April 17th


Arodys Vizcaino – Injury

Braves closer Vizcaino underwent season ending shoulder surgery yesterday. The surgery was to clean up and remove scar tissue in his shoulder. The Braves’ bullpen has already had some other guys down on the IL such as Tuesday’s move to sending Venters to the IL, Winkler has been optioned, O’Day still has no timetable for return so the Braves’ bullpen is really not looking too hot. The first thing to think about is a Kimbrel return to Atlanta but that has been shot down already as unlikely. 


Nick Pivetta – Demoted

The Phillies announced that starter Nick Pivetta has been sent down to AAA. While he seemed to be a budding star last year pitching to a 3.7 FIP over 164 innings, he has struggled mightily this year thus far. Allowing the most hits and earned runs in the bigs in 2019, Pivetta has earned himself a trip to AAA for the time being. With the NL East in a four team race, the Phils need every bit they can get, and Pivetta hasn’t given them a reason to keep him there. 


Matt Moore – Injury Update

While previously reported that Moore would be returning from his knee surgery after only 6-8 weeks, the club told reporters yesterday that he will be out for the rest of the season. This came as such a surprise because many other players repairing only a meniscus tear would be back around the original timeframe. Might be reason to question if there was a setback, or a problem happened during the procedure. 


Notes 

  • Harrison Bader lands on the IL with a hamstring strain, only the minimum time is anticipated 
  • Marco Estrada has hit the 10 day IL with a lumbar back strain, he is known to have back issues



PITCH OF THE DAY

Nick Pivetta just making former MVP Jose Altuve look silly



Business of Baseball – Player Option

Definition

A player option is an optional year at the end of a contract that can be applied at the player’s discretion. In such cases, the player has the right to exercise his option and lock in that optional salary as a guaranteed sum or reject the option in favor of testing free agency.

Examples

Following the 2014 season, right-hander Dan Haren exercised a $10 million player option on his contract to remain with the Dodgers (although he was ultimately traded to the Marlins prior to the ’15 season). Conversely, Royals outfielder Alex Gordon declined a $14 million player option following the ’15 season and tested the free-agent market in search of a larger contract. He went on to re-sign with the Royals on a four-year, $72 million deal.


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April 10th


Matt Carpenter – Extension

It apparently still is extension season folks. Slugger and long time Cardinal will remain in St. Louis for two more years. Spanning the 2020 and 2021 seasons, he will earn $18.5 each year plus a $2 buyout if a vesting option does not occur. Bringing the total value to $39MM. Hitting a career high 39 dingers in 2018, he has been quite the solid player manning the corner infield spots the past couple years.


Luke Heimlich – Mexican League Debut

According to MLB Trade Rumors, Luke Heimlich has made his debut in the Mexican league on Tuesday. As you may remember, or have a strong opinion about: Luke Heimlich is the player who has pled guilty in sexually molesting his niece when he was 15. He has since denied every claim that it ever happened. He has always said that he pled guilty just as a “family decision to move on”. Many evaluators have said that Heimlich could pitch in a big league rotation as of now. Because of the allegations he went undrafted in ’17 and ’18. 


Edwin Jackson – Minor’s Signing

Jackson is back with the A’s on a minor league deal. This comes as a regression for him as Heyman had reported that the A’s had offered him a major league contract earlier in the offseason that he declined to test the market. The market giveth and the market taketh. 


Notes 

  • Alex Bregman of the Astros is day to day still after pulling his hamstring
  • Backstop Russel Martin hits the IL with lower back inflammation

PITCH OF THE DAY



Colin Mchugh vs Aaron Judge – Sliders GALORE


Colin McHugh shoutout = Colin hosts a podcast called the twelve-six, in which he features many major leaguers and other prominent figures in baseball. He has interviews with Alex Bregman, Jeff Passan and Sean Doolittle which are all VERY good. Would recommend 10/10.




Business of Baseball – Mutual Option


Definition

A mutual option is an optional year at the end of a contract. In order for the optional year to become guaranteed, both parties must agree to exercise the option.

