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  • AL Notes: Beltre, Tigers, Twins, Featherston –
    AL Notes: Beltre, Tigers, Twins, Featherston - MLB Trade Rumors The Blue Jays acquisition of Josh Donaldson now appears to be one of GM Alex Anthopoulos better moves, Sportsnet s Ben Nicholson-Smith tweets.  The third baseman has 15 homers and an outstanding .312/.372/.604 slash line through his first 227 plate appearances, and Donaldson s 3.0 fWAR (entering today s action) is topped only by Bryce Harper.  Donaldson is controlled through 2018 and looks to be a cornerstone piece for the Jays both now and in future seasons.  Here s some more from around the American League Adrian Beltre left today s game with a sprained left thumb and while x-rays were negative, he ll very likely be placed on the 15-day disabled list, MLB.com s Dave Sessions writes.  The Rangers have enough internal infield options that they aren t likely to explore outside help unless Beltre is forced to miss an extended period of time.  The 36-year-old Beltre has been having a down season (.257/.294/.408 in 221 PA) but was still providing his customary excellent third base defense.The much-maligned Tigers bullpen has become a strength for the team, Mlive.com s James Schmehl writes.  Detroit s relievers entered Sunday with a 2.91 ERA, the seventh-lowest bullpen ERA in baseball.  Advanced metrics (3.69 FIP, 4.07 xFIP) paint a more pessimistic view of the bullpen s performance, yet the Tigers will happily take it after some frustrating relief breakdowns in recent years.Twins GM Terry Ryan told reporters (including Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press) that his team will make the sixth overall pick in the amateur draft based on talent, and won t be scared off from taking a player due to injury concerns.  This could be a reference to Brady Aiken or Michael Matuella, two top draft prospects who recently underwent Tommy John surgery.  ESPN1500 s Darren Wolfson tweets that the Twins and other clubs recently received some new information about Aiken and that Minnesota was very high on Aiken last year <a href="http://www.dettigersshop.com/tigers/al-alburquerque-jersey">http://www.dettigersshop.com/tigers/al-alburquerque-jersey</a>.Rule 5 Draft pick Taylor Featherston is appreciating his time in the majors as a learning experience, though as Fangraphs David Laurila points out, having Rule 5 status isn t necessarily a good thing for a player s development.  Featherston has just one hit in 33 PA with the Angels and has appeared in just 25 games for the club <a href="http://www.dettigersshop.com/tigers/angel-nesbitt-jersey">http://www.dettigersshop.com/tigers/angel-nesbitt-jersey</a>.  He must remain on the Halos Major League roster all season or else be offered back to his old club (the Rockies) for $25K.Also from Laurila s notes piece, veteran catcher Eddy Rodriguez had more or less called it a career and planning to take a year away from the game before being offered a minor league contract from the Yankees.  When the pinstripes come calling, it’s hard to say no, Rodriguez said.  He is already unofficially working as a player-coach and mentor at the Triple-A level and seems a lock to find a coaching job once he finally hangs up his cleats. 18 Responses to AL Notes: Beltre, Tigers, Twins, Featherston Leave a Reply Matt Vandenbrand 4 weeks ago Creates other issues in that they d have to give up assets for a player who s role is already filled by a younger, cheaper, and fresher (in terms of MLB innings) Joakim Soria. Two strong 7th/8th inning option is/are the immediate priorities in Detroit, not adding a player who is over paid given his role. iliekcereal 4 weeks ago never expected the josh donaldson trade working well for the blue jays. baseball is full of surprises Matt Vandenbrand 4 weeks ago How did you not see a guy with 30 HR power, moving to hitters park, in a hitters division panning out for the Jays?This trade was a coup for the Jays the second it was announced. They rid themselves of a clubhouse distraction in Lawrie and gave up the necessary pieces to facilitate bringing in another premier bat, at a weak position none the less.MVP caliber start to the season, I don t see why it won t continue. Matt Vandenbrand 3 weeks ago Sorry I can t read sarcasm on here without bold or quotations or italics lol. My bad. oz10 3 weeks ago Gallo has shown that with promotion it takes him 2-3 months to adapt to that level <a href="http://www.dettigersshop.com/tigers/joba-chamberlain-jersey">Joba Chamberlain Jersey</a>. He won t offer anything right now other than a bunch of k s. Unless you are ready to write off the season, which I am surprisingly not ready to do yet, then there is no need for him yet. Sky14 4 weeks ago I d be ecstatic if the Twins selected Aiken (Allard could be one they are considering as well), he has great upside in an otherwise weak draft for high-end talent. I get the feeling that Daz will be the pick if he is available though, he fits the type of player they generally like. I wouldn t be upset with this selection either. alex navarrette 3 weeks ago While Featherston has been overmatched at the plate, his base running and defense has been very good. He has a nice swing, but his pitch recognition hasn t been very good. All in all, I hope we keep him. Red_Line_9 3 weeks ago Billy Beane had an interesting, winter no idea what he was up to with the Donaldson trade. stymeedone 3 weeks ago Alex Wilson has been a pleasant surprise, but as long as the Tigers are using Joba in the 8th, their bullpen depth is questionable. He may be keeping his ERA low, but the way the batters make contact with his pitches its only a matter of time. Al Al is Jeckal and Hyde. If he s on he could strike out the side, and if not, he could walk the bases loaded or groove a few down the middle. Alex Torres would look great at the trade deadline. bobbleheadguru 3 weeks ago Good finagling of Wilson (and Speier) in the Porcello for Cespedes deal. Exclusive Articles Sign up to receive an exclusive weekly article by MLBTR owner Tim Dierkes. Email Address MLB Trade Rumors is not affiliated with Major League Baseball <a href="http://www.dettigersshop.com/tigers/jose-iglesias-jersey">Jose Iglesias Jersey</a>, MLB or MLB.com
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  • AL West Notes: Kazmir, Angels, Mariners, Correa –
    AL West Notes: Kazmir, Angels, Mariners, Correa - MLB Trade Rumors Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir left today s start against the Tigers with soreness in his throwing shoulder, and manager Bob Melvin told reporters after the game that Kazmir is undergoing an MRI (Twitter link via MLB.com s Jane Lee). It s not known at this time whether or not Kazmir will require a stint on the disabled list, but as an impending free agent and a potential trade target, that status of Kazmir is one that could have significant impact on storylines around the game in the coming months. To this point in the season, Kazmir has been brilliant, notching a 2.93 ERA with 8.8 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 and a 47.1 percent ground-ball rate in 58 1/3 inning. Kazmir is earning $11MM in the second and final season of a two-year, $22MM contract.Here s more from the AL West Following the Angels trade for Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Marc Krauss could find himself headed back to Triple-A, but the team could also place Collin Cowgill on the disabled list, writes Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. Gonzalez s notebook post looks at several roster situations for the Angels, including the team s uncertain second base situation and the injury status of right-hander Mike Morin <a href="http://www.philliesonlinestore.com/phillies/carlos-ruiz-jersey">http://www.philliesonlinestore.com/phillies/carlos-ruiz-jersey</a>, who doesn t sound to be returning anytime soon. Morin will miss weeks, not days, per manager Mike Scioscia.The Mariners have been operating with a six-man bullpen for a couple of days as a means of delaying the need to make a decision on the team s veterans <a href="http://www.philliesonlinestore.com/phillies/justin-de-fratus-jersey">http://www.philliesonlinestore.com/phillies/justin-de-fratus-jersey</a>, writes Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. Delaying a move by even a few days gave the Mariners time to further examine trade possibilities, Dutton notes, but they ll soon need to add a reliever to the mix. Candidates include Lucas Luetge, Mayckol Guaipe and Kevin Gregg, though Gregg would require a 40-man roster move and force the team s hand even sooner. Players currently at risk, Dutton writes, are Rickie Weeks, Willie Bloomquist, Justin Ruggiano and Dustin Ackley. It seems highly unlikely that the Mariners would do something as drastic as designating Ackley for assignment, but if they re truly exploring trade possibilities <a href="http://www.philliesonlinestore.com/phillies/dustin-mcgowan-jersey">Dustin McGowan Jersey</a>, he d likely have the most appeal of the four players listed by Dutton. One way to buy a bit more time would be to option Chris Taylor back to Triple-A to make room for a reliever that s already on the 40-man roster.Astros GM Jeff Luhnow tells Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle that there will be no second-guessing on when the team should have brought up top prospect Carlos Correa <a href="http://www.philliesonlinestore.com/phillies/cody-asche-jersey">Cody Asche Jersey</a>, regardless of how the season ends. Luhnow says that despite Correa s gaudy numbers at Triple-A, he s still benefiting from the time there, as he s being exposed to more offspeed pitches than ever before and being forced to make adjustments within at-bats. Luhnow said that even in an extreme scenario such as missing the playoffs by one game, there would be too many factors managerial moves, daily roster decisions, player performances to say whether or not promoting Correa early would ve altered the course of the season. 11 Responses to AL West Notes: Kazmir, Angels, Mariners, Correa Leave a Reply Anthony Rainier 4 weeks ago He s still growing they say and he might outgrow the position, plus I think we ll be taking a SS with the number 2 pick in the draft One of the college SS who should need 2 years in the minors before he s ready Wooltron 4 weeks ago I thought for sure when Kazmir came out of that game today without an obvious injury that Beane had traded him mid game. Red_Line_9 4 weeks ago Mariners end up DFA ing Ackley before he goes through arb anyway he has a little defensive value, but he s been a black hole on offense Lefty_Orioles_Fan 4 weeks ago Well, as I just stated to a Mariners type. I wouldn t mind a Ackley/De Aza Trade. Maybe that could work for both players. Red_Line_9 4 weeks ago Not really, M s need roster space for a reliever. I don t think it happens now necessarily. M s already have subpar OF options. Exclusive Articles Sign up to receive an exclusive weekly article by MLBTR owner Tim Dierkes. Email Address MLB Trade Rumors is not affiliated with Major League Baseball, MLB or MLB.com
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  • Brandon McCarthy Has Torn UCL – MLB Trade Rumors
