Posts Tagged ‘Trade’

The Chicago White Sox acquired first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor-league outfielder Alex Call, the clubs announced Saturday.

Alonso, 31, slashed .250/.317/.421 with 23 home runs and 83 RBIs in his lone season with the Indians in 2018. He is slated to earn $8 million in 2019 and has a $9-million club option attached for 2020. Per Cot’s Contracts, Alonso’s option will automatically be exercised if he collects either 500 plate appearances in 2019 or 1,100 total PAs across the 2018-19 seasons (and passes a physical at the end of this coming year).

Chicago will pay all of Alonso’s salary, according to Zack Meisel of The Athletic.

Alonso is the fourth major-league batter to be traded from Cleveland over the last few weeks. The team sent catcher Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationalsin late November before Edwin Encarnacion and Yandy Diaz were shipped to the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays, respectively, in a three-team trade during the winter meetings.

The White Sox may not be done, either; the club’s been regarded as one of the primary suitors for free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Alonso is Machado’s brother-in-law, as several reporters have pointed out.

“Fundamentally, this is a baseball deal. We feel Yonder makes us better,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said when asked about the Alonso-Machado connection Saturday, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Call, 24, slashed .242/.325/.411 with seven home runs in 67 Double-A games in 2018.

This marks the first time the White Sox and Indians have completed a trade with each other since 1994.

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Wide receiver Amari Cooper defended Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden over his trade from the Silver and Black, placing the responsibility solely on owner Mark Davis.

“They were getting calls about a first(-round draft pick) for next year and they weren’t going to do it,” Cooper told the Star-Telegram’s Clarence E. Hill on Thursday. “But when (Dallas Cowboys owner) Jerry Jones called about a first for this year he felt he had no choice.”

Cooper was sent to the Cowboys on Oct. 22 and has thrived in Dallas, posting 40 receptions for 642 yards and six touchdowns in six games. He hauled in just 22 catches for 280 yards and one score in six contests with Oakland to begin the season.

Cooper said Gruden – contrary to popular belief – didn’t know about the trade when it was made. He added that Reggie McKenzie, the general manager at the time, told him the decision was out of his hands.

Davis said Wednesday that the Raiders traded Cooper because his talents were being wasted in Gruden’s West Coast offense, which emphasizes short passes over deep balls.

“He was a great, great player. We always had the fastest guy on the field no matter what,” he explained at the NFL’s owners meetings. “It just didn’t work out in our system. In the future, we might be saying, ‘Damn.'”

Joe Flacco‘s time with the Baltimore Ravens may be coming to an end.

With rookie first-rounder Lamar Jackson taking over as starting quarterback, the Ravens are expected to move on from Flacco in 2019, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

Flacco is set to make $18.5 million next season, and Baltimore would incur $16 million in dead money if it chooses to release him. The veteran is expected to be a highly coveted free agent if he does hit the open market.

Trading the 33-year-old to a team of his choosing is also a possible scenario, Rapoport added.

Jackson was named Baltimore’s starter for its Week 15 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, meaning Flacco will be an active backup for the first time in his career.

The rookie took over for the injured Flacco in Week 11 and won his first three games as the starter before losing in overtime to the AFC-leading Kansas City Chiefs in Week 14.

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Joel Embiid hasn’t been himself over the past few games, failing to crack the 20-point plateau in three consecutive contests. He believes it’s due to a role change as recently acquired star Jimmy Butler has gradually taken on a larger part in the offense, forcing the frustrated 7-footer to play from the perimeter more often.

“I haven’t been myself lately,” Embiid said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey. “I think it’s mainly because of the way I’ve been used, which is I’m being used as a spacer, I guess, a stretch five, which (is why) I’m only shooting (29) percent from three-point range.

“But it seems like the past couple games, like with the way I play, our setup, (76ers head coach Brett Brown) always has me starting on the perimeter … and it just really frustrates me. My body feels great, and it’s just I haven’t been playing well.”

The 76ers have won nine of 12 since Butler debuted on Nov. 14. However, Embiid has struggled to replicate his dominant start to the year, with his averages dropping from 28.2 points on 48.4 percent shooting through his first 15 games to 23.8 points on 43.1 percent over his last 11 appearances.

“Since the trade, it’s been really down,” Embiid added. “I tend to get triple-teamed a lot. I was in the flow of the offense. I feel like I’m not any more. There’s not a lot of possessions on the block. I don’t know. We got to figure it out.”

Embiid has scored 16, 15, and 10 points, respectively, before sitting out Friday’s 117-111 win over the Detroit Pistons.

The St. Louis Cardinals acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the teams announced Wednesday.

Arizona receives pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andy Young, and a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick in return for the six-time All-Star, who is eligible for free agency at the end of 2019.

“We’ve been busy this offseason working to upgrade our lineup, and today we are excited to announce the acquisition of one of the game’s premier players in first baseman Paul Goldschmidt,” Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said in a statement obtained by MLB.com’s Chad Thornburg.

The Diamondbacks were reportedly discussing deals for the 31-year-old Goldschmidt for a month, and a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies apparently fell apart last week.

Since his sophomore MLB campaign in 2012, Goldschmidt has established himself as one of baseball’s best first basemen. He’s finished in the top three in NL MVP voting on three occasions and is the owner of a trio of Gold Gloves and four Silver Sluggers.

“This was an extremely difficult decision given how much Paul has meant to our team both on and off the field,” Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall said in a statement. “He represents everything it means to be a D-back, and we are very thankful to him for all that he has done for our franchise and our fans. We wish him, Amy and their family nothing but the best in the years ahead.”

