2017 MLB Transactions
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September 1, 2017
Houston Astros: Acquire Justin Verlander SP A+ Grade
Justin Verlander is capable of pitching at a high level. This is a huge acquisition for the Houston Astros. With Dallas Kuechel, Lance McCullers Jr., and now Justin Verlander, the Astros have a rotation with the chance to do something special in October. Houston sent Detroit minor league prospects Daz Cameron and Jake Rodgers two really good MLB Draft prospects that the Tigers can develop.
August 13, 2017
Milwaukee Brewers: Acquire Neil Walker 2B A+ Grade
I like this trade for Milwaukee. The Mets aren't going anywhere so the Brewers gave up future considerations to get Neil Walker who was once the face of the Pittsburgh Pirates at second base.
July 31, 2017
Los Angeles Dodgers: Trade for Yu Darvish SP B+ Grade
The Dodgers sent Texas three mediocre prospects to get Yu Darvish and have someone who can compliment Clayton Kershaw. Darvish has moments where he can post a a 2.40 ERA. He also has terrible moments where his ERA will rise above 4.00. This is a great trade for the Dodgers, but it gets a B+ grade due to how inconsistent Darvish has been throughout 2017. The Dodgers also went after Pirates reliever Tony Watson who can be a set up pitcher or a closer.
Boston Red Sox: Acquire Addison Reed, RP B+ Grade
Addison Reed is a great set-up pitcher. I like this move by the Red Sox. Reed was a closer for much of the year, but Boston packaged a deal to get Reed.
New York Yankees: Trade Fowler, Maeto, and Kaperlian for Gray SP C Grade
The Yankees got Sonny Gray. They gave up a lot of assets that could help Oakland contend down the road. Dustin Fowler, Jorge Maeto, and James Kaprelian a 2015 first round pitcher out of UCLA are prospects that will help the Athletics down the road which is why I think Oakland actually benefits from this trade more long-term. All of these prospects are in AAA now and are very close to making the jump to the MLB.
Oakland Athletics: Get Fowler OF, Maeto SS, and Kaprelian SP for Gray SP C+ Grade
The Athletics fans may be upset by this trade intially. Honestly, I believe they got more to work with down the road. With all the prospects in their farm system, this team is probably in the best position to challenge the Houston Astros down the road.
July 13, 2017
New York Yankees: Acquire Todd Frazier 3B A Grade
The Yankees got another awesome bat in Todd Frazier. Frazier is a great addition for the Yankees.
February 22, 2017
Washington Nationals: Sign Matt Wieters C to 2-year deal A+ Grade
Matt Wieters is a huge upgrade over Derek Norris. This is an awesome signing by the Washington Nationals who now have no weaknesses in their infield. Washington has the bats to make a run in the NL, but I question the Nationals pitching outside of Scherzer, Strasburg, and Roark.
February 15, 2017
St. Louis Cardinals: Alex Reyes P Undergoes Tommy Johns Surgery F Grade
Alex Reyes really came into his own at the end of last year. This is a huge loss for the Cardinals as it practically guarantees that the Chicago Cubs will win the NL Central again.
Chris Tillman, SP, Baltimore Orioles
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Baltimore Orioles
Wade Miley, SP, Baltimore Orioles
Hyun Soo Kim, LF, Baltimore Orioles
Seth Smith, RF, Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles 2018 Offseason Preview: Baltimore has $92-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Orioles lose their #1, #4, and #5 starters in their rotation plus both corner outfielders at left field and right field. That is not good for the Orioles when you consider they are 14th in payroll.
Baltimore Orioles 2018 Free Agents
Mitch Moreland, 1B, Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox 2018 Offseason Preview: Boston has $158-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Red Sox have a higher payroll than any American League team. It's not just that, the only player they lose to Free Agency in 2018 is Mitch Moreland.
Boston Red Sox 2018 Free Agents
Matt Holliday, DH, New York Yankees
Chris Carter, DH, New York Yankees
Michael Pineda, SP, New York Yankees
Tyler Clippard, RP, New York Yankees
New York Yankees 2018 Offseason Preview: New York has $98-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Yankees lose their #2 starter in Michael Pineda who sucks, both of their designated hitters, and their best relief pitcher in Tyler Clippard. Clippard has underachieved to an extent but his 3.57 ERA in 2016 was the lowest among middle relievers making him an asset to an extent.
New York Yankees 2018 Free Agents
Colby Rasmus, LF, Tampa Bay Rays
Alex Cobb, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
Logan Morrison, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays 2018 Offseason Preview: Tampa Bay has $35-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Rays lose three players that are expendable. Logan Morrison is really the only player that I could see teams showing any interest in and he's someone that I think teams will look at during the 2017 MLB Trade Deadline.
