Stanton owns the largest contract in the history of sports —making A-Rod’s renegotiated 2008 deal with the Yankees look more like Jhonny Peralta’s 4/$53 million— and is untradeable.
Times like these you yearn for Jerry Hairston, Jr. to swoop in and save the day.
Samardzija, traded a year after Feldman, had this to say about the deal that preceded him. "I don't think this team improves by trading Scott Feldman. He was one of our better pitchers. He's thrown a lot of innings, a solid dude, a solid guy in the clubhouse. It's a shame to see him go.”
His breakout 2014 (.296 average, .376 OBP, eight home runs, five stolen bases) certainly piqued the Rays interest and while San Diego hopes they sold high, Tampa is counting on him being that type of player.
To acquire the All-Star Lucroy, Texas sent a similar package. Cutting the head off what remained of their formerly league-best farm system, they sent fellow top 100 prospects and former first-round picks Lewis Brinson and Luis Ortiz to Milwaukee. Versatile Ryan Cordell was later identified as a player to be named.
Regarding a clean slate, not sure that is applicable in our results based culture. Expectation here is you are always expected to deliver. You get a clean slate every night and on the next day you start again and are expected to deliver regardless of how well you did the night before.
21-year old slashes .609/.654/1.304 from 4/24-4/30 in the South Atlantic League
Bellinger was selected 124th overall in 2013 and is now not only the cream of the Dodgers’ impressive crop, he’s ranked 12th in all of baseball by our own John Sickels and MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo rates him slightly higher at number 10.
Since the disastrous first game of 2017, Sadzeck has been the hot to his own cold. He’s allowed three earned runs in 18.1 innings, winning two of the three outings.
“The coolest thing I think is that we’re bringing out 45 artifacts from the Hall of Fame. People who can’t make it to Cooperstown, we’re bring it to their community.
What they’ve done the past couple years and their journey to here has been outstanding. Nothing changes, it’s the game of baseball.
Then there’s the big daddy of them all: Carlos Correa. The 2015 A.L. Rookie of the Year will play all but a select few games of the entire season at age 22 and could be the best player in the division by the time he’s 23, at the very least.
Performance is the ultimate variable, whether it’s on the back fields or the field. These Minor League players took advantage of the precious opportunity provided to them in March.
“I’m not really worried about stats. For where I want to play, I think that’s determined by how ready I come into Spring Training.
He fronts the league’s official Top 100 prospects list in Spring Training—and a second one around the Trade Deadline—every season as well as a Top 30 prospect list by organization, a Top 200 draft eligible list and a peak at the Top 30 international prospects. He knows how to navigate the cavernous taverns and unpredictable waters that is the Minor League Baseball terrain.
Awards season approaches as the 2016 Major League Baseball campaign writes the final chapter. In the coming weeks we will find out who took home Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player in the American and National Leagues.
Also among the hardware being handed out is Rookie of the Year. Covering all the young stars of Minor League Baseball makes this award of particular interest. So who is the favorite to win this year’s award and who do I think will take home the prestigious accord?
Then came the news a month ago. “Tim Tebow wants to play Major League Baseball.” The title seemed like pure headline candy, but he was quite serious.
Now 29, Tebow hadn’t played competitive baseball since his Senior Year in High School back in 2004. He led Nease High School to the Florida Final Four and dominated the opposition with a .494 batting average to earn an All-State selection. Clearly he had the talent, but that was 12 years ago.
"I just like playing. Wherever I can be on the field it doesn’t matter to me.”