Well, he very pointedly did not mash for his first two weeks or so, and then he was tremendous.How sure are we that Casas is the starting first baseman next year? He looked the part in his 27 games up, but didn’t exactly mash — 197/358/408.
A 108 OPS+ for a below league average defensive 1B is a pretty terrible player. At the trade deadline last year there was only one team that had worse production at first than the Padres - that was the Dalbec/Cordero awfulness.He's been about a 108 OPS+ guy for the last couple years, so it's not like Hosmer is garbage. With a decent glove and experience to impart on Casas, he has some possible value. Also he's a reverse split, so you actually DO want him in there vs lefties. Whether it will work, I don't know, but it's hardly insane to think of them in a job share.
Yup. He’s another guy that isn’t going to improve against AAA pitching. He needs reps and he needs to have Cora fucking expose him to good lefties- or just okay lefties…. Any damned lefty!!!- for him to be able to improve against them. He’ll struggle but I really hope that final chapters on hitters aren’t being penned based on time in the minors.Well, he very pointedly did not mash for his first two weeks or so, and then he was tremendous.
Okay, but first 14 games: .079/.205/.237, 6 BB to 12 K in 44 PA
Last 13 games: .316/.490/.579, 13 BB to 11 K in 51 PA
I'm not saying I'm expecting a 1.000+ OPS from him next season, but I'd give him the job, maybe with a RHH complement to spell him against the some lefties. He's a top-20 prospect league-wide for a reason.
Not ideal, but the ideal guys cost $300M instead of $15-30M. With Brantley splitting time between LF and DH you could probably guarantee enough at bats to get someone like Adam Duvall to sign on and balance out the outfield. The other half of the DH at bats could be split up between Dalbec/Arroyo/Refsnyder either directly or through giving the starters a day off their feet.Brantley is interesting but I’m not sure another hitter who struggles against LH is ideal. Although frankly, that’s one of the problems with Conforto too.
These trades rarely happen because most teams fringe roster guys arent any better than other teams fringe roster guys - at least not in anyway that is material enough to do a deal. You have a long list of guys who are are pretty fringe and a number (Reed, Caleb Hamilton, Chang, Ort) who arent the answer to really any major league roster question.Wonder if we'll see Bloom swing a trade in the next 36 hours or so. The 40-man stands at 37, and the deadline to add minor leaguers for Rule 5 protection is tomorrow (Tuesday) evening.
The Sox already added Enmanuel Valdez to the roster, and seem very likely to add all of Rafaela, Murphy, Walter, Ward and Gonzalez. That's 42. You could make a case for Abreu, Paulino, Politi, Wallace, Scott, Bonaci or David Hamilton could be added too — or maybe someone else on the bubble I'm forgetting — but that's a lot of roster spots for guys who aren't likely to contribute in 2023.
Without a trade, Bloom needs to clear two roster spots at minimum. We could easily get there with a couple DFA candidates (which include, to varying degrees of conceivability, Reed, Caleb Hamilton, Chang, Brasier, Cordero, Ronaldo Hernández, Darwinzon Hernández, Ort, Seabold, Downs or Taylor). But maybe there's another path? We'd probably want to keep a few roster spots on the 40-man open for other moves, because everyone is anticipating a busy offseason. And it seems better to keep some of our DFA bubble guys in the system until we absolutely have better options who can contribute at the major-league level.
Was thinking the same thing. Curious how much "one man's trash is another's treasure" we'll end up actually seeing.Every team is dealing with the same compounded Rule 5 crunch we are; getting teams to take marginal guys right now seems unlikely. My guess is we see DFAs here and across the league, and then hopefully Chaim can work his Rule 5 magic on the pickings.
Is the point of this trade that we need to spend assets and take on expiring contracts to get Adames? You might be on to something, and also Suter is a Harvard grad, so maybe he wants to stick around. But getting Renfroe back is salary relief for Milwaukee, so I don't see why we have to pay quite so high a price. I don't think the Sox sell low on Yorke.I'm very much preparing myself for Xander to go to Philly in the next couple of weeks and the FO to continue to say how they tried their hardest to retain Xander blah blah blah. I've been trying to explore what a SS replacement could look like in trade if Bloom doesn't go get one of the remaining elite SS in FA and I stumbled upon a deal that would solve many problems in the short term for the Red Sox. I really hope the solution isn't to move Story to SS. Now, I do agree that the optics of going and trading for Hunter Renfroe is pretty bad but is this really an awful deal for either side?
SS WIlly Adames- Baseball Trade Value: 41.3 (2 Years of control)
RF Hunter Renfroe- Baseball Trade Value: 0 (1 Year of control)
LHRP- Brent Suter- Baseball Trade Value: 0 (1 Year old control)
Tanner Houck- Baseball Trade Value: 18.5
Nick Yorke- Baseball Trade Value: 12.1
Jarren Duran- Baseball Trade Value: 5.9
Reynolds was mentioned in a throwaway line by Speier last week so that one seems to just be reverberating around. No evidence there's anything more there.Just Saw this -but only place i have seen any of these Names...
Boston Red Sox
The biggest need for Boston is in the offense, with their outfield decidedly lacking in production. And while losing Bogaerts will hurt them, they are likely to replace him with a like-for-like replacement, with most rumors centering on them picking up Dansby Swanson from Atlanta.
