Looking For A Match In A Yu Darvish Trade

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

With next Monday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline looming, there’s a chance right-hander Yu Darvish’s start on Wednesday will go down as his last in a Rangers uniform. If that 3 2/3-inning, 10-earned run disaster against Miami does represent the impending free agent’s swan song in Texas, it’ll be a shame for both parties. Darvish has generally been masterful since signing a six-year, $56MM contract in 2012 to emigrate from Japan. The 30-year-old has pitched to a 3.42 ERA and totaled upward of 18 wins above replacement across nearly 800 innings, making his deal well worth the investment for Texas, even when including the $51.7MM posting fee. Darvish’s pact is now on the verge of expiring, while the Rangers are the owners of a 49-52 record after their 22-10 drubbing at the Marlins’ hands. That uninspiring mark has helped make the Rangers irrelevant in the American League West, which the 67-34 Astros ran away with long ago, but they’re still a more manageable 4.5 games out in a parity-laden wild-card race

Talking a blue streak: Royals’ run reaches 8

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

Eric Hosmer ripped five hits, including his first career grand slam, and the Royals pounded out a season-high 22 hits en route to a 16-2 blowout of the Tigers on Wednesday night at Comerica Park, thus sweeping the three-game series.

Red Sox Sale away with trip-ending shutout

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

Chris Sale proved to be the perfect solution to a four-game Red Sox losing streak Wednesday, as the lefty ace fired seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory over the Mariners to claim the three-game series finale. The Red Sox completed a 2-4 road trip to Anaheim and Seattle, during which Sale won the first and last games, with Wednesday’s victory preserving Boston’s one-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East at 56-47.

5 longshot Trade Deadline deals

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

Everyone is looking for bargains as Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. Nothing wrong with that approach. For the sake of argument, let’s consider a totally different approach. Rather than hunt for bargains, let’s hunt for big-name players.

Red Sox add Nunez in deal with Giants

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

The Red Sox on Tuesday night reached a deal to acquire third baseman Eduardo Nunez from the Giants, a source told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. The clubs have not confirmed the trade.

Reds turn triple play on former mate Frazier

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

A combination of a sharply hit grounder right to a fielder and poor baserunning helped the Reds turn their first triple play in over two decades in Tuesday night’s 4-2 loss to the Yankees.

Frazier comes home for 1st game in pinstripes

Jul 25, 2017 | No Comments

Newly acquired third baseman Todd Frazier was greeted by hundreds of people from his hometown of Toms River, N.J., before his first home game as a member of the Yankees on Tuesday.

Top 100 Prospects: A melting pot of mashers

Jul 25, 2017 | No Comments

MLBPipeline.com’s midseason Top 100 Prospects list is defined by youth (eight of the top 10 players are 20 or younger) and headlined by more hitters (each of the top 11) and international players (each of the top eight) than ever before.

Royals Acquire Cahill, Maurer, Buchter From Padres For Strahm, Wood, Ruiz

Royals Acquire Cahill, Maurer, Buchter From Padres For Strahm, Wood, Ruiz

Jul 24, 2017 | No Comments

The Royals have announced an interesting trade with the Padres involving a whole host of pitchers, as Robert Murray of Fan Rag has first reported on Twitter. Kansas City will add starter Trevor Cahill, righty reliever Brandon Maurer, and southpaw Ryan Buchter. In exchange, the Pads will pick up southpaws Matt Strahm and Travis Wood along with infield prospect Esteury Ruiz. For Kansas City, the move represents an effort to bolster the team’s pitching staff down the stretch — and confirms that the club isn’t planning on dealing away its pending free agents before the deadline. The Royals designated Al Alburquerque and Luke Farrell to open roster space, while lefty Brian Flynn was recalled to the active roster while the team awaits its new hurlers. The rotation was clearly in need of improvement, and Cahill has tantalized this year with a career-high 12.8% swinging-strike rate while working exclusively from the rotation. While he has thrown just 61 innings over 11 starts, owing to a DL stint for a shoulder injury, Cahill owns a 3.69 ERA with 10.6 K/9 against 3.5 BB/9 along with an excellent 56.8% groundball rate. Whether Cahill can maintain that kind of production down the stretch is anyone’s guess. But with relatively few appealing rental starters available, there weren’t many other places to turn.

Strasburg exits early for precautionary reasons

Jul 24, 2017 | No Comments

The Nationals’ offense handed Stephen Strasburg a four-run lead in the top of the first inning Sunday afternoon in Arizona, normally an opportunity for the All-Star right-hander to be aggressive and fill up the strike zone. Instead, Strasburg struggled with his command and could not find a groove, issuing three walks and getting to a few other three-ball counts.