Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 32

by Marc Keller | Posted on Monday, August 3rd, 2015
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For Baseball Hot Corner’s articles to be recognized by Google, they put a requirement on all blogs that each post/article should be 300 words or more. That’s usually not a problem for major breaking trades or free agent signing news. But sometimes, there are trades and signings that do happen that are interesting, but might not need the requisite 300 word analysis. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t go unnoticed, which is why Baseball Hot Corner is proud to provide you with:  Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words.

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Throughout the season, we will continue to report any and all roster moves that are worth reporting, in addition to minor leaguers getting called up, sent down, and other possible lineup moves that may be of interest. And of course, the fine writers of Baseball Hot Corner will report any and all major news stories on its website

Monday, July 27, 2015:

We are entering MLB Trade Deadline week, and like many, we are expecting an insane and AWESOME week filled with plenty of rumormill news and blockbuster trades. For more in-depth coverage on those rumors and trades, check out our website

The San Francisco Giants have activated outfielder Nori Aoki from the 15-day DL. Aoki had been on the DL with a broken bone in his leg. The Giants and their offense are rolling right now, winning 11 out of their last 12 games, and adding Aoki to the starting lineup can’t hurt that streak as he was performing at an All-Star caliber level before his injury. In a corresponding move, the Giants DFA’d utilityinfielder Joaquin Arias.

The Boston Red Sox have traded veteran outfielder Shane Victorino and cash to the Los Angeles Angels for infielder Josh Rutledge. The Angels were in the market for another outfielder to possible start or at the very least platoon with current starting left fielder Matt Joyce. Victorino at the very least will give you a decent at-bat, some speed on the basepaths, and ok defense, at the cost of a backup infielder. For the BoSox, they are in clear sell-mode and getting Victorino and his contract off the books is the first of what may be many trade deadline moves made.

The Oakland A’s continue to sell parts of their disappointing ballclub as they struck a deal with the New York Mets to send closer Tyler Clippard to the Mets for pitching prospect Casey Meisner. Meisner is a good, young arm who has a real shot of seeing time in the majors, so for the A’s to net him in a deal with a struggling closer/reliever is a pretty good haul. For the Mets, while Clippard did have his problems working as the closer for the A’s, he was very solid in middle relieve/set-up role, where he is much better suited, and the Mets have plenty of young arms in their farm system. Moving one for Clippard won’t kill their pitching depth. It also signals to Mets fans that the front office is seriously making a run at the division and/or postseason spot.

News broke late tonight that the Colorado Rockies have traded star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays for shortstop Jose Reyes and minor leaguers. The Rockies are also sending veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Jays in the deals. News is still coming in on the deal and the minor leaguers supposedly heading to Colorado has not yet been announced. Once those names are release, the boys up in Canada with Baseball Hot Corner will have this story covered for you. Keep clicking that refresh button at

Tuesday, July 28, 2015:

The awesomeness of the MLB trade deadline week continued today with a number of trades.

To recap a late-breaking story from last night, the particulars of the Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays trade have been released. The make it official, the Rockies are sending Tulowitzki and Hawkins to the Blue Jays for Reyes and minor league pitchers Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro, and Jesus Tinoco. Hoffman was the Blue Jays first-round draft pick in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft, and Castro saw a brief stint in the major earlier this season. All three pitchers have high-ceilings and should be contributors at the major league level. Reyes on the other hand, not sure what exactly the Rockies plan to do with him. Conventional thinking would suggest that the Rockies will quickly flip Reyes in a trade to another team, much like the Florida Marlins did when they acquired Mike Piazza. Can’t see Reyes lasting longer than the weekend in Colorado.

The A’s continue their fire-sale by dealing utilityman Ben Zobrist and cash to the Kansas City Royals for minor league pitchers Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea. The return the A’s received for Zobrist is surprising, as he will be a free agent at season’s end and the Royals won’t be able to offer him a qualifying offer, allowing them to receive draft pick compensation. Manaea was the Royals #2 prospect, meaning they played a hefty price for Zobrist. But this move and the acquisition of Johnny Cueto this past weekend shows the team and fans that the Royals are going “all-in” this season in the hopes of making a deep postseason run and bringing home a World Series title.