    Brandon McCarthy Has Torn UCL - MLB Trade Rumors 6:57pm: McCarthy says he likely will undergo Tommy John surgery, Shaikin tweets.6:19pm: Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy has suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports (Twitter links). Manager Don Mattingly declined to say whether the righty would undergo Tommy John surgery, but it would obviously end his season if he does.The 31-year-old signed a four-year, $48MM deal to join the Dodgers after posting his first 200 inning tally last year. While the results were not quite there, he worked to a career-best strikeout rate of 7.9 per nine and seemed primed for a strong 2015 campaign. Though McCarthy came with a history of arm ailments, Los Angeles decided that the risk was worth taking.McCarthy was off to a slow start this year, due mostly to struggles with the long ball. Over just 23 frames, he had already permitted a league-high nine dingers, though he has also retired an impressive 29 batters by way of strikeout.Now, assuming he undergoes a TJ procedure, McCarthy will have to wait until some time in 2016 to prove that the long balls were just a short sample quirk. Recovery time is generally over a year, meaning that McCarthy will probably require at least an early-season fill-in next season assuming that he makes steady progress. JacobyWanKenobi 2 months ago Ouch, that s awful. NY matrix dodged that one. Great guy though, really a shame. The Left Shark 2 months ago The thing everyone expected finally happened. Come back strong Brandon. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 2 months ago Can t have expected a torn UCL.A blown shoulder, knee, wrist, ribs, groin, ring finger or a severe case of Gastro..But not a torn UCL. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 2 months ago Hah, fair enough. In fact, considering his history, I m surprised he doesn t have smallpox. stymeedone 2 months ago McCarthy lives on the DL. Being back on it is what everyone expected. Half a season in NY glossed over the rest of his career. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 2 months ago It s more of a reference to picking a torn UCL. Injuries in general though? Yeah, absolutely he s got the durability of a paper bag in a thunderstorm. Seamaholic 2 months ago One of classiest comments (on Twitter) I ve ever seen from a pitcher going through this. Seems like a terrific guy. Tre-Day 2 months ago Well thats no good. Feel for the guy.With McCarthy out and Ryu struggling to keep up with an MLB workload (plus the ticking time bomb that is Brett Anderson), I wonder what our next move is. I doubt they overreact and go for a guy like Hamels, but something has to be done. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 2 months ago The Dodgers wouldn t even consider paying the freight charge. Which would be hefty for CC. Joseph Gonzalez 2 months ago Considering how they took on the biggest salary dump in mlb history with that boston trade I find this post laughable lol Steven Garrison 2 months ago If they want an ace, I am pretty sure they will look at Cueto and Hamels. Joseph Gonzalez 2 months ago Isn t cueto a fa after this season ? If so I would just let him hit the market. And the more injuries that hall pen and the more that teams are looking for a top starter will make hammels cost sky rocket. Is he even worth trading for now ? Steven Garrison 2 months ago For the dodgers I look at it like this as well, Not sure if Greinke will opt out, which I think he will, then if he leaves, Hamels would be a fall back option and another ace to go with Kershaw. But if they don t get Hamels , maybe they just stand pat. And the dodgers and red sox have the right prospects to get the deal done if they wanted hamels. Joseph Gonzalez 2 months ago Teams better prepare for amaro to gut the teams farm system if he s trading hammels and we all have seen how he handles his vets with trades. Imagine an ace type starter in his prime with some years of control left on his current deal lol. For the best deal possible imo the team trading with philly needs to take on most of hammels contract AND take on Ryan albatross Howard s contract with him MattHollidaysForearms 2 months ago If any team does that <a href="http://www.bravesedge.com/braves/david-aardsma-jersey">David Aardsma Jersey</a>, Philly will be getting peanuts in return. If you pair Howard with Hamels, it completely deteriorates any value Hamels has. Best to DFA Howard, get Franco AB s, and deal Hamels for some legitimate talent. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 2 months ago They had something to gain with that trade ie Gonzo. Crawford s still sticking around too.CC doesn t provide much besides a name. MB923 2 months ago Well he s better than some of the other random pick and choose SP that the Dodgers have tossed around lately such as David Huff and Scott Proctor (as I mentioned below) MB923 2 months ago The Dodgers will pick up and drop starters left and right. David Huff and Scott Baker have started games for this for crying out loud (Baker s wasn t terrible, but you get my point) Draven Moss 2 months ago Great guy, hoping nothing but the best for him, and a speedy recovery. Seems like the Dodgers can t catch a break lately. Nathan Walter 2 months ago If I were a betting man, I would have bet on Brett Anderson going down before McCarthy. Luckily, I am not. Seamaholic 2 months ago Anderson s nearing some sort of record. Nearly a whole month healthy. cxz 2 months ago This is really disappointing, I grew to appreciate his work during his stint in NY last year. Guy is hilarious and universally liked, just a good presence for the game, it s a shame that he s a magnet for unfortunate injuries <a href="http://www.bravesedge.com/braves/jace-peterson-jersey">http://www.bravesedge.com/braves/jace-peterson-jersey</a>. I assume LA is going to have to explore some trades at this point <a href="http://www.bravesedge.com/braves/eric-stults-jersey">Eric Stults Jersey</a>, they can t expect Huff and Baker to be long term solutions. cxz 2 months ago I don t know that the internal options are exactly optimal for the long run, though. Draven Moss 2 months ago Beachy is coming back too. He could be a good option for them if he can get it together. cxz 2 months ago I forgot about him, that s a good point. Though all things considered, I don t feel as good about their rotation now as I did before Ryu and McCarthy got hurt, Anderson is still going to be a question mark health wise,they ve got to at least be thinking about a second tier option I d have to imagine. David Coonce 2 months ago I d be wary of Beachy as any kind of solution; second TJ guys have an awful record of success. Karan Ashar 2 months ago Ruben Amaro Jr. looks smart now knowing both Cardinals(Wainwright) and now Dodgers(McCarthy) have SP need which increases his leverage. iLIKEtheGIANTSmucho 2 months ago I don t think RAJ was thinking Better hold onto Hamels, because I bet multiple teams with some budget flexibility will have season-ending injuries in the rotation. These injuries probably only increase the odds STL or LA goes after Hamels, but I don t think that has anything to do with Philly betting on something like this to happen Dylan 2 months ago Actually, I kind of disagree. In fact, I believe Gillick said they weren t going rush trading Cole because Injuries can happen. I think it just pains people to think Ruben has done something smart. Valkyrie 2 months ago Actually, I definitely disagree. First, I m not a Phillies fan. At all.That said, the Phillies had no compelling reason to sell short on Hamels in spring training. The Sox could have gotten him for the right mix of their over-rated prospects but chose not to. And probably now regret that decision given the state of their pitching.RAJ stuck to his guns, took the criticism (unjust criticism IMO) that came with that and now is sitting in the proverbial catbird seat. The Dodgers have a deep farm with REAL prospects and the Cards system, while not the deepest, has some excellent choices.One indisputable, immutable truth in baseball? Starting pitchers are going to get injured. Maybe RAJ isn t as bad as many of you seem to think. DrRamblings 2 months ago RAJ is definitely as bad as most people purport, but in this instance things are going his way. Steven Garrison 2 months ago The asking price for Hamels is still high the last I checked, If the dodgers were willing to go after an ace, Hamels is the way to go or go after Cueto for a year rental. But then they also have to think about if Greinke opts out of his contract. Nathan Walter 2 months ago I get it you always want to try and avoid injury. But he s never had a history with the elbow. It could have been any team. It s not like they knew this injury was going to happen. THE RING EMPIRE 2 months ago Oh, I agree, it could happen to anyone. For all I know Tanaka might be next. But a guy like McCarthy who s been through injury after injury it was simply unwise to invest that much money into him. His result have never been that great either Lionel Bossman Craft 2 months ago Leave Tanaka out of this. Every time someone gets hurt his name is mentioned. MattHollidaysForearms 2 months ago Because he has a partially torn UCL. He isn t being implicated unfairly. THE RING EMPIRE 2 months ago No, but I could draw up a list of players who already have partially torn UCL s vwnut13 2 months ago Yeah, but when you overpay for a guy and he gets hurt, you end up with an overpaid guy who is hurt. Marvin Marshall 2 months ago It s his throwing shoulder that has the injury history. Almost every season, he seems to have a DL stint with a shoulder injury about a 1/3 of the way through the season. Valkyrie 2 months ago I knew somewhere in the comments on this story, there would be a Yankee fan being what most Yankee fans are. But, we know you can t help it. THE RING EMPIRE 2 months ago What, so I m not allowed to show relief for what could have been a bad move for the Yankees. Please take your snarky comments somewhere else. DrRamblings 2 months ago Just because he ll be the #6 or #7 at the end of the season for the Mets doesn t mean he wouldn t be a solid #5 on most staffs and possibly a #4 on some of the weaker staffs. His # s are league avg last time I checked; that is what you realistically hope for w <a href="http://www.bravesedge.com/braves/phil-gosselin-jersey">http://www.bravesedge.com/braves/phil-gosselin-jersey</a>. the backend of your rotation. Mike1L 2 months ago That s really a shame. Enjoyed watching him work while he was with the Yankees. Seemed to know what he was doing out there and by all accounts a good teammate. I always though TJ surgery was uncommon, but now it s the biggest growth industry in the sport. Red_Line_9 2 months ago Dodgers are paying everyone but me to not play for them this season. I ve always been late to the party anyway. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 2 months ago Killer. Despite a few dingers in a small sample size, he was looking really good. Had cranked his velocity up to touch 96, was getting a lot of swings and misses. Very rare that a guy seems to click past the midpoint of his career and add some real velocity like that.Unfortunately, he went click, then his arm went pop. David Coonce 2 months ago Actually, a sudden velocity spike tends to foretell Tommy John, as Will Carroll pointed out several years ago, when Strasburg s velocity ticked up to 100 in college. Sure enough, his UCL went soon after. David Coonce 2 months ago The article s on Baseball Prospectus, archived, but you have to be a subscriber. I think the theory had to do with the muscles around the elbow unable to keep up with the other arm muscles that had been worked to increase the velocity (biceps, triceps, etc). The bottom line was that a sudden velocity increase can often mean: be wary of a pitcher s possibility of TJ. nando 2 months ago Anyone think Julio Urias making the move to the show? Mccarthy is Friedman and Zaidi s first and biggest bust move. Hodor 2 months ago Get ready for more. For as many good moves as Friedman made for the Rays, he made an equal amount of bad moves. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 2 months ago Next year, maybe. Urias is still on a pitch limit down in AA. No use bringing him up for 4-5 innings at a time in the bigs. Jim Delaney 2 months ago TIme to call up Urias and call Cincinnati and give up whatever is needed for CUETO, do it NOW!!!! MattHollidaysForearms 2 months ago 3/4 season of Cueto for 6 years of a consensus top-15 prospect in baseball? Ya I ll pass every time. PI by Nature 2 months ago The price will be super-high. When you are dealing from a position of weakness, the price always goes up. Wooltron 2 months ago I really need to learn how to perform Tommy John surgery. You would make a killing these days. