Oakland Athletics Roster In 2014: How All Of The Pitchers Were Acquired Part 2


 

Jarrod Parker is out for the year with  Tommy John Surgery.  You are talking about a guy that was 25 - 16 with a 3.68 ERA over the last 2 years combined.  He has top of the rotation stuff and will be greatly missed.  The A's also had a TJ scare with A.J. Griffin, but it has been downgraded to an elbow strain for now.  Parker was traded for by the Athletics in a major package sent to Oakland - including Chris Carter< Carlos Gonzalez and Ryan Cook for Starter Dan Haren.  The club still has many of the components left as assets from that very deal. While it is bad Parker is out in 2014, he will be back.

Jarrod Parker is out for the year with Tommy John Surgery. You are talking about a guy that was 25 – 16 with a 3.68 ERA over the last 2 years combined. He has top of the rotation stuff and will be greatly missed. The A’s also had a TJ scare with A.J. Griffin, but it has been downgraded to an elbow strain for now. Parker was traded for by the Athletics in a major package sent to Oakland with Collin Cowgill and  Ryan Cook for Starter Trevor Cahill. The club still has Parker and Cahill.  While it is bad Parker is out in 2014, he will be back. Cahill has been ineffective for the D’backs in 2014 – with a 9.17 ERA and an MLB leading 4 losses.

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I just finished writing an article about how Billy Beane was smart not to have signed Barry Zito, Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson to extensions here.

You really wont find him do this anytime soon with any of his chuckers.

The Scott Kazmir deal is the one he likes to do.  It is simple as to why the man operates like this.  He doesn’t have to give up any assets in the process.

Beane is a “Baseball Rounder”.

It is not unlike him to do manage 50 – 60 transactions per year.  He was won more than he has lost – whether it is Free Agency or trades.  His ballclub has the best record in the Majors since the start of play in 2012 – at 200 – 144 (.581 baseball).

We will go through the Pitching First, and then the hitting by the weekend. Continue reading

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With Moore Out For Tommy John Surgery – The Rays Should Hold Onto Price Through 2015


Lets face it.  The Tampa Bay Rays have had an incredible run at it.  The Florida squad trails only the Yankees for wins since the start of the 2008 season in baseball.

The club has made it to the postseason 4 out of the last 6 years, and possess 5 out of 6 years with 90+ Wins.

All of this with a shoestring budget, and incredible use of stretching dollars on player talent.

Every year, Andrew Freidman finds a bargain Free Agent that becomes an ALL – Star once he dawns the blue and purple.

When James Loney signed his 3 YRs/$21 MIL – it represented the most cash the current team management has handed someone who came from another organization. Continue reading

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30 MLB Team Power Rankings: Week 3 MLB Baseball 2014


This Weeks Rank (last week in Parenthesis)

Records are before play Sunday

1.  *Detroit Tigers 6 – 3: (1)  They still have the strongest Starting Staff in the Majors – to spite their every year anemic Relief Core.  Best Division to play in.

2.  *LA Dodgers 8 – 4: (5):  Adrian Gonzalez swinging solid, and Zack Greinke is still pretty damn good.  Had a nice week after Australia jetlag

3.  *Washington Nationals 7 – 4: (2):  Hated this lingering Ryan Zimmerman throwing issue, now he is out for 6 – 8 weeks.

Huge chance for Danny Espinosa to reclaim his big league job.  If he can pan out, the team should consider trading Adam LaRoche – and move Zimmerman to 1st base.

4.  *St. Louis Cardinals 6 – 5: (3): Early in the season, and St. Louis always finds a way as the season progresses.  Adam Wainwright is still filthy.

5.  *Oakland A’s 7 – 4: (10) – A 5 – 1 week, and withdrawing Jim Johnson out of the Closer’s role is a good start.  Josh Donaldson found hit stroke.

Sonny Gray has filled in well as the teams #1, and Scott Kazmir may do the job after him.  Professional AB still carrying the club.

6.   *Tampa Bay Rays 7 – 5: (4) Matt Moore injury hurts their World Series aspirations, but this club still has 3 legitimate Starters.  A Joe Maddon team = add water and stir for success.

7.  San Francisco Giants 7 – 5: (6)  Where are you old Tim LincecumMike Morse looks like 2011 version of himself and Brandon Belt has arrived!

8.  *Atlanta Braves 7 – 4: (7)  They have weathered the 1st few weeks despite a similar routine from last year.  Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla are on the Interstate Highway with their mid .100 BA’s.

9.   New York Yankees 6 – 6: (13) A brutal start for HR power has seen some great home cooking with Alfonso Soriano, Brian McCann and Kelly Johnson finding the porch.  May end being one of the best home teams this campaign.