In the outfield, they are reportedly showing strong interest in nabbing Bryan Reynolds from the Pirates, despite reports coming out of Pittsburgh that there is little desire to let him go. The Sox are also reported to be interested in several of the Diamondbacks’ outfielders. As an organization, the Diamondbacks have outfielders in spades, all but one hitting from the left side, and giving up one or more would not seriously dent their productivity.
Early MLB trade rumors: Phillies, Red Sox, Astros, Braves, Dodgers
Jeffrey May - 2h ago
That's pretty good in your post-Xander scenario. Window lines up with when Mayer should arrive. They can take the X money and spend more on pitching.I would hope it wouldn't take Yorke to get the deal done, but I know how valuable Adames is. I did like that Suter was from Harvard. Reminded me a bit of Craig Breslow and even a guy who could come back to coach in the future. If the deal only takes Houck, Duran, Seabold or Winckowski then that'd be fantastic in my eyes.
It would be close. Mayer may need a chunk of the 2025 season after Adames becomes a FA but you figure that out when it happens. The 3 players coming back will just about equal how much Xander cost this past year. Your Outfield situation is set for 2023, your SS is set for 2 more years and you get a LHRP who can hopefully pitch in high leverage innings which they desperately need.That's pretty good in your post-Xander scenario. Window lines up with when Mayer should arrive. They can take the X money and spend more on pitching.
Not if you want to be a winning team. When Alex Verdugo was your highest producing OF, your OF is not good. They need to make big upgrades.Would running back the 2021 outfield be "set"? Certainly felt at the time like we were catching lightning in a bottle; not sure I like our chances of doing that twice.
Taken doesn't necessarily mean lost with Rule 5. And with a lot of teams facing a crunch of rule 5 eligibles and a lack of roster space, it might be that a lot of guys slip through the draft.They didn't protect Thad Ward? Wow, I wouldn't be surprised if he is taken. I'll be bummed if they keep Brasier, Ort., etc. around and lose Ward.
Maybe it means Duran is headed for a trade? Seems like a fairly redundant skill set and Hamilton is probably a better defensive outfielder anyway.Interesting they kept Hamilton. Maybe they think he'll get on base enough with the shift ban that his ridiculous speed will be enough of an asset to contribute at some point.
While Duran is a pretty atrocious fielder, Hamilton has a total of 18 innings of center field play under his belt between his minor league and collegiate tenures. Not sure his outfield play figured much into his 40 man addition.Maybe it means Duran is headed for a trade? Seems like a fairly redundant skill set and Hamilton is probably a better defensive outfielder anyway.
Probably not, but he isn’t added for his infield defense either, and a lot of scouts ultimately project him for the outfield. The speed-first utility player who hits from the left-hand side is an interesting profile but we don’t need two of them, and I’m not sure what Duran adds that Hamilton doesn’t.While Duran is a pretty atrocious fielder, Hamilton has a total of 18 innings of center field play under his belt between his minor league and collegiate tenures. Not sure his outfield play figured much into his 40 man addition.
That and maybe Christian Koss also being Rule 5 eligible and a better fielder.Hamilton's best month of the year was September. Must have left a strong impression with the FO.
77 plate appearances, he had 5 doubles, a triple, two HR and 10 stolen bases.
Jake Reed & Caleb Hamilton were the 2 outgoing.View: https://twitter.com/SmittyOnMLB/status/1592639496142868480
Red Sox adding five players to the 40-man roster to protect them from Rule 5 Draft: Rafaela, Walter, Murphy, Hamilton and Abreu
Adding 5 means they need to free up 2 roster spots on the 40 man
2.1 HR/9 for his career, including 2.7 this past year. Pass.Marlins release Elieser Hernandez
Chaim should be all over Elieser Hernandez; I'm surprised the Marlins didn't want to keep him around as a bullpen arm at his projected $1.8 million arbitration number. He's struggled with some injuries and inconsistency as a starter but is still only 27 and is not far removed from an exceptional 2020 campaign.
Duran has shown some ability to hit in the minor leagues; Hamilton hasn't.Probably not, but he isn’t added for his infield defense either, and a lot of scouts ultimately project him for the outfield. The speed-first utility player who hits from the left-hand side is an interesting profile but we don’t need two of them, and I’m not sure what Duran adds that Hamilton doesn’t.
Hamilton has shown elite stolen base skills; Duran hasn't. Duran has also shown an inability to hit in MLB. I'm ready to move on. Not saying Hamilton will stick, just that I'm ready to let Duran go and see what Hamilton can do.Duran has shown some ability to hit in the minor leagues; Hamilton hasn't.
At this point, moving Verdugo creates another hole. That doesn't mean that Verdugo can't be moved, but if including him enhances any deal for a proven, needed piece I'd much rather move Duran.The current OF’s under control isn’t very inspiring; hopefully they add a few upgrades which probably means trading at least one of Verdugo and Duran. Hamilton’s speed interesting, but he’s already 25. Is the hit tool there?
Oh I think Duran sucks, but I was answering the question ("what Duran adds that Hamilton doesn’t"). It hasn't translated to MLB but Duran has shown the ability to hit throughout the minors. He has zero baseball instincts and his fielding is terrible, so even if he hit a little bit, he would still stink. Hamilton's a different player with some interesting strengths but his hitting looks marginal, and he's not young.Hamilton has shown elite stolen base skills; Duran hasn't. Duran has also shown an inability to hit in MLB. I'm ready to move on. Not saying Hamilton will stick, just that I'm ready to let Duran go and see what Hamilton can do.