TheRotofeed http://feed.informer.com/digests/5OVEQCRACH/feeder TheRotofeed Respective post owners and feed distributors Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:53:44 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Hitter Profiles:  Give Me Your MVP! https://razzball.com/hitter-profiles-give-me-your-mvp/ Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com urn:uuid:a00cc01f-b8b8-47f6-df50-28815bbba2c0 Sat, 01 Oct 2022 07:00:45 +0000 We have arrived at the end of the 2022 fantasy baseball season and what an exciting season this has been!  Whether it is Aaron Judge chasing the AL Home Run record or Albert Pujols shocking us all with a resurgence to fantasy relevance, there have been countless headlines to chase.  For our last hitter profiles of this season, we are going to take a look at who your favorite Razzball writers predicted as MVPs at the beginning of the season and compare them to the real MVPs of 2022.  We will also assess where the MVPs of this year should be going off the draft board next year.  Join us for one more lap around the warning track in our hitter profiles. 2022 Fantasy Baseball Aaron Judge Darin Ruf Daulton Varsho Jo Adell Jose Ramirez Julio Rodriguez Seiya Suzuki Jeremy Brewer First Pitch – 10/1/22 https://www.pitcherlist.com/first-pitch-10-1-22/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:4143347c-4774-b143-26ae-ca388053b6c5 Sat, 01 Oct 2022 06:29:10 +0000 <p>Everything you need to know to win your fantasy baseball league!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/first-pitch-10-1-22/">First Pitch &#8211; 10/1/22</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> First Pitch Podcast Podcast Chad Young Braves Sign Charlie Morton To One-Year Extension https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/braves-sign-charlie-morton-to-one-year-extension.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:cbe334e8-c65b-c5b5-d65b-9c94eee9945e Sat, 01 Oct 2022 03:59:42 +0000 The Braves announced this evening they&#8217;ve signed starter Charlie Morton to a one-year contract extension. He&#8217;ll make $20MM next season, and the sides tacked on a matching $20MM club option for the 2024 campaign with no buyout. The Braves are one of the few major league teams that announce contract terms. Morton will stick around for&#8230; <p>The Braves announced this evening they&#8217;ve signed starter <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=mortoch02,mortoch01&amp;search=Charlie+Morton&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Charlie Morton</a></strong> to a one-year contract extension. He&#8217;ll make $20MM next season, and the sides tacked on a matching $20MM club option for the 2024 campaign with no buyout. The Braves are one of the few major league teams that announce contract terms.</p> <p>Morton will stick around for a third season in Atlanta. Originally signed to a one-year, $15MM free agent deal over the 2020-21 offseason, he&#8217;s now signed late-season extensions in each of the past two years. In both cases, they&#8217;ve been a one-year, $20MM guarantee with a matching team option. Atlanta could&#8217;ve simply exercised the $20MM option for 2023 in Morton&#8217;s previous contract, but their preemptive agreement with the Wasserman client tacks on an additional option for the &#8217;24 campaign.</p> <p>There&#8217;s clearly a mutual comfort between the team and the 15-year MLB veteran. He&#8217;s been a durable and effective member of the starting rotation, avoiding the injured list during his first two campaigns in Atlanta and starting 63 regular season contests. He made another four starts during the 2021 postseason. That didn&#8217;t end the way he&#8217;d have hoped personally, as Morton broke his right leg during his World Series start and had to be scratched from the roster. The club went on to defeat the Astros to secure the title, though, and Morton was back in action by the start of this season.</p> <p><img class="alignleft wp-image-750324" src="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2022/09/USATSI_19115405-200x300.jpg" alt="" width="195" height="292" srcset="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2022/09/USATSI_19115405-200x300.jpg 200w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2022/09/USATSI_19115405-768x1152.jpg 768w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2022/09/USATSI_19115405-683x1024.jpg 683w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2022/09/USATSI_19115405-900x1350.jpg 900w" sizes="(max-width: 195px) 100vw, 195px" /></p> <p>During his debut campaign in Atlanta, Morton worked to an excellent 3.34 ERA across 185 2/3 innings. He&#8217;s not been quite that effective this year, tossing 167 2/3 frames of 4.29 ERA ball heading into his final start of the season. The two-time All-Star&#8217;s strikeout rate has been almost identical in each season (28.6% in 2021, 28.4% this year), and he&#8217;s not shown any signs of physical decline. Morton has averaged 94.9 MPH on his four-seam and 81.2 MPH on his go-to curveball this season, not far off last year&#8217;s respective 95.5 MPH and 80.6 MPH marks.</p> <p>It&#8217;s a similar story on a pitch-for-pitch basis. Morton has generated swinging strikes on 12.3% of his total offerings in both seasons. That&#8217;s above this year&#8217;s 10.7% league average for starters, and Morton has held a swinging strike rate in the 12% range for five straight years. Even with his 39th birthday less than two months away, Morton hasn&#8217;t lost anything from his raw arsenal or his ability to miss bats.</p> <p>The biggest contributor to his overall dip in production was an atypical struggle to throw strikes early in the season. Morton walked 11 batters in four starts in April, surrendering 14 runs in 18 innings. He&#8217;d mostly found his footing from a command perspective by the time the calendar flipped to May. In 26 starts since May 1, he owns a 3.97 ERA with a 29.9% strikeout rate and a manageable 8.2% walk percentage. He&#8217;s held opposing hitters to a .218/.301/.384 line over that span. Morton was excellent between June and August before hitting another rough patch this month, posting a 5.27 ERA in five September starts.</p> <p>The Braves aren&#8217;t much concerned about either his early-season control woes or a couple recent tough outings at the hands of the Mariners and Phillies. Morton&#8217;s velocity and strong strikeout and walk profile give plenty of reason for optimism he can remain an above-average starter next season, even as his ground-ball rate has dipped to a personal-low 39.7% clip.</p> <p>Morton, meanwhile, seems content taking a year-by-year approach to his playing career. A longtime back-of-the-rotation grounder specialist with the Pirates, Morton reinvented himself as a strikeout artist with the Astros in 2017. After spending two seasons in Houston, he signed a two-year free agent deal with the Rays before what&#8217;ll be at least three consecutive seasons as a Brave. He&#8217;s reportedly set geographic limitations during his recent potential free agent trips, preferring to stay in the Southeastern part of the country to be closer to his family.</p> <p>Of course, the Braves have far more than just locale to make them an appealing place to pitch. Morton remains part of a stellar roster that has the team on the verge of 100 wins and firmly in contention for another NL East title. He&#8217;s among a strong rotation led by star rookie <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stridsp01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Spencer Strider</a></strong>, All-Star <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/friedma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Max Fried</a></strong> and breakout hurler <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=wrighky01,wright005kyl&amp;search=Kyle+Wright&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kyle Wright</a></strong>. Veteran <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/odorija01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jake Odorizzi</a></strong> has occupied the fifth rotation spot since being acquired from the Astros at the trade deadline, but Atlanta also has rookie <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/elderbr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Bryce Elder</a></strong> and prospect <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tarnofr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Freddy Tarnok</a></strong> as promising depth options.</p> <p>That entire group could return for 2023. Strider, Fried and Wright are all under club control. Odorizzi has to decide whether to trigger a $12.5MM player option or take a $6.25MM buyout and test free agency. Elder and Tarnok are controllable, as are former top prospect and mid-rotation arm <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/anderia01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ian Anderson</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sorokmi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Mike Soroka</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=mulleky01,muller001kyl&amp;search=Kyle+Muller&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kyle Muller</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/y/ynoahu01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Huascar Ynoa</a></strong> (although Ynoa is unlikely to pitch next season after undergoing Tommy John surgery recently).</p> <p>That&#8217;s a number of options, reducing the urgency for the club to look outside the organization for rotation help. Signing Morton to an extension also continues the front office&#8217;s habit of trying to preserve as much of the current core as possible. Atlanta has also signed <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=olsonma02,olson-006mat&amp;search=Matt+Olson&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Matt Olson</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rileyau01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Riley</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/harrimi04.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Michael Harris II</a></strong> to long-term deals this year, in addition to previous extensions for <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/acunaro01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ronald Acuña Jr.</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/darnatr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Travis d&#8217;Arnaud</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/albieoz01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ozzie Albies</a></strong>.</p> <p>Locking in another $20MM to next year&#8217;s books brings the team&#8217;s guaranteed commitments north of $165MM (assuming Odorizzi exercises his option), in the estimation of <a target="_blank" href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/payroll/braves">Roster Resource</a>. That&#8217;s before considering the possibility of extending impending free agent shortstop <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/swansda01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dansby Swanson</a></strong> or accounting for arbitration salaries for Fried, Soroka and high-leverage reliever <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/minteaj01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">A.J. Minter</a></strong>. It&#8217;s virtually certain they&#8217;ll top this year&#8217;s franchise-record $178MM Opening Day payroll, but it&#8217;s evidently comfortable territory for the Liberty Media ownership group on the heels of last season&#8217;s title and another forthcoming postseason trip that&#8217;s certain to include at least two home playoff games.</p> <p><em>Image courtesy of USA Today Sports.</em></p> Atlanta Braves Newsstand Transactions Charlie Morton Anthony Franco Hector Lopez Passes Away https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/hector-lopez-passes-away.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:95fa192c-c9e6-f18b-6e81-e4b84f68eb44 Sat, 01 Oct 2022 03:08:37 +0000 Former major league infielder/outfielder Héctor López has passed away at the age of 93, according to a report from Julia Kreuz of MLB.com (Twitter link). A two-time World Series champion, López played in parts of 11 major league seasons. A native of Panama, López began his professional career in 1952. He played three years in the&#8230; <p>Former major league infielder/outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=lopezhe01,lopez-006hec&amp;search=Hector+López&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Héctor López</a></strong> has passed away at the age of 93, according to a report from Julia Kreuz of MLB.com (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/juliackreuz/status/1575873541022810112">Twitter link</a>). A two-time World Series champion, López played in parts of 11 major league seasons.</p> <p>A native of Panama, López began his professional career in 1952. He played three years in the Athletics farm system before reaching the big leagues in May 1955. That marked the first of four-plus seasons with the franchise back when it played in Kansas City. López saw most of his early action at third base, but he also logged time at second base, shortstop and in center field. He was a solid hitter immediately, hitting at least .273 in each of his first three MLB seasons and getting into double digits in homers for five straight years.</p> <p>Over his time with the A&#8217;s, López hit .278/.337/.433 with 67 longballs and 99 doubles. The Yankees acquired him midway through the &#8217;59 campaign, and he spent the second half of his career in the Bronx. López topped 100 games in six of the next seven seasons, increasingly seeing more time in the corner outfield later in his career. López often shared an outfield with <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mantlmi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Mickey Mantle</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/marisro01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Roger Maris</a></strong> in the early 1960&#8217;s, contributing to a team that claimed five consecutive pennants between 1960-64. New York won back-to-back titles in 1961-62, with López collecting a homer and a triple in four games during the former season&#8217;s World Series.</p> <p>Over parts of eight years in pinstripes, López hit .262/.324/.399 with 69 homers. He finished with the Yankees in 1966. After playing two more minor league seasons but failing to return to the majors, he retired. López finished his playing career with a .269/.330/.415 line in 1450 big league games. He collected 1251 hits, 136 home runs, drove in 591 runs and scored 623 times. Once his playing time wrapped up, he kicked off lengthy career as a minor league manager. He worked in affiliated ball for a few decades and managed the Panamanian team at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.</p> <p>MLBTR sends our condolences to López&#8217;s family, friends, former teammates and loved ones.</p> New York Yankees Oakland Athletics Obituaries Anthony Franco Charlie Blackmon To Exercise Player Option https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/charlie-blackmon-to-exercise-player-option.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:f2a6e8fd-7635-4d70-08d3-8f766e67431a Sat, 01 Oct 2022 01:36:00 +0000 Rockies designated hitter/corner outfielder Charlie Blackmon plans to exercise his player option for the 2023 campaign, he tells Danielle Allentuck of the Colorado Springs Gazette (Twitter link). MLBTR has confirmed that the option value will be $15MM. It&#8217;ll be the sixth and final year of the long-term extension he inked back in April 2018. Blackmon made&#8230; <p>Rockies designated hitter/corner outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/blackch02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Charlie Blackmon</a></strong> plans to exercise his player option for the 2023 campaign, he tells Danielle Allentuck of the Colorado Springs Gazette (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/d_allentuck/status/1576013024724328450">Twitter link</a>). MLBTR has confirmed that the option value will be $15MM.</p> <p>It&#8217;ll be the sixth and final year of the long-term extension he inked back in April 2018. Blackmon made $14MM in 2018, followed by successive $21MM salaries from 2019-21. He exercised a $21MM player option for this season, while his 2023 option had a base value of $10MM. That contained up to $5MM in escalators that were based on his playing time up to 575 plate appearances. Blackmon hit that highest threshold on Tuesday, triggering all the available playing time incentives. The deal also contained an additional $3MM that would&#8217;ve been attainable had Blackmon accrued any MVP support between 2018-22, but he won&#8217;t collect any of the awards bonuses.</p> <p>Blackmon will be back for a 13th season in Colorado. A 2008 draftee, he debuted three years later. After a few seasons as a part-time player, he seized the primary center field job in 2014. Blackmon picked up an All-Star nod that season and kicked off an excellent run of both durability and productivity. He was an above-average hitter, by measure of wRC+, each year from 2015-19. That park-adjusted metric accounts for the favorable hitting environment in which he played half his games. He played 140+ games in each of those seasons, as well of 59 of the 60 contests in the shortened 2020 campaign.</p> <p>While Blackmon has continued to be a fixture in the lineup over the past three years, his productivity has dipped. He&#8217;s not reached 20 homers or topped a .450 slugging mark since 2019. He&#8217;s also moved out of center field as his defensive metrics have declined, and he spent more time at designated hitter than in the outfield this season. Blackmon hit .264/.314/.419 across 577 plate appearances this season, which came to an early end when the Rox placed him on the injured list two days ago. He&#8217;s headed for surgery to repair a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/rockies-reinstate-jose-iglesias-place-charlie-blackmon-on-injured-list.html">meniscus tear</a> in his left knee next week.</p> <p>There was never any suspense as to Blackmon&#8217;s option decision coming off that down year. Yet even with his production falling in his age-35 campaign, he remains a key part of the Colorado organization. That the Rockies didn&#8217;t curtail his playing time late in the season &#8212; even as his continuing to rack up at-bats added an extra $5MM to next season&#8217;s books &#8212; is a testament to the franchise&#8217;s affinity for Blackmon and all he&#8217;s accomplished in their uniform.