Here’s a look back at the past week at MLBTR. Key Moves The Diamondbacks acquired infielder Jean Segura and pitcher Tyler Wagner from the Brewers for infielder Aaron Hill, pitcher Chase Anderson, infielder Isan Diaz and cash. Arbitration Players avoiding arbitration this week included Jake Arrieta (link) and Zach Britton (link). A full list of arbitration-avoiding deals can be found at MLBTR’s Arbitration Tracker. Signings / Re-signings Blue Jays – P Gavin Floyd (one year) Trades Orioles – acquired P Odrisamer Despaigne from Padres for P Jean Cosme Pirates – acquired P Jesse Biddle from Twins for P Yoervis Medina Blue Jays – acquired OF Darrell Ceciliani from Mets for a PTBNL or cash Claimed Angels – P Christian Friedrich (from Rockies) Yankees – IF Ronald Torreyes (from Angels) Designated For Assignment Blue Jays – P Chad Jenkins (link) Angels – IF Taylor Featherston (link) Orioles – P C.J. Riefenhauser (link) Yankees – OF Lane Adams (link) Outrighted Pirates – P A.J.
He’s not messing around.
The success of 2015 apparently has earned Blue Jays manager John Gibbons some goodwill in Toronto, as he was treated to a standing ovation at Thursday night’s annual season-ticket holder event, The Leadoff.
It’s easy to buy into Spring Training hype, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe notes in his latest column as he looks at some of the major Red Sox storylines heading into camp. While the Sox have drawn mostly approval for their offseason dealings, Cafardo warns that pundits were saying the same thing last year prior to Boston’s last place season. Here’s some more from Cafardo’s piece… The Astros have asked about Tyler Clippard. Houston has already made a couple of big offseason moves to reinforce their bullpen in trading for Ken Giles and re-signing Tony Sipp, and adding Clippard would only further deepen a relief corps that also includes Luke Gregerson, Will Harris, Pat Neshek and Josh Fields. Clippard’s market was fairly quiet for much of the winter, though as Cafardo notes, things have started to heat up for the veteran righty with at least six teams (including the Rays and Diamondbacks) showing interest. Matt Thornton is drawing interest from around six teams, though the veteran lefty may have to settle for a minor league contract. Thornton turned 39 in September and has a 1.98 ERA over 77 1/3 innings in 2014 and 2015, though with only a 5.9 K/9 in that stretch, ERA predictors such as xFIP (4.19) and SIERA (3.79) are less enthused with his performance over the last two years
To get you ready for Cam-Peyton.
Here’s our weekly look around the baseball blogosphere: Jays From The Couch interviewed Tayler Saucedo. TPOP determines the Pirates Trade Value rankings of assets in the organization. Inside The ’Zona ran down Jean Segura’s pros and cons. Philliesdelphia says catcher J.P. Arencibia could surprise in Spring Training. Chin Music Baseball ran down the most questionable moves of the offseason. Swingin A’s analyzed Fangraphs’ analysis of the A’s. Camden Depot has a primer on Odrisamer Despaigne. Yankees Unscripted wonders if Brett Gardner will remain a valuable commodity. Big Three Sports discussed Curt Casali.
Virtually every square inch of AT&T Park will be thrown open to the public on Saturday, when the Giants conduct their annual FanFest.
The best offseason additions aren’t always the most expensive ones. David Price and Zack Greinke will undoubtedly give their new teams a boost. But some other acquisitions that could end up being just as important in the context of playoff races.
On Saturday, Venezuela cruised past Puerto Rico’s Cangrejeros de Santurce, 13-3, to advance to the tournament final Sunday against Mexico’s Venados de Mazatlan, who defeated Cuba’s Ciego de Avila, 7-2, in Saturday night’s second semifinal game.
Former Major League pitcher Freddy Garcia will end his career the same way he started it: On the mound representing Venezuela with the baseball hopes of an entire nation riding on his right arm.