PIRATES ACQUIRE FOUR PLAYERS IN THREE-TEAM TRADE WITH
BOSTON AND LOS ANGELES DODGERS
The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have acquired third baseman Andy LaRoche and righthanded pitcher Avery (Bryan) Morris from the Los Angeles Dodgers organization along with right-handed pitcher Craig Hansen and outfielder Brandon Moss from the Boston Red Sox organization as part of a three-team trade in which Boston received outfielder Jason Bay from the Pirates. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.
Craig Hansen began the year with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, where he was 1-0 with a 1.62 ERA (16.2ip/3er), 17 strikeouts and a .107 batting average against in 11 relief appearances. The 24-year-old righthander was recalled by Boston on May 5 and posted a 1-2 record and two saves in 32 relief appearances. Hansen was Boston’s first round selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft and became the first player in Red Sox history to reach the majors in the year he was drafted. He has gone 3-5 with two saves in 74 career relief appearances in the big leagues.
Andy LaRoche, who is the younger brother of Pirates first baseman Adam LaRoche, was rated as the Dodgers’ second-best prospect by Baseball America entering the 2008 season. He began this year with Double-A Jacksonville, where he hit .318 (7-for-22) in six games while on a rehab assignment. He also hit .293 (36-for-123) with three doubles, five home runs and 28 RBI in 39 games with Triple-A Las Vegas. The 24-year-old third baseman also spent 27 games this year with the Dodgers, where he hit .203 (12-for-59) with a double, two home runs and six RBI in 27 games.
LaRoche was named to the All-Star Futures Game in 2005 in his third professional season while leading all Dodgers farmhands in home runs (30) and total bases (263). During that same season he was also tabbed by Baseball America as the Florida State League’s “Best Hitting Prospect” and “Best Power Prospect”. Andy entered the 2006 campaign rated as the second-best prospsect in the Dodgers organization by Baseball America. In addition, the same publication also tabbed him as owning the “Best Infield Arm” in the Dodgers minor league system. Last year he entered the season as Los Angeles’ number one prospect according to Baseball America and went on to make his major league debut, where he hit .226 with five doubles, one home run and 10 RBI in 35 games.
Brandon Moss split the season between Triple-A Pawtucket and Boston. In 34 games with the Red Sox he hit .295 (23-for-78) with five doubles, two home runs and seven runs scored while making 14 appearances (eight starts) in right field, 11 appearances (eight starts) in left field and two appearances (one start) at first base. He also hit .282 (46-for-163) with eight doubles, eight home runs and 30 RBI in 43 games with Pawtucket. The 24-year-old Moss was selected by the Red Sox in the eighth round of the 2002 June Draft and was named Boston’s Minor League Player-of-the-Year two years later after hitting .353 with 27 doubles, seven triples, 15 home runs and 111 RBI in 132 games between Single-A Augusta and Sarasota. Last year he took home Triple-A Pawtucket’s team MVP honors while being named to the International League midseason All-Star team after leading the league with 41 doubles and 59 extra base hits.
Righthanded pitcher Bryan Morris posted a 2-4 record and 3.20 ERA (81.2ip/29er) along with 72 strikeouts this year for Single-A Great Lakes of the Midwest League. The 21-year-old righthander was charged with three earned runs or less in 15 of his 17 starts with Great Lakes. He also went 1-1 with a 2.06 ERA (39.1ip/9er) in his six starts this month for the Loons. Morris was selected by Los Angeles in the first round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft as a compensation pick. During his first professional season in 2006 he was tabbed by Baseball America as having the “Best Breaking Ball” and “Best Fastball” in the Dodgers’ 2006 draft class.
WHITE SOX ACQUIRE FUTURE HALL OF FAMER KEN GRIFFEY JR.
MINNEAPOLIS – The Chicago White Sox have acquired Hall of Fame-bound outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. and cash considerations from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitcher Nick Masset and infielder Danny Richar.
Griffey, 38, is a former American League Most Valuable Player (1997) and 13-time All-Star. The left-handed slugger hit career home run No. 600 on June 9 of this season, and his home run total of 608 ranks sixth all-time in Major League Baseball history. Griffey has won seven Louisville Silver Slugger Awards and 10 Rawlings Gold Gloves during his 20-year career with Seattle (1989-99) and Cincinnati (2000-08).