10.  Milwaukee Brewers 9 – 2 (18):  An 8 game winning streak will turn some people into believers.

I also like them taking advantage of Cincinnati’s slow start.  Ryan Braun‘s wrist mus hold, but boy did he ever crush it in Philly this week.

Mark Reynolds may end up smacking 25 – 30 HRs, and Aramis Ramirez could have one more great year left in him.

11.  Boston Red Sox 5 – 7:  (12) – Their ranking has more to do with the Angels, Rays and Rangers sustaining major injuries this week more than their own performance.

The Beantowners could see this season go south on them quickly if all goes wrong.  Dustin Pedroia hasn’t walked yet – what?

12.  Texas Rangers 5 – 6 (8):  Yu Darvish came back and was utterly brilliant in his 2 games started.  Adrian Beltre injury has to be a short term thing.

Prince Fielder has come out of the block real quiet.

13.  Pittsburgh Pirates:  Watch this thing with Andrew McCutchen.  They are playing good ball despite not bringing in any players.  Have wharfed into the NL version of the Rays.

T14: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:  Losing Josh Hamilton for 2 months hurts immensely.  What happened to Jered Weaver being an ace?

Tyler Skaggs gives hope for the future.  Albert Pujols hit well in Seattle, needs to into ‘honeybadger’ mode.

T14: Seattle Mariners 6 – 4:  (16) James Paxton going on the 15 DAY DL couldn’t come at a worse time.  Felix Hernandez is filthy right now, but can’t pitch every day.

Corey Hart is the best Right Handed M’s bopper since 1st few years of Richie Sexson almost a decade ago.

16. Toronto Blue Jays 6 – 6:  (19) Brett Lawrie is hitting near .100 and Edwin Encarnacion‘s wrist injury has to be alarming.  How long can Dustin McGowan be your best thrower?

17.  Kansas City Royals: 4 – 6  (9):  The seat might get hot in Ned Yost‘s office real quick.  No power on the offensive side.  Some prospects just maintain being suspect.  I am talking about you Mike Moustakas!

18.  Baltimore Orioles 5 – 6:  Manny Machado‘s absence will put them too far behind the 8 ball.  Love Chris Tillman emerging as one of the better Starters in the AL.

Delmon Young is the ‘Yankee killer”, too bad he won’t play them 162 games.

29.  Cleveland Indians 6 – 6:  Power outage from the lineup, and I worry about their 2nd half Pitching something fierce.

20.  Cincinnati Reds 3 – 8 :  (17):  1 great game out of 10 isn’t going to cut it for Billy Hamilton.  Worried about the injuries to the staff, and this maybe one of those “everything went bad years for Cincy.”

21.  Colorado Rockies 6  – 6 (23):  The Rox need Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez to stay on the field at the same time.

They may not win a playoff spot, but they are going to do some damage to some other clubs.

22.  Chicago White Sox 6 – 6:  Enthusiasm for Jose Abreu tear to start the year is curbed a little by season ending injury to Avisail Garica.  The young offense is better than anticipated.

23.  Miami Marlins 5 – 7:  Back to reality Fish, although they will be entertaining all year with Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez.

24.  Philadelphia Phillies 5 – 6: (22)  Were creamed by the Brewers in Interleague, but at least Chase Utley looks great thus far.

25.  Arizona D’backs 4 – 10: (20)   This is turning into “CAMP UGLY” extremely fast.  This is not a Division you can make up ground on the leaders once you fall behind.

26. New York Mets 5 – 6:  *25) It is only a matter of time before the “Dumpster Fire” Jose Valverde falls out of favor.  Curtis Granderson, the latest $15 MIL per year flop?’

Bobby Parnell – TJ Surgery rears its ugly head in Flushing Meadows once again,

27.  Minnesota Twins 5 – 6:  Maybe Phil Hughes is not going to change it around outside of New York.  Brian Dozier and Chris Colabello providing offensive spark.

28.  Chicago Cubs 4 – 7:  Emilio Bonifacio won’t hit .500 for that long

29.  San Diego Padres 4 – 7:  Andrew Cashner will prevent this team from losing 100 games.

30.  Houston Astros 5 – 9 (30): Houston will finish last in the Majors – and that may be a good season if the young core can all improve.

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Houston Astros Roster In 2014 Part 2: How The Pitchers Were All Acquired:


How All Of The Astros Pitchers Were Acquired:

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The other day we talked about the hitters for the Astros and how they were acquired.

Today we delve into the Pitching Staff.  The Bullpen is compromised with some familiar names, that were Free Agent Signings.

A lot of the Starters were brought in by trade, or signed as Free Agents.

The biggest tree in the roster comes from Brett Oberholtzer, who was traded for in the deal with the Braves for Michael Bourn.