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 2 months ago It s probably make or break year for him, so no time like the present. Getting out of that launching pad in Albuquerque was a good start, that place is a pitchers cemetery. Joseph Gonzalez 2 months ago Considering that a strikeouts prevent batters from putting the ball in play (which is how runs are created) strikeouts by pitchers are anything but overrated. MattHollidaysForearms 2 months ago Well said. It s hard to score runs when you re walking back to the dugout. Ray Ray 2 months ago Since people seem to want the DH implemented in the NL because of the Wainwright injury, should we just start using pitching machines because of this injury? #sarcasm Steven Garrison 2 months ago I saw this coming from the beginning of the season, McCarthy having an injury prone history, and Anderson will probably be next with his injury prone history as well. Also with Ryu on the dl still, will this open up the rumors of the dodgers going out and getting Cueto or Hamels? Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 2 months ago Feels like the floodgates have been open on those rumors for quite a while. I m sure Freidman and co will kick the tires again, but Urias/Seager will probably be the same hurdle as before. If anything, the price has gone up, and I don t think the Dodgers are desperate enough. Steven Garrison 2 months ago Urias and Seager will prolly be the main piece in the deal if the dodgers want hamels or Pederson plus other prospects. CDADodgers 2 months ago If you have not been watching the moves they have been making, all 45 of them, then you re not paying attention to the front office.Stan said in the beginning of the season, he wants to promote young guys.The doors between the Dodgers minor league teams and the Major League team is revolving. guest_54 2 months ago It is interesting to me that people are, seemingly, genuinely surprised that he is injured. Granted, as mentioned by some, his history of injuries hasn t consistently been elbow issues; but, he s (unfortunately) proven to be less than a workhorse due to several injuries throughout his career.I guess I m thinking that I can t be the only one who was expecting something to sideline him and that the Dodgers were taking a HUGE risk by signing him to a four year deal. I m wondering if Friedman and company expected him to turn some corner of durability at this stage of his career (as a 31 year old) due to a strong performance for the Yankees down the stretch?I actually expected to see multiple sarcastic comments like, Who would have ever expected him to get injured?!?! Just seems odd that some find it surprising. Anyway, here s hoping to a speedy recovery! Bradley Maravalli 2 months ago So when is the MLB going to start getting to the bottom of why there are so many UCL injuries? Really frustrating to watch how all these pitchers go through the same injury and not have a solution on how to avoid it. meep 2 months ago where zach lee shot. dude has to prove him self in the majors at some point why not now Exclusive Articles Sign up to receive an exclusive weekly article by MLBTR owner Tim Dierkes. Email Address MLB Trade Rumors is not affiliated with Major League Baseball, MLB or MLB.com
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  • Braves, Dodgers Swap Callaspo, Uribe In Six-Player Deal; Dodgers Designate Stults
    Braves, Dodgers Swap Callaspo, Uribe In Six-Player Deal; Dodgers Designate Stults - MLB Trade Rumors WEDNESDAY, 3:30pm: The deal is official, with both teams announcing it. Stults has been acquired and designated in one fell swoop, indicating that he was included in large part to offset Uribe s salary. With more than three but less than five years of service, Stults will have the right to elect free agency if he clears outright waivers, but would have to give up his guaranteed salary to do so.On the Los Angeles side of the deal, only Callaspo will head to the club s active roster. Jaime will look to work into form at extended spring training, while Thomas will take a job at Triple-A.2:55pm: The Braves paid Callaspo $100K to waive his no-trade rights, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link).8:41am: Callaspo received a stipend as inducement to agree the trade, Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com tweets.TUESDAY: Trade talks between the Dodgers and Braves regarding Alberto Callaspo and Juan Uribe fell apart Tuesday morning after Callaspo vetoed the transaction, but talks rekindled just hours later after Callaspo had a change of heart, and the two sides have reportedly reached a deal, pending approval from the commissioner s office. The Braves will acquire Uribe and right-hander Chris Withrow from the Dodgers in exchange for Callaspo, right-hander Juan Jaime and left-handers Ian Thomas and Eric Stults.As a player that signed as a free agent just this offseason, Callaspo was ineligible to be traded prior to June 15 without his consent. After news of the revitalized deal broke, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted that Callaspo reconsidered after his initial decision to stay with a team that wanted him traded weighed on him further.Though the Dodgers are surrendering talent to acquire him, it s worth wondering how long Callaspo will be retained by his new team. The Dodgers, earlier this season, were content to acquire Ryan Webb and release him almost immediately in order to acquire a Competitive Balance draft pick from the Orioles. The Dodgers may view this as a means of shedding a bit of payroll and unclogging their logjam at third base, though that s still purely speculative at this point.The Dodgers have Alex Guerrero, Justin Turner, Hector Olivera and, eventually Corey Seager as potential in-house options at the hot corner, making both Uribe and Callaspo seem somewhat expendable. Callaspo has batted just .206/.293/.252 for the Braves this season, so his on-field production isn t necessarily something the Dodgers would view as an upgrade, even though he has a superior track record to that output. Callaspo is capable of handling multiple infield positions, but while that versatility is appealing, the same could be said of Turner, who has experience at more positions and superior numbers at the plate.From the Braves standpoint, the team likely views Uribe as an upgrade over Callaspo and, quite possibly, the injured Chris Johnson (who will be activated from the DL later this week). Uribe has posted consistently excellent defensive marks at third base over the past three seasons, and he batted .295/.334/.439 while playing half his games at the pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium from 2013-14. He s off to a slow start in 2015 .247/.287/.309 in 87 PAs but he s also been slowed by a hamstring injury.Financially speaking, the Braves are actually taking on some money in this deal, assuming there s none changing hands (and there has not been, to this point). Uribe is earning $6.5MM in 2015 the final season of a three-year contract. That means he has about $4.69MM remaining on his contract, which is more than double the $2.16MM remaining on the one-year, $3MM contract signed by Callaspo with Atlanta this offseason. Stults minor league contract came with a $2MM base upon making the roster, meaning about $1.44MM is left on his commitment. In total, then, the Braves are taking on just over $1MM in additional salary in order to add Uribe and Withrow.Withrow, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery at this time, is slated to return from his operation in the second half of the season after undergoing surgery 51 weeks ago, on June 3, 2014. A hard-throwing reliever and former first-round pick of the Dodgers (2007), Withrow spent parts of the 2013-14 seasons pitching in relief for L.A., and doing so quite effectively.The 56 innings he accumulated in those two seasons are the only Major League work on his resume, but he made quite the impression, registering a 2.73 ERA with 11.4 K/9, 5.0 BB/9, a 39.7 percent ground-ball rate and a fastball that averaged 95.7 mph. It should be noted that while Withrow s BB/9 rate looks a bit troubling, eight of his 31 Major League walks came over his final 8 2/3 innings prior to Tommy John; his control looked markedly better in 2013, and Baseball America noted prior to the 2014 season that he d significantly improved upon his ability to locate his fastball.The 28-year-old Thomas has worked to a 3.94 ERA with 18 strikeouts against 11 walks in 16 innings of relief for the Braves over the past two seasons. Thomas primarily throws a fastball, curveball and changeup, and he posted generally strong marks over the course of his minor league tenure after being signed out of indy ball. The Dodgers aren t particularly short on left-handed relief, with J.P. Howell, Adam Liberatore and Paco Rodriguez all serving as MLB-caliber options, but Thomas will further give them some depth in that regard.Stults, 35, was actually drafted by the Dodgers in 2002 and spent parts of four seasons with the team from 2006-09. Of course, that was under different ownership and a different front office. Since that time, Stults bounced around the league a bit before settling into the Padres rotation from 2012-14. Over those three seasons, the southpaw worked to a 3.87 ERA with 5.6 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 in 472 innings. Despite that relatively solid production, Stults was non-tendered this offseason and signed a minor league contract with the Braves, beating out Wandy Rodriguez for the fifth spot in Atlanta s rotation. The results for Stults haven t been particularly appealing, however, as he s posted a 6.34 ERA with a 30-to-13 K/BB ratio in 44 innings out of the Braves rotation. The Dodgers may feel that a move back to the NL West will allow him to rediscover some success, and the team clearly is in need of some rotation depth after losing Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-jin Ryu for the season due to Tommy John and shoulder surgeries, respectively.Jaime, the fourth piece headed to the Dodgers, is a hard-throwing right-hander that found himself designated for assignment earlier this season <a href="http://www.oriolesedge.com/orioles/brad-brach-jersey">http://www.oriolesedge.com/orioles/brad-brach-jersey</a>. He broke camp in the Braves bullpen but made just two appearances before being designated for assignment. The 27-year-old cleared waivers and remained with the organization at the time, but his 96 mph average fastball will now be property of the Dodgers. Jaime has just 13 2/3 innings of experience in the big leagues, but he s posted a lifetime 3.12 ERA with 12.9 K/9 in the minors. However, Jaime has also walked 6.3 hitters per nine in his career, including an alarming 42 walks in 44 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level.Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported the re-kindled talks, the completion of the trade, and the inclusion of Withrow and Stults (All links to Twitter). MLB.com s Mark Bowman reported that Thomas and Jaime were in the trade (Twitter links). Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez first told reporters, including Bowman, that Callaspo was being discussed in trades last night (Twitter link).Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images. Pei Kang 4 weeks ago I am confuzzled by it as well, not sure why either side did this. Doesn t seem to benefit any team. oodood 4 weeks ago And added a guy who will not help them when they are ready to compete, because it isn t going to happen for them this year. thekidfromyesterday 4 weeks ago These guys weren t gonna help them compete when they are ready either. Bigbad25 4 weeks ago Uribe s contract dumps at the end of the season. Maybe they see something in Withrow? Who is he btw? Matt 4 weeks ago Reliever who showed promise in the big leagues in 2013 and the start of 2014. Went down with a torn UCL. High strikeout and high walk pitcher who throws gas. But the walks seemed to balloon right when he went out with the injury. I expected him to be the Dodgers future set up man, but Friedman felt it wasn t meant to be. LayerCake 4 weeks ago Uh it benefits the Braves immediately? Uribe s defense or Chris Johnson(as a whole) .. thats not a hard choice . Andrew 4 weeks ago Here s how it benefits the dodgers: They got 4 players for 2. The two they gave up is an aging 3B, and a power arm who just had TJ surgery. They are going to DFA Collaspo. They don t need him or want him. They got Stults and two farm arms. Now, the Dodgers can play Guerrero at 3B and not worry about Uribe causing any locker room rifts. They did Uribe a favor here. Vail Beach 4 weeks ago Uribe has been benched before and he s a good teammate. Don t quite understand the logic of trading for, then DFAing, Callaspo. Agree we don t really need him, but the trade-DFA strategy doesn t quite work in my mind for this trade. Matt 4 weeks ago Uribe was by far the most well liked Dodger by his teammates. It wasn t even close. Everyone loved him. He wouldn t cause any locker room problems, not even close. Vail Beach 4 weeks ago No, his defense is not overrated he s been stellar at third. His hitting is less consistent, but I bet he takes to Atlanta s park. Bigbad25 4 weeks ago You mean not hitting in that Grand Canyon sized Chavez Rivine, might help a hitter. lol idk if turner is any better LayerCake 4 weeks ago Well every metric this side of the dixie disagrees. His defensive prowess is legit. He would have snared that grounder down the line Ciriaco missed. Would have stopped the 4th inning bleeding Kyle 4 weeks ago Any idea what the parameters of the deal are beyond Uribe and Callaspo? I know the previous article talked about minor leaguers but then later updated to potential major league pitching headed to the Dodgers. BraveCrowe 4 weeks ago Dave o brian just tweeted that it isn t any impact type prospects. Basically see it as the Braves hoping they can get some production out of a blocked player and the Dodgers are hoping to get some versatility out of their piece but more than likely, 3 million dollars in relief. BraveCrowe 4 weeks ago Also just saw where Stults or Cahill could be involved. So I basically know nothing. Tre-Day 4 weeks ago I personally really doubt $3 mil in salary relief was a driving factor for this FO. This has to be a play for some additional pitching or depth prospects Tommets 4 weeks ago Dodgers getting major league pitching in return. Cahill and/or Stults likely involved as per Rosenthal. jb226 4 weeks ago Uribe isn t exactly lighting the world on fire either, and he s certainly not a long-term piece. Meanwhile the Braves are giving up three more players possibly including major-league pitching and possibly taking on salary, and the Dodgers one.Obviously there are more answers required in terms of who all ends up going where, how the dollars work out, etc. But right now the framework does seem curious for the Braves. Seth 4 weeks ago Well, I think Friedman is an idiot, but no not for this trade. Still, he did just do the Braves a huge favor by taking a mediocre utility player, and three of our worst pitchers. So, umm, thanks? alex navarrette 4 weeks ago I wanted the Angels to trade for him during spring training so bad. I knew he was going to be a major asset vtadave 4 weeks ago And I would have loved to see the Dodgers get Freddie Freeman in this deal. Nice backup when Adrian needs a day off. rundmc1981 4 weeks ago Sure, but I can see why they like Withrow. His numbers are incredible, even with the TJ surgery. We have the time to allow him to come back at his own speed, but he could be a long-term closing option even if he s not 100% what he once was.Crazy to think how many pitchers in our system have had TJ surgery. Nick Lastname 4 weeks ago you re right. The Braves have had so many TJ candidates they are so educated in how to rehab them. Tre-Day 4 weeks ago I m guessing there will be ML ready pitching included, but I m hoping we get some prospects out of this. I don t see us making a play for Hamels, but I d love if we targeted someone like a Scott Kazmir later on. jury_rigger 4 weeks ago Major League pitching was said to be headed to the Braves by Rosenthal earlier today, though he cautioned that no big names were involved in the deal. That could indicate that either Eric Stults or Trevor Cahill is involved. You mean from the Braves boondawg 4 weeks ago If the Braves are taking on contract for Uribe, might mean they feel they have a taker on some of Chris Johnson s contract. plasmaj 4 weeks ago Would Callaspo now be subject to California income tax for the remaining $2+ mm? I assume (maybe incorrectly) that Cali income taxes are higher than Georgia. That could be one reason why he rejected initially it costs him money with no benefit. I assume there is some incentive offered him to take this now after initially rejecting. theo in 2016 4 weeks ago You get taxed everywhere you play. I.e a 3 game series in chicago means for those days you pay illinois taxes. A 3 gamd series in a state with no income tax you aren t taxed. Makes for interesting tax returns NoAZPhilsPhan 4 weeks ago Yes it is it s called The Jock Tax .look it up. CA takes in well over $100m a year just from visiting pro athletes. Andrew 4 weeks ago Google Andrew McCutchen s pay stub. You ll see he paid taxes in every state he played in. Plasmaj 4 weeks ago if true, it still likely means he would be hurt by half the differential of the CA versus GA tax. Besides, if LA cuts him as expected, the away game tax is moot. If the differential is just 1% of his salary (but probably is more) that is $20,000. That may not seems much for someone earning $3mm per year, but for guys who know their earning horizon is short and have extended families to think about, it is not meaningless. theo in 2016 4 weeks ago Was just explaining the way it works as a whole. I find it quite interesting and a lesser known fact of the business side. Use it to win a bar bet if you d like. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 4 weeks ago I knew that bulk lot of Eric Stults LA jerseys I picked up on clearance a few years ago would be a good investment. Lefty_Orioles_Fan 4 weeks ago Zach Lee? I thought Ruby from the Phillies traded for him last year?Then again fans including me have no idea what we are talking about.How come John Hart seems to be getting things done and as for my Orioles all they can do is replace a peg with a peg.SMH! Mark J 4 weeks ago They got Zach Eflin (from the Padres) in the Kemp deal and flipped him to PHI for Rollins. Now RAJ probably thought he was getting Zach Lee Jerry Ramos 4 weeks ago If were trading z.lee or anderson we better be getting an equal prospect in return Matt Dunn 4 weeks ago There has to be some sort of point to this trade, so far the only names being tossed around are Lee, Anderson, Callaspo, and Uribe and I don t think any of those 4 should be mentioned in the same trade unless something is on the horizon. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 4 weeks ago Lee and Anderson being mentioned is a shock. Maybe Lee really is on the outer with this front office..they seem very hesitant to give him a go in the bigs despite his background, and performance this year.I scratched my head when Weiland got a spot start instead of Lee a while ago. Making a bit more sense now. BigGameJames 4 weeks ago Wieland over Lee might have been more about starting Lee s clock at such a young age, he s still only 23. willywater88 4 weeks ago Someone please explain the purpose of this trade for both teams. This is more confusing than when Billy Beane acquired Jim Johnson. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 4 weeks ago Roster space for the dodgers likely for olivera. Can t imagine callapso will suit up for LA at all.ATL? Eh. Beats releasing him I guess. willywater88 4 weeks ago So they give away prospects for a roster space? Doesn t seem very logical to me. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 4 weeks ago I think there will be more to the other moving parts than initially expected. Jon429 4 weeks ago 3 other players going to the Dodgers as the article says, one probably a MLB ready starter that isn t named Eric Stultz willywater88 4 weeks ago Why not just promote Zach Lee? They would rather have Cahill who has been terrible? I ll wait until the trade is finalized but at this point, it makes zero sense. rundmc1981 4 weeks ago Braves unload some minor league pitching that are almost out of options (Thomas, Jaime), while upgrading 3B (Uribe) by taking on some of his contract and possibly adding a future closer in Chris Withrow, if he can successfully come back from TJ surgery. If you didn t know that ATL loves hard throwers and TJ survivors, you do now. 92blueblood_la 4 weeks ago Im going to miss uribes walk up song, it was epic.Joc pederson needs to walk up to young jocs its going down as well hahah. William 4 weeks ago Speaking of Joc <a href="http://www.oriolesedge.com/orioles/t-j-mcfarland-jersey">T.J. McFarland Jersey</a>, Every game I watch him play ,He seems to walks ,strikeouts or hits HR. cxz 4 weeks ago I wonder what inspired Callaspo to have a change of heart on this matter. Either way, very interesting the way this has unfolded from the beginning with Gonzalez talking about it so openly to this. cxz 4 weeks ago There s reason to wonder if he ll even get a chance to suit up as a Dodger though. And even if he does, there s a good chance he ll be more watching the team win than getting to be a part of it. johansantana15 4 weeks ago Maybe wanted to avoid the awkwardness of playing for a team who wants him gone. DrRamblings 4 weeks ago The added stipend ….for however much. He is most likely getting DFA / released, so I guess some walking money. cxz 4 weeks ago Yeah I saw that, interesting how money talks sometimes,isn t it? He won t be without a team for long after not team would be liable for his current payday, so I guess I understand. DrRamblings 4 weeks ago It was a smart move by him <a href="http://www.oriolesedge.com/orioles/robin-roberts-jersey">http://www.oriolesedge.com/orioles/robin-roberts-jersey</a>. I m sure his agent told him that he was going to be released either way, but this route gave him some leverage. I m curious to see what kind of $$…as I m sure the MLBPA has terms for this kind of stuff. Calling it a stipend I m sure is one way to get around the $. If nothing else that $ can get put towards moving expenses…so good on him for squeezing a few more $ out. NoAZPhilsPhan 4 weeks ago Unless a player is traded or assigned to a club less than 50 miles away the club pays all moving expenses. The players are paid money upfront at the time of the trade (the amount depends on the distance) and then things are settled after final moving expenses are submitted by the player. DerekJeterDan 4 weeks ago I told you all since the Offseason that Alex Guerrero was going to be great. Just like I said the SF Giants signing Tim Lincecum to a 2 year deal was a great signing. I got flack for these opinions twice. I was right, twice. johansantana15 4 weeks ago Guerrero still plays horrendous defense. Lincecum still has 4 months to implode. BigGameJames 4 weeks ago Horrendous defense? He s looked good to me in the limited action I ve seen him in especially at the hot corner. UZR and other defensive metrics grade him from slightly below to above average at 3B. He s also played 2B and SS for the majority of his life so it may be extremely early to judge him on his defense at positions he s just learned to field. How bad do you think his defense is? Because it has to be very bad to eat away the value his bat is putting up. He can be Hanley with the glove and us Dodger fans wouldn t care as long as he keeps his ISO higher than his BABIP. .373 ISO, .321 BABIP, on top of a .313 BA gives him a wRC+ of 177, which leads MLB 3B with more than 40 PA. johansantana15 4 weeks ago Did you watch Sunday s game? Also all the scouting reports have been overwhelmingly negative on his defense. BigGameJames 4 weeks ago Scouting reports? From when he spent 65 games in AAA, playing 4 different positions. 