</p> <p>As MLBTR explored in previewing the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/offseason-outlook-colorado-rockies-13.html">Rockies&#8217; offseason</a> yesterday, Colorado&#8217;s 2023 books are rather cluttered. They&#8217;re on the hook for around $112MM in guaranteed payroll commitments (not including projected salaries for arbitration-eligible players), and they&#8217;d owe the Cardinals an additional $5MM if <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/arenano01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nolan Arenado</a></strong> declines to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract. That doesn&#8217;t leave a whole lot of breathing room for outside additions before the team approaches its franchise-record $145MM payroll.</p> <p>General manager Bill Schmidt and his staff have various areas of the roster they could look to augment this winter. The starting rotation seems the primary concern, but it&#8217;s possible they look for corner outfield help to continue to decrease the amount of time Blackmon needs to spend on the grass. He&#8217;ll presumably continue to play most days, if healthy, with skipper Bud Black splitting his time between DH and right field. Blackmon will be a free agent after the 2023 campaign, and he tells Allentuck he&#8217;s not yet considered what his future holds beyond next season.</p> Colorado Rockies Transactions Charlie Blackmon Anthony Franco Cubs Outright Michael Hermosillo https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/cubs-outright-michael-hermosillo.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:8f3e822d-03a7-7133-0c33-188055b314ec Sat, 01 Oct 2022 00:56:12 +0000 Cubs outfielder Michael Hermosillo has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa, Mark Gonzales relays. Chicago had designated him for assignment earlier in the week. It&#8217;s been a tough season for Hermosillo, who re-signed with the Cubs on a major league deal this past offseason. After breaking camp with the big league team, Hermosillo suffered&#8230; <p>Cubs outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hermomi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Michael Hermosillo</a></strong> has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa, <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/MDGonzales/status/1575944612686200832">Mark Gonzales relays.</a> Chicago had designated him for assignment earlier in the week.</p> <p>It&#8217;s been a tough season for Hermosillo, who re-signed with the Cubs on a major league deal this past offseason. After breaking camp with the big league team, Hermosillo suffered a left quadriceps strain in May which kept him out of action until earlier this month. In addition to his injury woes, Hermosillo struggled mightily at the plate this season, batting just .115/.250/.148 (27 wRC+) in 73 trips to the plate this season.</p> <p>For his career, Hermosillo has both struggled to find opportunities at the big league level and to make the most of the opportunities he does receive. Despite making his major league debut in 2018, Hermosillo has managed to accumulate just 229 plate appearances across parts of five seasons with the Angels and the Cubs, and has hit just .167/.268/.283 in those trips to the plate, only approaching league average for a season during a 16-game stint with the Cubs last year that saw him hit .194/.237/.500 (91 wRC+).</p> <p>While Hermosillo has certainly struggled at the big league level throughout his career, he has had no such trouble in the minors. Across five seasons at the Triple-A level, Hermosillo has slashed .273/.368/.506, all while playing a capable center field and flashing plus speed. Hermosillo will be able to file for minor league free agency this offseason unless he&#8217;s added back to the 40-man roster.</p> <p>The Cubs announced that they will be releasing right fielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/heywaja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jason Heyward</a></strong> after the 2022 season ends, but they have <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/happia01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ian Happ</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/suzukse01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Seiya Suzuki</a></strong> to man the outfield corners heading into 2023. For center field, Chicago has options at the big league level such as <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/morelch01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Christopher Morel</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/velazne01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nelson Velazquez</a></strong>, to say nothing of top prospect <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=davis-019bre,davis-014bre&amp;search=Brennen+Davis&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brennen Davis</a></strong>, who may be ready to join the big league club sometime next year.</p> Chicago Cubs Transactions Michael Hermosillo Nick Deeds Yankees Activate DJ LeMahieu From Injured List https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/yankees-activate-dj-lemahieu-from-injured-list-2.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:febd4e8e-cfbe-5f41-3746-a1cc1b7ddfbd Fri, 30 Sep 2022 22:45:15 +0000 The Yankees announced they&#8217;ve activated infielder DJ LeMahieu from the 10-day injured list earlier today. In a corresponding move, outfielder Tim Locastro was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. LeMahieu spent most of September on the injured list with right second toe inflammation. LeMahieu has posted a .262/.358/.381 slash line in 120 games this season, good for&#8230; <p>The Yankees announced they&#8217;ve activated infielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lemahdj01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">DJ LeMahieu</a></strong> from the 10-day injured list earlier today. In a corresponding move, outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/locasti01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tim Locastro</a></strong> was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. LeMahieu spent most of September on the injured list with right second toe inflammation.</p> <p>LeMahieu has posted a .262/.358/.381 slash line in 120 games this season, good for a wRC+ of 117. While a far cry from his peak during the 2019 and 2020 seasons, which saw him post a combined 8.2 fWAR in 195 games while placing in the top 4 of MVP voting in both years, LeMahieu&#8217;s production in his age 33 campaign can be seen as something of a bounce-back after a 2021 season that saw his defensive metrics slip while his bat hovered around league average (100 wRC+). With other infield options such as <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/donaljo02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Josh Donaldson</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kineris01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Isiah Kiner-Falefa</a></strong> struggling at the plate this season, LeMahieu&#8217;s bat returning to the lineup should provide the Yankees with a boost to their infield headed into the postseason.</p> <p>As for Locastro, while his hitting has left much to be desired (he&#8217;s slashed just .186/.239/.349 in 46 plate appearances with New York this season), he has served as a capable bench piece this season, effectively fielding all three outfield spots while swiping eight bags in just ten attempts. While Locastro will finish the regular season in Triple-A, he may be called upon by the Yankees for his baserunning skills during the postseason.</p> <p>In other Yankees news, the team provided an update on injured utilityman <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/carpema01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Matt Carpenter</a></strong>. He took batting practice this afternoon and may take some live at-bats with Double-A Somerset in lieu of traveling with the big league club to Texas next week, <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/BryanHoch/status/1575940738889568257">per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.</a> Carpenter has hit exceptionally for the Yankees this year, slashing .305/.412/.727 in 154 plate appearances, but has been on the injured list with a fractured foot since early August.</p> New York Yankees Transactions DJ LeMahieu Matt Carpenter Tim Locastro Nick Deeds Twins Planning To Promote Simeon Woods Richardson https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/twins-planning-to-promote-simeon-woods-richardson.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:95fc0094-4a4d-b8f7-98da-c98d90396452 Fri, 30 Sep 2022 22:13:15 +0000 The Twins are planning to promote pitching prospect Simeon Woods Richardson to the majors before the end of the season, manager Rocco Baldelli told reporters (including Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com). Minnesota added Woods Richardson to their taxi squad this afternoon. It&#8217;s unclear specifically when he&#8217;ll be activated, but Park points out the club has yet to name&#8230; <p>The Twins are planning to promote pitching prospect <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=woods-000sim&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Simeon Woods Richardson</a></strong> to the majors before the end of the season, manager Rocco Baldelli told reporters (including <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/dohyoungpark/status/1575957110097059841">Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com</a>). Minnesota added Woods Richardson to their taxi squad this afternoon. It&#8217;s unclear specifically when he&#8217;ll be activated, but Park points out the club has yet to name a starting pitcher for Sunday afternoon&#8217;s matchup with the Tigers.</p> <p>Assuming he&#8217;s indeed added to the major league roster, the right-hander will get an opportunity to make his big league debut in the coming days. A second-round pick of the Mets out of a Texas high school in 2018, Woods Richardson has been a well-regarded young arm since entering the professional ranks. He spent around a year in the New York system before he was dealt to the Blue Jays alongside <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kayan01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Anthony Kay</a></strong> in the 2019 trade that sent <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stromma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Marcus Stroman</a></strong> to Queens.</p> <p>Woods Richardson finished that season with the Jays&#8217; High-A affiliate, and he cracked the back half of Baseball America&#8217;s top 100 prospects list the ensuing winter. After not logging any game action in 2020 due to the cancelation of the minor leagues, he was assigned to Double-A to begin the &#8217;21 campaign. Still seen by many evaluators as one of the better minor league arms in the game, Woods Richardson soon found himself involved in a huge trade for the second time in his career. At last year&#8217;s deadline, Toronto shipped him alongside infield prospect <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=martin006aus,martin004aus,martin005aus&amp;search=Austin+Martin&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Martin</a></strong> to Minnesota in exchange for <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/berrijo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">José Berríos</a></strong>.</p> <p>Amidst the pair of high-profile trades, Woods Richardson&#8217;s prospect stock has dipped a bit in recent years. He fell off BA&#8217;s top 100 entering the 2022 season, but he nevertheless entered the year ranked eighth in a solid Minnesota system. He checks in sixth in the organization on the outlet&#8217;s most recent update, with praise for a four-pitch arsenal headlined by a low-mid 90s fastball and a potential plus changeup.</p> <p>Woods Richardson has generally had an impressive 2022 campaign. He began the year with Double-A Wichita, making 16 appearances before getting a bump to Triple-A St. Paul in mid-August. He started another seven games for the Saints and performed well at both stops. Between the top two affiliates, the 22-year-old pitched to a 2.77 ERA across 107 1/3 innings. He&#8217;s struck out an impressive 27% of opponents while limiting walks to a manageable 8.5% rate.</p> <p>That solid showing against upper level hitters earns Woods Richardson a brief major league cameo. He&#8217;d have needed to be added to the 40-man roster at the end of the season regardless to keep him from being taken in the Rule 5 draft, and the Twins have a number of players who can simply move to the 60-day injured list to clear a 40-man spot for the season&#8217;s final week.</p> <p>Woods Richardson will be in the mix for a rotation spot next season. Minnesota is set to open the year with <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mahlety01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tyler Mahle</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ryanjo04.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Joe Ryan</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/grayso01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sonny Gray</a></strong>, a hopefully healthy <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/maedake01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kenta Maeda</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/oberba01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Bailey Ober</a></strong> in the starting five. With <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/archech01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chris Archer</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bundydy01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dylan Bundy</a></strong> each likely to depart in free agency, Woods Richardson should join <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/windejo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Josh Winder</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/varlalo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Louie Varland</a></strong> and any external additions in battling for additional looks.</p> Minnesota Twins Transactions Simeon Woods Richardson Anthony Franco Mariners Designate Phillips Valdez For Assignment https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/mariners-designate-phillips-valdez-for-assignment.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:9b4054e1-b460-4008-6eac-9d1d094ccfe8 Fri, 30 Sep 2022 20:57:52 +0000 The Mariners announced they&#8217;ve designated right-hander Phillips Valdez for assignment. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for backstop Brian O&#8217;Keefe, whose selection to the majors was reported this morning. More to come. <p>The Mariners announced they&#8217;ve designated right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/valdeph01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Phillips Valdez</a></strong> for assignment. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for backstop <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=okeefe000bri&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brian O&#8217;Keefe</a></strong>, whose selection to the majors was reported this morning.</p> <p><em>More to come.</em></p> Seattle Mariners Transactions Brian O'Keefe Phillips Valdez Anthony Franco Big Hype Prospects: Rojas, McLain, Davis, Davis, Priester https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/big-hype-prospects-rojas-mclain-davis-davis-priester.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:ca22a624-d397-60ad-276a-5ccfa54da7ba Fri, 30 Sep 2022 20:39:55 +0000 This week on Big Hype Prospects, we pretend the offseason isn’t looming over us whilst we ponder prospects on the way to the Arizona Fall League. The AFL kicks off on October 3. We’ll aim to focus on players who weren’t thoroughly covered in previous episodes of BHP, i.e. Cardinals third baseman Jordan Walker. He&#8230; <p>This week on Big Hype Prospects, we pretend the offseason isn’t looming over us whilst we ponder prospects on the way to the Arizona Fall League. The AFL kicks off on October 3. We’ll aim to focus on players who weren’t thoroughly covered in previous episodes of BHP, i.e. Cardinals third baseman <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=walker000jor&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jordan Walker</a></strong>. He happens to be the top-rated prospect tabbed to play in Arizona this fall.</p> <p><strong><u>Five Big Hype Prospects</u></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=rojas-001joh&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Johan Rojas</a>, 21, OF, PHI (AA)</strong><br /> <em>264 PA, 4 HR, 29 SB, .260/.333/.387</em></p> <p>After an icy start to the season in High-A where he hit a meager .230/.287/.325 in 292 plate appearances (3 HR, 33 SB), Rojas got his act in gear and earned a promotion to Double-A where he produced an exactly league-average batting line. A source theorized he was striving to produce home-run power, and it backfired. Prior to the season, Rojas cited <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/acunaro01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><strong>Ronald Acuna Jr.</strong></a> as his aspirational goal. One could see how such a lofty target might lead a prospect to struggle.</p> <p>Rojas is best known for his elite defense and speed. This season, he swiped a total of 62 bases in 67 attempts and only 556 plate appearances. With new baserunning rules coming into effect, Rojas profiles to be among the league leaders in stolen bases over the next half-decade. Although he’s not as strikeout prone as <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mondera02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Adalberto Mondesi</a>,</strong> he might prove frustratingly similar. He can deliver surprisingly potent exit velocities, but he mostly makes modest contact due to poor discipline and off-balance swings. Without a breakthrough, he profiles as an above-average centerfielder who hits something like .240/.290/.350 and makes up for it on defense and the basepaths.