The Washington Nationals have acquired closer Jonathan Papelbon and cash from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitcher Nick Pivetta. Papelbon had been begging and pleading for a trade out of Philly and to a contender. Well, like my 16-month son, enough kicking, crying, and screaming and you eventually get your wish. Papelbon also agreed to a contract extension with the Nationals, locking him up through 2016.

News got better for the Nationals today as they reinstated both outfielder Jayson Werth from the 60-day DL and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day DL. With the recent slide in the standings by the Nationals, rest assured that reinforcements are on the way.

The Tampa Bay Rays have reinstated starting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera from the 15-day DL. Can’t stay on the list forever.

The St. Louis Cardinals have reinstated starting pitcher Jaime Garcia from the 15-day DL. The best team in the MLB just acquired another quality starter. Great!

The Miami Marlins have activated All-Star second basemen Dee Gordon from the 15-day DL. Gordon is surprising many by continuing his stellar play from last season, proving that he is not a one-year wonder.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015:

We had some major action today in the world of MLB as we enter the heart of the MLB Trade Deadline week.

The Texas Rangers, the front-runners in the Cole Hamels‘ sweepstakes, have finally gotten their man. The Rangers acquired the All-Star starting pitcher from the Phillies for a slew of high profile prospects. The finally particulars are as follows: the Rangers receive Hamels, reliever Jake Diekman, and cash, from the Phillies for starting pitcher Matt Harrison, and minor league prospects Jake Thompson (P), Alec Asher (P), Jerad Eickhoff (P), Jorge Alfaro (C), and Nick Williams (OF). For the Rangers, this sets up their starting rotation pretty nicely for the 2016 season, when it’s presumed that they will get back a healthy Yu Darvish. For the Phillies, they were supposedly waiting for that “A+” deal for Hamels, and it looks like they finally got the offer they couldn’t refuse.

And we actually had another blockbuster trade that everyone thought was officially and baseball pundits took to social media with the news. The Milwaukee Brewers were to trade All-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez to the Mets for starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores. The deal that was official fell a part however, as it was reported that the Mets pulled out of the deal over health concerns with Gomez’s hip. It was earlier reported that the Brewers were the ones who originally backed out of the deal over concerns of Wheelers Tommy John surgery. That report was later rescinded. Either way, this left many Mets fans cursing a lot of baseball media types on Twitter for getting their hopes up and than crushing them in 140 characters.

Thursday, July 30, 2015:

We had HUGE trades go down today!!!

The Blue Jays continue to go ALL-IN as they acquired All-Star starting pitcher David Price from the Detroit Tigers for a trio of minor league starting pitchers in Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd, and Jairo Labourt. The Tigers signaled to teams that they are going to “reboot” their club, and they didn’t waste any time fielding offers for Price, eventually landing on the one they felt netted them the best return. For the Blue Jays, with the acquisitions Tulo and now Price, you have to like their chances of making a strong run to the postseason.

The Cardinals acquired outfielder/first baseman Brandon Moss from the Cleveland Indians for top pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky. The Cards were looking for a platoon bat, but now with the recent injury to outfielder Matt Holliday, who was placed on the 15-day DL after re-injuring his quad muscle, Moss might be seeing a little more playing time. For the Indians, Kaminsky was a first-round pick of the Cards and their top pitching prospect, so it’s a really good get for them as they rebuild for 2016.

The New York Yankees acquired outfielder Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners for minor league outfielder Ramon Flores and minor league pitcher Jose Ramirez. While the Yanks are making trades for fourth outfielders, they might want to go out and get a starting pitcher as they place starting pitcher Michael Pineda of the 15-day DL with a forearm strain. Golf clap.

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired closer Joakim Soria from the Tigers for minor league infielder JaCoby Jones. A nice, solid move for the Pirates as they look to solidify their bullpen.

In a mammoth three-team, 13-player deal that was reported early yesterday and took 24-hours to finalized, the trade involved the Los Angeles Dodgers, Marlins, and the Atlanta Braves.  Here’s how it all broke down:

Dodgers receive: relievers Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson, starting pitchers Mat Latos, Alex Wood, and Bronson Arroyo, first baseman Michael Morse, and minor league prospect Jose Peraza.

Marlins receive: minor league pitchers Kevin Guzman, Jeff Brigham, and Victor Araujo.

Braves receive: minor league infielder Hector Olivera, relieve Paco Rodriquez, minor league pitcher Zachary Bird and a 2016 competitive balance draft lottery selection.