9 games in LF and 1 at 3B in Albuquerque. All of this while he adjusted to a new country, money and having his ear sown back on. Learning how to play MLB 3B is a long process. Those scouting reports are often from rival teams. Did you see that HR last night? It was his 3rd in the last 4 days, I don t think his glove matters much. East Coast Bias 4 weeks ago Lincecum had a 0.2 WAR last year. And this year, he is outpitching his advanced stats. Career low BABIP will help out that ERA a lot. His K/9 and BB/9 are actually worst than last season. So I wouldn t consider you right on Lincecum. Like, at all. Was that just a guess on Guerrero or did you actually have some knowledge on him from him playing in Cuba? I said the same thing about Darvish, but it was because I was into NPB back then. I also said the same thing about Olivera, just because, hey why not he s Cuban. The Darvish projection merits props, Olivera s projection doesn t. If you just randomly claimed Guerrero would be good, no props for you. Sorry. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 4 weeks ago Hearing Chris Withrow is heading to ATL in the deal, coming back from TJ shortly. Could be a nice bullpen piece for ATL, he was very good with LA. Ray Ray 4 weeks ago Shortly? He just had his TJ surgery in April. It ll be around mid-2016 before he is ready to go at the earliest. BigGameJames 4 weeks ago He had TJS in June last year. Unless I m missing something, there was a back surgery in December as well. Ray Ray 4 weeks ago You are right. I must ve been thinking of someone else. Could have sworn it was Withrow though. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 4 weeks ago He had Tommy John Surgery last year. Initial indication was that he would be back around the All-Star break this year. GameMusic3 4 weeks ago A few years ago I desperately wanted Uribe off the team and now I am sorry to see him leave.He was just great the last 2 seasons and quickly became a fan and clubhouse favorite.I wish him well. dieharddodgerfan 4 weeks ago So LHP Ian Thomas may be the reliever heading back to the Dodgers? Can Braves fans shed some light on this guy? dieharddodgerfan 4 weeks ago Thanks for the reply. Interesting the Dodgers targeted a lefty reliever. Although getting a decent lefty reliever for Uribe would be a nice return. dieharddodgerfan 4 weeks ago Well considering J.P. Howell doesn t really get lefties out well and Paco hasn t been consistent, it doesn t hurt to add another lefty reliever. tomymogo 4 weeks ago I m gonna be honest with you, he s the 8th man out of the bullpen. 92 mph fastball with a 12 to 6 curve but poor control. He was playing independent ball a couple of years ago.I think the Braves won this deal because they were about to release or demote every player they traded, and got Juan Uribe who at least is a more productive player than Callaspo, a bullpen piece for 2016 and cleared a roster spot. They can now sign Phil Coke for instance who basically provides the same value as Ian Thomas in my honest opinion. BlueSkyLA 4 weeks ago The Braves not only pitched Stults in relief tonight they put him in without making the double switch and he batted leadoff in the next inning. So strange. GameMusic3 4 weeks ago Dodgers would need 3 extra roster spots for those players so there is a trade developing? BlueSkyLA 4 weeks ago Good question, but from the looks of things the main target on the Dodgers side was Stults. Juan Jaime looks like a warm body who will stay in the minors, and Callaspo figures to be DFA d and probably end up being released. AndreTheGiantKiller 4 weeks ago They ll probably option the two relievers, DFA Callaspo, and have Stults take Uribe s spot at least for now. Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 4 weeks ago I m not so sure <a href="http://www.oriolesedge.com/orioles/steve-pearce-jersey">http://www.oriolesedge.com/orioles/steve-pearce-jersey</a>. 36 years old, having a down year, free agent next year, plus the Dodgers having their hand forced with Guerrero, Turner and soon Olivera (plus maybe even Seager in September) fighting for time. I ll miss his enthusiasm and his glove, no doubt. I m kind of happy that he won t be buried as potentially a fourth option in LA, though. He s an absolute professional. He looked like an awful signing at the start, but turned things around to become extremely well liked. He deserves one last run somewhere else. iliekcereal 4 weeks ago Good point. But uribes been very good the last couple years, and his slow start can likely be attributed to the hamstring injury. I m not saying he should have netted a top prospect, but I think he s worth more than two replacement level veterans and two AAAA relievers. Juan Jaime is really the only interesting piece here, and they could have just claimed him off waivers. Off the top of my head, even a uribe for gee trade would have made more sense, depending on how long wright will be out for. BlueSkyLA 4 weeks ago What a player is worth in trade is generally the wrong way to analyze a trade. The Dodgers got something they needed, a starter who can chew up some innings at the bottom of the rotation. Stults is having a poor season so far but he s been a lot better than that. Most importantly they can send Frias back to the pen and wait either on Beachy to rehab or look for a flashier trader for a starter in July. iliekcereal 4 weeks ago But the trade wasn t for stults. He was sent to the dodgers to give the braves salary relief. The dodgers DFA d him immediately kirkdavenport 4 weeks ago I belive these are just administrative moves and gathering trade chips for future moves. Stults is not the pitcher that will win a couple of playoff games, but may eat some innings during the summer. Thomas and Jaime are not prospects that the Dodgers are going to place much future in. The cost was not much. Uribe was only going to be around for a few more months anyway. Withrow had a future, but after the surgery, ???. Dodgers are planning much bigger moves. Uribe had become a good huy in the clubhouse, but was not much in the production department and he had little value to other teams as a 4 month rental of a bench player. Dodgers got some value, but dollars might have been driving this move. Daniel Morairity 4 weeks ago I dont understand how this helps the dodgers at all. They have stults so they can put him in the rotation with kershaw grienke Anderson and frias. The Callaspo deal I dont get. They can use Alex guerro to play third so that Cory seagar the dodgers top prospect get some more playing time in the minors. Callaspo is an average infielder and he is best teammates with howie kendrick too so I could see Callaspo on the bench Rob Schumann 4 weeks ago Hopefully, when this trade gets finalized some yet unknown pieces come to light. Besides getting Stultz who could be decent rotation depth for the Dodgers this trade doesn t make much sense unless one of the teams are planning on flipping a piece or two. Maybe the Braves send Uribe to the Giants? The Dodgers fan base probably wouldn t be too happy with a straight up trade with the Giants. But alas I am only speculating here.. Jeremy Feit 4 weeks ago Uribe will be on the team he was just playing against on the final day of the 3 day Dodger Braves series. Reminds me of a story Scully once told Dodgers are overloaded with talent and have been dumping quality talent, left and right, are still overloaded with talent, to everyone s detriment on the team. I don t see at the moment what the Dodgers are gaining from this. Callapso and the pitchers the Dodgers are inheriting suck. Uribe cried at the press conference, regarding being traded. It s a sad day/night for the Dodgers. Petcopadre 4 weeks ago The Dodgers have traded each of Puig s buddies. Maybe a Puig for Hamels trade in the works? Just sayin Puig Power 4 weeks ago Hanley left on his own accord as there was no longer a position for him to play. The loss of Uribe in the clubhouse is concerning, though. An expensive cheerleader, but still. Tesseract 4 weeks ago Why wouldn t Callaspo want to go to a 1st place team with serious October potential is crazy cxz 4 weeks ago Eh, it s not so crazy when you look at where he ll likely land on their depth chart, he s not going to ever get much playing time. There s also still a good chance he doesn t even get to play for them and they cut him before he even flies out to LA. I guess money talks though, interesting that s what made him change his mind. Red_Line_9 4 weeks ago Why would that be a major issue for his income class? He played in Anaheim already. Perhaps he could save money by commuting from Barstow. Bill 4 weeks ago Because he can. He was allowed to say no thanks because they needed his permission to trade prior to June 15. I don t think it was unreasonable at all for him to ask. They gave him a stipend to take care of all of those pesky moving and accommodation expenses. Which are not to be sneezed at providing the same level of comfort to his wife and kids living in LA compared to Atlanta, as I m sure he is familiar having lived there. Also, what is keeping LA from releasing him a few weeks later after having undertaken those extra expenses? Red_Line_9 4 weeks ago The truth was in the release part of that statement. He isn t a career Atlanta citizen. I m not saying that relocation concern isn t a fact, just that this is a player that has earned millions of dollars in a game where the players leave their bags in their hotel room and don t see them again until they check in at their next road hotel. Its not as if Callaspo has to brave a hot desert drive to the west coast in his or his families beat up 98 Corolla.Odds are very strong he might even take over a lease someplace in LA. NoAZPhilsPhan 4 weeks ago re-location isn t that big a concern financially. I Believe it s Article VII or VIII of the CBA . The Dodgers will be paying all of his moving expenses and if he was renting in ATL .they are on the hook for his remaining lease too. As soon as the deal is final they will have to pay him a specified amount (I am too tired to look it up in my copy of the CBA lol) and later if he decides too and files all the proper papers, they will pay him more or he will reimburse them if the move cost less. Red_Line_9 4 weeks ago I haven t heard the stipend amount for Callaspo, but it struck me as baseball s version of severance pay. NoAZPhilsPhan 4 weeks ago More or less but I ll bet it comes pretty close to the difference in taxes. The number of perks etc. in the CBA is astounding (not that the stipend is one of them). If I remember correctly players get $92.50 a day meal allowance when traveling (that was the base in 2012 and adjusted upwards with cost of living each year), all flights, including during relocation for a trade, are paid for and guaranteed first class the list goes on and on. If you ever have some time to kill, download it and peruse .it s really interesting. Red_Line_9 4 weeks ago Friend of mine was in AAA making 50k, got called up and loved it because he made the prorated league minimum plus that per diem. Couple weeks and he was coasting..pretty big cash influx for a guy pulling down 50k NoAZPhilsPhan 4 weeks ago Roughly the difference in the tax on the remaining $2m. GA highest rate is 6% and CA is 13.3% Red_Line_9 4 weeks ago I also don t believe Atlanta is a cheap place to live. By and large most major league sized cities will have similar residential expenses with San Francisco, Boston, New York and Southern California in maybe a slightly higher range. Really, outside of some Midwest cities, no place is cheap. Red_Line_9 4 weeks ago Wonder how much the stipend was for. Could also be to offset the inevitable DFA. Sounds more like severance pay. NoAZPhilsPhan 4 weeks ago Actually taxes are a huge consideration to players. He will now play more games in CA than when he was in ATL or Anaheim. In the AL players escape state taxes and Jock taxes by playing games in TX, WA and FL. Many cities and counties charge Jock Taxes as well. Cleveland was just sued and lost because the charged a NFL player (I forget who) a Jock Tax for a game he didn t even play in he didn t even travel with the team. CA takes in well over $100m a year in jock Taxes from visiting players alone. Red_Line_9 4 weeks ago I think its a stretch to say taxes are a huge consideration for players, but I get what you re saying and that s really interesting. If they were too much of a pressing concern teams in Florida and Texas would have a major advantage in attractive free agents. They don t, because teams in other places can offset that tax very quickly. It actually wouldn t take long for California to run up 100m in jock taxes when