</p> <p>Rojas is Rule 5 eligible this winter and will certainly be added to the roster.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=mclain000mat&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Matt McLain</a>, 22, SS, CIN (AA)</strong><br /> <em>452 PA, 17 HR, 27 SB, .232/.363/.453</em></p> <p>McLain is a well-regarded prospect in scouting circles, but he can get a bit lost in a system that also boasts the inimitable <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=delacr000ell&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Elly De La Cruz</a> </strong>and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=marte-000noe&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Noelvi Marte</a></strong> up the middle. Entering the season, he was regarded as a bat-first future second baseman whose lack of power could lead to a utility role. It appears he attempted to sell out for power this season with modest effect. He hit 17 home runs and more flies than grounders – a good foundation for a player who will call Great American Smallpark his home venue. Unfortunately, he also posted a 28.1 percent strikeout rate – unsightly for a player whom scouts believe has a 60-grade hit tool. Discipline could play a role here as well. He walked in 15.5 percent of plate appearances, a sign of borderline passivity.</p> <p>Optimists might note that <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hendegu01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><strong>Gunnar Henderson</strong></a> had similar characteristics last season. He made better swing decisions in 2022 en route to number one prospect status. McLain doesn’t have the same raw tools as Henderson, but he could seek to follow the same roadmap from Double-A to the Majors.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=davis-004hen&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Henry Davis</a>, 22, C, PIT (AAA)</strong><br /> <em>(AA) 136 PA, 4 HR, 3 SB, .207/.324/.379</em></p> <p>Davis only managed 255 plate appearances across four levels due to a left wrist fracture. That’s not an auspicious form of injury for a player whose defensive prowess is actively questioned. All aspects of his defensive profile need improvement. The profile has a vaguely <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sanchga02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><strong>Gary Sanchez</strong></a>-like feel – both for defensive reasons and because light-tower power is his carrying trait. Unlike Sanchez, Davis has plenty of feel for contact and could probably comfortably profile as a first baseman. The Fall League will give him an opportunity to catch up on lost reps.</p> <p>The Pirates have interesting questions to answer in the next two seasons. Both Davis and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=rodrig001end,rodrig002end&amp;search=Endy+Rodriguez&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Endy Rodriguez</a></strong> (featured last week) profile as offensive catchers who might fit better at another position. Rodriguez appears to be the better defensive catcher and is slightly ahead developmentally so Davis might find himself used more like <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/varshda01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Daulton Varsho</a></strong> – a guy who can catch in a pinch but typically fields another position.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=davis-019bre,davis-014bre&amp;search=Brennen+Davis&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brennen Davis</a>, 22, OF, CHC (AAA)</strong><br /> <em>174 PA, 4 HR, .191/.322/.319</em></p> <p>Davis suffered a lost season of sorts, making only 204 plate appearances across three levels. On the whole, he struggled mightily. He missed three months with an unusual back injury – a blood vessel deformity that led to debilitating pain. The issue was corrected surgically. Davis will seek to recover his 2021 form which included excellent production in High-A, Double-A, and Triple-A. Given the nature of his injury, it’s premature to adjust his status as a prospect until we can learn more about his recovery. He has swing-and-miss issues which could limit his production – especially if the injury has sapped his athleticism. Scouting reports tend to focus on the many adjustments he has ahead of him while noting his previous success with making similar adjustments.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=priest000cha&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Quinn Priester</a>, 21, SP, PIT (AAA)</strong><br /> <em>AA: 75.1 IP, 8.96 K/9, 2.63 BB/9, 2.87 ERA</em></p> <p>Although he finished the year in Triple-A, Priester spent the bulk of his campaign at Double-A where he performed well. An oblique injury limited him to only 90.1 innings on the season. For that reason, he’ll attend the AFL. Typically, top pitching prospects only join an Arizona roster if they need to make up for lost innings.</p> <p>Priester is trending towards a 2023 debut. He’s credited with an impressive curveball and three useful variants of fastball. The repertoire as a whole doesn’t tunnel well which is likely to hold him back from future acedom. However, his ability to miss bats and induce weakly hit ground-ball contact could make up for his shortcomings. Only recently have developmental processes put so much emphasis on pitch tunneling. Plenty of pitchers succeeded in the past (and today) despite a relative lack of tunneling. That said, there’s anecdotal evidence that pitchers without tunneled repertoires take longer to adjust to the Majors.</p> <p><strong><u>Five More</u></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=pages-001and&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Andy Pages</a>, LAD (21)</strong>: The Dodgers are adept at putting their prospects in positions to succeed, so I often find myself skeptical of their top-rated players. Pages has posted remarkable power output throughout his rise through the minors, but his extreme pulled, fly ball approach could render him a one-dimensional threat. He was a roughly league-average hitter as a 21-year-old at Double-A.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=gonzal004nic&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nick Gonzales</a> (24)</strong>: Gonzales remains a bit of an enigma. He passes all the eye tests, but his statistical performances leave much to be desired. As a 23-year-old at Double-A, he hit .263/.383/.429 with only seven home runs and five steals in 316 plate appearances. He struggled to make contact with a 16.0 percent swinging strike rate and 28.5 percent strikeout rate. Minor adjustments could unlock major results.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=merril000jac&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jackson Merrill</a>, SDP (19)</strong>: A 2021 first-rounder, Merrill will be one of the youngest players in the AFL. The 19-year-old had an encouraging debut in Low-A, batting .325/.387/.482 in 219 plate appearances. There are questions about his ability to handle high heat or ever generate much power – both of which are probably premature for a player this young.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=gelof-000zac&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Zack Gelof</a>, OAK (22)</strong>: Another 2022 draftee, Gelof got a brief taste of Triple-A last season then spent most of this season in Double-A where he posted an ordinary .271/.356/.438 triple-slash (105 wRC+). Gelof looks the part of a future big league, possibly a second-division starter.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=bernab000war&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Warming Bernabel</a>, COL (20)</strong>: Bernabel earned a promotion to High-A late in the season and saw his plate discipline erode (1.8 percent walk rate). Otherwise, he performed ably with a .305/.315/.486 triple-slash in 109 plate appearances. He had more well-rounded success in Low-A where he hit .317/.390/.504 with 10 home runs and 21 triples in 300 plate appearances. At this stage of his career, Bernabel is considered too aggressive to thrive in the Majors, though he does seem to have a knack for squaring up the baseball – even outside of the strike zone.</p> Big Hype Prospects MLBTR Originals Brennen Davis Henry Davis Johan Rojas Matt McLain Quinn Priester Brad Johnson 2 Mets Select Francisco Alvarez, Designate Alex Claudio For Assignment https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/mets-select-francisco-alvarez-designate-alex-claudio-for-assignment.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:8a375e0d-1fef-548c-aaba-c1c66d42872d Fri, 30 Sep 2022 19:16:02 +0000 The Mets have made it official: they&#8217;ve selected the contract of top catching prospect Francisco Alvarez from Triple-A Syracuse, confirming his previously reported promotion to the big leagues. In a pair of corresponding roster moves, Darin Ruf was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a neck strain, and lefty Alex Claudio was designated for assignment. Alvarez&#8230; <p>The Mets have made it official: they&#8217;ve selected the contract of top catching prospect <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=alvare006fra&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Francisco Alvarez</a></strong> from Triple-A Syracuse, confirming his <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/mets-reportedly-promoting-francisco-alvarez.html">previously reported</a> promotion to the big leagues. In a pair of corresponding roster moves, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rufda01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Darin Ruf</a></strong> was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a neck strain, and lefty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/claudal01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Alex Claudio</a></strong> was designated for assignment. Alvarez will serve as the Mets&#8217; designated hitter today, batting seventh in his Major League debut.</p> <p>Considered by most outlets to be among baseball&#8217;s ten best prospects &#8212; and considered <span style="text-decoration: underline;">the</span> top prospect in the sport at MLB.com &#8212; Alvarez will cap off a monstrous season with his first call to the Majors. Splitting his time between Double-A and Triple-A this year, the 20-year-old slugger posted a combined .260/.374/.511 batting line with 27 home runs, 22 doubles, a 14.1% walk rate and a 24.8% strikeout rate in 495 plate appearances. He&#8217;s been on an absolute tear since returning from a stint on the minor league injured list earlier this month, mashing at a .362/.483/.596 clip over his past 58 plate appearances.</p> <p>That&#8217;s a stark contrast to the veteran Ruf, acquired from the Giants prior to the trade deadline. The 36-year-old has been one of the game&#8217;s most potent bats against lefties in recent years but has stumbled to a dismal .152/.216/.197 batting line in 74 plate appearances as a Met &#8212; handily being outproduced by the same right-handed slugger for which he was traded; <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=davisjd01,davis-000jd-&amp;search=J.D.+Davis&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">J.D. Davis</a></strong> is batting .280/.375/.525 in 136 trips to the plate as a Giant. (The Mets also sent lefty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/szaputh01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Thomas Szapucki</a></strong> and a pair of prospects to San Francisco in that swap.)</p> <p>Alvarez&#8217;s first start will come against Braves southpaw <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/friedma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Max Fried</a></strong> &#8212; a tough opponent but a favorable platoon matchup at least. In 132 plate appearances against southpaws in the minors this season, he&#8217;s raked at a .315/.424/.595 clip and slugged 15 extra-base hits (eight homers, seven doubles). Fried is (obviously) more than a cut above the quality of pitchers Alvarez has been facing in Double-A and Triple-A, but he&#8217;ll still add some right-handed thump in a pivotal series that could very well decide the winner of the National League East.</p> <p>Claudio, 30, tossed 3 1/3 shutout innings with the Mets earlier this month, marking his ninth consecutive season with time spent on a Major League roster. A fixture in the bullpens of the Rangers and then the Brewers from 2014-20, Claudio struggled through a poor 2021 season with the Angels and subsequently spent the bulk of the current campaign in Triple-A. He posted a combined 3.44 ERA in 311 2/3 frames in that &#8217;14-&#8217;20 stretch between Texas and Milwaukee before serving up a grisly 5.51 ERA in 32 2/3 innings as an Angel. He&#8217;s posted a 3.91 ERA in Syracuse this year, in addition to his 3 1/3 shutout innings for the Mets&#8217; big league roster.</p> <p>The Mets will place Claudio on outright waivers or release waivers within the next couple days. He has more than six years of Major League service time, so he&#8217;d be a free agent at season&#8217;s end regardless. It&#8217;s possible he&#8217;ll accept an outright in hopes of potentially being selected back to the roster in the event of an injury, but he&#8217;ll be a free agent this offseason regardless.</p> New York Mets Newsstand Transactions Alex Claudio Darin Ruf Francisco Alvarez Steve Adams Choose Your Final Pitchers Wisely https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/choose-your-final-pitchers-wisely/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:c18cfe86-59cd-eadb-8cba-42e3af10d661 Fri, 30 Sep 2022 19:15:54 +0000 You only have one shot - activate mom's spaghetti. <p>Six more days, just one more turn around the rotation. Whether you&rsquo;re in the final leg of a head-to-head run or are trying to scrape out every last stat in roto, every single sit/start decision could carry season-ending ramifications. Let&rsquo;s keep doing what we&rsquo;ve been doing, breaking down all the minutiae you need to make your best decisions, and packaging it all in some not-so-fancy color coding.</p> <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/choose-your-final-pitchers-wisely/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Head to Head Roto Nicklaus Gaut Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 9/30 https://www.pitcherlist.com/top-100-relievers-for-savehold-leagues-9-30/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:6f046200-9ac1-8e12-dacf-b122f41dad24 Fri, 30 Sep 2022 19:02:02 +0000 <p>Top 100 RP rankings for Saves + Holds leagues in 2022</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/top-100-relievers-for-savehold-leagues-9-30/">Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 9/30</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> SVs + HLDs Rick Graham Mariners To Select Brian O’Keefe https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/mariners-to-select-brian-okeefe.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:a67c2e6d-1e0f-b155-9cdf-346e2c87605c Fri, 30 Sep 2022 18:02:21 +0000 The Seattle Mariners have selected the contract of catcher Brian O&#8217;Keefe from Triple-A Tacoma, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (Twitter link). In a corresponding move, M&#8217;s catcher Curt Casali has been placed on the paternity list. This will be the first major league action for O&#8217;Keefe, age 29, who was drafted in the&#8230; <p>The Seattle Mariners have selected the contract of catcher <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=okeefe000bri"><strong>Brian O&#8217;Keefe</strong></a> from Triple-A Tacoma, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/RyanDivish/status/1575884540354396161">Twitter link</a>). In a corresponding move, M&#8217;s catcher <strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/casalcu01.shtml">Curt Casali</a></strong> has been placed on the paternity list.</p> <p>This will be the first major league action for O&#8217;Keefe, age 29, who was drafted in the seventh round by the Cardinals in 2014. After spending five seasons in St. Louis&#8217;s system, O&#8217;Keefe was picked by Seattle in the 2019 Rule 5 minor league draft. He spent two years in the Mariners farm system before electing free agency at the conclusion of the 2021 season, where he eventually agreed to stay with the M&#8217;s on a minor league deal. With Casali out of action for at least 24, but no more than 72 hours, O&#8217;Keefe will join the big league club for the first time in his nine seasons as a pro.</p> <p>O&#8217;Keefe has spent all of his 2022 campaign at Triple-A Tacoma, where he has had one of his finest minor league seasons. Thus far, he has hit 13 home runs and posted a productive .253/.330/.449 slash in 352 plate appearances. More than seventy-five percent of Casali&#8217;s 2022 appearances for Tacoma have been at catcher, where <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseballprospectus.com/player/104996/brian-okeefe/">Baseball Prospectus</a> rates him as an excellent framer, with the rest coming as a designated hitter.</p> <p>Casali is all but assured to rejoin the Mariners as soon as his time on the paternity list ends. If Seattle is going to keep O&#8217;Keefe on the 40-man beyond Casali&#8217;s return, they will have to make room for him. The M&#8217;s do not have obvious 60-day IL candidates other than lefty reliever <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/borucry01.shtml"><strong>Ryan Borucki</strong></a>, who has already been out since August 8th.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Seattle Mariners Transactions Bryan O'Keefe Curt Casali Jacob Smith The 7 Nastiest Pitches From Thursday https://www.pitcherlist.com/the-7-nastiest-pitches-from-thursday-8/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:e740c653-e61d-fad7-edd9-1f0adc6c29dc Fri, 30 Sep 2022 17:30:02 +0000 <p>Ohtani, López , and more. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/the-7-nastiest-pitches-from-thursday-8/">The 7 Nastiest Pitches From Thursday</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Nastiest Pitches Ryan Amore How Much Ottoneu Standings Still Change https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/how-much-ottoneu-standings-still-change/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:49772eb2-2aa8-5234-0181-77ac0eb5a4a0 Fri, 30 Sep 2022 17:15:14 +0000 Evaluating games played and innings pitched in your leagues can help you figure out where you can gain ground - or lose it - in the final week. <p>With just six days left in the regular season, it&rsquo;s probably too late to make too many moves in your Ottoneu leagues. You can still pick up a bat to fill in some games, maybe grab a starting pitcher or two to help max out your IP, but for the most the die is cast and you are just waiting to see how it turns up. But how much can the standings really move in the final week? How much ground can be...