Mutual options are very rarely exercised. If a player enjoys a strong season, the club will exercise its half of the option in the hope of retaining the player on a one-year deal. However, the player, fresh off a high-quality performance, will likely wish to test the open market in search of a larger guarantee on a one-year or a multi-year contract. Likewise, a player whose stock is down might exercise his half of the option rather than test free agency, but his club may no longer view him as worthy of that salary.

Example

Though rare, the mutual option has been exercised in the past. Planning to retire following the 2015 season, Aramis Ramirez agreed to exercise his half of a $14 million mutual option with the Brewers. Perhaps viewing $14 million as a fair salary for a player of Ramirez’s ability, Milwaukee exercised its half of the option as well.


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Header Photo Curtesy of Viva El Birdos

February 4th

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MAJOR NEWS:

Steve Delabar retires

After 6 seasons in the Major leagues Steve Delabar has announced his retirement. Although he hasn’t filed the proper paperwork, on the Outta the Park show Steve said he is now pursuing a different path as a high school baseball coach. Steve made one All-Star squad, but some might remember a 2017 PED suspension.  Steve ends his career with 194.2 IP with a 4.11 FIP.

David Carpenter to the Rangers via Kyle Boddy

Via Kyle Boddy on twitter, David Carpenter has been signed by the Texas Rangers to a minor league deal. Driveline Baseball’s Kyle Boddy reported it as Carpenter has been revamping himself at said facility. After Bauer did the same, he was in the running for the Cy Young award until he was hurt. Carpenter may be someone to put on your watch-list.

NEWEST RUMORS

Jacoby Ellsbury

Buster Olney has reported that the San Francisco Giants have “talked about” a trade involving the injury prone center fielder. As the seriousness is still unknown by the teams, it would be an interesting move by the Giants. While Ellsbury has upside, he did not play in 2018, and missed 50 games in 2017. Considering the large contracts the Giants already have on the books for 2019, one would wonder if they can afford another.

MINOR NEWS

A.J. Cole

After the Indians claimed the righty from the Yankees on Jan. 11, his future is now uncertain yet again. A.J. Cole has been designated for assignment. Since he is out of options, the claiming team will have to put him on their major league roster, or try to pass him through waivers.

Nick Wittgren

The Marlins have sent Nick Wittgren to the Indians for Jordan Milbrath. After a solid year (3.63 FIP over 63 IP combined) In AAA and the majors, it was a shock when the Marlins DFA’d him last week. It could be a solid pickup for the Indians. He has spent the past 3 years on the shuttle between the Marlins and AAA New Orleans.

Austin Brice

The Marlins have claimed Austin Brice off waivers and at the same time, DFA Isaac Galloway. Austin Brice, RHP, goes back to the team who drafted him in the ninth round in 2010. After being with the Reds in 2018, he was claimed by the Angels in November, Orioles in January and now the Marlins. Galloway did have his major league debut this past year, but with only a 94 wRC+ apparently he didn’t impress.

Francisco Liriano

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Liriano has signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates. After 13 seasons (Three and a half of which with the Pirates), the veteran is now trying to prove himself for another year. With $1.8MM base salary if he indeed does make the Major League roster, and $1.5MM in potential bonuses, the Pirates add a low risk player. While he is assuredly looking at the rotation as his landing spot, it is quite full. Pirates however do lack in lefty bullpen help.

Jerry Blevins

Journeyman Jerry Blevins has an inked deal that will take him to Oakland. It is currently a minor league contract, with $1.5MM on the table if he makes the majors. This will be his second stint with the club, after making his debut and 7 seasons with the A’s he is back. Getting up there in age at 35, he is trying to use pitcher friendly O.co Stadium to his advantage to bounce back from a subpar 2018 season.

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February 2nd

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Just Fantasy Baseball

TOP NEWS

Blake Treinen

Blade Treinen has won his arbitration case at $6.4 million, the Athletics had filed at $5.6 million. Arbitration cases usually are not settled beforehand if the numbers the team and player come to are sparse. In this situation, they were $800K apart. After the breakout season Treinen had, it is no wonder that he didn’t back down. Treinen pitched 80 and a third innings, with a 1.82 FIP but most impressively a 0.78 ERA. David Adler had one of the more shocking tweets today.

MINOR LEAGUE DEALS

Brandon Beachy has agreed to minors deal with the San Francisco Giants