Tampa Bay Rays 2018 Free Agents
Melvin Upton, LF, Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Estrada, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
Francisco Lirano, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
Jason Grilli, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
Joe Smith, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
J.P. Howell, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
Darwin Barney, SS, Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays 2018 Offseason Preview: Tampa Bay has $92-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Blue Jays lose their starting left fielder along with their #4 and #5 starters. Set up pitcher Jason Grilli will be a Free Agent who turns 40 in 2018. Middle relievers Joe Smith and J.P. Howell are short-term fill ins while their prospects develop. Darwin Barney is quite the underrated utility-man, but that's all he is.
Toronto Blue Jays 2018 Free Agents
Melky Cabrera, LF, Chicago White Sox
Todd Frazier, 3B, Chicago White Sox
Brett Lawrie, 2B, Chicago White Sox
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, Chicago White Sox
Derek Holland, SP, Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox 2018 Offseason Preview: Chicago has $36-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the White Sox lose 3 batters who provide a veteran presence in Cabrera, Frazier, and Lawrie after the 2017 season. Miguel Gonzalez and Derek Holland are fill-in gaps until Carson Fulmer their 2015 first round pick finishes developing because he should be ready for a spot in the White Sox starting rotation by next season.
Chicago White Sox 2018 Free Agents
Carlos Santana, 1B, Cleveland Indians
Bryan Shaw, RP, Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians 2018 Offseason Preview: Cleveland has $91-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Cleveland Indians have the most stability among AL Central teams with a lot of quality stars returning for the 2016 American League Champions. Carlos Santana is a first baseman that will be in high demand plus Bryan Shaw is a 29-year-old relief pitcher with experience at closer, set up, middle reliever, and long reliever making his versatility an asset for any team looking for bullpen help.
Cleveland Indians 2018 Free Agents
J.D. Martinez, RF, Detroit Tigers
Francisco Rodriguez, RP, Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers 2018 Offseason Preview: Detroit has $154-million for 2018 on their payroll. J.D. Martinez and Francisco Rodriguez are the only Free Agents Detroit cannot stand to lose. The Tigers have other Free Agents, but also have enough depth to compensate for losing those Free Agents.
Detroit Tigers 2018 Free Agents
Eric Hosmer, 1B, Kansas City Royals
Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City Royals
Lorenzo Cain, CF, Kansas City Royals
Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals
Jason Vargas, SP, Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals 2018 Offseason Preview: Kansas City has $120-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Royals lose four batters from their 2015 World Series team. Kansas City will be a team that receives a lot of phone calls around July if they are not in first place by the 2017 MLB Trade Deadline.
Kansas City Royals 2018 Free Agents
Hector Santiago, SP, Minnesota Twins
Brandon Kintzler, RP, Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins 2018 Offseason Preview: Minnesota has $76-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Blue Jays lose their #3 starter in Hector Santiago along with their closer Brandon Kintzler.
Minnesota Twins 2018 Free Agents
Norichika Akoi, LF, Houston Astros
Carlos Beltran, DH, Houston Astros
Luke Gregerson, RP, Houston Astros
Houston Astros 2018 Offseason Preview: Houston has $65-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Astros lose their left fielder, designated hitter, and one of their best relievers to Free Agency. Luke Gregerson has experience as a closer, set up pitcher, middle reliever, and long reliever. One could argue after Bryan Shaw he's the most versatile relief pitcher on the market.
Houston Astros 2018 Free Agents
Cameron Maybin, LF, Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim
Yunel Escobar, 3B, Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim
Danny Espinosa, 2B, Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim
Jesse Chavez, SP, Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim
Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim 2018 Offseason Preview: Los Angeles has $100-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Angels have to worry about a lot of versatile players they stand to lose. Cameron Maybin batted .314 and can play left field, center field, or right field with his versatility. Yunel Escobar poses a better batting average than Mike Moustakas. Danny Espinosa is versatile enough to play second base or shortstop. Finally Jesse Chavez is the favorite to win the Angels #5 starter role and can contribute as an effective long reliever.
Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim 2018 Free Agents
Rajai Davis, CF, Oakland Athletics
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, Oakland Athletics
Jed Lowrie, 2B, Oakland Athletics
Yonder Alonso, 1B, Oakland Athletics
John Axford, RP, Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics 2018 Offseason Preview: Oakland has $30-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Athletics brought in a lot of veterans to one-year prove it deals. They just need to replace those veterans at this time next season.
Oakland Athletics 2018 Free Agents
Jarrod Dyson, LF, Seattle Mariners
Steve Kishek, RP, Seattle Mariners
Seattle Mariners 2018 Offseason Preview: Seattle has $112-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Mariners lose two quality players. Jarrod Dyson is a one-year prove it player that can play left fielder or right fielder in a corner outfielder role with his versatility. Steve Kishek led the Mariners with 25 saves as a middle reliever last year. Kishek may finally be ready for a set up or closer role.