</p> <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/how-much-ottoneu-standings-still-change/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Ottoneu Strategy Chad Young Rolling In The Deep: Livan The Dream https://razzball.com/rolling-in-the-deep-livan-the-dream/ Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com urn:uuid:23fb3b79-278c-1197-64ee-ca6b95393e45 Fri, 30 Sep 2022 17:00:34 +0000 <p>This is it, friends! We’re almost at the end of the line for regular season baseball in 2022, and I hope the season has treated you well. If it hasn’t, well, at least we had a season… remember back in March when it actually looked like it might not happen at all? <a href="https://razzball.com/rolling-in-the-deep-livan-the-dream/" class="read-more">Please, blog, may I have some more? </a></p> 2022 Fantasy Baseball Rolling In The Deep Bryan De La Cruz Conner Capel Hayden Wesneski Livan Soto Reese McGuire Laura Holt Pirates Outright Michael Chavis, Greg Allen https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/pirates-outright-michael-chavis-greg-allen.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:9991de08-d8c4-8ffe-4bf3-92798dfbc204 Fri, 30 Sep 2022 16:35:00 +0000 The Pirates are outrighting infielder Michael Chavis and outfielder Greg Allen to Triple-A Indianapolis, according to the MLB.com transactions log. Chavis and Allen were both designated for assignment on Monday in order to make room for catcher Jose Godoy and third baseman/left fielder Miguel Andujar, who Pittsburgh recently claimed off waivers from the Yankees. Chavis was drafted in&#8230; <p>The Pirates are outrighting infielder <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/chavimi01.shtml"><strong>Michael Chavis</strong></a> and outfielder <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/allengr01.shtml"><strong>Greg Allen</strong></a> to Triple-A Indianapolis, according to the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlb.com/transactions/2022/09/29">MLB.com</a> transactions log. Chavis and Allen were both designated for assignment on Monday in order to make room for catcher <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/godoyjo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral"><strong>Jose Godoy</strong></a> and third baseman/left fielder <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/andujmi01.shtml"><strong>Miguel Andujar</strong></a>, who Pittsburgh recently claimed off waivers from the Yankees.</p> <p>Chavis was drafted in the first round by the Red Sox in 2014, and was Boston&#8217;s second-ranked prospect according to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseballamerica.com/players/6499/michael-chavis/">Baseball America</a> before being called up to the big leagues in late April of 2019. He had a strong rookie season in Boston, swatting 18 homers and driving in 58 runs in 95 games. After posting a weak 64 wRC+ in 2020, Chavis bounced between Triple-A Worcester and the Red Sox before being traded to the Pirates for lefty reliever Austin Davis. In 2022, Pittsburgh gave Chavis another chance to play every day. His ability to play first, second, and third base kept him in the lineup, even though he slashed a weak .229/.265/.389. Chavis, age 26, still may have some time to develop into a steady big leaguer yet. His career 37.4% hard hit rate is reason for optimism, though clubs will want to see some improvement in his 31.7% career K% if he is going to get another shot in the big leagues.</p> <p>Like Chavis, Allen too will have to improve at the plate if he is going to stick in the majors. Originally a Guardians&#8217; sixth rounder, Allen spent parts of the 2017-2020 seasons with Cleveland before being shipped to San Diego as part of the Mike Clevinger package. After a cup of coffee with the Yankees in 2021, Allen was claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh, where he posted a bleak .186/.260/.271 in 46 games with the Pirates in 2022. Though his career wRC+ of 72 leaves a lot to be desired, Allen rates highly as a left fielder and has proven himself a capable base stealer, swiping 21 bags in just 95 games in 2018. Allen, age 30, is arbitration eligible for the first time next season, meaning that he will likely have to demonstrate some marked improvement as a hitter before a club will give him an opportunity.</p> <p>Now that both Chavis and Allen have accumulated three years of major league service time and are not on a 40-man roster, they can become free agents after the 2022 season.</p> Pittsburgh Pirates Transactions Greg Allen Michael Chavis Jacob Smith DFS: One Last Chance For Yu To Profit From Darvish https://razzball.com/dfs-one-last-chance-for-yu-to-profit-from-darvish/ Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com urn:uuid:0b9bf4cc-a8fe-8a0b-00fb-72c094a04d65 Fri, 30 Sep 2022 16:30:49 +0000 <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is my last DFS article of the year, and for those of you who ever took my advice and wagered actual money, this day couldn’t have come sooner for you. However, I’ve had a blast. I figure that this is a process-driven thing we do, and YCPB (You Can’t Predict Baseball).</span> <a href="https://razzball.com/dfs-one-last-chance-for-yu-to-profit-from-darvish/" class="read-more">Please, blog, may I have some more? </a></p> 2022 Fantasy Baseball DFS DraftKings Fanduel Adley Rutschman Bobby Witt Jr. Bryce Harper Carlos Correa Clayton Kershaw Joey Meneses Randy Arozarena Tony Kemp Ty France Yu Darvish Hoove Reynaldo López, King of FIP https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/reynaldo-lopez-king-of-fip/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:06a25e4c-5866-822c-8803-344d0328247e Fri, 30 Sep 2022 15:51:03 +0000 From forgotten starter to dominant reliever? Reynaldo López has had some 2022. <p>Here&rsquo;s a shock; Reynaldo L&oacute;pez holds the sixth-best WAR and sixth-best FIP (as of games through 9/28/22) among qualified relievers in 2022. If you rostered him from the start of the season until now, which I&rsquo;m sure you didn&rsquo;t, you would have accumulated five wins, leveled out your ERA with a 2.84 contribution, and almost certainly lowered your overall WHIP thanks to his career-low 0.93.</p> <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/reynaldo-lopez-king-of-fip/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> A Closer Look Dynasty Pitcher Spotlight Relief Pitchers Roto Lucas Kelly Ep 143 – Friday, Saturday, & Sunday SP Ranks https://www.pitcherlist.com/ep-143-friday-saturday-sunday-sp-ranks/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:062f909d-1988-2c2e-7ea4-85781d424c66 Fri, 30 Sep 2022 15:28:26 +0000 <p>Nick Pollack's latest episode of the PL+ exclusive Plus Pitch Podcast. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/ep-143-friday-saturday-sunday-sp-ranks/">Ep 143 &#8211; Friday, Saturday, &#038; Sunday SP Ranks</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Podcast The Plus Pitch Podcast Nick Pollack Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings – 9/30 & 10/1 https://www.pitcherlist.com/starting-pitcher-streamer-rankings-9-30-10-1/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:31fce5e4-981f-19b2-b149-07ac3a9ac2ac Fri, 30 Sep 2022 14:54:57 +0000 <p>Nick Pollack ranks the starting pitcher streamers for today &#038; tomorrow.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/starting-pitcher-streamer-rankings-9-30-10-1/">Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings &#8211; 9/30 &#038; 10/1</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> SP Streamers Nick Pollack Offseason Outlook: Oakland Athletics https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/offseason-outlook-oakland-athletics-13.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:28d53aa7-9707-d2e4-0573-08f2f48daaf3 Fri, 30 Sep 2022 14:47:03 +0000 The 2022 A&#8217;s were as bad as expected after trading away Matt Olson, Chris Bassitt, Matt Chapman and Sean Manaea last offseason and declining to add any real upgrades in the free-agent market. The fire sale continued into the summer, as Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino were traded, while Elvis Andrus and Stephen Piscotty were&#8230; <p>The 2022 A&#8217;s were as bad as expected after trading away <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=olsonma02,olson-006mat&amp;search=Matt+Olson&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Matt Olson</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bassich01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chris Bassitt</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/chapmma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Matt Chapman</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/manaese01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sean Manaea</a></strong> last offseason and declining to add any real upgrades in the free-agent market. The fire sale continued into the summer, as <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/montafr02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Frankie Montas</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/trivilo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Lou Trivino</a></strong> were traded, while <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/andruel01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Elvis Andrus</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/piscost01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Stephen Piscotty</a></strong> were simply released. Expect more turnover this winter.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Guaranteed Contracts</span></p> <ul> <li>None</li> </ul> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Arbitration-Eligible Players</span></p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kempto01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tony Kemp</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/guerrde01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Deolis Guerra</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/laurera01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ramon Laureano</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=murphse01,murphy010sea&amp;search=Sean+Murphy&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sean Murphy</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/blackpa01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Paul Blackburn</a></strong></li> <li>Possible Super Two players: <strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pukaj01.shtml">A.J. Puk</a></strong>, <strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/i/irvinco01.shtml">Cole Irvin</a></strong></li> <li>Non-tender candidates: Kemp, Guerra</li> </ul> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Option Decisions</span></p> <ul> <li>None</li> </ul> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Free Agents</span></p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/vogtst01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Stephen Vogt</a></strong> (has announced <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/stephen-vogt-to-retire-after-2022-season.html">will retire after the season</a>), <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pindech01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chad Pinder</a></strong></li> </ul> <p>The A&#8217;s head into the offseason without a single dollar committed to the 2023 payroll. Their fire sale, which dates back to last winter, has stripped the payroll down to the bare minimum. They&#8217;ll have five arbitration-eligible players (plus another pair of potential Super Two players) on whom they need to decide, but it&#8217;s a pretty straightforward bunch. Deolis Guerra missed the entire season recovering from Tommy John surgery and figures to be non-tendered. Tony Kemp is hitting .233/.307/.333 as of this writing and only has one year of club control left. They could tender him simply to have some semblance of roster continuity and give the fans at least one more name they can recognize, but he&#8217;s due a raise on this season&#8217;s $2.25MM salary and the A&#8217;s might want to give those at-bats to younger players.</p> <p>Each of Ramon Laureano, Sean Murphy and Paul Blackburn will be tendered contracts, though that doesn&#8217;t necessarily guarantee a return to the roster next season. In the case of Laureano and Blackburn, it at least appears likely they&#8217;ll be back. Laureano was an in-demand trade chip last offseason and drew interest this summer, too, but he&#8217;s controllable for another three seasons and the A&#8217;s probably feel they&#8217;d be selling low if they moved him on the heels of a .211/.287/.376 batting line.</p> <p>Laureano missed the first month of the season serving out the final portion of an 80-game PED suspension and looks like he&#8217;ll end the year on the injured list owing to a hamstring strain. His stock is probably as low as it&#8217;s been since the A&#8217;s <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/11/athletics-acquire-ramon-laureano-outright-bobby-wahl.html">acquired him</a> in what looked like a forgettable, minor trade with the division-rival Astros. But, from 2018-21, Laureano batted .263/.335/.485 with 49 homers, 34 steals, plus baserunning value and strong glovework (plus a penchant for highlight-reel grabs).</p> <p>A good first half in 2023 might be all it takes to boost Laureano from a buy-low candidate to a premium outfielder with (as of next summer) two-plus seasons of club control remaining. Unless a team is willing to pay for the 2018-21 version of him right now, it&#8217;s most sensible to just hold.</p> <p>It&#8217;s a relatively similar tale with Blackburn, who ascended from DFA fodder that went unclaimed on waivers early in the 2021 season to a 2022 All-Star. It&#8217;s fair to be cynical and point out that, yes, <em>someone</em> from the Athletics needed to be named to the team, but Blackburn was far more than a token All-Star. His end-of-season numbers don&#8217;t reflect that, though that&#8217;s due to an injury.</p> <p>Through his first 16 starts of the season, Blackburn <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/06/athletics-trade-rumors-paul-blackburn.html">was outstanding</a>. He pitched to a 2.90 ERA in that time, offsetting a pedestrian 17.7% strikeout rate with an excellent 5.9% walk rate and a hearty 50.5% grounder rate. Blackburn&#8217;s 87.2 mph average exit velocity in that time was strong, and he allowed all of seven &#8220;barreled&#8221; balls through those first 16 starts (3.2%). Virtually no one was squaring the ball up against him, he wasn&#8217;t walking many hitters, and he was erasing plenty of traffic on the bases with timely double-play grounders.</p> <p>Things went awry for Blackburn beginning in mid-July, when he began experiencing discomfort in his pitching hand. He tried to pitch through pain for the next month, serving up 25 runs in 24 1/3 innings before eventually succumbing to the injured list. He was <a target="_blank" href="https://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/athletics/article/A-shooting-pain-A-s-Paul-Blackburn-17385884.php">diagnosed with a torn tendon sheath</a> in his right middle finger and placed in a splint for up to eight weeks. Suffice it to say, to trade Blackburn right now would be selling low. Like Laureano, he&#8217;s controlled another three seasons, so if he starts strong in 2023 he could quickly build up trade value.</p> <p>If there&#8217;s one glaring trade candidate on the Oakland roster right now, it&#8217;s Murphy, who&#8217;ll be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and should see his salary jump from $725K to more than $3MM. Obviously that&#8217;s not a large sum, but the A&#8217;s, even more so than usual over the past year, have endeavored to tear the payroll down to its lowest possible levels.</p> <p>Beyond the salary ramifications, Murphy&#8217;s value is arguably at its apex &#8212; and the A&#8217;s have an in-house option whom they hope can emerge as a similarly productive backstop: top prospect <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/langesh01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Shea Langeliers</a></strong>, acquired from the Braves as one of the centerpieces to March&#8217;s Olson trade. The presence of Langeliers alone certainly doesn&#8217;t push Murphy out the door &#8212; Langeliers has batted just .220/.242/.398 in his first 124 MLB plate appearances, after all &#8212; but Murphy will draw widespread interest on the heels of a breakout season.</p> <p>Because of his elite defensive skills and above-average power, the 27-year-old Murphy was already viewed as a quality player even after turning in a tepid .216/.306/.405 slash in 2021. This year, he&#8217;s boosted that stat line to a much more palatable .249/.331/.430, and even that slash undersells just how strong of a finish he&#8217;s putting together. Dating back to early June, Murphy has mashed at a .278/.362/.465 clip with 13 homers, 23 doubles, a triple, a 9.4% walk rate and just a 16.3% strikeout rate in 385 plate appearances. That&#8217;s standout production from any hitter but especially from a catcher with above-average framing marks, a strong 31% caught-stealing rate and perennially positive marks in Defensive Runs Saved.</p> <p>The Rays, Guardians, Cubs, Marlins, Tigers, Red Sox, Twins and several others teams could plausibly look into Murphy this winter. There are only seven teams that saw their catchers combine for offensive production that was better than that of a league-average hitter in 2022, and one of them was the A&#8217;s, so there&#8217;ll be no shortage of potential trade partners. As things stand, Murphy looks like the primary offseason trade chip who could be sold at peak value. Teams are sometimes reluctant to trade for a new starting catcher midseason and have him learn an entirely new pitching staff on the fly &#8212; hence, to an extent, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/contrwi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Willson Contreras</a></strong> staying put this year &#8212; so trading Murphy over the next six months could be easier than marketing him next summer.