Baseball '14-'15 MLB Off-season discussion

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    Well the 2014 MLB season is officially over and the '14-'15 off-season has begun, free agency market looks pretty solid this year and there are quite a bit of players who are on the last season of their contract that teams may be looking to move to other teams for some prospects, players and cash considerations.

    A couple moves have already been made so far throughout the beginning stages of the off-season, some of those include:

    • OF Giancarlo Stanton signing a 13 year $325 million dollar deal with the Miami Marlins.
    • OF Jason Heyward getting traded from the ATL Braves to the STL Cardinals.
    • RHP Joel Peralta getting traded from the TB Rays to the LA Dodgers
    There's bound to be plenty of action going on during the off-season for Major League Baseball this year so feel free to discuss about it here as well as post new updates on transactions until the new season begins in spring of next year (2015).
  2. The Oakland Athletics made their first big move of the offseason, coming to terms with longtime Kansas City Royals designated hitter and first baseman Billy Butler on a three-year, $30 million contract. The deal suggests that the A's expect the 28-year-old righthander to rebound from what was arguably his worst major league season. Unfortunately for Oakland, there's very little to be found in Butler's recent performance to suggest a reversal of what has been two consecutive seasons of sharp decline at the plate.
  3. Butler got a lot more than what I expected, especially from the A's.

    Brewers re-signed Ramirez, Gallardo, and booted weeks the fuck out, then traded Marco Estrada for Lind straight up. We have about 8 possible SP, with a 25 year old power lefty just waiting for his chance (Will Smith will be our setup man this season)

    Don't expect shit else from the Crew, sadly, as we are spending the extra cash on arbitration, and even though our owner made a huge deal about our downfall and said "changes would be made" nothing really has happened that mattered. We upgraded our asst coaching unit, and added a first baseman on a decent deal.

    Oh well, I still cannot get over that 13 year contract, I expect in 2020 the deal gets restructured.
  4. I would Pick Butler he could be a good match with the A's
  5. Yankees to buy a WS this year.
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  6. Indians Exploring Nick Swisher Trades
    By Steve Adams [November 18, 2014 at 2:51pm CST]
    The Indians are exploring a number of trade possibilities, including scenarios in which they could move Nick Swisher and his remaining $30MM for another player with an inflated contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (All Twitter links).

    Rosenthal lists names like B.J. Upton ($46.35MM through 2017), Ubaldo Jimenez($38.75MM through 2017) and Ryan Howard ($60MM through 2016) as examples of other inflated contracts while being careful to note that the Indians aren’t necessarily interested in anyone from that grouping. Other players on bloated contracts include Edwin Jackson($22MM through 2016), John Danks ($28.5MM through 2016), Cody Ross ($10.5MM through 2015) and Ricky Nolasco ($37MM through 2017), to say nothing of Dodgers outfielders Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier (though that duo is a particularly difficult fit in Cleveland).

    Swisher, signed to a four-year, $56MM contract heading into the 2013 season, played well in his inaugural campaign in his home state of Ohio, hitting .246/.321/.423 with 22 homers. However, his offense fell off a cliff in 2014, as he batted just .208/.278/.331 while his strikeout rate soared to a career-worst 27.7 percent and his walk rate dropped to a career-worst nine percent.

    As I explained in my Indians Offseason Outlook, Cleveland has a bit of financial flexibility heading into 2015, but that flexibility will be gone by 2016 due to arbitration raises to Corey Kluber, Cody Allen and Carlos Carrasco as well as contractual salary increases to the likes of Jason Kipnis, Yan Gomes, Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley. Moving Swisher orMichael Bourn, who is owed $27.5MM over the next two seasons and has also declined, would alleviate that pressure and give the Indians a much more favorable long-term outlook. One option could be to pay a large chunk of Swisher’s 2015 salary, when the team has more payroll flexibility, while only absorbing a small chunk of his 2016 salary (or do the same with Bourn). By doing so, they could still eat around half of his remaining salary but create more 2016 flexibility to accommodate an increasingly expensive core.
  7. Cleveland may have the finances to make moves like that but I'm not sure what will happen when they do make moves.. some of the suspicions don't really rub me the right way, I think they can get a better team if they be patient and wait a season instead of spending too much money.
  8. Mets signed Cuddeyer. With Harvey back they are the best rotation in NL. It's unreal
  9. I saw your top prospects the other day, also. I hear about the cubs (probably location) all the time, but damn dude.
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  10. It's almost unreal. Lagaras won the gold glove. Degrom roty in nl. Harvey, wheeler, degrom, synagaard led minors in ks, familia. Just something I've seen happening finally coming together. I think mets make playoffs for first time in 8 yrs
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  11. And Giants want Jon Lester
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  12. Looks like SP Daisuke Matsuzaka will be returning to Japan for the upcoming season.
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  13. Red Sox*
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  14. Sawx killin it in FA
  15. OAKLAND, Calif. -- All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson is the latest Oakland Athletics star traded away in a rebuilding effort.

    General manager Billy Beane looked at the large deficit by which his Athletics lost the American League West to the Angels, then evaluated how Oakland barely held off Seattle on the season's final day for the second wild card.

