Showing posts with label Prospects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Prospects. Show all posts

Oakland Athletics Trade Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney to Boston... Wait, What?

Has Billy Beane completely lost his mind, or is he using his "money ball" magic to rebuild the Oakland Athletics and improve on their future?

The team traded closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday for outfielder Josh Reddick (who looks like he's about 12) and two other prospects. This is excellent news for Boston, who was in desperate need of a pitcher to work the ninth inning since the departure of Jonathan Papelbon, who joined to the Philadelphia Phillies for four years, $50 million back in November.

Bailey, the 2009 American League Rookie of the Year, went 0-4 with a 3.24 ERA and 24 saves over 41.2 innings last year. He landed on the disabled list for the second straight season with a strained right forearm and didn't end up making an appearance until May 29, but managed to stay healthy after that.

Sweeney, who will turn 27 this February, hit .265 with 25 RBI and one home run in 108 games for Oakland last season. What an athlete.

In addition to Bailey, the A's have also gotten rid of Trevor Cahill and reliever Craig Breslow, who were traded away to the Arizona Diamondbacks early in December, just eight months after Oakland handed Cahill a five-year, $30.5 million contract. Let's also not forget about lefty Gio Gonzalez, who was sent to the Washington Nationals last Thursday.

Roy Halladay FINALLY Going Somewhere

It's about damn time.

If there's one thing we dislike here at BLB, it's teams pussyfooting around. The Toronto Blue Jays have held Roy Halladay hostage for over an entire season, but it looks as though they're ready to ship him off to Philadelphia.

In what should go down as the biggest post-winter meetings blockbuster of the offseason, Halladay is likely to be traded to the Phillies in a three-team stunner... at the cost of lefty ace Cliff Lee and a few prospects.


Good Luck With That, Mike Rizzo

Top Pick Stephen StrasburgI did not watch the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft today, mainly because I just can't handle seeing Bob Selig's dumb face (ed. note: I'm calling him Bob today cause he looks like a Bob, and he's not my bud) every couple of minutes. So, I read about it instead.

The Washington Nationals (man, they're awful) went ahead and selected Stephen Strasburg, just like everyone and their brother predicted. Believed to be one of the most talented prospects up for grabs, the 19-year-old right-hander from San Diego State deals a blazing fastball that’s been clocked at 102 mph. He also has some filthy breaking balls, which are always a nice part of the package.

Strasburg went 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA this season for the Aztecs, leading San Diego to their first playoff berth since 1991. Drafting him was the easy part for the Nats, while signing him will be another challenge altogether. With an agent like , no deal is simple.

In fact, the superagent is rumored to be seeking a record contract, possibly in the neighborhood of $50 million. Yikes! Good luck with that, Mike Rizzo.

And congratulations, Stephen Strasburg.

[MLB.com] | [Federal Baseball] | [MLB Wire]


Captain Cheeseburger Enjoys Brats

Good riddance says the AL Central
C.C. Sabathia has reportedly (but not officially) been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for a package deal highlighted by Class Double-A Huntsville Stars center fielder Matt LaPorta and two other prospects.

The Cleveland Indians lefty ace is 6-8 midway through the season with a 3.83 ERA and 123 strikeouts.


Jay Bruce: The Deal Lives Up to the Hype

Jay Bruce is our new boyfriend.
Jay Bruce, whose possibility of nicknames are nearly endless (I like The Boss) went 3-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base for good measure in his highly-anticipated big league debut on Tuesday, aiding the Cincinnati Reds in a 9-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 21-year-old outfielder, chock full of power and speed, was leading the International League in hitting, with a.364 average with 10 bombs, 37 RBIs and eight stolen bags. Bruce was recalled from the AAA Louisville Bats yesterday and inserted directly into the starting lineup. Finally.

He became the first Reds player to enjoy a three-hit debut since Willie Green in 1992. Way to make a first impression.

[FOX Sports]