</p> <p>Beyond that group, the Oakland roadmap is more or less wide open. It&#8217;s not necessarily an enviable spot, but aside from Murphy at catcher and Laureano in one of the three outfield spots, the A&#8217;s are lacking in established, everyday players. Slugger <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=brownse01,brown-004set&amp;search=Seth+Brown&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Seth Brown</a></strong> figures to be a regular, but he&#8217;s capable of playing first base, corner outfield or slotting in at designated hitter, giving the front office some flexibility. <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pachecr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Cristian Pache</a></strong>, acquired alongside Langeliers in the Olson trade with Atlanta, will be out of minor league options in 2023, so he&#8217;ll likely be penciled into center field despite hitting just .248/.298/.349 in Triple-A and .160/.211/.225 in the Majors. Otherwise, there are seemingly no guarantees of playing time.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=allenni02,allen-005nic&amp;search=Nick+Allen&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nick Allen</a></strong> has played excellent defense at shortstop but hasn&#8217;t hit enough to firmly seize the spot.  <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=smithke05,smith-012kev,smith-018kev,smith-020kev&amp;search=Kevin+Smith&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kevin Smith</a></strong>, acquired for Chapman, hasn&#8217;t hit much in the Majors or in Triple-A and will likely get another look at third base or second base next year &#8212; but he has options remaining and could begin the year in Triple-A. <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/garcide02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dermis Garcia</a></strong> has shown some pop at first base but has also fanned 46 times in 108 plate appearances. I already touched on Langeliers&#8217; status. There&#8217;s just very little certainty throughout the roster.</p> <p>As such, even though they&#8217;re not likely to attract (or to be willing to spend on) marquee free agents, the A&#8217;s can offer something many contending clubs cannot: opportunity. Hitters searching for a rebound might not relish playing half their games in the cavernous Coliseum the same way a pitcher might, but the promise of an earnest shot at 500-600 plate appearances isn&#8217;t something every team can offer to players coming off down years.</p> <p>The A&#8217;s can absolutely do that, and with basically nothing committed to next year&#8217;s payroll, there&#8217;s every reason to do so. Former stars and top prospects who&#8217;ve seen their stock drop could see some appeal in the playing time available in Oakland, whether that&#8217;s <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sanomi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Miguel Sano</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gallojo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Joey Gallo</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gregodi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Didi Gregorius</a></strong> or <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=,myerswi01&amp;search=Wil+Myers&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Wil Myers</a></strong>. Oakland is going to need <em>someone</em> to fill out the lineup, and they&#8217;re not going to be the top choice for in-demand free agents coming off strong seasons.</p> <p>The A&#8217;s would also make a nice soft landing spot for any notable names who are non-tendered; paying up for a year of someone like <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bellico01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Cody Bellinger</a></strong>, if he&#8217;s cut loose by the Dodgers, brings a recognizable name and some major upside come deadline season. Only time will tell whether the A&#8217;s spend on a few larger names or spread out any available resources among a larger number of low-cost options. Either route is plausible, but since they can&#8217;t expect to contend next season anyhow, the focus ought to be on acquiring short-term players who have the chance to net the most trade deadline value (or perhaps non-tendered players with multiple years of club control remaining).</p> <p>One target that seems like a given, however, is a veteran catcher. If the A&#8217;s trade Murphy, they&#8217;ll want someone with some experience to work alongside Langeliers. If Murphy stays put, the best thing for Langeliers will be to play everyday in Triple-A, necessitating some type of backup addition. <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hedgeau01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Hedges</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/narvaom01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Omar Narvaez</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/perezro02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Roberto Perez</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/plaweke01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kevin Plawecki</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/barnhtu01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tucker Barnhart</a></strong> are among the available names.</p> <p>Over on the pitching staff, things are a bit more solid &#8212; but not by much. <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/i/irvinco01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Cole Irvin</a></strong> could reach arbitration as a Super Two player, but even then he&#8217;d have another four years of team control remaining. Clubs may still come calling, and the A&#8217;s might even find an offer to their liking, but it&#8217;s rare to see players with this much team control remaining actually change hands. Besides, Irvin is limping to the finish line (6.97 ERA over his past nine starts) and, with a 4.11 ERA in 175 innings overall, looks more like an innings-eating fourth starter than anything else. Some teams will need that, but the free-agent market offers comparable arms who won&#8217;t cost minor league talent. A deal could be hard to piece together here, particularly since the A&#8217;s also badly need stable innings of this nature.</p> <p>Irvin and Blackburn, then, should take two rotation spots. The A&#8217;s can offer a guaranteed rotation spot and a spacious home park to any number of rebound hopefuls in free agency &#8212; <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/boydma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Matthew Boyd</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/keuchda01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dallas Keuchel</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kuhlch01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chad Kuhl</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pinedmi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Michael Pineda</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rossjo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Joe Ross</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/velasvi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Vince Velasquez</a></strong> among them &#8212; 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The Mets, guy, are killin' me with the freakin' James McCann, guy. I said to my ma, "Ma, what are the Mets doing, guy, they're throwing away everything they've built this year to have this stunod behind the plate. Why don't they try callin' up what's-his-face <strong>Francisco Alvarez</strong>. He's the future, right, guy? The right guy, guy? You know what I'm sayin' here, guy. Jesus effin Christ, ma, lower your freaking Dean Martin, I'm on the phone with WFAN! I read on Razzball dot com this Prospect Itch guy said a few months ago, and I quote, 'A rare backstop in that Francisco Alvarez features plus athleticism and foot-speed, Alvarez stands alone atop minor league catcher mountain after <a href="https://razzball.com/player/668939/Adley+Rutschman/">Adley Rutschman</a> joined the <a href="https://razzball.com/teams/baltimore-orioles/">Orioles</a>. Alvarez generates easy loft from a strong natural uppercut. 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The 20-year-old is one of the sport&#8217;s best minor league talents, checking in sixth on Baseball America&#8217;s most recent Top 100 prospects list. It&#8217;ll be the first major league&#8230; <p>The Mets will promote catching prospect <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=alvare006fra&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Francisco Álvarez</a> </strong>in advance of the team&#8217;s pivotal weekend series against the Braves, reports Daniel Álvarez Montes of El ExtraBase (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/DanielAlvarezEE/status/1575672345679003650">Twitter link</a>). The 20-year-old is one of the sport&#8217;s best minor league talents, checking in sixth on Baseball America&#8217;s most recent Top 100 prospects list.</p> <p>It&#8217;ll be the first major league call for Álvarez, who entered the professional ranks as an amateur signee out of Venezuela. One of the better prospects in the 2018-19 international signing period, the 5&#8217;10&#8221; backstop has only raised his stock in pro ball. He hit very well in rookie ball during his first minor league season, but he lost a year of game action with the cancelation of the minors in 2020. Álvarez opened the &#8217;21 campaign in Low-A but quickly proved himself far too advanced for the level, and he spent most of the year in High-A.</p> <p>Álvarez hit .247/.351/.538 with 22 home runs in 84 games at that level, astonishing production for a 19-year-0ld catcher. It vaulted him near the top of prospect lists entering this season, with Álvarez cracking the preseason top 15 at Baseball America, The Athletic, ESPN and FanGraphs. He opened the year at Double-A Binghamton and connected on another 18 round-trippers in 67 games. His overall .277/.368/.553 line across 296 plate appearances earned him a bump to Triple-A Syracuse in early July.</p> <p><img class="alignleft wp-image-750256" src="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2022/09/USATSI_15729025-200x300.jpg" alt="" width="195" height="293" srcset="https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2022/09/USATSI_15729025-200x300.jpg 200w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2022/09/USATSI_15729025-768x1152.jpg 768w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2022/09/USATSI_15729025-683x1024.jpg 683w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2022/09/USATSI_15729025-900x1350.jpg 900w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2022/09/USATSI_15729025.jpg 1600w" sizes="(max-width: 195px) 100vw, 195px" /></p> <p>The minors&#8217; top level has given Álvarez his toughest challenge to date, but he&#8217;s still generally held his own. Over 199 plate appearances there, he carries a .234/.382/.443 slash with another nine homers. He&#8217;s striking out at a career-worst 26.1% clip, contributing to the mediocre batting average, but the rest of his profile has remained strong. Álvarez has walked in a stellar 17.1% of his trips to the plate there, and he&#8217;s collected six doubles in addition to the longballs.</p> <p>Between the two upper levels, Álvarez owns a .260/.374/.511 line with 27 homers and 22 doubles over 495 plate appearances this season. That excellent showing has been enough to convince the Mets front office he can hold his own against big league arms, even at his age. Installing him into a pennant race and directly in advance of the Mets&#8217; biggest regular season series of the year is a strong show of faith, but Álvarez has performed well at every rung on the ladder thus far.</p> <p>Joel Sherman of the New York Post <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/Joelsherman1/status/1575674239084122112">tweets</a> that the club is likely to break him as a right-handed option at designated hitter. The Mets acquired <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rufda01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Darin Ruf</a></strong> from the Giants at the trade deadline in hopes he could fill that role, but that acquisition hasn&#8217;t yet panned out. Ruf has a putrid .152/.216/.197 line in 29 games as a Met. He hit a serviceable .216/.328/.373 in 314 plate appearances before the trade, but his struggles since landing in Queens have led to some questions about how manager Buck Showalter will use the DH role. Fellow deadline acquisition <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/vogelda01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Daniel Vogelbach</a></strong> has excelled since coming over from the Pirates and will continue to pick up the playing time against right-handed pitching. Álvarez gives Showalter an alternative to the struggling Ruf for at-bats against left-handers.</p> <p>It doesn&#8217;t seem likely he&#8217;ll step directly in as the primary catcher, however. The Mets have veteran <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mccanja02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">James McCann</a></strong> as the starter, with <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nidoto01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tomás Nido</a></strong> backing him up. McCann is hitting only .190/.256/.264 in 180 plate appearances, his second straight down year offensively. The veteran has rated as a slightly above-average defender, and he&#8217;s drawn strong reviews for his work with the pitching staff. Sending Álvarez behind the plate for the final few games of the season is more than the front office and coaching staff appears to be comfortable with, particularly given McCann&#8217;s longstanding familiarity with the staff.</p> <p>Scouting reports on Álvarez have long suggested he&#8217;s more of a bat-first catcher. That&#8217;s largely a testament to his offensive potential, but evaluators have expressed some concern about his defense. BA&#8217;s scouting report notes that he&#8217;s had some inconsistency as a pitch framer and ball blocker. The outlet also suggests that Álvarez&#8217;s plus raw arm strength can play down because of some flaws in his throwing mechanics.</p> <p>There&#8217;s general optimism that Álvarez can eventually iron out those concerns and become at least a competent defender. That&#8217;s more of a long-term question, though. The immediate pressing issue for the Mets is whether he can make an impact offensively. New York enters the weekend set holding a one-game advantage over Atlanta. New York would also hold the tiebreaker over the Braves if they can take even one of the three contests, so they&#8217;d head into next week at the top of the division unless they get swept. Securing their first NL East title since 2015 would come with a corresponding first-round bye, making these final six contests crucial.</p> <p>Álvarez&#8217;s promotion for such important regular season games raises the possibility he&#8217;ll also crack the postseason roster. Only players on a team&#8217;s 40-man roster by September 1 are automatically eligible to partake in the playoffs. However, players in an organization but not on the 40-man by September 1 <em>can</em> be added to a playoff roster in place of someone on the injured list via petition to the commissioner&#8217;s office. That situation is fairly common every postseason, so the Mets shouldn&#8217;t have much issue getting Álvarez onto the playoff roster if they desire.</p> <p>New York will have to add him to their 40-man roster before tomorrow evening&#8217;s game. Their roster is currently full, so they&#8217;ll need to make a corresponding transaction. He&#8217;d have been added to the 40-man after the season anyhow to keep him from being taken in the Rule 5 draft, so there&#8217;s little harm in bringing him up a few weeks early. Álvarez will collect his first few days of major league service but won&#8217;t be eligible for free agency until after the 2028 season at the earliest. His fastest path to arbitration-eligibility is after the 2025 campaign, and it&#8217;s certainly possible he&#8217;ll spend more time in the minors polishing up his defense and at least delaying his free agency trajectory.</p> <p>In the meantime, Mets fans will get their first glimpse at a player they hope to be a key piece of the franchise&#8217;s future. McCann is under contract for two more seasons, due $12.15MM annually through 2024. It stands to reason Álvarez will have an opportunity to supplant him on the depth chart at some point next year. For now, he&#8217;ll get his feet in the majors as a bat-first option for the stretch run &#8212; with some postseason action perhaps on the horizon.</p> <p><em>Image courtesy of USA Today Sports.</em></p> New York Mets Newsstand Top Prospect Promotions Transactions Francisco Alvarez Anthony Franco Sean Doolittle Plans To Pitch In 2023 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/sean-doolittle-plans-to-pitch-in-2023.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:b8b77dd7-ccc5-4326-66c9-bcfc2a5584f4 Fri, 30 Sep 2022 04:20:22 +0000 Lefty reliever Sean Doolittle plans to continue his playing career in 2023, he old Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post earlier this week. Doolittle, a veteran of eleven big league seasons and a free agent at the conclusion of the 2022 season, expressed his hope he can return to the Nationals. &#8220;I really would like a do-over,&#8221; said Doolitte,&#8230; <p>Lefty reliever <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/doolise01.shtml"><strong>Sean Doolittle</strong></a> plans to continue his playing career in 2023, he old Jesse Dougherty of the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2022/09/27/sean-doolittle-nationals-future/">Washington Post</a> earlier this week. Doolittle, a veteran of eleven big league seasons and a free agent at the conclusion of the 2022 season, expressed his hope he can return to the Nationals.</p> <p>&#8220;I really would like a do-over,&#8221; said Doolitte, who only appeared in six games in 2022 before being shut down with an elbow sprain that would lead him to undergo an internal brace procedure in July. &#8220;I realize that there’s a lot that I have to do on my end to even have that be a possibility. But hopefully January or ahead of camp in February, I can show them that I’m healthy and come in and compete for a spot.