Seattle Mariners 2018 Free Agents
Jonathan Lucroy, C, Texas Rangers
Carlos Gomez, CF, Texas Rangers
Yu Darvish, SP, Texas Rangers
Andrew Cashner, SP, Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers 2018 Offseason Preview: Texas has $103-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Rangers lose quite a bit. Jonathan Lucroy is a top 5 catcher and Yu Darvish is capable of being a #1 starter on other teams rotations.
Texas Rangers 2018 Free Agents
Brandon Phillips, 2B, Atlanta Braves
Bartolo Colon, SP, Atlanta Braves
Jaime Garcia, SP, Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves 2018 Offseason Preview: Atlanta has $82-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Braves have brought in a few guys like Colon and Garcia to one-year prove it deals plus they traded for Brandon Phillips.
Atlanta Braves 2018 Free Agents
Dustin McGowan, RP, Miami Marlins
Miami Marlins 2018 Offseason Preview: Miami has $98-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Marlins only lose one player in Dustin McGowan.
Miami Marlins 2018 Free Agents
Curtis Granderson, CF, New York Mets
Jay Bruce, RF, New York Mets
Neil Walker, 2B, New York Mets
Lucas Duda, 1B, New York Mets
Addison Reed, RP, New York Mets
Fernando Salas, RP, New York Mets
New York Mets 2018 Offseason Preview: New York has $71-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Mets lose four batters including two outfielders plus their first and second basemen unless they bring back those players. The Mets also lose Addison Reed their set up pitcher and middle reliever Fernando Salas to Free Agency.
New York Mets 2018 Free Agents
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
Clay Bucholtz, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies 2018 Offseason Preview: Philadelphia has $16-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Phillies lose two players that are expendable plus they have the MLB's lowest payroll. Jeremy Hellickson will likely try to be a #1 starter somewhere else and Clay Bucholtz is a one-year prove it player.
Philadelphia Phillies 2018 Free Agents
Jayson Werth, LF, Washington Nationals
Oliver Perez, RP, Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals 2018 Offseason Preview: Washington has $95-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Nationals lose their starting left fielder along with one of their best middle relievers in Oliver Perez.
Washington Nationals 2018 Free Agents
Jake Arrieta, SP, Chicago Cubs
John Lackey, SP, Chicago Cubs
Wade Davis, RP, Chicago Cubs
Hector Rondon, RP, Chicago Cubs
Koji Uehara, RP, Chicago Cubs
Pedro Stop, RP, Chicago Cubs
Jon Jay, CF, Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs 2018 Offseason Preview: Chicago has $79-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Cubs lose two starters and four relievers to Free Agency. Its hard to recover when you lose that many pitchers.
Chicago Cubs 2018 Free Agents
Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds
Drew Storen, RP, Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds 2018 Offseason Preview: Cincinnati has $64-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Reds have Cozart who is a fill in player until Nick Senzel develops plus Drew Storen is declining.
Cincinnati Reds 2018 Free Agents
Matt Garza, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
Neftali Feliz, RP, Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers 2018 Offseason Preview: Milwaukee has $25-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Brewers lose their #5 starter and their closer. Feliz may break out in 2017.
Milwaukee Brewers 2018 Free Agents
Tony Watson, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Juan Nicasio, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Antonio Bastardo, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates 2018 Offseason Preview: Pittsburgh has $70-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Pirates lose their closer and two middle relievers.
Pittsburgh Pirates 2018 Free Agents
Lance Lynn, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
Zach Duke, RP, St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals 2018 Offseason Preview: St. Louis has $112-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Cardinals lose a couple of players to Free Agency. Lance Lynn and Zach Duke are expendable though.
St. Louis Cardinals 2018 Free Agents
Fernando Rodney, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Arizona Diamondbacks 2018 Offseason Preview: Arizona has $62-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Cardinals have one closer that they may need to bring back in Fernando Rodney.
Arizona Diamondbacks 2018 Free Agents
Carlos Gonzalez, RF, Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies 2018 Offseason Preview: Colorado has $68-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Rockies have a lot of continuity for an emerging NL West team. It's not just that, the only premium player they lose to Free Agency in 2018 is Carlos Gonzalez. The other guys they lose are weak bullpen players.
Colorado Rockies 2018 Free Agents
Los Angeles Dodgers 2018 Offseason Preview: Los Angeles has $168-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Dodgers managed to get everyone back. With every key starter and reliever under contract until at least 2019 expect the Dodgers to contend for a World Series at some point in either 2017 or 2018.
Los Angeles Dodgers 2018 Free Agents
San Francisco Giants 2018 Offseason Preview: San Francisco has $180-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Giants like the Dodgers don't lose any key players to the Dodgers in 2018.
San Francisco Giants 2018 Free Agents
Clayton Richard, SP, San Diego Padres
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres 2018 Offseason Preview: San Diego has $22-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Padres lose both of their projected starters to Free Agency in 2018. The Padres have to find a way to build around first baseman Wil Myers.
San Diego Padres 2018 Free Agents