    He realized he needed to rebuild his roster once more, but at least initially he didn't envision the move he made Friday night: letting Donaldson go to the Toronto Blue Jays for third basemanBrett Lawrie, right-hander Kendall Graveman, left-hander Sean Nolin and minor league shortstop Franklin Barreto.

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    Donaldson told the San Francisco Chronicle that he was playing video games when his agent texted him about the trade.

    "I'm so shocked," Donaldson told the newspaper. "I just got off the phone with Billy Beane, and I guess they got an offer that they couldn't resist. I'm definitely a little emotional about it. Oakland is my home. At the end of the day, it's a business, as much as it hurts emotionally. The guys in that clubhouse are my brothers."

    Beane considers both pitchers ready for the majors.

    "They had been pretty persistent, and we were pretty adamant that wasn't something we were willing to talk about," Beane said of dealing Donaldson. "We wouldn't have done the deal unless it addressed now and the future, and they were able to do that. This deal in our minds addresses a little bit of everything. It got pretty serious the last 48 hours. They were reluctant to give up all four players, and we weren't going to do it without those four players in the deal."

    Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos sweetened the deal, offering Lawrie as a replacement for Donaldson.

    "I have a pretty good relationship with Billy," Anthopoulos said. "At some point, someone makes it really compelling."

    At first he had been reluctant to give up four players for Donaldson, but the A's wouldn't have proceeded otherwise. Donaldson provides a steady hitter in the middle of the order for a Toronto team that finished third in the AL East at 83-79, and has watched the last-place Boston Red Soxpull off the big deals this past week by acquiring third baseman Pablo Sandoval and shortstopHanley Ramirez.

    "Donaldson's been an outstanding player," Anthopoulos said. "We're getting a middle-of-the-order bat, and it's something that we need. We didn't expect him to be available. ... It doesn't hurt to ask. We asked if there was any way we could ask about Donaldson. Billy told me emphatically no. We left it at that. A few days ago, we were talking again and asked again. Finally when Brett was involved to replace Josh, that's when it started to move again."

    Donaldson's Value
    [​IMG]According to wins above replacement, only Mike Trout has been more valuable than Josh Donaldson among position players the past two seasons:

    Most Wins Above Replacement

    Mike Trout 16.7
    Josh Donaldson 15.4
    Andrew McCutchen 14.4
    Robinson Cano 13.9
    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    Donaldson, 28, a sure-handed, athletic defender, batted .255 with 29 home runs and 98 RBIs in 158 games this past season, and was named to his first All-Star team. In four seasons in the majors, all with Oakland, he has a .268 average with 63 home runs and 228 RBIs in 405 games.

    In his only two years as a regular, he finished fourth (2013) and eighth (2014) in AL MVP voting.

    Anthopoulos can't wait to see Donaldson's bat alongside sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.

    "You are going to have to give up some really good players to get Donaldson," Anthopoulos said.

    Oakland, which won the AL West in 2012 and '13, lost by 10 games this past season to the big-spending Angels. The A's then were eliminated 9-8 in 12 innings in the wild-card game at eventual AL champion Kansas City.

    Beane wasn't sure Oakland could contend for the division again without some key additions, especially after losing left-hander Jon Lester following his short stint since being traded from Boston at the All-Star break.

    "When we went into this winter, we had to take a look where we are and where we're headed," Beane said.

    A's left fielder Josh Reddick told the Chronicle it is apparent the team is in a rebuilding phase.

    "This doesn't make sense to me. We just traded our best player the last two years," he told the newspaper.

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    Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesJosh Donaldson belted 29 home runs to go with 98 RBIs this past season for the A's.

    Beane already has been plenty busy.

    On Nov. 19, he signed designated hitter and former Royals star Billy Butler to a $30 million, three-year contract. Just this past Sunday, the A's acquired first baseman Ike Davis and international bonus slot 86 from the Pittsburgh Piratesin exchange for international bonus slot 27.

    Lawrie batted .247 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs in 70 games for Toronto this past season. He missed most of the final three months because of a broken finger and an oblique strain.

    Graveman recorded a 3.86 ERA in 4 2/3 innings pitched over five major league games this past season.

    Nolin is expected to compete for a rotation spot, despite only 2 1/3 innings pitched with a 27.00 ERA in the majors.

    Barreto, 18, is a .296 hitter in 132 minor league games. He is "exciting, but a ways away," a scout told's Jerry Crasnick.

    "We addressed a lot of areas we thought we needed filled from our organizational standpoint," Beane said.

    The A's still are in need of a shortstop with Jed Lowrie a free agent. Finding that player also might come through a trade because "I certainly won't see it through free agency," Beane said.

    The Athletics also are open to trading Jeff Samardzija in "the right deal," a source told Crasnick.

    To clear spots on the 40-man roster, the A's designated right-hander Josh Lindblom and first baseman Kyle Blanks for assignment.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  16. I've learned to never question BB. These moves suck in my uneducated opinion, but Beane is god.
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  17. Its the curss of the bobble head
  18. Those young pitchers are studs. It's a long term investment that'll pay off. Also, when Lawrie isn't injured he's a helluva player in his own right. I understand that you should never give away the chance to get an all star calibre player but with glaring holes in our OF and middle IF I think those prospects could have been better utilized.
  19. This would be my call as well.
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