you consider how many visiting professional sports teams enter the state. I m not even sure why they are allowed to tax visiting baseball players who are paid by their team in another location. My wife and I visited San Francisco last fall she was not taxed by California while she was there on work. NoAZPhilsPhan 4 weeks ago Many of those taxes are starting to be challenged because they only go after the wealthy. Even athletes and entertainers from overseas must file US US tax returns and face special withholding rules. Most athletes never bring it up because too many in the general population would consider it whining but it is a much bigger concern when signing a contract then you would believe . There are many articles on it available on line. Red_Line_9 4 weeks ago My wife is a CPA.. I ll have to ask her more about it. Sure, I was aware that anyone working here had to file I wasn t aware it went state to state. In that case, if I were a team and player I d set up payments to only issue while the team is home or to direct deposit to my local bank.That s just crazy. Especially when you consider that the federal govt doesn t consider baseball interstate commerce. Gosh You d think the income could only be taxed in place of residence or where it was generated. Take your Phillies Cole Hamels would play a PA income tax and California if he resided there. Still don t really know how that works because Cole Hamel s is a Pennsylvania employee NoAZPhilsPhan 4 weeks ago It s crazy and I was shocked to learn that states and cities did that. CA is/was as of 2012 the highest in state tax over $1m/year (13.3%) and LA itself taxes are over $90,000/year for the $1m. That $1m can dwindle fast out there. It s all about generating income for the state and local gov ts. Everyday that a player is with his team in another city he is taxed (by all but a few) on what he made that day. I saw a photo a year ago or so of the tax return of a MLB player (can t remember who now) of his tax return .the stack of papers was about 3-4 inches thick. Red_Line_9 4 weeks ago That d be murder if the player didn t earn at a steady rate. I know oil royalties can be a bear for a CPA because they fluxuate and some have those in multiple states. I suppose this is taken care of through a players agency for the most part. It ll all come into play during contract negotiations. Most adults would comprehend that 1m in LA is not 1m in Kansas City.Middle class people from California often retire to the Midwest and are fairly wealthy. They don t have to take the Midwest pay cut in retirement. They are often loathed though because they overpay for property and drive taxes up. On the flip side my wife s job would pay about 40% more in San Francisco where her co workers are. Red_Line_9 4 weeks ago Another consideration with a state with no income tax is their property taxes. I suppose if you re just living there temporarily in a condo type situation it could be minimized and there s local variation but there s balance as well. It would cost more to own a multimillion dollar home in Florida than many areas.Hard to beat Texas though. Plenty of tourism and resource tax coming in that it keeps the property taxes fairly stable. I suppose its what the player would want to do if he wants to live there in the off season the Midwest is hard to beat. The real estate market in Kansas City for example is drastically lower than LA. A 500k home in KC might go for 2m in LA Fred Hunter 4 weeks ago So the Braves pick up another pitcher coming off Tommy John surgery .lame.And another 3rd baseman ..strange willywater88 4 weeks ago The full trade has been announced and it is just as perplexing. I am very surprised to see Uribe traded considering he can still be a solid 3Bman and bench depth at worse. It also seems like he was great for the Dodgers clubhouse and with just a half season remaining on his contract, why would you move him? BlueSkyLA 4 weeks ago The reasons are: Turner, Guerreo, Olivera, and Seager (in that order, currently). willywater88 4 weeks ago And now you have Callaspo so unless you DFA him, nothing is solved. And if thats the case, the Dodgers traded a still useful 3Bman and a recovering young reliever for 3 pitchers who are AAAA material at this moment. BlueSkyLA 4 weeks ago A starting pitcher was the real need. Other than this season Stults has put up respectable numbers and provided innings at the bottom of the rotation. Acquiring Stults will allow them to return Carlos Frias to the bullpen where he will be more effective. Everyone who follows the Dodgers knew that Uribe s days were numbered and that he d go as soon as the Dodgers could make a deal involving him for something else they needed, which is exactly what happened. Everything else is window dressing. willywater88 4 weeks ago So Stults is the real catch here? Thats bananas. Should have kept Heaney and gave Arruebarrena/Turner/Guerrero the battle at 2B. One of them would have came out well. I d rather give Zach Lee the starts than see Stults pitching if I was the Dodgers. BlueSkyLA 4 weeks ago At this point the roster spot is the real catch. Maybe you missed it but the Dodgers suspended Arruebarrena for the rest of the season. He was toiling in AA, not doing very well, and apparently misbehaving. Guerrero was tried out at 2B in the minors last year, but that experiment did not get far. So they got that Kendrick guy who seems to be working out kinda okay and Turner is doing a great job at 3B. Zack Lee we will see when he s ready. All in all, it s a good thing you aren t the Dodgers. willywater88 4 weeks ago Arruebarrena was moved about 7-8 teams between leagues last season. Hard for anyone to get adjusted that way. Yes, I know he was suspended but speaking from the offseason standpoint, having him, Turner and Guerrero as well as Seager on the horizon would have been enough depth at 2B. Guerrero played SS and 2B in the minors and would be serviceable at 2B. Kendrick guy is great but 6 years of Heaney 1 year of Kendrick. You really rather have Kendrick + Stults over Heaney/Lee pitching, Guerrero/Turner starting at 2B and Uribe/Olivera at 3B? BlueSkyLA 4 weeks ago You are literally way off base, so far off it s difficult to know where to start. First, Seager has never been discussed as a solution at 2B. Second, Guerrero played SS in Cuba and was tried at 2B in the minors but this experiment did not work out. Third, serviceable is not the goal. Fourth, fifth, sixth. Etc. willywater88 4 weeks ago No need to tell me how wrong I am. Come with logic and facts or don t come at all. The most important factor is that Heaney or Lee is a better option than Stults who was DFA d (the same guy you claimed was the real return for the Dodgers). Aside from that, Guerrero s ability to play 2B is up for debate. But since he played SS in Cuba and he was serviceable defensively as a 2Bman in the minors (.975 fielding pct), you really need to point out why he can t stay there. Seager was never discussed but he is a worst case depth scenario. If you absolutely cannot move Seager to 2B for half a season, then move Rollins there if Guerrero, Arrubarrena and Turner ALL stink that badly. BlueSkyLA 4 weeks ago Apparently I do need to tell you. I gave you three facts, straight up. You didn t respond to any of them. David Coonce 4 weeks ago That s what I thought too, but then Stults was immediately released (well, DFA d). Odd. BlueSkyLA 4 weeks ago I presume the Dodgers expect him to clear waivers and accept assignment. If he doesn t they aren t out much. David Coonce 4 weeks ago Probably. He s not making much so I could see somebody claiming him. I don t understnd at all what function Callaspo has on the Dodgers roster, though. He s one of the weakest hitters in baseball and can t really fill a utility spot because he can t play short. BlueSkyLA 4 weeks ago Apparently the thinking is he can play all the infield position but SS. He also switch-hits, which the new FO seems to value highly. Still I don t expect him to be around of long if only because Turner will fill that same role when Olivera arrives. meep 4 weeks ago We don t need a 3rd base man who can only play 3rd. We have like someone else said 4 who can play 3rd dieharddodgerfan 4 weeks ago And probably 4 guys who will hit better than Uribe that can play 3B. Plus, Uribe is a solid glove at 3B, but his range is very limited now and currently he is hitting more like the Uribe of 3 yrs ago as opposed to the guy the last 2 seasons. The_Sports_Dude 4 weeks ago with just a half season remaining on his contract, why would you move him?This is the business side of the game. Uribe was gone at the end of the year anyway and is a negative-WAR player this year. That the Dodgers were able to flip him for something is quite admirable. He had a good 4 year run in LA, with disappointing seasons as book-ends for a couple memorable years and moments in 2013-2014. willywater88 4 weeks ago I think Chris Withrow is worth more than the 3 pitchers LA received combined, even considering he is still not ready to return yet. So they swapped 3Bman with ATL and now if the keep him, their logjam doesnt change. If they DFA him, then why not just DFA Uribe to begin with? The_Sports_Dude 4 weeks ago I m not disagreeing, but why do you think Withrow is worth more than 3 pitchers?The reason the Dodgers didn t DFA Uribe is because the Braves were willing to make a deal. willywater88 4 weeks ago Well Withrow looks like a solid bullpen piece upon return. The 3 pitchers acquired from the Braves all look like minor league depth. Stults was non tendered for a reason and doesn t look like a major leaguer at all. I m not saying he can t bounce back but I think there s a much better chance that Zach Lee can outpitch him right now. TommyL 4 weeks ago So in the end, it looks like Dodgers replace Uribe with Olivera on the 25 man roster (which likely would have happened anyway), and add depth of one MLB starter and two relievers, for Withrow. Plus they save a bit of money and don t have to worry about Uribe going back to the Jints if they had simply released him. Callaspo may or may not end up with LA long term as well. Braves get a slight upgrade at third base and a late inning reliever if he recovers well from TJ, largely for what they must have considered dispensable parts.. Ray Ray 4 weeks ago Nope they are replacing Uribe with Callaspo not Olivera. They are DFAing Stults not Callaspo. The Callaspo move may come later, but for now Olivera will have to wait. The_Sports_Dude 4 weeks ago With Chris Withrow s departure from the organization and James Adkins out of baseball the past couple of years, the Dodgers now have nothing to show for passing on Giancarlo Stanton, who grew up in the valley rooting for the home team. The_Sports_Dude 4 weeks ago I guess you didn t hear the story about the show Stanton put on during his pre-draft workout at Dodger Stadium? I fault the Dodgers more than the other teams for missing on a player in their own backyard. BlueSkyLA 4 weeks ago I heard the Dodgers wanted to sign him but he d already accepted a college scholarship, then he later changed his mind and entered the draft. The Dodgers were also known to be very interested in signing him as a free agent, but he took the extension with Miami instead. So maybe Stanton passed more on the Dodgers than the other way around. The_Sports_Dude 4 weeks ago Like almost every highly rated high school prospect, he did accept a scholarship (Tulane), and like every other highly rated high school prospect, fulfilling that scholarship was contingent on where he would be drafted and the slot money available. The Dodgers drafted Withrow in the 1st, then drafted Adkins in the supplemental. The Marlins drafted Stanton in the 2nd before the Dodgers had another chance. The Dodgers clearly passed on him twice in the draft, and obviously Stanton decided the Marlins offer was enough for him to forgo college. I wouldn t say Stanton passed on the Dodgers in the offseason because he wasn t a free agent. He passed on free agency. BlueSkyLA 4 weeks ago He passed on free agency knowing the Dodgers were interested in him in free agency, so your distinction lacks a meaningful difference. In