Briefly, as that was a mouth-full, the Dodgers get the two starting pitchers they were looking for, while also adding $40+ million to their already record-breaking payroll, the Braves get Olivera who they long coveted even when he defected from Cuba, and the Marlins continue to disappoint their fans by dumping players and salary for nothing.

It what may be my favorite trade of the deadline, all-star outfielder [Carlos] Gomez finally has a home. After also being traded to the Mets, the Brewers a day late send Gomez along with starting pitcher Mike Fiers, to the Houston Astros for four minor league prospects: outfielders Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, and pitchers Josh Hader and Adrian Houser. This is a great move for the Astros, as they are now set up to make a deep postseason run this season and next.

Lastly, the Giants acquired starting pitcher Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds for two minor leaguers: starting pitcher Keury Mella and third baseman Adam Duvall. For a more in-depth look at this trade, check out my article here (click link).

Friday, July 31, 2015:

Today in the last day for the MLB Trade Deadline, non-waiver, and after expecting a lot of heavy activity that would rival what took place throughout the week, it was a pretty quite day with few major trades.

The Tigers continue to sell their upcoming spare parts by trading power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets for a couple minor league prospects: Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa. Fulmer is the main prize in the deal for the Tigers, while the Mets get their power-supply bat they’ve been desperately needing.

The Marlins continue to downsize their payroll to next to nothing by trading starting pitcher Dan Haren and cash to the Chicago Cubs for minor league prospects Ivan Pineyro (P), and Elliot Soto (SS). The Cubs get another stable starting pitcher who can eat up some innings for them and didn’t have to drip into their wealth of talented prospect to do so.

The Brewers made a couple of minor trades, sending outfielder Gerardo Parra to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league pitcher Zach Davies, and sent reliever Jonathan Broxton and cash to the Cardinals for minor league outfielder Malik Collymore.

The Phillies continue to cash in their chips by dealing outfielder Ben Revere and cash to the Blue Jays for minor league pitchers Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado. The Blue Jays continue to add to their arsenal as they attempt to claim a postseason berth.

The Mariners are semi-waving to white flag, as they deal reliever Mark Lowe to the Blue Jays for three minor pitchers: Nick Wells, Rob Rasmussen, and Jake Brentz. They didn’t stop there, as they deal starting pitcher J.A. Happ to the Pirates for minor league pitcher Adrian Sampson. Lowe and Happ weren’t part of their long-term future, so getting four pitchers for two seems like a good return.

The Angels have placed starting pitcher C.J. Wilson on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury, and many feel that this injury could potentially be season-ending. Wilson will be evaluated but many are crossing their fingers.

Saturday, August 1, 2015:

After a crazy week of fielding and offering trades, I’m guessing GM’s took today to catch up on some much needed sleep and R and R.

In order to make room for starting pitcher [Mike] Leake on the 25-man roster, the Giants placed starting pitcher Tim Hudson on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury. Not sure how “injured” Hudson’s shoulder is, but regardless the Giants have said that when he is able to come back, he’ll go right into the bullpen, a role that he said he would embrace.

The Blue Jays have placed starting second baseman Devon Travis on the 15-day DL. Despite all of the craziness that took place with the Blue Jays this week, this news is actually concerning as Travis is an important cog to the Blue Jays success down this stretch run.

The Rockies have placed starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick and outfielder Corey Dickerson on the 15-day DL. This will be Dickerson’s umth-teenth time on the DL this season.

Sunday, August 2, 2015:

We had a couple of injury newsworthy items to report, but we’ll be brief for the sake of longevity. The Rays placed young outfielder Steven Souza Jr. on the 15-day DL with a broken hand. Reports are that he will miss about 6-8 weeks, basically putting him out for the rest of the season. The Rays also options starting pitcher Matt Moore to Triple-A Durham, as he continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery. The Minnesota Twins have placed starting pitcher Tommy Milone on the 15-day DL, and the Red Sox have placed struggling starting pitcher Rick Porcello on the 15-day DL.

Otherwise, it was a slow day in the world of baseball.  Check out the great articles by our fantastic writing team at our Baseball Hot Corner website:

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Marc Keller is a Senior Writer for Baseball Hot Corner. His three greatest loves in life are his wife, son, and the San Francisco Giants. You can follow and banter with him on Twitter @mrarmchair.

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