&#8221;</p> <p>Doolittle first became a member of the Nationals in 2017 when he was dealt from Oakland to Washington at the deadline. He departed via free agency in 2021 but returned last offseason on a new free agent deal. In parts of five years as a National, Doolittle has appeared in 153 games, compiled a 2.92 ERA, has struck out 28.5% of batters faced, and appeared as an All-Star in 2018.</p> <p>Though he only threw 5 1/3 innings in 2022, he allowed merely one of the seventeen batters he faced to reach base. He told Dougherty that if his recovery goes according to plan, he will throw bullpen sessions in January in order to amass data that he intends to use to solicit interest from teams, including the Nationals.</p> <p>It is unclear whether the Nationals, who are currently in no position to compete but should have ample opportunity in their bullpen, would be interested in a reunion. Doolittle, on the other hand, was very clear with Dougherty about where he would like to play. “That would be amazing,&#8221; Doolittle said of a potential sixth season in Washington. &#8220;That would be best-case scenario, for sure, for so many different reasons.”</p> Washington Nationals Sean Doolittle Jacob Smith Sixto Sanchez To Undergo Shoulder Surgery, Expected To Be Ready For Spring Training https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/sixto-sanchez-to-undergo-shoulder-surgery.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:5f3d0959-9615-a1c0-b418-fec94f619e0d Fri, 30 Sep 2022 03:07:10 +0000 Marlins righty Sixto Sanchez is set to undergo arthroscopic bursectomy surgery on his throwing shoulder on October 5th, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports (via Twitter). Sanchez, currently Miami&#8217;s eleventh-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, is expected to be ready for Spring Training 2023. Sanchez&#8217;s upcoming surgery represents another setback in what has become a&#8230; <p>Marlins righty <strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sanchsi01.shtml">Sixto Sanchez</a></strong> is set to undergo arthroscopic bursectomy surgery on his throwing shoulder on October 5th, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/J_McPherson1126/status/1575611709435564032">via Twitter</a>). Sanchez, currently Miami&#8217;s eleventh-ranked prospect according to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlb.com/prospects/marlins">MLB.com</a>, is expected to be ready for Spring Training 2023.</p> <p>Sanchez&#8217;s upcoming surgery represents another setback in what has become a multi-season recovery for a player who was previously ranked as the #6 prospect in the league by <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseballamerica.com/players/8167/sixto-sanchez/">Baseball America</a>. Originally signed by the Phillies in 2015 as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic, Sanchez was acquired by Miami in the 2019 deal that sent <a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/realmjt01.shtml"><strong>J.T. Realmuto</strong></a> to Philadelphia. He debuted in August of the COVID-shortened season and initially appeared to be as good as advertised, striking out 29 batters while only walking five in his first 32 innings of work. By the end of the 2020 season, Sanchez had accumulated a 3.46 ERA over seven starts, had averaged 98.8 mph on his power sinker, and had demonstrated above-average control (seven percent walk rate). He finished seventh in NL Rookie of the Year voting.</p> <p>The upcoming procedure will be Sanchez&#8217;s second in as many seasons. He underwent surgery to repair a small tear in the posterior capsule of the same shoulder in July of 2021 after the Marlins shut him down for more than a month due to shoulder discomfort. After missing all of 2021, Sanchez had begun to finally show some signs of progress in July of 2022, but was plagued with more shoulder discomfort after a simulated game in August. He then received a cortisone shot to aid his recovery, and had even resumed playing catch at 60 feet before he was scheduled for his second surgery.</p> <p>If he is able to recover in time to rejoin the Marlins rotation by the start of 2023, he will fit nicely into one of the most talented young rotations in baseball. At age 24, Sanchez still has the potential to be a highly-effective big league starter for years to come. From a front office perspective, Sanchez has the potential to be another key cost-controlled rotation piece for the Miami, as he has not yet accumulated a year&#8217;s worth of big league service time. He&#8217;s spent the past couple seasons on the minor league injured list, so he hasn&#8217;t accrued any MLB service during his rehab time.</p> <p>Of course, Sanchez must first make a complete recovery from the nagging shoulder injury that has derailed his previous two seasons. Both Sanchez and the Marlins surely hope that the upcoming procedure will help put his injury woes firmly in the rearview mirror. He&#8217;ll go into 2023 looking to throw his first major league pitch in three years.</p> Miami Marlins Sixto Sanchez Jacob Smith Angels Place Archie Bradley, Mickey Moniak On Injured List https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/angels-place-archie-bradley-mickey-moniak-on-injured-list.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:da88c48e-ec99-6182-9bab-b3b9f33e2366 Fri, 30 Sep 2022 01:25:22 +0000 The Angels announced a series of roster moves in advance of tonight&#8217;s contest with the A&#8217;s. Reliever Archie Bradley and outfielder Mickey Moniak have each landed on the injured list, officially ending their 2022 seasons. Infielder David Fletcher was reinstated from the 10-day IL to take one of the vacated active roster spots, while reliever Nash Walters was recalled&#8230; <p>The Angels announced a series of roster moves in advance of tonight&#8217;s contest with the A&#8217;s. Reliever <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bradlar01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Archie Bradley</a></strong> and outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/moniami01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Mickey Moniak</a></strong> have each landed on the injured list, officially ending their 2022 seasons. Infielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/fletcda02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">David Fletcher</a></strong> was reinstated from the 10-day IL to take one of the vacated active roster spots, while reliever <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=walter000nas&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nash Walters</a></strong> was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake in the other transaction.</p> <p>Bradley is dealing with a forearm strain, a disappointing conclusion to a season that has been marred by injury. The right-hander missed about three months after fracturing his elbow in late June, just returning from the IL on Tuesday. Without making an appearance, he heads back on the shelf. It&#8217;s unclear how serious the issue is, but Bradley has now had a successive elbow fracture and forearm strain since his most recent major league pitch.</p> <p>That&#8217;s certainly not the way he&#8217;d have wanted to return to the open market. The veteran righty signed a $3.75MM guarantee with the Halos last offseason, and he&#8217;ll reach free agency again in a few months. Even prior to the injuries, the 30-year-old had a down season. Bradley posted a 4.82 ERA across 18 2/3 innings, the first time he&#8217;s pitched to an ERA above 4.00 since moving to the bullpen in 2017. He still averaged around 94 MPH on his fastball and induced ground-balls at an excellent 57.1% clip, but his 19.2% strikeout percentage and 8.1% swinging strike rate are each a few points below the league average.</p> <p>Moniak, meanwhile, suffered a left hand contusion after a <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sneadki01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kirby Snead</a></strong> pitch struck him on a check-swing last night. Moniak has been the victim of some brutal injury luck this season, as this marks his third hand-related IL stint of the season. He opened the year on the shelf with a fracture in his right hand while still a member of the Phillies, then lost a month recently due to a fractured finger on his left hand.</p> <p>In the interim, Moniak was dealt from Philadelphia to Anaheim in the deadline swap that sent <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/syndeno01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Noah Syndergaard</a></strong> to the Phils. The former first overall pick never emerged as the everyday center fielder the Phillies had hoped they were selecting, and he&#8217;d continued to scuffle over his first 19 games as an Angel. Moniak&#8217;s season concludes with a .170/.207/.302 line in 112 cumulative plate appearances.</p> <p>Walters is now in line to make his major league debut. A third-round pick of the Brewers out of a Texas high school in 2015, the right-hander spent parts of seven seasons in the Milwaukee system. The Angels acquired him for cash considerations in the first week of September. Anaheim immediately added him to the 40-man roster but kept him on optional assignment to Salt Lake. After seven appearances with the Bees, the 25-year-old will get his first crack against big league hitters. Walters has spent most of the year in Double-A, working to a 4.60 ERA but striking out a third of opponents through 47 frames. He&#8217;ll look to compete for a spot in next season&#8217;s bullpen.</p> Los Angeles Angels Archie Bradley David Fletcher Mickey Moniak Nash Walters Anthony Franco Offseason Outlook: Colorado Rockies https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/offseason-outlook-colorado-rockies-13.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:ebc49262-0faa-049b-b5fb-003f69bb267a Fri, 30 Sep 2022 00:55:07 +0000 The Rockies perpetual effort at contention came up short this year. Colorado will finish below .500 for a fourth consecutive season, and they&#8217;re likely headed for a last place finish in the NL West. With no appetite for a rebuild, they&#8217;ll make another run at competing this offseason. There are a lot of holes to&#8230; <p>The Rockies perpetual effort at contention came up short this year. Colorado will finish below .500 for a fourth consecutive season, and they&#8217;re likely headed for a last place finish in the NL West. With no appetite for a rebuild, they&#8217;ll make another run at competing this offseason. There are a lot of holes to fill and a sizable number of financial commitments on the books. General manager Bill Schmidt and his staff will have their work cut out for them yet again.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Guaranteed Contracts</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bryankr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kris Bryant</a></strong></span>, LF: $164MM through 2028</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mcmahry01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ryan McMahon</a></strong></span>, 3B: $65MM through 2027</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/freelky01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kyle Freeland</a></strong></span>, LHP: $57.5MM through 2026 (deal includes 2027 vesting option)</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/senzaan01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Antonio Senzatela</a></strong></span>, RHP: $43.25MM through 2026 (deal includes 2027 club option)</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bardda01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Daniel Bard</a></strong></span>, RHP: $19MM through 2024</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/marquge01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Germán Márquez</a></strong></span>, RHP: $17.5MM through 2023 (including buyout of 2024 club option)</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/diazel01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Elias Díaz</a></strong></span>, C: $11.5MM through 2024</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/croncj01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">C.J. Cron</a></strong></span>, 1B: $7.5MM through 2023</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/grichra01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Randal Grichuk</a></strong></span>, RF: $5MM through 2023 (not including $4.33MM of salary to be paid by Blue Jays)</li> </ul> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Option Decisions</span></p> <ul> <li><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/blackch02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Charlie Blackmon</a></span></strong>, DH: $15MM player option, no buyout</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/obergsc01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Scott Oberg</a></strong></span>, RHP: $8MM club option, no buyout</li> </ul> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Additional Financial Commitments</span></p> <p>Would owe Cardinals $5MM as part of the <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/arenano01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nolan Arenado</a></strong> trade if he foregoes opt-out opportunity</p> <p>Total 2023 commitments (if Blackmon exercises option and Arenado doesn&#8217;t opt out): $117.25MM<br /> Total future commitments (if Arenado doesn&#8217;t opt out): $389.25MM</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Arbitration-Eligible Players</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lametdi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dinelson Lamet</a></strong></span></li> <li><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hampsga01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Garrett Hampson</a></span></strong></li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rodgebr02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brendan Rodgers</a></strong></span></li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gombeau01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Gomber</a></strong></span></li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/blachty01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ty Blach</a></strong></span></li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kinlety01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tyler Kinley</a></strong></span></li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lambepe01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Peter Lambert</a></strong></span></li> <li>Non-tender candidates: Lamet, Hampson, Blach, Lambert</li> </ul> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Free Agents</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kuhlch01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chad Kuhl</a></strong></span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/i/iglesjo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">José Iglesias</a></strong></span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=urenajo01,urena-005jos&amp;search=Jose+Urena&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">José Ureña</a></strong></span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/estevca01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Carlos Estévez</a></strong></span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/colomal01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Alex Colomé</a></strong></span></li> </ul> <p>Few organizations value continuity as much as the Rockies. Even as they&#8217;re headed for a fourth straight subpar season, they&#8217;ve worked to keep the core of their roster intact. Last offseason saw a spate of extensions, with <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/diazel01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Elias Díaz</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mcmahry01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ryan McMahon</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/senzaan01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Antonio Senzatela</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/croncj01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">C.J. Cron</a></strong> and, shortly after Opening Day, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/freelky01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kyle Freeland</a></strong> inked to multi-year deals. The Rox continued the pattern at the trade deadline even as it had become clear they weren&#8217;t postseason bound. Closer <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bardda01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Daniel Bard</a></strong> would&#8217;ve been a slam-dunk trade candidate on most teams as he was headed towards free agency, but Colorado tacked on two years and $19MM to keep him in Denver through 2024.</p> <p>The Rockies didn&#8217;t trade away anyone this summer, reinforcing their longstanding resistance to a major overhaul. It came as little surprise when general manager Bill Schmidt <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/rockies-plan-to-retain-bud-black-as-manager-for-2023-season.html">announced</a> over the weekend the club had no plans to make a change atop the dugout, either. Manager Bud Black will return for a seventh season at the helm, and he&#8217;ll likely be tasked with getting better results from a roster than looks a lot like the 2022 iteration.</p> <p>Colorado isn&#8217;t facing many noteworthy free agent departures. Fifth starter <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kuhlch01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chad Kuhl</a></strong> signed a $3MM deal last offseason after spending his career with the Pirates. That looked like a bargain after a strong first half, but he&#8217;s been crushed to the tune of an 8.42 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .318/.392/.636 since the All-Star Break. Kuhl didn&#8217;t lose any velocity, but his sinker has been hit hard in recent months. His season line is up to a career-worst 5.45 ERA with a below-average 18.1% strikeout rate over 26 starts.