“Our intent is to win the American League Central division and ultimately, to win another World Series championship,” said Ken Williams, White Sox general manager. “Adding a player the caliber of Ken Griffey Jr. gives us a better chance to realize those goals. Griffey’s addition gives Ozzie (Guillen) more flexibility. Ozzie has the opportunity to field his best team – offensively and defensively – on a day-to-day basis over the next two months, and this gives us the chance to keep some of our middle of the order hitters fresh and producing down the stretch. I spoke with Ken, and he is excited to be coming to Chicago to try and help us reach the postseason.”
Griffey, who has hit safely in his last 12 games with the Reds (.318,
14-44) and owns a .927 on-base plus slugging percentage in July, is batting .245 (88-359) with 15 home runs, 53 RBI and a .355 on-base percentage in 102 games with Cincinnati in 2008. In 2007, Griffey hit .277 (146-528) with 30 home runs and 93 RBI in 144 games with the Reds.
Griffey, who is expected to join the White Sox Friday in Kansas City, is signed through 2008 with a club option for 2009. He will wear uniform No. 17.
Over his career, Griffey has hit .288 (2,646-9,185) with 608 home runs and 1,754 RBI in 2,480 games. Currently 354 hits shy of 3,000 for his career, Griffey is one extra-base hit behind Ty Cobb (1,140) for 10th on the all-time list and ranks 16th in RBI. Griffey leads all active major leaguers in home runs, multihomer games (55), hits, total bases (5,039), runs (1,596) and extra-base hits (1,139).
Griffey has led the league in home runs four times and has topped 50 home runs in a season twice, hitting 56 with Seattle in 1997 and 1998. He led the league in RBI in 1997 with a career-high 147 and has topped 100 RBI eight times. A member of baseball’s All-Century Team, he has homered in 43 ballparks over his career (including all existing) to tie for second most all-time.
Masset was 1-0 with one save and a 4.63 ERA (23 ER/44.2 IP) in 32 games with the White Sox in 2008. The 26-year-old right-hander is 3-3 with one save and a 5.63 ERA (58 ER/92.2 IP) in 67 career games in the major leagues with Texas (2006) and the White Sox (2007-08).
Richar, 25, is hitting .262 with nine home runs, 39 RBI and 11 stolen b
MARLINS ACQUIRE LEFT-HANDED PITCHER ARTHUR RHODES
MIAMI – The Florida Marlins today announced they have acquired left-handed pitcher Arthur Rhodes from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Gaby Hernandez. The announcement was made by Marlins’ President of Baseball Operations, Larry Beinfest.
Rhodes, 38, has a Major League career record of 77-61, 4.28 in 689 games, 61 starts, including a 2-1, 2.86 mark in 2008. He has held left-handed hitters to a .195 (8×41) average and has not surrendered a home run in 75 at bats overall this season. Rhodes has appeared in the post-season four times, including owning a 1.04 ERA in nine Division Series games, allowing one earned run in 8.2 innings. In his career, he has played with Baltimore (1991-1999), Seattle (2000-03; 2008), Oakland (2004), Cleveland (2005) and Philadelphia (2006).
Hernandez, 21, went a combined 5-8 with a 6.47 ERA (87.2 IP/63 ER) in 17 starts between Albuquerque (AAA) and Carolina (AA). He was acquired by the Marlins December 9, 2005, with outfielder Dante Brinkley in a deal that sent catcher Paul Lo Duca to the New York Mets.
Bring it don’t sing it. We’ll get the official releases posted up here so you can get a jump start on picking up winners and cutting losers………Siano
Multiple sources are reporting that the Yankees have obtained Pudge Rodriguez straight up from the Tigers for Kyle Farnsworth. Assuming so, this would be good news for both Pudge and for Brandon Inge, who would become the everyday catcher in Detroit, and maybe even for Farnsworth, who never really was comfortable in New York. It’s bad news for Jose Molina, but that’s probably only important for those in 22-team AL East-only leagues!
Hey Guys, I have just been offered Johan Santana for Evan Longoria. I’m out of it for ’08, building for the future. Vanilla 5×5, keep 5, no cost or round values attached. I already have Josh Hamilton, BJ Upton, Nick Markakis, and Alex Rodriguez set for ’09. As of now, Longoria/Santana would be my 5th keeper. Who holds more value going forward? Also wondering if Cliff Lee is a better keeper option over Markakis?
Shane in Seattle
Rarely would I advise to give up Longoria in any keeper league, but this is an exception. Johan is so far having a down year…that is if you consider a 2.93 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 125 to 39 strikeout to walk ratio a disappointment! Santana is still the top pitcher in all of fantasy, and there’s plenty of time for him to finish the year with his usual dominant numbers. Focusing solely on 2009, while Longoria will likely be a top five round selection, Santana will most definitely be drafted before the end of the second round. As there are no round values attached to these keepers, Longoria, though a solid keeper choice, isn’t exactly a slam dunk. The other factor here is that you’re loaded in hitting, so trading for and keeping Johan is a wise move.