any case Stanton was no more of a slam-dunk than anyone else, and he was drafted higher in the rounds than was expected at the time. You could pick any successful player who was selected in the amateur draft at random and reel off any number of teams that passed on him. This is simply the way the draft works. BlueSkyLA 4 weeks ago Apparently. It sure looked like Stults was acquired to return Frias to the pen. But that would make too much sense, I guess. dieharddodgerfan 4 weeks ago Based on the latest news, it seems like a good bet that Stults will accept the assignment so that he can collect the remainder of his $2 mill guaranteed salary. I could see him as an option to spot start down the road for the Dodgers if he does go to AAA. BlueSkyLA 4 weeks ago Agreed. That spot start could come sooner rather than later. I m pretty sure the Dodgers really don t want to send Frias out for another start after his last shellacking. R.D. 4 weeks ago This is like one of those video game trades where you toss enough at a team and they finally accept. callaspo is a good piece but the only real loss is Thomas.Really looks like choosing stults over wandy was a terrible idea for the braves though. Senior Editor 4 weeks ago This ones a real head scratcher? The Dodgers saved some money (maybe more if Stults opts for free agency) added a worse offensive piece and an older questionable pitching prospect for Uribe and an injured (previously good) pitcher. Uribe didn t appear to be a problem so this must be to open a roster spot for Olivera? I see no downside for the Braves, Uribe is an upgrade over Callaspo and Withrow will help next season. meep 4 weeks ago It opens a roster spot but give more playing time to turner and Guerrero who been showing better bats and have decent gloves geauxbraves2000 4 weeks ago I like the trade as a Braves fan but if I were a Dodger fanI’d find it quite perplexing; Callaspo wasn’t doing much at the plate, Jaimehas trouble locating, they DFA Stults and Thomas is going to AAA. From what I see Uribe is well liked in LA andthe salary difference isn’t a lot so this is real head scratcher for me. meep 4 weeks ago Uribe is well like but he a above avg glove with a Struggling bat. Dodgers have two players who are playing a little better in turner and Guerrero. Plus you have to add they have a Cuban player who coming who mostly be a 2nd or 3rd baseman so there that also Sage 4 weeks ago Brewers need a starter with Peralta down for 4-6 weeks. May as well claim Stults. Cheap, still has a year of control after this year. Be exactly the type of guy we need. Take Peralta s place now while he s hurt, and soak up some innings while we rebuild. pete peterson 4 weeks ago A list of 2015 Dodgers roster moves will be larger than my War and Peace. Bozhe moi ! Lev Tol stoi patburn 4 weeks ago next if the Braves explain why Johnny Gomes is playing everyday instead of Todd Cunningham. sdsny 4 weeks ago So the Dodgers traded a guy they didn t need and a pitching prospect for a guy they didn t need, a guy they released, and 2 more mid-level prospects? Oh. I get it. Based God 4 weeks ago Maybe they re hoping Stults elects free agency so they can use that saved money to offset some of Tyler clippard s salary. Dodgers still need bullpen help! rick staley 3 weeks ago Uribe is an old-school veteran that will help Pierzynski Gomes police the locker room dugout. Anyone who has ever played the hot corner knows you don t have to have a lot of range to be an asset at the position. You must have quick hands never fear getting hit by the ball or like CJ, your errors will find you out at critical junctures of close games. Juan Uribe is a classic Ron Cey type of glove that will bolster the Braves opportunities for success in 2015. One of the quickest releases still @ 35/36 yrs of age. Exclusive Articles Sign up to receive an exclusive weekly article by MLBTR owner Tim Dierkes. Email Address MLB Trade Rumors is not affiliated with Major League Baseball, MLB or MLB.com
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  • Dodgers Notes: Aardsma Opt-Out, Hamilton
    Dodgers Notes: Aardsma Opt-Out, Hamilton, Ryu - MLB Trade Rumors Right-hander David Aardsma has a May 1 opt-out on his Minor League pact with the Dodgers <a href="http://www.cubsfansstore.com/cubs/kyle-hendricks-jersey">Kyle Hendricks Jersey</a>, Jacob Unruh of NewsOK.com reported yesterday. Aardsma can opt out on Friday if another club wants him on its Major League roster, and he has a complete opt-out from the Dodgers on June 15, per Unruh. The 33-year-old veteran didn t make the club s bullpen out of Spring Training despite strong numbers, but he s continued to pitch effectively, yielding one run on five hits with six strikeouts and no walks in seven Triple-A innings. Aardsma hasn t logged significant big league action since 2013, but he pitched quite well for the Cardinals Triple-A affiliate last year (1.48 ERA, 38-to-18 K/BB ratio in 37 innings) before a groin injury sidelined him for the season s second half. The Dodgers bullpen has been surprisingly dominant despite incurring significant injuries, and with Kenley Jansen nearing a return, things will get even more crowded, further blocking Aardsma s path to L.A. It wouldn t be a shock for one of the many teams around the league in need of pen help to look at the former Mariners closer as a potential upgrade.Here s more on the Dodgers The Dodgers were involved in trade talks regarding Josh Hamilton before he was moved to the Rangers, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. However, the Dodgers were more interested in acting as a third party with the Angels and Rangers, contributing cash to the deal as a means of acquiring prospects to add to their farm system. The Dodgers also discussed a straight up deal to acquire Hamilton, according to Heyman, but even in that scenario they d likely have just flipped Hamilton to the Rangers in the long run, as they weren t interested in adding to their outfield glut. This marks another effort by the Dodgers new front office to use the team s financial muscle to bolster the farm system in a unique way. The Dodgers already essentially bought a draft pick by agreeing to take on Ryan Webb s $2.75MM salary from the Orioles in order to convince Baltimore to part with a Competitive Balance draft selection.Left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu is at least a month away from rejoining the Dodgers roster, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweeted yesterday. The loss of Ryu for nearly two months and of Brandon McCarthy for the entire season has thinned out the Dodger rotation considerably, though president of baseball ops Andrew Friedman recently stated that he was likely to utilize internal options until at least June as he assessed what the team had in-house. 17 Responses to Dodgers Notes: Aardsma Opt-Out, Hamilton, Ryu Leave a Reply meep 2 months ago Well why not give lee his shot. I want to see what lee got.he doing pretty well to start the season. kirkdavenport 2 months ago Zach Lee may be getting his shot. The Dodgers have said they were hesitant to just bring him up as a spot starter as they want him to not have his development schedule interrupted. They have Baker, Bolsinger, Wieland and Frias available for spot starts. However with a regular spot in the major league rotation now open, Lee should be given a chance now to see if he still has a future. The only catch I see is that he was seen by past ownership/management as a top future prospect and perhaps overrated and the new management may be looking at him more critically meep 2 months ago With all the Injuries you can tell how well the Dodgers have done in putting together good depth. In Years past Dodgers would be hurting , but not now Lefty_Orioles_Fan 2 months ago What exactly is the goal of the Dodgers? What is their business model?I know it s now what Ben Franklin said many moons ago: A penny saved is a penny earned.Wanton spending is their game, but to what end? Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 2 months ago End game = winning.The misconception to some, is that spending or transacting in volume, equates to unrestrained or reckless.They have and will continue to spend money to collect talent at the Major League, and Minor League level. They have, and will continue to make a large volume of waivers claims and designations to build depth that was sorely overlooked for years.I m sure they have a strong business model somewhere, they are a collection of guys in charge of a multi-billion dollar operation. They probably can quantify a winning product as a financially viable product that s for them to know.As long as they are doing what they can to create a winning team, that s all I particularly care for. There are owners out there who can do more to create a winning team, but have different plans for that money, and fair enough..it is a business.It probably wasn t Ben Franklin, but someone did say Gotta spend money, to make money . Lefty_Orioles_Fan 2 months ago Well, I hope they win a World Series in the next two or three years for everyone s sake.It probably wasn t Ben Franklin, but someone did say Gotta spend money, to make money . Very true! =P Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 2 months ago As a Dodgers fan, a championship sometime very soon would be sensational. Haven t won one in my lifetime.. BlueSkyLA 2 months ago The last championship was in my lifetime, but it just doesn t seem that way anymore. johansantana15 2 months ago The new regime is not spending wantonly on free agents or trades anymore <a href="http://www.cubsfansstore.com/cubs/james-russell-jersey">http://www.cubsfansstore.com/cubs/james-russell-jersey</a>. They are investing heavily in building an organization with lots of quality young depth. You do that by international signings, draft picks, trading unnecessary veterans for prospects, etc. The plan going forward is to keep investing heavily in the farm system and supplement it with a generous MLB payroll <a href="http://www.cubsfansstore.com/cubs/junior-lake-jersey">Junior Lake Jersey</a>, I would say about $150-200 million MadmanTX 2 months ago JD probably hung up laughing at the Dodgers for suggesting they broker the Hamilton trade in exchange for prospects. Oh, wait, you re being serious!? Baseball on Earth 2 months ago The Dodgers were essentially trying to buy prospects in exchange for absorbing some of Hamilton money. Obviously, neither the Angels nor the Rangers are fiscally conservative enough to give up their valuable prospects. BigGameJames 2 months ago Yeah because the Texas FO hates money and would never entertain the Idea of selling a minor leaguer. That s why they gave so much $ away to Andrus, Choo and Prince. BigGameJames 2 months ago Just call up Urias already <a href="http://www.cubsfansstore.com/cubs/dexter-fowler-jersey">http://www.cubsfansstore.com/cubs/dexter-fowler-jersey</a>. King Felix age 18 in AA and Kershaw 19 20 in AA weren t as impressive as Urias so far. He s going 6 innings now and should skip the PCL anyway. Jose Fernandez skipped AA and AAA, more and more teams recognize the value in a phenom at the MLB level. Robert Kaufman 2 months ago For one month until Ryu is back, we should be able to manage. The off season will bring massively interesting questions. Should we keep Greinke? (YES!) Should we go after Price? (NO!) Should we go after Cueto? (YES!) Exclusive Articles Sign up to receive an exclusive weekly article by MLBTR owner Tim Dierkes. Email Address MLB Trade Rumors is not affiliated with Major League Baseball, MLB or MLB.com
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  • Draft Notes: Rodgers, Diamondbacks, Fernandez –