Goldschmidt joins a Cardinals team that finished third in the NL Central last season behind the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs.

ORDER PLAYER POS
1 Matt Carpenter 3B
2 Jose Martinez RF
3 Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4 Paul DeJong SS
5 Marcell Ozuna LF
6 Yadier Molina C
7 Kolten Wong 2B
8 Harrison Bader CF

Weaver, 25, was selected 27th overall in the 2014 draft. He pitched in 30 games – 25 starts – for St. Louis last season.

Luke Weaver’s Career Stats

YEAR IP ERA HR WHIP FIP K% BB%
2016 36.1 5.70 7 1.60 4.33 27.0% 7.2%
2017 60.1 3.88 7 1.26 3.17 28.6% 6.8%
2018 136.1 4.95 19 1.50 4.45 19.9% 8.9%

The 24-year-old Kelly has only appeared in 63 games at the major-league level because he was blocked by veteran stalwart Yadier Molina. He owns a career .154/.227/.188 line with 10 RBIs in parts of three seasons.

Young, 24, was a 37th-round draft choice in 2016. He advanced as high as Double-A last season, hitting .289/.379/.479 across multiple levels. He wasn’t among MLB Pipeline‘s top 30 Cardinals prospects before the trade.

The Philadelphia Phillies traded first baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop J.P. Crawford to the Seattle Mariners on Monday for two-time All-Star Jean Segura, right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio, and lefty James Pazos, the team announced.

Segura, 28, posted a .304/.341/.415 slash line with 10 home runs last year for Seattle. The shortstop reportedly received a $1-million assignment bonus for waiving his no-trade clause, a source tells Jayson Stark of The Athletic. The clause will stay in effect through 2022, the end of his contract.

The 32-year-old Nicasio is coming off a down year in which he posted a 6.00 ERA, but his peripheral numbers lined up with his 2017 breakout campaign. Over 42 innings, the right-hander punched out 29 percent of batters while walking 2.7 percent. Pazos, 27, posted a 2.88 ERA across 50 innings out of the Seattle bullpen in 2018.

In return, the Mariners acquire the 23-year-old Crawford, who was once ranked as the top prospect in the Phillies’ system and one of the best in all of baseball. The shortstop owns a .214/.333/.358 slash line in 72 games at the major-league level.

Santana, meanwhile, is a veteran first baseman who signed a three-year, $60-million contract with the Phillies last winter. The 32-year-old authored a .229/.352/.414 slash line with 24 home runs in his first season in Philadelphia.

This trade is the latest move in what has already been a busy offseason for general manager Jerry Dipoto and the rest of the Mariners’ front office. Seattle recently finalized a trade sending Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the New York Mets. The Mariners also traded left-handed ace James Paxton to the New York Yankees on Nov. 19.

The New York Mets and Seattle Mariners have reportedly put the finishing touches on a blockbuster deal that’ll send second baseman Robinson Cano, closer Edwin Diaz, and $20 million to Flushing for five players, pending physicals, according to Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman.

In exchange, the Mariners will receive outfielder Jay Bruce, reliever Anthony Swarzak, outfield prospect Jarred Kelenic, and right-handed pitching prospects Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista.

Diaz’s medical information has been approved and Cano has formally waived his no-trade clause, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.

Cano, 36, missed 80 games during the 2018 campaign due to a performance-enhancing drug suspension. The eight-time All-Star posted a .303/.374/.471 slash line with 10 home runs over 348 plate appearances. Among second basemen with at least 100 plate appearances, Cano was the second-best hitter in the majors by FanGraphs with a wRC+ of 136, behind only Jeff McNeil, who’ll now be his teammate. The two-time Gold Glove winner and five-time Silver Slugger is owed $120 million over the next five seasons.

The 24-year-old Diaz is fresh off winning the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year award. The right-handed flamethrower led all of baseball in saves with 57 and games finished with 65 while posting a remarkable 1.96 ERA and 1.61 FIP over 73 1/3 innings in 2018. Diaz is under team control for the next four seasons.

Heading back the other way, the Mariners will add 31-year-old Bruce. The three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger played only 94 games during an injury-shortened 2018 campaign, posting a .223/.310/.370 slash line with nine home runs. The outfielder has two years and $28 million remaining on his current contract.

Swarzak, 33, is also coming off an injury-plagued season, posting a 6.15 ERA and 5.48 FIP over 26 1/3 innings. The right-hander had a breakout campaign in 2017, boasting a 2.33 ERA and 2.74 FIP over 77 1/3 innings between both the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers. Swarzak has one year and $8.5 million remaining on his current deal.

Kelenic, who was drafted sixth overall by the Mets in the 2018 MLB Draft, is the highest-ranked prospect heading to Seattle in the deal. MLB Pipeline rates the 19-year-old as the 62nd-best prospect in baseball. He posted a .839 OPS with six home runs and 15 stolen bases in 56 games as an 18-year-old in rookie ball last season.

Dunn, 23, is the 89th-best prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, and was the No. 4 farmhand in the Mets’ system. The right-handed starter owned a 4.22 ERA and 3.37 FIP over 89 2/3 innings in his first full season at Double-A last year.

Bautista, 23, was the Mets’ No. 30 prospect heading into the 2018 season. He allowed six earned runs on eight hits and five walks over 4 1/3 innings of work in the majors last year. In 31 appearances out of the bullpen at Triple-A, Bautista struggled to a 5.22 ERA and 9.4 percent walk rate, despite posting an impressive 28.1 percent strikeout rate.