As for Lee/Markakis, I’d say to stick with Markakis. The story of Cliff Lee this year should prove that pitching, for the most part, is a crapshoot. Guys always seem to come out of nowhere to have big seasons. Using a keeper slot on Lee, someone who will be extremely overvalued on Draft Day 2009, could turn out to be a disaster. With Markakis, you know what you’re going to get.
Kids, I gotta run to a dentist appt. but wanted to let you know to keep coming here and if a trade breaks we may be able to post it on the Blog before anyone else even knows it. Happened yesterday with Tex even though the leak had started permeating. Gonna be a fun 24-30 hours. Buckle Up!!!!
Keep your questions to post show entry so Cory can keep rocking them.
Just talked to Jonathan Mayo our Minors Guru and he said Marek is closer of the future and could be in bigs next year. Obviosuly the Braves could use him so while at first I agree it might have been a head scratcher the more you think about it the more you have to like it for both sides…..Siano
All Cory on the Blog today gotta go to dentist……
ATLANTA — The Braves have traded Mark Teixeira to the Angels in exchange for Casey Kotchman and Minor League pitcher Stephen Marek. <p>
Teixeira, who has hit .283 with 20 homers this year, will provide the Angels with the power they’re seeking as they attempt to make a run toward the World Series.
Kotchman, who has hit .287 with 12 homers this season, provides the Braves with the power-hitting first baseman they were seeking as compensation for Teixeira. Marek is a 25-year-old right-hander who has gone 2-6 with a 3.66 ERA in 34 relief appearances for Double-A Arkansas this year. <p>
Let’s do this. Cory and I will be checking back during the day to answer your questions or just shoot the bull………Siano
Below is the closer breakdown in case you missed it.
this was posted yesterday.
Blue Jays: Ryan seems safe and has 4 saves in jays last 10 games
Orioles: Big George continues to rack em up but is he an Oriole on Friday? If not then look for Jim Johnson to get a shot.
Rays: Percival is back but for how long? Do rays go after a Street or Fuentes? Keep Balfour and Wheeler on radar.
Red Sox and Yanks: Nuff said
Indians: What a mess this year. Borowski, Kobayashi, Perez. Stay Away.
Tigers: See Indians. Rodney probably hangs on to this job as long as he is decent but can he be decent?
Royals: Soria is just flat out good.
Twins: Joe Nathan is right there with Pap, Mo and K-Rod.
White Sox: Jenks has dealt with injuries and Linebrink is on DL, do they go after help as insurance for Jenks?
Angels: Amazing Amazing considering we thought he was in big trouble health wise in April.
A’s: Casilla, Devine, Ziegler??? Who knows but I think we’d be more surprised if Street isn’t dealt then if he is. Tough call.
Rangers: CJ is this years Jones and Borowski, just finds a way to survive and keep the job.Like Cory said he’s only blown 3 saves.
Mariners: Getting interesting with the Morrow may become a starter news and M’s not positive Putz can close rest of season. Indians and Tigersesque just with way more talent.
Braves: Gonzalez hasn’t had a save since July 18th.
Marlins: Fish are in closer market and have chips to get anyone.
Mets: Wagner showing why he is still one of the best even if it takes Maalox.
Phillies: Lidge good.
Nationals: Hanrahan no save ops since rauch left, told ya.
Astros: Valverde getting it done with a blowup here and there. He’s fun to watch and infuriating at same time.
Brewers: Melvin says they are done giving away blue chippers so Sheets and CC better not let Torres blow this thing. Might be able to pull a fast one though for a closer.
Cards: NL version of 06 World Series opponents. IZZY GETS JOB BACK
Cubs: Wood will be back but the WR from Notre Dame was worth #3 waiver claim to me anyway.
Pirates: Grabow and Yates no save opps since the Marte deal.
Reds: Coco be Coco.
D-backs: Lyon gets killed in Dodger series. Rauch time may be close.
Dodgers: Broxton may never see the 8th inning again unless its for a 4-6 out save.
Giants: Hasn’t been pretty but Wilson is 5-5 this month.
Padres: 6-6 in July for Hells Bells.
Rockies: Only a handful of games out in pathetic NL West, may become buyers and keep Fuentes, but Corpas has been outstanding in July (1.74 ERA).