season and nearly won Rookie of the Year. The next offseason he bounced to the Rangers, and the Rangers provided the perfect situation for him and he finally really broke out. Hamilton won MVP in 2010 and had a fantastic season, leading the Rangers to the World Series. Ultimately they were just wondering, why would he do something like this? After struggling at the plate and battling injuries in his first two seasord, this was the year that he started going back to drugs. In Los Angeles, he simply didn't have the support system that he had in Texas, so when he went through those two miserable years he decided to turn back to drugs. Thats when the Angels had finally had enough of Hamilton, they decided it was time for a trade. It was reported that the Angels had a deal with a NL team but Hamilton simply told the team he wanted to come back to Texas. That's why I believe Rangers fans should support Hamilton because he simply made a mistake by picking the Angels. Next I will look at both sides of the trade.
The Angels simply are saying that they made a mistake and owning up to it, they didn't even get to shed most of Hamilton's contact in this deal or get any type of prospect. They just wanted to get Hamilton off their team and receive at least a little benefit instead of just releasing him. Now the Angels will just hope to move on with Matt Joyce filling Hamilton's hole.
The Rangers however are in a position where it is low risk high reward type of situation. If Hamilton just plays close to how he did in his Rangers years then he should be worth way more then about 7 million dollars a season If he returns to his glory days then the Rangers could have an explosive middle of the lineup with Fielder-Beltre-Hamilton. The Rangers however will not get Hamilton's service for at least another month due to the fact that he is just now starting Spring Training. The Rangers expect him to take over left field once again for them.
This deal is a very unique deal because off all of the tension between the Rangers and Hamilton the past two years, I would watch closely how he ends up doing with Texas. Hamiltoa, who will turn 34 in May, will look to have a bounce back year and help Texas begin to contend once again.
It’s time to add the Designated Hitter in the National League. Yup I just said it. Baseball conservatives, start your shunning, because here we go!
Just recently, Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has sustained a serious Achilles injury, while batting in the 5th inning. Nope, he wasn't on the pitcher’s mound, where PITCHERS pitch, but in the batter’s box, where BATTERS bat. It’s simple, pitchers shouldn't bat and batters shouldn't pitch. Wainwright is probably done for the season, but no official word has reported yet. Now, why does this matter to you? Because you like Adam Wainwright? Who doesn't!? C’mon his twitter handle is @UncleCharlie50. It doesn't get any better than that. Anyways, this injury is important because it could happen to anybody, especially pitchers, who try to do something they are not used to doing. Pitchers are supposed to pitch, not bat (Sorry Madison Bumgarner).
Max Scherzer has commented about this situation, “I wouldn't be opposed,” he said. “If you look at it from the macro side, who’d people rather see hit – Big Papi or me? Both leagues need to be on the same set of rules. We keep searching for offense. This would be the easiest way to add offense.” Scherzer is 100% right. Baseball needs offense. The easiest way to do that would be adding a Designated Hitter in the National League. Wake up Rob Manfred! Make sure Adding a DH in the NL is right below Put Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame on your to-do list.
Just think of the kids. The future generations. Yea, those guys who will eventually carry on the baseball popularity, those kids. They want to see their favorite player come up to bat and hit a home run! But if they see the pitcher come up and strike out trying to bunt, those same kids will be crying. To summarize my metaphor, baseball needs to standardize the DH in order to raise popularity.
Sorry baseball conservatives, change is good. In 2015, Rob Manfred changed baseball by adding a clock in between innings, and other rules that have been designed to cut out wasted time. And whattya know!? It worked. He’s 1-1 so far in his career as MLB Commissioner, that’s not bad, right?
Take the 2014 Giants as an example. In order to keep Michael Morse’s powerful bat in the lineup, they had to put him in left field. But he was a defensive liability in the outfield, among others like the Diamondbacks’ Mark Trumbo. The Giants had the unfair disadvantage of a weaker defense, just so they could have a big bat in their lineup. Gregor Blanco, strong defensively but weak offensively, was Morse’s counterpart in left field. Adding a DH in the National League would keep it fair during inter-league play, provide an opportunity to have a powerful bat in the lineup all the time, and keep the defense strong so they could win the game. Many teams have this same problem today, like the Cardinals with Matt Adams, the Phillies with Ryan Howard, and also could have been used with ex-Padre Carlos Quentin. The DH would help give guys a rest, and would ultimately prolong careers in the National League.
Baseball needs to adapt, or it will die. Adding the DH would be the most monumental, but also the most successful. It could be incorporated in Fall League, Spring Training, or Minor League games for testing, just like the pitch clock. And trust me, it will work. NL pitchers could focus all their attention on pitching, while also preventing injuries that could be sustained while batting (see Adam Wainwright). It would definitely add offense, that’s always a plus. Pitchers couldn't escape to the NL to boost their stats (see Scherzer, Lester…). Pitchers would come down to earth with their out-of-this-world performances (see Clayton Kershaw), not like I don’t like watching them dominate. Baseball is bound to change, so why hold it back?
In the latest twist in the Josh Hamilton Saga, reports are surfacing that the Angels are nearing a deal that would send the slugger to the Rangers. The trade comes in the wake of Hamilton's confession of a drug relapse to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. Despite Manfred's decision to not suspend Hamilton, who struggled with drug addiction before turning his life around, Angels owner Arte Moreno told media that the embattled star's future with the club was in doubt as the season opened. The comments sparked controversy as many Angels players as well as the MLB players union stood behind the outfielder in response to them. Hamilton reportedly requested to be traded to the Rangers after refusing to report to the Angel's spring training facilities in Arizona for a rehab assignment. He had been recovering from a shoulder surgery when the news of his relapse hit airwaves.
The deal would reunite Hamilton with the team he won an MVP and two league championships with, and relieve the Angels of the burden Hamilton had become even before his relapse. Since signing with Anaheim in December of 2012, Hamilton has been a shell of the great slugger he once was. He hit .255 with a .316 on base percentage in two years with the Angels, with injuries limiting him to an average of only 120 games played each year. There had been reports that he was adjusting his swing to very pitcher-friendly Angel Stadium during the offseason in hopes for a 2015 rebound, but another injury and his subsquent relapse quickly derailed his plans.
Despite being the first overall pick in the 1999 draft by the Tampa Bay (then-Devil) Rays, Hamilton became a huge bust as a severe cocaine addiction caught up with him in the minor leagues. After going through rehab with a strong support network behind him, Hamilton ended up on the Reds major league squad in 2007. Following that season, he was traded to the Rangers for young pitchers Edison Volquez and Danny Herrera. The next five years would see Hamilton etch his name in Rangers lore as he hit .305 with an average of 28 home runs and 101 runs batted in. In 2010, he capped off an MVP season by leading the Rangers to their first World Series ever, then led them back to the fall classic the very next year. During his time in Texas, Hamilton became a clubhouse leader and continued to receive the support of several former teammates after signing with the Angels. Even after his most recent relapse, several members of both the Rangers and Angels still stood up for him, with close friend and Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson even taking shots at Moreno following the Angels owner's comments.
The deal may provide a spark to a Rangers team pretty much left for dead after ace Yu Darvish was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery last month, as Hamilton now joins veteran sluggers Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre in Texas's lineup. However, for the Angels, it only serves as a reminder of another expensive deal gone wrong. In fact, LA Times writer Bill Shaikin writes that the five-year, $125 million contract Hamilton signed in 2012 may be "the worst in Angels history". Hopefully Josh can turn things around in the place where he first became a superstar.