</p> <p>The Rockies didn&#8217;t trade Kuhl this summer, ostensibly because there was mutual interest in a contract extension. Whether the team is still anxious to keep him around after his second-half performance is unclear, but they should be able to do so rather affordably if they&#8217;d like. Even if they bring Kuhl back, then adding at least another lower-cost starter in the <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/davieza02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Zach Davies</a></strong> mold feels like a must. Midseason signee <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=urenajo01,urena-005jos&amp;search=Jose+Urena&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">José Ureña</a></strong> hasn&#8217;t pitched well and is headed back to free agency. Depth starter <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/feltnry01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ryan Feltner</a></strong> has an ERA pushing 6.00, while former second-round pick <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lambepe01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Peter Lambert</a></strong> has spent most of the season on the minor league injured list and looks like a non-tender candidate.</p> <p>One can argue for the Rockies to pursue a more impactful rotation pickup than either of Kuhl or Davies. Colorado&#8217;s rotation ranks 29th in the majors in both ERA (5.29) and strikeout rate (17.1%) with a week remaining in the season. Spending half their games at Coors Field doesn&#8217;t do the Rockies&#8217; staff any favors, but even park-adjusted metrics like ERA-minus and SIERA have been underwhelmed by the results. Six of Colorado&#8217;s seven starters have an ERA north of 5.00, while Freeland leads the club with a 4.63 mark.</p> <p>In believing themselves to be contenders, the Rockies envisioned the rotation as the lifeblood of the club. They had seen varying levels of success from <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/marquge01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Germán Márquez</a></strong>, Freeland and Senzatela in prior seasons, and they&#8217;ve signed all three to long-term extensions. Márquez, in particular, looked like a high-quality hurler between 2018-21, but he&#8217;s had a nightmare 2022 season. Over 30 starts, he has a 5.12 ERA and has seen his strikeout (18.8%) and swinging strike (10.1%) rates fall precipitously from their above-average levels of seasons past. Márquez still throws hard and has an excellent curveball, but his slider has lost a bit of effectiveness while both his four-seam and sinking fastballs have been hit hard.</p> <p>Getting Márquez back on track this offseason will be a top priority for Black and pitching coach Darryl Scott. He&#8217;s certain to get another crack in the rotation alongside Freeland. Senzatela will probably be back in the mix at some point, but he&#8217;s unlikely to be ready for Opening Day after tearing the ACL in his left knee last month. That leaves as many as three rotation spots up for grabs, at least to start the year.</p> <p>The club had hoped <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gombeau01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Gomber</a></strong> could plug one of those holes, but the key piece of the <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/arenano01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nolan Arenado</a></strong> trade struggled to a 5.85 ERA through 16 starts before being moved to the bullpen in July. He&#8217;s pitched a little better as a long reliever but not dramatically so. Gomber may get another chance to compete for a rotation spot come Spring Training, but it&#8217;s hard to bank on him. Former first-rounder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=roliso000rya&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ryan Rolison</a></strong> could get an opportunity as well, but he&#8217;s yet to make his major league debut and missed most of this season after undergoing shoulder surgery in early June.</p> <p>It&#8217;s one of the thinner rotation outlooks in the majors, but the Rockies may not have a ton of room to add notable upgrades from the outside. Colorado will have roughly $112MM in player payroll committed to their 2023 roster once <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/blackch02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Charlie Blackmon</a></strong> exercises his $15MM player option (which is an inevitability). That&#8217;s before accounting for potential additional future payments to the Cardinals as part of the Arenado swap. As the <a target="_blank" href="https://apnews.com/article/mlb-nolan-arenado-colorado-st-louis-cardinals-colorado-rockies-5a7730a07ed98624ecd4dff641e2188f">Associated Press</a> reported in April 2021, the Rox will owe St. Louis an additional $5MM annually through 2025 if Arenado declines to opt out of his contract at the end of the season. There&#8217;s a chance the Rockies are on the hook for around $117MM before getting to their arbitration class or considering any outside additions.</p> <p>The franchise-record payroll is a hair north of $145MM, which they reached back in 2019, according to <a target="_blank" href="https://legacy.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/cots/nl-west/colorado-rockies/">Cot&#8217;s Baseball Contracts</a>. It seems likely they&#8217;ll set a new franchise mark next season. That&#8217;s particularly true if they tender an arbitration contract to <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lametdi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dinelson Lamet</a></strong>, whom they claimed off waivers from the Brewers in early August. Lamet had struggled with injuries and underperformance his past couple seasons as a Padre, but he&#8217;s pitched to a 3.00 ERA with a hefty 32.5% strikeout rate in 18 innings of relief for Colorado. The right-hander is making $4.775MM this season and would be due a salary north of $5MM in 2023 if tendered a contract.</p> <p>Those payroll limitations could lead Colorado to look towards the trade market in search of more affordable starting pitching. The Rockies farm system isn&#8217;t especially robust, particularly on the pitching side, but Colorado has seen the emergence of a few lower-level position players. Colorado has four of the top 53 prospects on Baseball America&#8217;s most recent Top 100 update. Their top prospect, shortstop <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tovarez01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ezequiel Tovar</a></strong>, likely isn&#8217;t going anywhere now that he&#8217;s in the majors. Corner outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=veen--001zac&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Zac Veen</a></strong>, catcher <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=romo--000dre&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Drew Romo</a></strong> and shortstop <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=amador000ada&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Adael Amador</a></strong> are among the better minor league talents in the sport, though, and lower level hitters like <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=bernab000war&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Warming Bernabel</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=fernan001yan&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Yanquiel Fernandez</a></strong> and recent first-rounder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=montgo002ben&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Benny Montgomery</a> </strong>have all had solid seasons. Dealing from that group to add an arbitration-eligible or pre-arb starter to the mix isn&#8217;t out of the question.</p> <p>Aside from any external pickups, Lamet could be an option to battle Rolison, Gomber and Feltner for jobs in the rotation. It may be tempting to keep Lamet in the bullpen, where he&#8217;s been successful of late. Colorado will need a few quality arms to bridge the gap to Bard in the ninth inning. Among Rockies relievers with 15+ innings, the only four with a sub-4.00 ERA this season are Bard, Lamet, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/estevca01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Carlos Estévez</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kinlety01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tyler Kinley</a></strong>. Estévez is set to hit free agency, while Kinley underwent elbow surgery this summer and might not return before the All-Star Break.</p> <p>Left-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gilbrlu01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Lucas Gilbreath</a></strong> has shown an intriguing enough combination of strikeouts and grounders to warrant a spot in next year&#8217;s bullpen, but there&#8217;s opportunity here as well. Estévez&#8217;s intriguing power arsenal makes him a candidate for a multi-year deal that might price out of Colorado&#8217;s range, given the various other holes on the roster. The Rox will probably bring in a veteran middle reliever or two, likely a 2022-23 Offseason Outlook Colorado Rockies MLBTR Originals Anthony Franco Starting Pitcher Chart – September 30th, 2022 https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/starting-pitcher-chart-september-30th-2022/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:70db736c-6b5a-da87-e9df-db4798f3ebf4 Fri, 30 Sep 2022 00:50:24 +0000 Some key streamers while some studs face tough draws <p>I started this in early-September last year and it seemed to be useful. The chart will include their performance over the last five starts, their opponent&rsquo;s wOBA versus the pitcher&rsquo;s handedness, and then my start/sit recommendation for 10-team, 12-team, and 15-team (or more) leagues. These are general recommendations, and your league situation will carry more weight whether you are protecting...</p> <p><a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/starting-pitcher-chart-september-30th-2022/" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> Featured SP Chart Paul Sporer MLBTR Chat Transcript https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/mlbtr-live-chat-9-29-22.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:a3ef3560-d1a7-dc25-40ac-a3f37c299914 Thu, 29 Sep 2022 22:51:21 +0000 Click here to view the transcript of today&#8217;s chat with MLBTR&#8217;s Anthony Franco. <p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.jotcast.com/chat/mlbtr-chat-9-29-22-14046.html">Click here</a> to view the transcript of today&#8217;s chat with MLBTR&#8217;s Anthony Franco.</p> MLBTR Chats Anthony Franco MLBTR Live Chat: 9/29/22 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/mlbtr-live-chat-9-29-22.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:02450e61-900a-baef-3a2b-18a825b06a1a Thu, 29 Sep 2022 21:31:21 +0000 Click here to chat with MLBTR&#8217;s Anthony Franco. <p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.jotcast.com/chat/mlbtr-chat-9-29-22-14046.html">Click here</a> to chat with MLBTR&#8217;s Anthony Franco.</p> MLBTR Chats Anthony Franco Rays Designate Cristofer Ogando For Assignment https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/rays-designate-cristofer-ogando-for-assignment.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:c9c037cb-56c0-e3d8-8d2e-19b110960a42 Thu, 29 Sep 2022 21:00:54 +0000 The Rays announced they&#8217;ve selected right-hander Easton McGee onto the big league roster. Reliever Calvin Faucher was optioned to Triple-A Durham to open an active roster spot, while Tampa Bay designated righty Cristofer Ogando for assignment to create a vacancy on the 40-man roster. Ogando was just selected onto the big league club last week. That marked his&#8230; <p>The Rays announced they&#8217;ve selected right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=mcgee-000eas&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Easton McGee</a></strong> onto the big league roster. Reliever <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/fauchca01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Calvin Faucher</a></strong> was optioned to Triple-A Durham to open an active roster spot, while Tampa Bay designated righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/ogandcr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Cristofer Ogando</a></strong> for assignment to create a vacancy on the 40-man roster.</p> <p>Ogando was just selected onto the big league club last week. That marked his second stint on the 40-man roster this year, but each has proven brief. Ogando made one appearance during Tampa Bay&#8217;s series in Toronto in early July, and he came out of the bullpen twice last week before being optioned back to Durham. Those marked the 28-year-old&#8217;s first MLB outings, and he&#8217;s tossed 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball. Ogando has struck out a pair, issued one walk and averaged 94.6 MPH on his fastball and 81.3 MPH on his breaking pitch.</p> <p>A former Marlins and Diamondbacks farmhand, Ogando has spent the past few years in the Rays system. Aside from his limited big league action, he&#8217;s spent the entire year in Durham. Working as a multi-inning reliever, the Dominican Republic native has pitched to a 4.66 ERA with an average 23.5% strikeout rate and an alarming 11.5% walk percentage through 53 1/3 frames with the Bulls.</p> <p>This is the second time the Rays have designated him for assignment, and he&#8217;ll find himself on waivers in the next few days. Ogando went unclaimed the last time his name was on the wire. If he goes unclaimed again, he&#8217;d have the right to refuse an outright assignment in favor of free agency. Even if he accepts an assignment back to Durham, he&#8217;ll qualify for minor league free agency at the end of the season unless the Rays put him back on the 40-man roster in the interim.</p> <p>Taking Ogando&#8217;s place on the 40-man is McGee, who&#8217;ll be making his major league debut if he&#8217;s called upon by manager Kevin Cash. A fourth-round pick out of a Kentucky high school in 2016, the 6&#8217;6&#8243; righty has spent seven years in the minors. McGee has never appeared on an organizational prospects list at Baseball America or FanGraphs, but he&#8217;s shown excellent control throughout his time in pro ball. He&#8217;s never walked more than 5% of opponents at any full-season affiliate, with his strike-throwing ability standing out as his primary attribute.</p> <p>McGee has never missed many bats in the minors, and that&#8217;s continued this season. He has a below-average 17.4% strikeout rate through 107 2/3 innings with Durham this year. The 24-year-old had posted decent ground-ball rates until this year, but he&#8217;s given up a fair bit more airborne contact during his first extended crack at Triple-A. McGee has induced grounders on just under 40% of batted balls and has surrendered more than two home runs per nine innings en route to a 5.43 ERA. He&#8217;s worked primarily as a starter in the minors but figures to assume a long relief role during his initial big league look, with Cash able to count on him to throw strikes when called upon.</p> Tampa Bay Rays Transactions Cristofer Ogando Easton McGee Anthony Franco Twins To Retain Derek Falvey As President Of Baseball Operations https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/twins-to-retain-derek-falvey-as-president-of-baseball-operations.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:fe61607e-2793-c969-58dc-e12020200e11 Thu, 29 Sep 2022 20:14:27 +0000 The Twins have announced that president of baseball operations Derek Falvey will return for the 2023 season. Per MLB.com&#8217;s Do-Hyoung Park, team president Dave St. Peter said of Falvey: &#8220;We think we have a very dynamic, smart, forward-thinking leader, and he’ll be back in 2023, and I’m hoping many, many years after that.&#8221; Falvey has&#8230; <p>The Twins have announced that president of baseball operations Derek Falvey will return for the 2023 season. <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/dohyoungpark/status/1575540064620318726?s=20&amp;t=IQxIIFKYGSBEOufBFi9l7Q">Per MLB.com&#8217;s Do-Hyoung Park,</a> team president Dave St. Peter said of Falvey: <span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0">&#8220;We think we have a very dynamic, smart, forward-thinking leader, and he’ll be back in 2023, and I’m hoping many, many years after that.&#8221;</span></p> <p>Falvey has guided the team to a 371-414 record &#8212; a .473 winning percentage since he started leading the Twins after the 2016 season. That middling record includes three postseason appearances and back-to-back division titles in 2019 and 2020. After those seasons, which saw the Twins win 101 games in 2019 and post a .600 winning percentage in the shortened 2020 season, Minnesota has delivered consecutive disappointing seasons. In 2021, the team missed the playoffs with a 73-89 record, and through 155 games this season has posted a 76-79 record that has again eliminated from them from playoff contention. Despite these recent disappointments, the Twins will continue to turn to Falvey to lead baseball operations.</p> <p>Although Minnesota has struggled, Falvey and his front office were aggressive this past calendar year in terms of making additions &#8212;  even beyond <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/correca01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Carlos Correa</a></strong> joining the team in perhaps the most surprising deal of this past offseason. In that timeframe, the Twins have added <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/archech01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chris Archer</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/grayso01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Sonny Gray</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/paddach01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chris Paddack</a></strong>, and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mahlety01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Tyler Mahle</a></strong> to their rotation, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lopezjo02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jorge Lopez</a></strong> to their bullpen, and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/u/urshegi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Gio Urshela</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sanchga02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Gary Sanchez</a></strong> to their lineup (in addition to Correa).