Right before Thanksgiving the Mariners and D-backs completed the first blockbuster trade of the offseason. A transaction that included the 2016 NL hits leader, Jean Segura. For the D-backs who are in desperate need of pitching depth, received Taijuan Walker. In addition to the former top right-handed pitching prospect, the D-backs obtained shortstop Ketel Marte. While the M’s finally have a legitimate shortstop, they also acquired more power. Former top D-backs outfield prospect, Mitch Haniger, is now also a Mariner. Lastly, Seattle received reliever Zac Curtis to help out a struggling Mariners’ bullpen. But, will this trade work out for Continue reading First Offseason Blockbuster Trade Make Sense for both Sides
This offseason brings possibly the best reliever market baseball has ever seen. Dominant arms like Chapman, Jansen, Drew Storen, Mark Melancon, Sergio Romo, etc are all free agents. But, the biggest story is the future of Aroldis Chapman. Disclosed reports have now come out to say that the 105 MPH flame thrower might be commanding a $100 million contract. The Los Angeles Dodgers are rumored to as the top suitor at this point in time. However, their closer, Kenley Jansen, is also out there among free agents. So, why are the Dodgers being linked more to Chapman than Jansen? Better Continue reading Dodgers Debacle: Jansen or Chapman?
Since the emergence of Kyle Schwarber during the 2015 season, many teams inquired about a trade for the Cubs’ slugger. But, as many front office executives believe, Schwarber is one of those exceptional bats that only come along so often. So, off course the Cubbies would like to hold on to their slugger, so that he can make a big impact on helping the franchise continue on to capture more titles. However, with the Cubbies’ significant depth, is there enough room for Schwarber to be an everyday starter? Chicago began the 2016 campaign having Schwarber in left field, Dexter Fowler Continue reading How Will Kyle Schwarber be an Everyday Starter in 2017
With Jason Castro a free agent, and having underperformed when with the Astros, Houston is looking for a full-time catcher. Currently they lead the trade rumors of Yankees’ man behind the plate, Brian McCann. But why trade away prime prospects for a catcher who is no longer in his prime, when Houston could sign Matt Wieters, who hasn’t exactly reached his full potential yet due to injuries. Houston doesn’t have a big contract on their books yet and all three of their big bats are righties (Wieters is a switch hitter). Matt Wieters was a two-time all-star between the 2011-2013 Continue reading Why Matt Wieters Would be the Perfect Fit in Houston