    Draft Notes: Rodgers, Diamondbacks, Fernandez - MLB Trade Rumors A look at recent draft history suggests the Diamondbacks should take shortstop Brendan Rodgers with the No. 1 pick, MLB.com s Jim Callis writes. Rodgers headed into the season as the consensus top talent in the draft <a href="http://www.redsoxedge.com/red-sox/bobby-doerr-jersey">Bobby Doerr Jersey</a>, and teams who have picked No. 1 overall in recent years have avoided consensus top talents at their peril No. 1 picks like the Rays selection of Tim Beckham and the Royals selection of Luke Hochevar haven t worked out as well as they would have if the Rays and Royals had simply picked more straightforwardly. Here s more on the draft.The Diamondbacks currently appear more likely to take Vanderbilt pitcher Carson Fulmer first overall, according to John Manuel of Baseball America s latest mock draft. The Diamondbacks seem to want a college pitcher, and Fulmer seems to be gaining a slight edge over UC-Santa Barbara s Dillon Tate. The Astros then take another Commodore <a href="http://www.redsoxedge.com/red-sox/bret-saberhagen-jersey">http://www.redsoxedge.com/red-sox/bret-saberhagen-jersey</a>, infielder Dansby Swanson, in Manuel s mock before the Rockies take Rodgers at No. 3. Manuel suggests the collection of injured top pitchers (Brady Aiken, Michael Matuella and Kolby Allard) will fall to the end of the first round.Cuban right-hander Yoandy Fernandez has been declared eligible for the draft, MLB.com s Jesse Sanchez reports.  Fernandez has far more seasoning than your average draft candidate; he s 27 and has six years of experience in Cuba s Serie Nacional league, where he posted a 4.22 ERA, 72 strikeouts and 62 walks over 157 2/3 innings.  Almost all of Fernandez s work came as a reliever, and Sanchez notes that teams are still figuring out if he projects as a starter or a reliever in MLB.  Perhaps more information will be determined later this month, as Fernandez has several tryouts scheduled for various teams. 3 Responses to Draft Notes: Rodgers, Diamondbacks, Fernandez Leave a Reply NoAZPhilsPhan 1 month ago Because he decided to claim asylum in the US and hold up in another country <a href="http://www.redsoxedge.com/red-sox/jim-rice-jersey">Jim Rice Jersey</a>. By being here he is eligible for the draft like Yunel Escobar and others did. Exclusive Articles Sign up to receive an exclusive weekly article by MLBTR owner Tim Dierkes <a href="http://www.redsoxedge.com/red-sox/mike-napoli-jersey">Mike Napoli Jersey</a>. Email Address MLB Trade Rumors is not affiliated with Major League Baseball, MLB or MLB.com
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  • Many Clubs Scouting Jonathan Papelbon –
    Many Clubs Scouting Jonathan Papelbon - MLB Trade Rumors There was a heavy scouting presence in attendance for Jonathan Papelbon s most recent appearance, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Both the Blue Jays and Cubs are known to have interest in the closer, but Rosenthal now adds that additional clubs have inquired on the reliever.Meanwhile, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com writes that the Jays have had a high-ranking scout trail Papelbon for his past 10 contests. He s only had one save opportunity in that time, though he has pitched in non-save situations. Per Salisbury, determining how much money would need to head to the Blue Jays has been a significant hurdle in talks thus far.Papelbon has pitched well all season and has continued to put up rather excellent results since experiencing a significant velocity drop beginning in 2013. Rosenthal notes that he averaged 94.1 mph in his most recent outing, but he only threw nine pitches, so it s not necessarily an indicator that his velocity has returned for good. Indeed, a look at Papelbon s game-to-game velocity charts (via Fangraphs) reveals that the most recent appearance is something of an outlier.PITCHf/x data shows that Papelbon has upped the usage of his slider in 2015, which may explain the increase in both his swinging-strike rate and his K/9 rate. At 34 years old, it s unlikely that Papelbon will see a dramatic resurgence in the velocity department, but he s still managed to post a pristine 1.01 ERA with 10.5 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and a career-best 51.5 percent ground-ball rate in 26 1/3 innings this year.The remaining $7.67MM on his contract is an obstacle, to be sure, as is the $13MM option for 2016 that seems likely to vest. But, at roughly $20.5MM over the coming nine-and-a-half months of regular season games (to say nothing of potential postseason innings), Papelbon s really not the overpriced asset that he s often portrayed to be. Depending on the extent to which the Phillies are willing to subsidize an acquiring team, Papelbon could ultimately be looked upon as a below-market asset relative to his production <a href="http://www.dbacksedge.com/diamondbacks/daniel-hudson-jersey">http://www.dbacksedge.com/diamondbacks/daniel-hudson-jersey</a>. 13 Responses to Many Clubs Scouting Jonathan Papelbon Leave a Reply dylanp5030 6 days ago Papelbon’s really not the overpriced asset that he’s often portrayed to be. Steve has once again made complete sense. (He has been very clear that the Phillies should be asking a lot for Hamels as well). There is no way Papelbon gets less than a 1/13 contract this offseason if he was a FA. Yes, the AAV might be lower, but then you d have to commit 2-3 years as well. stymeedone 6 days ago Robertson barely got 13MM per and he s younger, throws harder, and does not have the bad personality rap that Papelbon has. No way he would get 13MM as a FA. He would be Soriano II, except that he would have a harder time finding a minor league contract as few teams would want their prospects subjected to this jerk. Brixton 6 days ago No one cares about the personality rap. Teams still employ AJ Pierzynski year in and year out. Teams continue to give Grant Balfour a chance, and someone is still going to pay 150M+ for Carlos Gomez in 2 years regardless of whatever club house cancer they may be.Papelbon is a top 10 closer, shows no signs of declining other than velocity, and he possibility is in one of his best season ever. kingjenrry 5 days ago Just curious what information do you have on Gómez being a clubhouse cancer? He seems to be well-liked and classy in everything I ve ever seen or read about him <a href="http://www.dbacksedge.com/diamondbacks/jarrod-saltalamacchia-jersey">Jarrod Saltalamacchia Jersey</a>. NotCanon 6 days ago The bad personality rap seems primarily geared towards the media and to a lesser extent angry fans. All of the guys in the Phillies BP seem to love him, and claim that he s been instrumental in their MLB education.Does he get 1 year/$13MM as an FA? No. But he probably gets 3 years/$21MM, which is more guaranteed money.Also, he s a heck of a lot better than Soriano was last year. Or, you know, ever. mike156 6 days ago There are times when a metrics-based calculation of value falls short, and this may be one of them. Papelbon is viewed by at least some people as an older sports car might be able to get it up there on the open road, but unreliable and expensive to maintain. Donnie B 6 days ago Since when has Paps been unreliable??? His past 2 seasons were the best since 2009.He s one of the best closers in the game. 13/13 in saves / 1.01 ERA / 10.5k/9 2.4BB/9His team mates love him, he does nothing but help the younger relievers and he s has a compassion for Winning.. Does it really matter if you compare him to someone younger or throws harder ??? Do they have the same RESULTS? Doubt it.Phillies will eat $$$$ to get better prospects. Toronto NEEDS him now.. Pretty sure i heard that Toronto s Bullpen has already blown 17 games this year.Rangers and Astros can use him as well. mike156 6 days ago Donnie B. If Papelbon was worth what RA was asking, he d be gone by now. There s a disconnect in perception of value that was my point that there are clearly people around the league that don t think he s worth the trouble. He may be the greatest relief pitcher of all time, modest, self-effacing, a complete boyscout <a href="http://www.dbacksedge.com/diamondbacks/paul-goldschmidt-jersey">Paul Goldschmidt Jersey</a>, and a tremendous clubhouse asset, but if that s so, he s hiding it from some people. flyerzfan12 6 days ago I really think it has more to do with money owed/how much money the Phils are willing to kick in and prospects involved than Papelbon being worth the trouble .Take a team like Toronto for example. You re 2 games back in a very winnable division and your team has 8 saves versus 11 blown saves and it s only mid-June. Papelbon is easily worth the trouble if the dollars and prospects are right.If a player like Papelbon (who s bad boy image IMO is totally overblown) can destroy a team s clubhouse, then that team s problems are a lot bigger than just Jonathan Papelbon. splitter 6 days ago Those views are unsubstantiated. There is no indication of performance decline, the guy is never injured and he s as reliable as they come in the RP category. bjsguess 6 days ago Here you go for the comparison:A 128IP / 2.78 FIP / 2.46 ERA / 1.01 WHIP / 68 saves / 11 Blown Saves / 35 YOB 116IP / 3.83 FIP / 2.02 ERA / 0.98 WHIP / 74 saves / 5 Blow Saves / 31 YOPlayer A is Papelbon from 2013 to 2014. Did not include this year since it s still in progress and wanted to keep the comps consistent <a href="http://www.dbacksedge.com/diamondbacks/a-j-schugel-jersey">A.J. Schugel Jersey</a>. Paps will be in his age 35 season next year.Player B is Huston Street also from 2013 and 2014 (otherwise known as his last 2 seasons before signing his new deal with the Angels). Despite his FIP looking ugly (fly ball pitcher), Street is Papelbon s equal or better in virtually every category (old school and new school). He was also much younger and has a track record of at least 15 saves every season since his rookie campaign in 2005.What was the value of Street? How about $8.5M AAV over 2 years. Not that far off from what you ll pay for ONE year of Papelbon. I m not sure that the Phillies are going to land impact talent AND get someone to pay for all or most of the contract. At best I value Paps similarly to Street. That makes him overpaid slightly without ANY talent coming back in a deal. therealryan 5 days ago Street was traded last season for a top 100 position prospect and a high leverage relief prospect. He was owed $10.5m over 1.5 years at the time. Soria was also traded last season for a top 50 prospect and a high leverage relief prospect and he was owed about $10m over 1.5 years. Papelbon is owed $19.5m over 1.5 years. I would think if the Phillies are willing to chip in $5-6m, they could expect a similar return as the two closers mentioned above. Something like a top 75 prospect and a close to the majors high leverage RP or maybe a lower level SP with upside. Exclusive Articles Sign up to receive an exclusive weekly article by MLBTR owner Tim Dierkes. Email Address MLB Trade Rumors is not affiliated with Major League Baseball, MLB or MLB.com
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    Marlins Designate Grant Dayton For Assignment - MLB Trade Rumors The Marlins announced that they have designated left-hander Grant Dayton for assignment. The move frees up a 40-man roster spot for catcher Jhonatan Solano <a href="http://www.redsfansshop.com/reds/joe-morgan-jersey">Joe Morgan Jersey</a>, whose contract was selected today when Jarrod Saltalamacchia was placed on the paternity list <a href="http://www.redsfansshop.com/reds/billy-hamilton-jersey">Billy Hamilton Jersey</a>.The 27-year-old Dayton was Miami s 11th-round pick back in 2010 out of Auburn University <a href="http://www.redsfansshop.com/reds/joey-votto-jersey">http://www.redsfansshop.com/reds/joey-votto-jersey</a>. Baseball America ranked him among Miami s Top 30 prospects prior to each of the 2012-14 seasons, ranging from 17th to 25th. Dayton has worked almost exclusively as a reliever over the course of his Minor League career, totaling a 2.63 ERA with 10.9 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 263 innings of work. He s typically been old for his level, however, and didn t reach Triple-A until his age-26 season in 2014. 2 Responses to Marlins Designate Grant Dayton For Assignment Leave a Reply Exclusive Articles Sign up to receive an exclusive weekly article by MLBTR owner Tim Dierkes <a href="http://www.redsfansshop.com/reds/jay-bruce-jersey">Jay Bruce Jersey</a>. Email Address MLB Trade Rumors is not affiliated with Major League Baseball, MLB or MLB.com
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