Well, that was fun, wasn’t it?
On the day before Thanksgiving, the annual baseball hot stove was actually legitimate. Three pieces of news fell within an hour of Wednesday morning, and the three deals could have an impact on the end of the year (or perhaps 2021).
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After a few slower than the slow offseasons, when deals and offers fell all the way through spring training, a sudden burst of news was fine. And perhaps we can all hope that it is not a hope that this is a sign of future events, although this may be a dream.
Anyway, let’s take a look at the agreements and make a little evaluation.
The Padres and Brewers are reported to be completing a four-player trade
Details: San Diego sends INF Luis Urias and SP Eric Lauer to Milwaukee for SP Zach Davies and Trent Grisham.
I have to know: There is a healthy amount going up with this deal for both sides. The Padres get an established starter at Davies. He has made 111 starts in major leagues and has a 3.91 ERA, including a 3.55 mark in 33 starts last season. Davies, who is 27 and has two years of arbitration before being a free agent after 2021, adds a bit of confidence to the Padres rotation, though his arrival should not end their investigations at over-the-top starting stables. .
And Gislam, though he is known for his defensive error in the wild card game – was there for the injured Christian Yelich, remember? – he is an exciting player. Grisham had a peak season in 2019, scoring 26 homers in 97 minor league games in Double-A and Triple-A, and then hit another six in 51 games in major competitions. He just turned 23 in early November.
Breweries acquire a potential star in Urea. Moving on to the 2019 season, he was ranked at the top of nearly fifty prospects lists, as high as No. 17 in the baseball newsletter. And made offensive tackle on the plate at Triple-A (though Pacific Coast numbers were incredibly inflated across the board), batting .315 with 19 homers in 73 games. His MLB numbers were not impressive, though he is still only 22 years old. At 302 PAs, Urias has a .318 on-base percentage and 75 OPS +. He can play in either a second or a shortstop, but he will be with Keston Hiura in second in Milwaukee.
Lauer, 24, was a first choice by the Padres in 2016 and has already made 52 starts in the majors. The left-hander has a 4.40 ERA / 4.35 FIP in his career, and improved on a minor annoying walk in his second season (3.1 per nine innings, down 3.7 as a rookie).
The Rangers signed free agent Kyle Gibson
Details: Rogers and Gibson agreed to agree to a three-year, $ 30m deal.
I have to know: If this is the first step in an aggressive offseason plan – as many in the sport expect – then it’s a solid move. If this is the big move, Rangers fans will be quite disappointed.
Gibson was a midfielder for a Gemini team that won the AL Central in 2019 and this is what the Rangers hope will be for their division title teams in the coming years. An average of 30 starts a season for Minnesota in the last six years, posting a 4.42 ERA and a 4.25 FIP. The Rangers have had great results with recent findings from the same free agents.
Mike Minor: 3 years, $ 28 million
Lance Lynn: 3 years, $ 30 million
Kyle Gibson: 3 years, $ 30 million
If the Rangers approach Gibson’s Minor / Lynn production level, it will be a lot of fun in 2020
– Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) November 27, 2019
But, as we mentioned, Rangers fans have their eyes higher. The club is opening a new stadium in 2020, and rumors have been flying that the Rangers will be working on creating bright new superstars to help declare the building. They might target Texas native Anthony Rendon – the most perfect replacement for a fan Adrian Beltre could imagine of Cooperstown – or one of the top aces on the market.
Will this happen? Stay tuned.
The Padres are reportedly signing Drew Pomeranz
Details: This is a three-year deal for Pomeranz, though the money has not yet been reported.
I have to know: No free agent would turn his average prospects like Pomeranz. He was no good as a freshman with the San Francisco, posting a 5.68 ERA in 21 fights (17 starts) before entering Milwaukee. There, though? Exceptional. The Brewers put him in the bullpen, hitting 45 hits in 26 1/3 innings, allowing just 16 hits and eight walks. It was a huge piece of Milwaukee time for the end of the season until October.
The Padres are poised to return to the controversy by 2020 for some time now, with all new players with high ceilings in the system and their outside additions, such as the signing of Manny Machado last spring. Spending money to add a piece of bullpen such as Pomeranz – a left-handed man who will work well with dominant closer Kirby Yates – is yet another message that the front office considers 2020 as the year as well.
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