Philadelphia has made 3 deals for Brad Lidge, Hunter Pence and Roy Oswalt, that have left Houston stocked in the current makeup for the depth chart by subsequent deals.

Michael Bourn came over for the 2007 trade for the former Closer Lidge, and then flipped to Atlanta for Oberholtzer.

The other meaningful deal was Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton brought into Houston for outgoing Hunter Pence.

One of the unfortunate deals the team did was for Miguel Tejada, but it certainly didn’t backfire as bad as it could have.

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Houston Astros Roster In 2014 Part 1: How All Of The Hitters Were Acquired


How All Of The Astros Hitters Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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At the MLB Reports, we intend to show you the Roster Tree for the Houston Astros – and how they assembled their current roster for hitting and Pitching. 

It will work in a six degrees of separation like format.

Once we figure out the origin of how many trades going back in time it takes to see where the tree started, it will be time to dissect how the team fared on the deals.

If a player has never left the organization at all, the tree will be easy – as it will just be the year they were drafted or signed.

Sometimes pitchers will be in the hitters part of the write-up and vice versa.  This is simply done when one side of hitter or pitcher is dealt for each other.  Continue reading

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How All Of The St. Louis Cardinals Roster Was Acquired: 2014 Season


The Cardinals Roster Tree has been the easiest to do by far.  This organization has Drafted so incredibly well, that there has been no real need for trading of late.  We will still see how drafting J.D. Drew has turned into Adam Wainwright, and how Albert Pujols signing with the Angels, made for the Cards to select young phenom Michael Wacha.  St. Louis is in their 8th NLCS in the last 13 years, with a multitude of young stars coming.  They are going to be players in the National League for some time to come.

The Cardinals Roster Tree has been the easiest to do by far. This organization has Drafted so incredibly well, that there has been no real need for trading of late. We will still see how drafting J.D. Drew has turned into Adam Wainwright, and how Albert Pujols signing with the Angels, made for the Cards to select young phenom Michael Wacha. St. Louis is made to their 8th NLCS in the last 13 years,  and 4th World Series Appearance in the last 10, with a multitude of young stars coming in the horizon. They are going to be players in the National League for some time to come.

How All Of The Cardinals Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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At the MLB Reports, we intend to show you the Roster Tree for the St. Louis Cardinals – and how they assembled their current roster for hitting and Pitching.  It will work in a six degrees of separation like format.

Once we figure out the origin of how many trades going back in time it takes to see where the tree started, it will be time to dissect how the team fared on the deals.

If a player has never left the organization at all, the tree will be easy – as it will just be the year they were drafted or signed.

Continue reading

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Texas Rangers Roster In 2014: State Of The Union


Prince Fielder's 2013 - 3 Slash Line (.279/.362/.819) is far below his Career Mark of .286/.389/.916.  The man has not hit a HR in his last 74 AB in the playoffs either.  Fielder at least had 5 HRs in 1st 70 AB for his playoff Career.  Maybe that will change in Texas, after he clubs his way to be an AL MVP Candidate for the Rangers in 2014.  I expect him to return to the 40+ HR plateau, drive in well over 100+ RBI - and lead his team to a World Series Appearance this year.

Prince Fielder’s 2013 – 3 Slash Line (.279/.362/.819) is far below his Career Mark of .286/.389/.916. The man has not hit a HR in his last 74 AB in the playoffs either. Fielder at least had 5 HRs in 1st 70 AB for his playoff Career. Maybe that will change in Texas, after he clubs his way to be an AL MVP Candidate for the Rangers in 2014. I expect him to return to the 40+ HR plateau, drive in well over 100+ RBI – and lead his team to a World Series Appearance this year.  Fielder will be in Texas for the next 7 years, and the Rangers only have to pay $20 MIL per year, with Detroit eating $4 MIL each season as part of the trade that saw Ian Kinsler go to Motown.

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The Texas Rangers bolstered their 2014 offensive lineup with 2 new .400+ OBP Players.

Shin-Soo Choo (.423 OBP in 2013, and a Career .389 OBP), and Prince Fielder (.362 OBP, but was .400 OBP+ in 4 out of the last 5 years and .389 OBP for his lifetime) – will be front and center into the Rangers new lineup.

These gentlemen will be surrounded by Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus and Alex Rios as guys to help offset their walk totals.

This is not an indictment of the 3 right handed hitters either though, Beltre is a .312 hitter for Texas during his 3 campaigns, while Alex Rios and Andrus should hit anywhere from .280 to .290 this year.

You add Andrus’s speed with Leonys Martin – and these two guys could swipe 40+ bags each.  Even Alex Rios thieved 16 Bags in 2013 – and Choo had 20 SB yet again. Continue reading

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