</p> <p>Aggressive moves aren&#8217;t always effective ones, however, and Minnesota&#8217;s moves have played out to mixed results this season. Signing Correa appears to have been a slam dunk in hindsight, and a handful of moves on the trade market seem to be clear wins at this point: trading for Gray, essentially swapping <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/donaljo02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Josh Donaldson</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/garvemi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Mitch Garver</a></strong> for <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/u/urshegi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Gio Urshela</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sanchga02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Gary Sanchez</a> </strong>in a pair of trades with the Rangers and the Yankees, and acquiring <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ryanjo04.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Joe Ryan</a></strong> for <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cruzne02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nelson Cruz</a></strong> from the Rays at last year&#8217;s deadline. On the other hand, the additions of Archer and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/paganem01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Emilio Pagan</a></strong> have largely fallen flat, and other acquisitions, such as Mahle, Paddack, and Lopez, provided virtually no value this season, although they could certainly still work out in the long term.</p> <p>While the Twins certainly have their flaws, Minnesota has also undeniably been held back by a rash of injuries in 2022. The Twins have had 32 players spend time on the injured list this season, including each of their aforementioned rotation additions. Their lineup has suffered from these injuries as well, with <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/buxtoby01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Byron Buxton</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/keplema01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Max Kepler</a></strong>, and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=jeffery01,jeffer001rya&amp;search=Ryan+Jeffers&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Ryan Jeffers</a></strong> among those missing significant time. Overall, just four players have reached 130 games played for the Twins this season, and Ryan leads Minnesota pitchers with just 141 innings pitched.</p> <p>Between the exceptional injury woes the organization has faced this year and the fact that Falvey is signed through 2024, it&#8217;s not a huge surprise that he, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/falvey-twins-to-retain-manager-rocco-baldelli.html">like manager Rocco Baldelli</a>, be retained. Falvey will have more work to do this offseason, with <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/carlos-correa-twins-free-agent-opt-out.html">Correa likely to opt out</a> of his contract, and questions in a rotation that may lose both Archer and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bundydy01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dylan Bundy</a></strong> this offseason. The team holds a club option on Bundy and a mutual option with Archer, but neither option seems likely to be picked up. Gray&#8217;s option should be exercised, slotting him into next year&#8217;s rotation alongside Ryan, Mahle (health permitting) and a hopefully healthy <strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/maedake01.shtml">Kenta Maeda</a></strong> (who missed 2022 recovering from Tommy John surgery). Still, there&#8217;s plenty of work to be done on both sides of the ball if the Twins are to avoid a third straight playoff miss next year.</p> Minnesota Twins Derek Falvey Nick Deeds Avoiding The Blurbstomp – Coenheads https://razzball.com/avoiding-the-blurbstomp-coenheads/ Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com urn:uuid:c539dff5-9f8a-4a6d-e43b-d6bfc7ae9294 Thu, 29 Sep 2022 19:00:52 +0000 As we begin our autopsies of the 2022 FMLB season, let us gain a unique perspective to better understand the performance of a handful of players. A paradigm shift such as this will help you better evaluate your boys going into 2023! Presenting fantasy baseball player's season represented by various Coen Brothers films! Avoiding the Blurbstomp C.A. James The End(y) Of 2022 Brings A Look Ahead To Sunnier Meadows And M&Ms https://razzball.com/the-endy-of-2022-brings-a-look-ahead-to-sunnier-meadows-and-mms/ Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com urn:uuid:ed87358b-83b8-6f21-d9e3-d5a04a85d42f Thu, 29 Sep 2022 18:00:58 +0000 <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You don’t come to Razzball to be told that <a href="https://razzball.com/player/683002/Gunnar+Henderson/">Gunnar Henderson</a>, <a href="https://razzball.com/player/682998/Corbin+Carroll/">Corbin Carroll</a>, and <a href="https://razzball.com/player/683011/Anthony+Volpe/">Anthony Volpe</a> are terrific prospects that you should be trying to roster/acquire. You guys already know this, because you’re here–you&#8217;ve proven to have enough good fantasy baseball knowledge to know to be here rather than other places.</span> <a href="https://razzball.com/the-endy-of-2022-brings-a-look-ahead-to-sunnier-meadows-and-mms/" class="read-more">Please, blog, may I have some more? </a></p> 2022 Fantasy Baseball Fantasy Baseball Prospects Endy Rodriguez Kyle Manzardo Matt Mervis Parker Meadows Hoove Rich Hill Plans To Pitch In 2023 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/rich-hill-plans-to-pitch-in-2023.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:6130a8e6-1524-6be4-3138-3099d5382500 Thu, 29 Sep 2022 17:38:18 +0000 Red Sox lefty Rich Hill indicated after yesterday&#8217;s start that he plans to continue pitching in 2023, per Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com. Hill, a Boston native, indicated that his preference for his age-43 season next year is a return to the Red Sox, for whom he&#8217;s pitched to a 4.41 ERA across 118 1/3 innings this&#8230; <p>Red Sox lefty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hillri01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Rich Hill</a></strong> indicated after yesterday&#8217;s start that he plans to continue pitching in 2023, per <a target="_blank" href="https://www.masslive.com/redsox/2022/09/rich-hill-plans-to-pitch-again-in-2023-would-welcome-return-to-red-sox.html">Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com</a>. Hill, a Boston native, indicated that his preference for his age-43 season next year is a return to the Red Sox, for whom he&#8217;s pitched to a 4.41 ERA across 118 1/3 innings this year. Hill suggested he would entertain the idea of signing only for half of the season, joining a club partway through the 2023 campaign, noting that he&#8217;d discuss specific plans with his family this winter.</p> <p>With the Red Sox also set to lose right-handers <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/eovalna01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nathan Eovaldi</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wachami01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Michael Wacha</a></strong> to free agency this offseason, it seems likely that the Red Sox would have interest in a reunion. With youngsters <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/winckjo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Josh Winckowski</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/crawfku01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kutter Crawford</a></strong> struggling to ERAs over 5.00 during their stints in the rotation this season, and team ace <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/salech01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chris Sale</a></strong> having pitched just 48 1/3 innings since the end of the 2019 season, it would appear <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pivetni01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nick Pivetta</a></strong> is the only steady presence in the Red Sox rotation entering 2023 at the moment.</p> <p>That being said, top prospect <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bellobr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brayan Bello</a></strong> has also pitched solidly in 10 starts in the majors this year, so he is likely to compete for an opening day rotation spot as well. <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/whitlga01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Garrett Whitlock</a></strong> has pitched well in 78 1/3 innings this season, but the Red Sox seem to prefer him in a swing role between the bullpen and the rotation; of his 31 games played this season, only nine of them were starts, and he pitched beyond the fourth inning just four times. <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/paxtoja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">James Paxton</a></strong> could pick up his player option for 2023, but after missing the entire 2022 season and pitching just 1 1/3 innings in 2021, he can hardly be counted on for significant innings next year.</p> <p>Even if a reunion between Hill and the Red Sox doesn&#8217;t work out, Hill should find himself with plenty of suitors this offseason. While he has only pitched to an ERA+ of 96, 4% below league average, Hill&#8217;s 3.82 FIP this year indicates that he may have been somewhat unlucky to end up with the results he has this season. He has stranded just 67.9% of baserunners this season, a significant dip from his career norms, and his BABIP has risen to .310 this year, a clip much higher than his career mark of .279.</p> <p>On the other hand, Hill has seen his strikeout rate decline this season, with his 20.4% strikeout rate failing to measure up to his career 24.5% mark, or even the 22.7% he achieved in 2021. Whether Hill can expect positive regression next year or not, his numbers suggest he can still provide steady, back of the rotation production. Furthermore, despite being the oldest pitcher in MLB, Hill has largely managed to stay healthy in recent years, with a one month stint on the injured list for a sprained knee this July being his only injury since the start of the 2021 season.</p> Boston Red Sox Rich Hill Nick Deeds The Hold Up 9/29: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday https://www.pitcherlist.com/the-hold-up-9-29-ranking-the-top-100-relievers-for-holds-every-thursday/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:32954c64-01d5-a368-a83c-9e2ecd8d386d Thu, 29 Sep 2022 17:30:23 +0000 <p>Ranking baseball's top setup options for the 2022 season.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/the-hold-up-9-29-ranking-the-top-100-relievers-for-holds-every-thursday/">The Hold Up 9/29: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> The Hold Up Rick Graham Red Sox Activate Nathan Eovaldi; Trevor Story Unlikely To Return This Season https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/red-sox-activate-nathan-eovaldi-trevor-story-done-season-2022.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:b99bdb8e-7e9e-44ee-3032-3d067a0d1b0f Thu, 29 Sep 2022 17:28:28 +0000 The Red Sox announced Thursday that righty Nathan Eovaldi has been reinstated from the 15-day injured list. Right-hander Connor Seabold has been optioned to Triple-A Worcester in his place. Additionally, it now appears unlikely that Trevor Story will return to the Sox in 2022. Story, currently shelved with a heel injury, had been hoping to&#8230; <p>The Red Sox announced Thursday that righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/eovalna01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Nathan Eovaldi</a></strong> has been reinstated from the 15-day injured list. Right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/seaboco01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Connor Seabold</a></strong> has been optioned to Triple-A Worcester in his place. Additionally, it now appears unlikely that <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/storytr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Trevor Story</a></strong> will return to the Sox in 2022. Story, currently shelved with a heel injury, had been hoping to return for the final series of the season but has fallen ill (on top of that injury) and is now &#8220;very unlikely&#8221; to get back to the active roster in 2022, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/ChrisCotillo/status/1575508041444872194">tweets</a>.</p> <p>Eovaldi&#8217;s return is an important one not necessarily for the Red Sox, who&#8217;ve long since been eliminated from postseason contention, but for the pitcher himself. The 32-year-old Eovaldi is wrapping up the final season of a four-year, $68MM contract and is slated to become a free agent at season&#8217;s end. He&#8217;s been out more than a month due to a shoulder injury, so returning today gives him the opportunity to demonstrate his health over two more starts before the end of the year. That&#8217;ll also give the Sox a bit more information as they weigh a potential qualifying offer for Eovaldi.</p> <p>It&#8217;s been something of an up-and-down year for Eovaldi, who was terrific through mid-June before landing on the injured list due to a back injury. That issue also cost Eovaldi a month, and he briefly experienced a velocity dip and poor results upon his activation. He got back on track for three starts, beginning Aug. 1, but then hit the shelf with this most recent shoulder ailment.</p> <p>Even with the slight dip in performance in July, Eovaldi&#8217;s overall numbers are sound. He&#8217;s logged a 4.15 ERA with a 22.7% strikeout rate and an outstanding 4.3% walk rate in 99 2/3 innings this season &#8212; a continuation of the strong results he enjoyed with Boston from 2020-21. Dating back to Opening Day 2020, Eovaldi carries a collective 3.87 ERA in 330 1/3 frames. He&#8217;s fanned nearly one quarter of his opponents in that time and his 4.3% walk rate trails only <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kershcl01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Clayton Kershaw</a></strong> for the MLB lead in that span (min. 200 innings pitched).</p> <p>A healthy Eovaldi is an easy call to receive a qualifying offer, so it&#8217;ll be worth keeping a close eye on his performance over the next two outings. Cotillo noted that he&#8217;ll be capped around 65 pitches today, so it&#8217;s unlikely he&#8217;ll go deep into the game, but there will still be plenty to be gleaned from even a four- or five-inning outing. It also stands to reason that Eovaldi could push a bit further in what would be his final start of the season next week.</p> <p>As for Story, this latest injury and illness will apparently close the book on what was a discouraging first season in Boston. Signed over the winter to a six-year, $140MM contract, Story stumbled out of the gates, and while he had a pair of torrid hot streaks (from mid-May into early June and from August into September), those were surrounded by prolonged cold spells at the plate. In the end, his 2022 campaign will end with a .238/.304/.434 slash, 16 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 396 plate appearances.</p> <p>Defensively Story posted impressive marks in Defensive Runs Saved (six) and Outs Above Average (ten) despite appearing in only 813 innings on the field. The move to second base suited him quite well, but his future position remains to be determined. <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bogaexa01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Xander Bogaerts</a></strong> will opt out of his contract at season&#8217;s end and reject a qualifying offer, but the Sox will surely have interest in re-signing him. If Bogaerts heads elsewhere, Story is certainly capable of sliding back over to shortstop &#8212; a position at which he starred in Colorado for the first six seasons of his career. Alternatively, the Sox could seek shortstop alternatives and keep Story at second base, where he&#8217;s played Gold Glove-caliber defense in 2022.</p> <p>Story is still owed $120MM over the next five years, although his contract allows him to opt out after the 2025 season. The team can negate that opt-out by instead preemptively exercising a $25MM club option on the 2028 season for Story, which would push his total contract to seven years and $160MM.</p> Boston Red Sox Transactions Nathan Eovaldi Trevor Story Steve Adams DFS: “And Down The Stretch They Come…” https://razzball.com/dfs-and-down-the-stretch-they-come/ Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com urn:uuid:089ec0b6-7c92-9fb4-7d4b-c4280fc9e3a5 Thu, 29 Sep 2022 16:30:19 +0000 <p>We’ve now officially entered the stretch run with the final Thursday of the 2022 MLB season commencing today.  Before I get to today’s picks, I want to send a quick shoutout to Kieffer for picking up my normal <a href="https://razzball.com/dfs-i-just-am-here-to-say-play-carlos-correa-today/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sunday DFS slot</a> while I was traveling.  <a href="https://razzball.com/dfs-and-down-the-stretch-they-come/" class="read-more">Please, blog, may I have some more? </a></p> 2022 Fantasy Baseball DFS DraftKings Fanduel Eduardo Rodriguez Gunnar Henderson Kerry Carpenter Kyle Schwarber Luis Rengifo Marcus Semien Ryan Mountcastle Shohei Ohtani Willson Contreras The Lineup Builder First Pitch – 9/29/22 https://www.pitcherlist.com/first-pitch-9-29-22/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:70a67277-b762-ca16-a74d-97d16b3dbb0c Thu, 29 Sep 2022 16:11:20 +0000 <p>Everything you need to know to win your fantasy baseball league!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/first-pitch-9-29-22/">First Pitch &#8211; 9/29/22</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> First Pitch Podcast Podcast Scott Chu Ep 142 – All Weekend SP Reviewed https://www.pitcherlist.com/ep-142-all-weekend-sp-reviewed/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:34ac36a5-c4b5-8c91-2abb-83401927acbe Thu, 29 Sep 2022 15:22:56 +0000 <p>Nick Pollack's latest episode of the PL+ exclusive Plus Pitch Podcast. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/ep-142-all-weekend-sp-reviewed/">Ep 142 &#8211; All Weekend SP Reviewed</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Podcast The Plus Pitch Podcast Nick Pollack